Parish pump Uckfield - December 5, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Tomorrow evening at the Village Hall a Dickensian Evening A Christmas Carol. Due to a number of similar events in the area, this evening has been shortened and will now be 7pm for 7.30pm. A Christmas Carol a DVD featuring Anton Lessor as Charles Dickens with a two-course supper with coffee and mints. There will be a licensed bar for wines and beer. Tickets are £12.50 per person (special rate for families with children) from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Christingle Service. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW).


CHRISTMAS TREES: The St Bartholomew’s Church Christmas Tree Festival begins today, Friday, with a preview evening at 7pm. Entry is £5 payable at the door, mulled wine and mince pies will be served. The church will be lit by dozens of Christmas trees decorated by different village organisations. The festival will open again tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held and a produce stall. Music will be played during the day. On Sunday the festival will be from 10am to 5pm. Again music, refreshments and raffle. The festival will close with an informal carol concert and all are welcome to join in. Entry on Saturday and Sunday is free.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Church of Christ the King will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at the village hall. This annual event is always one to visit as they have good quality gifts, etc for sale. There will be a raffle, tombola, cakes, books, games and much more. Do go along. Refreshments will also be available.

TOY AND CRIB SERVICE: On Sunday morning there will be the annual toy and crib service in St Bartholomew’s Church at 10am. This lovely service when toys and donations are collected for the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family support work. This special service will be followed by refreshments and time to chat. New toys will go to those families who unfortunately find Christmas and birthdays a very stressful time. Good second-hand toys will are added to the charity’s resources for their work in the Play Therapy and Day Out sessions throughout the year. During the service the blessing of the crib will take place and children will be invited to take their toy offering to the crib.

AFTER EIGHT: The Burwash Weald and Burwash Common After Eight Club are planning their Christmas dinner which will take place on December 17 at the Pavilion. This lively club for ladies meet once a month after 8pm. They have wide and varied programme of meetings in the Pavilion. Some of them will gather at the pavilion on Thursday morning to decorate it ready for their festive activities. If you would like to join this club but need more information call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

BOWLS: The short mat bowls club have had three matches since I last reported on them. The first was a home fixture against Five Ashes. Triples Joan Howard, Irene Bell and Margaret Waterhouse lost 10-16 while Wayne Reed, Angela Marden and Gavin Wood won 11-9. Pairs Keith Marden and Keith Wood drew 12-12 and Alan Green and Mary Taylor won 12-8. The next was an away fixture to Hailsham Martlets. Triple Joan, Irene and Margaret won 17-12. Wayne, Angela and Gavin won 21-3. Pairs Keith Wood and Keith Marden won 24-5 and Alan and Mary won 14-9. The last game was at home to Jarvis Brook. Joan, Irene and Margaret lost 13-14 but Wayne, Angela and Gavin won 13-5. Pairs Alan and Mary lost 7-15 but the two Keith’s won 16-10. This gave Burwash 17 league points from the last three matches. The club will next play at home to Horam Gunners on Thursday.


PLEASE SUPPORT St Peter and St James Hospice, by visiting the reindeer and Winter Wonderland at Garden Pride, Ditchling. It is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (from 10.30am to 5pm) and every Sunday (from 10.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday December 21. Entry costs £3 per person 50 per cent of which will go to the hospice. For more information call 01444 471598.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Kings Head Inn tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm. Rhythm and blues band BN8 will be there for al to enjoy.

ST PETER’S CHURCH, Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am with music supplied by Robinswood who are a four piece Sussex based folk band who perform their own compositions as well as some traditional and Irish material; their instruments are guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass. The service will be followed by a Pete’s Pantry Christmas special. If you would like some cards or to make a donation to Pete’s Pantry, but are unable to attend the services, do call Teresa on 01825 722586. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, Sunday, 10.30am with Derek Heyman and 6.15pm with Paul Daniels. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is welcome to attend. To find out more about the Group visit

SHEFFIELD PARK has early opening, from 8am, on Wednesday. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the garden as the sun rises across the lakes. On Tuesday December 9 and Saturday December 13, from 11am, Christmas songs will be heard around the garden; as a local singing group InChoir will be performing a selection of popular Christmas songs in the garden. There is also a 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. Admission charges apply; for more information call 01825 790231.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

FRIDAY CARD CLASSES run from 10am to 4pm and cost £12 (£10 of which goes towards St Peter’s Church funds). Refreshments and equipment are provided; just a packed lunch is needed. Spaces are available on Friday December 12. Call Teresa on 01825 722586 if you would like to join in.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE is at Chailey School on Saturday December 13 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.

CAROL SINGING: 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. If you would like to join them and sing along with all the well-known carols, and at the same time raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation, you will be most welcome.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Are you dining alone on December 25? If so you are welcome to enjoy a lunch and join in the festive celebrations at the Free Church, South Chailey, at 1pm. To find out more and to book a place call 01273 890114.

CASH FOR COVER APPEAL: The results of the Appeal have been stunning with nearly 1,300 donors which has meant the main target of £350,000 has been met in less than five weeks. Donations are still coming in, and a big thank you from the Bluebell Railway is sent to everyone who has contributed. The building drawings for which planning consent has been given include a lot more than a roof over the carriages so contributions to help this project, at, will be gratefully received.

OFSTED INSPECTION: Staff and pupils at Chailey Heritage School are celebrating after an Ofsted inspection last month rated the school ‘outstanding’ in every way. Ofsted judged that ‘In each of the school’s departments, starting with the Early Years Foundation Stage and ending in the sixth form, pupils make outstanding progress’. The inspectors praised the headteacher for being ‘unceasing in his efforts to improve the school even further’ and concluded that ‘Leadership and management of this school are outstanding’ and ‘governance is highly effective’. The chair of governors, Dr Elizabeth Green, said she was very proud of the inspection report adding: ‘This excellent result was richly deserved and reflects the consistently high standard of commitment and sheer hard work given so unselfishly by staff, governors and volunteers.’ You can view the full report at

HRH THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER officially opened the new Beacon View Wellbeing Centre at St Peter and St James Hospice on Wednesday November 19. This special occasion enabled supporters to see the Wellbeing Centre in operation. The Duke was taken on a tour of the centre and was keen to meet some of the patients, members of staff and volunteers. The centre is open to anyone over the age of 18 years, who has a life limiting illness and is registered with the hospice. The activities and services provided at the centre are varied and designed to promote wellbeing and confidence in a safe and supportive environment. A personal programme of support will initially last 10 weeks and can include health and wellbeing sessions, complementary therapies, social and activity groups and individual emotional and physical support. To learn more about these programmes call 01444 471598.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, second Sunday in Advent, 10am United Benefice, East Hoathly, 6pm United Benefice (Christingle) Chiddingly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: This week’s walk starts from Eastbourne Pier at 2pm. For further details from Chris or Jenny please call 872830.

CHRISTMAS SHOP: Hidden below the Village Stores, the bricked and arched Georgian cellars provide a most relaxing way to accomplish your Christmas shopping. All manner of seasonal goodies are available that are not usually available at your local supermarket, all at competitive price. Hampers can be made to order and orders are now being taken for local, free-range turkeys, venison and geese, as well as traditional hams and local cheeses. The shop will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

POST OFFICE: East Hoathly post office will be open on Wednesday afternoons in addition to the usual opening hours in December. On December 10 and 17 the service will be provided between 2pm and 4pm in order to help with those extra Christmas demands.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Family Service, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 11th December 1914. Flaming Bullets for Destroying Aircraft. Uckfield Solicitor’s Invention. That gifted gentleman, Mr Charles Dawson, FRGS, of Uckfield and Lewes, who some time back was so much in the public eye by reason of his discovery of the prehistoric skull at Piltdown, has made another discovery; one that in these perilous times may prove of the utmost value in the defence of this nation. He has invented and patented a flaming bullet for use against Zeppelins and other hostile aircraft, which are mainly supported in the air by inflammable gases.

ANOTHER DISCOVERY at Piltdown. Remote from the ‘madding crowds’ but glorious in its rural simplicity, Piltdown, the place of the resurrection of the pre-historic skull, has by the industry of Mr. Charles Dawson, FRGS, who discovered the relic of human antiquity, once more yielded up one of its undoubtedly many, hidden secrets. In conjunction with Dr A Smith Woodward, FRS, Mr Dawson has for a long time, since the discovery of the skull, been very active in the exploration of the gravel area near where the skull was found. The excavations have revealed fragments of highly mineralised teeth of rhinoceros and Mastodon elephants and a highly interesting relic in the shape of a large bone implement has been unearthed.

QUEEN OF HARPS: Catrin Finch, award-winning former Official Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales, is performing an exclusive solo concert tomorrow, Saturday, in Fletching Church. Proceeds from the concert will go to Project Refresh. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £18, to include a glass of wine and a canapé in the interval, can be obtained from Andrew Wright, 01825 712803 or or (if still available) at the door for £20.

CAROLS IN OAK HALL: On December 14 join us at 4.30pm for a selection of traditional Christmas carol favourites in Oak Hall, Sheffield Park. The hall will be dressed for Christmas with a huge Christmas tree and beautifully decorated fireplace. A glass of mulled wine and a mince pie are included in the price (non-alcoholic option available). All tickets £7.50, booking essential.

STREET CLEANING: The next clean is due to take place on Friday December 12, weather permitting. The area covered stretches from the Pump House to the junction of Mill Lane, Mill Lane as far as the national speed limit sign, the High Street from the junction of Mill Lane to Atheralls Farm and Cherry Cottages from the junction of the High Street to the far end of the Village Hall car park, including the car park. It would be much appreciated if residents could avoid parking on these roads on this date, so that the clean can be as thorough as possible.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: I measured 175mm in November, well above the 16-year average of 104mm, but short of the 225mm recorded in 2009. The total for the three autumn months was 320mm, above the average of 275mm in spite of a very dry September, but only about half the 662mm recorded in 2000 when there was extensive flooding.


HOME ALONE AT CHRISTMAS? The Home Alone at Christmas Scheme has been expanded from 40 places to 80 to welcome even more people who might otherwise be home alone at Christmas. Will you be home alone this Christmas or do you know someone who would be? Why not join in at The Link Coffee Shop in Market Square, Hailsham for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Please pick up a booking form from The Link or phone 01323 441079 (Kay) to book a place. They would love to see you. Booking essential and there is no charge. The Link Coffee Shop will be open from 11.30am for coffee and the meal is served at 12.30pm. Please note that places are only offered to those who are on their own. If you are in need of transport this can also be booked and provided. There will be light entertainment in the afternoon.

BIKER TOY RUN: Tomorrow, Saturday, in support of The Salvation Army, ESAM (East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists) are collecting unwrapped new or second-hand toys in good clean condition for all ages babies to teenagers from Tesco, Hailsham. The annual Toy Run will be leaving Wessons Café, High Street, Horam at 10am, then via all collection points, finishing at The Salvation Army Citadel, Langney Road, Eastbourne. Please leave your toys in store at the following collection points: Wessons Cafe, High Street, Horam, J S Gedge Motorcycles, Pevensey, Tesco, North Street, Hailsham, SafeStore, Brampton Road, Eastbourne, Tesco, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne. Be a Santa biker please donate a toy or join them on the day all toys are for local children and teenagers who are in need at Christmas. For more information contact 07720 033514.

STREET MARKET: This year’s Christmas Market will take place in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Vicarage Field will have stalls of regional fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, candy floss and mince pies. There will be festive entertainment throughout the day from the Jazz Caverners, Hailsham Choral Society, Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Choir, The Memphis Flyers and pupils of Hailsham Community College. Santa and his Sleigh will be outside the Quintins Centre as well as a Reindeer Rodeo in Vicarage Field. A road closure will be put in place between 4am and 9am to erect the stalls and 4pm to 9pm to take them down.

ST MARY’S: Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am. At 10.30am is an All Age Service with crèche, Bible Baddies: The Snake.

RAFA CONCERT: The Hailsham branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) is holding its Christmas concert on Sunday to get you in the festive mood. The concert, which takes place at Hailsham Pavilion in George Street, will feature a wide range of Christmas tunes performed by Wealden Brass. All funds raised will go to the RAFA Wings Appeal, a fundraising project set up to provide welfare support for veterans from those involved in World War II through to today’s serving RAF personnel and their families. The concert starts at 3pm and will finish around 5.15pm. Tickets are priced at £6 each for adults or £3 for children (under 16 years) with limited seats available so early bookings are strongly recommended. Tickets will be available within the Quintins Centre or can be reserved by calling the Hailsham Pavilion box office on 01323 841414.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Club. Afterwards there will be a light buffet and carols with music provided by the maestro, Peter Appleby. Before the Remembrance Service at Hailsham War Memorial on November 9. The members were informed of a new clasp for the General Service Medal 1918-1962 for those who had taken part in the Berlin Airlift 1948-49 and a reduction in the number of days from 120 to 90 for those that had served in Cyprus 1955-59. There is an extension to the South Atlantic Medal without the rosette from the 12 July to 21 Oct 1982. Steve Leonard, the Branch Standard Bearer entered the Sussex County Standard Bearers competition again this year and was successful in becoming the County Standard Bearer for the second year in succession. Well done Steve. The annual general meeting was held following the branch meeting with reports given and the retirement of Revd Peter Clark as branch secretary a new secretary was required. Frank Berry volunteered for this and together with all other officers and committee members who volunteered to continue were elected unanimously. The branch accounts were presented and accepted. The chairman, Mike Weller called upon the branch president, Robin Kempe, to make a presentation of a Certificate of Services Rendered to the retiring branch secretary, Robin made a point about Peter’s changes of career since leaving the Royal Navy and also the way in which he conducted the services at the War Memorial. Revd Peter had been secretary for the branch since 2007 this month. On accepting the Certificate, he said that he will still be attending the branch and barracking the chair.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting of the Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society is on Wednesday at the Methodist Church hall at 7pm for 7.30pm start. The speaker is Mary Mustin on How The Lady and the Ladies Changed my Life – how many chaps can relate to that. Exactly what this entails you will have to come along and find out. The AGM in November flowed well with no changes to officers or committee. Just a reminder that subscriptions for membership are now due. The business side was followed by treasurer, Richard Goldsmith, showing some pictures taken by the late Harry White during the 1960s around the town. It was interesting looking back to the shops and buildings of 50 years ago in the High Street, George Street and so on. Richard was thanked having ended the evening showing the signal box south of Hailsham Station with the Nursery Path going under the railway and the red phone box as the sun went down. David said that he too had ended a similar show of pictures at the old Community hall several years ago with the same picture Goodnight. David would like to thank everybody that has supported the society over the last year and ‘to Jenny Seale for putting my scribble into print’. The first meeting of 2015 is on January 14 when Hailsham born and bred man, Jon Cruse, will be giving a talk along with pictures, entitled Hellingly Hospital and Hailsham by Rail. Same time, same place.

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 Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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

Isfield & Little Horsted

FRANK’S MEMENTO: A few months after leaving the parish where he had been curate-in-charge at St Margaret’s from 2006 to 2013, Frank Fox-Wilson decided to give the church a memento of his time there. And what better that something created by his own hands? Frank, whose many talents included woodcarving, transformed a single block of lime into a magnificent engraving of St Margaret’s and its churchyard. Sadly, in these times of ever-dwindling congregations, the carving has had fewer admirers than it deserves, so the church has come up with a bright idea to put that right. Frank’s carving now hangs, with an explanatory plaque, in the bar at The Laughing Fish pub. Landlady Linda Brooks says: ‘We are delighted to share this piece of artwork with the community. The pub has more visitors than the church itself, so many more people are able to admire and appreciate Frank’s skill.’

SANTA TIME: Santa certainly seems to like our district, for he is making yet more visits in the run-up to Christmas. As last year, he will be at the Lavender Line railway station in Isfield on Saturdays and Sundays from now until Christmas. Details can be found online at, from Marion Taylor on 01903761455 (before 7pm) or the station on 01825 750515 if calling on a Sunday.

QUIZ: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society are holding one of their popular quiz nights at Isfield Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday) evening. Tickets at £7 each, to include supper, can be bought at The Laughing Fish. There will be no bar at this event, so it’s a case of take your own liquid refreshments if required.

CLUB TALKS: The Forget-me-Not Club has come up with an interesting and varied selection of talks for the first eight months of next year, including ones on Voyages of the Mayflower (January 21), East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Animal Service (February 4), and a presentation on Uckfield in the 1900s, illustrated with postcards. (February 18). Graham Albon gave an entertaining and informative talk on Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire at the last meeting. The club, for the over-55s, meets on alternate Wednesdays at Isfield Village Hall at 2.30pm and finishes with tea and cakes. Further details about club activities from Colin Staines (01825 766342), Liz Russell (01825 750611) or Wendy Chandler (01825 750517).

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, a joint Christingle service at St Michael’s, Little Horsted (11am); 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).

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 from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Why not pop along and enjoy natter and a cuppa.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are 8am Holy Communion followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Everyone welcome.

FLARE PATH: Don’t forget the Newick Amateur Society will be performing the play Flare Path this week in the village hall at 8pm, doors open 7.15pm.

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre from 9am till noon. All the proceeds are for Headway, a local charity. Why not pop along and see what goodies are on offer. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: I trust you have all been busy writing those local Christmas cards, there are only few days left for you to post in time for the final collection on December 11 at 4pm. Please support this service by the Newick Scout Group and give a generous donation in a sealed envelope and post with your cards.


WINTER has come with a bang or rather, a splat. We had a good crop of grapes on our vine this year and I was going to make wine. But the starlings are really enjoying them, so I decided that their need was greater than mine. Or should that be, greater than wine?

UCKFIELD FILM SOCIETY: On Sunday December 14, Uckfield Film Society’s movie will be The Great Beauty, an ambitious, beautifully filmed story of contemporary life in Rome, the Eternal City, seen through the eyes of an ageing writer. One of the most acclaimed films of 2013 and winner of numerous awards including a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award for best foreign language film. The Great Beauty is on at 8pm and information about the Uckfield Film Society can be obtained by contacting the cinema on 01825 764909.

LIONS CLUB: Following an approach to the Uckfield and District Lions Club, in furtherance of their support to youth organisations, the Lions gave the Uckfield Judo Club a donation of £650 to buy new mats to replace worn ones and to extend their ability to train youth. On Saturday November 29 the Lions president, Bob Eaves, accompanied by four of the Lions, attended to formally present the mats and to watch the club in action. The successful and popular Uckfield Judo Club, who are based at the Freedom Leisure Centre, meet weekly to train youth of both sexes from the age of five upwards, has been running for a number of years, and some mats were becoming worn and unsafe. The Lions watched the young Judo proponents in action prior to making the presentation. In the spirit of Lionism, their 70 year old president, determined not to be overshadowed by youthful Judo experts, took on two of the Judo club members at press ups. We will gloss over the fact that after eight he had to be lifted off the floor by two youngsters.


ADVENT: Last Sunday evening when we had our lovely candlelit Advent Carol Service it was still November. Now, suddenly, we are cantering through December and it’s Christmas in less than three weeks, no cards yet written, presents still to buy and all the wonderful specialness of this festival developing around us. So, here’s what’s happening in Waldron this month. On Sunday at 10am there will be morning service and we are asked to bring Christmas presents for the struggling families we support through Family Support Work. Things for all ages are needed, especially gifts for teenage boys, and please don’t wrap them as this will be done later to make sure we know what’s inside and can direct them to the right age group. Unused wrapping paper and tags would also be appreciated as well as money in an envelope for the purchase of gifts.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: On Saturday December 13 will be our famous street market in the centre of the village with a host of village-centred activities including Santa’s Grotto and other fun things for children. You’ll have to park on the outskirts of the village and walk a short distance as the middle of Waldron is closed to through traffic for the day. There will be games, 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 book your children in to see Santa in his grotto, send a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches for £5 per child (and please tell us if your child is a boy or girl and their age) to The Christmas Elf, Brambles, Dern Lane, Waldron TN21 0PN. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope so the tickets can be sent to you with a time for your session with Santa. He’ll be arriving at 10.30am by the way, so line up to give him a cheer! 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: On Monday December 15 at 10 am there will be coffee and mince pies and carols with Linked Hands at All Saints’ Church and everyone is welcome to join in. Later, in the evening, at 6.30pm there will be our lovely Walking Nativity with the children of Cross in Hand School who will tell the story of the Nativity starting from the church, progressing into the fields behind to sing While Shepherds Watched their flocks, across the road to the inn where Mary and Joseph were turned away and then to the stable. That evening our lovely village shop the Stores at Waldron will be open till late for tempting treats and last-minute purchases, a great opportunity to begin your Christmas early. The Stores is also the place where you can buy your copy of our latest publication, Waldron and the Great War 1914 – 1918, the perfect present (and a snip at £5) for anyone interested in the history of the village.

ROBERT WOODHEAD: Two weeks ago, in this column I asked if the family of Robert Woodhead, one of the names on our war memorial, would get in touch as we were trying to get hold of a photograph of him for our research into the First World War. I have just learnt that the family didn’t see the story, but by a strange co-incidence, they were in touch with Benjamin Tyler, our director of music, and we were able to learn more about this remarkable young man. He was a Christ’s Hospital boy, (Captain of the school, or Senior Grecian), went to Oxford, thence into the Civil Service where his career promised high office. With the outbreak of the war, he volunteered with other Oxford contemporaries, was commissioned and died in 1916 aged 30 on the Somme. At the Dedication of our War Memorial, the Archdeacon of Hastings, Dr Upcott said of Robert that he was ‘one of the most distinguished of them, who would have made a great name for himself in the service of the State’. His family visited the Thiepval Memorial this summer to see his name commemorated there and they are deeply touched that their ancestor is still warmly remembered in this village. His photograph is on its way as I write this column and we will be able to add it to our memorabilia of the Great War. If any other families have photographs or autobiographical details of their relatives whose names appear on our War Memorial, please contact me on (01435) 812036 or e-mail

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Christingle Service, when we celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Prayer (CW). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Rev Philip Laver.