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Next Edition of the Little Missenden Messenger Published 20th September 2009

Summer 2009

Chin up. Head down.

Our dog needs a name: turn to page 19.

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“I want each and everyone of you to forfill a dream it look at what you have don and at the end e and feel the of achievement I accomplishment did. Only then will you under and passed away” [sic sta nd ]. Rifleman Cyr how I felt when us Thatcher, kill 2009 in Afghan I ed in action 2n istan, aged 19 d June


In awe of Creation


his year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and 150 years since the publication of ‘On the Origin of the Species’, Darwin’s groundbreaking presentation of his theory of evolution and natural selection. To mark these commemorations, various events have been planned in the media and elsewhere – the BBC screened a series of documentary films about Darwin’s work and it’s impact earlier this year, and in November last year the centre of Little Missenden and the church were taken over for two days of filming for a production entitled ‘Creation’, due for cinema release on September 25th. Directed by Oscar-winning director John Amiel (‘The last Emperor’) and starring Paul Bettany as Darwin and his real-life wife Jennifer Connelly as Mrs Darwin, the film tells the story of Darwin’s struggle to reconcile his growing scientific conviction about the origin of life with his love and devotion to his devoutly Christian wife, from the very unscientific but profoundly human perspective of their relationship. The Director writes: “Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love story CREATION is the story of Charles Darwin and the single most explosive idea in history. Darwin’s great, still controversial, book The Origin of Species depicts nature as a battleground. In CREATION the battleground is a man’s heart. Torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth. This is not the grey-bearded old man that most people imagine when they think of Darwin. The Darwin we meet in CREATION is a

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Snapshots of Creation: above Paul Bettany, as Darwin, and Jeremy Northam as the Vicar of Downe Church, in key scenes from the forthcoming film shot in Little Missenden last November. Left, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany’s realreal-life wife, as Mrs Darwin.


Flying High The 20 year success story of the Chiltern Kite


nce a threatened species in England, the success of the red kite’s reintroduction twenty years ago is such that its population in the Chiltern Hills is now believed to be the densest in Europe. It is estimated that some 400-500 pairs are nesting in the undulating beechwoods along the Chiltern ridge from Goring in Oxfordshire to Luton in Bedfordshire, and the bird is now not only a regular and spectacular sight along the M40 motorway which cuts through the Chiltern escarpment between High Wycombe and Oxford, but a ‘frequent flyer’ often spotted soaring over the fields and roof-tops of the parish of Little Missenden. A carrion feeder and once a scavenger on London's streets (and mentioned as such in Shakespeare), the red kite became extinct in England in 1870, and in Scotland in 1890. For most of the 20th century the remoter parts of mid-Wales remained its only stronghold. But in the late 1980s the decision was taken to reintroduce it to England and Scotland, using birds from Spain and Sweden, and the project has turned into one of the most successful bird re-introduction programmes ever seen. The full British population, still steadily expanding, is now regarded as the healthiest in Europe, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In an ironic twist of fate, stable or declining red kite populations, such as those in Spain, France and Germany, are now benefitting from the reintroduction of red kites from this country. Dr Mark Avery, RSPB Director of Conservation, said: “The continuing recovery of the red kite is a fantastic success story. It is a truly iconic bird and wherever it has been reintroduced, from the Chilterns to Gateshead to Aberdeen, local people have taken it to their hearts. Its return is a testament to what is possible when all sectors of society, conservationists, landowners and the general public, recognise the value inherent in our wildlife and work together to protect and treasure it. As a country, we can be very, very proud of what has been achieved over the last 20 years.” 5

The Red Kite has a wing-span of between 1.5 and 2 metres.

