Parish pump Uckfield - May 8, 2015

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Barcombe

PILATES CLASS held every Tuesday at 9.30am to 10.30am in Barcombe Village Hall. The class is aimed at a general level incorporating basic pilates techniques and exercises in a non-intimidating, easy to follow and fun way. Lovely small class. Cost is £45 for a block of 10 classes or £6 for a drop in class. For further information please ring Debs on 01273479603.

PLANT SALE: Barcombe Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 16 at the village hall, 9am to noon. An excellent selection of home-grown plants. Great value, come early to avoid disappointment.

Bodle Street Green

VILLAGE HALL AGM: The village hall is the centre of much of village life, and today, Friday, at 7.30pm is an opportunity to hear about progress with the Extension Fund and the planned activities for the next year. Perhaps you have an idea for a fund raising event, well bring it along. Refreshments will be served from 7pm.

VE70 LUNCH: Today is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, when hostilities ceased in Europe. To mark this occasion a Bring and Share lunch will be held in the village hall on Sunday from noon. If fine it will be held on the terrace or the green. There will be games on the green for children and 1940s dress is encouraged. There is no charge, but there will be a licensed bar.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service featuring Music Sunday. Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring along an instrument to play, and have chosen the hymns. The 70th anniversary of VE Day will be reflected in the service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Another year has flown by and it is time once again for the resolutions meeting. This year the resolution going to the AGM at the Albert Hall concerns the care of the elderly. The speaker, David Newton, will speak about his career in pharmacy.

ASCENSION DAY: The three churches in the benefice meet together to celebrate the Ascension with a service of Holy Communion at St Giles Church, Dallington, on Thursday at 7.30pm.

OPEN GARDEN: As part of the fund raising activities for the village hall extension fund, the committee is very grateful to Pauline and Tim Velten for opening their beautiful Garden, next Sunday, May 17. Trumpets Farm will be open from 10.30am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available during the day including a licensed bar. There will be plant and other stalls. Entrance is £5 for adults, young people free, with free parking.

Burwash

PARTY: The party on the green which should have been held to celebrate St George’s day in April and was cancelled due to the weather, has been re-arranged for this Sunday to commemorate VE day. It is being held on the green at Strand Meadow/Hornbeam, Shrub Lane, Burwash. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun. Bring your own chairs/blankets to sit on. Bring your own picnic including something for the barbecue if you like. There will be games for the children to play, adults can join in too. This is a very informal event intent on getting people together to enjoy each other’s company. The fun begins at noon. Stay as long as you wish. Thanks must go to Rod Clifton whose idea this was, we have had so much fun over the last two years at these parties.

GAMES: The NSPCC are inviting us to hold a board games event in every town and village to raise much needed funds to help them to continue the good work they do. Burwash will be joining in this fun event by holding its board game event on Friday May 15 in the Bear Motel Conservatory from 4pm to 7pm. entry will be £5 for adults, children by donation. There will be all manner of board/table games for young and old to enjoy. Why not come along after you have collected the children from school, but don’t forget to bring their grandparents too. For more details please call Mary Taylor 01435 882107 or Rod Clifton 883656.

MEETING: The Burwash Common and Burwash Weald Playing Fields and Pavilion AGM will be held on Monday evening at 7.30pm in the pavilion. You are all welcome to go along. The Pavilion have held some very interesting and successful events over the last year. The best has to be the auction of the craft ware of the late Jim Smith, when they raised over £4,200. A remarkable amount. They continue to host quiz evenings, music nights, regular hirers include Pilates, Parent and Toddler group, Yoga and more. The licensed bar will be open at the

meeting.

BLG: The ladies of the Burwash Ladies Group will have their May meeting on Wednesday at the village hall from 2.15pm. The ladies of this group have a wide and diverse selection of meetings and talks. This time they will hear from Ian Everest, who will talk about Sussex farm life in the 1950s. If you would like to join the ladies do go along on Wednesday. The group also have an outing each month. The May outing is a boat trip on Bewl water on May 27.

