Parish pump Uckfield - June 20, 2014

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is No set in Chile in 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. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start tonight at the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

POPPY APPEAL: Margaret Harding wishes to thank all those who gave their time in Warbleton, Rushlake Green and Bodle Street to collect for the appeal last year. I gather that £2,407.67 was collected, so thanks to those who generously gave to the appeal. She wonders if a fundraising event consisting of WW1 poetry reading and song evening in either of the village halls would be of interest. If you are interested in taking part then please contact her by email at The preferred date for the event would be end of October to the beginning of November.


MEETING: The Burwash Weald and Burwash Common Residents Association will hold a general meeting on Monday evening from 7.30pm in the Burwash Common Pavilion. John Barkshire and Patrick Fletcher will be there to give a talk on the villages from 1860 to 1910. If you would like to become part of the association call Patrick on 01435 883448 or Lesley Elmslie on 01435 883510. All residents are invited to go along.

QUIZ: There will be another general knowledge quiz evening on Wednesday at The Wheel Inn. You are all welcome to make up a team and go along and join in the fun. For more information please ring The Wheel on 01435 882758.

BATEMAN’S: The head gardener at Bateman’s will be giving tours of the grounds at Bateman’s, one time home of author Rudyard Kipling. He will give an insight into how Kipling transformed this quiet corner of Sussex into a garden for his family, his writing and a retreat from celebrity. Normal entry fees apply plus £10 for the tour which will include a cream tea at the end. To book a place from now until 28 June call Bateman’s on 01435 882302.

WALK: Also at Bateman’s there is to be a special Midsummer Walk and Supper. It takes place on Tuesday from 6pm. Join the warden for a guided walk of the 330 acre estate, following the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling. The walk will end with a hearty supper in the Mulberry Restaurant. You are advised to wear walking boots or wellies and suitable clothing. To book a place call Bateman’s 882302. It costs £25 per person.

REUNION: A reunion of former Robertsbridge Secondary School pupils who were there from 1975 to 1980 and will be celebrating their 50th birthday this year are invited to go along and find old friends, catch up with who has done what and is where etc. The reunion is being held on 5 July in Robertsbridge. Contact Jo Pennells on 07970 001656 or email

QUIET: Things seem really quiet at the moment, but if you have an event planned for the near future and would like to tell everyone about it and how they can join in/take part then do get in touch so that I can add it to my column. Email or call 01435 882107.


MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, 8.30am for 9am. The talk and breakfast are free but donations are gratefully accepted. Call 01444 471600 for more details.

CRICKET: The league side had another extremely close game this time against Horsted Keynes, winning by just one run. This was helped by excellent bowling from the two youngest players who took seven wickets between them Dominic Heater (four wickets) and Aaron Andrews (three wickets). Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey has a league game against Roffey III at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Thanks to everyone who helped make the recent Pete’s Pantry such a success, it completely sold out, raising £93.95 for the Church Restoration Fund in the process. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Dennis Read and 6.15pm with Steve Haggar. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

JAZZ ON THE GREEN, in front of St Peter’s Church, is on Sunday starting at 12.30pm. There will be a Fun Family Dog Show, games and stalls for all ages. Everyone is invited to join in this traditional village fete. Entry is free.

WALK: An evening Nightjar Walk is on Red House Common on Tuesday at 8.45pm. It is an opportunity to hear the male birds churring on Chailey Common. Meet at Warrs Hill car park and bring torches, as the end of the walk will be in the dark. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

AGM: The annual general meeting of Chailey Bonfire Society Ltd takes place at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Wednesday at 8.15pm. For information about the society email

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday June 27, when the Parish Clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to answer any questions. Our local officer PCSO Steve Knowles will also be at the Coffee Stop.

THE HORNS LODGE has won the 2014 Brighton and South Downs CAMRA Country Pub of the Year. Congratulations Mike and Linda. All are welcome to attend the presentation at the Horns Lodge on Saturday June 28 at about 2.30pm.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 10am TGI, East Hoathly.

MIDSUMMER MAGIC: A day of entertainment with bands, beer festival and barbecues will be held tomorrow, Saturday, on the Memorial Playing Fields. The afternoon’s entertainment features RoJo Express, Dave Dyke and the TLA Steel Band. The evening will see The Zimmermen and Fat Belly Jones performing. The fun kicks off at2pm with the afternoon session closing at 5.30pm. The evening session will then open at 7pm and finish late. The afternoon session is free. Ticket entry for evening session costs £8 in advance or £10 on the door (£5 for under 16s). Tickets can be purchased at the Village Shop, Muffins and both of the pubs.

