Parish Pump Uckfield - July 20, 2012

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4forAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall.

FILM CLUB: There will be no film this month as the date clashes with the Olympics Opening Ceremony. The next showing will be Friday August 31.


WEIGHT LOSS: Last week the community weight loss challenge came to the end of the latest twelve week course. Over the weeks Sue Tonkin has lead us through the pitfalls of over eating, showing us how to eat sensibly. The course started with over twelve people, who all had reasons for wanting to shed excess weight. The final tally of the seven at the final weigh in was a combined weight loss of over six stone and 71.5cm. Well done to Anne Millea who was the biggest loser and won first prize. A new session will begin in September.

MUSICAL MEERCATS: The last session of the four week starter course of Musical Meercats takes place today, Friday, at the pavilion in Burwash Common, from 10am. This group is for 0 to 4 year olds to enjoy music in all ways. Rachel Wright who runs the group would be pleased to tell you more, call her on 07867 787227. New sessions will start in September.

OPEN GARDEN: Kipling County carriage Driving group, are hosting an open garden event on Sunday, thanks to the owners of Oakover, Church Street, Ticehurst. The gardens are open from 2pm to 5pm. Let’s hope it dries up first. Refreshments and plants will be on sale. The group which is run by Burwash resident Jan Bettel-Higgins and Jan McSweeney helps disabled people do something we able bodied can do, helps their self-esteem and their co-ordination, as well as giving them a lot of fun.

LUNCH CLUB: The Burwash branch of Age Concern Lunch Club meet on Monday for a delicious two course meal at the Bear Motel. Anyone over 55 years old is welcome to join them. It costs £8 per person and is a congenial way to enjoy a meal. Call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 to book a place. They may also be able to help with transport.

STOOLBALL: The weather is playing havoc with the stoolball fixtures this year, but the club managed to play a home game against Chiddingly last Friday. Burwash batted first with Antonia Wheatley scoring 63, Jo Baldwin 35, Kath Lucas 23 and Nicky Matthews 20 to give them 166 in 13 overs. Chiddingly then gave chase with kate scoring 34, but they were unable to reach the target, falling short on 80. It was good to welcome back Diana Barton (Flanagan) and Sharon Coleman out of retirement for this game. The next game will be at home to Stonecross tonight and then away to Little Common on Monday.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The next parish council meeting in the Belmont Room of the village hall is on Monday July 30 at 7.30pm.

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 10am TGI Sunday.

DENIS’S CRICKET: Finding words to describe the effect of the weather on the club’s fixtures would keep the censors busy all week so I’ll restrict myself to total disaster. Home games against the Screws from Lewes Prison and Dormansland have been cancelled. Even if the highly-maintained strip was playable, the outfield has become a bog. On Sunday we are at home to Seaford Seagulls.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday July 28 the preservation society are running a trip to Wakehurst Place, which will include a guided walk in the gardens. 10.30 am start and the tour through the gardens will be before lunch which will leave the afternoon free to explore further. Entry is free for National Trust members or at standard admission cost for non members, with a small charge to cover the cost of the guide. For further details or for transport offers/needs, please call Jenny on 01825 872830.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 30 July 1761: ‘In the forenoon went down to Mr Coates’s and delivered to Mr. Perry the Duke of Newcastle’s account. Very melancholy is my present situation. I see by repeated instances that to continue my trade as I am will not do, for there is no dependence upon servants and to think of marrying again is what I have no thoughts of; no, not so long as the image of my dear wife is almost continual in my thoughts…’

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village Market in the village hall, 10am to noon July 28. Variety of market stalls, cakes, jewellery, local beef, local sausages, eggs, jam and pickles, vegetables, cards, bric-a-brac, plants etc. Tea, coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome. Further information from 01825 840648.


NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING: You can meet your local PCSOs at the following venues to say hello or raise any concerns today, Friday, at 10am when PCSO Bond will be at St Mary’s Church coffee morning, also on Wednesday at 10am at Freedom Leisure Market, and next Friday, July 27, at 10am at St Mary’s Church coffee morning. If you cannot make it but have something you wish to raise then you can contact the PCSOs at Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team on Tel 101 Ext 27437 Mobile 07787 685752 or follow them on Twitter @hailsham_pol.

