Parish pump Hailsham - February 28, 2014

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FILM CLUB: Wadjda is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. It is the story of a young girl living in the suburb of Riyadh determined to buy a bike in a society that frowns upon women doing such a thing. It is also the first feature film made by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour, who has broken many barriers with this film. It will be shown at 7.30pm tonight in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and cakes. Guests are welcome, tickets cost £6 on the door, just turn up.

ST DAVID’S DAY: Even if you aren’t Welsh, you can join in the celebrations at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 6.45pm. The cost, including a two course meal, is £12.50 per head with special rates for families and children. See posters or the weekly bulletin for details.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

Burwash

MUSIC NIGHT: 21 Whiskies will be playing for your pleasure at the Pavilion in Burwash Common tonight, Friday, from 8pm. You may have heard this talented local group playing at the village fair. They play a great selection of songs and the licensed bar will be open. Do go along and enjoy the fun.

MEETING: Burwash Village Hall will be holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday in the meeting room at the hall, at 8pm. You are all welcome to go along and find out how the hall is looked after and the events and groups that use it. Tea and coffee will be served. Reports will be given by the chairman and the treasurer.

THE WALK for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. This is a gentle walk for those who enjoy walking but find the parish footpath walks too strenuous. Ijon Jenner will lead the walk and you will be back in time for lunch. For more details please call him on 01435 882045.

WHIST DRIVE: The March whist drive will be held on Thursday evening in the village hall from 7pm. Please note the new time. Entry is £3 and includes 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. Players of all abilities are welcome to come along from the seasoned player to new comers. A raffle will also take place. We always have a lot of fun and have made new friends.

QUIZ: The next quiz evening at the Burwash Village Hall is being held on Saturday March 8, from 7.30pm. Teams of six players are invited to enter at £8 per person to include a hot supper and cold dessert. Guests are welcome to bring their own drink and glasses. Quiz masters Steve Bennett and Terry Parker will be in control of the evening, well they will try to. To book a table please ring Mary Taylor 01435 882107.

A CRAFT MORNING is being held by the flower arrangement club on Thursday March 13 at the village hall from 10am to noon. Anyone who would like to attend should call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483. It will be led by the Flower Shop.

BOWLS: Last week the Burwash Short Mat Bowls team had a disastrous match away to top of the league Pevensey. The triples Mick Moore, Stephen Trew and Mary Taylor lost 5-15, Angela and Keith Marden and Joan Howard lost 5-19. The pairs Alan Green and Barry Taylor lost 5-22 while Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood lost 12-18. The team will next play away to Crowhurst on Tuesday.

Chailey

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service at 10am. On Wednesday the Ash Wednesday Service will be at 7.30pm at Barcombe (St Mary’s Church). Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Cavan Wood and 6.15pm with John Maskell.

SWING ERA Tea Dance is on Sunday at the village hall from 2pm until 5pm. Join a genuine, friendly Tea Dance with The Swinging Detective presenting recorded music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s chosen with care for all period dance styles. Admission is £6 to include tea and cakes. For further information contact 07714897369.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. There will be a talk on ‘Comic Postcards of Donald McGill’ by John Wilton; a retired teacher and writer of A Portrait in Old Picture Postcards. John Wilton has spent the last few years amassing a huge collection of postcards, more than 5,500, based around cartoon and innuendo, with a particular penchant for the work of controversial artist Donald McGill. So whilst days by the seaside seem an almost forgotten dream at the moment this evening promises images from the seaside loved by so many years ago. Prospective members and guests are always welcome, for a nominal charge of £2. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Foundation is the chosen charity of Dan Brown and Holly Bissett running in the Surrey Half Marathon on March 9. If you would like to support them please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Holl.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the bonfire society is on Saturday March 8 at 11am. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated either on the day or to arrange collection call 01273 891008. Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items to the Society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village.

GARDENERS’ Question Session is at Sheffield Park Gardens on Saturday March 8. Do go along and put your gardening query to their panel for helpful advice and solutions. £5 per person to include tea and biscuits. Please call 01825 790302 to book your place.

