Parish Pump Uckfield - December 7, 2012

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

FILM CLUB: For seasonal reasons the film club evening will be a bit earlier this month, on Friday December 21. Members can enjoy, at no extra cost a light supper and drinks, at the earlier time of 6.30pm. The film Muppet Christmas Carol will be shown at 7.30pm, and there is an invitation to residents to bring along their children to see the film, under 15s free of charge. Reserve your ticket by emailing or

HALL DATES: The race night, originally planned for October, is now to be held on January 19. Tickets are available from Mike on 01323 832095 or Bryan 0n 01323 833554. The Prisoner of Zenda is the performance to be put on by Chalkfoot Theatre Arts on Thursday February 14. Tickets are available from Bryan or Geoff the latter on 01323 833343.

HEALTH CENTRE: The new Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre is being constructed, and it is hoped to have it completed by next September. Progress can be followed in a book in the present waiting room or at


BINGO: Tonight, Friday, is bingo night at the village hall. Lots of festive prizes, chocolates, wines, hampers, Christmas and Dundee cakes, and more. This a fun evening that all the family can enjoy. Entry is free, main book of 12 games and 24 chances to win £1 each. Raffle and special flyer game too. Mince pies and chocolate cake, tea/coffee during the interval. The doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. In aid of the Christmas Day lunch for those who will be alone.

COFFEE MORNING: The flower arrangement club invite you to their annual Christmas coffee morning. It is being held tomorrow, Saturday, morning from 10am to noon at St Anthony’s in the High Street thanks to the kindness of Pauline and Dick Burn. Entrance is £1 and includes coffee/tea and mince pies. There will be a sales table, cakes and savoury, bric-a-brac, gifts and a raffle. Everyone welcome.

LUNCH: On Wednesday the annual Christmas Get Together Lunch will take place. As always this will be held at the Bear Motel from noon. Places are always much sought after, so if you are one of our senior members of one of the three villages, and you haven’t had an invite, call Steve Mintram on 01882444. This lunch is given by volunteers from the village who fund raise and do the bulk of the work on the day. There will be a raffle for which prizes are always appreciated.

CHRISTMAS WINDOW: The children waited with much anticipation for the unveiling of the Christmas window at Merrivale in the High Street. For several weeks we have watched the count down to Christmas and read the sign that the window was under construction. The great unveiling took place on Saturday and I must say the children were not disappointed. The bay window contains Santa’s sleigh, an upside down Christmas tree, and a Santa’s list, with the names of children of the village on it. The window glitters and sparkles and makes you feel very festive. Well done to Sam and Co for yet another dazzling display.

THE BEST KEPT SECRET in 25 years. That could never happen in the newsagents, we know everything. Not a day goes by when we are not asked, Do we know? Can we arrange? or How do we find out? Who does what..? Well Burwash you pulled it off to give us the biggest surprise ever leaving us totally overwhelmed and speechless or to find the appropriate words to say thank you for the gratitude you have shown. To discover our shop had been invaded after closing on Remembrance Sunday and find our shop window had been filled with so many cards together with the gift of the amazing painting by Graham Sendall was a very emotional moment. We must also say thanks to the team who were behind the organising of this secret, it was the greatest coup in Burwash history. Burwash, how wonderful you are, thank you again. Teskey and Barbara.

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PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Friday over 70 members and guests enjoyed the society’s annual social evening. As well as enjoying the games and local trivia quiz, the highlights of the evening were the screening of the film made in the early 1980s about the village trug makers, and the ever popular reminiscences of Rosemary Akehurst. On Sunday there is a street walk of Lewes which will take in some of the town’s hidden secrets, treasures and twittens. The walk starts at 2pm from the recycling end of Tesco’s car park, and time permitting will include tea and cake along the way. For further details or if you need a lift, please ring Jenny or Chris on 872830. Everyone, not just members, welcome. To join the thriving and active society for a busy programme of events in the New Year, contact Vic Tidswell on 872240.

CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday of Advent, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Matins, both at East Hoathly; 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Just to remind you this year’s East Hoathly C E School Christmas Fair will be held in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 11am and the event will finish at 2pm. There will be an auction at 12.30pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased from the school office or the Village Stores. There will be lots of festive goodies and Christmas presents to buy, including jewellery, ceramics, games and toys, chutneys and cakes.

OPEN STUDIO: On Thursday evening Keith Pettit invites you to an exhibition of his artwork in his studio at the Village Works. He will also be giving demonstrations on wood engraving and printmaking. Christmas cards will be available and you can treat yourselves to mulled cider and mince pies hot from the workshop stove. The studio will be open between 6pm and 8pm, please call Keith on 841000 for further details.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 7 December 1762 ‘After breakfast I set out for Lewes. I dined at Mr Bennett’s on the remains of yesterday’s dinner….We worked very busily all day and in the evening adjourned to The White Horse to cast up our books and fix the price of the fixtures, which we concluded about 11.10, and the sum was not more than £56. I supped and spent the evening at The White Horse and lodged there all night going to bed very sober.’


THE QUIZ NIGHT on November 24 raised £343.19 for FCS funds. The winning team, by a whisker, was Fairwarp Surprise.

DON’T FORGET the FCS Auction Of Promises. Full details via the FCS website, the auction closes on December 16.

A MESSAGE from Christ Church Flower Guild: Would you like to help with the Christmas decorations on Friday, December 21? We will all be there and I’m sure you would find some familiar faces amongst us. If you have a small pair of secateurs that would be useful. Coffee, tea and mince pies supplied. For more information please contact, Janie Hooper (01892 664471).

REMINDER of the 40@HeronsGhyll petition to reduce the speed limit on A26 at Herons Ghyll. For copies of the petition form contact Please use this email address if you can help with the campaign or would like to be kept up to date. The campaign can also be contacted on 07702 124971 or 01892 459276.

BAZAAR: Tomorrow, Saturday, RDA Christmas Bazaar in Fairwarp Village Hall 10am-2pm. All the things you need for a well organised Christmas.

PARTY: Sunday December 16 FCS Children’s Christmas Party 3pm Fairwarp Village Hall with carols round the tree at approx 5pm. Please book your child’s/children’s place(s) today, Friday, giving their ages. For more information and to book call Caroline on 01825 712950 e-mail: or Sarah on 01825 713307 e-mail:

DATE FOR 2013: Sunday January 13, FCS New Year Social 11am to 1pm in Fairwarp Village Hall. Come and join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Everyone welcome. This will also include the official opening of the new extension to the village hall.

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RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet at Fairwarp Church car park, GR 467267 at 9.30am for an eight mile circular walk over the Ashdown Forest and the Weald Way. Ring 01892 852153.

B2102: An interesting telephone call this weekend. A reader (nice to know we have them) rang to describe an initiative which has cut deer deaths across the New Forest. She said she visits the New Forest often, and there are no publicised speed restrictions or tightly fenced roads there, wildlife (including ponies and deer) is free to wander where it wishes to. But she said roads are lined with metre-high posts carrying reflectors. As cars approach, their headlights are reflected both back to them and also to the forest areas alongside so wildlife is made aware there is danger. She said these have cut deer and wildlife deaths dramatically and wonders whether our council’s highways engineers might like to talk to their counterparts in Hampshire and Dorset with a view to introducing them in Sussex. She pointed out, as well, that of course this is a relatively inexpensive safety device. And she says she has experienced the nerve-racking braking necessary when a deer leaps out in front of you with no warning, usually followed by one or two more. That has happened to me to and I have to admit, on late night drives back across the forest from Gatwick, that I seldom dare drive at any speeds greater than 40mph. Hitting an animal is traumatic, distressing and extremely dangerous, as we all know to our sad cost in this town.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Christmas Farmers’ Market will take place in the High Street Surgery car park on Saturday, December 15 from 9am to 12.30pm. There will be all the regular products; in addition there will be wines from Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, honey from Ben Pratt, a refreshment stall in aid of charity and an extended range of craft stalls. Come along and stock up for Christmas with fresh local products. If you’re in the market for sprouts, make sure you collect some on Saturday. They are brilliant; all on the stem and really fresh. If I remember, there are also cards and gifts on sale.

