Parish pump Uckfield - February 20, 2015

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Holy Communion.

DEAF UNIT: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be outside Osborne House, Rookery Lane, from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday March 5. This is at the same time and location as Coffee and Company so you can combine the two in one visit. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

Burwash

PANTOMIME: Well, all the hard work is over for yet another year. The members of the Burwash Amateur Pantomime society can take a well earned break knowing they have given the village another great production. Well done to everyone involved from the cast, it was great to see the children involved again this year, those who built and painted the props and backdrops, the dressmakers for the amazingly colourful costumes. The music, lighting and the refreshments. The money they raise goes to local children’s clubs and societies. Thank you BAPS.

BOWLS: Last week the team had a home fixture against Barcombe. This was their first visit to Burwash but they all gave a good fight although some struggled with our mats. Triples Margaret Waterhouse, Irene Bell and Joan Howard won 14-12 and Keith and Angela Marden and Gavin Wood won 34-5. Pairs Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood won 14-12 and Alan Green and Mary Taylor won 19-5. A great evening for Burwash and eight league points. The club also played their cup matches. In the Presidents Cup the ladies played a knockout with some really close results. The final was won by Angela Arden who beat Mary Taylor. The Mary Groombridge Trophy was contested by the men. Also a knockout, this was won by Alan Green, who beat Keith Wood in the final. Well done to them both.

LUNCH: The Burwash branch of Age UK will be holding their lunch club on Monday from noon in the Bear Motel. This is open to anyone over 55 years, who enjoys good freshly cooked food with good company. The delicious two course meal and coffee is £8 per person. To book a place please call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483. She may be able to arrange transport if you are unable to make it under your own steam.

COFFEE: The Burwash Ladies Group are holding a coffee morning on Wednesday at 9 The Old Orchard, High Street, from 10.30am. Do go along and take a look, enjoy the hospitality of Molly Beauchamp and discover how the members of this great club enjoy their meetings and monthly outings.

TALK: Burwash Horticultural Society invite you to go along to a special talk by Barry Newman on The Modern Kitchen Garden. It is being held in the village hall on Thursday from 2pm for 2.30pm. Entrance is £1 for society members and £2.50 for non-members. A raffle and tea and biscuits will end the afternoon. All are very welcome to go along.

Chailey

SOLAR OBSERVING takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at the Horns Lodge from 2pm to 6pm and night time observation and talks are planned from 7pm to 11pm. All are welcome and will find that the night sky at the Horns Lodge one of the darkest in the South East. It will be an evening of astronomical discovery, as there will be lots of telescopes set up in the garden which you can use to view the night sky, also amateur astronomers on hand to answer all your questions and introduce you to the natural wonders of the night sky. The event will go ahead whether the skies are clear or not. If it is cloudy, computer technology will be used to show you what is behind the clouds. If it isn’t cloudy you will see the International Space Station pass overhead and Jupiter through a telescope. The speakers will be Richie Jarvis from South Common Observatory, Jane A Green from Eastbourne Astronomical Society and Charlotte Clarke from the University of Sussex. For more information call Richie on 07702 705427.

QUIZ EVENING is tomorrow, Saturday, in the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park Station starting at 7.30pm. A ticket includes an evening meal (meat or vegetarian options). For tickets call 01737 772811 or email rasalmon@btinternet.com.

VITALITY BRIGHTON Half Marathon is on Sunday and Amanda Home is running for Chailey Heritage Foundation. You can support Amanda at www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Home-Brighton-Half-Marathon/.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion 8am, Parish Communion 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Ray Dadswell and at 6.30pm.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge, on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

LENT LUNCHES will take place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

BREATHING CORPSES by Laura Wade, is being performed by STAB productions at The Hub, Central Sussex College, Haywards Heath, on Friday and Saturday February 27 and 28. Doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm. The production will again support the company’s nominated charity: The Chailey Heritage Foundation. There are still tickets priced at £10 and £8 for students available from www.stabproductions.co.uk or by calling 01273 936808.

