Parish Pump Uckfield - June 14, 2013

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GOD PARTICLE PLAY tomorrow, Saturday, at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email or just turn up.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with holy communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion followed by baptism at 12.45pm.

THE LUNCH CLUB meets in the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday.

GARDENING CLUB: This month’s meeting is a visit to Athelas Exotic Plant Nursery, Hooe Road, Ninfield TN33 9EL, meeting there at 6pm. The annual flower show will be on August 10 at the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday at 7pm. There is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.


FLOWER SHOW: The horticultural society will be holding their annual Rose, Sweet Pea and Delphinium show tomorrow, Saturday, in the Pavilion at Swan Meadow Playing Field. Exhibitors can go along and stage their entries from 9am to 11am. Judging will then take place and visitors can go along from 2.15pm to 4pm. Entry for visitors is free but there will be a raffle and refreshments. Good luck to all the exhibitors.

PARISH WALK: The next monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning from 9am. You are all welcome to go along. The walks leave from the Bear car park and are led by Roger Cloke. They take in the network of public footpaths that cross the beautiful countryside around our three villages and helps to keep the footpaths in good use and available for everyone to use, and end in time for lunch.

FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS: Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club will have their summer meeting on Monday afternoon in the village hall from 2.15pm. Members, visitors and friends are invited to go along and see Angels Hyde demonstrate The Planets in flowers and greenery. If you would like to find out more about this group why not go along on Monday or call secretary Claudette Neville on 01435 882409.

NSY: The Not So Young Club will be meeting on Thursday afternoon in the village hall from 2.15pm. They will be entertained by Mr D Calvert who will talk about Herstmonceux. Members enjoy a varied programme of meetings including a summer garden event and Christmas lunch. If you are over 60 years of age and would like to make new friends then why not go along. The afternoon always ends with tea and a raffle.

RUMMICUB: A new venture begins next Friday, June 21, in the pavilion at Burwash Common. The new Rummicub club will be an enjoyable evening of strategy. Rummicub is played with tiles with four different colours and numbers and you aim is to get yours laid in the correct sequences before you opponents. It is a great game, good for keeping the brain active. The fun begins at 7.30pm and can be played by all ages. For more details please call Halina on 01435 882183.

MEETING: The residents’ association is being held on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Pavilion. All residents are welcome to go along. For more details call Patrick Fletcher on 01435 883448.

FATHERS’ DAY: Don’t forget that it is Fathers’ Day on Sunday. Bateman’s invite you to take your dad for a special afternoon tea, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Booking is essential so call them now on 01435 882302 and reserve your places now. Entry is normal admission plus £12.50 per person.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday the stoolball team played a home fixture against Stone Cross. It was a bright but windy cool evening which saw Burwash bat first, scoring 93 from their 13 overs, Jo Baldwin 22. Stone Cross then batted and scored 113 with Sandra Gorringe scoring 53 and Laurie Tonks 20, Becky Waterhouse 3 for 18. It was good to see Becky back in the Burwash team, she had a really good start with two catches and three wickets. The team will play their next match tonight, Friday, away to Mountfield.


BUXTED WI: It was a good attendance at the Reading Room on June 6, the pleasant spell of warm sunny weather lifted everyone’s spirits. Our president, Ann Tricker, welcomed us with the news and information followed by Wendy Lawrence reading a delightful poem she had written. Secretary Joyce Harvey gave us lots of details and information regarding forthcoming events, workshops, courses and lovely days out. Four ladies were presented with birthday cards ,Ann Tricker, Vi Adams, Hilary Quinn and Merle Hammond. Our guest speaker was Sara Berry who gave us an extremely interesting illustrated talk entitled Signs and Symbols in Painting. It was very enlightening to realise what the various signs and symbols (often hidden somewhere in the picture) meant. As a lot of people could not read or write at the time some of the medieval pictures were painted, they could understand the symbols placed inside the picture, which helped them to see what the artist was trying to convey. A vote of thanks was given to Mrs Berry by Wendy Lawrence. The Flower of the Month competition was won by Shirley Isted with Hilary Quinn and June Vatcher in second place and Sandra Hatswell third. The competition entitled A Small Original Painting was won by Evelyn Smith with Rosemary Caddick coming second and Hilary Quinn third. The craft group meet every second Wednesday at 10am, the garden group meet every last Friday at 10.30am and the book group meet every third Thursday at 2.30pm. Or Own Magazine is the topic for our next meeting at Buxted Reading Room on Thursday July 4 and members are encouraged to contribute with anything they feel would be entertaining. The competition is Home Made Sweets. (Mary Mustin).

East Hoathly

DENIS’S CRICKET: With a tea, a barbecue and a feast of cricket all we needed was fine weather. However there was a cold breeze and only patchy sunshine for our match last Sunday against the Carnival Society but the match generated a warm glow of satisfaction from all participants by the time stumps were drawn. Batting first the club’s opening pair amassed 72 in a 30 overs match before Dan The Man Church retired on 37 not out. (We require players who reach a certain number of runs, in this case 35, to retire at the end of the over in which they achieve that total. It prevents one or two players dominating the game and enables more players to have a bat. We also limit the number of overs a bowler can bowl for the same reason. Here endeth our cricket rules lesson. Being a thoroughly modern club we feel free to change the rules as often as we like). The scorebook reports that the cricket club scored briskly and lost 7 wickets for 199 runs in their thirty overs. Additional notable batting performances were Mark Randle 25, Roller Wren 23, Nigel Bolton 21, Paul Church 24 not out and Jon Tague 14. The Carnival’s bowlers included Dazzling Deklyn Peckham taking 3-27 in only his second game since he left school a few eons ago, Darren Cottingham 1-18, Mikey Brown 1-38, Chelsea Mark 1-18 and Crash Berry 1-30. James Packham held all three catches offered to him without having to move much. After tea the Carnival Society put up a very spirited performance with some fine batting from S Mitchell 29, C Birch 32, James Packham 31 (before holing out to Andy Cherry in the covers) and Matt Burtenshaw retired on reaching 40. Lee Shepherd picked up 2 wickets for 16 and Paul Church, Mark Randle, Roller Wren (plus 3 catches) and Andy Cherry took a wicket apiece. Alas, at the end of their 30 overs they had only scored 172-6 so the Club won by 27 runs. A thoroughly entertaining game was watched by a very vocal crowd, no doubt enlivened by the all-day bar. I am pleased to report that no-one hit a ball into the tennis courts or the pavilion but the trees on the other side of the ground took a real pasting resulting in multiple searches in the undergrowth on either side of the fence (successful on every occasion). We have three games this week with the Goblins at home to the Rats on Wednesday and Derek’s XI on Friday and the Sunday side away to the Long Men at Selmeston on Sunday (of course).

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Sunday the Preservation Society led a very enjoyable walk that started from the Litlington Tea Gardens and went over the Downland Lullington Heath nature reserve, skirting the edge of Friston Forest and passing Charleston Manor, before returning to the village with its beautiful flint cottages and ended with cake and a cuppa back at the tea gardens. The next walk is on Sunday July 14. Further details from Jenny or Chris on 01825 872830.

GARDEN PLOTS: Would all those people who have previously expressed an interest in having a Garden Plot and any others individuals, couples or families who are now interested, please send your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (printed please) to Paul and Kate Richardson: or 7 Thomas Turner Drive East Hoathly BN8 6QF.

CHURCH FETE: The Revd Phil Hodgins would like to extend a huge thank-you to all those who supported the East Hoathly Fete last Saturday, both those who attended and all who helped. It was an excellent day blessed with sunshine.

OPEN GARDENS: TheVillage Show Society will be holding its annual Open Gardens Day on Sunday and a number of members’ gardens will be open to visitors. In the afternoon the annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show will take place in the conservatory at The Gate House and cream teas will be served. Admission is £2 by ticket only; tickets are available from the Village Stores or from Jane Tarry at The Pump House, Mill Lane. (840575).

MIDSUMMER MAGIC: Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society are delighted to present Midsummer Magic which takes place on Saturday June 22. The fun and frolics start at 2pm and go on late in to the evening. Local artists will be performing and The Curst Sons will take the stage at 4.30pm. The evening entertainment will be provided by The Meow Meows at 7.30pm, followed by South of Saturn at 9pm. Admission is free until 5.30pm and ticket only from 7pm onwards. Tickets can be purchased at The King’s Head, The Foresters and the Village Stores at a price of £8, or £10 on the door.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

PROVENANCE OF OUR FOOD: Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the press breakfast at the opening of the South of England Show at Ardingly. The speakers were very interesting and talked an issue I have been banging on about for years, the provenance of our food. NFU chairman Peter Kendall said the horsegate scandal had made farmers and consumers like us aware of the importance of traceability. He asked, for example, if we knew that only 40 percent of the pork we eat comes from the UK. And he cited Morrisons’ clever trick of buying Thai and over overseas-produced chicken, packaging it under the name of a provincial English town here in the UK and labelling it as British. What can we do to make sure we know what is in our supermarket basket and on our plate when we go out to eat? Firstly, he said ask and demand. Ask the supermarket assistant where the produce you are buying comes from and don’t be fobbed off with a don’t know. Ask the waiter or restaurateur for the source of their chicken or steak. Ask the butcher and the greengrocer although, he points out, if you buy from your local High Street there’s more of a chance the meat will be reared locally and the veg bought from a small local grower. We have purchasing power, he points out, and we should use it to force retailers to be more open about their buying habits.

ST RICHARD’S Church services. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 15. 10am to 4pm art and craft exhibition in Church. Free admission. Tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm Music for a summer evening, with the Wealden Consort. Tickets £10 includes refreshments. Tickets from Alice on 01435 866072. Concert in aid of Church funds. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion,10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm art and craft group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, June 22 7.30pm, Matchbox Opera present Tosca, in aid of Talking Newspapers.

PUNNETTS TOWN SCHOOL: Children progress through the school learning new dances each year and their most recent achievement was a Maypole Celebration. Last week they tell us their pupils celebrated the tentative approach of summer with a traditional afternoon of Maypole dancing. This annual event saw children from the whole school performing in front of their parents, families and friends. The older girls in the school each decorated hoops with fresh flowers for their Garland Dance. Little Punnetts Pre-School children also joined in with the Barber’s Pole dance. It was a lovely afternoon of music, dance, tea, cakes and a little sunshine; enjoyed by young and old alike.

GOURMET WEEKED: I thoroughly enjoyed the Gourmet Weekend in Waldron, it was great to sample some English strawberries, browse the stalls and actually relish the sunshine. Well done Waldron. However I have one small point, so I plead with the organisers to excuse this believe me, it was terrific and a huge effort from all and sundry. I wonder though why the village is always closed to through traffic? One or two people were shaking their heads and saying: Oh, they always do that. It occurred to me that for many of us who have to drive to Waldron, it is incredibly difficult to park if we come from the Heathfield direction. Being shut to through traffic also means some people who might come to walk their dogs or visit the pub fail to do so and miss a wonderful experience. When the steam traction engines come in September the roads remain open and the village could not be busier or the event better attended.

OPERA: June 22 will see Matchbox Opera perform Puccini’s Tosca in St Richard’s Church. This small group of amateur singers from East Sussex and Kent perform fully costumed grand opera in intimate settings, and have been doing so for more than ten years. They always donate their profits to charity, choosing from the well known and not so familiar groups and this year’s performance in Heathfield will be in aid of the National Talking Newspapers Association, part of the Royal National Institute for the Blind. This charity carries out its important work from a small unit tucked away on Browning Road, unseen by most but heard by thousands of people around the United Kingdom. Here in nine studios some of the two hundred-plus volunteers read magazines and newspapers of all sorts, from the Sunday Times, through Country Life, to Chat and Woman’s Weekly. Discs and tapes are sent out to blind and partially-sighted subscribers, with more and more people downloading the recordings digitally.For more information on Matchbox Opera or the National Talking Newspapers Association contact Joanna McKay on 01892 522672 or

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL CHOIR: For their 2013 spring concert, the Mayfield Festival Choir performed a selection of works entitled Between Earth and Heaven. It was an evening dedicated to the memory of Michael Gough Matthews who died last month. Michael, a former director of the Royal College of Music, had been a Mayfield resident for a number of years and Artistic Director of the Mayfield Festival. The choir started the evening with Angelus ad Virginem, a popular medieval carol, with a catchy melody and strong rhythm, ideal for the choir’s innovative procession from opposite sides of the church to their seats. This was followed by Gloria ad Modum Tubae by Guillaume Dufay, which provided a rousing fanfare and gave the choir the opportunity to express the exuberance intended by the composer, which they did with obvious enjoyment. Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus demonstrated some beautifully quiet, sustained singing from the choir, highlighting the serenity of the music. The first half concluded with A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, bringing together soprano and baritone soloists, a husband and wife duo, Miranda and Martin Johnson and a harp solo by Heather Wrighton. The second part of the concert was the Fauré Requiem which used the work’s original instrumentation, sensitively played by the Royal Academy Consort. This demonstrated the full range of the choir’s developing abilities. The baritone and soprano soloists were polished and effective in their contributions, especially the soprano who delivered an exquisite Pie Jesu, ably supported by Andrew Benians on the organ. The evening was brought to a delicate and moving conclusion by the choir, the sopranos being particularly effective in the final movement, In Paradisum. This is a choir rejuvenated, they have demonstrated a belief and a confidence in their recent performances which is a credit to Jeremy Summerly, conductor and Festival director, whose influence is evident in the quality of the choral singing, the clarity of diction, and variety of dynamics ranging from a delicate simmering pianissimo to a full blown rousing fortissimo. On the strength of this concert we look forward to their November performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The concert was professionally recorded and the CD will be available through the choir’s website

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR: Successful children’s author Sophia Bennett went back to her old school for an interview with pupils. Students quizzed her on life as an author. Becoming a published author is a dream for many people, and former St Leonards-Mayfield School student Sophia Bennett has certainly achieved hers, as she is now celebrating the release of her fifth teenage fiction book. Last week she paid a special visit to the school to meet current students, who interviewed her on what it takes to be a published writer. Sophia gave a talk to 40 students from years seven to nine about how she became a published author after winning The Times/Chicken House writing competition. Her fifth book, You Don’t Know Me was launched this month. Following the talk, students interviewed Sophia on a range of topics, including her past, the inspiration for her characters and stories, and how to forge a career in writing. Student Charlotte Cluff, aged 11, said: ‘It was exciting to meet Sophia and ask about how she became an author. I think her books are really well written, and I hope that one day I can be a writer just like Sophia. It’s really inspiring that we went to the same school.’ Sophia, who now lives in Wandsworth, was a student at St Leonards-Mayfield School from 1977 to 1984. The next big event on the agenda is the launch of a special time capsule, taking place on June 22. The capsule will be buried in the school’s new sixth form centre and will contain artefacts to represent life in 2013. It will be sealed until the school’s bicentenary in 2063.

SUMMER FAIR: The Friends of Mayfield Primary School are having their Summer Fair on Saturday, June 29 from 11am till 2pm. Organisers say it will be a fabulous day on Court Meadow (weather permitting). There is an assault course (bouncy castle) a bar and a barbecue plus dancing and much more.

JUMBLE SALE: The Friends of Five Ashes School and Five Ashes Pre-School will be holding a Jumble Sale at the village hall on Saturday, June 22 from 2pm to 4pm. Their usual cafe serving coffee, tea and cake will be open. If you have any jumble you would like to donate, please either drop it at the hall on the morning of the sale between 9.30am and noon or call Tessa Gregory on 01825 830642 to arrange a collection.


How green is God? An ecumenical discussion. Our Green Congregation is an initiative started by the churches in Norway. Churches Together have been inspired to follow suit, and are organising an evening of talks and discussion to celebrate the launch here in England. To inspire and inform, Agneta Sutton and Edward Echelin will be speaking at this event. The evening will begin at 7.30pm on Thursday in St Dunstan’s Church.

U3A: At 2pm on Thursday, in Mayfield Memorial Hall, Brigadier Hugh Willing will talk about Frankincense, the Quintessential Aroma of Arabia. Frankincense has long been considered the very essence of luxury and one of the greatest treasures of the ancient world. Indeed, the scent still permeates everyday Omani life, for here is grown the fabled frankincense guarded by flying snakes and shrouded in perpetual mist as told in the Tales of the Arabian Nights. This same frankincense was brought by the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem. Brigadier Hugh Willing was a professional soldier for 36 years, and his final posting was as Defence Attaché in Oman. In addition to the interest groups, members are also able to join outings eg to the Tonbridge Wells production of the The Sound of Music and a visit to Farley Farm House in Chiddingly, the home of surrealist painter Roland Penrose and his wife, world famous photographer, Lee Miller. This month a trip to Uppark, the National Trust property, has been arranged. For any information about the Mayfield and District U3A please contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

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; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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.


BOWLING: At last the bowling club have let me have a copy of the fixtures for the summer months. they have a busy time ahead let’s hope the lovely weather will continue and they will enjoy all the following matches: Tomorrow, Saturday, Village Open Bowls Competition 2.30pm; Sunday, Handcross round 2 Tom Francis away 10am; Sunday, Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies are playing at home 2.30pm; Monday, Sussex VP’s Coast v Country 2pm; Tuesday, Mid Sussex West Hoathly away 6pm; Tuesday, John Spriggs Adastra at home 6pm; Wednesday, The Crouch Seaford away 2pm; Thursday, County Men-Sussex v Middlesex home 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St.Mary’s will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Worship 10.30am.

SUNSHINE: What a difference the sun makes to everyone, this week people are smiling again.


EUROPE: In the past few weeks I’ve been away on trips and it’s rained everywhere. What’s happening in Europe? I’m off to the Basilicata region of Italy next.

ART: Uckfield Art Group will be throwing open the doors of the Luxford Centre at 10am on July 20 when they host their Summer Exhibition. The Art Group are taking part in the Uckfield Art Trail and will be displaying original paintings, drawings and interesting greeting cards. More details to follow nearer the time.

THE BIG LUNCH: A big thank you to all those that came along last Sunday and also to all those that gave their apologies. With over 100 people enjoying a lovely picnic on the rugby club field in the summer sunshine we feel it was a success. We are wondering what we might do this autumn. If you have any ideas for a social event that would be popular with all ages we would love to hear from you. Finally if you would like to see some photos of last Sunday’s event then

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OP BLITZ: Your Operation Blitz team will be patrolling your area tomorrow, Saturday, evening. Contact the team direct, between 6pm and midnight, by calling 07787 685737.

LADIES WHO LUNCH: At the Ladies Who Lunch meeting held at The Alma, the speaker was Patricia Wright whose talk was The strange history of Buckingham Palace. The earliest glimpse of the palace site is two thousand years ago during the second Roman invasion. In the first invasion Julius Caesar was forced to retreat when he reached the Thames. Britain was then left alone for nearly a hundred years and the palace site was a mixture of marsh and forest and pools, springs and tiny trails. There was probably a causeway across the bog towards the Thames. One of the first women to own the site was Edith, wife of Edward the confessor. She did not own he whole site, the river Tyburn runs under the present palace and she was given the land to the west of the stream. There have been many owners of the site but a monk, Osbert, suggested that the monastery forge deeds so that the church could claim the land. The site went through many owners and changes before the Duke of Buckingham owned it. He married three rich wives and used their money to live lavishly and gamble. The house was bought by George III in 1763. It is suggested that the royal family do not like the palace as it is very uncomfortable, but it is a symbol of royalty to the British People. Patricia Wright has written a book with the same title as her talk and goes into much greater detail on the fascinating history of the palace. She was thanked by Georgina Sealy. The next lunch will be held on July 1.


DREAM PERFORMANCE has been said of the Primavera Trio, who will visit Waldron on Sunday. Word has of course gone round and premium tickets are now all sold out for the concert which takes place at All Saints’ Church starting at 7pm. But don’t despair, there are still side aisle tickets available at £18 each so hurry to get yours from the Stores at Waldron or Heathfield Art and Books or take a chance on buying at the door on the night. This professional trio of violin, classical guitar and cello have put together a gorgeous programme which will include Handel, Vivaldi, Villa Lobos, De Falla and Paganini. What could be lovelier on a June evening? Refreshments will be served in the interval and I have heard mention of Pimms and champagne...can it be true? Profits from the concert will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for the re-ordering and repair of our two churches.

FLAMENCO: Coming soon is a Spanish evening at the Star Inn on Saturday July 6 starting at 7pm. Underneath the stars, in a marquee set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and tickets are at a give-away cost of £5 per head for the performance, entry by reservation only. You get a glass of sangria with your ticket and food (Tapas and paella, of course) can be bought on the night. It’s live and exciting by two performers, Ana and Jose, who perform round the world.

JAM, GLORIOUS JAM: As part of our recent Food Fair, there was a jam-making competition with a large number of imaginative cooks entering their inventions. The winner was Zcott Simpson, with his Strawberry and Lavender conserve and I can give a personal report that it’s delicious. Zcott is now making up a batch of his winning jam and also some other flavourings such as strawberry, olive and basil which I reckon will go well with cold meats (if there is any left after you’ve dipped into these pots of deliciousness). They should be on sale at The Stores shortly so drop in and ask Deborah if they’ve arrived yet, but you’ll have to fight me for the first pots on the shelves.

SERVICES: Sunday is the third Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, celebrated by the Reverend Paul Cox, and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s. At 11.5am there will be a Family Service at All Saints’ with Reverend George Pitcher supported by Lay Reader Tim Hough.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

GRAND QUIZ: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall are organising a Grand Quiz tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper. There will be a licensed bar. For tickets ring 01435 863727 or 812627. Proceeds of the evening will be split between hall funds and Children of Gambia Services.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with holy communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion followed by baptism at 12.45pm. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm (includes communion); both services led by Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a fascinating talk on the history of peregrines in Sussex from Phil Everitt. He opened his talk by saying that he was fortunate to be able to still do such talks and be involved with the monitoring of the peregrine population. He had undergone a double lung transplant, and stressed the importance of being on the donor register, and he said age was no barrier to donation. Firstly it should be made clear that he and his fellow group members are specially licenced to carry out their work with peregrines. The population stayed constant throughout many decades of egg collecting; it was the use of pesticides such as DDT and Aldrin, that decimated the population. The effect was second hand. Their prey, such as wood pigeon, ate the treated corn and suffered little effect. It was the peregrines’ appetite for these birds that was their downfall as the poison accumulated in them. The banning of such chemicals had a dramatic effect, and the population is strong, the most famous being the Chichester cathedral pair. Our next meeting is on 8th July when Judith Kinnison Bourke will speak about Maud Newman and the Titanic Disaster Fund.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday at 7pm. There is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

MERRY WIVES: Don’t forget that tickets for the Village Players’ open air production of the Merry Wives of Windsor are available in The Stores. The first 110 sold for each night are guaranteed seats in the event that we have to move from the green to the village hall. Extra spaces are available on fine days in the auditorium on the green. Performances are from Thursday June 20 to Saturday June 22. Please bring your own chairs, warm clothing, and a picnic. Drinks available from the Horse and Groom, but don’t Dilly Dally on your return for part two.

UNNATURAL ENEMIES?: Christianity and Science; A talk and discussion with The Rev Dr Steve Jeffery on Monday June 24 at Warbleton in the church rooms 7.15pm for refreshments for a 7.30pm start, finish by 9pm. Steve is the minister of a church in North London. He has a doctorate in experimental physics from Oxford University and is the co-author of two books about the death of Jesus. He has appeared on Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. His other loves are jazz, coffee, football, and Yes Minister. This event is free of charge and open to those of any faith or none, and to those who would like to engage in debate or just attend and listen.