Parish pump Uckfield - November 15 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. The public are welcome to attend council meetings, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters in the meeting.

GARDENING CLUB: The club meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Kevin Loveland will give a Christmas decoration demonstration. Entry is £3 for members and £5 for non-members. This will include a glass of wine and a mince pie. Neighbouring clubs are invited.


QUIZ EVENING: What a lot of fun we all had at the latest fun general knowledge quiz evening. Nine teams took park with quiz masters Terry Parker and Steve Bennett giving our brains a good work out. Questions were on kids corner, TV and entertainment, history, Pairs and duos, and more. The marathons were just as tough with three items having one connection. Our grateful thanks to both of them for their hard work and time to give us another great evening. Thanks also to Joan Howard and Margaret Waterhouse for providing the ploughman’s supper. Special thanks to the teams especially those from out of the village, we are really grateful for your support.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening local international actor Brian D Barnes MBE, will be performing Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. One Man Theatre actor Brian is celebrating 60 years as a professional actor and he is looking forward to performing for you at the village hall from 7.30pm. Anyone who has been privileged to see Brian perform will know how talented he is, and are amazed at how he remembers all the different characters and their voices and puts them all in the right places. Tickets are available from Burwash Newsagents at £12 for adults and £6 for children and students. Good luck Brian for a great performance.

VEGAS NIGHT: Also tomorrow, Saturday, evening the Burwash Common and Burwash Weald Residents Association are holding another of their popular Vegas Nights. This fun evening is being held in the Pavilion from 7.30pm black jack, roulette and more to give you a light hearted gambling experience. You are all welcome to go along and the licensed bar will be open. More details on the association’s website.

WALK: The next monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Cloke invites you to join him as he leads you over the network of public footpaths that cross our lovely villages. The walks usually end in time for lunch.

NSY: The Burwash Not So Young Club will meet on Thursday afternoon, in the Burwash village hall from 2.15pm. Members will be entertained by Mr and Mrs Burgess whose talk is called Victorian Magic Lantern show. New members both male and female will be given a warm welcome. The afternoon ends with teas, cakes and a raffle.

SHOW: The Dallington Amateur Dramatic Society in association with St Philip’s Church Burwash Common, will be performing Noel Coward’s Hay Fever next Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at The Oast, Goodsoal, Burwash Common. Curtain up at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from St Philip’s Church, Goodsoal Farm or call 882856 or 883264. Proceeds to St Philip’s Church and other local charities.

BOWLS: Last week the Burwash short mat bowls club had another disastrous match, this time away to Old Heathfield. In the triples Mick Moore, Joan Howard and Tim Brown never managed to get the hang of the mat and lost 2-17, while on the other mat Alan Green, Keith and Angela Marden enjoyed a better game but lost 9-11. After tea the pairs played with Barry and Marry Taylor making a good come back but still losing 9-12 and Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood only just missing out on a win 13-14. Alas no points again this week. They will next play away to Five Ashes on Tuesday and at home to Jarvis Brook on Thursday.


