Parish Pump Uckfield April 6

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Bodle Street Green

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton.

EASTER SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Easter Day Family Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Easter Day service with Holy Communion, 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: The subject at the meeting at 2.30pm on Tuesday is very topical, Home Energy Efficiency. The meeting is at the village hall.


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the Common Pavilion. Teams of six are invited to attend, at £2 per person, with fees being given back as prizes. To enter a team and for more details, please call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

OLYMPIC RUN: Well done to Laura Carver and Gary Tovey who were among the those lucky enough to be chosen as the first to run round the Olympic Park and track, last Saturday. What a wonderful experience for them both, and how proud were their families. Both finished the race in very respectable times. Laura in 39.25 and Gary in 50.42. Me? I would still be out there. Laura’s next outing will be the London Marathon, not competing this time but to support her brother Chris.

COMIC OPERA: Have you got your tickets for tomorrow’s comedy opera, Nellie Pasta Opera Cocktail. It is being held at the village hall from 8pm. Starring Nola Rae MBE and Michael Popper who come together for this very special comic evening. Tickets are £5, available from the newsagents. Good luck to them both for a successful performance.

BLG: The Ladies Group certainly have some interesting talks. They will meet again on Wednesday at the village hall from 2.15pm, when they will be entertained by Mrs Parfitt King with tales of Life on The Canals. This lively group would welcome you to join them, age is of no consequence. The meetings always end with tea and a raffle. They have an outing each month, the next one is on April 25 to Bates Green, Arlington.

MEETING: The parish council invite you to the annual parish assemble, which is being held on Thursday at the village hall, from 7pm. This is your chance to meet the members of the parish council, hear how things are in the three villages of Burwash, Burwash Weald and Burwash Common. All members of the public are invited.

AUCTION: A special fund raising event has been organised to help raise funds for our celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee. There will be an auction of promises on Friday April 20 at the Bear Motel at 7.30pm. They already have some fantastic offers of lots, but would be delighted to receive more. Anything from the spectacular to the simple would be welcome. If you have an idea that would help to bring in some much needed funds call Eddie workman on 01435 882528 or email Rod Clifton,

FLOWERS: The St Bartholomew’s Church Flower Guild will be will be decorating the church for Easter on Saturday morning. As always they would like to have lots of lilies, and would be grateful for any offers to help with the cost of these, in memory of a loved one, or just to help. Also if anyone would like to help with the decorating they should call Diana Workman on 01435 882528, who will also be able to accept your donations or they can be given to the Rector.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council is hoping to redesign the parish website so are asking for tenders to be submitted for the work. Anyone interested should please contact Ann Newton, the parish clerk, on 01825 890182 or by e-mail

PLAYING FIELDS: Essential maintenance work is being carried out on the playing fields and the pavilion. The work will take several weeks, although will be discontinued during the two week school holiday period. Certain areas of the field will be closed to the public whilst the work is carried out and closures will be kept to the minimum possible. There will be signs erected giving information about the work. For any problems please contact our parish clerk, Ann Newton, or the parish council chairman John Graham on 07939 2234413 or by e-mail

CHURCH: The services on Easter Sunday, are 6am Easter Dawn Communion and 11am Easter Family Communion.

MOTHERS UNION: The next meeting is on Monday April 16 at the home of Jose Loosemore in Chiddingly, commencing at 7.30pm. All welcome. For further information on the work of the MU please contact Jennifer Cowling on 01825 840218.

AGE CONCERN The next Bingo session is on Thursday April 19 in the village hall, starting at 2pm. All welcome.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next talk is by Mick Harker who will give a slide show entitled Views of Uckfield, from his extensive collection of post cards of the area. Admission is free to members, but guests will be asked to pay a contribution of £3. For further information please ring June Tidswell on 01825 872240.

SHOW SOCIETY: The Spring Show was held on Saturday and was a great success with several new members exhibiting. The first prize winners were: Division One Decorative: Spring in an Egg Cup, Pat Duke; Five, June Tidswell. Divison Two Flowers and Plants: Classes 5-9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 23, 27 and 28 Jonathan Walker; Class 10 Helen Harrison; Classes 11 and 12 Carol Blakiston; Class 16 Helen Harrison; Class 19 Janet Figg; Class 20 Vivien Serpell; Classes 21 and 24 Jane Tarry; Class 25 Carol Blakiston; Class 26 Natasha Tarry. Division Three Cookery and Preserves: Classes 29, 31 and 36 Rosemary Akehurst; Class 30 Angie Trinder; Class 32 Rebecca Hadley; Class 34 Alison Priest; Class 35 Brian Duke; Class 37 Cheryl Herriot. Division Four Handicrafts: Classes 38 and 39 Pat Duke; Class 40 Philippa Hadley; Class 41 Barbara Aucock; Class 42 Si Trinder; Classes 43-45 Helen Harrison. In the junior section Ruby Tarry won Classes 46 and 47, Leo Tarry won Class 49 and Sid Kasperuk won classes 50 and 15; and Ben Figg won Classes 56 and 57. Division Nine Produce: Class 59 Jenny Pellett. The cup winners were: The Turner Cup for best exhibit in the handicraft section, Pat Duke; The Moore Tankard for exhibitors with the most points in the daffodil section, Jonathan Walker who also won the Horscroft Trophy for the best exhibit in the daffodil classes; Pat Duke won the Payne Trophy for the best exhibit in the Decorative Division and Rosemary Akehurst won the cookery trophy for the best cookery exhibit. The next event for your diary is the Rose and Sweet Pea Show which will be held on June 17, in conjunction with the Open Gardens day.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Saturday 8 April 1758: ‘…Gave James Bull 2s 2d, he having a petition for to ask the charity of his friends and neighbours, he being lately fined £5 for only letting a person have part of 2 oz tea which he had just bought…’ (James Bull had been caught by the excise officers for retailing tea without a licence. Regulations for the sale of tea, coffee and chocolate were extremely complex).

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

SERVICES: Heathfield Chapel holds its Easter Day Sunday services as follows: 11am Family Service, 6.30pm Songs of Praise service. The Chapel congregation invite you to join with them on this.

CROSS IN HAND BOWLS: It’s time to open the green again for another season of outdoor bowling. The club would like to invite you to the open day on Saturday, April 14 from 11am until 4pm. Non-bowlers or former bowlers, all will be welcome. Soft footwear is all that is required. Do come along and give bowling a go. Contact Mary Hough on 01435 868838.

EXHIBITION: The Ashdown Forest Centre is very pleased and proud to present a thought provoking and stimulating photographic exhibition by John Lanteri-Laura entitled Fragments from a Diorama. The exhibition is free and is open to the public from now until May 1 at the Ashdown Forest Centre (weekends 11am to 5pm and weekdays from 2pm to 5pm).

CHAMBER OF TRADE: Barbara Hibbart tells us this: Heathfield Chamber is buzzing with an exciting programme of events for 2012. Our latest meeting on March 16 was the first of a new type of Supper Club. Our speaker was Mike Mckenzie, a retired barrister who used to run the Old Bailey. His entertaining talk entitled Justice and Injustice, A Tale of two Cases gave a very interesting insight into the world of the courts and what goes on behind the scenes. Mike was presented with a bottle of wine kindly supplied by James McNay from Cucolo Deli in Heathfield. The event was held at the Cross in Hand and their new chef provided an excellent and beautifully presented meal. These new style meetings have been designed to attract members who struggle with early breakfast meetings and also to provide a more relaxed environment to listen to entertaining speakers, enjoy good food and network with other local businesses. Heathfield Chamber’s next meeting will be a Speed networking event held in the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane on April 24. This promises to be a lively evening. Wealden Business Expo returns to Heathfield on October 16. The updated website has now been launched and is available to take bookings. Chamber members will receive a significant discount on stand fees. New for this year will be a range of short seminars on subjects such as chocolate making, wealth management, photography, gardening and wine tasting. These workshops will be free of charge and will each last about 30 minutes. There will also be goody bags for the first 200 visitors to the exhibition. For further information about Heathfield Chamber Membership contact Clare Lane at For further information about Wealden Business Expo contact me on 01435 865135 or at:

