GrapevineTHE VOICE OF HOPE FOR HASTINGS
Autumn 2016 No 58 PPLRAAEESANASSDDEON
A new challenge and opportunity • Honouring the King of Kings DISTFRIOBRUFTIROEEN
Developing a God-given talent
From desperation to hope • Solicitor follows a new calling
A new challengeDrJohnGeater
We have almost reached our original It is envisaged that the centre will become a
target to purchase a minibus to transport beacon for training and management of severe
children with severe learning difficulties disability in Pakistan.
to the Profound Education Centre in Additionally, in collaboration with Hastings-
Islamabad, Pakistan. There they can based Prime – Partnerships in International
receive love, education and training. Education – we have been working to develop a
Some of them have been much needed nursing school in Pakistan.
abandoned at a hospice across ‘Can It aims to produce high calibre
the city by parents who can we get professional nurses with leadership skills
no longer cope and others and spiritual values to operate in a
are from the most deprived a larger difficult country.
families. vehicle?’ A group of seven senior doctors and
The generous response nurses are going to Pakistan in November
has come from church to offer professional support to the school.
support (Anglican, Roman God willing, with support from colleagues and
Catholic, Baptist and Salvation friends here we should be able to reach out to a
Army), community groups and huge number of unwell and marginalised people in
Money has also been raised at Loaf Bishop
events such as Music on a Summer Richard joins
Evening and of course the annual May
We do though face a new challenge
and opportunity. The Profound
Education Centre has the chance to
celebrationmove to bigger premises and double the
number of children it can take in. A real
blessing, as there is no other such place Bishop Richard Jackson, the Bishop of
in Pakistan. Lewes, has previously worked in Pakistan
Could we now raise enough to purchase and has recently returned from spending
a larger vehicle to bring these extra part of his sabbatical revisiting the
children to the centre each day? country and seeing various projects there.
With the growing interest and support He will be joining us for the autumn
we are seeing for Wheels of Mercy we celebration A Taste of Pakistan on Thursday
believe we can – if we work together. This October 20th at St Helen’s church to share
will be a true act of mercy and a shining his belief that it is important for us to help
light to others. partners there reverse some of the poverty,
trauma and disadvantage – action in which
Sussex support Wheels of Mercy will play a small but
Dr Shakil Malik, clinical director, Sussex significant part.
Partnership NHS Trust, writes. We will also hear from Dr Shakil Malik, clinical
Professionals from Sussex are extending director of the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust about a
Cover picture: unconditional support to develop necessary skills range of vital programmes in Pakistan in which NHS
A view from Hastings
pier on its reopening at the Profound Education Centre. They have staff from this area are playing an important role.
day, May 21st 2016
been encouraged to see the commitment and There will be the opportunity too to get a better
Photo by Annette Hawkins
compassion of the staff. understanding of the beauty of the country as well
LOAF PROJECT WHEELS OF MERCY
Music in the sun
y Meal time at the centre Photo by Shakil Malik This year’s Music on a Summer Afternoon was staged by Loaf
Project in the garden of St Thomas’ Church in Magdalen Road.
as its problems, and have a taste of South Asian
music and food. The audience donated £631 to the Wheels of Mercy
appeal. In addition Rev Paul Parks, Rector of St Helen’s,
Do come and join together – Thursday October presented Loaf chairman Dr John Geater and Dr Shakil Malik
20th 7.15 for 7.30pm at .St Helen’s church and with £875 in money, cheques and pledges from sponsorship
hall, The Ridge, Hastings, followed by tea and coffee for completing this year’s Hastings Half Marathon.
and the chance to sample some South Asian food
and join in informal talks about the future. There was a wide range of song and music by some of the best local
performers, led by the award winning children’s choir of St Mary
Star of the Sea school.
Folk and choral contributions followed by Now and Then, Secret
Chord, Red Geraniums and Village Voices.
