Parish pump Uckfield - August 22, 2014

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BODLE STREET GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of The Word.

SHINE: This month’s offering at the Film Club is Shine, the true story of an Australian piano prodigy. Geoffrey Rush gained an Oscar for best actor, for his portrayal of Davis Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental health problems. Doors open at 7pm next Friday evening for cakes and drinks with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head at the door. The film, written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Scott Hicks, is 1hr 45min and is PG-13.

BURWASH

CANADA: This last week has been busy. Without warning my cousin Gail announced we were taking a trip to Ontario to visit her daughter MaryAnn. Gail lives in New Brunswick! We left at about 1pm and headed west, the weather was fine and dry. Traffic was light as we headed towards Quebec but began to build up the further west we went. I noticed how the other drivers were so much more courteous to the drivers of the heavy haulage vehicles than we are. The weather deteriorated as night fell and we drove through very heavy rain with spray from the lorries adding to visibility problems, but we arrived at MaryAnn’s after some ten hours. MaryAnn was not expecting us and was so surprised it was us on her doorstep. We spent a wonderful four days with her shopping and sight seeing. One funny story, we went shopping in Walmart and bought several items. After paying we left and set off the alarms. We waited for someone to come, then tried again, still no one came so MaryAnn went to the customer service, they said it was OK. Next day we went back to Walmart and set the alarms of going in! The tag was in my cousin’s clothes. Only she could set the alarm off with her underwear.

BVH: Thank you to everyone who went along to the Burwash Village hall’s coffee morning held in Shirley Viney’s garden. Despite the downpour midway through they made £369. While the hall users have taken their summer break, some minor alterations have been made in the cloakroom to house the tables, making more room. Thanks to Peter Angove for overseeing this and Barry Taylor and Peter Skipwith for helping to make good and paint the cloakroom. The snooker club have also been busy painting their room and doors on the stage.

FAIR: Final preparations are busily being made in readiness for the annual Burwash Bank Holiday fair, which takes place on Monday afternoon at the Swan Meadow playing field, Ham Lane, Burwash. The fun will begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm. There will be something for all ages to enjoy. Boat swings and bouncy castle for the little ones, coconut shy, crockery smash for the older generation. Raffles, tombolas, bowling and lots more. Stalls to buy from include cakes and produce, books, plants bric a brac and more. Food and drink will be affordable and available all afternoon. To help keep you entertained our friends 21 Whiskeys will be playing thoughout the event. If you would like to get involved help would be appreciated especially by the playing fields association helping to erect, run and dismantle the stalls. The village hall & St Bartholomew’s church with the refreshments. Contact Steve Mintram or Eddie if you can help. Parking is available on the playing field.

COFFEE: The Burwash Ladies Group are holding a coffee morning and open garden on Wednesday at Grandturzel Farm, Fontridge Lane, from 10am to noon. There will be a raffle and bring and buy. Entry for members is £1, £2.50 for non members. Proceeds will go to the East Sussex hospices and the BLG. You are all welcome to attend.

BONFIRE: News that the Burwash Bonfire is in danger of disappearing from our calender is sad. The organisers have raised the money to run the bonfire for this year only but no longer have the time required to do everything to secure the future. Thankfully a volunteer has come forward to run this year’s eventand the BPFA are going to help him and the other stewards, but they do not have the manpower or time to take it on permanently. Hence the event will not continue after this year if people don’t come forward to help. The monthly quizzes at the Rose & Crown and collections on the night of the display pay for the night but keen volunteers come forward. Help this family occasion to continue, call Terry Parker on 01435 882813 and offer your services.

CHIDDINGLY

VILLAGE SHOP: We celebrate our second full year of trading with a party (of course) on 23 August. There will be a performance from the Chiddingly Mummers of one of their 7 Deadly Sins series and trust me you do not want to miss this. Performed in the slickest and smoothest of blank verse, written by the performers, it may often vary at the last minute as the performers forget lines, improvise, make it up as they go along and generally give a fabulous time for themselves and their audience. Laughter guaranteed. I think there may be cake – I shall be there on the basis there will, as you know I have strong views on cake for breakfast. It starts at 10am so be there or be a square thing.

