Parish Pump Uckfield - October 25, 2013

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Goodbye Lenin is the film this month to be shown tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. This comedy drama, directed by Wolfgang Becker, is about a young man in East Germany in 1990 who must keep from his mother, just out of a long coma, the changes that happened to that country, as with so much of eastern Europe. Guests are welcome at £6 per head on the door.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4Pm, 4forAll (Messy Church) at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a report on the October meeting, please see the Warbleton section.

SOUP KITCHEN: Twice a year the hall organises charity soup kitchens to raise money for local charities and hall funds. Next Saturday there will be a soup kitchen from noon in the hall. There will be a range of soups, a sweet and tea or coffee, for a suggestion minimum donation of £5. Future events are fireworks on Tuesday November 5, and a showing of the opera Carmen (from Sydney Opera House) on November 16.


QUIZ: The next monthly quiz evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common is being held tonight, Friday. Teams of six people are invited to enter, just go a long to join in the fun, which begins at 8pm. The licensed bar will be open. Call Karol Richardson for further details on 01435 883318.

CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band will entertain tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm, in the village hall, to help raise funds for Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. Entry is £5 at the door. Tea and cakes will be available during the interval and a raffle will be held.

FIREWORKS: Also tomorrow, Saturday, Burwash Bonfire Society invite you to the annual bonfire and firework display. It is being held on the Swan Meadow playing fields from 7pm. Music, food and drink and a Halloween fancy dress competition will be part of the fun. Entry is free but with donations, so please be generous and help pay for your entertainment. If you wish to help call Mary Clarke on 01435 882918. If at all possible, please walk to the venue as parking will be limited with no parking on the playing fields, and remember to leave pets secure indoors with a light on and maybe the TV.

LUNCH: On Monday the Burwash branch of Age UK will be holding their monthly lunch club at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are 55 years or over you are welcome to go along. You will enjoy a delicious two course meal in good company for £8 per person. To book your place please call Jazz Botting 01324 882033 or Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. Transport may be available.

BOWLS CLUB: On Saturday November 9, Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club invite you to join them for a fun general knowledge quiz evening. Those intrepid quiz masters Terry Parker and Steve Bennett have kindly agreed to ask the questions. Teams of six are invited to enter at £6 per person to include supper. Guests are welcome to bring their own liquid refreshments. To book a table please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

SOUP: Thursday November 14 a charity soup lunch will be held in the village hall in aid of Admiral Nurses, dementia care in the community. Tickets are £7.50 for which you will be invited to sample as many of the delicious homemade soups as you wish, followed by a choice of desserts. Soft drink will be served but if you wish to bring wine that would be acceptable. Raffle prizes would also be gratefully received. To get a ticket please call Mary on 882107.

FIRST AID: A basic First aid course for the public is being held on Saturday November 30. If you would like to take part you need to book a place now. It is being held at Wadhurst Fire Station from 2pm until 5.30pm. Please call Margery Masters on 01580 200378.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, last Sunday after Trinity, 8am Holy Communion Chiddingly; 10am Matins Chiddingly; 10am TGI Sunday East Hoathly.

ANCIENT WOODLAND: Graywood is under threat from development. This part of East Hoathly has been wooded continuously since at least 1600 AD (when the first Queen Elizabeth was on the throne). Many trees have already been cut down, and a roadway has already been constructed, to accommodate a campsite. We are at risk of losing a wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna if we do not act soon. Please help us to protect it from this threat by signing our petition which can be found at the Village Stores, the hairdressers, vets and Health House. If you would like further information, please contact Barbara Sutherland on 01825 873337 or

HALLOWEEN EVENT: There is to be a Halloween themed barn dance at Chiddingly Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, with music by The Sussex Pistols. There will be a caller and the ticket price of £12 includes supper. Fancy dress is optional, but there will be a prize for the best costume. There will be a bar and soft drinks will also be available. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets may be obtained from Chiddingly Community Shop, The Six Bells, on the door or from Steve on 01825 873395.

COFFEE MORNING: The Royal British Legion Women’s section is having a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall at 10.30am to noon. There will be a tombola, cake and preserves and hats plus a raffle. Please come and make it a happy morning, good company and a good cup of coffee/tea and cake.

