Parish pump Uckfield - February 15 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11am to 2.30pm at the village hall on Monday.

LENT COURSE: The three churches of the benefice come together at the Community Room, Osborn House, Rushlake Green each Wednesday during Lent, starting this week. Our Rector, Marc Lloyd, will be taking us through the Ten Commandments. This open to all of faith or no faith. The format is that Marc will speak and then there will be opportunity to ask questions or contribute to the discussion. You can of course just sit back and listen. Coffee and cake will be served.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. The public are invited to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

FILM CLUB: The film this month is Charlie Wilson’s War, which concerns Afghanistan in the 1980s and America’s involvement in that country at that time. Produced by and starring Tom Hanks it was directed by Mike Nichols, and co-stars Julia Roberts. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and cakes, and the film starts at 7.30pm next Friday February 22. For details of the film club, and to reserve guest tickets, contact Caroline at


PANTOMIME: This is your last chance to see this year’s production of Aladdin, performed by the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society. I had the pleasure of seeing it last weekend and I think it is one of their best. There was plenty of audience participation, and loads of laughs. The scenery and costumes were clever and colourful. Once again the cast were very good, with outstanding performances by Terry Parker as Abanazer, Hannah Parker-Read as Aladdin, David Cowell made a wonderful Widow Twankee, Shelagh Bedford Turner’s roll may have been small but my did she give us big laughs. Polly Richardson and Pennie Howard were kept busy as the local constabulary and the girls in the chorus line were superb. It was really nice to see the children getting involved too. Tickets are still available from the ticket office at the Burwash Newsagents. £4 for tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon and £5 for tonight and tomorrow night. Well done to all those involved in the these production and thank you for giving up so much of your time to entertain us.

FOOTPATH WALK: The next monthly footpath walk will take place on Monday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Cloke will guide you over the network of public footpaths that cross the beautiful countryside of our three villages. Wellingtons may be advisable after all the rain we have had. Anyone can join the walks, just turn up on Monday. The walks always end in time for lunch.

MEETING: On Monday evening, the Burwash Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a meeting at the Rose and Crown pub at 8pm, all members and visitors are invited to attend. You do not have to be a member to attend. It is not essential that you have ever been a member of the armed forces either, you just need to be interested in the work that the Legion does. Please contact Fred Marshall if on 01435 884298 if you would like to become a member.

NSY: The Not So Young Club will have their meeting on Thursday at the village hall at 2.15pm. At last month’s meeting the club held their AGM with long standing chairman Sylvia Kingston retiring, her successor is Isabel Salmond. Sue Fowler also joined the committee which was voted in en-bloc. The club’s charity for the year will be Help for Heroes. The members will be entertained by Gary Enstone who will be speaking about Bateman’s. New members and visitors are always welcome.

BOWLS: Last week the bowls club had a week with no league match, they played again last night, results next week. The club will play against Broad Oak on Thursday at home. This week the club took delivery of their new club shirts, some of the old ones had been around too long and were looking shabby. The new ones incorporate our club colour, blue, and look really smart. Our thanks to Keith Wood for his hard work in obtaining quotes etc and arranging order and delivery. They were worn in the match last night for the first time. we will wear these in remembrance of Ron Surplice and John Pope.


