Parish pump Uckfield - March 28, 2014

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Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg is this month’s film, starring Mads Mikkelsen. He won the best actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher facing various tough problems in his life. This Danish drama has subtitles. Doors open at 7pm tonight at the village hall for coffee and cake. Guests are welcome for £6 on the door and there is no need to book.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family service followed by finger buffet in the church rooms. 4pm 4ForAll, our Messy Church event at Punnett’s Town Village Hall. All ages welcome. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service.

ST JOHN’S ACPM: The annual meetings will be held next Friday at the village hall. At 7.30pm the will be the annual meeting for election of churchwardens, which open to those on the church and civil electoral rolls of Bodle Street. This is followed by the Annual Parochial Church meeting at which reports of the past year are given and elections are held for the PCC, Deanery Synod representatives etc. Voting at this meeting is limited to church members. A pie and mash supper (£10 per head) follows.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a report of the March meeting please see the Warbleton section. The next meeting, April 17, will be the Annual Parish Meeting, followed by a council meeting. The APM is the meeting for all the parishioners to find out what the council have been doing during the year, and to express their wishes for the year to come. It will be at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. The clerk is Mrs M Smith 01435 831653 warbletonpc@btinternet.com.

Burwash

BURWASH GUIDES and Brownies held a successful jumble sale last Saturday, raising £261 for their funds. They would like to extend their grateful thanks to all the parents who went along to help man the stalls. Congratulations to Gill Cairncross who was awarded a Thanks Badge for all her help over the years.

MUSIC NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, is music night in the Burwash Common Pavilion. These are always a fun evening when local talented people turn up to entertain you. The sessions begin at 8pm and the licensed bar will be open.

JUMBLE SALE: The Burwash and Etchingham Scout group are holding a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, morning in their group headquarters in the Bear car park. The usual stalls will be selling bric-a-brac, books, toys, jumble, cakes, etc. All proceeds will go to group funds.

THEATRE: The children of the Musical Theatre group will be performing Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the Burwash Village Hall. Their ages range from 7 to 14 years and they have been rehearsing for weeks and look forward to giving family and friends a great evening’s entertainment. Tickets are £5 each available from Mary Alderson on 01435 882051 or Jane Coleman 882687. We wish all those involve a successful show.

ST BARTHOLOMEW’S: On Sunday you are invited to join in the family service for Mothering Sunday at 10am, and again at 5pm when the licensing of our new Priest in charge will be take place. The Reverend Sally Epps will be licensed by the Bishop of Chichester. Everyone is welcome to go along for this important evening for our parish. Refreshments will be available after the service and a chance to meet her. Welcome to Burwash Sally.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. These walks are gentler than the monthly Parish footpath walks and will be led by Ijon Jenner. He will be delighted to have you join him. For more information please call him on 01435 882045.

WHIST: The next Whist Drive will take place on Thursday evening at the village hall from 7pm. Players of all levels of ability are welcome to come along for a fun evening of cards. Entry is £3 per person and includes 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. All proceeds go to the hall maintenance funds.

BOWLS: The short mat bowls club have come to the end of a disappointing season. The last two matches were home fixtures. The first one was against Laughton. In the triples Angela and Keith Marden and Julie Hawkins won 22-4, Wayne Reed, Irene Bell and Mick Moore won 18-8. After tea the pairs played with Alan Green and Barry Taylor losing 13-16 and Mary Taylor and Keith Wood winning 14-9. The next game was against Horam Cannons. The triples Angela, Keith and Julie won 17-6 but Margaret Waterhouse, Stephen Trew and Mick lost 10-12. The pairs Alan and Barry won 17-9 and Mary and Keith won 13-11. This gave us 12 league points but was not enough to save us from relegation to the second division. The club will continue to bowl at roll up nights on Monday evening. If anyone is interested in joining us we would be pleased to welcome you. No previous experience needed as tuition will be available. Call Mary on 01435 882107 for more details.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

