Parish pump Uckfield - August 15, 2014

Bodle Street Green

Bodle Street Green

VILLAGE HALL: A boot and table sale is being organised for tomorrow, Saturday. It will be open during the morning and early afternoon.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.


AWAY: I am sorry that I missed last week’s column, but I made a sudden trip to Canada to be with my lovely cousin who is having a really tough time at the moment. Barry and I felt she could use my support. I have been here for just over a week and in that short time I have seen some of the devastation left from the recent storm they suffered. Many of the residents of New Brunswick were without power for well over a week, trees are down and roads were blocked. Thankfully there don’t seem to be many if any buildings lost. The weather since I arrived has been very warm with night storms and rain. My auntie is in hospital and we visit every day. Yesterday we went to the First Eel River Lake to the home of my cousin Alvin and family to meet the newest addition to the family, tiny little Cohen, John Caldwell Calhoun. We are four hours behind you which makes it interesting trying to contact back home. I shall be here until the end of September, but hope to be able to continue writing this column from here. Please email me on

CONGRATULATIONS: Last Friday, my great friend Sam Birch married her fiancé Keith Morrison Williams at the register office before having a really special and unusual blessing and reception at The Bear Motel among friends and family. She wore a beautiful calf length turquoise dress will a white top hat and veil. Their honeymoon is in Cyprus. We wish Sam and Keith a long and happy life together.

SUNFLOWERS: For the last few months adults and children have been growing sunflowers and pumpkins. This is the second year of the competition, thought up by Rod Clifton. Last Saturday Rod and his fellow judges, Barry Taylor, Barry Lewis, Tania Cheshire, Ian Rees and Jean Holmwood went round the village with their tape measure to discover who had the tallest sunflower. The winner of the adults was Steph Stephens at 10ft. Tania Cheshire was second. Jamie Stephens was the winner of the children’s flower. The measuring for the pumpkin will take place later in the year. If you think you would like to have ago at this fun competition call Rod Clifton or find the Sunflowers and Pumpkin site on facebook and let him know so he can add you for next year.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. Anyone is welcome to join these walks which take in the network of public footpaths in our three villages and help to keep the open and in use. Roger Cloke will be pleased to see you at the Bear car park for the 9am start. The walks usually end in time for lunch.

LUNCH: The Age UK, Burwash branch will have their next lunch meeting on Monday at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are over 55 years and would like to join the band of happy eaters for a delicious freshly cooked meal for £8 per person you will be made very welcome. Call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033, Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. Transport can be arranged for if you need it.

NSY: The next meeting of the Not So Young club takes place on Thursday afternoon in the garden of 3 Garston Park, the home of Shirley Viney. All members are welcome to go along to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in good company. Thank you Shirley for once again hosting this event.

FAIR: In just over a week’s time the annual village fair takes place. All the local clubs and societies are busy preparing for the day. Can you help any of them? The flower club are asking for baskets to do their flower arrangements in and bric-a-brac for their stall. The village hall and St Bartholomew’s church would be delighted to receive offers of help and cakes for the refreshments. The bowls club are running a bowls game and cake stall. Old china would be welcomed by the Scouts for the crockery smash. Books for the book stall and any offers of help to the playing fields committee to help with setting up and dismantling the gazebos and stalls etc.

CRICKET: After the success of the last trip to the Sussex Cricket, The Seagulls Over Burwash have planned another one. This time it is an all day game at home against Glamorgan on August 20. The coach will leave the Bear car park at 12.30pm. For more information and to book a seat please call Tesky O’Neil on 01435 882217 or call and see him at the Burwash Newsagents.

DON’T FORGET to email me your events and items for inclusion, especially for September.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game at Cuckfield tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm. Also a friendly against Felbridge and Sunnyside at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, on Sunday starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion, with baptism, at 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. It is time to renew payments for the St Peter’s Hundred Club if you subscribe annually. There are numbers available, at £12 for the year, should you wish to have more numbers or join the club. Please contact Peter Martin to subscribe.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am, to include communion, and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

FREE UNSTRUCTURED PLAY for children aged nought to five years takes place at Chailey Children’s Centre, Chailey School every Tuesday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am, during the summer holidays. For more information call 01273 336940.

