Parish Pump Uckfield - August 30, 2013

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Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is A Royal Affair, a historical drama based on real events featuring an English princess and an insane Danish king. It is in Danish with English subtitles. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm tonight at the village hall.

JUMBLE SALE: The village hall has a jumble sale tomorrow at 2pm, in aid of the hall extension. Please bring unwanted items (clothes, bric-a-brac etc) to the hall between 10am and 1pm on the day or call Sue on 01323 832542 to arrange collection. Donation for the cake stall and raffle are also very welcome. The next fund raiser will be an auction of promises on Friday September 20. Offers of lots to p.welten@me.com please. Tickets will be £10 per head to include a two course supper and can be had from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

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: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

Chailey

VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome. Entry is £5 per adult (a weekend pass £8) and children are free. For more information call Carole on 01444 47135.

CRICKET sees Chailey in the last league game of the season against Staplefield tomorrow, Saturday, at the sports ground just off the A272 starting at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Mark Robinson and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45 pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Shirley Jaffe, an actress and poet. Shirley trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954 and starred in film and television. For 20 years Shirley taught drama and returned to acting in 2002 appearing amongst other things in Michael Jackson’s Earth Song music video and Little Britain Abroad. It is certain with Shirley’s acting experience that her presentation of her will be most entertaining. The group are always pleased to welcome prospective members and guests to their meetings, for whom there is a nominal charge of £2. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

EARLY BIRD WALK to see and hear the birds on the common is on Wednesday and will be led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Chailey Commons Society. Meet at the sports club car park, just off the A272, at 7am. Those that wish can enjoy a breakfast at the May Cottage Tea Rooms afterwards. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

LIVE MUSIC with singer songwriter Jon McDevitt will be at the Five Bells on Friday September 6 at 8pm. Jon plays (guitar and harmonica) and sings an extensive selection from the last 70 years which includes pop, rock, folk, blues and country music.

AUTUMN SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday September 7. There are classes for vegetables, flowers, fruit, pot plants, alcoholic drinks, cordial, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery, flower arranging and children’s classes in age categories, pre-school, seven years and under and aged eight to 11 years. The classes are detailed at chaileyhorticulturalsociety.webs.com/, alternatively a show schedule can be obtained by calling Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is a class for every age, and members of the horticultural society will be on hand to help you with your exhibits, so please enter and/or encourage your children to do so.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am All Age Special with crèche and baptism, A postcard from Paul from Rome. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, Sowing and Reaping. The Meeting Point AGM is on Monday at 7.30pm followed by Surveying the Scene with Ron Timms.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, there are 1-2-1 readings at Primrose Hall from 10am to 2pm. Just turn up. Enquiries to Rev Theresa Swithenbank on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 or visit www.corinthian-healing.co.uk. On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Derek Marney.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Tickets for many of the events are now on sale at Hailsham Pavilion (and via their website) and later this week will be available from The Teashop in Grove Road, Eastbourne. The festival opening is next Saturday, September 7, by Mayor of Hailsham Jo Bentley. Events start at 10am and the Umbrella Parade is at 11am. Bring your brolly to Vicarage Fields and join the parade around the town. Follow the Jungle Book theme or do your own thing, fancy dress welcome. Decorate your umbrella at home or come to the free Umbrella Decorating workshop at Hailsham Civic Community Hall, run by Radiator Arts tomorrow, Saturday. On Saturday September 14 at 10.30am at Hailsham Pavilion there is the Jungle Book Show and all cheeky monkeys are invited to wear their animal masks and take part in a fantastic theatre performance. Sing along with all your favourite Jungle Book songs, join in the dances, rhymes and games and learn about music and animals along the way. There are lots of Jungle Book children’s events such as Jungle Fever, a contemporary dance workshop on Monday September 9, Animal Mask Making on Tuesday September 10, Colour – Lines – Birds mixed media painting workshop on Wednesday September 11 and an Art Box Mime workshop on Friday September 13, entry for each of these events is just £2 to £3. For more information look out for festival programmes in local outlets right now, follow HailshamArtsFestival on Facebook, @HailshaArtsFest on Twitter or visit www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Frances (01435) 862330 is leading a 4.5 to 5 mile walk from Horam through Marle Green and Vines Cross. It is fairly flat, mostly fields with some stiles. If you prefer a shorter walk, then you can join Jill (01323) 843530 for a walk around St Dunstan’s Marina. Depart by bus (don’t forget your bus pass) from South Road car park. If you would like to go on either of these walks, please telephone the walk leader in the first instance for timings and details.

