Parish Pump Uckfield - June 1, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Jubilee Family Service, followed by the Jubilee events. St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am Family Service

JUBILEE: The village will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday. The day starts with a family service in the church at 11am. All residents and those with close associations with the village are welcome to the village hall and green for the day’s events starting at 12.15pm. There will be a barbecue from 12.30pm on the terrace, using locally sourced produce. A DVD of the Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace will be shown in the hall. There will be games on the green during the afternoon or you can watch the River Pageant on the big screen. A 5pm BSG WI will provide a tea party for the children, living within the village. At 6.45pm, a reception on the terrace precedes the loyal toast at 7pm. For those who want to continue there will be a bring and share supper.

Burwash

FINAL PREPARATIONS are being made for the Jubilee weekend here in Burwash. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning you are invited to add you spare coins to the Mile of Coins along the kerb side of the High Street. All cash will go to the Jubilee weekend. An invitation is extended to you all to the tea party at Dudwell St Mary’s from 2.30pm. In the evening there is a barn dance at Knowle Farm, Burwash Common from 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the door, with dancing to Doctor’s Orders, a licensed bar and a hog roast.

On Sunday there will be a special service at St Philip’s Church at 9am followed by a joint family service at St Bartholomew’s at 11am, this will be followed by The Big Lunch in the Swan Meadow playing fields at 12.30pm. Bring you own food, drink, chairs etc. This is open to all residents of Burwash, Burwash Weald, Burwash Common and Witherenden. There will be entertainment, games and lots of good things happening, hog roast and distribution of Jubilee mugs to the children.

On Monday afternoon a memorial football match will take place at the Swan meadow playing field from 3pm. Then at 10pm the beacons at the Swan Meadow and Burwash Common playing fields will be be lit. There will be food and a licensed bar at Burwash Common.

Finally on Tuesday, Burwash Common playing field and St Philip’s church will be be holding the Jubilee Fair from 11am until 5pm with lots of events taking place for young and old to enjoy. For further details on these events please call Sarah-Jane Parker at the Bear on 013435 882530 or Peter Thompson of Burwash Weald/Common on 882856. Have a great time.

SPRING SUPPER: Last Saturday’s spring supper was great fun. The meal was delicious, fresh home cooked by the committee. The entertainment was both hilarious and enjoyable, with great music from Captain Ray and his side-kick the black bearded Popeye. As Ray took us on a journey across the sea Popeye, aka John Rumens, was trying to sail the ship. Words cannot adequately describe the fun. Thanks guys, it was hilarious. After expenses, which are still coming in it is hope to have made over £400 for repairs and refurbishing the fabric of the village hall. Thank you to all for supporting it.

WHIST: On Thursday, there will be another game of Whist in the village hall. Games start at 7.30pm and you are all invited to attended. Age and skill are no barrier to this game, no partner is required just a joy in playing and a wish to be among congenial company. Entry is £3 per person to include a light supper. For more details call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497.

East Hoathly

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: There will be a Jubilee lantern procession on Monday to the Jubilee beacon which is now being built in Harrison’s Field. The procession will begin at the Foresters at 9.15pm, proceeding to the King’s Head, leaving there at 9.30pm, and the beacon, which is in the form of Britannia, will be lit at 10.15pm. The lanterns are available from the Village Stores until Saturday lunchtime, and thereafter at the Foresters or King’s Head. Please allow plenty of time to collect the lanterns as they will need lighting before the procession moves off. Our beacon is one of thousands of beacons being lit to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, and an interactive map can be seen at www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk

SHOW SOCIETY: A reminder that the Open Garden Day is on Sunday June 17 when there will be local gardens open in East Hoathly and Halland, and the Gate House will be hosting the Rose and Sweet Pea Show. There will also be cream teas served. Further details next week.

AGE CONCERN: The next pop-in lunch in the village hall is on Thursday and the next Bingo session is on June 21, also in the village hall. All welcome.

