Parish pump Uckfield - August 1, 2014

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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 Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. For a report on the marquee service, please see the Warbleton section.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Giles Church, Dallington, is holding a flower festival from August 8 to 10, (10am to 5pm) with the theme Pause For Thought. There will be refreshments and stalls. On the Friday evening at 6.30pm a bring-your-own picnic will be held in the churchyard, followed by a concert given by The Weald Singers at 7.30pm. On Saturday at 7pm Our Village Boys, those who went to serve 100 years ago, and on Sunday Songs of Praise at 6.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: The annual flower show is next Saturday, August 9, at the village hall. If you have not obtained a schedule yet please phone Mary on 01323 832509, or contact another committee member. The schedule doesn’t just contain horticultural classes but has photography, craft and baking sections as well.

Burwash

WW1: St Philip’s Church, in partnership with the Burwash Common and Weald Memorial Playing field committee and the pavilion committee, are commemorating the Great War of 1914-18 over the weekend. On Sunday a Remembrance Service will be held in the church at 10.30am. You are all very welcome to attend. On Monday there will be an exhibition in the Pavilion with songs and poetry from the war, from 8pm. At 9.30pm a Vigil Service on the Playing field with the lighting of the beacon at 10.15pm. If you would like more details please contact Peter on 01435 882856 or Keith 883264.

ST BARTHOLOMEW’S Church will also be remembering with a village service to mark the start of the war at 11am. Later there will be an evening of Circle of Quiet. This will also be in the church from 7pm with silent prayer/reflection topped and tailed with music and reading. You are all welcome to attend both services and take time to think of all those men who gave their lives for our country.

BATEMAN’S: This weekend Bateman’s will be remembering the First World War too. They invite you to go along and experience life on the western front as John Kipling did. There will be re-enactments throughout both tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, normal admission applies. There will be an encampment with ammunition store, field ambulance, aeroplane mess tent and more. Children can have a go at making dog-tags or cap badges.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. These strolls are aimed at those who enjoy walking but don’t have the stamina for long treks. Ijon Jenner will lead the way and he would be pleased for you to join him and his band as they take in some of the lovely countryside around Burwash. For further details call Jon on 01435 882045.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will take place on Thursday evening at the village hall at 7pm. Note the new time. Entry is £3 and includes 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. These fun evenings, despite not generating huge amounts of money, are great for making friends, enjoying cards and having a bit of a laugh. Players of all ability are welcome to go along.

THEATRE: Burwash is to be treated to another of the wonderful shows by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company. It takes place next Friday evening, August 8, at the Swan Meadow playing fields at 7.30pm. This year’s performance is The Wife and is based on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath. It promises to be hilarious, provocative, with tender moments and poetic too. Always well presented and colourful it is not to be missed. Tickets are £13 with a range of concessions and an excellent group ticket of £110 for ten people. Visit the company’s website www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk or ring 01323 501260, or call in at the Newsagents and talk to Tesky, Barabara or Ian. Picnics, warm clothing and seats can be taken along.

Chiddingly

VILLAGE SHOP: The shop is still looking for someone to work Saturday morning. It is a paid position, and the applicant must be over 18 years old as the shop sells wine and beer. We’d prefer someone with Chiddingly connections, and a few hours a week are all the commitment that is required. Contact Caroline Rasmussen at the shop on 01825 872949 or email Caroline@ChiddinglyShop.org. Don’t forget to attach your CV and availability for interviews. We still need you to keep visiting so we can survive, as always use it or lose it.

JAZZ CHOIR: I’ve spoken before of how much fun this is, well our first gig is on Sunday at Butlers Farmhouse, Herstmonceux. Pete and Irene Willson are opening their garden under the NGS Yellow Book scheme and HJRC will be singing. So turn up or miss a smashing event.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary The Virgin, Sunday, 10am Family Service, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662). The start of World War I will be reflected in the theme of the Family Service beginning at 10am. This will include a short Act of Remembrance outside at the War Memorial at 11am during which the names of the fallen will be read out. One of the church bells will be tolled 100 times during 15 minutes from 11am.

SPECIAL OUTREACH SUPPORT (SOS). During August we will be focusing on Great Ormond Street Hospital. There will be information on the notice board and we will be remembering patients, doctors, nurses and all staff in our prayers. The usual collecting box will be out for anyone to make voluntary contributions for sending to the Hospital.

