Parish Pump Uckfield - April 20, 2012

Alfriston

BOOK SWAP on April 22: doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start at the Old Chapel Centre. To celebrate World Book Night Much Ado is promoting an informal event featuring best-selling authors and a chance for everyone attending to swap a book they have loved for a book they haven’t yet read. The event will be hosted by Scott Pack and author Robert Hudson and will feature guest authors Lizzie Enfield and Patrick Easter. Tickets £5, which includes light refreshment, may be purchased at the door or contact Much Ado Books 01323 8712222 or for more information visit the website www.muchadobooks.com.

JACK SHEPHERD’ S latest play, Valley of the Shadow, is the story of the effect of World War 1 on the life of an English village. To be performed at Deans Place Hotel by the Players Collective Group on May 4 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £24 which includes a two course supper, glass of wine and the performance of the play. Tickets are available from Deans Place Hotel 01323 870248 or visit the group’s website at www.theplayerscollective.co.uk.

Bodle Street Green

ANNUAL MEETING: The annual parochial church meeting is tonight at 7.30pm in the village hall. Churchwardens and the PCC are elected and reports on the church’s work during the last year are received. A pie and mash supper follows at £10 per head.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Holy Communion.

WI: March was a busy month for our WI. The speaker for our meeting on March 13 had double booked herself so at short notice, we arranged to have a beetle drive and we had a most enjoyable afternoon. Most of us had not been to a Beetle Drive for many years. On Tuesday, March 20, there was a group lunch at the King’s Head at Horsebridge and it was good to meet members from other WI’s while enjoying a pleasant lunch. On Wednesday, March 28, it was the East Sussex WI Federation Meeting at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. Some of our members attended and met for lunch before the meeting at 1.30pm. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 8, at 2.30pm in the village hall when it will be a business meeting, and the proposed WI Resolution for the year will be discussed.

NOWHERE BOY: This is the next film to be shown at the film club at 7.30pm next Friday April 27, in the village hall. Guest tickets are £6. Beer and wine, and coffee and cake, will be served from 7pm. The film is based on the life of John Lennon, and is directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. R rating.

Burwash

AUCTION: The Auction of Promises takes place tonight, Friday, at the Bear Motel from 7.30pm. They have already been promised some great lots from hair-dos, baby sitting, a round of golf, pub dinner for, car cleaning riding lessons gardening for a day, family photo, and many, many more. The money from the evening will be used to give the village on of the best celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Your support would be very welcome. Any further offers of lots should be given to Eddie Workman or Rod Clifton.

MUSIC NIGHT: Also tonight, Friday, it is music night at the pavilion in Burwash Common. Local talent will be singing a playing for your enjoyment. The fun begins at 8pm. The licensed bar will be open. Do go along and see for yourselves what a talented lot we are.

EXHIBITION: The Burwash Monday Painters are holding an exhibition of their work tomorrow, Saturday, morning at The Goward Hall, Cade Street, as part of the Cuckoo Fair. There are photos of last years event on the picture gallery on the website www.Heathfield.net see what a great day it was. Paintings will be for sale and you can talk to members about joining their group.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening you are invited to a St George’s Day Concert in St Bartholomew’s Church. The Hastings Citadel Band will give you an evening of light entertainment. Their programme is described as a mix of classical and contemporary music, with both brass and choral parts. Cheese and wine refreshments will be available. Tickets available on the door at £7 for adults, £5 for Friends of St Bartholomew’s, and £3 fro children. The concert starts at 7pm.

KARAOKE: Also tomorrow, Saturday, evening there is a fun Karaoke evening at the Wheel Inn. This fun event to celebrate St George’s Day is to get you singing for England. Kick of is 8.30pm for 9pm.

BOOT SALE: On Sunday morning there will be a car boot sale at the Wheel Inn, in aid of the Swings and Things for the Burwash Swan Meadow playing fields, to help replace out of date and dangerous play equipment for the children’s play area. The boot sale is on from 10am to 2pm. The cost is £5 for a car £8 for a van. You can book now on 882758 to be sure of a pitch or just turn up. Full English breakfast will be available in the Wheel from 10am to noon. Takeaway pizzas and fish and chips will also be on sale from noon. The Wheel Inn is under new management, who are intent on becoming an integral part of the community. This is just the beginning.

