Parish Pump Uckfield - June 28, 2013

bodle street green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Departures, the first Japanese film to be shown at the club. It is directed by Yojiro Takita. Heart rending and funny by turns, it examines the Japanese rituals surrounding death, as portrayed in the life of an out of work cellist, who takes a job with an undertaker. 7pm for 7.30pm start tonight at the village hall.

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

East Hoathly

MONTHLY WALK: The date for the preservation society walk in July has been changed, it is now on Sunday July 7 (to avoid clashing with the Carnival skittles tournament). The walk will still be starting at 2pm at The Golden Cross pub. On Saturday August 10 the society are visiting Newhaven Fort. There will be a guided walk followed by lunch and in the afternoon we can either explore the fort further, or can visit the nearby nature reserve at Tide Mills, the subject of a recent very popular talk. On Friday August 16 we have been invited by Ann and Jeremy Courtney to visit Crouch’s Farm for an informative tour of the farm and to see the newly born calves. This will be an early evening visit with tea and biscuits, and we plan to finish at The Foresters. For further details on the walk and visits, please call Jenny on 01825 872830. Non members are always welcome to join us.


QUIZ NIGHT: The Christ Church quiz night in the village hall on Saturday was a great success. Well done to quiz-masters Fr Paul and Roger Street, and all the others who put in so much hard work at both front and back of house.

AGM: The QE11 Sports Field AGM takes place on Wednesday at 8pm in the pub.

THE FETE on Saturday July 13 fast approaches. Help is always required on the green the evening beforehand, to erect the various tents etc. Many hands will make light work. It’s only a short stroll over to the pub afterwards to rehydrate.

FREE BOOKS: Have you seen the telephone box by the pub? It’s crammed with free books. Why not pop along and grab something to read?

SUBS: Please try and get your FCS subs in asap. It’s only £4 for the year and offers a large number of concessions at local businesses and eating places.

MUSIC: The Strawbricks again provided music in the packed pub last Friday night. A great evening was had by all. Well done to John and the gang.

STEPPING STONES is holding a nearly new sale of children’s toys, clothes and equipment. The sale is at the Preschool at Bonners School, Maresfield tomorrow, Saturday. from 10am to 1pm.


MID-SUMMER FESTIVAL: There are still some tickets left for this event tomorrow, Saturday evening. Eastbourne’s favourite entertainer, Mr Ray Campbell will present his unique and extremely entertaining musical comedy act at the Summerheath Hall, at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are £14 pp with food or £8 pp without. Bring your own drink. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Yvonne (01323) 845715 or Joy (01323) 840382.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Heavenly Hospitality, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Lost at Home, 6.30pm Holy Communion, Living in Line with the Gospel.

VETERANS/ARMED FORCES DAY: A service will be held at the Hailsham Memorial on Sunday at 10.45am. Two minutes’ silence will be held at 11am in order that residents can express their gratitude to all veterans of past conflicts. All welcome.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH:On Sunday there is a service at Primrose Hall from 11am until noon followed by refreshments. The medium on this occasion is Dianne Dann.

OPEN CHURCH: St Mary’s parish church is open for visitors to come in and have a browse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout June to August from noon to 2pm. There are free refreshments, children’s colouring sheets and activity trail. Volunteers are in attendance to answer any questions. There are a number of memorials in the walls and in the adjoining churchyard. Among them are several to members of the Harvey family, the Rev G G Harvey being Vicar from 1846-72 and his son Francis Clyde Harvey, whose reports are often included in the 100 years ago section of this column, was Vicar from 1872-1922. He oversaw much of the building restoration work. Due to other events, the church will not be open between August 6 and 8, also August 27 to 29 inclusive.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: In July green tokens in the Waitrose Community Matters scheme Hailsham branch can be awarded to Rosie’s Register which provides a lost and found service for cats and re-homing in Eastbourne and surrounding area. It is runs entirely on a voluntary basis. The Friday Night Project would also like your support. This is a youth based scheme for young people in Hailsham. Golden Cross Lunch Club meets fortnightly and is for elderly, housebound and disabled people in various venues. Again, this is run entirely by volunteers and they would like your help. When you buy something in the store, you will be given a token, just post it in your favoured cause in the boxes on the way out and at the end of the month they will be apportioned between each of the chosen charities.

EXHIBITION: At the opening of Hailsham Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition on Saturday June 15 the Mayor, Councillor Jo Bentley, attended with her husband together with many of the Society’s members and representatives from other photographic groups. An introduction by the exhibition organiser, Liz Scott, ARPS, AFIAP, was followed by the Mayor’s response and the exhibition was formally opened by Hailsham Photographic Society President, Dr Colin Tourle, LRPS.

U3A: There are lots of groups to suit everybody. The natural history group was well-informed about cuckoo migration and could identify common shells at the drop of a hat after their May meeting. In June they watched a film about the way plants spread, carried by the wind or water, transported by birds and mammals or dispersed by other less obvious methods. After the light-heartedness of La Fille du Regiment last month, the Opera Group was ready for another tragic opera. Tosca. If you are interested in joining either of these groups or U3A generally, contact Jenny Roots on 01323 740820/, or visit

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month saw the return of Pam and Melvin Smith who took us back to the early years of the twentieth century with their talk entitled A Victorian Naturalist. Ted Catt was born in the 1860s and lived until 1951. Throughout his life he recorded the world that he saw around him in the parish of Iden on the Romney Marsh. His scrap book of Iden contains 1,700 pages of beautiful sketches and watercolours depicting the people, birds, moths, butterflies, flowers, fish and small mammals he observed in this small area. Melvin and Pam are also keen naturalists from Iden and they record the wildlife in photographs. Most of their images depict the things Ted would know well but there are also new arrivals and some species have sadly died out. We saw sketches of devil’s darning needles, damsel flies and noisy frogs, what evocative names. Ted Catt, a farm labourer, was an accomplished artist, a keen naturalist, a musician and a taxidermist. How lucky we are to have his work to admire a hundred years later, a book just waiting to happen. Our members are off to Hampton Court at the end of the month and in August there is the summer social. Lectures begin again on Thursday, September 19 at the Community Centre when Kevin Gordon will talk about The Lost Village of Tidemills. Come along, you will be most welcome.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, no service at St Richard’s. There is a combined service of the Heathfield Group of CofE churches at 10.30am at St Bartholomews, Cross in Hand. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group meet in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, July 6, 9am Parish Prayers in church. Thank you to all who supported the recent Art and Craft exhibition and Summer Concert, which raised £500 towards the continuing work of St Richard’s Church.

COFFEE PACKAGING: Heathfield Co-op is one of the first to join a brand new nationwide recycling scheme set up by Kenco and TerraCycle called the Coffee Packaging Brigade, which aims to save coffee packaging waste from landfill. A collection box for local people to drop off all brands of coffee packaging waste is now situated at the Co-operative Food Store on the High Street. Two pence is earned for each unit of coffee packaging waste collected by the local community with all funds raised going to help fund the building of a shelter for the outside play area at Broad Oak Pre School. The coffee packaging waste will be recycled into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins. Keran Hunt, Broad Oak Pre School Manager who collects with TerraCycle on a number of other waste packaging Brigades to raise funds for the pre-school, arranged for a box to be located at the Co-operative Food Store. Local people are now able to drop their waste coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, single serving coffee sachets and coffee jar lids off to the collection box between the hours of 6am t to11pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

FAMILY SUMMER FETE: A group of Cross in Hand residents are busily making plans to bring a day of family fun to the village this summer. The fete, to be held at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields on Saturday, August 3 represents a return to days gone by when the playing fields hosted annual village events in the early 1900s such as the Horse Show and Children’s Day, with events and attractions for all members of the family. Attractions at the fete will include music, magic, face painting, a bouncy castle, fun dog show and sports, as well as stalls and refreshments. The Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club will be supporting the event by opening up their pavilion adjacent to the playing fields. The idea to hold a village fete for local residents and visitors alike was born out of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations last year, when a group of Firgrove Road residents held a very successful Jubilee street party. Attendees of that event enjoyed themselves so much that they wanted to organise a bigger event that the whole community could take part in. Stallholders who are interested in attending this event are asked to contact the fete organiser, Mary Cottingham, on 01435 866462 for more information and an application form. Mary would also be pleased to hear from anyone from the local community who would be prepared to help with the setting up and running of the fete. It is intended that proceeds from the fete will go towards improvements to community facilities within Cross in Hand village.

SPONSORED WALK: Jack Hampton from the Heathfield Rotary Club tells us: We are now actively fundraising for the construction of the new indoor swimming pool. It is essential that we maintain a high profile locally to attract money or matching funding from Sport England or the Lottery. We have organised a sponsored walk on August 18 from the town centre to the pool site at the Leisure Centre. All schools, colleges and businesses have been notified, many are sponsoring the project, and application forms are already being received. This is not a race; there are no winners or losers and all participants that complete the application will receive a T-shirt and of course a medal. I approached the staff at the Santander branch in the village this week. The branch manageress and two staff are going to do the walk. In two days they have raised £40 from customers, and best of all Santander have agreed to double whatever they raise. That’s local enthusiasm.

ORCHIDS: We have some wonderful country walks around the village. On one walk, which takes you from Maynards Green, up the Cuckoo Trail, across to the Runt in Tun, back across the turf fields to Sapperton Wood there is a wonderful display of pyramidal orchids. The Sussex Wildlife Trust tell us that wild orchids can be found across Sussex as we’re fortunate enough to have the right climate and geology. During July look out for the distinctive pyramidal orchid with its head of bright pink flowers. They flower in June and July, grow about 30 to 60cms tall and are so-called because of the obvious rounded pyramid shape to the young flowering spike, which becomes more cylindrical or egg-shaped as it develops. They have bright, dense pretty pink to purple flowers, occasionally pure white pyramidal orchids can be spotted but these are quite rare. They favour our milder climate and chalk grasslands but in recent times has also been found by roadsides and on brownfield sites. The seeds do not contain enough nutrients to produce leaves and flowers initially. To make up for this, the seed relies on fungus in the soil to provide nourishment. This underground fungus-root relationship can take several years to develop before the plant is ready to send up leaves and flowers.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: In anticipation of hot balmy days in June, we usually schedule in an evening walk to avoid the heat of the day. However, this year we had the evening walk but with a very strong wind and not particularly hot. On Saturday last, Vivien led a ramble from Lewes to Kingston and back and followed the route from our very first publication, 10 Walks around Lewes. Nine people braved the wind, all prepared with windproof coats and often holding onto headgear to prevent it taking off. Everyone enjoyed the bracing air and some rounded the evening off with a drink at the King’s Head in Southover.

ST JOHN SUB CASTRO: On Sunday, there will be a 9.30am joint service at our sister church at Malling, rather than the usual 11am service in St John’s, and the preacher will be Archdeacon Philip Jones. Also that day the United Service organised by Churches Together in the Lewes area will be a service of Evening Prayer at 6.30pm at St Anne’s Church and all will be welcome. Between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday, Southover Woman’s Action Network will be hosting this women’s forum in Southover Church followed by tea and cake in Southover Church gardens. All women are welcome and please let Church End, Southover, know if coming Tel: 483307. Advance notice that on Saturday July 6 The Sussex Police Choir will be giving a free concert in St John sub Castro Church from 7.30pm with a retiring collection towards St John’s restoration appeal.

mayfield & five ashes

MAYFIELD BAND will be staging its popular Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday July 6 at 7.30 in the Memorial Hall. This year, the first part of the concert will have the theme of A Journey through America, featuring some iconic music from across the pond, leading into the traditional last night finale, which if previous years are anything to go by, will be heard all over the village. So dig out your Stetsons, and fasten your spurs over your Union Jack trousers for this great night out. There will be the customary Pimm’s bar to oil your voices. Tickets are available from The Shopping Basket and Burnett’s at £6, half price for children. Doors open at 7pm.

MAYFIELD POST OFFICE: The move by Royal Mail from Tunbridge Wells Delivery Office to Uckfield Delivery Office has now taken place and customers will have noticed new postmen undertaking deliveries and collections in Mayfield and Five Ashes. The move has enabled the post office to restore the parcel collection service from Mayfield Branch, so any items that cannot be delivered, or require a signature and no-one is at home, will now be brought to the branch instead of being returned to the sorting office. A card will be left at the customer’s address advising them that a package is waiting for collection at the branch, and customers are asked to bring identification with them when they collect. The final collection times from Mayfield Branch have also been confirmed: the last collection on Monday to Friday will be at 5.07pm with a later collection outside Uckfield Post Office at 6.45pm. On Saturday, the last collection will be at 10.45am with a later collection outside Uckfield Post Office at 12.30pm. A final reminder that the Post Office Counter is open on a Saturday afternoon until 3.30pm offering the full range of products and services, alongside the shop’s gifts, greetings cards, toys, stationery and hardware which are available until closing time at 4pm.

SUMMER FAIR: Friends of Mayfield Primary School Summer Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm at Court Meadow. There will be some fantastic stalls manned by the children, teachers, governors and parents from the school such as: face painting, hook-a-duck, tattoos, jam jar tombola, feed the tiger and a lot more. An assault course will be there for small and not so small. Also, they are lucky to have Mabel Maybanks and Usbourne Books selling their products as well as a Dance Presentation with the Ballerinas from Footsteps Dance Academy. There will be plenty to eat and drink with a barbecue and a bar, also teas, coffees and squash and a cakes stall. £1 buys a raffle ticket with some great prizes. Lucky Dip, £1 a go. You will be able to win entries to tourist attractions, vouchers, beauty treatments, family portrait, etc and also tea bags or a lolly. Remember it is all for a good cause, to raise money to provide help and support to the school to make it a better place for our children to learn and play. For more information, visit:

VILLAGE CHURCHYARD: St Dunstan’s, Elle de la Mare says: The time of year has come when we are all hoping for plenty of warmth and sunshine to get out of doors and enjoy. Sadly, the endless chilly rain put rather a damper on the start of the plan to create a well-tended churchyard and wildlife haven by people adopting one of the older neglected graves to tend and plant up with nectar rich perennials or annuals. Those people that did adopt a grave or two were hard put to find a gap in the downpours and work commitments to do much but we hope that much more will be achieved this summer and more people will be encouraged to join us in this work of creating a place of beauty and sanctuary for our wildlife and all of us in the village. There has also been a proposal put forward about creating a simple labyrinth which, if approved by the PCC, would be a lovely redevelopment: spiritual and ecological. Since WWII 95 percent of our traditional wild flower meadows have disappeared due to ever more intensive farming and house building, so the need for other areas to act as wildlife havens is all the more important. In the churchyard we have the ideal space to have not only well-tended graves with butterfly, bee and other insect friendly flowers, but also other areas of wild flowers, nettles and grasses as it is an area free from nitrogen rich fertilisers and pesticides. We also have the basis of a great hedgerow but more could also be done here to diversify and maintain this for our wildlife. In addition to the flora our churchyard could easily support around two hundred species of fauna, or more, if well managed. There are many successful wildlife friendly churchyards all over the country and it would be lovely to make ours one of those too, but with finances so tight for everyone and every organisation this can only be achieved through volunteer help, so we would welcome anyone with an hour or two to tend a grave every now and then to experts in wildlife habitat management. Of course, our biggest challenge after clearing the weeds and entrenched grass from the graves is the rabbits and their love for fresh greens! So if anyone has tips on annuals and perennials that are ‘rabbit proof’ do let me know and I will pass the information on to all who garden here. Also if anyone has any suitably sturdy excess seedlings they would be gratefully welcomed, you can contact me on the number below as can anyone who would like to adopt a grave or help in any other way in this community project for our village. Please contact me on 01435 872431 (evenings only), or hopefully you will find me gardening in the churchyard every now and then in the sunshine!

HOST FAMILIES: Ben Hughes says: Perhaps you have wondered what happens to these students when their school closes for an exeat or a half term? The answer is that they need a great host family, a family where they will always be welcome, who will take a genuine interest in their wellbeing and happiness, who will provide a break from their hectic school routine and best of all, a home away from home. There are a couple of students, under 18 years old, starting at St Leonards-Mayfield School and we need good families to host them. The term dates are known in advance to help you plan. We, at Pippa’s Guardians, will do our utmost to match-make our students to your family depending on your bedroom availability and family demographics. Also, Pippa’s Guardians are the legal guardian for our students, therefore we are the in loco parentis during their time in the UK and so we have the legal responsibilities. Give Pippa’s Guardians a call and we’ll organise a time to come and visit to discuss hosting further with you and your family. Mobile 07714 034 749 Office 01684 252757 e-mail

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.


MARKET: Friday morning in the village hall from 10am to 11am the market will take place with all their usual goodies for sale, soft fruit, plants, flowers and a large selection of cakes and pies etc. You can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

SUMMER FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Primary School will be holding the Summer Fair from 11.30am till 2pm. There will be a raffle, tombolas, barbecue, drinks tent, refreshments, ice cream, cakes, face painting, and many more exciting activities plus outside traders. If you would be interested in having a stall contact by email Fingers crossed for a lovely summer day.

BOWLS FIXTURES: Tomorrow, Saturday, Barcombe Barwick Cup both at home and away 2.30pm, Sunday Mackie 2.30pm, Tuesday Mid Sussex West Hoathly, home at 6pm. Tuesday John Sprigg Adastra, away at 6pm, Wednesday Colemans Hatch, home at 2.30pm, Thursday Hurstpierpoint, away at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: On Sunday Newick will be playing at home against Barbados High Commission. This games will start at 2pm. On Monday there is another game at home against Warwickshire Pilgrims at 2pm.


ITALY TRIP: I had wonderful trip to the Basilicata region in Southern Italy last week. I did the Flight of the Angel, which is one of the highest, longest zipwires in the world. The views were unforgettable. Matera is a town of caves. Families of around nine people would live in one cave with their animals. The mortality rate was high. It was abandoned in the 50s, then a lot of money was spent renovating it all. Now it’s a fascinating place to visit.

WEALDEN POLICE and partner agencies have been utilising social media for a long time now. We have many thousands of people that follow all of our social media accounts. These accounts allow us to interact quickly with members of the public as well as updating on what officers are doing on patrols. The neighbourhood policing team will also be updating on the work they are doing towards dealing with the policing priorities chosen by you. If you would like to follow any of our social media accounts all you need to do is go to and register an account. Once you have registered you can search for the following accounts that are used in Wealden that you may find of interest. @WealdenPolice (Wealden Police main twitter account) @HailshamPolice (Tweets from the local team in Hailsham) @UckfieldPolice (Tweets from the local team in Uckfield) @HeathfieldPol (Tweets from the local team in Heathfield) @CrowboroughPol (Tweets from the local team in Crowborough) @PolegatePol (Tweets from the local team in Polegate) @NPT_Coordinator (Neighbourhood Police coordinator for Wealden) @WealdenDistComm (District Commander Dick Coates) @InspT_Wakefield (Neighbourhood Policing Inspector in Wealden) @SaferWealden (Safer Wealden Partnership news and updates) Please feel free to follow and interact with all of the accounts. You can also follow Wealden police on Facebook by searching for Sussex. You may remember that we recently asked you to complete an online questionnaire to help us find out what is important to you and identify three key priorities in each area. A big thank you for your participation and we are now pleased to update you on the findings as well as answering some key points that came up. Overall 1,195 residents completed the online survey. Residents were asked to pick three priorities from a predetermined list of crimes. Speeding, burglary. burglary of sheds and outbuildings.

ROTARY AND INNER WHEEL: Uckfield Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs will be holding An Antiques Afternoon in the Belmont Centre on Thursday August 8, 2pm to 5pm. TV antiques expert James Braxton will be there to discuss antiques, and to evaluate items you bring along. There will be tea and cakes, put it in the diary now and we will remind you again later. Tickets cost £10.00, and proceeds will be divided between the Children’s Respite Trust and Sussex Air Ambulance, which are respectively this year’s Rotary and Inner Wheel charities.

THE BIG LUNCH: The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association, which was formed last November, hasn’t yet decided on the design for its logo and so to help out children from the local Manor Primary School were asked to submit their ideas. Around 100 entries were received and the winners were announced at the Association’s Big Lunch on June 2. The association’s chairman, Paul Sparks, awarded the prizes: First prize was awarded to Charlie Thomas, second prize to Bethany Hunt, and third prize to a joint entry from Dominic Murphy and Harry Dennis. The winners each received a certificate and gift token. More photos of the event can be found on the Association’s Facebook page The residents’ association is still recruiting members, if you are interested in joining please email or visit the Association’s website


SANGRIA PLUS: Next Saturday, July 6, there’s our much-anticipated Spanish evening at the Star Inn, Waldron starting at 7 pm. Underneath the stars, in a marquee set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, 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 with food (which include tapas and paella, of course) available for purchase on the night. It’s live and exciting by two terrific performers, Ana and Jose, who perform round the world. Suddenly this week it feels like summer at last with some real heat in the sun, so come and enjoy some Spanish entertainment to go with it. Book your advance tickets at the Stores or in the pub.

QUIZ: The regular pub quiz has been on hold for a few weeks due to the quiz master’s back problems, but he is now in action again and the next quiz at the Star will be on Monday. Make up your own teams of 6 and the charge of £7 per head includes supper.

THE RUDES: My favourite outdoor theatre group The Rude Mechanicals is touring our part of the world now, and they’re due in Waldron on Thursday August 8 in the field behind the Star Inn. Harlequin Goes to the Moon is their new play, set in 16th century Florence, with comedy, sweet romance and savage satire in this re-telling of a very old story. Pete Talbot has achieved his usual magical mix of the deep desire of all of us for tenderness and love, contrasted with the me society in which we live. Bring your own chairs and wrap up warmly as the play is performed outdoors. Tickets are on sale now at The Stores in Waldron or online at or via the central box office on 01323 501260 and it’s a bit cheaper if you buy in advance. Prices then are £12 for adults over 18, seniors £11, students in full-time education £9 and children from four to 17 years are £6. Add £1 per head if you buy tickets on the night.

VILLAGE HISTORY: Do you have a particular family connection with Waldron? Perhaps you were yourself born and brought up in the village or went to the school? We are holding a Village History Weekend in September and would like to hear from Waldronites about their families and the village, particularly, if you have any memorabilia, like photographs or school records. Contact me initially on 01435 812036 so that we can have a chat. We’ll be putting on an exhibition and there will be several fascinating talks and walks round the village. The whole weekend is being organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches and promises to be an absolutely fascinating glimpse into Waldron’s past.

SERVICES: Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, with the Reverend Peter Jamieson and Group Communion at 10.30am at St Bartholomew’s. There will also be Evensong at Brightling Church with the combined choirs of Warbleton and Waldron at 6pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship led by Ewart Helyar. 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

MERRY WIVES: Two out of three is not bad; I refer to the fact that we were able to perform on the Green on Thursday and Friday. We had, however, to move back to the village hall on Saturday because of the bad weather. Having endured strong winds and rain the previous weekend at the dress and tech rehearsals, we didn’t want to inflict this on the audience. We had a good run however with appreciative audiences watching Sir John Falstaff getting his come uppance and the young lovers joined in matrimony despite their families’ best efforts. Director Kirrie Wratton directed a great cast, in this comic tale of intrigue. Our setting was in the Edwardian era with a music hall theme, giving an excuse for some of the music hall favourites, including Don’t Dilly Dally and the Bull and Bush, the latter renamed the Horse and Groom. Thank you to those who supported us, and to all who worked so hard to put this production on. Just before the first night I received an email with details of the next production, which is a theatre supper performance, ‘Make Way for Lucia’, a comedy by John van Druten based on the novels by E F Benson and will take place on November 20 to 23. Auditions for anyone interested in an acting role in this production will be held on Sunday July 7, 10am to noon at the Dunn Village Hall and Monday July 8, 8pm to 10pm at The Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green. Audition pieces and information on characters can be accessed on the website.