Parish Pump Uckfield - August 2, 2013

Village news
Village news

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual flower show is at the village hall next Saturday, August 10, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Programmes are available form the White Horse Inn or from Maggie Grant, and entry forms must be returned by 9pm on Thursday. Please encourage the under 12s to enter.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Three dates for your diary: Saturday August 10, a visit to Newhaven Fort. Meeting at the entrance from 10.30am for guided tour at 11am. After lunch we can please ourselves and either explore the fort further, or can go on to the Tide Mills nature reserve, subject of a recent fascinating talk. Entrance, including tour is just £4. Sunday August 11, monthly footpath walk. We will be starting from The King’s Head at North Chailey (mini roundabout on A272) at 2pm and should be back at about 4pm to 4.30pm. Dogs on leads please. Friday August 16, guided tour of Crouch’s Farm, East Hoathly. Ann and Jeremy Courtney have invited the society for an early evening visit to see round the farm, including newly born calves. We will be meeting at the farm at 6pm for the tour followed by tea and coffee, and finishing with a visit to the pub. Everyone is very welcome members, prospective members and friends. Please let Chris or Jenny know if you plan to go to any or all of the events 872830 or

THOMAS TURNER: Sunday 8 August 1756 ‘…Just before churchtime my mother and brother and Mr Beard and his wife came in, and they with myself and nephew went to church…They all dined at our house on two roasted ducks (or our own breed), a piece of bacon, a leg of mutton, cauliflowers and carrots, with a current pond pudding boiled…’


CAR BOOT SALE tomorrow, Saturday, at Maurice Thornton Playing Fields, Orion Close from 1pm to 3pm. Free entry. For more information call Emma on 07403 462138. Cars only £5 (from 12.30pm). No large vans or food vendors.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a five miles Bo-Peep circular from the top, undulating and steep in places. This is led by Larry and Elaine on 01323 849680. If you prefer a short walk with Michael and Linda (01323) 845479, the strollers group will be enjoying summer time at Newhaven nature reserve. If you would like to go on either of these walks please ring the walk leaders for details.

ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding the annual Golf Day at Willingdon Golf Club on August 30. Contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758 now for details and entry forms. Teams of four, £30 per player, includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. If you cannot play, why not sponsor a hole for £50.

MEDIEVAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL: Make your own scarecrow with a medieval theme. Entry into the competition is free and there is a prize for each category of best child, best group (clubs, schools etc), personal, business, best use of recycled materials. For more information and to download an entry form visit Hailsham Town Council’s website or pop in and see them. Look for the scarecrow in local shops and get an entry form there. Hailsham Town Council can be contacted on (01323) 841702.

MURDER MYSTERY: As the famous detective Hercule Poirot used his little grey cells to solve a murder, so can you. On Saturday August 10 from 7.30pm to 8pm start at Summerheath Hall there will be plenty of red herrings and clues for all to enjoy when the Hailsham Lions present a Murder Mystery performed by the highly entertaining Catsfield Players. When the Hailsham Lions last presented a murder mystery evening, tickets were sold out quickly. Due to their popularity, the Catsfield Players are very much in demand and the Lions are delighted to have secured them for the evening. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets are £5 per person in advance from Joy 01323 840382 or Yvonne 01323 845715. The evening is in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance and other local charities. Do not risk being disappointed. Book now.

KNIT AND NATTER: Ladies (and one man) who knit meet at the Hailsham Memorial Institute and have now reached a grand total of 20 blankets for charity with several more in the pipeline. In addition to this they have produced many children’s vests, booties and mittens all in association with Computers for Charity. Formed in March of this year by four like minded ladies, club numbers have now risen to twelve including one enthusiastic male member. The Knit and Natter club meets every Monday afternoon at the Hailsham Memorial Institute from 2pm to 4pm. Novice, experienced knitters and non-members of all ages welcome. Refreshments available.

INFLATABLES FUN DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday there is a fun inflatables event on Western Road cricket and recreation ground from 11am to 5pm.

HAILSHAM’S GOT TALENT: The Ropemaker Theatre Company are looking for speciality and variety acts, jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats, snake charmers and, well, you get the message, to appear at a an evening of entertainment that is not only for the community but by the community. This will be in the style of The Goode Olde Days which some of us remember. Some acts have already been booked, but there is plenty of room for more. Auditions will be during September, so if anyone is interested, or knows anybody who can do a turn, don’t hesitate to contact John Wilders on 07973 473321 or hook up via, or leave a message on the company’s Facebook page.

U3A: Members have enjoyed strolling around Arlington Reservoir this month, a visit to the Old Vicarage at Firle, the harrowing opera Tosca, a field trip to Hailsham Country Park, a tour of Old Town Hastings, a walk with their pooches at Butchershole Bottom, a trip to see Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at the Devonshire Park and are practising their recorder and painting skills. There is something to suit everyone at U3A Hailsham. If you would like to be a part of the organisation or any of its groups call Sue in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Firle Beacon car park GR.468059 at 10am for a 9 to 10 mile circular walk. Ring 01892 852153.

CROSS IN HAND WI: A well attended meeting saw birthday flowers presented to Sally-Ann Donohue, Jean Grafham, Joy Guntrippe and Jessie Scott. Marion Pearson won the flower of the month competition with a beautiful white hydrangea. The national conference in Cardiff had voted overwhelmingly in favour of saving our High Streets, as reported by representative, Ms P White. Mrs Wyn-Jones entertained us all with her talk, Art of the Scarf, in which members were given the opportunity to try different ways of tying scarves. The next event will be the Cross in Hand village fete where they shall be selling delicious home-made cakes and other interesting items donated by members. There will be a raffle with good prizes. Do go and see them and they can tell you more about what they can do. Members will visit Barnsgate Manor for afternoon tea on August 7 which they all look forward to. The afternoon finished with tea and cakes . Next month, our speaker, Mr D Allen will speak on What the Dickens.New members and visitors are always welcome to the village hall on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm. Please phone 01435 812819 or go to if you would like to know more.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, Toddler Group in the church hall 1.30pm to 3pm. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

SUMMER FUN: A group of Cross in Hand residents are busy finalising plans to bring a day of family fun to the village this summer. The fete, to be held at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields tomorrow, Saturday, (next to the Rugby Club), represents a return to days gone by when the playing fields hosted annual village events in the early 1900

s such as the horse show and children’s day, with events and attractions for all members of the family. Entrance to the fete will be free and attractions will include music, magic, face painting, a bouncy slide, fun dog show and sports, as well as stalls and refreshments. The Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club will be supporting the event by opening up their pavilion adjacent to the playing fields. The idea to hold a village fete for local residents and visitors alike was born out of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations last year, when a group of Firgrove Road residents held a very successful Jubilee street party. Attendees of that event enjoyed themselves so much that they wanted to organise a bigger event that the whole community could take part in. It is intended that proceeds from the fete will go towards improvements to community facilities within Cross in Hand village.

CHILDREN from Broad Oak Primary School joined 2,300 aged ten and 11 from 51 schools across Sussex and Surrey, visited the Ardingly Showground on July 18 to discover more about where their food comes from and all aspects of rural life. At the seventh Connect with the Countryside Day, pupils and their teachers had a brilliant day in the sunshine gaining a better understanding of countryside issues, thanks to over 100 volunteers from the South of England Agricultural Society. Four special zones included livestock, where children met a range of farm animals, from Sussex beef bulls to chickens; horticulture and food, where children learnt about healthy food, tasting local tomatoes, fresh milk and honey and discovering how sausages, bread and butter are made; and two wildlife and recreation zones also offered important countryside topics, such as nature conservation, forestry and countryside sports. The sheep show, including sheep shearing, a Pony Club display and a birds of prey demonstration also delighted the children. Derek Cleaver, the Society’s education officer said: ‘This exciting, interactive day, offered free to schools, captures the very essence of the society’s charitable and educational aims and we would like to thank all who helped to make it such a success.’

ROADWORKS: This initiative, if it works, will be of great benefit to Heathfield where we have suffered week after week of High Street disruption after first one utility company, then another, digs up the same stretch of road. At present I note there are extensive works between Heathfield and Hellingly. The County Council says motorists may soon face less disruption on their journey to work as the council takes greater control of roadworks. From November utility companies will have to apply for a permit to carry out any work on East Sussex roads and pay a fee for permission to work on the busier roads in the county. The new scheme will prevent work starting on the county’s busiest roads during rush hour, encourage companies to carry out work at the same time using the same trenches, and control where workers park their vehicles, reducing disruption for drivers. East Sussex County Council will be able to issue fines for overrunning work and work taking place outside the conditions of the permit. It will also mean tougher penalties for inadequate road repairs by utilities companies, who will face a second charge for a permission to return and repair the road properly. The South East Permit Scheme is a joint venture between East Sussex and Surrey County Councils and was recently approved by the Secretary of State for Transport. It will ensure a consistent approach between the neighbouring authorities. The permit scheme, which will come into effect in November, will apply on all roads in East Sussex. Fixed penalties of £300 can be imposed for companies starting work earlier and working later than their permit allows, and up to £3,000 a day can be charged for overrunning work.

EVERY CHILD at Punnetts Town School, from Reception to year six performed in two evening performances at Heathfield Community Centre. The production was Hoodwinked, a Robin Hood based story. The children all sang and performed brilliantly in front of large audiences. The costumes, props and sets were created by hard-working volunteers and staff and looked great on the night. Christine Masters, the director, said: ‘We are so proud of them all. They worked very hard as a team and our parents really enjoyed the shows.’

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a demonstration of floral art entitled The Best of British by Mary Hope on September 12 at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Visitors welcome £5, optional competition Echoes. Ring 01435 864633.

HORTICULTURAL CLUB: The club presents a A Garden for all Reasons (not seasons), an illustrated talk by Colin Page at St Richards Church Hall on September 16. Optional competition, a vase of dahlias or a specimen bloom. Visitors welcome £3.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

LIBRARY: Spooky tales, ghostly goings-on and creepy creatures will be materialising at East Sussex libraries this summer. The spectral shenanigans are part of a bid to encourage children to enjoy reading for pleasure and keep honing their literacy skills during the long, languid days of summer. East Sussex County Council is promoting the national Summer Reading Challenge, which sets youngsters aged 4 to 11 years the task of reading six books during the six-week holidays, rewarding them with stickers, wristbands and certificates. To link in with the challenge, which this year has a Creepy House theme, libraries will host a series of spooky sessions aimed at fuelling the imagination of youngsters. Events include a range of sessions at which children can hear ghost tales and take part in creepy craft activities. Meanwhile, in some libraries youngsters can get up close and personal with a variety of curious critters at Creepy House-themed sessions from animal-handling workshops provider Zoolab. Events being held include: Bag Books Story Times which enable a child or teenager with special needs to share stories. Bag books provide a multi-sensory experience with different textures, sounds and smells. No need to book. Crowborough Library tomorrow, Saturday, and Saturday, August 24 (11.30am). Go and listen to some creepy stories and make your own version of Twilight Tim from the Creepy House. Age six plus, booking essential. Forest Row Library Thursday (10.30am) and Mayfield Library Thursday, August 15 (10.30am). Join Zoolab for a spine-tingling introduction to animals with lots of fun along the way. Investigate clues and follow a trail throughout the house. Dare you explore the dusty secret passage and the chills that lie in store in the cellar? Ages five plus, booking essential. Uckfield Library, Monday, (2.30pm). Crowborough Library, Wednesday August 14 (10.30am). Wadhurst Library, Wednesday, August 14 (2.30pm) and Heathfield Library Monday, August 19 (2.30pm). All sessions are free and places can be reserved by calling 0345 6080196. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by a parent or carer. More information is available online at

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society sends its congratulations everyone who won rosettes at the recent summer show. Organisers say it was a joyous renewal, on a baking hot day, and certainly beat last year’s show, beset by torrential downpours, with fire engines out in the lanes sandbagging people’s houses. This year was all sunshine and smiles, fantastic exhibits and a great day out for people in the area. Here’s the list of cup winners: Perpetual Challenge Cup, vegetables, Ken Audsley; Perpetual Challenge Cup, fruit, Graham Holland; Perpetual Challenge Cup, sweet peas, Sarah Ratcliffe; Perpetual Challenge Cup, roses, Adrian Hope; Perpetual Challenge Cup, floral art, Alison Packham; Perpetual Challenge Cup, children’s flowers, Charlie Hemming; Banksian Medal, John Logan; Hulbert-Powell Cup, vegetables, Ken Audsley; Sneyd-Kynnersley Cup, flowers, Sarah Ratcliffe; John Hancock Millennium Cup, roses, John Logan; Margaret Walsh-Atkins Bowl, roses, John Logan; Newington Cup, hanging basket/patio container, Sandra; Monteith Cup, Floral Art, Mrs J Allchin; Godber Cup, domestic, Sarah Ratcliffe; Allchin Cup, craft, Sophie Deller; Egerton Cup, photography, Henry Hemming; George Day Memorial Bowl, posy of flowers, children 5 to 16 years, Amy Packham; William Wickens Cup, children’s wild flowers/grasses, Tilly Chapman; Bert Curd Shield for Mayfield children, Thomas Cameron; Potato Competition for children, Georgia O’Neil. Garden Vouchers, Tray: 1, Ken Audsley; 2, Eddie Du-Cann. Basket: 1, Ken Audsley; 2, Eddie Du-Cann; 3, John Logan. Looking ahead, the showing season ends with the Autumn Show, taking place this year on Saturday, September 14 when over 90 classes will be contested, across fruit and vegetables, flowers, craft, photography, children’s exhibits and more, and a host of cups are up for grabs. Please take part, let’s see a record number of entries to crown a great growing year. Two small notes from the schedule. If you’re entering a vegetable class where more than one specimen is required (for example four coloured potatoes) then your exhibit must stick with one variety of the relevant item. In the sweetcorn class, please partially remove your exhibits husks to show the golden cob within. The floral art challenges are Ring of Fire (an exhibit); From the Hedgerow (an exhibit); Making do (in an unusual or re-cycled container, once again an exhibit), and In the Garden Shed (an exhibit). In the domestic section, where the best exhibit will scoop the new Margaret Rae Cup, new challenges are three cupcakes to your own recipe and four choc chip biscuits. Photographers stand the chance of winning the new Dunmall Trophy, a cup for the best photo in show. Classes are Sunrise or Sunset, Social Occasion, Farming Scene. All entries must not be enhanced on a computer, but for those who like software-improved pics, they’ve a new class titled Trick of the Light, so please create your very best entry. Children have a decorated flower pot challenge (across various age categories), and can enter Lego models, heavy pumpkins, decorated pebbles, Halloween masks and more To enter the show, grab a schedule from Jason’s and fill in the simple entry cards at the Post Office. Everyone can enter the shows. You don’t need to be a member and you don’t need to live in Mayfield.

BOWLS CLUB: Summer has arrived, perfect bowling weather is here at last. The performance in the league did not disappoint with a win against a strong Uckfield team. They also beat Rotherfield, Herstmonceux and Groombridge, but lost home and away to Deanland. The club continues to win about 50 percent of their non-league friendly fixtures. On Saturday, August 17 they will be holding a club Open Day between 2pm and 5pm. If you would like to try bowling with them then do go along and have a go. Anyone is welcome and there is no commitment. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner you can very quickly pick up the game. They can provide all the equipment; you just need a pair of fairly flat shoes or trainers. If you don’t want to play you can just go and watch and meet some of the current members. Tea and cakes will be served throughout the afternoon. To find the bowling green from South Street go down Vale Road until you see the green on the left. So make a note in your diary and go along for some fun.

