Parish pump Uckfield - April 10, 2015

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Barcombe

BOWLING: It is that time again. The green is being prepared and the pavilion will be open for the first roll up (practice session) of the season. So get your flat shoes on and come along to the bowls pavilion on Sunday afternoon April 19 from 2.30pm onwards and try your hand at bowling in a relaxed and informal way.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. At this meeting the council reports on its work during the past year, and the public can ask questions, make comments etc. A regular meeting follows. As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Two out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Bodle Street ward. If the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of seats, then there will not be an election.

BSG WI: Members are encouraged not to eat too much lunch before attending the meeting at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the village hall. The reason? The speaker Sue Hollings will be talking about, and demonstrating, Simple Indian Cooking, with many recipes to try. For further information contact the president Judy on 01323 832491 or the secretary Ann on 841278.

APCM: The Annual Parish Meeting of St John’s Church will be held at 7.30pm next Friday April 17 in the village hall. This is for the election of the churchwardens. It is followed by the Annual Parish Church Meeting with reports of the work of the church during the year and the election of the PCC. The meetings will be followed by a pie and mash supper at £10 per person.

Burwash

SPRING SHOW: Burwash Horticultural Society will be holding their Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, in the Pavilion at the Swan Meadow Playing Fields and includes floral art classes. The staging of the exhibits will be from 9am to 11am and judging will take place. Visitors can go along and see the exhibits and winners from 2.15pm to 4pm. Raffle, tea and biscuits will be available.

COFFEE: The After Eight Club invite you to go along to the Pavilion in Burwash Common today, Friday, to help raise funds for Admiral Nurses and the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance Service. It is being held from 10.30am. Do go along and take a friend or two. Homemade cakes, tombola, plants, bric-a-brac and more will be there to browse through. Help them top £1,000 they made last time.

FLOWER ARRANGING: The Burwash Flower Arrangement Club will meet on Monday in the village hall from 2.15pm. The demonstrator will be Myra Lister and her subject Let It Go. All members are welcome to attend and non-members and visitors will be welcome. Tea and a raffle will end the day.

MEETING: Members of the After Eight Club will meet at the Pavilion in Burwash Common on Wednesday from 8pm. Club member Birdie Johnson will be talking about the book her mother wrote, Alas Poor Johnny, about her life on an Exmoor farm. New members are always welcome to go along and join them.

AGM: The Burwash Playing Fields Association hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday in the Pavilion at Swan Meadow at 8pm. The playing field is owned by the village and the committee work really hard on our behalf to see it is kept in good condition for all to enjoy. Do go along and see if you can help.

NSY: Members of the Not So Young Club will meet at the village hall on Thursday at 2.15pm to hear the talented photographer and bird enthusiast Ian Rumley-Dawson talk about this subject he so loves. This lively club for the over 60s welcomes men and women and have an enjoyable programme of events through the year.

Chailey

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Annual Parochial Church meeting takes place at 11.15am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services are at 10.30am with Peter Morgan, which includes communion, and at 6.30pm with Robin Jones. Refreshments will be available after the services.

THE CRICKET CLUB NETS are at Plumpton College on Sunday from 6pm to 7pm. If you are looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, you will be made most welcome. The club is always looking to welcome new members into the teams; call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880 for more details.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. If you have an interest in Triumph TR sports cars do go along to this meeting. To find out more visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

ANNUAL QUIZ is at the village hall on Friday, April 17, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The quiz is being organised by the Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group. Entry is £15 a person which includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a sausage and mash supper and brownie desert. Reserve your table (teams of six) by contacting Emma on 01273 400292.

DIESEL WEEKEND from Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19, the Bluebell Railway will be visited by two Deltic diesel locomotives who will haul trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. To learn more about the locomotives visit www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/.

SEARCH FOR WARBLERS will take place on Saturday April 18 starting at 9.30am at Romany Ridge Common car park (TQ377207). All are welcome to join the Commons Society Bird Man and look for the new migrant arrivals and other birds on Romany Ridge Common. Call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGE’S Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church, South Chailey, on Saturday April 18 between 10am and midday. There will the usual refreshments plus homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, fancy goods, books and cards. Call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

AFTERNOON TEAS will be available at St Peter’s Church on Sunday April 19 from 3pm to 5pm. All are welcome to attend and enjoy tea on this Sunday and the third Sunday of each month throughout the summer.

FREE getting ready for work course at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Thursdays April 23 and 30, two hours each day, and a crèche will be available. The course aims to provide lots of tips for CVs and interviews; just call 01273 336940 to book a place.

