Parish Pump Uckfield - June 7, 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Bodle Street WI is 90 years old, and members will be celebrating with a supper and an evening of light hearted of music with Romy McCabe on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the village hall. It is hoped that members of other local institutes will join in. The newly formed walking group has enjoyed a couple of afternoon walks. For details of the activities, contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

Burwash

MEERKATS: The Musical Meerkats will begin again today. This group for the youngest of our families will help them to learn about movement and music and the instruments that make it. For more information and to book a place please call Rachel Wright on 07867 787227.

BRIDGE: The fun Bridge afternoon is being held today at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Kick of is 12.30pm with a light lunch and the fun game of bridge will begin at 2pm. Tickets are £10 and you may still be able to get one if you call Anne Gray 01435 882442 early this morning. All proceeds will be given to Breast Cancer Breakthrough Appeal.

AGM: The 1st Burwash and Etchingham scout group will be holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday in their headquarters in the Bear car park from 6.30pm. They are always pleased to welcome aboard new committee members and leaders. If you are interested go along to the meeting or call Emanuel Flecken on 01435 882764.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies group will have their next meeting on Wednesday in the village hall at 2.15pm. The members will hear Brion Purdy on Sussex Customs and Cures. The group’s visit this month will be on June 26 to Chapel Down Vineyard and Smallhythe Place Tenterden. They are always pleased to welcome new members and visitors.

SHOW: The horticultural society Rose, Sweetpea and Delphinium show will be held in the Pavilion on Swan Meadow, on June 15. Schedules are available from the Burwash Newsagents, and entries can be returned on the morning of the show. This year they will also include art, craft and children’s classes. All local amateur artists, quilter, sewers and embroiderers, knitters, potters, glassworkers, woodworkers are welcome to enter. The children’s two classes are, A Garden on a Plate and Three Iced or Decorated Cup Cakes. See the schedules for the full details.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday the team had their first match of the season with a home fixture against Little Common. Little common opened the batting and it was soon evident that Rose Rainton hadn’t gone rusty over the winter as she scored 93 runs of the total 185 from 13 overs, Tracy 47 and Sarah 20. Burwash gave a good fight despite being a bit light of players. They finished on 141, Jo Baldwin 58, Nicky Matthews 38 and Toni Wheatley 21. On Sunday Jo and Toni played in the East Sussex team against North Division in a 35 over match. North batted first and made 63 from 23 overs. East past that with a terrific innings from Sandra Gorringe in just six overs. They will now play in the semi-finals on June 16 at Littlehampton.

chailey

JANE STENT resigned as a director and chair of Chailey Bonfire Society Ltd, at its AGM last month, roles she had undertaken since the company’s formation in 2000. Thanks were unanimously expressed to Jane for being the chair for such a long period and also for all that she has done for the society during her 30 years of membership. Jane will continue to help the society with events, particularly the Christmas Party I am pleased to report.

CRICKET sees Chailey in two away games this week. Tomorrow, Saturday, in a league game against Horsted Keynes starting at 1.30pm and on Sunday a friendly against East Dean and Friston starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church tomorrow, Saturday, from 8.30am to 9.30am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are 10.30am Communion with Brian Lanston, and 6.15pm with Steve Hagger. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

RAF CHAILEY airfield was on the site of Bower Farm and was an example of an Advanced Landing Ground, a type of simple, temporary airfield designed to support the invasion of continental Europe. The annual Service of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the memorial (which is sited at the Plough pub on the outskirts of Plumpton) for those who flew from RAF Chailey in the last war will take place on Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome to attend this service.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group most famous run of the year, the Cannonball Run hosted by Paul and Jenny Cannon. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is welcome to join in and learn what twists, turns and surprises they have planned. The run will start from the Five Bells; meet at 7pm to depart at 7.30pm at the very latest. For more information visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk.

WALK: Evening Nightjar Walk on Red House Common starts at 8.45pm on Tuesday. It will be an opportunity to hear the male birds churring on Chailey Commons. Meet at Chailey Sports Club car park and bring torches, as the end of the walk will be in the dark. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

THE HORNS LODGE is Brighton and South Downs CAMRA Country Pub of the Year and all are invited to the presentation at the pub on Wednesday at 1.30pm.

