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FILM CLUB: Monsoon Wedding is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm today, Friday. It involves a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world who create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. The film, directed by Mira Nair lasts 1hr 54min. Guests are welcome at £6 each at the door, and doors open at 7pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting this month was a meeting of two halves. The first was the AGM following the election of the new council. In fact there was no election as there were only 11 candidates for the 11 seats on the council. One of those was not filled due to a small discrepancy in the application form. With the agreement of the returning officer this was filled by the co-option of the person at the meeting, the discrepancy having been rectified. The councillors filled in their declarations of office and the meeting began with the re-election of Cllr Bryan Whitton as chairman, Cllr Nick Richards as vice chairman. I will advise you of the role the councillors will play as soon as I receive a list of their committee appointments from the clerk. The other nine councillors are Pauline Velten, Jonathan Glass, Chris Wells, David Powell, Karen Cooke, Sue Ralph, Christian Jervis-Reade, Ray Tratt and Alastair King. Cllrs Richards and Ralph represent Bodle Street Green ward and the rest Warbleton ward. Also present was Cllr Bob Bowdler the new Wealden councillor for Heathfield East ward, which covers the Warbleton ward of our parish. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) continues to represent the Bodle Street ward at county level, and is lead member for adult social care.

The second half was the regular council meeting. The question of the road closure between the two halves of the parish for ten days was raised, was it really necessary considering how little work seemed to be going on? It was reported by Nigel McKeeman that the de-fibrillator for Bodle Street has been installed outside the White Horse Inn and a successful and well attended training day had been held. He thanked the council for the grant of £1,000 towards this project. The chairman on behalf of the council thanked Nigel for all the hard work he has put into fund raising and keeping the momentum going.

Bryan Gibson reported that the BSG village hall extension appeal has raised £17,650 and they will soon be in a position to make grant applications. The council passed a motion expressing full support for the project, which will assist in such applications, as a letter will be given to the hall committee showing that support. Bryan said that, apart from one very brief period the hall which remain open during the works. The entrance will be temporarily re-located to the double doors facing the car park, with disabled access maintained.

The next meeting is at 7pm on Thursday June 18 at the Bodle Street Village Hall.


CONGRATULATIONS: Last Saturday Laura Carver took part in the London to Brighton Challenge run, over 100 kilometres. Raising money for St Peter and St James Hospice in remembrance of her sister Becky who died ten years ago, Laura took this challenge for the second time. The weather stayed dry and with pit stops Laura made it home in 14 hours 22minutes and this included 1hour and 20mins stoppages for food and comfort breaks, finishing 81st out of 15,000 starters, quite a few of who didn’t manage to finish the course. She finished in the top 15 women who finished. Laura said it was a very friendly event with people running or walking beside her for company. She would like me to thank all those who so kindly sponsored her, she has raised over £500. You can continue to sponsor her on Virginmoneygiving-Laura Carver. The site will be open for another few months. Well done Laura on another amazing challenge completed, you are truly an inspiration to us all.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local talented musicians and singers will be there to entertain you. Entry is free and the licenced bar will be open. Do go along and support these amateur musician. If you enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument and would like to take part you are always welcome to go along and take part. The more the merrier.

HEARTSTART COURSE: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning you have a chance to learn how to use the defibrillator that is situated at the Burwash Village Hall. This course will be run by Crowborough’s First Responders, and they will show you what to do and how the machine works. This is your chance to learn how you could save a life. The course is from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

BURWASH IN BLOOM: Tomorrow, Saturday, is the final day to get your entries in for the Burwash in Bloom competition. There are two categories to enter residential and business. The three classes in the residential are hanging baskets, window boxes and front gardens (those that can be seen from the pavement). Entry is £2 per class. The business section has two classes, window boxes and hanging baskets and entry is £5 each class. Entry forms can be found in different locations in the village and they should be returned to Jarvis’ butchers before close of business tomorrow. Judging will take place on Saturday June 27.

