Parish Pump Uckfield - August 17 2012


OLYMPICS 2012: It is not possible to ignore the last 17 days of emotion and it feels necessary to somehow claim some part of it for ourselves. With a little poetic licence I can do just that in this column. Howard Eaton’s company in Cooksbridge built and made work the glorious five rings which were quite breathtaking when raised with cascading fireworks during the opening ceremony. Alfriston’s link is that we know Howard. He comes to help out the technical side of the Alfriston Player’s pantomime.

SUMMER SHOW: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society held its annual Summer Show last Friday and Saturday. Although this year’s growing season has not been the most favourable the exhibits were superb especially in the flower sections. It was well attended, helped by the glorious summer weather. Sylvia Daw, Brian Dingley, Jim Hall and Hannah Weatherhead all won novice cups and Seaford resident Ken Lloyd won the Alfriston Cup for his vegetables. Cups were also won by Sheila Hamilton for her pot plant, Jill Butcher for her jams, chutney and baking, Heather Hurst for her flower arranging and Hilda Burton for her flowers. Hilda’s vase of mixed garden flowers was also judged to be Best in Show. The real star of the show, however, was allotment gardener Guy Eves, who only two years ago won a novice cup. This year Guy won four awards including the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for the highest number of points scored in vegetables, fruit and flower sections.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday August 18 at 10.30am to 12.30pm the Lewes Constituency Conservative Association will be holding a Coffee Morning at Rossmere House, Lower Laines, The Furlongs. It is a chance to meet local Councillors Cllr Steve Harms from Wealden District Council and Cllr Nick Bennet from East Sussex County Council. Katy Bourne, who is a candidate for the Police Commissioner Elections, will also be present. There will be stalls of cakes and plants plus a raffle. Everyone is welcome. Donations of £2 at the door.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: Tickets for the Supper, Revue, Quiz and Concert are on sale now at Hicks, The Newsagents.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP). 11am Morning Worship. 6.30pm We welcome friends from churches in Heathfield for a Sunday evening service under the auspices of Churches Together in Heathfield and District. Let us come together to worship God in fellowship, praise and joy.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets in the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday.


THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company gave us all another of their amazing performances last Friday evening, despite the background noise of the lawn mower. The weather held warm and dry as the story unfolded about the disappearance of Marjory Daw. Transporting us back to the ’60s with mods and rockers, mini skirts etc. this was cleverly acted by the small cast who all took on several different characters each. At some times risqué and often funny, and the characters as usual helping themselves to wine and food from the audience, much to everyone’s delight, we had a great time. Thank you to all those involved. The final show of the season was last Saturday, so if you missed them this year bad luck, but look out for them again in November, when they will be doing another show at indoor venues.

CRICKET: The weather also held for the twenty/twenty cricket match on Sunday, at the playing fields. Two teams from the village played against each other. The first innings finished very close with just a few runs in it. At time of writing I am unsure of the final result, except that they all had a great time, with players young and younger. Mind I did notice the pain pills on the scorers table so I guess some of them haven’t played in a while, but there was a great catch and several good hits the short time I was able to be there. It was a shame that more hadn’t taken the opportunity to have a family day out and join the small crowd watching.

WALK: On Monday morning the next monthly parish footpath walk will take place, with Roger Cloke leading the way. You are all welcome to join him as he leads you over the net work of public footpaths around the parish. The walks start at 9am at the Bear car park and usually end in time for lunch. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under control, especially around livestock.

LUNCH: The Age Concern, Burwash Branch lunch club also meet on Monday, to enjoy a lovely cooked two course meal at £8 per person at the Bear Motel. Anyone over 55 years old is welcome to join them. To book a place please call Jazz Botting on 882033 or Heather Lewes on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233. They may also be able to arrange transport if you should need it.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 6pm Evensong.

WALK AND VISIT: Last weekend the preservation society had a very enjoyable visit and walk at Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling at Burwash. After a very interesting look around the house and wander through the beautiful gardens, 12 people and one dog set off for a walk among the glorious and quintessentially English rolling countryside that took in a watermill, meadows alive with butterflies, woodlands with meandering streams and stunning views all around. On the return they finished off a perfect afternoon in the best possible way – with tea and cake. The next walk is on Sunday September 9 and will be starting from The Star at Waldron at 2pm. Everyone is very welcome to come along, you don’t have to be a member and it’s free. Dogs are very welcome too, but must be on leads in case of livestock. For further details, please call Jenny or Chris on 01825 872830.

