May Newsheet

(In lock-down)

May 2020

Household rubbish (Landfill) days Fridays 1st & 15th and Saturday 30th May
Recycling days (no garden waste) Saturday 9th & Friday 22nd May
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So Many Thanks
It is heartening and encouraging to hear of so many older and vulnerable members of the village being regularly checked and contacted about their conditions by family members, friends and neighbours. This is followed up by frequent fetching of shopping and prescriptions and helping with other needs. The time, effort and energy given so cheerfully in this help is so much appreciated and it is difficult to express how thankful folk are for such care, especially when these ‘carers’ have their own family shopping to do, children to tend to and often jobs. What community spirit and kindness there is in this unhappy time!
Information from David Rance.
People probably know we signed up Adisham Church to have its bell rung in commemoration of 75th anniversary of VE-DAY (as we did with WW1 Armistice Centenary). Sadly, no longer possible. But just received this message from national organisers with details of Last Post and The Nation’s Toast (there’s a rhyming couplet for you) on May 8th. Buglers of Adisham – you know who you are! As do the Drinkers of Adisham – there’s a few more of us. Might nicely complement the idea of individual picnics in our front gardens.
With all church buildings closed, we’ve had to be creative for our Holy Innocents’ Church services. But these are continuing by Zoom videoconference every Sunday at 11.00am. These are open to everyone – no prior experience (technological or theological!) is required. Suffice to say, we’re all learning as we go along. We’ve had 4 sessions so far, the best attended being Easter Sunday with 16 people online – and an age range of 7 to 85 years (that’s people, not their computers). Just contact David Rance on or 01304 840569 if you’d like to participate. You can also get a general update on things happening around Holy Innocents’ (HI) via a weekly email bulletin – THE FRIDAY HI. Let David know if you’d like to be added to the distribution list. Last but not least, if you need pastoral assistance on any matter whatsoever please feel very free to contact Mary Rance (details as for David above) or Pauline Terry (01304 842517). Stay safe and God bless.

Related Information from the Government
As you will know from the announcement made by HM Government on 16th April 2020, the Coronavirus lockdown has been extended by at least a further three weeks. This means that community events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May can no longer go ahead as originally planned. This will be a great disappointment to all of you who have put so much hard work into planning your participation. However, we still feel some aspects of this important anniversary could still take place on 8th May in ways that will allow us to celebrate the VE Day anniversary while following the essential social distancing advice that ensures that everyone remains safe
2.55pm: The playing of the Last Post
Buglers, trumpeters and cornet players might like to consider playing the Last Post from the safety of their front or back garden, outside their front door or from their balcony or window. We would ask you not to play in an area that could attract a group of people however.
3pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II
We would very much like to encourage you all to still take part in the Nation’s Toast from the safety of your homes to pay tribute to the many millions in the United Kingdom and overseas who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we have today. We would invite you stand at 3pm and raise a glass or cup of refreshment of your choice and undertake the following toast: “For those that gave so much, we thank you.” This will be the first time such a tribute has ever taken place so please encourage others to join in from their own homes.
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News from the Parish Council
Next Council Meeting: The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 11th May at 7.00pm remotely using Zoom, all are welcome. The agenda for the meeting along with meeting ID and password will be available on the parish council’s website and on the noticeboards outside the village hall.
Parish Council: The Parish Council held their first remote meeting, following a change to legislation permitting public meetings to be held remotely. Future meetings will be held in the same way until the lockdown restrictions permit face to face meetings to resume.
One member of public joined the meeting and the meeting was a success in the respect that parish business was conducted with everyone being able to contribute when necessary.
The Parish Council would advise residents to follow the Government guidelines during this difficult time. Information can be found on:,,
Local food delivery services can be found at
Further services can be found at Canterbury City Council or you can follow the updates on social media:
Our community in Adisham is known for caring and looking out for each other, we know that this will continue as we react to Government advice on how to keep ourselves and loved ones safe. However, there may be members of the community who have no family members/friends/neighbours to reach out to if in need or isolation. If this is the case then please contact Liz Collins or Jean Swan and we will arrange support working closely with Holy Innocents.
Liz Collins mob:07791766872 landline:01304 842373
Jean Swan mob:07584160199 landline:01304842908
If you are happy to be on a list to provide support to members of our community (within the Government guidelines) then please send your details to Jean via the Parish website.
As a Parish Council we will work with local groups to consider cancellation of village events in line with the Government advice.
Foot paths: It has been wonderful to see so many people taking their exercise and enjoying our wonderful countryside and woods. Thank you to all of you who are picking up litter on the footpaths. At times it is actually quite busy in the woods, with some of the narrow paths this can sometimes make social distancing a little difficult so please be aware and stay safe when out. On the same note please be respectful of our farmers crops and stay on the marked footpaths and wait for people where possible at a suitable passing point, thank you.

Rev Stefan Thomas’ Monthly Contribution

True Constants & The Waters of Life
Be like the flowing river,
Silent in the night.
Be not afraid of the dark.
If there are stars in the sky, reflect them back.
If there are clouds in the sky,
Remember, clouds, like the river, are water.
So, gladly reflect them too,
In your own tranquil depths Paulo Coelho, Like A Flowing River
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:1-2

In these strangest of days we take much comfort from the ‘constants, in life whether casually observing the wonderful star constellations of the Spring night or of the colourful flowers we witness bursting forth on country walks, or just the delight of the tranquil Nailbourne flowing through our valley. There may be many more constants that gladdens the heart especially in witnessing the faith of our community to pull together and look out for each other as we ride out the storm of the pandemic. In prayer and support we look to our brave frontline health professionals in caring and healing as well as for those who transport and deliver vital produce. Local shops and schools stay open and all staff give their time and more to ensure that the common good prevails. Never has the country been challenged in terms of restrictions since WW2 or challenged medically since the Spanish flu a hundred years ago, and yet I see
signs of future transformations in society where we continue in being much kinder to each other; more careful with what we buy, consider whether certain journeys we take are necessary, and so society and creation begins to heal. This time has allowed us to have a sense of perspective on the world. For the Church with its lack of worship services (or the pealing of bells) during Passion Week and Eastertide it has meant that we continue to explore our faith-constants differently via digital inputs to the Barham Downs Churches website and other media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Podbean). One excellent community app that has flourished is Zoom and has been important for many families and social groups including the congregants of Holy Innocents Adisham to keep together. As this magazine is published I hope that the restrictions will have lifted slightly and then there will be time to properly mourn the dead and those debilitated by the coronavirus and to celebrate rescheduled weddings and other joyous occasions. We believe that the risen Christ is the source of all living water and on the banks of the River of Life we pray for the healing of all nations. RevT
The Church Pastoral Relief Fund is designed for those who in these uncertain times need occasional financial assistance – it is open to all parishioners (of all faiths and none) living in the five parishes of Barham, Kingston, Bishopsbourne, Adisham and Womenswold.
This limited fund pays out to a maximum of fifty pounds which can assist in paying for urgent things such as a utility bill, transport costs, basic shopping requirements, utility repairs to name some examples.
This may be a small ray of light, but even a small candle flame can bring a welcoming light and hope to a darkened room where we begin to see more clearly. We are all called to give light to others.
Enquiries and application can be made by email to (RevT)
Also if you would like to help support this fund please contact
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 9:4-5