Parish Pump Uckfield - August 24, 2012


MARGARET KNIGHT will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend. Margaret taught sports at Eastbourne High School before retiring to Alfriston. However she did not give up her sporting activities until a few years ago. Until 2007, at the age of 95, Margaret was a member of the Alfriston Short Mat Bowling and was one of the team’s most regular and skilful players. She was also working with the Samaritans until just a few years ago and a stalwart member of the WI. Margaret still attends church. We wish her a Very Happy Birthday.

THE CLERGY HOUSE is spending an evening investigating the secret life of bats. Dr Sarah Yarwood-Lovett will give an informative talk on bats followed by a walk around the house and river searching out with detectors these fascinating creatures. The Alfriston Clergy House is home to the Natterers (Myotis nattereri) which are scarce in Sussex and are known to nest in buildings with large wooden beams such as the timber framed Clergy House. The bat evening runs from 7pm to 9pm on September 1. Booking is essential as the event is limited to 20 people. There will be a charge of £5 adults and children £2.50. It is also advised to wear warm clothing and bring a torch for the walk. For further information and to book contact the Clergy House on 01323 871961.

ELECTION of parish councillor held on August 16: There was a turnout of only 31.5 percent to elect a parish councillor for Alfriston. Keith William Halliday was duly elected gaining 132 votes.

FESTIVAL WEEK started last Monday with a delicious Village Supper at Deans Place Hotel. From Wednesday the art exhibition, sponsored by Moira House Girls’ School, opened and will be on display at the URC Hall until Bank Holiday Monday. This coming weekend has the very popular Quiz Night tonight, Friday, at the War Memorial Hall. Tomorrow, Saturday afternoon, the classic cars will once again be on show on the Tye along with Maypole dancing and a family fun run which starts at 2pm. The Smugglers are organising a Tug of War across the river which will be held about 3.30pm. The Eastbourne Scottish Pipe band will play during the afternoon. In the evening the Concentus Chorale Concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church starting at 7.30pm. On Sunday there will be an historic walking tour of the village at 11am and again at 2pm. Drusillas have sponsored the Family Fun Dog Show held on the Tye, which starts at 2pm. The Seaford Band will play throughout the afternoon and at 4pm there will be a display by the Seaford Dog Club. Throwing the wellie competition starts at 4.30pm. On Bank Holiday Monday there will be an early start for Car Booters to gather on the recreational ground at 7am. At noon there will be Maypole Dancing at the Clergy House with free admission to the house and grounds. From 2pm on the Tye there will be the Fair with traditional games and stalls, pony rides, Morris dancing, and throughout the afternoon the Johnny Spice Swing Band will play. The Festival Grand Draw and Dine Out Draw will be held at 5pm.

PARKING will be £1 all day on the Recreational grounds on Bank Holiday Monday. Visitors are asked not to park on the residential streets to enable access for emergency vehicles and free flow for traffic arriving and leaving the village.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Holy Communion. 4pm 4 for all at Punnetts Town Village Hall. An informal all age service for all at 4pm.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is My Week With Marilyn and will be shown next Friday August 31 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm for drinks, ice cream and cakes).


MUSIC NIGHT: The monthly music night takes place tonight, Friday, at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Talented local singers and musicians are hoping you will go along for 8pm start and let them entertain you. If you would like to join them and play or sing you would be very welcome. The licensed bar will be open.

FAIR: The bunting is up, the baking and making is all but done in readiness for the annual summer fair will takes place on Monday afternoon at the Swan Meadow playing fields, just past the Rose and Crown pub. Stall holders will be busy all morning preparing, making sure that everything is ready to give visitors a great afternoon out. Lots to do, buy and see, from the usual raffles and tombolas, pony rides, children’s swing boats, and track train. Sumo wrestling competitions, cakes, books, plants. Plenty of choice for food and drinks throughout the afternoon as live music keeps us entertained. The fun begins at 1pm, with ample parking at the field and donation buckets for entry. Look forward to seeing you all there again.

QUIZ EVENING: Burwash Bonfire Society invite you to a fun general knowledge quiz on Wednesday evening at 8pm at the Rose and Crown pub. Teams of six are invited to attend. For more details please call Mary Clarke on 01435 882918.

RIDE AND STRIDE: On September 8, The Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) is organising another of their Ride and Stride fund raising events, supporting churches in both East and west Sussex. The participants get sponsorship for the number of churches they will visit, be it on foot, bicycle or horse. The total proceeds are then divided equally between their church and SHCT. Anyone who would like to join them can get a sponsor form from the church or visit the website or ring 01243 788265. Last year participants earned over £5,000 for St Bartholomew’s.

COFFEE: A new venture is to begin on Thursday with a drop in coffee and book event to coincide with the visit of the mobile library in the Catholic Church car park. The village hall will be open from 11.30am to 12.30pm for coffee, with books and puzzles being on sale. Anyone is welcome to come along regardless of whether you use the library. Any books and jigsaw puzzles you would like to donate would be very welcome. Please call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. All funds raised will help towards the redecoration of the main hall next summer.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: On Sunday the service is at 10am and is TGI Sunday.

KING’S HEAD: Tomorrow, Saturday, is Spanish Night at the King’s Head. There is a special menu and please note that booking is essential. Telephone No 01825 840238.

KING’S HEAD CANTER: On Monday which is the August Bank Holiday, the 15th King’s Head Canter will take place. The starting time is at 11am from Chiddingly finishing at the King’s Head. All information can be found on the website including photographs of past events.

SHOW SOCIETY: It is probably not too early to start planning entries for the autumn show which is on Saturday September 8. Entry forms should be with Paul Richardson by Wednesday September 5.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 31 August 1761: ‘…In the morn sent my wool to Lewes by John Divol. In the afternoon my brother called on me in his road to Lewes in order to receive both his and my wool money…At home all day; thank God very busy. Oh, how pleasant is trade when it runs in its proper channels, and flows with a plentiful stream. It does, as it were give life and spirit to one’s actions; I think the most phlegmatic constitution must feel its pleasing and enlivening charms.’


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

TILSMORE AREA: Thanks to the efforts of a tenacious resident, the damaged grass verges in Mill Road and Mill Close (wrecked when gas mains were repaired) have been smartly re-instated by contractors concerned. Thanks to all.

RUNNING CLUB: After the Olympics, what now? Run England is the recreational running project established by England Athletics to help get people out running and enjoying its many benefits. Running coaches, Graham and Beverley Chapman teamed up Freedom Leisure to launch Heathfield’s Run England group.The group is for adults who want to start running with guidance, support and encouragement from experienced and qualified coaches. If you’ve ever seen those muscly, fit specimens pound past your front gate and decided that running anywhere is definitely not for you, then this group could be. I remember Mrs PP joined a similar club in Henfield many years ago and she thoroughly enjoyed it, up to a point. The enthusiasm waned however, when the distances built up and she said leaders were barely visible dots on the horizon and chatted among themselves, clearly not too keen on making out-of-breath conversation with the slackers at the back. A lot depends on how willing the coaches and runners are to help the not-so-fit that was the problem over in West Sussex, but Graham and Beverley (members of Heathfield Roadrunners) have excellent reputations in coaching in Heathfield. Our son Charlie joined the (expert) Roadrunners and thoroughly enjoyed their company. These new sessions are the ideal environment for those who want to try running but are not ready for a running club, or for those who prefer to exercise in a less formal environment. The group is also an ideal place for any beginner to start. At present a weekly session takes place at Freedom Leisure Centre, on Saturday mornings at 8.30am to 9.30am (a midweek, daytime session is also planned according to demand). The sessions focus on building fitness and developing technique so that people start off running on the right foot. £4 per session or £3 for Freedom Leisure members at Heathfield Leisure Centre 01435 868824. More info at or phone 01435 860868 email:

WHINGE OF THE WEEK: Why the wire? I’m beginning to feel like an inmate of Stalag Luft VI on my country walks. Everywhere is festooned with keep out, private, no trespassing’signs or, at worst, six-foot high, multi-stranded barbed wire. We hear from Trevor Weeks of the WRAS that these high wire fences in remote spots are deathtraps for wildlife, particularly young deer. They are unsightly, unnecessary (in my view if there’s a low fence, we don’t bother to cross it, we have enough good footpaths not to bother) and the signs are ugly and inappropriate in the countryside. A recently discovered offending path is the one from the Cuckoo Trail up to Pook Reed Lane, ugly barbed wire about six feet high, what’s the other side of it? A nuclear reactor? Woods at the back of Owlsbrook, Cross in Hand; the in your face signs all along the boundary of Selwyns Wood, Cross in Hand; the dreadful Buxted Park where fences been stuck up everywhere (apparently to contain a mangy group of about 20 sheep); a recently blocked off round route through woods at Waldron; Sapperton Woods in Maynards Green (yet more signs) and saggy fences separating the northern extension of the Cuckoo Trail through the Millennium Wood from its privately owned neighbour. Hooray for Scottish law which allows ‘right to roam’ providing no damage is done. And don’t quibble about dogs, the dangerous ones are inevitably loose, roaming or owned by people out and about in the woods after dark with high-powered rifles and a flat-bed truck.

WELL DONE: Gold medal to Halo boutique in Station Road for its stellar window display. Olympic judo, equestrian and boxing outfits on models, festooned with medals and the rest of the window filled with suitably patriotic merchandise, including Union Jacks. Window looks lovely. Congrats to whoever was responsible.

LE MARCHE – THIS WEEKEND: Get your baskets and bags out, sharpen up your French (poires, pruneaux, tomates, peches, pain etc) and head off to Heathfield’s famous Anglo-French market on Bank Holiday Monday. Everyone you know from the town will be there plus visitors from across Sussex. There’s entertainment, food, shopping, fire brigade demos, music, magic, derring do feats on skateboards and bikes, costumes and the buzz that comes from an awful lot of people having a terrific day out. Shops in the High Street plan to be open and lots are setting up themed displays. Here’s a programme of events, so you can time your visit. And of course it’s all free – there’s even a park and ride service from the Heathfield Market car park. 6.30am Station Road and Station Approach will be closed to traffic; 6.30am Le Marche information and help desk in Kings Church foyer; 7.30am stall holders arrive to start to set up; 9.30am French and English stalls open for business. 9.30am to 3.30pm: Free park and ride from Heathfield Market car park; Kings Church in the State Hall opens its doors to host all day entertainment; Marco presents his magic in Station Road, Kings Church and in the High Street; Churches Together in Heathfield and District offering refreshments in Union Church; art exhibition all day in Union Church; Andy Bosco entertains in Station Road, High Street, Union Church and Kings Church; The Cuckoo Arts Group display their town mural at the Skatepark in Station Approach also a kids art competition is taking place. 9.30am to 10.30am: Heathfield Silver Band on the stage in Station Road; Tricky Beats in the High Street outside the doctors surgery. 10.30am to 11.30am: Evan Morgan plays the piano in the Union Church; The Electric Mouse Band, four piece 60s /70s band on the Stage in Station Road; Horsham Accordion Band perform in the High Street outside the doctors surgery. 10.30am to 11am Marco presents Punch and Judy in Kings Church. 11.30am to 12.30pm: Paul O’Loughlin plays his classical guitar in the Union Church; The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band on the stage in Station Road; Heathfield Silver Band in the High Street outside the doctors surgery; Andy Bosco entertains the children in Kings Church. 12.30pm to 1.30pm: Evan Morgan plays the piano in the Union Church; Amani on the stage in Station Road; Horsham Accordion Band perform in the High Street outside the doctors surgery; Marco’s Magic in Kings Church. 1.30pm to 2.30pm: Paul O’Loughlin plays his classical guitar in the Union Church; Tricky Beats on the stage in Station Road; The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band in the High Street outside the doctors surgery; Andy Bosco’s Magic Show in Kings Church. 2.30pm to finish Amani on the stage in Station Road. 2.30pm to finish The Electric Mouse Band 60s/70s band in the High Street outside the doctors surgery; 3.30pm Le Marche stalls will close for business and start to pack up; 5pm Station Road and Station Approach will re-open to traffic.

Horam &

Vines Cross

FLOWER SHOW: Horam Flower Show takes place in the village hall on Bank Holiday Monday. It is named the flower show, but actually includes vegetables, children’s section (vegetable and flower arrangement, pictures, poems and portrait), handicraft, art, domestic, wine and photography sections. This show has always been very well supported throughout the years and we are confident of the same this year. Exhibits will be judged at 10.30am and the show is open to the public from 2.15pm onwards. Prizes will be awarded at 3.45pm. All welcome.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

MONTHLY WALK: The walk takes place on Sunday. Last month they walked a new permissive path and thanks are due to all those local landowners who provide walking opportunities for them 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. More rambling, Heathfield Ramblers meet tomorrow, Saturday, at Mill Road Car Park at 9.15am or Alfriston School at 10am for an eight mile walk via Jevington, Holt and the Wealdway. Ring 01435 883393 for details.

MAYFIELD LIBRARY: Ed Milner has taken over as your local librarian. Ed has a degree in English Literature and has worked extensively in Waterstones bookshops. Mayfield library customers are friendly and I know will make Ed feel very welcome. Just a reminder the library is situated on the side of Mayfield Primary School and is open on Saturday between 10am to 1pm, on Monday between 11am and 1pm, on Tuesday between 2.30pm and 6pm and on Thursday between 2.30pm and 6pm. There are free computers, DVDs to rent and of course books. For a small charge, you can order books.

MONTHLY QUIZ SHEETS: Thanks are due to supporters of the monthly quiz sheets in aid of Mayfield and Five Ashes Primary Schools. Over the last 12 months each school has received a total of £207 whilst £60 has been paid in prize money. This helps the schools to pay for incidentals without having to use money from other pots. Your August quiz (nearly over we know, but a few days to go) has an Olympic theme and is just £1 per sheet. Some recent winners are Mrs Jones, Wendy Watson, Mick and Buddy Parker, Mary Cottingham, Ann, Margaret Vockins and Jane Palmer. If you are not already a supporter and would like to be quiz sheets are available from Mayfield Post Office and the back of St Dunstan’s church, or if you would like to receive one by post please contact Margaret Neve on 01825 830625.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: Despite the ever-present showers and the huge attraction of the men’s tennis final, the cricket clubhouse was filled with hospice supporters, only the pig was outside. Fortunately there was a large TV screen inside and we were able to keep one eye on the match. Due to the extremely generous sponsorship once again by Shirley and Alan Parry they reached a marvellous total of over £1,400. Very many thanks to them, to you all who came and to the team for supporting our hospice. Looking ahead, Wendy Naylor has very kindly offered a bring and buy coffee morning in London House on Thursday, September 20 from 10am. All manner of items will be on sale including silver, jewellery, glass and no doubt, cakes. Entrance at £1 for coffee or tea and hot cheese scones. Do go along.

BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday, September 29 starting at 11am this great national charity event, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Nurses, will be held at the home of Ron and Lyn Willis, The Owls, Old Lane. They hope that you will all come, enjoy a cup of tea and a fairy cake and support this worthwhile cause; Put the date in your diary. If you can help with some fairy cakes on the day please register your support on: 01435 872880.

STORY WALK: Wander in the garden and listen to stories around the theme of Down in the Woods, and then enjoy tea and cakes. Suitable for families and anyone who enjoys a good story followed by afternoon tea. Sunday afternoon between 2.30pm and 5pm on September 23 at Warren House, The Warren 01435 872445.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society now moves onto the Autumn Show which this year takes place on Saturday, September 22 in the Memorial Hall. As ever, classes are open to members and non-members alike, with the show encompassing vegetables, fruit, flowers, floral art, domestic, photography and children’s classes. As vegetables suffered slightly in the summer show, they are hoping people will have a glut come September. There are classes for everything from spuds to shallots, sweet corn to squashes, so please dig up your best and join the show. They’ve 37 vegetable and fruit classes to contest, and 18 exhibits for flowers. Their four floral art classes are Happy Wanderer, Halloween, Harvest Time and Oranges and Lemons. There are eight domestic classes, ranging from apple pie and carrot cake (recipe in the schedule) to chutney and home-produced honey. In the photography section the challenges are Grave or Memorial, A Village High Street, Sport, and finally, for novices only, Seaside Frolics. The children’s challenges are a decorative flower pot, craft item, Lego model, heaviest pumpkin, decorative pebbles, a photo based on anything beginning with the letter B, and a Halloween mask. The pre-school is also getting its own dedicated exhibit. To review which classes you might enter, go to Jason’s in the High Street to collect a schedule (you can also join the society at Jason’s if you wish, the cost is only £5 a year).

MAYFIELD BAND: The summer season of fetes and fairs has now effectively drawn to a close, just as the jet stream makes its move northwards. The band always take a break in August when players’ holidays make life a little complicated, but they’ve had a busy few months, so a breather is well deserved. Anyway, there’s a limit to how many wet, windswept village greens they can take, trying to concentrate on playing whilst a cold trickle of water is falling from the edge of the gazebo directly into the small gap between everyone’s shirt collar and the back of the neck. There are no engagements planned in September, so it will be a time to do some work on musicianship without being driven by a particular repertoire. Periods like this are crucial if they are to maintain and improve standards, but it won’t be all work, as they are holding their quiz night on Saturday, September 29, to which you are all cordially invited. It’s a general knowledge quiz, so you don’t need to know your arias from your Elgar, and with Shirley and Graham Holland as your quiz masters, you are guaranteed an entertaining evening, a light supper, and just a modicum of mental exercise. Please come along and support the band for what is an important fundraising evening, which will help towards their target of buying new uniforms.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


BUSY WEEKEND: This will be a very busy weekend, not only is it a Bank Holiday there will be much activity around the village. Tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 8am on the Village Green, the bonfire society will be holding a County Fair and Car Boot Sale with refreshments in the Community Centre. Tombola, book stall and barbecue. Cars £8 vans £10. These is always a good crowd of people around and there are some good bargains to be found. Do not miss out make sure you there bright and early. For booking or further details ring 01825 722418.

BOWLS: In the afternoon the bowls club will be in action again, they play East Grinstead

at home. This game will commence at 2.30pm. On Sunday they are at home again playing Hampden Park at 2pm. Fingers crossed that the good weather will continue over the weekend.

CRICKET: Cricket club fixtures this weekend are: first XI away to Robertsbridge; the second XI are playing at home against Lewes St Michaels; the third XI are at home playing on the ground at Temple Grove against Pett; and the fourth XI are visiting Little Common Ramblers. All these league games commence at 1pm.

10K RUN: On Sunday morning the Newick 10K Run will start at 11am from Allington Road. The run is a regular fixture on the Sussex Road Racing Grand Prix calendar and last year over 200 runner took part. Many are serious runners, but the race is open to anybody over 16 years old, so if you are thinking of getting into training for the 2016 Olympics, or just enjoy a Sunday morning run, why not take part. Among the trophies there is a special award for the first member of a Newick sports club to finish. If you are not a runner just go along and cheer the runners on the way. For entry details please see the website

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Services at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 10.30am the Informal Morning Service. If you need a lift to church please call 01825 722582 in advance. There will also be an Evensong at 6.30pm. A warm welcome awaits you.

ANNUAL SHOW: On Saturday September 1 the horticultural society will be holding the annual show on the Village Green from 2pm. There will be displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers, plus flower arrangements, cookery and handicraft. There is a junior section, so why not encourage your youngsters to entry, and of course the family dog show. Exhibits are staged on the morning, dog show entries are taken on the Green from 1pm. Enquires regarding the dog show should be made to Kat Walden 01825 724445 Entrance fee to the horticultural show in the marquee is £1.50. You can obtain refreshments and some lovely homemade cakes in the marquee. The vegetables that I grow are petite compared to the giant carrots, leeks that you will see, so why not pop along and enjoy a real village event.

PRODUCTION: Trust you have all booked your tickets for the Newick Youth Production The Importance of Being Earnest in the village hall until tomorrow, Saturday. Booking office 01825 722468 or 722802 .


AUGUST: As it’s August I haven’t received any forthcoming events this week. I’m standing by for next week.

FILMING: I was away all last week, filming for a new series. The whole experience was very interesting. It’s all a secret, and I was surprised to be driven from London and put up in The Hydro at Eastbourne. Although I was only down the road I thoroughly enjoyed my break away from home.

PUB: We met our friends last night in the Halfway House because it literally is halfway. We meet up in different places and it’s so sad to see all the empty pubs. They used to be absolutely heaving with people and cars outside. What’s happened to our Sussex social life? The trouble is, we can’t afford to buy more than a couple of drinks and we can’t drink and drive. Maybe some of the pubs could get together or ask the council and arrange a bus or something that travels round the pubs within a certain radius.

SUMMER SHOW: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show trophy winners: Banksian Medal, for highest total prize money sections one and two, Philip Manning; Denny Perpetual Trophy, highest points in show, Joan Turner; Frank Brown Memorial Cup, winner of class one, Philip Manning; Shield, for winner class two, Philip Manning; Vegetable Cup, winner of class three, Philip Manning; Buxted Park Trophy, best vegetable, Charles Weller; Major Green Cup, highest points in fruit section, Betty Prowse and Philip Manning; Lady Shawcross Trophy, highest points section two, Joan Turner; Bikini Vase, best vase, Fred Hill; Martinland Rose Bowl, highest points in rose classes, Joan Turner; Col Clarke Cup, highest total points in dahlia classes, Fred Hill; Gladiolus Shield, highest points in gladioli classes, Betty Prowse; Nobby Sweet Pea Trophy, Joan Turner; Uckfield House Bowl, highest total points section three, Pam Ambrose; Henry Parker Trophy, highest points in photography section, Sarah Moxon Hill; Domestic Trophy, highest total points in cookery section, Shirley Bradford; Brandon Trophy, highest total points in handicrafts section, Joan Turner; Frank Brown Children’s Cup, Madeline Lewis and Connie Wallis. Children’s Cup: Group A, Freddie Wallis; Group B Madeline Lewis and Connie Wallis. Doren Ditch Cup for Handwriting, Madeline Lewis.


LE MARCHÉ: This weekend is the last of the summer Bank Holidays and, as usual, the local Anglo-French Market, Le Marché, will be held in Heathfield on Bank Holiday Monday. It opens around 9.30am and will be clearing up from about 3.30pm. Thanks are certainly due to Mike Woodhouse and his organising committee who have put the whole event together again this year. Mike now retires from the chairmanship after four years and will be handing over to Richard Ridley.

BOXES: The Friends of Waldron Churches have been taking a bit of a breather recently in their frenetic round of events, but fear not, the efforts to raise the cash to repair our belfry still go on behind the scenes. Last week there was a brisk count-up of the contents of the Change for Churches boxes into which about 25 kind local supporters are dropping their change, (mostly those maddening 5p coins which get stuck in the corner of our purses). From those boxes which came in, and after a period of four months, we raised about £135, which helped to keep our total ticking up. Thanks to all those who already have boxes, and if anyone would like to have one, call me on 01435 812036.

WALK FOR WALDRON: The temptation of a fabulous walk in gorgeous countryside should be enough to enrol large numbers so how about joining in on Saturday September 29 for the second Walk for Waldron? It’s a sponsored walk and all the proceeds will go towards the essential repairs to our beautiful belfry roof at All Saints’, the church that sits in the centre of Waldron and has done since the late 12th century. The walk can be broken down into easy stages, punctuated by refreshment stops at East Hoathly, Chiddingly, Gun Hill and finally at Waldron at The Star or the Stores. Or you can choose to do a shorter stretch, and we will pick you up when you’ve had enough and bring you back to Waldron. How do you join in? Pick up a flyer from The Stores at Waldron, or the Cuculo Deli in Heathfield, the Weald Business Centre or the Parish Council Offices. The details about the walk are on the flyer, and you can collect your sponsorship form from the Stores or by contacting me, telephone 01435 812036 or e-mail It’s also possible to raise sponsorship on-line. For those unable or unwilling to ask friends for sponsorship, you can still join in the walk and make a donation on the day. Turn up at 9.30am outside the Star at Waldron on Saturday September 29 to register and collect your map and directions, and please remember to wear sensible walking shoes, a waterproof (just in case) and carry a mobile phone.

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 and beautiful garden at Cransford, Little London Road and will be from 2pm to 5pm. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. The parish is currently in Interregnum, the word used to describe a parish without a designated Parish Priest, since Fr David moved to Christ Church Eastbourne. However, while we wait for a new rector to be appointed, we are fortunate to have several priests and lay preachers in the village and immediate area who are able to officiate at our services, and also preside over marriages, baptisms and funerals. The daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are however temporarily suspended.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Holy Communion. 4pm 4 for all at Punnetts Town Village Hall. An informal all age service for all at 4pm. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am morning worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies.

VILAGE PLAYERS: It is the 20th Anniversary of the players this year, and as part of our celebrations we are holding a review from November 28 to December 1. This will consist of a selection of songs and dances from four of our past musicals together with a variety of sketches. Songs and monologues. Like to involved? Then contact Pam on 01435 830856 for acting roles and Anita on 01435 873226 for singing or dancing roles. Rehearsals start in September at the village hall and will be on Monday or Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Perhaps you have been involved in past productions and would like to reprise your role?