Parish pump Uckfield - June 6, 2014

Bodle Street Green

OPEN GARDEN: South Cottage’s garden will be open tomorrow from 11am to 5pm in aid of the work of the Quicken Trust in the village of Kabbubu in Uganda. There will be a Chari-Tea Party, with home-made cakes, scones and biscuits as well as crafts. For Satnav use BN27 4RB.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Members meet at 6.30pm for supper on Tuesday at the village hall, celebrating the 91st birthday of the institute in Bodle Street. Tony Harris returns to talk about Jack the Ripper. For further information about the WI contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

VILLAGE HALL: At the AGM last month Charles Harding was re-elected as chairman and Geoff Holt as secretary and Bryan Gibson as treasurer. The committee were also re-elected. The extension fund stands at £12,300. £20k needs to be raised before applications for grants can be made. A website for the hall was demonstrated, which it hoped will go live in the near future.


CRICKET: Last Sunday Burwash Cricket Club held a club day with a special cricket match against Jamaica Inn, with a barbecue, bouncy castle and bar. It was a lovely sunny day with a good show of people attending. The match was played in good spirit with some great shots and good bowling. The club are always looking for new members to help swell their numbers.

BURWASH WEALD Cricket Club are also hoping for new players. This very English village sport is great fun and a good social event. If you are interested in playing contact Paul Morgan Jones on 01435 882832 for Burwash and Malcolm McLellan for Burwash Weald 01435 882114.

TALK: Rene Caisse was a Canadian Cancer nurse, a pioneer in cancer care. Tonight, Friday, Audrey Wright will give a talk on this remarkable lady who struggled to get her remedy for cancer and other illnesses accepted for some 50 years. The talk is being held in The Pavilion at Burwash Common at 7.30pm. Audrey would be delighted for you all to go along and listen to her fascinating talk on this amazing lady. Call Audrey on 01435 882751 if you are going.

COFFEE: St Philip’s Church hold a coffee and chat event on the second Wednesday of the month through the summer. The next one will be on Wednesday morning at 10.30am in the church vestry. There will also be a bring and buy stall. Everyone is welcome to go along.

BLG: Burwash Ladies Group will be meeting on Wednesday at the village hall from 2.15pm. Their guest speaker is poet Kate Tym with poems of Life, Love and Domestic Dreams. Guests and new members are always welcome to join the ladies.

MEETING: Burwash Jubilee Community Fund will be holding their AGM on Thursday evening from 7.30pm in The Bear. You are all welcome to attend. Go along to find out why and how this fund originated and works. Call Halina Keep for further details on 01435 882183 or email

CAR WASH: Tomorrow, Saturday, morning the Burwash Scouts will be busy with their car wash, at the Bear car park club room from 10am until 2pm. It will cost £5 for a small car to be done and £7 for a large one. All the proceeds will go to their group funds.


RHODODENDRON Interpretation a chance to find out more about the rhododendrons at Sheffield Park and Garden tomorrow, Saturday. Members of the park’s horticultural team will be on hand to answer questions about the rhododendrons; how to identify, raise and care for them. Normal admission charges apply.

CRICKET: A note of congratulations must go to David Dembrey who recorded one of the Friendly XI’s best bowling performances with 8-23 against Southwick Wanderers. His performance enabled the Friendly XI to record a rare victory by 50 runs. Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey in a league game away to Horsted Keynes at 1.30pm and a friendly at home (at the sports ground just off the A272) against East Dean and Friston on Sunday at 2pm. For more information call Peter on 07709946880.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s on Sunday, 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. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Brian Lanstone and 6.15pm with David Muzzell.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday at the earlier time of 7pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday June 13 when the parish clerk will be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

LIVE MUSIC with an Irish Folk and Country Band, Reelstrings, is at the Five Bells on Friday June 13 at 8.30pm. Reelstrings play a wide selection of Irish songs, ballads, lively jigs and reels as well as pop and country music.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON cycle ride is being undertaken by Callum Cooper, on Sunday June 15, to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation having as he says on his JustGiving site ‘A few years ago during a placement I got the privilege to work at Chailey Heritage for a month and loved it’. If you would like to support him please donate online at

CLASSIC CARS in the Park, presented by Southern Classics Society (SCS) and The National Trust, is on Sunday June 15 from 10am to 4pm. All types of vehicles, vintage, classic and modern classic. There will be a designated area for the show and show car participants will have a special entry voucher allowing them free access to the grounds of Sheffield Park. No booking required, just turn up. Auto jumblers trading must have, in their possession on arrival, proof of Public Liability Insurance. For more information contact Richard Long on 07976 259290.

