Parish Pump Uckfield - June 21, 2013

bodle street green

VILLAGE FETE: The annual fair in aid of St John’s church is tomorrow, Saturday, from noon. The terrace bistro will open at 12.30pm for lunches. There will be a hog roast and locally sourced barbecue favourites, a licensed bar, refreshments, teas and ice creams. Warbleton Brass band will play from 2pm to 4pm. There will be fun games and competitions on the green together with a vintage vehicle display and a family bouncy castle. There will be a wide variety of stalls as well. Entrance is £1 with children under 14 free.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer on Music Sunday. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

Burwash

THANK YOU: I would just like to say a big thank you to the kind people who helped my mum when she fell in Heathfield High Street last Friday, especially Pippa and the people from the doctors’ surgery opposite. I am pleased to say that she suffered only from a badly gashed knee and bruising to her fingers. Her arm and shoulder were very stiff from where she fell on it, but after a sleep she looked a lot better. It is kindness like this that one really appreciates, it was good to know my dad had assistance. So thank you.

OPEN DAY: Today, Friday, is National Care Home Open Day, and Dudwell St Mary’s invite you to join them for their Midsummer Night’s Party, from 11am to 5pm. A tour of Dudwell St Mary and refreshments at 11am. Afternoon activities include motivation and music/dancing, jive act, local school choir, tea cake and buffet. Best dressed fairy competition. Dudwell St Mary’s is on the Etchingham road just before Borders Lane.

GAMES NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, the new Rummicub Club will start in the Pavilion at Burwash Common. This interesting skilful game will give your mental powers a workout and give you a lot of fun too. I love it. They will meet at 7.30pm. For more information please call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday it is the Burwash Open Gardens, so nice weather please. There will be at least 12 of the gardens that are hidden from our view in the High Street open for the public to wander around. Refreshments, craft stalls, tombola and other stalls will be at Mount House. The big raffle will be drawn at the end of the day. Tickets are on sale at the Burwash Newsagents and on the day, with first prize £100, second prize is four tickets for the British Touring Car Championships at Brands Hatch, with lots of other amazing prizes too.

CAR RALLY: Also on Sunday there will be an AC Car Rally at Bateman’s from 11am to 4pm. This rally features AC cars, Britain’s oldest manufacturer with the unique distinction of being produced since 1901. Entry will be by normal admission to Bateman’s charges. Ideal day out, visit the cars in the morning, have lunch at Bateman’s or one of the local pubs and do the gardens in the afternoon.

LUNCH: On Monday the Age UK Burwash branch will be having their monthly lunch club meeting at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are 55 years and over and would like to join them for a delicious two course meal for £8, you need to call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033, Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233.

SUPPER WALK: A midsummer walk and supper is planned for Monday evening at Bateman’s. For £25 each you can join the warden on a guided walk of the 330 acre estate following in the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling, followed by a hearty supper in the Mulberry Restaurant. Booking is essential on 01435 882302, wearing walking boots and other suitable footwear and clothing is advised.

AGM: On Wednesday the Friends of Burwash Surgery will be holding their AGM at the Amenity Room at Christ the King Catholic Church at 7.30pm. They would welcome new members who are able to help with transport of patients to the surgery or one of the hospitals sometimes. Why not join them and see what good work they do.

TREASURE HUNT: On Saturday July 6 there will be Ramble for a Rector. This is a sponsored walk and treasure hunt for adults and children. A five mile walk with two treasure hunt prizes. Cream teas, barbecue, drinks and fun at the Swan Meadow playing field. Entry forms are available from the church, broadsheet, the flower house and the newsagents. More details soon.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday evening the team played an away game against Mountfield. Always a team to be reckoned with Burwash took the bat first, making 113 from 13 overs, Nicky Matthews 57, Jane Spiers 4-56. Mountfield then took the bat and made 123 with Anya Pagden 24 and Janet 24. Becky Waterhouse took 4-36. This was a really good match that saw Burwash looking like they might just win, but Mountfield always able to go up a gear soon put that to bed. A really good evening. Thank you to the club for my flowers and card to celebrate my birthday and 40 years as a club member. The team will next play at home to United Friends next Friday.

HOLIDAY: By the time you read this I will have landed in Canada for my much needed rest and recuperation break with my cousin Gail. While I am away my column will continue with Sam Birch at the helm. She will be pleased to hear from you if you have items for inclusion. You can reach Sam via email at wivernthigh@yahoo.co.uk or by phone on 07761 536602 or you can call my house and Barry will pass on a message. See you all in September.

chailey

EDWARDIAN WEEKEND is at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday, the trains will all be themed from the period just before the First World War and at Horsted Keynes there will be a summer fair. For more information call 01825 720800.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Cuckfield III tomorrow, Saturday, at the sports ground just off the A272 starting at 1.30pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

JAZZ AND TEA is taking place on the green in front of St Peter’s Church on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. It includes a dog show with ten classes with rosettes for the winners. The classes sponsored by Whites Premium Southern will be best puppy (4 to 12 months), prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, golden oldie (over 7 years), waggiest tail, best trick, best rescue, best condition, fancy dress and best sausage eater. There will also be bric-a-brac, cake and plant stalls, children’s and bottle tombolas, Pimms tent, ice creams and games. Entry is free and everyone is invited to join in this afternoon to listen to the jazz band and St Peter’s Primary School Choir and watch Scottish dancing.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Robin Lacey. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

GRAFFITI NIGHT at Chailey Youth Group was postponed due to volunteer commitments and will now take place on Friday June 28. Helpers are sought to come along and help set up and pack away and sometimes stay as the current volunteers are finding it increasingly harder to be everywhere all at once. If parents or carers or friends are able to help the group they would be very grateful of the support. Please let Gemma know on 07843410895 or gemmakybert@yahoo.co.uk if you can support the Group in this way.

STAINED GLASS window permission (known as a faculty) for a new one has been given, which is pictured at www.stpeterschailey.org.uk, to be installed in the east window of St John’s chapel, at St Peter’s Church, in memory of the Revd Eddie Matthias who was rector from 1965 to 1992. A number of people have spoken of their desire to donate towards this. If this is your wish donations (which can be gift aided) can be made via Chailey Parochial Church Council whose officers include the churchwardens Peter Martin (01825 722680) and Teresa Wenban (01825722586) stating it is for the window. If you are in contact with others who knew Eddie, who might like to be included, please give them details or show them this article. On completion there will be a dedication of the window held during a service.

WAITROSE: Please support the Youth Group. Every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 each month between three local good causes. At Lewes Waitrose this month the Youth Group are one of the causes set to receive a donation. At the checkout you will receive a token and the more tokens the Youth Group get the bigger the donation they receive.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

GARDEN PLOTS: As many of you will be aware the parish gained planning permission for the creation of garden plots last year and negotiated a land swap with Hesmonds stud for part of Hesmonds field last month. In the meantime we went out to tender for basic works to create the plots and local company JM Property Projects Ltd were the successful tenderer. Work started on June 10 and is expected to take four weeks to complete. Current funding is only enabling basic works to be carried out including a site entrance to East Sussex Highways standards, access tracks, boundary fencing works and a mains water supply to the site. Future works for a store and toilet provision will be dependent upon additional funding being gained. The original planning application included for the removal and realignment of a section of the roadside hedge and banking. We are currently in discussion with ESCC Highways to reduce the amount of hedging and banking required to be removed. No hedging has been authorised for removal at the current time. There will be a further update on progress shortly. Would all those people who have previously expressed an interest in having a Garden Plot and any others. individuals, couples or families, who are now interested, please send your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (printed please) to Paul & Kate Richardson: kathrynrichardsoneh@gmail.com or 7 Thomas Turner Drive East Hoathly BN8 6 QF.

OPENING EVENT: Glass artist Rebecca Weddell has relocated to brand new premises at Village Works in the heart of East Hoathly, and her new workshop will be opening for business tomorrow, Saturday. All are welcome to her opening event, which is taking place from 10am to 3pm. Do drop in to let fire inspire, watch Rebecca turn Venetian glass into gorgeous beads in the torch flame, find out about offers on forthcoming tuition sessions in which you can make glass beads of your own, and browse her range of beads and jewellery for sale.

FABRIC CHARITY SALE: MakeIt workshops are having a big clear out of gorgeous fabrics as well as new, nearly new and vintage clothing. Over two days, we hope to raise lots of money for local charity, open from 2pm to 7pm Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday at the Village Workshops.

MIDSUMMER MAGIC: The Carnival Society presents this year’s Midsummer Magic which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) on the East Hoathly Playing Fields. The event starts at 2pm and will go on into the late evening. The afternoon entertainment will be provided by local bands and The Curst Sons will take the stage at 4.30pm. The evening will see performances by The Meow Meows at 7.30 pm and South of Saturn at 9pm. All day and evening there will be a carnival bar with a range of beers and ciders and there will be a barbecue. The afternoon will be free entry and ticket only after 7pm. Tickets can be purchased from the King’s Head, The Foresters or the Village Stores. £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

DENIS’S CRICKET: Two matches last week despite the wet weather causing the cancellation of the Goblins match against the Rats from Waldron on Wednesday. On Friday the Goblins took on Derek’s XI. James Packham got us off to a flying start with 48 (retired) including 24 in one over. Roller Wren (25) not in his most exuberant form due to much barracking from the opposition who know him well and kept bowling to his off Nigel Bolton (13), Simon Clark (12) and Jack Holt (10 no) were best of the rest. Reaching 141 for 6 in their 20 overs, there was a general feeling that this was not quite enough and therefore beatable. Derek’s team reached 79 at the halfway point and these fears looked well founded with Swag (26) and R.Searle (37) leading the charge but then our superior bowling swung the match our way as wickets tumbled and they were all out for 117 with 10 balls remaining. Best bowlers were Jim Medrow (2-9 in 8 balls), Nigel Bolton (2-7), Mark Randle (2-8) and Jack Holt (1-11). A good friendly contest and a decisive win (with the promise of a return match later this season to savour). On Sunday we travelled to Selmeston to take on Long Men (actually there were a few short ones in their team with the potential to become quite long as they grow older). A 35 overs-a-side format was agreed and we fielded first. R Branch (53) and T Marriott (25) built a solid platform for them with O Tingley (29) providing a mid-innings spurt but they were all out for 152 with 9 balls left. Our fielding was quite exceptional as we held seven good catches, had one stumping, one run out and stopped many well-struck shots. Best bowler was Captain Mark Randle (3-15 in 5 overs) supported by Drew Smith (2-33 in 5 overs), Tony Galvin (2-37 in 6 overs) and Ant Brooke (2-15 in 6 overs) who I thought bowled at his very best. In reply, after a substantial tea, Matty Cramp (47) got us off to a good start but we got bogged down by some tight bowling in mid-innings and our required run rate crept up. A spirited knock by James Moxon (13) provided some momentum and Drew Smith (40) got the bit between his teeth hitting two sixes out of the ground. At the end though we were 10 runs short as our last wicket fell with 2 balls remaining. Much to enjoy from the game. The Goblins are away on Wednesday evening at the Yew Tree and on Sunday afternoon we are away at Waldron. Our next scheduled home game is our annual internal club match where the Under 40s take on the Over 40s in an all-day game starting at 11am on Sunday June 30. This is a great day for us and an opportunity for younger players from the village to catch the selectors (!) eye. We could do with more young villagers joining the squad and if you know of anyone who could take part then they will be made most welcome. Don’t be shy. Lunch and tea will be available and the cost for the whole day for players is £12 for adults or £6 for Juniors (under 19 years on January 1, 2013). If spectators wish to join us for lunch and/or tea the cost is £5 but please let me, Denis Drinan, know on 01825 841341 or denisdrinan@talktalk.net.

THOMAS TURNER: Friday 24 June 1757: ‘After breakfast the boys and myself walked over to Framfield, it being the fair day at Framfield…I spent at the fair 6d I also saw there the largest hog I think that I ever saw. His height was about 4 feet. He was 9 feet 4 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. His ears were 12 inches by 9…’

MOTHERS UNION: The July meeting will be our annual summer meal which will be held at The Cock Inn near Ringmer. We do not hold a meeting during August so the next meeting will be in September 16th and it will be a social evening with a Bring and Buy sale. If anyone would like more information about the Mothers’ Union please contact Jennifer Cowling 01825 840218.

