Parish pump Uckfield - January 17, 2014

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Bodle Street Green

VILLAGE HALL: This year’s programme of events starts tomorrow, Saturday, with a Race Night (see posters for details). Next month, on February 8, TOBS are organising a Murder Mystery Evening entitled Who Killed The Director? Tickets to include a two course meal will be £12.50 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

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

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm in the village hall on Monday.

Burwash

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Thank you to those of you who supported the Brownies’ Christmas card delivery again. We had a good few cards to deliver and raised £105 for Brownie funds. The organisers would like to apologise to anyone who didn’t get their cards on the Saturday as promised in the advertising, some were delivered but as the rain was so heavy addresses on the envelopes began to smudge and girls were getting wetter, so the rest were delivered on Monday. We hope this didn’t upset or spoil your enjoyment of receiving them. Thank you to the Brownies for continuing this service.

QUIZ: Have you booked a team in for the St Bartholomew’s Church quiz evening, which is being held tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm at the village hall. Teams of eight are invited to take part at £10 per person to include supper. Liquid refreshments will be on sale. Call Ros Cloke on 01435 8884312.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local singers and musicians will be pleased to entertain you with a medley of music and song. The licenced bar will be open, a good chance to see some of the talented people in our villages.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Anyone who enjoys walking is welcome to join Roger Cloke as he guides you over the network of public footpaths in our villages and helps to keep them in good repair and in use. You may need to wear your wellies after all the rain.

WEIGHT LOSS: The next session of the Community Weight Loss Challenge has begun, with everyone willing to see gone the weight gained from too much Christmas fare. If you would like to join us we would be pleased to see you, to give you the help and encouragement to lose those extra pounds you want gone. Sue Tonkin is a lovely caring person who gives advice and time to help us achieve our goals. To book a place give Sue a call on 01892 784741.

PANTO: The members of the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society are busy rehearsing their next production, which will be Alice in Wonderland. They are always grateful for help with scenery, props costumes etc. If you think you may be of use why not give them a call on 01435 882813.

HEARING CENTRE: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, a registered charity, is working with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice centre for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. The mobile unit will be in the Bear car park on Thursday from 11am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available for individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please call The East Sussex Resource Centre on 01323 722505 or email info@eshrc.org.uk

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club have begun the second half of the league season with a match at home to Frant last night. They will play again at home next Thursday to Plumpton. We are a friendly club with members of varying ages and ability, and are always pleased to welcome new members. We meet every Monday evening, except Bank Holidays, from 6.30pm until we have had enough, usually around 9.15pm. If you would like to know more why not join us one Monday or call secretary Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

SOBS: The Seagulls Over Burwash (SOBS) Club are organising two coach trips to away matches of the Brighton and Hove Albion Football team. The first is on Sunday February 4 away to Watford and the other one is on May 3 for the final game of the season to Nottingham. Tickets are £15 for Watford, £25 for Nottingham. If you would like to join them book early to avoid disappointment. Tell Tesky in the newsagents now.

Buxted

BUXTED WI: Our meeting at the Buxted Reading Room was many members’ first opportunity to express their good wishes and enjoy exchanging their Christmas and New Year experiences. Our meeting began with a vigorous healthy exercise dancing to music under the expert care of Jenny Johnson, and then fully refreshed we sang a heartfelt rendition of Jerusalem to begin our programme. Welcomed by president Ann Tricker we learned that our afternoon was a very important one as we were to consider four proposals and vote for the one we felt should go forward for more discussion and debate by the Women’s Institute nationally. Our secretary, Joyce Harvey, gave us details and information regarding up and coming events and Kath Warner gave out her delightful hand crafted birthday cards to Joyce Ford, Joyce Swinyard, Betty Weaver and Sheena Mickleburgh. The East Sussex AGM at Eastbourne is on March 26. The craft group meet every second Wednesday morning. The book group meet every third Thursday afternoon and the garden group will resume their meetings starting in February. The afternoon’s competitions were judged and the competition theme, Something warming – anything goes, was won by Shirley Isted, second Hilary Quinn and thirdJenny Johnson. The flower of the month competition was won by Helen Reynolds, second Helen Moran and Shirley Isted and third Jenny Johnson and Hilary Quinn. The afternoon concluded with tea and biscuits and a browse around our members’ own bring and buy stall. The next meeting will be at Buxted Reading Room on February 6 when our guest speaker will be Pat Bryer with her talk entitled A Flavour of Joyce Grenfell. The competition will be A Limerick. (Mary Mustin).

