Parish Pump Uckfield - March 30 2012

Bodle Street Green

PALM SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Palm Sunday Morning Prayer with dramatised readings. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Palm Sunday Family Service. The Parish Magazine is changing to reflect the fact that Dallington is gradually joining with Warbleton and Bodle Street in a joint benefice.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: There is a service of Holy Communion at St John’s at 7.30pm.

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton.

Burwash

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN: The children of The Musical Theatre Group invite you see them perform their interpretation of E Nesbit’s, The Railway Children. They have been rehearsing for weeks to bring you two shows, one tonight, Friday the other tomorrow, Saturday, at Burwash village Hall, both at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 each, available from Mary Alderson on 01435 882051 and Jane Coleman on 882687. Good luck to everyone for two great shows.

SPRING SHOW: Burwash and District Horticultural Society are staging their annual Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday. It is being held in the Pavilion, Swan Meadow. The host of golden daffodils and other lovely spring plants can be arranged between 9am and 11am, after which judging will take place. Visitors can go along from 2.15pm. Entry is free, but there will be a raffle and refreshments. Good luck to all the exhibitors.

EXHIBITION: The Monday Painters are holding an exhibition of their work tomorrow, Saturday, at the Union Church hall, Station Road, Heathfield, from 10am to 4pm. This talented group of local people will display there work, some of which will be for sale. Entry is free. Do go along and find out more about this group and how you too can be one of their members. As their name suggests, they meet every Monday from October to May in the village hall. during the summer they go out and about, painting the scenes around them.

OLYMPIC RUN: Also tomorrow, Saturday, mother and wife Laura Carver will join 4,999 other runners to become one of the first to run round the new track of the Olympic Stadium. Laura will race five miles through the Olympic Park and into the stadium in front of 12,000 spectators, including her husband Neil and their six year old daughter Millie. The race starts at 2pm. An exciting event for Laura and we wish her luck and enjoyment of the day.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to dance teacher Jane Coleman who has just passed examinations to become a Ballet Examiner. Jane has been a teacher in Burwash and other villages and schools for over 30 years, and has seen thousands of pupils pass many exams. Now she will be able to pass the young dancers of other schools after getting her qualifications. Congratulations Jane on this great achievement.

BURWASH WEALD and Common Pavilion Club are holding their 2012 membership party on Sunday from noon until 3pm. This is your chance to renew your membership or become a new member, giving you the chance to win in the quarterly draws. There will be refreshments available. At 2pm the planting of the Jubilee Tree will take place, when 103 year old Jim smith will be there to plant it. You are all invited to go along and witness this momentous event.

PALM SUNDAY: On Sunday morning, the congregation of St Bartholomew’s church will celebrate Palm Sunday, beginning with a procession from the Bear car park at 9.45am. We are all welcome to go along and join in.

VISUAL COMEDY: Next Saturday, April 7, Nola Rae and Michael Popper will perform Nellie Pasta’s Opera cocktail, a visual comedy, at the village hall at 8pm. Tickets are £5 each available from the Burwash Newsagents.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 10am Benefice Communion and there will be a Good Friday Service at 10am.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY: On Sunday, the preservation society are running a special event, open to everyone. The itinerary is fairly tight, but flexible and can take in the whole day, just the visit or just the walk, the choice is yours. The group will be meeting at 10am at the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park, going on the train at 11am, having lunch at 12.30pm, followed by an exclusive tour of the engineering workshop at 1.15pm. They will then be moving on just up the road to Trading Boundaries, where the walk will start at 2.30pm. The walk takes in beautiful scenery, lakes, forest, masses of bluebells and unspoilt cottages, before returning for a well earned rest and a cuppa. Dogs are allowed at the railway and are very welcome on the walk, but must be on leads. For further details and offers/needs for car sharing, please call Jenny or Chris on 872830.

SHOW SOCIETY: The Spring Show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall and will be open to the public from 1.30pm. Admission is 50p. The hall will be open to exhibitors from 8.30am, but staging of exhibits must be finalised at 10.30am for judging.