SCALEXTRIC motor racing takes place at The Horns Lodge from 1pm on Sunday March 9. The bonfire society is inviting children and adults to savour the thrills and spills as the miniature vehicles roar to the chequered flag. With adult and junior categories, there will be prizes for the fastest times. Everyone is welcome to take part. For more information call Trevor on 01273 891008.

REMEMBRANCE poppy seed sowing to help create Sheffield Park’s own commemorative poppy field in memory of all those who lost their lives in the First World War will take place every Wednesday from March 12 to May 14. You can help create the commemorative field as seeds will be available to sow at a cost of £1. A donation will be made the Royal British Legion for every packet of seeds purchased. It is not necessary to book and normal admission charges apply.

Fletching

CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. There are exciting times ahead for Fletching’s church. A monthly Sunday Club for four to 11 year olds has been started recently; Project Refresh is a scheme to make the church more welcoming and user-friendly, and developments will include the installation of a small kitchenette and toilet and wash facilities. There will be a special service at 7pm on Wednesday May 14 to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. Simon de Montfort and his knights kept vigil in the church the night before the battle and a number of those knights who were slain are buried beneath the nave in full armour.

Hailsham

LITTER PICK: Computers for Charities, based in Hailsham, will be taking part in National Climate Week from March 3 to 9. On Saturday March 8 from 2pm to 4pm they are holding a local litter pick which is open to everyone, pickers, bags and gloves provided. Meet at Hailsham Common Pond. Contact Ruth Rooksby 01323 848588. Do join in and make a difference to the area we live in. As well as making staff and volunteers at the warehouse more aware of positive steps we can all take to protect our planet they will be holding a low cost lunch for those currently on work placement at the charity. UK and overseas: an old laptop you no longer need? Please contact CFC urgently as they require more laptops which will be securely wiped of data and refurbished by our willing volunteers. These are then used for good causes and charities. For further information on the charity please visit www.computersforcharities.org.uk.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sunday next before Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) Confrontation. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche The Avenger’s Tale. 6.30pm Evening Prayer Confrontation. Meeting Point will be enjoying an Evening With Dan Henderson on Monday and the Men at HPC have a film night at 7.30pm on Tuesday. The creative craft group will be meeting between 10am and noon on Wednesday and Crafty Companions between 2pm and 3.30pm also on Wednesday.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Streams in the Desert is the theme of this year’s celebration. WWDP is an international inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world, their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is extensive. An international committee works from New York and each participating country has its own national committee. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. At Hailsham Parish Church on Friday March 7 at 10.30am women and men will gather to celebrate using a programme of worship offered this year by women in Egypt. The theme of the service is Streams in the Desert and people are asked to reflect on their Christian role of being a stream in the desert for those who experience spiritual drought. The service from Egypt has universal appeal. One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic Christians. Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings. Political change affects individual lives and we are asked to pray with the women of Egypt for peace. A great wave of prayer is envisaged rising with the sun over the island of Samoa and sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, coming to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later. By then WWDP services will have been celebrated in over 170 countries. All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages. The speaker on this occasion is Iris Tipping from the Salvation Army.

COLOUR SHOW: Hailsham Photographic Society present their annual audio visual event on Friday March 7 at 7.30pm and Saturday March 8 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hailsham Community Hall (entrance next to Freedom Leisure Centre). This year they are supporting MS Family Support. Tickets are £5 from 01323 845569, The Camera Centre, Hailsham, or The Nodding Cobbler, Hailsham.

