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ALL SAINTS’ LYDD – Parish Warden Report

I write this in mid-February: Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day [February 12]; Ash Wednesday [February 14]; Valentine’s Day [ditto]; the Beginning of Lent with its 40 day period, running into Holy Week starting on  Palm Sunday [March 25th] ending with Good Friday [March 30th];  Spring approaches [it officially starts on March 20th]; the weather improves [hopefully]; the day grows longer when the clocks change [March 25th]; across the Marsh the flowers [especially the crocuses and the snowdrops], young animals, new crops. All thrive. Cycles that repeat and have repeated for millennia – much stays the same, much changes.

This is as it should be.

And All Saints’ is a part and a focus of these happenings. Still the heart of the town of Lydd and of the benefice of the 6 churches of the Western Marsh. Still a place where concerts are held, community activities happen, willow-crafting, bell-ringing, choral singing, pancake making, guided visits, a wild-flower area in God’s Acre, weddings, blessings, baptisms, Family services, All-Age services, Holy Communion, Songs of Praise services, Messy Church, history trails, school links, first aid courses: not forgetting the community outreach activities in Hardy Hall, a part of the parish organisation.

This is as it should be.

On a more mundane level, there has been considerable work on the windows all round All Saints’, post cards have been printed [for sale] of the glorious 1950s stained-glass window at the east end, the late Victorian Willis pipe organ has been designated as a Listed “instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving preservation for the benefit of future generations”.

Come and share in this remarkable, ancient and holy place.

Christopher Aubrey


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