Parish pump Uckfield - October 17, 2014

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets in the village hall on Monday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: The club AGM is on Tuesday evening in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start, during which time drinks and nibbles will be served. Ruth Ayres will entertain the members after the meeting with a talk on local history.

DOWNTON BALL: Those above and below stairs are invited to the grand Downton Ball at the village hall on Saturday November 1, at 7pm for 7.30pm. A three course dinner will be served, prior to the dancing, accompanied by The Surgeons of Swing. Tickets are £20 per head from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff 833343. This is in aid of the Extension Fund.

Burwash

TALENT: Tonight, Friday, St Bartholomew’s Church will host their annual Burwash’s Got Talent evening, when local stars will perform to win your votes. Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for children, payable at the door. Wine and soft drinks will be provided. The fun begins at 7.30pm. Go along and support the acts and vote for your favourite. The winner will receive the specially commissioned BGT Trophy. All proceeds to the church restoration fund.

TEA: The Burwash Not So Young club invite you to join them tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at the village hall for their sale and afternoon tea event, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Entrance is £2 and includes refreshments. Browse the stalls of cakes and produce, books, bric-a-brac and crafts. Try the tombola and the raffle. All proceeds to the Not So Young Club funds.

WALK: The monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. These walks are open to anyone who enjoys the countryside and walking. The walk will begin at the Bear car park at 9am, when Roger Cloke will guide you on a morning over the network of public footpaths around our three villages. Just go along and enjoy friendship, fresh air and exercise. The walks are usually over in time for lunch. To find out more call Roger on 01435 884312.

CONCERT: There is to be another Concert of Remembrance at the Burwash Village Hall next Saturday, October 25, in aid of Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. Entry is £5 at the door. Refreshments and a raffle will be on sale during the interval.

THEATRE: Our own One Man Theatre, Brian D Barnes, will be performing Animals and Anecdotes in the village hall on Saturday November 8 at 7.30pm. Internationally renowned, Brian always gives an amazing evening, just him and all the different characters he produces. This time not just one story but several all linked by a light-hearted recollection of moments in just a few of the 87 countries he has performed. Tickets are on sale now from the Burwash News Agents at £12 for adults £6 for students and children.

East Hoathly

JUNE LAKER: John and Tim would like to thank everybody who attended June’s funeral and for all the cards, letters and messages of sympathy that they received. David Burrell’s eulogy was exceptional, he must have spent many hours researching and writing it, and we thank him for that. It was lovely to see the garden full of family and friends and many thanks to Denise, John and all their helpers for preparing and serving wonderful food. June would have loved it.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday 18th Sunday after Trinity, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly; 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Sunday, due to a steadily worsening weather forecast, we decided to postpone the walk up Mount Harry, and have now rescheduled to Sunday, November 2. As the clocks will have gone back by then, we will be starting at the earlier time of 1.30pm to enable us to make the most of the far reaching magnificent views. Also to be seen are the Exmoor ponies used for conservation grazing, squabbling skylarks and peregrines. We will be starting from The Blacksmith’s Arms in Offham, excellent food, but make sure you book. Details from Jenny on 872830.

SOCIAL EVENING: The Preservation Society will be holding its annual Social Evening on Friday November 28. Peter Challis, from the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, which collects, manages and disseminates wildlife data for Sussex, will be giving a short talk on surveying hedgerows and the work of our local volunteers, Kate Richardson and her team, who are recording our ancient hedgerows. Lucie Thorneycroft will tell us about the experiences of the Rights of Way group and some of the deliberate obstructions they have encountered, thus making footpaths impassable. There will be a quiz and an opportunity to win other fabulous prizes, and party food will be served as well as a donations bar serving wine and soft drinks. Admission is free to members, guests are welcome at £3 admission. Starting at 7.30pm in East Hoathly village hall. For further information please call Toni Whewell on 01825 872460.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The show society’s AGM will be held on Friday November 14 at 7.30pm. There will be a quiz and buffet supper at a cost of £5. For further details, please call Jane on 01825 840535.