POPPY APPEAL: After the RBL coffee morning the following two weeks are for poppy selling (we are not allowed to sell before then). Hopefully you will have a member call on you with poppies - if you happen to be out when they call please do if you can get your poppy from our local shops and pubs as they all go towards our village total.

AGE CONCERN: If you are struggling for transport to that important hospital or dentist appointment, Age concern can help. Janet Jupp would be delighted to help and she can be contacted on 880028. She would also be very pleased to hear from anyone that is able to offer their services as a volunteer driver.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 30 October, 1759: ‘Mr Beckett made my wife a present of some fine whiting and flounder. Mr Stone paid my wife another visit.’


STREET BAZAAR: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Fairwarp’s Street Bazaar in the village hall and car park, 11am to 2pm. An eclectic mix of stalls and entertainment. Browse at your leisure, enjoy the entertainment and fill up at one of the food stalls. All money raised will be split between Fairwarp QEII Field and Macmillan. Candyfloss, crystals and coffee, books and burgers, cakes and craft, tea and tarot, hot dogs and Halloween, children’s activities, entertainment, jams and chutney, jewellery and gifts and much more.

THE JUG EXCHANGE: Fed up with your old milk jug? Got a jug that’s lurked in the back of the cupboard for years? Bring it to the Jug Exchange. For £3 we’ll take your jug and you can take one of ours. Or buy one for a fiver.

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday November 16, FCS Quiz Night. Book early to guarantee your place. Tickets £10 to include supper. Teams of six. Raffle, licensed bar. Contact Jan on 01825 713477 or Louise on 01825 712518.

XMAS BAZAAR: Saturday November 23, Xmas Bazaar in Fairwarp Village Hall 2pm to 4pm. Contact Jenny on 01825 712188 for more details.

QUIZ: The Dimwits won Monday’s quiz night at the pub, which commenced with a toast to Lord Nelson, as it was Trafalgar Day. Pen’s People came second. Landlord John takes a well earned break for the next two weeks, and guest quiz masters will preside. Mondays at 8pm, £1 a player. Regrettably there will still be guess the year and football-related questions to endure. Winning team gets 70 percent of the entry money, second gets 30 percent and third gets a bottle of house wine.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY fast approaches. Dig deep when you see the Poppy Collection boxes. It all goes to the Royal British Legion to help care for serving and ex-service personnel in times of need. Wear your poppy with pride.

THE PUB is holding a Halloween themed party tonight, Friday. Live music from Wats On Ro, 8.30pm onwards.

CLEAN UP: The churchyard clean up on October 12 was a great success, with about 30 volunteers turning up to help tidy it up. Many thanks to those who gave up their time, and to Russell Davison for pulling it all together and making it happen.

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Big variety of stalls. Tea, coffee and bacon rolls.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEFFLE COURT: Staff at one of Heathfield’s care homes were celebrating this week as they scooped runner-up prize for a leading industry award. Heffle Court, a specialist home for people living with dementia, was chosen as runner-up at the gala event in London, from dozens of entries for the NAPA Away Challenge. NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People) is a registered charity with a keen and active interest in promoting high quality activity provision for older people. The challenge itself was intended to showcase those homes that offered their residents plenty of opportunities to get out and about and involved in the local community during the week of June 16-23. Sylvie Silver, director of NAPA, explained: ‘NAPA were delighted with the response to the Home and Away Challenge. More than 12,000 care home residents were involved in the two challenges. Heffle Court were highly commended for the time and effort they put in to finding out what individual residents wanted to do and then going to great lengths to make it happen.’ Heffle Court manager Debby Potter was thrilled at the announcement: ‘Just being shortlisted for this award was a fantastic achievement, so to take second place was fantastic testament to our activities team. Samantha Keylock and her team work tirelessly to ensure our residents have access to a wide range of person-centred activities and they have been instrumental in ensuring that Heffle Court remains at the heart of the local community.’ The news comes as the Caring Homes group announces the launch of its acclaimed Living programme. The new initiative is a structured activities programme based around a five a day approach of providing activities that always meet either social, emotional, cognitive, sensory or physical needs as part of the holistic programme of care delivered at the home. Located at the heart of Heathfield, Heffle Court is a care home providing specialist dementia care for up to 39 elderly people. The home is run by the family-owned Caring homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery. What I like about this home is many of the residents are former farmers or smallholders, and they are allowed to keep animals and tend the garden. I am sure their skills are very much welcomed and this outdoor activity must make them happier too.

DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS: The Jewellery of Rene Lalique was the subject of this month’s lecture by Nicholas Merchant. Strange and sinewy made to impress the society of Paris in the early 1900s, the jewellery of Lalique was much in demand by the rich and famous. Lalique first came to the attention of Europe after the success of his exhibit at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Very much in the style of Art Nouveau and using nature as his inspiration he showed how design could triumph over bling to produce works of striking beauty. This success faded as the First World War overtook Europe and Lalique turned to producing the glass that is very much his legacy. The lecture was preceded by the AGM in which members thanked their retiring chairman, Anne Higgins, for all her hard work over the last three years and welcomed her successor, Penelope Mayfield.

YOGA: Tuesdays in the Ian Price Room from 9.30am to 11am for flexibility and strength. 11.15am to 12.30pm, gentle and relaxing. Punnetts Town Village Hall from 6pm to 7.15pm for beginners. 7.30pm to 9pm intermediate. £10 per session. Contact Diana Seymour on 07887 987876 or via email

JUDO: Heathfield Judo Club meets on Thursdays at the State Hall. All ages and abilities are made very welcome. For information ring 077177 146848.

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a Christmas demonstration entitled Cracking Christmas Creations by Stephen McDonnell on Thursday, November 14, 7.30pm, Heathfield Community Centre. Visitors are welcome at £10 a ticket. For more information and tickets contact 01435 810452. There will be a raffle and sales table.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Family Service. St George’s Broad Oak 9.30am Holy Communion.

Isfield & Little Horsted

HELLO: Let’s start off with an introduction. I’m Ian MacDonald, and with my wife moved to Isfield a couple of months ago from Mid-Sussex. We have been made to feel very welcome by many people in the district, for which we say thank you. Isfield and Little Horsted may be relatively small communities, but already we have found there is plenty going on in these busy villages. They do not often make the headlines, but you can help give the villages a voice by keeping in touch with Parish Pump tit-bits. Anything of interest, but let’s keep blatant advertising and politicking at bay. Feel free to contact me on email (preferred method) or if necessary phone on 07944560557. I look forward to hearing from clubs, other organisations/groups and individuals. Know of a special event or occasion, such as a Golden Wedding anniversary, coming up? Why not let me know?

PUMPKINS GALORE: You’ve just time to find a pumpkin, do a bit of creative carving and take your finished masterpiece along to St Michael and All Angels Church at Little Horsted. Between 10am and 3pm tomorrow (Saturday, October 26). The occasion is the Alternative Festival of Pumpkin Art which, it is hoped, will raised a goodly sum of money to be shared between the Little Horsted Church Fund, St Mungo’s (a national charity whose aim is to help the homeless rebuild their lives), and Macmillan nurses (those wonderful people who provide help and support for cancer sufferers). Organisers are hoping for a bumper crop of pumpkins to create a wonderful atmosphere in the church. They emphasise, however, that the festival has nothing to do with Halloween, so no witches or ghouls. Doors open to the viewing public at 7pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. It is suggested visitors might wish to take a torch to help them pick their way from parked car to church. Call 01825 750590 for further information.

GUY GUYS AND GALS: Preparations are well in hand for the Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society’s annual Bonfire celebrations on Friday November 15. The evening will start with the traditional procession of suitably attired Bonfire Society members and others through Isfield, starting at the Lavender Line railway station at 6.30pm and winding its way back to the field behind The Laughing Fish pub next to the station where a big fireworks display is due to get underway around 8pm. Remember is ensure your dogs, cats and the like are safely indoors away from the fireworks noise. Society chairman Andy Payne can be contacted on 07850383673.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

THE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY’S first meeting of the new season will be today, Friday, in the usual venue of the Scout and Guide Hall. To enable members to pay subscriptions the hall will be opened at 7.30pm. This meeting will commence at 8pm with the annual general meeting of the society. The AGM business will be kept brief and will be followed by a talk given by Anthony Poulton-Smith entitled East Sussex Place Names.

