Parish Pump Uckfield - January 18, 2013

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

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

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WALK: The first parish footpath walk for 2013 should take place on Monday, weather permitting, starting at 9am from the Bear car park. Anyone can join in with these walks that take in the network of public footpaths around our beautiful villages in the hope of keeping them open and in good repair for everyone to use. Roger Cloke will guide you and have you back in the village by lunch time.

HEARING LOSS HELP: The East Sussex hearing resource bus will be in the Bear car park on Thursday, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This free service is open to the deaf and hard of hearing. The vehicle is funded by the Big Lottery and is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening if time permits. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and will be manned from East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care, for individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

MEERKATS: Next Friday, January 25, a new session of Musical Meerkats will start in the village hall from 10am to 11am. These sessions are for the nought to four year olds to help them with co-ordination and movement. They will get to handle the musical instruments, listen to them and dance. If you would like your children to attend call Rachel Wright on 07867 787227 or email her on musicalmeerkasuk@gmail.com She will give you all the information you require. Rachel also holds sessions in Heathfield and Mayfield.

BOWLS: Last week the team had a home fixture against Five Ashes. In the triples Angela Marden, Shirley Pope and Samantha Saunders had a tough time but managed to hang to win 9-8, while Mick Moor, Margaret Waterhouse and Stephen Trew played really well and won 18-8. After tea the pairs played with Joan Howard and Mary Taylor having a really good game which they just lost 11-13 but Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood struggled and lost 9-17. This gave both teams four league points each. The team will next play away to Pevensey on Monday.

JANUARY is always a slow month, with very little happening, but if your club or society has an event coming up or you have something you think our readers would like to hear about or join in with, please get in touch. I am always pleased to hear what is happening locally.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, The Baptism of Christ, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Parish communion, Chiddingly; 10am Matins, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Sunday a hardy group of 19 people and two dogs set out from The Foresters for a very enjoyable but rather muddy walk through local woodlands and over open farmland. We saw beautiful grazing roe deer and saw many more footprints, but sadly other wildlife remained elusive, although it was very encouraging to see signs of bluebell leaves poking through the blanket of fallen leaves. Our next walk is on Sunday February 10 and will be starting at 2pm from The Star at Old Heathfield. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830. The East Hoathly and District Preservation Society is not just a history society: It was formed in 1964 as a watchdog against indiscriminate planning, not just to preserve amenities but to preserve a healthy village life (and to challenge the planned development of what became Susans Close). Now as well as the monthly talks, walks, outings and annual social, the society still monitors parish, district and county Strategic Development Plans as well as individual planning applications, and seeks advice from the expert bodies it is affiliated to: FoSAS; the Federation of Sussex Amenity Societies, CPRE; The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Sussex Wildlife Trust and AiRS; Action in Rural Sussex. When appropriate, for the well being of the community, the society challenges the councils on behalf of its members. Sometimes, such as with landraise and the county’s waste matters, there is a clear right and wrong. On other issues members are likely to have differing views. Here the role of the society is to gather facts and expert opinion and present it so that better informed decisions can be made. This year members will again be busy with the county hedgerow survey in association with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and it is hoped that the ten Thomas Turner Millennium Walk boards will be reinstated on the various stiles along the route. Currently the society is concerned with the future management of the bluebell woodland behind Nightingales and is monitoring Long Pond and the creation of the allotments. We also have a website worth looking at: www.easthoathlypreservation.org.uk. The continued success of the society is dependant on its membership and we are always pleased to welcome new members. Annual fees are inexpensive, costing £10 for an individual and £18 per family.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 21 January 1756 ‘…Halland gardener cut my grape vine and drank tea with us. Thomas Davy supped with us and he and I played at cribbage…’

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WI PRODUCTION: The last few tickets to the WI production We’re In a Show, tomorrow, Saturday, are on sale. The show takes place at the village hall, starting at 7pm. Tickets, which will not be available on the door, cost £12 to include a two course supper. Contact Tracy Atchison on 01825 713101 or Angela Tilly on 01825 712870.

