Parish pump Uckfield - February 7, 2014

Bodle Street Green

TOBS: The Thespians of Bodle Street is putting on a Murder Mystery Evening tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm for 7.30pm. This will be produced by Sue Ralph and is in aid of the Village Hall Project Fund. Who Killed the Director is set in the rundown The Floodlights Theatre in Finkleton Fold. It involves the local drama group’s rehearsals for their next production, when the inevitable happens. Get your little grey cells working, at this supper event. Tickets to include a two course supper are £12.50 and are available from Bryan (01323 833554), Sue (832542) or Geoff (833343). Bryan and Geoff are also selling tickets for the Strangeface production Shooting The Moon, based on the life of illusionist George Melies. This is also a theatre supper event. I forgot to mention the date last week, Thursday March 27 at 6.45pm for 7pm start. Tickets £12.50.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am family service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSGWI: Pharmacists are an essential part of our health system, dispensing prescriptions issued by our GP and advising us about over the counter medicines etc. Come and learn more about their work as a pharmacist gives a talk on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. There will be a tea after the meeting. For more information ring Judy on 01323 832491 0r Anne on 01435 841278.


PANTOMIME: The first staging of the Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society’s production of Alice in Wonderland takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Will you keep your head and be grinning like Cheshire cats? Only if you have got a ticket. They are available from the Burwash Newsagents. All proceeds from the shows go to local children’s groups, clubs and the school. We wish all those involved the best of luck for two great performances. If you can’t attend tomorrow there are three more chances. Next Friday, February 14, at 8pm, and Saturday February 15 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

MOUNTAINEERING: Dan Tenby is a local mountaineer and climbing instructor. He has scaled many of the world’s highest peaks. He will be at the village hall tomorrow, Sunday, at 4pm giving an illustrated talk on climbing Everest, Aconcagua and maybe a few secrets on his preparations for taking on K2 this year. He lives locally and is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award co-ordinator for a number of schools in our area. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2 for children or a family ticket £10, available from Ros Cloke 01435 884312 or The Flower House. All proceeds to St Bartholomew’s Church.

MUSIC: It is open mike night at the Wheel Inn on Sunday from 8pm. Local talented people are invited to go along and entertain. Do go along and give them your support.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday in the village hall from 2.15pm. Their speaker this month will be Julian Dormady on Heroes of Telemark. The afternoon will end with tea. New members and guests are always welcome to go along. The group are looking for someone young and able to go along and put out the tables and chairs for them before their meeting and then to tidy them away after. They are willing to pay for this service. If you can help please call Audrey Wright on 01435 882751.

MEETING: The After Eight Club will meet on Wednesday evening in the Pavilion at Burwash Common. This meeting will take on their AGM, and members are invited to go along with ideas for future meetings. This ladies’ club welcomes new members. They enjoy a varied programme of events including outings and meal walks and talks and more. For more information please call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

BALLET: Shelagh Bedford Turner is looking to start an adult ballet class in the village but she assures that she isn’t the teacher. She says all ages are welcome, not children, even ballet from a chair maybe for some. Experience isn’t necessary it is for enjoyment, improving muscle tone and improving posture. Call Shelagh on 01435 883854.

BOWLS: Last week the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club played away to Broad Oak. The journey was probably one of the wettest we could have had, but we arrived safely to a warm welcome and our bowls matched the weather, not good. In the triples Angela and Keith Marden, and Mary Taylor really struggled to find any form and lost 4-21 and Margaret Waterhouse, Mick Moore and Joan Howard lost 11-21. In the pairs, Alan Green and Barry Taylor, also struggled and lost 7-21 but Keith Wood and Julie Hawkins fought hard and won 14-10. Well done to them, this gave us two league points. The team have two games next week, away to Plumpton on Wednesday and at home to Old Heathfield on Thursday.


