Parish Pump Newhaven - May 17, 2013

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HALL AGM: The AGM of the village hall will be held tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm. The usual business, accounts, election of officers etc, will be followed by discussion of the future programme. It is hoped that the result of the planning application, for an extension to the hall, will be known by then. The committee is looking at the future, seeking to keep the hall up to date, it is hard to believe but the new hall is now 15 years old.

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

GARDENING CLUB: Tuesday is the Plant Sale and Village Quiz evening at the village hall at 6.30pm. Donations of plants are very welcome.

OPEN GARDEN: The Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals organise a number of open gardens in the area, and there will be one at Trumpett’s Farm Bodle Street, on Wednesday. The gardens are open from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm, whatever the weather. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served.

GOD PARTICLE PLAY: Saturday June 15 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email


MEETING: The Burwash Common and Weald Memorial Playing Fields Association and the Pavilion Burwash Common will be holding their annual general meeting tonight, Friday, in the Pavilion, from 7.30pm. All members and the public are welcome to attend. To find out more please call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

MODEL RAIL: St Philip’s Church will hold their third Model Rail event tomorrow, Saturday, at the Wheel Inn from 10am until 4pm. This is a family event for all model rail enthusiasts and those interested in the railway a chance to be a big kid for a day. Entry is £2 and there will be food and bar. All proceeds will go to St Philip’s Church.

BATEMAN’S: You are all invited to experience Bateman’s at Night tomorrow, Saturday, evening from 6pm until 10pm. Entry is £22 and includes a delicious dinner, and a stroll around the garden before experiencing Bateman’s as night falls. To book a place call 01435 882302.

OPEN MIKE: On Sunday evening it is Open Mike Night at the Wheel Inn, when anyone can go along and entertain singing or playing musical instruments at 8pm.

WALK: The next monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Cloke will lead you over the network of public footpaths around our three villages, helping to keep them in use and open to everyone. You are all very welcome to join him.

LUNCH: Also on Monday the Burwash branch of Age UK Lunch Club will get together for their monthly lunch at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are over 55 years old and would like to join them for a delicious two course lunch in congenial company you would be most welcome. To book a place please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233.

SPRING SUPPER: Next Saturday, May 25, is the annual Spring Supper at the village hall. I told you last week that tickets would be available from the Burwash newsagent, but I have since learnt this will not be the case, instead you can get/book tickets by calling me on 01435 882107 or from Shirley Viney on Tickets are £8 each and include a delicious two course supper and musical entertainment.

POSTAL QUIZ: The latest postal quiz has come to an end, many thanks to everyone who continues to support them. The latest one had answers that were all sweets and chocolates, great for diabetics. We had three entries with 100 correct answers and names were put into a draw and Wendy Hardy’s was drawn. Well done to her and thank you too as she has kindly given back her prize to go in the funds for the get together lunches at Christmas. We will be giving the charity £200. The next one will be out at the end of September and all the answers this time will be famous people/characters with a place name in their name.


BUXTED WI: This month we celebrated with a ploughman’s lunch prepared and served by committee members, with the tables decorated with jam jars of wild flowers supplied by various members of the WI as part of our monthly competition. The result was:1, Sue Ashton; 2, Shirley Isted; 3, Hilary Quinn. There was no speaker this month as we had several WI issues to discuss; so with plates, glasses and debris all cleared away, we got down to business, which involved the voting for or against The Resolution: Decline of our High Streets and Town Centres. We all agreed we should support our high street shops whenever possible, but there were areas where the High Street itself could help. So we voted and when the votes were counted there was not one vote against the Resolution. Similarly, everyone voted to accept the governmental changes set out in the WI documents. With some of the money we raised at last year’s Jubilee Celebration Cream Teas sale, we were going to supply the new Buxted Medical Centre with some children’s books, but we were told as they have to wash all the children’s playthings (H&S) could they please request toys instead. So we have bought (from a shop in the High Street) two colourful and sturdy toys which will be presented this week. Our team which entered the WI Quiz held at Jarvis Brook this last month, did very well coming third, with only one point between third and second and the same between second and first. It was pointed out two of our members, Pauline Bonner and Eileen Clayden, had attended the Buxted Parish Assembly Meeting on May 8. Sue Ashton organised a trip for us all to go to The Sound of Music at the Tunbridge Wells Theatre, which was extremely good. She had also been to an excellent talk and demonstration on Chocolate (in Hailsham) which she was hoping to book for us and were we interested? A great number of hands were raised. Tea was served with a choice of super cakes, all made by the committee, and during the tea break a pictorial quiz was handed round devised by Evelyn Smith. The Flower of the Month was judged with: 1, Kirsten Brown; 2, June Vatcher; joint 3, Shirley Isted and Joyce Swinyard. With money raised over the year from the flower competitions we were able to send £40 to the ACWW. Next month the speaker will be Sara Berry and her subject is Signs andSymbols in painting; and the competition is A Small Original Painting. Please note next month’s meeting will be in the Reading Room as usual. (Wendy Lawrence).

