Parish pump Uckfield - January 24, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer.Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is a comedy, Silver Linings Playbook, starring Robert de Niro as the father of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper). It also stars Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany. Doors open on Friday January 31 at 7pm for refreshments with the film starting at 7.30pm.

VILLAGE HALL: 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.

PARISH COUNCIL: The police had done a hundred vehicle count in Bodle Street and found the majority of vehicles were within the 30mph limit, the average being 31mph. If a vehicle is seen speeding it can be reported to Operation Crackdown. A grant of £300 is being made to the village’s lunch club. For the rest of the meeting please see the Warbleton section. The next meeting is on February 20 at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green.


QUIZ: The fun quiz evening held by the St Bartholomew’s Church was a lot of fun. Noisy, with great questions which had everyone talking. A delicious hot supper of cottage pie and salad was followed by a selection of homemade cakes and was well received. Thank you to Ros, Roger, Colin, Richard, Lynn and Vicky for a splendid evening’s entertainment. The Etchingham Eccentrics who were runaway winners on 126, received medals and a cup.

LUNCH: The next Age UK, Burwash branch lunch club will meet on Monday at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are over 55 years, and live in one of our three villages you are welcome to join them. They receive a delicious two course meal for £8, make new friends, meet up with old ones and have an enjoyable time. To book a place please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233. Transport may be available should you need it.

CLUBS: Things are a bit quiet in the villages at the moment, no special events to report on. All the local clubs and societies are back to normal meetings and would welcome you to join them. If sport is your interest then why not take a look at the bowls club, Monday evenings from 6.30pm at the village hall. The snooker club also meets in their own room at the hall. Call Trevor Hayes on 01435 8820980 for details. Or there is one in the Pavilion at Burwash Common too. The villages also have football, cricket and stoolball clubs.

POSTAL QUIZ: The next postal quiz is ready to be sent out. This one should be a lot easier than the last one as all the answers include card games, table games for two or more people or TV quiz and game shows. I know many of you found the last one extremely difficult and I thank you all for giving it ago. Nuala Vallally, from West Sussex, was the winner with 98 correct. If you would like a copy of the new quiz please send a stamped addressed envelope and £2 to Mary Taylor, 2 Holton Cottages, Spring Lane, Burwash TN19 7HU. This time I am trying to raise funds to help 14 year old Aaron raise money as he has been chosen as one of just 36 youngsters from East Sussex to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2016. He needs to raise £3,000. Your help would be much appreciated. Last time we gave £100 to Admiral Nurses for Dementia care in the home.

CLEAN IT UP: I have been hearing a lot of disgruntled people complaining about irresponsible owners not cleaning up after their pets, especially on the playing fields and on the green at Hornbeam. Please can you be more careful. These are areas where people play sport and children play games. They do not want to be falling on something nasty and likewise sports teams don’t have time to go round the field with a shovel before each match. This is a potentially lethal act and can make someone extremely unwell. It only takes a moment for responsible owners to clear it up. Thank you.

BOWLS: Last week the team played a home game against Frant. Finally back on track they had a successful evening against a great team. In the triples Stephen Trew, Mick Moore and Joan Howard had a good tussle but lost 10-13, while Angela and Keith Marden and Mary Taylor won 15-5. After a noisy tea break the pairs played with Keith Wood and Julie Hawkins winning 17-9 and Alan Green and Barry Taylor 15-8. This gave Burwash six much needed league points. They will next play away to Broad Oak on Tuesday.


CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

RACE NIGHT organised by Chailey and Newick Colts FC is on Saturday February 1 at Newick Village Hall starting at 7pm. There will be a licenced bar and tickets cost just £1; which includes a free bet. There will be eight races throughout the evening and bets cost 50p each. There are plenty of ways to support the evening even if you can’t attend. Sponsor a race for £20 that could return you £60 in The Sponsors Chase, the final race of the evening. Buy a horse for £5 which could return you £15 if it wins. Buy a jockey for £3 which could return you £9 if it wins. To arrange sponsorship or buy tickets email or call 01825 723708

BRIDGE Afternoon organised by Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group is on Wednesday February 12 at The Barn Centre, Newick, from 1.45pm to 5pm. Tables cost £38 and please bring cards and a table. For more details and to book a place call Sue Fowler on 01825 722253.