SOUP AND PUD: Recently the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its annual Soup and Pud lunch at the Charles Hunt Centre. This event continues to be popular and was a near sell out. People were queuing as the doors opened to ensure they did not miss out. The HOPS committee served up a variety of delicious homemade soups and fresh bread followed by some spectacular and tasty puddings. Everyone enjoyed the food being provided and there were plenty of people taking up the opportunity for seconds. The event raised over £400, which will all go to the upkeep of Hailsham Old Pavilion. Tom Chapman on behalf of HOPS would like to thank the committee members and the volunteer helpers who gave up their Saturday morning to help at the event and the others who prepared some of the soups and puds. ‘A substantial amount of work goes into making this event a success and our army of volunteer helpers always come up trumps. We really appreciate what they all do to support HOPS. Thanks are also offered to the various members of the public who attended.’ The event is already in the diary for 2015.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

VANDALISM: Last week a few cars parked along Sheepsetting Lane, Ghyll Road and Marshlands Road were keyed. I know one of their victims. She’s a young girl, the girlfriend of a friend’s son, who works incredibly hard as a full-time nanny to a local family. Her car is her pride and joy and she keeps it looking immaculate. She doesn’t have much money and if she has to pay for this repair herself (I’m sure the insurance excess would be too high) it will eat up her savings. She’s a lovely girl, a real contributor and her car is not a glossy, expensive marque, usually the type selected for this kind of treatment. It’s pointless asking if anyone knows who did it, if you did and you are reading this, I know it’s too much to ask you to pay up, but if there’s a bodywork specialist reading this who can do a good job for not too much money, I’d be delighted to hear from them. I’ll pass the information on.

SHEEP: Most of the grazing ewes we see on our regular walks are now in lamb. Although our trusty pointer walks sedately past a flock without even glancing in their direction, we are now avoiding some of these pastures, or if they are unavoidable we are putting him on a lead. Even vets are now advising dog owners to be courteous and concerned where sheep are involved. The slightest movement from an over-excited dog can cause a flock to panic and induce miscarriage and lost lambs. Every dog owner I know is doing the same thing but I know there are some worries up on the Ashdown Forest where farmers have actually had to shoot sheep-worrying dogs. So please take great care, even if your dog is as good as gold.

HISTORY SOCIETY: In what has been a programme of excellent lectures, the last in this year’s series was outstanding. Ian Gledhill, himself a professional pantomime performer, introduced members to The Magic of Pantomime, its origins, customs, traditions and peculiarities. Although we tend to think of it as an oddly British tradition it does in fact go back 400 years to the Commedia dell’arte in Italy to the mime of Harlequin, Columbine and Pantalone. The fact that no words were spoken helped to spread the entertainment to France and then to England where in 1717 John Rich staged the first pantomime at The Lincoln’s Inn Theatre. By 1781 pantomime as we know it began to be performed. The first was Robinson Crusoe followed in 1788 by Aladdin and in 1804 by the most enduringly popular Cinderella.1819 saw the appearance of the first female principal boy, a move popular with Victorian gentlemen who could enjoy the sight of a lady’s legs without recrimination. However, pantomime constantly evolves and the twentieth century saw the decline of the principal boy/girl and her replacement with a male pop or soap star. The first was Cliff Richard at the London Palladium in 1961. But the other cross gender tradition of the male Dame still continues. From Dan Leno at the end of the nineteenth century to the Dames we remember, Norman Evans, John Inman, Les Dawson and latterly Julian Clary, to name just a few. Pantomime is our first visit to a live theatre and its magic stays with us for ever and long may it continue to enthral our children and grandchildren. Finally, a reminder to members that next month is the AGM.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9am Parish Prayers in Church. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am. Holy Communion.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints 8am Holy Communion. 11am Sung Matin. The church welcomes Timothy Hough at this service. St George’s, Broad Oak 9.30am Holy Communion.

