Parish pump Uckfield - April 11, 2014

Bodle Street Green

FILM NIGHT: As part of the Events week put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington Churches, the film Good Will Hunting (cert 15) will be shown at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7pm for 7.30pm start. There will be a short introduction, epilogue and opportunity for discussion. Donations welcome, and there will be coffee and cake on sale. Caroline 01323 853391.

EVENTS WEEK: for more details please see the Warbleton section.

PALM SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with dramatised readings, followed by coffee. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service with a talk More than a Carpenter. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Palm Sunday service with dramatised readings.

GARDENING CLUB: Troughs and Trough Planting is Wendy Bates’ subject for members on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Wendy is from Rotherview Nursery.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: There will be an explained Christian Passover at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm for prompt 7.15pm start. Rev Ray Lockhart, former Rector of Christ Church, Jerusalem, will lead the evening. Supper will be served about 8pm. Please bring your own drinks and booking is essential for the three course meal. Cost is £12. Jennifer 01323 833001.

GOOD FRIDAY: Please see the Warbleton section.

DRIVERS NEEDED: Age Concern have a minibus they use to assist elderly people in the area. They are in urgent need of additional drivers. For more information or to volunteer please contact Clarence Pont on 01435 813284.


DINNER: Last Saturday evening players in the East Sussex County Short Mat Bowls B Team gathered in the Burwash village hall for their end of season dinner. They enjoyed a choice from a menu for three courses with coffee and mints. After the meal the team manager thanked everyone who played. Thanks were given to all those who use their cars to take players to matches against other counties. She was given a bouquet of lovely red flowers as a thank you for her work. Thanks are given to Marjorie Axell, Gill Saunders, Nina Davis and Claire and Rhiannon Chenery Roth for their help with the meal.

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to go along and give the grey cells a workout, from 8pm. Entry fees are given as prizemoney. The licensed bar will be open. To book a team in call Karol Richardson on 01435 883812.

DEFIBRILLATOR: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning there will be a demonstration by Age UK on how to use the defibrillator kept at the village hall. All members of the public are invited to go along at 10am to see how this works.

WHEEL INN: Two events being held at the Wheel Inn this week are an open mike night on Sunday from 8pm, when anyone who wishes to can go along and give their talent an airing. Also on Wednesday there will be a quiz evening from 8pm. To find out more call 01435 882758.

FLOWER CLUB: On Monday afternoon the Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club will hold their spring meeting at the village hall from 2.15pm. They will be entertained by Stephanie Laing whose demonstration is Inspired By. New members and visitors are very welcome to go along. The afternoon will end with tea and a raffle.

WEIGHT LOSS: Last week another course of the Community Weight Loss Challenge began. We were delighted to welcome along new people who all have the same desire, to lose excess weight. It is not too late for you to join us. We meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the Catholic Church meeting room. If you need help to get your weight under control then do feel free to join us. No public weigh-in, everything is done with discretion, but we do find it helps us to have other people to discuss things with and we do have fun. Call Sue Tonkin on 01892 784741


OPEN DAY: Buxted Park Bowls Club hold their Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2.30pm. If you would like to come along and learn to play or if you wish to join, all new members will be welcome. Our season starts (weather permitting) on Easter Sunday with a match away at Burgess Hill.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The Women’s Land Army - A Sussex connection. Ian Everest’s mother was one of the 80,000 Land Girls during WW2 and he will be conducting a talk which includes some of her personal memories and a potted history of the role of women on farms during two world wars, illustrated with some wonderful imagery. The event will take place in the village hall today, Friday, at 7.30pm. Admission is free to members and guests are welcome at £3 admission charge. For further information please contact Toni Whewell 01825 872460. The next walk will be on Sunday and will be starting from The Swan Hotel at Forest Row at 2pm. The verges and hedges should be full of flowers, blossom and birdsong and everyone is very welcome to go along and enjoy the relaxed and friendly walk. Dogs are welcome but must be on leads in case of livestock. If you need a lift, would like further details or the weather looks doubtful, please ring Jenny or Chris on 872830.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 12.15pm to 1.45pm in the village hall the Royal British Legion Women’s Section are having a Spring Lunch, a ploughman’s with a glass of wine, followed by a sweet. The cost will be £6. Advance notice would be appreciated for catering numbers (please ring Rosemary on 01825 840708), but if you are unsure just come along. Do please support us, we owe our armed forces so much and by doing these fund raising days we can hopefully make life easier for them and their families.

THE TOUR OF BRITAIN: It has been announced last week that the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain will be whizzing past us on Saturday September 13. This stage is from Camberley to Brighton, taking in Sussex towns such as Uckfield and Hailsham. Can we now hope the much needed repairs to and resurfacing of our local roads will take place over this summer? We don’t want Wiggo disappearing down a pothole, do we?

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The annual Race Night was a great success. Over £1,000 was raised on the night with £250 donated to St Peter and St James’ Hospice, Chailey and another £250 to St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne. Many thanks to all those who made the evening such a success, particularly to Andrew Myatt who produced and directed the evening. Arrangements for the trip to Juziers are in place, with some 40 people now committed to travelling on the coach between May 17 and 19. These include four pairs representing our tennis club who will be attempting to reverse last year’s result against the might of our hosts’ rather more youthful tennis club. For further information on the twinning association, which is open to any resident of the parish, please contact our Hon Sec, Pat Duke 841077.

THE SPRING SHOW was held on Saturday April 5. There were 205 entries, with a very high standard overall. The hall looked lovely with all the exhibits and the show was enjoyed by exhibitors and the general public alike. After the prize giving an auction was held for the donated exhibits and then a raffle. The next events are the Garden Fete and Summer Show at the Gate House on Sunday June 15, a visit To Hampton Court Flower Show on Thursday July 10, and the Autumn Show on September 6. Please note Members of the Horticultural Society receive 10 per cent discount from Stavertons. For further information about joining or any other matters, please contact Paul Richardson on 01825 840082, email, or visit We hope to see you at future events. Show winners: Payne Trophy for best exhibit P Duke for her arrangement New Life; Spring Flowers In a Teapot, judged by the public, V Serpell; miniature arrangement, F Mills; Classes 5 to 17 Daffodils and Narcissi, Horscroft Trophy for best exhibit, J Walker; Moore Tankard, most points, J Walker; overall points, J Walker. Classes 18 to 28 Other Flowers and Plants, overall points, J Walker. Class 25 carried a £20 bonus won by V Serpell for her arrangement of spring flowers. This also won the Turner Cup for best exhibit in the whole show. Classes 29 to 37 Cookery, Trophy for best exhibit J Pellet; overall points, R Akehurst.

NEW BUS SERVICE: Just a final reminder our new Sunday bus service to and from Brighton and Lewes begins this week. Brighton and Hove Buses staff will be in East Hoathly to welcome the first bus on Sunday. A vintage Brighton and Hove double decker bus will be at the Church Marks Lane bus stop from 9am until the service bus has called, en route to Brighton. Mike Best, Commercial Director for Brighton & Hove Buses, will also be attending, with Parish Council members. Initial feedback has indicated the service will be popular with our teenagers, as well as families. Please support this new service.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: 12 April 1754 (Good Friday) ‘Bought half a hog of Will. Piper, about 9 stone at 2S.2d. per stone...Mouled up 140 papers of tobacco. Busy all day.’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints, Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion. 11am Palm Sunday Service. St George’s, Broad Oak 9.30am, Palm Sunday Service.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT: Police and emergency services were called to the A265 at Broad Oak on April 3 after reports of a serious road accident. The road was closed while paramedics attended just after 12.30pm. A car and a motorbike had collided near Bailey’s Farm, just east of Broad Oak. The main road was closed between junctions with Scotsford Road to the west and Swife Lane to the east. If you saw anything or could help police ring them on 101.

DOGS: We’ve just adopted a lovely pointer which had been abandoned in the mountains at the end of the shooting season in Cyprus. After all the necessary vaccinations, rabies injections and treatments he was flown into Heathrow this week. He has livened up our old pointer considerably. The only problem is a rabbit fixation which saw Mrs PP do a Usain Bolt across fields in Waldron in hot pursuit. It took her an hour and about five miles to catch him. So we are now in the tender care of a professional gundog trainer in Horam. She reckons he had been partially trained but still needs a lot of work so if you see an out-of-control couple being towed along local roads do stop and say hello. We are sure we will get there eventually but in the meantime my dog calling whistle has given up the ghost, probably due to overwork. The reason for writing this is we are looking for a safe, enclosed space, ideally fenced with sheep wire or something similar. We need a space to exercise him apart from our garden, but local parks (including Jubilee and Tower) are only edged with hedging and Mrs PP has had enough of negotiating thorns, holly, ditches, barbed wire and electric fencing at high speed. If anyone does know of, or in fact, own such a space please let me know. Contact details at the head of these pages. Extra note....are some people automatically respected by dogs and horses and others just overlooked? I think I could fit into the latter category.

THE HISTORY SOCIETY meets on April 17 for a talk on Sussex Churches by Kevin Gordon. The meeting starts at 7.15pm for 7.30pm in the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. If you are a non member you are very welcome to go along to this interesting meeting; entry will cost you just £3.

ROAD RUNNERS: The Heathfield Road Runners are a lively, friendly group of individuals who run at a huge range of levels, from weekend joggers to serious marathon competitors. They always welcome newcomers and there is always someone to help you along if you have considered taking up exercise but are not sure whether this is for you. We see them in the lane from time to time and they appear to be a great mix of individuals of all ages and all fitness levels. If this appeals, then go along to the Co-op car park at 6.30pm on Mondays or 6.45pm on Thursdays or email: You can have a chat, maybe join in and find out whether this would be the right way for you to build up your fitness.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB: Talking of fitness and general good health, when I was at school in London (and we are not talking smart school here) sport was on the curriculum every day. Cricket, football or athletics were considered part of our normal school day. I’m surprised to find it is usually considered an extra in most primary schools, although they do, of course, offer a much wider range of activities such as dance and gymnastics. There are untold benefits to regular exercise, not just in terms of general health. If you have young lads or lassies who enjoy football, the Broad Oak Juniors Dragons and Titans are looking for more youngsters to take part. They meet on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon and members learn valuable life skills, soccer skills, sportsmanship and teamwork. Every child who goes along gets a free bag containing training gear and match kit plus a water bottle. All they need are football boots and shin pads. For details contact Tim Brown on: 07545 882298.

SPRING FAIR: St Richard’s Pre School holds its Spring Fair from 2pm to 4pm on May 10 in St Richard’s Church Hall. Go along for face painting, a raffle, refreshments, crafts and lots of games.

FOOD BANK: The Uckfield Food Bank organisers thank Heathfield for helping to contribute 685.12kg-worth of foodstuffs which have been gratefully received.

DOGS AND CATS For Therapy. I think I need therapy after exercising my two but the excellent organisation which supervises planned visits to hospitals, schools and care homes by animal owners and their pets would be happy to hear from anyone who feels their own dog or cat would be suitable for this very valuable task. Having watched the delight on the faces of people who have a well behaved animal to stroke, I can well believe people who say the act of smoothing down animal fur actually helps lower blood pressure and improve a sense of wellbeing. Contact them on 07796 468291.

CRAFTYNO.3 EASTER FAIR at State Hall, 9.30am to 2.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Wonderful selection of stalls, amazing showcase of unique and handmade gifts, crafts, fashion, art, produce and more. Free entry and parking. Face painting, tombola. Refreshments provided by and raising funds for All Saints & St Richard’s C of E Primary School. Information on 01435 813335.

Isfield & Little Horsted

CUE, JOSEPH: Claiming records can be fraught with difficulties, but Joseph Carpenter must rank as at least one of the youngest players to take part in a league bar billiards match. At the age of 11 Joseph, who lives in Little Horsted, received his call-up to play for The Laughing Fish at Isfield in their home Mid-Sussex Bar Billiards League fixture against Burgess Hill’s Brewers Arms. ‘I was quite nervous at first, and then when I got into the game I became confident,’ said Joseph. ‘Even though I didn’t win I was still proud of myself.’ Henry Brooks, captain of the winning Fish team, was also proud of Joseph. ‘He played well,’ said the skipper. ‘He scored 1,160 in his first league game at the age of 11. I played my first league match at 15 ... and then I scored only 800.’ Joseph, who started playing bar billiards when he was about four or five and could barely see over the top of the table, and his nine-year-old sister Sophie are keen sporting youngsters. Both play soccer for the Grasshoppers teams in Uckfield.

CHURCH SERVICES: A procession starting from the recreation field in Station Road at 9.30am, will precede a Palm Sunday service at Isfield’s St Margaret’s Church. On Good Friday a service of devotion will be at noon, and the Easter Day service will start at 10am.

RIDE AND SEEK: A new addition to the Lavender Line’s Easter programme this year are War at Isfield and Easter Bunny Hunt events, promising to provide entertainment for both military fans and families. The railway will be alive with the sound of military vehicles and steam as Isfield station transforms to the 1940s, a time when some 3,000 Canadian troops were based at Isfield camp. Resident steam engine Austin 1 will be on active duty over the weekend.

LAND GIRLS: Ian Everest will be recalling those dark days of war when he gives a talk to Isfield’s Forget Me Not Club on The Women’s Land Army, those magnificent ladies who did so much to keep Britain’s agriculture industry on its feet when they replaced men called up by the military. The meeting on April 16 is due to start at 2.30pm in the Village Hall. The club meets on alternate Wednesdays. Further details from Colin Stains (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01825 750611).

ALARMING: From the Department of Good Intentions comes news of the good villager who alerted police to possible mischievous behaviour late one evening around the village farm shop in Isfield. The constabulary duly arrived, found nothing amiss, but in checking the premises set off the security alarms. The call to police apparently came after someone clearing up after an evening meat demonstration at the shop was mistaken for a potential burglar. Better to be safe than sorry.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

VOLUNTEER MAINTENANCE TEAM: As a cost-saving initiative the parish council is looking to form a Volunteer Maintenance Team to carry out the odd simple job around the parish. If you think you might be interested in joining the team please contact the parish council office with your details.

WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL: Wealden Volunteer Awards Scheme (open until April 30). The council wants to support, recognise and encourage volunteering in the Wealden area, which is so important to the health and well-being of the community as well as the individual volunteer. The categories are: Community Volunteer Hero (who makes an outstanding contribution to the running of the group in a number of ways); Outstanding Community Achievement through volunteer hours; Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25 years old); Trustee of the Year. Please remember other people involved in your organisation might like to nominate you for an award if you are a volunteer, so please circulate to other members of your organisation. Nominations must be made by another volunteer or member of the organisation, or someone from a partner organisation. Winners will receive a certificate, publicity about their group and volunteering, £100 for the community group which made the nomination and £25 in gift vouchers for the volunteer. A simple application form, which includes the eligibility and conditions, can be found by searching for Volunteer Awards on the council’s website. For further information please contact Michelle Gray, Partnerships and Funding Support Officer 01323 443520 or email

MAYFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL: Casino Night Saturday April 26, Nevill Golf Club, Benhall Road, Tunbridge Wells. Tickets £20 includes: £10 of chips, prize for the person with most chips at the end of the evening; buffet, disco and 100 square, if you choose the lucky square win a prize of £50. A great fun evening, an excuse to dress up and enjoy the friendly competition sponsored by Burnett’s Estate Agent. Tickets on sale in Hulaballoo and the Pink Cabbage.

VILLAGE CAR BOOT SALE tomorrow, Saturday. It’s time to sort out and sell off all of your unwanted items and make yourself some cash or go and find yourself a real bargain. This event will take place between 10am and 1pm on the main car park of St Leonards-Mayfield School, entry via the sports grounds visitor entrance, Tunbridge Wells Road. Pitches are £10 per vehicle and will be available from 9am on the day, though advance booking is advised. Contact Janet on 01424 830747. This event is supported by Burnetts Estate Agents and is a fundraiser in aid of CAFOD.

ST DUNSTAN’S: From Friday, April 25 until Thursday May 8, the Mayfield Mayfair, St Dunstan’s are hosting a Teddy Bear Event. You can hunt for Teddy Bears with their names in High Street windows. Entry forms for the bears’ names (50p) from The Shopping Basket. Completed entry forms should be posted in the Bear Hunt box at the back of St Dunstan’s church by 10.30am on Saturday May 10. A prize will be awarded to the best entry to be drawn at 12.45pm on that day. On Mayfield Mayfair Day, Teddy Bear Cafe will be open in London House, hot and cold drinks, teddy biscuits and teddy cakes, Pooh’s favourite honey cake, Paddington’s marmalade sandwiches and more will be available. In conjunction with Mayfair day, teddy bears can parachute from the tower at St Dunstan’s. Teddies will be checked for fitness by a doctor and then have their parachutes put on. Nurses will be on duty to deal with any of teddy’s bumps and bruises. Every bear that does a jump will be awarded a certificate. £1 per child’s bear and £2 per adult’s bear. Bring teddy’s lunch and picnic in the church grounds.

MAYFIELD BAND is delighted to announce that, following the huge success of last year’s event, they will once again be holding Tea and Tunes on Court Meadow on Saturday, June 7 at 2.30pm. For those of you that missed out last year, it’s a totally relaxed (except for those playing the music), free outdoor concert, with teas provided. All you need to do is turn up with a deckchair, picnic blanket, kids, football, dog, granny, sunglasses, factor 50; you get the general idea, and relax and soak up the music. And as if the music was not enough in itself to make you happy, there will be cake. Before that, the band will hold its annual charity concert for Hospice in the Weald, at the United Church in Croft Road, Crowborough tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm, so practice nights are getting busy.

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Young Adults Confidence Building Course starts on Tuesday, April 22 from 1pm to 4pm for six weeks at The Source in Uckfield. The course is tailored for younger adults aged 18 to 30 years experiencing mental health difficulties. This course is being offered as part of Sussex Oakleaf’s Young Adult Service and will be facilitated by a tutor from Sussex Downs College. The course will offer people the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and motivation, recognise what is stopping them move forward, learn to nurture themselves and create balance, achieve a positive mind-set and work towards what they want and need in their lives. If you know anyone who would be interested in attending, please get in touch with Emily Brown, Community Recovery Worker Office 01825 766528. Mobile 07850 643264.

U3A (University of the Third Age). Anna Astin’s new talk Women and the First World War concentrates on the involvement of women: those who served in the forces, the land army and nursing services and also the women who worked in munitions, transport, the secret service and on the home front. It promises to show once again how brave and wonderful the Brits were when called upon to do their duty. This talk will be at 2pm on Thursday in Mayfield Memorial Hall and visitors will be very welcome. For information about Mayfield and District U3A please contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


INFO WANTED: Daughter Rana (Funnell) received this letter recently. Hello my name is Anthony (Tony) Jackson who used to live at number 10 Darcey Drive, Brighton leaving there for Australia 1952/3. Am hoping to find a Richard Funnell who lived next door. Just would be nice to contact after so many years.Contact can be made 268 Dundas Street Victoria Australia 3941 or Cheers for now Anthony. If any results happen, please keep me informed as I’d love to know if he hears from his old friend.

DORDOGNE: I’ve just returned from a trip to the French Dordogne region. I walked up and down so many hills and steps, and visited so many castles I’ve just slept since I got back. We visited Josephine Baker’s beautiful chateau. It’s quite a sad story. Everybody loved her. She adopted 12 children from different countries and made a fortune as a nude dancer/singer. But she lost the lot, was cruelly evicted, and died in poverty.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next monthly meeting of the Uckfield and District Horticultural Society will be held on Monday at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre. Lynda Bradford will give a talk entitled Spring Baskets. All welcome. Non members £3.

CONCERT: Royal British Legion Buxted and Uckfield Branch - Uckfield Concert Band concert to commemorate the centenary in 1914 of WWI at Uckfield Civic Centre, 7.30pm on May 10. Tickets available at Gale and Woolgar Jewellers, High Street (01825) 762831.

FILM SOCIETY: Uckfield Film Society’s 14th season continues to provide the variety of genre for which it has become well known in Sussex. The season opened with Werner Herzog’s extraordinary Aguire the Wrath of God and so far has included classics such us Dial M for Murder and Gone with the Wind. Members come from miles around to enjoy world class films in air conditioned comfort at the Uckfield Picture House. This season’s programme has included films from Germany, America, Romania, France, Belgium and Italy. In the year 2000, encouraged by the strong demand sensed in the wake of the first Uckfield Festival, a small group of people with long established connections in the film industry founded the Uckfield Film Society. Films are shown from September until May on a Sunday evening. Possibly one of the most rewarding aspects is that occasionally specialist speakers are present, and screenings are always followed by audience discussion. April’s film is the 1953 movie from America, The Earrings of Madame de France. Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux and Vittorio de Sica play the leading roles in this tragedy of love which begins in narcissistic flirtation and passes from romance to passion to desperation. Director Ophüls swirling sensuous camera work and persuasive style pervade the film. The Earrings of Madame de France can be seen on Sunday at 8pm. Information about membership of the Uckfield Film Society can be obtained from the Picture House box office on 01825 764909 or by emailing Details about the cinema’s film programme are available on

FOURWAYS WI meeting was held at the Luxfords Centre. Minutes were read and signed followed by the business, an outing to Chichester for June meeting and a cream tea for the Group at Heaven Farm in July. We then were given an amusing and informative talk by Neil Sadler called A Policeman’s Lot. He talked about how the policeman’s role has changed in the last 30 years from the size of a truncheon to the use of tasers which in fact were drawn 188 times in Sussex in 2010 but were actually only fired eight times, also changes in uniform for both men and women. We had an insight to how it used to be and how it is today, but we came away knowing that Sussex is still a safe place to live. The competition was Bloom from your garden: 1, Angela Manning; 2, Jean Akehurst; joint 3, Carole Marchant and Maureen Risbridger. We ended the evening with coffee and biscuits, our next meeting will be held at The Methodist Hall on Monday May 12 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

PHOTOS: I got back from a wonderful Dordogne trip on Sunday. I uploaded all my photos as usual, and my computer’s made them all disappear. I’ve lost the lot. Yes I know, backups etc. It will never happen again. We all do it just once. But I’m pretty unhappy as you can imagine.


HOLY WEEK SERVICES: Sunday is Palm Sunday and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Combined Sung Eucharist with a Passion Narrative at St Bartholomew’s at 10.30am and then there will be the Parish Lunch at the Lucas Hall in Waldron at 12.30pm. If you’d like to come to the Parish Lunch (which is also called the “Austerity Lunch” so it will be simple) please put your name down on the list in either of the two churches and it is suggested that you pay £5 per head. There will be Compline at St Bart’s at 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: At 6.30pm there will be a Passover Meal with Holy Communion and Watch until Midnight at the Altar of Repose at All Saints’.

GOOD FRIDAY: At 11am there will be the Walk of Witness by CTH (Churches Together in Heathfield) followed by the Stations of the Cross at St Bart’s at noon. At 1pm until 3pm there will be Devotions at the Cross at All Saints’.

EASTER DAY will be celebrated with the First Communion of Easter at 6am at All Saints’ followed by a hot breakfast. There will then be Holy Communion at St Bart’s at 8am, and Parish Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 10.30am followed by refreshments.

HOT X BUNS will be served at the pub on Good Friday with coffee from 10.30am. Then on Easter Saturday the group Con Brio will be playing a mix of jazz, folk and rock’n’roll at the pub from 8pm till late. On Sunday there will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the pub garden.

DRAMA: Mayfield Phoenix Players will be performing a comedy, Ladies Down Under, at the Mayfield Community Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 24, 25 and 26. Tickets are £9 each or £8.50 if you book a table of 10. Look out for some familiar faces who have also performed for the Waldron Community Players.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

EVENTS WEEK: This series of events put on by Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches continues today with a team from Oakhill Theological College. This morning at 10am there will be a coffee tasting at the Church Rooms Warbleton, with a short talk Taste and see the Lord is Good. Suggested donation of £2. At 2pm Warbleton Walkers start from the Church Rooms for an easy walk of about one hour ending back at the rooms, for coffee, cake and a short talk Why Creation Declares God’s glory. Dogs are welcome. Contact Judith on 01435 830481. In the evening we have a rugby dinner (£12 per head) with guest speaker Peter Nicholas, an Oxford Blue who has also played for English Students and Henley Hawks. Details and tickets (be quick) from Tony on 01435 812514 or 07921 159211. Booking is essential.

CHURCHYARD CLEARUP: Warbleton churchyard will be given a spring tidy up tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 10am. If you would like to help then turn up, with or without tools. If the weather isn’t playing ball we will have some indoor jobs to do. A free lunch will follow with a short talk. It would be helpful if you could let David know on 01435 812870.

MINI-TAG RUGBY: 2.30pm on the Green at Rushlake Green with a half time talk. This is for all ages from five to 95. Post-match discussion can be held at the Horse and Groom afterwards. Tony 01435 812514.

FILM NIGHT: please see Bodle Street section.

PALM SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service with a talk More than a Carpenter, followed by squash, coffee and biscuits. The tower will then be open for viewing the local area, looking at the bells, and dropping your teddy etc by parachute from the top, and/or paper aeroplanes. Brass rubbing will also be available. 3.30pm to 5pm Bowling afternoon at Hailsham Leisure Centre. Booking advised (£3 per person) phone Barbara on 01435 830883. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with dramatised readings, followed by coffee. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Palm Sunday service with dramatised readings. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm evening service, both led by Paul Daniels.

HOLIDAY CLUB: There will be a Mission Rescue Holiday Club for under 12s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week, from 10am to 11.30am, at the Church Rooms, Warbleton. Suggested donation each day is £1 per child. Refreshments provided. Under 5s must be accompanied by an adult. Shirley 01435 830280.

HISTORY GROUP: The Group’s AGM is on Monday at the Dunn Village Hall. We gather at 7.30pm for 8pm start. This is the opportunity to renew membership, and learn of this year’s programme.

ASTRONOMY EVENING: This will be in two parts at the Church Rooms Warbleton. 11 to 15 year olds will be welcome from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday evening, and the adults from 8.30pm to 10pm. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up in the car park, to look at the night sky with expert explanation and help, led by Greg Smye-Rumsby from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. If totally cloudy there will be a night sky show indoors. There will be efreshments, including soup, and a short talk, the Heavens Declare the Glory of God. Suggested donation £2 per head.

EVENING TALK: Is there a God, and if so can we know what he is like? is Dr Kirsty Birkett’s subject on Wednesday evening. The meeting is from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Church Rooms, Warbleton. Kirsty is a tutor at Oakhill Theological College, and has written a number of publications on the relationship of science and religion. Coffee and biscuits will be provided.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: please see the Bodle Street section.

GOOD FRIDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. St Giles Dallington: noon Good Friday Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm an Hour at the Cross.

THE TURBINE: As you may have seen, in last week’s paper, there is a proposal to erect a wind turbine in Heathfield Park. It was stated that the blimp flown at the height of the top of the turbine was not very visible from Cade Street and Heathfield. Now I was not able to view it for myself, but I suspect that a turbine will be a lot more visible than a blimp, especially from Warbleton, Vine’s Cross and other points below Heathfield Park.