CIRCULAR WALK with Mid Sussex Ramblers is on Wednesday starting at the sports ground car park at 7.30pm. It will be four miles and include Memorial and Pound Commons and Townings Farm. For more information call 01444 483860.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday June 14 from 7pm to 9pm when a local artist and graffiti specialist will demonstrate techniques to use graffiti as an art style. He will also explain the reasons why graffiti isn’t used to decorate our village and how to use it as a form of expression. There will be an opportunity to have a go and create graffiti art, on canvas, to take home. There will also be a range of other activities throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

YARD CLOCK is planned as a tribute to Phil Stoneman’s memory. Phil’s untimely death in 2012 was especially tragic as he was planning following retirement to spend more time at the Bluebell Railway. He is much missed as a member of the Loco Department and Loco Workshops group. Phil used an old watch to gauge how much time was left while preparing his engine, but was irritated to have to keep stopping to read it. He remarked to many ‘Before I leave this Railway, I’m going to buy a clock to put up there’ pointing to the top of the loco shed. His colleagues would like to raise £1,800 to buy a yard clock and this project has been agreed by all relevant parties at the railway. A JustGiving page for those wishing to donate is at www.justgiving.com/LocoYardClock.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, second Sunday after Trinity, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly, 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly, 10am Matins, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday, the Preservation Society will be leading their monthly footpath walk. They will be starting from the Litlington Tea Gardens in Litlington at 2pm and should be back for tea and cake at about 4pm to 4.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to come along and dogs must be on leads in case of livestock. Further details or any doubts if the weather looks dodgy, please ring Jenny on 872830.

LAND SWAP: The parish council are delighted to inform residents that the much anticipated land swap was legally completed on May 28. Work on the allotment site to comply with the planning consents will begin shortly. A preliminary meeting with representatives of the garden plotters will be taking place later this month.

CHURCH FETE: This year’s fete will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the garden of The Rectory, next to the church. We would very much appreciate any donations of raffle and tombola prizes, and perhaps you could think of planting up something for our plant stall. Other ways in which you could contribute are baking cakes or devising fun games. Please drop a line to Ehparishmag@btopenworld.com.

OPEN GARDENS: The Village Show Society will be holding its annual Open Gardens Day on Sunday June 16 and a number of members’ gardens will be open to visitors. In the afternoon the annual Rose and Sweet Pea show will take place in the conservatory at The Gate House and cream teas will be served. Admission is £2 by ticket only; tickets are available from the Village Stores or from Jane Tarry at The Pump House, Mill Lane (840575).

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 on September 16 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.

MULTI-DRAW: You’ve got to be in it to win is the old mantra. However, you don’t always have to be alive to win it. It’s true, as the following story proves: Quincy used to be a four legged moggy and a former resident of a Waldron Road home until his demise a few years ago. He proved no match to a fast-moving car as he tried to dodge the traffic in his quest for love and attention on the other side of the road. His owners had previously enrolled him onto the draw and, after consultation with the cat, alighted on two numbers 26 and 49. Quincy was a winner of one of the cash prizes when he was alive. He has since won two more cash prizes since his sad passing. Quincy’s place in the cat household was taken by Hugh; but not his ticket numbers. His owners didn’t want to do anything which might have interfered with their luck. The rules of the Multi-Draw do permit winning cheques being presented to pet owners. Quincy signed a power attorney, in between guzzling his food, not long before his final clash with the car. It’s not known whether any of the proceeds have been diverted to help maintain Quincy’s final resting place. Meantime, the spirit of Quincy lives on in the Multi-Draw. The next quarterly draw will form part of a double draw on the third Friday in September. There are some unallocated numbers still available. Renewals are now due and John Tarry 840575 would welcome your cheques or standing orders now. Dead or Alive.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 12 June 1755 ‘At home all day. In the afternoon Tho. Cornwell beat me at cricket; lost 6d. Paid Halland gardener 12D for two gallons of gooseberries.’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, no service at St Richard’s today. They are joining the Churches Together in Heathfield and District United Service being held at 11am in the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Tuesday, 1.30 to 3pm Toddler Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday June 15, 10am to 4pm Art and Craft exhibition in the church, by St Richard’s Art and Craft Group. Saturday June 15, 7.30pm Music for a summer evening with Wealden Consort. Tickets £10 with refreshments. Tickets available from 01435 862362 (Linda) or 01435 866072.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND is holding a photographic competition. Snap a photo at Heathfield Silver Band’s 125th Anniversary Fun Day on July 6 at the Community Centre and send two photographs of the day tohsbphotocomp@gmail.com. Up to £100 in prizes in two categories: 12 years and under and 13 years plus, no upper age limit. Free to enter. Sponsored by Weald Business Centre. The entertainment on the day starts at 2pm with live music, attractions and stalls. 7pm band concert outside. Free entry all day. Food and bar available all day. Have a picnic and enjoy the day. Raising money for local charities. More info www.heathfieldsilverband.co.uk or call 01435 862398.

HEATHFIELD SHOW: The organisers of the show sent us this: In spite of a nail-biting few days leading up to Saturday May 25, during which the organisers tracked the weather and prodded and trod the turf at Tottingworth Farm, the Heathfield Show opened its gates on Saturday to hordes of visitors. And what a Show. A record crowd of around 19,000 attended on the day; sponsorship support was well up; trade stand holders continued to support the show with their usual loyalty and competitor numbers held up despite the difficulties faced by many with new TB regulations, increased diesel costs and general hardship suffered by a lot of our farmers. The introduction of on-line ticket purchase, combined with the more traditional mode of advanced sales sold through local outlets ensured that people were able to get onto the showground quicker than usual. The early arrivals at the show car parks found an eager team of people, stewards from the Heathfield and Waldron rugby club, waiting to help them get onto a boggy ground. Increased temporary roadway assisted them in this task and the fine weather and wind during the day ensured car owners were able to leave the car parks without too much trouble. The team of over 300 stewards, all volunteers, did a sterling job in keeping the day running smoothly. This year’s visitors enjoyed the regular medley of exhibitors showing their cattle, sheep, pigs and horses; the show ring highlights included displays from the Monster Trucks with the Sheep Show, terrier racing, heavy horse display, falconry and the always popular packs of Hounds amongst a plethora of other activities. In the education area children learnt about the cycle of life on the farm and were able to see first hand a sow with its piglets, cow and calf and sheep and lamb. In the WI tent, a new area at the show, visitors were able to have their hair styled in a 40s vintage style and ask questions in the Make Do and Mend area of the tent. The flower show was also a popular area where local flower societies and primary schools submitted entries in to the competitions. The Heathfield Show is a not for profit organisation which not only promotes agriculture and local industry to show visitors, but also, any profits made are either given to local charities or ploughed back into the Show for future years. It is run by volunteers, too numerous to individually mention but their continued support and involvement is very much valued and appreciated. Heathfield’s largest and longest-standing annual community event is made possible by the generous support of the Trustees of Mr and Mrs D W Browning, who each year allows the show to be held at Tottingworth Farm. Preparations for next year’s show, to be held on Saturday May 24, start immediately. Save the date in your diary. To go on the record, I too felt this year’s show exceeded all expectations. To be honest, there seemed to be more of everything. More stalls, stands, demos, wonderful livestock and horse classes and of course, my favourite, the steam demonstrations and farm equipment. There was plenty to eat and drink too and the quality of food and drink offers seems to be going up. People appear to be gaining confidence in the show with more and more coming along to display their wares, knowing they will find a ready market and more deciding this could be a good place to buy a summer plant or two, some local foodstuffs or even (in Mrs PP’s case) a country-style pinkish shirt thing. I’m looking forward to next year already, the South of England Show this week will be pale in comparison.

FLOWER CLUB: On June 13 Heathfield Flower Club presents a floral demonstration by Carolyn Meer at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. The competition this week is A Touch of Drama. For more information ring 01435 864633.

TRIBUTE BANDS: Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club are holding a Michael Jackson and ABBA tribute concert on Saturday, June 22 at the Community Centre. Tickets are adults £15 and children (under 16) £7.50. Tickets are available from Premier Travel, High Street.

DIRECT HEALTH LINE: We read a lot about people operating the Government’s new 111 direct health line failing to diagnose problems accurately. They are also criticised for giving wrong information and failing to refer potentially serious problems through the correct medical channel. In case you have need to use it, here’s something to give you heart. My wife returned from Cyprus with a painful and worrying stomach condition which got worse as we progressed into the Bank Holiday weekend. On Monday she felt seriously ill, but not sick enough to go via A&E. We rang 111; she described her symptoms and was asked a series of questions clearly aimed at ruling out the possibility of a dangerous illness. She was told she would be called back in two hours. I told her: Don’t hold your breath. But five minutes later a Dr Ashby rang from Crowborough Hospital and asked if we could be there soon. We arrived within half an hour. Dr Ashby examined her, prescribed a strong antibiotic and offered valuable advice, (what not to eat and drink, to rest, to go to her GP if the symptoms did not go away etc). We could not have received faster or more efficient service which, in my opinion, outstrips the facilities that used to be on offer via the weekend and out-of-hours service offered beforehand. I recommend it. Just make sure you can describe your problems accurately and succinctly and, of course, if you have had an accident or serious health issue, then go to A&E as you would before.

Horam & Vines Cross

DOG SHOW: Companion Dog Show in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Entries from 11am, judging commences at noon. Pedigree and novelty classes, refreshments, tombola. Local businesses have been very generous so lots of lovely prizes to be won. Contact Geraldine Fribbens 01825 732836 g_fribbens@yahoo.co.uk

lewes

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. You can ask about booking tickets for centenary events and also buy merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday May 14, Butler Pairs: 1, Peter and Irene Gannon; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land. May 21: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Sheila Cripps and Jill Higham, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday May 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Rozanne Mendick and Ruth Maxwell. May 23: 1, Alan Disney and Irene Gannon; 2, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan, Anne Wykeham and George Hearn. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk on A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes at King’s Church building, Brooks road, 7.30pm Monday. For centuries the many Lewes inns and public houses were the centre of the town’s social life, including its politics, its entertainment and its bonfire. Some might argue they still are. Mathew Homewood’s talk will develop the story told last summer in John Davey’s Old Inns of Lewes to take a closer look at what went on in some of these establishments, and the problems faced by many a landlord. He will tell the tale of the devastating summer of 1907, when the authorities purged Lewes of 12 of its drinking establishments, and will also introduce us to the pub that never was; the Robin Hood. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. www.leweshistory.org.uk

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PARISH COUNCIL: As mentioned in the May edition of the Mayfield and Five Ashes Newsletter, the Parish Council is hoping to get a team of volunteers together for litter picking. The initial meeting for May was postponed but the clerk is pleased to report that they now have five volunteers and hope that more residents will join in. The next litter picking morning will take place on Saturday, June 15, meeting at 9.30am at the Parish Council Office in the High Street (next to Freeman Foreman). High visibility vests, litter grabbers and gloves will need to be issued so if you are interested in joining in, please contact the council to ensure that adequate equipment is available.

PRE-SCHOOL NEWS: This is the last term for many of the pre-school children as they gear up to start primary school in September. The staff have been busy preparing them for this next step, working to the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, as well as helping them to be more independent. Special activities so far this term have included growing plants, a visit from Jaws n’ Claws, an animal handling company, the Ugly Bug Ball (dressing up as a bug) and training in Maypole dancing for the Mayfair. Some of the children took part in the dancing on the day with great enthusiasm and joy. The Pre-school Strawberries and Cream stall was also a great success despite the variable weather, and will be back again at the primary school fete.

SUMMER FETE: Dunstan’s summer fete at Court Meadow tomorrow, Saturday, from noon until 4pm. There will be lots of stalls and activities for all the family including a fantastic prize draw with beautiful themed hampers, a novelty dog show from 2pm (with entries accepted from 1.30pm; classes are best cross breed, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, best veteran, junior handler, Irish brace, waggiest tail and best six legs), tractor rides on the Meadow, a bouncy castle and children’s area, bottle and chocolate tombolas and much more. There will be refreshments on the day with the very popular barbecue (run by the bellringers), a bar and a Pimms stall and tea and cake will be served in the Scout and Guide Hall where home produce stall will be situated. If you would like any further information please contact Nicky Higgins in the parish office on 01435 873484 and look out for more details around the villages.

