Parish pump Uckfield - February 21, 2014


BARCOMBE WI: It was fortuitous that a day of rain and wind was replaced by a clear evening so that thirty members and six visitors could meet at the village hall to enjoy a talk by Ian Everest on the Women’s Land Army. The discovery that his mother had joined the Land Army prompted Ian to look further into its formation and the life of the girls and women who volunteered. As WI members it was interesting for us to hear that Lady Denman, who was central to the setting up of the first Women’s Institutes (as they were then called) was the person given the task of organising the Women’s Land Army when the Second World War was imminent. Lessons had been learned during the First World War when efforts had been made to use women to produce food, which was in short supply because of the U-boat blockade.The many photographs, newspaper cuttings and posters with which Ian illustrated his talk, made it easy to listen to and very entertaining. One of the posters was of the Downs with horses and tractors ploughing up land pasture. It was the Government’s aim to plough up two million acres of grassland so that wheat could be produced to make bread. There was a need to replace the men who had gone to fight so that this aim could be achieved. By 1943 there were 63,000 land girls employed in all areas of agriculture including catching the rats that multiplied with the increased production of grain. The hours were long, a 48 hour week in winter and upwards of fifty-two hours in summer all for twenty-four shillings (about £1.40). Although they had made a huge contribution to the war effort, Ian said that it was very sad that the surviving members of the Women’s Land Army were not allowed to take part in the Remembrance Sunday march past at the Cenotaph until 2000 and didn’t receive badges in recognition of their service until 2007, by which time most of them had died. After refreshing ourselves with coffee and cakes, we moved on to the business part of the meeting. Everyone had enjoyed the evening meal at Al Duomo in Brighton and plans for a trip to the Houses of Parliament in May were discussed together with a proposed backstage visit to The Dome, Brighton. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday March 11.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer.Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion, 4pm Our Messy Church event 4ForAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. At 12.45pm, the congregations of the three churches will meet for a bring-and-share lunch at Bodle Street Village Hall to meet members of the team from Oakhill College who will be involved in our Events Week just before Easter. They will have been involved in the services during the morning. They say if you want something done ask a busy man. Well a very busy man has just been appointed the new Rural Dean for Dallington Deanery, our rector, Rev Marc Lloyd. Congratulations Marc.

ST DAVID’S DAY: Even if you aren’t Welsh, you can join in the celebrations at the village hall on Saturday March 1 at 6.45pm. The cost, including a two course meal, is £12.50 per head with special rates for families and children. See posters or the weekly bulletin for details.

FILM CLUB: Wadjda is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. It is the story of a young girl living in the suburb of Riyadh determined to buy a bike in a society that frowns upon women doing such a thing. It is also the first feature film made by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour, who has broken many barriers with this film. It will be shown at 7.30pm next Friday February 28 in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and cakes. Guests are welcome, tickets cost £6 on the door. just turn up.


PANTOMIME: All the hard work of rehearsing and preparing props, scenery and costumes has paid off. Oh no it hasn’t, oh yes it has. The five performances of Alice in Wonderland by the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society received big applause from all who were lucky enough to see it. One of the backstage hands said it was a difficult one to stage, but they all did an amazing job. Well done to everyone, a really big thank you for giving up your time to give us so much enjoyment. All the proceeds from the shows will go to local children’s clubs and groups and the primary school.

LUNCH CLUB: The monthly lunch for the Burwash branch of Age Uk will be on Monday at the Bear Motel from noon. Anyone who is over 55 years is welcome to join them for a delicious freshly cooked two course meal for £8. To book a place please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033, Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. They may be able to arrange transport should you not be able to make it under your own steam.

COFFEE MORNING: Burwash Ladies Group will be holding a coffee morning on Wednesday at 10 Rother View, from 10 30am to noon. Entrance is £1 to include coffee and there will be a raffle. This is a great chance to go along, meet the members and discover what they get up to. They are always pleased to welcome new members.

