Parish Pump, Uckfield - July 26, 2013

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bodle street green

MARQUEE SERVICE: The three churches in the benefice (Warbleton, Bodle Street, and Dallington) join with Heathfield Chapel in the marquee on the Green for a united service. There will be a crèche and the children will have their Sunday Club. There will be no services in the churches, and chapel. All are very welcome to join us at the service and the picnic and rounders which follow. I gather that just over £2,006 was raised at the village fair in June for St John’s church.

MERRY WIDOW: This opera by Franz Lehar will be the feature at a Glyndebourne experience at the village hall on Saturday August 3. The evening starts at 5.30pm with picnics on the terrace. The DVD is in three parts with two intervals for supper and coffee. It is shown on the big screen with surround sound. Tickets are £7.50 from Bryan on 01323 833554. Future events at the hall are an auction of promises (September 21), the opera Carmen (November 16), the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee (December 7) and a race night on January 18.

FLOWER SHOW: The Gardening Club’s Annual Show is at the village hall on Saturday August 10. Schedules of the classes to enter are available from The White Horse Inn or from Maggie Grant. Entry forms must be in by 9pm on Thursday August 8.

Burwash

THE PRIMARY SCHOOL have been busy with Enterprise Week. All the children have been busy creating items for sale. They had to work out cost of production and sale price in order to create profit. Items were sold in the playground to parents and friends at the end of the week. A well attended event with monies raised for playground equipment. Well done to all the budding entrepreneurs. The annual Sports Day was held on Swan Meadow in lovely but hot sunshine. The children took part in many events with Panthers House winning overall. The Hazel Taylor Cup and the Eddie Workman Cup have been awarded now for 31 years. It is a race over 400m around Swan Meadow. Congratulations to Chloe Eyres and Jasper Taylor. The cups were presented by Barry Taylor and Eddie Workman MBE. The school have also had their Yr 5 and 6 school play Toy Story and Yr 6 leavers’ service in church. Good luck to all students going on to secondary school in September. Children have now broken up for the holidays, let’s hope the weather stays nice.

PRE-SCHOOL: Buzzy Bees Pre-School is opening on Monday September 2 in the Sports Pavilion at Swan Meadow. The open days have been well attended with lots of interest for the September term. There will be a grand opening date to be advised. For more information contact info@burwash-buzzy-bees.co.uk, www.burwash-buzzy-bees.co.uk, Sharon Berry on 07816248187 or Hannah Parker-Read on 07530824814

THE VILLAGE FETE is on August 26. Contact Steve Mintram on steve.mintram@btinternet.com for pitch fee details and availability. This is always a fun event for all the family with many stalls and attractions.

THE LADIES GROUP meet afternoons on the second Wednesday of the month in the village hall. Next month will be a lunch at Burwash Common Pavilion on August 14. On the fourth Wednesday, from March to November, they have a variety of outings to places of interest. There are coffee mornings, a theatre outing and special summer and Christmas lunches. Why not go along as a visitor and they give you a warm welcome. Visitors pay £2.50, including refreshments.

NATIONAL TRUST at Batemans have a series of forthcoming events starting with the Jungle Book Trail throughout the summer until September 3. The book characters will be hiding in the gardens for children to find and win a jungle prize. Price £2.50. WWI weekend is on August 3 and 4. A living history weekend with re-enactments, a camp with field ambulance and much more. Child can have a go at paintballing, making dog tags and dressing up.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 9, 8am Holy Communion Chiddingly, 10am Matins Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday East Hoathly.

THOMAS TURNER: Tuesday 31 July 1759 ‘…Down at Halland three times today. A great deal of rain today. In the afternoon drawed off a barrel of cider. James Marchant supped at our house, he helping me powder some for Halland’.

Fairwarp

THE MARKET will take place in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until noon (contact Eve Sowter on 01293 882931 to hire a stall or for more details).

ADULT HUMOUR comedian Jon McDevitt is performing in the pub tonight, Friday, from 8.30pm.

VILLAGE PICNIC: Don’t forget the village picnic, cricket and croquet day on the QEII sports field from 2pm on Saturday August 17. Contact Helen on 01825 712292, Em on 714550, or Russell on 713531 for more information.

