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Rodmell and Southease

LOVELY WEATHER: I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather. What with the disasters in politics and the awful fire in London, plus the terrorism issues, we haven’t had a lot to be cheerful about have we, so a little bit of sunshine was much needed. I have really enjoyed the early mornings and the lovely evenings, when I’ve loved working in the garden. The scents of various shrubs and flowers are heavenly. It’s been a bit of a pain doing all the watering though, and everything dries out so quickly. The recent winds played havoc with my broad beans, which had been doing so well and the pub had part of a tree fall across the street, causing a bit of havoc in the early morning when the villagers wanted to get to work. I heard that several trees came down in this area.

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Malling news


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The school heard last week that the art installation, Let There Be More Light, which they worked on last autumn with Pells School and South Malling’s Sunday School/Craft Days, is one of the prize winners in the Diocesan Schools Art Competition for 2017. The installation based on the Bible passage in which Jesus turns a small gift of loaves and fishes from a young boy, into a meal for 5000 plus people who had come to hear him preach, but hadn’t brought lunch. It shows that, in need, Jesus can make even a small act of generosity from a child into something that can be enormously helpful to many people. Some 200 children were involved in designing and completing the installation which has been described by the judges as an excellent demonstration of cooperation between children in different church related organisations. South Malling School Nursery Open Day. Anyone who is looking for a Nursery school for the next school year, is very welcome to come to the open day on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm. This will give you a chance to talk to their nursery staff and find out what the school can offer to parents and their children. Don’t miss this opportunity to see if it meets your needs.

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Seaford news


OPEN GARDEN: At Sunningdale Close today, Friday, from 11am to 4pm in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Tea and cake available. Entry by donation.

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Fletching news


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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Hailsham news


CELEBRATE HAILSHAM DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, town folk can take part in Celebrate Hailsham Day, a special event taking place in the High Street and Vicarage Field from 9am to 4pm, to toast the new-look town centre. Celebrate Hailsham Day will take place in Vicarage Field and the High Street and feature market stalls selling a range of locally sourced food, gifts and accessories. There will also be a candy floss stall to tempt visitors, as well as the local air cadets selling strawberries, cakes and Prosecco and the Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) with their smoothie bike. Various activities will take place on the day for children including face painting, balloon modelling, a tea cup ride and sensory tent. Hailsham Parish Church will hold its open church from 11am to 1pm where refreshments will be available and Hailsham FM will be at the event. Many of the town centre shops will be offering special discounts off their goods and various promotions on the day.

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Plumpton news


JUMBLE SALE: To raise funds for Plumpton Churches takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated; please take jumble to the hall from 9am to midday. The sale starts at 2pm; do go along as there are sure to be lots of bargains, tombola and refreshments.

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Polegate news


POLEGATE PLODDERS: Would like more folk to join their running/jogging group. Please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

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Telscombe news


THANK YOU: A massive thank you to some of our raffle prize donators for the Telscombe Summer Fayre on Saturday July 8. Prizes include vouchers to the CATS Club summer holiday play scheme, Wave family swimming pass, entrance to the Soak Collective Midsummer Terrace Party at the Whitecliffs Cafe, vouchers for Coffee Haven and much much more. The arena events for the Telscombe Summer Fayre have now been finalised, attractions include Harlequin Dance Studio, Peacehaven Players, Southern Stomp, falconry display, Anneli Smith Street Dance, Sussex Stars Cheerleaders and lots lots more.

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Newick news


Alzheimers: Some of the creations at the Alzheimers’ Society cup cake morning (The Pantry, Thursday 15) were true works of art. Most impressive to see how many calories could be engineered on such a small base. The gastronomes raised a total of £407 for the Soceity.

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Falmer news


LADIES’ GROUP: We all had a wonderful spontaneous evening last Tuesday. We had a plan to walk along the Seaford prom and end with fish and chips on the beach. In the morning, I was cutting out my Parish Pump for the scrapbook when I noticed the photograph of Geoff Stonebanks garden Driftwood at Bishopstone; I thought ‘how lovely it would be if we could visit’, Geoff Stonebanks very kindly agreed, even though it was short notice. We all fell in love with the garden it was just magical, everywhere we looked there was something exciting to see, so many unusual plants it was hard to take it all in, and we have vowed to visit again. Geoff was a brilliant host and we thank him. We forfeited our walk but all went for fish and chips which we ate on the beach west of the Martello Tower and watched the sun set. The next opening of the garden is: be amazed July 1, open for Family Support Work from 11am to 5pm entry £3, children free. Tea and refreshments served in vintage china on trays in the garden. Garden sculpture for sale.

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Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand news

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

SINGING: Singing for Fun for Everyone continues on Tuesday at 2pm at Cross in Hand Methodist at top of Fir Grove Road. Car park on left hand side. Favourite well known songs and time for refreshments and chat afterwards. We just cover expenses. We will then have a break until September.

