Parish pump Uckfield - June 27, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). Don’t forget the annual fair on Saturday 12th July from 12 noon, at and around the village hall. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).


BUR-FEST: The long awaited and planned for Burwash Festival is almost upon us. Tickets have been sold and anticipation is great for the musical event of the year. It is being held in fields at The Bear Motel. Local groups, including Proud Mary, Pearl Handled Revolver, Snakebite Skarlettos, Railroad and Blacktooth Grin, will perform throughout the day. The event is being staged in two sections, from noon to 5.30pm and from 6.30pm to 11pm tomorrow, Saturday. There are a few tickets left for the afternoon session. To find out more about the event visit their web-site The event will support the Teenage Cancer Trust. Let’s hope the weather is fine and everyone has a great time.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local talented people will be there to entertain you with music, singing or both. You are all welcome to go along and enjoy their renditions. The licensed bar will be open. If you enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument then why not go along and take part. The fun begins at 8pm.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning at 9am leaving from the Bear car park. Anyone who enjoys a gentle walk in good company is welcome to go along. Ijon Jenner will be your guide. To find out more call him on 01435 882045.

TEA: Lynda and Richard Maude-Roxby invite you to join them for tea at Mount House, High Street, on Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm. Entry is £5 and includes tea with cakes. A raffle and a bring and buy stall will also be run. All in aid of Admiral Nurses for Dementia Care in the Community, East Sussex.

WHIST: The next whist drive will take place on Thursday evening from 7pm at the Burwash village hall. Entry is £3 per person and includes 20 rounds of cards and light refreshments. We also hold a raffle. These evenings are fun and all levels of playing ability are catered for. The team apologise to anyone who turned out last time, unfortunately because of holidays and ill health there wasn’t enough to run it. All back to normal this month and we look forward to seeing you there.


MODEL RAILWAY WEEKEND is tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at the Bluebell Railway. There will be layouts and traders including the first showing of the new P4 layout Plumpton Green and other layouts in N, OO and O gauge. Passengers holding a travel ticket gain free entry to stations and visitors wishing to visit the stations only will need to purchase an admission ticket. For more information call 01825 720800.

FOOTBALL: Chailey and Newick Colts FC will be staging a continuous four hour Chailey v Newick, marathon game tomorrow, Saturday, (as part of the Newick Festival) between 9.30am and 1.30pm at King George V Playing Field, Allington Road, Newick. All the age groups will take part. This is a great opportunity to meet club members and also complete a registration form for next season.

CRICKET: Four wickets from Peter Dembrey (4/30) and Aaron Andrews (4/31) restricted Cuckfield to 158 and a strong innings from Raj Kumar (52) and Danny Andrews (47) saw Chailey win with overs to spare and retain their position at the top of the Division Two table. Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey has a league game against East Grinstead III at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272 and a friendly on Sunday at Dormansland at 2pm. Chailey are always looking to welcome new members into the team and should you be looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880.

PRESENTATION for 2014 Brighton and South Downs CAMRA Country Pub of the Year to the Horns Lodge is tomorrow, Saturday, at about 2.30pm and all are welcome.

TRACK TREK: If you are unable to participate but would like to support the event please consider sponsoring Roy Watts (Bluebell Railway Preservation Society Chairman) and Dick Fearn (Bluebell Railway PLC Chairman) as they lead the Track Trek tomorrow, Saturday, to raise much needed funds to overhaul some of the steam locomotive boilers. Visit to arrange sponsorship.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Free Church, 10.30am with Paul Daniels and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcroft to include communion.

EXHIBITION AND SALE of Chailey and Newick Painting Group’s work will be at Newick Reading Room on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There will be original framed paintings on display, along with items for sale including unframed work, prints and greetings cards.

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday in the village hall and the committee will take a well-earned break as the evening is being organised by the members. Arrangements are kept under wraps so no details are available but a convivial evening is planned. The evening will start at 7.45pm and prospective members will be made most welcome. There is a £2 nominal charge which includes homemade refreshments.