IT IS HARD to comprehend why anyone would abandon a fridge on the forest, when we are about one mile from a waste and recycling centre which takes such items. One was found in Nursery Lane, close to the village hall. It follows an incident in early June when persons unknown held a barbecue on the sports field and left it in a disgusting state. On each occasion conscientious villagers stepped in and resolved the situation. If you see such anti-social behaviour please report it. We live in an idyllic location and we all need to look after it.

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village hall Market, 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. Variety of market stalls. All welcome. No market in August.

glynde & beddingham

SWIMMING POOL: With temperatures soaring over the last few weeks, the pool has been well used with waterfights as well as quiet adult times (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to noon; Tuesday, Thursday 7pm to 9pm; Sunday 9am to 11am). There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in this spring-fed pool, so don’t forget that you can still get membership online at www.glynde.info. We are hoping the season will continue well past the summer, possibly even into October, weather depending. If you have ever wanted to have a go at Scuba Diving, a taster session will be held this Sunday from 11am to 2pm with fully qualified professional divers. For more information, please call 01273 858227.

READING ROOM: Yoga classes are held in the Reading Room on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Just bring a mat.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of the parish council will be on Wednesday, at 7pm in The Reading Room. Villagers of the parish are warmly invited to come along to view proceedings.

FUEL CO-OP AGM: The first ever AGM of this wonderful money-saving group was held last Tuesday in Firle village hall. PC Stefan Bialoszewski gave some very useful and practical advice on cunning ways we can all protect our fuel, prickly hedges being near the top of the list. If anyone suspects their oil is being tampered with, please phone 101 and ask for the crime prevention officer. Many ideas were enthusiastically shared on possible avenues the Co-op might explore in the future and a thought-provoking evening was had by all. Thanks especially to Johnny Denis for organising this. If you live in East Sussex, not just Glynde and Beddingham, and would like to join the Co-op to receive regular savings on your fuel bill, please visit thefuel.coop.

PERFORMERS’ CLUB: This is advance notice of an exciting and fun holiday club for children aged 6 to 13 years held in Trevor House. Budding actors out there are warmly invited to join the courses from August 16 to 23 and 25 to 30. Have a look at the website performersclub.net or ring Liz Brice on 07751445115.

FLOWER SHOW: This wonderful yearly event is fast approaching and although there is no more stall space, helpers are needed. Please contact the committee at glyndeflowerfete@gmail.com if you can help out. The all-day event and live performance by The Brass Monkeys in the evening will take place on the recreation ground on Saturday August 10.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week, The Rev Peter Owen-Jones will lead morning prayer at 9am in Glynde and Holy Communion in Beddingham at 10.15am.

hailsham

BEETLE DRIVE: If you like a Beetle Drive or would like to go along, enjoy a fun evening out and find out more then go along to the Charles Hunt Centre this evening, Friday, from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Bring your own food and drink. The cost is £3.50 each.

ST MARY’S: This is the ninth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A New Creation, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Crossing the Waters. 6.30pm two religions, two ministries. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel.

1-2-1 READINGS: The Corinthian Church and Healing Association are holding private 1-2-1 readings between 10am and 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Primrose Hall. If you would like to know more visit www.corinthian-healing.co.uk On Sunday there is a Corinthian church service at Primrose Hall, from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Nicola Harwood.

SHOWTIME: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Choral Society are presenting a show featuring songs from favourite musicals at Hailsham Community Hall conducted by John Kotz and Barbara Edwards. Tickets £8 from the Camera Centre.

BRIDGE AFTERNOON: In aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society this event on Sunday will be at Union Corner Hall from 2pm for 2.30pm start. Teams of four, £6 per person, to include afternoon tea. Please call Peter on (01323) 840305 to book.

