Parish Pump Uckfield - May 11, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Rogation Service. The service begins with a procession to the lower churchyard to seek God’s blessing upon the crops in the nearby fields. Then up Prinkle Lane, to a field of animals, to ask for God’s blessing on them. After which the congregation moves to the village hall to reflect on community life, returning to the church to consider the church’s mission in the world. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion.

GARDENING CLUB: The meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday is the Plant Sale and Quiz Night. Come along and get locally grown bargains for your garden, and test you little grey cells.

Buxted

BUXTED WI: What a lovely afternoon we had at the Reading Room last Thursday, when the WI gathered for our meeting. This month we met to enjoy a lovely ploughman’s lunch together and there was a happy buzz of chatter as the room was filled with ladies. It was obvious that the committee members had been working very hard preparing everything and our main course was soon served. After we had enjoyed this, it wasn’t long before a delicious array of cakes were brought out. The committee had clearly been very busy and the result of their work was very much appreciated. Thank you. The competition this month was for a display of weeds in a jam jar and there were some attractive entries which were used as pretty centre pieces for the tables. The winning entry was from Shirley Isted and the jars which were provided by Pauline Bonner and Evelyn Smith gained second and third place respectively. There were only two entries for the Flower of the Month competition from Sheena Mickleburgh and Shirley Isted and it was decided that they should be declared joint winners. Kath Warner presented cards to nine ladies who are celebrating birthdays this month, and Jane Godfrey and Ros Warriner each received a card and a gift as they are both celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Kath also provided a lovely display of handmade craft items ranging from appliquéd and embroidered bags to jewellery, pincushions, and greetings cards. These were much admired and several items were sold. A very successful raffle, with numerous prizes, was run by Jean Skinner. Since our last meeting there have been several outings. A group of ladies went to see 42nd Street and a fun evening was spent playing skittles at Barcombe. Some members enjoyed A Legal Tour Of London and due to the demand another tour is planned for July. As usual our regular groups will be meeting during the month, the gardening group on May 25 and the book club on May 24. We meet again on June 7 when Neil Sadler will be our guest speaker and his talk is entitled A Policeman’s Lot. For the competition we are asked to bring along a whistle. (Muriel Brooker).

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The annual parish meeting is being held in the village hall on Monday. Please note that the meeting begins at 8pm and not 7pm as in last week’s column. This is the meeting where parishioners get the chance to air their views and discuss various topics such at the allotments, woodlands, playing fields, etc.

CHURCH: The services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion and 10am Matins.

ALLOTMENTS: After a great deal of work and discussion over many years agreement has been reached with Hesmonds Stud that part of Harrison’s Field, which is the next but one field to the Memorial Playing Fields will be exchanged for the freehold interest in the Long Pond site. There are still some issues to be resolved such as planning consent for hardstanding for a car park and screening of the site. However, once all has been resolved the parish council will have approximately 60 plots to allocate to any resident in the parish. If you are still interested it will be necessary to confirm with our parish clerk, Ann Newton, on framfield.pc@virgin.net, just giving name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Individual sheds would require separate planning permission, so it has been decided that a communal storage shed with toilets will be provided.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: The carnival society are hoping to build a beacon in Harrison’s Field and Keith Pettit is planning to start this tomorrow, Saturday, and he is working to build a huge Britannia, and also on the following three weekends on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The beacons will be lit nationwide on Monday June 4 and East Hoathly’s contribution will be lit at 10.15pm. BBC South East are planning to film the building and the lighting of the beacon. If you can help please contact Keith on 01825 841000.

DOGS: The parish council have received many complaints recently that dog walkers are not clearing up after their pets, particularly around the school and the church area. Please ensure that you clear up.

AGE CONCERN: The next bingo session is in the village hall on Thursday at 2pm. All welcome. Jean Barnes has been offered a walking frame; if you are having problems getting around and could use this please get in touch with Jean on 01825 872145.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The next meeting is on Monday May 21 at 7.30pm at Rose Harman’s home. The talk will be Beachy Head Chaplaincy. For further information please ring Jennifer Cowling on 01825 840218.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The meeting this evening, Friday, is by Sarah Page when she will give a talk on Sussex Trug Making. Sarah will explain the design and history and the links to East Hoathly.

