Parish pump Uckfield - January 10, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Plough Sunday Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSGWI: Judy Swan is the president of the institute, with Jennifer Gill as vice-president and Maggie Grant as treasurer. Meetings are usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in the village hall, but this month members will enjoy a lunch at the White Horse Inn on Tuesday at 12.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. All are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

VILLAGE HALL: The fund for extending the hall, plans for which have been passed, have reached £8,500 over half of the target. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and will do so in the future. The more money raised locally means more can be applied for from external sources, under matched funding. The new year’s programme of events starts next Saturday with a Race Night (see posters for details). Next month on February 8, TOBS are organising a Murder Mystery Evening entitled Who Killed The Director? Tickets to include a two course meal will be £12.50 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343.


FUNDS RAISED: As the new year begins I am just looking back to the last few weeks of 2013 when many events were held. The flower club coffee morning was a huge success raising £300 for club funds. The Children’s Society gained from the Christingle at St Bartholomew’s Church by £192.65 and by £50 from the Guides and Brownies coffee evening.

BOWLS: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club met at the Bear Motel for their Christmas lunch and awards just before Christmas. This was a change from normal and meant no cooking or washing up for the ladies members. The awards were Memorial Cup winner Mick Moore, runner up Joan Howard, Men’s Singles Barry Taylor winner, Keith Wood runner up. Ladies Singles Winner Angela Marden, Eileen Jarvis runner up. Mixed pairs winners Joan Howard and Tim Brown, Angela Marden and Keith Wood runners up. Gavin Wood salver winner Angela Marden, runner up Samantha Saunders. The club have returned to meeting on Monday evenings from 6.30pm. New members are always welcome. For more detail call Mary on 01435 882107 or just come along to the village hall one Monday.

LUNCH: The Christmas day lunch was again a very enjoyable event. Despite the weather and illness 18 people sat down to eat the delicious three course meal. Eighteen people who would otherwise have been alone. They enjoyed singing carols through lunch and each went home with a small gift. Our grateful thanks to Mr and Mrs Moody from Frogheath Nurseries for the donation of the wine and to Eileen and Ted Craddock for the crackers and potatoes. Thank you too for all the help both from some who enjoyed the meal and from Lisa Neilson who just came and helped.

QUIZZERS: There are a couple of quiz evenings in the next two weeks. the first is at the Pavilion in Burwash Common tonight, Friday, at 8pm. Teams of six players. Entry fees given as prize money. The other one is on January 18 at the village hall and is open to teams of eight players at £10 per person, to include supper. Wine will also be available. To book a team in call Ros cloke on 01435 884312.

NSY: The Burwash Not So Young club will meet on Thursday at the village hall from 2.15pm. This will be their AGM and will be followed by a fun game of Beetle Drive. New members, both ladies and men, are always welcome to attend this lively club for the over 60s. Just go along next Thursday or call Isabel Salmond on 01435 882452.

BLG: There has been a mix up with dates for the next meeting of the Burwash Ladies Group. Two dates have been put into the church broadsheet. The meeting was held on Wednesday, so please do not go along next Wednesday as you will be disappointed. For information about this group please contact Audrey Wright on 01435 882751.


POWER FAILURE: Obviously this is on all our minds at the moment so I’d like to tell you what happened in Chiddingly. Only four houses in Muddles Green were without power for any length of time and we were off from 3am December 24 to 4.15pm on December 27. One of these was mine, and we had no light, hot water, cooking facilities or heating for that period, except for a wood-burner in one room and two emergency gas rings. As I’m chronically disabled I am supposed to be on all the lists of vulnerable people for all utilities. We have a generator but it didn’t work when we needed it to. The next four days were a constant struggle for information and help, and we eventually achieved a Victorian/modern fusion Christmas. So much was down to luck, because we happened to be in the Bells on Christmas Eve, someone in the village lent us a small generator so we could keep our fridge and freezer on, the cellar pump going, and charge our mobiles, laptop, and torches, and power one standard lamp. Because Steve has the village hall keys we could get in to access the wi-fi so I could get work emails, and download programmes from the BBC i-Player to watch later (the only thing we missed was the TV broadcast of the Queen’s speech which is not on i-Player, presumably the BBC couldn’t afford the Royalty) and he could cook the duck and roast potatoes on the gas oven there. A friend in Hailsham offered me a bath on Boxing Day and a neighbour did some washing. After Christmas, once the news got round, offers came flooding in, but because of the season, and because people who knew the situation thought we could cope, if we hadn’t had those lucky breaks, and weren’t resourceful and ingenious, we might well not have made it. So please, think of your neighbours, and don’t assume because they have coped in the past, they can cope now. If you know they don’t have family living locally offer them a hot meal, or a bath. They will be grateful, I can assure you.

