Parish pump Uckfield - September 26, 2014

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Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Story of the Weeping Camel (our film for September) is a blend of documentary footage and narrative. Filmmakers Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa cast a real nomad family of herders from Mongolia and shot many events in the film as they occurred. Doors open at the village hall 7pm for 7.30 start. Guests welcome for a fee.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall. The village hall will become the Empire Room for the evening on Saturday October 4 in aid of St John’s Church. The evening will consist of a three course meal, accompanied by music from the shows of Cole Porter, Ivor Novello, Gershwin etc and some jazz accompanied by a soloist. Peter Willson will be at the piano. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets are £15 per head with special rates for families. Tables of eight booked and paid for in advance are £100. Phone Bryan on 01323 833554 to book. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP).

VILLAGE HALL: A newsletter with details of the extension appeal and village hall matters can be found at the Village Hall or at the White Horse Inn. The hall now has a website giving details of the hall, its activities, facilities and links to other activities in the village. Type Bodle Street village hall.org into your browser (having removed the spaces) and you will arrive at it. I have perused it and found it very informative and well laid out.

Burwash

CANADA: This is my final message from Canada. By the time you read this I will be back in England and with my family. My two months here helping and supporting my cousin Gail has just flown by. I have met yet more members of the very large family out here and caught up with others. Last Saturday Gail had a pot luck supper and so many of them came to say goodbye. My Aunt Mary, who will be 94 in November is just amazing, while I have been here she has bought herself a new Ipad and mobile telephone. The autumn is fast approaching here as the leaves turn an incredible red, but already they have had frost and it has turned really chilly. So I guess it is time for me to leave.

DEDICATION: Today, Friday, there is to be a rededication of WW2 pilot Reginald Rimmer who was shot down near Spring Lane Burwash. A new memorial stone has been placed in the lane to Franchise Manor for this brave young man from Liverpool. Some of his family will attend the rededication ceremony. To discover the time please see the September parish magazine for St Bartholomew’s.

COFFEE MORNING: Burwash is holding two coffee mornings in aid of Macmillan Nurses. The first one is being hosted by the Buzzy Bees Pre-school today, Friday, at 10am in the Pavilion at the Swan Meadow Playingfield. They will be pleased to see you as they sell cakes, books and bric-a-brac while you meet friends and drink coffee. The second one is tomorrow, Saturday, morning at the Scout Hut in the Bear car park from 10am to 12.30pm. This one is being hosted by sisters Jazz and Heather, their husbands and friends. Again, cakes bric-a-brac, tombola raffle and gifts will be on sale. Do go along and support one of these events so that everyone who is facing cancer can have a Macmillan team in their corner.

QUIZ: Have you booked a table for the quiz evening tomorrow, Saturday, being held at the village hall from 7.30pm? Entry is £8 per person to include supper. Quiz masters Steve Bennett and Terry Parker will be putting us through our paces. To enter this fun evening call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497 or email marybarrytaylor@hotmail.co.uk

WALK: The next monthly walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. These walks are aimed at those who prefer a gentle stroll in congenial company. They will take you over some of the easier public footpaths around the villages. Ijon Jenner will be your guide and will be pleased for you to join him. To find out more call Jon him on 01435 882045.

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat bowls Club will begin their assault on the Wealden League Division 2. Their first game is on Thursday away to Barcombe. The club is always looking to welcome new members and are happy to give tuition and lend equipment to new players as well as welcoming seasoned bowlers. To find out more please call Mary on 01453 882107.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will take place on Thursday evening from 7pm in the village hall. These are really relaxing fun events when those who enjoy a game of cards can come a long an inexpensive evening’s entertainment. It costs £3 per person for 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. A raffle is also held and prizes go the highest and second highest man and lady, and for the lowest. A great evening with some laughs and good friends, so come along and join us. For more detail please call Mary on 01435 882107.

