Isfield & Little Horsted

LOCAL JUSTICE: If you think justice can sometimes be a little soft, or hard, on offenders, you might like to consider what happened to an Isfield miscreant some time ago. The Sussex Weekly Advertiser reported: ‘One day last week a man named Badcock of Isfield got drunk and beat his wife in a manner which incensed the other good wives of the parish to such a degree that they immediately assembled, 17 in number, seized upon the masculine offender and tossed him in a blanket ‘til they were heartily tired of this discipline, after which they threw him into an adjacent horse pond amidst the shouts of a little multitude who had become spectators of this summary mode of punishing a bad husband.’ Thanks go to local resident Mike Pont who came across this item while reading a book on the history of Sussex. Times have changed; Mr Badcock’s brush with very local justice was reported in the Advertiser’s edition of October 9, 1797.

HALL VACANCY: Hazel Allsobrook’s decision to hang up her diary means that the trustees of Isfield Village Hall are looking for a new bookings clerk The part-time post, which is remunerated, involves two or three hours work a week dealing with enquiries by phone or via the hall’s website, sending out booking forms and collecting deposits and payments and maintaining the booking diary, so applicants need to be computer literate as well as having their own computer and internet connection. Katherine Meakin (07515 898912) will deal with initial enquiries.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

SHOW REPORT: Members of Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club will be given a report on the recent flower show when they next meet at the village hall on Wednesday. There will also be a quiz. The club, for all over-55s, meets fortnightly at 2.30pm.

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