FESTIVAL FEEDBACK: Organisers want to give an enormous thank you to the good citizens of Mayfield for their enthusiastic support of the second Fringe Festival. Storytelling, art, theatre, music and poetry events were well-attended and, according to those in the audience, well-appreciated. Stand by Your Thing, the performative auction, raised £250 which was donated to the Hospice in the Weald, and the Red Box (the pop-up museum of Mayfield life, located opposite the Rose and Crown) has proved to be popular with art-lovers of all ages. The Fringe Committee would like to thank the management of the Rose and Crown and the Middle House for permitting events to take place on their premises, as well as Father Nigel for the use of the Church. Andrew Burnett deserves a huge round of applause for acting as box office, as do the editors of the Mayfield and Five Ashes Newsletter for their never-failing support. But the biggest thanks of all must go to all of you, our local community of people who celebrate the visual, verbal and performing arts. It has been your appreciation and support which has made the Fringe a success. It could not have happened without you! There’s even more to say about the Fringe. A huge thank you to Paul Camic and Larry Wilson for their inspirational efforts and enthusiasm in running it. There was an exciting mix of national, international and local artists, poets, film-makers, story-tellers and more, which made The Fringe such a success. Johnny Marsh’s installation of a fantasy history of Mayfield in the red telephone box by The Rose and Crown got a good mention in The Daily Telegraph. The two Agenda Poetry readings, kindly hosted by The Middle House, had good audiences for the international and nationally-acclaimed poets who were invited to read. At the second of the readings, the double ‘Exiles’ issue of Agenda, edited in Mayfield by Patsy Cornish, was launched (it is available on www.agendapoetry.co.uk). She was asked to read her winning poem at The House of Commons to launch the Heritage Lottery Funds being released for the Arts in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War l. As poems comprise the historical documents of WWI, it is hoped that poetry will come into focus next year as an important art for registering our national history. Agenda plans to bring out a double WWI issue next year, as well as a special issue for young poets (that are always encouraged by Agenda, along with young artists). The first ever Poetry and Opera issue of the magazine will be launched in October in Mayfield so please keep a look out for this in Yellow Pages and here.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday, six Mayfield gardens will be open to view under the National Gardens Scheme. These are: Tew Cot, Yeomans, Meadow Cottage, Hooper’s Farm, Warren House and Mayfield CE Primary School. The gardens will be open from 11am until 5pm so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the delights of each of them. Teas will be served from 2pm at both Warren House and Yeomans. Plants will be on sale from Rapkyns Nursery. Admission is £5 (free for children) to view all six gardens. The money raised will be divided between various charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Fund, The National Trust and Parkinson’s UK. There will also be a donation to Mayfield Primary School’s garden club. Do go along to support these very worthwhile causes. Let’s hope for a sunny day on Sunday.

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

CRICKET matches this weekend are: First XI will be playing away at Heathfield Park; Second XI are playing at home against Little Common Ramblers; third XI are playing DPB (Eastbourne) II at the Temple Grove ground; fourth XI are travelling to Denton to play their second team (play will commence at 1.30pm for all the league matches). Sunday, a friendly game against Sussex Martlets. This will be played at Newick and will start at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s will be Holy Communion at 8am (BCP) followed by Morning Service at 10.30am,

THE BADMINTON Club are running a Summer Badminton Season again this year for six weeks in the village hall from 7.45pm till 10.15pm. The dates are Tuesdays June 11, 18, 25 and July 2. They are always looking for new members and you will receive a warm welcome.

REMINDER: The second consultation day for the Neighbourhood Plan Meeting in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am till 4pm. This is an important meeting as you will find out the site and plots of land that have been put forward by landowners for development in Newick in the future.

AFTERNOON CLUB: On Thursday the Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Catriona Good, Consultant Neuroadiologist at Hurstwood Park Centre, Haywards Heath. Further details from 01825 722154.

Waldron

LA CHORALE: There will be a visit this week of La Chorale from our twin town of Forges-les-Eaux. The choir is coming at the invitation of Heathfield Choral Society and the high point of their visit will be a concert tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7pm in the King’s Church, Station Road Heathfield. Both choirs will sing, in a mixture of French and English. The concert will be about one and a half hours long with no interval and tickets are £5, obtainable on the door on the night if you haven’t managed to track down a member of the choir to sell you one in advance. Chairman of our Twinning Society Gill Temple says that this visit is a very visible illustration of the good relations between our two communities.

WHAT A WEEKEND: At last the sun shone on one of our summer events and everyone came out to enjoy it. On Saturday there was an Open Garden and visitors could wander from one area to another, relaxing with their coffee and biscuits in an alcove or feasting on the sight of dazzling azaleas round the pond. In the afternoon there were cream teas in the best English summer tradition and people could take their chances on a super-raffle or buy homemade cakes and preserves to take home and some plants for their gardens.