BUXTED WI: We had not seen sunshine very much in the past few weeks as we have experienced a variety of dreadful weather including ice, snow, and violent rainstorms, but though chilly it was a lovely sunny day as members made their way to the Reading Room for our February meeting. The warm up exercise to music session led by Jenny Johnson was very popular as usual and Jenny had chosen nostalgic War Time Songs to put us in the mood for our World War I and II themed afternoon. President Ann Tricker opened the meeting and invited one of our members to read the poem, Do not stand at my grave and weep, allegedly written for his mother by a soldier killed on active service. Secretary Joyce Harvey gave us a list of forthcoming activities to interest our members including quiz competitions, craft days, historical guided tours, chocolate sweet making workshops and bridge taster days. A trip to see The Sound of Music in Tunbridge Wells also on offer. Our guest speaker was Ian Everest who delighted us with an extremely interesting illustrated talk about The Womens Land Army. Formed in 1915 as a result of the 300,000 men who left the farms to join the services, the women who chose this very hard manual work with long hours and out in all weathers, were paid 7/6d per week in comparison to munition workers (known as Canaries) who earned 30 shillings per week in the factories. When WWII began lessons had not been learned by the government and the situation on the farms was the same in 1943. Women earned £1.4s for a 48hr week in winter, 52hrs in summer. Compared to the £3.3s men were paid. Carrying on their good work long after the war ended the Women’s Land Army finally disbanded in the 1950s. Ironically, their work not recognised or appreciated by the government until recent years when in 2000 veterans were allowed to be represented at the Cenotaph Remembrance Service in London. In 2009 those still alive were invited to Buckingham Palace by the Queen for tea and were presented with a badge each. No medals. A vote of thanks was given to Ian Everest by Daphne Knight on behalf of everyone present. Our birthday girls presented with a card this month were Murial Brooker, Sheila Selden, Joyce Harvey, Joan Cotterel, Allana Dobson, June Vatcher and Vix Mann. Winners of the competition, A Wartime Memento were: 1, Daphne Knight; 2, Helen Reynolds; 3, Jenny Johnson. The Flower of the Month won by: 1, Jenny Russell; 2, Jane Godfrey; 3, Jenny Johnson. We will meet again on March 7 when our speaker will be Raymond Hale with A Stroll Along An English Country Lane. The competition entitled A Countryside Photograph. (Mary Mustin).


CHURCH SERVICES: First Sunday in Lent, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

LENT LUNCHES: During Lent there will be simple lunches hosted by different people in the parish. Donations are usually made to a charity chosen by the hosts. The first lunch will be on Tuesday and will be hosted by Frances, Robbie and Chris Mills at 14 High Street (tel: 840653). Guests will be welcome between 12.30pm and 2pm. Please fell free to join in on one more of these occasions, they provide a good opportunity to meet together, meet new people and join friends. Details of subsequent dates to follow.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: No to be missed today, Friday, at 7.30pm in the village hall.Brin, Hero Dog. Brin was a stray in Afghanistan who was adopted by the British Army and had a talent for sniffing out landmines laid by the Taliban and as a result saved many soldiers’ lives. Now living a quieter more content life, Brin and his new owner Sally Baldwin will be coming to tell us his story and about the charity that got him to England. Members free, guests £3.

BINGO: The next Age Concern bingo session will take place on Thursday at 2pm in the village hall. Bring along your friends for a fun time and a chance to win one of the excellent money prizes.

QUIZ EVENING: A final reminder that the East Hoathly and Halland Tennis Club are holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, in East Hoathly Village Hall starting at 7pm. Teams of four are invited to take part. Hot soup, cheese and baguettes will be served plus a raffle and prizes for the winning team. Tickets £5 per person are available from Val at 01825 840925, Frances 01825 880047 and East Hoathly Post Office.

TWINNING SOCIETY: Our next visit by our friends in Juziers will be between May 25 and 27 and there are a number of families keen to make a connection with families here in the village. One Juziers family of five, three children aged 6, 8, and 12 years, are particularly keen to start reciprocal visits with a family in the parish. If anyone is interested in hosting them this year, please call John Graham on 07939 223413

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 18 February 1756 ‘this morn about 6.25 it began snowing very hard and continued snowing all day, and that very hard, but as it was open weather it did not lie on the ground above 6 inches deep; but, I believe, had there been a frost, it would not have been less than two foot deep…’


PANCAKE RACE: Why not try your hand at the Pancake Race on the Village Green at 11am on Tuesday (bring your own frying pan), followed by a family Beetle Drive with tea and pancakes in the village hall at 3pm. Teams of four, donations gratefully received. To book please e-mail

BOOKS: The red telephone box outside the Foresters Arms is now in use for swapping books so if you have any unwanted books or are looking for something to read go along and have a look. You can also recycle unwanted items using the website, there are groups in Uckfield, Crowborough and East Grinstead.

