Parish Pump Uckfield - September 27, 2013


AUTUMN BALL: 7.30pm - late Saturday 5th October at Barcombe Village Hall. Playing for dancing and your entertainment professional swing band ‘Seymour’s Jump’. Buffet supper, licensed bar and raffle with fantastic prizes. Tickets £25 available from Caz Austen on 01273 401740, Turners Electrical and Barcombe Stores. Posh frocks and ties. Limited numbers. All profits to St Peter’s and St James’.

BOWLING RESULTS: Wednesday, 18th, away to Lindfield. Jas Osmond 10, Peter Gasgall; Derek Stewart10, Dave Glossop 36; Shaun Smith 19, Sue Patterson 17; John Osmond 13, Ken Anderson 19. Barcombe 52, Lindfield 90. Saturday, 21st, away to Vicarage (Brighton). Les Line 14, Barry Putman 21; Jas Osmond 9, Peter Decoy 16; John Blackmore 10, Dave Morgan 29; Derek Stewart 13, Dennis Watson 22. Barcombe 46, Vicarage 88. Last game to come on Saturday, weather permitting.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s offering is The Angel’s Share directed by Ken Loach. Doors open tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm start, at the village hall. It does contain some violence and strong language.

HARVEST FLOWER FESTIVAL: St John’s church is celebrating harvest with a flower festival this weekend. The church will be open for viewing from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 2 to 5pm on Sunday. Refreshments including light lunches will be available during the day. On Saturday evening, the Penshurst Singers with Richard Eldridge will give a concert in the church. Tickets are £10, and include a glass of wine and light refreshments. They can be obtained from Penny on 01323 833146 or Mary on 833554. At 11am on the Sunday, the rector, Rev Marc Lloyd, will conduct the Harvest Family Service and not as mentioned last week. This will be followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service and Thanksgiving, follow by a Bring & Share lunch in the village hall. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4ForAll (messy church) at Punnetts Town Village hall. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: A reminder that the Club starts its 20th season on Monday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the village hall. Members enjoy competitive games within a friendly atmosphere and good equipment. New members are welcome experienced or novice – bowls are supplied. For details contact Brian on 01323 833560 or Henry on 442296.

PARISH COUNCIL: The recent welcome resurfacing of some roads has thrown up a problem – diversions. These are necessary to ensure ease of working and the safety of the workers. It is the signage of the closures that causes problems, as mentioned by Bryan Gibson. Often you have a sign “road closed ahead” with no indication of where it is closed, causing a lot of confusion and wasted journeys. It must be possible for the signs to have a whiteboard panel that can have details inserted. Julia Desch raised the question of consultation over issues such as fracking. On that particular subject, Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) said that no licences had been applied for in E Sussex, or approaches made. Cllr Lawrence Keeley said he was active in getting overhanging trees etc cut back. He is also campaigning over the transport system, particularly railways. Our chairman, Cllr Bryan Whitton, is also on the case reminding landowners of their responsibilities, and if that doesn’t work, they are referred to county for action to be taken. Cllr Simmons reported that the county received £24m in inward investment since May. It was reported that the contract to provide high speed broadband has been signed and detailed plans are being developed . A start is due by Christmas in the coastal towns with the rest of the county covered by mid March 2015. As neither Wealden councillor was present, there was no report.

The Bodle Street village hall, reported Bryan Gibson, has had a good year. Focus at the moment is on the extension, and raising funds for it. Permission has been granted. A premier showing of the Opera Carmen from Sydney is on 16th November. 72 bookings so far.

Cllr Ray Tratt wants to set up a volunteer group to help maintain the rights of way. He said that ESCC will not replace wooden fingerposts, like for like unless parish councils pay 50%. He will conduct an audit of the posts (all 31) to see what needs to be done. Perhaps individuals, families, or local businesses would like to adopt a post? This would need to be done through the council

The next meeting will be at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, on 17th October.