COFFEE MORNING 2: Also on Wednesday morning there is a coffee morning for The Association of Carers at Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill. The service works by recruiting volunteers from the community who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is a benefit to both the normal carer who gets a few hours break and the cared for who gets a new companion once a week. If you are interested please visit the coffee morning, meet Fiona Philips who is the services coordinator or call 01323 301122.

MUSIC NIGHT: Next Friday, February 28, is Music Night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common, but this is no ordinary music night. The local group 21 Whiskies will be performing. This is a fundraiser for the Broad Oak Play group. There will be great music, a raffle and other fun games. You are all very welcome to go along to support them. Put the date in your diary so as not to forget.

BOWLS: Last week the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club had two league matches. The first was on a wet and windy evening away to Plumpton. The triples played first with Angela and Keith Marden and Joan Howard winning 11-7, but Mick Moore, Margaret Waterhouse and Stephen Trew lost 3-19. The pairs were Alan Green and Mary Taylor who lost 10-18 and Keith Wood and Julie Hawkins who won 21-5. The second game was at home to Old Heathfield on Thursday. Triple Irene bell, Mick Moore and Joan Howard lost 6-15, Angela and Keith and Mary Taylor won 17-6. The pairs Keith and Julie won 14-11 and Alan and Barry Taylor won 15-5. This gave us 10 league points. The team will next play at home to Five Ashes on Thursday.

TALK: Burwash Horticultural Society will be hosting a talk in the village hall on Thursday from 2pm for 2.30pm. Laurie Manser will talk on Herbaceous Perennials. Entry is £1.50 for members and £2.50 for non-members. The afternoon will end with tea and a raffle. You are all very welcome to go along.


JUMBLE SALE at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am. Donations of jumble would be much appreciated from 9am.

ASTRONOMY IN THE PUB, in association with BBC Stargazing Live and the Brighton Science Festival, is tomorrow, Saturday, from 6pm until midnight at the Horns Lodge. For more information email Richie Jarvis at or visit

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion 8am, Parish Communion 10am. For transport call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church, Sunday, 10.30am with Derek Heyman and 6.15pm with Peter Cottingham to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday February 28 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

BLOFELD & BAXTER Two Man Show at the Cumnor House Theatre on Friday February 28 to raise money for Chailey Heritage Foundation. It will be a show full of memories from Test Match Special commentary boxes all over the world. Anecdotes never before heard from the last 40 years. For tickets visit or contact the fundraising team at Chailey Heritage Foundation on 01825 724752.

VOLUNTEERING at the Bluebell Railway. Whether you have skills or no previous experience and can offer at least a day a month you are invited to find out more about volunteering in the various departments at the railway. To help you narrow your choice of departments you can ask for a recruitment pack on 01825 720800 or book a place on one of the find out more tours that operate on the first Sunday of every month, until November. The next tour is on Sunday March 2 starting at 10.30am at the classroom at Sheffield Park Station and finishing around 4.20pm.

MORE INFORMATION and contact details for the Brambles Bakery at Chailey Heritage Foundation I now have. It is a venture run by Barbara Spencer, an ex-pastry chef, to raise funds for special outings for the young people who reside at the Foundation full time. From its concept in September 2013 the bakery has catered for small functions locally and Barbara’s high quality cakes, as I mentioned last week, are available at Townings Farm Shop. For more information contact Barbara at

THE NATURE OF GOD’S ACRE is a survey which seeks to investigate the relationship between nature and spirituality in churchyards across Sussex and St Peter’s has been asked to participate. The Diocese would like as many people as possible to complete the questionnaire. This includes church staff, parishioners and members of the local community who use the churchyard. Those with access to a computer are asked to log into the survey at The survey takes just a few minutes and will help the diocese to get a full picture of the value our beautiful churchyard has.

