Parish pump Uckfield - January 23, 2015

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship.

PARISH COUNCIL: Please see the Warbleton section.

FILM CLUB: This month the film is The Rocket, set in Laos and features a boy believed to bring bad luck to his family. He builds a giant rocket to prove he is not cursed. It has subtitles and lasts 1hr 36mins. Doors open next Friday at 7pm for coffee and cakes with the film starting at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head at the door.


THANK YOU: Last year many of the wonderful people from Burwash and surrounding areas helped me with raising funds for young Aaron Foord to enable him to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in July of this year. With help of the £1,160 we raised from the special lunch and the postal he has now made his target. He and his family are very grateful to everyone who has helped and supported his fund raising efforts. We wish Aaron a great adventure and look forward to hearing all about it on his return.

MUSIC NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. The fun begins at 8pm when local talented singers and musicians will entertain you. The licensed bar will be open. Everyone is welcome to go along and listen and enjoy a relaxing evening in great company.

QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening the St Bartholomew’s church are holding a fun quiz evening. Teams of eight players are invited to enter at £10 per person, to include a delicious hot two course supper. Wine will be available for purchase. All funds towards the church restoration. Call Ros Cloke on 01435 884312 to see if they have any space.

LUNCH: On Monday at noon, Age UK Burwash branch will hold their lunch club. Anyone over 55 years is welcome to go along and enjoy a delicious two course lunch for £8 per person. Coffee/tea is available afterwards. To book a place please call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483.

TABLETS COURSE: Wealden Tech Club are to hold a three week course on the use of tablets. They will be held on Monday afternoons at the internet café at the parish council office in the Bear car park, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm beginning February 2. Learn what your android is for and how to get the most from it. To learn more and book a place call 01825 830256.

BOWLS: Last week the team had a home fixture against The Hailsham Martlets. This was very enjoyable friendly evening which saw Burwash win 4-0. In the triples Margaret Waterhouse, Irene Bell and Joan Howard won 9-8 and Keith and Angela Marden and Gavin Wood won 15-9. After tea break pairs Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood won 15-10 while Alan Green and Mary Taylor won 25-4. This gave Burwash eight valuable league points. The club will next play Herstmonceux away tonight, Friday, and at home on Thursday to Hadlow Down.


THANKS to all who donated to St Peter and St James Hospice as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge. In a matter of just a few hours over three days a magnificent £53,961 was raised by generous donations matched by pledges from supporters and the Hospice’s Charity Champion, Candis Magazine.

OPEN DAY at St Peter’s Church takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and everyone is welcome from 10am to 4pm to view the alterations to the interior of the church. A celebrity, who is a well-known comedian, who regularly appears on television and radio, will officially open the new kitchen at midday. There will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day so do go along and see the changes for yourself. You can also find out about events planned at St Peter’s during 2015.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services, Sunday, Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, Sunday 10.30am with Peter Barrie and 6.30pm with Julian Rebera.

PCSO Steve Knowles will be at the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Monday from 10am to 10.30am. He will be there to answer your queries, offer community policing related information and advice or simply chat.

INFORMATION POINT session is at the Coffee Stop, Free Church on Friday January 30 from 10am to midday. The parish clerk will assist with any questions you may have.

YOUTH GROUP meet on Friday January 30 at the village hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. Anyone, aged 10 to 15 years, who would like to see what happens at Youth Group meetings (which includes activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop) will be made most welcome. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

JUMBLE SALE, organised by Chailey and Newick Brownies, is on Saturday January 31 at 11am at the village hall. If you are able to donate any jumble it will be much appreciated and help raise funds for their Brownie Holiday. For collection call 01825 723727 or 01825 722802, alternatively please deliver jumble to the hall that morning from 9am.

WILL WRITING SCHEME in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice runs from Monday February 2 to Friday February 20. The scheme covers Simple Wills, Mirror Wills and Codicils. The participating companies will provide their services free of charge, in lieu of a donation to the hospice. The scheme is for a limited time only, so if you would like to make an appointment you will find a list of participating companies at For further information call Kate Gibson, the Trusts and Legacies Fundraiser at the Hospice on 01444 470711.

FREE AFTERNOON TEA and speakers at the village hall on Saturday February 7 from 2.30pm to 5pm. This afternoon is being organised by the horticultural society as an opportunity for all in the village to meet members of their committee and other horticultural enthusiasts. Entry is free; so it’s a wonderful chance to learn all about the society, whilst enjoying their homemade refreshments.