KING’S HEAD: This weekend there is a two day all day Beer Festival with music on Saturday evening at 8pm featuring the Juke Box Junkies.

THOMAS TURNER’S HOUSE: Fiona has kindly agreed to open Thomas Turner’s house as part of the Heritage Open Day Scheme. It will be open on Thursday September 6 in the morning from 10am to noon. Well worth viewing, but there is no wheelchair access because of the different floor levels, and it is not suitable for very small children. For further information on the Heritage Open Days visit the website at

DIARY: Friday 29 December 1759: ‘About 10.20 I went down to Whyly, from whence Mr. French and I set out for Buxted Place, he being a-going to gather some quit-rent of Mr Medley… After Mr French had done his business with Mr Medley, we were prodigious civilly entertained with some bread and cheese, wine and beer etc.…We also was showed the house all over, which undoubtedly is a very fine place, being built in the modern taste, though as yet it is not completely finished.’


PRIVATE READINGS: This event is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm and allows you to have a private reading with a medium of your choice. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716225582 to book. The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Francis Stadden and is followed by refreshments. Both events take place at Primrose Hall.

ST MARY’S: This is the eleventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Great Sin and Greater Grace. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups with the same theme. 6.30pm Sunday evening prayer service, Respecting Jesus.

RAMBLERS: Steve (844597) is leading the 7.75 mile Plumpton, Streat, Ditchling Beacon circular this Sunday. There is one steep climb. On Wednesday there is an easy walk with Peter (449439) over the levels to Magham Down of 4.5 miles and the Wednesday Strolls group are walking from Crowlink to the sea and return with Peggy (840387). If you would like to join Hailsham Ramblers on any of these walks, please ring the walk leader for the details.

FLOWER CLUB: In July members enjoyed a workshop given by Pam Gibson entitled Enclosure and were shown how to make a framework out of twisted sticks to support large stems of lilies with smaller flowers and foliage at the base. This was very effective once they got the hang of it. The August meeting was a talk by Lady Teviot entitled One Day I Will, along with a Small is Beautiful competition. As always there was a raffle, refreshments, and sales table. A warm welcome awaits everyone who comes along and you can contact (01323) 760513 for more information about the club.

ROPEMAKER: This new exciting professional theatre company based in Hailsham will be presenting The Comedy of Terrors from September 4 to 8 at the Hailsham Pavilion. Tickets are on sale now from the Pavilion Box Office. Visit for more information.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

OPEN GARDEN: Trumpetts Farm, Trumpetts Lane, (BN27 4RD) tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Stalls, raffle and refreshments.

SCHOOL CENTENARY: Reverend Ronald Chatwin reports that distinguished national treasure, Dame Vera Lynn graced Hellingly Primary School with her presence on June 29, to mark the centenary of the present building, which opened its doors to the first pupils on June 6, 1912. Social pressures caused the school to be built, the erection of a Lunatic Asylum for 2500 patients, with a staff of 1000 to care for and maintain them. New people, more children, and the village school that had done good service since 1844 was now inadequate. Hence the Board School (as it was called) on the North Street site. History has a tendency to repeat itself and social pressures in the 21st century may cause, eventually, the closing of this building and the school’s removal to another part of Hellingly. Following Dame Vera’s visit, the school had an open afternoon and some 240 plus visitors, many of them former pupils, queued for admittance to view an excellent exhibition, called Look, That’s Me of memorabilia, wander down memory lane, greet fellow pupils, some of 60 years ago ‘Steven, is that you? I remember you threw an inkwell at me,’ and enjoyed a cream tea. The celebration finished off with a jazz concert and supper for parents, staff and governors.

