Parish pump Uckfield, November 1, 2013

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Bodle Street Green

SOUP KITCHEN: Twice a year the hall organises charity soup kitchens to raise money for local charities and hall funds. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a soup kitchen from noon in the hall. There will be a range of soups, a sweet and tea or coffee, for a suggestion minimum donation of £5.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.

BONFIRE: There will be a bonfire and fireworks on Tuesday November 5 on the village green from 6pm, with the fireworks at 6.30pm. This is a joint venture between the village hall and the White Horse Inn. The village hall section of the car park will be closed. Tickets must be obtained in advance from the White Horse and are £3 per adult or £10 for a family (to include two children). Barbecue food will be served on the terrace of the hall. The next event will be the showing of Carmen at the village hall on November 16. Tickets from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.

Burwash

THE CONCERT in the village hall last Saturday was really enjoyable. Twenty one members of the Warbleton Brass Band entertained around 80 people with a varied programme of music, from Moon River, Mr Sandman, Amazing Grace, Those Magnificent Men and Nimrod, and many more. Delicious home made cakes with tea or coffee were on sale in the interval and a good raffle was held. First indications are that over £500 was made for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. Thank you to all those involved.

FIREWORKS: Burwash Bonfire Society held a successful firework evening at the Swan Meadow playing fields. A good crowd turned out despite the brisk wind. Music, food and drink was available. All the children who took part in the fancy dress competition received a prize. One or two adults even got into the spirit and dressed up too. Thank you to Mary Clarke and her team for the hard work fund raising and organising this yearly event.

ART: The Monday Painters invite you to visit their autumn exhibition tomorrow, Saturday, at Burwash Village Hall from 10am until 4pm. On display will be some of the work this talented group have produced over the past year. They have been out and about capturing the beauty and treasures of the country. All the paintings and cards will be for sale. Entry and refreshments are free. They would be pleased to chat and interest you in their successful club.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. This is a gentle walk for those unable to take on the main parish walk, but who enjoy the company, fresh air and exercise. Ijon Jenner will be your guide and he will be pleased to have you join them.

WHIST: The next monthly Whist Drive is being held on Thursday evening in the village hall from 7.30pm. This is a friendly fun evening for players of all levels of ability. £3 gives you 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. We also hold a raffle. Prizes are awarded to the man and lady with the highest, second highest and lowest scores of the evening. No need for a partner as you will be changing as the evening progresses. For more information please call Mary Taylor 01435 882107.

POPPY APPEAL: The annual Poppy Appeal began last week with collectors visiting homes to sell the poppies. The Burwash Branch of the Royal British Legion will be out selling them too. The British Legion provides a wide range of support and advice to service veterans, widows and widowers and young service families. They are also allocating £50 million to assist with care and rehabilitation of those injured, wounded or who become sick whilst serving in the armed forces. Last year the good people of Burwash donated over £7,000. Your support is greatly appreciated.

BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club enjoyed a more successful evening when they played at home against Broad Oak. The triples played first with Mary Chadburn, Keith and Angela Marden doing a great job to win 20-5 while Margaret Waterhouse, Stephen Trew and Joan Howard won 17-10. After tea break the pairs played. Mick Moore and Mary Taylor struggled and lost 7-13 but Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood won 17-12. This gave Burwash six valuable league points. Their next match will be away to Old Heathfield on Wednesday. Meanwhile the men of the club will play in the Mary Groombridge Trophy on Monday.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly (sermon: Generosity); 10am Bacon Butty Club, East Hoathly School dining hall; 6pm Evensong for All Souls, Chiddingly.

SHOEBOX APPEAL: Now in its 21st year, Link Romania are requesting and hoping for your continuing support and generosity in filling shoeboxes with simple and inexpensive gifts for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Leaflets with full instructions and gift suggestions are available from the church. Please leave filled boxes in the church by Friday November 1, ready for delivery to the Worthing collection depot. If you need further information please contact Jenny Pellett on 01825 872830. Additional information can also be found at www.linkromania.co.uk

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The East Hoathly and Halland Village Show Society will be holding their AGM and Quiz Evening in the village hall on Friday November 15. The AGM will start at 7.30pm and will be followed by a light hearted quiz set and delivered by last year’s winning team. There will also be a cheese and wine buffet supper at £5 per head. Please let us know if you would like to come by calling either Jane on 840575 or Rosemary on 840708.

