Parish Pump Uckfield - October 11, 2013

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Bodle Street Green

GAMES EVENING: Ye Olde Games Evening will be held at the village hall from 7.30pm to 10pm tomorrow, Saturday. It will feature a Beetle Drive, Generation Game, Call My Bluff, Just A Minute and the Aardvark Relay. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5 for children and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 Geoff on 833343 or Peter on 07860 889203. A jacket potato supper is included. Proceeds go to St John’s Church.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 2pm Weald Story Tellers – Fund Raising event.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, at 7pm on Thursday. Parishioners can raise matters early in the evening and the public are welcome to attend.

CROFT MEMORIAL: It is a sad fact that the number of veteran’s able to attend the memorial service for Flying Officer Peter Crofts, diminishes each year. Peter Crofts was shot down over Padgham Corner in late September 1940 and was dead by the time he reached the ground. His mother erected a simple wooden cross near the site, which was replaced with a larger cross for many years. This was showing signs of its age and it was replaced this year with a splendid new one. At the service last Sunday afternoon, our rector Rev Marc Lloyd dedicated the new one. As usual, the ATC from Eastbourne provided the escort and there were standards from RAFA and the British Legion. We adjourned to the village hall for a splendid tea provided by the WI.

Burwash

SUPPER: Last Saturday evening over 60 people enjoyed a lovely evening at the village hall when they joined in with the Harvest Supper. The ladies of St Bartholomew’s Church had worked hard, making the hall look autumnal, laying up inviting tables and cooking, serving and clearing away the delicious supper of cold meats and salads, apple pie and cream with coffee and mints to end. International pianist Courtenay Kenny played for us as we sang along to well know music hall songs of the 40’s and 50’s. Thank you to everyone for a really delightful evening.

QUIZ: Burwash Common Pavilion will host another of their monthly quiz evenings tonight, Friday. The fun begins at 7.30pm for 8pm and teams of six are invited to go along and take up the challenge. The licensed bar will be open. For more information please call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

FLOWERS: Burwash Flower Arrangement club are holding a craft morning on Thursday in the village hall from 10am to noon. Angela Merryfield will be you guide. If you wish to attend and you haven’t already done so please call Maureen Jenner on 01435 882045 and give her your name.

NSY: Members of the Burwash Not So Young Club will be meeting at the village hall on Thursday afternoon from 2.15pm. This club for the over 60’s is open to men and women and they would welcome new members at any of their meetings. They have speakers on a wide variety of subjects and this week Michelle Wynn-Jones will entertain with colours are gorgeous. The afternoons always end with tea and a raffle.

THE SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB have been pleased to welcome new members over the last few weeks, some have played before, others haven’t, but all were given a warm welcome and encouragement in the sport. Those of us who are settled in the club began our new season of matches in the Wealden League last night, when they played away to Frant. If you are interested in joining this friendly sociable club, please call Mary on 01435 882107 or come along on Monday evening, any time from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Buxted

BUXTED WI: The Indian Summer we are having this year is wonderful, here we are well into autumn and such lovely warm sunny days. Our meeting this month was chaired by Wendy Lawrence as our president Ann Tricker is away on her holidays. Secretary Joyce Harvey read a lovely John Betjeman poem Diary of a Church Mouse to start the proceedings and went on to let members know about outings and workshops coming up. Daphne Knight was introduced to read us her entry for the Denman Cup writing competition. It was very good, very funny and I am sure it is a hot favourite to win. Birthday cards were given out to Pauleen Bonner, Evelyn Smith and Jenny Russell. Our competition of the month was won by Anita Joblin with second place going to Wendy Lawrence and third Sandra Hatswell. The flower competition was won by Jo Buncombe, second was June Vetcher and third Joyce Ford. Unfortunately our guest speaker was not able to come due to illness, so our own members entertained us with very interesting stories that belonged to the pieces of fabric they had brought in with them for the competition. It proved to be a most interesting afternoon. Our next meeting will be on November 7 at Buxted Reading Room and it will be the annual AGM. A bring and buy stall is planned so all members are welcome to contribute. The competition is An Arrangement of Berries. (Mary Mustin).

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk will be on Sunday starting at 2pm from the Bull’s head at Boreham Street. For Further details please call Jenny on 872830.