FREE HELP AND ADVICE: Would you like the chance to sit down and chat about issues affecting you and get assistance. Then do contact the Information Points either in person at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Tuesdays from10am to midday (families only), at Southover House, Lewes, on Tuesdays from 9.30am to midday, by email to or phone 01273 517375 weekdays. There is no eligibility criteria; assistance will be given so as to enable you to tackle the problems. Access to free, quality assured information and advice will be co-ordinated, for a range of issues including debt, benefits, housing, access to available support services, support into employment, food banks, fuel poverty. The aim in particular is to ensure access by people in rural areas of Lewes District so do use this service if you need any assistance.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion East Hoathly, 10am Matins Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday 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 our branch will have to close. If you think you could help to continue this much appreciated service, please call Jean Barnes on 01825 872145.

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.

POLITICS IN THE PUB: Come along to the King’s Head at 7.45pm on Tuesday to debate a topical subject with other local residents who have an interest in progressive politics. The inaugural debate will be Is There a Socialist Alternative to OsBalls Austerity? The guest speaker will be Sue Davies, psychotherapist, parasitologist, economist and blogger. For more information please call Tom Serpell on 01825 840251. Politics in the pub is privately organised and is not affiliated to any political party or organisation.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club (9.45am), 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

PARISH MAGAZINE: An exciting development. Starting in February it will be delivered free of charge to every household within the boundary of the parish of Fletching, and to regular Fletching church members. We will need extra distributors of course, so please consider joining this team. Andrew Keith is co-ordinating distribution (722646 email

OUTREACH SUPPORT (SOS): It has been decided by the PCC that our church should give to three Christian organisations once a year, rather than one each month. The third Sunday service each month will be designated to SOS when all cash donations will go to these three charities (except for special months, see below). The Kenward Trust (local), Embrace the Middle East (overseas) and one other yet to be decided. Special collections at Harvest (September), Remembrance (November) and Christingle (December) will continue as before.

CHROMATICS CHOIR meet on Monday at 7.45pm.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning at the Vicarage on Friday January 30 at 11am in aid of the Children’s Society.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 29 January 1915. Lights out! Darkened Streets at Uckfield. The order to ‘douse the glim,’ which was received on Tuesday, caused a mild form of excitement, but no consternation in the town, so quietly and thoughtfully did the police execute their commission to notify the inhabitants of the requirements of the order. Its demands were patriotically received and complied with, it being generally acknowledged that it was a very sensible precautionary measure, especially in view of the proximity of the birthday of the Kaiser. The town itself in the evening naturally presented a dull appearance as the result of shaded windows both of the shops and the houses, but as it was a moonlight night, little inconvenience was caused to the somewhat unusual number of pedestrians who were tempted out probably by the novelty of the situation. Sentries were on guard at numerous points in the town, and motor-cars were stopped, as they were not allowed to carry lights, and their drivers were moreover required to give an account of themselves.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Framfield Memorial hall. Fed up with sitting in, come along to the market, browse around the homemade cakes, local jams, local meat, tombola, crafts, to name a few of the 20 stalls. Then sit and have a catch up with friends over a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit or even a bacon roll. Car parking available in school playground. Call Ann: 01825 890182.


FAMILY QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Summerheath Hall there will be questions for everybody from older family members to young children mostly on music throughout the ages and films with a sprinkling of general knowledge. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

FM BIG QUIZ: Sunday afternoon 1.45pm for 2pm start at Grovelands School Hall. Doors open at 1.45pm. Tickets available from Helen Lawrence on 07812 337418 are £4 adults, £3 U16s, £12 family (two plus two). Max six per team. Individuals 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.

KNITTING NIGHT: The first meeting of the year allowed everyone there to project their hopes and expectations for the year. Excitement was generated when two of the group told of a course they were attending later in the spring. The course is called Mystery Cushions, and some work was to be done before the course began. Speculation was rife, but this raised the bar for setting plans. One of the group hoped to make something for themselves, as they had had a year of knitting for others, and one was the other way round. Thoughts about the charity the group will support this year followed. Initial ideas are to look locally for small items that can fit in between longer projects. Firmer ideas will be aired and a choice made at the next meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the King’s Head. For information phone Su (07552 229473).