NIGHTLIFE WALK on the Commons takes place on Wednesday. Meet at the car park of The Kings Head for a 7.30pm start. It will be a short circular walk on the Common to see and hear the wildlife, which will hopefully include the nightjar and glow worms. The walk will finish in the dark so a torch is essential. No dogs please. For more details contact William on 01444 831098 or on the day 07801711401.

50TH ANNIVERSARY WALKS: The Chailey Commons Society has reached its 50th anniversary as a local society, as it was formed in 1964 to bring together local people with an interest in the ecology and nature of the five commons at North Chailey. On Saturday July 5 from 2pm till 5pm there will be walks on Red House Common, organised by the society, starting at Warrs Hill car park and including visits to the windmill.

SUMMER FAIR, organised by the Friends (PTA) of Chailey St Peter’s Primary School, on Saturday July 5 from 11am to 2pm. There will be lots to do and see including circus skills and acrobatic workshops, main arena displays, inflatable fun, face painting, stalls, barbecue and other refreshments. All are welcome to attend the fair.

BRITISH 10K LONDON RUN: Chailey Heritage Foundation has three places left to fill their team for this special fundraising event on Sunday July 13. There’s always a great atmosphere on the day and the race route takes you past some of London’s most iconic sights. If you would like to take part please contact the Foundation for further details on 01825 724444 or by email


VILLAGE SHOP: The shop is looking for someone to work Saturday morning in the shop. It is a paid position, and the applicant must be over 18. So if you want to make a difference to local life, and meet people, come and join us. Contact Caroline Rasmussen at the shop on 01825 872949 or email We would prefer local youngsters, I’m sure there are plenty of you out there. Because I missed last week’s Parish Pump as I wasn’t well, I couldn’t tell you about Community Shop Fortnight which has now finished. But the shop flourishes and has now got ice cream, a whole freezer full, so I just have to get down there and liberate some with the salted caramel sauce and just gorge. But enough of my habits.

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY: We had our summer concert and raised a magnificent £750 for the Mubende Educational Trust which means they can make a real difference to Christian children in Uganda. The Trust was started 14 years ago by Angela, who was with HCS, so we have a real link. We were blessed with fabulous weather for our cream tea. I pigged out of course, and everyone was very kind about my rendition of Mme Thenardier’s bit in Master of the House.

CHOIR: Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Choir have had many rehearsals now and Pete Willson is very happy with us. We have many bookings, and more happening all the time. Rehearsals are a complete joy, because we just sing for Pete till our lungs give out. It’s £4 a session so why aren’t you there? Pete wants us to go to New Orleans so get along and sing, sing, sing.

CHOIRS: I’m now in four choirs because you can never have too much music but we do need people for Chiddingly Church Choir so if you have a voice and attend East Hoathly or Chiddingly and would like to join us we rehearse at 7pm on Tuesday in Chiddingly Church. Come and make music with us.

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

AGM: The AGM of Chiddingly Village Hall Committee is on July 1 at 7.30pm and as the committee do a great job in maintaining the hall for the village, do come along and show your support. I am sure there will be drinks and nibbles.

LOCAL EVENTS: As many of you may know I’m now on my own here and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me adjust and offered support.

LOCAL POLICE: Caley (WPC Micheala Pearce), and Hannah (PCSO Hannah Parks) have been a huge support to the community and to me personally. Also PCSO Dave Davies who has done so much for me disposing of dead chickens, and just being useful. Thank you Dave, Hannah and Caley.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, at Framfield Village Hall from 10am to noon. Come along and browse around the variety of 20 stalls including homemade cakes, local produce, bric-a-brac and crafts. Also sit and have a cuppa and bacon roll. Friendly atmosphere. Look forward to seeing you there. Any inquires phone Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ALLOTMENTS: The parish council has six vacant allotments at Theobalds Green. Each costs £72 a year, plus £10 Allotment Association fees. For details contact Nicky Lee-Marshall 01435 865700 email If you haven’t already signed up for one, do. I see them every day and there is clearly some wonderful summer produce being grown on this very fertile stretch of soil. We hear the social side is great fun too. A small price to pay for fresh vegetables and fruit all year round and think how healthy you will be with all that digging.

