Parish Pump Uckfield - June 15, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

SCHOOL FAIR: Dallington School Fair is to be held tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm at the school.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm at the village hall on Monday.

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 for parishioners to raise matters.


JUBILEE WEEKEND: The second half of the Jubilee weekend on Monday, got off to a drier start, when the two football matches were held. The first was a game between Burwash FC and the Bear which the FC won. The second game was a memorial match which was very great fun and had plenty of spectators. In the evening there was great time for all with live music, fireworks and the light of the Burwash and Burwash Common Beacons. With the rain continuing to hold of long enough on Tuesday, for the Burwash Common Jubilee Fair to have a few hours without umbrellas. The crowds were able to enjoy a fun dog show, children’s races, Teddy bear parliament, Scalextric racing car Grand Prix, Morris dancers, fancy dress and much more. The Saturday Mile of Coins along the village high street, raised £715, so well done and thank you to all who added to the line of coins during the morning. We as a village give grateful thanks to the hard working organisers of the fours day of events, and well done to all those who braved the weather and helped make it such a fantastic weekend.

APOLOGIES: A misprint in last weeks column (my fault) gave the horticultural society’s Rose, Sweet Pea and delphinium show as July 16, when of course it is tomorrow, June 16. The entries can be staged from 9am to 11am, and entry forms can be given in at that time. Visitors can go along from 2.15pm to 4pm. after the judging has taken place. Entry for visitors is free with tea/ coffee and a raffle available. There will also be children’s classes of ages up to 7 years of age and 8 to 11 years. Apologies to any inconvenience the mistake may have caused. Good luck to all the exhibitors.

STOOLBALL: The stoolball club had an exciting game last Friday when they played at home to Geebro. Despite the windy conditions, the team fielded well to contain Geebro to 107 runs from their allotted overs. Charlotte 23, Abbie 51. In reply Burwash despite losing some early wickets settled down with Nikki MacKay 59 and Leanne Down 22, just taking the score pass Geebro’s to 109. An exciting finish and a great win. Well done girls. They will next play away to United Friends at Ninfield on Monday.

CELEBRATIONS: Thank you to everyone who came along and helped celebrated my 60th Birthday last Sunday. Sixty people from as far away as Littlehampton in the west and Sittingbourne in the east, sat down to enjoy a hot three course lunch. It was so lovely to be surrounded by so many lovely friends and family. Thank you to ray Heathcote for providing music for dancing, I think everyone was too full to take up the offer though. Thank you too to Sam Birch and her daughters Beth and Jasmin, my son Simon, niece Kim, friends Christine and Patrick Taylor and of course my lovely husband Barry for all their help, and those who helped clear away afterwards. The donations given instead of presents made £234, which we will make £250 and split between Demelza and Hayley’s Hope. Thank you for generosity.

WALK: On Monday morning the next parish footpath walk will take place. You are all very welcome to join the walk which usually last between three and four hours, taking in the beautiful surrounding areas of our three villages and helps to keep the network of public footpaths open and in good repair for everyone to enjoy. The walks will be lead by Roger Cloke and he would be delighted with your company.

FLOWER CLUB: On Monday afternoon, the Burwash and District Flower Arrangement club will have their summer meeting. They will meet at the village hall at 2.15pm and the guest speaker will be Julie Brownlee with Isn’t This Lovely. All members and visitors are welcome to go along. The meetings usually end with tea and a raffle of the wonderful arrangements the speaker does at the meeting. Also at this meeting you are asked to take along plants and produce to be sold in aid of the Sussex Kidney Trust. The club’s annual outing this year is to Polesden Lacey near Dorking on Wednesday uly 4. Non-members are welcome to go if space permits. Call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483 to find out more.

COFFEE MORNING: The Ticehurst and District Lifeboats are holding a coffee morning on Wednesday from 10am to 1pm at Old Battenhurst, Battenhurst Road, Stonegate. Entry is by donation and you are requested not to take your dogs, except of course guide-dogs. Your support would be very much appreciated.

FETE: Also on Wednesday the Burwash Primary School will be holding their summer fete. The fun begins at 3pm until 5pm. With barbecue, cakes and refreshments, tombola and raffle, hoop-la, water target, tin can alley and much much more it is a fun event for everyone. The fete will open with a display of country dancing. You are all invited to join in the fun.