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday – Pentecost 10am Benefice Communion, Chiddingly. The Benefice Pentecost Walk will take place on Sunday. Everyone who lives and worships in the joint benefice of Chiddingly with East Hoathly is welcome to come along. The walk will begin after the benefice service at Chiddingly and will finish at Burchett’s farm where you are invited to share in a hearty meal hosted by Peter and Faith. We will then walk to East Hoathly church for a short service followed by coffee and cakes. We plan a day of good fellowship and a chance to chat while enjoying the wonderful countryside in which we are all blessed to live. Please confirm you will be attending by speaking to one of the church wardens or Phil our Rector.

SOS for Bed and Breakfast facilities for the driver of the Juziers coach. The last weekend of May sees the visit of our French friends from Juziers. Visiting families will be staying with families in East Hoathly and Halland. However, we have not yet been able to find a home for their driver. We would be happy to make some arrangements on a paying guest basis. Alternatively, you might like to dip your toes in the twinning weekend experience and get involved in some of the celebrations. For further details, please contact John Graham 07939 223413/840248.

DENIS’S CRICKET: Our season got underway last Sunday with a home game against Rosebud. We chose a 30 overs a side format (an unusually short format for a Sunday) with the aim of reaching a conclusion before the forecast rain arrived. Batting first on a cool afternoon we could see the gradual accumulation of cloud from the south-west. The wicket had been beautifully prepared by Diving Dick and there was a consistent bounce on it but not all our batsmen could take advantage of it. Those who reached double figures were Matty Cramp (14), Paul Church (12), and Dan The Man Church (30). After 27.1 overs we were all out for 121 runs and tea was taken. Then it started raining. The covers were hastily put on and, with no let-up in sight, the match was abandoned and off we went to the Kings Head. Let’s hope for better weather this coming Sunday when we are at home to Eastbourne Martlets at 2.30pm. Our Goblins first game is at home on Wednesday at 6pm.

CHURCH FETE: This year’s fete will be held on Saturday June 8 in the garden of The Rectory, next to the church. We would very much appreciate any donations of raffle and tombola prizes, and perhaps you could think of planting up something for our plant stall. Other ways in which you could contribute are baking cakes or devising fun games. Please drop a line to

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 22 May 1759 ‘We dined on a pigeon pudding….I stayed and drank tea and came home about 8.15, I called at Isfield to bespeak some oatmeal.’


PIRATE NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, is Pirate Night at the Foresters Arms, 8.30pm. Fancy dress encouraged. Land-lubbers also welcome. Live music from Wat’s On Ro.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: Also tonight, Friday, is the Maresfield Parish Annual Assembly. Village hall at 7pm. It will be followed by a discussion on Housing Need vs. Habitats - Striking a Balance. Nigel Hannam, Director for Corporate Services and Change Management will be contributing to the discussion.

MARKET: The next village hall market is on Saturday May 25.

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

WELLBEING FAIR at Heathfield Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from10.30am to 4.30pm by Horam Natural Therapy Centre. Admission fee £2. Taster sessions available from £5, there will be stalls selling gifts, jewellery, crystals, scarves, books, cards and lots more. Refreshments and light lunches available all day. For more information contact 01435 812997.