EARLY BIRD WALK to see and hear the birds on the common is on Wednesday and will be led by Ian Woolsey, treasurer of the Chailey Commons Society. Meet at Pound Common Car Park, just off the A272, at 7am. Those that wish can enjoy a breakfast at the May Cottage Tea Rooms afterwards. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

GRANDPARENTS are you spending time with grandchildren aged nought to five years during August? If so do take your grandchildren and join in a Grandparent Group drop in session of play, and meet other grandparents, at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am.

50 THINGS FRIDAY at Sheffield Park this week is snail racing (on Friday August 22) from 11am to noon and 2pm to 3pm. There will be the chance to pick a winner or the slowest in the pack. Join one of the snail racing sessions and tick off No17 on your National Trust 50 Things to do before you are 11¾ list. Call 01825 790231 for more information.

70S FANCY DRESS NIGHT is at the Horns Lodge on Saturday August 23. There will be music and food in a basket. For more details call Linda or Mike on 01273 400422.

BEER FESTIVAL: The Balneath Bash, a music and beer extravaganza, is being organised by the Bonfire Society at Balneath Manor, on Saturday September 13 from 6pm. There will be a variety of local beers, a live band, fireworks and an Auction of Promises. For more information or to offer a Promise for Auction please email

TRACK TREK 2014: Thanks to the walkers who generated a very impressive £15,000 for the Bluebell Railway.

GRAMOPHONES A year ago Graham Barber purchased on a whim his first gramophone at an Antiques Fair in Ardingly. It didn’t work but little did he know that one year later he would own 27 gramophones. So what is the reason for the interest? Graham doesn’t know; but one thing is for sure they bring back memories to many and intrigue younger generations who have never seen such things before. It has been suggested to Graham that the gramophones could be of use in care homes where those suffering from memory loss conditions may benefit from both seeing the gramophones and hearing the music of their youth and this is something to be explored. Currently Graham is attending some gardens over the summer, under the umbrella of the National Garden Scheme, and playing the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s and chatting about all things gramophonic. If you are involved in an event, a garden opening or whatever and would like a gramophone playing music from years ago please let Graham know on 01825 723059. Please be aware that gramophones have no volume control and whilst there is no charge for the service it must be an event with a charitable purpose .For further details please visit where you will find details of the collection and the Gramophones in the Garden scheme.

MOBILE FULLY LICENSED BAR is available from the bonfire society for any event you have whether it be a wedding, party, fundraiser, outdoor event or festival. The society will provide bar staff and a wide range of premium products tailored to your requirements. There is no fee and profits from the bar go towards Bonfire Night and the Christmas Party for the older members of the village. For more details do email or call Diane Palmer on 01273 400901.


CHURCH NEWS: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. Sunday, Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662). Fletching Church Sunday Club will meet at 10am at the church. They will then have their club time at School House enjoying craft etc, before returning to the church for a blessing and to tell/show everyone what they have been doing.

FUN QUIZ NIGHT in aid of Project Refresh, Saturday September 13 at 7.30pm in Fletching Village Hall. If you can, please organise your own team of six. If not, we will help you find a team. Tickets £10 each, to include a light supper and a glass of wine. Cash bar and raffle. For tickets please call Andrew Wright on 01825 712803.

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express dated Thursday 20 August 1914: On Friday afternoon the police went to Maresfield Park and arrested the butler who is a German subject. He was removed in a motor car, and subsequently taken away by train. On the lighter note from the Sussex Express for 17 August 1951: ‘Fletching venue for Jim Edwards Handlebar XI. Radio and stage comedian Jim Edwards and those of his friends who also have handlebar type moustaches, have challenged Sheffield Park cricket team, and the match will be played at Fletching on Sunday August 26. Arrangements are being made by Jim who lives at Fletching and spends a good deal of his spare time helping his brother run a farm there.’