HEATING OIL CONSORTIUM has been in existence for just over a year and has about 80 members who are all saving a reasonable amount on each litre of heating oil bought. There is still room for about another 20 members and the next order time will be at the end of February, beginning of March. If you wish to join the Consortium just e-mail your name, address, and phone number to Peter Todd at

East Hoathly

TRIP TO JUZIERS: This year’s trip to our friends in Juziers will take place from Saturday May 17 to Monday May 19. The return coach trip (including the Shuttle crossing) is £65 per adult, or £15 for anyone in full-time education. There are still seats available. Any resident in the parish qualifies as a potential Twinner. Anyone who would like to go, or would simply like more information, please contact our Hon Sec, Pat Duke on 01825 841077 or

PARISH COUNCIL: The next parish council meeting will be on Monday at 7.30pm in the Belmont Room of the village hall. The meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the Planning Committee.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, second Sunday before Lent, 8am Holy Communion East Hoathly, 10am Matins Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday East Hoathly, 6pm Evensong.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Saturday 25 February 1758 ‘…At home all day except going down to Mr Porter’s with two salt fish, whom, when I went to the parlour, I found a-drinking coffee, though he had not the generosity or goodness enough to ask me to drink a dish with him.’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

THE ROTARY CLUB is holding an evening of music with the Uckfield Singers and Heathfield Silver Band, all in aid of Macmillan Nurses at Heathfield Community College on Saturday, March 8. The evening will have songs from the shows and some excellent band music. There will be a licensed bar and snacks available with the evening starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Premier Travel in Heathfield High Street at the price of £5 per head and should provide excellent entertainment for the evening. Your support would be most welcome. The annual Rotary concert takes on a different look this year with three nights of indoor concerts. With two years of inclement weather making the decision to go indoors an easy one. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4, 5 and 6 see performances for different age groups although all are welcome at any of the events. Heathfield Community College is the venue for all three concerts starting at 7.30pm for the evenings and 3pm for the Sunday afternoon. Tickets will be limited to the hall capacity so please book early to ensure you are not disappointed. There will be a licensed bar for all three concerts along with soft drinks and scone and jam teas available for sale on the Sunday. All tickets are priced at £10 for all age groups with no concessions due to limited numbers. Premier Travel will be selling the tickets for the artists of One Direction on the Friday, Queen on the Saturday and Michael Buble on the Sunday. All the proceeds will be to support various Rotary Charities both local and overseas.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion,11am Family service. St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion.

BUSINESS SUCCESS: Heathfield business, Jones Britain, has been nominated as a finalist in the Kitchen Designer of the Year, project costing over £50,000 category at the prestigious national awards, organised by kbbreview, the UK’s leading business-to-business magazine for the industry. Dan Stronge, managing director of Jones Britain, said: ‘I am delighted to have been nominated as a finalist. I am very proud of the kitchen design in question and working with our client to create it has been a joy. To be recognised for something we worked hard to produce, especially as virtually every element is bespoke, is a credit to all our team including Charles Yorke through design, presentation and manufacture. I’d like to thank the judges for seeing and understanding those efforts.’ Tim Wallace, editor of kbbreview said: ‘This year marks a landmark 20 years of the biggest awards event in the industry, and we’re delighted to have kicked off the celebrations accordingly with a record number of entries.’ Winners will be announced by the traditional opening of an envelope at the glittering, black tie gala dinner taking place on Tuesday, March 4, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. For more information about Jones Britain telephone 0800 8600 435.

FLOWER CLUB: Easter Flower workshop on Thursday evening, April 10 at 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Refreshments, raffle and sales table. Visitors are welcome, £5. Ring 01435 810452 with enquiries about what to bring.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Spring flower show at St Richard’s Church Hall on Saturday, April 5. Open from 2pm to 4pm. Admission £1, children go free. Refreshments, raffle and plant sale. Enquiries 01435 830725.

