Parish pump Uckfield - July 18 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: 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 and 4pm 4ForAll/Messy Church at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Next week we all meet together in the marquee at Rushlake Green, together with the folk from Heathfield Chapel.

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

GARDENING CLUB: The annual flower show is on Saturday August 9. If you have not obtained a schedule yet please phone Mary on 01323 832509, or contact another committee member. The schedule doesn’t just contain horticultural classes but has photography, craft and baking sections as well.

FILM CLUB: There is no film this month. Next month on August 29, Shine will be screened for which Geoffrey Rush gained a best actor Oscar. It was nominated in six other categories.


OPEN GARDEN: You are all welcome to come along to Elphick’s garden tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 2pm until 5pm. This beautiful two acre garden includes many different types of garden from the lovely lake area to cottage beds, vegetables and more. There are plenty of areas to take a seat and admire the areas. Entry is £3 per person, only guide and hearing dogs are permitted in the garden. There will be plenty of home made cakes and refreshments available throughout both afternoons. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds will go to The Burwash Village Hall Funds and Aaron’s trip to the world scout jamboree in Japan. For parking why not leave the car in the Catholic Church car park and walk to the garden.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning at 9am. You are all very welcome to go along and join the walk which will leave the Bear car park lead by Roger Cloke. The walks include many of the public footpaths that are so much a feature of the villages. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under control. You should be back at the Bear in time for lunch.

SUMMER CELEBRATIONS: There will be an outdoor celebration of Summer Fruits and Fizz on Sunday July 27 at St Philip’s Church from 11.45am. You are all welcome to go along and join in the fun and enjoy summer fruits and pink fizz. Please take along summery cakes, jellies and jams you have made. There will be an abundance of summer fruits to buy and recipes for jams. All in aid of Tree of Hope, a worthwhile charity helping local children.

JUNGLE BOOK: From July 24 to September 4 the Jungle Book Trail is to be part of the fun for young visitors at Bateman’s, the home of the author of the The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling. Normal admission fees apply plus £2.50. The Jungle Book characters are hiding in the garden, follow the trail and find them all to win a jungle prize.

INTERNET CAFÉ: Burwash Internet Cafe is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm. It costs locals 20p an hour to use it. It continues to give internet users the help and support they need. On Friday July 25 they are to hold a Photo Album workshop. They also aim to have a Facebook workshop too. If you require more details or one on one help please call Leslie Elmslie on 01435 883510.

CRICKET: The recent trip of Seagulls Over Burwash to the Sussex versus Kent derby was a huge success. Thanks to Simon Oakly and Tesky O’Niel for organising the coach and seats. Those who went said that they really enjoyed going, not having to worry about parking and being among friends. This could be a regular happening, so watch this column for more details.


VILLAGE SHOP: The shop is looking for someone to work Saturday morning in the shop. It is a paid position, and the applicant must be over 18 years old as the shop sells wine and beer. So if you want to make a difference to local life, and meet people, come and join us. If you’re thinking to get some money together for college then this would be a great job. We’d prefer someone with Chiddingly connections, and a few hours a week are all the commitment that is required. Contact Caroline Rasmussen at the shop on 01825 872949 or email The last few months have seen us in profit and we need this to continue the good work. So please make sure you pop in regularly to sample the wonderful breads, cheeses, ice creams (there’s always room in the freezer for a small pot as both Caroline and I say, how about creamy vanilla and a pot of salted caramel sauce for the perfect dessert?) and much more. At the risk of repeating myself, I have to say that I have exhaustively checked out the range of home-baked cakes and I love them all and have no favourites, oh ok the coffee and walnut if it is a Desert Island Discs choice, but you should decide for yourselves.

HORSE SHOW: This is on August 10 at Hale Farm so not too far off. Robin Symington (01825 872237) is always looking for sponsors so if you have a tenner to spare get in touch. This a truly local show and the fact that they regularly have nine rings and a dog show makes it very special, not just your average village show but a star.

