Parish pump Uckfield - April 25, 2014

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BODLE STREET GREEN

FILM CLUB: Searching For Sugarman is this month’s film, and it tells the story of the ‘the greatest 70s rock icon that never was’ the singer Rodriguez. A promising but then forgotten singer from Detroit, who later became a phenomenon in South Africa, from where two fans seek out what happened to him. Doors open at the village hall tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guests are welcome at £6 on the door, with no need to book. This documentary lasts 1hr 25min.

CHURCHSERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Please see the Warbleton section for a brief report of the Events Week held before Easter by the three churches.

Burwash

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, it is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local talented musicians and singers will entertain you. Entry is free and the licensed bar will be open. If you would like to take part and do the entertaining go along and make yourself known. The fun begins at 8pm.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: The party on the green at Hornbeam to celebrate St George’s Day, will take place from noon on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to join us. There will be lots of games for children and adults to have a go at, all free. Bring picnic and/or barbecue food, your own seating and enjoy the fun. We are hoping for nice weather to help. Last year there was a lot of fun with just a few of us, so how much more if there were lots of us. For more details visit the Burwash Community Facebook page.

QUILTS: The Monday Quilters group invite you to their fifth exhibition of their work. The Patchwork Quilt show is on Sunday at the Burwash Village hall from 10am to 4pm. Entrance is £4 which includes refreshments. Quilt raffle in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Do go along and see the beautiful quilts the ladies of Burwash put together.

LUNCH: The Age UK Burwash Lunch Club will be meeting at the Bear Motel on Monday from noon. Anyone who is 55 years old and over is welcome to attend. For £8 you will receive a delicious, freshly cooked, two course lunch, in congenial company. To book a place please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033, Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. Transport may be available for those who need it.

AGM: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday at 8pm. Club members will play from 6.30pm to coffee time then the mats will be cleared and the meeting will begin. All committee positions are up for election, and it is hoped that all members will be able to make it. The club has been running for 23 years and has had some success with players of all abilities playing at different levels. We are always pleased to welcome new players. No experience necessary as tuition is given. Equipment can be borrowed from the club too. If you are interested in playing why not come along on a Monday evening, or visit our stall at the parish annual meeting on the May 15 at the hall.

WHIST: The monthly whist drive will take place on Thursday at the village hall from 7pm. £3 entry includes 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. A raffle is also held. We are a friendly band of card sharps, or should that be blunts, who enjoy each others company and have a few laughs along the way. If you would like to come along please do. You don’t need partners and you don’t have to be proficient at the game. For more details call Mary on 01435 882107.

SUNDAY LUNCH: There is to be a three course Sunday lunch at the village hall on May 11, to help raise funds for 14 year old Aaron Foord, who has been selected as one of just 36 youngsters to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2016. He has to raise £3,000 so that he can go. The lunch will be freshly cooked and served and is £18 per person, with light entertainment included. Aaron and his family will be there to meet you, and they too are busy fund raising. If you would like to help Aaron reach his goal and come to the lunch. Please book a table/places and ask for a menu by calling Mary on 01435 882107.

Chailey

FETE: St George’s Day Fete, organised by the Bonfire Society, is at Markstakes Corner tomorrow, Saturday, from midday to 4pm. There will be a beer tent, barbecue, cakes, plants, tombola, bric-a-brac, table top sale, dog show, children’s rides and much more.

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair is on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, at the Bluebell Railway. There will be stalls on the platform and a marquee within the station car park with railway artefacts and model railway equipment. Admission is £3 which covers the platform and a marquee.

CHORAL WORKSHOP with Aanna Colls is at the village hall on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The workshop costs £15 which includes music scores and interval refreshments. To book a last minute place call Ann on 01444 831 244.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall and this year Chailey Parish Council is taking a slightly different approach for the Annual Parish Meeting. They are focusing on the subject of forming a Chailey Neighbourhood Plan. There will be the short formal part to the meeting and then a workshop titled Is there Support for a Chailey Neighbourhood Plan? which all residents are invited to participate. The workshop exercise is to establish whether residents support the formation of a Plan and to see whether there are willing volunteers to help in the process? At the end there will be a feedback and question and answer session. The meeting begins at 7.30pm but you are invited to arrive at or after 7pm to enjoy a glass of fruit-juice or wine and meet councillors informally.

