Parish pump Uckfield - December 19, 2014

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Jersey Boys is the upbeat film story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and is full of their songs. Doors open tonight at 7pm for 7.45pm start, with mulled wine and festive nibbles being served. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 11am All age service, 6.15 pm Carols By Candlelight. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30 pm Carol Service.

CHRISTMAS EVE: St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight followed by mulled wine and refreshments in the village hall. Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight Communion.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Bodle Street: 9.30am Family service with Holy Communion. Warbleton: 11am Family Service.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28: Bodle Street: 9.30am Patronal Festival Morning Prayer. Warbleton: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Timms.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: there will be a family service at St John’s at noon followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the village hall.

TWELFTH NIGHT: The Christmas season concludes in Bodle Street with the Twelfth Night (+1) supper in the White Horse Inn, at 7pm on Wednesday January 7. Details are to be had from Bryan on 01323 833554.


THANKS to Jane Stent and all at the bonfire society who helped make the Senior Citizens Christmas Party such a great success. This year saw more guests than ever before and feedback, as usual, has been excellent. Fundraising for next year’s events has started and the society’s Christmas raffle is at the Horns Lodge, tickets are £1 each and prizes are on show.

FUTURES CHRISTMAS FAYRE, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, is today (Friday) from 2pm to 5pm. There will be local crafts and produce, jams and preserves, Christmas gifts, cards, clothing, jewellery, raffle and refreshments. 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, today (Friday) starting at 9.30pm. Soul to Soul will be performing the music of Tamla Motown and there will be dancing until 11.30pm.

CAROL SINGING around they village, by members of Chailey Free Church, takes place today (Friday) from 7.15pm. For more details contact Brenda Matthews on 01825 723978.

CASINO NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 9.30pm. For more information call 01825 723912.

RAISING MONEY - the Filipino Brighton Running Cycling Group was set up by Chris Hicban (physiotherapy assistant at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) and friends to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The group are taking part in the Portsmouth Marathon on Sunday. To support them you can make a donation at

ST PETER’S CHURCH, Sunday Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Carol Service at 6.30pm. On Christmas Eve there will be a Crib Service at 3.30pm followed by Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. Christmas Day services are Holy Communion at 8am and a family service at 10am. On Sunday December 28, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am and on Sunday January 5 there is a Holy Communion service at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Carols and Readings by Candlelight takes place at the Free Church on Sunday at 4pm; the service will be followed by a buffet tea. On Christmas Day from 10.30am to 11.30am there will be an informal service for all the family which will include Christmas presents, a play and carols. This will be followed by Christmas dinner at 1pm for anyone on their own; it’s not too late to book a place just call Tony on 01825 766826. On Sunday December 28 and January 4 there will be services at 10.30am and 6.15pm. For details of the services after Christmas visit

JESSICA’S 2014 CHALLENGE: Jessica Pittams decided to complete 2,014km, to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation, by December 31. She has been walking, running, swimming and rowing since she started this challenge in January 2014 to raise funds, as she says on her JustGiving page, ‘because I want to support people who don’t expect but need’. Jess has so far raised £700 and it is still possible to support her at and every small amount will help.

NEW YEAR’S DAY WALK at Sheffield Park from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is a chance to join the longest serving member of the park’s team for an informative guided walk around the estate, with points of special interest and historical stories included along the walk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The parish council has decided to register Chailey (our whole community) as a Neighbourhood; the first step in producing a Plan for our village. The council is aware of several speculative developments, and considers it sensible to define in a Neighbourhood Plan to include how we, as a community, see it developing over the years to 2030. A Neighbourhood Plan must be developed through public consultation and the close involvement of residents. Following the annual meeting last April, the chairman is contacting those residents who have already declared an interest in helping. However, the council need increased involvement from residents of the southern areas of the village. Chailey’s Neighbourhood Plan will develop through the Planning Committee which meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The council is inviting those residents interested to their meeting on Tuesday January 6 at 7.30pm at the Reading Room, when it is their intention to establish a Steering Group. If you expect to attend this meeting it will be helpful if you contact the Clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 or at so that seating can be arranged.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday January 6 at 7.45pm, in the village hall, when the speaker will be Chris Jenkins on Reforestation in Brazil. Prospective members and guests are always welcome; there is a nominal charge of £2 which includes homemade refreshments.

OPEN MIC NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn on Thursday January 8 from 9.30pm.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday January 13 from 8pm.

QUIZ NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is at the Five Bells on Friday January 16 at 7.30pm for 8pm. Teams of six. Contact Hugh at to find out more.