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Nevill news


THOUGHTS: I don’t think I can start this weeks PP without a comment about the loss of life in the Grenfell Tower fire. I was extremely moved by the sight, and I would like to say our thoughts and prayers are with you all. CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, we have another Tots session for pre-school children and their carers from 9.30am to 11.30am. On Sunday we have a Messy Church beginning at 9am with a breakfast of cereals, bacon butties and tea/coffee, followed by craft activities and a short act of worship. All are welcome, particularly young families. There is a Thinktank session on Wednesday at 7.30pm, where Dr John Haigh of Sussex University will speak on Some (Easy) Mathematics in Everyday Life. His talk will include material on money, health, voting systems, TV game shows, and sporting tournaments . No specialist knowledge of mathematics is required to enjoy this session. Earlier on Wednesday, at 3pm, there is a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Rev Geoffrey Whitfield, who passed away at the end of May, only a few weeks after his wife Jean. We will remembering Geoffrey and the great passion he brought to everything he did from preaching, to pastoral care, to bringing together Israeli and Palestinian children through sport, to chaplaincy work at Sussex University. We are now taking registrations for our annual Holiday Club which will be held over three days from Wednesday August 2 to Friday August 4, 10am to 12.30pm. The theme this year will be Polar Explorers and the Holiday Club is for children in Reception up to Year 6. The cost is £12 for all three sessions for one child and then £3 each for brothers/sisters for all three sessions. To register a place ,or for further details, please email christchurch or call 07516 715425. Our house to house collections for Christian Aid Week in the Wallands area from May 14 to 20 raised £1493.61 for the world’s poor, particularly refugees from conflict, civil strife and hunger. This is well up on last year’s £1406. Thank you to people in the Wallands area for their generous support.

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Willindon, Wannock & Jevington news

Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

WILLINGDON ADVICE STORE: Need free impartial confidential and independent advice? Call advice line on 03444111444. To book an appointment telephone 842336, to visit Willingdon Parish Council, The Triangle, BN20 9PJ.

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Peacehaven news


BINGO: July’s dates are Wednesday July 19 and Friday July 21.

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Uckfield news


FINE ART SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Art Society next meet on Wednesday July 12, 2pm for tea/coffee, 2.30pm talk, at Uckfield Civic Centre. The talk is Punch and Judy by Bertie Pearce. This is a free lecture as part of the Uckfield Festival. The society always welcomes visitors and new members. For further information please go to

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Ringmer news


ST MARY’S: This evening, the Friday Club will be meeting between 6.30pm to 8pm to share fun games and learning with each other. The group is aimed at children in Yrs 5 and 6 and has been going for several weeks now with a great core of young people from the village (not all Ringmer Primary pupils). New members are always welcome. The church entry into the School PTA Scarecrow Festival is entitled Happily Ever After. Let’s hope the couples getting married this weekend and next see the funny side. Please support the event this weekend and next and enjoy the creativity of our church team. Come and Raise a Glass to a loved one on Tuesday and again on Tuesday July 11 between 7.30pm and 9pm in The Anchor. This informal gathering aims to bring people together, just to have some company for a short while. Services this Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist. Both services have the opportunity to receive communion bread and wine or a blessing from the priest, and 6.30pm Evensong.

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Piddinghoe news


A LITTLE BIT OF PALAEONTOLOGY: We regularly find Stone Age tools when walking around the farm. This week, we picked up a flint ‘scraper’. It fits comfortably in the hand and was obviously utilised as something useful to its maker, either for scraping or for cutting. What is interesting is, that whoever made it was left-handed. If held in the right hand, it is not comfortable to use, but when transferred to the left hand, it fits perfectly and is easy to use.

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Ninfield & Hooe news

Ninfield and Hooe

ONE HELL OF A HEATWAVE: Ok, now, how many have been complaining that it’s ‘too darn hot’. As I write, the temperature in the conservatory is nearly 100 degrees and the electric fan is now sitting here on the table, directional option off, on maximum speed and facing me, but still I’m melting. It has been an extraordinary period of weather, since April really and I’m just praying that it doesn’t wear itself out before July, when so many big town and village events are booked. The long-range forecast is a bit vague, sunny-cloudy with average temps, could mean anything but, if it comes to it, I’ll take that for Carnival weekend in Ninfield on July 14 and 15, while continuing to hope that it all doesn’t go to the other extreme and go all cold, windy and rainy. It’s unfortunately so often an issue now going from one extreme to another extremist, polar opposites, either ends of the spectrum. A couple of weeks ago I asked the question with the tiny word of why? in reference to the atrocities in Manchester and London, why? Why would one section of society want to savagely kill and maim another section? Why, in this high powered, advanced, supposedly intelligent world, why are there still such extremes of belief, in religion and politics, that still invoke such hatred and evil. The consequential fallout; wars, disasters, terror attacks, affect everyone, not just those in the polar opposite, end of spectrum, extremist camps. Everyone in the main-stream, average, tolerant, every-day, hard-working, global society; everyone in the middle wants to reach out, get on and improve the world. So, to go back to the top, whatever the weather, whatever the current climate, we must make the best of every day, not be cowed by any extremes and continue to make the best of our fabulously-average selves.

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Waldron news


JUNE: Hardly dare say it, but we’re having a proper summer. And not an English summer of two hot days and a thunderstorm, but days and days and I love it. Last weekend’s open garden at Lark Rise was a storming success (I hear that over £700 was raised for Family Support Work) with the rose walk heavy with scented roses and entwined clematis, the wild garden looking picture-postcard wild (well, it would be), the vegetable garden looking as if it could feed the entire village with lettuce and an art exhibition for added pleasure. Also on the same day was a fundraiser for the church at Leopard’s Mill which drew a good crowd wearing sun hats and flowery dresses/shirts and we all felt suitably blessed with sun and scrumptious cake.

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Chailey news


MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more details.

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