Fairwarp

STEPPING STONES is holding a nearly new sale of children’s toys, clothes and equipment. The sale is at the Preschool at Bonners School, Maresfield on Saturday June 29 from 10am to 1pm.

MEETING: The Fairwarp QEII Field Annual Meeting has been rescheduled on July 3 at The Foresters Arms. 8pm start.

AGM: The Fairwarp Community Society AGM will be held on Wednesday at 8pm in the village hall. Everyone is welcome. The hall is open from 7.30pm for refreshments. It will be followed by a talk by Mark Powles, Volunteering as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

DON’T FORGET the Decorative Doorstep competition, which will be judged during the evening of Thursday July 11. Entry forms in July’s edition of the Fairwarp Echo, or from the pub.

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Tea, coffee, bacon rolls. Great variety of market stalls. All welcome. Next market is on July 27, no market in August.Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm Matchbox Opera presents Tosca. Tickets at £14 can be booked on 01892 552672. The concert is in aid of National Talking Newspapers. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday 1.30pm to 3pm, Toddler group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, June 29, 9am Holy Communion.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society holds its Summer Flower Show on August 17 at the Community Centre from 2pm to 4 .45pm. Admission: adults £1, children free, refreshments, raffle, plants etc. Ring 01435 866090 for enquiries

DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. Wendy Hall tells us: This month saw a return visit by Douglas Skeggs. On his last visit he spoke on Michelangelo, this time it was David Hockney, The Old Master of Modern Art. Using a series of slides Mr Skeggs showed us how Hockney absorbed the influences of the old masters as well as more modern artists such as Picasso into his own style. It was a wonderful end to this year’s programme. New members are welcome to join us when we re-convene in September with a talk by Roland Penrose entitled Lee Miller and Roland Penrose at Farley Farm. Contact 01435 873258 for details.

TOMORROW’S PEOPLE: Cllr Rupert Simmons tells us: Tomorrow’s People and the Heathfield Partnership are presenting a graduation ceremony for the latest batch of graduates from their scheme. This means 69 have been successful so far. Those that have accepted the invitation are the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sherriff and Baroness Stedman-Scott (Managing Director of Tomorrow’s People). We also have some of our former graduates, those that have been in work for a year to come back and tell their success story. Some of the employers involved and family members are also coming. The event takes place today at 3pm at the Youth Centre. I hope to go along to this, but in the meantime I have to say what a wonderful scheme this is.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: Secretary Mallory Hansford tells me: I am emailing you on behalf of the lady who is writing a history of Heathfield Silver Band for our 125th anniversary. She is trying very hard to find photos of Heathfield Silver Band at a bonfire march, one is needed to go on the front cover of the book plus some others to go in the book. Does anyone have anything suitable that maybe you took years ago and they’re lurking in a drawer somewhere, maybe friends and family took photos? We have virtually no photos at all so I am appealing to one and all to have a good root around to see if you have any. If you can help let me know. The band has recently received a generous donation of £750 from Barclays Bank. This money will go towards purchasing extra instruments which are always needed. The support the band is receiving for its history book which charts the founding of the band in 1888 to the present is astonishing and with contributions from the Co-operative Community Fund of £1500 and Barratt’s Homes at Silvas Grange of £1000, plus funds raised by the band we now have sufficient money for the book. There will be a display about the writing of the book at the band’s event on Saturday 6 July at the Community Centre at 2pm. Do come along and have a good day with us, including a concert at 7pm, it’s all free. For details visit www.heathfieldsilverband.co.uk

TWO EMAILS: Greg Barker MP is delighted that East Sussex County Council signed a contract with BT on Friday, May 31 to bring better broadband to East Sussex over the next three years. This is fantastic news and a significant milestone for the project. East Sussex County Council originally set out to deliver superfast speeds to at least 90 percent of premises but has been able to work with BT on plans which will deliver far more. The project team negotiated a very good deal for the county which has produced some of the highest coverage figures seen so far. This means that, alongside existing fibre broadband roll-out plans: 96% of all properties across the ‘e-Sussex’ project area will have access to superfast broadband of at least 24mpbs; 99% of all properties in the county will have access to higher-speed fibre broadband and every property in East Sussex will be able to access a broadband service of at least 2mbps. On another topic, Greg also urges people from his constituency to help the Conservatives in their bid to secure the first EU referendum in 40 years. This follows news that the Prime Minister has launched a new campaign website, www.LetBritainDecide.com, which makes it simple for people to join the campaign to back the Bill about to go through Parliament, which will pave the way for a vote in 2017, after a full renegotiation. www.LetBritainDecide.com aims to build public pressure, to give people a voice, and to urge MPs from other parties to listen to their constituents.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