CHURCH FETE: Well this happened last Saturday and was very successful, by the time I got to the Pimms, Patrick was working like a demon to service the queue. As soon as Phil gives me the heads up I will let you know how much was raised but certainly it was so busy with locals and visitors. I didn’t win anything in the raffle but the £500 cash was won by Richard Partridge of Store Cottage as opposed to the other Richard Partridge. Incidentally how many villages have 2 Richard Partridges? Thought not, so Chiddingly wins out again with six Partridges in our Pear Tree.

STUFF HAPPENING TO ME: As I think I told you my pool has been vandalised. Now my car has been keyed outside my house and as it belongs to Motability we are all taking this very seriously. Hopefully the perpetrator, and who is so sick to damage a car owned by a charity which provides vital transport to disabled adults will be on CCTV. Thank goodness for Sussex Police and their care of me.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Tomorrow, Saturday, we are visiting The British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield on the A22. If you would like to come along it isn’t too late. We are meeting at the entrance at noon. Our walk last Sunday started at The Green Man in Ringmer and took our group through farmland and up onto the Downs by the Glyndebourne wind turbine and remains of an 18thC windmill. From there we had stunning far reaching views, made all the more so by glorious unexpected sunshine. From here we carried on down the hill, back into the village and finished with refreshing drinks in the beer garden. Our next walk is on Sunday August 10 and will be starting at 2pm at the Tide Mills car park at Newhaven. The walk will take in the nature reserve, the old sea plane base, the site of HMS Forward (underground WW2 communications centre) and the tucked away hamlet of Bishopstone. For further details on both events, please contact Jenny or Chris on 872830.

VILLAGE SCHOOL: East Hoathly School is building a greenhouse out of recycled plastic bottles. They need 1,500 to complete the task. The bottles need to be completely round, 2 litre bottles of any colour. Please drop them off at the school, or the collection point outside the village shop. They are also on the lookout for watering cans, so if you have any going spare the school will offer them a good home.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield village market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon, in Framfield Memorial Hall. Parking available in school grounds. Come along and see a variety of stalls and have a cuppa and bacon roll. Any queries call Ann on 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Annual General Meeting is being held on Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm at Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE students looked wonderful at their recent Prom. I’m not concerned about what the detractors say, this is a fabulous opportunity for youngsters to dress up in their best and celebrate a significant landmark in their education. The next event is called Picnic at The College. Tomorrow, Saturday, there’s an open air picnic at the College featuring the ever popular Heathfield Silver Band focusing on World War I music plus country and western singer Kathryn Anderson. This is an evening for the audience to bring their chairs, tables, gazebos, food and drinks, choose your spot, first come first served, and enjoy an evening of live music. Gates will be open from 5.30pm for people to set up and with the concert commencing at 7pm and concluding by 9.30pm. If the weather is inclement, then they will use the main hall in the college. Tickets are available from The Spar Post Office in Broad Oak or Gemini Cards in the High Street, Heathfield or at the gate. Free car park around the concert area with a licensed bar, plus coffee and teas being served.

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a floral presentation by Gill Sadler called Flowers and Glory on Thursday evening, September 11 starting at 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Refreshments, raffle and sales table. Optional competition: fruits and berries. Visitors welcome £5. Telephone 01435 810452.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Monday, September 15 starting at 7.30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall there will be a talk by Ken Turner called Perennials and Mixed Borders. Visitors welcome £3 to include tea or coffee. Optional competition, a vase of dahlias or a specimen bloom. Ring 01435 830725.

ALL SAINTS’: Sunday, Holy Communion (BCP) 8am, 11am Holy Communion (Celtic Communion) all welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s, Broad Oak: 9.30am Third Dimmerson (Celtic Communion) all welcome for coffee after this service.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday July 27, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday July 29, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft group in the church hall. Wednesday July 30, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday August 2, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

