Parish pump Uckfield - January 9, 2015

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BARCOMBE

VILLAGE PANTOMIME: The village hall was packed to enjoy the Shooting Star Entertainments performance of Dick Whittington. Two rows of playgroup chairs at the front enabled all the children to have a good view and to interact with the cast, lots of booing whenever King Rat appeared and friendly banter with Idle Jack and the Dame. Complimentary mulled wine, tea, coffee, squash and iced shortbread stars were served in the interval and at the end of the show lucky winners collected their raffle prizes. This was very much a family orientated pantomime and a great way to start the festive season.

CONGRATULATIONS from everyone in Barcombe to Bill Nicholson on being awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: Barcombe Short Mat Bowls Club is holding an open evening for new members on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Community/School Hall.Anyone who would like to find out more about the game is welcome to come along and have a go. All the necessary equipment will be provided.

THE GARDEN CLUB starts the new year on Saturday January 17 at 2.30pm in the village hall with a talk by Simon Linington on the Millenium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place. Members, don’t forget to bring a friend for free. Refreshments available. All welcome.

Bodle Street Green

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

BSG WI: The Institute holds its lunch at the White Horse Inn on Monday at 12.30pm.

FOLK CLUB: A reminder that the folk club meets fortnightly at the White Horse Inn on Mondays, this Monday at 8pm being the next.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is a public adjournment early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

Burwash

APOLOGIES: Unfortunately I have been unable to write this column since the middle of December. My laptop died on me so I borrowed my Dad’s and proceeded to make his sick too. I now have a proper office computer thanks to my lovely son so I am hoping no more problems. So I am really sorry if anything you were planning for Christmas and the New Year was not given the notice you would have liked. I hope that all your events went well.

CHARITY BINGO: Thank you to all the generous people who gave some of the amazing prizes for the Christmas bingo. We were overwhelmed by the number given. Thank you also to everyone who came along and supported the event. Both adults and children joined in with nearly everyone winning a game or a raffle prize. My very grateful thanks to all those who helped on the day, and to 11 year old Jasmine Birch for making the delicious mince pies. We made a total profit of £208 towards the Christmas Day lunch for those on their own.

LUNCHES: So many different lunch parties took place before Christmas including the annual get together lunch which is funded and run by a wonderful band of volunteers. They raise funds through the year then with the aid of the staff at the Bear Motel provide and serve a three course lunch to over 100 seniors members of our three villages. There is always a terrific raffle which this year made over £440 toward next year’s lunch. Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to do this every year and the Bear for allowing it to be held there.

CARDS: Thank you to everyone who used the special Brownie Christmas post again this year. There were plenty of cards in the boxes which were situated in the newsagents, thanks to Tesky and Barbara O’Neil and in the Butchers thanks to Graham Jarvis. Sorting was done on Friday evening in readiness for delivering the following day, which for once was lovely weather.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Wow, what a wonderful day it was and we were were delighted with how well the whole day went. This is only possible thanks to the wonderful people who support us. We are very grateful to Roger Daltry for donating the turkey which as always was delicious, to Leigh, Keiron and Glen at the Burwash Stores for the fruit and vegetables, to Eileen Craddock who gave us Christmas crackers, Sam and Martin Bowles who gave us wine. We had great help too from Sam and Keith Morrison Williams and their daughter Rhiannon and Jasmin, Marienna Stott, John Ryan, and the wonderful Alison who so kindly came in to help with the washing up. We had 22 diners from Burwash, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Sedlescombe and Bexhill, who enjoyed a delicious three course meal, cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints. Even Santa made an appearance to give everyone a gift to take home. Thank you everyone who helped to make the day so special for everyone, especially the diners who stayed on to help clear up.