SUPPER: Next Saturday, October 4, St Bartholomew’s Church will be hosting the annual Harvest Supper. It is being held in Burwash Village hall from 7pm. Tickets are available from The Burwash Newsagents. This is usually a sell out so don’t wait to get your tickets, see Tesky now.

MONDAY PAINTERS: After a glorious summer painting out of doors the beautiful scenery around the villages, The Burwash Monday Painters will be back in the village hall from Monday October 6. They have a final outing on Monday. They meet at 1pm in the village hall from October to May and are always pleased to welcome new members whether seasoned artists or beginners. Their website is www.burwash-monday-painters.com or call Grace on 01435 860848 or Anne 883247.

ICE SHOW: Did you enjoy the trips to the Holiday on Ice show at the Brighton centre? If you did then why not come with us again. I have secured 50 seats on Sunday January 11 for the 4.30pm performance. The tickets are on sale at £36, but I can sell them to you with coach and administration costs for £32, children’s at £24. Tickets are selling well so book soon. Call Mary or Barry on 01435 882107 and we will send you a booking form. All seats must be paid for by mid-November.

Chailey

COMPANY EVENT: Aspects Beauty, who are based in South Chailey, celebrated another success recently with a great charity event which included games, food, music, tombola and an amazing raffle which alone contributed £1,500 to the total amount, £2878, raised on the day. The grounds of Balneath Manor were transformed into a village fête for the day and Commercial Director Jon Dunn welcomed guests which included friends, colleagues, families and suppliers past and present. This event was part of Aspects 25 Beautiful Years programme of events and their give-back initiative which has been raising funds for local community groups such as St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Friends of St Peter’s Church, Chailey Bonfire Society and Friends of Chailey St Peter’s Primary School.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY report that the Balneath Bash was a great success and everyone who attended had fun. Thanks go to all the helpers; as without you this event would not have been possible. Also a huge thanks goes to the society’s president, Jim Jackson, and Aspects Beauty for allowing the society to hold the event in their marquee. Also special mentions and thanks go to Michael Salmon, who delighted everyone with his Jazz, The Reservoir Frogs for stepping in at the last moment and Matt Thomas of Holmbridge Farm who helped on the catering side.

THE AUTUMN SHOW organised by the horticultural society, at the village hall, saw a very high standard of exhibits. The hall looked magnificent, with an array of colour, and was a credit to all the talented and hardworking gardeners and cooks in the village. Pleasingly there were a good number exhibitors, apart from the flower arranging and children’s classes. It is hoped that there will be more exhibitors in those classes in 2015. In the afternoon the hall was full of visitors admiring the exhibits and enjoying homemade refreshments. The cups were awarded as follows: The British Caledonian Cup (vegetables) Peter Estcourt; Hickwells Cup (best vegetable exhibit) Jackie Pateman; Bowling Cup (flowers) Linda Blaker; Weller Cup (dahlias) Duncan Clark; Sam Briggs Memorial Cup (most points over the three 2014 shows) Linda Blaker; Chris Bone Memorial Cup (wine and cordials) Annelies Schlup; Cooper Cup (cookery and handicrafts) Tina Mitchell; TSB Cup (best floral exhibit) Maureen Durrant; Village Cup (classes under 7 years) Eddie Finch; Chailey Cup (classes for ages 8 to 11 years) Edward Parker; Bosun Cup (best in children’s classes over the three 2014 shows) Eddie Finch. In addition Drivepoint Construction Limited kindly sponsored prizes for the best floral exhibit which was won by Duncan Clark and the best cookery exhibit was won by Liz Swain.

THE YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall this evening, Friday, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The Group always welcome new members (aged 10 to 15 years). For details call Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

50th ANNIVERSARY of Chailey Commons Society is being celebrated with an exhibition at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. There will be an exhibition of Chailey Commons in paintings, drawings, photographs, old maps and more. Plus free refreshments all day. For those who join the society on the day they will be given their first year’s membership free.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Holy Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Brian Lanstone, to include communion, and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcarft to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past one hundred years. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday October 3 at the Coffee Stop, Free Church. The parish clerk will be there from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have. Our local officer Police Community Support Officer, Steven Knowles, will also be there so do go along and raise any concerns you may have. You can enjoy refreshments on offer at the Coffee Stop which include free freshly brewed coffee, tea, chocolate and a choice of eats.

