Parish Pump Uckfield - April 5, 2013


OPEN DAY: The tennis club is having an Open Day on Sunday April 28 from 2pm with tea offered at 4pm. This is an opportunity for members to meet and serve in the new season as well as anyone wanting to check out the club. We will be running our popular Rusty Rackets so that newcomers to the game or just plain rusty folk can have a go and enjoy this lovely sport. All standards welcome.

POSTCARDS: There has been enough interest from those who missed my talk on Barcombe in Old Postcards to consider doing it again. As a number of people were unable to make a Friday evening I thought we would try a Sunday afternoon, with the added incentive of a cream tea. If you would like to come along and see how much or how little Barcombe has changed over the past 100 years, the date to note in your diary is: Sunday 3pm At The Conker Room, St Mary’s Church. Tickets £5 from Turner’s Electrical Stores.

SNOOKER RESULTS: Last game of this years league resulted in a 1-4 defeat. Harry Stewart 18 D Yarrow 55, Jack Schaufler 50 B Roberts 57, James Stewart 62 S Whitehorn 19, Simon Fox 20 G Bayrum 58, Derek Stewart 28 D Linden 48. Team finished fifth in the league.

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The annual meetings will be on Friday April 12 at 7.30pm in the village hall. They start with the election of churchwardens. This followed by the annual Parochial Church Meeting when the members of the PCC are appointed, and the annual report and the accounts are received for approval, plus reports from Marc Lloyd and the treasurer. A pie and mash supper plus pudding follows at a cost of £10 per head. If you would like to stay for supper, please let Bryan know on 01323 833554. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP).

BSG WI: The Institute meets at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Ruth Ayres will enlighten members on living wills, powers of attorney and much more. For more details contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

CONCERT: French family Trotwood will be performing their Irish flavour music at the village hall on Saturday April 27. The concert starts with from the White Horse Folk Club which meets fortnightly on Mondays. Please bring your own food for the interval but there will be a cash bar provided by the pub. Trotwood will perform in the second half. Tickets are £7 and must be bought in advance from The White Horse Inn or The Stores Rushlake Green.


TABLE TOP SALE: Thank you to everyone who supported the table top sale/coffee morning last Saturday. We had a good turnout with plenty of items to buy. The raffle was well supported as was the tombola and cake stall. Thank you to those who had tables, we hope the day was a success for you too. £287 was raised for village hall funds, which will help with the redecoration this summer.

PAVILION CLUB: Tonight, Friday, there will be a party at the Pavilion in Burwash Common for those who belong or want to belong to the Pavilion Club, to renew their membership. It is really pleasing to see this new amenity being so well used. Congratulations to all those involved in the running of the club. The evening begins at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Burwash Mother and Toddler Group will be holding a coffee morning at the village hall. They will be there from 10am until noon. Do go along and meet them especially if you have young children. This group has been running since the early sixties and gives mums a chance to get to know other mums while their children learn to play together. At the sale will be local stalls with cards and Osborne books as well as cakes and a raffle. Proceeds will go towards the running of the group and new toys.

SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, the horticultural society hold their annual Spring Show, with floral art classes. Staging of the exhibits will be from 9am and judging takes place from 11am. Visitors can go along from 2.15pm until 4pm when tea/coffee will be available and a raffle will be run. Good luck to those entering.

PARTY: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening there will be a special party at the village hall to celebrate my parents, Eileen and Edward (Ted) Craddock, birthdays and anniversary. Dad was 90 in January, Mum will be 85 in September and last week they celebrated 65 years of marriage. Our large family and many of their friends will gather at the village hall to wish them both well. Congratulation to them both.

MEETING: On Tuesday evening the parish council will have their monthly meeting in the Pavilion in Burwash Common from 7pm. Members of the public are all welcome.

QUIZ EVENING: On Saturday April 20 there will be a fun quiz evening in the village hall, with those great quiz masters Steve and Terry in charge, (or not as the case may be). You are invited to enter a team of six at £6 per person to include a hot supper. Please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 to book a table. These events are always great fun, especially if Steve and Terry are involved.