MURDER MYSTERY: The Ropemaker Theatre Company is proud to announce their next Murder Mystery Evening on Friday September 13, as part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture. Once again it will be held at Callenders Restaurant, 80-82 High Street. This production, Firm Foundations, is written by actress and singer Linda Francis, who is also a co-director of the Ropemaker Theatre Company, founded by John Wilders. Its debut murder mystery, Murder Most Fun, was a huge success last April, when diners at Callenders Restaurant joined in the whodunit fun. Firm Foundations is set in a lingerie factory and, apart from the script offering vital clues and red herrings (naturally), it is written with an extremely humorous edge. Included in the price of £35 per head is a full three course meal plus coffee. Time is 7pm for 7.30pm start. Book early as the last event sold out fast. Join in solving the murder or actually taking part in it. There is a prize for the winning team. Bookings are now being taken by Callenders Restaurant on 01323 842400.

HAILSHAM NEEDS YOU: Make it happen. All types of acts wanted! The Ropemaker Theatre Company has announced plans to stage Celebrating the Good Olde Days at the Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday, November 9. The evening will be extra special because it is not only for the community but by the community. People of a certain age will remember the television series The good Old Days featuring a host of variety acts, encouraged by the Master of Ceremonies, who stood on a podium with gavel in hand, spouting extraordinarily long words. And this is what is being planned. RTC is looking for all types of acts jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and more to appear on 9 November auditions are being held on Saturday September 28 at 10am at the Hailsham Pavilion. If you are interested and would like to take part or know somebody who can ‘do a turn’, do not hesitate – contact John Wilders on 07973 473321 or hook up via www.ropemakertheatrecompany.co.uk, or leave a message on the company’s Facebook page.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported regarding Church Finance and the Bishop of Chichester’s Fund: During the past month four Church Finance Meetings have been held. They report thus: For many years past the finances of the Church of England have been unsatisfactory. Ancient endowments are quite inadequate for modern needs. The income of the Church has not kept pace with the increase of the population, and a serious attempt must now be made to grapple with this problem of Church Finance and place the finances of the Church of England on a sound financial basis. At Hailsham, we are asked to raise by the end of this year £25, and about the same amount in subsequent years. I ask each member of the Church to take a share in this work. No contribution (even ½d or 1d per week) is too small. Some may prefer monthly, quarterly or yearly subscriptions. When replies have been received saying how much and how often each would like to contribute, arrangements can be made for receiving the gifts.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