BUS UPDATE: Service 28, Brighton and Hove Buses have confirmed the Sunday services via East Haothly will run through the winter until at least spring 2015. The times for services to Brighton are: East Hoathly Rectory Close: 09.19 and 12.19 due Brighton Churchill Square 10.19 and 1.19. Return times are Brighton Churchill Square: 2.35 and 4.35 due East Hoathly Rectory Close 3.38 and 5.38. Halland has an hourly service to both Uckfield and Brighton on Sundays. Please remember the runs via East Hoathly are on a trial basis, please use the service or it will be lost. Finally East Sussex County Council are conducting a review of the services they subsidise. These include the evening services between Brighton and Uckfield via Halland. The current proposal is to not subsidise these services any longer (along with all evening subsidised services throughout the county). Service 54, Stagecoach have slightly altered the timings of the Monday to Saturdays service. From Halland Forge to Eastbourne times are: 07.44 08.53 09.55 then 53 mins. past each hour until 16.05 16.39 18.01 18.36 19.25 20.00. From East Hoathly times are three minutes later. From East Hoathly to Uckfield times are: 07.10 07.57 09.26 10.02 then 02 mins. past each hour until 16.07 17.12 17.39 18.54 19.34 From Halland Black Lion times are three minutes later.

COFFEE MORNING: The Royal British Legion Women’s Section for East Hoathly and Halland will be holding a Coffee Morning on October 25, 10.30am to 12.15pm in East Hoathly Village Hall in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Poppies, cakes preserves, bric-a-brac and raffle. All Welcome.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club (9.45am), 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 23rd October 1914. Was It a Zeppelin? ‘Mr Wesley Fuller, of Uckfield, states that on Sunday evening, at about 7.30, he was walking towards Uckfield, and when he was near the Potteries at Ridgewood he saw what appeared to be a large and unusually bright star in the sky. He watched the object and came to the conclusion it was moving. It was travelling from the direction of the west towards Crowborough, and suddenly seemed to change its course towards Maresfield. A Territorial from the camp at Maresfield came along and told Mr Fuller that he and a number of Territorials had been sent out in order to try and ascertain what the object was. Mr. Fuller states that before the light disappeared he saw a flash shoot upwards, and heard a report. Mrs Fuller and several other ladies who were with him had their nerves ruffled by the incident.’ It seems unlikely that it was a zeppelin; the first air raid on England by a zeppelin was made on January 19, 1915, when incendiary bombs were dropped on the towns of Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn. H. G. Wells used zeppelins in his story The War of the Air, which was first serialised in 1908 and reports of supposed zeppelin sightings became commonplace.

FIRST WORLD WAR Poppies and Poetry Evening at Sheffield Park November 11, 6.30pm. Adult £15 (includes buffet). An evening full of poetry and readings to commemorate the outbreak of First World War, with buffet. Booking essential.

PAINTERS CLUB meet Wednesday at 1pm.

FLETCHING BONFIRE SOCIETY: Our 160th bonfire celebrations are creeping up on us. Please make sure you have the date, which is Saturday October 25. We are looking for people who could help us on the night selling refreshments in the village hall. If you are able to help, then please contact Sarah on the number below. Also we have to feed the marshals, bands, St John’s and the police so we would be grateful for donations of sandwiches or cakes. These can be brought to the hall on the morning between 9am and noon. If you are unable to deliver then please phone me and will arrange collection. Fancy Dress Competition: We will be holding our annual competitions on the Saturday afternoon starting at 3pm. We had disappointing numbers last year so hope you will be able to join us and make this worthwhile. It would be nice if you could make costumes rather than buying them as this is what bonfire is all about. There is to be no parking in the village whatsoever from 5pm to midnight. There will be car parks both ends of the village so please make sure that you use these. Finally regarding bonfire night we are putting on a bigger spectacular firework display this year so I would ask that if you come along you donate generously at the end by putting in the collecting buckets. If we do not get enough collection then we may not be able to have fireworks next year. So please give generously.