OTHER MATTERS: Things go quiet in August as many village organisations take a bit of a holiday too, but there is a Chiddingly Festival at the Gun with many tempting food offers, the Six Bells has a full programme over the weekend and me, I’m off to Edenbridge and Oxted Show to do horsey stuff.

A SAD note this week will be the funeral of Kath Kennard who I have known all my life, who with her husband George was part of the fabric of village life for so many years. George had registered with the council for housing in (I think ) 1946 when Willett’s Field was first purchased and always liked to joke he had been first on the council list. Then they moved to Bat and Ball. Historical buffs among you will know that this refers to the earliest cricket game in Sussex, at Golden Cross a few years after the famous Hambledon game.

WE NOW also pay tribute to June Laker, many years a resident of East Hoathly, a good friend to me and both villages. My love goes to John and Tim.

AS ALWAYS if you have anything for me send it to ashcott@btinternet.com.

East Hoathly

KING’S HEAD CANTER: Bank holiday Monday (25th August) sees the 17th King’s Head Canter take place. Entry is invited from both teams and individuals from East Hoathly, with teams consisting of three people. The race is 5km long and starts at 11am from the Six Bells in Chiddingly with the finish line outside the King’s Head. Entry forms from the Village Stores or Stuart Mills (840653), also online at www.kingsheadcanter5k.org.uk.

ALLOTMENTS: Despite the lack of a water supply over this summer (hopefully we will be connected to the new water main very soon), many of the plots have produced an abundance of produce and it would be good to see the currently vacant plots put to a similar good use. Anyone interested in growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers should make an application to take on one of the empty plots via Anne Newton, the parish clerk, at clerk@easthoathlywithhalland.org.uk. Both organic and non-organic plots are still available.

AUTUMN SHOW: A quick reminder that the Village Show Society is holding its Autumn Show on Saturday 6th September in the village hall (I’m sure that some of the produce from the aforementioned garden plots will be amongst the entries). As well as classes for fruit and vegetables, there will be the opportunity to enter arts, handicrafts and flower arrangements, with special categories for children. Further details to follow.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew & St Mary the Virgins - Sunday 24th August Bartholomew The Apostle; 10am Parish Communion; 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

PAINTERS CLUB Wednesday 27th August in the Village Hall 1pm.

PILTDOWN RESIDENTS EVENT Tonight at Piltdown Golf Club. All Piltdown Residents are invited for an evening to meet fellow residents. Doors open at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and canapés, closing at 8.30pm. Please come along when convenient.

100 YEARS AGO Sussex Express 27 August 1914 Piltdown. Agent for this paper. - Mr Grover: “Revolver Accident, - A very serious accident happened to Mrs. Andrews on Sunday, as a result of which she is now lying in the Sussex County Hospital at Brighton. It appears that her husband had recently bought a revolver, and on Sunday morning went into the garden to practice with it. He was joined there by Mrs. Andrews, when in the course of some playful exchanges the revolver went off. The bullet entered the unfortunate woman’s thigh. Dr. Lucas, who was sent for, could not locate it, so the patient was removed to Brighton, where she is making satisfactory progress.” This is probably the Mr. Andrews, a grocer, who in 1911 was living at Elm Grove, Piltdown. Elm Grove later became known as the Piltdown Stores and Post Office. It was demolished to make way for a Little Chef.

PARISH PLAN: A reminder that “the deadline for responses is 24th August, but we may be able to accept some late responses if you need more time! Once completed, (we are also happy to receive partially completed questionnaires) please seal it in the envelope provided. It can then be posted, handed to a councillor or dropped off at Mr T’s, The Griffin, The Peacock or the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin.”