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, the next monthly quiz evening is being held in the Burwash Common Pavilion. Teams of six players are invited to go along and join in the fun. The entry money is returned as cash prizes and the licensed bar will be open. To find out more call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

ICE SHOW: On Sunday afternoon the much anticipated trip to the Holiday on Ice show at the Brighton Centre will take place. The coach will leave Burwash at 2.30pm in time for the 4pm show. If anyone has tickets for this show and would like to come with us we do have spaces on the coach. Please call me on 01435 882107, before midday on Sunday. A seat will cost you £7, with no parking problems when you get there.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday at the village hall from 2.15pm. This group enjoy a wide variety of meetings and monthly outings. If you would like to join them they would be delighted, just go along on Wednesday and see for yourself.

AFTER 8: Also on Wednesday the After 8 Club will meet in the Burwash Common Pavilion at 8pm. Their meeting will be My Favourite Thing and you are welcome to take along an item that means most to you and tell the members why. It should be an interesting evening. To find out more about this club call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

NSY: The Not so Young Club will return to the hall for their first meeting of 2015 on Thursday at 2.15pm. This lively group for men and women over 60 years is open to all. They have a good variety of talks, outings, garden parties and lunches. The first meeting will begin with their AGM and then they will be entertained by the Etchingham Singers. Do feel free to go along and join them.

BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club have resumed meeting for friendly roll up nights on Monday evenings. They meet from 6.30pm until 9pm and enjoy challenging each other while playing to win the Gavin Wood Salver. The club had a very busy time leading up to Christmas with several league games and a very friendly fun filled evening with Hurst Green. The members will continue their games in the Wealden league, play friendly games, take part in tournaments and play for the East Sussex teams. If you would like to join us do come along on Monday evening or call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

SLIMMING: The next 12 week course of the Burwash Community Weight Loss Challenge will begin on Tuesday. We meet in the parish room of Christ the King Catholic Church, plenty of free parking. The group will be led by Sue Tonkin who will guide us through the 12 weeks of healthy eating, losing weight and exercise tips. No public weigh-in or measuring, all very discreet. Great friendship and helpful tips from fellow losers. Cash prizes for the biggest losers. Call Sue on 01892 784781 or just come along. The 12 week course costs £39.

Chailey

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Sunday service at 10.30am with Trevor Dickerson and at 6.30pm with Peter Jolly. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group meets at The Horns Lodge, on Tuesday from 8pm; anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the group visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

COMMONS SOCIETY will meet at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm when the volunteer surveyors will report on the results of surveys of Pound Common. There will also be a special item as Rory Galpin will be talking about his trip to Nepal.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday January 16 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have. This is also a chance to meet others and sample the excellent refreshments available every Friday at the Coffee Stop.

QUIZ NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is at the Five Bells on Friday January 16 at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Teams of six with prizes for the winning teams. Tickets are £12.50, which includes a hot supper and pudding, are available from Fiona on 01825 723135. If you do not have a complete team do talk to Fiona as there may be spaces available on other tables.

CAN YOU HELP? The Bluebell Railway would like more clerical support in their operations department and applications are invited from anyone able to assist with a variety of paperwork tasks, including writing and distributing notices and memoranda. There are no fixed hours and much of the work could be conducted at home. The ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel is essential. To apply or find out more contact the operations director at Russell.Pearce@bluebell-railway.co.uk attaching a short CV indicating your relevant experience.

REGULAR VOLUNTEER Group, organised by the Commons Society, takes place at Markstakes Common on Mondays at 9.30am. Do go along if you feel that this activity would be of interest or for further information visit www.chaileycommons.org.uk or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