NEWHAVEN: Just back from Mrs PP’s birthday trip to Normandy. Fabulous trip in every respect, apart from the Newhaven Dieppe ferry. Oh dear, poor Newhaven. What have they done to the town? Many years ago we used to travel this route (there was an excellent fast ferry). The town appeared to be on the up - new, smart town houses and apartments with wraparound windows high on the quayside; quirky pubs and restaurants; the to-ing and fro-ing of river traffic; tugs; dredgers; a beach, a few lively shops. I wonder now what continental visitors think as they steam into the harbour? The first view is of 20-foot piles of scrap metal heaped on the quay. There’s the incinerator, dead teeth instead of shops (we couldn’t even find a cup of coffee); a run-down town centre and riverside. It has everything going for it in terms of geography, the river frontage, beautiful downland behind, a viable railway line; easy access to Brighton and Eastbourne; the lovely Ouse Valley stretching up to Lewes, what has gone wrong? I believe there have been skirmishes too about access to the beach and the French owners of the port have done the town no favours. But a little inward investment would not go amiss. And the ferry itself; great ship, decentish (although overworked) staff; the most inadequate and inefficient loading procedure I’ve ever come across; ghastly, burnt food with chips; a poorly equipped shop. Everything should be repairable, come on Newhaven, ESCC, Norman Baker or what about an EU grant to beautify what could be an important port?

ALL SAINTS Sunday, 8am Holy Communion. 11am Mothering Sunday Service with Saints Alive puppets (do go and meet them, all are welcome). St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service.

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a floral demonstration by Susan Tausig called Magical Musical Moments on Thursday evening, May 9. It begins at 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. There will be refreshments, a raffle and sales table. Visitors are welcome, £5 entry. Ring 01435 810452. Optional competition, Portrait of Spring.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Monday, April 14 starting at 7.30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall, the horticultural society presents an illustrated talk by Melvin Smith called A Countryside Calendar. Visitors are welcome, £3 to include tea or coffee. Optional competition of a vase of polyanthus or a specimen bloom. Ring 01435 830725.

DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. This month’s meeting was a change from the usual format. Peter Medhurst spoke to members about the impact of Handel and his music on 300 years of British culture. Although born in Germany, Handel took English citizenship and became one of Britain’s best loved composers. Peter played Handel’s music on his piano and sang some of his best known works. Members said it was a delightful way to spend a spring afternoon and was very much enjoyed.

PRE SCHOOL: The children and staff of Little Punnetts Pre School, Punnetts Town, enjoyed joining in with World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book characters. Pirates, princesses, a gruffalo, a dinosaur, a shark and many others took part in a parade around the school playground together with the primary school children who were also dressed up. Throughout the week parents, grandparents and year six students from the school came into read their favourite books to the children.

A POET’S WALK with Sian Thomas. This was sent in to us. Although it’s a little out of the area, I know how many neighbours enjoy walking on the Ashdown Forest and this sounds a wonderful way to combine a bit of learning with sheer pleasure. There’s a free, three-hour writing workshop for both novice and experienced writers based at the Ashdown Forest Centre. It includes a short walk along the Broadstone Amble on Tuesday, April 29 starting at 10.30am to 1.30pm. Spaces are limited to 12. To book a place call 01342 823583 or e-mail conservators@ashdownforest.org Participants will need to take a pen and paper, along with appropriate clothing for the season/weather. The walk will be quite short (about 1/2 mile) and will suit a range of ages and fitness levels. There will be tea and coffee at the end of the walk and donations will be very gratefully received. Siân is a poet who lives in the East Sussex Weald and who has spent much of her life walking and riding on Ashdown Forest. Siân teaches a weekly class in creative writing and has led a number of workshops on the subject in schools and museums.

PUB QUIZ: Heathfield and Waldron First Responders are holding a pub quiz on Monday at 7.30pm, The Star, Waldron. Money raised will go towards the scheme. The cost is £10 per head which includes a one-course meal. Teams of up to six people. To book contact Paul Lefort on 01435 812495. If you interested in becoming a responder please contact Tim Williams on 01435 812273.

EASTER FAIR at Broad Oak Village Hill on Saturday April 5, 11am to 2pm. Lots of fun for the children with the pre-school Easter Egg hunt. Craft activities and stalls and refreshments. Free entrance.

