Parish Pump Uckfield - August 10, 2012


WI NEWS: On July 17 the Alfriston WI welcomed the well known musician and conductor, Janet Cannetty-Clark to their meeting. Her talk was entitled On Being a Woman Conductor in Vienna. ‘Not only was this talk informative and interesting but hugely amusing’ reports Christine Jackson. In Ms Cannetty-Clark’s honour the members sang Jerusalem and followed this with a full WI tea. Then there was a busy business meeting as there is no meeting in August.

THE PLEASURE OF CROCHET will be in the spotlight over the coming weekend, August 11 and 12. Much Ado will host a weekend with author Vanessa Mooncie celebrating the publication of her new book, Crocheted Accessories. The author will be signing copies of her book on Saturday from 2pm until 5pm. Crafters are invited to drop in to meet the expert and bring crochet challenges along. Anyone who purchases a copy of Crochet Accessories will be invited to drop in for a free crafting session on the afternoon of August 12. Some material will be provided although anyone with their own needles or wool is welcome to bring them along. For details visit the website or call the shop on 01323 871222.

A NEW EXHIBITION will be starting this week at the Coach House Gallery. Young landscape painter from Lewes, Jaime Etherington along with Virginia Grove will be exhibiting their work until the end of August.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL runs from August 19 to 27. Tickets for the Festival Supper at Deans Place Hotel on August 20, the Revue on August 23, the Quiz Night on August 24 and the Concentus Chorale Concert on August 25 are now on sale at Hicks, The Newsagents. Programmes giving full details of the week’s events are available in all shops in the High Street.

Bodle Street Green

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual show is tomorrow, Saturday, featuring all sorts of classes, covering plants, flower arranging, vegetables and cakes photography etc.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. St Mary’s Warbleton: 11am Morning worship with holy communion.

WI: The institute is having an outing to Raystede on Tuesday, meeting at the Green Man Ringmer at noon.


THEATRE: Tonight, Friday, the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company return to the village for another of their wonderful unique performances. The fun begins at 7.30pm at the Swan Meadow Playing Fields. Picnics can be taken along from 6pm. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, wine, glasses etc to enjoy a relaxed event of risqué hilarity. Tickets are available from the Burwash Newsagents or at the field at £13 for adults, £7 for children. Let us hope the weather stays dry and for once it is a warm evening.

QUIZ: Also tonight, Friday, the monthly general knowledge quiz is being held at the pavilion in Burwash Common. The licensed bar will be open and teams of six are welcome to go along. The first question will be put to you at 8pm.

CRICKET: On Sunday the cricket team invite you to a twenty/twenty test match at the Swan Meadow playing fields from 10.30am. A licensed bar will be open and barbecue from noon. At 2.30pm the second innings will start and should finish with a thrilling end at 5pm, when victory or loss will be celebrated or sorrows drowned at the Bear Motel for the rest of the evening. There will be lots of fun for the youngsters too, with a bouncy castle etc. All funds raised will go to Burwash Cricket Club.

COFFEE MORNING: You are all invited to a coffee morning on Wednesday at Pippins, in aid of Macmillan Nurses, for dementia nursing in the home. Host Margaret Swift with the help of Isabel Salmond, hope you will all go along and support this event. It is from 10.30am until noon. There will be a raffle and produce stall for which any donations would be appreciated. Call Margaret on 01435 882970 or Isabel on 882452.

NSY: The Not So Young Club will have their garden party this week, at the home of Shirley Viney from 2.30pm on Thursday. Shirley’s lovely garden makes a good back drop for these events and her home is large enough to accommodate should the weather be bad. All members are welcome to attend. Call Shirley on 01435 882497 for more details.

FAIR: There are still a few pitches available to anyone who would like to raise funds for their club or charity at the Burwash Summer Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday, August 27. Steve Mintram tells me that one or two regulars are unable to make it and he is happy to hear from anyone who is interested. Call him on 882444 for more details and prices. This is always a well supported event with people coming back year after year from many a distant place. Anyone who would be willing to run a stall for the playing fields association would be welcomed with open arms, call Steve and tell him you can help.

