Bodle Street Green
CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).
EVENTS WEEK: This is a series of events, under the title Passion For Life, put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches. The team from Oakhill Theological College arrive on Thursday. In the evening we have a Quiz Night at Bodle Street Village Hall with Bryan Whitton as quizmaster. Teams of eight or come along and join others. Suggested donation of £2 per head. There will be a short talk, the question Jesus asks us. Contact David on 01435 812870. On Saturday evening the film Good Will Hunting, starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver, will be shown at BSG village hall. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with a short talk from one of the team. Contact Caroline on 01323 853392. Donations welcome. For more details of this week’s events please see the Warbleton section. More details of the following events next week.
SOUP LUNCH: Thank you to everyone who came along to the soup lunch at the village hall last Thursday, we had a really enjoyable time. Forty six diners enjoyed tasting some of the home made soups and many naughty but nice desserts. Thank you to all those who gave prizes for the raffle which raised £110 and the tombola which took £37. After expenses we made £378.30 for the village hall maintenance funds. During the lunch we surprised my parents, Eileen and Ted Craddock, with flowers, a bottle of port and a cake as they were celebrating 66 years of marriage. Congratulations to them both. Also during the event I was awarded a thank you badge and certificate by Jackie Ashdown on behalf of the Brownies, for my help with the Christmas card delivery service for the last 10 years. A lovely surprise but no thanks needed, this is something I enjoy doing.
CLEAR UP: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning a group of volunteers will be giving St Bartholomew’s Churchyard a spring clean. There is much to be done and your help would be very welcome. The work will begin at 9am and if you can help taking you own garden tools (rakes, brooms, etc) would help too. Many hands etc, so do go along.
SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, Burwash Horticultural Society will be holding their Spring Show, including floral art classes. Staging the exhibits will be from 9am to 11am, then the judging will take place. Visitors can go along from 2.15pm until 4pm. This is being held in the Sports Pavilion in the Swan Meadow playing fields. Raffle, tea and biscuits will be available. Good luck to all those exhibiting.
BLG: On Wednesday afternoon Burwash Ladies Group will be meeting in the village hall from 2.15pm. The topic of their talk is Wrinkles Don’t Matter with Helen Kendal-Tobias. New members and visitors are always welcome. The afternoon will end with tea.
COME TO TEA: Burwash Village Hall Committee invite you all to come for tea on Thursday afternoon at the village hall, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be various stalls to peruse while you enjoy tea with home made cakes and cream scones. We look forward to seeing you all there.
BOWLS: The short mat bowls club have come to the end of another season in the Wealden League Division One. It has been a tough season which saw us struggling to find our usual form. After some pleasant matches we alas finished second from the bottom and will be relegated to Division Two next season. It has been good to welcome some new members to the club this season. Christine and John Norton, Beverley and Alan Green and Keith Marden. They have all settled in really well and are making their presence felt in the team already. We are always pleased to welcome new members. We play on Monday evenings from 6.30pm and have matches on Thursdays. If you would like to have a go at this friendly, social sport why not come along, or call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 for more information.
SPRING SHOW: The Chiddingly Horticultural Society’s Spring Show was a great success. The spring flowers were exceptionally good (they obviously liked the wet weather) and together with tables of mouth-watering cookery and some amazing decorated hats (craft class), made a lovely display to greet the many visitors. The Children’s entries were, as usual, a delight and numbers were high thanks to support from the Brownies, Rainbows and Guides. The textured collage (pasta) entries were wonderful. Many former residents of the village came back to join in, and this gave the afternoon a party atmosphere. A very lively auction rounded off a really enjoyable day. Trophies were presented by Gill Bretten. First place winners were: Flowers, Daffodils: Division 1, Ann Hobden; Division 2, Dennis Brown; Division 3, Dennis Brown; Division 4, Holly Dann; Division 5, Daphne Robinson; Division 6, Brian Paterson; Miscellaneous, Caroline Manning; Division 1 (one stem), Dennis Brown; Division 2 (one stem), Daphne Robinson; Division 3 (one stem), Dennis Brown; Division 4 (one stem), Holly Dann; Division 5 (one stem), Daphne Robinson; Division 6 (one stem), Brian Paterson; Miscellaneous (one stem), Robin Symington; mixed daffodils, Ann Hobden; collection of spring flowers, Pauline Davies; tulips, Dennis Brown; muscari, Julie Baker; primula, Winnow Hardy; outdoor container, Patricia Debley; any other flower (three stems), Daphne Robinson; spray of shrub or tree, Pauline Davies; bowl of spring bulbs, Patricia Debley; one orchid, Joan Harriott; foliage plant, Dennis Brown; rhubarb, John Ford. Decorative: Spring Time, Holly Dann; Box Clever, Daphne Robinson; Petite Arrangement, Holly Dann; three stems, any foliage, Julie Biggs. Cookery: A Simnel cake, Georgina Carter; butterfly cakes, Georgina Carter; chocolate fudge cake, Georgina Carter; gluten- free cake, Sue Partridge, savoury quiche, Georgina Carter; wholemeal rolls, Georgina Carter; stuffed mushroom, Sue Cornford; jar of marmalade, Jennie Weldon; jar of chutney or pickle, Daphne Robinson; rhubarb fool, Sue Cornford; jar of lemon curd, Christine Fairway. Photography: When the Wind Blows, Phyllis Simmonds; Signs of Spring, Winnow Hardy; In the Bleak Midwinter, William Simmonds. Art and Craft: A decorated hat, Wendy Cole; an Easter card, Diane Rosborough.Children’s Classes. A Textured Collage, 5yrs and under: 1, Jessica Emery; 2, Vinny Robinson; 3, Tommy Robinson. 6 and 7yrs: 1, Isla Norman; 2, Martha Lillicrap; 3, Tiana Rosborough. 8 and 9yrs: 1, Pippa Harris; 2, Rosie Fox; 3, Ruby Norman. 10 and 11yrs: 1, Emily McHale; 2, Izzy Porter; 3, Robyn Clark.12yrs and over: 1, Zoe Cornford; 2, Lucy Deeprose; 3, Georgina Lance. A Greeting or Thank You Card, 5yrs and under: 1, Jessica Emery; 2, Tommy Robinson; 3, Vinny Robinson. 6 and 7yrs: 1, Isla Norman; 2, Tiana Rosborough; 3, Martha Lillicrap. 8 and 9yrs: 1, Bella Richardson; 2, Alice McHale; 3, Rosie Hyland and Rosie Fox. 10 and 11yrs: 1, Izzy Porter; 2, Robyn Clark; 3, Emily McHale. 12yrs and over: 1, Georgina Lance; 2, Brooke Harvey; 3, Zoe Cornford and Lucy Deeprose. A Decorated Hard-Boiled Egg, 5yrs and under: 1, Jessica Emery; 2, Eva Grandi. 6 and 7yrs: 1, Tiana Rosborough; 2, Isla Norman; 3, Demi Harvey. 8 and 9yrs: 1, Jessica Cherry; 2, Pippa Harris; 3, Rosie Hyland.Trophy Winners: Spring Challenge Cup, most points in all classes, Dennis Brown; Miss Freund Cup, best daffodil, Ann Hobden; George Kennard Cup, best collection of spring flowers, Pauline Davies; Longley Cup, decorative classes, Daphne Robinson; Lilian Taylor Shield, best cookery exhibit, Georgina Carter; Queenie Cornford Cup, best cookery exhibit (given recipe), Georgina Carter; Children’s Trophy, best exhibit (irrespective of age), Georgina Lance.
Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand
MEMBERS of the Wealden Decorative and Fine Arts Society had a great treat last week when Eric Knowles from the Antiques Road show led a day long study of British Ceramics in the Twentieth Century. In an informative and entertaining series of lectures he ranged from the end of the nineteenth century to the studio potters of today, from work we all recognise to those whose work may well become the heirlooms of the future. A lovely lunch prepared by members of the committee made it a very enjoyable day all round.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Sung Matins. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am, Holy Communion.