MORE ROTARY: We have had more information from Heathfield Rotarians about their concert programme for this year and we are happy to repeat details so readers can make sure they put dates in their diaries. Our Rotarians work principally for the community and many charities would be starved of funds, were it not for their superhuman efforts. Some of the work they do is far from glamorous, you’ll see them in hi-viz vests manning traffic barricades, shifting heavy equipment and shepherding small children to carol singing sessions. But Heathfield would be a poorer community were it not for these largely unsung heroes. However I believe they thoroughly enjoy each other’s company so the work is a labour of love. One Direction, Queen and Michael Buble are coming to Heathfield, we hear The annual Rotary concert takes on a different look this year with three nights of indoor concerts. With two years of inclement weather making the decision to go indoors an easy one, on April 4, 5 and 6 performances for different age groups will be staged at Heathfield Community College but organisers emphasise everyone is welcome to go to all of them. They take place at 7.30pm on weekdays and Saturday and 3pm on the Sunday afternoon. Tickets will be limited by the hall capacity so please book early to ensure you are not disappointed. There will be a licensed bar for all three concerts along with soft drinks and scone and jam teas available for sale on the Sunday. All tickets are priced at £10 for all age groups with no concessions due to limited numbers. Premier Travel in the High Street will be selling the tickets for the artists of One Direction on the Friday, Queen on the Saturday and Michael Buble on the Sunday. All the proceeds will be to support various Rotary Charities both local and overseas.

PRE SCHOOL: The terrific Forest School in Broad Oak needs help, (by the way have you seen film of those Forest pre-schools in Germany where children do all their learning out of doors? Sadly the weather is too wet here, but they do look healthy). Now our Forest School at Broad Oak Pre School desperately needs donations to help towards outdoor equipment. Parents, teachers and helpers, assisted by experts, cleared some woodland behind the village hall in November. One local firm has kindly offered to provide the fencing and erect it around the area. Another firm of builders has agreed to build a central structure, like a pagoda, for the kids to gather around. They’re now trying to get any materials or equipment they can muster from local businesses or individuals who might want to support this project. They need fence posts, wooden panels and material to build a shed-storage facility. They also would like bird tables, water butts, large pipes for climbing through, old tyres, anything that can be used as a play or learning activity for the children.

Horam & Vines Cross

OPEN WEEKEND at Horam Manor Farm on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 10am to 4pm. We’re opening for business and we’d like you to come and see for yourself. Events for children and adults, live music, pony rides, crafts, local artists’ show. Free entry. Some stalls still available. Stallholders apply to 07757 020547 or to Lakeside Café. More information on www.horammanorfarm.co.uk or facebook.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon there will be a grand jumble sale in aid of the PCC. Organisers say this will be a fun-packed couple of hours with entry being £1 for adults and free for children. You can also enjoy a free cake and cup of coffee or drink of fruit squash. There will be a wide selection of quality goods ranging from clothes (changing rooms available to check your bargain looks fabulous) through to books, DVDs and traditional bric-a-brac. There’ll also be a tempting array of home produce from jam, pickles and preserves to cakes and bakes. If you’ve dared to start thinking about getting out into your garden then there may be some plants to get you started. There will also be a Grand Raffle with a great choice of prizes. And if it’s all too much for you just take a seat and enjoy a cup of something and a cake. In the meantime if you have any donations of jumble or produce just pop them into the back of either The Good Shepherd or St Dunstan’s Church, they’d all be most grateful. If you have any queries please do call the lovely organiser Mary Pennington on 01825 830205.

SCHOOL: Two pupils from St Leonards Mayfield School are celebrating after organising a successful Performing Arts Evening, which raised over £1,300 for a Thai children’s charity. Eloise Stadler and Georgiana Knight, both in Year 11, convinced a trio of professional ballet dancers to take part in an evening of singing, acting and varied dance styles, performing alongside students from Mayfield. Parents, staff and pupils packed into the school’s historic concert hall to watch the spectacle. Boston Ballet apprentice Caspar Stadlar, whose sister Eloise attends St Leonards-Mayfield School, performed at the show alongside Charlotte Goffin and Rebecca Jackson, both fellow graduates of Elmhurst Birmingham Royal Ballet School. All three have travelled extensively around Europe and the UK, performing principal roles in galas as well as for royalty, and have been trained by world renowned dancers such as Darcey Bussell and Vadim Muntagirov. The three professional dancers also held two ballet master classes for girls and staff, before joining the girls on stage in the evening. Caspar Stadler commented, ‘We were made to feel very welcome at Mayfield and were really impressed by the high standard of the girls’ dancing. We were honoured to be part of such an event, and look forward to returning to Mayfield to work more with the girls in the future.’ The students were astounded by the generosity of the audience, and were thrilled to have raised over £1,300 in aid of the Thai Children’s Trust. A group of senior Mayfield girls annually visit the centres run by the Trust in Pattaya as part of the Actions not Words Overseas programme. Headmistress, Miss Antonia Beary, commented: ‘It was an inspired idea to bring such talented professional dancers to perform in school, and to involve our own girls: given Mayfield’s reputation for dance and the girls’ enthusiasm and ability, it was destined to be successful. For parents and girls, it was a great privilege to see such a professional performance; in the heightened atmosphere of the hall you could have heard a pin drop while they danced. The generosity of the audience was a reflection not only of this, but of the quality of the girls’ performances, particularly the organisers themselves.’

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Members will receive a personal letter giving a programme of events but, for the community at large who may attend meetings if they wish, a brief outline follows. All branch meetings take place at Mayfield Cricket Club on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm onwards. If you want the fish and chip supper contact John Neal (01435 872113) in advance. The next Branch meeting is on Wednesday, April 2 and the speaker will be a Mrs Nus Ghani, Wealden Conservative Party candidate, who will fight the next General Election on behalf of the party when the current MP, Charles Hendry, retires. Mrs Ghani will be speaking about her career and experiences in Afghanistan. Branch meeting on Wednesday, July 2 will be entertained by Wing Commander Jack Harris on his experiences as a bomber pilot (Lancasters) with 550 Squadron RAF.

THE WATERYARD GROUP: Our County’s Good will be performed in St Dunstan’s Church on March 13, 14 and 15 at 7.30pm. Timberlake’s Wertenbaker’s acclaimed modern classic play Our Country’s Good will be given an innovative new production at St Dunstan’s Church; it is to be directed by Kathryn Pogson for the Wateryard Group. Kathy has many stage and screen and TV credits to her name, lives in Mayfield and has two daughters and can often be seen striding around the countryside. Wertenbaker is one of Britain’s foremost playwrights. Our Country’s Good, an adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker, premiered in 1988 at the Royal Court, directed by Max Stafford-Clark. In Keneally’s book, which is based on real events, a naval officer stages George Farquhar’s 1709 comedy The Recruiting Officer in a jail, using prisoners as his cast. They discover a great deal about themselves and about theatre in the process. Our Country’s Good is set in Australia, where it is the convicts and the officers who learn about the redemptive power of theatre. The play won Wertenbaker an Olivier award and transferred to the West End and Broadway, where it was nominated for six Tonies. Tickets are on sale now online and from Burnett’s Estate Agent priced at £10 and, for under 18s, £5. For more details visit website www.wateryard.org.uk

ARGOS HILL WINDMILL: The Friends Committee has organised a race night for tomorrow, Saturday, for 7pm for a 7.30pm start in Mayfield Memorial Hall. Warwick Child will be contributing his expertise and energy to help organise the event. Races have been sponsored and horses have been sold. Now is your chance to purchase a Race Card to enable you to come and join in the fun. Race cards, which include a delicious hot supper, can be purchased from Burnett Estate Agents for £10. The catering (a two course meal with a vegetarian option) will be undertaken by Mary Dick-Cleland, who as many people know is an excellent cook. There will be a fully licensed bar.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am till 11am. All the usual stalls. Why not pop along and enjoy a natter and a cup of coffee.

RUGBY: The Rugby Club’s XV are playing away at Ditchling tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. I’m sure this will be a lovely muddy game.

SERVICES at St Mary’s on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion followed by Family Service at 10.30am.Ash Wednesday, March 5, service will be held at 10.30am. Lent Course with Barcombe and Chailey will be held at St Francis’s Barcombe on March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 7.30pm to 8.30pm.Everyone will receive a warm welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a coffee morning and membership renewal on Saturday March 8 in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am. You can enjoy a coffee and a hot cross bun. Details of the outing arranged for this year will be on display and tickets will be available. Please try and support this event, there a very few coffee mornings held in the village now. If you are a new person or family in the village this is a great place to go and met Newick people.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday March 13 at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Professor Sir Gordon Conway speaking about Climate Change and Food Security. He is the Professor of International Development in the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College, London and a director of Agriculture for Impact. A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex. Further details can be obtained by telephoning 01825 722154,or 722650.This should be a most interesting talk, I’m sure you will all have plenty of questions to ask.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY of Prayer, March 7, will be held at Fairwarp in Christ Church at 2pm. The Rev Margaret Constable will be the speaker, the theme being Streams in the Desert. If you should require a lift please telephone 01825 722582.

THIS MORNING yet again it was very wet. I have just glanced out of the window and a beautiful blue sky, spring is on the way all the spring bulbs are gradually coming out. Gardens are beginning to look beautiful despite the wet weather.

Waldron

WARMTH AT LAST: It may not be quite ‘what a scorcher’, but the last couple of days have reminded us that spring can be warm (as well as wet). In fact while the average temperature for this part of February is apparently seven degrees, the warm spring sun pushed it up to 14 degrees on Tuesday. However, John Chambers tells me that we have already had seven inches of rain this month (to add to the nine inches from January) and that the three months of winter (December, January and February) have been the wettest ever recorded.

DOBBIE: I heard this week from her daughter Juliet that dear Dobbie Tuppen had died. She lived in the centre of the village in the former village shop (now called The Old House) and was the widow of Colonel Tuppen, who ran the Lions Green Building Works, once the largest employer in Waldron. Dobbie was a character, in her seventies still driving her MGB GT with the roof down and Max, her large Alsatian, riding behind with his ears pricked. For anyone who has watched The Oakshott Chronicles, the second feature on the DVD with our village film Finding Esther, Dobbie appeared with the tray of tea to refresh the estate workers at Foxhunt after tree-felling and her first husband was the youngest son of the Oakshott family who demonstrated the Charleston.

FRIENDS’ THIRD: It’s the third AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches on Friday March 7 at 7.30pm and it will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Cross in Hand. Since it was set up, the Friends have put on a series of interesting and enjoyable events for the whole community which have helped to raise money to repair and improve the two churches in the parish. This year several of the original committee will be retiring after having served for three years and there will a new chairman. The organisation welcomes anyone to join who has an interest in the parish, including wanting to trace ancestors, family members having lived in Waldron, married or baptised in the church or even buried in the churchyard. Following the AGM refreshments will be served and members are invited to look at the photographs and posters of the events which have taken place in the past year.

WORLD’S WOMEN: The inspirational Women’s World Day of Prayer is also on Friday March 7 and it follows a preset pattern, when women (and men) gather all over the world and offer prayers on matters which concern them most. The theme this year has been chosen by women of Egypt and is Streams in the Desert. Women are asked to think about the Christian role of being a stream in the desert for those who are experiencing spiritual drought.One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic Christians. Since the uprising of 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings. Political change affects individual lives and prayers will be offered for peace. The World Day of Prayer creates a wave of prayer across the world starting with the sunrise over the island of Samoa and sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas through the next 36 hours. By the end, services will have celebrated the day in over 170 countries. Our local service will be at Cross in Hand Methodist Church at 10.30am on Friday March 7. Everybody is welcome at the service which will last about an hour.

SERVICES: Sunday will be the Sunday before Lent. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Congregational Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bartholomew’s, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’ followed by coffee, then Choral Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship with the theme Prepared for Battle. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This is on Saturday March 22 at Dunn Village Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction commences at 7.15pm. There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be shared jointly between Children of Gambia Services (COGS) and The Dunn Village Hall Fund. Many fantastic lots including tickets to a range of attractions, hamper of food, selection of wine, MOT, fantastic homemade cakes and many more interesting and unusual lots. Catalogue and more information are available from Nina or Sarah on 01435 863727. Sealed bids will be accepted. It is guaranteed to be fun and enjoyable evening.