Parish pump Uckfield - July 11, 2014

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Bodle Street Green

SUMMER FAIR: The annual village fair in aid of St John’s Church will be tomorrow at the Village Hall and on the Green. It starts at noon with the Terrace Bistro open from 12.30pm for lunches, hog-roast and locally sourced barbecue favourites. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments, teas and ice-creams. Having stocked up your energy reserves, there will be new fun games and competitions on the Green and a family bouncy castle. Less energetic things to enjoy will be Warbleton Brass Band from to 2-4pm, a vehicle display, and a number of stalls – cakes, produce, collectables, gifts, books, bric-a-brac, face painting, toys, tombola and the raffle. Entry is £1, free for children under 14 years.

FOLK CLUB: The folk club meets fortnightly at the White Horse Inn on a Monday at 8.30pm with the next two on July 14 and 28. There will be a special evening at the village hall tomorrow night with Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby plus floor singers. For details contact Chris on 01435 830779.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family pet service, in the churchyard, weather permitting. All pets and their owners are welcome. It would be helpful if you could bring a chair with you. Refreshments will be served after the service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. The meeting is open to the public.

GARDENING CLUB: The annual flower show is on Saturday August 9. If you have not obtained a schedule yet phone Mary on 01323 832509, or contact another committee member. The schedule doesn’t just contain horticultural classes but has photography, craft and baking sections as well.


TEA: A big thank you to everyone who supported the Admiral Nurses tea afternoon last week. The cakes were fantastic and so many of them, someone must have been extremely busy. To all those who helped with serving, clearing and washing up and especially those who went along and enjoyed the afternoon in the beautiful garden of Lynda and Richard Maude-Roxby, thank you. After just two and a half hours, £821 was raised for The Admiral Nurses of Dementia Care for people in their own homes. A great result.

BUR-FEST: Thanks to the generosity of the local people the Bur-fest event was a financial success as well as great fun. The hard work that this event entailed was well worth it. Over the week I have received many comments from all ages of those who were there. The stage was amazing and such a success where it was erected, that the security firm were brilliant, interacting with the crowd meant there wasn’t the slightest bit of trouble. Congratulations to the whole team for their hard work in the organising of this music event. The sales of T-shirts, bucket donations and an auction raised £1,223, £900 of which will be given to the Teenage Cancer Trust and £323 to Dementia UK. I really hope the village embrace this event and it continues for many years.

REUNION: Great fun was had by all those who joined the reunion of past pupils from Robertsbridge Secondary School. The class of 1975-1980 reminisced and caught up with each other at the Halt in Salehurst. They enjoyed a lovely meal and lots of laughs and chat as they got reacquainted. Thanks to Joanne Pennelss for organising the event.

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the pavilion in Burwash Common. Call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318. All the entry fee goes back in prize money and the licensed bar will be open.

PICNIC: Tomorrow, Saturday, St Bartholomew’s Church are holding a Picnic in the Park at the Swan Meadow playing fields, 1pm to 4pm. Everyone is invited to go along, take your own picnic and enjoy the afternoon among friends. This is an event for the whole family.

MAGIC: At the end of July a joint venture by Burwash Village Hall and the Burwash Playing Fields Association will see Bertie the magician at the village hall. It is being held on Saturday July 26 from 3.30pm until 5pm. Bertie is a member of the prestigious magic circle in London and people who have seen him said he is very good. Tickets will be limited to the number the hall is licensed to hold. They cost £5 for adults and £3 for children. There will be homemade cakes and refreshments during the interval. To get your ticket email or call 01435 882497. The proceeds will be shared between the hall and the playing fields.

BATEMAN’S: Today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, The East Sussex Guild of Crafts will be at Bateman’s, National Trust home of author Rudyard Kipling. Normal admission applies with exhibition of traditional crafts such as leather, glass, lace, jewellery will be held in the garden of the estate. The exhibition is on from 11am to 5pm.

OPEN GARDEN: Next weekend the two acre garden at Elphick’s, Spring Lane will be open to the public as a pre-taste for the Open Garden Scheme next year. It will be open from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is £3 with refreshments and home-made cakes available. Please be aware the garden slopes and is unsuitable for wheelchairs. For details call Mary on 01435 882107.

MEMORABILIA: At the beginning of August, Burwash Common and Burwash Weald are holding a World War One Commemorative Day. There will be an exhibition on memorabilia from that time and they are asking if you have any items you would be willing to loan them, letters, photographs, telegrams, postcards, ephemera. They promise each item will be well looked after. If you can help, please call Keith Lloyd on 01435 883264.


CHURCH FETE: This is, for Chiddingly, tomorrow, Saturday, from 1.30pm onwards and to open the Fete we have Christopher Timothy, who many of you will fondly remember for many years for the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. As well as Christopher there is a Grand Raffle with a first prize of £500, a Silent Auction with a prize of a Flight in a Hot Air Balloon, a Competition for a Best Pet Photo, (note to self, print out pictures of my adorable crew), a scarecrow competition, Pimms, Cream Tea Shop, cakes, barbecue, bric-a-brac, giant slide, tombola, ice creams, plants, filled jars, in fact is there anything not covered – oops forgot the books, CDs and DVDs.

SUMMER SHOW: The Chiddingly Horticultural Society’s Summer Show was a really fun afternoon, with some excellent entries, and many friends dropping in for the social side. The flower entries were good, especially the orchids, and the cookery table was magnificent. The auction of produce, the raffle, and the presentation of trophies rounded off a most enjoyable day. Winners were: Vegetables: Potatoes, Holly Dann; cabbage, Robin Symington; spinach or chard, Phyllis Simmonds; radishes, 3, Winnow Hardy; spring onions, Phyllis Simmonds; pickling shallots, 3, John Ford; peas John Puttick; broad Beans, John Ford; 2. Cos or semi-cos lettuce, Robin Symington; courgettes, Helen Miness; beetroot, John Ford; two vegetables other than those above, Phyllis Simmonds; collection of culinary herbs, Julie Baker. Fruit: Rhubarb, 2, John Ford; gooseberries, Holly Dann; raspberries, Holly Dann; blackcurrants, 2, John Ford; redcurrants, Holly Dann; plate of any other fruit, Holly Dann. Flowers: Collection of flowers, Ann Hobden; sweet peas, John Ford; sweet peas four varieties, John Ford; sweet peas one variety, Holly Dann; sweet peas 12 spikes, John Ford; annuals, three stems, Pauline Tiplady; carnations or pinks, Robin Symington; annuals, three separate kinds, Holly Dann; delphiniums, Ann Hobden; perennials, five kinds, Janet Gasson; Sweet Williams, Robin Symington; lilies, Ann Hobden; Alstroemeria, Caroline Manning; rambler roses, Daphne Robinson; floribunda roses, Janet Gasson; roses, six blooms, 2, Ann Hobden; Chiddingly rose, Janet Gasson; roses, cycle of bloom, Pauline Thorpe; any flower, other than these classes, Daphne Robinson; flowering shrub, Ann Hobden; pot plant, over 178mm, Joan Harriott; pot of pelargonium, Pauline Thorpe; orchid, Caroline Manning.

Eggs: Six eggs, Sally Willcocks.

Art and Craft: Three stems of home-made flowers, Melissa Rosborough. Decorative: Commemorating the First World War, Daphne Robinson; A Victorian Posy, Julie Baker; one variety of flower, any foliage, Holly Dann. Novice class, any container, Coral Carpenter.

Cookery: Treble choc oat cookies, Pauline Davies; treacle tart, Phyllis Simmonds; savoury scones, Helen Miness; Victorian sponge, Georgina Carter; Scotch eggs, Georgina Carter; Summer Pudding, Coral Carpenter; dish of salad, Julie Baker; jar of jam, Bea Gatrell; jar of fruit jelly, Daphne Robinson. Photography: Reflections, Ann Nicholls; On the Prowl, Holly Dann; A Sporting Scene, Pauline Davies. Children’s Classes: A friendship bracelet, school years 1 and 2: 1, Hannah Parris; 2, Martha Lillicrap; 3, Daphne Anastasakis. School years 3 and 4: 1, Jessica Chrerry; 2, Bradley Rosborough; 3, Alice McHale. School years 7 plus: 1, (Joint) Lucy Deeprose and Jessica Carter; 2, Zoe Cornford; 3, Brooke Harvey. A Garden in a half seed-tray, pre-school: 1, Tommy Robinson; 2, Vinny Robinson. School years 1 and 2: 1, Jessica Emery. A Collection of grass seed-heads, pre-school: 1, Jocelyn Jeary. School years 1 and 2: Jessica Emery. School years 7 plus: 1, Zoe Cornford.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 4, 8am Holy Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Matins, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The monthly footpath walk is on Sunday, starting at 2pm from The Green Man at Ringmer. The walks are always taken at a relaxed pace and are a great way to explore the local area and meet friends old and new, are open to all and are free. Also this month is the visit to the British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield on Saturday July 19, meeting at noon at the entrance. The cost is £11 each and all are welcome and car sharing is possible. Details from Jenny or Chris on 872830.

SCHOOL NEWS: East Hoathly School is building a greenhouse out of recycled plastic bottles. They need 1,500. They need to be completely round, two litre bottles of any colour. Please drop them off at the school, or the collection point outside the village shop. They are also on the lookout for watering cans, so if you have any going spare the school will offer them a good home.

AGE CONCERN: Table games: This is very popular but there is room for a few more participants. We have numerous games available; as well as card games we play Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and other popular board games, or bring along your own favourite if you wish. The next session takes place on July 17 in the village hall at 2pm. There is a £1 entry fee to include refreshments.

SKITTLES MATCH: The third Annual Foresters Skittles Match will take place on Sunday. Teams should consist of four members and entry is £10 per team. The winning team will be treated to a meal for four at the Foresters Arms. All proceeds go to the Carnival Society. To book a place call David Cottingham on 840636 or 07802 678997, or arrive at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

Framfield & Blackboys

DIARY DATE: Framfield village market Saturday July 19, 10am to noon, in Framfield memorial hall. Parking available in school grounds. Come along and see a variety of stalls and have a cuppa and bacon roll. Any queries call Ann on 01825 890182.

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 art and craft group in the Church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday July 19, 9am Parish Prayers in Church.

PUNNETTS TOWN planning applications. All information available to the general public - visit Blackdown Farm, Forest Lane, Punnetts Town TN21 99JA: Single storey rear extension. Fernleigh, off North Street, Punnetts Town TN21 9DT. Two storey side extension to provide a new kitchen/breakfast area with an additional bedroom with en-suite and associated internal alterations as well as an open porch. 13 Pont Close, Punnetts Town TN21 9DP: Extension of living accommodation to the rear and alteration of front entrance to include toilet. Both single storey.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet on the seafront near the Martello Tower GR.676985 at 10am for a nine to ten mile walk. Ring 01892 852153.

MAJOR COMMUNITY GRANT: The Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, who work in partnership with the national charity Tomorrow’s People has received a grant of £5,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund. Cllr Rupert Simmons, Chairman of the Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, joined the Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and representatives from over 60 other organisations who had also been awarded funding at a special Celebration Showcase event in Lewes on Thursday, June 19. Commenting on the funding award Rupert Simmons said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund, which will help make a valuable contribution towards our scheme to find employment or further education opportunities for our young people in the area, who are not in employment, education or training. Providing them with positive futures enables them to take charge of their own lives and gain new confidence.’ Jan Tomlinson, Director of Tomorrow’s People said: ‘Heathfield Works! enables young people to fulfil their potential. Together with our partners, the Heathfield Partnership, we have since the programme started valued the support and time invested in our young people by the local police. Their involvement has added value to the programme and has helped communication and understanding, in addition to breaking down barriers. The £5,000 grant will enable young people to access a greater range of opportunities, helping them to achieve a positive and productive lifestyle going forward. We are delighted to be the recipients of this grant and would like to thank the Police Commissioner and her team.’ Commending Heathfield Works! on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: ‘Heathfield Works! is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer. The Safer in Sussex Community Fund was launched to help communities tackle crime and disorder and I am very pleased with the level of response we received during the first round of applications. ‘I look forward to visiting the team based at the Heathfield Youth Centre and following the progress of the project over the coming months.’

CAFÉ CHURCH: Going for Gold? is the theme of the next cafechurch today, Friday, at Costa in Heathfield High Street. Do join them from 6.15pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before they start at 6.45pm. Please note the earlier start time on this occasion. Whatever your age you are welcome to join them for informal discussion, quizzes, live music, to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. They look forward to seeing you. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information please contact George Dearsley

LE MARCHE, Monday, August 25. You know the summer is almost over when we start reading about plans for Le Marche, Heathfield’s triumphant end to the summer season, when we get together with our friends from France to shop, eat, drink, listen to music and generally enjoy a great day. This will be the 17th. Le Marche, it’s the longest running Anglo-French market in the whole of the South East and to my inexperienced eye, it’s the biggest and most successful. The day event draws visitors from across the County and each year we meet people who have travelled from further and further afield. Not only do they home in on the market stalls, they also visit our High Street and buy from our shops. This year we hear more and more will be open. Seems too good an opportunity to miss. Some have always put out the flags of course, such as Cuculo Deli which generally has a stall outside selling French goodies. Bands play in the High Street and the shops vie with each other to decorate with the tricolore. The French stalls are always so good to look at, particularly those selling tomatoes, melons and peaches and delicious smells waft through the air from the fresh cooked paellas and pancakes. You can buy Provencale tablecloths, soaps and essences too and those bags, scarves and purses you find in every market in Normandy. Pates and cold meats are always good but perhaps it’s just as well we don’t have the fresh fish which might not weather the Channel crossing so well. English traders too give their French counterparts a run for their money with wines, cheeses, preserves and a host of local organisations which promote their activities. Station Road and Station Approach will be closed to traffic all day. A full musical entertainment programme is planned to suit all ages. There will be a free park and ride service from the top of Mutton Hall Hill so no worries about where to leave your car although there is plenty of no-street parking as well. The Fire Station lays on first-rate entertainment, particularly for children, who get to try on firemen’s gear and ride around the streets in a fire engine. The market opens at about 9.30am and closes at 3.30pm. For more information go to

FUN RUN: It will soon be fun run time again so dust off your running shoes and practice your warm ups. Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club are again holding a fun run (10k and 5k), but this time with a difference and especially for families. The fun run starts at 11am at Blackstock Farm, Hellingly, and families can enjoy the facilities at the farm (refreshments, Sunday Lunch, entertainment, seeing the animals and enjoying the woodland). Entry fee of £10 for two adults and up to four children. Entry fee for an individual will cost £5. Prior booking necessary. All entrants will receive a medal to recognise their efforts for completing the course. All ages are welcome. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club) or on-line but you must complete an application form for each runner and send with your cheque or bring along on the day. Deliver forms and cheques to Trevor Goldsmith, Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, Heathfield TN21 8DF.

TUDOR HEATHFIELD: This week’s Thursday Topic presented by the Friends of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield at 7.30pm looks at life in Tudor times in Heathfield and focuses on several of the Manor Houses still upstanding along with other Tudor buildings. The sounds of Tudor music will be provided by Jill Howell and her pupils, who will also play authentic music for students of the AB Stage School to entertain with a Tudor dance in authentic costume. Tickets, price £5, children free, are available from Vicki Colne 01435 862695, or at the door.

Isfield & Little Horsted

ROADS CLOSING: Concerns over the forthcoming temporary closures of Horsted Lane and Lewes Road, which loop into Isfield from the A26, have been allayed by East Sussex County Council. Signs have appeared in the village warning the roads would be shut for maintenance work for 13 days from July 21. The few village traders were among those worried that Isfield would be pretty much cut-off except by access from the Piltdown/Shortbridge end. However, Paul Clark, a spokesman for the county council’s transport department, has assured your correspondent things will not be that bad as it is intended only one of the roads would be closed at a time. Mr Clark said: ‘We have confirmed with the maintenance team we shall be starting at the northern junction with the A26 and closing the road to the old Lavender Line level crossing. We have spoken to Brighton and Hove Buses to ask they come in from the south, turn at the level crossing and go back out the way they came. We are also talking to our contractor to ensure we have an operative able to help the buses turn. This also solves the school bus issue as they come in from the southern end and it will be summer holidays by the time we switch the closure round. Once the northern side is done, we’ll close the south side up to the old level crossing and ask the buses to come in from the north. In this way, buses will serve the village, and businesses can get to the village, but not necessarily through to the front door, if we are recycling the road outside the business. We apologise for the inconvenience, but this is essential works to maintain the road. The road is too narrow to recycle on one side and get a bus pass on the other side.’

RESTORATION: Last week’s comment that Little Horsted seemed a little quiet of late drew a quick and welcome response from Roy Harris. He emailed: ‘One reason … is quite a few residents have been busy raising funds towards the restoration of [our] much-loved local, ancient church. Parts of St Michael’s dates back to the 12th century but like so many old structures age is now taking its toll on the church. It is very damp and in need of internal decoration once the damp has been sorted out. Around £75,000 is needed for heating, re-decoration, electrical work and other essential repairs, an enormous sum for a small village parish. However, the small but active congregation and their friends have managed to raise £6,000 in the short time since the Restoration Fund was launched in the spring and have hopes to break the £10,000 barrier before the end of the year. Many people know and love this lovely old church, and if anyone would like to contribute to giving this grand old lady a new lease of life then all donations would be most welcome to Little Horsted PCC, c/o 17 Greenfield Drive, Ridgewood, Uckfield, TN22 5SF.’ Earlier this month a reception was held at Little Horsted School at which the aim and work of the Restoration Fund helpers was explained to local residents and business people. A talk by the Rector, Canon Martin Onions, was followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s Church in Isfield (10am): 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).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

CHORAL CONCERT: On Saturday, July 19 at 2.30pm St Dunstan’s Church Choir gives a concert called All the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners including works by Palestrina, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Whitacre and Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens. After a feast of music, afternoon tea and cake will be served. Tickets £10 adults, £5 (children) from the Mayfield Gallery.

MEMORY MORNINGS: These will be held monthly from Monday, August 4 (10am to noon) in Pink Cabbage Café. They are for people affected by or interested in the condition of dementia. Organiser Johnny Marsh said: ‘Dementia is not a specific disease but a blanket term that describes a wide range of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 60-80 per cent of cases. According to the NHS, dementia affects about 800,000 people in the UK, most usually in the over 60s but this does not include all the wives, husbands, children and friends or carers who are affected by the illness. There was interest shown in the village to set up a group to explore issues surrounding dementia. To begin with monthly meetings will be held at the Pink Cabbage café which is open to everyone. Hopefully we will be able to share experiences, information and needs and wants. This will be a space in the village that can grow into a useful, supportive and nourishing environment. Please come along and have a chat.’ Ring Johnny on 07500 218565.

SUMMER SHOW: The Five Ashes Horticultural Society Summer Show will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 2pm in the village hall and playing field. As well as exhibits in the hall and marquee there will be attractions on the field such as a dog show, sports, barbecue and bar with Wealden Brass providing the musical entertainment. Schedules and entry forms available from the Pink Cabbage in Mayfield, Five Ashes Inn, Five Ashes Village hall and from Graham Playfoot on 01825 830511.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The date is approaching for the Mayfield Summer Show on July 19. Flowers, fruit and vegetables are at the heart of the show but there are some new classes including A Garden Basket which can contain any garden produce you wish. There is also a class for alliums, a photographic competition, craft and lots of opportunities for children to get involved. Floral Art classes always draw praise from judges and organiser Bridget Blow would like to see the trend towards a declining number of entries reversed. Entry forms and fees should to Rosina’s in the High Street by 4pm on Thursday and entries for The Garden Nightmare mini saga competition should have been handed in for judging by 4pm on July 10. Exhibits should be brought to the hall between 9am and 10.30am on July 19 and doors will re-open in the afternoon at 2.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments and cups will be awarded and the raffle drawn at about 4pm.

NEW PCSO: The parish council welcomes Julie Pearce-Martin as a new PCSO for Mayfield, Five Ashes and Rotherfield. She has already been out and about and one major area of concern for the parish council is the availability of parking for visitors and shoppers. There have been complaints from people unable to park who eventually give up and travel elsewhere to shop or eat out. Complaints have also been received about residents and employees parking in the High Street and occupying short stay spaces all day. The parish council asks vehicle owners to not exceed the two hours permitted parking on the High Street which will free up parking spaces for everybody, particularly visiting shoppers, and increase footfall in the High Street. Parking signs in the High Street have now been updated and the PCSO will visit regularly to enforce them.

CARE FOR THE CARERS is an independent charity supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex. Their team of staff and volunteers provide practical and emotional advice and support. They offer a range of groups, training and events where people can meet other carers, share experiences and find out what help is available. They cover all ages. For more information see their website They would also be happy to go along to a meeting of the Woodhill Patients Group if a group of carers can be got together. Please let chair John Gant (email know if you are interested.

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.


NEWICK FESTIVAL: I was on holiday when this event took place but I understand from people that attended that this was great success. I am sure the residents of Newick would like to say thank you to all those clubs and societies, the parish council and others who worked hard to ensure that everyone had a good time.

REMINDER that Newick Afternoon Club are meeting tomorrow, Saturday, in the Community Centre for the Newick Leveller Gooseberry Competition at 10am.

SCHOOL FAYRE: Newick Primary School Fayre will start at 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday, in the school playing field. Lots of very interesting stalls and some great activities for everyone to enjoy. Entrance 50p adults, children free. Everyone in Newick is invited to go along and enjoy this fayre.

BOWLS: the bowls club will be travelling to Hurstpierpoint tomorrow, Saturday, play will commence at 2.30pm. On Sunday they have a club event. On Tuesday evening there are two games, Mid Sussex Uckfield away and John Spriggs Southwater at home. Both games will start at 6pm. On Thursday there is a fixture against Sussex CB v Leicestershire Tour being played at home at 2pm.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be playing at home against Mayfield, the second XI will be travelling to Herstmonceux, the third XI are also making the journey to play Pett II and the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Hailsham IV. Play will commence at 1.30pm at all the above matches. The Sunday fixture will be away at Keymer and Hassocks at 2pm. There is also a mid-week game on Thursday against Osian’s Cricket Club being played at Newick at 2pm, so if you a free on Thursday why not take a stroll to the King George V playing field and enjoy a cup of tea or maybe a pint.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday at St Mary’s Church, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with the Informal Morning Worship. The preacher will be Chris Lear. If you require a lift to church, make sure to telephone in advance 722582.


UCKFIELD FESTIVAL July 11 to 20. Big Day at Luxford Field tomorrow, Saturday. Entertainment 10am to 5pm. 10am Fun Dog Show, followed by The Koans, Universal Dance, Kathryn Anderson, Natalie Dance Fit, Zumba; 1.30pm Children’s Parade from UCTC arriving Luxford Field approx 2pm. Spiritus Drumming , Uckfield Performance Ensemble. Quckborn Greenhorns Jazz Band, Uckfield Singers, Red Butler and Debs Dancers. Punch and Judy during the day. Stalls, bouncy castle, games, food, bar, and entertainment. Come and join us. Saturday July 19, 7.30pm Murder Mystery three course dinner and dance with a live band at East Sussex National Hotel. £30, extraordinary value for food, and two lots of entertainment. Bring along your friends and make a night of it. Sunday July 20, 7.30pm Glenn Miller and Friends with Uckfield Concert Brass at the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. A touch of nostalgia with all the old favourites, come and sing along or maybe even have a dance, £8. Festival Club Monday through to Friday at 6pm to 7.30pm at the Luxford Restaurant in the Civic Centre. A different musical act each evening. See festival programme for details. Entrance free. Box Office: Gale and Woolgar, 47 High Street, Uckfield. Tel: 762831 for the above event tickets. See our website for more details of these and other events during the week. Information line 01825 764287. Festival programmes available from the Civic Centre, the library, shops and pubs in Uckfield and surrounding villages.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion, and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family pet service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Matt Andrews and 6.30pm evening service with Ray Bodkin. You are warmly invited to our united service in the flower show marquee on Sunday July 27 at 11am.

HISTORY GROUP: As I am sure you are aware this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. Steve Zeigler is our speaker and will speak about Warbleton and WW1 We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served before the meeting and there is an opportunity to browse our bookstall and library.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. The meeting is open to the public and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting.

THE STORES: As I mentioned last week, it is all change at the Stores. Paul Hammond had arranged a presentation to Sandy Jones on her last day in the shop on Thursday July 3. At 12.30pm a crowd gathered to say farewell and thank you for her 16 years of service in the shop, 13 years of which were as our sub-postmistress. She always gave everyone a warm welcome, and knew all her customers by name and usually what they had come in for. She was presented with a card signed by many well-wishers and some plants. Parish council chairman, Cllr Bryan Whitton also spoke warmly of her contribution to parish life and also thanked Paul for running the shop over the past three years. A P Paulsanthan (Bobby) and his wife took over the running of The Stores, last Friday and we welcome them. I gather that they will be introducing a Pay Point at the shop so that it will be possible again to pay bills locally.

BROADBAND: I noticed a couple of BT Openreach vans and staff outside my place over the weekend, and so wandered over to see what was going on. They said they were surveying the area in preparation for Super-fast Broadband, which I gather may come within the year. I also understand that it will be fibre-optic cable all the way, as the nearest green cabinets are so far away from most houses around here.

FLOWER SHOW: Just two weeks to go now until the big day, so if you haven’t got your schedule yet, you need to get your skates on. They can be found in The Stores, among other places. There are full details of all the many classes, covering vegetables, fruit, floral art, juniors, domestic pets, handicrafts, and eggs. As with any competition there are rules and these are clearly set out in the schedule. Entry forms and fees must be returned to the The Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 23. If you were fortunate to win a trophy last year please return them to Lin Collins (01435 830519) in clean polished condition by two weeks before the show, that’s tomorrow. The weekend has lots going on, with the show opening at 2pm on Saturday July 26. As well as the show itself there will be a wide range of stalls around the Green. During the afternoon there will be Morris Dancing, children’s races and tug-of-war. Warbleton Brass Band will entertain. In the evening the celebrated 60/70/80s music group The Buffaloes will appear in the marquee (tickets from the Stores or on 01435 868246). On Sunday the local churches meet together in the marquee and issue a warm welcome to all to join them. This is followed by a picnic and rounders, or you can chill out. The weekend concludes with Hampers and Champers the concert by Warbleton Brass Band at 6pm.