The Dickers

COMMUNION AT MICHELHAM PRIORY: For the first time in nearly 500 years on Sunday 29 May at 11am there will be a service of Holy Communion at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker. The churches of Hellingly and Upper Dicker are combining with the Sussex Archaeological Society on their Medieval Living History weekend to hold a service of Holy Communion on the site of the old Priory church which was demolished in 1537 as part of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.

Vicar of Hellingly, the Rev David Farey says, “This is a historic moment and is a celebration of our spiritual roots in Sussex. It reminds us of an age when faith was a daily practice for all the population and is helping to remind us of Michelham Priory’s crucial role in the area down the centuries.”

Helen Anson, Michelham Priory’s Manager explained “we are delighted to be hosting this special service as faith is the root of Michelham’s existence. Augustinian Canons worshiped and lived on the site for over 300 years from its foundation in 1229 until its dissolution in 1537.”

Sunday 29 May has been set aside as a day when churches are being encouraged to hold open air services as a mark of recognition for the countless numbers of persecuted Christians around our globe, and this will be reflected in the service.

DICKER DAY: This annual event is on Sunday 26 June from 1pm to 7pm in Upper Dicker village hall. There will be live music, fun, a bar and food. If you want to find out more visit the DickerDay facebook page.

1950’s PARTY: To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Official Birthday there is a 1950s party at 7pm on Saturday 11th June at Arlington Village Hall. This is a joint Upper Dicker and Arlington event. Ticket price to cover overall expenses only. 50’s dress with prizes. Cold buffet - bring and share (details when you book your ticket) and please bring your own drink. Music both live and recorded. Tickets £4, all in advance - please contact Sue on 01323 844278 or Email: If you would like to help with the party or if you have any film of the 1950’s please contact Sue as above.

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