DEFIBRILLATOR: Following the demonstration by Tim Fellows of the South East Coast Ambulance Service at the Annual Parish Meeting in April, the new Public Access Defibrillator has now been installed outside the Village Hall. The defibrillator was kindly donated to the parish by Lady Noel Collum. The device is available 24/7 and anyone can use it in an emergency. It can be removed from the cabinet and carried to the patient, and the device even talks to you, giving easy to follow instructions. It has a built in safety mechanism and cannot harm anyone if used incorrectly. Using a defibrillator before an ambulance arrives could mean saving a life. The parish council would like to thank Lady Collum once again for this valuable gift.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN: The parish council is preparing an emergency response plan. The focus will be on vulnerable people living in the parish. We are seeking to build a response to such events as extreme weather and power, gas and water outages. Many of us remember the hardship of the 1987 storm and more recent extreme weather conditions. We want to know where vulnerable people may be living in the parish – those unable to cope alone without heat, electricity or water. We want to know about those in need of regular medical assistance or frequent prescriptions. We will be building a register of those people who may wish to have an early visit from one of our team in the event of an emergency. We will be approaching the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, the Forget-me-Nots as well as local doctor surgeries for potential candidates – but if you are someone in need of support, or you know of such a person, please register with us by contacting the clerk or call 01444 483080. We will then make direct contact with you to ensure we understand your particular needs in advance, thank you.

SPEEDING & ROAD SAFETY The Parish council are pleased to report that they are now in the process of arranging training for the Speed Watch volunteers on using the speed guns. Initially they will be concentrating on Church Street and the area outside the school, subject to the site being approved by Wealden Police Inspector Tony Wakefield.

HEATHFIELD

PARISH COUNCIL: I was sad to learn that Mike Woodhouse – plus two other parish councillors – have resigned. When I used to go along to meetings regularly I always found Mike to be diligent, professional and constructive. And annually – through this column – I used to deal with him as he organised and ran Le Marche in the town. I’ve always had a great relationship with the council – it works hard on behalf of everyone in Heathfield.

CROSS-IN-HAND windmill: Mrs PP and I had a visitor on Saturday. Self-confessed windmill nut Sally Fadelle called in to talk at length about her scheme to help restore Cross-in-Hand Windmill to full working order. Sally has loved mills all her life. She currently lives in Crawley but plans to move to the village. She helps out at local mills, for example Lowfield Heath and she has worked at West Blatchington and Jill Mill. When we lived at Hurstpierpoint (for 20 years) we drew into the railway station or topped the crest of the A23 hill and the sight of Jack and Jill Mills on the ridge of the Downs reminded us we were home. They are iconic industrial landmarks with a strong Sussex character and we should preserve them if we can. Evidently Cross-in-Hand Mill contains all the original machinery (plus a church organ – where did that come from?) But extensive works would be needed to reconstruct the tower and put the sweeps (never sails in Sussex!) in place. Sally is setting up a meeting on August 29 from 7.30pm in Cross-in-Hand Village Hall with the hope of putting a like-minded committee together, so a programme of work can be established and enquiries made into potential funding – of course, given the approval of the Mill’s two owners, Geoff and Brian Newnham, brothers of former parish council chairman Peter. We would love to see this Mill restored. It would distinguish Cross-in-Hand, give the village a strong focal point and restore some of the originality of the community, now sadly losing a bit of focus, as most shops – including the Post Office – have closed. Everyone is welcome to go along to Sally’s meeting. Whether you would like to be involved or not, it might be interesting to find out what plans she has in store.

HORAM AND HEATHFIELD FLOWER CLUB: The club presents the AGM and a floral workshop on October 9 at the Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane at 7.30pm - visitors are welcome at an entry charge of £5. Please contact: 01435 864633 to find out what to bring.

HEATHFIELD AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Society presents a talk by Steven Moore called ‘Late Season Interest’ at St Richard’s Church Hall, Heathfield at 7.30pm on October 20 - visitors are welcome. Tel: 01435 830725. Optional competition: A specimen bloom or a hedgerow. Arrangement. Visitors £3 to include tea/coffee.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, August 24. 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, August 26 - 1pm - St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday August 27 - 10am - Holy Communion. Saturday, August 30 - 9am - Holy Communion. Sunday, August 31 - no service at St Richard’s. They will be attending St George’s Church at Broad Oak, commencing at 10.30am.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’, Old Heathfield. 8am Holy Communion (BCP.) 11am Family Service - all are welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s, Broad Oak. 930am Holy Communion. All are welcome for coffee after this service.

