The Vicarage,
March 25th, 1927.

My Dear Friends, -

At the first three Special Lent Services we have felt the inspiration of large congregations, and listened with interest and profit to Mr. Lycett's stirring addresses. Lent is leading us on to Holy Week, and then to Easter. In the past two years we have had Stainer's "The Crucifixion" on Good Friday evening. This year we are to have a service with pictures. Some, I fancy, are inclined to regard a lantern as rather for children, but I much hope that this service will not be so regarded. It is intended to help men and women on this "good" day to meditate upon the Savour's Sufferings and Death for us, and I trust that it will so help many adults as well as the older children.

The three celebrations of the Holy Communion on Easter Day will make it possible, I hope, for all confirmed members of the Church to come to the Lord's Own Service at the Great Festival. Should any be hindered by sickness I shall be pleased to administer the Sacrament to them in their houses if they will express their wish for me to do so.

I propose that we shall give thought to this all-important subject at Evensong on the Sunday before Easter. Will you make a point of being present? We must all agree that it is a subject to which we ought to give much thought.

Thirteen from our congregation are looking forward to being confirmed by Bishop Chatterton at Newington on Tuesday, April 5th, at 7 p.m. It will be nice to have at the service as many of their relatives and friends as can get to it to witness their Confirmation and to pray for them.

In response to the "World Call" the children of our Sunday School are giving a "Missionary Hour" in the Schoolroom, on Friday, April 8th, at 7.30 p.m. Scenes from mission lands will be represented and the children are busy preparing for this. No charge will be made for admission, but a collection will be taken for the S.P.G. This Society is kindly lending some of the dresses and the performance should be both attractive and stimulating.

The combined meeting of the Easter Vestry and the Church Council to receive the nomination of Vicar's Warden and to elect a People's Warden will be held in the Schoolroom on Monday, April 25th, at 7.30 p.m. I am asked to speak at this meeting on the proposed Revision of the Prayer Book. Any parishioners may be present.

I remain,

Your sincere Friend and Vicar,


Palm Sunday. - Usual Sunday Services. Preparation for Easter Communion at Evensong.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11 a.m. - Mattins with the Epistle and Gospel.

Maundy. Thursday. - 8 a.m., Holy Communion 11 a.m., Mattins with the Epistle and Gospel.

Good Friday. - 11 a.m., Mattins, Ante-Communion Service and Sermon. 2 p.m., Children's Service. 7.30 p.m. - an hour's meditation on our Lord's Passion with lantern pictures and sacred music.

Saturday. - 8 a.m., Mattins.


Holy Communion at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., and Mid-day.


Feb. 10. (Privately) Bernard John, son of Richard Jesse and Edith Gertrude Ongley (publicly received March 13th).

Feb. 20. - Bryan Walter, son of Albert John and Louisa Frances Cork.


Jan. 30th. - Organ and Choir Fund1130
Feb. 2nd and Mar. 25th. - Vicar's Fund030
Feb. 6th. - Quota to Diocesan Fund202
Feb. 13th, 20th, & 27th - Church Expenses41310
March 6th. - Quota to Diocesan Fund216
March 13th & 20th, Church Expenses442


The Annual General Meeting was held on January 12th, in the Club Room, and was very well attended. Colonel Locke, President of the Association occupied the chair, and read the statellent of accounts, which showed a slight decrease on the year's working. We quite expected a large drop considering the weather experienced on the day of the Annual Show. However, through the kindness of Mr. Peacock and his Party, who gave us a concert (which by the way was much enjoyed), and several whist drives, we finished up almost square. We were represented at the County Produce Show, which was held at Maidstone, in several classes, and in the Collection of Vegetables class obtained a "H.C." card. We also secured two or three prizes and award cards in the singl classes. During the year Mr. Snell gave us a series of interesting and instructive lectures on Poultry Keeping. The following officials were elected to serve during the present season: - President, Lieut.-Colonel R. G. E. Locke; Chairman, Mr. W. Miles; Treasurer, Mr. H. Miles; Secretary, Mr. L. Hales; Committee, Messrs. L. J. Baxter, E. T. Friar, S. D. Hollands, W. G. Kitchingham, W. Scott, J. Simmons, and R. C. J. Southgate. The Annual Show is to be held on Saturday, August 20th.

Hon. Secretary.

[Owing to want of space the Gardeners' Association Balance Sheet is held over till next month's Magazine. - D.H.C.].