THREE FORTS CHALLENGE on Sunday May 4 Kirsten Firth is taking part in an amazing challenge to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation; running a half marathon around the Iron Age hill forts near Worthing, Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring. If you would like to support her please donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/Kirsten-Firth.

LINK WALK, the annual village walk, is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, starting at 10am from Sports Ground, where there is ample parking. The route is clearly described in leaflets which will be available and covers six and a half miles taking in Chailey Common, ancient woodland, bluebell woods and with superb view of the Downs. A shorter walk of approximately four miles is also available. Dogs are most welcome. The walk finishes at the Sports Ground where there will be a free barbecue and Chailey Sports Club will be running a bar in aid of their funds. Certificates will be awarded for children who complete the course. All are welcome to take part and for more information about the Link Walk call John Smith on 01825 723519.

CONCERT hosted by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is on Saturday May 10 at 7.30pm. It will feature the Mid Sussex Choir singing pieces by John Rutter and George Shearing, along with popular choral numbers, instrumental pieces, barbershop quartet and a harpist (Margaret Watson). Light refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets are £10 (under 16s free) and can be purchased from Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or Janet Barnes on 01825 722574.

EXMOOR PONIES have been moved from Red House and Lane End Commons and are now grazing on the combined commons (Romany Ridge, Pound and Memorial). The Hebridean sheep will join them there with some Longhorn cattle. The animals will remain on the combined commons until September/October time, leaving Red House and Lane End Commons free of stock over the summer.

BLUEBELL WALK: Guided bluebell walks around Sheffield Park are on Wednesday May 7 from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Walk Wood runs across the top of the garden and will be full of bluebells to enjoy in this area of untold history. Booking is essential and tickets cost £5 adults and £2.50 children. Normal admission also applies.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday), 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Benefice Matins, Chiddingly.

NEW SUNDAY BUS Service linking East Hoathly with Lewes and Brighton started on Sunday April 13. A fine sunny day was met with 20 passengers at the Church Marks Lane stop for the first service to Lewes and Brighton. Unfortunately the vintage bus was unable to make an appearance but there was a great bonhomie amongst the passengers eagerly waiting for the bus to arrive. A number of parish councillors attended to welcome the service including John Graham, Parish Council Chairman and Philip Cowling, who had liaised with Brighton and Hove Buses to extend the service from Halland via East Hoathly. Also attending was Mike Best, Commercial Director for Brighton and Hove Buses. When seeing the numbers waiting to board he said that he was pleasantly surprised at the response from residents. The initial trial was to run until September, but unless numbers fall dramatically, he will be happy for the trial to continue through the autumn and winter period as well. On returning to East Hoathly in the late afternoon a number of suntanned residents said that they had a very enjoyable day out in Brighton and the bus had only taken an hour in to central Brighton. Brighton and Hove Buses have produced some posters for residents detailing the East Hoathly specific services. Please note that these services will run on Sundays and also public holidays.

EVITA: From Thursday to Saturday, May 7 to 10, UBenDS will be presenting the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in the village church. Performances begin at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are priced at £12 and are available from both East Hoathly and Chiddingly Village Stores, or by phone on 01825 872401, or through the website www.ubends.co.uk. Bar and refreshments will be available.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Service. St George’s Broad Oak 9.30am Holy Communion.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The speaker this month was Kevin Gordon, well known as a regular contributor to Memory Lane. He began his talk with a brief outline of the arrival of Christianity in Saxon Sussex, one of the last places in the country to be converted. But eventually Christianity arrived with Saint Wilfrid of Northumbria. A centre was set up firstly in Selsey and then in Chichester. But what did Kevin mean by the title of his talk An A-Z of Sussex Churches? All became clear in a clever and informative talk as he took members through the alphabet explaining the origins of customs and architectural features in our churches. Starting with Aisle we learned of the Bells at Bolney, the Benchmarks at Mayfield, the Pyramid at Brightling and the Sepulchre in Eastbourne right up to Saint Zeta. Along the way they learned of funeral hatchments, mortmains, rood screens, stocks, querns, tithes, vestries and yew trees. They even learned that on Good Friday they could skip in Alciston and play marbles in Seaford. Finally they learned of our own Sussex Saint, Saint Llewenna, whose body, sadly, was stolen and taken to Flanders. Thanks go to Kevin for a very interesting evening.

ACRES (Adult College for Rural East Sussex) have included several new courses in Heathfield in their new adult education programme. One of the first is entitled Bring Your Own Laptop and starts on April 30. It will be held in the Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council office, in the High Street. The course aims to introduce new computer users to the laptop and the Windows software and show some of the useful functions and accessories on computers. It’s for students with little or no knowledge of computers, ideal if you are an absolute beginner or are self-taught. Anyone interested should contact ACRES on 01825 761820 or pick up one of their brochures in the Parish Council offices. Details are also available online at: www.acreslearning.org.uk (if you are able to search.) The course number is HW06C31E.

FLOWER CLUB: The club presents demonstrator Angie Hyde for a floral demonstration called Over the Rainbow starting at 7.30pm on Thursday evening, May 8 at the Heathfield Community Centre. There will be refreshments, a raffle, sales table and visitors are welcome (£5 entry.) Ring 01435 864633 for details. Optional competition: A Film Title. The club also presents another demonstration and special open evening by national demonstrator Sue Flight called Where Dreams Begin. This starts at 7.30pm on June 12 at the same venue. There will also be refreshments, a raffle and a sales table. Visitors are welcome £10. Ring 01435 810452 for details.

EXHIBITION: There will be an art exhibition and sale organised by Cross in Hand Art Club on Saturday, June 21 from 11am to 4pm at the Lucas Hall, Waldron. Free admission, free refreshments. Ring 01435 868884 for details.

CUCKOO FAIR: As we’ve driven around Heathfield this week we notice heads swivelling in the direction of scarecrows in front gardens, peering out of hedges and even on the front lawn of the vets. They are all made for the Cuckoo Fair and will be judged at the fair itself which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in and around Cade Street. A procession, complete with marching band, Dame Heffle, stilt walkers and costumed students from local schools and colleges, starts at the Community College at 11am and heads towards the Cade Street recreation ground, where a fair has been held more or less continuously every year since the 13th century. It took place at the Community Centre for a while, but moved back to its ancestral home a couple of years ago where it has gone from strength to strength. Any money raised goes to Demelza Hospice care for children. Look out for vintage vehicles, a great dog show, terrier racing, ferrets, loads of stalls from traders and local village groups and the children from All Saints and St Richards School singing Rudyard Kipling’s evocative Heffle Cuckoo Fair song. Of course Dame Heffle will release the first cuckoo of spring. Speaking at the Village Assembly, she told me she had great fun last year when the cuckoos (two homing pigeons) refused to leave their basket. She was then told it was their first-ever flight so they probably didn’t know they were meant to herald the arrival of spring. This is usually a real feel-good day with loads of country pursuits. Well worth a visit.

CAFÉ CHURCH: The next Café Church will be held today from 6.45pm until 8.30pm at Costa Coffee. There’s a discount on your first cup and the theme is: Is it Good to be Me? Sounds intriguing.

AMBULANCE: SECAMB urgently seeks volunteer car drivers to help ferry people to and from hospital. Mileage will be reimbursed. This is a valuable service and one that is enjoyed both by patients and their drivers. If you are interested ring: 01273 484890 or visit car.service@secambnhs/uk

OPEN GARDEN: Fine Oaks, Hammer Lane, Cowbeech, TN21 9HF on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4. Entry £4, children £2. There will be a plant sale.

VINTAGE FAIR: There will be a vintage fair on May 25 from 11am to 5pm at King John’s Nursery and gardens, Etchingham under the National Garden Scheme. Entry to the fair is free and you just pay a token sum to look around the garden. Loads of lovely things to look at.

Isfield & Little Horsted

JUST CHAMPION: It’s not often we get to produce world champions in our villages, but it’s happened. So well done, lads to the team made up of Isfield and Barcombe players who came out on top at the World Toad Championship organised annually by Lewes Lions. For the uninitiated, and until recently I was one of that clan, Toad (or Toad In The Hole) is a pub game played predominantly in East Sussex, although variations of the game are popular abroad. It involves throwing brass discs (toads) onto a small table which has a lead top with a hole in the middle. The champions this year are Pete ‘Scan’ Scantlebury and Les Whiteman who play regularly for the Laughing Fish in the East Sussex League, together with Adrian Halstead and Jefris Pakpahan from Barcombe Nurseries. Together they made up The Leeky Boys, Scan blessed the table with one of the vegetables before every game. They were in great form, winning five games 2-0 before beating Rodmell 3-0 in the final.

