Parish Pump Uckfield - May 10, 2013

BODLE STREET GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: Rogation Sunday Family Service. The congregation will walk from the church to the lower churchyard, on to a field of farm animals and the village hall before returning to the church to the church. At each point there will be a reading and hymn. It is a way of indicating that the church and its worship is connected to the real world. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. For details of the Spirituality Workshop, and the God Particle play, please see the Warbleton section.

BSG WI: Members have a busy week, with some attending a meeting at Uckfield Civic centre for talks on Great Dixter and other gardens in Sussex. The latter will be given by Charles Harding. The monthly institute meeting is on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. The resolutions to be put to the National AGM, will be discussed. The Institute has been presented with a certificate marking 90 years in the life of the village.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. This is the annual parish council meeting, at which the officers for the year are elected, and the committees are appointed. The public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters. If I have read the election website correctly, Bill Bentley was re-elected county councillor for Herstmonceux and Hailsham which covers the Bodle Street ward of our parish together with Laurence Keeley who is elected for the first time. Congratulations to them and commiserations to Roger Thomas who has served the area well for many years.

HALL AGM: The AGM of the village hall will be held on Friday at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm. The usual business, accounts, election of officers etc, will be followed by discussion of the future programme. It is hoped the result of the planning application for an extension to the hall will be known by then. The committee is looking at the future, seeking to keep the hall up to date, it is hard to believe but the new hall is now 15 years old.

BRIDGE CLUB: Meetings of the Bodle Street Bridge Club have been suspended until the autumn.

BURWASH

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, the Pavilion at Burwash Common is to host their monthly fun quiz evenings Teams of six are invited to attend. The licensed bar will be open and all entry money is given back as prize money. To find out more call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

SALE: The Burwash and Etchingham Scout Group are holding a table top/jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, in their headquarters at the Bear car park, from 10am to 12.30pm. On sale will be quality items of jumble and if you have any items you would like to donate, please call Emanuel Flecken on 01435 882764. All proceeds will go to the scouts water weekend at the end of May.

NSY: Members of the Burwash Not So Young Club will meet at the village hall on Thursday from 2.15pm for their next monthly meeting. This lively group for the over 60s enjoy a good variety of talks, outings, lunches and garden events. On Thursday their guest speaker will be Pennie Howard, who with her husband and two friends started up the Ham Ham Nursery charity after visiting it on a trip to Africa. Pennie will give a talk on how it started and where they are now. They visit the nursery every year taking your money donations and much needed stationery items. The afternoon will end with tea and a raffle.

ASSEMBLY: Also on Thursday the parish council invite you all to the annual Parish Assembly, where you will be able to see local clubs and societies displaying what they do and how you too can get involved and enjoy a new pastime. The event is being held in the village hall from 6pm to 8pm. Do go along, you may be surprised at just what does go on in these lovely villages of ours.

BOWLS: Last week the short mat bowls club held their annual general meeting. The chairman/captain Mary Taylor, told the members of the success of the year. How they had enjoyed running the cake stall at the fair instead of the hard work doing the teas. She told them they had finished fifth in the Wealden League and congratulated those who had won club cups. The new officers were then elected as chair Joan Howard, vice chair Stephen Trew, secretary Mary Taylor, vice treasurer Margaret Waterhouse, captain Keith wood, vice captain Mary Taylor. The club are in need of electing a new treasurer so any offers. The club will now take a break for the summer as more players turn to outdoor bowls.

AGM: Notice is hereby given of the annual general meeting of the Burwash Jubilee Community fund, on Wednesday June 5 at The Bear, from 7.30pm. All are welcome to go along and support the committee and with suggestions for the fund. For more details please call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

DIARY DATE: The Spring Supper is on Saturday May 25 at the village hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and include a delicious two course meal and musical entertainment. They are available from The Burwash Newsagents. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and glasses.

EAST HOATHLY

CHURCH SERVICES: Seventh Sunday of Easter, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Matins, East Hoathly. Thursday 10.15am Holy Communion, East Hoathly.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: The annual Parish Assembly will take place in the village hall at 8pm on Monday. All parishioners are warmly welcome and stay afterwards for a glass of wine. There will be an update on the Land Swap for garden plots and contributions from our district and county representatives on other topical issues. No need to RSVP, just be there.