STOOLBALL: The last league match of the season took place last Friday away to United Friends at Ninfield, on probably the sunniest evening we had all season. Burwash batted first and scored 109 from 12 overs, Jo Baldwin 32, Kath Lucas 28. In a thrilling second innings United Friends were soon pulling away and looked likely to win a just a few overs, but with the wicket of Lou Jacques (25), things calmed down and all was level going into the final over. First three balls included a wicket and two dots, then Emma (64) hit a four, final score was 118 to U/Fs. Great end to a messy season of rain hit fixtures and shortage of teams players.

SYMPATHY: Sadly I heard of the death of Robin Gregory. Robin, 91, was a really lovely man, a gentleman. He owned and ran his chicken farm, from which many of us were lucky enough to enjoy his eggs and poultry. Many of the villages young people knew him as his big love was the young farmers. He also enjoyed his hockey and was a ref for South Saxons Hockey Club. My dad and I were two of those lucky enough to work for him, dad on the farm me in the house, and he was always a considerate and generous boss. We send our thoughts and love to his wife Pauline and his children Philip and Carol and all his friends and family. His funeral is being held on Tuesday at Hastings Crematorium at 2pm.


BUXTED WI: It was the delicious smell of lovely biscuits that greeted us at our July meeting in Buxted Reading Room. Some of our members had been very busy baking as our competition this month was Home Made Biscuits. Thankfully, we were able to sample them later with a cup of tea. As this month’s theme was Our Own Magazine, after all singing a hearty Jerusalem we were treated to competitions and various entertainments by our own members. Stories, poems and anecdotes kept us enthralled for the next hour. Joyce Harvey our secretary told us of the various outings and courses available, Buckingham Palace to see the Jubilee Diamonds being a firm favourite. Ann Tricker, our president, gave us a detailed account of her visit to the WI AGM held in the Royal Albert Hall in London. She told us of her interesting day with speakers including scientists and playwrights including Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park fame. The day concluding with a beautiful display of ballroom dancing by the Strictly Come Dancing team. After tea our flower competition was judged and the winners sharing first place were Muriel Brooker and Sandra Hatswell, second was Kirsten Brown and third Shirley Isted, Sheena Mickleborough and Hilary Quinn. The best home made biscuits were made by: 1, Shirley Isted; 2, Sheena Mickleborough; 3, Hilary Quinn.

On a beautiful sunny summer afternoon what could be nicer than meeting up with all your friends, put on pretty hat and have a delicious Cream Tea. This is what our members did for our August meeting. Barnsgate Manor Vineyard was once again the venue, chosen because so many of us enjoyed it last year. The Cream Tea was gorgeous, plenty of home made scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream with the attentive staff making sure our teapots were kept topped up, it was very much enjoyed by all. Our president, Ann Tricker, had arranged some after tea entertainment in the form of a quiz after which the parade of the handmade hats was judged. A very difficult decision to have to make as all the hats were beautiful, but with the help of some of the staff at Barnsgate Manor the first prize was given to Sheena Mickleborough with Helen Reynolds coming second and Roz Wariner third. Some birthday cards were handed out to Anita Joblin, Helen Wratten, Daphne Rezell and myself and we gave a vote of thanks for our lovely tea to Barnsgate staff. We will all meet again at our usual venue Buxted Reading Room on September 6 when our guest speaker will be Sheila Southwell with a history of Greeting Cards and Postcards. The competition is An Old Postcard. (Mary Mustin).

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion and 10am Matins.

AGE CONCERN: Please note that there will be no Pop-In Lunch or Bingo this month. There will be a concert and buffet supper on Friday August 17 a 7pm in the village hall. Please let Jean know if you would like to go as numbers are needed for catering. The cost is £6 per person and please pay at the door.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 16 August 1756: ‘…We came away about 3 o’clock and called at my Aunt Ovendean’s, drank tea and came home about 8.35…Bought at Wells Locke ‘On Human Understanding’ which cost me 4s 6d, and Mead On Poisons which cost me 4s, but did not bring them away because he was to send them me by the news man.’ (The previous day Thomas, his wife and friends had visited a religious gathering at Cox Heath, nr Maidstone where there were 12 congregations with about 1,000 people in each congregation).