STEADY HANDS: Yes, that what was needed for competitors in Isfield’s annual Tommy Trott Beer Race. The 77 taking part in the 1.5mile walk along the length of Station Road and back had to carry a filled half-pint mug of beer (292ml), and try not to spill it. Winner, with a returning mug of 269ml, was Zac Salvage, from Patcham, whose cousin lives in Isfield. A close second with 262ml was Anthea Bennett, from Zimbabwe, whose fiancé lives in Isfield, and a tiny drop behind in third place with 262ml was Katherine Read. There were two classes for the children’s Lemonade Race, run, or rather walked, over a shorter course. In the aged eight years and under, Rhianna Clarke triumphed with 304ml returned from a maximum possible of 324ml, and in the under 14s Chase H won with 313ml. In the Easter Egg Hunt 28 children up to age 11 years were looking for 48 Crème Eggs. Oliver P won the under sevens with six eggs while Daisy Brittain won the eight years and over with four eggs. All in all a fun day out for a good crowd of competitors and spectators, who were also entertained by the Ashdown Forest Morris Dancers. Proceeds from the various events, including a barbecue at The Laughing Fish, raised £337.96 for the RNLI.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday in the month, Family; second, Parish Communion; third, Matins; fourth, Parish Communion; fifth, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PHOENIX PLAYERS: There’s still time to get a ticket to the players’ production of Ladies Down Under a comedy, by Amanda Whittington, being staged today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 (concessions for 10 or more booked) and are available from Burnett’s in the High Street (01435 874450). Many of you may have seen Ladies Day by the same author a year or so back and although this is the sequel, it does stand alone. The four women, Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda, fish-packers from Hull, had won £500,000 at Ascot races and decide to go to Australia for the holiday of a lifetime, also to meet up with Joe (Jan’s fella) who has taken a year’s sabbatical in Oz. Shelley dreams of a luxurious life style, while Pearl has her own particular mountain to climb. Jan has to make decisions about her relationship, while Linda finds the money too much to deal with. Meeting people along the way and camping out at Uluru changes many things for all four of them. Do go along, laugh, cry, and enjoy the journey with them. As usual Phoenix has a very talented cast who have been working very hard to put on an excellent show, so please show your support.

THE COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE was started back in 1999 by a dedicated group of volunteers. This service has proved invaluable to the residents of both villages ever since its inception, and was given the prestigious Queens’ Award for Community Service in 2005. The transport co-ordinator reported that during 2013 once again almost 700 trips were made to help local residents attend their various medical appointments. Grateful thanks must be given to the co-ordinator and to all volunteer drivers who enabled this to happen. These trips included many journeys to Rotherfield, Crowborough and Pembury, as well as to the local Mayfield medical practices. Further afield, amongst other destinations, they took a number of residents to East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Maidstone, and even to central London for their appointments. Details of how to ask for transport to get to your medical appointments is contained in their advertisement, which appears every month in the Mayfield Newsletter. The car service provides transport to any medical appointment, not only those at a doctor or hospital, but also including those at a dentist, optician or chiropodist. People must, however, live within the parish of Mayfield and Five Ashes to be eligible. Mileage charges are moderate and have not been increased for a number of years. They offer a door to door service, the driver will pick you up at your home, take you to your appointment, stay with you whilst you are at the hospital, doctors, etc. and bring you back to your home. You may take a friend or relative along with you if you wish. As always, they are continuing to look for new volunteer drivers to join the existing pool. They only ask for people to give up their time. Petrol costs will be reimbursed, and people will be providing a greatly needed service for the residents of both Mayfield and Five Ashes. The number of trips drivers make is entirely up to them. It can be as few as once or twice a month, whenever it is convenient, to fit in with other commitments. Please ring chairman Rosemary Neal on 01435 872113, or alternatively e-mail her at rjneal@btinternet.com if you feel you are able to join them, and help the organisation continue to provide such a valuable service to village residents. It is essential that more drivers come forward to enable them to continue to meet all the requests for transport that they receive. Finally, they ask that all users of the service give as much notice as possible of their medical appointments, in order to help the transport co-ordinator to arrange transport for their journey. They also ask that if any clients have a disabled parking badge please will they bring it with them on their journey.

