Parish pump Uckfield - July 27, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

UNITED SERVICE: On Sunday, local churches gather for worship in the marquee at Rushlake Green at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are very welcome to join us. There will be no morning services at Warbleton, Bodle Street or at Heathfield Chapel. The latter has an evening service at 6.30pm with Tony Wood. Dallington have a 10am Communion service (BCP), and then join us at 11am. For details of the Marquee children’s club see the Warbleton section.

FOLK CLUB: The club meets at the White Horse Inn on alternate Mondays at 8.30pm; this Monday being the next session. For details call at the pub, contact Chris Liddiard on 01435864271 or go to

FLOWER SHOW: The gardening club’s annual show is on Saturday August 11, featuring all sorts of classes, covering plants, flower arranging, vegetables and cakes photography etc. For details, contact a member of the gardening club.


MUSIC:Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common, when local singers and musicians will be playing for your pleasure. We have some truly talented artists in our area and if you would like to do a turn, go along and let it be known, you will be given a warm welcome. The licensed bar will be open, so do go along and support the acts.

TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning the village hall committee are holding a table top sale and coffee morning, at the village hall from 10am until noon. There are a few tables still available at £6 each, and can be booked by calling Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. Refreshments will be available, so why not come and browse the stalls of gifts and cards and other items. Setting up from 9am.

SUMMER FAIR: Have you booked your pitch for the August Bank Holiday Fair. This is always on the Monday, and has a great following with people coming from far and wide. Stalls can be local groups, charity or commercial. To book a site please call Steve Mintram on 01435 882444. The site is open from 8am for setting up and the fair begins at 1pm. until 5pm. Book now to be sure of a pitch.

FETE: The Burwash Common Summer Fete is being held on September 8. I know this is early, but they are in need of helpers as many of their regular who run the stalls are away that weekend. If you can spare a few hours please call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

FLOWER SHOW: The horticultural society summer show is being held on Saturday August 4 at the Swan Meadow Playing Fields. Schedule and entry forms are available from The Burwash Newsagents. Entries should be returned by Wednesday evening. The show always has classes for locals, children, photography and cooking as well as vegetables, plants flowers and floral art.

ITEMS: As the children begin their summer holidays, mums and dads are looking for ways to keep them entertained. If you have anything happening that would attract them, then why not let me tell my readers. If you have any event at all that you would like advertised, you can contact me via email at or by phone on 01435 882107. Please let me have any copy by Sunday evening. Thank you.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday the team had a home fixture against Stone Cross. Thankfully the rain stayed away although dark clouds kept us all sky watching. Burwash batted first scoring 92 from the 13 overs, Jo Baldwin 43. Stone Cross made 93 with two overs left, Jane Jenner 27, Maggie Wright 41. The season has been somewhat small with rain and teams struggling to get players. Is this a dying sport, I hope not.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: There is no service at East Hoathly this Sunday, but there is 10am Benefice Communion at Chiddingly Church.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The annual day out is at Wakehurst Place tomorrow, Saturday. Meet at the Reception Point at Wakehurst at 10.30am and join the tour of the gardens. Cost for members of the National Trust is £2, with evidence of membership, and for non-members the cost is £14. Please ring June Tidswell for further information on 01825 872240.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 28 July 1760: ‘…In the even Mr Long and I walked to Uckfield, where I called on Mr Hart to buy some chamois skins, but he had none. We spent some time with Mr Elless and some with Wm Turley, and came home very sober about 9.30. Very busy all day, though I believe it barely took 20s. ready, notwithstanding I delivered above £7 worth of goods. In the evening wrote my London letters.’

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Variety of market stalls, cakes, jewellery, local beef, local sausages, eggs, jam and pickles, vegetables, cards, bric-a-brac, plants etc. Tea, coffee and bacon rolls. All welcome. Further information on 01825 840648.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

COFFEE: Just enjoyed my first Heathfield Costa Coffee. Good to see crowds in there. And good to see other catering businesses in the High Street doing just as well as ever. I think it might also increase footfall at the western end of the town and do some good for the sports shop, travel agent and very elegant bric-a-brac and florists’ store. It’s a vote of confidence for Heathfield too in these troubled times.