WALK: The walk on Sunday will start at Blackboys Inn at 2pm and will include Kiln Wood to see the woodland management scheme. All are welcome and for further information or help with transport please ring Jenny Pellett on 01825 872830.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 3 May 1758: ‘In the morning I went up to Tho Fuller’s and from thence he and I went to Will Eldridge’s, where we talked to Mary Evenden, who owned her being with child, but declared she would not swear the father of it as yet (though I think according to all circumstances nobody need think of any other person for the father than Mr Hutson). I came home about 9.20…’ (Mary Evenden and James Hutson married in September 1759).

Hailsham

FARMERS MARKET at the Cattle Market tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm. There have been some new stallholders over the last couple of months it is hoped this will improve with each month. The Market Cafe will be opened for a great breakfast, or a welcomed cup of tea or coffee.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday John (833995) is leading an eight-mile walk from Brightling Down to Oxley Green. There are many stiles and some cut steps, but worth the effort. The shorter Wednesday Walks group will be led by Stella (842806) of five miles along the Wealdway to Hellingly. It will get muddy if wet. If a stroll is all you fancy then also on Wednesday, Nobby (440624) will be leading a walk through Whitbread Hollow. If you would like to join any of the walks then please ring the walk leader to get all the details and let them know you would like to go along. General enquiries about Hailsham Ramblers can be made through Secretary, Jill, on (01323) 843530.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion is at 8am. All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am. Holy Communion is at Emmanuel at 2.45. Evening Prayer is at St Mary’s at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is from 11am to noon with Dorothy Young at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 Private Readings next Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Contact 766435 or 07716 225582 to book with a medium of your choice.

ULTIMATE MAKEOVER: Go along to Hailsham Parish Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Colour Me Beautiful consultant, Fran Crosthwaite, will be showing the Women2Women group how to look beautiful on the outside. There will also be a short thought provoking talk on Making Over the Inside. Tickets £5, which include canapés, are on sale from Kim on (01323) 842381 and you are invited to take along your friends.

FLOWER CLUB: The April meeting was a night to remember when members were shown a floral art demonstration given by Joyce Pannell entitled Oh! What a Basket. The first basket used was as big as an old fashioned baker’s basket, half filled with a good mixture of pretty flowers and foliage, a reminder of a flower meadow, lovely. Next was a small round basket filled with aspidistra leaves and large cream and pink cabbage roses. Another was shallow and lined around edge, the centre containing lilies and statice. The quiz night was a great success with over 100 people exercising their brains and enjoying a ploughman’s supper prepared by the committee and £250 raised for the Sussex Kidney Trust. The next meeting is on May 16. a workshop given by Tilda Conway entitled Let’s Get Weaving. There will also be a plant stall as well as the usual raffle and refreshments. There is a varied programme and all are welcome from beginners to the more experienced. Further information from the Secretary on (01323) 760513.

BONFIRE BINGO: Hailsham Bonfire Society bingo nights are held on the third Friday of every month in the Charles Hunt Centre. The next is on Friday May 18. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Half time refreshments are provided and sorry but it is over 18’s only (no upper age limit). All proceeds go towards staging the annual free bonfire celebrations in October.

