Parish Pump Uckfield - December 13, 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s was the culmination of the week long visitation of the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, to Dallington Deanery. The Bishop spent last Friday in the benefice, starting with Dallington C of E primary school, and St Giles, including a talk with the curate John Wrenbury. Then on to Warbleton Parish Church, and discussion with the rector, Rev Marc Lloyd. Then Marc conducted a service of Evening Worship at Bodle Street, at which the Bishop briefly spoke with words of challenge and encouragement. Challenge to be ever vigilant in our safeguarding policy toward children and the elderly, and encouragement to know growth in depth both in church life and drawing people to Christ, and thirdly in our giving, of time and money. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

CAROL SINGING: The annual procession of carol singers around the village will be on Tuesday, starting at the White Horse Inn at 6.30pm. Please join in; you will need a torch, warm clothes and your singing voice. If you know anyone in the centre of the village who would like a visit then please contact Geoff on 01323 833343. A collection will be taken for Save The Children, and the evening ends back at the White Horse, at about 8.15pm.

FILM CLUB: An earlier date for the club this month, next Friday evening at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm for drinks and mince pies. The Intouchables, has broken box office records in its native France and in Europe. A story of friendship, between a disabled millionaire and his street smart ex-con carer. It is in French with subtitles.


FESTIVE EVENING: What a great time everyone had at the Burwash Festive evening last Wednesday. There was so much happening, barbecue, mulled wine and mince pies, magician, drummers, carols, lots of festive stalls in the Bear, Santa’s grotto and more. Thank you to everyone who helped put on such a great night and everyone who came to enjoy it all. Special thanks to the drummers who were asked if they would be kind enough to visit a lovely lady who was unable to be there and drum for her, not only did the two who were asked go, but so did the whole band. Cheered her up no end, what wonderful people there are in this world.

TREES: The St Bartholomew’s Christmas Tree Festival was also a huge success. The trees looked amazing, such a variety of colour and decorations. So many groups and clubs were able to get involved in this event which was open all weekend and finished with a lovely carol service. Congratulations to all involved. The memory tree will remain at the church and can be used by anyone who wishes to remember a lost loved one or for someone who needs their prayers.

BINGO: Another big success last weekend was the charity bingo at the village hall. It was so nice to see families come to enjoy the fun, there was indeed a lovely crowd of people, although we were sorry to miss one or two of our regular supporters, hope they are OK. The prizes were festive from the home made Christmas cakes to the crackers and the Santa biscuit barrel. Chocolates, wine, cracker, hampers and more. Thank you to everyone who donated some of them. Our grateful thanks to everyone who helped, especially my family, Shirley Pope and Mick Moore and the two lads from the snooker room who very kindly put up all the tables. We made just over £400 which will go a long way towards giving those who live alone a great dinner on Christmas day. Thank you to everyone for your support.

EXHIBITION: The Oak Down House Art Workshop will be held today in the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Oak down is a local residential home for adults with learning difficulties. Members have been working hard all year and have produced some wonderful paintings. Their art tutor, Jane Day, is so impressed at the level of work achieved that she is putting on a small art exhibition for family, friends and the local community. The event is open from 11am to 1pm.

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. The fun begins at 8pm, when teams of six can take part in the general knowledge quiz. The licensed bar will be open and the proceeds will be given as prize money.

FESTIVE FARE: There are lots of groups having their Christmas lunches/dinners over the next week. They include the Not So Young club who are having theirs at the Bear on Monday, The After Eight Club who will have theirs in the Pavilion at Burwash Common on Wednesday, and the bowls club who for the first time will venture away from doing it themselves and have it at the Bear week Sunday. Some of the ladies of Burwash are also having a special evening on the 19th at the Bear, this is open to any lady in the village, contact Pauline Wilson if you wish to attend.

APOLOGY: As I am likely to be without internet connection for a short while, this will be my last column on this year. So please excuse early mention of your event. Also my apologies if you haven’t told me yet and it is missed out.

