Parish pump Uckfield - April 18, 2014

Bodle Street Green

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

EASTER SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service followed by Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.

FILM CLUB: Searching For Sugarman is this month’s film, and it tells the story of ‘the greatest 70s rock icon that never was’, the singer Rodriguez. A promising but then forgotten singer from Detroit, who later became a phenomenon in South Africa, from where two fans seek out what happened to him. Doors open at the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guests are welcome at £6 on the door, with no need to book. This documentary lasts 1hr 25min.


TEA: Last week the village hall committee held a very enjoyable come to tea afternoon, to help raise funds for maintenance of the building. Despite the poor attendance we raised £158. Our grateful thanks to those who did come and those who manned the stalls.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. These walks take in the network of public footpaths, helping to keep them in use and good repair for everyone to use. As this is on Easter Monday it is a great chance for those normally at work when the walks are taken to join in. Roger Cloke will be delighted to lead you and bring you back to the village in time for lunch.

BLG: On Wednesday the Burwash Ladies Group outing will be a guided tour of Eastbourne. All members will be taken around the town and have interesting buildings and places pointed out to them by their guide. Call secretary Julie Coggill if you would be interested in joining them.

BIG TEA EVENT: On Thursday afternoon there will be a Big Tea Event at Pippins thanks to host Margaret Swift. It will be from 3pm until 5pm and will include tea and homemade cakes. All the proceeds will be given to St Michael’s hospice.

SERVICES: Today, Friday, the Hour Before the Cross service will take place in St Bartholomew’s Church at 2pm. The church will then be decorated with Easter lilies tomorrow, Saturday, morning by the church flower guild. Donations of spring flowers and foliage would be very welcome. Call Diana Workman on 01435 8825278 or Celia Merchant 882360. The Easter family service will take place at 10am on Sunday with the lighting of the Easter Candle.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Last year a few people got together to celebrate St George’s Day with a party on the green at Hornbeam. It was a lot of fun with lots of games for the children to enjoy. Families took along plates of food and shared them around, and a barbecue was lit for hot food. They intend to hold another one this year, on Sunday April 27 and would be delighted if you came along. Go on to the Burwash Community facebook page and see more and let them know you will be there. More games have been made and it is hoped to have a maypole.


ST GEORGE’S Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and midday. There will be refreshments plus homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, books and cards. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

ST PETER’S Church services start today, Good Friday, with a liturgy at 2pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is the Lighting the Easter Fire in the church at 6pm. On Sunday there will be a 5.30am Sunrise service at Chailey Windmill. There will be a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Erik Cornellise and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer

QUIZ NIGHT, with sausage and mash supper and a drink, organised by Newick and Chailey Hospice Support Group is on Friday April 25 at 7.30pm at the Barn Centre, Newick. Book in advance and tickets £15 each (for teams of four minimum) are available from Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607.

ST GEORGE’S DAY FETE, organised by the bonfire society, is at Markstakes Corner, on Saturday April 26 from noon to 4pm. There will be a beer tent, barbecue, cakes, plants, tombola, bric-a-brac, table top sale, dog show, children’s rides and more. For more information call 07985 112968.

TOY AND RAIL Collectors Fair is on Sunday April 27 from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway. There will be stalls on the platform and a marquee within the station car park with railway artefacts and model railway equipment. Admission tickets costs £3 per person which covers both the platform and a marquee.

CHORAL WORKSHOP with Aanna Colls is at the village hall on Sunday April 27 from 2pm to 5pm. Aanna’s approach to singing includes all the arts; music, movement and colour are seen as interconnected aspects of creativity. As an expert in vocal technique, she teaches that singing involves the use of the whole body in the production of resonant sound. Movement, physical exercise and the mixing of voices together raises the quality of the sound to different levels. The cost of the workshop is £15 which includes music scores and interval refreshments. To arrange attendance email Ann Jones at or call 01444 831 244 with details of your name, address and telephone number.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is on Monday April 28 at the village hall. The main focus of the meeting will be the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan. Parish councils can use new neighbourhood planning powers to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. If Chailey Parish Council is going to take forward a Neighbourhood Plan, they will need your support and involvement as parishioners. Please go along to this meeting with your views and ideas. It will also be a chance to meet representatives from the council, police force and village organisations. There will also be an opportunity to question and discuss parish council policies and activities over the last year. The formal meeting begins at about 7.30pm, residents are however invited to arrive at or after 7pm to enjoy a glass of fruit juice or wine and meet councillors informally. I hope that you take this chance to meet your councillors, having attended previous meetings I can say they are interesting and well worth attending.

East Hoathly

THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY presents Betty Houghton’s talk, entitled My Time at Bletchley Park. This is not boringly technical but I welcome questions. I talk about my own experience of working at Bletchley Park from 1943 to 1945 and living at Woburn Abbey as a WRNS member. Lots of funny things, some poignant, all wartime spirit. Photos and books are displayed to help describe My Time. The talk is at East Hoathly Village Hall on Friday May 9 at 7.30pm. Admission is free to members and guests welcome at £3.

GARDEN PLOTS: You may have noticed that work on the allotment site has made good progress in recent weeks, after delays due to the inclement weather earlier in the year. There will be a meeting at 8pm on Tuesday in the King’s Head to discuss the terms of the licence, the future planning and running of the site and the allocation of the plots.

THE SPING 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. For further information about joining or any other matters, please contact Paul Richardson on 01825 840082, email or visit the website

Show Results. Class 1 to 4 Decorative 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: 1, J Walker; 2, S Cottingham; 3, S Trinder; 4, J Oakley. Classes18 to 28 Other Flowers and Plants: Overall Points: 1, J Walker; 2, K Richardson; 3, V Serpell; 4, R Heath. 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: 1, R Akehurst; 2, J Tarry; joint 3, K Richardson and V Serpell. Classes 38 to 45 Handicrafts: Overall Points: 1, P Duke; 2, C Mills; 3, A Priest; 4, M Cowper. A special mention must be made of Alison Priest’s magnificent collage of Life in East Hoathly. Hopefully this will go on display in the village hall in the near future for others to see. Classes 58 to 59 Hens Eggs: J Walker and J Figg. Junior Classes: Junior Challenge Cup, S Buckley; Overall Points: 1, S Buckley; 2, C Mills; 3, J Bushell; 4, R Mills.


FLETCHING CHURCH: There will be a Lambing Service on Sunday April 27 at 3pm at Black Ven Farm, Down Street, Nutley. All are welcome to this short service of thanksgiving and to see the new born lambs.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL, Punnetts Town, is holding a Good Friday meditation today at 10.30am with Rad Upfield. On Easter Sunday at 11am they will hold their Easter celebration service to which everyone is invited.

BOWLS CLUB: Mary Hough tells me: It’s that time of year again and despite the very wet winter we are pleased to say we will be opening our green on time and would like to invite members of the public to our open day tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am. All ages are welcome. New or old bowlers should just come to the green at Cross in Hand. If that date is not suitable they are welcome on any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 2pm. Our first few games we are playing away but will be playing at the green Saturday, May 10 against Groombridge. If you have not played before come along and watch and join us for a cup of tea. For more information please ring Mary on 01435 868838 or Rod on 01435 867048.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints today, Friday, an Hour at the Cross from 2pm. Easter Day, 8am Holy Communion and 11am Holy Communion. St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion.

POO BAGS: While we all pick up after our dogs (or at least most of us do) can I please urge people not to then leave full bags littered on the grass or, worse, hanging from trees. I find them on the Cuckoo Trail, Millennium Green and even in the open countryside. It’s a revolting habit, in open country it’s far worse than leaving the contents to return to the soil naturally.

GOOD SERVICE: It’s a bouquet this week to a local firm which consistently provides super service. We needed a new dog crate for the back of the car and bought a large one from Windmill Feeds. It was too big, so they changed it. The new one did not fit so we took that back very hesitantly, fearing an inquisition (when Mrs PP returned a faulty item to a shop in Lewes the sales assistant and her colleague took it into a back room to ensure she was telling the truth and then very grudgingly agreed to refund her money). The cheerful and knowledgeable girls at Windmill arranged the refund with no quibble, and we were also delighted to discover a whole range of animal feeds and related equipment at extremely competitive prices. What’s more they carry the stuff to and from the car for you. We are lucky to have this outlet, plus SCATS which also has a wonderful range of outdoor and garden merchandise.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: We were delighted to see every seat taken at last week’s Parish Assembly at the Community Centre. As well as a first-class summary of the year’s events from chair, Pat Clark, it was good to see local organisations well represented. The Heathfield and Waldron First Responders handed out their first newsletter edited by Dr Tim Williams, chairman. He explained there are now eight fully equipped responders, more are being trained and even more are needed so if you are interested, contact him on: Lives have already been saved and there are now defibrillators in Waldron, Heathfield, Mayfield and Five Ashes. The scheme has been helped by grants from the Parish Council, the Big Lottery Fund and Sussex Community Foundation, plus of course members of the public. The Responders will also have a presence at the Heffle Cuckoo Fair on Saturday, April 26. The far-sighted group of individuals who run the Friends of All Saints Church, Old Heathfield (FASCOH) are organising an event to commemorate the outbreak of World War I. This will run from September 18 to 21 and include a music night, an exhibition, quiz and involve local young people in schools. Look out for notices in and around Heathfield, Broad Oak and Cade Street. Jackie Parker, Group Scout Leader, was displaying the local group’s plans for a new HQ on the site at the bottom of Ghyll Road. She said the scheme to build a truly eco-friendly HQ proved too expensive, but the new design looks functional and workmanlike and will provide much-needed accommodation for the activities of Scouts, Guides and younger members of affiliated groups. The scheme has been adopted as its charity of the year for the second consecutive year by the local branch of Sainsbury’s. It will cost in total about £250,000 but applications to grant funds are being prepared and processed. Let’s hope this worthwhile aim is realised soon. New allotments at Theobalds Green are now being ably managed by the Theobalds Green Allotment Association. There is a waiting list for allotments and existing holders have already made wonderful progress in planting out and cropping. Chair Alan Archer said there’s a great social scene at the allotments with extensive ‘produce swapping’ and even day trips to gardens including Hampton Court in the near future. If you’re interested in finding out more contact him at: Heathfield Works is now celebrating their 100th graduate. Cllr Rupert Simmons tells us the sum of £128,000 must now be found to cover the costs for the forthcoming year. Chair Pat Clark praised the work of the scheme saying all these youngsters, whose ambitions and hopes would have come to nothing, are now studying or working at jobs they enjoy. Cllr Simmons also praised employers who have supported the process and offered young people the chance to get involved in worlds they would never previously consider such as law, retail, art and design, the fire and emergency services and landscaping.

Isfield & Little Horsted

BEER WE GO: It looks as if this is going to be a busy weekend for Isfield, no more so than on Monday when the village’s traditional Tommy Trot Beer Race is held. The main event involves competitors carrying half-a-pint of ale over a route of about 1½ miles from The Laughing Fish to the Mill and back. The winner is whoever spills the least. Usually competitors are told they must walk, not run, but rules tend to change on the whim of organiser Andy Brooks, licensee of the Fish. ‘It’s all very silly,’ says Andy’s wife Linda. ‘Often there’s up to 80 people taking part. The event was started in 1956 by the then pub landlord, Tommy Thompson, hence the race’s name, and the original trophy is still awarded, complete with names of all winners engraved on it.’ An Easter Egg Hunt is due to start at the Fish at noon, followed by a children’s Lemonade Race over a shorter route at 12.45pm, the Beer Race at 1.45pm, and Morris Dancing at around 3.30pm. There’s also a barbecue planned. Proceeds from the day’s events will go to the RNLI. Further info on 01825 750349. The Lavender Line railway in the village also has a programme of events lined up for the weekend. Details on www.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield, Good Friday, service of devotion, noon; Easter Day service, 10am. Other weeks (10am): First Sunday in the month, Family; second, Parish Communion; third, Matins; fourth, Parish Communion; fifth, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

THE LABYRINTH WALK: Father Nigel describes a new PCC green project to involve all local churches and the wider community. He says: We are planning to completely re-turf a large section at the north-east end of our beautiful churchyard in order to create a circular and symmetrical labyrinth which has only one entrance to take you prayerfully to the centre. The single pathway will, in time, be edged with stunning wild flowers the seeds of which will be supplied by Pictorial Meadows (who created the renowned Olympic Park Meadow). After a terrible wet winter I’m unsure of timings but when we know a little bit more, some keen volunteer labour will be required and when the grass has settled down, we can put a date in the diary to dedicate this communal prayer space, which we hope will be much visited.

FOOTPATH WALK: The last Sunday of April is the 27 when they will venture forth along footpaths and bridleways to savour the wild flowers and glorious views that are in abundance within the parish. They will meet in South Street car park at 10am and walk for about 2.5 hours. Everyone is welcome including dogs with their leads in case they meet gambolling lambs in the fields. For information contact Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767.

ST DUNSTAN’S PHARMACY: An interesting issue has arisen in connection with the village chemist, St Dunstan’s Pharmacy. Staff thank local people for all their support over recent weeks and say they were surprised and delighted to see it even extended to Facebook and Twitter. If you are don’t already know, the Woodhill Surgery is offering a service whereby prescriptions are sent to their internet pharmacy in Forest Row and then returned for collection. By doing this, the need for a High Street pharmacy is by-passed, which could reap dire consequences for the village. They say each prescription item dispensed by us at St Dunstan’s Pharmacy is invaluable and keeps them in business. So without your help and support they would be forced to close and another shop would be lost from Mayfield’s high street. People would also lose other services such as provision of over the counter medicines, medicine use reviews and prescription medication advice. They are asking for your continued support in collecting your prescriptions from St Dunstan’s Pharmacy, so they can continue to provide a friendly, face-to-face and community service as they have been doing for more than 25 years. If you have any questions about how to do this, ask them and they say they will welcome any and all suggestions for improving their services.

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL of Music and The Arts. Kate Sanday says the Festival Box Office is open and some seats are selling out fast, so if you haven’t already bought your tickets, don’t delay. Details on the line-up for 2014. Daily events from May 2 to 11 can be found in brochures around the village or on the Festival’s website You can buy tickets via the website or by telephone, weekdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm, on 07749 953932. The Mayfield Festival is intended to benefit the community and provide something for everyone. This year they invite people to take part in an event rarely staged globally, the performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations. A composition designed to be repeated over a 24-hour period, the playing of Vexations will start at 6pm on Sunday, May 4 in St-Leonards Mayfield School’s new Sixth Form building, and will finish by 6pm on Monday, May 5. Intended to be a hands-on event for everyone, they welcome anyone from the local area who would be interested in taking part. Pianists of all ages are invited to take a turn to help play as many repetitions of Erik Satie’s theme as possible, and be part of an event they will never forget. So, if you have any pianists amongst your friends, family or school who might like to sign up for even the shortest of stints (even a few minutes), please do email Madeleine Farbrother at or get in touch via the Facebook page.

ART GROUP: A small art group meets each Tuesday evening for two hours of painting. Anyone is welcome who wants to get away from household distractions and join them. It costs £2 a session (to pay for the hall), 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with a break for tea. They run through the year but pause for a spell in the summer when holidays and the garden calls. Ring Sue Sabine on 01435 872182.

KNOW YOUR VILLAGE: Even if you think you know what goes on in the village of Mayfield, it will be worth visiting St Dunstan’s Church on Saturday, April 26 between 10am and noon when various Mayfield and Five Ashes organisations will be there to tell you about their future plans or answer any questions you may have. Do go along and support those voluntary organisations which do so much to ensure Mayfield remains a vibrant,

interesting place to live. To date, there are 15 clubs and groups represented and space is available for five more. For further information please visit Open Door in London House, High Street, any Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am. You can email them at or telephone on 07949 328624. Tea and coffee will be available.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


NEWICK GREEN WI meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Raymond Hale talking about, A Stroll Along an English Country Lane, an illustrated talk about the lovely creatures we miss when out for a country walk. All visitors will be welcome.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open on Friday April 25 in the village hall from 10am till 11am. There will be a good selection of summer plants available, plus lots of cakes, fresh eggs, savoury items and fresh flowers.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick Bonfire Society will hold a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre from 9am till noon. There will be a good selection plants plus delicious cakes and savouries. There will also be a tombola and the Plotter Trading Post. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea. Make sure you arrive early, so not to be disappointed because they have sold out.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance on 722582. St Mary’s Church will be holding the AGM on Monday April 28 in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm.

DIARY DATES: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Coffee /Plant sale on Saturday May 3 in the Community Centre from 9am till 11.30am. The Amateur Dramatic Society will be putting on another play in the village hall from Wednesday May 7 to Sunday May 10, called Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Tickets £9 available from 01825 722359 or 722985, you can also purchase your tickets from the Newick Butchers or internet bookings The Afternoon Club will be holding their meeting on Thursday May 8 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Hannah Townsend from Waitrose, John Lewis Partnership.


LOST PHOTOS: Remember I told you last week that I’d lost all my Dordogne photos from the computer? Apparently everybody, including professionals, have done it, once. Then my friend told me about a wonderful website, called And for just £24.95 I got all my photos back; not from the computer, but from the camera. A couple of them were half and half, and a few were blank. But I’m very happy with just losing a few. And I’ve got the programme for ever, not that I’ll ever need it again, of course. Do make a note of it. You never know if you’re going to need it.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The spring show will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in

the Luxford Centre from 1.30pm, prize giving about 4pm. Anyone wishing to exhibit, please telephone 762934 for a schedule or any other information. Classes include Flowers and Plants, Domestic, Decorative, Photography and Children. We are very happy to help with classes and exhibiting information now or on the day. Entrance to view is free.


BUS STOP: Waldron had its Clochmerle moment last week. On Thursday two workmen arrived in a white van and proceeded to erect two black poles, one on either side of the road outside the pub. What’re they for? asked curious villagers. Bus stops. So people know where to queue. It’s all part of the service, and we’ll be back next week to put up the timetables and the signs, said the workmen. But, protested villagers, we only have one bus a week, Wednesdays at 9.36am, and it pulls up outside the pub. Sometimes there’s one person getting on and occasionally there could be three, and they get dropped back here again about five hours later. So bus stops? For a once-weekly service? In a Conservation area? And one of them’s right where people park for the pub and church on Sundays. Sorry, not our problem said the workmen and went away. A quick consultation, then armed with the telephone numbers of our county councillor and the County Highways Department, Waldronites went into action explaining patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) what the problem was. Our County Councillor Chris Dowling responded sympathetically and did his stuff, the Highways Department listened to our protests and about 24 hours after the bus stops went up, they vanished, as if they had never been. Waldron had once more fended off creeping urbanisation. A victory for common sense. Power to the people.

EASTER SERVICES: At 11am today, Good Friday, 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 midday. At 1pm until 3pm there will be Devotions of the Cross at All Saints’. Then on Sunday, 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 today, 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 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 of those who have also performed for the Waldron Community Players.

LUCKY: When I get copies of the Mayfield Festival programme and that of the Charleston Festival, (not to mention what goes on in our own village) I think how lucky we are to live in an area where people are prepared to get the arts organised so we can enjoy the talents of writers, artists and musicians on our own doorstep. Long may it continue.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GOOD FRIDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: noon Good Friday Vigil. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Communion Service led by Rad Upfield.

EASTER EGG HUNT: Our annual Easter Egg hunt starts at 2pm at Warbleton Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday. Come and find out why Jesus is the Rescuer King and there will be crafts, songs and of course chocolate eggs.

WALKS: The history group has two walks planned in the near future with a flower theme. The first one is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm starting from the car park of Berwick church to view the cowslips on the Downs. The second one is on Wednesday April 30 starting from the car park of Simon Turner/Curtis and Shaw, in Cowbeech at 7pm (time TBC), to view the bluebells. Warbleton Walkers meets monthly for a walk in the area. The next ones are on May 13 and June 10. For times and venues please contact Judith on 01435 830481. Dogs are welcome.

EASTER SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Family Service followed by Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Easter service led by Dave Court.

RGWI: The Institute meets at 7.30pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall to hear Dr Mick Lynn talk about the relationship of Bees and Gardening. There is a market stall each meeting with 10 percent of the takings going to WI funds. For details or help with transport contact Sharon on 01435 812388 or Marion on 831653.

BAND JUMBLE: Warbleton Brass Band will hold a jumble sale at 2pm Saturday April 26 at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, in aid of band funds. Their spring concert will be at 2pm May 4 also at the village hall. Come along to this annual event and enjoy a variety of popular music. Tea and cakes available. Admission free but there will be a collection on your way out. Please come and support your local band. The band has a wide repertoire of music from pop to classical via traditional band music. Beginners are welcome to the training band and more experienced players to the main practice nights (Fridays). For more information or to let us know you’re coming along please call Cath on 01435 813359.

HISTORY GROUP: We held our AGM on Monday. Chairman, Bryan Whitton, welcomed members and our president, Graham Reeve. In his report, Bryan thanked two long serving members, John and Betty Martin, for their many years of service as treasurer and catering organiser, respectively, from which roles they were standing down. They were presented with a bouquet and a card in token of our appreciation. Bryan was re-elected as chairman and Jonathan Austin as vice-chairman and secretary. Ray Whitehead is the new treasurer, and Annette Spratley joins the committee to help with the library. Rita Hobden was thanked for her work in getting our library and research resources into order, from which role she has stepped down. The committee members in addition to those mentioned are Maggie Lambert Gorwyn (bookings sec), John Hobden (walks), Rita Hobden, Colin Rose, Mike and Gill Squires (outings) and Nannette Burton (library). A successful year of talks and walks was reported on and also our outing to Polesden Lacey. Our next meeting is on Monday 12th May with Kevin Gordon and An A-Z of Sussex Churches.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: The recent Cheese and Wine party was a great success, raising nearly £100 for hall funds. Another film event will be held in the autumn.