SUPPORT INCREASED REFERRALS: Mediation Plus, the community mediation service for Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes, is looking to recruit a group of new community mediators to help cover the increased number of referrals the service has been receiving this year. With local public sector and statutory services such as the police, courts, Youth Support and schools all continuing to face a financial squeeze, mediation is being increasingly used as an alternative way to resolve disputes and help improve communication between neighbours and young people and their families. The service is looking to put up to 14 new mediators through their accredited mediation skills training course which starts next month, who will then help to defuse local conflicts, neighbour disputes and anti-social behaviour across the area, helping to prevent minor issues becoming major problems and improving the quality of life of residents. Clive Gross, service and development manager, said: ‘We are looking for new mediators from a wide variety of backgrounds and from across the area, but we are particularly keen to hear from people interested in working in the Uckfield, Crowborough and north Wealden area, where we have seen the largest rise in new referrals in recent months.’ Mediation skills are also applicable to many professional sectors, including housing, young people’s services, family support and education and is suitable for those working in other frontline support services dealing with the public. For more details please call Clive Gross or Joan Eades at Mediation Plus 01323 442781 or email

DATE WITH JACQUI: After Jacqui Dankworth’s acclaimed last album It Happens Quietly, St Dunstan’s welcomes her on her new tour and album release Live to Love. This charity concert with jazz and blues pianist from Memphis Tennessee, Charlie Wood, will be happening on Saturday, November 9 at 7.30pm. The cash bar will open from 7pm and booking of tickets can be made now via the Parish Office 01435 873484. The seating plan (there are tickets £20 full-view and £15 restricted-view including the rear of the Chancel behind the Quartet) can be viewed in the parish office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Any funds raised will be split between their overseas Charity ‘Friends of the Holy Land’ and general Church funds and they are very grateful to the Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin Trust for sponsoring this exciting concert.

FOOTPATH WALK: On Sunday meet at 10am in South Street car park. Remember that the clocks will have gone back an hour overnight; the fall back means that an extra hour in bed is possible before some gentle exercise on Sunday morning. Autumn mellow fruitfulness will be on offer as will interesting stories and wonderful views.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: A concert of light music and opera performed by students of The Guildhall School of Music (by kind permission of the Principal) at St Thomas of Canterbury Church will be held in aid of the church and the Patrick Libby Memorial Prize Fund. All are welcome tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


SUNDAY SERVICES this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lift are available to church, please book in advance on 722582.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will hold the monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday at 7.15pm. The public are allowed to ask question at the start of the meeting.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY are extremely busy preparing for Saturday November 2 when you can enjoy a Bonfire Breakfast from 9am in the village hall, book your breakfast by telephoning 01825 723233 or 723372, or just turn up. The breakfast sessions are very popular, so why not join the bonfire boys for breakfast.

GUY COMPETITION: There is a Guy Competition, it could be traditional or your favourite cartoon character etc, but remember the winning Guy will meet a fiery end later that evening on the Bonfire. Programmes for the bonfire night are available from shops and pubs in the village. Please support the bonfire society, all the monies collected on the night are given to local charities. Fingers crossed for a lovely dry evening. Enjoy the bonfire, keep safe and make sure that all your pets are indoors.

A CHARITY CRAFT FAIR will be held at Ascalon, Newick from November 8 to November 16. All the proceed raised will be for the Hospice. For further details telephone 01825 723033.


STREET MARKET: After several months researching what the public want, Hailsham has started a Street Market, to try and entice shoppers back to their High Street. I went there on Saturday and was very impressed. They have huge gazebos instead of market stalls. It’s held on the second and fourth Thursday and the third Saturday of every month. I’m jealous. They have some wonderful markets in the Midlands and North, but we don’t have any around here now. Uckfield used to be a market town, and I’ve approached our County Councillor Paul Sparks to see if we can have one here again. It would make a lot of money for the town, and bring in extra trade for local businesses. What do you think?

