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Intercessions 30 September Marion Purll

We pray for our Saints today being St Michael’s Day. Thank you Lord for the faith of our great Saints and keep us in awe of these great people and allow us to always learn from them.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

Dear Lord, we thank you for our church for our Diocese, our Benefice, our church wardens and especially for Wendy our priest in charge and for all of us here today. We pray for faith and religion throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

We pray for our Queen, all those in authority under her and for our Royal Family and everything they represent. We give thanks and praise for the world in which we live and the glory within it.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for our families and their love for our friends and neighbours and our whole community. We pray for those soon to be confirmed and those who have recently been or are soon to be baptised, especially David here with us today, for couples who have been or will be married this year. May their lives be filled with peace, happiness and contentment.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are in need, trouble, sorrow, sickness, despair and any other adversity. We pray for the lonely, the homeless those who are starving, the victims of war and conflict. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are very much with the people of Indonesia suffering the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray too for those close to home particularly for Julia Mckillop, Huw Roberts, Pat Humphreys, Anne Uphill, Rosemary Bayford, Jill, Len and Michael Linden and for those whose names are included in our prayers from visitors to our church and any other known to us.

We also pray for those recently departed and all those whose years mind fall at this time. We pray for your loving presence both in this world and the next.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


What a fabulous response! Sorry we ran out of voting slips on day 2. We are now restocking every couple of days.

Inside the phone box on Uckfield Lane you will find a map, a list of all the scarecrows and where to find them, voting slips, pens and a box to place your vote in.

Please note all spiders and snails have been gently removed (and may make an appearance at our Halloween event) and the phone box is squeaky clean!

You can also email us your favourite if you prefer

Scheherazade and 1001 Nights in Tunbridge Wells!

With a breathtaking explosion of dance, fire and illusion Charlotte Desorgher’s Company of Dreams transports you to the exotic, dangerous and magical world of the Arabian Nights. In this groundbreaking production of one of the greatest stories of the ancient world, Scheherazade and her magical tales of genies, ghouls and faeries, of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba, are retold in thrilling dance. Click this link to view the exciting video trailer.

Funded by the Arts Council, with the help of many local residents,  Scheherazade and 1001 Nights was premiered at Trinity in May 2016 and was so successful it went on to sell out two nights at Sadler’s Wells.

2018 has seen the company take the show on tour to Bristol, Manchester, Hereford, Telford, Andover and Colchester where it has been received to enormous acclaim. The final stop takes it back to Tunbridge Wells, where the dream began.

“We came to see the performance not knowing what to expect and we were blown away. The dancers, the energy, the journey throughout the performance was intriguing.  We didn’t want it to stop. Every single performer was incredible and you had the audience captivated.” 

Don’t miss your final chance to see this phenomenal show, created by local resident Charlotte, made possible by the support and generosity of so many people locally and which has had audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the UK.

Date: Friday 2nd November at 8pm

Tickets £16 from the Trinity Theatre Box Office

Choreographer and producer: Charlotte Desorgher

Director: Sandra Maturana (RSC, Royal Court, Old Vic)

Lighting: Rachel Sampley


Intercessions July – Flora Nedelcu

Heavenly Father, we pray for our minds to be stilled and our hearts to be wide open.

We are fellow travellers in a river of faith that has flowed in this place since the foundation of Markbeech church and we ask for strength, guidance and joy in our journey of hope.

We pray for the church, congregations across the world, and we ask for your blessing on this church and parish. We thank you for the inspiring devotion of Wendy and our church wardens and we ask your blessing upon them.

Lord in your mercy….

Lord, we pray for peace in this turbulent world. We pray for truth, so often discarded. We pray for the courage to be truthful to ourselves, to speak the truth as we see it, to speak your truth, and to stand up for the truth in both public and private life.  We ask for your blessing on our Queen, and for your guidance for the leadership of our country and for the communities it contains.

Lord in your mercy…

Lord we remember those whom we grieve for, as we remember those amongst us who mourn.  We bring the living to you those known to us who suffer hurts of the body or the mind. We ask for your comfort and the healing balm of your love, for ourselves and for each other.

