Parish pump Uckfield - August 29, 2014

Bodle Street Green

SHINE: This month’s offering at the Film Club is Shine, the true story of an Australian piano prodigy. Geoffrey Rush gained an Oscar for best actor, for his portrayal of Davis Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental health problems. Doors open at 7pm this evening for cakes and drinks with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head at the door. The film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Scott Hicks is 1hr 45min and is PG-13.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, 4pm 4 For All/Messy Church for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of the Word.


CANADA: We have had a quiet time this last week. My cousin’s two grandsons have been here most days as summer camp ended. Unfortunately the oldest one, Owen, had mumps so we were unable to go anywhere or do much. The weather has continued to be warm and sunny so we could at least sit outside. Allen arrived home on Friday night and yesterday he, Gail and myself went out sightseeing. As they have a four wheel drive half ton truck, most of it was off road or on unmade roads, pretty hairy in places but enjoyable. This is a beautiful province but the wildlife was hiding as we didn’t see a single moose. The only wildlife was a tiny tree frog we found on the front deck at the house.

FAIR: It is 8.30am here and as I write this today back home the final preparations for the annual Bank Holiday fair are frantically being made. I really hope the weather isn’t as bad as it was forecast and that people are brave enough to give the fair a visit. I will write a report next week.

BOWLS: On Monday the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will meet for the first time after their summer break. They will meet in the village hall from 6.30pm. New members are always welcome to go along and join them in this sport for all ages. Tuition will be available and equipment can be borrowed. It is £2 an evening including refreshments and £20 a year for subscriptions. We are a friendly club and have a lot of fun. For more information please call Keith Marden (chairman) 01580 880534 or John Norton (treasurer) 01435 867979 or email Mary Taylor (secretary).

WHIST: The next Whist Drive will be held on Thursday evening at the village hall from 7pm. All levels of ability are welcome for this fun evening of cards. We have many laughs, meet new friends and enjoy 20 hands of whist and partake of the delicious refreshments all for £3 per person. A raffle is held too. All proceeds go to the village hall maintenance funds For further details email me on or call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. Players from other villages are also very welcome to come along.

WALK: On Wednesday the new walk for strollers takes place. This is for those who find the Parish footpath walk too strenuous. Anyone can go along and join Ijon Jenner as he leads you around the easier routes. They leave from the Bear car park at 9am and return in time for lunch. To find out more call Jon on 01435 882045.

JAZZ: Have you got your tickets for the jazz evening being held on September 6 at St Bartholomew’s Church at 7pm. The Clink Street Jazz band will return and play music from the Harold Arlen songbook including songs from The Wizard of Oz to launch the 2014 Church Restoration Fund. Tickets are £15 each available from The Flower House 01435 882400 or email Ros Cloke or 01435 884312.

WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE: The next 12-week course of the Burwash Community Weight Loss Challenge begins on Tuesday September 9. It costs £39 for the 12 weeks, during which you will receive help and encouragement to shed the excess pounds, with private weigh-in and measurements. Tips on healthy eating and dietary needs. No gimmicks or fad dieting, Sue Tonkin will help you see the way to a pleasant weight loss regime. Make new friends and exchange ideas and recipes. We meet at the Parish room of the Christ the King Catholic church from 7pm. Plenty of parking. The winners after 12 weeks receive cash prizes. Call Sue on 01892 784741.

QUIZ: A quiz evening has been arranged for Saturday September 27 at the Burwash village hall from 7.30pm. Tables of six are available at £8 per person to include supper. Guests to bring own drink and glasses. To book your team in call Shirley Viney on 01435 882497 or email or Mary


VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR is at Townings Farm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome, entry is £5 per car, £8 for both days. There will be a beer tent and refreshments alternatively you can take a picnic. For more information call Carole on 01444 471352.

CRICKET sees Chailey tomorrow, Saturday, in their last league game of the season at East Grinstead at 1pm and a friendly on Sunday at home against Southwick Wanderers at 2pm. Spectators are most welcome and refreshments are available.

