Parish pump Uckfield - February 6, 2015

Bodle Street Green

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

BSG WI: The speaker at the meeting at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall will be Harvey Sweetman. His talk has the intriguing title Five Elements of Acupuncture and Me on My Mandolin. New members are always welcome. For further information contact Judy (president) on 01323 832491 or Anne (secretary) on 841278.

Burwash

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is the monthly quiz evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to go along and enjoy an evening of general knowledge questions. These fun evenings are just that for fun and entry fees are returned as prizes. The licenced bar will be open. To find out more call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

PANTOMIME: Members of the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society have spent hours of their free time rehearsing for their next production for our pleasure. The scenery has been painted and the props are ready. Costumes have been made and lines committed to memory. The first performances will take place this weekend with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm and Saturday evening at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at the Burwash Newsagents thanks to Tesky and Barbara O’ Neil. These shows are always great fun with plenty of audience participation. This year’s is Camelot the Panto by Ben Crocker. If you can’t attend this weekend they will be doing it all over again next Friday evening at 8pm and next Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Good luck to all those involved in the show.

BLG: Members of the Burwash Ladies Group will be meeting on Wednesday afternoon at 2.15pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Derrick Hughes, Heads and Tails. Sounds intriguing. All members and new members and visitors are very welcome to go along. The afternoon will end with tea.

AFTER 8: The ladies of the After 8 club had a great evening at their January meeting, when everyone took along and item that was special to them. The items taken along were very varied and interesting to hear about. Star of the evening was Tiddles, a life size tiger, who stole the show. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday in the Pavilion, Burwash Common, when they will hold their AGM. The evening will start at 7pm, earlier than usual, when Ruth Tomkins, the local fund raiser for Admiral Nurses for Dementia care in the community, will tell them of the latest Admiral news. The AGM will begin at 8pm. The officers will be elected, the programme for the year will be discussed, the charity coffee morning in March and subscription (£10 per year). They are looking for some exciting ideas for their future meetings/outings etc.

BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club had another great evening when they hosted a league fixture against Hadlow Down. They won all four matches quite comfortably and picked up eight more league points. They next play away to Jarvis Brook on Sunday, then on Thursday they will meet Barcombe at home. On Monday the club members will play for their cup matches. The ladies will play for the Presidents Cup, donated to the club by their first president Douglas Moat. The men will play for the Mary Groombridge Trophy. Good luck to all those who enter.

Chailey

AFTERNOON TEA and information meeting tomorrow, Saturday, is at the village hall from 2.30pm to 5pm. It is free and organised by the horticultural society and everyone is welcome, young and old, those with skills in gardening, cookery and handicrafts and those who would like to acquire such skills. The society would very much like more people in the village to be involved and are interested in your suggestions for future activities; so that they can make their shows and social events of interest to you.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The recent open day was very successful; with some good, positive feedback. There was an excellent choice of soups for lunch and homemade cakes were to the usual high standard. Thanks go to everyone who helped with the food and the organisation and particularly to Nicola Lack. Thanks go also to the bell ringers for their contribution at the start, the church choir and Andy Rees (the church organist) for music during the morning and to Terry Bryant for playing his guitar through lunchtime.

FREE CHURCH this Sunday starts with breakfast at 9.30am before the service at 10.30am; where entertaining street preacher Derek Heyman will be speaking. There is also a service at 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft.

EARLY OPENING at Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday at 8am; normal admission charges apply. This is an opportunity to experience and photograph the early morning wildlife, frost and mist.

INFORMATION POINT session is, at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, on Friday February 13 from 10am to midday. The parish clerk will be there and assist with any questions you may have.

OPEN GARDENS: St Peter and St James Hospice’s Open Gardens this year will run from May 30 until September. The hospice is hoping that this year will be even more successful with a guaranteed 40 gardens taking part to mark its 40th anniversary. Last year there were different kinds of gardens involved, from luxurious estates, herb gardens to themed settings and trails. St Peter and St James are encouraging everyone to get involved and all types of gardens are welcome; as each year new gardens are needed to keep the programme appealing. Will you support the hospice by opening your garden? If you would like to open a garden or just want to know more please contact Carol Hughes, in fundraising, on 01444 471598 by Friday February 13.

VALENTINE RAFFLE, organised by the bonfire society, is at the Horns Lodge and tickets are available at the bar. The raffle will be drawn on Friday February 13 at 9pm.

VALENTINE RACE NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church takes place at the village hall on Saturday February 14. Tickets are available from Teresa Wenban (on 01825 722586) and cost £10 to include a meal. A bar will be available.

NATIONAL NATURE RESERVES in East Sussex will be the subject of the talk, at the Commons Society meeting, on Thursday February 19 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Malcolm Emery, the senior reserves manager at East Sussex National Nature Reserves, at Friston, will talk about managing the reserves. Refreshments will be served and visitors welcome.

QUIZ EVENING to raise funds for the restoration of Maunsell Dining Saloon No 7864 is on February 21 starting at 7.30pm at, the Bessemer Arms, Sheffield Park Station. The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society Social Sub-Committee, in conjunction with the Maunsell No 7864 Group, will present the quiz. Tickets cost £12 to include an evening meal; tables of up to six, you can either enter a team or join a table on the night. For tickets call 01737772811 or e-mail rasalmon@btinternet.com.

VITALITY BRIGHTON half marathon is on Sunday February 22, the registration fee is £30 and the minimum sponsorship target is £250. If you would like to take part in this event and raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation please call them on 01825 724752 as soon as possible.

THANKS to those who advertised in Chailey Cricket Club fixture book last year, namely Chailey Garage, The Horns Lodge, JB Decorating, May Cottage Tea Rooms, McColl’s South Chailey Stores, Murco Service Station, Townings Farm Shop, Worldwide Mailing Solutions and Your Safari. The fixture book for this year is being compiled and if you would like to advertise in it and so support the cricket club please call David on 01273 890777. The cost of advertising is £25 for a full page (A5) and £15 for a half page.

YOUTH GROUP Thanks go to Gemma Kybert for all that she has done for Chailey Youth Group as their chairman and lead in everything that they have done for the past 11 years. It is with great sadness that she is stepping aside; to run the charity Oscar’s Wish Foundation in memory of her baby boy born sleeping. Thanks also go to Gemma’s mother, Tracey Gunes, who has been a dedicated member of the committee for many years. Due to the increasing cost and difficulty involved in her childcare arrangements, whilst volunteering with the group, she too is unable to carry on. It is hoped that the group can continue with lots of fresh ideas and as such this is a turning point to find a new dedicated team of people to take the group forward. If you think you might be interested in assisting the group please contact Gemma at gemmakybert@yahoo.co.uk.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, second Sunday before Lent, 8am Holy Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Matins, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Friday February 13 a talk will be held in the village hall on the subject of Gloves and Cauliflowers - a history of Valentine’s Day in England by Dr Sally White. The talk will look at the origins and customs that have grown up around the day and will also show how the fashions in Valentine’s cards have changed over the years. The explanation of the title of the talk will be revealed on the evening? Admission will be free to members, guests are welcome for a £3 admission charge. For more information please call Toni Whewell on 01825 872460. The next walk is on Sunday February 15 and will be starting at 2pm from The Mill, Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne. This will be a very easy stroll following the cycle route round the nature reserve lakes where it is hoped to see a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, worthwhile taking your binoculars and cameras for. No dogs on this walk please. For further details or if you need a lift, please call Jenny on 872830.

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.

FOREST SCHOOL: East Hoathly Primary School is introducing Forest School activities as part of its outdoor curriculum. In partnership with the parish council the scheme will ensure that the children understand the importance of their ecological footprint. Groups of children will regularly use woodland to enhance their learning, which may include using tools and equipment to create shelters and woodland craft. If you have any interest, specialist skills or enthusiasm for outdoor learning and would like to volunteer or support the school’s knowledge or understanding of the woodland, please contact the school on 01825 840247 or e-mail office@easthoathly.e-sussex.sch.uk. All volunteers will need to apply for DBS clearance, the forms for which are available from the school.

Fletching

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

PARISH COUNCIL meeting on Monday at 7pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

KOBUDO Martial Arts is on Thursday at 5pm.

SALMON AND TROUT on Friday February 13 at 7pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY Bingo is on Saturday February 14 at 7.30pm.

SHEFFIELD PARK and Garden. Sunday February 15, treat your Valentine with a romantic afternoon tea for two. £28 per couple. Booking essential on 01825 791705.

