Parish pump Uckfield - April 3, 2015

Bodle Street Green

GOOD FRIDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am all age service with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: noon an hour’s devotional service led by the rector. Heathfield Chapel: 10.30am Communion service led by Rad Upfield.

EASTER SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion Family Service.


THANK YOU: What a wonderful event the tea party for Dr Jane Woodgate turned out to be. So many friends and patients got together to wish her well and listen to her exciting plans for the future. The Fairfield surgery staff did a sterling job with the tea pots. Thank you everyone who made one of the delicious cakes. We will all miss Dr Jane, but we do wish her a very happy and enjoyable future at Burrswood.

AUCTION: Another great event held on Saturday was the auction of craft made over the years by the late Jim Smith. A clever and versatile craftsman, Jim had made a good many beautiful items, many of which were up for bidding on. All the proceeds from the event will go to Burwash Common Playing Fields and St Philips Church, Burwash Common.

ST BARTHOLOMEW’S: Easter services at St Bartholomew’s Church start today, Friday, with a family Bun Service at 10am. At 2pm will be Hour before the Cross. At 7.30pm a service of Meditation on the last seven sayings. Tomorrow, Saturday, the ladies of the church flower guild will be decorating the church in readiness for the Easter day services. They will start at 9am and would be delighted by all hands on deck. They would be grateful for flowers and greenery donations to. If you can donate or would like to join the flower guild please call Diana Workman on 01435 882528. The Easter Sunday services start with Holy Communion at 8am followed by a family communion and light of the New Fire at 10am. You are all welcome to join in with any and all of these services.

ST PHILIP’S: The Rev Canon Paul Cox will lead the services at St Philip’s Church, Burwash Common. Today, Friday, he will take the one-hour devotional. The services on Easter Day start with Holy Communion at 8am and then Parish communion at 10.30pm. You are welcome to join in.

BATEMAN’S: Need something to keep the children occupied during the Easter break? Then why not take them to Bateman’s for the Cadbury Easter Trail. Normal entrance admission applies plus £2.50 for the trail. Follow the spring bird Eggsplorer Trail around the property. How good will they be at spotting the nests and working out who laid the eggs. Have fun and discover more about our garden birds. There’s a Cadbury Egg Head at the end for those who complete this eggy quest. Call Bateman’s on 01435 882302 for further information.

SNOOKER: The Burwash Snooker club recently came to the end of another season of league matches. The Burwash team, despite winning three of their last five matches, were unable to avoid being relegated to the third division. Kevin Noon achieved the most wins with 12. He also had joint highest break on 31 with Tony Pickles. The Burwash A team finished third in Division Three with Steve Payne having most wins on 11 and Mike Hill hitting highest break on 22. The club will now play in the Summer League which begins at the end of April. We wish them good luck in that. Meanwhile they will be holding their AGM on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the snooker room which is in the village hall. If you would like to join the club do go along to the AGM and introduce yourself.

FLOWER SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, Burwash Horticultural Society will be holding their Spring Flower Show at the Pavilion in Swan Meadow Playing Fields. The theme for all their shows this year is the First World War. There will be the usual classes of daffodils and tulips etc and also three floral art classes. Schedules this year are available in the Flower House, flower shop, in the high street.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday there are at 6.15am a Sunrise Service at Chailey Windmill and Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am at the church. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

THE FREE CHURCH has a Good Friday Service at 10.30am. On Sunday there will be Easter Praise at 10.30am and an evening service with John Goodway at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available after the services.

LADIES PRAYER GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am and ends with refreshments at about 11.30am. Their meetings are informal and prayers are based on those known to them, but names are strictly confidential. The group would welcome new members at their meetings, if you would like to know more visit or call Teresa on 01825 722586.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting or would like to learn to knit then you 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 tips will be available on the night. To find out more call 01273 890114.

WI MEETING: June Felstead, along with a canine friend, will be visiting the Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall. June will explain about the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue Dogs in Sussex. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome.

FREE ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES of children aged 0 to 5 years and their siblings are at Chailey Children’s Centre on Wednesday, from 10am to noon. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, messy play, an Easter egg hunt and more. For further details call 01273 336940.

LUNCH CLUB open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday from 12.30pm. The menu, on this occasion, is cottage pie/vegetarian cottage pie, with a choice of fresh fruit salad, trifle or cheesecake along with a cup of tea or coffee. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared, home cooked food.

DIESEL WEEKEND from Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19 the Bluebell Railway will be visited by two Deltic diesel locomotives who will haul trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead for these three days only. To learn more about the diesel locomotives visit

WANT TO UPDATE YOUR CV and brush up on your interview skills? There is a free Getting Ready for Work Course at the Chailey Children’s Centre which will be four hours in total, on Thursdays April 23 and 30, and a crèche will be available. It will be much more than a course for people looking to get a job, its aim is to be a real confidence booster with lots of hints and tips about planning for the future. If you think you would be interested and would like to have a chat about the course do call 01273 336940.

ST GEORGE’S DAY VILLAGE FETE: Chailey Bonfire Society are holding the fete on Saturday April 25 between noon and 4.30pm. All societies and clubs in the village are entitled to a free stall to promote their organisation and fundraise, though you will need your own table, chairs and gazebo. There are additional stalls available and also a car boot sale and the cost for a stall or car boot is £10. If you would like the chance to have a free stall or to book a stall or car boot space email or call Clare Black on 07985112968.

SHEFFIELD PARK and Garden has events for all ages this April. The Cadbury Easter Egg Trail for younger visitors, at £3.50 per trail, continues until Sunday, daily. On Monday April 27 there is a spring photography workshop giving you the chance to take some great shots of spring flowers, with tips and pointers provided throughout the sessions to help you catch the perfect image. The cost is £25 per person, which includes tea or coffee and homemade biscuits. Also on Wednesday April 29 from 11am to 1pm there is a guided bluebell walk around lesser-known parts of the estate, £5 per person. Normal admission applies for all these events and more details can be found at

STOCK GRAZING: There will no longer be any stock grazing on Red House or Lane End Commons. The ponies have moved to the combined commons (Memorial, Romany Ridge and Pound). They will be joined by Longhorn cattle and the Hebridean sheep and remain on the combined commons until October. Please take care when driving as the stock will be using and sometimes stopping on Beggar’s Wood Road and North Common Road.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. Today, Good Friday, 2pm The Cross of Christ. Readings and music. Tomorrow, Easter Eve, 8pm Service of Light. Easter Day, 10am Festival Parish Communion.

CHROMATICS Easter Sing-a-Long tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 3.30pm to 5pm. Supporting Dementia UK.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 9 April 1915. Fletching: Easter at The Church. The Festival of Easter was kept at the Parish Church, and was attended by good congregations throughout the day. Holy Communion was celebrated at 6am, 7am, 8.30am and after Matins. The services were well rendered by the choir, especially Sir J Stainer’s beautiful anthem, They Have Taken Away my Lord. The Rev E F Hood, assisted by the Rev A Hood, officiated at both Matins and Evensong. The decoration of the church was tastefully carried out, and some lovely flowers were sent for the purpose by Mr Soames, Mr G Maryon-Wilson, Mr Joseph Martin, Mr F W Parks, and many other parishioners. The altar was decorated by Mrs Hood; the font, Mrs Maryon-Wilson; lectern, Mrs Gravely; screen, Mrs Eggleton and Mrs W S Martin; pulpit, Mrs Newnham; faldstool, the Misses D N and L Saunders; choir stalls, Misses Kenward; transept windows, Miss Stevenson; nave windows, Misses Ina Fenner, Winifred Martin, Muriel, Helen and Jessie Bott. The offertory was by desire of the Vicar given for church expenses.

Framfield & Blackboys

DEFIBRILLATORS: The two defibrillators have now been installed, one at the Memorial Hall, Framfield, and the village hall, Blackboys. These are for anyone to use who unfortunately needs them in the case of an emergency. Training is not essentially required to use the machines because the minute the machine is activated (by pushing a red button) instructions are automatically issued at every stage in the proceedings. However, I am arranging some sessions run by the Ambulance Service to demonstrate not only how to use the machines but on CPR etc which is also required if trying to save someone’s life. There are to be two sessions (morning and afternoon) at each hall. May 9 (Blackboys) and May 30 (Framfield). Each session can accommodate up to 30 people. Please contact me preferably by email on (please note new email address) or telephone me on 01825 890103 and indicate if you have a preference for venue or session, although if we don’t get enough interest we will have to reduce the number of sessions.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Easter Sunday, 6am Sunrise service; 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 SAINT’S, Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Morning Worship. All welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion.

WORKING PARTY: There will be an indoor working party at St George’s Church on Saturday April 11, from 9.30am. Please bring dusters and polish.

CAMEO: Our first CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) afternoon party is on Saturday April 11, 3pm at All Saint’s Church.

PARISH LUNCH: There will be a Parish Lunch at The Wok Chinese Restaurant, The Broyle, Laughton, on Sunday April 12 after church. Buffet lunch £11.95 per head. Please sign up on the lists at the back of either St George’s or All Saint’s Church, or speak to Alan Archer.

ANNUAL MEETING: The St George’s AGM is on Monday April 13, 7.30pm in the Parish Room. The main Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Monday Aril 27, 7.30pm at All Saint’s Church.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Your Vote Counts is the thrust of a Heathfield initiative led by All Saint’s and St Richard’s Churches. They have planned a Husting Meeting, which means a meeting at which more than one candidate participates and involves a combination of debate, speeches or questions from the electors. This is exactly what will be happening on Sunday April 26, one and a half weeks before the General Election at St Richard’s Church, Upper Station Road, 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 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’. This is the third time that Churches in Heathfield have arranged a public Hustings Meeting prior to a General Election and the leaders of All Saints’ Church and St Richard’s Church emphasise this is an open meeting for all electors to attend. There is no charge for this evening.

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL Punnetts Town are holding their Easter meetings with a Good Friday devotional service at 10.30am. On Easter Sunday at 11am there will be a family service to which all are welcome. Now that summer time has come we start our evening services, the first of which is a Songs of Praise evening at 6.30pm, followed by coffee. Look forward to seeing you at any of these services.

Isfield & Little Horsted

BEER RACE: Steady hands are a useful ally for competitors in one of Isfield’s annual events, the Tommy Trot Beer Race, which is held on Easter Mondays. The main event involves competitors carrying half-a-pint of ale over a route of about 1.5 miles from The Laughing Fish to the Mill at the far end of Station Road 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. An afternoon of fun gets under way around noon and includes the main beer race for adults, a race over a shorter course for children, carrying glasses of fizzy soft drinks rather than ale and a display by the Ashdown Forest Morris Men. A barbecue is being organised by Olly Gap Farm Shop’s Simon Brown. Proceeds from the day’s events will go to the RNLI. Further info on 01825 750349.

PALM PARADE: A dozen or so hardy souls braved the strong breezes and unpleasant rain last weekend to take part in the Palm Sunday parade, complete with donkey, from Isfield Recreation Ground to St Margaret’s Church, arriving just in time for the morning service.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: Good Friday, Devotional Service (noon); Easter Day, Communion service (10am).

BROADBAND: Most of Isfield and the surrounding area now has high-speed broadband available, although the Little Horsted area is still proving to be something of a headache for BT. Councillor Jerry Phillips writes on the parish council website: (East Sussex County Council) have advised that, because of the problems BT have previously encountered, planning is continuing in order to resolve the problem. Current thinking is to split the area into two to see if Cabinet 4 (at the corner of Horsted Lane and the A26) can be made live to serve nearby premises and at the same time find a separate solution for Little Horsted. It will take some working out but ESCC have a very experienced planner on this. BT has recently been in to do some duct replacing that has been found to be needed for Cabinet 4.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sixteen walkers enjoyed a ramble from Fletching on the last walk of our winter programme. Our circular route of about 5.5 miles took us through fields and lanes on a bright warm sunny day. Starting from the car park in the centre of the village we took the footpath through the church cemetery to open countryside. The first half of the walk generally followed a north easterly direction with little mud under foot, crossing streams over well constructed wooden bridges, but a few tricky stiles to negotiate. We took a break after about 90 minutes using a couple of stiles as seats while admiring the views and enjoying our drinks. Continuing on we admired Marshall’s Manor thinking we should investigate its history when back home. Further on we spotted a herd of deer, about 12 were seen, walking beside us through someone’s garden. After a short stretch on a pathway beside the A22 we were glad to escape down Picketts Lane where two well preserved old lorries in a yard were spotted, the ladies preferring to admire the emerging spring flowers. Our lane walking continued a fair way to join Down Street but with no traffic to worry about it was quite enjoyable. We eventually found our footpath which took us around Spring Wood, past the old mill house and onto the lane back to Fletching. A most enjoyable walk. Our new spring and summer programme is now available from the Lewes Tourist Office or can be viewed at On Bank holiday Monday, Ros is leading a 6 mile walk from Chiddingly. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. We should see plenty of spring wild flowers at this time of the year. New walkers are always welcome so why not join us.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 17 Duplicate Pairs; 1, Peter Kennedy and Nigel Osmer; 2, Richard Burnett and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Edith Jeffery and Mike Keeping. Thursday March 19 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Tuesday March 24 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Meic and Steve Goodyear; 3, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday March 26 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; 3, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Catermole. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Tonight, Friday, please come and join people from all Lewes churches for the annual Good Friday silent walk of witness starting at St Pancras Church at 6pm, following the cross to the Mount. Services this Easter: Today, Friday, at 10am we have an all age Good Friday service. On Easter Sunday there is a communion service at 9am in the Chapter House and then all our morning congregations are together in the church at 10am for a joint Easter celebration, including an Easter egg hunt and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. If you know this famous chorus you are welcome to join us for a rehearsal at 9.20am and then sing at the service. Music will be provided if you do not bring your own. There will be the usual 6.30pm service followed by a party in the church at about 7.30pm to say farewell to one of our leadership team, Chris Steynor and his wife Ali. Please do come and celebrate Easter with us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Please come and watch, following Jesus through the final days of Holy Week. Today, Good Friday, Cliffe precinct 1pm to 1.30pm the trial and verdict, then procession to the Mount for enactment of the crucifixion. Easter Sunday, Priory ruins 3pm to 4pm the resurrection scenes. A big thank you to the large number of people who braved the weather on Palm Sunday to follow Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, experience his miracles and see the marvellous set for the temple in Harvey’s Yard, created by our hardworking team of volunteers. Email or visit our website at

PROCESSION OF WITNESS: The Silent Procession of Witness will take place as usual today, Good Friday, beginning at 6pm from outside St Pancras church and moving to the Mount in Mountfield Road.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: The School, Rotherfield, 12.05pm-12.35pm; Opposite the school, Punnetts Town, 2.05pm-2.35pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam, 2.55pm-3.45pm.


COUNTRY MARKET: Just to remind you that there is no market on Good Friday.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Good Friday there is a Service of Contemplation at 10.30am at St Mary’s Church. In the evening there is a concert in the St Mary’s Church from7pm. The new Sussex Singers are a well-established Chamber Choir performing to professional standards. Tickets £12, students £5 and children under 14 years free. A contribution will be made to the St Mary’s Lighting Improvements Fund. For further details please call 01825 722749, the website is On Easter Sunday, Family Communion Service at 10.30am. The preacher will be The Bishop of Lewes, at 6.30pm there will be a Choral Evensong. Everyone most welcome to all of these services.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Newick Afternoon Club will have another meeting in the Community Centre on April 9 at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Masoud Ahadi, his talk An Essential Guide to understanding Islam, Sunni and Shia Law the position of women, the Hajj. What the Koran (Quran) teaches. What is an Imam or an Ayattollah?

COFFEE AND CAKE: On Saturday April 11 there will be Coffee and Cake at the Community Centre in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Research UK, lots of posh stuff, bags, scarves, jewellery and candles, plus Phoenix Cards, gift wrap, stationery and gifts. Please do try and support this great hospitals fundraising event.

HORTICULTURE: The next meeting of Newick Horticultural Society will take place on Thursday April 16, in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker is Ray Hale talking about Borneo, A Wail on the Wild Side.

A VERY ENGLISH ORGAN at St Andrew’s and St Mary the Virgin church, Fletching, on Saturday April 18 at 7.30pm.


VOLUNTEER NEEDED: The RVS (Royal Voluntary Service) is looking for someone to co-ordinate calls for the good neighbour scheme in Ringmer. (The Broyle area is already covered). It will involve being the first point of contact, finding out what the individual needs (befriending, shopping, help etc) and either making a connection between the volunteer and individual, or possibly visiting the client to find out what they need, then linking them with a volunteer. The RVS will provide a phone to take the calls. For more information call Nadine Fry on 07423471017 or e-mail

CALLING CHURCH FAMILIES: Today, Good Friday, the Bun Service, a special short service for children, at 10am. It is followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Church Room (and a chance to look at the Art Exhibition). On Holy Saturday at 11am to 11.45am children are invited to come to the churchyard near the porch to help complete the Easter Garden by planting some flowers. Good Friday: 9.15am Act of Witness at the shops and at noon One Hour Devotion in church. Holy Saturday: 7.30pm Vigil followed by Eucharist. Easter Day: 8am Holy Communion. Before the 9.45am service, we shall make our Cross of Flowers so please bring a flower (not daffodils please as their stems are too brittle). Also please bring along something with which to make a Joyful noise before the Gloria at this service. 6.30pm Evensong.

MOSTLY MUMS meets again on Tuesday, 9.30am to 11am for fun in the church. Older siblings very welcome.

ST MARY’S ART GROUPS Art Exhibition and Sale, in St Mary’s Church Room. Good Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm, tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entrance tea/coffee and biscuits. Please come, we will be pleased to see you.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 25, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Roy Skan and Barrie Smith; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Alan Disney and Hugh Griffiths. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: A Poppy Appeal coffee morning will be held on Saturday April 11 at 10.30am in the Symonds Room at the village hall. There will be a bring and buy stall with cakes etc., plus a raffle. All are welcome, so please support this event.


MALTA BREAK: Hubby John and I had a week in Malta. The weather was OK but not hot, but as I used to live there, the week flew by with meeting old friends, etc. My friend and I spent a lovely morning in the Fortina Spa on Sliema Seafront. And with the low Euro, we could even afford to eat in the Phoenicia in Valletta. I’ve never seen Malta so green and John said he saw birds he’d never seen before. The weather’s changing all over the world.

SUSSEX POLICE CHOIR: The Sussex Police Choir together with children from Little Horsted School are performing in concert at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, on Saturday May 9 at 5pm. A pleasing programme to suit all tastes has been prepared and assurance is given that you will be well entertained. Admission is free with a retiring collection. The entire proceeds will go towards the Little Horsted Church Restoration Fund. Further detail available from Terry Morford 01825 768524

FREEDOM LEISURE: Our kids’ activities commence on March 30 for two weeks (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday) we have a fun filled programme planned including sweetie bingo, crash mat fury, trampolining, bouncy castle fun and even a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt! Suitable for children aged five years to 11 years old. Half or full days with lunch provided or visitors can bring their own. Call the centre on 01825 761160 to book. New Adult Squash six-week coaching course on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.10pm at Freedom Leisure. Booking opened March 31 for April 14 start. Qualified England Squash Registered Coaches. Learn a different shot or type of play each week. Suitable for beginners to improvers.


MAD MARCH QUIZ: This week’s fundraiser for the Friends of Sussex Hospices was packed to the doors with tables in just about every corner of the pub. This is such an excellent charity and many of us have an emotional link with what they do, illustrated most obviously by the fact that the Mad March Quiz has been supported in over 100 pubs across Sussex, raising over £11,000 so far. Our event raised just over £700 for the cause and everyone had a great evening.

EGG HUNT: There’ll be an Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday at the pub around lunchtime and an Easter menu.

COMMUNITY COFFEE: Our Community Coffee Club starts today, Friday, at the former Stores in the centre of the village. Deborah Lefort will open and run it from 10am to 3.30pm every Friday and it will also be open with volunteers making the coffee on Tuesday from 10am to noon and on Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. It will be a place for villagers and friends to meet and chat over coffee, tea with cakes and cream teas and perhaps light lunches, if there is a demand. This is an experiment so if you think you could help out as a volunteer to make teas, coffees, slice up the cake, or do the washing up, contact me initially (01435 812036) and we’ll see if there are enough people to keep it going at least through the summer. The plan will be for us to take it in turns so no one does more than, say, one morning a month. It should be fun, do come along and have a coffee.

BIG WEEKEND: Last weekend was an important one in the life of our two church buildings, it was Spring Cleaning Day. The churches are of course cleaned regularly throughout the year by pairs of unsung heroines known unofficially as the Holy Dusters. Once a year, however, a larger team of volunteers climb ladders to dust in the high cornices, clean the windows, wash behind the radiators, turn out the flower arrangers’ corner and generally get into the places not normally reached. The result is two churches ready and gleaming for Easter. Congratulations to everyone involved.

PALM SUNDAY: The next day was Palm Sunday, commemorating Christ’s triumphal arrival into Jerusalem when the multitude strewed palms in His way. In medieval England where palms were in short supply willow and yew were often substituted. Last Sunday Waldron’s procession through the village was led by the choir and the clergy with a good turnout of the congregation carrying anything green including bamboo. Considering the strength of the gale which greeted the procession as they made their way down The Street it was surprising we didn’t lose anyone, especially the bearer of the cross, the cover of which acted as a highly effective sail. The following service was memorable particularly for the performance of the Allegri Miserere Mei Deus which took the place of the sermon. Guest soprano was Ella Bodeker from the Guildhall School of Music.

EASTER WEEK: Today is Good Friday and there will be a one-hour Devotion at St Bartholomew’s, Cross in Hand, at midday, followed by a walk from St Bart’s to All Saints’. At 2pm there will be a one-hour Devotion at All Saints’. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with the first Eucharist of Easter at 9am at St Bartholomew’s, followed by breakfast and then at 11am there will be the Festival Parish Eucharist at All Saints’, with the combined Parish Choir singing, followed by a very festive Prosecco and biscuits.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GOOD FRIDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 3pm An Hour at the Cross. Hot cross buns will be served after the service. Our annual meetings are on Monday April 20. St John’s Bodle Street: 10am An Hour at the Cross. St Giles, Dallington: noon an hour’s devotional service led by the rector. Heathfield Chapel: 10.30am Communion service led by Rad Upfield.

EASTER EGG HUNT: Warbleton Church will be buzzing with eager Easter egg hunters tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Come and find out more about Jesus the King, and take part in games, a treasure hunt, refreshments and chocolate eggs.

EASTER SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 11am All age service with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s, Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion Family Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family service led by Rev Philip Laver. 6.30pm Songs of Praise service led by members of the chapel. Evening services recommence today.

ELVIS: Now, that will have got some people’s attention. Elvis will be in the building (Dunn Village Hall) when Warbleton Horticultural Society put on an evening with Suspiciously Elvis on Saturday April 25 at 7.30pm. For more info and tickets contact Gill on 07939 515072 or 01435 868246 or get your tickets from The Stores, Rushlake Green. Tickets are £10 and include a filled jacket spud.