Parish pump Uckfield - April 17, 2015


FOLK BAND: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm Contraband folk band will be performing in concert with their usual mix of tear-jerkers, romantic waltzes, foot-stompers (bring your dancing shoes) and home grown oddities to brighten your evening. It will be cabaret style seating with tables and a bar. Tickets £8.50 (under 16 years £5) from Barcombe Stores or online at Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. Their music swings from soulful ballads to full-on Celtic jigs and reels. Their main line-up is vocals, accordion, keyboards, two fiddles, mandolin and recorder/oboe/whistles. These kinds or portable acoustic instruments have travelled to all parts of the world and this is reflected in their repertoire which covers Breton, Eastern European, Cajun, English, Irish, French Canadian tunes, plus many of their own compositions. So come along for a great, fun, musical evening.

OPERA: On Bank Holiday Monday, May 4, at 7.30pm the New Sussex Opera will perform The Indian Queen by Purcell. This opera contains much of Purcell’s most glorious music. It was his last opera and has been neglected, probably because it was left unfinished and was in fact completed by his brother, Daniel. It is a story of two lovers divided by war. Tickets £16 available at Barcombe Stores or online at Tel: 0333 666 3366.

VILLAGE HALL AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Barcombe Village Hall will be held on Thursday at 7pm in the village hall. At the meeting reports will be given by the management committee on activities during the past year including financial accounts which the AGM will be asked to approve. The management committee (trustees) for 2015/16 will be formed by election and from appointees from user groups. All adult residents of the parish are welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity for the public to raise issues relevant to the village hall.

BOWLING: It is that time again. The green is being prepared and the pavilion will be open for the first roll up (practice session) of the season. So get your flat shoes on and come along to the bowls pavilion on Sunday from 2.30pm onwards and try your hand at bowling in a relaxed and informal way. New members very welcome from Barcombe and the surrounding villages. Further practice sessions are on Monday evenings from 6.30pm. Tel: 01273 400806 or 400548.

GARDEN CLUB: On Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Ruth Urbanowich will talk on Organic Gardening; what is it, why do it and how to do it? Refreshments available, all welcome.

Bodle Street Green

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

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.


RACE NIGHT: An exciting evening is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, evening by the Burwash Common and Burwash Weald Residents Association. They invite you to a special Race Night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Entrance is £5, £3 for members and a hotdog is included in the price. There will be eight races to bet on, seven of which are sponsored the final one is auctioned on the night. The licensed bar will be open.

PARISH WALK: Roger Cloke invites you all to join him on Monday morning for the next monthly parish footpath walk. The walkers will leave the Bear car park at 9am and will enjoy walking over the network of public footpaths around our lovely villages. Last month they walked north of the village. This time they aim to go the other way. The walks usually consist of 5 to 6 miles at a gentle pace, stopping to take in the views and wildlife. For more information call Roger on 01435 884312.

ADMIRAL NURSES are specialist dementia nurses who help with those suffering in their own homes. On Tuesday you can have a chance to talk on a one to one basis, privately and in confidence to an Admiral Nurse. They will be at The Bell in Ticehurst. Admiral Nurses are there to give support to the whole family. To book an appointment please call Ruth Tomkins on 01435 882938.

BINGO: Next weekend the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will be holding a prize Bingo afternoon for the whole family to enjoy. The fun will begin at 2.30pm in the village hall. All proceeds will go to the Burwash Village Hall Window Fund. Donations of prizes and grocery items would be very welcome and can be given to any bowls club member or call Mary Taylor for more information.

WEDDINGS: Also next weekend St Bartholomew’s will be staging a wedding dress exhibition. Dresses from down the ages are being loaned and will make for a spectacular display. You can visit on Friday from 7pm to 9pm or Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


BIRD SEARCH will take place tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 9.30am at Romany Ridge Common car park (TQ377207). All are welcome to join Ian Woolsey and other members of the Commons Society search for warblers, the new migrant arrivals, and other birds. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGE’S Coffee Morning is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until midday. Hosted by the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, there will teas, coffees, homemade cakes, preserves, tombola, fancy goods, books and cards. Do call in and give your support to this great cause. To learn more call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Also everyone is welcome at the church this Sunday to enjoy delicious homemade afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm.

FREE CHURCH Sunday service with Derek Heyman at 10.30am and Giles Woodcraft at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING: Complete beginners and experienced knitters will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Take along your current project or if you wish to learn wool, needles and help will be available. To find out more call 01273 890114.

LUNCH CLUB open to everybody is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday from 12.30pm. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared, home cooked food.

FREE Getting Ready for Work course at the Chailey Children’s Centre takes place on Thursdays April 23 and 30 for two hours each day. Just call 01273 336940 to book a place.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, on Friday April 24 from 10am to midday.

LONDON MARATHON: Ed Dykes has kindly volunteered to run in the London Marathon, on Sunday April 26, to fundraise for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The Foundation receive one London Marathon ticket every five years. Ed’s story on his JustGiving site includes ‘It is a happy place despite profound disadvantages everyone is working to improve choice, independence and quality of life. Chailey Heritage receives some government funding, but it is private donations and gifts that make the real difference and make this place truly special. Anything that you can give in support will be enormously appreciated.’ To help Ed reach his sponsorship target please donate at

WINDMILL and Rural Life Museum will be open for the first time this year on Sunday April 26 from 3pm to 5pm. The small display of military exhibits has been expanded to include research material compiled by the Commons Society which relates to our village’s military history and archaeology from the18th century to the present time. Any further items relating to Chailey’s war-time past will be most welcome, just contact John Smith on 01825 723519.

FUNDRAISING BARN DANCE: This special event has been organised by one of the parents at Chailey Heritage School to raise funds for the charity. It is being held on Saturday May 2 from 7pm in the Memorial Hall at Chailey Heritage Foundation, just off the A272. There will be live music provided by Square the Circle Folk Dance Band, dancing and a hog roast. Tickets cost £15, which includes the hog roast, and are available from GK’s Cafe at Chailey Heritage or by calling 01825 723723.

CHAILEY LINK WALK starts at 10am on Monday May 4 from the Sports Ground, North Chailey. As usual the walk will be followed by a barbeque for the participants. Children who complete the walk will receive a certificate provided by the Bonfire Society. The walk is about six and a half miles long, but a short cut is available reducing it to four miles and route brochures will be available. The route linking North and South Chailey is almost totally over footpaths; with stiles adapted to ensure easy access for dogs. It is varied and includes the heathland on the Commons, ancient woodland, splendid bluebells and spectacular views of the South Downs. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

HUGE THANKS go to the students at Oriel High School in Horsham for raising £14,000, in a sponsored walk, which has enabled the creation of a new outdoor multi-sensory activity area at Chailey Heritage Foundation. The interactive facilities were formally opened recently and include talking sunflowers, massive suspended tubular bells, a resonance board, raised flowerbeds, a pagoda with different coloured Perspex panels on the top and sides, brightly coloured sinks with water or sand offering different textures and temperatures, a water fountain that squirts water and turns on different coloured lights and a big mirror on the wall for the young people to look into. It is an amazing transformation of a courtyard and one that the young people at the Foundation will enjoy always. ITV Meridian attended the opening of the sensory garden and if you missed their detailed report visit

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the Preservation Society are leading their monthly walk, starting at 2pm from The Royal Oak at Barcombe. The walk is approx. 5.5 miles long and is easy going with stunning views and riverside walking, but there are a number of stiles. The hedgerows are full of spring flowers and the birds are singing and busy nesting. This walk is highly recommended. As with all their walks, they are for everyone, not just members. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830. Dogs on leads are very welcome.

GET TOGETHER: The allotment holders are having a get together tomorrow (Saturday). This will be a chance to get to know fellow plotters, work on your plot and swap ideas, seedlings and seeds. Bring cakes to share and your own hot drinks. This event is open to everyone in the parish, regardless of whether or not they currently have a plot. Come and find out about the garden plots and meet the plotters. There are plots still available, if you are interested please contact Ann Newton on 890103.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club; 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

A VERY ENGLISH ORGAN tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm. Join us for a historical journey, describing the evolution of English organs through their music, with particular reference to Fletching church. Our guide will be Peter Bassett MMus, ARCO, LTCL who we are fortunate to have as one of our talented organists at Fletching. The programme will include music from William Byrd to Edward Elgar. Entry is free with a retiring collection for Project Refresh. Wine and canapés will be served in the interval.

SALMON AND TROUT meet on Monday at 7pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

KOBUDO Martial Arts meet on Thursday 23 at 5pm.

PARISH COUNCIL Monthly News. There was a serious road traffic collision on the A272 on April 2 which sadly resulted in a fatality. We are contacting the police to ascertain the cause of the incident. Road safety is a concern we all share and this was evident from your responses to the recent Parish Action Plan Questionnaire. The Parish Action Plan Steering Group would like to form a focus group to look at speeding and road safety in the parish. If you are interesting in joining the focus group or would like to volunteer to help us with our Speed Watch initiative, please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or e-mail A lot of our roads are still in poor condition, with potholes and overflowing drains causing hazardous conditions for drivers. We constantly monitor and report these issues to the Highways department at East Sussex County Council and continue to chase for the most urgent repairs to be done as quickly as possible. If you notice any issues with roads, pavements, flooding, verges or signs you can report them directly to Highways via their online reporting tool

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This year’s Annual Parish Meeting of electors is being held at 7pm in the Village Hall on Monday May 11 and it’s a great informal opportunity for you to talk to your councillors over a glass of wine. We will be telling you about our work over the past year and updating you on the progress of the Parish Action Plan. An agenda will be published nearer the time, for more information please contact the clerk.

100 YEARS AGO - Sussex Express 23 April 1915. Liet Ryder’s Narrow Escape. It is now about a month since Lieut ARFD Ryder, son of the Rector of Maresfield, went to the front with the 2nd London RFA and he has had some exciting experiences, judging from his letters. He has found his exceptional stature, he stands nearly 6ft 2in, somewhat of a disadvantage, for when in the trenches on one occasion his head projected above the parapet, and was promptly made a target by a sniper. Lieut. Ryder, however, ‘bobbed low’ and escaped, but forgetting himself a second time, he had a bullet through his cap. He says that his first sensation of being under shell fire was one of strange insecurity. There are heaps of dead Germans lying close to their trenches, who had been killed about ten days previously.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS,Old Heathfield: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Communion with prayers for the healing (CW). All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, Sunday, 9.30am Third Dimension (Christian Aid).

CUCKOO FAIR: Heffle Cuckoo Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 11am to 4pm at Cade Street. The procession of Dame Heffle will start from Heathfield Community College and process to the recreation ground in Cade Street where she will release a cuckoo from her basket and declare spring has arrived in Heathfield. Then the fun of the fair commences. Entertainment, numerous stalls, sideshows, dog show, vintage vehicles, scarecrow competition and fun for all the family. Free to come in and park and ride from the market car park. All proceeds go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Our community nurses look after many children and families in East Sussex, so please support this great charity.

CROSS IN HAND BOWLS: The club will be opening the green for the summer season tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am. We welcome new members or old bowlers to the green to come along from 11am and have a go, a warm welcome awaits. Soft pair of shoes is all that’s required. We are not all oldies, our youngest bowler is 15 years old so all ages are welcome. If you require any more information please call Mary 01435 868838 or Rod 01435 867048. We look forward to seeing you.

ANNUAL MEETING: The St George’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Monday Aril 27, 7.30pm at All Saint’s Church.

EASTER EGGSCLUSIVE is the theme of the next Cafechurch today, Friday, at Costa in Heathfield High Street. Do join us from 6.30pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 7pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join us for informal discussion and a quiz or table top challenge, and to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. We hope to see you there. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information please contact George Dearsley,

VOTERS in Heathfield have the opportunity to ask all of the local prospective MPs their important questions at the election Husting Meeting on Sunday April 26 at St Richard’s Church at 7pm. All the declared prospective candidates for the Battle and Bexhill Constituency have agreed to be present and participate and include, Huw Merriman (Conservative), Michelle Thew (Labour), Geoffrey Bastin (UKIP), Jonathan Kent (Green) and Rachel Sadler (LibDem). The evening is to be chaired by Judge Peter Gower QC who will allow each of the candidates to set out, in two minutes, their key policies and aspirations for the next five years should they be elected to serve as the next MP for the local constituency. The meeting will then be open for questions from the floor. The leaders of All Saints’ Church and St Richard’s Church emphasise this is an open meeting for all electors to attend and there is no charge for the evening. This is the third time that churches in Heathfield have arranged a public Hustings Meeting prior to a General Election. The churches in Heathfield believe ‘that the Bible is clear about the Christian value of respecting governments and taking part in our democratic system is a way of affirming the human dignity of all people. They also feel that voting demonstrates their duty to be involved in society and by voting, can influence the make-up of the leadership of the nation. The choices are an opportunity to reflect God’s agenda for society and opinion polls show how close this election is going to be, which means each and every vote really does matter, wherever we live’.

Islfield & Little Horsted

QUIZ CHAMPS: It was a sparkling event for Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society when they held their annual Easter quiz last weekend. All 96 tickets were sold so the village hall was comfortably full for a fun evening that not only entailed the quiz but also a Heads ‘n’ Tails competition, a raffle and a delicious cold buffet supper. A great recipe for a record society quiz profit of just over £700. Beth Hazelwood wrote and called the quiz, Bev Ashford sold the raffle tickets and ran the H ‘n’ T while Nik Hall prepared the supper. The winning quiz team, Mostly Cloudy, was made up of Adrian Guest, Rachel Masters, Jean and Tessa Pointing, Simon Cramond, Ray Carpenter and Linda and Andy Brooks. Each of the winning players won a bottle of wine. Proceeds from the event go towards the society’s annual Guy Fawkes celebrations.

ROLL UP, BOWL UP: There’s no shortage of lawn bowling clubs in this area, although there is not one in the villages of Isfield and Little Horsted. There is, however, a shortage of members across the fields from our villages at Barcombe Bowling Club, and the fear is that if there isn’t an inflow of new blood the club’s future could be in doubt. The existing 22 members play just friendly matches throughout the summer season from April to September, both on their home green next to the sports pavilion at Barcombe Recreation Ground and at other clubs mainly in the Wealden and Mid-Sussex areas. Committee member John Simpson says: ‘Our aim is to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. If you are interested in joining, our first Roll Up (practice session) is this Sunday at the club from 2.30pm, with a further open evening and coaching session on Monday April 27.’ Prospective players need turn up with just suitable flat shoes for these sessions; the club will provide woods (bowls) and all other equipment. The sport is widely regarded as an old person’s sport in this part of the country, but there are thriving leagues for younger players, including under-25s, in other regions of the UK. Further info about the Barcombe club, which was formed in 1951, can be obtained from Jas Osmond (secretary) on 01273 400806 or John Simpson on 01273 400548.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second , Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

DIARY DATES: All these events at Isfield Village Hall; unless stated otherwise: April 18, Film Night, Life of Pi (7pm); April 21, beginners’ contemporary stained glass class, 2.30pm to 4.30pm; April 30, Theme evening, Food From the USA, The Laughing Fish (from 6pm).


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 31, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Irene Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Robin Parris and Peter Kennedy; 3, Nigel Osmer and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday April 2, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Catermole and Mickie Lodge; 2, Liz Fry and David Sharpe; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Thursday March 9, Cross Imps: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 2, Janet Cattermole and Jonathan Hyde; 3, Meic Goodyear and Sheila Cripps. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

STUDY DAY: Courageous in Conflict is the title of the fifth Study Day being held from 10am on Saturday May 23 by the Sussex Military History Society. The event at Newhaven Fort has five expert speakers covering aspects of WWI to WWII (giving their time free) and includes a professional tour of the Palmerston Fort. Tickets are £15 including tea/coffee and biscuits and refreshments are available on the site. All proceeds are towards the Combat Stress Charity. To date the group’s annual Study Days have raised £3,000 for Forces charities. All details or phone 07714923925 email

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you are in Waitrose this month please pop your green token in the box for the Lewes Contact Centre, which helps families that have split up to maintain contact. During April our collections are going to the Judah Trust to provide education on avoiding the spread of HIV/AIDS and to care for those afflicted by this illness, particularly children. Our special link is with work in Rwanda. Members of our church go there regularly to give practical as well as financial assistance.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Thursday: Rother View, Burwash 2.30pm-2.50pm; Christ the King, Burwash 2.55pm-3.25pm; Nr Scout Hut, Burwash 3.35pm-4.05pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET is open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. There is always a good selection of home baked cakes, savoury items, fresh eggs, flowers, plants, preserves, locally produced cheeses and charcuterie, plus handmade greeting cards and knitted items. So why not pop along and see for yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Church, Sunday 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Holy Communion (CW). If you require a lift to church please telephone 722582 and make an advance booking.

REMINDER: Just to remind you about Peter Bassett’s historical journey with English Organ Music at Fletching Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

NEWICK WI will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm when Ian Gledhill will be the speaker. Visitors are always welcome to join these meetings.

THE WEATHER has been glorious this week, I sincerely hope you have been able to get out in your garden or go for a walk. The country side is coming alive with colour primroses and the hedgerows are forming new green leaves plus the birds are singing beautifully. We are so fortunate to live in such a great part of the UK.


GLIDING: This week I’m trying something that I’ve been meaning to try for years. I’m having a gliding lesson at Ringmer’s Sussex Gliding Club. I’m really looking forward to flying over the local countryside. Wave if you see me passing over your house.

SPRING SHOW: Don’t forget that it is Uckfield and District Horticultural Society’s Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday, at the Luxford Centre. Doors open 1.30pm, prize giving 4pm. Entrance free. Come and see the daffodils and other flowers, plus decorative, domestic, photography and craft sections. There is also a display of art work. Tea and coffee available.

UCKFIELD SINGERS have arranged for a fabulous Gospel singer, Ceceli Wickham-Anderson, to come down from London to give us a gospel singing workshop which will be a lot of fun and it will be wonderful to be part of some uplifting singing. It is on Sunday May 17 from 1pm to 5pm at High Hurstwood Village Hall. Tickets are £10, refreshments included. Tickets can be purchased via our treasurer Joan Richards

UCKFIELD ROTARY CLUB will be in the High Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am,

inviting you to have a free blood pressure test. Blood pressure is a major risk factor for strokes and for heart disease, and often has no symptoms. If you don’t know your blood pressure, why not take the opportunity to have it checked? The test only takes a few minutes, involves no more than a cuff secured round your arm, and the results are available immediately. We are very grateful to Kamsons Pharmacy for sponsorship of this event.


MORE SIGNS: I mentioned recently seeing some new signs around the lanes warning of frogs and ducks. Now I’ve seen another couple, one asking for drivers to slow down for cats and the other (very Disney pink, this one) saying firmly, ‘There’s no such thing as a Dog Poo Fairy’ with a little sketch of a fairy buckling under the weight of a plastic bag full of unmentionables. And for some people (a small number I would insist) dog poo happens to other people’s dogs and they don’t see why they should pick up the results. Please, whoever you are who regularly walks your dogs on our recreation ground and never bothers to pick up their turds, get real. We have children playing on that field, as well as grown-ups jogging and working out, and it’s just not acceptable to have them treading in your dogs’ detritus. Carry a plastic bag, take responsibility, pick up what your dogs leave and drop the bag into the doggy bin. Please.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: There’s another one of these occasional events tomorrow, Saturday, at the Grove, Blackboys, starting at 8.30am. A full cooked breakfast is provided (£8 per head) and this month’s speaker will be Trevor Cox from Tools with a Mission, a Christian charity which collects and refurbishes unwanted tools in the UK and sends them overseas to help people earn a living and support themselves. If you’d like to come, please book through Benjamin Tyler, parish administrator, on 07505 650754.

ANNUAL MEETING: The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Thursday

starting at 7pm with a short service of evening prayer and continuing straight on with the Annual Meeting from 7.30, at All Saints’ Church. It’s an opportunity to hear at first-hand what is happening in our parish and future plans for the reordering of All Saints’ and repairs and improvements to both churches. The annual report will give details of all the various groups involved in keeping our churches running smoothly and the financial state that we find ourselves in. There will be confirmation of the election of the two churchwardens (Richard Maylam will continue and Ian Dixon is standing for election), and there will be elections for new members of the PCC. If you or anyone you know would like to stand for election to the PCC there are nomination forms at the back of both churches or contact Dorothy Withers or Benjamin Tyler (07505 650754). Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting, but only those on the electoral roll can vote.

QUIZ: Our Pub Quiz night this month is on Monday April 27 with teams of up to six. Supper and cash prizes. It’s a great way to have a fun evening out with friends for a small cost.

PRIMAVERA: A lovely trio of violin, viola and cello from Primavera will play at All Saints’ on Sunday June 14 at 7pm in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches. The programme sounds positively scrumptious with music by Beethoven, Françaix, Schubert and Dohnanyl. Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view) available from Cards and More, High Street, Horam, or by post from Mary R Manser, Little Paygate, Horam TN21 0JE, enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. This promises to be a sell-out performance so book your tickets promptly.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’ with Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Matins at 10am followed by coffee.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

POST OFFICE: The Post Office opens for business at The Stores today. This is a very welcome return to the life of the village. The official opening of the Stores Post Office is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Thursday by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mrs Sara Stoner, followed by tea at Osborne House.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service and communion led by Ray Bodkin.

RGWI: The April meeting is on Thursday at 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall. Heather Hook will relate stories of Meeting Grizzly Bears. For more details about the WI or for help with transport contact Marian on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: The group AGM was on Monday, and after reports on the year’s activities the following were elected: chairman Bryan Whitton; vice chairman and secretary, Jonathan Austin; treasurer Ray Whitehead; booking secretary jointly Brian and Jill Hartshorn. The following were elected to the committee: John Hobden (walks and membership), Rita Hobden, Colin Rose, Nannette Burton (library), Annette Spratley (library) and Sue Hinman (refreshments). Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn (who had booked speakers for ten years) and Mike and Gill Squires (outing organisers for many years) stood down at the AGM, and were warmly thanked for their dedicated service to the group. Mike and Gill will stay on until July to see through the trip to Walmer Castle on July 18. We have two walks organised in the next few weeks. The first is our annual (24th) Cowslip walk starting from the Berwick Church car park at 2pm next Saturday, April 25. The second is also flower related and is a Bluebell walk on Wednesday April 29 meeting at the Simon Turner forecourt (by kind permission) in Cowbeech at 7pm. Our next meeting is on May 11 at 7.30pm for 8pm, when Ken Brooks will relate to us the history of the America Ground at Hastings.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band Spring Concert, with refreshments served, is next Sunday, April 26, at 2pm in the Dunn Village Hall. There is no entry fee, just a retiring collection. A good opportunity to enjoy splendid music in a relaxed atmosphere.

HUSTINGS: The churches in Heathfield are putting on an election hustings meeting at St Richard’s Church, Heathfield, at 7pm next Sunday, April 26. All are welcome and at least five candidates for the Bexhill and Battle constituency will be present to answer questions from the audience.