A VERY ENGLISH ORGAN: Advance announcement of an event on April 18 at 7.30pm. Join us for a historical journey, describing the evolution of English organs through their music, with particular reference to Fletching church. Our guide will be Peter Bassett MMus, ARCO, LTCL who we are fortunate to have as one of our talented organists at Fletching. The programme will include music from William Byrd to Edward Elgar. Entry will be free with a retiring collection for Project Refresh. Wine and canapés will be served in the interval. It promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

PARISH ACTION PLAN: We have now finished preparing our Parish Action Plan. Over 30 per cent of households responded to our questionnaire which is a good response rate. It is clear that you like living in the parish because of the beautiful countryside, Fletching’s picturesque High Street, the great village shop, pubs and church. You also like having great neighbours, community spirit and general peace and quiet. The areas of concern are clear too. In Fletching village you consider parking to be an issue. In the parish as a whole, you are concerned about speeding, cyclists, litter, hedge maintenance and road maintenance. You would like to see improvements to broadband speed, public transport and the facilities available for meetings and activities in the community. You do not want street lighting in any part of the parish. The Parish Action Plan details all the issues identified and how we intend to tackle them. Some issues are already being worked on. We have some immediate priorities and quick win projects, including improving communication with everyone in the parish. We have produced a useful list of contacts called Reporting An Issue, so that you know what kinds of issues (e.g. potholes, litter) you can report and how and where to report them. The Parish Action Plan can be viewed in full online at www.fletching-pc.org/parish-action-plan or you can request a paper copy from the secretary on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.org We will also be publishing regular updates in the following places to keep you up to date on our progress: parish magazine; parish council website www.fletching-pc.org; parish council Facebook page (search for Fletching Parish Council); noticeboards and venues around the parish. You can also sign up on the parish council website to receive e-mail news updates and information, please register at www.fletching-pc.org We are still looking for more volunteers to join our Steering Group and Focus Groups. The more volunteers we have, the more we can achieve. If you are interested in helping shape some of our projects and move them forward, please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 12th February. Women as Farm Workers. Sir, I hope your interest in agriculture, as shown by devoting a considerable space to the subject and the useful articles therein contained, may be of use to agriculturalists and increase the influence of your paper. I venture to draw attention to the letter of the Duke of Marlborough recently published, and would like to back up emphatically what he writes, more especially as to labour and female labour. When I started farming in most farms all the dairy work was done by women and well done. A woman can milk, as a rule, better than a man; her touch is better and her hand softer, and there is nothing degrading in the work. Women, too, could do many light jobs on the farm, weeding, thinning out roots, haymaking, and similar work, and, of course, in hop gardens even now the hop tieing is done by women. Yours truly. A retired farmer of more than fifty years’ experience.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: Heavy rainfall in the middle of the month was followed by a relatively dry period. The monthly total of 111mm was not much above my 17 year average of 98mm.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

GUIDING: There will be a jumble sale in aid of Guiding in Heathfield and Horam on Wednesday February 18 at Horam Guide and Scout HQ at 2pm. Jumble welcomed from noon. For more information please contact 01435 830504.

DEMELZA HOSPICE Care for Children are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday March 7, 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Cost £7 includes supper. Teams of six. All proceeds to Demelza Hospice. To book phone Audrey on 01435 830504 or E-mail fmilton@btinternet.com

CAFÉ CHURCH: True Love is the theme of the next cafechurch on Friday, February 13 at Costa in Heathfield High Street. Do join us from 6.30pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 7pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join us for informal discussion and quizzes, and to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. We look forward to seeing you. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information please contact George Dearsley, geolin42@talktalk.net.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Sunday, 6.30pm Christ Church Horam Churches Together in Heathfield and District united service. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s art and craft group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS, Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service with communion (CW). All welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

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).

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: The Annual General Meeting of the hall will take place on Monday March 2, at 7.30pm, at the hall. The meeting is open to residents of the two parishes of Heathfield and Warbleton, and will be followed by cheese and wine. The hall is at the western end of the village, and there is plenty of car parking. For more details, contact Mike Snatt on (01435) 862925.

FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club presents a floral evening, A Hands-on Floral Workshop at Heathfield Community Centre on Thursday. Visitors welcome £5. Sales table, raffle and refreshments. Tel: 01435 864633.

TALK: Heathfield and District Horticultural Society presents an illustrated talk entitled Wildflower Names – Folklore, Food and Fantasy by Sue Buckingham at St Richard’s Church Hall on Monday February 16. The optional competition is a Bowl of Spring Bulbs or a Specimen Bloom. Visitors welcome £3. Sales table, raffle refreshments and plant sale. Tel: 01435 830725.

Isfield & Little Horsted

OPEN DAY: There’s a problem with Isfield Village Hall: It needs more people using it to keep an income stream flowing to cover the inevitable running costs. At the moment it is used by, among others, a successful morning pre-school group, the Forget-Me-Not Club, The Women’s Isfield Group (TWIG) and, just starting up, a yoga group. But the sad fact is the hall in Station Road, a century or so old and once the village school, is currently under-utilised. So, there has been a meeting of the hall’s organising committee along with Isfield Community Enterprise (the community benefit society that for the past couple of years has owned the field and caravan site behind The Laughing Fish pub), Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society, and the village fete organising committee to look at ways in which more of Isfield’s clubs and other groups can put the hall to greater use and hopefully secure its future. To this end there will be an open day at the hall on Saturday March 21 where everyone is invited to call by to see what facilities exist there and find out more about the groups already using it. The hall’s facilities currently include table chairs and a piano in the main hall where up to 100 people can be accommodated, a kitchen complete with crockery and cutlery, car parking on the doorstep and a small field next door which is suitable for siting a marquee or perhaps a bouncy castle. Anyone who wants to find out more, or maybe make a booking, before the open day should phone 01825 749778 or email info@isfieldvillagehall.org.uk

IN THE CHAIR: Andy Payne, who has been chairman of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society in recent years, has decided to hand over the reins as pressure of work and other commitments have led him to believe that ‘I no longer feel I can do the position justice, so I have had to recognise that it’s time for a change’. Although Andy is stepping down from office he intends to remain an active supporter of the society. His place as chairman is being taken by Andy Brooks. ‘Man flu’ prevented Andy P from being at the society’s annual meeting, but in a lengthy report provided he drew attention to the ‘ever-spiralling amount of red tape and the number of hoops we have to jump through when staging our events’. The high costs incurred in staging the annual procession, bonfire and fireworks display is of concern, reported Andy P. He added: ‘The result of our fund-raising has been a little less impressive, and as money is behind everything we do, I’m afraid I have to emphasise, that this is an area that is crying out for new and fresh ideas. It is something we really need to get to grips with because when everything else is growing, revenue alas is falling. It has to be acknowledged that we have incurred some one-off expenses, which we will not incur again in the future, or at least not for a long time. However, one-off expenses have a habit of repeating themselves. Therefore the importance of addressing the issue of fund-raising cannot be overstated and I am appealing for you all to get your thinking caps on and see what you can come up with.’ During the past year the society’s money-raising events brought in some £3,500, most of which has been eaten up by Bonfire Night expenses. The group, did, however, agree to make a donation of £500 to Hope in the Valley RDA Group, the charity based at Plumpton College and which provides weekly horse riding lessons for physically disabled children. The bonfire society’s next event will be a quiz at Easter (details to be finalised). Bonfire Night will be November 13.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk: The Tory MPs for Lewes, 1874-1997. 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last walk was ideal for a crisp winter’s morning. We started from East Dean village car park and took the Birling Gap road as far as the Sheep Centre where we turned off and crossed fields until we reached the Beachy Head Road. Here we climbed steadily until we reached Belle Tout lighthouse and admired the wonderful views of the Seven Sisters and beyond. After an exhilarating stretch along the top of the cliffs we descended into Birling Gap where we had a chance to see the extent of the cliff falls last winter and admire the new National Trust shop before enjoying our coffee sitting in the sun. After a stiff climb and descent of a Sister, we turned inland and soon picked up a downhill path back to the lovely village of East Dean. An ideal walk for a winter’s day with almost no mud. The next walk is on Sunday, Plumpton. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. An undulating 5.5 mile ramble. On Wednesday, Newhaven to Seaford, a stroll, 2.5 miles. Meet at Lewes Railway station to catch the 10.28am train to Newhaven. New walkers always welcome.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. There is a good selection of local vegetables, homemade cakes, savoury items, preserves, eggs, plus local cheese and charcuterie, hand made greetings cards, and knitted items, animal portraits, flowers. You need to arrive early as many items sell out quickly. You can also enjoy a coffee and tea.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am. Ash Wednesday is on February 18 and Holy Communion will take place at St Francis Church at Barcombe. Lent courses will commence on Thursday February 26 in the Barn Centre, this is a joint venture with St Francis Church Barcombe. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Everyone will be most welcome.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday. The speaker is Ian Reekie, he will be talking about his recent experiences working for a charity based in the Rift Valley,Kenya, how this work is transforming lives and their communities there and given Ian an insight into a very different culture. Everyone made most welcome.

MEETING: The horticultural society will be meeting on Thursday in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker will be Mark Saunders, his talk entitled Annuals but not Bedding. Mark is a very popular speaker, his lecture combines a colourful look at a wide range of beautiful flowering annuals with a practical demonstration on seed sowing techniques plus information on where to purchase seeds (no excuses this year for boring dull gardens). It is so important to have lovely colour plants in the summer, so why not pop along and get some inspiration.

DIARY DATES: Newick WI’s next meeting will be on Thursday February 19 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Their speaker will be June Felstead, a member of the ALSAR Search Dogs Team. There will be a coffee morning on Saturday morning February 21 in aid of Camp Jabez at 10am in the Community Centre. Newick Cinema’s next film show will be on Sunday February 22 in the village hall from 7pm. The film will be The Hundred Foot Journey. Newick Neighbourhood Plan Referendum is on Thursday February 26. Details later.

Uckfield

WEIGHT: I’m happy and relieved because despite being unable to resist nibbling at the Christmas leftovers I’m still losing weight at the gym. And I can jog up inclines on the treadmills a bit more without getting puffed out, which has been worrying me. There’s no age limit there, with plenty of machines where you can work out while sitting down.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be parked in the High Street, outside help the Aged and opposite Grange Road, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday February 26. 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, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

Waldron

BULBS; Think all the bulbs must be taking a deep breath this week, keeping their heads down while the freezing temperatures nip their shoots, before taking the first opportune gleams of sunshine to burst into bloom. At least I hope so. It’s so cold I don’t want to leave my cosy cottage and I can totally understand the principle of hibernation.

VALENTINE: February is the shortest month, so can March (and spring proper) be far behind? And to celebrate, The Star is putting on a special Valentine’s Day menu on Saturday February 14. You’ll enjoy four courses plus coffee and chocolates for £27.50 per head and while you’re eating, you will be entertained by the mood swing music of Jazz Duo. But book it quickly before every table is taken.

WI MEETING: Waldron’s WI will be meeting on Wednesday at the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. With membership burgeoning, this will be a social meeting with an opportunity to get to know each other, so there will be no official speaker. Next month’s meeting will be addressed by Gary Enstone, talking about the remarkable life of Rudyard Kipling.

A SPY IN HEATHFIELD? One hundred years ago, in the early days of WW1, the general population was being warned to be on guard for foreign spies infiltrating the coastal area prior to possible invasion. The proximity of the coast made Sussex particularly prone to rumours, especially in the vicinity of Rye and the Cinque Ports. However, further inland, in Heathfield (of all places) a stranger had been spotted whose foreign accent provoked suspicion. The Sussex Express reported in mid-February 1915 that ‘a man of foreign appearance and dressed as a clergyman had been detained and was under military guard at the Station Hotel. All rapidly became clear when the foreign gentleman was revealed as a genuine priest, a refugee from Belgium who had escaped the invading forces when his country was overrun and was now the guest of Captain Banbury of Pippingford Park, Nutley. He was released with the apologies of the military and fortunately treated the detention at Heathfield as a good joke. More tales of the First World War seen from the home front are included in our recent publication Waldron and the Great War 1914-1918, available from the Stores at Waldron, or from Heathfield Art and Books, High Street, Heathfield, priced £5. All proceeds go to the Friends of Waldron Churches, for repairs and maintenance of the two churches in the parish.

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 Communion) followed by coffee and cake. There will be Evening Prayer at All Saints’ at 4.30pm

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ NIGHT: The horticultural society is holding a quiz evening tomorrow night, Saturday, at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. The cost is £2 per head, or why not book a table of six. Please call Isabel on 01435 830263. There will be a bar and raffle, with all proceeds divided between the Flower Show and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. If you have not renewed your membership, this will be a good opportunity to do so. Membership (£4) gives you free and early entrance to the marquee, reduced cost of membership of the RHS, garden visits and discounts at local nurseries. Alternatively give Margaret a ring on 01435 830560.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Martin Povey.

HISTORY GROUP: We welcome back Peter Gillies with his magic lantern for A Meander Through the Victorian Weald, on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm start, at the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting, and our bookstall will be open.