Parish pump Uckfield - February 14, 2014


TIDE MILLS community beach clean at 10am on Sunday. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up the area for visitors and the local wildlife. For further information, email Jim Skinner ( or phone 01273 517291; or contact Peter Mason ( or phone 01323 893096.

Bodle Street Green

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

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

GARDENING CLUB: The new season of meeting starts at 7.30pm in the village hall on Tuesday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The March meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. All are welcome to attend.


PANTOMIME: Tonight, Friday, is Panto night again. The first two performances last Saturday were extremely enjoyable. This one is a little different from the normal pantomimes, but the cast and crew of the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society have really done it justice. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a delightful story, magical and full of unusual characters. If you would like to see the show, tickets are on sale at the Burwash Newsagents for tonight, tomorrow afternoon and evening.

QUIZ NIGHT: Also tonight, Friday, it is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six players are invited to go along and join in the fun. Entry is £2 per person and is given back as prize for the winners. The licensed bar will be open.

PARISH WALK: The monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. I suspect after all the rain that waders maybe needed, well maybe just Wellingtons, but it is likely the footpaths will be very muddy. Roger Cloke will be your guide and he will be delighted for you to join him.

MEETING: The Burwash branch of The Royal British Legion will have a meeting on Monday evening at the Rose and Crown at 8pm. You do not have to be a member to go along and not all the members were in the Armed Forces. They would be very pleased to meet you if you are interested in the Legion and its work. Contact Fred Marshall on 01435 884298 if you are interested in becoming a member, or just go along on Monday.

ON WEDNESDAY evening there will be a general knowledge quiz evening at the Wheel Inn from 8pm. You are all very welcome to go along and join in the fun.

NSY: The Not So Young Club will be meeting at the village hall on Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm. Their members will hear guest speaker Mr J Austin on For you the War is Over. This will be followed by a delicious tea and a raffle. New members and guests are always welcome to go along. Men and women of our three villages who are over 60 years enjoy a lively programme of meetings through the year, including garden party, Christmas lunch, games and outings.

BOWLS: Last week the members of the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club enjoyed two friendly matches. The first was at home to Hurst Green when they played six games of triples with a rolling shots. At the end of the evening Hurst Green won by just one shot. The second was away to Horam which was a completely different game. Despite the team’s best efforts they came away the losers. The team will play away to Pevensey on Monday in the league. Some of the club will join the East Sussex County Over 60s at home to West Sussex on Tuesday.

POSTAL QUIZ: The latest postal quiz is selling well, but we are happy to sell many more. The theme this time is card game, TV quiz and game shows and table games. 100 questions costs £2 and 15 percent of the proceeds are given in prize money. The proceeds this time are going to help East Sussex County Bowler and Scout attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2016. Aaron Foord is one of just 36 Scouts from East Sussex chosen to attend and he has to raise £3,000 before he can go. To obtain a copy of the quiz please send £2 to Mary Taylor, 2 Holton Cottages, Spring Lane, Burwash TN19 7HU. Thank you.


BUXTED WI: To say it rained the day we all met for our February meeting would be an understatement. It just rained and rained all day so heavily that a quick dash to and from the car was enough to get a good soaking. So it was very surprising to see so many of our members attending, but their efforts were rewarded with a superb afternoon’s entertainment by our guest Pat Bryer. Our afternoon began with a welcome from president Ann Tricker who introduced Wendy Lawrence to read the poem by Elizabeth Barret Browning, How do I Love Thee. On to secretary Joyce Harvey to give us the information regarding courses, outings etc and travelling arrangements. We were then introduced to Pat Bryer who not only looked but sounded uncannily like the late entertainer Joyce Grenfell. The next hour was a delight as she recited the wonderful monologues Joyce was so famous for and sang her very amusing songs, everyone in the room singing along with Stately as Two Galleons we Glide Across the Floor. She was given a very well deserved vote of thanks. The ladies enjoying birthdays this month were presented with cards: Joan Cotterel, Joyce Harvey, Vix Mann, Adrienne Roles, Sheila Selden and June Thatcher and special congratulations were given to Kath Warner as she and her husband celebrate 60 years’ wedded bliss. The competition entitled A Limerick, was won by Evelyn Smith with Sheena Mickleburgh in second place and Joan Buncombe third. The Flower of the Month Competition was won by: 1, Kirsten Brown; 2, Hilary Quinn and Jackie Fowler; 3, Sandra Hatswell, Joyce Ford and Evelyn Smith. The craft group meet every second Wednesday morning, the book group every third Thursday afternoon and the garden group every last Friday morning. Our next meeting at the Buxted Reading Room will be on Thursday March 6 when our guest speaker is Dr Sally White with a talk entitled The History of Dolls. The competition will be A Doll. (Mary Mustin).


