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COSTA DISASTER: We’ve just come back from a cruise with Costa; yes, the Italian Co that

owned the ship that overturned. This ship was launched in November but it’s a disaster. We had to battle through crowds, even to get a coffee. The food was disgusting and only available at certain times of the day, and the ship stunk of sewage in some bars. I’ve written, demanding a refund and compensation.

EXHIBITION: Uckfield Art Group celebrate their Pearl Anniversary at the Autumn

Exhibition on Saturday November 7. Paintings, drawings, greeting cards, delicious home-made refreshments and Children’s Craft Table. Vote for your favourite picture and pick up a bargain from the pre-loved DVD’s and books. Free entry and plenty of free parking in the main town car park. 1985 Theme Corner, see how many events you remember from that year. Local Craft Workers, not artists, are invited to book a table at the exhibition on 01825 765021. 10am to 4pm at the Luxford Centre. www.uckfieldartgroup.co.uk

UCKFIELD CARNIVAL: September 4 and 5. Once again, for the 188th Uckfield carnival, the people of Uckfield turned out in force over the weekend for this annual event organised by Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society. The first event of the weekend was the grand fireworks display on Friday night. The crowds of around 1000 people were entertained by Uckfield FM until just after 9.15pm when Commercial Square Bonfire Society took over the entertaining and lit up the skies with a fantastic firework show. Throughout Saturday morning fancy dress collectors were in the town. Visitors to the High Street found Babies, Minnie Mouse, Mr Blobby, Gladys Pew (Hi-De-Hi) and a Medieval Knight amongst others holding collecting buckets. Then, on Saturday at 1.30pm the Children’s Procession was all formed up and moved off from the Victoria Pleasure Ground. Groups from local schools including Harlands, Rocks Park, St Phillips, Holy Cross and Manor, other organisations and families from around town joined the Society members to parade through the town. A beautiful car, provided by Chariots, carried the Carnival Prince and Princess who were from Harlands School. After a brief stop at Southview Drive the procession returned through the town ending up at Holy Cross School field for the judging of the Children’s Fancy Dress competition. There were 10 classes in the competition and the standard of all of the entrants was very high giving the judges a difficult challenge in deciding on the winners. After a brief rest it was time for the main event of the weekend, the Grand Torchlight Procession. Everything started at 6.30pm with the judging of the adult fancy dress competition in Elizabeth Gardens. Again everyone who took part should be extremely proud of the quality of the costumes and the work put in to make them. At 7.30pm on Saturday night the people lining the route, estimated at 3000 to 4000, were not disappointed when the procession set off from Grange Road to Newtown before returning through the High Street to Southview Drive for a short break. Following the break the procession stopped for Bonfire Prayers outside the Cinque Ports, led by Father Mitch of Holy Cross Church. During the Bonfire Prayers the Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society lit up a special fiery piece, an Absent Friends banner remembering Fr Martin Onions, the two local men involved in the Shoreham Airshow crash and others lost or absent since last year. After Bonfire Prayers three more fiery banners were lit and paraded through the High Street for the finale. The local people in fancy dress, around 20 visiting bonfire and carnival societies from all over Sussex, the marching bands, the dancers, the majorettes, the tableaux and the Uckfield FM MC’s put on a fantastic show for the crowds throughout the evening and the members of Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society would like to thank everyone who took part this year. During the evening an army of collectors were working hard and the total collected was £3900, which is slightly more than last year. All of this money will be distributed in February to local groups and organisations. A huge thank you to Uckfield for turning out to support the Carnival and for putting a few pennies into our collecting buckets.

Children’s Fancy Dress Results: Class 1 Decorated Vehicle: 1, Royal Flush; 2, Bumble Bee; 3, Sweets n Treats; 4, Little Shop of Horrors Monster. Class 2 Playschools and Schools: 1, Harlands School; 2, Holy Cross CE School; 3, Rocks Park CP School; 4, St Phillips RC School. Class 3 Groups of Two or More: 1, Wizard of Oz; 2, Beauty and the Beast; 3, Hey Diddle Diddle; 4, Willy Wonka, Class 4 Boys and Girls 4yrs and under: 1, Moses in the Bullrushes; 2, Man in the Moon; 3, Cat; 4, Fiddler. Class 5 Boys and Girls 5 to 8 years: 1, Cake; 2, Sunflower; 3, Gnome; 4, Bee. Class 6 Boys and Girls 9 to 12 years: 1, Greek Column; 2, Harlequin; 3, Bee; 4, Witch. Class 8 Members not in Society Costume: 1, Harlequin; 2, Spider; 3, Greek Column; 4, Royal Flush. Class 9 Members in Society Costume: 1, Mexican, Thomas Holt; 2, Anglo Saxon, Lily Love; 3, Mexican, Katheline Holt; 4, Mexican, George Holt and Chloe Ireland. Class 10 Best Dressed from Classes 1 to 8: 1, Greek Column; 2, Cake; 3, Harlequin; 4, Moses in the Bullrushes.

Adults fancy dress results. Class A Gents Fancy Dress: 1, Zulu, Daniel Reeve-Fowkes; 2, Henry VIII, Mick Symes; 3, Minion, Will Harper. Class B Ladies Fancy Dress: 1, Harleqin, Sandra Voice; 2, Mermaid, Laura Johnstone; 3, Tudor Lady, April Bates. Class C Groups of Two or More Adults: 1, Venetian Harlequins; 2, Mrs West’s Boys; 3, Anglo Saxon. Class D Gents of UBCS: 1, Cowboy, Geoff Whiteman; 2, Hawaian, Neil Harper; 3, Mexican. Class E Ladies of UBCS: 1, Mexican, Emma Whitman; 2, Mexican, Sue Harper; 3, Mexican, Judy. Class G Best Tableaux, Trade and Advert: 1, Pole Fit; 2, Universal Dance; 3, Uckfield FM. Class H Best Tableaux, Non-Trade: 1, Uckfield Rugby Club; 2, Rocks Park School; 3, In-step Majorettes. Class I Best Youth Organisation Tableaux: 1, Uckfield Guides and Rainbows. Class K Best Dressed Visiting Society: 1, Maresfield Bonfire Society; 2, Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival Society; 3, Phoenix. Class L Best Dressed Banner Carrier: 1, South Heighton Bonfire Society.

In February we made the following donations from the 2014 street collection: Air Training Corps £400; Uckfield Performance Ensemble £400; Macmillan Cancer Care £200; Uckfield Schools Stamp Club £100; Demelza Hospice Care for Children £200; Sussex Fire and Rescue Service £200; Holy Cross School £100; St John Ambulance £300; Uckfield Housebound Club £100; Luxford Centre £100; MS Society £50; Sussex Horse Rescue £100; Uckfield Lions Club £100; ESAB Uckfield £100; Kit Wilson £200; Uckfield Leos Club £100; Framfield and Blackboys Monday Club £100; Rocks Park School £100; Alma Stroke Club £50; Wealden Talking News £100; Broadstone Warren £150; Sussex Air Ambulance £200; Harlands and St Phillips Schools £50 each; Rotary Club of Uckfield £50; Uckfield PHaB £50; Uckfield Theatre Guild £100; Uckfield Hospital League of Friends £100; Brighter Uckfield Campaign £150; Girl Guides £50; Manor CP School £50; Sussex Caring Pets £50; East Sussex Wildlife Rescue £100. Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society is a small group of people who are extremely grateful to a large number of people and organisations who help to ensure that the Uckfield Carnival goes ahead and raises money to help in the local community.

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