KNITTING GROUP: The last one in July will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the King’s Head. At the last gathering the talk was predominantly about tension. A pattern uses a yarn and then gives instructions how to get the correct size piece. However, sometimes there is a yarn that has more appeal. Even if it is the same specification, that can be the start of a whole lot of problems. Too long or too short, too narrow or too wide, a strange combination of all is more than likely. A test piece is always suggested, but impatience can win out over caution. It depends how many times you are prepared to undo and start again. Not the same word as used in the pattern, but this approach to knitting can cause tension. If you have a knitting problem, come and talk about it. Phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. In June, Chairman David Bourne gave a talk with slides about the Hailsham Printing works, a business that occupied 42-44 High Street, Hailsham (now a hardware shop) for 200 years. He gave a brief description on letter press printing, through the different owners, from the Breads through to the Jenners then to his late father, Derek Bourne and finally to his sister, Diane Jones and the end of the business in December 1996. By all accounts those present enjoyed this little part of the history of our market town of Hailsham. An ex-printer from a Brighton press was a visitor, to reminisce about his past trade. The art of type-setting (compositing) is now to be found in a few printing museums. Jenners Hailsham Ltd was still using some machines going back to Victorian times. The museum behind the kebab shop in Market Street, Hailsham is open Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 August at the Methodist Church Hall starting at 7.30pm. Melanie Gibson-Barton will present Wandering Through Flanders Fields.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

OPERATION Quality Street is a well known initiative whereby various groups and joint agencies come together in an effort to improve their neighbourhood. On this occasion the teams came together to cover the footpath in the Ghyll behind Newnham Way and Horam Recreation Ground. Volunteers removed in excess of 20 bags of rubbish as well as removing all manner of debris from the stream. Down at Horam recreation ground all the weeds were removed from the wood chip play area, before replacing with new wood chippings which were kindly donated by the Horam Timber Yard. Around 30 young children came along in the afternoon to the active play session, where the active play team put out skate ramps and a lot of other play equipment. A fun afternoon was had by all. Heathfield Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and assist on the day including Dave Wilby and his team from the East Sussex Fire Service who thankfully did not get called out and were therefore able to assist all day and opened the Fire Station at Heathfield for everyone to meet and refresh themselves. Peter and Tom and the Pay Back Team they supervised whose efforts on the day were invaluable. Alan the two Bobs and Brian, Heathfield residents who gave up their free time to litter pick. Barry Loke from WDC who arranged the litter and green items removal and WDC had done a pre clear and trolley removal the day before that saved much time on the day. Jon Harmer from the village hall committee and Horam Camp Site for all his support and arranging for us use of the toilets both in the hall and his campsite, he also put the rest of us to shame showing his fitness on the bike ramps. Pat Clark and Jean Holmwood from Heathfield Parish Council for their support and Jean’s litter picking skills. Maynard’s Green School for letting us advertise the event through their school. Ali and her Active Play Team who came and gave all the youngsters (and some not so young) a great time with their skate ramps and outdoor equipment. Simon and his team at the Horam Timber Yard who donated and loaded the wood chips for the play area free of charge. Sainsbury’s and Tesco Express from Heathfield who donated refreshments for the workers free of charge. The Joint Action Group (JAG) for funding for the Active Play Team to attend.

NHS BIRTHDAY: Heathfield MP Greg Barker has hailed the NHS on its 65th Birthday. He said: ‘On July 5 2013 our NHS will celebrate 65 years of providing healthcare to the British people. ‘Even with our £12.7 billion increase in health spending, without the hard work of local NHS staff, we would not have been able to deliver faster treatments, halve hospital infection rates and virtually eliminate mixed sex wards. Our NHS is a national treasure. I’m proud this Government is investing more in it. We should especially thank all the dedicated people who work locally in our NHS.’