BOWLS: Last Sunday the Burwash short mat bowls club had a great time when they played their annual Memorial cup tournament. Playing in three groups in a round robin they fought hard with some close and surprising results. The day was broken up with a delicious hot lunch, thanks to the hard work of Joan Howard and her helpers. At the end of the day Mick Moore won with 27 points, just one point ahead of Joan Howard, Mary Taylor was third on 23. Our grateful thanks to Barry for seeing that our scores were properly recorded and young Wayne Reed, who was always ready to help, especially with the heavy work. The bowls club are keen to welcome new players in to the club. We meet on Monday evenings from 6.30pm. Tuition can be given and equipment borrowed from the club. we are a friendly lot whio enjoy many levles of this skillful and soical game. Please call \mary Taylor on 01435 882107 for details.

COFFEE: Tomorrow morning there will be a coffee morning in the Scout hut in the bear car park. You are all welcome to go along and support it in aid of MacMillan nurses. Doors open at 9.30am until 12.30pm. Entry is £2 and includes tea/coffee and cake. Among the stallsto browse will be cakes, books, bric-a-brac, tombola and more.

BYGONES: You are all invited to come along to the next Bygone Burwash event at the village hall on Sunday. This two yearly event is a great way to see what life was like in the years gone by, catch up with old friends and reminisc about the past. There will be a nostalgic array of photos, among them a new selection of Burwash fire brigade both uniforn and social. Entry is £3 and it is open from 11am to 4pm. Refreshemnets and a raffle will be available all day.

WALK: The new walk for strollers takes place on Wednesday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. This walk is for those who like a gentle stroll rather than a brisk ramble. Ijon jenner will lead you over the route and you aare all welcome to join him.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive is being held on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the village hall. new and seasoned players enjoy a freindly evening of cards, make new freinds and win prizes. entry is £3 per person and includes 20 hands of cards and light refreshemnts. Parking is available in the Catholic Church car park opposite the hall. For more information call Mary 882107.

MEETING: The Burwash branch of the Royal British Legion will meet on Monday evening at the Rose & Crown at 8pm. You don’t have to have been a member of the armed forces to belong, just an interest. For more information please call Fred Marshall on 01435 884298.

GOOD LUCK: This weekend the lovely Laura Carver and her brother Chris Jones will be in Germany, taking part in the Berlin marathon. They will be running in aid of St Peter & St James hospice. you can help Laura by donating to her charity at the Stores, Burwash. We wish them both a great run and hope they enjoy the experience.


THANKS to all who made the Beer and Music Festival such a success. To those of you who didn’t attend you missed a superb afternoon and evening with excellent music from John McDevitt, Lady M & the Mr Men, Josh Mills, Newick Folk, The Halo Project, The Whisky Beats and The Highlights along with a hog roast and beer tent. A lot of hard work went in preparing for the day, manning the day and clearing up so a big thank you goes to everyone at Chailey Bonfire Society for organising such a wonderful event.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Pete’s Pantry to raise funds for the improvements to church facilities will be held after next Sunday’s (October 6) 10am service. Homemade cakes, pies, buns, jam, marmalade, pate, chutney, seasonal gifts and garden produce will be on sale and donations of goods will be much appreciated including any excess garden produce. Please contact Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586 if you wish to make donations. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Peter Markby and 6.15pm with Julian Rebera.

WINDMILL and Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. From the A272/A275 North Chailey crossroads, take A272 west for 400 yards. The mill is up a turning on right. For more information call John Smith 01825 723519.

OPEN MORNINGS: Children and parents are warmly invited to Open Mornings at Chailey School, Mill Lane, South Chailey, from Monday to Thursday. Tours start at 9am, 9.15am, 10am, 10.15am and 10.45am. No appointment is necessary but to find out more call 01273 890407.

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

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall for the annual meeting when the committee and officers will be elected. It is also a chance to show appreciation for the previous year’s committee hard work and it is hoped as many members as possible will attend. Prospective members and guests are always welcome, for whom a nominal charge of £2 is made. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

COFFEE MORNING organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group is on Friday October 4 from 10am to midday at Cinder Paddocks by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Bravery. There will be home-made biscuits, a bring and buy stall, produce stall and raffle, along with the chance to buy Hospice Christmas Cards. For more details call Phyllis Bravery on 01825 723706.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: The short mat bowling club are looking for new people to join. Experience is not essential as training can be given. It is a very sociable club that meets twice a week (Tuesday and Friday evenings) from 7.15pm until 9.45pm in Chailey School hall. If you wish to know more call 01273 891215.