EVENTS AT SHEFFIELD PARK: Free event (normal admission charges apply) Sunday, noon Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Bring your picnic and favourite teddy along to the garden and join us for a teddy bears’ picnic. Activities will be laid on throughout the afternoon.

YOUTH CLUB today, Friday, 7pm in the village hall.

FORGET-ME-NOTS: Thursday, 1.30pm in the village hall.

PILTDOWN RESIDENTS EVENT: Friday August 22 at Piltdown Golf Club. All Piltdown residents are invited for an evening to meet fellow residents. Doors open at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and canapés, closing at 8.30pm. Please come along when convenient within these two times.


CHURCH NEWS: On Sunday August 3 the Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society enjoyed a most informative talk about our beautiful downland church and many members vowed to return for future services. On Sunday August 10, Reverend Roger Dalling conducted a lovely service of Matins. This Sunday will be Matins again (BCP). The service will be followed by refreshments, tea, coffee etc.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

THURSDAY TOPICS: A Family Focus on Llamas at The Space, All Saints’ Parish Church, Old Heathfield on Thursday. The family friendly presentation will be by Janet Nuttall from Heathfield Vets and commences at 7.30pm. Cost per adult £5 or £10 for a family ticket can be purchased at the door.

PIRATE HUNT: On Sunday afternoon the Cross-in-Hand Amenities Society is holding a Pirates Treasure Hunt and barbecue in Darch’s Wood. This is a non profit making event aimed at introducing the local children to the wonderful woodland on their doorstep. Darch’s Wood is a 42 acre woodland owned and maintained by the society for the benefit of the community, and is free to use by all. If parents want to keep their children entertained for an afternoon without spending £100s then this is just the event for them. For just £1, the children can explore their local woodland with a secret pirate map, discover pirate facts and groan at our terrible pirate jokes. Well behaved adults are free. There will be clues to follow a trail around the wood to find the hidden treasure. Special prizes for the best pirate costumes. Barbecue and refreshments. The start of the adventure is in Darch’s Wood behind St Bart’s Church on the A267 Little London Road. Please be aware there is limited parking near the church.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND had a wonderful weekend playing on both days at the Bateman’s NT annual WWI event, on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3. The band played a selection of WWI music with the occasional more modern pieces thrown in to lighten the spirits. The weather was gorgeous and as well as the usual attractions at Bateman’s the band members, when they’d finished playing, enjoyed walking round the event where battle re-enactments, authentic uniforms, fashions of the day and lots of exhibitions and enthusiastic participants.

ALL SAINTS’: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP.) 11am 3D Holy Communion (Healing), the church welcomes Steve Clark from Crowhurst. All welcome for coffee after this service.

ST GEORGE’S, Broad Oak. Sunday, 9.30am Third Dimension. Steve Clark from Crowhurst is welcomed. All are welcome for coffee after this service.

ST RICHARD’S: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion. 10am Parish Eucharist. 6.30pm, Churches Together in Heathfield and District united service at Gamelands Methodist Church. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion

AIRCRAFT NOISE: Email from a resident in New Pond Hill: I have lived in New Pond Hill for approximately 30 years. Originally aircraft noise was very rare, possibly three to four times a year. I have noticed over the last few months it is often continual one plane after another whatever the weather. It seems obvious to me the flight path has changed with no regard to the villages affected by the noise. If we can make any difference we need to speak up. Don’t forget, there is a current consultation on potential new routes for aircraft streaming into Gatwick. Although Gatwick cannot (or will not) say precisely where they will overfly, they do say they will take account of all relevant comments. Remember, we are close to the Ashdown Forest (European ruling re 7km commercial exclusion zone, must also apply overhead one would have thought?); preponderance of older folk living in care, sheltered housing or nursing homes; Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

ROAD RESURFACING: At the time of writing this, I note they have eventually finished white lining Hailsham Road (the Tarmac was finished days ago. I asked why the road was not open earlier and they had to wait for the cats eyes teams to arrive. Now we see the A267 is scheduled to be closed for two weeks for resurfacing. No-one’s saying these routes do not need attention. We hope HGVs will not be diverted down Sheepsetting Lane and Ghyll Road (as happened with the Hailsham Road traffic.) What amazes me is the time it takes. Without harping on, I was driving through France when I was diverted due to a road resurfacing project. It was a lengthy strip, several kilometres. I came back the same way two days later and the job was finished, complete. They work overnight. Why can’t we? There were seven men in hi-viz jackets standing, gazing at the sky at the Hailsham Road/A267 Horam junction last weekend. Fascinating cloud formation perhaps?