THANKS to everyone who has sent me contributions for this column during the past year and also to those who read my column each week. I hope you have a happy Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The first monthly walk of 2015 starts at the Six Bells, Chiddingly at 2pm on Sunday January 11. Expect mud. Everyone welcome. For further details please ring Jenny or Chris Pellett 01825 872830.


CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. Sunday, 10am Parish Communion; 5.30pm Candlelight Carol Service. You are warmly invited to join in and enjoy a traditional evening of carols and readings telling of the first Christmas. Followed by wine and mince-pies. Christmas Eve, 4pm Crib Service; 11.30pm Midnight Mass. Christmas Day, 10am Christmas family Service. Sunday December 28, 10am Parish Communion. Sunday January 4, 10am Family Service. This will reflect Epiphany the arrival of the Wise men to worship Jesus in Bethlehem; 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

YOUTH CLUB: Friday January 9, 7pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY BINGO: Saturday January 10, 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL meet on Monday January 12, 7pm.

CHROMATICS: The Chromatics invite you all to their Christmas Sing-a-long, Carols and Christmas Music, Sunday in Fletching Village Hall, 3.30pm to 5pm. £5 on the door, mince pies and a cup of tea included. All proceeds to Dementia UK.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 25th December 1914. Boys for Farm Labour. An insidious proposal. As already shown, the teaching profession is strongly opposed to the proposal recently made by Major Thornton of the East Sussex Education Committee to exempt boys over 12 years of age from school in order that they may engage in farm work. The schoolmaster says: ‘What there is educational in the project a perusal of his speech does not unable us to discover. Obviously, however, the gallant gentleman is taking advantage of the present crisis to obtain what he has hankered after all along, a supply of cheap labour for the agricultural interests. He talked the usual nonsense about certain children at school ‘wasting their time’ – his idea being that as soon as they had learned what he termed the five R’s – reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, religion and rifle shooting, they should go out on a farm to learn their future trade. The Weald web site has: Major R. Lawrence Thornton, DL, JP, of High Cross, Framfield had an extensive life of public duty including being a barrister of the Inner Temple, High Sheriff of Sussex in 1900, Justice of the Peace in 1892, President of the Royal Sussex County Hospital and a member of the East Sussex County Council for forty years. He was Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Board and a member of the House of Layman as well as being churchwarden and choirmaster of Framfield Church for twenty years. In sport he was president of the Sussex County Cricket Club and secretary of the South Saxon Society for Lawn Tennis and Croquet. He was awarded the CBE as result of his activities in the defence of the country which stretched back to his war service from 1880 to 1901 with the 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. In Freemasonry he was Provincial Grand Master for Sussex, Grand Superintendent of Sussex and many other distinctions.’

VOLUNTEER CORPS: Sussex Express 1st January 1915. Uckfield Volunteer Corps: First route march. The Volunteer Corps is making encouraging progress in the matter of efficiency, and the various parades are well attended. On Wednesday afternoon, in spite of the muddy roads and threatening skies, there was a good muster for the first route march, when, with Colonel F J Todd in command, the men went to Piltdown, where they were drilled in extended formation.

SUSSEX EXPRESS 8 January 1915, Piltdown. Agent for this paper Mr. Grover. Sparrow Shoot: Sportsmen had a good time at the Lamb Inn on New Year’s Day when the annual sparrow shoot took place. Birds were plentiful and, considering the bad weather, flew well. Some capital shooting was witnessed.


FARMERS MARKET: The Festive Farmers Market was a great success and over £100 was raised through the raffle for the Farmers Community Network and East Sussex Association for the Blind. The Living Word choir was fabulous and brought festive cheer to customers as they sought out seasonal produce and last minute gifts and Farmer Christmas gave healthy snacks to all the children. The next market is on Saturday January 10. You can find Hailsham Farmers Market on Facebook for the latest news and updates or for more information or about hiring a pitch call the market manager on 07887 910150.

CHRISTMAS HOME ALONE: Originally just 40 places were available for Christmas lunch and entertainment for anyone who may otherwise be home alone at Christmas. Since then another 40 places and another venue was found. There are now around 60 people coming along and there are still a few places left. So if you will be home alone this Christmas or know anybody who will be why not join them on Christmas Day at The Link Coffee Shop in Market Square for Christmas dinner and some light entertainment. Please phone 01323 441079 (Kay) to book a place. They would love to see you. Booking essential, there is no charge. Open from 11.30am for coffee, meal served at 12.30pm.