POEMS entitled From the Heart, in aid of Christ Church, written by our resident poet, Jenny Broadbent, are now available at £5 each. Please order by calling 01825 712277 or e-mail

THE GRIT BINS were much depleted in the recent cold spell but have hopefully by now all been topped up in readiness for whatever weather is to come. A big thank you from the village Hall Management Committee to those of you who helped to spread the grit on the village hall car park, it was much appreciated. Please report any blocked culverts, drains and ditches to the parish council for them to monitor progress or otherwise call 01825 714555 or e-mail

A MESSAGE from Christ Church Flower Guild: Would you like to be involved with helping make Christ Church look even more beautiful on a Sunday or Festival occasions (Christmas, Easter, Harvest)? You don’t have to be a professional flower arranger or even attend the church on a Sunday though you would always be most welcome. Male or female, no discrimination here. We are all amateurs, we just love flowers and learn off each other. For more information contact, Janie Hooper (01892 664471).

THE CONSERVATORS are planning to run sessions for dog owners to assist them in understanding good dog control and to improve that control whilst around horses and other animals on the Forest. AFRA are running sessions for horse riders to help them control the situation when they might encounter troublesome dogs. The sessions will be led by Rebecca Johns, a professional rider and trainer, who specialises in equine behaviour and its application to training. AFRA has arranged for three sessions for riders (all sessions take place at Nutley Village Hall) to be run on the following dates: Thursday March 14, 7.30pm to 9.30pm; Thursday April 11, 7.30pm to 9.30pm; Thursday April 25, 7pm to 9.30pm. The sessions are free to AFRA members and £10 for non-AFRA members. (Membership of AFRA taken out prior to obtaining a Forest Riding Permit comes with the benefit of a reduction in the cost of the permit). If you are interested in attending one of these sessions or becoming a member of AFRA contact Jane Green on

HEALTHY WALKS on Ashdown Forest. Free friendly walks every Wednesday 10.30am for approx 1 hour. Broadstone Car Park every first Wednesday of the month; Long Car Park every second Wednesday of the month; Box Car Park every third Wednesday of the month; Black Hill Car Park every fourth Wednesday of the month; Kings Standing Car Park every fifth Wednesday of the month. Contact Tracy on 01342 823583 or Paula on 07740 899559 for more details.

LENT LUNCHES: From today, Friday, and throughout Lent from noon. Lent Lunches in aid of Help for Heroes and Christ Church. £3 for soup, a roll and a drink. First one at the vicarage, call 712277 to book see the church notice board for the venues for the following weeks.

FAIRWARP WI: On Saturday February 23 at 7pm Fairwarp WI presents We’re In a show. In Fairwarp Village Hall. Tickets £12 to include two course supper. Licensed bar. To book call Tracy on 01825 713101, no tickets will be available on the door.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Saturday March 2, 10am to noon. Fairwarp Mother and Toddler Group Nearly New Sale in the village hall. Children’s clothes, baby equipment, maternity, nursery items and lots more. For more information or to book a table call Phillipa on 01825 713219.

YOUR correspondent will be away next week.


HI VIZ is everywhere. Of course it’s needed by road engineers, postmen and the like who ply their trade in dangerous conditions and often in complete darkness. But I can’t be the only person who has noticed a rash of luminous acid yellow. Car park attendants, supermarket staff; crossing patrol people (OK I give you that one) walkers in broad daylight, police, airport staff, dog walkers, even dogs have got ’em now. I remember Mrs PP took some sort of horse road safety exam and her horse had to be got up in hi viz. He hated it and shied every time he saw someone approach him in one of those incandescent jackets. He wasn’t very good at road safety either, she often came home with branches sticking out of her hat.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the last meeting, County Councillor Rupert Simmons reported that ESCC would need to find £30m savings in the next financial year, which would prove very difficult. Priorities included economic regeneration and superfast broadband. But on a more optimistic note, he was happy to report 48 youngsters have graduated successfully from the Heathfield Works project and funding is now being sought for the next three years. I can’t be the only one who has noticed a distinct reduction in street-level anti-social behaviour and mild vandalism. I wonder if a few ringleaders were in fact those youngsters who were completely unable to find jobs or courses they enjoyed and simply felt bored and unappreciated. Well done to all those involved. At the same meeting County Councillor and County Chairman Cllr Chris Dowling said that more of the traffic calming features in the Possingworth area had been installed. Some minor works are still being carried out and speed monitoring will be taking place shortly. Let’s hope these works ensure we have no more tragedies on that terrible road. Members considered a report which indicated that a decision in principle to adopt the Waldron telephone box had been previously agreed. It was noted that the intention was to install a defibrillator unit as part of a Community Responder Scheme. It was confirmed BT would only sell boxes to town and parish councils. So it was resolved to buy the box from BT at a cost of £1. Well done Waldron.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer Service has been written this year by the women of France. The theme they have chosen is, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The service, which lasts approximately one hour, will be held in over 170 countries commencing in Samoa, sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas until it comes to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later. The Heathfield service is being held in the Union Church on Friday, March 1 at 10.30am. All are very welcome men, women and children. They are invited to go along and join with women from the Churches in Heathfield, Waldron, Cross in Hand and Horam.