DONATIONS: In line with the ethos of the Heathfield and District Agricultural Society, a non for profit organisation benefiting the local community, a presentation evening was held on Tuesday July 8 at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech, to distribute donations to local organisations and charities who assisted with the running of this year’s Heathfield Show held on May 24. Cheques were presented to Broad Oak and Horam Football Club, Broad Oak Pre-School, Broad Oak Primary School PTA, Broad Oak and Punnetts Town Scouts, Burwash, Cross in Hand School, Heathfield and Waldron Rugby, Horam Friends of Cancer Research £640, Horam Scouts and Guides, Kingfishers – Eastbourne Scout Band, Kipling Group Riding for the Disabled, Oathall Community College, Friends of St George’s Church, Broad Oak, St Michael’s Hospice, Tomorrow’s People, Heathfield, Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Football Club and the Working Horse Trust. Over £17,000 was donated to these organisations for fielding teams of ground stewards who helped with the running of the show. These volunteer stewards are essential and their help on show day is gratefully received by the show society. Any local organisations who wish to help the society by fielding teams of stewards for the 2015 Show, which will be held on May 23. For information contact the show secretary, Nicola Magill on 01435 864587 or email

HEALTH CLUB: An application has been lodged to build a new single storey fitness studio next to the Isenhurst Health Club near the Cross in Hand garage. The application number (if you want to look it up is

Applicants are Fawrona Ltd., c/o MJB Architecture, Oakridge House, New Town, Uckfield. If you’d like to express your views, contact Mr L Kenebel at the council.

METHODIST CHURCH: Let us Entertain You is the name of an afternoon of music, wit and laughter at Cross-In-Hand Methodist Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 2.30pm. Admission £4 including afternoon tea.

FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS: Friends will host a summer celebration concert given by students from the Crowborough Area Music Centre on Thursday in All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield at 7pm. The concert features a string orchestra and a string chamber ensemble, a youth jazz orchestra and a youth concert band together with All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School choir. Tickets cost: £5. Children go free, tickets available on the door. For further information please contact East Sussex Music Service, ring 01273 336770.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday meet on the Stonegate-Ticehurst road, GR.676286 at 9.30am for a nine mile walk. Ring 01435 882626.

Isfield & Little Horsted

PETS’ PARADE: All Things Bright and Beautiful must be a contender to make the list of hymns being arranged for a rather special service at Isfield’s St Margaret’s Church a week on Sunday (July 27, 10am). For that is the day when it is hoped the congregation, usually rather modest in number, will be swelled significantly by… lots and lots of animals. Pets of all shapes and sizes, from ponies and parrots to cats and canaries and dogs and stick insects, will be made welcome at the church’s annual Pets’ Service. If the weather is fine the service will be held in the churchyard, please take along a suitable chair or g to sit on if possible, and if not it will move inside. ‘Informality is the keyword,’ says parishoner Stephen Hardwick. The service will be officiated by Uckfield’s new curate, Christian Mitch Mitchell, quite a baptism for him. Let us hope that all the pets are as well-behaved as those appearing in that memorable Vicar of Dibley episode on television. Christian Mitchell is no stranger to East Sussex, having previously lived with his wife and sons in Forest Row before moving to Oxford for studies. He should feel perfectly at home at the Pets’ Service; his CV includes experience in operational aspects of the horse racing industry, with spells at Aintree, Newmarket and Lingfield Park.

ROADS REMINDER: Drivers and bus passengers might need to allow a few more minutes to make their journeys into and out of Isfield over the next couple of weeks. Starting on Monday, Horsted Lane will be closed for repairs, and Lewes Road will be shut for similar work once that has been completed. East Sussex County Council says signs will be put up to show that local businesses remain open during the period, and that it is hoped bus services will travel as far as the level crossing before doubling-back to continue services towards Uckfield and Lewes.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s Church, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Last week, 15 members enjoyed a lovely Summer’s evening walk around Rodmell and Iford. The weather was perfect and the evening finished with a meal at the Abergavenney Arms pub at Rodmell which was enjoyed by all. On Sunday, we had a ramble from Plumpton. This was a walk to the north west of Plumpton, which took us across fields and through ancient woodlands. One of the woods, Blackbrook wood is particularly beautiful at Bluebell time. This time, the fields were particularly beautiful and carpeted with wild flowers. Self Heal, Kidney Vetch, and Common Centaury were all spotted and we even saw some quite rare Ragged Robin in a marshy area. We followed ancient paths, some which still crossed garden outskirts and some which were old sunken paths through the woods which were still muddy even in July. Nineteen members enjoyed this varied walk in fine weather. The next walk is on Sunday July 27 at Barcombe Mills, always a popular area to walk in the summer. We will meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Programmes are always available at the Tourist Information Office or the Outdoor Shop or at