WI MEETING: The committee served an enjoyable lunch to 34 members present and birthday flowers were given to Mary Hill, Pat Henty and Pat Meakins. The business of the afternoon consisted of our annual general meeting where new members of the committee were appointed for the following twelve months. Thanks were expressed to retiring members and the forthcoming Christmas party was discussed as well as the New Year’s lunch. They were then asked to vote on the National Federation resolution to be put forward at the 2013 AGM for the whole of the WI. The two options were: To work together to bring an end to the decline of the high streets. Resolving to keep young people suicide safe online. By supporting local shops we could help to slow down the decline of our high streets which to many are at the heart of a community. Child safety is a hotly debated subject. With more children having access to online sites promoting suicide and self harm. Should there be stricter controls and better education? The vote was a majority for Keeping Young People Safe Online. The final meeting of the year will be the Christmas Party on December 12. If you would like to know more please phone 01435 862161 or go to

DEVELOPMENT of land to the rear of the police station. Agents Barton Willmore laid out detailed storyboards illustrating what developers Gleeson and Summertree Estates have planned for this 12 acre site. Having spoken to several people in the town I am aware that there is not unalloyed joy at the thought that this scheme will go ahead. However it’s been pointed out that Heathfield is in desperate need of affordable housing and if the developments do not go here, they will almost certainly go somewhere else. If any readers can identify land that falls within the parameters of the council’s Core Strategy (ie, is accessible to public transport, schools, shops, easy to connect to services and does not fall foul of restrictions such as the AONB or inadequate access arrangements,) they should let them know. In the meantime, for those of you who could not attend, here is some more information. The site is next to the Millennium Green and includes the existing residential properties of Reynards, Woodhatch, Holmhurst and Lavender Cottage which front the High Street. It would be used to site 115 new dwellings including 40 affordable. The point is made that no affordable homes have been built in Heathfeld for 10 years with recent developments falling under the affordable housing threshold of 10. They say there would be new areas of open space, trees retained, increased landscape and ecological habitats and quality design in a sustainable location. Constraints are the AONB designation, gradients and levels, existing trees and adjacent Ancient Woodland, existing dwellings and drainage. A tree report and transport assessment have been undertaken and developers say they have worked with ESCC Highways to design a new access from the High Street to the site. This was the issue that most concerned local residents. The access would result in the loss of the property known as Woodhatch. Access would take the form of a ghost right hand turn lane to allow traffic to flow freely leaving Heathfield. The firms have worked with ESCC education to get to grips with the current capacities of local primary and secondary schools and assess any impact that proposals may have. They also say they have assessed current health care capacity and have been told there is sufficient capacity at local doctors and dentists, all of which are accepting new patients. There is a detailed illustrative masterplan of the site. If you would like to express our view you can do so direct to Barton Willmore at or on 01322 374660 or to Wealden. Subject to planning permission being granted, building could start in 2014/15 with finished houses being delivered in 2015/16. I don’t have strong views for or against this scheme but do feel it was helpful to have the proposals laid out clearly. There is a long way to travel and it will be interesting to see whether alternative potential sites can be identified in time, or whether it is deemed acceptable to admit a breach in the strict AONB regulations and allow this scheme to go ahead.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There will be a fundraising Christmas fair at Maynards Green Primary School from 3pm to 5pm in the school hall today, Friday. Go along for a wide range of gifts, foodie items, refreshments, crafts and terrific things to buy. You’ll get that good feeling too where you’re not the only one gaining some real pleasure from your purpose.

CONCERT: Heathfield Silver Band are proud to be hosting their 2012 Christmas concert at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30 pm. Tickets available on the door £6 (£5 concessions) and family tickets are available. Refreshments served. Raffle. For more information go to

PRE-SCHOOL FAIR: A Christmas fair is being held tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm at Broad Oak village hall.

