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Boxgrove Priory, The Priory Vicarage, Church Lane, Boxgrove, Chichester, PO18 0ED Phone: +44 (0)1243 774045 ~ Fax: +44 (0)1243 774045 ~

April 2017

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INSIDE THIS MONTH’S ISSUE Who's Who in Boxgrove ............................... From Fr Ian ........................................................... The Bugle ............................................................... The Diocesan Year of the Bible ................. Boxgrove Parish Council, March 2017 . Christians Against Poverty ........................... Walsingham Pilgrimage, Autumn ............ Boxgrove WI March Report ....................... Julian Group ......................................................... Forthcoming events ..........................................

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Priory Sunday School ...................................... 9 The Optimistic Gardener ........................... 11 Recipe: Pork casserole .................................. 12 Parish Calendar & Intercessions ............. 13 “Scrapbag Challenge” .................................... 14 Moonlight Walk for St Wilfrid’s ........... 14 RIP Ruth Sewell .............................................. 16 WSCC Mobile Library dates .................... 17 Slimmers’ success .......................................... 17 Hazel Treadgold - memorial service ... 26 Services for the coming months ............. 28

The Priory Church of St Mary & St Blaise is a Registered Charity Nº 1131214

Who’s Who in Boxgrove Priest in Charge Fr Ian Forrester, The Priory Vicarage, Church Lane, Boxgrove, PO18 0ED - 774045 Hon Assistant Priests Fr David Brecknell, 8 Priory Close - 784841 Fr Victor Cassam, 195 Oving Rd, Chichester - 783998 Churchwardens Mrs Sue Chevis, Cowslip Cottage, Dairy Lane, Maudlin, PO18 0PE - 539836 David Jones, 18 Preston Avenue, Rustington, BN16 2DF - 01903 856580 Hon. Treasurer Richard Chevis, Cowslip Cottage, Dairy Lane, Maudlin, PO18 0PE - 539836 Cathedral Link - TBC Priory and St Blaise Centre Bookings and Enquiries Richard Chevis - Cowslip Cottage, Dairy Lane, Maudlin, PO18 0PE - 539836 WSCC Member for Chichester North Jeremy Hunt, 3 Brandy Hole Lane, Chichester PO19 5RL - 0330 2224536 CDC Member for Boxgrove Ward & Chairman, Boxgrove Parish Council - Henry Potter, The White House, The Street, Boxgrove - 527312 Boxgrove CofE Primary School - Mrs Kim Thornton - 773309 Boxgrove Village Hall Bookings and Enquiries - Pat Burton - 788332

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From Father Ian Looking around the world at the moment I am conscious, as I am sure we all are, of the misery and deprivation experienced by many people. Images of war, of famine and of cruelty are such a regular part of the news that comes to us from television and other media that we are could well be in danger of seeing all of this as ‘normal’. It is not the way God wants it to be. He sent his Son, Jesus, that we might learn better ways of living; take more care of, and responsibility for, the people he has created and loves. Because of this, those of us who have been baptised (Christened) should never be at ease while there is such suffering in the world. We live in a political world where self-interest seems to be promoted at the expense of our caring for the weak and vulnerable, and a climate of selfishness has emerged. Now we are perfectly capable of generating our own selfish thoughts but, with the political pressure turned up, it is too easy to succumb to additional layers of self-absorption and interest. The message of Easter is about a different way of being; a world of light, not darkness; life which is enhanced and filled with the good things of God; resurrection which is for everyone. When, in the coming weeks, we gather to mark the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection we are able to do so with no risk of arrest, no possibility of being imprisoned or executed because of our practice of the Christian faith. And at Boxgrove our worship is very rich in its ceremonial and its music. (I venture to suggest that many people in the parish are unaware of the huge efforts expended in order to make our worship as worthy as we can.) Do come and be with us as we renew our discipleship and as we travel with Jesus to the cross and beyond. This year we are hugely privileged to have our Bishop, The Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, leading the principal liturgies in Holy Week. He will be with us on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and for the Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, at which he will also Confirm a number of candidates. With my prayers and good wishes,