TENNIS CLUB: The Junior Coaching Camp is from August 12 to 15. This is for children between the ages of 4 and 16 years divided according to age and standard and are for both members and non-members.

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.


THE COUNRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. Plenty of summer fruit and vegetables, so why not pop along and enjoy a natter and a coffee.

JUMBLE SALE: Newick Youth Theatre are having a Jumble Sale at the Chailey Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 11am, jumble can be left on the day from 8am. Further details on 722802 or 722468.

BOWLS CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the bowls club have a triples day at home. No game on Sunday. On Tuesday evening at 6pm they will have a game against Mid-Sussex Uckfield and there will also be a match with John Spriggs St Francis away. Both of these evening games will start at 6pm. On Wednesday there will be a match against Adastra away at 2pm.

CRICKET: The Sunday games will be played at home against The Greys CC, at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am.

AFTERNOON CLUB have had to change their original plans owing to illness. Tony Turk will now have an illustrated and informative talk about the history of Newick. They will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday August 8. Make sure you attend as this will be a most interesting afternoon.

HOGARTY ROAST: The bonfire society will be holding a Hogarty Roast on Saturday August 10 from 7pm till midnight. Tickets £15 available from the Royal Oak or Bob the butchers. Licensed bar and live band Ice Cream Bikinis.

TERRIER RACING: On Sunday August 11 there will be Terrier Racing in the field near the Village Green. A barbecue and soft drinks will be available, time to be confirmed. This is being organised by Newick Bonfire Society.


PAINTING: My antique dealer friend gave me a painting that he found in a box from an auction. It’s a miniature, painted on a slice of a branch, with the bark still on it. It’s of Rocks Road, by F Parks and it must be old because there are no houses there. Do any of you know who F Parks is/was? It’s a lovely little painting.

UCKFIELD SINGERS would like to thank everybody who helped to make the evening such a success, it was a complete sell out, such an uplifting evening for everybody. The charity we supported (Cancer Support) raffle alone, made £613 all in a couple of hours, so thank you all once again.

LADIES WHO LUNCH met at the Alma on July 1. Members were reminded that Uckfield Festival is now on. A very varied programme is available. We were also reminded about the Christmas Lucky Dip. A little early, agreed Maureen, but we may see the perfect silly gift during our summer hols. On July 27, the Alma is hosting an open garden in aid of the firefighters’ charity from 1pm. Margaret Eaves introduced our speaker, Michaela Wynn-Jones, who gave an interesting talk on The Language of Flowers. Michaela is a professional numerologist and has an interest in codes. She became interested in the language of flowers some time ago. She told us that primroses mean I can’t live without you, bluebells stand for constancy and nettles are to complain about someone’s cruelty and slander. Gladioli mean give me a break. The inmates of the Harems in Turkey couldn’t read or write so used the language of flowers to pass some very sophisticated messages. In the 1700’s the wife of the British Ambassador to Turkey was allowed into the Harems in Constantinople where she learned the secret language and brought it back to England. Tulips mean you have beautiful eyes and lilies are associated with purity. Narcissus means stay as sweet as you are. Pansies, also known as hearts ease, were made into tea to ease your heart. All counties have their flowers, Surrey’s is Cowslip and Sussex is Campion. Michaela was thanked by Margaret Eaves. The next lunch will be on Monday.