COMMUNITY CENTRE: Worrying concerns about security at the Community Centre. Members of the Sheepsetting Lane Residents’ Association raised the issue at their AGM last week. It appears that there has been extensive drug use in the grounds at night. People living opposite the centre hear vehicles driving into the centre and see youngsters getting behind the hedges which front the building itself. They telephone police but on the odd occasion when police do arrive, they get there too late. I have been over to the centre in the early morning and have found syringes, used and packaged, on the ground. This situation could be rectified if gates were fixed across the wide access to the centre. At least they would be a visual discouragement to whoever wanted to get in. An association member has been in touch with the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust who own and manage the centre. He was told that moves have been made to place gates but a new email from the premises liaison manager, Crowborough Locality, Forest Row and Heathfield based at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital now says funding has now not been included in this year’s budget. Most residents feel that continuing and open drug use is unacceptable in or around any public premise, particularly one owned by the Health Authority and used and booked through the parish council. They are hoping some action might be taken.
SUSSEX HERITAGE: The Trust has launched the 2014 annual Sussex Heritage Trust Awards. This is the 16th consecutive year that the Trust is inviting nominations for examples of excellent design, restoration and conversion of buildings as well as for individual craftsmen involved in these projects. In addition, the Trust is seeking nominations for a Heritage Sussex Person of the Year. Other award categories include Residential, Commercial, Ecclesiastical, Public and Community, and Landscape. There is also a Special Commendation from The South Downs Society for projects within the South Downs National Park within the boundaries of Sussex. Winners will be announced and presented with slate plaques by the Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL at the Awards Lunch at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe on July 3 2014. Application forms and full information are available to all and can be downloaded from www.sussexheritagetrust.com or contact The administrator, Annette Coombes on 01825 767087.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Inspired by people like Davina McCall, David Walliams and many others that do so much for this worthy cause, Heathfield Community College students have been doing their own Sport Relief fundraising. During their PE lessons this week all students have been encouraged to run/walk/crawl/three legged or any other safe way of doing a mile in fancy dress for Sport Relief. Sixth Formers have also been raising funds by selling sport relief wrist bands. There was also a Sport Relief event starting from Horam Old Station on the Cuckoo Trail last weekend. People could choose to walk or run one, three or six miles. We hear from Cllr Sue Stedman that this went brilliantly and was enjoyed by all.
QUIZ: There will be a quiz night at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of the Heathfield Silver Band starting at 7pm for 7.30pm. It costs £8 to take part which includes fish and chips and you can make teams up to eight people. Ring 01435 862398.
CUCULO DELI: Walking past the Deli this week I noticed they are advertising for someone to help develop their fresh food business. Quite an opportunity for a ‘foodie’ minded soul. If you are interested call James or Cinzia on 01435 862596.
AUNTIE WAINWRIGHTS: Another High Street find. In the window of antique and curio shop Auntie Wainwright are photographs of Heathfield High Street taken in 1907, looking both east and west. Fascinating.
FASHION SHOW SALE: There will be a fashion show and clothes sale in aid of carriage driving for disabled people on April 26 in Broad Oak Village Hall from 6.30pm. Entrance costs £5 to include a glass of wine.
EASTER FAIR: Broad Oak Pre School is holding its Easter Fair in Broad Oak Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. There will be face painting, stalls, crafts, an Easter egg hunt, Easter Bonnet parade and competition, raffle and refreshments. Ring Caroline Walters on 01435 408401 for details.
EASTER CELEBRATIONS: Oaklands Court, Vines Cross, is holding an Easter celebration on April 12 from 2.30pm onwards. There will be an Easter raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, arts, crafts and refreshments. Ring Paula on 01435 813030.
BUTCHERS: The butchers in the High Street is now offering home made pet food, 100 percent meat.
Isfield & Little Horsted
IN THE BLACK: Isfield Community Enterprise (ICE), formed last year by villagers to buy a field behind The Laughing Fish pub, made a small financial surplus in its first 12 months, the annual meeting was told. ICE, which has 64 members who between them have shares worth some £80,000, is used for the annual village fete, June 29 this year, the bonfire society’s summer fundraising Follies event and the Guy Fawkes display in November as well as various other events. The site also has pitches for five touring caravans. There are also plans this year for an Arts festival in August.
WHAT’S COOKING? Benson and Henry, chefs at The Laughing Fish, have been swotting up on recipes for their latest special food night at the hostelry next Thursday evening. Following a string of similar specials over the past 12 months they are this time turning their attention to Lebanese food. Judging by previous events it might be worth booking in advance.
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).
BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 18, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jill Higham and Alison Dempsey; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett. Thursday March 20, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Susan Louis; 3, Anne Davidson and Edith Jeffery. Tuesday March 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday March 27, Duplicate Pairs North/South: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, Alan Disney and Susan Louis. East/West: 1, David Sharpe and Janet Goodall; 2, Ann Wykeham and George Hearn, Francine Talbot-Limbrey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.
SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Collections during March went to the charity Send a Cow for their work in East Africa. Could you eat and drink on just £1 a day? Barbara Marsden is doing just that in aid of this charity. She would love others to join her in raising support. All sponsorship gratefully received: call Barbara on 01273 814675. Over the past three years Marcus Taylor’s Southover Preserves have raised hundreds of pounds from the sale of jams, marmalade and chutneys to support the work of two of our church members with orphans in Ukraine. A recent stall raised another £125 and a coffee morning raised £80 towards building work at Jill Barham Secondary School in Cyangugu, Rwanda. Diary dates: Tomorrow at 7.30pm the Brighton Orpheus Choir is singing Verdi’s dramatic Requiem, an opera in ecclesiastical robes, in All Saints Church, Hove. Tickets available on the door: £15, concessions £12, students £6, under 17s free. On Palm Sunday, April 13, at 6.30pm the combined choirs of Southover and Ringmer will sing the well known oratorio The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer in Ringmer Church. Free admission. On April 19, four short Old Testament Mystery Plays will be performed by the Lewes Passion Play group in Harvey’s Yard at 11am, noon and 1pm. Free entry. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service: a blend of traditional and contemporary with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 3.30pm traditional sung evening prayer with hymns, choir and organ; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band.
Mayfield & Five Ashes
COMMUNITY DIVIDEND: Further to the problems with the waste collection service last year, Wealden District Council has received an initial payment of £110,000 from Kier with a further £30,000 payable over each of the next five years. The £110,000 is to be used for existing community schemes or to get new projects started. The additional £150,000 will be added to Wealden District Council’s community Grant Fund and spent on local projects across the District. Each of Wealden’s district councillors has been given an allowance and is responsible for identifying specific projects in their local wards to benefit from the Community Dividend. This will give a welcome boost to smaller projects at parish or neighbourhood level. The allocations are relative to community size. Cllr Brian Redman will receive just under £2,000 for the ward of Mayfield and Cllr Jonica Fox will receive around £1,470 for the ward of Cross in Hand and Five Ashes. The allocations do not have to be spent all at once or on just one proposal. Your ward member needs to decide what the money should be spent on and are open to suggestions. It must be for the good of the villages and it must be spent by the end of December 2014. It could be used for ‘match’ funding to enable projects to go ahead that are already partially funded or it could be used for an entirely new project. The money cannot simply go into a society or organisation’s reserves. The minimum award is £100 and organisations must have a bank account and agree to required terms and conditions before funding can be released. If you have a project that you would like to put forward please contact the parish council office for the application form which once completed will be forwarded to your ward member for approval.
CONSULTATION: The Post Office consultation on the proposal to have a Post Office Local within the Mace supermarket is well underway and ends on April 9 so there is just time for you to have your say.
MAYFIELD MAYFAIR: This year there will be a May Queen, May King and May Princess, chosen at random from entrants. Tickets are £1 from Pinups and entries close on Friday, May 2. The winners will have their hair styled at Pinups on the morning of the Mayfair. A number of groups have signed up to have stalls in the High Street on the day and several people have already offered auction prizes. If anyone else wants to have a stall or can offer a prize for the auction, please contact Ian Parker on 07971 979137.
PRE-SCHOOL NEWS: Easter (and hopefully more sunny and hot weather) will be upon us pretty soon and Mayfield Preschool will be celebrating the start of the holidays with an Easter Egg Hunt. The event, on the final afternoon of term, is open to all preschool children and their siblings and will be held within the grounds of the preschool. The children might be lucky enough to meet the Easter Bunny and they’ll all receive a small cotton bag that they’ll decorate with fabric crayons in school before they set out on their hunt for mini chocolate eggs. They might then keep all the eggs they find safe in their bags, or they might just eat them all right away! The Easter Egg Hunt takes place in pre-arranged slots from 1pm to 3pm today with timed slots for children. Tickets cost £3 for the first child and £2 for each child thereafter and you can sign your children up at the preschool gates. The pre-school’s jumble sale on March 15 was crowded with bargain hunters who found some fabulous finds for just 20p. And organisers made more than £400 for the pre-school. Julie Rae thanks everyone who went along in support.