LE MARCHE: I’m writing this having just come back from a splendid morning at Le Marche. A friend said: ‘I wonder why they don’t do this more often?’ I suppose the answer is that it just takes so much time, money, volunteering resourcefulness and effort to stage, the committee would be flat on their backs for the rest of the year. But I must say, I agree. It’s one of the best community events I have ever attended anywhere. And this year even more of the High Street shops threw in their lot, decked themselves out in red, white and blue and threw open their doors. The owner of the Cuculo, the town’s delicatessen says he does more business that day than any other. He certainly deserved to. Staff were dressed in traditional costume selling wares outside the shop front. There were queues when I passed. A friend from the days when I was involved with food and hotels, Rob from Bookham’s Fine Foods (vegetarian and Continental cheeses, based over in Rudgwick, West Sussex,) had sold out of cheese by lunchtime. The Normandy contingent’s layouts of peaches, nectarines, smoked garlic and tomatoes were half empty midway through the day and their fast food providers cooking up paella, pasta and crepes were doing brisk business. The bags, accessories, tablecloths, classical French blue and white enamelled signs, soaps, olive oils, pates, brioches and bakery products were going, well, like hot cakes. Good to see more and more Sussex exhibitors too. Sarah Tate, our Heathfield photographer, was signing up clients; the chair caning man was also doing good business. Graeme Bartlett from Martlet Wines was distributing generous tasting samples (delicious, thank you Graeme) and even Horam Scouts manned and womanned a popular stall. Marco was demonstrating his magic and there was the usual mouthwatering display of charcuterie. The bandstand hosted music throughout the day with the Sussex Stompers’ traditional jazz pulling in most of the punters. Heathfield Silver Band also wowed the audience with some contemporary music such as a medley from Grease and The War of the Worlds, all immaculately performed. The town’s firefighters put on quite a show too. Throughout the day there was a series of demonstrations; foam, releasing someone trapped under a car plus many more. Toddlers were having the time of their lives being lifted into giant fire trucks and teas and a barbecue were served. There were fire engine rides and a firefighter wearing a llama suit demonstrating smoke alarms. Don’t ask. All the town’s charity shops were open and had searched their rails to put on red, white and blue displays. Sue’s Shoes were open, also the Greenhouse, Heathfield Books, the coffee shops (all packed out,) Nemo’s Fish and Chips, new restaurant Gailin (about which we are hearing very good reports,) Auntie Wainwrights, Toad Hall plus the vintage clothes shop upstairs. Shame about the jewellers, the card and gift shop, they would have filled their tills. We don’t yet know a rough head count but I would say this year’s Le Marche smashed last year’s attendance record into smithereens. I must hand bouquets to organisers and marshals, my neighbour John Kay helped man the traffic barricades early in the day through his association with the Rotary Club, but there were hundreds of unsung heroes, not least those collecting for this year’s charity, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. As one man said: ‘It’s giving to a charity that you desperately hope you will never, personally need.’ Well done all. And merci beaucoup to those French traders who braved the Channel to show us just how fabulous a French market can be.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, (BCP) 11am Matins. St George’s, Broad Oak: 9.30am. Holy Communion (CW.) Cameo afternoon Saturday, September 7, 3pm tea and fun. Transport can be provided, call Marigold Clarke on 01435 864896 or Anthea Miller on 01435 812983. And in The Space, the church’s newly created meeting area: As part of their Thursday topics, Friends of All Saints, Old Heathfield are holding an afternoon entitled: Heathfield at War. There will be reminiscences, nostalgia with songs that won the war and a World War II tea party from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Tin hats and gas masks are optional. It is on Thursday, September 12. Tickets cost £5 to include tea. It’s all in aid of the Friends. To find out more or book tickets ring Roger or Ann Kenward on 01435 862618 or send a cheque and SAE to Vicki Colne (made out to Friends of All Saints, Old Heathfield) at Nettlewworth Farm, Old Heathfield, TN21 9AR.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Saturday, September 7, 9am Parish Prayers in Church. 5pm Parish Barbecue, Vicarage.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Although there was no lecture meeting in August many members met at the Community Centre for a summer get-together. There was plenty of chatter, quizzes and a lovely buffet supper provided by the committee and members. The season starts again on September 19 at the Community Centre when Kevin Gordon will talk about The Lost Village of Tidemills. New members are welcome.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Burwash car park at 9.45am or Tenterden railway station at 10.25am to catch the 10.45am train to Northiam. Tickets will be bought by the walk leader. 10 mile linear walk via Smallhythe (where you can have a cup of tea) and back to Tenterden for a fish and chip supper. Ring 01435 873551.

