Parish Pump Uckfield - February 22, 2013

bodle street green

SOUP KITCHEN: Every few months the village hall is host to a soup kitchen event in aid of a charity. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are holding one in aid of the local Foodbank. A range of soups and bread will be available from noon to 2pm. A good opportunity to meet together, eat delicious food and help those who are going through lean times.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. The benefice Lent course continues at The Community Room, Rushlake Green on Wednesday at 7.30pm, looking at the Ten Commandments.


PANTO: The pantomime season is over for another year, Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is. And after five live performances and endless rehearsals, the cast and crew can take a well earned rest. This year they performed Aladdin, in their own unique way which was fun and colourful and had lots of booing and cheering from the audience. Congratulations to everyone who had any input, from costumes, scenery, make-up to teas. To the cast for giving us so much to laugh at and of course the producer and lighting technicians. We all give you a big resounding thank you. Looking forward to the next one already. All proceeds will go to local children’s clubs and societies.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is the next monthly music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local, talented people of all ages will entertain you with music and song. Do go along and listen to them. There will be a licensed bar open, a great relaxing evening to share with family and friends. The fun begins at 8pm.

LUNCH CLUB: On Monday the Burwash branch of Age Concern will be holding their monthly lunch club at the Bear. Anyone over 55 years can join them for a delicious two course lunch for only £8 per person. If you would like to join them please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 0n 883233. They may be able to arrange transport if you are unable to make it under your own steam.

BATEMAN’S: On Tuesday Bateman’s volunteer open day is being held. If you fancy being a volunteer in this wonderful old National Trust property, they would love to hear from you. Call them on 01435 882302. This year they are researching the history of the millers who lived at Park Mill, so if anyone has any connection with the Russell family who have lived in the village for nearly 150 years they would love to hear from you. They are also preparing for the centenary of the first world war and would like to hear how the war affected life in Burwash.

COFFEE MORNING: Burwash Ladies Group invite you to join them at their next coffee morning, on Wednesday. It is being held at Pippins, Heathfield Road, thanks to the kindness of Margaret Swift. It starts at 10.30am. Do go along and meet the members and hear about this thriving ladies group.

BOWLS: Last week the team played at home to Ringmer Tortoises. A lovely friendly evening with some great bowls played by both teams. In the triples Rene Bell, Angela Marden and Shirley Pope played well to win 18-3, while Mick Moore, Margaret Waterhouse and Stephen Trew had a tough game which they just lost 12-15. After tea the pairs played with Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood winning 16-9 and Joan Howard and Mary Taylor winning 20-5. This gave Burwash six valuable league points. The club will next play at home to Crowhurst on Thursday.

east hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday of Lent, 8am Holy Communion Chiddingly, 10am Matins, Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

LENT LUNCHES: During Lent there will be simple lunches hosted by different people in the parish. Donations are usually made to a charity chosen by the hosts. The next lunch will be on Monday and will be hosted by Sharon Berry, 39 High Street (841086). Guests will be welcome between 12.30pm and 2pm. Please fell free to join in on one or more of these occasions, they provide a good opportunity to meet people and join friends. Details of subsequent dates to follow.

TALK CANCELLED: Unfortunately, our speaker for the Show Society meeting on March 15 is unavailable to attend and we have therefore cancelled the event. Many people were very much looking forward to hearing Helen Yemm speak and we will endeavour to arrange another time for her to come. We do, however, look forward to seeing you all at the Spring Show on April 6 where we hope to be able to update you with a new date for a talk.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Friday evening the village hall was packed with members and guests who came to meet and hear the fascinating story of Brin, the stray dog from Afghanistan, who saved soldiers’ lives by using a natural ability to find IEDs laid by the Taliban, he was able to detect where the ground had been disturbed and things were not as they had been and would then bark, alerting the soldiers to danger. Adopted by the army, he was then captured by the Taliban, rescued by Afghan soldiers, and with the help of the animal charity NOWZAD, after much planning, fund raising and fraught times, made it to England, where he lives a peaceful life with our speaker, Sally Baldwin, and her family. Further information on the dedicated work of NOWZAD can be found on their website Brin is a wonderful example of how things can be changed for the better, and he certainly enjoyed all the attention he received from his audience. On Sunday 10th March Brin will be on television at Crufts as part of the Friends for Life  competition, please vote for him, he deserves it.

