Parish pump Newhaven – February 27, 2015

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Selfish Giant, a contemporary tale about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK, who get involved in the criminal world, with tragic consequences, is tonight’s film. This English language film, directed by Clio Barnard, was written by Clio and Oscar Wilde. Doors open at 7pm for coffee with the film starting at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, just turn up with £6 in your hand.

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

PARISH COUNCIL: Cllr Sue Ralph reported that the hall fund raising is proceeding well, there is about £10k left to raise before matched funding can be received. Plans are being made to get tenders. For the rest of the meeting please see the Warbleton section.


SOUP: We had a great time at the soup lunch last Tuesday. Around 30 people sat down and enjoyed sampling many of the six homemade soups and numerous puddings. Favourites were the minted pea and ham and the carrot, tomato and coriander. The treacle pudding was a sure winner of the desserts. Thank you to those who came along and supported the event which raised a further £170 for the new windows at the hall.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. You are all invited to go along and listen to local talented musicians and singer entertain you. The fun begins at 8pm. The licensed bar will be open. Do go along and enjoy the fun.

AGM: Burwash Village Hall will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the meeting room at the hall. You are all very welcome to and hear how the past 12 months have gone what has been achieved and see how we plan for the future. If your group have problems or ideas they would like addressed they should send a representative along to the meeting so that it can be aired. Tea and biscuits will be available.

WALK: The monthly walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday, when Ijon Jenner will take you on a gentle walk around our lovely villages. These walks are for everyone to enjoy, just go along to the Bear car park ready for a 9am start. Good company and camaraderie, take in the fresh country air and exercise with others. The walks will be over before lunch.

WHIST: The next whist drive will take place on Thursday at the Burwash village hall from 7pm. Entry is £3 per person and includes 20 rounds of cards and light refreshments. Players of all ability are welcome to join us. We have a lot of fun and some laughter as we enjoy each others’ company and a game of cards. Prizes for the highest and second highest man and lady, plus for the lowest man and lady. Need more details, please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

LUNCH: To help raise the £10,000 we need for the village hall replacement windows, there will be a special three course lunch in the hall on Sunday March 22. You are all welcome to come. The meal costs £18 per person and includes cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints with waitress service. Guests are invited to bring their own drinks, glasses will be provided. To book places and request a menu please call 01435 882107.


ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The recent Race Night in aid of church funds was a great success raising £1,400. Thanks go to all who helped and attended with particular thanks to Thelda Bryant for the excellent catering, the Guntrip family for providing the DVD, race card and running the tote, Amy Graves for running the bar, Janet Barnes for raising sponsorship and donations, David Barnes for the projection system and helping with the tote and finally to Anthony Meadows for the technical details.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Martin Povey and at 6.30pm.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on money, budgeting, debts, bills, finance and much more.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on the first and third Tuesday of the month, not Thursday as I incorrectly stated previously. You can turn up anytime between 7.15pm and 9pm. It doesn’t cost anything and you can either take your own knitting or get inspiration or learn at the group. The next session is on Tuesday, March 3. For more details call Ann on 01444 471600.

PLANNING and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish

JACK THE RIPPER is the subject of an illustrated talk at the Women’s Institute meeting, at the village hall, on Tuesday at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Rupert Matthews, who is a witty and entertaining presenter with a well-developed sense of humour. Rupert is a professional writer with over 150 published books; the majority on history, military, ghosts and related subjects. Visitors (male or female) and prospective members will be made most welcome, there is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday March 7 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 or email Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items to the Society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village.

CONCERT: St Peter’s Church organist Andy Rees and his choir Coro Nuovo are holding a concert on Saturday, March 7, at 7pm at the church. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

BANNERS AND CANVASSES Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre (CHEC) new product range is the result of a large format printer being up and running which allows CHEC to take orders for banners and canvases. The banners are a really effective way of advertising your company or event and come in both hanging and roll-up formats. The canvases are a beautiful product, ideal for displaying that special family photograph at its best. CHEC have several sample prints of various sizes in their office, on the Chailey Heritage Foundation site, if you would like an idea as to how they look, just phone 01825 724376 to make an appointment.