THE PUPILS who attend Crunchy Meadow Gardening Club at Broad Oak Community Primary School were delighted when their dilapidated polytunnel was replaced by a brand new greenhouse funded by The Heathfield Show. The grand opening of the greenhouse took place on Thursday, May 2. Bill Gower, chairman of the Heathfield Show, officially opened the greenhouse by cutting a ribbon tied around the structure. Siobhan Jones, who runs the Gardening Club at Broad Oak Community Primary School said, ‘Our new greenhouse will allow us to continue gardening in Crunchy Meadow for many more years. It also means we can extend our growing season and grow a wider range of vegetables, fruits and plants. It is a fantastic addition to our gardening club and we are all very grateful to The Heathfield Show for making this possible.’ Last year, the gardening club were using a polytunnel that was over 10 years old and so full of holes that it was unlikely to survive another year. But now, with financial support from The Heathfield Show, the polytunnel has gone and been replaced by a stunning new greenhouse. The gardening club is also grateful to the school caretaker, Jeff Woods, who gave up his time to assemble the greenhouse in time for the start of the new term; enabling the children to make the most of the planting season. Siobhan commented, ‘Before the greenhouse, we spent ages removing the weeds from inside the polytunnel. Now we have a great space to work in that is free from weeds and drafts. Our club helps the children identify where foods come from, make compost from garden waste and experience the taste of freshly picked fruit and vegetables. We find that children who think they don’t like certain types of vegetables are happy to try them if they have grown them in the club. It is wonderful to see pupils picking their own runners beans and eating them like sweets.’ The gardening club also helps to raise funds to pay for more seeds and compost by selling bags of vegetables, fruit and salad crops in the playground. Siobhan’s renowned rhubarb crumble made with rhubarb grown in Crunchy Meadow is appreciated by children and parents alike. Crunchy Meadow also appeals to pupils who are not actively involved in the gardening club. ‘We often have children who hang around by the gate to see how our tomatoes, beans and strawberries are coming along,’ remarked Siobhan, ‘and they often go away with something tasty to try.’ Thanks to the generosity of the Heathfield Show, Crunchy Meadow Gardening Club will continue to enthuse children to grow their own produce for many more years to come. Who knows, some of them may be our farmers of the future.

GRITTERS: Schoolchildren in East Sussex have shown true grit by conjuring up a series of imaginative names to add a touch of glamour to the county’s highways fleet. After one of its gritters was christened Blades Of Glory, East Sussex County Council set the challenge to youngsters to come up with imaginative names for the remaining 23 vehicles in the fleet. Winning entries included names referencing the world’s most famous Olympian, a martial arts legend and the Spice Girls. As a result, vehicles bearing the names Usain Salt, Truck Norris and Girl Plougher will be among those criss-crossing the roads of East Sussex during the next cold spell. The newly-christened trucks, freshly-painted with their new names, are being taken to the winning schools to allow the youngsters to see the results of their creative flair. Among the first to be visited was Burwash CE Primary School, in School Hill, where pupils Kate and Esther Hillsdon conjured up the name Kitty Gritty. Roger Williams, county council head of highways, said: ‘When we launched the competition we hoped it would give the children a chance to get creative and to give them a sense of ownership of the gritters which help keep the county’s roads safe. We were flooded with entries and were really impressed with the wit and creativity they’ve shown in coming up with names. The visits we’ve carried out so far have been really well received and the children love seeing the gritters turn up and having a look at the vehicles they named.’ Other schools in line for a visit include: High Hurstwood C of E Primary School, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood (Lamborgritty named by Dean-James Masters); St Mark’s C of E Primary School, in School Lane, Hadlow Down (Gritty Gritty Bang Bang); Harlands Primary School, Mallard Drive, Uckfield (The Ice Cruncher named by reception class); Manor Primary School, Downsview Crescent, Uckfield (Grit Britain named by Anya French); St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Chapel Green, Crowborough (Snowy Joey named by year three); All Saints’ and St Richards C of E Primary School, School Hill, Heathfield (Sub Zero Hero), Sub Zero Hero will visit All Saints’ and St Richards C of E Primary School on Monday, at 1.45pm.