ST DUNSTAN’S Church invites you to join them as we prepare for and celebrate Easter. On Sunday April 13 they will be thinking about Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem on a donkey, at the Parish Eucharist at 10.15am. The service will include a dramatic reading of the Passion story and they will even have a donkey with us to help set the scene. Then on Thursday, April 17 at 7.30pm they will be thinking about the night before Jesus died with their Maundy Thursday Eucharist which will include the washing of feet. To mark Good Friday, on April 18 they will be joining the Walk of Witness starting at St Thomas’ Church at 9am and then at 3pm there will be activities in London House for the children to help them understand the Good Friday Story, with a service in church for the adults. Then on Easter Eve, Saturday April 19 they are having an Easter Activity morning in London house which will include an Easter Egg trail, Easter crafts, the making of the Easter garden and refreshments. This will run from 11am until 1pm.Their Family Eucharist will take place at 10.15am on Easter Day, April 20 when they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. They look forward to welcoming everyone.
FILM SOCIETY: Tonight Film on Friday will be showing the recent Italian film Caesar Must Die by the veteran directors, the Taviani brothers. Set in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison, Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar is rehearsed and performed by inmates serving long sentences for murder, drug-dealing and other Mafia-connected crimes. The strength of the film lies in the performers’ growing awareness of the relevance of Shakespeare to their own lives. In one arresting moment a Camorra strong-man says Naples instead of Rome and explains: ‘It seems this Shakespeare was walking the streets of my own city.’ Doors and bar in the Memorial Hall open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Guests should ring 01435 872165 beforehand. The film is 77 minutes long.
THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. 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; Village Hall 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; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to
2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.
THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. There will be a good selection of plants available ready for summer planting, plus eggs, cheese, preserves and homemade cakes and savoury items. There is also a good selection of greetings cards, paintings, animal portraits, and knitted items. Please note: During Easter week the market will be open on Thursday April 17 (Maundy Thursday) instead of Friday April 1, so if you have ordered any items make sure you collect on Thursday, otherwise you will be disappointed .
THE RUGBY CLUB have two fixtures this weekend the first XV are playing away at Horley, whilst the second XV will have their match against Haywards Heath III. According to the fixture card they only have three more games to play this season.
SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available, please ring 722582 in advance.
THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Geoffrey Tyack, a leading architectural historian and lecturer. He wrote the updated Prevsner Guide to Berkshire, Country Life recently published his brilliant article on the Brighton Pavilion. This sounds like a nice way to spend your afternoon.
BRITISH LEGION: Newick British Legion are looking for new younger people, either ladies or gents, to join them, who are mindful of the sacrifices made on behalf of us all by our brave service members. Membership is £16 annually and they have monthly meetings. You would receive a very warm welcome. For further details telephone 01825 723637 or 723834.
YOU MAY KNOW Little Horsted Church which you pass on the way to Lewes. The church dates back to the 13th century and is a lovely village church in a beautiful location, ideal for and well used for weddings. The church is now in need of considerable TLC which in total will cost around £75,000 and a restoration fund initiative is being launched on March 30 with a sponsored teddy bear parachute jump from the church tower, care of the Vicar, Canon Martin Onions. Should any readers know of the church or have connections with it and wish to donate to the fund then any contributions would be very welcome and extremely gratefully received, sent to Mrs H Macinnes, Owlsbury Farm, Horsted Pond Lane, Little Horsted.
FRACKING DEBATE: The controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing or fracking will be the subject of a public debate in the village hall on Wednesday. The government’s list of sites for which applications to explore for shale gas have been received, includes one site just west of The Broyle, which means there is a possibility that fracking for gas will come to Ringmer. Experience in Balcombe last summer suggests passions can run very high on fracking, hence the debate. The guest speaker will be Raphael Kaplinsky, professor of international development at the Open University, who will highlight the pros and cons of fracking, before the meeting opens up into a general discussion. Entry is free, though donations will be requested for tea and coffee.