KING’S HEAD: There will be live music at the King’s Head on Sunday from 4.30pm, and in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee there is a special Jubilee menu all weekend.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Friday 1 June 1764: ‘…In the even Mr Banister and myself smoked a pipe or two with Tho Durrant, purely to keep Mr Banister from quarrelling, his wife big with child, lame of one hand and very much in liquor, being out in the middle of the street at tennis among a parcel of girls, boys, etc. Oh, an odious sight, and more so to a husband…’

Heathfield,

Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

B2102: I know the story of a recent tragic death on this road following a serious car accident has been reported in all the local press, not just this one. I wanted to express my own views about the road. Also to thank our county council chairman Chris Dowling for his kind words to the victim’s family and his pledge to persuade his highways people to improve the road and reduce the number of accidents. I have had several near misses on this fast stretch of road, which carries at least as much through traffic as the A265 or A267, yet is designated a B Road. Perhaps that is why we just seem to be unable to persuade the council to do any more than temporary and ineffective occasional repairs. Talking to people who live in Cross in Hand and beyond along the road, they all agree it is a miracle there have not been more fatalities. For most of its length the road is designated to the standard British speed limitation (ie, 60mph). It is overhung with deciduous trees, it is dark, unlit for most of its length, the surface is appalling, the camber is poor and visual splays from side turnings are inadequate, meaning drivers wishing to cross it from either direction must pull out too far for safety. The only exception to that now is where the B2102 veers off to the right (heading west) towards Framfield and Uckfield and the junction has been radically improved. Thank you. From Blackboys onwards to Halland the surface is badly pitted and many of the temporary repairs, ie, buckets of Tarmac poured into holes, have simply washed away. County do not have the excuse of freezing temperatures as we had very little snow and ice this year. Repairs seem to be occasional and spasmodic. My wife’s car was seriously damaged to the tune of £4,000 and has suffered subsequent damage as she travels along this road to work every day. She has to veer over the central white line to avoid potholes which have now opened up a metre or so from the verge towards the Halland end of the road. This makes for a dangerous journey. They are currently visible in morning and evening daylight but we are not so lucky in the winter. As I have said in this column before, it seems nonsensical that White House Lane, Waldron should have been fully resurfaced yet this road which takes heavy commuter traffic, has not had the same privilege.

HEATHFIELD SHOW: What a show. I really think this was the best ever. Her Majesty even graced us with one of her small riding horses in the equestrian judging classes, making this a Jubilee show to be proud of. The weather helped of course, but then tough countryfolk turn up in ice and snow to do what must be done, and going to the Heathfield Show is one of life’s necessities. Access has improved beyond all measure, remember the bad old days when you could queue upwards of one hour to get into the top gate at Tottingworth? Now a smooth one-way system expedites traffic in and out at the busiest times. It appeared to me that there were more trade stands than before, and all were doing good business (black marks though to one purveyor of inedible hot dogs – Mrs PP is an addict – comprising a stale roll, sausage the texture of a Michelin tyre and sour onions for a breathtaking £4.50). But the trade stands and food area all seemed relevant to our countryside and there was none of that car boot sale about it all that you can sometimes find at the larger county shows. I’m always knocked sideways by the sheer class of the livestock on display which like coronations, jubilees and military fly-pasts clearly demonstrates how well we can do things in Britain when we try. Handlers including lots of impressive youngsters, were doing sterling work in difficult circumstances. The sheep looked particularly good this year and I’m pleased to see the pig classes so full. Hounds were there, greeting youngsters with all their enthusiasm and the equestrian classes were a delight. Mrs PP was taken with the in-hand classes and the hunters and wonders how handlers and riders seem to have such a wonderful rapport, not the wrestling match she used to have in her younger days with a slightly less co-operative and obstreperous gelding called George. The organisation was silky smooth and there must have been a great deal of effort put in behind the scenes to deliver such a terrific showcase of country living to those of us who perhaps don’t always get on the right side of the farm gate. Lovely dogs too. Thanks to all who worked so hard doing the backbreaking stuff so the rest of us could relax in the sunshine. And congratulations to all the livestock handlers for turning out such prime and gleaming specimens. I watched a little of what went on for grooming and I have to say I would not have known which end of a Sussex bull to start.

JUBILEE: There’s such a lot going on and the paper covered most of it in our area last week. Just one note from the parish council, at 10.30am there will be a celebration planting of the Jubilee Oak at Jubilee Park, followed by planting another in Theobalds Green at 11.15am. Everyone is welcome to go along. At 9pm there will be wine and nibbles at Goward Hall then the Beacon will be lit at 10.15pm. All this on June 4.

