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ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10.30am United Benefice service at All Saints Old Heathfield with Bishop Richard Jackson. No service at St Richard’s this Sunday. Tuesday, 2pm St Richard’s Toddler group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Old Heathfield. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Joint Holy Communion. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak. No service on Sunday, combined with All Saints ‘. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org

CROSS IN HAND WI: At our last meeting on March 23, members were treated to a very interesting and informative talk entitled Wonderful World of Water by Jo Osborn. Jo works for South East Water and gave us an insight into how our water supplies are sourced, processed and piped to our homes ready for drinking. The talk contained many fascinating facts such as only 3 percent of the water supplied to a typical household is actually used for drinking whereas 30 Percent is used to flush the toilet. We were all given goodie bags and helpful tips on how to use water wisely. Birthday flowers were presented to Barbara Edwards, Muriel Campbell and Pauline Kent and the Flower of the Month competition was won by Betty Dabson.

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday April 27 at 2pm in the Cross-in-Hand Village Hall, when we shall help to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with our red, white and blue theme and enjoy a celebration cake. The speaker will be Mr D Goldsmith who will talk to us about Eye Care Services in the Amazon. For further information or membership enquiries please telephone: Anita: 01435 863479 or Margaret: 01435 867076.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: April 16, 11am to 5pm Park and Ride from Market Car Park from 10am. Entrance free. Every penny raised on the day will go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Dame Heffle and her procession will leave the Heathfield Community College at 11am and come to Cade St to re-enact the ancient legend and release the cuckoo to welcome spring to Heathfield. Many attractions, stalls, entertainment, food all day. Come and enjoy a great community day and support an excellent charity. Watch out for the scarecrows advertising the event. For further details please phone 01435 882723 or 01435 830504.

AGM: FASCOH’s AGM is on Friday April 15 at The Space, All Saint’s Church, Old Heathfield. 7.15pm for pre-supper drinks, fish and chip supper at 7.45pm. To book your supper (£5) call Colin Saunders on 01435 864194.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Saturday June 11, Broad Oak and Heathfield 2016 Summer Festival and Queen’s Birthday Celebrations at Broad Oak Village Hall and St George’s Church.

NEW BENEFICE: For some time the Diocese of Chichester have been considering the bringing together of the parish of Old Heathfield and the Parish of Heathfield under the one name of the Benefice of Heathfield. It simply means a coming together under one name of the two parishes which include All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield, St George’s Church, Broad Oak and St Richard’s Church, Heathfield. With the formation of this new Benefice there have been some changes of parish boundaries and these have reflected the more natural flow of where people. With the retirement of Rev Malcolm Jones from St Richard’s at the end of October in 2015 and the move of the Rev David Guest to South East London this new formation has taken place. It also means that a new Vicar of Heathfield will be appointed during the coming months who will work across the whole Benefice of Heathfield.

Over the past few years, these three churches have seen themselves working together on projects which have included Showstopper, the Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival and coming up this year they are working as a partnership with the Broad Oak Village Hall Committee in staging another Summer Festival and also celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration on June 11, all culminating with a Barn Dance in the evening and the lighting of a Beacon later in the evening. This all means that there is much to celebrate as these three churches come together and this coming Sunday, the Bishop of Lewes, Bishop Richard will celebrate Holy Communion with the united church and pray for them in the formation of the new Benefice. The service commences at 10.30am at All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield.

QUIZ NIGHT: Our ever-popular Quiz will be held on Friday April 15 at Punnetts Town Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. The entry fee is £8 per person, to include supper of fish and chips, chicken and chips or sausage and chips, plus a further option for vegetarians. Please contact Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn by April 12 to book a place for your team, and to notify her of your choices from the menu. Maggie’s address is Lewhurst, Flitterbrook Lane, Punnetts Town, TN21 9PQ or you can phone her on (01435) 830 645. Proceeds from the quiz will go towards village hall funds. The hall is at the western end of Battle Road, and there is plenty of car parking.

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