Parish pump Uckfield - January 31, 2014

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FILM CLUB: This month’s film is a comedy, Silver Linings Playbook, starring Robert de Niro as the father of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper). It also stars Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany. Doors open tonight at 7pm for refreshments with the film starting at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, but why not become a member. The cost is £30 per annum and includes all 11 films shown each year. Call or text Caroline on 07551 221615 orbodlestreetfilmclub@gmail.com.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30pm Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

TOBS: The Thespians of Bodle Street is putting on a Murder Mystery Evening on Saturday February 8 at 7pm for 7.30pm. This will be produced by Sue Ralph and is in aid of the Village Hall Project Fund. Who Killed the Director is set in a rundown theatre called The Floodlights Theatre in Finkleton Fold. It involves the local drama group’s rehearsals for their next production, when the inevitable happens. Get your little grey cells working at this supper event. Tickets to include a two course supper are £12.50 and are available from Bryan (01323 833554), Sue (832542) or Geoff (833343). Bryan and Geoff are also selling tickets for the Strangeface production Shooting The Moon, based on the life of illusionist George Melies. This is also a theatre supper event. Tickets are also £12.50.

Burwash

QUIZ: The fun quiz evening held by St Bartholomew’s Church that I reported on last week, made the amazing sum of £1,300 towards the upkeep of the church. Well done to all those who supported the event.

FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS: The Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club will have their next meeting on Monday at the village hall from 2.15pm. This will take the form of their AGM followed by a workshop led by Pam Fuller. New members and visitors are always welcome. The afternoon ends with tea and a raffle of the arrangements.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. This walk is intended for anyone who enjoys walking but is less strenuous than the parish footpath walk later in the month. Ijon Jenner will be pleased to lead the way, so why not go along and join him.

WHIST: The first monthly Whist Drive of the year will be held on Thursday evening at the village hall from 7.30pm. This is a fun evening for players of all abilities who enjoy a game of cards, good company and a relaxed evening out. Entry is £3 for 20 rounds of cards and light refreshments with prizes for both lady and gentleman’s first and second place and those in last place. Just turn up on Thursday or call Mary Taylor 01435 882107 for more details.

PANTO: Time is fast approaching and the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society have been working hard on rehearsals and scenery etc for their next performances. The tickets will be on sale at the Burwash Newsagents. The show this time is Alice in Wonderland and will be on Saturday February 8 and 15 at 2.30pm and 7.50pm and on Friday February 14 at 8pm. The BAPS always give us a great show and will no doubt again. So don’t be disappointed, get your tickets early.

SOBS: Don’t forget the Seagulls Over Burwash supporters club will be travelling to Watford on Sunday to give their support to Brighton and Hove Albion. There may still be some seats left on the coach which will cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. To find out visit Tesky in the Newsagents.

BOWLS: Last week Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club played host to a team from Plumpton. They had a good friendly tussle which resulted in a two all draw. In the triples Stephen Trew, Mick Moore and Joan Howard fought back from the brink and lost 9-11, Angela and Keith Marden and Mary Taylor won 17-5. The pairs Keith Wood and Julie Hawkins lost 12-17 while Alan Green and Barry Taylor won 21-6. This gave both teams four league points. The club’s next game is a friendly at home to Hurst Green on Monday.

Chiddingly

LAST WEEK: As I was not too well last week, I missed the deadline, so some of you may not have seen the email link for UK Power networks so it’s in again. For those of you who have followed the Committee hearings in the Commons, it does seem that finally the utilities bosses are being taken to task for their treatment of their consumers.

PANTO: It came, it went, and it was wonderful. A huge bouquet to all involved, the sets were stunning, the costumes were sumptuous and the cast were brilliant, as always. Special thanks must go to Charlie Stringer and Nick Howard who proved on Saturday night that the audience are as funny as the cast, and that village shows have something that professional shows lack, the link between both sides of the curtain which is a living thing. I was particularly pleased to see that there are youngsters who are stepping up to take over in the future, which is a vital part of the Chiddingly Festival tradition. There were many young parents at the performances who were themselves on stage in previous years and whose own children will pass on the tradition. (Oh yes they will).

VILLAGE SHOP: I can now recommend the Victoria sponge and am continuing in my cake-based research, regardless of the consequences to my waistline. There is French conversation for all levels every Thursday, starting at 9.30am. The Lachelle Link AGM is today, Friday, in Chiddingly Village Hall at 7.30pm, and all are welcome. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon (repeated on February 15) is the intriguingly titled Upcycling Workshop with Scarlette. It’s free and you can learn how to turn old T-shirts into dog beds using a crochet hook, or turn old socks into corsages/brooches. Bring along your old T-shirts and socks. I’ll be there with a mountain of T-shirts as we have four large dogs and a cat so as I am officially graded useless at crochet I will be a blur of fumbling fingers. And of course if you are like me there will always be that one sock which has no mate.

