Uckfield Parish Pump - February 8 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

WI: John Proctor is the speaker at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. The title of his talk is rather intriguing, But I Don’t Speak Russian. New members are always welcome, and as is to be expected of the WI, tea follows the meeting.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Easter is early this year so Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is already upon us. The three churches of the benefice meet at 7.30pm at St Giles, Dallington for a joint communion service.

PRISONER OF ZENDA: The Chalkfoot Theatre Arts will be presenting this classic story at the village hall on Thursday at 6.45pm for 7pm. Tickets which include a two course supper are £12.50 and are available from Bryan (01323 833554) or Geoff (01323 833343).

Burwash

ALADDIN: Pantomime time is here again, Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is and the first performance will be tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at 2.30pm in the village hall. This time the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society are performing Aladdin, with their own quirky play on it. All the hard work of rehearsals, making and painting scenery and props, organising costumes will come together in what is certain to be another hilarious performance. There are two shows tomorrow with one at 7.30pm too. Tickets are available from The box office in Burwash newsagents. If you can’t make it tomorrow there will be three more shows next weekend Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening. We wish all those involved the best for great shows. A raffle will be held and programmes for sale and all proceeds will go to local children’s clubs and organisations.

WHEEL INN: The next open mike night at the Wheel Inn will be on Sunday evening from 8pm. Anyone who enjoys singing or playing musical instruments are welcome to go along and help to entertain the audience. Always a great way to get yourself some free play time and to gauge the opinions of others of your talents.

BLG: On Wednesday afternoon the Burwash Ladies Group will be meeting at the village hall from 2.15pm. The ladies enjoy some really interesting talks on all manner of subjects. They also have a monthly outing, sometimes to coincide with the topic of their talk. This month Lilla Heaslip will talk on Facing Africa Noma. The afternoons always finish with afternoon tea and a raffle. New members and visitors are always welcome to go along.

FLOWER WORKSHOP: For those of you who are interested in flower arranging but like me are about as graceful as a lump of mud, then help is on the horizon. The Flower House is offering monthly evening workshops. From 5.30pm to 8pm they will instruct and advise and you will get to create your own masterpiece to take home. Each class costs £50 and includes demonstrations by Vicky, Lucy and Hayley and all the materials and flowers required for each arrangement. The next class is on Thursday and you can book a place by calling 01435 884002. This month’s title is Willow hanging hearts. Mmmm sounds intriguing.

BOWLS: Last week the short mat bowls club had two fixtures, both against Laughton. The first one was away with triples Mick Moore, Margaret Waterhouse and Tim Brown having a tough game and losing 7-11, while Angela Marden, Samantha Saunders and Shirley Pope won comfortably 18-11. After tea the pairs played with Joan Howard and Mary Taylor struggling and looking to go down heavily, but fighting back to lose 8-11 while Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood played well but just lost on the final end 11-12. Two days later Laughton visited Burwash. The triples Jan Trew, Mick Moore and Margaret Waterhouse played superbly to win 17-9 and Angela, Samantha and Shirley not giving an inch as they won 15-5. The pairs saw Stephen Trew and Keith win comfortably 17-7, while Joan and Mary never gave their opponents a chance and won 26-7. This gave the team 10 league points this week. The team will next meet Ringmer Tortoises at home next Thursday.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Bacon Butty Club, East Hoathly School Hall (all school children invited); 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly. The heating has now been restored at East Hoathly and the heating is running for a day or so to warm the building through. Thanks to all those who have helped the church through this difficult time and to resolve the problem.

WALK: The next walk led by the Preservation Society is on Sunday and will be starting from The Star at Old Heathfield at 2pm. Everyone welcome. Dogs on leads please. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 01825 872830. Also, not to be missed on Friday February 15 at 7.30 in the village hall, Brin, Hero Dog. Brin was a stray in Afganistan who was adopted by the British Army and had a talent for sniffing out landmines laid by the Taliban. As a result he saved many soldiers’ lives. Now living a quieter more content life, Brin and his new owner Sally Baldwin will be coming to tell us his story and about the charity that got him to England. Members free, guests £3.

