Parish pump Uckfield - July 4, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service followed by barbecue at Wayside. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion (BCP). The above churches and Heathfield Chapel will come together for a united service in the flower show marquee on Sunday July 27. All are very welcome.

BSG WI: Members will gather as usual on Tuesday at 2.30pm at the village hall for the business part of the meeting. Following this they will go to The Causeway to visit Julia Desch. She will talk about Sheep to Shawl with many examples of her work on display. For details about the WI phone Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

SUMMER FAIR: The annual village fair in aid of St John’s church will be held next Saturday at the Village Hall and on the Green. It starts at noon with the Terrace Bistro open from 12.30pm for lunches, hog-roast and locally sourced barbecue favourites. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments, teas and ice-creams. Having stocked up your energy reserves, there will be new fun games and competitions on the Green and a family bouncy castle. Less energetic things to enjoy will be Warbleton Brass Band from to 2pm to 4pm, a vehicle display, and a number of stalls including cakes, produce, collectables, gifts, books, bric-a-brac, face painting, toys, tombola and the raffle. Entry is £1 with children under 14 going free.

CHARI-RESULT: Sarah’s open garden and chari-tea party for the Quicken Trust at South Cottage raised the wonderful sum of £1,624.73 (including Gift Aid and JustGiving). She is very grateful to everyone who helped to organise the event and to the generous people who gave, enjoyed the afternoon and dug deep to support the work of the Quicken Trust in Kabbubu in Uganda.

VILLAGE HALL: The recent progressive supper raised £540 for the project fund for the proposed hall extension. Thanks to Margaret Holt and Shirley Price for organising an enjoyable and successful evening. The fund now stands at £12,900 with the target at £20,000. Future events are a boot and table sale on Saturday August 16, an opera evening on September 6 and a Downtown Dance evening on November 22.


BUR-FEST: My contacts tell me that the Bur-fest music festival, held on Saturday at the Bear, was a huge success. The weather was mainly dry and what little rain we had didn’t spoil the fun. All the groups were superb with many from the crowd dancing in front of the stage. The general feeling was it was great fun enjoyed by all ages. Well done to the organisers for giving us such an amazing day. Everyone was a winner, especially the Teenage Cancer charity. Not sure how much was raised yet, but tickets sales were a sell-out.

REUNION: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening the class of 1975 to 1980 of Robertsbridge Secondary School will be getting together for a reunion and catch up at Battle. If you were at the school then and are 50 years old this year and you wish to join in you need to contact Joanne Pennells on 07970 001656.

COFFEE: There is to be a coffee morning and bring and buy at St Philip’s church on Wednesday at 10am. You are all welcome to go along and enjoy a coffee and browse the stalls. Items for sale would be most appreciated.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday afternoon in the village hall from 2.15pm. Their guest speaker will be Roger McKenna on Surviving Soho in 1850. Sounds intriguing. All members are welcome to attend as are new members and visitors. The group’s outing on July 23 will be to Stevenson Brothers, Bethersden (Rocking Horses).

AFTER 8: Also today the ladies of the After 8 Club will be visiting Ringmer House and Gardens at 10.30am. If you wish to join them, you need to pay your £10 to either Mavis or Karol who will fill you in on the details. The group are always pleased to welcome new members and with so much on their yearly programme to look forward to including their summer gardens meal. If you are interested and want to know more please call Jan McCartney on 01882117.

BUZZY BEES: The new Buzzy Bees Pre-school are holding another open day on Thursday afternoon in the Pavilion at Swan Meadow from 1.30pm to 3pm. This lovely new venture had a good Ofsted inspection in February. Those that run the group pride themselves on knowing each child has individual personalities. They have close links with the village primary school and help make the transition to big school less traumatic for the little ones. If you have a young child and are looking for a pre-school, or are an interested villager who would like to know more about this lovely school then do go along on Thursday.

SUSSEX CRICKET: The Seagulls over Burwash Club haven’t gone to sleep for the summer cricket season. They have organised a coach to visit the Brighton and Hove Cricket Ground for the Sussex T20 match against Kent on Friday July 11. Tickets are £30 each and the coach will pick up at various places en-route. To book a ticket for this evening match call Tesky 01435 882217 or call in at the Burwash Newsagents.