Friend or Foe? Unique to the Chilterns, the Glis Glis looks disarmingly cute, is often heard to go ‘bump in the night’, is a devout Christian (judging by its frequent attendance at church!), but for many is something of an unwelcome guest...


he Glis Glis, or edible dormouse, is one of Britain's rarest introduced mammals living in the wild and resembles a small grey squirrel. For some reason it has established itself in the Chilterns and nowhere else in the country. Glis Glis were farmed by the Romans as an edible snack, and they may have first brought them with them to Roman Britain. Walter Rothschild, who later became the second Baron Rothschild, reintroduced the first six Glis Glis to England in 1902. No-one knows exactly how, but they escaped into the wild from the Rothschild home at Tring Park and have spread and bred! However, instead of happily hibernating out of doors they moved inside for the English winter! Soon, local farmers were complaining of apple stores being ruined and local people were hearing unexplained bumps in the night ... a sure sign that the Glis Glis were making themselves quite at home in the attic.


The Glis Glis did not travel very far from Tring and even today the whole population of Britain is confined to a 200 square mile triangle bounded by Beaconsfield, Aylesbury and Luton. Despite their loveable antics (they love to run up glass

windows and slide down) and cute looks they also cause a considerable amount of damage. They attack wood in buildings, eat through wires and cables and can contaminate water supplies (they can drown in water tanks). The Glis Glis is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Some time ago a Glis Glis strolled up the aisle of a full church one Sunday morning in Little Missenden and clambered up the steps of the pulpit during the sermon, to everyone’s, not least Fr John’s, amazement.

At least the Glis Glis were listening…..

Man on a Mission In March this year Ed King swapped the cool climes of Little Missenden for the harsh, unforgiving terrain of the Sahara Desert …


he ‘Marathon des Sables’ is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to compete in the toughest foot-race on earth, courage matched only by those for whom Ed with friend and fellow runner Guy Steel had chosen to run 151 miles in 6 days (equivalent to 5 1/2 marathons in 40 plus degree heat). Their target was to raise £20,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which provides lifesaving donors for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. Here are some of Ed’s before and after reflections: 2nd February 2009: As I sit typing this under 8 inches of snow in deepest Buckinghamshire, it is hard to imagine that in 8 weeks' time we will be setting out on Day 1 of the 2009 Marathon Des Sables in 40c heat! have recently returned from 2 weeks training / holidaying in South East Asia where I had to contend with not only temperatures of 35c, but also 87% humidity (not something we will have to deal with in the Sahara thankfully!).

Our training is now entering its final stages and I have taken to running home from the office in full kit (51km)! Guy is getting to know Richmond Park rather well and seems to be spending most of his weekends lapping it endlessly. You might be interested to know that since March 2007 (when we were accepted into this year's race) Guy and I have run over 6,000km and gone through 14 pairs of running shoes!

“Life without hope is hardly worth living” Have copied in below an extract from an email that we received recently from one of the leukemia sufferer's we are running for which highlights why we are doing this: "In the week or 2 after being discharged from hospital we discovered that life without hope is hardly worth living so what you are doing for Anthony Nolan is not just raising money for a charity that runs a database of potential donors for leukaemia sufferers. You are raising money to support a group of people that also offer one of the basic human needs to thousands of people like me and my family. Hope. And that's amazing. Thank you.” Continued on page 8


Our feet were fairly well trashed by blisters and there were 6 competitors who unable to walk upon leaving the aircraft at Gatwick on Monday (Guy included). There was also a sickness bug that swept through the bivouac (which Guy also got) which made things incredibly difficult for some people. Anyway, I wanted to say the biggest "thank you" to everyone for your overwhelming support and generosity throughout the ht) build up and during the event itself. I have Ed (rig y u G been truly humbled by the whole and experience and we have to date raised over £17,300 for the Anthony Nolan Trust ( They are absolutely delighted with our achievement and we are due to be featured (Continued from page 7) on the front page of their website in the coming 9th April 2009: Well, I think the phrase is "job weeks. done"! Guy and I are now back in the UK having returned from Morocco on Monday after a truly Thank you again to everyone for your support, amazing adventure in the Sahara. we could not have done it without you. Ed. Speaking for myself, I absolutely loved the whole experience and have come back with a slight sense of "what next" and "why am I sitting at my desk"? We both achieved our goal of finishing the event and despite the rain at the start and a re-organised route as a result, we ended up covering 5 marathons in 5 days (including the longest ever stage on a MDS of 91km!).