BONFIRE BINGO: Tonight, Friday, is a Hailsham Bonfire Society bingo night (over 18s) at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm with interval refreshments in aid of the Hailsham annual free bonfire celebrations on October 20.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: There are 1-2-1 private readings with the medium of your choice tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 2pm If you would like to book then call 01323 766435 or 07716 225582. The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Jan Dayton and is followed by refreshments. There is a clairvoyant evening on Friday July 27 with Malcolm Putland and Lesleigh Badgery from 7.30pm to 9pm. It is £5 at the door.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, Invest Wisely, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Narrow Door. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church on Hawkswood at 2.45pm and back at St Mary’s at 6.30pm Evening Prayer, A Triumphant Entry.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday Tony (01825) 764590 is leading an eight-mile walk starting at Little Horsted school to Little Horsted via Isfield. The Wednesday walkers will be going to Uckfield via Framfield for a five miler with Pam (01825) 764937 and also on Wednesday the strollers will be going with Margaret and Frank (01323) 461004 around Sovereign Harbour with a possible boat trip. For more details contact the walk leader.

U3A: The towns and villages group trip to Bexhill was soon booked up. The theatre group are off to the Congress in August for A Diamond Jubilee Last Night at the Proms, then Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at the Devonshire Park Theatre later in the month. The afternoon tea group will be meeting in Callenders for their next gathering and the lunch group enjoyed a visit to the Old Polegate Station and are looking forward to the next outing to the Moorings in Pevensey. There are also U3A groups in gym, bowling, quizzing, discussion, strolling and various other groups. To find out more ring Sue Wilson in the first instance on (01323) 840797.

SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS: Hailsham Lawn tennis club is running a two-week great value tennis camp this summer for children aged 5 to12 years during the Summer Holidays starting Monday July 30 to Friday August 3 and Monday August 13 to Friday August 17 from 9am to 1pm daily. The camps will be held at Hailsham tennis club, Western Road and will cover all aspects of tennis; technique, tactics, movement, playing matches and most of all, having lots of fun. Coaches at Hailsham LTC are all CRB checked and LTA qualified. You will need to take a packed lunch, wear suitable clothes for outdoor play and if you have your own racket, take it along. For more details please ring Sean Yates on 07739689158.

COMEDY OF TERRORS: Film, TV actor and patron of Hailsham Pavilion, Richard Graham and the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex Peter Field, will be among the distinguished guests attending the opening night of the Ropemaker Theatre Company’s very first production Comedy Of Terrors by John Goodrum which will debut at the Hailsham Pavilion on Tuesday September 4 at 7.30pm. This is a fast-moving madcap comedy of mistaken identity featuring established stage and television actor, Nick Bartlett (Coronation Street and Call The Midwife) and Tamara Wilder, an established touring repertory theatre actress who has also appeared in several P&O Cruises’ productions. Tickets for opening night, matinee and evening performances between September 5 and 8 are available from the pavilion’s box office and online from the theatre’s website or The Ropemaker Theatre Company formed in March 2011 with the aim of bringing live professional theatre to Hailsham and the surrounding towns and villages, providing work for Sussex-based actors, writers, directors and technicians. Hailsham’s pavilion is the perfect location for live theatre.

ART GROUP: The South View Art Groups have projects to do throughout the holiday period set by the tutor. The watercolour groups have been asked to do a painting entitled My Favourite Place and the pencil group, a drawing in coloured pencil of One of my Favourite Things. They will also meet up once a month for a social drawing and painting session with lunch or coffee and cake. When they return in September the groups will be preparing for the Hailsham Art Trail Exhibition that month. Sessions for the new term in September are already booking up. If you would like to join one of these groups or find out more please contact Eileen on (01424) 532866.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

AGRICULTURAL SHOW: In line with the ethos of the Heathfield and District Agricultural Society, a not for profit organisation benefiting the local community, a presentation evening was held on Monday, July 9, at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech, to distribute donations to local organisations and charities who assisted with the running of this year’s Heathfield Show held on May 26. Cheques were presented to Broad Oak and Horam FC, Broad Oak Pre-School Group, Broad Oak PTA, Broad Oak and Punnetts Town Scouts, Burwash Scouts, Heathfield and Horam Friends of Cancer Research, Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club, Horam Scouts and Horam Guides, St George’s Church Broad Oak and Tonbridge Juddians. Over £16,000 was donated to these organisations for fielding teams of ground stewards who helped with the running of the show. These teams of stewards are essential and their help on show day is gratefully received by the show Society. Any local organisations who wish to help the Society by fielding teams of stewards for the 2013 show in return for a donation to their group should contact the show secretary, Nicola Magill on 01435 864587 Nicola kindly invited me to go along to the presentations evening but sadly I failed to open her email in time so was unable to attend. However I hear the event went extremely well and gives an extra dimension to, Heathfield Show 01435 864587.