VINTAGE and Prestige Car Day is at The Lamb at Piltdown on Sunday and promises to be great day out. There will be Real Ale and Pimms tents, hog roast, children’s play area, live jazz and a charity raffle in aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation and St Peter and St James Hospice. All are welcome to go along. For more information call Simon on 01825 724688.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Matthew Gallagher on the subject of Queen Victoria’s Funeral. I am assured that the talk and the evening will be much more light hearted than the title suggests. Guests and prospective members will be made most welcome. There is a £2 nominal charge which includes homemade refreshments.

SWISH CLOTHES SWAP PARTY: Ladies are invited to this party at the Free Church on Friday September 12 from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £3 and include tea/coffee and cake. How the party works, you are asked to deliver at least five items of clothing (including shoes, bags and hats) you no longer wear to 6 Kilnwood Lane, South Chailey, in the week before the event (except Thursday) or to the Free Church on Thursday September 11 between 6pm and 9pm. Please ensure your donations are clean and in good condition, ready to be happily chosen and re-homed. All clothes will be put on display and be free, except for higher quality/designer items which will be sold for a donation to Tearfund. There will be plenty of changing space with mirrors. For further information and tickets contact Ann on 07975 946778 or 01444 471600 or Janet 07855 120896 or email

AUTUMN SHOW is at the village hall on Saturday September 13. The classes are detailed in a show schedule which can be obtained by calling Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817. There is a class for every age, and members of the horticultural society are always on hand to help with staging exhibits, so please enter and/or encourage your children to do so.

WERE YOU A PUPIL at St Peter’s Primary School in 1977? Did you receive a commemorative mug, with a black transfer print of St Peter’s Church on, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee? One of the commemorative mugs is on sale at Furniture and Things, at Heaven Farm and the owner, Terry, would be interested to learn how many pupils were given a mug. If you know please visit the shop and tell Terry alternatively call him on 01444 244627.


VILLAGE SHOP: Well they had a good morning for the party although unfortunately I wasn’t well enough to attend. It seems amazing that the shop now has two successful years under its belt. I freely admit to being one of the doubters at the start, as I had been reliant on the original shop all my life and wasn’t sure this would be viable as we have all moved on in our shopping habits. I freely admit I was wrong and am happy to do what I can to help keep it going.

LACHELLE LINK: Members of the Link have been in France this weekend providing music and merriment in Normandy and my sources tell me this went well. There is a Boules Match and Picnic next Saturday, let’s hope the weather holds.

OTHER MATTERS: Speaking of the weather, I suppose it was too much to hope that we could have another dry Bank Holiday, after all this is England in summer. I didn’t manage to get to E&O, just as well as I would have got bogged down in the mud. Let’s all hope there will be some more sun in September.

FUNERAL: Auntie Kath’s funeral was a joyous occasion, celebrating her long life. I couldn’t believe the list of village organisations she contributed to. She was actually the organist for when I was first in the church choir, back in 1964. The choir processed out behind the coffin singing, all the way down to the graveyard which was a lovely touch and reminded me I have to clear my own family plot. Now there will be June’s next week at East Hoathly. So many of us feel this is an end of an era, when those who have been towers of strength and friendship for all our lives go one by one. So we circle the wagons and the village gives strength back to those who contribute.

East Hoathly

POP-IN LUNCH: The next pop-in lunch will be Thursday at 12.45pm in the village hall. Please come along with your friends for a bowl of hearty soup and a choice of delicious sweets.

ALLOTMENTS (Garden Plots): Despite the lack of a water supply over this summer (hopefully we will be connected to the new water main very soon), many of the plots have produced an abundance of produce and it would be good to see the currently vacant plots put to a similar good use. Anyone interested in growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers should make an application to take on one of the empty plots via Anne Newton, the Parish Clerk at Both organic and non-organic plots are still available.

AUTUMN SHOW: A quick reminder that the Village Show Society is holding its Autumn Show on Saturday September 6 in the village hall (I’m sure that some of the produce from the aforementioned garden plots will be amongst the entries). As well as classes for fruit and vegetables, there will be the opportunity to enter arts, handicrafts and flower arrangements, with special categories for children. Further details to follow.


CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary The Virgin. Sunday, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

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

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express dated Thursday 3 September 1914: Root Show. At a committee meeting held at the Sheffield Arms on Wednesday last it was unanimously decided to abandon the October Show on account of the War.

