Parish pump Uckfield - March 20, 2015

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion.

FILM CLUB: Benda Bilili (see beyond) is this month’s film to be shown next Friday evening at the village hall. It features a Kinshasa band formed by four paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager who light up the stage in front of an audience of 8,000 people. It is not a music film, but the story of a dream that became a reality, and a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net. (1hr 25min). Coffee and cakes are available from 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests bearing £6 in their hand are welcome.

Burwash

BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club enjoyed a great evening last week against Chiddingly at home. This was an essential match for both teams as they are so close to the top of the table and only had one game each left to play after this one. The triples played first with Margaret Waterhouse, Irene Bell and Joan Howard losing 18-13 after a really good start. Keith and Angela Marden and Gavin Wood won 22-4. After tea Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood won 22-7 and Alan Green and Mary Taylor won 27-3. This meant Burwash picked up six league points. The team played their final match last night away to Horam. Report next week.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, it is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local, talented singers and musicians will be there to entertain you. The fun begins at 8pm and the licensed bar will be open. If you would like to take part, whether it is singing or playing a musical instrument, you would be very welcome, just go along to the Pavilion tonight and introduce yourself to the organisers.

JUMBLE: There is to be another jumble sale in the village tomorrow, Saturday. This time it is being held by the Scouts in their Scout headquarters in the Bear car park. Jumble may be left at their headquarters from 6pm to 8pm today, Friday. The sale is on from 10.30am with all the usual stalls.

LUNCH: The special Sunday Lunch is being held on Sunday at the village hall. Over 40 diners will sit down to enjoy their choices of three courses. There is still time to book a place if you would like to join us. Waitress service and a good time is expected. To find out if you can join us call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107. All the proceeds from the day will go to the village hall fund for their new windows. We look forward to seeing all our lovely supporters.

LEAVING: Next weekend sees the end of an era, as Tesky and Barbara O’Neil close the Newsagents shop door for the last time. Barbara and Tesky have served us well since 1987, making sure we have our newspapers and stationery. Taking in the post office when the old one closed. They have been very involved with village life, giving clubs and societies the use of the shop window for displays to promote the various activities and encourage people to join them. They were the king pin in the new Seagulls over Burwash Club too. They will be very much missed not only for the selling of their wares but also for the cheerful banter they gave as they got to know us all. We thank them for all their time and effort on our behalf and wish them both a long and happy retirement.

THANK YOU: Also leaving next weekend is Dr Jane Woodgate. She has been with the village practice since the late 1980s when she joined Doctor Glynn and Hazel Walters. Jane has been a very popular doctor because of her gentleness and understanding of people and the illnesses they suffer. She will be greatly missed by all her patients and we all wish her well as she embarks on the next chapter of her medical career. There is to be a special farewell do for Jane on Saturday March 28 in the village hall from 4pm until 6.30pm. You are all welcome to go along. If anyone wishes to make a cake please call Julie at the surgery to let her know.

Chailey

CHURCHYARD TIDY UP: Tomorrow, Saturday, a short clear up of St Peter’s churchyard is planned from 9.30am. Any help would be much appreciated, the more the merrier. Refreshments will be provided.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon. All are welcome to enter an exhibit or alternatively go along at 2.30pm and enjoy the magnificent display of daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths. There will also be delicious home-made refreshments. For more information call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Many thanks go to Andy Rees and his choir Coro Nuovo for the brilliant concert and raising £840.65 for church funds. Thanks also go to Janet Barnes for selling so many tickets and to all who assisted in providing the refreshments.

FREE CHURCH: Sunday, 10.30am with Cavan Wood. At 4.30pm there will be a Café Church, a chance to enjoy an interesting talk from the Trokhymenkos family, who have been living in the Ukraine for the past five years. They have left the sub-zero temperatures of the Ukraine winter for a while and will talk about their adventures there. All are welcome to attend and learn what it is like to live, bring up teenagers and run a church in a country that has been in the news so often. The talk will be followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to Oscar’s Wish Foundation.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the WI on Saturday March 28 at midday at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Mandy on 01273 890777.