CARDS: The Brownie Christmas card delivery service will be on Saturday December 21 from 10am. The boxes are already in the Burwash Newsagents and the butchers. It costs 20p per card to use this service and cards and money should be put into the boxes. Last post will be on Friday December 20 at 4pm. Please address envelopes clearly and remember the girls will be walking so no outlying places will be visited. If in doubt please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107. All proceeds will go to brownie funds.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE: Services over the next few weeks in St Bartholomew’s church include the primary school carol service on Wednesday, Service of Lessons and Carols on December 22 at 6pm, Midnight Mass on December 24 at 11pm, the Burwash Nativity on Christmas Day at 10am (there is a rehearsal for this at 11am on December 22, anyone can take part).

BOWLS: Last week the team had an away game at Laughton. Most of the team enjoyed a great evening’s bowling, despite the scoreline. In the triples Rene Bell, Stephen Trew and Tim Brown enjoyed a good game but lost 12-18 while Joan Howard, Keith and Angela Marden lost 8-17. In the pairs Mary and Barry Taylor started slowly but managed to claw their way back into the game to lose 12-15 but Alan Green and Keith Wood started well but faded to lose 11-17. The team will now take a break until their next match at home to Frant on January 16. The club will return to normal Monday evening roll up on January 6. If you would like to join this friendly but enthusiastic club we would love to see you. Tuition will be given and equipment will be available to borrow. All you need is a pair of smooth bottom shoes and a sense of fun and eagerness for a new sport.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Sunday was the last walk of 2013 and was a walk in and around the historic village of Mayfield, former home of actress Deborah Kerr, the place where Mary Poppins was written and the venue of all sorts of covert smuggling goings on, and also a village with magnificent far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. The first walk for the new year will be on Sunday January 12 starting from The Six Bells at Chiddingly at 2pm. It will probably be muddy so be prepared. If the weather looks doubtful, please ring Jenny on 872830. The society would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing friends old and new at the coming walks and talks. The end of this year also sees the retirement from the committee of June and Vic Tidswell, the long serving and dedicated secretary and treasurer, both of whom deserve to be publicly thanked for all their hard work and commitment over many years. Thanks also go to Andrea and Eddie Goodridge who have stood down after many years of service to the society with particular regard to wildlife and the editing of the newsletter.


WOULD YOU like to help decorate Christ Church for Christmas? After such a successful Harvest Fantasia which was contributed to by so many Fairwarp residents. The Flower Guild would like to invite you to come to Christ Church on Saturday, December 21 from 9.30am for a jolly of chatter, mince pies, coffee and maybe mulled wine. Oh and by the way, could you help to decorate the church whilst they are doing all that as well. Some red and gold (well yellow anyway) chrysanths have been ordered, but all greenery would be very welcome. Oasis will also be available. There are no specific plans to keep the church open all the time, but with so many services during the Christmas period, there will be plenty of opportunities to come and see how beautiful the church looks. Please call Janie Hopper on 01892 664471 if you can help.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Monday December 23, 4pm Carol Service; Tuesday December 24,11.30pm short Midnight Candlelit Communion Service. Wednesday December 25, 9.30am Christmas Day Service.

THE DIMWITS won Monday night’s pub quiz - yet again. The Fannies were runners up, with Pen’s People in third place. Monday, is the last Monday night quiz before Xmas. They will re-start in the new year. £1 a player.

THE MARKET will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 10am to noon.

THE ASHDOWN MUMMERS will perform their Christmas play In Comes I in the pub on Sunday December 22 from 2pm. Book a table early to avoid disappointment 01825 712808.

THE RECENT very successful street bazaar at the village hall raised over £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Sports Field. A superb result.

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon, wish you all a Happy Christmas and invite you to our market. Great variety of market stalls, teas, coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome. 2014 markets in the village hall from 10am to noon: No market January, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 19 (three weeks), no market August, September 27, October 25, November 22, December 13. New contact number 01825 890103/182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Heathfield Christmas Farmers’ Market will be held in the High Street Surgery car park on Saturday, December 21, from 9am to 12.30pm. There will be a full range of stalls. Father Christmas will be present to talk to the children and distribute sweets. Organisers have decided that they will not hold a January Market. They had to cancel last year due to weather, and it is not a very popular month for markets. The February Market will take place on February 15. Not such good news, our Heathfield market is brilliant and we are very lucky to have it. But founder and organiser Colin Williams is not too well and has done a wonderful job to date. He is now hoping someone will take over the role. He says it’s all quite straightforward and good fun to do. This is another reason for the cancellation of the January market so let’s hope someone steps up into the breach to take over. In the first instance you can either contact the parish council via their High Street office or on line, the Heathfield Partnership or me via:heathfield If you do this I will make sure information is passed onto the correct source. You could also ring me or drop a note into our letter box (details at the head of the Parish Pump columns).

RUBBISH: Someone was kind enough to tell Mrs PP they enjoyed my rants. Rants? I think I am entirely good tempered and reasonable. However if it’s a rant you want, here goes. What’s going on with our awful rubbish collections? Twice now bin men have called at about 6.30am. We used to put bins out at about 7am because if they go out overnight, they are frequently turned over by jolly revellers returning from heaven knows where. The latest pleasure was receiving a new missive from Wealden District Council informing us of the rotation of recycling versus green bins versus glass. Formerly we received a note telling us which day specific rubbish is to be collected. The new leaflet asks us to go on-line and discover our day then there is a little space where we can write it into the leaflet, just in case we forget. What happens to all those folk (and I know dozens) who are not on the Internet and have no intention of ever logging on? Do they have to climb onto the telephone and wait while the disembodied voice informs them the switchboard is busy, or hike into the parish council and plead for information. I sincerely hope Wealden is saving tons of cash over this and I look forward to an imminent reduction in my council tax.

FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club presents a floral demonstration by Myra Lester entitled Let’s Go, on Thursday January 9, at 7 30pm at the Community Centre. Ring 01435 810452 for more details.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion. 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm Art and Craft Group meet in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

HORAM PRE SCHOOL: A traditional Christmas Fair was held at Horam Village Hall on Saturday, November 30 with the proceeds going to Horam Community Pre-school. The hall was decorated in a traditional theme, with local stall holders selling a wonderful variety of seasonal food and gifts. Children were temporarily distracted from the festive crafts and face-painting when Santa arrived and made his way to the grotto. Homemade refreshments were served and Wealden Brass performed throughout the event. Children took part in a prize fancy dress draw and looked fantastic in their costumes. The winner of the draw, amazingly for a second year, was Jessica Peake, dressed as Stephanie from Lazy Town, well done. The pre-school would like to thank all of the local Horam, Heathfield and Hailsham businesses that sponsored the event or donated prizes and thanks to parents and friends of the pre-school for all their hard work.

CHRISTMAS FUN DAY: Just received this from Barbara Hibbart, one of the fair organisers: We have just heard that the Christmas Fun Day in Heathfield raised £700 for Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance. We will continue to collect money from business card raffles and other fund raising events through to March 31. We hope to raise £1,000 in total for this great cause. With your help we would like to thank everyone who came along and supported this event. Also a big thank you to everyone who made the event happen.

CHARITY GIVES TO CHARITY: A Heathfield registered charity, the Heathfield Silver Band, which is constantly raising money to support its need for instruments, uniform and music, held a successful event in July to celebrate 125 years since its founding in the town. The proceeds of the day enabled the band to donate £250 to Heathfield Works! a charity which works with groups of young people to help them into employment or training. Treasurer Mostyn Cornford was joined by Roger Daltrey and Jayne Torvill at a recent Heathfield Works! graduation day where the cheque was presented and a certificate received. £100 was also donated to St John Ambulance service. Both organisations helped the band at its July anniversary celebrations. The band will be playing at the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm when it holds its Christmas concert. or ring 01435 862398.