Lord in your mercy…

Lord we pray for our local community, the parish and churches of Markbeech, Hever and Four Elms, we ask your blessing on all who live and worship here and on the beautiful land that sustains us. We pray that we are always welcoming to those who come to visit our church, our community, the woods and walks. We pray in this long hot summer for our farmers and gardeners, who grow food and beauty in good measure to nourish us.

Merciful father, accept these prayers…..

WWI Event! Save the date!

Do come to a concert in Hever Church on Saturday 10 November to mark the momentous year that was 1918. It was the end of World War I and the beginning of votes for women….. meanwhile flu took its toll, and the housewives of Hever carried on making jam!

The performers are all local and much of the material has a local connection. Tickets are £7.50 on the door or from Joanna Wade 07958 919631.

There are also small exhibitions about the villages in wartime in all three churches in the Benefice – researched by the Eden Valley Museum and sponsored by the Hever Charity. These will run until the end of the year.

1918 event


Saturday, 8th September 2018 at 7:00pm Doors open at 6:45pm
Hever Village Hall
Tickets are now on sale on or via phone on 07958 919 631

A great night out for all the family. With dancing in the village hall and two marquees with hay bales for everyone to sit, chat and eat their BBQ on.

You won’t go hungry with local burgers and sausages, salads and splendid homemade desserts! The bar has beers, wines and soft drinks to quench the dancers thirst! Vegetarian options are available, please make sure that you book these so that we can plan the catering!

The band has a great caller who will explain the steps and make sure that everyone has a great time. We always have a wide range of ages from toddlers through teenagers to octogenarians -dancing optional – but fun for all.

Country & Western / Cowboy fancy dress optional, but you my win a bottle of bubbly, with children prizes too.


Saturday 14th July from 1pm

Family day out, steam engines, pony rides, local arts and crafts, schools stalls, THE maze, vintage vehicles, beer tent, cakes, a Spitfire flypast by the Battle of Britain, something for all the family. Come along and support your village community!

Calling all bakers, get your apron on and create that winning showstopper…

Bake off image

Rector’s Letter Summer

The summer has truly arrived, and the holiday season is upon us. There are events across the Benefice for us to enjoy – including summer fetes, school events and open gardens. Community spirit is certainly alive and well – so many people are working very hard to make every one a success, and this is a good opportunity to thank everyone for all the hard work that goes into evert event.

Talking of moving on, we learned back in May that our Link Editors, Ana and Daryl Roxburgh are looking to concentrate on other things from September onwards. Therefore THE LINK NEEDS A NEW EDITOR – and very soon! It is such an important link throughout our Benefice – it unites the Parishes and all the community. As the founding editor of the Link in the early 1980s, I have more than a little interest in making sure that it goes from strength to strength! Ana and Daryl are happy to help during a hand-over period. We’re happy to consider different options – perhaps even a team of editors, to ease the load and bring a different perspective month by month. Please call me or Ana if you’d like to talk about your ideas.

July is also the time for many of the pupils at our schools. It is the end of an academic year and a time when some must say good-bye and prepare to move on to the next stage. There are new opportunities ahead and new experiences to be had. We all wish them well as they look ahead to a future full of possibilities.

I wish everyone a very happy summer time and look forward to the happy buzz of activity at the events mentioned in this issue – starting (of course) with the Four Elms fete on 14th July – see you there!



Saturday 16th June

Exhibitors must give notice of their entries to the Show Secretary (Mrs Jan Tolfree, Roxana Cottage, Pigdown Lane, Hever, TN8 7LT by 6 pm Wednesday 13th June of the classes in which they intend to exhibit. Entry cards to be collected on the show day from 8.30 am. Staging to be completed by 10.15 am for judging at 10.30.
Anyone can enter, a class costs 20p for members and 40p for non members. Membership is just £6
All are welcome between 2 and 4 pm for tea and homemade cake and to see the floral and domestic display. Prize giving at 4.15 pm