Parish Pump Uckfield - May 3, 2013

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bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship & Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP).

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PLANT SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning the Burwash and District Horticultural Society will be holding their annual plant sale. Thanks to the kindness of Richard and Lynda Maude-Roxby, it will be held at Mount House from 10am until noon. On sale will be various plants from members and perennials and bedding plants from Shanks Nursery.

SPRING SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, St Bartholomew’s Church holds a Spring Sale from 2pm until 4pm in the church. It promises to be a lot of fun for the whole family and includes cream teas and entertainment for the children.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will have their May meeting on Wednesday, at 2.15pm in the village hall. This lively group of women from our three villages enjoy a varied programme of speakers on the most unusual topics. This week they will hear David Thomas speak on My Time as a Crown Jeweller. To join them call Audrey Wright on 01435 882751 or go along on Wednesday. The group always meet on the second Wednesday of each month and on the fourth they have an outing of some kind.

SUPPER: A big thank you to everyone who went along to the special supper at the Beat Motel last week to help raise funds and awareness of the Shoe Boxes for the Soldiers. Shirley Viney has been sending parcels to the soldiers for several years with kind donations of items from individuals and groups. These are really appreciated by those serving abroad, especially for things like lip balms and salves. The supper, which was organised by Steve Mintram, was huge success and raised over £800. Well done everyone.

east hoathly

RACE NIGHT: Over £1,000 was raised at the recent twinning association’s Race Night. The principal beneficiaries were St Peter and St James Hospice and the Friends of Sussex Hospices, along with the twinning association’s own funds. The evening was very well attended with nearly 70 people shoe-horned into the cosy surroundings of the Playing Fields Pavilion. Chef’s Pantry provided the delicious meal and the bar was kept busy most of the evening. There were several winning tipsters and horse owners; the many more losers could console themselves that their losing stakes were going towards some worthy causes. Andy Myatt and his twinning team would particularly like to thank Chris Gauntlett and Sam Mayer who worked tirelessly through the evening to ensure that races were broadcasted smoothly and provided some quality music in between; to Denis Drinan for his sterling work as the knowledgeable MC and who kept up an inexhaustible stream of patter throughout the proceedings and to Ian Scutt and Roger Sherratt of Chef’s Pantry who were so generous with the size of their tasty portions. It proved to be yet another excellent and enjoyable East Hoathly evening. Many thanks are given to all those who worked so hard to make it possible and to the generous financial support from the various race sponsors.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Cash prizes of £200, £150, £100 and £50 were won by lucky contestants in the Twinning Multidraw held at the King’s Head on April 5. Twinners and regular Parish Pump readers will know a draw is held quarterly and prize money flows like water, BUT, as they say, you have to be in it to win it. We have about 85 entrants in each Multidraw and have a few more vacancies for those who recognise a good thing when they see it. Annual memberships are now due for renewal before the June draw, payable by cash, cheque or standing order. Remember it costs less than £1 per week. Please contact John Tarry on 840575 or e-mail tarry101@btinternet.com

TENNIS CLUB: You are invited to an open day tomorrow (Saturday) between 11am and 3pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. There will be an opportunity to try out new racquets (soft soled shoes on courts please) and meet the club members. Refreshments available. For information call Val Griffiths on 840925.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Our next walk is on Sunday May 12 and will be starting from The Six Bells, Chiddingly, where we will be pleased to welcome anyone who wants to come along, you don’t have to be a member of the society and you don’t need to be a serious walker. Details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 3 May 1759: Mr Breeden and I dined at Framfield on the remains of Tuesday’s and yesterday’s diner with a plain rice pudding. Today we completed the appraising of the stock-in-trade and stayed and drank tea at Framfield and then came home about 7.10….’

fairwarp

A COFFEE MORNING to raise funds for the charity Send a Cow was hosted recently by Ursula Bunbury at Lantern Cottage. Over £800 was raised. The event was very well attended, with donations made by those unable to attend.

PARTY: The St George’s Day party at the Foresters Arms was a great success, with much waving of English flags and the sporting of English top-hats. Please make a note in your diary for the Pirates of the Caribbean night on May 17.