AGE CONCERN: The next Pop-In Lunch is on Thursday and Bingo is on Thursday April 19 starting at 2 pm.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Mick Harker of Uckfield Preservation Society will be showing images from his extensive collection of Uckfield postcards on Friday April 13. The meeting begins at 7.30pm and is free to members.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 31 March 1763: ‘…I dined on some cold pork bones roasted in the oven yesterday…Lent William Harmer, the person who paints our church, in cash £3 3s 0d which he gave me his note of hand for…’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club presents a floral demonstration by Nel De Jong-Smith entitled Dutch Treat on Thursday, May 10 commencing at 7.30pm at the Heathfield Community Centre. Refreshments, raffle and sales table. Visitors £4. Optional competition is The Darling Buds of May. All are welcome. Enquiries 01435 864633.

ART CLUB: Cross in Hand Art Club are holding an art exhibition and sale on Saturday, May 5 at the Union Church Hall from 9.30am to 4pm. Free admission and free refreshments. Enquiries 01435 868884.

WELLBEING FAYRE: Pauline Craddock tells us: We are holding a Wellbeing Fayre again this year at Heathfield Community Centre on Saturday, April 28, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Now in our fifth year, we will this year be including a few workshops and talks as well as our usual therapies and stalls. There will be a variety of stalls with products from around the world and 16 different taster therapies to try from £5 a session. These will include massage, reflexology, Bowen, healing, facials, Shiatsu, Bodytalk, Reiki, spinal checks, astrology, aura photography and more. Workshops and talks including Crystal Mandalas, flower remedies, emotional freedom technique, drum circle and a talk on acupuncture. £2 Admission includes a draw for a therapy voucher. Refreshments and light lunches will be served all day. Raffle for Demelza. Free parking. Sponsored by Horam Natural Therapy Centre. Ring 01435 812997 for further information.

QUIZ NIGHT: Heathfield Silver Band holds its quiz night tomorrow, Saturday, evening at The Goward Hall. Please arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £8 per person to include fish and chips. Teams of eight. Please ring 01435 866390 or 862398 or email richardgsherlock@gmail.com. They look forward to seeing as many people as possible to help them raise funds for new uniforms, music and banners.

AGE CONCERN: The group organises regular events each week. Every Monday: Extend exercises are held at the State Hall courtesy of the Kings Church, between 11.15am and noon (01825 766 293). Every Fourth Monday of the month The Out and Abouters group meets at the Cross-In-Hand Village Hall at 2pm. This group organises various outing to interesting places and events. Every Tuesday: 1, The Holdenhurst Centre is open for day care between 10am and 3.30pm under the supervision of Age UK, East Sussex. For details, ring Mary Parker of Age UK on 01273 476704; 2, Citizens’ Advice sessions are held at the State Hall from 10am to noon. No prior appointment is necessary. Every other Tuesday: There is a senior citizens’ lunch at the Union Church Hall commencing at 12.30pm, £3 for two courses followed by tea or coffee. For a place at the lunch please call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483. Minibus details from Clary Pont on 01435 813284; Learn a craft or practise with friends at Richard’s Church Hall 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Also every Wednesday 10am to noon in the Cat’s Whiskers, Horam. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The State Hall Café is open from 9am to 3pm. Every second Wednesday of the month the Waldron Country Market is held at the Lucas Memorial Hall, commencing at 10.30am. Free refreshments and easy parking. Every third Wednesday of the month volunteers from the Rest Christian Centre in Punnetts Town welcome visitors to a cooked lunch. Ring Barbara Lovett 01435 882241 to book. Every Wednesday morning: For Horam residents, the Age Concern Heathfield shopping bus will pick you up at Cherry Tree Court at 9am, transport you to Heathfield and bring you home again around 10.30am. The bus also picks up from around the village between 9.30am and 10am and returns from Heathfield at about 11.30am. Ring Clary Pont for a booking. First and third Wednesday of the month East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre undertakes maintenance of hearing aids and provide new batteries at the Red Cross Hall between 10am and noon. For further help or information please telephone them on 01323 722 505. Every Wednesday and Friday morning equipment for the disabled is available on loan to those in need at the Red Cross Centre between 10am and noon. The equipment is loaned in return for a donation to the British Red Cross. Telephone 01435 864 122 for details. Every first Wednesday of the month, if you are caring for someone with any form of dementia you might like to join a friendly and informal Carers Support Group which meets at Heffle Court from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. A light finger buffet is provided. Ring Mrs Elsey on 01435 863 719 for information. Every Thursday: 1, Extend (gentle movement to music) exercise sessions are held at the West End Room, Horam between 2pm to 3pm. For more information, ring Jane Morris on 01323 483 529; 2, the Age Concern Heathfield Shopping Bus is on the road, morning and afternoon. It will pick you (and your trolley) up at your door and deliver you to where you wish to go in Heathfield High Street; 3, Whist drive at Heathfield’s Red Cross Hall, run by the Out and Abouters at 7pm. The cost is £2.50 per head to cover refreshments and raffle prizes. Ring Sue on 01435 862 577 for details. Every Friday: 1, The minibus makes its second visit to the Holdenhurst Day Care Centre from 10am until 3pm; 2, chair-based exercises in the lounge at Mary Burfield Court from 10.30am to noon. Details from Ann on 01424 774 764. Every other Friday a senior citizens’ lunch takes place at the Heathfield Park Cricket Club. The minibus can pick you up to get you there for a noon start and take you home at 2.30pm. To book please contact Mrs A Kenward on 01435 862 618

Mayfield & Five Ashes

FIVE ASHES WI: Carolyn Baird reports: Our president Jean Rawlins welcomed members to our March meeting which was combined with our annual lunch, in the pleasant surroundings of the Middle House. After a pre-lunch drink, members enjoyed a delicious meal selected from a varied menu, and excellent service. Business was kept to a minimum so that members could relax and enjoy themselves. Birthday flowers were given to member Molly Flett. Our speaker for the April meeting will be Gilly Halcrow on The history of Shopping in England. New members and visitors are always welcome to our small but friendly group. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month in Five Ashes village hall at 2pm.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in London House tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon in aid of the Quicken Trust. The Quicken Trust is a local charity founded in 1996 which seeks to assist the local community in Kabubbu, a village in Uganda (website is at http://www.quickentrust.com/). The Trust has run several major projects in Kabubbu and is now concentrating on self-sustainability. Sue Parsons and her daughter are visiting Kabubbu in July as volunteers to work on building projects and in the school. They are trying to raise money to take as a donation towards the Quicken Trust’s ongoing work in the village, hence the coffee morning.

STREET PARTY: Ian Parker says: After the great success of the street party held in Mayfield to celebrate the Royal Wedding it was agreed we should organise a street party to honour the Queen’s Jubilee. The event will be held on June 3 in the High Street and we have a few volunteers for the committee. Diane Kirkness has been her usual wonderful self and provided lots of information on the last event and I’m hoping to start organising things in the next week or so. Mayfield is a great community to be part of and events like these are always well supported, I wanted to see if anyone has any ideas or suggestions that will help make this event a success or if anyone could spare a couple of hours on the day helping to set up or put away the tables and chairs. Please contact me to discuss any of the above my office number is 873993 and I’m always available on 07971 979137 or iparker@chelco.co.uk

GARDENS OPEN: On Sunday, June 17 (2pm to 5pm) seven Mayfield gardens will open to the public to support the NGS charities. Four of them will be new openings for 2012. Combined admission is £5 and children are free. Gardens in the group will be Laurel Cottage, Warren House, Uppercross House, Hoopers Farm (new), Meadow Cottage (new), Tew Cottage (new) and Yeomans (new). Refreshments will be available, home-made teas at Yeomans and Warren House. Plants will be on sale at Uppercross House.