FETE: Chailey Bonfire Society Fete is on Saturday April 25 between noon and 4.30pm and the society are organising a tombola. If you have any gifts that are surplus to requirements which could be used as prizes they would be pleased to receive them. Contact Diane at secretary@chaileybonfire.co.uk or on 07773935403 2 to make arrangements for delivery or collection.

HOG ROAST AND LIVE MUSIC from The Fireworks, along with a bar, will be opposite Markstakes Corner, at the Water Works, South Chailey, from 6.30pm until late on Saturday April 25. Tickets at £5 (entry only) are available from The Horns Lodge or via www.chaileybonfire.co.uk/.

GRANTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE Thomas Thompsett enabled a Trust to be set up in 1926 for grants to boys and girls in the parish of Chailey to promote their education, including social and physical training. In the past the Trust has sponsored school trips, grants to individuals for Brownie, Guide or Scout events and equipment for disabled children. Only a small amount is available annually for distribution but if you would like to be considered for a grant please write, by Thursday April 30, to The Trustees, Thompsett Charity c/o Ann Jones, 20 Newick Drive, Newick, BN8 4PA or email jonespellingford@aol.com. For more information call Ann on 07510 511300.

STOCK GRAZING I mentioned last week that Hebridean sheep were arriving on the combined commons (Romany, Pound and Memorial) but I wasn’t aware at the time of the number. There are 80 and from my experience they are oblivious to traffic and have a tendency to wander to and fro across North Common Road (the road which goes to Wivelsfield). Please drive carefully; caution is needed on this road at all times.

HORTICULTURAL SPRING SHOW was the best spring show for many years and thanks go to the chairman, Peter Estcourt, and his committee for organising it. Entries were up by more than 25 per cent and the standard was very high. Despite the cold spring, the daffodil and narcissi classes were well represented. There were a good number of new exhibitors and pleasingly lots of entries in the cookery, handicrafts and children’s sections. The display of orchids and the flower arranging sections were most delightful. The show was well supported by visitors throughout the afternoon who enjoyed the society’s delicious refreshments. More than 60 visitors watched the presentation of the awards; The Parsons Cup (daffodils and narcissi) was awarded to Linda Blaker, the Spring Cup (best daffodil and narcissi) to Jackie Pateman, the Bo Peep Cup (handicraft and cookery) to Janet Coughley; Tina Mitchell; Jane Stent and Rebecca Thomas. The Society Cup (floral exhibits) to Jean Piper, the Angelica Cup (7yrs and under) to Ella Staplehurst and Rosemary Cup (8 to 11yrs) to Louis Barnes.

East Hoathly

AGE CONCERN: The next pop in lunch will be on Thursday from 12.45pm until 3pm in the village hall. Contact Jean Barnes on 01825 87215.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk will be on Sunday April 19 starting at 2pm. Setting off from the Royal Oak at Barcombe, the journey will take in the lovely Sussex countryside, across the Weald with views to the Downs. For further information, please call Chris Pellet on 01825 87830.

SPRING SHOW: A last reminder that the Village Show Society holds its first event of 2015 tomorrow, Saturday, in the form of the Spring Show. The hall will open at 1.30pm for the general public to view the entries and prizes in a number of horticultural, craft and cookery classes. There will be a raffle and auction of produce from approximately 3.30pm.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

YOUTH CLUB meet tonight, Friday, at 7pm.

FLETCHING ART GROUP is holding an Art and Crafts exhibition tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 12.30pm in the village hall.

BINGO: The bonfire society Bingo is tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm in the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on Monday at 7pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS’ CLUB meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

FORGET-ME-NOTS meet on Thursday at 2.30pm.

KUBODO MARTIAL ARTS is also on Thursday at 5pm.