BOWLS: Last week the club played the final two matches in this season Wealden League, with disappointing results. They played away to Pevensey on Monday and only managed to pick up one point, although everyone played well. In the triples Margaret Waterhouse, Angela Marden and Shirley Pope lost 5-13 while Mick Moore, Tim Brown and Joan Howard picked up our only point with a 11-11 draw. After tea the pairs played with Samantha Saunders and Mary Taylor losing 11-16 and Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood also losing 9-15. On Tuesday we played away to Five Ashes where all four teams lost, Mick Stephen Trew and Joan 8-9, Margaret, Angela and Shirley 3-18, Samantha and Mary 4-14 and Julie and Keith 9-14. The team finished the season half way up the table. Meanwhile they will play their Pegeric Cup mixed singles on Monday.

BLG: Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday at the village hall from 2.15pm. They will be entertained by their guest speaker Jean Bruce on Knickers and Things. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun. New members and guests are welcome to go along. The group’s outing this month will be to green Farm Ardingly to see the bluebells.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday of Easter, 10am United benefice communion, East Hoathly; 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly.

RACE NIGHT: East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Association are delighted to host the re-scheduled Race Night in the village hall on Saturday April 20 at 7pm for 7.30pm. A cooked meal will be prepared by Chef’s Pantry (with vegetarian option) and there will be an inexpensive cash bar of local beers, fine wines and soft drinks. Cost of entry will be £12.50 for adults and children under 16 years £5. For tickets and further information, including how to sponsor a race or buy a horse, please contact Andrew Myatt on 840726 or 07803-192433, or by e-mail at

MOTHER’S’ UNION: Our April meeting will be held in East Hoathly Parish Church on Monday, April 15 at 7.30pm. The speaker will be giving a talk about the Sussex Air Ambulance. Please note that this meeting will be open not just to MU members but to everyone who wishes to come.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 6th April 1758 ‘…Mary Heath a-brewing for us all day…paid Mary Heath 9d for brewing. Very Busy all day. Some sharp storms of snow and hail….’ For those readers that are not aware, Thomas Turner kept a shop in the village during the Georgian period. His diary covered just over 11 years from 1754 to 1765. When he began his first surviving volume, he was newly married, aged 24 years and newly arrived in the village. Sadly, he survived his first wife and their only child but went on to marry Molly Hicks of Chiddingly in 1765, with whom he had seven children. His writing recounts the everyday business of surviving, of getting and spending, of eating and drinking, of work and play, life and death, amongst the ordinary people of Georgian England. The house in the High Street where he lived bears a plaque in memory of the diarist.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Friday April 12 at 7.30pm in the village hall, there will be a talk on The lost village of Tide Mills, given by Kevin Gordon. Members free, guests are very welcome at £3 each. The next footpath walk is on Sunday April 14 and will be starting at 2pm from the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre car park on Wartling Road. Everyone welcome, dogs on leads please. If you need a lift, would like more information, or the weather looks doubtful, call Chris or Jenny on 872830.


THE WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

PARTY: There will be a St George’s Night party at the Foresters Arms on Friday April 26. Prizes for best fancy dress.

CLEAN-UP: The next churchyard clean-up will be from 9am to noon on Saturday April 27. Why not bring some gardening tools along and lend a hand? It really is a case of many hands making light work. Tea, coffee and bacon butties will be provided. It is amazing how the churchyard can be transformed in such a short space of time.


QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Entry is £4 per person at Summerheath Hall. Bring your own food and drink. Raffle. Hosted by Hailsham Lions for local charities. Advance bookings 01323 840382 or pay at the door.

VOLUNTEERING DROP-IN: Go along to Splendid Blends at St Mary’s Walk on Tuesday April 9 between 10am and noon and find out more about the opportunities to volunteer locally. Ring 01323 301757 for more information or visit

KNITTING GROUP: The Knit’Inn Nights will be on Tuesdays April 9 and 30 and will be a charity knit month so, if you are knitting for charity or would like to, bring your project and enthusiasm to one of these nights starting at 7.30pm at The King’s Head. Blanket squares are not the only things that can be crafted with yarn. As we reviewed the possibilities at the last Knit’Inn you could not help being amazed at the ingenuity, creativity and diversity of suggestions. For more information please phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447) or just turn up on the night.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society next meet on Wednesday at the Methodist church hall, starting at 7.30pm. It should e of interest to those with a love of the land of days gone by as the title of the talk is From Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major and is presented by Ian Everest. It was in this part of the country that oxen were last used commercially around Exceat. Visitors welcome at the meetings. Entry £2.50. At the March meeting, David Rivers showed pictures of Princes Park Eastbourne during the 1950s and 60s and talked about Claude Lanes’ creation, that of the trams that ran on a track from Princes Park and out onto the Crumbles. This, at the time, was a good tourist attraction during the summer months, but which sadly left Eastbourne in 1969. The Eastbourne trams now run at Seaton in Devon.

ORGAN CLUB: All meetings are at the pavilion on the second Wednesday of each month. Non-members are most welcome at all meetings, at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. The next performance is on April 10 when club members will be putting on their own show. For more info on any show phone Charles Clegg on 01323 762411, or go to and go to the Hailsham Organ Club page.

GARDEN TOUR: On Thursday at 11am there is a 90 minute tour exploring the seven acres of historic gardens with the head gardener, Stuart Reid, at Michelham Priory. The price of £15.50 for non-members and £10 for FOMP and SAS members includes entrance to house and grounds, tour and soup and roll in the café. Please register in advance on 01323 844224 or email or visit

BLUEBELL TRAIL: Now in its 41st year, the Bluebell Trail at Bates Green Farm Arlington, opens daily from April 11 to May 19 and has been raising money for over 60 local charities since 1972. New this year is a refurbished barn where visitors can buy snacks without having to pay an entrance fee for the walk. This will now be paid separately at a special gatehouse. The walk is now being called a Woodland Anemone and Bluebell Walk since the white carpet of anemones among the bluebells delight so many visitors. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, except Mondays (not including Bank Holidays).

FARMERS’ MARKET: Always on the second Saturday of the month, next Saturday April 13, you can go along to the Cattle Market between 9am and 12.30pm and buy farm produce, honey, fish, cakes, eggs, bread, farm meats, cheese, milk and much more. There are also crafts and charity stalls and the very popular market café.

CREAM TEAS: Hailsham Twinning Association invite you to drop in for a cream tea on Saturday April 13 from 12.30pm to 3pm in the Fleur De Lys meeting room of Hailsham Town Council office which you can enter through the back gate via alleyway between Lloyds Bank and the Kebab Shop. The event will be held outside if weather permits or inside if wet. £5.

THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE: With apologies to Ernie Wise, Chapter 12 in the High Street with The Ropemaker Theatre Company, are hosting an evening of play reading on Monday April 22 at 7.30pm. RTC’s John Wilders and Linda Francis will be hosting the evening of lively discussion about a selection of plays covering a range of subjects. For the first get together guests are encouraged to bring along their favourite school play, or a script that catches their eye, or perhaps one in which they would like to perform. Failing that, guests can join in the general banter of dissecting a play or script, talking about favourite characters, or simply soaking up the informal friendly atmosphere. This is the first in an ongoing, regular evening (probably once a month) culminating in a full reading of a play in character and promises to be an engaging literary evening.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Southern Cross Trophy is awarded for a Portfolio of Six Projected Images To Show Versatility and was judged by Bon Websell ARPS. First place went to Gay Biddlecombe LRPS, second was Roy Morris LRPS and in third place was Janice Payne LRPS.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: Waitrose green token for local charities in the Community Matters scheme for April are Hailsham Group of East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA) who provide support for people in the Hailsham area. They are raising funds for an outing for a cream tea at an Eastbourne Hotel. Also benefitting in April are Happy Endings Rescue and Sussex Search and Rescue. Please show your support and if you have a charity you would like to benefit from this scheme, pick up an application from the Customer Services desk.

100 YEARS AGO: In April 1913 Reverend F Clyde Harvey wrote: My dear friends, The winter work of classes and meetings and preparation may now be said to have passed and the church room, which has been constantly used, will have a rest. The company’s water is now laid on at a charge of about £1.1s.0d per annum. The parish account book should appear in May and you will see how we stand.

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: A well attended meeting saw birthday flowers presented to Barbara Edwards, Pauline Kent, Erica Richard and Margaret Dove. Marion Pearson won the flower of the month competition. Gill Poulton won the exhibition of spring bulbs with her beautiful amaryllis. Heather Woodward told tales of Mrs Greville at Polesden Lacey. The house, near Dorking is now a National Trust property and has seen many high society events. The family were great friends with Edward VI and the Queen Mother. Much of the house contains exhibitions of Mrs Greville’s jewellery and her collection of miniatures, as well as a famous art collection.The gardens are a delight, especially in the summer months. Following tea and cakes, details were given of the next meeting which is on April 24 in the village hall. The speaker is Mr O’Donoghue who will talk about Behind the Scenes at Chelsea. New members and guests are always welcome. Please telephone 01435 812819 or go to to find out more.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH, services on Sunday, 10.30am Parish Eucharist for Church of England group Ministry. Tuesday, 1.30pm Art and Craft Group in the Church Hall Park Road. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Firle Beacon car park, G 468058 at 10am for a 10 mile Downland circular. Ring 01892 852153.

AGE CONCERN: The spring newsletter has just been published and is now available to collect at various points throughout the village. There will be much more information about this in next week’s Parish Pump, kept a little shorter this week in view of the Easter holiday.


HISTORY GROUP: On Monday at 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road a talk by John Davey on The Lost Industries of Lewes, rescheduled from March. Mention of Lewes these days does not conjure up images of an industrial town but, during the years that preceded and followed the Industrial Revolution, Lewes might genuinely have been described as a hive of industry. In this talk to the Lewes History Group, John Davey will trace the 19th century growth and the 20th century decline of the manufacturing industries that provided employment for most of the menfolk of Lewes for 100 years. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The bitterly cold easterly wind must have been the reason why none of the walkers who met at North Street car park wanted to do the planned long walk to Berwick railway station. The shorter walk to Glynde was turned into a shorter walk round the Downs above Malling, exploring areas not often walked by the group. After a couple of stiff climbs and enduring the icy blast straight from the Urals, all but one of the eight walkers retired to The Dorset, some for Sunday lunch, others simply to warm up and recover before the walk home. This was an enjoyable and bracing walk led by Hilda and Graham. The next walk is on Sunday at Firle. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 19 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Jill Higham and Sylvia Hall. March 26: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Tim Could and Mickie Lodge; 3, Irene Gannon and Rosemary Land, Peter Waters and Pat Elliott. Thursday March 21: 1, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land; 2, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan; 3, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas. March 28: 1, Ron and Margaret Buddery; 2, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson; 3, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Contact number 01273 473026.

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YOUTH GROUP: If you’re aged 11 to 15 years this is for you. Every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm in London House, High Street. It’s described as a great place to meet your mates, it’s cosy and warm with refreshments available. Run by two approachable youth workers who are there if you need them.

ST DUNSTAN’S: The last in the current series of organ recitals will take place in St Dunstan’s Church on April 13. Playing will be Matthew Burgess, formerly from Westminster Cathedral. The concert begins at 6pm. Tickets are available on the door. They cost £8 for adults and concessions are £6. Under 18s go free. The concert is followed by wine and nibbles for anyone who would like to stay and socialise. The concerts have featured the Walker instrument which was enhanced by Martin Cross, organ builders. A big screen video link adds to audience involvement. Visit