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: Thirty one members attended on a particularly hot and sultry afternoon. A large fan was imported in an attempt to keep everyone cool as they listened to Mr Ian Everest give his narrative talk to a silent home movie made on a farm in Bishopstone near Seaford. This was a fascinating insight into farming in the 40s and 50s made all the more interesting by the indepth knowledge of the presenter who had bought the film from its maker with permission to educate local people about how farming used to be. They saw the stooks of corn neatly stacked in the field, hay carts being pulled by horses and then by tractors along very rickety tracks. They learned of the huge numbers of workers needed to bring in the harvest, and of the houses built for them. Even more interesting was the modern view of the same farm showing how one house has been made from four labourers’ cottages now that the man power is no longer needed on the farm. Luckily for Bishopstone, half the farm that had been ear-marked for housing, was saved from that fate by the Town and Country Planning Act of 1948. Members then enjoyed their usual tea and cakes followed by the raffle. Arrangements were made for a lunch at Barnsgate Manor in August. Marion Pearson won the flower of the month competition for her huge (size of a dinner plate) hydrangea. Their next meeting in the village hall is on August 22 at 2pm. The speaker is Ann Greaves who will talk to us about Footsteps in Patagonia. New members are always made welcome. Phone 01435 862161 to find out more or go to to find out more.

ROADS: I notice we are in the midst of a road-resurfacing frenzy. I met one woman in Waldron whose journey from Etchingham, via Burwash, had taken two hours, ‘I didn’t know where I was being diverted to half the time.’ The A267 down to Horam is also being improved. Although we all get frustrated by travel delays, it’s good to see the work being done promptly and efficiently during the school summer holidays. However, I still have one gripe the B2102 which leads from Cross in Hand towards Uckfield and then becomes the B2192 down to Halland. This road seems to be the Eyesore of roads; always inhabiting a dark, damp, lonely place in the Forest. It’s heavily used (just try to get into it or out of it at the A267 junction near Isenhurst during morning or evening rush hours) but is very much the poor relation of any other route in the district, in fact I would call it a relation who has probably been locked away for being an embarrassment to the rest of the family. I know it is a B-road (so county would argue a lower priority) but White House and other lanes in the area have been completely resurfaced, so why not this?

REGULAR EVENTS for senior citizens or us oldies as I prefer to call them. Every Monday Extend exercises (gentle movement to music) are held at the State Hall, courtesy of the Kings Church, between 11.15am and noon, run by Alison Salters 01825 766293. Every second Monday of the month Heathfield Hard of Hearing group meets at the Red Cross Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm. Different speakers are there each month to talk on a variety of subjects and equipment is demonstrated. Further information on 01323 722505. Every fourth Monday in the month, the Out and Abouters meets at Cross-In-Hand Village Hall at 2pm. Just turn up on the day. Every Tuesday the Holdenhurst Centre in Mill Road is open for day care between 10am and 3.30pm under the supervision of Age UK East Sussex. Door to door transport can be arranged, ring Mary Parker on 01273 476704. Two Citizens’ Advice sessions are held at the State Hall from 10am to noon. No appointment necessary. Also every Tuesday there is a Senior Citizens’ Lunch at the Union Church Hall commencing at 12.30pm, £3.50 for two courses followed by tea or coffee. Please call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483. Minibus transport from and to your door is only available every other Tuesday, ring Clarrie Pont on 01435 813284. Every other Tuesday you can learn a craft or practice with friends at Richard’s Church Hall, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Call Loraine on 01435 865789. On the first and third Wednesday of the month East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre undertakes maintenance of hearing aids and provide new batteries at the Red Cross Hall between 10am and noon. Details on 01323 722505. Every Wednesday and Friday morning, equipment for disabled people is available on loan at the Red Cross Centre between 10am and noon. The equipment is loaned in return for a donation to the British Red Cross. Telephone 01435 864122 for details. Every first Wednesday of the month the Heffle Tea Group meets for a cup of tea and cake from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at St Richard’s Hall. Open to All. Contacts Fiona 01435 868942, Lorraine 01435 865789. Every other Wednesday, a country lunch at Punnetts Town Village Hall replacing the Friday Lunch in Heathfield cricket club. To book transport contact Mrs A Kenward 01435 862618. Every third Wednesday of the month volunteers from the Rest Christian Centre in Punnetts Town welcome visitors to a cooked lunch, £4 for two courses including tea or coffee; Barbara Lovett 01435 882241. A minibus may be provided if sufficient people are interested. On Thursdays the Age Concern Heathfield Shopping Bus is on the road, morning and afternoon. There is also a whist drive at Red Cross Hall, run by the Out and Abouters at 7pm, cost is £2.50. Ring Sue on 01435 862 577 for details. Every Friday the minibus makes its second visit to the Holdenhurst Centre. Contact details for Age Concern, cars John Willson 01435 864159; minibuses Clarence Pont 01435 813284.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: On Sunday July 29 the band played at Charleston Manor’s annual event, an enjoyable warm and sunny afternoon in beautiful surroundings. Our next engagement is at Windlesham Manor Garden Fete, Crowborough on Saturday August 18 starting at 4pm. Coming soon Le Marche, Monday August 27, we are first to perform on stage at 9.30am. September sees the start of the marching season for us when we march at several bonfire and carnival society events including Lewes on November 5. On Saturday September 22 we are holding a Quiz Night at the Sheepsetting Lane Community Centre. One of our young cornet players, Lucy Clements, has just passed her Grade 7 exam with merit. She was invited to take part in the Children’s National Brass Band of Great Britain in Derbyshire, a six day course finishing with a concert on Saturday afternoon enjoyed by parents and friends. Anyone interested in joining the band is most welcome. Training and main band is on Tuesday evenings in Alexandra Road. Contact Mallory on 01435 862398.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