MAYFIELD BAND: Simon Rudge says this is a time of year when there is lots going on, and lots to do. With everything going on in the village this year, you will see and hear the band a number of times, and so they say they will try hard to avoid repetition, although inevitably there are a few standards which they have to trot out regularly. On the Diamond Jubilee weekend, every brass band in the country will be out playing, in town and country, adding that quintessential soundtrack to the celebrations, which just goes to show that bands are very much at the heart of British life. The history of village bands goes back to the early 18th century, when ordinary folk from the village, such as craftsmen and farmers, using a variety of instruments, would play at village dances, and on Sundays would accompany hymn singing in the church. Come the end of the Napoleonic wars, the bands were joined by players demobbed from military bands, complete with instruments and bits of uniform, which is where the uniform style of today’s brass bands comes from. Mayfield’s is an amateur band, open to everyone in the village, from beginner to virtuoso, and from eight to 80 and they play for enjoyment, so why not come and give it a go yourself, and see what you can achieve, and what fun you could have. Your village band needs you. Contact Simon on 01435 872007, email: rudgescaos@tesco.net

TENNIS CLUB: The annual Easter Tennis Coaching Course for junior members and non-members will take place at the club in Station Road from April 9 to 12. This course is divided into groups of Minis from 4 to 6 years, Intermediates 7 to 11 years and intermediates/advanced 12 to 16 years. If you are interested please contact tennis coach, Dan Cole, on 07881 920159. The tennis club is fortunate to be in a position to be able to pay for coaching lessons for its junior members on Friday evenings. This takes place throughout the year as the courts are floodlit in the winter months.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Scout and Guide Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. They have a varied programme of musical armchair exercises, talks, games and at least one coach outing a year and a tea party close to Mayfield. There is a small charge of £1.50 per session and this includes tea, a raffle ticket, magazine swaps and transport. Everybody is welcome. The 2012 programme from now on is: April 3, Buckingham Palace and Gardens (John Logan); May 1 Independent Living; June 5: ,Tea with Lady Neville; July 3, outing to Raystede; August no meeting; September 4, All about the Antiques Roadshow; October 2, Quiz, Know your Village; November 6, tea at Convent and December 4, Christmas Party.

SOCIETY: Following the 2011 AGM on November 17, when it became clear that the members of Mayfield and Five Ashes Society present wished that the society should continue, the executive committee met to discuss the future. Under the guidance of Brian Pike the planning committee has been re-formed. The question raised at the AGM of dangerous parking near the primary school has been raised with the parish council. They are hoping that the environment group will be able to update the habitat survey sometime in the next year or two so that there will be an indication whether the prospects for our wildlife are improving. This year’s AGM will be at the Scout and Guide Hall on Friday, April 20, speaker and further details to be announced. Whilst the future of the society looked uncertain they did not actually chase subscriptions, but they now need to do so. Apart from just admin costs and holding meetings, they subscribe to bodies such as the Sussex Wildlife Trust. If you pay by cheque or cash they would like to hear from you even better, if you are not already a member but would like to join. Please ring treasurer, Sue Foster, on 01435 or John Logan on 01435 883371.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There will be no market on Good Friday, instead it will be on Maundy Thursday. You can purchase spring flowers and plants and shrubs for the garden. There are many more vegetables stalls now supplying the market With a good variety of produce, they also have eggs, preserves, and many baked goods, selection of cards and handicraft. You can also have a natter and enjoy a cup of coffee.

HAT SHOW: Don’t forget that today, Friday, in the sports pavilion from 7.30pm there will be a Hat Show by Top Hats (ladies designer and fascinators for hire). Licensed bar and free raffle. Tickets £6, telephone 01825 724209 or 07801 599355. All the proceed will go to Help for Heroes. Gentleman you are most welcomed to come along.

CHURCH SERVICES on Palm Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am, everyone welcome. If you require a lift to church please ring 01825 722582 in advance.

CROSS COUNTRY: Newick Scouts proved that they were the best in the recent Lewes District Cross Country Event. Tristan Fordham won a gold medal in the senior race and the team won the Senior Pack Trophy. Charlie Taylor won a silver medal in the junior race and the team won the Junior Pack Trophy. Well done to all those who took part.