SCARECROW HUNT in and around North Chailey is a fundraising idea suggested by a parent of a child at Chailey Heritage School. Chailey Heritage Foundation are always looking for innovative ideas to raise much needed funds and wonder whether there are any local residents, groups, organisations and/or businesses who would be interested in working with them to explore the idea of a Scarecrow Hunt further. Would you or your group be interested in submitting a scarecrow for the event? Do you know any interesting/unusual places they could position a scarecrow? Interest from the local community would be much appreciated and it is asked that you send your views/suggestions on the idea of a Scarecrow Hunt to fundraising@chf.org.uk or 01825 724444 ext 718.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: If your New Year’s Resolution is to get out and enjoy the beautiful local countryside more, or you want a bit of gentle exercise and a natter, then why not join The Preservation Society on their monthly walks? You do not have to be a member of the society and there is no charge. The group are not serious hikers; they just want anyone and everyone, dogs included, to enjoy the area around us. Our first walk of the year is on Sunday, starting at 2pm at the Six Bells, Chiddingly. It will be muddy, be prepared. For further details please ring Jenny on 872830.

A QUIZ NIGHT is being held at the King’s Head in support of the Cricket Club on Thursday January 22, 7.45pm for an 8pm start. £10 per team for teams of up to four people, additional players at £2.50 each.

AGE CONCERN: The next pop-in lunch will take place on Thursday from 12.45pm to 3pm in the village hall.

RACE NIGHT: One for your diaries, advance notice for this year’s race night held by the twinning society. It will take place on March 2 and will raise funds for local hospices as well as for the society. More details will be published nearer the event.

TWINNING SOCIETY: Continuing with the subject of the twinning society, they are looking for young families to host French families from Juziers as part of this year’s visit, which takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend (May 1 to 3). This is a wonderful opportunity to embrace our connections with this French village near Paris. For more details please call Pat Duke on 01825 841077.

POLITICS IN THE PUB: Come along to the King’s Head at 7.45pm on Tuesday January 27 to debate a topical subject with other local residents who have an interest in progressive politics. The inaugural debate will be: Is there a socialist alternative to OsBalls austerity? The guest speaker will be Sue Davies , psychotherapist, parasitologist, economist and blogger. For more information please call Tom Serpell on 01825 840251. Politics in the pub is privately organised and is not affiliated to any political party or organisation.

Fletching

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

YOUTH CLUB tonight, Friday, 7pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY Bingo tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL meet on Monday at 7pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 15th January 1915: Girl Guides Ready. Profiting by the experience of the Scarborough bombardment, the Girl Guides in different centres are carrying out their motto of Be Prepared by making ready for further German raids by air or sea. They are turning their club rooms into hostels, equipped either as first-aid dressing stations and hospitals for the injured, or as refuges for those whose homes are wrecked. The Guides are trained in the various duties of hospital and child nursing, cooking, etc., and since they are organised and disciplined they should be able to render valuable help to the authorities in giving relief to families in distress. From Wikipedia: The raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby, which took place on 16 December 1914, was an attack by the Imperial German Navy on the British seaport towns of Scarborough, Hartlepool, West Hartlepool and Whitby. The attack resulted in 137 fatalities and 592 casualties, many of whom were civilians. The attack resulted in public outrage towards the German navy for an attack against civilians, and against the Royal Navy for its failure to prevent the raid.

POLICE SURGERY: Our PCSO, Christine Cooley, will be holding a Police Surgery session in the village hall on Saturday January 31. Please come along and discuss any concerns you might have or find out about property marking, community messaging, Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch.

PARISH COUNCIL: We are sad to have lost our chairman, Ian Setford, due to personal circumstances. Ian has been the chairman of the parish council for the past year and has made a fantastic contribution to the parish, he will be missed. This means that we now have two vacancies for new councillors and there is also an opportunity to stand for election in May. If you would like to help develop, improve and protect your local community for the future, why not join the parish council? To be eligible you must be 18 years of age or over; a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community; and qualify under one of the following: Be on the electoral register for the parish; have owned or rented land in the parish for 12 months or more; have worked in the parish for 12 months or more; have lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary for 12 months or more. The council meets once a month (for about two hours), with additional short planning meetings when required. It is responsible for managing the Parish Precept (budget), considering local planning applications, maintaining the burial ground and representing residents’ views and interests locally and nationally. If you are interested and qualify, please e-mail a brief resume or curriculum vitae to the Clerk at clerk@fletching-pc.org

GRANTS: We are finalising our budget for 2015/2016. If you are considering applying for a grant from the parish council in the next twelve months, please contact the clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.org for more information.