VILLAGE HALL: By the time you read this, there will have been a meeting to decide on the emergency strategy, and if this happens again, and it will, the village hall will be made available for cooking, and if there is power, hot water and charging facilities for mobiles etc. Don’t forget, if you have a generator, let someone know on either the parish council or the VHMC, the numbers are all in the Parish Magazine.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS: The one for electricity in the Parish Magazine was my only link to what was happening in the outside world until we got batteries from Argos for the radio. At the point of writing this, we have not had our letter offering compensation, but we can claim for the contents of fridges and freezers, and every expense associated with the loss of power. It wasn’t their fault and we all know the engineers worked like crazy to get the power back on over Christmas but we still had to spend out and not everyone can afford to absorb the loss.

PANTO: Sorry about the dreadful joke but it is the Panto season (Oh no it isn’t) and the local offering of Sleeping Beauty which stars all the local suspects is on in Chiddingly Village Hall on January 25 and 26, tickets from 872401 or online at Prepare to be amused.

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

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The first walk of 2014 is on Sunday, and will be starting from The Six Bells at Chiddingly at 2pm. The route we take will be subject to mud and floods, but we plan to walk part of the Vanguard Way. Wellies essential, snorkel optional. Please ring Chris or Jenny on 872830 if the weather or conditions look doubtful. ( At the time of writing the rain is horizontal and it’s blowing a gale again, but sooner or later it has to improve). Everyone very welcome.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 12 January 1762 ‘All day (and even from three o’clock yesterday afternoon)we had a very high wind and several very hard showers of hail, with several claps of thunder and many flashes of lightening, and really I think it a very great hurricane….’


HISTORICAL and Natural History Society met on Wednesday January 8. The December meeting, A History of Sussex Defences, did not happen as the speaker did not arrive. All was not lost, however, as chairman David Bourne had with him a short quiz about our market town of Hailsham that his mother Daphne Bourne had compiled. Some questions he thought would be difficult to answer, but between those present, they got all the questions right. One question in particular was, who was the first person buried in Hailsham cemetery? Bob Catt answered, said that a young boy spoke to builders building the chapel at the cemetery who said, ‘who will be the first person buried here’. Well it was that young chap, drowned in Quarry Pond. Bob relayed the story word for word as told to David by his grandparents. Thanks are offered to two other people that made the evening a success, Paul Endersby who went back home and brought another question sheet on Hailsham with true or false answers, and Maxine Kitcher who had some historical notes on Hailsham. By all accounts those present enjoyed the evening. A reminder to members and potential members that subscriptions of £12 for the year are now due.

LIONS RAFFLE: In the run up to Christmas, members of the Lions sold raffle tickets outside Asda. First prize was a cheque for a mighty £200, the second prize was a Christmas hamper donated by Asda. Other prizes included a top of the range microwave oven and coffee maker, plus chocolates and wine. As always, proceeds from the raffle will be distributed within the local community and once again, Hailsham Lions would like to thank most sincerely the people of Hailsham and surrounding areas for contributing so generously to this raffle which raised much needed funds.

U3A: The dog friendly walking group set off for their last sunny November walk along the Cuckoo Trail from Horam under Pippa’s leadership. There has been an excellent choice of walks and background information and the group is now hibernating until spring when there will be more news at the Open Day. At the discussion group everyone brought along a chosen topic, either funny or serious, written on a piece of paper which were drawn out of a hat for a brief discussion on each. The opera group will be enjoying Rossini’s Barber of Seville at Diplocks Hall on the afternoon of January 30. If you are interesting in joining any of these groups or to find out more about U3A then please contact Sue 840797 for the details in the first instance.

DEMELZA: It was a frantic 10 days to round off the year when the Friends of Demelza group in Hailsham ran a Christmas Mini Market in the Quintins, followed by a gift stall at the Hawthorns Christmas Fair in Eastbourne. They rounded off the year with two days’ bag-packing at ESK Warehouse, dressed as red spotty clowns, helping the customers through the tills on a couple of the busiest days of the year. All this raised more funds for Demelza enabling them to top up their year’s fundraising, and presenting the charity with a cheque for £2,250. The presentation was made to Steve Hoy, Chief Executive, and Julie Brett, Community Fundraiser, at Demelza’s offices in Ripe. The group will also be accredited with further funds this year which they have helped to raise and which have already been handed over. They have lots of new ideas for fundraising during 2014, but could really do with some more volunteers to help. Anyone interested in finding out what the group does, please contact either Sue on 840797 or Pam on 844020. They really do put the fun into fundraising and are currently trying to gain some support too, from local businesses by way of sponsorships, donations, raffle prizes or practical help at events.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