CUCKOO FAIR: Audrey Milton tells us that the final sum presented to Demelza House Hospice for Children (raised by the Cuckoo Fair) was £3,500. They should all be proud of themselves.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: Thanks to everyone’s support the last 18 months of successful events have seen the committee paying off a percentage of its £50,000 mortgage, also saving some interest. The elected management committee comprises Richard Lambert-Gorwyn (chair), Douglas Andrews (vice chair), Tom Stoner (treasurer), Anne Birkert (correspondence secretary) and Sue Ribbons minutes secretary. On Monday the committee is organising a fun tea party from 5pm to 7.30pm in the hall. People can come in fancy dress, in 1950s outfits or as they are. Contributions of food would be most welcome. It costs just £1 to go along to cover costs. It will be followed by an alternative wine tasting starting at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 from Craig on 01435 831661. The day will end with the lighting of the beacon. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a talk in the hall by Mike Clark on the magic of bees, their life, their future and how you can help them.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, eet at Wadhurst Station at 7.40am to catch the 7.59am train to Charing Cross. The leader will buy a group ticket. This will complete the walk from White City to Stratford continuing from St Pancras where they finished in April. An 8 to 9 mile walk on the canal. On Wednesday, meet in Lamberhurst car park. GR 676362 at 6.30pm for a 4.5 mile walk through the Teise valley. Ring 01892 8521523 for both of these walks.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

FUN AFTERNOON: Five Ashes are holding a fun afternoon with games of rounders and stoolball starting at 3pm. It is open to all ages, so please come along and either participate or just watch. There will be tea and cakes available throughout the afternoon too. In the evening the Police Choir will be performing at the Five Ashes Village Hall at 7.15pm, refreshments will be available, so please come and support your local village in their Jubilee Celebrations. To find out more about this event contact Sue Wren on 01825 830520.

ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY: Don’t forget, the St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fair will be held on Saturday, July 7 in the lovely garden of St Leonards – Mayfield Convent from 10.30am until 2.30pm. Further details will be announced soon but, in the meantime, please make a note of the date of this regular and happy event. For details ring Kevin J Hennessey on 01435 872245.

JUBILEE STREET PARTY: Mayfield does this sort of thing extremely well. I remember the Royal Wedding street party when the weather was good and the street really was lined with people having a good time. It looked like an editorial on the way Americans possibly think the English live in their villages throughout the summer. However there’s another splendid one planned. On Sunday, once again Mayfield will be en fete from noon until about 5pm. Traffic has been banned and tables and chairs will be lined up in the High Street. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic but if you can’t be bothered, then there will be a delicious hog roast, pizza man and tons of ice cream. The Mayfield Band is on duty and Marco the magician will entertain children. There will be other bands there for entertainment too. Mayfield is a great village with a fantastic community spirit and we have no doubt this is going to be an event to remember.

GARDENS OPEN: On Sunday June 17 (2pm to 5pm) we will be treated to seven Mayfield Gardens open to the public to support the NGS charities. Four of them will be new openings for 2012. Combined admission is £5 and children are free. Gardens in the group will be Laurel Cottage, Warren House, Uppercross House, Hoopers Farm (new), Meadow Cottage (new), Tew Cottage (new) and Yeomans (new). Refreshments will be available, home-made teas at Yeomans and Warren House. Plants will be on sale at Uppercross House.