VINTAGE BUS DAY is on Sunday October 5 when there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway. These include steam train to East Grinstead and then take another vintage bus to the Ashdown Forest for a walk at this picturesque beauty spot. More details are available www.bluebell-railway.com and the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800.

VOLUNTEERS are sought to help maintain the tidiness of St Peter’s churchyard on a regular basis. This is an opportunity for everyone in the community to participate. Ideally a rota could be set up; with volunteers taking turns so that the task does not become too onerous. If you are able to offer some time to help keep the churchyard tidy, whether it be occasionally or on regular basis, please call one of the churchwardens Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

STORAGE OF DOCUMENTS: The parish council is obliged to retain the minutes of its meetings indefinitely. After six years the minutes are archived at the East Sussex County Record Office. If you are interested in local history or tracing your ancestors; the Record Office holds a wealth of local information just visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/thekeep. Other council documents have to be stored for six years and re-locating the parish office to Scaynes Hill Village Centre has enabled the council to begin to log and archive the information it holds. It is also planned to digitally map the council’s assets which will help in retrieving and sharing information more quickly. For more details or access to any documents call Vera Grainger on 01444 831453.

Chiddingly

VILLAGE SHOP: Well they are well into the autumn menu for the café. Soup, home-made of course is back on the menu and I can see I have to do the taste test. Sacrificing myself for the cause here. And of course the French conversation sessions with Isabelle are thriving, they are so full. But still room for more, I hope to get to them this week.

CHIDDINGLY FESTIVAL: This is well underway now and I’m looking forward to attending quite a few events, the Spitfire Solo, Susan Calman and the Classical Concert. There are so many other brilliant events so catch up with the website www.chiddinglyfestival.co.uk

OTHER MATTERS: Well it is now really feeling like autumn, with the dews and the light drawing in. My plums have rotted on the tree, could anyone else who has had this contact me as I had a super crop and then - nada.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Sunday eleven of us, including some first timers, together with three dogs, enjoyed a gloriously warm early autumn walk in the footsteps of Thomas Turner. Starting from The King’s Head, our walk took us through the village, past the impressive new allotments and up over the stud to Davis Town, before heading back down towards Old Whyly and into the village, where we very appropriately finished with tea and a guided tour of Thomas Turner’s house kindly given by Fiona Dobbs. Our next walk is on Sunday October 12 and will be starting from The Blacksmith’s Arms at Offham at 2pm and will heading for Mount Harry. The next talk is on Friday October 10 at 7.30pm in the village hall, when the subject will be the Culver Archeological Project ( Barcombe Roman villa). The walks are free and we are always very pleased to welcome new people along. The talks are free for members and cost just £3 each for visitors. Further details from Jenny or Chris on 872830.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10.30am Harvest Thanksgiving Family Service, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

HARVEST THANKSGIVING: This very special Family Service will be at 10.30am (please note later time). The plough will be carried up as is traditional, and farmers will of course be participating in the service. Fletching Scouts will also be on parade, and all children are invited to bring gifts of Harvest produce (whether fresh or in packets, tins or jars etc). Produce will later be taken to the Uckfield Food Bank. The collection at the service will be sent to an appropriate organization such as Farming Community Network or Farm Africa.

PILTDOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Tomorrow, Saturday, 11am Public Meeting in Fletching Village Hall. The draw for the PRA Raffle will take place at the close of the meeting. Tickets will be available at the meeting.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 2 October 1914: Brighton Corporation have directed that one of the oldest thoroughfares in the town, abutting on Marine Parade, hitherto called German-place, shall be named Madeira Place. Owing to the War, all matches arranged in connection with the Mid-Sussex Whist League have been indefinitely postponed.

RANJI’S THOUSAND: ‘Prince Ranjitsinjhi has contributed many thousands to Sussex cricket, and now he offers a thousand of another kind to England. Not runs, or runners, but a thousand men to fight by the side of English troops in France.’

ORGAN RECITAL: In connection with the Roger Dean at 70: A Life in Art, Heaven and Earth Exhibition (until October 19) at Trading Boundaries, a special organ recital will be performed by Italian keyboard virtuoso Marco Lo Muscio at Fletching Parish Church. The recital begins tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at 4.30pm and is free of charge. Donations to the church fund will be welcomed.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Framfield Memorial Hall. Lots of really interesting stalls to see. Homemade cakes, local jam, organic vegetables, crafts, bric-a-brac, tombola and you can sit and catch up with friends and have a cuppa and bacon roll. Any inquiries please call Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

AUTUMN FAYRE: Cross in Hand Methodist Church Autumn Fayre is on Saturday October 11, between 11.30am and 2.30pm. There will be ploughman’s lunches available along with a wide variety of stalls to cater for many tastes. Hope to see you all there.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service and Baptisms. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion. All welcome for coffee after this service.

COFFEE MORNING: Wendy Gander of Coopers Funeral Directors, Cross-in-Hand, invites you to a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses today, Friday, from 10am onwards at their office in Cross-in-Hand.

WALKING FESTIVAL: Sussex Walking Festival is being held from September 27 to October 5 in Eastbourne and Wealden. For full information please go to www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Cross in Hand Art Club will be holding an Exhibition and Sale of art on October 25 at the Lucas Hall Waldron, 10am to 4pm. Free admission and free refreshments.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, October 4, 9am Parish Prayers.

Isfield & Little Horsted

CATCHING UP: Back after a couple of weeks’ holiday I see that the villages, and particularly the Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society, have been busy. The society’s efforts in the annual Lewes to Newhaven raft race, organised by Lewes and District Round Table, almost ended up with a visit to Davy Jones’ Locker … their craft Yellow Peril partially sinking during the event although being credited with sixth place. But all was not lost, for the crew of eight paddlers and one cox won the award for most devious means of trying to prevent opposition craft from beating them. Their ammunition apparently included a selection of eggs, vegetables and a water pump. Yellow Peril has, in various guises, taken to the Ouse on a number of occasions over the years, but it is now being retired as it is considered to be beyond repair. Bonfire society members are now putting their heads together to come up with ideas for a new raft in time for next year’s race. A week later the society held its Isfest, a late summer party involving bands, a disco and other entertainment. The profit of £860 from this evening’s fun will go towards funding the society’s Bonfire Night celebrations in Isfield on November 14.

TALKS: Isfield Forget-Me-Not Club has an interesting programme of talks arranged for the autumn and early winter. These include The Life and Legacy of Stanley Holloway (October 1), Magnus Volk and his Railways, particularly along Brighton Seafront (October 15), and Isfield Down the Ages Since Roman Times (October 29). The club’s Christmas lunch is being arranged for December 3 at The Green Man in Ringmer. Club meetings are held fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons (2.30pm) at Isfield Village Hall. More information can be obtained from Colin Staines (01825 766342) and Liz Russell 01825 750611).

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday (10am) sees the annual Harvest Festival service in St Margaret’s Church at Isfield, when children from local schools, together with their parents, will be welcome to take along appropriate gifts which will be distributed to charities in the area. Regular services at St Margaret’s are: 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).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

FOOTPATH WALK: The monthly footpath walk takes place on Sunday as part of the Sussex Walking Festival. They will walk the Mayfield Circular. The route they take every New Year’s Day. A three mile walk and starts from the South Street car park at 10am.

BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING: Today, Friday, there will be coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support at Colins Mill Church, Station Road from 10am to noon.

ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH: On Sunday, at 9.15am there will be a new service which will be called Together at 9.15am. The service is for people of all ages who, for whatever reason, would prefer a shorter (30 mins), non-eucharistic service at the moment. They finish in London House with refreshments and craft activities for younger folk. The Harvest Festival is on Sunday, October 5 and on October 18, James Thomas (former head of music at St Leonards-Mayfield School) will give an organ concert at St Dunstan’s Church.

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

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Locally grown vegetables, flowers and plants are available, plus cakes and many other savoury items. Make sure you arrive early, so not to be disappointed. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Next Sunday is Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am, this will be the Rev Peter Francis’s last service before retiring. Enjoy your retirement.

QUIZ: Newick Horticultural Society are holding a Quiz Evening today, Friday, in the village hall. Tickets are £8 available from 01825 723658 or 724295, this includes a ploughman’s supper. The bar will be open. All you have to do is find eight people to make up your team. Quiz evenings are great fun, so why not pick up the phone and reserve your tickets.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday from 7.15pm. The public are allowed to ask question at the beginning of the meeting.

CINEMA: On Sunday Newick Cinema will be showing the film Grand Budapest Hotel. Tickets are £6, this includes some lovely tasty refreshments. The St Peter’s and St James Newick support Group are preparing your interval treats. The village hall will be open from 7pm and the film will commence at 7.30pm. There is also a licenced bar. Tickets are available on the door or you can email newickcinema@outlook.com also you may telephone 01825 723392.

DIARY DATES: Newick Afternoon Club’s next meeting will be on Thursday October 9 in the Community Centre. The speaker will be Richard Fenning the subject being How risky is the World We Live In? The bonfire society will be holding a Music Quiz evening in the village hall on Saturday October 11. Further details next week.

SEPTEMBER so far has been a fantastic month for sunshine and warm weather, but the gardens are suffering they are crying out for rain. The leaves are beginning to change colour, the berries on the hedgerows are very plentiful this autumn, the farmers are busy ploughing and sowing next year’s crops. We are very fortunate to live in such a lovely county.

Uckfield

BUYING LOCAL: Remember that I wrote a few weeks ago about how buying local can actually save you money and problems? About a month ago I bought a new bed, choosing the mattress carefully. Hubby John said he’d seen the same bed much cheaper in a trade catalogue. After a few days, I was getting back pain at the base of my spine, which is unusual for me. It gradually got worse, and I realised that it was due to the new mattress. At last I phoned the store, not thinking for one minute that they could help. The man said, ‘I’ll call you back in a few minutes.’ Within 10 minutes, he called me back and told me that I could go in the store and choose a new mattress. It would cost me a collection/delivery fee, plus any extra if I chose a dearer mattress. I picked a mattress carefully and it was delivered the next day. Sean and John (I promised to name them both) carried in the new mattress, cut open the plastic, lifted up the older mattress and wrapped it up, a bit like the Chuckle Brothers, ‘To me, to you.’ Then off they went. I didn’t expect service like that. After all, I picked the mattress, so it was my fault. The back pain has gone, and I’m sleeping much better now.

UCKFIELD FILM SOCIETY’S autumn programme would normally be under way by now but 2014-2015 will be very different. Uckfield Picture House owner Kevin Markwick’s exciting improvements to the cinema mean that the first Film Society meeting will be in November. But it will be worth the wait. Kevin has invited the society to use the newly improved building for its annual programme starting on the second Sunday of each month at 8pm, from November 9. The list of nine screenings is expected to include The Great Beauty, Act of Killing, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Belle et la Bete, A Touch of Sin, Easy Rider, Notre the end of this Story, Frances Ha, and an intriguing choice between Night of the Hunter, Hadler Rabler or Heaven’s Gate. The society has been watching films from all genres since the year 2000 when, in the wake of the success of Uckfield’s first annual Festival which included films at the cinema, film lovers got together with Kevin to form a committee to bring world cinema to our corner of Sussex. For membership details contact the cinema on 01825 764909.