SOS for bed and breakfast facilities for the driver of the Juziers coach. The last weekend of May sees the visit of our French friends from Juziers. Visiting families will be staying with families in East Hoathly and Halland. However, we have not yet been able to find a home for their driver. We would be happy to make some arrangements on a paying guest basis. Alternatively, you might like to dip your toes in the twinning weekend experience and get involved in some of the celebrations. For further details, please contact John Graham 07939 223413/840248.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the society are leading their monthly footpath walk to which everyone is very welcome to come along. They will be leaving The Six Bells at Chiddingly at 2pm and should be back at about 4pm. Spring flowers and birds should be at their best. Dogs on leads please in case of livestock. Further details from Jenny on 872830.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Sunday 13 May 1759 ‘Myself and wife at church in the morn. We dined on a leg of lamb boiled, a piece of bacon, a gooseberry pudding and some greens. My wife, self and servant at church in the afternoon…In the afternoon my brother Moses came over and stayed and drank coffee with us and then went home. In the even and the day read two of Tilloston’s sermons and 2nd volume of Hervery’s Meditations. Oh, what a most delightful time it is – the birds tuning their melodious throats and hymning their creator’s praise, whilst perhaps a man, ah frail and degenerate man. Lies supinely stretched on a bed of luxury and ease, or else so immersed in the vain and empty pleasures of this world that he is utterly forgetful of the goodness of the Supreme Being that showers down His blessings upon him, and sheds plenteousness around his table. Also every tree ad shrub bespeaks the wisdom and goodness of an all-wise creator.’

FAIRWARP

THE MARKET will take place at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon. Please contact Eve Sowter on 01293 882931 to hire a stall or for more details.

THE WI have their monthly meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Ring Shelley Lee on 01825 712051 for more details.

JOHN LYON is having the good ship Foresters Arms re-painted in white, black and gold, which will provide a fitting setting for the Pirates Of The Caribbean night on Friday May 17. Landlubbers also welcome.

firle

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be away to Chiddingly and the second XI are at home to Buxted Park, both matches start at 1.30pm. Firle Falcons At Firle Cricket Club, we appreciate children are not only the future of cricket, but also that regular exercise and team sport is important to the healthy development of children. We reach out to the local community and actively encourage boys and girls to join our club. We run different, age-divided teams (two under 11 teams, hard ball and soft ball, an under 12 team and an under 13 team) with supervised training from respected coaches. For more information go to ww.firlecc.com or pop along to the home matches and talk to the team.

HEATHFIELD, PUNNETTS TOWN, BROAD OAK & CROSS IN HAND

FARMERS’ MARKET: The market is currently looking for a new volunteer Heathfield Farmers’ Market manager. Colin Williams has been involved with the Heathfield Farmers’ Market for about 15 years and feels it is time to handover to someone younger, with more energy and better health than he has. The job of running the market would be ideal for someone who is newly retired and looking for a project for their retirement. The ideal situation would be for someone to initially assist Colin and take over various responsibilities when they are ready. If anyone is interested please contact Colin for more information on 01435 862798.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; Tuesday 1.30pm to 3pm Toddler Group in the church hall; Wednesday 10am Holy Communion. Advance Notice: June 15, 7.30pm in church. Music for a Summer Evening with the Wealden Consort. Tickets £10 including free refreshments. Ring 01435 862362 or 01435 866072.

BEE MARKET: Sussex Beekeepers’ Association’s annual Bee Market will be held on Saturday May 18 at Heathfield Community College from 9.30am to 4pm. Open to the general public and beekeepers, it will be a great day out with something for all the family. As well as an auction of bees and bee equipment there will be stands selling hot and cold food, plants, books and equipment. During the day there will be a demonstration of live bee handling, a children’s workshop and a talk on Darwin’s Bees by the renowned author John Williams. More information from www.beemarket.info

HEATHFIELD SHOW: To all my loyal readers, this is the one place to see and be seen this year. The Heathfield and District Agricultural Show takes place to the east of Heathfield, in Broad Oak, on the fields of Tottingworth Farm. This year the show will be held on Saturday May 25. Attracting around 19,000 visitors a year from town and country, it is no surprise that it is regarded as the South East’s Premier one day agricultural show, and is known by regular visitors as the friendly show. Please visit the Heathfield Show website for more information and advance ticket purchases. Up to 25 percent discount on gate entry is available when tickets purchased in advance of show day. www.heathfieldshow.org.