OPEN DOOR AGM: Another year has gone. All are invited to Open Door AGM to be held on Tuesday, May 20 at 7pm in London House.

TEDDY BEAR EVENT: From today (Friday) until the Mayfield Mayfair, St Dunstan’s are hosting a Teddy Bear Event. Between tomorrow and Thursday, May 8 children can hunt for Teddy Bears with their names in High Street windows. Entry forms for the bears’ names (50p) can be obtained from The Shopping Basket. Completed entry forms should be posted in the Bear Hunt box at the back of St Dunstan’s church by 10.30am on Saturday, May 10. A prize will be awarded to the best entry to be drawn at 12.45pm on that day. On Mayfield Mayfair Day, Teddy Bear Cafe will be open in London House, hot and cold drinks, teddy biscuits and teddy cakes, Pooh’s favourite honey cake, Paddington’s marmalade sandwiches and more, will be available. In conjunction with Mayfair day, teddy bears can parachute from the tower at St Dunstan’s. Is your bear brave enough? Teddies will be checked for fitness by a doctor and then have their parachutes put on. Nurses will be on duty to deal with any of teddy’s bumps and bruises. Every bear that does a jump will be awarded a certificate. £1 per child’s bear and £2 per adult’s bear. Bring teddy’s lunch and picnic in the church grounds.

MEMORIAL HALL AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Memorial Hall will take place on Wednesday, May 14 at 8pm in the Memorial Hall. Everyone in the village is welcome to attend this meeting; the agenda will include annual reports from the chairman, treasurer, hall manager and booking secretary. The Memorial Hall Management Committee is made up of representatives from a number of village organisations. Every organisation in the village is entitled to have a representative on this Committee. Organisations that currently have a representative on the committee, and regularly attending the bi-monthly meetings are as follows: Bonfire Boys and Belles, Film on Friday, football club, horticultural society, local history society, Mayfield and Five Ashes Society, Mayfield Trust, Old People’s Welfare, parish council, Phoenix Theatre, rifle club, University of the Third Age, Women’s Institute. The committee also currently has a chairman, treasurer and booking secretary who do not represent any particular village organisation; they meet every other month in January, March, May, July, September and November, normally on the first Wednesday evening of the month. If there is any organisation in the village that at present has no representation on the management committee, but would like to have a say in the running of the hall, please contact John Neal to arrange for one of their members to join them. 01435 872113 or email rjneal@btinternet.com

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

COFFEE MORNING: Newick Bonfire Society will be holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre from 9am till noon, there will be a good selection of plants, plus delicious cakes and savouries, there will also be a tombola and the Plotter Trading Post, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, make sure you arrive early, so as not to be disappointed because they have sold out.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend at 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am, lifts are available if booked in advance on 722582. St Mary’s Church will be holding the AGM on Monday in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm.

THE COUNTRYSIDE is looking beautiful with all new green leaves on the trees, hedgerows plus bluebells out, and the crops in the fields are making up for lost time, when we had all that rain and the ground was sodden, this spring has been spectacular.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society will be holding a coffee /plant sale on Saturday May 3 in the Community Centre from 9am till 11.30am.

PRODUCTION: The Amateur Dramatic Society will be putting on another play in the village hall from Wednesday to Saturday, May 7 to 10 called Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Tickets £9 available from 01825 722359 or 722985, you can also purchase your tickets from the Newick Butchers or internet bookings info@newickdrama.org

MEETING: Newick Afternoon Club will be holding their meeting on Thursday May 8 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Hannah Townsend from Waitrose/ John Lewis Partnership.