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express dated Thursday 6 August 1914: The smallest detail of the War which reaches Uckfield from time to time is assimilated with the greatest avidity. Numbers wait patiently at the Railway Station for the latest newspaper, the copies often being sold out before they reach the street. Prince and Princess Munster left Maresfield Park for Germany on Sunday, and rumour had it that they had been stopped and taken prisoners, but on enquiry at the Park, our representative was informed that they had crossed the frontier on Monday, the journey being made via the Hook of Holland. The repercussions of the flight of the Prince feature in the deeds of my property, and doubtless many other dwellings in the area.

CRICKET at Sheffield Park. Free events (normal admission charges apply). August 3, 11.30am Armadillos v Kenya Kongonis. August 6, 11.30am Old Amplefordians CC v Old Rossallians.

PAINTED ELEPHANTS: Have you noticed that the elephants guarding the gates at Trading Boundaries are being painted? The work is being done by local artist Freyja Dean. As it is an English country house in pheasant country selling Indian furniture and textiles, Freyja explains on her Facebook page that she is doing a pheasant and a peacock pattern over the elephants. Beautiful birds that represent both attributes of the place but that will also both fit in colour and pattern-wise with the local countryside, ie lots of lovely rich browns, golds and greens. Freyja, is a member of Soroptimist International of Lewes and District of which her mother Amanda is currently president. If you are going to London soon look out for the Bond Bench painted by Freyja for the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art. It is currently located in Bloomsbury Square Gardens by the British Museum. Freyja’s father, Roger Dean, has a permanent gallery of his work at Trading Boundaries.

GOLD MEDAL: Congratulations to Fletching’s Charlotte Kerwood who has just become the Commonwealth Games champion in the women’s double trap shooting event. It is the fourth Commonwealth gold medal for the 27-year-old, who won her first, aged only 15, at the 2002 Games in Manchester. Last year in Abu Dhabi she added the Shotgun World Cup women’s trap gold to her collection.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist. Tuesday, 1.30pm. St Richard’s Toddler Group in church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

CROSS-IN-HAND WI sent us this report: On a warm summer afternoon our members were taken on a cruise of the South China Seas with a talk by Mr R Hale. He is a guest lecturer on cruise ships with a specialist interest in animals and nature. His wife, who accompanies him on these trips, is an entomologist who is not afraid of spiders. Their journey started in Singapore, then to Sarawak, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and finally Cambodia. We saw pictures of well camouflaged insects, birds and monkeys. The local diets in these countries seem strange to us as they may include roasted tarantula, scorpion and similar delicacies in some places. Our rather more traditional tea consisted of birthday cake for our 85th and there was a flower competition won by Barbara Edwards. Next meeting: August 27 when Judy Bowen Jones will talk on You Are What You Eat. Please phone 01435 812819 or go to www.esfwi.org.uk to find out more.

VILLAGE DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, residents and visitors alike can enjoy the Cross in Hand Village Day 2014 at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields between 1pm and 5pm. Attractions at the fete will include music, magic, face painting, a bouncy castle, fun dog show and sports, as well as stalls and refreshments. The Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club will be supporting the event by opening up their pavilion adjacent to the playing fields. New for 2014 are the Cross in Hand Village Bake Off and Funniest Pet in the Village competitions. More details and entry forms for these competitions can be found at the brand new Village Day website www.crossinhandvillageday.com. Proceeds from village day will go towards maintaining and upgrading Cross in Hand Village Hall, a popular and valuable asset.

TUDOR HEATHFIELD: The Thursday Topic in All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield, saw a good turnout of people who learned a lot about life in Tudor Heathfield; from where people lived, what they ate, drank and wore, to how they spent their leisure time. The evening started with Tudor music, played by Jill Howell and her students and finished with a display by the AB school of Tudor dancing, after which everyone practised one of the basic dance steps in a conga line around the outside of the church.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am, Sung Matins, all welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am. Holy Communion. All welcome for coffee after this service.

