Parish pump Uckfield - March 6, 2015

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Bodle Street Green

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

BSG WI: Charles Harding is the speaker on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. His subject is Castles and Gardens in Sussex. New members are always welcome to the meetings which are held on the second Tuesday each month. There is a short business meeting, a speaker and then tea. For details contact the president Judy on 01323 832491 or the secretary Anne 0n 841278.

Burwash

AGM: The Patients of Fairfield Surgery Patient Participation group will be holding their AGM on Thursday, at the Bear Motel at 8pm. All Fairfield surgery patients are eligible and cordially invited to attend. At this meeting there will be three vacancies on the committee to fill. If you think you can help serve the surgery and the community go along and see what you can do. A talk by Elizabeth Mackie of Healthwatch and a Q&A session with a Fairfield GP.

MEETING: This month’s parish council meeting will take place in the Pavilion at Burwash Common on Tuesday evening from 6.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to go along. This is your community, you have a right to know what is happening in it.

BLG: The members of the Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday at the Burwash Village hall from 2.15pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. This time they will be entertained by John Cave with songs, poetry and prose. Do go along and join in the fun.

AFTER EIGHTS: The ladies of the After Eight Club will meet on Wednesday evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. They enjoy a wide and varied programme of talks, events and fun. They will be getting ready for their coffee morning in aid of Admiral Nurses and air ambulances on April 11. To find out more go along on Wednesday.

JUMBLE: On Saturday March 14 the Guides and Brownies will be holding a jumble sale in the village hall. If you have items of good clothing, bric-a-brac, books, toys etc you would like to donate. Call Jackie Ashdown on 01435 882196.

TEA: You are invited to treat your mum to a special tea on Mothering Sunday at Batemans, from 2.30pm to 4pm. Visit this lovely home of Rudyard Kipling and then relax over tea of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a slice of Victoria sponge. Normal admission prices plus £15. Booking is essential so call now on 01435 882302.

Chailey

JUMBLE SALE organised by the bonfire society is tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am 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 Trevor Smith on 01273 891008. Please have a clear out and donate items to the society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village.

ORGANIST ANDY REES and his choir Coro Nuovo are holding a concert at St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

WHIST DRIVE, organised by Chailey branch of The Women’s British Legion, is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the village hall. All are welcome to attend; the cost is a modest £3 for an evening’s entertainment, plate supper and prizes. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The Free Church at South Chailey has services this Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm for a Picture Quiz. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the group visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

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.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is at The Coffee Stop, Free Church on Friday March 13 between 10am and midday. Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, will be there to answer and assist with any questions you may have.

MEET AND GREET PCSO Steve Knowles who is visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday March 17 from 10am to 10.30am. All are welcome to go along and have a chat and get advice about any local community policing issues.

COMMONS SOCIETY meets at the village hall on Thursday March 19 at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Roy Hale on The Search for Endangered Animals in Borneo. Ray has travelled to Borneo many times, in the last 20 years, and will give an illustrated talk on a few of the weird, wonderful and endangered creatures he photographed and explain why they are under threat from man. The talk will be followed by the society’s AGM. Visitors are most welcome to attend. For further information visit www.chaileycommons.org.uk or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

POST OF PARISH CLERK: The parish council regrets to advise that Vera Grainger has re-signed as parish clerk, with effect from April 17. The council is looking to appoint a parish clerk and responsible financial officer with drive, determination and organisational skills to manage a varied workload. In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the parish council, the post holder will work closely with councillors to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the council. The ideal applicant will have financial and administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations. The council has asked the Sussex Association of Local Councils to advise on the appointment of Vera’s successor. Details of the post and an application form can be found at www.sussexalc.org.uk. The closing date for applications is March 20 and interviews are expected to take place on March 31. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email chaileypc@btinternet.com.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 21. There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. The entry fee for each class is just 10p for members and 20p for non-members. Members of the society will be on hand to assist with presentation. You don’t need to worry that your entry will be up against those who have won many times before as there are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. For a show schedule and entry form call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699, where you will also find details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes.