MAYFIELD BAND: We make no apologies for trawling through the Mayfield Newsletter each month and below are extracts from a piece written by Simon Rudge. Silver or Brass? Our erstwhile editors recently asked why we were no longer the Mayfield Silver Band, and why were we silver anyway, and not brass, when we are a brass band? The key date in the development of the standardised brass only band was 1851, when working men from the factories and mines of the industrial towns and cities were offered special train excursions to the Great Industrial Exhibition at Crystal Palace. Here, amongst a huge range of manufactured goods, they saw, and heard, the trade stand of Adolphe Sax, and the Sax range of valved brass instruments. Many of these men were already in wind bands, made up of a motley assortment of instruments. So, there was clearly a need for uniformity, and the Sax family of instruments seemed to satisfy that need. Thus the 1860s and 1870s saw a huge growth in brass only bands, and by 1895 it was estimated that there were 40,000 brass bands in the country. The instruments were not cheap though, and whilst mill and colliery owners took pride in financing their own bands, albeit partly to keep their workers away from practising disruptive politics, it was more of a struggle for other working class groups. Thankfully, whilst their social superiors rarely joined them in their musical activity, they did often contribute towards the cost of the instruments. Inevitably, a cloth cap image had evolved around the bands, and this social division also led to musical separation from more highbrow music, leading in turn to band contests to help raise the standard of playing. And from these meetings at contests grew the contacts and friendships that are so much part of the brass band movement today. The contests also served to further standardise brass band affairs, and in particular, instruments. But there was one more noticeable and important change during the twentieth century relating to the appearance of instruments. Whereas the majority of brass band instruments up to the 1920s were not lacquered or plated, and were just brass, the trend started to change as silver plated or lacquered instruments started to become more widely available. They were easier to clean, more hygienic, and in the eyes of some, better looking. There was also more money available to bands to pay for plating, or to buy ready plated instruments. And so bands, and particularly new bands, started to call themselves Silver bands. There is absolutely no difference in sound between Brass and Silver bands, and no clear delineation between the two, geographically, socially, or otherwise. Essentially, Brass and Silver bands are identical, except in name and colour. In Mayfield it is believed that our origins go back to the mid c19th, and we were originally the St Dunstan’s Band, using a mixture of wind and brass instruments. In the late 1920s we became the Mayfield Silver Band, presumably following the trends of the time, when we equipped ourselves with plated instruments. We then became the Mayfield and District Silver Band, and then back to Mayfield Silver Band. Many bands have now dropped being either silver or brass, perhaps in response to the decline of the old social divisions, and again we too have followed suit and just let the epithet fade away in recent years, so that we are now more commonly known as The Mayfield Band. To contact Simon, ring 01435 872007.

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, 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 COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall.

JUBILEE EVENTS: Today, Friday, 1st Newick Rootz Jubilee Walk for the primary school at 10am. The rugby club are holding a Junior Touch Rugby for 5 to 11 year old on the rugby field from 6pm to 8pm. There is a barbecue/bar for adults.

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am till 11.30am bell ringing at Newick Church. This is open to everyone who would like to have a go at bell ringing. At 2pm the cricket club will be playing against Crowborough. The bonfire society are holding a Summer Fancy Dress Ball in the village hall from at 7.30pm until mid-night (theme covering 60 years of the Queens reign). There will be a barbecue supper, disco and bar. To book tickets telephone 01825 723372.

On Sunday a special church service at 10.30am with live Choral music. After the service a ploughman’s lunch provided. There will also be displays of various organisations including a history display. At 12.15pm there will be a dedication ceremony for the Jubilee Oak Tree. Everyone welcome. In the King George V Playing field. Form 2.30pm until 4.30pm Ketches Open Gardens. There will be kids games and a treasure hunt. St Peters and St James Hospice will be selling delicious cakes and tea to raise money for the hospice. On the King George V playing field there will also be a stoolball competition. Why not enter a team and join in. This will commence at midday till 6pm (ish).

On Monday the tennis club invite you to play tennis. If you have never played the game this is your opportunity to try. Rackets will be provided this will commence at 10.30am till 12.30pm. At 2pm the cricket club will be playing against Piltdown. Also the bowls club are holding a bowls competition. Non bowling organisations will be competing against each other. This also commence at 2pm until 5pm. There will be a Three Pub Challenge from 2pm till 5pm. This will be relay races between The Bull and The Crown, start and finish at the Royal Oak. Teams welcome from pubs and/or sport clubs. At 5.30pm there will be a hog roast on the village green followed at 8pm with a bonfire also on the village green.

On Tuesday there is another walk from 10am till 11am starting at Newick School. At 1pm the Parade Through the Ages will be preparing to leave the Green at 1.30pm on route to Newick School. there will be a Big Picnic, so please take your own food and a blanket to sit on and enjoy all the events that will take place at 3.15pm with the Scarecrow competition results followed by The Performing Sheep Show at 3.30pm. If you need further details about any of these events please telephone 01825 724295. Fingers crossed that the lovely weather we are having now will continue over the Jubilee weekend. Have a great time.

RBL: On Wednesday the British Legion will be holding a meeting in the Community Centre at 7pm, the speaker will be Simon Stevens the subject being From Ypres to the Somne. This meeting is open to all villagers.

BADMINTON: The badminton club are running a Summer Badminton Season in June at the village hall this will commence at 7.45pm. The dates are Tuesday June 12, 19, and 26. If you are interested please telephone 01825 723299.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Thursday the horticultural society will be holding their monthly meeting in the village hall at 8pm the speaker will be Ian Currie and he will be talking about Weather Lore, Fact or Fiction. Entrance £2.50 for members and £3 non members.