East Hoathly

SPORTS PAVILION: The parish council is pleased to announce that the East Hoathly Sports Pavilion will be refurbished and the car park resurfaced over the next few weeks. The car park will be closed until Friday March 13 (weather permitting). The pavilion building will be closed from Monday March 16 to Friday April 17. Regular users are also being notified by Derek Keeley, sports ground manager.

MUSIC QUIZ: Our local drama society UBenDS will be holding a music quiz tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall at 7.30pm. The entrance fee is £5 per person, with a maximum of six on each table. For tickets please call Guy Baigent on 01323 488633 or at

FOREST SCHOOL: East Hoathly Primary School is introducing Forest School activities as part of its outdoor curriculum. In partnership with the parish council, the scheme will ensure that the children understand the importance of their ecological footprint. Groups of children will regularly use woodland to enhance their learning, which may include using tools and equipment to create shelters and woodland craft. If you have any interest, specialist skills or enthusiasm for outdoor learning and would like to volunteer or support the school’s knowledge or understanding of the woodland, please contact the school on 01825 840247 or e-mail All volunteers will need to apply for DBS clearance, the forms for which are available from the school.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

BONFIRE SOCIETY AGM tonight, Friday, at 7pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 5 March 1915. After The Israelites. Sir Hanbury Brown, Newlands, Crawley Down, writes: ‘It may interest many to know that the point where the Turks attempted to cross the Suez Canal in the early hours of February 3 is where Professor Dr Edouard Naville and those who agree with him, locate the passage of the Red Sea by the Israelites. There, where Turkish soldiers in German pontoons were overthrown by British guns ‘in the midst of the sea,’ Pharaoh’s chariots and horsemen had been overwhelmed by the returning water in the morning watch 3,145 years before. Those who identify the Anglo Saxon race with the Ten Tribes will be interested to note that the discomfiture of the enemy was, on the recent occasion witnessed from the opposite bank to that from which the Israelites looked upon the overthrow of the Egyptians, and that sides have been changed in more senses than one. According to Professor Naville’s theory, now generally accepted, the relative levels of land and sea were such at the time of the Exodus that the Red Sea was continuous up to Ismailia, and Lake Timsah and the Bitter Lakes were connected by shallow water. By the gradual elevation of the land from Suez to Ismailia the lakes became separated by an interval of low level desert, until reunited by the digging of the Suez Canal.’

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Framfield Memorial Hall. Parking in school playground. Come along and see 20 stalls of homemade cakes, jams and crafts, books, plants and many more. Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and bacon roll while enjoying catching up with friends. A nice way to start the weekend. Hope to see you there. Any inquiries call Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: A quiz in aid of hall funds will be held today, Friday, at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Teams of up to six at £8 per person, to include fish and chip supper. Payments should have been made by February 24 to Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn (01435) 830645 .Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a jumble sale at the hall, stating at 2pm. Please have a good rummage and turn out all your unwanted clothing and household goods. You can deliver contributions to the hall either today, Friday, morning or on the morning of the sale. The village hall is at the western end of Battle Road and there is plenty of car parking.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children, 6.30pm Churches Together in Heathfield and District Lenten Reflections at Heathfield Community Centre. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall/ Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday March 6, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

ALL SAINTS, Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion (CW) http://allsaintsoldheathfield .org/

LENT LUNCHES: All Saints will be offered during the six weeks of Lent. This week will be Lunch in the Parish Room in aid of Caring and Sharing at the Coach House, noon Wednesday then lunch in the parish room at noon on Thursday March 12 in aid of Serving Africa Mission; coffee morning and cake sale in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at All Saints from 10.30am on Saturday March 14; lunch at noon on Thursday March 19 at 4 Downs View in aid of Christin Blind Mission and finally lunch at Heydown Farm, Punnetts Town, on Thursday March 26 in aid of Christina Aid.

QUIZ NIGHT at Heathfield Community College, 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School’s solar panels project. Teams of eight. Tickets £7 per adult to include food. Please contact Emma Gower at or Nicky Woods at

DAY OF PRAYER: Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at St George’s Church, Broad Oak, on Friday March 6 at 10.30am.