NEW YEAR SOCIAL: The Fairwarp Community Society (FCS) New Year social took place last Sunday. About 60 people turned out on a very cold day to enjoy drinks and nibbles. The occasion also marked the formal opening of the new village hall extension, partly funded by £10,000 of lottery funding. Roger Street, Maresfield Parish Council chair, kindly cut the ribbon. The extension now provides a meeting room, along with much more storage. For more details about membership of the FCS, which provides access to a range of local benefits including discounts, contact Jan Kemsley on 01825 713477, or visit www.fairwarp.org.uk

THE AGM of the QEII Sports Field takes place in the Foresters Arms on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

THE VILLAGE MARKET takes place next Saturday, January 26, between 10am and noon.

CLEAN-UP: The next churchyard clean-up will take place on either April 13 or 27. To be confirmed. Why not come along with some garden tools and lend a hand? Not only does the work transform the churchyard in a couple of hours, it also provides an opportunity for villagers to meet each other. Refreshments are provided.

DIARY DATES: July 13, fete on the green; August 17, QEII Sports Field Cricket and Croquet Day.

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MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market, Saturday January 26, 10am to noon. Great variety of market stalls, teas/coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome. Please note that there will be no market in February. Future markets will be on March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27 etc. For details telephone 01825 840648.

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HOPS TOMBOLA: If you would like to support HOPS on January 26 come along to The Quintins Centre from 9am or if you have any unwanted Christmas presents or other items which you could donate to HOPS, please contact Katie at The Pavilion.

THE LINK: The coffee shop was established on its present site in 1999 and is run by volunteers from churches and community, including a number of adults with learning difficulties, who benefit from an active involvement in a safe and supportive environment. In its prime location, The Link is witness to faithful and consistent service to our town and visitors, six days a week. To sustain this they need to have confidence in sufficient numbers of volunteers to give flexibility in filling rotas and currently there is a need for more cooks. Whilst the coffee shop is run on a not for profit basis, serving both light refreshments and hot meals, any trading surplus has been directed to home and overseas charities and will now include support of the recently opened Hailsham Foodbank, located within the Sheriff Place premises. As a good neighbour to the Foodbank, The Link already takes in donated food when the Foodbank is closed and assists with some basic catering and washroom facilities. Ralph Olesen, Director of CrossLink Shop Ltd says ‘whilst The Link has several regulars for meals and refreshments, it would be good to see an increase in the number of customers, so please come along and bring your friends. More customers will enable us to give more support to Hailsham Foodbank, which is an ongoing project of Crosslink Trust.’

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Rosie Armes FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP, BPE3 and gold and silver medal winner visited the club last week and showed ten of the 15 images required for her Associateship Panel. They were taken at a funfair on Hayling Island, all using a slow shutter speed. She feels it is important to experiment with creative ideas. While photographing at Dungeness with her husband, she noticed workers leaving the Power Station at 5pm were travelling through a car wash at the exit but were spotted taking photographs and asked to move on. Despite pointing out that they were on public land the police were called and, although they could not do anything, she was told she would be prime suspect if it blew up the next day. Photographing a Flamenco Dancer in Fulham inspired her to learn Photoshop skills in order to remove a cluttered background. It took a week. Rosie takes lots of portraits, but has noticed they often do best in competitions when in sepia or black and white. The couple visited Yellowstone in January 2012 and were able to travel in snow mobiles and took stunning landscapes in temperatures of -30c. The snow was deep and the icicles long, but the roads remained clear. Amongst the wildlife she photographed were iced bison, wild turkeys, red squirrels, chick-a-dee birds (the same size as a wren) woodpeckers, pine martens and coyote.

100 YEARS AGO: Rev F.Clyde Harvey wrote in January 1913: My Dear Friends, I wish you a Happy New Year of healthy growth in body, mind and spirit. We are living in a splendid time. The world is opening to occupation, work, knowledge, improvement every year, and we are still here to seize the opportunity. The field is open and the best wins. Of the Old Age Pension Committee, he said: during the past year the committee has met on twelve occasions, and has received 66 applications. Of these Hailsham contributed 29. Since the commencement of the Act the Committee has dealt with 445 cases.

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RUBBISH COLLECTIONS: I’m sure everyone reading this will know just how brilliant Wealden’s waste teams were over Christmas and the New Year. Just when we were collecting a ton of rubbish; packaging, jars, cans, bottles and of course the uneaten sprouts which should have gone into the compost bin but didn’t, they turned up both in Christmas week and New Year week albeit on different days. Our bins were full to bursting and exploding well above the authorised plimsoll line but they came, they saw and they removed without dropping an eggshell. Congratulations to all of them and thanks.