POWER CUT over Christmas. If you were affected do get in touch with care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk and get your voice heard. Those of you following the Special Committees in the Commons will know that at last the CEOs of the utilities are being brought to book about their care of their customers. As I was writing this, there was a momentary cut and all this column was lost, from the last time it was auto-saved. All of us who work from home are vulnerable to power outages, however caused, and to low broadband speeds. Remember the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is a very large organisation that represents all SMEs and those of us working at home, and has considerable lobbying power with the Government.

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY: Many members of this live in, or have links with HCS, and many more come to the regular concerts at the State Hall. So it is with great pleasure that I announce that, following the fabulous and hugely enjoyable production of Tosca, where HCS formed the chorus, and South Downs Opera did the rest, and splendidly too, there will be a production of Aida in October 2015. As the only criticism of Tosca was that there was only one performance, there will be three: 13, 15, and 17 October 2015. For further details and photographs from Tosca see www.southdownsopera.org.uk. The next concert is on May 17 at State Hall and will feature a semi-staged production of Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, and Domine Dixit by Handel, which is not as well-known as it ought to be, possibly because it is rather difficult, but our guest conductor for this term, Michael Fields, is keeping us all up to the mark.

FINALLY: If you see me out and about round Chiddingly, on four wheels or four feet, I will be starting my training for Rio 2016, so stop and have a chat if you’ve time. If I’m making funny faces it’s because I’m practising the Handel and making my horse keep in time with me, very good for all concerned.

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

East Hoathly

PRESERVSTION SOCIETY: The next walk will be on Sunday February 9, starting out from The Star in Old Heathfield. Further details will be in next week’s pump, or call Chris on 01825 872830.

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: Thursday 3 February 1757 ‘At home all day but not busy. We dined on some sausages baked in a batter pudding in Marchant’s oven and some apple sauce. In the even Tho Davy here and supped with us. He and I played cribbage, I won 12d.’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: January report from Marigold Clarke. You can contact her at marigold.clarke@gmail.com. The meeting was well attended for the start of the new year. Sadly the treasurer for eight years has recently passed away. Pat Meakins was well known within the WI, having advised many other Institutes on their finances. Her funeral will be attended by representatives from Cross in Hand and Head Office. Birthday flowers were given to Sheila Leswell and members were advised of various outings, workshops etc. Mr Harris then entertained members with his acting of Henry VIII. Having worked at Hampton Court, Mr Harris was well informed on the life of the King. No one was allowed to escape his enthusiastic and resounding voice. Tea and cakes were then served with an opportunity to view the sales table and various exhibitions. Their next meeting at the Village Hall is on February 26 at 2pm with a talk by Mr K Gordon on The Lost Village of Tidemills. Please telephone 01435 862161 if you would like to know more or go to www.esfwi.org.uk to find out more about your local WI.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints Old Heathfield and St George’s Broad Oak. Sunday, All Saints: Candlemas (presentation of Christ in the Temple) 8am Holy Communion. 11Am Sung Matins. St George’s: 9.30am Holy Communion.

ST RICHARD’S: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome.

TILSMORE ROAD: The Tilsmore Area group worked so hard a couple of years ago to improve the condition of Tilsmore and Ghyll roads, Sheepsetting Lane and Mill Road. Their work came to fruition with speed bumps to protect Cross in Hand Primary School, build-outs and excellent signage. But sadly their efforts have not been backed by County’s highways engineers who have allowed Tilsmore Road in particular to resemble a muddy country lane. It’s quite hard to walk down there now, there is so much mud from the verges sluicing along the road and so many half-filled potholes. People take their lives in their hands when they walk to the High Street. And we still have a ‘give way to oncoming traffic’ sign and another pointing the same way which says drivers have priority at the top of Ghyll Road near the Mill Road junction. There have been several near misses as drivers, unfamiliar with the layout, race to pass the build-out first. Unsurprisingly several people have hit the post and we had the unedifying sight of traffic cones leaning against a partially demolished pole for several weeks either side of Christmas. Now of course the cones have been taken apart and dumped in the derelict site on the corner of Ghyll Road and Mill Road by locals probably returning from the pub. This is bang in the middle of the school drop-off zone and it would be good to get it smartened up and/or repaired. And a nice note to parents (they are a good bunch), could they please, please not park on the sodden verges alongside the playing fields to the west of the Community Centre. It looks quite good at present but it will only take one set of tyres to enable us to take our own ‘reminiscent of the Somme’ pictures to mark the centenary.