DONATIONS for Jazz on the Green, which will take place outside St Peter’s Church, will be appreciated. If you are able to donate plants call Kirsten Bowen (01273 478155), cakes Olga Jeffs (01825 722680), bottles Jo and Adrian Hands (01825 722276), books, CDs and DVDs Fiona Pearl (01825 723135) soft toys Janet Barnes (01825 722574) and children’s tombola Daisy Luddington (01825 722286). As part of the raffle it is hoped to put together a hamper of food as one of the bigger prizes. Good quality tins, jars and bottles, sweet and savoury biscuits, and any other delicious things, apart from perishables, will be much appreciated. Goods for the hamper or other raffle prizes can be given to Christine Peskett (01825723648) or brought to The Rectory during the week before the event.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Day of Pentecost, 8am Holy Communion, Chiddingly; 10am Matins, East Hoathly; 10am Parish Communion, Chiddingly; 12.30pm Lunch at Burchetts Farm.

THE CHURCH FETE will take place on Saturday June 14 in the Rectory garden, Church Marks Lane. All the popular stalls return, food, drink, books, games, raffles and much more. Music will be provided by the Warbleton Brass Band, and another local dignitary gets gunged, all in the name of charity. The fun starts at noon and finishes at 4pm.

DOG WALKERS: Just a polite request from the Garden Plots Association, please ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times when visiting or crossing the allotment site. Your cooperation is much appreciated.

FETE AND SHOW: The East Hoathly and Halland Village Show Society are pleased to announce their next event to be held on Sunday June 15 at 2pm at the Gate House, Waldron Road, East Hoathly. The summer show sees members competing in various classes for produce, cookery and flower arranging. There will also be a produce stall for anyone to bring along any surplus crafts, jams, cakes, plants, flowers and vegetables to raise funds for the society. There will be refreshment in the form of cream teas and entertainment from a brass band. There will also be a children’s’ garden treasure hunt for the younger members of the community.

COACH OUTING: There are still some seats on the coach organised by the Show Society to go to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Thursday July 10. Tickets are £34. Contact Sue Carter (01825 841499) if you are interested.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the society are leading a walk at Boreham Street. They will be starting from The Bull’s Head at 2pm. The walk will take in views across beautiful rolling countryside with farmland, meadows and woods, with wildflowers and lots of bird life. Everyone welcome, dogs on leads please. Further details from Jenny on 872830.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CRIME: A man being prosecuted for an offence in Heathfield who failed to appear at court has been arrested. James Dunham, 34, of no fixed address, was arrested at an address in Lydd, Kent, on Friday May 23, and appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court the same day, on a warrant for failing to appear at court. He was being prosecuted for inciting a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity when he walked out of Lewes Crown Court and disappeared in January. Dunham pleaded guilty to the charge on January 9 but after being released on bail to discuss the case with his solicitor in the court building. He was arrested on May 23 as a result of a call from a member of the public, and the public are thanked for their assistance.

