Parish Pump Uckfield - 13 July 2012

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship.

LUNCH CLUB: The villages lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday in the village hall.

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

OPEN GARDEN: Tricia Gray tells me that they had a successful open garden, with good weather, and raised nearly £2,000 for Eastbourne Hospital. My apologies for getting the day wrong.


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is Quiz Night at the pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to go along to enjoy this monthly event. The fun starts at 7.30pm and costs £2 per person to enter with money given back as prizes. The licensed bar will be open.

WALK: The next monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. After all the rain recently, wellingtons might be the order of the day. You will be lead around the network of public foot paths, helping to keep them open and in good repair for everyone to use. The walks usually end in time for lunch.

NSY: The Not so Young Club will meet on Thursday at the village hall. Members will be entertained by guest speaker Ms M Wynn-Jones on Porridge and Mail Bags. This sounds interesting. All members, visitor and guests are invited to go along. The club is open to men and women of senior years, and they enjoy some lively meetings outings, garden parties, and Christmas meals. The meeting is at the village hall from 2.30pm and will end with tea and a raffle.

SALE: A table top sale and coffee morning is being held in the village hall on Saturday July 28, to raise funds for the redecoration of the main room. Tables can be pre-booked by calling Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. More details nearer the date.

SUMMER FAIR: The Burwash Playing Fields Association are busy planning the annual summer fair, which is always held on August Bank Holiday Monday. If you, your club or society would like to have a stall, contact Steve Mintram now for a booking form on 01435 882444 or email Last years fair was one of the best for many years, with lots of the old style attractions.

CONGRATULATIONS: We send best wishes and congratulations to Adam Gurr and Elizabeth Vickery who were married last Saturday at St Bartholomew’s Church. We hope they had a great day celebrating with friends and family and enjoy a long and happy life together.


BUXTED WI: It was the delicious smell of lovely biscuits that greeted us at our July meeting in Buxted Reading Room. Some of our members had been very busy baking as our competition this month was Home made Biscuits, thankfully, we were able to sample them later with a cup of tea. As this month’s theme was Our own magazine, after all singing a hearty Jerusalem we were treated to competitions and various entertainments by our own members. Stories, poems and anecdotes kept us enthralled for the next hour. Joyce Harvey our secretary told us of the various outings and courses available, Buckingham Palace to see the Jubilee Diamonds being a firm favourite. Ann Tricker, our president, gave us a detailed account of her visit to the WI AGM held in the Royal Albert Hall in London. She told us of her interesting day with speakers including scientists and playwrights including Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park fame. The day concluding with a beautiful display of ballroom dancing by the Strictly Come Dancing team. After tea our flower competition was judged and the winners sharing first place were Muriel Brooker and Sandra Hatswell. Second was Kirsten Brown and third Shirley Isted, Sheena Mickleborough and Hilary Quinn. The best home made biscuits were made by: 1, Shirley Isted: 2, Sheena Mickleborough; 3, Hilary Quinn. The next meeting is on August 2 when we will be enjoying a delicious cream tea at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard. Our competition will be A Hand Made Hat. (Mary Mustin).

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: There will be a parish council meeting in the Belmont Room of the village hall on Monday July 30 starting at 7.30pm. Please note there will be no meeting in August.

CHURCH: On Sunday there will be hymns, readings and prayers celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The service will start at 6 pm and will be followed by the planting of an oak sapling in the churchyard as a reminder of the jubilee.

KING’S HEAD CANTER: The 15th King’s Head Canter 5K will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, at 11am. Entry forms can be found in the Village Stores and as there is a limit on the numbers taking part, it is essential to get your entry in as quickly as possible. There is further information on the website or send your queries by e-mail to

AGE CONCERN: The next bingo session is in the village hall on Thursday starting at 2pm.

