Welcome to our website for Holy Cross Church with St Saviours in Uckfield together with St Michael’s at Little Horsted and St Margaret’s at Isfield.
Our Churches were formally linked in the 1970’s and work together in faith and fellowship. Having visited our site we hope that you will be encouraged and inspired by what you see here and that you too will want to be part of the Mission of Christ’s Church.
PASTORAL LETTER – FEBRUARY 2017
Lighting a candle is a sign of hope.
Lighting a candle is a sign of trust.
Lighting a candle is a sign
that the darkness can never overcome the light.
Candlemas is one of my favourite feasts of the year. Falling on the 2nd Feb, we’ll be celebrating it this year on the Sunday before. It recalls the occasion in Luke’s gospel when Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple, where the faithful old priest Simeon saw Him and sang his song we know as the “Nunc dimittis”:
When I was a young boy, I remember very clearly the sense of freedom when I rode my bike. Being too young to drive, riding my bike gave me a freedom and independence that I loved – the thrill of being able to go off on my bike to a friend’s house or down to the shop to buy some sweets.
I was reminded of this freedom the other day as we were looking at getting a new bike for our youngest son who has grown out of his old child’s bike. When we move to Heathfield we will be within spitting distance of the Cuckoo Trail, so we’re hoping to enjoy some family bike rides together. One of the things I want to do this year is to get back on my bike and to use it more; to feel the enjoyment of that freedom again, at least going downhill anyway!
Nature Notes February 2017
I nearly missed the deadline for these Nature Notes. The reason was that I was too pre-occupied with writing my book, due to come out later this year on Blue Tits. I am embarrassed to say that NN had slipped my mind until the all-vigilant Editor contacted me to see what had happened. Therefore, I hope you will forgive another note about Blue Tits? It is winter, and Blue Tits are on my mind, so let’s think for a moment about what Blue Tits do in the winter, and how they survive.
Blue Tits are described as partial migrants. That means that part of the Blue Tit population migrates and the other part is sedentary. There are good reasons for that. All but four native trees in Britain are deciduous, so woodlands become bare and draughty and food for small birds is hard to find. Beech nuts are a favourite food for Blue Tits at this time, but these can be scarce. Additionally, Male Blue Tits have often already selected the cavity in which they would like to breed during the following summer, so they stay behind and defend it vigorously from other animals. Meanwhile, female Blue Tits are free to search for food wherever they want to. Most territorial male Blue Tits are more than one year old and dominant to yearlings. Therefore, the Blue Tit yearling males and females of any age disperse south and west, to find milder and safer places to spend the winter. These are often Reed-beds and people’s gardens. So the marauding Blue Tits that you see at your feeders are mostly females and some yearling males.
Holy Cross Church was overflowing with visitors when the Bonfire Societies held their annual Carol Service. Uckfield Performance Ensemble together with Heathfield Silver Band played and accompanied many of the carols. This was the first year that The Rector, Revd. John Wall, had led the service. The Rector and the Curate, Revd. Mitch, reappeared part the way through the Service dressed as the comedy duo Laurel and Harvey, and much to the amusement of all those present.
Photographs by Ron Hill Photographic
Festival of Christmas Trees - December 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2016
The amazing eighty-nine decorated Christmas Trees in Holy Cross Church attracted nearly six thousand visitors to the ninth Festival of Christmas Trees with visitors coming from the Medway towns and Isle of Sheppey in the east to Odiham in the west. This Festival retains the traditional methods of tree decorating, but the Sponsors are very much encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year they certainly excelled themselves with more than ever hand crafted decorations. One particular display titled “The Santa Special Tree” had been months in the planning and development. Photographs of this year’s Festival can be viewed in the website’s photo gallery. The eighty-nine trees displayed had been sponsored by a cross section of Uckfield’s community – schools, businesses, voluntary organisations and associations, community support groups as well as individual families.
During Friday evening visitors were entertained by Sean Martin playing the organ, and Bernard Tagliavini singing and playing the guitar.