YOGA CLASSES at the village hall have changed the day of the class to a Tuesday. New students are invited to join and all levels are very welcome, including complete beginners. The cost is £6 per class; wear loose, comfortable clothing and take a mat or blanket with you. To learn more phone Suzi Tait on 01825 767797.

CAN YOU HELP? The Bluebell Railway Museum has recently been loaned the nameplate from the River Class locomotive River Dart. The nameplate will soon be on display, and as is usual with their artefacts they would like to include a picture of the locomotive. The problem is they cannot find one. If anyone has or knows of a picture could they please e-mail it to so it can be included.


VOLUNTEERS: Hopefully, very soon, the conservators will be cutting the vegetation on the Back Lane “Green” so we will be looking for volunteers to take the cuttings down to the sports field for disposal, their machinery can cut but not pick up – an email will go round when we need help!

FETE: While it is still fresh in their minds the Fete Committee are looking to next year’s Village Fete and planning a few changes. They are looking for help to run the tombola, grand draw and Barrow of Booze - these are the main fundraisers for the fete. To lighten the load there will be just one collection of prizes around the area and these will then be split between them.

They would like to increase the “children’s area” to include more activities for children of all ages, 1-100 will do! Have you got any ideas or could you help to man a stall for part of the afternoon? Please put yourself forward as the more help they get the easier the fete is to plan and run - contact Di on 01825 713881.

FOREST CLUB: Could you run the Forest Club? After many years of doing a fantastic job organising meetings and outings Audrey Billington would like to retire so the Forest Club is in danger of folding. The Forest Club is aimed at our more mature residents and there are approximately six outings each year, on previous occasions there have been trips to Rye, IKEA, Covent Garden, Teas and Christmas Lunch at Barnsgate Manor with transport provided by the Wealden Community Bus. For more information do please contact Audrey on 01825 712568, it would be a great shame if this was to fall by the wayside. The pub is holding a Halloween evening on Friday 25th October. Yes, I know it’s bit early! Prizes for best fancy dress. Live music. 8pm onwards.

FLOWER SHOW: Christ Church Harvest Fantasia - A flower festival to celebrate Harvest Festival Weekend is being held by the Fairwarp Flower Guild and other members of the community in the church. A selection of arrangements celebrating aspects of harvest and autumn time depicted from hymns, songs and poems will be on view. Entry by donation. Today, Friday, 27th September 10am-4pm. Saturday, 28th September 10am-4pm: refreshments of cider/apple juice and apple cake will be available. Sunday, 29th September 11am-2pm: refreshments available will be coffee/tea and cake

HARVEST SUPPER: Tomorrow, Saturday 28th September Harvest Supper 7 for 7.30pm in Fairwarp Village Hall. Fun, entertainment and a sing-a-long. Tickets £5 - contact Jenny on 712188, Liz on 764781 or Bob on 712321. Please bring whatever you would like to drink.

CLEAR UP:Can you spare soem time to help clear up Christ Church churchyard? Christ Church is one of our village’s beautiful amenities and needs our love and attention. We are putting together another working party to help with an autumn clear up of Christ Church’s churchyard on Saturday 12th October 9am - noon. Tea, coffee and bacon butties will be provided. We need volunteers to help with a general clear up including weeding, lopping etc. If you have any petrol gardening equipment eg strimmers, hedge-cutters etc, or tools such as loppers, rakes, spades, forks and brooms which you can bring along, it would be appreciated. It won’t be hard manual labour and the more volunteers we have the shorter the time and the lighter the work! Specialist gardening skills are not required. We do need a large enough confirmed workforce, at least 20 people, to warrant the cost of removing the rubbish so do please contact Russell Davison on 01825 713531 before 7th October to put your name down as a volunteer.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Dimwits once again took gold in Monday night’s quiz night in the pub, with Pen’s People predictably coming second again. The place was packed, with three new teams joining in the fun. Monday nights from 8pm. £1 per team member.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Hellingly - Holy Communion (CW) Sunday 8am and 10.45am. 6.30pm Evensong. Thursdays 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP). Upper Dicker – Holy Communion (CW) 9.15am.

