DOWN YOUR WAY (August 14th) - Pevensey

CORRECTED by local historian and nature lover Hugh Miller over the big black birds roosting in the churchyard trees. They are, of course, rooks. I should have remembered the old country adage for telling the difference between large black birds: ‘If you see one rook, it’s a crow. If you see a whole bunch of crows, they’re rooks.’

STILL to come this month at our local C of E churches. August 19, 9.30am. Holy Communion at St Wilfrid, Celebrant the Revd Norman Greenfield and preacher Owen Visick, Reader. 11am, Holy Communion, St Nicolas. Celebrant and preacher: Rev Giles Harcourt.

PEVENSEY’S popular and long-established Flower Festival takes place on Bank Holiday Weekend August 25-27. Beautiful flower arrangements will illustrate the theme “The Musicals: a Song from the Heart”, celebrating God’s gifts of Music and Imagination, and will look their best in this historic building, now approaching its 800th anniversary . The church opens daily, 10am-6pm with musical interludes. Refreshments will be available. On Sunday the festival Holy Communion service takes place at 110am at which the celebrant and preacher will be the the Revd Canon Geoffrey Baulcombe, using the traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer.

BOOT SALE season is upon us and as usual the Bay Sunday sale is up for a busy time. The sale opens every Sunday throughout the summer from 6.15am on the A259 west of the village. It is family and dog friendly (dogs should be under control) and the organisers fully co-operate with East Sussex County Council, Trading Standards and the Police to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere.

MALCOLM and Kathy Bell have had to give up running the Parish Pump for family health reasons. The advertising has been taken over by Jan Barron and she has also agreed to be a caretaker editor until a more permanent arrangement can be made. She has set up a new email account on theparishpump@sky.com for both advertising and editorial content. All future correspondence should be directed to this new address.