THE WET: I couldn’t put this text together without acknowledging how difficult life is for all those people who have lost power or suffered floods. I suppose we are lucky here in that our town (and neighbouring villages) are set high and consequently have been free of the worst excesses of the weather. There was a brief problem a week before Christmas when our water supply went off, but that righted itself within a morning. Otherwise, our lights have flickered but that’s about all. But if you walk as we do you will have become used to sinking ankle deep into normally firm woodland and field surfaces. Heaven knows how our farmers are managing with livestock and I notice winter-sown crops on lower fields do not look too bright either. Travel has been very difficult for anyone commuting to London (problems on both the Hastings to London via Stonegate and Wadhurst) and Uckfield lines, our hearts go out to them. Roads were blocked with fallen trees but these were quickly cleared, however we are not clear yet. As I write this, more storms are forecast for this week. Let’s just hope the freezing weather and blizzards afflicting the east coast of the USA do not decide to cross the Atlantic. At lease it is warm here. I have primroses out in my garden and the birds are already eyeing up potential nest sites in the hedges.

ROAD SIGNS: I think the highways department of the county council must have been on holiday. Mrs PP has been tweeting like mad all week trying to inform them about a couple of road signs in Ghyll Road. At the top of the road, near the junction with Mill Road, there are two priority signs close to the first build-out. They tell motorists to either give way or take precedence but the trouble is, both point the same way. No wonder people are confused. There have been a few near misses here and I dread to think what is going to happen when the primary school term gets underway. I’m sure they will be repaired soon, let’s hope so.

STRANGE ANIMAL: A quick one, Mrs PP was walking our dog in Jubilee Park early one morning when she heard an animal bellowing in the field below, the one that borders onto Pook Reed Lane. She got through the hedge but there was nothing visible, do we have rutting stags around?

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: As we have now turned into the new year, events set for the spring are coming up thick and fast. One of the town’s earliest and best is the Heffle Cuckoo Fair taking place on Saturday, April 26. All the money raised from this event goes to Demelza Hospice Care for Children which aims to provide enough community nursing staff and resources to support children with life limited disease and their families, with care in their own homes. The fair is a wonderful introduction to spring and somehow the sun always shines on the day, perhaps Dame Heffle arranges it. It begins when Dame Heffle is escorted from Heathfield Community College to Cade Street where she releases the first cuckoo of spring. She’s accompanied by dozens of students dressed in spectacular costume, some on stilts, plus the Heathfield Silver Band. At Cade Street visitors can find dozens of stalls, classic cars, a fun dog show, things to eat and drink and also admire scarecrows specially created for the day. Organisers are always delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help out on the day or possibly man a stall. If you have any ideas or would like to know more contact either Sandie or Nicky on 01435 882723 or Audrey on 01435 830504.

CAFÉ CHURCH: The next Cafechurch is to be held on Friday, January 24 from 6.45pm to 9pm at Costa Coffee in the High Street.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: The churches tell us that the theme for 2014 is: Is Christ divided? The venue is St Richards, Church in Heathfield and an opening Act of Worship will commence at 9pm on Thursday. This will last approximately one hour and a vigil will be held until midnight. The prayer time will recommence at 10am on January 17 and will proceed through with sections being led by local churches until 8pm when closing worship will be led by a group from St Philip’s Church, Burwash Weald. All are welcome to come to this special time of Christians in Unity.

NEW BUSINESSES: I’m delighted to see new businesses coming to the town. And we all await, with interest, to find out how would-be developers are getting on with their plans to demolish and construct new buildings at the dreadfully tatty former Dream Machines building on the corner of Tilsmore Road. What kind of state it’s in after the recent rains, I dare not imagine. We now have a dance studio (A B Stage School) which has opened in the former bookshop near the greengrocers at the eastern end of the High Street. Those are large premises so I expect there’s bags of room for people to exercise, learn to dance and generally keep fit. Nice to have a business like this within walking distance for many people. Also Moon River Vintage has moved out of its upstairs rooms and now occupies a full-scale shop on the north side of the High Street, close to the Heathfield Health Centre which has expanded its services into the former parish council offices. Add on Galin (good reviews from customers) and the High Street certainly seems lively and staving off recessionary pressures. Another business which has moved into the industrial estate south of the town is Bohen. They tell us they offer ‘a brand new concept for buying fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms’ and started up on December 27. The firm brings three new jobs to Heathfield and will be managed by Andrew Thornton.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

