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Valerie Chidson

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NOTES NEEDED: Nigel is writing again, which means that next winter there will be a Waldron panto. (Oh yes, there will…) The only problem (so far, apart from having only part of the script, no cast, and no backstage team) is we have no accompanist for our singers. Is there anyone out there with a hidden talent for tinkling the ivories and who would be prepared to come along to a few rehearsals (in November/December and three performances in January 2020? It’s huge fun and a great way to get to know people and share in a truly village community experience.

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SINGING FOR FUN: This coming Monday will be the next gathering of the Singing for Fun group, which as usual will take place at the Cross in Hand Methodist Church Hall at the top of Firgrove Road, at 2pm. The car park is on the left-hand side about 100 yards down the road from the Church Hall. Favourite songs will be sung and anyone can bring along suggestions (if possible with sheet music) for the group to sing. There is time for refreshments and a chat afterwards and a small charge is made to cover costs.

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EASTER LILIES: It seems a bit early to be thinking about flowers for Easter, but there is method in my madness. Every year, we have a wonderful display of lilies at All Saints, in memory of loved ones we have lost. Each year, members of the congregation who wish, make a donation to our flower arranging team for the purchase of the lilies and give the name or names of those they would like to remember. Contact Jane Leney if you would like to take part in this informal act of remembrance, sending a cheque made out to All Saints’ Flower Fund to Jane at The Laurels, Cross in Hand, TN21 0QA with the name of the person or people you want to commemorate. I understand that lilies cost £2.50 per stem. During the Easter weekend (April 19 to 21) the list of those being remembered will be displayed in the Hospitality area at All Saints’.

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TALK: Regular visitors to the Community Coffee Shop (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings) will have seen some of Philomena Harmsworth’s beautiful sculptural pieces on display and for sale. Tomorrow, Saturday, (at the Coffee Shop at midday) Philomena will be giving a talk called Dancing Vessells bringing some of her work with her. She is a multi-talented artist, combining words and images, painting and sculpture and has published a book which she describes as a piece of artwork in the guise of a book’. Come and meet Philomena and hear at first hand how she works and share the inspiration behind it. Well worth getting the shopping done early.

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MARCH: The month has certainly lived up to its reputation for ‘coming in like a lion’, with the recent high winds, a nasty shock to the system after last month’s balmy temperatures. Let’s hope that the other half of the weather prediction (that the month ‘goes out like a lamb’) also holds true. The trees have been shedding small sticks all over the lanes, a gift for nesting birds. But spring is definitely on its way, with cushions of primroses starring the roadside banks, brilliant displays of daffodils, the long lamb’s tails hanging from the hazel, and ‘sticky buds’ preceding the lime green fuzz of early leaves. I just love spring with all its promise and can’t help thinking how lucky we are to live here.

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WALDRON MARKET: Graeme Mackenzie tells me that he has found a new treasurer for our Country Market and that there is now a facility to use credit and debit cards. The next market will be held on Thursday from 11am till 1pm and is as usual at the Holy Cross Priory. Graeme is sending out a warm invitation for new customers to come along and try out the produce and says that there are some new stall holders about to start.

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IT’S WARM: This week has been beautifully warm with temperatures breaking records all over the south east. Waldron looks beautiful with crocuses popping everywhere, the snowdrops still out and even primroses beginning to show themselves, as the first daffs cautiously open their buds. As we test-run our t-shirts, it’s easy to imagine it’s actually spring, but we are warned of lower temperatures by the end of the week and winter having a sting in its tail. I’m making the most of the hints of Spring and getting out for long walks in the sun, long may it last.

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ROAD REPAIRS: Seem to be happening in every direction, on the road to Horam; on the A22 from Halland towards Uckfield; Firgrove Road towards Cross in Hand; and even (Tuesday this week) pothole-filling up the hill from Scallow Bridge towards East Hoathly. Leave plenty of time for your journey and you might be lucky, but don’t try to get by rail from Lewes to Three Bridges as engineering work is continuing all this week.

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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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