EVENING MARKET: This recent event at Dicker Hall was well attended and ladies from the village tried on garments along with other visitors. There was a wide choice of items from clothes for ladies, gents and children’s shoes, handbags and other accessories. The changing room was very busy. All the items had very reasonable prices and most people bought at least one item if not several. The event will be back on August 16 from 6pm to 9pm and again at the same time on September 20.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

PARKING: I hear that our county councillor, and also chairman of the county council, Chris Dowling has been meeting one or two local residents who are concerned about parking on verges in Sheepsetting Lane. As you can tell from the contact details at the head of these columns, we live in Sheepsetting Lane but, for once, we were not involved in making the council aware of problems here. The school now seems to be paying much more attention to persuading parents to park sensibly away from double yellow lines or in the Mill Lane car park. We are grateful for that. However there is a group who park regularly on sodden verges on the other side of the road where the ruts are about a foot deep. There are bollards along part of the verge and some residents have placed painted obstacles across the front of their own houses but sadly there are no physical restrictions to parking alongside the playing field. Cllr Dowling said he is going to take the matter up with county’s highways department but, as always, there is a cost and time factor. If any restrictions were going to be put in place there would also need to be a consultation period. We hope something could be done as the area looks unsightly and cars parked there are parallel to cars parked on the opposite side of the road. There is no room to manoeuvre and sometimes not even a single vehicle width to drive through. If people can’t realise that and park sensibly elsewhere then there’s nothing for it but to place robust bollards or other obstacles to stop them. It’s a highway safety, as well as an aesthetic issue.

HARD OF HEARING: Heathfield Hard of Hearing Group are run by the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre. The next meeting will be on Monday October 13, 2pm to 3.30pm at The Red Cross Centre. The subject for the talk this month is What is Tinnitus? What is Tinnitus and how is it caused? Are there any cures? Talk presented by Fiona Wellings. Further information from David Rowan 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) Email s

SHOPS: Delighted to see our local businesses scooping up shoppers as the good weather is here, and welcome to a couple of newcomers, two flower and plant shops; one in Station Road and one in Cross in Hand.

HEDGE TRIMMING: Mrs PP is always asking me to trim our very unruly hedges. And I keep putting it off. However I now feel vindicated, I was delighted to receive a press release from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds advising me to ‘leave the shears in the shed.’ It says a dry day and an unruly hedge can be enough to tempt even reluctant gardeners to get the shears out. However, local residents are urged not to be tempted into cutting their hedges too soon, as they may disturb nesting birds and their young. Warmer and drier August weather means people are more likely to get out and tackle any overgrown hedges. But, the RSPB recommends avoiding cutting hedges from March to late August in order to allow nesting garden birds to breed safely. It’s especially important this year as the wet and cold weather in the early part of the year may mean that some species have bred later than normal and are still using their nests and feeding their young.

FIRE DANGER: There was a near tragedy in Waldron earlier this year when a family pulled a half-smouldering portable woodburner into a large tent and were partially overcome with fumes. That was one the subjects on the agenda of East Sussex Fire and Rescue’s education team who tell us they delivered safety lessons to 17,579 young people in East Sussex this year. Michael Warner, one of the three-strong team of Education Officers at ESFRS, said: ‘We delivered safety messages to 14,852 primary students to help keep them safer. These included safety rhymes and a Stay Safe bingo game to year two children. Year five had a sorting card exercise based around a home exit plan and the children also had the chance to practice what may happen during a 999 emergency call in a role play scenario. All of the children were encouraged to go home and talk about smoke alarms and the importance of weekly testing. We’ve also carried out an extensive evaluation process to help determine how effective our sessions are. The children were asked to complete a Draw and Write activity before the lesson and then once more six weeks after the lesson had taken place. This way we can measure the effects of the lesson on their learning and safety knowledge.’ 2,495 secondary school pupils across the county have also been involved in safety workshops, arson prevention lessons and road safety in a joint initiative with Sussex Police Neighbourhood School Officers. Lessons have also been taught in Special Educational Needs schools, to a total of 232 pupils, which often involved repeated visits to very small groups of young people. Michael added: ‘Preparations are already underway for the next academic year to make sure we are teaching to the current needs of the community, working and training closely with colleagues in West Sussex. We also hope to further our commitment to joint working with Sussex Police to help keep the community safe.’ And in light of the recent problem where children had to be taken to hospital, he gave a summer safety tip: Never take a smouldering or previously lit barbecue or burner inside a tent or caravan.