APPRENTICESHIPS: We hear that Wealden District Council is offering six apprenticeships in partnership with the Sussex Downs College later this year. Six youngsters will have the chance to learn and develop business administration skills in different parts of the council, blending classroom learning with hands-on experience and the chance to find out whether a particular job is right for them. The scheme has a proven track record in the Eastbourne area and the college is now pleased to be expanding this service.

SPEED LIMITS: As part of a wider review of speed limits in villages, the highways department have now commenced work to introduce a 30mph speed limit in Punnetts Town and to reduce part of the current 50mph speed limit through Three Cups Corner to 40mph. Punnetts Town, will see the introduction of some speed-reducing features, such as new signs, coloured surfacing and changes to some kerbs, to remind drivers of the speed limit. Following consultation, previous comments have been given consideration and the scheme has been altered accordingly: The council have changed the colour of the surfacing to a buff or stone colour, reduced the number of bollards at the parking opposite the school, narrowed the kerb build-outs near Fittlebrook Lane and North Street so the road is 6.3m wide, rather than 6.0m, moved the kerb build out near the junction of Blackdown Lane further west, to a straighterpart of the road and removed the yellow backing from speed limit signs at the village boundaries and village nameplates to help maintain a more rural appearance in the village.

OPEN GARDENS: There will be four Open Gardens in Punnetts Town on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like your garden to be included contact Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn on 01435 830645.

QUIZ: The next quiz and fish supper in Punnetts Town Village Hall is on Friday, July 11 at7.30pm. Bookings and money (£8) per head by July 8 to Maggie (same number as above).

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Lamberhurst Car Park, GR. 676362 at 9.30am for a 10 mile walk via Scotney Castle and Goudhurst. Ring 01892 852153. Saturday, July 5 meet in Framfield Village by the church, GR.495204 at 10am for a nine mile circular walk. Ring 01892 509036.

FOOTBALL: There is space for youngsters to take part in the Broad Oak and Horam Junior Football Club’s Under 8 Dragons and Titans sessions on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon at the Horam recreation ground. Coaching is by experienced FA qualified coaches and aims to give life skills, teamwork, soccer skills and sportsmanship. Children all get free training gear, match kit and a water bottle. Everyone is welcome, all levels and abilities

Isfield & Little Horsted

STOOLBALL: Isfield’s Stoolball Club held its annual tournament last weekend, with the hosts and four visiting clubs competing for the honours. Winners were Angmering, from the village of that name between Worthing and Littlehampton, with local side Barcombe in second spot. The Isfield club plays most Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings during the summer, with home matches being played at the recreation ground.

FETE FUN: There’s been plenty of activity in Isfield during the past week or so in preparation for the village fete to be held on Sunday. Events in the field behind The Laughing Fish start at 11am with a St Margaret’s Church service inside a marquee, and from 12.30pm onwards there will be a busy programme of events including terrier racing, a novelty dog show, a display by Deb’s Dancers, a scurry race, an egg-throwing competition and numerous stalls. Residents along Station Road have been busy creating their entries for the Scarecrow Trail competition which has provided a splendid selection of scarecrows based on TV themes. The winner will be announced at the fete.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion.

NEW HOMES: Bidding opens today (Friday) for the right to rent an affordable home on the new development at Culpeper Close in Isfield. Wealden District Council is inviting bids from people, who must be on its housing register, interested in a either a house or a flat. Further details can be obtained from the district council (01323 443380) or on Isfield Parish Council’s website. Bidding can be made online at by 2pm next Wednesday.

