Under our new editor Laura Dimbleby, the excellent village newletter has been restarted. You may even have a copy in your letterbox! If not, you can read it and previous editions online here.
We have a new associate vicar. Read all about this and other news here.
My dear and very special friends,
How can we thank you enough for all the love and tangible gifts you showered on us over our final weekend. It has been such a special and memorable time – one we will never forget.
We plan to buy a garden seat with some of the money – but there will be a few other things as well, so that we will be surrounded by tangible memories of you all; with pictures of Pratts Bottom to grace the walls of the sitting room.
It has been such a privilege to be part of the community here – we have made lots of friends over the years; we have shared in happy times, painful times; rather wet and snow-bound days, and chilled in the sunshine too, not least at various fetes and picnics.
Our prayer is that St Mary’s and All Souls will remain at the heart of their communities, and continue the very practical work of making real the love of Jesus. We look forward to hearing how things develop and to news of lots of special events, lives changed and growth continuing.
With much love and our prayers,
Thelma and Penny
Our local village shop, Rushmore Stores, re-opened in May and sells:
- newspapers and magazines (feel free to order to ensure supply)
- hot and cold drinks
- cakes and sandwiches
- ice cream
- greetings cards
- general groceries including organic, vegan and gluten-free options
Opening hours are
- Mon 7.30 am – 6.30 pm
- Tues 7.30 am – 6.30 pm
- Wed 7.30 am – 1 pm
- Thurs 7.30 am – 6.30 pm
- Fri 7.30 am – 6.30 pm
- Sat 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
- Sun 8.30 am – 1 pm
After 14 years of ministry to Pratts Bottom, our associate vicar Canon Penny Avann and our evangelist Thema Jones will be leaving the village. Penny is retiring and they will be moving away. Their last weekend here will be mid July.
There will be a Farewell Event for them on Saturday 16 July in the Village Hall from 2.30 to 5pm. This will be a “drop in” style afternoon tea. For an idea of numbers please let Brenda Johnson know by email to lancejohnson100 (at) hotmail.com or phone 858840.
I know many of you in the village are busy making and creating. This year my friend Sue and I are opening with the annual South East Open Studios.
We both work in textiles and fused glass.
Find out more about us and other artists in the area at SEOS website: www.seos-art.org
Sue and I will be open at 13 Broke Farm Drive, BR6 7SH on:
4th/5th June, 12th June and 18/19th June between 11 and 4 each day, and Friday 10th June 6 to 8 pm.
We would love to see you! Refreshments in aid of Macmillan.
Father-of-three Alan Dimbleby, 62, died from his injuries after being thrown from the sprayer at Warren Barn Farm in Woldingham on 24 July last year.
More than 40 tractor drivers formed a cortege in tribute to the popular agricultural worker when his funeral was held.
At the inquest into Alan’s death, jurors heard how he was spraying crops on land used for pheasant and partridge shooting.