FAIR: A fundraising event is being held at Christchurch, Horebeech Lane, Horam from 10am to 2pm on June 1 for an amazing cause, Saying Goodbye, a division of the Mariposa Trust. Bring the family for a fun filled event, with local businesses selling their home made crafts and cakes, with kids’ games and activities.

PRIMAVERA Chamber Ensemble play on Sunday June 16 from 7pm at All Saints’s Parish Church, Waldron. Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view and choir stalls) available in person now at The Stores, Waldron and Heathfield Arts and Books, High Street, Heathfield or by post to Mary R Manser, Little Paygate, Horam, East Sussex, TN21 0JE. Cheques should be made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches (supporting both Waldron and Cross in Hand churches). Please enclose a SAE. For enquiries (not for ticket purchases) phone 01435 812036.

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

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: This year Heathfield Silver Band is hosting its own special event to celebrate 125 years of the Band’s existence, founded in 1888 as a fife and drum (military) band it has continued without hardly a break since that time. The date is Saturday, July 6 and the venue is Heathfield Community Centre. The event will open at 2pm. There will be stalls, food and entertainment provided by local schools. There is a local community feel to this event, with local schools and organisations being invited. These are early days but the band hopes to bring in a lot more groups over the coming weeks and months. For businesses stalls cost just £10 but for charities they are free. Entry to the event is also free and they hope to attract people from Heathfield and the surrounding area. There will be a collection and funds raised will go to the band and other local charities. Stalls will trade until 6pm and then at 7pm the Heathfield Silver Band will put on an open air concert on the grass area behind the Community Centre. In the event of wet weather we will use the main hall instead. The event will finish at around 10pm. If you would like to take part or help please contact the Band Secretary on 01435 862398.

DAME MARY PETERS: Former British Olympic champion, Dame Mary Peters DBE LL, was the guest of honour as McCarthy and Stone celebrated the re-launch of its new Later Living development in Heathfield this month. Dame Mary, pentathlon gold medallist at the 1972 Olympic Games, joined purchasers, visitors and staff to celebrate the success of the Mutton Hall Hill by raising a toast with a glass of bubbly in the delightful homeowners’ lounges. Alongside McCarthy and Stone’s regional sales and marketing director, Julie Ward, Dame Mary took a guided tour of the development, before taking time out to meet and talk with other guests about her experiences both as an Olympian and an ambassador for the sport. Julie Ward, said: ‘Dame Mary continues to be an inspiration for the older generation and is a shining example of someone who appreciates that age is something to be celebrated and enjoyed. Many of the people who live at Ridgeway Court still fondly remember her achievements at the Olympics in Munich, so it was a real honour for them to be able to not only meet her, but welcome her into their homes. It was a fabulous afternoon for everyone who attended, and one I’m sure we will all treasure for a long time to come.’

BUS SERVICE CHANGES: Residents are being asked to give their views on proposed changes to bus services in East Sussex. As part of a routine review, East Sussex County Council has drawn up proposed changes to some of the Lewes, Wealden and Eastbourne services it funds before a preferred bidder is selected to run the services. The review will allow the council to get the best value for money while protecting and enhancing popular routes relied on by residents travelling to shops, schools, medical appointments and leisure activities. The routes affected include: 25, 121, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 166, 226, 227, 228, 229, 254, 259, 824. Most of the proposed changes are small and take into account the use being made of the current services. The proposals include suggestions submitted in previous consultation, but the council still wants to hear people’s views on these. Rupert Clubb, Director of Economy, Transport and Environment, said: ‘We want to ensure we get the best match between value for money and providing the services that residents rely on.’ Full details of the proposals and information about giving feedback can be found atwww.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultation/2013/busreview. Comments can also be sent in by post to East Sussex County Council, B2 Passenger Transport, Freepost LW43, Lewes BN7 1BR The closing date for comments is today, Friday. The county council is planning to select its preferred bidders towards the end of May. The revised services will run from July 28.

HORAM & VINES CROSS

HORAM PARISH COUNCIL are hosting this year’s Annual Parish Meeting at the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Come and meet your parish, district and county councillors. Exhibits will include representatives from Wealden District Council talking about the new waste collection service. A speaker from a community programme in Rotherfield. There will also be a collection of pictures and documents depicting Horam and Vines Cross of yesteryear. We think this collection will be of great interest. There will be an opportunity to ask your councillors questions. All welcome.

