Parish Pump Uckfield - August 23, 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is A Royal Affair, an historical drama based on real events featuring an English princess and an insane Danish king. It is in Danish with English subtitles. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday August 30 at the village hall.

JUMBLE SALE: The village hall has a jumble sale next Saturday, August 31, at 2pm, in aid of the hall extension. Please bring unwanted items (clothes, bric-a-brac, etc) to the hall between 10am and 1pm on the day or call Sue on 01323 832542 to arrange collection. Donation for the cake stall and raffle are also very welcome. The next fund raiser will be an auction of promises on Friday September 20. Offers of lots to please. Tickets will be £10 per head to include a two course supper and can be had from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.


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

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Jane Grist and 6.15pm with John Eastwood, to include communion. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Along with the museum there is a small display of original drawings by Marjorie Davis, who for many years provided the illustrations for the cover of Chailey News. Marjorie is best known for her illustrations of the Enid Blyton books. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SUMMER EVENING WALK on Thursday with members of the Commons Society, is gentle stroll for about two hours around the commons for a leisurely look at the heathland. Meet at Sports Club car park at 7pm. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm next weekend, Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome. There will be, sheep shearing, hedge laying, butchery and spinning demonstrations. Also working vintage agricultural machinery, the chance to meet ferrets and owls and learn about bee keeping from their resident beekeeper as well. There will be tractor and trailer rides, refreshments and a beer tent. On the Saturday Newick Folk will be playing, so there’s a chance to enjoy a huge range of music as this band play show tunes to Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly to the occasional rugby song. Entry is £5 per adult (a weekend pass £8) and all children are free. Camping is available at £5 per tent and £6 per caravan. Please book camping in advance by calling 01444 471352.

PLEASURE RIDE in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, organised by the Chailey and Newick Support Group, is on Sunday September 1. Ride across beautiful Sussex countryside, starting from South Brockwells Farm, Uckfield, between 10am and 1pm and raise money for the hospice at the same time. For details of entry and starting times contact Glenda Blackaller on 01825 722607.

East Hoathly

CHURCH TIMES: Sunday,13th Sunday after Trinity, 8am Holy Communion Chiddingly, 10am Matins Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday East Hoathly.

MULTIDRAW: The East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Association Multi-Draw takes place every quarter when there are four cash prizes to be won (£200, £150, £100 and £50). Profits are used to fund the hosting of our French friends from Juziers and to subsidise the participation of youngsters in the parish, particularly when travelling to Juziers. The next draw will be held on Friday September 20. There are still some unallocated numbers available, please call John Tarry on 01825 840575 for details.

THOMAS TURNER: Tuesday 23 August 1757: ‘Came home in the forenoon, not quite sober. Mr Evans dined with us on a coast of lamb roasted and cucumbers. At home all day, and I know I have behaved more like an ass than any human being, so doubtless not like one that calls himself a Christian. Oh, how unworthy I am of that name.’


THE ANNUAL PICNIC, Cricket and Croquet Day took place in grey, overcast conditions on the QEII Sports Field. The capacity crowd saw the Foresters Arms (with no discernible leadership) take on the Village All Stars, captained by one-time child film star Paul Dean. Pub batted first and made steady progress, taking advantage of a plethora of dropped catches to reach a respectable 98 off 20 overs. The occasional rain shower, and gusts of wind knocking over gazebos and small children, only added to the excitement and tension. In reply the village side lost several wickets early on but the middle order rallied and a nail-biting finish saw them winning by one run off the last ball of the game. Hayley Lyon presented the winning captain with the Sidney Harber-Bridge Memorial Trophy. A great day for all who attended.

MARKET: Don’t forget the market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon.

COMEDY: John McDevitt is appearing at the pub again tonight, Friday, from 8.30pm. Adult humour.

THIEVES: Don’t give opportunist thieves a chance. There have been several thefts of garden equipment lately, including hedge cutters, strimmers and leaf-blowers. Keep your outbuildings and sheds secure. PCSO David Davies can offer free post-code marking of such property. He’s on 07787 685767. However, if you suspect crime in progress dial 999.


ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Willingdon Golf Club is again the venue for this popular Hailsham Old Pavilion Society fundraising event. If you would like an entry form contact Tom Chapman on (01323) 842758. 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.

KNITTING GROUP: If you like to knit and chat then you really should give this group a try. I have introduced friends and family and been along several times, occasionally with children (for the first hour only) who want to learn, and found a very helpful, friendly and jolly group of ladies. If you have forgotten how and would like to give knitting or crocheting another go or if you are a beginner and would really enjoy taking up this very satisfying hobby then go along on Tuesday to the Kings Head from 7.30pm. Do not let the fact that it is in a small friendly pub put you off, no drinking of alcohol is required and in fact is rarely taken, in fact most enjoy a soft drink or a cup of tea or coffee. Sometimes the chat is about some aspect of knitting and the morsels of information that can be gathered regarding something historical or regarding the materials or tools used past or present is in itself very interesting. The group is very knowledgeable. There are no costs involved other than that you wish to spend on tools and materials of your own. For more information phone Su (05791 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447) or just turn up.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: The Community Matters green token scheme run by Hailsham Waitrose in July benefitted Rosie’s Register to the tune of £346, the Friday Night Project £348 (Andy Joyes Project Coordinator 841702) and Golden Cross Lunch Club received £306.

HOST FAMILIES: I have been asked to put out a plea for more host families as there is a small shortfall this year. Once again a party of students from the Van Lodestein College in Holland will be visiting Hailsham this autumn. Host families are needed to accommodate the students during their visit. The visit will be from October 14 to 18. Students, boys and girls are aged 15 to 16 years, and the students will arrive mid to late afternoon on October 14 and leave early morning Friday October 18. They will require four nights’ bed and breakfast, plus four packed lunches. Breakfasts should be cold meals (more information will be provided for hosts nearer the time) and evening meals are required on at least two, and probably three days. Students will be going to London on one day returning mid-evening (no meal required). Hosts are asked to collect their students each evening and take them to the meeting point in the town, which will probably be in the South Road car park each morning, (unless you live close to the town centre). It is therefore important that hosts have transport to convey their students to and from the meeting point. Hosts are likely to have their students with them on two evenings during their stay, including the day of arrival and are therefore free to entertain or take their students out on one evening. There is a minimum requirement of students, two per household, and the maximum is normally four. Students should be provided with comfortable beds although camp beds are OK and two students in a double bed is also acceptable. Payment is £60 per student. Finally, all the hosts from last year found it a very rewarding experience and were very positive about the students. If you would like to host some students or would like more information please contact Paul Endersby 01323 442485/07885 819575

FESTIVAL OF ARTS: The official public launch for the Festival was attended by over 70 people who gathered in Gallery North to find out about plans for the Festival and to see the new Festival Programmes which had arrived just a few days earlier from the printer. Tickets for many of the events are now on sale at Hailsham Pavilion (and via their website) and later this week will be available from The teashop in Grove Road, Eastbourne. The Festival opening is on Saturday September 7 by Mayor of Hailsham Jo Bentley. There is an Art Trail, so look out for art by local artists at 35 venues in the town centre and over the Festival period. There is a map on the website to help you find your way around and you will be able to pick up printed copies from Gallery North. Highlights include Americana Day on Sunday September 8 when the Boship Lions Hotel will be transformed with all things American, vehicles, barbecue, Cajun dance workshop and a fantastic line up of live bands. Then there is a Jungle Fever Children’s Dance Workshop on Monday September 9 when your little ones will move like a monkey, leap like a lima and learn some other fantastic dance moves to perform at Saturday’s show. Gotta Boom Night is on Wednesday September 11, which showcases prominent young musicians in half-hour sets, playing original music through a mix of acoustic and electric sounds with groups and solo performers and, finally, the Beauty of Baroque on Thursday September 12 is a one hour concert of vocal solos, duets and instrumental music by Handel, Bach, Purcell and Telemann. There is lots more going on including a three minute film, talent showcase and scarecrow making competitions, an opening umbrella parade with tribal dance and Djembe drumming and a musical performance in St Mary’s church and a Ballet Nimba Dance Theatre finale. So look out for festival programmes in local outlets right now, follow HailshamArtsFestival on Facebook, @HailshaArtsFest on Twitter or visit