WALKING FESTIVAL: 2014 sees the launch of a brand new walking festival, a joint event organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Wealden District Council, with local groups invited to join in too. Working with walking groups and special interest organisations, the two councils launch Coast and Country, which starts on September27 with two consecutive weekends of activities. The walking festival will encourage residents and visitors to take up walking as a way of staying healthy while at the same time enjoying the stunning beauty of this part of Sussex. Local groups and those from further a field are invited to organise and lead walks which focus on the seafronts, promenades, downs and villages of East Sussex from the coast through to the High Weald. The event will offer personal challenges, new perspectives, fun, quirky and special interest walks to suit all tastes and fitness levels. The two councils are inviting walking groups and organisations to sign up to take part in Coast and Country to join those already registered. The first weekend of the event September 27 and 28 will focus on Eastbourne, the seafront, the Downs and nearby villages, while between October 4 and 5 the event will move north through Wealden and on to North Weald. In the week between regular, scheduled health walks will be promoted. Groups seeking further information on taking part should contact Jayne Howard at Eastbourne Borough Council (Eastbourne, Downs and coastal villages) and Sophie Hepworth at Wealden District Council

PARISH COUNCIL: An election has been called to fill the two vacancies on the parish council. Nomination papers are available from the parish council or the Elections Office at Wealden District Council and must be returned to Wealden no later than noon on Friday, February 28. For further details please contact the Clerk on 01435 865700 ( or Wealden District Council on 01323 443322.

Isfield & Little Horsted

HALF-MARATHON: It was a very special day on Sunday for Rhianna Petrie, who took part in her first half-marathon run, and not only easily exceeded her expected time of 2 1/4 to 2 1/2hours, but, providing all the pledges are honoured, raised some £750 for Macmillan Cancer Support. An emotional Rhianna, who during university holidays works behind the bar at an Isfield pub, completed the course in 1hr 57min. After a well-earned sleep on Sunday night she said: ‘Clearly training in the hilly terrain (whoever says the South is flat hasn’t trained for a marathon here) had done me some good because the flat streets of Brighton were almost a breeze. Of course, seeing my family along the way helped immensely, even if just for a few seconds. In the final few miles I saw another runner wearing a Macmillan running vest in front of me and noticed she had something written on her back. As I got closer I saw it read ‘For my husband, one year today’. I was really choked by it, she looked so young and so incredibly determined and it reminded me exactly why I was running. I ran a bit faster after that and had a tearful moment as I saw her cross the line and embrace her two young children. Immediately after crossing the line I found myself in a queue, I had no idea what for and asked the chap next to me, his reply was ‘I have no idea, but I like being in a queue, it makes me feel safe.’ It made me laugh and despite the very surreal situation and atmosphere I didn’t feel alone. Luckily my question was finally answered and I was promptly thrust a lovely medal, I was a finisher. I spent the rest of the day in The Laughing Fish where I consumed a huge burger and far too much wine. It was fabulous and I was spoilt even further by my fabulous friends there with flowers, chocolates and even more donations.’ All in all, an utterly brilliant day which I will never forget. Safe to say I’ve caught the running bug and have already been perusing the full marathon training plans for the coming year. We’ll see.’

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

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

Mayfield & Five Ashes

SKIPPERS HILL MANOR: Art took centre stage at Skippers Hill Manor Prep School last week when the school hosted an exhibition of artwork from each of its 130 pupils, from Kindergarten to Year 8. Instead of being sent home to be stuck on the fridge, the masterpieces created by the use of different art techniques were instead digitally mastered and professionally framed by Leeds based children art specialists MyDidThat. All artwork was then put on display for one day only for all family and friends to see, with the opportunity of purchasing if they wish, to help to raise funds for the school’s outdoor learning initiatives. Leading the way with her eye-catching painting of a salamander was 12 year old Florence Gidney from Wadhurst, who has just been awarded the Top Art Scholarship to Buckswood School in Hastings. Skipper’s Head Teacher Tim Lewis commented: ‘I’ve been so impressed by the standard of artwork on display, with each and every piece being as individual and unique as the artist behind it. Not only has it been a great initiative to teach the children about the different styles adopted by artists, but to be able to bring every piece together and showcase them in such a way is fantastic for the children to see.’ Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School is a non-selective co-educational preparatory school in East Sussex for children aged two to 13 years. It has achieved a 100 percent success rate at Common Entrance for the past 20 years, with every pupil gaining a place at the school of their choice. In addition to their academic success, pupils achieve a significant number of specialist scholarships in music, sport, art and drama.

FRIENDS OF ST DUNSTAN’S: Father Nigel tells us the Friends of St Dunstan’s, the fabric fundraising group for the church, has raised some £134,000 in the 20 years since it was founded. Now they have a big figure from the Church of England, Bishop Michael Langrish (former Bishop of Birkenhead and Exeter) who will preside and preach at the 20th anniversary Sung Eucharist on Sunday, at 10.15am. The service is followed by celebratory refreshments at the West End. Everyone is welcome. The Friends was the brainchild of the late Donald Green, whose vision was to provide an avenue for people in the village to assist with the ongoing finance and upkeep of the parish church building, whatever their creed or beliefs. The Friends’ remit is therefore focused exclusively on raising funds for the preservation and maintenance of the church building and was set up as a charitable trust to enable everyone in the village and beyond to contribute towards this goal. Joining forms can be found in the back of the church. Projects achieved include re-leading the chancery roof, the refurbishment of the church’s drains and gutters and the cleaning and rehanging of a number of monuments in the church, to name but a few. To celebrate 20 years of successful fundraising they have chosen an anniversary project which they feel will be worthy of everyone’s support, this is the refurbishment of the badly damaged floor tiles in the chancel area of the church, currently hidden by rather worn carpet. They will be displaying photographs of the project during the year at the back of the church and will be holding a number of events to assist with fundraising.

FOOTPATH WALK: February’s walk will take place on Sunday. They are trying to choose a route that fits in best with the weather, given the recent heavy storms, and they will try to avoid waterlogged paths. South Street car park, 10am.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The next event takes place this evening, Friday, when members look at that vital issue for the amateur gardener of how to make full use of a small greenhouse. Recognised expert Hilary Newman, of Tonbridge, will cover how to best utilise your glass space throughout the year for bedding, flowers, bulbs, tender shrubs, and fruit and vegetables (and even tomatoes). Hilary will also provide insights into the use of protective covers, cloches, frames and plastic mulches. If you have a greenhouse or are considering acquiring one, this evening is a must. The final talk of the season takes place on Tuesday, March 18 at the Memorial Hall, 6.45pm for a 7pm start, to form part of Mayfield Horticultural Society’s AGM. On that evening they will be welcoming Barbara Marsden from Ringmer whose talk entitled Natural Gardening: Sustainable Techniques from Africa, will look at how learnings from agricultural projects across that vast continent can even be beneficial in Mayfield. Do go along and enjoy these talks which are open to everyone to attend.

MAYFIELD MAYFAIR: The Mayfield Mayfair will be held this year on Saturday, May 10 in the High Street from 1pm to 4pm. This year the plan is to ensure an old-fashioned Country Fayre style, so organisers are busy planning suitable events such as skittles, smashing the crockery (any crockery to be smashed would be welcomed) and apple bobbing to go alongside the traditional Maypole and country dancing and the crowning of the May Queen. They are looking for lots of entrants in the May Queen competition this year. This is one of the wonderful annual events that makes our village special and brings everyone together and we would appreciate any support to make the day a success and to involve the whole community. If you can help, even in a small way, please contact Andrew Burnett, at Burnett’s, a couple of hours help before, during or after the event or offers of old crockery would all be welcome. Ring 01435 873325 for information.

DVD copies of Nathaniel Durman’s film Memories of Mayfield II are now available to order at £5 a copy. Call 07808 167197, or email nathaniel@durmanproductions to order. Copies of the first film Memories of Mayfield are also available.

JUMBLE SALE: The Good Shepherd Church, Five Ashes, Saturday March 1, 10am to noon. Please come along and join us for our grand Jumble Sale in aid of the PCC. It promises to be a fun packed couple of hours with entry being just £1 for adults and free for children and this also gives you a free cake and a cup of tea/coffee or squash. We will have a wide selection of quality goods ranging from men, women’s and children’s clothes (changing rooms available to check your bargain looks fabulous) through to books, DVDs and traditional bric-a-brac. There’ll also be a tempting array of home produce, plants and a Grand Raffle. If you have any donations of jumble or produce just pop them into the back of either The Good Shepherd or St Dunstan’s Church, we’d be most grateful. If you have any queries please do call organiser Mary Pennington on 01825 830205. We look forward to seeing you and your friends there.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


RAIL TRAVEL: I’ve had to go to London a couple of times in the past few weeks. Due to the landslide at Oxted, from Uckfield we had to catch a coach to Haywards Heath and a train from there. I was standing, talking to a rail employee in London who was looking up my route home, and three times within a couple of minutes people rushed up, hurled abuse at him and rushed away. Among other things, they called him ‘you people’ and swore at him. He just stood there and took it. But at this rate, there won’t be any staff left. I couldn’t put up with treatment like that.

ROTARY CLUB: If you are aged 16 to 25 years old, have you applied yet for the Rotary Club’s Making Dreams Come True award? There is £1,000 available to help a local person achieve his or her dream, whatever it is. Relevant information, and the application form, are on the club’s website, If you need any further information, or you would like to discuss any aspect of the award, please contact the Rotary Club on 01825 761145.

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield Village Market in Framfield Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Local produce, crafts, bric-a-brac and many more stalls. Tea and coffee, bacon rolls. Come along and catch up with friends with a lovely friendly atmosphere. For further details contact 01825 890182.


PUB QUIZ: On Monday the first Quiz Night of the new year will be held at The Star. Teams of up to six can be formed and the evening costs £7 which includes a one-course meal.

FRIENDS’ THIRD: It’s the third AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches on Friday March 7 at 7.30pm and it will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Cross in Hand. Since it was set up, the Friends have put on a series of interesting and fun events for the whole community which have helped to raise money to repair and improve the two churches in the parish. This year several of the original committee will be retiring after having served for three years and there will a new chairman. The organisation welcomes anyone to join who has an interest in the parish, including wanting to trace ancestors, family members having lived in Waldron, married or baptised in the church or even buried in the churchyard. All Saints’ is a Grade 1 listed building, and its first rector was appointed in 1195, that’s quite a history for those now living here to look after for future generations.

BAILIFF JEAN: Despite pouring rain and a strong wind, the Lucas Hall was packed on Wednesday last week for the WI’s monthly meeting. The speaker was Jean Haynes, one of very few Bailiffs in the UK who are women. For me, she was one of the most interesting speakers we’ve heard for many years, telling us how she became a Bailiff (much against the odds) and how she goes about her business of collecting debt. Of only average height and weight, she demonstrated how charm and firm friendliness (backed up by occasional use of her boys) not to mention sheer persistence, has helped her to win her cases time after time. Nor has she avoided tough areas and difficult situations, once collecting a debt in paper bags full of coins from a stark naked man in a rough area of London, and on another occasion helping a young mum in a travellers’ camp give birth; and yes, the baby was called Jean.

SERVICES: Sunday will be the second Sunday before Lent. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Choral Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’ followed by coffee, then Family Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am and Evening Prayer at All Saints’ at 4.30pm. The new extra services are being trialled to give everyone a chance to fit a service into busy Sundays.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion, 4pm Our Messy Church event 4ForAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. At 12.45pm, the congregations of the three churches will meet for a bring-and-share lunch at Bodle Street Village Hall to meet members of the team from Oakhill College who will be involved in our Events Week just before Easter. They will have been involved in the services during the morning. They say if you want something done ask a busy man. Well a very busy man has just been appointed the new Rural Dean for Dallington Deanery, our rector, Rev Marc Lloyd. Congratulations Marc. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Robin Lacey.

RGWI: Judith Bastide will provide Surprising Facts about Sussex Writers at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. There will be a market stall at meetings this year with 10 per cent of profits going to WI funds. For more details or help with transport, please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This is on Saturday March 22 at Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction starts at 7.15pm. There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be shared jointly between Children of Gambia Services (COGS) and The Dunn Village Hall Fund. Many fantastic lots including tickets to a range of attractions, hamper of food, selection of wine, MOT, fantastic homemade cakes and many more. Catalogue and more information from Nina or Sarah on 01435 863727. Sealed bids will be accepted. Guaranteed to be fun.