Clare Grimble, previously a physio at the Conquest and now
a disability adviser in Nepal, brought some haunting melodies of
Christian worship from the Himalayas.
Dr Sohail Baksh sung a psalm in Punjabi, after which Hastings
Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers spoke of her support for this work of
international compassion and collaboration for a cause that was
dear to her heart.
The Loaf committee thanks all the performers who gave their time
and expertise so willingly and the technical team of Ben Clayton
and Graeme Copland who made sure that all the juggling of wires
and microphones for each act produced the desired results.
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of England had strolled along the corridors of a God-given
Hastings Castle since the reign of William I talent
(William the Conqueror), writes Katie Harrison.
Now it was the turn of the King of Kings to be BERNARD PERKINS HAS ALWAYS BEEN
honoured in this place with a performance of READY TO GO IN A NEW DIRECTION
Handel’s Messiah (Grapevine 57).
On a bright summer day Handel’s powerful
Seen here is part of the 177-strong oratorio Messiah rang out from the
volunteer choir of local church members and historic setting of Hastings Castle.
others from across the town, as well as from
the Darvell Community in Robertsbridge. ‘The trumpet shall sound’ is one of the
They had attended nine professionally led most moving passages. Soloist Bernard
sessions of training and rehearsal. Perkins rose to sing it, accompanied
by Crispin Steel-Perkins, a leading
A spectacular afternoon ended with a international baroque trumpeter.
fireworks salute. It was Handel’s desire that
performances of Messiah should support
the poor and needy. A collection taken at
the end of the event raised £1,040 for the
Snowflake Trust which provides overnight
accommodation in the winter for the
homeless of Hastings. x
What was Bernard’s feeling as he sang?
‘Expectancy,’ he replies. ‘It’s trumpet heraldry. It’s
anticipating Christ’s second coming. When you
are aware of this you are just caught up in the
spirit of it.’
Back in 1997 Bernard, then a new church
member at St Ethelburga’s, was invited to join the
‘It was to bolster the singing at the carol
service,’ he recalls with a smile. ‘Someone reckoned
I could hold a tune. I couldn’t read music then and I
had had no music teaching.’
He would never have imagined then that this
would be the first step on a road that would lead
to operatic singing and concert solos and duets. He
has even performed at Glyndebourne.
Vincent Wade, choirmaster at the time,
recognised Bernard’s talent and potential. At the
2004 flower festival he persuaded a reluctant
Bernard to sing solo. What he had in mind was
‘I knew enough to know it was a tenor part not
bass,’ says Bernard. He succeeded however. Vince
Wade’s comment was, ‘You’ve got a good classical
voice and must get it trained.’
Every opportunity locally at Judges as their IT administrator. y Top: Bernard singing
Bernard was determined to progress, reaching After nearly nine years there Bernard was made
grade 5 in music theory and grade 8 recital level. solo in Handel’s
He took every opportuity to immerse himself in redundant, but he regarded this as a challenge, an Messiah at Hastings
music, later gaining an ATCL through Trinity College opportunity, to be bold to go in a new direction. Castle
London. Above: Instrumentalists
He is now well set up locally as a computer playing
In 2007 Aanna Colls became his vocal coach. consultant/technician. He has built up a thriving
He was invited to join Opera South-East and other personal business largely through word-of-mouth Photos by Mario Molina
local singing groups and went on to become semi- recommendations.
professional. GRAPEVINE 5
He linked up with Gaby Manoukian, an Bernard was 19 and Tracey 17 when they first
established soprano and accompanist, and met, three years after Tracey’s family moved to
they began undertaking one or two concert Hastings. It was through keep-fit classes, aerobics
performances each year. and squash.
Facing redundancy They started going out together a year later. By
Amid all this Bernard has still had ‘the day job’, but this time Tracey was undergoing enrolled nursing
at times without the security that affords. training in Tunbridge Wells, where they were later
In the mid 1990s, while working as an inspector
in mechanical engineering, he recognised a future
He completed City and Guilds and A-levels in
computer science and studies before landing a job
They have two daughters: Samantha, 28, has
gained a master’s degree in publishing and Rachel,
25, is starting her third year of nursing training.