PLEASE HELP save our ancient woodland. Graywood is under threat from development. This part of East Hoathly has been wooded continuously since at least 1600 AD (when the first Queen Elizabeth was on the throne). Many trees have already been cut down, and a roadway has already been constructed, to accommodate a campsite. We are at risk of losing a wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna if we do not act soon. Please help us to protect it from this threat by signing our petition which can be found at the Village Stores, the hairdressers, vets and Health House. If you would like further information, please contact Barbara Sutherland on 01825 873337 or barbara@merrycottage.co.uk. Many thanks

FOODBANKS: The Trussell Trust has two local food banks, situated in Eastbourne and Hailsham, for those that find themselves at a time of financial crisis. There is a collection tub in the church and donations would be much appreciated.

CARNIVAL SOCIETY: East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society would like to remind readers that they organise coaches to other local bonfire nights. Non-members are very welcome. The coaches organised this year are as follows: Seaford October 18, Newick November 2, Lewes November 5, Robertsbridge November 16. If you are interested in joining one of these trips, please contact Alice Clarke on 07843 150669.

CHURCH SERVICES: Harvest Gift Day is tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 11am Chiddingly and 11.10am to noon at East Hoathly. Harvest Worship is on Sunday, All-age Festival Service in both Churches at 10am

ALL SOULS: At Evening Prayer for All Souls on Sunday November 3 we will remember those of our family and friends who have died giving thanks to God for them. If you would like someone to be remembered by name please put names on the All Souls list in church from the start of October

Fairwarp

QUIZ: By way of a change, the Dimwits won Monday’s pub quiz night. In fairness, their combined ages amount to several hundred years, so they have quite an advantage over the other teams. Brains Of Back Lane came second, with new kids on the block Les Quizerables coming third. Another entertaining evening hosted by landlord John, who received a loud cheer and a round of applause after pronouncing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation without any help whatsoever. The quiz nights on October 28 and November 4 will be hosted by ex-rozzers Mark Powles and Roger Street. In that order. Monday nights from 8pm, £1 a player.

CLEAN UP: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the churchyard clean up, from 9am to noon. Please ring Russell Davison on 01825 713531 if you can lend a much-needed hand. Bring gardening tools. Tea, coffee and bacon butties will be provided. Your village needs you.

THE NEXT MARKET in the village hall is on Saturday October 19. Signs will be out reminding you again.10am to noon.

Hailsham

FARMERS MARKET: It does not seem possible that it was a few weeks ago we were visited by Radio Sussex with Simon Jenkins and Janina. Great morning and some good interviews. The Farmers Market is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Cattle Market, 9am to 12.30pm. Your Farmers Market has been in Hailsham for almost 14 years. Thanks are offered to all who have supported them over that time and the organisers look forward to seeing you and perhaps some new faces this month.

RAMBLERS: There is an East Hoathly circular of four miles with Jo 842193 and Gill 849741 on Wednesday. It is flat with some styles. The shorter Wednesday short walks group is setting off with Jackie and Naomi 841995 but at the time of going to press the route and destination had yet to be decided. If you would like to go on either of these walks please phone the walk leaders for the details.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: This year the celebrations are on Saturday October 19. Bonfire building starts at 8am at the firesite in the Leisure Centre lower car park. From 9am members of Hailsham Bonfire Society will be in the town centre and in costume selling programmes and badges. The effigy will arrive at the firesite at noon. The procession will form up opposite the Western Road rec at 7pm ready for the procession to start with the sounding of the maroon at 7.30pm. There will be a rolling roadblock on the procession route from 7pm to 10pm. The procession will set off for the firesite at 9pm, lighting the bonfire at 9.15am and at 9.30pm the Grand Firework Display will start. Bonfire prayers will be said before the detonation of the effigy. This year the street collection will be distributed to St John Ambulance, Sussex Search and Rescue and 2nd Hailsham Scout Group. For more information visit http://www.hailsham-bonfire.org.uk

U3A: The theatre group is going to The Holly and The Ivy on Wednesday November 27 at Devonshire Park. The opera group having seen Pavarotti in the light-hearted L’Elisir d’Amore, now looks forward to La Traviata on Wednesday October 30 at Diplocks Hall. In January we will see a comic opera. Last month the natural history group made a field trip to West Park Local Nature Reserve at Uckfield, which is of special value due to the variety of habitats it contains. These include mixed woodlands, flower-rich grassland and a sensitive marsh that supports a number of orchid species, including the rare Southern Marsh Orchid. Wooded sandstone outcrops, also present here, are home to at least 58 species of moss and liverworts. A worthwhile variety of trees, butterflies and birds were also seen. U3A has many groups and interests to suit everybody. If you would like to join any of these or find out more about what is available ring Sue on 840797 in the first instance or visit www.hailshamu3a.co.uk.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Ray Bridges, LRPS GPAGB from Maidstone Camera Club gave a projected digital image lecture titled Thinking in Digital Terms. Ray has been taking photographs for nearly 50 years and has entered many competitions and exhibitions and gained numerous awards, winning several gold medals. Members saw many images of landscapes, his favourite subject, taken in the early morning in winter in the Lake District, as you have good light, colour and great texture. There were a great variety of photographs of Scotland, Northumberland and the Cotswolds, under the headings of Transport, Aircraft, and People. There was also a selection of digital creations from his own imagination, and a very good evening concluded with an Audio Visual presentation of Infra red images called A Lonely Chair.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

AUTUMN FAIR: Cross in Hand Methodist Church holds an autumn fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There will be ploughman’s lunches, coffee and tea, many stalls, cakes, bric-a-brac, second hand quality clothing and a raffle. Everyone is welcome. At 10.30am on October 20 there is an open invitation to a special service when a returning missionary, Dr Claire Smithson from Kenya will be the guest preacher. In addition Dr Smithson will engage in a one-to-one discussion on her life, work and witness through her work at Maua Hospital with the minister, Rev Malcolm A Newman. All are invited and there will be an opportunity to support the work of this hospital during worship. Refreshments will be served.

CHURCH SERVICES at All Saints, Old Heathfield and St George’s, Broad Oak. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion.11am Sung Matins. 9.30am Family Service at St George’s, Broad Oak.

QUIZ NIGHT Saturday, October 19 from 7.30 pm at Heathfield Community Centre in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Teams of six. £6 per person to include a light supper, buy your own drinks. To book ring Audrey Milton on 01435 830504 or email fmilton@btinternet.com

PUBLIC TOILET SCHEME: Wealden District Council has a scheme whereby commercial enterprises such as shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes can offer the public the right to use their loos. This follows the gradual closing-down of council-run toilets in many local towns. The council arranges access with the business and offers a payment to cover any costs that might be incurred (cleaning, replacement of loo rolls etc). So far in Heathfield the toilets in Costa and The Bay Tree Café are open to passers-by. I have never felt comfortable asking for the facilities in a pub or restaurant, the exception would probably have been department stores or stations where they are open to the public, but now it is heartening to know there would not be expressions of disapproval or mutterings amongst the staff behind the counter if I shuffled through the seats and made my way, full of apologies, to the back of the shop. Hopefully that won’t happen, we live near enough to the town for me to get back home and make full use of my own facilities, but it must be reassuring for visitors to the town. Well done you two cafes. I hope people respect your generosity and don’t vandalise the loo/break seats/steal toilet rolls or perform any more anti-social antics, as I well remember used to happen when I was in the restaurant business.

NEW HOMES: Ten days ago I went to Wealden’s North Area planning sub committee meeting where the scheme to build new homes at the back of the police station was discussed. You’ve probably read as much as you need to know in the main paper, but I thought I’d jot down a few things that occurred to me as the meeting progressed. As you know by now members voted unanimously to approve the proposal. It has now been scaled back to 115 houses and flats, 40 percent of which must be affordable. Point one: just what is affordable. We were told this is property for people who are priced out of the property market for one reason or another, and the homes for them would be owned by housing associations or other bodies and available to rent. There are evidently more than 100 families associated with Heathfield on the housing list and no social housing has been built in the town since 2001. We were told there are no other sites where these homes could be built. Cllr Jonica Fox raised some sensible issues on behalf of local people who fear that once landscape protection restrictions are breached, as will happen in this case, the site is partially inside the AONB, there will be a deluge of hard-to-resist applications from developers citing this scheme as a precedent. She asked for informatives to be attached to outline consent ensuring trees were retained, buffer zones and hedges were placed to protect neighbours and where possible building should be outside the AONB boundary. Members also made it clear the affordable content of the scheme must not be watered down, particularly if the site is sold on. I recognised several Heathfield residents at the meeting and was very surprised that they did not table a request to speak. Many have written to the council saying they fear for overcrowding at schools (particularly the nearest, Cross in Hand) pressure on medical services (local GP facilities are already stretched) and danger from increased traffic movements on the busy A265. It was a shame that one or two did not stand up and air their views in front of members; perhaps it could have resulted in one or more conditions being proposed. Making the case for the scheme, Heathfield Parish Council planning committee chair Patrick Coffey explained how Heathfield desperately needs more affordable housing, all towns must accept some growth in order to thrive and prosper and High Street businesses cannot flourish in difficult economic times unless there are enough customers to keep them afloat. Some impressive figures were aired; numbers of local construction jobs, anticipated council tax receipts and town income generated. Some pluses and minuses, winners and losers. We watch this space with great interest. Site preparation will probably start within a year, we were told.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday, meet at Ponts Green GR 679157 on the verge by the chapel at 10.30am for an eight mile walk. Ring 01435 882626 for details.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: Saturday, November 2, Ian Gledhill talks on the magic of pantomime from 7.30pm. Tickets just £4. Contact Maggie on 01435 830645. The annual bonfire and fireworks is on Saturday, October 26 from 6.30pm. This is an evening of safe family entertainment with a torchlight procession, lighting the bonfire then fireworks and other entertainment. There will also be a barbecue, bar and raffle. Also this year a guy competition. It can be whatever size you like. Take it to the hall by 6.30pm where it will be judged. Prize to the winner.

COFFEE MORNING: H&R Hughes Solicitors recently held a Macmillan Coffee Morning which raised the sum of £449. Pat Sands would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity, particularly the local traders, Pomfrets Butchers, the Greengrocers, Heathfield Ironmongers, Trading for You, Cuculo Delicatessen and Gemini Greetings who generously donated raffle prizes in support of the event.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PARISH COUNCIL: Gill Weavers is welcomed to the parish council. Gill replaces Jayne Bramwell who left earlier in the year. Two candidates made it to the final round of voting and after a ballot at the last full parish council meeting Gill was duly co-opted. Gill has spent her working life running her own business in London but having moved from Bromley some six years ago now works with her clients from the more relaxed environment of East Sussex. Over the years she has been actively involved in a number of fundraising projects and for a variety of voluntary organisations spanning youth, mental and physical disability and support for the elderly. Gill lives with her husband Robert and has two children, Oliver 29 and Amy 26. Her son Oliver served for six years in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers which included active service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Gill says she is keen to take a more active role within the community. Her experience of running her own business coupled with all the management and financial matters that go with it will be of great benefit to the parish council. The next litter picking session is scheduled for Saturday, October 19. If you would like to join the team of volunteers please go along to the parish council office in the High Street where they meet up at 9.30am.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter is the guest speaker at the society’s autumn supper in the Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 6.15pm for a 7pm start and Fergus will provide an illustrated talk on the history of the garden. Organisers thank everyone who took part in the Autumn Show in September. Winners were: Vegetable Cup, Alan Hogg; Fruit Cup, Sarah Ratcliffe; Dahlia Cup, Bert Curd; Iris Bruce Cup for Floral Art, Joyce Alchin; Margaret Rhee Cup Best Exhibit in Domestic classes, Carol Audsley; Dunmall Trophy Best Exhibit in Photography, Henry Hemming; Junior Challenge Cup (most points), Matilda Chapman. Tray of Vegetables: 1, Ken Audsley; 2, Eddie Du Cann. Basket of Vegetables: 1, Alan Hogg; 2, Jill Pring; 3, Ken Audsley. Basket of fruit: 1, John Logan; 2, Alan Hogg. On Friday, November 15 Gillian Regan from Faversham will talk about a woodland garden, event is being held in the Scout and Guide Hall starting at 8pm. Coffee and biscuits are served from 7.30pm. Entry to members is free with a small charge to non members.

OPEN DOOR QUIZ NIGHT: A fundraising event with quizmasters Graham and Shirley Holland starts at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 19. All profits go to funding the Open Door Citizens Advice Bureau representative who is available every Wednesday from 9.30am to 11am in London House.

AGENDA Mayfield International Poetry Festival. At the time of writing this, the second poetry festival is underway. It takes place until October 13 with many well-known poets and translators taking part along with workshops, discussion groups, special performances by young Broadsheet poets and competitions. For further information visit: www.agendapoetry.co.uk or contact Patricia McCarthy at: editor@poetry.co.uk

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, to ensure everyone who wants to see it can do so. The film will be shown free. People talk about Mayfield in their lifetime. Viewers can learn about farming along Piccadilly Lane in the fifties and sixties, life as a Mayfield primary schoolboy in World War II, about Scouting, being a wood carver, a visit to a pop-up museum of Mayfield artefacts and much more. Twenty four residents share their memories.

FRIENDS of Argos Hill Windmill. Today (October 11) from 2pm Anne Yarrow leads a two hour walk through Wilderness Wood and gives the benefit of her outstanding knowledge on wild mushrooms. She has offered to identify examples from gardens and woodlands. On Saturday, October 26 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall there will be a barn dance. Tickets cost £10 each or a family tickets costs £20 for two adults and two children. You can buy them from Andrew Burnett, estate agents and Pin Ups or by ringing 01892 853161. There will be a bar with snacks and a raffle. Teams of volunteers have already painted all the longer pieces of weatherboarding and are now dealing with the shorter planks. When the mill is open they intend to have a small collection of artefacts including baker, Fred Lester’s handcart, donated by the History Society. If anyone has anything relating to mills or millers, they would love to have it, they are looking particularly for Hessian sacks.

BRITISH LEGION: The Branch AGM takes place at Mayfield Cricket Club, Wellbrook Ground from 7pm on Wednesday. Membership application forms will be available for anyone who wants to join but everyone is welcome to go along and joining is strictly voluntary. Subscription is £14 for the Legion and £2.50 branch administration fee; ie a total of £16.50 for a year. Fish and chips will be provided at a cost of £5. If you want some contact John Neal on 01435 872113 or rjneal@btinternet.com. The Branch’s fundraising dinner on October 25 is subsidised by four members of the Mayfield Branch. Guest of honour is Captain Eric Melrose Brown, Royal Navy, a world renowned Fleet Air Arm and test pilot. Proceeds from this event and an accompanying raffle go to the Legion and the Fly Navy Heritage Trust. Times are 7pm for 7.30pm and dress for men is lounge suit. The venue is the dining room at St Leonards-Mayfield School. There are high value raffle ticket prizes on sale at the dinner and it’s hoped that charities will benefit as a result. You can buy your poppies from local shops and collectors shortly. If you’d like to be a poppy seller ring John Macdonald on 01435 873138.

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.

Newick

BADGE NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, Newick Bonfire Society are holding their badge night in the Crown Inn. This event will be a chance to pay your subs, become a member or a vice president, finding out about joining the society, a good opportunity to socialise with members and find out why Newick Bonfire night is such a big occasion for the village. There will be some entertainment and members will be in costume, so pop along and join in the fun to kick off the bonfire season.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion and at 10.30am Holy Communion. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

FRIENDS of Newick Health Centre Driving Service are in need of more drivers to take patients to and fro for doctor or nurses appointments. If you are a good driver and could spare about two hours one morning a month (there is a fuel allowance) please telephone 01825 712320 .

Uckfield

UPCYCLING is the latest in-thing. Like a lot of people, we’re worse off than we were 10 years ago. But the good side of this is that people now have to economise. Let’s face it, we’ve been a wasteful Nation, buying things we didn’t really need, and dumping decent clothes, etc instead of repairing or improving them. Recycling is when, for instance, you rescue an old table from the roadside and polish it, then use it. Upcycling is when you rescue the table and paint it and cut it into a bookshelf. I’m writing a craft book about transforming old pairs of jeans into gorgeous cushions and other things. If you look up Upcycle online, you’ll be amazed at people’s imaginations, and what they’re making. And you might get inspired.

UCKFIELD SINGERS and the French Choir had a very happy successful evening at Holy Cross Church, the party afterwards was great fun, the French singers were very impressed, and they have invited the Uckfield Singers to go to France next May to do a concert. We raised £332.40 for the vicars retiring collection. Next concert will be at the Civic Centre with the Brass Band, December 15, 7.30pm.

HEALTHY EATING for One is the main focus of the Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnerships event to celebrate Older People’s Day. It will be held at The Belmont Centre tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 3pm. Community Chef, Olly Dawson, will be cooking three different recipes during the day (and providing samples). There will also be a gentle exercise session, opportunities to experience Reiki, Aromatherapy and Reflexology and time to visit information stands manned by organisations providing services for older people. A ploughman’s lunch will be provided, and the TN22 Community Choir will sing during the lunch period (when we will also hold our AGM). The event is totally free, although donations towards the cost of lunch would be much appreciated. Booking is absolutely essential for this event, so phone Carol Hodge on 01825 762934 to reserve your place. This is one of over 50 events being organised throughout East Sussex during September and October in celebration of Older People’s Day. A full programme of events can be picked up from Uckfield Library.

MEETING: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society will hold their monthly meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in the Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre. This will be a talk and slide show by David Lang entitled A Sussex Year. Dr David Lang is well known to the society for his botanical knowledge and his superb photographs. Membership to the society is £10 per annum. All Welcome. Non members £3 per meeting.

Waldron

AUTUMN TINTS: I hardly dare mention the weather, but hasn’t it been beautiful recently? Last week’s Harvest Lunch was held outside with delicious barbecued food and tables set out on the terrace of Culverwood, by invitation of George and Mobbs Pitcher. This week, the sun has continued to shine and the leaves are just beginning to turn as autumn bears down on us. But I’ve still got roses budding and in bloom and the longer this fabulous weather continues, the longer we can put off winter. After last year’s cold and wet, it really feels as if we have earned this late golden spell.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, by kind invitation of Martin and Vivienne Durne from 10am till noon at Fir Bank Cottage, Warren Lane in aid of church funds.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: A date for your diary, the NHW annual meeting will be held at the Lucas Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday. There will be wine and nibbles and Gary Pike, our new Chief Inspector of Wealden Constabulary will be coming to tell us of policing plans in the face of reduced resources. The future of the police station in Heathfield will be discussed and there will be time for comment and questions. Tim Williams, who is heading up the First Responders project in our area will update us on progress.

SWINGING: A new trio called Swinging Affair will play at 12.30pm onwards at the Star on Sunday October 20. With guitar, trumpet and double bass, they specialise in jazz and swing.

QUIZZING: Two chances to show your quizzing skills this month. On Friday October 25 the twinning association will be hosting a Quiz Night (in aid of their funds) at 7.30pm. The charge of £7.50 per head includes two course supper, you can bring your own drinks and glasses, and teams will be made up of six people. Contact Gill Temple (01435 812861) to book or to let her know if you have special dietary needs. The monthly Pub Quiz will be at the Star on Monday October 28 at 7.30pm. The charge will be £7 per head including a one-course supper and teams will be made up of six people.

SERVICES: Sunday is the 20th of Trinity. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am (Reverend Peter Jamieson), Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am (Reverends George Pitcher and Peter Jamieson) and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Lay Reader Tim Hough). There is a Churches Together in Heathfield United Service at St Catherine’s, Mutton Hall Hill, Heathfield at 6.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The church looked beautiful over last weekend with wonderful displays of autumn flowers and foliage, together with fruit and vegetables. Most of the displays should still be in place now, so you still have time to see them. Many thanks go to Joanna Smith and the members of the Sanctuary Guild for all their hard work in putting on such a wonderful display. Thank you also to the staff and children of Punnetts Town Community Primary School for their artistic contributions, which provided added interest in a delightful way. Our harvest weekend was combined with our annual gift day. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 2pm Weald Story Tellers – Fund Raising event. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service with Jim Dryden.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm is Derek Legg who will encourage us to Remember, Remember, the 5th of November. We meet in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: A reminder that Coffee and Company have a special event in aid of the Horder Centre, this Thursday from 10am to noon. There will be a raffle, bring and buy and cakes for sale.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets in the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. Parishioners can raise matters early in the evening and the public are welcome to attend.