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MUSIC: If you were hoping to be able to pick up a ticket on the door for the final performance of Aida tomorrow (Saturday) with Southdowns Opera and our very own Heathfield Choral Society (in which many Waldron singers perform), I’m afraid you will be disappointed. It’s a sell-out, as have been the previous two performances this week. However, there are still tickets for tomorrow for Music for Magna Carta at All Saints’ Church Waldron at 7.30pm with the Mayfield Consort, directed by Andrew Benians with Jon Rawles (organ) and Fr John Caperon (reader). It’s an evening of choral music, poetry and readings celebrating the themes of liberty, justice, peace and citizenship marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Composers featured will include Palestrina, Byrd, Wesley, Stanford, Mendelssohn and Tippett. Tickets are £12.50 and are available from the Parish Office from Benjamin Tyler 07505 650754) or from Mayfield Wines.

NHW: Last week’s annual meeting of our Neighbourhood Watch was addressed by Adam Chugg, head of 3VA (formerly the Council for Voluntary Service) in East Sussex, looking ahead to the demands on voluntary services in the future with a population expected to live much longer than hitherto. We were told about Rotherfield St Martin’s, a charity which is run with the main aim of helping people to stay in their own homes rather than moving into residential accommodation. That is run by a paid manager (who sounds amazing) and a team of local volunteers. The charity provides all kinds of services, classes and friendly help for older people and is a real model for other villages like ours. If you’re interested, go to www.rotherfieldstmartin.org.uk it’s an eye-opener to see what can be done. Saga has become interested and has held seminars to help others start similar schemes. With NHS budgets more and more stretched, this could be the way forward.

NHW2: The second speaker at NHW was Chief Inspector Gary Pike who reported particularly on cyber crime which has become something which has affected most of us, even if only those pesky phone calls trying to sell us something we don’t want. The police have produced a handy booklet with ten golden rules to keep yourself out of the hands of scammers. It’s called The Little Book of Big Scams and can be obtained from www.sussex.police.uk. It runs the gamut from identity fraud and insurance scams to banking and payment card scams and internet scams. Well worth a look.

STAR EVENTS: This month at the Star String Theory will perform on Sunday at 12.30pm, and Folk Night will be on October 30.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’ and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Eucharist) followed by coffee. During October there is a special collection for Medecin Sans Frontiers who are at the sharp end of work with families fleeing war areas. At the suggestion of Sarah Mackenzie we are all asked to pay the equivalent of the cost of your Sunday newspaper. Let’s see how much that totals over the month.

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