LUNCH: The Burwash branch of Age Concern Lunch Club meet on Monday at the Bear Motel from noon. This is open to all members of our community over 55 years who would enjoy a lunch with congenial company and no washing up. The two course meal costs £8 per person. To book your place please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233. They maybe able to arrange transport for those who need it.

QUIZ EVENING: A fun general knowledge quiz evening is being held next Saturday, April 28, at the village hall. Tables of six players are welcome to enter at £6 per person. Hot supper will be served during the interval. Guests are invited to bring their own drink and glasses. To book your team in call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107. Proceeds to the village halls maintenance fund, which this year will see the outside of the hall re-painted and the hall floor sanded and polished.

Buxted

MARKET: Buxted (Reading Room) Table Top Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Raising funds for CRY (Cardiac Risk In The Young). Various stalls, refreshments and raffle. A representative from Uckfield Leisure Centre will be giving out free passes and children from Buxted Primary School will be carrying out their survey. All welcome at this friendly market. Contact 01825 763811.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 10am TGI Sunday, which will be followed by East Hoathly Annual Meeting.

AGE CONCERN: The next Pop-in Lunch is in the village hall on Thursday May 3 and this is also the date for the AGM. All welcome.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Friday 20 April 1759: ‘In the forenoon I walked over to Framfield where I met my brother Richard, and we according to our agreement opened my mother’s will and read it and wherein she has given all her personal estate to be divided between my brothers Moses and Richard and my sister Sally. Her farm at Chiddingstone in the county of Kent she hath given between myself, my brothers Moses and Richard and my sister Sally as tenants in common… Oh, may the God of all mercy pour down his blessing upon my brothers and sister, as also upon myself, that we may live in peace and unity amongst ourselves and that we may have continual in our view the joyful hope of an eternity in heaven (though not by any works of our own, but only through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ).

Heathfield,

Punnetts Town,

Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

NEWSAGENT: Welcome to the new newsagent in the town. Selina’s News Rack and Confectioners occupies the sunny corner site, formerly the home of the Portman Building Society. We bought the papers in there for the first time on Sunday and shop staff are taking details from people who would like newspapers delivered. Owner Rob Hussey plans to have a few tables and chairs where people can enjoy coffee or tea. He also has rack upon rack of old fashioned sweets in the kind of jars I remember from the corner shops of my (long ago) youth. Another example of welcome traders snapping up good sites when they become vacant.

RAMBLERS: Monday, May 7. Meet on the verge on the road between Five Ashes and Rotherfield. GR.561275 at 10am for seven to eight mile circular walk via Castle Hill and Sheriffs Lane. Ring 01435 882626.

TAKE THAT CONCERT: Jack Hampton tells us that tickets are selling like hot cakes for the big summer concert at the community centre in June. Only one of the hospitality marquees remains unsold, and when we spoke about 800 plus tickets have already gone. He’s expecting upwards of 1,200 people to attend, should be the biggest thing in Heathfield for years. The concert takes place on Saturday, June 15 and features a stunning Take That (plus Robbie Williams) tribute and a Tina Turner tribute who will be on stage from 7pm until about 9.30am. Gates open much earlier, at about 5.30pm and from 6.15pm guests will be entertained by the Heathfield Community College Swing Band and five solo singers. Everyone is invited to bring their own picnics, food, wine, or you can buy food on the night, and make it a real family night out. Tickets at present cost £15 for adults, £7.50 for children under 16 years or £20 for adults and £10 for children on the night. You can buy them from Premier Travel on the High Street. Jack points out the grounds at the back of the community centre form a natural bowl which should enhance the quality of the sound. Lots of arrangements have been made for parking and easy access to minimise the impact on local residents. If you live nearby and don’t like the idea, why not go along? We’ll be there, looking forward to it.

WEALDEN Decorative and fine Arts Society met, as usual, in the Community Centre for the April lecture Who Wrote Shakespeare? given by Charles Beauclerk. Mr Beauclerk argued lucidly and with excellent digital presentation that the Stratford Shakespeare was a local trader who prospered but was not literate enough to have written the wonderful plays attributed to him. Instead, he argued that Edward de Vere, the seventh Earl of Oxford, was the author. A well travelled, literate courtier he was a much more credible poet and playwright who preferred anonymity to fame but who could not resist leaving clues as to his true identity in his work. Mr Beauclerk also argued that Edward de Vere was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth I and that therefore the playwright we all know as William Shakespeare was, in fact, of the House of Tudor. Members may not all have agreed with Mr Beauclerk but he certainly gave them food for thought. If you think that you might enjoy a lecture like this why not join them contact 01435 873258.