NSY: Members of the Not So Young club will meet on Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm when they will hear from Ruth Tompkinson on the work and fund raising for Admiral Nurses, for people with Dementia. Any senior members of our villages are welcome to attend. The club enjoys a wide and varied programme of events, including outings and lunches. Do go along and see for yourself what this lively group get up to.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is on Monday June 25 in the Belmont Room of the village hall starting at 7.30pm. Our parish clerk, Ann Newton, can be contacted on 01825 890182.

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 6pm Evensong. The annual Church Fete is on Saturday June 30 from noon until 3pm in the Rectory garden.

OPEN GARDENS: Please note that there was an error in last week’s report on the open gardens day being held on Sunday by the Show Society. A ticket is required to gain entrance to the gardens, but this does not entitle the holder to a cream tea, as previously stated. Apologies.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last weekend was a busy one for the preservation society, with events on both days: On Saturday 30 members and visitors were treated to a fabulous guided tour of the Park Corner Butterfly Reserve, led by reserve manager Michael Blencoe. The reserve covers over 80 acres and is currently in the process of being restored to heathland, an important habitat for many threatened species of butterfly, including the small Pearl Bordered Fritillery. Although the reserve is open to all at any time, it is requested that when visiting you leave your dog at home and that you keep to the paths to avoid damage and disturbance. Further details on the work of Butterfly Conservation can be found on their website at On Sunday a group also enjoyed a walk over the Ashdown Forest, starting from the pub at Fairwarp. The monthly walks are a great way of meeting new people and getting to see more of the beautiful local area. The next walk is on Sunday July 8 starting in the village from the Forester’s Arms at 2pm. Finally, don’t forget, on Saturday July 28 there is a special trip, with guided garden tour, to Wakehurst Place. For more details and booking, please contact Jenny on 01825 872830.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The association in conjunction with Tim and Donna Dinan of the Foresters’ Arms are offering parishioners a special rate for Harveys Best Bitter at £1.50 a pint on Friday June 22 from 7.30pm. The offer is available whilst stock lasts.

AGE CONCERN: The next Bingo session is on Thursday at 2pm in the village hall. All welcome.

DOGS: The parish council are again receiving complaints that dog owners are not clearing up after their pets. The situation is particularly bad in the area near the church and school.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 19 June 1759: ‘In the morn about 5.10 I set out with an intent to go to Maidstone. I got to the Wells about 7.50 and breakfasted there with my brother. After breakfast I set forward and overtook the team that carried my rags very soon, and went with them to Hadlow Common where I sold my rags to the widow Burtenshaw... and drank tea with her and bought of her two reams of writing paper, for which I paid her in cash £1. Finding the smallpox to be greatly in Maidstone, I concluded not to go…supped and lodged at my brother’s in Tunbridge Wells where I arrived at 8.10…’


OPEN GARDENS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Carters Corner Farm BN27 4JA (on the Cowbeech Road) is open for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. There will be stalls, raffle, refreshments and professional gardening advice. Entry is by donation.

BONSAI SHOW: The Bonsai Club has its annual show at Stone Cross Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. Call Ian Wright 01424 437262 or

MUSIC RECITAL: A light classical and choral music recital is to be performed at St Mary’s Church, by Willingdon musicians and directed by Michael Stumbles in support of Friends of St Mary’s tomorrow evening, at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 on the door.

ST MARY’S: 8am Holy Communion, Walk Humbly, 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, Stay Awake. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The End is not yet. The creative craft group meets in the church lounge on Wednesday from 10am to noon, Meet and Pray is from noon to 1pm, Oasis Plus 1.45pm to 3pm and Crafty Companions from 2pm to 3.30pm. The ABC Playgroup gets together on Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am and on Friday you can go along for refreshments, light snacks and company at the Bite In from 9.30am to noon.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: The service on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Malcolm Putland and Lesleigh Badgery and is followed by refreshments. There are 1-2-1 private readings on Saturday June 23 from 10am to 2pm. Book on (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582. The next clairvoyant evening is on Friday June 29 from 7.30pm to 9pm with Rev Petula Stowell. £5 on the door. All events are at Primrose Hall.