CONCERT: the organist Andy Rees and his choir Coro Nuovo will be holding a concert on Saturday March 7 at 7pm at St Peter’s Church. Refreshments will be available. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

THANKS to the horticultural society for a very informative Open Afternoon. There was a warm welcome from committee members and experts keen to pass on their knowledge and encourage others to exhibit. Also so much to be learnt from the experts about flower arranging, exhibiting handicraft, photography, cookery and vegetables. The refreshments were delicious; I thoroughly enjoyed my cream tea and coffee cake. The Society always gives a warm welcome to new exhibitors and if you would like to participate in the Spring Show in March a show schedule detailing all the classes is available, from Janet Keet-Black, on 01273 400699.

PARISH COUNCILLOR: Have you thought about becoming a parish councillor at the local council elections on May 7? If so to find out what you need to do to be nominated do contact the parish clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am and 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email chaileypc.btinternet.com.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Enterprise Centre (CHEC) is now on Twitter, you can follow them on @Chec1995. There are regular tweets with news, not only about what is going on in the Centre but stories relating to a wide range of issues regarding disability, commerce and employment. It’s an interesting feed and a great way of finding out what is going on at the Centre. The feed is also linked to CHECs Facebook page, www.facebook.com/enterprisecentre, so you can follow it from there as well.

CHAILEY SCHOOL is celebrating recognition at the highest level for the achievement of its pupils. As a top performing school it received praised from the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, who wrote to the headteacher, Lesley Young, informing her that the school ‘has proven to be one of the top 90 non-selective state funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics GCSEs’. He went on to congratulate the headteacher on the hard work and success of staff, governors and pupils over the last three years and thanked Mrs Young and her leadership team for ‘the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement’. Mrs Young’s response, along with a copy of Mr Laws’ letter and an extract of the national school performance tables for the 2014 GCSE results, showing Chailey School’s success, as published by the Department for Education on January 29 can be found at www.chaileyschool.org/

CARING: The new edition of St Peter and St James Hospice free magazine, which is produced three times a year, is out now. It can be picked up at any of their charity shops, the reception at the hospice or downloaded from the website www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk. If you would like to receive a copy of Caring please email fundraising@stpeter-stjames.org.uk or call 01444 471598 and you will be added to the list to receive future editions.

East Hoathly

MUSIC QUIZ: Our local drama society UBenDS will be holding a music quiz on Saturday February 28 in the village hall at 7.30pm. The entrance fee is £5 per person, with a maximum of six on each table. For tickets please call Guy Baigent on 01323 488633 or at guybaigent@googlemail.com.

PARISH COUNCIL: In the morning of Friday December 26, just before the annual Pram Race, the village sign and Christmas tree at the junction of Waldron Road and South Street was demolished. Local villagers cleared up the mess and the sign is being repaired. New Christmas tree lights will need to be purchased. The cost of up to £700 is being underwritten by the parish council, whilst efforts are being made to trace those who caused the damage. The police have been informed. Did you witness the incident? Do you have any photographs of the vehicles involved? The parish council is upset that this cost has to be passed on to you, the ratepayers. If you can provide any information to identify who caused the damage, so that we can pursue them to pay for the damage caused, this would be welcomed. Please contact any member of the parish council if you can help.

TWINNING SOCIETY: The parish of East Hoathly and Halland is twinned with Juziers, a lovely village on the Seine, some 35 miles north-west of the centre of Paris in the Ile de France region. The twinning bond was forged in 1994 and has been increasingly strengthened over the years by annual visits in either direction. Any parishioner is automatically a potential twinner. It costs nothing to join. Neither is there a requirement to speak perfect French. The twinning association has organised fund raising events over the years, in which monies have been raised for our two local hospices and other cancer related charities. The Race Night and the Quiz Night have become annual fixtures. The multi-draw is a quarterly event which has enriched a number of residents as well as providing a healthy boost to twinning funds. These funds are primarily earmarked for the annual twinning visit, whether it is home or away. For the home fixture we put on a welcome reception and a big dinner for hosts and our French friends. For the away fixture the funds raised pay for subsidised seating on the coach and very reduced pricing for children and students. The hospitality we receive from our French hosts when we travel to Juziers is overwhelming and lives long in the memory. It also provides an excellent introduction to French family life. We are looking for more people, particularly those with young families, to be part of the twinning exchange visits. There are more Juzierois keen to form a link than we can currently accommodate. For more information, please contact Pat Duke, Hon. Sec.: patduke49@yahoo.co.uk

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club, 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

CHROMATICS CHOIR meet on Monday at 7.45pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

KOBUDO Martial Arts is on Thursday at 5pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY are holding their AGM on Friday February 27 at 7pm.

BRIDGE and Scrabble afternoon in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice will be held at Danehill Village Hall on Wednesday March 4, 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Tables of four £28 including legendary tea; raffle. Bring your own cards for bridge, Scrabble boards provided. To book your table and information please contact Victoria Wigan on 01825 724042. Email; peter.vwigan@btinternet.com

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express February 26. Pirates at Work: Vessels sunk off the Sussex Coast. During the past few days several vessels have been sunk in the Channel within a few miles of the Sussex Coast, having been torpedoed by German submarines. In some cases people on the promenade have witnessed these acts of piracy and attempted murder, and the lifeboats along the coast have been prompt in going to the rescue.

STRUCK DURING A MEAL: The Harpalion was torpedoed on Beachy Head on Wednesday. The officers had just sat down to tea, and the chief engineer had just uttered the words: ‘For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful,’ when there was an awful crash. The Harpalion heeled over to port, and the crew left in the boats. Three men were missing and three injured.

Hailsham

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head are twice monthly get-togethers of people who enjoy sharing skills and experiences with yarn. At the meeting on February 10 the main talk was about ethnic knitting. There are three main ways in which knitting can vary, in the use of colour, the use of texture and the method of construction. Most traditional knitting from many cultures was to provide warmth and or weatherproofing.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week at the club there was a competition for The Strong Trophy. This is a set of six photographs exhibited as a coherent panel which is logically or aesthetically consistent and holding together as a harmonious or credible whole. The judge was Trevor Gellard FRPS who is a regular visitor for both talks and judging. There were thirteen panels entered in the competition for him to review and he said it was extremely difficult to pick a winner as there were so many different types of style. Six were held back for Trevor to see again and he awarded highly commended to three. La Sagrada Familia by Graham Wilkinson, Avian Expressions by Terry McGhie ARPS and Pett Levels Geology by Ray Beckwith. In third place was At the Turner Contemporary by Liz Scott ARPS AFIAP. Pictures in both pastel and bright colours with strong lines, graphic shapes and part of a person captured in each one. In second place was Snow At Dyrholaey by Pat Broad ARPS AFIAP. These were minimalist snow scenes, a barren wilderness of intense cold which left the viewer feeling chilled.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: Our January meeting enjoyed a talk from Trevor Weeks MBE about Sussex Wildlife Rescue. With 30 years’ experience, Mr Weeks has endured some serious injury in the rescue of animals. These have varied from deer (as seen on BBC Countryfile) to swans, hedgehogs, buzzards and foxes. As well as this, they are often called out to rescue small birds and cygnets. Our coastline is also home to seals at certain times of the year which have to be watched over. Tea and cakes was served with a chance to view the sales table and buy a raffle ticket. We have a meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Cross in Hand Village Hall. Please contact Joy on 01435 812819 or Pat on 862161 to find out more. (Margaret Dove).

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service with Baptisms. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, Family Service with Communion. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

LENT LUNCHES will be offered during the six weeks of Lent. This week will be Afternoon Tea at Sunnnydale, Haley Road, 3pm on Thursday and then Lunch in the Parish Room in aid of Caring and sharing at the Coach House, noon Wednesday March 4. Other events to follow.

AGM: Friends of All Saints Church, Old Heathfield, will hold their AGM on Tuesday at 7.30pm in The Space at All Saints’ Church. All welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT at Heathfield Community College, 7pm Saturday February 28 in aid of All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School’s solar panels project. Teams of eight. Tickets £7 per adult to include food. Please contact Emma Gower at gowerpete@btopenworld.com or Nicky Woods at nwoods@statius.co.uk.

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at St George’s Church, Broad Oak, on Friday March 6 at 10.30am.

Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday February 3 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Jonathon Hyde; 2, Jerry Emery and Mickie Lodge; 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday February 5 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Edith Jeffery and Anne Davidson; 2, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday February 10 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Janet Catermole; 2, Simon Kirkwood and Pauline Brown; 3, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery. Thursday February 12 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, George Hearn and Ann Wykeham. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

WESTGATE WI: This month our speaker was June Felstead who spoke about the Alsar Lowland Search Dogs and June was accompanied by Molly, her five year old trained border collie, and June has had Molly since she was 12 weeks old. June’s talk was very interesting telling us how searches are conducted as well as the training of the dogs which takes approximately two and a half years. It is mainly working breeds of dogs that are used as search dogs and the Alsar dogs work exclusively for the police and cover the whole of Sussex. The team get approximately 30/40 call outs per year and there are four teams in Sussex who train four times per month. The dogs use air scent to find the lost person as a dog’s sense of smell is some 10,000 stronger than a human’s sense of smell. They have to search 50 acres in 90 minutes when out searching for a missing person. Some 34 per cent of females and 66 per cent of males go missing each year and these are people who are mainly despondent and 34 per cent of these people are over the age of 60 years. A most enlightening talk from Jean and it was especially lovely to have Molly there with us and, needless to say, Molly got lots of attention from our members at the end of June’s talk. Our next meeting is on Wednesday March 11 and our speaker is Kate Hicknott who will be telling us about the Priory Trust and the Priory Herb Garden. We meet at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, at 10am for coffee and chat and our meeting starts at 10 30am. All are very welcome to attend our extremely friendly group. (Dee Barr).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: We followed Walk 12 of the excellent series of walks published by the Plumpton Action Group on our last Sunday walk. Plumpton can be a notoriously muddy area to walk in but we were very fortunate to hit a relatively dry spell this winter. The walk, starting from Plumpton Village Hall, took us to the outskirts of South Chailey and then back to Plumpton via The Hooke and two delightful woods, Popjoy Wood and the magnificent Great Holme Wood, before crossing farmland and then the road back to the village hall. It was good to see some splendid hazel trees full of waving catkins but apart from a few celandines and snowdrops there were not many signs of spring flowers emerging yet. Twenty five people enjoyed the walk led by Roy. The next walk is on Sunday, Around Clayton, 5.5 miles. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

SENIORS’ FORUM: Lewes District Seniors’ Forum meet on Wednesday at 10 30am, Cliffe Hall. Housing and Hearing - Wolfgang Weis from ESCC on Housing for over 60s and Imran Yunus from the NHS on Audiology services and hearing issues.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our next men’s Saturday night cinema evening is at 7.30pm in the John Harvey Tavern on February 28 with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No need to book, just come along. Our Alpha course starts on Thursday: a great opportunity to explore the basics of Christianity. Please contact the rector, Steve Daughtery on 472018. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied under 16s free. Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. With the continuing cold weather, if you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton we have a collection box in the porch. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening baptism service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group needs you for our community street performances in Easter week, for any or all of the four days of the plays. Please would singers come to our next rehearsal in Southover Church on February 27 from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. We also need more people to dress up as members of the crowd. Family groups are particularly welcome, with only three rehearsals. Could you help with costume or scenery making? Do you have any spare fabric or paints? Do you have a donkey we can use on Palm Sunday? Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: The School, Rotherfield 12.05pm-12.35pm; Opposite the school, Punnetts Town 2.05pm-2.35pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.55pm-3.45pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am, in the village hall. There is always a good selection of locally grown vegetables on sale plus homemade cakes and savoury items, fresh eggs, locally produced cheese and charcuterie, homemade greetings cards and knitted items. Why not pop along to the village hall and see for yourself what is on sale. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The AGM of the market will take place on Friday February 27 in the village hall at 11.15am.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 10am till noon in aid of Camp Javez. There will be cakes, craft, Newick Knit and Natter group will have beautiful items on sale, the Fletching Art Group will also have a card stall. If anyone would like to book a table to join this event please telephone 01825 722012.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP), followed by Informal Morning Prayer at 10.30am.

LENT COURSE: On Thursday evening in the Barn Centre the first Joint Lent Course will take place, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Everyone most welcome. If you should require a lift to church please book this in advance by telephoning 01444 482 272.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open on Sunday in the village hall. Doors open 7pm the film will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 on the door. You may also book in advance by emailing newickcinema@outlook.com. There will be an interval for hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, plus ice cream and cake. The film being shown this weekend is The Hundred Foot Journey, a great story. Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are the producers and the film stars Helen Mirren.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting on Tuesday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. This May there will be elections for new parish councillors, if you have concerns about Newick and would like to represent the views of the residents, why not telephone the parish clerk for further information 722135.

REMINDER: Just to remind you all that on Thursday you will need to vote in the Community Centre. Voting hours are 7am till 10pm. The referendum is for Adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan. This will give the best protection available for our village and its rural surroundings. This will be a yes or no vote. It is most important that everyone votes.

DIARY DATES: Thursday March 12, Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. Paddy Cumberlege will be speaking about A Passion for Pictures. Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their annual Quiz and Ploughman’s Supper on Saturday March 14 in the village hall, Tickets £9, teams of eight people required. You can book in advance by telephone on 01825 724295.

Uckfield

FIRST TRIP THIS YEAR: I’m flying to Aberdeen on Thursday, staying in Castle Gordon, then train to Edinburgh, lunch at Tom Kitchen’s Michelin-starred pub, then dinner on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. It’s black tie, and I don’t know what to wear. I’ve got some lovely summer dresses, but nothing posh for the winter that fits me.

HALF TERM: Freedom Leisure Uckfield in partnership with Olympic legacy programme Sportivate are offering subsided Swimfit sessions for 14 to 25 year olds. The sessions are designed to improve stroke technique and cost just £5 for a six week course. Sessions take place on Monday from 6pm to 7pm and Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm and are led by a qualified instructor. Places limited. Call 01825 761160 to book.

UCKFIELD AND LEWES Decorative and Fine Arts February meeting was held in the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre on Wednesday February 11. Tim Wilcox gave a presentation and slide show entitled Why Laura Knight Became so Famous. She came from a difficult and impoverished background and rose to become the first woman ever elected to the Royal Academy and the first painter made a Dame. She was a War Artist in both world wars and wrote two volumes of autobiography. Laura Knight belonged to a generation which saw women vote, sit in Parliament, and gain entry to formerly male professions such as medicine and the law. By her determination and ceaseless hard work, she became something of a spokesperson for the self-made woman of the age. The lecture traced her long and highly varied career from the artist communities of Staithes and Newlyn to affluent St John’s Wood in London and her wartime refuge in Malvern. Sustained by her great long-lasting friendships with many of the leading artists, performers and writers of her time, Alfred Munnings, George Bernard Shaw, Tamara Karsavina and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, she was one of the great figures of twentieth-century British culture. Prior to the meeting, new members met the committee and said what a friendly society it was. We have introduced coffee/tea prior to the meeting to enable members to socialise. If you would like to join us, our next meeting is on Wednesday March 11 at The Weald Hall of Uckfield Civic Centre starting at 2.30pm, when Nigel Arch’s lecture is entitled Servant, Mistress, Scoundrel and Princess: Secret Stories of Kensington Palace. Please come earlier for coffee. Annual fee is £40 but visitors are charged £7. You don’t have to know about Decorative and Fine Arts, we have diverse speakers who are some of the best in their field who give interesting, informative and stimulating talks. If you would like more information, please telephone 01825 764287.

Waldron

POTHOLE-WATCH: Glad tidings all round, with the appearance of the county’s road-menders in our lanes which means, alleluia, that you can now drive down Warren Lane without breaking an axle. It’s all been done by filling the individual potholes rather than a ‘proper job’ of Tarmac end-to-end but beggars can’t be choosers and at least it’s better than it was. Several of the worst holes in Firgrove Road have also received attention and the deepest grave in New Pond Hill has been filled up so you don’t have to slalom round it, for which we can all be grateful. This end-of-financial year activity means you need to be alert to spot the Road Closed signs which are springing up all over the place so that the chaps can spend what’s left in the budget, but thank goodness for an improvement in the surface of our lanes. By the way does anyone know where one or two of our signposts have gone?

WHAT’S ON: The pub will be hosting Swing Theory on Sunday and Folk Night on February 27. However, there will be no Quiz Night this month. The 363 menu will continue through the month which means that you can claim a starter for £3, a main course for £6 and a dessert for £3 from Monday through to Thursday.

STORES’ FAREWELL: Regular users of our little shop will be saddened to hear that it will close for good on March 28. Deborah says that having given it three years it’s become obvious that it is just not financially viable. There are not enough people in the village who support it on a regular basis and the turnover isn’t there. She thanks all those who have helped on Volunteers’ Thursday to keep it open and those friends and supporters who have done their bit every week with their purchases. It will be a sad day when the Stores closes, showing that even in a village like Waldron with a pretty good record for community spirit, keeping a shop open is just a step too far for the majority. The book club and the French conversation classes will continue in the pub restaurant and you can still get a coffee and a chat with friends in the pub. Very warm thanks to Deborah for all her efforts over the past three years, we’ll miss the Stores at Waldron.

SERVICES: This Sunday, morning services are both at St Bartholomew’s. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) and 10am (Parish Eucharist) followed by coffee and cake.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will be on Friday March 6 and our local service will be at St George’s Church, Broad Oak, at 10.30am. This special day is organised internationally and interdenominationally so that women all round the world can express their hopes and concerns and bring them before the rest of the world in prayer. On March 6 an estimated three million people in over 170 countries will take part, using an order of service written by Christian women from the Bahamas and translated into over 1,000 different languages and dialects. In Britain alone there will be over 5,000 services held. The theme of the service is taken from St John’s Gospel, chapter 13, referring to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, and challenges us to show the same unconditional love for others that Jesus showed. Everyone is welcomed to take part in the local service.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WALK: The next history group walk is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. We meet in the car park in Horam by the Cuckoo Trail. All are welcome. In March we have Sally White talking about Sussex Piers.

CHEESE AND WINE: Each year a wine and cheese evening is held as a fund raiser for the Dunn Village Hall. This year’s is tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm at the hall. For further information please contact Katy on 01435 830205.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship led by Erik Cornelisse.

COFFEE & CO: The Osborne House Community Room is the venue each Thursday from 10am to noon for Coffee and Company. This is an opportunity to meet for a chat over coffee, tea etc. The group is run by a small committee and in the recent AGM Rita Atkinson was elected treasurer. The surplus generated from coffee sales, plus periodic fund raising events, is given to various charities. Last year this amounted to £1,600.

JUMBLE SALE: Rushlake Green WI is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday March 7 at 2pm. They would welcome any contributions of jumble which can be collected, if you phone either of the following numbers 01435 812388 or 830560.