OXFAM: Shop window sign: volunteer wanted. Call Debbie on 01435 863618.

SUMMER SHOW at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2.45pm. Everyone is welcome.

LE MARCHE: Good to see so many shops getting ready to do their Anglo-French best and organise window displays for Le Marche, now just two weeks away. For those of you who are not involved in a High Street business, shops are invited to take part in a window display competition. All they have to do is put together a French themed display and incorporate one of a series of French sayings, (I noted va va voom was one of them, I seem to remember this applied to all-time Arsenal great Thierry Henri.) Closing date for shop window entries is August 18. I hear that more shops than ever plan to open on the day and I’m sure it will be great for business. I’ve often heard them say that people call into the shop on a dismal weekday in October saying: ‘Oh we thought we’d come and have a good look round Heathfield. We loved it at that French Market.’ Don’t forget also that there is a park and ride scheme from the market at the top of the town but people generally can find plenty of street parking. Get there early and get the best pick from that stall selling delicious breads, rolls and pastries. We hear there will be a lot more musical attractions this year too so it should be a good day out.

Isfield & Little Horsted

WINNING FLOWERS: Let’s hope that the Baby Bertha stormy weather of last weekend has not dashed any hopes for entrants in tomorrow, Saturday’s, flower show being organised by Isfield Forget-Me-Not Club. Glorious weather in recent weeks has helped produce some magnificent garden displays around the villages, and some of the proud gardeners will be vying for prizes at Isfield Village Hall tomorrow. Staging of entries will take place between 8.30am and 11am, when the doors will then be closed while judging takes place. Doors will re-open at 2.30pm when visitors can inspect the displays and also take part in various competitions and sample cakes and produce. The club’s Wendy Chandler says: ‘Come along and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake and have a good natter with the locals. We look forward to welcoming you.’ Further details are available from Wendy (01825 750517) and Jan Phillips (01825 750522).

ARTS AND CRAFTS: Isfield Community Enterprise (ICE), the village organisation set up to buy the field behind The Laughing Fish last year, has a busy programme of events at its Arts and Crafts Market on Saturday August 30. Among the many attractions will be printing and hazel and willow animal sculpture demonstrations, origami and drawing for the children, the Matthews Mousetown and much more. Rachel Cranfield says there will also be a film show in the evening when the U-rated film Up will be shown in a marquee. Tickets are available at The Laughing Fish: adults £3 for film only or £3.50 combined ticket for the film and entry to the market during the day. Children under 16 years are free if accompanied by a paying adult and they can sit on the ground at the front if they wish, but best to take along a cushion or mat. Further details from Rachel on 07793 798922.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s Church, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).


FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Wednesday last, 15 of us met at Ardingly Reservoir for a lovely walk taking in the spectacular Balcombe Viaduct. The route took us up and down across a varied landscape of fields full of newly harvested bales of hay, farms, wooded copses and beautiful views before descending to pause and admire the remarkable viaduct. We then continued to follow the Sussex Ouse Valley Way along the river and back to the edge of Ardingly Reservoir. An added bonus was an abundance of big juicy blackberries at many points along the way. On Tuesday we celebrated our 50th Anniversary Walk into Lewes finishing at the Town Hall to be welcomed by the Mayor. There will be two walks on Tuesday. There will be an all day walk, Lewes to Saltdean. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. Meeting at the same place at 10.30am Bert will be leading a three mile stroll so something for everyone. Do come and join us.