CROSS IN HAND WI: Chris O Donoghue gave members a look behind the scenes at the Chelsea Flower Show. A lot of work goes into preparing even the smallest garden for Chelsea which can cost anything from £15,000 to £30,000, even with help from sponsors and volunteers. Exhibitors are given a very specific brief and have a strict time frame in which to complete their gardens. Mr O Donoghue chose a seaside garden for his first attempt which won a silver gilt medal. This was followed by a Marrakesh garden for the animal charity Spana, on which he was advised by gardening expert, Helen Yemm from Mayfield. His final work at Chelsea was an Apothacary garden with herbs and healing plants. Birthday ladies, Pamela Rheal, Gill Poulton,Marian Jones and Cecilia were given plants to take home. Members brought in beautiful pictures of their gardens and the afternoon finished with tea and cakes. Members are now looking forward to various outings and summer events. The next meeting is at the village hall on May 22 for members only. Please telephone 01435 812819 if you would like to know more or go to

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WELLBEING FAIR: Horam Natural Therapy Centre is starting their Wellbeing Fair at Heathfield Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm, followed by nine days of celebrations from May 19 to 27 at the clinic. The 10 year theme will be based on the number 10. 10 per cent off treatments during the 10 days, £10 for 20 minute taster sessions, 10 point quiz with three prizes of £10 vouchers, 10 days of free talks and demonstrations by our practioners. View our website for further details Book now 01435 812997.

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ROCKY HORROR Picture Show Night tomorrow, Saturday, at the Carpenters Arms from 8pm. Appropriate dress optional and prizes for the best costumes.

THE WATERYARD GROUP: Cowardy Custard, a sparkling evening of music and readings celebrating the life of Noel Coward. The event is to be held at St Dunstan’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm (one night only). Tickets will be on sale at Burnett’s Estate Agents from now onwards and will be priced at £8 (free seating). Dress shirts and singing along are most welcome.

OPEN DOOR AGM on Monday at 7.30pm in London House. Everybody is welcome so please come along and find out about their last year and what is happening in the future.

PHOENIX PLAYERS plan to produce A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie in the autumn, which will be directed by Rosemary Gillett. This play has quite a large and varied cast (male and female).The auditions are to be held in London House on Sunday at 3pm and on Monday at 7.30pm. For more information contact or check out the website:

WOODHILL PATIENTS’ GROUP: Andrew Watson, chair of the group writes: Naturally we are all saddened by recent developments at Woodhill. Our best wishes go out to both our doctors at this difficult time. The patients’ group meeting on Friday, April 12 was attended by over 160 people. However I thought that it would be helpful for anyone who was not able to get there if I set out the main points I made when I explained to the meeting my understanding of the present situation and what happens next: 1, NHS GP services are provided pursuant to a contract (previously with the Primary Care Trust and since April 1 with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); 2, the contract at Woodhill was with the partnership of Dr Coates and Dr Warshafsky. (Partnership is a legal term to describe a business relationship between two or more individuals); 3, The relationship between the two of them has irretrievably broken down; 4, consequently the partnership has been dissolved with effect from June 30; 5, both have been very dignified and have not sought to apportion any blame and in my view nor should we under those circumstances; 6, since the partnership has been dissolved with effect from June 30 the existing NHS contract comes to an end on that date too; 7, it is simply not a case of the NHS seeking to close Woodhill. Nothing could be farther from the truth; 8, the NHS wishes there to continue to be a surgery at Woodhill but now has to award a new contract to take effect from July 1; 9, there is a formal tendering process which has to be gone through before the new contract can be awarded. This process is very structured and detailed. Essentially anyone is qualified to provide GP services can tender or bid (unlike tenders for building contracts these bids are not price based since in simple terms there is a set amount available annually to whoever is awarded the contract though value for money is considered when bids are being assessed); 10, both Dr Coates and Dr Warshafsky have said that they are bidding. However, in this type of situation the NHS would expect there to be a number of other bids for example from one or more other local surgeries; 11, the bids have to follow a prescribed form with much detail and covering a range of issues eg clinical services, human resources, information management and technology and finance. Each element of the bid is assessed by one or more experts in the various fields. Those assessments will be collated and depending on the number of bidders all or a number will be asked to make presentations to NHS Sussex when further information about the bids can be sought; 12, according to the set criteria for assessing these bids a preferred bidder (ie the potentially successful candidate) will emerge though the final decision to award the contract will lie with the Board of the CCG; 13, NHS Sussex will work with the preferred bidder to iron out any details before the contract is signed; 14, the contract will be open-ended and not just for a set term; 15, all bids had to be in by 15th April. The preferred bidder should have emerged by mid-May and the contract formally signed by mid-June; 16, the surgery will continue as before until 30th June but from 1st July will be run by the holder of the new contract; 17, staff at the surgery who wish to continue working there would appear to be protected by TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations); 18, the views of patients will be taken account of in the commissioning process but clearly cannot be decisive for a number of reasons. Firstly, because the bids cover many technical areas which patients would not be qualified to comment on. Secondly, significant sums of public NHS money are involved here on a year on year basis and one would simply not expect decisions of that sort to be left to patients. Thirdly, because this is unlikely to involve a straight choice between the two existing doctors. There are likely to be other bidders; 19, we now have to await events. The only things we can say for certain at the moment is that there will continue to be a surgery at Woodhill and that after June 30 both Dr Coates and Dr Warshafsky will no longer be involved. Also one has to at least consider the possibility that neither may be. I should explain that as chair of the Patients Group I have been asked as the patients’ representative to help in assessing some aspects of the bids though I anticipate that my role will be a minor one. I have disclosed to NHS Sussex that I have met Dr Warshafsky socially but this does not cause them a problem since they accept that generally the Chair of a patients group would have a friendly relationship with the doctor most involved with it. However, anyone who knows me will be well aware that this would not influence me in the slightest. My sole aim is to represent patients as conscientiously and fairly as I can. Before my retirement I was a leading medical negligence lawyer with experience also of performing quasi- judicial functions and I believe I am well-qualified to perform this role. However, I have had to sign a confidentiality agreement and at the time of writing this piece I am still trying to find out more about what I may be able to tell you next month. I hope though that in the meantime this piece has clarified things and answered some queries people may have had. As regards the questionnaire completed by many patients on April 12 the results have been sent to NHS Sussex though we were at pains to stress only patients present had been given the chance to complete this. However, this was one more expression of patient opinion together.