VILLAGE SHOP: The shop is looking for someone to work Saturday morning in the shop. It is a paid position, and the applicant must be over 18 years old. So if you want to make a difference to local life, and meet people, come and join us. Contact Caroline Rasmussen at the shop on 01825 872949 or email We would prefer local youngsters, I’m sure there are plenty of you out there.

AS SOME of you may know, and have seen the bit in the Sussex Express, I’m trying to get in the Paralympics. This had a distinct setback when I discovered last week that my pool, which I use to train for hydrotherapy, had been vandalised. Someone had come into my garden and cut the electricity lead to the pump. Of course I have reported it and have a crime number for the insurance, and the pool is covered by my CCTV so I will be able to check and give the footage to the police. This is a very spiteful thing to happen as it stops me doing hydrotherapy which I enjoy.

SATURDAY MARKET: It’s at the village hall as usual this month, full of bargains, plants and general deliciousness. East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, third Sunday after Trinity, 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly; noon Interment of Ashes, East Hoathly; 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Two events are forthcoming. On Sunday July 13 the society are leading their monthly walk, starting from The Green Man in Ringmer ay 2pm. Everyone is very welcome to come. Dogs are welcome but must be on leads in case of livestock. The second event is a trip to the British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield (A22) on Saturday July 19. This visit is open to all and is highly recommended for families, and provides keen photographers with the chance to get photos of some of our wonderful but often elusive native animals. The cost of the visit is £11 each. We will be meeting at the entrance at noon, after which we can enjoy the excellent keeper talks or explore as we please. There is a cafeteria or you can take a picnic. For further details, please ring Jenny on 872830.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

JUBILEE PARK: Good to see the new mown paths cut through the meadow grass in Jubilee Park. But oh, the rubbish. Returned from holiday to find rubbish, paper, bottles etc, strewn across the grass. There’s a prominent bin in the park. Mrs PP does her cleaning up act when she walks dogs and picks up visible rubbish but there is only so much one person can do. Please help us all keep it looking so good, the hot weather has obviously suited the wild flower meadow.

PARKING: Thanks to all the Cross-in-Hand Primary parents and visitors to the Community Centre who have helped us keep the Sheepsetting Lane verges so clear over the past few months and managed to find alternative places to park. Because of them, visitors are able to enjoy an attractive gateway from the A267 into the village. It makes such a difference. All of us who live nearby appreciate it.

FORMER Dream Machines site. Note work has started by Mid Sussex Homes on the development of the former Dream Machines site on the corner of the High Street and Mill Road/Tilsmore Road. Plans include new retail units and apartments over. Having seen the plans, it appears this scheme will beautify what had become an unattractive corner in such a visible and important setting. We hope all goes well with progress and we are delighted to see the developers and Wealden District Council have co-operated to help this programme along.

CROSS IN HAND WI: June 2014 report: Members enjoyed a delightful afternoon at the home of one of their longest standing members. Her garden made a beautiful location for the 85th Birthday Party. Members now look forward to a visit from Mr R Hale who will speak about Vietnam, A Country, not at War. Meetings are held at the Village Hall on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Please telephone 01435 812819 or go to their website: if you would like to know more.

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL: There will be a Flower Festival at Heathfield Chapel, Chapel Cross, near Punnetts Town today, Friday, from 10am to 6pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 6pm. Songs of Praise at 6.30pm. Refreshments all day. Donations to Demelza Hospice care for Children. Audrey Milton thanks everyone who supported or helped organise the Heffle Cuckoo Fair. As a result of people’s generosity they were able to donate the amazing sum of £4.300 to the same charity. Not bad for an outdoor village festival.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints, Old Heathfield, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, (BCP) 11am Sung Matins (BCP) All are welcome for coffee after the 11am service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion, (CW) Once again all are welcome for coffee after the service.

HISTORY SOCIETY: A History of Gatwick Airport by Dave Harrison brought this latest programme to a close before the summer break. With the aid of a series of old photographs, Mr Harrison traced the development of the airport from being a racecourse with a small runway mainly serving trainers and jockeys and a flying lesson base, to a commercial airport and the multimillion pound airport we know today. Along the way he shared many anecdotes from his time there. Members are reminded the visit to the Mary Rose Exhibition in Portsmouth takes place on Sunday, July 13. Meet at the fire station car park for a 9am departure. The summer social is on Thursday, August 21. They hope as many members as possible will bring an interesting artefact from home which they can talk about for five minutes or so. There will also be a buffet supper.