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THE BUGLE Articles on any aspect of Boxgrove news - village or Priory-based - are always most welcome. The Boxgrove Bugle is distributed free of charge to each household within the parish and published on-line; copies are also sent further afield, as well as being available in the Priory for visitors and non-residents of the parish. It has a current print run exceeding 700 copies per month. Please send any items to be considered for publication for the attention of the Editor (contact details below) by the published copy deadlines. Submission is requested by the 15th day of each month, with publication on or around the last Sunday of each month. Alternatively, items may be left in the Vicarage postbox, clearly marked “Boxgrove Bugle”, please. For the time being, if you wish to get in touch with the Boxgrove Bugle, please contact the Treasurer (details on P2).

DATES 2017 Issue Month May June July

Copy Deadline 15 April 15 May 15 June

Publication Date 30 April 28 May 25 June

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Please make cheques payable to: “Priory Church of St Mary & St Blaise” Advertisements are accepted in good faith, but no liability is accepted with regard to any services or goods offered howsoever arising. The Boxgrove Bugle is published by Boxgrove Priory Parochial Church Council © and  2017

Useful contact details Police & Crime Commissioner website: Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline: 0345 404 05 06 Action on Elder Abuse confidential helpline: 080 8808 8141 Action Fraud national fraud reporting centre: 0300 123 2040 Christians against Poverty: (and see P6) Page 4

DIOCESAN YEAR OF THE BIBLE remaining events For event details check with venues or see the Diocesan website: APRIL 9 April PALM SUNDAY 16 April EASTER DAY • Lent Course – Hear the Word of the Lord • Judging of the School Art Competition

SEPTEMBER • Archdeaconry of Chichester Lecture on Biblical Criticism in a Secular Culture on 5 September at 3.00pm at St Nicholas’, Arundel. OCTOBER 29 October BIBLE SUNDAY

MAY 25 May ASCENSION DAY • Archdeaconry of Hastings Lecture on The Bible and the Media on 17 May at 6.00pm at St John’s Upper St Leonard’s • Nine Days of Prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost focused on ‘Thy Kingdom Come’

NOVEMBER 26 November CONCLUSION OF THE YEAR OF THE BIBLE • Cathedral Study Day on 4 November led by Professor James Dunn and Professor Steve Moyise entitled Troublesome Texts: Exploring Difficult Parts of the Bible from The Song of Songs to the Book of Revelation.

JUNE 4 June PENTECOST • Archdeaconry of Horsham Lecture on The Bible and Politics on14 June at St Mary’s Easebourne • Cathedral Chancellor’s Lectures on The Bible in the Public Square at the Cathedral (dates and speakers to be confirmed) • Bible Courses using Resources from the Bible Society

A date for your Diary! Boxgrove Village Hall Sunday 23 July 2017

GRAND SUMMER FETE in aid of Village Hall Funds Further details to follow

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BOXGROVE PARISH COUNCIL REPORT MARCH 2017 At the March Parish Council Meting it was noted that there was a distinct lack of content in the Bugle aside from Church news and adverts and it was resolved to remedy this by resuming a monthly report from the PC. The Chairman told, in his report, of a recent meeting of the District Community Safety Committee where the Police Commander for Chichester and Arun, Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw, detailed the new arrangements for deploying, to the best advantage, the reduced number of PCSOs in the West Sussex area since the re-organisation last September. PCSOs are no longer assigned to a designated area, we used to call it a beat, but instead are now directed to where needed to focus on greater risk, possible harm or threat. Mention was also made of the 11% increase in reported crime in West Sussex for 2016, but much of this can be attributed to more reports of abuse and cyber (internet) crime, and particularly theft of and from vehicles out in the countryside, parked in beauty-spot car parks. It was noted that on 5th February this year alone there were 11 separate instances of such thefts from cars in Singleton, Cocking, West Stoke, Chilgrove and other places. The message is still "Don't leave anything of value in your parked car": if you hide things they will be found after a break-in! The best advice is to leave glove/cubby boxes open, showing nothing, and fold away any parcel shelf to expose an empty boot space and that there is nothing to steal! The Parish Traffic Calming Group continues to meet; Mike Hall had a productive meeting with Chris Dye, County Highways Manager for our area, and they discussed the concerns previously noted by the Group. It is agreed to make a start at the southern gateway by clearing the overgrowth on the north side of the A27 which completely obscures the view to the west for motorists trying to access the A27 roundabout. The “Boxgrove� village entry sign needs re-siting on the opposite side of the road with perhaps a picket-style fence to enhance the entry into the village, and the hedgerows in this area need cutting back to expose the 30 mph signs which at the moment are partially concealed. Consideration is also being given to a similar picket-style fence at the northern approach into the village. Exactly how these ideas are to be actioned and funded is yet to be decided, but we are hopeful. You may be wondering what's going on at the junction of Eartham Road and the A285. The Chairman and David Leah met with Jonathon Foster, the WSCC Highways Safety Officer, and other interested parties at Duncton Village Hall on 14th March, when it /continued on P10 Page 6

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BOXGROVE WI MARCH REPORT The President opened the meeting by welcoming Members, a guest and our speaker, Linda Macdonald, who was presented with a posy. She was pleased with this, as never before had this happened! Regretfully, Joan Simpson, Lilian Trowsdale and Val Norris were unable to be with us. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, and among the correspondence was a letter from the Aldingbourne Trust thanking us for our donation of £53.60. Two of our members are going to join a trip to Exbury Gardens with The Rose Green branch of the WI. We were reminded of "Sussex by the Sea", "Pot Luck Lunch", and a "Walk and Talk", all from the West Sussex News. Our Lunch Club is visiting the Star and Garter in East Dean, the Book Clubs are going well and our "garden" at the St Blaise Centre is blooming. Liz Eldridge reported on her evening with Westhampnett WI and Pauline O'Hare described our day of "Strictly Dancing" in the WI!!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS The April meeting was discussed and arrangements confirmed; a trip to the Forge at Slindon for tea is planned on 29th of March. Discussion took place and arrangements were made for our SPRING FAYRE on 14th MAY from 2 to 5pm, which will be held in the SBC. Included will be Cream Teas, Cakes and Produce, Plants and Crafts and of course a good Raffle. ALL ARE WELCOME - there is no entrance fee! After all this business it was a pleasure to sit back and enjoy the presentation by our Speaker; her topic was "Shapes and Styles to Flatter" and very knowledgable she was, with not a photo slide in sight. We were encouraged to sort through our clothes and discard all the 'unwearables'. She also added that she had found us to be one of the friendliest WIs she had visited!! The date of our next meeting will be 12th April, when we will experience the "Tesco Effect".

Julian Group Monday 3 April 3.15pm at the St Blaise Centre ‘Enthroned in the Soul’ Monday 8 May 3.15pm at the St Blaise Centre ‘Bound to Him in Love’ Monday 12 June 3.15pm at the St Blaise Centre ‘God our Father and Mother’

Enfolded in Love Julian of Norwich

Chris Potter

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Forthcoming events Saturday 8 April - Concert by The Chantry Quire, 7.30 pm Sunday 9 April - Palm Sunday: Solemn Mass and Procession, 10.00 am Thursday 13 April - Maundy Thursday: Solemn Mass 7.30pm Friday 14 April - Good Friday: Solemn Liturgy, 2.00 pm Saturday 15 April - Holy Saturday: Vigil & First Mass of Easter, 8.30pm Sunday 16 April - Easter Day: Combined Solemn Mass, 10.00 am We are very fortunate that the Rt Reverend Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, will be celebrating on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Saturday and see Page 13 for details of services throughout April

PRIORY SUNDAY SCHOOL Remaining dates for the Priory Sunday School this academic year are as follows: April 9 & 23 May 14 & 28 June 11 & 25 July 9 & 23 August - no Sunday School The Sunday School meets in the St Blaise Centre at 11.00 am. Children are asked to arrive promptly so that the objective of the session can be explained to everyone at once. Children should be aged between 4 and 11 and they must already have started school (ie if they are aged 4 but have not yet started school sadly they are not eligible). There is no charge and parents do not need to accompany the children. They don’t need to bring anything with them - just to come along. Page 9

/continued from P6 was explained that £1m had been offered by TfE (Transport for England) by way of grant funding to make some improvements to the most dangerous rural road in England. On average, there are 11.7 deaths or serious accidents on the stretch of road between Petworth and Chichester annually. This statistic is from recorded accidents over the past 10 years. Regretfully, guided by "experts", they appear to be concerned for the safety of occupants once they have run off the road rather than speed controls to prevent them leaving the roadway! This may involve cutting trees and hedging down close to the road, leaving at least a metre of 'run off' strip. This did not appeal to the members of the SDNPA who were present! The realignment of the junction at Eartham Road is an action funded by WSCC to show that County Highways is seen to be reacting in order to secure this funding which has recently become available. I suggest this unnecessary work is "a sprat to catch a mackerel". I cannot ever remember a death or serious injury occurring at this junction.


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THE OPTIMISTIC GARDENER High Trees - 1 March 2017 - No.2

Seeds and Songs and Spring I left the garden last week for a few days of viol playing - my other guilty pleasure - and so I skipped out to the greenhouse yesterday, excited to see what had been going on in there in my absence. Aubergine seeds germinating - good; tomatoes ready for pricking out and potting on - lovely; chilli peppers showing though in the propagator - but where are their seed leaves? There are only stems coming through the compost. Something in the greenhouse has enjoyed chilli cruditĂŠs; well I hope it burned their mouth parts. I couldn't manage the garden without the haven of the heated greenhouse to retire to every time the rain starts or the soil is too waterlogged. Back in the dreich days of February (am I allowed to use this word if not from Scotland?) I took the onion seedlings out of the propagator to make room for the aubergines, tomatoes and peppers. They too appreciate the double glazing of the propagator inside a heated greenhouse. I like to grow a large proportion of my plants inside, pot them into modules and then, when they are a reasonable size, harden them off and plant them out. It means that I lose far fewer plants than when sowing directly outside. It also means I use far less seed. My spare fridge in the utility room is slowly having less use as a fridge for the niceties of life (the champagne chilling and the dressed crabs queuing up to be eaten) and more use as a seed store. Every morning for the last fortnight I have woken up to the burbling of our resident song thrush. For their size they have the most penetrating and unmistakable voice. With his repertoire of 100 or so phrases which he usually repeats, his morning (and evening) performances are never boring. I always know where to look for him because he has his favourite platform from which to perform. I await with anticipation the time when he is able to imitate man-made items like telephones although he may have trouble with ours, which plays 'Fur Elise'! Another joy of approaching Spring is wandering down to the pond to see what is singing there. We have an area where bog bean (menyanthes trifoliata) grows, an uninspiring /continued overleaf ... Page 11

/continued from P11 name for a very useful native plant. It provides the perfect nursery for the toad and frogspawn. The first indication that anything is happening is the chirruping coming from the pond and the occasional splash as the pairs of amphibians dive for cover on my heavy -footed approach. Yesterday I was delighted to see great clumps of jelly in five or six places where the day before there had been nothing. I was reminded of the Seamus Heaney poem, "Death of a Naturalist", in which he observes: But best of all was the warm thick slobber Of frogspawn that grew like clotted water In the shade of the banks. Let's hope we don't have a cold spell now as we did last year when the top of the spawn was frozen into the ice and killed off the eggs. On looking more closely, there were the necklaces of toad spawn looping around the stems of the bog bean. Plenty of slug Hoovers later this year then. As I am writing I have just read a Met Office forecast suggesting that we may have a white Easter this year with the arrival of a Polar Vortex - whatever that is! Ah well, as an optimistic gardener I look at a cold snap as the opportunity to rid the greenhouse of the beasties that are munching at my chilli peppers. Though I suspect the toads and the thrush will make a better job of it. Janet Reeves

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THE PARISH OF SAINT MARY AND SAINT BLAISE, BOXGROVE CALENDAR AND MASS INTERCESSIONS MARCH 2017 APRIL 1 Sat 2 Sun 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Feria FIFTH IN LENT (Passiontide Begins)

Tax Officials Parish & people Community Mass 10am Mon com Saint Richard of Wyche, Bishop of Chichester The Diocese of Chichester Tue Feria The Departed Wed com Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest That we might learn forgiveness Thu Feria Christian Unity Fri com Saint John Baptiste de la Salle A right ordering of priorities Sat Feria Preparations for Holy Week Sun PALM SUNDAY Following Jesus more closely Solemn Mass and Proc 10am Mon HOLY WEEK The unchurched Mass, Music & Readings 7.30pm Tue HOLY WEEK Those seeking faith Mass, Music & Readings 7.30pm Wed HOLY WEEK Hospital Chaplains Mass 8am, Reception of Oils 8pm Thu MAUNDY THURSDAY Increased Faithfulness Solemn Mass 7.30pm Fri GOOD FRIDAY Solemn Liturgy 2pm Sat HOLY SATURDAY Vigil & First Easter Mass 8.30pm Sun EASTER DAY Parish & people Combined Solemn Mass 10am Mon IN EASTER WEEK Teachers Tue IN EASTER WEEK Doctors Wed IN EASTER WEEK MPs Thu IN EASTER WEEK Religious Fri IN EASTER WEEK Local Politicians Sat IN EASTER WEEK Faithfulness to the gospel Sun SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – DIVINE MERCY Parish and People Mon SAINT GEORGE, MARTYR, PATRON OF ENGLAND The English Nation Tue Saint Mark the Evangelist The Press & Media Wed Feria The Sick & Suffering Thu Feria The Departed Fri Saint Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary, Martyr Better Christian witness Sat Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor, Patron of Europe Courage in Faith Sun THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Parish & people Page 13

SHOP EARLY FOR BIRTHDAYS (or Christmas ...) and help your local hospice As part of the Clothkits Scrapbag Challenge, our local store generously gave the Chichester Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild a number of “scrapbags” of high quality fabrics. From these, the Guild has made beautiful - and unique - stitched items which are to be sold in aid of Dreambuilding, St Wilfrid’s New Hospice Appeal. Do come along and support us to raise money for this wonderful project. Saturday 29 April, 9.30am - 5.00pm Drapers Yard, next to Clothkits - 16 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7JG Find out more about the Embroiderers’ Guild at

Be a Star for St Wilfrid’s Hospice Why not join the St Wilfrid’s Hospice ninth annual 5 or 10 mile sponsored Moonlight Walk, starting at 10pm on Saturday 6 May from the Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester, taking in Centurion Way, the Roman Walls and Bishop’s Palace Gardens, beautifully lit with glow sticks. There is a £15 entry fee including a T-shirt, refreshments, a light breakfast and even a relaxing massage at the end! It is hoped that entrants’ own fundraising efforts will raise at least another £50 to help St Wilfrid’s continue to support patients living with a terminal illness. The Fundraising Team hopes to exceed last year’s total of £70,000. The deadline for registration is Friday 21st April, and the Hospice has partnered with Everyday Hero to help make individual fundraising even easier. If you are interested in walking or helping as a volunteer, call the Fundraising Team on 01243 755827, email or visit The Moonlight Walk is kindly sponsored by Everyone Active, The Chichester Observer and South Downs Water. St. Wilfrid’s Hospice Chichester Page 14

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R.I.P. ~ Ruth Sewell 7 August 1916 – 31st January 2017 th

This text reduced from the eulogy given by her daughter Jan at the memorial service in Boxgrove Priory on 2nd March 2017

Ruth Hilda Sewell née Marson was born in Walthamstow, the youngest of seven children. She won a scholarship to grammar school, coming first in the county, but had to leave school at seventeen to take a job, having lost her father when she was eleven. She won a prize for the fastest shorthand and typing in London. While working as a secretary, she met Ted at a works party and married him in 1939. She left work and they set up home in Welwyn Garden City. In 1941 Ted was called up to the Army and served until 1946. He then retrained as a teacher and in 1949 the family moved to Fishbourne. In 1955 they came to Boxgrove, where in 1956 a fourth child was born and christened in the Priory; the first of many services here. In 1958 Ruth had to have major surgery and was in hospital for 12 weeks while Boxgrove friends helped to feed the family. This prompted her to begin training as a marriage guidance counsellor and later a training tutor. The family moved to Chichester in 1962, taking in students from Bishop Otter College, but celebrated three family marriages in the Priory. Ruth left marriage counselling and became a part-time tutor at the Theological College, also training bereavement care groups and working with the chaplaincy service at St Richard’s Hospital training ward visitors. In the 1980s Ruth and Ted lived at Fontwell but continued to worship at Boxgrove. Sadly Ted died in 1986 and her eldest son Adrian in 2008. Many of the Priory hymn books are in memory of Ted. Ruth served the church in many ways, both on the PCC and Deanery Synod, and as a Chichester representative on Diocesan Synod. She made her vows as an oblate sister of the Benedictines at West Malling Abbey in 2002. Independent into her 90s, living now in Priors Acre, she continued to worship regularly in the Priory until a fall in 2013 forced a move to Beggars Roost in Fishbourne. She celebrated her 100th birthday there last August. Jan concluded her eulogy with a few family memories, one being Ruth’s regret at not being allowed (in her 80s) to try scuba diving in Antigua at a grandson’s wedding. Her youngest granddaughter has posted on Instagram: “She had the amazing knack to say the most inappropriate comments at the most awkward times”. Jan said Ruth would have been chuffed to be on Instagram! As matriarch of her large family – four children, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren – she will be much missed for the bright, lively, determined, unshockable person she was, always saying what she thought – often without thinking first! May she rest in peace. T.D.P. Page 16

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Hazel Treadgold - Memorial Service (Chichester Cathedral 27/1/17) + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. For many years now, the mention of the name Hazel Treadgold has conjured-up for me the bundle of energy, style, love and faith that we meet to remember, honour and offer thanks for, this afternoon. She was a remarkable person, lending strength, focus and purpose to the lives of many: family, friends, colleagues, parishioners, congregations, members of the Mothers' Union (all around the world), people of contrasting social position, and anyone who happened along into her orbit. I say 'was', and put it in the past tense, not to suggest a cessation of her life, and certainly not to make us think of her as diminished, because we Christians believe that death is the gateway to life eternal. We struggle to describe this changed life, this Resurrection life, because it is beyond our human experience. But we can come to a better understanding and description of it if we use the language of faith, formed by divine teaching and passed down to our generations in scripture and the life and tradition of the Church. With those two important streams, Hazel was deeply familiar and could hold a conversation about her faith which amply demonstrated that she had a firm grasp of it, and an appetite to know more and more. The reading we had from Saint Mark's gospel reminds us of how things begin in a very small way and have amazing potential for growth and development. This is God's plan for us. He has planted us here on earth knowing each of us by name, counting the hairs on our head and giving what we each need in order to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes he meets our needs directly through his sacramental grace, and in Hazel's case we know that she entered very fully into the life of the baptised and confirmed; that she valued, as very precious, the opportunities for Holy Communion; that in her marriage she and John grew together and worked together, neither one complete without the other. Or sometimes the Lord touches our lives through the companionship of others, chiefly our families and friends. As Mother and Grandmother Hazel excelled, her deep and profound common sense making parenting look easy. She had wonderful ability when it came to organisation and although people might find themselves with a slight feeling of panic because of what Hazel was asking of them, she was a shrewd judge of capability and potential, and a great encourager of those in need of reassurance. She could also cut straight through most of the excuses that people had for not wanting to be part of her plan! I quickly add reference to her capacity for great kindness, some of it immensely practical. It seems not that long ago that she delivered casseroles to Boxgrove Vicarage when my wife became unwell. /continued ... Page 26

I knew her first at Windsor where, with seemingly easy self-confidence, she supported John, looked after the family, entertained many, including this very junior cleric, and commanded the respect of the community both in the Great Park and in the Castle. She always let God loose in her life, controlling him only a bit! Her breadth of vision and those many skills, which had now blossomed and developed, were used by the Lord, and her work for the Mothers' Union offered fascinating challenges and opportunities. She coped, with seeming ease, with the excitements of it all, relishing and enjoying the fun of it while also knowing when to be serious, and sometimes even sad. As Dean's wife here in Chichester she supported John with tenderness and, when needed, a bit of steel. Together they served the cathedral community and the wider community in Sussex, ministering God's love and care to all sorts and conditions of people. As a Magistrate she was known for her clear thinking, for her compassion, and for her ability to be firm in giving direction. All of this wisdom was shaped by her faith, and by her understanding of the fallen-ness of humanity and the possibility, indeed necessity, of restoration and new chances. In retirement at Boxgrove there were a few years of gradual winding-down with greater opportunities to serve in the Office of Grandparents, and she and John enjoyed their freedom from too much diary commitment, though John ministered in local parishes and Hazel continued to organise - not least a very successful exhibition of Wedding Dresses at Boxgrove Priory. And her flower arranging was wonderful to behold, even given her preference for the big, bold and - sometimes - expensive! If a need was brought to Hazel's attention she would always look for ways to meet it. And she prayed, and asked for prayers, for Bishop Luffa School and for other groups where she had a continuing and important role. These last few years have been times for Hazel to go more often to the cross of Jesus, to share more fully in the powerlessness of suffering and of a loss of autonomy. But in very truth, I am sure that Hazel is more alive than you and me, and has now grown into the full stature that God willed for her; that he planned for her and towards which his constant gifts of grace encouraged and helped her. Without doubt, in her earthly life she did magnificently (and that was when her view and understanding of God was only partial, 'viewed through a glass darkly' as St Paul puts it). Now, having gazed on the One whose love is without limit, who calls us, judges us with compassion and perfects us, there is even more to Hazel. We, each of us, are God's harvest. Let us look forward in confidence to that time when, after such growth as is possible for us, we will in God's good time, and in fulfilment of the plans and has for us, be reunited with Hazel and with all those whom we have loved. + In the name ‌ Page 27

Services for the coming months Daily Mass in the Priory: Monday - 8.00am (9.00am on Bank Holidays); Tuesday - 10.00am (with a Short Homily and followed by coffee); Wednesday 8.00am; Thursday - 7.00pm; Friday - 12 noon; Saturday - 8.00am and 6.00pm (which counts for Sunday communion). Confessions heard by appointment.

APRIL 2017 (Year A) 2 - FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT 8.00am - Holy Communion † 10.00am - Community Mass 9 - PALM SUNDAY 8.00am - Holy Communion † 10.00am - Solemn Mass & Procession 10 - MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK 7.30pm - Mass, Music & Readings 11 - TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK 7.30pm - Mass, Music & Readings 12 - WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK 8.00am - Mass 8.00pm - Reception of Oils 13 - MAUNDY THURSDAY 7.30pm - Solemn Mass 14 - GOOD FRIDAY 2.00pm - Solemn Liturgy

30 - THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 8.00am - Holy Communion † 9.30am - Solemn Mass 11.15am - Parish Mass

MAY 2017 (Year A) 7 - FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 8.00am - Holy Communion † 10.00am - Community Mass 14 - FIFTH OF EASTER 8.00am - Holy Communion † 9.30am - Solemn Mass 11.15am - Parish Mass 21 - SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (SUNDAY BEFORE ASCENSION) 8.00am - Holy Communion † 9.30am - Solemn Mass 11.15am - Parish Mass

15 - HOLY SATURDAY 8.30pm - Vigil & First Mass of Easter

25 - ASCENSION DAY 7.30pm - Solemn Mass

16 - EASTER DAY 10.00am - Combined Solemn Mass

28 - SEVENTH SUNDAY IN EASTER (SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION) 8.00am - Holy Communion † 9.30am - Solemn Mass 11.15am - Parish Mass

23 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 8.00am - Holy Communion † 9.30am - Solemn Mass 11.15am - Parish Mass

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