LACHELLE LINK: The AGM was held at the village hall on Friday and many members old and new gathered for the meeting, election of officers and last but not least a marvellous meal cooked by Patrick and Sue O’Hare. The accounts, prepared by treasurer Robin Symington, showed a healthy balance and will be used to promote the links between Chiddingly and Lachelle and sustain the many friendships that have developed since the formation of the Link so many years ago. Great oaks from little acorns grow, I can say that in French, thanks to Isabelle’s conversation class, but I don’t know where to find my circumflex. There was a presentation to Jose Loosemore who started the whole thing rolling, of a gift voucher for the Grand Hotel, and a marvellous bouquet. There was great hilarity when everyone started speculating who Jose would pick to accompany her. I was reminded of my 50th birthday party, eight years ago, when Jose was the star of the dance floor, and was still going when I went home, and then had popped her thank you, with a garden voucher, through my door and was off to hear the band at the Bells before I was even up. Formidable, as the French would say, if it wasn’t a cliché. And the ivy I bought with that token still flourishes, like Jose. As someone said, whatever Jose’s on, I want some.

VILLAGE SHOP: The opening hours have changed, due to popular demand, and are back to the usual hours. I will of course be continuing my cake-based researches but when it comes to the shop, don’t forget, use it or lose it. The projected figures at the AGM show it is viable, and it serves so many needs. There are many things coming up, for Valentine’s Day, Patrick will be cooking pancakes, so watch this space.

FINALLY: If you see me out and about round Chiddingly, on four wheels or four feet, I have already started training for Rio 2016, so stop and have a chat if you’ve time. If I’m making funny faces it’s because I’m practising the Handel and making my horse keep in time with me, very good for all concerned. My team for Rio is 50 strong, and growing all the time. If you do the Fleecebook, as Andrew Marr calls it, you will find that Sam (aka Astral Mazurka) has his own page, although I am helping him with the tricky bits because of the hooves. We only started the whole Facebook thing on January 30 and Sam already has 260 followers, how scary is that. Our February snowdrops at Ash Cottage are one of the sights of Chiddingly, because I have never planted any, they were planted by my great-grandfather in the 1890s, and have spread since. We have lifted them in the green for many years and they have been given to many friends all over the country who have a little bit of Chiddingly. They are doubles, and will grow true if left. I have planted many old varieties of rose to get back to my great-grandmother’s garden, we have a painting of the house in 1912 which shows how it was. The pear tree in front of the house was planted by Great Grandfather and is a perry pear. He also planted a Dorothy Perkins, which still flowers profusely. If you are interested in local history, I have all the original parchment deeds for my house from 1803, plus a complete record of my family’s ownership of this house since September 1891. I will be very happy to show you this, and all the planting plans from 1903. I also have a printed book from 1480, which has end papers from the 1380s. I’ve no idea how my family got it, but it is the oldest book I’ve ever handled. When I visited Amsterdam in October I got a warm welcome from the Bibelsmuseum there, because as far as I am concerned, a stranger is a friend I haven’t met. And if you need a good cause to donate to, chose Mind, because dementia is all about you.

East Hoathly

TWINNING TRIP: 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, whose details are below. The hospitality extended to all of us is immense. The time spent in Juziers revolves around a series of receptions, banquets, sing-a-longs and a few less frenetic meals with our respective host families. The Sunday is usually given over to some local sight-seeing, Monet’s Garden in Giverny is just down the road, Versailles is within easy reach and central Paris, with the Eiffel Tower and the Seine, is less than an hour by car. An indication of the strength of friendships formed is the fact that several families still retain the twinning connection with their counterparts in Juziers, 20 years after the friendship treaty was originally signed. Come along and try it. Fluency in French is definitely not a requirement. For further information, please contact Pat Duke on 01825 841077 or

NEW BUS SERVICE: From Sunday April 13, Brighton and Hove buses are running a trial bus service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The No 28 service will call at East Hoathly at 9.19am and 12.19pm to Lewes and Brighton. Return journeys from Churchill Square, Brighton at 2.35pm and 4.35pm calling at East Hoathly en route to Uckfield. The council has worked hard to get this extension. Please use it or it will be lost.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk will be on Sunday February 9, starting out at 2pm from The Star in Old Heathfield. It’ll be muddy, so come prepared. If the weather is really awful we will cancel, any doubts give us a call to check. For further please call Chris on 01825 872830.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

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

ST RICHARD’S: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. 6.30pm they will all be joining the Churches Together in Heathfield and District united service at Christ Church, Horam. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