NATURAL THERAPY: Join us in our 10 year celebrations starting with our Wellbeing Fair at Heathfield Community Centre on May 18, 10.30am to 4.30pm, followed by nine days of celebrations from May 19 to 27 at the Clinic. Our 10 year theme will be based on the

number 10. Book on 01435 812997.

mayfield & five ashes

PARISH COUNCIL: Speeding traffic is the biggest bugbear of Five Ashes residents and the proposed speed camera van and possible installation of average speed cameras have not been forthcoming. The week commencing May 13 is Road Safety Week; Fire Service volunteers will be active in Five Ashes with a drop-in at the village hall and activity by the roadside to raise awareness of both the community and motorists passing through the village. They are also looking to gather information on speed and driver behaviour At the annual parish meeting members were asked if there were any people who could be contacted regularly by letter or email to try to nudge some action. Contact details are: Carl Maynard – lead member for traffic: cllr.carl.maynard@eastsussex.gov.uk; Chris Dowling - local councillor who has been helping us: cllr.chris.dowling@eastsussex.gov.uk and Brian Banks at East Sussex: Brian.banks@eastsussex.gov.uk The Five Ashes Speedwatch team have been out tackling the speeding traffic and are doing a brilliant job. They are a small team and need more volunteers; they work in a team of three, monitor the speed of traffic and note down for the police those who are over a certain speed. If caught on more than a couple of occasions a letter is issued via police, if a high offender then the police will know when to lay in wait to pounce and issue a ticket. With more volunteers the Speedwatch team can get out more often. Please contact Councillor Elaine Wheeler: elaine.wheeler@yahoo.co.uk or / 01892 830809. If you are interested in adopting or dedicating a community bench or road finger post in the parish, the council is now offering the opportunity. Dedications can be to a person, family or reputable organisation of your choice. Both adoptions and dedications include a small plaque giving details of the dedication or adoption. The cost of fingerposts varies depending on how many fingers they have and how elaborate they are. Please contact the parish council office about how the scheme works and locations of bench seats and traffic finger posts that might be of interest. There have been a couple of heating oil thefts in Mayfield over the last month and this has also been an issue in Wealden generally. We had a day of action in relation to this where we visited homes with heating oil tanks and offered crime prevention advice such as alarms, security lights and defensive planting. If you would like any more info or would like a visit from myself please e-mail me, the clerk will be happy to attend. There was also a works van broken into in Rotherfield, please remember to never leave anything on display and take all tools out overnight if you are able. As a team we have been checking schools in our area at the start and end of the day to have a visible presence and deal with any parking problems that may arise. Don’t forget you can call or e-mail me any concerns or phone, if it’s a non-emergency, call 101 or 999 in an emergency. PCSO Matt Boyle - matthew.boyle@sussex.pnn.police.uk The parish council is hoping to get a team of volunteers together for litter picking. The current plan is to meet up at 9.30am on the third Saturday of the month from May to October at Court Meadow. High visibility vests and litter grabbers would be lent out and the idea is for volunteers to set off in groups, have a walk and a natter and pick litter up at the same time. We think it could be fun especially with a group of friends. Get some fresh air, exercise and tidy up the community. If you are interested, please contact the council so we have an idea of numbers and equipment that will be necessary. One complaint which is repeatedly made and came up at the Annual Parish Meeting is of the wheelie bins constantly left cluttering the pavements in Mayfield High Street. The parish council and residents kindly request that they are removed from the High Street after they have been emptied. They are an eyesore and do not smell very pleasant either.

MAYFIELD MAYFAIR: It is time to look forward to the Mayfair which is tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm in the High Street. Organisers would still welcome a few more volunteers for the day, extra prizes for the raffle and entrants for the Sedan Chair race, please contact Ian Parker on 07971 979137 if you can help. Also please check the posters around the village for any last minute additions to the programme. Four local schools who will be doing traditional Maypole or country dancing by Mayfield CE Primary School, Mayfield Pre-School, Skippers Hill Manor and The Mead School and there will be the crowning of the May Queen, the judging of the decorated May sticks, the Green Man, Mayfield Band, a folk band and country dancing. There will be a wide variety of things to eat and drink with a hog roast, hot dogs, pizzas, strawberries, Pimms, ice creams, chocolate, cakes and more. The stands will include a plant sale by the horticultural society and sale of local jams and preserves. The display of classic and new cars now includes an Aston Martin, an E-type Jaguar, a Ferrari and a Range Rover. They are looking forwardto seeing everyone there for the usual fun and enjoyment.

BONFIRE BOYES AND BELLES: Don’t forget the treasure hunt on Sunday. Start times between noon and 2pm. Clues will be within a two mile walking radius of the village. £5 a clue sheet per family/group of four. A great family afternoon with refreshments, social at the Carpenters Arms on finishing. Phone Jo Lee for a start time.

U3A: At 2pm on Thursday in the Memorial Hall, John Lawrence will talk about Rosalind Franklin, sometimes referred to as the Dark Lady of DNA, who died aged only 37. Among her achievements was the critical x-ray picture of DNA used by Crick and Watson. Only recently has she been given the credit that was due to her for her part in the most important biological discovery of the 20th century. Three of the interest groups in Mayfield U3A have become too large to meet in private houses. Following the recent New Members’ Coffee Morning, a volunteer agreed to start a second discussion group and members have already formed second play reading and French conversation groups. For any information about the U3A please contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128. As always visitors will be most welcome at the monthly meeting.

FESTIVAL CHOIR: On Sunday, 7.30pm. the Mayfield Festival Choir will present Between Heaven and Earth in St Dunstan’s Church. Tickets (£8, £12, £18 and £20) are available from Rosina’s Fabrics and Wools (01435 873670), online at www.mayfieldfestivalchoir.org or apply to the Box Office c/o Mayfield Post Office (please enclose stamped addressed envelope and cheque payable to Mayfield Festival Choir Society). Tickets will be on sale also in the High Street tomorrow, Saturday. This concert will celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth as well as the 125th anniversary of the first performance of Fauré’s iconic Requiem featuring the original score and weaves a celebratory narrative around the relationship between birth and death, and between earth and heaven. Conducted by Jeremy Summerly and accompanied by the Royal Academy Consort and soloists Miranda Johnson and Martin Johnson, the Choir will perform also Dufay’s Gloria ad modum tubae and Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, in addition to the medieval carol Angelus ad virginem and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. ‘A Swedish cargo ship, a French salon, an Austrian apartment, an Italian market square, and an English attic are all relevant locations to the music in this programme,’ explains the Choir’s Music Director, Jeremy Summerly, ‘But all of these works are ultimately designed to be heard in church. They deal variously with proclamation, devotion, nurture, and loss.’ ‘Fauré wrote his Requiem in 1888, when he was organist of the society church of La Madeleine in Paris’s fashionable 8th arrondissement. Chaucer’s 14th century clerk was accustomed to singing the Angelus ad virginem to his own accompaniment in his Oxford lodgings. The young Dufay composed his attention-seeking Gloria in the manner of a trumpet for a civic function in early 15th century Rimini. Mozart penned his Ave verum corpus in 1791, in the last few months of his life, while trying to seek permanent and secure employment, and Britten compiled his Ceremony of Carols during World War II, while sailing across the Atlantic under constant threat of submarine attack.’ More details about the choir, this concert and future events can be found at www.mayfieldfestivalchoir.org

FILM ON FRIDAY will be screening the Iranian film About Elly today, Friday. Last year they screened A Separation directed by Asghar Farhadi, which was so well received that this previous film made in 2009 was released and has been selected by members. The setting is a group of young educated Teheranis holidaying by the Caspian Sea. The film will be preceded by the AGM which is usually brief. About Elly will be shown in the Memorial Hall, where doors and bar open at 8pm for 8.30pm. Guests should ring 01435 872165 beforehand. Film on Friday will begin again in the autumn, when dates have been fixed, but the films not yet selected.

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

DRAMA: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are busy with their performances this week, until May 11, in the village hall, curtain up 8pm. You will certainly enjoy Our Man in Havana.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There should be summer bedding plants plus summer vegetables available amongst many other tempting goodies.

THE CRICKET CLUB are now in full swing with the league fixture this weekend: First team are away to Plumpton and East Chiltington; second team are playing at home against Herstmonceux; third team are playing away at Heathfield Park; fourth team are playing Hailsham IV at Temple Grove ground. All these matches will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a home fixture against Gully Cricketers. This game will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Communion services at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available, please book in advance 722582.

OPEN GARDEN: Sutton Hall gardens will be open from 1pm till 5pm on Sunday. Picnic lunches will be available plus teas and cakes. There will also be a plant sale and you can enjoy lovely walks in a splendid garden. The will be plenty of amusements for young children. Entrance £5, children under 12 years free. All the proceeds from this event will go towards the church fabric fund, Newick Football Club and the Reading Room. You will certainly have a lovely afternoon in the warm sunshine.

