Parish pump Uckfield - February 13 2015


BARCOMBE CINEMA: The viewing of the romantic comedy Love Punch on February 1 in the village hall turned out to be quite a social event. We enjoyed a drink from the bar before the film and during the interval the refreshments included delicious homemade cakes. Lucky winners chose their raffle prizes then we settled down to enjoy the rest of the film. The next film, The Hundred Year Journey starring Helen Mirren and Om Muri, will be shown on Friday, March 20. Doors open 7pm.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

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

ASH WEDNESDAY: The united benefice Communion service for Ash Wednesday will be held at St John’s, Bodle Street, at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The February meeting of the council will be held on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters in the meeting.


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is the monthly quiz evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are welcome to enter this fun general knowledge evening. The licensed bar will be open and all entry money will be given back as prizes. To find out more call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

PANTO: Did you get to see the wonderful performances of the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society last weekend. My sources say it was brilliant. The whole show was well acted and produced from scenery to costumes. Camelot is an unusual show for panto, but it seems to have worked. There are three more performances this weekend. Tonight, Friday, at 8pm and again tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Get your tickets from the Burwash Newsagents before it is too late. Well done BAPS and good luck for this weekend.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday from 9am. If you would like to join them you will need to be at the Bear car park by 9am. Roger Cloke will be your guide and he will take you over some of the network of public footpaths that are a great part of our beautiful villages. The walks are over by lunch time.

FLOWERS: Also on Monday the Burwash Flower Arrangement club will meet in the village hall, from 2.30pm. The meeting will begin with the club’s AGM. This will be followed by a workshop led by Maureen Jenner and Jean Plummer. Members have been given the details and it is hoped most will attend. Non-members are also very welcome. Each attendee will be given a free raffle ticket, the winner will get a year’s free membership. For more details call Claudette Neville 01435 883043. The club will be planning their coffee morning which will be held on March 18.

MEETING: The Burwash branch of the Royal British Legion will be meeting on Monday too. They will be at the Rose and Crown from 8pm. You can attend this meeting even if you are not a member or have ever been in the armed forces. You only need an interest in the work the Legion do. For more details please call Fred Marshall 01435 884208.

SOUP: On Tuesday the popular soup lunch will be held again. This time to raise funds for repairs to the village hall windows and refurbishment of the toilets. You are all invited to join us. Entry is £7.50 and includes trying as many of the delicious hot, homemade soups as you wish. Likewise the many hot and cold desserts. Soft drinks available, but guests welcome to bring their own wine. Glasses will be provided. Please call 01435 882107 and let us know you will be there.

NSY: The next meeting of the Not So Young club will be on Thursday. The members will meet at 2.15pm at the village hall. New members and visitors are welcome. The topic is Pantomime Magic. The afternoon ends with tea and raffle.

U3A: I have been asked to mention the new Heathfield and District University of the Third Age (U3A). They will meet monthly at the community hall in Sheepsetting Lane Heathfield from 2.30pm until 5pm. It aims to provide social and educational activities from languages, book group, outings, music, art appreciation, craft, art history, IT, photography and more. You are all welcome to go along, their first meeting is on Tuesday. Visit their website

BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club have played two games since the last report. They played away to Hailsham Quintins and drew 2-2, then played away to Jarvis Brook where despite some great shots they lost 0-4. They are busy playing cup games within the club now and will next play a league game on Thursday at home to Chailey. The club meet every Monday evening from 6.30pm and would be delighted to welcome new players. You will be shown how to play and will be able to borrow club equipment. If interested just come along or call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 or Keith Marden on 01580 880534.


VALENTINE RAFFLE, organised by the bonfire society, is at the Horns Lodge and will be drawn this evening (Friday) at 9pm. Tickets are still available at the bar.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH Sunday, 10.30am with Erik Cornelisse, 6.30pm with John Goodway.

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES are at Sheffield Park and Garden from February 16 to 20; younger visitors can see how many mini beasts they can find in the parkland (bug hunting kits can be hired from reception), explore inside an old oak (there’s a tree at least 200 years old with a hollow inside all ready to climb in and hide), create some wild art or attend kite making workshops. These activities are all included in the National Trust Challenge 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. For more details of the activities and the Challenge visit

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon. This gives you an opportunity to talk to someone about any information, advice or guidance you might want about money, budgeting, debts, bills, finance and much more.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The next session is on February 17 at 7.30pm. For more details call 01273 890114.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LENT LUNCHES will take place in St Peter’s Church every Thursday through Lent between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, starting on February 19.