BITES AND STINGS: It’s that time of year again when stinging and biting creatures are on the lookout for tender flesh. We are currently besieged by wasps (although no wasps’ nest as far as we know) but I’ve recently heard of two unpleasant incidents which warned me to be careful. My Waldron Parish Pump colleague, Valerie Chidson, was stung while she was walking close to the village. She immediately went into antiphylactic shock but was fortunately found by a neighbour and treated immediately. She said she was unable to breathe and had she not been rescued she wondered what the outcome might have been. And an office colleague of Mrs PP was cycling along the Lewes-Brighton cycle track when she was stung on the knee by a horsefly. Within minutes her knee was the size of a football and she was in agony. Thankfully this died down shortly afterwards. I hear horseflies have pincer type jaws which saw at a wound, nice, particularly when they’ve been feasting on the local cow pats. And with our immune systems undermined by whatever lurks in our food, drink or lifestyles it clearly pays to take care without, of course, batting away at the things and enraging them even further. I keep an after-bite pen handy for untoward incidents. I notice the housefly population is also increasing. At least it is not as bad as last year when the kitchen was decorated with hanging flypapers, a pretty sight when guests arrived.

Laughton

GARDEN SALE at Elm Close, Laughton on Sunday from 11m onwards. Chairs from £5, children’s wardrobes, dog bed, books etc. If wet it will be held on the next dry Sunday.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

BONFIRE CARNIVAL: No apologies this week for taking some information from the excellent Mayfield Newsletter, their lead article urges everyone in the village to get behind the Carnival which takes place on September 21: Many people, residents and visitors alike, appreciate Mayfield for its historic buildings for example, the Grade 1 Listed early 14th century Old Palace and Tower owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury, which were converted into the Convent of the Holy Child Jesus by the esteemed Victorian church architect Edward Welby Pugin in 1863-6 (all known to us today as St Leonards-Mayfield School). Then again, The Middle House Hotel (dated 1575) is an excellent example of Elizabethan architecture and one of the best timber-framed buildings in Sussex. Visually attractive as these old buildings are, one shouldn’t forget the turbulent times of the mid-1550s when four Mayfield Martyrs were burnt at the stake on 24 September 1556 (near the present Colkins Mill Church) as part of the religious persecution (the counter-reformation) under Queen Mary I. This grisly affair of nearly 460 years ago underscores the spectacular Mayfield Bonfire Carnival which is to be held this year on Saturday, September 21. But it may be the last Mayfield Carnival…such a major, free event requires a great deal of effort to put it all together, and money too. Volunteers are needed this year and in future to help with making the torches, fundraising, participating in the procession itself, collecting money for charity, making costumes, manning barriers and marshalling plus generally supporting the overall effort. Costs continue to rise for materials, insurance, compliance with health and safety regulations, liaison with the police, St John Ambulance and various authorities all in all, towards £6,000. It has been down to a small group of dedicated individuals that everyone else has been able to enjoy this unique event all these years but unless volunteers come forward to help now and in the future the carnival is probably going the way of the Mayfield Martyrs. Your carnival needs you. Contact Jo Lee on 01435 872717 or 07855 231888 or by email info@skytechnical.co.uk to see how you can help.

SHED SECURITY: Over the last month Sussex Police has seen an increase in the theft of electrical and petrol garden equipment and power tools from sheds and outbuildings. There are a number of measures you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim: Use a good quality padlock; consider fitting a shed alarm (these have proven to be an excellent deterrent in the past); Remove expensive items to a more secure area; lock power tools in a metal tool chest which you can bolt to the floor. You can also request free property marking from the local Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team. Your local PCSO can come to your address and offer crime prevention advice as well as property marking any items of value in your sheds.