FOOD FAIR: On Sunday it was the Food Fair, a new initiative for us, with eighteen stalls offering locally produced food, fresh and baked, with tables for picnicking visitors. Pimms, glasses of summer delight, were downed while punters had a go at the champagne draw or bought a ticket for the bottle and chocolate tombola. The pub barbecue did a roaring trade and the Strawberry Fair set up in the field behind The Star offered cookery demonstrations and everything strawberry. Children arrived wearing strawberry costumes and had their faces imaginatively painted, while adult visitors could buy strawberry earrings and strawberry teapot cosies while watching the demonstrations. Shouts of laughter came from the Punch and Judy show and children and adults had fun with Nick Beak’s circus juggling, soap balloons and plate spinning. Howdens of Hailsham generously gave a gas oven and hob to be raffled for the Friends of Waldron Churches fundraising efforts for repairs and improvements to our two churches. June and Geoff Kiddell of Heathfield were the winners and could not believe their luck as they loaded the two items into the back of their car. June protested ‘but I never win anything’, as they drove away after a great day in the sun. The Fair was open from 11am to 4pm and at the end, while the stalls were being dismantled and the bunting taken down, the volunteers who had worked for weeks on organising the event could look on it as a huge success. An enormous vote of thanks to everyone involved.

CRICKET Waldron’s cricket team will be playing Stanmer away in the League fixture list tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday they will play a friendly against the Flycatchers at home starting at 2pm.

PRIMAVERA TRIO: Premium tickets are running out fast for the Primavera Trio concert at All Saints’ Church on June 16 starting at 7pm. This professional trio of violin, classical guitar and cello can cover a huge range of composers, and the programme will include Handel, Vivaldi, Villa Lobos, De Falla and Paganini. Tickets are £20 for premium seats and £18 for side aisle view and choir stalls. Friends of Waldron Churches get a 10 percent discount on the premium seats only and on two tickets per person. Tickets are still available but are selling fast for the premium seats so don’t delay. They can be purchased from the Stores at Waldron and Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from Mary Manser, Little Paygate, Horam TN21 0JE enclosing a cheque to the Friends of Waldron Churches, and a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Profits from the concert will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for the re-ordering and repair of our two churches.

SERVICES: Sunday is the second Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, celebrated by the Reverend George Pitcher. At 11am there will be a United Service at the Community Centre in Heathfield to which everyone is welcome.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. We had one of those things that have been in short supply this year, a fine day for our pet service in the car park last week. All the pets present were canine. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services with Rev John Billett.

HISTORY GROUP: Phil Everitt will give the History of Peregrines in Sussex from 1904 to the present day at our meeting on Monday. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start, and coffee is served prior to the meeting. All are welcome. Our next walk is earlier this month on this Wednesday meeting at 6.30pm at Rocks Farm Lakehurst Lane, which is off the Woods Corner to Ashburnham road.

GRAND QUIZ: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall are organising a Grand Quiz for next Saturday June 15. Tickets are £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper. There will be a licensed bar. For tickets ring 01435 863727 or 812627. Proceeds of the evening will be split between hall funds and Children of Gambia Services.

MERRY WIVES: A reminder that tickets for the Village Players production of the Merry Wives of Windsor are available from The Stores at £10 each. In case of wet weather the first 110 tickets sold, guarantee a seat in the village hall.

FLOWER SHOW: Schedules giving full details of the classes and events of the annual flower show are available in The Stores.

ART ON THE GREEN: Coffee and Company are planning an art exhibition called Art on The Green in The Dunn Village Hall, on Saturday September 14 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday September 15 2pm to 5pm. There will also be a preview from 7pm to 9pm on the evening of Friday September 13. Amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft-makers living in Rushlake Green and the surrounding areas are invited to submit one or two pieces of work. As well as paintings, photographs and craft items, three-dimensional work, sculpture and pottery will also be accepted. Reproductions are not acceptable. Work must be well presented, with art and photography suitable for hanging, and a maximum framed size of 100cm x 100cm. Children, under 10 years of age, are invited to submit work in any of the above media for a special children’s display. The work can be for sale, with 20 percent of the selling price going to pay for the costs of running and promoting the exhibition. Entry forms are available now from The Stores in Rushlake Green.