A winter of content

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I should like to see the Eastbourne Churches practising a “winter of content” this winter.

Keeping a cold church on Sundays will not only be saving money on the heating bill, but also put in mind the people who really cannot afford both food and heating, or worse survive wrapped up outdoors, homeless.

I suppose some will grumble at that. Is going to a cold church on Sunday for an hour such a hardship? It can be less if the priest cuts his fine words to a minimum and sends people back earlier to warm homes, all the more grateful to have them.

I remember a young mother who told me a five pound note had gone from her house. She was going to treat her little boy to an ice-cream and now she could not. That is a good enough definition of poverty to work with.

ANDREW SOMERVILLE,

Upperton Gardens.