A VERY ENGLISH ORGAN Saturday April 18, 7.30pm. Join us for an historical journey describing the evolution of English organs through their music, with particular reference to Fletching church. Our guide will be Peter Bassett MMus, ARCO, LTCL who we are fortunate to have as one of our talented organists at Fletching. The programme will include music from William Byrd to Edward Elgar. Entry is free with a retiring collection for Project Refresh. Wine and canapés will be served in the interval.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 16 April 1915. Rear Lamps on Bicycles. One clause of the new Order, which may be objected to is that which makes the carrying of rear lamps on bicycles obligatory. If the regulation means what it says, every bicycle, tricycle, or velocipede, must be provided with a lamp, which displays a red light to the rear. Apparently the ordinary reflector is not considered sufficient, although one would think it would meet the purpose if the object of the regulation is to safeguard cyclists against faster traffic. Previous efforts to make the display of a red disc on ordinary bicycles in Sussex have hitherto failed and even under the present conditions it would appear an unnecessary hardship imposed on a large section of the community to require that bicycles should carry rear lights. The proposal is so extraordinary that it can only be explained as an official oversight or misunderstanding, but the requirement is stated most explicitly in the Order, and if it stands the majority of cyclists will have no alternative but to cease riding after dark. It is hoped the intention of the authorities on this point will be speedily made known. As it is, some of the inhabitants of Sussex towns which have been darkened this winter as a precaution against enemy air raids are inclined to consider the preventive almost as bad as the disease, and though the danger may easily be underestimated by those not in a position to judge of its likelihood, restrictive regulations can be made unduly fussy and provocative of ridicule.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: March was a dry month with total rainfall of 23mm, well below the long term average of 53mm.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CUCKOO FAIR: Heffle Cuckoo Fair April 18, 11am to 4pm at Cade Street. The procession of Dame Heffle will start from Heathfield Community College and process to the recreation ground in Cade Street where she will release a cuckoo from her basket and declare spring has arrived in Heathfield. Then the fun of the fair commences. Entertainment, numerous stalls, sideshows, dog show, vintage vehicles, scarecrow competition and fun for all the family. Free to come in and park and ride from the market car park. All proceeds go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Our community nurses look after many children and families in East Sussex, so please support this great charity.

CROSS IN HAND BOWLS: The club will be opening the green for the summer season on Saturday April 18 from 11am. We welcome new members or old bowlers to have a go, a warm welcome awaits. Soft pair of shoes is all that’s required. We are not all oldies, our youngest bowler is 15 years old so all ages are welcome. Call Mary 01435 868838 or Rod 01435 867048.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Family Service with Communion. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Church, Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service.

WORKING PARTY: There will be an indoor working party at St George’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am. Please bring dusters and polish.

CAMEO: Our first CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) afternoon party is tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm at All Saint’s Church.

PARISH LUNCH: There will be a Parish Lunch at The Wok Chinese Restaurant, The Broyle, Laughton, on Sunday after church. Buffet lunch £11.95 per head. Please sign up on the lists at the back of either St George’s or All Saint’s Church, or speak to Alan Archer.

ANNUAL MEETING: The St George’s AGM is on Monday, 7.30pm in the Parish Room. The main Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Monday Aril 27, 7.30pm, at All Saint’s Church.

EASTER EGGSCLUSIVE is the theme of the next cafechurch on Friday April 17 at Costa in Heathfield High Street. Do join us from 6.30pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 7pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join us for informal discussion and a quiz or table top challenge, and to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. We hope to see you there. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. Contact George Dearsley, geolin42@talktalk.net.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The new programme for the 2015/16 year begins on Thursday at the Community Centre at 7.30pm when Brian Braby will talk on Hops, Oast Houses and Breweries in Sussex.

Isfield & Little Horsted

BAPTISM MYSTERY: An anonymous benefactor has given parishioners at St Margaret’s Church in Isfield a puzzle to solve. It comes in the shape of a magnificently-produced roll of baptisms at the church between 1940 and 1950, just over 70 names in all, and some of the surnames are associated with people still living in the village. The framed work of art was left in the church porch earlier this year, with no hint of who had put it there or where it had come from. One theory being suggested by Stephen Hardwick, who is a church sideman, is that the Baptism Roll has been held by a village resident for many years and that when they died relatives or friends decided to give it to St Margaret’s, from whence it presumably came originally. ‘It’s nice that it has been given back to the church,’ says Stephen, ‘but it would also be nice to know where it’s been all these years. And who was the artist who produced it?’ Parishioner Ron Harrington has spent hours cleaning and restoring the Roll, which when it was left was showing signs of its age. Long gone are the days when, like the 40s and 50s there would be an average of seven or eight baptisms each year. Now there may be two or three annually, while the regular congregation has reduced to single figures for most services. Only on special occasions such as the Christmas Carol Service can a full house be seen. And, sadly, the Diocese of Chichester has so been unable to find a Curate in Charge to replace Frank Fox-Wilson, who left the village more than a year ago. The unpaid post does come with a house provided, but so far there have been no takers. Meanwhile, the Baptism Roll remains something of a mystery. Anyone with info is asked to contact Stephen by email on sh@smugglerscottage.net or any Isfield Parochial Church Council member.