Update: To date, Ed and Guy have raised some £19,400 of their target £20,000. Their website is due to close on 31st August, so if you would like to donate, visit:

Ask not for whom the bells toll


f you haven’t already done so, take a look at the video of Little Missenden’s bells being rededicated by the Bishop of Buckingham on May 18th, the Eve of the Feast of St Dunstan, patron saint of bellringers. This is a recording of the live video relay which the congregation watched on a big screen downstairs whilst the bishop, Fr John & Barry Cowper were upstairs doing the necessary with the bells, before they rang out for 2 minutes.


In his sermon, Bishop Alan spoke of medieval Dunstan’s legendary success at sparring with the Devil, and his renewal of monastic life in England based upon the Rule of Benedict, the core of which is threefold: Conversion, Stability and Obedience. “Conversion is the willingness to change and be changed...if we want to know God in our lives, we have to ask how willing we are to change and be changed, to be remade in his image… Secondly Benedict’s rule calls those who wish to live in Christian community to stability. This is not some nostalgic attachment to the past, but to quote St Paul, being rooted and grounded in love… Stability for Benedict is the stickability that commits itself to go on in community, even when it hurts; even when I am not getting from my community what I want, when I want it. When other people in

community offend or annoy us, we stick with them, recognising that beyond all that divides us we are held by God and in God. Finally, Benedict’s third great rule in building community—obedience. The gospel calls for positive changes in our lives, not just good intentions…. Obedience means living out the gospel in the quality of our relatedness to each other, and to God…” Bishop Alan Wilson

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ 40 years on from the first tentative step on the moon


n Christmas Eve, 1968, the crew of Appollo 8, William Anders , James Lovell, and Frank Borman, had travelled the 240,000 miles or so to the moon, orbited it 10 times in 20

heaven and God created the “In the beginning hout form, and wit s wa rth ea the the earth. And face of the ess was upon the void; and darkn ved upon the mo d Go of irit deep. And the Sp Let there be s. And God said, face of the water God saw the d An ht. lig s wa light: and there d divided the s good: and Go light, that it wa .” ess rkn da light from the

Remember this? Earth-rise from the moon, December 24th 1968

“When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8 As they touched down on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, a devout Christian, and mindful of the controversy which had been stirred by a lawsuit brought against NASA by an atheist who had objected to the Apollo 8 crew reading from the Book of Genesis, demanding that their astronauts refrain from religious activities while in space, then broadcast “This is the LM pilot. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” He then took Communion privately. He had kept the plan quiet (not even mentioning it to his wife) and did not reveal it publicly for

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hours, and prepared to deliver a carefully timed message to the people of the Earth: "We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.” They read the first ten verses from the Book of Genesis (quoted above with the image that was screened to millions of black and white televisions across the planet. Just seven months later, on July 21st 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed out of the ‘Eagle’ lunar module, and took the first tentative step upon the surface of the moon, uttering what must rank amongst the most memorable and oft-quoted words in history. Moments later Buzz Aldrin joined him, with Michael Collins orbiting in the Command Module.


(Continued from page 9) several years. Buzz Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Texas. His communion kit was prepared by the pastor of the church, the Rev. Dean Woodruff. Aldrin described communion on the moon and the involvement of his church and pastor in his book "Return to Earth." Webster Presbyterian possesses the chalice used on the moon, and commemorates the Lunar Communion each year on the Sunday closest to July 20th. The journey to the moon had been one of the most audacious human enterprises, requiring the vision and ambition of a nation. The success of the Appollo programme fulfilled the legacy of President John F Kennedy, who at the beginning of the decade had famously proclaimed “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills….Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, "Because it is there." Well, space is there,

and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.” (JF Kennedy Sept 1962). The night before they returned to earth, the crew of Appollo 11 gave a television broadcast in which they each reflected on what had been accomplished. Buzz Aldrin said "This has been far more than three men on a mission to the Moon; more, still, than the efforts of a government and industry team; more, even, than the efforts of one nation. We feel that this stands as a symbol of the insatiable curiosity of all mankind to explore the unknown. Personally, in reflecting on the events of the past several days, a verse from Psalms comes to mind:‘When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?’” (Psalm 8). If you have a particular memory of the moonlanding, or a story we might include in The Messenger, please contact us at the Parish Office.

