Parish Pump Uckfield - July 6, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Pet Service, in the churchyard, weather permitting or else in the church. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion.

WI: The meeting on Tuesday is the garden meeting at Judy Swann’s, meeting as usual at 2.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: The club outing is on Tuesday evening, meeting at Ocklynge Manor in Eastbourne, BN21 2PG at 6pm. The annual flower show will be on August 11.

OPEN GARDEN: My apologies: I got the wrong date for the open garden at Jonathan and Tricia Gray’s. By the time you read this, it will have happened.


MUSICAL MEERKATS: This intrigued me so a phone call was made to Rachel Wright who runs this exciting new concept for pre-school children to learn every aspect of music, from the playing of simple instruments to movement to the music. They learn the shapes, touch, sound, while having a lot of fun. Rachel herself sounds fun, and is very keen for infants and toddlers to experience all these new sensations, to help their development and interaction. She runs three classes, 0 to 18 months, 14 months to 2 1/2 and 3 to 4 year old. Each session is £5 and lasts a minimum of 35 to 40 minutes, just enough for the attention span of the youngsters. She has already had one class of the four planned, but you can still go along and join them at the pavilion in Burwash Common, on Friday mornings. A taster session would cost £4. Rachel hopes to start full time in September. Why no give your kids a treat, sibling discounts for two or more, give Rachel a call on 07867 787227 to find out more and book in your children.

JUMBLE: The 1st Etchingham and Burwash scout group invite you along to their jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am at the scout headquarters in the Bear car park. They are busy raising funds for Burwash Scouts to go to the International Scout camp next year. If you have items for donation, please give Emmanuel Flecken a call on 01435 882764, or take them along to the Scout Hut tonight, Friday, between 6pm and 8pm.

SPORTS DAY: Let us all hope the weather bucks up for the children of the children of Burwash C of E Primary School to enjoy their annual sports day this week. The fun takes place on Tuesday afternoon from 1pm on the Swan Meadow playing fields. All the children will take part, hoping to do well at each discipline. They would be delighted to have your support so do go along and cheer them on. Seeing them taking part in the Jubilee races we know how much they enjoy taking part.

BLOOD: The mobile blood unit will be in the village on Tuesday, and would be grateful to everyone who takes the time to go along and give blood. The unit will be in the bear car park and sessions are from 2pm to 4.30pm ad 5.30pm to 8pm. Help save a life, give blood on Tuesday. The next time the unit visits Burwash will be on October 25. visit for more details and other local locations the unit visits.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The planning application for the proposed allotments can be viewed on Wealden District Council website, the reference no is WD/2012/1190/F and the parish council would be very grateful for support for this project. You can either e-mail in the ‘comment on this application’ section, or by letter to Wealden District Council, Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1DH quote the above reference. Comments need to be received by tomorrow, Saturday.

CHURCH: The Services on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion and 10am Matins. On Sunday July 15, at 6pm there will be a special service in East Hoathly Church in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Everyone is welcome and the service will be followed by the planting of a Royal Oak sapling in the churchyard. Woodland Trust grew this sapling from an acorn from one of the Royal household estates. After there will be tea and cake for all at the church.

KINGS’ HEAD: Simon at the King’s Head is now serving Cream Teas on a Sunday afternoon from about 3pm. At the moment this will be during the summer months only.

LYDFORDS Summer Fete is on Saturday July 14 at 3pm. There will be a bric-a-brac stall, books stall, flowers and cards for sale and a raffle. Refreshments will also be served in the dining room.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The walk on Sunday will be over some of the local footpaths. The starting venue is the Foresters Arms at 2pm returning for a well earned pint at about 4pm. All are welcome, including dogs on leads. For further details please ring Jenny on 872830. Also please contact Jenny if you would like to go on the trip to Wakehurst Place on the 28th July.