COFFEE MORNING: This morning at Brook Cottage, Mill Lane, Hellingly, starting at 10am until closing at 5pm. Includes Ploughman’s lunches and cream teas in the afternoon.

BOTTLE TOP THANKS: The Prostate Support Group at EDGH wrote a letter of thanks for the support of Parishioners in collecting milk bottle tops which enabled the ‘Quiet Room’ at the hospital to be opened in June 2013. The next project is now underway, to raise money towards a template biopsy kit at a cost of £15k. Milk Bottle Top Collecting is only a small part of the fundraising but not only does it give some cash towards the target, it also keeps milk bottle tops off the landfill sites and to date, that amounts to over 5 tons! Please keep them coming. Please note only save milk bottle tops with either a 2, 02, 4 or 04 in a recycling triangle as they do not save anything else.

MEMORIAL FUND: Giving is good for you and so is singing. Thirty five members of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Hellingly, and their friends and relatives got together for tea in August and did themselves a power of good. Spirits were raised singing the stirring music made famous by Ann Shelton who lived in Herstmonceux at the end of her life. Familiar numbers from the 40s and early 50s were introduced by Ann’s niece and local resident, Kelly Richards. In a beautiful garden and in warm sunshine, the evocative words of “Bless em all”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “We’ll Meet Again”, rang out along with other favourites, accompanied skilfully by Muriel Hill on the piano. A delicious tea with cakes, organised by Marie Cobb and a team of helpers, ensured everything went with a swing. Everyone’s efforts were rewarded when we found that we had raised the impressive sum of £302.85 for the Hellingly Hospital Memorial Fund. This is a special local charity which aims to provide a gravestone to mark the plot in North Street, Hellingly, which is at present unmarked. Here, many hospital patients who died without friends or relatives, were buried. God loves and values us all. This memorial reminds us that no-one, however unloved and unfortunate deserves to be just cast away. They are now a third of the way to covering the cost of the stone. Following the success of this “Sing Along”, more events will be organised to raise the balance. If you would care to contribute, write to Hellingly Church’s PCC Treasurer, Margaret Bloomfield, c/o Evergreen, Hackhurst Lane, Lower Dicker, East Sussex BN27 4BL. Cheques payable to Hellingly Church PCC, please.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

SAFETY improvements: there’s a group of residents in Argos Hill who are working together for improvements in road safety on the very busy A267 which passes through the village. This narrow, winding road currently has a 50mph speed limit and, where overtaking is permitted, this is often exceeded. Sadly, accidents and near misses are frequent; property has been damaged and people have been injured. They plan to keep their website up to date with information on progress, news, correspondence and things of general interest. People can see see presentations, letters and other correspondence related to their campaign and details of some of the folk involved.If you’d like to contact the campaign, email them or express your support by signing their petition. You can also ‘like’ their Facebook page. You can find out everything about the group, including how to express your support by visiting:

FOODBANK COLLECTIONS: With effect from June this year Open Door became the Mayfield collection point for the Hailsham Foodbank charity which helps to provide emergency food to local people in crisis. Donations can be dropped off on any Wednesday at London House between 9.30 and 11.30am when Open Door is open. They say they will be delighted to receive donations of any non perishable foods and thank people for their generosity so far.

BOOK FAIR: The autumn book fair will be held on Saturday, October 5 in the Memorial Hall between 9am and 3pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be available all day. There will be 17 book dealers attending with 1000’s of secondhand books for sale on all subjects at prices to suit. For details ring Chris Maughan on: 01435 864634.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Henry Hemming says annual membership, which only costs £5, does have many benefits. You can enjoy free entry to all our autumn / winter talks (otherwise charged at £2 each), and they have talks on November 15, January 17, February 21 anMarch 18. You also get 10% off purchases from Millbrook Garden Centre, Jarvis Brook; 10% off horticultural products purchased at Heathfield Ironmongers, a 10% reduction at Shanks Nursery, Burwash, and now, for the first time, 10% off purchases at Staverton Nursery at Halland. Join the MHS in person at Rosina’s Fabrics in the High Street (paying by cash), or write to the membership secretary Louise Pitcher at West View, West Street, Mayfield, TN20 6BA (paying by cheque, made out to Mayfield Horticultural Society). Finally, dates for talks during autumn / winter 2013-2014. Following the autumn dinner on October 12, they welcome Gillian Regan from Faversham to talk about ‘A Woodland Garden’ (November 15); Ken Turner to speak on ‘Ponds and Water Gardens’ (January 17, 2014); Hilary Newman of Tonbridge to reveal more about greenhouse use (Friday, February 21) and Barbara Marsden of Ringmer to expound on sustainable agricultural techniques from Africa to try in your own garden (Tuesday, March 18, at the AGM). Fergus Garrett is bringing lots of interesting plants to sell at the supper in October. Apparently enough to fill two tables.