WOODHILL SURGERY: Another piece by Victor Briggs from the newsletter about the Woodhill Surgery, there is quite a lot to say and we don’t think it could have been expressed more effectively or coherently: It was assumed that the Woodhill Surgery question would be all over, bar-the-shouting. But there were moments when the doctors from Ashdown Forest Health Centre who moved into Woodhill Surgery on July 1 had to come up with some swift answers from curious and, occasionally, blatantly irritated patients at a meeting in Mayfield Primary School hall on June 27. There were moments when I began to wonder if the meeting was an exercise in cross-examination rather than an introductory explanation of future plans at the surgery. Why? was frequently asked when the answer could only have been It’s the rules, I’m afraid. I have to say it was a frustrating response but clearly it was the only one available. Rules are rules and the responding doctor/administrator had no choice but to stick to them. Had he not done so, we might have had another doctor-crisis on our hands. It goes without saying that the doctors from Ashdown Forest are thoroughly experienced and have spent years in their profession. Reassuringly, for many patients, all the doctors, if I heard correctly, are married, have children and live in fairly close proximity to Mayfield. Appointment times will double from the old arrangements and two doctors will be on duty full time. There will be 15 clinical sessions a week and the whole system will be reviewed regularly. The nursing surgery will remain as before, but some patients may be disappointed that prescriptions will no longer be dispensed from the surgery, they will have to be dispensed from local chemists either in Mayfield or elsewhere (any one of them will provide a prescription delivery service). Their telephone numbers are available from Woodhill Surgery. It was impossible to assure patients that there would be a strict ten-minute consultation rule for each patient but I gathered it would be attempted, though not to the extent of patients being told ‘Right, that’s your lot – Out.’ There will be a leeway of a few minutes when considered necessary. Special arrangements will be made for people who need long-term attention and these can be booked through the surgery receptionist. (I am sure this will not open the door to any patient who gets the notion they can spend half a day with a doctor). There will also be telephone surgeries which, when the doctor’s line is busy, there is an assurance a doctor will phone you back. But did the meeting(s) make some of our fears less intense we would all end up with a kind of Burke-and-Hare partnership replacing our trusted and tried doctors, Amanda Coates and Robin some complaints about the new arrangements (though why would be puzzling) but there are few, if any, doctors’ surgeries in the country that don’t receive them from time to time; it is the nature of the beast, the patients, not the doctors. The doctors’ names are: Steven Miller (senior partner), Dustin Baseley, Richard Baxter and Alison Fyfe. The practice manager is Andrew Cornell. Warshafsky? Judging from some reactions I have heard, I would say Yes. I am sure there will be. We have all wondered what will they be like? I wonder what they will think of us.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.

Newick

BOWLS CLUB fixture this week are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Burgess Hill away at 2pm; Sunday Deanland at home; Wednesday Ringmer at home. These matches will start at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Sunday’s fixture is against Jamaica Inn Pirates, at Temple Grove and will start at 1pm .

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. If you should require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

ANNUAL SHOW and Family Fun Dog Show will take place on Saturday September 7 on the Village Green.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will meet in the Community Centre on Thursday September 12. The speaker will be Annette Shelford, Graphic Books- My Passion.

AUTUMN is gradually creeping upon us, darker evenings, lights on at 8.30pm, some leaves already changing colour, make the most of all the sunny days ahead. Each season is very special, I think autumn is the most colourful.

Uckfield

MORTGAGES: As we’re moving I’ve been looking at various mortgages and discovered a huge problem. A lot of people have an interest-only mortgage because it’s the cheapest way to buy a property. But beware of the future. When your time is up after, say 25 years, the building society could demand their money back. But even if they don’t, you won’t have paid even one penny off your mortgage even though you’ve probably parted with enough money to buy it three times over. And you’ll still be paying the same amount, or even more, when you’re in your 80s. When you die you won’t be able to bequeath the house to your children because it won’t be your house. Do have a word now with your building society or mortgage broker, and keep asking until you have peace of mind, because this is a new problem for the future and a lot of them haven’t thought it through. Will millions of pensioners be kicked out of their houses in the future? As I said, it could blow up as a huge scandal in the future. People don’t understand the situation. And those with large endowments to pay off the mortgage will still get stuck as they’re expected to have a shortfall.

UCKFIELD SINGERS Community Choir and Au Cours De L’iton (French choir from Brosville, Upper Normandy) in concert at Holy Cross Church, 6.30pm Saturday October 5. Seating on a first-come first-served basis. There will be a retiring collection.

VOLUNTEER CENTRE: The Uckfield Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce their re-launch, which will take place on Monday, September 30, when Frank Ifield will be performing the official opening of our new look Centre at 73 High Street. Frank lives in Australia but is returning for a visit to the UK and we thank Uckfield FM for facilitating the connection. It is 50 years since he had three consecutive number one hits here, including I remember you. The Volunteer Centre has been in existence for over 30 years and the current team intends to carry on and expand the work that our predecessors, including Sheila Charlesworth and her team, have done. Their endeavours have provided us with a firm foundation on which to build and continue to serve the community of Uckfield. For further details contact the Centre on 01825 760019, visit our website www.uckfieldvolunteer.org.uk or email uckfieldvolunteer.org.uk or, indeed, pop into the Centre.