DENIS’S CRICKET: Last Wednesday, the Goblins were at home to the Yew Tree. We batted first and our openers, Mikey Brown (retired on 26) and Dan Church (27) got us off to a slow but solid start. After five overs the score was only 20 but after six overs had doubled to 40. From then on every batsman contributed with Roller Wren (22 no), Kenan Bilal (17) and Mark Randle (11 no) helping us to a robust total 160-6. In reply the Yew Tree got off to a very brisk start with 45 off their first five overs. At 10 overs their total had only improved by 19 runs thanks to tight bowling especially from Mark Randle who only conceded one run in his two overs. This left the Yew Tree needing 97 in their last 10 overs and with their better batsmen already dismissed they could not keep up with the run rate and were all out for 113 to give the Goblins their fifth straight win. Matty Cramp, Jim Medrow and Dan Church all took two wickets each as they rampaged through the Yew Tree’s tail. On Sunday we had our first match against the Carnival Society which was enlivened by their provision of a well-stocked bar and an excellent barbecue instead of our usual tea. Initial concerns before the game were that they had 20 players and we had 17. Much thought went in to devising a format for a game with 37 players but when we tallied up those who actually turned up willing to play we had 12 each and decided on a 30 over match with 12 a side (or did the Carnival Society manage to sneak in a 13th). Exempting the wicket-keeper we decided that all players would bowl a minimum of two overs and a maximum of three. This is probably a new format for the game and we may consider patenting it. The cricket club opened strongly with Mikey Brown (28 no) and Dan Church (30 no) retiring undefeated at the end of the over in which they passed the designated threshold of 25. Well-supported by the rest of the team with Matty Cramp (retiring on 27), Paul Church (18) and Simon Clark (13) contributing most, the score rose to 190 by the break. Best bowler for the Carnival Society was skipper Ray Gower with two wickets for three runs in his three overs. Other wicket-takers were James Packham (2-21), Matt Burtinshaw (1-16), Declan Peckham (1-8), Colin Frizzell (1-11) and Matt S (1-13). After the barbecue the Carnival Society lost a few early wickets but were then steadied by Matt Burtinshaw (26) and James Packham (retired on 30) as the score rose steadily. At the halfway stage of 15 overs the score had reached 70-4 and the prospect of a thrilling finish still remained. The club’s bowlers and fielders tightened their grip on the game and as wickets fell only Colin Frizzell, with an enthusiastic 14, offered significant resistance as the Society were eventually all out for 128, possibly exceeding their pre-match expectations. Notable bowling performances from the club were from Ryan Packham (an astute skipper) with 3-4, Matty Cramp 2-8 and single wickets from Mark Randle, Kenan Bilal, Nigel Bolton and David Pennell. An excellent afternoon’s entertainment was watched by a massive crowd (in excess of 70) and four dogs. There is every likelihood that this could become an annual event. This Wednesday evening the Goblins are home to the Fairies (Haff claims that he was able to fill the team in two minutes). There is no match on Sunday.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Saturday 7 July 1759: ‘…This day received by the post the disagreeable news of the French being landed at Dover. Oh, melancholy news. But yet I hope it is only a false report set about by some credulous and fearful people without any real foundation…’


COFFEE MORNING: There is an Open Garden event at Bates Green Farm, Arlington from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of Hailsham Old Pavilion Society. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this lovely, tranquil, two-acre garden, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs McCutchan. There will be cakes, raffle, merchandise, plants and books. Entrance is £2. No dogs please.

OPEN GARDEN: Bay Tree Cottage is open tomorrow, Saturday, in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. It is at BN26 6QN for Sat Navs or from Eastbourne proceed to Polegate cross roads, past the Horse and Groom pub. At the large roundabout take the A22 to Hailsham, first left into Bay Tree Lane into Sayerland Lane from where it will be sign posted. There will be a range of stalls, raffle and refreshments organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. Children are welcome. Only guide dogs will be admitted. Entry is by donation.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Making Sense of Suffering, 2.45pm Holy Communion at Emmanuel church, Hawkswood. 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, The Workers in the Vineyard.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Reverend Barbara Almond is followed by refreshments.

RAMBLERS: There is an 8.5 mile Newick and Ouse Navigation walk with Pam (01825) 764937 on Sunday. On Wednesday the shorter walks group is going on the Brightling Woods circular of five miles with Daphne (01323) 845055, which may be muddy if wet. For the strollers there is the Tide Mills circular with Jacqui and Sid (01323) 461004. If you would like to go on any of these rambles, long or short, ring the walk leader for the details. If you have any general enquiries about Hailsham Ramblers ring Jill, the secretary, on (01323) 843530.

QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Community College main hall on Wednesday. Contact Claire Atherton on (01323) 841468 to book. Tickets £2.50 adults, £1 students (max six per table). Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and ends at 9.45pm. BYO food and drink.