VILLAGE HALL: We received this from the Five Ashes Village Hall Committee so I’m including it in full: The secret which has been hard to keep for the last two weeks, until 17 December by the village hall committee is now in the public domain. The Big Lottery has awarded a grant of £455,000 to the management committee to improve and extend the village hall. ‘Under the Reaching Communities programme the grant will enable significantly better facilities to be made available which in turn will attract a wider range of user groups to help sustain the provision in the village,’ said Geoff Gregory the hall chairman who was largely instrumental in leading the application process. ‘This is the culmination of two years of writing, editing and proof reading, sharing disappointment and ultimately success for the committee’. The original move towards replacement of the current village hall started back in 1999. The then village hall committee agreed that the building originally constructed in 1960 was beginning to deteriorate and some significant investment was required to continue to maintain one of the few remaining village community facilities in Five Ashes.In 2004 a bid was submitted to the National Lottery for funding to build a brand-new village hall adjacent to the existing one on the sports field itself. A significant amount of energy and fund-raising went into supporting this application. Sadly it was unsuccessful, however the committee who had been instrumental in much of the fund raising left a significant legacy for successive committees to determine how best to preserve the ailing facility. In 2008 the incumbent committee decided that the available funds would be partly committed to the improvement of the main hall. Competitive prices were obtained and a programme commenced to install double glazed units to replace the rotting wooden side panels and windows of the main hall. In the same year the committee were fortunate to gain a grant to overhaul the lighting scheme, heating arrangements and ceiling in the main hall. In 2010 a further lottery bid was submitted under the Reaching Communities Section of the Big Lottery Fund as the village was designated as an area where funds might be directed.The bidding process consisted of three stages. Each stage of the process required a significant amount of form filling and data collection. The overriding requirement at stage one was to show how the community at large would benefit from any major investment in facilities and which groups not currently represented might avail themselves to the new provision. Stage two required more indepth explanation and justification as to why funds should be awarded to help the final stage of the development process.Eventual success at stage two provided an award of £9,000 to take the project to the next stage, which meant getting the project business plan developed, finalising the design, getting the necessary approvals , final pricing and getting ready to build. The stage three application required a highly developed capital project delivery plan to show that the project was ready to start within six months of a final award .A Business Plan with financial forecast and risk analysis completed the submission with relevant supporting information such as annual accounts and organisational policies.The aim of the project is to provide a new general purpose space extension to the existing hall which will provide a venue to enable new user groups the opportunity to establish themselves within the community. The project involves a combination of demolition of an existing substandard structure, the erection of single storey new build construction and the refurbishment of parts of the existing building to improve its layout, facilities and thermal efficiency. Refurbishment of the small hall will enable group meetings to take place unhindered without the interruption of users walking through the area to access the storage facility beyond it. New toilet facilities will be provided to meet current standards and user expectations. The new hall area is deliberately sized to fall between the existing room sizes. This will enable various activities to take place in the right area commensurate with the size of the gathering. By improving the access to the adjoining playing field via the new construction the opportunity exists to open up gatherings and activities which utilise the playing field and sports facilities. The extra space will enable separate changing areas for the opposing teams.

HANDBELL RINGER: Due to the formation of the PopZing Choir on Wednesday evenings the Handbell Ringers are re-scheduling their meetings to Thursdays at 5.45pm to 7.15pm in London House. Contact Liz Lincoln on 01435 873592

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Their first event of the new year takes place on Friday, January 17, when they welcome Ken Turner of Wadhurst to speak on the subject of Ponds and Water Gardens. Ken will deliver aquatic advice on everything from types of ponds, construction and maintenance to which plants will prosper in a watery habitat. It takes place in the Scout and Guide Hall with a 7.30pm doors opening for 8pm start.

U3A: At 2pm on Thursday, January 16 in Mayfield Memorial Hall they welcome everyone back after the Christmas break to enjoy a talk from David and Jo Fox. Through photos taken by professional photographer friends and rare historical photos, ‘Life on Galapagos’ will show not only the incredible wildlife of this remote archipelago but also the story of the extraordinary people who settled on earth’s last and unforgettable Eden before the world discovered it. Jo’s father was one of four brothers who fled Nazi Germany and sailed to the Galapagos Islands where they lived like Robinson Crusoes and where both she and David also lived for some time. As always we would be delighted to meet any visitors. All the various interest groups will be starting up again this month with the Art Group discussing the work of artists associated with Wales, particularly Augustus John. Also in January under the title French and Burgundian Art 1400-1500, the Sussex U3A Network will be holding a Study Day in Crawley examining the magnificent court art and the way it reflected the extreme contrasts of the age. For any further information about Mayfield and District U3A please contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

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.


MARKET: Newick Country Market will be open again today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall, why not pop along and enjoy a coffee and a natter.

RUGBY: The first XV rugby team are playing Worthing at home and the second XV are off to play Ditchling II. Both games will commence at 2.15pm weather permitting.

POPPY APPEAL: Newick British Legion Poppy Appeal collected £2,470.82. All the money will go for the welfare of the wounded servicemen and women.

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

SUPPER: There will be a supper in the Church Barn Centre for both ladies and gentlemen on Friday January 17, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 from 01825 723647 or 722846.

QUIZ: The Twinning Association will be holding their annual Quiz Evening on Saturday January 18 in the village hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Teams of eight people. Tickets are £9 per person, this includes nibbles and a supper at the interval and of course the bar will be open. To reserve a table please telephone 724223. This is a very popular event so book your table now to avoid disappointment.

THE WEATHER: I sincerely hope by the time you read this column that the wet and windy has disappeared, and that we have some lovely sunny winter days.


SINCERE thanks from the Rotary Club for the money you put into our tins at the Christmas Tree in December. You raised the magnificent sum of £3,063, which included £352 in ribbon purchases. We are delighted with this outcome, particularly given the dreadful weather in the run-up to Christmas. It means that our Charity Fund is now very healthy, so if you are aware of a group or organisation that would benefit from Rotary Club support, please let us know. You can contact us through our re-developed website, and we look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your donations, it is these that enable us to do what we do for local good causes.

FILM: Uckfield Film Society’s first movie of 2014 is the lavish and greatly loved Gone with the Wind, one of the truly great films of the 30s, in which manipulative Southern belle, Scarlett, played by Vivien Leigh, carries on a turbulent affair with blockade runner Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) during the American Civil War. An enduring success, Gone with the Wind is at the Picture House in Uckfield on Sunday at 6.30pm. Call the Picture House on 01825 764909 for Uckfield Film Society.


CHEER UP: Despite the wet, there are definitely signs of better things to come. The days are getting longer, the Village Panto is about to give us all a laugh and the pub has a special offer for locals, so it’s not all bad.

PANTO: Now that the new year has arrived, rehearsals for the panto have gone into a higher gear, the actors are walking about muttering under their breath, the techies are speaking a completely different language from the rest of us, and it’s all going to be right on the night. (Oh yes it will...) So if you haven’t yet bought your tickets for our fantastic pantomime, The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron, don’t delay because they are selling fast. Saturday night (January 18 at 7.30pm) is under greatest demand with the Saturday matinee (January 18 at 2.30pm) coming up fast behind. Tickets for Sunday’s 6pm performance are not under such pressure at the moment, but you still need to wiz along (geddit?) to make sure you’re not left without. Performances will all be at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield. Tickets are on sale at the Stores in Waldron, or Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or from The Box Office, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. See you there.

TONIC: January can be a dire month, with lousy weather, not much left in the bank and no one to talk to, so cheer yourself up by getting out and meeting your mates at our lovely local, The Star. During this month, there’s a special offer for locals of a two-course meal for £10 (fantastic value!) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ring your friends and get booked, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

BRIDGE: If you’ve always hankered to learn bridge but never quite had the nerve, now’s your chance. There’s Beginners’ Bridge at The Stores on Tuesdays at 10.30am and the new term is just starting. Ring Deborah on 01435 812938 for further details and to book your place.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. We had a busy Christmas period, with good attendances at our services, despite the weather. The crib service on Christmas Eve had 100 children, 155 adults and two donkeys enjoying the re-telling of the Christmas story. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Plough Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Martin Povey.

HISTORY GROUP: I had intended to go on the walk on Boxing Day, but discovered that I needed to do some emergency repairs to the barn, a victim of the winds. By the time I had finished them it was too late. Talking with Rita Hobden on Sunday, she told me that over 20 people enjoyed a walk, and the après walk at the Horse and Groom. Local speaker, Charles Harding will talk about Anglo-Saxon Sussex and Kent, on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets on Thursday at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. All are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

CAROUSEL: After a successful run of Make Way For Lucia in November, the Village Players are holding auditions for the musical Carousel. These are being held on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the Dunn Village Hall and at The Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green on Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm. Our musical director, Richard, will be present to accompany on Sunday, so if you want to audition for principal or chorus roles that will be the best choice. Audition pieces will be available, but if you want to see them early, find out about the musical and the roles available, please see the website. Just put The Village Players Rushlake Green into your favourite search engine. Don’t forget to put in the geographical reference; there are many VPs out there, but we are the best.