Parish Pump Uckfield - July 12, 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Pet Service, in the churchyard, weather permitting. The Countryfile forecast is for fine weather. All shapes and sizes of pets are welcome, together with their carers. Refreshments will be served after the service. A date for your diary September 27 to 29 will be the Harvest Festival. Further details nearer the time. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm in the village hall on Monday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at Bodle Street Village Hall. All meetings of the council are open to the public, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.


SUMMER FETE: Burwash C of E Primary School have their Summer Fete today, Friday, starting at 3.30pm. Many stalls and attractions are on offer and there will be a display of Maypole Dancing.

BARBECUE: The Help for Heros fund raiser barbecue at The Bear last Saturday was a great success starting in the morning with watching Australia v British and Irish Lions Final Test followed by a barbecue and auction of promises. Thanks go to the staff of the Bear and all who pledged promises and won them.

PRE-SCHOOL: Burwash Buzzy Bees Pre-School is opening in September in the Sports Pavilion at Swan Meadow. They will be holding open days throughout July, next open day is on Saturday July 20, noon till 2pm. For more information contact,, Sharon Berry on 07816248187 or Hannah Parker-Read on 07530824814.

THE VILLAGE FETE is on August 26. Contact Steve Mintram on for pitch fee details and availability.

THE LADIES GROUP meet on the second Wednesday of the month afternoon meetings in the village hall. They have speakers on a variety of subjects to appeal to everyone. This week’s talk was given by Michelle Wynne Jones on scarf tying magic. Next month will be a lunch at Burwash Common Pavilion on August 14. On the fourth Wednesday, from March to November, they have a variety of outings to places of interest. There are coffee mornings, a theatre outing and special summer and Christmas lunches. Why not go along as a visitor and they give you a warm welcome. Visitors pay £2.50, including refreshments.

MONDAY PAINTERS is a painting group made up of men and women who enjoy sharing this pastime together. They meet most Mondays throughout the year. In the summer they have a programme of outdoor venues where we meet about 10.30am and spend the morning painting then meet for a picnic lunch. Then back to work again. We have an exhibition in the spring in Heathfield and an autumn exhibition in Burwash. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Grace on 01435 860848 or Anne on 883247. New members will be most welcome.

East Hoathly

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

GIANT TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, will see the East Hoathly School FPTA’s table top sale, held on the village playing fields. There will be refreshments and a bouncy castle. It will run from 9.30am to 1pm. For further details or to book a stall or a table please call either 840952 or 07740287642, for £7 payable on the day. Please note, should the weather be wet (which thankfully looks unlikely), the event will be deferred to the following Saturday, July 20.

AGE CONCERN: The next bingo session will be on Thursday in East Hoathly village hall starting at 2pm. We are also looking for keen cooks of soups, puddings and desserts to help with our pop-in lunches. Dishes would be prepared at home and re-heated in the village hall kitchen, the cost of ingredients being reimbursed. For further information please call Jean Barnes on 01825 872145.

THOMAS TURNER: Tuesday 18 July 1758 ‘After dinner I rode over to Framfield…Came home about 5:30. In the afternoon John Watford a-cutting my grapevine. After I came home, Mr Fra. Elless played at cricket against Tho Durrant and myself for one pound of ginger-bread; he beat us 7 runs at one innings. This is the 19th day on which it has rained successively…’


THE TIME IS HERE: The annual Fairwarp Village Fete is tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm on the green. It promises to be a fantastic occasion, with lots to see and do. Fingers crossed we don’t have to endure the biblical rain and flooding that marred last year’s event. Come along and join in the fun.

WE WILL BE setting up the fete today, Friday, evening from around 6pm. Any help is greatly appreciated and many hands do indeed make light work.

THE STRAWBRICKS are playing in the pub afterwards, so there will be ample opportunity to quench one’s thirst.

QUIZ: John’s monthly quiz night was well attended on Monday, with The Dimwits taking first prize.


ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Lost at Home, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Four Funerals and the Promise of God. A Holy Communion Service will be held at Emmanuel Church (Hawkswood) at 2.45pm. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, The Work of the Gideons.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society Early Summer Show is tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm at the Summerheath Hall. Admission members 25p, non-members 50p. This society welcomes new members at The Charles Hunt Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Contact John on 01323 441120.

BOOT FAIR: Tesco Car Park on Sunday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Entry is 50p.Cars are only £5 for a pitch and vans are £7, book at the Customer Service desk in story.

GLASS SCULPTING: At Dippee Doodahs on the High Street on Thursday there is a craft evening from 7pm to 9pm. This is followed on Thursday July 25 by Green Man pottery making at 6.30pm. Please ask to have your name put on the list if you are interested in either of these craft evenings (01323) 843019.

MONSTER BINGO: New Thursday July 18 Night Bingo at the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields Pavilion, Orion Close. Doors open 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm.

BONFIRE BINGO: On Friday July 19 go along to the Charles Hunt Centre, have fun and help Hailsham Bonfire Society raise vital funds for the firework and bonfire society parades in October. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre.

SUPER QUIZ NIGHT: Back by public demand! Hailsham Lions will be hosting another Super Quiz Night on Saturday July 20 at the Summerheath Hall. Tickets are £4. Bring your own food and drink. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Raffle with many prizes. Tickets in advance from Joy on 01323 840382. These quiz nights are so popular we advise early bookings.

ERROR: Hailsham Lions did not, as recently advertised, host the Quiz Night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. However, they are delighted the evening was a success.

JAZZ PLUS FOR DEMELZA: Tickets have gone on sale this week for an exciting event being held in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Jazz Plus is to be a festival of jazz and other music which will run over two days of August 3 and 4 and is being held in the lovely grounds of Butlers Farmhouse at Herstmonceux, with all the music safe from inclement weather housed in a large marquee. Acts signed up so far include Pete Willson Jazz Quartet, The Soho Village Jazz Band (trad jazz), The Bourne Chorus, (close harmony singing group), Elainor Knight (top London Jazz singer), Con Brio (local mainstream/modern jazz), Twisted Fate (rock group), Joel White (Jazz guitar) and Suite Semi Grand (cabaret act), with lots more still to be added. The Friends of Demelza are organizing the event in conjunction with Pete Willson, and are providing a barbecue and a licensed bar all day, as well as cream teas in the lovely farmhouse. There will be a selection of stalls too, so if anyone wants to take part in this event for £10 per table, then just contact Pam Robinson on (01323) 844020. There is plenty of room. Musicians who want to be a part of this event should contact Pete Willson on 01323 833770 who is selecting the final list. It is a chance to hear some great music, as well as enjoy a barbecue lunch, afternoon tea and a glass of wine or a beer. Saturday will start at 12noon and go on till 9pm, with Sunday also starting at noon and finishing at 6pm. As Butlers Farmhouse is also the home of a beautiful garden which is on the list of the National Gardens Scheme, you will also have the opportunity of viewing the gardens. Tickets £8.50 pp per day on 01323 844020 (Pam), 01323 833770 (Pete), or at the Demelza shop and at Chapter 12, both in the High Street.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

TWO SUCCESSFUL EVENTS: I’m writing this on Sunday, the day after two highly successful town events. The first was a summer fete at Cross in Hand Primary School where children and their families seemed to be enjoying a terrific day in the sunshine, a popular attraction was the ice cream van which didn’t seem short of customers and even played a variety of tunes. The event seemed to be extremely well organised and parking, sometimes a problem for those of us who live nearby, was not a problem. Thanks to all involved. The second was the terrific Heathfield Band Summer Fair and evening concert at the Community Centre. This pulled in what seemed to be hundreds of visitors, once again organisers had gone to great lengths to make sure no locals were inconvenienced, even putting signs on gates asking people to be quiet when they left. There were enormous soft plastic spheres which could be steered around a playing field by children; stalls from most local charities and organisations including Kit Wilson from Hadlow Down, the band itself, various cancer charities, the Sussex Association (an interesting organisation this, which appeals for the return of the former English counties among other things) and an opportunity for youngsters to try their hand on bank instruments, lots were having a pretty tuneful go. Then from 7pm the band struck up a fantastic concert, ending with Sussex by the Sea (followed by an encore). We didn’t get to that but we don’t live too far away and sat outside enjoying a barbecue listening to the music wafting over the hedgerows. A great time for people taking part and for neighbours. By the way, we appreciated the traffic which gave a gentle reminder to visitors not to park on the grass verges which are just recovering from winter tyremarks.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist and induction of Reverend Malcolm Jones as Vicar with the Archdeacon of Hastings and Lewes Venerable Philip Jones. Sunday, 6.30pm All Saints Waldron, Churches Together in Heathfield and District evening service. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday July 20, 9am Parish Prayers.

CAFÉ CHURCH: We make no apologies for including several church events this week, our local churches have organised some interesting activities for both adults and children for the summer. George Dearsley tells me: It’s church, but not as you know it. Following the success of our first event at the end of April, cafechurch will be taking place at Costa in Heathfield High Street today. Do join us from 6.45pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 7.15pm. On this occasion we will be looking at some of the issues raised in Les Miserables. There will be an informal discussion, live music and quizzes and we would love you to come and join us. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this exciting new event in partnership with Costa. For further information please contact George Dearsley

MESSY CHURCH: The Rev Malcolm Newman told me Thursday, July 25 sees the launch of Messy Church at the Firgrove Road premises and will take place between10.30am and 12.30pm. The aim is to provide locally a world-wide experience of being church for families, involving fun. The values set out are being Christ-centred; for all ages and based on creativity; hospitality and celebration. The opening event will have the theme Generosity, and will involve craft making; plenty of inter-active activity; a time of celebration finishing with a sandwich lunch. All are most welcome to come. Although there is no pre-booking or fee payable, any donation would be gratefully received. See this as a splendid way to begin the enjoyment of summer. You can contact him at 01825 768867.

THURSDAY TOPICS in All Saints Church. We are too late to give another plug for this event, but it’s just another example of the way local churches are working to pull in people who probably wouldn’t go on a regular basis. Yesterday, Geoff Mead from Sussex University was the speaker for a Thursday Topic in The Space at All Saints his subject was Coasting Through Sussex and he described how: The Sussex coast has a wide variety of landscapes, soaring chalk cliffs, wide shingle beaches, windswept marshes and tumbling sandstones and clays; it also has a human landscape of ports, resorts and sleepy hollows; we glimpse a range of these on our journey eastwards from Chichester Harbour to Broomhill Sands, Rye. These events are going to be held on a regular basis and cover a wide range of fascinating topics. You can find out more from Ann Kenward on 01435 862618.

HISTORY SOCIETY: On Sunday, June 30 the group went on their annual outing, this year to Hampton Court Palace. It was a good choice with so much to see and do. The weather was a glorious bonus. Members sent their thanks to Chris for organising it so well. Their August meeting on August 15 is their summer social at the Community Centre as usual. Members are reminded to bring a contribution to the buffet.

AGE UK Heathfield Club now meeting at Holdenhurst, Mill Road on Tuesdays and Friday from 10am to 3.30pm especially for people in later life. There’s the opportunity for socialising, fun, support and respite care. It’s run by fully trained (DBS) staff and everyone is welcome. You can find out more by ringing Maureen on 07850 987130 or Andrea on 07748 136248

Horam & Vines Cross

HORAM FUN DAY is a charity event run jointly by many of the groups and charities in and around Horam to raise vital funds for the community and for services the local community benefit from. This year’s Fun Day is being held at Horam Recreational Ground on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. There are lots of attractions for all the family including Hands on History, 1066 Falconry Display, Wealden Brass, Scouts Gun Carriage Challenge, dance displays, all the emergency services will have their vehicles on display, Playbus, school art show as well as a dog show, car boot sale, barbecue, bar and other refreshments and much more. For any enquiries or to book a car boot space please call 01435 812462.Go along and enjoy the fun on what will be an action packed day.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

SCOUTS AND GUIDES Supporters Committee. The first fundraising event is a coffee morning in London House tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am. They hope to have cakes on sale and there will be a raffle. Tickets will be on sale for the main event, a barbecue and hog roast on Sunday, August 4. This will be held at Claytons Farm, Newick Lane by permission of Richard and Annette Nabavi. Tickets include the hog roast (with vegetarian option), strawberries and cream, activities, stalls and a bar. Organisers hope to offer transport in the Scout and Guide minibus from various points in the village. Final details to be published in August. Tickets will cost £10 per adult and £5 for under 16s and are on sale now from the Post Office and Rosina’s.

SUMMER SHOW: The long-awaited summer show is tomorrow, Saturday, from 2.30pm. All classes people have come to expect will be there so do go along. It will be held in the Memorial Hall and Scout and Guide Hall from 10.30am (8.30am for exhibitors).

BOWLS CLUB: In June the club won half its games in the Horam Bowls League, winning against Horam and Wadhurst but losing against Hellingly and Cross in Hand. They also played and won the first leg of their annual battle with Nutley for the Knight Cup. In July there are home fixtures against Brenchley/Matfield (July 14), Hastings (July 21), Westfield (July 23), Battle (July 27) and West Hoathly (July 31). Bowls is an ideal sport for people who want exercise and fresh air with the chance to meet other people from the village for pleasant recreational activity. New members are always welcome and coaching and equipment is available for new starters. If you’d like to find out more ring Geoff Train on 01435 873912.

U3A: On Thursday, after the AGM, the speaker will be David Clark who was a Radio Officer on RMS (Royal Mail Steamer) Queen Mary. The late 1960s were a watershed for luxury North Atlantic liners due to the advent of regular jet airliners. Many became uncompetitive and were withdrawn from service. The Queen Mary was a victim and she was sold to Long Beach in California. She was goo big to go through the Panama Canal so her final voyage took her round Cape Horn and the southern tip of South America. His talk traces the early design concepts, building, launching and maiden voyage of the vessel, her WWII experiences and return to civilian life. The meeting will start at 2pm and visitors would be very welcome. Information from Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

BONFIRE SOCIETY AGM today, Friday, in the Old Library, next to the Memorial Hall, 8pm. The bonfire society is moving into gear once again to put on its annual village torch-lit procession. Torch making mornings will be held on Saturday, August 3, 10 and 17 at the Scout and Guide HQ from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Organisers say it’s very easy, just putting two pieces of board through a stick and, of course, the ability to drink tea. Rather than just watching the carnival from the sidelines, vice chairman Jo Lee says you could get together with friends or neighbours and join in. Make up a walking group or do a float with a theme and make the procession even longer. They will be collecting for the youth from the village this year so collectors would be invaluable. If you have helped before and could help again, get in touch with Jo on 01435 872717 or 07855 231888. Helpers are needed on road barriers at Tunbridge Wells road junction and Wellbrook roundabout, Jo says the organisation which helped in the past has now disbanded so they are looking for a group to help (with about six people) and will give a generous donation to their funds. They re busy making new costumes so if you’d like to help, once again get in touch with Jo.

MARIE CURIE Cancer Care Blooming Great Tea Party. There is now a fundraising initiative to help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care to people with terminal cancer and other terminal illnesses in their own homes. The official tea party season is underway and runs until July 31. You can take part by doing something as simple as a cuppa and cakes in your house or garden, a vintage inspired tea party or even a larger blooming great street party. It’s a great way to get together with friends and family and do something easy and fun for charity. Ring 08700 340040 or visit for more information and their free blooming great tea party fundraising pack, or contact Hollie Lucas on: 01273 492739 or The charity is best known for its network of nurses working in the community to provide end of life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.

FIVE ASHES Horticultural Society Summer Show will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Five Ashes village hall starting at 1.30pm together with a fete organised by the Five Ashes Village Hall Committee. After the centenary show last year they are again hoping for a successful show with a similar programme of show exhibits, dog shows, sports, bar, barbecue and other attractions. As usual music will be provided by the Wealden Brass Band. All are welcome. Schedules for classes are available from Mayfield Post Office, Five Ashes Inn, Five Ashes Village Hall and Graham Playfoot 01825 830511.

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; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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.


BOWLS CLUB: Fixtures this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hurstpierpoint at home from 2.30pm; Sunday, Horsham away from 2pm; Tuesday, Mid-Sussex Lindfield away from 6pm; Tuesday, John Spriggs Lindfield, home, 6pm start; Wednesday, a charity day Ladies v Gentlemen, from 2.30pm.

CRICKET: The Sunday game is against the Chessmen, this will commence at 2pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Please do not forget that the Newick Afternoon Club are meeting tomorrow, Saturday, morning in the Community Centre at 10am. I do hope you have all your gooseberries sorted out for the 2013 Leveller and Gooseberry Competition.

SUMMER LUNCH: The twinning association are holding their very popular Summer Lunch on Sunday at 1pm in the Barn Centre. This will have a very French Bastille day theme, so get out your beret and Bonjour Matelot outfit, this will be a great event. For further details telephone 01825 724494.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Service, 10.30am Holy Communion Church Worship.

QUESTIONNAIRE: Just to remind you to complete the Newick Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire that has been delivered to every house in the parish. It’s most important that everyone’s views on the future of Newick’s housing plans are seen and heard.

THE WEATHER: If by any chance the weather forecast that has been announced today should actual happen and a heatwave is on the way, make sure you take care and drink lots of water and keep an eye on the senior people around you, also the youngsters. Take care.


WARNING about Gatwick Airport. I got back from a trip yesterday, and I was surprised to see Hubby John there as he usually has to wait in the car with the engine running to pick me up. Now, men in yellow jackets are waving everyone into the car park. We had to walk to find the car, then drive to a new Customer Service building to pay. It cost £6 for under an hour and added half an hour on to my journey home, which I could have done without. If you volunteer to pick your neighbour up and their plane’s delayed, it will cost you a lot of money. I’m running a campaign to get it stopped. What a rip-off. The Co is APCOA Services Group, Gatwick Airport Customer Service, PO Box 1010 Middlesex, UB8 9NT.

EXHIBITION: Uckfield Art Group’s Summer Exhibition is at the Luxford Centre on Saturday July 20 from 10am to 4pm. The Theme Corner this time will depict Transport. There will be plenty of original art and unusual greeting cards to add that personal touch. Delicious home-made refreshments will be served throughout the event and if all goes to plan children can try their hand a Salt Dough Modelling. Have you seen the art group’s display in the Fuller and Scott Funeral Director’s window (next to the Civic Centre)? Why not take a look next time you are passing. There will be the opportunity at the exhibition to take part in the exciting Picture Raffle to win your favourite image and also to chat to the friendly artists. If you are thinking of joining an art group it is the ideal opportunity to find out more. Free entry. We plan to publish our second newsletter in September and this time to help defray the cost of printing etc we plan to sell advertising space. If you would like to know more or you know someone that runs a small business locally that might be interested, then please contact me at

FOURWAYS WI: Our June meeting was a day out at Standen in East Grinstead, a coach was organised and all the members who went had an enjoyable day helped along by the sunshine. We were back in the Luxford Centre for our July meeting, minutes were read and signed and notices announced and there is quite a lot happening in the next few months. Kathie Small, our craft leader, gave us feedback on our entries in the South of England Show and all entrants did very well amongst the stiff competition. Our speaker, Edward Paget, gave us a very interesting and amusing talk on elephants as he had lived and worked in Africa managing lodges where visitors could stay and see the wild life. Elephants are very intelligent and family orientated being the largest land animal in the world they also can be mischievous just like humans, we also learnt a few facts that may help us in a W.I quiz at a later stage. The competition of the month was an Animal Ornament, mostly they were elephants: 1,Naomi Hill; 2, June Packham; 3, Jean Akehurst. We ended the evening with the raffle, coffee and biscuits. We do not hold a meeting in August so our next one will be on September 2 in the Luxford Centre at 7.30pm, all welcome.

UCKFIELD SINGERS’ concert will be on July 27 in the Civic Centre at 7.30pm in aid of Cancer Support. You are in for a real treat, songs such as Les Mis,Phantom, Music of the night, Camelot, Razzle Dazzle etc. If you would like more details go to Tickets available from Gale and Woolgar.

CONCERT: Uckfield Community Orchestra concert tomorrow, Saturday, will be held at the Luxford Centre. Entrance and refreshments are free and a collection will be taken in aid of the Samaritans. We are a community orchestra that welcomes players up to grade 5. Featured music includes pieces by Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Holst and Purcell.


AMAZING: Yes, we all use superlatives too readily I know, but I can’t think of another way of describing what we all welcomed with a shriek of surprise and relief last Sunday. The arrival of our very own Wimbledon men’s champion on our screens and into our national psyche is what I’m talking about of course. Although it could (almost) equally have been yet another beautiful sunny July afternoon which was just as welcome to we sun-starved Brits. However you wrap it up, last Sunday was thrilling, and I defy anyone to be bored by the idea of a young man who worked and drove himself to the absolute physical limit to achieve his goal. Huge congratulations to Andy Murray, his team and his family.

CRICKET: This weekend is a two-day cricket-fest for our team. Tomorrow, Saturday, they will play a League game against Denton at home, starting at the Cattam at 1.30pm. Then on Sunday it’s the President’s XI against the Cricket Club XI starting at 11.30am and pausing for lunch at approximately 12.30pm to which non-playing members and friends have been invited. The bar will be open from midday. There are already over 60 attendees, perhaps encouraged by the weather forecast which promises more sunshine. After last year’s wash-out of a season, this spell of fine weather is very welcome to players and non-playing supporters alike.

CROQUET INTERNATIONAL: Best wishes to our village croquet team who head off across the Channel next weekend to play a French team. In the last couple of years the cup has remained the other side of the La Manche, but perhaps, in the wake of the Olympic triumphs of last year and now Wimbledon (not to mention the Lions in Australia), it may be time for our team to win back the trophy on a tide of sporting euphoria. Good luck to them.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in aid of church funds on Saturday July 27 from 10am till noon at 9 Springwood Road, Heathfield, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Roger Dixon.

PANTO: We are just beginning to talk about our village Panto and getting the script written. Oh yes we are! You all know how much fun panto can be, dressing and cross-dressing, ham acting,singing, lots of audience participation and misunderstandings. If you fancy getting involved, ring me on 01435 812036. Auditions in September, performances in late January.

SERVICES: Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am and a special Choral Evening Prayer also at All Saints’ at 6.30pm for Churches Together in Heathfield.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Pet Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh and 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Judith Kinnison Bourke took on the role of Maud Newman, who was responsible for visiting families in Southampton bereaved by the sinking of the Titanic. These were the relatives of the crew, very few of whom survived the tragedy. Work was on a per voyage basis, and there was heavy reliance on tips. 700 men died when the ship went down. Judith recounted the story of the White Star Line, including the older sister ship Olympic, which also had a run of bad luck. She then related how Maud visited 500 homes a month, making sure the families were cared for, and they still qualified for aid from the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House Fund. She continued to visit after her employment ended, right up to her death in 1943. Our next walk is on Wednesday meeting at the car park near Wilmington Priory at 7pm. After that we meet again on 7th August at the car park near Barcombe Mills. We don’t have a meeting August, so our next one is on 9th September when David Calvert will tell us about Herstmonceux Castle.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday at Bodle Street Village Hall. All meetings are open to the public, and there is an early opportunity to raise matters. No doubt the recent inquiry held at the Dunn Village Hall, regarding the bridle way from Church Hill through to Cade Street will be on the agenda.