Isfield & Little Horsted

WANDERING SINGERS: Members of The Isfield Women’s Group (TWIG) brought a touch of festive spirit to Isfield one evening last week when they went walkabout to sing carols at three stop-off points. It was the group’s first attempt at such a venture and was, according to Sue Crawford, a founder-member of TWIG, ‘very successful and something we plan to do again’. Money raised during the evening will be given to local good causes. The group, formed about five years ago, meets monthly for a wide variety of evening talks and demonstrations, embracing ‘everything and anything’, says Sue. Typical topics in the past have been cooking, local history and even belly-dancing. ‘We are a very informal group and would welcome new members,’ says Sue. The group’s next meeting in January will be to set a programme of events for rest of 2014. Further info from Sue on 01825 750767.

BANG ON: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society lit up some faces with an entertaining quiz night described by chairman Andy Payne as a ‘fabulous success’. The event’s popularity was down to a strong team effort, but Andy paid particular tribute to society secretary Beth Hazelwood who took on the role of quiz master and Andy Brooks and chef Nik who supervised the catering. Monies raised go to various good causes, including local charities and Help for Heroes. The society’s next planned event is a Race Night on February 23.

PLAY DATE: Some more entertainment is on its way to Isfield. Next Saturday (December 21) the Ashdown Forest Mummers (aka, as the Ashdown Forest Morris Men) are due to perform their traditional Christmas Mummers play, based on the legend of George and the Dragon, at The Laughing Fish around 2pm. On the Sunday evening (December 22) Uckfield Concert Brass will be at the Fish for a presentation of Christmas Carols, starting at 8pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: December 15, Mattins at 10am and candlelit Carol Service at 6pm. December 24, Holy Communion for Christmas at 10pm. December 25, Christmas Morning Worship at 10am. St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted: December 15, Family Service at 11am.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

CONCERT: Mayfield Band’s Christmas Concert will be on December 21 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. In addition to a selection of old favourites, and new tunes and arrangements from the band, you will, as always, be invited to join in with the festivities by singing along with the carols, and by helping the band to consume the piles of mince pies and flagons of mulled wine. This will be the final concert for Roy Fuller, the band’s musical director, who will be retiring after 27 years of service, together with his partner Julie, the principal cornet player. So the band very much hopes that you will come along to give them a good send off and to thank them for the contribution they have made to village life. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £6, children £3, available from The Shopping Basket or Burnett’s in the village, or call Simon on 01435 872007.

SIXTH FORM CENTRE: St Leonards-Mayfield School is celebrating after declaring its brand new state-of-the-art sixth form centre officially open. The new facility, which allows sixth formers at the all-girls Catholic school to have their own dedicated learning area and community space, was declared open during a plaque unveiling and blessing on Sunday, November 17 by Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Antonio Mennini. The new £900,000 facility is the result of a sympathetic transformation of part of the original 1310 school building.

FOOTPATH WALK: The last Sunday in December is Sunday, December 28, mid-way between Christmas and New Year. We will meet at 10am in South Street car park to walk off the mince pies. And then a few days later they will carry on the tradition of walking the Mayfield Circular Walk on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. Note that this walk will commence at 10.30am, again in South Street car park. The circular walk is approximately three miles and the ideal way to start the New Year.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: A further reminder about The Swingshift Big Band’s Christmas Cracker concert on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Concert Hall of St Leonard’s-Mayfield School. The well-known 18 piece band is extremely popular and they are very fortunate to have them perform so near to Christmas. Their leader, Jonathan Bailey, has a background of playing with jazz exponents such as Joe Loss and Syd Lawrence as well as managing other bands. The Swingshift will be performing Christmas favourites featuring Aprile Biggs an accomplished vocalist. None of this would be possible without the very generous sponsorship from Mr and Mrs Alan Parry and Mr and Mrs John Clayton. Tickets at £15 are already selling well and are available at Rosina Fabrics, High St, Mayfield. This will be a great start to the festive season and an opportunity not to be missed – as well as supporting an important local charity.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, St Thomas of Canterbury CAFOD Group will be holding a festive coffee morning between 10am and noon. This will be held in the cosy Convent Courtyard, St Leonards-Mayfield School. There will be a bottle stall, chocolate tombola and other festive events including refreshments of coffee, mince pies and cakes to eat and buy. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. All funds raised will be donated to CAFOD (Catholic Aid for Overseas Development).