BLOOMS: The Burwash in Bloom Competition is being revived this year throughout the parish. There are two categories, Resident and Business. The residents’ classes are hanging baskets, window boxes/troughs and front gardens (which can be seen from the pavement). The cost of entering is £2 per class. The business classes are hanging baskets and window boxes. Entry is £5 per class. Entry forms are at various sites around the village. Closing date is May 30. The Butchers have kindly agreed to collect the entries form. Judging takes place on June 27.

QUIZ: The next fun general knowledge quiz evening at the Burwash Common Pavilion, will be held tonight, Friday, at 8pm. Teams of six are welcome to take part. Entry is £2 and all proceeds are returned as prize money. To find out more and book a team in call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117. The licenced bar will be open.

CAKES: The committee of St Bartholomew’s Church are holding their second Big Bake Off next Saturday, May 16. If you wish to take part, you need to obtain an entry form from the church website, the back of the church or from the broadsheet. Entries should be taken to the church between noon and 1pm. After the judging the cakes etc will be sold.

QUIZ 2: There is to be a fun general knowledge quiz at The Bear Motel on Saturday May 16 in aid of Christian Aid week. Teams of six are invited to enter at £2 per person. Sausage and mash at half time is optional. There will be a raffle. To find out more or to book a place call Peter Thompson on 01435 882856.

POSTAL QUIZ: Another of the popular postal quizzes has come to an end. This time the answers were all towns and villages in Hampshire. Because of illness not so many quizzes were sold this time but we did raise £60 for the Christmas Get Together lunches for the senior members of our community. We had three people who managed to get 100 percent this time and after drawing a name out Anne Waters of Etchingham was the lucky winner. Thank you to everyone who took part. Another quiz will be ready for September.

Chailey

THANKS to the committee, helpers and supporters of the bonfire society who all made the St George’s Day Fete and evening celebrations such wonderful events. The fete featured Morris Dancing, a dog show, a drumming band, maypole dancing, classic car show, fairground attractions, car boot sales and a variety of stalls. The hard work that had been put in to the preparation certainly paid off, the day was a true spectacle and a perfect village event with lots of fun to be had by all ages making it a huge success.

VE DAY: Bluebell Railway celebrate VE Day with a Southern at War weekend this Saturday and Sunday (May 9 and 10). There will be exhibits and concert shows all along the line. On both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes station by a Harvard and a Hurricane. For more details call 01825 720800.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey cricketers in a league game against Palmers CC, at Hove, starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game, starting at 2pm, against Gully Cricketers.’ Gully Cricket is the most famous form of cricket in India and is played in narrow gullies (streets) of cities, towns and villages and can be played with anything that is wide enough to be a bat and anything that is round enough to be a ball and Gully cricketers all, according to their website, started their cricket careers in such a ‘gully’. The camaraderie of this game will be a delight to watch and prospective players and supporters are most welcome. Refreshments will be available. To find out more about the league or friendly teams do call 07709 946880.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is at St Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm. It will feature the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, a barbershop quartet and harpist. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. They can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: On Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Volunteers are sought to assist with the social activities at the church, particularly the lunches and teas. You do not need to be a church member to help with the activities, just someone with a little time to spare who would like to be involved. For an informal chat about how you might help please call Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 or Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

FREE CHURCH: On Sunday services are with Charles Earwicker at 10.30am and an evening service with Giles Woodcraft at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday, National Mills Day, from 3pm to 5pm. Visitors can meet the Downland Radio Group on the ground floor of the mill, as they will be there to make contact with mills across the UK and Europe. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is on Tuesday. The club will assemble at the Horns Lodge in time for an 8pm departure and procession to the Weald Inn, Burgess Hill. There they will meet the newly formed Weald Classic Vehicle Club. Everyone with an interest in classic cars will be most welcome.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

A PLANT SALE will be at the forecourt of the Horns Lodge on Saturday, May 16, from 10am to midday. As the sale is being organised by the horticultural society there will be excellent summer bedding, tomato plants and vegetable plants, perennials and much more.

