Parish pump Uckfield - July 5 2013

BODLE STREET GREEN

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

BSG WI: The meeting on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall, will be a planning meeting for the coming year. Members are encouraged to bring their ideas for the programme.

Burwash

WELL it’s been another busy week in the Burwash area, Mary off on her travels to Canada (arriving safely and already relaxing!) so you have me writing for a while. If you have anything that you would like me to include in this column, please email me on wivernthigh@yahoo.co.uk and I will do my best.

BURWASH OPEN GARDENS: A great success even though the weather could have been kinder. The gardens were beautifully presented and a big thank you goes to Shirley Vinney and the Maude Roxbys of Mount House for organising the event and being host to a selection of craft stalls all of which were local craft people or clubs.

TICEHURST VILLAGE FETE: Again well attended, with stalls and demonstrations to entertain young and old. Congratulations to everyone who put in so much effort for the Circus Themed procession.

BURWASH BUZZY BEES PRE-SCHOOL: Is opening in September in the Sports Pavilion at Swan Meadow. They will be holding open days throughout July, starting on Sunday 7, 10am till 1pm. 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.

SPORTING RESULTS: For those of you expecting sporting results for bowls/stoolball/etc, please bear with me as I am an amateur columnist and still trying to gather the info!

BURWASH C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL: Had an open morning last week with the children showcasing their work for parents and visitors to view. Well done to all the children and teachers, keep up the hard work!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Burwash School Summer Fete July 12, 3pm–5pm, Photography workshop at Batemans July 7, 11am–4pm (normal admission applies).

EAST HOATHLY

GIANT TABLE TOP SALE: Saturday July 13 will see the East Hoathly School FPTA’s table top sale, held on the village playing fields. There will be refreshments and a bouncy castle. It will run from 9.30 to 1pm. For further details or to book a stall or a table please call either 840952 or 07740287642. Entrance is £7 on the day. Please note, should the weather be wet, the event will be deferred to the following Saturday July 20.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY MONTHLY WALK: When we changed the date for the July walk to this Sunday July 7, we weren’t really thinking about Wimbledon and the possibility/probability/expectation of Andy Murray playing in the final. For those that are not tennis fans, the walk will still go ahead, but could you please let us know if you plan to come along. The walk will start from The Golden Cross at 2.00pm. Contact Jenny on 872830.

DIARY DATES: August 10 - visit to Newhaven Fort. August 16 - guided tour of Crouch’s Farm, East Hoathly.

THOMAS TURNER: After breakfast Mr Burges and myself went to talk to Anne Jeffrey and the servant of Thomas Osborne, who we had heard were both with child. But upon talking to them we have no reason to think so…..”

FAIRWARP

FAIRWARP VILLAGE FETE: On the village green on Saturday July 13 from 2-5.30pm. This hugely popular event will once again feature a live band, Last Of The Wild, Maypole dancing, the In-Step Majorettes, a dog show, an Arts, Crafts and Produce tent, childrens races, an escapologist (if he’s free) a Barrel of Booze, Grand Draw, bouncy castle, books stall, bric-a-brac and much, much more! Why not come along and enjoy this traditional English event. All profits go to the village hall, green and local causes.

See www.fairwarp.org.uk or this month’s edition of the Fairwarp Echo for more details.

Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Rush of Reason, 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, A Postcard from Corinth, 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Law and the Gospel.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Penny Hart Davis. At the same venue, there is a Clairvoyant Evening on Friday July 12 with Ivan Lee starting at 7.30pm until 9pm.

NEW INDOOR MARKET: Every Monday from 10am to 2pm at the Corn Exchange Function Room. Stalls include jams and pickles, baby/dolls knitwear. Homemade sweets and pastries, cakes. Wonderful selection of plants, homemade bird tables, birdseed, greetings cards, handmade jewellery, handmade soaps, pottery and other gifts. No tombola, jumble or bric-a-brac. Stalls sell only quality homemade local goods. Tables are £3. Local charities are supported quarterly. Contact Maggie 01323 840345.

OPEN CHURCH: It would seem from the evidence of early wills that the church has retained its original dedication to St Mary the Virgin. Except possibly for a portion of the north wall, nothing remains of the church of 1200. However, the present building is of the perpendicular style and probably dates from 1425-50. Even this has been altered considerably over the years. The tower is square, some 70 feet in height, built in blocks of sandstone alternating with squares of knapped flints, topped with battlements and a pinnacle at each corner, bearing weather vanes. The main vane rising from the tower bears the date 1801 and the initials W H and W K are those of William Hilder and William King, the churchwardens at the time. The church is equally interesting on the inside, go along and discover more about this wonderful building. St Mary’s parish church is open for visitors to come in and have a browse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout June to August from noon to 2pm. There are free refreshments, children’s colouring sheets and activity trail. Volunteers are in attendance to answer any questions. Please note that due to other events, the church will not be open between August 6 and 8 and also August 27 to 29 inclusive.

ROSIE’S REGISTER: This local charity has been nominated as one of the three good causes at the Hailsham branch of Waitrose, throughout July. Please give Rosie’s Register your support and thanks are offered to whoever nominated them. They are particularly looking to use any money they receive to get some more temporary housing in the way of kennels for those cats awaiting accommodation in the shelters. Rosie’s Register is run completely voluntarily. You can also help Rosie physically if you have any spare time or financially. Drivers are always needed as Rosie cannot drive. People to help with the admin. Could you help with fostering? They are always grateful to receive your unused cat baskets. There are lots of other ways you can help. Contact Rosie on 01825 873067, email rosie@rosies-register.co.uk or visit www.rosies-register.co.uk.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday the very talented young organist Ian House will be performing. All meetings are at the Pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings, which start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. For more info on any show phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to www.emjaymusic.com and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society Early Summer Show is on Saturday July 13 from 2pm to 5pm at the Summerheath Hall. Admission members 25p, non-members 50p. This society welcomes new members at The Charles Hunt Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Contact John on 01323 441120.

COACH TRIP: Join Lower Dicker Garden Centre for an exceptional day out to Loseley House and Gardens, Guildford on Wednesday July 17. If you would like to find out more, visit Lower Dicker Garden Centre or its website at www.lowerdickergardencentre.co.uk.

BOOT FAIR: Following the success of their last car boot sale, Tesco car park will be full of stalls on Sunday July 14 again after the store closes and from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Cars are only £5 and vans are £7. Entry is 50p. Pop into the store to book your pitch.

FREE WORKSHOP: Photographing and Digitising Your Artwork is on Thursday from 11am to 2pm at The Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path. If you would like to find out more contact (01323) 849524.

AUTHOR EVENT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) were delighted to welcome international best selling crime thriller novelist, Peter James to a full house at Hailsham Pavilion where he gave a very interesting and informative talk. Focussing on his best seller series of books featuring Roy Grace, set in Brighton, Peter gave some very interesting and humorous insights into the research that he does for each novel. He answered an array of questions from the audience and announced his first Roy Grace Novel Dead Simple is being turned into a movie. He is currently joint writing the screenplay and filming is due to start in spring 2014. Hopefully we will see it at the Pavilion when it is released in 2015. He confirmed his ribs are recovering well after a high-speed motor racing accident in May and spent time with his fans, autographing copies of his latest novel and posing for photographs. Just to add a bit of authenticity to the evening Peter’s departure was delayed by a real life bomb scare in Hailsham which fortunately turned out to be a false alarm. The total raised on the night was approximately £1,600 and was shared between HOPS and The Whitehawk Inn charity that Peter supports and is also one of their Patrons.

HEATHFIELD

OLD HEATHFIELD: More and more parish churches are making themselves attractive and comfortable places to stage local events; plays, music, drama, talks and even children’s activities. The work done seldom detracts from the beauty of the building and encourages people to visit churches who, possibly, might not have done so before. One of the latest and most successful is at All Saints, Old Heathfield where the Friends have helped raise funds to convert part of the nave into a meeting place called The Space. Among a range of events scheduled to take place are Thursday Topics, talks taking place on Thursdays on a variety of subjects. On July 11 Geoffrey Meal from the University of Sussex will be speaking about Day Trips by Car – Coasting Through Sussex. On September 12 the subject is Heathfield at War and on October 10 the subject is Local History, Heathfield and its Environs. Tickets cost £5 per head and children under 16 go free. You can buy them on the door, or from Vicki Colne, Friends of All Saints Church Old Heathfield, Nettlesworth Farm, Old Heathfield, TN21 9AR, ring her on: 01435 862695 or email: vickicolne@aol.com.