MAYFIELD LIBRARY: There will be another storytelling session on Saturday, April 27. For details email or ring 01435 873195.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Julia Molony, one of the local members, whose son Anthony suffered amputation following injury in Afghanistan, has established a self-support group, the Ripple Pond. Its aims are to provide local support to families who have had loved ones wounded, injured or become sick through service in our armed forces. Her website has links to all related organisations that can and do help service personnel. She currently has groups operating in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire and is looking to establish in Essex and Kent. Julia gave a very moving vote of thanks last year to Major Steve Davies after his talk in the Memorial Hall on medical facilities available to our forces engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anthony, who leaves the army next month, recently led a team of four vehicles that successfully competed in the Dakar Rally.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: When sweeping snow forced the cancellation of the January 18 talk about the splendid gardens of West Sussex’s Fittleworth House, many people were heard to remark Fittlesticks, Fittlesticks as they cursed the winter for spoiling the fun. But all was not lost; speaker Mark Saunders, head gardener at the property, has kindly agreed to make another attempt to reach the lofty peak of Mayfield, this time on Wednesday, April 24 (7.30pm in the Scout and Guide Hall). Members hope that by then the glacier will have receded. Mark, an affable, hands-on head gardener and plantsman with 26 years’ experience of managing gardens, will tell the group about Fittleworth’s three-acre garden near Pulborough, looking at its history, design and plants. He’ll also give tips on pruning, including wisteria and apple tunnels, on vegetable growing and on growing annuals, a special feature of the garden. Fittleworth is open under the NGS scheme (see the NGS website for opening times). Please rally round and show support for our intrepid adventurer by attending the talk at its revised time on April 24.

TENNIS CLUB: If you would like your children to join the Junior Tennis Coaching Camp during the Easter Holidays you can enter them for a course (9am to 2pm) from Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11. You will need to contact the head tennis coach, Dan Cole, on 07881 920159 or download an application form from the club’s website www.mayfield They also offer free coaching sessions on Friday evenings in term time for junior members and on Saturday mornings and during the summer holidays. The tennis club, which has five artificial grass courts with floodlights on four, is situated in Station Road within easy walking distance of the High Street and also offers coaching courses for adults. For details contact Geoffrey Shackel on 01435 873113.

MAYFIELD BAND’S first concert of the year will be on Saturday, April 12, at the United Church, Croft Road, Crowborough, at 7.30pm. This is now a long-standing annual fixture for them, and one that they very much look forward to. The church makes a lovely setting for the concert and the acoustics are well suited to a brass band. All the proceeds go to the Hospice in the Weald. Other than that, it’s that time of year when the bookings for fetes, fairs and suchlike start to come rushing in, and it’s first come, first served. So, if you are thinking of ways to make yours the event of the year, look no further and in the words of Fred Pontin, book early.

TRANSITION MAYFIELD formed in 2007 as a local response to the challenges of climate change and peak oil. Their goal is a sustainable future achieved through community led projects which will enhance the social, environmental and economic well-being of the village. People from all walks of life and with varying degrees of commitment are involved in Transition Mayfield and the group has strong links with the Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council, the County Council, Mayfield CE Primary and St Leonards-Mayfield Schools. Anyone is welcome to join the group or to suggest activities in line with its goals. For more details contact Katie Treherne 01435 873608 or visit the website

BONFIRE BOYES AND BELLES: Open meeting for supporters at the Carpenters’ Arms on Wednesday from 8pm.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: A meeting where residents can hear what the parish council has been up to and question members on present and future activities. It’s also a chance to raise any issues you may have. It takes place at Mayfield Primary School from 7.30pm on Monday, April 15.

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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; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


MARKET: Newick Country Market will be open today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

THE RUGBY CLUB first XV are playing at home against Haywards Heath this weekend, kick off at 3pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am.

