Parish Pump Uckfield - 26 October, 2012


FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Sarah’s Key and will be shown at 7 for 7.30pm in the village hall tonight, Friday.

RACE NIGHT: The race night, due to be held tomorrow, Saturday, has been postponed until January 19.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word.


FIREWORKS: Burwash Bonfire Society invite you to their bonfire and firework display tomorrow evening (Saturday) at the Swan Meadow Playing fields from 7pm. There will be a fantastic firework display, music, barbecue, and the climbing wall. Special guest is Charlie the Clown. Go along in Halloween fancy dress. The best outfits will win prizes. Admission is free, but donations would be very welcome. The society remind you to make sure your pets are safe before leaving home. There will be no parking at the playing field or in Ham Lane. Do go along and have fun and help keep these events going for all to enjoy.

FAIR: The Guild of local stallholders are holding an Autumn Fair on Sunday at the village all from noon until 4pm. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available. A wide variety of stalls proving customers a friendly welcome. High quality products at affordable prices. A charity tombola will also be run the profits going to the village hall new window fund. The Guild has been established to provide a network of small stallholders with the benefit of being part of a large organisation, run on a co-operative basis. For more information go to

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will be held next Thursday evening at the village hall. Players of all levels of ability are invited to join us for this fun friendly evening. Entry is £3 for 20 rounds of cards and light refreshments. A raffle is also held. There are prizes for the highest scoring man and lady, the second highest and a booby prize for the lowest scoring. We are always looking for new players and would be pleased to welcome you. For more information please call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497.

BOWLS: Last Thursday evening, the short mat bowls club played their first league game of the season when they entertained last year’s league winners, Pevensey, at the village hall. As always the triple played first with Jan Trew, Mick Moore and Stephen Trew winning 18-15 and Angela Marden, Samantha Saunders and Shirley Pope winning 17-7. After a lively tea break the pairs played with Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood just winning 16-15 and Joan Howard and Mary Taylor taking their game 12-9. This gives the club eight very valuable league points. They will next play away to Ringmer Tortoises on Thursday November 8. Those who went to Bournemouth bowling holiday, had a good week with plenty of bowling. Everyone did well, with Mary and Joan reaching the quarter finals and Gavin and Keith Wood reaching the semis. The final was eventually won by Clive and Olive Beaumont of Horam bowls club. In the triples, Joan was teamed up with Norman and Marion Beeding from Devon, they were defeated in the finals by a team from West Sussex.

SYMPATHY: Last week Doreen Gale nee Pennells died after fighting illness. I first met Doreen many years ago when she come to our homes selling Dee minor clothing. Doreen was born in Burwash Weald and attended St Philip’s School and in latter years was instrumental in organising the St Philip’s School Reunion each year. She was a nice lady with a bubbly personality. We send our love and thoughts to all her friends and family. Her funeral will be held in St Philip’s on Tuesday at noon.


CLEAN-UP: A reminder that the churchyard clean-up takes place tomorrow morning, Saturday, from 9am until noon. All help will be gratefully received and refreshments will be provided. Please bring whatever gardening tools you can.

THEFT: There has been a recent theft of heating oil in the village just after the household had a delivery. There was also a suspicious vehicle seen in the village last weekend. Do please keep your eyes peeled and contact the police on 101 or obviously, if it is an emergency, on 999 if you see anything untoward.

POPPINS takes place in the Foresters Arms from 10am to 11am every Wednesday morning. Why not pop in, have a cuppa, and get to know other villagers?

HALLOWEEN: If you see No Trick Or Treat signs on Halloween, please respect them. It can be frightening for the elderly to have groups of masked individuals arriving on dark door-steps.

ARE YOU A MEMBER of the Fairwarp Community Society? For £4 a year you can enjoy a number of benefits with local businesses, including 10 percent off food in the pub. Contact the Hon Sec, Jan Kemsley, on 01825 713477 or There is also a website


MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Variety of market stalls: Cards, cake, herbs spices, sausages, eggs, jams, pickles, vegetables, plants, bric-a-brac etc. Tea, coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome.


CAR PARKING: Has anyone noticed how difficult it is to use the new Sainsbury’s car park lately? I am told there have been several bumps; people are never quite sure in which direction to drive and the spaces themselves are quite narrow. It isn’t really big enough to service the store now. It seems as if it was laid out in quite a complicated way. When I shop in Sainsbury’s now I park at the top of Station Approach opposite. Far safer.

FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club presents a flower arranging demonstration by Susan Shaw entitled Tales from the Cowshed on Thursday November 8 at the Heathfield Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome: £5 entry. Ring 01435 864633 for details.

WILDLIFE: The Sussex Wildlife Trust has sent us a couple of pieces this month. Possibly the most important one concerns wildlife during the bonfire season. We have a nervous dog and the weeks up to and after November 5 are a nightmare for him. It would be good if fireworks displays could be confined to the day itself or the immediate weekend, but the world will never be perfect. So in the meantime, make sure you keep your pets safe when local displays are being held. Draw curtains, find a safe and quiet place for them and perhaps put a radio or TV as comforting background noise. Also remember how vulnerable wild creatures are during this month. The Trust tells us many creatures are searching for places to hibernate. They ask people to check bonfires, not only for sleepy hedgehogs, but also for toads, frogs and newts looking to find shelter in log or leaf piles for their seasonal snooze. Toads and frogs play an important role as predators in the garden and might be missed in any bonfire checks. By taking the following simple steps all community bonfire organisers and families with back garden celebrations can ensure that wildlife isn’t harmed: Build a bonfire as close to the night as possible; before lighting, search for amphibians and hedgehogs using a torch and a rake; move any animals to somewhere dry and safe away from the fire; gardeners can also help amphibians and hedgehogs in advance by piling autumn leaves or logs in undisturbed areas providing excellent winter nests. Many other creatures look to ride out the worst of the cold and winter food shortages by hibernating. One of the last moths to be seen at this time of year is the herald, a colourful night-flying moth, that looks for shelter in outbuildings and even bat filled caves. They are a beautiful orange and brown insect which look and sit like a dead leaf, helping them to blend into leaf litter in gardens or local woodlands. Herald moths are one of the last species to be seen on the wing at the end of the year and one of the first to appear in the next when they herald the arrival of spring. Overwinter as adults often choosing outbuildings, sheds and garages as the perfect refuge for hibernation. It’s vital herald moths find very sheltered and dry locations as damp can cause a fatal fungal infection. They can also be found during the winter in hollow trees and caves, often uncomfortably close to bats, one of their main predators. As they overwinter in their adult form, the herald moth doesn’t waste time metamorphosing from a caterpillar in the spring.

CAR SERVICING: Lots of readers will know Trevor Goldsmith, boss of Goldsmith and Allcorn. Local man Trevor is usually involved in everything in the town: from the Rotary Club to helping at charity events. Now the dealership he represents announces a way drivers can find the easy route to car maintenance with a new online service booking facility. All you have to do is enter your registration number and mileage, or select the model, to discover the exact price of service or repair work and book your vehicle in at Goldsmith and Allcorn at a convenient time. Trevor – you give so much of your time and energy to local good causes, I have pleasure in including this little piece. I hope you get some business from it.

KIT WILSON: There’s an annual fundraiser for the Kit Wilson Trust to be held at Drumrunie, Upper Greenwoods Lane, Punnetts Town from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 3. Please go along, enjoy a hot drink and a home-made cake while you browse the lovely gifts and do some Christmas shopping. Also for sale, good quality second-hand clothes, cakes and bakes, jewellery and other items. Go along and grab a few bargains. All are welcome. The day is organised by Sheila and Angela Longley: 01435 830178. The Trust was set up more than 30 years ago when Katherine Wilson, a well-known cat show judge and campaigner for animal welfare, left a legacy to be used for the benefit of animals.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, park in Ticehurst village car park GR 689303 at 9.30am for a 10 mile circuit of Ticehurst. Ring 01892 852153.

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BONFIRE NIGHT: Just a reminder that the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society will be holding their annual bonfire and firework display today, Friday, at Cowbeech. They are delighted to say that they will again be welcoming an old friend the Dutch fairground organ which has recently been re-furbished and freshly painted and it will be a treat for the eyes and ears.

BIGGEST PUMPKIN: Ted at the Woolpack has his pumpkin on display in the window and if you pop inside you can have a go at guessing its weight to win a bottle of whiskey. The competition closes and the weigh-in will take place on Sunday. To make it that much more special we have a return visit of Recycled, our local vocal skiffle group. A fun night and money raised will go to Prostate Cancer Awareness fund which is the Woolies’ latest charity and I understand that a sky dive has already taken place so we must find out more about this.