GHYLL ROAD PARKING: The Barratts Homes scheme at the bottom of Ghyll Road is now well and truly underway with contractors working in impossible conditions. As I walked my dog today I heard one of them say: When did you say we finished? I hope it was was 2.30pm, or words to that effect, slightly more bluntly expressed. But their car parking is a disaster, I don’t know whether Barratts could find some space on site? They are parked from the junction with Hailsham Road along the left-hand-side of Ghyll Road right as far as the Cuckoo Trail. The road curves sharply there and there is little room for vehicles to pass each other, that’s assuming you actually see the one that’s coming towards you. I realise it’s not the workmen’s fault, they’ve got to leave cars somewhere, but it would be good if the firm could provide some on-site space.

WILDLIFE: Sussex Wildlife Trust has launched a new programme of inspiring and engaging adult learning courses for 2013. From badgers to bumblebees and dolphins to dragonflies, there is something for everyone, so everyone is invited to go along and discover the wonderful wildlife our county has to offer. With new venues at Rye Harbour and Hastings Country Park, there are over 100 opportunities to get closer to nature in Sussex. Mike Russell of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, who leads many courses himself, said: ‘You don’t need any prior knowledge, just an interest and desire to learn more.’ It’s easy to find out more and book with our on line courses calendar at: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/courses or phone 01273 497561. A copy of the new brochure may be requested by phone on 01273 492630. The next course of interest to local people might be one called: Finding Birds in East Sussex, a multi-session course which takes place at various locations and starts on Tuesday, January 29 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. There will be five field trips covering a wide variety of habitats and seasons at birdwatching sites across the county. To find out more ring 01273 497561.

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts Society tell us: What a good start to the new year. Patricia Wright spoke to us on the subject of The Medieval Art of Love and Life. We learned much about the way everyday life is portrayed in medieval manuscripts, carvings and buildings. At a time when life was hard, even for the wealthy, they still managed to leave a legacy of beauty for us to admire all these years later. It was interesting to learn how to read the symbolism of the colours and clothes in the pictures and to learn that it was a much more equal society than we had previously imagined. If you wish to find out more about the society contact our membership secretary on 01435 873258.

RAMBLERS: Saturday, meet in Mayfield CP GR 587269 at 10.30am for a five to six mile circular walk. Ring 01435 873551. The group enjoyed a full and varied programme of walks in 2012, almost entirely in fine weather. They visited West Cornwall in the spring and although their hotel had just gone into administration and was without heating, they managed to have a very good dry week in magnificent coastal scenery while the rest of the country was rainswept. Their regular walks took them into central London when they walked on the canals between two of Britain’s Olympic venues (White City 1908 and East London 2012) and they also completed the final stages of the Vanguard Way. In August they had their usual summer picnic in one of their member’s gardens which was much enjoyed. September saw them in Kaprun, Austria where they enjoyed near continuous sunshine, walking in the mountains.

HEATHFIELD WORKS!: A new programme of Heathfield Works! began last weekend. Organisers say if you know of a local young person aged between 16 to 19 years who you feel would benefit from the support and guidance Heathfield Works! can offer in future, ring Julie Kaye on 07710 230715 or email jkaye@tomorrows-peoplke.co.uk. Heathfield Works! is a life changing 10-week programme developed by Tomorrow’s People in conjunction with Heathfield Partnership Trust to transform the prospects of disadvantaged young people in some of the country’s most isolated rural communities. The programme prepares young people for employment and encourages the local business community to support them in volunteering activity, work experience placements and ultimately, paid employment. The programme which runs four times a year, is entirely funded by charitable donations. Heathfield Works! is designed to help the hardest-to-reach young people to overcome the difficulties that they face, and to gain confidence, motivation and skills to turn their lives around. The village of Heathfield takes seriously the problems faced by its young people. It has a strong community infrastructure and a business network that is fully committed to supporting the project with work experience, job placement, mentoring and in-kind donations. Heathfield Works! is fully integrated into the community, working in partnership with local organisations and building strong partnerships with local businesses, police and fire service, and volunteer groups for activities such as one-to-one mentoring, work tasters, job shadowing, and work experience.