SPRING SHOW: Five Ashes Horticultural Society spring show was held on Saturday, March 23 at Five Ashes Village Hall in the most un-springlike conditions. Snow fell all morning, giving way to a cloudy afternoon with biting north east wind. Despite these and the previous weeks of cold weather, there were daffodils, narcissi and tulips on show, as well as a gorgeous display of floral art. Entries were down on last year’s record numbers but excellent considering the conditions. Trophy winners: The Penn Memorial Cup Mrs C Tester; The Foy Trophy Mrs K White; The Jack Wade Memorial Trophy Mrs K White. Children: The Marriott Cup Evie Shepperson; The Thomson Trophy William Shepperson. A crowd of nearly 100 enjoyed the exhibits and tea/coffee and cakes. The Summer Show and Fete will be held on Saturday, July 27 at the village hall from 1.30pm .

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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; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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.


THE MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10 to 11am. Hopefully there will be a good selection of bedding plants available, plus a wide selection of cooked savoury items, cakes and local cheese, eggs as well as preserves. You can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

CRICKET FIXTURES this weekend are: The first team will be playing at home against Rye; the second team will travel to Polegate and Stone Cross; the third team will be playing at the Temple Grove ground against Sidley III; the fourth team are also playing away at St Peters IV. All these games will commence at 1.30pm. Sunday’s match will be against Plumpton and East Chiltington (this game is in the VCC competition) play will commence at 2pm at Plumpton. This should be a very good cricket match to watch. There is also another match on Monday against Littehey Lions, this will be played at Newick commencing at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES will be Holy Communion at 8am and Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts are available to church, please telephone in advance 722582.


JOHN FRAMPTON: A piece of Waldron history passed away recently with the death of John Frampton who was the last man to operate in the village Forge. Born in Uckfield in 1925, John was just old enough to fight in WW2, being badly injured by shrapnel at one point, but after recovering he went back out as an engineer. On his return from war, John married Kathleen Cheke, the daughter of Waldron’s last smith, Ernest Cheke. John worked with Ernest, and took over the forge after Ernest’s retirement. There are still beautiful examples of his work around the village, in particular hand-beaten brass canopies in some open fireplaces (mine included). However, change was in the air and John developed the forge as a garage and repair shop and moved into agricultural engineering. He and Kath brought up their children (three boys and a girl) in the little cottage next to what is now the Waldron Stores and Kath ran the post office. John rang bells and was bell captain for a period. He was a modest man, but was known as a perfectionist, turning out work of panache and beauty, very skilled in most mediums. The family was well-rooted in the village, and after a spell in Devon, running a car accessories centre, John and Kathleen returned, living their final years in Five Ashes. Until very recently, John was a regular at the Star where every Friday morning he met two friends and reminisced about the old days. John was a village character and will be much-missed.

CRICKET: Waldron Cricket Club will play its next league match tomorrow, Saturday, away against Denton starting at 1.30pm. Supporters welcome. On Sunday they will play a friendly against Jevington Cricket Club at home, starting at 2pm.

SUMMER OPENING: The Stores at Waldron will be extending its opening hours for the summer from May 21 onwards by staying open until 4.30pm.

SNAKES RETURN Make a date for tomorrow, Saturday, when the Wakin’ Snakes return to the village for an evening session.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in aid of church funds at Cransford, Little London Road tomorrow morning, (Saturday) from 10am, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Arthur Kay.

DEFIB MEETING: There is to be a meeting for all residents to hear the details of the First Responder scheme and the defibrillator which is being placed in our telephone box in the village centre. The meeting is on Thursday in the Lucas Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. Waldron resident Tim Williams is chairman of the Heathfield and Waldron First Responder Scheme and will lead the meeting. He says you are welcome to contact him at any time if you want to talk through the scheme (01435 812273) but in any case do come along to the meeting.

TOMBOLA: If anyone would like to offer something for the bottle and chocolate tombolas, which the Friends of Waldron Churches will be running at the Food Fair in June, please give me a ring (01435 812036) and I’ll arrange collection. Any offerings gratefully received.

SERVICES: Sunday is Pentecost and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (Reverend Peter Jamieson), Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am (Rev Peter Jamieson and Rev George Pitcher) and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Rev George Pitcher with Christo Corfield). There will be a baptism at All Saints’ at 1pm.

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FISH SUPPER: Sarah Turner’s daughter and son-in-law, Nina and Pa are organising an event for the Spinal Injury Association and an all-terrain wheelchair for Pa, a full-time wheelchair user, tomorrow at Rushlake Green Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a fish and chip supper, entertainment, table top competitions with prizes and a raffle. Tickets are £10 which includes fish and chips, from Nina 07701045887 or Sarah 01435 863727.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Matt Andrews.

HISTORY GROUP: Ken Brooks and his wife Diana, gave an illustrated talk on the White Rock at Hastings on Monday. When Hastings was just a village, there was a large rock at the top of the beach roughly where the pier is now. It was a whitish sandstone and was the remains of a natural promontory out into the sea which formed a natural harbour, the finest in the area, until very severe storms in late medieval times washed most of it away. The rock remained until St Leonards was being developed and road access was needed from the London road through Ore and Hastings. It was in the way and so was blasted away. Next to the Grand Hotel an infirmary was built, ultimately replaced by the White Rock Pavilion (now Theatre). Here many famous names from popular entertainment and classical music have performed. Our next walk is at 6.30pm (note earlier time) on Wednesday May 29 at Chyngton Farm, Chyngton Lane, Seaford. For those who can’t walk too far there will be a trailer ride. Next month our walk is earlier in the month on June 12 at Rocks Farm, Lakehurst Lane on the Woods Corner to Ashburnham Road. Both will involve some history and nature watching.

FLOWER SHOW: I know the weather has barely realised it is spring, but the annual Warbleton Flower Show is only a couple of months away. The schedules are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, giving details of all the flower, produce, poultry, craft and other classes you can enter. There are also a number of classes for children and young people. The show is the big event in the village with a full programme of activities, with children’s pets and races, plus a new item this year the Muso Bango Drummers an all female group who play African Drums. Warbleton Brass Band will also play during the afternoon. There are stalls all round the Green, with produce, craft and local interest, to book your space call Mike on 01435 830588. In the evening we have a concert by The Buffaloes a 60/70/80s group who are making a return visit, by popular demand. Tickets are available from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or Gill on 01435 868246. Local churches come together on the Sunday morning for a united act of worship, followed by a picnic. It all happens on Saturday July 27.