OSCAR’S WISH FOUNDATION (OWF) was launched on February 14 to support anyone who has been affected by losing a baby before, during or after birth. The launch, on the green outside St Peter’s Church, was showcased in memory of baby Oscar Jensen. Friends and family gathered to remember his precious life and the lives of many babies by releasing balloons and messages written on sky lanterns into the sky. OWF is headed by Gemma Kybert, the mainstay of the Youth Group for years, and is a not-for-profit organisation offering comfort and support to parents, family, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a precious baby. For more information visit www.oscarswishfoundation.co.uk.

East Hoathly

IMPORTANT: Changes to bus times. Route 54 Uckfield to Eastbourne. From March 2 there was a major change in that most buses from Uckfield to Eastbourne will not call at Uckfield Bus Station. Passengers will have to use either the bus stop on the High Street opposite the Library or outside the Railway Station (Willmoths Garage) to return to Halland and East Hoathly. The only exceptions are: 7.30am, 9.41am, 4.39pm, 5.50pm, 7.15pm and 7.50pm (times from the bus station). Times at Halland are now: 7.41am, 8.50am, 9.53am, 10.51am and then hourly until 4pm, 4.51pm, 6.02pm, 6.38pm, 7.25pm and 8pm. Times at East Hoathly are three minutes later. Route 54 Eastbourne to Uckfield. All buses will call at the bus station in Uckfield. Times at East Hoathly are now: 7.10am, 7.54am, 9.24am then hourly until 3.06pm, 4.14pm, 5.19pm, 5.49pm, 6.59pm and 7.34pm. Times at Halland are three minutes later. Unfortunately Stagecoach Eastbourne did not give advance notice of the timetable changes and no timetables were on the buses last week, just a poster. Stagecoach state that this is to improve timekeeping of the service. Buses from East Hoathly and Halland to Eastbourne now take nine minutes longer to arrive at Eastbourne Terminus Road than two years ago! If these changes inconvenience you making connections with other services at Uckfield Bus Station etc. please contact: southeast.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com

SPORTS PAVILION: The parish council is pleased to announce that the East Hoathly Sports Pavilion will be refurbished and the car park resurfaced over the next few weeks. The car park will be closed until Friday March 13 (weather permitting). The pavilion building will be closed from Monday March 16 to Friday April 17. Regular users are also being notified by Derek Keeley, sports ground manager.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

YOUTH CLUB meet tonight, Friday, at 7pm.

QUIZ: There will be a general knowledge quiz in aid of Fletching Scout Group tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. £7.50 per person, teams of six max. Please call David or Belinda Croft to book a table 01825 723913.

PARISH COUNCIL meeting on Monday at 7pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

KOBUDO Martial Arts meet on Thursday at 5pm.

MAD MARCH Pub Quiz on March 18, 7.30pm in Rose and Crown. Come and join the fun and raise money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. Teams of six, make your own or we can make one for you. £5 per person. To book a place phone Kate Minch on 01825 722144.

A NIGHT AT THE RACES: Have a flutter and help raise funds for Fletching Pre-School

Saturday March 21, 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.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 12 March 1915. ‘Smiler At The Front’; Serving with Major Sanderson. One of the Uckfield men now at the front is Gunner H Head of the 125th Battery RFA and in a letter home desires to be remembered by all his friends in Uckfield, Maresfield, Nutley, Chelwood Common, Danehill, Piltdown, Fairwarp, Crowborough, St John’s, Jarvis Brook, and Fletching, and to tell them that he is quite well and happy. Previous to joining the Colours, Head was on the Reserve, having served in the 111th Battery RFA, 1900-3, and in Q Battery RFA 1904-7 and is now in the 125th Battery, which he joined on January 10. He is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs H Head, of Church Farm Cottage, Fletching, and when at Uckfield lived at 22 Alexandra Road. His occupation in Uckfield was that of drayman to Messrs Ballard Ltd., of the High Street Brewery, hence the large radius through which he is known. On his rounds he is familiarly known as Smiler or Whistler. It was on August 5 that Head went back to the colours, and arrived at Boulogne ten days later. From there he went direct to Belgium on August 19, and was in the great general retirement from beginning to end. He then joined Z Battery of the RHA. He was slightly wounded at the Aisne on September 14 by a fragment of bursting shrapnel, which struck him on the right hip. Next day, however, he joined the D Battery, when he had the pleasure of coming under the command of Major (then Captain) Sanderson, son of the Rev Preb E Sanderson, Rector of Uckfield.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be at the Co-op car park in the High Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

