Parish Pump Uckfield - August 9, 2013


SUMMER LUNCH: We chose the hottest day of the year so far, 94 degrees, to have our Annual Summer Lunch! But as we gathered in the beautifully cool and airy dining room at Barnsgate Vineyard overlooking acres of ripening grapes and a wonderful view stretching towards the South Downs - we all realised that we were in for a real treat! It was a special celebration for the WI as it was 95years ago that it was formed and we were honoured to receive a message from the Queen congratulating us. A large Cake made by Ann Tricker and beautifully iced and decorated by Sue Ashton in the ‘Votes for Women colours’ Green (Give) White (Women) and Violet (Votes) was cut by Betty Weaver who has been a member for 45 years. We also received a Certificate from East Sussex Federation of the WI. Ann Tricker had listed the special events that had happened over the years since the Buxted group began, bringing back happy memories to many members. A group photograph was taken to put into the archives. Very special congratulations were given to Evelyn Smith on the publication of the Cooking Recipe Book that she has painstakingly put together collating many lovely recipes including starters, main courses and desserts, this ‘labour of love’ has taken a lot of time but has resulted in a simply wonderful little book that will sell like ‘hot cakes’ at only £3. The beautiful hand made birthday cards from Kath Warner were handed out to the ladies celebrating a birthday in August, Daphne Razzell, Anita Joblin, myself and one will be sent on to our former President Helen Wratten who retired to live in Devon last year. Kath Warner is celebrating 20 years at the Buxted WI and she was presented with a card and flowers. After a truly delicious lunch which everyone enjoyed we all showed our appreciation to the staff at Barnsgate with a united vote of thanks. They did us the honour of judging the ‘Ladies Hat Competition’ ( not an enviable task as they were all stunning!) but the winner was Jackie Fowler with Helen Moran coming second and Sue Ashton in third place. Our next meeting will be at Buxted Reading Room on Thursday September 5 when our guest speaker will be Mr John Proctor entitled ‘Trecking in Nepal with the Sherpas’. The competition will be A Holiday Souvenir. A personal huge ‘thank you’ to all the members who donated cakes/scones and strawberry jam in response to my appeal in aid of Cancer and Leukaemia research for my daughter Polly Kettley, who is one of the 10 artists opening their studio doors for the Lewes ‘Artwave’ this year at Upper Lodge, The Broyle, Ringmer BN8 5AP on the B2192 two miles east of Ringmer towards Halland just after Raystede Animal Centre on Sunday 25th August/Mon.26th/Sat.31st and Sun.1st Sept. When Polly will be exhibiting her beautiful Lampshades.


CHURCH TIMES: Sunday 11 August Trinity 10 - 8am Holy communion – East Hoathly; 10am Parish communion – Chiddingly; 10am Matins - East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: August is proving a busy month for the society with three excursions planned.

Saturday August 10, there will be a visit to Newhaven Fort. Meeting at the entrance from 10.30 for guided tour at 11am. After lunch we can please ourselves and either explore the fort further, or we can go on to the Tide Mills nature reserve, subject of a recent fascinating talk. Entrance, including tour, is just £4.

FOOTPATH WALK: Sunday August 11, monthly footpath walk. We will be starting from The King’s Head at North Chailey (mini roundabout on A272) at 2pm and should be back at about 4-4.30. Dogs on leads please.

Friday August 16, guided tour of Crouch’s Farm, East Hoathly. Ann and Jeremy Courtney have invited the society for an early evening visit to see round the farm, including newly born calves. We will be meeting at the farm at 6pm for the tour followed by tea and coffee, and finishing with a visit to the pub. Everyone is very welcome - members, prospective members and friends. Please let Chris or Jenny know if you plan to go to any or all of the events - 872830 or  

VILLAGE HALL: The village hall committee are pleased to report that the refurbishment work is going well and is on schedule to be completed in time for the planned re-opening in early September. We are hoping that, when all is completed, we will be able to apply to the licensing authority for an increase in the permitted numbers we can accommodate – an expanded facility for a growing community. It is the hall’s main function to serve as many of the community as we are able and one thing we are particularly pleased about is the provision of a properly designed toilet facility for the disabled and infirm that will also contain a complete baby changing area. We have had to sacrifice part of the Belmont Room to manage this but we hope that it will not inconvenience too many.