BARN DANCE: The Heffle Cuckoo Fair barn dance follows the Cuckoo Fair at 7pm on April 21. Music by amazing band Doctors’ Orders. Tickets from Audrey Milton on 01435 830504 or from the Demelza Shop. They cost £8 each or £25 for a family of two adults and two children. All the proceeds go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

SNAKES: The Wildlife Trust sent us this fascinating information about adders. In early spring, as the weather warms there’s a good chance of spotting an adder, one of Britain’s three native snakes. By mid-April adders have emerged from their hibernation dens, shed their dull winter skin and are ready to mate. They are less than a metre long and the most distinguishing feature of this small, stocky snake is the dark zigzag pattern running down its back. By mid-April, there can be a lot of frenzied activity on warm days in areas of rough, open countryside and woodland edges, with males looking for females and occasionally wrestling with other males for supremacy. The adder is the only venomous snake in Britain but they’re not aggressive and will only bite if provoked or threatened. They have a highly developed venom injecting mechanism to immobilise prey such as lizards, amphibians, fledgling birds and small mammals. They go for long periods between meals an adult adder eats the equivalent of only nine voles each year. Unlike most reptiles, adders do not lay eggs but give birth to live young in late summer.

AGE CONCERN: The Wealden and Eastbourne Lifeline Emergency Response System is a combined telephone and alarm unit which is programmed to call a control centre automatically when a red emergency button is pressed. Once alerted, centre staff quickly summon assistance. The system is ideal for those living alone who may occasionally need help. Ring control centre in Eastbourne on 01323 644422 for details. The Home Support Service provides limited help in the home at an affordable cost for those who have difficulty in managing on their own. Please ring Ruth Daniels on 01825 830697 for more information. Community Legal Service Direct is a Government funded confidential advice service for those on low income or in receipt of state benefits. It offers advice over such problems as with benefits, tax credits, debt, employment and housing. Contact the service on 0845 345 4345. Free benefits entitlement check is available from Wealden District Council who are concerned to make the over 65s aware of their possible qualification for welfare benefits. Anyone who believes that they may be entitled to housing or council tax benefit or pension credit or attendance and carer’s allowances should ring 01323 443 774. Wealden Talking News provides a weekly memory stick of local news plus three magazine memory sticks per month for the blind or partially sighted. A memory stick player can be supplied on loan. Ring 01435 862 304 for details.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

DANCE SHOW: Students at St Leonards Mayfield School wowed the crowds with an impressive Dance Show last month inspired by musical legends such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé. The girls, aged from 11 to 18 years, choreographed the dances themselves and practised hard to produce a series of polished performances across a huge range of dance styles, from ballet to hip-hop to Irish dancing. Headmistress, Antonia Beary commented ‘This year’s dance show was a perfect advertisement for what Mayfield does for the girls in bringing together such a wide range of pupils and helping them to work together so successfully.’ The ticket sales have raised a tremendous £450 which will be donated to The Medaille Trust, a cause keenly supported by the girls at the school.

THE MAYFIELD TRUST is an organisation which was set up to offer grants to individual people or organisations for a variety of purposes concerned with health, social and educational needs. This could include buying medical or mobility equipment, helping with a family emergency or giving a grant to a playgroup. All requests from individuals are treated in the strictest confidence. There are only four restrictions affecting eligibility for grants. The applicant must live within the ancient parish of Mayfield which includes Mayfield, Five Ashes and part of Hadlow Down. Grants cannot normally be given for religious or political purposes. They are normally given on a one-off rather than on a regular ongoing basis and although Trustees do not make detailed enquiries into people’s financial circumstances, it’s only fair that grants are directed to people with a very limited budget. For more information contact the chairman, John Logan at Little Broadhurst Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, TN21 8UX 01435 883371 or clerk Brenda Hopkin, Appletrees, Alexandra Road, Mayfield,TN20 6UD 01435 873279.

THE MAY FAIR will be staged on Saturday, May 12 from 11am to 4pm. There are all the usual events such as Maypole dancing and the coronation of the May Queen, morris dancing and drummers together with stalls and bouncy castle and slide for the children. But in celebration of the London 2012 Olympics later on this year, they also have sports and community activities for all. There are running and obstacle races for the children, BMX and skateboarding demonstrations and coaching, tag rugby, football, bowls, a chance to watch or try out Zumba, FIT and Physique activity classes rounded off by a tug-of-war competition. It will not be all sports by any means, with the horticultural society present, the Silver Band playing, an art event and many other community activities. All this plus the Eagle Heights Birds of Prey, a Barrel Train, face painting, trade and craft stalls, plus ample food and drink including barbecue and hog roast. For further details visit www.mayfieldmayfair

OIL CLUB: A heating oil club has been formed for Mayfield. It aims to consolidate deliveries within an area and so reduce the cost and number of deliveries. If anyone is interest they can find out more at:

OPEN DOOR Citizens Advice Bureau takes place every Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am. As well as being available for general enquiries about the area, everyone is invited to come and have a chat and a coffee with one of our volunteers. Open Door has a visiting CAB adviser every Wednesday morning. This is a confidential service. Call in or phone. No appointments necessary. For information ring 01435 873903 or visit

TRANSITION MAYFIELD started 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. Everyone is welcome to join the group or suggest activities in line with their goals. For more information contact Katie Treherne on 01435 873608.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this Easter are today, Good Friday, Christ Crucified 10.30am Devotional Service. Easter Sunday, Christ is Risen Holy Communion 8am followed at 10.30am Easter Morning Worship at 11.40am Shortened Holy Communion. If you require a lift to church please call 01 825 722 582 in advance.

AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. David Faulke, Fund Manager (retired) spent his life in the field of managing investments. David hope’s to guide you through these dark arts so that this field becomes a little clearer, together with a few memories of his time in the world of finance. Sounds like an interesting afternoon, so why not go and investigate. Further details from 01825 722154 or 722650.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Also on Thursday evening the horticultural society will be holding their monthly meeting in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker will be Clive Gravett and his subject History of the Lawnmower. Clive is an expert in Heuchera cultivation and breeding for which he has gained a mention on the BBC Gardener’s World. This evening Clive will entertain you with his new light hearted talk on the history of lawnmowers, he will also have some mowers with him. Entrance £2.50 for members and £ for non members.

THE SPRING SHOW was once again very successful with many prize winning entries. The Best in Show was a floral arrangement by Juliet Hewitt with took the Humphry Cup also winning the Chadwell Challenge Cup. The Robertson Cup was awarded to Clive Maxwell. The Gilbert Styles Cup went to Anne Roper, the Newick WI Cup went to Brenda Izzard. Gerraint and Megan Quick won the Newick Horticultural Junior Cup and the Bill and Enid Holmes Cup for the best exhibit in the junior section.

QUIZ: On April 14 the bonfire society will be holding a quiz, So You Think You Know Newick, in the village hall at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: On Wednesday April 18 the parish council annual meeting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

VILLAGE MARKET: Owing to the A272 being closed for several days for resurfacing, please note that there will be no market on Friday April 13. The market will re-open on Friday April 20. Motorists please allow extra time for your journey whilst this work is in progress. We should be very pleased that at long last the A272 is to be resurfaced.


COUGH AND COLD: I’ve had the worst cough and cold that I’ve ever had in my life. It lasted for a month. And now poor hubby John’s got it. But why do people insist on telling you their remedies to take for it? Oh duh, I’ve never had a cough and cold before.

PEN HADOW was the first person to trek solo from Canada to the geographic North Pole, going on to become the only Briton to have trekked, without supply, to both the North and South Poles. He is an inspirational and motivational speaker. On behalf of the Little Horsted Church Restoration Fund, Pen will be speaking on his experiences and plans at the East Sussex National Hotel, Little Horsted at 7pm on Wednesday May 2. Tickets to this great event cost £10 and are available from 01825 750590 or There is an optional dinner after the talk. Little Horsted Church was this week on BBC South East as part of the Jubilee celebrations having been visited by the Queen on a number of occasions in the 70s when she visited Horsted Place. Yes, I was there at one of her visits. My Uncle Peter was a photographer/reporter with the Sussex Express and he sometimes took us out with him. I remember that there was a small shop near the church. My little brother knocked a jar of sweets on the ground and broke it, but the woman wouldn’t take any money for it. Where was the shop?