POLICE REPORT: We picked this up from the excellent Punnetts Town newsletter (on line and in paper form). Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary where two sets of bows and arrows were stolen from a property in Potmans Lane, Catsfield, Battle, between 6pm on Friday January 24 and 5pm Wednesday January 29. The bows are very distinct in appearance, one bow had a red body with white limbs and the other bow had a blue body with white limbs. The blue bow is a left handed one which makes it more unusual. There was a set of 10 arrows with orange and blue fletchings and a set of ten arrows with red and white fletchings which were also stolen. Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 1012 of 29/1. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Police are also warning about cold callers offering burglar alarms. Police and Trading Standards are warning residents about cold callers offering cheap burglar alarms. During January police have received reports from concerned local residents about phone cold callers offering alarm or security services. The callers offer the free installation of an alarm box, often claiming the resident has been selected at random for a free box normally costing thousands of pounds. Sergeant Chris Lane said: They sometimes claim some kind of affiliation to the police and they are working with police as a result of issues with police response times. The sales staff callers are generally quite pushy and will state they have a member of staff in the area who will attend shortly and fit the box. Once the free box is fitted, residents may then find themselves paying high monthly rates for remote monitoring of the equipment. These callers have no affiliation to the police and our advice is to refuse the services of any cold callers via the telephone or in person. We have received no reports of anyone actually paying any money yet, but any such approaches should be reported to Sussex Police via 101 or email or Trading Standards.

EVENT: The Punnetts Town Village Hall committee is holding a beer and board game evening tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm. This is being run by Sue Ribbons and should prove to be a very entertaining evening. There is no charge. Bring a board game, refreshments, money.

MARKETS: A Making your Market Work for You seminar was organised by Wealden District Council for local market traders. It included a presentation by Eleanor Gill of the Love Your Local Market Campaign followed by a lively discussion in groups. Thirty two market organisers and stall holders from across the district attended at Heathfield Community Hall. More than 90 percent reported afterwards they had picked up ideas they may be able to use at their own markets. They explored ways of encouraging more young people to become stall holders, widen the range of products on sale to attract all ages and use social media to promote the markets. A recent initiative which involved Community Chef Olly Dawson giving cookery demonstrations using local produce was given the thumbs up by traders.

BLOOD DONOR sessions will be held at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, on Monday, 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. To book an appointment contact 0300 1232323.

FLOWER CLUB: There will be a floral demonstration by Margaret Williams entitled Time After Time on Thursday starting at 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Refreshments, raffle and sales table. Optional competition, Romance. Visitors are welcome £5. For more information contact 01435 864633.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: A talk by Trevor Weeks from the wildlife service WRAS will be held on Monday, February 17 from 7.30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall. Visitors are welcome £3 to include refreshments. Optional competition, A Bowl of Spring Bulbs or Specimen Bloom. For information contact: 01435 830725.

WEATHER: As so often happens with columns like this, by the time you read this the rain will probably have stopped and we will be suffering a drought. But in the meantime, isn’t it difficult to find anywhere to walk where the mud does not suck off your wellington boots? Waldron’s recreation ground is OK apart from the section down by the woods, but Mrs PP (our principal dog walker) is opting more and more for the hard surfaces of the Cuckoo Trail (along with every other Heathfield dog walker) and a firm surfaced trail through woods in Burwash. If any other readers have recommendations for dry-ish walkies, we’d be pleased to hear.

AND FINALLY did you know you can find this column on line under Village News and the Uckfield heading (which also covers the Wealden towns and villages in the area).

Isfield & Little Horsted

BROADBAND: Maybe, just maybe, Isfield could be hooked up to an improved broadband service during the next 12 months or so. But statements from BT and East Sussex County Council remain somewhat vague, although it is being acknowledged that the Isfield exchange is one of the most backward in the country. Village resident Stephen Hardwick passed on to me a note he received from Freda Grant, the county council’s Broadband Project Officer in response to his queries. It reads: ‘Isfield is a priority for us. It is simply that it is a unique case, being the only exchange in the county that is not even enabled for first generation broadband (and only one of just a handful in the country) and it just takes a bit longer to plan to make sure we maximise the speeds the village can get but still keep us within the budget we’ve got. We have confirmed to your parish council it will be a fibre-based solution and have also confirmed Isfield will get done this year. There is no reason that I know of this won’t be the case.’ Jerry Phillips, the parish councillor responsible for looking after the village’s broadband interests, remains on the case, and told Isfield Newsletter recently Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager at East Sussex County Council, had written to him: ‘Quite what is meant by a fibre-based solution remains unclear and it is pointless to speculate at this stage.’ Your correspondent moved only a dozen miles to this lovely village, yet hopes and dreams of a return to high-speed broadband still seem light years away.

IN THE STARS: The Women’s Isfield Group (TWIG) have a talk on astrology by Sharon Knight at their meeting in the village hall on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am) Sunday, Parish Communion; February 16, Matins; February 23, Parish Communion; March 2, Family Service.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

JOHN GAUNT, IT officer of the Woodhill Patients Group, has volunteered to become temporary chairman of the group. In their February report, the group reports on the formal consultation of the future of NHS maternity, in-patient paediatric and emergency gynaecology services in East Sussex which was launched on January 14 by the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in East Sussex (Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG; Hastings and Rother CCG; High Weald Lewes Havens CCG - the Woodhill practice is part of the latter). The full consultation document can be downloaded at their website which also hosts an online survey for public responses. Some 30 public engagement events are planned over the coming weeks, including one in Crowborough on February 10. Local NHS staff and clinicians will be going to shopping centres, supermarkets, leisure centres, children’s centres and other venues to discuss the proposals with the public and answer questions. The CCGs are consulting with the public on six potential options for providing these services in a safe and sustainable way in the long term across hospital sites at Eastbourne, Hastings and Crowborough. The options have been developed by senior local doctors, nurses, midwives and other experts following extensive public and clinical engagement since the launch of the Better Beginnings review last summer. All six of the Better Beginnings options include the provision of obstetric-led maternity services, two midwife-led birthing units and an overnight in-patient paediatric ward in East Sussex. There would continue to be a short-stay paediatric assessment unit at both Eastbourne and Hastings. Four of the six options include a midwife-led unit at Crowborough. Under each of the options, emergency gynaecology services would be located at the same site as obstetrics. The 12-week public consultation, led by the three East Sussex CCGs, closes on April 8. CCGs will make a final decision in summer 2014. For more information visit, email call 01273 402563 or write freepost to Betterbeginnings, East Sussex CCGs, Freepost SEA2474, BN8 2ZZ. If you are not already a member of the WPG but would like either to become actively involved or be a virtual member please contact Jeanette Hore or telephone 01435 872975. It costs nothing to join and if you aren’t a patient but are still interested in health matters you can become an associate member.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday, February 15starting 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.

MEMORIES OF MAYFIELD II: 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.

MAYFIELD BAND: A new year, and a new era for the band. They are delighted to announce the appointment of a new musical director in the shape of Doug Blackford. Doug has been with the band for many years as their soprano cornet player, and he takes with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in brass music, having had a cornet in his hand since he was in short trousers. He does, however, take over the baton in challenging times, as the band is still desperately short of players, and of course even shorter now that Doug is waving instead of playing, but under his direction and positive attitude, they look forward to being able to grow the band again. So why not start your own new year by becoming part of this new era, and go along and have a blow yourself. If you have previous experience, they will smother you in love and kisses, but beginners of any age are also welcome, and will be equally loved, especially if you do your practice. And of course Doug is yet another illustration of the prevalence of family relationships within the band, as his wife, Janet, also plays with them. So don’t just go along yourself, take the family. Playing with a group of like-minded people is very special, but when that includes family it is even more enjoyable, and Simon Rudge says having the opportunity to play with his children has been a great experience. He goes on: ‘I haven’t also been able to persuade my wife to play, but then she does have a little trouble with carrying a tune, so it’s probably a blessing to us all. Actually, to be honest she couldn’t carry a tune in a Tesco carrier bag, even if tunes were on a two for one offer. In fact, even if Tesco were doing home delivery on tunes she would still struggle. Good job she never reads this.’ They are starting the year with an entry in the Southern Counties quartets and ensembles contest, which is a great way of working on their individual and team playing, and for anyone who may be of the opinion brass is not high art, they should go along and listen to the quartet playing Handel’s Water Music. You’ll find orchestral versions sounding rather thin and soulless afterwards, and you will be a brass convert for life. And it just goes to show it’s all about quality and not quantity, so any of you planning an event this year that you feel would be enhanced by their small but beautiful band, then please get in touch with Simon on: 01435 872007.

FILM SOCIETY: Film on Friday will be screening Wadjda (2012 Director Haifaa Al-Mansour 97 minutes PG) tonight (Friday) replacing The Wall. This is the first feature film ever to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is directed by a woman, featuring the difficulties that 10-year old Wadjda has in asserting herself in a country where women are expected to know their place. Her aim in life is to possess a bike and be allowed to ride it. On Saturday March 8 they will be showing the Renoir double bill. All tickets for the meal have been taken, but the films are open to non-ticket holders, and there is an hour long interval. Those wishing to have a vegetarian meal must obtain a ticket. In April one of the two slots for new features is to be Caesar Must Die and the film for May will be chosen by the members at their February screening. New, upholstered chairs have been ordered for the Memorial Hall. Full details are available at Memorial Hall doors and bar open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. IPhone Tim Cornish on 01435 872165 beforehand.

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.


REMINDER: The Scouts Jumble Sale is tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am in the Scout Hut (King George V Playing field). Please make sure all the articles you are donating are taken to the Scout Hut either today, Friday, from 5pm to 8.30pm or tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am till 10am .

RUGBY: The first XI are playing away against Shoreham at 2.30pm.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, followed by Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am.

COFFEE MORNING: The Association of Carers hold a coffee morning at the Civic Centre, Uckfield, 10am till noon, on Tuesday. This group needs volunteers, so why not pop along and have coffee and find out more details.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB’S next meeting will take place on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Simon Stevens on From Ypres to The Somme. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650. Everyone welcome.

HORTICULTURE: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their meeting in the village hall at 8pm on Thursday. The speaker is Jack Dunkley, giving a talk entitled The Story So Far. You will be able to renew your membership subscription from 7.15pm. Refreshment will be available.


FOURWAYS WI: On Monday the WI met at The Luxfords Centre, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. We were then introduced to David Watson and his wife who have a local company which make chainsaw carvings, we were shown short films, one on how the company got started and the second film was timed delayed to show the start to finish of a magnificent sculpture which took three days to make. We were all so impressed on how they turn a large piece of fallen tree into whatever the customer desires with a chainsaw. They stayed to answer many questions from our members whilst we had tea and the raffle. The competition this month was a wood carving: 1, June Packham; 2, Maureen Risbridger; 3, Catherine Watson and Maureen Clark. Our next meeting is Monday March 3 at 7.30pm. Visitors very welcome to the talk.

HORTICULTURE: The Uckfield and District Horticultural Society January meeting was a talk and slide show by Nick Baker. Nick and his wife live near Ditchling and have a garden devoted to snowdrops and hellebores. Jane Baker concentrated on Hellebores at a previous lecture and this time Nick spoke to us about snowdrops. They are not a native species but have naturalised here and were originally introduced it is thought in the 15th century+-

. Pilgrims brought them back from Rome and many can be found around abbeys such as Fountains Abbey, and Walsingham Abbey. They have a special significance with regard to Candlemas which is 40 days after Christmas and the purification of the Virgin Mary. In centuries past, Holly and Ivy decorated churches for Christmas until Candlemas, then these were removed and replaced by snowdrops. Nick explained the types and varieties of snowdrop, some rare ones costing up to £725 in specialist catalogues. Many new variations were brought back from the Crimea 1850 War by soldiers. Snowdrops like a wooded setting with a lot of light in the spring with shade later and don’t like to dry out. A north facing slope is ideal. Propagation is by splitting clumps in March after the flowers are finished, and he suggested planting five bulbs together. There is also seed propagation, or by cutting the bulb and producing bulblets, but this is quite complicated. Their garden is open to the public on February 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 from 11am to 4pm at Pembury House, Ditchling New Road, Clayton, near Hassocks 01273 842805. The garden is also open for Hellebores March 6 and 7. Profits go to charity. Next meeting is on February 10 at 7.30pm in the Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre when there will be the annual general meeting followed by Travel in America by Chris Sherwood. Any more information telephone Dorothy on 764287.

PAMPHILON THEATRE: Tickets are going well for Shooting The Moon, Uckfield Pamphilon Theatre’s latest touring theatre production this evening (Friday). Through a series of surreal and comic scenes, the fantastical life of French illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès will be brought to the stage before your very eyes. Accompanied by a live musical score and original projections, this piece of theatre highlights how used to film effects we have become, but how amazing they are to see live in real time. It may not be too late to get a ticket. Contact Liz at or on 01273 782866. Tickets are £10 (£8 for students).

MOBILE UNIT: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will visit Uckfield on Thursday February 27, and will be parked in the High Street, outside Help the Aged and opposite Grange Road, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. 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).


NINE INCHES: With severe weather warnings out in several places in the UK, fields flooded, rivers breaking their banks, and no apparent cessation of rain yet forecast, we in our corner of Sussex have come off comparatively lightly in terms of damage done. John Chambers, who has been measuring our daily rainfall for over 20 years, tells me we had over nine inches of rain in January. If you compare that with our yearly average rainfall (about 45 inches or so) that means we had one fifth of our yearly total of rain in one month. The wettest month John can remember was October 2000 when 13 inches of rain fell, Lewes and Uckfield were badly flooded, and even Waldron was briefly marooned with flooding on all three of the lanes leading to the village. Let’s hope we get a decent spring and summer.

LADY BAILIFF: Waldron’s WI members will have a talk this month by Jean Haynes, who is a Lady Bailiff. Sending in The Bailiffs is a phrase that had a dread ring to those of us who heard the threat muttered when someone hadn’t paid their rent. Checking the word in my dictionary, however, suggests there is more than one definition, including being the sovereign’s representative in a district, especially the chief officer of a hundred. Sounds interesting. The meeting will be on Wednesday at the Lucas Hall starting at 2.30pm. There will also be a table-top sale for WI funds.

SERVICES: Last week’s change of services at All Saints’ worked out very well, with Morning Prayer at 9.45am, a cheerful round of coffee after the service to which anyone arriving early for the 11.15am Holy Communion was also welcome. For that service, an augmented choir gave the congregation a terrific boost. If that’s what is planned for the future, it will create a great atmosphere in our ancient church, bring it on. Sunday’s services will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am; Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am; Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 9.45am followed by coffee and chat; and Morning Worship also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

VIOLIN RECITAL: There will be a violin recital at All Saints’ church at 4.30pm on Sunday, lasting about half an hour. The violinist will be Julia Higi accompanied by Benjamin Tyler (piano). It is hoped this will be the first of a series of monthly recitals. Entrance is free with a retiring collection.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Horticultural and Poultry Society is holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. The cost is £10 per table of six or £2 per person to join a table. To book tickets call 01435 830263. There will be a bar and raffle. All proceeds will be divided between the annual flower show and the Warbleton Churchbells appeal. The society needs your support. Why not become a member? Benefits include free and early entry to the marquee on Show Day, July 26 this year, reduced cost of RHS membership, garden visits and discounts at local nurseries. Call Margaret on 01435 830560 for details. Membership is just £4 per annum. I have no doubt you will be able to join at the quiz night.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am family service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Robin Timms.

HISTORY GROUP: Shepherds’ Huts is Jillian Beecher’s talk on Monday. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and we have a bookstall.

CAROUSEL: Rehearsals for the Village Players production of this classic musical have begun. We have the main parts cast and a strong female chorus. We could do with more in the men’s chorus though, so come on chaps give Anita a call on 01435 873226 or Lizzie on 01435 830998, or just turn up. Rehearsals are usually on Saturday mornings, including tomorrow, and Monday evenings, with the occasional Wednesday. The performances will be from May 14 to 17.

PROMISES AUCTION: The Dunn Village Hall will hold an auction of promises on March 22.If you can provide a service or something to auction, contact Sarah on 01435 863727.