AGM: Uckfield Festival Association Annual General Meeting takes place on Friday November 22, 7.30pm for 8pm at the Belmont Centre. You are invited to come along and give your comments on the 2013 Festival and to hear what we have planned for 2014. If you have any suggestions for July 2014 or would like to produce an event, please come along. We are particularly interested in young people taking part and will give them all the assistance we can. Any information required prior to the event tel 01825 764287.

FOURWAYS WI met at The Luxfords Centre on October 7. Following the singing of Jerusalem the minutes were read and approved. Three of our members had visited Denman and gave us an insight to the weekend they spent there, which they all thoroughly enjoyed. We then sat down to Harvest Supper which the committee had worked hard to prepare for us with an autumnal decorated table. Whilst we ate we exercised our brains with a quiz about Parts of Your Body which caused some laughter amongst us. The competition this month was a sculptured vegetable which did have a Halloween theme: 1, Maureen Risbridger; 2, Liz Thompson; 3, Carole Marchant. We finished the evening with the raffle. We meet again on Monday November 4 at 7.30pm at The

Luxfords Centre. New members would be very welcome.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Uckfield Singers Community Choir and Uckfield Concert Brass Christmas Concert on Sunday 15 December, 7.30pm, at the Civic Centre. Tickets £7 from Gale and Woolgar, High Street, will be on sale from Monday November 18. In aid of The Sussex Cancer Fund For Treatment and Research in Brighton.

OCTOBER MESSAGE: This is my first message as the District Commander in Wealden, the first I hope of many to come. Wealden district had a typically busy summer and I am happy to report some significant success. We have seen a reduction in burglaries of people’s homes across the summer season; this is a result of members of the community keeping us informed, good prevention work across the district coupled with effective investigations leading to the arrest of two males responsible for multiple offences in the area. Shed, garage and outbuilding burglaries continue to be a focus of attention for us. Through the hard work of your local team we were able to arrest a local male who currently awaits trial, however, this hasn’t put a complete stop to these offences. As the nights draw in and you consider servicing your heating systems (fingers crossed) can I ask you also consider security measures in your home including areas such as your shed, garage and oil tanks. If you require advice and guidance then please contact your local PCSO who will be happy to visit you. Safety on our roads continues to be a priority for your district team and together with the Safer Wealden Partnership we will continue to look at ways to reduce collisions on our roads. There are now an increased number of very well supported Community Speedwatch programmes across the district and together with Operation Crackdown the community are able to get really involved in this area. Please remember although speed is a danger on our roads, collisions are caused by other factors such as driving conditions and driver experience. If you have a young driver in your family take an opportunity to discuss driving attitudes with them. Work continues to identify alternative police premises in Uckfield, Crowborough and Heathfield, none of these police stations will close until the new provision is up and running and you will not lose existing front counter services. I will update you when we know more. Finally as Halloween approaches can I encourage you to display posters indicating your preference regarding trick or treat. The posters can be obtained from police station front counters, your PCSO or downloaded from our website. Can I ask parents of children planning to trick or treat to take time and brief them regarding standards of behaviour and respecting neighbours’ wishes. Chief Inspector Gary Pike, District Commander.

PARISH PUMP: This week’s edition looks good. It’s well-filled. Do spread the word and tell people to send me their forthcoming local events news. In Times New Roman, size 12 please. It’s a free service. And please tell us after the event how it went, how much money was raised, etc. And can you make sure you use my proper email address. The deadline is early on Tuesday morning.


PIANIST WANTED: Waldron Community Players are in search of a pianist or keyboard player. Would anyone be prepared to help us by accompanying the songs in our pantomime, The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron? This doesn’t mean coming to every rehearsal, just a couple of practices (time to be arranged to suit you) and then accompanying the performances on January 18 and 19. Would suit a music student who perhaps wants to get used to performing publicly or anyone who’d like to rediscover the fun in music and brush up their skills.

QUIZZING: Today, Friday, the twinning association will be hosting a Quiz Night (in aid of their funds) at 7.30pm at the Lucas Hall. The charge of £8 per head includes a two course supper, bring your own drinks and glasses, and teams will be made up of six people. Contact Gill Temple (01435 812861) to check if there are still places available or to let her know if you have special dietary needs. The monthly Pub Quiz will be at the Star on Monday at 7.30pm. The charge will be £7 per head including a one-course supper and teams will be made up of six people.