QUIZ EVENING: East Hoathly and Halland Tennis Club are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday, February 16, in the village hall starting at 7pm. Teams of four are invited to take part. Hot soup, cheese and baguettes will be served plus a raffle and prizes for the winning team. Tickets £5 per person are available from Val at 01825 840925, Frances 01825 880047 and East Hoathly Post Office. Look forward to seeing you.

RACE NIGHT: Unfortunately, the twinning society Race Night due to take place on January 26 had to be postponed. It has been rescheduled for Saturday April 20, and details will be given closer to the time. Meanwhile, for further information please contact Andrew Myatt on 840726 or 07803 192433.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 3 February 1756 ‘At home all day…Had John Watford a-gardening all day for me, who I think is a mighty honest, good sort of man, only a little inclined to be covetous, a very necessary qualification; and then he is so harmless and innocent with his ‘O’s’ and ‘good lacks’ etc that really he is very entertaining, for he has no art to set it off. In the even my wife and I did up about 70 papers of tobacco.’

Fairwarp

FETE: Preparations for this year’s fete on Saturday July 13 are gathering pace. There will be a Decorative Doorsteps competition, with a prestigious cup as first prize. You can adorn your doorway or doorstep however you wish. Judging will take place on the evening of July 11. Entry forms will be available nearer the time, but in the meantime, get your creative thinking caps on.

PANCAKE RACE: Christ Church is holding its annual Pancake Race on Tuesday February 19. 10.30am for 11am start on the green.

THE MARKET takes place in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and noon.

WI: The next meeting of the WI takes place on Tuesday, again in the village hall. Gilly Halcrow will give a talk on The History Of Food, Drink And Table Manners.

AGM: The village hall AGM will take place on Wednesday March 27. More details nearer the time.

THE FINAL FIGURE for the first online auction was a magnificent £2,507.91. This will be divided equally between Christ Church and Fairwarp QEll Field.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

RUBBISH: From compliments to brickbats. Many Heathfield residents have not had rubbish collections, green waste or landfill, for three weeks now. When I rang Wealden they suggested I put all the green waste material in my landfill bin, which I did. Sadly no-one has been along to collect it. Last night some revellers returning from the pub turned over all the black bins in Sheepsetting Lane and Ghyll Road so the contents fell out. The local dogs, cats, badgers, foxes and no doubt rats had a wonderful time. Not so the rest of us who had to clear it up. As I write this my bin is still outside. I have several black sacks full of rubbish and I am not sure where to put them (no suggestions please). Come on Wealden, get those waste operatives out on the road again. The snow has long gone.

CUCKOO TRAIL: While we have some lovely country walks hereabouts, the wet weather has rendered most of them nearly impassable. Gateways in particular are mud-slides; woodland tracks are ankle deep in the stuff. Thank goodness therefore for the Cuckoo Trail, northwards along the trackbed towards Mayfield (although we wish it went further) and southwards through Horam, Hellingly, Hailsham and on to Eastbourne. There is Tarmac underfoot, several imaginative sculptures en route, some interesting rail impedimenta along the paths alongside, picnic areas and plenty of space for dogs to exercise. And as the rain kept coming down, every dog owner had the same idea, making for a companionable walk with each 100 yards taking at least 20 minutes. We have met the wandering bassett, the 18-year-old labrador cross who can outrun a greyhound, flotillas of shih tzus, several working sheepdogs and unquantifiable packs of terriers. Every owner has a tale to tell. Why is it we all stop and talk to dog owners but would never dream of apprehending a walker on a path to ask about his/her breeding or intimate habits? Mrs PP also says she enjoys walking with our rescue pointer (she likes to go off piste into deeply forested parts) and says she feels more comfortable walking a dog, women on their own are looked at with suspicion in the countryside. Let’s hope it dries up soon.