SILVER SURFERS WEEK: For the second year running, Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership (WSCP) will be running a special event to mark Silver Surfers’ Week. This year’s event will major on using Skype, Facebook and Twitter and will be held at Heathfield Community College on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 4pm. Social networking can help older people keep in touch with their family and friends, even if they are scattered all over the world. They can also keep up to date with what their grandchildren are doing by following them on Facebook and join the every growing band of Tweeters on Twitter. They can also follow the activities of their favourite celebrities and keep up with all the latest news without ever leaving home. WSCP is very grateful to the staff of Heathfield Community College, who have generously agreed to host this event, and to the students who will be on hand to assist anyone in need of a helping hand to download Skype, join Facebook and set their page, invite people to become friends etc. Similar advice will be available for Twitter. At the end of the session, all participants will be given an Information Pack containing a comprehensive guide to Skype, Facebook and Twitter to take home, just in case they may need a reminder of how to do any of the things they have been shown. WSCP is also grateful to Sussex Community Foundation and Wealden District Council for their help in funding our 2012 programme of events. To book a place at Silver Surfers’ Day, or for further information, call Carol on: 01825 762934. Transport can also be provided.

Horam

WELLBEING FAIR: Horam Natural Therapy Centre invite you to a Wellbeing Fair (now in our 5th year) Saturday April 28, 10.30am to 4.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Admission £2 (includes free draw for therapy voucher). Therapy taster sessions from £5. Massage, Reiki, facials, Bodytalk, EFT, facial reflexology, reflexology, holistic healing, allergy testing, Bowen Technique, astrology, Shiatsu, aura photography, reconnective healing, foot massage, Indian head massage and more. Many interesting stalls with products from around the world. Crystals, jewellery, salt lamps, Tibetan gifts, health products, cards, stained glass, drums candles, Aloe Vera, scarves and much more. Workshops and talks. Refreshments, light lunches, barbecue. Raffle for Demelza.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

FIVE ASHES WI: The president welcomed members to the April meeting. Members were informed about several items of interest including, among other things, a Guided Tour of Legal London, a golfing tournament in Brighton and of course, the NFWI annual general meeting in the Albert Hall, London. Any members interested should consult the notice board for dates, venues etc. Next month will be their Resolution Meeting and, as usual, they will be having a fish and chip lunch prior to the meeting. Joy Read, Vice-President and delegate, gave a lively and interesting account of the recent ESFWI AGM held at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. The main guest speaker was Katie Dereham (broadcaster, Classic FM) talking about Musical Mishaps. Some very favourable comments were made by the judges at HQ in Hailsham regarding the Five Ashes pennant, ably made by Joy and a certificate had been received. The speaker Gillian Halcrow then gave a very detailed historical account (with slides) of The History of Shopping in England, starting with the Tudor period where the only shops in the village were the proverbial butcher, baker and candlestick maker. Anything else required, for example, pots and pans, they would have to travel to nearby towns for monthly or annual fairs. Cities and large towns fared better with food and cattle markets and other sellers opening up new shops. Gradually, names now very familiar, began to appear on the streets of London, including Fortnum and Mason (1750s), Selfridges, founded by an American, who coined the phrase ‘the customer is always right’, Marks and Spencer (founded by a poor Polish immigrant Michael Marks and his employer’s clerk, Tom Spencer) and Peter Jones (shoemaker), the first shop to have electric light. Fast forward and now we can do all our shopping without stepping outside our front door. Amazon, Google and all the various supermarkets can supply all our needs. As the meeting was so close to Easter, the President brought some of her home-made hot cross buns for tea, which were delicious. Members meet on the first Tuesday of the month in Five Ashes Village Hall at 2pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome to join our small but friendly group. Tel 01825 830499.

FOOTPATH WALK: The last Sunday in the month is April 29 and, depending on the weather, this could be the best time to see a wide variety of wild flowers. Some people will travel miles to see bluebell woods, we’ve got them on our doorsteps. Walkers will make sure we go to those woods and meadows that have the best displays, much more fun that going to the Garden Centre, also cheaper and healthier. They We meet at 10am at South Street carpark.