DEFIBRILLATORS: Hailsham Town Council will help three Wealden district councillors in their campaign to purchase a number of Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) to be installed outside key buildings in the town and made accessible to the public to use (subject to the relevant planning permission). The money needed for the purchase of three PAD units will come from Wealden District Council’s ‘Community Dividend’ fund, from which district councillors have decided to award their individual dividend money to Hailsham Town council for the purpose of purchasing three PAD units for the local community. It is hoped town councillors and other supporters will raise enough money to acquire an additional unit.

ST MARY’S: This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am there is an All Age Special with crèche and The Nativity told in drama and carol. There are Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm. On Tuesday there is Christingle making in preparation for the Christingle and Family Carol Services at 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday followed by Holy Communion at 11pm.

On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 8am and there is a Christmas Family Celebration at 10.30am. The following Sunday, December 28, is the First Sunday of Christmas and Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, All Age Special with crèche is at 10.30am. There is no evening service. The Bite In will be open as usual on Friday January 2 and the St Mary’s Church pantomime is The Snow Queen at 4pm tickets are £5 from Lyn on 841868. Epiphany is on January 4. Holy Communion at 8am, All Age Service for the New Year with crèche is at 10.30am and Evening Prayer, Surprised by Jesus, the Authority of the King is at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There is a service on Sunday at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Rev Ron Jones.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: New speaker, David Plummer, gave a talk on A Year in Wildlife Photography. David is a freelance photographer specialising in wildlife and travel. He writes magazine articles, gives lectures and slide shows and is also a photographer for the Sussex Wildlife Trust in his home county. He runs photographic trips to places like Rwanda, Kenya and India and is passionate about a new local venture in owl conservation and protection. The evening began with images of this year’s trip to the Masai Mara where he prefers to spend prolonged periods of time with just one subject rather than chasing around taking a single shot then moving on. David explained how getting low and level with the animal gets more intimacy, a soft background, and produces the best shots. There were many pictures of big cats, including a cheetah sitting in the pouring rain with its eyes closed and a family of lions with cubs yawning, playing and sleeping. He followed a serval for hours and a leopard for a few days showing it with its kill, a bushbuck, which was eventually dragged up a tree. David then moved onto Rwanda with shots taken through the vehicle at the street scenes with walkers cyclists and children together with images of the trek through the jungle to the mountain gorilla with young. Moving onto birds he told how he prepares bait and an attractive perch creating a scene for them to appear in to obtain wonderful pictures, many for magazine covers. Another set of images was how David uses a hide both on land and water to take some lovely pictures of kingfishers, small birds, foxes, badgers, and waterfowl. It was an extremely interesting and informative evening full of stories on how David’s outstanding pictures were taken and it is hoped he will be able to return another time.

BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday, doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre on behalf of the bonfire society celebrations which in 2015 will be on Saturday October 17.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 4.30pm Carol service. A collection will be taken for the Ebola Emergency fund. Wednesday, 4.30pm Crib service. A collection will be taken for the Ebola Emergency fund; 11.30pm Midnight Communion. Thursday, 10am Parish Eucharist. Sunday December 28, no service at St Richard’s, we will be joining the congregation at All Saints Old Heathfield at 10.30am.

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 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. Christmas Eve heralds the start of the Christmas programme with the well appreciated Crib Service at 3.30pm, designed for young people with an expected visit of the All Saints’ Puppets, something for the whole family. 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 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.

ST GEORGE’S CHURCH, Broad Oak celebrate Holy Communion on Christmas morning at 9.30am. A warm welcome awaits all visitors. The Rev David Guests 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.

Isfield & Little Horsted

DIARY DATES: Here’s just a few of the activities coming up in Isfield and Little Horsted over the next week or so: Tomorrow, Saturday, Ashdown Forest Mummers Play at The Laughing Fish, Isfield (around 2pm); Sunday, Holy Communion, led by the Archdeacon, the Ven Philip Jones, at St Margaret’s Church, Isfield (10am); Carol Service at St Michael and All Angels Church, Little Horsted, followed by draw for the restoration fund raffle; Wednesday, St Margaret’s and St Michael’s joint service at Little Horsted Thursday, Family worship followed by Communion at St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am); Sunday December 28, Family service at St Margaret’s (10am).