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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: The first ever Mayfield Christmas Tree Festival, organised by Open Door, was a great success with twenty-one very original trees to view in St Dunstan’s Church. Congratulations to all those organisations that entered a tree and the inspiring ideas they came up with. Judges placed the newsletter tree as first in the adult section for the re-cycled newsletter decorations and the Scouts, Guides, Beavers and Brownies as first in the children’s section with tents, fires and knots. However, they did say that it was extremely difficult to reach a decision and that the children’s trees gave them a huge headache as they were all so good. Some of the beautiful or wacky trees were: Mayfield Flower Guild who produced all the decorations from fresh flowers; The Friends of Mayfield CE Primary School who had each child make a snowflake showing their photograph and then the school sent all the children to church to put the snowflakes on the tree; Wateryard Group who celebrated their next production, how many packets of custard can you get on a tree? St Dunstan’s Bell ringers with their alternative tree and a bell from each ringer; Five Ashes Pre-School and the little hands of each small child who attends; Mayfield Bee-keepers with one hundred bees on their tree and a newish group in Mayfield, Sussex Oakleaf, with another alternative tree decorated with very unusual presents! Other trees were provided by Mayfield Drop-in (for teenagers every Tuesday evening in London House); High Weald Partnership (who knew we had such a glorious heritage on our doorsteps?); Hospice in the Weald (a very reflective tree); Mayfield Horticultural Society with a very natural tree using vegetables, fruit and flowers as decorations; Mayfield Pre-School whose children had worked very hard on making their decorations; Mayfield Trust reminding us that they are there with grants in times of crisis; Mayfield WI who celebrated the Twelve days of Christmas in a very WI way; Messy Church combined with Sunday Club and Monday tots to show us what their children can produce; The Phoenix Theatre Group produced an alternative tree celebrating all things theatrical and there was no doubting that the Tuesday Afternoon Club provided activities and delicious teas.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: An Ecumenical Service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held today, Friday, in St Thomas’ Church at 2.30pm. It will last for about an hour and refreshments will follow. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

MEMORIES OF MAYFIELD: The screening of Nathaniel Durman’s Memories of Mayfield was an overwhelming success. Organisers were sorry that the doors had to be closed and people turned away but the hall was filled to capacity. For those of you who weren’t able to see the film in the hall, the film is now available to view free of charge on the internet at https://vimeo.com/54886624 or on DVD, for which there is a small charge of £3 to cover costs. Nat’s motivation for making MoM was to provide a film archive of memories by the people of the community for the community. Several people have said that there are a lot more memories out there waiting to be heard, so building on the success of MoM Nat is now looking to produce MoM2. They would love to hear from you if you would be willing to spend some time sharing your memories. The production team is small, cameraman, stills photographer and interviewer, so your house won’t be swamped with equipment and crew. If you would like to take part please contact either Nathaniel on 01435 873808, or Pat Robson or Chris Lyle on 01435 872445 or by e-mail to nat.b.durman@btinternet.com with your contact details. Copies of the DVD can be ordered from Nat (either by e-mail or phone).

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S remaining talks this winter are today, Friday, when they welcome Mark Saunders, head gardener of Fittleworth House near Pulborough. On February 15 they’ll hear from Barry Newman, a horticultural judge, lecturer and national executive member of the National Vegetable Society (NVS), who will discuss the vexed issue of growing vegetables, and will doubtless make it all sound delightfully simple. Both these take place in the Scout and Guide Hall, with coffees from 7.30pm and the talk commencing at 8pm. The final talk is on Tuesday, March 19 at the AGM, when they welcome back former Royal Parks head gardener Jim Buttress who will this time speak about his involvement in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Jim’s talk will take place in the Memorial Hall as part of the AGM evening. Membership renewal will take place at the AGM, but if you’re not a member it costs £5 per year. You can join at any time at Jason’s in the High Street (membership year runs from March to February).

