Terrapins the Size of Dinner Plates and Family Graves

Terrapins the Size of Dinner Plates and Family Graves

The plan was to take a walk from Ditchling in East Sussex to a secret bunker hidden in the countryside, but the weather has defeated us. However, we shall do the walk later in the Spring – meanwhile, Darren tells me about the peculiar giant terrapins in the local pond and of his ancient family […]

A Brief Walk Around The Village of Rusper in West Sussex

A Brief Walk Around The Village of Rusper in West Sussex

The lovely Julia and I are in the quaint village of Rusper, just north of Horsham. We take a walk around the church and then along the high street. I used to live in Horsham as a younger man, but never visited this nearby village. Today I am delighted to see all the old timber […]

St Giles Church in Coldwaltham and the 2000 Old Yew Tree

St Giles Church in Coldwaltham and the 2000 Old Yew Tree

Today I am visiting a lovely church in West Sussex just off A29. I am joined by the lovely Cynthia Julian. The 13th century Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles; a rare 11th century gravestone and a simple Saxon font are present on the site. A yew tree near the north west corner […]

The Busy Vicar of Coldwaltham, near Pulborough, in West Sussex

The Busy Vicar of Coldwaltham, near Pulborough, in West Sussex

These days vicars are busy people; rushing about from church to church, serving the community and spreading the word of God. I wanted to know if it was always like that, or if the pace of life for the rural vicar was far slower in the ‘olden days’. I met up with Father Peter at […]