RIDERS from St Leonards-Mayfield School showed what they were made of when they rode to victory at the National Schools Junior Show Jumping Championships at Gickstead on Thursday, July 26. Phoebe Toyne-Bridges,14, from Wadhurst, Ellie Walker 13, from Heathfield, and Millie Bresnahan 14, from Heathfield, formed the winning team, and were among 15 pupils from the East Sussex school to compete at the championships. The competition allows only three riders in a team, which means that every score counts, and therefore that every rider is under intense pressure. The Mayfield team were among ten teams to qualify for the final round, which was held in the Hickstead International Arena, jumping on the turf where only last week Team GB’s Olympic hopefuls were competing at the Royal International Horse Show. Despite the pressure and the grand scale of the event, all three girls jumped stylish rounds to produce an emphatic win, and to take the title most convincingly. Jill Barker, director of riding commented: ‘This is one of the most significant schools’ championships in the country, so it is a massive achievement for our riders to be so successful here. This team won the National Schools Winter Novice Championships at Addington last year so they have had some experience of riding under pressure, but Hickstead took it to a whole new level, and I am immensely proud of how well they coped. There is no doubt that hard work and team training has played a large part in their success, but it is also due, in no small part, to the team spirit throughout the entire squad and how well they support each other. The whole squad should be very proud.’

CHALLENGE: The Summer Reading Challenge for all primary school aged children began again on Saturday, July 14 and ends on Saturday, September 15. The theme for this year is Story Lab a celebration of story and the imagination. Story Lab will have a link to the 2012 Olympics and is an official project in the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival. The prizes for the challenge are a little different this year a set of 22 Super Munglers Trump cards. Munglers Trumps is a pack of collectable trump cards featuring the Mungler characters devised by author and illustrator Guy Bass. This year, to coincide with the Story Lab, a new set of Super Munglers Trumps have been developed by him. You can view them on the website: Each card is scored for strength, size, speed, smell and scariness so the cards can be played as an exciting trumps game. Children will choose their Trump cards by a lucky dip and can swap them with their friends. To complete the challenge, children will need to read six library books, fiction or non-fiction. A certificate and medal will be awarded to every child who finishes the challenge. It’s hoped many children in Mayfield and Five Ashes will join the challenge and that they enjoy reading their books and playing with their trump cards. Lorna Train, library volunteer looks forward to enrolling them in the library very soon.

SUMMER FAIR: Despite the difficult weather which forced the St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fair indoors, organisers were delighted to see how many people made the effort to turn up and enjoy the day on July 7. As a result of the generosity of all who attended, the Fair raised just under £2,500, of which a third will be shared equally between Hospice in the Weald and Sussex Oakleaf.