QUIZ NIGHT: The gardener’s club will be holding their annual Quiz Night on Wednesday November 14 in the village hall starting at 7.30pm. As in the past Kay and Neil Holden will be your quizmasters for the evening. Teams of four with tickets at £8.50 per person to include either a fish and chips, sausage and chip or veggie burger and chip supper. To book your tickets please telephone 833006 leaving your choice of food, name and contact number on the answerphone.

CRAFT FAIR and Christmas Shop at Lime Cross Nursery on November 17 and 18 between 9am and 4pm. Stalls to include pottery, jewellery, paintings and print as well as some delicious food and drink, gifts and festive fair.

LITTER PICK: Stephen Nash is organising a litter pick on Sunday November 4. Anybody who is willing to give their support for an hour or so please gather at the Village Information Centre for Herstmonceux and St Michael’s, just opposite Hammer Lane, for Cowbeech. Refreshments will be available.

CHRISTMAS CARD: The Windmill Hill Christmas card is now available at £3.95 for 10 and if you would like to collect some from the Old Bakery could you please call them on 833033. If you would like your order posted please add another £1 for one to three packs over that P&P will be free.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting in the village hall today, Friday, for their AGM followed by a bring and buy stall. Non-members will be made welcome for just a small fee of £3 and this includes your tea and raffle ticket.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) along with evensong (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Matins (BCP) being held at Wartling church at 9.45am.


VPA: Our November meeting is on Wednesday November 7 at 7.30pm at The West End, Horebeech Lane, Horam. The speaker is Patrick Croucher who will be giving us his illustrated talk on The Scilly Isles. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served and there will be a raffle. We would love to see you do come along and joins us I am sure the talk will brighten a dark November evening. There will also be the flower of the month competition, Indoor, Outdoor and a Wild Bloom to be judged by the speaker. Please come and join us we are only a small group but friendly. Further information from Faith Smith on 01435812026 or Dorothy 01435812093.


EVENING WI: Wednesday, September 11 saw the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Mayfield Evening WI. Sixty two members and guests gathered in Mayfield Memorial Hall for a gala dinner. Following aperitifs, served by two husbands, President Berenice Blurton introduced her guests. Not only County Chairman, Kathryn Hutson, but also four past Presidents, Patricia Cole, a founder member and third president, Myra Siggs, (1975-6), Valerie (Franklin) Hughes(1982-4) and Mary Hills(1986-88) were present. Six past Presidents, including Marion Prentice, Anne Clayton, Chrissie Robinson, Margaret Harris and Toni Whewell, still active members, were seated in the hall. Berenice also introduced Lorraine Chapman, a founder member and a very active member of the Institute, being on the committee and in charge of home economics. Other guests were Joan Money, who played the piano and Emma Holmwood who assists in various promotional ways. As this was a special event they sang Jerusalem, followed by a grace, said by Liz Lincoln. Members then sat down to a delicious meal, served by a local caterer, Rowans Catering. Between courses, Berenice reminded members of the pantomimes, staged by the Institute over a period of 31 years, and an Outlook Exhibition staged in 1980 This exhibition was the brainchild of Valerie Franklin and the two Mayfield Institutes of that time worked together to show all the facets of the WI. The exhibition was beautifully staged by Lorraine Chapman. An amusing poem written by past member Iris Bruce, called Outlook was read by Rosemary Gillett. This poem was about a fictional Mabel Grubb who drowned in her own jam. After this appeared in the WI magazine Home and Country an actual Mabel Grubb, a member in Cornwall, who was very much alive and still making jam penned a humorous response to Mayfield’s premature obituary. This was also read by Rosemary. Berenice also spoke of the time in 1994 when members lobbied Parliament for the reform of the Law on Provocation, along with what a newspaper called ‘some unlikely bedfellows’. As coffee was being served, members were amazed by the appearance of the Special Guest, King Henry VIII, (actor Tony Harris) resplendent in his Tudor regalia and ready to explain that he was really a very good husband but had a problem in that he did need a male heir. Unfortunately his wives either produced females or died so it was necessary to keep on trying. Henry’s magnificent presence and persuasive delivery kept his audience very amused. At the end Chrissie Robinson executed a most elegant curtsey and gave a witty vote of thanks. The efforts of the Institute did not end there. On September 15 the Mayfield Bonfire Carnival was held. The WI had a stall in the street market where home-made cakes, savouries, jam, chutney and plants were displayed for sale and as usual disappeared very quickly. In the evening, some Members gathered to join in the annual Mayfield Boyes and Belles parade. To quote Margaret Rae: With no sign of jam or Jerusalem, and the only hats glittering, gold bowlers, 14 ladies gathered to walk, with their male escort, nine year old Thomas Eccleshall, (son of Tania), who carried the banner to tell everyone that 50 years of Mayfield Evening WI were being celebrated. All the walkers wore black with gold sashes and badges with the year of their joining the Institute and of course, the gold bowlers. It was a lovely evening, everyone enjoyed the walk, made even better by the cheers from the crowds. We finished at the Memorial Hall where we discovered we had been awarded the cup for the best dressed local group. All the Members would like to thank Rachael Chattle for her work in getting the group and costumes together.