AN UPDATE: The project to build a replacement for the present Memorial Hall recommenced in 2007 when members of the Memorial Hall management committee cooperated with a steering group of the parish council to assess the needs of the community and draw up a specification. This was assessed on the basis of a survey in which clubs and societies estimated their needs, present and future. A public meeting was held at which the management committee and a private group presented their proposals. The council and community decided in favour of the Memorial Hall proposal and a subcommittee, the Mayfield Village Centre Project, chaired by Brian Horwood was formed to move the project forward. The parish council agreed to allocate land to the north of the present hall and, in return would receive the land presently occupied by the present hall, which would be demolished. The original specification proposed a medical centre, public library and parish council offices, all of which have now been dropped as circumstances have changed and community feedback suggested that the project was too large to be sustainable. The present proposal, now named The New Mayfield Memorial Hall, embodies a larger auditorium with additional small hall, youth room and music room and an office for the police community support officer. Other facilities will be larger than are currently provided in the hall. The structure will be built on the slope to the north of the present hall and comprise a main floor and an undercroft to house the additional rooms. A total floor area of 1,047 square metres is proposed, of which 345 square metres will be in the undercroft. Such a building will be constructed to modern standards, both acoustically and in terms of access for all and, very importantly, will free land for additional parking in the village. Ideas need now to be turned into reality by obtaining revised plans for submission to the planning authorities. Current funds stand at £90,000, which is enough to take them through the planning approvals process. Current building costs are estimated at £750,000 a significant reduction from the costs anticipated for the Mayfield Village Centre designs. For this lower budget to be achieved continuing support is essential, as grants from the Lottery are uncertain at best. The Office of National Statistics calculates a Deprivation index on a post code basis. A recent enquiry of the National Lottery returned the response that, since Mayfield is classified as being in the top 10 percent of wealthy villages in England, it could not even make an application for funding, although a neighbouring parish could do so. Organisers are hopeful that, when the present economic climate improves and the Olympics are behind us, they will be allowed to apply. It is unfortunate that the present system takes no account of need, but uses complex statistics to make the decision. Meanwhile the committee are continuing to raise funds through a variety of events and a NMMH 100 Club (at least £175 paid out each quarter). While the pressure to provide enhanced facilities increases, the committee would prefer to consider a new build rather than put resources into the present ageing structure as a new build is far more cost effective. We ask that we can continue to count on both the moral and financial support of the community. Concrete support can be demonstrated via membership of the NMMH.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Newick

COUNTRY MARKET open today, Friday, morning from 10am till 11am in the village hall.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning the Chailey women’s branch of the British Legion will be holding a St George’s coffee morning in the community centre from 10am till noon. There will be a raffle, tombola, cake stall and bric-a-brac plus book stall. Please try and support this group and go along and enjoy a cup of coffee.

CHURCH NEWS: Sunday services at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, Informal Service will be at 10.30am. If you would like a lift to church be telephone 01825 722582 in advance. The annual parochial meeting of St Mary’s Church will take place on Monday April 30, in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm. This is your opportunity for members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll to ask questions about the finances of the church and find out about the state of the church building, or any matters of concern to the parish. The Friends of St Mary’s Church will be holding their AGM immediately after the Church AGM has finished (around 9.30pm). All members welcome.

BOOT SALE: The bonfire society will be holding A Spring Boot Sale on Saturday April 28 on the Village Green from 8am till 1pm. Pitches cost £8 for cars and £10 for vans. To book telephone 01825 722 418. Coffee and cakes, savouries will be available in the Community Centre. Tombola, books plants will be on sale plus a barbecue on the Village Green. Fingers cross for a nice hot sunny day.

COFFEE AND CAKE: The bowls club are holding a Coffee and Cake Morning at the Bowls Club, Marbles Road on Saturday April 28 from 10.30am. This could be your opportunity to try your hand at bowls as well. Everyone welcome.

THE RESURFACING of the A272 has now taken place, It’s a pleasure now to drive along this road. Thank you East Sussex Country Council Highways division for completing on time.