RAMBLERS:Difficult to find any paths that are not ankle-deep in slurry or mud at present. We’ve been heading to the Downs or the Ashdown Forest for dog walks but both are quite long treks in the car. It will be good if the summer does materialise and dry the ground a bit. In the meantime the proper ramblers (The Wealden Cuckoos) are still bravely tackling our longer-distance routes. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are meeting at Newhaven’s The Drove retail park. Park on the road outside Halfords GR 462016 at 9.30am for the last section of the Vanguard Way from Alfriston to Newhaven (about 10 miles.) Ring 01825 765485 for information. Then on Wednesday, meet in the lay-by opposite The Swan pub at Woods Corner, GR 666195 at 6pm for a four to five mile walk with the possibility of a meal afterwards. Ring 01435 882626. Annual picnic on Sunday, August 19. Details soon.

ASHDOWN FOREST: We have just returned from a walk across the Ashdown Forest. I have been following with interest the debate about a potential block on any form of development within seven kilometres of the Forest boundary. Who authorised such a decision? And precisely when, and under what circumstances, and at which meeting, was it passed into local authority planning law? During our walks, jets streamed overhead, about one every two minutes, banking westwards to make their final approaches to Gatwick Airport. I suggest Wealden tackles the big issue of jet pollution by discussing the issue with Gatwick management (a very large and formidable adversary) rather than targeting small, local fry such as parish councils, local businesses and very small-scale developers. Our communities need to thrive to stay alive. Our businesses need customers; they need room for staff, they might need to grow too, within reason. Had planners considered that the 7km catchment encloses Uckfield’s successful and buoyant business park? I hear mention of mitigation, apparently some development will be permitted if businesses/individuals ‘mitigate’ their schemes, presumably by paying some money to the council so they can improve footpaths, develop interpretation boards etc. That will mean more people on the Forest, more driving along Forest roads and people living there, who used to work there, will now have to drive to Crawley, Gatwick, Eastbourne or Tunbridge Wells to find a job. Very ill-thought-through. These are difficult times and I thought the council had pledged to support the local economy. This is counter-productive.

LE MARCHE: Heathfield’s fabulous Anglo-French market draws ever closer. It takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27 and runs from about 9.30am (although it gets busy even earlier) to about 3.30pm. There’s such a lot to see and do with more than 80 stalls (about half French and half local) selling an amazing array of contrasting produce and goods including things to eat and drink, jewellery, handbags, table linen, clothing (including Breton striped jumpers), pots, pans, famous blue and white French street numbers and notices (Un Chien Mechant) and music. At the end of the Tesco car park there is usually a long stall glittering with giant tomatoes, melons, peaches and nectarines. People in Normandy costumes make pancakes and stir giant dishes full of paella. The bread stall does brisk trade and the pates and sausages liven up a summer lunch plate. As well as things to buy there are plenty of things to listen to including the Heathfield Silver Band, various pop and jazz groups and singers. A magician or two turns up and the High Street shops open for the day, lots of them adding a French theme to their merchandise or even selling from stalls on the street. Heathfield’s fire station stages an open day and children can enjoy thrilling rides on a vintage fire engine complete with loud dinging bell. There’s a free park and ride service from the Market car park and both Station Road and Station Approach stay closed all day to through traffic. As well as the Market itself, young people from the town together with the Cuckoo Arts Group will exhibit their mural of Heathfield at the skate park and tunnel which also hosts some demonstrations of daring do by young BMX riders and skateboarders. Most of the town’s voluntary and community groups also take part (for example Scouts, the Rotary Club, the Parish Council etc.) and delicious smells waft from the stall run by Café Rasoi. If you’d like to help out or just find out more call Mike Woodhouse on 07703 530111 or check the website

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE has just announced that Chestnut Tree House will be its charity of the year for 2012/13.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK: We’ve just received the Summer 2012 copy of the Little Black Book. It’s packed with useful information and contains detailed cricket match schedules, dates for community events and information about clubs and organisations (with contact details) as well as some surprisingly high quality ads. We’ll mention some of the more unusual ones in forthcoming Parish Pumps, but in the meantime here are couple to whet your appetite, (in one case literally.) Pink Cabbage Catering is described as ‘delicious handmade food with a gourmet twist’ as well as mini feasts for the freezer. ( And did you know you can contact Colin for wild flower lawns and meadows. He provides ‘a unique wild flower seed mixture containing wild orchids’ or also converts lawns or fields to wild flower grasslands. He’s at More to come next week, plus details about what goes on at that mysterious (to me) youth centre.

Horam &

Vines Cross

SUMMER FAIR: Oaklands Court Nursing Home is having their Summer Fair at 2.30pm on Saturday August 4 at Oaklands Court Nursing Home, Vines Cross Road. There will be lots of stalls including bric-a-brac, raffles, games, refreshments and cream teas. All proceeds will go to the residents fund. For more details phone 01435 813030.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

SUMMER SHOW: Henry Hemming Rooster tells us the Mayfield Horticultural Society has just staged a very successful summer show (Saturday, July 14.) He said Mayfield was swamped by tropical rain on the afternoon of the show; there were fire engines in the street and flooded cottages, but people showed how they could cope with adversity and came out in numbers to support the village. Winners were as follows: Banksian medal Ken Audsley. Perpetual challenge cup: vegetables, Eddie Du-Cann; fruit, Ken Audsley; sweet peas, Burt Curd; floral art, Alison Packham; children’s flowers, Pollyanna Rich-Overall. Hulbert-Powell cup, vegetables, the children of Mayfield Primary School Garden Club; Sneyd-Kynnersley cup, flowers, Jill Pring; Stuart Ogg Cup, dahlias, Bridget Blow; John Hancock Millennium cup, roses, John Logal; Margaret Walsh-Atkins bowl, roses, Bert Curd; Newington Cup, hanging basket/patio container, Jill Pring; Monteith cup, floral art, Viv Izzard; Godber cup, domestic, Carolyn Tester; Allchin cup, craft, Milly Peate; George Day Memorial bowl, posy of flowers children 5 to16yrs, Matilda Peate; William Wickens cup, children’s wild flowers/grasses, Elliott Knudsen; Bert Curd shield for Mayfield children, Mayfield Primary School Garden Club. Potato competition for children, maximum number of potatoes, James Higgins. Best quality potatoes, Yazmin Langridge. Garden vouchers, tray: 1, Eddie du-Cann; 2, Ken Audsley; 3, Andrew Ratcliffe. Basket: 1,Eddie du Cann; 2, Ken Audsley; 3, Jill Pring.

PRE SCHOOL: As is usual for the summer term at pre-school, most of the older children have been visiting the primary schools where they will be starting this September. Many of the children will be going on to Mayfield Primary School, and have been attending story time and play sessions with the reception class there to familiarise themselves with the new teachers and classroom. Now the school year has ended the committee would like to thank everyone who has helped out at the various fundraising events this year. With two jumble sales, the quiz night, Christmas raffle and other smaller events, this is sure to have been one of the most successful fundraising years ever. They have also been looking ahead at the short and long term future and it is obvious that this additional income will continue to be essential to the running of the pre-school. A few of the current committee members have children who are moving on to primary school in September, and so there will be vacancies for new members in the new school year. At the AGM in October, they once again intend to combine the evening with a social event for all the new and existing parents to meet each other and learn more about what the committee does and how you can be involved. If you would like to learn more about what is involved with being on the Committee, please contact Polly Bradford on 01435 874946 or Liz Keene on 01435 873469.

GARDEN PARTY: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church Garden Party will this year be held at Andredsbourne, Coggins Mill Lane on Sunday, September 2, from noon to 2pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Tim Reid, please note this change of venu. Andredsbourne is situated about 1/2 mile down Coggins Mill Lane on the left. Ample parking will be provided. All are welcome. Tickets are £5 at the gate and include a glass of wine, light refreshments and a walk around the garden. All the proceeds from this event will go to supporting the work of the Friends. Come and support them to ensure the church remains in good repair for us all to enjoy. Information and directions from Annette Nabavi on 01435 873476 or Tim Reid on 07770 396732.

FOOTPATH WALK on Sunday. Meet 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. The walk is open to all.

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: The district camp at Blacklands was a great success, with a terrific turnout from the group with thirty four Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders, Scout Active Support and parents. Not only was the weather superb, but also the effort put in by all groups to represent their designated countries was fabulous. They had the pleasure of covering Singapore and with the help of the Singapore tourist board, the youngsters’ drawing skills and parents guiding hand in dressing up made a wonderful display. The exhausted and happy campers returned home full of stories of the weekend celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. Again as a group they had a lot of fun at the church fete raising funds for the church and the group with the wet sponge throwing, treasure in the sand and sweets in a jar. August 4 to 13, Mayfield Scout Camp, Llangollen Canal. To join the group now Beavers (aged 6 to 8½y) meet on Fridays from 5pm to 6pm; Cubs (8½ to 10½yrs) meet on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm and Scouts meet on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Contact group scout leader Gavin Ross on 07771 965517 if you would like your child to take part (it’s for boys and girls) or if you would are interested in helping or becoming a leader. You can also contact Gavin at

BUSINESS FORUM: Informal networking event on Tuesday, August 7 at The Rose and Crown from 6pm to 7.30pm.

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There will be a good selection of summer vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, as well there are baked goods both sweet and savoury, preserves and fresh eggs, also handicrafts and knitted goods. If you have recently moved into this area, why not pop along and see for yourself what is on offer, you will be made most welcome.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the football club will be holding the annual six-a-side tournament on the King George V Playing Field from 10am. If you have never been to this event before why not go along you will be amazed to see how many football clubs from Mid-Sussex will be taking part. Refreshments are available.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing at home tomorrow, Saturday, against East Grinstead. This match will commence at 2.30pm. On Sunday they travel to Hampden Park, this game start at 2pm. On Tuesday there are two matches against Mid-Sussex Buxted Park away and John Spriggs Buxted Park at home, both games will start at 6pm. The bowls club over the last few weeks enjoyed the company of 68 pupils from Newick Primary School, where they experienced the sport of bowls. Some of these youngsters have shown real ability for the game. The club are arranging further session during the school holidays .Well done to the members, this is just what the young people need, get them interested at an early age.

CRICKET: The first XI are playing at Plumpton Agricultural College tomorrow, Saturday, they will be playing Battle. The second XI are away to Eastbourne playing DPBT. The third XI are playing Robertsbridge at Temple Grove, the fourth XI are away to Tunbridge Wells Borderers III, these are all league games at play commence at 1.30pm.On Sunday they entertain Piers Morgan X1 at home, at 2pm. I am sure that the bowlers and cricketers are pleased to have warmer and dryer condition, hopefully summer has eventually arrived. Enjoy.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Service BCP Holy Communion, at 10.30am, there will also be Evensong at 6.30pm. During the afternoon there will be scrumptious afternoon tea in the Barn Centre from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £8 each (family £20) funds raised are for St Mary’s Church. To obtain tickets telephone 01825 722413 or 722795.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Tuesday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. The public can ask question at the commencement of the meeting.


COFFEE MORNING in aid of Polegate Residents Association is held at the Community Centre today, Friday. All welcome. For more information contact Terry on 487630, Jean 485075 or George 484109.

POLEGATE STROLLERS meet on July 31, Stud Farm Tour. Meet at Jubilee tree, St Johns Road at 10am and walk to the allotments. Contact Jayne on 07761612132 for more information.

WANTED photos of Polegate and district, to be included on the 2013 calender. Please send your photos to Polegate Town Council, 49 High Street, Polegate. For details telephone 07743982610 or email The proceeds from the calendar are going to charity.

WALK: Eastbourne Natural history and Archaeological Society presents A Walk on Wilmington Hill led by Christopher Greatorex on Sunday Aug 5. Christopher is a well respected freelance professional archaeologist. The walk will take us up Windover Hill that rises to the south of Wilmington village and has a number of archaeological field monuments on its slopes, not the least of which is the enigmatic figure of Wilmington Giant. The walk will take in two groups of flint mines of possible Neolithic date, a large Neolithic long barrow with ditches on both sides and a splendid bowl barrow with a well defined ditch. Further to the west is the site of Windoor Windmill, burnt down in 1877. Meet in Wilmington car park (just south of Wilmington Priory) at 10am. Donations gratefully accepted. Further information from Robin Reffell 01323 648226.

THE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION meet at St John’s Church Hall on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am for coffee, bingo, raffle and local news and information. As of August 7 they are also going to meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month at the Junction Tavern, Station Road, from 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. Membership is £2.50 per household per year and can be paid at either venue or by ringing 01323 487630 and requesting a collection. We thank Michelle of the Junction Tavern for inviting us to hold our evening meet and greet there and look forward to seeing as many residents’ as possible at this additional meeting place.


SUMMER: It’s here at last. Let’s hope that it stays for a while. The British mood changes and everyone starts to smile when the sun’s shining. But despite the bad weather, a lot of people who have had a run of bad luck are having a good year in 2012. I’m having a great year.

NEIL OLIVER: On Tuesday I’m meeting Neil Oliver, the archaeologist and presenter of Coast, in London. Scotland is holding a lot of events around the Olympics I was asked if I’d like a 1-1 with him, and I said, Is the Pope German?

COOKERY BOOK: I have been writing a dairy cookery book for some time. It’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever written. I have to list the ingredients in order, say how many it feeds, make the dish and take photos, and try it out on my guinea-pig neighbours. If any of you have an interesting, original recipe that includes cheese, and you’d like your name in my book, please send me your recipe, with a photo. If it has an interesting history, you can write that too.

CHRISTMAS WINE: Now is the time to make home-made wine for Christmas. I’ve got two gallons of broad bean pod wine bubbling away, and I have an agreement with a roadside strawberry/cherry seller. He phones me when he has a load of seconds. He’s pleased that I can use them as he only used to throw them all away. I now have several gallons of strawberry and cherry wine fermenting in my kitchen. It smells gorgeous. And it costs around 20p a bottle. All the information you need is available online. Just Google Home-made Wine. If you’ve never tried it before, you’ll be amazed at the things you can make it with. There’s even a recipe for Christmas Tree Wine.

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who took part in the Uckfield Festival over the past 10 days, especially to those in the background, who put up the tents, take down the tents, provide the tea/coffee/food, spend hours before the Festival working on their exhibitions, performances etc. Also to the people of Uckfield who come out to watch or participate in the events. Uckfield is very special, it has a wonderful community spirit and so many people contribute to this. Take the Alternative Torch Run as an example, there were over 70 marshals from the community, plus all the Uckfield schools, almost all bringing out their whole school to watch, and the Fire Brigade also helped us. I would like to say a personal thank you to Uckfieldfm, who have taken the Festival into the homes of those who may not been able to attend in person. Uckfieldfm is part of the community spirit of Uckfield as their presenters and backroom staff do not receive any monetary gain for the long hours they devote to the airwaves. Lastly, but not least, I would like to thank publically, the Festival Committee. A band of around 14 people who plan the Festival over 12 months. Again with no payment or perks. They put so much effort in to providing what is Festival Week, the second week of July. (Dorothy Sparks).

LADIES WHO LUNCH: Members were reminded that Marilyn Jenkins has taken over as lunch secretary. Her telephone number is 01825 764260. Please keep to the usual practice of letting her know by the Wednesday before the lunch if you cannot attend, followed by writing a note or sending her an email were also reminded about the bran tub at Christmas. Start thinking of quirky inexpensive gifts. Our speaker, Pam Wright, gave an illustrated talk on meeting our ancestors. Not as you might think exploring our family tree, but describing the life of our medieval ancestors. For ordinary folk, life was hard physical labour. People worked from dawn to dusk. Women during their fertile years were permanently pregnant and became old before their time. They were optimistic people even though half the children died before they reached 5 years of age. The average age of adults was 35 years. Despite this they built the most beautiful cathedrals. They had no privacy in their private lives, usually whole families lived in one room, over the place where the animals lived. Grandparents, parents and children, all slept in one place with maybe a curtain between them. Medieval art was a bit of an eye opener. If a couple was depicted with the woman on the left, wearing blue, she was modest and pure. If she was on the right, wearing any other colour she was no better than she ought to be. If she was handling a man’s purse, it was worse because that was a euphemism for his private parts. The game of football was recorded as early as 1174 played in the streets of London. It was so fierce that it could set whole neighbourhoods against each other. And we thought football hooliganism was a modern thing. The next meeting will be on August 6 and as the speaker’s husband has recently died, there may be a change.

FAMILY HISTORY GROUP: Hit a brick wall in your family history research? Come and ask the experts at the Luxford Day Centre from 10am to noon on Saturday August 11. We have a panel with a wide range of expertise, including military, births, deaths and marriages and census data.

ARTICLES: There were quite a few articles sent to me this week, which is good to see. But please can I ask you to send them to me written in Times New Roman, size 12. And can you send it in the main body of the email as my computer always refuses to open Photoshop for some reason. So one of the articles will probably miss the deadline as I’ve had to send it back.

LUXFORD CENTRE: Firstly thank you to everyone who came into the Centre for a drink and a cake on Festival Day and for those who haven’t been to see us read on: Everyone over 60 living in and around Uckfield can use the Centre, so come and have a coffee or tea. We are open every day of the week with activities such as Boccia (seated ball game), darts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings cards and crib, Scrabble, bridge and short mat bowls also take place of an afternoon. For those who want to keep themselves fit, you can attend Extend Exercises on a Tuesday afternoon. Lunch can be had on a Thursday when booked in advance on a Tuesday. Outings are arranged in the Summer plus two holidays a year. So don’t sit at home on your own, come and make new friends or find old friends already there and see what happens at the Luxford Centre with those over 60 years old in your town.


ALLEZ WIGGO: Last weekend

The Waldron Village Croquet Club hosted a match against our French friends from Catenay. It was a very friendly and cheerful weekend of social jollity and matches played in great spirit. You may gather from this that Waldron were defeated 4-2 but while losing with good grace we did have some fun teasing the French about Bradley Wiggins’ win of the Tour de France and his procession down the Champs Elysees.

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 next Sunday at All Saints’ Waldron at 10.30am and everyone is welcome to come to say goodbye. He will be much missed.

PAUL AND DEBORAH: It must be a match made in Heaven, surely? I mean the marriage of Paul, landlord of the Star and Deborah, who is running our Stores at Waldron, just next door. Everyone will wish them well in their future together and may they have a very long and happy partnership.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company arrives in Waldron on Wednesday August 8. Let’s hope the present sudden warm spell will continue and we may enjoy a beautiful evening, but just in case, please make sure you’re warmly clothed. As usual they will perform in the field behind the Star. The play is Who saw Marjory Daw? a mystery set in the 1960s. Grab tickets while you can still get them. They are available from The Stores at Waldron or at the central box office (phone 01323 501260) or on-line The performance will start at 7.30 pm. Bring a chair and a picnic or buy food and drink from the pub.

SERVICES: Sunday is the eighth after Trinity. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, and a Group Sung Eucharist at All Saints’ at 10.30am (see Fr David para above). Sunday August 5 will be the Lammas Service, which, as usual will be at Heronsdale Manor, Moat Lane.

DIARY DATE: The Walk for Waldron was such a success last year that the Friends of Waldron Churches are holding it again this year, on Saturday September 29. As last year it will cover up to 15 miles of footpath walking round the most beautiful parts of our parish, starting and ending in Waldron. (You don’t have to do 15 miles, however, and can stop at any time). Look for registration and sponsorship forms at the Stores at Waldron and let me know if you are planning to walk. We’re looking on it as a last spurt in our fundraising to pay for the repairs to our belfry roof at All Saints’, so please help us. We have even arranged for it to be possible for sponsors to back you on-line using our completely secure mydonate account. All details from me or pick up a pack of forms from The Stores. Can we beat our last year’s total of £5,800?

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER SHOW: It is too late to enter the show, but come along tomorrow, Saturday, for a good afternoon. 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 a children’s pets competition, dog agility display, and children’s races plus tug-of-war and lots of stalls around the Green. Local groups will have displays of their activities. Warbleton Brass Band will play during the afternoon, and refreshments are available.

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, or in The Stores. Please bring a picnic, drink and glasses and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and great music.

UNITED SERVICE: On Sunday, local churches gather for worship in the marquee at 11am, followed by a picnic and rounders. All are very welcome to join us. There will be no morning services at Warbleton, Bodle Street or at Heathfield Chapel. The latter has an evening service at 6.30pm with Tony Wood. Dallington have a 10am Communion service (BCP), and then join us at 11am.

BAND CONCERT: At Hampers and Champers Warbleton Brass will perform on the Green at 6pm on Sunday, with a guest opera singer. 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, 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

PARISH COUNCIL: I was not able to attend the last meeting, as I was working late, and 7pm was too early for me to get there. I understand though, that one subject that it causing concern is the proposal to build 40 homes off Blackdown Lane in Punnetts Town. This just inside the parish boundary with Heathfield parish.