Parish Pump Uckfield - August 31, 2012


MARGARET KNIGHT had a string of parties and gatherings to celebrate her 100th birthday. On Sunday, her actual birthday, she walked to St Andrews to share in the service and to also share a large birthday cake made for her. She had a series of birthday cakes produced by the organisation with which she has been associated. Margaret moved to Alfriston in the sixties whilst still Head of PE and Deputy Head of Eastbourne High School for Girls. She remained on the committee of the Old Girls of the school until 2010. Always taking an active part in community matters she was a founder of Abbeyfield Homes and was a Samaritan until five years ago when she gave up driving. She was also an active member of the Alfriston WI and a keen bowls player -both outdoor and short mat bowling. She gave up bowling too about five years ago because of failing eyesight but until then was a very skilful and competitive player. Margaret was still opening some of her many birthday cards on Sunday evening, including one from the Queen.

ALFRISTON FESTIVAL has left us all feeling exhausted but satisfied that a it was a job well done. Most of the week was taken up with fund raising events which were both entertaining and enjoyable.

MATTHEW ROSE and Friends will be giving a Gala Concert at St Andrew’s Church on September 7 at 7.30pm. This is the first of a series of events to be held over the weekend details of which are available at Much Ado Books and Seaford and Lewes Tourist Offices.

GUIDED TOUR: Local historian, Kevin Gordon will be providing a guiding tour of Alfriston tomorrow, Saturday, departing from the Market Cross at 2pm. Tickets are £5 and are available on the day.

Bodle Street Green

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

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The benefice now officially includes Dallington Church as well as Bodle Street and Warbleton. We have been working with Dallington for some while now, but now the wheels of officialdom have stopped and we are one. Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. St Giles Dallington, 10am Communion (BCP).


FAIR: Thankfully the weather held for the annual summer fair despite the wind and lunch time shower. All the hard work making and baking, collecting and preparing was over and as we all set up our stalls we were hopeful of a busy afternoon. We weren’t disappointed. The company came in their hundreds from far and wide to enjoy all that had been laid on. The climbing wall was a big hit as was the sumo wrestling. There were plenty of entries in the novelty dog show. Burgers and hot-dogs, ice creams and candy floss, cakes and lots more for the hungry, beer, teas and soft drinks for the thirsty. The usual coconut shy, china smash, bowling, raffles and tombolas and so much more. Thank you to everyone who attended and spent so well, and to all those who manned the stalls. But especially to all those of the playing fields committee who gave so many hours to the organisation of the event. Another great day.

FETE: Saturday September 8, it is the turn of the Burwash Common Playing Fields and Residents Association to host their summer fete. This is an old fashioned affair with plenty for all to do. Get the children involved in the competitions. There are four to try. Make an Olympic themed model from anything. A model from a fruit or vegetable. A garden on a plate or small try made from anything and a decorated paper plate using pasta, rice, pulses etc. Something for them to do as they wind down for the return to school. More details about the event will appear next Friday.

BOWLS: As the summer comes to an end, clubs and societies will be thinking of the return to normal. The short mat bowls club being one who resume their roll-up evenings as of Monday. They meet in the village hall from 6.30pm every Monday and would be delighted to welcome new players. Tuition is given in the art of this extremely enjoyable, skilful but social game. Equipment can be borrowed. First night is free with normal nightly mat fees of £2 to include refreshments. Yearly subs are £15. To find out more call Mary Taylor, chairman and captain on 01435 882107 or come along a find us at the hall, a warm welcome is assured.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will take place on Thursday evening at the village hall. The first of 20 hands of cards is at 7.30pm and costs £3 including light refreshments. This is a great evening with lots of friendly rivalry, and laughter. a great way to enjoy a game of cards and meet new people from around the area including Robertsbridge, Hurst Green and Sandhurst. Do come along and join us, we would love to see you there.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is United Benefice Communion at 10am and in the afternoon at 2pm is the Laying-Up of Canadian Veterans’ Standard.

AGE CONCERN: The next Pop In Lunch is on Thursday in the village hall.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The autumn show is on Saturday September 8 in the village hall. All entry forms should please be with Paul Richardson no later than Wednesday.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk is on Sunday September 9 and will be starting from The Star at Waldron at 2pm. This walk is planned to link in with the talk being given on Friday September 14 by local playwright Valerie Chidson, author of A Village Mystery, the story of a girl who disappeared from Waldron leaving many unanswered questions that persist to this day. Everyone is welcome to come along on our walks, you don’t have to be a member. There’s no booking and they’re free. Dogs are very welcome, but must be on leads in case of livestock. For further details on the walks and talks, please call Jenny or Chris on 872830.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 12 August 1762: ‘… In the even his Grace the Duke of Newcastle came to Halland where he lodged all night in his road for the races on Lewes Downs tomorrow. This morn about 7.30pm Her Majesty Queen Charlotte, consort of our most gracious sovereign, was safely delivered of a prince, and are both like to do very well. At home all day and pretty busy a part of the day.’


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CLLR PETER GUY NEWNHAM: We were very sad to hear of the death on August 20 of Cllr Peter Newnham, former chairman of Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council and District Council member. Peter had served on most parish committees, and as chairman of many of them. He joined the council in 1995 and was chairman of the burial grounds highways, planning and street lighting committees. He was appointed council chairman in May 2009, only relinquishing his post in May this year after a cancer diagnosis and major surgery. He had been receiving chemotherapy and appeared to be staging a recovery when he suffered from a blood clot on the lung and died in hospital. What can I say about Peter that other people could say so much better? I considered him a good friend but that applies to most people he knew and had dealings with. He was always round and about the village, coming out of the Co-op, chatting outside the bakers, walking up to the Mill Road car park or generally engaged in intense conversation with some resident or other who had a problem. Unlike many people in similar positions, Peter was unable to shrug off responsibility and many have good reason to be grateful for the extra-curricular work he undertook on their behalf. He was intensely gregarious, had a terrific sense of humour, turned up everywhere to support everyone (in sub-zero temperatures when Jayne Torvill switched on the Christmas lights); standing motionless at war memorials in the sheeting rain after Remembrance Day services; at interminable debates (when he would gently ask petitioners to move their questions forward so the council could complete the agenda;) at openings, closures; festivals, the Cuckoo Fair (when he rode to Cade Street with Dame Heffle and her cuckoo) and, of course, Le Marche. I remember his affection for Cllr Nikki Oakes who, being wheelchair bound, needed help to get to meetings. He was always there for her even to the point of accompanying her to a Buckingham Palace garden party where Nikki was honoured with a front row seat, and conversation with the Queen. I hope St Peter and his Archangels need a good organising chairman for heavenly planning issues. Just let’s hope none of their complainants waffle on too long if Peter is in charge.

LE MARCHE: Brilliant organisation, better weather than expected and an even bigger variety of stalls and entertainment, no wonder people keep coming back to Le Marche year after year. Am I right in thinking prices of French produce were lower than last year? I remember in the past noting fruit and vegetables cost a whole lot more than their equivalent in over-the-Channel supermarkets, even allowing for transport and setting up costs. But this year they seem to have responded to the international recession and offered competitive prices and an even bigger range of merchandise. People were queuing and spending money. It was good to see so many British producers selling their wares and the ancillary stuff is always a joy to Mrs PP who bought a handbag and had to be forcibly dragged away from the soap, scarves, jewellery and table linen. Firecrews delighted children as usual and what a bright idea to station bands outside the former Parish Council offices at the other end of the High Street. Top marks to all those traders who opened their doors and French-themed their windows and goods. It’s a cheerful day for everyone and the roads around the town were packed with visitors’ cars. Lots used the park and ride service too which also operated from the Maynards Green end of the town I noticed. Dedicated collectors were filling their buckets with cash for the Friends of East Sussex Hospices, energetically led by chairman and former East Sussex High Sheriff Cathy Gore. Best wishes to husband Jack who is recovering from a serious operation. The whole operation takes a lot of organising so credit must be given to Mike Woodhouse and his team who seem to have it all sewn up year after year.

COURSE: A day long course (with lunch) at Heathfield Community Centre on Wednesday, October 17. The two morning sessions will demonstrate, with illustrations and examples, problems and solutions of treating textiles. The afternoon session is hands on. Bring your own items for advice from Jaqcueline Hyman, a leading conservator with a national reputation. The day long event is organised by Wealden Decorative and Fine Arts Society but it is open to everyone. If you would like to know more about it contact 01435 865260.

FLOWER CLUB AGM followed by a flower workshop on Thursday, October 11 at 7.30pm at the Heathfield Community Centre. Visitors welcome, £4. Ring 01435 864633 for details.

CROSS IN HAND WI: Roger McKenna gave a fascinating insight into the Life and Work of Sue Ryder. Having grown up on a farm in Yorkshire, Sue Ryder followed her mother’s example of caring for the sick and poor in the community. She became a nurse during the second world war where she learned of the difficult times being experienced by the Polish Jews in particular. As a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) she travelled extensively in Europe and is believed to have been one of the first women to visit Belsen at the end of the war. Her fund raising foundation started in 1953 with headquarters in Sudbury, Suffolk. Many volunteers came from Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Belgium following her work with the sick and disabled in those countries, whom she felt were being neglected by their own authorities. There are now 80 care homes worldwide, 14 of which are in the UK as well as the shops which have a combined total of £50 million turnover. A lot of the work depends on volunteers and following her death in 2000, the administration of the organization has been taken over by the trustees. They are most anxious to retain the old values and commitment to care of the sick as Sue Ryder had always intended. Twenty nine members and two visitors then enjoyed tea with birthday flowers being presented to Betty Dabson, Toni Mehra, Sue Tranter and Barbara Norris. The flower of the month competition was won by Barbara Edwards. The meeting at the village hall is at 2pm on September 26 when Steve Alton will talk on Plant Hunting in the South Atlantic. New members always welcome. Please phone 01435 862161 or go to

RHYME TIME: At Heathfield library on Monday from 10.30am to 11am. Sing rhymes and play instruments with your baby. It’s free.

QUIZ NIGHT in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Saturday, September 8 from 7.30pm at the Community Centre. Teams of six people, £6 per person to include a light supper. Bring your own drinks. Contact Audrey Milton on 01435 830504 or

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Lamberhurst village car park, GR 676214 at 9.30am for approximately a 10 mile walk in the valley of the River Teise. The walk is in the form of a figure of eight so people can leave after about five miles if they want to. Ring 01892 852153 for details.

ST DUNSTAN’S: The church is urgently looking for a new parish treasurer as well as an assistant who can deal with everyday cheques and local banking. If you are interested please have a quiet word with Father Nigel or the churchwardens as soon as possible to find out more. There are several people in the congregations who have not been confirmed and others who would like to join a refresher course. Once again, if you are interested, speak to Father Nigel who would like to begin a new course in September. Faculty permission from the Chancellor of the Diocese has been received for a new altar and resurrection sculpture in memory of Walter Podger. The PCC Advisory Panel is now working closely with the artists and the DAC to bring these new additions to the church to fruition over the next year. The church is extremely grateful to them for sharing their expertise and experience and helping us to add two important commissions to the rich artistic, spiritual and liturgical heritage of St Dunstan’s. The panel will continue to update everyone on the progress of these commissions and look forward to celebrating their consecration into St Dunstan’s with you. Children between 6 and 11years have contributed their ideas for an A4 poster for the Pet Blessing Service at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Sunday, September 16 at 3pm. The winner was announced at the Olympic Eucharist on August 5.

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: Organisers say the Broadstone Warren 75th anniversary camp for Scout and Cubs was a brilliant weekend, a little damp but lots of fun. The youngsters had the opportunity to try every activity, air rifles, archery, abseiling, climbing, coconut tree climb, crate stacking, cube course, the rack, swimming, zip wire, low ropes, aeroball, gladiator, grass sledging, pedal carts, pot holing, sumo, traverse wall, etc. To join the group now, note that Beavers (aged 6 to 8½ years) meet on Fridays 5pm to 6pm; Cubs (8½ to 10½ years) meet on Tuesdays 6pm to 7.30pm and Scouts meet on Thursdays 7pm to 9pm. Contact Gavin Ross on 07771 965517 or at if you would like your child to take part, it is for girls and boys or if you are interested in helping out.

BONFIRE: This year’s carnival will be held on Saturday, September 15. Everyone is busy making torches, titivating costumes and planning this year’s event. Road Closures are from 6.30pm until 11pm. This year the village will be shut to vehicles between these times with absolutely no admittance except for emergency vehicles. There will be a road closure on the by-pass this year as emergency vehicles need to be able to get into the village. Roads closed will also include Little Trodgers, Roundabout, Coggins Mill Lane, East Street, Newick Lane and Rotherfield Lane. So please make sure you are back in the village by 6.30pm or you will have a long walk. Organisers are following the strict guidelines set out by Sussex Police and they have to adhere to them or no Carnival. Vice chairman Jo Lee says people are also asked to have some respect for people manning the barriers. They are doing this job voluntarily. Vehicle registrations, she points out, will be taken from those who think the road closure does not apply to them. The police will be notified and could prosecute. As far as animal are concerned there will be a firework display in Court Meadow at about 10.15pm. Please move horses or other nervous pets out of hearing, especially in Fletching Street where it is understood the fireworks are very loud in the valley. The village’s amazing street market and table top sale takes place from noon until 4pm. To book a table call Jo on 01435 872717 or email Tables cost £10 in advance or £15 on day. Also, any donations for raffle prizes would be most welcome. The children’s fancy dress procession through the High Street takes place at 3.15pm with judging in the Memorial Hall at 3.30pm. Organisers would be extremely grateful if they could have some volunteers to help with torch marshalling and barrier manning in shifts throughout the evening. They would also like some help to run the fundraising bar and barbecue during the day and evening. They also need some collectors during the evening. The carnival is put on free of charge for the whole village to enjoy .They all work hard putting on quizzes and other fund raising events but costs. This year the carnival will cost over £5,500 and all the money collected in the evening goes to the chosen charities. A fundraising bingo night will be held in the Scout and Guide Hall tonight, Friday at 7.30pm. If you would like to make a donation towards the carnival and firework display they can be be given in at the Post Office. New society members and any suggestions are always welcome. Any help would be really appreciated.

BUSINESS FORUM: After some initial technical issues, the online connection worked well at the July meeting. It enabled members to look in detail at how to use LinkedIn to help everyone’s business. LinkedIn is a professional network with over nine million members in the UK so it can be a highly effective tool for promoting capabilities and for finding useful business contacts, as well as for looking for new jobs. A number of members were able to give specific examples of how it has helped. The discussion on LinkedIn was so lively that it lasted for the whole meeting, so they will have to cover other aspects of promotion at a later date. As usual, notes from the discussion are available to download from the Mayfield Business Forum website. On September 4 they will tackle the subject of innovation. Innovation is not just about radical new inventions, but also covers changes in the way we work and think including, changing how to change bad habits into good ones. So we will have plenty to discuss. As usual, anyone is welcome to join us. Information from Roger Stone on 01435 872764 or email


DON’T FORGET that the Newick Country Market is starting something new on the second Saturday in the month, from September 8. In the Community Centre from 9am till mid-day, they will have the same baked goods, vegetables,preserves, etc so pop along and enjoy a coffee and see what is available.

BOWLS: The bowls club have several matches to play in the next week commencing tomorrow, Saturday, when they play Burgess Hill away at 2pm. On Sunday they are at home to Deanland, on Tuesday away to Ringmer and Wednesday they play Newhaven at home. All games start at 2pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, will see the last league games for the Cricket Club, the 1ST X1 playing at home whilst the 2nd x1 are away to Hastings and St Leonards Priory, the third XI will travel to Seaford, the fourth XI will be playing at the Temple Grove against Buxted Park. All these matches will commence at 12.30pm.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon the Village Green will see lots of people attending the Newick Horticultural Show from 2pm, admission £1.50. You will see wonderful displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery, handicraft and children’s work. You can also enjoy some excellent refreshments in the marquee. The Family Dog Show is always very popular, ring 01825 724 445 for all enquires about this. You can enter your dog from 1pm on the Green for £1. Just pop along and you will certainly have a lovely afternoon.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift please telephone 01825 722582 in advance.

HORSE RIDERS: There will be a 10 mile pleasure ride on Sunday, organised for the St Peter and St James Hospice. If you are interested please telephone 01825 722607.

BADMINTON: The club commence the new season in September, the first club night starts on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. They are always looking for new members. If you are interested the contact numbers is 01273 890143 or 01825 723299. You will receive a warm welcome.

CHEESE AND WINE: On Saturday September 8 there is a Cheese and Wine Evening at the Barn Centre from 7pm till 9pm, tickets £10. This is a fund raising event for the Church Barn Centre. Tickets available on 01825 722512. All most welcome.

MURDERY MYSTERY: Also on September 8, Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are putting on a Murder Mystery Evening in the village hall. Doors open at 7.15pm, the fun will commence at 8pm. You can have a three course meal for your gastronomic enjoyment. Tickets cost £22.50 and the menu is tomato and pesto tartlets with salad garnish, then you have a choice of chicken supreme with leeks and watercress sauce, or Thai beef daube with seeded rice or butter quash and goats cheese lasagne followed by three delightful sweets, raspberries in chardonnay jelly, sticky toffee pudding, or chocolate marguise with orange salad. Plus tea or coffee. Please telephone 01825 722493 or 722359 to book your table and your choice of menu. Feel free to dress up in summer dresses and hats, blazers and panamas, with the odd vicar and Scout mater thrown in. Carriages at midnight. You are certainly in for a great evening, so give the NADS your support.

BOULES: On Sunday September 9 the twinning association will be holding a boules tournament at The Crown from 2pm. No need to book just roll up. This is very informal and a lot of fun.

ON SEPTEMBER 13 the afternoon club are visiting Cockhaise Organic Farm. More details next week. In the evening the horticultural society will be in the village hall at 8pm for a talk by Colin Jones about The Flowers That Bloom in Spring. Further details next week.


GRAFFITI KNITTING: The latest form of protesting is graffiti or Guerilla Knitting. It’s going on all over the world. No, I’m not stitching you up. Check out One Southern council actually spent the day going around, cutting knitted flowers, etc off lampposts. Then they apologised. So if you spot knitted lupins on lampposts, bears on benches, or rugs on roadsigns around Uckfield and you wonder whodunnknit, it might be me.

LADIES WHO LUNCH: St Peter and St James Hospice are having a Pleasure Ride on September 7. If you own a horse or have access to horses and are interested, please get in touch with Glenda Blackaller 01825 722607. Macmillan Nurses are having a fashion show on September 12, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. The entrance is £15 and there will be cheese, wine and a raffle. If interested please see Maureen. Macmillan will also be holding their usual coffee morning at Pizza Express on September 28. Please come along and support this very worthwhile charity. Maureen reminded us that we need to look for fun prizes for the Bran Tub at Christmas. Gifts to be wrapped and a long piece of string or ribbon attached. As our speaker had to cancel at the last minute due to bereavement, Maureen Biron stepped in. She gave us an illustrated talk on Uppark House. After an hilarious 15 minutes trying to get the screen and pictures together she gave us an interesting talk on the house. Although the name of the house is all one word, it is actually pronounced Up Park. This is because it is built on the highest point of the Downs with magnificent views all round. The nearest town is Petersfield. It was built in 1690 and is known as a Dutch house by its design. It was bought by Mathew Featherstone Haugh after his great uncle said he would make him his heir if he bought a house in the South of England and married. This he did and he and his wife had a son, Harry who travelled a great deal and brought back many works of art from the continent. Sir Harry was great friends with the Prince Regent, who often came to stay. When Sir Harry died, his widow’s sister came to live in the house and when they were elderly ladies, HG Wells’ mother was their housekeeper. The National Trust now owns the property and in 1989 there was a devastating fire. The whole of the top floor, the family’s apartment was destroyed. Seven fire brigades attended the blaze and managed to keep the rest of the house safe. The fire started during visiting hours and all the staff and many of the visitors carried out furniture and pictures thereby saving the bulk of the treasures. 800 black dustbins were used to store the rescued items until the house was restored to its original state by the National Trust. Maureen was thanked by Margaret Eaves.

THE BANDSTAND Marathon Communities in Tune. Free admission at Uckfield Bandstand in the Civic Centre Square, featuring Uckfield Singers with Fletching Singers, Uckfield Concert Brass, Theatre Guild, Debs Dancers, Jamie Parsons, Little Horsted School and Buxted Junior Choir, Lucy Williams,Carol Shirley and Glyn,TGK and with MC Barry Horsman. Presented by Fletching Singers with kind help from local business; Uckfield Rotary Club and Town Council. The Date is Sunday September 9m 1pm to 5pm. Visit for the bands appearing at this and over 500 more venues around the UK this will mark the end of the fantastic London 2012 Olympics. What a fabulous year. We will be collecting for Demelza Childrens Hospice Hailsham.


PETER NEWNHAM: After a long illness, Peter Newnham, chairman of the parish council and much-respected member of the community, died suddenly last week. Peter came from a local family long associated with Heathfield and Cross in Hand over more than a century. His funeral will take place on Monday September 10 at 2pm at All Saints’ Waldron.

CREAM TEA: Enjoy a lovely end-of-summer cream tea tomorrow, Saturday, in the beautiful garden at Cransford, Little London Road from 2pm to 5pm by kind permission of Arthur and Rosemary Kay. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds will go to Family Support Work.

COUNTRY MARKET: Summer hols are over, children heading back to school, new uniforms to buy, and how did their feet grow so fast since the end of last term? It’s that time again when we start thinking of autumn, but are still hoping for some warm sunshine before it all goes downhill. So come to the Country Market on Wednesday September 12 in the Lucas Hall from 10.15am, and buy some jars of instant sunshine. The Country Market cooks have been making their jams and preserves and they are absolutely gorgeous – bramble jelly, quince jelly, strawberry jam, the yumminess goes on and you haven’t even had to make it yourselves. Of course there are also all kinds of cakes and home-made produce, plants and veg, and cards and you can have a free tea or coffee while you shop.

WI MEETS: The same afternoon of September 12 will be the first meeting of Waldron WI after the summer break. Our speaker will be Dr Sheila Innes with More Tales from the BBC. Dr Innes amused us all hugely when she visited us earlier this year with her first batch of stories from her career with our national broadcaster. She’s a witty and interesting speaker and members will be looking forward to her second visit.

FLOWER CLUB: Waldron’s flower arrangers are invited to come along to the meeting of the Horam and Heathfield Flower Club on Thursday September 13 at 7.30pm. There will be a demonstration by Hazel McGregor whose theme will be Echo and there will be refreshments, a raffle and a sales table. Visitors are charged £4, and everyone is welcome. Ring 01435 864633.

WALK FOR WALDRON: Walkers are already signing up for the Walk for Waldron on Saturday September 29. 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 on Saturday September 29 to register and collect your map and directions, and please remember to wear sensible walking shoes, a waterproof and carry a mobile phone.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. At the service last week, it was announced that the benefice now officially includes Dallington Church as well as Warbleton and Bodle Street. We have been working with Dallington for some while now, but now the wheels of officialdom have stopped and we are one. A warm welcome to the congregation of St Giles. You are warmly invited to join our Parenting Course for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 to 10 years. No role we undertake is more important than parenting. Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family better. The series will run for five Mondays from September 24, 7.15pm for coffee and cake, 9.30pm at the Rectory. We may be able to help with babysitting. Please contact us if that would be of interest. Call Marc on 01435 830421 or St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles Dallington, 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with communion led by Ray Dadswell. 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

QUIZ NIGHT: The bonfire society are re-launching their monthly quizzes at a new venue. They will now be held at The Three Cups Inn at Punnetts Town. Our first quiz is this Sunday at 7.30pm and is £2 per person. Please ring The Three Cups on 01435 830252 to reserve a table. We will also be holding a raffle to raise funds for the bonfire society.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: It is the 20th Anniversary of the players this year, and as part of our celebrations we are holding a revue 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 be 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?

HEDGES: Driving up Rookery Lane last week I had a branch hit the front door pillar. At first, there seemed to be no damage, but returning to the van a few hours later, I found that the quarter light was broken. After the aggravation of sorting out the repair and shelling out £50 excess on my policy it was repaired. This illustrates the increasing problem of roadside hedges being neglected by landowners, who ignore their responsibility to keep vegetation clear of the highway. I wonder if they have considered the implications for them if they cause an accident? It is quite difficult driving down many of our lanes including Kingsley Hill. Others I have noted are Flitterbrook, Middle Lane, Colliers Green, Golding’s Lane, Padgham and Back Lane, in addition to the two mentioned above. The parish council have a reporting and advising role in the matter, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the county council to enforce the cutting back work.