In awe of Creation

“Darwin’s head bore the ‘bump of reverence sufficient for 10 priests’!”

(Continued from page 4) young, vibrant father, husband and friend whose mental and physical health gradually buckles under the weight of guilt and grief for a lost child. Ultimately it is the ghost of Annie, his adored 10 year-old daughter who leads him out of darkness and helps him reconnect with his wife and family. Only then is he able to create the book that changed the world. Told in a collage of scenes from the past and present, laced with stories of exotic animals and the dark dreams of a troubled mind CREATION is a film that will provoke, entertain and ultimately deeply move you.”


With deliberately headline-grabbing statements in the script such as (to Darwin) ‘you’ve killed God sir!’, and (Darwin to his daughter) ‘what if people stopped believing that God had any kind of plan for them after all?’, the film would certainly seem to touch a nerve that has long persisted in religious people, and arguably that same controversy which Darwin’s theory stirred 150 years ago persists for some today. It is true that Darwin lost his faith, and he notes the irony in his autobiography of having once trained to become an Anglican Clergyman, and how a certain German psychological society once observed that his head bore the ‘bump of reverence sufficient for ten

priests!’. One wonders, however, that Darwin lost his faith not so much in God as he did in the prevailing orthodox Christianity of his day, which, much as it had been 200 years before Darwin in condemning Galileo’s proposition that the earth in fact revolved around the sun, was not big enough to accommodate the insights which scientific exploration, and Darwin’s work, offered. There will always be those who will use and misuse both science and religion to justify opposite or exclusive points of view, rather than, as I do, seeing both as complementary, the one informing the other. Personally, I have always found that Darwin’s theory of evolution makes the probability of God more, not less likely, adding to the awe and wonder and reverence with which we might behold the beauty and complexity and mystery of creation. Little wonder that Darwin struggled to reconcile the evidence of his scientific exploration with a literal Biblical interpretation of creation. Contemporary Anglican Christianity neither insists upon nor teaches a literal understanding of the story of creation found in Genesis - to attempt to do so is at once problematic as there

are, in fact, two, not one, quite distinct and contradictory creation narratives in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, and in any case to attempt to read them as some sort of pseudo-scientific or historic record is to misunderstand and misrepresent their purpose in saying something about our origination from and dependence upon God the Creator. Perhaps Darwin’s God, or at any rate the God his church then proclaimed, was too small. In 1961, the then popular Christian writer and theologian JB Phillips wrote a book entitled ‘Your God is too small’ in which he sought to address these same difficulties. In the introduction he writes: “No one is ever really at ease in facing what we call "life" and "death" without a religious faith. The trouble with many people today is that they have not found a God big enough for modern needs. While their experience of life has grown in a score of directions, and their mental horizons have been expanded to the point of bewilderment by world events and by scientific discoveries, their ideas of God have remained largely static. It is obviously impossible for an adult to worship the conception of God that exists in the mind of a child of Sundayschool age, unless he is prepared to deny his own experience of life. If, by a great effort of will, he does do this he will always be secretly afraid lest some new truth may expose the juvenility of his faith. And it will always be by such an effort that he either worships or serves a God who is really too small to command his adult loyalty and cooperation. It often appears to those outside the Churches that this is precisely the attitude of Christian people. If they are not strenuously defending an outgrown conception of God, then they are cherishing a hothouse God who could only exist between the pages of the Bible or inside the four walls of a Church. Therefore to join in with the worship of a Church would be to become a party to a piece of masshypocrisy and to buy a sense of security at the price of the sense of truth, and many men of goodwill will not consent to such a transaction. It cannot be denied that there is a little truth in this criticism. There are undoubtedly professing Christians with childish conceptions of God which could not stand up to the winds of real life for five minutes. But Christians are by no means always unintelligent, naive, or immature. Many of them hold a faith in God that has been both purged and developed by the strains and perplexities of modern times, as well as by a small but by no means negligible direct experience of God Himself. They have seen enough to know that God is immeasurably "bigger" than our forefathers imagined, and modern scientific discovery only confirms their belief that man has only just begun to comprehend the incredibly complex Being who is behind what we call "life." Many men and women today are living, often with inner dissatisfaction, without any faith in God at all. This is not because they are particularly wicked or selfish or, as the old-fashioned would say, "godless,"