Framfield & Blackboys

DATE FOR THE DIARY: Come along to Framfield village market on Saturday June 28, 10am to noon in Framfield Memorial Hall. Variety of stalls including homemade cakes, local food and crafts. Cuppa and bacon roll. Enquires to Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

OPEN GARDEN: An open garden event is being held tomorrow, Saturday, 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 to the garden 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 now in need of updating.

EXHIBITION: Cross in Hand Art Club holds an exhibition and sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the Lucas Memorial Hall, Waldron, from 11am to 5pm. Free entry and refreshments.

HEATHFIELD ROADRUNNERS: On Sunday at 10am the Road Runners are holding a competitive run along beautiful Sussex lanes around Waldron. Entrants should all be over 15 years old. 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. More information is available at or via the Race Director Rosie Manning on 07876540450.

APPRENTICESHIPS: We hear that Wealden District Council is offering six apprenticeships in partnership with the Sussex Downs College later this year. Six youngsters will have the chance to learn and develop business administration skills in different parts of the council, blending classroom learning with hands-on experience and the chance to find out whether a particular job is right for them. Wealden’s economic development and regeneration portfolio holder, Cllr Roy Galley said: “Our apprenticeship scheme is designed to give young people from the District a good grounding in the world of work and let them develop a range of transferable skills. This demonstrates how Wealden is leading the way in our drive to encourage employers across the District to take on an apprentice, they are a proven and efficient way to develop a workforce as well as providing a young person with an opportunity.” The scheme will enable enthusiastic individuals to gain crucial transferable office and administration skills to provide the bedrock for their future careers. As well as a competitive wage, Wealden Council will be supporting apprentices via an innovative travel allowance to ensure that the scheme is viable for even the most rural of the District’s residents, no matter where they live. Each apprentice will be based within one of the six service areas at Wealden with opportunities to gain experience in several parts of the organisation and work together on cross-organisational projects. SDC Recruit, Sussex Downs College’s Apprenticeship support service, works with a number of companies, successfully matching apprentices with employers. The scheme has a proven track record in the Eastbourne area and the college is now pleased to be expanding this service. Andrew Morse, from Sussex Downs College, said: ‘We help place apprentices in many business sectors, from accounting to construction. Our new partnership with Wealden District Council extends our service even further in terms of the area covered, and the reach of opportunities available to apprentices.’

SPEED LIMITS: As part of a wider review of speed limits in villages, the highways department have now commenced work to introduce a 30mph speed limit in Punnetts Town and to reduce part of the current 50mph speed limit through Three Cups Corner to 40mph. Punnetts Town, will see the introduction of some speed-reducing features, such as new signs, coloured surfacing and changes to some kerbs, to remind drivers of the speed limit. Following consultation, previous comments have been given consideration and the scheme has been altered accordingly: The council have changed the colour of the surfacing to a buff or stone colour, reduced the number of bollards at the parking opposite the school, narrowed the kerb build-outs near Fittlebrook Lane and North Street so the road is 6.3m wide, rather than 6m, moved the kerb build out near the junction of Blackdown Lane further west, to a straighter part of the road and removed the yellow backing from speed limit signs at the village boundaries and village nameplates to help maintain a more rural appearance in the village.

FOLK DANCE GROUP: Tuesday, 7.30pm to 10pm in St Richard’s Church hall, Park Road. £1.50 per person session includes tea and coffee. No partner is needed. Ring 01435 873551 or 863580.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: There is space for youngsters to take part in the Club’s Under 8 Dragons and Titans sessions on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon at the Horam recreation ground. Coaching is by experienced FA qualified coaches and aims to give life skills, teamwork, soccer skills and sportsmanship. Children all get free training gear, match kit and a water bottle. Everyone is welcome, all levels and abilities

Isfield & Little Horsted

SUMMER MUSIC: It might not have been a balmy evening outdoors for the occasion, but a candle-lit interior of St Margaret’s in Isfield was a perfect setting for the church’s fund-raising ‘Music For a Summer’s Evening’ on Sunday. Uckfield Holy Cross Choral Society, under the direction of Anthony Roberts, provided a splendid selection of music by Mozart, Ivor Novello, Elgar, Quilet and many more. Mr Roberts played some piano solos, including two of his own compositions. The audience was also impressed by a surprise solo from the Rector, the Rev Martin Onions, who delighted with his rendition of ‘I left my heart in a summer’s garden’. Mr Roberts says more concerts at the church are being planned for the autumn and winter. ‘St Margaret’s is a treasure which mustn’t be hidden. It is perfect for music making,’ he said.