CROSS-FIT GAMES: Apologies for straying onto my colleague, Valerie Chidson’s turf, but here’s an event she might not have yet included. It also involves someone who is usually based in Heathfield. The next Cross-Fit games – a truly amazing test of stamina and strength aimed at finding the fittest person in the county (yes, I won’t be there!) will be held at the Waldron Recreation Ground from midday on September 13. These are becoming regular events and draw in some superbly fit individuals. Organiser Alex Purcell, who runs very popular classes at Isenhurst in Cross-in-Hand, has decided that money raised from the games will go to a children’s leukaemia charity. He said: “I’d really appreciate if you could dig deeper than normal on this one. We will be making T-shirts again for this event and it could be the last Games of the year. Whether participating or just watching amazing athletes it’s a great day! There is likely to be a BBQ afterwards too! If anyone would like to donate or sponsor the event please contact myself, Camilla or Louis. It’s all for charity.” One of Alex’s upcoming events at Isenhurst is a new Indoor Rowing Class at 6am on Wednesdays. These slots have all been taken though, but more may come available in eight weeks.

LE MARCHE: And – of course – we look forward to seeing you all at Le Marche this coming Bank Holiday. I will be there and look forward to seeing friends. Let’s hope the weather holds. Richard Ridley, who took over the organisation from Mike Woodhouse, has proved a worthy successor and is doing a magnificent job. I believe more shops than ever are planning to be open and there is a full range of music on offer throughout the day. Although it’s billed as a French market, there are of course wonderful stallholders from the farms and market gardens of this beautiful part of the Wealden countryside. You might find something you did not know was produced in Sussex? Do make a date in your diary. If the parking bothers you, there is a park and ride facility to bring you down to Station Road from the market at the top of Mutton Hall Hill – but there is also plenty of on-street parking around the town (but please don’t put your car on the grass verges....there should be ample room along neighbouring roads).

Isfield & Little Horsted

BLOOMIN’ lovely: There was a good turn-out of both competitors and visitors at the flower show organised by Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club last weekend. As well as gorgeous blooms that had survived the recent unseasonable (or maybe it is becoming seasonable) weather, there were prize vegetables – including some marvellous mis-shaped ones – delicious cakes, flower arrangements, children’s drawings and photographs, home-made drinks and knitwear. There were also generously-laden tombola and raffle stalls, along with tea and irresistible cakes on sale. The trophy winners were: FMN Challenge Cup (fruit and vegetables), Alan Cox; Anne Seagrave Cup (FMN member gaining most points), Wendy Chandler; Isfield FS Challenge Cup (flowers), Alan Cox; Wright Cup (flower arranging), Bev Ashford; Club Rose Bowl (cookery/preserves/handicraft), Ruth Harrington; Joan Williams Cup (best in show, Victoria sponge), Jean Pointing; Children’s classes: Poster: 1=, Alex Kennedy and Isfield Playgroup, 2, Amber Kennedy; Photos of animals/birds: 1=, Alex Kennedy, Maddy Osman, 2, Amber Kennedy. The Forget-Me-Not Club’s next regular meeting will be on September 3 (2.30pm in the Village Hall) when John Wilton will give a talk on ‘The Comic Postcards of Donald McGill’.

MAYFIELD

LOCAL ACTION TEAM: The Parish Council reports that sergeants for the neighbourhood policing areas of Wadhurst, Rotherfield, Mayfield, Forest Row, Hartfield, Frant, Withyham, Danehill and Nutley have been told to organise a monthly Local Action Team meeting and are inviting interested groups such as Neighbourhood Watch, schools, churches and the Parish Council to discuss local priorities. These may be the same in one area as another – for example, speeding, parking or burglary. This will give partners the ability to look at ways of tackling the problem together; for example speeding is not just for police to resolve, but other parties can also help through community speed watch, placing 30mph signs on bins and so on. If you are interested in becoming a member of this team, contact the Parish Clerk and details will be forwarded to the PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin. Contact Janna Toddon; )1435 873784 or email: clerk@mayfieldfiveahses.org.uk

GRANTS: One of the important roles of the Parish Council is to provide grants to organisations within Mayfield and Five Ashes to help them move forward with their own projects. Applications for grants for the next financial year should be submitted in writing to the Parish Clerk by September 30. To apply you should provide details of your project and the total cost; and a copy of your organisation’s last end-of-year accounts. Individual grants may be made available up to a maximum of £500. They will be match funded so any applicant must cover at least half of the total project cost.