WANTED: Isfield Bonfire Society has put out a plea for items to stock its stall at the village fete on Sunday. A society member said: ‘This is a golden opportunity for you to get rid of all that stuff you’ve got hidden away at the back of cupboards that’s perfectly good but never get used – and help a great cause at the same time.’ Pretty much anything, except clothing, would be welcome. If you would like your offerings collected tomorrow (Saturday), please phone 07850383672.

ARTS AND CRAFTS: It’s a good few weeks away, but a note for busy diaries is an arts and crafts market being organised by Isfield Community Enterprise, a limited company formed by villagers last year initially to purchase Fordham’s Field behind The Laughing Fish for community use. The event will be held in the field on Saturday August 30, from 11am to 5pm. Among the planned activities are shows of work by local artists, demonstrations, falconry and, of course, the obligatory refreshments of various types.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

ORGAN RECITAL: Celebrity Organist Paul Hale, Rector Choir and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire will play at St Dunstan’s from on July 5. Doors open at 6pm and entry costs £8 for adults, £6 concessions and students and under 18s go free. Refreshments follow the recital. Paul advised the Organ Trust on the changes at St Dunstan’s, completed in November 2012. Previously he was assistant organist of Rochester Cathedral, Organist of Tonbridge School and Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford, where he studied with Sir David Lumsden and Professor Nicholas Danby, gaining an MA in Music.

FOOTPATH WALK: The next walk is on Sunday meeting at the South Street car park at 10am. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767 for information.

SCOUTS: There will be a summer jumble sale with refreshments n the Scout and Guide Hall on Saturday, July 12 between 10am and noon. Everyone is invited to go along and support their local Scout group and all profits go to Scout funds. As well as jumble, there will be a raffle, tea, coffee and cake. If you have any jumble that needs collecting or storing before the sale then call Barry Humphrey on 01435 8731212 or 07801 880298 or take it to the hall on the morning between 8am and 9am.

SUMMER FAYRE: The St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fayre takes place this year on Saturday, July 5 in the Convent Garden at St Leonards-Mayfield School from 10.30am to 2.30pm. There will be stalls with something for everyone. Coffees, teas and cakes will be served from 10.30am and the barbecue and ploughman’s lunches will be available from noon. The Grand Draw this year has prizes such as £150 cash, a £100 car service at RA Autos and a £75 gift voucher for Glyndebourne as well as a hamper and admission tickets to Pashley Manor, Hever Castle and the Bluebell Railway.

BODY MOVES: Classes ideally suited to the over 50s enable people to work at a pace they are comfortable with. Go along and give it a try. They meet at the Scout and Guide Hall on Friday mornings from 10am to 11am.

OAK TREE HOMES TRUST: On Saturday, November 8 the Autumn Faye will be held in the Memorial Hall between 10am to 2pm. On Saturday, March 14, 2015 the Spring Fayre will take place from 10am to 2pm. Oak Tree Homes Trust is a local charity registered in early 2010 with the aim of helping to provide sheltered accommodation and assisted living for elderly people in the south east of England, especially Christians. In November 2013 Trustees were given planning permission for nine apartments on a site at Strawberry Hill, Broadwater Down in Tunbridge Wells.

FRIENDS OF ST DUNSTAN’S: The 20th anniversary celebrations include two events, the Friends’ 20th anniversary garden party on July 27 and an anniversary concert on October 11. The party will be held at noon on Sunday, July 27 at Clayton’s Farmhouse, Newick Lane. Tickets are £10 at the gate to include bubbly and canapés. The duo Etrusca will play at the anniversary concert. It will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 11 and refreshments will be served when people can talk to performers and view the instruments.

Mobile Library

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


NEWICK FESTIVAL from today, Friday, until Sunday. This is indeed a very busy weekend for Newick residents and visitors. Every household has received a programme showing the times and places and all the activities that will be available. I gave a full report of all the activities last week. For further information visit the website or telephone 01825 722583. Fingers crossed that the weather will be perfect and that everyone will have a fun. Have a great weekend.