CROSS IN HAND WI: A lively February meeting of Cross in Hand W I heard Alan Dinsdale talk about Flotsam and Jetsam. As a keen member of the RSPCA and the Marine Environment Association, Mr Dinsdale is dedicated to saving our seashore from the effects of pollution. He showed examples of harmful materials which are frequently washed up on our shores. He visits local Sussex beaches where there is often a Strandline containing interesting sea creatures as well as harmful plastics. He was introduced to life on the beach by his parents from an early age and now is keen to promote this to local groups and schools. We are a friendly, welcoming group with an interest in our local area. Following the talk, there is a chance to have tea and chat to other members. If you would like to know more about us, please telephone Joy on 01435 812819 or go to the www.esfwi.org.uk to find out more.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9am Parish Prayers in church. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 6.30pm Lenten Reflections at Heathfield Community Centre, Churches Together in Heathfield and District. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group meet in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS, Old Heathfield, Sunday 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service with Communion (CW). We would like to welcome Cannon Paul Cox to our services. All welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, Sunday 9.30am Family Service.

FASCOH: (Friends of All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield) in partnership with St Richard’s Church, Heathfield, present a concert performed by the Ashdown Singers on Saturday March 21 in St Richard’s Church. The evening is varied and appropriate to both the Lenten season but also includes a programme of sparkling freshness. Terence Steele, director of The Ashdown Singers will be conducting the evening and is passionate about the evening which includes Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, particularly suited to the St Richard’s Church organ and the evening will also include music by Purcell, Stainer and Schubert. The evening commences at 7.30pm. Tickets are available (under 16s free) from Tyrells Newsagents, Hailsham Road; The Heathfield Art and Books, 65 High Street and Jean Barnes 01435 863784 or available at the door on the evening.

Isfield & Little Horsted

QUESTION: How do villagers show their appreciation of the work undertaken at and for hospices? Answer: they dig extra deep into their pockets while having an evening’s fun at a pub quiz. And that’s exactly what quiz enthusiasts did last weekend in Isfield when The Laughing Fish hosted the first of a series of county-wide events to raise money for The Friends of Sussex Hospices under the Mad March Pub Quiz campaign. The usual monthly quizzes at the Fish would reckon to raise an average of £87 in entry fees, based on £1.50 per person. But on Sunday 58 players forming 11 teams almost doubled that to £158.50 in answering to a pay what you feel invitation. On top of that, a raffle, the five donated prizes included a bottle of single malt whisky (won by someone who lists gin as a favourite tipple) and a free professional photo-shoot realised £179.50, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo session chipped in £51 and the auction of a Sussex County Cricket Club sweater pulled in £16. So, a terrific total of £405. Top quiz team were the Buckham Hillbillies, made up of Ashley and Linda Madden, Keith Taylor, Brenda Reynolds, and Richard and Kathryn Coltman. They finished with a most impressive score of 86 per cent. Fish landlord Andy Brooks said: ‘The evening was very well supported by volunteers from the Friends, who did a sterling job selling raffle tickets and generally making sure that we raised as much as we could.’ Well done to all the competitors as well as everyone involved in making the evening such a success.

HELP AT HAND: Ever been stuck as to know what to do when an accident around the home crops up? Not worth a visit to A&E, but worthy of some attention. Jim Agnew is planning to pass on some tips on Wednesday when he gives a talk on First Aid at The Women’s Isfield Group’s monthly meeting. Village Hall, 7.45pm.

BONNY DATES: A couple of dates for the diaries of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society members’: Sunday March 22, General Meeting at Cinders (Lavender Line café); Saturday April 11, Easter quiz at Isfield Village Hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am). Eastertime services to be listed next week.

Lewes

LEWES HISTORY GROUP talk on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Unlocking the Reeves’ Photographic Archive. Two years ago Brigitte Lardinois, a photographic historian and Lewes resident, approached Tom Reeves and his wife Tania with a proposal to map their archive which is housed at the Edward Reeves Studio. Their business has been in continual operation since 1855 and is likely to be the oldest still working photographic studio, run by the same family at the same premises, in the world. Brigitte will share her research strategy and discuss the plans for the unlocking of this archive. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

CONCERT: Former Priory School and Bhasvic student Alistair Gregg will be hosting a cake sale and concert in aid of the charity Restless Development on Sunday at 3pm, at St John sub Castro Church, Abinger Place. Alistair has been selected to travel to Zimbabwe for 12 weeks with the charity, where he will undertake educational projects in rural communities. His placement is funded by the government as part of the International Citizen Service scheme, and any funds raised will go to the charity. The concert will feature a professional flute and guitar duo, Armonia, plus students from the Royal Academy of Music and East Sussex Academy giving performances on piano, violin, flute, clarinet and voice. There will also be a short choral performance following the workshop Baroque Blockbusters held the same day (run by John Hancorn and Ruth Kerr).

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE LEWES? In Todmorden, people plant vegetables all over town, could it happen in Lewes? Mary Clear, chair of Incredible Edible Todmorden will speak today, Friday, at 7pm upstairs in the John Harvey Tavern. Free entry, for more information see transitiontownlewes.org or ring 01273 477870. This small Yorkshire town has led the way in planting herbs, vegetables and fruit on public land and plots owned by businesses and organisations. This includes the police station, where they have aquaponic beds and lighting confiscated from cannabis farms. Every primary school is growing food and some have hens. People from all sections of the community are involved.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our last Wednesday walk we started from the churchyard at Folkington. We noted the grave of Elizabeth David, the cookery writer who introduced continental cuisine to the British table. From there the group of 15 followed an old coach road, now the Wealdway, to Jevington. The track was muddy and rutted in many places, which was probably no worse than when it was used by coach and horses. In the churchyard at Jevington is the grave of Lord Shawcross and his second wife, Joan. Lord Shawcross was the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and the first chairman of Justice, the human rights group founded in 1957. From Jevington we turned north-east and gently climbed to the top of Combe Hill. It is but 193 metres high but the 360 degrees views over the sea, Eastbourne, Polegate, the Weald and all other points of the compass makes the climb worthwhile. The precipitous descent tested our knees and our balance on some muddy and uneven paths. The walk back to the start through Wannock was pleasantly uneventful, though the last field did its muddy best to increase our height by at least an inch with the mud firmly stuck to our boots. Graham and Hilda were the leaders. The next walk is on Sunday, Bishopstone to Southease Youth Hostel, where lunch is available at the café. Meet at Lewes Railway station in good time to catch the 9.29am train to Bishopstone. Our programmes are always available at the Lewes Tourist Office and new walkers are always welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 years free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on Sunday for services. During Lent we are having early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. We still need warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton: a collection box is in the porch. Thank you for previous donations. Please remember that we have a number of rooms available for hire, seating between eight and 60, with kitchen facilities of various descriptions, loos, gardens and disabled access. To discuss details please contact the church office on 01273 470616 (Monday to Friday, 9am to noon) or office@southover.org.uk. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal communion service (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group: Children, please enter our art competition. Anyone in Year 3 and above can submit an A3 or A4 picture of any event in any part of the Passion Plays. See our website or email for an entry form (details below). Could you help us with any or all of our four performances during Easter week? We are still looking for people, including families, to dress up as members of the crowd and Roman soldiers. Do you have your own costume? If not, we can provide one. However we do need help with costume and scenery making, and with materials for them. We should be very grateful for donations of fabric in earthy colours or which can be dyed (eg curtains, sheets). You can leave fabric on Saturdays at St Pancras Church lower hall or from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesdays at Christ Church upper hall, when you are also very welcome to join our team of stitchers. Or we can collect from you. Please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or visit our website at www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Thursday: Rother View, Burwash 2.30pm-2.50pm; Christ the King, Burwash 2.55pm-3.25pm; Nr Scout Hut, Burwash 3.35pm-4.05pm.

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There will be a good selection of vegetables, homemade cakes and savoury items, plus flowers and plants and you can enjoy a cup of coffee.

LIVE MUSIC: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening there will be live bands playing in the village hall from 8pm till late. This event is being organised by the bonfire society. Admission by advance ticket, the price will be £8 per person. Tickets are available The Royal Oak and The Crown, you can also telephone/text 078 960 71481. This sounds like fun, enjoy.

DAY OF PRAYER: Just to remind you that the Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place at St Mary’s today, Friday, from 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Family Service at 10.30am. On Thursday evening the Lent Course will continue in the Barn Centre at 7pm. Everyone most welcome.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Paddy Cumberlege, his topic A Passion for Picture. For further details telephone 01825 722154.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Saturday March 14 the horticultural society will be holding a Quiz Night from 8pm in the village hall, so get your thinking caps on. You need teams of eight people. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and there will be a ploughman’s supper plus the bar. This is the society’s only big fund raising event and without this they would struggle to hold the big annual show. Please try and support this event. For further details telephone 01825 724295 or 723658.

DIARY DATES: March 22, Newick Cinema will show the film Mr Turner in the village hall. March 26, Newick WI are meeting in the Community Centre. Speaker Diana Page. March 28 Hurstwood Park will be holding a coffee morning with jumble sale in the Community Centre from 10am till 1pm. More details later.

Ringmer

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm.

BOB’S BUMPER QUIZ in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall starting at 7.15pm. If you’re not there, you’ll miss a good evening, so contact Bob (812784).

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Ringmer Primary School is holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children on March 14, 10.30am to noon. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age four years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. Please contact rachel@willats11.plus.com for further details and if not please do come along to buy. We would welcome any good quality donations which can be collected locally.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The dramatic society’s production of Haywire, a comedy by Eric Chappell of Rising Damp fame, is taking place at Ringmer Village Hall from March 18 to 21 commencing at 7.45pm. Tickets £8, or £7.50 for groups of ten or more, available on-line at Ringmer Amateur Dramatic Society Facebook page or from Creature Comforts, the pet shop in Ringmer.

Waldron

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer is today, Friday, and our local service is at St George’s Church, Broad Oak at 10.30am. This special day is organised internationally and interdenominationally so that women all round the world can express their hopes and concerns and bring them before the rest of the world in prayer. Today an estimated three million people in over 170 countries will take part, using an order of service written by Christian women from the Bahamas and translated into over 1,000 different languages and dialects. In Britain alone there will be over 5,000 services held. Everyone is welcome to take part in the local service.

WI MEETING: The March meeting will be next Wednesday beginning at 2.30pm at the Lucas Hall. The speaker will be Gary Enstone talking about the remarkable life of Rudyard Kipling, journalist, poet, novelist, short-story writer, Nobel prize-winner (for literature in 1907) and grieving father (his son, Jack, joined up and fought briefly in the First World War but was killed in action).

COUNTRY MARKET: This now appears at the Holy Cross Priory on the second Thursday of the month between 11am and 1pm. Wonderful home-cooked foods and produce in season and everyone is welcome.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Flowers will be distributed at the 10am Parish Matins service at All Saints’ on Mothering Sunday (March 15). There will also be a special menu at the pub for lunch on that day but bookings are already being made, so it would be wise to make contact to be sure of yours. Ring the pub on 01435 812495.

AGM: The AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches will take place on Saturday March 21 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 in mid-June, in aid of FOWC to help fund plans for church improvements.

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 get up a team, better start early as this is a popular cause and there will be heavy demand for tables.

SERVICES: This Sunday morning services are both at St Bartholomew’s. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) led by Reverend George Pitcher and 10am (Parish Eucharist) with Reverend Peter Jamieson as Celebrant and Rev George Pitcher to preach the sermon. In the evening there will be Evensong at All Saints’ at 4.30pm. There will be a fund-raising coffee morning next Saturday March 14 at Colemans, Warren Lane, by invitation of the Reverend Peter Jamieson. The following day is Mothering Sunday and both services will be at All Saints’ with Holy Communion at 8am and flower distribution at the Parish Matins service at 10am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

JUMBLE SALE: Rushlake Green WI is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm.

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

HISTORY GROUP: The Group meets at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. Sally White is our speaker and she will be talking about Sussex Piers, which are a species of varying fortunes. We serve coffee before the meeting and our bookstall and library are open.

LENT COURSE: Wednesdays in March. What Christians Believe - C of E Style - a look at The 39 Articles of Religion, the Church of England’s doctrinal basis, without the boring bits. Plenty of opportunity for discussion. 7.30pm to 9pm with coffee and biscuits. Venue - The Osborne House Community Room, Rushlake Green.