DENIS’S CRICKET: The Fairies from Chiddingly were the latest visitors for the Goblins to destroy on Wednesday. With the match in doubt (again) due to rain, the pitch survived a pitch inspection but only on the grounds that sun and a breeze were forecast for the afternoon. We batted first on what proved to be a slow but consistent strip. James Packham (27) and Simon Clark (25) made a solid but slow start and both were retired as they reached 25 runs. (It is worth noting that, in our 20/20 format, as soon as a batsman reaches a score of 25 he can continue to bat until the end of the over, then retires but can resume his innings if the rest of the team are all out). Scoring 50 runs in the first 10 overs was reasonable under the conditions but acceleration was needed to post a competitive score. With 37 runs coming from the next 5 overs for the loss of only two wickets and with some strong batsmen still to come everything looked to be shaping up nicely. But then an extraordinary event took place. The Fairies had arrived one short so we had loaned them Tom Diaper who is usually on the fringe of our team. Tom took three wickets in his second over to record a hatrick. His victims were Jim Medrow, Mark Randle and Kenan Bilal. Then Jake bowled the last over and took our four remaining wickets. All out for 105. The Fairies scored quicker than us in their first 10 overs to reach 66-3. All their batsmen scored runs as they steadily built on that start and in the 19th over Tom (yes, the same Tom) scored five runs including the winning run to give the Fairies a win by four wickets with one over left. Crash Berry was our best bowler with 3-12 but it is worth recording that Kenan Bilal and Pat Marten only conceded five and six runs respectively in their two overs because keeping the run rate down is vital in this cricket format. Conceding more than six runs an over leaves you vulnerable. This was our first defeat of the season and congratulations to Tom for a feat which he will hopefully repeat – for us. The inquest in the Kings Head over sausage and chips (thanks Simon) considered whether we should make tactical changes in our batting and bowling orders. We’ll have to wait and see. Our next Goblins match is at home today, Friday, against the Screws (from Lewes Prison) 6pm start. Our next Sunday match is on at home to Dormansland.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 5 July 1758: ‘…About 3 o’clock I walked down in the park where there was a match of cricket played between our parish and the parish of Framfield when our parish was beat by about 57 ruins… I lost 1½d. and came home about 8.40…’


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

SILVER BAND: Richard Pursglove tells us: Heathfield Silver Band produced an outstanding performance on The Eastbourne Bandstand last Sunday afternoon. It was a matter of battening down the hatches as the wind did its best to disrupt the event. We only had one piece of music leave the stage but it was heroically chased and recovered by Emily Rich. If there was an event in the Olympics for chasing music, Emily would claim the gold. Our musical Director Richard Sherlock was on top form when introducing the music, but unfortunately came up short when introducing a march titled Ivanhoe. If anyone knows the origin of this March please contact Richard at

TOAD HALL: Have you seen Toad Hall’s High Street window this week? It’s wonderful. It’s full of beautiful carvings of animals, some huge, some tiny. There is a gigantic elephant with metallic studs, horses, dogs, a sheep; the whole window hangs together like something you’d expect in Knightsbridge. And our best wishes go to the owners of Relish who had the unwelcome surprise of a car driven through their plate glass window last week. These days no shops can afford to be shut for too long, let’s hope repairs are done quickly and the café can open again.

THE OLYMPIC TORCH: Sadly Heathfield is not on the Olympic Torch route but it goes through Crowborough on July 17 and crosses the A272. People in Uckfield have not given up without a struggle they’re organising their own Alternative Torch Relay for children from local primary schools. For details about the Torch route through Sussex visit:

THE FARMER’S MARKET will be held in the Co-Op car park from 9am to 12.30pm. This is another chance to buy fresh local produce. It takes place on the third Saturday of every month.

SUMMER SHOW: The horticultural society’s summer flower show will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 2pm to 4.45pm at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Admission costs £1 and children go free. There will be refreshments, a raffle and plant sale. For details ring 01435 864875.

