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May 2018

The circuit launch of 'Thy Kindom Come' took place at the Emmanuel Centre on Ascension Day evening, 10th May. Led by the three circuit ministers the 10 days of prayer were given a thoughtful send off at the well attended service.

On 13th May MIke Hatchard entertained in his delightful easy going way at the Centre, a performance much appreciated and enjoyed by the audience. For those who wat to see a different side of Mike he will be presenting to us his poignant one man play 'The Concert Pianist' in July. This will be a unique chance to see a virtuoso performance being tuned for the Edinburgh Festival here in Battle!

April 2018

Bob and Beryl's Annual Quiz was attended by many from across the circuit and also many friends eager to pit their memories. Bob produced his usual mind-benders and googlies, goodness knows where he finds things like the word for phobia of mother-in-laws! Good fun was had by all and over £400 was raised to help run Battle Methodist Church.

Around Easter

Peggy arranged a meditation and Passover Seder meal on Maundy Thursday and on Easter Sunday breakfast was served by Sue, Ivor and Joanna. The Cross was dressed with early spring flowers and the service finished with Communion

February 2018


On Thursday 1st February 2018 the Government allocated £3,240,000 to Rother District Council to create a new road infrastructure which would allow 250 homes to be built on the Blackfriars site, located between Marley Lane and Hastings Road, by 2022. The money will allow creation of a new road connecting Harrier Lane with Hastings Road.

 The Blackfriars site has been allocated for housing in the Rother District Council local plan since 2006 and identified for such use in 1975. Two areas of the site, totalling approximately 7.3 hectares, would be allocated for residential use providing at least 220 new homes, 40 per cent of which would be affordable houses..

 One building company says that it is already in the early stages of submitting a plan for 20 to 25 homes on a small section of the site. Their application would create the initial junction with Hastings Road, which in the full plan would later connect with Harrier Lane.

 Battle Methodist Church’s Emmanuel Centre was built during 2013 and early 2014 on the lower end of the Blackfriars site on 0.4 hectare of the 1.0 hectare of land earmarked for community and educational use, which remit it fulfils with many community activities and groups using the facilities for education at all ages between toddlers and U3A.

Battle Methodist Church looks forward to cooperating with local agencies, community groups and developers on using the 0.6 hectare of land still earmarked above the Emmanuel Centre and possibly extending the Emmanuel Centre for community activities.

It should be noted that East Sussex County Council had formally notified all parties before the Emmanuel Centre was given planning permission and built that they no longer wished to build a second primary school for Battle on the Blackfriars site as they considered that enlargement of Battle and Langton CoE Primary School would better serve Battle’s primary schooling needs.

The history of the Emmanuel Centre development can be read at:

Read Rye and Battle Observer’s article on the 2018 Government Grant at:


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