BONFIRE BOYES AND BELLES: The Christmas Bingo night is tonight, Friday, in the Scout and Guide Hall at 7.30pm. They are also having a Christmas Raffle; bonfire society members will be selling tickets in the village in the run up to Christmas. There are lovely Christmas hampers to be won. They would welcome any donations to kick-start the funds for next year’s carnival, as funds are very low at the moment. Please send them to Mrs J M Lee, 4, Victoria Cottages, Love Lane, Mayfield TN20 6EN.

BARN DANCE: The Friends of Argos Hill Windmill Barn Dance on October 26 was great fun. They made a splendid profit of £365, which was much appreciated. A small group of the Friends went to the mill to paint the weatherboarding in the roundhouse during filming for the BBC 1 programme, Restoring England’s Heritage. The mill’s TV debut was on December 5 and was presented by the historian and author Tom Holland, who was very interested in the history of the mill and the work of the Trust and Friends. It was part of a 30 minute programme which visits three or four different places on the English Heritage ‘at risk’ list. The idea was viewers were updated on some of the original places from the Restoration TV Series as well as looking at three or four new projects, Argos Hill Windmill being one. Now the temperature has dropped they are unable to continue painting the weatherboards as the paint needs to be kept above 80C, but work will commence again as soon as possible next spring. Jean Beaupain, chair of friends sends her grateful thanks to all who have helped with this work these last months.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: With the help of the parish council and Paul Money the minibus still continues free trips to the Heathfield Post Office whilst the Mayfield Post Office is being re-organised. There are two trips on Thursdays. If you wish to take advantage of the Community Minibus and you are a charitable, voluntary or welfare organisation then get in touch by email

Mobile Library

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 in the Village Hall today, Friday, morning from 10am till 11am. This week, you can also enjoy some carol singing. Friday December 20 is the last time the market will be open for 2013, if you have ordered anything for Christmas please make sure that you to collect your purchases then.

CHRISTMAS FUN: Just to remind you of the Family Christmas Fun at The Crown Inn from 7pm today, Friday, singing carols with the Warbleton Brass Band. For the youngsters a visit from Father Christmas will take place during the evening, so why not get into the spirit of the festive season and go along and enjoy the evening.

RUGBY: Newick Rugby Club first XV will be playing at home, against Horley; the second XV are away to Eastbourne III. These matches will commence at 2.15pm, why not pop along to the Sports Pavilion and enjoy a drink with the players after the game.

SERVICES this weekend, third Sunday of Advent, at St. Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. The Carol Service will commence at 5.30pm. If lifts are required please telephone 722582. On Tuesday December 24 at 4pm a Crib Service will take place and later that evening Midnight Holy Communion will commence at 11.30pm.

DRAW: Newick Bonfire Society’s Christmas Draw will take place on Tuesday at the Crown at 8pm. Tickets are £1 or £5 per book and are available from the butchers plus committee members or Kevin and Elizabeth Duncton. The first prize which was B&B overnight stay at Newick Park, has been withdrawn owing to the hotel closure at the end of the month. Surprise, surprise they have a better alternative for two people including a bottle of wine and an overnight B&B stay at the Cat Inn, West Hoathly. The bonfire society are very grateful for the generosity of the landlord. The Cat Inn is a 16th century pub and restaurant with an excellent reputation and it had a very good review recently. Other prizes include a family ticket for four on the Bluebell Railway, a voucher from the Newick Butchers, hampers and lots more.


