Parish pump Uckfield - July 25, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: The congregations of St John’s Bodle Street, Warbleton Parish Church, St Giles, Dallington and Heathfield Chapel come together in the marquee at Rushlake Green at 11am. All are warmly invited to join us for this united act of worship, in this lovely setting. An informal picnic (bring your own) is then enjoyed, followed by a game of rounders.

PARISH COUNCIL: One topic that generated some heat at the recent meeting was why the road towards Rushlake Green was repaired recently when it had only been done last year. I gather the contractor was recalled to do the job again at their expense as the original was not up to standard. Broadband: further to my recent piece, I enquired what the official delivery date is. For Bodle Street this is May 2015. Dog Mess: another matter causing concern in Bodle Street, particularly around the village hall area. It is an offence, and the public are encouraged to report offenders. This is something PCSOs can deal with, issuing warnings to start with. The council will look at having a dog mess bin located in the village. Councillor Bill Bentley (ESCC) said he was now responsible for Community Safety as well as Adult Social Care. He is also vice-chair of the Police and Crime Panel for Sussex. He asked that users of the bus service give feedback via the county website. Bodle Street Village Hall: £13,000 out of the £20,000 needed for the proposed extension has been raised. Future events are a boot sale on August 16, a Downton dance evening on November 1 and a Dickensian evening on December 6.

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


GARDEN: Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to visit the beautiful garden at Elphick’s last weekend. It was so nice to meet so many friends. Thankfully after the awful storms of Friday evening the weather stayed mainly dry with a few spots of rain and a rumble of thunder on Sunday which didn’t deter the visitors, who after an amble round the grounds enjoyed a chat over tea and home made cakes. Thank you to Lorna and Yuti for the hard work you put in preparing the garden, we all had a wonderful time. We raised £463 which will be given to the Burwash Village Hall, with grateful thanks to all the committee who gave their time to bake cakes and help.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is open mike night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local musicians and singers are invited to go along and join in, giving the audience the pleasure of your music. No need to be shy or to book, just go along and make yourself known. Visitors are welcome to go along for a pleasant evening listening to talented entertainers. The licenced bar will be open.

MAGIC: Have you got your ticket for tomorrow’s Magician show. Bertie Pearce, a member of the prestigious magic circle, will be performing his tricks for all ages in the Burwash village hall from 3.30pm. Refreshments and cakes will be available during the interval. People who have already had the privilege of seeing Bertie perform say how impressive he is. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children, available from Shirley Viney on 01435 882497 or by email Proceeds will be split between the Burwash Village Hall and the Playing Fields Association.

FUN DAY: The weekend is a busy one for our villages. On Sunday the cricket club and the football club are having a fun day when they will have a friendly cricket and football match. It is being held in the Swan Meadow Playing Field, Ham Lane. There will be a bouncy castle, barbeque and drinks. You are all invited to go along and join the fun and support the teams.

CELEBRATION: Also on Sunday St Philip’s church invite you to a celebration of Summer Fruits and Fizz. The fun begins at 11.45am and you are all welcome to go along. Please take along summer fruits, cakes, jellies and jams you have made. The proceeds will go to Tree of Hope, a very worthy children’s charity.

SPORTS: Last week the children of Burwash Church of England School held the annual sports day. The weather was really bright and sunny, very warm at times but all the children had a great day. The races began with the children who are about to leave for higher schools running for the Edward Workman cup (boys) and the Hazel Taylor cup (girls), these were presented to the winners by Barry Taylor. Other races were fun races including the Angel race, water/spoon race and more. The adults also had to race, much to the pleasure of the children. Well done to everyone who took part and/or organised the event.

LUNCH: The next monthly lunch club for the Age UK Burwash Branch takes place on Monday at noon in the Bear. Anyone over the age of 55 years is welcome to go along and join them. The delicious two course lunch costs £8. To book call Jazz Botting 01435 882033, Heather Lewes 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. They may also be able to help with transport.

FAIR: Preparations are well underway for this year’s August Bank Holiday Fair. If you would like to run a stall you need to book a pitch, application forms are available from Steve Mintram on 01435 882444 or by email or see Eddie Workman. The Playing fields committee are looking for volunteers to help set up the field in the morning, man stalls during the afternoon and dismantle everything in the evening. If you have some spare time and would be willing to help, let them know.


HORSE SHOW on August 10 at Hale Farm so not too far off. Robin Symington (01825 872237) is always looking for sponsors so if you have a tenner to spare get in touch. This is a truly local horse and dog show with a very long history and like other village activities needs your support. It is not just for those with horses, there is plenty for spectators and the Open Dog Show, which starts at 2pm is open to all. There are pedigree classes where those with young show dogs often attend to get the dog used to competition and get the opinion of the very experienced judges. Then equally experienced judges have, what I think is a much more difficult task, speaking as a judge of horses, of picking the best in classes such as Handsomest Dog, Prettiest Bitch and Dog with the Waggiest Tail. Talk about a poisoned chalice! As someone with a handsome bitch and a pretty dog I’ve got a dilemma, so may end up taking the dog who is happiest with the weather on the day. This year the showground is shared with the Annual Show for The Oaks Driving Club so you will be able to watch the stunning displays of driving skill. We have many drivers round here both with the Oaks and Herons Ghyll RDA practising locally. I’ve been driving for 20 years and after a long gap (no suitable horse) will be up there trying to get what hints I can.

CHURCH FETE: Phil tells me it made about £4,000 before expenses, not bad for such a small parish, well done all.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 6, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Unfortunately our visit to the British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield had to be postponed due to forecast bad weather. However, we are planning to make the trip tomorrow, Saturday, instead. If you would like to come along it isn’t too late. We meet at the entrance at noon, car sharing is possible. Our next walk is on Sunday August 10 and will start at 2pm at the Tide Mills car park at Newhaven.The walk will take in the nature reserve, the old sea plane base, the site of HMS Forward (underground WW2 communications centre) and the tucked away hamlet of Bishopstone. For further details on both events, contact Jenny or Chris on 872830.

KING’S HEAD CANTER: Bank holiday Monday (August 25) sees the 17th King’s Head Canter take place. Entry is invited from both teams and individuals from East Hoathly, with teams consisting of three people. The race is 5km long and starts at 11am from the Six Bells in Chiddingly with the finish line outside the King’s Head. Entry forms can be obtained from the Village Stores or Stuart Mills (840653), also online at


FIRST COLUMN: As my first column will appear just before the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, it is interesting to ask what was happening in Fletching in the last week of peace? The Fletching entry in The Sussex Express of 30 July 1914, agent Mr Parks, has just a single item. Mixed School: The Diocesan Inspector in his report on this school says: ‘The religious instruction is always conducted very carefully and efficiently in Fletching School, and this year the results are better than ever. The plan of the new syllabus has been entirely grasped by the teachers, and everything taught in a thorough and excellent manner in each class. This was manifested by the accurate and thoughtful answers given by the children and by their written work. The teachers have also been successful in getting all of their children to take an interest in the lessons, and to respond eagerly. The tone of the school is very reverent, and everything is plainly done for the children’s good.’ In the coming weeks, I will investigate how the local press reflected the outbreak of hostilities.

CHURCH NEWS: Church of St Andrew and St Mary The Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662). The start of World War I will be reflected in the theme of the Family Service on Sunday August 3 beginning at 10am. This will include a short Act of Remembrance outside at the War Memorial at 11am during which the names of the fallen will be read out. One of the church bells will be tolled 100 times during 15 minutes from 11am. Each of the nine school leavers from Fletching School was given a Youth Bible by Fletching Church at the end of term service in the church on July 23. Each month the church supports a good cause through giving and prayer. This is called our Special Outreach Support (SOS). In July this is for Chichester Diocese Family Support Work. FSW is glad to receive food, clothes, toys etc which they pass on to needy families in Sussex, and our local representatives have a box at the back of Fletching church to receive such items not only on Sundays but throughout the week. The box is always in the church, not only during July when we will be specially focusing on FSW.

A faculty for Project Refresh, which will install a WC and mini-kitchen in the church, has now been granted. The amount so far raised towards the target of £140,000 has reached £93,000. It is likely that the re-ordering scheme within the church will commence in the new year.

FLETCHING WALKS: Did you know that the parish has nearly 30km (19 miles) of registered public footpaths? Walkers’ notes and hand drawn maps can be downloaded from the parish council website

APRES LE TOUR COMES THE TOUR: Just over 20 years ago on 6 July 1994, Le Tour passed through Piltdown en route from Folkestone to Brighton. I recently came across some photos I took as the peléton passed Monkey Puzzle Corner heading towards Newick. The scanned images are now on my Facebook page. On September 13 Stage Eight of the Tour of Britain, from Camberley to Brighton, will approach Piltdown heading in the opposite direction along the A272 from Newick. The riders will pass Piltdown pond and The Peacock before heading into Uckfield via Rocks Road. I will include timings in a later column as they become available.