AND SO: This is the final Parish Pump of 2015, but the village notes pages will be returning on January 9. Your Isfield and Little Horsted scribe and his wife wish you all a happy and peaceful festive season and best wishes for 2015.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday November 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; 2, Peter Waters and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole. Thursday November 27, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; 2, Rosemary Land and Nancy Wiginton; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Tuesday December 2, Tuesday Ladder: 1, Paul Allen and Rosemary Land; 2, Richard Burnett and Mike Keeping; 3, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood. Thursday December 4, Duplicate Pairs: 1, North/South, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 1, East/West, Tony Redshaw and Janice Bell. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was a nice sunny day when a three mile stroll took place from Firle to Charleston and back. Setting out across Firle Park towards Heighton Street the party encountered two recently ploughed fields, which had not been rolled out by the farmer, and a very muddy track on the approach to Charleston. However the availability of the coffee shop and toilets at Charleston enabled the party to relax before returning on the newly signed permissive path from Charleston to the old coach road which was then followed back to Firle. These recently introduced strolls to the Footpaths Group’s programme ate proving popular with some of the older members particularly when a convivial lunch can be taken in a public house at the end. Our next walk will be our New Year’s walk which will be at Glynde. Meet at top North Street, car park for a 9.30am start. New walkers will be most welcome.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday we are having a Carols For All service for all ages, young, old and in between so please come along with your family and friends to enjoy the Christmas celebration. The Christmas flavour starts today, Friday, with the Pells School Christmas service in church, then tomorrow, Saturday, at 6pm the Esterhazy Choir will perform a Christmas Concert in church. All are most welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Please do try and join us for one of our Christmas services at this very special time of year. Sunday starts with a communion service as usual at 8am, followed at 10am by a family nativity service with children bringing the Christmas story to life for all the family, and refreshments for everyone. Then our carol services are at 4pm and 6.30pm, with beautiful readings and carols by candlelight, accompanied by our regular choir joined by lots of very welcome extra singers, with organ and contemporary instruments. Each service is followed by coffee and mince pies. On Christmas Eve at 4pm we will have a young families’ nativity service, a short service for young children to experience the story of Christmas, with the Christmas crib, songs and a story, followed by refreshments for all. Midnight communion, our traditional atmospheric service to welcome in Christmas Day, will start at 11pm on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day at 10am we have our all age family celebration and you can stay for a short communion service afterwards if you wish. Looking ahead to next year, on Sunday January 4 we will be having a songs of praise service at 3.30pm for which you can choose your favourite Christmas carol. Please send your choice to: On January 8 Lewes Goes Strictly starts its new term: for information please go to and find the LGS page under Community.

PASSION PLAY GROUP: You are warmly invited to come and join us on Tuesday, when we are once again organising three groups of carol singers to sing their way around town, ending at Eastgate church hall for a mince pie and warming drink at 8.30pm. Please choose one of three starting points at 7pm: opposite Pelham Arms, next to St Anne’s; St Thomas’ Court, Cliffe High Street; Lewes railway station. Bring Carols for Choirs Book 1 if you have a copy but song sheets will be provided. Also bring a candle in a jar or a torch. It’s a fun event and everyone is welcome. Proceeds to the seniors’ Christmas Day lunch and Passion Play 2015. Diary date: On Sunday January 11, 2.30pm to 4pm, at Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road: come and meet the cast, hear the script and be part of it.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. If you have placed an order with the market, please make sure to collect it this Friday, otherwise you will be very disappointed as the market will take a short break over the festive season. They will close after today’s session and re-open on Friday January 9.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. The Carol Service will commence at 5.30pm, there will be mince pies and mulled wine after the service. On Christmas Eve the Crib Service will commence at 4pm, later that evening the Midnight Holy Communion Service will start at 11.30pm. Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Sunday December 28, Holy Communion at 8am followed by Holy Communion at 10.30am. If you should require a lift to church please telephone in advance 01444 482272.

NEWICK Afternoon Club will commence 2015 with a meeting at the Community Centre on Thursday January 8. The speaker being Richard Birtchnell, the title of his talk will be My Lords’ Ladies and Gentlemen Pray Silence for the Toast Master Richard Birtchnell. Richard has been a toastmaster for 15 years and is the past president of the highly regarded Society of London Toastmasters. This will be an exhilarating insight about the life and times of a toastmaster, and some of the famous people he has met. What did Richard say to the Duke of Cambridge that he found so funny?


CHRISTMAS 1914: On Christmas Day 1914 Geoff and Harold Hillier of Burnt Oak House were in the trenches in Northern France, having already taken part in a major battle. Harold wrote in his diary that they heard the Germans singing carols, so ‘We joined in and then the extraordinary happened – both sides climbed on to their parapets, waved at each other and sang in unison.’ Last month in our Remembrance weekend Revue Behind the Front we re-enacted that moment, and the men’s voices blended in English and German singing Silent Night to a packed and silent audience. Extracts from Harold Hillier’s diaries, letters from the Western Front and contemporary reports from local newspapers appear in our new booklet Waldron and the Great War 1914-1918. It’s available priced £5 at the Stores at Waldron, in Heathfield Art and Books in Heathfield High Street, or by post from 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. All profits will go to FOWC for repairs and improvements to our two church buildings.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Our annual Christmas Market and Village Christmas took place last weekend in sparkling sunshine and under blue skies. Chilly it may have been but everyone wrapped up warmly and there was a barbecue and plenty of mulled wine to give a warm glow. The church was buzzing with eager children waiting to see Santa in his Grotto and then making things in the workshop to take home and the stalls were busy with shoppers. It’s too soon to say how much was made for the Friends of Waldron Churches, but the day was happy and profitable.

WHAT’S ON: This Sunday lunchtime at the Star, String Theory will be playing lunchtime jazz to keep toes tapping. The Christmas menu will be on offer running up to December 23. The pub will be open until lunchtime on Christmas Day but will not be open in the evening. After Christmas the big occasion will be dinner with entertainment at the Star on New Year’s Eve but if you want to come (£65 per head) you will need to book it in advance as it’s a ticket-only event. Breakfast on New Year’s Day is always popular, served from 11am, and it’s a good idea to book in advance if you want to be sure of a table. On January 3 the annual Wassail takes place in and around the pub at 8pm. If you’ve never seen this rural shindig, don’t miss it, it’s noisy and fun with Morris Dancers performing and libations from the Wassail cup on the roots of the apple trees in the pub garden.

SERVICES: This Sunday’s church services will be at All Saints’, Waldron and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Matins), followed by coffee and cake. In the evening at 6.30pm there will be the annual Nine Lessons and Carols which always feels to me as if it’s the first proper day of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS EVE: At 4pm on Wednesday there will be a Crib Service at St Bartholomew’s and at 11pm there will be the Midnight Communion at All Saints’ in Waldron.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Holy Communion will be at 8am at St Bartholomew’s and Festival Morning Worship will be at 10.30am at All Saints’. Everyone welcome.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 11am All age service, 6.15 pm Carols By Candlelight, with Warbleton Brass Band. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30 pm Carol Service. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with communion led by Colin Povey.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Warbleton Parish Church: 4pm Crib service with a real donkey. 11.15pm Midnight Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 6pm Carols By Candlelight followed by mulled wine and refreshments in the village hall.

BAND CAROLS: Warbleton Brass Band will be playing in Rushlake Green on Christmas Eve evening.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Warbleton: 11am Family Service. Bodle Street: 9.30 am Family service with Holy Communion.

COFFEE & CO: There will be no Coffee and Company until Thursday January 8.

WALK: On Boxing Day there is the opportunity to work off the food consumed the day before with the walk organised by the history group. We meet at 10.30am at the lytch-gate of Warbleton Church, for a walk of about three miles. After the walk we adjourn to the Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green, for a drink and a chat. Our January meeting is on Monday January 12 at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall, when Michael Withers will talk about Medieval Musical Instruments.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28: Warbleton: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Bodle Street: 9.30am Patronal Festival Morning Prayer. Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Timms.

FLOWER SHOW AGM: The AGM of Warbleton and District Horticultural and Poultry Society will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday January 13 at the Dunn Village Hall. Mulled wine and nibbles will be served, and the guest speaker will be Chris Hone, a knowledgeable gardener and beekeeper, who will give an illustrated talk entitled Inside The Beehive. Bees are essential to all crop production and are under pressure at this time. The society needs your support. How? By becoming a member. Benefits include free and early admission to the marquee on flower show day (always the last Saturday in July), reduced cost of membership of the RHS, garden visits and discounts at some local nurseries. Membership is just £4 per annum and you can join at the AGM. For more details contact Margaret on 01435 830560. Your support is needed to ensure the future of the society and the success of the annual flower show.

PARISH MAGAZINE: This is primarily the house journal of the three parish churches but includes much information about local societies, and advertising from local firms. The new year’s subscriptions can be taken out now, contact Lucy (Warbleton) Jeanne on 01323 832055 (Bodle Street) or Roz on 01435 830276 (Dallington). For the past eight years the editor has been Caroline Thompson, who has now handed over the reins to Colette Parsons. Thank you Caroline for all your hard work, and welcome to Colette, who can be contacted on 01435 830439.