SPONSORED WALK: At last a sponsored walk for the unfit. Not taking anything away from those brave Sussex Marathon runners who hauled themselves up the hill on Ghyll Road, twice, congratulations to Heathfield campaigners who have organised a sponsored walk that most of us will be able to do. It takes place on Sunday, August 18, starts at Trading4U at 11am and walkers just have to head to the Leisure Centre next to the Community College, a distance of 1.3 miles. It aims to help raise money towards the town’s indoor swimming pool. Plans have already been submitted and approved and the land is available. Now all that is needed are funds to help build the pool itself. It costs just £5 to take part in the walk, plus sponsorship if you can get it. A medal and T-shirt will go to every entrant. There will also be a barbecue at the new pool site, organised by Freedom Leisure which runs the town’s leisure centre. Application and sponsorship forms can be obtained at Trading4U, The Pet Food Shop and Taylor’s Fish Bar (both in Station Road), Parish Council offices in the High Street or the town’s schools. The walk is being sponsored by the businesses mentioned above and supported by the Co-op. It’s being organised by the Heathfield Partnership Sport and Leisure Committee. For more information contact Jack Hampton on 01435 408493.

LE MARCHE: It seems a bit early to be publicising this, but heavens, it’s only just over a month away. The town’s famous Anglo/French market Le Marche is taking place on August Bank Holiday Monday, as it has done for the past 17 years, it is the longest running Anglo/French market in the whole of the South East. This fantastic all day event draws visitors into the town of Heathfield from far and wide so please come and join us, you will not be disappointed, whether it is your first visit or your tenth, it’s all free. There’s also a free park and ride and free programme. Station Road and Station Approach will be closed to traffic all day to allow the extravaganza to take place. A full musical entertainment programme is planned to suit all ages and tastes together with the market of around 80 stalls (approximately 50 percent French) offering all kinds of mouth-watering goodies and more and more of our shops are opening, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover what Heathfield has to offer. This market is really worth a visit, particularly if you enjoy the kind of TV foodie coverage chefs like Rick Stein give to markets in the tiniest, most remote villages in France. The stalls are a picture, especially the racks of ripe, sunshine grown tomatoes, peaches and apricots. Visitors can also sample fresh cooked paella and pancakes. There are soaps and oils, Provencal fabrics and tablecloths, bread, croissants and pastries, handbags and purses, accessories, music, jewellery, cards and artwork, home-produced cheeses and meats and our own wine merchant, Graeme Mackenzie. The market gets pretty packed so get there early. It opens at 9.30am and goes on until about 3.30pm.

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.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

FIVE ASHES Horticultural Society Summer Show will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at Five Ashes Village Hall starting at 1.30pm together with a fete organised by the village hall committee. Organisers hope for another successful show with a similar programme of exhibits, a dog show, sports, bar, barbecue and the Wealden Brass Band. Ring Graham Playfoot on 01825 830511 for details.

AUTUMN SHOW: Mayfield Horticultural Society’s autumn show will take place on Saturday, September 14. There will be more than 90 classes across all categories with prizes for vegetables, chutneys, gourds, chrysanthemums, dahlias, floral art, domestic produce, photography, children’s exhibitions and more. In the flower section there is a new class called A Stem of Coloured Foliage which organisers hope everyone can enter. In children’s classes there will be a decorated flower pot challenge, Lego models, heaviest pumpkins, decorated pebbles and Halloween masks. For floral art classes there is Ring of Fire, From the Hedgerow, Making Do and In the Garden Shed. In the domestic section , new challenges are Three Cupcakes to your Own Recipe and Four Choc Chip Biscuits. In photography classes include Sunrise, Sunset, Social Occasion, Farming Scheme and Trick of the Light. Although you don’t have to be a member of the MHS to take part in shows, there are lots of benefits for a mere £5 outlay. These include free entry to all autumn winter talks (November 15, January 17, February 21 and March 18). You also get 10 percent off purchases from Millbrook Garden Centre, Jarvis Brook; horticultural products from Heathfield Ironmongers and a 10 percent reduction at Shank’s Nursery, Burwash. And now the card gets you 10 percent Staverton Nursery at Halland, the team say this is a genuine plantsman’s nursery.