Uckfield

I GOT HOME from Austria in the early hours. It’s the cleanest country I’ve ever been to. Guess what I did yesterday? I jumped off a mountain above Innesbruck and rode on a trip wire. Don’t tell my mum.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The May meeting was a talk and slide show by Len Stebbings entitled The Judges Decision is Final. Len gave us a potted history of how he became interested in gardening from a boy when his grandfather took him to shows and stated, ‘We was robbed’. Shows in those days had hand me down rules but today most judges use the RHS Handbook requirements.

The most important rule is to adhere to the Show Schedule, if it says five stems of dahlias, then it must be five, not four or six. If not you will have marked NAS (Not As Schedule). After that judges take the following into consideration: 1, condition of the exhibit; and 2, quality, are the potatoes all the same size and shape etc? Are the soft fruit at all the same stage of ripening? He explained how different types of fruit and vegetables should be exhibited, with or without stems, stalks tied or not, how lettuce should be cut etc. The slides of various flower and vegetable shows gave an illustration of how people had exhibited, both very well and sometimes disastrously. The next meeting of the society will be on June 11 at 7.30pm at the Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre, when Chris Sherwood will give a talk and slide show on Kenya. All Welcome. Visitors £3.

SUMMER EXHIBITION: Uckfield Art Group’s Summer Exhibition and Sale takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at the Luxford Centre, 10am to 4pm. The artists have been beavering away creating a selection of new paintings and drawings. There will also be new designs among the greeting cards. Tasty home-made cakes will be served throughout the event. Relax at one of the tables and treat yourself to a little me time. For the first time this year there will be an opportunity to win your favourite image in a fantastic raffle or perhaps you will pick up a bargain in the Browser? Among the activities for the children’s craft table will be making a flag, sun catchers, door hangers, butterflies and mosaic pictures. www.uckfieldartgroup.co.uk 01825 765021.

SUMMER CONCERT: Uckfield Singers Summer Concert, Diamonds and Pearls, with guest appearance by mezzo soprano Lucy Williams. Raffle in aid of the Housebound Club. 7.30pm Saturday July 28 at the Civic Centre. Tickets are available (July 1) from Gale & Woolgar, High Street. For more information go to www.uckfieldsingers.co.uk

Waldron

JUBILEE: All the months of planning and thinking, and it’s here at last. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend gets underway, an event which none of us is likely to see repeated and well worth celebrating. It’s now that I realise I am still a child inside, and I want to be thrilled and uplifted and amused together with my friends, neighbours and relatives and have a good party. And yes, I am happy to sing the national anthem and Rule Britannia at the top of my voice because whatever its problems I am still proud of my country and thankful that I live here in Waldron, England. I may be a confused and naive old bat, but I hope I’m not alone in looking forward to a great weekend.

BRITANNIA RULES: Today it’s Britannia Rules OK! our entertainment and rehearsed reading at All Saints’ starting at 7.30pm. It’s a melange of song and drama with a large cast, all based around the history of the Queens of England, the gore and the glory. The compilers Faith Sandeman and Pat Flowers have explored the darker corners of our history to unearth not only the truly horrifying but also some lighter-hearted moments. There are refreshments in the interval and the second half tells some tales of our present Queen’s life, both real and imaginary. Entry is free, and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of Waldron Churches, to help repair the belfry roof. Come and get in the mood for the whole cheerful weekend.

VILLAGE CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, will be the day on which Waldron’s cricketers will be contesting a league match against Chiddingly. Enjoy a lazy afternoon’s cricket at the Cattam (the recreation ground) and book a cricket tea in advance (£5 per head) by ringing 01435 862694.

THE BIG PICNIC: Sunday is the day of our Big Jubilee Lunch so bring your picnic and join us for our street party in the middle of the village. The street will be closed to through traffic outside the Star from 10am to 6pm. Bring a chair too. There will be entertainment (generously sponsored by Paul Lefort, Mrs Chris King, Mr and Mrs Mays Smith and Mrs Nichols), with music, a Punch and Judy, a circus skills entertainer, a stop-me-and-buy-one ice cream seller, strawberries and cream, a Pimms stall, a whisky-and-champagne tombola, and a whopping royal raffle. Chef Nick will fire up his barbecue if you haven’t a picnic and the pub and the shop will both be going full blast. And if you want to watch the river procession on the Thames, we’ll have a big TV screen so you can see it without moving or struggling with the crowds in London. Waldron residents, Friends of Waldron Churches, family and friends are all welcome to join the fun. In the evening at 6.30pm, to round off what we hope will be a very special day there will be a Festival Choral Evensong at All Saints’ and we hope our bell ringing team will be performing too.

