Parish pump Uckfield - April 26, 2013


FILM CLUB: Waste Land is a documentary about the people around and on the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. It follows the journey of artist Vik Muniz.Guest tickets can be reserved at Doors open at 7pm, tonight, Friday, for drinks and cake, with the film starting at 7.30pm.

CONCERT: A reminder that if you intend to go to the folk concert in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, night, you need to get your tickets in advance from the White Horse Inn or The Stores at Rushlake Green. No tickets at the door. CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

PARISH COUNCIL: Please see the Warbleton section for a report on the annual meeting.


QUIZ: Last Saturday’s fun general knowledge quiz evening was a really good evening. The questions were a real mix from sport, history ,TV and film, food and drink, geography and more, with some to tax the brain, others the answers just jump out. Steve Bennett and Terry Parker did a wonderful job for us again and we thank them for giving up their time for us. There was lots of laughter as groups made up their own answers and generally had fun. The hot food was delicious thanks to Shirley Viney and Lynda Maude-Roxby, and the fruit salad was a great finisher. The winners were The Odd Bods with 100 points with Status Quo on 92 the runners up. The village hall committee would like to say thank you to all who supported the event which raised a nice £300 towards the redecoration of the main hall.

PARTY: Thankfully the weather was kind on Sunday for the St George’s Day party on the green, the brain child of Rod Clifton. Those of us who attended had an enjoyable time, there was plenty of food which was generously shared out and the children had lots fun with the games that were provided for them. Ian Rees did a great job with the barbecue and there was plenty of laughter and chat. It was good to meet new people and share picnics with each other. Let’s hope this becomes a yearly happening and grows bigger each time. Look out for more of these parties on the green in the future.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. You are all welcome to go along and hear local talented people playing instruments and singing well known songs, for your entertainment. The fun starts at 8pm and the licensed bar will be open.

LIVE BAND: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening the group Twenty One Whiskeys will be playing at The Wheel Inn for St George’s Day. This band, who played for us at last year’s August Bank Holiday Fair and have been booked to come back this year, play folk and Americana music. They are great to listen too, I dare you to keep your feet still. The fun begins at 8pm. and you are welcome to go along.

AGM: On Sunday morning St Bartholomew’s Church will be holding their AGM at 11am, straight after the 10am service. At this meeting the churchwardens will be elected at which all members of the parish can vote. Elections of other posts will also take place but only those on the electoral roll can vote at this. You are all very welcome to be on this roll. You are all welcome to attend the meeting.

REUNION: The annual St Philip’s school reunion will be held on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Burwash Common, behind the church. The fun begins at 2pm, when all past pupils of St Philip’s Primary School are welcome to attend, and will catch up and reminisce. The school closed down in the 1960s, but they still get together each year. Tea and snacks (provided by the attendees) will be available.

BOWLS CLUB AGM: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday at 8pm. All members are welcome to attend. The club will hear how successful the last year was and elect new committee, decide when to halt meetings for the summer break and plan their annual Memorial cup tournament.

WEIGHT LOSS: The new course of the Community Weight Loss Challenge got underway last week. A friendly group of people meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm in the annex of Christ The King Catholic Church for gentle guidance from Sue Tonkin. The course costs £39 and includes weekly private weigh-ins, dietary advice and friendly exchange of thoughts and ideas. To join us please ring Sue on 01892 784741.

WHIST: The next Whist Drive will be held on Thursday at 7.30pm at 3 Garston Park in the High Street. Because of the elections this can’t be held in the hall so Shirley Viney has offered her house as an alternative venue. It costs £3 per person for 20 hands of cards and light refreshments. If you are going to attend please ring Shirley on 01435 882497 as she will need to know how many tables to get from the hall.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Fifth Sunday of Easter, 8am Holy Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

TWINNING RACE NIGHT: Over £1,000 was raised at the recent Twinning Association’s Race Night. The principal beneficiaries were St Peter and St James’ Hospice and the Friends of Sussex Hospices, along with the twinning association’s own funds. The evening was very well attended with nearly 70 people shoe-horned into the cosy surroundings of the playing fields pavilion. Chef’s Pantry provided the delicious meal and the bar was kept busy most of the evening. There were several winning tipsters and horse owners; the many more losers could console themselves that their losing stakes were going towards some worthy causes. Andy Myatt and his twinning team would particularly like to thank Chris Gauntlett and Sam Mayer who worked tirelessly through the evening to ensure races were broadcasted smoothly and provided some quality music in between; to Denis Drinan for his sterling work as the knowledgeable MC and who kept up an inexhaustible stream of patter throughout the proceedings and to Ian Scutt and Roger Sherratt of Chef’s Pantry who were so generous with the size of their tasty portions. It proved to be yet another excellent and enjoyable East Hoathly evening. Many thanks are given to all those who worked so hard to make it possible and to the generous financial support from the various race sponsors.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Our next walk is on Sunday May 12 and will be starting from The Six Bells at Chiddingly, where we will be pleased to welcome anyone who wants to come along, you don’t have to be a member of the society and you don’t need to be a serious walker. Details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Cash prizes of £200, £150, £100 and £50 were won by lucky contestants in the Twinning Multidraw held at the King’s Head on April 5. Twinners and regular Parish Pump readers will know a draw is held quarterly and prize money flows like water, BUT, as they say, you have to be in it to win it. At present, we have about 85 entrants in each Multidraw and have a few more vacancies for those who recognise a good thing when they see it. Annual memberships are now due for renewal before the June draw, payable by cash, cheque or standing order. Remember it costs less than £1 per week. Please contact John Tarry on 840575 or e-mail

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 1 May 1765 ‘…In the forenoon being at work I my garden I had an accident to bruise my leg very mush….My leg very bad in the even. Mr Read, surgeon, paid me a visit and dressed my leg. At home all day and a pretty deal of business the shop….’

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

CHURCH SERVICES: St Richard’s Church, Sunday,10am Parish Eucharist with children’s activities. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm Toddlers’ Group in the church hall. Wednesday,10am Holy Communion. Saturday, May 4, 9am Parish Prayers.

MARTLET WINES: Graeme Mackenzie, who doubles at churchwarden for All Saints, Waldron and St Bartholomews, Cross in Hand is also a small-scale wine merchant who holds regular tastings. He sent us the following: We will be holding a rather special tasting this month. We recently tasted some wines from a highly respected winery in Paarl, South Africa, Simonsvlei, and so we will be showing five of their wines, along with three other stylish wines from The Cape. They all offer exceptional value for their quality, so try not to miss this month’s excitement. The tastings will be today, Friday, from 6pm to 8pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. The venue is Le Chai, Martlet House. Why not bring a friend along for the fun. Tel: 01435 866419.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The new season began on a high note with an entertaining and erudite talk on Bodiam Castle by Caspar Johnson, the county archaeologist. He demonstrated how the Bodiam area was a strategic crossing point on the River Rother and a settlement was there long before Bodiam Castle was built. Members saw how as early as 1385 Sir Edward Dalyngrigge used the surrounding landscape to create not only a castle but an estate to serve the people of the area. The group’s annual outing this year is to Hampton Court Palace on Sunday, June 30. The trip is open to non-members and if you would like to join in do ring Chris Cade on 01435 860734 for details. They would be delighted to welcome you. Visitors are also welcome to join us at their next meeting on May 16 at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at the Community Centre when the talk will be on the History of Ashdown Forest. Meetings are open to anyone interested in local history, details can be found on posters around Heathfield. Why not come and see for yourself.

OLYMPIC CHAMPION: On Thursday British Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters DBE LL was McCarthy and Stone’s guest of honour as the retirement developer re-launched Ridgeway Court, its new Later Living development on Mutton Hall Hill. At 2pm, Dame Mary, pentathlon gold medallist at the 1972 Olympic Games, joined residents and guests at Ridgeway Court to raise a toast to the success of the site, whilst sharing stories about her illustrious career as one of Britain’s best known track and field athletes. Afternoon tea, champagne and strawberries were enjoyed as well as the opportunity for visitors to meet and greet Dame Mary personally and ask her any questions they might have.

HEATHFIELD SHOW organiser Nicola Magill sent us the strange story: The pending Heathfield Show has, for the past 13 years, been triumphantly heralded by the erection of hedgerow boards around the countryside, kindly sponsored by Freeman Forman. The boards have become synonymous with the show and every year the Heathfield and Waldron rugby club do a sterling job erecting the boards throughout the Wealden and Rother District Council areas. In 2013, unfortunately, Rother District Council have decided we can no longer place our boards in the hedgerows as they consider it a contravention of planning rules. The boards usually go up during the first bank holiday weekend in May and are taken down immediately after the show thus staying within the 30 day rule. This year, therefore, we will be relying on other forms of advertising in Rother to promote the show, including trailer boards. If anybody has roadside frontage where we can place a trailer for four weeks during May, particularly on major roads, could you please contact the secretary on 01435 864587.

SARAH HAYTER from Broad Oak, who was rescued by the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance after suffering a serious fall from her horse, is helping to fundraise for the service. She visited the Air Ambulance base last week and on Sunday the Swan Inn, Dallington will hold a raffle to raise funds.

THE CHORAL SOCIETY together with the Camerata of London, are performing the Mozart Requiem, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, kv 622 and Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region tomorrow, Saturday, in the State Hall. Soloists include Helen Parsons (clarinet), Kathryn Sargent, Sara Gourlay, Gary Mariott and Adrian White. Tickets £12 in advance, £15 at the door. The price includes an interval drink and programme. Tickets available from 01435 863414 and

SPIKED RAMPION: The Sussex Wildlife Trust tells us the spectacular spiked rampion is an extremely rare wild flower that only grows at a handful of sites in East Sussex. Also known as white Rapunzel, its unusual cream-coloured spikes bloom in May and June. It is common in central Europe but it is one of the UK’s most rarest plants, and native only to East Sussex. Spiked Rampion is incredibly fussy where it grows and appears only on a tiny number of sites in East Sussex, mainly on uncut verges. Its spiky cones of creamy-white flowers are on rigid stems standing just under a metre high. It’s a member of the bellflower family, its closest relative is round-headed rampion, a wild flower more common on the South Downs than anywhere else. It is known on the continent as white Rapunzel, according to the fairytale, Rapunzel’s father steals the flower for his pregnant wife from the garden of an enchantress. As a punishment they are forced to give the enchantress their baby which she names Rapunzel and locks in a tall tower. If you would like to tell Sussex Wildlife Trust about the nature you see or hear please visit the wildlife advice pages on their website

RAMBLERS: On Sunday, park in the Cuckoo Trail CP, Station Road GR 579215 at 10.30am for an eight mile walk. Ring 01435 882626.

horam & vines cross

VPA: The last meeting will be on May 1, 7.30pm at The West End, Christ Church, Horam. The speaker is Ian Everest who will be showing us his illustrated talk, A Year in the Life of a Sussex Downland Farm in the 1950s. We will serve tea/coffee and cake and also have a raffle. There will also be a display of our photo competition for 2012. You are all very welcome. Further information Faith 01435812026 or Dorothy 01435812093.

mayfield & five ashes

THE MAY FAIR on Saturday, May 11 looks set to offer its usual wide range of fun and activities for all the family. There will be the traditional Maypole dancing by pupils from several local schools, the crowning of the May Queen, judging decorated May sticks, the Silver Band, country dancing and, of course, the Green Man. Stands in the High Street will represent local trades, produce and societies and there will be plenty to eat and drink with a hog roast, barbecue, pizzas, strawberries, Pimms, ice creams and cakes. New this year are tours of the tower of St Dunstan’s Church, a display of new and classic cars, smashing the crockery and throwing sponges at people in the stocks. If anyone has any old crockery to donate contact Ian Parker on 07971 979137. They would also be grateful for volunteers to organise the games or man the barriers at either end of the High Street.

FOOTPATH WALK: This month’s walk starts at 10am in the South Street car park on Sunday. Organiser Deborah Dixson says this is the time to find wild garlic in the woods. The BBC has a website quoting recipes using wild garlic. It is on 01892 853767.

COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE: The service began in 1999 by a dedicated group of volunteers. It was given the Queen’s Award for Community Service in 2005. It provides transport to any medical appointment, not only to a doctor or hospital but also a dentist, optician or chiropodist. Everyone who lives in the parish of Mayfield and Five Ashes is eligible to use the car service. A driver will pick you up at your home, take you to your appointment, stay with you while you are at the hospital or doctors’ and bring you back to your home. At the February AGM it was decided that fares should remain at the same level as in 2012, in spite of recent significant increases in the cost of fuel. The transport co-ordinator reported that 699 trips were made during 2012 to help local residents attend appointments. Early indications show this figure could be exceeded during 2013. Trips included journeys to Rotherfield, Crowborough, Pembury and Tunbridge Wells. Several people have also been taken to East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Maidstone and even London. As always they are looking for new volunteer drivers to join their existing pool. Petrol costs are reimbursed and you would provide a greatly needed service for village residents. If you would like to know more ring the chairman, Rosemary Neal on 01435 872113.

THE BOOK FAIR takes place on Saturday, May 4 at the Memorial Hall. It begins at 9.30am and finishes at about 3pm. For details ring Chris Maughan on 01435 864634 or email There’s also an October book fair which takes place on October 5 this year, same time, same place.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday, June 9 five Mayfield gardens will open for charity under the National Gardens Scheme. They are: Tew Cott, Yeomans, Meadow Cottage, Hoopers Farm and, new for 2013, Mayfield CEP School. This is the first school in the region to be included in the open gardens scheme. In 2012 the committee raised more than £3,500 for various charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Care and Help the Hospices and they hope to do even better this year. If you would like your garden to be included next year and you live within reasonable walking distance of the village contact Sarah Ratcliffe on 01435 873310.

FIT CAMP: Mayfield Fit Camp is described as a fun and sociable way to tone up, keep fit and stay in shape. If you want to lose a dress (or belt) size then take part in fun exercises, drill or group games, burning excess calories without realising. You can go and try your first session for free and receive plenty of encouragement and expert advice from experienced personal trainer Henry Adekoya. Classes are on Mondays at Mayfield Memorial Hall from 9.30am to 10.30am in term time. They are suitable for all levels of fitness. To book you can email or call him on: 01892 750015.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Due to the success of the last visit, Rob Foster has booked another group tour of Bletchley Park on Wednesday, July 3. Tickets will be available from Warwick Child at about £30 to £35 depending on the size of the coach finally booked. Subject to traffic conditions on the M25 the journey time is expected to be about two and a half to three hours. The coach should leave Mayfield between 8am and 8.30am.

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


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. There is always a good selection of cakes and savoury items as well as eggs, preserves, greetings cards and knitted items. There may be some plants for summer planting. Make sure you arrive early.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 8am till 1pm. Also on the Village Green will be a Spring Boot Sale. Cars £8, vans £10. Please book by calling 01825 722418. There will be cakes, savouries etc for sale plus tombola, and the Plotters Trading Post. Fingers crossed that the lovely sunny warm weather will continue, and a large crowd hopefully will attend.

THE CRICKET season has at long last started and the fixtures for this weekend are as follows: According to the fixture card the first XI have no game whilst the second XIwill be playing away at Ringmer, this game commences at 2pm. The Sunday friendly game is at home against Old Blues, at 1.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. There will also be Evensong Service at 6.30pm. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance on 01825 722582. Everyone welcome.


ORIENT EXPRESS: The trip on the Orient Express was a wonderful taste of high-class luxury. Everyone should do it once. But, oh dear, the views leave a bit to be desired. Railside terraced houses’ concept of DIY is chucking the old kitchen/bathroom over the fence at the end of the garden. Then there’s the graffiti. The railways really need to spend some money on cleaning up.

CRIMES: I will be getting updates on local crime which I’ll pass on to you. Last night Wealden Police stopped a vehicle that was involved in the theft of domestic heating oil. Three men made off from the vehicle, however the van and its contents were seized and investigations are ongoing to identify the owners. We would like to ask for your assistance in helping us identify further offences that may occur in and around the Wealden area. If you see any vehicles acting suspiciously we want to know. We particularly want to know if the vans are driving slowly in rural areas, especially small lanes where oil tanks are more prominently used. We believe the thieves use daytime hours to find potential premises, before returning overnight to steal the fuel. Call 101. If a crime is taking place then call immediately on 999.

SPRING FAIR: The Luxford Centre for over 60s Spring Fair is tomorrow, Saturday, at the centre from 10am to 12.30. There will be lots of stalls, raffle and tombola. Come and have a look and stay for tea or coffee and a cake.

LADIES WHO LUNCH: After welcoming everyone, grace, birthdays and reminding all it was the AGM next month, we had a nice lunch of chicken casserole followed by treacle tart. Our speaker was Roger McKenna who proceeded to give us a very interesting and detailed talk on the long life, crew, cargo and destination of The Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark was a clipper which was a fast ship especially for the tea trade from China to London. Its name meant short chemise and the figure head depicted this. The ship’s longest serving Captain Woodgate was presented with a gold short chemise which was hoisted to the top of the mast and glistened in the sunlight. The ship was launched in 1869 and its maiden voyage was a year later with a variety of goods and arrived 4.5 months later in China where it took a month to unload and reload with tea. In 1870 the Suez Canal opened which was the way forward for steam ships as they were faster as they did not rely on wind power but initially could not carry much cargo as there were not many refuelling stations on route. The next five years the Cutty Sark carried other types of cargo over the rest of the world but it became uneconomical. We then saw a slide of the vessel and how it was loaded to fit in the original tea chests. The Cutty Sark continued longer than other clippers as its wooden hull was covered in copper making it composite construction and lasting so much longer. Not only did the copper bottom last longer the barnacles could not attach themselves either. It also gave a good centre of gravity and the ship sailed at an angle of 35 degrees. If anyone fell overboard rescue was not really possible as it took 6 miles to turn the ship around. Sailors dined on preserved pork and officers on chicken which were kept alive on board. Lime juice was the supply for vitamin C, and the limes were preserved in rum. The Cutty Sark’s last tea cargo was from India, Calcutta to Melbourne, Australia where she was loaded with wool for England. She spent 12 years carrying wool. In 1895 she was sold to a Portuguese trader and she continued under different names for 27 years between the colonies. In 1922 she turned up in Falmouth. Some years later she was sold back to an English Captain for £3750. He restored her but when he died his widow gave the ship for training. 1954 the ship went to Greenwich and was restored and was opened to the public in 1957. In 2007 during restoration the ship caught fire. Thankfully lots of her parts had already been removed to other shipyards for restoration. She was re-opened in 2012 having cost millions to restore but donations had come from all over the world. She is the last ship of her type still in existence. After a lovely lunch time we all went home.


SAVING LIVES: Living in a rural area as we do, medical or paramedic help can take a while to arrive in emergency situations. Cardiac arrest is one of these when minutes can save lives. Over the past few months plans have been discussed for our village to have a public-access, easy-to-use defibrillator in the telephone box in the High Street. I’ve seen a demonstration of this piece of kit and it really is easy to use. As soon as you open the box, a recorded voice tells you exactly what to do. In addition there are local volunteers (called First Responders) trained to deal with most life-threatening situations until the ambulance arrives. While the Responder scheme is being established, plans are being made to place a defibrillator in the telephone kiosk. There is to be a meeting for all residents to hear the details of this and ask any questions they may have on Thursday May 23 in the Lucas Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. Waldron resident Tim Williams is chairman of the Heathfield and Waldron First Responder Scheme and will lead the meeting. He says that you are welcome to contact him at any time if you want to talk through the scheme (01435 812273).

STAR EVENTS: It’s Folk Night at the Star tonight, Friday, with Jango Jazz tomorrow, Saturday. Quiz Night is on Monday for £7 per head to include supper.

COFFEE MORNING: George and Mobbs Pitcher will host a coffee morning at their home, Culverwood, Little London Road, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am, in aid of church funds.

PRIMAVERA: We have a real treat promised for Sunday June 16, when the Primavera Trio will perform at All Saints’ Church at 7pm. This professional trio of violin, classical guitar and cello can cover a huge range of composers, and the programme will include Handel, Vivaldi, Villa Lobos, De Falla and Paganini. Tickets are £20 for premium seats and £18 for partial view and choir stalls. Friends of Waldron Churches enjoy a 10 percent discount on the premium seats only and on two tickets per person. Tickets are now available from the Stores at Waldron and Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from Mary Manser, Little Paygate, Horam TN21 0JE enclosing a cheque to the Friends of Waldron Churches, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Primavera have a large and enthusiastic following and the tickets will be in great demand, so don’t delay in getting hold of yours. Profits from the concert will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for the re-ordering and repair of our two churches.

RINGERS WANTED: Bell Captain Brian Tompsett says his team of bellringers is a bit diminished at the moment, and he’d like to train up some new ones. If you’d like to join this ancient craft and become a bellringer, call Brian on (01435 866054) to arrange a chat and a trial run. Brian will teach you the ropes and then you can become one of his team. Practices are once a week on Mondays.

SERVICES: Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Easter and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am (Reverend Paul Cox), Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am (Rev Peter Jamieson and Rev George Pitcher) and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am, with Tim Hough preaching.

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WALK: The history group walk starts from the car park at Berwick Church at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. It is our annual Cowslip Walk across the Downs.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. At our recent annual meetings, Jennifer Gill and Jonathan Austin were elected as churchwardens. The following were elected to the PCC: Andrew Russell (treasurer), Judith Hemsley (PCC secretary), Vivian Bowern, Caroline Thompson, David Cleverley, Gill Brentford, Meryl Clark, Barbara Cooke and Helen Bowern. Rev Marc Lloyd, our rector, and Jeremy Cooke, our lay reader, are also on the PCC. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting last week was the annual parish meeting at which the council reports on its work during the past year. In his report the chairman, Cllr Bryan Whitton, said one councillor resigned because she was moving away, and Peter Holland was co-opted in her place. He thanked Cllr Christian Jervis Read and his team for organising the Jubilee Celebrations in 2012. He also thanked our Wealden and County councillors for their co-operation during the year. One instance of this is the work on reducing the speed limits in Punnetts Town (to be brought in soon) and Bodle Street (still an aspiration). The new website should be operational soon. Finance: There will be a 2.8 percent increase in the parish precept; that is the parish part of the council tax. Highways: Cllr Chris Wells said there are still some landowners who are proving uncooperative regarding cutting back their road side hedges, but thanks to those who have cut theirs. Planning: Cllr Jonathan Glass reported the national planning framework documentation has been reduced from 1,000 pages down to 50. The local development framework is still a year away. The development boundary around Punnetts Town has been removed which means it is treated as open countryside. The parish planning committee have been getting to grips with the electronic submissions. There is no clear indication of the plans to be submitted for housing in Forest Lane. Cllr Ray Tratt reported on the various paths and bridleways where work has been done by volunteers and the team from county. This includes clearance work and signage. The Judicial review for the bridleway between Warbleton and Cade Street via Callers Corner will be held in the Dunn Village Hall for up to three days starting Wednesday June 26. Prior notice needs to be given if you wish to speak. Those who have put in written submissions should have been notified of the review. Cllr Wells is the chairman of Warbleton Charity, an amalgam of various small local charities from the past few centuries. It provides Christmas parcels and grants for young people in apprenticeships or similar training including further education. 46 parcels were delivered this year and thanks go to Paul and Sandy at the shop for putting these together and to Isabel Collect for delivering them. Grants are for young people within the parish and usually about £100 and are for tools, books etc. Chris said it is important when writing to the charity to include your contact details. Two good applications were received without such details and the charity was unable to respond. PCSO Matt Neve came to the meeting on behalf of his colleague Liz McDonagh. He asked us to be vigilant about suspect vehicles, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. The latter is down, due to community liaison and he paid tribute to the work of the Street Pastors in Heathfield. As you probably know, there have been a spate of thefts of heating oil recently. He distributed leaflets which give details of ways of minimising the risk. He was pleased to report three men were disturbed whilst stealing oil. They ran off, but their van and equipment was seized. One person connected with the van has been arrested and others are expected soon. He advised to be aware about open windows etc in the summer, regarding burglars. Details of crime prevention, including the oil leaflet can be seen on the Sussex Police website, and they have crime prevention officers who can visit you to give advice. The new number for non-urgent calls to the police is 101; the old number is now no longer in use. It is a national number; the system detects where you are calling from and directs the call to the local police area. 999 is of course the emergency number for all the emergency services.I reported recently the changeover in waste collection to Kier Group. Originally village halls were to be charged about three times the present rate. I gather there has been strong reaction to this and they will be treated the same as household, providing the amount is within certain limits. Wealden are introducing a council mortgage scheme along the lines of that provided by the government and county. The budget for this is £2m per year. It is approved by the cabinet, and due to be put to the full council.