UCKFIELD SINGERS celebrated their 5th birthday with a party for 120 members and guests on Monday April 2 at the Belmont Centre. They would like thank everyone for their help and support.

OPEN MIKE: Daughter Rana has singing lessons, and her teacher has given her extra confidence, singing at their Open Mike nights at The Highlanders and other venues. Last week her teacher and partner were burgled while they were out. A load of expensive equipment was taken, including musical instruments and electrical equipment used for their teaching. They can’t afford to replace it, and of course some of it has sentimental value. If anyone can help, please get in contact with the police, or you can contact me and I’ll pass it on.


THE STORES: The shop has now changed hands and reopened this week with Debbie Johnson and her daughters making everyone welcome. The shop is now so much a part of our village life that we’ll all wish them the best of luck to make a fantastic success of it. There will be a special celebratory Launch Day on Sunday between 11am and 5pm to which everyone is invited to taste and test and there will be Easter egg painting for the children. Debbie is serving tasty breakfasts, morning coffee, fresh healthy lunches with interesting salads, homemade cakes, and special high teas.

RINGERS’ QUIZ: Fourteen teams each of six took part in the Annual Bellringers’ Quiz, held this year at Herstmonceux Village Hall on Monday this week. The Waldron Ringers sent a team and came fourth.

EASTER BUNNIES: There’s an Easter Bunny hunt for the children on Easter Bank Holiday Monday at All Saints’ Church from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Pay £1 per child and they can hunt for the hidden bunnies and name the sleeping bunny. There will be prizes.

TEA PARTY RESULT: You may remember that a tea party was held in late March in the Lucas Hall in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. An e-mail from Sarah Bell reports that the afternoon was a huge success and raised just over £915 for the charity. Sarah’s cousin Kate (whose husband died of the disease) was overwhelmed by the kindness of those who came to the tea party and Sarah wants to pass on her thanks. Now Kate will be concentrating on finishing her training for the London Marathon on April 22 when she will be running in aid of the charity. We wish her well in her fund-raising, and if anyone would like to support her, the link to her webpage is Thornton

WI MEETS: This month’s meeting is on Wednesday at 2.30pm in the Lucas Hall. There is a change to the planned speaker (Dr Janet Pennington is unable to come) and it will be Geoffrey Mead, an expert on local history, who will speak to the members about Coasting along Sussex.

OPEN LAMBING: Now here’s something different. Put it in your diary that Heronsdale (Moat Lane) will be open on Sunday April 15 from 1.30 until 4.30pm in aid of Riding for the Disabled carriage driving. If you’re lucky you’ll see lambs being born, and there will be a barbecue, tea and a raffle for this very worthwhile charity. Everyone’s welcome.

HOLY WEEK: Today is Good Friday, celebrated with Morning Prayers with a sermon at All Saints’ at 9.30am, with the Liturgy of Good Friday being held at St Bart’s at 2pm. Sunday will be Easter Day and there will be an Easter Vigil at St Richard’s, Heathfield at 6am, then Holy Communion at All Saints’ Waldron at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Easter Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am. You are all asked to bring hard-stemmed flowers to this service.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a service of reflection on the events and meaning of the first Good Friday, at 10am at Bodle Street, noon at Dallington and at 3pm at Warbleton. Heathfield Chapel has a service at 10.30am led by Rad Upfield.

EGG HUNT: All children under 11 years in the parish are invited to this eggsciting (sorry) event at 2pm tomorrow, Easter Saturday, at Warbleton Church. There will be various activities and refreshments available. Parents are of course very welcome as well.

EASTER SERVICES: St Mary’s Warbleton: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Easter Day service with Holy Communion, 6.30pm Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Easter Day Family Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Family Service, 6.30pm Songs Of Praise service. The preacher for the day is Ray Dadswell.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band it holding its Spring Concert next Sunday April 15 at 3pm in the Dunn Village Hall. They will be playing a wide range of music, from traditional to pop. Refreshments will be served in the interval, and there will be a raffle.

HISTORY GROUP: Normally we have our meetings on the second Monday, but this month that is a Bank Holiday, so we meet for our AGM on April 16. We have our open library next Saturday (April 14) from 2pm to 5pm at the Dunn Village Hall, when our archives will be open.