JUBILEE PARK comes into its own at this time of year. The wild flowers are blooming and, of course, they are full of insects including butterflies. Paths have been mown through the grasses and there is a magnificent view of the Downs, even the sea and tall tower on Eastbourne sea front, from the gateway to Ghyll Road. It’s an inspiring morning walk… in the snow in January or gales in October. Thanks to the parish council for keeping it looking so good. Sticking with the nature column we have had magpies nesting in a holly tree in the garden for the past couple of months. The outcome has been a complete dearth of songbirds, even the hedge sparrows that used to nest alongside the house have decided to move elsewhere. Now the magpie chicks have fledged and gone, I notice the songbirds have come back with a nuthatch spotted on the trunk of the oak tree. The magpies did not attack the songbird chicks, it appeared they had a scorched earth impact and their arrival alone advised anything smaller and avian to move out fast. Rather like Paxman moving through a lobby of ill-prepared parliamentarians. Next year we’ll head them off before they have a chance to place the first twig.

ZUMBA: More hectic activity with Zumba classes at King’s Church between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesdays. It costs just £4.50 to take part. I still don’t know what Zumba is.

MUMS AND TODDLERS group at St George’s Church Hall, Broad Oak from 2.30pm to 4pm on Mondays. For information ring Liz on 01435 862665.

WALKIES: Sorry to encroach on Parish Pump’s Waldron correspondent, Valerie Chidson, but can anyone tell me whether the fields to the east of Moat Lane (roughly from the junction with the East Hoathly road up to the gateway leading to the Crowborough Anglers Association fishing lake in Moat Wood) are open to walkers? There are helpful display boards indicating these are in countrywide stewardship and dotted lines indicate potential pathways, but they are not marked on the map and I don’t want to be trespassing. The walks around there are lovely and it would be good to be able to skirt some of the cornfields along the wide margins left free of corn. If anyone can help, do let me know. And another route, this time alongside Owls Brook at the bottom of New Pond Hill, where large, acid green and yellow plastic signs have been nailed to trees saying entry to woods is forbidden. At least that is what it says on some paths but not on all. You can circumnavigate the woods via approved footpaths, but you come up against the back of notices as you return, so I am not sure where one is supposed to go. Why have the woods apparently been closed off? There is no livestock, no pheasant hatcheries that I am aware of? We have all been walking here for years. Have the woods been transferred into new ownership? If anyone knows the answer, once again do let me know. And finally it’s good to see buzzards returning to our woodland. I’ve seen one munching through a dead rabbit at the bottom of the Waldron playing fields and another flying ahead of me, perching on branch after branch in Cross in Hand woodland.

Horam &

Vines Cross

OPEN DAY: The Horam Centre Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am. The plans are for the parish council to hold their meetings there and they are far more comfortable for visitors to the meetings. Other local clubs and groups are also welcome to rent this space for their own meetings and activities. There will also be an Internet Cafe (with controls), book exchange and an information point. Meet your local parish and district councillors. Local businesses are welcome to hold meetings or seminars, rates on application. Artists are welcome to display their work. The parish clerk will be on hand some days to help with any issues that residents have. When the Redrow Development Plans become available they will be on show. General bookings Susan Stedman 813182; business enquiries Michael Cousins 07748 270494.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

SILVER BAND: Simon Rudge: Mayfield Silver Band is staging its summer concert, Last Night of the Proms on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm at the Memorial Hall. This promises to be a great night out, providing an extra opportunity in this Jubilee year to proudly wave your Union Jacks, and sing along to our great patriotic music. In addition to the traditional Proms finale, the theme of the first part of the concert will be The Music of Merry England, a musical tour of the country evoking its spirit and its history, and featuring some of its great composers. It’s a night not to be missed. There will be a Pimms bar, and tickets can be purchased from The Shopping Basket or the Post Office, priced at £6 if purchased in advance, or £7 on the door, half price for under 14s. Doors open at 7.30. If you need any further details, contact Simon on 01435 872007.