PARISH ACTION PLAN: We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who completed our recent questionnaire. We had a 30 percent response rate, which is very encouraging. We have held two Parish Action Plan Steering Group meetings so far and have been busy reviewing all your responses. We were pleased to receive some very positive comments and to see what is important to you. The majority of the issues and concerns raised are things the parish council is already working to resolve or improve and we are looking forward to telling you about our progress on these. We are now in the process of preparing a Parish Action Plan, which will be sent to everyone in the parish. You will be able to see all the issues raised and how and when we intend to tackle them. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org.

PARISH COUNCIL: We are pleased to welcome new councillor Sandy Bone to the parish council. Sandy lives in Piltdown, runs her own small business and is particularly interested in improving road safety. If you are interested in becoming a councillor please contact the clerk for more information on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org. We held our first Speed Watch session on Sunday October 12. If you would like to find out more or become a Speed Watch volunteer please e-mail the clerk at clerk@fletching-pc.org or call 01444 483080. We will shortly be undertaking some tree works at Fletching Common. Three silver birches are in need of attention and are close to a telephone line. We are beginning to prepare our budget for 2015/2016. If you are considering applying for a grant from the parish council in the next 12 months, please contact the clerk for more information.

STREET CLEANING: The next clean is due to take place on Friday November 14, weather permitting. The area covered stretches from the Pump House to the junction of Mill Lane, as far as the national speed limit sign, the High Street from the junction of Mill Lane to Atheralls Farm and Cherry Cottages from the junction of the High Street to the far end of the Village Hall car park, including the car park. It would be much appreciated if residents could avoid parking on these roads on this date, so that the clean can be as thorough as possible.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The History of Fletching and its Folk in Photographs, Saturday November 1, 10am to 6pm, Sunday November 2, 10am to 5pm in Fletching Village Hall.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

NEW CORRESPONDENT: Should you have any town or village community events or news for the Heathfield or Mayfield area please email them to secretaryhac@aol.com

CROSS IN HAND WI: A very lively meeting this month had a visit from local jewellers, Jocalia to give us a brief insight into the world of pearls. Diane and her daughter, Isabel, talked of how pearls had now come back into fashion even amongst the younger age group. Pearls are traditionally favoured by Royalty and are known as the Queen of Gems and the Gems of Queens. Queen Elizabeth I was particularly fond of them as was Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor. The oyster pearls go back to the 16th century when the Chinese started trading in them. There are now many cultured varieties which started with Mikimoto in Japan. Members where then shown fine examples of various designs with the invitation to visit Jocalia in Heathfield. Birthday flowers were given to Peggy Dann, Mary Hills, Marion Pearson and Liza Marriott. Helen Whiteman won the Flower of the Month competition. We now look forward to our next meeting at the village hall on October 22 when the topic will be The Brighton Pavillion. New members and guests are welcome. Please phone 01435 812819 or go towww.esfwi.org.uk for more.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints’ Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion (BCP). We welcome Rev.Malcolm Jones to this service. 11am All Saints’ Morning Worship. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Third Dimension. All welcome for coffee after this service.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS of Gamelands Methodist Church are waiting to Entertain You (Part 2) and invite you to join them at Cross-in-Hand Methodist Church on Saturday November 22 at 2pm for music, laughter and refreshment all for the princely sum of £5. There will also be a raffle, all in aid of church funds.

IN IT TOGETHER (Building Community Together) is the theme of the next cafechurch on Friday, October 24, at Costa in the High Street. Do join us from 6.30pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 6.45pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join us for informal discussion, quizzes, live music, to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information contact George Dearsley, geolin42@talktalk.net.

