Down Your Way Hellingly - June 6th

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CHURCH SERVICES are on Sunday at Hellingly 8am Holy Communion and 10.45. Evensong is at 6.30pm. There is an 8am service on Thursdays.

Sunday Upper Dicker Holy Trinity at 9.15am.

PROSPECT FARM open garden is on Sunday, June 10, from 2pm to 5pm in aid of Motorneurone Disease Association. There will be cream teas, stalls include plants, books, jewellery, cakes and bric-a-brac. Prospect Farm is on Old Road, Magham Down, Hailsham BN27 1PS.

A JUBILEE cram tea and garden party is to be held on June 17 from 2pm to 4pm at Lynwood, Arlington Road East, Hailsham. There will be a bring and buy stall, garden games, books, magician and fancy dress for children, fun, music and prizes. Tickets are £6 adults, £3 children from the Nodding Cobbler, Hailsham Camera Centre and Hailsham Pavilion. In aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.

DIG FOR VICTORY at the Merrie Harriers is on August 5 from 1.30pm and the exhibitors entry form is available now from the Merrie Harriers should you want to start planning your entry into the many classes from horticultural to photography, eggs to dahlias, pickles to handicrafts and many more.

There are classes for under 5s, 6-8s, 9-15 and for brothers and sisters or friends for a secret garden, puppet making, cookery, pictures and paintings, models and so much more. There is something for everyone. Entry forms at 20p per entry have to be back to the Merrie Harriers by 11am on Wednesday August 1.

THE STRUGGLE in Haiti HAITI between good and evil is the subject of Hellingly’s Dr Colin Tourle, Medical Director of Iasis Medical, report and the most recent update on events.

He says: “When I arrived at Wharf Jeremie in the Cite Soleil, Port au Prince, Haiti, I was told I was in the ‘red zone’. A policeman had been shot there the week before I arrived.

“ The clinic where we worked was surrounded by a wire fence, the drug barons have been told not to come in with guns or knives and they seem to respect this because they also want to come in as patients.

“I was with an excellent group of American doctors and nurses, and we had one dentist who had the hardest task of all.

“I was assigned to look after all the children coming in. I saw some adults, but dozens of children, with every condition imaginable.

“Many infectious conditions like ringworm and worms. Worms we don’t see in Britain.

“Worst of all was hunger. A little girl was brought in to see me with tummy ache because she had been eating soil she was so hungry.

“A man of 32 came in very distressed as he had been struck in the face with the butt of a gun.

“He was dazed and shocked and was completely innocent.

“He was anxiously talking to my translator and carefully removed a postcard from his pocket and showed the translator. The postcard showed a picture of Jesus.

“I asked the translator if he was a Christian and the man answered in the French/Creole language that he was ‘a believer’.

“ I examined his left eye carefully to make sure there was no fracture causing a lack of function of his eye or eye movements.

“I squeezed his hand and reassured this poor man that his eye was alright; he would be ok. For a brief moment our eyes met. They say the eyes are the window of the mind. The look in his eye said it all.”