FETE FEATURES: Fingers crossed that this year’s unpredictable (as so often is the case) weather blesses us with warmth and sunshine next weekend for Isfield’s village fete on Sunday (June 29). Events in the field behind The Laughing Fish start at 11am with a St Margaret’s Church service inside a marquee, and from 12.30pm onwards there will be a busy programme of events including terrier racing, a novelty dog show, a display by Deb’s Dancers and children’s sports. There will also be numerous stalls.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion.

SHOP TALK: Gilly Halcrow will be the speaker at next Wednesday’s meeting of the Forget-Me-Not Club in Isfield Village Hall. Her topic will be History of Shopping in England. Fortnightly meetings start at 2.30pm.

WINE TASTING: Master of Wine David Elford, who has spent many years working in the industry, will be giving a tutored wine-tasting evening at The Laughing Fish on July 10 A limited number of tickets are available at the pub, with discounted ones for those who do not wish to try the wines but would nevertheless like to partake of what is promised to be a top-notch buffet.

DIVERTING: Just a few hours after penning a note last week about East Sussex County Council’s reminder of road closures on the A26, this correspondent spent a frustrating trip around our delightful countryside clocking up several miles to circumnavigate the fairly short problem stretch. Diversion signs will be provided, according to the county council. Well, on the evening in question the only one seen by this driver was Diversion Ends. Hmmm. The closure from Barcombe Mills Road to Horsted Lane is scheduled to be effective from 8pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, for another week.

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.

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

BODY MOVES: Classes ideally suited to the over 50s enable people to work at a pace they are comfortable with. Go along and give it a try. They meet at the Scout and Guide Hall on Friday mornings from 10am to 11am.

OAK TREE HOMES TRUST: On Saturday, November 8 the Autumn Fayre will be held in the Memorial Hall between 10am to 2pm. On Saturday, March 14, 2015 the Spring Fayre will take place from 10am to 2pm. Oak Tree Homes Trust is a local charity registered in early 2010 with the aim of helping to provide sheltered accommodation and assisted living for elderly people in the south east of England, especially Christians. In November 2013 Trustees were given planning permission for nine apartments on a site at Strawberry Hill, Broadwater Down in Tunbridge Wells.

RIDING PERMITS: There is a riding permit scheme in Hawksden Park Woods, Mayfield, for the Glynde Estate. There are permits available for this year which run from June 1 to May 31 next year. It costs £50 a year. If you are interested contact Deb Findlater on for information.

FRIENDS OF ST DUNSTAN’S: The 20th anniversary celebrations include two events, the Friends’ 20th anniversary garden party on July 27 and an anniversary concert on October 11. The party will be held at noon on Sunday, July 27 at Clayton’s Farmhouse, Newick Lane. Tickets are £10 at the gate to include bubbly and canapés. The duo Etrusca will play at the anniversary concert. It will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 11 and refreshments will be served when people can talk to performers and view the instruments.

MAYFIELD BAND: The Summer Proms concert takes place on Saturday, July 5 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. The concert list includes marches, suites, classical, show and film music, old music, contemporary music and original brass band compositions. The second half is the traditional Last Night of the Proms finale which is an opportunity to sing along and stamp your feet to the classic pieces: Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the Fantasia on British Sea Songs (including Rule Britannia and the Sailors’ Hornpipe) without having to travel to London. Tickets go on sale in the middle of June. There will be a special treat too with a piper playing Highland Cathedral. For information contact Simon Rudge on 01435 872007.

FRIENDS OF Argos Hill Mill. Local engineering company, JHE Ltd have had a long association with the Mill and have now been appointed to carry out the first stage repairs to the main structure. Their team is led by Tony Holes, an experienced millwright. The fundraising goal for the next phase is £100,000 so both the Friends and the Trust will continue to apply for grants, hold fundraising events and try to raise the Mill’s profile. They have just received a cheque for £377 from the Waitrose green token scheme which will be used to buy extra wood for weatherboarding. The Trust wants to thank all local residents for their support. They say volunteer labour is essential to the success of the project so if anyone enjoys painting or the odd bit of DIY, get in touch. To find out more visit

BUSINESS FORUM: There will be an informal networking meeting on July 1 when members will discuss how to make websites attractive to visitors.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: The visit to Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior takes place on Tuesday, July 1 leaving Mayfield at about 8am. A Mary Rose tour has been booked for 2pm. Tickets are now available at £35 each. This will be a joint visit with the Mayfield branch of the Royal British Legion. A quotation has been received to refurbish the village sign, the oldest surviving one in Sussex. A quotation has been received and an application prepared and sent to the parish council.