PARISH PLAN: The parish plan was launched at the council meeting on July 7. Once you have completed, or partially completed, your questionnaire, please seal it in the envelope provided. It can then be posted, handed to a councillor or dropped off at Mr T’s, The Griffin, The Peacock or the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. Please return it by August 24.

CRICKET at Sheffield Park. Free event (normal admission charges apply) Sunday 11.30am Armadillos v Brighton Brunswick.

BINGO: Bonfire Society Bingo in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

PAINTER’S CLUB in the village hall Wednesday at 1pm.

ROADWORKS: Relaying of the water mains in Church Street/Ruston Bridge Road is scheduled from July 25 until November 24. There will be one set of two way temporary traffic lights in place at any one time. The likely impact is estimated as low.

Framfield & Blackboys

OPEN EVENING: Nus Ghani,the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, is holding an informal open evening at Framfield Memorial Hall from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday. Everyone is welcome to come along to meet her, drinks will be available.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

MP LEAVING: Our MP Greg Barker has announced he has left his post as climate minister and plans to stand down from Parliament altogether at the next General Election (Heathfield has been in the Bexhill and Battle constituency since boundary changes). Greg announced via Twitter: ‘It has been a huge honour to serve in pioneering 1st Cameron govt and great privilege to represent Bexhill and Battle.’ He added: ‘As we all know, Twitter can be a cruel mistress at times but have been really moved and surprised by so many lovely messages.’ He was appointed shadow environment minister in December 2005 and accompanied David Cameron to the Arctic in March 2006 to highlight the dangers of global warming. He was also involved with the Climate Change Act in 2008 and promoted by Mr Cameron to shadow climate minister of state for climate change. The cabinet underwent a reshuffle in 2012. But Mr Barker remained minister of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Change with an extended portfolio and was appointed to the privy council in 2012. Prime Minister David Cameron wrote Mr Barker a letter following the announcement of his departure, which the MP posted on Twitter. It read: You have served continuously on the Conservative front bench for over a decade and I hope you can be enormously proud of all you have achieved over the years covering the related business of environment and more recently climate change. In particular you have led successful investment into our energy infrastructure, making the UK a leader in renewable technology. You have established the green investment bank and mobilised over £3billion investment into our renewable sector last year alone. Before he began his political career he was an associate partner of the Brunswick Group Ltd., before being appointed head of International Investor Relations for Russian oil firm Sibneft.

WORLD WAR I EXHIBITION: There’s a really excellent little exhibition set up in the Horam Centre. It covers many aspects of the Great War, including details of some of the soldiers and sailors who perished in various theatres of war, there were 34 from Horam and Vines Cross alone which makes you realise how big these rural communities were in those days. I assume many of them were employed on the land as farmworkers. This little exhibition was put together by a committee of local people and contains a whole collection of artefacts; uniforms, photos, documents, maps, medals, memorabilia, mementoes and personal histories of not just the men who were sent to the Front but also the families they left behind. There are also details of regulations and the impact of the war on the civilian population including what to do if the enemy invaded. Schoolchildren from the village have composed some moving poetry on the subject of remembrance. The exhibition is open throughout the rest of this month and next and you can get in mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

IRONWOOD FOREST SCHOOL: Yesterday, Thursday, a summer holiday club in the woods started up at Ironwood near Darwell Wood, close to Brightling. Sessions continue through the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is being run by trained teacher Emma Purcell, sister of Alex Purcell who runs those well-attended outdoor fitness sessions at the Tower Recreation Ground, Heathfield and Waldron recreation ground. You can find out more on or by phone or email: 01435 882327, 07913 651638