BUXTED WI: Many members made their way through strong winds, falling leaves and unfortunately heavy rain to attend our annual meeting this month at Buxted Reading Room. The bring and buy stall was very popular and after purchases were made we all took to the floor to enjoy our own Jenny Johnson’s Movement to Music. It is quite an uplifting experience and very much enjoyed by us all. Although feeling a little stiff next day, you really do feel that it does do you good, and loosens up all those unused muscles. After a rousing rendition of Jerusalem we settled down to be welcomed by Ann Tricker our president. It was a business afternoon when our new president is voted for and other prominent members of the committee give their annual report. The members voted Ann Tricker in to be our president again for another year and thankfully Ann accepted the post. Sandra Hatswell our excellent treasurer then gave us her detailed report of the year’s financial situation, we are so lucky to have Sandra accepting this post again as it could not be in better hands. Our secretary Joyce Harvey will continue with this very demanding role which she does so beautifully. All the members of the committee were thanked, as each one holds an important role and carry out their duties very efficiently. With business over and forthcoming events discussed, everyone enjoyed a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. The ladies celebrating birthdays this month were Jane Godfrey, Sandra Hatswell, Helen Moran, Peggy Wright, Joan Buncombe, Yvonne Broome and Audrey Marlow. All these lucky ladies received a beautiful card, hand made by Kath Warner. Kath herself celebrates her birthday this month also. The competition for November was An arrangement of Berries and with quite a few entries (all looking fantastic) it was a difficult job to sort out a winner. Sandra Hatswell won first place with Shirley Isted coming second and Kirsten Brown third. The flower of the month competition was won by Joyce Ford with Evelyn Smith coming second and Roz Wariner, Helen Moran, Helen Reynolds, Sandra Hatswell, Shirley Isted, and Hilary Quinn all sharing third place. Our next meeting being December will be our Christmas Tea on Thursday December 12 at the Buxted Reading Room. Members who wish to participate in the Secret Santa are asked to bring a small gift, wrapped and with a long string attached (to be able to pull out of the Santa Sac). Christmas seems to be rushing towards us now at an alarming rate so it’s heads down to do that Christmas shopping. Mary Mustin.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday at 2pm the society are leading a walk from The Gun at Gun Hill. Everyone is very welcome to come along, dogs included, but they must be on leads in case of livestock. It’s going to be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear, and if it’s very wet we plan to stay in the pub! The final walk of the year will be on Sunday December 10 and will be a street walk of Mayfield. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

TWINNING SOCIETY are hoping to encourage new faces, particularly those with young families, to make the trip to our twin village of Juziers in France next year (probably in May 2014). Please come along for an informal presentation of photographs and videos and meet some current Twinners. The venue is the Forester’s Arms at 6pm on Tuesday. This will be followed by the AGM at 7.30pm. For further information, please contact John Graham on 07939 223413 or e-mail at

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: Just a last minute reminder that the East Hoathly and Halland Village Show Society will hold their AGM and Quiz Evening in the village hall this evening, Friday. The AGM will start at 7.30pm and will be followed by a light hearted quiz set and delivered by last year’s winning team. There will also be a cheese and wine buffet supper at £5 per head. Please let us know if you would like to come by calling either Jane on 840575 or Rosemary on 840708.

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 able to offer their services as a volunteer driver.


THE DIMWITS won Monday night’s pub quiz, but only narrowly ahead of Pen’s People whose star player Mark was snaffled to be quiz-master at the last moment, after landlord John feigned breathing difficulties so he could go upstairs and watch TV with his feet up. Team Scrambled Egg came third.

QUIZ: Tomorrow night’s FCS quiz in the village hall is sold out. This is a hugely popular annual event and places go extremely quickly.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The annual Christ Church Christmas Bazaar takes place in the village hall a week tomorrow, Saturday November 23, from 2pm to 4pm.

MARKET: The fortnightly market in the village hall takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon.

PARTY: The FCS Children’s Christmas Party is scheduled to take place on Sunday December 15. Make a note in your diary. More details to follow.

YOUR correspondent will be away next week.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

BONFIRES: Sorry to be such a spoilsport but getting older does that to you. Watch out all you enthusiastic youngsters, it will happen eventually. Am I the only one who was secretly happy that bad weather appeared to cull the number of firework displays in the area last week? No problems with the organised ones, I believe the Rugby Club and a couple of local schools stage an excellent party which always goes ahead with no hitches. No, my beef is with the ad hoc explosions in gardens all around, which appear to kick off in early November and go on until at least the weekend following November 5. I wonder how people justify the cost? But then I used to enjoy them when I was small, I remember throwing a banger at my father who, at the time, was sitting in a rather vulnerable spot, and not in a position to leap up and tackle me immediately either. He never forgot it. One of the most distracting elements about the new, larger fireworks is the noise they make, clearly Catherine wheels and Roman Candles are not enough. Now the things have to go off like artillery. Our dog goes into a withering, shaking heap as the sun goes down and our only remedy is TV with the volume right up and drawn curtains. I must invest in a conditioning course for him next year, our local vets offer them. I’d be interested to hear from any readers as to whether or not they actually work?

FARMERS’ MARKETS: Well done to all those brave folk who roll up to display their wares at our farmers’ markets across Wealden. And we hope a replacement has been found for Colin Williams who has has been involved with the monthly Heathfield Farmers’ Market for about 15 years and feels it is time to handover to someone younger, with more energy and better health than he has. The job of running the market would be ideal for someone who is newly retired and looking for a project for their retirement. The ideal situation would be for someone to initially assist Colin and take over various responsibilities when they are ready. If anyone is interested please contact Colin for more information on 01435 862798. The next Heathfield farmers’ market will be held in the Co-op car park tomorrow, Saturday, when you can find all the usual stalls.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Third Dimension (Advent preparation). St George’s 9.30am Third Dimension (Advent preparation). The Christmas craft and gift fair will be held on November 16 at All Saints, Old Heathfield from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome.

HEFFLE COURT: The staff and residents of local Heffle Court care home were celebrating this week at the news that popular activities coordinator Sam Keylock has been shortlisted for a National Care Award. As part of her role as Activities Coordinator, Sam plans and delivers a wide range of activities, both on a group basis and providing one to one support for those who cannot participate due to failing health. One particularly innovative idea involved the introduction of an iPad to Heffle Court, which has allowed residents to speak to their far-off loved ones over Skype. The iPad is also used as a reminiscence and sensory tool during activities as part of the recently introduced Living programme. The activities and initiatives established by Sam this year have been heralded beyond the walls of the Heathfield home, with BBC Radio 2 making mention of the Memory Moments at Heffle Court. The interactive setup consisted of a reminiscence music corner and pub, which were made possible thanks to the involvement of several community groups. Heffle Court was also featured in Napa Living Life’s Inspirations Magazine where they featured the Retro Ice Cream Afternoon run at the home. This was alongside the home recently taking the runner-up spot in the national NAPA Away Challenge, which showcased care homes that offered their residents frequent and varying opportunities to get involved in their local communities. Sam attended an interview with the judging panel on Friday October 18 and will find out if she has won at a glitzy ceremony at the London Hilton November 29. 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.

BROAD OAK PRE-SCHOOL: On Wednesday from 10am to noon, there is going to be an Open Day for the Broad Oak Pre-School at Broad Oak Village Hall. A chance to see the pre-school in session and meet with staff and parents. The pre-school has been established for 44 years and has a high staff to child ratio and was awarded OFSTED Outstanding in all areas. For more information contact 01435 864326 or visit

FUN DAY: Once again Heathfield Chamber of Commerce is organising a pre-Christmas family fun day on November 23. Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance is the Chamber Charity for the year 2013 to 14. They will be organising a window competition for the children (forms available to pick up from the Co-Op and Gemini Cards on the day) and will also be collecting for their charity on the day. The full day’s programme will run: 10am Father Christmas arrives on a Harley Davidson and tours the High Street and Station Road; from 10.30am live music starts outside Trading 4 U; at 11am Father Christmas arrives in his grotto (where will Santa be found?). At 1pm he goes for his lunch and comes back to his grotto at 1.30pm; at 4pm he joins the children from Punnetts Town Primary School outside Trading 4 U for carol singing; and at 4.15pm Peter Bayless, BBC Masterchef Winner, arrives to have a quick chat about his life as a chef; at 4.30pm Peter announces the winner of the window competition and awards the prize. Well done the organisers. Let’s hope the current spell of wet and windy weather clears and gives us a wonderful day.

Horam & Vines Cross

ART EXHIBITION and sale of work at the Horam Centre, Friday November 15 6pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 10am to 4pm. Following the success of their exhibition in May Andy Thurgood, Norman Starley and Penelope Coomber, the three local artists, are looking forward to a second exhibition including many new works. Come along and enjoy the art. You may find a unique Christmas present for yourself or for friends and family.

isfield & little horsted

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT: Let’s hope the weather is not too inclement this evening (Friday), when Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society commemorates Guy Fawkes Night. Little Horsted School kicks off the evening with its fancy dress competition for children, which will be held in Cinders Buffet at the Lavender Line railway station before the big procession leaves the station at 6.15pm for a march through the village along Station Road to the Old Mill and back. At around 8pm festivities will be concentrated on the field behind The Laughing Fish for a fireworks display and bonfire. The villages’ bonfire society is one of the newer of its kind in Sussex, having been formed towards the end of 2008 and holding its first procession a year later. The society exists principally to raise funds for the annual event, but also chips in with generous donations for various charities. Miscellaneous events during the year, including quiz and race nights, help boost funds. Station Road will be closed to traffic from the Lavender Line to Isfield Place between approximately 6pm and 8pm.

BENCH MARK: It’s good to see a smart new bench beside the Isfield village sign opposite the recreation ground in Station Road. It replaces the rather weather-worn version that has been on the site since commemoration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, and has been paid for out of profits from last year’s village fete. A suitable plaque is to be attached in due course.

WANTED: Joan Richardson, who has been treasurer of Isfield Village Hall for the past five years, will be hanging up her spreadsheets next spring, so a volunteer is needed to take her place. Details for would-be applicants from Keith Taylor on 01825 749778.

DRESSING UP: There’s excitement among the youngsters at Isfield Pre-School as they prepare for their Christmas play. They could do with a spot of help, however, with materials for props and decorations. Offers to 01825 750245.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield, Sunday, 10am Mattins; November 24, 10am Parish Communion.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

FESTIVAL CHOIR: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is to be the subject of the next concert by the Mayfield Festival Choir in St Dunstan’s Church on Sunday. Conducted by the Choir’s music director, Jeremy Summerly, this concert sees the return to Mayfield of the sparkling Primavera Chamber Ensemble (leader Paul Manley) and will be an opportunity to hear soloists Miranda Johnson, Anna Boucher, Nicholas Scott and Martin Johnson. The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 to £20 from Rosina’s Fabrics, Mayfield High Street (01435 873670) or book online at

WOODHILL PATIENTS’ GROUP: Now that the new doctors have had a little time to settle in the group can re-start activities. The next meeting will be at the Mayfield Primary School Hall at 9.30am on Saturday, November 23. It should be attended by Andrew Cornell the practice manager, his deputy Sally and one of the partners. This will also be the Group’s AGM. The new doctors want to carry out a patient survey at an early date because they need some early patient feedback regarding the way the practice is running. The group says practices with a patients’ group should be gaining the views of patients and feedback; agreeing areas of priority with the group; collating patients’ views through a patient survey; discussing results of the survey with the group; agreeing an action plan in the light of those results; publicising results of the survey, publishing the action which has been taken and what has been achieved as a result. The hope is that at the meeting they can agree upon the content of a patient survey. Rather than starting completely from scratch the aim would be to have a draft survey for discussion and amendment at that meeting.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Friends of Five Ashes CEP School welcome everyone to their fundraising Christmas Bazaar on Friday, November 29 at Five Ashes CEP School from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. All money raised will go to benefit the children.

ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH: On Saturday, November 30 everyone is invited to join in from 10am for a special Messy Church (please note the change of date) when each family will be able to make their own Gingerbread Nativity scene to take home and use as part of their Christmas celebrations. To make sure that everybody has their own Nativity kit they are asking that you contact them to reserve your gingerbread kit. To join in or find out more contact Christine Jervis on 07887 598404 or by email on

FOOTPATH WALK: Sunday, November 24 meet at 10am in South Street car park. Some of the footpath signs have a Wealden Walks logo on them. There are 20 Wealden Walks in total varying from four to 12 miles in length, with at least one passing through every parish in the district, please visit Wealden District Council’s website.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: Tomorrow, Saturday, the annual Christmas coffee morning in the Scout and Guide Hall from 10am to 12.30pm. Stalls will be selling Hospice Christmas cards, cakes and savouries, Hospice trade goods, hand-crafted goods and there will be a raffle. Coffees and teas will be served with homemade hot mince pies.

MORE MUSIC: Along with many other people, at the end of September, a group attended the very enjoyable Come sing with us morning lead by the Mayfield Festival Choir. They chatted with others who enjoy singing, but not necessarily at the extremely high standard required for the festival choir and thought there would be a number of people who might also prefer to sing light, contemporary songs. So, they need to gauge whether they have enough to take this further. If you are interested then please do one of the following: Pop in to Hullabaloo and put your name and contact details on a list in the shop. Ring Shirley Holland on 01435 872163 or Louise Coker at Hullabaloo on 01435 872988 Email: or Shirley at They will ask you for your name, contact phone number/email and preferred evening. So go along and sing.

BONFIRE BOYES AND BELLES: Fundraising for next year starts with the Autumn Quiz tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Tickets from Rosina’s now.

U3A (University of The Third Age). Several members have requested a visit from Michael Fields. On Thursday starting at 2pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall, under the title A Wand’ring Minstrel I - Tales of a Modern Troubadour, Michael plans to speak about his own life and the rich range of travel, cultural and musical experiences that have gone into it so far. A personal journey, but also a reflection of current times to which members should find it easy to relate. For any further information about Mayfield and District U3A please contact Brian Grimwood on: 01892 852128

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: Go and enjoy a presentation on Scouting on Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the Scout and Guide Hall in Mayfield. The specific aim is to show potential leaders just how much there is to gain from being a leader, personal development, career enhancing skills and the chance to make a difference for youngsters and your community. There will be an opportunity to see what Scouting is all about, have a go at some activities and have a chance to see just how rewarding Scouting is. As a leader, not only is it lots of fun, you’ll learn lots of new things and contribute to your whole community. There is no doubt giving your time to others is the future. If you want to make a difference, learn new skills creating opportunities for yourself and young people this is your chance.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


MANY THANKS to the Newick Bonfire Society for another splendid evening of great fireworks display. Thanks for all of your very hard work to make this event so spectacular.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St. Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8 am, Informal Worship at 10.30am.

SUPPER QUIZ: The annual church Supper Quiz will be on Wednesday in the school hall from 7pm. To book a table please telephone 01825 723750.

NEWICK TWINNING AGM will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. All members and prospective new members will be made very welcome. There are several members standing down after many years of service, so new members are needed. If you are interested why not telephone 01825 724223 and find out what position’s need to be filled.

PLEASE MAKE SURE that your cars and vans are all locked up when parking for the night, also ensure that your house is secure. We must all try and stop intruders from entering our property.


PRESENT MAKING: I know a lot of you, like me, enjoy craft-making. And more and more people are making their gifts this year to save money. Apart from that, it’s good to make things for raffle prizes, charities, etc that look great but don’t cost a lot. I’ve discovered a wonderful website. It’s www.allfreesewing.comand its jewellery site, www.AllFreeJewelleryMaking known as Bling Buzz.

FOURWAYS WI met at The Luxfords Centre, for our AGM. Minutes were read and approved and the AGM began with the assistance of Grace Brady from East Sussex Federation, Margaret Eaves stood down as president and we thanked her for her hard work over the past three years and the members of the committee, the new committee were accepted and Elizabeth Thompson was elected as President. We followed with tea and biscuits and a natter. The competition was a Bookmark: 1, Carole Marchant; 2, Naomi Hill; 3, Maureen Risbridger. We finished the evening with the raffle and we meet again on Monday December 2 at 7.30pm for our Christmas Party at The Luxfords Centre, new members would be very welcome.

OVER 60’S CLUB: On May 11 after the AGM of the Luxford Centre had closed, Charles Henry MP invited members to come on a Members’ Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Margaret Haine set about making arrangements, so on a very wet Friday November 8 we arrived for our 75 minute tour. After passing through a security scan and bag search, the group was split into two groups and starting in Westminster Hall and all its history. The 75 minutes went too quick as we were taken through various rooms, the House of Lords through the doorway where Black Rod enters and on to the Central Lobby. Here we were shown where the television cameras were situated, so in future when watching we can say I sat on that couch. Many thanks to Charles Hendry for giving us this memorable trip. New members are always welcome to see what goes on.


FOOD SPECIALS: Our village pub is putting on some special evenings this autumn for our delectation and they’re extremely good value. If you want a change of scene and a reasonably-priced treat, look no further. On Friday there is a choice of three types of fish and a fish and chip take-away menu.

BOX BOOKS: We’ve got a mini-library in our telephone box in The Street. There’s a mix of books on two shelves to choose from and there’s no charge. Just take your pick and if you want to, put one of your own in exchange. It depends on a good turnover to be really successful, so let’s see what we can do.

WALDRON ON FILM: Tickets are selling steadily for our film afternoon on Saturday November 23. Two films will be shown. The first is Waldron: a Sussex Village and is by Ray Russell, using photographs and film taken during the past century. Copies of the film will be available for purchase at £5 each after the showing. We will also show Finding Esther, our village’s famous whodunnit, made in 2008. There will be two performances at 2.30pm (including tea and biscuits) and 6.30pm (with a glass of wine) in the Lucas Hall. Tickets are £3 per head (available from the Stores at Waldron or from Heathfield Art and Books). 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 numbers are restricted.

BATTLEFIELD VISIT: The Friends of Waldron Churches are looking into the possibility of a visit to the WWI battlefields next year. It would be led by Steve Roberts, who gave us such an inspirational talk during our Village History weekend about the Waldron men whose names are on our village war memorial. If you would be interested in going on such a visit, please register your interest by e-mailing or ringing 01435 812036 giving your name and e-mail address or contact number. If there are sufficient people to make up a group, we’ll take it further.

SERVICES This Sunday is the second before Advent and services will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (celebrant the Reverend Paul Cox); Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am (celebrants Revs Peter Jamieson and George Pitcher) and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am, led by Rev George Pitcher. There is a Churches Together in Heathfield united evening service at 6.30pm at St Richards Heathfield. Please note that the coffee morning that had been advertised for Saturday at Barham House has been postponed until next year.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass Band has a Quiz Night at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Teams of six are invited to enter. Entry is £5 per person, tea and coffee are available. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Book with Cath on 01435 813359. The band will give their Christmas Concert on Sunday December 8 at 2pm, in the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is free with retiring collection. There will be a raffle and refreshments available. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music including some of your festive favourites. The band donates 50 percent of all collections from Carol Playing and their Christmas Concert to a chosen charity. This year it will be towards the renovation of the bells of Warbleton Church.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship & communion led by Rev Neville Barnett.

MAKE WAY FOR LUCIA: Time seems to have rushed by; we have our dress and tech rehearsal for this comedy by John Van Druten based on the novels by EF Benson, this weekend. Performances by the Village Players in a Café Theatre production are from Thursday to Saturday, November 21 to 23, at the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets are £18.50 and include a three course meal (vegetarian option available, must be ordered with the tickets). Tickets are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, or from Anita on 01435 873226. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start, and there will be a licensed bar. This is an amateur production by permission of Samuel French Ltd.

HISTORY GROUP: John Bishop showed three films from the 50s and 60s on Monday. The first was the BBC film, released on cine film for domestic use, of the 40th Anniversary run from London to Edinburgh of the Flying Scotsman. The original non-stop run was in 1928, the re-run in 1968 under the direction of the then owner Alan Pegler. They just got away with the non-stop with the train almost coming to a halt at a signal. The second film was Turning to the Wind, a documentary about windmills, their types and survival. The third short film was a rather romantic view of a farmer’s life, as seen by ramblers. John will be showing more films in aid of HOPS at the Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday November 30. This will be a transport coffee morning. Our next walk is next Saturday November 23, at 2pm. We meet at the lychgate of Old Heathfield Church.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall.

REMEMBRANCE: It was heartening to see and hear of good attendances at remembrance services last Sunday. Warbleton church was full, as was Horam. I was involved at the service in Hailsham High Street where hundreds gathered to remember, all those who have given their lives. In today’s hustle and bustle and non-stop noise, it is wonderful that such large crowds can fall silent for two minutes.