ROTARY CLUB CONCERT: Our hearts went out to the organisers of what we hear was a brilliant music concert held on June 22 in the grounds of the Community Centre. It just happened to be one of those weekends when the heavens opened – although the rain, thankfully, held off for most of the night, I am sure a lot of people who would have loved to go along and spread a picnic blanket on the ground, were put off by the weather. The same thing happened to these brave folk last year. We hope they made some money from the event and we hope they will be lucky next year, if they can bear to repeat the experience.

RAMBLERS: The Heathfield and District Ramblers’ Association’s next weekend walk will be held on Sunday, July 14. Meet on Frant village green, GR 540355 at 9.30am for an eight mile walk via Eridge Park. Ring: 01435 873551. Then tomorrow members are attending the Heathfield Silver Band celebration in the Community Centre. They will be manning a stall during the afternoon to publicise the Ramblers and they hope that as many members as possible will go along.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday July 7, 10am - Parish Eucharist and Baptism. Tuesday July 9, 1.30 -3pm -Toddler Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday July 10, 10am - Holy Communion.

CROSS IN HAND WI: The secretary tells us: “On a very warm summery afternoon, thirty three ladies attended our annual garden party. Held in the beautiful Cross in Hand garden of our secretary, Pat Treen, we all enjoyed a strawberry tea with home-made cakes served by the committee. Business was kept to a minimum and a general knowledge quiz was organised by the treasurer. Arrangements were made for our participation in the Silver Band Day, in Heathfield on July 6. Members will make cakes, give plants and also books for our stall which we have been asked to provide. We are also serving tea and biscuits for all attending including the band! Do come along and see us there and support this local event as well. Our next meeting is on July 24 at 2pm in the Village Hall. Guest speaker, Mr D Allen will give a talk entitled ‘What the Dickens’. Please telephone 01435 812819 or go to www.esfwi.org.uk to find out more about your local friendly WI.

PYJAMA DRAMA: On Thursday, July 25 there is a pyjama drama class being held at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, for 5-7 year olds from 10.am-4pm. £16 per child. For more information contact Deborah on 01342 887566.

CROSS IN HAND FETE: On Saturday, August 3 at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields, Cross-in-Hand. Attractions will include music, magic face painting, a bouncy castle, fun dog show, sports, stalls and refreshments. The Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club will open their pavilion next to the playing fields. For more information contact Mary Cottingham on 01435 866462. All proceeds will go to the village.

COUNTRY CLAYS: Clay pigeon shooting including novice tuition and corporate events, stag and hen parties, birthdays, team building. Tuition by a CPSA safety officer. Visit: www.countryclays.com or email: Michael@countyclays.com Ring: 01435 812136 or: 07880 852610.

YOGA: Yoga sessions are held in the Ian Price Room, Heathfield Community Centre from 9.30-11am (flexibility and strength;) 11.25am-12.30pm (centred, relaxed yoga.) Also at Punnetts Town Village Hall, Yoga for all: 6-7.15pm Tuesdays, sessions started June 4. Posture in Focus sessions held third Tuesday each month, Punnetts Town Village Hall: 7.30-9pm. Contact Diana Seymour: 07887 987896 or email: dianaseymour@hotmail.co.uk.

NEW COFFEE SHOP/RESTAURANT: Delighted to see a brand new coffee shop/restaurant that has opened in the High Street on the site of the former Turkish Delight. It looks good – plenty of floral displays, sheltered outside tables, white cloths and proper cutlery! Haven’t tried it out so far but reports are good. We’ll let you know. We are also anxiously waiting for some information about what might be going into the former Dream Machines site. The last I heard was that a developer had purchased it and planned three retail units, plus apartments over. It would be good to see this end of the High Street busy and the footfall would no doubt help traders, the new restaurant and, of course, Costa Coffee.

POLICE STATION: By now you all know that Sussex Police plan to close our Heathfield Police Station. That’s in spite of sterling efforts by County Councillor Rupert Simmons to retain the building and ensure it is open. Police might say that few people take advantage of the station but that is because no-one is actually sure of when it is manned or when it is open. It’s rather like the main police station in Lewes (built on a former car park at a cost of millions) where a sign outside says: “If you need help, dial this number.” While we all understand savings have to be made, it will be interesting to see where our PCSOs and police teams are actually able to base themselves. They are far too loyal and good public servants to ever indicate their uncertainty and concern about the closure but I’m sure they also wish to know where their new ‘home’ might be; what kind of hours it would be manned and the range of services on offer. We hope we will find out. In the meantime, what is going to happen to the old station? If the 150 homes scheme goes ahead, would it be demolished to make way for an access road?

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk on William de Warenne, the Man Behind Lewes Castle. Lewes Castle dominates our skyline, but who was the man behind it? Joanna Wilkins will talk to the Lewes History Group about William de Warenne, his life from younger son with few prospects to William the Conqueror’s right-hand man; the changing world around him in the 11th century; and how he came to be England’s third richest man in the last 1000 years (according to The Times’ Millenium Rich List) owning five castles and land in 13 counties. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

Mayfield & Five Ashes

STOOLBALL CLUB: Five Ashes Stoolball Club is holding a quiz night at Five Ashes Village Hall on Saturday, July 6 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Up to six per table, bring own food and drink, nibbles provided. Please contact Sue Wren on: 01825 830520 for any information.

ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY SUMMER FAYRE: The Fayre will be held tomorrow in the Convent Garden at St Leonards-Mayfield from 10.30am until 2.30pm. There will be many stalls with something for everyone. Refreshments will include ploughman’s lunches and a barbecue. Not only will coffee and tea be available, but you will also be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a Pimms. Each year they donate a third of the proceeds to a charity and, this year, it will be shared equally between Mayfield Pre-School and Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come and have a great time. For details ring Kevin J Hennessey on: 01435 872245.

COME SING WITH US: Jane Bolger asks: “Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sing in a choir, to be surrounded by all the different voices? Has your singing with others been limited to school assembly and the occasional hymn? Mayfield Festival Choir would like to invite you to join us in a special, one-off morning of singing on Saturday, September 28. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to know how to read music. Among other pieces we will be singing Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus from our recent concert.” Price: £2 donation to costs. Music, coffee and biscuits will be provided. For details see www. mayfieldfestivalchoir.org/come-sing-with-us.

MAYFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Society is getting close to the Summer Show (Memorial Hall, Saturday July 13), so here’s a final run-through on new and revised classes – Fruit and veg: There is: ‘Three Sticks of Rhubarb, Leaves Trimmed but Bottom of Stalk Retained’ and ‘Three Leaves of Kale or Chard or Six Leaves of Spinach Displayed Flat, Leaves Overlapping, Not Tied’. In the flower classes there is ‘One Perfect but Lonely Flower in Own Vase’. Anyone could enter this, and any flower could scoop a rosette. In the floral art classes, there are these challenges: ‘Come Dine with Me’ (a table decoration); ‘Flotsam & Jetsam’ (exhibit); ‘Pretty as a Picture’ (an arrangement in a frame); ‘Colours and Textures’ (an exhibit, foliage only, max size 450mm); ‘Your Favourite Vase or Container (Traditional or Modern) with Flowers You Would Enjoy’ (exhibit) and, for the Certificate of Merit, a ‘Petite’, arranged in a cup and saucer (size 250mm in width, depth and height). In the domestic classes, they’re running ‘Six Chocolate Truffles’ as a new class, and Lemon Drizzle Cake, Old Fashioned Bread Pudding, Tea Loaf and Coffee Walnut Cake as our four challenges (get a copy of the show schedule for the recipe you need to work to). In the craft classes they’ve introduced ‘A Handmade Piece of Jewellery’ and ‘A Handmade Soft Toy’. In the photography section there is a new class for people who like to work on their photos called ‘Computer Enhanced Flowers’. The other classes are ‘The Beauty of Spring’; ‘A Portrait (of a Person)’ and ‘Empty Building’ (computer enhanced images may not be entered in these three classes). There’s also a cup for the best photo in show, which will be awarded by judge, local photographer Andy Sutton. For children they’ve added new classes of ‘Best Picture’ (ages 10-11); ‘Craft Item, Designed and Made by Exhibitor’ (10-11); ‘A Photograph of An Animal’ (under seven years), and ‘My Craziest Photo’ (seven-11 years). For children of all ages they’ve introduced ‘Lego Challenge – A Space Vehicle’ and ‘Cup Cake Challenge – Two Cup Cakes (which can be of any Flavour, and with any Decoration)’. Taking part in the summer show is open to everyone. Grab a schedule from the Post Office or at Jason’s of Mayfield, and please exhibit. Although you don’t have to be a member of the MHS to take part in the show, membership does open many doors and costs a mere £5 a year. Membership gives you free entry to talks, which are otherwise charged at £2 each (they’ve four talks in the Scout and Guide Hall before membership ends, on November 15 2013 and then next year on January 17, February 21 and March 18). The MHS members’ card also gifts you 10 per cent off purchases from Millbrook Garden Centre, Jarvis Brook; 10 per cent off horticultural products purchased at Heathfield Ironmongers, and a 10 per cent reduction at Shanks Nursery, Burwash. Join in person at Rosina’s Fabrics in the High Street (paying by cash), or write to membership secretary Louise Pitcher at West View, West Street, Mayfield, TN20 6BA (paying by cheque).