QUIZ NIGHT: The last quiz night of 2012/13 took place at the pub on Monday. They have been running since October. All present thanked John Lyon for organising the evenings and presented him with a bottle of champagne as a token of appreciation.

FETE: This year’s fete is on Saturday July 13. A huge amount of preparatory work goes into making the day the success it usually is. If you think you can help in any way please see the May edition of the Fairwarp Echo for details.

BARBECUE: There will be a barbecue in aid of Christ Church funds at Lampool Farm on Sunday August 11 at 12.30pm. There will be a Christ Church Quiz Night on Saturday June 22 in the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. Contact Jenny on 01825 712188 to book your seats. Tickets £8.

IF YOU WISH to receive the Fairwarp Echo, 50p per copy or £5 a year, contact David Endacott on 01825 712819, or at Throwleigh, The Street.

heathfield punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: Mallory Hansford tells us: The band would like to thank all those who came along to its last quiz on Saturday April 13. The evening was great fun and it was good to see so many now familiar faces. A total of £420 was raised and this money will be going towards the publication of a book being written about the Band’s history, this year being our 125th anniversary. We don’t look that old. Do contact us if you would like us to play at your event in this important year for us. We love playing at local events. www.heathfieldsilverband.co.uk or ring on 862398.

ART EXHIBITION: There will be an exhibition and sale of work by members of the Cross in Hand Art Club at the Union Church, Heathfield tomorrow, Saturday. It starts at 10am with tea and coffee available.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with children’s activities. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s art and craft group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Advance notice, June 15 at 7.30pm in church, Music for a Summer Evening with the Wealden Consort. Tickets £10 including free refreshment. Ring 01435 862362 or 01435 866072.

WHEELS TO WORK: The daily commute is about to get a lot easier for residents of East Sussex, the council tells us, thanks to the launch of a new social enterprise scheme. East Sussex Wheels 2 Work will provide the loan of a moped or electric cycle along with training, insurance and safety equipment to those people in need of help getting to work, education or training. The vehicles loaned will be checked every six weeks to ensure they are safe and reliable and there will be an option to buy the vehicle after a minimum of three months. The scheme, which is being funded using Local Sustainable Transport Fund money secured from government by the county council, will be run by Devon Wheels 2 Work, one of the only not for profit organisations of its kind in the country.

PARISH COUNCIL: Housing at the rear of the police station, report from recent planning meeting. Mr Wilford from Barton Wilmore Partnership confirmed the application had been validated by Wealden District Council and the proactive search document had been submitted which made the application complete. Members of the committee asked questions relating to fuel interceptors for the site, the capacity of Vines Cross Treatment Works, the timing of affordable housing provision, access to the Millennium Green and access from the site into adjoining land. It was considered a thorough assessment had been made of all potential alternative sites within and adjacent to the development boundary for Heathfield and outside of the AoNB and, whilst acknowledging that the major part of the site would encroach into the AoNB, the Committee considered this site to be the only realistically deliverable site, and the most sustainable in terms of its location. Furthermore, its potential impact upon the AoNB was effectively minimised due to the topography of the area and natural screening. The committee asked for regard to the following: That these observations are on the basis of the submission of satisfactory details of all aspects of the development at the Reserved Matters stage, to include: a) Satisfactory confirmation there was sufficient capacity at the Vines Cross Treatment Works to service the development, b) Satisfactory provision of fuel interceptors to prevent pollution from surface water run-off from the site, c) Satisfactory access linkage to the Millennium Green being provided at an early stage in the development, d) Details of future street lighting proposals to be agreed and controls put in place regarding potential future lighting on site, under Dark Skies principles, e) Provision be made as part of the development to allow for unimpeded access for future potential development of the adjacent site to the west, f) High quality materials be used on all aspects of the development, g) Any potential impact upon local amenities during construction works to be minimised in accordance with the Considerate Contractors scheme, h) That the development be as environmentally sustainable and carbon neutral as possible, to include the provision of ground source heat pumps throughout the development and solar panels to all south-facing roofs.

SAFER WEALDEN: Parish council representatives of the Joint Action Group of the Safer Wealden Partnership have been asked to bring the following to the attention of people in their parishes. It is not just drivers who need to use their common sense, but also for other agencies / companies to manage parking in whatever way they can. Parking problems are not necessarily a police matter, as the police cannot always enforce them ie often an offence under law has not been committed and the matter is therefore not enforceable by police. Ongoing anti-social parking issues occur everywhere, especially outside schools, and not just in our area. Drastic measures have been taken in some parts of the country, which might not be encouraged, including getting children to photograph parents who flout laws and naming and shaming them in the school. People are also asked to keep their cars locked and to move their possessions out of sight. The vehicle crime situation is as prevalent as before and largely due to people making it easy for thieves by not locking their cars. The summer is coming (we hope) and the temptation to leave windows open is sometimes too great. Don’t let thieves spoil your day.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The new season began on a high note with an entertaining and erudite talk on Bodiam Castle by Caspar Johnson, the county archaeologist. He demonstrated how the Bodiam area was a strategic crossing point on the River Rother and a settlement was there long before Bodiam Castle was built. Members saw how as early as 1385 Sir Edward Dalyngrigge used the surrounding landscape to create not only a castle but an estate to serve the people of the area. The group’s annual outing this year is to Hampton Court Palace on Sunday, June 30. The trip is open to non-members and if you would like to join in do ring Chris Cade on 01435 860734 for details. Visitors are also welcome at their next meeting on May 16 at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at the Community Centre when the talk will be on the History of Ashdown Forest. Meetings are open to anyone interested in local history, details can be found on posters around Heathfield.

CONCERT: Cross in Hand Methodist Church tomorrow, Saturday. A special anniversary concert by the St Aidan’s Praise Singers (Eastbourne) directed by Mick Mulley. Admission free. Collection for church funds.

horam & vines cross

HORAM PARISH COUNCIL are hosting this year’s annual Parish Meeting at the village hall on Wednesday May 15 at 7.30pm. Come and meet your parish, district and county councillors. Representatives from Wealden District Council will talk 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. There will be an opportunity to ask your councillors questions.

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THE MAY FAIR on Saturday, May 11 looks set to offer its usual wide range of fun and activities for all the family. There will be the traditional Maypole dancing by pupils from several local schools, the crowning of the May Queen, judging decorated May sticks, the Silver Band, country dancing and, of course, the Green Man. Stands in the High Street will represent local trades, produce and societies and there will be plenty to eat and drink with a hog roast, barbecue, pizzas, strawberries, Pimms, ice creams and cakes. New this year are tours of the tower of St Dunstan’s Church, a display of new and classic cars, smashing the crockery and throwing sponges at people in the stocks. If anyone has any old crockery to donte contact Ian Parker on 07971 979137. They would also be grateful for volunteers to organise the games or man the barriers at either end of the High Street.

COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE: The service began in 1999 by a dedicated group of volunteers. It was given the Queen’s Award for Community Service in 2005. It provides transport to any medical appointment, not only to a doctor or hospital but also a dentist, optician or chiropodist. Everyone who lives in the parish of Mayfield and Five Ashes is eligible to use the car service. A driver will pick you up at your home, take you to your appointment, stay with you while you are at the hospital or doctors and bring you back to your home. At the February AGM it was decided that fares should remain at the same level as in 2012, in spite of recent significant increases in the cost of fuel. The transport co-ordinator reported that 699 trips were made during 2012 to help local residents attend appointments. Early indications show this figure could be exceeded during 2013. Trips included journeys to Rotherfield, Crowborough, Pembury and Tunbridge Wells. Several people have also been taken to East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Maidstone and even London. As always they are looking for new volunteer drivers to join their existing pool. Petrol costs are reimbursed and you would provide a greatly needed service for village residents. Ring the chairman, Rosemary Neal on: 01435 872113.

THE BOOK FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall begins at 9.30am and finishes at about 3pm. For details ring Chris Maughan on 01435 864634 or email chris.maughan@talk.talk.net. There’s also a book fair on October 5, same time and place.