CHEERS: Making his mark as a village newcomer is Lewis Fish, whose steady gait hooked him the Tommy Trot Cup as the most successful contestant in Isfield’s annual Beer Race on Easter Monday. Lewis triumphed over 70 rivals who needed to negotiate a course the length of Station Road and back to The Laughing Fish while carrying a half-pint tankard of ale. The winner was the person returning with the most liquid. The Lemonade Race run over a shorter course attracted 56 entries, with Bradley Dean-Roberts winning the event for children aged eight years and under and Amelie Bye successful in the nine and over. The Easter Egg Hunt produced a record 36 entrants, the winners being Aidan Banks (7 years and under) and Oliver Burchett for the older children. The glorious Bank Holiday weather attracted a bumper crowd to the village event, which is organised by pub licensees Andy and Linda Brooks. The Ashdown Forest Morris Men rounded off the afternoon’s events with a display. A tickle under £400 was raised for the RNLI.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: 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).

DIARY DATES: All these events at Isfield Village Hall; unless stated otherwise: April 11, Isfield and Little Hosted Bonfire Society quiz (7pm for 7.30pm); April 13, Isfield Village Hall annual meeting (7.30pm); April 14, first of six weekly beginners’ classes for staining glass (2.30pm to 4.30pm); April 15, Forget-Me-Not Club, talk by Michael Smith on Tom Crean, Unsung Hero of Antarctic Exploration (2.30pm); April 18, Film Night, Life of Pi (7pm); April 30, Theme evening, Food From the USA, The Laughing Fish (from 6pm).

JUST THE TICKET: Visitors to The Laughing Fish in Isfield raised £100 for Lewes Lions through a raffle for a giant Easter egg. The winner wishes to remain anonymous; suffice to say that your scribe’s household will not be purchasing chocolate for a while.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP TALK on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brook Road. Lewes Through the Eyes of a Flint Knapper. Flintman, David Smith has been working in Lewes and the surrounding area for more than 20 years. His talk will cover the history of flint, showing its use and versatility as a building material. There are various styles of laying and also a variety of finishes. These can vary from construction period and importance of structure, to region and specific location. As well as differences in colour, shape and form, the applications of flint have varied within its historical and functional context. Lewes is no exception to this. Using local references, he will also demonstrate how flint has given Lewes its distinctiveness with examples of the good, the bad and the unusual. To round off the lecture, David will give a demonstration on the art of flint knapping. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

FOOTPATHS GROUP: An amazing 36 people turned up for our Bank Holiday Walk. They were rewarded with a beautiful walk around Chiddingly on a wonderfully warm and sunny morning. The spring flowers, primroses, ladies smocks and the delicate white wood anemones were all seen but as yet, the bluebells were still waiting to make their appearance. Next week we are looking forward to our Group Meeting when Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust will be giving an illustrated talk on A Sussex Wildlife Safari. The Nature Reserves of Sussex. This will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm at Cliffe Church Hall and all are welcome. On Tuesday there will be a Stroll, one of our shorter walks, please phone Bert on 473052 for details. These walks start at 10.30am from top North Street car park. Our programmes are available from the Tourist Office or the Outdoor shop.

CHURCHES TOGETHER in the Lewes Area has arranged a Hustings event with local candidates in the General Election on Thursday April 23 from 7.30pm. The meeting will be at Kings Church (opposite Homebase). The deadline for questions is April 18 and they should be sent to Carolyn Pybus either by email at carpyb@gmail.com or by letter at Flat 4, Cliffe Leas, Farncombe Road, Lewes BN7 2UH. Further details and a question form can be found on the Churches Together Website: churchestogetherlewes.org.uk under ecumenical calendar.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday May 3 at 3.30pm we will be having a songs of praise service. This is your opportunity to choose a favourite hymn that we can sing together, with help from our choir. To request a hymn please email ken-janet@kjbridger.plus.com. On Saturday May 16 we are running a professional counselling study day: Tree of life, understanding narrative techniques in counselling. There will be a reasonable charge. To join the course please call or text Southover Counselling on 07852 221449. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Many thanks to all of you who joined us for Jesus’ journey through holy week. On Maundy Thursday we saw the last supper, followed by Jesus’ betrayal and arrest; then on Good Friday his trial and crucifixion. On Easter Sunday we celebrated the wonders of his resurrection in the splendid surroundings of the Priory ruins. Thank you to our wonderful cast and to the many hardworking volunteers who supported them in so many different ways, without all of whom the production could not have taken place. We are not aware of any other passion play that spreads the story over four separate days, not even in Oberammergau or York. Now we start preparations for 2020. We shall be carol singing around town again this Christmas, so we look forward to seeing some of you then. www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO CHURCH: Our services this month will be moving to the church hall, in Talbot Terrace, as work is beginning on the interior of the church building. We will be letting you know more about the work soon, but in the meantime, you will be most welcome to join us in Talbot Terrace, at the hall, at 11am on Sundays, all through April. This Sunday we will have a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev Dick Field. Then on April 19, after the Morning Worship at 11am, we will have our annual church meeting for those on our electoral roll.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Why not pop along and enjoy a coffee or tea and see what goodies are available.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am. The last Lent Course meeting will be held in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm on April 16.