but because they have not found with their adult minds a God big enough to "account for" life, big enough to "fit in with" the new scientific age, big enough to command their highest admiration and respect, and consequently their willing co-operation. It is the purpose of this book to attempt two things: first to expose the inadequate conceptions of God which still linger unconsciously in many minds, and which prevent our catching a glimpse of the true God; and secondly to suggest ways in which we can find the real God for ourselves. If it is true that there is Someone in charge of the whole mystery of life and death, we can hardly expect to escape a sense of futility and frustration until we begin to see what He is like and what His purposes are.” Within the mystery of an evolving and unfolding Creation, perhaps God has a plan for us after all. Fr John Useful resources: An ‘e-text’ of JB Phillip’s book, ‘Your God is too small’ can be downloaded from the Parish Web Site at The Church of England website offers resources for the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth: The Creation Film website is at The film is released September 25th. You can view an extract from Film 2009’s on location visit to Little Missenden at An interesting website I stumbled upon, well worth a look, is, which paradoxically challenges us to think about God outside of the intellectual box we too often confine Him to. “God in the Box is a documentary film, which explores the mystery and controversy behind what God looks like and means to us in the 21st century. In the midst of today’s fractured and confusing claims on God, the film asserts two basic questions: What does God mean to you? What does God look like to you? The film-makers embark on a cross-country journey with their small, mobile studio (and main character), The Box. They invite people to step inside and share what they see in their mind’s eye, and if possible, draw what God looks like to them. Along their journey the filmmakers set The Box up on iconic street corners and diverse locations across America. A remarkable collection of scholars, archaeologists and religious leaders help examine the material and put it into a historical and relevant context. The surprises and revelations about our current interpretations of God come to light, as small glimpses inside the minds of others helps illuminate a much bigger picture.




alking the Dog’ as we

have affectionately nicknamed the Parish walk (or Beating the Bounds, traditionally completed in May each year, at ‘Rogationtide’) is a 13.1 mile stroll around the three villages of the parish, Little Missenden, Little Kingshill and Hyde Heath. It is so named as the actual boundary, and the walk which approximates to it, uncannily resembles the shape of an ambling dog (hence our new character above). So the three legs of the walk are referred to as ‘nodding the head’ around Hyde Heath, ‘wagging the tail’ around Little Kingshill, and ‘shaking the paw’ around Little Missenden. A copy of the walk, with directions, will shortly be posted on the parish website at

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Harvest Supper at Little Kingshill Village Hall Saturday 26th September at 7.30pm Tickets & details from The Parish Office Telephone 01494 862008 13

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Our dog needs a name!


he Anglican Parish of St John the Baptist, Little Missenden remains one of England’s treasures: the unspoilt charm of the ancient village sits comfortably at the heart of the Parish alongside the newer and growing communities of Hyde Heath and Little Kingshill. Our ancient Parish Church, which has touched the lives of generations of families for more than 1030 years, lies at the heart of the community, with community at its heart. For more information visit or telephone 01494 862008.


ur dog, who has been created to reflect the shape of the Parish, needs a name! We are grateful for all suggestions, and are especially interested to hear from the children of the Parish. The name might have something to do with the three villages of the Parish, or anything! Please forward suggestions to the Parish Office (address, email and telephone on the back page) - the child (of any age!) whose name is chosen will receive a prize at the Family Service on Sunday 20th September at 10.30am.

