Parish Pump Uckfield - December 6, 2013

Bodle Street Green

FAMILY MATINEE: There will be a matinee showing of Frederick Ashton’s ballet, La Fille Mal Gardee. This production by Australian Ballet, which combines comedy, pathos and lyricism in choreographic perfection, will be shown tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm in the village hall. Tickets to include afternoon tea will be £3 for adults and £2 for children 14 years and under. They are available from Bryan on 01323 833553, Geoff on 833343 or on the door. Future events are a race night on January 18 and Shooting The Moon, a new live production by Strangeface on March 27.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service, at which we celebrate the coming of Christ, as Light of the World.Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets on Monday from 11.30am to 2.30pm in the village hall.

BSG WI: The institute meets on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. The Penhurst Singers will entertain with festive music for this the Christmas meeting. Tea follows the meeting. Members will receive their membership cards this month, giving details of the 2014 programme.


FESTIVAL: The weekend begins with the annual Christmas Tree Festival in St Bartholomew’s Church tonight, Friday, at 7pm. This preview evening is £5 and includes mulled wine, mince pies, a raffle and music. Tomorrow and Sunday the doors open at 10am with a produce stall, raffle and music tomorrow, free entry and closing at 4pm. On Sunday there will be a raffle and music and the event closes at 5pm when there will be an informal Carol Concert. The trees will all be decorated by different groups including the classes of the Burwash Primary School. You are all welcome to go along.

CALL MY BLUFF: Tonight, Friday, an entertaining evening of Call My Bluff is being held in the Pavilion at Burwash Common, from 7.30pm. This hilarious TV game show promises to be great fun with outlandish meanings for you to decipher. The licensed bar will be open.

COFFEE MORNING: Burwash Flower Arrangement Club invite you to their Christmas coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. it is being held at Rover cottage in the High Street, by kind permission of Mary and Trevor Hayes. Entry is £1 to include coffee and mince pies, with a sales table, Christmas gifts, raffle and cakes. You are all welcome to go along.

BAZAAR: A Grand Christmas Bazaar is being held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon from 2.15pm, by the Catholic Churches of Burwash and Heathfield. Lots of bargains to be had, a raffle and tombola. Entry is 50p.

BINGO: A Christmas Bingo is being played Sunday afternoon at the village hall, with plenty of seasonal prizes to be won. Entry is free, a book of 12 games giving 24 chances to win being £1 each. A raffle will also be held and special flyer games. Home made cakes and mince pies will be available in the interval. The doors open at 2pm for eyes down at 2.30pm. All proceeds will go to help with the Christmas Day Lunch for those on their own. Any prize donations would be most appreciated. Please call Mary on 01435 882107.

GET TOGETHERS: On Wednesday the annual Get Together Lunch for the senior members of our community is being held, thanks to the hard work and fund raising of a few generous minded people. It is being held at the Bear Motel from noon. if you are over 60 years and would like an invite and live in Burwash, Burwash Weald or Burwash Common, please call Steve Mintram to discover if there are any spaces left at this much sort after meal. A raffle is always held and prizes are always appreciated.

BOWLS: Last week the team had a league match at home to Crowhurst. This was a really enjoyable evening with a friendly club. The triples played first with Keith and Angela Marden and Julie Hawkins winning 13-8, but Alan Green, Joan Howard and Keith Wood lost 9-14. After tea the pairs played with Mick Moore and Stephen Trew struggling and losing 4-27 while Mary and Barry Taylor won 20-12. Four more league points. Our next game is away to Horam Cannons, our last match of the year.

East Hoathly

CAROLS: The twinning association in conjunction with local businesses are pleased to announce that the village Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 7pm on Thursday. There will be carol singing around the tree and late night shopping at the Village Christmas Shop, Muffins and other local establishments. Mulled wine and other refreshments for sale at the usual outlets. Also, as part of the village late shopping event on Thursday there is another opportunity to visit Keith’s studio at The Village Works. He invites you to come along and share mulled cider and hot mince pies straight from the workshop stove. For more details Keith can be contacted on 01825 841000, or at

