Isfield & Little Horsted

BULB PLANTING: Not long now until the clocks go back an hour, it’ll be dark soon after mid-afternoon, and both the days and nights get much chillier. But let us not worry about that; let’s look on the bright side of life and look forward to the spring. And the young children at Isfield Pre-School are about to do their bit in making that season in 2016 brighter and jollier around the village. The youngsters, aged between two and five years, will, with the help of parents and school supervisors, be out and about planting lots of bulbs around Isfield in the coming weeks. Deputy Supervisor Teresa Kemp says: ‘It’s part of our development plan to build links with the wider community. This activity will also support the children’s understanding of the changing seasons and plant growth. We shall be taking them out again in the spring to see how their bulbs have produced lovely flowers.’ The children are being asked to come up with suggestions of where the bulbs should go. Under consideration are the land beside the village hall where the group meets each morning (Monday to Friday) and the Recreation Ground area. The group has been in existence for more than 40 years. Julie Hall, Supervisor, says: ‘Most children in the village have come through us at one time or another before moving on to schools at Little Horsted and Uckfield. We have other links with the community, such as the village fete Scarecrow Trail each summer, a tea tent at the fete, activities with local schools for older children, and the annual Christmas tree festival at Holy Trinity church in Uckfield.’

CLEANING UP: Isfield residents Linda Brooks and Fran Dangerfield have put in a fair bit of work during recent months to make the Recreation Ground pavilion a much cleaner and tidier place to use. Soon their plan to have a good, hard-wearing floor covering inside will come to fruition. The hard work is pretty much done, but now Linda and Fran are looking for someone to do a spot of cleaning on a regular basis, perhaps once or twice a month. Whoever takes on the task can expect to some cash remuneration. Anyone interested should contact Linda on 01825 750349.

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).

REMINDERS: October 24, Film Night at Isfield Village Hall. Animal Farm animation, with introductory talk by Vivien Halas. Tickets at £6 each on the door from 6.45pm to include glass of wine and nibbles. Show starts at 7.30pm. October 28, Isfield Forget-Me-Not club has Chris Jago giving a talk on The Building of Britain’s First High Speed Railway. Village hall, 2.30pm. October 29, Pie and Pudding special meals night at The Laughing Fish, 6pm to 9.30pm. Booking advised; 01825 750349. November 20, Little Horsted Parish Meal, at East Sussex National. November 23, Isfield Parish Council meeting at village hall (7.30pm). Everyone’s opportunity to take an interest in and maybe influence matters concerning the community.

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