Parish Pump Uckfield - June 22, 2012

Rhys Grenham, Boards Head Heidi.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

BRIDGE CLUB: On Monday the club will be holding an Open Afternoon for people who enjoy the game of Bridge and would like to go along to the Memorial Hall for a rubber bridge session between 2pm and 5pm. Do join them either with a partner or on your own and, if you like them you might then think about becoming a member. They meet every Monday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm in the winter and from 2pm to 5pm in the summer for partnership rubber bridge. They look forward to meeting you. For details ring Eithne Hodgens (Chairman) on 01435 867430.

ADOPT A GRAVE: In the centre of Mayfield we are lucky enough to have a graveyard for the village that is still in use for burials; not overcrowded or full like many town and city graveyards. It is a green and peaceful space where many people go and sit; to read, to reflect, to pray. However, if you spend a while here and walk among the tombs and headstones you realise that a great many are uncared for; families have moved away or the nearest relatives have died themselves. Ivy, moss, long grass, dock and other weeds have encroached, covering up the stories told on these monuments to the people that lie buried here. Take another look across the slope of the graveyard and imagine it with tended graves, planted with dainty perennials and bulbs. Colourful with dancing flower heads that invite the bees and butterflies to gather nectar and pollen, birds to swoop around and about to pluck insects from the air. A haven for our hard pressed wildlife in the centre of our village, as well as for ourselves. The PCC would like to see this dream become a reality, so propose that anyone who would like to care for one of the unvisited, older graves can ‘adopt’ it. We have a list of those graves that need help and would register your name against it so that only you would be caring for it. An hour once a month is all that it should take to keep your chosen grave beautiful. And many hands would make light work of the transformation of our graveyard into this wonderful flower and wildlife haven. After our recent launch of this new scheme on St Dunstan’s Day come and join us in this future work if you are interested. Contact (weekends only) is 01435 872431.

OPEN GARDEN: Sunday, July 1 Highfields Farm, Lake Street Open Garden from 2pm to 5pm in aid of the Friends of the Home Physiotherapy Service (Sussex). Three and a half acre sheltered garden with far reaching views. Teas. Rapkyns Plant Stall. Admission £4 (children free). More information or telephone 01580 860386.

SUMMER FAIR: The St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fair will be held on Saturday July 7 in the Convent garden at St Leonards-Mayfield from 10.30am until 2.30pm. There will be many stalls with something for everyone. Refreshments will include ploughman’s lunches and a barbecue. Wine and Pimm’s will also be available. Each year we donate a third of the proceeds to a charity and, this year, it will be shared equally between Hospice in the Weald and Sussex Oakleaf. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come and have a good time. Further details will be announced in next month’s issue of the Newsletter but, in the meantime, please make a note of the date of this regular and happy event. Kevin J Hennessey (872245).

SCHOOL FAIR: Mayfield CE Primary School Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, Court Meadow, 11.30am to 2.30pm.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing West Hoathly at home tomorrow, Saturday, (Centenary Shield). On Sunday they play Rotherfield another home fixture.

THE CRICKET CLUB first team are playing Robertsbridge at home, the seconds are away to St Michaels II, the third XI are also away to Pitt and the fourth XI are playing Little Common Ramblers at home on the Temple Grove ground. All matches will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday fixture is against Eclipse. This will be played at Newick and play will commence at 2pm. On Monday there will be another match against Warwickshire Pilgrims at home at 2pm. The juniors have a match on Tuesday evening against Ansty at home that for the under 11s. On Wednesday the under 13s will be away to Lindfield. Both games commence at 6pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are Holy Communion 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance contact 01825 722582.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH: On Saturday June 30 there will be a ploughman’s lunch in the Barn Centre from 12.30pm till 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 to includes a glass of wine or cider. This is in aid of St Mary’s Church fund. To obtain a ticket telephone 01825 723479 or 723591.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday at 7.15pm. Why not go along and find out what is a going on in Newick in the future. There is a public question time and the commencement of the meeting.

Ninfield & Hooe

THEFT: I have received information from our PCSO Daryl Holter regarding a theft of a silver Landrover Discovery and Ifor Williams trailer on Friday June 15 from the Kitchen Road area of Ashburnham. If you know anything of this incident or saw anything suspicious please contact Sussex Police by dialling 101. Other than this there are no other reported crimes in our villages.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield 1st Scouts Group are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm at the Memorial Hall (apologies for the short notice as I was to put this in last week). Jumble can be delivered to the hall today (Friday) after 6pm or tomorrow after 8.30am. If you have any jumble that you are unable to deliver, please contact Dick Creasy on 07970559226. Go along to search for bargains, enter the raffle and have a drink and natter with friends.

THE BOWLS CLUB were involved in two other invitations in the last few weeks. On May 27 four of their ladies took part in the Sidley Marletts Invitation Day and then three ladies took part in the Hellingly Invitation on June 5. Although they did not win, they did very well. On June 13 they played against Polegrove loosing 62-93, June 14 they won against St Leonards 82-54, June 16 they played Herstmonceux winning 72-35 and lost against Bexhill on June 17, 61-110. The weather was kind on all occasions allowing a good afternoon’s play.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: Over the Jubilee Weekend the Jubilee Committee made a small charge for various things, teas, coffees, treasure hunt forms. They also received a few donations both in terms of cash and items, such as the fantastic beacon made for them by Ian Cannon at SMD Ltd., hire of halls etc. Services they had expected to pay for were given free of charge so they are now in the fortunate position of being able to donate money to the village. Therefore, tonight, Friday, the committee have invited the chairman of the Memorial Hall, Adrian Dommersen and The Village Society, Martin Wood to join them at The Working Men’s Club at 7.30pm for the presentation and a celebratory drink. If you would like to go along, you will be more than welcome.

MEETING: The next Panel Meeting and Neighbourhood Watch meeting is on July 3 in the Reading Room (Church Lane) at 7.30pm. Do go along and hear the latest news on crime and how to avoid being a victim. Our PCSO, Daryl Holter will be in attendance at the Panel Meeting which will cover his area of Ninfield, Hooe, Ashburnham, Penhurst, Catsfield and Crowhurst.

THE PARISH COUNCIL are next meeting on July 5, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

THE CARNIVAL will be held on July 14 with an Olympic theme. The carnival are holding a special extra raffle to select someone to lead the procession with the Ninfield torch. This person will then light the Olympic Flame (beacon) on the rec during the opening ceremony at approximately 1.30pm. These raffle tickets are available from Ninfield Village Stores at a cost of 50p each. The winner will be drawn during Ninfield’s Got Talent on Friday July 13. There is a rota in the post office for people to offer 1 hour of their time during carnival day. It would be brilliant if people could give up a little bit to their time to help with the tea tent, raffle tent or on the tombola. If you would be willing to help, please add your details on the rota (any queries, please ring Lorna 893644). The deadline for entries for Nifnield’s Got Talent is Friday July 6. There will be a dress rehearsal in Ninfield Memorial Hall from 6.30pm. No entries will be accepted after this date. Please get your thinking caps on – we look forward to seeing you all in the procession.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Sunday, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Wales.


THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Stud Farm Allotments. All welcome in the lounge from 10am.

ST WILFRIDS CHURCH Lower Willingdon, are celebrating 50 years tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday with an exhibition. All welcome.

POLEGATE WINE and social club meeting on Tuesday when Alf Harris will be chatting to us. More information on our events from Sheila 483222.

RAMBLING CLUB: On Thursday, Pevensey Levels, about 4 miles, flat with a couple of stiles, could be muddy with Brenda S; or Hawkhurst Hop Picker, 10 miles of woods, tracks, farmland, good views tea available at end of walk with Graham. Meet 9.30am at Wannock Road Recreation Ground.


LEBANON TRIP: I’ve just returned from The Lebanon. We stayed in Beirut. I have never been to a country so different to what I imagined. It’s more Mediterranean than Middle East. They’re extremely fashionable. They have great weather, gorgeous food, fascinating ancient sites, and it’s virtually crime-free. It was Brit Week and we were invited by the British Embassy and the Lebanese Tourist Board. The Rolling Tones were guests there. They come from the Selsey area. Mick Jagger carried my bag through the airport. Not many people can say that.

ALLOTMENT CONFERENCE July 10 7.30pm at Uckfield Civic Centre. Tea and coffee from 7pm. All invited. If you have any questions it would be helpful if you could submit them in advance to Allotment Working Group Uckfield Town Council, Civic Centre, Uckfield TN22 1AE or Fax 01825 765757. We do hope that you will attend.

UCKFIELD FESTIVAL, July 13 to 22. July 18 is Jazz Day: Jazz Impro Workshop. Multi-talented classical and jazz musician, Mike Lavelle, demonstrates with a group of local musicians, the art of improvising within the jazz medium. 4pm in the Pamphillon Theatre, UCTC. Free and open to all to observe the workshop, but by advance tickets only, available from the school reception or from the Festival Box Office. Jazz in the Lourdes Room. Mike Lavelle and a very special line-up of top jazz musicians perform in the intimacy of the Lourdes Room, at St Philip’s RC Church, Newtown, 8pm. Tickets £7 and £5 concessions available from the Festival Box Office at Limelight.

LADIES WHO LUNCH: After the usual preliminaries we sat down to a lovely lunch of spaghetti bolognaise with side salad and fruit and meringue following. Our speaker this month was David Arscott on Dead and Buried, what were we in for? David had come prepared for us with fliers about gravestones and carvings He writes and publishes his own books about a variety of historical subjects in Sussex. He told us that there could be a lot of restrictions on memorials, gravestones and carvings by vicars. At first only rich people could afford gravestones. Many codes were written into inscriptions as well as meaningful statues. The earliest gravestone found in Britain was for Lady Camoys from 14th century in Trotton. The oldest gravestone among the not-so-rich which can still be read is from 1660 of John Hills in Bolney. Very old inscriptions were not necessarily religious, sometimes portraying someone’s life or impending doom. Some of the best scripts on gravestone were between 16C-17C and some stones show that rich and poor all end up the same. France does not preserve their stones so well and they are not so interesting. To get best results and details from worn stones you can spray with water with a very small amount of washing up liquid added which helps with detailed photos as well as lettering. David read out some humorous scripts as well as verses and showed us spelling mistakes and memorials relating to occupations. Sussex had some iron gravestones due to the local industry and these were made from wooden moulds with molten iron poured into them with often a letter or two being reversed. We were supplied with a wealth of information with lots of humour added and David was thanked for entertaining us. Our next meeting is on July 2 with a talk on Meet Your Ancestor.


ROAD RUN: On Sunday the Heathfield Road Runners will hold their Midsummer 10k around the lanes so watch out for runners in the road. The race starts at the top of Back Lane at 10am and then goes via Browns Lane, Firgrove Road, North Street and through Waldron then via Lions Green, past Burnt House Farm, Hanging Birch Lane and returning up Back Lane. It’s expected that most people will have completed within an hour and the course is always well-marshalled. If you see the runners, give them a cheer and let’s hope it’s not too wet or cold.

BELLS ANNIVERSARY: The 100th anniversary of the recasting of our ring of bells will be on June 27, and as that is a Wednesday the ringers will transfer their practice to that night so that they can celebrate the occasion. On July 1, Fr Paul Cox will officiate at the Family Service at 11.15am and will bless the bells anew. Ringers will leave the bells up after ringing before the service, which will mean they can be rung again following the service. New ringer Tom will be part of the team on that day and will be ringing for the first time after intensive training with Bell Captain Brian Tompsett. The tower will then be open.

WI PARTY: The June meeting of the WI in Waldron is usually an opportunity for a garden party when one of the members throws open her garden for members to enjoy. This year it was to be held at Mr and Mrs Bather’s garden, but in the two days before the appointed day the wind howled and the rain fell in bucket-loads, so a decision was taken to transfer the meeting to the Lucas Hall. Naturally, British weather being what it is, the day dawned bright and sunny, but it was considered too much of a risk to hold the party on the rather soggy lawn, so it went ahead in the hall. Despite this it was a terrific party, entertained by the Peter Radcliffe trio who played just about every singable song known to man (or woman) from the 1940s to the 2000s, which persuaded the members to sing along heartily to all their favourite songs, and even dance, despite the rather cramped conditions. (Karaoke? What’s that?). The committee produced a fabulous tea and a good time was had by members and their guests.

CRICKET: The annual fixture between the President’s XI and the Cricket Club XI will take place on Sunday July 1 and lunch will be served to invited guests and non-playing members. This is always a very cheerful occasion enjoyed by everyone. Play begins at 11.30am with spectators very welcome to come along and the bar will open at noon.

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, mediaeval 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.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Woodman Sunday communion service in the style used in Woodman’s time. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar; 6.30pm Evening service with Jim Dryden.

RGWI: In May, as we had already discussed Resolutions, with which to pester the Government, Pat Clark gave us some facts gleaned from a recently discovered Record Book of Warbleton WI, 1919-1931. Subjects definitely reflected the time: Fruit bottling, vegetable drying, chair caning, tinkering and even child hygiene. A penny was given by each member for new brides and new babies. In 1921, it was decided to allow mothers to bring babies to meetings, which was just as well as often meetings lasted from 3pm to 7pm. Naughty members often avoided paying for tea so tea tickets were then sold at the door. In 1927, a special meeting was called to discuss what could be done about the unruliness of the village school children. Does anything change? Anyway on Thursday John Guest, known as the Apple Man, will be giving us an unusual talk on guess what? 7.30pm as usual at the Dunn Village Hall. More info, or transport, call Pat 01435 830227.

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

POWER OFF: The electricity supply will be off in the village on Monday between 9am and 4pm while trees are trimmed above the overhead cables. Advice is to switch off your equipment and to turn your freezer to freeze for 12 hours in advance of the switch-off and avoid opening the door. Anything on a timer will have to be reset once the power returns.