TUMBLE TOTS: A play programme which holds sessions at Heathfield Community Centre is celebrating its 35th birthday. Tumble Tots say they are the UK’s leading physical play programme for babies and children from six months to seven years of age. Over the last 35 years Tumble Tots has seen over a million children enhance their skills of agility, balance, climbing, co-ordination skills and much more. During the week of June 9 Tumble Tots’ centre’ in Eastbourne, Uckfield, Hastings, Hertmonceux and Heathfield will be celebrating their anniversary with a special week of birthday fun and frivolities. Special colourful booklets and stickers have been designed so during the week session this will be themed around a party. There will be opportunities to win competition prizes with 35 prizes up for grabs from holiday breaks to Tumble Tots Goody Bags. To find out more about what is happening during the week visit your local Tumble Tots centre. Additional information and booklets can be downloaded from the website. Tumble Tots is an active play programme for children from six months to seven years. It was the brainchild of a National Olympic Gymnastics coach and is designed to develop children’s physical skills of agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing as well as develop their positive personality traits. The sessions are 45 minutes, once a week. There are more than 450 Tumble Tots centres in the UK. Since 1979, more than a million children have experienced the Tumble Tots lifestyle. There are currently over 42,000 Tumble Tots members.

FLOWER CLUB: The club presents a floral presentation on Thursday evening, July 10 at Heathfield Community Centre. There will be refreshments, a raffle and a sales table. Everyone is welcome, entry £5. Call 01435 810452 for details.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’ Old Heathfield: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Holy Communion (common worship). St George’s Broad Oak 9.30am Family Service.

FRIENDS of Sussex Hospices (FSH) announce that Gyles Brandreth will compere a concert on June 28 at Framfield Grange. He will appear alongside opera stars Charles Rice and Mary Evans. Also performing is classically trained duo Bounder and Cad (Guy Hayward and Adam Drew,) the 21st century’s answer to Flanders and Swann. There was a hitch as Maureen Lipman was due to compere the Summer Magic concert but was unable to do so due to a diary clash. Organiser Jane Altenhoven says there are still some tickets for the black tie event which includes a champagne interval. More information from or ring Jane on 01580 200228.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society meets on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall. There are various speakers throughout the year plus annual shows in the spring and summer. New members are always welcome. Ring 01435 864875 for details.

DANGEROUS CROSSINGS: Now work has begun on constructing the roadway into the new housing development behind the police station, can we ask if anything can be done about two dangerous road junctions? The first is where the B2012 (Cross-in-Hand) joins the A265 opposite the Isenhurst garage. There was yet another multiple smash there on Saturday with the road strewn with glass fragments and disconsolate looking drivers and passengers lined up on the verges waiting for police and tow-away vehicles. I have seen so many crashes and near misses where drivers come out of the garage or head west or east along the main road at some speed meaning it’s very difficult to get out of the Cross in Hand turning. Another junction crying out for attention is the A265/267 junction, now increasingly used by HGVs en route northwards from the coast. Once again you take your life in your hands trying to get out and the visibility eastwards over your right shoulder is difficult. If a new road can be built, can we please have these minor amendments to our old ones which would make the area very much safer, particularly with the additional traffic generated by the new development?

THE DRAMA CLUB meets on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Contact Mary Pearson on 07885 563073.

A COUNTRY LUNCH: This is held every other Wednesday at Punnetts Town Village Hall and replaces the Friday lunch in Heathfield at the cricket club. The minibus can pick people up to get them there for a noon start, and take them home. Details from Mrs A Kenward on 01435 862618.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in the Cuckoo Trail public car park at the junction of South Road and Western Road, Hailsham, opposite Hailsham Free Church at 10am for a 6.5 mile walk. Ring 01892 664441 for details.

ART CLUB: The Cross in Hand Art Club holds an exhibition and sale at Lucas Hall, Waldron, on June 21 from 11am until 4.30pm. Free admission and refreshments. Ring 01435 868884.

FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: Crafty Food and Drink Festival will be held at Kings Church and visitors can find produce, preserves, cakes, homemade food, cheeses and everything from local farms and smallholdings. For details ring 01435 813335.

HEATHFIELD MARKET: Don’t forget, we have a regular market in the town on Tuesdays and Saturdays, weekly throughout the year with up to 60 stalls including fish, fruit and vegetables, meat, antiques and collectables and other everyday items. You’ll find it at the Market site on Burwash Road and entry and parking are free.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

SUNDAY SERVICES: Holy Communion (CW) at 8am followed at 10.45am by Parish Eucharist (CW). Upper Dicker services are at 9.15am Holy Communion (CW). There is also a Holy Communion service at 9.30am on a Thursday (BCP). Evening Prayer 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood.