MEET THE EXMOOR PONIES on Saturday May 16 during a walk across the Commons led by Monty Larkin, grazing co-ordinator for the Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust. This is a chance to see the resident herd of 15 ponies and to find out how they are cared for, also to learn about the work of the Trust and the benefits of grazing on the Commons. The walks starts Romany Ridge car park at 2pm.

HALF MARATHON: Tess runs the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday May 17. Tess was employed at Chailey Heritage Foundation, as a pupil support worker, for two years and has chosen to run the marathon for this charity because it ‘enables young people to get the best chance in life’. Sponsorship would mean a lot and for example a donation of £10 can buy arts and crafts materials, £25 would support outings after school and £100 pay for specialist switches to aid independence. To support Tess visit https://www.justgiving.com/Tessa-McMinn/.

AFTERNOON TEAS: Everyone is welcome in the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Church on Sunday, May 17, from 3pm to 5pm to enjoy afternoon tea. There will be delicious scones with butter, jam and cream, as well as a selection of home-made cakes.

THE SPORTS CLUB AGM will take place at the Kings Head on Monday May 18 at 8.30pm.

KIDS FOR A QUID is a special offer for half term from Saturday May 23 to Sunday May 31at the Bluebell Railway. Trains run on the hour from 11am to 4pm and all services are steam hauled by historic locomotives. To get generous discounts on adult tickets book at least eight days in advance, on 01825 720800 and ask for Bluebell Bonus tickets.

PENTECOST EVE celebrations are taking place across Sussex to launch the new Diocesan Strategy; beacons will be lit across the region and parties and barbecues held. In Chailey everyone is invited to Pete’s Pentecost Party, a barbecue and fireworks, at the village hall on Saturday May 23 from 5.30pm.

OPEN GARDEN at Northfields, East Grinstead Road, North Chailey, to support the St Peter’s Church Re-ordering Fund, is on Monday May 25 from 2pm to 5pm. This garden has rhododendrons, azaleas, a beach grass garden, a polytunnel and vegetable patch. There is more than an acre to wander through at your leisure. Also a plant stall and homemade refreshments to enjoy. Entry is £4, with under 12s free,

PRE-REGISTER for Track Trek. The Bluebell Railway’s third sponsored walk takes place on Sunday May 24. The walk is approximately 4.5 miles. The walk will start from Kingscote between 5.30pm and 6pm, with registration from 4.30pm. People are encouraged to register in advance to help those planning the event. Register by e-mailing tracktrek@bluebell-railway.co.uk with the names of your party, indicating which are children. For more information and to download a sponsorship form visit www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/.

SWISH clothes swap party is at the Free Church on Friday May 29 from 7.30pm to 10pm. Deliver five items of clothing to the Free Church on Thursday May 28 between 6.30pm and 9pm or take them along on the Friday night and swap them for something new to brighten up your wardrobe. Entry is £3 which includes a drink and cake. Contact Janet on 01273 400785 or Ann on 07975 946778 for more details.

East Hoathly

AGE CONCERN: The next pop-in lunch will be on Thursday May 21 at 12.45pm in the village hall. For further details please call Jean Barnes on 01825 872145.

TWINNING WEEKEND: Last weekend saw our bi-annual visit from our French friends from Juziers. Much activity was packed in to their two day visit, including a tennis tournament, visits to local attractions and drinks and a buffet supper in the village hall. The return trip will take place over one of the bank holidays in May next year, for more information please visit the newly launched website, or call Pat Duke on 01825 841077.

http://ehhtwinningassociation.org/

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This year’s Annual Parish Meeting of electors is being held at 7pm in the village hall on Monday and it’s a great informal opportunity for you to talk to your councillors over a glass of wine.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK: Sunday, 2pm Armadillos v Griffin. Free event (normal admission charges apply).

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS CLUB meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

KOBUDO Martial Arts meet on Thursday at 5pm.

PLANT SALE: Fletching Bonfire Society Plant Sale is on Saturday May 16, 10am in the village hall. A wide variety of flowers, shrubs and veg plants will be on sale. Why not get your plants at reasonable prices and help raise funds for the bonfire. Admission £1 which includes a tea or coffee and a biscuit.