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1913 Rev F Clyde Harvey reported regarding St John’s Church, Polegate: The Ecclesiastical Commissioners inform me that sufficient reasons is not shown for the formation of the proposed district, without the provision of a permanent endowment or an arrangement for providing an adequate maintenance for its incumbent, other than the Parsonage House, and any grant the Commissioners may be able to make out of their Common fund to meet the benefaction of the House. The Commissioners will be prepared to accept the House as the Parsonage House for the Living, if the same be duly formed, so we must now seriously consider the Endowment or some arrangement for providing an adequate maintenance for the future incumbent. We are providing a new lamp for Magham Down Mission Room out of the remainder of the funds raised by the jumble sale and I hope they will have some musical evenings after the style of our church room concerts. Would the Morris Dancers favour them this autumn? A good floor and new sympathetic ground.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

MESSY CHURCH: Malcolm Newman, minister, tells us, following the very successful opening event of Messy Church at Cross-in-Hand Methodist Church, there will be a further sample of fun and sharing on August 22 at the church on the corner of Firgrove Road. It begins at 10.30am and all children as well as adults will be more than welcome to come and share. There is no charge, but you are free to make a donation toward future work with young people in the area.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Monday, 9.30am St Richard’s Art and Craft Group - exhibit with others in Union Church coffee lounge as part of Le Marche. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, August 31, 9am Holy Communion.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Ditchling Beacon National Trust car park GR.333131 at 10am for a six mile circular walk. Ring 01824 763698.

OUTLINE APPLICATION, land at the back of the police station. A revised outline application to demolish Woodhatch, Holmhurst and Lavender Cottage and build up to 115 new homes of which 40 percent are to be affordable, has been lodged with Wealden District Council. According to the text of the application, it appears it has now been amended and revised details, dated July 29, can be seen online ( where its progress can be tracked and representations made. Important revisions include raising affordable housing from 35 to 40 percent to improve the range of smaller units of accommodation with total dwellings to remain at 115. An extra landscape buffer has been incorporated and will extend from the proposed Ancient Woodland buffer towards the north west corner of the site. The access ramp to the adjacent car park (south of the site) has been removed from the proposed details. Planners say all comments received will be considered before a decision is made but individual responses cannot be made owing to the volume of correspondence. I have to admit I am ambivalent about this one. Heathfield’s businesses need customers. We all talk about how lucky we are to have a good selection of niche shops: a delicatessen, general store, supermarkets, antique shops, a butcher, baker, greengrocer, fashion stores etc, but we must use them, or to coin a cliché, we will certainly lose them. More people living near the village means a higher footfall and better prospects for our shopkeepers and other business folk. However on the other hand I can understand how many people fear that the infrastructure of the town is not capable of coping with an influx of up to 300 more people. For example, where will children go to school (Cross in Hand is already up to capacity,) do our local GPs have space on their patient rolls, is the drainage and water supply system up to speed to accommodate substantially increased demand, do we need a beefed up public transport system? There is plenty of opportunity to have your say so I hope anyone reading this will take the time to look at the application in detail (you can also see it at the parish council office) and make their views known.

LE MARCHE: It’s almost here, Heathfield’s Anglo French market that for many of us is the socialising-shopping-browsing event of the year. For others too, each year more and more people visit the town from across East Sussex. Local businesses comment they also receive excellent feed-back with customers returning to use the High Street shops, having first seen them on Le Marche day. The day takes place on Bank Holiday Monday. It begins at 9.30am and generally winds down at about 3.30pm although many stallholders stay later than this. The whole day is free, free park and ride, free entertainment and free staged events, plus of course lots of tasting opportunities. It’s set up in Station Road and Station Approach which will be closed to traffic all day. There will be live bands set up on stage, magicians touring the town and live performances in the High Street. French stallholders from Normandy and the Heathfield twin town Forges les Eaux lay out distinctive local cheeses, bread and pastries, fruit and vegetables. They are accompanied by local Sussex producers. We’ve described the range of merchandise on sale in previous editions of Parish Pump, so here’s a little history of Le Marche. During the early 1990s, Heathfield, like many Wealden market towns, was having a tough time with many empty shops and the local traders were barely struggling to survive. By late 1996 there was a desperate search for new ideas to breathe life into the town to sustain economic viability. At that time Waldron’s councillor and my Waldron Parish Pump counterpart, Valerie Chidson, was also Chairman of the District Council and amongst the social events that she attended was a vendange at a Wealden vineyard where French traders were invited to bring produce across the Channel. The vineyards barn was packed with English people fighting to buy baguettes and cheeses, and the idea was born for a similar event for Heathfield. With nothing more than a strong feeling that this might work in early 1997 she pulled together a volunteer committee of local traders and local residents and councillors who all played very important roles in bringing over French traders to create the start of Le Marche. The pattern of the event, taking place on August Bank Holiday Monday, equal numbers of French and English traders, entertainment with street theatre and jazz on the bandstand, story-telling in the library, was set in that year. In the wake of the event the Twinning Association was set up and thereafter has played an important role. With sponsorship from Wealden District Council, Sussex Enterprise, Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council and a number of local businesses. To the amazement of many it drew crowds of around 10,000 on a wet August Bank Holiday, when Heathfield was normally quiet. Since that point in time Le Marche has grown to become one of Heathfield’s major attractions of the year. This is all down to a great deal of hard work by many people, businesses and organisations over the last 12 years, but most of all the residents of Heathfield, Waldron, Horam, Broad Oak, Punnetts Town, Horam and the surrounding districts who support Le Marche on the day.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

THE CHOIR asks if you have ever wondered what it’s it’s like to sing in a choir? Mayfield Festival Choir invite you to join us in a special, one-off morning of singing on Saturday, September 28 from 10am to 1pm in the Memorial Hall. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to read music. We will welcome you and guide you in the part you think will be most comfortable for your voice and you will certainly not have to sing alone. We plan to sing Ave Verum Corpus plus several other short pieces from different periods. Price £2 donation to costs. Music, coffee and biscuits will be provided. For more information contact Jane Bolger (01435 874701) or

A JAZZ DATE WITH JACQUI: There are some 25 parishioners both in St Dunstan’s and The Good Shepherd who are already committed to helping the PCC overseas charity, Friends of the Holy Land, by collecting via their olive wood nativity collection boxes. If you would like a copy of their summer newsletter with news of their different projects, please ring Jean Olney on 01435 872658. In the meantime, they would like a bigger fundraiser to help this Catholic/Anglican charity whose patrons are the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster and, thanks to Fr Nigel, the opportunity has arisen for the brilliant jazz singer, Jacqui Dankworth (daughter of Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth), to put on a concert with her quartet in St Dunstan’s Church. This will be promoting her new album which is due to be released in September. The date for your diaries is Saturday, November 9 at 7.30pm. There will be a cash bar and tickets will cost £20, full view, and £15, restricted view, and will be on sale from September via the Parish Office 01435 873484. Proceeds will be divided between Church funds and Friends of the Holy Land.

FOOTPATH WALK: The monthly walk takes place on Sunday, to walk along some of the many footpaths and bridleways within the parish. Last month the route of the walk was decided upon based on a list of possible footpath problems, dodgy stiles, missing signposts etc that has been drawn up for submission to East Sussex County Council who are responsible for the upkeep of the Borough’s rights of way. They will follow this approach again for the next few months, the list is long so they can decide on the day where to go. A shady route if the weather is hot, avoiding the mud if it’s been raining. They noted down a number of problems although some of the missing signs can (and will be) easily replaced by our public-spirited fellow walkers. Join them at 10am in South Street car park.