THOMAS TURNER: Tuesday 10 August 1756 “. . . I yesterday and today endeavoured to borrow some bottles of Mr Atkins and Mrs Fuller, as also Mr Porter, but they could not lend me any though I have lent them some several times. Oh, ingratitude, thou blackest of fiends!”


RUBBISH: A lot has been written about the daft state of affairs concerning rubbish collections in Wealden. As I understand it, to save money, Rother, Wealden and Eastbourne councils got together to create the Joint Waste Committee which would survey the job to be done across the District, put the job out to tender and appoint a contractor. Some existing waste collectors were to retain their jobs but work on the new contract, awarded finally to Kier. As I write this (Saturday, August 3) there are three sparkling new waste lorries circling Heathfield like predatory sharks, but it appears not very much is being picked up. Clearly the teams are being paid overtime to work at a weekend. My smart, new ‘green’ bin has been sitting forlornly outside the gate since mid week. Some neighbours who applied for the new, large ‘green’ bins did not receive them and were told by Wealden they had ‘not applied in time’. They cannot all be wrong. And over in Waldron residents tell me they have all three denominations of rubbish still waiting to be collected, with all the public health implications that implies. They believe the new collectors do not understand their routes. I would imagine Kier is paying heavily – possibly negating current profits – to bring the collection routine up to speed. It has been impossible to contact Wealden (engaged lines) and updated web information is not accurate. Wealden says the service will be improved once teething problems have been ironed out. We all hope so.

RAMBLERS: Sunday, August 11. Picnic with Ray and Ruth at 12.30pm. Please take a salad or sweet and, if possible, a chair and table. There will be a small charge on the day. Please let them know beforehand if ou are coming: 01892 852153.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, August 1 - 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday August 13 - 1.30 - 3-30pm - St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, August 14 - 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, August 17 - 9am Parish Prayers in Church.

TWO FOR ONE offer at local attraction.Bus operator Stagecoach has teamed up with several destinations to offer discounts and two for one entry at local attractions and venues if people travel there by bus. Stagecoach’s new Big Bus Guide shows all the East Sussex and Kent attractions that offer discounts to Stagecoach customers and which buses to catch. As well as discount deals at local attractions, the bus company has also lowered the cost of travelling during the summer by reducing the price of its Hastings family dayrider ticket to £5.50 and by offering 10p child tickets for further reaching travel around Sussex and Kent. Details of participating local attractions and 2 for 1 vouchers can be downloaded at:

SHEEP SHEARING: We don’t often get stories like this! On Sunday 21 July sheep shearers flocked to take part in a new shearing competition, Southern Shears UK set up by a small group of farmers, shearers and enthusiasts keen to promote the skill of sheep shearing and encourage new entrants to the profession. Sponsors include the National Farmers’ Union and the National Sheep Association. The competition took place at Holmbush Farm, West Sussex. Ed Gingell, 28, from Heathfield saw off all the competition to win the hard fought open final of the competition. Together with Malcolm Sweeney, 31, also from Heathfield and Cam Nicks, 22, from New Zealand sheared 20 sheep each in sizzling temperatures. Ed finished in less than 17 minutes.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Award-winning Heathfield photographer is sponsoring a category of The Child of Sussex Awards. Sarah Tate has agreed to fund the prizes for the ‘Achiever Award’ which celebrates the achievements of a special child. The winner will receive a trophy as well as a family portrait session at Sarah’s studio in Heathfield and a framed photograph. Sarah said: “I really wanted to give something back to the community and the Child of Sussex Awards fit perfectly with my work – which involves photographing lots of children. I’m really pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile initiative.” People can nominate a child by going to Their success doesn’t need to be academic and could be wide and varied. Nominations must be made by 31 August 2013.

PR COMPANY: The work of a Heathfield public relations agency has been shortlisted in the 2013 CIPR PRide Awards. Blueberry Public Relations has been nominated in the Low Budget Campaign category for its work with Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm. The work included running a Christmas tree poetry competition for children, achieving coverage in the local press, updating social media feeds and an e-mail marketing campaign. Blueberry has been working with owner Clive Collins and his team for the past four years and has helped increase sales year-on-year.

Blueberry PR Managing Director Suzi Christie said: “We absolutely love working with Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm. Each year we’ve managed to come up with a different campaign, but Christmas 2012 was particularly effective and incorporated e-mail marketing for the first time. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted in this year’s awards.”

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Chamber AGM took place on Wednesday 24th July at Goldsmith and Allcorn in Heathfield. Trevor Goldsmith and the committee all agreed to continue in their roles. Claire Packham from Team 4 Solutions was thanked for her work as Treasurer over the past few years. Arty Van Reevan from Artemis Bookkeeping was thanked for taking over the role. The year 2012-13 has been another busy year for the Chamber. Breakfast Meetings organised by Jennifer Bowdon have been actively supported and eight events took place during the year in a variety of venues around Heathfield. Social events organised by Clyde Young have also been a success. The next meeting in early August is a trip to a local vineyard and the next Supper Club takes place in November - to include a topical speaker. The Membership group have been working hard to contact new members and follow up leads from events such as a stand at le Marche. The Marketing Group has worked hard to enhance the profile of the Chamber. Work has been completed on the new format Heathfield First publication which will be full colour and A5 in size, starting with the next edition to be distributed in November. The new format will include Business news at the front and Community News at the back of the publication. Regular articles will also appear on the same page each edition and therefore advertisers will be able to take an advert on a relevant page for their business ie children’s toys on a page with an article about playschools. During the meeting the new Chamber website (same web address but totally new format) was launched by Barbara Hibbart. The Marketing Team have designed the website which was then constructed by Graeme Hird. It is a bright and welcoming website which is colourful and easy to use. It shows pictures of Heathfield at its best - a busy town with lots going on, and includes elements such as Chamber News and Events, Membership details with an easy to use search facility and a new on-line booking facility for membership renewals and events. The website will continue to be developed over the next few months. However they would welcome feedback from users - please contact E : The Chamber Charity of the year was Chestnut Tree Trust and over £2,000 was raised for this great cause during the year. Over £1,000 was contributed from Expo in October 2012. The Christmas Fun Day, despite the bad weather, also raised over £600. The Charity of the Year for 2013-14 was announced to be Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Plans are already being put in place to raise funds during the year. Looking forward to the current year (2013-14), an exciting programme of Breakfasts and Social Events continue. It was also confirmed that Wealden Expo - Heathfield Business Exhibition will run again in October 2014. Rupert Simmons gave an update about High Speed Broadband which should arrive by 2015. Trevor Goldsmith thanked everyone for attending before the meeting closed.


FLOWER SHOW: The annual Horam Flower show is to be held in Horam Village Hall at the Constance Scott recreation ground on bank holiday Monday August 26 at 2.15pm. Competition sections include flower, vegetable, decorative, children’s, handicraft, art, domestic, drinks and photograhic. Entry forms are available from the Horam Post Office and must be returned by Thursday, August 22.


ASHDOWN FOREST: August 9, 15 and 16, there will be fun activities led by Forest teachers Lisa and Rachel for children aged 6 to 11 years. The children will take part in creative and practical activities. There will be games, stories, survival skills with discovery and learning about Ashdown Forest. Each day will run from 10am until 3.30pm at the Ashdown Forest Centre at Wych Cross. Your child will need to bring a packed lunch, drink and a healthy snack. They will provide drinking water and biscuits for an afternoon snack. They will need a change of clothes and/or waterproof coat/trousers in a bag, sun cream and sun hat, according to the weather. Children need to wear layers, long trousers and suitable footwear. Places cost £20 per child and there will be a maximum of 15 children per day. To book a space call 01342 823583 or e-mail (Lisa and Rachel are fully insured CRB checked and First Aid trained). The Ashdown Forest Centre also cordially invites you to their first ever Summer Holiday Pop-Up Café at The Ashdown Forest Centre. They will be serving tea, coffee and cake and all proceeds go to Ashdown Forest. Tea/coffee and a slice of cake £2.50. Tea/coffee £1, slice of cake £2. Luxury biscuit 50p. Juice / water £1. Teas will be served 12-4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday in August in the lovely wooded garden!

MAYFIELD PRE SCHOOL: The pre-school tells us the summer term has drawn to a close culminating in a fantastic concert and sports day event on July 19. Another term end highlight was the parent-led Forest School, where the children learnt more about nature through a fun morning of collecting, making and singing in the woods in Court Meadow. The older children have now left to start primary school, the majority of whom will be going to Mayfield Primary School. The staff and committee wish all the leavers every success for the future. They also look forward to welcoming the new children and parents in September. There will be a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to attend the Pre-school AGM taking place on October 2 at 7.30pm in the Scout and Guide Hall. Pre-school parents, grandparents and members of the community will have the chance to meet each other, as well as to learn more about the pre-school and the work of the committee. Thanks are given to everyone who has supported them over the past year, and they look forward to seeing you at future events.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: There will be a Songs of Praise taking place in St Dunstan’s Churchyard at 6pm on Sunday, September 15. All are welcome.

150 ANNIVERSARY: Talk in the school’s Medieaval Hall One of the great architectural treasures of Mayfield is the Great Hall, now the Chapel in St Leonards-Mayfield School. Pevsner described it as “one of the most spectacular medieval halls in England.” Local historian Tim Cornish will be giving an illustrated presentation on his new research into its history including, for the first time, a comprehensive argument for its dating. The talk takes place in the Chapel itself (originally built for sleeping and eating in) on Saturday, September 14 at 8pm. Admission is free. Sunday, September 15 is the Heritage Open Day when the Chapel, Cloister, Courtyard and Concert Hall will all be accessible to the public with students offering guided tours. There will also be an exhibition of historic documents and photographs relating to the events of 1863 – the founding year of the school.

MAYFIELD FILM SOCIETY NEW SEASON: Film on Friday’s programme leaflets are available from now detailing seven of the nine films they will be screening in an attempt to bring the best of World Cinema to the village. They begin on September 6 with “Intouchables”, a huge hit in France, which is an irreverent take on disability. On October 11 is the documentary “Beware of Mr Baker” about Ginger Baker, which they hope will appeal to more than our few ageing rock fans. On November 1 they show the re-issued 1976 Spanish classic “Cria Cuervos”, with the delightful child actress Ana Torrent. On December 6 they have the Canadian documentary “Stories We Tell” a very moving account of director Sarah Polley’s family. Next year’s films include modern American Shakespeare and a hypnotic Austrian fable, whilst the Saturday meal in March features a Jean Renoir double bill from the 1930s of “La Grande Illusion” and “Partie de Campagne”, described by one critic as “two unflawed successes”. Films are screened in the Memorial Hall with licensed bar provided by Wealden Wholefoods. Membership, which is open to all, remains at the same good value. Full details are available on the website or phone Tim Cornish on 01435 872165. Leaflets will be available at Handley’s in the High Street and in other outlets. Note that the original date of April 25 2014 has been changed to April 4.


TAL: The Mayfield supporters of Crowborough Hospital are going to have a fundraising tea party at “West Royd”, Old Lane, by kind invitation of Cdr. & Mrs. Hales. For £6 you will be treated to what used to be called a “slap-up tea” of sandwiches, cake and scones. There will also be a raffle. The date is Sunday, August 18 from 3pm and tickets are obtainable from Rosina’s in the village. For more details and offers of help please contact Jill Bromley-Fox (01435 872561) or John Logan (01435 883371).

ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY SUMMER FAYRE: Organisers thank everyone who came to support the St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fayre on July 6. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves on such a lovely day. As a result of the generosity of all who attended, the Fayre raised a total of just over £2,800 – a third of which will be shared equally between Mayfield Pre-School and Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

RNLI: The Mayfield and Five Ashes Branch of the R.N.L.I. would like to thank everyone who gave so generously during the recent house-to-house and High Street collections. You really dug deep, enabling us to collect the magnificent total of £1,170 - a substantial increase on previous years. Thanks also to our team of collectors who put in the hours to make this total possible.


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


MARKET: Just to remind you about Newick Country Market open in the village hall from 10am to 11am on Friday mornings.

HOGARTY ROAST: The bonfire society are holding their Hogarty Roast tomorrow, Saturday, from 7pm till midnight. Tickets £15 from Bob the Butcher or the Royal Oak. Fingers crossed for a lovely summer evening. On Sunday the Terrier Racing will take place in the same venue, this commences at 2pm in the field just past the Green and is well sign posted.

BOWLS FIXTURES this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick are playing Isle of Thorns at home, 2.30pm; on Sunday Invitation Triples, home fixture; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Burgess Hill away 6pm; Tuesday, John Spriggs Felbridge at home, 6pm start; Wednesday, Haywards Heath at home, 2.30pm start.

CRICKET: On Sunday the match will be against W G Gracefully, starting at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are Holy Communion 8am followed at 10.30am with Holy Communion (cw).

HOPE you are all enjoying the lovely summer weather. Trust you all have great holidays.


SUMMER: It’s a lovely hot August and people are amazed. But when I was a child, the summer was always hot. It’s not false memories. I used to play out with my friends every day. We didn’t have daytime TV or computers, of course. And parents were to be avoided in case they asked us to do something, like tidying rooms. Sometimes all the family and relatives made arrangements to go to the beach for the day, usually to Newhaven. They never had to cancel the arrangements because it never rained, and there was nowhere to shelter if it had done. I remember a man in a local chip shop saying that they always went on holiday for the first two weeks in August as it was always good weather.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next monthly meeting will be held on Monday 12th August 2013 at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre. David Pryce - Church Coombe followed by ‘Flora Fauna’ - Sheila Howes. All welcome. Non members £3.

SUMMER SHOW: will be on Saturday 17th August at 1.30pm, prize giving at 4pm, in The Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. For a show schedule, please call 762934. There are classes for Flowers, Vegetables, Flower Arranging, Photography, Cookery, Handicrafts and a Children’s Section. You don’t have to be an expert, so many people visit and say, my roses/carrots/photographs/cakes are as good, if not better, so come and join us. You will get all the help you need, if you are new to exhibiting. Free entry to visit the show.

ART GROUP: Summer exhibition results - members of Uckfield Art Group enjoyed another successful exhibition recently. Over 200 visitors passed through the doors of the Luxford Centre to enjoy the paintings, drawings and unusual greeting cards. The delicious home made cakes and cups of tea/coffee were devoured with gusto! The Picture Raffle was won by Mr Sean Emmerson and the painting was “Happy Birthday!” by Janet Orpwood. The artists with the most votes were Julian Foreman (Monarchs of the Sea) and Sheila Hay (Coal Tit). They will share the Tom Broad Trophy until the voting takes place again! The children who made the amazing Salt Dough creations are invited to bring the decorated finished article in to be admired at the November exhibition!

CHARITY: Thank you to the visitors who donated to British Heart Foundation in memory of the late Tom Broad - approximately £40 was raised. Lots of washed plastic milk bottle tops were also collected to raise funds for Prostrate Cancer. Visitors are warmly invited to the next exhibition on Saturday 16th November at the Luxford Centre - the artists are busy working on their next batch of pictures.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: The Uckfield singers and the French choir (named Au Cours de l’lton) are looking forward to putting on a concert in the Holy Cross Church 5th October 6.30pm. The concert will not be ticketed but there will be a retiring collection for Holy Cross. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information and pictures go to There will be another concert with the Brass Band on December 15th.


RURAL RUBBISH? You may well think I’m getting old and scratchy, but hear me for just a brief moment. I do resent the plethora of road signs which blight our small communities and wonder if we could manage our lives with a few less. As an example, the road called Mayfield Flat has a variable speed limit, sometimes 40mph and sometimes 50. In one particular spot, the 50mph sign is superseded by the 40 sign within yards of each other. Why is there a need for two so close together? Then in Waldron, we have no less than six speed limit signs just in the centre of the village. The first 30mph sign is coming up Rocks Lane, just below the church, then there is a repeater 30 sign on the bank close to the lych gate. A further reminder appears in The Street just near the telephone box. There’s another one by the Lucas Hall, another by the stile onto the recreation ground and then the final delimit sign as you leave the village. These are all within a distance of about 600 yards. Why doesn’t our county council put the speed limit sign at each end of the village (as in France) and leave it at that? I understand the Government is currently encouraging the removal of unnecessary signs and some councils have been embracing the new policy. East Sussex – can we see some action?

CLASSIC JAZZ Denis Primett and Peter Mabey are a saxophone and guitar duo playing classic jazz. They’ll be at the Star in the village on Sunday 11 August from 12.30pm. Sounds like an ideal summer Sunday entertainment.

150th ANNIVERSARY: In the middle of the 19 century our Victorian ancestors decided that the church at Waldron needed enlarging and reordering due to the increase in the congregation. The work was going to take some time with an extra aisle being added, and the old pews and choir loft being removed. What was to be done about holding services? The solution was to put up a building at Cross in Hand, a chapel-of-ease, or daughter church to All Saints’ called St Bartholomew’s. One hundred and fifty years later that building is still there, regularly used and much-loved by its congregation. Its birthday will be celebrated on Sunday 25 August with a special Service of Praise at 10.30am, the only service that day in the parish. Everyone is warmly invited and there will be refreshments after the service.

HISTORY WEEKEND Arrangements for our History Weekend (20 - 22 September) are coming on well and two brilliant speakers are booked to talk to us. On Friday 20 Jeremy Hodgkinson will speak on “The Wealden Iron Industry and Waldron” and on Saturday 21 Steve Roberts will be talking about Waldron and the First World War. Steve is an expert historian specialising in the subject and I expect there to be a big demand for tickets. They will go on sale on 25 August at The Stores. More information next week.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday 10 August our village cricket team will be playing a league fixture against Stanmer here at home starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly against the Mayfield away, starting at 2pm.

PANTO: Thanks to all those who have already whispered in my ear that they’d like to be part of our village panto, The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron. If you fancy joining in the fun, ring me on 01435 812036. Auditions in September, rehearsals through the autumn and performances in late January 2014.

SERVICES Last Sunday’s Lammas service was held in the Barn at Heronsdale and for the Communion bread a loaf made from the first fruits of the harvest was shared among the large congregation. As we sang “For the beauty of the earth” the sun was sparkling on the trees and the lambs could be heard in the field behind the barn. It felt right. This week, 11 August, the eleventh Sunday in Trinity, there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at 11.15 at All Saints’.


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 Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am & 6.30pm services. The speaker at both will be Hylton Bellinger a London City Missionary working from the Café Forever in the Isle of Dogs.

HOLIDAY CLUB: Warbleton Parish Church are organising a holiday club for children of primary school age on Tuesday from 10.15am to noon, at the Dunn Village hall. Parents are welcome to stay, and will need to do so if the children are under school age. There will be craft, games, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free. Further details from Shirley on 01435 830280.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and Company is an opportunity for a natter over a cuppa each Thursday from 10am to 12 noon. Surplus funds from the sale of coffee are given to charities. Every so often, a special event for a particular cause is held. This Thursday it is for Talking Newspapers. There will be a raffle, bring and buy and cakes.

CORRECTION: I was working from memory when I wrote about Julia Padbury and Chris Miscambell’s open gardens in the flower show report last week. The sum raised for Eastbourne Hospitals was in fact £1,625 not as reported. A magnificent sum.

FLOWER SHOW: I was talking with Robin and Mary Groves and they tell me that there were a number of items of lost property at the end of the day, including a couple of umbrellas. I gather they were going to ask the shop to house them until claimed.

ARMED RESPONSE: I gather that a van driver mistook the controls of an electric buggy for a machine gun in the village, and phoned the police. Within a very short space of time, there was an armed response vehicle on the scene, leaving a very shaken rider. I wonder if the response to burglaries etc will be as fast?