BINGO: Bonfire Society Bingo is on Saturday May 16 at 7.30pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 14 May 1915. Fletching Bull Society, Improving The Stock. The improvement of dairy stock in the Fletching District has long been a subject of discussion among the local farmers, and the subject has been frequently referred to at the annual dinners in connection with the Root Show. The opportunity to bring about that improvement has now presented itself. And the locality has taken advantage of it. There now exists a Fletching and District Bull Society, and two dairy Shorthorn bulls have been purchased under the National Live Stock Improvement Scheme of the government. The bulls come from two of the best herds in the country, one from the late Lord Rothchild’s (Tring Park), and the other from Messrs. Hobbs and Son, Kelmscott, Gloucester. The animals were inspected on Tuesday evening at the Home Farm, Sheffield Park, after which a meeting of members was held at the Sheffield Arms to transact necessary business. The scheme should prove a great benefit to farmers in the district, and the promoters of the Society are to be congratulated on their enterprise.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: April was another month of below average rainfall with just 11mm compared with the long-term average of 49mm. It is not unprecedented for April to be dry. I recorded 1mm in 2011 and 6mm in 2007.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Today, Friday 8pm, until 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, Churches Together in Heathfield and District 24 hour of prayer for Christian Unity. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with Baptism. Activities for children. Tuesday, 2pm St Richard’s Toddler group in the church hall. Thursday, 10am Holy Communion for Ascension Day. Saturday May 16, 9am Parish Prayers.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH,Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service with Communion (CW). All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

FASCOH: Friends of All Saints Church, Old Heathfield, commence their new season on Thursday with a very special evening presenting The Italian Experience which is going to be so different than any of their previous Thursday Topic evenings. Working with the Cuculo Deli in Heathfield, the event is going to be staged in The Space at All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield commencing at 7.30pm. Alongside the meal there will be a presentation of Italian cooking and to set the mood appropriate Italian music together with wine (which can be purchased during the evening). A license has been applied for. The price for this great evening is £12 and will include coffee. It is necessary for tickets to be purchased in advance and there are limited tickets still available from Jean Barnes on 01435 863784 or from the Cuculo Deli, 69 High Street.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival, June 6, 1.30pm to 7.30pm in Broad Oak Village Hall. During the past weeks a group of enthusiastic people have been planning for a different Summer Festival. Over 20 people from All Saints’, St George’s and St Richard’s have been meeting and planning to provide for the people of Broad Oak and Heathfield (Old Heathfield included) an event which has something for everyone which will be fun, entertaining and also interesting. It has been brilliant as people have been approached and have responded with so much encouragement and enthusiasm surfacing as the project has been explained and unpacked. Our first encouragement was the offer and availability of Broad Oak Village Hall together with all the grass area. And as the ideas started to flow it was soon evident that we also needed to plan to use the space at St George’s Church. And so the dog show was planned, the schools have been approached and some great ideas have been proposed. Heathfield Silver Band, together with Jimmy the Juggler, will entertain and educate, not only the young people but also the dads. There will be any number of stalls, activities, competitions, refreshments and the 1066 Falconry will be there. For those who can still remember or want to be reminded, there will be a unique exhibition of Bygone Heathfield. The Spar shop will be present with ice creams and drinks; hot dogs and Sussex cream teas will be provided. To cap the afternoon there will be a special 2 hour programme with a Busking Concert in the village hall together with a barbecue, commencing at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. There will be at least five busking groups performing live providing a variety of music tastes. We are so appreciative of the support from local Broad Oak businesses and want to thank Messrs Vaters, French and Son, Spar, Tottingworth Farm, Govers, Kingsline and bringing some style to the whole afternoon will be Sister Styling who will perform the charity act of the afternoon when Penny Lane from Broad Oak has all her hair shaved off in public in support of a local young person suffering from cancer.