THREE CUPS PUB: Jo Moir-Edmonds held a charity event for Macmillan Cancer Care last Sunday. Jo manages the Three Cups Pub and is having a full head shave. Other people are having sponsored waxing done too. In the last few weeks Jo has already raised over £1,000 and says the sum is going up fast. She said: ‘I want to raise awareness locally of the importance of smear tests on young girls as my 30 year old cousin is in Stage 4 cervical cancer. We lost my uncle to cancer last year and also our nan, so Macmillan are a charity close to us all.’

WRAS: Sainsbury tells us that wildlife charity East Sussex WRAS will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from the store’s colleagues and customers. Customers were able to vote for their favourite charity to be considered. It’s the sixth year of Sainsbury’s Local Charity partner scheme, which has raised over £6 million for local charities. East Sussex WRAS is a local award winning charity which help thousands of sick and injured wildlife every year. The retailer’s Local Charity scheme is now in its sixth year and gives customers the chance to vote for their favourite local charity to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from their Sainsbury’s store. The scheme has risen over £6 million to support local charities since 2009. The Heathfield Store has had great success in supporting previous local charities and last year raised £4,352.69 for 1st Heathfield Scouts. The charity will be using the money to help fund the re building of the Scout Hut in Ghyll Road. Customers had a huge say in this year’s announcement and voted in-store and online between May 28 and June 8. The store colleagues then decided that East Sussex WRAS were the best charity for them to work with to make a real difference.

ELECTORAL REGISTRATION: Wealden District Council tells us that all residents will receive a letter through the post this summer telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years. The Electoral Registration Officer will be writing to the District’s 120,000 voters to explain about the new system of Individual Electoral Registration. This is more secure than the old Victorian system which relied on the ‘head of household’ to register everyone living at a property. Now, each everyone will be responsible for registering themselves. Some 107,000 Wealden residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, others will need to take action to join or remain on it. This can be done quickly and easily by registering online.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE: The College has now broken up for the summer holidays, but just beforehand we received this notice from them: Around 200 Year 3 children from eight feeder primary schools; Dallington, Five Ashes, Cross-in-Hand, Mayfield, Punnetts Town, Burwash, Parkside and Maynards Green took part in an event enjoying activities linked to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow of athletics, rugby and hockey, alongside the current World Cup football. The afternoon was very successful thanks firstly to the 40+ Year 10 HCC young leaders who utilised their leadership skills, particularly their communication and organisation, to deliver the different activities and secondly, the year 3 children showing great team spirit and working with effort and determination throughout. Another success: the College won the North Wealden Netball and Athletics event during the academic year. As a result, 21 year 7 students took part in the Sussex Schools Games on Thursday, July 10 at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley. A wonderful day was has by all with the silver 200m Commonwealth athlete Lesley Owusu present at the games awarding the medals and at the opening and closing ceremonies. The netballers played 8 matches winning 4 and losing 4 coming overall 5th. Congratulations go to the netballers: Georgie Reed Davis, Rhiannon Turner, Emily Miller, Lara Hands, Harriet Gibson, Emily Randolph, Sophie Muncey, Bella Cue and Hannah Haffenden. The athletes competed in the 100, 200, 800, relays, long jump, shot and javelin events. All the athletes competed fantastically well coming around fourth team points through distance and good times. Particularly, notable performances came from Phoebe Hoesin who threw the javelin 19.85m to come in second place and Angus Cairncross who jumped 4.33 in the long jump to come in third place. This combined team effort resulted in an overall team bronze. Congratulations go to all the athletes: Chloe Eyres, Lottie Baird, Carmen Law, Lauren Cooper, Abbie Sharing ton, Phoebe Hoesin, Cameron Williams, Tyler Wilton, Angus Cairn Cross, Orlando Guy, Richard Poulton and Eric Dibble.

