Parish pump Uckfield - January 16, 2015

Bodle Street Green

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

LUNCH CLUB: The Village’s Lunch Club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.


CARDS: Last week I reported on the annual brownie Christmas card delivery service which many of you take the opportunity to use. We are always grateful for your support. But I left out the amount we raised for their funds. With this all the money given by use is profit we don’t have any expenses and we raised £120, up £30 on last year so a really big thank you.

ICE SHOW: Last Sunday we had the pleasure of visiting the Brighton Centre for the final performance of this year’s Holiday on Ice show, celebrating their 70th year of these productions they put on a colourful, skilful show. Great music, amazing lights and unbelievable show of strength and skating prowess, wonderfully hosted by Dancing on Ice winner Ray Quinn who also skated and sang. It was certainly worth the visit. Thanks to everyone who came and made the day such a pleasure.

SNOOKER: Burwash snooker club’s two teams are at the half way stage in the league with a difference in form between them. Burwash A sit in the bottom two of division two, just six points behind leaders Mountfield. Both Burwash teams have recently made it through to the quarter finals of the league’s plate competition. Burwash by beating Benenden 3-1 with wins for Terry Noon and his son Kevin and Richard Pearson. Burwash A beat Cramp B 3-1 with wins for Steve Barden, Geoff Wright and Mike Hill.

WALK: The first parish footpath walk of the year will take place on Monday morning. Anyone can join these walks which will take in the network of public footpaths around the villages which will help to keep them open and in good use for all to enjoy. Just meet up with your guide Roger Cloke for 9am departure in the Bear car park. The walks take around three and a half hours over five to six miles. Call Roger on 01435 884312 for more details.

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club needs you. This friendly club started life back in 1991 and has since then seen much success in the Wealden league at tournaments, it county play and their cup games. We have always been able to boast a thriving team with plenty of members. Unfortunately with increasing age, moving etc the membership has dropped and we need to do a bit of recruiting. This is no longer the sport of the senior members of our communities but increasingly younger players are coming forward and doing well. If you are over 18 years and looking for new challenges then why not come along and have ago. You will be given a warm welcome, help and tuition and the loan of equipment until you are ready to get your own. For more information please call secretary Mary Taylor 01435 882107, chairman Keith Marden 01580 880534 or treasurer John Norton 01435 867979.


CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church, Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church, 10.30am with Peter Markby and a Café Church at 4.30pm. The afternoon service will be a Talk with a Thought which will be followed by afternoon tea for which there is no charge.

RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH: Go along to Sheffield Park as part of the RSPB bird watch from Monday January 19 to Sunday January 25. Bring younger visitors along to the garden, pick up a pack and see how many birds you can spot while ticking off number 44 on your 50 Things list. For more information call 01825 790231.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. For more details call 01273 890114.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

EXHIBITION is planned by Highways for Thursday, to show their design for the footpath which will run on Chailey Common from the New Heritage to the junction with the A275. It is hoped that the exhibition will be held at the Old Chapel Community Centre, New Heritage, but confirmation notices will be posted on the Council’s notice boards and on its website.

OPEN DAY at St Peter’s Church on January 24 from 10am to 4pm with the aim of highlighting the alterations to the interior of the church, especially the new kitchen. There will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day. It will also be an opportunity for people to learn about events planned for 2015, as well as put forward their own ideas.

NEW from Sunday January 25 the Revd John Miller-Maskell will be holding healing services at St Peter’s Church on the fourth Sunday of every month at 7pm.

OUR LOCAL PCSO Steve Knowles will be at Chailey Children’s Centre on Monday January 26 from 10am to 10.30am to answer your queries, offer community policing related information and advice or simply chat. Why not pop along and say hello?

JUMBLE SALE, organised by Chailey and Newick Brownies, is on Saturday January 31 at 11am at the village hall. If you have any jumble it will be much appreciated and help this group fundraise for their Brownie Holiday. For collection call 01825 723727 alternatively please deliver jumble to the hall that morning from 9am.

POPPY APPEAL ORGANISER James Radcliffe is standing down after 15 years in this role and thanks go to him for all that he has done for the Appeal. A new organiser is sought; the role involves several weeks’ effort in the autumn and coordination with collectors. If you are interested in taking on this role or would like to know more call James on 01825 723215.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH: Would you like to help make the roads in Chailey safer? Can you spare two or three hours every other month? More volunteers are sought to monitor traffic speeds on the A272, A275 and Mill Lane. Training will be given and there will be plenty of support from the team of volunteers. To find out more or volunteer call Lesley Dunford on 01825 723662.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Second Sunday of Epiphany, 10am Benefice Communion Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong East Hoathly.