GORGEOUS GARDENS: On Monday there will be three beautiful gardens open in Brittenden Lane for you to visit from 11am to 5pm. There’s free parking at Brittenden, where you can start your tour. Tickets are £3 each, which will give you access to the three gardens, all within walking distance of each other. If you arrive at Badger’s Rest around lunchtime you will be offered a glass of wine, and there will be teas and cake at Brittenden all day, (£2 per head) as well as the opportunity to buy some plants from the stall there. All profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches. Tickets are now available from the Stores at Waldron or from Thorpe’s Garden Centre at Horam or you can buy them on the gate.

BEACON: Our Jubilee Beacon Bonfire will be lit on the Cattam (recreation ground) at 10.26pm (precisely) to round off the weekend as we join the rest of the UK in the great jubilee chain of 4,000 beacons across the UK. HM the Queen will light the final beacon at 10.30pm at Buckingham Palace.

MUSIC AT THE STAR: Over the Jubilee weekend, the Star will play host to three music sessions. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 9pm John Crampton will perform his foot-stompin’ blues and bluegrass music. Then on Sunday, Paul Lefort will be sponsoring the Wakin’ Snakes to play at our Jubilee Lunch street party outside the pub. The weekend is rounded off with String Theory coming along at lunchtime on Monday. Fantastic.

SERVICES: Sunday is Trinity Sunday and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am and of course the Festival Choral Evensong at All Saints’ at 6.30pm. Members of the congregation for the 11.15am Family Service are asked to avoid driving through the centre of the village (for their own safety and that of others) as the road outside the Star will be closed while the Jubilee Lunch tables are being set up. Parking for church will be below the lych gate and down towards the Rocks. Many thanks for your co-operation in this. For the Jubilee Festival Evensong, the road will be reopened and parking will be as usual.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

JUBILEE: This weekend will be a busy one. Today, Friday, the village hall will hold a special ploughman’s lunch from noon. All are welcome. I have listed the various events below.

PARISH WALK: Tomorrow, Saturday, we move outside. Firstly with a parish walk, meeting at 9.45am for 10am from St Mary’s Church, Warbleton, whatever the weather. A circular route via Rushlake Green will be followed, with refreshments at Watermill Farm, kindly provide by Ian and Isabel Collett. Dogs on leads are welcome. Info from Pat Breusnel on 01435 830154.

TEA PARTY: Later we have the Jubilee Tea Party on the Green, from 3pm to 6pm. The road between the Stores and the Horse and Groom will be closed from 2.30pm, so that tables can be laid out for the tea. At 3pm Nancy Buss will formally open proceedings. Residents will be asked to sign the Jubilee book, bring a picnic and join in the activities (no charge but there will be prizes). Music will be provided in turn by Warbleton Brass Band, Dan Stewart and band and Gough Radcliffe and his fairground organ. There will be races and other games, plus terrier racing. There are competitions for children’s Jubilee Painting and Jubilee Crown. Please bring a home baked cake decorated with your own design. These will be judged and put with the others to create a cake tapestry. Once viewed, it will be available to eat. The oldest and youngest residents will be awarded prizes. There will be a small exhibition of photos and memorabilia in the Community Room at Osborne House. At 4.30pm a Jubilee Group photo will be taken, you will be able to get a copy by email. A time capsule will be buried in the autumn with a commemorative oak. Peter Dunn will give the loyal toast at the end of the afternoon, please bring your own fizz and glasses. Please feel free to dress in patriotic colours and/or period costume from the last 60 years.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am Jubilee Family Service. Please note the lunch at Punnetts Town has been cancelled. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Family Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Dave Court. 6.30pm Evening service with David Langridge.

CHURCH HILL CHALLENGE: On Monday from about noon, we have the Church Hill Challenge at Warbleton, when all sorts of gravity powered vehicles will descend the hill from in front of the pub and see how far they can get up Kingsley Hill. There will be refreshments available and full details are to be had from the Black Duck. As well as the competition itself, there will be prizes for the best go cart etc. This event was first held in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee, and we saw some truly amazing designs of carts. The first cart goes at 1pm.