PUNNETTS TOWN: In their January newsletter, the Punnetts Town village hall committee describe how the surgery and hall lost several roof caps and tiles and due to weather conditions it took a few weeks for them to be replaced. However tiler Richard Jones has now repaired all the damage and with the village hall floor resealed and the rest spring cleaned, they are ready for a new year of activities. Barbara Catt has been thanked for calendars and a great number were sold. There are a few left which are being sold at a reduced price of £4, either from Barbara on 01435 830450 or from the village hall. Thanks go to baker Andrew Stapley for selling them on his rounds. The police concert was a lovely evening and well attended. Police like to donate money collected to a charity so it was decided to give the takings to the Warbleton Church Bell appeal. You can now look on the website for information where there is now a section for community mail. This is a free service that provides everyone with latest updates of what is happening in and around the village. To receive news and information relevant to Punnetts Town all you have to do is fill in the form on the website. Emails will be sent from news@punnettstown.org. The address can be regarded as safe and will only ever be used to send news and information about Punnetts Town. The service is free and secure and organisers say information will not be shared with any third party. The first event of the year is a talk on Friday, February 7 called Sussex Cures and Customs with Brian Purdy starting at 7.30pm. It costs £4 to go along which includes coffee and cakes. We hear these evenings are not well enough supported so please go along for a fascinating evening. If people don’t go, they will not carry on.

RAMBLERS: We used to receive regular updates from the local branch of the Ramblers. This no longer comes through. If someone would like to send, or email, it to me I’d be pleased to receive it.

CUCKOO TRAIL: Top marks to whoever is responsible for keeping the Trail spick and span. Writing this on a soggy Sunday I’ve discovered this is one place we can walk our dogs without spattering them, our trousers and our furniture with mud.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

BINGO: The Friends of All Saints Church are hosting a prize Bingo afternoon in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2.15pm. Tickets at £5 will be on sale at the beginning of the afternoon which will cover both your bingo and buffet. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds will go to the Friends of All Saints Fund.

AGE CONCERN will be holding a Table Top Sale at the Venton Centre, Eastbourne tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 2pm. Entrance for buyers will be £2.

KNITTING CLUB: Gaynor who tells me that, although numbers for their first get together weren’t brilliant, the ladies who knit and crochet enjoyed a really good afternoon with plenty of chatter, teas and coffee, cake and knitting. Since the first meeting Gaynor has had a lot of calls and it would appear that there are now more people who would be interested in going along, so it has been decided that they will meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Davenports Delicatessen between 7pm and 9pm.

WALKING CLUB: Meet John at Hailsham Leisure Centre at 10am on Sunday, February 9, for a walk through Wilmington/Lullington Heath which will cover approximately 6.25 miles. Further information on 848790.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Candlemass Evening Service will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively while the Candlemass Family Service will be held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS: Fiona Philips has been in touch with us: She says she works for the Association of Carers, a very small local charity based in Hastings. They have provided free respite to unpaid carers in the community and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. She is hosting a coffee morning for potential new volunteers to find out more on Thursday, February 13 from 10am to noon at Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove. To find out more ring Fiona on 01323 301122.

WILDLIFE: Mayfield has an excellent group dedicated to the maintenance of its churchyard. And like most, they are keen to encourage local wildlife. Mike Russell from the Sussex Wildlife Trust says throughout Britain there are a number of projects and partnerships who can provide advice and support. Of course, it is important that people and the communities associated with churchyards feel comfortable with managing for wildlife, but a churchyard managed with sympathy and understanding can look well-cared for and be very attractive to people, as well as to plants and animals. To help churchyards in Sussex being managed with wildlife in mind, a national churchyard conservation organisation Caring for God’s Acre is organising a conference on June 14 in Haywards Heath supported by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Places are limited and will cost £15 to include lunch and refreshments. If you are interested in further details please e-mailinfo@cfga.org.uk or call 01588 673041.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Friday, February 21 they look at that vital issue for the amateur gardener of how to make full use of a small greenhouse (which may involve accepting that creating a tomato jungle isn’t necessarily the only or best option open to you). Recognised expert Hilary Newman, of Tonbridge, will cover how to best utilise your glass space throughout the year for bedding, flowers, bulbs, tender shrubs, and fruit and vegetables. Hilary will also provide insights into the use of protective covers, cloches, frames and plastic mulches. If you have a greenhouse or are considering acquiring one, this evening is a must. The talk takes place in the Scout and Guide Hall with a 7.30pm doors opening for 8pm start. Their final talk of this season takes place on Tuesday, March 18 at the Memorial Hall (7.15pm for 8pm), to form part of Mayfield Horticultural Society’s AGM. On that evening they will be welcoming Barbara Marsden from Ringmer whose talk entitled Natural Gardening: Sustainable Techniques from Africa will look at how learning from agricultural projects across that vast continent can even be beneficial to a gardener in humble Mayfield. Do go along and enjoy these talks which are open to absolutely everyone to attend. Talks are free if you are an MHS member (if you don’t hold a membership card please pop along to Rosina’s Fabrics and secure one for the small consideration of £5) or cost just £2 to non-members on the night.