Waldron

LICENSING: On Tuesday September 10 at 7.30pm there will be a licensing service at All Saints’ for the Reverend George Pitcher as our Priest in Charge for the parish of Waldron. George has been taking services for many months but it’s now official. The new Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Reverend Dr Martin Warner has confirmed his appointment and will officiate at the service, so this will be an opportunity for everyone in the parish to welcome both the new Bishop and our new Priest in Charge. The service will be followed by a reception at the Lucas Hall and everyone is warmly invited to socialise.

HISTORY WEEKEND: Tickets are now on sale for the events of our Village History Weekend (September 20 to 22) and leaflets giving all details are now out in the village. Book your tickets in advance as some events will have restricted numbers. On Friday September 20 Jeremy Hodgkinson will speak on The Wealden Iron Industry and Waldron in the Lucas Hall, and as well as the talk, ticket-holders will get a preview of the exhibition and a glass of wine. Tickets are £5 each and there is a maximum of 50 people, so don’t delay.

WALDRON AND WWI: On Saturday September 21, Steve Roberts, military historian and battlefield guide, will be talking about Waldron and the First World War. Steve is an expert specialising in the subject and with the approaching 100th anniversary of the outbreak of that terrible war, there will be a big demand for tickets. The illustrated talk will be at All Saints’ Church at 6.30pm and tickets at £5 per head will include a glass of wine.

POSSINGWORTH TOURS: Also on Saturday there will be two tours of the grounds of Possingworth Manor, by kind permission of Lady Neville, led by local researcher Tim Williams, talking about the serious and scandalous history of the Manor. Tickets are £3 per head and groups will be restricted to 20 people.

EXHIBITION: Throughout the History Weekend there will be an exhibition of Waldron photographs and memorabilia in the Lucas Hall, from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are £2 per head and include one copy per adult couple of a brief printed guide to the centre of Waldron.

SUSSEX HARMONY: We are also looking forward to a visit from Sussex Harmony on Sunday September 22 at 6pm at All Saints’ with their programme A Sussex Year from Wassail to Carols. The group perform in costume with old instruments, recalling the music of the period pre-1850s when music in rural churches was a community affair. Free entry, with a retiring collection in aid of repairs and refurbishment of our two churches.

TICKETS for ticketed events are available now from the Stores at Waldron, also from Heathfield Art and Books, Heathfield High Street, and by post from the Box Office, History Weekend, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The whole weekend promises to be great fun.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will play a league fixture against Bells Yew Green II away, at 1pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly against Zenithians, at home starting at 1.30pm. The last league fixture of the season will be next Saturday, September 7, against Hastings and St Leonards III, but there will be a few more friendlies to take us through to the end of September.

SNAKES RETURN: The Wakin’ Snakes will be making a welcome return to The Star on Sunday September 8 at lunchtime with their cheerful foot-tapping music.

STEAM RALLY: The annual rally of Sussex Steam Engines will be in the middle of the village at lunchtime on Sunday September 29. It’s always popular and well-attended, so be prepared to be patient as these great and handsome beasts of steam history make their way slowly into Waldron.

PANTO AUDITIONS: Good progress is reported on the script for our Pantomime, The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron. The auditions will take place on Tuesday October 1 from 6.30pm onwards.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: 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: 10am Holy Communion (BCP) Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev Philip Laver. 6.30pm Evening service with Matt Andrews.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: The recent special event at Coffee and Company raised £300 for the Talking Newspaper. Coffee and other hot drinks are served each Thursday from 10am to noon at the Osborne House Community Room, with time to relax and chat to friends. Another event under the C&C banner is an art exhibition, Art on The Green, in the Dunn Village Hall on September 14 (10.30am to 5pm) and Sunday September 15 (2pm to 5pm). Many of the works will be for sale.