Isfield & Little Horsted

MUSIC EVENING: The delightful Holy Cross Choral Society from Uckfield will be providing the entertainment when Isfield’s St Margaret’s Church holds a Music For A Spring Evening event at the church on Sunday May 17, starting at 6pm. The programme will include choruses from shows by Ivor Novello, Cole Porter and Montague Phillips as well as How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place from Brahms’ The Requiem, Haydn’s The Heavens Are Telling (The Creation) and Mendelsohn’s Be Not Afraid (Elijah).

AND MORE… Music of a different kind, this time the Isfest being run by Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society. Bands booked so far include Fat Belly Jones and Loose Moose as well as the up and coming Varjak and singer/songwriter Tagore. Isfest will be held in the field behind The Laughing Fish on July 18 from 2pm until 11pm. Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for 5 to 15-year-olds and free entry for under-5s.

STILL A MYSTERY: A few weeks ago these notes featured a baptism roll that had mysteriously turned up at Isfield’s parish church. Stephen Hardwick says that a couple of people featured on the roll have subsequently been in touch, but where and with whom the work of art has lain for these past 60 years or so remains a mystery. Ron Harrington took it along to a meeting of Forget-Me-Nots where it stirred interest and reminiscences, but no clues.

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

FORGET-ME-NOTS: Fortnightly meetings for the over-55s at Isfield Village Hall (2.30pm) include: May 13, annual general meeting; May 27, a talk by Peter Hill on Sussex Windmills.

FILM NIGHT: That old favourite Singing In The Rain is to be screened at Isfield Village Hall on May 23 (7pm).

PARISH COUNCIL: Isfield councillors will be discussing village matters at their regular meeting in the village hall on May 21 (7.30pm). As usual the meeting is open to all.

Mobile Library

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

Newick

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am. There will be local vegetables plus homemade cakes and pie, fresh eggs flowers and a variety of bedding plants. Hopefully you have been planning your summer garden, so why not purchase some bedding plants in preparation to plant out later this month when hopeful there will be no more frost.

PRODUCTION: I trust you have purchased your tickets to see the latest Newick Amateur Society’s production of Prescription For Murder in the village hall, which is on until Saturday. Tickets available from the box office 01825 722359 or 722985 or www.newickdrama.org Tickets £9, raked sitting with cushions.

CRICKET: This weekend sees the start of League Cricket. The first XI will be making a short journey to play Plumpton and East Chiltington, whilst the second XI will be playing at home against Maresfield, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground and they will be playing Uckfield Arderida II, whilst fourth XI will travel to Newhaven playing Newhaven III. All these matches will commence play at 1.30pm. The friendly game on Sunday will be played at Newick against Piltdown at 1.30pm. The Under 11 Junior fixture will be on Sunday morning away at Southwick at 9.30am. The Under 13 team will play on Thursday evening against Steyning at home at 6pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm when there will be two speakers, Dr Ragu Rajan and Paula Hubens, their subjects being Do Not Walk Away From Health and Healthy Walks in Newick. If you are new to the village and to date have not yet attended one of this meetings, why not pop along, you will receive a warm welcome.

Uckfield

NEPAL: We all sympathise with the Nepalese after their terrible earthquake. And it’s made me aware of how much stuff we have in this country. My drawers and wardrobes were full to bursting, and everything needed ironing again before I could wear it. So I’ve had a ruthless throw-out and I’m taking it all to a charity shop to help the earthquake victims. I’ve filled five sacks and now everything’s hanging neatly in my wardrobes.