VILLAGE SHOP: My apologies if anyone was misled, the pancakes are for Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, and Valentine’s Day is for Valentines. I think my stomach was jumping the gun, not for the first time. There is an abundance of good things to purchase for your loved ones, chocolates, candles, cakes or why not take advantage of the offers on Valentine hampers, petite but packed with deliciousness. If you are not reading this till the evening and you have forgotten, then there may well be something left which will get you forgiven. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be another Upcycling Workshop, as the last one was so busy and fruitful, and of course such fun. There are plenty of photos on the shop’s Facebook page.

JUMBLE SALE: The WI are holding a Jumble Sale at Chiddingly Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm. If you have any jumble, bring it along at 11am. Good hunting.

CONTRIBUTIONS: If you want anything about Chiddingly in the Parish Pump, contact me at and I will spread the word.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, third Sunday before Lent, 10am Benefice Communion Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong East Hoathly.

PRESERVSTION SOCIETY: Unfortunately, last week’s walk had to be cancelled due to the exceptionally soggy ground conditions. The next walk will be on Sunday March 9, starting out at 2pm from The Foresters. Please call Chris on 01825 872830.


ST MARY’S: Sunday is the third Sunday before Lent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) Mission. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups The Search for Justice. 6.30pm Evening Prayer Mission.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall at 11am followed by refreshments. The medium is Michael Knight. There is a clairvoyant evening next Friday February 21 starting at 7.30pm to 9pm with mediums Darren John and Adam Samuel.

SAFETY DAY: This event is to take place on Tuesday from 10am to 1pm at Hailsham East Community Centre. It is a free event organised by Wealden District Council. There will be a children’s entertainer, football penalty shoot out, police van, dance mats, arts and crafts, hook a duck, face painting and refreshments. The idea is to encourage children to think about keeping safe in a range of different situations which includes personal safety and prevention of home accidents, fire prevention, food safety and community safety. There will be various organisations present to help get the message across including East Sussex Children’s Centre, Fire and Rescue Service, Active Play and Sussex Police.

BONFIRE BINGO: The next bingo night to help raise funds for the bonfire society extravaganza on October 18 this year, is next Friday February 21. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Age Concern Centre, entrance in Waitrose Car Park. Start gathering together your jumble for a sale on March 22. Details about dropping off and collection nearer the time.

TRANSPORT FILMS: Tickets at £5 are now available for the coffee morning on Saturday March 22 at the Hailsham Pavilion. Back by popular demand, this event includes films Hell Drivers, early Concorde film footage and for the railway fans This is York and much more. Doors open at 10am for coffee with the show commencing at 10.30am hosted by local transport historian John Bishop. All proceeds to HOPS.

SUSSEX RAMBLERS: Winter is a quiet time of year for projects in rights of way, however they are still inspecting paths as part of a routine inspection cycle and responding to incoming reports from rights of way users. Issues that have been reported with increased frequency recently have concerned flooding and fallen trees. With the recent volume of rainfall it is not surprising that large swathes of the county have been flooded. This has resulted in bridges being washed out and paths being muddy, making some paths impassable. They will of course be working with landowners where possible to improve drainage. The recent stormy weather has also caused a large number of trees to fall. Sussex Ramblers are contacting landowners to request clearance but it can take time to identify landowners and many landowners must then hire in contractors to remove trees, which is dependent on the availability of the contractors. They are working to secure clearance of trees from rights of way as quickly as possible and thank you for your patience and understanding as they work to resolve these matters.

HAILSHAM FORWARD: High street traffic improvements, better industrial estate access, specialist markets, new sports facilities, cycle parking facilities and the creation of pop-up shops for local entrepreneurs. These were just a few of the things discussed at the latest meeting of Hailsham Forward, the Town Team which aims to bring together key local stakeholders including Hailsham Town Council to review the best ways to revitalise the town centre and surrounding urban environment. People came together to review Hailsham Forward’s activities at the Diplocks Hall and among the attendees were a representative of the MP for Wealden Charles Hendry and local councillors including the Town Mayor, as well as local business associations, economic development managers and other stakeholders. Following feedback from residents and businesses at a public consultation held last May, Hailsham Forward has proposed a number of objectives for revitalising the town, all of which were put into a business plan for review. Hailsham is already on the road to regeneration with the opening of new businesses in the town centre in recent months and the development of Hailsham Forward’s town revitalisation objectives.

BIG SWIM: Hailsham Leisure Centre is urging people to sign up and join in with this event on March 22 and 23. This year’s Swimathon event will raise money for Sport Relief. For further information and to register on Swimathon visit or just drop in to the Leisure Centre.

100 YEARS AGO: In February 1914 FC Harvey reports: The FOF (Freewill Offering Fund) and Church Fund, which is really one Fund, grows, but the members do not yet exceed 102 and there are over 300 Communicants. Many enjoy the Privileges of the Church. Scripture, I think, enjoins that they shall share its obligations. The Bishop of Chichester’s Fund, to which we contributed £22 nearly, last year, has raised £13,016. There were eight parishes, which fell below their apportionment. We, unfortunately, are one of these. This year I hope we shall pay the full amount, £25. It is a great success so far. The amount collected has been wisely spent. I think and I ought to know, being one of the elected members of the Finance Board.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

BADGERS: Many people are concerned that the Government’s pilot scheme to cull badgers might be extended to parts of East Sussex. Our worries focus on three issues: wildlife conservation, the effectiveness (or rather non-effectiveness) of the cull so far in the West Country and the prospect of huntsmen with high-powered rifles combing our densely populated countryside. Now Wealden MP Charles Hendry has joined forces with two other MPs to call for the introduction of a vaccination scheme. And Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of the wildlife charity WRAS has already trained in the science of vaccination. Badgers have suffered dreadfully, from badger baiting (which still continues, we hear) to the current cull on non-too-specific evidence. The costs too are horrendous with parliamentary time, policing and shooting costing several thousands per badger. We all sympathise with our cattle farmers who are also having a rough time of it. Now Lewes MP Norman Baker has stepped into the fray and puts forward this well-thought-through line of thought: ‘I have worked as best I can in Parliament to try and promote better cattle husbandry, pushing for greater bio-security on farms and in cattle movement, in order to prevent cross contamination. It is however inevitable that cattle allowed to graze outside in the natural environment, as they should be, will encounter wildlife that may be carrying harmful diseases such as TB. Over the years various governments have tried to develop an effective badger vaccine and I personally pressed the previous Government to develop a TB vaccine for cattle. £43 million in total has been spent since 1994 on developing an oral bovine TB vaccine for badgers as well as cattle vaccine. I am pleased that the Coalition has at least committed to investing a further £15.5million in vaccine development over the next four years. I am concerned about the wider roll out of ten or more culls. Clearly rolling out more badger culls without properly examining the pilots would be a mistake.’

COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Parliamentarians of the future from Heathfield Community College will be taking part in a debating competition at the end of this month and early next. On February 28 and March 7 eight teams from colleges in the area (including Heathfield) start the round of debates, and the winning four continue the following week. The competition is being hosted by Bede’s Senior School. The teams are made up of two people from different schools, introduced to each other two weeks before the first Friday, and given their motion to work on. The students are from the sixth forms of Bede’s Senior School, Uplands, Hailsham, Heathfield, Beacon, Michael Hall, St Leonards and Uckfield Community Technology College. They are judged on quality, logic and relevance; structure and timing of speech including support for their partner; clarity of argument; confidence and appearance; verbal delivery; overall conviction and response to the audience. Each debate lasts roughly 25 minutes and includes questions from the audience, everyone can attend. The judges will be Charles Hendry, his successor as candidate at the next General Election Nus Ghani and others yet to be confirmed. The prize is a trip to Parliament to have a private tour, Prime Minister’s Question Time tickets and afterwards lunch with Mr Hendry. The debates are now in their third year and organisers have received a lot of support from all schools involved, who are always keen to take part. Next week the college is holding half term Gifted and Talented workshops for local primary school children. They will be led by professional artist Liz Day and based on natural form, using shells, leaves, flowers etc. This workshop is for them to experiment with use of materials to produce small printed decorative booklets. A collage will be exhibited in the college after the workshop and each child will bring home a piece of their art work.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion. 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm St Richard’s Toddler group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS, and St George’s: All Saints 8am Holy Communion.11am Third Dimension, Holy Communion. St George’s Broad Oak 9.30am Third Dimension.

GUIDES: Heathfield and Horam Guide District and Friends of Guiding jumble sale. Wednesday, at 2pm at Horam Scout and Guide HQ. Jumble is gladly accepted from noon. There will be a quiz night on March 8 from 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Tables of six, £6 per person to include a light supper. Bring your own drinks. To book ring Audrey Milton on: 01435 830504 or email:

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be in the Co-op car park from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday March 13. 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 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

CAR PARK: Whinge of the week. For those of you who occasionally stop me in the High Street to agree (or disagree) with my points of view, here’s one that gets my wheels in a spin. The newly marked out car park at Sainsbury’s is a nightmare. Spaces are narrow, driving aisles between cars are too narrow and not clearly marked, there is not quite enough space to reverse out safely and people seem as confused as me as to where to go when they are able to extract their vehicle. Yes, you can park at the top bit, or on the road outside Steamer Trading but there is often not much room there either. I have seen so many near misses and had my door bashed several times.

Isfield & Little Horsted

UP IN SMOKE: The Lewes bonfire societies will be the subject of a talk being given to the Forget-Me-Not Club for over-55s on Wednesday. At the following meeting, on March 5, Kevin Gordon is due to talk about Sussex churches. Fortnightly meetings at held at Isfield Village Hall (2.20pm). Details from Colin Starns (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01825 750611).

UNDER ORDERS: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society’s Race Night is being held at The Laughing Fish on Sunday February 23, with the first chase at 7pm.

SPORT: With the summer sporting scene not too far over the horizon, perhaps clubs would care to contact me concerning their fixture programmes.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am) Matins; February 23, Parish Communion; March 2, Family Service.

CROSSED LINES: A comment in last week’s notes about future broadband provision in Isfield was incorrectly attributed to Katy Thomas at East Sussex County Council. In fact, it was parish councillor Jerry Phillips who said: ‘Quite what is meant by a fibre-based solution remains unclear and it is pointless to speculate at this stage.’

Mayfield & Five Ashes

WINDMILL TRUST: We’ve received this email from Wealden District Council: Following the success of the Argos Hill Windmill Trust in being awarded £100,000 of Heritage Lottery Grant, Wealden’s cabinet portfolio holder for Housing and Asset Management, Councillor Graham Wells has issued the following statement in support of the Trust’s work: ‘We would like to congratulate the Argos Hill Windmill Trust on its tremendous success in being awarded a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are keen supporters of this exciting project and will be making our own contribution to the cost of the restoration work. Argos Hill Windmill is an important Wealden landmark. It can best be safeguarded through the Trust which can work with partners to access the widest possible range of funding.’

PRIMARY SCHOOL: This year one of the school’s main focuses is to help fund a new entrance area, which is desperately needed in order to make the school both safer for the children and more welcoming for visitors. The total cost of this project is around £15,000. Parents have already managed to raise £1,000 towards the building work and are busy organising future fundraising events. However, this is a substantial sum of money and if you or your business is able to help with sponsorship, donations or fundraising ideas Friends of Mayfield Primary School would be delighted to hear from you. To help them on their way they are anticipating a Quiz Night, and a Casino Night, and also their Summer Fair. When they have more details for these events they will let you all know as everyone is welcome.

FOOTPATH WALK: February’s walk will take place on Sunday, February 23. They will try to choose a route that fits in best with the weather so, if it has continued to be wet, they will endeavour to avoid those paths that they know are really muddy. However, people are strongly advised to wear suitable, waterproof footwear. Deborah Dixon reports that for the first time in 15 years the New Year’s Day walk was abandoned due to driving rain, maybe a midsummer’s walk should be organised instead. Meet as usual in South Street car park at 10am.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday 15, starting at 10am the bowls club will be holding a coffee morning in London House. There will be a cake sale, chocolate tombola, unwanted gift sale and raffle. All are welcome.

FESTIVAL: The programme for the 2014 Mayfield Festival was unveiled at an official launch on Friday, January 17. Attended by the patrons of the Festival and Friends of Music in Mayfield, without whose support the Mayfield Festival could not exist. The event provided new Artistic Director, Jeremy Summerly, with an opportunity to introduce each of the events he has chosen to comprise the 2014 Festival, which this year takes place from Friday to Sunday, May 2 to 11. Look out for the brochures which will be available in the village shortly, or take a look at the festival’s for full details of the outstanding musicians and acclaimed performers people will be so fortunate to be able to see here in the village in May. Tickets will be on sale in London House, High Street on Saturday, March 8 and Saturday, March 15, from 9.30am to 12.30pm on both days. Website sales begin at 8am on Monday, March 10; for full details of all methods of buying tickets see the banner running across the bottom of each webpage. However, if you wish to secure tickets now, they are anticipating an early sell-out for many of the events, there is still time to become a Friend of Music in Mayfield (FMM), who enjoy a priority-booking period until February 21. See the FMM section of the Mayfield Festival website for details on how to join. FMM members and patrons have the exclusive right also to buy a Festival Season Ticket, which provides a significant saving compared to the full price of tickets for each event. The Mayfield Festival is intended to benefit the community, and this year they are inviting local pianists to take part in an event rarely staged globally, the performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations. A composition designed to be repeated over a 24-hour period, the playing of Vexations will start at 6pm on Sunday, May 4 in St-Leonards Mayfield School’s new Sixth Form building, and will finish by 6pm on Monday, May 5. Intended to be a hands-on event for everyone, they welcome therefore anyone from the local area who would be interested in taking part. Pianists of all ages schoolchildren, music teachers and professional performers (recommended minimum Grade 5), are invited to take a turn to help play as many repetitions of Erik Satie’s theme as possible, and be part of an event they will never forget (follow the link on the Satie page of the Festival website to access the score being used on this occasion). So if you have any pianists amongst your friends, family or school who might like to sign up for even the shortest of stints, please do contact Deirdre Benians: or get in touch via the Facebook page - they would be delighted to hear from you.

LUNCHEON: Advance notice that Thursday, March 27 has been set for the Sussex Housing and Care Annual Luncheon at the Memorial Hall at 12.30pm.

HEARING SERVICES: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre. The village has just become aware of this organisation which is a registered charity and which aims to improve the quality of life for deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. A volunteer is present in the Memorial Hall on the third Friday of each month from 10am till noon for hearing aid maintenance, batteries and advice. Contact phone numbers are 01323 722505 or 07950 855580 or 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 today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. You need to arrive early if you wish to purchase some of the lovely goodies that are on sale, homemade cakes, savoury items, locally produced cheese, greetings cards, knitted items, plus plants and flowers arrangements. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee and have a natter.

RUGBY: The 1st XV rugby team will be playing at home against Hove III. It must be a nightmare at the moment playing either rugby and football with the ground waterlogged. As I write this column the rain has been pouring down all day, and there are flood warnings everywhere. The West Country is certainly suffering this winter with all this rain.

SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts are available but must be booked in advance on 722582.

BULBS think spring is here. There are lovely daffodils out at Fount Hill and I noticed the the hedgerows in some areas have green shoots. In my garden I have a mass of primroses out, so roll on spring weather.


WEATHER: In The Lady’s Perceptor, dated 1743, ladies were advised to prepare subjects of conversation in advance of social visits, thereby ensuing that they need not fall back on that perennial topic of last resort, the weather. What a good idea. Um, what else can we talk about?


CHEER UP: It’s grey and gloomy again as I’m writing this, but there are one or two gleams on the horizon. For instance, the Star’s special January offer of a two course meal for £10 was so successful that Paul is continuing it through February and extending the period to run from Monday lunchtime until Friday lunchtime. And there will be a repetition of the special curry evening offer on Tuesdays, and the steak night on Thursdays. And just to cheer you up still further, the gorgeous group String Theory will be returning this Sunday at lunchtime.

WORLD’S WOMEN: Can’t believe it, but the Women’s World Day of Prayer is looming up again, it seems to come round so quickly. This year it is on Friday March 7 and it follows a preset pattern, when women (and men) gather and offer prayers on matters which concern them most in the world. The theme this year has been chosen by women of Egypt and is Streams in the Desert. Women are asked to think about the Christian role of being a stream in the desert for those who are experiencing spiritual drought. One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt, has long been home to Coptic Christians. Since the uprising of 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings. Political change affects individual lives and prayers will be offered for peace. The World Day of Prayer creates a wave of prayer across the world starting with the sunrise over the island of Samoa and sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas through the next 36 hours. By the end, services will have been celebrated in over 170 countries. Our local service will be at Cross in Hand Methodist Church at 10.30am on Friday March 7. Everybody is welcome at the service which will last about an hour.

RECITAL: Many thanks to Julia Higi (violin) and Benjamin Tyler (piano) who gave us a delightful afternoon recital last Sunday at All Saints’. The church was filled with enthusiastic music-lovers and it promised well for future recitals. More please, Benjamin.

SERVICES: This Sunday will be the third Sunday before Lent. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’ followed by coffee, then Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). 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 Rev Neville Barnett.

HISTORY GROUP: Jillian Beecher gave us glimpse of the life of a shepherd in her talk Shepherds Huts on Monday evening. These were literally huts on wheels, which could be moved initially by horse and later by tractor, from field to field. They provided shelter for the shepherd as he cared for his flock, particularly during lambing time. Accommodation was basic, a bunk, cupboard, table and stove. Construction was from corrugated iron or wood, or a mixture of the two. In later times the living vans that had formed part of the steam powered teams involved in threshing or road maintenance became available upon the demise of steam. These were of better quality as they were built for longer distances. In certain areas, Romney Marsh for instance, permanent brick built huts were erected at strategic locations. Jillian also described the various makes of huts. Our next walk is on Saturday February 22. We meet at 2pm in the Cuckoo Trail Car Park, Station Road car park, Heathfield. In response to the weather, we have taken the hard option this time, a hard surface underfoot, with a walk along the trail.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall.

QUIZ NIGHT: There was a very good turn-out last Saturday evening for the horticultural society quiz at the Dunn Village Hall. We had 15 teams in the end. Bryan Whitton had lost his voice, so was unable to act as question master, and I was asked to step in during the day. Thankfully Simone Cranstone had set the questions, so I just had to deliver them and the answers. We had nine rounds with a picture round of celebrities providing the tenth, and quite a few of the questions had the little grey cells working overtime, with puzzled faces all round. Thanks to all who supported this event and the committee for organising it. The table giving themselves the name Nil Desperandum won with 84.5 points and received a pot of miniature daffodil bulbs each. The wooden spoon position went to the optimistically named Fourth Place who received a lemon each. The annual Flower Show is on Saturday July 26.