WINE TASTINGS: Did you know, Heathfield has its own friendly and knowledgeable wine merchant? Graeme McKenzie runs wine import family firm Sante and holds tastings at his home on a monthly basis. He has several interesting labels to taste, and prices are pretty competitive. His next tastings are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 and Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Timings are 6pm to 8pm for evening tastings and 10.30am to 1.30pm for Saturday ones. You can find him at Le Chai, Martlet House, Geers Wood, Heathfield. We’ll publish details a little nearer the dates. Graham is also churchwarden for All Saints, Waldron and St Bartholomews, Cross in Hand, so a pretty well-connected fellow. You can ring him on 01435 866419.

POTHOLES: Sorry to be repeating myself but the potholes along the B2102/B2192 from Cross in Hand to Halland are now dangerous, particularly just south of Blackboys (driving north) and the last mile or so before the Halland Lodge Motel. Avoid them by driving along the middle of the road and you meet an articulated lorry swinging round the bend coming in the opposite direction. Cling to the inside of the carriageway and your alloys will resemble 50p pieces in a day or so. County have a ruling that says if a pothole has been reported to them, they are not liable to pay your repairs. I can testify to that with, now, several thousands in repair bills from daily journeys to and from Lewes. There has not been much ice and snow this year and the potholes seem to appear in exactly the same places as those which were filled in a couple of years ago, rain obviously seeps into the fissures between the repair and the main carriageway and destroys the surface. Why, oh why, are the routes not kept in good repair? Buckets of Tarmac are just not good enough, these roads need resurfacing. And why was Whitehouse Lane in Waldron resurfaced for its entire length, when the only folk who use it are a handful of Waldron residents and the drivers of traction engines?

PERFORMANCE: That’s Entertainment is an afternoon or evening of songs and sketches taking place at Lucas Hall on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. It promises to be excellent, I’m going along. Tickets cost £12 or £10 for Friends of Waldron Churches (which include St Barthomolews, Cross in Hand) including a two-course supper on the Friday from 7.30pm or £7.50 and £6 for Friends on the Saturday from 2.30pm which includes tea and cake. Tickets are available from The Stores, Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street or by post from Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing an SAE and a cheque made out to Friends of Waldron Churches.

JUMBLE SALE There will be a jumble sale at St Richard’s Pre-School on Saturday, March 2 from 9.30am to 11am. Entry is 20p. Jumble can be left on the day from 8am. For further details please contact info@strichardspreschool.org.uk

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Chamber publishes Heathfield First for the residents of Heathfield and Waldron. This is packed with useful information about businesses in the area. It’s published three times a year; the first week of Marc (due out soon,) the first week of August ready for Le Marché (the French Market held on August Bank Holiday Monday) and the first week of November ready for the Christmas Family Fun Day. Heathfield First is delivered by the Royal Mail to 11,500 homes and businesses in the Heathfield and Waldron area. The Chamber is a must if you belong to, or run a business in the area and has initiated firsts in every sphere including the excellent Expo each autumn. It has been established for many years and has developed strong links with the retail sector of Heathfield and surrounding villages to help support and grow a thriving business community. The annual fee is just £50 starting 1 April 2012, which includes a link to your website and your news in the Members Profile section, as well as discounted prices at events. An event taking place next week (and I’m not sure if this is open to non-Chamber members or not, check it out with the retailer first if you are not sure) is Diamonds and Pearls next Tuesday. This is a special evening at Jocalia Jewellers in the High Street from 7pm to 9pm. It’s described as an opportunity to dress up, network and to purchase jewellery at a 10 percent discount. There is no charge for attending this event and a free buffet and wine will be available. There will also be a competition; entries to be written on a business card and given in on the night. On Tuesday, February 19 there’s a breakfast meeting at The Horam Inn from 7am to 8.30am. Alison Perry from Purple Dog Network will give a presentation called Unleashing the Power of Twitter for your business. Alison was due to speak at the January meeting but that had to be cancelled.

