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BONFIRE NIGHT: The local group of Guy Fawkes celebrants, Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society (ILHBS), is one of the county’s most lively and enthusiastic, acknowledging, of course, that the Lewes societies probably muster the most publicity, but a bit of a split seems to have surfaced among members over OutMeetings, when bonfire clubs attend other clubs’ celebrations. For some time the Isfield members have often chipped into to hire a coach or minibus to travel away. This, of course, takes a little bit of organising and the willingness of people to put their names on a list and stump up a modest fare a week or so before an event. Now there are occasions when two towns or villages might have their celebrations on the same night, such as Hastings and Hailsham last weekend, and a vote might be taken on which invitation to accept. And this is where there’s been a bit of a problem at ILHBS recently; some members have wanted to go to one while others favour another, and some people who have put their names down to travel have failed to pay the fare in advance, sometimes resulting in organised transport having to be cancelled. Not a major issue in itself, other than whoever has been left to organise transport has been left a wee bit in the dark on occasion. This coming weekend, ILHBS members seem split over going to Fletching (where the society is struggling for survival by all accounts and is not formally inviting other societies to march), or Northiam, where they again would be non-marching and non-uniformed spectators. ILHBS chairman Andy Brooks says in an email to members: ‘I think it goes without saying that I am very disappointed indeed at the fragmentation which has occurred within the society in relation to the agreed OutMeetings and subsequent transport arrangements. Unfortunately, this may well lead to the end of organised transport in future seasons, together with all the camaraderie and fun which goes with travelling together in a group on the bus.’ In another email to members, society secretary Beth Hazelwood says: ‘It does feel like we are less an ILHBS ‘team’ this year, with various different people being pulled to different events for different reasons which is disappointing (and blinking annoying for those trying to organise it all) but understandable as we become a more established society and thus people form links with societies in different ways.’ On a positive note, the Isfield bonfire night (Friday November 13) plans are progressing well. The torchlit procession will this year start from the ICE field behind The Laughing Fish, rather than the nearby Lavender Line railway station, and march to the Old Mill at Buckham Hill and back. Station Road will be closed to traffic from 6.15pm until about 7.45pm. ILHBS is imposing a restriction on children taking part in the procession. Only those who are members and in uniform or fancy dress will be allowed to join the march, and those who meet these requirements will have to be accompanied by an adult aged at least 21 years who, together with the child, is considered sensible enough to take part in organised ranks. Andy Brooks said that safety was a major consideration, and the society is anxious to avoid any irresponsible behaviour. The bonfire will be lit in the ICE field around 8pm, followed by the traditional fireworks display. A beer tent, barbecue and Pizza stall will be open in the field from 5.30pm. Little Horsted School is taking an active interest in the Guy competition being arranged. Further details from Andy on 750349.

MORE PLOTTING: Still on the Guy Fawkes theme, The Women’s Isfield Group (TWIG) will be welcoming Peter Pyemont, from Heads Talking, to their meeting on November 4 to hear him speak on The Gunpowder Plot. The meeting will, as usual, be held in Isfield Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm, and is being opened to non-members for a £3 fee that includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Take your own tipple if you wish.

SPOOKY NO: It’s that time of year again when the pumpkins are being carved. Most usually the time is known for children’s Trick or Treating on Halloween, but at Little Horsted there is a rather more genteel celebration. Over the weekend of October 31 and November 1 St Michael and All Angels Church will be holding its annual, and popular, Pumpkin Festival when the church will be filled with the light from many candlelit pumpkins, many of them cut into intricate shapes and pictures. Parishioner Roy Harris says: ‘The Festival coincides with Halloween but offers a less violent alternative. Anyone can donate a pumpkin, they don’t need to be complicated and a few holes and cuts is quite enough as the aim is to fill the church with light from as many pumpkins as possible. If you wish to donate a pumpkin the church will be open on the mornings of Friday October 30 and Saturday 31.’ Visitors on the Saturday and Sunday evenings (6pm to 8pm) will be offered a glass of mulled wine or orange juice once they have paid an entry fee of £3 (50p for children), with proceeds going to the Little Horsted church’s restoration fund. ‘The 13th century church is now in need of serious TLC,’ says Roy.

AND SPOOKY YES: Children who don spooky fancy dress up for Halloween will be offered a free meal (up to the value of £5.75) at The Laughing Fish between 5pm and 7.30pm on Saturday October 31, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done Elizabeth Coldbreath and Sophie Carpenter, who won first and second prizes respectively in the Aged 10 group for Uckfield FM’s What Makes Uckfield Special? poster painting competition. Both are pupils ate Little Horsted School. Photos of some of the children’s entries can be seen at www. news.uckfieldfm.co.uk/2015/what-makes-uckfield-special-painting-competition/

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

REMINDERS: October 24, Film Night at Isfield Village Hall. Animal Farm animation, with introductory talk by Vivien Halas. Tickets at £6 each on the door from 6.45pm to include glass of wine and nibbles. Show starts at 7.30pm. October 28, Isfield Forget-Me-Not club has Chris Jago giving a talk on The Building of Britain’s First High Speed Railway. Village hall, 2.30pm. October 29, Pie and Pudding special meals night at The Laughing Fish, Isfield, 6pm to 9.30pm. Booking advised; 01825 750349. November 20, Little Horsted Parish Meal, at East Sussex National. November 23, Isfield Parish Council meeting at village hall (7.30pm). Everyone’s opportunity to take an interest in and maybe influence matters concerning the community.

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