Chiddingly

PANTO: Sleeping Beauty is at Chiddingly Village Hall on January 25 and 26, there are two matinees and one evening performance. The sets are amazing as always and the one half of the horse that I have seen is really good so let’s hope the other half turns up on the day. It is written by the cast and the directors, and in the best tradition, quite often made up/rewritten on the spot. The Scary Fairy won’t frighten the children, but Nanny will if he’s given half a chance. If Rent-A-Heckle, (also known as Keith Pettit), turns up for one of the performances there is bound to be much more audience participation than expected so if you’re not there you will be missing out on a real treat. Tickets from 01825 872401 or online at www.chiddinglyfestival.co.uk Prepare to be dangerously amused.

VILLAGE SHOP: The opening hours have changed and are now as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8am to 4pm, Wednesday 8am to 2pm, Saturday 9am to 12.30pm. This is for January to March. Caroline Rasmussen has joined the team as shop manager, and as always there is a warm welcome and many tempting things to buy. After a rigorous process of testing I can recommend the coffee and walnut cake, and of course all the others when I can get round to them. As for all village shops it is vital that people use it, when you can get everything from sugar to stamps, and cake to French conversation on your doorstep, then it is a lifeline. If you support the idea of a village shop then use it in practice, and it will be there when others need it too.

CONTRIBUTIONS: If you want anything about Chiddingly into the Parish Pump, contact me at ashcott@btinternet.com and I will spread the word.

East Hoathly

TWINNING SOCIETY Christmas Multidraw was held on Friday December 20 at The King’s Head. The four lucky ticket holders won prizes of £175, £125, £100 and £75. For those readers that are not currently ticket holders and would like a petit frisson in their lives each quarter (for less than £1 per week), please ring John Tarry on 01825 840575 and book your lucky number. Rappelez-vous il faut l’entrer pour le gagner. Reservez votre chiffre sans plus tarder.

VILLAGE HALL: The hall committee are pleased to announce the latest stages of the modernisation of the hall are now complete. Over the last year or three the outside of the hall has been re-clad and new fire escape doors provided in PVC and this has done away with the need for expensive re-painting of the exterior. The cavities in the walls were filled with insulation and at the same time a new boiler installed which has improved the hall’s heat retention. More recently the old (rarely used) stage has been removed thereby increasing the useful floor area and this has been re-laid with new top quality hardwood flooring. The old ceiling has been replaced (and further insulation added) and new lighting installed. The storage area that was behind the stage has been re-modelled to provide three walk-in stores and a research/archive room for the preservation society. Another major change is that we have sacrificed part of the Belmont Room to provide a brand new state-of-the-art toilet for our disabled visitors. The latest thing we have done is to install a hearing loop for those with hearing difficulties and provide a public address system for larger meetings. The removal of the stage now means that our permitted numbers have been increased and we can now accommodate up to 100 seated for dining or more than 200 for other occasions. There are yet more improvements we want (need) to make. These include replacing the front entrance doors and windows as these are suffering from wood-rot and also to replace the windows in the main hall as they are sub-standard and some won’t open or, if they do, won’t necessarily close again. These improvements however, are dependent on our getting a grant. The committee are delighted to say that all the above has been achieved without any immediate need for any increases in our charges. We realise, of course, that not all of the alterations will suit everyone, but we sincerely hope that our efforts aimed at improving and extending the life of the hall for the benefit of the parish are welcomed and that the hall is used and supported by the community.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Saturday 23 January 1762 ‘At home all day and really hardly anything to do in shop, so dull is trade. A fine day and frosty, and I think the pleasantest day we have had for some months. Employed myself part of the day in sawing wood.’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