CHAILEY DOLPHINS: The Chailey Dolphins are taking part in the Haywards Heath Lions Club Swimarathon on Good Friday, April 3, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation and the Lions chosen charity which is SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) Sussex. You can support the Chailey Dolphins at mydonate.bt.com/events/chaileydolphinsswim2015.

PARISH COUNCILLOR: Have you thought about becoming a parish councillor at the local council elections on May 7. If so to find out what you need to do to be nominated do contact the parish clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am and 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email chaileypc.btinternet.com. The deadline for nominations and to lodge the appropriate forms is Thursday April 9.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Would you like to run for St Peter and St James Hospice on Sunday April 12? The hospice has just a few places left and would be delighted to be supported in this way. There is a £25 entry fee and a £600 minimum sponsorship requirement. To find out more, and request a registration form, please contact the Hospice Fundraising Department. They like to have an informal chat before allocating the places, so please call the office (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) or send an email to fundraising@stpeter-stjames.org.uk to request a call back.

PROMOTING THE RAILWAY it is too easy to assume that the world knows everything there is to know about the Bluebell Railway, however, that is far from the case and there is a small team of members eager to explain all about the Railway by visiting clubs and societies across the south east. The clubs/societies to which talks and PowerPoint presentations were given in 2014 covered a wide spectrum, including transport interest groups, Rotary and Probus clubs, senior citizen clubs, and others. If your society would be interested in a visit by a speaker from the Bluebell Railway please get in touch with Mike Pettit at mike.pettit@gmx.com. Similarly, Mike would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to join the team of speakers.

GRANT: The Bluebell Railway is pleased to report that The Hilary Awdry Charitable Trust is providing a grant of £10,000 towards the completion of No 73082 Camelot. Hilary Awdry was the daughter of the Rev Wilbert Awdry, who wrote the well-known Thomas the Tank Engine books.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help put the ideas and suggestions following the re-ordering of St Peter’s Church into practice. The popularity of the Lent Lunches has highlighted just how useful it is to have the kitchen in the Church and the additional open space. The first focus will be food-based events, to maximise the use of the new facilities and reach out to the wider community. Further ideas still to be explored are book groups, children’s cookery sessions and craft groups, drama, young adult’s social group, a Supper Club and a regular church service for young people with activities and participation. The church is in particular need of volunteers to help with exciting events planned to take place in church in the near future. There are many ways that you can help, for example a weekly Lunch Club is planned and assistance with preparing lunch, supplying puddings, serving meals and chatting to guests and making them welcome would be much appreciated. Afternoon teas are also planned and again any help with making cakes and/or serving tea and cake in church on the third Sunday afternoon each month would be gratefully received whether it is on a regular or irregular basis. You do not need to be a member of the congregation to assist. To offer your assistance or find out more contact Fiona Pearl at fiona.pearl@btinternet.com or on 01825 723135.

East Hoathly

TALK: Barry Newman, of the National Vegetable Society, will be giving a talk on Preparing for Your Show. This will take place on Friday March 27 in the village hall at 7.30pm. For more information please visit info@villageshowsociety.co.uk

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club, 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

A NIGHT AT THE RACES: Have a flutter and help raise funds for Fletching Pre-school tomorrow, Saturday, at Fletching Village Hall. Starts 7.30pm, first race 8pm, £3 per ticket. Bar and snacks available. To book tickets on a first-come-first-served basis, contact Cath on cathhume@hotmail.com or 07879475377.

KOBUDO Martial Arts is on Thursday at 5pm.

