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Valerie Chidson

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WEIGHT 4 IT: Spring is just around the corner, but you’re still battling to get rid of those extra pounds you put on over Christmas? Don’t despair ladies, it’ll come off fast with the better weather when your metabolism speeds up. And there’s help from the Waldron Weight 4 It group who have started meeting once a week (Friday mornings at 9.30am in the Community Coffee Shop) to weigh in and share good ideas. We all know that working with friends makes it easier to lose a few pounds so why not come along and try it. No pressure, come and get weighed and have a chat. It’ll cost you £1 contribution for the shop, our qualified nutritionist Jackie brings her own scales and keeps the record, so what have you got to lose? (Apart from the obvious). And it’s a cheerful and sociable half hour anyway. See you there.

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QUIZES: The next pub quiz at The Star will be on Monday February 18 at 7.30pm. Teams of six people as usual and the charge will be £10 per head with a two course supper (main and a dessert). It’s a good idea to book your table in advance. There’s another fund-raising quiz, the Mega March Hospice Quiz being organised by the Friends of Sussex Hospices (FSH) on Thursday March 7 at the East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield. It is planned for noon and will finish at 3pm. The cost will be £15 per head and includes a buffet lunch. We are promised questions to suit everyone and picture rounds as well and you can apply online at friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk if you can put together a team of six, or ask to be included in an FSH team if you are applying singly. Cheques should be sent to Diana Kentish Barnes, Brimstone Cottage, Pounsley, Blackboys, TN22 5HS. Tables will be confirmed by e-mail and you are asked to book your table on one form with a cheque payable to Friends of Sussex Hospices.

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PUB QUIZES: The first quiz of the year happened on Monday this week and was fun as usual with the addition of some Burns Night questions just to keep us on our toes. The next quiz will be on Monday February 18 at 7.30pm. Teams of six people as usual and the charge will be £10 per head with a two course supper (main and a dessert).

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WELCOME SNOWDROPS: My walk on Sunday was certainly brisk as the temperature had dropped noticeably after a series of milder days. What really warmed me however was the sight of the first snowdrops raising their heads as a salute to spring. There are a few at the junction of Moat Lane and The Street, usually a favourite spot for a full display at the foot of the fingerpost, but what’s happened to the fingerpost? Does anyone know if it’s just a temporary absence while it’s repaired and repainted, or has it been vandalised? Our fingerposts are such a feature of this part of Sussex, looked after by our parish council I believe, and I’d be really sad if they vanished permanently.

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WALDRON COUNTRY MARKET: Roy Wilkinson has decided to step down as chairman of the Country Market after many years of faithful service. Graeme Mackenzie, who was the treasurer has stepped up to become the new chairman but that means there is a vacancy for treasurer. Graeme says that it’s not an onerous job, (the market happens only one morning a month) and he would love to hear from anyone who feels they could do it. Contact him on 01435 866419 to find out more. Waldron Country Market, Graeme says, is one of only a couple in the UK who are growing, so you would be joining a thriving and popular market.

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WATERWORKS: Yes, they’re still with us in Whitehouse Lane, but now from Hemmings down the hill towards Back Lane and Heathfield. The top (village) end of Whitehouse Lane is now clear for those of us reaching our homes but obviously not for anyone trying to use the lane as a cut-through for Heathfield. The installation of new water mains piping will mean we lose our water supply overnight between 10pm on Tuesday January 15 and 2am on Wednesday January 16. Because this work is being done overnight (to minimise disruption for residents) it will mean a certain amount of noise at the junction of Whitehouse Lane and The Street, but contractors say they’ll keep it to a minimum. If there is any extra information, it will be posted on the web page corporate. southeastwater.co.uk.waldron. We hear that work will be completed in the next two weeks or at worst by the end of January. In Whitehouse Lane the residents are hoping for the earlier date.

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CHRISTMAS SERVICES: On Sunday 23 December all services will be at St Bartholomew’s Cross in Hand. Holy Communion is at 8.00 am with President and Preacher Reverend George Pitcher. Parish Eucharist is at 10.00 am with George presiding and Tim Hough preaching. Nine Lessons and Carols will be at 4.00 pm and will be thoroughly traditional with The Story read from the Bible and lots of opportunity for the congregation to sing the old carols and give it wellie! (So looking forward to that…) On Monday, Christmas Eve, there will be a crib service at St Bart’s at 4.00 pm and then Midnight Mass will be at All Saints’ Waldron, starting at 11.00 pm – note the time, and come a bit early to make sure you get a seat. I love that service – it feels as if Christmas is properly here and everyone you know has turned up to celebrate the birth of Jesus before going home to put the parcels under the tree and fill the stockings for the children. I know – it’s a right old mixture of Christian and pagan traditions, but I still love it. Then Christmas Day arrives with Holy Communion at 8.00 am at St Bart’s (President and Preacher the Reverend Lucy Murdoch) and Family Christmas Celebration at 10.00 at All Saints’ Waldron with George in charge. Happy Christmas everyone!

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CRAFTSHOP: As a postscript to last week’s report on the success of the Cracking Christmas Craftshop, I hear from treasurer Ian Dixon that the event raised about £500.

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CRAFTY PARTY: The Cracking Christmas Craftshop was a huge success last Sunday with our church full of parents and children making and gluing and taking home beautiful Christmas decorations and clay models. Entertainment was laid on too and Father Christmas welcomed children to his grotto. The cooks of the parish had been hard at work, providing sandwiches, cakes and savouries for hungry craftspeople of all ages, so you really could eat while you worked from lunchtime to tea and there was even mulled wine to give us all that first taste of Christmas. A good time was had by all.

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WATERWORKS: Yes, don’t relax yet. The roadworks may have finished in Tanyard Hill, but the waterworks have now started on Whitehouse Lane and are scheduled to continue until December 21, or if the original calculations were correct, five weeks from November 26 (which means we may have the Clancy Docwra team in the village until New Year.) Lots of muttering ‘heigh-ho’ and not a lot of ‘Ho ho ho’ for those of us hoping that Father Christmas might have dropped in the odd parcel between now and Christmas. Just don’t run out of oil, folks.

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ROADWORKS: The bridge-building roadworks on Tanyard Hill are complete, so we can now drive to Horam without taking avoiding action round the lanes. However, we have still to negotiate Whitehouse Lane which will be closed for waterworks repairs from November 26, note the new date. This is the third date we have been given so don’t hold your breath. Meanwhile the major roadworks through Heathfield are gradually unrolling and are still promised for completion by the end of November. Keep on making the effort to get to our little shops as it’s so important to keep them going in the run-up to Christmas.

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REMEMBERING: Last weekend was the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, recording the end of the Great War. The atmosphere of the weekend was sombre as we recalled the devastating effect on our village of the death of 55 young men who died in the conflict or immediately afterwards. There was a display of photographs of the first World War in the Memorial Chapel of All Saints’ church and records of how and where our village men died. The talk on Thursday November 8, called The Prisoner’s Story was about Monty Chidson, a young pilot brought down over enemy lines in February 1915 and his three years in Prisoner-of-War camp, mostly at Friedberg, Germany. The talk was very well attended and the retiring collection for the Royal British Legion raised nearly £600. Sunday’s traditional Service at which we read the names of the village dead and hold our annual two minutes silence was so full (over 200 people) that there was standing room only by the time service began. After the service, our bell-ringers rang a joyful peal to record the victory, joining hundreds of other villages across the country who did the same. In the evening, many villages along the Downs lit beacons, the traditional method for centuries to pass messages from one to another. By the end of the weekend it felt as if we had well and truly remembered and honoured those who had fought for their country.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: The annual Photographic Exhibition is on display in All Saints’ Church until Remembrance Sunday.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: The annual Photographic Exhibition is on display in All Saints’ Church tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, from 2pm until 6pm. The exhibition has been open to everyone resident in the area or connected to the village and entries are divided into five categories: Landscape and architecture; Portraits and people; Travel; Still life and abstract; or Nature and Animals. There is no charge for entering or to visit the exhibition but donations for the upkeep of the church fabric would be gratefully accepted and there will be refreshments available. If you’ve left it to the last minute please ring 01435 812147 to see if it’s still possible to enter.

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ROAD CLOSED: The bridge at the bottom of Tanyard Hill, Waldron is being re-built and so the road is closed from the junction with the Foxhunt road and the Lions Green junction (except for access to the small number of houses and Tanyard farm on the hill itself). And yes, this really does mean closed to through traffic and there are large chunks of concrete to make sure no one attempts to drive over the bridge while it is under construction. There’s an upside to this in that we can walk it in peace and quiet without having to leap into the hedge at regular intervals to avoid lorries and speeding 4x4s. I’ve walked that way several times in the past ten days with the late October sun shining and the birds twittering and it’s bliss.

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OCTOBER EVENTS: On October 24 Comedian James Rowland will be the latest performer from The Inn Crowd, the partnership project bringing arts events to rural pubs. Tickets are £15 each including supper and are on sale from the pub, the coffee shop when it’s open (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings) or by ringing 01435 812495. James Rowland’s performance is called ‘A hundred different words for love’ and has been described as ‘beautiful, simple, funny and utterly engaging’ and ‘A master story teller – with wit and charm in abundance’ in a review in What’sOnStage, which gave him four stars. He appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and received rave reviews and audience responses. Sounds unmissable.

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FRUITFULNESS: The weekend at the end of September was a celebration of Fruitfulness at St Bartholomew’s with the church decorated with the lush fruits of late summer and floral abundance, making the whole building glow. The concert of local talent was a delight on Saturday evening and the weekend raised over £500 towards the building fund, truly a triumph for everyone involved. This last weekend gave the flower arrangers at All Saints’ their turn to demonstrate their skills and George completed his pilgrimage from Chichester to Waldron just in time to preach the sermon on Sunday morning, still wearing the clothes he had worn for his tramp across Sussex. Dillon the dog was keen to take a bow too, and back-up support Martin had been able to take his penny-farthing to join the party. (Ask George for that story). Several parishioners had joined George for some of his walk and churches along the route offered a place to sleep, making it a genuine pilgrimage. The final act was Harvest Lunch at Culverwood when everyone was able to share food, wine and fellowship in the warm sun. Just perfect.

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STEAM RALLY: Arguably the best Steam Engine rally ever took place in the village last Sunday. The sun shone bright, the crowds turned up in their hundreds, the barbecue was going all day, nearly 100 lunches were served in the pub and the shop sold out of every piece of cake in the place. No less than 20 steam engines were arrayed round the village centre for admiration and the field behind the pub was filled with beautiful vintage cars. On a freezing cold morning in this week after the event, it’s definitely autumn but the rally finished the summer with a triumphant whistle.

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SEPTEMBER CELEBRATION: There’s a concert tomorrow, Saturday, at St Bartholomew’s in aid of the church building project. It’s described as ‘an evening of music, mirth and mayhem’ and the programme includes jazz from Charlie Pitcher with his saxophone, the inimitable Dottie Withers performing some favourite Joyce Grenfell items, El Bando Burros (a cheerful pub duo on ukulele and double bass), Roger Paine with some more of his naval stories from his latest book, the Singing for Fun choir and Simon Hobbs on the organ. It will start at 6.45pm and tickets are £10 for adults and £2 for under-16s available on the door, or in advance from The Star Inn in Waldron. The Church will be decorated on a theme of Fruitfulness to reflect the coming harvest season and will be open during Saturday until 5pm so you can drop in and admire the display.

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COFFEE SHOP: Our little community coffee shop will be open for different hours from the beginning of October. This is to take account of staff availability and we hope very much that it won’t inconvenience our regulars. From the week beginning October 1, the shop will be open on Tuesdays from 10am to 12.30pm; on Fridays from 10am to 1pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am to 1.30pm. It means that we will not be open on Thursdays, unless we can find some extra helpers to run it on that day. If anyone would like to volunteer to serve teas and coffees to their fellow villagers on an occasional basis, contact Deborah on 07545 498776. It’s actually a lovely way of getting to meet people, so if you’re new to the village, why not offer to do an occasional few hours? (And the coffee machine is easy to learn).

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