FLIES: Has anyone else been taunted by house flies over these past few weeks? What started as a single fly buzzing around the kitchen (and making a nuisance of itself) gradually grew into a plague. They are small flies, not bluebottles, and seem completely immune to any kind of killer fly spray. The one from the supermarkets failed to have any impact whatsoever so I went to Scats to buy a heavy-duty agricultural one. If it works in a cattle barn, I thought, it will work in my kitchen. No, it failed. Spray after spray and they kept coming back and this time they were angry, homing in on the butter dish. I even spread some black treacle onto a piece of kitchen paper to lure them to a sticky end but they sat at the edge and supped on it, before attacking the fruit bowl. In the end I invested in some sticky fly papers, the sort you hang from the ceiling, and we now have attractive dead fly magnets all over the house. However the most rampant seem to buzz around these, check them out and head back to the cheese board. I hear Five Ashes has been similarly afflicted. They are flying all around the Co-op too. Does anyone know why we have them this year and why so many? And does anyone have a failsafe remedy (apart from smearing myself with black treacle, that is, and I don’t think Mrs PP would approve).

CO-OP: First it was Santander bank in the High Street which suffered a computer glitch and failed to deliver cash from its ATM. Next it was the Co-op where a staff member confessed to me yesterday there was an electrical problem. Shelves were completely bare, particularly merchandise with a short shelf life such as fruit and vegetables over most of the weekend. Staff didn’t seem to know the reason or be able to help. I know down-the-wire feedback triggers store deliveries these days, but is it not possible for a savvy manager or underling to ring up HO and re-order manually? I was in retail for a good part of my life and when the systems went awol, the people went to work. The one thing you did not do was let your customers down, however hard you had to scuffle behind the scenes.

AVENUE VERTE: I see there has been a celebration marking the opening of a new section of the Avenue Verte, the cycle route which connects Paris to London. It reaches us via the Cuckoo Trail which is very well used by riders, dog walkers and cyclists. Can anyone tell me where the Avenue Verte continues north of the pedestrian bridge spanning the disused Cuckoo Line rail trackbed in the Millennium Gardens? Can you veer off somewhere and pick up the trail heading towards Mayfield? We are very lucky to have this excellent and well maintained trail on our patch. There is a lovely little Cuckoo Trail booklet describing some of the villages it passes through, plus their attractions, available from the parish council offices.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Mill Road car park, GR577214 at 9.15 or Friston Forest car park GR.462016 at 10am where there is a charge for parking. An eight mile walk via Friston Forest and Lullington Heath Nature Reserve. Ring 01892 664441. Talking of rambling, isn’t it depressing just how waterlogged all our walking routes are now? Went up on the Downs in the sunshine today (Sunday) and it was good to have clean boots at the end of it.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: Coffee mornings are held every Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm where people can enjoy coffee, cakes, books and interesting people to talk to. Donations of books and puzzles are much appreciated. The art group also meets on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 1pm. There are a few spare places so if you would like to join ring Fiona on 01424 552409 or 07977 192803.

AGE CONCERN: Although the newsletter is no longer mailed to everyone, copies are available just about everywhere in the village including buses, hospital car service cars, doctors’ surgeries, pharmacies, churches, the community centre, district nurses and health visitors, the parish council office, library, charity shops, Red Cross hall, Holdenhurst, Risingholme, Mary Burfield Court, Harrison’s Hairdressers, post offices, dentists and vets. If you would like a large print version contact Valerie or John Banks on 01825 733799.

MARTLET WINES will continue with their popular monthly tastings in final preparation for the Olympics. The next tasting will include some wines that will be perfect for those summer days that we must surely be due. The tastings will take place at Martlet House, Geers Wood, Friday July 27 from 6pm to 8pm, Saturday July 28 from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Remember our minimum order is six bottles only and these can be mixed. We give discounts for purchases of six bottles of the same wine and even more discount if you buy 12 bottles of one wine. You are most welcome to bring any friends along to join with the fun. We look forward to welcoming you.

Horam &

Vines Cross

THE FLOWER SHOW will take place at Horam Village hall on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27. It is named the flower show, but actually includes vegetables, children’s section (vegetable and flower arrangements, pictures, poems and portraits), handicraft, art, domestic, wine and photography sections. This show has been always been very well supported throughout the years and organisers are confident of the same this year. The exhibits are judged at 10.30am and the show is open to the public from 2.15pm onwards. The prizes are awarded at 3.45pm. Apart from the fact it is their 70th anniversary it is also special because one of the very long serving members, Peter Turner has just celebrated his 80th birthday. His twin sister is also an active member of the committee. This information is provided by David Cooley. If you’d like to contact him you can do so on:

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

FIVE ASHES WI: In June, six members including Carolyn Baird who sends us this news, enjoyed an outing to Merriments Garden and Nursery in Hurst Green East Sussex, despite the rain. Unfortunately, visiting the garden was out of the question, but the plant nursery was rather tempting, so with umbrellas up they braved the rain to make their choices. Then it was back inside for a welcome cup of tea and some delicious cakes. The July weather was much the same when they met up for their garden party meeting enjoying the hospitality of retired member Margaret Colebrooke (the 38th year they have met in her lovely house). They were joined by five members from Mayfield Evening, Cross-in Hand and Waldron WI’s. Unfortunately, due to the very wet conditions members were unable to sit outside and enjoy her beautiful garden but admired it from afar. They will be having their WI produce stall again this year at the Five Ashes Horticultural Show on July 28. Baked goods and preserves will be needed on the day. They will be celebrating their 100th Summer Show this year and member Mary Pennington has organised a special exhibition at the show featuring personal stories, photographs and newspaper articles on the village. President, Jean Rawlins, then presented their hostess with a gift as a thank you for inviting everyone into her lovely home. A quiz on the 60s years and one on the subject of “Birds” was devised by Dorothy Comley and Beryl Wallwork, much fun was had by all, but they realised our memories are not what they were! This was followed by an excellent tea prepared by the hostess (no diets allowed). The next meeting will be back at Five Ashes Village Hall on August 7 at 2pm, when the subject of the talk will be Roots and Wings by Claire Carpenter. Visitors are always welcome to this small but friendly group. For information ring 01825 830499.

THAILAND: On Wednesday, June 27 10 Sixth Form students from St Leonards-Mayfield School set off to Pattaya, Thailand for a busy two-week programme of charity work with physically disabled children and young adults, as well as able-bodied street children and orphaned infants. During their stay, they have also volunteered at a drop in centre for local women and helped with some agricultural work. Over the course of the school year the girls have been busily fundraising for the Thai Children’s Trust through various activities at school and in the local community, which they have managed themselves alongside their AS and A level studies. Their stay in Pattaya has been no less busy: the girls have been occupied with dreaming up all sorts of crafts and sporting activities for groups of children, and have enjoyed teaching English conversation at the women’s centre, where women with little or no education are offered the chance to learn a trade. Despite the tropical climate, the girls have proved that they are not afraid to roll up their sleeves, and they have spent a day clearing farmland to plant vegetables to feed the local community. One of the highlights for many of the girls has been taking a group of blind children swimming in the sea. Deirdre Rowe, who is Deputy Head Academic at Mayfield, described it as ‘a real magic moment in life.’

JAPANESE KNOTWEED: At the parish council ordinary meeting held on June 11 at Five Ashes Village Hall, the subject of Japanese Knotweed was debated, and it was decided to alert members of the public to this issue. Japanese Knotweed is alive and well in Mayfield. At the risk of not offending too many members of horticultural societies, Japanese Knotweed is a large, herbaceous perennial plant, native to eastern Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North America and Europe the species is very successful and has been classified as an invasive species in several countries. Japanese knotweed has hollow stems with distinctive raised nodes that give it the appearance of bamboo. While stems may reach a maximum height of 3-4m each growing season, it is typical to see much smaller plants in places where they sprout through cracks in the pavement or are repeatedly cut down. The leaves are broad oval with a truncated base, 7-14cm long and 5-12 cm broad, with an entire margin. The flowers are small, cream or white, produced in late summer and early autumn. Japanese knotweed can grow through and disintegrate concrete and brick, with the root systems growing up to 27m in a year. This can lead to other native plant species being swamped by the roots as well as the plant itself, not to mention the destructive effect on the structure of one’s property. Moreover it would appear that if the plant is found in your garden, it renders your property unmortgageable. Cutting it back only ensures stronger growth, and it requires specialist treatment to either poison the plant or to dig it out from the ground in which it grows to fully eradicate it. If you are unfortunate enough to discover that you have Japanese Knotweed, advice on treatment is available by calling 0333 4567070.

FOOTPATHS WALK takes place on July 29 when walkers are invited to meet as usual in South Street car park for a walk of between two and three hours using some of the many footpaths and bridleways that cross through the countryside surrounding Mayfield. It’s easy to take the variety of walks on offer on our doorsteps for granted, but not many villages are served with so many in such lovely countryside. Let’s hope it might have dried up a bit by then. The sun is shining as I type this but you never can tell. The walk is open to everyone and organiser Deborah Dixon advises people to keep an eye on the forecast and come prepared. That goes particularly for footwear.


LIONS CLUB: Uckfield and District Lions Club were again seen to be helping local worthy organisations when David Airey from the Lions presented the Starfish Project with a digital projector for use on their courses. A number of the Lions visited Starfish on the first day of one of their three day residential courses to make the presentation of this vital equipment and also returned on the last day to see what progress had been made by the participants. They were amazed and moved at what had been achieved. People who were previously unable to communicate due to their stammering problems were, after only three days, able to hold conversations and communicate in a normal manner. It was a truly emotional experience for them. Starfish give supportive training and recovery to people who stammer and full details on the Starfish Project are available at The support Uckfield Lions give to local organisations such as this is only made possible by the generosity of people in and around Uckfield supporting the Lions fund raising activities. Money is raised by a number of activities throughout the year including monthly Quiz Nights at the Pig and Butcher, their Classic Car Rally and Pig Roast on September 23, their Santa Sleigh touring the area during December, the Lions weekend on the first weekend in June and their second hand book shop at Bridge Cottage. If you would like to become involved with Uckfield and District Lions Club, contact Graham at, call in at their book shop on Wednesday to Saturday or for further details go to

WHILST UCKFIELD residents were getting soaked at their Uckfield Festival Big Day out on Saturday July 14, members of Uckfield’s PHAB Club for disabled youngsters were getting wet and enjoying it. Uckfield Lions Club, with support from other organisations and using their minibus to to help with transport, enabled a group of the disabled youngsters to visit the British Water Ski Federation’s facility near Heathrow. The members enjoyed a unique and fantastic day out which included speed boat rides, boarding on a zip wire facility, rides behind a power boat on inflatable rings and swimming, with a barbecue lunch at midday. Even the Lions President Graham Russell was persuaded to water-ski.


CROQUET: Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday The Village Croquet Club will host its annual weekend of matches and social jollity with a French team from Normandy. Play will take place on the two afternoons at the Cattam (Recreation Ground) and anyone interested in this fascinating game is welcome to come along to watch. New members are always welcome and the club plays on Tuesdays (from 5pm) and on either Saturday or Sunday every weekend from May until September.

CRICKET: If anyone did a sun-dance for last weekend’s President’s match, it didn’t work. However, the lunch went ahead in the pavilion and was much enjoyed by the assembled committee and non-playing members who tried hard to make up for the lack of play by energetically wading through the absent players’ share of the food and wine. We hope this coming weekend’s fixtures may be played, they are against Robertsbridge second XI away tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1.30pm, and against Heathfield Park away (a friendly fixture) on Sunday, beginning at 2.30pm.

TEAS OFF: Sadly, the fundraising Cream Teas event at Cransford, Little London which had been planned for tomorrow (Saturday) is yet another victim of this horrible wet summer and has been temporarily postponed. The area used for parking is waterlogged and everything is so wet underfoot that a decision was made to wait until there’s some sun to dry it out a bit. More news when it has been rescheduled.

DOWN ON THE FARM The WI had a visit from Ian Everest last week. His talk about a year in the life of a Sussex Farm in the 1950s was illustrated with some beautiful 16mm colour film shot by the son of John Willets, the farmer at Bishopston. In the early 1950s, the farm still employed 20 men, rising to 40 at harvest time. This was an era when ploughing with horses still happened and farm processes were highly labour-intensive. Living accommodation for Agricultural Labourers was basic, with perhaps one electric light bulb in a room but no points and an outside lavatory in the garden. During the decade, however, after the death of John Willets, mechanisation was introduced and the numbers of men employed dropped to six. Fortunately for the village, although the farmland had been privately sold by Mr Willets for building pre-war, the passing of the first Town and Country Planning Act in 1947 protected it and so the village now looks much as it used to, though farm cottages have of course been updated. Mr Everest’s talk was a reminder of how hard was

the life of the farm worker in those days with backbreaking work daily, and a 55-hour week minimum.

SERVICES: Sunday is the Feast of St Mary Magdalene. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, and Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am. There will be Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

FR DAVID: Our priest-in-charge, Father David Charles, will be leaving our parish at the end of this month to take up a new post as Vicar of Christ Church Eastbourne. A service of thanksgiving for his ministry here will be held at the Group Eucharist on Sunday July 29 at All Saints’ Waldron at 10.30am and everyone is welcome to come to say goodbye. He will be much missed.

THE TORCH: As this column goes to press, the Olympic torch relay will be passing through our area. I’m off to see it progress through Crowborough and for the first time in days there’s a gleam of sun in the sky. Let’s hope it’s a sign of good weather arriving for the Olympic Games.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

POST OFFICE: In a month, we may well not have a sub post office. Andrew needs the room in which it is now situated, and the Post Office seem to be determined to close it down, or turn it into a Post Office Local, which would oblige Paul to open it six days a week from early to late, for virtually no return. It seems they massage the figures to make our office seem non-viable, and constantly move the goalposts to cause delays in what should be a simple process. They work on the number of transactions, rather than what those transaction represent. Cllr Chris Wells told me that when he brings several dozen parcels in to post, they are classed as one transaction, because they are paid for in one amount. Please write to our MP, support Sandi by using the Post Office not only for stamps, but for drawing money out (or paying in), pay utility and tax bills there.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4forAll at Punnetts Town Village Hall. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm evening service both with Paul Daniels.

WI: Last month we had the Apple Man, alias John Guest. It was fascinating and most of us did not realise there were so many different kinds of apples. On Thursday, 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall we have Jason Caulfield from Raystede. So we are hoping he does not bring any animals looking for homes in case we submit. Having discussed the matter with our hosts, they agree it would be better if the Summer Supper on Sunday August 5 were to be a Summer Lunch. This would give us more time for chat before the temperatures drop and darkness descends, especially with the summer we appear to be having now. So it will probably be a lunch at the Messa’s at l2.30pm for lpm. Further details will be given at the Meeting but anyone who cannot make the meeting will receive a telephone call from yours truly, Pat Clark. Any queries, phone Pat on 01435 830227.

FLOWER SHOW: Listening to the Today programme this morning I heard that some flower shows have included a largest snail and longest slug class to their schedule, because of the weather. Anyway, it is just a week to the big day now, and a reminder that schedules are available in The Stores, giving full details of all the classes. Despite the name, it is not just about flowers, there is a poultry section, along with cookery, vegetables, handicraft, photography etc. Entries need to be returned to The Stores, complete with fees by no later than 5pm this Wednesday. On the day entries have to be displayed between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. It re-opens at 1.45pm for members only and at 2.15pm for the public. During the afternoon, there will be children’s pets competition, dog agility display, and children’s races plus tug-of-war and lots of stalls around the Green.

MARQUEE SHOW: In the evening of the flower show, there will be live music from the four piece band the Buffaloes, playing covers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and can be obtained on 01435 830263 or 831169. Please bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and great music.

UNITED SERVICE: On the Sunday, local churches gather for worship in the marquee at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are welcome.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass will perform on the Green at 6pm on Sunday July 29. Bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy great music.

MARQUEE CLUB: Warbleton Church are organising a holiday club in the flower show marquee on Monday July 30, by kind permission of the horticultural society. It will be held from 10.30am to noon. It is for primary school children (parents are welcome to stay) and under school age children who need to be accompanied by an adult. There will be craft, games, races, refreshments, singing and Christian teaching. Entry is free and registration forms are available in The Stores. For more info contact Shirley Austin on 01435 830280 or

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society would like to inform all our quiz goers that the monthly quizzes that are held on the first Sunday of every month at The Black Duck in Warbleton are being revamped and will no longer be held there monthly. When set up they will held quarterly at either The Black Duck or at Rushlake Green Village Hall. Please keep your eyes peeled for boards and local advertising. The quizzes will also be advertised here. Please also look at our Facebook page Warbleton & Rushlake Green Bonfire Society, where all upcoming events will be posted. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who supports our bonfire society by coming to the quizzes and we look forward to seeing you at our new and exciting revamped quiz nights.