SING-A-LONG: Chromatics Easter Sing-a-Long is on Saturday April 4 in the village hall, 3.30pm to 5pm. Supporting Dementia UK.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 26 March 1915. At Maresfield Camp, Canadian Cavalrymen’s Contest. The reputation of the Canadian as a horseman is of the first order, and that is justified has been placed beyond all doubt since the Canadian contingent arrived in this district. To watch our brothers from over the sea handle their horses whilst out exercising, or on field work, has to be filled with admiration of the men’s skill and of the sagacity of their charges, whose graceful actions are a delight to behold. Last Saturday the public had an opportunity of seeing what horse and rider can do over obstacles, and a large number of civilians assembled to watch a contest in Maresfield Park. Altogether it was a very big crowd, and but for the absence of a band and the presence of hundreds of khaki uniforms it would not have required a big stretch of the imagination to have fancied that one of the Sussex Shows was in progress.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Framfield Memorial Hall. Come along and browse around the 20 stalls of plants, homemade cakes, jams, crafts and many more. Have a tea/coffee, bacon roll and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Look forward to seeing you. Any inquiries Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

COFFEE MORNING: The 2015 Cross in Hand Village Day Fundraising Coffee Morning is being held at Cross in Hand Methodist Church in Firgrove Road tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. As well as coffee and cakes, there will be a bring-and-buy sale and a raffle. Everyone is welcome to attend and all proceeds will go towards the 2015 Cross in Hand Village Day which will be held at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields on Saturday August 1. More details of this exciting, family event will be announced over the next few months.

AIDA PERFORMANCE: Southdownopera are putting on a performance of Aida in Heathfield at the State Hall on October 13, 15 and 17. Tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com/southdownsopera or for more information see

www.southdownsopera.org.uk and on 01435 868027.

CONCERT: The Ashdown Singers, formed in 1976, are a chamber choir based in Uckfield, but drawing singers from across East Sussex. A group large enough to perform established works of the choral repertoire, (Vivaldi Gloria, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Faure Requiem, Mass settings by Haydn and Mozart) yet small enough to be able to sing madrigals and part songs, the Ashdown Singers is one of the leading choral groups in the area. The choir is equally at home performing in village churches or cathedrals and concert halls and has broadcast on local radio in Sussex and Kent. Terence Steele, director of the Ashdown Singers, began his career in Shropshire as organist and master of the choristers at Oswestry Parish Church, and also conductor of Oswestry Choral Society. A graduate of Bristol and Nottingham Universities, Terence also trained at the Royal School of Church Music. As an organist he has played in concerts and recitals across Britain and Europe. Terence was Head of Music at Priory School, Lewes, and has been heavily involved with the East Sussex County Music Service as a choral conductor and playing the organ for the East Sussex Schools Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. Tomorrow, Saturday, The Ashdown Singers are presenting a concert at St Richard’s Church, Heathfield, commencing at 7.30pm. The programme for the evening will include Haydn’s Little Organ Mass which suits the St Richard’s Church organ plus music by Purcell, Stainer and Schubert. Entrance £8 (under 16’s free) and include light refreshments and a programme.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm concert by Ashdown Singers, Haydn Little Organ Mass with other music. Tickets £8 from Jean Barnes 01435 863784 or on the door. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 6.30pm Lenten reflections at Heathfield Community Centre organised by Churches Together in Heathfield and District. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in there church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS Old Heathfield: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Communion with prayers for healing. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak,

9.30am Family Service with communion. http:/allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Sunday, 18 June 1815, the battle of Waterloo was a victory for the allied forces led by the Duke of Wellington. Although Wellington described the battle as ‘the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life’ it led to the downfall of Napoleon and the end of the war with France. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the battle and throughout the year museums and galleries will host special exhibitions. As a prelude to this the Decorative and Fine Arts Society enjoyed a lecture entitled Art and the Napoleonic War by Lois Oliver. The story of the events and ultimate victory was traced through a succession of English and French paintings and cartoons. A most interesting and successful afternoon. The meeting on April 4 will be a stark contrast to the military magnificence of Waterloo when Frank Woodgate will talk on Damien Hurst, stretching the boundaries. Visitors are welcome to join members, contact 01435 873258.