WINES The next Sante wine tasting is on Friday, February 23 from 6pm to 8pm and on Saturday, February 24 from 10.30am to 1.30pm. They will be showing a selection of Italian wines. Something they have not done especially for a couple of years. In the meantime Graeme Mackenzie tells us he has some wines that have been reduced in price, he wants to clear them to restock the cellar. They include wines from Argentina, Chile, Italy and France. I remember Mrs PP had flown home to England for something or other and I was invited to a tasting at a Cave not far from where we were staying in the south of France. There was plenty of food on offer (the French seldom drink wine without food) and I was moderately cheerful but far from merry when my ailing satnav took me into the middle of a vineyard with no room to turn round. It was a memorable evening.

SALE: Baby and Toddler clothing and toy sale at Broad Oak Pre-school tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. It costs £10 a table to take part. Entry fee 50p per adult. There will be clothes, toys and loads of stalls. For information contact Rachel Wright on 07867 787227.

NEW VOLUNTEER Farmers Market Manager Colin Williams has been involved with Heathfield Farmers’ Market for about 15 years and feels that it is time to hand over to someone younger, with more energy and better health than he has. The job of running the market would be ideal for someone who is newly retired and looking for a project for their retirement. The ideal situation would be for someone to initially assist Colin and take over various responsibilities when they are ready. If anyone is interested please contact Colin for more information on 01435 862798.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: A Sheepsetting Lane Residents’ Association is in the process of being formed. The aim is to raise issues of interest and concern to local people and take those matters forward so they can be dealt with by the right authorities. Sheepsetting Lane might be relatively short but it is home to a large pre school and primary school plus a health and community centre so there are many matters such as parking and speeding which affect visitors and passers-by as well as residents. More information to be provided as soon as this group is operational.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet at the Cuckoo Trail car park Station Road at 10am for a six mile walk. Ring 01892 664441 for details.


PRIMARY SCHOOL: Sarah Curtis has joined the Mayfield CE Primary School as the new headteacher. She comes from Danehill Primary School and currently lives in Haywards Heath. Last term a new Friends committee was formed. The Friends are committed to supporting the school to make it a better place for children to learn and play, by improving facilities and playground. They are also trying to connect parents of children at the school with the wider Mayfield community. They do this by fundraising through events run for everyone and organise activities for children during school hours. So far they are committed £5 per year to support school outings for this academic year, £200 for playground play equipment and all Christmas activities. Their next action will be to pay for the cleaning of the playground wall which should get it back to its original state. The school is now getting into the organisation of two major events; Mothers’ Pampering Evening in the school on Wednesday, March 13 where treatments available will include professional massages, manicures, eyebrow shaping etc and tons of stalls. Entry costs £5 to include a glass of bubbly and nibbles. On Saturday, June 29 the school is holding its fantastic summer fair. For information visit www.friendsofmayfieldce

LENTEN LUNCHES: Father Nigel has offered London House for the annual Charity Lenten Lunches. Traditionally these were held on Fridays but will now take place on Thursday, except one. The first was yesterday, (February 14) the next is Thursday, February 28 from noon until 2pm in aid of the Children’s Society. The next is on Thursday, March 7 from noon until 2pm in aid of Friends of the Holy Land. Thursday, March 14 from noon until 2pm is in aid of the bonfire society and Wednesday, March 20 from noon until 2pm in aid of Open Door. The lunches comprise soups, rolls, cheeses and fruit followed by coffee or tea. Everyone is welcome.