MARKET TIME: Be in Waldron for our lovely Christmas market tomorrow, Saturday. It’s Christmas as it used to be. We’ll have more stalls than ever this year and lots for children to do, a visit to Father Christmas in his Barn (with a present of course), Santa’s workshop session and a story-telling hour will all be covered by one £5 ticket per child (we’ve held our price for the third year running). As this column went to press, we had 145 children booked in but if you haven’t booked in advance we will do our best to squeeze you in and the most likely time would be in the afternoon. Any profits from the day will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for improvements to St Bartholomew’s. Come for the day, for as well as the market, there’ll be a barbecue outside and food at the pub and gorgeous Christmassy things at our village shop.

SWINGING AFFAIR: On Sunday there’ll be jazz and swing at the Star with Swinging Affair, who make foot-tapping music with guitar, piano, double bass and a singer. The pub has its Christmas menu prepared so come down for lunch while you’re enjoying the music.

COFFEE AND CAROLS: On Monday there will be coffee and carols at All Saints’ Church starting at 10am. Linked Hands will be hosting it and the Friends of Waldron Churches will provide the refreshments, and everyone is most welcome to join in.

KINGS’ CAROLS: On Wednesday evening the Kings’ Church group will be at the Star from about 7.30pm with carols for everyone.

MORRIS MEN: There’ll be a group of Morris Men coming to perform outside in the square on Sunday December 22 at lunchtime. They are calling themselves Winter Solstice and claim (not too seriously) to dance to drive the cold winter away.

WARM OR WHAT? But even without their visit, we seem to be enjoying an unseasonably warm spell, or perhaps it’s just by contrast with last year’s cold weather? Walking round the lanes yesterday I noticed a magpie displaying himself very energetically to a slightly bewildered female bird, obviously under the impression that spring had sprung and it was time to get nest-building.

SERVICES: This Sunday will be the third Sunday of Advent and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am. Next Sunday, December 22, there will be a service of Nine Lessons and carols at All Saints’ at 6.30pm which will start the Christmas services for most of us. Do come, it’s held by candlelight and is wonderful.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

POLICE CHOIR: Sussex Police Choir is giving a concert at Punnetts Town Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 for one or £10 for two, and are available on the door. The choir do not charge but ask that surplus funds are given to a charity of the organiser’s choice. The hall committee have kindly decided that in this case it will be for the Warbleton Church Bells Appeal. The fund is making steady progress towards our overall target of £22,000.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev David Laskey.

CAROLS ON THE GREEN: There is a change this year in that we have members of Warbleton Brass Band leading us in singing carols outside Osborne House around the tree at 7pm on Wednesday. This event is organised by members of Coffee and Company and is followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Community Room.

THE TREE: Mention of the tree in the previous item reminds me to mention the residents of Osborne House are very grateful for the donation of the superb tree and the decoration of it. It brightens up these dark evenings on the Green, for all of us.

COFFEE & CO: Are you all fingers and thumbs when wrapping presents? Why not let Lin Collins help you with this task at Coffee and Company at Osborn House Community Room this Thursday. Wrapping paper, tags and ribbons are provided, or you can bring your own. A donation box for the Dunn Village Hall will be available to express you gratitude in a tangible way. While you are doing this you can enjoy, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and a chat. Open 10 to noon.

HISTORY GROUP: Our last meeting of the year, on Monday, was our Christmas party. Betty Martin and her team had organised a lovely evening with good food, and good company. Our entertainment was provided by Recycled, who play tunes mainly from the sixties and kept my toes tapping. Thank you to all who contributed. Our next meeting is on 13thJanuary when Charles Harding will talk about Anglo-Saxon Sussex and Kent. Our next walk is our Boxing Day stroll to work off Christmas lunch. It will be about two miles starting at the church lichgate, Warbleton, and ending at the Black Duck.

PARISH COUNCIL: One of the responsibilities of the parish council is the maintenance of the village green, which it owns on behalf of the community. The mowing is carried out by contractors, who have a contract for two or three years. The current one ends next year and tenders are invited by Warbleton Parish Council for the mowing of Rushlake Green Village Green and surrounding areas. For full details, please contact the Clerk to Warbleton Parish Council, The Firs, Barley Mow Lane, Punnetts Town TN21 9DJ or email Tel no. 01435 831653. The closing date for responses is 31 January 2014.