Isfield & Little Horsted

PUMPKINS: It’s pumpkin time again at Little Horsted, where St Michael and All Angels Church will be holding its annual Festival of Pumpkin Art on October 25 (7pm to 9pm) and October 26 (6pm to 8pm). Parishoner Roy Harris says: ‘As in previous years the festival will consist of carved, candle-lit pumpkins which within the candle lit old church creates a beautiful atmosphere. Entrance to the festival costs £2.50 per adult, which includes a glass of mulled wine, and 50p for children, who will be offered a soft drink. If you would like to contribute a carved pumpkin, which can be as simple or as complicated as you like, please bring it to the church on the Saturday between 10am and 3pm. But no witches or ghouls, please, as the festival is nothing to do with Halloween. Whether you carve a pumpkin or not we hope you will come to see the display. As it will be dark at the church it is a good idea to bring a torch to see your way from your car, but please do not use it in the church as it detracts from the display.’ All monies raised will go to the Little Horsted Church Restoration Fund.

BONFIRE NIGHT: Members of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society have been working hard over the past year to raise money. And soon their cash will be going up in smoke. The occasion is, of course, the society’s annual Guy Fawkes celebrations, on the evening of November 14. Station Road will be closed to traffic from around 6.15pm (reopening at 8pm) to allow the torchlight parade to get underway shortly after with the march from The Laughing Fish pub to the mill and back. Visiting bonfire societies and drum groups from around Sussex are expected to join in. The bonfire will be lit around 8pm in the field behind the pub, where there will be plenty of food and children’s rides available. Fireworks for the free show cost in the region of £2,700 and with insurance (£900) and other items the society needs to raise some £5,000 to break even. This is usually does fairly comfortably, with any surplus going to local charities. Money-raising events during the year included jumble sales, craft fair, and a late-summer party last month. The collecting buckets will be out on November 14 for you to help swell the coffers. Society chairman Andy Payne says car parking will be available off Lewes Road, but reminds motorists they should not park by the roadside.

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

CLUB TALKS: The Forget-Me-Not Club at Isfield has some more interesting afternoon meetings lined up. On October 29 Roger Dalling will talk about Isfield down the ages from Roman times, this event was due to be held in June but had to be rescheduled, and on November 12 members will be able to spin a yarn or two when Carol and Peter Goodman give a presentation on From Sheep to Knitting Wool with the opportunity to take part in a spinning wheel demonstration. The club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons (2.30pm) at Isfield Village Hall.

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

ANNUAL SHOW: At last I have received the results of the September Newick Horticultural Society Annual Show. The weather was perfect with many splendid entries. The dog show was well attended, the results are as follows: The National Vegetable Society Medal and Top Tray, Kevin Duncton; Lady Rogers Dahlia Cup, Newick Challenge Cup, Bill Taylor; Kingsmei Shield and Top Vase, Stephen Saunders; Jack Kellam Memorial Cup and the Audrey Scrase Cup, Emma Jupp; George Bannister Rose Bowl, Jane Roberts; Manwaring-Robertson Cup and Doris Wilkins Cup, Jenny Walton; Brentford Challenge Cup and The Tidy Cup, Carol Hart; Slater Cup, Linda Faulke; Robert Burn Martin Memorial Cup, Paddy Cumberlege; RHS Bronze Medal, David Faulke; RHS Banksian Medal, Richard Wood. Children’s Classes: Bailey Cup, Charles Marchant; Brown Cup, Honor Macrhant; Hilda Wood Cup, Megan Quick; Charlie Wood Memorial Cup, Chloe Izzard; Muarice Grover Cup for Junior Gardeners, Emily Izzard and Honor Marchant; Faulke Cup, Chloe Izzard and Toby Izzard.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582. Next Sunday, October 26, there will be a service in memory of loved ones at 4.30pm. Refreshments will be in the Barn Centre after this service.

