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Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 31st October 2010


Some months ago my agent asked if I’d had any ‘ghostly’ experiences in my life. I’ve had many ‘odd’ experiences but I definitely had a ‘ghostly’ one in the 70’s in a 16th Century house owned by a friend.

I was then asked if I would go and recount my experience for a new series – hopefully to be shown in Spring 2011. This I did and then was asked about other unusual happenings of which there have been many in my life, but particularly coincidences. If you’ve ever read The Celestine Prophecy you will know what I mean about coincidences. The one thing I brought away from that book was that ‘nothing happens by chance’ and now that I look at my life, I swear matters really aren’t as random as they would appear at first glance and I’m beginning to trace a pattern to happenings.

Over the last couple of weeks there have been so many coincidences that it’s almost breathtaking. I’ve had an incredibly busy day going up to Capel le Ferne – to take photos which I hope will be given to the last remaining of the 13 members of the Free French who fought for us, many of whom lost their lives, in the Battle of Britain. Then I went to the Huguenot Service at Canterbury Cathedral. Every Sunday in a small chapel to the left of the Crypt there is a religious service held entirely in French. I went for the first time about 2 years ago and was fortunate enough to be there when they had as a guest speaker Fr. Malachy Steenson (and didn’t that name give me the goose bumps) who was not only an interesting speaker but gave his sermon in English. I’ve been a few times and the sermon is in French and mine is just not up to it. I can follow the service but the sermon taxes me beyond my capabilities. How I wish I’d paid more attention at school as French is a language I love. I’d not starve if you left me in France and told me to fend for myself but definitely couldn’t converse at a dinner party – and that would be seriously difficult.

There are very few members of the congregation and to keep the little band together they all go off and have tea and cake so I joined them and Fr. Malachy had me in stitches with a comment he made.     We were talking about what we would do if we had serious money.  Apart from helping my nearest and dearest and my favourite charities I would love to be able to travel all over the world - there's so much I want to see.  Fr Malachy said in his gorgeous Irish Accent ' Sure Jan, you should be a Nun" - you can imagine how funny that was to me who has been married several times.  But he then explained that his Order have houses/retreats all over the world so he gets round and about for the cost of an airfare.  

It is a shame not more people come to the service.  Even i can follow it and my French is not brilliant.  The sermon is a little more difficult but at least it taxes the brain cells.  And the members of the small congregation are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Why not give it a try - every Sunday at 3.00 pm in the little Chapel (referred to as The Black Prince Chapel I think)  on the right of the Undercroft as you look at the Madonna.  Entrance is actually from outside the Cathedral just about opposite the Gift Shop and Exit.

Nothing in the diary next week except an Interview/Audition to become a guide at Canterbury Cathedral (I’m petrified as I haven’t been interviewed for anything in decades) so I should be able to catch up with all the Blog. stuff – I know, I know, I keep saying that but there’s so much happening at the moment, am not sure where to begin.

Au revoir - Jan


Father Malachy presenting a Huguenot Cross in the 'Huguenot Chapel' - Canterbury Cathedral


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