Some time ago I made a commitment to do something for Christian Aid Week in 2020, and planned a sponsored walk to Canterbury as outlined below.  Sadly, the coronavirus situation may force me to delay the full walk until later in the year.  But the need remains, in fact the call for emergency funds is likely to grow as today’s update from Christian Aid HQ shows.

Our priority in recent days has been to work with our partners across the world to do our best to prepare for when coronavirus strikes poor communities. In some countries we are already responding to this crisis.

Coronavirus does not discriminate. And you know better than most that the poorest will be hit hardest. The world's poorest communities, who already lack access to healthcare, will be the most vulnerable.


So I plan to demonstrate my commitment by walking the first couple of miles of my route across the fields to the next parish on my original start date as part of my ‘permitted exercise regime’.  Please support me, or more specifically Christian Aid as outlined as below – even when the coronavirus has passed its peak the other problems of poverty and health exacerbated by climate change will remain.


Please forward this mail to anyone else who knows me and might like to support.



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Walking to Canterbury – Will you sponsor me?

Some of you will remember that a couple of years ago I walked from Etchingham parish to our mother church in Chichester to raise money during Christian Aid Week.  This year I am planning a slightly shorter route (around 50 miles) to the historic pilgrimage destination of Canterbury. Unlike Chaucer’s Pilgrims I will not be on horse or mule-back; rather I will be like the lady in the photo below, very much on foot.  She is walking miles each day to fetch water because the rains in Kenya have failed to deliver enough of the water that she, her family and community needs.  We believe that climate change is a factor worsening the hardships of people in poorer countries who rely on subsistence agriculture.  Christian Aid is working practically to mitigate the effects, by building earth dams and boreholes to make good use of the water that is available, as well as campaigning with environmental groups to stop the climate crisis getting worse.  You can help by sponsoring me at and the money will go direct to Christian Aid, or give me cash or a cheque* made out to Christian Aid and I will forward your donation.  I plan to set out on 12th May and calling at various parish churches on my three day journey.  I look forward to your support!  As this is a ‘solo’ project I hope that the coronavirus situation will not prevent it going ahead, but if it does I will reschedule for the autumn.  I won’t be giving up!

Phillip Hinde, ‘Englefield’, High Street, Etchingham TN19 7AG                          01580 819434




3Cs coffee morning, every Wednesday in St Bartholomew’s 9.45 until 11.45 until further notice





(coffee, cake and chat)
Our group has been meeting in the church every Wednesday morning since
2nd September: how time flies! Our numbers have steadily grown and
we have a core group of just over 20 ladies and gentlemen.
I asked for comments to describe their enjoyment of the mornings and was told:
‘Everyone is very welcoming and friendly;’
‘We have delicious home-made cake;’
‘Come along and find out all about dentures and spectacles!’
‘Interesting anecdotes about life in Burwash over the last 60-70 years;’
‘It is so lovely to have this get-together every week’.

 3c's morning

Beginning in March, we shall be changing the times of our 3Cs coffee mornings
to 9.45am until 11.45am.
Thank you to all our lovely ladies and gentlemen
who have made the 3Cs coffee mornings so much fun!




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