AGE CONCERN: For many years this organisation has given comfort, support and entertainment to the older members of our community. Those who currently help organise and run the service are themselves finding it more and more difficult or impossible to continue, thereby raising the possibility that our branch will have to close. If you think that you could help to continue this much appreciated service, please call Jean Barnes on 01825 872145.

WOMEN’S RBL: Our local branch of the Women’s Royal British Legion also needs some more ladies to strengthen the existing membership to support the Legion’s charity work. If you have a few hours a week to spare, please contact Sue Whitehead on 01825 769107.

QUIZ NIGHT: A quiz is being held at the King’s Head next Thursday at 7.50pm for an 8pm start. £10 for teams of up to four people, additional layers at £2.50 each.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS CLUB meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

KUBODO MARTIAL ARTS is on Thursday at 5pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 22nd January 1915: Balloon and Chimney. A balloon came over Tanyard Farm, Danehill the other day, and in descending collided with a chimney. It was about five feet high from the roof and ten feet from the ground. The balloonists, who came from Farnborough, tried to land in a field nearby, but the wind being too strong, it blew them on to the house, and knocking the chimney off it rose up on to the roof and against the large chimney stack. After paying a visit to the dogs and pigs and a large white thorn tree, it was eventually got under control with the assistance of several men. A party of soldiers, who were in the vicinity, helped to dismantle the balloon, which, together with its occupants, who none the worse for their adventure, entrained at Sheffield Park. Luckily no one was hurt, but Mrs Farncombe had a rather narrow escape, for she was passing the chimney a moment before. The balloon, not making any noise, she was unaware of its approach, and suddenly looking round, saw it pass only two or three yards from her. To reassure her, one of the men said ‘All right Missus.’ This article shows the influence of press censorship. The Army School of Ballooning had been relocated to Farnborough in 1904 and in 1912 renamed the Royal Aircraft Factory (from 1918 the Royal Aircraft Establishment). It seems highly probable that it was a military balloon, which landed in Danehill.


BONFIRE BINGO: Eyes Down at 7.30pm today, Friday, for a fun night at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm. Fundraising for Hailsham Bonfire Society spectacular which this year is on October 17. The society’s AGM is on Friday January 30 at 7.30pm also at the Charles Hunt Centre. Go along and find out more about the society or go along to one of their monthly meetings held at the Hailsham Memorial Institute in Western Road on the first Monday of every month from 8pm.

STREET MEETINGS: PCSOs will be at Victoria Road, Hailsham, today, Friday, 2pm to 2.30pm, Cackle Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 11.30am to noon, Ingrams Way tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 2.30pm, Milland Road (evens), Wednesday 5.30pm to 6pm, Milland Road (odds) Thursday 22 5.30pm to 6pm. If you do not have any matters to raise, then simply come out and say hello, it is always good meeting new people.

THE STREET MARKET held in Vicarage Field on the High Street restarts tomorrow, Saturday, between 9.30am and 3pm and continues every Saturday, except the second when the Farmers Market runs instead from the Cattle Market site and when the Street Market is held on the Thursday before.

ST MARY’S: The second Sunday after Epiphany. On Sunday Holy Communion at 8am, Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Encounters with Jesus, Evening Prayer, Surprised by Jesus, the Values of the King, is at 6.30pm.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments at Primrose Hall. The medium on this occasion is Terry Spain. Healing is always available. Clairvoyant evenings restart in March and 1-2-1 readings in May. This is fortnightly on a Tuesday starting on January 20 and healing lessons most Thursdays, open and closed circles on a Monday.

HEALTHY LIVING GROUP: This is a new club for the over-50s that promotes social, healthy activity, some chatting and tea-drinking plus some boccia, table tennis, yoga and line dancing. It meets weekly on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church Hall on the High Street between 10am and noon and this coming Tuesday will include health trainers and yoga.

RAMBLES: On Wednesday you have a choice of a long or a short walk. The longer of the two is over 4.5 miles with Richard and Jill (832303) and is the Catsfield circular passing fishing lakes. There are some hills and stiles. The shorter walk is the Sovereign Centre to Princes Park circular with Nobby (440624).

FISH MARKET: Every Thursday on the Cattle Market Site, Market Street, from 9amto 1pm. Pete sells a fantastic range of fresh fish from his stall under cover in the calf pens (just to your left as you go in). Plenty of free parking. Give it a try and tell him you heard about it here. Visit his facebook page for the latest news at Seafoods-P&G.

FAMILY QUIZ at Summerheath Hall on Saturday January 24. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. The quiz is for all ages but the questions are for older family members, teenagers and young children, a real mix. Mostly regarding music throughout the ages and films with a sprinkling of general knowledge. Tickets £5 adult, £3 U16s. Refreshments will be served during the break for a donation to Environment Hailsham.

FM BIG QUIZ: This is a family quiz for Sunday afternoon January 25, 1.45pm for 2pm start at Grovelands School Hall, Dunbar Drive. Tickets available from Helen Lawrence on 07812 337418 are £4 adults, £3 U16s, £12 family (two plus two). Max six per team. Singles and couples very welcome. Raffle and refreshments and bring your own soft drinks and snacks. No alcohol. Hosted by and for Hailsham FM to fund and increase public awareness of Hailsham’s own radio station, returning to the airwaves during the town’s Arts Festival in September.

LIONS THANK YOU: As the Hailsham Lions have already started planning their fund raising activities for this year, including an Easter tombola and the return of the much loved Country Fayre on June 14, they would like to extend a huge vote of thanks to the people of Hailsham and surrounding areas for once again contributing so generously to their events during 2014, enabling them to continue helping those in need. Without the public’s kind support, the Lions wouldn’t be able to respond to the many calls for help.

FARMERS MARKET: The next market is on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14. Thanks to everybody who braved the elements and came along last Saturday. Special thanks to Annabel and son of Renhurst farm who still traded outside from their trailer and suffered the lashings of rain and similarly David Turton, of Egypt Farm, and William, of Perry Court Farm. Also to the other producers and crafters who were happy to trade from the calf pens even though the lighting failed.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion with prayers for healing. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Third Dimension (Christian Unity).

Isfield & Little Horsted

BROADBAND: It’s been a long and sometimes frustrating wait, but fibre optic broadband is at last being rolled out in most of Isfield. BT have been upgrading infrastructure in the village these past few months and now installation in homes is getting underway. Premises supplied from the BT cabinet in the Horsted Lane/A26 area will have to wait a little longer for an improved service because of difficulties in accessing underground cabling and the like but for the rest of Isfield BT are now accepting orders to go online from this month. More information of use to BT customers and people who use other providers has been posted on village notice boards by the parish council, which is also available on the council’s website ( and includes a handy list of jargon-busting notes for those of us who may not be quite so technically-minded. A quick way to see if your telephone line is now ready for fibre optic is to use the line checking service

FORGET-ME-NOT: Back from their mid-winter break next Wednesday will be members of Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club when David Clark is due to give a talk on Voyages of the Mayflower. After that the next two topics on the club’s programme are East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Animal Service (February 4) and A Walk through Uckfield in the 1900s in Postcards (February 18). The club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons (2.30pm) in the village hall. Tea and delicious cakes are usually available at the post-talk natter.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

WHAT’S COOKING? Chefs Benson and Henry have been sifting through their Asian recipes to come up with a varied and interesting menu for The Laughing Fish’s next special food evening on Thursday January 29 when the theme will be Thai. Previous theme evenings, which occur roughly once every six to eight weeks, have included Russian, Mexican and African. The menu can be found on where bookings (advised) can be made. Tables can also be booked on 01825 750349.

COUNCIL: The next meeting of Isfield Parish Council is due to be held on Thursday January 29 (7.30pm) in the village hall. Members of the public are welcome.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: There were 18 walkers who started from the Stanmer Village car park for the start of last Sunday’s six mile walk on a bright, sunny morning. This is more than anyone could have hoped for after the dramatic deluges interspersed with the grey winter gloom of the preceding days. Seeing blue skies and sunshine was a real treat and it was mild too for mid January, though we knew that we were in for some strong winds as we gained height. This was definitely a walk of two halves, up to Ditchling Beacon; then a gradual descent back to Stanmer. The first half of the walk took us out of the village on a gently ascending path up towards the intersection with the South Downs Way. We stopped from time to time to take in the wonderful views, a great excuse too to take a breather from our uphill exertions. We paused for our short refreshment break at the intersection with the South Downs Way, where an outcrop of hawthorns and gorse bushes provided shelter from the prevailing winds. We then continued for a short stretch on the South Downs Way, past Ditchling Beacon and the trig point indicating the highest point, and with wonderful views to our right of the village of Ditchling and the surrounding Weald and towards the Ashdown Forest. We then turned off onto our return route, on an open track with magnificent views towards Falmer, Brighton and the sea. The latter part of the walk was mainly through woodland, finally emerging above the elegant Georgian building that is Stanmer House. Everyone agreed it had been a lovely walk, all the moreso because of the unexpected bonus of fine weather. And despite all the rain of recent weeks, we encountered only a few seriously muddy patches, which we managed to circumvent in most cases. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Sunday January 25, East Dean Circular. A hilly 5.5 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park at 9.30am for a prompt start.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 10am till noon. Admission free. Cakes, tombola, tea/coffee and much more.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our next Alpha course runs on Thursdays from February 26 for 10 weeks: a great opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. We start with a meal, followed by a talk and then a discussion. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. May we remind you that we run the Southover Counselling Service, a professional service available to everyone irrespective of belief or ability to pay the full cost. The cost is £40 per session (£45 for couples); however, sponsorship is available for anyone unable to meet the full cost. All counsellors are qualified and are also committed Christians. To make an appointment or find out more please telephone 07852 221449; or visit the website If you have any spare warm clothing (new or used) which you would like to donate to homeless people in Brighton, we have a collection box in the church porch. Blankets and sleeping bags would also be appreciated. The church is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, as well as on Sunday for services (and for our many other activities throughout the week). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with communion, with singers and band. Our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, will also be singing at this week’s 6.30pm service. Please do come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group has been chosen by Waitrose as one of the charities it supports during January. We would be very pleased if you put your green tokens in the relevant box at the store this month. We are still recruiting for minor roles, members of the crowd, singers and instrumentalists. Family groups are particularly welcome to join in the music and drama on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For more information or to register your interest please email or visit our website at

THE WEEK OF PRAYER for Christian Unity begins on Sunday. Many local churches will be lighting a candle at their Sunday services. There will also be a United Service to mark the week at Christ Church at 6.30pm on Sunday. On Wednesday there is an opportunity to experience Quaker silent worship for half an hour at the Friends Meeting House on Friars Walk at 12.30pm. All are welcome to both services.

mobile library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am at the village hall. It’s a good idea to arrive early as many item sell out quickly.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am followed by Holy Communion (CW) Morning service at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance please telephone 01444 482272. Everyone welcome.

QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Twinning Association will be holding a Wine and Wisdom quiz in the village hall. Doors open at 7.30pm the quiz will commence at 8pm. Teams of eight people. Tickets £9 per head, you can reserve a table by telephoning 01825 724223. Quiz events are always very popular, so why not pop along and see how many question you can answer.

VOLUNTEERS: Headway Hurstwood Park are searching for new volunteers. Do you enjoy having a chat and would you be able to spare a few hours in the morning? They are looking for caring, friendly volunteers to welcome clients and visitors to their Newick Centre in Jackies Lane. You need no experience, but would be willing to help brighten someone’s day, by having a chat with them. If you can help, please telephone 01825 724323.

NEWICK CINEMA will be showing the film What We Did on our Holiday on Sunday January 25 in the village hall. Doors will be open from 7pm. Tickets are £6 and the film will commence at 7.30pm. Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this family comedy. There will be an interval for refreshments. You can book in advance by emailing or telephone 01825 723392.

THE FARMERS have been very busy over the last few months cutting and trimming hedgerows, they all look neat and tidy. The birds and many other small creatures will benefit from this work in the spring and summer time. Thank you and well done.


CLEAROUT: My loft is full of good intentions. But I’m sorting it out and tidying it up. This year I’m really going to concentrate on my crafts. Are there any craft clubs locally?

THE ROTARY CLUB Christmas collections throughout December raised the sum of £2,980. The sale of commemorative ribbons for the Christmas tree raised £329, making a total of some £3,300, which has boosted the club’s Charity Fund. We are again grateful to the people of Uckfield and the surrounding area, it is only thanks to your generosity that we are in a position to make grants to local charities and good causes. Although we run a number of social and fund raising events through the year, it is the Christmas collections that provide the greatest boost to our Charity Fund, so thank you all. As usual, applications for our annual Making Dreams Come True award opened on January 1. This offers £1,000 to a local 16 to 25 year old, to enable them to fulfil an ambition, to make a dream come true. Full details and the application form are on the club website,, and applications need to be with us by March 31. We don’t define what you can or cannot spend the money on, if you have a dream, all you have to do is convince us that we should help you to achieve it. Last year we had 11 applications. It may also be interesting to note that up to now, the main award has always gone to a young lady, is 2015 the year when this changes?

TALK: What’s Been Happening at Bridge Cottage? 7.30pm Friday January 23 at Uckfield Civic Centre. Find out the latest news from Project Manager, Mick Harker: What’s been found in Bridge Cottage? How has it changed from a Victorian Poor House? What is planned for the renovation? Tickets available on the door at £3, members free.


100 UP? News this week that half of those born now will celebrate their 100th birthday. Also that, surprise surprise, people actually like working beyond the official retirement age. There were some delightful interviews with senior people enjoying themselves as university lecturers, writers and members of a jazz band. The only people surprised by this are the youngsters of 50 who suddenly realise that actually there is life after. What we all need to understand and believe is that it doesn’t matter how old we are, we can go on learning, changing direction, taking up new hobbies and yes, getting employment if someone is prepared to give us a job. Time for me to decide what my next career is going to be, I think.

GETTING OUT: So get up and get out, even in dire January. Our pub is giving us a helping hand with their 363 menu. So from Monday to Thursday (inclusive) at lunchtime or evening you can choose a starter for £3, main course for £6 and dessert for £3, a bargain to get you out of the house and into our cosy pub. This month’s quiz night is on Monday January 26 and for £7 per head, you can give your brain and your memory a good workout, with a one-course supper included for good measure. Teams are made up of not more than six people, make your own team or join someone else’s. Also on at the Star this month is Folk Night on Friday January 30.

JAZZ AND SOUL: This Sunday the Mayfield Choral Society is running a Workshop singing Gospel, Spirituals, Jazz, African and Caribbean music with CeCelia Wickham Anderson. No music needed, you don’t have to read music to come, there’s no charge and tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. The whisper is that CeCelia is great fun and the pieces we will learn are exhilarating to sing. It’s from 1pm until 5pm, by the way, at the Mayfield Memorial Hall and if you fancy coming, give Jane Bolger a ring on 01435 874701. Can’t wait.

KNITTING: A small group of knitters are getting together to make teddies for children in war-torn areas and places where toys are well down the list of priorities. The group

Teddies for Tragedies will meet at Lark Rise on Monday, 2pm. Tea and cake provided. All welcome, as even if people don’t knit, hands are needed to stuff the teddies, sew faces on them, make little bags to put them in, and cut out material.

SERVICES: This Sunday services are both at All Saints’ in Waldron. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) and 10am (Parish Matins) followed by coffee and cake.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Matt Andrews.

RGWI: The new year starts with a talk by Sue Maguire on Making Buttonholes. The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. For details about the WI or help with transport to the meeting then please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a fascinating talk by Michael Withers on Monday. He talked about Medieval and Renaissance Musical Instruments. He illustrated his talk with slides showing the period that particular types of instruments were in common use and of early pictures, which give historians much useful evidence, relating to these instruments. Illustration was not just in pictures though because he brought along a large selection from his collection of reproduction instruments, and delighted us by playing some of them so we could hear the difference in sound from their modern counterparts. He concentrated on stringed instruments such as the fiddle, lyre, etc and woodwind, for example shawn, bagpipes, recorders etc. Our next walk is on Saturday January 24, meeting at 2pm in the yard at Broad Farm, Hellingly (by kind permission), on the A267 north of the Boship roundabout, opposite the Festival of Transport site. Our next meeting is on February 9 when Peter Gillies will use his Magic Lantern to take us on A Meander Through the Victorian Weald.

OUR LANES: The recent wet weather has highlighted the poor state of many of our minor roads, not only the potholes that feature regularly in news bulletins, but also the drains etc. Last week on Thursday I went to Coffee and Company. On the way up our stream was just about to come over the bridge. On my return it had and one car had come to grief and was being towed out. I had to go round via Three Cups and Punnetts Town to go 50 yards. Shortly after the water subsided sufficiently for me to cross on foot with my camera. The only working road side drain, along the whole length up to Dog Corner, was at the bottom of the hill. The rest were blocked with mud and leaves, with the exception of one, out of which water was pouring. This leads to water pouring in large quantities down the side of the road, scouring out the verge and leaving deep and dangerous ruts alongside the carriageway, in a narrow lane.