QUIZ: The Friends of Argos Hill Windmill Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, at Five Ashes village hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 each with tables arranged for six people. The winning table will receive a case of wine. Please support this fun and friendly evening all profits of which will go towards the restoration of the windmill. The ticket price includes tea/coffee and a sandwich, and please feel free to bring beer or wine should you prefer something stronger. There will also be a raffle. Tickets are still available from Rosina’s in Mayfield, from Highgate flowers and growers in Rotherfield, and from The Five Ashes Inn, or by telephone on 01892 853161. Also, don’t forget Wednesday, April 17 AGM in the Scout and Guide Hall at 8pm then Thursday, April 25 Bridge afternoon in Mayfield Memorial Hall, 1.30pm for 1.45pm start.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: After a light-hearted and only slightly historical evening in November, talks begin again on Friday, January 25, when the subject returns to the more serious topic of The Iron Industry in the Weald from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages. Jeremy Hodgkinson, vice-president of the Wealden Iron Research Group, will give a detailed review of the development of the iron industry in the Weald, in which Mayfield has played a significant role.

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LADIES SUPPER: I hope you have booked your tickets for the Ladies Supper in the Barn Centre today, Friday evening, cost £5 per head. For details please telephone 01825 722846.

RUGBY: The rugby teams are both in action again this weekend tomorrow, Saturday. The first XV are at home to Lewes II and the second XV are taking a trip to Eastbourne to play the Eastbourne III. Why not go and see for yourself how they are progressing and enjoy a drink with the players in the Sports Pavilion after the game.

SUNDAY SERVICES are 8am Holy Communion, and at 10.30am Informal Service, there is also a Children’s Sunday Club at 10.45am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance on 722582.

WINE AND QUIZ: Newick Twinning Association are running a Wine and Quiz event tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the village hall, 7.30pm for 8pm. This is always a popular event. Tickets are £9 each which includes nibbles and a ploughman’s supper. The bar will be open (quizzing is always thirsty work). The quiz will be in the traditional format with several rounds of questions in the familiar Trivial Pursuits categories, plus (here is the surprise) two rounds of extra special questions. To book a table or a place please telephone 01825 724223 . Enjoy the evening.

PARISH COUNCIL: The first meeting of 2013 for the parish council will be on Tuesday January 29 at 7.15pm in the Sports Pavilion, when they will welcome the new parish clerk Sue Berry. The public are allowed to ask questions at the commencement of the meeting for 15 minutes.

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LADIES WHO LUNCH: As this was the first meeting in 2013 everyone was wished a Happy New Year from Maureen Macve. This was followed by a lovely lunch, dessert and coffee before our speaker, Mike Evans, gave us a talk on My Evacuation During the War. He said that people felt quite vulnerable during the bombings which was why evacuation was considered. London had three evacuations due to panic the first time, then the Blitz followed by Doddlebugs which caused immense damage and they lasted from 1944 until the end of the war. Mike lived in Carshalton with his parents and younger brother before they were evacuated. Some people had to move in with relatives if they were bombed out and then got evacuated. Parents were asked to evacuate children. The process started with a medical at the local school when Mike was eight years old and his brother was just six, in 1944. They had labels attached to their clothing and waited with hundreds of children at the railway station who were in the same circumstances. Parents were very sad to see their children depart. Mike’s train stopped at St Helens and the boys slept in beds on a school floor for the night. Wigan was the next stop before a bus took them to a church in a small town in Lancashire then they were driven in a van (with no windows) to their host family. On arrival they had to send prepared cards to their parents to say they were safe. Often the host families got more evacuees than they thought they could house. Mike and his brother were kept together and had a lovely host family who already had two children of their own, but some evacuated children had very different experiences, some also went home early but Mike stayed for 12 months and loved it. Mike then regaled memories of outside loos, slag heaps as it was a mining town, making new friends, his new school and church where he pumped the organ, wearing clogs and his parents coming to visit them. When Mike returned to Carshalton he found it much changed and both the boys spoke in a Northern accent. Mike and his brother kept in touch with their host family, even inviting them to their weddings. It was a very personal glimpse at Mike’s evacuation, very humorous, much enjoyed by the 52 ladies who attended. He then told us of a BBC website where people could record their war experiences, which he did and received a certificate. In 2000 he went back to visit the house in Lancashire but found his old school had been pulled down. We had a lovely lunchtime, thank you Mike.