ACTIVE COMMUNITIES Festival promises to be a fun day out for everyone It is on Saturday June 23 at Hailsham Community College between 10am and 1pm. You can go along and try out new and exciting activities free of charge such as graffiti art, street dance, trampoline, climbing wall, archery, martial arts, bouncy castle, inflatable assault course, sports taster sessions and much more. There will also be a police dog display. Visit for more information and consent forms.

POLICING: Go along and meet the Hailsham town sponsored PCSOs. If you cannot get to any of the meetings but have any concerns the contact details for Hailsham Town sponsored PCSO Alison Bond Hailsham PCSO, Email, Telephone 0845 6070999 ext 13151, Mobile 07787 685747. On Wednesday at 10am, Freedom Leisure Market, Friday June 22 at 10am St Mary’s church coffee morning, Saturday June 23 at 9am Hailsham Active Community Festival at HCC, and also June 23 at noon Hawkes Farm School summer fete, Monday June 25 at 5pm street meeting at Harebeating Drive (properties between Battle Road and Hawthylands Drive) and Tuesday June 26 at 5pm street meeting at Harebeating Drive (properties between Hawthylands Drive and Hawks Road).


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: I hope our readers in the Heathfield, Waldron and Mayfield expecting to see photographs of their street parties appearing in last week’s local editions were not too disappointed not to see the photographs. With the time constraints in getting editions out on time a blanket approach was taken. Hopefully fingers crossed they will appear in this edition. On the Jubilee pageant celebrations the Beeb has come in for a lot of criticism. Waking up on the morning of the pageant and watching the Breakfast programme I had a good idea this was not going to be the Beeb’s day. Louise Minchin could only talk about the dismal weather. Now we all know what Manchester is famous for, don’t we? Finally, where was the coverage of the South of England show on the BBC South East Today last Thursday. A least Meridian News gave excellent coverage with two competent reporters. It was pleasing to see a lot of packaging in the supermarkets and shops carried the Union Jack logo for products grown or manufactured in the UK. I do hope this will be a permanent feature on all our packaging in the future.

SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW: Loads of local farmers displaying their livestock at the show. Prizes galore, too many to list here. The first two days were dismal although Mrs PP went on Thursday and was happy that the rain only started when she headed home at lunchtime. We both went on Saturday and were delighted to see crowds streaming through the gates. The Fabric Shop from Horam was there, as were the ubiquitous leather cleaner salespeople (managed to spend a tenner there,) and stalls selling everything from distressed basketware to flashing dog collars. The show really is a shopping paradise; and as a side order you can enjoy some stunning horseflesh, impressive cattle, sheep and pigs; birds of prey; fur and feather, excellent quality food, English wines plus death defying stunts in the arena. A great day out for all the family. But why do people bring such enormous buggies?

TAKE THAT CONCERT: Tomorrow’s the night. Take That and Tina Turner (tributes) come to Heathfield to perform in the community centre grounds. We hear that bookings have boomed and lots of you have decided to brave the great British outdoors and bring a picnic. The whole event will be casual and as much fun as we can all make it. When the stars of the show are not on the stage, our own local stars will perform for us and no doubt give the professionals a run for their money. Well done Rotarians for putting on so many good things we can enjoy (and raising money for charity) while fielding stalwart helpers and marshals to support the other events in the town such as Le Marche and Christmas lights. I can’t be there tomorrow (sadly we’ll be in France) but we hope to get excellent reports back. If anyone would like to review the concert, I’d be delighted to receive it. Just contact me at: If you haven’t bought a ticket yet you can obtain one on the gate. They will cost £20 (adults) and £10 (child).

THE FARMERS MARKET makes a welcome return to Heathfield Co-op car park tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm. This is a great time to sample some of the freshest veg around. Plants look set to be in good order too and of course there is always bread, meat, sausages etc. You don’t need me to tell you what’s there. Best of all perhaps, is the fact that all the food on display has travelled very few food miles.