Bernard and Tracey share a vibrant Christian faith.
For Tracey it has pervaded her life from a Roman
Catholic upbringing. Bernard was ‘C of E but
‘It was always relatively easy to believe in Jesus
but hard to make any sort of connection to God,’
The awakening of faith and commitment in
Bernard came about following a small step.
When their two daughters were aged two and
four Tracey started taking them to the Rainbows
playgroup at St Ethelburga’s. Eventually Bernard
was persuaded to accompany Tracey and the
children to a family service. A first step inside ...
So Bernard was drawn in and was invited
to Just Desserts. This was a course in basic
Christianity run by Bernard Crosby, the then vicar,
and was so named because each session began
with a pudding!
y Bernard and Tracey: faith awakened Photos by Mark Bolton ‘Each ‘It all started to make sense. It
x Tracey Perkins with a group of youngsters in church session clicked,’ says Bernard. In April
began with 1997 he went to his first Sunday
6 GRAPEVINE a pudding’ service and later that year was
confirmed. He went on to become a
churchwarden and now leads some of
the Sunday services.
Tracey went on to be involved in the children’s
work and is now also one of a team of five church
members authorised to preach at Sunday services.
One of her favourite Bible verses is Psalm
109.105: ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a
light for my path.’
She and Bernard have also led house groups.
Through these groups they have seen others
growing in faith, encouraged and supported,
and becoming empowered to take on new
A favourite Bible character? Bernard says, ‘I find
it easy to identify with Peter, the Bible describes
his readiness to jump into a situation with both
feet, without having first thought it through.
‘He often gets things wrong but each time he
receives Jesus’ forgiveness and understanding. I
know that I will still get some things wrong. But
Christ’s love and assurance always renews my
zeal to try again, even if it means a change of
Interview by Wallace Boulton.
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“Come to me all who are
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From desperation to hope
Paul Parks continues his reflections after running in the Hastings Nick Warren is the manager of Christians
Half Marathon. He recalls another two alarming incidents from Against Poverty and he ran the Hastings Half
his past life. He uses them to emphasise his message on Christian Marathon to raise support for this much needed
action and church unity. charity.
Paul Parks at St Bang,bang,bang! It sounded like the Life sometimes deals us a difficult hand
Helen’s with the sign front door of our house would be broken for a season, through no fault of our own, or
promoting Christians in. ‘I know you’re in there.’The shouts perhaps through some wrong decisions. Children
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sank and the pain of grief filled me as I saw my the desperation and helplessness of families in
children filled with fright. difficult situations. Today, in our town, children
are perhaps playing hide-and-seek while hearing
There is nothing worse than seeing your bangs on their front door.
children feeling frightened. My response was,
‘Let’s play hide-and-seek. These men are just Church in Hastings: let’s support Christians
playing. Let’s hide!’ So we hid behind the couch Against Poverty with our prayers, encouragement
and the children began giggling at this new game. and money.
My feelings? Well, I didn’t know what to do. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something
There was no money: nothing to pay. This was a to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something
time parallel to climbing a steep hill in the half to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.’
marathon. (Matthew 25.35)
There are many families in Hastings in the Key to revival
same situation as I found myself in some 26 Unity in diversity – or diversity in unity – is, I
years ago. believe, the way God wants to bring revival and
renewal into the church mission in our area.
In my Regular Army Para selection, we had
359 starters. After six months’ selection, 11 of us
passed and earned our wings.
When I joined my battalion we were
put into a section. We were very different
characters from a wide variety of backgrounds.
We had very different perspectives on life.
Andy was built like a tank and he was just as hard.
His nature was kind and gentle, which didn’t seem
to go with his appearance.
