Parish pump Uckfield - August 8, 2014

Bodle Street Green

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s 55th annual Flower Show is to be held tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm in the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Please see the Warbleton section for the programme of events for the Dallington flower festival this weekend.

BSGWI: The Institute does not normally meet in August, but members have been invited to a local garden. This will be on Tuesday at 2.30pm meeting in the village hall car park to share transport as parking is limited. Normal meetings resume on September 9 with a talk by Melanie Gibson-Brown entitled Wandering in Flanders Fields. For details of the group please contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

VILLAGE HALL: A boot and table sale is being organised for next Saturday, August 16. For details of stalls etc please contact Sue on 01323 832542.


VILLAGE SHOP: We are having a good summer, the ice cream is flying out of the freezer and the beer and wine are a welcome addition to the range on sale. I keep an emergency tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer for those crisis moments and am continuing my ongoing quality control testing of the cakes. No sacrifice is too great for the God of Shop. Those of you who listen to Fags, Mags and Bags on R4 will recognise that reference. We still need you to keep visiting so we can survive, as always use it or lose it.

1914: It has been very moving watching and listening to the various commemorative events for the anniversary of the Great War, both national and local. I am actually writing this in the dark save for one candle, as I observe the vigil and listen to the service on the radio. There have been two lovely vigil services, one at Chiddingly on Sunday and one at East Hoathly on Monday where we sang Jerusalem and I Vow to Thee my Country among others, and listened to readings both from the scriptures and the journals of ordinary people of the time and contemplated the dreadful suffering of the War. As I sat in the choir stalls at East Hoathly I was looking at the memorial tablet on the wall for a young soldier who died in India in the 1870s which describes his death not as a matter of sorrow or grief but of regret. Very poignant at this time.

HORSE SHOW: Well it’s almost here and I have got everything crossed that it is fine on the day, with enough rain beforehand to soften the ground a bit for the horses as hard going is so difficult if you are competing. I have a rider and a horse which was doubtful last week, and Toddy is having a haircut for the dog show. So do go along and have a great day out. The horse show is always able to put any surplus back into the village and so the community thrives.

AND FINALLY: There is a rumour going round apparently that I have already been turned down by the Olympic committee for various ridiculous reasons. I can assure all of you who support me that this is rubbish, the actual selection does not take place until early in 2016 and in the meantime I, like all other paradressage riders, go out and compete. Because my horse Sam is lame he is not competing this season, but I am still in training, still having lessons, and still have hope. I’m not quite sure why anyone would spread this sort of thing around but can unreservedly thank the Uckfield Lions for their support, which they are continuing to offer as I need it, and finally a big thank you to PC Lance Turk. I’ve already thanked Sussex Police for their support in previous columns and this continues. They really do look after the vulnerable in theirs and your community. So support them whenever you can, they do a great job.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the society are leading their monthly walk and will be starting from the car park at Tide Mills (A259, Newhaven-Seaford road). The walk will start at 2pm, but weather permitting, the suggestion is to meet at noon with a picnic and to explore the Tide Mills ruins of the mill, hamlet, hospital and WW1 seaplane station, before making our way towards Bishopstone and the surrounding Downland. You are likely to see an incredible variety of wild flowers and butterflies all at their best, and lots of interesting history too. For further details or if you would like a lift, please ring Jenny on 872830.

KING’S HEAD CANTER: Bank holiday Monday (August 25) sees the 17th King’s Head Canter take place. Entry is invited from both teams and individuals from East Hoathly, with teams consisting of three people. The race is 5km long and starts at 11am from the Six Bells in Chiddingly with the finish line outside the King’s Head. Entry forms can be obtained from the Village Stores or Stuart Mills (840653), also online at

ALLOTMENTS (Garden Plots): There are still some plots available on the new allotment site on London Road. Anyone interested in growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers should make an application via Anne Newton, the parish clerk at


CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. On Sunday August 3 there was a wonderful gathering of people of all ages at the Family Service when the start of WW1 100 years ago was commemorated with candles, poetry, reading, and music. Afterwards an Act of Remembrance was held at the War Memorial outside when the names of the fallen of WW1 were read out, while a single church bell tolled 100 times, and people laid sprigs of rosemary at the memorial as they dispersed. On Monday the choir will practice at 7.30pm in the church. New members are always very welcome. Sunday, Eighth Sunday after Trinity, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662). On Sunday August 17 Fletching Church Sunday Club will meet at 10am at the church. They will then have their club time at School House enjoying craft etc, before returning to the church for a blessing and to tell/show everyone what they have been doing.

100 YEARS AGO: From the Sussex Express dated Thursday 13 August 1914: Fletching’s Patriotism. In this village, as elsewhere the one topic of conversation is the European War. In the Parish Church next Sunday a collection will be made for the Prince of Wales’s Fund. Last Sunday the Vicar, the Rev E P Hood, gave an eloquent and instructive address. The rev gentleman said that, while he honoured all, who in their desire to follow the Prince of Peace, considered this War to be wrong, his personal opinion was that, owing to the tyranny of Germany, England’s Treaty Obligations left her no honourable alternative but to join in the struggle. At the same time no stone had been left unturned in the efforts of her statesmen to preserve the peace of Europe. He asked his congregation to pray for their enemies as well as for their friends. At evensong the Vicar made reference to the young men of the village now fighting for King and country. Two of these are in the Navy, the third son of Mr and Mrs Saunders is on the ‘Hindustan,’ and the second son of Mr and Mrs George Stevenson is on the King Edward VII. Both were former members of the choir. Mr and Mrs Saunders have another son in the Territorials. Much sympathy has been expressed for Mr Fenner, whose favourite horse has been commandeered. Kelly’s Directory for 1911 has Fenner Geo Farmer, Church Farm and Mr Robert Saunders, master; Mrs Saunders, mistress, Public Elementary School, built in 1873 and enlarged in 1886, for 230 children; average attendance 135. The 1911 census has Mr and Mrs Saunders living at St Mary’s, Fletching along with seven of their 13 children. One daughter is an assistant teacher and a son is a student teacher.

EVENTS AT SHEFFIELD PARK: Free events (normal admission charges apply). Tomorrow, Saturday, 11.30am Grannies v London New Zealand CC. Sunday, 10.30am Rolls Royce Enthusiast’s Club. August 17, noon Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Bring your picnic and favourite teddy along to the garden and join us for a teddy bears’ picnic. Activities will be laid on throughout the afternoon.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY are busy fundraising for their 160th Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday October 25. The next Bingo in the village hall is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

PAINTER’S CLUB in the village hall Wednesday 1pm.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: I collected 102mm (4 inches) in July, which is well above the 16-year average of 68mm. Much of this can be attributed to the thunderstorm on July 28 when over 40mm of rain fell in a couple of hours, making it the wettest day in the year so far. Total annual rainfall at the end of July was 694mm compared with only 353mm at the same point last year.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: The detailed schedule for the 7th Stage of the Tour of Britain from Camberley to Brighton on Saturday September 13 is now available on the Tour web site. It is estimated that the lead cars will pass the Bull on the Green, Newick, at 12.46pm and the competitors will follow at 1.01pm. Following a sprint and a feeding station the riders will turn off the A272 into Shortbridge Road at 1.04pm and enter Uckfield at 1.09pm. By 1.11pm they should be in the Framfield Road.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

VILLAGE DAY: Popped my head into the Cross-in-Hand village fete on Saturday. They were lucky with the weather, dark clouds soon sped away and the Hardy Roberts field was packed. I enjoyed the dog show (some very noisy competitors); Marco’s magic (I remember sitting in the front row at pantos and magic acts, Marco’s act made me grateful I don’t have to do it ever again, although he was very gentle with the children); a wonderful stall with hand-made wooden engines and tractors, terrific gifts for children or model-mad adults; jewellery; gifts, tombolas; excellent music; Friends of All Saints Church, Old Heathfield (FASCOH see entry in this column); Horam and Heathfield Flower Club (Mrs PP was delighted to win an arrangement); Heathfield Tennis Club out in force and the resuscitation team giving useful demonstrations. Let’s hope it raised a ton of money, well done all the organisers.

DIVERSIONS: We live in Sheepsetting Lane which has been carrying traffic diverted along Ghyll Road while the Hailsham Road resurfacing scheme has been progressing. Delighted to see that has now finished. But we note the next road on the Highways list is the A267, presumably traffic will once again be diverted. A plea then to anyone forced away from their usual commuter route, please take it slowly near the speed bumps and the school. I have nearly been squashed flat a couple of times (as flat as anyone could squash me) and the little park is often used by dog walkers, mums and babies. There is just not time to cross the street safely if traffic is coming westwards up the hill any faster than about 30mph.

FASCOH: Thursday topics this month. There will be A Family Focus on Llamas at The Space, All Saints’ Parish Church, Old Heathfield, on Thursday, August 21. The family friendly presentation will be by Janet Nuttall from Heathfield Vets and commences at 7.30pm. Cost per adult £5 or £10 for a family ticket can be purchased at the door. To find out more ring Colin Saunders, FASCOH chairman on 01435 863284.

CROSS-IN-HAND MILL: Sally Fadelle tells us she is now in the process of forming the official Friends of Cross-in-Hand Windmill. She writes: I must ask for your patience at this juncture as there are still a few details to sort out. I will email out again when I am able to call an official meeting which will be in the village of Cross-in-Hand. I would very much appreciate your response to the following questions: 1, Are you interested in sitting on the Friends of Cross-in-Hand Windmill committee? 2, If yes to the above question please state which of the following roles you would like and a brief (a couple of sentences will be fine), statement of why you think you would be the right person. Secretary, treasurer, legal adviser, fundraising co-coordinator. 3, Do you have any experience that would be useful to the group. I am not looking for professional millwrights, though if you are one I will be delighted of course, I am looking for enthusiastic people for a whole range of things from clearing around the mill to fundraising. 4, Also are you someone with time on their hands? 5, Would you be interested in regular work groups, (this is in the future, not at present), but I am just putting the feelers out. Please feel free to email me with any questions or information at

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP.) 11am Holy Communion. All are welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Church, Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service. All are welcome for coffee after this service.

HORAM POST OFFICE: This one sneaked under my radar, I didn’t know the move was afoot. We now hear that the Horam Post Office is moving next door, to 2 Bank Buildings, Horam (the food convenience store). We are told it will be open seven days a week; Monday to Saturday 6am to 5.30pm; Sunday 6am to 1pm. It will offer convenient, quick service, open plan till, bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money, postage, home shopping returns and Local Collect. The current Post Office will close on September 2 at 5.30pm and the new service launches the next day at 1pm. During the short period there is no service, people can use Heathfield Post Office next to Sainsbury’s. Horam Post Office will be provided at a combination counter in the store, where the Post Office terminal will sit alongside the till. Post Office services will be available during the store’s opening hours.

RECYCLING AND WEBSITE: Don’t tell me you secretly suspect that carefully sorted rubbish (blue box, green box, landfill box etc) is actually all dumped in a giant hopper and buried somewhere? Well, not so, Wealden District Council tells us. They have just produced a new video (you can see it on their website) showing how plastics, cans, tinfoil and glass are separated and processed at the materials reclamation facility ready for being reconstituted as paper, plastics, cans and glass as life for them starts all over again. The video shows how separation takes place at the Ideal recycling facility in Kent and was commissioned by the Joint Waste Partnership. The materials it recovers from separation are then used to make a wide range of paper, glass, metal and plastic products ranging from newspapers, fleece clothing and street signs. Many parts of a new car including the body, engine block, plastic fittings and seats now contain a proportion of recycled material. The video can be seen on the Understanding Your Recycling page on the Recycling and Waste section of the Wealden website. Sticking with the Wealden website, the council has just launched a new look site which, they say, takes account of the numbers of people accessing it using a smartphone or tablet. New features include a number of navigation aids to help customers find what they are looking for. These include an innovative on-screen help mode which, when activated, highlights areas of the page and provides a simultaneous explanation. There’s also a Page Help on the top right hand side of each page. Visitors to the website can also watch a short video showing what happens to their recycling after it has been collected from the kerbside. The website’s A to Z guide makes it easy to access all the public services provided across Wealden.

Isfield & Little Horsted

BUS CRASH: Passengers, including babies, fortunately escaped injury when a No 29 bus was involved in an accident in Isfield on Monday morning. The bus was completing a turn at the Lavender Line station, made necessary in recent weeks by road works in Horsted Lane and Lewes Road, when it was in collision with one of the old level crossing gates and an adjoining structure. Several of the bus windows were shattered, showering glass onto passengers. One passenger said: ‘It was very lucky that no one was hurt. I was showered by little bits of glass; some even got inside my shoes.’ Passengers were left stranded at the scene until a replacement vehicle was sent out from Brighton. The roadworks were due to be completed by the end of last week, but at the weekend Lewes Road remained closed. Andy Brooks, licensee of The Laughing Fish, was moved to write to district and county councillor Roy Galley to complain that the extended closure was affecting local trade. With no work being undertaken over the weekend but both roads expected to be open by Monday, it ‘belies common sense’ he wrote, that both roads should remain closed. As many local people noted, the patched-up Lewes Road seemed to be in a better condition than Horsted Lane, but it was the latter that was in use. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, things will have returned to normal.

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).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

LABYRINTH: I was intrigued to hear about the newly created labyrinth in the north eastern corner of the churchyard. Evidently it is in the running for the title Biggest Labyrinth in the UK and anyone who contests that has Father Nigel to deal with. It is beautiful and creates an impact in the landscape in the most effective possible way, it adds a dimension and provides a focal point in a section of the churchyard which most people would not usually visit. Apparently the earth borders to the wheelchair-width grassy paths will be planted with wild flowers, meaning every year the area will look slightly different and every season of the year. Congratulations to the people who have helped to create it.

BUS CHANGES: East Sussex County Council wants people’s views on changes to subsidised bus services. Proposals would save £1.79m of public money, they say, but still ensure that 91 percent of all current passengers on the East Sussex bus network are unaffected and more than 95 percent have access to a six day a week service Monday to Saturday. This affects bus service 224 from Wadhurst to Crowborough running Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are currently two return trips on each day which the council proposes to reduce to one return trip on a Monday and Wednesday. They want to hear the views of everyone in the community, including businesses and organisations as well as individuals. There is a consultation page for people to comment at environment/individualsbuschanges. The consultation closes on September 28.

MAYFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL: In July everyone in the school, armed with their new Welly Walk leaflet, explored the two mile route which started and ended at the school gate and used country footpaths. It took about one to one and a half hours to do. The walk enables the school to run outdoor education activities and explore the protected landscape, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Features include small, wildlife-rich fields; steep sided streams or ghylls and Banky Wood, an ancient woodland which was the location of an important iron furnace in Tudor times. Welly Walks are an initiative of the High Weald Partnership.

OPEN GARDENS: Gardens open on Sunday are Hooper’s Farm (Vale Road); The Middle House and The Oast (Fletching Street). Plants will be on sale at the Oast and teas served at Hooper’s Farm. Gardens are open from 2pm until 5pm. Admission is £5 (children free) to see all the gardens.

FIVE ASHES VILLAGE HALL: Work is now underway at the village hall. The project started in March this year, the new roof is complete and work is ongoing to bring the existing roof up to the same standard of insulation and covering. The inside layout can now start. Walls need to be built to provide access from one end of the building to another and drains laid. Timber has been fixed to the outside walls. Bookings are being taken for classes and clubs to begin in September. Go to

FIVE ASHES PRIMARY SCHOOL: Three for luck. Year six boys Sam, Jack and Ben took part in the annual Safety in Action competition run by Wealden District Council. The boys competed against teams from more than 50 other schools and came first in the Road Traffic Safety section of the competition. When the award was collected the school was told they’d never given a 100 per cent score in this section before. The school’s swimming team was awarded the Sporting Values trophy by Freedom Leisure at the annual Heathfield Area School Partnerships swimming gala held at Summerfields in Eastbourne. And Ellie-Mae Best won a bronze award in the Diocese of Chichester’s art competition for primary school children.

MAYFIELD EVENING WI: The next meeting is on Tuesday. The speaker is Ian Everest whose talk is The Women’s Land Army – a Sussex Connection. This is set to be a very interesting talk enjoyed both by older members who remember the war and younger ones who have no idea what the Land Army actually did. The group meets at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Summer Show winners. Perpetual Challenge Cup: Vegetables, Ken Audley; fruit, Graham Holland; sweet peas, Christine Vangils; roses, John Logan; floral art, Alison Packham; children’s flowers, Anna Browning. Hulbert-Powell Cup, vegetables, Tony Baylis; Sneyd-Kynnersley Cup, flowers, Ursula Mockford; Stuart Ogg Cup, dahlias, Bridget Blow; John Hancock Millennium Cup, roses, John Logan; Margaret Walsh-Atkins Bowl, roses, John Logan; Newington Cup, hanging basket/patio container, Sandra Heart; Monteith Cup, floral art, Bridge Blow; Godber Cup, domestic, Carol Audsley; Allchin Cup, craft, Ken Audsley; Egerton Cup, photography, Bridget Blow; George Day Memorial Bowl, posy of flowers/children 6/6, Guy Hemming; William Wickens Cup, children’s wild flowers/grasses, Tilly Chapman; Bert Curd Shield for Mayfield Children, Alfie Akers. Potato Competition for Children: Quantity, Jenny King; quality, Katie King. Garden vouchers: Tray, first, Ken Audsley; second, Jill Pring; third, Andrew Radcliffe. Basket: First, Jill Pring; second, Ken Audsley; third, Helen French. Garden Basket: First, Eddie Du-Cann.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will visit the following areas. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am. Locally grown vegetables, home baked cakes and savoury items plus fresh eggs, cheese and charcuterie, flowers and plants, cards and knitted items, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing the Isle of Thorns tomorrow, Saturday, at home. On Sunday the invitation triples will take place at home. Both of these games should commence at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there are two matches at 6pm. The home game will be against John Spriggs Felbridge, the away game will be against Mid Sussex West Hoathly. On Wednesday afternoon Newick will make a short journey to Haywards Heath at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will travel to Heathfield Park, the second XI are playing at home against Hailsham, the third XI will be playing at the Temple Grove ground against Glynde and Beddingham, and the fourth XI will travel to Bells Yew Green. All of these league games are at 1.30pm. On Sunday the home fixture will be against WG Gracefully at 2pm. There will also be another mid week game on Thursday at home against Mid-Sussex Cricket Club at 2pm. A date for your diary regarding a great cricket match on Sunday August 24: The All Star Lashings Cricketers will be playing on the King George V playing field against Newick at 2pm. For further details contact Mark Budd on 07841 745091.

ROAD RACE: On Sunday August 24 the Newick Will Page 10k Road Race will take place. If you can run 10k in under 75 minutes why not come to Newick. You can download the entry form at, this is a Sussex Grand Prix Racing Event, on the scenic roads south of Newick. The race starts at 11am.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. Their speaker is Mandy Watson, former headteacher of an international school in Botswana, and now Lead Primary Advisor in Greenwich. How times have changed, or have they. Adventures in learning at home and abroad. This sounds like a most interesting meeting. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Morning Service Holy Communion. Lifts are available if booked in advance telephone 722582.

HOPE you are all making the most of this beautiful summer weather. As I write the sunshine and clear blue sky looks great, but we do need some rain, the gardens are beginning to look parched in places.


AUGUST: I’m trying not to go away anywhere for a while as I’m enjoying being at home and in the garden. I might not be politically correct, but I do wish Global Warming would make our climate more reliable. Everyone’s so much happier when it’s hot and sunny.

BUS SERVICES: Uckfield bus services may be cut. East Sussex County Council has recently launched a survey regarding the proposed changes to the subsidised bus services as a means of saving £1.79m. Paul Sparks, Chairman of Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association, is very concerned some of these changes will have a severe impact on the quality of life for many of its residents. Paul explained: ‘Bus services are often used by the young and by people who for whatever reason do not have a car. Most of these people do not have an alternative means of transport and could become trapped and isolated if the services they rely on are removed or reduced. Although at this stage few services are being withdrawn, many might operate for only two days per week, such as the Uckfield Local Service 248 and 249 which currently runs Mon - Fri for two return journeys. It is being proposed to reduce this service to two days per week with one return journey. The danger is that if the frequency of a bus service is reduced, less people will find it convenient so that fewer people use it with the result that it is eventually withdrawn.’ Paul is urging everyone to take part in this survey so the County Council fully understands the strength of feeling our bus services must be protected. Uckfield services that may be reduced include route numbers: 28, 29, 246, 248, 249, 261, 318, 824 and the Uckfield Rider. The survey is open until 28th September and can be completed online at: or the Residents’ Association have offered to obtain paper copies for its members which, once completed, can be handed in at the Uckfield Library.

MANOR PARK and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association. There has been a lot of news coverage in the local media recently about the Wealden Bus Alliance’s plans for a surgery transport scheme. Unfortunately this coverage has not always referred to our existing surgery car service and this may have led the residents of Manor Park and Hempstead Fields to think that our local scheme is no longer operating. In fact we are still very much up and running.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Giles Church, Dallington, is holding a flower festival this weekend with the Pause For Thought to help us think how lucky we are living in our country. The church is open all three days (today, Friday, to Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be served and there will be stalls. This evening a bring your own picnic will be held at 6.30pm in the churchyard, or if wet or cold in the church. This is followed at 7.30pm with a performance by the Weald Singers, a group of Guiders who sing all over the county for charity. Coffee will be served in the interval. No tickets required but there will be a retiring collection. Saturday, Our Village Boys, those who served 100 years ago, an evening compiled by Roy Iremonger who is a fund of knowledge, with help from some villagers. Wine will be served after the performance. Free entry with retiring collection. Sunday, 6.30pm Songs of Praise style service to bring the festival to a close.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Songs of Praise, see above. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service with Ken Davies.

SHOW RESULTS: In response to my piece on the flower show last week, I have heard from Rosemary Wootton-Whitling, who said ‘this year we had 135 entrants and 786 entries, an excellent response’. She sent me the list of trophy winners. Neil Post has some polishing to do as he won the Herbert Cup and Banksian Medal (both for highest number points fruit and veg) and The Kelly Cup (best exhibit (same section). The Norman Buss Cup (longest runner bean) was awarded to Ken and Pam Knight. Lin Collins won the Oliver Batten Challenge Cup (highest number of points in the show), the Dunn Challenge Cup (highest number of points in floral art) and the Dowden Cup (highest number of points in flowers and plants), more polish needed. In the Juniors’ section Milly Henderson and Joe Mountford shared the Barnes Challenge Cup (highest number of points). Joe also gained the Austin Cup for the most exhibits in the section. Milly and Bella Henderson won the Joan Oliver Memorial Cup for the best kept dog. Julia Parker gained the Bower Cup (highest number of points in the craft section). In the Eggs section the Sweetman cup (best exhibit) was won by Paul King, and the Chairman’s Cup (highest number of points) was shared by Johanne Barnes and J Sharp. In Cookery and Preserves the Clapper Cup (highest number of points) went to Sharon Coleman. There are three Dian Mills Inspired Chef/Cook awards. The chef one was won by Douglas Elvidge, Young Cook (11 years and under) Joshua Reed and 16 years and under by Katie Mountford. Flowers and Plants: The Percy Buss Cup (best exhibit) went to Lynda Knight. The Knibb Trophy for Best Bloom (classes 94 to 114) was won by Anne McKenzie. The Honor Southam Memorial Cup (best rose) was awarded to Ann Brown. Brian Wotton-Whitling won the Muriel Lucas Memorial Trophy (best hydrangea) and the Silver Rose Bowl was gained by Julia Padbury. The Poultry Cup was won by Emily Evans.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Warbleton Parish Church is holding a children’s holiday club on Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am at the Church and the Church Rooms. It is for primary and pre-school children. Under fives to be accompanied by an adult. The cost is £1 per child. For more details contact Shirley on 01435 830280 or