IDENTIFIED AS AT RISK: Three defibrillators for Mayfield and Five Ashes were handed over to Andrew Watson, chair of Woodhill Patients Group by Philip and Joy Ashton on behalf of South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) at the Memorial Hall on Friday, June 22. During the Q&A session the packed hall were told that Mayfield and Five Ashes had been identified by SECAMB as being an at risk area as far as an ambulance not arriving within the target time of eight minutes. ‘It really is a matter of life and death’ Andrew Watson commented. ‘It is our intention to make as many people in the community aware of how to use a defibrillator in order potentially to save lives.’ The defibrillators will be placed outside Mayfield Primary School, in the outer porch of Woodhill Surgery on Station Road and at the Five Ashes Inn.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish clerk points out as the notoriously complex Localism Act 2011 develops, the old Power of Well-being is to be replaced by The General Power of Competence. To qualify for this a parish council has to have a large quota of elected councillors, and needs to have a fully qualified Clerk, which includes an additional examination in the Localism Act, including both the positive parts as well as those which place a restriction on council ambitions. He will be taking this examination either this month or in early August, and when this is successfully completed, and then the parish council can take full advantage of this far-reaching Act. He also reports that the parish council has gained re-accreditation as a Quality Council, having proved successfully that it meets fully the national requirements of a parish council, where he, the clerk, has submitted evidence for some fifty plus aspects of parish council processes and activities. The award will be made by the Earl of Lytton, the president of the Sussex and Surrey Association of Local Councils on behalf of the National Association of Local Councils either this month or in August.

THE SUMMER SHOW is organised by the Mayfield Horticultural Society, but has classes open to absolutely everyone in the village (member and non-member alike). It takes place in the Memorial Hall tomorrow, (Saturday). The show divides into hundreds of sections, spanning vegetables, flowers, floral art, cookery, craft and photography, with cups and rosettes to be won by everyone from children through to experts. They’re particularly keen to see an increased number of entries in the craft, floral art and photography classes. If you’d like a list of the show classes, grab a schedule from Jason’s in the High Street. They’ve decided children’s entries will be on show in the Memorial Hall this year, meaning that flowers entries will blossom in their own area in the Scout and Guide Hut. They’re expecting a big turnout of kids’ entries this year, and hope to see a similar rivalry in the spuds competition to that we witnessed in its inaugural year in 2011.

FIVE ASHES Horticultural Society Centenary Show will be held on Saturday, July 28 in the village hall and on the recreation ground starting at 1.30pm. As well as the show in the hall and marquee there will be a fete held in association with the village hall committee. This will include a fun dog show, children’s sports, side-shows and attractions including a dancing display, barbecue, coconut shy and so on. Music will be supplied by Wealden Brass Band. Come and help them all celebrate their Centenary by entering exhibits in the show and taking part in the fun in the afternoon. Show schedules will be available from Mayfield Post Office, Five Ashes Inn, Five Ashes Village Hall and from Graham Playfoot on 01825 830511. The village hall committee is looking for enthusiastic people of all ages to help with the running of a have a go stall. They have some current ideas that they need your help with: Family Wheelbarrow Race – bring your own wheelbarrow (decorated of course) and a family member to push it and someone to push, prizes for the best decorated and the race winner. Traditional Tug of War Race, etc. So, want to be involved in a really fun afternoon for everyone, please call Jenny Clare on 01825 831808.

CRICKET CLUB: Cricket Week this year will kick off by the (postponed) formal opening of the new pavilion on Sunday, July 22 from noon with ribbon cutting at about 1pm and cricket starting at about 2pm. There is a good programme to fill the week and entertain the community, with matches on the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday against some very good opposition, and possibly a Wednesday game; a bouncy castle all the week and entertainment on Friday evening. They hope to see lots of visitors from the village sampling their hospitality.

U3A: On Thursday at 2pm the AGM will be held in the Memorial Hall. Under the heading The Rocks Beneath our Feet, Matt Scott will then give a short (half hour) talk starting with an overall look at the rocks of Great Britain before homing in on the formation and structure of the Weald. Matt has promised there will be slides, if he can find them. Afterwards, the committee will be providing a slightly more elaborate tea than usual to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. For more information please contact Ann Scott (872121)

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, 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 from 10am till 11am in the village hall today, Friday.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am till noon in aid of St Mary’s. Cakes will be for sale along with books, puzzles, produce and a raffle for a hamper. Please try and support this event.

BOWLS: The club are playing at home today, Friday, at 2.30pm against the SCBA Vice Presidents Team. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are away to Hurstpierpoint. This game will commence at 2pm. Both of these matches are men only. On Sunday they are off to sunny Eastbourne to play a mixed game against Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies. These games will commence at 2pm. They also have two matches on Tuesday, away to Mid Sussex Lindfield and at home against John Spiggs Crawley Town. Both games will start at 6pm.

CRICKET: The first XI are away to Fletching, the second XI are at home to Fletching II, the third XI will be playing Willingdon II at the Temple Grove Ground, and according to the fixture card the fourth XI have the no fixture. All the league games start at 1.30pm.

ON SUNDAY the Chessmen will be coming to Newick, play will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am and Informal Morning Service will be at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church telephone 722582 in advance.

FINGERS CROSSED that the weather will improve so that all the school children and students can enjoy their summer holidays, when they break up on Tuesday.


FORAGING: Will anyone interested in a day learning how to forage for edible plants over Ashdown Forest, please email me. We need at least six people to make up the numbers for the course. Date to be arranged later.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Summer Concert (they are still only

£5) you can either buy them on the door on the night or from Gale and Woolgar, High Street. Wendy and Frances will be having an interview on Uckfield FM on July 24 around 8.30pm. Do tune in.

CHILDREN’S BOOK: I’ve told you about my amazing friend Wendy Hughes before. Despite suffering from Stickler Syndrome, a genetic condition, and having failing eyesight, deaf-aids, replacement hips, and more, she’s written 26 books. She’s now written Rainbow Stories, with Polish author Madlen Namro. It includes eight stories based on each colour of the rainbow and an animal. Each story includes facts relating to the stories, and something for the children to do. It’s brightly illustrated by young artist Samantha Groom, and all profits go to The Stickler Syndrome Support Group. Copies from the Group, PO Box 3351, Littlehampton, BN16 9GB, price £7.50, post free. Cheques should be payable to Stickler Syndrome Support Group.


IS IT A PLANE? Is it a bird? Nope, it’s a rebec... or a crumhorn... (just love the sound of that one). They are in fact early musical instruments which you won’t often see today and you have an opportunity of hearing them demonstrated in a concert tomorrow, Saturday, at All Saints’ Church. David and Ruth Force and Michael Withers will be bringing along their collection of instruments including the harp, positive organ, medieval fiddle, recorders, symphony and bagpipes, and yes, the promised crumhorn and rebec, and will be playing works by Henry VIII (would I lie to you?) Cornysh Power, Dufay, Machaut and others. Tickets priced £10 (£8 to Friends of Waldron Churches) including a glass of wine, are available in the Stores at Waldron, or at Heathfield Art and Books or last minute tickets on the door. Ring me on 01435 812036 if you want to check details. The concert will start at 7.30pm.

CRICKET: Last weekend the cricket club managed to fit in one match between the downpours and just before the roads turned to rivers in this wonderful summer of sun. The team bowled out Stanmer for 85 and then knocked off the required runs in time for an early pint at the Star, which put points on our League total. Sadly, however, Sunday’s planned match was a washout. This coming weekend the team has an away match at Hailsham tomorrow, Saturday, and then the annual President’s match on Sunday. Any chance of someone volunteering to do a sun-dance?

OPEN GARDENS: On Wednesday three gardens will be open in the centre of the village in aid of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital. The event will go ahead whatever the weather. The gardens are at Rafters, Forge Cottage and The Old House and opening times are 10.30am to 12.30pm, then a break for lunch and an afternoon session from 2pm to 4pm. Coffee will be offered during the morning session and tea during the afternoon. Don’t rush your visit, why not make a day of it and have a light lunch at the Stores or a more substantial one at The Star while wandering from one garden to the next. They are all within walking distance of each other. No tickets in advance so just make a donation at the gate. The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital are raising money to equip three endoscopy rooms and a cardiology assessment and treatment suite for fast-track and urgent cases. Let’s face it, we might all want to use those at some time in our lives, so you won’t need to be reminded to give generously.