Herstmonceux & Wartling

DIG FOR VICTORY: The weather forecast wasn’t good, the Olympics was being shown on TV but that did not stop people turning out for the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society’s annual show. Entries were down a little but I think that’s more to do with the weather than anything. This year, for the first time, the Cowbeech Calendar was on sale at the show. If you would like to purchase one they are on sale at the Merrie Harriers, but be quick because they are a limited edition. It was an afternoon of good old fashioned entertainment with the Warbleton Brass Band and the Will Dexter Swingers providing the music and a memorable Punch and Judy show was staged by Graham Lee. Cowbeech has always been known for its community spirit and when the charity auction took place it showed when one supporter bid over £500 for a donated iced and decorated fruit cake. Prizes were presented by Pippa Cross who many will know from the films she has produced including Chalet Girls, don’t forget to look out for her forthcoming production Summer in February. Finally a traditional day was brought to a traditional end, with dinner and a sing-a-long in the Merrie Harriers followed by the drawing of the Wild Blue Yonder raffle. Another great day for team MH. A lot of hard work but the suggested profit for the day was £4000 all of which will go into the funds for local good causes. Support of the Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society’s events is always very much appreciated and we appreciate all the effort and hard work that the committee and their helpers put in before, during and after the day. A big thank you from all of us.

BOWLS CLUB: Five matches this week and the first was an away friendly to St John’s Mead with a win for Herstmonceux, 85-68. Their next match was a league match away to Uckfield which they lost 54-79, which means just the one point on the table. Seaford was another away match, a friendly with our team losing by just six points. The first home match of the week against Ninfield, a one shot loss to Herstmonceux. The last match of the week was a league match at home against Wadhurst, a win of 68-61 adding six and half points onto the table.

OPEN GARDEN and Summer Fete tomorrow, Saturday, when the gardens at the Old Rectory, Chapel Row open to all between 3pm and 5pm. There will be stalls, games, refreshments, books, bric-a-brac and cakes. All are welcome. For information ring Pam on 833079.

BREWER’S ARMS are hosting their Fun Day tomorrow, Saturday. It promises to be fun for all the family with all sorts going on for both young and old. Money raised will go towards the building of the new Scout Hut. For details see their board outside the pub or call in and have a word with Gaynor.

RNLI: It is with great delight that co-ordinator, June Exworth, reports that despite the bad weather this year her collectors did a great job. Their grand total was £1441.98 which was £200 more than last year. She would like to thank all who helped with the collections and those who donated so generously. Eastbourne lifeboat went out 11 times between October and December last year, so any money raised is always put to very good use.

OPEN MEETING: Tuesday September 4 an Open Meeting of the hall management committee will take place in the village hall from 8pm. All users of the hall and villagers are invited to go along, especially if you have any ideas which might benefit it in the future.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling church at 8am, with Holy Communion (common worship) and Son Spot at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 11am respectively.

Mayfield &

Fives Ashes

RAMBLERS: On Sunday, a picnic with John and Meri at 12.30pm. Please bring a salad or sweet and, if possible, a chair/table. There will be a small charge on the day. Please let them know beforehand on 01435 883393 if you are coming.

GARDEN PARTY: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church garden party will be held at Andredsbourne, Coggins Mill Lane on Sunday, September 2, from noon until 2pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Tim Reid. Andredsbourne is situated about 1/2 mile down Coggins Mill Lane on the left. Ample parking will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Tickets cost £8 at the gate and include a glass of wine, light refreshments and a walk around the garden. All the proceeds from this event will go to supporting the work of the Friends. The charity’s remit is focussed exclusively on raising funds for the preservation and maintenance of the church building and it was set up as a charitable trust to enable everyone in the village and beyond to contribute towards this goal. They have so far raised over £126,000 and projects include the restoration of marble memorials, the cleaning of stained glass windows, the re-leading of the chancel roof, the installation of French drains and much more. Information and directions from Annette Nabavi 01435 873476 or Tim Reid: 01435 873119.

MONTHLY WALK: The walk this month is on Sunday, August 26, Bank Holiday weekend. Last month they walked a new permissive path and Deborah Dixon would like to thank all those local landowners who provide walking opportunities for us on top of the many existing public footpaths. It’s always exciting to explore a new path and think of new routes through the local countryside. They meet at 10am in South Street car park for another friendly and gentle stroll within the parish. To find out more contact Deborah on 01892 853767.