QUIZ AND PUDS: We still have room for a few more teams on Saturday April 12. Tickets must be bought in advance. Ringmer Village Hall 7.15pm start. Teams of four. Tickets £6 each from: Pam Bowmaker 01273 813625 or Angela Morrison 01273 813590.
RESPONDERS: The pub Quiz Night in aid of the First Responders was a big success last Monday with 14 teams competing to answer the questions. It was soon obvious why we need more Responders in this area when a call was received during the evening for help and two immediately set off to see to a medical emergency. The evening raised just short of £600 which, said Chairman Tim Williams, will pay for about half the equipment needed to kit out another Responder. There are currently six fully qualified and equipped members ready to receive calls which are re-routed from the Ambulance service.
WI MEETS: Waldron’s WI branch meets on April 9 at the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Michael Gould giving us his reminiscences of 40 years in the winetrade. Hope he brings some samples.
SPRING OFFER: The pub has a special offer of two courses for £12 from Monday to lunchtime on Friday. The curry night continues on Tuesday and Thursday is steak night.
CHERISHED MUMS: Last Sunday’s Mothering Sunday service was lovely with lots of families joining in and the children taking a bouquet or a pot of primula to every woman present. After the service there was tea served from china pots, with loose tea and tea-strainers (when did you last see a tea strainer?) and homemade delicious biscuits for everyone. It was very civilised and the chat afterwards indicated that the event was popular and extremely well-received.
CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday will be the fifth Sunday in Lent and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am and Choral Holy Communion at 11.15am also at All Saints’. The following Sunday, April 13, will be Palm Sunday and after morning services there will be a Parish Lunch of soup and ploughman’s at the Lucas Hall in Waldron at 12.30pm. There’s a suggested donation of £5 per head and if you’d like to come, there are forms to sign at the back of the church, for catering purposes.
PARISH MEETING: The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday at the Community Centre in Heathfield at 7.30pm. This is the time when the parish council gives an account of its activities over the past year and every member of the community in Heathfield and Waldron is welcome to hear from their councillors.
CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion (CW) this is a change from the normal pattern as we had a family service last week for Mothering Sunday and Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday have family services. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and Communion, 6.30pm Evening Service. The preacher at both services will be Ray Dadswell.
EVENTS WEEK: This is a series of events put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches. The team from Oakhill Theological College arrive on Thursday, and it is hoped that some will be present at Coffee and Company that morning (10am to noon). In the evening we have a Quiz Night at Bodle Street Village Hall with Bryan Whitton as quizmaster. Teams of eight or come along and join others. Suggested donation of £2 per head. There will be a short talk, the question Jesus asks us. Contact David on 01435 812870. Next Friday, April 11, at 10am there will be a coffee tasting at the church rooms Warbleton, with a short talk Taste and see the Lord is Good. Contact Marc on 01435 830421. Suggested donation of £2. At 2pm Warbleton Walkers start from the Church Rooms for an easy walk of about one hour ending back at the rooms, for coffee, cake and a short talk Why Creation Declares God’s Glory. Dogs are welcome. Contact Judith on 01435 830481. In the evening we have a rugby dinner (£12 per head) with guest speaker Peter Nicholas, an Oxford Blue who has also played for English Students and Henley Hawks. Details and tickets from Tony on 01435 812514 or 07921 159211. Booking is essential. More details of the following events next week.
CHURCHYARD CLEARUP: The spring clear up will start at Warbleton churchyard at 10am next Saturday, April 12. A variety of jobs will be undertaken, and a light lunch will be served at the end of the morning, ending with a short talk.
JUMBLE SALE: Last week’s jumble sale, in aid of Ebeneezer social outreach in India, raised over £450 towards the new jeep needed to transport staff and children. Judith and Maggie are very grateful to all those who supported this event. I gather they are just £900 away from their target.
QUIZ NIGHT: Glen Hadlow stretched our little grey cells with the well attended quiz last Saturday. The numbers progression round was particularly taxing. The team I joined managed to get some right, but using different processes from Glen’s. The team using the name The Chatterboxes came out top. I am not sure how much was raised towards the Village Players’ next production Carousel, but thank you to all who supported this event. It was a good, if slightly long, evening.