Heathfield,

Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEATHFIELD SHOW: No apologies this week for devoting most of this column to the Heathfield Show which comes to Tottingworth Farm on May 26. This is the premier agricultural show in the south east and there’s enough going on to keep every member of the family occupied and amused for the entire day. I’ve enjoyed it for years, long before we moved to live in Heathfield. You also meet everyone you know there including (in my case) a former work colleague who took up point-to-pointing and carries on in spite of having retired, (slightly deranged.) You don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy the day. A brand new exhibit this year is the education area. Show organisers say this reflects the sentiments of the Heathfield Show council when it was first set up in 1947 which was to encourage and advance the knowledge of the countryside to others. The area is sponsored by hosts Tottingworth Farm and Creaseys LLP. It aims to educate children and adults in a very approachable way. It has a display of farm animals, examples of different breeds of cattle with their calves, a ewe and lamb and sow and piglets, a hands on corner for children including the new addition to the Tottingworth herd, a manual milking cow. Everyone can enter a competition to name the cow and win a free membership to the Show for 2013. The show itself has always had a reputation for the size and quality of showing classes. There are more than 1,000 animals entered to complete on show day. With best of breed and section champion awards at stake, not to mention individual class competitions and awards. Her Majesty the Queen has entered a horse in one of the showing classes which is an honour in this Diamond Jubilee Year. The flower show this year, sponsored by Swindells LLP, has The Flower Games as its theme, a tribute to the London Olyimpics. People can enter arrangements under themes like Opening Ceremony and Sporting Hero. There are vintage tractors too which parade in the Country Ways ring. In Country Ways itself there’s a huge list and variety of participants. Eastbourne Bee Keepers have an observation hive while the Fly Dressers Guild shows how to tie artificial fishing flies. The Working Horse Trust demonstrates wonderful working horses while several packs of hounds will be parading in the arena. Other subjects on show include lace making, forestry, rush chair seating, saddlery, sheep shearing, spinning, stone masonry, the welfare of ferrets, young Farmers, terrier racing, trugs, working steam, a walking stick display and a wheelwright. There are trade stands galore with more than 200 exhibitors showing, and hopefully selling, their wares. Products and services including agricultural machinery, crafts, speciality foods, garden machinery, fishing and shooting equipment, clothes and fashion accessories, education, a farmers market, funfair, flight simulator, laser war games, a good marquee, local councils, vehicle dealerships, equestrian supplies, clothing and garden furniture. What I like about the show (well there isn’t anything I dislike,) is the attitude of many exhibitors who refuse point blank to be discouraged by whatever the day throws at them. I remember about five years ago the weather had been as appalling as it has been early this month and the ground was churned with ruts at least half a metre deep. People turned up in their thousands and I remember seeing girls in high heeled shoes picking their way through the mud to get to the stands selling those pale pink collared shirts beloved of the country set. It’s always been a good place to pick up summer bedding plants, (whatever the temperature,) sample Sussex produced wine, find a smart accessory for your dog, try a pint from a local brewery or even a local cider producer, snaffle some home-produced cheese, preserves, jam or cakes, book a cruise, admire the work of animal welfare groups, wonder at wood carving and even equip yourself for whatever the weather throws at you with an authentic country jacket, hat or thick jumper. The Sussex Wildlife Trust is there too so visitors can find out all they need to know about our lovely county. See you there.

BUSINESS EXPO: The Expo has gone live for 2012. Wealden Business Expo is returning to Heathfield on Tuesday, October 16. This year organisers say it will be even better. Once again there will be a wide range of local businesses showcasing their products and services. However there will also be an exciting programme of free seminars running through the day which will include wine tasting, chocolate making and gardening tips. There will also be free goody bags for the first 200 visitors to the exhibition. Local businesses can showcase their products and services and local business people make a point of networking with other local firms. All visitors can find local services and attend interesting seminars and people who are looking for work can talk to potential employers. There will be plenty of people there too to help school leavers find out where the opportunities are. Last year’s Expo, the first, went brilliantly so this year it is looking to build on that success. The exhibition website www.wealdenbusinessexpo.co.uk is now open for advance bookings from members of Heathfield Chamber and stands are on general release as from the start of this month. The website includes an easy to use online booking system that allows potential exhibitors to select a stand location, fill in their business description and make a payment, all in one easy transaction. Visit the exhibition website and find out more about Wealden Business Expo 2012. For further information contact Wealden Business Expo by emailing barbara@hibbart.com or ringing 01435 865135 or emailing the Heathfield Chamber Clare Lane E clarelane@hrhlaw.co.uk