NADS: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society present A Touch of Danger in the village hall from May 9 to 12. Curtain up 8pm, doors open 7.15pm. The action takes place in the living room of author Max Telligan’s apartment in London’s Sloane Square. His soon to be ex-wife and secretary read in the evening newspaper about his death but in the absence of any real information they are all caught up in a highly dangerous situation not knowing who to trust. Fast-paced, exciting and packed full of blind alleys and red herrings, this latest thriller from the master craftsman will keep audiences poised on the edge of their seats. Tickets £8 available at Newick Butchers or on the door. Box Office 01825 722359/01825 722985

Uckfield

UCKFIELD TO LONDON: I have to go to London every month or so. It used to be quite stressful, but now it’s actually enjoyable. Uckfield’s new station is excellent. It’s nice and warm, with seats, a café and newspapers. As it goes straight to London Bridge every hour, which is the end of the line, I can relax, and I always have a seat. And it’s just as easy on the way back. If I have to change at East Croydon or Clapham Junction, there are always plenty of men in orange jackets to give me instructions about which platform to go to. British Rail takes a lot of stick, but it’s amazing the amount of information that they remember, while checking tickets, seeing off the train, etc.

Everywhere is within walking distance from London Bridge station. Cross London Bridge, then turn right and stroll along beside the Thames. The Tower of London is in front of you, and St Paul’s Cathedral is easily visible. Then at the end of the day, it’s back to the station and straight home to Uckfield. Easy.

SPRING SHOW: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Spring Show will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Luxford Centre from 1.30pm, prize giving 4pm. Free Admission. Anyone wishing to Exhibit please telephone 764287 for a schedule or any other information. Classes include flowers and plants, domestic, photography and children. We are very happy to help with classes and exhibiting information now or on the day.

FAMILY HISTORY GROUP: Registered Charity No 273726. May 14, From Strangers to Citizens by Jane le Cluse. June 11, Traditional Sussex Singers of Yesteryear by Mak Norman. All meetings are held at Luxford Day Centre, 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Refreshments available.

Waldron

QUIZ NIGHT: On Monday there will be another quiz night at the pub, when teams of up to six can put their collective brains to the test. The charge is £6 per head for the quiz plus a curry and rice supper, sounds like a good deal. There’s a money prize for the winning team.

FLAMENCO: The successful Flamenco evening last autumn at the Star attracted so many clapping, stomping punters that it will be repeated on Wednesday at 7.30pm for 8pm, when Ana and José will bring their rhythmic dance and guitar partnership back to Waldron. Nick and his staff will cook up a storm of tapas (delicious) and there will be sangria all round. The charge of £30 per head is a bargain, believe me, as it includes the tapas, the sangria and the entertainment.

CRICKET: Waldron’s cricket team started its season last weekend against Newick, a large club with no less than four league sides. Our team struggled to score a reasonable number to challenge Newick’s declared total of 262 for three wickets, and it was only through grit and sheer determination that we were able to hold out for a draw. It was a tough afternoon’s cricket played in excellent spirit. This weekend the team will play away to Tunbridge Wells at the fabled Neville County ground.

CROQUET: The village croquet club starts its season next week in fine style with a drinks evening on Sunday April 29. The first practice evening will be on Tuesday May 1, venue to be announced.

THE RUDES: I’m a great fan of the Rude Mechanicals who visit Waldron every summer with their latest dramatic offering and give us all a fabulous night out. This year their new drama is Who saw Marjory Daw?, a comic mystery set in the 1960s (my era). It follows the characters of Gerald and Agnes Church from last year’s Gentle Harry’s Farm. This time Gerald becomes involved in politics and Agnes is a rookie reporter, investigating the strange disappearance of a young celebrity hippy, Marjory Dawson, against a background of flower power, free love, incompetent secret agents and a dubious arms deal with an exotic North African rebel leader. It should be hilarious, colourful and surreal. Script and new songs by Pete Talbot, with music arranged and directed by bass player Grant Gordon. The show comes to Waldron on Wednesday August 8 and will be, as usual, in the field behind the Star. Tickets will soon be available at the Stores at Waldron (phone 01435 812938) or from the central box office (01323 501260) or on-line at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk . Alternatively if you’re in Eastbourne you can drop in at their base, the Peppe Nappa Studio next to Planahead on Commercial Road. Tickets will be £13 for adults and £7 for children on the night but concessions and group rates of £1 per ticket less are available only if you book in advance.