SPRING SHOW: The Newick Horticultural Spring Show was a great success in the new venue at Newick School, despite the dull and bitterly cold weather and the late flowering of many plants, it was well supported. The junior section entries were considerably greater. Cup winner as follows: The Caldwell Cup for flower arrangement, Julie Hewitt; The Humphrey Cup, best exhibit in show, a picture, Daniel Barber; The Robertson Challenge Cup for daffodils, Geoffrey Meadows; The Gilbert Styles Cup for picture and paintings, Graham Barber; Newick WI Cup, marmalade, lemon tart and pate, Julie Hewitt; Bill and Enid Holmes Cup for salt dough creature, junior section, Imogen Hemsley; Newick Horticultural junior cup, Geraint Quick. The next meeting will be on April 18, a talk by Mark Saunders entitled Inspirational Garden. More details later.

SPRING: I sincerely hope that by the time you read this report spring will have actually arrived.


WEATHER: I do hope that by next week the weather will have improved. I’m walking around half asleep all day. In fact I keep nodding off suddenly in the middle of........

HORICULTURAL SOCIETY: The April meeting will be held on Monday at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre. Mr Withall, Wild Wakehurst. All welcome. Non members £3. The Spring Show will be held on Saturday April 20 in the Luxford Centre from 1.30pm, prize giving approx 4pm. Anyone wishing to exhibit please telephone 764287 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.

ROTARY CLUB: The Rotary Club/Inner Wheel cookery demonstration publicised last week is to be held at 2pm on Wednesday April 17, not April 12 as stated. Apologies from the Rotary Club for this error.


BELLS: Bell Captain Brian Tompsett reports that a peal will be rung at All Saints’ by a visiting band of ringers from various parts of the country tomorrow (Saturday). It will be a slightly belated celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first peal rung on the bells after they were recast and rehung in November 1912. We had to postpone the peal because of the work being done on our belfry roof last autumn, and this is the first opportunity to put right that omission. It can make your head spin to consider what has happened in the life of those rehung bells since they rang their first peal two world wars, numerous other conflicts, the development of cars and planes, the invention of the computer, the world-wide web, television, mobile phones, the list is huge. And still our bells ring out to call people to worship and to celebrate special events. Speaking of which, next Saturday April 13, the bells will ring to celebrate the completion of the repairs to the belfry roof, details of which are below.

FLOWER SHOW: Heathfield and District Horticultural Society will be holding their 2013 Spring Flower Show at St Richard’s Church Hall, Park Road, Heathfield tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm until 4pm. Admission is £1 for adults, children free. There will be a raffle, refreshments and plant sale.

APRIL WI MEET: Waldron’s WI members meet at the Lucas Hall on Wednesday at 2.30pm and the speaker is Hilary Stirling. Her talk is on the influences and inspiration of The Crafty Potter and will include a small demonstration.

TOWER CELEBRATION: There will be a celebration for the completion of the repair work to the Belfry Roof at All Saints’ on Saturday April 13 at 6pm. The bells will be rung, there will be singing and an address by the Reverend George Pitcher, and the event will be rounded off with suitably festive bubbly and some nibbles. It’s hoped some of the craftsmen who worked on the roof will be there and everyone who made any kind of contribution through the Friends of Waldron Churches or the congregation, or who came to any of our fund-raising events is most welcome to join in, so do come.

SERVICES: Sunday is the second Sunday of Easter and services will be as follows: Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am and Group Eucharist at St Richard’s, Heathfield at 10.30am.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: Rev David Laskey is the speaker at the 11am Morning worship and communion and 6.30pm Evening service.

HISTORY GROUP: We have our AGM at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. After the business is concluded we will chat over wine and cheese.

RGWI: Members will enjoy their spring social next Saturday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. The next regular meeting will be on April 25 when Sheila Boyd will reveal some of Queen Victoria’s Dreadful Uncles. For details or help with transport contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

SPRING MARKET: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a spring market at the Dunn Village Hall on April 20, starting at 10.30am. Tables are still available at £10. Please contact Caroline on 01435 882082 to book one.

CHURCH HILL CHALLENGE: The charity soap derby returns on May 27. You travel on a cart from the front of the Black Duck and see how far up Kingsley Hill you can roll. Entry forms from Black Duck .