Isfield & Little Horsted

PORKIES: Around the World on a Side of Pork is the title of a meat-cutting demonstration at Holly Gap Farm next Friday evening (April 4). Farm shop owner Simon will be giving an informative and entertaining presentation at the shop in Station Road, Isfield, from 7.30pm. All are welcome, but those intending to go are asked to contact the shop beforehand to book a place (01825 750379 or email info@hollygapfarm.co.uk). And please remember to take your own chair.

SPONSORS: For several years I have taken part in the Sussex Heart Charity’s annual sponsored walk along Brighton and Hove seafront. It’s a cause I have supported since someone very close to me suffered a severe heart attack, but is still with us today thanks to the skill and dedication of staff at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and the Sussex County in Brighton. We all know that the National Health Service is under tremendous financial pressures, and this is where the Sussex Heart Charity comes in, providing funds for cardiac services in the county that the NHS is unable to provide. So, if anyone would care to sponsor me on the May 11 event they can either sign up on a form behind the bar at The Laughing Fish pub, or do it online at www.justgiving.com/macdonaldian, email me at macdonaldian@btinternet.com or phone me on 01825 750512. Every penny will be gratefully received. Further details about the charity, and information about the walk that starts at Brighton Marina from 10am, can be found at www.sussexheartcharity.org

BUS PASSES: A reminder from April 1 concessionary bus passes will be available on weekdays from 9.30am rather than 9am. East Sussex County Council is making the change in an attempt to reduce its transport budget over the next three years. Weekend arrangements will be unchanged.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am) first Sunday in the month, Family; second, Parish Communion; third, Matins; fourth, Parish Communion; fifth, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).

Laughton

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Buoyed up by a forecast of sun, which did not materialise, and the promise of spring flowers, which did, 16 members of the group burst out of Lewes on an exploration of the countryside south of Uckfield on Wednesday March 19. First up was a perambulation through Uckfield’s Hempstead Nature Reserve, followed by a traverse of a play park. No one was mown down while crossing the Uckfield to London railway line, before passing by mysterious Hemstead Wood. The pub at Framfield was persuaded to open for us and suitably fortified we walked along footpath Framfield 9, the site of the famous dispute between the landowner and the Ramblers Association. We also walked across the formally obstructed footpaths of Crockstead Manor Hotel, noting the recently installed steps and signposting. As a finale, we traversed the grandiose edifice and grounds of the Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa where we had a lunch break in a hut before catching the bus at Little Horsted back to Lewes. Our new programme is available from the Tourist Office in Lewes and at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk. The next walk is on Tuesday, Haywards Heath to Balcombe.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL of Music and Arts. The programme for the 2014 Mayfield Festival, which takes place from Friday, May 2 to Sunday May 11, is as follows: May 2, Southbank Sinfonia; May 3, Oxford Camerata; May 4, Erik Satie’s Vexations; May 5, Satie Plus (organist Rupert Jeffcoat); May 6, An Evening with Brian Kay; May 7, Film: Mayfield Through Time by Mayfield student Nat Durman 3pm, Onyx Brass 7.30pm; May 8, Girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School 1pm, Spiers and Boden part of farewell tour; May 9, Pavão Quartet; May 10, Festival Eucharist 10.15am, The Cole Porter Songbook 7.30pm; May 11, Mayfield Festival Choir: Mozart - Requiem. For more details on all the superb musicians and artists coming to Mayfield in May, pick up a colour brochure available in the village now, or visit the Festival’s website www.mayfieldfestival.co.uk. Online ticket sales began at 8am on Monday, March 10 and ticket sales by telephone are available also from that day (Monday to Friday) between the hours of 2.30pm and 4.30pm on 07749 953932.