FIVE ASHES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The summer show and fete will be held on Saturday July 27 at the Village Hall from 1.30pm.

MAYFIELD LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Village residents who are interested in collecting old postcards of the village should be aware of a number of old and unusual cards, the images of which were featured in The History Society’s display at The May Fayre. These can be purchased from a website in Belgium: www.delcampe.net. The speaker secretary has arranged another interesting programme as follows – all meetings commence at 8pm in the Scout and Guide Hall: Friday, October 25: “East Sussex Place Names”, Anthony Poulton-Smith (preceded by AGM.) Friday, November 29: “Sussex Lunatic Asylum Haywards Heath”, Michael Charman (Dutch Supper Evening.) Friday, January 31 2014: “History of Bonfire Societies”, Keith Leech. Friday, February 28 2014: “Post-Medieval Iron Industry in the Weald”, Jeremy Hodgkinson. Friday, March 28 2014: “The History of Ightham Mote”, Heather Woodward. Friday, April 25 2014: “Medieval Herb Gardens and Use of Herbs”, Lin Saines. Progress continues in the development of records since the acquisition of IT equipment, thanks to the grant from Wealden District Council. The Society is finalising the creation of a new database of all records and a guide to books for loan. In addition, the new scanner and associated software is allowing for our extensive collection of postcards, photos and paintings to be copied digitally and saved in a searchable database. A3 colour posters can also be created for use in displays and to advertise meetings. A start has also been made on creating a searchable set of past copies of the Mayfield and Five Ashes Newsletter from its inception in 1977. The advertisements form a social and economic history of the village. Work is also starting on creating a society website to allow access to most of these materials as well as providing information of the society’s activities, notably its programme of lectures and annual visits. If any member is interested in helping develop this work, please contact a member of the committee. Brian O’Connor, MLHS Chairman – 01435 873477; Rob Foster, MLHS Secretary – 01435 873215; Warwick H Child, MLHS Treasurer – 01435 873252.

MAYFIELD SCOUTS AND GUIDES: The committee has not been very active since our mad rush to purchase the minibus. The vehicle has been in great demand and is used frequently by members of the Ashdown Scouts and groups further afield. Several village organisations have also made use of it. As far as finances are concerned, the minibus is just about holding its own, but they could do with a bit more cash in the account to cover any unforeseen expenses. To raise these funds, we are starting with a “coffee and cake” morning in London House on Saturday, July 13 from about 10am, and then on Sunday, August 4 they are holding a Garden Party and Hog Roast at Claytons Farm in Newick Lane. Transport will be available from the Village to Claytons Farm all afternoon and return at the end of the day (with the help of the minibus). Tickets for the hog roast will be available at the coffee morning. One section that doesn’t get much publicity is the Brownies. These are run by Brown Owl Wendy Ransom, Tawny Owl Kim Hardy and Snowy Owl Sue Green. The girls have been very active, and have made use of Court Meadow in the good weather. Parents play an active role at meetings with craft activities and story telling.

FILM ON FRIDAY: Film on Friday’s next season programme will be announced in August with the publication of the leaflet. The season will start on September 6. Further dates are October 11, November 1, December 6 and in 2014 January 10, February 7, Saturday March 8, April 25 and May.16.Full details will be available on www.filmonfriday.org.

Mobile library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open tomorrow, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There are plants, flowers, soft fruit, cakes and lots of other cooked items to tempt you, you can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

BOWLS CLUB: Fixtures for this weekend are: tomorrow, Saturday, Seaford away 2pm; Sunday is Ladies Day; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill at home 6pm; Tuesday John Spriggs Felbridge away 6pm.