Lewes

WESTGATE WI: For our July meeting we had a talk, given by Helen Poole, about Sir John Gage and Firle Place. Helen is fascinated by Tudor history and thus this is one of her pet subjects, very interesting it was too. Helen actually worked at Firle Place some six summers ago and, no doubt, was able to increase her knowledge of both the family and the building. The family originated in Gloucestershire before coming to Sussex, and its motto is Courage without Fear. The Gage family held high positions within the Royal circle, initially Sir John Gage’s father-in-law was Head of the Royal Household and, therefore, Sir John had access to the Royal Household. Later Sir John’s brother-in-law was head of the Royal Household so Sir John was still able to infiltrate this illustrious circle and was tasked to look after the Royal Household, being third in charge and one of the areas he was responsible for was the laundry. Sir John Gage held many positions within the Royal Household as well as being the MP for this area and a friend of Sir John’s was responsible for getting Oliver Cromwell into Parliament. By this time the Gage family had become extremely rich and this is when Sir John began building Firle Place and it’s possible that stone from Lewes Priory was used in the building of the house. During the reign of Henry VIII Sir John Gage was part of Henry’s entourage and he became a Knight of the Garter, upon Gage’s death he decreed that the Garter was to be sold and the monies given to the poor people of Firle. Gage was in charge of the Tower of London when the Queen, Anne Boleyn, was beheaded. Many of the Gage family are buried in Firle churchyard. One of the Gage family discovered the tree we now know as a greengage tree, so think of the family whenever you buy or eat greengages. As you can imagine various feuds took place over the years and there is still a sense of this between Firle and Glynde, even today, although it is getting better. Our next meeting is on Wednesday August 13 and we are having Fun and Frolics. If you want to know what this is then do come and join us, all very welcome, we are a very friendly crowd; we meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, at the bottom of Cliffe High Street, 10am for 10.30am start. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Twenty six members of the group took part in an outing to the National Trust property at Polesden Lacey. Arriving by 10.30am many members took part in a guided tour of the house before having either lunch in the restaurant or their own picnic. Although the weather was very hot and sunny some eight members came on a guided walk across the Mole valley to Tanners Hatch youth hostel where one member was able to remember her experience of staying there over 50 years ago. Others preferred to take in Polesden Lacey’s beautiful gardens or simply stroll at their own pace in the extensive grounds. Although we did not leave until 4pm many would have preferred to have stayed much longer as it had been such an idyllic day. Thanks to Robert who organised this special coach trip. The next walk is on Wednesday, Ardingly. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. On Tuesday August 12 we will be holding our 50th Anniversary Walk into Lewes. There will be 10 walks from two to nine miles ending with tea with the Mayor in the Town Hall. The 10 walks will add up to 50 miles in the celebration of our 50 years of existence. Details can be found on our programme.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Memorial Hall car park, Tunbridge Wells Road, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday August 28. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail info@eshrc.org.uk

MAYFIELD TRUST: Subject to availability of funds the Mayfield Trust can offer grants to individuals or organisations for a variety of purposes related to health, social and educational needs. This could include purchase of medical or mobility equipment, helping with a family emergency or giving a grant to a playgroup. All requests by individuals are treated in strict confidence. Restrictions affecting grants are: the applicant must live within the ancient parish of Mayfield which includes Mayfield, Five Ashes and part of Hadlow Down. They cannot give grants for religious purposes. Grants are usually given on a one-off rather than an on-going basis. Although they do not make detailed enquiries into people’s financial circumstances, it is only fair that they direct their grants to those with a very limited budget.

The Mayfield Trust is a very long established body, having existed in various forms for about 230 years. Its funds originate from money or property left in the wills of a number of benefactors, notably the Baker family. If you feel you would like to commemorate your life in Mayfield what better way to do so than to leave a legacy to the Trust? The needs they have to meet may change over time, they do not diminish or cease. For information contact the chairman, John Logan (01435 883371) or clerk: Brenda Hopkin (01435 873279).

ST DUNSTAN’S PHARMACY is now open on Wednesday afternoons and has a shorter lunch break: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.30pm. Saturday 9am to 1pm.