BRITISH LEGION: John Macdonald says undoubtedly amongst the numerous resolutions made there will be many who will respond to previous request to show support for our Armed Service personnel by becoming Legion members. You are all welcome. Their target for this Branch is 100 members to match the 1914 centenary and currently they are nearing 70. Remember it’s just one class of membership, no military connection required, just joining the Legion shows your support for and concern over the welfare and morale of our servicemen and women and participation in Legion activities is entirely up to the individual, you can be involved as much or as little as you wish. Annual adult membership is £14 plus a £2.50 Branch administration fee, junior membership, 16-18 years is £5. Families are welcome. Further details and application forms for membership may be obtained from any committee member including John. There is a list on the notice board on the pharmacy wall in the High Street. With the season’s festivities over, the committee will be working hard to develop the year’s programme in what is a significant year. More on planned events later so watch this space and please support them in their endeavours.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting is today, Friday, in the Scout and Guide Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm. The speaker in January will be Keith Leech and his subject is the History of Bonfire Societies. Keith has been provided with some images of Mayfield’s celebrations, so hopefully he will incorporate some truly local interest in his talk.

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

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the team are playing at home against Ditchling at 2.30pm. This is always a good game to watch, the players need your support, so go along and join the players after the game for a drink in the Sports Pavilion.

SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 10.30am Family Service.

AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday February 13. The speaker will be Simon Stevens, his subject is From Ypres to The Somme, an insight into the conflict on the Western Front during the Great War 1914-1918, this will be a most interesting afternoon. For further information please telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

HORTICULTURE: Also on February 13 Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their first meeting for 2014 in the village hall at 8pm, when Jack Dunkley will talk about The Story so Far. Membership subscriptions are now due, £7 family, or Vice President from £8 and upwards. You will be able to renew your membership from 7.15pm prior to the meeting at 8pm. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be available.

JUMBLE SALE: I trust you are all looking out for suitable items (not electrical) or (large items) for the 1st Newick Scout Group Jumble Sale next Saturday, February 8, in the Scout Hut from 10.30am. You can take your donations on Friday February 7 from 5pm to 8.30pm, or on Saturday February 8, 8am till 10am. Items can be collected if you call 075381 45281. Please help the Scouts to continue their good work in Newick.

DIARY DATES: Friends of Newick Health Centre AGM on Wednesday February 26. Newick WI next meeting will be on Thursday February 27. More details later.

Uckfield

COUNTRY WALK: I went for a walk with neighbour Helen yesterday, across muddy fields, and I saw places that I’ve never seen before. I didn’t know that Buxted was so near as the bird flies. I discovered a lot about our local history that I didn’t know. But, boy do my hips ache today and I can hardly walk.

SUSSEX POLICE: The domestic violence car was out responding to reports over the Christmas period as historically they have seen an increase in reported cases of domestic violence. Sussex police have undertaken increased publicity over the last two months around domestic violence. This campaign is aimed at those who suffer and helps them find the support they need. They urge anyone that witnesses domestic violence to report it immediately. Don’t turn a blind eye; help them make contact with the victims so they can help them. Wealden have seen another month which has seen a great reduction in burglaries. This is all the more impressive when you bear in mind that there are over 70,000 homes across the district. They do need your help however, and need you to report suspicious activity straight away on 101. Many of the calls received from residents assist in the tracking down of criminals and help in building intelligence for future operations. There has been a significant reduction in the theft of garden equipment from sheds, garages and outbuildings. Items that seem to be targeted include branded chainsaws and hedge cutters. The Neighbourhood Police Team do offer free property marking for all residents. Shed alarms do seem to be the best deterrent to thieves, with a number of calls made to the police where an attempted break was thwarted due to an alarm activating. Your local PCSO will be more than happy to discuss crime prevention with you further if you wish.