COFFEE AND CAKE will be available in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon in aid of The Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Research. Posh Stuff bags, scarves, jewellery and candles plus stationery and gifts. Please try and support this fundraising event.

ANNUAL MEETING: Newick Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Please support your parish meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

ON APRIL 18, A Very English Organ evening at St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin Church, Fletching, at 7.30pm. A historical journey of English organs through their music exploring the evolution through their music with Peter Bassett.

NEWICK WI hold their April Meeting on Thursday April 23 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Ian Gledill will be speaking about the Story of Crystal Palace.

NEWICK CINEMA will showing the film The Imitation Game on Sunday April 26. Licensed bar and delicious refreshments. Doors open 7pm, film will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and you can book in advance by emailing newickcinema@outlook.com or telephone 01825 723392.

Waldron

GLORIOUS: Suddenly there’s warmth in the sun, the Community Coffee Club in the former Stores is buzzing with villagers who are taking the time out to get outside and chat to their neighbours, so it must be spring. And aren’t the primroses fabulous this year? Dense cushions of pale yellow multiplying and covering the lane-side banks. This is my favourite season of the year.

STRING THEORY: On Sunday that jazzy group String Theory will drop in to the pub at lunchtime for a foot-tapping session from 12.30pm to 3pm. Better book a table for lunch and stay on. By the way, the 363 invitation is still open on Mondays only, which means for £12 you can have a substantial three-course meal at the pub worked out as £3 for a starter, £6 for a main course and (if you’ve still got room) £3 for a dessert. It’s a pretty good deal.

QUIZ: Our Pub Quiz Night this month is on Monday April 27 so start making up your teams of up to six. Supper and cash prizes, it’s a great way to have a fun evening out with friends for a small cost.

FESH: Last month’s quiz at the Star for the Friends of Sussex Hospices (FESH) raised £731 and was a huge success. Under the chairmanship of Kathy Gore FESH has an innovative and exciting series of events this year, not the least of which (in terms of personal effort) is that Kathy is running the London Marathon for FESH. This is the fifth time she has done this event and certainly deserves everyone’s support. If you’d like to support her, you can do it via her JustGiving account at www.justgiving.com/Kathy-GoreforFSH. Admiration and good luck to her.

CHURCH: Last weekend’s Easter celebrations were inspirational and uplifting. From Maundy Thursday’s Passover meal and Eucharist, through the solemnity and prayerful devotions of Good Friday and the quiet despair of Black Saturday to the cheerfulness of Easter Sunday, it was a memorable weekend. The churches looked beautiful with great vases full of white lilies, all commemorating loved ones, whose names were read out on Sunday. On that day we heard a dramatic reading of Mary Magdalen’s experiences on the first Easter Day, when she went to the tomb to find that Christ’s body had gone and was told to take the glad tidings to the world. Read by Dorothy Withers from the pulpit, it was a timely reminder of the role played by women in the early church, a role they are perhaps only just beginning to take up again in our priesthood. The Sunday service at All Saints’ was much enlivened at the end with a mock rugger scrum led from the pulpit with Easter eggs for the children, followed by Prosecco and seasonal cake for the adults and egg rolling down the path for younger ones. The weekend ended with a beautiful sunny Bank Holiday Monday, a most welcome bonus for all of us.

SERVICES: This weekend’s services for Low Sunday will all be at St Bartholomew’s with Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Eucharist at 10am followed by coffee. The president and preacher will be George Pitcher. There will be evensong at All Saints’ at the summer time of 6pm and the preacher will be Christo Corfield.

PCC: The Parochial Church Council has six spaces to be filled for a three year period beginning after the Annual Meeting later this month. It promises to be an interesting period as the plans for our church buildings come to fruition, re-ordering and making them usable for more community events. If you think you might be able to be part of this, contact Dorothy Withers or Benjamin Tyler (07505 650754).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: The group’s AGM is on Monday at 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. After the business is over, there will be a chance to chat over wine and cheese.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Annual Parish Meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. At this meeting the council reports on its work during the past year, and the public can ask questions, make comments etc. A regular meeting follows. As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or the electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Nine of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Warbleton ward. If the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of seats, there will not be an election.

POST OFFICE: The furniture is being re-arranged in the shop ready for the re-opening of the Post Office in The Stores next Friday April 17. The counter is in and training is being undertaken. A welcome return to the village.