SUMMER FAYRE: Advance notice that the St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fayre will be held at St Leonards - Mayfield Convent Garden on Saturday, July 5 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: This year’s plant sale is on Saturday, May 10, and will take place opposite the Mace stores in the High Street. This event always promises everything from bargain seedlings to ready-to-plant perennials, at precisely the time of the year you need them. Show dates are also set, for anyone keen to display their flowers, vegetables, home-made produce, crafts, photos and more. The Summer Show will take place on Saturday, July 12, while the Autumn Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 13. Both take place in the Memorial Hall.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION will have a stall in the High Street during the May Fair with the primary aim of increasing membership. An early request for additional Poppy Appeal helpers to assist, particularly for house to house collections so that the parish can be covered adequately. Thanks go to all the parents and helpers who assisted in the success of the school Poppy Pack which was trialled through Mayfield Primary last year. It was a roaring success and raised lots of money for the cause. For many years the chairman of the Mayfield, Five Ashes and Hadlow Down Branch, John Macdonald, has organised the Poppy Appeal in the area with distinction. It is his decision that it is time to appoint a younger person or persons to take over this very important work. Poppy Appeal organisers do not need a military connection. Just a few hours of your time between September and November. The money you help raise can make such a difference to someone’s life. The role involves ordering stock, distributing poppy boxes, liaising with local businesses, co-ordinating and recruiting collectors. You will help raise vital funds for the Royal British Legion to continue to provide support and welfare for servicemen and women and their families; including those who suffered serious injury in Afghanistan needing help for the rest of their lives. If you would like further information about what is involved please call John Macdonald on 01435 873138 or please call Alan Parry on 01435 872120 if you are willing to assist in this vital work.

AGM: The AGM of the Mayfield and Five Ashes Society will be held on Friday, April 4 in the Scout and Guide Hall at 8pm. It’s their thirty sixth. The AGM itself should not take too long, and afterwards Kelvin Williams, Head of Planning and Building Control at Wealden District Council, is to talk about their policy regarding the new planning laws. This society has for many years been very active regarding planning. It was the reason the society was formed originally and members are increasingly concerned with the direction in which the new laws are heading. Organisers hope members, and villagers as well, will go to this meeting to hear Mr Williams and put their worries to him. It should be an interesting evening and perhaps they may get answers regarding many confusing planning approvals given recently by Wealden District Council. If you have any particular matters you would like to ask Mr Williams perhaps you could contact Brian Pike (01435 873367) he can put them to him in advance and so that he can bring answers to the meeting. As with many Societies they need new people to join their committee. They would like to carry out many of the activities they have done in the past but there are just too few of them now to do so, so if you feel you have an hour or two please please put yourself forward. It would also help if members could give Brian their email addresses so that postage expenses and leg work could be reduced for the bulletin.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am, there is a good selection of homemade goodies to tempt you. Make sure you arrive early so not to be disappointed and enjoy a coffee.

RUGBY: The Rugby match tomorrow, Saturday, is against Hellingly at Newick, kick off 3pm.

SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their Spring Show in the village hall from 2.30pm. The perfume of the flowers greets one as you enter the hall, you will see the beautiful daffodils, hyacinths and many other spring flowers. This is an event not to be missed. You can also enjoy refreshments and catch up with all the people you have not seen for a long time.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Mothering Sunday Family Service at 10.30pm. If you need a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

Ringmer

FOOTBALL: Congratulations to the first team for reaching both the John O’Hara and RUR Cup semi-finals last week and also to the veterans for reaching the semis of the Fred Pretty Cup, well done to all concerned. This evening, Friday, the second team are at home to Hassocks in a reserve section premier league fixture with a 7.45pm kick off. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to St Francis Rangers with a 3pm kick-off at The Caburn. Currently, there is no mid-week fixture but this could change so please keep an eye on the fixtures in the local press. On Sunday evening in the bar the ever popular quiz night returns. Teams of up to four, £1 per team member, multi-choice questions (so no questions you can’t answer) and hopefully a bit of fun. All are welcome and the quiz kicks of at 7.30pm for an 8pm prompt start.

COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Bowls Club coffee morning will be held tomorrow (Saturday), 10am to 11.30am, in the club house next to the Green. 50p entry charge includes coffee and biscuits. All the usual stalls including cakes, raffle and tombola.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Tiddlers and Toddlers sale will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall 10.30am to noon. Children’s clothes and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available. Entrance £1 per family.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Service. There will be no evening service as Sally Epps is being licensed at Burwash Parish Church at 5pm. Everyone is welcome.