FIT CAMP: Mayfield Fit Camp is described as a fun and sociable way to tone up, keep fit and stay in shape. If you want to lose a dress (or belt) size then take part in fun exercises, drill or group games, burning excess calories without realising. You can go and try your first session for free and receive plenty of encouragement and expert advice from experienced personal trainer Henry Adekoya. Classes are on Mondays at Mayfield Memorial Hall from 9.30am to 10.30am in term time. They are suitable for all levels of fitness. To book you can email Hendry@physiqueft.co.uk or call him on 01892 750015.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Due to the success of the last visit, Rob Foster has booked another group tour of Bletchley Park on Wednesday, July 3. Tickets will be available from Warwick Child at about £30 to £35 depending on the size of the coach finally booked. Subject to traffic conditions on the M25 the journey time is expected to be about two and a half to three hours. The coach should leave Mayfield between 8am and 8.30am.

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THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

newick

CRICKET FIXTURES this weekend are: First XI are away to Uckfield Anderide from 1.30pm. On Sunday they are playing at home against St Lukes CC, at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed with a Family Service at 10.30am. Then at 5pm there will be the Rogation Service at Upper Birchlands, Fletching Common. Lifts are available to church, please book in advance. On Thursday the Ascension Service is at 7.30pm.

PLANT SALE: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre from 9am till 11.30am. This is a great opportunity to purchase bedding plants, plus vegetable and tomato plants. You will also be able to enjoy a bacon buttie with coffee.

ON THURSDAY the Afternoon Club are visiting the primary school at 2pm. They will be discussing the future of Newick and find out how the children think Newick should be in the future.

PRODUCTION: The amateur dramatic society’s next production is Our Man in Havana in the village hall from May 8 till Saturday May 11. Doors open at 7.15pm bar open, curtain up at 8pm. Tickets are £9 from info@newickdrama.org or telephone 01825 722985 or 722359, or purchase direct from Newick Butcher.

DIARY DATE: Sutton Hall Gardens will be open on Sunday May 12 from 1pm till 5pm more details later.

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ATC: At an award ceremony held on the evening of St George’s Day seven cadets and two officers of 2530 (Uckfield) Squadron ATC were presented with Certificates of Appreciation by the Uckfield Branch Chairman of The Royal British Legion, Eric Osborne BEM. The certificates are awarded annually to cadets and officers who carry out more than four hours of voluntary service in support of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. A total of 15 Cadets and three officers were recognised.

BOOT SALE: Holy Cross School PFA are holding their monthly car boot sale next to the Farmer’s Market on Luxfords Field car park tomorrow, Saturday, 8am to 1pm. Pitches are £7, just turn up.

POLICE are making shoppers aware of a male seen around Tescos in Uckfield recently, described as very tanned, slightly greying hair, aged mid 40s, well built, wearing a dark blue suit. He spoke fairly good English but had a very strong Italian accent. The male was asking for directions from members of the public before attempting to sell leather jackets from his car. This was reported on two separate occasions. Any information to Wealden police on 101.