AGE CONCERN: If you are struggling for transport to that important hospital or dentist appointment, Age concern can help. Janet Jupp would be delighted to help and she can be contacted on 880028. She would also be very pleased to hear from anyone that is able to offer their services as a volunteer driver.

Fairwarp

STREET BAZAAR: Organisers of the first Fairwarp Street Bazaar (largely brought inside due to the disastrous weather forecast) would like to thank everyone who supported the event which raised money for Fairwarp QEII Field and Cancer MacMillan. Full details of the total raised will be issued later. Early indications are that it was very successful. As well as thanking all those who came to the event this is a huge public thank you to all those who helped run stalls solely benefiting our chosen charities, not to mention the backroom staff and barbecue boys. And high enough praise cannot be given to the kitchen girls who happily served soup, sliced bread and rolls, brewed tea and coffee and served cake to all comers. A further thank you goes to all those who so kindly donated cakes to the cake stall and kitchen, books to the book stall and toys to the toy stall, you all contributed to our success. And last but by no means least, thank you to all our stall holders who donated 10 percent of their takings on the day and without whom the event would have been decidedly flat.

QUIZ: Saturday November 16, FCS Quiz Night. Tickets £10 to include supper. Teams of six or eight. Raffle. Licensed bar. Contact Jan on 01825 713477 or Louise on 01825 712518 (waiting list only).

XMAS BAZAAR: Saturday November 23, Xmas Bazaar in Fairwarp Village Hall 2pm to 4pm. Contact Jenny on 01825 712188 for more details.

PARTY: Sunday December 15 FCS’ Children’s Christmas Party in Fairwarp Village Hall at 3pm followed by lantern making and carols round the tree on the green. Book early to avoid disappointment, by December 6 at the latest. Call Caroline on 712950 or email:greengarnet2002@yahoo.co.uk or Sarah on 713307 or e-mail:sarah.ridleysmith@btinternet.com

CAROLS: Thursday December 19, Carols in the pub. More information to follow.

MONDAY’S quiz night saw Pen’s People take gold. The Dimwits crashed and burned after their star player, Nick The Hair, deserted the team to go and watch a football match. The Fannies took silver after a nail-biting tie-breaker with Brains Of Back Lane. Next week’s quiz will be hosted by Roger Street. Mondays at 8pm, £1 a player. Come along and join in the competitive but good natured fun.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

I’VE BEEN away for ten days so apologise for the late appearance of some of these stories. Hope they are in time.

THE BIG DRAW took place on Tuesday, October 15 at Heathfield Community College. The theme for the year is Draw Tomorrow – How can we shape our future happiness, how can we make a happier place? The aim of the workshops run by local artist Liz Day at the students’ primary schools over the past six weeks, was to encourage drawing, both on a large scale group project and as a new approach to their drawings in art books using varied techniques and mixed media, including paint, pencil, biro and watercolour to gain confidence both in presentation and drawing skills. The pupils looked at pollution and re-cycling and the way in which they could protect fish, birds, plants, trees and underwater organisms in order to create a happier place to live. The Big Draw Exhibition was held at Heathfield Community College and was visited by all the students and teachers to view their work and those of all the other schools. A large drawing was on-going throughout the session with all students adding to it during the day. Primary Schools involved were: All Saints and St Richards, Punnetts Town, Parkside, Maynards Green, Burwash, Herstmonceux and Dallington. Also at the College, Katy Bourne, police and crime commissioner for Sussex and PC Kate Brookman visited to talk to students.

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

HISTORY SOCIETY: The society sent us the following report: Ian Everest kindly stepped in at the last moment when our expected speaker was unavoidably detained and more than compensated with a lively talk on The Women’s Land Army, a Sussex Connection. Initially formed in the First World War, disbanded in 1919 and revived in 1939 The Women’s Land Army was not only a vital part of the war effort it was also a landmark in female emancipation and life changing to the girls who volunteered. In 1917 Britain was so short of food that the enemy thought it only a matter of time before the people were starved into submission. This did not happen because an army of young women stepped into the wellies of the farm labourers at the Front and for a meagre wage of 18 shillings a week helped feed the nation. When Britain once more went to war in 1939, determined not to repeat the mistake, the government asked the doughty Lady Denman to set up the Women’s Land Army once more. Sussex had the fourth largest contingent in the country, run from Lewes. By now on 24 shillings a week they did all the jobs that the men would have done with the help of Lease Lend machinery from North America. On October 21, 1950 the Women’s Land Army ceased to exist. Recognition of their war service came slowly. In 2000 they were allowed to march in the Remembrance Parade in Whitehall and in 2007 were awarded a special badge and certificate. Finally in 2009 ninety of them were invited to tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Called The Cinderellas of the Soil the nation had reason to be grateful to them for all they did. On November 21 we have our final meeting of the year when Mrs M Greatorex will tell us about Life in a Victorian Household. All Downton fans welcome.