COMPETITION: Jason’s Marmalade competition has finally been judged. Jason thanks everyone for their patience. Once again the quality was high and the judges managed to get down to four, the first place was confirmed and a blind tasting was done for second and third place. The winner was Mrs Ward and she has never made marmalade before so, very well done. Second was Gill Bird and third was Nicky Cluney (last year’s winner). Well done to all and for those not so lucky, better luck next year. Jason says this year’s honey harvest has suffered due to the constant foul weather, so local honey will be in short supply but foreign honeys are nearly always available though, apparently, not as good for the immune system should you have hayfever or other ailments. Meanwhile, July and August are traditionally good times for fruit and vegetables but again some crops have suffered and outside grown may not be as plentiful as in other years, let’s hope the jet stream behaves next year. However, as courgettes will probably be in abundance this year, this is a delicious recipe.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday June 17 this year, the sun shone. Seven of Mayfield’s gardens were open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme ( The village was very busy with local visitors and also those from further afield. The money raised goes to various charities under the scheme and this year £2,700 was made from ticket sales. Friends of Macmillan Cancer Support provided teas at two of the gardens and raised a further £800 for their own charity making a grand total of £3,500 over the whole day. Thanks to all who attended. Let’s hope everyone is just as fortunate with the weather when the gardens are open in June 2013.

THE CENTENARY of the Five Ashes Horticultural Society took place at the village hall on Saturday, July 28 at 2.30pm. As well as the Jubilee celebrations this was a special event with an exhibition of artefacts, memories, photos, etc. of the last 100 years of village life and old timers who can no longer regale us with their stories and life styles. It was very nice to come and learn how it all was, idyllic and otherwise in this farming community, we are down to about two working farms now in this green and pleasant land. The WI and horticultural shows will survive so please come and support the society. Relatives and people who lived long ago in the village, but have moved away, attended, so there was lots of chat and yarning as well as all the usual sideshows, exhibits and fun.

Mobile Library

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


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

HOGARTY ROAST: I trust you have all purchased your tickets for the Hogarty Roast in the field just past the Green. There will be two live bands, Short Attention Span and Newick Folk. For further information you need to check the Newick Bonfire website www.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against the Isle of Thorns, this match commences at 2.30pm. Sunday is the Invitation Triple Day. On Tuesday evening they will be away to Burgess Hill and another game will take place at Newick against John Spriggs Crowborough Wolfe. Play will start at 6.30pm. On Wednesday they will be playing at home playing against Haywards Heath. A busy week for all of those bowlers involved .

THE CRICKET CLUB first X1 are playing at home against Hailsham, the second X1 are away to Buxted Park, the third X1 are playing at Temple Grove, this game is against Crowhurst Park III, whilst the fourth X1are off to play Hailsham IV. All these matches will commence at 1.30pm. Only three more league games to play this season. On Sunday the fixture is against WG Gracefully at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, this will be followed by Morning Service of Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am.

THE YOUTH THEATRE present The Importance of Being Earnest on August 23, 24 and 25 in the village hall. Doors will be open from 7pm curtain up at 8pm. They would like you to join Lady Bracknell and her staff for cucumber sandwiches and a muffin or two before the show starts. However, so as not to be disappointed please pre-order so that the butler has ordered sufficient cucumbers and muffins. Booking office 01825 722468 or 722802, special offer £5 if paid in advance or £8 at the door, tea with Lady Bracknell will cost £2.50. You can also email your ticket request to, the cast hope you will be able to go along to what promises to be a thrilling evening of polished epigrams, Victorian manners and delicious muffins.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY will be holding another Country Fair, Car Boot Sale on Saturday August 25 on the Village Green from 8am till 1pm. Refreshment will be available in the Community Centre plus a tombola, book stall and barbecue. Cars £8 vans £10 for bookings please telephone 01825 722418.

CONGRATULATIONS to Howard Eaton Lighting based in Cooksbridge, for making the Olympic rings that you all saw on the opening of the Olympic Games. They were spectacular, so make sure you watch the closing ceremony on Sunday, I am sure it will be another fantastic show.