WOODHILL PATIENTS GROUP: If you don’t already know, the Group acquired three automated external defibrillators from the South East Coast Ambulance Service and these are now set up in Mayfield Primary School (on the wall beside the steps of the main school entrance;) Woodhill GP Surgery (inside the entrance porch) and the Five Ashes Inn (on the wall to the right of the pub entrance.) All these are in purpose-built, weatherproof, glass-fronted white metal boxes that are not locked – they are accessible allthe time. If you need to use one, simply open the door and remove the unit. They are simple to use. Once you open the lid of the unit you receive clear audible instructions on how to use it. There is a five minute manufacturer’s video on YouTube which is well worth viewing. See it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KXvFtLU12s. Don’t be put off by the warning at the end of the video that these devices should only be used by trained individuals – they can be used by everyone. Just follow instructions. You can’t give anyone a shock by mistake – the device protects against this.

VILLAGE CHURCHES: St Dunstan’s. Sunday, September 28 at 9.15am. ‘Together at 9.15’ – a new informal service at St Dunstan’s for younger families. Sunday, October 5 from noon. St Dunstan’s Harvest Festival Lunch. Colkins Mill Church – Women Alive meeting. Jennifer Rees Larcombe lived in Mayfield many years ago. She ahs written several books about her life as a Christian. This takes place from 10.30am on September 23. Coffee will be served at the beginning and alight lunch at the end. Any enquiries to: Mrs Terry Steinegger – terrysteinegger@me.com Women Alive has been running at Colkins Mill Church for more than 25 years. They have meetings every quarter and often have a visiting speaker. People are invited from around East Sussex but they are keen to have women from the village attending. More than 154,000 signed up to hold a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support last year. One will be held at Colkins Mill church from 10am to noon on Friday, September 26. Coffee and cakes will be served.

ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY SUMMER FAYRE: The Summer Fayre had to be held indoors after weeks of hot and sunny weather when the weather changed. However it was a great success. The Fayre raised a total of over £3,100 of which one third will be shared equally between Sussex Air Ambulance and the Horder Centre. Thanks to shops and businesses which donated prizes.

HOME-START EAST SUSSEX: They are a local home-visiting charity where people visit families with at least one child under the ge of five who are in need of support and who are at a difficult time in their lives. The volunteer visits are once a week and provide vital support and a listening ear. Volunteers are parents and grandparents who can give three hours a week, a listening ear, patience, experience and support. They have a list of families waiting for volunteers and they are running volunteer training courses throughout the year to recruit and train volunteers. These courses are free, run at family-friendly times and are accredited. The next volunteer training course starts in September in Crowborough and consists of one day a week for eight weeks. They are striving to promote the service throughout the Wealden area and as well as promoting Home-Start to families who need support, they also want to reach more potential volunteers. They are asking people in the Wealden area if they can give support ring on: 01273 612025 for an informal chat or email them at info@hses.org.uk

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: A Trafalgar Day concert (Tuesday, October 21 at 7.30pm, St Dunstan’s) will be held by the Royal Marines Association Concert Band and includes a performance by the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir. The box office for this event is open on September 20, October 8, 9, 10 and 11 from 10am to noon except Friday when it closes at 11.30am. The box office is at London House.

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; 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.

NEWICK

COUNTRY Market will be open as usual on Friday Morning in the Village Hall from 10 till 11am.