4 ALL @ 4: St Dunstan’s Church is starting an informal All Age Worship service on the fourth Sunday afternoon of each month from 4pm in the church followed by tea. These start on Sunday, February 25. Services will include dramas, lively music including some action songs, interactive activities and much more. Although the services are aimed at families it’s hoped they will include something for everyone.

HORSES V DOGS: The Conservators tell us there have been several unpleasant incidents involving dogs chasing horses on the Forest. Every Dog Matters is a new project initiated by the Conservators run jointly with the Ashdown Forest Riding Association. It aims to improve the relationships between dog owners and riders. There will also be sessions for dog owners to help them understand good dog control and improve that control while around horses and other animals on the Forest. Professional dog walkers have already signed up to a voluntary Code of Conduct which is working well. AFRA is also running sessions for riders on how to control the situation when they encounter troublesome dogs. The sessions will be led by Rebecca Johns, a professional rider and trainer. I have an interest here. We find relationships between riders and dog walkers (and we have been both) can be fine if both are thoughtful and polite. Most dog walkers see riders in the distance and automatically put their dogs on leads. And most riders, when they see a family with dogs, slow their speed and walk calmly past. The problems arise when either side does not comprehend the problem the other faces. I have seen riders gallop past startled walkers, sometimes spraying them with mud. I have also seen dogs snapping around the heels of well-behaved horses and owners laughing, not realising their dog could be injured or killed, let alone the rider. Riders, slow down if you see groups of people with dogs. Dog walkers, put your dogs on leads if you see horses coming towards you. There is plenty of space on the Forest and around our lanes, woods and fields, for both.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer. This year’s service will be held at St Dunstan’s on Friday, March 1 at 2pm. Everyone is welcome, including men. Women’s World Day of Prayer is an interdenominational organisation, speaking with the voices of women from all corners of the globe. Involvement creates a network of Christians women on a worldwide scale which also reaches into local communities. Preparations go on for months in advance. Finally at a church nearby on March 1, men and women will gather this year to celebrate using a programme of worship prepared by the women of France. The theme chosen for them is: I was a stranger and you welcomed me. The service has a strongly French feel and flavour. The wave of prayer rises with the sun over Samoa and then sweeps across Asia, Africa, the Middle East , Europe and the Americas until it returned to Samoa 36 hours later. By then services will have taken place in more than 170 countries.

STORYTELLING: Mayfield Library hosts a series of storytelling events, Great Tales from Grimm running on Saturdays from 10.30am to 11.30am on April 23, March 23 and April 27. All ages are welcome.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Tonight, Friday, Barry Newman, horticultural judge, lecturer and National Executive Member of the National Vegetable Society will talk about vegetable growing from 7.30pm at the Scout and Guide Hall.


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

RUGBY: The club appear to have only one fixture this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV are playing Midhurst at home, kick off at 2.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church, first Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion at 8am followed by informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

QUESTION TIME: The horticulture society are holding a Gardeners’ Question Time in the village hall on Thursday, doors open 7.30pm. Staff from Wych Cross Nursery will answer all your questions. They have a wide range of expertise between them including their rose expert who is the former chairman of the British Rose Growers Association. The event will be in aid of the Christian charity supported by Wych Cross. This will be an opportunity to renew your membership for 2013, or perhaps join the society for the first time.

AGM: On Wednesday Newick Bonfire Society will be holding the annual general meeting in the back room of the village hall at 8pm. We all enjoyed the bonfire and firework display last autumn, so please try an support these events

NEWICK WI will meet February 28 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker is Amanda Millar talking about Working With Bats, maybe a little scary for some. Amanda will be explaining about some of her experiences running a bat rescue hospital from her home and bat ecology. Visitors are always very welcome.


