Parish pump Uckfield - June 13 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

GARDENING CLUB: The club won’t be meeting at the hall this month. Instead they are having a nursery visit to Rotherview Nursery, Ivyhouse Lane, Three Oaks, Hastings TN35 4NP. Meet at the nursery at 6.30pm. The annual flower show will be on Saturday August 9.

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is No set in Chile on 1988 at the time of the plebiscite on the presidency of military dictator Augusto Pinochet. It features a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal). 1hr 57min, a Chilian documentary with subtitles.


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is the monthly quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to take part. The fun begins at 8pm. All entry money is returned as prize money. The licensed bar will be open. To enter a team please call Karol Richardson on 01435 883813.

SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, the horticultural society will be staging their Summer Rose, Sweet Pea and Delphinium Show, with classes in art, craft and junior classes. There will also be a sales table. It is being held in the Sports Pavilion in Swan Meadow. Entries can be taken along between 9am and 11am. Schedules are available from the Burwash Newsagents and entries can be handed in on the day. Children’s classes are for up to 7 years, and 8 to 11 years. The show will be open to visitors from 2.15pm until 4pm. Raffle, tea and biscuits will be available. Good luck to all the entrants.

SALE: Once you have left your entries at the pavilion, why not pop across the road to the Table Top sale at Old Rectory Court. The sale begins at 11am. Donations of at least £1 to cover refreshments. All proceeds will be split between the upkeep of the village hall and The Old Wrecks Social Club.

WALK: The next monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. Those wishing to join in should be at the Bear car park ready for 9am departure. The walks are led by Roger Cloke and he will take you over the network of public footpaths ensuring they continue to be used and in good repair for us all to enjoy. The walks usually end in time for lunch.

THERE WILL BE another general knowledge quiz at The Wheel Inn on Wednesday evening from 8pm. Teams of six are welcome to take part. To find out more please call the Wheel on 01435 882758.


VILLAGE SHOP: The shop is looking for someone to work Saturday morning. 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.

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY: We are now moving into our summer season, with a concert at Holy Cross on June 22 and then moving on to our Autumn Season. The concert at Holy Cross is at 3pm and a strawberry cream tea will be provided as part of the ticket price of £10. The concert includes Verdi, Les Miserables, Jazz, Latin American, Hal Arlen, and something for everyone. It is in aid of a Ugandan education project so you will be helping with something which is very much in everyone’s mind at the moment, schools in Africa, as well as enjoying the music. You can get tickets from me at 01825 873395.

CHOIR: Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Choir have had several rehearsals now and Pete Willson is very happy with us. We have two bookings, with Hailsham Festival in September and one in January with Claire Martin at the Shoreham Jazz Festival. If you want to sing jazz or rock, come along on Thursdays, the rehearsals are a complete joy, because we just sing for Pete till our lungs give out. It is £4 a session so why aren’t you there?

LOCAL EVENTS: There is a lot on, East Hoathly Fete is tomorrow, Saturday, and a local personage will be gunged for charity so turn up and be prepared to pitch in.

THANK YOU: As many of you may know I’m now on my own here and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me adjust and offered support.

LOCAL POLICE: Caley (WPC Micheala Pearce), and Hannah (PCSO Hannah Parks) have been a huge support to the community and to me.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity Sunday, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly. 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

CHURCH FETE: A last minute reminder the Church Fete takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the Rectory garden, Church Marks Lane. All the popular stalls return, food, drink, books, games, raffles and much more. Music will be provided by the Warbleton Brass Band, and another local dignitary gets gunged, all in the name of charity. The fun starts at noon and finishes at 4pm.

DOG WALKERS: Just a polite request from the Garden Plots Association. Please ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times when visiting or crossing the allotment site. Your cooperation is appreciated.

GARDEN FETE: The East Hoathly and Halland Village Show Society are pleased to announce their next event, Garden Fete and Summer Show, is to be held on Sunday, at 2pm at the Gate House, Waldron Road. The summer show sees members competing in various classes for produce, cookery and flower arranging. There will also be a produce stall for anyone to bring along any surplus crafts, jams, cakes, plants, flowers and vegetables to raise funds for the society. There will be refreshment in the form of cream teas and entertainment from a brass band. There will also be a children’s garden treasure hunt for the younger members of the community. There are still some seats on the coach organised by the Show Society to go to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Thursday July 10. Tickets are £34. Contact Sue Carter (01825 841499) if you are interested.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion. 10am: Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, June 18: 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, June 21, 9am Parish Prayers in Church.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’ Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion, 11am 3D Holy Communion (Robert Hunt). St George’s, Broad Oak: 9.30 3D Holy Communion Robert Hunt).

FASCOH (Friends of All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield), Greater Love, The Queen is to lead the nation in commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in Glasgow Cathedral on August 4 where she will be joined by other heads of state. In UK’s villages, towns and cities during 2014, communities are marking the centenary of the start of World War One. As a nation we will honour the fallen, recognising their service and sacrifice for our country, and we will remember all who have served as a result of the conflict. FASCOH will also be working closely and in partnership with with organisations within the town to take a lead in commemorating the WW1 centenary in Heathfield. They are partnering with the British Legion, Heathfield Community College and primary schools and organising a united Churches Songs of Praise and commemoration in September as part of the wider programme. FASCOH will be staging a very special WW1 exhibition and activities over four days from Thursday, September 18 through to Sunday, September 21 in the church. The four day event commences with an information packed Thursday Topic focused on WW1. In addition to the subject there will be appropriate WW1 music and illustrative components within the programme. On the Friday there will be an Education Day for both senior and junior students with appropriate presentations in addition to the exhibition. Friday evening will be something very different and entitled Music for Friday Night. A very varied and interesting evening is envisaged for everyone’s enjoyment. Then on the Saturday in the Broad Oak Village Hall there is a WW1 Quiz. In addition to the Remembrance Day Service on November 9 there will be a ‘Silent Night Carol Service’ on December 21 remembering the time of the Christmas truce of 1914 when the British and German troops stopped fighting for Christmas Day and enjoyed a football match together and the German troops started singing Stille Nacht, Silent Night. Heathfield Silver Band will be participating during the evening.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND recently held a quiz night at the Community Centre. £200 of the money raised was donated to Postural Orthostatic Trachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Six year old Lucy Clements, a member of the band, has POTS and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and is now disabled and unable to play in the band. Until last year Lucy was the principal cornet player. Little is known of both POTS and EDS syndrome but research is ongoing and the money raised will go a little way towards helping this.

ALLOTMENTS: The parish council has six vacant allotments at Theobalds Green. Each costs £72 a year, plus £10 Allotment Association fees. For details contact Contact Nicky Lee-Marshall 01435 865700 email If you haven’t already signed up for one, do. I see them every day and there is clearly some wonderful summer produce being grown on this very fertile stretch of soil. We hear the social side is great fun too. A small price to pay for fresh vegetables and fruit all year round and think how healthy you will be with all that digging.

OPEN GARDEN: An open garden event is being held on Saturday, June 21 between 10am and 12.30pm at Greystones in Firgrove Road, Cross-in-Hand. This will be the first time this lovely garden has been open to the general public. Entry will be £2.50 to include coffee and homemade cake. Free parking will be available in the church car park in Firgrove Road (next to the driveway that leads to Greystones). This event supports the Cross in Hand Village Day planned for Saturday, August 2. Both the open garden event and the Village Day are raising funds for the upkeep of Cross-in Hand Village Hall, an important community facility that is now in need of updating.

ART CLUB: Cross in Hand Art Club holds an exhibition and sale on June 21 in the Lucas Memorial Hall, Waldron from 11am to 5pm. Free entry and refreshments.

ROADRUNNERS: On Sunday, June 22 at 10am the Road Runners are holding a competitive run along beautiful Sussex lanes around Waldron. Entrants should all be over 15. The run begins at the Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club ground. It costs £8 to take part if you are affiliated to UKA or £10 if not (£10 and £12 on the gate). There are prizes for first, second, third and prizes for the first male and female teams.

HISTORY SOCIETY: There will be a talk on the history of Gatwick Airport (appropriate now potential expansion is in the offing) from 7.15pm on June 19 in the Ian Price Room, Heathfield Community Centre. Non members pay just £3.

TALK: Tonight, Friday, in the village hall David Calvert will talk about Herstmonceux Castle. Cost of entry is £4 and includes coffee and cakes. There will be four Open Gardens on Sunday, June 29 from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like your garden to be included contact Maggie Lambert-Gorwyn on 01435 830645. The next quiz and fish supper is on Friday, July 11 at 7.30pm. Bookings and money (£8) per head by July 8 to Maggie (same number as above).

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet at East Dean car park, GR.557977 at 10am for an eight mile circular walk via Friston Forest, Seven Sisters Country Park and some of the Seven Sisters. Ring 01892 516191. Saturday, June 28. Meet in Lamberhurst Car Park, GR 676362 at 9.30am for a 10 mile walk via Scotney Castle and Goudhurst. Ring 01892 852153. Saturday, July 5 meet in Framfield Village by the church, GR.495204 at 10am for a nine mile circular walk. Ring 01892 509036.

COFFEE MORNING: Cross-in-Hand Methodist Church will be holding their monthly coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, 10.30am to noon and on Sunday we will be celebrating Holy Communion at 10.30am.

Isfield & Little Horsted

SINCE MOVING to the area last year my wife and I have been impressed by the number of social activities being organised in these two small communities, a good sign that traditional village life lives on in the hustle and bustle of a largely technology-run 21st century. The next few weeks provide a bumper crop of events, and if you know of anything coming up that is not listed here, do let me know.

MUSIC (1): St Margaret’s Church in Isfield will be the venue this Sunday evening for a fund-raising Music for a Summers Evening concert. Uckfield Holy Cross Choral Society, under the direction of Anthony Roberts, will be performing music by Bach, Mozart and Elgar. Tickets at £7.50 (to include a glass of wine or juice) from Cariena Cartwright (01825 750749) and at The Laughing Fish.

MUSIC (2): There’s music of a different kind on June 21 (from 7pm) when Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society hold their annual Bonfire Follies evening behind The Laughing Fish. Apart from providing a few hours of musical fun, the event raises funds for the society’s Guy Fawkes celebrations. Bonfire Society Chairman Andy Payne says: ‘The headline band playing will be Scott Free. It’s the main fund raiser for the society, whose chosen charity this year is Hope in the Valley RDA Group.’

FETE FUN: Only a couple of weeks to go now before Isfield’s annual village fete, this year moving to a Sunday, June 29. Visitors will be treated to numerous events including a display by Debs Dancers, terrier racing and a fun dog show, as well as a range of stalls, a hog roast and various refreshment opportunities. Gates to the ICE field behind The Laughing Fish open at 12.30pm. It is hoped that profits from the event will be used to provide a shelter at the bus stop on the southbound side of Horsted Lane by the station.

SCARECROWS: An amusing and colourful feature of village fete activities in recent years has been the Scarecrow Trail competition. Villagers are invited to create their own scarecrow to display outside their homes during the week before the fete. The theme this year is TV programmes. The trail route is being extended to include the section of Station Road beyond the recreation ground to include Northfield Cottages and Tile Barn Close. Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire, who organise the competition, hope that many villagers will also decorate the outside of their homes and gardens with bunting to give the area a real festive feel. Entry forms for the scarecrow competition from Sue on 01825 750767 or email

UP AND AWAY: The regular weekend bustle of steam and diesel trains operating on the Lavender Line proved to be no problem for a nestful of Great Tits who came into this world snuggled within a nest tucked inside the weighing machine at the station. They have now fledged. The station has now opened up a seven-days-a-week attraction in the form of a tea room offering a range of cakes, including gluten and dairy-free ones, rather than opening only on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

CHURCH SERVICES: There have been a few changes at St Margaret’s Church, with all services apart from Family now being held in accordance with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Stephen Hardwick says: ‘It was thought a number of people feel more at home with the traditional wording than modern versions and St Margaret’s could become a haven for such traditionalists. The Family service no longer a clash with the services at Little Horsted’s St Michael’s and will appeal to parishioners and others of all ages.’ Services (10am) are: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion.

A26 CLOSED: A reminder from East Sussex County Council that part of the A26 Lewes to Uckfield road is currently closed for repairs for 15 nights (excluding weekends) from 8pm to 6pm from last Monday. The affected stretch is between Horsted Lane and Barcombe Mills Road. A diversion route is signposted.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

ORGAN RECITAL: Celebrity Organist Paul Hale, Rector Choir and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, will play at St Dunstan’s on July 5. Doors open at 6pm and entry costs £8 for adults, £6 concessions and students and under 18s go free. Refreshments follow the recital. Paul advised the Organ Trust on the changes at St Dunstan’s, completed in November 2012. Previously he was Assistant Organist of Rochester Cathedral, Organist of Tonbridge School and Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford, where he studied with Sir David Lumsden and Professor Nicholas Danby, gaining an MA in Music.

LITTER PICKING: Litter pickers would be welcome tomorrow, Saturday, at 9.30am outside the Manor House. You are given gloves, grabbers and bags.

FOOTPATH WALK: The next walk is on June 29 meeting at the South Street car park at 10am. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767 for information.

CHARITY GARDENS: Mayfields’s NGS gardens for charity are open on Sunday at Tew Cottage, Meadow Cottage, Hoopers Farm, Warren House, Mayfield C of E Primary School, May Cottage, Longcroft House and The Middle House Hotel from 11am-5pm. Teas served from 2pm at Warren House and Hoopers Farm. Stephen Moore from Rapkyns Nursery will sell plants in the primary school grounds. Admission is £5 (free for children) to view all the gardens. Money raised will be divided between various nursing and caring charities. There will also be a donation to Mayfield Primary School’s garden club.

CONCERT: On July 19 at 2.30pm in St Dunstan’s Church the church choirs will perform at concert At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners with music from the 16th to the 21st centuries exploring themes of earth, life, humanity and nature. Also performing will be organist Jonathan Hope (Gloucester Cathedral).

MAYFIELD THROUGH TIME: DVD copies of Nathaniel Durman’s film Mayfield Through Time are available at £5. The film was recently screened at the Mayfield Festival and explores the village in an historical context. Call: 07808 167197 or email: to order.

THE PARISH COUNCIL says parking in the village continues to be one of the most complained about issues and the parish council and police have been trying to enforce the two hour parking limit on the High Street to alleviate congestion and encourage shoppers. The council has devised a plan to use a little-used area around the Memorial Hall for a further 23 car spaces. The council has also devised a long term plan to switch all the street lights to LEDs and partial night-time lighting. At the moment it costs in the region of £250 to change to LED and with 102 street lights to look after it won’t be cheap. But with unit cost beginning to reduce councillors hope there will be significant savings in the long term. Next year all present councillors must decide if they wish to stand for re-election. If you are interested, the parish clerk says it is a job that can at times be frustrating but enormously rewarding. There will be an informal evening later in the year where you can talk to existing councillors and find out more about the job. Jerry Watkiss has been re-elected as chairman for another year and would like to thank his fellow councillors for their continued support and give special thanks to Clerk Janna Todd who has often worked above and beyond her statutory hours to deal with issues in such a professional manner.

Mobile Library

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


THE BOWLS CLUB have a very busy time starting tomorrow, Saturday, Village Open Bowls Competition play at 2.30pm. On Sunday fixtures are West Hoathly at home and Tom Francis away, at 10am. There is also a game against Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies at home at 2.30pm. On Monday they play MidSussex Burgess away, Tuesday the match will be against John Spriggs Henfield at home play will commence at 6pm. Then on Wednesday they will be playing at home against The Crouch Seaford at 2.30pm.

CRICKET CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will travel to Lewes to play St Michaels, the second XI will be playing at home against Buxted Park II, and the third XI will playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Barcombe II, the fourth XI will make the journey to Hellingly playing their IV eleven. All start at 1.30pm. On Sunday the match will be Dads v Lads, this is always a great games to watch and play will commence at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am, this will be followed by the Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

DIARY DATES: Newick Cinema show another film on Sunday June 22; Newick Green WI meet on June 26; Newick Festival will take place from Friday June 27 to Sunday June 29.


D-DAY DODGERS: We all watched the D-Day events, which were very moving. My dad was in the Commandos. He was fighting at Monte Cassino a few days before the D-Day Landings, (and so was the Royal Sussex Regiment) so he wasn’t there. He went on to other parts of Italy, and Yugoslavia. Any soldiers who weren’t at the Normandy Landings were rudely nicknamed D-Day Dodgers, although it wasn’t true, of course. So they took up the nickname. Several years before he died, there was a tune on the radio called The D-Day Dodgers. ‘Hey,’ said my dad, ‘I wrote that’. Wikepedia refers to the song, and says there were several additional writers, apart from the original, who they called Lance-Sergeant Harry Pynn of the Tank Rescue Section, 19 Army Fire Brigade, who was with the 79th Division. Several folk groups have recorded it. It’s sung to the tune of Lili Marlene. But it was my dad, Leslie Richards, who wrote it. How can I be sure? Because my mum has the original, written in dad’s neat handwriting on wartime paper in Italy.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Tickets available from July 1 from Gale and Woolgar, Uckfield High Street, for the Uckfield Singers Summer Concert at the Civic Centre July 27 at 7.30pm. Do buy tickets early, our summer concert last year sold out two weeks beforehand and a lot of people were disappointed. Go to

BIG LUNCH: The sun shone brightly at Uckfield’s Big Lunch and so did the children from Manor Primary School. This annual event organised locally by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association, attracted around 150 picnickers who were kept entertained by a variety of fun activities, everything from Yoga Massage, a dog show to face painting and a bouncy castle, plus lots more. The highlight of the event was the award of prizes for the art competition which the association ran in conjunction with Manor Primary School. Years 5 and 6 submitted entries for the My Favourite Tree in Manor Park competition. The winners were: Year 5: 1, Francesca Rocchiccidi; 2, Leila Newman; 3, Hannah Parsons. Year 6: 1, Kiah Wesblake; 2, Lucy Gunn; 3, Owen McSherry. Paul Sparks, chairman of the association, thanked the school for helping to organise the competition and also George Moss, the High Street jeweller, for donating the top prizes. Other businesses that helped sponsor the event included Carnival Ices, Cookes Bouncy Castles, Final Score Sports Shop, Rachel’s Handsome Hounds, Scuba 2000, Uckfield Yoga and the Uckfield Rugby Club. This year’s event supported Demelza Hospice Care for Children a charity which provides a hospice at home service to over 100 children in East Sussex with life limiting or life threatening illnesses. The charity raised more than £100 at the Lunch. Julie Brett their Community Fund Raiser said, ‘Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity, you have been absolutely fantastic and I can’t thank you enough.’

EXHIBITION: Visitors are invited to Uckfield Art Group’s Summer Exhibition, part of the Art Trail, on Saturday July 19, 10am to 4pm. Come and see what your local art group has been up to since their autumn exhibition. Photographs will show the inspiration behind the finished picture From Digital to Original. Chat to the Artists in Action and enjoy delicious home-made refreshments. Surprise your friends with unique greeting cards and perhaps try your hand at flower arranging. The art group are grateful to Emily at (a local internet based company) who has generously agreed to supply a selection of flowers for the event! You will be able to take your creations home with you. Please start saving your washed plastic milk bottle tops and bring them with you to help fight Prostate Cancer. Free entry and plenty of free parking surrounding the Luxford Centre. 01825 765021


COUNTRY LIVING FAIR: The Star is hosting a Country Living Fair on Saturday June 21 from 11am until 5pm, in the field behind the pub. Entry is free but there’ll be a collection on the gate for the Friends of Waldron Churches. There will be dozens of stalls offering local crafts, food and drink and therapies inside and outside a large marquee, and there’ll be a children’s play area. There will also be a barbecue and the Stores will be offering tea, coffee and light refreshments too. The FoWC will run a bottle tombola for their funds and members are asked if they could offer any bottles from their drinks cupboards. If so, please contact Jane Leney at The Laurels, Back Lane TN21 0QA, Tel: 01435 867424.

FRIENDS GARDENING: The Friends of Waldron Churches are organising a couple of events for all of you who are keen gardeners, so make sure you have them in your diaries. On Friday July 4 at 7 pm, George Pitcher will be chairing an FoWC 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 (a Gold Award winner at last month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and 2013 Supreme Winner at the Association of Professional Landscapers) 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 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, Heathfield Art and Books, High Street, Heathfield or you can e-mail the Friends’ website address ( ) and Ian Dixon will call you back to fulfil the ticket order. Alternatively, ring Ian on 01435 813363.

MAYZING: A number of Waldron and Cross in Hand singers have joined a new choir called Mayzing which rehearses once a week at Mayfield. It’s a relaxed Gareth Malone-type feel-good choir under the leadership of jazz pianist Noel Bannister and it sings anything from gospel to musicals, pop to protest with some WWI numbers as an acknowledgement of that 100th anniversary. The choir’s first concert (with a live band), will be on Friday June 27 at 8pm at Crowborough Community Centre and tickets are now on sale at £8 each (including a glass of wine) and £4 for children from Hullabaloo Mayfield or ask one of the choir members. (I can get tickets if you ring me on 01435 812036). Do come.

CRICKET: Waldron cricketers will be playing Ashdown House XI at home tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2pm at the Cattam.

SERVICES: Sunday is Trinity Sunday 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 at 10.30am to which everyone is welcome) and then Morning Worship at 11.15am also at All Saints’.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

SCHOOL FAIR: Dallington Primary School is celebrating 100 years on the current site this year, and are having a series of events to mark this. One is tomorrow, Saturday, the annual school fair, put on by the friends of the school. The gates open at 2pm with the fair closing at 5pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Pat Reigh and 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Rev Philip Laver.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday.

HISTORY GROUP: David Harrison retired head of baggage handling at Gatwick airport gave us an interesting account of the history of the site from about 1215AD (no airport then) to the present day the estate was owned by various families until the second world war when it was taken over by the government. In the late 1800s the racecourse was built followed by an airfield in the early 1900s. Gradually the airfield became an airport with the racecourse finally disappearing in the 1950s. We were treated to tales of some of the characters involved with the airport including Freddie Laker. Currently Gatwick deals with about 35 million passengers a year. David said a very small proportion (under 1 percent) of baggage goes missing or is damaged, but that it amounts to about 350,000 cases, which gives some idea of the scale of the operation. Our next walk is on Wednesday when we meet at Court Lodge Farm, Wartling (near to the pub) courtesy of Mr and Mrs D Harding, to see their organic dairy farm, at 7pm. Next month, on July 14, Steve Zeigler will talk about Warbleton and WW1.

CONCERT: Music in rural churches was once a community affair with villagers joining and playing their own instruments. Sussex Harmony, a popular Lewes based group will perform in costume their programme And Every Voice a Song. This will cover the music that would have been heard during a Sussex year from Wassail through to harvest and Christmas with some readings from the period pre-1850. The concert will be at St Mary’s church, Warbleton 3pm on Sunday June 22. There will be no entry charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the bell appeal.