FUN DAY: On Sunday Burwash Cricket Club invite you to go along to the Swan Meadow Playing Fields and enjoy a fabulous fun day, watching the cricket taking the children to enjoy the bouncy castle and other attractions. The will be a barbecue and refreshments all day. The fun begins at 11am.

STROLL: The next monthly walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Ijon Jenner will be glad of your company as he leads you on a gentle stroll around the village. These walks are for those who enjoy walking, company and the stunning views over the Burwash countryside. Just turn up and join in. The walks are over by lunch time.

WHIST: The next monthly Whist Drive is on Thursday evening at the Burwash Village Hall at 7pm. These fun evenings are great for making friends and enjoying a few hands of cards. It costs £3 per person to join in and this includes twenty hands of cards and light refreshments. There is also a raffle. New players of all abilities are welcome to come along and you don’t need a partner and you don’t have to live in the village. All money made goes to the village hall maintenance fund.


ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This will be held in the village hall this evening (Friday) from 7pm. Please do go along from 7pm to meet councillors and other parish representatives before the meeting and enjoy refreshments. The agenda includes a report from the Chair on all that has taken place in the past year, a report by the police on local issues and a discussion on the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be time for questions and discussion at each stage. It is anticipated the meeting will conclude soon after 8.30pm.

SWISH: The clothes swap party is at the Free Church this evening (Friday) from 7.30pm to 10pm. Entry is £3, contact Janet on 01273 400785 for more details.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey cricketers in a league game, at the sports ground just off the A272, against Colemans Hatch starting at 1.30pm. Prospective players and supporters are most welcome. To find out more about the league or friendly teams do call 07709 946880.

TREASURE HUNT: The children’s treasure hunt organised by the Commons Society and, suitable for children aged 5 years plus takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Meet at Romany Ridge car park at 2.15pm.

OPEN GARDEN PARTY: This is at St Peter and St James Hospice is tomorrow, Saturday, from 1.30pm to 5pm and is a great chance to admire all that the volunteer gardeners do at the Hospice, particularly the woodland walk. There are always spectacular views, the donkeys and the reflective garden to see at the Hospice. On Saturday there will also be refreshments and vegetable and plant stalls. Admission is £2 with children free.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Services this Sunday with Giles Woodcraft at 10.30am and with John Goodway at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

SHEFFIELD PARK: Cricket at Sheffield Park Garden this Sunday starts at 11.30am. The Armadillos, whose home games are played at the Park, will play Buccaneers a wandering club. All are welcome to watch the game and relax in the magnificent surroundings, with a picnic maybe.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life 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. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Planning and Environs Committee 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.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then do go along to the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Take your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. For more details call 01273 890114.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall. The speaker will be Nigel Whitley who will explain the work of St Dunstan’s charity, now Blind Veterans UK. The charity gives all blind veterans access to services to help them discover life beyond sight loss. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome. For more details call Carol on 01825 723757.

THE CANNONBALL RUN: This will start and finish at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday. Everyone with a TR can join in, just meet in time for an 8pm prompt departure. Do go along and see the meet or finish of the run, you will be made very welcome by members of the South Downs TR Group. For more details visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk/.

TODDLERS: The Grandparents Toddler Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren.

LUNCH CLUB: Open to everyone, the lunch club is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday from 12.30pm. The cost is £5 and there will be delicious freshly prepared home cooked food and the chance to meet others, relax and chat.

DO YOU LIKE MUD RUNS: The Mud Monsters Run is a 5k or 10k or challenging run in East Grinstead, with many muddy obstacles on the way. If so, would you like to join those helping to raise funds for the refurbishment of the sports pavilion, at the sports ground just off the A272. To take part on Sunday June 7 contact Gary Strangwood at garystrangwood@hotmail.co.uk or on 07824 565707. Alternatively, if running and getting muddy isn’t your thing sponsorship will be much appreciated and again please contact Gary.

WALK ALONG THE RIVER OUSE: This is on Saturday June 13 with Jim Smith, who will explain the river and its history; I imagine with lots of anecdotes from his experience as a water bailiff. Just meet members of the Commons Society, to car share, at the Sports Club car park (TQ389210) at 1.30pm. For more information call Linda Kent on 01444 440622.

OPEN GARDEN: Holford Manor, North Chailey BN8 4DU, will be open on Sunday June 14 from 2pm to 5pm in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. This five acre garden includes herbaceous borders packed with interest and colour, a wild meadow, pond and paddocks with lambs. In addition there will be refreshments and plant and honey stalls. Admission is £3, with children free.

PUPPETEERS WANTED: Pete’s Puppets at St Peter’s Church are in urgent need of more people to become puppeteers and someone to lead them. It is a rewarding and fun thing to do and doesn’t take a huge amount of time. If you think this is something you would like to do please speak to Teresa on 01825 722586.

NIGHTJAR WALK: Tuesday June 16 starts at 8.45pm at Romany Ridge car park. Join Commons Society members and hear the male nightjars churring on Chailey Commons. The walk will finish in the dark so take a torch.

COACH OUTING: To Broad Water Warren Reserve is on Saturday June 20 departing the Sports Club car park at 9.30am and returning about 4pm. The Reserve was acquired by the RSPB in 2007 and on this outing you will walk with the Ranger to discover the restoration work that has been carried out since 2010. A picnic lunch will be needed and there will be a stop for tea at Barnsgate Manor. The outing is being organised by the Commons Society and the approximate cost is £15. Booking, by calling Linda Kent on 01444 440622, is essential.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The society invite you to their AGM and two course dinner on Friday June 12 in the village hall at 7.15pm. A good attendance at the AGM helps ensure the viability of the society and it is hoped that members will make a special effort to attend and shape its future direction, as well as enjoying a fine meal and good company. Admission is £14.50 for both members and non-members, please book by Monday June 1. For further information call Toni Whewell on 872460.

MIDSUMMER MADNESS: Forthcoming events. This year’s Midsummer Madness Festival will be held on the Memorial Playing Fields on Saturday June 20. The fun will start in the afternoon and continue into the evening. This will be the village’s annual celebration of great beer and music organised by the Carnival Society. More details to follow.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: Wednesday will see the annual visit to RHS Wisley gardens. The price includes coach travel and entry to the gardens, £12 for society members and £14 for non-members. Please contact Sue Carter on 841499 for more details.

SUMMER SKITTLES: This friendly but competitive event will take place during the afternoon of Sunday June 7 at the Foresters Arms. Organised by the Carnival Society, all are invited, just put a team together, stay calm and keep skittling.


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

FLETCHING SINGERS: The singers meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

KOBUDO: The Matial Arts group meet on Thursday at 5pm.

YOUTH CLUB: The Youth Club will meet on Friday June 5 at 7pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Dear Villager, as you will know, each year we mount a spectacular bonfire display, preceded by a wonderful torch-lit procession through the village. Literally thousands come to the village on the evening and enjoy this historic spectacle. The society can trace its routes back to the 17th century and the bonfire has been a centre of village life for most of that time. Every year we raise funds to mount the display through a number of events that also attract great support from the village. These provide the funds to pay for the fireworks and much of the cost of the evening.

But to ensure the future of the bonfire we need your help. In particular we desperately need volunteers to help on the bonfire evening and days before and after to provide security, proper stewarding and all the necessary preparation and planning of such an event. If we can’t find more volunteers for the evening, it is unlikely we can continue to mount such a wonderful display this and future years. We don’t need a lot of your time, but we do need some. Don’t let us lose this wonderful piece of local history. Join us as a member of the society or simply offer to help on the night. But please do something to help us save the bonfire. If you would like more information on joining or how to help please contact Julie Isted on 01825 760155.

Please don’t let this wonderful tradition die. Help us preserve it for future generations and ensure a wonderful firework display is put on each year in our village.

100 CLUB: The society have been running a 100 club for the past year and the big draw of first prize £150, second prize £75 and third prize £50 will be drawn at Bingo on Saturday June 13. The new year runs from July 1 so those of you who have numbers renewal is now due and if you would like to be included for the next year the cost is £30 for the year. We have 11 monthly draws of first prize £30, second prize £20 and third prize £10 and one big draw at the end of the year. If anyone would like to join and help raise money for the society then please contact Sarah Bradford on 01273 476360 to find out details and numbers which are available.

GARDEN TRAIL: On Sunday June 14 gardens open from 11am to 4pm. Tickets £6, children go free. Lunches, cakes and refreshments available. Free parking all day. All proceeds benefit Fletching Church of England Primary School, where tickets can be purchased on the day. Parishioners of Fletching will very kindly open the gates of their private gardens once more for this 23rd annual event. Held only for one day each year, this year’s event will feature activities for children, local artists, raffles, crafts and a plant stall. In the church there will be a display featuring the Art Competition Gardens produced by Fletching School children and members of the Sunday Club. Prizes will have been awarded to winners in various categories. In addition, it is planned that the church’s new toilet will be completed, and will be available on the day.

CONDOLENCES: Fletching Church send their condolences to the family of The Revd Canon Martin Onions and to Holy Cross Church, Uckfield in their shock at his loss.

FORGET-ME-NOTS: Our next meeting will be on June 18, and we are going on the Bluebell Railway for afternoon tea/coffee and scones on the train departing at 3.45pm. Members need to be on the platform by 3.15pm. Anyone who wishes to join us on this outing, the cost is £21.50 per person and you can use it all day if you want, or you can become a member for £8 and then only pay £6.50 for the afternoon tea on the train. Please let Lesley Dickens know by June 2 on 01825 723852. Also we are hoping to have a coach outing to Amberley Chalkpit Museum in August, anyone interested please let Lesley know.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 4 June 1915. Farming in Sussex for Fallen Officers’ Sons. Lieutenant-General Sir R Baden-Powell writing from Buckhurst Place Farm, Wadhurst, with reference to the education and training of the sons of fallen officers, many of whom he points, are left badly off, and debarred from high-priced education, indicates an opening which is rather for practical than scholastic education, at the Boy Scouts’ Farm School at Wadhurst.

The governors are prepared to take in 20 officers’ sons at specially reduced rates, with a view to giving them a training in practical farming and in character, such as will enable them to make careers for themselves, either at home or in overseas dominions. The age of admission is 15 and upwards, and the fee is £30 per annum, which gives the boy his board, lodging, and instruction for a year. The farm is on a fine, healthy site, and all branches of farming are carried out by the boys themselves.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month the members enjoyed a fascinating talk by John Kay entitled On the Parish in which he described life for the rural poor of Sussex under the old Poor Law with particular reference to the Heathfield and Waldron area. With the decline of the Feudal System and the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII a new method of caring for the poor had to be devised and so the parish took responsibility. The parish was a self-governing entity responsible to the county magistrates and the King and it was the local inhabitants who contributed to the parish funds to help the poor. The money provided health and social care for those who had settlement rights in the parish. As the population grew so also did the demands on parish funds and the need for a settlement order became ever more important. Mr. Kay had some amusing examples from the local area of people who were cunningly resettled to save money for the parish. However, it was obvious from the evidence that the local officials did their best to provide a cradle to grave social welfare system. The Weald area was particularly well run. Sadly, however, the parish system was swept away by the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act which set up the workhouse system and a far less empathetic approach to social welfare.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10.30am Sung Eucharist. Our friends from All Saints and St George’s will be joining us for this service. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft group meet in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday June 6, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.30am Combined Communion at St Richard’s. St George’s Broad Oak, 10.30am Combined Communion at St Richard’s. http:// allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

HEATHFIELD SHOW: A report by Melvyn Butcher: Yet again, the Heathfield Show was a blistering success. I was honoured to be a trade stand judge this year and it was good to actually get behind the scenes and work alongside some of the people who help convert this corner of Sussex into a shopping, showing, eating, drinking and generally ‘enjoying’ early summer spectacle.

At the time of writing we don’t yet know how many people came through the gate, but - possibly helped by the new policy of ‘children free if accompanied by a paying adult’ - I noted overflow car parks were full early in the day and it was almost standing room only at Tottingworth Farm. Show secretary Nicola Magill told me last year’s on-line bookings (3,000) had now risen to an astonishing 15,000 this year.

Old faithfuls were there, but some new innovations too, including a Women in Business marquee, a micro brewery festival and the new enterprise zone promoting newcomers such as Broad Oak based Go:Ver Gym and Brightling Park’s new festival, Walled Garden Events.

Country Ways always draws a crowd, thanks to an eclectic range of activities from falconry to fly dressing; from falconry to popular terrier racing plus of course the wonderful heavy horse display laid on by the Working Horse Trust.

But I think top billing should be given to the farmers and rearers from across the South East who demonstrate the quality of our wonderful British livestock…and the reason these bloodlines and expertise have been exported across the world. Nobody does it better, as someone once said. Sheep and pigs are in peak condition; you can see your face reflected in the mirrored coats of the horses and the informative commentary from the cattle rings help us understand the history and significance of the breeds we see. Never again will I remark on a field full of ‘cows.’ They will definitely be Ayrshire, Sussex or Limousin.

It was good too to see how many local businesses had sponsored classes or donated to the show, there’s hardly a firm in Heathfield which hasn’t contributed in some way and of course the Show gives a great deal back too in the way of sizeable grants to community groups such as Scouts which provide invaluable support on the day.

Mrs Parish Pump was pleased to see one of her favourite shops, Darcey of Heathfield had taken a full page ad and I note presenting the programme in the shop ensures a 10 per cent discount. Oh dear.

We spent our last hour helping to round up one errant male foxhound which hared off across the car park in pursuit of a very interesting scent indeed. I do hope they found him before he hitched a lift in the boot of someone’s Land Rover!

QUIZ NIGHT: There is a quiz night at Broad Oak Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for 7.30pm. Ploughman’s supper (and pudding), popular quizmaster, prizes of wine. Bring your own drinks and glasses. To join in the fun please phone Joy Hall on 01435 862895 or Shirley Hobden 01435 863996 to book a place or a team as soon as possible. Price per head £8. This is another of St George’s enjoyable quizzes, with quizmaster Paul Dennis of Eastbourne.

Proceeds to help maintain St George’s Church.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: If you’ve been wondering what the pictures of garden gnomes are around Heathfield, they are to advertise our Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival on Saturday June 6. Our parish has joined with St Richard’s to organise this major event for the community, which is our first response to the diocesan strategy, launched today. A host of activities will take place at Broad Oak Village Hall and St George’s Church, including a dog show, history exhibition, loads of stalls, live music, displays by local organisations, puppets. Later in the day there will be a barbecue with buskers providing music. Broad Oak schoolchildren are painting 140 garden gnomes to brighten up the day.

Isfield &

Little Horsted

WOODLAND FUN: Little Horsted now has an adventure park thanks to a £250,000-plus investment by Dave Hatchard and Mark Oakley, who run Branching Out Adventures. They have leased an area of woodland on the Bentley estate to build a selection of challenges ranging from high rope walking courses to tree trekking and speed zip wires. There are opportunities for children from age six years upwards, who must be supervised by an adult, as well as grown-ups, and safety is very much in the minds of Dave and Mark who say that participants must wear attachments. There is also a café in a woodland log cabin.

Further details can be found on www.branchingoutadventures.co.uk or by phoning 01825 280250.

FILM FULL: There was a full house at Isfield Village Hall last weekend for a showing of the film Singing In The Rain. After a slightly disappointing turn-out for the first film night earlier this year, the latest audience figure suggests that there is sufficient demand for the events to continue for the foreseeable future. The next showing is to be on June 27, when Topsy Turvy, a 1999 musical drama, will be screened.

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE: Isfield’s Village Fete Committee were meeting this week to make final preparations for this year’s big day on Sunday June 28. Planning has been ongoing since early in the year, and now the committee is on the lookout for some volunteers to lend a hand for an hour or several at the fete, which as usual is being held in the field behind The Laughing Fish. If you can spare some time, please contact Rachel Cranfield on 01825 750709 or email whartonsfarm@gmail.com. Rachel would also be pleased to hear from anyone who can offer cakes or plants for sale at the fete. A popular feature of Fete Week is The Scarecrow Trail when householders through the village display scarecrows in their gardens. This year’s theme is Films. At the fete will be a wide variety of stalls and sideshows, along with ‘school

Sports’for both children and adults, a novelty dog show and performances by inChoir and Deb’s Dancers. Gates open at 12.30pm.

WINE NIGHTS: Isfield Wine Club is the latest social group to set up in the village. Keith Taylor says: ‘We are aiming to meet once a month to taste and talk about wine, hopefully learning something new in the process. The focus of each meeting will be chosen by the members and the wine tasted will based on the subject chosen, be it wine from a specific area, the same grape from different countries or different wines from the same country, red, white, etc, The choice is infinite really.’ For the time being meetings are being held at members’ homes, but it is hoped to use the village hall as membership grows. The next meeting is scheduled for June 20. Further details from Keith on keith-taylor53@hotmail.co.uk or 01825 749778.

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


COUNTRY MARKET: Newick Country Market will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There is a splendid selection of homemade goodies such as cakes, savoury pies ,fresh farm eggs, and locally grown vegetables, so why not pop along this Friday morning and see for yourself what’s on offer, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy a natter.

CRICKET: The cricket club have a busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be playing at home against Lewes Priory, whilst the second XI will make a short journey to Buxted Park, the third XI will travel to Forest Row II and the fourth XI can enjoy a home fixture on the Temple Grove Ground against Gildredge II. All the above league matches will commence play at 1.30pm. The friendly fixture on Sunday is against Ardingly at 2pm. Visitors are always welcome to watch the games and enjoy a cup of tea or maybe pint.

CHURCH SERVICES: Services this Trinity Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Morning Pray (CW) at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available but must be booked in advance, please telephone 01825 722582.

DIARY DATE: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday June 11, when the speaker will be Jed Jones and his subject, A Magical Mystery Tour. More details later.


MAY: Our May tree’s in full bloom. ‘You can cast a clout now,’ said Hubby John. ‘No I can’t. It’s not June yet,’ I replied. He thinks the saying Ne’er cast a clout ‘till May is out refers to the tree and I think it’s the month. Who’s right?

WATERLOO: I’m back from a trip to the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium. It’s the 200th anniversary of the Battle on June 15. The 100th anniversary was ignored due to WWI. I was a guest at the Inauguration of the 1815 Museum along with Presidents, Governors, Mayors, etc. I visit a lot of museums, but this is well worth a visit. There’s a 3D theatre that shows the Battle. Brilliant. There are lots of events in the area from June 12 to 16, plus year-long exhibitions, including a reconstruction of the Battle on Sunday June 14 at 10.30am with 1500 troops, etc of all nations, 20 guns and 60 riders. You can catch a train from Haywards Heath/St Pancras/Brussels. press@belgiumtheplaceto.be (0) 20 7531 0392.

UCKFIELD FILM SOCIETY: An American in Paris (1951) is one of the greatest, most elegant, and most celebrated of MGM’s 50’s musicals, with Gershwin lyrics and musical score, lavish sets and costumes, tremendous Technicolor cinematography, and a

romantic love story set to music and dance. Gene Kelly served as the film’s principal star, singer, athletically-exuberant dancer and energetic choreographer, he even directed the sequence surrounding Embraceable You. The entire film glorifies the joie de vivre of Paris, but it was shot on MGM’s sound stages in California, except for a few opening, establishing shots of the scenic city. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most optimistic American films of the post-war period, with Paris at its centre. The film attracted eight Academy Award nominations and won six of them. It is the choice for the month of June of the Uckfield Film Society and will be shown at the Picture House on Sunday June 14. For membership enquiries call 01825 764909.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Tony Wood and 6.30pm evening service led by Paul Daniels.

PARISH COUNCIL: It was reported by Nigel McKeeman that the de-fibrillator for Rushlake Green will be installed soon (indeed it may be by the time you read this) and a successful and well attended training day had been held. The one for Three Cups is nearly fully funded and will follow in due course, and the one for Punnetts Town is fully funded. The next meeting is at 7pm on Thursday 18th June at the Bodle Street Village Hall.

For a full report on the meeting please see the Bodle Street section.

THE BIG LUNCH: This event is part of a national programme on next Sunday June 7. The idea is to bring neighbours together in friendship and fun. People living in Rushlake Green or connected to it are invited along at 12.30pm to the Green. There will be music and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Tickets are free and available from The Stores, as are flyers about the event. The idea is that you bring a picnic, with a dish for the communal table. There will be tables and chairs, but it would be helpful to bring your own chairs, cutlery and crockery. For info phone Louise on 01435 830206.

POST OFFICE: Just a reminder that we have a Post Office back in the village, so you don’t need to travel to use the Post Office services. Indeed a visit to Heathfield will be wasted as the office there remains closed. As well as postal matters, stamps, parcels etc. you can use a variety of other services. Why not pop in and ask?

FATAL ENCOUNTER: Time prevented me last week from reporting on the performances of this thriller by Francis Durbridge, put on by the Village Players. After months of rehearsal we were on and all went very well, with perhaps a wobble on Thursday evening. Particular tribute goes to Richard Evans-Thomas for his portrayal of Howard Mansfield. He carried off this demanding role (he is in every scene) very well, quite how he managed to learn all those lines is a mystery. New to the group is Jayne Cottrell who played Hilary van Zale, an MP’s wife, whose anguish at her husband’s lifestyle was well portrayed. Similarly troubled was Howard’s wife, Joanna, played by Maria Hadlow, again a fine performance. Seemingly a Good Samaritan, but with dark intentions was Mark Adler, aka Norman Ryder, ably played by Ian Charlesworth. Perry Kingsley, a charmer with blackmail in mind was well played by Mark Bostock, providing all the tension around which the play revolves. His ex-wife Grace (Lizzie Hutcheson) came across well with a range of emotions. Clyde Young brought the detective skills of Chief Inspector Chris Coldwell to the fore as the plot unravelled. A pawn of Perry’s was Rex Winter, a newspaper photographer well played by Jim Edmonds. Yours truly made a brief appearance as a police officer. The play, directed by Heather Young, was performed on the trust stage, so the audience are on three sides and some of the action and most of the entrances and exits were made through the audience. This means the actors have to be aware of three directions to act to instead of one. This the cast did well, and several of the audience commented that they felt involved in the action. Our thanks to all who supported the cast, backstage and front-of –house, particularly to our producer, Anita Gunn.

On November 28 we will be presenting A Victorian Christmas, and Cinderella, the Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

FLOWER SHOW: Schedules for the annual flower show which will be on Saturday July 25 on the Green, are available now from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or from Gill on 01435 868246. These give full details of all the classes you can enter in vegetables, fruit, floral art, juniors domestic pets, handicrafts, eggs, cookery and preserves, children’s cookery, flowers, plants, and poultry.

There are also details of the activities over the weekend, including the children’s races, the evening entertainment, the Sunday service and the band concert on Sunday evening.