NEWICK GREEN WI hold their October meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be from the Camelia Botnar Foundation, this will be an illustrated talk. The foundation was set up in 1979 to provide residential training and work experience to help disadvantaged and problematic young people learn a skilled trade, to enable them to embark on a useful career, and to help them make a successfully mark on their future life. This meeting welcomes visitors, so pop along and enjoy a friendly sociable evening. For details telephone 01825 722907.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open again on Sunday October 26 in the village hall from 7pm, film at 7.30pm. This month’s film is The Book Thief starring Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Roger Allam. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind hearted foster father the girl begins borrowing books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. Tickets are £6 on the door or you can book in advance by email newickcinema@outlook.com or telephone 01825 723392.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall.

Uckfield

ANNIVERSARIES: It’s the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805, on October 21. I didn’t realise it was celebrated so much. Every hotel in London is booked up. In Flanders it’s the Centenary of the Ceasefire, when the Belgians opened the dyke and flooded the river so the Germans couldn’t advance. 8,400 people are holding torches from Newport Beach to Ploegsteert at 7pm on Friday. I wonder if it will be on the news, or just the current wars.

FRACKING: There’s an anti-fracking meeting in the Black Lion, Halland on Friday at 7pm. Whether you’re anti or undecided, it’s interesting to hear about it.

FOURWAYS WI held their meeting at The Luxford Centre. Following the business Naomi Hill, one of our members, gave us an insight to her recent visit to Denman which she thoroughly enjoyed and encouraged other members to visit. We all then tucked into our Harvest Supper which was arranged by the committee members and the tables decorated by the craft group, well done to all, lovely evening. Flower of the month was: 1, Liz Thompson; 2, Carole Marchant; 3, Maureen Risbridger. Our next meeting is our AGM on Monday November 3, all are welcome.

ASHDOWN SINGERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm, the Ashdown Singers, under their director Terence Steele, will give a concert of choral music to suit all tastes at St Mary’s Church, Buxted. The programme will include anthems by Stanford and Parry plus madrigals, spirituals and partsongs, together with the odd item to amuse and surprise. Entrance £5, pay on the door.

TWITTER TEACH-IN: Twitter was on the curriculum for members of the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association on Saturday afternoon. Keen to learn more about social media, a group of the Association’s members gathered at the Civic Centre to listen to committee member Wendy Tagg provide a useful introduction to using Twitter. Wendy explained how to set up an account, what a hashtag is, how to send and respond to tweets, what to beware of and how to avoid going wrong. She provided a list of useful local accounts, which included local news, transport and voluntary organisations. Those that are mostly interested in following other users to keep up-to-date with the news and travel problems etc welcomed these. One member said: ‘This has been a real eye opener. To be honest I have always been a bit frightened about opening a Twitter account but now I know I can use it to suit my needs and I don’t have to share personal stuff if I don’t want to.’ Wendy is an experienced training professional who helps improve organisations’ performance by helping their people learn. She enjoys finding out about local natural history and helping with volunteer work. Her Twitter account is @WendyTagg Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association Email: peter.griggs48@gmail.com (secretary).

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre with Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting Uckfield High Street, outside Help the Aged, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

Waldron

TWINNING QUIZ: The Heathfield and Waldron Twinning Association will be holding a fund-raising Quiz Night at the Lucas Hall on Friday October 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets will be £10 including a fish and chip supper and you can bring your own wine or other drinks plus glasses. Plastic cutlery will be provided but if you’d rather use proper cutlery, please provide your own. Teams will be up to six people so make up your own team, or come prepared to join with others to make a six. Contact Gill Temple on 01435 812861 for tickets or to check availability.

BEHIND THE FRONT Tickets for our revue Behind the Front are now on sale at the Stores at Waldron, or Heathfield Art and Books or by post by ringing 01435 813363. They are £8 each full price, or £7 for members of the Friends of Waldron Churches. Described as A revue with music for Remembrance Weekend, and revealing little-known history from behind the lines to the Waldron Home Front, the two performances will take place on Friday November 7 at 7.30pm and on Saturday November 8 at 2pm. Both performances will be at All Saints’ Church and there will also be an exhibition of printed images and memorabilia and the launch of a new booklet Waldron and the Great War. Don’t delay in getting your tickets as they are likely to be very popular.