CROSS IN HAND WI: Thirty three members and visitors enjoyed an afternoon of flower arranging presented by Chris Campbell-Dykes at our April meeting. After retiring from her career as a hairdresser, Mrs Campbell-Dykes took up flower arranging, doing the flowers in her local church and then taking orders for weddings and other events. She is now busier than ever. She was able to demonstrate the use, not just of expensive shop bought flowers, but also foliage and plants from everyone’s gardens. Members’ birthday flowers were given to Jill Poulton and Pamela Rihal. A trip to a local garden centre is planned for next month. The next meeting for members only is to discuss the resolution for the AGM, and enjoy a ploughmans lunch in the village hall at 1pm on May 23. New members are always made most welcome. Please telephone 01435 862161 or go to www.esfwi.org.uk for details.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, meet in Burwash CP, GR 675246 at 9.30am for a 10.5 mile walk. Ring 01435 868789.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: The big party day is now in its final stages of preparation. On Monday June 4 we are all invited into the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle for a community picnic between 11am to 5pm. The castle grounds will be closed to the general public for the day enabling local families exclusive access; activities will take place around the picnic and further details have been published in the Jubilee souvenir programme which is already on sale in the village. There is also the Herstmonceux and Wartling Queens Jubilee commemorative bone china mug on sale which can be pre-ordered at £7.50 through the parish clerk on 833312 or email at clerk@herstmonceuxparish.org. A display of photographs and memorabilia will be shown at the Village Information Centre, and on Saturday June 2 the Woolpack will be hosting an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia throughout the day. It’s not too late, if you have and photos or documents from the last 60 years let the parish clerk know and they will be happy to have copies made to put in the exhibition. The committee has representatives from several local groups but more help and support will be needed on the day and if you would like to help please contact the committee secretary, Liz Maddock on 833611 or by email at liz.maddock@virgin.net or you can drop a note into the parish clerk’s office at the village hall. More information will become available as we get closer.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The football team were in the semi-finals, being drawn away from home against Hurst. A strong Herstmonceux side was selected and hopes were high. They got off to a very good start going into the lead 2-0 with James Jarvis and Craig Fears scoring the goals but, Hurst scored leaving Herstmonceux defeated at 2-3. Man of the match was shared by Stu Haines and James Jarvis. Their next match is against Chicago Titans at Lime Park on Saturday May 19, kick-off 3pm. The Titans are over here for 10 days and Herstmonceux is one of two clubs chosen for them to play against in this their 20th anniversary trip to Sussex.

THE DAHLIA SOCIETY will be holding their annual plant sale in the small hall at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and noon. Jim will be there along with many other members of the society, to give you the tips needed to get the best out of your blooms.

BOWLS CLUB: The start of the outdoor bowls season and the first match was away to Staplecross which our team won 71-53.

MILLS WEEKEND: To help celebrate National Mills Weekend 2012, the windmill at Windmill Hill will be open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. There will be Classic Cars on the Green outside the Horseshoe Inn, fencing for children within the grounds of the mill, face painting, plant stalls, teas and refreshments. The Long Man Morris Men will be there on Sunday at 3.30pm. This and much more will await you on your visit. Entrance to the mill is by donation. For more information please go to their website at www.windmillhillwindmill.org or telephone them on 833033.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with Celtic Worship will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively. Holy Communion (common worship) along with Worship and Prayer being held at Wartling church 9.45am and 11am respectively.

RAY AND SHELDON: This friendly local club will be meeting once again in the village hall today, Friday, at 2.15pm. Their speaker for the afternoon will be Mary Ann Gordon who will be telling them all about her experiences as a JP. Anybody over the age of 60 years is welcome to join them.

COFFEE MORNING: The Herstmonceux and Wartling Branch of the Bexhill and Battle Conservative Association will be holding their Annual Coffee Morning at the Friends Meeting House tomorrow, Saturday May, between 10am and noon. Stalls will include plants, cakes, books, bring and buy and the chance to unlock a bottle of whisky. An excellent raffle will be run through the morning.

RNLI: It’ll be Lifeboat collection time again next month and June Exworth is looking for some help please. She needs collectors for Herstmonceux, Cowbeech, Bodle Street, Wartling, Stunts Green and Boreham Street. If you think you can help please contact June as soon as possible on 833779. She also notes that Eastbourne are getting a new Shannon Class Lifeboat which will be named Diamond Jubilee and has the honour of being part of the fleet of boats sailing on the Thames to be reviewed by the Queen as part of her Jubilee celebrations.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

WOODHILL PATIENTS’ GROUP: The next meeting is on Wednesday at Mayfield Primary School Hall at 8pm. This is an important meeting when the group’s progress to date will be reviewed and course for the future planned. When the group started last summer, as with any new group, there was inevitably some uncertainty as to its viability. However, since then the group has gone from strength to strength. Nonetheless now is a good time to take stock and to consider what they wish to achieve in the future, for the benefit not only of the surgery but also of the community generally, and what things might be done differently or better. Anyone who is a patient of the surgery and cares about it and health issues generally is encouraged to come and have their say, and will be very welcome indeed. In particular the group needs to be more representative of the patient population as a whole and would particularly welcome younger people and people of working age. Doctors plan to send out in advance of the meeting some possible topics and ideas for discussion, and so if anyone is coming to the meeting who is not currently on their mailing list do please register an interest by email (fionalydon@onetel.com) so that one can be sent to you. On a separate note, the defibrillators should be here in a couple of weeks now, so I am advised by SECAMB. The public meeting to explain about them is likely to be in June.

THE MAY FAIR takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and there is a full programme of events with something for all the family, from traditional maypole and country dancing (featuring four local primary schools) to birds of prey demonstrations; from horticultural stalls to tug-of-war and from BMX to Zumba. You can see the full programme and more details on the website www.mayfieldmayfair.com. Volunteers, even at this late stage, are welcomed to help out on the day. Contact Andrew Burnett at Burnetts 01435 874450.

COLKINS MILL CHURCH: On May 15 the church will welcome back Fiona Castle who has been a regular speaker at the Women Alive meetings. Fiona’s late husband, Roy, will be remembered by many with great affection as a talented musician, and Fiona’s active involvement with Christian organisations aimed at helping women and families have earned her widespread respect. She is a most interesting and entertaining speaker so do come along to hear her. 10.30am for coffee at Colkins Mill Church, Station Road. Creche available. Further information from Liz Keene 01435 873469 or Polly Bradford 01435 873946.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: Farmers market and plant fair to support the hospice tomorrow, Saturday. Hundreds of plants, trees and shrubs at fantastic prices will be available, as well as the Farmers’ Market selling a range of delicious produce. Emma Whittington 01892 820508.

DARK HORSE GALLERY: May is a busy month in the village and for the Dark Horse Gallery it marks the start of our exhibition season, beginning with a Festival Art Show, a celebration of local art and craft. A diverse range of artworks will be showcased. Throughout the festival, follow the arts trail down the High Street and enjoy the paintings and sculptures in shop windows and restaurants and the church. Take part in the art, craft and music workshops on May 12 and 19. Visit the local Open Studios and meet the artists in their working environments. Further details and a route plan are available from the Dark Horse Gallery. The exhibition opened last week with a dual show of work from Alastair Creamer and Katy Weed. The gallery’s friendly, relaxed art classes continue throughout the month. These courses are suitable for artists of all levels and will provide an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and techniques.

AGM: The annual general meeting of the Memorial Hall will take place on Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm in the hall. The agenda for this meeting will include the usual annual reports by the chairman, treasurer and booking secretary. It will also include a progress report on the proposals for the Mayfield Village Centre project. Everyone is very welcome to attend. The Memorial Hall Management Committee is made up of representatives from a number of village organisations. Every organisation in the village is entitled to have a representative on this committee. The committee meets every other month in January, March, May, July, September and November, normally on the first Wednesday evening of the month. If any organisation that at present has no representation on the Management Committee would like to have a say in the running of the hall, then please will they contact John Neal to arrange for one of their members to join us. John is on 01435 872113. E-mail rjneal@btinternet.com

U3A: (University of the Third Age) On Thursday Professor Lawrence Lerner will base his talk entitled Are we murdering the English language on his book You Can’t Say That. He will describe the way in which languages change and in particular how English has changed. For those people who are convinced our language is going to the dogs, he asks: ‘when was it better? Was it when we were young or when our grandparents were young, or a thousand years ago?’ This meeting will take place in Mayfield Memorial Hall starting at 2pm and visitors will be most welcome.

CRICKET CLUB: Canada Cricket Week. During next week the club we will be delighted to host the Canadian national side at Wellbrook. They play a Mayfield XI on Sunday, followed by games here on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, details to be announced but including well known professional and local cricketers. All visitors, friends and spectators will be most welcome. Bar and catering will be open, and the evenings could be quite interesting too. They have a rest on Thursday, before they take on Guernsey at the County Ground, Hove on Friday May 18.

Waldron

CROQUET: Unexpectedly the village croquet players were able to get in their first evening practice last week when suddenly the skies cleared, the sun came out and the wind dropped. Then, despite a poor forecast they were also able to get in a full day’s training at Tunbridge Wells on Saturday on the fantastic, fast and smooth grounds there. Needless to say, there was a very good turn-out for the dinner at Carluccio’s afterwards.

BUNTING: The bunting team of the WI played a blinder last week, with steam coming off their sewing machines and all kinds of red, white and blue material pressed into making bunting. I think the total made was over 600 feet, so hope the weather improved for the Jubilee weekend so that we can see it up and flapping for the Queen.

BEACON: Speaking of which, we have a last-minute addition to our packed programme of events for the Jubilee weekend. Waldron is now one of over 4,000 sites throughout the UK, at which beacons will be lit on Monday June 4 between 10pm and 10.30pm. Be part of the fun and come over to the Cattam where our team under Beacon Master Roy Wilkinson will light our bonfire at 10.26 precisely. We understand that the Queen will light the final beacon at Buckingham Palace at 10.30pm and will then be presented with a book listing all the communities in the country where beacons will by then have been lit, and Waldron is on that list. And yes, the Guinness Book of Records has been contacted.