ST RICHARDS Church, tomorrow, Saturday, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

CONCERT: The Friends of All Saints’ Church will be hosting a Summer Celebration Concert given by students from the Crowborough Area Music Centre on Thursday, July 26 in the church at 7pm. The concert features a string orchestra, and a string chamber ensemble, a youth jazz orchestra and a youth concert band together with All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School Choir. Tickets are priced at £5 (children free) and are available on the door. For further information please contact East Sussex Music Service 01273 336770.

MEMBERS and friends of Gamelands Methodist Church say ‘Let Us Entertain You’ with an afternoon of music, wit and laughter at Cross-in-Hand Methodist Church on Saturday, July 19 at 2.30pm. Admission costs £4 and includes afternoon tea.

CRAFTY NO 3 Food and Drink Event on Saturday, July 12 at the Kings Church, State Hall from 10am until 2.30pm. Look out for delicious foods brought together under one roof providing everyone with a fantastic eating experience. The event aims to keep it local and support locally sourced foods and produce, foods of culture, preserves, amazing cakes, homemade foods, cheeses and much more. For stallholders information contact 01435 813335 or email The event raises funds for the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital.

KIDS IN UNION: There will be a summer club from July 28 to July 30 running from 9.45am until noon for five to 10 year olds. It costs £4 per child per day and £10 for all three days. For more information contact 01435 868160. The closing date to book places is July 12.

FUNMAKERS FETE: Following the success of the first village day last year, the Cross-in-Hand Village Funmakers are busily making plans for a bigger and better event this summer. The event will be a traditional fete and will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 1pm until 5pm in the Hardy Roberts Playing fields, Cross-in-Hand. Attractions at the fete will include music, magic, face painting, a bouncy castle, fun dog show and sports, as well as stalls and refreshments. The Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club will be supporting the event by opening up their pavilion adjacent to the playing fields. New for 2014 is the Cross-in-Hand Village Bake Off and Funniest Pet in the Village competitions. More details and entry forms for these competitions can be found on the new website: Stallholders who are interested in attending can download a booking form from the website or telephone Mary Cottingham on 01435 866462. Mary would also be very pleased to hear from local businesses wishing to sponsor the event or from volunteers from the local community who can spare a few hours on the day to help with setting-up and making the event run smoothly. Proceeds raised from the day will go towards maintaining and upgrading the Cross in Hand Village Hall, a popular and valuable asset to the whole community.

Isfield & Little Horsted

FAB FETE: It was mid-morning on Monday when Bev Ashford sat down with a mug of coffee and said: ‘It was fabulous, wasn’t it?’ Bev and husband Jim were still clearing up after the previous day’s annual Isfield Village Fete, for which they have, along with Andy Brooks, Brenda Reynolds, Keith Taylor and Kathy Fordham, been the main organisers for the past 11 years. Kathy moved from the village during the past year, and most of the others plan to take a back seat, but not necessarily retire from the fray. This year’s event attracted an estimated 1,000-plus visitors to what has unusually managed to maintain a traditional feel with lots of people, young and old, enjoying what some might describe as old-fashioned activities. Preliminary indications are that in the region of £3,500 was raised, which will be put towards village amenities and helping local organisations. A bus shelter on the southbound side of Horsted Lane by the Lavender line is planned. The day started with a well-attended St Margaret’s Church service in a marquee, and during the afternoon a packed programme of events included a fun dog show, Deb’s delightful young Dancers, terrier racing, traditional sports such as sack and three-legged races and tug o’war both for children and the not-so-young, entertainer Rag and Bone (Rhys Saunders) making a big hit with the youngsters as he toured the ground with yarns and offers to trade, and, of course, an array of stalls selling a range of items from wood crafts, plants, bric-a-brac, fresh fruit as well as teas and a beer tent that, in spite of good supply, pretty well ran dry by the end of the day. Bev said: ‘This event gives the opportunity for all the village’s organisations to come together to raise money both for themselves and for the village at large.’ Proceeds from this year’s fete will be used to provide a new bus shelter on the southbound side of the 29 route by the Lavender Line railway station. In past years the fete’s profits have been used, among other things, to help the village pre-school playgroup, help the parish church and the village hall and generally give a financial boost to worthy Isfield causes. But why are Bev, Jim and Andy backing down? ‘We’ve done it for 11 years. It takes a lot of work to organise and we’re obviously getting older. The fete needs some new blood. It will be great for us to be able to go along next year and see and enjoy at leisure what is going on. We hope the fete will continue to run for the benefit of anyone and everyone in the village.’ Will they be involved next year? Watch this space.

BROADBAND: Postcards were being popped through letterboxes this week giving a brief update on progress being made on providing the area with a fibre broadband service. The cards give little info other than unspecified work is expected to start during July. However, Jerry Phillips, the parish councillor who has been keeping tabs on local broadband hopes for some time, has provided a more extensive update. He says, quoting in part from e-Sussex, a county-wide project to bring faster broadband to homes and business across East Sussex: ‘East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has now defined the broadband solution for Isfield and Little Horsted having had a dedicated planner working on this for some months now. The council has stated it believes the proposed solution is the best possible one to deliver good speeds and still keep within their finite budget. The existing copper network will be rearranged and a fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) solution installed so the copper telephone lines, which are now linked directly to the exchange, will be re-routed to four small telephone cabinets such as can be seen across most of East Sussex. New fibre cabinets will then be installed and these will be linked to the four smaller ones, which will make delivery of a fibre solution possible. ESCC expect this solution to deliver very good speeds and believe the vast majority of Isfield and Little Horsted will be able to receive speeds of 15mpbs or more. Surveying and start of work will commence in the very near future and ESCC is planning to get the bulk of work completed by December, with completion in entirety by end March 2015 (winter weather and force majeure notwithstanding).’ An extended version of Jerry’s notes is on

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s Church in Isfield is planning to hold its annual Pets’ Service on July 27. More details will be available later this month. Usual monthly services at 10am are: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion.

TALK: Peter Hill is booked to speak on Pills, Potions and Patience at next Wednesday’s meeting of Isfield Forget-me-Not Club (village hall, 2.30pm).

NEED A NOTE? If you or an organisation has some event or topic to natter about, email me at Little Horsted seems to have been particularly quiet of late.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS: Mayfield’s very own Last Night of the Proms concert returns tomorrow, Saturday, brought to you by the Mayfield Silver Band. All the usual Last Night audience participation numbers will form the climax of the concert, preceded by a varied selection of music, including a WW1 centenary tribute. A highlight of this year’s concert will be the appearance of a bagpiper in the shape of Pipe Major Donald Brown, who will accompany the band in a rousing rendition of Highland Cathedral. A Pimm’s bar will be available, and as always the evening promises to be lot of fun for all the family. The concert starts at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, doors open at 7pm, and tickets are available from Burnett’s and The Shopping Basket priced at £6, half price for children. Call Simon Rudge on 01435 872007 if you require any further details, or would like to reserve tickets.

THE WEALDEN CUCKOOS ramblers have a walk tomorrow, Saturday. Meet in Framfield Village by the church, GR 495204 at 10am for a nine mile circular walk. Ring 01825 509036 for details.

POST OFFICE: The new Post Office is now open in Mace. At last the village has this vital service restored.

THE PRE-SCHOOL has launched a search for a local star with its own Mayfield’s Got Talent. Entry forms for the live competition in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, July 19. You can pick them up from Burnetts Estate Agents or the pre-school itself. First prize is a GiftDaze recording session at Audio Sorcery’s Studios in Frant and £100 cash. Audio Sorcery has donated the session and Kingsline Solutions have donated the cash prizes. There will also be prizes of £50 and £25. Four judges are Noel Bannister, choirmaster at MayZing Choir; dancer Katy Tatlock of Katy Tatlock Fitness; Johnny Marrow, music teacher from Heathfield Community College and Alison O’Neil, lead actress in Phoenix Theatre Company’s recent plays. Tickets for the evening cost £7.50 each for a table of six. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a licensed bar and chance to pre-order a pizza to eat during the interval.

ORGAN CONCERT: St Dunstan’s Organ Trust presents a concert tomorrow, Saturday, at 6pm by Paul Hale, Rector Chori and Cathedral organist at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire. Previously he was Assistant Organist of Rochester Cathedral, organist at Tonbridge School and organ scholar at New College, Oxford where he studied with Sir David Lumsden and Professor Nicholas Danby, gaining an MA in music. The programme is called All Colours of the Rainbow and includes music by Handel, JS Bach, Francois Couperin and Cesar Franck. Tickets are available on the door and cost £8 for adults, £6 concessions, students and under 18s go free. Refreshments, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available in the interval. See

SUMMER FETE: The St Dunstan’s Summer Fete raised £3,000 which will go towards the running costs of both churches.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Help is needed for the carnival to continue. This year’s is on Saturday, September 20 and could be the last one if no more members or helpers come forward. Organisers say people can help in a variety of ways and don’t have to give up too much time. They could help put out and collect road signs, cones and posters, distribute torch dousing barrels and materials, help set up the barbecue and bars, man street barriers and act as marshals, do secretarial and admin work, design programmes and organise advertising, help with fundraising, accounts or even making costumes. Torch making dates (in the Scout Hut) begin on Sunday, July 13 and continue on Saturday, August 2 and subsequent August Sundays until September 6 and September 13, all from about 9.30am or 10am until noon. For details contact Jo Lee on 01435 872717 or 07855 231888. There will be a fundraising quiz night on Saturday, July 12 costing £3 including supper and a licensed bar in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets from Rosina’s in the High Street.

SUMMER FAYRE: The St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fayre will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Convent Garden of St Leonards-Mayfield School from 10.30am to 2.30pm. People can enjoy a bottle stall, cakes, bric-a-brac, tombola, nearly new, fancy goods, toys, preserves and books. There will be teas, coffees and cakes from 10.30am and ploughman’s lunches and a barbecue from midday. The Grand Summer Draw prizes include £150 cash, a car service at R A Autos (value £100), a voucher for Glyndebourne tickets, a hamper, entrance to Pashley Manor, Hever Castle and the Bluebell Railway plus loads of other prizes donated by local businesses. Proceeds of the fayre will be split, one third to the Sussex Air Ambulance and the Horder Centre.

WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL: Chairman of the council, Cllr Brian Redman hosted the Chairman’s Civic Reception at Barnsgate Manor in order to present awards to deserving individuals who were recognised in the Volunteer Awards Scheme. Geoff Gregory, chairman of Five Ashes Village Hall Committee, was nominated to recognise commitment he had made to a number of activities since he took over the role. These included, possibly his greatest achievement to date, the successful grant applications for funding from Wealden to redevelop the village hall and to the Big Lottery which resulted in a £550,000 sum to refurbish the hall.

Mobile Library

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


THE BOWLS CLUB have another busy week ahead commencing tomorrow, Saturday, with an away match against Seaford. Sunday is Ladies Day at Newick. Both of these games start at 2pm.On Tuesday there are two evening matches, Mid-Sussex West Hoathly will be played at home and the second match is away at Felbridge. Both will commence at 6pm. On Wednesday there is a home fixture against Crowborough Wolfe with a 2.30pm start.

CRICKET: The league matches for Newick Cricket Club are first XI Ditchling away, the second XI will be playing at home against Bexhill, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Sidley III and the fourth XI will travel and play Tunbridge Wells Borderers III. All start at 1.30pm. Sunday is the Presidents Day and the match will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP), this will be followed by the Family service at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance please telephone 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB are meeting on a different day at a different time. They meet tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am at the Community Centre for the great Newick Leveller and Gooseberry Competition for 2014. The classes are; Single Leveller; six matched Levellers; punnet (1lb) of Levellers; six matched gooseberries; a pot of gooseberry jam; most delicious gooseberry dessert. For more details please telephone 01825 722154. There are no entry forms and no entry charge but all entries must be staged by 10am.

NEWICK SCHOOL Summer Fayre is on Saturday July 12 from 11.30am to 2.30pm in Newick Primary School playing field. Entry for adults is 50p, children free. There are many interesting events available such as barbecue, Pimms tent, cream teas, live music, a five side football tournament, face painting, hair braiding, wellie wanging, assault course challenge, tombola, Grand Raffle, plus many outside stall holders and also a police patrol car. There are many more attractions for you to enjoy. For further details contact details are or check the web site

This sounds like a great event so don’t miss it.

DIARY DATES: Newick Green WI next meet on July 24 in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Barbara Wilson and her subject will be Fairtrade. Saturday July 26, Summer Lunch for the St Peter and St James Hospice. Tickets £20 available from 01825 722607. Newick Cinema’s next film show will be on July 27. The film will be The Monument Men at 7pm. More details later.


NEW BABY: At last our daughter Rana has given birth to baby Isabella. Of course she’s gorgeous. She doesn’t really cry. She just makes sucking noises and calls out. But why do people say Granny and make it sound like an insult?

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Do not forget that Uckfield Singers tickets are on sale from July 1 at Gale and Woolgar tickets were sold out a fortnight before the concert last year so would hate for you to be disappointed. In aid of a very good charity Chailey Heritage. For more information go to

ART COMPETITION: The prizes for the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association and Manor Primary School Art competition were awarded by the association’s secretary, Peter Griggs at the school assembly this morning (19th). The subject was My Favourite Tree and the prizes were WH Smith gift tokens. Year 6 winners: 1, Kian Wesblake; 2, Lucy Gunn; 3, Owen McSherry. Year 5 winners: 1, Francesca Rocchiccidi; 2, Leila Newman; 3, Hannah Parsons.


GQT Today, Friday, at 7pm, the Friends of Waldron Churches are organising a Gardeners’ Question Time at Cross in Hand C of E Primary School, Sheepsetting Lane. The panel of local experts are extremely knowledgeable, with Helen Yemm, Gardening Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, Edward Flint, head gardener at Tidebrook Manor, Steve Moody from Frogheath Landscapes at Burwash and Paul de Bruin from Thorpe Gardens Nursery at Horam. As well as answering your questions, the panellists will give brief talks on a gardening subject close to their hearts. There’ll be a refreshment bar before and after the event, a raffle and a plant stall, courtesy of Cade Street Nurseries. Tickets will be £6 per head (£5 for FoWC members) and are available from the Stores at Waldron, or Heathfield Art and Books, High Street, Heathfield.

GARDENS OPEN: On Saturday July 12, there will be an open-garden event in Waldron, when three lovely gardens around the village will be open and summery refreshments will be provided in the church. There will be no pre-sale of tickets but you will be able to pay once (£5 donation) at any of the three gardens for access to all. The gardens will be clearly signposted with balloons and will be open from 11am until 4pm.

MEETING FOR WI: On Wednesday there will be the last meeting of the WI until September. It will be the annual Garden Party and everyone has their fingers crossed for a fine afternoon. September’s meeting will take place as usual on the second Wednesday of the month, September 10 and will be a social Getting to Know You meeting.

SERVICES: Sunday is the third Sunday of Trinity and there will be Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’, followed by coffee and cake for everyone, then Choral Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Heathfield Chapel, Chapel Cross, is holding a flower festival this weekend. Doors are open today and tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Refreshments during the day with lovely lunches and teas. No charge but donations may be made for Demelza Hospice for Children. The chapel always put on a good festival, so please do visit. The chapel is at the Heathfield end of Punnetts Town on the B2096, TN21 9DB. There will the normal morning service at 11am on Sunday with a Songs of Praise style service at 6.30pm. Both led by Ray Dadswell.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service followed by barbecue at Wayside. We will be in the garden unless it is wet, in which case we will be in the barn. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Songs of Praise. Both services will be led by Ray Dadswell. The above churches will come together for a united service in the flower show marquee on Sunday July 27.

THE STORES: It is all change at The Stores this weekend as Paul Hammond hands over running of the shop to a new couple. Our thanks to Paul for keeping the Stores for the past few years, which is the hub of the village, and our best wishes to him for the future.

PLAY READING: Come along to The Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, on July 9 at 8pm and join us, the Village Players, for a Play Reading Evening. There Goes The Bride (a farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman) is our next Cafe Theatre production in November. This is an opportunity to get a feel for the play before the auditions. You are very welcome whether you want to take part and read or whether you would prefer to sit and listen. Either way, there will be a glass of wine and a few nibbles to make it a convivial evening. The characters in the play are: the parents: Timothy and Ursula, the daughter Judy, the grandparents Gerald and Daphne, a friend of the father Bill, the prospective father-in-law Charles and Polly, a young flapper lady of the 1920s. The action takes place in the lounge of the parents’ house on the morning of their daughter’s wedding. It would be helpful if you could let Clyde Young know if you will be attending. By the way, auditions will be held on Wednesday July 23 and Monday July 28 at 8pm at the DVH. Put the dates in your diary.