UCKFIELD ART GROUP would like to say thank you to the unknown donor who left huge amounts of washed plastic milk bottle tops for them to help fight cancer at the Eastbourne District General Hospital. Anyone else who would like to start collecting the washed plastic milk bottle tops, with a number two inside, is welcome to bring them to the Summer Exhibition on May 23, 10am to 4pm. The art group are celebrating their Pearl Anniversary this year (30 years) and have created a Big Picture. Lots of members have worked on individual squares based on a famous painting, come and see if you recognise it. Tasty home made refreshments will be served throughout the event where you can see original works of art, interesting greeting cards, other hand crafted items and a children’s craft table. Free entry with disabled access and plenty of free parking as the venue is surrounded by the main town car park. Luxford Centre, Library Way. Ring 01825 765021 for more information. www.uckfieldartgroup.co.uk

UCKFIELD SINGERS will be holding their Midsummer Magic Concert in the Civic Centre on July 4, 7.30pm. The raffle will be funding Community Projects. Tickets will be available from Gale and Woolgar from June 15. For more information about the Uckfield Singers go to www.uckfieldsingers.co.uk

Waldron

ELECTION: As I write these words the General Election has not yet happened but probably to everyone’s relief it will all be over when this column appears on Friday. It seems to have been a particularly bad-tempered pre-election run-up (or perhaps run-in would be a more appropriate phrase) and it must be hoped that the agony isn’t too prolonged before we have a Government installed to get on with governing the country. Today, Friday, is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a day of relief and rejoicing that peace had at last been won and a reminder that today’s spats between MPs and their parties are not that important compared to the death and destruction that was wreaked on so many communities all those years ago.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cransford, Little London Road, from 10am to noon in aid of church funds.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: This month’s WI meeting will be at the Lucas Hall on Wednesday preceded by lunch for which there will be a small charge. The meeting is to discuss our support for the national resolutions for this year. You may have noticed that Sunday evening’s drama offering, Home Fires, on ITV for the next six weeks is based on Julie Summers’ excellent book Jambusters, the true story of how WI members all over the UK played such a vital role on the rural Home Front during WWII. It’s a reminder of the power of women when they work together. Should anyone be interested, I still have a few copies of our Waldron booklet Waldron at War, based on reminiscences of those who lived in the village through WWII and including a chapter on the role of our branch of the WI. If you’d like a copy, they are £3 each and can be obtained from me by ringing 01435 812036.

OPEN GARDENS: Four beautiful gardens will be open in the village on Saturday June 13 between 11am and 4pm with lunch available as usual at the pub and tea in the church. A single donation of £5 per head is suggested for access to all four gardens and all funds raised will be for the Friends of Waldron Churches in aid of the improvements and repairs to our two church buildings. The gardens open will be Rafters, Lark Rise, The Old House and Woodland View, all conveniently set around the centre of the village within walking distance of each other. It promises to be a lovely day with the gardens at their best in full summer glory.

PRIMAVERA: A lovely trio of violin, viola and cello from Primavera will play at All Saints’ on Sunday June 14 at 7pm in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches. The programme will include music by Beethoven, Françaix, Schubert and Dohnanyi. Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view), available from Cards and More, High Street, Horam, or by post from Mary R Manser, Little Paygate, Horam TN21 0JE, enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. This promises to be a sell-out performance so book your tickets promptly.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s with Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Eucharist at 10am followed by coffee. There will be Evensong at All Saints’ at 6pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service featuring Music Sunday. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall will be Ken Brooks. His subject is the America Ground at Hastings, a strip of the foreshore with a very interesting history. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and our library and bookstall are open.

FATAL ENCOUNTER: This weekend is our dress and technical rehearsals for this Francis Durbridge thriller, to be put on next week from Wednesday to Saturday by the Village Players at the Dunn Village Hall. There are some tickets left, which includes a two-course meal. Please log on to the website to order them, don’t forget to include Rushlake Green in your search, as there are hundreds of amateur groups with the same name all over the world. Plans are well advanced for our Victorian Christmas evening on November 28 and we will be putting on Cinderella The Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

COFFEE & CO: On about three Thursdays in the year, Coffee and Company hold a special event in aid of a local charity. This Thursday it will be for Riding for the Disabled, which provides a wonderful resource helping with confidence and exercise etc. Coffee is served from 10am to noon. There will be a plant stall (donations of plants welcome), a bring and buy stall and a raffle.

ASCENSION DAY: The three churches in the benefice meet together to celebrate the Ascension with a service of Holy Communion at St Giles Church, Dallington on Thursday at 7.30pm.