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The Parish of St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist, Little Missenden

Little Missenden, Hyde Heath and Little Kingshill Patron: The Earl Howe PARISH PRIEST The Revd John Simpson, The Vicarage, Little Missenden HP7 0RA. THE PARISH OFFICE TEL: 01494 862008 Website:

LICENSED LAY MINISTER & SEC. TO PCC: PCC: Mr. Gary Beynon,, 20 Westfield, Hyde Heath HP6 5RE TEL: 01494 774111 CHURCHWARDENS: Mrs Marian Dickinson The Pippins, Brays Close, Hyde Heath HP6 5RZ TEL: TEL 01494 792694

CHURCHES TOGETHER Mrs Joan Craig, TEL: 01494 864651 LITTLE MISSENDEN C OF E FIRST SCHOOL Headmistress Miss Julianna Hall TEL: 862021 HYDE HEATH INFANT SCHOOL Head Teacher Mrs Julie Moulsdale TEL: 783835

Mr John Lamb Little Maple Tree, Chartridge Chesham HP5 2TF TEL: 01494 784889

LITTLE KINGSHILL COMBINED SCHOOL Headteacher: Mrs G Sutaria-Cassidy Tel 863744

TREASURER Mr Anthony del Tufo, Manor Farm Cottage, North Road, Chesham Bois HP6 5NA TEL: 01494 416330

MAGAZINE ADVERTISING: & DISTRIBUTION Mrs Barbara Cann 18 Brays Close Hyde Heath HP6 5RZ TEL: 783254

STEWARDSHIP OFFICER: OFFICER: Mr John Lamb Little Maple Tree, Chartridge Chesham HP5 2TF TEL: 01494 784889


BELL RINGERS Mr Barry Cowper , TEL: 01494 725566 Practice - Monday 7.45 - 9.15 pm Sunday ringing - 10.00 and 5.30pm


FLOWERS: Mrs. Margaret Washington,, Ashcroft, Little Missenden HP7 0RF TEL: 01494 863768 ST JOHN’S GUILD Leader: Mrs. Dorothy Hilton, TEL: 01494 862565 1st Wednesday in month except Jan and Aug – 10.30 am - Vestry

St Andrew’s Hyde Heath

HYDE HEATH DRAMA GROUP Mrs Sylvia Brown TEL: 776193

Little Missenden: Mr John Pulsford TEL: 868572 Hyde Heath: Mrs Gill Munrow TEL: 773988 Lt. Kingshill: Mrs S MacDonald TEL: 867373 HYDE HEATH WEBSITE

Index HYDE HEATH COMMUNITY PREPRE-SCHOOL GROUP Ms Rachel Mystri TEL: 782845 Hyde Heath Infant School – 9.15 am -11.45 am Monday - Friday Toddlers’ Session 10.00 am - 11.30 am Wednesday Hyde Heath Village Hall A registered provider of Early Years Education BROWNIE GUIDES: Hyde Heath School Monday 6.00 pm Ms Shanta Gillot 01494 722674 HYDE HEATH SCOUT GROUP: BEAVER SCOUTS - Hyde Heath School Tues 6.15pm Mr T Wye TEL: 792387 TEL: CUB SCOUTS HH Village Hall Tues WOMEN’S INSTITUTES: INSTITUTES LM Village Hall 3rd Thurs 2.30 pm Mrs Stephanie Whitehead T 862631 LM Evenings -Village Hall 2nd Wed 8.00pm Mrs Marjorie Becket TEL: 714493 HH Eves. Village Hall 2nd Thurs 8.00 Mrs Jayne Faversham TEL: 864677 LK Village Hall 2nd Thurs 2.00 pm Mrs Jean Lishman TEL: 864392 WRVS REPRESENTATIVES: REPRESENTATIVES Hyde Heath: Mrs Creevy T714618

Sundays at St John the Baptist, Little Missenden: 8am BCP Communion, 1662 (Said); 10.30am Parish Communion (except 3rd Sunday, Morning Prayer); 6pm Choral Evensong. St Andrew’s Church, Hyde Heath: 9.15am Holy Communion (1st and 3rd Sundays) Morning Prayer (2nd & 4th Sundays).




July 2009 The Little Missenden Messenger  

The Magazine for the Parish of Little Missenden, Hyde Heath & Little Kingshill, Buckinghamshire

July 2009 The Little Missenden Messenger  

The Magazine for the Parish of Little Missenden, Hyde Heath & Little Kingshill, Buckinghamshire