TAI CHI: Village Tai Chi Everyday Fitness. Lisa Sang is a fully qualified insured instructor in Tai Chi. Most of us understand that exercise is good, but never get round to a class or we might try a class, but not continue. The reasons are well-researched and Lisa is sure you will have used at least one type of fitness. This is where Village Tai Chi comes in to help you. Have you ever watched a baby get fit? They are constantly making small movements of their limbs sometimes fast, sometimes slow and from this get toned, agile and able to walk. Tai Chi is like this, and the fitness you gain is really effective because it fits in with your everyday lives, and something you can do when watching TV, cooking, the list is endless. A Village Tai Chi class is specifically geared to make fitness become something you can do every day by offering delightfully simple, yet challenging and progressive balance and strength exercises. Eventually you can gain better aligned body and better aligned body prevents backache, muscular pain, fatigue and helps decrease the wearing of joints surfaces, that could result in Arthritis. Tai Chi is growing in popularity and that is the reason Lisa will hopefully commence classes at Chailey, Fletching and Newick, for further information on classes day or evening please telephone 01825 721020.

RUGBY: The rugby club first XV team will be playing Eastbourne II and the second XV play Crawley II, and both appear to be at home.

Uckfield

ANOTHER SCAM: In the last week, I’ve got three goldfish for our pond, and a table-tennis table, which I’m really excited about. I just missed a full-size pool table. (Have you seen the Steptoe and Son episode where they had a table, but they had to go outside and play it through the window?) Unfortunately, the criminals have got in on the act. They advertise free pedigree puppies or a horse of something similar. I answered an ad for a Macau parrot that could speak lots of words. Then it dawned on me. Back came the reply, in bad English, that Sarah-Jane was worried about her darling pet going to a good home. And as she lived in Belfast, would I like to collect it, or should it be shipped to me if I paid the costs? So I emailed them with my blood-curdling curse that’s reserved for foreign criminals of a superstitious mind. Please pass the word around as a lot of people are falling for this scam.

NIGHT SKY: If you look at the moon, you’ll see two bright stars next to it. That’s Venus and Jupiter. It’s quite a rare sight.

ASHDOWN SINGERS: On Wednesday, Ashdown Singers will be presenting a concert for Holy Week at Uckfield United Reformed Church. They will be performing extracts from the Mozart Requiem and Stainer’s Crucifixion together with works by Faure, Parry and Elgar. The concert is at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next meeting will be held on Monday April 16 at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Civic Centre. Mr Cormick, A Walk on the Wildside. ( A week later than usual, as the second week is Easter). All Welcome. Non Members £3. The Spring Show of the society will be held on Saturday April 21 in the Luxford Centre from 1.30pm, prize giving 3.45pm. Anyone wishing to exhibit please telephone 764287 for a schedule or any other information. Classes include flowers and plants, domestic, photography and children. We are very happy to help with classes and exhibiting information now or on the day.

Waldron

OPEN GARDEN: Oakleigh Garden in Back Lane will be open this weekend tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, from 11am till 4pm for the Yellow Book scheme. This raises money mainly for cancer charities. There will be tea and cake and plants for sale and some home-made crab-apple jelly too. After this warm spell of weather, the garden should look fabulous. If you can’t make it this weekend, put the weekend of August 18 and 19 in your diary as there will be a further opening then.

THE STORES: There are to be changes at the village shop next week, when Paul from the Star takes it over with Debbie managing it. Lindsey left this week for pastures new, so the shop is closed over this weekend to re-open on Tuesday. There will also be a change of name and it’s to be known as The Stores of Waldron. The shop is now so much a part of our village life that we’ll all wish Debbie the best of luck to make a fantastic success of it. There will be a special celebratory Open Day on Sunday April 8 to which everyone is invited.

GIFT DAY: There will be the annual Gift Day for the church tomorrow, Saturday, when anyone wishing to make a donation can do so, whether or not you are a regular churchgoer. You can either write to the Treasurer Arthur Kay (cheques made out to Waldron PCC please) at Cransford, Little London, Heathfield TN21 0BB or drop your donation in a sealed envelope to Fr David at the Rectory, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield. Tremendous efforts have been made this year to turn round a loss-making situation from the previous year when expenditure outstripped income. In the past year, direct financial giving rose appreciably, we secured a reduction in the level of contribution we pay to the Diocese, cut our utilities bills and administrative support costs by over 50 percent and held some enjoyable social and fund-raising activities. All this was in addition to the great success of the first year of the Friends’ association.