PARISH COUNCIL: Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council now has vacancies for two parish councillors. If anyone is interested, could they please get in touch with the parish clerk, Diana Francis on 01435 865700 or email dfrancis@hwpc.org.uk. If you have been thinking about doing something for your community, or you have views about the way things could be done (or not be done) now’s your chance to do something about it. Parish councils have quite a major say in the way things work, for example their views must be taken into account when planning applications are lodged and subsequently passed to Wealden for ultimate approval and debate. There are also a great many local initiatives which have been successful, thanks almost entirely to the parish council, examples are the new Theobalds allotments, improvements to High Street pavement accessibility and the upkeep and maintenance of many of our beautiful open spaces. If you are still not sure and want to find out more about what the parish council does, then why not go along to their open morning on February 1 from 10am to noon at the parish council offices in the High Street. This will be hosted by council chair Patricia Clark and deputy chair Lin Plant.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints, 8am: Holy Communion,11am: Holy Communion. St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Third Dimension (Christian Unity).

ST RICHARD’S: The church welcomes you to join any of the following: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm Toddler group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

CAFÉ CHURCH: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Find out at the next cafechurch on Friday, January 24, at Costa in the High Street. Join them from 6.45pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 7.15pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join them for informal discussion, quizzes, live music, etc, to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. They look forward to seeing you.

LINE DANCING: Dance is a fantastic way to exercise, although I don’t think I’d try it, but I know several neighbours who do. Line dancing classes are held at St Richard’s Church Hall on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm and at Burwash village hall on Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. You can be an absolute beginner, a beginner or an improver. It costs £4 per session. To find out more (if you dare – ye-ha) ring Dave on 01435 867583 and don’t forget your Stetson.

REGGAE: I bet you’d never think I’d type that. But here we go, there’s a reggae and ska night by Community Sound System at the Prince of Wales Pub, Station Road, at 7.30pm on February 7.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Adventures in the Outside World, trips across Sussex in search of unusual wildlife, is the name of a talk by Michael Blencowe being held in St Richard’s Church Hall, on Monday. Following that, on Monday, February 17 Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of that wonderful wildlife rescue organisation, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service, will present a talk on hedgehogs. Donations of towels, blankets and pillowcases would be most welcome. On Monday, March 17, Exotic spices, nuts, fruit, insects, vegetables and plants of St Lucia are the subjects of an illustrated talk by Peter Lovett. The society was established in 1890 under the title Heathfield Amateur and Cottage Garden Mutual Improvement Society for the purpose of creating a greater interest in horticulture among people of the district and disseminating knowledge in such matters. One of their earliest tasks was to organise a fruit, vegetable and flower show in 1891. They have proudly continued that tradition over the past 120 or so years and now offer a wider range of classes at two shows each year. Their annual events programme also includes regular evening meetings, open gardens and coach trips. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of their advertised events. Annual membership costs just £8. They are currently researching the history of the Society with the aim of producing a booklet in time for their 125th anniversary in 2015. Sadly, they say, their records are not complete and they are having to widen their search. They say they’ll include history on their website as soon as practicable. To find out more simply Google: Heathfield Horticultural Society.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The society holds a talk by Josh Spoor called In the Skies of Sussex on January 21 in the Ian Price Room, Heathfield Community Centre at 2.30pm. Annual membership of this lively society is just £10.

PLEASE NOTE, we are always delighted to hear about events and/or societies in our town and surrounding villages. Sometimes I worry that Cross in Hand, Punnetts Town and Broad Oak don’t get much of a look in but we can’t do anything unless we know what is going on, so please get in touch. My contact details and telephone number are at the bottom of these Parish Pump pages.

Horam and Vines Cross

NEW COURSE: Bring your own laptop training course run by ACRES in the Horam Centre. It’s a 10 week course starting on January 21 from 1pm to 3pm. Book your place and more information by ringing 01825 761820.