QUESTION TIME at Manor Primary School saw over 40 people from Manor Park and Hempstead fields gathered to fire questions at a panel of experts. Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association organised the evening which was hailed as a great success by its chairman, Paul Sparks. Parking around the schools in Downsview Crescent at pick-up time attracted a lot of discussion as did the need for a pedestrian crossing, or a crossing patrol, at the lower end of Browns Lane. The audience also heard about what the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is doing to reduce the numbers of killed and seriously injured on our roads and the recently introduced on the spot £75 fine just introduced by Wealden Council for dog fouling. Other topics included how to deal with congregations of noisy youngsters and the closure of Uckfield Police Station. For those that were unable to attend, the residents’ association has posted a useful summary of the questions and the panel’s responses on its website www.manorparkhempfieldsresidents.co.uk/. The panel included representatives from Sussex Police, East Sussex Highways, Wealden Council and the Fire and Rescue Service.

FILM SOCIETY: The Innocents is Uckfield Film Society’s February movie. Based on Henry James’ Turn of the Screw the film catches an eerie spine-chilling mood right at the start and never lets up on its gritty evil theme. Deborah Kerr has a role as a governess in charge of two apparently angelic little children in a large country house. Gradually she finds that they are not all that they seem. Director: Jack Clayton. The Innocents is on at Uckfield Picture House on Sunday February 9. Uckfield Film Society meets one Sunday a month from September to May. Call the Picture House on 01825 764909 for more information.

Waldron

CHANGES: There are changes being made in the usual order of services at All Saints’ Church in the village, and they start from this Sunday. The main alteration is the introduction of a service at 9.45am which will be Matins or Morning Worship. The 11.15am service will still take place and will take the form of a Traditional Language Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays. On the second and fourth Sundays there will be Morning Prayer. Also on the second and fourth Sundays there will be Holy Communion at 8am for early risers, and once a month on the second Sunday there will be an Evening Prayer service at 4.30pm. This should mean there’s something for everyone. This Sunday is Candlemas and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (celebrant the Reverend George Pitcher); Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am (Rev George Pitcher and Rev Peter Jamieson); Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am (Parish Reader Tim Hough) and Festival Holy Communion at 11.15am at All Saints’ (Rev George Pitcher). The ancient Romans are said to have burnt candles to scare away evil spirits, but the significance of Candlemas now in the church is the celebration of the Presentation of Christ, The Light of the World. An old Scottish proverb says that: If Candlemas Day be dry and fair, the half o’ winter’s come and mair, which is a cheerful thought as the rain thunders down around us and half the country seems to be under water.

LADY BAILIFF: Waldron’s WI members will be having a talk this month by Jean Haynes, who is a Lady Bailiff. Sending in the Bailiffs, is a phrase that had a dread ring to those of us who heard the threat muttered when someone hadn’t paid their rent. Checking the word in my dictionary, however, suggests that there is more than one definition, including being the sovereign’s representative in a district, especially the chief officer of a hundred. Sounds interesting. The meeting will be on Wednesday February 12 at the Lucas Hall starting at 2.30pm. There will also be a table-top sale for WI funds.

SNOWDROPS: Since mentioning the appearance of my first hesitant snowdrop by my gate, there has been a positive explosion of these brave little flowers on banks and hedgerows and of course, the beautiful displays that are now well-established at our crossroads, thanks to the planting done in 2000 by Mary Wilkinson and her team. They look fantastic again, thank you Mary.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. The Club With No Name a youth club for 10 to 15 year olds has been running for a couple of weeks now. It meets on Tuesday evenings, in the Church Rooms, from 7.30pm to 9pm during school term times. For details contact Tony on 01435 812514. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30pm Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Dave Court.

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Horticultural and Poultry Society is holding a Quiz Night on February 8 in the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. The cost is £10 per table of six or £2 per person to join a table. To book tickets call 01435 830263. There will be a bar and raffle. All proceeds will be divided between the annual flower show and the Warbleton Churchbells appeal. The society needs your support. Why not become a member? Benefits include free and early entry to the marquee on Show Day, July 26 this year, reduced cost of RHS membership, garden visits and discounts at local nurseries. Call Margaret on 01435 830560 for details. Membership is just £4 per annum. I have no doubt you will be able to join at the quiz night.

PROMISES AUCTION: Looking ahead a little the Dunn Village Hall will hold an auction of promises on March 22. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7.15pm start. It will be in aid of the hall and Children of Gambia Services. We need, of course, promises and items to auction, so if you can provide a service or something to auction, then please contact Sarah on 01435 863727.