PUNNETTS TOWN: The annual fete and barbecue will be held on Saturday, June 23 starting at 1pm. There will be the usual stalls plus a raffle, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac and bowling for a pig, plus transport through the ages, ferret racing, circus skills and much more. Ring Maggie on 01435 831645 or John on 01435 831653 to book a stall for just £10. Closing date for the photo competition is Saturday, June 23 when they will be put on view and judges. Please put your names and telephone number (and age, if under 16) on the back of the picture. No prizes, just the privilege of having your picture looked at by hundreds of people in next year’s calendar. Organisers are looking to start up a film club to run possibly once a month on a Friday. They’d appreciate some feedback or ideas as well as help to run it. Coffee mornings are run every Friday (except Christmas day) from 10.30am to 12.30pm when you can enjoy coffee, cakes, books and a chat.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet at Alfriston school GR 518035 at 9.30am for the next section of the Vanguard Way from Chiddingly church to Alfriston. About a nine mile walk. Ring 01825 765485. Wednesday meet in the lay-by near the Wheel pub, Burwash Weald for a five mile walk at 6pm. Ring 01435 882626.

TOTS AND TOYS: During term time at State Hall, King’s Church, from 10am to 11.45am and 1pm to 2.45pm. For fun, crafts, stories and songs. £1 for a drink and healthy snack.

SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK: The group, established to help small non-high street based companies and self employed people in Heathfield establish working links, meets at the Horam Inn. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, noon to 1.30pm. For further information contact Barbara Hibbart on 01435 865135 or

ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY: Coffee morning held the first Tuesday of the month in the Ian Price Room, Community Centre 10.30am to 12.30pm. For more information please contact 07525 403854.

Horam &

Vines Cross

FUN DAY: Horam Fun Day, Sunday July 8, 1pm to 5pm, is a community event run by the volunteers each year in order to raise vital funds for local groups and charities. It is free entry. We will have two arenas for entertainment such as the Morris dancers Knots of May, belly dancers the Sea Gypsies and Diamond dance performances. Local groups will be taking part in Its a Knockout tournament. Scouts will do a gun carriage challenge and there will be a dog show as well as a car boot sale running along side. Wealden Brass will provide the live music and we have a barbecue and bar which includes a Pimms stall. There will be many children’s activities including the Play Bus, bouncy castle, an art exhibition from Maynards Green CP School, Hands on History and archery. There are also many stalls selling a range of products as well as wonderful home made refreshments in the village hall. Any enquiries can be made on 01435 812462.

HORAM FLOWER SHOW will take place at the village hall on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27. It is named the flower show, but actually includes vegetables, children’s section (vegetable and flower arrangement, pictures poems and portrait), handicraft, art, domestic, wine and photography sections. This show has always been very well supported throughout the years and we are confident of the same this year. The exhibits are judged at 10.30am and the show is open to the public from 2.15pm onwards. The prizes are awarded at 3.45pm. Apart from the fact it is our 70th Anniversary it is also special because one of the very long serving members, Peter Turner has just celebrated his 80th birthday. His twin sister is also an active member of the committee.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

CHURCH FETE takes place today, Friday, on Court Meadow from noon until 4pm. Everyone welcome.

FUNDRAISER: Tomorrow, Saturday, band and 70s-80s disco as fundraiser for Mayfield Memorial Hall. Licensed bar. 8Pm to 11pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY sponsored walk tomorrow, Saturday, starting from the Carpenters Arms at 10am. Let’s hope for better weather.

PARISH COUNCIL: The community safety and traffic committee met in May. South Street, where there are speeding problems as well as congestion caused by parking was discussed at some length. This road together with The Avenue has restricted width and as traffic has increased over the years, it is becoming dangerous. Argos Hill where the committee was asked to see if it would be possible to extend the 50mph speed limited past the junction with Yew Tree for a short distance, would be helped as walkers and rider access the bridleway near Trulls Hatch and the road would be made safer. Neighbourhood Watch volunteers are needed in the Mayfield area so if you are interested, contact the parish clerk on 01435 873784