I remember playing rugby once; well really it
was more like murder ball. Anyway Andy walked
a quarter of the length of the rugby field with
everyone trying to tackle him and pull him down.
No one did and he scored a try.
Bill was a ladies’ man, flash, good looking,
athletic and graceful. A very loyal and trustworthy
person in the section.
Chris was tough as old boots, but moaned like
Eeyore about anything and everything. Surprisingly
he was also very bright.
Me? I suppose I was the quiet one. I had the
nickname Patch as I was the lead scout, probably and began to run for a Land Rover which had come y Paul Parks in his
because of the outdoor life I learned about when I to rescue us. Army Para time,
spending three weeks
lived in Canada. Everyone got in the Land Rover except me in bandit country in
South Armagh with
We were all different but united in being a team because I fell over. I could see the Land Rover pulling only cold rations
and offering our different idiosyncrasies, away as the crowd was catching up with us.
gifts and thoughts to keep us alive and ‘He I could see the driver’s eyes in the Land
to complete missions. Rover mirror. I could see the assurance
Facing rioters sped of the unity we had as he sped
This unity saved each other’s lives backwards backwards and I dived into it just out
on a few occasions. I remember and I dived of the reach of the mob.
finding ourselves in a riot in
Northern Ireland. in’ We have different Christian
streams and denominations in
We were surrounded by 300-400 Hastings and St Leonards. In unity we
can be ‘more than conquerors’.
rioters wanting our blood. I could see ‘I in them and you in me – so that they
Andy’s concern for the women and children. Being may be brought to complete unity. Then the world
the gentle giant he asked me not to give the order will know that you sent me and have loved them
to shoot when the gunmen started. even as you have loved me.’ (John 17.23)
So, we together, in unity, said we can do this. We
pushed through the crowd with our backs to each Rev Paul Parks is Rector of St Helen ‘s and
other. To be honest we fought through the crowd St Barnabas
Vital scanner for new y Sallu Lansana: lost for words Photo by Roger Mitchell
Enjoy the evening,
Thanks to Liz MacKay, a retired nurse tutor, women in our twin support the cause
town in Sierra Leone will soon be able to experience safer
childbirth. Now that the ebola epidemic has subsided, the Friendship Link
is working hard to help the people of Hastings Sierra Leone on
Liz, a member of Christ Church St Leonards, raised £330 from projects supporting the schools, the health centre and the local
friends and relatives towards the cost of a new digital pregnancy economy.
ultrasound scanner. A generous grant of £500 from Bexhill
Rotary Club completed the cost. ‘Funds are urgently needed,’ says Robin Gray, ‘so please keep the
evening of Friday December 2nd free.
The scans can detect problems early in pregnancy and allow
appropriate treatment to be given. They are routine throughout the ‘The Link is hosting a splendid evening of Christmas music, carols
UK. Now our ‘twin’ Hastings will have the essential equipment. and songs in St Clement’s church in the Old Town at 7.00pm
Christine Lane chairs the Link’s health sub-committee. She broke ‘The programme will include excellent local choirs, soloists and
the news to community health officer Sallu Lansana in Hastings Sierra instrumentalists. Mulled wine, hot chestnuts and good music should
Leone that the scanner was on its way. help us all get into the Christmas spirit.’
He texted: ‘Wow! This is amazing. I am lost for words. Thank you all
The scanner is being installed in the health centre’s new maternity
wing which has been built with financial support from the Link. Its use
will reduce the number of maternal and child deaths.
New life for Sierra Leone
Links with schools in the Hastings area of Sierra Leone are
developing apace following the two-year pause forced upon
them by the ebola crisis.
Roger Mitchell travelled to the country earlier this year to visit all
the link schools. He assured them of our continued support and
enthusiasm for partnerships.
Since then more of our schools here have asked to develop links.
The British Council has announced a new scheme for curriculum and
staff development with possible grants for teachers to visit partners.
y Christine Lane (left) and Liz MacKay with the scanner: essential Roger Mitchell writes.