MAYFIELD CARNIVAL: This year’s carnival is scheduled for Saturday, September 20 and once again organisers appeal for support. If they can’t find it this could be the last of its kind for the village. They point out that all of the money raised by collections on the night goes to local groups and causes. The procession is about one mile long and more than 5,000 torches are made to be used in the procession, it costs about £8,000 to stage the whole event. The cost is met entirely from local fundraising through the year including fundraising and grants. The crosses that are carried at the head of the first and last processions commemorate the lives of local martyrs who were burnt at the stake near Colkins Mill Church where a monument to them stands today. If you can give an hour or two to this great cause, you would be most welcome. There will be a market this year to be held in the War Memorial hall car park with the Sussex Twaggers playing a range of interesting instruments including the psaltery, bouzouki, serpent, crumhorn and Northumbrian pipes. There will also be Morris dancing and other entertainers. Cram teas and refreshments including Harveys beer will be available. To book a stall or table (£10 in advance, £15 on the day) contact chairman Jo Lee on 01435 872717 or 07855 231888. The next torch making date is tomorrow (Saturday) and August 10 from 9.30am to noon.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: On Monday, August 4, 1914 Britain entered the war against Germany and her allies. At 11am there will be a simple ceremony at the War Memorial conducted by Father Nigel and although suitable respect will be shown, no names will be called and there will be no silence. Afterwards wreaths will be laid on the six known WWI graves in the churchyard and the assembly is invited to view the history society’s exhibition in the West End of the church. There will also be an assembly at 8.15am at St Mark’s Church, Hadlow Down, when wreaths will be laid at the six WWI graves and at sunset (8.42pm) the Last Post will be sounded. Afterwards in church there will be a short service. WWI names will be read and a wreath laid. Everyone is invited to attend. On Trafalgar Day, (October 21) this year the Royal Marine Association Band will give an evening concert in St Dunstan’s Church. The locally sponsored concert is a fundraising event for the Royal British Legion. For information contact John Macdonald on 01435 873138.

FILM SOCIETY: Dates for the forthcoming season are: September 5; October 10; November 14; December 5; January 9; February 6; March 7; April 17; and May 8.

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.

Uckfield

SUMMER VEG: I love this time of the year in England. Our allotment’s looking really attractive. It’s well-worth having it. Although it was a lot of work to start it off, it’s quite easy to control now -and it keeps Hubby John out of my way while I’m writing. The broad beans have finished, and I made a gallon of wine with the pods. The runner beans are nearly ready, the spinach is producing regularly, so are the courgettes, and the cucumbers are increasing daily. Next month we’ll be knee-deep in tomatoes. It’s easy to live cheaply in the summer, and I’ve frozen quite a lot for the winter too.

UCKFIELD ART GROUP: The Summer Exhibition for Uckfield Art Group has been and gone for another year. Visitors said how difficult it was to choose their favourite image from the great selection of new pictures. Congratulations go to Rosie Dunton for Foxgloves. She has been awarded the Tom Broad Trophy to treasure until the Autumn Exhibition on November 1. Second place went to Sheila Hay with Child and Doll. Thank you everyone who voted. The flower arranging was a very popular activity in the afternoon. A selection of seasonal blooms were kindly donated by Fletching Flowers located on the outskirts of Newick. Fiona was on hand to help anyone who was a little apprehensive about their creative abilities to begin with. Everyone was thrilled with their finished floral masterpieces as they carried them home. New members are welcome to join the Art group. Please ring 01825 765021 for more information.

UCKFIELD SINGERS would like to thank everybody who supported us last night, there was a wonderful atmosphere, everybody wanted more at the end of the show, what a success, not only that we raised over £500 for Chailey Heritage. Once again thank you for your support and thank you for your generosity. (Frances Brett). More information go to www.uckfieldsingers.co.uk

DISCOUNT SCHEME: The successful Shoppers’ Discount Scheme introduced by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association just four months ago has now recruited its 20th business. Dawson Hart, the Uckfield Solicitors firm, are offering the association’s members a very useful five per cent discount. Paul Sparks, who was recently re-elected as the association’s chairman, said: “We are so pleased with the support we are receiving from Uckfield’s shops and businesses. Our idea was to introduce a scheme that would not only

benefit our 140 plus members but also support the local economy by providing an incentive for people to shop locally. It seems that the idea is proving very popular. As I have said before, our members find that they recover their annual membership fee of £5 after just one or two purchases. They have a wide range of businesses to choose from, offering discounts from five per cent to 20 per cent or similar incentives.” Other businesses recently recruited to the scheme include Sue Edwards, Business and Creative Writing Services, Barney’s Playbarn and Private Eye Optometrist. A full list is available by visiting the news page on the association’s website: manorparkhempfieldsresidents.co.uk

Waldron

LIGHTS OUT: The Royal British Legion is organising a special event to remember all those Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War and it’s something that everyone can join in. The event is simply an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, (the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war) leaving on just a single light or candle as a sign of remembrance. At the same time there will be a candlelit service at Westminster Abbey. If you would like to make a donation to the British Legion (they do such brilliant work and have been doing so for nearly a century) you can make a donation on line at www.britishlegion.org.uk/lightsout.