FLOWER CLUB: The demonstration given by Elsie Chaplin at the June meeting entitled Interior Design was an interesting one. Going through an imaginary house, members began with the hall, where a large welcoming arrangement of liatris, stocks, peonies and a variety of foliage were displayed. Then came the dining room with a more formal display of cocoa blades and cream roses. In the kitchen a large earthenware pot, very French, with sunflowers. The study had a black and white theme with black container and white gerbera. On to the conservatory and here there was a yellow cage-like container with yellow roses and ladies mantle for the greenery. Finally, a room of memories, with an arrangement in a large red dish with acer leaves and green and red orchids. On the same evening there was a competition entitled Summer Picnic and the winners were as follows: Beginners: 1, Sandy White; 2, Maggie Phillips; 3, Sue Groom. Intermediate: 1, Sarah McGinn; 2, Marie Haward; 3, Margery Luffingham. Advanced: 1, Sue Woodrow; 2, Marian Williams. Senior Advanced: 1, Wendy Bysouth; 2, Christine Campbell-Dykes; 3, Doris Holt.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society. On July 11, members will be setting off from the Charles Hunt Centre car park at 7pm and going on a short walk around parts of the town guided by some of the society members, ending at the museum where refreshments will be laid on. Cost to members is £2. At the Charter Market in June, the society had the use of Seymours’ empty shop in the High Street for the day, where they had a display of old photos of the town and a few artefacts that had a town connection. Items from firms that no longer exist in the market town, like a bucket with a brass plate that reads Alfred F Smith, that were ironmongers in the High Street, an Electro butter church from the Hailsham Church Company and a hessian corn sack with Stricklands Hailsham printed on it. The mill was off Station Road at the far end of what is now the industrial site. Much interest was by the passing public. More photos and artefacts are on display at the Museum, Blackmans Yard, Market Street (behind the Kebab shop) which is open on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. The society’s June meeting at the Methodist Church was a selection of varied photographs and subjects by local photographer, Marie Stone. Her wonderful shots of people, animals and scenery from here and around the world were superb, a very talented young lady. The society are now breaking for the summer and will be starting back at the Methodist Church hall on September 12 at 7.30pm when the subject will be A Convict’s Tale. All welcome. Visitors £2.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: The annual garden party was held in the delightful garden of member, Joan Manchip. They were fortunate to have a fine warm afternoon for the 30 members and guests attending. A strawberry tea was served by members of the committee, business having been kept to a minimum. Following the usual raffle, birthday flowers were given to: Mary Hough, Jessie Scott, Jane Wade and Sally Ann Donohue. A coffee morning is planned for next month with a visit to a local restaurant for lunch in August. Their next meeting will be as usual at Cross In Hand Village Hall on Wednesday, July 25 at 2pm. The speaker is Ian Everest who will talk about Sussex Farming in the 1950’s. New members are always made welcome. Phone 01435 862161 to find out more.

ALL PETS and their owners will be blessed at a short service in the garden of St George’s, Broad Oak, by the Rev’d David Guest on Sunday at 3pm. ‘There will be be tea and biscuits afterwards and even perhaps hay and carrots’, smiled Rev’d David.

POLICE MEETING: Come and air your views and find out what’s happening in our local area on Wednesday from noon until 4pm at Sainsbury’s when the Wealden neighbourhood policing team is holding an event with Trading Standards to raise awareness about cold calling in the town. You are invited to come and meet Trading Standards and find out what they do. What are your rights when buying goods and services, how and you spot a scam or rogue trader? Plus you can find out about the good trader scheme.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday meet at Paines Corner, GR 623237 at 9.30am for a seven mile walk via Punnetts Town windmill. Ring 01435 873551.

TRAFFIC MEETING: A first-rate meeting at Heathfield Community College earlier this week. Several dozen local residents attended to make their views known to a panel comprising Cllr Rupert Simmons, (ESCC,) Brian Banks (ESCC highways) Mark Swift (Sussex Police traffic officer) and Alan Powell (principal, Heathfield Community College). The meeting was introduced by two campaigners, Dr Kim Twinn and Susie Frank. On the agenda were various aspects of potential traffic and highway improvements, some achievable, some possibly not. They included lineage and signage issues; pedestrian footpaths and crossings; traffic calming and speed limit considerations. Speaker after speaker, many with children at the school, emphasised the lack of adequate signage on the main road; the official speed limits, reducing from 60mph to 40mph; the narrow footpath bordering the highway; past injuries and accidents; anti-social parking on approach roads and their frustration at trying and failing to ensure their children stay safe. A constructive question was asked by chairman of governors, Richard Karn who queried the best way campaigners could work to ensure road improvements were moved to the top of the council’s works agenda. He mentioned green issues which were often prioritised and had access to additional budgets, wondering whether a possible cycle and walking path (cutting exhaust emissions and improving children’s health) might tick the authority’s approval boxes. He also emphasised the need to make sure the campaign was intelligence led, rather than emotionally led. Brian Banks told the meeting there is great pressure on budgets and there are currently hundreds of road improvement schemes that have been brought to his attention. Cllr Simmons said it had taken seven and 11 years for two local crossings to be completed. The audience did not agree with Brian Banks’ assertion that reduced speed limits had little impact and they said some drivers might ignore them but many do not. One said limits reduce expectations of speed and believed a limit would have an impact. Research showed that most speeders were local drivers. It was also emphasised that the road is a trunk route and some calming measures such as build-outs and sleeping policemen might not be appropriate. Speakers suggested the road should be re-designated as an A-road. Mark Swift told the meeting cuts had reduced officer numbers and that night he had six officers in an area from the coast to Tunbridge Wells, so it was not always easy to enforce speed restrictions over a long period. But he did urge people to report incidents saying action could only be taken if police could build up a picture of consistent speeding or dangerous driving. Brian Banks said the council identified specific targets which must be achieved if schemes get the go ahead (such as road safety, transport availability, regeneration) and the good news is that improvement measures are in the pipeline, possibly for next year. Plans were laid for speed operation devices (SIDs) to be made available and a Speedwatch team could be on the cards. Several people think it would be helpful to educate children to be traffic aware, and that is the job of parents although most primary schools include road safety in their curriculum. One parent asked why automatic speed reduction schemes such as in Etchingham could not be used but Brian Banks said research on those elsewhere proved they were not effective and also cost a lot of money. After the meeting I drove down the road to check out the pavement it does seem daft to have a 40mph limit from the junction move up to a 60mph where the school path is still alongside then drop it down to a 40mph again. The simplest thing to do, if funds are short, would be to make it 40mph all the way and to ensure there are good, clear school signs. More substantial improvements would be great. Lets hope the residents and parents achieve the outcome of their wish list before too long.

Horam & Vines Cross

OPEN DAY: The Horam Centre, in the High Street, is pleased to announce it is holding an Open Day on Saturday July 14 from11am. The plans are for the parish council to hold their meetings there and they are far more comfortable for visitors to the meetings. Other local clubs and groups are also welcome to rent this space for their own meetings and activities. There will also be an Internet Cafe (with controls), book exchange and an information point. Meet your local parish and district councillors. Local businesses are welcome to hold meetings or seminars, rates on application. Artists are welcome to display their work. The parish clerk will be on hand some days to help with any issues that residents have. When the Redrow Development Plans become available they will be on show. General bookings Susan Stedman 813182; business enquiries Michael Cousins 07748 270494.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

ST LEONARDS-MAYFIELD School celebrated another fine year of ceramics on Friday, when it opened its doors to guests from across Kent and Sussex for its annual exhibition. The variety of subject matter on display and the range of materials and techniques which had been employed by the students were hugely diverse. This included slip casting, hand building, raku firing, coil building and slab building techniques. The students who were exhibiting work included Jenna Gearing of Maresfield, East Sussex, who produced a highly articulate sculpture which tackled the issue of homelessness, using sculptors such as Rodin for inspiration. Jenna also produced a striking bust of David Attenborough. Other students decided to focus on the chemistry behind the discipline. Natasha Boumediene of Mayfield, East Sussex developed a series of reticulating glazes which she applied to some elegant hand-made bottle forms. The ceramics department at St Leonards-Mayfield School has been well-known in art education circles for many years. It has won several national awards and, following an exhibition in the City of London, the students’ work was highly-acclaimed in two international art journals.

PARISH COUNCIL: At its first committee meeting in 2012/3, Jerry Watkiss was elected chairman of the Rights of Way and Trees Advisory Committee. The committee met in May. One of the matters which arose which is worthy of mention was a case of trespass, where a would be walker deliberately strayed onto private property under the impression that there was a right to roam. This was not the case. It would appear that the confusion arose over the difference between Scottish and English law on the subject. The case for the right to roam in England is confined generally to mountains, moors, heaths, downs and registered common land. In Mayfield and Five Ashes there is a substantial network of footpaths and bridleways which transverse private property, and local landowners put a lot of effort in maintaining them, so when walking please respect landowners’ property and keep to the laid down routes. The licensed footpath is now open, and is being well used. At present it is only a footpath, although the committee hopes to get a section of bridleway included within it next year. There are notices posted at each end of the licensed footpath to show the extent of the licence granted to the parish council. They hope that this footpath will be well used, and it is the long term objective of the parish council to develop this as a bridleway section by section through to Yew Tree Lane.

SUMMER SHOW: Planning is continuing for the Five Ashes Centenary Summer Show on July 28. Research at Tunbridge Wells Library has revealed that the 1912 show, the first of what will most likely be a series of annual shows, was held at Leeds Mead (Leeds Lane, Five Ashes) on Wednesday, July 31, 1912. Unfortunately, bad weather prevailed. Members hope for perfect weather in 2012 for an increased number of attractions to be held on the recreation ground. These will include Mayfield Fire Engine and displays of Five Ashes in 1912 including maps, photographs and reminiscences. There will also be displays of dancing. In the sports they hope to hold a Ladies Threadneedle Race, one was held in 1912. Information from Graham Playfoot on 01825 830511

MAYFIELD BAND will be playing a celebration of English music at the Last Night of the Proms Concert in the Memorial Hall from 8pm on July 21. There will be a Pimms bar, flag waving and singing. Other dates in the band’s diary are Sunday, July 8, Rotherfield Summer Fair. Saturday, September 29 Quiz Night.

CRICKET: The wet weather of April and much of May did not make for an ideal start to the playing season. A couple of friendly games were played mid-April, in freezing cold conditions, both of which were lost. Sadly the official opening of the new pavilion on May 7 had to be cancelled but the opening has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 22 which will also be President’s Day, kicking off the annual Mayfield Cricket Week. The club entertained the Toronto Canadians for their Canadian Cricket Week from May 12. A goodly crowd of members and local supporters saw them beat a strong Mayfield side on the Sunday in a very entertaining match. Wet weather again claimed the Monday game, against Captain Raj Sharma’s Fledglings team, which was a pity, as ex-England players Devon Malcolm and Min Patel, as well as other high quality players, were due to test the strong Canadian side. However, the Wednesday game of Finchkin’s XI, another side of ex-premier league and county players, against the Canadians, was completed in cold but dry conditions in front of the large well wrapped audience. The visiting team could not quite get going and recorded the first defeat of their tour. Despite the weather, the visitors were able also to do some sight-seeing and it was a very successful venture. Fixture Books are now available and looking good, displaying the new logo. Nets and training night at the club is Thursday. Club Night and Colts coaching is Friday night. Colts training/coaching and matches have suffered from the weather but the professional coach has worked on a good indoor programme using the pavilion, to make up for time lost outdoors. 200 Club: The winner of the first of two annual big prize draws was A.Parker, with runners up T Cornish, Mrs E Ponsford and D Ward. The club phone number is 01435 872749.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: An outing to Hampton Court is set for Tuesday. Departure time from Mayfield is 9.15am leaving Hampton Court at 4pm. The cost is £30 per head to cover entry, coach and driver’s gratuity. Tickets from Warwick Child on 01435 873252


THE BOWLS CLUB are away to Seaford tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon from 2pm. On Sunday they will be playing Crawley Town at home and on Wednesday they have another home game against Crowborough Wolfe, both games will commence at 2.30pm.

CRICKET for this weekend are: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are at home to Laughton, the second XI are away to Maresfield, the third XI are away to Firle II and the fourth XI are playing at The Temple Grove ground against Sidley IV. All matches comes at1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game against Chiddingly, play commence at 2pm. On Tuesday there will be a home fixture against the Brighton Nomads, this match will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are BCP Communion at 8am followed by at 10.30am Holy Communion, Common Worship.

JUNIOR CRICKET; The Juniors under 11s are away to Haywards Heath on Tuesday and on Wednesday the under 13s will be playing Haywards Heath at home. Play commence at 6pm.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Just to remind you that the Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday. The speaker will be Tony Turk talking about the Leveller Gooseberry. There will be a competition for the best bowl of 12 home grown gooseberries, best home- made gooseberry jam, best home- made gooseberry tart or flan and finally the best home-made gooseberry fool or chutney. For further information ring 01825 722154 or 722650.

COFFEE MORNING: A date for your diary: There will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 9.30 till mid-day on Saturday July 14, in aid of St Mary’s Church. More details next week.


BACK AGAIN: I’m back from Casablanca and Rabat. It was a great surprise as they’ve now overtaken us. The younger, educated generation has taken over. Crime’s low, cars are new, roads are good, everywhere’s clean and they’re building marinas, shopping centres and housing. In the fascinating souks a lot of things are priced and they don’t pester you. Morocco has no oil or minerals, and no Welfare system. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. We were privileged to see the solarplane, and to meet the team. It’s the weirdest looking plane. The wings are incredibly long. It’s flying round the world in 2014.

TORCH RUN: The Festival Alternative Torch Run for all the schoolchildren of Uckfield is happening on Tuesday July 17. (The real one is not coming to Uckfield). We have a rolling road closure at 10.30am to 11.15am from Budletts roundabout, Ringles Cross, High Street, New Town, Highlands roundabout, Lewes Road to Little Horsted roundabout. All the schools are taking part and several schools are bringing all their children to watch. I am looking for around 50 marshals to man the various junctions. It is not a difficult task. You come to the Luxford Centre in Library Way at 9am on Tuesday July 17, when you will be instructed in what to do and the junction you will man. Unless you are at one of the small closes along the route, you will not be expected to be alone at the junctions. If you have a yellow hi viz jacket, that would be helpful. You may be able to borrow one from a friend or neighbour as they are a requirement for all passengers if you drive through France. I really would appreciate your help and you would be part of this one off experience of a life time. Thank you. (Dorothy Sparks).


CENTENARY CELEBRATION: Our eight bells in the tower at All Saints’ received a thorough work-out last week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their recasting in 1912. The Reverend Paul Cox led the Family Service at 11.15am on Sunday and after a lively sermon which introduced us to all the various parts of the bells, he blessed them anew, ready for their next 100 years of ringing. The tower was open after morning service so that people could climb the narrow winding staircase to the Bell Chamber and then, for the really brave souls, up the rest of the stairs to look at the magnificent views over the Waldron countryside towards the Downs. Bell Captain Brian Tompsett was on duty until 5pm so that he could show visitors round the tower, and a collection was made for the repairs to our belfry roof. Many thanks to Brian and his team of ringers for all that they do to keep up this ancient tradition of bell ringing in our village.

EARLY MUSIC: There’s a concert planned for Saturday July 14 at All Saints’ church, where you can see early instruments demonstrated and listen to music written for these and other period instruments. David and Ruth Pace and Michael Withers will be bringing along their collection of instruments including the harp, positive organ, mediaeval fiddle, recorders, symphony and bagpipes, crumhorn and rebec, and will be playing works by Cornysh Power, Dufay, Machaut and others. With a nod to the Royal Jubilee, they will also include works said to be by Henry VIII. Tickets for the concert, priced £10 (£8 to Friends of Waldron Churches) and including a glass of wine, are available in the Stores at Waldron, or at Heathfield Art and Books or by post to Box Office, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Last minute tickets on the door. The concert will start at 7.30pm.

CRICKET: Last weekend Waldron’s cricketers travelled to Linden Park for their league match. Put in to bat, Waldron could hardly put a stroke wrong and declared on 243 for one wicket after 45 overs. However, they weren’t as effective in the field, and couldn’t quite succeed in getting out the opposition who, with nine wickets down, hung grimly on for a draw. This weekend the team will be at home to Stanmer as the second half of the season begins. Later this month the annual fixture between the President’s XI and the Cricket Club XI will take place on Sunday July 15 and lunch will be served to invited guests and non-playing members. Play begins at 11.30am with spectators very welcome to come along and the bar will open at midday.

OPEN GARDENS: Three gardens in the centre of Waldron will be open on Wednesday July 18 in aid of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital. Opening times are 10.30am to 12.30pm, then a break for lunch and an afternoon session from 2pm to 4pm. Why not make a day of it and have a light lunch at the Stores or a more substantial one at The Star before exploring the three contrasting gardens? No tickets in advance, just make a donation at the gate.

DROUGHT: Remember that dread word, drought, with which we were threatened earlier this year? We were told we were all doomed, standpipes were a certainty and unless it rained for the rest of the year we might as well leave the country, give up flushing the loo and go back to the first Elizabethan practice of having a bath once a year. Since then the sun has rarely been seen, the rainclouds have taken up permanent residence over this island, the reservoirs are overflowing, dried-up streams are full-blown rampaging torrents and flood alerts are a daily occurrence. The Wimbledon authorities are even planning water-polo events on no.1 Court to keep the crowds amused between matches. No, actually I just made that up. What’s going on? And please, can we have our summer back?

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Graham Daniels, the director of Christian’s in Sport will be the preacher. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family Pet Service. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening service with Rev John Billett.

HISTORY GROUP: We have a return visit from Ian Everest on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start. His talk is titled From the Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major.