COMMUNITY CENTRE PROBLEMS: I’m sorry to say the problems around the car parking areas at the front of the Community Centre in Sheepsetting Lane have returned with a vengeance. Residents report cars arriving at the centre car park in the early evening and then revving engines, heading in and out with unsilenced exhausts and driving up and down the road into the small hours. They have been taking registration numbers and passing them to police who have increased their patrols in the area. Local people have also taken up the issue with the Parish Council regarding the possibility of a padlocked chain, or some form of gate across the entrance to the centre. They say they are tired of excuses proffered that seem to imply no-one knows whose job it would be to make this area safe and they say they are being passed from pillar to post with their queries. In spite of being told there could be difficulties if the area was locked, they note there are locked gates across the entrance to Broad Oak Village Hall. They also say they have found residue of drug equipment littered around the area, unacceptable they say, given the centre is used by several health professionals, families and children. However the parish council say they have now raised the matter with the NHS Trust which owns the building at a discussion about problems of anti-social behaviour and the difficulty of dealing with it. Apparently the PCT put up CCTV cameras around the centre a while ago and the parish clerk asked whether it was possible to obtain vehicle registration details but was told the images were not good enough. It was agreed it would be useful to have a meeting between the interested parties and the NHS Trust will hopefully be suggesting some possible dates. And, she says, the matter has also been brought once again to the attention of police who say they are substantially increasing patrols in the area. This, people fear, takes police attendance away from other areas.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Richard’s Church Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s art and craft group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday August 2, 9am Parish Prayers in church. All Saints Old Heathfield, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP.) 11am Family Service, all are welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion, all are welcome for coffee after this service. Our All Saints’ correspondent tells me that the piano was taken from the church last week. Someone had also been to the churchyard and stolen a metal vase which was on a grave. How low can you go?

Isfield & Little Horsted

RAFTS AHOY! Last year it was a yellow submarine, in keeping with the event’s theme of Music, and this year it is retaining the colour but being transformed into … a giant sherbet. It’s the craft being used by Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society to enter the raft race along the River Ouse from Lewes to Newhaven organised annually by Lewes and District Round Table. This year’s theme is Confectionary. Our local team of crazy rafters has five members from the crew who last year finished third in the race and carried off top prize for best vessel. They are Bill Cowling, Ray Carpenter, Erika Wilson, Helen Stonham and Neil McDonald. The four newcomers climbing on board for an inevitable soaking are Beth Hazelwood, Richard Harvey, Mark Templeton and George Meloy. This year’s race, which takes around four hours to complete, starts from near the Snowdrop pub in Lewes on August 10. Good luck, sailors.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday sees the annual Pets’ Service at Isfield’s parish church at 10am. Other regular services are: St Margaret’s Church, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

ROADS REMINDER: Maintenance work in Horsted Lane, which started on Monday, has meant that the route has been closed between the A26 and Isfield Station. Lewes Road will be shut for similar work when Horsted Lane is reopened. Buses continue to serve as far as the level crossing and then double-back to continue to either Uckfield or Brighton.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAYFIELD BAND will play in the gardens of The Middle House tonight, Friday, starting at 6.45pm. At the time of writing the weather forecast looks good for the day, and it sounds the perfect place to visit, relax with a pint (Harveys of course) excellent meal and listen to good music. Simon Rudge tells us this will be the Band’s last outing before their summer break, and so if you are interested in getting involved in music yourselves, it’s a great opportunity to have a chat with them and find out what it’s all about. For further information contact band secretary Simon on 01435 872007.

NOWZAD: There’s an organisation called NOWZAD which aims to, in their words, relieve the suffering of stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan by providing rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities. As the owner of two rescued Cypriot pointers, we are very well aware of the fate of animals in eastern Mediterranean countries and their suffering in war zones cannot be imagined. Therefore I’m happy to pop some information in this column about an Ashdown Forest walk planned for Sunday starting at 11am in the Friends and Box car parks, Crowborough Road, Duddleswell (between the B2016 and A22 nearest map reference TQ457289). Special guest of the day will be Brin (featured in Crufts Friends for Life) who helped British soldiers in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. Donations can be given directly to Nowzad Dogs ( or paypal@nowzad) quoting reference Ashdown Walk, or can be collected on the day by cheques made payable to Nowzad Dogs. Suggested amount £10 per person, £1 each dog and accompanying children under 10 years. A little note from organisers says all dogs, however badly behaved, will be welcomed. To respect the countryside code leads should be worn to protect forest flora, fauna and grazing livestock.

OPEN GARDENS: There is a second Open Gardens day on Sunday, August 10, when three gardens will be open: Hoopers Farm, Middle House and The Oast from 2pm to 5pm.

WORLD WAR I: There will be a candlelit vigil of prayer for peace and remembrance on the eve of the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I at St Dunstan’s Church on Sunday, August 3 between 9am and 11am. You don’t have to stay for the full two hours but you would be most welcome to drop in for a series of readings, silence, song and prayer. On Monday, August 4 at 11am there will be a simple ceremony at the War Memorial conducted by Father Nigel. Afterwards wreaths will be laid on the six known WWI graves in the churchyard and the assembly can view the History Society exhibition in the West End of St Dunstan’s Church.

SUMMER SHOW: Don’t forget Five Ashes Horticultural Society Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm at Five Ashes Village Hall and playing field. There will also be a dog show, sports, barbecue and bar with entertainment by Wealden Brass Band.

BUSINESS FORUM: Informal networking is the name of the game at a meeting on Tuesday, August 5 at the Rose and Crown from 6pm until 7.30pm.

LITTER PICKING: Voluntary litter picking will take place in the village (starting point at the Manor House) on Saturday, August 9 at 9.30am. Equipment is provided, you’ll be pleased to hear (so not much bending).

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against East Grinstead at 2.30pm. On Sunday they travel to Hampden Park, this game will start at 2pm. On Tuesday there are two matches. The home fixture is against John Spriggs Adastra, and the away game is against Mid Sussex Hurstpierpoint. Both games start at 6pm. On Wednesday there is a game against Lindfield at home, on Thursday ladies have a match against Haywards Heath Ladies away. Both of these games will start at 2.30pm.

CRICKET FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are playing at Plumpton and East Chiltington, the second XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Isfield, the third XI will be playing at home against Polegate and Stone Cross II and the fourth XI will make the journey to Rye. All matches start at 1.30pm. Sunday’s fixture is the old favourite, Piers Morgan XI, play starts at 2pm. On Tuesday there is a game against RACS Cricket Club, play at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am.

CINEMA: Just to remind you that Newick Cinema will be open in the village hall on Sunday from 7pm, film commences at 7.30pm. The film is The Monument Men. Tickets are £6 on the door or email

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening at 7.15pm in the Sports Pavilion.


FOURWAYS WI met this month following last month’s meeting being a trip to Chichester which was enjoyed by all. This meeting we had a very interesting and informative talk given by Sally White on Three Hundred Years of Dolls. We were told about the materials used over the years, from wax, wood, plaster and many more and shown slides on the beautiful outfits that these dolls were wearing, also to take a trip to Worthing Museum as they have one of largest exhibitions of dolls in the country. Our competition was A Doll: 1, Sandra Dillon; 2, Maureen Risbridger; 3, Gloria Fox. We also had on display our exhibits that were entered in the WI section at the South of England show, the theme being Blooming Marvellous, where we proudly won a third for In The Shade which was a decorated parasol, a lot of hard work by all. Our next meeting will be September 1 at The Luxfords Centre 7.30pm as we have a break in August. All are welcome.


AUDITIONS for anyone who would like to read or sing in our First World War revue Behind the Front will take place on Thursday August 7, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, in the Lucas Hall, everyone welcome. If you can’t come to that evening, we will be arranging another one later. The revue will throw light on the effect of the First World War in ways that may be new to you and will certainly be original. It will include music, poetry and drama and is currently being written. There will also be an exhibition of material, some of which has not been displayed in the village before. You think you know all there is to know about WWI? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet...

SHOP HOLS: The Stores at Waldron is temporarily closed until July 28 while Deborah has a week’s holiday. The shop will reopen on Tuesday. Volunteers man the Stores on Thursdays so if you’ve always wanted to be behind the counter in a village shop, now’s your chance. Training on the coffee machine is given. Contact Valerie on 01435 812036.

LIGHTS OUT: The Royal British Legion is organising a special event to remember all those Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War and it’s something everyone can join in. The event is an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on August 4, (the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war), leaving on just a single light or candle as a sign of remembrance. At the same time there will be a candlelit service at Westminster Abbey. If you would like to make a donation to the British Legion you can make a donation on line at

CROQUET INTERNATIONAL: A team from across the Channel will be playing Waldron’s Village Croquet team on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, on the Cattam. Spectators are welcome.

ROYAL SUSSEX: The Royal Sussex Regiment is raising funds for a new monument at Priez in France to be dedicated in September this year to commemorate the first losses from the regiment in 1914, and to provide a memorial to the 7,302 officers and men who lost their lives in the Great War. To contribute online, go to or contact Maj B M Hudson, Hon Sec, 29 Henry Avenue, Rustington, W Sussex BN16 2PA or ring 01903 778739. If you have relatives killed in that war, especially those from the Royal Sussex who died in 1914, and if you have information contact

SERVICES: This Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Trinity and there will be Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Choral Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Matins at 9.45am at All Saints’, followed by Coffee and cake for everyone, then Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am. During August there will be two services at 8am and 10.30am only, alternating at the two churches. On August 3 this will be 8am Communion at St Bart’s and Lammas Communion at 10.30am in the Barn at Heronsdale Manor, Moat Lane. Bring everyone.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER SHOW: It is too late to put in an entry form, so all you can do is prepare your entries for the show tomorrow. These need to be displayed in the marquee between 8.30am and 10.30am at which point the marquee closes for judging. Please leave the marquee once your exhibits are placed to allow room for others. At the other end of the day, they may be removed between 4.15pm and 4.45pm, after which remaining items will be sold for society funds. The marquee opens at 1.45pm for members and at 2pm for the public, at which point the afternoon programme starts. The timetable is as follows: 2.05pm judging of children’s pets (register on the day, the first class is for dogs and the second for all other pets); 2.30pm Summer Solstice Morris Dancers will perform; 3pm Children’s races; 3.45pm presentation of trophies by the society president, Peter Dunn, and drawing of the raffle; 4.15pm fun tug of war and 4.45pm auction of produce. Warbleton Brass Band will play during the afternoon, and there will be a wide variety of stalls round the green with local interest, produce, craft etc. There will also be a display of poultry and cage birds. The tea tent will be open during the afternoon, ice creams from The Stores, and the usual refreshments from The Horse and Groom. Car parking is at Stone House, please follow the signs.

CONCERT: the Buffaloes, a 60s to 80s music group, return to provide the entertainment in the marquee in the evening after supper. Entry is at 7.30pm, adults £8 and children £4. Please bring your own picnic, drink and glasses. Tickets are available from the Stores, the Horse and Groom or Gill on 01435 868246. The Buffaloes are really good and will at least getting your toes tapping even if you don’t display your dancing skills.

CHURCH SERVICES: The congregations of Warbleton Parish Church, St John’s Bodle Street, St Giles, Dallington and Heathfield Chapel come together in the marquee at Rushlake Green at 11am. All are warmly invited to join us for this united act of worship, in this lovely setting. An informal picnic (bring your own) is then enjoyed, followed by a game of rounders. There will be no morning services at the churches, but the chapel has a service at 6.30pm led by Rev Philip Laver.

BAND CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band return to the Green on Sunday at 6pm for their proms event Hampers and Champers. Bring your own picnics, union flags and come for a great evening of music, including some of the last night of the proms favourites.

PARISH COUNCIL: Broadband: further to my recent piece, I enquired what the official delivery date is. For Rushlake Green exchange this is July 2015. Road works: for resurfacing in Cowbeech, from Clippenham corner to the top of Cowbeech Hill from August 22 to September 26. I don’t know what provision will be made for through traffic or whether some rather long diversions will be needed. The finger post at Padgham Corner has been knocked over. A replacement post will be needed, but the arms are in safe storage. The finger post at the Middle Lane/B2096 junction has been replaced with metal signs, not a popular choice with the council. The benches around the Green will be refurbished. For other matters see the Bodle Street section. Cllr Nigel McKeeman (WDC) gave news of a campaign to reduce the risk of death by cardiac arrest. Prompt first aid can greatly reduce the risk, including the use of defibrillators. The nearest 24/7 ones are at Heathfield fire and ambulance stations 4 miles away from Rushlake Green. There may be one at Herstmonceux. Doctors’ surgeries have them now, but only available during surgery hours. Ambulances in our area can take some time to arrive. He is working with various bodies to see if they can be provided at a central point in villages. There is also a need for more people to train as first aiders. He is seeking the views of local people and organisations. Dunn Village Hall: there will be an arts festival in September. The floor will be resurfaced soon.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Giles Church, Dallington, is holding a flower festival August 8 to 10, (10am to 5pm) with the theme Pause For Thought. There will be refreshments and stalls. On the Friday evening at 6.30pm a bring-your-own picnic will be held in the churchyard, followed by a concert given by The Weald Singers at 7.30pm.