BRITANNIA RULES: The first event on our Jubilee weekend will be our concert at All Saints’ on Friday June 1 starting at 7.30pm. Britannia Rules OK is a romp through history with some of the queens of England, the vivacious, vicious, versatile, vindictive and virginal (?) women who have sat on our throne. Prepare to be amazed and amused. Entry is free and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of Waldron Churches, to repair the belfry roof. Everyone is welcome to come along and with wine in the interval we hope you’ll get into the mood for the whole weekend.

VILLAGE CRICKET: On Saturday afternoon, June 2, our cricket club will be contesting a league match against Chiddingly. Bring a chair to watch the game and book yourselves a fantastic cricket tea by ringing Malcolm Hunt on 01435 8626944. It will cost £5 per head and ringing ahead will make sure we don’t run out of cake. That evening John Crampton will be playing his foot tapping blues at the Star.

BIG LUNCH: Sunday June 3 is the day of our Big Jubilee Lunch and you can bring your picnic and join us for our street party in the middle of the village (and yes, the street will be closed, so be warned) outside the Star. Bring a chair too. There will be entertainment with music, a Punch and Judy, street entertainment, a stop-me-and-buy-one ice cream seller, strawberries and cream, a Pimms stall, a whisky-and-champagne tombola, and a whopping royal raffle. Paul will fire up his barbecue if you can’t be bothered with the picnic and the pub and the shop will both be going full blast. There will also be a visiting fortune-teller I hear, the mysterious Madame Gilletto. And if you want to watch the river procession on the Thames, worry not, we’ll have a screen up so you can see it from your seat. Waldron residents, Friends of Waldron Churches, family and friends are all welcome to join the fun. In the evening, at 6.30pm there will be a Festival Choral Evensong at All Saints’ and during the day our beautiful bells will be rung.

OPEN GARDENS: And it doesn’t end there, oh no it doesn’t...because on Monday we will be opening three beautiful gardens in Brittenden Lane. There’s free parking at Brittenden, then your £3 ticket will give you access to all three gardens. If you arrive at Badger’s Rest around lunchtime you will be offered a glass of wine, and there will be teas and cake at Brittenden all day, (£2 per head) as well as the opportunity to buy some plants from the stall there. All profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches. You can get your tickets in advance from the Stores at Waldron or from Thorpe’s Garden Centre at Horam. Note also that String Theory will play at the Star at lunchtime on that day (Monday June 4) and our Jubilee Beacon Bonfire will be lit on the Cattam at 10.26pm (see story above).

SERVICES: Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Easter and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. Thursday is Ascension Day and there will be a Sung Group Eucharist at St Bart’s starting at 7.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Last Sunday the service was jointly conducted by Marc Lloyd, and Chris and Kesia Payne who work with OMF in Japan. Chris and Kesia updated us on the work over the past five years, and we even managed to sing a chorus in Japanese. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Rogation Service. Heathfield Chapel, 11am and 6.30pm services both conducted by Rev Robert Scott.

HISTORY GROUP: Melvin Smith will enlighten us on Old Country Ways at our meeting on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm, in the Dunn Village Hall.

TAPAS EVENING: The Dunn Village Hall will be transported (metaphorically) to Spain next Saturday with a Flamenco and Tapas evening with Amor Flamenco. Tickets are £20 per head, including supper, and are available from The Stores or by phoning 01435 812627 or 863727. A bar will be available and the evening is in aid of the hall funds.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meetings move to Bodle Street for the summer, starting on Thursday at 7pm in the Bodle Street Village Hall. This is the annual parish council meeting when the officers are elected and committees appointed, in addition to normal business. Members of the public are welcome to attend and as usual, there is an opportunity early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

FLOWER SHOW: The schedule for this year’s show is now available from The Stores, Rushlake Green. There are 125 classes in the show covering a wide range of subjects: Flowers, cooking, poultry, handicraft etc. The show is on Saturday July 28 and entries (and fees) need to be returned to the Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 25. The evening entertainment will be provided by 60s to 80s music group The Buffaloes. There will be a united church service in the marquee on the Sunday morning. Full details of the weekend are in the schedule.