SPRING SHOW: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society held its Spring Show in the Luxford Centre on Saturday April 20, one of the first really sunny days of the year. The entries were 25 percent up on the Spring Show last year. We had 154 entries and 20 exhibitors. We were particularly pleased as we welcomed several new exhibitors. In 2012 spring was around three weeks in advance of normal, resulting in most daffodils having already bloomed. This year spring is three weeks in arrears with the later varieties of daffodils and tulips not yet in bloom, due to the long, cold and snowy winter. However, our exhibitors used all their skill to produce a stunning display of daffodils, narcissi, tulips and other flowers. The perfume from the narcissi and hyacinths was wonderful. There were some amazing pot plants in bloom, particularly the orchids and Easter roses. Camelia have also done very well this year, although a little late. The domestic section had mouth watering exhibits of cakes, scones, bread pudding, jams and cupcakes. The handicraft section had some very skilful entries from cross stitch, knitted items, bobbin lace, painting on glass to carpentry. There were stunning photographs, one of a dormouse on a seed head was particularly striking. There was a steady stream of visitors, and a considerable number attending the presentation of trophies by George Dade, president of the society. He thanked everyone for producing such wonderful specimens despite the weather leading up to the show and for their support of the society. A special mention was made of the organising committee for staging the show and thanks to our advertisers and sponsors. The secretary thanked Carol Hodge for bringing the society into the 21st century by producing the results on computer for the first time and in record time. wards: Mrs Glencairn Campbell Trophy, for the highest total points in classes 1 to 36 (daffodils); Betty Prowse 53 points; Mrs R L Darling Cup, for the highest total points in classes 37 to 50 (other flowers and plants) Joan Turner 23 points; Becvar Perpetual Trophy, for best vase (not single blooms) in section 1, Betty Prowse, Class 9 Division 6,7, and 9; Mrs O Clarke Cup, for highest total of points in decorative section, Pam Ambrose 13 points; Piper Trophy, for the highest total of points in photographic section, Martyn Gibbons 15 points: Misses P and B Ditch Cup, for the highest total points in the domestic section, Joan Turner 13 points; Joyce Farnes Plate, for highest total of points in the handicraft section, Joan Turner 21 points. If you would like to join the society or receive a summer schedule, please phone 01825 764287. The Summer Show is on Saturday, August 17. Next monthly meeting on Monday May 13, Mr Lanaway, Through the Seasons in a Sussex Wood, 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre. Visitors £3.

LADIES WHO LUNCH: After welcoming everyone, grace, birthdays and reminding all it was the AGM next month we had a nice lunch of chicken casserole followed by treacle tart. Our speaker was Roger McKenna who proceeded to give us a very interesting and detailed talk on the long life, crew, cargo and destination of The Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark was a clipper which was a fast ship especially for the tea trade from China to London. Its name meant short chemise and the figure head depicted this. The ship’s longest serving Captain Woodgate was presented with a gold short chemise which was hoisted to the top of the mast and glistened in the sunlight. The ship was launched in 1869 and its maiden voyage was a year later with a variety of goods and arrived 4.5 months later in China where it took a month to unload and reload with tea. In 1870 the Suez Canal opened which was the way forward for steam ships as they were faster as they did not rely on wind power but initially could not carry much cargo as there were not many refuelling stations on route. The next five years the Cutty Sark carried other types of cargo over the rest of the world but it became uneconomical. We then saw a slide of the vessel and how it was loaded to fit in the original tea chests. The Cutty Sark continued longer than other clippers as its wooden hull was covered in copper making it composite construction and lasting so much longer. Not only did the copper bottom last longer the barnacles could not attach themselves either. It also gave a good centre of gravity and the ship sailed at an angle of 35 degrees. If anyone fell overboard rescue was not really possible as it took six miles to turn the ship around. Sailors dined on preserved pork and officers on chicken which were kept alive on board. Lime juice was the supply for vitamin C, and the limes were preserved in rum. The Cutty Sark’s last tea cargo was from India, Calcutta to Melbourne, Australia where she was loaded with wool for England. She spent 12 years carrying wool. In 1895 she was sold to a Portuguese trader and she continued under different names for 27 years between the colonies. In 1922 she turned up in Falmouth. Some years later she was sold back to an English Captain for £3,750. He restored her but when he died his widow gave the ship for training. 1954 the ship went to Greenwich and was restored and was opened to the public in 1957. In 2007 during restoration the ship caught fire. Thankfully lots of her parts had already been removed to other shipyard for restoration. She was re-opened in 2012 having cost millions to restore but donations had come from all over the world. She is the last ship of her type still in existence. After a lovely lunch time we all went home.

waldron

ART EXHIBITION Cross in Hand Art Club will be holding an Art Exhibition and Sale in the Union Church Hall on the corner of the High Street and Station Road in Heathfield tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

SWINGING STRINGS: On Sunday String Theory returns to the Star from 12.30pm. This popular group describes its music as string-driven swing so come prepared to be entertained with heart-lifting rhythm and tunes to sing.