Isfield & Little Horsted

ON THE RUN: Busy pounding the country lanes of East Sussex most days of the week at the moment is Rhianna Petrie, a familiar figure behind the bar at a local hostelry during university holidays, who is in training for the Brighton Half-Marathon next month. Rhianna took up running as a hobby last summer when she saw it as a tool for fitness. Now, she says, ‘it’s a tool for life’. She adds: ‘Running clears my head, my heart and all things in between. Naturally, taking on everything at 100 percent I decided I needed a goal, and that goal would be a half-marathon.’ The animal-loving student at University of West England, where she is in the third year of studying photography, is hoping to raise at least £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support through being sponsored on the Brighton run. ‘Like so many others my loved ones, and their loved ones, have been affected by cancer,’ says Rhianna. ‘Despite it never getting easier, seeing the incredible stages of support offered by the Macmillan nurses reminds us all of the strength left in the world, and there was no one more suitable for my sponsorship choice.’ Anyone wishing to sponsor Rhianna can do so either by adding their name on a sponsorship form at the Laughing Fish pub or online at www.justgiving.com (search for Rhianna Petrie’s Brighton Half Marathon Page).

Good luck, Rhianna.

SWAP SHOP: As well as taking up a fair bit of time, providing fresh flowers in church also costs money. With that in mind a Book Swap is being held tomorrow (Saturday) to raise funds for flowers at St Margaret’s Church in Isfield. ‘Fresh flowers are uplifting and bring colour, scent and joy into our lives and to our church,’ say the organisers. ‘A church without flowers feels empty and sad. This is a great opportunity for us to get together, have a natter and meet new village residents and old.’ The event is being held at the Laughing Fish pub between 10am and noon. Visitors are invited to take along four books and go home with four different ones. There’s a £5 entrance fee, which entitles participants to tea, coffee and home-made cake. Pretty much any type of book is welcome, but no manuals. Further details from Cariena Cartwright on 01825 750749.

DOWNTON: The Forget-Me-Not Club at Isfield will be welcoming Bob Cairns to their next meeting on January 22 when his talk will be entitled Howe Real Was Downton Abbey? The club meets in the village hall at 2.30pm. Further details from Colin Starns (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01S25 750611).

DIARY DATES: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society AGM is this Sunday at the Laughing Fish (6pm), and members are holding a Race Night (same venue) on February 23.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield, January 19 Matins (10am); January 26 Parish Communion (10am).

EMAILS: It seems there has been a problem for some villagers trying to send emails to me at isfieldpump@btinternet.com so in future please let me know your news through macdonaldian@btinternet.com or phone 01825 750512. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

TRESPASSING: The parish council has received a worrying complaint from the bursar and head of riding at St Leonards-Mayfield School concerning residents trespassing on their land to and from Rotherfield Lane. There is no public right of way on to their fields from Rotherfield Lane. The official rights of way are accessed from Royal Oak Mews and North Street in the High Street and along Tunbridge Wells Road opposite the Fire Station and adjacent to the bypass. Trespassing on their land is raising child protection issues which of course is of great concern. In addition their horses are being frightened and the sheep worried by dogs. Please therefore refrain from accessing their fields from Rotherfield Lane. The parish council also points out that as winter is really here, there are bound to be some cold snaps and surfaces will become slippery. Please be reminded that the grit bins are for the gritting of communal roads and paths and not for use on private property

PATIENTS GROUP: With some of those New Year resolutions hitting the scrap heap, a valuable village organisation is suggesting we should take up a new project, rather than simply give something up. Bill Dixson, vice chairman of the Woodhill Patients Group, offers a chance to do something different and make 2014 a really good year. We know that within Mayfield in general and the Woodhill patients in particular, there are many exceptional people with a wide spectrum of abilities, expertise and interests. As a diminished committee they would welcome someone to take over as chair to re-invigorate the WPG after the trials and tribulations of the last year. It is potentially an exciting time to become involved as there are so many initiatives being piloted nationally as well as locally and the WPG could make an important difference to the whole community. The only stipulation is the chair has to be a patient of Woodhill. As part of their ongoing commitment as a Patients Group they are planning to update and re-launch their website in the new year with the aim of providing Woodhill patients and the community at large a useful resource covering matters concerning Woodhill surgery and health issues in general. They will keep residents posted. They hope to run another Save a Life course with the Red Cross in Heathfield soon. Please contact Carolyn Freedman if you are interested in doing this - carolyn.freedman@uwclub.net or phone her on 01435 872018. She has a waiting list with some names on it, but not yet enough. They usually take place on a Saturday afternoon, and cost £10 per person.