RECRUITING: A meeting was held in the Reading Room on Tuesday evening, at which there was a crowded attendance. Mr A G Soames, Mr Maryon Wilson, Mr Curteis, Rev E P Hood, Mr Shenult, and Mr Fenner addressed the meeting, and asked for recruits to offer themselves for their King and Country. The following young men enlisted, and their employers promised to keep their places open for them at the conclusion of the War: Frederick Baker, David Neve, Ernest John Matthoasen, Jesse Mitchell, William Albert Elphick, Arthur Horscroft, Frederick Harding, and Thomas Neve.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK: Free event (normal admission charges apply). Sunday 1pm Armadillos v Sussex Martlets.

Hadlow Down

CHOIR: The TN22 Community choir restarts on Tuesday after a summer break. Held in Hadlow Down from 7pm to 8.15pm with opportunities to perform to other groups. Come and meet new friends and have fun. New members welcome. Cost only £3. For more information contact Suzanne on 07864 533884.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

LE MARCHE: I’m writing this the day before Le Marche so apologies if we do not report it this week. There will be plenty in this column next week.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’ Heathfield: 8am Holy Communion (BCP.) No 11am Service at All Saints’. St George’s, Broad Oak: 10.30am Combined Eucharis. All welcome for coffee after this service.

FASCOH (Friends of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield). Chairman Colin Saunders sent us this: Something for everyone and the young people are included, for the WWI commemorations in Heathfield from Thursday, September 18 to Sunday, September 21. In a matter of days now it will be the turn of Heathfield and District to commemorate the start of World War One and FASCOH have taken the lead in staging a programme for the area. By the time you read this article, it will be very difficult to travel through Heathfield without noticing that something is about to happen with regards to World War One and all the memories and challenges of what started 100 years ago come flooding back. The four days of commemoration have been planned, recognising that in Heathfield there are several generations of families who have been affected in one way or another by the Great War. Ann Kenward has been working with the Head of History at Heathfield Community College and the students will exhibit the results of their research into the names and lives of the people from the Heathfield area who fell during the 1914-1918. These results will be part of the WW1 exhibition in All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield. And on Friday September 19, a large part of the day will be given over to talks for the young people in our local schools, and the students from Heathfield College will be participating during this day. FASCOH is well known for staging impressive events and programmes in Heathfield and this year is going to be no exception. The unique, spectacular and colourful exhibition will include a creative WW1 Tableaux plus the impressive medals and ribbons which will adorn the church pillars all flanked by a display of WW1 memorabilia around the whole building. Just two words of advice, don’t expect to do the exhibition in five minutes, there will be so much to take in and secondly don’t forget to duck when you go in the door. The programme commences on Thursday, September 18 with the impressive exhibition open (free entry) to the public from 11am through until 4pm. Then in the evening at 7.30pm the Revd Roger Kenward, RAF Rtd, a former assistant Chaplain in Chief RAF and lecturer at RAF College Cranwell on the Morality of War will present The Great War in Focus. We are told it will be a great evening of nostalgia with songs and humour, the horror and pity of the war all concluding with reflection and remembrance. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance, £5 from Jean Barnes ( 01435 863784. On Friday, September 19 the majority of the day is given over to pupils and students from local schools for their Education Day. The evening is billed as a great evening of entertainment, Music for Friday Night, with a superb and varied concert of music, readings and poetry presented by guest musicians and featuring the award winning Battle Town Band. We learn also that there will be some Jazz singing during the programme. There will be a raffle and collection for Help for Heroes. Tickets are available priced at £6 including tea or coffee. There will be the opportunity to view the exhibition as the doors open at 6.30pm. Saturday, September 20 sees the spectacular Exhibition open from 10.30am through to 4.30pm. Then the whole programme moves to Broad Oak Village Hall for a Special WW1 Quiz Night. We are told not all the questions will be on the subject of WW1. The cost for the evening, which is going to be different, is £10 and includes a rations menu meal and the dress code is 1914-1918 although this is optional. Tickets should be purchased in advance, either singularly of for teams of eight and there will be 12 tables from Jean Barnes ( 01435 863784. The whole commemoration programme, which has the support of the Royal British Legion, Heathfield Community College, the Parish Council, organisations and companies in Heathfield, concludes on Sunday 21 September with the exhibition open in the afternoon and a Civic and United Churches Songs of Praise in All Saints’ Church at 6.30pm. For more information please contact Colin Saunders, Chairman of FASCOH email Tel FASCOH office 01435 863284 c/o Sunningdale, Halley Road, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8TG. FASCOH is a Registered Charity no 1108281.

MEMORABILIA: Colin also asks local people to contribute any memorabilia they might have for the exhibition. They have a complete uniform of a World War I soldier which will be on display, a complete kitchen utensils set and they know of a ‘trenches’ musical instrument which somebody in Heathfield has. Alongside and part of the display, the students from the College will be displaying the names and information of the people of Heathfield who fell during the war. Could you take a look in your attic or store cupboards to see if you have any World War One memorabilia from members of your family or friends, which you would be prepared to loan and to be part of the exhibition please? If you have, do drop a line or call either Roger Kenward ( 01435 862618 or Colin Saunders ( 01435 863284 who will then talk with you further about the delivery or collection of your memorabilia. By the way, the church will be locked at all times when nobody is present, just for your peace of mind. For more information please contact Colin, details above.

SUMMER SHOW: Heathfield and District Horticultural Summer show results. Decorative Classes: Tottingworth Park Cup, most points in section, Sue Bobin. Floral Classes: Nellie Hall Ticehurst Cup, most points, Lynda Knight; Foord Memorial Trophy, Rosemary Kay; Scott Bowl, best exhibit, Lynda Knight. Dahlias: Sommerville-Cowen Cup, most points, Rosemary Kay; Bartlett Cup, most points, John Logan. Ornamental: Bert Luck Cup, best exhibit, Rosemary Kay. Vegetables: The Heathfield Park Cup, most points, John Hobden; The Hall Cup, winner class 32 nine large shallots, John Hobden; The National Vegetable Society Medal, best exhibit in class, Marian Stoneham; Major Reid Cup, most points, Sue Cook. Cookery and Preserves: Clifford Turner Cup, most points, Rosemary Kay; The Broad Oak CA Atkinson Cup, best loaf of bread, Colin Rose. Handicrafts: The Society’s Coronation Cup No 2, most points, Doreen Nuttall; Broad Oak Glen Cup, best photograph, Tony Grout. Juniors: The Claude Herbert Cup, 7 to 12 years old, most points, Kezia Blake; The Junior Cup, 3 to 6 year olds, most points, Darcy Spratt; Family Cup, most points. Evans family; The RHS Banksian Medal, most points horticultural classes, Rosemary Kay; The Coronation Silver Bowl, most points in show, Rosemary Kay.

Isfield & Little Horsted

SPEED PETITION: Residents of the two villages are collecting signatures for a petition calling for a lower speed limit on the A26 Uckfield to Lewes road at Rose Hill. Jerry Phillips is one of a small group of people organising the petition which says in part: ‘The present speed limit makes the road dangerous for residents – not only for those who live directly on it but for those accessing it from Kiln Lane and Horsted Lane. The stretch of road to which the petition refers (between Horsted Lane and Kiln Lane) is approximately 0.75 miles long and currently has a speed limit of 50mph. Reducing the speed limit to 40mph would increase journey time by just 15 seconds for motorists driving at the legal limit. This section includes a T junction (Kiln Lane) and a crossroads (Horsted Lane/Bradfords Lane), both of which have limited visibility to the A26, and is directly accessed by 25 residences, a farm and a public house car park. The hilly nature of the road is such that virtually all residents have to take into account blind spots when exiting from their properties in a car and even if traffic is travelling at the correct maximum speed they usually have no more than five seconds to access the road. A number of the residents have children who have to walk along and cross the road to reach a school bus. This section of road is also used by hikers since there are three footpaths which access it. The number 29 bus service uses the road and residents using the service also have to walk from the bus stops to their residences. There is no safe place to cross.’ Jerry, who is an Isfield Parish councillor and who lives at Rose Hill, adds that East Sussex County Council, to whom the petition will be presented at a full council meeting in mid-October, says that local people have made several requests to have the double white lines extended along this stretch of road in a bid to make it safer but have been turned down on each occasion. ‘An individual employed recently by ESCC to deliver information to residences on this section of road about the broadband programme was not prepared to do so on the grounds that it was too dangerous,’ says the petition’s background notes. Anyone wishing to add their name to the petition can do so at the Halfway House pub at Rose Hill, online at or by contacting Jerry Phillips on 01825 750522.

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

ARTS AND CRAFTS: A reminder that tomorrow (Saturday) will see an Arts and Crafts Market in the Isfield Community Enterprise (ICE) field behind The Laughing Fish. Attractions planned include printing and hazel and willow animal sculpture demonstrations, origami and drawing for the children, the Matthews Mousetown and much more. In the evening there will be a film show in a marquee. Further details from Rachel Cranfield on 07793 798922.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

WASTE CONSULTATION: I don’t think Mayfield or Five Ashes are in the frame for potential waste and recycling sites in East Sussex, but if you are concerned about what might be happening, then take part in East Sussex County Council’s Waste and Minerals Site Plan consultation which closes on September 5. You can find it at or check potential sites at County, District, town or parish offices throughout the county.

ST DUNSTAN’S: Sunday, September 28 at 9.15am. Together at 9.15, a new informal service at St Dunstan’s for younger families. Sunday, October 5 from noon St Dunstan’s Harvest Festival lunch.

BONFIRE BOYES AND BELLES: Torchmaking dates are as follows: Tomorrow, Saturday; Saturday, September 6; Saturday, September 13. All from 9.30am to noon. All are welcome, they have 5,000 to make. This year the main benefactor of the bonfire collection will be the Mayfield Playgroup who are raising money to update their outside play facilities.

FIVE ASHES PRE SCHOOL: There are spaces available for two to five year olds from September. To find out more leave a message on 07747 112509 and Nikki will get in touch. From September the pre-school will move into the new hall and will be able to offer free flow from inside to outside as well as other activities that follow the Early Years curriculum.

SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB: This is a friendly club playing both league and friendly matches home and away. The season runs from Friday, September 12 to the first week in April. To try your hand at the game give John Lewis a ring on 01435 872943 or 07855 384615. Club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm in Five Ashes Village Hall. They can offer six free sessions to see if you like it and if you do and want to join you can have half-price subscription for the first year.

MAYZING CHOIR: MayZing resumes singing after a summer break on September 3 in Mayfield Primary School hall starting at 8pm. Everyone would be made most welcome if they would like to join in. No previous choir experience is necessary, just an enjoyment of singing. The first session is free. More information about the choir from Noel Bannister on 01892 668059, Shirley Holland on 01435 668163 or Louise Coker at Hullabaloo on 01435 872988. The first MayZing concert raised £400 for The Stepping Stones Partnership in Tunbridge Wells.

TENNIS CLUB: The popular Noah’s Ark Tournament takes place on Sunday from 9.30am. For details of all club events look at the website

U3A: Everyone is welcomed back on September 18 when Jayne Torvill will talk about Dancing on Ice. After the mid-summer break a wide variety of talks will be held including The Secret Life of Algae from Garden Pond to Patagonia; a Celebration of Christmas Music and Painting; Richard the Third and Preston Manor, an Edwardian Home Frozen in Time. For information about Mayfield and District U3A contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

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 BOWLS CLUB are playing away tomorrow, Saturday, at Burgess Hill. On Sunday Deanland Bowls Club will be visiting Newick. Both of these games will commence at 2.30pm. On Tuesday the ladies team will make a short trip to Lewes, 2pm start. There will also be a game at Newick against Ringmer, this will start at 2.30pm. On Wednesday Humberside County Tourist will be coming to Newick, this match will commence at 1.30pm.

CRICKET: The first XI will make the journey to Seaford, whilst the second XI will be playing at home against DPB (Eastbourne). The third XI will be playing at Temple Grove against Mayfield III, the fourth XI will be playing St Peters IV away. All these matches start at 1pm. According to the fixture card there is only one more week of league fixtures. The Sunday friendly match will be against Jamaica Inn Pirates, at 1pm. There is another home fixture on Monday against London Unity at 2pm.

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

ANNUAL SHOW: Newick Horticultural Society are holding their annual show and dog show on the Village Green on Saturday September 6 at 2pm, entrance £1.50. This is a true village occasion and you will be surprised to see such a lovely show of vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery plus handicraft and children’s work. You can also enjoy some refreshment with lovely homemade cakes. Does your dog have the waggiest tail or is it the most handsome dog? If so why not take your dog along. This event is great fun and there is a selection of classes. For further details telephone 724445.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday September 11 when the speaker will be Baroness Cumberlege, speaking about Life in The Lords. She will talk about what happens in the House of Lords, Baroness Cumberlege has been a member since 1990 and was a Minister of Health from 1992 to 1997. She attends regularly and speaks on Health and Social services, so why not pop along with your question and get some straight answers.

AM DRAM: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society will present a Murder/Mystery evening on Saturday September 13 in the village hall. Doors open at 7.15pm for 8pm the play is Death By Radio. Due to an unexpected bomb at the BBC studios the live broadcast of an episode or the popular drama series The Mystery of the Mummy’s Curse is being broadcast from the village hall. It is 1940, and you are invited to Newick Village Hall to be part of the audience for this live broadcast. So why not get yourself a late night pass and bring someone along for an exciting and possibly murderous evening. Carriages at midnight. Tickets are £25, this includes a three course meal and the bar will be open. To book your tickets and see the menu choice telephone 01825 722493 or email Sounds like a great evening out.

DIARY DATES: On September 18 Newick Horticultural Society talk in the village hall by David Marsh. Also on September 26 they will be holding a Quiz Evening. More details later.


U3A OPEN DAY: Open Day, Thursday 2pm to 3.15pm at Uckfield Civic Centre. Are you retired or semi-retired, living in Uckfield and surrounding areas? Looking for a new interest or wanting to develop an existing one? Or would like to join a friendly local club for companionship in a stimulating setting? Then Uckfield U3A could be the place for you. It is a lively organisation with a wide choice of groups, around 50 in total, ranging from Family History to Swimming and Scrabble to Walking for Pleasure. So there is something for everybody and if you have a particular interest, you would be able to start your own group. In addition we have a monthly talk by guest speakers, plus our popular Christmas Quiz with mince pies. To find out more, please visit our Open Day where most of our groups will be on display and you can obtain more information. You can also join Uckfield U3A at this event with the current annual subscription being £10. If you are unable to attend, you can contact our membership secretary on 765020 or visit our website

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ROAD CLOSURE: Regular users of the Rushlake Green to Cowbeech road will have seen the signs for a road closure to allow reconstruction of the road. This was due to start a couple of days ago. I cannot find any indication of the likely diversion route. Locals will of course make their own arrangements. I would make a plea for those doing so to remember the likely routes are narrow lanes with overhanging hedges, so please keep the speed down and be extra vigilant when driving. You may well encounter large tractors, lorries or just someone treating the lane as a race track. Grovelye Lane and Churches Green will also receive attention on September 11 and 12.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship, 4pm 4 For All/Messy Church for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm evening service led by Rev Neville Barnett.

ART SHOW: We are just under two weeks away from the Friday night preview of Art on the Green 2014, the annual open exhibition of art and craft from people local to Rushlake Green. It is also a part of the Hailsham Arts & Culture Festival Art Trail which brings in visitors from further afield. There are programmes in the Stores detailing all the events for this year’s festival, and a website at Art on the Green is at The Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green and the village hall committee invites everyone to the Preview party, (with Prosecco and Harvey’s), from 7pm to 9pm on Friday evening 12 September. Entry is free to the Preview and to the Exhibition. The exhibition continues on Saturday 13 September, 11am until 5pm and Sunday 14 September and teas, cakes and light lunches will be served. Local amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft makers are reminded they still have time to enter. Details and entry forms are available from The Stores in Rushlake Green. Closing date for returning the form is next Saturday September 6. Some work will be for sale and there will be an Art Quiz over the weekend.