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church Services for Sunday: 10.15am Time of Prayer at the front of Church, 11am Morning Worship led by Helen Garratt from Southover Church and at 6.30pm Holy Communion led by Rev Dick Field with John Jardine preaching. Our exciting news is that on Thursday the Reverend Steve Daughtery, Rector of Southover Church Lewes, will also become our Vicar and also of our sister church at Malling. He will be inaugurated by Bishop Richard, the new Bishop of Lewes, and Archdeacon Phillip Jones at 7.30pm that evening. This will herald the first huge step in the coming together of the three churches, or as it is to be known, Trinity Church, which will be one church meeting in three different buildings. This will mean the pooling and sharing of resources within the communities of the three churches and it will be a considerable sign of the growth of the Kingdom of God in Lewes. We invite everyone from our area, also throughout Malling and all of Lewes, to join us and stay to enjoy refreshment with us afterwards.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAYFIELD BAND: Simon Rudge tells us The Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday was a huge success and greatly enjoyed by band and audience. The band was on good form, and played an extensive and varied repertoire. Highlights were the brilliant soloists, Dennis Muggridge, Sally Cyster, Trevor Scott, and Nikki Small, and of course guest bagpiper Pipe Major Donald Brown. His performance of Highland Cathedral accompanied by the band was something quite special, and a stirring sight as he advanced in full regalia on the band’s conductor Doug Blackford bedecked in a St George’s flag waistcoat. Shades of Bannockburn, but thankfully a peaceful outcome on this occasion. If you missed it you can find a video clip and pictures at the band’s or on their facebook page. The search continues for experienced cornet players for the band as solo cornet player Ollie Rudge prepares to depart for university again in September after a year of hard work for the band, so please get in touch with secretary Simon Rudge on 01435 872007 or if you think you can help.

SCHOOL: St Leonards-Mayfield School tell us they have built a reputation for excelling in all sorts of disciplines, and the busy end of term period has provided numerous occasions for the School to show off the talents of its girls. Thursday June 12 saw the annual fashion show take place in the school’s historic Concert Hall. More than 60 pupils showed their work: many of them wearing the fruits of their labour and sashayed down the catwalk in front of an appreciative crowd. Textiles is offered as an extra-curricular subject, highlighting the level of dedication shown by the girls. Mayfield is renowned for its exceptional Art and Ceramics departments, and the school held a private view of the girls’ examination work on Friday, June 13. Visitors to the exhibition could not fail to be impressed by the imagination and creativity of the girls, and how they had managed to develop such skill and sensitivity. During the following week the girls donned their theatre costumes for a promenade performance of Shakespeare’s Women which took place over three nights. Starting off in the school’s fourteenth century chapel, the audience followed the dramatic and musical performance throughout the magnificent school grounds, finishing in the concert hall - magical settings which served to enhance the girls’ poignant, witty and even frightening performances. Saturday, June 21 saw the annual sports day, as part of a Parents’ Day celebration. Mayfield girls have had much success on the athletics track this season, beating off stiff opposition to triumph in the East Sussex Regional B final, as well as winning the Ouse Valley Athletics Championship for the twelfth time! Parents’ Day was an opportunity for the girls to impress with their athletic prowess as well as a lot of fun, there were several outstanding individual performances. Meanwhile, on Sunday June 22 the school hosted a very successful horse show on its extensive grounds, making use of its outstanding equestrian facilities. Amidst hundreds of competitors, Mayfield pupils emerged victorious; riding to victory to take the NSEA Grass Roots Show Jumping title. Headmistress Antonia Beary commented: ‘At Mayfield we aim to educate the whole person - mind, body, heart and soul - and this busy fortnight has been a culmination of all that we do throughout the year. We are proud of our girls: they work hard and they play hard, and it is a joy to watch them grow into independent and confident young women.’