NEWICK WI Country Market will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. If you have never attended the market, just pop along and see for yourself the great selection of local vegetables and cakes homemade pies, flowers and plants. You will receive a warm welcome.

BOWLS FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, Barcombe Barwick Cup is a home and away fixture. On Sunday a home fixture against Mackie at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there is a match against Mid Sussex Lindfield away and there is also a home fixture against Johnspriggs Buxted Park. Both of these games will start at 6pm. On Wednesday afternoon there will be an away game at Deanland at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday the first XI will be playing at home against Seaford; the second XI will travel to DPB Eastbourne; the third XI will also be playing away at Mayfield; the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against St Peters IV. All these league games will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday they will welcome the Barbados High Commission, this is a long standing fixture of many years, On Monday there is another afternoon match against Warwickshire Pilgrims at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed with Morning Worship at 10.30am.

VOLUNTEERS: Headway Hurstwood Park are holding a Volunteers Recruitment Morning on Tuesday July 8 at Headway House, Jackies Lane, from 10am till noon. They are a charity supporting those affected by brain injury, both survivors and their families. They have lovely gardens and a woodland, they also have a fully equipped gym and a fabulous day service offering many activities from cookery to pottery, gardening and woodwork plus current affairs. This year they are extending their services and to do this they need enthusiastic and willing volunteers to help with fundraising for the special event, September Harvest Festival. Support the clients at Headway House to participate in the activities that are on offer, also to provide a welcome face to meet and greet their clients and visitors. Could you help by volunteering and help them continue to make a happy and stimulating environment for a few regular hours at the centre each week or occasional support for fundraising. They would love to hear from you so please contact Lisa Smith on 01825 725323 or email Doing volunteer work is so rewarding.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday evening from 7.15pm.


WHAT’S UP? Visitors from outside our immediate area who dropped in to the fabulous Country Lifestyle Fair last weekend looked astonished to find that there are still villages like ours and that we can make our own entertainment. (A bit like Midsummer Murders without the bodies). Many said they’d be back to enjoy the pub, the Stores, the Church and Waldron’s village life and if they do, they’ll find plenty on to amuse them. Tonight, Friday, for instance, there’s Folk Night at the Star, always a cheerful event, and Swinging Affair will be making a welcome jazzy return on Sunday at lunchtime. Then on Monday there’s the monthly Pub Quiz, for teams of up to six people, £7 per head including a cold summer supper. And in case you’re wondering, even if you don’t want to take part in the Quiz Night, Paul will be running the Monday 3-6-3 Locals’ Night arrangement when you can have a starter for £3, a main for £6 and a dessert for £3. Tuesday will still be Ladies’ Night when all ladies (whether or not accompanied by gentlemen) can eat for half-price.

GQT: Coming up next weekend on Friday July 4 at 7pm, the Friends of Waldron Churches are organising a Gardeners’ Question Time at Cross in Hand C of E Primary School, Sheepsetting Lane. The panel of local experts are extremely knowledgeable, with Helen Yemm, Gardening Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, Edward Flint, head gardener at Tidebrook Manor, Steve Moody from Frogheath Landscapes at Burwash and Paul de Bruin from Thorpe Gardens Nursery at Horam. As well as answering your questions, the panellists will give brief talks on a gardening subject close to their hearts. There’ll be a refreshment bar before and after the event and a plant stall, courtesy of Cade Street Nurseries. Tickets will be £6 per head (£5 for FoWC members) and are available from the Stores at Waldron, or Heathfield Art and Books, High Street, Heathfield.

OPEN GARDENS: On the following weekend, Saturday July 12, there will be an open-garden event in Waldron, when three lovely gardens around the village will be open and summery refreshments will be provided. There will be no pre-sale of tickets but you will be able to pay once at any of the three gardens for access to all. The gardens will be clearly signposted and opening times and entry cost will be announced shortly.