SUNDAY JAZZ: On Sunday there will be jazz at the Star at lunchtime (from 12.30pm) when Swinging Affair comes to entertain us.

AUDITIONS for anyone who would like to read or sing in our First World War revue Behind the Front will take place on Thursday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in the Lucas Hall, everyone welcome. If you can’t come to that evening, we will be arranging another one later. The revue will include music, poetry and drama and is currently being written. There will also be an exhibition of material, some of which has not been displayed in the village before. You think you know all there is to know about WWI? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet...

CROQUET INTERNATIONAL A team from Catenay, Normandy, will be playing Waldron’s Village Croquet team on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, on the Cattam. Spectators are welcome.

RUDES IN WALDRON: The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company will be visiting the village on Thursday August 14, bringing their production The Wife (loosely based on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath) to the field behind The Star. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy on-line through their website www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk or from The Stores. Bring your own chair and come prepared for any weather.

SERVICES: During August there will be two services at 8am and 10.30am only, alternating at the two churches in the parish. This Sunday there will be 8am Communion at St Bartholomew’s and Lammas Communion at 10.30am in the Barn at Heronsdale Manor, Moat Lane (not at All Saints’). This annual event is unique, with a specially made loaf from the early harvest to share. Coffee and cake follows. Please note the time and location.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

HISTORY WALK: The history group had a successful stall at the flower show last week, with a small display about WW1 in the parish. Five new members signed up. Thank you to all who helped on the stall and with setting up and dismantling. We have more of a visit than a walk tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. We meet at the car park at Barcombe Mills (TQ 434146) for a visit to a Roman dig there. Nearer to home on August 20 we meet at 7pm near the Dunn Village Hall for a walk.

CHURCH SERVICES: We had a good time together as local churches last week in the marquee, with thanks to the horticultural society for the use of the tent. Marc usually tries to come up with a theme related to tents or flowers etc, and this time it was the tabernacle from the Old Testament in relation to Jesus who ‘tabernacled’ on earth. He used a sheet to demonstrate the No Entry sign in the tabernacle that was the curtain in it. He then tore the sheet in two to illustrate the rending of that curtain from top to bottom. I hope the sheet wasn’t needed at the rectory! Lunch had to be taken in the marquee and rounders cancelled because of rain. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service with Pat Reigh.

LAST WEEKEND: The forecast was variable for flower show day, but apart for some light rain at the end of the afternoon, it stayed dry and warm, making a lovely day for the show. There were a good number of entries, and a good number of people came to view the exhibits and take part in the activities. Entertainment was provided by Warbleton Brass Band and the Summer Solstice Morris Dancers, with the Cherry Clack Garland dancers. The children’s races were very well supported, and we ran over time. Our president, Peter Dunn, was unable to be with us so the trophies were presented by chairman Wendy Greaves. I hope to have the prize winners next week. Thank you to everyone who supported the show whether as a stall holder, exhibitor, steward, judge, helper or visitor. Special thanks to the committee for all their hard work during the year, as well as over the weekend. The Buffaloes provided the entertainment in the marquee with their music from the 60s to 80s, with the emphasis on the earlier part of that period. They are excellent and quite often they could easily be taken for the original artists in a live setting. There was a very good turnout, with many getting up to dance, although I wasn’t one of them for two reasons. Firstly two left feet, and secondly too tired. The weekend concluded with a concert by Warbleton Brass Band on Sunday evening with a wide ranging programme of music. Sian Buss, the conductor, introducing one song said two families have been associated with the band in its various guises over the past century. The Jarvis family is one, with the current member being Jean Jarvis. On the Buss side, there are three generations, Keith, his son Martin (Sian’s husband) and their daughter Amy, 13. The song was The Rose, a Bette Midler number. Amy started as soloist with a very controlled performance, with sustained gentle notes. Dad joined in later with the more energetic part of the song and Amy concluded, a lovely performance. Sidoni Winter sang various songs including some of the favourites from the last night of the proms, to much waving of Union Flags and audience participation. It was a lovely relaxing time, with a picnic and great music.