CHARITY BAZAAR: Everyone is invited to go to Sheila Angie’s fundraiser, have a cuppa and home-made cake, browse some lovely gifts and do some Christmas shopping. Also for sale are good quality second-hand clothes, cakes and bakes, jewellery, and other items. Come along and grab a few bargains. All ages welcome, the more the merrier. It takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm at Drumrunie, Upper Greenwoods Lane, Punnetts Town. Funds will be raised for The Kit Wilson Trust for animal welfare which was set up over 30 years ago, and is a local animal rescue centre, located in Hadlow Down. The Longley’s hold their Fundraiser every year in remembrance of Charlotte, a wonderful chocolate lab who came to them through the Trust but sadly died before her time. They also like to raise funds as a thank you for their fantastic rescue dog Brew who is dearly loved member of the Longley menagerie.

STORY TIME: The last story time takes place on Monday at Heathfield Library from 10.30am to 11am. All young story-lovers are welcome.

SWIMMING POOL: A group of 150 young and young-at-heart Heathfield residents took part in a sponsored walk and raised £7,000 for the Swimming Pool for Heathfield campaign. Jack Hampton, Heathfield Partnership Trust member, said: ‘I want to thank all those who joined in the sponsored walk and Freedom Leisure for organising refreshments and BBC food for the walkers. This is a truly worthwhile campaign and every pound raised will really help.’ Freedom Leisure Centre Manager Stuart Iles said: ‘The new, high specification facilities would help many people within our community achieve their fitness and health goals so we are keen to support the cause in any way we can.’

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.30am Holy Communion. St Georges no service both at (All Saints). We welcome back the Reverend David Guest.

Isfield & Little Horsted

PUMPKIN RESULT: The atrocious weather last weekend failed to dampen the support and enthusiasm for contributors and visitors alike at Little Horsted’s Alternative Festival of Pumpkin Art, held over two days at St Michael and All Angels’ Church. ‘The number of visitors on Sunday, when the weather was really bad, was amazing,’ says Jenni George, one of the event’s organisers. ‘There was a nice atmosphere, even though we had to deal with power cuts.’ There were more than 50 beautifully-carved pumpkins on show, and just over £400 was raised to be shared between the parish church, St Mungo’s (a national charity which helps the homeless rebuild their lives) and Macmillan Nurses.

REMEMBRANCE: Service of Remembrance for those who died in world conflicts will be held at St Michaels and All Angels’ Church, Little Horsted, and St Margaret of Antioch Church in Isfield on Sunday November 10, both starting at 10.50am.

POST BOOST: Sue Gothard, who runs Ridgewood Post Office, is now providing a service in Isfield every Thursday morning, between 10am and noon, at Holly Gap Farm Shop. That’s good news for Isfield residents who have been without a neighbourhood service in recent years. Simon Brown, who took over the farm shop during the summer, was hoping to return to work in a couple of weeks’ time following his heart-attack, but unfortunately he suffered a setback last weekend and found himself back in hospital. His wife Lynn says he has been ‘chomping at the bit to get back to work’ while recuperating at their Eastbourne home. ‘We’d like to thank everyone for their messages of support while Simon has been poorly,’ added Lynn. Rearranged opening hours available at 01825 750379.

WOODLAND TALK: Isfield’s Forget-me-Not Club will be welcoming Vivienne Blandford to their next meeting at the village hall on Wednesday November 13 (2.30pm) when she will give a talk on Woodland Archaeology. Further information about the club, which is open to the over-55s and usually meets fortnightly, can be obtained from Colin Stains (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01825 750611).

WINTER DINNER: The booking deadline was yesterday (October 31) for the Little Horsted Parish Winter Dinner, but for those who think they might have missed the boat it might be worth calling the event organisers on 01825 750438 to see if there’s still vacancies. The dinner is being held at Horsted Place Country House Hotel on the evening of November 11.