Lewes

HISTORY GROUP: Monday, 7.30pm at the King’s Church Building, Brooks Road, Votes for Women! Suffragettes and Suffragists in Lewes by Frances Stenlake. Frances is a former curator of Cuckfield Museum and well known adult education lecturer. As an art historian, she became interested in the story of suffrage campaigning in Sussex through researching her book, Robert Bevan, from Gauguin to Camden Town (Unicorn Press 2008). Her subsequent publication, Mid Sussex Suffragists, tells the story of the artist’s younger sister, Edith Bevan, who founded the Cuckfield and Central Sussex Women’s Suffrage Society. Since moving to Lewes two years ago, Frances has been researching the local campaign for women’s suffrage during the years leading up to the Great War, and the reaction it provoked, in the Lewes area. You will meet what may well be some familiar names, but in a rather different context. We shall be serving free coffee and biscuits prior to the talk. All welcome. www.leweshistory.org.uk

U3A: University of the Third Age Lewes Lecture, The Beatles as Socio-Cultural Zeitgeist by Prof Sheila Whitely. An Examination of the band’s influence during the 1960s and beyond, most specifically their inroads into popular culture and their status as socio-cultural icons during a period of political and social activism, cultural conflict and social legislation. Sheila Whitely is Professor Emeritus at the University of Salford, Visiting Professor at Southampton Solent University, and Research Fellow at Queen’s University (Canada). This free lecture takes place at 2.30pm on Thursday at the Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall. All welcome.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South street Bonfire Society.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, School Hill. You may have seen the excellent review of one of our tasty lunches, why don’t you come and try one for yourself? Lunch is served at 12.30pm and costs £5.50 for a two course meal (£5 for members) cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients. We are open Monday to Friday and we get busier as the week goes on. We are therefore offering a Monday Madness special offer of two meals for the price of one for the month of February, so bring a friend and sample our delicious food. For more details phone 01273 476469 (mornings).

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our walk, on Sunday January 27, started at the Ashdown Forest Centre and followed a circular route of about 4.5 miles. There were 14 of us and the weather was mild, dry and sunny, a welcome break from the snow and freezing temperatures of the previous week. The route took us across typical Ashdown Forest heathland, then through pretty woodland, coming out at a cluster of houses near Coleman’s Hatch. From there we followed a section of the Vanguard Way before skirting the edge of the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club and then headed uphill through the wooded Broadstone Warren until we followed a metalled road back to the main road and the Ashdown Forest Centre once again. As could be expected, the terrain was very muddy in many places, particularly in the valleys and wooded areas but it was a very enjoyable walk led by Sally. The next walk is on Sunday at Henfield. Meet at the top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Programmes available from The Tourist Information Centre, The Walking Shop or at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PARISH COUNCIL: In view of the first snow of the season two weeks ago, a parish council spokesman thought it might be useful to find out the best way of gritting roads and paths and how the salt works. She says frost and ice form when water freezes. Salt spread on roads mixes with any moisture and creates a saline solution. Saline solutions freeze at a lower temperature than water, so frost and ice does not form, even though the temperature is below freezing for water. The salinity of any moisture on the roads is then usually sufficient enough to prevent the formation of frost and ice. Salt doesn’t directly melt snow. If snow is predicted, salt should be spread in advance so when the first snow falls it can start to mix with salt to create a saline solution which can reduce the build up of snow and prevent the formation of ice. Placing salt on top of snow which has already fallen has limited benefits. Ideally, snow should be cleared before salt is applied to the road or pedestrian area. In a light frost, only about 10g/0.35oz per square metre is necessary, but in snow up to 40g/1.4oz is needed because more melting is required. This knowledge should help reduce the quantity of grit you use and hopefully save money.

ASH DIEBACK: Tree Warden Kathy Setford describes the potential problem of ash die back, particularly given concerns about the five ash trees on the green in Five Ashes which give the village their name. She says at present they do not show any symptoms. She has heard of a treatment where the trees are injected with antibodies to the fungus and thought this might be feasible especially for the young replacement tree. The tree specialist at Wealden District Council said that the fungus was so widespread that this wasn’t possible. All we can hope for is that some ash trees will prove resistant and that replacements can then be bred from this stock and replanted in Five Ashes. A lot has been made about the spread of the fungus by the importation of trees. This may have hastened the process, however it would have come here anyway in the wind. The symptom to look out for on the now leafless trees is stripy tiger sort of lines running vertically on the trunk. It is the landowner’s responsibility to dispose of the tree when it becomes unsafe. Ash makes very good firewood and it is fine to burn the infected wood. This is also an opportunity to remind people that in the conservation area, no pruning, lopping or felling can be done to any tree with a diameter of more than three inches. Permission has to be sought from the planning department of Wealden District Council before any work commences. The fines for contravention are £20,000 per tree. If you are uncertain, there is a map of the conservation area in the Parish Office.

