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Dear Mrs. Tinsley,
Welcome to the neighbourhood of Upper Puckering. I am confident that you will find our community a lovely place to raise a family. As the president of the Upper Puckering Wives’ Club, I would like to invite you to join us at our 11 May meeting, when we will have Mr. Basil Edwards of the Sussex Horticultural Guild speaking on "Gardening with heirloom roses." Please RSVP by 30 April by calling 1444-723263. The Wives look forward to meeting you.

Mrs. Nigel Woolton

Dear Miss Simmons/Mr. Tinsley,
Your electric account #011856944 is in arrears by 2 months. Your current will be cut off by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 if payment has not been received at our Lower Puckering office by that time. Queries regarding your account should be directed to Miss Beatrice Wamsley in the Accounts Office between 1 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., Wednesday-Friday. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
Dear Madam,
I regret to inform you that the Royal Horticultural Society is unable to process your application for membership as submitted on 27/3/99. If you refer back to the list of permissible titles outlined on the application form, you will notice that the appellation "Ms" does not appear. Whilst this abbreviation might be considered appropriate in the United States, it is not currently accepted in the U.K., nor is its use likely in the forseeable future. Kindly indicate your marital status in the line provided, and resubmit the form. Thank you.

Best regards,

Jonathan St. Michel-Thwaite
Membership Secretary


The Society of Medieval Ecclesiastical Historians (SOMEH) invites session and individual paper abstracts for the 11th Annual International Congress of Medieval and Renaissance Historians, to be held November 10-13 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada. The 1999 SOMEH theme, "Multivocality in Monolithic Institutions" challenges participants to explore the intersection of ethnicity, gender and class within the hegemonic structures of Church and State. Abstracts should be sent to Dr. Joel Leftwich, Department of Religious Studies, St. Sebastian College, Toronto, Canada. Deadline for submissions is May 28, 1999.

I’m putting together a session with Ben Williams on the feminization of poverty. Interested in participating?



Dear Miss Simmons and Mr. Tinsley,
On behalf of the Friends of the Upper Puckering Parish Church, I would like to invite you to attend a special program to be held at the church hall on Saturday, May 1st. This program marks an important milestone in the life of our church family—the launch of an ambitious restoration effort commemorating the 700th birthday of the church.

The program will include an overview by Chester Vyse on the upcoming restoration at UPPC, to begin at 4:00 p.m. A brief presentation by Nigel Mannerly, Ph.D. on the history of England’s misericord and bench end carvers will follow. Dr. Mannerly’s work has illuminated the important place of local carvers, most noteably the "Puckering Pisano" within this sacred tradition, and we are delighted that he can share his expertise with us. Please plan to join us in the church hall for tea following the conclusion of the program.

Kindly RSVP to the church office by Thursday, April 29th.

Reverend L. Nigel Banks

We do hope you can attend!