MAYFIELD BAND: Simon Rudge writes: Rather than having a complete break over August as is our custom, some of us are going to carry on with Friday night practice sessions, in order to improve our playing skills. These sessions will be more like workshops, designed to raise individual and band skills, and will be held jointly with our youth training band, so that the youngsters start to gain experience of playing with a bigger band. If anybody out there perhaps wants to rekindle an old relationship with brass, or just playing a musical instrument, but has been hitherto too scared to do so, August would be a great time to do it as that is what these informal sessions will be all about bringing along those of us that are adult learners aspiring to reach the exalted heights of our more experienced colleagues. And without wishing to blow our own trumpets (can you see what I’ve done there), we do all work very hard for the village, in endeavouring to preserve this great tradition of ours for future generations, but it’s hard work that reaps rewards. Take our recent Proms concert for example. We have to raise a bit of cash from these things, because we have bills to pay, but ultimately it was just great to have a happy village occasion where people join together for a bit of fun, and to me that’s what makes all the hard work worthwhile. And it’s these little things that collectively hold communities together and contribute to our personal and national wellbeing. And whilst on that subject, a big thank you to the WI who helped us out with cakes for the evening, and an equally big thank you to everyone else that came along to contribute to what was possibly the loudest community singing heard this side of the Albert Hall this summer, and probably the other side as well, although technically it doesn’t have sides. We will be joining together with the village churches in September for an outdoor Songs of Praise, but other than that we now head into a relatively quiet season before Christmas kicks off.

NEW SEASON: Film on Friday’s programme leaflets will be available at the start of August detailing seven of the nine films we shall be screening in an attempt to bring the best of World Cinema to the village. They begin on September 6 with Intouchables, a huge hit in France, which is an irreverent take on disability. On October 11 is the documentary Beware of Mr Baker about Ginger Baker, which they hope will appeal to more than a few ageing rock fans. On November1 they show the re-issued 1976 Spanish classic Cria Cuervos, with the delightful child actress Ana Torrent. On December 6 they have the Canadian documentary Stories We Tell, a very moving account of director Sarah Polley’s family. Next year’s films include modern American Shakespeare and a hypnotic Austrian fable, whilst their Saturday meal in March features a Jean Renoir double bill from the 1930s of La Grande Illusion and Partie de Campagne, described by one critic as two unflawed successes. Films are screened in the Memorial Hall with licensed bar provided by Wealden Wholefoods. Membership, which is open to all, remains at the same good value. Full details are available on the web site or phone 01435 872165. Leaflets will be available at Handley’s in the High Street and in other outlets.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Memorial Hall car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday. Representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. Further information from the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 01323 722505.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


COUNTRY FAIR: The bonfire society Country Fair/Car Boot will be held on the Village Green tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am till 1pm. To book a place please telephone 01825 722418. There will be refreshment plus barbecue for you to enjoy.

THE BOWLS CLUB are holding their finals games this weekend. On Wednesday there will be a match against Southwater at home at 2.30pm, on Thursday the Ladies have an away match against Lindfield Ladies at 2pm.

CRICKET: There is a game on Monday at home against Mildenhall Cricket Club, 2pm.

PRODUCTION: Sincere apologies for the incorrect information being printed in last week’s Sussex Express. Newick Youth Theatre’s production of Fantastic Mr Fox will be tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at 3pm at Wowo Campsite, Wapsbourne Manor, Sheffield Park (not at Mitchelswood Farm as previously printed). Bring a picnic and enjoy the show. This family production is free but booking in advance is essential by telephoning 01825 722468 or 722802.

WARNING: The parish council have posted a warning about Japanese Knotweed on their website, they have been made aware that Japanese Knotweed is growing in at least two places in Newick. The owners of the land where this plant has been identified have been informed and asked to take action to eradicate it. It is also possible that the plant may be growing elsewhere in the village, but has not yet been spotted, therefore the parish council would like all parishioners to be vigilant and check your gardens, if you think that you have this plant in your garden,please take steps to get it identified and removed -

ROAD RACE: The annual Newick Will Page 10K road race will be held on Sunday starting at 11am outside the Playing Field in Allington Road. The event is organised by the Newick Sports Pavilion and the runners follow a course to Oxbottom, Cinder Hill, A275, Markstakes/ Ridgelands Lane Fount Hill and back to the Sports Pavilion. The winner is expected to come in just after 11.30am. Please look out for them if you are driving on the route, the runners welcome vocal support on the course at at the finish. The 10k is a regular fixture on the Sussex Road Racing Grand Prix calendar and last year over 200 runners took part. Many are serious runners,but the race is open to anybody over 16 years .Among the trophies there is a special award for the first member of a Newick Sports Club to finish. For more details and entry from please see the website on


COMPETITION: I’m a semi-finalist in the Britain’s Best Burger competition. I’ll know next week if I’m a finalist, so wish me luck.

FOR SALE: Our house is up for sale as hubby John needs to slow down a bit and have more time off. It’s made me realise how messy we are. I’m always reading, writing, doing crafts, making home-made wine, etc and I’m finding it ever so hard to stay tidy. I had a poem published once, saying, What should I pick up, the Hoover or the pen? I’ve dusted once this week and it’s all come back again. What a waste of time.


SHOCK: I learnt a hard lesson last weekend. I’m mortal. Walking round the lanes on my own I was bitten by an unknown insect, collapsed at the roadside and lost consciousness within a minute. My face, lips and throat swelled hugely and I struggled to breathe. I was lucky that a young couple were passing and rang for an ambulance. For the next three quarters of an hour until it arrived, I was in and out of consciousness and really thought I was dying. When the ambulance arrived the medics were brilliant, gave me the medication I desperately needed to reduce the swelling so that I could breathe more easily and took me to Pembury hospital where I spent the next few hours in the Resuscitation unit. Although I lost consciousness again at one point the emergency team were on hand and from then on I made a recovery. I’m back home now and feeling very lucky to be alive. I mean that literally as an anaphylactic shock can kill you. The lesson for me, and for all of you out there who walk the lanes and the fields in our beautiful area is whenever you leave home, always take something with you (a laminated card perhaps) with your name and address on it and the names and numbers of your nearest and dearest and/or a local friend who can be relied on to contact anyone who needs to know your whereabouts. Stupidly, I had none of these on me, not even a mobile phone (on charge at home, of course). I was lucky that a couple of good Samaritans came along in time to find me. I still don’t know who they were but I’d like to say thank you, so if anyone knows them, please ask them to ring me (01435 812036) so that I can speak to them personally.

150th ANNIVERSARY: St Bartholomew’s church at Cross-in-Hand will be celebrating its 150th anniversary of its Dedication this coming Sunday at 10.30am with a Festival Sung Eucharist. It will be the only service that day in the parish, and it will be led by our new Priest-in-Charge George Pitcher. Everyone is warmly invited and there will be refreshments after the service.

JAZZ AT THE PUB: Also on Sunday at the Star there will be Django Jazz at lunchtime so for your Bank Holiday entertainment it’s a perfect date. Put another date in your diary while you’re at it, the Wakin’ Snakes will be making a return visit on September 8.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will be playing a league fixture against Iden II here at home starting at 1pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly against Eastbourne Martlets, also at home starting at 2pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Tony Wood and 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies.

WARBLETON BELLS: Warbleton’s bells have sounded out over the village and surrounding area for well over five centuries. They were last re-hung in 1907, but due to wear and tear, they now need attention. The headstocks, bearings, stays, pulleys and clapper assemblies will be removed and taken to Nicholsons of Bridport for specialist refurbishment. The total cost of this work, including VAT, will be nearly £22,500. However, a saving of £8,500 can be made by the use of local volunteer labour to help with removal and re-installation, and with the re-painting of the frame. The PCC thus face a cost of £14,000. Applications to various grant-making charities are in hand and £5,000 has been raised. In addition, the bell ringers and others, including The Black Duck at the Church Hill Challenge, have made donations of over £700. We have a long way to go. If you can help to maintain the much loved sound of our peal across the fields, please make a contribution to Warbleton PCC c/o David Cleverley or Andrew Russell. All donations will be most gratefully received, and these can be Gift Aided, adding 25 percent at no cost to the donor. All funds are ring fenced for this project.