GET FIT: At a recent parish council meeting members were informed of Wealden District Council’s Get Fitter By Walking project which is ideal for people with a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight, increase the amount of exercise they take or if they simply enjoy the fresh air and walking. Wealden’s Leisure Tourism and Culture Department have designed walks around the district and have arranged for guided walks throughout the year. There are 20 walks in total varying from four to 11.5 miles in length. The walks are available to download and can be accessed via their website: www.wealden.gov.uk Search for Wealden Walks and select Wealden Walks Leisure, Tourism and Culture. The dates of the guided walks are found on that webpage too on the left. The colour guides are available to purchase at the council offices in Crowborough and Hailsham and at Leisure Centres at a cost of £3.

YOUNG PEOPLE: The parish council is currently looking into the facilities provided for youth in the parish. They would very much like to hear from our teenagers of what they would like to have available for them. Any suggestions would be very useful.

SPEEDWATCH: The Five Ashes Speedwatch training for the hand-held speed guns has taken place and the team is raring to go and try to catch the speeding drivers in Five Ashes. Three people are necessary on each occasion so more volunteers for this are required. If you would like to join the team please contact me at the council office so details can be forwarded on to the right person.

DOG MESS: People are concerned that there is an increasing problem with dog excrement on Star Lane (the path that runs down beside Rosina fabrics) off Mayfield High Street. People are asked to tidy up after their dogs because it is teaming with e.coli and other harmful bacteria which cause serious kidney disorders, intestinal illness, cramps and diarrhoea in humans and other animals.

PARKING: Parish councillors ask people not to park on the double yellow lines in the village as this is dangerous, both for them and for people crossing the road. In particular there is a problem with vehicles parking at the entrance to Royal Oak Mews which has prevented the dustcart from accessing the road which meant residents’ bins were not emptied.

ORGAN CONCERTS: There are three more concerts scheduled in the excellent Fourth Organ Concert Series laid on by St Dunstan’s Organ Trust. The first is tomorrow, Saturday, when Jonathan Hope, organ scholar at Winchester Cathedral will play in St Dunstan’s Church. The next is a concert by St Paul’s Cathedral scholar Richard Moore on March 9 and the last is a concert by Matthew Burgess, formerly of Westminster Cathedral on April 13. Tickets cost £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and under 18s go free. Start time is 6pm and there will be wine and nibbles afterwards for anyone who wants to stay and socialise. Information from: www.stdunstansmayfield.org.uk

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. 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; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.

Newick

RUGBY: Both teams are playing away tomorrow, Saturday. The first XV are travelling to Holbrook, and the second XV are off to Heathfield and Waldron III. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday at St Mary’s are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, and at 10.30am Holy Communion (CW). Everyone welcome. Lifts are available, please telephone in advance 01825 722582. The Ash Wednesday Service will be Holy Communion(BCP) at 10.30am.

AFTERNOON CLUB: On Thursday the Afternoon Club will be meeting at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. There will be a demonstration on Cooking for One or Two by Louise Henkel and Katie Jones. They are frequently asked for new ideas for everyday cooking for one or two, over several months they have combined their expertise to produce some delicious new recipes using fresh ingredients including fish, meat and vegetarian meals for one. As this is Valentine’s Day what a great idea to help you fall in love with cooking again. For further details telephone 01825 722650.

DIARY DATES: February 21, Gardeners Question Time with the horticultural society. February 27 is their AGM.

Waldron

RACING WOMEN: Waldron’s WI members have a treat in store this week when, at their monthly meeting, their speaker is Anna Astin with her talk From Motorina to Racing Driver. It’s all about the early days of women drivers and the challenges they faced. The meeting is on Wednesday at the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. New members are welcome and can come along to three taster meetings before making up their minds if they would like to join. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month and usually include a visiting speaker and of course tea and cake. Waldron’s branch is particularly active and cheerful and has about 50 members. Contact Wendy Hall, Hon Secretary on 01435 865260 for details.

ÇA VA? Our weekly French Conversation class attracts 10 or 12 people into The Stores at Waldron and although we are all at different levels, Felicity Poirier is encouraging everyone to take part. Last week we read an article in Le Monde about the effect of a sudden fall of snow on the Parisian community and this week we are looking at advertisements and the accuracy (or not) of their claims. It’s keeping us all on our toes and is great fun. Come along if you are interested in brushing up your French, it’s at 2pm on Friday afternoon for an hour for at a cost of £6.

BOOK GROUP: There’s also a book group which meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Stores. This month’s choice is The Invisible Woman, by Claire Tomalin and is about Nelly Ternan, the actress who was the secret mistress of Charles Dickens and may have been with him when he died. It’s part history, part detective story, with insights not only into his character and his books but also about the tribe of strong theatrical women who had a remarkable amount of freedom to earn and to run a business when that was rare in the Victorian period. The meeting starts at 2.30pm and the next one is on Wednesday February 27.

FOOD AND LAUGHTER: Talking of theatrical women, you’ve an opportunity to enjoy an evening of comedy songs and sketches in the company of Barbara Laird and Rosemary Gillett on February 22 at the Lucas Hall at 7.30pm. The evening includes a two course supper to go along with the entertainment and tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay. The cost is £10 for Friends of Waldron Churches or £12 if you’re not and it’s a fundraiser to help pay for further church repairs. Tickets are available now from the Stores in the village, or at Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from me at Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The programme will be repeated on Saturday afternoon 23rd February, accompanied by tea and cake, for those who would rather not turn out at night. Tickets for that are £8 full price or £7 for Friends of Waldron Churches, available as above.

SERVICES: Sunday, the Sunday before Lent, there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

warbleton & rushlake green

BEACH PARTY: Fed up with the awful winter weather? Is the cold making you feel blue? Are you missing the summer fun on the beach? Join us for a summer beach party full of fun at the Dunn Village Hall. There will be a disco, bar and nibbles. A free summery cocktail will be yours on paid entry. There will be a raffle and best fancy dress prize and limbo. So dig out you beachwear/summerwear/fancy dress and come and join the fun in the warm. Tickets are £5 each sold on the door, in aid of the Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society, at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm to 11pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 6.30pm Evening service led by Erik Cornelisse.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm is Roger McKenna, who will enlighten us on the subject of Walsingham and the Dissolution of the monasteries. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and our bookstall will be open.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Easter is early this year so Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is already upon us. The three churches of the benefice meet at 7.30pm at St Giles, Dallington for a joint communion service.

COFFEE AND CO: As I mentioned last week special dates are set aside to raise funds for particular charities. Following a poll of regulars the dates are as follows: May 16 for Pevensey Ward (cancer care) at the DGH, August 15 Wealden Talking News and October 17 the Horder Centre at Crowborough. Last week a representative of the Food Bank in Eastbourne spoke of the work, now extended to Hailsham, which provides basic food supplies for families going through hard times. A box for receiving non-perishable items in in the Community Rooms, but go easy on the baked beans. www.eastbourne.foodbank.org.uk or 10323 409925. Ann Payne announced that the Coffee and Company opening hours are being brought forward by half an hour. They are now 10am to noon on Thursdays in the Community Room at Osborne House. For many years the Co-Op in Heathfield has supported the event with supplies. They are unfortunately unable to continue with this. I am sure we are all very grateful for their support in the past. It does mean a small increase in prices, but it is still very good value, and the craic is great.

CRAFT GROUP: The textile and craft group have re-located to Punnetts Town Village Hall and, as previously, meet fortnightly. The next meeting is on Monday. If you would like to join the group, please drop by anytime between 10am and 1pm.