WONDERFUL RUDES: The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company will be visiting Waldron again this summer on Thursday August 14, bringing their production The Wife (loosely based on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath) for our enjoyment. Tickets are now on sale and Deborah has some at the Stores at Waldron or you can buy on-line through their website where you will also find a full list of this summer’s venues. Pete Talbot, their Director and playwright, says that there’s an original cast recording of Red Stockings, one of the big numbers from the show, on their SoundCloud page so you can hear it, learn the words and be ready to sing along when you come to the show. This production is a reworking of the company’s 2003 smash hit The Wife of Bath which played then to rave reviews, including receiving four stars from the Independent on Sunday.

ROYAL SUSSEX: The Royal Sussex Regiment is raising funds for a new monument at Priez in France to be dedicated in September this year to commemorate the first losses from the regiment in 1914, and to provide a memorial to the 7,302 officers and men who lost their lives in the Great War. To contribute online, go to or contact Maj B M Hudson, Hon Sec, 29 Henry Avenue, Rustington, W Sussex BN16 2PA or ring 01903 778739. There is also an effort this year to find relatives of those killed in that war, especially those from the Royal Sussex who died in 1914, and if you have information contact

CRICKET: Waldron Cricketers will be playing their annual match against the Hough President’s XI tomorrow, Saturday, at home, starting at 11.30pm.

SERVICES: Sunday is the second Sunday of Trinity and there will be Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s and a Combined Holy Communion also at St Bart’s at 10.30am, followed by Iced Coffee and Cake for all.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: The chapel is affiliated to the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches, and Rev Bob Cotton, regional secretary for the South East, will be the preacher at the 11am and 6.30pm services.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the flower show, to be held on Saturday July 26, are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green.

GARDENING: Of the guerrilla type that is. For a good number of years Kieron Daw has planted up the beds around the Green. He has now decided to hang up his trowel and fork, and I am sure we are very grateful to him for all his hard work over the years. Cllr Karen Cook has taken on the responsibility and has told me about the guerrilla gardening on the green she’s been doing with a few stalwart supporters. She is very grateful to them all, and said: ‘The planting is almost finished, but anyone who can help with watering the beds and/or deadheading when they pass by would be very much appreciated. Special thanks to Lin Collins for all her help and advice, and to River Mead Nursery (who donated lots of plants and gave us a very good rate) and Cade Street Nursery who also gave us a very good rate. The parish council budget for the flower beds is quite tiny, so we’ve been very grateful to the nurseries for their generous help.’

CONCERT: Sussex Harmony gave us a wonderful concert last Sunday afternoon at the church. They presented a well thought out programme of music and readings, tailored for Warbleton. They sing songs from the period between the civil war and the Victorian era that is before the organ became the main instrument in churches. During this period bands were formed from locals bringing along their instruments, to accompany the quire. Sussex Harmony used several songs and tunes used in Warbleton and surrounding areas, together with readings from old accounts of West gallery quires in churches. The bellringers organised the interval refreshments, for which many thanks. For their encore the quire went up into the Dunn pew and sang from there, which gave us a flavour of the sound of a west gallery quire, albeit from the north in this case. The concert was in aid of the bell restoration fund and I am pleased to report that £694 was donated which with Gift Aid will increase to £867. A further £35 was raised from sales of the New Bell Cuisine cookbook, copies of which are still available at £5 each. Thank you to Sussex Harmony, to the bellringers and everyone who helped or attended the concert.

POPPY APPEAL: Margaret Harding wishes to thank all those who gave their time in Warbleton, Rushlake Green and Bodle Street to collect for the appeal last year. I gather that £2,407.67 was collected, so thanks to those who generously gave to the appeal. She wonders if a fundraising event consisting of WW1 poetry reading and song evening in either of the village halls would be of interest. If you are interested in taking part then please contact her by email at The preferred date for the event would be end of October to the beginning of November.