FILM PREMIERE: The premier of Nat Durman’s film Memories of Mayfield in which Mayfield residents in their seventies, eighties and nineties talk about the village in their lifetime. You can learn about Mayfield before World War II, war-time Mayfield when the Canadian troops were here, the German fighter ace who crash-landed and was apprehended with pitch-forks, and shopping as it used to be in Mayfield. The director, Nat Durman, said, ‘The film compares Mayfield as it used to be to how it is now.’ The 50-minute film will be shown, free, at the Memorial Hall at 3pm on Saturday, December 1. There will also be a photographic display by Nat’s sister, Molly, of all interviewees. They are, in alphabetical order, Bert Ashford (Bert sadly died in January at the age of 97), Cynthia Baker, Dennis and Berenice Blurton, Doris Clout, Patrick Fitzgerald (who too sadly died at the end of July), Mary Hammond, Wynn Hemsley, Eileen Honeysett, Sheila Humphrey, Brian O’Connor, Joan Redford, Margaret Smith, Suzanne Stanisforth, Don Ticehurst and Mary Vockins. Pages farm, Park farm and Knowle farm allowed their fields to be tramped over and included in the filming, as was the huge air-raid shelter at Fir Toll House which after one night’s raid all but saw off those sheltering there. Some illustrations of old Mayfield in Alan’s hairdressing salon are also featured.

PHOENIX PLAYERS: Calendar Girls will be in town on November 22, 23 and 24 in the Memorial Hall. Many amateur groups are presenting the hilarious Calendar Girls this year, the object being that it will get into the Guinness Book of Records, as the most produced play in any one year by AmDram Societies. So, maybe you have seen it already elsewhere? If you have seen the rest, make sure you go to see the best. Mayfield’s very own dramatic society deserves your support, but hurry, tickets are selling like the proverbial hotcakes, they may even have to put on an extra performance to accommodate everyone. There will also be their own 2013 souvenir calendar to buy at each performance. How can anyone afford to miss such a once in a lifetime opportunity? And, what’s more, the proceeds will go to Leukaemia Research. Reserve tickets now to avoid disappointment; contact the Box Office on 01435 872400, email or obtain from Burnett’s Estate Agents, High Street, Mayfield (014235 874450) from now on. Discounts for groups of 10.


COUNTRY MARKET today, Friday from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Good selection of vegetables, flowers and preserves, plus hand made cards and knitted items.

RUGBY: The club have two fixtures this weekend. The first XV are playing at home against Holbrook and the second XV will travel to Eastbourne to play Eastbourne III.

SUNDAY SERVICES: St Mary’s services on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. On Sunday there will be an evening service at 6.30pm. Lifts available, must be booked in advance, please telephone 01825 722582.

NEWICK BONFIRE will take place on Saturday November 3. Programmes available in shops and pubs giving you all the details of the evening’s events.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Tuesday at 7.15pm in the Sports Pavilion.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by Kit Wilson Trust. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

AUTUMN FAIR: There will be a Coffee Morning and Autumn Fair tomorrow, Saturday, provided by 1st Polegate Brownies at the Free Church Hall, Victoria Road from 10 am until noon. All welcome.

THE INDEPENDENT candidate Ian Chisnall, for Sussex Police Commissioner is visiting Polegate on Monday. He will give a talk on the new position and its implication of changing the face of policing in Sussex followed by a question and answer session at the Free Church Hall at 7.30pm.

POLEGATE STROLLERS: The next walk on October 30 is a walking tour around London, visiting Downing Street. Train from Polegate 10.04am and ask for a super saver ticket on the day, or visit Tourist Information for group ticket. Four adults £25 in advance. The walk will commence and end at London Victoria. More information from Jayne or telephone 0776161232.

NW: For information on Polegate Neighbourhood Watch please contact Andy Watkins on 485795 or email

DRAMA GROUP: The next production is The Vicar of Dibley, at the Community Centre from Wednesday October 31 to Saturday November 3. Tickets available from box office, Archer and Partners, Estate Agents, 48 High Street, telephone 483348. Or online at Tickets are £8 adults and £5.50 for children and students. Credit cards booked on line an extra £1 is charged. If you would like to become a Friend of Polegate Drama Group then you will be able to purchase discount tickets. Contact Friends’ secretary Joan Law, 49 Oakleaf Drive Polegate, or telephone Jim Dobell on 483082.

RAMBLING CLUB: Walks on November 1 include leisurely walk, no sleepers, signals or steam, 2.5 miles No 51 bus outside Coppice Avenue Post Office at 9.07am, Polegate High Street 9.17am alight Theobalds Green. Coffee at Heathfield with Rick. Or What Goes Up Must Come Down Again, 4.5 miles Jevington-Butts Brow-Jevington, undulating with a couple of climbs. Coffee at Chalk Farm, four or five stiles with Pat. Or Lavender Line special 8.5 miles, mainly level walking, some stiles, grand views around Isfield, take picnic with Graham. For these walks meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30am.

A COFFEE MORNING on Saturday November 3, at the Community centre is hosted by the bowls club. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CHRISTIMAS FETE and table sale on Saturday November 3, at St Johns Church Hall in aid of Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group. To book a table at £7 please contact Andy on 504893. All welcome from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

BEETLE DRIVE at Trinity Church Hall on Saturday November 3 at 7 pm. Admission by ticket purchased in advance at £8. Each includes a Chinese Supper. Please telephone 484189 for a ticket. All proceeds to church funds. Come and join in the fun.

THE DOWNLAND SINGERS are meeting again every Thursday, from 7.30pm at Trinity Church Hall. The friendly group of enthusiastic singers is always pleased to welcome new voices and would particularly like additional male members for the bass section. The ability to read music is not essentials as training will be given. If you enjoy music and would like to take up an addictive and therapeutic hobby, then come along and join us. Further information from Jennie on 484189.

THE EPILEPSY GROUP and Polegate and Willingdon ESDA group Christmas Fete,Table Top Sale in St Johns Church Hall, is on Saturday November 3 (9.30am 1.30pm). Entry is free. The stalls include cakes, Christmas cards, crafts, books and guess the weight of the cake. Of course, there is the opportunity to win some brilliant prizes in the raffle. In addition you can sit down and enjoy refreshments.


SO SILLY: I couldn’t receive emails for four days from Thursday. I nearly cracked up. I kept pressing things to see if they would appear, and I actually slept badly. How stupid is that? Sadly I missed a TV audition, so no fame for me. Anyway, apologies to anyone who emailed me and missed the deadline this week. Please note that from October 29 my email address will be

TABLE-TENNIS: I’ve now been told that table-tennis is played in Ridgewood Village Hall every Monday from 7.30pm to 10pm. They have three tables and a team that plays in leagues. I’ll be there.

NANOWRIMO: All over the world groups meet for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and discuss their writing. But not one person turned up in Uckfield. I find that quite sad.

CONCERT: Buxted Symphony Orchestra are holding a concert at Uckfield Civic Centre on Sunday November 25 from 3pm to 4pm. Mozart German Dances, Pachelbel Canon, Vivaldi Flute Concerto Il Cardellino, Solist Brian Gopsill, Mendelssohn Symphony No1 in C Minor Opus11. Entry £8. There will be a charity raffle or collection. Please make a note in your diaries. Further information will follow.

UCKFIELD SINGERS and the Uckfield Brass Band are joining together to give a Christmas Concert that will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday December 15 at the Civic Centre. A raffle will be held in support of the charity Help for Heroes. Tickets can be obtained from the Uckfield Volunteer and Information Centre (just a couple of shops north of the cinema on the High Street also tickets will be sold at Gale and Woolgar who are the jewellers in the middle of the high street,tickets will cost £6 each. You will be in for a very uplifting evening so do come along and support us and this worthwhile charity. For more information go to

ADVANCE INFORMATION: I’m very pleased that I’m now getting details giving you advance information about forthcoming events. I’m sure that it’s handy for you all to be able to make a note in your diaries and plan ahead. Can you please make sure that you give contact details, the price if there is one and where tickets can be bought.