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month’s lecture entitled Herstmonceux Castle given by David Calvert was very well received by members and visitors. David guided us through the history of the castle from its first incarnation after the Norman Invasion to its current embodiment as Queen’s University, an International study Centre attached to the University of Kingston, Ontario. There is evidence of a settlement in the area from Neolithic times but it wasn’t until the end of the 12th century that it became an area of considerable status when Idonea de Herst married Ingelram de Monceux, hence the name Herstmonceux. It was a descendant, Roger Fiennes, who began the construction of the first Herstmonceux Castle in 1441 in local brick. However due to the profligacy of subsequent generations of the family the castle was lost and eventually bought by George Naylor, a London lawyer who reduced it to a picturesque ruin and thus it remained until 1913 when Colonel Lowther began to restore it. By the 1930s it was a stylish home. In 1946 the Admiralty bought the castle and in 1957 its grounds became home to The Royal Greenwich Observatory. In 1988 the Observatory moved away but some of the equipment remains behind in the science centre. In 1994 Queen’s University took possession of the much refurbished castle and remains there to this day enabling the castle to be an important part of our local history.

Isfield & Little Horsted

MAD MARCH: Isfield is to be the host village for the first of a series of Mad March pub quizzes being run by The Friends of Sussex Hospices to raise funds in support of the ten hospices and two care-at-home providers that serve people in the county. Numerous pubs in Sussex are holding quizzes during March, and the first event is to be at Isfield’s Laughing Fish on Sunday. Landlord Andy Brooks says: ‘We’re honoured to be starting off this fantastic fund-raising campaign, and are promising an evening of challenging questions but in a light-hearted, fun atmosphere. We’ll also run a raffle in the pub in the week leading up to the quiz, and a round of Rock n’ Roll Bingo during the evening to raise as much as we can.’ The quiz starts at 8pm, and interested teams are advised to book a table with Andy or his wife Linda in advance on 01825 750349.

HAVE YOUR SAY: People living in villages in the Uckfield area are being given an opportunity to protest at Wealden District Council’s controversial proposal to ban on-street parking in the town even though they have been excluded from voting in the referendum on the plan. A petition has been organised and will be presented to Nigel Hannam, Director of Corporate Services at Wealden Council on March 12. Many shopkeepers in Uckfield fear that such a parking ban would severely hit their trade, and shoppers throughout the district reckon there will be insufficient parking for their needs in the light of inadequate alternative provision. The petition can be found online at

HALL DATE: The annual meeting of Isfield Village Hall will be held on April 13 (7.30pm) at, naturally enough, the village hall. Everyone welcome.

DON’T FORGET: The fact that KPS has a facility off Lewes Road in Isfield is known to pretty much everyone in the locality, but what do we know about what goes on there? Some questions may well be answered next Wednesday afternoon when either Ed Watson or Simon Reed from the company will be giving a talk on commercial composting to the village’s Forget-Me-Not Club. There will also be a preview of the August flower show, with ideas being welcomed. The group, for all over-55s, meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons (2.30pm) in the village hall and meetings round off with a splendid offering of tea and cakes. More details from Colin Stains (01825 766342), Liz Russell (01825 750611) or Wendy Chandler (01825 750517).

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: 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).

FINALLY: There’s a host of clubs and other organisations in Isfield and Little Horsted, but sadly Parish Pump doesn’t get to hear from many of them. You can put that right by emailing (preferred method of contact) or calling 01825 750512. It’s not just clubs we want to hear about; all kinds of village news are welcome, including special occasions such as significant birthdays and anniversaries. Someone you know achieved something that local people would be interested to hear about? Let us know.


ST JOHN SUB CASTRO Church. The external repairs to our church building are now underway, but all our services are continuing as usual including mid-week services, such as funerals. The builders have kindly agreed to stop work when the church is being used. On Sunday we have our family service, Worship for All, at 11am. This week, the title is The Man in the Tree. Do come and hear the story, and join us afterwards for coffee. At 4pm in church there is a concert with the Paddock Singers, then at 6.30pm, we have our monthly Evening Communion service, with Rev Dick Field. All welcome.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday March 7, 2pm to 4pm at Wallands School, Gundreada Road, for Friends of Wallands. Lots of bargains, café with hot drinks and homemade cakes. Free parking. Jumble donations welcomed at school reception Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Janet led our last stroll and joined by seven walkers, took the train to Newhaven Harbour then walked through to the sea crossing the bridge over the old river bed where an oyster catcher was busy searching for pickings in the mud. We followed the remnants of the old Tide Mills rail track towards Seaford, passing the site of the former chest hospital and meeting quite a few people out walking or exercising their dogs on what was a dry but rather chilly morning. We stopped at Seaford Sailing Club which has a splendid little café where we had coffee and some indulged in toasted crumpets or cake, then it was back on the train to Lewes. The strolls are ideal for people who do not want a full morning walk. The next walk is on Tuesday, Littlehampton Circular. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in time to catch the 9.29am train to Littlehampton. A flat five miles walk.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH Tomorrow night (Saturday) is our men’s Saturday night cinema evening at 7.30pm in the John Harvey Tavern, screening Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No need to book, just come along. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 year olds free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services, or go to During Lent we will have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am each Friday. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. With the continuing cold weather we still need warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people in Brighton: a collection box is in the porch. Thank you for donations already given. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 3.30pm sung evensong, a traditional service with organ and choir; 6.30pm informal evening communion service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

PASSION PLAY 2015 Group. Join in any or all of our four community street performances in Easter week. We now have a donkey for Palm Sunday. Please would singers come to our rehearsal tonight, Friday, in Southover Church from 7.45pm to 8.45pm.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, from 10am to 11am, in the villager hall. The AGM will commence around 11.15am.

SERVICES this Sunday at St Mary’s Church will be 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Prayer. Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place this year at St Mary’s Church on Friday March 6 at 2pm, this year women from the Bahamas have prepared the service which invites men and children to join them in the Barn Centre, refreshments are available before the service, at 1pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. A great opportunity to renew your membership and enjoy a coffee and hot cross buns. Details of all the outings will be on display and tickets will also be on sale. They will also be holding another Quiz Night with ploughman’s supper on Saturday March 14 in the village hall from 8pm tickets available at the coffee morning (see above).

BAND NIGHT: Newick Bonfire Society Band Night and supporting DJ will take place in the village hall on Saturday March 7. Licensed bar. Admission by advance ticket which can be obtained from the Royal Oak or The Crow. You may also telephone 07896 071481. Tickets are £8 per person.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday March 12 when the speaker will be Paddy Cumberlege talking about A Passion for Pictures. Paddy examines five pictures and their particular interest in the historical context in which that are set, the story behind each and explains how the art market works.


SCOTTISH TRIP: Last week, I went on the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve trip to Scotland. I nearly didn’t make it as Hubby John brought back a dose of norovirus from Haywards Heath hospital and I was very ill. But luckily it was just passing through, literally. So I caught my flight to Inverness and stayed overnight in the Gordon Castle. The family still lives there. Their cousins live in Goodwood. The fourth Duke was the first person to licence whisky. The next morning we caught a train to Edinburgh, and in the evening we were piped along the red carpet by a lone piper. No wonder the Queen was upset to lose the yacht. It’s a simple home from home, and the food was wonderful. I shall never forget the experience.

DROP-IN EVENT: The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are hosting a presentation and drop in event on Saturday March 7, 11am to 3pm at The Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. From 11am there will be a presentation about creating a Neighbourhood Plan, how it affects planning policy in the future and how it will fit in with the current changes within the town. We have a speaker from Maroon Planning who has been involved with the creation of the Neighbourhood plan in Maresfield so is knowledgeable on local issues. The presentation should be of interest to anyone wishing to contribute to the plan and those who may wish to get more involved by joining the steering group. From noon onward there will be a drop-in session. This is an informal listening session to find out what people like about the town, what their concerns are and how do they imagine the town in 10 to 20 years’ time. We want you to come and draw your ideas on one of our maps so that we can create a picture of the town as it is now and how it may be in the future.


POTHOLE PS: After my update in last week’s Village News on progress with filling the local potholes, Bobby Hamilton e-mailed to suggest that the one in New Pond Hill might have been better described as Antipodean. Thank you Bobby, a great description which I will adopt on a future occasion when I have cause.

WHAT’S ON: The pub will be hosting Folk Night today, Friday. The 363 menu will continue through to the end of this month which means that you can claim a starter for £3, a main course for £6 and a dessert for £3 from Monday through to Thursday. Don’t know if that will continue into March but I will keep you posted if I hear.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Heathfield and Waldron Twinning Association will be holding its AGM on Thursday in the Ian Price Room at the Heathfield Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. After the formal part of the meeting, there will be time for chat and light refreshments, provided by Sheila Drennan. Annual subscriptions are now due for the coming year and cost £12.50 for an individual, £25 for family membership and the same for a group.The TA is enthusiastic and active with exchange visits with our twin town of Forges les Eaux in Normandy, an annual fund-raising event and occasional soirées to help improve French fluency.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will be on Friday March 6 and our local service will be at St George’s Church, Broad Oak, at 10.30am. This special Day is organised internationally and interdenominationally so that women all round the world can express their hopes and concerns and bring them before the rest of the world in prayer. On March 6 an estimated three million people in over 170 countries will take part, using an order of service written by Christian women from the Bahamas and translated into over 1,000 different languages and dialects. In Britain alone there will be over 5,000 services held. The theme of the service is taken from St John’s Gospel, chapter 13, referring to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, and challenges us to show the same unconditional love for others that Jesus showed. Everyone is welcomed to take part in the local service.

WI MEETING: The March meeting will be on Wednesday March 11 beginning at 2.30pm at the Lucas Hall. The speaker will be Gary Enstone talking about the remarkable life of Rudyard Kipling, journalist, poet, novelist, short-story writer, Nobel prize-winner (for literature in 1907) and grieving father (his son Jack joined up and fought briefly in the First World War but was killed in action).

FRIENDS OF WALDRON CHURCHES: The AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches is on Saturday March 21 at 10am at All Saints’ Church followed by refreshments.

SERVICES: This Sunday, morning services are both at All Saints’. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) led by Reverend George Pitcher and 10am (Parish Eucharist) with Rev George Pitcher as Celebrant and Christo Corfield preaching the sermon. The service will be followed by coffee and cake kindly supplied by Angela Hough and Karen Williams. There will be a fund-raising coffee morning on Saturday March 14 at Colemans, Warren Lane by invitation of the Reverend Peter Jamieson.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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

LENT COURSE: Wednesdays in March. What Christians Believe, C of E Style, a look at The 39 Articles of Religion, the Church of England’s doctrinal basis, without the boring bits. Plenty of opportunity for discussion. 7.30pm to 9pm with coffee and biscuits at Osborne House Community Room.

DEAF UNIT: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be outside Osborne House, Rookery Lane from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday. This is at the same time and location as Coffee and Company so you can combine the two in one visit. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For information contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

WOMEN’S DAY OF PRAYER: This year the service to mark the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at Warbleton Parish Church next Friday, March 6, at 2pm. The women of the Bahamas have written the service and it will be led by Canon Lucy Murdoch, former resident of Rushlake Green and churchwarden, and now vicar of Fletching. The words of Jesus ‘do you know what I have done to you’ provide the theme of this service. All women (and men) are invited and there will be toys available for young children. The service lasts one hour and refreshments will be available in the Church Rooms afterwards.

JUMBLE SALE: Rushlake Green WI is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday March 7 at 2pm. They would welcome any contributions of jumble which can be collected, if you phone 01435 812388 or 830560.

THERE SEEMS to be a good rapport with ESCC Highways on reporting problems with the roads, and getting things done. It does depend on the reporting though, so if you see a problem please report it. Progress is being made on the roll-out of superfast broadband. There is a bit of a delay on the advance into Rushlake Green and Warbleton, due to some technical problems, but the plan is for the whole area to be covered by this time next year. Talking to a friend in Spring Hill who has SFB, it is revolutionary. Planning permission has been granted for the mobile phone mast at the top of Rookery Lane has been granted. I understand that it will be up and running by May. This will cover the four major networks, and should mean we have a decent signal at last. Cllr Rupert Simmonds reported that ESCC have been working out the budget for next year and for the long term. They are obliged to make £30m in the coming financial year. In the long term central government grants will cease. A small balance will be the diversion from central to local government of the proceeds of Business Tax. ESCC are promoting the area for business. Funding to subsidise our bus route will continue.