CYCLING: A large part of Copenhagen is pedestrianised, with cycle lanes. They’re planning to be CO2 neutral by 2025. Everyone rides bikes. They have carts on the front for their children and shopping. There are free cycle parking ranks everywhere. Nobody chains them up and nobody steals anything. The Metro is driver-free and runs all the time. Towns like Lewes and Uckfield would love to have facilities like that, and I’ve been thinking about it. Copenhagen’s flat, but Sussex is hilly in parts. They could have a sort of ski lift going up the steep roads that people could clip on to. Going downhill is no problem. And there would be plenty of parking everywhere. And as for the snow. Life carries on as normal. Little diggers go along the pavements, loosening the snow and blowing it into the air. But nobody stops work.


BOOK GROUP: There’s a village Book Group which meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Stores. This month’s choice is The Invisible Woman, by Claire Tomalin and is about Nelly Ternan, the actress who was the secret mistress of Charles Dickens and may have been with him when he died. It’s part history, part detective story, with insights not only into his character and his books but also about the tribe of strong theatrical women who had a remarkable amount of freedom to earn and to run a business when that was rare in the Victorian period. The next meeting starts at 2.30pm on Wednesday February 27.

FOOD AND FUN: If you haven’t yet booked your seats for our evening of comedy songs and sketches in the company of Barbara Laird and Rosemary Gillett on February 22, don’t delay as the tickets are almost sold out. It’s at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm and the evening includes a two course supper to go along with the entertainment. It’s fantastic value at £10 for Friends of Waldron Churches or £12 if you’re not and it’s a fundraiser to help pay for further church repairs. Tickets from the Stores at Waldron, or at Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from me at Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The programme will be repeated on Saturday afternoon February 23, accompanied by tea and cake, for those who would rather not turn out at night. Tickets for that are £8 full price or £7 for Friends of Waldron Churches, available as above.

WOMEN AT PRAYER: The Women’s World day of Prayer will take place on Friday March 1. It’s organised by a unique international group which speaks for Christian women worldwide and which gives the responsibility of organising this special day to different country each year. For 2013 it’s France, and the organising committee has chosen the theme I was a stranger and you welcomed me, reflecting the number of asylum requests which France receives each year, in common with many other countries. The presence of these asylum seekers enriches the culture but can also cause some social difficulties. Behind each request there is a life and some of their stories will be shared in the services which are held round the world. This great annual wave of prayer begins with the sun over the island of Samoa then sweeps across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas until it finishes some 36 hours later in American Samoa, having crossed 170 countries. Our service locally will be at the Union Church in Heathfield starting at 10.30am for an hour and everyone is welcome, men, women and children.

SERVICES: This Sunday, is the first Sunday in Lent, and there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Morning Worship at All Saints’ at 11.15am.


CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. We now have a box for the Foodbank items to be dropped off. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: My apologies to the folks at the chapel, for last week’s entry. For some reason I got the wrong time and speaker. This week Colin Povey leads morning worship and communion at 11am.

LENT COURSE: The three churches of the benefice come together at the Community Room, Osborn House, Rushlake Green each Wednesday during Lent, starting this week. Our Rector, Marc Lloyd, will take us through the Ten Commandments. This open to all of faith or no faith. The format is Marc will speak and then there will be opportunity to ask questions or contribute to the discussion. Coffee and cake will be served.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday was Roger McKenna who took us on a guided tour of Walsingham in Norfolk, and its history, particularly in relation to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Before the Dissolution there was an enormous priory. Now very little remains, including a unique ruin. This is the east end of the priory church, in the form of two slender towers connected by the gable end of the church, above the now missing east window. As is the case with other similar sites, there are a number of houses, built from the rubble of the priory. Roger said Walsingham is very tranquil in the winter, but very busy in summer. The former station building is now a Russian Orthodox church, and you can enjoy a peaceful walk down the old trackbed to the Slipper Chapel about a mile away, so named because pilgrims left their shoes there so they could walk the last mile barefoot, including Henry VIII. We meet next Saturday, February 23, at 2pm at the Dunn Village Hall for our monthly walk.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. There is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.