Down Your Way: Stone Cross, Westham & Hankham

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ST MARY’S Church in the High Street in Westham, currently has an interregnum. Whilst awaiting the appointment of a new vicar, all the Church activities and services are continuing as normal. On Sundays, there is BCP communion at 8.a.m, Family service (usually with communion) at 9.45 a.m. and an informal meeting at 6.30 p.m for prayer, singing and Bible study.

Retired vicars, curates and lay readers visit the Church for Sunday services, and they also conduct weddings, baptisms and funeral services. There is a Sunday School for children during the Family Service. All the weekday activities continue: :Storykeepers - for children of Primary School age - takes place after school every Monday during term time.

Noah’s Ark is for mothers and babies and toddlers on Tuesdays from 12.30-3pm. There are lots of ride-on toys and tea is provided. A fortnightly Coffee Morning is beginning on alternate Thursdays, from 10-11.30a.m. in the church. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. This will start on Thursday October 4. S

ingers and musicians are welcome to come and join the two groups, and the congregation are keen to have bellringers to start up a bellringing team – there are 6 bells. For more information about services and activities, contact Mrs.J.Hammond , 01323 461510 or

The jumble sale held recently at St Luke’s Church, Stone Cross, proved to be very successful with nearly £400 being made for church funds.

Last Tuesday morning Hankham School took in yet another entrant to the numbers.

A very wet and weak young hedgehog who was found in the playground. Re-warmed in the boiler house and topped-up with suitable nourishment the hedgehog was later taken to a local rescue centre for a check-up and a little TLC. When the hedgehog is ready for release it will be brought back to Hankham School.

Harvest time at Hankham. On Friday October 5 the school hosts its annual harvest celebrations. This year the school is supporting the local branch of The Salvation Army who would be very appreciative of tinned/packaged foodstuffs and/or basic household items.

The very talented Haven Players presented their latest production of The Calendar Girls to a packed and enthusiastic audience who knew that as usual they were in for a good evening’s entertainment. There was a retiring collection aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Make sure that you do not miss the next productions of this wonderful group: The Haven Players at Christmas in December and Little Red Riding Hood in January. Details of all the forthcoming productions can be obtained by contacting Sue Beck on 01323 460174 or via the website