EXHIBITION: Chailey and Newick Painting Group had an excellent exhibition. All visitors enjoyed the quality paintings on display and the vote for the favourite painting was won by Lyndsey Smith’s The Cockpit, Blackfriars, with Mary Wood’s Forest in second place and Hagop Kasparian’s watercolour of Barges at Low Tide, the Butt and Oyster, Pin Mill, Suffolk taking third spot. All three paintings can be viewed at

CRICKET CLUB is seeking to strengthen both the Saturday league side and the Sunday Friendly XI. They have struggled to get players on Sundays and would be glad of anyone who wishes to enjoy some less intense but enjoyable cricket. Sadly, if they do not get new blood they will have to seriously consider reducing the fixture list or even closing down Sunday fixtures, neither of which they are keen to do. Interested? Information about the club is available at and from any of the contacts listed or do call Peter Dembrey, the Sunday Captain, on 01273 890777 or email to find out more.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a floral demonstration by Margaret Williams entitled Time After Time on Thursday February 13 at 7 30pm at Heathfield Community Centre. Refreshments, raffle and sales table. Optional competition: Romance. Visitors are welcome £5. Details ring 01435 864633.

HORTICULTURE: The horticultural society presents a talk by Trevor Weeks from the wildlife rescue service WRAS entitled Hedgehogs at 7 30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall on Monday, February 17. Visitors welcome. £3 to include refreshments. Optional competition, a bowl of spring bulbs or a specimen bloom 01435 830725.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: People are invited to join any of the following: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft group meets in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, February 1, 9am Parish prayers in church.

HISTORY SOCIETY: At their first meeting of the year Peter Gillies took members for A Meander Through the Victorian Weald. His talk was illustrated with his collection of Victorian slides projected from his beautifully restored Magic Lantern. The Weald was defined as a hilly, broken, remote country between the North and South Downs and stretching from Romney Marsh to East Grinstead. Although his talk dealt with both agriculture and industry on the Victorian Weald it was agriculture which was the predominant occupation. Much of the activity centred on the Weald woodlands, the clay soil not being conducive to many aspects of farming. They looked at the work of wheelwrights, faggot makers, basket makers, oak tannery workers, blacksmiths and charcoal burners. The slides showed us not only the work being done but also the living conditions and lifestyle of the workers. One important aspect of life in the area was the annual hop-picking with large numbers of East Enders and Gypsies augmenting the local workforce. An excellent series of slides demonstrated how the hop-pickers worked, lived and spent their meagre leisure time, often in the open air missions. When the Swing Riots, the Corn Laws and the increased use of the scythe took effect in the second half of the 19th century work in the Weald had to change. In Heathfield chicken rearing and cramming became a lucrative business. Other industries were brick and tile making, rope making and eel catching. Apparently there was a ready market for the ‘oily, glutinous Pulborough eel’. Their next meeting is on February 20 at the Community Centre when they will find out about The Magic of the Pantomime - Oh yes they will.

DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. The new year got off to a wonderful start with a talk by Patricia Wright entitled The Mystery and Splendour of Golden Ages in the Arts. Mrs Wright argued nations/states/cities enjoyed a Golden Age when certain factors were in place. These were trade, money, immigrants from other cultures, a wealthy class to become patrons of the arts and an underclass (often slaves) to do the basic work. In turn this mix of wealth and opportunity attracted artists. She illustrated her argument with reference to Athens, Gothic Europe, Venice, The England of Shakespeare, Donne, Marlowe and the Book of Common Prayer, the France of Louis XIV and Vienna. It was a wonderful selection encompassing all the arts . It was well illustrated and thoroughly enjoyed by all the members. The February meeting is entitled The Vikings.

SERVICES: On Sunday 8am Holy Communion.11am Family Service. St George’s 9.30am, Holy Communion.

ROTARY CLUB: Rotary said thank you to the residents of Heathfield at the end of December when the members collected £2,330 outside the Co-op and Sainsbury’s supermarkets from the generous residents of Heathfield. Mike Lamble, president, would like to thank those people who gave so generously as this money goes to very worthy causes such as funding the Seniors’ Christmas Party held each year at the Community Centre and funding the Heathfield Community College Sports Awards. Looking to the future, Rotary will wish to provide support to Heathfield Works which helps those aged between 16 and 19, living in the Heathfield and Waldron Parish, who are not working or in education to gain skills and support needed to get a job.

FESTIVE FUN: Cross in Hand Tennis Club were very lucky in being able to take advantage of the break in the wet and windy weather on Sunday, December, 29 to enjoy their annual festive fun tournament. Twenty two members, 11 pairings, participated in a tournament that requires each pair to play every other pair. The winners this year were Betty Ricketts from Rushlake Green and Kevin Towning from Tunbridge Wells. The club is fortunate to have a large group of hardy members that turn up for all of the club’s arranged sessions throughout the year whatever the weather. The club has six floodlit all weather courts, two artificial clay and four artificial grass, and on most Tuesday and Friday evenings they all are in use.

Isfield & Little Horsted

FETE FUN: Fed up with standing out in the rain waiting for that No 29 bus? Well, everyone can help do away with those wet day blues by supporting the annual Isfield fete. Each year at least part of the proceeds from the event are spent on providing extra facilities in the village, and this year it is hoped to provide a bus shelter on the southbound side of Horsted Lane by the Lavender Line railway station. The project is expected to cost around £2,500. Events at this year’s fete, to be held in the field behind the Laughing Fish on June 29, are expected to include a fun dog show, an egg-throwing contest, terrier racing, a hog roast and various refreshments, numerous stalls as well as a rock choir and the return of Deb’s Dancers. Since 2005 the fete has been organised by Bev and Jim Ashford, helped by other villagers. But now the couple feel it is time to hand over the reins. Anyone interested can contact Bev and Jim on 01825 750456. Bev has a bulky contacts book so it’s not a question of starting from scratch.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Margaret’s, Isfield Parish Communion (10am).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

SCHOOL NEWS: Securing a university place at Oxbridge is no mean feat, but six Year 13 students at Mayfield St Leonards have been offered places to study at Cambridge University from September, one of whom is just 16 years old. Not only that, but many of the places are for subjects which many would, mistakenly, consider to be traditional boys’ subjects such as science and engineering. The successful students from St Leonards-Mayfield School were amongst a record 16,500 applicants for the hotly contested places at the prestigious university this year, with around five students chasing each place at Oxbridge institutions. The six St Leonards-Mayfield School students accepted for Cambridge are: Mojisola Agboola, 16, offer to read Engineering at Peterhouse College. Ellie Cox, offer to read Medicine at Emmanuel College. Hannah Gilliland, offer to read Human, Social and Political Science at Newnham College. Julia Laskowska, offer to read Economics at Sidney Sussex College. Jenny Shepherd, offer to read Engineering at Emmanuel College. Ella Strudley - offer to read Natural Sciences at Clare College. Headmistress, Miss Antonia Beary, said: ‘We are all delighted, of course, that six of our girls have received offers to study at Cambridge University. It is to their credit, and their teachers’, that they have achieved such success. As a Cambridge graduate myself, I have no doubts as to how much these girls will enjoy and benefit from their time there; not only studying, but also in making the most of all the opportunities undergraduate life offers. I know their education at Mayfield has helped prepare them, not only for undergraduate life but for the challenges and successes that will follow.’

WOODHILL: Vice Chair Bill Dixson says as a diminished committee the Woodhill Patients Group would would welcome someone to take over as chair to re-invigorate the WPG after the trials and tribulations of the last year. It is potentially an exciting time to become involved as there are so many initiatives being piloted nationally as well as locally and the WPG could make an important difference to the whole community. The only stipulation is the chair has to be a patient of Woodhill. As part of their ongoing commitment as a Patients Group they are planning to update and re-launch their website with the aim of providing Woodhill patients and the community at large a useful resource covering matters concerning Woodhill surgery and health issues in general. They hope to run another Save a Life course with the Red Cross in Heathfield this year. Please contact Carolyn Freedman if you are interested in doing this, or phone her on 872018. She has a waiting list with some names on it, but not yet enough. They usually take place on a Saturday afternoon and cost £10.

LUNCHEON: Denise Bennett points out advance notice that Thursday, March 27 has been set for the Sussex Housing and Care Annual Luncheon at the Memorial Hall at 12.30pm.

PHOENIX PLAYERS would like to thank the members of the audience who came to their last whodunnit, A Murder is Announced, and generously contributed £196 to their retiring collection in support of the DEC Philippines disaster appeal. They will be staging Ladies Down Under in April. See their website for the latest news.

HANDBELL RINGERS: 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.

CRICKET CLUB: This year Mayfield Cricket Club will be showing a number of televised sporting events including Six Nations Rugby, The Grand National, Champions League Football, Football Cup Finals and of course FIFA World Cup 2014 (for all of you who can’t make it to Brazil). The bar will be open to all members, whether playing or social, with food available. For membership details and a calendar of events please see their new website Social membership is £10 per person per annum and parents of Colts players are automatic social members. Forthcoming events are: Saturday, February 1, Rugby, England vs France 6pm; Saturday February 8, Rugby, England vs Scotland 5pm; Saturday February 22, Rugby, England vs Ireland 2.30pm; Sunday March 9, Rugby, England vs Wales 3pm; Saturday March 15, Rugby, England vs Italy 1.30pm; Saturday April 5, Grand National afternoon. Many more social events are being planned for the year ahead.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Their speaker on January 31 at the Scout and Guide Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm, will be Keith Leech and his subject is History of Bonfire Societies. Keith has been provided with some images of Mayfield’s celebrations, so hopefully he will incorporate some truly local interest in his talk. The note in the last newsletter stimulated a question regarding the origins of the names of two adjacent farms just over Scotsford Bridge. Did Pigstrood refer to pigs and what might strood mean? The earliest reference in the East Sussex Record Office dates from 1356 and refers to Bixtrode being conveyed to Robert de Bixtrode. Strood comes from the Old English word strōd meaning marshy land overgrown with brushwood. Bix may have been from the Old English for a box tree (as with Bexhill), but it is also possible that it comes from Anglo-Saxon pic meaning thick or dense as in the following phrase quoted in A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language, by Joseph Bosworth and now available in Google Books (it was published in 1838). Laetst me hider and bider on swa bicne wudu, leadest me hither and thither in so thick a wood. This could mean that the farm names date from the earliest clearances in the Rother valley. As members will be aware all the records hitherto kept in Lewes have now been moved to a purpose-built archive (The Keep) in Falmer, close to Sussex University. This is a most impressive facility as was seen by the society archivist and chairman at a recent open day. The society has now received an offer for MLHS members to visit The Keep in March. The fee is £10 and includes a light lunch. A booking form can be obtained from a member of the committee.

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: Friday morning the Newick Country Market will be open from 10am to 11am in the village hall, why not pop along and see what winter vegetables are available. There is always a grand cake selection, plus savoury items, eggs and cheese, plants and floral arrangements. Make sure you arrive early, as they sell out very quickly.

RUGBY: Newick Rugby Club have two games this weekend the first XV are at home to Plumpton, and the second XV travel to East Grinstead.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Worship.

A JUMBLE SALE will take place on Saturday February 8 in the Scout Hut off Allington Road. This is being run by the 1st Newick Scout Group. This is a great opportunity to donate your saleable and unwanted items. The Beaver and Scout sections are very active in Newick and each year raise funds to put towards their activities. Running these two groups and facilities are very costly. They are very grateful for all donations, but cannot take electrical and oversize items. Please take your donation on Friday February 7 to the Scout hut from 5pm to 8.30pm. If you are unable to they will collect a limited amount, please telephone 07454 352 338.


COMPUTERS: I went to the bank to open a business account. The computer seized up and wouldn’t work. The lady managed to find a form, but one page was missing. She phoned around different branches but nobody had one. Then I went outside an hour and a half later, still without opening a new account, and tried to use my phone. Remember my decent one was stolen recently? The phone wouldn’t work. I’d filled in details of my new simcard online that they’d sent me, but it didn’t work. My husband phoned them when he got home and was on hold for half an hour. Then he spoke to a human who told him my phone was stolen so the new simcard they’d sent after I’d reported it wouldn’t work. And they talk about the fast pace of life. I waste so much of my life trying to sort out unnecessary problems. Don’t you miss a person in an office with a phone, a pen and a notebook?

ASSOCIATION of Carers: For over 25 years they have provided free respite to unpaid carers in the community and have recently secured funding to enable them to provide this service, not only to Hastings and Rother but to Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden areas too. The service works by recruiting volunteers who then undertake the task of doing the sitting. This is unique because it not only benefits the carer by giving them a much needed break, but also the cared for person too, as they have a companion for a few hours once a week. They are getting a lot of referrals and now they need to find volunteers to match them up with. Fiona Philips is hosting coffee mornings for potential new volunteers to find out more on Tuesday, February 11 from 10am to noon at The Civic Centre, Uckfield, and Thursday February 13 from 10am to noon at Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough. For details contact Fiona Philips, Association of Carers, services co-ordinator on 01323 301122.

MUSICAL MAGIC with the Uckfield Singers and Heathfield Silver Band, Heathfield Community College March 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 each available from Premier Travel,1 High Street, Heathfield. If you do not want to go to Heathfield to get your ticket please let Frances Brett know on 01825 766922 or email We are hoping to raise a thousand pounds for the Macmillan Cancer Support.

ROTARY CLUB: If you are aged between 16 and 25 years and live in Uckfield or the surrounding villages, the Rotary Club may have £1,000 to give you. The 2014 Making Dreams Come True award, in memory of Daniel Gamble, offers £1,000 to enable a local young man or woman to achieve something they want or need to do. There is no restriction on the type of activity the award can support, so if you have a dream, why not have a go? Further information and an application form are available by visiting or by ringing 01825 761145. Applications must be received by March 31, and we look forward to hearing from you.

PAMPHILON THEATRE: Shooting The Moon is Uckfield’s Pamphilon Theatre’s latest inspiring touring theatre production. Imagination knows no rules. Audiences will experience the magic of a full-mask and puppet performance from Strangeface. Through a series of surreal and comic scenes, the fantastical life of French illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès will be brought to the stage before their very eyes. Méliès combined his passions for magic and the moving image to create the first ever special effects to be seen on film. His astounding images entranced audiences in France and still inspire today; most notably in the Mighty Boosh and Martin Scorsese’s film Hugo. Strangeface ingeniously transports the trickery of cinema to real time, revealing how Méliès escaped his fate as a boot-maker to make fantasy, science fiction masterpieces such as The Impossible Voyage and A Trip to the Moon. Having earned fame and fortune for his pioneering cinema, Méliès’ career then suffered a devastating blow as others, Thomas Edison among them, began to use his ideas. He eventually had to close his New York office, sell his film stock and give up his Paris studio to be used as an army hospital during WW1. Strangeface cleverly tells the tale of Méliès’ fascinating life through a series of unreliable and often surreal dreams. Much like early cinema and the recent hit, The Artist, Shooting The Moon is non-verbal, the characters tell the story through movement. Accompanied by a live musical score and original projections, this piece of theatre highlights how used to film effects we have become, but how amazing they are to see live in real time. Both mask theatre enthusiasts and those who have never experienced mask theatre before will be amazed, entranced and moved by the way the characters come alive to convey this tale of illusion, film and fame. Tickets are £10 (£8 for students) from or on 01273 782866.


IT’S A WRAP: So the Panto is over and we’re all left with wonderful memories, a residual buzz of having pulled off a terrific show, even with a last-minute panic thrown in for good measure. Our leading lady had to pull out at the last minute and her understudy Daisy (aged all of 14 years) had to step into the breach and perform at all three shows, to packed audiences. What a drama. But you would never have guessed it, as everyone pulled out the stops, performed well beyond what even they thought they were capable of, the music and choreography lifted us all and the fun of the barracking from the audience added that extra element which only happens when you go live. Looking round the assembled company as they took their bows, I thought how lucky we are to live in such a great village where all the skills and enthusiasm come from within our community (with one or two exceptions, and even they aren’t from very far away). The team, on-stage and backstage, have worked together over five productions and a film over the past 12 years or so, bringing new faces on board as they have arrived or showed themselves willing. The results show with deep friendships and loyalties having developed and a feeling we can do anything and meet any challenge. It’s called community spirit. Thank you to every single one of that magical team, you all put on a great show.

JANUARY: I’ve been so busy with the Panto, I’ve not had time to notice what else is going on, or even the deep and rainy gloom which has set in since Christmas. But yesterday I noticed, by my front gate, the first snowdrop of 2014, the harbinger of spring. And I hear the cricket team are starting to practice (only indoors, but still) so can better weather be far behind?

CHURCH NEWS: Sunday is the third of Epiphany and it will be celebrated with 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. The Parish Prayer Group has started again and is held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Lark Rise. Please speak to Christo Corfield (01435) 812654 if you’re interested in joining. All profits from the Pantomime will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and improvements to both churches in the parish.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Eric Cornelisse.

QUIZ NIGHT: The horticultural society is holding a quiz night on Saturday February 8 in the Dunn Village Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: Julia Desch raised the question of fracking at this month’s meeting. Cllr Rupert Simmonds (ESCC) replied no applications for E Sussex have been received and contrary to popular belief the Balcombe site was not involved in fracking just straight forward drilling a test bore for oil. On the subject of broadband he said a fibre optic cable was being laid from Tunbridge Wells to Heathfield. Once this was completed, the surrounding village, including us, would be connected. At the moment it will be to street cabinets and not direct to properties, but having super-fast connection that near should make quite a difference. There is likely to be a 1.9 percent increase in council tax this year as central government is steadily reducing its support. The parish council portion will also go up two per cent. A grant of £500 is being made to Warbleton Church for its bells appeal. The churchyard maintenance grant is to be increased next year. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) reported county is reviewing its road maintenance policy with a view to improving repairs. They are looking at having joint contracts with other councils to reduce costs. There is a delay to the speed reduction scheme in Punnetts Town and Three Cups caused by modifications to the original scheme in the light of local comments. This involved further consultation. Cllr Nigel McKeeman (WDC) is working to get the bin reinstated opposite the shop. The core strategy is focussing on rural areas, hopefully to bring improvements. The meeting finished with a closed session to discuss the tenders for mowing the Green. The next meeting is on February 20 at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: In the absence of Wendy Greaves, Isabel Collett welcomed members, and society president Peter Dunn, to the AGM last week. After the usual preliminaries, the treasurer reported a profit of £903 this year, due mainly to increased numbers taking out membership and improved income on show day. Donations were made during the year to RNLI and the Multiple Sclerosis Society (£85 each from the Quiz Night), £100 to Heathfield Scouts and £50 to Eastbourne hospital from the tea tent takings. Thanks go to the advertisers, sponsors and visitors to the show for so faithfully supporting the society and to Ray Whittaker for auditing the accounts. Thanks also to the Horse and Groom for the judges’ lunches, to Paul and staff at The Stores, with all their help with schedules, entries, ticketing etc, and to the Brenchley’s for the use of their power and water supply over many years. Lastly to the committee and helpers, for all their hard work. It has been a busy year, in addition to the annual show, with the quiz, a visit to Wisley and a private viewing of the garden at Turners House. Election results: Chairman, Wendy Greaves; secretary, Isabel Collett; treasurer, Mary Groves; members sec, Margaret McCarthy; show sec, Rosemary Wootton-Whitling. Committee: Helen Bostock, Pauline Clifford, Lin Collins, Robin Groves, Richard lambert-Gorwyn, Julia Padbury and Gill Snook. The membership fee remains at £4 and is due. It gives discount at some nurseries. The flower show is on July 26 and the next AGM on 13 January 2015. A quiz night will be held on February 8. The meeting closed with an enjoyable talk by Steven Moore on how he became a nurseryman and the background to Rapkyn’s nursery.