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The Lantern The magazine for Deal St Andrew, the Church of England Parish at the North End.

SEPTEMBER 2015 visit us at www.dealstandrews.org.uk

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Who’s Who in the Parish Parish Priest: Father Stephen Young SSC 01304 447947

Honorary Assistant Clergy: Father Ian Shackleton SSC 01304 379773 Father Robert Farrell The Rev’d Deacon Pat Wright

Churchwardens:

Waveney Brooks 01304 367961 Kate Frorath 01304 380555

PCC Officers: PCC Secretary: PCC Treasurer: Electoral Roll:

Ali Robertson Mike Carey Bryan Evans

Children’s and Families Minister: Tim Fudge Director of Music: Tim Woodhead Lantern editor: Peter Gibson Editorial adviser: Fr Stephen Young Lantern advertising: Kate Rushbr ook at kate.r ushbr ook@btinter net.com

Hall Manager: Rosemary Lanaway 01304 366589

The Parish Office: St Andrew’s Church, West Street, Deal CT14 6DY Telephone: (01304) 381131 - Email: standrewsdeal@gmail.com The Parish Office is not manned full-time but mail and telephone messages are checked regularly.

Copy for the October issue is due by 10th August.

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In Church each week at St Andrew’s Matins is said at 8 am on Saturdays; otherwise at 9 am on weekdays. Evensong is said at 6 pm. Sunday

8.00 am 10.00 am 6.00 pm

Low Mass (Book of Common Prayer) Parish Mass (Common Worship) Evensong (BCP) and Benediction

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A priest will normally be available for spiritual counsel after Evensong on Saturdays or otherwise by appointment.

On Festivals and Holy Days, service times may vary - please see our Notice Board or our website at www.dealstandrews.org.uk Please note: 1st Saturday 1st Wednesday 3rd Sunday

11.30 am 9.30 pm 6.00pm

OLW Cell Mass, Angelus and Rosary Low Mass and Healing Rites CBS attend Evensong and Benediction

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Please contact Father Ian Shackleton on 01304 381131 for inquiries about any of these services. Front cover: The Bishop of Dover dedicating the Memorial and Garden of Remembrance and Peace.

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Father Stephen writes ...

Coffee and Chat Christianity is about being human. Part of being human is chatting. I love to hear people meeting and greeting each other on a Sunday or weekday morning as they come into church. One of the loveliest sounds at St Andrew’s is the laughter that I can often hear as I get ready for the services. During our services people are involved in the worship of God, singing, praying and being appropriately quiet and thoughtful. After the service visitors and regulars alike come into the hall for coffee, tea, and sometimes, on special occasions, something stronger. This is a great time for mixing; the sheer buzz of conversation and enjoyment can be almost riotous! I love this time, because it enables people to chat with friends and neighbours as well as meet new people and visitors to our town. Each week, as I greet people, I see that St Andrew’s has a steady flow of newcomers at our services. They may be local or they may be from far away. They can be High Church or Low Church, or even no church! Old and young, families, couples, and single people, there is a healthy mix of different people every week. This is how it should be in a Christian community; there must be room for everybody. Meeting and mixing is central to being a follower of Christ and this is why coffee time is so valuable to us. During this autumn we are enabling more people to do just that. The first disciples were ordinary people who met Jesus and found a new way of life through that meeting. Bringing people together for a meal or coffee, to chat, to discuss their faith and their lives is a great way to encounter the living Jesus. So we are beginning two ventures that seek to do this. We will be having Alpha meetings and also a Confirmation group. Alpha is for people to meet at home to explore faith and life in a relaxed setting. It is especially suitable for people who have not been regular church

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goers. If you are interested or want to know more please contact Tim Fudge at 07906199767 or email him at: realdealworker@gmail.com Our Confirmation group is designed for those who feel ready to deepen their spiritual experience and are ready to make a further commitment as a follower of Jesus. Please contact Fr Ian or Fr Stephen if you are interested. St Andrew’s is the church for ‘the north end’ of Deal, but we are also a community of people from near and far. We hope you will visit us soon, for coffee and chat, and feel free to take part in any of our activities that help us deepen our faith and our lives.

Fr Stephen

What’s on in September. Exhibition in the church hall commemorating WW1 "Letters from the Front". Friday, 28th August to Saturday 5th September Confirmation Group: 6:30pm,Wednesday, 2nd September. 6:30pm,Wednesday, 9th September. 6:30pm,Wednesday, 16th September. British Legion Service of Dedication of Standards: 3:00pm, Saturday, 12th September. World Peace Day Mass: 10:00am, Sunday, 20th September. Confirmation Service: 7:00pm, Wednesday, 23rd September. Harvest Supper: 6:30pm, Saturday, 26th September. Harvest Festival Mass: 10:00am, Sunday, 27th September.

Coffee Concert: 11:00am, Monday, 28th September. Pet’s Service: 10:30am, Saturday, 3rd October.

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Authorised Lay Ministry Update Six months ago I shared with Lantern readers the exciting news that I had been accepted for the Diocesan Lay Ministry Training Course. I have now successfully completed the first module and am over halfway through the second, meaning that the September Parochial Church Council will be invited by Fr Stephen officially to authorise and define my ministry at St Andrew’s. I hope in due course to continue my studies, but for now, heartfelt thanks to the many people who have supported and encouraged me; my family and friends (not all of them connected with St Andrew’s), my training supervisor Rev Pat and, of course, last but not least, Fr Stephen and all the Honorary Clergy at St Andrew’s. When our Lord called me to His ministry, I took a massive leap of faith, having no idea of the how, where and when of it; just that with His help, it was going to be. Six months on, those of us students who completed the course had a celebratory evening with our tutors, course leaders and clergy. I was greatly honoured by Fr Ian’s accompanying me, his enjoyment of the evening and, naturally, the opportunity to represent an Anglo Catholic Church at a Diocesan-wide event! (Continued overleaf.) This leads me to an outcome of this mission which only gradually dawned on me as the months went by; the inclusive nature of the course, with stu-

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dents from every possible worship tradition the Church of England has to offer, taught me as much about Christianity as the formal learning. Well and truly out of our “comfort zones “at the start, we became a cohesive group, learning from each other and each bringing different experiences and backgrounds to the table. While we all increased our understanding of and respect for the traditions of others, the central truth is that Christ’s message is for all of us, however we worship Him and do His work in the world. This is not the place to go into detail about what I shall be doing; broadly, my role will be to support the whole St Andrew’s team, including, very importantly, the Healing Ministry. This has been a big aspect of my training. You may see me wearing a white hooded robe known as a cassock alb in church. All lay people can wear this when performing a liturgical role, as with the cassock and cotta worn by the choir and servers. It’s not an exclusively clerical vestment! New roles and ministries challenge us, and ask us to expand our horizons. Do speak to me, the churchwardens, or the clergy if you want to know more. You may even find yourself called to formalise the ministries which many people already perform and go back to school! Please pray for me: with your support, I will do my very best to make a difference, as part of our work together for the Kingdom of God in Deal. Kate Rushbrook

St Andrew’s Roll of Honour 1915 (In the last issue of The Lantern the editor requested information concerning the presence of Lt Cdr Parson’s memorial plaque in the church. The following account has been provided by a parishioner, Mark Frost, ex Senior Assistant Curator at Dover Museum and adviser to the Dover War Memorial Project)

The connection of St. Andrew’s to Lt Cdr. Raymond Steriker Parsons comes through his in-laws, the Bruntons, who didn’t have a very good year in 1915 Parsons was the son of a Dover doctor, Charles Parsons (1833-1922) born in (Continued on page 10.)

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(Continued from page 8.) Wells Somerset, and an Anglo-French mother Venetia Digby Fowell Sprye (1840-1916) born in Paris. Dr. Parsons was a good friend of local builder, timber merchant and Dover grandee Steriker Finnis, hence the name. Raymond, born Dover 1880, joined the Royal Navy at age 14 in 1894 as a cadet. When posted to the Royal Naval Division in 1914 he was billeted in the tents at the Royal Navy Camp at Betteshanger (along with Rupert Brooke) and soon met Elsie Brunton in nearby Deal. Elsie was the daughter of Hubert Brunton, a London Stock Broker, and Edith Eugenie Brunton. She had been born in London in 1884. Hubert was more than 15 years older than his wife so Elsie and Edith were still young when Hubert retired and moved the family to 50 Blenheim Road, Deal, in the early 1900s. Elsie and Raymond married in 1914 at St. Leonard’s church and Raymond officially moved into the Brunton family home in Blenheim Rd. for a short while before being sent to the Dardenelles. Raymond was killed on 4th June 1915 and Hubert Brunton died unexpectedly at 50 Blenheim Rd a few weeks later on 24th July 1915. The two widows, Edith and Elsie, moved to Sandhills Cottage up Golf Rd (Sandy Lane as was) and hence into St. Andrew’s parish. Edith was still living there when she died in the Wellesley House Nursing Home in 1935 The war memorials were all installed in the 1920s of course. Elsie had a plaque for her husband put up in her parish church of St. Andrew’s but Raymond's mother had died not long after him in 1916 and his father followed in 1922 so, for some reason, his elder sister then living in Tunbridge Wells was consulted as his next of kin and she requested he be honoured on the Dover War Memorial, which he is. Parsons should indeed be on the Dover War memorial as a Dover-born lad but his military records give his residence at time of death as 50 Blenheim Rd., Deal, so he has a just claim to be on the Deal war memorial at St. George’s too. Parsons military records state "Husband of Elsie Parsons c/o Stillwells, 12 10


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Pall Mall, London SW, later of 50, Blenheim Road, Deal" so I'm still not sure why his eldest sister was regarded as next of kin; I haven’t bothered to trace Elsie Parsons - perhaps I should as I guess she may too have died or possibly remarried and moved away. The Parsons family was only at Dover but I wonder if the short-lived whirlwind romance followed by death meant Elsie never met her in-laws or at least only met them at the wedding (although her father and mother are the witnesses). It may be that Elsie and the Parsons had no contact after the death of Raymond as there was no chance for a relationship to develop Mark Frost

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The Origins of the St Andrew’s Calvary. This story begins in misfortune with Ethel Redsull who was born in Deal in 1912. Her mother, Emma, was married to a greengrocer, George Redsull. Sadly Emma was an alcoholic and unable to look after her children. The outcome was that in 1914 Ethel, with her mother and her sister Winnie, were sent to Duxhurst, a specially designed village near Reigate where inebriated women were sheltered and rehabilitated. Emma recovered and entered service in Horsted Keynes. Her two daughters remained in the settlement until they too could enter service. In time, Ethel returned to Deal where she married Fred Brown in 1935 at St Andrew’s, a church the Brown family were closely associated with; both Fred and his father were choristers and sidemen. During the 1950’s Ethel often returned to Duxhurst with her children, Brian and Jane, to visit the hospital and the lovely little chapel. In 1961 Ethel received an urgent call from one of the other children brought up at Duxhurst to help rescue the contents of the chapel. In a hired van Ethel and Jane, supported by Eleanor Chivers and Roger Skinner from St Andrew’s, travelled to Surrey and rescued brass candlesticks, copper sconces, vestments, altar frontals, a small statuette of the Blessed Virgin and Child together with the two figures of Christ, one of which now hangs on the Rood and the other on the Calvary. Both of the figures were in need of much restoration after spending months on the damp ground smothered by vegetation. The Revd Peter Hart restored the Rood Corpus and also designed the cross, which he put in place above the chancel step with the assistance of the then Rector, Canon Lyonel Lancaster. Dr Peter Boulden was responsible for restoring the Corpus on the Calvary which he also designed, the work being carried out by Mr Albert Cavell JP. The Caen stone footings of the rockery, recently demolished, came from the old Methodist church building which was being pulled down at the time. A story which began in misery concluded in a sort of triumph, whereby witness to Christ’s saving grace was and is made fully apparent both to the congregation and to passers-by. Adapted by the editor from a fuller account by Ethel’s son, Brian Brown

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Dedication of the Memorial and Garden of Peace From Concept to Completion My involvement with the new memorial at St Andrew’s came about after a conversation with the lovely Brian and deeply missed Michel in, of all places, the food section of Marks and Spencer’s, a mecca on Saturdays for the discerning gentlemen. This led to my first meeting of many with Fr Stephen. It was evident from these that there was a clear vision to create a space fronting on West Street that was open to all and within that space to erect something fitting to the memory of all those lost in conflict - past, present and future. The area in and around St Andrew’s is very familiar to me as I have fond memories of sitting as a small boy on the workbench of my grandfather, Bert Pitcher’s, French polishing workshop in West Street. It was there that the level of detail and patience required for restoring was, unknowingly, instilled in me; it has been the cornerstone of my own work throughout my life. The process of being accepted to create a new memorial was duly followed and approval came directly from the DAC, after scrutiny of my CV and previous works. The initial ideas and sketches were for something new and different, lots of ink was used, paper covered and jottings made. The difficult question was how to encompass not just the First World War but the conflicts since. These can be very emotive issues as it’s often easy to miss something that feels very personal to some but obscure to others. This issue was resolved in one of the lengthy but fruitful conversations with Fr Stephen. I came up with the idea of using the simple and inclusive inscription “For the Fallen”. The overall design for the monument then became very clear - simple and understated. The Calvary, made to appear black through the application of linseed oil to the oak, would be mounted on a plinth approached by the classic three 13


steps worked in gleaming Portland stone. The proposal was met with enthusiastic approval. At this point I must say a huge thank you to my colleague Mr A.D Powell for his expert input on the stonework; it’s one idea to have an overall vision but “the devil is in the detail” It’s hard to describe the sense of pride and satisfaction I felt as we erected the cross into its critical position and the work was done. To stand back and look at something you have lived with for over a year at that point is and remains very emotional. The comments received by myself, Father Stephen and all at St Andrews have been very positive and uplifting. The idea to create a space for people to take time and reflect has been achieved. I must take time to thank all those at St Andrews who have been tirelessly involved in the fundraising and getting the project started and completed. I can only say how pleasurable it has been personally to be part of this project and know that I will see it often, as I pass, now and into my dotage, once again thank you all. Robert Smith

Below: The Mayor of Deal, Robert Smith, a councillor and Fr Stephen Young.

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The Dedication It was Saturday 18th July, a bright sunny day, as the procession from the church to the Garden of Peace moved into position at 3pm. Present at the service, apart from our own clergy and church wardens, were clergy from neighbouring churches, His Worship the Mayor of Deal with his Lady Mayoress and town councillors and council officials, representatives of the Royal British Legion and Burma Star Association, and proud parishioners. The service was led by the Rt Rev’d Trevor Willmott, Lord Bishop of Dover, who dedicated the Calvary and blessing it with Holy Water and incense. Wreaths were laid around the base of the memorial, including a woollen hat made up of knitted poppies worked by members of the congregation. Wine and ‘superior’ canapés were served in the marquee afterwards while the crowds that had gathered for this very special service mingled and chatted, pleased and proud to have such a wonderful monument to commemorate the precious lives of parishioners lost in conflict. Patricia Thomsett-Jones At 9 am Mike Carey and his team of merry men assembled in readiness to erect the marquee in the churchyard. Others were busy in the hall and kitchen getting the tables, chairs, glasses, drinks etc in place for the big event. Tubs of geraniums were placed around the Memorial courtesy of Brian. The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev’d Trevor Willmott, and his wife Margaret arrived and also the band. It should be mentioned that the Band were dressed for the occasion in old uniforms and they did look splendid. All was now ready to roll. The procession left the church to the music of the band and what a sight it 15


was; Standard Bearers, Servers, The British Legion, The Mayor and Town Councillors, Choir, Clergy, Church Wardens, The Bishop and the Deacon. The churchyard was full of guests and people from all over Deal; seats had been taken up and there was standing room only. Fr. Stephen gave the welcome and opening prayer. The order of service began with the hymn Eternal Father Strong to Save. After the 1st reading we sang Jerusalem. Then followed the poem In Flanders Fields and an address by the Bishop. After prayers we sang O God our Help in Ages Past. Then came the time for the Bishop to dedicate our Memorial Cross and Garden. Wreaths were placed around the Memorial by The British Legion, The Mayor, and myself on behalf of the congregation. The wreath I laid had been lovingly made by ladies from the church who had knitted poppies over the past year (this can now be seen in All Souls Chapel in inside the Church). After the Act of Commitment we sang the National Anthem and the pro- cession returned to the church. It was a very moving service and everyone was touched by it. Once the formalities had been concluded everyone adjourned to the marquee for much needed refreshments. The day was a great success

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and everyone mingled together chatting and reminiscing until very late afternoon. A lovely day was had by all. Many thanks must go to all those who have helped by work or donation to achieve such a splendid Memorial Cross and Garden in St Andrew’s churchyard which is dedicated to all those men and women who have died in service from wars or conflicts. I personally feel that it is a marvellous monument and a wonderful addition to Deal Town. Kate Frorath

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The Royal British Legion The Downs Branch Standard of the Royal British Legion carried by our Standard Bearer Joe De Zille barely moved in the cool summer breeze as he stood smartly to attention. He accompanied by Barry Rampton carrying the Staple Branch Standard along with sixteen members of the Legion who were delighted to be at the dedication of the new memorial.. Joe and Barry led the assembled clergy and Mayors in a short parade from the Church to the Cross and stood proudly at attention during the proceedings. Past County Chairman Aussie Walker gave the Exhortation and Burma Star veteran Sid Gibbons the Kohima Epitaph. Branch Chairman Edward Barkway laid a wreath on behalf of the Downs Branch members. Edward Barkway

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Letters from the Front - the personal view from the Front during the Great War.

As announced the 2015 exhibition on the Great War is entitled ‘Letters from the Front’, and is dealing with the more personal aspects of the effects of the war on Deal’s, and the wider national, population. Although the bulk of the display is made up from the contents of personal documents, such as letters to and from the troops on active service showing their thoughts and hopes, it also includes the sometimes harrowing observations from third parties such as the nurses in attendance at the Front. There are also examples of the combatants’ artistic endeavours such as sketches and poetry together with a small display of ‘trench art’, those artefacts made during the quiet moments and made from spent shell casings and other debris found to hand. In addition there are examples of the embroidered cards which were sent home by the troops on the frontline in France, along with other souvenirs produced locally by the French and Belgium populations as souvenirs. The exhibition is open from Friday 28th August to Saturday 5th September, from 10am to 4pm.

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Something to amuse. On their way to get married, a young couple were involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they began to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St Peter showed up they asked him. St Peter said, "I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go and find out." The couple sat and waited, and waited. Two months passed and the couple were still waiting. During this time they began to wonder what would happen if their marriage didn't work out. Could they get a divorce in Heaven?

After yet another month St Peter finally returned looking somewhat bedraggled. "Yes," he informed the couple, "you can get married in Heaven." "Great, " said the couple, "but we were wondering what if things didn't work out? Can we get a divorce in Heaven?" St Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard onto the ground. "What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple. "OH COME ON!" St Peter shouted. "It took me three months to find a clergyman up here! Do you have any idea how long it will take to find a lawyer?" Contributed by John Harper.

Even though September is the month of harvest and plenty, the church mice have decided to turn their backs on St Andrew’s for good. Regular readers will miss their quirky presence and I am sure will join with the editor in thanking their creator, Lest, for the amusement they have given. We can be sure that his talented pen will find other subjects to occupy it.

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Holy Baptism (or Christening) - What is it? In St Matthew’s Gospel we learn that early in his ministry Jesus met John the Baptist on the banks of the River Jordan. He asked John to baptize him. Aware that Jesus was the Son of God, John said, ‘Why do you come to me? I need to be baptized by you.’ But Jesus insisted and entered the river. So John baptized him in the waters of the River Jordan. When Jesus came up out of the river, the heavens opened and the spirit of God descended on him in the shape of a dove. And a voice came from heaven saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’

When someone is baptized (or christened), they are following the example set by Jesus, and like Jesus they receive the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an important ceremony in which the person being baptized becomes a child of God. From the moment you are baptized you are a Christian, you belong to Jesus. Nothing you can do will ever undo this. It is for all time and eternity. Baptism usually takes place at the font, a large stone basin filled with water often placed near the entrance to the church. This position emphasises that baptism is the start of a journey, the journey that each Christian takes with Jesus. Often children are baptized before they can walk, but older children and adults are also baptized. (Some churches only baptize adults.) During the ceremony, the priest first makes the sign of the cross on the candidate’s forehead with the oil of baptism’ saying, ‘Christ claims you for his own. Receive the sign of the cross.’ He then blesses the water in the font and asks all present to join in the Apostle’s creed which is a statement of what Christians believe. The candidate’s parents and godparents say the words on behalf of a very young candidate. The priest then baptizes the candidate with water saying ‘Name of child, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ and anoints them again, this time with the special oil of Chrism. (The same oil is used to anoint a monarch at the coronation.) A lighted candle is given with the words ‘Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.’ If you would like to know more about baptism, then contact Fr Ian on 01304 379773.

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