ST LEONARDS-MAYFIELD: Constance O’Conor from the school and Helena Dollimore from Heathfield Community College were crowned debating team champions in a competition organised by Wealden MP Charles Hendry. The two were paired in knock-out rounds. In their journey to the final, they debated against seven other teams made up of students drawn from sixth forms across the constituency. Connie from Wadhurst and Helena from Heathfield tackled the thorny issue of ‘nuclear energy versus renewables’ in the opening round, argued against the motion the assassination of a dictator can never be justified in the semi-final, and won the final with a barnstorming defence of the motion charity begins at home so the overseas aid budget should be cut at times of economic hardship. The two students were awarded trophies and an invitation to Parliament to watch Prime Minister’s Questions. Charles Hendry MP commented: ‘Connie and Helena were a superb team who worked well with each other and prepared very insightful debates to challenging topics.’ Mr Hendry plans to make the debate an annual event.

FOOTPATH WALK: Deborah Dixon says April’s walk was the wettest on record and despite the somewhat inclement weather four intrepid walkers made it through despite ranging torrents and flooded bridges. White water rafting was contemplated. She can’t promise such fun and challenges at the end of June but you never know and she’ll try her best. So walk with them on Sunday, June 24 along what should be verdant footpaths and babbling streams. They meet at 10am at South Street car park for a two to three hour ramble, come appropriately attired, hopefully in light walking shoes and not waders. For information ring Deborah on 01892 853767.

TALK: The Memorial Hall was packed with some 111 people and two Army Cadet Force Cadets to hear a fascinating talk on the Medical Emergency Response Team operating out of Camp Bastion in Chinook Helicopters by Major Steve Davies RAMC TA. He explained how they manage to save so many lives by an instant response designed to get the casualty back to the operating theatre in Camp Bastion in under an hour. Thanks to the generosity of all those who came, over £900 was raised for each of Steve Davies’ preferred charities, the Royal British Legion and the British Limbless ex-Servicemen’s Association. The vote of thanks was proposed by Julia Molony (07968 310321 who has founded The Ripple Pond, a Self-Help Support Group in the South East for families of injured servicemen and women. Steve Davies and all his family who were present have asked me to say how very grateful and delighted they were to see so many people who came to hear and to meet him.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

THE BOWLS CLUB will entertain the Royal Household tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. Sunday is Ladies Day, and on Monday there will another match against SCBA Vice Presidents Internal Game, both of these matches will commence at 2pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB have another busy weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will play Bells Yew Green away the second team are playing Willingdon II at home. The third XI will be playing Heathfield Park III away and the fourth XI will be away to Bells Yew Green IV. All these league games will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a game at Newick against Palmers CC this will commence at 2pm. Fingers crossed that weather will soon improve.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone 01825 722582 in advance.

BADMINTON: The Badminton Club will be in the village hall on Tuesday evening from 7.45pm. Why not pop along with your friends and see what its like. For further information ring 01825 723299.

SUMMER LUNCH: The Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peters and St James Hospice will be holding their Summer Lunch at The Old Rectory on Sunday June 24 from 12.30pm. Tickets £20. Please telephone 01825 722607.

THANK YOU: On behave of all the residents of Newick I think a big thank you is due to all those people who arranged events over the Jubilee Weekend. Well done everyone.


VILLAGE FETE: High Hurstwood Village Fete is tomorrow, Saturday, 1pm to 5pm on the village green. All weather fete with covered stalls, bar, barbecue, magic show, dancing, brass band. The Best of British.

THE LEBANON: I’m not in The Lebanon yet. The arrangements have been a complete shambles. We’re going on Thursday now, and back on Monday.

DAWN CHORUS: We keep waking up at around 5am when it gets light. But where’s the Dawn Chorus? It seems that the birds are just as tired and fed up with the weather as we are.

SUMMER EXHIBITION: Uckfield Art Group’s Summer Exhibition was a great success on June 2. A couple of quotes from the visitor book read, Great talent on display, and very good refreshments too and Such talent. Well done everyone great show. Mary Harris with her picture February Walk was voted favourite picture and the picture raffle was won by Richard Butler. He chose Cuckmere Haven by Sam Gregory. Not only was the theme corner red, white and blue, but there was also a display of vintage bunting, some of which had not seen the light of day for many decades. The children’s craft table was popular with the children taking away a selection of goodies they had made, including flags to wave at the Jubilee Festivities. If you are feeling creative the art group will be holding an Open Evening on Tuesday July 17 in conjunction with the Uckfield Festival. Come along and help create a huge mosaic picture 7pm to 9pm at the Luxford Centre. Materials will be provided and the event is free. The final result will be displayed at the Autumn Exhibition on November 3 at the Luxford Centre.

SUMMER FAIR: St Philip’s Primary School is holding a Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. The Theme is Best of Britain, with the children presenting their Jubilee song and dance Extravaganza, spanning all seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign. Also on show will be their self portraits used for the Face Britain display, where the Queen’s face was projected onto the side of Buckingham Palace, made up of thousands of children’s pictures. For the first time ever at an Uckfield school fair, Laser Combat from Woodland Adventures, based at Bentley, will be there to entertain children and adults alike. With plenty of stalls, activities and displays, there will be fun to be had for all ages, including a raffle, tombola, bread & cake stalls, as well as stalls you might not expect. Uckfield FM will be broadcasting live, and there will be lots of refreshments on offer, with a barbecue, ice cream, beer tent and tea and scones. Entry is 50p but free if you wear red, white and blue. All proceeds go to the Friends of St Philip’s Association, which is raising money to build a new sports pavilion.

AND FINALLY: Remember how I wrote recently that I sometimes can’t understand what I’m reading, and how they ramble on with Newspeak? Pythagoras’ Theorem 24 words. The Lord’s Prayer 66 words. Archimedes’ Principle 67 words. The 10 Commandments 179 words. The Gettysburg Address 286 words. The US Declaration of Independence 1,300 words. The US Constitution, with all 27 Amendments 7,818 words. EU regulations on the sale of cabbage 26,911 words. No comment.


FUND UP: I promised to let you know the financial out-turn of the Jubilee fun and games in the village a couple of weeks ago. They were not only enjoyed by everyone but also yielded a good return for the Friends of Waldron Churches who raised just over £4,000 towards the repairs to the belfry roof at All Saints’. Thanks to everyone who made the weekend possible, who worked to make it all happen and to all who came along and were so generously supportive. We now have our faculty (a kind of church planning permission) and with all that we have raised in the last 18 months, we can shortly get going on the work, what a great result.

FARONEL: Ever wondered what a crumhorn is, or a rebec? There’s a concert planned for Saturday July 14 at All Saints’ church, Waldron where you can see them 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 period instruments including the harp, positive organ, medieval fiddle, recorders, symphony and bagpipes as well as the crumhorn and rebec, and will be playing works by Cornysh Power, Dufay and 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, will be 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. The concert will start at 7.30pm.

CRICKET: Last weekend’s poor weather affected the cricket club’s games, but on Saturday they managed to complete a league match, scoring a creditable 165 and then having the opposition on the ropes at 30 runs for 5 wickets. However, they weren’t able to complete the job, and the opposition hung on for a draw. The Sunday team might well have played in flippers and snorkels as they scored 171, but with nine overs to go and in pouring rain, they had to call it a draw and run for the pub. This coming weekend there’s an important league match away at Bexhill before the club’s fundraising Jazz event in the evening at Heronsdale, Moat Lane. It had been planned for Jazz on the Lawn but sadly the present forecast suggests it’s more likely to be in the Barn. Tickets are £10 each, available from Malcolm and Alison Hunt on 01435 862694 and the event starts at 7.30pm.

SERVICES: Sunday is the second after Trinity and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, and Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am. There will be Holy Communion (with Junior Church) at 11.15am at All Saints’.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening service and communion. The speaker for the day is Paul Davies the General Director of the Albanian Evangelical Mission.

HISTORY GROUP: On Monday, we had an illustrated talk by Kevin Gordon on the Lost Village of Tidemills. Our next walk is on Wednesday; we meet at 7pm in the car park next to East Hoathly church.

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 for parishioners to raise matters.

RUDE MECHANICALS: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co will visit Rushlake Green on Thursday August 9, with their new production Who Saw Marjory Daw?. Set in 1968 London, it is a comedy surrounding the disappearance of celebrity model Marjory Dawson. Tickets via their website, on 01323 501260, or at The Stores.