UCKFIELD

DIARY DATE: Uckfield Singers will be holding their Summer Showcase Concert titled Gotta Sing, July 27, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. Tickets still only £5.

WALDRON

SPRING SUNSHINE: At last there’s a glimpse of that yellow disc in the sky we’ve been missing for months, and over the past week or so, we sun-starved Waldronites have been emerging, blinking, from our winter burrows into the sun. I’ve got a nest in the eaves of my cottage where the birds celebrate their comings and goings by decorating my windows with their droppings. There is utter confusion amongst the wild flower-strewn roadside banks where the seasons have conflated and prolific primroses are still out while the first of the (very late) bluebells are just arriving, and cherry blossom is pinkitudinously covering the elderly tree in my garden. It’s spring.

CRICKET: Waldron Cricket Club begins its 2013 season with their first league match tomorrow, Saturday, which will be at home, against Fletching second XI beginning at 1.30pm. Supporters welcome. On Sunday they will play away against Fletching beginning at 2pm.

CROQUET: The village croquet club begins playing again this week with practices on Tuesday night on the Cattam at 5pm and regular playing at the weekend on Saturday or Sunday. Tomorrow, Saturday, the club stalwarts will have a training day at the beautiful lawns in Tunbridge Wells. There is an international match due in July against the French team in France and the club hopes to bring back the cup won by our opponents for the past two seasons.

SUMMER OPENING: The Stores at Waldron will be extending its opening hours for the summer from May 21 onwards by staying open until 4.30pm, so we don’t have to rush our teatime scones (which are absolutely gorgeous, by the way). Why not drop in for a cream tea one afternoon (except Monday)? It’s what summer is all about.

SNAKES RETURN: Make a date for Saturday May 18 when the Wakin’ Snakes return to the village for an evening session. They’re a fantastic band and always delight the audience when they come to the pub. Worth booking a table in advance (01435 812495) and coming for the whole evening.

SAVING LIVES: Over the past few months plans have been discussed for our village to have a public-access, easy-to-use defibrillator in the telephone box in the High Street. I’ve seen a demonstration of this piece of kit and it really is easy to use. In addition there are local volunteers (called First Responders) trained to deal with most life-threatening situations until the ambulance arrives. There is to be a meeting for all residents to hear the details of scheme and ask any questions they may have on Thursday May 23 in the Lucas Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. Waldron resident Tim Williams is chairman of the Heathfield and Waldron First Responder Scheme and will lead the meeting. He says that you are welcome to contact him at any time if you want to talk through the scheme (01435 812273) but in any case do come along to the meeting. It could save a life.

WARBLETON & RUSHLAKE GREEN

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Erik Cornelisse.

HISTORY GROUP: The White Rock Story is the title of Ken Brook’s talk on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and there is time for a chat, or to peruse our bookstall, and library.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. This is the annual parish council meeting at which the officers for the year are elected, and the committees are appointed. The public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters. If I have read the election website correctly, Rupert Simmonds was re-elected county councillor for Heathfield East which covers the Warbleton ward of our parish. Congratulations to him.

FISH SUPPER: Sarah Turner’s daughter and son-in-law, Nina and Pa are organising an event for the Spinal Injury Association and an all-terrain wheelchair for Pa, who is a full-time wheelchair user. The event is on Saturday May 18 at Rushlake Green Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a fish and chip supper, entertainment, table top competitions with prizes and a raffle. Tickets are only £10 which includes fish and chips, from Nina 07701045887 or Sarah 01435 863727.

SPIRITUALITY WORKSHOP: On Saturday June 1 at Osborne House. Coffee from 9.30am. The workshop is from 10am to 12.30pm followed by a light lunch, and is based on the Christian tradition but is intended to be suitable for those of any faith or none. The morning involves an introduction to time honoured Christian practices including meditation, with the option of trying out one or two approaches to spirituality. There is a suggested minimum donation of £5 per person. The workshop will be led by The Rev Marian Raikes, Chaplain and tutor at Oak Hill Theological College, London. Marian has considerable experience of Christian ministry. Before coming a full-time theological educator, she was a parish minister for 14 years and before that a University chaplain. She is the author of a number of works and edited Stirrings of the Soul. Call Marc on 01435 830421, or Caroline on 01323 833921 for more information.

GOD PARTICLE PLAY Saturday June 15 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc.) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email events@warbletonchurch.org.uk.