Uckfield

LEWES RACECOURSE: As you know, I have a soft spot for the days of Lewes Racecourse as I lived in Lewes at the time. I’m really looking forward to the anniversary event. If you’re in touch with any former Lewes residents, please let them know about it. The chair reports: The preparation work for the events to mark the anniversary of the closure of Lewes racecourse is gathering pace. It is now less than six months until the big weekend of September 13 and 14. A Race Night will take place on Saturday April 26 at the White Hart, to help raise some of the required funds. Our chair John Turley will be giving two talks on the history of Lewes racecourse: Monday July 14, at the Lewes History Group (7.30pm). Friday September 26, at Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street (time to be confirmed). This talk will focus on the historic County Cup,which was raced for at Lewes in the 19th century. We are pleased to report that tickets for tours of Suzy Smith’s yard and aplace on a special bus in the grand are selling fast. Contact Lewes Racecourse Club on 01825 761727 for tickets.

Waldron

STAR TURNS: Today, Friday, it’s Folk Night at the Star and on Sunday at lunch time from 1pm there’ll be music from Swingin’ Affair. On Monday, it’s Quiz Night with all the usual joshing and bantering between teams. Then on Saturday May 3 there’ll be a French evening with French cuisine and the music of Django Jazz.

FIRST RESPONDERS: April’s pub quiz night was held in aid of the First Responders, those volunteers who are trained up by the Ambulance Service and stand by in our patch to rush to emergency calls and hold the fort before the ambulance can arrive. This local service has proved itself to be vital over the past months since it was set up and in the last week, it came to the rescue of a Waldron man who had a stroke. Thanks to the Responder’s swift action before the patient’s transfer to hospital, our local resident is now making good progress towards a full recovery.

COFFEE FOR FLOWERS: The flowers which decorated our churches over Easter were absolutely magnificent and our teams of flower arrangers do a brilliant job throughout the year. On Saturday May 3 from 10am to midday, there will be a coffee morning at Cransford, Little London Road, to raise funds for the flowers which give us all such pleasure.

CONCERT: Heathfield Choral Society will present Dido and Aeneas on Saturday May 17. Tickets are £12 and are obtainable from Peter Jamieson (01435 863414). May is a good month whatever your taste in music as the Mayfield Festival is also on from May 2 to 11, featuring everything from folk and brass to classical orchestral, choral and even a Cole Porter evening.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the first after Easter (called Low Sunday) and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’ (followed by coffee and cake, to which everyone is welcome) and Informal Holy Communion at 11.15am also at All Saints’. There will be Evening Prayer with Hymns at All Saints’ at 4.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BAND JUMBLE: Warbleton Brass Band will hold a jumble sale at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, in aid of band funds. Their spring concert will be at 2pm on May 4, also at the village hall. Come along to this annual event and enjoy a variety of popular music. Tea and cakes available. Admission free but there will be a collection on your way out. Please come and support your local band. The band has a wide repertoire of music from pop to classical via traditional band music. Beginners are welcome to the training band and more experienced players to the main practice nights (Fridays). For more information or to let us know you’re coming along please call Cath on 01435 813359. To see more about the band visit their website.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. We had a great week of events leading up to Easter. Events included coffee tasting with Emma Joynson-Hicks, African coffee expert and consultant to the UN of coffee matters, and an astronomy evening with Greg Smye-Rumsby from the The Royal Observatory, Greenwich. We had a clear evening for the latter, and it was fascinating to see the stars and planets in much greater detail through the telescopes. There were two rugby related events. The first was a supper at Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club, when Pete Nicholas talked about his rugby career and his faith. The second was tag rugby on the green. This uses the snatching of tags of your opponent’s belt to replace tackles, and is great fun. Rambles, bowling, meals, a children’s holiday club and a film evening completed the line up. Thanks to everyone, from the three churches, who worked so hard to put these events on, and to the team from Oak Hill Theological College, who so enthusiastically helped us during the week. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Rev Phillip Laver and 6.30pm evening service with Ken Davies.

APCM: The Parochial Church Meeting of Warbleton Parish Church takes place at the church rooms at 7.30pm on Monday. The first meeting is for the election of churchwardens, and is followed by the APCM at which the annual reports are presented, the PCC and Deanery Synod members are elected. All electors are able to vote in the first meeting, but only those on the church electoral roll may vote in the main meeting.

WALKS: The history group’s second walk this month is on Wednesday starting from the car park of Simon Turner/Curtis and Shaw, in Cowbeech at 7pm (time TBC). Warbleton Walkers meet monthly for a walk in the area. The next ones are on May 13 and June 10. For times and venues please contact Judith on 01435 830481. Dogs are welcome.