Parish pump Uckfield - November 22, 2013

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and is a surprising love story set on an island off the New Englandcoast in 1965. Doors open next Friday November 29 at 7pm for coffee and cakes (bring your own drinks if you prefer) and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, tickets are £6 on the door.

Burwash

SOUP LUNCH: Thank you to everyone who came to the charity soup lunch last week. We had over 40 diners including volunteers, who all sat down to enjoy one or more of the seven delicious home made soups and naughty but nice desserts. Grateful thanks to everyone who helped, especially Sam Birch and her daughter Beth, Claire Chenery, Jean, Eileen Craddock and my long suffering husband Barry. You all helped to make this one of the best so far. After expences and a little donation we gave £300 to The Admiral Nurses.

THEATRE: I am reliably informed that once again local international actor Brian D Barnes MBE, One Man Theatre, gave a splendid performance when he staged Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, at the village hall. I am sorry I missed it, as I know it will have been done with great ability and humour. Well done Brian on another superb performance.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is Music Night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. As always local talented people will be there to entertain you by singing or playing music. The licensed bar will be open.

HAY FEVER: Tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, evening the Dallington Amateur Dramatic society will be performing Hay Fever, at The Oast, Goodsoal Farm from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 available from St Philip’s Church, Goodsoal Farm or by calling 01435 882856 or 883264. All proceeds to St Philip’s church and other local charities. Good luck to all for a great show.

SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon the village hall committee invite you to their Afternoon Tea and Tabletop Sale/Bazaar. Lots of seasonal homemade gifts, cakes, etc. Books and puzzles, and tea with cake or mince pies. The event is from 2pm to 4pm. All proceeds to the village hall maintenance and new window fund.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There is to be a Christmas fair at the Etchingham Primary School tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 3pm. With lots of activities for the children and major shopping for adults, Santa will be making an appearance too. Refreshments will be available.

LUNCH CLUB: On Monday the Burwash branch of Age UK will be having their monthly lunch club at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are over 55 years and would like to join them you need to book a place by calling Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. £8 covers a delicious two course lunch with congenial company.

FLOWER ARRANGING: On Monday afternoon the Burwash and District Flower Arrangement club will have their last meeting of the year. Christmas in Germany will be the topic of the demonstration by Joyce Pannell. You are all welcome to go along and see the wonderful arrangements in preparation for the holiday season. The members will also hear about the plans for their coffee morning on December 7.

AGM: Also on Monday the Burwash Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding their AGM. It is being held in the Rose and Crown from 8pm You are all very welcome to go along, even if you have no connection with our forces but have an interest in the work the Legion does.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: On Thursday morning the Kipling County Carriage driving for people with disabilities are holding a Christmas Fair, in the village hall from 10am to 2pm. Local crafts, tombola refreshments and Christmas gifts will be among the items available. Entrance is by donation, do go and join them .

BOWLS: Earlier this week the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club held their ladies singles tournament, playing for the president’s cup. There were some really close games which saw Angela Marden and Eileen Jarvis in the final. After a close game that all rested on the final end, Angela emerged the victor. Well done to her and thanks to Mick Moore and Barry Taylor who both did all the marking. The club will play their next league match on Thursday at home to Crowhurst.

Chailey

CHRISTMAS FAIR, Townings Farm, this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm when there will be the opportunity to sample delicious local produce and festive food.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes refreshments and prizes. There will also be a raffle. All are welcome.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. A special Christmas Pete’s Pantry will be held next week (Sunday December 1) after the 10am service and will include homemade cakes, pies, buns, preserves and seasonal items. Donations will be much appreciated including anything saleable to do with Christmas.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and a Café Church at the village hall starting at 4.30pm. This will be a very informal service with Charles Earwicker and activities for all the family, followed by refreshments at 5.15pm.

MEET PCSO Steven Knowles on Monday, from 10am to 10.30am, outside Chailey Sports Pavilion. Please use this opportunity to meet your local PCSO and discuss any concerns you may have regarding local issues.