Mayfield & five Ashes

SUMMER CLUB: Mary Pearson and Louise Beagley are currently running a highly successful Summer Club for youngsters from six to 16 years. It only has a week or so to run so if you have a child who would like to take part in the final week, contact Louise on: 079509 20934. Mary runs Heathfield Drama Club and always has a Summer School and so it has now incorporated the drama side and extended into a month of fun. They have the following specialists in to teach roller skating; cricket; fencing; catwalk jewellery; skateboarding; fencing; all sorts of sewing projects; stage prop design; mini musical day; woodland adventures; archery; treasure hunt; sports and swimming of all kinds and possibly more. Yet to come are sing an aria course and circus skills to mention but a few. Skippers Hill Manor Prep School in Five Ashes, Mayfield, kindly allowed them to use the school and extensive grounds to extend this fun to all children from six to 16 years old. They still have some places available so if you’d like the holidays to go out in style, give Louise a ring straight away.

PARISH COUNCIL: The offices will be closed from August 15 to September 1. However it will open for the Rights of Ways and Trees August meeting and Planning Executive meeting on Monday, September 1 at 9.30am.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: Hospice organisers pass their grateful thanks to the Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles for holding a special Bingo evening on June 28 which raised £240 to support the Hospice. The King’s Singers hold a concert in St Dunstan’s Church on Thursday, September 25 performing works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Francis Poulanc and Claude Debussy. Also readings from poets such as Robert Bridges, Percy Shelley, Thomas Hardy and Frances Cornford. Tickets are now available from Katy McSundey, chiropodist at Sussex House, High Street who is opening a box office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. Tickets re £20, £15 and £10 and can also be obtained by post with a cheque and stamped addressed envelope. Information 01435 872658.

FOOTPATH WALK: The monthly August walk takes place on Sunday, August 31 (not the Bank Holiday weekend) starting from the South Street car park at 10am.

EXHIBITION: An exhibition of recent paintings by Johnny Marsh called Ars Hepatica and The Opera House is being held from Friday August 22 at 6.30pm until Monday August 25.

LIBRARY: Come on a journey, into the woods and down to the sea, prose and poetry for all ages at Mayfield Library tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am.

ST DUNSTAN: The story of St Dunstan of Sussex will be retold by village team of story tellers: Pat Robson, Johnny Marsh, Katie Treherne and Jane Bolger in the courtyard of St Leonards-Mayfield School on Sunday, September 14 from 6pm to 8pm with a drinks interval.

ARGOS HILL WINDMILL: Windmills are in the news at present. Possibly spurred on by the efforts of the Argos Hill team, plans are now being laid to restore the rather sad remaining structure of the Cross-in-Hand Mill. Good luck to them. These buildings are so reminiscent of Sussex. I remember living for 20 years in Hurstpierpoint and when I took the train in the evening the sight of Jack and Jill Mill told me I was home. Meanwhile, Friends of Argos Hill Mill have been busy painting the weather boarding. They started last summer at one of the barns at Cranesdown Farm and thank Madeleine and Fred for their hospitality. David Stiff, former professional decorator, has galvanised everyone into action and groups of up to four are now enjoying themselves working at John and Margaret Bowerman’s. Renovations are progressing well and at the moment the contractor is concentrating on the main supporting timbers. The website is

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society’s autumn show is on Saturday, September 13. This is on a smaller scale than the summer show but a good way to round off the growing season. Organisers were delighted to see new faces at the last show and hope those people will continue to exhibit, this applies especially to the children and grandparents and parents must be thanked for encouraging them to take along their entries including vegetable animals, paintings, miniature gardens, Lego models, potatoes in buckets and scarecrows. Titles in the Floral Art classes for autumn are A Bit of Sparkle, Sunset and a table decoration Christmas by Candlelight. Sporting Life is the Men Only title but they can enter the other classes too. Photographs are needed for An Allotment, A Shed or A Holiday Postcard Whatever the Weather. Entries to Rosina’s by Thursday, September 11. Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Sissinghurst, will talk at the autumn supper evening on Saturday, October 11. The title is Revitalising Vita, Sissinghurst past, present and future. Tickets from Bridget Blow on 01435 872829 or John Logan on 01435 883371. Bridget sends her thanks to John (president) Eddie Du Cann (chairman) and show secretary Diane Kirkness.