GARDEN PARTY: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church Garden Party returns this year to Clayton’s Farmhouse, Newick Lane on Sunday, September 1 from noon until 2pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Richard Nabavi. Clayton’s Farmhouse is about one mile down Newick Lane on the right. The farmhouse dates from about 1420 and is surrounded by garden, orchard, woodland and farmland. It even has its own railway tunnel. Ample parking will be provided. Tickets cost £8 at the gate and include a glass of wine, light refreshments and a walk around the garden. All proceeds from this event go to support the work of the Friends. The charity’s remit is to raise funds for the preservation and maintenance of the church building and it was set up as a charitable trust so everyone in the village and beyond could contribute. They have so far raised more than £130,000 and projects include restoring marble memorials, cleaning stained glass windows, re-leading the chancel roof, installing French drains and more. For more details contact Annette Nabavi on 01435 873476.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The annual general meeting of the Mayfield branch takes place on October 16. Another early warning is an appeal for poppy appeal collectors. Branch chairman John Macdonald says: ‘If there is anyone who feels like a bit of gentle exercise between the end of October and November 11, please ring me on 01435 873138.’

lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. July 2: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Peter Waters. July 9 Teams: 1, Jill Higham, Pauline Brown, Matt Read and Di Johnstone. Thursday June 20: 1, Roy Skan and Frank Hibbert; 2, Anne Davison and Edith Jeffery, Ron and Margaret Buddery. June 27: 1, Nigel Osmer and Ron Buddery; 2, Alan Disney and Peter Waters; 3, Paul Allen and Lynne Tunley. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

FARMERS’ MARKET: As well as the usual market in the precinct on the first Saturday of the month, Lewes Farmers’ Market will now also take place once a month on Sunday. The dates are as follows: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and the Christmas one on December 15.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, on School Hill, is re-starting its Scrabble Group on Thursday afternoons, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Do come along if you like words. From Monday our subscriptions will be reduced to £2.50, as we are now half-way through 2013. For those who like snooker, we have a lovely snooker room with a ¾ size table. Call in at reception to find out when it is free and how to become a member. Our reception is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, or telephone 01273 476463.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO morning service and Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday with Rev David Farey taking the service. Thanks to all those who supported our Tabletop Sale at St Thomas church hall last Saturday, making it a huge success; thank you Lewes. And for the diary, anyone interested in The wildlife of Lewes Churchyards or as they are now known, God’s Acre, on Saturday August 10, 1pm to 4pm in Downtown Lewes.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Newick

THE MARKET will be open from 10 till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Lots of lovely summer vegetables and a good variety of soft fruit. You can also purchase cakes and savoury items, fresh eggs and flowers, plus greetings cards and paintings , and knitted items. So why not visit for yourself and enjoy a coffee or tea, make sure you arrive early so not to be disappointed .

BOWLS fixtures this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, East Grinstead at home 2.30pm start; Sunday Hampden Park away 2pm; Tuesday Mid-Sussex Henfield away and Mid-Sussex Henfield at home, both matches will commence at 6pm; Wednesday Lindfield away 2pm.

CRICKET: The Sunday game will be at home against Piers Morgan XI starting at 2pm. There is a another game on Tuesday against RACS Cricket Club at 2pm.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, there will also be a Evensong service at 6.30pm. If you should require a lift to Church please telephone 722582 in advance.

DRIVERS: Friends of Newick Health Centre are looking for car drivers to take patients to the Health Centre for their appoints. If you could spare a couple of hours, one morning a month Barry Mansfield would be pleased to hear from you on 01825 723591.

DIARY DATES: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday August 8, their speaker will be Glenn Butler (from Wallis and Wallis). Newick Bonfire’s Hogarty Roast is on Saturday August 10. More details later.

polegate

TICKETS now on sale at Archer and Partners, 48 High Street, for Polegate Drama presentation of two Murder Mystery evenings, which will take place on Friday August 2, and Saturday August 3. Both start at 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £8 or £15 for both nights.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN: The coffee morning held at Trinity Church Hall on Saturday July 13, in aid of Action for Children raised the sum of about £200. A big thank you to all who attended and supported this event.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre in the lounge is hosted by Polegate Residents Association. All welcome at 10am till noon.

QUIZ NIGHT tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm in the Henry Twine hall, Community Centre, make up a team of six people at £2 per person. Light nibbles supplied, bring your own drink, entry by ticket only. Tickets on sale at the Centre office or telephone 484631. All proceeds towards the kitchen fund.