It was lovely to welcome once more Francis Mason, the Link co-
equipment for the new maternity wing in Hastings Sierra Leone ordinator in Sierra Leone, and teachers from Edest Preparatory School
10 GRAPEVINE and Jui Lower Primary last term.
Isabel Hodger has joined the team at the UK end. She has
experience as an East Sussex mathematics adviser, as head of a
primary school in Kent and working with VSO in Ethiopia. Her
experience will be invaluable.
HASTINGS SIERRA LEONE FRIENDSHIP LINK NEWS
Teacher training Our partners in Sierra Leone will be undertaking
Her major contribution so far has been organising with a similar programme with the British Council in
the British Council the two days of training for teachers. Freetown.
The first is in mid-September and the second in mid-
November. The White Rock Hotel has kindly offered a Having successfully completed the course, schools
venue for these courses. will be encouraged to apply for grants for teachers to
visit their partners. It is hoped that these visits will
Between these two dates our schools will be working
on developing core skills in critical thinking and problem take place in February 2017.
solving with their pupils.
THE PARTNERSHIPS now considerable. It is exciting that so many schools wish to be involved.
The list of school partnerships is Edest Preparatory School, Jui
All Saints CE Junior Academy REC Hastings Infant and Primary
ARK Blacklands Primary Academy
ARK Little Ridge Primary Academy REC Jui Lower Primary
Baird Primary Academy Beckley Preparatory, Allen Town
Christchurch CE Primary Kankaylay Islamic Primary School and St Mulumba RC Primary, Hastings
Dudley Infant Academy
Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary Edest Nursery and Preparatory, Jui
Hollington Primary Academy Maynard School, Kossoh Town
Robertsbridge Community College REC Jui Upper Infant and Primary
St Leonards Academy Kelly’s Technical Secondary, Hastings
St Leonard’s CE Primary Academy
St Mary Star of the Sea RC Primary Huntington Secondary, Jui
St Paul’s CE Primary
West St Leonards Primary Academy REC Rokel Primary
Regmel Preparatory, Hastings
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Wallace While working as a solicitor in Hastings NHS Trust last year. Today he is sitting in the
reports Graham Atfield was preparing for a chaplaincy office telling me how it all came
complete change of career. about.
He was training for the ordained ministry, not full- From an early age Graham’s enquiring mind
time at theological college but part-time at the led him to explore the Christian faith but in
South-East Institute for Theological Education. small steps. At first it was just wondering who
It meant travelling after work on Tuesdays to
Southwark Cathedral for lectures, plus several When he was 15 he went on a school trip to the
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Then there were all the essays to write ... Slow journey
Supportive wife Graham’s spiritual journey was slow because
How did he manage this way of ‘The after each stage he drifted. An uncle with a
life for three years? ‘Only with a strong faith encouraged Graham in his
hugely supportive wife,’ he says. decisive seeking.
‘I couldn’t have done any of it stage was Then at university he spoke to the
otherwise.’ the Alpha
chaplain and joined a small group of
He and Maria-Louise had met enquirers.
at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. course’ Life moved on and Graham qualified
While he was at university Graham had as a solicitor in 1988. Over the next few
worked at weekends at the hotel, where years he had a Christian friend he had met
his father was restaurant manager. Maria-Louise from time to time.
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to attend church with him at St Andrew’s Fairlight.
Enquiring mind Maria-Louise came too. She already had faith as
Graham is now the chaplain at the Conquest a Roman Catholic but she felt confident and happy
Hospital. He joined the East Sussex Healthcare in the Church of England.
Graham at the
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Committed life Mary’s Rye, where he was ordained priest a year later.
The next and decisive stage for Graham was He volunteered as chaplain to the local police and
doing the Alpha course with a group from St
Andrews Fairlight. This led to the big step of finally the ambulance service. The latter meant that he was
committing his life to the Lord. He was confirmed often at the Conquest.