JUMBLE SALE: The Friends of Five Ashes School and Five Ashes Pre-School will be holding a Jumble Sale at Five Ashes Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. Their usual cafe serving coffee, tea and cake will be open. If you have any jumble you would like to donate, please either drop it at the hall on the morning of the sale between 9.30am and noon or call Tessa Gregory on 01825 830642 to arrange a collection.

SUMMER FAIR: The Friends of Mayfield Primary School Summer Fair place between 11am and 2pm on June 29 at Court Meadow. I know we mentioned it last week, but here are some more details. There will be some fantastic stalls manned by the children, teachers, governors and parents from the school such as: face painting, hook-a-duck, tattoos, jam jar tombola, feed the tiger and a lot more. There is an Assault Course for the small and not so small. Also, they are lucky to have Mabel Maybanks and Usbourne Books selling their products as well as a dance presentation with the ballerinas from Footsteps Dance Academy. If you are feeling peckish, there’s plenty to eat and drink with a barbecue and bar also teas, coffees and squash and a cakes stall. For just £1 a ticket you can take part in a fabulous raffle (tickets for which will be sold beforehand at school and on the day): First prize £200 cash, second prize: £100 RA Car Service, third prize family day pass (two adults, three children) for Leeds Castle. And a lot more (from superb books from Folio Society to Spa Valley Railway tickets). Don’t miss the Lucky Dip at £1 a go. People can win entries to tourist attractions, vouchers, beauty treatments, family portrait, etc and also tea bags or a lolly. Check the supporters’ page for some clues. The whole event is to raise money to provide help and support to the school to make it a better place for children to learn and play. For more information visit the website www.friendsofmayfieldceprimaryschool.com.

FOOTPATH WALK: They next meet on Sunday, June 30 as usual for a stroll along the parish’s footpaths. They always take a different route each month so joining them is a great way of discovering new parts of the parish and finding those paths you never knew existed. Great scenery, excellent company, good exercise and all for free. They meet at 10am in South Street car park.

ARGOS HILL Windmill Trust will be holding a tennis tournament and hog roast at the Post Mill HOuse on Sunday, June 30 at 11am in aid of the windmill restoration effort. You are welcome to bring a four or a friend or just come along to support and enjoy the day, match play is not compulsory. Tickets are £25 each and can be obtained from Geoff Daughtrey (e-mail gwd@cooperburnett.com)

CHOIR: 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 their recent concert. Price £2 donation to costs. Music, coffee and biscuits will be provided. For details see www. mayfieldfestivalchoir.org/come-sing-with-us.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Committee chairman, Eddie Du-Cann, wishes to thank everyone who was involved with the plant sale, both growing plants for sale and working as stand volunteers on the day. The event, coupled with the proceeds from their stall at the subsequent May Fair, helped generate a much needed £890 towards Society funds. Eddie said: ‘The society’s thanks go out to its committee members for doing such a fantastic job and for raising funds which should go a long way to covering the expenses incurred for our speakers in the coming year and our other costs. Thanks also to all those people who contributed plants and those that supported us by buying them. A big thanks, finally, to St Leonards-Mayfield School for the use of their greenhouse and the area by the cannon. Well done to everybody.’ He added: ‘I would like to give a special thank you to Carol and Ken Audsley and Bridget Blow who also helped us out at the May Fair.’ The committee also wishes to pass its thanks to Bridget Blow and Janet Wood who have done wonders to the village’s War Memorial Garden (in front of the church). They’ve pruned roses, planted some eye-catching species and made the area fit for the heroes we all commemorate. They’re getting dizzyingly close to the Summer Show in the Memorial Hall, Saturday, July 13. 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. It’s worth it for the kind remarks you get from everyone else at the show, or for that cherished rosette. 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.