Mobile Library

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.


BOWLS CLUB fixtures tomorrow, Saturday, Newick will travel to Nutley, and on Sunday the home Fixture will be against Frant, on Monday the Ladies will be playing Crowborough Wolfe Ladies at Newick, plus another game on Wednesday at home against Seaford. All these matches will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be playing at home against St Michaels,, the second XI will make the short journey to Buxted Park, likewise the third XI will pop just down the road and play Barcombe, the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground, this match will be against Hellingly VI. All games will start at 1.30pm. Only three more league games to play this season. The Sunday friendly match will be against The Griffin at 2pm. Just to remind all those keen cricketers that the All Star Lashing team will be playing cricket at Newick on Sunday August 24 at 2pm. Further details available from Mark Budd 07841 745091.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP), followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Worship.

10K RUN: Trust all you keen runners have already applied for your entry forms for The Will Page 10k Run on Sunday August 24, this can be downloaded http;// As the roads are not being closed and the safety and enjoyment of all is paramount, will all resident be patient and to ensure that cars will not be parked in Allington Road, the race will commence at 11am from the King George V playing field, and only takes about 75 minutes. Please support this event by cheering the runners on their way.


COMMEMORATION: Waldron joined in the poignant international commemoration of the start of the First World War last week with a short service at All Saints’ 100 years after Britain had declared war. With the weight of knowledge of what was to come, the candles lit before the list of our village dead in the church made us all try to imagine what we would have felt had we heard the news a century ago. We returned home soberly, to turn off our lights in remembrance and light a candle. The village fell silent and one candle flickered, then burned steadily in the dark on the top step of our war memorial, illuminating the names of those who went so valiantly to war and never returned.

BREAK-IN: Someone broke into the vestry last week, presumably hoping to find cash lying about. They found no money because there was none to find, the only item missing was George’s service book, so we can only hope the thief is spending some time reading. Somehow, breaking into a church seems terrible, an insult to its history and what it stands for, and to all those who have prayed and found comfort there in the past centuries.

JAZZ AT THE STAR: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a visit from Con Brio bringing their mix of jazz, folk, soul and rock to the Star. They will entertain from 8pm until 11pm.

CROQUET INTERNATIONAL: The team from Catenay, Normandy, visited Waldron last weekend to play a tournament against our Village Croquet team. A good deal of eating and drinking took place and despite the rain and wind which attacked us at intervals, we managed to play six games. Our French friends departed having defeated us 4-2 so they were able to take the challenge cup with them, again. Still, next year... it will be the tenth anniversary of our first challenge, so just perhaps... Many thanks to the supporters who encouraged us.

SERVICES: During August there will be two services at 8am and 10.30am only, alternating at the two churches in the parish. On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am and Parish Communion at 10.30am, at All Saints’ followed by coffee and cake.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service and communion led by Neil Thornicroft.

HISTORY GROUP: We meet near the Dunn Village Hall for a walk on Wednesday at 7pm. All are welcome.

THE BELLS: I am pleased to report the funds required to refurbish the bells at Warbleton Parish Church have been raised, and the work will go ahead soon. A big thank you to all who made this possible, including Margaret McCarthy and others who produced the recipe book New Bell Cuisine. Copies are still available at £5 from Margaret (01435 830560). Work starts in early September when the bells will be lowered to the floor of the bell chamber, and the headstocks etc. will be removed for renovation. They are due to return on October 6 and be back in operation on October 9, with thanksgiving on Sunday October 12. Whilst they are away a team of volunteers will rub down the steel frame and repaint it.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Congratulations to all involved in putting on a wonderful display in St Giles, Dallington, last weekend. The theme was Pause For Thought, and beautifully represented in the 28 displays each telling of something we can be grateful for. The detail in the arrangements was well thought out, I particularly liked the garden formed around the pulpit.