PUB NEWS: There will be live music on Sunday October 26 at the Star when the very popular Swinging Affair trio will be performing from 12.30pm to 2.45pm. The following day, Monday October 27, the Pub Quiz will start its winter season and will follow its usual pattern of a set charge of £7 per head which includes a one-dish supper, and teams of up to six. The quiz will start at 7.30pm so come in good time to get your favourite table. On Friday October 31 it will be Folk Night and due to its continuing popularity this will now be a regular event, every last Friday of the month. Getting ahead of the usual scrum, I hardly dare mention the C-word in this column but yes, it’s true, the pub has its Christmas menu for you to look at and book. The charge is £25 per head, the menu looks great, and will be available from Wednesday December 3 until December 23.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY will meet on Monday at 7.30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall, Park Road, Heathfield. There will be a talk by Stephen Moore on Late Season Interest. Visitors are welcome, £3 to include tea or coffee. There will be a competition (optional) on the theme of a hedgerow arrangement or a specimen bloom. Phone 01435 830725 for any further details.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Choral Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am (followed by coffee and cake, to which all are welcome) and Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. Our bells returned to action, after refurbishment, last Sunday and sounded in good form. One thing rarely seen is the bells themselves in action, so we set up a camera at the bell chamber door, and projected the view live on to the screens in the church, before and after the service. We also had a short slide sequence of photos taken during the restoration, at the beginning of the service, whilst our rector Rev Marc Lloyd gave a short history of the project, and thanked everyone involved, in fund raising, providing the money and to those involved in the actual work up the tower, dismantling and re-fitting the equipment and rubbing down and re-painting the frame. Particular thanks are due to David Cleverley, who oversaw the project. He then rededicated the bells for their future service of calling people to worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm Evening service and communion. This will be last evening service until the clocks change in March. Both services are led by Ray Dadswell.

RGWI: Gilly Halcrow will update members with A History of Food, Drink and Manners on Thursday evening at the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm. For further details or help with transport contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

FILM SHOW: A while back we showed a couple of films produced by Mr A W Knapman of Heathfield. He used old postcards etc to provide a contrast between the early 1900s and the time of the films, the 1990s. It was fascinating to see the way Heathfield and the surrounding areas had changed, over the decades, and is still changing. We will be showing another pair of films on Saturday November 8 in the afternoon. This is put on by the Dunn Village Hall committee. More details soon.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a highly entertaining and most informative talk by Ian Gledhill on the Magic of Pantomime. This was not the research of an historian but came from someone involved for many years in the theatre. Ian has worked at Glyndebourne and the Theatre Royal, Brighton, but now appears in pantomime as the Lord Chamberlain in Cinderella, alongside Julian Clary and Jeffrey Holland. He told us of the origins of panto in the Commedia Dell’arte in Italy and how that worked its way up through Europe to England. When adopted here it was a 15 minute conclusion to about six hours of An Evening at the Theatre. Gradually it filled more of the evening, until in the late 1800s it stood alone as a production and took the form that we would generally recognise today. He told us of the many characters who have performed in pantos over the decades since, and the origins of dames and principal boys, the latter now generally are male, since Cliff Richard did his first panto in the 1960s. There is nothing new in well-known entertainers taking on the lead roles. Many of the early dames were from the Music Hall. Our next walk is on Saturday October 25, meeting at 2pm in the lane behind Arlington Reservoir. From this direction go over the Berwick level crossing and turn left, for Arlington. Make your way along until just after a sharp left hand bend. Map ref TQ540068. Our next meeting is on November 10 when Ray Broomfield will speak about Kipling’s Two Homes.