SENIOR CITIZENS’ PARTNERSHIP: Let’s Celebrate, A Healthy Lifestyle for the Salad Days. Community chef, gentle chair exercises, information tables and more. Free entry, free refreshments and free lunch. Saturday October 4, 10am to 3.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Local transport available. Booking essential, ring now 01435 865032

Waldron

IRIS: For nearly as long as I have been in the village, the Lefort family has been running the Star, it’s a marriage made in heaven. So everyone in the village will be very sad to hear that dear Iris, Con’s partner of well over 60 years and Paul’s Mum, died last week. Her cheerful face and smile will be so much missed, and although she wasn’t at the pub a lot recently when she became ill, nonetheless whenever there was an event on, Iris would be there, chatting to everyone. She was quite simply a village institution. Her funeral will take place at All Saints’ Church on Monday October 6 at 11am and then afterwards at the Star.

WALDRON WI: October’s Women’s Institute meeting is on Wednesday October 8 at the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm and will be a craft session with several options, all of them led by an expert. Members can put their names down for any one of the following: card making; felt decorations for Christmas; encaustic art (that’s hot wax designing and picture-making) and you’ll need to bring newspaper and kitchen roll; water colour painting; painting pottery for which you can buy mugs, plates, Christmas candlestick or flan dish bowls to decorate. The last craft meeting was a great success and it certainly sounds as if this one will be too.

U3A: At the most recent parish council meeting Bobby and Tim Williams (recently retired and taking on all kinds of things) made a presentation suggesting that it was time the University of the Third Age was made welcome in the Heathfield area. The proposal was welcomed by the parish council and the project will be launched at a meeting in the Community Centre in Sheepsetting Lane at 2pm on Monday November 10. Anyone interested in helping to set it up (but without commitment to take a leading part in the project) could contact Bobby Hamilton on 01435 813965 or by e-mail on arelaitch@btinternet.com, or Tim Williams on 01435 812273 or e-mail twill30999@aol.com Publicity material will be distributed to publicise the meeting and details about U3A.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The local branch of the NW will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday October 16 at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and there’ll be an opportunity to chat to her over refreshments afterwards.

COUNTRY MARKET: It’s now to be found on the second Thursday of the month between 11am and 1pm at the Holy Cross Priory, Cross in Hand (on the B2102 between Beacon Down and Blackboys.) The next market will be on October 9.

SERVICES: This Sunday is Harvest Festival and there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, Sung Matins 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. Following that there will be Parish Lunch at 1pm at Culverwood to which all are welcome. Please note that the annual Steam Engine Rally will take place also this Sunday with the Steam Engines arriving in the village at roughly the same time as the congregation will be leaving All Saints’, with associated potential difficulties with parking. So the message is, take care with you parking and avoid parking near the War Memorial or close to the pub or you might find yourself blocked in.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

COFFEE MORNING: I am sure we are all familiar with the wonderful work of Macmillan Cancer Support. Every year coffee mornings are held nationwide to raise money for Macmillan. Today, Friday, there will be one at the Dunn Village Hall from 10am to 12.30pm the title of which is Let Us Eat Cake.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Next Saturday is the autumn churchyard clear up, and all are welcome to join us for some useful exercise in the fresh air, followed by a light lunch in the church rooms. Congratulations to Jeremy and Barbara Cooke’s daughter Emily on her marriage last Saturday to Jonathan Hellewel. The service was conducted by the Bishop of London, The Right Rev and Right Hon Richard Chartres KCVO. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: Harvest services 11am led by Rad Upfield and 6.30pm led by Ken Davies.

ROAD WORKS: Tarmacking of the road from the Green to Cowbeech, started on Monday, so hopefully they will finish on time today. I have noticed some white marks around potholes in Chapmans Town Road, so I assume that these will be patched in the near future.

VILLAGE HALL: in the early part of the week the hall floor received its periodical resurfacing, which meant a few meetings had to be rescheduled. It is probably a good time to remind users that stiletto heels are not kind to the floor, so should be avoided.