CREAM TEAS: Mr and Mrs Arthur Kay are kindly hosting a Cream Tea afternoon at their home Cransford, Little London Road, on Saturday July 21 from 2pm to 5pm. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to Family Support Work.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will visit Waldron on Wednesday August 8, and as usual they will set up home in the field behind The Star. The play is Who saw Marjory Daw? a mystery set in the 1960s. There’s a rooky reporter, the strange disappearance of a celebrity model and in the mix is the murky figure of a North African rebel leader supposedly studying at the LSE. Believe that if you will. Who is doing what to whom? Is the Government involved? Grab tickets while you can still get in. They are available from The Stores or at the central box office (phone 01323 501260) or on-line The performance will start at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and because it will be outside, remember to dress warmly. Bring a picnic or buy food and drink from the pub. See you there.

HOSEPIPE BAN: If you’re going down for the third time, your garden has been invaded by waterplants and your roses have a bad case of mould, you might find some comfort from the fact that at last our hosepipe ban has been lifted. Remember we were supposed to be suffering a drought? Yeah, well... I hope someone somewhere has been storing the rain that has been pouring from our skies for the past four months.

SERVICES: Sunday is the sixth after Trinity. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, and Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am. There will be Holy Communion (with Junior Church) at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

FR DAVID: Our Priest-in-charge, Father David Charles, will be leaving our parish at the end of this month to take up a new post as Vicar of Christ Church Eastbourne. A service of thanksgiving for his ministry here will be held at the Group Eucharist on Sunday July 29 at All Saints’ Waldron at 10.30am and everyone is welcome to come to say goodbye. He will be much missed.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Rev David Laskey.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very interesting illustrated talk by Ian Everest about the role of oxen in farming up to the early part of the 20th century. He has a series of fascinating photographs from the mid 1800s to the 1920s of teams of oxen ploughing and hauling wagons etc, together with the characters who managed the teams, usually of six oxen. We discovered that the ox-bow is the name of the piece of bent wood that went round the ox’s neck and through the ox beam keeping it in place on the ox’s neck. Oxen were castrated bulls, which gave them a placid temperament, except when being shod, when several men were required to throw the ox onto its side and then rope its legs to a post, to allow the shoes to be fitted. He also illustrated the way that horses complemented the work of oxen, both eventually being succeeded by the tractor. Our next walk is on this Wednesday at 7pm, meeting at the car park in Barcombe, half a mile from the A26. Then after that it will be August 15 at 6.30pm meeting at the cross roads at the top of Rookery Lane, where it meets Golding’s Lane and Colliers Green.

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

FLOWER SHOW: Just a fortnight to the big day now, and a reminder that schedules are available in The Stores, giving full details of all the classes. Despite the name it is not just about flowers, there is a poultry section, along with cookery, vegetables, handicraft, photography etc. Entries need to be returned to The Stores, complete with fees by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 25th July. On the day entries have to be displayed between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. It re-opens at 1.45pm for members only and at 2.15pm for the public. During the afternoon, there will be children’s pets competition, dog agility display, and children’s races plus tug-of-war and lots of stalls around the Green.

MARQUEE SHOW: In the evening of the flower show, there will be live music from the four piece band the Buffaloes, playing covers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and can be obtained on 01435 830263 or 831169. Please bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and great music.

UNITED SERVICE: On the Sunday, local churches gather together for worship in the marquee at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are very welcome to join us.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass will perform on the Green at 6pm on Sunday July 29. Bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy great music.

MARQUEE CLUB: Warbleton Church are organising a holiday club in the flower show marquee on Monday July 30, by kind permission of the horticultural society. It will be held from 10.30am to noon. It is for primary school children (parents are welcome to stay) and under school age children who need to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free and registration forms are available in The Stores. For more info contact Shirley Austin on 01435 830280 or