CRICKET: Waldron Cricket Club has begun its 2013 season with several friendlies, just to get their hand in before the serious League matches begin on May 11. On Sunday, WCC will be playing at home on the Cattam against the David Friendly XI starting at 2pm. After snow and endless rain through the winter, everyone is desperate to see some sun and good results. The team will be competing in the East Sussex League Division Five and the first league fixture will be at home, against Fletching second XI on Sunday May 11 beginning at 1.30pm. Supporters welcome.

WI MEETS: Waldron’s branch of the WI meets this coming Wednesday in the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. Lunch will be served before the meeting at 1pm and the discussions will centre round the nationally adopted Resolution this year. We are asked to consider a resolution to encourage and support Britain’s High Streets. Sounds like a no-brainer.

SAVING LIVES: Living in a rural area, medical or paramedic help can take a while to arrive in emergency situations. Cardiac arrest is one of these when minutes can save 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. As soon as you open the box, a recorded voice tells you exactly what to do. In addition there are local volunteers (called First Responders) trained to deal with most life-threatening situations until the ambulance arrives. While the Responder scheme is being established, plans are being made to place a defibrillator in the telephone kiosk. There is to be a meeting for all residents to hear the details of this 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 you are welcome to contact him if you want to talk through the scheme (01435 812273) but do come along to the meeting. It could save a life.

FOOD WEEKEND: Organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches, the Five-Star Food Weekend will be a terrific two-days’ worth of events with an Open Garden, at Cransford, Little London on Saturday June 1 and the 5-Star Food Fair in the village centre on Sunday June 2. Cransford is a quintessentially English garden, sloping away from a beautiful terrace, with quirky corners and hidden paths. Open from 11am till 5pm, you can drop in for coffee and biscuits or enjoy a cream tea in the afternoon, stroll round the lake, take a punt on a super-raffle, buy plants for your own garden, and home-made cakes for your larder. Parking and entry are free and all donations will go towards the repair, maintenance and improvement of our two churches. On June 2 for the Food Fair, the centre of the village will be closed to through traffic from 6am and there will be stalls with local producers of imaginative food, entertainment including Punch and Judy, two bands and a children’s entertainer, a Village Picnic (we supply some tables, you bring your chair) and a Strawberry Fair with competitions and demonstrations. The Food Fair will be open from 11am until 4pm and the road will be cleared and re-opened by 6pm. Put it in your diary and make sure you’re around. If you don’t see a copy of the leaflet, give me a ring on 01435 812036.

PRIMAVERA: We have a real treat promised for Sunday June 16, when the Primavera Trio will perform at All Saints’ Church at 7pm. This professional trio of violin, classical guitar and cello can cover a huge range of composers, and the programme will include Handel, Vivaldi, Villa Lobos, De Falla and Paganini. Tickets are £20 for premium seats and £18 for partial view and choir stalls. Friends of Waldron Churches enjoy a 10 percent discount on the premium seats only and on two tickets per person. Tickets are now available from the Stores at Waldron and Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from Mary Manser, Little Paygate, Horam, TN21 0JE enclosing a cheque to the Friends of Waldron Churches, and a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Primavera have a large and enthusiastic following and the tickets will be in great demand, so don’t delay in getting hold of yours! Profits from the concert will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for the re-ordering and repair of our two churches.

SERVICES: Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Easter and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (Reverend Peter Jamieson), Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am (Rev George Pitcher) and Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am, with Rev Peter Jamieson and Rev George Pitcher. Thursday will be Ascension Day and there will be a Group Eucharist at 7.30pm at St Bartholomew’s with Rev Malcolm Jones and Rev Peter Jamieson.

warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship & Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am

ASCENSION DAY: The united benefice communion service will be held at St John’s at 7.30pm on Thursday, as we welcome the congregations of Warbleton and Dallington.

LAND ARMY: Rita Hobden thanks all who came to the Women’s Land Army talk a couple of weeks ago. Your generosity raised £500 for Demelza Children’s Hospice Care.

WEDDING FAIR: There will be a wedding Fair at Punnett’s Town Village hall on September 1 from 11am to 4pm. This is a first for the hall, and they are looking for local businesses interested in having a stand, and any future brides and grooms. Contact Tina Applegate on 01323 849561 or cobweb@btinternet.com.