FRIENDS QUIZ NIGHT: Just time for you to book yourself in for the Friends of Waldron Churches’ Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, at Cross in Hand CEP school hall, in Sheepsetting Lane, starting at 6.30 pm. The cost is £8 full price or £7 for Friends which includes a ploughman’s supper and all profits will go towards the belfry roof repairs being carried out at All Saints’ at the moment. Tickets obtainable from Peter Jennings (01435 866048) or from The Stores at Waldron.

PUB QUIZ: And yet another quiz heaves into view, this time at the Star at Waldron. It’s the monthly last Monday of the month quiz, when the pub is chockerblock with eager brains testing themselves against the rest of the village and a good time is had by all. Best to book in advance as there is always a good turnout. It costs £6 per head which includes a single supper dish. Drinks are extra and teams are up to six people.


HARP CONCERT: The concert features Sally Course on the harp, and is at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village hall. A glass of wine and refreshments are included in the ticket, price £10. The tickets can be booked on 01435 812627 or 867372. This is arranged by the hall committee.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley. 6.30pm Evening Service with Ken Davies.

PARISH COUNCIL: PCSO Liz McDonagh reported that suspicious vehicles had been noted in the area. Please take note of any such vehicles and report them. There have been a number of break-ins etc in the area. Time to check on security measures. The question of hedges overhanging roads came up again. It is encouraging to see some hedges now being cut, usually by those who take their responsibilities seriously, but there are others, who have not yet done so. They are reminded, by personal contact, then by letter. If that does not work, then an order will be issued, or the highways department can cut them and invoice for the work done. Cllr Roger Thomas (ESCC) reported that the Audit Commission were satisfied with the County Council’s use of resources. There is a rolling programme of repair to roads (eg Cade Street, Earls Down and the Wartling Road). Locally we have had some work done at the Back Lane junction and at Dog Corner. The latter is to try to alleviate flooding. I notice that it is already filling with leaves, another problem with overgrown hedges. At this point, I had to leave the meeting in the committee room for the Village Players AGM in the main hall, see below.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Chairman, Pam Edmonds, reported on a busy and successful 20th anniversary year. This started with An Enchanted Journey Around The World in poetry and song, directed by Leigh Lonsdale. She was pleased to report that £500 was sent to the Queen Victoria Hospital Charity Fund, and read a letter of thanks from the hospital. Our second production was Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, a comedy with two young people, Jason Bainbridge and Naomi Hemsley taking the lead roles. This was directed by Mike Farrall, and featured a wonderful set, and matching cast. She thanked those who work almost unseen but are so essential to productions, Moira Bowles and Christine Cogdell our prompts, and Mary Dick Cleland who feeds our audiences at theatre suppers. The summer ball at Wellshurst was a success; sadly the weather caused the annual golf day to be cancelled. Our next production is a revue, in theatre supper format, and will feature songs from four of our musicals, together with a number of sketches, and comic songs. Production dates are November 28 to December 1. Tickets to include a two course supper, are £15. Members will be able to purchase them on Saturday November 10 from 11am to noon. Friday and Saturday evening tickets will be limited to two per member or four per couple or family membership. The public will be able to purchase tickets from Monday November 12 from Anita on 01435 873226 or Pam on 830856. Two members of the committee stood down, Mike Farall and Yvonne Mitchell; both were warmly thanked for their years of service. Glen Hadlow and Stephanie Cogdell join in their place. A gift was made to the group in memory of founder Angie Trew, which provides a fund for annual awards. The first presented this year was for the person who has contributed most to productions during the year. Our props lady Yvonne Mitchell was delighted to receive it this year for her work backstage. Pam paid tribute to all her hard work, involved detailed research, acquiring or making props and her great contribution to the smooth running of backstage. The second award is voted for by members and is for the best performances during the year. Clyde Young was surprised to receive it for his roles as Clive in See How They Run and as Baines in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. Pam said the group owed a great debt to Clyde for his contribution over the years. For a number of years we have had a website, but at the AGM the new site was launched live using the hall’s broadband connection. Clive Uren took us through the various pages, which will be kept up to date; the AGM report is there already. Details for future productions will be posted, together with an archive page of all past productions. This is a work in progress and will feature details, photographs and programmes. Just Google Village Players Rushlake Green and you will get there.