Later he went on a chaplaincy rota there for
Over the next few years Graham became more doing out-of-hours visits for people wanting
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training. equivalent to vicar and he had not yet reached that
level of experience.
‘I had a calling I had to follow,’ he says. ‘I wasn’t
pushing, I felt pulled along by God.’ The door seemed to be closed. But then suddenly
everything changed and he was offered the job.
Curate at Rye
Following the three years of theological training ‘I know I am in the place where God wants me to
Graham was ordained deacon in Chichester be,’ says Graham. ‘Each day I thank him for bringing
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Hastings Youth Trust is able to help young people Sonix Ministry was born out of a vision to see
under the age of 25, living within the Borough of Christians empowerd and inspired to represent
Hastings or five miles from its boundary. Christ effectively within their music scene,
writes Eddie Rose.
It pays grants to those who fulfil the Trust’s criteria to
help towards the cost of training in the arts, sport and It is for people of all ages, abilities and musical
other recreational activities. backgrounds, from the bass to the bassoon,
orchestral to metal or hip hop.
It can assist with training youth leaders and
contribute towards the cost of religious or social This is for those who have a heart for sharing
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As an example, it is again funding the Christian
Schools Workers Hastings Life Exhibition to be held in The first Sonix Ministry event will be at Sonrise
November and which many of our local school children Church in Bohemia on Saturday October 8th from
will be attending. 7.00pm.
It also helps with the costs of some of our local Guest speaker is Dave Williams, director of
athletes and dancers and assists with the purchase of Meltdown Ministry, which has been supporting rock
books for those attending higher education courses. and alternative Christian artists for more than 25
Application, in writing, should be made to The Clerk, years, with an annual conference and training days.
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Leonards TN37 7HH His book In Tune is an excellent training manual
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Self help group raises
money to help others Helping Hands is a self help group for
those with experience of mental trauma
and illness. In August Heather Porter-
Taylor, who leads the group, presented
the Loaf Wheels of Mercy appeal with a
cheque for almost £750.
The group had raised the money through events
they arranged including sales of donated items
and a sponsored walk ending at Hastings Pier.
Their walk brought in £383.73 for Wheels
of Mercy, with the same amount going
towards the onward support of this amazing
group of people.
< A happy group of Helping Hands members
on completing their walk
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friends, make new ones and explore parts of the THURSDAY OCTOBER 20th , 7.15 for 7.30pm
beautiful countryside around us. ST HELEN’S CHURCH, THE RIDGE, HASTINGS
October 2nd Over the bridge to Lordship Wood. Meet
at 2.30 at Salehurst Church TN32 5PH. Hear from the Bishop of Lewes, the Rt Rev Richard Jackson
November 6th Autumn colours in Battle Wood. Meet at about his recent visit to projects in Pakistan and why our
2.00 (note earlier start for winter walks) at Marley Lane links are so important
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is already started with this local partnership: Sussex
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February 5th Annual winter walk to Old Roar waterfall. • The starting up of a new College for training
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nurses, including girls from the Christian and other
The last word disadvantaged sections of the community
• An educational program in many schools
Loaf treasurer Christine Lane says, ‘Thank you to • And the story of amazing people such as Maryam Bibi,
those who give regularly to support the production nominated for the Nobel Prize for her work in girls’
of Grapevine. Without this help we could not cover education.
its costs. We would welcome more people to join
us in this venture. For a standing order form call Taste the food, enjoy the music and get a flavour of
754608.’ a beautiful but troubled country and celebrate the
opportunities we have to help.
Grapevine is published by Loaf Project (reg
charity no 293855) in association with Church Free entry
Together in Hastings and St Leonards to Donations invited for the Wheels of Mercy appeal
encourage action for the relief of poverty and
distress in the local community and overseas. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Grapevine team Owned and run by the Towner family since 1875
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