CHRISTMAS FAIR: East Hoathly Primary School will be holding their Christmas Fair in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 11am and 2pm. There will be the usual array of stalls, a raffle, auction, face painting and crafts. Please come along and join in the fun.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the society will be leading their last walk of the year. They will be starting at 2pm from The Middle House in Mayfield and will be doing a street walk of the historic village with a few tales from its colourful past, before heading back to the pub. Everyone is very welcome. For further details for this and the walks planned for next year please call Jenny or Chris on 872830. The first walk in 2014 will be on Sunday January 12, further details to follow. Last Friday the society held their annual social evening in the newly refurbished village hall, when the new Russell Room was officially opened. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by retiring secretary June Tidswell and generous benefactor Russell Brown. The room will be used for the safe keeping of village records and photographic documentation. Anyone wishing to access the records can do so by arrangement with the society. Also at the social evening there were fascinating and hugely enjoyable presentations by Rosemary Akehurst and Jose Loosemore, two wonderful ladies with a seemingly endless supply of charming anecdotes and historical tales. To ensure the future of the society, they are always keen to welcome new members, details from Jenny on 872830.

THOMAS TURNER: Sunday 13 December 1761 – ‘After churchtime Tho. Durrant and myself walked down to Whyly, where we stayed and spent the even, and to my eternal shame be it spoken, came home not thoroughly sober. Oh, my imprudence! What frailty and perverseness is there in human nature! If I could have the resolution to drink only water, as my brains are so weak, happy would it be for me, for I think the very smell of liquor intoxicates my brain and when reason is lulled me to sleep, then, then, undoubtedly appetite reigns triumphant, and we no longer can be said (with any propriety of reason) to be rational creatures, but rather brutes….’


THANK YOU so much to everyone who supported the British Red Cross Haiyan Appeal by giving a raffle prize, sending a donation or buying raffle tickets at the Pop In, Village Market or FCS’ Quiz Night. A cheque has now gone off for an amazing £913.50 which with Gift Aid adds up to £1141.87 in total. A fantastic result.

QUIZ: What a successful evening was had by all at the FCS Quiz Night. All those answers just at the tip of the tongue. Many thanks to everyone who helped, the clearing up seemed to be done in a thrice with so many helping hands. The evening raised approx £450 (treasurer still to confirm).

ALL THE CATTLE are now, we think, off the Forest. The head count hasn’t been done by the farmer yet so if you see a cow-like thing in the distance, please let us know. There are still a few sheep who refuse to be rounded up, again if you see any let us know. A precise location really helps.

HOLIDAY CLUB: After the success of our Summer Holiday Club we are happy to announce a Children’s Christmas Holiday Club. Monday December 23, 10am to 3pm for children aged 6 to 11 years who love being outdoors, at the Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross. Cost £20 per child. Places are bookable, call 07986 703088 or email

CAROLS: Thursday, Carols in the Pub. Call John on 712808 for more information.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Sunday December 15, FCS’ Children’s Christmas Party in Fairwarp Village Hall at 3pm followed by lantern making and carols round the tree on the green. Book earlier to avoid disappointment, by December 6, at the latest. Call Caroline on 712950 or e-mail: or Sarah on 713307 or e-mail:

NEW YEAR SOCIAL: Sunday January 19 FCS New Year Social, 11am to 1pm in Fairwarp Village Hall. Come along for a glass of mulled wine or two and a chat with friends and neighbours. Coffee and tea also served.


CHRISTMAS FAIR 10am to 4pm on Sunday at Crockstead Farm Hotel. Festive food and drinks, stocking fillers, arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Entrance £1 adults, children free.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

A NEW DOG: Friends and neighbours are used to seeing us round and about with our Cyprus rescue dog, Ari. We’d been thinking about acquiring a new hound for a while but felt we were a bit long in the canines to opt for a puppy (we’ve had several and the furniture has indented memories of all of them, so has Mrs PP’s footwear). On our regular autumn visit to the island we came across a lovely, large brown and white pointer which had been dumped in the Kyrenia mountains. He was being fed by our largely English neighbours (locals leave dogs in the village as they know the Brits and Germans will take them in, most families have about four, one neighbour has 13). He made himself at home even sleeping on my bed, occupying most of the sofa and taking over prime position by the fire. We decided to take him to England and give yet another Mediterranean dog a home life. The process has now become more straightforward since the arrival of our original pointer, Ari, now a fit nine year old. Jacques (as we have named him, never call us unpretentious) is in the care of a wonderful organisation called Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) who undertake the full process including neutering, inoculation, blood tests, veterinary checks and then fly him direct to Heathrow where, hopefully, we shall take delivery in March. Meanwhile they house him at their animal rescue centre. Much as we worried about leaving him in the care of an impersonal centre, he demonstrated his calm, pointerish personality by accepting biscuits then falling asleep on the floor of the reception area. We now anticipate his arrival, we both have March birthdays so he will be a timely mutual present and hopefully keep us active until the Sunshine Home for the Elderly beckons. So when you see us out and about next year we will (hopefully) be accompanied by two large, floppy eared hounds. Thankfully we are surrounded by wonderful veterinary practices so we can ensure both remain healthy and enjoy active lives. By the way, KAR is a terrific organisation which takes strays off the street, neuters them and either puts them back where they came from or finds homes. The group also runs a worthwhile education programme, helping locals come to terms with a different way of looking at working, sporting and guard animals, caring for them and helping them stay healthy. Local children meet at the mountain rescue centre to take dogs for walks and cats too are popular adoptees. Another great organisation is Greek Animal Rescue (which exhibits at Nutley’s annual village summer fete.) Check either out on Google. Sorry to witter on about animals when all about us so many people are suffering, but there’s room in life for kindness to anything which has a pulse.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Maynards Green School are holding their Christmas Fair today, Friday, from 3.20pm to 5.20pm in the school hall. There will be refreshments, Father Christmas, tombola, games, crafts, raffle, lucky dip, plant stall, cake stall and lots more.

CROSS IN HAND Methodist Church holds a carol service and walk-on nativity on Sunday, December 15 at 3pm. Everyone is most welcome.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND will hold its Christmas concert at the Community Centre on Saturday, December 14 at 7.30pm. A mixture of light pieces to suit all tastes and carols, of course. There will be mulled wine, mince pies and a raffle. Do come, just £5 and £3 for children. This winds up the band’s 125th anniversary year and will be an opportunity to reserve a copy of the band’s history or ring on 862398.

ACRES: Cllr Jean Holmwood contacted us with this email from Catherine Collingwood which we think is really helpful and a giant step forward. I’m including it in its entirety for you to see: I am concentrating my efforts on improving the adult learning provision in Heathfield, so I found it very interesting to meet you. The current ACRES brochure has prioritised Heathfield by offering a wide range of courses, largely from the Community College. The college website now has a link to us on the home page: The Spotlight on Heathfield article which can be found on p15 of the ACRES brochure. This highlights the range of courses available from January. I have also listed them at the bottom of this email and you will see there are a lot for beginners. In addition to this, I am working to set up daytime courses in venues that are convenient to those wishing to learn in alternative settings, and as I mentioned to you the main focus of these is basic computer skills for the older learner. However, I am also looking at offering some ancestry, gentle exercise classes and any other course that people show an interest in. I will keep you informed of what we are providing in Heathfield, but as with all things, the courses can only run with sufficient numbers so I am appealing for any support you can offer in promoting and informing people of these new learning opportunities. If there are any networking meetings you would like me to attend at any time to promote community learning in Heathfield please do let me know.

COURSES Running in Heathfield in January: Art History, continuation; all ability Art Workshop; Bring your Own Laptop, Horam; Computing, beginners; Creative Writing, beginners; Crochet, beginners; Digital Photography, beginners; Eat Well - Feel Good; Guitar, beginners; Copperfoil Stained Glass, beginners; Introduction to Counselling and Interpersonal Skills; Introduction to Sage Accounting; Mask Making, beginners; Sewing, beginners; Soft Furnishing and Upholstery, continuation; Yoga, beginners and improvers.

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month’s lecture was on Life in a Victorian Household by Mrs M Greatorex. The household in question was Standen, now a National Trust property. It was built in the 1890s by a Mr Beale, a solicitor, who worked for the Midland Railway and who was involved in the building of St Pancras Station. With his accumulated wealth he and his wife decided they would like a country house with easy access to his London office. They eventually chose Standen Farm near East Grinstead and here they built their luxurious retreat. They employed the architect Philip Webb who not only built the house to the Beale’s exacting standards but also provided excellent quarters for the servants. The servants and estate workers were always very well looked after by the Beales even paying them half then quarter wages while they served in World War 1. Mrs Greatorex had many interesting stories about life at Standen and what a wonderful childhood the children had. When Mr and Mrs Beale died two of the children, Maggie and Helen, remained there. In the 1960s, when eventually Helen died, the house was handed over to the National Trust. So Standen only ever had one family in residence and remained remarkably unchanged over the years. This was an excellent talk that really brought the house to life. Their next meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 in the Ian Price room at the Heathfield Community Centre at 7.30pm, when Peter Gillies, with the help of his magic lantern, will take everyone on A Meander through the Victorian Weald. They hope you can join them.

CRAFTYNO3 Christmas Fair on Sunday, 11am to 4pm at Heathfield Community Centre. An amazing showcase of beautiful gifts, crafts, jewellery, ladies fashions, ceramics, art, cards, produce and so much more. Fantastic Christmas shopping opportunity not to be missed, all under one roof. Free entry. Free parking. Refreshments available.

Isfield & Little Horsted

TIMBER: It was a frustrating few hours for some Isfield residents as well as motorists on Sunday after a tree collapsed at the Old Mill end of Station Road and brought some power cables crashing down. Police closed the road for several hours while the local highways authority and electricity company workers cleared the debris and restored the local power supply. Just a thought, but maybe it would have been helpful if Road Closed signs had been put out further away from the incident so that drivers could have avoided at least part of their detours.

SINGING: At the time of writing, members of The Isfield Women’s Group (TWIG) were due to tour the village on Wednesday evening singing Carols at three points and hoping to raise funds for local charities.

DATE WITH SANTA: Father Christmas will be in his grotto at Isfield’s Lavender Line railway station this weekend with a gift for each child visiting with paying adults. Trains will be steam-hauled by loco Austin 1 on Saturday, while Sunday will see diesel engine Valiant on duty. Further details from Marion Taylor on a call on 01903 761455 (before 7pm, please) or the Lavender Line’s direct number 01825 750515 on Sunday.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield, Sunday, Parish Communion at 10am. December 15, Mattins at 10am and candlelit Carol Service at 6pm.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PARISH COUNCIL: Last month children and young people from Five Ashes celebrated the official opening of fantastic new play equipment next to the village hall. At the opening ceremony parish council chairman Cllr Watkiss cut a ribbon to mark the occasion and the children then had the chance to test out the new kit. Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council led the £9,000 project, which started in spring 2012. Funding came from the parish council and The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded a grant of £5,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund. The project removed damaged and dated pieces of equipment. These were replaced with two pieces of new equipment for 3 to 11 year olds, a thumper climbing tower with steps, slide and observation tower, and a flower collective four-seat see-saw. Safety surfacing was also laid. The parish council identified the removal of the old equipment as a priority because of damage and safety considerations. Several designs supplied by different contractors were presented to local school children and they chose the one they like the best. Last month also saw the installation of two new fingerposts which were previously in a very sorry state on Scotsford Hill Lane at the junctions with Witherenden Road and Piccadilly Lane. These fingerposts were kindly sponsored by a local resident.

LIVE CRIB EVENT: The annual tradition of Live Crib is the start of Christmas for many Mayfield residents. This has now been organised and will be performed by the girls of St Leonards-Mayfield School, as has been done every Christmas for almost 50 years. Everyone is invited to join them for this special service on the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 10, 11 and 12. The evening begins with Mary and Joseph’s journey along the High Street guiding a donkey and accompanied by a procession of candlelit angels singing carols. Turned away at the Middle House Inn, the procession winds its way to the School’s 14th-century Chapel. With the infant Jesus, a real baby, cradled in their arms, Mary and Joseph sit at the foot of the altar, while the angels perch on the chapel’s gothic window sills. The nativity then unfolds, with the Archangel Gabriel singing from the gallery and Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior visiting Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The congregation joins the choir in singing a series of well-known carols. The High Street processions begin at 6.30pm and the carol services at approximately 6.45pm. Visitors travel from miles around to experience Live Crib, so if you wish to secure a pew near the front we recommend you forego the procession and are seated no later than 6.30pm.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: St Dunstan’s Church will be holding its annual Christmas Market on Saturday, December 14, in the church from 10am until 2pm. There will be lots of festive stalls again this year including jewellery and scarves, Christmas decorations, Phoenix Trading Christmas giftwrap and ribbon, bottle tombola, homemade cakes and preserves, homemade Christmas gifts and cards and much more. There will also be a corner that the children can play in safely while you have a browse amongst the stalls. Tea, coffee and mulled wine will be served throughout the morning and bellringers will be manning a barbecue while the Mayfield Band entertains with festive tunes. Do go along and enjoy the fun. Any enquiries to St Dunstan’s Parish Office on 01435 873484.

MEMORIES OF MAYFIELD 2: Yes, it is now December 8 thank you to all who telephoned to check this date. Nat Durman’s second film, Memories of Mayfield 2, will be shown in the Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon. The film is being shown free and there will be two screenings, at 2pm and again at 4pm, this to allow everybody who wants to see it not having to stand. Nat Durman has dedicated Memories of Mayfield 2 to Jackie Sellick who very sadly died last month. Jackie was filmed with her husband Bill talking about their days at Bungehurst and Great Bainden farms. There will be tea and cakes after each screening to give people an opportunity to chat to the interviewees. In addition to Bill they are Robin Balfour, Berenice and Dennis Blurton, Richard Bowerman, Greta Chatterley, Brenda Cope, John Eldridge, David Gray, Steve and Judy Harland, Sophie Hepworth, Michael Holman, Bill and June Humphrey, Johnny Marsh, John and Margaret Neve, Keith Pearce, Milly Starkey, Gwen Stokes and Ken and Violet Streeter. In the film we are shown around a smuggler’s cottage; there’s a card from the Queen; more farming stories; learn about life as a Mayfield Primary schoolboy in the Second World War; about scouting and being a wood carver and more about the day in 1940 when Gunther Bode crash-landed his Messerschmitt 109; we visit a pop-up museum of Mayfield artefacts, and much more. There will also be a photographic display by Nat’s sister, Molly, of all those who took part.

CAROL SERVICE: Mayfield Evening WI are hosting the Forest Ridge Group of WI’s Carol Service on Thursday in St Dunstan’s Church at 7.30pm. This is not only for WI members but for all who would like to join us, both female and male. Refreshments will be served after the service.

NEW MAYFIELD CHOIR: Go and sing some Christmas music for free on Wednesday at 8pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall. Everyone welcome. Organisers thank everyone who has expressed an interest in joining a new singing group in Mayfield. Hopefully they will have all been contacted individually with the news, but just in case some emails are still floating about in the ether, after a great deal of consultation between interested people, they have made the decision to go with Noel Bannister who runs the Pop Zing groups in Crowborough and Eridge. The aim of his group is to have fun and enjoy singing and no auditions are required and everyone, no matter what singing ability they may have, is welcome. The new singing group will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8pm until about 9.45pm. As his other two groups take place on Mondays and Tuesdays and no hall was available on Thursday and Friday was thought not to be the best day; that left Wednesday. Apologies to those people who find this evening difficult. So, his first session, where he will tell everyone how he will operate, in which venue it will be held and how much it will cost, will be on December 11. Noel will take on the running of the group. If you would like an idea of what he does with the group in Crowborough just put Pop Zing Noel Bannister into your search engine.

CARERS SUPPORT: Do you provide unpaid help and support to family or friends with mental health needs? If this is the case, then you are a carer and this service could help you. Caring is part of life and it can be very rewarding, however, without the right support, the personal cost of caring can be high. Carers are more likely to suffer poor health as well as to experience anxiety, depression, loss of confidence and self- esteem. This service offers a regular group, with opportunities for advice, information and emotional support in Mayfield. This service is provided by Sussex Oakleaf under commission by East Sussex County Council. The first support group will meet on Friday, December 13 from 3pm to 5pm at London House. If you would like to access the service or for more details about it, please contact Nelida Senoran, 07850 642969 email:

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 till 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. Now is the time to place your orders for Christmas.

RUGBY: At last I can now report the Newick Rugby Club fixtures. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV will be playing away at Hellingly, the second XV will be making a short journey to Haywards Heath III. Both games at 2.15pm.

PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society present Out of Order in the village hall today, Friday, and tomorrow evening, doors open 7.15pm, curtain up 8pm. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, this is a great comedy by Ray Cooney. Tickets £9 from 01825 722359 or 722985 or email

ON MONDAY at around 6pm Father Christmas will arrive at Oldaker Road and travel round the village, ending up at Allington Crescent about 7.45pm. Boys and girls be ready to have a chat with Father Christmas (weather permitting).

NEWICK WI will hold the last meeting for this year in the Community Centre at 7.45pm on December 12 when the speaker is Sandy Lewsey, talking about Chocolate Making.

I HOPE you are all busy writing those Christmas Cards in time for the 1st Newick Scouts to deliver. The post boxes are already in the Post Office, Newick News and Village Stores. The last date for collection is Thursday December 12 at 4pm (please remember to put your donation in a separate envelope). This service is a lot of hard work for Scouts and their leaders, so be generous.

FAMILY FUN: Christmas Family Fun at The Crown Inn will take place on Friday December 13 at 7pm. Warbleton Brass Band will be playing Carols and there will also be a visit from Father Christmas, you will also be treated to a traditional Sussex Mummers Play performed by Newick Bonfire Members. A collection will be taken for St Peter and St James. This event will certainly put you all in the festive mood.

A MESSAGE from the Newick Horticulture Society now is the time for planting two year old Newick leveller gooseberry bushes. These are available locally, the cost for bareroot bush is £7.50, members can purchase them at a 10 percent discount, making the price £6.75. Details from 07834 253 584 or email


CHRISTMAS MARKET: Our Christmas market will be on Saturday December 14. Don’t miss it. We’ll have more stalls than ever this year and loads of events for children, 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). Book your timed visits to Santa in advance by picking up a booking form at the Stores in Waldron or at Heathfield Art and Books, or write direct to the Christmas Elf, Forest Lodge, Cane Heath, Arlington, Polegate BN26 6SJ giving the names and ages of the children and enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Any profits from the day will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for improvements to St Bartholomew’s.

WONDERFUL WIZARD: The posters are up for our panto The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron and tickets are on sale at the Stores at Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books in Heathfield or by post from The Box Office, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Tickets are £9 for adults, £7 for members of the Friends of Waldron Churches and £5 for children of 14 years and under. It’s got all the traditional elements of pantomime, the good fairy (played by a bloke, naturally), the journey through the scary forest, battling against the evil forces and a heroine and her friends who come through to win in the end. It will be terrific, oh yes it will!

WALDRON ON FILM There are no more copies left of our DVD Waldron : a Sussex Village. They sold like hot cakes! However, we will get some more run off if we have sufficient demand. If you missed out and would like to order a copy please let me know your name and telephone number or e-mail address. The DVD costs £5 and £1.40 goes to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and improvements to church buildings.

SERVICES: This Sunday will be the second Sunday of Advent and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. A service of Confirmation was held on Wednesday of this week by the Rt Reverend Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, who also made his Episcopal Visit to the Deanery spending time in each parish. Compline was said at All Saints’ on Thursday evening.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Christingle Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Colin Povey. There will be an update on the work of Fegans.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band has its Christmas Concert on Sunday at 2pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Entry is free with retiring collection. Raffle and refreshments will be available. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music including some of your festive favourites. The band donates 50 percent of all collections from carol playing and their Christmas Concert to a chosen charity. This year it will be towards the renovation of the bells of Warbleton Church. The dates for the band playing carols are: December 18 on the Green 7pm accompanying Carols on The Green outside Osborne House, 8.30pm The Black Duck, Warbleton; December 20 Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech 7pm; December 22 Warbleton Church 6pm Carol Service; and December 24, round the Green from 7pm finishing at the Horse and Groom.

RGWI: The institute meets on Thursday, 7.30pm, in the Dunn Village Hall. Phyllis Stevens will demonstrate Sugarcraft For Christmas.

BELLS APPEAL: Well done to everyone involved in the jumble sale last Saturday. Over £600 was raised for the appeal. Margaret McCarthy has produced a cook book, proceeds from which go to the appeal. It is New Bell Cuisine, Nibbles and Bites from Warbleton; it costs £5 and is available from The Stores, the church, Simon Turner Motor Services, Cowbeech and selected pubs. As well as lots of tasty recipes, it has lots of snippets of information as well.