Parish Pump Uckfield - July 19, 2013


WI: The July meeting took place on Tuesday in the village hall. We were lucky enough to have a talk from Peter Pyemont, a well known sports enthusiast, on the history of the Olympic Games. He started by telling us how the Games all began in the Pelopennese, Greece, in 776, but died out with the emergence of the Roman Empire. For 1700 years nothing happened and it was only in the late nineteenth century that it was revived by a team of Europeans, led by the French, who decided to reinstate the Games on an international level with an international committee. And so it was that the Olympic Games was reborn, appropriately enough in Greece. Peter Pyemont took us right through to the modern day, mentioning the most renowned athletes and the various inovations for each one of the Games. He had many amusing stories to tell as well as a reminder of the sombre aspects, like the racism exercised at the Berlin Games of 1936 and the terrorist massacre of the Israeli team at the Munich Games in 1972. Inevitably he could finish on a positive high, with the much appreciated and highly successful London Games of 2012. Everyone enjoyed hearing what Peter Pymont had to say and we all learnt some interesting pieces of information from his anecdotes.

STOOLBALL: It was a treat to play away to Buxted on a lovely summer evening, visors and bottles of water to hand. Buxted 96. Barcombe 138, Janet Hughes retired on 56. We have decided to postpone our mixed tournament on August 26 as so many of the team will be away. It is hoped to play this tournament in September.

CRIKCET: ESCL Div 2 Barcombe v Crowborough: Barcombe 237-5 in 50 overs. (Josh Wheatley 136no, Callum Skinner 33). Crowborough 192 all out in 32.3 overs. (Josh Wheatley 5-17 Toby Hingston 3-60). Barcombe won by 45 runs. Barcombe 30 points Crowborough 13 points. ESCL Div 8 Crowborough II v Barcombe II: Barcombe conceded unable to raise a team (they were all playing for the firsts). Crowborough 25 points Barcombe -5 points.

BOWLS CLUB: July 3, away to Crowborough Wolfe: John Blackmore 21 Peter Hounslow 12, Henry Bunney 10 P Fry 22, Les Line10 David Boubier 27, Jas Osmond 14 T Flaherty 21. Wolfe won 82-55. July 11, home to Ringmer: John Osmond 21 Lindsay Burfield 14, Jas Osmond 6 Pat Lloyd 26, Shaun Smith 14 E Watson 11, Derek Stewart 7 B Tasker 25. Ringmer won 76-48. Saturday July 13, away to Haywards Heath and Beechurst: Les Line 11 Vic Green 24, John Osmond 11 Tony Heald 23, Derek Stewart 25 Terry Gasson 15, Henry Bunney 18 Roger Oliver 16. Club lost 63-78. Not a good week for results but we are still functioning; one new player on Thursday but we do need more members.


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

GARDENING CLUB: The club is invited to visit the gardens at Hole Farm and Hole Farm Cottage at 6pm on Tuesday.

MERRY WIDOW: This opera by Franz Lehar will be the feature at a Glyndebourne experience at the village hall on Saturday August 3. The evening starts at 5.30pm with picnics on the terrace. The DVD is in three parts with two intervals for supper and coffee. It is shown on the big screen with surround sound. Tickets are £7.50 from Bryan on 01323 833554. Future events at the hall are an auction of promises (September 21), the opera Carmen (November 16), the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee (December 7) and a race night on January 18.

FILM CLUB: The club is having a break this month, so the next film will be the Danish film, A Royal Affair, at the end of August.


CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game away at Hurstpierpoint tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1pm and a friendly at home against Southwick Wanderers on Sunday starting at 2pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. Bell ringing practice takes place on Mondays at 8pm and choir practice on Fridays at 6.45pm and new ringers and choir members are always welcome. For more information call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am and 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

INFORMATION POINT next session is on Friday July 26 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

PHOTOGRAPHS depicting St Peter’s Church, for this month’s competition of photographs of the church (inside or out) taken during July need to be sent to the parish office or by email to by July 31.The PCC will judge the photographs and the best photograph each month will be used in the church calendar for 2014.

PORTRAIT of Chailey Heritage School is on YouTube and is a short video documentary showing some of what is done at Chailey Heritage, to learn more visit

TOY AND RAIL Collectors Fair is tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway. There will be railway artefacts and model railway equipment and many other stalls at Horsted Keynes both on the platform and in a marquee.

POPPY DAY 2013: The Royal British Legion Chailey sub branch urgently needs door to door collectors able to give a couple of hours in early November, especially in South Chailey and the New Heritage area in North Chailey. An understudy as Poppy Appeal Organiser would also be most welcome. All offers will be gratefully received please call 01825723215 or email if you are able to help or would like to know more.

CHAILEY NEWS: This month’s cover illustration was kindly provided by Graham Barber following the centenary celebrations of St Martin’s Chapel at Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you wish to know more about St Martin’s Chapel, you can order a very informative A5 colour booklet from Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre for £1.75 a copy by calling CHEC on 01825 724376.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY is pleased to be able to offer a licenced bar facility for special occasions, parties, discos etc. If you would like more information please contact Stuart Marden on 07904226439 or email

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 8, 10am Benefice Communion Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong East Hoathly.

AGE CONCERN: We are looking for keen cooks of soups, puddings and deserts 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.

THE VILLAGE HALL will be closing on Wednesday for refurbishment works and will re-open Monday September 9. If your club or society has any articles or equipment stored in the hall, particularly behind or under the stage, we would ask that it is removed well in advance of the closure date. It must be understood that any items left in the hall while the works are carried out is entirely at your own risk and the hall committee cannot take any responsibility should anything be damaged during that period.

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…’


FETE: Well, what a contrast to last year’s fete, which was marred by rain and flooding on a biblical scale. Last Saturday saw bright sunshine greet the many hundreds of people who descended on Fairwarp for the biggest fund-raiser in our calendar. Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, opened the fete and this was followed by the Nutley School Maypole Dancers. Other arena attractions were the InStep Majorettes, Last Of The Wild band, who played throughout the afternoon, children’s races, an escapologist, a dog show and various prize-giving. John at the pub provided the hot food, with other refreshment stalls providing teas and cakes, strawberries and cream, ice cream and confectionery. The Grand Draw made over £1000 for the first time ever. A tribute was paid to Di Bowley, the main fete organiser, who was in hospital after an accident at home. Thanks to Di’s meticulous planning beforehand the fete was a great success. Many thanks must go once again to all those who worked so hard to set up and dismantle the fete over the weekend. It is a huge amount of work for a small band of dedicated volunteers, and the fete simply could not happen without them. More help is always welcome. Go on, make 2014 the year you make a contribution.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HORAM FUN DAY: Just back from Horam Fun Day on the recreation ground. What a success. Horam is a village packed with character and people always seem to turn to, get hands on with organising, man things on the day and turn up. There were thousands there by mid-afternoon when the dog show was in full swing. Good to see the birds of prey, Heathfield Trefoil, Horam Scouts with their magic sandpit lucky dip, Horam Chapel and churches, tons of food and drink stalls, some wonderful plants for half the price of the garden centres, books, cakes and a car boot sale – that really pulled the punters in. Mrs PP loved the leopard-print baby equipment. We watched the puppy judging and even the puppies which lost didn’t seem to know they had lost and were all so happy. The winners concentrated too hard on snaffling their mini packs of dog treats to even look up when the rosettes were handed out. Speaking to a couple of people, I gather local charities organise their own exhibits so raise lots of money for good causes. Well done all. A terrific day.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion and 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm Toddler Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday July 27, 9am Holy Communion.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Annual General Meeting of Heathfield Chamber of Commerce will take place at the Blackboys Inn on the Lewes Road at 6pm on Wednesday. During the meeting the Chamber will be announcing their Charity of the Year for 2013-14 and they will also be launching the new Chamber Website. All members are invited to go along and join them for their short but interesting AGM. With your help, they say, they can show businesses in Heathfield what an exciting Chamber they have become. If you would like to go contact Joanne Aldous to confirm. You can reach her at

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Hazel Class from Punnetts Town Community Primary School visited the Seven Sisters Country Park this week and made their way down the Cuckmere River to the beach. Armed with buckets and nets, the children spent a glorious afternoon investigating the habitats of many sea creatures including whelks, anemones and crabs. After great excitement and comparisons, all wildlife was returned safely to its home. Everyone enjoyed rock-pooling and is looking forward to returning in the Summer holidays.

THE ROTARY CLUB tells us Rotary members and their guests had an enjoyable dinner at Blackstock Farm, Hellingly, on Thursday, June 27, to celebrate the handing over of the office of the President with effect from July 1. Incoming president, Mike Lamble, of Broad Oak accepted the chain of office from outgoing president, David Robinson, and presented David with an original water colour painting by a local artist as a gesture of thanks from the entire club for all that David had achieved over the previous year. Mike then announced his team of chairmen for the forthcoming year: Mark Garnett (President elect,) Jan Dunk (fund raising,) John Kay (international,) Graham Webb (community), Matt Bigwood (vocational) and Bob Robinson (foundation), Mike has been a Rotarian for 19 years and was president of the Heathfield Club in 2003/04, a role that he is now reprising 10 years later. His objectives during his year of office include giving a central focus to the community, particularly with the Heathfield Works project, and keeping in close touch with the elderly. After a delicious meal, the guest speaker, David Adams, gave an entertaining account of his career as a sign writer while simultaneously painting a scene of the sun setting over the gulf coast of Florida. The painting was then auctioned for £50 in favour of charity.

SPORTS DAY: Heathfield Community College had a record breaking Sports Day this year. In total 17 school records were broken during the finals event held at Eastbourne’s Sports Park on Wednesday July 3, some of which had stood for over 35years. The weather may have been a bit gloomy but the performances certainly weren’t. By the end of the morning session they already had eight records broken by a variety of athletes including in Year 8 Nicole Baitup (300m), Lara Furmidge (high jump), Will Sutton (200m). Year 9 Yasmin Clarke (high jump), Jamie Eyres (200m and 400m). Year 10 Emma Owen (200m), Murray Jacobson (200m). They then paused for lunch to allow the athletes to catch their breath and re-fuel whilst listening to the school’s fantastic Batucada group, in the hope that the afternoon session would be just as successful, spectators weren’t disappointed. Again they had some fantastic results with records broken by in Year 7: Archie Hunter (high jump), Population A relay team. Year 8 Tom Tingley (100m), Lara Furmidge (100m and long jump), Population C relay team. Year 9 Jack Ellis (high jump). Year 10 Will Doherty (100m) Charlotte Chapman (1500m). Organisers say overall the day proved once again to be a great event with a fantastic atmosphere that lead to some amazing performances. Well done to all pupils who competed and especially population C who won overall. Full list of results can be found on the college website.


WESTGATE WI: When his wife died from the skin cancer melanoma, July speaker Harry Townsend set up a charity to raise awareness and fund research for a cure for the disease affecting millions. So far £400,000 has been raised. Former assistant curator at Kew Gardens, Harry took us on a fund-raising journey to New Zealand, full of fascinating detail and hilarious, quirky anecdotes. He set out to walk the 800 miles from Wellington at the southern end of North Island to the northern tip, taking 68 days. Pushing his trusty wheelbarrow, George, along the hard shoulder of the main highway, Harry the Wheelbarrow Man became well known in the small, hospitable towns along the route as he handed out leaflets and received donations. George acted as a catalyst in New Zealand which has the world’s highest incidence of melanoma (1 in 25). For an interview, when Harry asked the mayor if he should bring George, the response was, ‘of course, you’re nobody without your wheelbarrow’. In a final quip, he warned us not to tangle with an ostrich. Next meeting on August 14 is a social gathering. Next crafts is August 28. (A Stephen).

GIVE BLOOD: There will be a blood donor session at the Corn Exchange, High Street, on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

FARMERS’ MARKET will take place in Lewes precinct on Sunday July 21. This will be a monthly event in addition to the market on the first Saturday of each month.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our coach trip on July 10 provided everybody with three choices on how to spend the day. There was a choice of a long or short walk or a visit to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The latter proved to be a popular choice and people were interested to experience the homes and gardens of our rural ancestors covering a period of six centuries and discover their crafts and skills. The long walk took walkers from Bury Hill to East Dean and they soon joined the Monarch’s Way, which follows the route the future king Charles II took when he fled to France after the Battle of Worcester. After climbing to the top of the Downs through Houghton Forest they were rewarded with wonderful views of the coastal plain towards the sea and Bognor Regis and then continued on to Stone Street, a Roman Road, in a remarkably good state considering the lack of maintenance over the last two thousand years. Striking west, we then followed the same route as the shorter walkers who had started on the A29 near Slindon. The walks ended with descending past part of Goodwood racecourse to Charlton. It had been a hot day where the party appreciated the fact that a good part of the walk had been in woodland as well as having the opportunity of thirst quenching drinks in the Fox public house at Charlton before returning by coach to Lewes. The next walk is on Wednesday. A Day’s Outing in West Sussex, Arundel. Meet at Lewes Railway Station to catch the 9.16am train to Gatwick and bring a picnic.

TABLE TOP SALE: St John’s Table Top Sale will be tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 1pm in Cliffe Church Hall. All welcome, free entry. Coffees, cake, scones available all morning.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

WALKS: A collection of 10 local walks can be found in a booklet, Guide to Walks around Mayfield and Five Ashes. The walks are between 3km and 9.5km long and the guide costs £5 from Handleys, Freeman Forman, Four Winds, The Flower House, the Rose and Crown and parish council office. The monthly footpath walk takes place on Sunday, July 28 to walk along some of the many footpaths and bridleways around the parish but nothing too strenuous except for the occasional incline now and then. They take a different route each month so joining them is a great way of discovering paths you never knew existed. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767 for more information.

SPEEDWATCH: The speedwatch team in Five Ashes is still looking for more volunteers to join. If you decide to join, you would be trained to use hand-held speed indicator devices which display the speed of vehicles on the road. The registered owner of a vehicle is sent an advisory letter explaining that speeding is unacceptable to local people and also to educate motorists. To get involved, please contact Cllr Elaine Wheeler:,uk or ring 01892 830809.

MAYFIELD BAND: Simon Rudge tells us Mayfield held it’s annual summer Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday night. Leading up to the Proms finale, the theme of the concert was A Journey through America, featuring all the greats of American music including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bacharach and David, Simon and Garfunkel, and of course being brass and American, Sousa. Fuelled by the Pimm’s, and the amazing cakes provided by the brilliant ladies of the WI, the decibels progressively rose as we went through Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory, and in the end the band struggled to be heard above the singing. Band and audience had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, although it was tinged with a little sadness as it was the last Proms concert for Roy, our Musical Director, and Julie our principal cornet, before they retire at the end of the year. The band would like to thank everybody that came, as the wonderful audience really made the evening very special. And of course a big thank you to Elvis, making a guest appearance on B flat bass.

SCHOOL VISIT: Older residents from Woodlands care home in Crowborough made a special visit to St Leonards Mayfield school on July 4 to go back to school and get first hand experience of a modern day classroom. The visit, which is part of an on going intergenerational partnership between the school and the Sussex Housing & Care owned home, saw residents being part of a concert dress rehearsal, as well as being shown around the site, seeing everything from classrooms and ICT labs to the dining hall and historic chapel. Woodlands residents Grace Todd said: ‘I like meeting new people as I was in the army and met a lot of people, also I have three grandchildren so being with people of a similar age is nice. The classrooms have changed so much since my days at school where we had a bench seat and traditional desks, it’s all so different from today. I enjoy building a relationship with the school girls and getting to know them, we talk about all sorts of things.’ Students from St Leonards hosted the event and were excited to welcome visitors to their school. Amy Whiffen, aged 13 said: ‘It’s interesting to hear about the older people’s experiences, families and grandchildren. Finding out that one of the ladies from Woodlands has an OBE is amazing, it’s very inspiring. It’s a privilege to show the older residents around our school and having heard stories from their school days makes me grateful for what we have today and how we are taught.’

SUMMER at St Dunstan’s and Church of the Good Shepherd. Sunday is the next 4 all @ 4 age interactive service with songs, stories and activities for all. This will be followed by tea. At the start of the school holidays churches run a holiday club for primary school children called Space Academy and will be held on the mornings of July 29, 30 and 31. Each will run from 9.30am until noon in St Dunstan’s Church. Places for the Space Academy get booked up quickly so application forms are at the back of the church and should be filled in soon. For more details ring Christine Jervis, children’s and families worker on 07887 598404 or email

SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS: Skippers Hill School youngsters re celebrating their scholarship successes. They are as follows: To Battle Abbey Jemima Beagley performing arts scholarship and CE; Emily Dawe CE; Annabel Frost sports scholarship and CE; Sam Hall CE. Bede’s: Henry Cholmondeley CE; Sam Collins CE; Kyle Mathieson academic scholarship; Ben Leach CE; Jacob Llamas academic scholarship; Isabelle Pech CE; Oscar Stewart sports scholarship and CE; Thomas Stone CE; Sebi Whitlock CE; Brighton College: Eliza Dunhill top music and drama scholarships and CE; Arabella Orman CE; Sophie Plummer CE; Thomas Stilwell academic exhibition; Jacob Webb CE; laremont: Dylon Leisinger top sport/academic all-rounder; Eastbourne College: Bibi Convert Forbes Wastie scholarship inmusic and drama and CE; Hurstpierpoint College: Jay Keoshgerian CE; Gabriella Mack Hurst All Roounder and CE: Henry Whittaker CE; St Leonards-Mayfield: Amelia Field CE; Tonbridge: Samuel Baldwin CE. From September this year the reception teacher will introduce the Woodland Explorers programme. This is a weekly programme where learning is taken out of doors and children will throw themselves wholeheartedly into explorations and activities which have been planned to cover reception’s seven areas of learning. Activities will include creating 3D pictures in situ using natural materials, making bird feeders from plastic bottles, collecting and planting acorns and creating a hedgehog nest.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


VILLAGE SUMMER FAIR: You can pick up more Grand Draw tickets from the table in the shopping precinct tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 11am. Ticket stubs should be taken to Freeman Forman along with the money or brought along to the Fair on July 27. Children 11 years and under can also register and collect a plastic gnome for painting/decorating at a cost of £2.50 to be brought along to the Fair on July 27 for judging.

SUMMER SHOW: The RBL Horticultural and Home Produce Society Summer show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village halls and the doors will open at 2pm. There are numerous classes for flowers, fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, cookery and preserves and the ever popular painting and photographic classes. The show closes at 4.30pm and all exhibits left behind are auctioned for show funds.

OPEN GARDEN: Family Support Work and Knowles Tooth are holding this event at Glyndebourne, by kind permission of the Christie Family, on Tuesday, from 2pm to 5pm. Entrance will be £5, children free; there will be stalls and refreshments. There is wheelchair access in most places. Sorry no dogs.

BRIDGE CLUB: The results of the duplicate pairs played on July 10 were: 1, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster, Pam Brook and John Weston. The club next meets in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 01273 814220.

RINGMER BOWLS: The results of the matches played last week were as follows: Ringmer v Vicarage 80-53, Ringmer v Barcombe 76-48, Ringmer v Rotherfield 59-77 and Ringmer v Groombridge 60-70. The club also had its annual tournament when clubs around Sussex are invited to come and play at Ringmer. The weather was very good and the winning club was Portslade. Many thanks to all who helped and supported on the day as everything went like clockwork. This event was sponsored by Freeman Forman this year.

THANKS: Dennis and Jenifer Leister wish to thank everyone who attended their Open Garden with Cream Teas on July 13. Everything was sold and together with generous donations of £252, a total of £450 was raised for St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund. A very big thank you to all.


SUMMER OUTFITS: The sun’s come out at last, and so have all the entrants for the Funniest Bloke’s Outfit Contest, eg black socks and shoes, long, faded carnival shorts with half an unidentifiable tattoo underneath, and a tatty old t-shirt with a funny picture or comment on the front. They even walk funny. Thank goodness we use tissues now or they’d all be wearing knotted hankies instead of back-to-front baseball caps. Why oh why can’t they learn from our Continental cousins who look smart, fresh and fashionable when the sun shines? There’s no excuse for their terrible dress sense. After all, we women all look great in the Summer.

UCKFIELD FESTIVAL has been very successful so far. Many people watched Uckfield’s Most Talented, came to the Big Day and attended the Kit Car Grand Prix. Today, Friday, has the opening of the Art Trail (3pm to 9pm), the last of the Festival Club (6pm to 7.30pm) with Barber and Taylor playing. Both of these are free events. Today, Friday, is also the start of the Roots and Blues weekend (8pm). All three are at the Uckfield Civic Centre. At 9.30am there is a guided walk starting at Bridge Cottage taking in the Buckham Hill and Shortridge area. Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Hempstead Meadow Nature Reserve Open Day with guided walks from 10am to noon. At 3pm to 6pm there is the Summer of 1913, a Country Fair, a nostalgic look back at how the Edwardians enjoyed the last summer before the Great War, entrance free. Bring the children to enjoy the Maypole, period games, rides, stalls, Magic Lantern Show, a Camera Obscura, see a view of the world 360 degrees as if you were 15 feet tall. Uckfield Concert Brass will be playing, and there will be short sketches from that era. Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake. This will be followed by Music Hall Entertainment from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £4 but £2 refund if you are in Edwardian costume. This all takes place at Hempstead Lane Play Park and Field, adjacent to the Guide’s Osborn Hall where the Music Hall will be staged for your delectation. (Remember the Musical Halls from Leeds Theatre on the TV). To access Hempstead Play Park and Field, walk through Hempstead Meadows from the Waitrose car park, or walk along Hempstead Lane from the Cinque Ports in the High Street. Parking is very very limited so we suggest you park in Luxford Field car park. See you there. See festival programme for more details, available from Uckfield Civic Centre hallway, the library or on line


CROQUET INTERNATIONAL: Best wishes to our village croquet team who cross the Channel this 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 Wimbledon this year (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.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will be playing a league fixture against Fletching second XI away, starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly match played at home against Heathfield Park, starting at 2.30pm. Spectators are always welcome.

QUIZ: The next quiz at the Star will be on Monday July 29. It will be a fundraiser for St Wilfrid’s Hospice so part of the entrance fee and the outturn of the raffle will go to that excellent cause. Make up your own teams of six and the price will be £10 per head. Details from the Star on (01435) 812495.

JAM TODAY: The winner of the Strawberry Jam competition back in June has now made enough jars of his gorgeous strawberry and lavender jam to deliver a batch to the Stores. They are £2.85 a pot and there’s also an alternative flavour if you fancy something a little less sweet. Strawberry, black olive and basil sounds unusual, but I can assure you that it tastes fabulous with cold meats. Try it.

SERVICES: Sunday is the eighth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s, and the Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. The east end of the North Aisle is looking a little darker at the moment as the Dunn Window has been removed for renovation, and it is boarded up. The associated stonework is also to be rebuilt. We are holding a children’s holiday club in the Dunn Village Hall on Tuesday August 13 from 10.15am to noon. It is for primary school aged children (parents are welcome to stay). Those under school age must be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free. For more details and to register an interest, please contact Shirley on 01435 830280 or St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service and communion with Paul Daniels.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that 5pm on Wednesday is the deadline for entry forms to be returned, with the appropriate fees, to The Stores, Rushlake Green. The exhibits may be staged from 8.30am to 10.30am, next Saturday, after which the marquee closes for judging. It reopens to members of the society at 1.45pm and to the public at 2pm. During the afternoon we will have the judging of children’s pets, the Muso Bango Drummers, children’s races and tug-of-war. There will be a variety of stalls, with local interest, craft and produce, and Warbleton Brass band will play during the afternoon. In the evening 60s to 80s group The Buffaloes will provide music in the marquee. Tickets, from The Stores, The Horse and Groom or on 01435 868246 are £7.50 for adults and £3 for children. Please bring your own picnic, drink and glasses. On the, Sunday there will be a united church service at 11am and the Band will have their Hampers and Champers concert at 6pm on the Green. Picnics are the order of the day for both events.

RGWI: Ruth Waller will be updating members on the work of the Street Pastors in Heathfield, at the meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall.