Parish pump Uckfield - December 20, 2013

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Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: An earlier date for the club this month, tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm for drinks and mince pies. The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and in Europe. A story of friendship, between a disabled millionaire and his street smart ex-con carer. It is in French with subtitles.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 6.30pm Carols By candlelight. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Carol service.

CHRISTMAS EVE: St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight. Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight communion service. St Giles, Dallington: 11.30pm Midnight Communion.

CHRISTMAS DAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with holy communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion service. The usual pattern of services will be followed for the next two weeks. St John’s church will celebrate its Patronal Festival on December 29, and has a New Year’s Day service at noon, followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the village hall at 1pm.

TWELFTH NIGHT: Actually, it will be the tenth night this year for the supper at the White Horse Inn. Guests gather at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The three course meal will cost £20, including coffee. Please phone Bryan on 01323 833554 to book a place and provide you with a copy of the menu.

Burwash

CARDS: This is the last day for posting your cards in the Brownies post boxes situated in the Burwash News agents and Jarvis’ Butchers. It costs 20p per card to use this service, money and cards should be popped into the boxes, which will be collected at 4pm today ready for sorting. Delivery will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. Please address envelopes clearly and make sure only local cards are put in. We often receive cards for other villages which means they either don’t get sent or we have to dip into our proceeds for stamps.

LUNCH: Places are still available for the Christmas Day lunch at the village hall. We will take bookings right up until we sit down to eat. No one is ever turned away. If you would like to join us please call Mary on 01435 882107 before 9am on Christmas Day, or 882910 after that. It is £10 per person for a delicious three course freshly cooked meal, wine, festive cheer and friendship. You don’t have to live in Burwash to use us.

BOWLS: On Sunday the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will be having their Christmas lunch and awards. This year for the first time they are holding it at the Bear Motel. Thirty one members, ex members and their partners will dine and awards for the Memorial Cup, Presidents Cup, Mary Groombridge Trophy and the Pairs Sheild will be given by President Eddie Workman MBE. The club will break until January 6.

MEETING: The last meeting of the year was held for the members of the Community Weight Loss Challenge, at which Cath was the biggest loser and received a cash reward. The new 12 week course will start on January 7 in the Annex of Christ the King Catholic Church and is open to men and ladies. No public weigh-in, but friendly help and like minded people all willing to support each other. The 12 weeks cost £39 and you can book a space by calling Sue Tonkin on 01892 784741.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Advent, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly. 5.45pm, torchlight procession led by the carnival society from Kings Head Public House to East Hoathly Church. 6pm, Carol Service East Hoathly. Christmas Eve: 3pm Crib Service, Chiddingly. 5pm Crib Service, East Hoathly. 11.30pm, Benefice Midnight Mass, Chiddingly. Christmas Day: 9.30am Christmas Family Communion, Chiddingly. 11am Christmas Family Communion, East Hoathly.

SHOP OPENING HOURS: The Village Shop will be receiving its bumper Christmas fruit and veg delivery this weekend and will be opening for a few extra hours this coming Sunday (10am to 1pm) to enable you to shop for your festive fresh food needs right on your doorstep.

THOMAS TURNER: Friday 25 December 1761: ‘This being Christmas Day, myself and one servant were at church in the morn…we both stayed the communion; I gave 6d. The widow Marchant, James Marchant, Bett Mepham and Philip dined with me on a buttock of beef roasted, a raisin suet pudding and turnips…’

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: Christmas and other services at a glance: Tomorrow, Saturday, 3pm a concert of carols and Christmas music with Wealden Brass and festive refreshments. Sunday, The fourth Sunday of Advent, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Tender Mercies. 10.30am The Nativity told in drama and carol. 2.45pm Christmas Communion with carols at Emmanuel (Hawkswood). Christmas Eve, 4pm and 6pm Christingle Family Carol Services (two identical services, choose the time that suits you best), 11pm Holy Communion. Christmas Day, 8am Holy Communion, Joy to the World, 10.30pm Christmas Family Celebration.

U3A: Wanted: Fresh faces at the Afternoon Tea Group on the second Monday of the month from 2pm to 4pm. The group meets at Callenders Restaurant (opposite the Grenadier Pub). They do not play games or study anything, they just enjoy a companionable couple of hours talking. If this sounds like your cup of tea then go along and join them. There was an iPad workshop last month held at Callenders. Twenty members went along, a mixture of novices and helpers who brought their own iPads or other similar gadgets where the novices were able to try them out before venturing to buy one for themselves. Chris Drawmer kindly gave a talk explaining important uses such as accessing the Internet, e-mailing, Timeline (equivalent of Skype) and accessing or browsing shopping websites. Although all sizes do the same thing, he recommended the 10” model as the easiest size to type into and carry. There will be another workshop in the New Year for those who could not attend and for anyone needing a bit more help, and again there will be Computer Buddies to assist. Callenders catered for us very well, with coffee, tea and super cream cakes. If you are interested in joining any of these groups or to find out more about U3A then please contact Sue 840797 for the details in the first instance.

GRADUATIONS: Young Employment Trainees in Hailsham as local ambassadors for a brand new youth employment training scheme showed their support by attending a special ceremony to celebrate the achievements of young people who have completed their course as part of the Hailsham Works! Project. The Mayor of Hailsham Councillor Jo Bentley joined fellow councillors, project staff and Tomorrow’s People chief executive Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott at the first official Hailsham Works! graduation ceremony which took place at the Hailsham Civic Community Hall. Framed certificates were presented to graduates by Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Geoffrey Bush. Awards were given to seven graduates including two young people who recently completed work experience placements at the town council in its outdoor works and reception departments respectively. The Mayor announced at the event that the town council was delighted with the work carried out by both young people and has since employed one of the graduates as a receptionist on a part-time basis. Can you help Tomorrow’s People change lives? Please contact Carolyn Fogg on 07741 272013 or email cfogg@tomorrows-people.co.uk. To join the next group of 16-24 year olds contact Shaun or Kayley on 01323 441194 or send an email to scox@tomorrows-people.co.uk.

TOWN COUNCIL 0ffices will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday, and re-open at 9am on

Monday January 6. The Square Youth Café at 1 Market Street will close today, Friday, and re-open on Thursday January 2. Information on all Hailsham Town Council services can be found on their website (hailsham-tc.gov.uk) and on the noticeboards outside the council offices and in Vicarage Field. Please note Hailsham Town Council will operate its 24-hour emergency phone line for residents during the Christmas holidays, to report damage to or request an urgent repair for Town Council maintained buildings and grounds only. The number to call is 07500 686023.

ORGAN CLUB: On January 8, top UK organ supremo Brett Wales will be playing the Wersi Louvre organ, everything from Big Bands to Beatles, Strauss to Bluegrass at the Pavilion. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Christmas services. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 4.30pm Traditional Carol service, Christmas Eve 4.30pm Crib service; 11.30pm Midnight service. Christmas Day 10am Family Eucharist. Sunday, December 29 no service at St Richard’s, they will be joining the Group Ministry service at All Saints, Waldron at 10.30am.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Sunday, fourth Sunday in Advent, 8am Holy Communion ( BCP;) 11am family Service 6.30pm Carol Service, afterwards mince pies and Christmas punch (non- alcoholic.) Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib Service. 11.30pm Midnight Communion. December 22, St George’s 9.30am Holy Communion.

CROSS IN HAND WI: Members enjoyed lunch served by the committee at the AGM in November. The president thanked everyone for their help throughout the year which has been quite a busy one for all. There being no one wishing to stand for election, the committee will remain the same for the forthcoming year. The resolutions which have to be voted on for all WI members are: Increasing organ donation; funding of centres for vulnerable women at risk of offending; campaign against female genital mutilation; provision of non acute hospital beds. Their Christmas party in December was well attended and enjoyed by everyone. There was a delicious buffet followed by music and entertainment by members. Business was kept to a minimum and they all now look forward to the New Year lunch at a local inn. Their next meeting is on January 22 at 2pm in the village hall. Mr T Harris will speak about My Life as Henry VIII. New members are always welcome. Please telephone Joy 01435 812819,or go to www.esfwi.org.uk if you would like to know more.

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL Punnetts Town are holding their Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday at 3pm (followed by mince pies) .The Christmas morning service will be at 10.30am and to be led by Rad Upfield. All are welcome.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: On Friday, January 3 Ray Broomfield will describe what it was like to be a schoolboy during World War II. Then on February 7 Brian Purday will discuss Sussex Cures and Customs, you can discover some local knowledge. These talks are on the first Friday of each month starting at 7.30pm. It costs £4 to take part and coffee and cakes are served. Coffee mornings are still held every Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm where everyone who comes along can enjoy coffee, cakes and books. Donations of books and puzzles are always welcome. The art group meets on Fridays. There are some spare places. If you’d like to join ring Fiona on 01424 552409 or: 07977 192803 for more information.

FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, 9am to 12.30pm, Heathfield Doctor’s Surgery car park. Local market selling local produce and arts and crafts.

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Do you support someone with mental health needs? Would it be helpful to meet and talk to others with similar experiences? This service could be for you. Meeting being held Tuesday, January 8 from noon to 2pm, Heathfield Fire Station. For more information contact 01323 849524 or email nelida.senoran@sussexoakleaf.org.uk

AGE UK offer a service for people who need footcare. They have distributed a leaflet describing what they say is a friendly, helpful service, professional care and advice, competitive prices and a podiatrist service at various locations in East Sussex or home visits. For more information telephone: 01273 476704, extension 101 or visit

Nonie.Harries@ageukeastsussex.org.uk. For more information about their work and ways to support them visit www.ageukeastsussex.org.uk

GIRL GUIDING: Due to large numbers of girls in each section they desperately need more adult helpers and would be really pleased to hear from anyone who would be able to volunteer for just a few hours a week or month. They also need some extra help with Friends of Guiding committee who meet once or twice a term and help with District events from time to time and general support to all. There is a website with details nationally www.girlguiding.org and they also have a more local site with news www.girlguidingsussexeast.org.uk. If you are interested in finding out more about helping in Heathfield please call Claire Burdett on 01435 813669 for more information.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR April 26. For newcomers to Heathfield, Heffle is the ancient name for the town. Since taking the fair back to its roots in Cade Street, Old Heathfield it has gone from strength to strength and every penny they raise goes to Demelza Hospice Care for Children to enable community nurses to help and support families in their homes. If you would like to help or have any ideas to offer they would love to hear from you. Please ring either Sandie or Nicky on 01435 882723 or Audrey on 01435 830504 or email:hefflecuckoofair.org.uk

Isfield & Little Horsted

CAROLS: There was almost a capacity congregation at St Margaret’s Church in Isfield on Sunday evening when the Rev Canon Martin Onions officiated at a candlelit Parish Festival of Lessons and Carols. The choir, made up from members of St Margaret’s as well as Holy Cross Choral Society in Uckfield and St Michael’s in Little Horsted, was led by Anthony Roberts, organist at the Uckfield church, and Fiona Illingworth provided some delightful solos. Mince pies and mulled wine after the service helped round off a pleasant festive evening. The Christmas collections are being divided between Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Magham Down Crisis at Christmas, and the Kenward Trust’s Malthouse Project in Uckfield.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield, December 22: Parish Communion (10am); December 24: Communion for Christmas (10pm); December 25: Christmas Morning Worship (10am); December 29: Parish Communion, Book of Common Prayer (10am), St Michael’s, Little Horsted, December 24: Communion for Christmas (10.30pm); December 25: Family Eucharist and Carols (10am).

Lewes

VINTAGE CAR SHOW: On Monday September 14, 2014 there will be a Vintage Car show raising money for Lewes Hospital at Lewes Racecourse. They are looking for pre-1964 cars and bikes to join the parade. It will start from North Street and will journey up the town to the old Lewes Racecourse, where they will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the closure of the racecourse. For more details please contact Barry Foulkes 01825 761727 email beejaysfencing@aol.com.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The replacement bus service did arrive at Seaford train station later than the train would have done but we still had plenty of time to walk along the front and up Seaford Head where the full force of the wind could be properly appreciated. The sea was grey-brown and choppy but the ferry that steamed out of Newhaven appeared to be unperturbed and sailed serenely over the horizon. Bracing is the word that best describes this part of the walk. At the cottages at Cuckmere Haven we turned back and followed the track up to South Hill and then the path through the golf course where some hardy souls were out for a walk with their golf clubs in tow. At this point the rain forecast for noon began to come down so the walk back through the streets of Seaford to the station was a slightly soggy affair. Ten of us embraced the elements for a good walk led by Hilda and Graham. Our next walk will be on New Year’s Day and we will meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a walk which will start at Falmer. Why not start the New Year with a bracing walk?

TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, St John’s Church will be holding their last tabletop sale in Cliffe Church Hall, from 9.30am to 1pm. We shall have our usual home made cakes and preserves, lovely Lewes cards, china and glass gifts, books and hot coffee and mince pies available all morning.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

CHURCHES TOGETHER: Today, Saturday, 10am Carol Singing in the High Street (in aid of Shelter). St Dunstan’s, Mayfield, Sunday 6pm A Rumour of Angels: Christmas Readings and Carols by Candlelight (with actress and director Louise Jameson). Christmas Eve, 5pm Christingle Service for children and young families. 11pm Sung Parish Festival Midnight Mass. Christmas Day, 10.15am Parish Family Eucharist. (Children to bring along, please, their favourite present). The Good Shepherd, Five Ashes, Sunday, 9.15am. Eucharist and hymns. Christmas Day 9.15am Family Eucharist and carols.

TYPHOON APPEAL: An exit collection after the Mayfield Festival Choir concert raised an outstanding £567 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal and has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee Fund. The audience was gratefully thanked for its generosity.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: A quick reminder of their remaining events in Mayfield Horticultural Society’s autumn/winter season of talks, their next event takes place on Friday, January 17, when they welcome Ken Turner of Wadhurst to speak on the subject of Ponds and Water Gardens. Ken will deliver aquatic advice on everything from types of ponds, construction and maintenance to which plants will prosper in a watery habitat. On Friday, February 21 they look at that vital issue for the amateur gardener of how to make full use of a small greenhouse (which may involve accepting that creating a tomato jungle isn’t necessarily the only or best option open to you.) Recognised expert Hilary Newman, of Tonbridge, will cover how to best utilise your glass space throughout the year for bedding, flowers, bulbs, tender shrubs, and fruit and vegetables (and, yes, even tomatoes). Hilary will also provide insights into the use of protective covers, cloches, frames and plastic mulches. If you have a greenhouse or are considering acquiring one, this evening is a must. The above talks take place in the Scout and Guide Hall with a 7.30pm doors opening for 8pm start. Their final talk of the season takes place on Tuesday, March 18 at the Memorial Hall (7.15pm for 8pm), to form part of Mayfield Horticultural Society’s AGM. On that evening they will be welcoming Barbara Marsden from Ringmer whose talk entitled Natural Gardening: Sustainable Techniques from Africa, will look at how learning from agricultural projects across that vast continent can even be beneficial to a gardener in Mayfield, as they seek to deal with the slings and arrows that outrageous climate change lobs in our direction. Please go along and enjoy these talks which are open to absolutely everyone to attend, you will be amazed how much you learn from them. Talks are free if you are an MHS member (if you don’t hold the coveted membership card please pop along to Rosina’s Fabrics and secure one for the small consideration of £5) or cost just £2 to non-members on the night.

FAMILY FILM CLUB: January 25, February 22 and March 22 from 3pm to 5pm at Mayfield Memorial Hall. The cold winter months, three wonderful Saturday afternoon movies for all the family, friends, popcorn, the big screen. On Saturday, January 25: PONTO directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2008, a visually stunning fairy tale that’s a sweetly poetic treat for all ages. A fantastic looking, inventive and well-acted children’s film with never a dull moment. A weird, wonderful aquatic romp. Saturday, February 22: Swallows and Amazons directed by Claude Whatham 1974, based on the popular children’s book by Arthur Ransome. The film is set in Britain’s Lake District in the 1920s, where the children enjoy some wholesome adventures. Saturday, March 22: The Kid, directed by Charles Chaplin 1921, his first feature shows his undeniable touch and his brilliant mixture of slapstick and sentiment.

TENNIS CLUB: If you would like some exercise over the Christmas period, you might like to join their Frostbite Tennis Tournament on Sunday, December 29 from 10am. This is a mixed doubles tournament for players of all standards and for adults and juniors over 14 years. For details about the Frostbite Tournament and other information about the club, please ring 01435 873113.

MAYFIELD BAND: The Christmas Concert takes place on Saturday, December 21 from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Tickets from £6 from The Shopping Basket and Burnett’s. Mulled wine and mince pies. Apart from the fact that, as always, this will be the highlight of the village Christmas calendar, it will also be the final concert for their retiring musical director, Roy Fuller, who has been with the band for 27 years, principal cornet, Julie Scrace, also 27 years, and daughters Katherine and Emma who have been with the band ever since they could say mummy, please can I have an E flat bass/drumkit. Despite being non-Mayfield residents, they have put a major part of their lives into the village, and it would be good to give them a rousing send off. Please note the slightly earlier kick off time than usual, which hopefully will mean that more youngsters can come along. And don’t forget, they are still seeking replacements for retirees, so spread the word. And as dutiful servants of the community, they would also help you with your Christmas shopping, by offering the best Christmas gift you could ever hope to give your children: The gift of music. All you have to do is make your child a promise to bring them along every Friday night, and to give them the space and encouragement to practice, and that’s it. They’ll do the rest, providing them with an instrument and tuition, good company, and the most valuable life skill they will ever have.

U3A: Although there is no general meeting in December, many groups continue to hold their regular events, often with a little festive cheer. Also, this year for the first time members are gathering in Barnsgate Manor for a Christmas Lunch. At 2pm on Thursday, January 16 in Mayfield Memorial Hall they look forward to seeing everyone again and hearing David and Jo Fox talk about the enchanted islands where they lived for a number of years and to which they often return and maintain their family links. Through pictures taken by professional photographer friends and rare historical photos, Life on Galapagos will show not only the incredible wildlife of this remote archipelago but the story of the extraordinary people who settled on this, the earth’s last and unforgettable Eden before the world discovered it. Visitors will be welcome. For any further information about Mayfield and District U3A please contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

Newick

WI MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Please remember to collect all those lovely goodies you have ordered. The market re-opens on Friday January 9.

RUGBY: Newick Rugby first XV are playing at home against Littlehampton. This game will commence at 2.15pm. On January 1 there will be a game at home for the Lance Morgan Cup. This will probably be played late morning.

CHURCH SERVICES: Christmas services at St Mary’s Church are: Christmas Eve, Crib Service at 4pm and later in the evening the Midnight Holy Communion service will commence at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion will start at 8am, followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Everyone is most welcome to these services.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday January 9 for a talk by Chris Armitage about International Drug Trafficking in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. This will be a fascinating talk about drug investigation, on illicit drugs, where they are grown and how they can damage the individual and society.

Uckfield

CHRISTMAS CARDS: We’ve had a Christmas card that we’ve examined for several days, and we haven’t got the slightest idea who it’s from. It looks like Douglas and Syrup. So if you’ve sent us a card and we haven’t replied, it’s because we can’t read your writing.

Waldron

MARKET REPORT: On the only decent day for a week, we held our Christmas Market and everyone turned up for it from miles around. The centre of the village was buzzing with cheerful people shopping at the stalls, taking their children to see Santa in the Barn and making their way to Santa’s Workshop in the church. It was an absolutely fabulous day, many of the stalls sold out and gallons of mulled wine slipped down throats very easily. The organisers of the event were the Friends of Waldron Churches who were able to report a profit of just over £2,000 towards the next major improvements in our church buildings.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Advent and will be celebrated with 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. In the evening, at 6.30pm there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols also at All Saints’ which will start the Christmas services for many of us. Do come, it begins in candlelight as the choir processes down the aisle and it’s wonderful. On Christmas Eve there will be the Crib Service at 4pm at St Bartholomew’s and Midnight Mass starts at 11pm at All Saints’, when you’ll hear the best singing of the year with an absolutely full church and everyone off duty for the Christmas period. That is, except for our new Priest Reverend George Pitcher, who will be on duty for all the services on December 24 and 25 and will barely see his lovely family until lunchtime on Christmas Day.

CHRISTMAS DAY: There will be 8am Holy Communion at All Saints’, Festival Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Festival Morning Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am. (Now you can relax, George).

MORRIS MEN: There’ll be a group of Morris Men coming to perform outside in the square on Sunday at lunchtime. They are calling themselves Winter Solstice and claim (not too seriously) to dance to drive the cold winter away.

FOLK MUSIC: On Christmas Eve there will be fabulous folk music at the Star in the evening, a real warm-up for the festival.

THE NEW YEAR will be celebrated with an all-ticket dinner and entertainment at the Star (check availability by ringing 01435 812495). Then on January 1 there will be Brunch including the full English from about 11.30am also at The Star. Booking is advised as this is always a hugely popular event with Waldronites. Wassail comes on January 4, the first Saturday of the New Year, with Morris Men and the Mummers performing in the square during the evening and the apple trees at the back of the pub getting their annual libation from the Wassail cup.

STORES OPENING: Our lovely village shop is bursting with tasty things for Christmas (and the best coffee for miles). On Christmas Eve shop will be open 9am to 1pm, then closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It reopens on Friday December 27 from 9am to 1pm and the same hours on Saturday and Sunday. It will be closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 30, 31 and January 1 and 2 before re-opening on Friday 9am to 3.30pm. Normal hours resume thereafter.

WONDERFUL WIZARD: The poster are up for our panto The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron and tickets are on sale at the Stores at Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books in Heathfield or by post from The Box Office, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Tickets are £9 for adults, £7 for members of the Friends of Waldron Churches and £5 for children of 14 and under. The cast is rehearsing ready for the performances and it’s going to be huge fun. It’s got all the traditional elements, the good fairy versus the horrible one, the journey through the scary forest, battling against the evil forces and a heroine and her friends who come through to win in the end. It certainly promises to cheer up January, whatever the weather.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WINTER MORRIS: the Winter Solstice Morris has entertained people at this time of year since 1997. Tonight, Friday, they will be at the Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech at 9pm, dancing and performing their Mummers Play. On Sunday they will be at The Star Inn Waldron at 1pm and the Star Inn, Old Heathfield at 2pm. On New Year’s day they will conduct their walking tour of PunnettsTown ending up at the Black Duck, Warbleton. There they will dance and perform the Mummers Play. The last event will be Wassailing at The Star Inn, Waldron at 8pm when they will perform the Mummers Play. They dance Welsh Border Morris and the play comes from Fittleworth in West Sussex. In summer they become Summer Solstice, and are joined by the Cherry Clack Garland Dancers. Their first engagement will be the Cuckoo Fair,Cade Street on Saturday April 26. For details contact Jim Edmonds on 01435 830856.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: No morning service this week as we gather at 6.15pm for 6.30pm for our Carols By Candlelight service. Warbleton Brass band will be leading us in our singing. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Carol service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship. 3pm Carols By Candlelight. Both services will be led by Paul Daniels.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight communion service. St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight. St Giles, Dallington: 11.30pm Midnight Communion.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with holy communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion service. Heathfield Chapel: 10.30am Morning Worship with Rad Upfield. The usual pattern of services will be followed for the next two weeks.

HISTORY GROUP WALK: A slight change in the Boxing Day walk. We will start from Warbleton church lichgate at 10.30am for a walk of under 3 miles. We had intended to visit the Black Duck upon our return, but have discovered that it will be shut all day, so we will go to the Horse and Groom instead.

POLICE CHOIR: We enjoyed an evening of seasonal music at the Punnetts Town hall last Saturday evening. The choir started as a male voice choir whose membership were serving or retired officers. Ladies and support staff were admitted later and today choir members come from other walks of life. They do not charge for their performances, but ask that proceeds from concerts are given to a charity of the organisers choice. The hall kindly donate the surplus from the evening to the Warbleton Bells Appeal. We received £72 plus £20 that I was given directly. Thank you very much. It is hoped that the work will be able to proceed next year.