OLYMPICS: I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in the Olympics, but I’ve been absorbed in the atmosphere. That evening when the athletics were on and hubby John was watching, suddenly I was gripped. Three British gold medals in under an hour. Amazing. And of course, Andy Murray’s win. That was fantastic. Poor Federer. I said, if the Krays were still around, you’d think they’d threatened him. There have been a lot of press events on in the different Olympics Houses. I went to a Scottish one and met Neil Oliver. He’s even better when he’s not windswept. And we talked archaeology for ages. He said that women love to marry an archaeologist because the older she gets, the more interesting he finds her. Friday was Italy’s turn. I had my photo taken between two hunky archery gold medal winners. Their faces said it all. They couldn’t stop beaming. Today it’s Italy again. I’m taking hubby John so he can feel the atmosphere. London’s buzzing. Everyone’s happy. And there’s no travel problems at all. I know there are only two days left, but I strongly recommend a trip to London. It’s simple, Uckfield line to London Bridge. Get off and stare up at the Shard, and just walk around. There are people in pink everywhere to give directions. I think London’s handled it brilliantly.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society’s Summer Show is on Saturday August 18 in the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre at 1.30pm. Prize giving at 4pm. There are classes for flowers, vegetables, flower arranging, photography, cookery, handicrafts and a children’s section. Visitors to the show are often overheard saying, my roses/beans/sponge are better than these. Come and join in, we will give you any help you need with placing in the correct class and advice on how to present your entry, if required. Phone 762935 or 763929 for a show schedule. (Dorothy Sparks).

MEETING: The next horticultural society meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday at The Ashdown Room of the Civic Centre. It is a demonstration by Carol Hodge entitled flower arranging made easy. All Welcome. Visitors £3.


OLYMPICS: As this column goes to press there are several more days still to go in our Sportsfest, and I can’t remember another similar period when everyone without exception seems to be having the best of times. We have been privileged to see the greatest sportspeople in the world perform at the top of their game, and a number of them come from this country. We are often inclined to rubbish ourselves, fearing and even expecting the worst to happen. This brilliant staging of the Olympics has shown us all at our best, both on the stage and behind the scenes. Here’s to all of those who have made it such a fabulous event.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: On Saturday August 18 there will be a Summer Party at Mike and Rita’s, an event which is becoming a tradition, and offers all members and friends a chance to enjoy a purely social occasion. There will be a boules competition and enough food and drink to keep everyone very happy. Please let Rita know as as soon as possible if you would like to come by ringing her on 01435 882435.

JUBILEE LUNCH: There is no WI meeting this month but the committee felt that there should be a celebratory lunch to celebrate this Jubilee year. Members will be going to the Powdermills at Battle on the last day of this month.

CREAM TEA: Arthur and Rosemary Kay are kindly hosting a Cream Tea on Saturday September 1, rescheduled from the postponed original date back in July. The event will be at their home, Cransford, Little London Road and will be from 2pm and 5pm. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work. Fingers crossed that the weather is kinder than it was in July.

CRICKET: Despite the demands of summer holidays and the draw of the Olympics on TV, Waldron still managed to field teams on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend. The Saturday team played away against Chiddingly and returned to the village triumphant, having scored maximum points in the League to push us up the table. On Sunday Waldron welcomed the BBC Bushmen again for a friendly match and lost out when the Bushmen overtook their score with four overs to spare, much of the damage having been done by former Waldron regular Mowbray Jackson. This coming weekend, there will be a League match at home against Selmeston and Alfriston on Saturday, starting at 1.30pm. The Sunday friendly match will be against Mayfield away, starting at 2pm.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship with holy communion. Last week we had our family service with pets, in the car park. As we set things up for the service we kept an eye on the clouds, but mercifully they retained their contents, and we enjoyed our service outside. All but one of the pets, were dogs, the exception being a rabbit. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. Heathfield Chapel: Peter Barrie, representing the Slavic Gospel Association, will be the speaker at the 11am and 6.30pm service.

HISTORY GROUP: There is no meeting this month. Our next walk is on Wednesday, meeting at the cross roads at the junction of Rookery Lane with Golding’s lane and Colliers Green at 6.30pm. As the evenings are beginning to draw in it is recommended that you bring a torch, for the last part of the walk.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is the story from WWI of a message being passed along the trenches from the front line to HQ. On the way, ‘send reinforcements we are going to advance’ became ‘send three and four pence we are going to a dance’. Something similar happened between the last meeting and myself. Hearing the item about new houses in Forest Lane (c14) it came to me as 40 in Blackdown Lane.