NATIONAL NATURE Reserves in East Sussex is the subject of the Commons Society meeting, at the village hall, on Thursday at 7.30pm. Malcolm Emery, the senior reserves manager at East Sussex National Nature Reserves, at Friston, will give an illustrated talk about managing the reserves. Refreshments will be served and visitors welcome.

STARGAZING EVENING is at Sheffield Park and Garden on Friday February 20 at 6.30pm. This is a chance to join experts from the Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for a stargazing experience at the park. Children can also tick off number 27 on their 50 Things list. Price is £10 adult and £5 children and the evening includes a warming winter supper and hot drink. More information is available on 01825 790302.

QUIZ EVENING to raise funds for the restoration of Maunsell Dining Saloon No 7864 is on February 21 starting at 7.30pm at, the Bessemer Arms, Sheffield Park Station. Tickets cost £12 to include an evening meal; tables of up to six, you can either enter a team or join a table on the night. For tickets call 01737772811 or e-mail

RUNNING for Chailey Heritage in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, on Sunday February 22, is Amanda Home and her JustGiving page says ‘I’m running the Brighton Half Marathon on behalf of Molly’s school, the Chailey Heritage Foundation. I wasn’t planning to run it this year but I’ve been persuaded. I’ll give it a jolly good crack, try and beat my PB 1hour 45mins (highly unlikely) pity me trudging along in the snow and sub-zero temperatures. Molly loves school, she quivers with excitement when the bus comes in the morning and is always a bit disappointed at the beginning of the school holidays. Molly does so much at school; horse riding, swimming, cycling, computer work, power driving (learning to operate a wheelchair herself) and so much more. The school needs funds to continue and expand on the fantastic work they do with severely disabled children, please help me reach my target. Thanks.’ To support Amanda please visit

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN will profile Chailey and how we want it to develop up to 2030. A Steering Group for the Plan has been formed of seven members and they are now looking to set up four focus groups; consultation and communication, environment and housing, local economy and transport and community facilities. Would you be interested in joining one of these focus groups? The only qualification necessary is an interest in our village and views on what will improve our experience of living here. Please contact Vera Grainger, (the parish clerk) if you would like to join a focus group, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email

CHAILEY NEWS new distributors are needed for three rounds, the first 37 magazines along Station Road including Coldharbour Lane, the second 25 magazines in the Bevern Bridge area and the third 31 magazines on the A272 from Pellingbridge to Holford Manor Lane. Assistance with these rounds will be much appreciated, if you can help call Chris Jones on 01825 508721.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Today (Friday) a talk will be held in the village hall on the subject of Gloves and Cauliflowers - a history of Valentine’s Day in England by Dr Sally White. The talk will look at the origins and customs that have grown up around the day and will also show how the fashions in Valentine’s cards have changed over the years. The explanation of the title of the talk will be revealed on the evening? Admission will be free to members, guests are welcome for a £3 admission charge. For more information call Toni Whewell on 01825 872460. The next walk is on Sunday and will be starting at 2pm from The Mill, Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne. This will be a very easy stroll following the cycle route round the nature reserve lakes where it is hoped to see a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, worthwhile taking your binoculars and cameras for. No dogs on this walk please. For further details or if you need a lift, please call Jenny on 872830.

MUSIC QUIZ: Our local drama society UBenDS will be holding a music quiz on Saturday February 28 in the village hall at 7.30pm. The entrance fee is £5 per person, with a maximum of six on each table. For tickets call Guy Baigent on 01323 488633 or at

BUSES: Please see the details below regarding local bus services in East Hoathly and Halland. Service 28: Brighton and Hove Buses have confirmed the Sunday services via East Hoathly will run through the summer until at least September. East Hoathly Rectory Close: 9.19am and 12.19pm due Brighton Churchill Square 10.19am and 1.19pm. Return times are: Brighton Churchill Square: 2.35pm and 4.35pm due East Hoathly Rectory Close 3.38pm and 5.38pm. Halland has an hourly service to both Uckfield and Brighton on Sundays. Please remember that the runs via East Hoathly are on a trial basis, please use the service or it will be lost. Service 54: The current timings of the Monday to Saturday service from Halland Forge to Eastbourne times are: 7.44am, 8.53am, 9.55am then 53 mins past each hour until 4.05pm, 4.39pm, 6.01pm, 6.36pm, 7.25pm, 8pm. From East Hoathly times are three minutes later. From East Hoathly to Uckfield times are: 7.10am, 7.57am, 9.26am, 10.02am then two mins past each hour until 4.07pm, 5.12pm, 5.39pm, 6.54pm, 7.34pm. From Halland Black Lion times are three minutes later. Details of any changes in their spring timetable will be listed later.

PARISH COUNCIL: On the morning of Friday December 26, just before the annual Pram Race, the village sign and Christmas tree at the junction of Waldron Road and South Street was demolished. Local villagers cleared up the mess and the sign is being repaired. New Christmas tree lights will need to be purchased. The cost of up to £700 is being underwritten by the parish council, whilst efforts are being made to trace those who caused the damage. The police have been informed. Did you witness the incident? The parish council is upset this cost has to be passed on to you, the ratepayers. If you can provide any information to identify who caused the damage, so that we can pursue them to pay for the damage caused, this would be welcomed. Please contact any member of the parish council if you can help.

FOREST SCHOOL: East Hoathly Primary School is introducing Forest School activities as part of its outdoor curriculum. In partnership with the parish council the scheme will ensure that the children understand the importance of their ecological footprint. Groups of children will regularly use woodland to enhance their learning, which may include using tools and equipment to create shelters and woodland craft. If you have any interest, specialist skills or enthusiasm for outdoor learning and would like to volunteer or support the school’s knowledge or understanding of the woodland, please contact the school on 01825 840247 or e-mail All volunteers will need to apply for DBS clearance, the forms for which are available from the school.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662). Ash Wednesday, 10am and 7pm Holy Communion.

SALMON AND TROUT is tonight, Friday, at 7pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY Bingo, tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

CHROMATICS CHOIR meet on Monday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS CLUB meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

FORGET ME NOTS will meet on Thursday at 12.30pm for fish and chips.

AGM: Fletching Bonfire Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Friday February 27 in Fletching Village Hall starting at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet us and see what the society does and if you wish to get involved then this is a good opportunity to find out about the society. We also have a Jumble Sale on Saturday March 14 in the village hall from noon to 2pm. We would like donations of good quality clothes, shoes, bags, toys, bric-a-brac, linen, books. These can be brought to the hall on Friday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm or Saturday morning from 9am to 11am. If you cannot get your jumble to us then please phone Sarah Bradford on 01273 476360 and we can arrange collection. This is an opportunity to have a good clear out before spring arrives. Also on March 14 there is Bingo in the evening in the village hall starting at 7.30pm if you want to come and join us for a good family fun evening.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 19 February. Poultry: Spring Chickens – by a Sussex Expert. How few people understand the meaning of the words spring chicken outside of this county, but it is along now that the work is heavy, and the hens have to set, and the incubators worked, if one wants to get the early spring chicken. I am glad to say, I still hear good reports as to the price of the early chickens on the market, and in spite of the high prices for meal and corn. I think those who can rear a few early chicken will do well with them: they will be wanted on the market, and let me say here another point worth the consideration of all who keep poultry and rear chicken for the table, if, and I say if, in a few months hence we get back to normal times again; and this is the hope of all: chickens will sell like hot cakes; they will be wanted, and any price will be paid for them, so I say try and breed what we can, even if we cannot feed quite so good, and have to keep them on hand a little longer. The man who has a few hundreds of birds when peace is declared will be able to command his own price, for we are going to have a big time then, and cannot do the really first class without Sussex on the table.

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 Ash Wednesday Holy Communion.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Communion with prayers for healing(CW). All welcome for coffee after this service. Sunday, St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Third Dimension (Love Unknown)

GUIDING: There will be a jumble sale in aid of Guiding in Heathfield and Horam on Wednesday at Horam Guide and Scout HQ at 2pm. Jumble welcomed from noon. Contact 01435 830504.

CAFÉ CHURCH: True Love is the theme of the next cafechurch today, Friday, at Costa in Heathfield High Street. Do join us from 6.30pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 7pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join us for informal discussion and quizzes, and to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. We look forward to seeing you. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information contact George Dearsley,

TALK: Heathfield and District Horticultural Society presents an illustrated talk entitled Wildflower Names – Folklore, Food and Fantasy by Sue Buckingham at St Richard’s Church on Monday. The optional competition is A Bowl of Spring Bulbs or a Specimen Bloom. Visitors welcome £3. Sales table, raffle refreshments and plant sale. Tel: 01435 830725.

LENT LUNCHES will be offered during the six weeks of Lent. The first will be a lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer support after the 11am Ash Wednesday service at St George’s. Other events are: Afternoon Tea at Sunnnydale, Haley Road, 3pm on Thursday February 26; Lunch in the Parish Room in aid of Caring and sharing at the Coach House, noon Wednesday March 4. Other events to follow.

AGM: Friends of All Saints Church, Old Heathfield, will hold their AGM on Tuesday February 24 at 7.30pm in The Space at All Saints’ Church.

Isfield & Little Horsted

SPEED SLOWDOWN: Plans to set up a Community Speed Watch group in an attempt to make Isfield’s roads safer have suffered a setback. Keith Taylor, who has spent several months trying to organise the local scheme, reckoned he had recruited enough volunteers to make it workable so, with local community police constable Christine Cooley, he arranged a training session on how to operate the speed guns. And that is where the attempt to have motorists obey speed limits ran into trouble: Apart from Keith, his partner Brenda and PCSO Cooley none of the volunteers he had contacted to attend the session turned up. ‘Very disappointing,’ says Keith. ‘I intend to arrange another training session but only if I get more volunteers. So please, could I appeal for more people to come forward to put something back into the village by contacting me on 01825 749778? If we have a disappointing response again for another training session I’m afraid I shall be inclined to abandon the whole idea.’ There are many such Speed Watch groups throughout the country, and dozens have been operating in Sussex for several years. Speeding motorists are reported to police who may send out a warning letter to offenders. General information on the scheme can be found on websites, including

HOLEY MESS: It was great to see (some) of the potholes in Station Road and Buckham Hill repaired a couple of weeks ago. But a trip along two of Isfield’s main roads might lead one to think that a lay-out has been made for Snakes and Ladders … you nip up and over one filled hole and slide down another. It’s clear that some holes were missed during the visit by highways authority workmen while others are back to their old dangerous state that we, the council tax payers, have been suffering for the past year or several. Drivers and cyclists should take care not to damage their vehicles.

FETE PLANS: It’s still a few months away, but time creeps up on us, doesn’t it? Just a short update and reminder of the fact that it’s happening on the Isfield Summer Fete, to be held again in the ICE field behind The Laughing Fish on Sunday June 28. Many of the attractions and stalls of recent years will be returning, and among new guests will be some members of inChoir who will be performing a programme of modern songs three weeks before they are due to perform at the Brighton Dome. The choir, which raises significant amounts of cash for charities, has numerous satellite gatherings around Sussex including Uckfield and Crowborough, Surrey and Kent (website: Fete organisers are already busying themselves to ensure that this year’s event will be at least as good as past ones. It has been decided that the popular Scarecrows competition will be free to enter. The theme has yet to be decided, but it might be worth starting to put away some bits and bobs for your scarecrow.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Thursday: Rother View, Burwash 2.30pm-2.50pm; Christ the King, Burwash 2.55pm-3.25pm; Nr Scout Hut, Burwash 3.35pm-4.05pm.


NEWICK WI will meet on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Their speaker will be June Felstead, a member of the ALSAR Search Dogs Team.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning on Saturday morning February 21 in aid of Camp Jabez at 10am in the Community Centre. All welcome.

CINEMA: Newick Cinema’s next film show will be on Sunday February 22 in the village hall from 7pm. The film will be The Hundred Foot Journey.


BIRTHDAYS: I’ve just seen a great idea on an American programme. It was the dad’s birthday and instead of giving him presents, everyone made pledges, eg to help him in the garden for a week, etc. I’m sure that lots of us would appreciate something like that instead of getting something bought for us that we don’t really want, or costing a lot that the buyer can’t afford. I’d love my dusting/Hoovering done for a week.

FOURWAYS WI met on Monday February 2. Minutes of the January meeting were read and approved. We were then given a very informative talk and slides by John Withall on the Millennium Seed Bank Project at Wakehurst Place, even though many of us had visited Wakehurst we were unaware that there had been a collection of seeds that were stored in fridges in the old house for many years. They now hold the largest collection in the UK in the new building especially designed to dry the seeds and then store them at the correct temperature. We also learned how important these seeds are for our future and the future of plants that are needed for animals etc. The competition of a picture made from seeds was: 1, Maureen Risbridger; 2, Carole Marchant we closed the meeting with the raffle and coffee. Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday March 2 at the Luxford Centre all are welcome.

LIONS CLUB: The Poster for Peace competition was founded by the Lions of South East London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey to promote peace amongst children in grade 5 at primary schools, other competitions generally being aimed at older children. This year’s theme was Friendship brings Peace. The local competition was won this year by an entry from ten year old Isobel Lynch, of Little Horsted Church of England School, which put in 16 entries. All of a high standard, the entries were shortlisted to four exceptional entries, which engendered considerable debate amongst Lions Club members before a very close vote. On Thursday January 29 Lion President Bob Eaves presented Isobel with vouchers worth £20 and Little Horsted School with a cheque for £50. Isobel’s poster has now been sent forward to the District Competition as Uckfield’s official entry for judging later in the year. When the Lions have been out at Christmas with Santa’s Sleigh, they have stopped in Browns Lane outside the houses of Martin and Jackie Ensom and their neighbour, Mrs Jean Bishop. Martin, Jackie and the Bishops have for many years covered their houses with illuminated decorations in aid of various charities, which can even be seen from aircraft coming in to Gatwick, and the Lions have added to the money Martin and Jackie have raised. Due to the age of the decorations and the cost of the energy they use, this has been the last year that Martin and Sally have been able to do this and it finished with their best ever collection. On Friday January 30 they joined with Lion President Bob Eaves in presenting cheques totalling £1,074.14 from themselves and from Uckfield Lions to Pauline Peagam of the Salvation Army’s Eastbourne Citadel to support the Army’s Centre for the Homeless based in Eastbourne. The Lions are now busily preparing for the forthcoming year. Several of their members are participating in their District Convention in Eastbourne - the AGM of the south east of England clubs, which will be immediately followed by their own 46th Charter Lunch. The Lions always busy year has begun in earnest with planning and work already in hand. The siting of more public use defibrillators in the High Street areas, the annual Curry Lunch in March, immediately followed by the Disabled It’s a Knockout 2015 Competition, if you know of groups of disabled children why not get them to enter, it’s one of our favourite events of our year, it gives so much enjoyment to those that do not have our health and ability. Then it’s into Easter Eggs. And planning for the annual Lions Fun Day is well advanced with stalls and car boot pitches already being booked. And we continue to raise money for the replacement of the Lions Community Minibus. We are getting so close to the £48,500 needed. Thank you for your efforts so far, one more big push and we should have enough to order it for the autumn. Why not have fun and put something back into the community? Why don’t you join us? Contact Lions at their Olives Yard Bookshop, on our website listen to Uckfield FM or telephone Lion Bob Eaves 01825 764638.


FIRE: It was certainly cold last Friday but I thought it was a bit much to set fire to the pub to keep everyone warm. Fortunately it was only a chimney fire, still serious in a timber-framed building, but the staff responded swiftly to the emergency and before long the fire engine came clanging up Whitehouse Lane to deal with the aftermath. All is now well, although we won’t see another fire in the grate until the assessor has been to look up the offending chimney.

VALENTINE: The Star is putting on a special Valentine’s Day menu tomorrow, Saturday. You’ll enjoy four courses plus coffee and chocolates for £27.50 per head and while you’re eating, you will be entertained by the mood swing music of the Jazz Duo. But book it quickly before every table is taken.

WHAT’S ON: And on the principle of keep calm and carry on, the pub will be hosting Swing Theory on Sunday February 22 and Folk Night on February 27. As usual the last Monday of the month (February 23) will be Quiz Night when cash prizes will be on offer for teams winning a round, and the modest cost for a fun night out is £7 per head, including a one-course supper. Teams are up to six people, so book your table and brush up your brains. Good news comes thick and fast this month with the glad tidings that the 363 menu will continue through the month which means that you can claim a starter for £3, a main course for £6 and a dessert for £3 from Monday through to Thursday.

SERVICES: This Sunday morning services are both at All Saints’. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) and 10am (Parish Matins) followed by coffee and cake. On Ash Wednesday there will be a Solemn Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 7.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

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

ASH WEDNESDAY: The united benefice Communion service for Ash Wednesday will be held at St John’s, Bodle Street, at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The February meeting of the council will be held on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters in the meeting.

HISTORY GROUP: Peter Gillies brought his magic lantern along to the meeting on Monday evening. For their time they were a very advanced piece of technology, and are wonderful works of engineering in themselves, made mainly of brass. The slides were large compared to 35mm ones and contained incredible detail. Peter showed slides from his collection which illustrated life in the Weald of about a century ago. We saw pictures of the various trades associated with the woods – hoop makers, faggot producers, charcoal burners etc as well as farming, village life and local industries, including chicken cramming, which started in Punnetts Town. Our next walk is next Saturday, February 21, at 2pm. We meet in the car park in Horam by the Cuckoo Trail. All are welcome. In March we have Sally White talking about Sussex Piers.

DEAF UNIT: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing will be outside Osborne House, Rookery Lane, from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday March 5. This is at the same time and location as Coffee and Company so you can combine the two in one visit. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

The Sycamore Tree Project at Lewes Prison received £5,000 from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund. The project raises victim awareness.