VILLAGE HALL CHARITY: The AGM of the Village Hall Charity will be on Monday in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall at 7pm. All welcome.

SING AND SIGN: There will be free Sing and Sign taster sessions for babies aged 6 to 30 months (approx) at 11am and for those from birth to 6 months at noon on Wednesday in the village hall. Please phone or e-mail Jane Marshall to book a place. Tel: 01273 243786, Mob: 07958 539903, e-mail: janemarshall@singandsign.co.uk

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 2pm in the village hall with a flower arranging demonstration by Gaenor Circus entitled Ancient and Modern. Visitors are always welcome (£4 to include tea and biscuits) and also new members. The optional competition is Cheap and Cheerful featuring daffodils.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 19, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Liz and Tom Owen; 3, Frances McGuckin and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

FUND RAISING LUNCH: The Evergreen Club are holding another of their popular Fund Raising Lunches on Thursday at 12.30pm in the village hall, £6. They invite all friends to join them for a home-cooked meal and a sociable occasion. Tickets and further information Tony Heath 812902 or Mavis Hathway 813742.

MEETING: The annual parish council meeting will be on Thursday at 7.30pm in the village hall. The guest speakers are Steve Gilbert and Nic Willett from RSPB South Downs on Futurescape: Linking our Local Landscape. Refreshments served by Ringmer WI.

SPRING SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Spring Show will be held in the village halls on Saturday April 5; the doors will be open to the public at 2pm. There will be the usual display of daffodils and tulips, the flower arrangement section and the cookery and preserves section. The handicrafts section includes painting New Beginnings, an item of needlework and photography where the two titles are Winter in Ringmer and Off the Beaten Track. To help our funds there will be two stalls at this show - plants organised by Robbie Blount and books, records and CDs organised by Bob Cairns. Please bring your contributions on the day or make arrangements for collection with Robbie on 813120 or Bob on 812784. All other information is in our show schedule, copies available in the village hall foyer or you can contact Albert Knight on 813322.

Waldron

MOTHERING SUNDAY: This Sunday is Mothering Sunday, which this year falls on March 30. Originally this was the day in the pre-Reformation period when everyone visited the mother church and children who were away from home in service were allowed to return home. This Sunday there will be a Parish Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 10.30am which will be followed by tea and home-made biscuits, and all families with or without children are very welcome to come. The day (not to be confused with the American festival Mothers’ Day which is celebrated across the pond in May) has more recently developed into one on which children give a bunch of flowers (often violets) to their mothers and even more recently into an excuse for the whole family to spoil their mums with a meal out. The Star Inn is catering for this celebration with a special menu for mums and their families. The menu is out now and bookings were coming in fast earlier this week, so ring 01435 812495 to check if there are vacancies.

RESPONDERS’ QUIZ: On Monday the monthly pub quiz will be held at the Star in aid of the First Responders. They may be the first people to arrive at a local emergency, to hold the fort before the ambulance arrives. We need more in the Heathfield and Waldron area and any money we raise will go towards training and equipping more Responders, so make up your team and come along to this quiz. It’s £10 a head, which includes your one-course supper and there will also be a raffle to boost the profits. Ring 01435 812495 to book your team in (up to six people).

WI MEETS: Waldron’s WI branch meets on April 9 at the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Michael Gould giving us his reminiscences of 40 years in the wine trade. Hope he brings some samples.

SERVICES The fourth Sunday of Lent will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, and Parish Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 10.30am (note the time) which will also celebrate Mothering Sunday. Following the service there will be tea and home-made biscuits for all mothers and their families. There will be a service of Holy Baptism at St Bartholomew’s at 1pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