Mobile Library

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


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

BOWLS CLUB are as follows: Tomorrow, Saturday, West Hoathly, Centenary Shield, at home. On Sunday at home against Rotherfield. Both start at 2.30pm. On Tuesday evening there are two games, Mid Sussex Hurstpierpoint at home and Johnspriggs Adastra away, at 6pm. On Wednesday afternoon they will travel to Crowborough for a fixture against Crowborough Wolfe and on Friday June 27 there is a home match against Sussex VP’S, both at 2.30pm.

CRICKET CLUB fixtures tomorrow, Saturday, are first XI away against St Peters, the second XI will be playing at home against Polegate and Stone Cross, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Bexhill V, and the fourth XI will travel to Heathfield Park. All of these league games commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly fixture at home against Eclipse at 2pm. There are also two mid-week matches, on Thursday they play Great Baddow Cricket Club and on Monday June 30 they will play Warwickshire Pilgrims, both at 2pm.

NEWICK FESTIVAL June 27 to 29. There will be a barbecue on the King George V Playing Field, you can watch the junior cricket players having a coaching lesson, there will also be live music from 8pm when Newick Folk play and everyone can join in dancing. On Saturday morning in the King George V playing field, The Manwaring Robertson Field, the tennis club will be open for football and stoolball plus rugby skills. You can also have a turn in the cricket nets at the tennis club. You can join in Cardio tennis, Xpress tennis and mini tennis sessions. All these activities will start from 10am. The pavilion will be open for refreshments. From 1pm till 5pm there will be family fun on the village green plus a big picnic, so why not pack your picnic and go along and have some fun. All activities will start at 2pm. In the evening the adults can get all dressed up and go to the village hall for the Summer Ball, 6.30pm for 7pm. You will be able to enjoy buffet food and dancing to The Reservoir Frogs. Tickets are £22.50 and can be obtained on 01825 723372. Newick Bonfire Society are organising this event. On Sunday Songs of Praise on the Village Green at 10am, and at 10.30am Newick Twinning Association will be selling coffee and croissants in the Community Centre. Six gardens and allotments will be open from 10.30am with art installations at most of the gardens, entry by programme £5 adults, under 16 years old free. Proceeds to St Peters and St James Hospice. There will also be art exhibitions in the Reading Room, Church Barn Centre and at Oast Cottage near Ketches Garden. There are plenty of places in Newick where you can enjoy good food and drink for lunch and later in the afternoon teas will be served in the Church Barn Centre and Strawberries and Fizz at Ketches. For further details check the website www. Fingers crossed that the weather will be perfect and everyone will have a great weekend.


PUBS: I went from Uckfield to London Bridge on the train, and met friends for a Thames lunch cruise, then a drink in St Catherine’s Docks, beside the yachts. In the evening we went for a meal in The Anchor, one of London’s oldest pubs, beside the Thames. All the pubs were absolutely heaving with people and there was a party atmosphere everywhere. Then it was back to Uckfield, where the streets were deserted and the pubs were empty. It’s so sad to see all these lovely old country pubs unused. Most people won’t even cross the road for a drink in their local, so you can’t blame it all on the transport. Pubs in this country are closing down daily. It’s horrible to see a boarded-up building covered in graffiti, then demolished and replaced by an ugly block of flats, or a housing estate. Yes, the prices are high, with most of it paid in taxes. And of course, someone has to drive. But it’s so nice to sit in the sun, and one drink can be made to last. I’m sure there’s a market for a jump on, jump off bus, driving around the area. Or of course, there’s the bicycle. Or you could hire a pedibike. Up to 12 people can all pedal at the same time while sitting round a bar. Great fun. I saw some of them crossing London Bridge. And you can stop at a pub. So, as they say, use it or lose it. Let’s try and get the friendly atmosphere back.

A GREAT IDEA: Buxted Medical Centre is now included in The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association’s door to door Surgery Car Service, and at no extra cost. This service, which already assists those needing help getting across town from Manor Park and Hempstead Fields to the Meads and Bird In Eye Surgeries, has now been extended to the Buxted Medical Centre. The fixed fare of just £3.50 for each return trip, remains the same for all three surgeries. The volunteer drivers pick up passengers from their home, drop them at the surgery, wait whilst they are seen, and then drive them back home. The service operates Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm. Call 01825 578006 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 10.30am or 4pm to 5.30pm, to make a booking, or for more information. Joy, a Surgery Car Service user, tells us she absolutely delighted with the service. ‘The people are all on the ball and everyone is very friendly and helpful and the drivers will wait for you while see the doctor if you want. I really am very happy with this service; previously I would sometimes have to walk to the surgery’. Paul Sparks, Chairman of the Residents’ Association, said: ‘All the doctors’ surgeries are located some distance from north Uckfield and this service was introduced to help our residents that find it difficult to make the journey to their surgery. This could be because they have no car, can no longer drive or maybe because their illness prevents them from driving for the time being. I must emphasise this service is open to anyone living on Manor Park and Hempstead Fields, not just members of the Residents’ Association, and people really shouldn’t be shy or in any way reluctant to ask to use our service, after all we introduced it for those that need a helping hand.’