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Mayfield Social Support group - the weekly group is held every Friday in London House from 11.45am till 1.45pm for anyone suffering from, affected by or interested in mental health issues. The group is going well and has generated some considerable interest and new members. All are welcome to come along and find out what they do, how they can help and what they are about. There is still a lot of stigma attached to mental illness and it is their aim to fight this through exposure and education. They often have representatives from other organisations to come and discuss what they do. The last speaker was from the East Sussex Library Service talking about the books on the prescription scheme and other services they provide (many thanks to Ed, local librarian). Hopefully in the near future they will have a representative from the East Sussex Credit Union – a savings and loan cooperative – and a representative from the new doctors’ practice in Mayfield to talk about attitudes to mental health in the NHS and specifically in this area.

FESTIVAL CHOIR SOCIETY: Come and sing with us - This date has approached rapidly and the event takes place tomorrow. No apologies for re-printing the information. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sing in a choir, to be surrounded by all the different voices? Has your singing with others been limited to school assembly and the occasional hymn? Mayfield Festival Choir would like to invite you to join us in a special, one-off morning of singing on Saturday, September 28 from 10am - 1pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to know how to read music. Organisers will guide you to sit alongside others in the part you think will be most comfortable for your voice and you certainly will not have to sing alone! You will be made very welcome and, they hope, will have a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting time. They plan to sing the Ave Verum Corpus from the May 2013 “Between Earth and Heaven” concert plus several other short pieces of fantastic music from different periods. Price: £2 donation to costs. Music, coffee and biscuits will be provided. For more information contact Jane Bolger, 01435 874701 or visit:


Their new website ( has the first draft of a guide to books for loan. Richard Coward is rearranging the list to make it easier to use. The searchable set of past copies of the Mayfield Newsletter from 1977 has now reached 1985 and disks with searchable pdf files will be added to the library collection for loan once some missing items have been located in the MNL archive and scanned. Progress slows as the number of advertisements grows, but advertisements form a social and economic history of the village. Incorporating these records in the website would involve substantial storage space that would greatly increase the costs of running the site. Once the holiday season is over they will turn their attention to seeing how much of the collection of postcards can be placed on the website. Ideas for other items for inclusion in the site can be sent to Rob Foster via: For information contact: Brian O’Connor, MLHS Chairman on: 01435 873477; Rob Foster, MLHS Secretary on: 01435 873215 or Warwick H Child, MLHS Treasurer on: 01435 873252

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.


STAR TURN: Our lovely local is always involved whenever there’s something happening in the village, and this coming weekend is no exception. You can enjoy Folk Night on Friday (tonight) then on Sunday it’s the popular annual Steam Engine Rally with a side dish of vintage cars and motorbikes, fuelled with an open-air barbecue to tempt your palate and Sunday roast if you’d rather come into the restaurant. You’ll also be entertained by Skull Drummery. Then on Monday the popular Quiz Night returns for the winter season starting at 7.30 pm. It costs £7 per head which includes a one-dish supper of spaghetti carbonara. Teams are up to a maximum of six people.

VAT REDUCTION This week the Star took part in a national VAT reduction day. This was a day of action to highlight to government the benefits of a VAT reduction for pubs and restaurants, for as the organisers pointed out, these outlets pay more taxes and create more jobs than supermarkets do. On Wednesday 25 September, the participating pubs and restaurants reduced their prices by 7.5%. It is claimed that a permanent VAT reduction would encourage business which would in turn increase job creation and raise the amount of tax paid. A day of action like this in France last year increased business noticeably. As this column went to press it was too early to report on the outturn – more news next week.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: A date for your diary – the NHW annual meeting will be held at the Lucas Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 October. Mike Wilson will dispense wine and Janie Huggins will be passing round the nibbles, I’m told 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.

VILLAGE HISTORY: Our Village History weekend was a huge success with a constant stream of visitors coming along to the Exhibition in the Lucas Hall and a very satisfactory attendance at all the other events. All tickets were sold out in advance for the tours of Possingworth Manor gardens and for the Iron industry talk and we had a over 60 people riveted by Steve Roberts’ talk about Waldron and the First World War on Saturday evening. He concentrated much of his talk on some of the men of Waldron who died and whose names appear on the War Memorial in the village centre, but he also pointed out that many more went to war and came back home, to settle into their daily lives, often hiding the after-effects of what they had seen and experienced. Our Remembrance Sunday service will certainly have added poignancy this year now that we know more about those men who, until now, were just names to us. Steve is a qualified Battlefield Guide and we are now putting together a list of local people who would be interested in making a visit next year to the battlefields in France. If you would be interested, please contact me initially by e-mail at or ring me on 01435 812036.

AUDITIONS: The Auditions will take place for our panto “The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron” on Tuesday 1 October from 6.30 onwards at the Lucas Hall. Everyone welcome to read for parts or for helping behind the scenes. If the date of 1 October is not one when you can come, there will be a second opportunity to audition on Monday 7 October, also at the Lucas Hall from 6.30pm.

SERVICES: This Sunday 29 September us the day of St Michael and All Angels and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am and Group Eucharist at St George’s, Broad Oak at 10.30. On Sunday 6 October, the Harvest Luncheon will take place after morning services. It will be held at Culverwood, Little London, (by invitation of our new Priest-in-charge George Pitcher and Mobbs) from 12.30 and weather allowing it might be a barbecue. If you would like to come please ring Graeme Mackenzie on 01435 866419 for catering purposes.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4ForAll (messy church) at Punnetts Town Village hall. A big thank you to the good number of people who came and helped with the churchyard clear up last Saturday. Hedges were cut, strimming done and general tidying done. We enjoyed a light lunch together afterwards. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival Family Service and Thanksgiving, follow by a Bring & Share lunch in the village hall. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper. Heathfield Chapel: Harvest services at 11am with Rad Upfield and 6.30pm with Dave Court.

HARVEST WEEKEND: Over next weekend, this year our giving of thanks to God for all his goodness to us will be marked with an even more special display of flowers in the church. We invite everyone to join us over the weekend to enjoy this special time in the life of our community. On both days, there will be displays in the church portraying some of our church activities and the work undertaken by some of the Christian agencies we support. The children of Punnetts Town School will be providing their reflections on Harvest time in an artistic display in the churchyard. Light refreshments, including a ploughman’s lunch will be available in the Church Rooms on Saturday between 11 am and 3.30 pm and the Church will be open all day. There will also be a cake stall in the church Rooms. On Sunday, our special services will start with Holy Communion at 8am followed by our Harvest Festival Celebration for all the family at 11am and then a service of Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. All are welcome at our annual harvest lunch in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, starting at 12.30pm. This year we are combining our Harvest Thanksgiving with our annual Gift Day. In addition to our ordinary year long financial support of Christian ministry in our parish we are using this occasion to make one-off donations as we reflect on God’s goodness to us and our desire to see Christian ministry and service continue in our community and further afield.

PARISH COUNCIL: The proposal for homes in Forest Lane, Punnetts Town, has gone very quiet, possibly because larger projects in Heathfield are proposed. The projected cost of the new swimming pool at Heathfield has been brought down. Over £600k has been raised so far. The public enquiry re the right of way through Callers Corner, resumes at the Dunn Village Hall 7th to 9th November. Objections to details of the scheme for traffic calming in Punnetts Town, are delaying implementation of the scheme. Cllr David Turton reported that bookings for the Dunn Village Hall were up. A film evening showing the changes in the Heathfield area will be held on 9th November. The next meeting will be at the Dunn Village Hall on 17th October.