CHARITY GOLF DAY: Next Friday, June 13, Hailsham Lions is holding a Golf Day at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club teeing off at 11am. Entry fee £38.50 per person includes round of golf, snack lunch and prizes. Special rate for Wellshurst members). This year the event will help fit out a Kent, Sussex and Surrey second helicopter. Entry forms, email or phone Lion Mike Osborne on 01323 895912.

LIONS COUNTRY FAIR: This grand event is on Sunday at Broad Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DU from 11am to 5pm. Stalls, arena events and a fun fair. Blood pressure testing, free of charge, between 11am and 2pm and a Lions Companion Dog Show from 12.30pm with Pedigree and Novelty. More information from Keith Shonfeld on 07818 154668.

SCHOOL FAIR: Hawkes Farm School Fair, noon to 4pm on Saturday June 14.


HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in and near Lewes. Amateur photo-historian David Simkin talks about the renowned and lesser known photographers who were active in and around Lewes between 1851 and 1910. David will concentrate on the lives and careers of established professional photographers such as Daniel Blagrove and Edward Reeves, but he will also look at the work of amateurs like Edward Bedford (1865-1953), Henry Bartlett (1875-1965) and William Funnell of Newick (1848-1938). All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The Bluebell Railway at Horsted Keynes was the starting point for our last mid-week walk. The station dates back to the 1880s and has featured in many films and TV programmes. We started by walking alongside the railway track and then crossed some fields to join the Sussex Border Path. We continued past the imposing Broadhurst Manor, the former home and animal sanctuary of Carla Lane, who wrote the TV series of Bread, before arriving at St Giles Church which has provided the final resting place of the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Lunch was excellent at The Green Man on the village green. Fourteen people enjoyed the walk led by Clair. Our next walk is on Sunday June 15 and will be a ramble around High Hurstwood which is a change from our programme due to the London to Brighton cycle ride. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. This will be followed two days later by a stroll which will start from the same meeting point but will start at 10.30am. This will be a walk from Lewes. Our programmes are always available from the Tourist Office or the Outdoor Shop in the Cliffe.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: If you would be interested in an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal setting, please contact Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018 for information about our Alpha course. Our collections this month will go to the Judah Trust, which operates mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Some members of our congregation are part of this organisation and have particular links with Rwanda, where they facilitate training-of-trainers seminars for church leaders in HIV/AIDS-awareness, prevention and care. Date for your diary: June 14, Passion Play 2015 meeting, 10am Christ Church for anyone interested in taking an organisational role or being part of the production team. Contact Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Everyone is welcome.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

SUMMER FETE: Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Summer Fete will be held in the grounds of St Dunstans for the first time ever. It will be on Saturday, June 14 between noon and 4pm. There will be games for the family including bowling for a ham, welly wanging and bottle and chocolate tombolas. There is a fantastic grand raffle with a top prize of £100, hampers made by church teams and tea for two donated by the Pink Cabbage Produce Company. There will be plenty of refreshments with a barbecue, bar and Pimms and cream teas. There will also be visiting donkeys for everyone to see, a children’s fancy dress show (organised by Mayfield Pre School,) games organised by Beavers and Cubs and the Mayfield Band will entertain during the afternoon. The bell tower will hold an open day so there will be a demonstration of bells and visitors can have a look round.

U3A: At 2pm on Thursday, June 19 Joe Mendell will not just present a history of Mark Twain, he aims to ‘become him’ and let him relate his tales in his unique style. An informative, entertaining and fascinating presentation is in store depicting the man many called the greatest thinker of the 19th century. Visitors are welcome. The event takes place in the Memorial Hall. Ring Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128 for details.

POST OFFICE: After months of uncertainty, the new village Post Office is now set to officially open at 1pm on Monday.

WOODHILL PATIENTS GROUP: At a meeting on May 16 action points from the patients’ survey were discussed and the following points noted. Re continuity of care, there are now seven doctors including Dr Krishnakanth Naineni who will be on duty at Saturday surgeries but not every Saturday. On weekdays there are two doctors but only one of whom is available every day so unless it is an emergency, patients should check whether the one they prefer is on duty. Staffing rota and booking procedures are on the website but surgery reception can help. As far as confidentiality goes, the access window to the reception staff has been moved into the hall away from the waiting room, patients who want more privacy will have another room made available to discuss any issues they may have. There is now a multi-disciplinary team at the surgery to take care of aftercare after discharge from hospital. Dr Sally Brewerton is the palliative care lead. The next meeting is on Saturday, June 21 at 10am in the Scout and Guide Hall and will be attended by Drs Baxter and Cornell.

SUMMER FAYRE: Mayfield Primary School is now getting ready for its big summer fayre on Thursday, June 26 from 11am until 2pm on Court Meadow. There will be lots of fun stalls, a silent auction, barbecue and bar, bouncy castle and an assault course.

OPEN GARDENS: Next Sunday, June 15 there will be eight Mayfield gardens open for charity. Admission is £5 (children go free). Money raised is divided between various nursing and caring charities and there will also be a donation to Mayfield Primary School’s garden club. The free NGS book which lists all Sussex gardens open this year is available in the Shopping Basket, Pink Cabbage Café, Mayfield Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic and the Middle House Hotel.

MAYZING: The first concert from Mayzing takes place at Crowborough Community Centre on Friday, June 27 at 8pm. This will be accompanied by a live band. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children and this includes a free drink and programme. Tickets can be obtained from Hullabaloo in the High Street. If you enjoy what you hear, why not go along on Wednesday evenings at 8pm to join in at Mayfield Primary School Hall. For details contact Noel Bannister on 01892 668059/07702 835154 or email Or contact Shirley Holland (01435 872163) or Louise Coker in Hullabaloo.

THE BONFIRE SOCIETY holds an extra bingo night on Saturday, June 28 as a fundraiser for the Hospice in the Weald. This takes place in the Scout and Guide Hall at 7.30pm with refreshments and a raffle. There’s also free mini bus transport if you need it. For information contact Kevin Leeves on 01435 872057 or 07973 727189 or email

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 in the village hall today, Friday, between 10am and 11am. Vegetables are plentiful and all locally grown, plus a good selection of home-made baked cakes, savoury items, preserves, locally produced cheeses and charcuterie, and fresh eggs. There is a good selection of greetings cards, knitted items, paintings and animal portraits, orders can be taken for any of these items. Make sure you arrive early, otherwise you may be disappointed to find them sold out.

BOWLS: Tomorrow, Saturday, Newick Bowls Club will be playing away at the Isle of Thorns, on Sunday they are playing away again at Buxted Park, both these matches commence at 2.30pm. On Monday there will be a game against Sussex VPs Coast v Country (men) at 2pm at Newick. On Tuesday there will be an evening home game against Mid Sussex Uckfield, there is also an away game against John Spriggs Southwater, both matches will commence at 6pm.

CRICKET: This weekend fixtures are: First XI at home against Heathfeild Park; the second XI will travel to Hailsham and play their second team; the third XI are also playing away against Glynde and Beddingham III; the fourth XI are playing their game against Bells Yew Green on the Temple Grove Ground. These are all league games and play will commence at 1.30pm. For details of the Sunday game you will have to telephone 078318 40000.

SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 10.30am Holy Communion (CW). If you require a lift to church, please telephone in advance 722582. Just to remind you that The Newick Afternoon Club will be holding a meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm, on June 12. There are three speakers, Patsy Baily, Costica de Larrabeite, and Lisa Sang, these are people that run fitness classes locally.

MEETING: Also on June 12 the horticultural society will be meeting in the village hall at 8pm. Their speaker is Mark Saunders, head gardener at Fittleworth House. Club members entrance £2.50, visitors £3. Everyone welcome to these two events.