UCKFIELD SQUADRON Air Training Crops. At the 2530 (Uckfield) Squadron Air Training Corps parade on Tuesday evening Certificates of Appreciation were presented to cadets who gave their time and assistance to The Royal British Legion during the 2013 Poppy Appeal. The certificates were presented by the Uckfield Branch Chairperson Mary Reed. To date, the Uckfield Poppy Appeal has raised over £13,000 which is a tremendous achievement and Uckfield Residents and Businesses deserve a huge thank you from The Royal British Legion Beneficeries.


THE FAIR: The Star has organised a Country Living Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am until 5pm, in the field behind the pub. Entry is free but there’ll be a voluntary 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 Friends of Waldron Churches will be running a bottle tombola for their funds and members are asked if they could offer any bottles from their personal drinks cupboards? If so, please bring them along to the fair and hand them over to Jane Leney or one of the other members of the Committee.

SUMMER CONCERT: A number of Waldron and Cross in Hand singers have joined a new choir called MayZing which rehearses once a week on a Wednesday evening at Mayfield. 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). 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. If you’re interested in joining the choir, no auditions are held, you just come and join in for the sheer joy of singing together, and every week about 60 people turn up of all ages. Come to the concert and see what you think, it will be guaranteed fun.

WONDERFUL RUDES: The fabulous Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company will be visiting Waldron again this summer on Thursday August 14, bringing their production The Wife (loosely based on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath) for our delectation. Tickets are now on sale and Deborah has some at the Stores at Waldron or you can buy on-line through their website where you will also find a full list of this summer’s venues. Pete Talbot, their Director and playwright, says there’s an original cast recording of “Red Stockings”, one of the big numbers from the show, on their SoundCloud page so you can hear it, learn the words and be ready to sing along.

CRICKET: Waldron Cricketers play a David Friends XI at home tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2pm at the Cattam and on Sunday they’ll be playing Buxed Park CC also at home starting at 2pm.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the first Sunday of Trinity and there will be Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Matins at 9.45am at All Saints’ (followed by Coffee and Cake at 10.30am to which everyone is welcome) and then Informal Communion at 11.15am also at All Saints’. Evensong will be at 4.30pm at All Saints’ with guest preacher Fr Michael Creech, of St Catherine’s, Heathfield, a last opportunity for us to hear him preach before his retirement to London.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PT VILLAGE FETE: The fete at Punnetts Town Village Hall due to be held tomorrow, Saturday, has been cancelled.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Harry Vallance.

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 performers will be in period costume and will intersperse the music with readings. The concert will be at St Mary’s church, Warbleton, 3pm on Sunday. There will be no entry charge but a retiring collection in aid of the bell appeal. Refreshments will be available.

RGWI: On Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall the Institute has its open evening when husbands, friends and strangers are all welcome to come and hear M Gibson-Brown describe Life on Board the Cutty Sark. The Institute meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. For details or help with transport contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

FLOWER SHOW: The schedules for the flower show are available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, amongst other places. In the schedule you will find many different classes you can enter. Apart from the classes for vegetables, fruit and flowers etc, there sections for cooking, handicraft, eggs, poultry, floral art, with children having their own sections as well. Entries with the form and fees must be delivered to The Stores by 5pm on July 23. There are details of the evening entertainment, the Sunday service and the concert by Warbleton Brass Band as well. A big thank you to every individual and firm that advertised in the schedule and provided sponsorship for many of the classes. Show Day is July 26: as well as the flower show itself there are many stalls around the Green, with items for sale, local interest, local groups and charity stalls.

VILLAGE HALL: please put September 11 to 13 in your dairies as another art weekend is being organised. These are always good and reveal a lot of talent hidden away in the parish. There is also to be another Bygone Heathfield film show being planned for the autumn, date yet to be arranged.

TRAFFIC CALMING: The work on the traffic calming measures in Punnetts Town and Three Cups has started with the speed limit through the former reduced to 30mph and 40mph in the latter. The small width reducing works are underway. It will be interesting to see if they have any effect.