THE ROTARY CLUB held a presentation evening last Monday, at which two awards were made. The first was to Ailsa Jones, the winner of the 2013 Making Dreams Come True award. She will be using her £1,000 to help fund training in her chosen career. The other was a Rotary International Community Service Award, presented to Dorothy Sparks in recognition of her contribution to so much of what goes on in Uckfield. Also, the Antiques Afternoon organised by the Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs is on Thursday from 2pm to 5pm in Uckfield’s Belmont Centre. TV’s James Braxton will be there to talk about antiques, and possibly value items you bring with you. Did we mention tea and cakes? Tickets cost £10 and should be bought from 01825 767167.


150th ANNIVERSARY: In the middle of the 19th century our Victorian ancestors decided that the church at Waldron needed enlarging and reordering due to the increase in the congregation. The work was going to take some time with an extra aisle being added, and the old pews and choir loft being removed. What was to be done about holding services? The solution was to put up a building at Cross in Hand, a chapel-of-ease, or daughter church to All Saints’ called St Bartholomew’s. 150 years later that building is still there, regularly used and much-loved by its congregation. Its birthday will be celebrated on Sunday August 25 with a special Service of Praise at 10.30am, the only service that day in the parish. Everyone is warmly invited and there will be refreshments after the service.

STILL POTHOLING: We had thought that the pothole slalom was a thing of the past, that shimmy that we (and our vehicles) all learned to do last winter to avoid the worst and deepest of the potholes on so many of our roads. There’s now an alternative version called the diversion shimmy. It happens when you’re driving along, minding your own business and suddenly without warning there’s a Road Closed sign, men in yellow vests and hard hats in the road and the sweet smell of hot tar. You have to either tread on your brakes or, if you’re quick and spot an alternative lane, you do the diversion shimmy. It’s not that I’m complaining at the County Council getting the work done (at last) it’s just that it would be nice to be given a bit more warning.

BROWN BINS: I feel quite sorry for the telephone operators in Wealden’s offices while the rubbish collection is being reorganised. It appears that while the new system is bedding in, there are bins full and uncollected standing outside, new brown bins undelivered, new men on the smart shiny vehicles who have no idea where they are down our little lanes, and cross householders ringing up to find out what’s happening. I’m still waiting for my brown bin to be delivered, (having ordered it way back in January) and in the meantime my garden rubbish is piling up. Is there any help in sight?

THE RUDES HERE: The Rude Mechanicals Theatre group is coming to Waldron on Thursday in the field behind the Star Inn. Harlequin Goes to the Moon is the new play, set in 16th century Florence, with comedy, sweet romance and savage satire in this re-telling of a very old story. Bring your own chairs and wrap up warmly as the play is performed outdoors. Tickets are on sale now at The Stores in Waldron or online at or via the central box office on 01323 501260 and it’s a bit cheaper if you buy in advance. Prices are £12 for adults over 18 years, seniors £11, students in full-time education £9 and children from 4 to 17 years are £6. Add £1 per head if you buy tickets on the night.

HISTORY WEEKEND: We are holding a Village History Weekend from September 20 to 22 and would like to hear from current or former Waldronites about their families and the village, particularly if you have any memorabilia, like photographs or school records. Contact me initially on 01435 812036 so that we can have a chat. We’ll be putting on an exhibition and there will be several fascinating talks and walks round the village. The whole weekend is being organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches and promises to be an absolutely fascinating glimpse into Waldron’s past.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will be playing a league fixture against Linden Park III here at home starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly against the BBC Bushmen at home, starting at 2pm.

PANTO: Thanks to all those who have already whispered in my ear that they’d like to be part of our village panto, The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron. It will be fun, a bit mad, and will of course include the usual things, dressing and cross-dressing, ham acting,singing, lots of audience participation and misunderstandings. If you fancy getting involved, ring me on 01435 812036. Auditions in September, rehearsals through the autumn and performances in late January 2014.

SERVICES: Sunday is the tenth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’ (celebrant the Reverend Peter Jennings), and Lammas Holy Communion at Heronsdale Farm, Moat Lane, Waldron at 10.30am with Reverends George Pitcher and Peter Jamieson. There will be a Baptism at St Bartholomew’s at 12.30pm.

QUIZ FUNDRAISER: This week’s pub quiz was a fundraiser for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. At The Star on Monday there was a huge turnout of enthusiastic quizzers (over 70 at the last count) and the final total to be handed over to St Wilfrid’s was a magnificent £650.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev Philip Laver and 6.30pm evening service led by Neil Thornicroft. We all met together in the marquee last Sunday, for a united service, led by the rector Rev Marc Lloyd. After the service we spread out on to the Green for a picnic and games.

HISTORY GROUP: There is no meeting in August, but we have a walk on Wednesday, meeting in the car park near Barcombe Mills at 7pm.

LAST WEEKEND: For some of us a very busy time. The forecast was terrible, and we wondered whether we would be able to do much. Saturday morning was warm and overcast and all the preparations for the flower show went well. Entries in and judged the marquee reopened at 2pm and the programme of events started with the children’s pets, followed by Muso Bango a ladies drumming group, who play African drums. They managed most of their performance before the rain started, and brought some new tunes to us all. The rain lasted about half an hour, and then we were able to have the children’s races. We re-arranged these so that the sprints were later when the grass had dried a bit. A good number took part especially in the adult and child race. All too soon the presentation of trophies took place followed by the tug of war and the auction. A special presentation of a suitably engraved Sussex trug was made by Wendy Greaves, Society Chairman, to David Bysouth, who retired from the committee after 40 years. Lin Collins swept the board winning the following: Championship Trophy (highest overall points), RHS Banksian Medal (highest points horticultural classes), Phillips Challenge Cup (best floral exhibit), Dunn Challenge Cup (highest points in floral art), Bower Cup (highest points in handicraft), Percy Buss Cup (best flowers and plants exhibit) and the Dowden Cup (highest points flowers and plants). Una Weller won the Kelly Cup (best veg and fruit exhibit), and the Knibb Trophy (best bloom cl 100-114). The Norman Buss cup (longest runner bean) went to Keith Buss. The Barnes Challenge Cup (highest points junior classes 51,52 and 74b) was shared by Sam Mountford and Bella Henderson. Emily Evans gained the Austin Cup for the most entries in the junior sections and the Poultry Cup for the best exhibit. Kate Mills won the Sweetman Cup for the best eggs exhibit. The Chairman’s Cup (highest points egg classes) went to Johanne Barnes. Hannah Wise won the Clapper Cup (highest points cookery and preserves). There are three Dian Mills Awards: the cup for 11s and under went to Tiggy Mills, that for 16s and under by K Mountford and the Chef of the Year (men’s cookery) to Tim Rayner. Julia Padbury won the Silver Rose Bowl for the most fragrant rose. Julia and Chris had opened their garden in aid of Eastbourne hospitals recently and raised over £2,000. The best rose won Norman King the Honour Southam Memorial Cup. The Muriel Lucas Memorial Trophy for bet hydrangea went to Pamela King. Holly Pope won the Joan Oliver Cup for the best kept dog. The Junior Pets Cup was won by Bella and Milly Henderson. The trophies were presented by Peter Dunn the president of the society. A big thank you to the committee for all their hard work in putting on this wonderful show, and to all who assisted in any way, and to the many stall holders. I was not able to attend the evening entertainment with The Buffaloes, but I gather all went well, although a little soggy in places under foot. For a report on the Sunday service please see above. The weekend concluded with the Hampers and Champers concert by Warbleton Brass Band on Sunday evening, under a blue clear sky with just a gentle breeze. The first solo was played by Amy Buss, conducted by Sian Buss (mum), with Martin Buss (dad) and Keith Buss (granddad) in the band. An ancestor was the band master over 100 years ago. She played beautifully. Brian Grindell and Paul Rogers did a euphonium duet. Sidoni Winter sand various songs including some of the favourites from the last night of the proms, to much waving of Union Flags.