FREE HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre working in partnership with Adult Social Care mobile unit will be visiting the Memorial Hall car park on Thursday, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail Martin Crawford Jones.

TENNIS: The club’s annual Noah’s Ark Tournament is taking place on Sunday, August 26. Perhaps this is an apt name in this rainy summer, let’s hope that players don’t actually need the ark. There is also a Ladies’ Tournament in the morning of Wednesday, September 12. Non-members and players of all abilities are welcome to join them. There have been two coaching camps for juniors last month and this with one just finished. These were also for both members and non-members and are for children in different age groups ranging from four to 16 years. For details of all these, plus information about the friendly club itself, please look at the website or ring 01435 873113.

FILM SOCIETY: Full programme details of Film on Friday’s new season which starts in September are now available. The group shows a variety of recently released films (with one classic each season) in the Memorial Hall. They choose entertaining and thought provoking films from around the world that have not been widely shown in commercial cinemas. The programme is as follows: September 7, Salt of Life; October 12, Goodbye First Love; November 9, Young Adult; December 7, Las Acacias; January 11, Monsieur Lazhar; February 8, The British Guide to Showing Off; March 9, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Since the programme has been chosen early this year there are two slots left in 2013, April 19 and May 10, to select new features. Colonel Blimp is a long film that will be interrupted by a dinner prepared by Elm Green of Mayfield. As always a licensed bar is provided by Wealden Wholefoods of Wadhurst. To discover full details of these titles, pick up a leaflet at Handleys in the High Street, visit or ring 01435 872165 to receive one in the post. Subscription rates for members are unchanged.

VISIT TO HAMPTON COURT: The local history society outing to Hampton Court on Tuesday, July 10 was a great success, with the expected downpours waiting until the walk back to the coach. Travel with Lynn’s Coaches went well with no delays on either the outward or return runs. Those who had been to Hampton Court in the last few years saw many improvements in the layouts and content of the displays. Thanks go to Rob Foster, Warwick Child and Lynns for making the outing such a success. Next season meetings begin on October 26 with a talk by David Martin on Who Lived in a House Like This? This will be preceded by a brief AGM at which some member of the committee will have had to stand down and be replaced. Now that they have updated all their systems to manage databases and our oral history records, there are many opportunities to help modernise the society. In response to last notes we have a volunteer to help transcribe oral history recordings, but assistance in revising database files would also be most welcome. For details contact Brian O’Connor, MLHS Chairman 01435 873477, Rob Foster, secretary 01435 873215 or Warwick H Child, treasurer 01435 873252.

BUSINESS FORUM: Discussion on Keeping your Business Fresh by Innovating at the Rose and Crown from 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 4.


SOMETHING NEW: As from September 8 the market will be open in the community centre, on the second Saturday in the month, from 9am to noon. There will be food, vegetables, plants that are available at the Friday market. There will also be refreshment available.

BOWLS: The bowls club fixtures this weekend are tomorrow, Saturday, Nutley away; on Sunday they play Frant away. There are several mid-week matches starting on Monday when they play Crowborough Wolfe ladies away; on Tuesday there will be a home fixture against Mid-Sussex/Spriggs Challenge at 6pm; on Wednesday and Thursday they play Seaford and Wealden at home at 2.30pm. Fingers crossed for good weather.

THE CRICKET CLUB first XI are at home to Bells Yew Green, the second XI are away to Willingdon II, the third XI are away to Buxted Park III and the fourth XI will play at Temple Grove against Bells Yew Green IV. All these game will commence at 1pm, half an hour earlier. There are two friendly Sunday games this weekend against The Griffin at Temple Grove and away to Plumpton RAFA. Both matches will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Next Sunday, August 26, there will be another Evensong Service at 6.30pm. Do try and support this.

ALSO ON SUNDAY Newick Sports Pavilion twentieth annual Newick Will Page 10k road race will be take place at 11am from Allington Road. The runners follow a course to Oxbottom Lane Cinder Hill, A275 Markstakes/RidgelandsLane Founthill and back to the sports pavilion. For more details and entry form please look at the website

THE YOUTH THEATRE next show in the village hall is The Importance of Being Earnest from August 23 to 25. Tickets £5 if paid in advance or £8 at the door. You are also invited to go along and enjoy tea with Lady Bracknell at a cost of £2.50 at 7pm before curtain up at 8pm. Tickets available from 01825 722468 and 722802.

COUNTRY FAIR: The annual Newick Bonfire Society Country Fair and Boot Sale will take place on the Village Green on Saturday August 25 from 8am till 1pm. Cars £8, vans £10. Bookings and further details on 01825 722418.

ANNUAL SHOW: The horticultural society annual show and dog show will take place on the Village Green on Saturday September 1 from 2pm. More details later.

CHEESE AND WINE Evening on September 8 in the Church Barn Centre in aid of the Barn Centre Fund. Tickets at £10 are available from 01825 722512. Further details later.


FILMING: I’m away filming a documentary all week. We’re being put up in a Hastings hotel and it’s harder to pack for four days in Hastings than it is for a week in Cuba. The weather forecast threatens something of everything.

SUMMER SHOW: Don’t forget it is the horticultural society Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, at 1.30pm in the Weald Hall of the Civic Centre. There will be sections for vegetables, flowers, flower arranging, crafts, cookery, photography and children. Entrance to visit the show is free. Prize giving is at 4pm approximately. For more information phone 762934.


MARKET: SOS Waldron Country Market operates in the Lucas Hall on the second Wednesday of the month between 10.15am and 11am but last week’s attendance was so poor that organisers are ringing alarm bells about its future. It seems a great shame if we can’t support our own market, when there is such an appetite for Farmer’s Markets throughout Wealden. Was it a one-off poor day because everyone was glued to the latest from the Olympics? Or are many people away on holiday? Suffice to say that its future is on a knife-edge in Waldron and if support doesn’t increase, it may well go the way of so many other village services. If you don’t use it, you can’t complain if our Country Market closes its doors. The next opportunity to support them here in the village is on Wednesday September 12, but if you’re prepared to travel, you can find our ladies with their lovely fresh home-cooked items at the Farmer’s Market in Heathfield tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and also in the village hall at Blackboys on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10am or thereabouts. Strangely enough, I was talking to a friend from Brighton this very week, who tells me that she hops on the train to come to Lewes for their Country Market each month, particularly to buy jam, labelled, no prizes for guessing, Waldron Country Market. If she’s prepared to come all that way, what’s the matter with us making the effort to walk to our own village hall?

CREAM TEA: Arthur and Rosemary Kay are kindly hosting a Cream Tea on Saturday September 1, rescheduled from the postponed original date back in July. The event will be at their home, Cransford, Little London Road and will be from 2pm to 5pm. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work. Fingers crossed that the weather is kinder than it was in July.

CRICKET: Last weekend on the first really hot day this summer, Waldron managed to keep their winning streak going in the League, when they played Selmeston and Alciston at home. After winning the toss, Waldron put them in to bat and managed to bowl them out for 134 with overs to spare, then knocked off the necessary runs comfortably. With three games to play Waldron are well in the mix at the top of the League, with only 18 points between the top six teams. Fingers crossed. This weekend’s League match will be at home on Saturday against Bexhill III. Last weekend’s friendly against Mayfield had to be called off because we couldn’t raise a side, but there is greater optimism for this weekend on Sunday at home against the Moose.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Holy Communion with Junior Church at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW). 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP). 11am Morning Worship. 6.30pm we welcome friends from churches in Heathfield for a Sunday evening service under the auspices of Churches Together in Heathfield and District. Let us come together to worship God in fellowship, praise and joy. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, Morning worship with Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Rev David Laskey.

POST OFFICE: As feared, the notice has gone up announcing the ‘temporary’ closure of the Post Office in the shop, on August 30. It seems that the Post Office have no regard for local needs, and bulldoze through all objections. We need to keep up the pressure on them by various means. I gather that our MP Greg Barker has been informed and is taking an interest. Nigel McKeeman has put a good summary of the situation on the Village Leaf website. I am glad to report that if it is a permanent closure we will not be losing Sandy as she will be working in the shop. Personally if the Post Office does not re-open in the shop, then they will lose quite a bit of custom from me, as I pay my utility bills, national insurance and income tax at our local office. I also still get my road tax at Heathfield. These will all be done online or by direct debit from now on. I will probably get my stamps at a shop that sells them rather than a post office.