MEMORY MORNINGS: If you are affected by, or interested in dementia, memory mornings are being held at the Pink Cabbage café in Mayfield High Street. The first meeting will be held on Monday, August 4 from 10am to noon. Johnny Marsh says there has been interest shown in the village to set up a group and monthly meetings will be set up hopefully to involve everyone who is interested.

JUNIOR TENNIS: Mayfield Tennis Club’s junior tennis coaching camps will be during weeks beginning August 4 and August 18. These are for juniors between the ages of 4 and 16 years and are divided in groups according to age. These are open for both members and non-members although members have priority. There is also group coaching for junior son Saturday mornings and free coaching for junior members on Friday evenings in term time. Non-members can also join in on the group adult coaching on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and play in most of their tournaments. Their popular Noah’s Ark Tournament will take place on August 31 this year. For details look at the website on or ring Geoffrey Shackel on 01435 873113.

CEREMONY: Monday, August 4. Simple ceremony to recognise the start of WWI followed by wreath laying on the six known WWI graves. It takes place at Mayfield War Memorial and the churchyard from 11am.

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.


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

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, this match will be against Peacehaven on Sunday they make a short trip to Uckfield. Both of these games will start at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there will be two games, the home game will be against Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill and the away fixture is against John Spriggs at Henfield. Both games start at 6pm. Wednesday there is a home fixture against Colemans Hatch and on Thursday Newick will travel to Hurstpierpoint. These games will commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB’S first XI are playing away at Iden tomorrow, Saturday. The second XI are playing at home against Maresfield, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Forest Row II, and the fourth XI will travel to Westfield. All matches will start at 1,30pm. The friendly match on Sunday will be played at home against Envy Cricket Club at 2pm.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be meeting in the Community Centre at 7.45pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Barbara Wilson talking about Fairtrade or Fair Trade. There will be samples of items made by Fairtrade producers. Visitors are very welcome to this meeting.

SUMMER LUNCH: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice will be holding their Summer Lunch on Saturday July 26 from noon in the lovely gardens at Shootfield, Allington Road, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Fenning. Tickets are £20 and can be ordered by telephoning 01825 722607.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open in the village hall on Sunday July 27. The film being The Monument Men starring George Clooney, Matt Dawson, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and High Bonneville. The doors will be open at 7pm and the film will commence at 7.30pm. The bar and soft refreshments are available. Tickets are £6 available on the door or you can book in advance by telephoning 01825 723392, or email


GREAT GARDENS: How lucky we were last weekend when three beautiful and contrasting gardens were open for us to visit in the centre of the village. Organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches, even the weather sparkled so that they the fabulous gardens could look their best. All profits go to the Friends and I hear that the amount raised was in the region of £800. Many thanks to the hosts who made their gardens look so wonderful.

LIGHTS OUT: The Royal British Legion is organising a special event to remember all those Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War and it’s something that everyone can join in. The event is simply an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on August 4, (the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war) leaving on just a single light or candle as a sign of remembrance. At the same time there will be a candlelit service at Westminster Abbey. If you would like to make a donation to the British Legion (they do such brilliant work and have been doing so for nearly a century) you can make a donation on line at .

BEHIND THE FRONT: An event at the Remembrance weekend is being organised in the village and will be a revue, throwing light on the effect of the First World War in ways that may be new to you and will certainly be original. It will include music, poetry and drama and is currently being written. There will also be an exhibition of material some of which has not been displayed in the village before. Auditions for anyone who would like to read or sing in the revue will take place on Thursday August 7, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in the Lucas Hall, everyone welcome.