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 BOWLS CLUB are playing at West Hoathly in the Wilkins Shield tomorrow, Saturday, and on Sunday they are at home playing Rotherfield. Play will commence at 2.30pm for both of these games. On Tuesday they will be playing at home against Mid-Sussex Henfield and there is also another game at home against John Spriggs Henfield. Both of these games will commence at 6pm. Yes, there is another match on Wednesday against Crowborough Wolfe away at 2.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday the gardens will be open at the Old Rectory, Church Road, from 2pm till 5pm by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs S Welton. You can enjoy a relaxed walk around the gardens, then have a cup of tea with some delicious home made cakes. Tickets are £5. Contact numbers are 01825 722607 or 722531. There will also be some plants on sale. Fingers crossed for a lovely sunny June day. This event is being organised by the Newick and Chailey support group in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.

Waldron

JUST FABULOUS: Our concert by Primavera on Sunday last was absolutely brilliant with a glorious programme of music played by dazzlingly talented musicians. The church was packed and we were treated to a memorable evening. Even the weather played the game and it was sunny and warm for the whole evening. There was champagne and Pimms on offer and both proved extremely popular with our appreciative audience, which included Pablo Requena, an internationally known guitar maker whose instruments are sold round the world, and James Westbrook, a leading authority on early guitars who travels the world lecturing to universities and other institutions. On Sunday, the world came to Waldron. At the end of the evening, one of the musicians commented on the wonderful acoustics in the church and encouraged us to have more music. All proceeds go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and maintenance of our churches.

ROAD RUN: On Sunday Heathfield Road Runners will hold their midsummer 10K run, starting from the top of Back Lane, making their way through the village, through Lions Green and returning up Hanging Birch Lane and Back Lane. They will start at 10am and the bulk of the runners will have finished within an hour. Please take care if you are driving, and give the runners an encouraging wave as they come through the village.

CRICKET: Last week’s league match against Iden saw Waldron beaten, but their spirits are high for this weekends two matches. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are away at Willingdon (league match) starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a limited over match against East Hoathly, starting at 2.30pm, which is a friendly fixture.

FLAMENCO: Coming soon is a Spanish evening at the Star Inn, on Saturday July 6 starting at 7pm. Underneath the stars, in a marquee set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and tickets are at a give-away cost of £5 per head for the performance, entry by reservation only. You get a glass of sangria with your ticket and food (tapas and paella, of course) can be bought on the night. It’s live and exciting by two performers, Ana and Jose, who perform round the world. Make sure you’re there.

SERVICES: Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, celebrated by the Reverend George Pitcher, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bart’s with Reverend Pitcher and Reverend Peter Jamieson and Choral Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am with a combined choir, part of the RSM Music Sunday 50:50 campaign.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. A date for your diaries. We have a children’s holiday club on Tuesday August 13 from 10.15am to noon, at the Dunn Village Hall. It is for school age children (parents are welcome to stay). Those under school age, to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing, and Christian teaching. It is free. For more information ring Shirley on 01435 830280. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer on Music Sunday. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Rev Bob Cotton representing the Fellowship of Evangelical Congregational Churches to which the chapel belongs.

RGWI: The meeting on Thursday is the open meeting when members can bring along husbands and friends to enjoy Bruges – it’s more than chocolate with Melanie Gibson-Brown. For details about Rushlake Green WI, and for help with transport, contact Marion on 0435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

QUIZ: I am sad to report that the quiz I mentioned last week had to be cancelled because there were not enough teams.

UNNATURAL ENEMIES?: Christianity and Science; A talk and discussion with The Rev Dr Steve Jeffery on Monday at Warbleton in the church rooms 7.15pm for refreshments for a 7.30pm start, finish by 9pm. Steve is the minister of a church in North London. He has a doctorate in experimental physics from Oxford University and is the co-author of two books about the death of Jesus. He has appeared on Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. His other loves are jazz, coffee, football, and Yes Minister. This event is free of charge and open to those of any faith or none, and to those who would like to engage in debate or just attend and listen.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the annual flower show, are available from The Stores. These give full details of the whole weekend’s (July 27 and 28) activities.