BOWLS Club have allocated two days this weekend to play their finals matches, both of these fixtures will take place over Saturday/Sunday. On Wednesday 27th Southwater will visit Newick , on Thursday Lindfield Ladies will also be playing the Newick Ladies at Newick, Both of these games will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET Clubs 1st X1 will be playing at home against St Peters, the 2nd X1 will travel to Polegate & Stone Cross , the 3rd X1 will also be travelling to Bexhill, whilst the 4th X1 will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Heathfield Park 3, all of these games will commence at 1pm(note the time has changed by 30 minutes). The Sunday fixture is against Lashing All Stars Cricketers. This game will attract a lot of visitors to the King George V playing field, the cricket should commence at 2pm, for further details contact Mark Budd 07841 745 091, fingers crossed for a lovely sunny afternoon.

SPORTS PAVILIONwill beholding the Annual Newick Will Page 10k road race, on Sunday 24th August at 11am outside the King George V playing field in Allington Road. The event is organised by the Newick Sports Pavilion and the runners follow a course to Oxbottom, Cinder Hill, A275 ,Markstakes/Ridgelands Lane and Fount Hill on their way back to the Sports Pavilion.Please look out for the runners if you are driving on the route; the runners welcome vocal support both on the course and at the finish. The Newick 10K is a regular fixture on the Sussex Road Racing Grand Prix calendar, last year 200 runners took part. Many are serious runners, but the race is open to anyone over 16 years old. Among the trophies there is a special award for the first members of a Newick sports club to finish. For further details and entry form please see the website; www.newickwillpage10k.org.uk If you have never watched this race before, why not pop along to the King George V, enjoy some refreshments and cheer the runners on their way.

CHURCH Services this Sunday at St.Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Worship.

PARISH Council will be holding the monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. You need to keep up to date with what the council are doing and planning for the future of Newick. Theses meetings are open to the public and you may ask a question at the beginning of the session.

Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Show and Dog Show on the Village Green on Saturday 6th September from 2pm more details later.

ENJOY the last Bank holiday before Christmas! Thought this would cheer you all up.

WALDRON

AUDITIONS On Tuesday 26th August there will be auditions for readers and singers for our First World War Revue Behind the Front which will be performed on Remembrance weekend, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November. Everyone welcome to come along on Tuesday to the Lucas Hall where the auditions will take place from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm. It will be very informal, so don’t hold back!

BRASSED OFF: Uckfield Concert Brass will be joined by their French friends Just Brass 79 for an informal concert at the Star on Thursday 28th August at 7.30pm. Love brass – sounds like a great evening!

THE TOUR: Great excitement in Waldron with the news that the Tour of Britain bike race will be coming through the village on Saturday 13th September around lunchtime. The pub will be putting on a barbecue for watchers and supporters of the Tour and there’ll be music too – though sadly the competitors won’t be stopping. The big names will be taking part I hear, including Sir Bradley Wiggins – welcome to Waldron, Wiggo! The riders come into East Sussex near North Chailey, then the route will take them via Piltdown, Uckfield, Framfield, Blackboys, Waldron, Horam Hailsham, Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters before heading to Ditchling Beacon (phew! Good luck guys...) and finishing in Brighton. Don’t know what road the riders will be using to come into Waldron, but I hope the county’s road menders will have completed their work in good time or it could be very messy.

SERVICES: During August there will be two services at 8am and 10.30am only, alternating at the two churches in the parish. Next Sunday (24th August) there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am and Parish Communion at 10.30 at St Bartholomew’s followed by coffee and cake – everyone welcome.

WARBLETON & RUSHLAKE GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Moring Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service with Tony Wood.

ROAD CLOSURE: Regular users of the Rushlake Green to Cowbeech road will have seen the signs for a road closure to allow reconstruction of the road. This is for up to five weeks from 27th August. I cannot find any indication of the likely diversion route. Locals will of course make their own arrangements. I would make a plea for those doing so to remember that the likely routes are all narrow lanes with overhanging hedges, so please keep the speed down and be extra vigilant when driving. You may well encounter large tractors, lorries or just someone treating the lane as a race track. Grovelye Lane and Churches Green will also receive attention on September 11 and 12.