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OPEN THURSDAYS: The Stores at Waldron will resume Thursday opening from this week, staffed by village volunteers, as an innovation. Several villagers have done their training to operate the coffee machine now, there’s a challenge, and have been inducted into the mysteries of the menu, and we’re now ready for the vast crowds of curious visitors who want to know if we can actually manage the task. So please come along and support us, order your teas, coffees and toasted teacakes and make us feel our training has been worth it. More names would be welcome of those who have always wanted to be behind the counter of a shop and the arrangement will last from now until Easter, Thursdays only. Ring me (01435) 812036 if you’d like to join the team, or want to know more. We are aiming to share the duties so that you would do one, or at most two, mornings or afternoons a month. Fun.

YOUNG HAYMAKERS: Our local nursery school, Young Haymakers at Foxhunt Green, has waved goodbye to its popular owner Trish Pepper, who has run it for some years. New owners are Karen and Kate Hathaway, a mother-and-daughter team from Herstmonceux.

JO DOWN UNDER: Jo Delves from Burnt House Farm recently won a Nuffield Scholarship offered to Young People in Farming and has been in Australia and New Zealand.

BOOK CLUB: On January 23 the new Book Club begins at the Stores, at 2.30pm. The first book for discussion is Sarah Rayner’s One Moment, One Morning. Speak to Deborah at the shop if you’d like to sign up or to find out details.

PARLEZ-VOUS? French conversation club has begun and now operates in The Stores at Waldron from 2pm for an hour every Friday afternoon. Led by Felicity Poirier, it’s £6 a session. Everyone at any level is welcome and it’s informal and enjoyable.

STRING THEORY: It’s a great way to cheer yourselves up, come and enjoy the foot-tapping tunes and rhythms of String Theory at the Star this Sunday from 12.30pm until 3pm. Go on, you know it makes sense.

QUIZ NIGHT: At the pub on January 28, the last Monday of the month, there will be another Quiz Night, starting at 7.30pm with supper included in the evening’s entertainment. Good fun, noisy and a very cheerful evening out.

ST VALENTINE: Put the date in your diary and don’t forget the glamorous (if slightly late) Valentine’s evening for the one you love at The Star on Saturday February 16. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of bubbly as you arrive and serenaded by Ana and Jose’s Latin and jazz harmonies. It’s £30 per head and for menu details and to book a table ring 01435 812495.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: To chase away the winter blues, how about coming to the evening of comedy songs and sketches in the company of Barbara Laird and Rosemary Gillett on February 22 at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm. Barbara and Rosemary are experienced comediennes who will be familiar to many for their roles in the Waldron Community Plays and also productions in Mayfield. What is less well-known is that they used to tour the clubs with their songs and sketches (‘Oooh we were big in Thanet’ says Barbara with a twinkle). The evening includes a two course supper to go along with the entertainment. Tickets are £10 for Friends of Waldron Churches or £12 if you’re not and it’s a fundraiser to help pay for the church repairs. Tickets are available now from the Stores in the village, or at Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from me at Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The programme will be repeated on Saturday afternoon February 23, accompanied by tea and cake, for those who would rather not turn out at night. Tickets for that are £8 full price or £7 for Friends of Waldron Churches. All profits for church repairs.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Morning Worship at All Saints’ at 11.15am. warbleton & rushlake green

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

HISTORY GROUP: Peter Rushton’s life long love of the sea and ships came to the fore in his talk on Monday when he gave an illustrated tour through the history of tall ships. Their genesis was the need for goods to be conveyed rapidly from the East to West coasts of America to feed the Gold Rush. This was paralleled on the other side of the world with the similar needs for goods, including tea, to reach Britain. Ships up to this point were plodders, reaching the dizzy heights of three to four knots. New ships were developed with sleeker and longer hulls and large sail areas. His talk was titled Sail of the Century, and this reflected the period of time that they ruled the commercial waves. The most famous of these ships is of course the Cutty Sark, which was designed to last 16 years and in fact had a working life of 50 years, and is now preserved in London. Our walk this month is the one re-arranged from November, which was rained off. We meet in the car park of Wilmington Priory at 2pm, next Saturday January 26. The speaker on February 11 will be Roger McKenna who will talk about Walsingham and the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

RGWI: Our weather plays havoc with the complexion, so Taisha Forster’s talk on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be rather appropriate. It is Natural Skin Care. For more details or help with transport, ring Marion 0n 01435 831653 or Pat on 830227.