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 into the parlour, I found a-drinking coffee, though he had not generosity or goodness enough to ask me to drink a dish with him. So one may see the most profusest from home (that is, freest at other people’s houses) are the most abstemious at home, nay even as is now the case, to a degree of mean-spiritedness, or if there can be a worse name found it deserves that.’

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

MUD: Does anyone know places where we can walk the dog without being up to our ankles in mud? Favourite walks Waldron, Vines Cross are difficult because narrow gates are used by livestock which churn up the ground making it quite difficult to pass through. No reflection on the farmers, that’s what their land is for, not us occasional users. We’ve tried there and back walks in Burwash, the Cuckoo Trail (excellent and dry but tree-lined and tedious after too long) and Owlsbrook at the bottom of New Pond Hill where large notices have been put up in woods where we have walked for years warning us to keep out. Any suggestions would be most welcome. It’s bound to dry out soon, the sun is shining as I write this.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: Stallholders are needed by Heathfield Silver Band for its 125th anniversary party on Saturday, July 6 at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Mostly the pitches are outside. Crafts, businesses, charities, bric-a-brac, plants and more, all are welcome. Starts at 2pm, pitches cost just £10, charities are free. Plus local talent is sought, entertainers of any type. Are you a juggler, magician, a musician, a performer? Interesting attractions are needed. All profits go to local charities. Please ring the band secretary to discuss on 01435 862398.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: The service on Sunday is at 10am, Parish Eucharist. At 6.30pm they will be joining Churches Together in Heathfield and District Lenten Reflections in Heathfield Community Centre. On Tuesday St Richard’s Art and Craft Group meet in the Church Hall 1.30pm to 3.30pm. On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion in church at 10am.

TALK: Heathfield and District Horticultural Society presents an illustrated talk by Liz Randall from the Woodland Trust on the work of the Trust and where to walk in local woods. It is on March 18 at St Richards Church Hall commencing at 7.30pm. Visitors £3. Ring 01435 864875 for more details.

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a floral demonstration by Jenny Nye entitled Home and Away. It is on March 14 at 7.30pm at the Heathfield Community Centre. Visitors £5. Ring 01435 864633 for more details.

COUNCILLOR VACANCY: There is now a vacancy for a councillor at Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council to replace John Smith. If you are interested in what goes on in our community, have views about the way things are done locally and would like to be part of the decision-making process that translates wishes into action, then why not apply? I can testify that they are also a friendly bunch, active and without any of the infighting I have come across in other village parish councils. If this tempts you, why not contact parish clerk Diana Francis on 01435 865700 between 9.30am and 3pm weekdays, email her at or write to her at the parish council at 73 High Street, Heathfield TN21 8HU. It might help if you could outline what attracts you to the post and what you think you could do for Heathfield.

ROTARY CLUB FUN RUN: Do you remember last year? The rain came down in torrents but brave fun-runners were not deterred. This year’s fun run starts at Heathfield Community College at 11am. There are 5k and 10k courses and I remember last year a lot of youngsters took part. Entry forms are available from the parish council, High Street or Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, or on-line at the Rotary website which is The forms can be downloaded, printed off and posted to Mr T Goldsmith, c/o Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, Heathfield TN21 8DF. Closing date to receive entry forms is March 17. Entry fee is £5 per person and the money all goes to Rotary good causes. You can even raise funds for your own charity or organisation and everyone gets a medal for completing the course. If you’ve never done one before you have a month to get fit.

SUSSEX MARATHON: Heathfield is proud to be hosting the Sussex Marathon for the second time. This year it takes place on Sunday, April 7. Entries are now coming in and there are just 18 weeks to go. This is a bit more demanding than the fun run described above and attracts runners from all across the South East. Unlike other marathons, this one takes place over hilly terrain. If you are planning to take part, organisers say this is a good time to be getting some regular running in and building your conditioning base. Don’t start the really tough sessions yet and make sure to include some hills in your intervals and longer easy runs. The organisers have launched a New 24 Ultra Run event and for those ultra runners out there they have added a 30 mile option on the Sussex Marathon day which qualifies you for the 100 mile races. If this is something that intrigues you please get in touch. 2013 will be the third running of the event. Please look around the race website and contact us if you have any queries.

RUNNING CLUB: In the light of all this activity described here, there’s a club now operating from the Leisure Centre on Saturdays from 8.30am to 9.30am with advice and encouragement from UKA qualified coaches. If you are new to running or want expert guidance or support then go along.

HEATHFIELD EXPO: Last autumn a charity aspect was introduced to Expo. Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice was the Chamber of Commerce’s charity of the year for 2012 and during the event a raffle was held on their stand with prizes generously donated by exhibitors. Heathfield Works!, a pilot scheme to help 16 to 19 year olds who have left school and were not in education or employment, took a stand and were very pleasantly surprised by the large number of offers of help they received from the business community. Past and present students on the scheme were on hand to help with the set up on the night before the exhibition. They also made an invaluable contribution to the event by supplying endless rounds of refreshments to exhibitors. Heathfield Community College also took a stand to promote their new project Open for Business. This project is getting the students working with businesses in the community to supply services such as building websites and creating marketing strategies. Exhibitors who enjoyed last year’s Expo are already asking if they can book for 2013. It takes place in State Hall, in the heart of Heathfield and surrounded by shops and businesses. There is free parking right outside and also refreshments available all day.

horam & vines cross

WAKE UP AND JOIN IN: These are two events which are in Horam, firstly Vines Cross Village Produce Association. This is on the first Wednesday of the month from October to May inclusive. We start at 7.30pm and the meeting is held at the West End, Christ Church. Our next meeting is on March 6 and the speaker is Mr M Smith with his illustrated talk A Walk Along the River Bank. I suggest that you come along as it is very interesting and I am sure you will enjoy it. We are a very friendly small club but beautifully formed. Membership is £7.50 for the eight sessions or £2.50 each meeting. It also includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Further information 01435812026 or 01435812093.

WHIST DRIVE: If you are looking for something to do on a Tuesday evening and you enjoy a game of cards, come along to the village hall. The Whist Drive is every Tuesday at 7.30pm. It is very relaxing and has money prizes. We also have a Prize Draw. If you are not sure how to play we will assist you we are all very helpful and friendly. Please come and join in with these groups, we both need your support.


WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer service, prepared by the women of France, will be held at St Thomas’s Church, Cliffe High Street, at 10.45am. Rev Judith Bevan, Curate of St Anne’s Church, will be the speaker.

mayfield & five ashes

MONTHLY WALK: This month’s walk takes place on Sunday. Meet at the South Street car park as usual for a two-hour walk along footpaths and bridleways.

THE MAYFIELD CONSORT: On Saturday, March 2 at 7.30pm the Mayfield Consort will perform Durufle’s powerful setting of the Requiem Mass in the Convewnt chapel. The Requiem which was written in memory of Durufle’s father, derives much of its thematic material from Gregorian chant, explains Dee Benians. Durufle commented on the composition ‘As to the musical form… is dictated simply by the form of the liturgy itself and represents the idea of comfort, faith and hope.’ The overall effect is one of delicate and moving beauty. The first half of the concert will feature motets by French composers Vierne, Villette, Dupre, Messiaen, Saint Saens and Faure’s famous Cantique de Jean Racine. The Consort will be joined by Jonathan Hope (Winchester Cathedral) on organ together with Ben Pont (cello.) Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £5 (students) and can be obtained from Mayfield Post Office or by sending an SAE enclosing a cheque made payable to Friends of Mayfield to Jonnie Jones, Luck Farm, Greenwood Lane, Punnetts Town TN21 9HU.

FRIENDS of Argos Hill Windmill had to postpone their quiz night on January 19 due to icy weather but plan to re-arrange the evening as soon as they can. For more information ring 01892 853161.

ST DUNSTAN’S Jubilee Handbell Ringers started through the efforts of Anne Clayton who, in 2002, was on the PCC in charge of social activities. She had seen a programme on TV about handbells and she and Felicity Robinson approached the vicar with the idea of forming a group. He agreed and an appeal for funds was made. Anne joined a handbell group in Tunbridge Wells and through them found out about the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and went on several courses at the foundry workshops given by Sandra Winter. £7,500 was raised quickly through generous donations, the bells were obtained from the Foundry and the group was registered with the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. The group has been operating for ten years now and numbers fluctuate. They are currently trying to recruit more members as a minimum of six people is required and sometimes they cannot muster enough. They meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm to 9pm and have played in church for services and other village social activities. You do not need to read music, although it does help, and tuition will be given. If you’d like to go and join them give one of them a ring Liz Lincoln (01435 873592) or Shirley Holland (01435 872163) and they’d be delighted to hear from you.

TUESDAY Afternoon Club, for the over 60s, has a varied programme of talks and outings and meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Scout and Guide Hall at 2.30pm to 4.30pm. A delicious home-made tea is served and there is a raffle all for £1.50 a session, including transport (which needs to be booked in advance). If you are over 60 why not go along to a meeting? They aim to have lots of fun, chat and laughter. There is at least one coach outing a year and a tea party close to Mayfield. For more information contact Ann Adam on 01435 872437.

MAY FAIR: Early I know, but the date for this year’s May Fair has already been fixed. It’s on Saturday, May 11. Last year’s fair was in Court Meadow. This year it returns to the High Street with the usual music, dancing and stalls between midday and 4pm. More attractions and activities are being planned so watch out for details over the forthcoming months.

JUMBLE SALE: On Saturday, March 2 there will be a jumble sale between 2pm and 4pm at Five Ashes Village Hall run by Five Ashes Pre-School. For more details on the pre-school and its sessions ring Kirsty Coles, supervisor, on 07747 112509.

MAYFIELD PRE SCHOOL jumble sale will be held on Saturday, March 16 in the Memorial Hall. They plan to have a drop off point for jumble in the week leading up to the sale as well as on the day. Events for children to look forward to are the Easter bunny hunt on Thursday, March 28 and the sponsored bluebell walk on Friday, April 19, both at Court Meadow.

AGM: The horticultural society AGM is on Tuesday, March 19 at the Memorial Hall from 6.30pm when former Royal Parks head gardener, Jim Buttress will talk about his involvement in RHS’s Britain in Bloom competition. Membership renewal will take place at the AGM but if you are not a member it costs £5 a year. You can join at any time at Jason’s in the High Street (membership runs from March to February.) Benefits include a 10 percent discount from Millbrook Garden Centre, Jarvis Brook; 10 percent discount on horticultural products from Heathfield Ironmongers; 10 percent discount from Shanks’ Nursery, Burwash plus free entry to all the talks. There is also a plant sale on Saturday, May 4 in the High Street.

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. 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; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am.They now have a selection of local cheeses available as well as all the normal produce. There is also a selection of plants and handicrafts which include greetings cards.

RUGBY: The first XV are away to Haywards Heath II tomorrow, Saturday. Once again there will be the Six Nations Championship games to watch on TV tomorrow, Saturday, Italy v Wales, England v France and on Sunday Scotland v Ireland. All the matches so far have been thrilling games to watch, so you know what I will be doing this week-end.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday services at St Mary’s (second Sunday of Lent) Holy Communion 8am, followed by Informal Morning Service at 10.30am. Lifts are available but must be booked in advance on 722582.

AGM: Don’t forget the Bonfire AGM on Wednesday at 8pm in the back room of the village hall.

THE WI will be meeting on Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm for a illustrated talk about Working With Bats. Visitors welcomed.

JUMBLE SALE: Newick 1st Scouts are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday March 2 at the Scout Hut, King George V Playing Field, Allington Road. Doors open 10.30am, entry 40p. If you have any jumble you would like to donate please take it to the Scout Hut on Friday March 1 from 5pm till 8.30pm or on Saturday morning 8.30am. The Scouts cannot accept large items of furniture or electrical goods. Please give your support to the scouts, they are a splendid group.

TODAY (Thursday February 14) has been really spring like, beautiful sunshine and yes very mild. It really is lovely to see the flowers gradually appearing, roll on spring.


WINTER BUGS: There have been some awful bugs around this winter and I managed to avoid them all until a couple of weeks ago, when I caught the horrible vomiting bug. The good news is that I’ve dropped a dress size, so I’m going up the gym again as weight-loss through illness is inclined to reverse itself very quick. I’m determined to keep the weight off for the summer. I’m going on a trip to Israel, with a lifetime’s dream visit to see the desert fortress of Masada. I really need to be fit for that.

AGM: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society February meeting was the annual general meeting followed by a talk and slide show by Marion Myers entitled India and Sri Lanka. Marion was born in India and lived both there and in Sri Lanka. She recently went back to visit both countries. She arrived in Calcutta where the official population is 15 million but there are many illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, making the population to be more likely 19 million. She showed us the sites of Calcutta including the magnificent Queen Victoria Museum completed in 1920 , the Cathedral and the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta where 160 British soldiers were held in a very small prison, 138 of them died of suffocation. She showed slides of the wonderful flower garlands, that had been made for the festival taking place, and recounted the colour, smell of the spices, and the noise associated with processions of floats which were to be placed in the river. She visited the Botanical Gardens where the grass is still cut by scythe rather than mechanised. It is reputed to have the largest Banyan tree in the world, which is large enough to shelter 6,000 people. At Mysor there was another Festival attended by 100,000 people, with a float around 40 feet high being carried by 50 people. The maharajas palace there has silver doors, marble floors and mahogany ceilings. On Sundays it is lit by 100,000 light bulbs making it into a fairytale palace. Travelling south she passed cotton fields, coffee bushes and ginger flowers. She saw elephants, each of which consume 300 kilos of food per day and drink 40 pints of water. At Cochen there were a lot of water hyacinth floating on the river with egret hitching a ride whilst it floated along. She also saw tapioca plants, red bananas and visited a tea plantation. The shoots have to be picked every day. She saw the grading of the tea and at this particular plantation the lowest grade ended up in teabags. Since returning she has used loose tea. She flew on to Colombo in Sri Lanka where there are many statues of Buddha. Marion found her old home and school. She went on to visit an elephant orphanage where she learnt that once there were 80,000 elephants in Sri Lanka, now there are around 5,000. There are monkeys everywhere and very large lizards. She visited a garden where spices and herbs were grown, which could cure every ailment known to man. We also saw a slide of the largest fruit in the world, which is the bread fruit. Her last visit was to the Yala National Park on the south eastern tip of Sri Lanka. There was an abundance of wildlife, chipmunk, hare, wild boar, water buffalo and crocodile. Unfortunately, she did not see a leopard for which the park is well known. It was a very enjoyable talk with Marion interspersing her slides with amusing anecdotes of the trip. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 11, 7.30pm at the Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre when Clive Gravett will give a talk on Lawnmowers. All welcome. Visitors £3.

QUIZ: Holy Cross School PFA are holding a quiz to raise funds for the pupils on Friday March 8 at 7.30pm in the school hall. All are welcome, tickets are £7.50 and include a fish or sausage and chip supper (BYO drinks). Teams can include up to six people, or teams can be put together on the night. Prizes given for the top two winning teams. Tickets can be bought from the school office or contact Verity on 07961 946 793, come and have fun and give your grey matter a work out. Holy Cross School PFA are also holding their monthly car boot sale next to the Uckfield Farmer’s market on Saturday March 2, 8am to 1pm. Pitches are £7 and there is no need to book beforehand, just turn up on the day (on a first come first served basis).


FOOD AND FUN: Tickets for tonight’s performance at the Lucas Hall of That’s Entertainment are all sold out, but there are still a few for tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon’s performance. They will be on sale at the door and the entertainment begins at 2.30pm. Tickets will include tea and cake and cost £8 full price or £7 for Friends of Waldron Churches. All profits to go towards necessary repairs and refurbishment for both the churches in the parish.

NUMBER CHANGES: From Monday there was a change to the non-emergency contact number for Sussex Police. You can’t reach them on the old number (0845 60 70 999) as it has now been replaced by the number 101. There is a charge of 15p for using that number, but there is another number which may be used, and that is 01273 470 101 which goes through directly to the Sussex Police. The number for emergency calls will remain as 999.

BOOK GROUP: There’s a village book group which meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Stores. This month’s choice is The Invisible Woman, by Claire Tomalin and is about Nelly Ternan, the actress who was the secret mistress of Charles Dickens and may have been with him when he died. It’s part history, part detective story, with insights not only into his character and his books but also about the tribe of strong theatrical women who had a remarkable amount of freedom to earn and to run a business when that was rare in the Victorian period. The next meeting starts at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

WOMEN AT PRAYER: The Women’s World day of Prayer will take place on Friday March 1. It’s organised by a unique international group which speaks for Christian women worldwide and which gives the responsibility of organising this special day to a different country each year. For 2013 it’s France, and the organising committee has chosen the theme I was a stranger and you welcomed me, reflecting the number of asylum requests which France receives each year, in common with many other countries. The presence of these asylum seekers enriches the culture but can also cause some social difficulties. Behind each request there is a life and some of their stories will be shared in the services which are held round the world. This great annual wave of prayer begins with the sun over the island of Samoa then sweeps across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas until it finishes some 36 hours later in American Samoa, having crossed 170 countries. Our service locally will be at the Union Church in Heathfield starting at 10.30am and everyone is welcome, men, women and children. The service will be about an hour.

SCAFFOLDING’S DOWN: At last the final pieces of the scaffolding on our belfry tower have been removed and the new work is displayed in all its glory. As well as the repaired and refurbished roof, the weathervane has been repaired and repainted and the clock face has been repainted and regilded. This week the spring sun shone on it, making it glisten dazzlingly.

FRIENDS MEET: It is hoped we will have a very full turnout of Friends of Waldron Churches on March 1 when the second AGM takes place. For many of the members it will be the first time they have viewed the completed work on the belfry roof. Come along and share a celebratory drink for our efforts, everyone who has made a contribution to the cost can feel very satisfied at the result. It is also an opportunity to share the plans for this year’s events, because there are still things to do in both churches and we can’t afford to halt our efforts.

SERVICES: Sunday is the second Sunday in Lent, and there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

warbleton & rushlake green

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker this month was Roger McKenna who took us on a guided tour of Walsingham in Norfolk, and its history, particularly in relation to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Before the Dissolution, there was an enormous priory. Very little remains now, including a unique ruin. This is the east end of the priory church, in the form of two slender towers connected by the gable end of the church, above the now missing east window. As is the case with other similar sites, there are a number of houses, built from the rubble of the priory. Roger said that Walsingham is very tranquil in the winter, but very busy in summer. The former station building is now a Russian Orthodox church, and from there you can enjoy a peaceful walk down the old trackbed to the Slipper Chapel about a mile away. This is so named because pilgrims left their shoes there so they could walk the last mile barefoot, including Henry VIII. We meet tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, for our monthly walk. All are welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. New rotas are out for those involved in reading, praying, sides-persons, sound etc. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship led by Erik Cornelisse.

LENT COURSE: The three churches of the benefice come together at the Community Room, Osborn House, Rushlake Green each Wednesday during Lent, starting last week. The details should have been in last week but this section went AWOL. Our Rector, Marc Lloyd, will be taking us through the Ten Commandments. This open to all of faith or no faith. The format is that Marc will speak and then there will be opportunity to ask questions or contribute to the discussion. You can of course just sit back and listen. Coffee and cake will be served.

RGWI: Members will be entertained by Pat Bryer as Joyce Grenfell with the title Choice Joyce. The Institute meets at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall on Thursday. For help with transport, please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.