CREAM TEAS: You can now book your cream teas in advance at The Stores at Waldron by ringing 01435 812938 or take a chance and just turn up. The shop is fully operational now, and open every day except Monday for a wide range of groceries, Cook frozen meals and delicatessen, as well as breakfasts, coffees, light lunches and teas with home-made cakes.

SERVICES: Sunday is the third Sunday of Easter and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. The annual parochial church meeting will be held at All Saints’ on Wednesday when a report will be given to everyone on the progress of the parish in the past year. There will be Evening Prayer at 7pm and the meeting will begin at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

FRIENDS The Friends of Waldron Churches have a new fund-raising wheeze, with jolly-looking boxes for your change, like those irritating small 5p coins which end up weighing down your purse or making holes in your pockets. Help us raise a bit of cash towards the belfry tower repairs by having a box in your kitchen. Just give me a ring (01435 812036) and I’ll drop in a box to you. Then when it feels heavy, ring me again and I’ll come round, count the contents in front of you, give you a receipt and the cash will go into our Friends account. Such an easy and pain-free method of making a donation, and much appreciated.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Holy Communion. The annual parochial church meeting is on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the Church Rooms. Churchwardens and the PCC are elected and reports on the church’s work during the last year are received. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh. 6.30pm evening service with Robin Lacey.

RG WI: Last month we had David Back telling us about the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and if you want to see evidence of this artistically gifted man, Glasgow is probably the best place to go. David certainly had us thinking about a WI trip there. This month, on April 26 in the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm we have George Rose on the Benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Having been to some of his classes I expect this will be a very informative evening as well as being fun. Want to know more, or have trouble with transport phone Pat Clark on 01435 830227.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a successful open day last Saturday, with about 30 people visiting, staying and gaining and providing information. We had our records, photos, maps etc out on tables round the hall together with our library. Names on the back of the photos were added to, and indeed our collection of photos grew. On Monday, we had our AGM, with our president, Graham Reeve present. The year’s activities, meetings, walks etc were reported on. Chris Cade has stepped down from the committee and his position as co-librarian, due to other commitments. He was warmly thanked for all his hard work in sorting the library. Philippa Heal was also thanked for helping Rita Hobden and Chris in this task; her knowledge of the contents of the cupboard was invaluable. She was given a bouquet as a token of our appreciation. The committee were re-elected with the addition of Nannette Burton. The officers are Bryan Whitton chairman, Jonathan Austin secretary and vice-chair, John Martin treasurer. The committee is Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn (meetings), John Hobden (membership and walks), Rita Hobden and Nannette Burton (library and publications), Betty Martin (catering), Mike and Gill Squires (outings), Colin Rose and Liza Marriott. Our annual Cowslip Walk is next Saturday April 28, meeting at Berwick Church at 2pm. The speaker at the May 14 meeting is Melvin Smith, who will tell of Old Rural Ways.

CONCERTS: We attended two different but enjoyable concerts, last week. The first was by Sussex Harmony (well named), who sing the music of church and chapel from the post Cromwell to pre-Victorian era. During this period, church organs were out of favour and the band and choir were situated in the West Gallery of churches, as the quire. We were treated to a feast of hymns and other songs from the period, with a commentary in between explaining what we were hearing, together with appropriate readings. The quire was dressed in period costume, and performed at Punnetts Town village hall. The second concert was by our own Warbleton Brass Band last Sunday in the Dunn Village Hall. We had a wide ranging programme of music, pop, musicals, classical etc, superbly played, under the baton of Sian Buss. At the end of the first, half Judy Kinnison-Bourke, band president, stepped forward and surprised Jean Jarvis by asking her to come out from the band. She then presented her with life vice-presidency of the band in recognition of her many years of loyal and devoted service to the band. She started playing with the band as a girl, initially in practice sessions only, as I gather women did not play in the band publicly until the late 1950s. Over the years, she has served the band in various roles, latterly as secretary. Although retired from that role she still plays in the band. She received her honour in her usual modest but delighted manner. Well deserved, congratulations Jean.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: A reminder that tickets for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (May 9 to 12) are available from Anita Gunn on 01435 873226. Tickets are £17.50 to include a three course meal. The comedy is by Constance Cox based on a short story by Oscar Wilde.