Parish Pump Uckfield - April 13, 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 village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday, in the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, at 7pm on Thursday. As usual, members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters with the council. This in fact is the annual parish meeting, at which the council reports on the last year.


QUIZ: My apologies to anyone who went along to the Burwash Common Pavilion last Friday for the quiz night, unfortunately I made a mistake and it is tonight, Friday. Teams of six are invited to go along and join in at £2 per person. The licensed bar will be open. To book a table call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

BLUES EVENING: Something Blue will be performing at a special event being held in St Philip’s church in Burwash Common tomorrow evening, Saturday, from 7.30pm. Folk, roots, blues, bluegrass Americana, will have your feet tapping. Supporting band 21 Whiskies will also be performing. Tickets are £10 each or £8 for Friends of St Philip’s, available from the church, Shanks Nursery and The Bear or by calling 01435 882856 or 883264.

EXHIBITION: The Burwash Quilters are putting on an exhibition of their beautiful quilts on Sunday at the village hall. Entry is £3 and includes refreshments, from 10am to 4pm. There will be a quilt raffle in aid of Demelza House. These very gifted sewers have made some beautiful quilts in the past so do go along and see what they have on show this time, it will be inspiring.

BOWLS CLUB: The short mat bowls club have come to the end of another enjoyable league season. Their last match was away to Five Ashes with Five Ashes winning three games to one. The club will be holding their AGM on Monday evening from 8pm, and would be pleased to see you there. They are busy trying to recruit new members for this enjoyable sport. If you have played or never picked a wood up but would like to join us, please give Mary Taylor a call on 01435 882107, she will be able to give you all the information you need. The club still have two cups to play for internally, The Pegeric Cup a knock out singles and The Memorial Cup which is a round robin tournament.

WALK: The monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. You are all very welcome to join Roger Cloke who will guide you over the public footpaths that are around our lovely villages. The walks are usually over in time for lunch.

WEIGHT LOSS: The next course in the Community Weight Loss Challenge begins on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Annex of Christ the King Catholic Church, with free parking in the church car park. The course costs £39 for twelve weeks, with Sue Tonkin leading us through the pitfalls of over indulging on food and drink. Sue has been coming to Burwash four over three years now and has really helped some of us with our weight problems. I lost four dress sizes thanks to her friendliness and guidance. If you would like a place call Sue on 01892784741 or come along on Tuesday evening. What better time to start with summer just around the corner.


BUXTED WI: The mini heatwave we enjoyed during March had us all hoping that it would last a bit longer but in fact April brought us back to more seasonal weather. So when we met for our fourth meeting of the year, the warmth of the reading room was much appreciated as members hurried in out of the cold wind. Jenny Johnson’s lovely keep fit dancing routine really helped get the circulation going as well as being very enjoyable. We opened the afternoon’s proceedings with a poem read by Jean Skinner. President Ann Tricker then gave us a detailed account of her visit to the ESFWI annual meeting in Eastbourne on March 28. She was proud to learn that our craft group members had won a certificate for their bunting. Daphne Knight was rewarded for her entry in the short story competition and walking up to receive a beautiful silver cup and certificate for her amazing photograph (which also won a place in next year’s WI calender) was our very own Helen Reynolds, well done Buxted WI. Secretary Joyce Harvey gave us the latest news and information on courses, events, workshops, and outings that our members could enjoy. The guest speaker was introduced and kept us enthralled for the next hour. Cecelia Trueman is a Colour Analyst and with the help of volunteer Sue Ashton she gave us a demonstration of how colours should be chosen to suit our skin and hair colouring. How beneficial it would be to have someone like Cecelia along with you on a shopping trip for something special. A vote of thanks was given to her from Sue Ashton. Our birthday girls this month are Sheila Whitehouse, Eileen Rowe, Sue Ashton, Wendy Lawrence, Shirley Isted and Kirsten Brown. The competition was won by Hilary Quinn with Kirsten Brown in second place and Sheena Mickleborough third. Flower of the month was won by Sandra Hatswell with Jenny Johnson and Shirley Isted second and Gail McCracken, Helen Reynolds and Sheena Mickleborough third. Our next meeting on May 3 at the Reading Room is a ploughman’s lunch and resolutions, 12.45pm for 1pm. A reminder to bring your own cutlery plus any donations for prizes for the raffle would be most welcome. Tickets £4. The competition entitled An Arrangement of Weeds in a Jam Jar. In the meantime the usual craft group meet every second Wednesday morning. The garden group every fourth Wednesday morning and the book group every third Thursday afternoon. (Mary Mustin).


SHOW RESULTS: Daffodils (narcissi) three stems. Trumpet: 1, R Symington; 2, Mrs H Dann; 3, D Brown. Large cupped: 1, Ms H Miness; 2, R Symington; 3, Mrs H Dann. Small cupped: 1, D Brown; 2, B Paterson. Double: 1, D Brown; 2, Mrs G Bretten. Bunch type: 1, Mrs D Robinson; 2, D Brown. Cyclamineus: 1, R Symington; 2, B Paterson; 3, D Brown. Miscellaneous: 1, D Brown; 2, R Symington. Daffodils (narcissi) one stem. Trumpet: 1, R Symington; 2, D Brown. Large cupped: 1, D Brown; 2, R Symington; 3, Mrs D Robinson. Small cupped: 1, D Brown; 2, B Paterson; 3, Mrs D Robinson. Double: 1, D Brown; 2, Mrs D Robinson; 3, Mrs C Manning. Bunch type: 1, Mrs D Robinson. Cyclamineus: 1, D Brown; 2, R Symington; 3, B Paterson. Miscellaneous: 1, D Brown. Mixed narcissi: 1, D Brown; 2, B Paterson; 3, Mrs W Hardy. Collection of spring flowers: 1, Mrs G Bretten; 2, Mrs J Gasson; 3, Mrs D Robinson. Tulips: 1, Mrs G Bretten; 2, D Brown. Muscari: 1, R Symington; 2, Mrs J Harriot; 3, Mrs W Hardy. Polyanthus: 1, R Symington; 2, Mrs A Hobden; 3, Mrs D Robinson. Outdoor container: 1, Mrs P Debley;2, D Brown; 3, Mrs J Baker. Any other flower, three stems: 1, Mrs D Robinson; 2, Mrs J Baker; 3, Mrs C Fairway. Shrub: 1, Mrs D Robinson; 2, Mrs W Hardy; 3, Mrs S Cornford. Pot of spring bulbs: 1, D Brown; 2, G Berry; 3, Mrs A Hobden. Pot plant, max 178mm: 1, Mrs P Debley; 2, Mrs A Hobden; 3, Mrs R Attree. Pot plant, max 178 mm: 1, Mrs B Gatrell. Orchid: 1, Mrs A Nicholls. Foliage plant: 1, Mrs P Thorpe; 2, D Brown; 3, Mrs Q Cornford. Rhubarb: 1, Mrs H Dann; 2, Mrs J Baker; 3, R Symington.

Decorative. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: 1, Mrs D Robinson; 2, Mrs E Pollard; 3, Mrs H Dann. Easter: 1, Mrs J Biggs; 2, Mrs D Robinson; 3, Mrs H Dann. Springtime: 1, Mrs H Dann; 2, Mrs J Baker. Exhibit, three stems: 1, Mrs J Biggs.

Craft. A decorated egg: 1, Mrs E Pollard; 2, Mrs S Cornford; 3, Mrs M Rosborough. Collage: 1, Mrs J Biggs; 2, Mrs S O’Hare; 3, P O’Hare.

Cookery. Simnel cake: 1, Mrs Q Cornford; 2, Ms S Cornford; 3, Miss G Carter. Fruit scones: 1, Ms H Miness; 2, Mrs P Simmonds; 3, Mrs J Baker. Passion cake: 1, Mrs D Robinson; 2, Mrs P Thorpe; 3, Mrs C Fairway. Cheese straws: 1, Mrs J Harriot; 2, Mrs J Baker; 3, Mrs S Cornford. Easter biscuits: 1, Mrs A Nicholls; 2, Mrs D Robinson; 3, Mrs J Pay. Cottage loaf: 1, P O’Hare; 2, Miss G carter; 3, Ms H Miness. Pate: 1, Mrs W Umasankar. Marmalade: 1, Mrs S O’Hare; 2, Mrs B Gatrell; 3, Mrs C Fairway. Chutney: 1, Mrs D Robinson; 2, Mrs C Brinkley; 3, Mrs A Hobden. Honey: 1, G Berry; 2, Mrs S O’Hare.

Photography. Shadows: 1, Ms M rosborough; 2, Mrs P Simmonds; 3, Mrs H Dann. A Country Pub: 1, Mrs W hardy; 2, mrs H Dann; 3, W Simmonds. Seascape: 1, Mrs P Simmonds; 2, Mrs W Hardy; 3, W Simmonds.

Children’s classes. A card for the Queen (Jubilee) 6 to 7 years; 1, Lilian Pollard; 2, Erin Roberts; 3, Ruby Stevens. 8 to 9 years: 1, Robyn Clark; 2, Molly Jarvis; 3, Lauren Roberts. 10 and 11 years: 1, Jack Pollard; 2, Zoe Cornford; 3, Jessica Carter. 12 years and over: 1, Laura Carpenter. A Decorated Egg 5 years: 1, Jessica Emery; 2, Isla Norman. 6 to 7 years: 1, Ruby Norman; 2, Georgie Lampshire; 3, Jamie Harvey. 8 to 9 years: 1, Amy Kendall; 2, Frankie Lampshire; 3, Emily McHale. 10 to 11 years: 1, Lucy Deeprose; 2, Zoe Cornford; 3, Jack Pollard. 12 years and over: 1, Laura Carpenter; 2, Heidi Hollister. An edible necklace 5 years: 1, Jessica Emery; 2, Isla Norman. 6 to 7 years: 1, Georgie Lampshire; 2, Jamie Harvey; 3, Alice McHale. 8 to 9 years: 1, Molly Jarvis; 2, Anta Bah; 3, Frankie Lampshire.

Trophy Winners: Most points in all classes, Dennis Brown; best daffodil, Helen Miness; best collection of spring flowers, Gill Bretten; best decorative exhibits, Daphne Robinson; best cookery exhibit, Patrick O’Hare; best children’s exhibit, Jack Pollard.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The next full parish council meeting is on Monday April 30 in the Belmont Room of the village hall, commencing at 7.30pm. Our parish clerk Ann Newton can be contacted on 01825 890182.

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 6pm Evensong.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Mick Harker will give a talk and slide show entitled Views of Uckfield Past in the village hall this evening, Friday, at 7.30pm. All welcome. The recent visit to the Bluebell Railway was a great success, with members and friends (and one happy dog), enjoying a nostalgic steam trip in glorious sunshine, which was followed by a special and very interesting guided tour of the engineering workshop by Bluebell volunteer and society member, Fred Carter. In the afternoon the group moved just a little further up the road to Trading Boundaries, from where they walked through Sheffield forest, past fishing lakes, a water mill and cottages that looked untouched by the passage of time, arriving back in time for tea and cake and a quick look round some of the very tempting shops. The next walk is on Sunday May 13, starting at The Blackboys Inn at 2pm. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 01825 872830.

BRIGHTON MARATHON: Simon Cottingham will be running in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday to raise money for Chailey Heritage School. Good luck to Simon and all those other villagers taking part.

AGE CONCERN: The next Bingo session is in the village hall on Thursday at 2 pm. All welcome.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 5 April ‘…At home all day and very busy…In the even Mary Heath came to our house in order to brew for us tomorrow. She supped with us and lodged at our house. In the even read part of Collins’s Peerage of England. A very cold sharp day, and a very hard frost last night. Oh, what can be a greater pleasure than to be employed in an honest calling all day, and in the even to unbend and relax one’s thoughts by endeavouring to improve the mental and more noble part of man.’


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND held its first quiz of the year at the Goward Hall on Saturday night, March 31, raising funds for new banners, jackets and music. Members welcomed more than 100 people to test their general knowledge and their knowledge of specialist subjects ranging from WWII to soap operas and the Olympics. Taylors provided much enjoyed fish and chips and the evening finished with a vast raffle draw. The band will next be playing at the Cuckoo Fair on Saturday, April 21. For more info please go to

FLAMENCO: This is an unusual one, we’ve had an email from an international flamenco company about a concert this month. Here goes: Cancion Gitana presents Lament for Lorca on Thursday, April 19 at The State Hall, King’s Church starting at 7.45pm (doors open at 7.15pm.) Tickets are £16, concessions £12.Ring 07758 752257 or 07963 959262 or email: or on the door or buy on the night, but very limited seating.

HEATHFIELD SHOW: The closing date for entries into the cattle, horse, pig and sheep competitions at the Heathfield Show is now here, it’s today. Organisers are delighted entries are extremely good to date with well-attended classes in every category across the board. They say the day promises to be the best ever with a ton of competitive entertainment in all spheres and lots of things to see, do, eat and drink throughout the vast showground. The show date is May 26. If you are a would-be exhibitor you are almost too late but I’m sure they would listen sympathetically if you contacted the show secretary immediately on 01435 864587 and pleaded your case. There is also a comprehensive and well thought out new website

CROSS IN HAND WI: Mr E Padget transported 28 members and guests to Africa with his talk on My Friends the Elephants. Having spent a lifetime at a safari park on the Zambezi, close to Victoria Falls, he was able to recount many animal stories. The elephants are very sociable animals and like to live in herds. They are very protective of their young and the mothers even have a midwife elephant to help them with childbirth. A male elephant can grow up to 10 feet tall and may weigh as much as seven tons. Their tusks, an extension of their teeth, are used to dig in the sand for water and for fighting. They may live as long as 50 to 55 years and have few predators but their young are always in danger from lions who seek them for food. Elephants are vegetarian and require huge quantities of fruit, grass and gum trees. The safari park is popular with visitors from all over the world who love to get close to the animals in their natural habitat. Following the talk, birthday flowers were given to Barbara Edwards, Pauline Kent, Cecilia Flecken and Erika Richardson with afternoon tea served by members. Next, members look forward to ‘Flower Arranging’ with Mrs Campbell Dykes on April 25 at 2pm in the village hall. New members are always welcome, please telephone 01435 862161 or go to for details.

VINTAGE SHOP: Moon River which used to be housed in the former furniture showroom in Cross in Hand has now moved to a showroom above Toad Hall in the High Street. Owner Andrea Crook told us this move has been on the cards for a little while. She should find she picks up many more customers from such a central base, it was always a bit hard to get to the Cross in Hand shop and parking was tricky. Now she’s bound to pick up on all the High Street footfall. I’m not an expert on this but Mrs PP tells me Andrea collects vintage clothes, dresses, ballgowns, accessories, hats etc, from across Britain and sells to people who want an unusual outfit for, say, a school prom party or wedding. The fabrics are usually fine and the garments are beautifully made. It makes you realise how much beautiful clothing used to be finely hand-tailored in Britain and how much we have lost by outsourcing much manufacturing overseas (thanks Mary Portas.) The new business opened on April 10.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The annual meeting of Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council takes place in the community centre, Sheepsetting Lane from 7.30pm on Tuesday. This is everyone’s chance to meet councillors, chat to local police and PCSOs, find out what local organisations and groups have been up to, and finally hear an annual report on events which have taken place over the past 12 months, and what might be in store for us all later this year. There is an open forum session too where people can ask questions or speak about issues that concern them. The whole evening is both interesting and enjoyable, largely thanks to those unsung heroines, the ‘backroom ladies’ who make things work, seldom see their names in print and, on this occasion, lay on an endless supply of delicious sausage rolls, quiches, sandwiches and snacks as well as glasses of wine and soft drinks. Few of us pay tribute to them but they are the hard working Sir Humphreys to the PC chairman’s Minister. Look forward to seeing you there.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting includes a talk by Mrs M Biron on Uppark, Phoenix of the National Trust. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on April 19 in the Ian Price Room, Community Centre. Visitors are welcome.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR April 21 in and around the Goward Hall and Half Moon Pub. Fun for all the family. Pageant with Dame Heffle and the traditional release of the cuckoo. Entertainment, stalls, country crafts, food all day from 11am to 4pm, sideshows. Park and ride from Heathfield Market car park. Free admission. Watch out for the scarecrows all around the area. Heffle Cuckoo Bran Dance, April 21 7pm to round of a wonderful community event. Every penny raised goes to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

UNUSUAL PLAY: We’ve been invited to book now for the most original Olymp-event in 2012. Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic© Feat the new and extraordinary piece of theatre from Riding Lights Theatre Company, is touring nationally. See it in Mayfield on Wednesday, April 25 from 7.30pm at St Dunstan’s Church. Contact for a full tour schedule, further information and online booking. Riding Lights Theatre Company Box Office is on 01904 613000.

SPRING SHOW: Five Ashes Horticultural Society received a record number of entries (254) for their spring show held on Saturday, March 31 in the village hall. Despite a warm spring the flower division was represented by 88 entries of which 56 were daffodils, narcissi and tulips. There were 28 entries in the Floral Art Division, with the vision and imagination used to create the exhibits bringing gasps of appreciation from the judge and visitors. Domestic classes for adults and children totalled 145 with 19 entries of Easter biscuits, 12 apple pies and 17 of cheese scones. Needless to say the judge did not join exhibitors for lunch. Approximately 150 people visited the show during the afternoon to enjoy the exhibits and then tea/coffee and cakes. The Society thanks everybody who helped to make the Show such a success. Trophies and awards were as follows: The Penn Memorial Cup for the best exhibition classes 1-16, P Kemp; The Foy Trophy for the most points in classes 17-20, K White; The Hayter Trophy for the winner of Class 21 (novices), S Neve; The Jack Wade Memorial Trophy for the most points in classes 28-35, C Thompson. Children’s Division: The Marriott Cup for the most points in classes 22-14, Amy Packham; The Thompson Trophy for the most points in classes 25-27, Z Duffin.

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: The mental health and wellbeing charity, Sussex Oakleaf, are pleased to announce the opening today, Friday, of this new group at London House from 11.45am to 1.45pm. The group is aimed at people experiencing life’s challenges such as anxiety and depression. Join them for a coffee and chat in a friendly, informal and supportive environment. They would like this to be your group, so please go along and tell them what you’d like to see from such a service. Please also contact them if you would like to be a volunteer. For more information please call 01892 610038 or e-mail or contact Johnny Marsh on 07500 218 565.

U3A: At the main monthly meeting on Thursday, under the heading Iona, Lindisfarne and the Glory of the North, Patricia Wright will describe an incredible small group of people who not only brought an inspirational new religion to these islands but also sparked a cultural awakening. The meeting will take place in the Memorial Hall starting at 2pm and visitors will be most welcome. The Mayfield branch of the U3A has 27 interest groups with more being planned. They cover a wide range of topics eg art appreciation, bridge, book groups, current affairs, history, play reading, science, walking etc. Most groups meet once a month during the daytime at a local venue or in the home of one of the members. If you would like any more information please contact Ann Scott on 872121.

MAYFIELD AND FIVE ASHES SOCIETY: The talk by Ian Rumley-Dawson on Friday, April 20 has been cancelled. Therefore we are sorry but there will be no meeting.

STOOLBALL: The first match of the season is on Thursday, April 26. They play in the Hailsham League, always on a Thursday night either at home at Five Ashes Playing Field or away in the Hailsham area. The Hailsham league is a mixed league made up of both males and females. If you fancy having fun and getting some exercise at the same time, please ring Sue Wren on 01825 830520 who will give you any further information you may need.

BOWLS CLUB: Mayfield Bowls Club, one of the oldest clubs in the village, is just about to start its new season. It is a very friendly club playing rollups, internal matches, friendly matches and league matches with other local bowls clubs. They also have an active social side to the club ranging from race evenings, bingo, boule evenings and trips. They are always keen to welcome new members, both bowlers and social members. The season starts with a New Members Day on Sunday at 2pm. Novice members will receive training and encouragement. All are welcome. Annual fees are £30 for bowling members and £10 for social members. If you are at all interested please contact either Brian Redman on 01435 872558 or Keith Olney on: 01435 872658.

MUSIC AND THE ARTS: Organisers thank everyone who has bought tickets for this year’s festival. For those of you who have not yet secured your tickets, you can book online at or by telephone on 07825 470373 (weekdays between 2.30pm and 4.30pm). Please note, seats for some events are selling out fast. At the time of writing only a few seats remained for the John Wilson Orchestra, with limited availability for Tenebrae, the Sunshine Kings (Jazz Evening) and the Mayfield Festival Choir so, to avoid any disappointment please do book soon.

CELEBRATION MEAL: Mayfield Evening WI members invite everyone to help them celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the Mayfield Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 21 (the Queen’s actual birthday) at 7pm for 7.30pm. A two course meal will be served interspersed with entertainment. Tickets, £15 now available at Rosina Fabrics. On purchasing tickets please indicate if a vegetarian meal is required. Bar service will be available and a raffle will be run in aid of the new village hall. Any enquiries to Berenice Blurton on 01435 872039.


WATER SHORTAGE: It’s only April and we’ve got a hosepipe ban already. Throughout history, from the Mayas to the Jews besieged at Masada, people made sure that they had a water supply, in cisterns, caves, etc. And the Romans built aquaducts 50 miles long or more. When we lived in Malta in the 60s they didn’t have any fresh water. They had a desalination plant. Britain is an island surrounded by the sea and full of abandoned mines, quarries, etc. Maybe we should take away the water board’s computers and give them some history books to read.

UCKFIELD FESTIVAL: July 13 to 22. An amazing new event is planned for the Uckfield Festival this year. On July 21 Brighton based community artists Same Sky’s brand new Sky Dome will touch down on Luxford Field in the centre of the town. The 50ft Sky Dome is going to be a hub of artistic activity directed by the Festival’s long term partners, community artists Same Sky. Workshops in paper sculpture, film making and puppetry will fill the dome during the day, while in the evening the dome will magically transform into an illuminated wonderland as films and images made are projected from the inside for spectators outside.


NEW LAMBS: Heronsdale Farm (Moat Lane) will be open this Sunday from 1.30pm until 4.30pm in aid of Riding for the Disabled carriage driving. If you’re lucky you’ll see lambs being born, and there will be a barbecue, tea and a raffle for this very worthwhile charity. Everyone’s welcome.

FLAMENCO: The pub put on a very successful Flamenco evening last autumn. It was so popular in fact that it will be repeated on Wednesday April 25 at 7.30pm for 8pm, when Ana and José will bring their rhythmic dance and guitar partnership to Waldron. Nick and his staff will cook up a storm of tapas (delicious) and there will be sangria all round. The charge of £30 per head is a bargain, believe me, as it includes the tapas, the sangria and the entertainment.

THE STORES: Our village shop (now re-christened The Stores at Waldron) is fully operational now, and is open every day except Monday. Many of the old menu favourites are still available but are augmented by some delicious and imaginative salads, individual quiches and unusual soups (this week it was a butternut squash). Newspapers can be ordered, there are fresh vegetables, a range of delicatessen cheeses and cold meats, homemade cake and local produce and Debbie is ready to respond to customer requests for special stock items. Fresh bread comes in daily.

QUIZ NIGHT: The next quiz night will be at the Star on Monday April 23 at 7.30pm. The bargain price of £6 per head includes a curry and rice dish and there are cash prizes.

SERVICES: Sunday is the second Sunday of Easter and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Holy Communion (with Junior Church) at All Saints’ at 11.15am. The annual parochial church meeting will be held at All Saints’ on Wednesday April 25 when a report will be given to everyone on the progress of the parish in the past year. There will be Evening Prayer at 7pm and the meeting will begin at 7.30pm. This is considered to be second only in importance to worship for the church community so everyone is asked to attend.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Our next production is Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, a comedy by Constance Cox, based on a short story by Oscar Wilde. This will be performed from May 9 to 12 in the Dunn Village Hall, in our famed theatre supper format. There is priority access to tickets for members of the group, on Saturday in the hall from 9.30am to 11.30am. Non-members can obtain their tickets from Anita Gunn (01435 873226) from Monday. Tickets are £17.50 to include a three course meal.

OPEN DAY: If you have an interest in the history of local properties or families, why not come to see the results of previous research held by the Warbleton and District History Group, from 2pm to 5pm, tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village Hall. The group also has several items of general interest and a small lending library. There are indexes to assist and members on hand to help and give advice. Tea and coffee will be available.

SUSSEX HARMONY: This is a West Gallery Quire, which will give a tour through the life of village at Punnetts Town Village hall tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7.30pm. There will be robust music, much from Sussex, from before the age of the church organ plus readings by a costumed group of singers and instrumentalists. Entrance is £4 with coffee, cakes and a raffle, all in aid of hall funds. In the afternoon. there is a table top sale in the hall.

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, 6.30pm Evening service and communion. Preacher at both Harry Vallance.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band is holding its Spring Concert on Sunday afternoon from 3pm. There will be a wide range of music, traditional and modern. There will be refreshments in the interval. A raffle and a retiring collection will be made in aid of band funds.

HISTORY GROUP: The AGM is on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Wine and cheese will be served.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets in the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. As usual, members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters with the council. This in fact is the annual parish meeting, at which the council reports on the last year.

EASTER DIARY: Good Friday morning was spent manuring and rotovating the veg patch. I know it always happens on a Bank Holiday, but it was nice to see some rain over the weekend. In the afternoon, we spent a thought provoking hour at the church, considering Jesus’ seven utterances from the cross. Saturday was the men’s breakfast, full English, and the evidence for the Resurrection. In the afternoon, it was great to see the young children and their parents engaged in the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. On Sunday morning, the church was packed for our Family Service and Communion. In fact, emergency supplies of bread and wine had to be taken up to the communion table. We met for Evensong in the old style. On Monday, I took advantage of the wet day and caught up with some jobs indoors.

CLIVE TURNER: It was a privilege to attend Clive’s funeral service on Maundy Thursday. The church was full with family and friends, as we came to give thanks for his life. The coffin entered to the sound of a pipes played by Gordon the piper. After the introduction, we sang Abide With Me. The Eulogy was given by Clive’s nephew Andy Mitchell, who gave us a glimpse into his life. He always referred to himself as a man of the soil, although the jury was out on his gardening skills. He and Sarah were married for 49 years, with two children Nina and Simon and a good number of grandchildren. He was a man of his word. To begin with, he managed a pig farm at Waldron. Then after the move to Heathfield, he worked as a salesman for SCATS for many years until his retirement, and made many friends in the area. He was very much a family man and we had humorous anecdotes related. He was a member of the E Sussex Morris Minor Club. Latterly he had built a model of the Titanic. He was the percussionist of the Warbleton and Buxted Brass Band for 35 years, keeping them in time to the beat. Rev Geoff France who was a close friend led the service and gave the address. He related how he got to know Clive when he and Mike Greaves had bought Geoff’s lot at an auction of promises; a day’s fishing instruction. He also told of Clive’s journey to faith in Christ. The other hymns were a reworking of You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban and Love Divine. The journey out of the church to the graveyard was to The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Sarah, Nina and Simon and their families.