Uckfield

ROYAL BIRTH: I’m a staunch royalist. I even love the naughty ones. So I was gripped to the news on Monday, waiting for the Royal birth. I’m glad it’s a boy. I don’t like messing around with tradition. What do you think the name will be? I’m betting on James with Richard as my second choice. Somewhere in the loft I have the centre pages from a National newspaper, about 27 years ago. A clairvoyant lady predicted quite firmly that Prince Charles will never be king, but William will. Perhaps now that there are four generations, Charles will pass the title on to his son.

Waldron

BUT, PETANQUE? We came, we saw...and we won the Petanque challenge. Our village croquet club visited France last week and hopes were high that the Croquet Cup would return in their luggage, but sadly it wasn’t to be. They came second. But the good news is that we won the Petanque challenge. In the same weekend that Chris Froome rode down the Champs Elysee wearing the yellow jersey of the Tour de France winner, Waldron beat the French at their other national game. How bizarre is that? Congratulations guys, perhaps it’ll be the croquet cup next year.

HISTORY WEEKEND: We are holding a Village History Weekend from September 20 to 22 and would like to hear from current or former Waldronites about their families and the village, particularly if you have any memorabilia, like photographs or school records. Contact me initially on 01435 812036 so that we can have a chat. We’ll be putting on an exhibition and there will be several fascinating talks and walks round the village. The whole weekend is being organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches and promises to be an absolutely fascinating glimpse into Waldron’s past.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will be playing a league fixture against St Peter’s second XI away, starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be the annual needle (but very friendly) match played at home against Possingworth, starting at 2pm.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in aid of church funds tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am till noon at 9 Springwood Road. Heathfield, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Roger Dixon.

CHARITY QUIZ: There will be a Charity Quiz at the Star on Monday. It will be a fundraiser for St Wilfrid’s Hospice so part of the entrance fee and the outturn of the raffle will go to that excellent cause. Make up your own teams of six and the price will be £10 per head. Details from the Star on (01435) 812495.

PANTO: Forgive me for mentioning it but we are just beginning to talk about our village panto and the script is being written. Oh yes it is. You all know how much fun panto can be, dressing and cross-dressing, ham acting,singing, lots of audience participation and misunderstandings. If you fancy getting involved, ring me on 01435 812036. Auditions in September, performances in late January, amusement guaranteed.

SERVICES: Sunday is the ninth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’ (celebrant the Reverend George Pitcher), and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Cross in Hand (with Reverends George Pitcher and Peter Jamieson).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER SHOW: The weeks have flown by and the big day is tomorrow, Saturday, on the Green at Rushlake Green. Entries closed on Wednesday, and they may be staged in the marquee between 8.30am and 10.30am. The marquee closes at 10.30am for judging, re-opening for members at 1.45pm and to the public at 2pm. The afternoon events start at 2.05pm with the judging of children’s pets; 2.30pm we have the Muso Bongo Drummers; the children can let off steam with their races at 3pm. Mr Peter Dunn will present the trophies at 3.45pm followed by the raffle. Tug of War follows at 4.15pm and the auction of produce at 4.45pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls around the green with produce, craft and local interest. The tea tent will be open, and Warbleton Brass Band will play during the afternoon.

THE BUFFALOES: No, we haven’t gained an exotic new additions to our fields, the Buffaloes are a Music group playing 60s to 80s music. They will be performing in the marquee after supper on Saturday evening, and are excellent. Please bring your own supper, glasses and drinks. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £3 for children, and are available from The Stores, the Horse and Groom or from Gill on 01435 868246.

MARQUEE SERVICE: The three churches in the benefice (Warbleton, Bodle Street, and Dallington) join with Heathfield Chapel in the marquee on the Green for a united service. There will be a crèche and the children will have their Sunday Club. There will be no services in the churches, and chapel. All are very welcome to join us at the service and the picnic and rounders which follow. The chapel has an evening service at 6.30pm as well.

HAMPERS AND CHAMPERS: Warbleton Brass Band have their outdoor concert on the Green at 6pm on Sunday, in the marquee if wet. As the name implies please bring along your picnic and drinks, to complete the experience.