CRICKET: On Sunday it the President’s Day and the cricket will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am when Paul Stockley from the Ministry to Children will be the speaker.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB: Meeting tomorrow, Saturday, morning at 10am in the Community Centre for the 2013 Leveller and Gooseberry Competition. The classes are: Single leveller; group of six levellers; punnet (1lb) of levellers; six gooseberries; punnet (1lb) of gooseberries; pot of gooseberry jam, and finally a most delicious gooseberry desert. There will be two beautiful bowls made by the Rye Pottery for the winners. For further details contact 01825 722154.

WALDRON

FLAMENCO!: Tomorrow Saturday July 6 there’s our much-anticipated Spanish evening at the Star Inn, Waldron starting at 7pm. Tickets are at a give-away cost of £5 per head for the performance, entry by reservation only and you get a glass of sangria with your ticket. When this copy went to press there were only 20 tickets left, so rush along to the stores to buy your ticket if you’re still hesitating! Food (which include tapas and paella, of course) available for purchase on the night. It’s live and exciting with two terrific performers, Ana and Jose, who perform round the world.

QUIZ: The next quiz at the Star will be on Monday July 29. 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 6. Details from the Star.

ELDERFLOWER BLOSSOMS: It’s about a month late this year, but the elderflower in my garden is now absolutely covered in blossom, and it’s everywhere in gardens and hedgerows. If you want to make your own cordial, you will need 20 elderflower heads, 900g of granulated sugar, 450g of brown sugar, 2 lemons cut into quarters, 50g of citric acid (get it from the chemist) and 2¼ pints of boiling water. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl, leave to cool and stir every day for five days. Then sieve it through a muslin cloth and bottle in clean dry bottles. It freezes well and I put the liquid into 500ml plastic bottles in order to freeze, allowing plenty of space at the top for it to expand as it freezes. Mix with water to taste but about one unit of cordial to ten units of water. It’s fabulous!

HARLEQUIN GOES TO THE MOON: My favourite outdoor theatre group The Rude Mechanicals is touring our part of the world now, and they’re due in Waldron on Thursday August 8 in the field behind the Star Inn. Harlequin Goes to the Moon is their new play, set in 16th century Florence, with comedy, sweet romance and savage satire in this re-telling of a very old story. Pete Talbot has achieved his usual magical mix of the deep desire of all of us for tenderness and love, contrasted with the me society in which we live. Bring your own chairs and wrap up warmly as the play is performed outdoors. Tickets are on sale now at The Stores in Waldron or online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk or via the central box office on 01323 501260 and it’s a bit cheaper if you buy in advance. Prices then are £12 for adults over 18, seniors £11, students in full-time education £9 and children from 4–17 are £6. Add £1 per head if you buy tickets on the night.

VILLAGE HISTORY: Do you have a particular family connection with Waldron? Perhaps you were yourself born and brought up in the village or went to the school? We are holding a Village History Weekend in September and would like to hear from 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday July 7 is the sixth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s with the Reverend Peter Jamieson and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bartholomew’s. There will be Holy Communion at 11.15am at All Saints’ with Reverend George Pitcher and Rev Peter Jamieson.

WARBLETON & RUSHLAKE GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service followed by Parish BBQ at Wayside. If it is wet, we will be in the barn. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev David Laskey. 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

AUDITIONS: The next Village Players production in November is “Make Way for Lucia” which is a comedy by John Van Druten based on the novels by E.F.Benson set in the 1920s in a small village in Sussex! We are having auditions on Sunday from 10am-12pm at The Dunn Village Hall and Monday from 8pm-10pm at The Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green. There are parts for 6 women and 5 men, all of which are lovely character roles. Some are quite small so, if you have always wanted to have an acting role but have been too shy to come forward in the past, now is your chance! The audition pieces are up on our website www.villageplayersrushlakegreen.co.uk with more details about the individual roles and synopsis of the play. If you want more information, please contact Heather on 01435 830059.

HISTORY GROUP: Group member Judith Kinnison Bourke will give a talk on Maud Newman, and the Titanic Disaster Fund, on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start. We meet in the Dunn Village Hall.

FLOWER SHOW: It is just three weeks until the big day. Schedules are available at The Stores giving full details of all the classes in the show, and d of the weekend’s activities. Entry forms and fees should be returned to The Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 24. Evening entertainment will be 60-80s music group The Buffaloes. They are excellent and had a number of guests on their feet last year. Tickets, available from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or on 01435 868246, are £7.50 for adults and £3 for children. Bring your own picnic, drink and glasses.