Isfield & Little Horsted

TOUGH TEDS: If you go down to the church this day, you’re sure of a big surprise. Yes, some athletic-looking Teddy bears are being lined up to take on challenges in a Tough Teddy Tournament at St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Little Horsted. Teddies or any other cuddly toys will be able to slide down a zip wire from the church tower, take a wheelbarrow ride, and battle through some other assault course tasks to prove their fitness. Children and adults can sponsor their favourite challenger and help raise money for St Michael’s Restoration Fund on April 19 from noon. Sponsorship forms can be picked up from the Little Horsted church or from St Margaret’s Church in Isfield at the Mothering Day service this coming Sunday. How tough is your Ted? To date we have raised about £13,500, a good effort for a small church and congregation but we still have a long way to go. So far some £13,500 has been raised towards the restoration fund’s target of £75,000. ‘A good effort for a small church and congregation but we still have a long way to go,’ says parishioner Roy Harris.

PALM PARADE: Good news for the parishioners of St Margaret’s Church at Isfield, a donkey (well, one member of the congregation says, one of our flock thinks that a newly-acquired thoroughbred may well actually be a donkey) for the traditional Palm Sunday parade through the village from the Recreation Ground to the church on March 29. The parade is scheduled to leave the Rec at 9.30am in time for the 10am service. There are several changes to the regular pattern of services over the coming weeks. Holy Communion will be celebrated at St Margaret’s on March 22 (10am), On Good Friday a devotional service will be held at the Isfield church at noon, and on Easter Day there will be a 10am service.

ELECTIONS: Monday April 23 will be a busy evening for Isfield’s St Margaret’ Church. There will be a Vestry Meeting at 7pm at which everyone in the parish is entitled to vote for the election of two churchwardens, and this will be followed by the Annual Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting when the 2014 accounts and other reports will be presented. At this meeting, anyone on the PCC electoral roll can take part in the election of Church Council members and Sidemen. Stephen Hardwick says: ‘We are very keen to get new blood to help with the running of the church and hope that as many parishioners as possible will be there, if only to enjoy a glass of wine.’ Contact Cariena Cartwright on 01825 750749 to join the PCC electoral roll.

ON SHOW: Tomorrow (Saturday) promises to be a very busy day at Isfield Village Hall when the venue, run as an independent charity reliant of users’ fees for its upkeep, hosts an open day. Many of the village’s clubs and other organisations are taking part, and a long list of exhibitions includes basic pottery, basket-making, painting with iPads and even wine-tasting. Katherine Coltman, the hall’s treasurer, says: ‘We have over 25 exhibits with many new and very interesting activities on show, and wonderful support from the village organisations. Please do drop in, enjoy the day and see the current and new activities available. We would very much appreciate any raffle prizes, cakes and help anyone can give in the kitchen on the day. Could they drop me a quick email (kjcoltman@yahoo.co.uk) to let me know if they can help with any of these, please? If the type of cake being offered could be specified that would be very helpful, too. Please drop any raffle prizes into me at Buckham Hill Grange, or I am very happy to collect; just let me know.’ Further information on the open day (11am to 4 pm), including how to exhibit, on 07515898912.

DIARY DATES: The latest additions to chefs’ Benson and Henry’s collection of recipes at The Laughing Fish involve Greek delights, for the Isfield pub’s next special food night, on March 26, will feature this southern Mediterranean country’s cuisine. On March 31 Rotherfield bespoke florist Jane will be running an Easter Floral Table design workshop, with lunch included at Isfield Village Hall (jane@flowersand daughters.co.uk), while on April 15 stained glass artist Chris Williams will be starting a six-week course for beginners to the craft (info@ pureglassart.co.uk) and during the summer Peter Rigby will provide some more of his popular life drawing sessions (peter.rigby@imagenius.co.uk)

PRODUCTION difficulties beyond your scribe’s control resulted in the non-appearance of Isfield and Little Horsted village notes last week. It’s good to be back.

lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: From time to time the group take a train trip into an area new to them for a walk. This was the case when ten members went to Littlehampton to largely follow a walk which had first been featured in The Argus some time ago. Starting from the station the walkers took the opening footbridge across the River Arun and then followed the west bank of the river northward until just after the A259 road bridge. A muddy field then awaited them as they made their way westwards to Climping. Noting the church to the north, the party then walked south to the primary school and Climping Street. Passing some interesting properties the party were soon at Climping Beach and a welcome café where a lunch stop was made. After lunch the party went eastwards partly along a track, partly along the beach and partly among the grass dunes, before reaching the remains of a fort at the mouth of the River Arun. Then it was a case of following the west bank of the river back to the footbridge mentioned previously before returning to the station. The weather had been good and few people were seen in this tranquil part of the coast.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: If you would like to come and get involved please do, everyone is welcome: there are still jobs to do, things to make, crowds to swell. Or please just come and watch, following Jesus through Holy Week. Palm Sunday March 29, St Anne’s Church 2pm follow Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem OR Cliffe Precinct 2pm a crowd gathers, awaiting the arrival of Jesus, Jesus heals the blind man, procession to Harvey’s Yard where 2.45pm more miracles unfold and Jesus enters the temple courtyard. Maundy Thursday April 2, Lewes Priory ruins 8pm to 9.15pm the last supper, betrayal and arrest (if very wet, Southover Church); Good Friday April 3, Cliffe Precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, procession to The Mount where 2.15pm to 2.45pm the crucifixion; Easter Sunday April 5 Lewes Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection (if very wet, Southover Church).Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.

Uckfield

STRAIGHT LINES: Hubby John is an experienced plumber and handyman. He can saw a piece of wood, piping, etc accurately without thinking about it. So why can’t he cut a slice of bread in a straight line? Any suggestions about how to cut straight bread?

EXHIBITION: The artists from Uckfield Art Group are busy painting away and preparing for their Summer Exhibition on Saturday May 23. The group celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and are creating a Big Picture. Each member will work on a small section in their own style. The individual pictures are then mounted on to board to form one big picture, a version of a famous painting. The usual delicious home made refreshments will be served throughout the event and new pictures will form the basis for the exhibition. There will be original paintings, drawings greeting cards and other hand crafted items on display. You can now follow the art group on Facebook, a new venture www.facebook.com/uckfieldartgroup. Doors open 10am to 4pm at the Luxford Centre. Free entry and plenty of free parking as the venue is surrounded by the main town car park. 01825 765021 www.uckfieldartgroup.co.uk

UCKFIELD SINGERS will be holding their summer concert in the Civic Centre on July 4 7.30pm start, more details to follow.

WALKING GROUP: This month saw the launch of a new walking group in Uckfield, Tortoise and Hare Walking Group, this one organised by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association. Aimed mainly at those that are not quite so mobile and favour a slower, shorter walk the tortoises, but also catering for those that are happy to stride out a bit more energetically, for a longer time the hares. The brainchild of Residents’ Association member Margaret, these intrepid walkers meet once each week (alternating between Monday afternoon one week and then Wednesday morning the following week). More days may be included as the weather improves and if there is a demand. Those that need to use a wheelchair are welcome with other walkers happy to give the carer a hand if they can. Other news for those that use a wheelchair is that thanks to Pat, one of the volunteer drivers, the Association’s Surgery Car Service now has a car in its fleet that is adapted to carry wheelchair users to their local GP practice. The Surgery Car Service is open to anyone living on Manor Park and Hempstead Fields. Paul Sparks, the association’s chairman, said: ‘These are two more examples of how our caring community has joined forces together to ensure that absolutely everyone is included in the Residents’ Association’s activities. We are extremely proud of our volunteers and all that they do.’ For more information about these initiatives please contact Peter Griggs, the association’s secretary, email mphfres@gmail.com.