JUMBLE SALE: in support of the Ebeneezer Children’s home in Chennai, South India. The jumble sale will be at Punnett’s Town Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, to raise funds for a new jeep for the home. This provides essential transport for the staff and children. For further information or to donate jumble please phone 01435 830481. EHSO can be found at www.EHSO.org and its charity number is 1102102.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Village Players is holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Dunn Village hall to raise funds for our production of Carousel. Please come along and support us and bring your friends for a fun evening. Tickets cost £7.50 to include a sausage in a bun. Please contact Lizzie on 01435 830998 or Anita on 01435 873226. There will be a bar and bottle raffle.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family service followed by finger buffet in the church rooms. 4pm 4ForAll, our Messy Church event at Punnett’s Town Village Hall. All ages welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family service with Paul Daniels.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals for the next production, Carousel, are going well, with the whole play blocked out. You’ll Never Walk Alone, If I Love You and “June is Bustin’ Out All Over are buzzing round our brains now. We could still do with more men in the chorus though. Phone Lizzie on 01435 830998 or Anita on 01435 873226, for more details. There are advantages to membership of the players. Firstly you receive regular newsletters keeping you up to date, either by email or post. Secondly you have priority in getting tickets. Members will be able to obtain tickets on Saturday April 26 (noon to 1pm) or Sunday April 27 (11am to noon) in person at the Dunn Village Hall. Thereafter tickets will only be available via the website, with a booking fee. The performance dates are May 15 to 17 at the hall. Thirdly you can take part in productions. Looking further ahead, our next production will be a Café Theatre play from November 12 to 15. To go to the website just type in Village Players Rushlake Green in your favourite search engine.

PARISH COUNCIL: One of the first matters to be reported on is the proposed federation of Broad Oak, Punnett’s Town and Dallington schools. Broad Oak and Punnett’s Town are in federation presently with Dallington informally joined with them for the past year, under head teacher Shirley Frankis. Federation means to two schools, whilst maintaining their individual identity, are run under one head teacher and board of governors. Consultation with parents and other interested parties is currently underway. The parish council gave its formal approval. Discussion is still under way regarding the proposed removal of the crossing patrol at Punnett’s Town. It is generally considered unwise, even if the speed limit is reduced to 30mph. The roads are one of the most frequent items to arise at meetings, especially the unclassified lanes. Cllr Rupert Simmons reported that the Highway Officers are preparing a master plan of repairs and refurbishment of repairs. £11m has been set aside for this with another £2.6m from the Chancellor. A lively debate followed, particularly concerning potholes, and the seeming inconsistency in coverage. For example one councillor reported that two out of three potholes were repaired near his property, why not the third? Riding schools: Cllr Nigel McKeeman said that Wealden District Council are checking on schools to make sure they are registered, and urged customers to check that they are. A licence should be displayed. If not it may not be safe to use. Green waste collection: The rounds are being re-arranged because another 5,000 households have signed up for collections since the scheme was introduced. Affected household should be notified. Rate relief will be available for village shops, including our own. Approval for the flower show to use the green on July 24 was given. The next meeting, April 17, will be the Annual Parish Meeting, followed by a council meeting. The APM is the meeting for all the parishioners to find out what the council have been doing during the year, and to express their wishes for the year to come. It will be at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. The clerk is Mrs M Smith 01435 831653 warbletonpc@btinternet.com.

VILLAGE GREEN: There has been comment on Kieron Daw’s loss of the contract to mow the Green at Rushlake Green. The council has to follow a formal process of inviting tenders, every three years, for the contract. Contractors have to submit full documentation along with their quote. The council then consider this, bearing in mind their responsibility to provide good services at as low cost as possible. In this case the contract went to another firm, who have started mowing. The council are very grateful to Kieron, as I am sure we all are, for his work over quite a number of years.

HISTORY GROUP: I made an error in announcing the date of the AGM. It will in fact be on April 14 at the Dunn Village Hall.

PROMISES AUCTION: We had a good evening last Saturday at the hall, with a total of 69 lots falling under the hammer, ably wielded by Paul Huntley. There was a fine display of items on display at the front, baskets of produce, cakes, chocolates, wines and two cuddly toys etc. Added to this were vouchers for shops, places of interest as far away as the London Transport Museum, and for services to be provided. The latter included watercolour tuition with Chris Liddiard and a carol music provided by Warbleton Brass Band. The top price paid was £85 for a cake a month for a year, provided by Rushlake Green WI. I am pleased to announce that about £1,400 was raised which will be split between Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village Hall. Many thanks to Paul for acting as auctioneer, to Nina and Sarah for organising the evening and to those who so generously bid for the items.