BADMINTON: The badminton Club are running a Summer Badminton Season in the village hall from 7.45pm till 10.15pm on Tuesdays June 17 and 24, and July 1 and 8. They are looking for new members, people new to the game or are league standard, who would like to play. So why not pop along, or if you require more details telephone 01825 723299 or 769502. Fingers crossed that the weather will soon improve and hopefully we will be able to enjoy some lovely warm sunny days.


MOBILE PHONES: As you all know, I love car boot sales. But why is everyone sitting behind their stalls, frantically texting or talking on their mobiles? Surely they can wait until they get home, and concentrate on their customers. If they can’t be bothered to smile and make eye contact, I walk away. And I refuse to sit in a restaurant next to someone who has their phone beside them and stares at it all the time, texting in between mouthfuls. I politely ask them to turn it off and talk to us instead. Maybe I should take my knitting along.

TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Uckfield Civic Centre, Oakleaf Room from 10am to 11am. Come along and meet one of the candidates for the forthcoming Town Council Central Ward Bye Election which will be held on Thursday June 26. Paul Meakin will be joining the advice surgery team at the Civic Centre from 10am to 11am. He would be very happy to answer any questions you may have, or just to meet local residents


D-DAY: There’ll be an event at the Star to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day tomorrow, Saturday, when the pub will be decorated suitably, the barbecue will be fired up at 5pm and 1066 Jazz will be playing the best of the 1940s. There will also be some vintage vehicles on display, and of course if you think of dressing up 1940s-style, don’t hold back.

AFTERNOON RECITAL: On Sunday at 4.30pm at All Saints’ there will be the third of our 2014 Waldron Recital series with Young Musicians. This time flautist Rachel Fielding will be performing, accompanied by Benjamin Tyler on the piano and organ. Rachel studied at the Royal Academy. Also performing will be the Waldron Youth Choir, which was formed recently. It currently has nine members aged between 18 and 30 years and new members would be welcome and are asked to contact Benjamin Tyler on e-mail or on his mobile 075056 50754.

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR: The Star will be organising a Country Living Fair on Saturday June 21 from 11am until 5pm, in the field behind the pub. Entry is free but there’ll be a 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 FoWC 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 contact Jane Leney at The Laurels, Back Lane TN21 0QA, Tel: 01435 867424.

FRIENDS GARDENING: The Friends of Waldron Churches are organising a couple of events for all of you who are keen gardeners, so make sure you have them in your diaries. On Friday July 4 at 7pm, George Pitcher will be chairing an FoWC Gardeners’ Question Time at Cross in Hand C of E Primary School, Sheepsetting Lane. The panel of local experts are extremely knowledgeable, with Helen Yemm, Gardening Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, Edward Flint, head gardener at Tidebrook Manor, Steve Moody from Frogheath Landscapes at Burwash (a Gold Award winner at last month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and 2013 Supreme Winner at the Association of Professional Landscapers) and Paul de Bruin from Thorpe Gardens Nursery at Horam. As well as answering your questions, the panellists will give brief talks on a gardening subject close to their hearts. There’ll be a refreshment bar before and after the event and a plant stall, courtesy of Cade Street Nurseries. Tickets will be £6 per head (£5 for FoWC members) and are available from the Stores at Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books, High Street, Heathfield, or you can e-mail the Friends’ website address ( and Ian Dixon will call you back to fulfil the ticket order. Alternatively, ring Ian on 01435 813363.

OPEN GARDENS: On the following weekend, Saturday July 12, there will be an open-garden event in Waldron, when three lovely gardens around the centre of the village will be open and summery refreshments will be provided. There will be no pre-sale of tickets but you will be able to pay once at any of the three gardens for access to all. The gardens will be clearly signposted and opening times and entry cost will be announced shortly.

CRICKET: Waldron Cricketers will be playing Flycatchers at home tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2pm at the Cattam.

SERVICES: On Sunday 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 Morning Worship at 11.15am also at All Saints’.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm evening service both led by Rev John Billett.

HISTORY GROUP: There is a great debate and an impending report on where to put an extra runway in the South East. One of the airports vying for it is Gatwick, and on Monday we will learn of A History of Gatwick Airport from David Harrison. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall.