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More Parish Notes from John the Ticket
As I think you all by now have heard that Mick Hitchman recently passed away. He has been a good friend for all the years I have lived in the Parish. I like to think he helped me to dig out the pond my Jenny wanted in the garden. The truth of the matter was I helped him. The Bell is now a little bit empty. Miss you Mick. Now confirmed funeral will be 8th March at 1330 in the WSL Church and afterwards at the Neville Hall where there will be a pay bar service. See you all there.
I have had a few comments why my bit was not in February’s edition. Hands up I was too late with my submission. Pleasant surprise that so many take the time to read my stuff. So on to an old subject. A lady who lives in The Street WSL told me she had seen two lots of dog poo on the pedestrian side walk. I wish that this problem would cease, not nice and owners, if found should be prosecuted. End of moan.
My dear Friends
Lent is about to begin, so here’s a round-up of some of the events associated with it.
Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, falls this year on 6 March. There will be a service of Sung Communion at 8 pm. The service will include the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish to take part. You are probably familiar with the phrase ‘sackcloth and ashes’, which occurs in both the Old and New Testament, and was in biblical times a sign of sorrow, especially sorrow for one’s sins. During the service, as an act of penitence a small quantity of ash, mixed with oil for adhesion, is applied to the forehead of each participant by the minister (who also receives ashes himself), using appropriate words.
Compline is a short service (about 15 minutes) of quietness and reflection at the end of the day. It will be held at 7 pm in the Side Chapel each Sunday from 10 March to 14 April (except 7 April). Please note that the time is an hour later than last year.
The Lent Brunch (10 March) and Lent Course (starting 13 March)
are both advertised elsewhere in this edition of The Lych Gate, so I won’t repeat the details here. Suffice it to say that I would love to see lots of you at both. Old faces and new – all are welcome.
The Lantern – A Short Story
In English, we watched a short film called The Lantern which did not have any speech. It was about the friendship between a young boy and an angel. The boy, who starts the story idly fishing on an old stone bridge, has to rescue his “angel” who gets lost in a cornfield. We used the visual images to re-write the story, thinking about the language features and incorporating complex punctuation including semi colons, colons and dashes. When writing our story, we asked peers for advice and guidance. After multiple drafts, we typed up our final piece. We hope you enjoy them.
By Lois Bulla and Matilda Croucher
Read more for stories by George Grech, Sarah Creffield, Amelie McIntosh and J. R. Dunning