RAINFALL FOR PILTDOWN in 2014. After a year, which brought record rainfall in January and February and a very dry September, I recorded 58mm in December, about half the average. The yearly total of 1203mm was the highest since 2000 when I measured 1288mm.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday January 17, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

WEALDEN DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. The year ended on a high for the society with two very successful events. At the end of November a large group of members enjoyed a day of lectures on the iconic Waldorf Hotel in New York and the people who frequented it in the 1930s and of course this involved lunch with Waldorf Salad. This was followed by the monthly meeting in December when Sarah Lenton talked about Christmas at Covent Garden Theatre with visual and musical accompaniment. The next meeting is entitled Toulouse-Lautrec and the Golden Age of Cabaret. For details of this and of membership contract 01435 873258.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion, with prayers for healing. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Third Dimension (Christian Unity). Website http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Lewes History Group talk, The Tory MPs for Lewes, 1874-1997. Lewes prides itself on being different and, despite being a prosperous Home Counties constituency, it is over 20 years since it last elected a Conservative MP. From a descendant of a royal bastard to an influential godfather, John Kay delves into the lives of the seven Tories who held sway over the town for more than 120 years. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday December 9, Tuesday Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery, Nancy Wiginton and Rosemary Land. Thursday December 11, Duplicate Pairs: 1, North/South: Simon Fishburn and Peter Catermole; 1, East/West: Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. Tuesday December 16, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jenifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday December 18, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 2, Janet Cattermole and Irene Gannon; 3, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Lewes Philatelic Society starts the New Year with a members’ displays evening today, Friday. The meeting is open to all and non-members are welcome to attend. If you collect postage stamps then this is an ideal opportunity to come along to meet other collectors in Lewes, see their interests and find out what joining a stamp club has to offer you. Our meetings in 2015 will include talks on such varied subjects as Lewes Postcards; Nelson and Trafalgar; Aviation; Chile and Gibraltar all illustrated with displays of stamps, postcards or other postal items. All meetings are on the second Friday of the month at 7.15pm for 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society please contact the secretary, Norman Sansom, on 01273 472470.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Newick

COUNTRY MARKET: After a short break the Country Market will be open again today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There will be winter vegetables available plus eggs, local cheese, plus a good selection of cakes and savoury items. You can also enjoy a coffee a catch up with all the local news.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Mary’s Church, 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30am Morning service.

THANK YOU to the Newick Scout Group for delivery all the local Christmas Cards. Well done.

QUIZ: On Saturday January 17 Newick Twinning Association will be holding a Wine and Wisdom Quiz in the village hall from 7.30pm. Teams of eight people. You will need to reserve a table by telephone on 01825 724223.

DETAILS: Would all clubs and societies let me have details of their events in 2015.

Uckfield

THE TROUBLED Virgin VS43 flew over my house. Yesterday we were watching the news. It was showing the VS43 with the jammed undercarriage. Then we heard a strange loud chugging noise. The plane was flying very low right over our house. We dashed outside with my camera and John’s binoculars. Luckily it was flying to Gatwick where it landed safely.

PAMPHILON THEATRE: In 2015, we begin with another high quality show from the fantastic Farnham Maltings, It’s a Wonderful Life. Welcome to Bedford Falls. Welcome to small town America. George Bailey, a middle aged clerk who discovers the difference he has made to his family, his friends and his home town - with a little help from Clarence, the apprentice angel. Professional theatre company Farnham Maltings is bringing the struggles and joys of 1940s small town America to the villages and towns of England. Using their own, inimitable style the company has created a piece of theatre that promises to warm the coldest of places through the long winter nights. Recommended audience age: eight years plus. Saturday January 31 at 7pm. Doors 6.30pm. Seats are limited to 80, so tickets will be reserved on a strictly first come first served basis. It will be a two hour show with an interval. Licensed bar. Tickets: adult £12, student £6 from 01273 782171/lizatpamphilon@hotmail.com

UCKFIELD SINGERS: What a wonderful day it was on Saturday December 20. Two concerts with the Uckfield Brass Band all sold out. The atmosphere was wonderful. We raised money for a children’s charity and Uckfield FM who do a wonderful job. We would like to thank everybody who supported us. More details www.uckfieldsingers.co.uk

TALK: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Edwardian Opulence: Portraiture of John Singer Sargent by Claire Walsh, 2.30pm on Wednesday at Uckfield Civic Centre. New members and guests welcome.

THE LIONS CLUB say thank you Uckfield, your support has helped us again. Well at last Christmas is over and we can take a breath before we start 2015 fund raising, that is, unless one has a shift to run in the Bookshop. The Sleigh has been cleaned and packed up, we disposed of the Christmas Draw tickets, and now it’s back to continuing the development and planning of this year’s service and fundraising. Lion Graham’s Sleigh team raised a record £4,884.63, £65.68 more than last year. It was at the Late Night Shopping evening, the Bonfire Society Service and visited all areas of Uckfield and also many of the surrounding villages. That’s pretty good considering the increasing age of our Lions team. Uckfield FM’s support announcing the daily venues, the help of our spouses, Leos and Friends of Lions collecting each night, the kindliness of the weather with only a couple of wet evenings, and Lion Lynne and Paul’s efforts collecting and counting the cash, means that we are able to top up the Community Minibus Replacement Fund by approximately £4,750. Lion Frank’s, Supermarket Draw team spent a week standing in Waitrose supermarket every day in shifts selling Draw tickets. It’s not the selling, it’s the missed customers and the aching feet that are frustrating. But we sold most of the tickets. When it was drawn by Heidi, on the Waitrose customer service desk, Waitrose vouchers were won by Mrs Ingram (£200), Mrs Ridley(£100) and Mrs Hayes(£50), who received their vouchers from Lion President Bob Eaves, who also presented a cheque to Ann Press, of Macmillan Nurses, accompanied by Paul Cottingham, our Waitrose manager. Thanks to Waitrose’s generosity we made a profit of £2,479, which we divided equally between the Macmillan Nurses Appeal and our Community Minibus Replacement Fund, each getting £1,239.50. A lot of you have asked about the Community Minibus that we provide. As many know, it has a tail lift to enable it to accommodate four wheelchairs, is available for use by any group/organisation in Uckfield, and with its Lions roundels is a familiar blue sight. It is intensively used, in 2014 there were 208 bookings over 206 days even on Christmas Day transporting the lonely to their Christmas dinner. When bought in 2002, 13 years ago, it cost approximately £29,000. Since then it has done over 83,000 miles, mostly in short trips causing accelerated wear and tear. Although still sound, it is aged and has increasing maintenance needs. A breakdown when in use would be unacceptable, so we now need to replace it. With a new one likely costing approximately £45,000, even with the replacement fund being increased by the £5,990 Christmas monies, there is a long way to go. Contact Lions at their Olives Yard Bookshop, on our website www.uckfield-lions.org.uk listen to Uckfield FM or telephone Lion Bob Eaves 01825 764638.

DOROTHY SPARKS, who is well known for her community work in and around Uckfield, has been awarded first place by Active Sussex as part of its Community Games Reward and Recognition Scheme. The award is accompanied by a very useful £100 worth of funding. Dorothy was nominated following her significant contribution to the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association’s Big Lunch event held on the Uckfield Rugby Club’s field last June. A founder committee member of the residents’ association, Dorothy is also active in a number of other local initiatives including The Uckfield Festival, Brighter Uckfield, The Luxford Centre, The Millenium Green and as a volunteer driver for the residents’ association’s surgery car service. Peter Griggs, the association’s secretary, said: ‘We are all overjoyed that Dorothy’s work for the local community has been recognised by Active Sussex. She works tirelessly on initiatives for the residents’ association and how she manages to fit this work in with all the other projects she is involved with is a constant source of amazement to the rest of us. She has already started organising our next community event - an Easter Egg Hunt for youngsters living on Manor Park and Hempstead Fields’.

Waldron

NEW YEAR: It’s Twelfth Night as I write this, the cards, the door-wreath and the Christmas tree have all been taken down and it’s dark and gloomy outside my window. Hibernation time, I love it. I’ve already turned out a couple of drawers and recycled the contents, written or phoned several old friends, and read two riveting books. After all if you can’t get out of the house and the garden is a sea of mud, reading is a guilt-free pleasure. (I notice Mark Zuckerberg is recommending reading as a New Year’s resolution, a book a fortnight which, coming from the inventor of Facebook, timewaster extraordinary, is a bit rich).

JANUARY TREATS: On the subject of January treats, there are some lined up at the pub. Last year’s 363 menu experiment was such a success that it will be repeated this year. So from Monday to Thursday (inclusive) at lunchtime or evening you can choose a starter for £3, main course for £6 and dessert for £3 a bargain to get you out of the house and into our cosy pub. This month’s quiz night is on Monday January 26 and for £7 per head, you get the cheerful team competition of daft questions and food in the interval. Teams are made up of not more than six people, make your own team or join someone else’s and the evening will kick the brain cells into action. Also on at the Star this month is Folk Night on Friday January 30.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Waldron’s WI goes from strength to strength and now has over 60 members. It meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Lucas Hall starting at 2.30am and everyone’s welcome to come along and try it out before joining.

SERVICES: We’re now well into the new arrangements of our church services, alternately at our two churches. On Sunday services at 8am (Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer) and 10am (Parish Communion) will both be at St Bartholomew’s, Cross in Hand. Evensong will be sung at 4.30pm at All Saints’.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. We had a busy Christmas period, the busiest service being the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. This simple service for families tells the Christmas story with visual aids, including a very well behaved donkey. Thanks to the Green family for bringing Freddie along, he is a seasoned performer, and Lily who played Mary was able to ride round the church on him. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our services, decorating the church so beautifully and helping out in so many ways. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Plough Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: Morning worship and communion led by Robin Lacey.

INSPECTOR NOT CALLING: Our planned next production in May was intended to be An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley but, at the point of ordering the scripts, it was discovered that the play had been withdrawn from amateur production. As a result, the committee have been frantically looking for a suitable replacement and I’m glad to say that they have found it in Fatal Encounter, a thriller by Francis Durbridge, a nail-biting classic from this popular thriller writer. Auditions are this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm and on Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Audition pieces are to be found on the Village Players website or contact Heather (director) on 01435 830059. The cast requires eight really good character parts, five male and three female. Production dates are Wednesday to Saturday, May 13 to 16. Rehearsals are usually Saturday mornings and Monday or Wednesday evenings.

HISTORY GROUP: Medieval Musical Instruments is Michael Wither’s subject at our meeting on Monday. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm at the Dunn Village Hall; coffee is served before the meeting and our bookstall is open.

FLOWER SHOW AGM: The horticultural society AGM has come round again and will be held on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The committee are at this moment trawling through their recipe books to find yummy things to go with the wine and we have been lucky enough to secure a very interesting speaker. His name is Chris Hone and he’s a keen and knowledgeable gardener as well as beekeeper and his talk, entitled Inside the Beehive, will be fully illustrated with slides. The membership subscription remains the same (£4) and if you don’t pay by standing order you can renew your membership at the AGM. Existing members will have received notification, including a renewal form.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is a public adjournment early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.