UCKFIELD LIONS: Yet again Uckfield Lions in-house chef, Graham, The Curry Wallah, Baldwin, surpassed himself with this year’s Uckfield Lions Annual Curry Lunch. Sunday March 1 dawned with the sweet aroma of various curry’s wafting across the football pitches adjacent to the Sheepsetting Lane Community Centre at Heathfield as our gourmet master chef put the finishing touches to this year’s oriental delights. Footballers were seen drooling. This year’s Indian feast prepared by chef, Lion Graham Baldwin, assisted by his wife and family, attracted 92 guests who chose from a mild chicken curry, a medium mutton rogan josh, a sizzlingly hot beef madras, a Thai green curry (and some of us had all) served with vegetable curry, rice, tarka dahl, poppadoms, onion bhaji, naan and a variety of sambols. Most diners went back for seconds. At £7.50 a ticket, the guests accompanied their meal by taking part in one of Graham’s impossible quizzes and finishing off with a bumper raffle. This highly successful event boosted the Lions Charity Fund by just over £400, which will go toward the cost of another public use defibrillator to be sited in Uckfield High Street. Not only did the lunch save 45 wives having to cook, it ended with early reservations being placed for next year’s function. Why not join Uckfield Lions and put the fun back into fundraising? Contact Lions at their Bridge Cottage Bookshop, on our website www.uckfield-lions.org.uk.

A PRINTING PLEA: Before submitting your emails to me, will you please check them? All emails must be in Times New Roman, size 12, all in black. Photos, logos, etc can’t be used.

Waldron

THE COFFEE CLUB: Since the announcement about the closure of The Stores at Waldron there has been a chorus of dismay that we won’t have a place to meet for a gossip and a cuppa any more. So by popular demand, the Community Coffee Club has been born and will run through the summer at least. Deborah will open and run it from 10am to 3.30pm on Fridays and is looking for a bunch of volunteers to open on some other days in the week, hours to be agreed, but, say 10am to 2pm? This will not be a shop but a place for the villagers to meet and chat over coffee, tea with cakes and cream teas and perhaps light lunches, by agreement. Village clubs could also continue to meet there, for a small hire charge. If you think you could help out as a volunteer to make teas, coffees and slice up the cake, contact me initially (01435 812036) to tell me when you might have an hour or two on a particular day and we’ll see if there are enough people to run it as a Community Coffee Club. It’s not hard to make a cuppa for your friends, there are a few of us who have been doing it over the past year or so and it’s easy and a great way to get to know people.

THE AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am at All Saints’ Church followed by refreshments. FOWC has had another successful year and the chairman, Tim Williams, will report on events both past and future. This will include the return of the Primavera Trio to All Saints’ for another summer concert on Sunday June 14 at 7pm, in aid of FOWC, to help fund plans for church improvements.

FOLK NIGHT: The next of our very popular Folk Nights will be on Friday March 27 at the pub at 7.30pm.

MAD MARCH QUIZ: This month’s pub quiz will be one of a number throughout Sussex dedicated to raising money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. Ours will be held on Monday March 30 at 7.30pm and if you want to put in a team, better get going as this is a popular cause and there is already heavy demand for tables. Cost per head is £10 which includes a one-course supper and the quiz. Any donations for a raffle would be welcome (drop them in to Paul any time) and profits go to FESH. We’ve heard of another pub where the quiz raised £400 and we would like to beat that, so let’s take up the challenge.

SERVICES: This Sunday, morning services are both at St Bartholomew’s. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) and 10am (Parish Eucharist).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Neville Barnett.

LENT COURSE: The last of the series looking at the 39 Articles of the Church of England, will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Osborne House Community Room.

RGWI: The speaker on Thursday at 7.30pm, in the Dunn Village Hall, will be Trevor Weeks. Trevor will be familiar to those who watch the local news as a wildlife expert, and his subject will be East Sussex Wildlife. For further details of Rushlake Green WI, or for help with transport, please ring Marian (01435 831653) or Sharon (812388).

HISTORY GROUP: Our next walk is on Saturday March 28. We meet at 2pm in the car park of Berwick Church.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals for our next production, Fatal Encounter by Francis Durbridge, are going well. This will be performed at the Dunn Village Hall from May 13 to 16. Tickets will be available to paid-up members of the Players on Saturday April 25 (11am to noon) at the hall in person, at £18.50. From Monday April 27, they will be available through the website at £19.50. The ticket price includes the production and a meal. On November 28 we will be presenting A Victorian Christmas, a celebration in words, song and dance. We were originally known as The Village Pantomime Players and I am pleased to report that from February 3 to 6, 2016 we are presenting Cinderella, the Pantomime.