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PO BLUES: Oh for goodness’ sake, where is the promised Heathfield Post Office? After the public meeting two or three weeks ago, after months of drama and delays and nil service, we were promised that a temporary building set up in the car park next to the Fire Station would operate as our post office. The temporary tin shack was delivered, the number of parking bays reduced dramatically, new arrows painted on the ground to ensure that we all knew what direction to travel in. Then silence. Rumour has it that it’s something to do with BT not having the time or energy, or perhaps the engineers, to come and put in the necessary telephone line. What kind of service is this? A town the size of Heathfield still has no post office after months of havering and delays. Is anyone out there listening, or are they too busy putting in fibre optic broadband? (Which doesn’t seem to operate for many of us anyway). When I first came to Waldron over 30 years ago, there were post offices in Heathfield and all the surrounding villages, you seamlessly took over the number of the previous owner’s phone when you moved in and we had two deliveries of post a day. Just don’t get me going.

VISIT TO YPRES: This month a group of Waldron villagers will be visiting several military cemeteries in and around Ypres and will lay crosses on the graves of some of our Waldron men who fell in the Great War. A wreath will also be laid at the Menin Gate while attending the evening ceremony there. We are trying to put together a full record with photographs of all the men whose names are on our War Memorial but are still missing pictures of several. If there are any families locally who know their ancestors fought in the War and are able to supply us with photos, please contact me direct on 01435 812036 or by e-mail at valerie.chidson@btopenworld.com

YOGA: A new weekly Yoga class will begin next Monday from 10am to 11.30am, at the Lucas Hall. The leader is Judith Naylor, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified and experienced teacher and the class is suitable for beginners or people with experience. The cost will be £8 per class (drop-in). Contact Judith for more details on 07769 898394.

WALKING FESTIVAL: The full programme for the Walking Festival is now out and copies of it can be picked up from The Star or from the Community Coffee Shop in Waldron, open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and on Fridays from 10am till 3pm. The walks will take place from September 26 until October 4. For more details, go on to www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk Telephone bookings on 01892 602757 from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. The walk around Waldron will be on Saturday September 26 and is called Jack Fuller’s Waldron, a walk of about four miles starting at 2.30pm led by Geoff Hutchinson, local writer and historian who will be dressed in period costume. There will also be a free children’s workshop at the Lucas Hall from 2pm to 4pm to make your own Jack Fuller Folly.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in aid of church funds at Maigarth Farm, Mayfield Flat tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until noon, by invitation of Ann and Reg Bassett.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s Cross in Hand and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Eucharist).

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