TICKETS: Last Chance to get your tickets for the Grand Christmas Draw, organised by the Sports Club, the prizes include a big screen Smart TV, £500 and a laptop computer. The draw takes place on Friday November 29 at the Horns Lodge. Tickets cost £1 each from Sports Club members or at the Horns Lodge. We have tickets to sell, so if you would like some do call 01273 890777 and we will get them to you.

PARTY: Senior Citizens Christmas Party, at the village hall, on Saturday December 7 from 12.30pm onwards still has places available. The party is hosted by the bonfire society, and is free to all senior citizens in the village; there will be roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, entertainment, followed by tea and a mince pie. Just let Jane know on 01273 400632 that you will be attending and if you would like assistance with transport.

SHEEP, cattle and ponies are no longer grazing on the combined commons (Memorial, Pound and Romany Ridge) where the cattle grids are. Five Exmoor ponies have moved to Red House Common (the one with the windmill) and will remain there until late spring and four ponies are grazing at Lane End Common for a couple of months. The cattle have returned to Townings Farm for the winter and a small number of the larger sheep have moved to Red House Common. They will be joined by more if there are no incidents involving dogs. I understand there have been a small group of dog walkers stating that the sheep will be attacked by dogs. The sheep have every right to graze the heathland safely and their presence is vital to the conservation of the nature reserve. A close eye is being kept on the sheep; but if you are walking on Red House Common and witness irresponsible dog owners feedback would be appreciated on 07791 784415. To have a walk free of grazing animals then all commons south of the A272 are free of livestock.

THERE IS some advertising space available in the village magazine ‘Chailey News’ for new advertisers. Please contact Chris Jones 01444831244 as soon as possible for more details.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Families and friends can now purchase gift certificates for their loved ones to use at Futures Life Skills Centre at Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you know someone with a physical disability why not treat them to a unique gift which will give them a choice of a whole range of leisure and life skills activities. Accessible facilities include a gym, spa and sauna, cookery, living skills, ICT and arts and crafts sessions using the latest in assistive technology. For more details visit /www.futureschailey.org.uk/life-skills-centre/ or call 01825 723723.

PARISH COUNCILLOR Vacancy. Cllr Loraine Waller has resigned after serving as a parish councillor for over five years in a number of roles, including chairman of planning committee and chairman of the council. Cllr Waller made a valuable contribution during her time as councillor particularly in the development of the Village Information Point and her support of community activities. A replacement will be sought in due course and if you are interested in discussing the role of Parish Councillor please contact Vera Grainger, the Clerk, on 01825 740409.

East Hoathly

CHURCH TIMES: Sunday Christ the King, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The final walk of the year will be on Sunday December 10 and will be a street walk of Mayfield. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

BRITISH LEGION: The British Legion Women’s Section would like to give thanks to all those in the village for their generous support to the poppy appeal this year, so far they have raised almost £2,500. Nearly a record.

CHRISTMAS SHOP: Hidden below the Village Stores, the bricked and arched Georgian cellars provide a festive venue for your Christmas shopping. All manner of seasonal goodies are available. Hampers can be made to order and orders are now being taken for local, free-range turkeys, venison and geese.

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.

THOMAS TURNER: Thursday 28 November 1758 ‘…I received of Will Stone a parcel of linen and cake-soap which he found on the turnpike road between Lewes and Broyle Gate which is the property of the Hailsham post, and which I am to send him by streeter the Mayfield post. I was obliged to give him 2s6d for finding it.’

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market is tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Great variety of market stalls. Tea, coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome. Our next market will be on December 14. For further details contact 01825 840648.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

SHOPPING: Mrs PP often walks into town to do local shopping, rather than getting into the car and struggling to find a parking space in the multi-storeys in either Tunbridge Wells or Eastbourne. Her latest reports concern the terrific range of goods now available in Heathfield High Street. She’s described (and these are her words) diamante cuffs, heavy stone beadwork, soft tied bracelets, beautiful bronze animals and really very expensive and gorgeous diamonds and emeralds at the jewellers (mention of the emeralds worried me) nice little decorative hyacinth pots in the florists in Station Road, good value coffee makers in Steamer Trading, a whole floor dedicated to Christmas decorations in Trading4U, terrific Italian sweetmeats in Cuculo, a fabulous football pitch cake and another one like a bee at the baker’s in Cross in Hand and a rather smart Santa’s sleigh arrangement in the imaginative shop next to the former Dream Machines. Talking of which, can anyone tell me what is happening about the development there? I hear the would-be developers have hit a bit of a brick wall with Wealden planners over the council’s ruling that any scheme comprising more than five dwellings must incorporate affordable units. Surely they realise something must be done immediately with that tatty building which disfigures the western end of the High Street and should be welcoming any improvement scheme with open arms. It’s not as though dozens of housing units were planned, I heard the number of apartments was in the region of five. Come on Wealden, please let’s get moving. While I’m at it (and thank you to anyone who has said they enjoy my ‘rants,’ although I’d call them more reasoned statements,) Final Score sports shop has some sensible advice on leaflets in its windows. It exhorts us all to support our local shops or face losing them altogether. There might be circumstances when a great deal of searching the web or plunging into the depths of the Arndale Centre could reveal a pair of football boots or track suit for a little less money but you’ve then got to face petrol and parking charges or the horror of waiting in for the delivery firm to arrive and trekking to the Post Office to collect missed parcels. Next time you’re in town, go with a shopping list and see how much you can find without travelling more than a few hundred yards from home.

ASSOCIATION OF CARERS is a small, local charity based in Hastings. For over 25 years they have provided free respite to unpaid carers in the community and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also to the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They are getting loads of referrals and now they need to find volunteers to match them up with. Nadia Bodle is hosting a coffee morning for potential new volunteers to find out more on Thursday, between 10am to noon at the British Red Cross, Streatfield Rd.

ALL SAINTS, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11 am Third Dimension (Advent Preparation). St George’s 9.30am Third Dimension (Advent Preparation).

DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS Society. Sticky tape, Moths and Men was the title of this month’s lecture. It was difficult to imagine in advance what it could possibly be but from the outset everyone was enthralled with the work of the textile conservator. Jaquie Hyman showed how the ravages of moths, the results of sticky tape to mend a tear and the ravages wrought by human short cuts could ruin even the most valuable embroidery. From the banners of the Durham miners to altar cloths via military banners, ladies’ fans and Victorian beadwork members saw what could happen to well used or inadequately treated items. They then leaned how best to treat their own treasured possessions. It was a stimulating and educational afternoon during which they grew to admire the painstaking work of the conservator and appreciate the end result. Next month members are reminded that it is the Christmas meeting when they will learn how angels have been portrayed down the ages.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: There will be a Christmas shopping event at St Richard’s Church today, Friday. It starts at 7pm and there’s free wine with every ticket sold. These cost £3 or four for £10. There will be a nail technician, things for babies and children, gifts, refreshments, a body shop, flower workshop and goodies from Patisserie Valerie. All in aid of St Richard’s Pre-School.

CROSS IN HAND WI: The AGM and lunch will be held from 1pm at Cross in Hand Village Hall on Wednesday.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Richard’s Pre-School is fundraising again on November 30 with a Christmas Fair to be held at St Richard’s Church Hall. There will be crafts, a lucky dip, snowman skittles and a present tree. From 2pm to 4pm.

Isfield & Little Horsted

BOOM! QUESTION: What did Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators fail to do in 1605 but a group of villagers achieved in 2013? Answer: The blowing up of the Houses of Parliament. Well, stretching a point a little, perhaps, but Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society included the destruction of an especially-made model of Britain’s Parliament building last week during their spectacular fireworks display at the climax of a memorable evening’s Guy Fawkes activities. A bumper crowd of several hundred people poured into Isfield for the evening, which kicked off with a children’s fancy dress competition and was then followed by a torchlight procession through the village, lighting of a bonfire and a magnificent fireworks display. Members of several other bonfire societies, suitably attired, joined the occasion. As well as attracting a record number of people, the event also realised a record amount in street collections and proceeds from associated activities. The net profit, still to be calculated, will go into the annual collection pot which will result in donations to various local charities and other good causes. A minute’s Remembrance silence was observed as the procession returned from its village tour, with £100 being raised for Help for Heroes. The hushed tribute was marked by the burning of a large poppy-shaped firework. Andy Payne, chairman of the Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted with the turn-out, which was probably about 25 per cent up on previous years. We aim to make it a friendly, family-orientated occasion and it seems to work.’ The society’s next fund-raising event will be a quiz night and supper on December 7. Details from secretary Beth Hazlewood on 07708229292.

WILDLIFE TALK: Isfield Forget-me-Not Club will be welcoming Michael Blencowe to their next meeting for a talk entitled Wildlife of the Ouse Valley. The club, which is open to the over-55s, meets fortnightly at Isfield Village Hall usually 2.230pm to 5pm. Further details from Colin Stains (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01825 750611).

BAND TIME: Lancing Brass will be on parade at Isfield’s 0611 Lavender Line station on Saturday December 14 to help visitors get into the seasonal spirit with a selection of Christmas Carols and other festive music between noon and 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield 10am Parish Communion.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: After all the rain, it was definitely going to be muddy, and it was, but not too muddy. Not enough to spoil a good walk in the pleasing countryside around Chailey. From the bus stop near to McBean’s Orchids we headed west across a ploughed and planted field. It was quite squelchy with big puddles of water. The next field was not as bad. Then there was a lot of walking along tracks that varied in muddiness. The tracks headed north from Lower Burrells, in whose garden was the most wonderful maple tree in all its red autumn glory. Skirting South Chailey, we passed The Hooke with its late 18th century stone front (Pevsner) and at the end of the walk, the beautifully situated Chailey Moat which looked amazing across the large pond (or small lake) it sits beside. With over half an hour before the bus arrived we enjoyed sitting in the sun outside the church of St Peter with its 13th century tower and chancel (Pevsner again). Fourteen of us were led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, at Ashurst Wood. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

BROADBAND UPDATE: People might recall that the parish council requested residents to register their support with the Go e-sussex campaign for superfast broadband for Mayfield and Five Ashes. The parish clerk is pleased to be able to say that Mayfield has been included in the first list of exchanges to be fibre-enabled. Detailed planning and network design for the above areas is already underway and engineers will be seen surveying roadside cabinets this month. It typically takes between six to nine months from the start of work on an exchange to upgraded services becoming available. According to the BT openreach website, http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/ both Mayfield and Five Ashes exchanges are to be connected to fibre optic cable later in the calendar year 2014. Connecting the exchanges by fibre optic cable is only part of the story; from the exchanges the network runs to the cabinets that you can see in the local streets and from there it runs to the individual homes and business premises by the overhead telephone poles. In the case of Mayfield and Five Ashes (this is on the Hadlow Down exchange) fibre will be installed from the exchange to the cabinets but the existing overhead twin copper wires will still be the final link to carry the signals to your home or business. With this configuration the broadband download speeds are estimated to be up to 20Mbps. Broadband appears to be a relative term; it is only if your premises themselves are connected directly end-to-end with fibre optic cable that speeds of up to 300Mbps can (might) be achieved.

SWIMMING POOL: Fundraising for the prospect of providing a swimming pool (25m long with four lanes) for the Heathfield area is off to a flying start; the project has received financial boosts from local events and private donors bringing the grand total to just over £400,000. Sport England are very enthusiastic about the prospect of an Olympic Legacy pool and have given a positive indication about the potential for financial support towards the project which has a capital budget of £3.25 million and is planned to be located at Heathfield Community College. If you are interested in supporting this project you can email: bryckden@gotadsl.co.uk or you find out more from the website at www.pool.heathfield.net

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Friends of Five Ashes CEP School welcome everyone to their fundraising Christmas Bazaar on Friday, November 29 at the school from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. All money raised will go to benefit the children.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: An evening that will start the Christmas Celebrations is not to be missed. This is on Thursday, December 19 at 7.30pm when the very well-known Swingshift Big Band will be performing in St Leonard’s-Mayfield School Concert Hall. The evening, entitled A Christmas Cracker, will feature the 18 piece band led by Jonathan Bailey and will be playing rag time to swing with Aprile Biggs, a very accomplished vocalist. Jonathan Bailey is a well-known professional trumpeter who has played with Joe Loss and Syd Lawrence, managed the Herb Miller Orchestra and played in many West End Theatres. In 2007 Jonathan decided to form his own band of 18 professional instrumentalists and vocalists. This has proved so successful that organisers are especially fortunate in having them play this Christmas. A wine bar will be available in the Courtyard. Tickets at £15 will be on sale from Rosina Fabrics, High Street, Mayfield, or from 01435 872658. The Hospice is now launching a day service. This month marks the start of an ambitious period of change and development with the launch of the Hospice Day Service previously known as the Day Therapy Centre. In existence for over 30 years, the original service set out to support the needs of cancer patients who were well enough not to need an inpatient Hospice bed. This introduced a facility for patients to attend regularly for a day each week and have access to Hospice clinical and therapeutic expertise as well as an opportunity to participate in activities of interest. The Hospice Day Service now supports a growing number of other palliative patients who are diagnosed with longer term progressive or degenerative conditions including Motor Neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, advanced heart failure and complex respiratory conditions. The service operates from Monday to Friday between 10.30am and 3.30pm, with patients attending for all or part of a day according to their individual needs. At present the Hospice Day Service can accommodate up to 20 patients each day, but will increase to 30 patients per day by 2017. In addition, the Hospice Day Service will in future provide an outreach facility so that patients can access the service much closer to home. The Day Service is therefore looking for other suitable premises to run sessions, particularly in West Kent and North East Sussex with the first trial outreach service planned for 2014. As with all other Hospice in the Weald services, the day service is free of charge to all patients. Hospice in the Weald is a registered charity and is reliant on support from the local community. The cost to provide the Hospice Day Service is £90 for each patient each day. This includes the costs of specialist staff, travel costs, catering, materials and equipment. Over the year, that’s a total cost of over £375,000. In 2012, this meant they provided over 2,300 individual patient sessions. This number will only continue to grow as the Hospice Day Service develops, and they look to ensure that everyone who would like access to the service can choose to attend a session.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.

Uckfield

SOAP: There used to be several soap makers at Farmers’ Markets and they were very popular, but I noticed that they’d all disappeared. I thought it would be a good idea to make soaps and sell them, so I sent away for some books, and now I know why they’ve disappeared. There aren’t any Soap Police, but there almost are. They can call to inspect your kitchen to make sure you have a wet and a dry area. Soap must be covered with a blanket and left for six to eight weeks until all the acids have dispersed. A registered chemist must check your recipe. All ingredients and weights must be listed on the soaps. You must be insured in case someone says your soap gave them a rash. You mustn’t discuss any health benefits of ingredients, like chamomile, lavender, nettles, etc, because, wait for it, you couldn’t make this up, then it becomes a cosmetic, not just a soap. Needless to say, I’ve put the books away and given up on the idea. If anyone wants some new books for Christmas raffles, etc do let me know.

UCKFIELD POLICE and the Uckfield town neighbourhood panel members decided one of the priorities in the town should be to deal with the illegal parking. Since this time the Neighbourhood Police have been dealing robustly with this issue. This is an update regarding one offence that went to court recently. The Uckfield Neighbourhood Policing Team are committed to reducing the number of vehicles flouting the parking regulations within the town and will take action against those who commit these offences. Uckfield is fortunate to still offer a substantial amount of free parking for short and long stays.

ROTARY CLUB: The first of our two November events, An Evening of Wine, was held last week, with wine tasting, a quiz and supper. It raised around £600 which was a great result. Now comes the Cookery Demonstration, to be held in the Luxford Centre next Wednesday starting at 2pm. It features Ian Dowding, of Banoffi Pie fame, who led the successful cookery event we held in April. The last few tickets are available at £12 each, from Anne Nicholls, on 01825 763977. Both these events have been run jointly by Rotary and the Inner Wheel, and the proceeds will be split between the charities supported by the two clubs, Children’s Respite Trust and the Sussex Air Ambulance respectively. A welcome visitor to a recent Rotary meeting was Ivor Bennett, Master of Thornton Mark Masonic Lodge. A generous donation from the Lodge has swelled our Making Dreams Come True fund, applications will be invited for the 2014 award from January 1, so if you are aged 16 to 25 years, and have a project in mind, now is the time to start thinking of an application.

Waldron

FILM SHOW: Last call for our film event at the Lucas Hall tomorrow, Saturday. We’ll have two showings, at 2.30pm and 6.30pm, to suit everyone, and two films will be shown. The first is Waldron: a Sussex Village and is by Ray Russell, using photographs and film taken during the past century. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at £5 each after the showing. We will also show Finding Esther, our village’s famous whodunnit, made in 2008. At the 2.30pm performance there’ll be tea and biscuits (just like the old days). The 6.30pm performance will be accompanied by a glass of wine and that’s not at all like the old days. Tickets are £3 per head, available from the Stores at Waldron or from Heathfield Art and Books. Any profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and improvements to our two churches. We’ll also be selling last minute tickets on the door.

CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA: Our Christmas market is on Saturday December 14 this year and will be combined with lovely events for children, a visit to Father Christmas in his Barn, Santa’s workshop session and a story-telling hour will all be covered by one £5 ticket per child. Book your timed visits to Santa in advance by picking up a booking form at the Stores in Waldron or at Heathfield Art and Books, or write direct to the Christmas Elf, Forest Lodge, Cane Heath, Arlington, Polegate BN26 6SJ giving the names and ages of the children and enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

LIGHTS OUT: Our neighbouring county of Kent has announced it will be saving over £1 million by turning out the street lights between midnight and 6am on minor roads. For most of us who don’t have street lights at all, (as in our rural villages) this is no big deal, and in fact, thinking about it, there are definitely compensations. Not least, for me, is you can actually see the stars, millions of them, which in towns are hidden by light pollution from obtrusive street lighting. Compensation indeed.

CHRISTMAS MENU: The Star has its Christmas menu prepared and it looks delicious, including a really interesting veggie dish. Available from November 30 to December 23.

WONDERFUL WIZARD: Our panto is now in full rehearsal and tickets go on sale at the beginning of December. Mark the performance dates in your 2014 diaries, Saturday and Sunday January 18 and 19.

SERVICES: Sunday’s services will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am; Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am, led by Parish readers Christo Corfield and Tim Hough .

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Tony Wood.

HISTORY GROUP: This month’s walk is tomorrow, at 2pm. We meet at the lych-gate of Old Heathfield Church, for a walk of about three miles. Some stiles and mud.

COFFEE AND CO: Coffee and other hot drinks are served in the Osborne House Community Room, and good company is enjoyed, each Thursday morning from 10am to noon. Any surplus generated is distributed at various times to good causes. Ann Payne tells me that this week was one of those occasions, with £150 given to the Philippines Disaster Appeal and £100 to the Warbleton Bells Appeal.

RGWI: Members will enjoy a fish and chip supper before their AGM at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall.

JUMBLE SALE: As part of the appeal for the restoration of the bells ofWarbleton Parish Church, a jumble sale will be held at the Dunn Village hall at 2pm next Saturday, November 30. Sarah Turner will have her cake stall, and there will be books, toys, bric-a-brac teas and a raffle. Donations of jumble can be made on the day between 11am and noon or phone Jan 01435 830803 or Margaret on 830560. A cookbook has been published for the appeal and is on sale at The Stores, The Horse and Groom, The Black Duck and Simon Turner Motor Services, Cowbeech. They are £5 each and would make a great Christmas present.