JUMBLE SALE: The Friends of Mayfield CE Primary School are holding a jumble sale on Saturday, January, 25 in the Memorial Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Donations welcome. A bin will be placed at the entrance to the school every week day (weather permitting) from until January 24 for donations from the public. Jumble could also be collected. Ring 01435 872983.

FOOTPATH WALK: The next walk takes place from 10am from the South Street car park on Sunday, January 26. Their route will take them along some of the many footpaths and bridleways that cross through the parish. If it has been really wet of late they will try to avoid the muddiest areas, but at this time of the year it is wise to wear waterproof boots/wellies. But the sun always shines (most of the time). So please do join in. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767.

FAMILY FILM CLUB: The first Family Film Club will take place on Saturday, January 25 at 3.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Ponyo (2008) (U) is a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. Refreshments will be available. Membership £6 per adult, £12 per child (total for three films). To join please email familyfilmclub@gmail.com.

Mobile Library

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

Newick

THE MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, 10am till 11am in the village hall.

THE RUGBY CLUB according to the fixture card have no games this weekend.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. If you should require a lift to church, please telephone in advance 722582.

FRIENDS of Newick Health Centre need help with taking patients to and from their appointments at the Health Centre. If you are a good driver and could spare about a couple of hours one morning a month, they would love to hear from you. There is a fuel allowance. Telephone 01825 712320.

QUIZ NIGHT: Just to remind you of the Newick Twinning Association Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall. Teams of eight people. Tickets £9 per person, this includes nibbles and a supper. For further details please ring 01825 724223.

EVENTS: Would clubs and societies please let me have details of your forthcoming events. I need the information by Thursday 5pm for this to be in the local newspapers the following week.

Uckfield

STOLEN PHONE: I dropped my black iphone outside my house while rushing to unload my car on Wednesday January 8 at about 5pm, and someone picked it up and stole it. They threw the cover away and connected to the internet. I phoned them twice and asked them to return it, but no luck. I can’t afford to buy another one so I haven’t got a phone. No doubt the person who walked past my house now has two phones. If you hear anything, please let me know. I was actually sick in the night as I’m so upset.

FOURWAYS WI met at The Luxfords Centre on January 6. The new president, Elizabeth Thompson, wished members a Happy New Year, minutes of the last minute were read and approved and our visitors from Uckfield WI, which sadly had to close in December, were welcomed and encouraged to join us. We then followed with our yearly auction of wrapped items (Bargain Hunt has nothing on us). Tea and Christmas cake followed. Our next meeting is on February 3 at the Luxfords Centre at 7.30pm when David Watson will be talking to us about chainsaw sculpture, visitors and new members welcome.

QUESTION TIME: The police, County Highways, Wealden District Council and the Fire and Rescue Service will each have a representative present at the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association’s first Question Time event at Manor Primary School on January 23 which will start at 8pm. Paul Sparks, the Association’s Chairman, said: ‘This will be a unique opportunity for anyone living on Manor Park or Hempstead Fields to put questions directly to these vital organisations which all play such an important part in our day to day lives. Anyone that is not sure about the new Dog Control Order that has just come into effect, is bothered by parking, fed up with litter or concerned about road safety will be able to get these topics discussed by the panel of experts. Entry is free and questions may be submitted in advance. The association is looking forward to welcoming as many residents as possible from Manor Park and Hempstead Fields.