EASTER BUNNIES: There’s an Easter Bunny hunt for the children on Easter Bank Holiday Monday (April 9) at All Saints’ Church from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Pay £1 per child and they can hunt for the hidden bunnies and name the sleeping bunny. There will be prizes.

OPEN LAMBING: Now here’s something different. Put it in your diary that Heronsdale (Moat Lane) will be open on Sunday April 15 from 1.30pm until 4.30pm in aid of Riding for the Disabled carriage driving. If you’re lucky you’ll see lambs being born, and there will be a barbecue, tea and a raffle for this very worthwhile charity. Everyone’s welcome.

HOLY WEEK: This Sunday is Palm Sunday and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am. This is the start of Holy Week, and there will be Compline on Holy Monday at 7.30pm at All Saints’, and Stations of the Cross on Holy Wednesday at St Bart’s at 2.30pm. Thursday is Maundy Thursday and there will be Sung Eucharist at St Bart’s at 7.30pm with foot-washing and a Watch of Prayer, unbroken until midnight. This all leads into Good Friday, April 6, with Morning Prayer and sermon at All Saints’ at 9.30am and the Liturgy for Good Friday at St Bart’s at 2pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PALM SUNDAY: St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Palm Sunday Family Service. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Palm Sunday Morning Prayer with dramatised readings. Heathfield Chapel, The services at 11am Morning worship and communion and 6.30pm evening service, will be conducted by Rev Bob Cotton representing the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches, to which the chapel belongs. The parish magazine is changing to reflect the fact that Dallington is gradually joining with Warbleton and Bodle Street in a joint benefice.

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society are holding their monthly quiz night on Sunday at 7.30pm for 8pm. This will be held at The Black Duck free house. Come along for a fun and friendly evening and help us raise money for our firework display.

CLIVE TURNER: It is my sad task to report the passing of Clive Turner, after a long illness. Clive was for many years the percussionist for the Warbleton and Buxted Brass Band, as it was known then. In recent years, he has been a familiar face at Warbleton Church and Coffee and Company, until illness prevented him from attending. Our deepest sympathy to Sarah, and to the rest of the family. The funeral is at 11.30am on Maundy Thursday, April 5, at Warbleton Church.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: There is a service of Holy Communion at St John’s Bodle Street at 7.30pm.

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton. Heathfield Chapel have a service at 10.30am led by Rad Upfield.

OPEN DAY: If you have an interest in the history of local properties or families, why not come to see the results of previous research held by the Warbleton and District History Group. The group also has several items of general interest and a small lending library. There are indexes to assist and members on hand to help and give advice. The date for your diary is April 14, 2pm to 5pm, in the Dunn Village Hall. Tea and coffee will be available.

AUCTION: We had a reasonable turnout for the auction of promises last Saturday at the Dunn Village Hall. Tim Watson handled the bidding with his usual good humour, persuading us to part with our money. The star lot was the one I mentioned last week; a guided tour of the Vintners Hall London, including a lunch for six people. This made £385. There were a wide variety of promises, cleaning brass and silver, gardening, admission to various local attractions etc, plus various items available on the night, cakes, wine, a picture and a splendid hamper from The Stores. Thanks to Tim, to those who worked hard to obtain the lots, to those individuals, firms and organisations who donated them, and last but not least to everyone who bid in person or in a sealed bid. I jotted down the prices and I made it £2,134 plus the bar takings (E & OE). This is to be divided between the Hall and Children of Gambia Services.

CHURCH HILL CHALLENGE: It’s back. This fun event first held to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, will be held at Warbleton on Monday June 4 from 12.30pm to 5pm, as part of the Diamond Jubilee weekend. For details of how to enter, and how you can help, please call in to the Black Duck. There are some basic rules, but also plenty of scope for you imagination to run riot in the design of your soap box cart, that is the minimum specification.