Parish pump Uckfield - November 28 2014

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday service of Matins (BCP). Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW).

FILM CLUB: Tonight, Friday, the film will be Grand Budapest Hotel, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Doors open at 7pm for coffee and cakes, with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, no need to book, just bring £6 with you.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: This classic story by Charles Dickens forms the basis of an evening at the village hall on Saturday December 6. The outline is activities on the Terrace from 5.30pm (in the hall if weather inclement). There will be activities for children, roasted chestnuts, burgers and hot dogs with yuletide singing around the Christmas tree. From 7.30pm a seasonal two course meal will be served between the acts of A Christmas Carol narrated by Anton Lesser on the big screen. There will be a bar. The early evening activities are on a pay as you go basis. The supper and screening will cost £12.50 per person. Tickets are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. For up to date information see the posters around the village or look at the hall website.

Burwash

QUIZ: Thank you to everyone who came along to the short mat bowls club’s fun general knowledge quiz evening last Saturday. We all had so much fun. Question masters Terry Parker and Steve Bennett once again did a sterling job devising the questions, some of which really made us think. Eight teams took part, answering a wide variety of questions, they enjoyed a delicious hot supper amid much laughter and chat. Our grateful thanks to Terry and Steve for all their hard work and to everyone who supplied one of the amazing raffle prizes. Final figure hasn’t been given to me yet but it is hoped to clear £300 for club funds.

MUSIC NIGHT: The monthly music nights at the pavilion in Burwash Common is always an enjoyable event, when local musicians and singers go along and entertain. The audiences are always appreciative of the songs and music they hear and the entertainers are really very talented. Entry is free and the licenced bar will be open. You are all welcome to go along and hear for yourselves the amazing talent in our villages.

CHRISTINGLE WORKSHOP: As November comes to an end and December fast approaches, everyone’s thoughts are on the coming of Christmas. St Bartholomew’s church are busy getting ready and will be holding a Christingle workshop tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon from 2pm until 4pm. This has been a lot of fun over the last couple of years and young and old are invited to go along and join in. Juice and fancy biscuits will add to the fun so do go along. For more details call Jo Brown on 01435 882453 or Celia Merchant 882360.

CHRISTINGLE: The Christingle service will be held on Sunday afternoon at 4pm in St Bartholomew’s Church. This annual service will raise much needed funds for the Children’s Society. For 46 years the Children’s Society Christingle service has been a key part of celebrations within churches and has raised essential funds to support the charity’s work. However there are still four million children in this country living in poverty. This service is for all to enjoy so do go along and support this vital charity.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE: The Burwash Village Hall Committee invite you to their Christmas coffee morning on Tuesday from 10am. There will be many stalls to browse including gifts, cards, cakes, bric-a-brac, books etc. There will also be tombola. Our big raffle, for which tickets have been sold around the village, will be also be drawn, with first prize of £100, second £50 meat voucher, third six bottles of wine and many more. Tickets are available from any committee member or you can buy on Tuesday. Refreshments will also be available.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Burwash Christmas Festival and late night shopping will take place on Wednesday from 5pm. There will be lots of stalls in the Bear motel. A barbecue in the High Street, Santa’s grotto, and so much more. Lots of fun for all the family to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to come out for an evening of laughter and enjoyment. For more details please call Kevin at the Bear 01435 882540.

WHIST: The last monthly whist drive of the year will take place on Thursday evening at the village hall from 7pm. These fun evenings help to raise some much needed funds for the village hall and help to promote the use of the hall. Players of all abilities are welcome to go along and you don’t need a partner to join in. Entry is £3 per person and includes light refreshment. A raffle is also held. If you need details please call Mary Taylor 01435 882107 or Shirley Viney 882497.

CARDS: Burwash Brownies will once again be out delivering your Christmas cards to friends and family this Christmas. The boxes will appear in the Newsagents and the Butchers in early December. It will cost 15p per card to use the service and cards and money should be put into one of the boxes. Last post will be at 4pm on Friday December 19 with the delivery taking place on Saturday December 20. Please address you envelopes clearly and make sure you only put local Burwash cards in the boxes. Cards for other villages may not reach your friends as it will cost us money to put 50p stamps on them eating into the money raised for Brownie funds. We look forward to doing this for you all again.

DATES: One or two dates for December include a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday December 6 in the village hall. The Charity Prize Bingo is on Saturday December 13 at 2.30pm, also in the hall. All the family are welcome. Prize donations are gratefully received. Call Mary 882107. Get-together Christmas Lunch will be on Wednesday December 17 at the Bear motel. Anyone over 60 years who would like an invite should contact Steve Mintram 01435 882444.

Chailey

REINDEER and Winter Wonderland are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (from 10.30am to 5pm) and every Sunday (from 10.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday December 21. Entry costs £3 per person and children aged under 10 will receive a free Christmas book. If you visit you will be supporting St Peter and St James Hospice, North Chailey, as 50 percent of proceeds will go to the Hospice. For more information call the Hospice Fundraising Department on 01444 471598.

BOARD GAMES EVENING is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm to 9pm. For more information call 01444 471600.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes excellent refreshments, prizes and a raffle. All are welcome.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Delightful handmade Christmas cards are available from Teresa, after the services, at £2 each. There will be a Pete’s Pantry after next week’s service (Sunday December 7) and this will be a Christmas special and contributions would be most welcome whether it be food, sweets, produce, crafts, or gifts. If you would like some cards or to make a donation to Pete’s Pantry, but are unable to attend the services, do call Teresa on 01825 722586. All at the Church thank Margaret Smith and the Scottish Dancers for providing such a vibrant Ceilidh recently. Thanks also go to all those who helped, donated raffle prizes and provided delicious deserts. The proceeds from the evening amounted to a fantastic £962.38 for church funds.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Gordon Hamilton and 6.15pm with Martin Povey. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer. If you would like to learn more about the Free Church do visit their new website at www.chaileyfreechurch.com/.

PLANNING and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm when the speaker will be John Cave the master of the comic song. John will sing to his own guitar accompaniment and occasionally the harmonica. This is, by all accounts, likely to be a hilarious evening. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome; there is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

SHEFFIELD PARK has early opening on Wednesday. The park will be open from 8am and this is a great opportunity to experience the garden as the sun rises across the lakes. The mist and frost add a different perspective to the views and another angle for keen photographers. From Saturday December 6 to Wednesday December 31 there is a Willow Walk; giving the opportunity to find festive willow structures while you walk around the garden. The trail is designed to glimpse the park’s iconic views, frame photos and emphasise the mirroring and reflections that are an essential part of the garden design. Little ones can hunt for the secret Christmas tree hidden off one of the paths. Alternatively from Monday December 1 to Wednesday December 31 there are a number of calorie-busting walks around the garden to work off the season’s excesses. Choose from the Mince Pie Meander, Turkey Trot, Plum Pudding Promenade or Christmas Cake Constitutional. Admission charges apply; for more information call 01825 790231.

SINGING: St Peter’s Church choir will be singing at the Five Bells in the evening of Friday December 12. Please go along and give them your support

THE BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge is an online event where you can double your donation, with matched funding, only from Thursday December 4 to Saturday December 6. The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s largest match-funding scheme and this year St Peter and St James Hospice hope it will raise an ambitious £50,000 towards the costs of the care and support provided to patients in their own homes. All you need to do if you wish to support the Hospice is to go on-line at 10am to maximise the chance of doubling your donation. If you don’t succeed on the December 4, don’t worry, try again on the December 5 or 6 as the matched funding is released gradually over the three-day window. For more details visit www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH: St Peter’s Church is keen to re-instate Children’s Church as soon as possible. However volunteers are needed to run this. If you would be willing to assist with this please speak to John on 01825 722286.

VOLUNTEERS: If you would like to volunteer to help Chailey Heritage Foundation at fundraising events they would love to hear from you. Please contact the fundraising office at fundraising@chs.org.uk or call 01825724752 to find out more.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: St Peter and St James Hospice provide their services free of charge to patients and their loved ones. You can help them by buying their Christmas cards; a brochure detailing all their cards is available at www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/.

Fletching

CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662). Advance notice: Christingle Service 5.30pm December 14; Candlelight Carol Service 5.30pm December 21.

100 YEARS AGO - Sussex Express 4th December 1914. Smithfield Show. In these troublesome times it is refreshing to hear that the Smithfield Club Cattle Show, which is to be held at the Royal Agricultural Hall on December 7 to 11 has obtained an excellent entry of stock this year. The Cattle Show has always been a national institution, and the Smithfield Club are to be heartily congratulated on keeping on ‘business as usual.’ On Thursday, December 10, an excursion will be run to London from all the principal towns in East Sussex per LB and SCR. From Wikipedia: The Royal Agricultural Hall (now the Business Design Centre) is a Grade II listed building, which opened in 1862 in Islington for holding agricultural shows. It was the home of the Royal Smithfield Club’s Smithfield Show from 1862 to 1938. It hosted the first Crufts dog show in 1891.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE in Fletching Village Hall, tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm. Gifts, cards, decorations, cakes, sweets, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and much more. Admission adults 20p, children 10p.

QUEEN OF HARPS: Catrin Finch, award-winning former Official Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales, is to return to Fletching for an exclusive solo concert on Saturday December 6. Proceeds from the concert will go to Project Refresh. This will be Catrin’s fourth visit to Fletching. Her earlier concerts quickly sold out and organisers are expecting a high demand again. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £18, to include a glass of wine and a canapé in the interval, can be obtained from Andrew Wright 01825 712803 or wrightag@sky.com: or (if still available) at the door for £20.

Hailsham

MARKET CAFÉ CAROLS: This evening, Friday, the Cattle Market cafe is having a Christmas Carols evening from 7.30pm held in the cattle ring. Tickets are £5. This is a very popular event and raises much needed funds for RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent institution) and the Farmers Community Network. It is a singsong for everybody, dress warmly and enjoy snacks and drinks in the Cafe afterwards. Just come along but space is limited. Tickets in advance are available from Rev David Bourne at St Mary’s, Mark Betson, Clarissa Hallings-Pott and Colin in the Market Café.

RACE NIGHT: This evening, Friday, at 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Charles Hunt Centre in aid of St Wilfrid’s New Church Project. There is also a raffle and other games. Entrance is by race card available on the door. Refreshments available. Bring your own other drinks and nibbles.

TWINNING AGM: Want to find out more about your local Twinning Association? Do you know that Hailsham is twinned with a town in Northern France called Gourney en Bray. At the AGM this evening, Friday, at Hailsham Methodist Hall at 7.30pm you can find out more. All welcome, just turn up on the night and have some Christmas nibbles, meet members, watch a video log of local youths twinning activities. Learn how to speak French and above all, have some fun, meet and make new friends in England and in France.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at Hawkes Farm School tomorrow, Saturday, from noon to 3pm. Entrance 50p adults, children free.

CATS CHRISTMAS: The Cats Protection League Christmas Fair will be across the road from the Centre at Marshfoot Lane in the Heron suite at Marshlands Primary School Academy on Sunday from noon to 3pm. Visit Santa in his Grotto. There will be lots of lovely Christmas stalls, the usual favourites and of course you can visit the cats at the Adoption Centre as well.

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP: On Tuesday the Christchurch Out and About Group is going Christmas Shopping at Lakeside. If you would like to join them and go along contact Ray or Ruth Bodkin on (01323) 843948. They will be meeting at 9.15am at the Hailsham War Memorial and the coach leaves at 9.30am. Cost £17.50. For further information please contact Ray or Ruth.

FESTIVE FARMERS: A date for your diary. The Festive Farmers Market is on Saturday 13 December from 9am to 12.30pm. There will be lots of new producers and crafters for those last minute unusual gifts joining us at this special market. Order or pick up your turkey and other produce. The raffle for some fantastic hampers of Farmers Produce donated by the farmers and crafters is raising money for the Farmers Community Network who provide pastoral care and advice for Farmers and also the East Sussex Association for the Blind based in George Street. There will be festive music and singing provided by Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock choir followed by carol singing by members of the Young Farmers Club. Father Christmas will of course be there giving out goodies for the children. The cafe will be open and there is free car parking on-site.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts. Despite the gremlins which were attacking the sound system and microphones in the hall, we thoroughly enjoyed this month’s lecture given by Terry Pearson on Sofonisba Anguissola, court painter to Isabel de Valois, Queen of Spain. Very few of us had ever heard of her but we learned that she was among the most respected artists of her generation and a beacon of female achievement in an age and profession where that was far from the norm. Slides depicting her work won her many admirers in the hall and a determination to find out more about her.

At our next meeting there will be mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas at Covent Garden, 300 years of Christmas shows at one of London’s greatest theatres. Contact 01435 873258 for more details about our society.

U3A: University of the Third Age (U3A) was launched in Heathfield and Waldron at a packed meeting in the Heathfield Community Centre on Monday afternoon (November 10) when so many attended that parking was difficult. The meeting was opened by the chairman of Heathfield Parish Council, Councillor Patrick Coffey, and chaired by Brian Dalby, Education Development Contact for Sussex. East and West Sussex have the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) as an umbrella organisation. Brian Dalby told an attentive audience that U3A began in France in 1972 and arrived in the UK 10 years later. The UK now had 340,776 members, attending 944 U3As. The country with the most members was China with five million. He hoped that one day in the UK there would be a U3A within 10 miles of everybody. There followed brief presentations from those running U3A in other parts of southern England, East Sussex especially. All the speakers endorsed U3A as a means of social interaction and learning participants create special interest groups to meet regularly in each other’s houses, perhaps have a monthly meeting with a speaker, receive a regular newsletter and, above all, run their individual organisations themselves. Hilvary Robinson (a trustee for South East Regional U3As) said the word university just meant a collection of people, who in U3A were members, not students, and did not need to have or receive a qualification. It was a self-help co-operative, an educational charity, with no age limit though most members were retired or nearly so and all would draw on each other’s skills and on such resources as the Royal Institution Channel and the Open University. Jane Larcombe, who chairs the Wadhurst U3A which has only been going a year, said the first few months could be challenging but stressed that it was ‘Your U3A, so participate, be part of it it’s a cooperative organisation for discovery and fun, having a good time with friends.’ Wadhurst U3A now has 24 groups, with interests such as ‘awareness and meditation’, walking, swimming and bridge. She advised everyone to capture the excitement, buzz and energy and bottle it. Sue Wilson was in the Hailsham U3A, which has a speaker each month and uses a hall for all its meeting. It now has 30 different groups with a new one every three months. There is a monthly newsletter and a weekly coffee morning. Brian Dalby said Crowborough U3A was into its ninth year, and has 560 members in over 70 groups covering 57 subjects, ranging from Art to Yoga and including Wine Tasting. It provided opportunities to sit and talk over cups of coffee, facilitated by meeters and greeters. He discussed the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) which began its South Downs project two years ago. In July 2014 it held an Open Day in Falmer at Brighton University which attracted more than 500 people. SUN organises nine study days a year (see www.sussexu3anetwork.org.uk). The meeting ended with unanimous support for a Heathfield U3A, and a dozen people volunteered to form a steering committee which would meet in a fortnight and launch an inaugural meeting in the Community Centre in January. Perhaps parking will be easier by then? (Tim Williams twill30999@aol.com)

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 10.30am Combined Eucharist at St Richard’s with All Saints Old Heathfield and St George’s Broad Oak. 4.30pm Christingle service. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft group in the church hall. Wednesday 10am Holy Communion. Saturday December 6, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

Lewes

FOOTPATHS GROUP: After several days of rain, happily it remained dry for our Tuesday walk. Twelve of us set off from the car park at Woodingdean up Bullock Hill and then followed the lovely path which winds gently around the contours of the downs into Standean Bottom. We had a look at the plaque which marks the site of the old Norman church and then took our coffee break by the old farm buildings. We continued through Balsdean Bottom and then climbed steadily up to the South Downs Way which we followed for a mile or so before taking the gentle descent down Newmarket Hill and Drove Avenue back to the car park. This walk is featured in our publication Favourite Walks in and Around Lewes, available at the Tourist Office.

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

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Why not pop along and see all the Christmas goodies that are on sale, plus or the normal vegetables, cakes, pies, flowers arrangements order can be taken for Christmas.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion, followed at 10.30am with Morning Prayer. Lifts are available if booked in advance by telephoning 722 582.

AGM: Just to remind you that the Newick Twinning Association AGM will take place today, Friday, in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

SCOUTS: Newick Scouts will once again be offering their splendid postal service to Newick. Post boxes will be in the Post Office, Newick News and the Store on the Green from Monday. The last collection will be on Thursday December 11 at 4pm. They can only accept cards for the following areas properties bounded by the A272, Allington Road, Church Road, Cricketfield, and Alexander Mead. Do not include cards for houses at Lower Station Road, Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwells Bank and other outlying roads. There is no set charge for this service, but donations can be put in sealed envelopes and posted with the cards.

COFFEE MORNING for Headway will take place in the Community Centre on Saturday December 6 from 9am till mid-day. There will be a bric-a-bac stall, cakes, books plus a raffle.

Do please try and support this event, Headway is a local charity and helped so many people that have had head injuries. Further details from 01825 722584 or 722348.

FLARE PATH: I trust you have all purchased your tickets for the Newick Amateur Dramatic Society new performances of Flare Path, in the village hall from December 3 to 6. Doors open at 7.15pm the play will commence at 8pm. Tickets are £9 to include mulled wine and mince pies. Box office 01825 722359 or 722985 or from Newick Butchers, or if you prefer go on line to barara@terrybone.co.uk. You will certainly enjoy this lovely story of loyalty, love and great courage.

Uckfield

GHOSTS: I went on a Ghost Walk around Lewes (well, part of it) and I now wonder what ghosts and ghoolies we have in the Uckfield area. Please email me with any stories, sightings, etc as I’d be very interested to hear about them.

Lyn747@btinternet.com

NEW VILLAGE HALL: Wednesday evening, November 19, saw the Ballroom at Buxted Park Hotel packed out for an illustrated talk by local Councillor Vivienne Blandford MA on the Growth of Buxted Village 1835 to 1935. The talk was very absorbing and well received by the 100 strong capacity audience. The hall trustees were most grateful to Vivienne for her time and efforts in this regard and to the hotel management for their generosity in providing the premises and refreshments. The evening produced a total income of £536 for our new hall project. As so many people were disappointed by the ticket sell-out Vivienne has agreed to reprise her talk in early 2015, details later. George Claydon (Trustee).

UCKFIELD LIONS: We are now reaching one of our busiest times for Fundraising. As well as running our Secondhand Bookshop in Olives Yard, which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays (and where we now sell our Lions Book Tokens), we will be visiting all areas of Uckfield and its surrounding villages with our Santa Sleigh and throughout December and for Late Night Shopping evening, running our annual sale of Christmas Draw tickets in and with the support of Uckfield Waitrose Store, where we will be selling them from Monday to Sunday, December 8 to 14, all day every day, and on our service front, running our annual Senior Citizens Christmas party for over 100 people as well as our regular service activities. Our usual high targets are even more essential to meet this year with our need to replace the Community Minibus which we fund and run, and which is available to all organisations in Uckfield. The intensity of its use, it is used almost every day of the week by one organisation or another, is such that after many years of sterling service it is showing its age. Its users, who include most of the organised groups in the town across the total spectrum of ages from young children and youth groups to the elderly, consider it is essential, and without it the community would be substantially worse off, indeed one organisation has highlighted that if it wasn’t available many of its members would become effectively housebound. With a new minibus fitted with a tailgate wheelchair lift to match the facilities of the existing minibus likely to cost well over £40,000 and only limited funds being available in the Lions Minibus Replacement Account we are hoping that with the support of the community we should be able to replace it by the end of 2015, before it becomes unreliable and even more expensive to maintain. At the same time we are committed to maintaining the charitable giving, and particularly the support of local good causes including the supply and fitting of Community Use Defibrillators, to whom we will have likely given over £15,000 by the end of our current financial year, for which the people of Uckfield so willingly and generously support us. We are grateful for the publicity you have given us in the past and any publicity you are able to give us now would be greatly appreciated in helping us meet our aims. I append copies of our latest Sleigh poster, our sleigh timetable and programme and our Christmas Draw Poster for your information. If you require any additional information I would be pleased to give it, I can be contacted by email or on 01825 764638. Uckfield Lion President Bob Eaves.

Waldron

SERVICE CHANGES: There’s been much scratching of heads over the past year or so to try and work out what is the most efficacious pattern of services between the two churches in our parish. Experiments have taken place with a morning service of matins at 9.45am and another service at 11.15am at All Saints’, with coffee and cake in between. (Why has morning service at All Saints’ been at 11.15am for so long? Because when we had a priest who travelled between St Bart’s and All Saints’ on a bike, it took him a certain length of time to travel from one to the other after the 9.30am Eurcharist at St Bart’s...no, really). After much discussion it has been decided that 8am Communion will continue to be held on alternate Sundays at each of the two churches. There will then be a morning service at 10am, also alternately at each church, on the first and third Sundays at All Saints’ and the second and fourth at St Bartholomew’s. These will be Parish Eucharist’s except for the third Sunday which will be Matins. Once a month there will be a Sung Evensong at All Saints’ on the second Sunday which will vary in time according to the season, beginning in January 2015. The new pattern will begin this coming Sunday (Advent) with Holy Communion at 8am and morning service at 10am, both at St Bart’s. The Advent Carol Service will be at All Saints’ at 6.30pm.

QUIZ OOPS: Apologies from the Star for the mistake in their blackboard announcement of the monthly quiz night. The board gave it as Monday December 1 and in fact it took place this week on November 24. The next one will be on Monday January 8.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Waldron’s famous Christmas Market will take place in the middle of the village on Saturday December 13. Children will be able to see Santa and there’ll be lots to do for them in the church including finding a present for Mummy or Daddy. Don’t miss this delightful event which has become so popular over the past three years.

PRESENT: If you’re looking for an ideal present for someone local, what about a copy of Waldron and the Great War, our latest illustrated publication about the village’s history. Telling the story through letters from the front, diary entries and contemporary local newspaper reports, it’s a good read and at £5 a copy it won’t break the bank. All profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches which is dedicated to the repair, maintenance and improvement of our two parish churches. Copies available at the Stores in Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from me at Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque for £5 made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

SEASONAL CONCERT: I got a week ahead of myself last week. This really will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in Punnetts Town Village Hall. My apologies for any confusion caused. Following their very successful concert this summer in Warbleton Church, Sussex Harmony present a new programme of winter and yuletide music. This costumed group of singers and musicians concentrate on the music from rural Sussex from before the era of the church organ in the 1850’s. Interspersed with readings, many with a local flavour, it’s bound to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening in aid of village hall funds. Tickets £5 on the door includes refreshments.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday service of Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Paul Daniels.