CAR SERVICE: A Surgery Car Service is now helping residents of Manor Park and Hempstead Fields get to their doctors’ appointments at the new Meads Medical Centre and the Bird In Eye Surgery. This new door to door service, which is operated by volunteers from the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association, is open to any resident living on Manor Park, Hempstead Fields or in Shaftesbury Court, London Road. It is intended to help patients that have transport difficulties get across the town to attend the new Meads Medical Centre in Bell Farm Road or the Bird In Eye Surgery at the hospital. Manned entirely by volunteers and with a fixed charge of just £3.50 for each return trip it is hoped that this new service will meet the needs of those who do not own their own car or are unable to drive themselves. The service operates Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm with advance bookings only. Call 01825 578006 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 10.30am or 4pm to 5.30pm to make a booking or for more information.

Waldron

PANTO: At last it’s arrived – oh yes it has. It’s Panto time, and Waldron is getting its own, its very own musical play The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron. Written by local writer Nigel Beard, it’s funny, colourful, with a crazy plot, lots of misunderstandings, a young innocent heroine, cross dressing, a Wicked Witch who is heavily outsmarted by the Good Fairy and some Tinselly Trainers to keep the plot moving. If you haven’t yet bought your tickets, don’t delay because they are selling fast. Tomorrow, Saturday, night (7.30pm) is a sell-out, but at the time of going to press, there were still a few for the Saturday matinee (2.30pm) and some tickets for Sunday’s 6pm performance. Performances are all at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield. Tickets are on sale at the Stores in Waldron, or Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, and cost £9 for adults, £7 for the Friends of Waldron Churches and £5 for children of 14 years and under. (And you might discourage the children from bringing their mobiles as there’s a dim sidekick to the Wicked Witch who may scramble their innards with his Twitathon...

SERVICES: Sunday is the second of Epiphany and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Morning Worship at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Sunday Club for children. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Colin Povey.

HISTORY GROUP: Charles Harding gave us an insight into our Anglo-Saxon past on Monday. He concentrated on Kent and East Sussex, showing us illustrations of traces of Anglo-Saxon life. Old churches often have a certain amount of Roman brick built into their fabric, recycling is not new. The start of the AS period is a little uncertain, somewhere in the 5th or 6th centuries, but has a definite end 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. As you are no doubt aware, this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. We aim to put on a display of material relating to local involvement, probably at our flower show stand. We received a couple of items at the meeting on Monday. All material would be gratefully received, either photocopies of documents, photos etc, or we could borrow originals and do a good quality scan for use in the display. Similarly with physical objects, we can photograph them, to avoid using them on the display, many things will be quite fragile now. We are interested in items that illustrate what went on in this area, so if your family lived here at the time (1914-1918) and you have any memorabilia, we would love to hear from you. Similarly if you have material from other areas we be interested in that was well. All material with be treated with care and returned to you. There are two ways of contacting us. Firstly come along to one of our meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Dunn Village Hall, at 7.30pm. Secondly, contact one of our committee members. My phone number is 01435 830280. Our walk is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm starting, with kind permission, from Lime Cross Nursery, Herstmonceux, on the A271, between Herstmonceux and Windmill Hill. No stiles but there will be some mud, so wellies advised, and there are some interesting things to see. I gather the tea rooms will be open on our return. Meet on February 10, for a talk on shepherds’ huts by Jillian Beecher, at 7.30pm for 8pm start, in the Dunn Village Hall.

CAROUSEL: We had a good turnout for auditions for our next production, the musical Carousel, to be put on in May. If you would like to be involved, on or off stage, please contact Lizzie on 01435 830998 or Anita on 01435 873226. Rehearsals start soon at the Dunn Village Hall. If you want to find out about the musical and the roles available, please see the website. Just put The Village Players Rushlake Green into your search engine. Don’t forget to put in the geographical reference; there are many VPs out there.

BUS SERVICE: Compass Bus now operate route 355 which serves Rushlake Green and Three Cups on Mondays to Fridays. The service is somewhat reduced, with essentially one return journey to Heathfield possible per day Mon, Weds, Fri from Rushlake Green. The village is ignored on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will need to get to Three Cups, on the only days when you can get a connection at Battle for Hastings.www.compass-travel.co.uk.