TWINNING ARTISTS: There is a great opportunity for our local artists to exhibit in Hailsham’s twinned town, Gournay en Bray, who are looking for work to exhibit at their exhibition from April 10 to 19. The exhibition will last for a week and Hailsham Twinning Association artist, local potter, Geoff Pittman, is travelling over with his pottery. Keith Townsend, chair of the association, says they feel privileged to be asked to join in the exhibition once again and would encourage local artists to take up this wonderful offer. Artists have the option of sending their work to France or accompanying their paintings, sculptures, photographs, quilting and craft work and staying with local host families. Please contact Pauline Townsend on 01323 846539 (secretary of Hailsham and District Twinning Association) as soon as possible.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 6.30pm Churches Together in Heathfield and District service at Holy Cross Priory for the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS, Old Heathfield: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Family Service. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak: Sunday, 9.30am Family Service with Communion. Website

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts Society. The new year started with a splendid lecture by Julian Halsby entitled Toulouse-Lautrec and the Golden Age of Cabaret. Montmartre came to life as Mr Halsby took the members into the cabaret clubs of the early 20th century through the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec. Despite his family wealth, the life of this talented artist was all too brief but his iconic works have enabled us to experience, albeit at second hand, the spirit of La Belle Epoque in Paris. Next month Imogen Corrigan will talk on the signs and symbols in Medieval art and buildings.

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month the members were treated to history through artefacts as Raymond Broomfield described life as a schoolboy between 1940 and 1945 in North London. He evoked personal reminiscences as items were produced and discussed. Amongst them were gas masks, ration books, identity cards, radios, crystal sets, telephones and even tins of dried milk and a third of a pint milk bottles which we all remembered standing in crates outside the school door, ice cold in winter. All this was accompanied by sound effects and music from the era. The discussions went on over coffee and biscuits as members shared their memories in a very convivial atmosphere. Next month David Calvert will be talking about Herstmonceux Castle. Anyone who is interested in local history is invited to come along to our meetings which take place on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at Heathfield Community Centre.

U3A: We now have a U3A in Heathfield. The U3A provides social and educational activities for residents of Heathfield and district. We will be holding monthly meetings in the Main Hall of the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, on the third Tuesday of every month from 2.30pm to 5pm. Our first meeting will be Tuesday February 17 between 2.30pm and 5pm and this will give people the opportunity to meet group convenors, suggest and discuss their own ideas for groups, join us and, perhaps, participate in the running of our U3A. We have set the U3A membership fee at £15 a year. Discounts are made for partners and for new members who are already members of other U3As. Planned group activities will range from languages, book group, outings, music, art appreciation, craft, art, history/local history, theatre, gardening, IT, photography, to walking. Come along and meet us. Our website:

Isfield & Little Horsted

CLEAVER CLEVER: There’s a new face at Isfield’s farm shop, and it belongs to a young lady who admits to being ‘pretty nifty with a cleaver’. Meet Kim-Mary Trigwell, who has been signed up by Simon and Lynn Brown at their Holly Gap Farm Shop to beef up the butchery team. Although her 20th birthday is not until next week, Kim has four years’ experience in the trade, having started as a 16-year-old apprentice at the Tottingworth abattoir at Broad Oak before moving on to Middle Farm at Firle and now Isfield as a qualified butcher. Although cutting meat and making local favourites such as sausages and burgers alongside fellow-butcher Henry Bolle is the bread and butter of Kim’s work, she has a strong interest in the educational aspect of her trade. ‘I really enjoy the tutoring side,’ says the very articulate teenager. ‘I feel people need to know more about meat … where it comes from, how it’s butchered. I want to help develop Simon’s everyday business here but I shall be taking a special interest in demonstration evenings when people can learn more about what they’re eating.’ In the long-term Kim is considering developing her career in nutrition, maybe teaching in schools … ‘a bit like Jamie Oliver’. Kim, who hails from Fairwarp, is very much a country lass and is enjoying working in Isfield. ‘You meet and get to know customers on a regular basis,’ she says. ‘The shop is a bit like being in a family environment.’ Boss Simon is keen for Kim to strengthen the farm shop’s links with Ringmer Community College. The college’s farm shop rears pigs, some of which take the journey to Holly Gap for retail meat, along with eggs provided by the Ringmer hens. The pair of them are hosting a butchery open day at the college in March and Kim is hoping to run a series of lessons for the students on nutrition.

THOSE POTHOLES: The recent cold and wet weather, coupled with financial restraints on local authorities, has done nothing to help the poor condition of local roads. Potholes reported to East Sussex County Council by your village scribe at the beginning of January have now become larger, and more in total, and have become a significant hazard to motorists and cyclists, particularly in Station Road and Buckham Hill. A call to the county council earlier this week elicited the news that attention will be paid to these two roads at the end of this month or in early February. Let’s hope there’s not a nasty incident before the repair guys arrive.

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).

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


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday December 23 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Catermole; 2, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery; 3, Janet Catermole and Di Johnstone. Tuesday January 6 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 3, Rita Hartnell and Nanette Tarling. Thursday January 8 Teams: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole, Susan Louis and Adela Thomas. Tuesday January 13 Teams: 1, Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery, Simon Kirkwood and Lynne Tunley. Thursday January 15 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Margaret Buddery and Peter Waters; 2, Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood, Clair Nankivell and Pauline Brown. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our New Year’s Lunch was held on Wednesday last at the Buxted Park Hotel. Forty four members enjoyed a delicious lunch. However, nine of us, led by Graham, our chairman, thought that a gentle constitutional before the group’s New Year Lunch would be a good idea. It was a good idea but it was not exactly gentle. At the best of times the Weald can be on the muddy side; this has not been the best of times. Many days of rain had left the ground soggy, very soggy in places, and walking was more of a plod than a brisk stroll. The good news was that a window of bright, clear weather opened up for us and the gentle pace allowed us to enjoy the scenery even more than usual. From the hotel we headed south, brushed by the outskirts of Uckfield at Hempstead Farm where they have plenty of horses and even more donkeys, before crossing the railway line twice. This involved traversing two steep sets of steps down and two back up. The first set were just a little rickety, the second were new and stoutly constructed. We returned to the house by way of the lakes and the church. As a way of giving us an appetite, it worked well. The next walk is on Sunday. East Dean Circular. A hilly 5.5 mile walk. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. New walkers always very welcome.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: Our next Alpha course runs on Thursdays from February 26 for nine weeks. Please contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018. If you have any spare warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags (new or used) which you would like to donate to homeless people in Brighton, we have a collection box in the church porch. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, 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 singers and band. Please join us.

COFFEE SHOP: Eastgate Baptist Church relaunches their new look Coffee Shop tomorrow, Saturday, and every Saturday, 10am to noon. Please come and enjoy amazing value fresh coffee, homemade cake and a relaxing atmosphere with friendly helpers and time to chat. The Christianity Explored Course has just started and will take place in the church lounge from 9.30am to noon every Wednesday for seven weeks. It is not too late to join. This is a chance to think about and discuss the big questions of life in a friendly setting. Starting with coffee we watch a short DVD presentation, read a bible passage and discuss the teaching presented. Everyone is welcome.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday.

DAY OF PRAYER: St Mary’s Church will be holding a day of prayer tomorrow, Saturday, in the knowledge that this will be the way to move the church forward into an era with a new leader and find out what God wants for the Christians in Newick. Sunday Services are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by the Leprosy Mission Gift Day at 10.30am.

CINEMA: On Sunday evening Newick Cinema will be open in the village hall from 7pm. The film, What We Did on Holiday, will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 at the door or you can book in advance by emailing, there will be an interval for refreshments.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their first 2015 meeting in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm on Tuesday. The public are always welcome to attend these meetings and may ask question at the beginning of the session. This year is an election year for the parish council. Are you interested in what happens in our community? If so please email or telephone 722135.


TALK: What’s Been Happening at Bridge Cottage? 7.30pm today, Friday, 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.


SING: If you wanted cheering up this gloomy January you should have come last Sunday to the Mayfield Choral Society’s Workshop singing gospel, spirituals, jazz, African and Caribbean music with CeCelia Wickham Anderson. CeCelia was absolutely brilliant, teaching us the rhythm of the song first, then the words and finally the music. By the end of the afternoon we were singing in six parts and came away absolutely charged up with exhilaration. What a great way to spend a rather gloomy Sunday afternoon in January and even the refreshments were supplied. More please.

PUB FUN: Our pub is offering their 363 menu this month. 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 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. The March Quiz will be part of the Mad March Pub Quiz event run in aid of the Friends of Sussex Hospices, so make sure you put the last Monday of March in your diary and start getting your team together. More details soon.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WALK: Our next history group walk is tomorrow, Saturday, meeting at 2pm in the yard at Broad Farm, Hellingly (by kind permission), which is 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Robin Timms.

PARISH COUNCIL: One thing was on the minds of the council and public at the meeting last week, the state of our minor roads in the parish. This was not only the potholes that we think of as being the problem, but also the state of the drains, and the fact a lot of land-owners seem to think that they don’t need to cut their roadside hedges. County councillor Rupert Simmonds said that year by year grants from central government were being cut and a cap was put on council tax increases. ESCC were going to have to make an additional £90m savings over the next three years. In his report Rupert announced the Post Office would reopen in April, see separate item. Progress is being made on the rollout of superfast broadband. To see if you will be able to sign up soon for it, go via the ESCC website and enter your phone number. Cllr McKeeman (WDC) said the British Heart Foundation agreed to provide defibrillators at Rushlake Green and Bodle Street, at a heavily discounted price. Work is progressing with obtaining cabinets to house them, and train first responders. If you would like to be involved contact Nigel or one of the parish councillors, or I can pass your name on. Donations are also welcome. Applications for units at Punnetts Town and Three Cups are being considered. Planning applications for a replacement dwelling in Bakery Lane and a phone mast at the top of Rookery Lane are being considered.

FLOWER SHOW AGM: I wasn’t able to attend the AGM and am grateful to Isabel Collett, the society secretary, for providing me with the information. Forty eight people attended the meeting which started with the usual preliminaries. The treasurer, Mary Groves, reported an increase in the surplus made at the annual show. Donations were made to the following Warbleton Church Bell Fund £300, Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals £60, 1st Heathfield Scout Group £100 and the Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society £25. Chairman Wendy Greaves said entries were up last year, particularly in the children’s classes, this a result of co-operation with schools. Thanks were due to Bobby at The Stores for all his help with issuing schedules, collecting entries etc, and all those who worked so hard to prepare for and run the show, especially the committee and their other halves. Elections: chairman, Wendy Greaves, secretary Isabel Collett, treasurer Mary Groves, membership secretary Margaret McCarthy and show secretary Rosemary Wootton-Whitling. The committee members are Helen Bostock, Pauline Clifford, Lin Collins, Robin Groves, Richard Lambert-Gorwyn Julia Padbury and Gill Snook. Subscriptions remain at £4 per year, and are due now. The evening entertainment will be Crystal Clear, who can be seen on YouTube. After the business concluded members were treated to an enjoyable and informative talk Inside The Beehive by Chis Hone.

POST OFFICE: I am pleased to report that we get a Post Office Counter back at The Stores from Friday April 17. It will be open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and until 1pm on Saturdays, and is run under the Post Office Local way of working which is slightly different from the old sub post office regime. Thanks are due to Bobby for being willing to take this on, and to our county councillor, Rupert Simmonds, for all his hard work in assisting with the negotiations that have brought about the return of the Post Office to the Green. It will be up to us to use it, to make it profitable and a service to residents. If you run a business that sends items by post then this will be very convenient.

HEATHFIELD U3A: I have heard from Ray Tratt that we now have a U3A (University of the Third Age) in Heathfield. Our U3A provides social and educational activities for residents of Heathfield and district. The first monthly meeting will be on Tuesday February 17 at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, between 2.30pm and 5pm. Planned group activities range from languages, book group, outings, music, art appreciation, craft, art, history/local history, theatre, gardening, IT, photography, to walking. Come along and meet us. Our web site:

PHONE MAST: The government organisation Arquiva have applied to erect a 30m phone mast at Colliers Farm, Rookery Lane. This would support all four networks via the same set of aerials, and cover an area in which mobile communication is poor to non-existent. A small compound would be erected at the base of the mast in the corner of a field surrounded by woodland, which would screen the bottom half of the mast. At the parish council planning committee on Tuesday, unanimous approval was given to recommend to Wealden that this be approved. The reasons were that it would provide vital infrastructure in a rural parish where mobile communications are difficult, allowing growth of rural businesses and a significant improvement in the area for rural workers and visitors should an emergency occur. This includes farm workers and others, including me, working on their own. The emergency services rely heavily on mobile systems, and there is local support. The council felt that the position of the site has been carefully researched, with exhaustive options considered to result in the current location. The applicant has taken into consideration both aesthetic and technical aspects to the full.