WATCH IT: At the packed annual Neighbourhood Watch meeting last week, Chief Inspector Gary Pike, the new District Commander of Wealden, was introduced. He was able to be reassuring about the fate of the Heathfield Police Station explaining it will not be closed unless or until a new provision is up and running, and we will not lose existing front counter services. He told his audience there had been a reduction in burglaries across the summer season, due in part to the eagle-eyes of the community and partly through effective investigations, leading to the arrest of multiple offenders. Tim Williams, head of the First Responders in our area, spoke about the defibrillator now located in Waldron and the need to increase the size of the First Responders team. This is partly a case of raising funds to support the team and asked that anyone willing to make a donation should contact him or Bobby Hamilton (

ART EXHIBITION: Cross in Hand Art Club is holding an exhibition of their members’ work in the Lucas Hall on Saturday November 2 opening at 10am. Everyone is welcome and most of the paintings will be for sale. If you’re looking for a special present this could be the place.

WALDRON ON FILM: Ray Russell, who can trace his ancestry in Waldron for several centuries, has made a short film about the village, using photographs and film taken during the past century. It’s almost a poem to the village and having seen it, I suspect that many of you will want to buy copies for yourself or those with connections in Waldron. We will be launching Ray’s film and also showing Finding Esther (our village’s famous whodunnit) on Saturday November 23. We will have two performances at 2.30pm (including tea and biscuits) and 7pm (with a glass of wine) in the Lucas Hall. Tickets are £3 per head (available from the Stores at Waldron or Heathfield Art and Books, Heathfield) and Ray’s film, price £5 per DVD will be on sale after the showings. Any profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and improvements to our two churches. Buying your tickets in advance will ensure you get a seat, as places are restricted.

SERVICES: Sunday is the last after Trinity. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am (Reverend Peter Jamieson), Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am (Reverend George Pitcher) and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Lay Reader Christopher Corfield).

CLOCKS: Don’t forget to put your clocks back one hour tomorrow, Saturday, and if you’re going to early Holy Communion on Sunday, make sure you’ve got the time right.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4pm 4forAll (Messy Church) at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies. This will be the last evening service until March, with the exception of the carol service at 3pm on December 22.

PARISH COUNCIL: Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported the super fast broadband programme would enter East Sussex around Christmas, with a link down to Heathfield from Tunbridge Wells. It would then radiate out to the surrounding villages. He also said the speed calming measures in Punnetts Town are being delayed by objections by residents. The most likely implementation to start with would be 30mph in the school area and 40mph at Three Cups. Cllr Lawrence Keeley (ESCC) said a lot of the road surface problems are caused by the lack of ditch cleaning. There were no Wealden councillors present (not unusual), but Cllr Nigel McKeeman reported by letter. If you have problems with bin collection then please do ring the council. A Dog Control Order will come into force in early 2014, regarding dog waste. The result, pick it up or be prosecuted. There is some relaxation of planning controls, it is still wise to check with Wealden to see if permission is needed. There is a programme, Streets Ahead, for regenerating high streets. Cllr Ray Tratt in his rights of way report, demonstrated dog flaps for stiles which can be obtained by land owners, free of charge, from ESCC. Some paths have been cleared of vegetation. The result of the public enquiry into the right of way from Caller’s Corner to Cade Street is expected in a couple of months. A list of priorities for finger post repairs is being drawn up. There is a possibility that firms and individuals could sponsor posts, possibly with a small plaque on the post. The next meeting will be at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on November 21.

REMEMBRANCE: Again, this year, a wreath will be placed in the churchyard close to the church door at St Mary’s Warbleton to reserve an area for anyone who wishes to plant a cross in memory of a family member or friend who died serving with our Armed Forces. The traditional Roll of Honour will be called during the service, on Sunday November 10, but it is hoped this initiative will emphasise that Remembrance is a time to remember all men and women of every generation who lost their lives serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Services. Crosses will be available from Poppy Appeal Collectors during the door-to-door collection, and in Church on Remembrance Sunday.