Lewes

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Cliffe Church Hall. Cakes, preserves, tombola, membership, merchandise. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street on Thursday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

TALK: On Wednesday, A Beginner’s Guide To Orchids. Dr Gary Firth, orchid expert, will be talking to the Lewes and District Garden Society at St Thomas Hall, Cliffe High Street, 7.45pm to 9pm. Non members £3, members free. All are welcome.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

FIREWORK EVENT: Five Ashes is holding its annual firework event on Saturday, November 9 at 6pm at the village hall and playing field. Tickets include entrance, fireworks, cup of homemade soup and locally sourced sausage in roll. Adults £6, children (up to 16 years) £3, under 5s free, family ticket (two adults, two children) £15. There will be a bar available. For tickets or any further information ring Sue Wren 01825 830520.

WOODHILL PATIENTS’ GROUP: Chair Andrew Watson points out feedback about the new medical regime has been entirely positive. He went on to say: ‘I am aware that the Woodhill Patients’ Group was seen as being Dr Warshafsky’s group (although in fact that was not the case) which may have caused some patients not to become involved. Certainly the differences of opinion and approach between our two previous doctors undoubtedly made it much more difficult for the Group to be as effective as one would have wished.’ But he adds all of that is in the past and new doctors have made it very clear that they all want to have a constructive relationship with the Patients’ Group for the mutual benefit of patients and surgery alike. There will be attendance from the Surgery at future meetings of the Group. So this is very much the start of a new era for the Group. Against that background he urges any patient who may previously have felt deterred from getting involved to now consider joining the Group. Their next meeting is likely to be in early November. All members will be advised as soon as the date has been fixed and there will also be a poster in the surgery as well as details in next month’s Newsletter. One main item on the agenda will be to finalise the wording of a questionnaire survey to be submitted to patients and covering in particular the range and quality of services provided. Unlike the last survey carried out at Woodhill a couple of years ago which unfortunately produced no action this time the Surgery is committed to considering the results of the survey with the Patients Group and then formulating and carrying out an action plan to deal with points arising from the survey. If anyone would like to join the Group please contact Andrew on 01435 872202 or on fionalydon@onetel.com.

COFFEE MORNING: St Thomas of Canterbury CAFOD Group will be holding a festive Coffee Morning on Saturday, December 14 between 10am and noon. This will be held in the cosy Convent Courtyard, St Leonards-Mayfield School. There will be many stalls, tea, coffee, mince pies and cakes to eat and buy. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. All funds raised will be donated to CAFOD. (Catholic Aid For Overseas Development).

MEMORIES OF MAYFIELD 2: Nat Durman’s second film, Memories of Mayfield 2, will be shown in the Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon, December 1. This time there will be two showings during the afternoon, this to ensure that everybody who wants to see it can do so and hopefully get a seat. Again, the film will be shown free. Like Nat’s first film, in Memories of Mayfield 2 people talk about Mayfield in their lifetime. We learn about farming along Piccadilly Lane in the 50s and 60s, life as a Mayfield Primary schoolboy in the Second World War, about scouting, being a wood carver, we’re shown around a pop-up museum of Mayfield artefacts, and much more; altogether 24 residents share their memories. There will also be a photographic display by Nat’s sister, Molly, of all interviewees.

CONCERT: Everyone is welcome to go along to the next concert of Mayfield Festival Choir Society on Sunday, November 17, says Jane Bolger, when they will be performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio conducted by the Choir’s Music Director, Jeremy Summerly with the Primavera Chamber Ensemble (leader Paul Manley) and soloists Miranda Johnson, Anna Boucher, Nicholas Scott and Martin Johnson. ‘The Christmas Oratorio is not an oratorio at all,’ explains Jeremy. ‘It is a set of cantatas that were written to be performed as a sequence during Christmastide of 1734. As so often with Baroque composers, self-borrowing plays a major part in Bach’s compositional process, after all, if you’ve written a good tune, why not use it again in a different context. In the case of the Christmas Oratorio, Bach borrowed from three of his secular (ie non-church) cantatas, and also from a now lost cantata written in honour of a member of the Saxon royal family. What is remarkable is that none of the Christmas Oratorio was performed between its Leipzig première in 1734/5 and its revival in Berlin in 1857, a century and a quarter is a long time for a genuine masterpiece to lie unperformed. We will be performing the cantatas for Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany, which celebrate the Birth of Jesus, the Annunciation to the Shepherds, the Naming of Jesus, and the Adoration of the Magi respectively. Bach wrote his cantatas not in Latin, but in his own native language of German. Consequently we will be performing the Christmas Oratorio in our native language, English.’ Concert starts 7.30pm in St Dunstan’s Church. Tickets (£20, £18, £12, £8 half price for under 18s) are now available from Rosina’s, High Street, Mayfield (873670) or online atwww.mayfieldfestivalchoir.org Further information can be found on their website www.mayfieldfestivalchoir.org

RNLI: There are two dates for your diaries. Firstly, on Saturday, November 9 they will have their Autumn Coffee Morning at London House. As well as coffee, a friendly chat and a rest from your shopping, we will have luscious cakes for sale and a selection of RNLI Christmas cards, calendars and souvenirs. Secondly, on Saturday, March 15 they are planning to hold their annual supper at the Memorial Hall. The speaker will be the former chief radio operator on the RMS Queen Mary. More details on this to follow.

JAZZ CONCERT: St Dunstan’s Church is very pleased to announce that it will be holding a charity jazz concert given by the brilliant singer Jacqui Dankworth on Saturday November 9 at 7.30pm. This will be promoting her new album Live to Love which was released in September and is part of a large national tour that she is undertaking with her jazz quartet. There will be a cash bar open from 7pm and tickets cost £20, for an unrestricted view, and £15, restricted view, and are on sale now from Nicky Higgins in St Dunstan’s Parish Office (01435 873484). All proceeds will be split between church funds (Registered Charity: 1132001) and our overseas PCCC charity Friends of the Holy Land (Registered Charity: 1130054).

Mobile Library

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. 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

COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning from 10am to 1am in the village hall. There is a great selection of goof food, plus plants vegetables, make sure you arrive early, as items sell out very quickly.

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: Yes, tomorrow, Saturday, evening is the Newick Bonfire celebrations. Please ensure that all your pets are safe. Please do not park your car in the High Street, and please make sure that when the collection boxes are near you give generously. Enjoy the celebrations and keep safe.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday services are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family service at 10.30am.

DIARY DATES: Kit Wilson will be holding the Animal Charities Christmas on Saturday November 9 in the village hall at 2pm. November 14, Newick Afternoon Club are off on a trip to Glyndebourne. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650. In the evening at 8pm the horticultural society will be holding the AGM in the village hall. Further details next week.

Uckfield

STORM: When the last hurricane hit, we had just moved to live in Spain. But we got a horrendous rain storm a week later. So the other night, there I was sitting in my chair, clutching a large Bacardi and Coke, prepared for a long scary night. But luckily Uckfield seems to have missed it. I wish I’d gone to bed earlier instead of eating all those chocolates.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society October meeting was a talk and slide show by Dr David Lang entitled The Sussex Year. David is a very enthusiastic botanist and has travelled the world to view plants and has even found species that had not been catalogued previously. He is particularly interested in the countryside and wild orchids in particular. We started off in the spring with the Brent Geese in the snow, who then fly off to the Arctic to breed. There were the primroses, wood anemones, and the cowslips which have made a return in numbers recently. David told us that cows really love wild garlic and had continuously broken out of their field to access them. The farmer, of course, was not happy as their milk became garlic tasting and had to be thrown away, as it would have contaminated the whole tanker full of milk. A costly breakout. Field Fleawort would appear to get its name from being a flea repellent in ancient times as it is found on Iron Age sites. On the coast there has been an increase in Fulmar numbers nesting and Avocet in Pagham and Chichester harbours. The hobby arrives in the summer and has been known to take young house martins on the wing. The hoopa has been seen at Wych Cross. David showed us slides of the many orchids in Sussex, some of which are very rare. Late July/August there were Comma and painted lady butterflies. The Marsh Gentian on Ashdown Forest in September and this led us to the various fungi and the berried bushes like the guilder rose with is

bright red berries. We then finished our year with snipe feeding in the snow. The next meeting on Monday November 11 will be a talk and slide show, Herbaceous Perennials by Graham Spencer, at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre at 7.30pm. All welcome. Visitors £3.

HOLY CROSS CHURCH: Saturday November 9, Holy Cross Church (Uckfield) Christmas Fair 10am to 3pm at the Civic Centre. Many stalls including cakes, preserves, hampers, needlework, jewellery, bathroom, gifts, woodwork, decorations, children’s clothes, books, tombolas, and a raffle (first prize £100 to be drawn on December 7) and a children’s craft table. 20p admission.

REMEMBRANCE: The annual Uckfield Remembrance Parade and Service is to be held at The Church of the Holy Cross on Sunday November 10. The parade will form at the north end of Luxford Field car park and will proceed to The Church of the Holy Cross for the Remembrance Service via Civic Approach, Uckfield High Street and Church Street. After the service and laying of wreaths the parade will reform and return to Luxford Field car park via Church Street, Uckfield High Street and Library Way where the Mayor of Uckfield, Councillor Ian Smith, will take the salute. The Parade Itinerary is as follows: 2pm guests and participants meet at Luxford Field Car Park; 2.45pm form parade; 2.35pm parade departs for the Church of the Holy Cross; 3pm Remembrance Service at the Church of the Holy Cross; 3.50pm exit church, wreath laying at memorial and the playing of the Last Post; 4.10pm parade reforms and returns to Luxford Field Car

Park. There will also be a short service at the War Memorial at 11am on Monday November 11.

UCKFIELD LIONS are proud to announce that having finally counted the income for their recent Classic Car Run, all previous records have been broken as a result of the exceptional number of cars entered and people attending, resulting in a profit to their Charity account of £3087.11, enabling them to increase their promised donation to The Hospice in the Weald at Pembury to £1772.

Waldron

ART EXHIBITION: Cross in Hand Art Club is holding an exhibition of their members’ work in the Lucas Hall, Waldron tomorrow, Saturday, opening at 10am. Everyone is welcome and most of the paintings will be for sale. If you’re looking for a special present this could be the place.

STORM: This week’s storm caused some fairly minor damage and the electricity supply was off in Cross in Hand for several hours. Those of us who remember the 87 storm were able to dig back in our memories and tell our stories, now that was a real storm. Power off for weeks, no telephone either, lanes blocked with fallen trees and a broad swathe of woodland destroyed. Talking to anyone under about 25 about it and they look totally blank (and I feel very old).

CHOIR: Would anyone like to join the choir temporarily to sing at Christmas? It’s only for the three services on December 22 (the Carol Service), Midnight Mass on December 24 and Christmas Day. There’s no long-term commitment, and if you’d like to do it, contact Benjamin Tyler our choirmaster on benjamin.tyler@yahoo.co.uk.

SERVICES: Sunday is All Saints’ Day. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (Reverend George Pitcher) and Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 10.30am (note the time) with Reverends George Pitcher, Paul Cox and Peter Jamieson. This will be our Patronal Festival and combined Parish Holy Communion and will be followed by drinks and canapés. Next Sunday, November 10, is Remembrance Sunday and the service starts at 10.50am for the reading of the names of the village’s dead before the two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family service, including the launch of our part in the annual Shoebox Appeal. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Pat Reigh. Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and so the services will start earlier to allow for the two minute silence. Again, this year, a wreath will be placed in the churchyard close to the church door at St Mary’s Warbleton to reserve an area for anyone who wishes to plant a cross in memory of a family member or friend who died serving with our Armed Forces. The traditional Roll of Honour will be called during the service, on Sunday November 10, but it is hoped this initiative will emphasise that Remembrance is a time to remember all men and women of every generation who lost their lives serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Services. Crosses will be available from Poppy Appeal collectors during the door-to-door collection, and in church on Remembrance Sunday, and may be placed in the dedicated area in the churchyard and remain there until the end of November.

COFFEE AND CO: I am delighted to report the last special event held by Coffee and Co raised £173 for the Horder Centre, which was made up to £300 from the funds. Coffee is served and company enjoyed each Thursday at the Osborne House Community Room from 10am to noon.

MAKE WAY FOR LUCIA: This comedy by John Van Druten, based on the novels by EF Benson, will be performed by the Village Players in a Café Theatre production Thursday to Saturday, November 21 to 23, at the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets are £18.50 for all performances and include a three course meal (vegetarian option available, must be ordered with the tickets). Tickets are available from Monday from The Stores, Rushlake Green, or from Anita on 01435 873226. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start, and there will be a licenced bar. This is an amateur production by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd.