PANTOMIME: Dick Whittington is being performed by Shooting Stars Entertainment at Barcombe Village Hall on Saturday, December 20, one performance only, starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and the show lasts for an hour and a half. Tickets are available from Barcombe Stores.
Bodle Street Green
CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 5pm Village Carol Concert at Stream Farm.
FILM CLUB: Jersey Boys is the upbeat film story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and is full of their songs. Doors open next Friday December 19 at 7pm for 7.45pm start, with mulled wine and festive nibbles being served. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.
FESTIVE EVENING: A big thank you to everyone involved with the Burwash Festive Evening last week. The whole event was superb. The Bear hosted the stalls and was packed at one point. The children especially loved the reindeer and Santa’s grotto. The Drummers were again very good and could be heard for some distance from the village. All in all a very happy and enjoyable occasion.
CHRISTMAS TREE: The St Bartholomew’s Christmas Tree Festival was also a wonderful event. The church looked magical with so many beautifully decorated trees. Many of the villages’ groups and societies had chosen to decorate a tree in the hope of advertising their club etc. Well done to all who took part and especially the organisers. The whole weekend was topped off with a delightful carol service.
COFFEE: The village hall held a very enjoyable coffee morning last week. Lovely gifts, books, CDs and bric-a-brac, beautiful cards and wrapping paper by Phoenix Cards. Delicious homemade cakes to buy or sample with a coffee. The big raffle was drawn during the event, tickets had been sold throughout the autumn. Well done to Linda who won the first two prizes and has donated half the first prize back to the hall. With the raffle we made almost £500. Thank you to everyone for their support.
QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to go along and join in the fun. Entry money is given back as prize money. The licensed bar will be open. To find out more call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.
BINGO: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon the annual Charity Christmas Bingo will be held. It is open to people of all ages and is always great fun. It is being held in the village hall from 2.30pm. The doors will open at 2pm. Entry is free with a book of 12 games costing £1. Flyers and a raffle will also be available. Lots of seasonal prizes including homemade Christmas and Dundee cakes, chocolates, bottles, hampers and more. Proceeds to the Christmas Day lunch for those who will be on their own.
CARDS: The boxes are in place for the Brownie Christmas card delivery service. Once again they will be out and about delivering to your homes. They will be on foot so only the very local Burwash area will be done. If in doubt please call Mary on 01435 882107. Please address the envelopes clearly and make sure only Burwash cards are in the boxes. Money and cards can be put into the boxes together. It costs 15p per card. Last post will be Friday December 20 at 4pm.
WALK: The final parish footpath walk of the year will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Cloke will be your guide and will lead you over the network of public footpaths around the area. If you wish to join him just turn up. The walks are usually over by lunch time.
DINNER: Also on Monday the members and guests of the Not So Young Club will be sitting down to enjoy their annual Christmas dinner at the Bear. This is always a delightful event and much enjoyed by all who go along. On Wednesday the annual Get together lunch will be held. This too is held at the Bear but is run by volunteers who help with the prepping of the vegetables and then serve it after the staff have cooked it. Over 100 senior citizens are invited to this event which is funded by fund raising and a raffle on the day.
BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club have played two matches in the Wealden league. They had an away game against Chiddingly which was great fun but they lost 1-3. Then they had a home fixture against Herstmonceux which again was fun and saw a 2-2 draw. This only gave Burwash six league points in the division two table. They have one more league match against Horam Gunners which was played last night. They also have a friendly game booked at home to Hurst Green on Thursday.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE is at Chailey School tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be stalls for everyone including jewellery, gifts, tombola, a money tree and refreshments with bacon butties and mince pies. Everyone is welcome to attend.
SHEFFIELD PARK: Singing will be heard around the garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am as a local singing group InChoir will be performing a selection of popular Christmas songs. There is early opening, from 8am, on Wednesday December 17 which is an excellent opportunity to experience the garden as the sun rises across the lakes. You can also take in the Willow Walk, giving the opportunity to find festive willow structures while you walk around the garden, and/or some calorie-busting walks around the garden to work off the season’s excesses both of which can be experienced until December 31. Admission charges apply; for more information call 01825 790231.
CAROL SINGING at the Horsted Keynes Carols on the Green tomorrow, Saturday, at 5.30pm outside the Green Man Pub, as they are fundraising for Chailey Heritage Foundation. Also St Peter’s Church choir will be singing on Monday December 15 from 5.30pm, in the tunnel leading to the platforms, at Haywards Heath Station again to raise funds for the Foundation. You are welcome to join in either or both of these and sing much loved and well-known carols.
ST PETER’S CHURCH: Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and Children’s Christingle at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.
FREE CHURCH: Sunday service at 10.30am with David Muzzel and at 6.15pm. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.
THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.
FUTURES CHRISTMAS FAYRE, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, on Friday December 19 from 2pm to 5pm. This is a chance to enjoy some mince pies whilst browsing the many stalls which will include local crafts and produce, jams and preserves, Christmas gifts, cards, clothing, jewellery and refreshments. Festive treats will be available and a raffle will also be drawn. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. All proceeds go towards the development of their Multi-Sensory Studio. For more information call 01825 723723.
LIVE MUSIC is at the Kings Head Inn on Friday December 19 starting at 9.30pm. The legendary Soul to Soul will be performing the music of Tamla Motown and there will be dancing until 11.30pm.
CAROL SINGING around Chailey village organised by members of Chailey Free Church takes place on Friday December 19 from 7.15pm. There are likely to be a lot of singers as members of St Peter’s Church choir and congregation will be joining the Free Church for the carol singing. For more details contact Brenda Matthews on 01825 723978.
CASINO NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn on Saturday December 20 starting at 9.30pm. For more information call 01825 723912.
RAISING MONEY for Chailey Heritage Foundation the Filipino Brighton Running Cycling Group has been set up to Chris Hicban (physiotherapy assistant at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) and friends from different NHS trusts, NHS dental practices and other care Services. They took part in the Brooks 10K, on Brighton seafront on November 16, and are taking part in three other races including the Portsmouth Marathon on December 21. To support them you can make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/FilipinoBrightonRunningCyclingGroup
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Chailey Branch Poppy Day Appeal shows a total approaching £4,000 due especially to Debbie Freeland’s sponsored walk, contributing over £1,000, and to a very generous donation from Chailey Parish Council. The Royal British Legion is very grateful and thanks all who donated and the dedicated door to door collectors and those at static points in what was a very rainy period.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH: You are welcome to enjoy a lunch and join in the festive celebrations at the Free Church at 1pm. The meal is free; to find out more and to book a place call Janet and Tony on 01825 766826.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Bonfire Society is at the Horns Lodge, tickets are £1 each and prizes are on show. Please pop along and buy your tickets for the chance to win some super Christmas goodies.
INTERESTED IN COMPUTERS? A Parish Council Working Party is currently conducting a review of the parish website, which will hopefully lead to a revamp, to make it more relevant and accessible to everyone in Chailey. As someone who looks at the parish council website (www.chailey.org/) every week I think a makeover of the website is a great idea. Can you make this happen? Are you knowledgeable in the field of information technology and regularly Tweet, use Facebook or other forms of social media? If so, Chailey Parish Council would really like to hear from you. If you have the skills and time to spare and would like to put something back into the village please contact Mark Evans on 01825 722554 or firstname.lastname@example.org before December 14 if possible.
CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, 5pm Christingle Service. A lovely service with the symbolic oranges, candles and fruit for the children. This will be our first ‘taste’ of Christmas, so do come and join us. Fletching School is helping to make the Christingles, and will be taking part in the service with the handbell ringers. Please note earlier time than previously advertised.
YOUTH CLUB tonight, Friday, 7pm.
BONFIRE SOCIETY BINGO tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm.
FORGET-ME-NOTS Thursday, 2.30pm Christmas Tea.
BEER AND CAROLS: The Rose and Crown Festive Carol Singing, Thursday 7pm to 8pm. Choose your favourites, meet up with friends, have fun. Support Embrace the Middle East.
100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 18 December 1914. Cost of Christmas Dinner: Your Christmas dinner will cost you more but not so much as you might expect in time of War. Poultry of all kinds is expected to be plentiful but not cheap. The larger the turkey the dearer it is per lb. Turkeys under 10lbs may be had at 1s or 1s 2d per lb, and the price advances by about a halfpenny a lb. until it reaches 1s 5½d or 1s 6d per lb for birds of 20lb and over. On the other hand, the small goose costs more per lb than the big goose. The quotations are: Geese 12lb and over, 9½d per lb; geese under 12lb, 10d per lb.
Framfield & Blackboys
VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in Framfield Memorial Hall 10am to noon. Twenty stalls full of Christmas present ideas. Local produce, plants, crafts, homemade cakes and many more. Cuppa tea/coffee and bacon rolls to be enjoyed while you sit and relax with friends. Car parking in school playground. We look forward to seeing you there. Any inquiries phone Ann 01825 890182.
Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand
ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday December 20, 9am Parish Prayers in church. Sunday December 21, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children, 4.30pm Carol Service. Wednesday December 24, 4.30pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Communion. Thursday December 25, 10am Parish Eucharist. The collections at the Carol and Crib services will be for the Ebola Emergency Fund.
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH: Now that Phase 1 of the heating refurbishment at All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield has been completed, come in out of the cold and celebrate Christmas with your family and friends in the historic village of Old Heathfield. The work has been done in time for the Christmas programme which commences with the All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School Carol Service on Thursday December 18 at 6.30pm. A great evening for the children and teachers, with parents, family and friends all invited.
CAROL SERVICE: All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield with FASCOH will be concluding their 2014 WW1 Commemoration programme with their Stille Nacht - Silent Night Carol Service on Sunday December 21 at 6.30pm. The programme will include a reminder of the Christmas truce in 1914 when the British and German troops stopped fighting for Christmas Day and enjoyed a football match together and the German troops started singing Stille Nacht. The evening will conclude with mulled wine and mince pies. Silent Night Carol Services are being arranged right across the UK in sports stadiums, schools and churches this year. Christmas Eve in Old Heathfield heralds the start of All Saints’ Church’s Christmas programme with the well appreciated Crib Service especially designed for young people with an expected visit of the All Saints’ Puppets starting at 3.30pm, something for the whole family. Then just before Christmas morning, Midnight Communion will be celebrated, commencing at 11.30pm. A great way to start Christmas and join with many in singing, worshipping and celebrating together. Christmas Day commences early with 8am Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, followed by a Christmas Family Service at 11am. An opportunity for the young people to bring their favourite present. The Rev David Guest expresses sincere best wishes to all parishioners and their families of Old Heathfield and Broad Oak at this Christmas time, praying it may be a time of goodwill, reflection and peace.
ST GEORGE’S CHURCH, Broad Oak are linked in the parish with All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield but have their own two programmes in Broad Oak. Favourite Carols and Readings on Thursday December 18 at 2.30pm followed by refreshments then on Christmas Morning, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am. A warm welcome awaits all visitors.
CHRISTMAS DRAW: All Saints’ Church are pleased to announce they raised over £1,000 for their Grand Christmas Draw which took place on Saturday December 6. The seven lucky winners were: 1, Norah Saunders Roberts Radio from Wildblood’s; 2, Geoff Porter confectionery hamper from Thornton’s; 3, RFM Old Heathfield meat hamper provided by Pomfret’s Butchers; 4, Anne Hartfield-MOT/Service voucher with French & Son; 5, Liz Miller meal for two voucher at Curry Inn, Heathfield; 6, Barbara Curtis two tickets for Amex Stadium; 7, Pauline Fitzpatrick food hamper from Sainsbury’s. The vicar, the Rev David Guest wishes to thank all who bought and sold tickets and to those who generously donated prizes.
SUNDAY SERVICES: All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion. All welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service. Wednesday, Compline 6.30pm.
HISTORY SOCIETY: At the November meeting Mrs H Woodward from The National Trust spoke about Polesden Lacey but more particularly about its most famous owner Mrs Ronald Greville, friend of royalty and one of the leading hostesses of the Edwardian era. She was the daughter of Edinburgh brewer William McEwan from whom she inherited a huge fortune. When she married Ronald Greville in London she was immediately a part of the Prince of Wales’ set and a leading light in London society. In 1907 they bought Polesden Lacey for £80,000 and determined to restore it to its former glory. They set out to create a house that was the ultimate in opulent living. Maggie Greville was a collector of beautiful artefacts but pride of place went to her art collection. From June to August each year the house was filled with the rich and famous from the arts, politics and royalty. Maggie was a close friend of Queen Mary, Edward Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Ronald Greville died tragically young and Maggie never re-married. Sadly they had had no children and at her death in 1942 she bequeathed all her priceless jewellery to the Queen Mother and Polesden Lacey to The National Trust for us to enjoy today. There is no meeting in December. We will meet again on Thursday January 15 at the Community Centre when Mr R Broomfield will talk about A Schoolboy Between 1940 and 1945 in North London.
FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club presents a floral evening, A Hands-on Floral Workshop, at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane on Thursday February 12. Visitors welcome £5. Sales table, raffle and refreshments. Tel: 01435 864633.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Heathfield and District Horticultural Society presents an illustrated talk entitled Wildflower Names – Folklore, Food and Fantasy by Sue Buckingham at St Richard’s Church Hall on Monday February 16. The optional competition is a Bowl of Spring Bulbs or a Specimen Bloom. Visitors welcome £3. Sales table, raffle refreshments and plant sale. Tel: 01435 830725.
Horam & Vines Cross
CHRISTMAS SONGS in the Cartlodge at Horam Manor Farm, 7pm to 9pm Friday December 19. A traditional sing a long around a piano. Tickets £3.50, £3 concessions to include a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. To book a place call 07904 420445 or email email@example.com.
Isfield & Little Horsted
THE ANSWER IS…: Did you hear any strange noises in Isfield over the weekend? If so, there was no cause for alarm, it was merely the whirring of brain cogs among dozens of competitors who were taking part in village quizzes on consecutive evenings. On Saturday Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society got fund-raising activities under way with their annual quiz at the village hall. Some 50 people took part, making up seven teams. Champions of the evening were The Laughing Hangovers, comprising Brenda Reynolds, Keith Taylor, Naomi Reynolds, Neil Endersby, Helen Stonham, Neil McDonald, Linda Brooks and Andy Brooks. Brenda and Keith were again in winning form on Sunday evening when their team of The Buckham Hill Billies came out top at The Laughing Fish’s monthly quiz league event and in doing so clinched the trophy for top team of the year. With Brenda and Keith were Ashley Madden, Linda Madden, Julie Meakin and Richard Meakin. Well done everyone.
CHRISTMAS BONUS: Someone will shortly be receiving a handy cash prize as a result of the hard work that has been put in by Jeni and Mike Georges at Little Horsted. Since the spring they have been organising a raffle on behalf of the restoration fund at the village’s St Michael and All Angels parish church, and the winning ticket will be drawn after the annual Carol Service on Sunday December 21. Parishoner Roy Harris says that on present sales the prize currently stands at just over £600, with a similar amount going to the restoration fund.
CHURCH SERVICES: As is usual at this time of year, there will be some additional church services in the area over the next few weeks. St Margaret’s Isfield: Sunday December 14, Matins (10am) and candlelit Carol service with the Uckfield’s Holy Cross choir, followed by mulled wine (6pm); Sunday December 21, Holy Communion, led by the Archdeacon, the Ven Philip Jones (10am); Christmas Eve, joint service at St Michael’s, Little Horsted (10.30pm); Christmas Morning, Family worship followed by Communion (10am); Sunday December 28, Family service (10am).
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. 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.
THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. Don’t forget to collect your orders on Friday December 19. There are always vegetables and cakes, flowers available. Pop along and see what’s on offer, enjoy a cuppa and join in the carol singing.
SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Service Holy Communion at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance on 01444 482272.
THE CAROL SERVICE will take place on Sunday December 21 at 5.30pm. There will be refreshments after the service. Members of the church will be touring the local pubs in the village tomorrow, Saturday, singing carols. They will commence at the Bull at 7pm. You would be most welcome to join them.
COLDER WEATHER: With colder weather being forecasted, please keep an eye out for the elderly people living in your road. Make sure they are keeping warm and have sufficient food.
CORRECTIONS: A couple of errors to correct in plans for this weekend’s Village Christmas – and apologies from everyone involved. On Monday there will be no Walking Nativity in the evening and no Stores late night opening. Everything else in the Village Christmas leaflet is correct, however.
CHRISTMAS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, will be our famous street market in the centre of the village with a host of village-centred activities including Santa’s Grotto (this year in the Bell Tower at the back of the church) and other fun things for children. If you’re coming from outside the village, park on the outskirts and walk a short distance as the middle of Waldron is closed to through traffic from 6am for the day. There will be stalls, a barbecue outside the pub, mulled wine, Santa’s Workshop for the children in the church and Santa’s Secret Cave where children can choose a present for their parents or another relative. There’ll also be our very popular story-telling session from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. To see Santa, you don’t have to book in advance but can just turn up with your child. The cost is £6 per child which includes a present and free entry to the story-telling session. Santa will be arriving at 10.30am, so line up to give him a cheer. If you’re looking for something creative, your child can also learn how to knit or make a keyring from experts and that’s free too. And this year, but only if the weather’s dry, we will have a visit from donkeys Pablo and Petronella for children to meet. At the end of the day, after the market has been cleared away and the village is re-opened, and if you’re not too exhausted, Con Brio will be playing their mix of jazz, swing and soul at the pub.
COFFEE AND CAROLS: To round off the Village Christmas weekend, on Monday at 10am there will be coffee and mince pies and carols with Linked Hands at All Saints’ Church and everyone is welcome to join in.
CAROL SERVICE: Our annual parish Nine Lessons and carols service will this year take place on Sunday December 21 at 6.30pm at All Saints Church, followed by mulled wine.
GREAT WAR BOOKLET: Copies of our new booklet Waldron and the Great War 1914-1918 are available priced £5 at the Stores at Waldron, in Heathfield Art and Books in Heathfield High Street, or from me at Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to Friends of Waldron Churches for £5 and a note of the address to which the booklet is to be sent. There will also be copies for sale on the Friends of Waldron Churches’ stall at the Christmas Market tomorrow. All profits will go to FOWC for repairs and improvements to our two church buildings.
SERVICES: This weekend’s church services will both be at St Bartholomew’s Cross in Hand and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am Parish Communion, followed by coffee and cake.
Warbleton & Rushlake Green
CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 5pm Village Carol Concert at Stream Farm. Heathfield Chapel: 3pm Carols By Candlelight led by Rev Robert Scott.
CAROLS ON THE GREEN: Each year Coffee and Company organise carol singing outside Osborne House. This year’s event will be on Wednesday at 7pm, with music provided by members of Warbleton Brass Band. Please wrap up warm and bring a torch. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Community Room afterwards.
HISTORY GROUP: We had a good Christmas party on Monday with lots of lovely food. Our entertainment was provided by local group Recycled, who kept our toes tapping to the tunes of yesteryear. Our next walk will the Boxing Day one, a good opportunity to burn off some of the calories consumed the day before. As usual we meet at the lych-gate of Warbleton Church at 10.30am.
DUNN VILLAGE HALL: The AGM was held recently. Chairman John Gunn reported on a good year, with a good number of bookings, and maintenance of the hall keeping it in good condition. The hall had been repainted and the floor re-sealed. Work to repel damp on the north wall is also being done. Several fund raising events were held during the year. A Wine and Cheese evening in February raised £1,000, the Auction of Promises £500 (plus another £500 to Children of Gambia Services) the art show in September raised c£70 and the film show £300. He expressed his thanks to the committee for their hard work during the year. Elections: Auditor Ray Whittaker, chairman John Gunn, vice chair Katie Bodley Scott, Trish Radcliffe secretary, treasurer Nick Morgan, booking secretary Denise Bailey, committee, Pauline Clifford (retired as treasurer and thanked for her labours), David Clifford, David Turton (parish council rep), Gilly Graham, Lynne Axon and Sarah Turner. Lowell Rhys stood down from the committee and was thanked for his years of service. One improvement being considered is new lighting. On the 18th April there will be a talk on windmills. Seasonal refreshments were served after the meeting.
VILLAGE PLAYERS: Our production of There Goes The Bride was back in November, and I must apologise for the delay in my report on this. The farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman features the morning of the wedding of Judy Westerby (played by Sue Bowers) to Nicholas Babcock, who we never see. Her father Timothy (Richard Evans-Thomas), a harassed advertising executive, has his mind on an account with Perkin’s Bras, rather than his daughter’s wedding, which causes chaos when he receives a bump on the head as his father-in-law Gerald (Jim Edmonds) opens the door. As he rises from behind the sofa, so does a 1920s flapper, subsequently named Polly Perkins and played by Kate Rolff. The problem is that she is only visible to him, and us of course. So his wife Ursula (Lizzie Hutcheson), business partner Bill (Clyde Young), mother-in-law Daphne (Jane Uren) and Nicholas’ father Charles Babcock (Jonathan Gray) along with Gerald and Judy, become increasingly concerned with his odd behaviour; talking into thin air, singing and dancing 1920s songs etc. With all the usual twists and turns to be found in farces this lead to a hilarious evening, with great characterizations by the cast. In between the acts guests were served with a three course meal expertly provide by Mary Dick-Cleland, we as cast and crew are able to take part in this at the cast party, many thanks Mary. The play takes place in the drawing room of the Westerby’s house, a set beautifully designed and built by John Gunn and Pam Edmonds with help from Graham Stoner and members of the cast and crew. Pam directed the play with Anita Gunn as producer. Props and set dressing, which bring the set to life were provided by Yvonne Mitchell and Jane Leney. Sound, Jonathan Austin and lighting Andrew Nairne. Prompts Moira Bowles and Christine Cogdell. Wardrobe, Libby Montagu and Sue Wilson. Sue also provided her horsebox for transporting the set components to and from their storage. Inyca Humphreys, a new recruit to the players, provided general assistance in many ways, reading in for actors unable to make particular rehearsals, and prompting during rehearsals, and in many other ways. Richard Evans Thomas, another new recruit, in his role as Timothy brought great energy and talent to this demanding role, which requires him to be on stage for a large proportion of the time. The highlight was I think his falling out of the window at the end of a dance. This brings down the marquee in the garden, causing chaos there. Shortly after he appears, back to normal, champagne in hand, top hat on, immaculate and calm. Our next production will be the thriller An Inspector Calls by J B Priestly, on May 13 to 16. Auditions will be at the Dunn Village Hall on January 10 (10.30am to 12.30pm) and January 14 (8pm to 10pm). Audition pieces will be on the website in the near future. When searching for the Village Players don’t forget to include Rushlake Green.
BAND CONCERT: One of the features of the build up to Christmas in this parish is the Warbleton Brass Band’s Christmas concert, and last Sunday did not disappoint. A wide range of music from Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance through to the shepherd’s song from the Songs of the Auvergne, well played under the baton of Sian Buss. The latter tune featured soloists Martin Buss on cornet and Paul Labus on euphonium. After the opening number It’s Raining Men (the Weather Girls hit) came a real test of stamina with a South Pacific medley with wonderful tunes like Bali H’ai, Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man etc. The horn section featured in Procul Harem’s Whiter Shade of Pale. After the tea interval five trainee members of the band played a couple of tunes showing the future of the band is in good hands. New members of all ageas are welcome and training is given. Some instruments are available as well. Practice night is Friday at the Dunn Village Hall. The Band returned with festive headgear, including some very inventive creations, for the second half mainly featuring Christmas music, concluding with Sussex By The Sea. The proceeds of the raffle and the retiring offering will be donated to the Sussex, Surrey and Kent Air Ambulance which provides emergency attendance via a helicopter, with a paramedic and doctor on board.