THE CHORAL SOCIETY will be presenting Christmas Classics with orchestra on Saturday, December 15 at 7.30pm in the State Hall. Tickets cost £10 in advance from or ring 01435 863414 or £12 on the night. Music includes the Vivaldi Gloria, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Schutz Christmas Story plus carols for choir and audience.

WEALDEN CHRISTMAS: There is a huge variety of festive events to look forward to in Wealden this Christmas, and you can find out all about them in A Wealden Christmas 2012 the council tells us. As part of their seasonal efforts to encourage visitors and help local businesses and organisations, Wealden District Council has compiled a list of festive attractions taking place in Wealden and the surrounding area in the run up to Christmas. A Wealden Christmas, the 14 page guide to local festive events can be downloaded from the Wealden website The events are also promoted on their online events guide.

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BISHOP’S VISIT: The new Bishop of Chichester, The Right Revd Martin Warner, was enthroned in his Cathedral Church on Sunday, November 25 during an extended Evensong and a full house. It was an occasion of great thanksgiving and excitement as it was locally when Bishop Martin came to St Dunstan’s, Mayfield on the first Sunday of the official start of his ministry. It was a special Family Eucharist at 10.15am at which he dedicated the new Nave Altar in memory of former Sacristan and devout parishioner, Walter Podger. It has been made locally by craftsman Simon McLay and inscribed under the watchful eye of local sculptor and engraver Greta Chatterley. The Vicar, Fr Nigel Prior was delighted that the new Bishop travelled so far to the east of the Diocese but has warned him that it was too far to come by bike even though the Bishop is a very keen cyclist. He said: ‘The children of our Sunday Club were also very excited about the visit and had already made some lovely cardboard models of the Bishop, complete with colourful cope and mitre.’ PS A very full biography of Bishop Martin can be found on the Diocesan Website Further enquiries please contact St Dunstan’s Church Office 01435 873484 or email

BUSINESS FORUM: A well-attended meeting in November looked at the problem of motivation at work, which, for nearly everyone, means self-motivation. The problem is not mainly of motivation to do the urgent tasks, when customers are demanding instant action, but often of making time to do the important long-term tasks which will improve business. A number of useful suggestions were put forward and discussed. As usual a summary of thoughts is available on the website,, for anyone who wants to refer to them. The discussion crossed over onto the topic of time management and reminded everyone how important this is, so this will be one of the discussion topics for early in 2013. Organisers are looking for other topics for next year, so if anyone has any ideas, please let Roger know. The December meeting on Tuesday consisted of the usual Christmas drinks and meal. Members started off with drinks in the Rose and Crown from 7pm and then those who wanted to, stayed on for a meal which definitely got everyone into the festive spirit. Details from Roger Stone at

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: A reminder that Christmas Late Night Shopping takes place in the High Street this evening (Friday). As well as shopping there are also carols, mulled wine, chestnuts, hog roast and mince pies. Don’t forget to book a meeting for any children who want to meet Father Christmas - contact Rosina Fabrics. To tie in with the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Dunstan’s, the shops will also be holding their own Christmas tree competition.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: This is a first for Mayfield and should prove a magical start to the run up to Christmas. Organised by Open Door, in conjunction with St Dunstan’s Church, everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the experience of Christmas trees around the church, themed by the organisations which are sponsoring them. Twinkling lights and the smell of fir trees…what better antidote to gloomy December days? The festival is open tonight, Friday, from 9pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am till 4pm. Entry is £2.50 per adult and children are free. Refreshments will be on sale, enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine amongst the trees. All proceeds are to support Open Door’s CAB Adviser and St. Dunstan’s Church. Open Door is indebted to the following local companies for their support: JSW Creative, Keith Hunt Scaffolding, Leppards Family Butcher.

LIVE CRIB PROCESSION and Service. This year’s Live Crib at St Leonards-Mayfield School is open to the public on December 11, 12 and 13 and begins with the procession down the High Street at 6.30pm. The school looks forward to seeing as many as possible of friends from the village at this traditional event (but please remember, entry is on a first come, first served basis). Please note, the procession through the village and service on Monday, is for the school community only and all seats in the chapel are already fully occupied.

FILM SOCIETY: Film on Friday will be screening Las Acacias a recent film by Pablo Giorgelli tonight, Friday. Doors and bar in the Memorial Hall open at 8pm for an 8.30 start. Guests should phone 01435 872165 beforehand. Full details at Mayfield Library now stocks DVDs recommended by the Society to complement its films. Juno, made by the team from their last film Young Adult is in stock, and for the December film they have ordered Familia Rodante another Argentinian road movie.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: The Society will be holding the senior citizens’ Christmas lunch tomorrow, Saturday, at 12.30pm for 1pm in the Memorial Hall. All Mayfield residents are welcome to join in this annual get together. If you would like to come along please add your name to the list in the Post Office; transport is available on request. Next year they are kicking off fundraising by having a Grand Christmas Raffle. Raffle tickets (£1 a book of four tickets) will be available at the late night shopping event, Rosina Fabrics, The Shopping Basket, The Carpenter’s Arms and at the Christmas luncheon. The raffle will be drawn at the Carpenters Arms on Friday, December 21. Christmas Bingo is on Friday, December 14 in the Scout and Guide Hall when mince pies and festive fun will be provided for all the family to enjoy. Also, another date for your diaries: the next Quiz Night is to be Saturday, February 16. Bingo nights will be held in the summer in 2013. Now, the society is changing costumes for next year and desperately needs some help with costume making. So if you are good with a needle or sewing machine or could give some guidance on how to follow a pattern please, please get in touch. This is a great time to join so you can get a costume together before next year. They will be holding open meetings from January on the second Wednesday of each month in the Carpenter’s Arms at 8pm so come along and find out about the bonfire society and putting on the village carnival or just have a pint. Ideas and suggestions always welcome. Once again vice chairman Jo Lee thanks everyone who has helped this year and we look forward to putting on another spectacular carnival (with the fun fair) in 2013. Contact her on 01435 872717.


PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Society production of Murdered To Death by Peter Gordon is at the village hall until December 8. A very funny spoof of the Agatha Christie genre. Curtain up at 8pm doors open 7.15pm. Tickets £8, available from the booking office 01825 722359 or 722985 email, Newick Butchers or at the door.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Primary School are holding their Christmas Fair from 12.30pm to 3pm. There are lots of interesting things to see, also Father Christmas will be there. You can enjoy excellent refreshments such as mulled wine, turkey baps, coffee, squash and cakes. Many things to do as well as purchasing some presents. Stalls include crafts for children to make, tombolas, secret surprise, raffle and many other outside traders. Everyone welcome. Entrance 50p.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the rugby club first XV will be playing at home and the second XV are away to East Grinstead, kick off 2.15pm. Why not pop along and cheer the first team on. They certainly need your support.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Services at St Mary’s on the second Sunday of Advent are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Holy Communion morning service. If you should require a lift to church please telephone 722 582 in advance.

SANTA: Uckfield Lions Santa Sleigh will be visiting Newick on Monday starting at 6pm from Oldaker Road, completing his journey at Allington Crescent hopefully around 7.45pm. For further information www.

HORTICULTURE: Don’t forget the horticultural society’s meeting on Wednesday at 8pm when there will be a demonstration and workshop showing you how to create a floral Christmas table decoration. This will be followed by a Christmas Social with mince pies and mulled wine. Everyone welcome.

AGM: Friends of Newick Health Centre will be holding the AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Any patient of this practice can attend this meeting for further information telephone 01825 722 660.

DON’T FORGET that Wednesday is also the last day of posting your local Christmas cards for the 1st Newick Scout to deliver. Posting boxes are in the Post Office, Newick News and SVS Stores. Please make sure you have them posted by 4pm .


COACH TRIP: I’ve just got back from a coach trip to Somerset. Coach trips are now 4-star, and it was great to travel in comfort with John the driver telling us about the local scenery. Also we stayed in interesting hotels that you wouldn’t normally know about. Most coach companies are still family-run.

ROTARY CLUB: You will have seen that the clock on the side of NatWest Bank is back in place and working, to the great relief of the Rotary Club. It has taken a while to sort out the problems, but all is now well. On November 15 Uckfield Community Technology College hosted the local heat of the Rotary Young Chef competition, which saw 12 students spend two hours cooking and serving a two course meal. Judges, led by Matt Ridley, from the The Cock restaurant, had a difficult job, as all the meals produced were delicious, but eventually awarded first place to Chris Emmett, a year 12 student. Second and third were Rebecca Gair-Stevens and Jacob Hobbs, so well done to all three of them. The Christmas Tree of Goodwill is now in the High Street, provided once again by C J Thorne, and this year we have new lights, sponsored by Travis Perkins, Uckfield. Thanks to both of these firms, and also thanks to the people of Uckfield for their donations to the club’s charity fund, without which we could not do what we do. We will be at late night shopping tonight, Friday, so if you have a spare minute, drop in and have a chat with us.

FILM SOCIETY: On Sunday Uckfield Film Society breaks away from the less well known work with which it often engages its members and is treating them to a movie from 1961, which won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It made the Jets and the Sharks household names worldwide, and made West Side Story a cult work never equalled. When it opened as a musical in New York on 26 September 1956, the critics had no inkling of the phenomenon in the making. The creative team, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents, had been working for many years on staging an updated version of Romeo and Juliet. With the arrival of Stephen Sondheim in 1955 to write the lyrics, a creative quartet was formed achieving perfect harmony between the libretto, the music, the choreography and the directing. If you are a member, book your seat now. If you are not a member, call 01825 764909 to see if you can go as a guest. It may already be too late.

A SILENT AUCTION of a hand-knitted heritage baby shawl to raise money for The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The shawl is on display at Sew N’ Sew in the Market Hall along with the form to register your bid. The highest bid will secure the shawl. Bidding starts today, Friday, and closes at midday on Saturday December 22. The wool for the shawl was kindly donated by Trevor and Lydia of Sew N’ Sew. Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and relies on fundraising to provide for the needs of very sick children and their families. Your support would be very much appreciated.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: Holy Cross Church celebrates its fifth year of holding a Christmas Tree Festival, we have surpassed ourselves this year as there will be over 70 trees all decorated by the community. The celebrations are held today, Friday, from 10am until 8pm (late night shopping night) we are providing a barbecue of hot-dogs and hamburgers and warm drinks tonight, Friday; tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 6pm and on Sunday from noon until 4pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, we will be hosting Uckfield FM’s outside broadcast from the church and in the afternoon there will be live entertainment that features an array of styles and people. On Sunday afternoon there will also be live entertainment and at 4.30pm there will be a Christmas Service that will formally close the festival. In the adjacent Belmont Centre visitors (last year there were over 1,000) can have morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Here, there will be stalls providing Christmas gifts including handicrafts, jams preserves and chutneys, pens etc to buy and a Grand Raffle which is due to be drawn on Saturday afternoon. A warm welcome awaits you, your family and friends to this truly festive and community venture.


INTERNET: You can now take your laptop with you when you go for your coffee in the Stores at Waldron. Any would-be J K Rowlings with a best-seller to write can order lunch and knock out a few paragraphs while waiting for it to arrive.

BELFRY ROOF: Progress continues apace on our belfry roof, despite the wet and cold weather. Work has continued into the evening on some days and the target remains to complete it by Christmas. And suddenly it’s not just creeping closer but positively galloping towards us.

COUNTRY MARKET: Next week’s Country Market will be the last one in Waldron. Attendance has been gradually dropping over the past two years or so, to the point when the profit does not cover the hire cost of the hall. Sadly the Country Marketeers have concluded that this village does not want them and they have now found a warmer welcome in Blackboys. So do drop in to the market in the Lucas Hall on December 12 at 10.15am for a coffee and to buy your mince pies for Christmas. It’s your last chance to say your farewells.

WI CHRISTMAS: On the same day, the WI will celebrate Christmas with a party and entertainment. As usual members meet in the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. Please bring a plate of food, either sweet or savoury and a small contribution for the raffle.

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS: The following weekend will be our Village Christmas event, beginning with a cheerful singalong in the church on Friday December 14, starting at 7.30pm. Under the baton of Nick Howard, accompanied by Simon Hobbs, we’ll all be singing lustily every cheesy Christmas song you’ve ever heard, with a few Christmas readings to give our voices a break. There’ll be mulled wine in the interval and it’s unticketed, so just come along and join in. Retiring collection for our belfry roof repairs.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: On Saturday December 15 we will hold our Christmas market in the centre of Waldron, from 9.30am to 3.30pm with the road closed to through traffic, lots of stalls with things to buy for Christmas, and of course more mulled wine, hot chestnuts, and a tombola. The pub will also be offering barbecued bangers and burgers and the Stores will be selling special Christmas items, hampers and refreshments. Santa arrives in his horse-drawn carriage at 9.30am so bring your children along to welcome him in to the village with a loud cheer. He will be seeing children from 9.45am in his magical decorated Grotto and as we’re expecting lots of children, it’s important to book your child in advance, so we don’t disappoint anyone. Write to The Christmas Elf, Forest Lodge, Cane Heath, Arlington BN 26 6SJ enclosing details of your children’s names and ages, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a cheque for £5 per child made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches. The charge includes not only the visit to Santa but also a morning workshop where children can stick, glue and colour things, (that’s from 11am to 1pm) and there’s a story-telling session from 2pm to 3pm to which both children and adults are welcome.

NINE LESSONS: On Sunday December 16 there will be the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service at All Saints’ starting at 6.30pm. There’ll be appropriate readings and beautiful music and everyone is welcome. At lunch time the foot-tapping Wakin’ Snakes will perform at the Star from about 1pm.

MORE ON MONDAY: Rounding off the weekend will be our Coffee and Carols session at All Saints’ when Linked Hands members and their friends (and anyone else who would like to come) are invited to enjoy coffee (and perhaps some mulled wine), and sing carols, starting at 10am. In the evening it will be the turn of the children of Cross in Hand who will tell the Christmas story of the Nativity, led by Fr Paul Cox. Join them at All Saints’ at 6.30pm and see the bible story unfold, acted and told by the children. Come in warm clothes and sensible shoes and bring a torch or lantern as some of it will be outside. Afterwards, you can enjoy seasonal tastings and nibbles in the Stores at Waldron and buy those last-minute tempting treats. Open till late.

CRIB SERVICE: And exactly one week later on Monday December 24 we will be celebrating Christmas, starting with the Crib Service at St Bartholomew’s, Cross in Hand at 4pm and Midnight Communion at All Saints’ Waldron, starting at 11.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. This Sunday will be the second Sunday in Advent. It begins with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, followed by Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. By the way, well done to all the children who took part in the Christingle service last Sunday, it was lovely to see them so involved. Many toys and gifts were brought along to put at the altar, and these will now go to families in the area who are in difficulties and who might not otherwise receive gifts.

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VILLAGE HALL: There will be a Christmas ploughman’s lunch at the Dunn Village Hall from noon today, Friday. The cost is £5 and there will be a raffle in aid of hall funds. The harp concert had to be postponed, but a new date will be set in the new year.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Christingle Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Tony Wood. 6.30pm Evening service with Colin Povey.

WI: An earlier meeting this month, to avoid the Christmas mêlée. The speaker on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village hall will be Phyllis Stevens who will run a Christmas Plaques Workshop. If you want to know more about the WI or need help with transport ring Marion on 01435 831653 0r Pat on 01435 830227.

BRASS BAND: Warbleton Brass Band’s Christmas Concert will be held at 2pm (note earlier time) on Sunday December 16 in the Dunn Village Hall. This is always a great occasion with a wide variety of tunes beautifully played, including seasonal favourites. Raffle and refreshments available. Free entry, with a retiring collection.