RUDES IN WALDRON: The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company will be visiting the village again this summer on Thursday August 14, bringing their production The Wife (loosely based on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath) for our enjoyment. The basis of the plot is the nature of marriage and love, seen through the eyes of Alyson, the Wife. She describes with hilarious outcomes the five men who have shared her marriage bed and then with telling force she recounts the story of Roland, a young knight set the task of solving the mystery of what women really desire. It’s by turns funny, poetic and tender. Tickets are now on sale and Deborah has some at the Stores at Waldron or you can buy on-line through their website This production is a reworking of the company’s 2003 smash hit The Wife of Bath which played then to rave reviews, and was included in The Times’ top three outdoor plays of that year.

ROYAL SUSSEX: The Royal Sussex Regiment is raising funds for a new monument at Priez in France to be dedicated in September this year to commemorate the first losses from the regiment in 1914, and to provide a memorial to the 7302 officers and

men who lost their lives in the Great War. To contribute online, go to or contact Maj B M Hudson, Hon Sec, 29 Henry Avenue, Rustington, W Sussex BN16 2PA or ring 01903 778739. There is also an effort this year to find relatives of those killed in that war, especially those from the Royal Sussex who died in 1914, and if you have information contact

SERVICES: Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Trinity and there will be Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Choral Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s, Mornin Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’, followed by coffee and cake for everyone, then Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am with the Youth Choir.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and 4pm 4ForAll/Messy Church at Punnetts Town Village Hall. As the title says it is for all ages at 4pm. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service and communion with Rev David Laskey. Next week we all meet together in the marquee at Rushlake Green.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that entry forms and fees must be returned to the The Stores by 5pm on this Wednesday. If you were fortunate to win a trophy last year please return them to Lin Collins (01435 830519) in clean polished condition ASAP. Just a week to go now until the big day, so if you haven’t got your schedule yet, you need to get your skates on. They can be found in The Stores, among other places. There are full details of all the many classes, covering vegetables, fruit, floral art, juniors, domestic pets, handicrafts, and eggs. As with any competition there are rules and these are clearly set out in the schedule. The weekend has lots going on, with the show opening at 2pm on Saturday July 26. As well as the show itself there will be a wide range of stalls around the Green. During the afternoon there will be Morris Dancing, children’s races and tug-of-war. Warbleton Brass Band will entertain us as well. In the evening the celebrated 60/70/80s music group The Buffaloes will appear in the marquee (tickets from the Stores or on 01435 868246). On Sunday the local churches meet together in the marquee and issue a warm welcome to all to join them. This is followed by a picnic and rounders, or you can chill out. The weekend concludes with Hampers and Champers the concert by Warbleton Brass Band at 6pm.

RGWI: Have you ever wondered what it like to run a B&B? Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be a good opportunity for members to find out when Irene Eltringham-Wilson speaks on the subject. For details of the WI or for help with a lift please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: When I arrived at 7.30pm on Monday the hall was already filling up, and by the start of Steve Zeigler’s talk it was full. His talk was on Warbleton and World War One. His relatives are from the Funnell and Hobden families, and so a fair number of them turned up. Most of the young men of the family either joined the Royal Sussex Regiment or the Royal Horse Artillery, the latter providing a familiar occupation in a strange land and situation. He spoke of the effect the outbreak of war had on family members, the men feeling obliged to join up and their siblings and parents a mixture of pride and anxiety. He also related the effect the sudden removal of so many young men and horses had on such a rural area. The army were empowered to remove the best 50% of the horses for war service, many never returning either because they were killed or put to work in France and Belgium after the war. This created many problems for the farmers, trying to get the harvest in. I am hoping that Steve will lend us some of his material for our stand at the flower show. At the end of his talk he read out the names recorded on the tablet at Warbleton Church, and we observed a minute’s silence. A reminder to those booked on the outing that it is tomorrow. We have two walks planned. The first is more of a visit as we go to Barcombe Mills to see the Roman dig there. We meet at the car park at 2pm on Saturday August 2, TQ434146. The second one is local starting from the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Wednesday August 20. We don’t have a meeting in August so we next meet on September 8 when Alaric Bond will describe the British Navy 1793 to 1815. Members who weren’t at our meeting but are able to help staff the stall at the flower show, please phone me on 01435 830280. We have half hour slots between 2pm and 4.30pm.