Parish pump Uckfield - March 13, 2015


GARDEN CLUB: The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Gerald Legg will be talking about Bees, bee-keeping and their relevance to gardening. All welcome.

BARCOMBE CINEMA: The film The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren will be shown at Barcombe Village Hall on Friday March 20. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments during the interval and a raffle. Tickets are £6 each available from Barcombe Stores and Post Office. Tickets will also be available on the door. Parking available. The first film we showed, The Love Punch, was well received and turned out to be quite a social event, so, let’s all go to the pictures.

LAST CHANCE to buy tickets for a great evening out in aid of Bevern View. The Barbican Rotary Club of Lewes have kindly organised an evening of entertainment plus a two course meal at the White Hart, Lewes on March 21 at 7.30pm. Entertainment by Suspiciously Elvis. Tickets £30 each from John Simpson 01273 400548.

Bodle Street Green

MOTHERING SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am (BCP), 11am All Age Service. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service with Holy Communion.

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

GARDENING CLUB: Dan Manning, a willow artist, will be the speaker at the meeting on Tuesday at the village hall at 7.30pm. The start of a new year is a good time to join, only £10 per year.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. As usual the meeting is open to all and parishioners have an early opportunity to raise matters.


BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club are nearing the end of the Wealden League season, just two matches left as I write this. The team will have played at home to Chiddingly last night and will play away to Horam Gunners on Tuesday. They have been busy with their club cup matches too. They played their mixed drawn pairs with Mary Chadburn and Keith Marden beating Alan Green and Christine Norton by just two points Last Sunday the members played an all day tournament for the Memorial Cup, to remember past members no longer with us. They all played five games each in round robins. The results were third Mary Taylor 30 points, second Keith Wood 31 and the winner was Barry Taylor with 36. A great day with a delicious lunch and much fun and laughter. If you think you would enjoy this great game why not come along one Monday evening and have ago, we look forward to welcoming you.

QUIZ: The next monthly quiz evening in the Pavilion in Burwash Common will be tonight, Friday, at 8pm. Teams of six players are invited to go along and enjoy the fun. The licensed bar will be open and all entry money will be returned as prize money. For more information please call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

JUMBLE: The Burwash Guides and Brownies are holding a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall. All the usual stalls will be selling, jumble, good as new, books, toys, bric-a-brac, cakes and raffle. Refreshments will also be available. If you have items to donate to the stalls please call Jackie Ashdown 01435 882196 or leave in the foyer of the hall on Saturday Morning.

WALK: The March parish footpath walk takes place on Monday morning. If you would like to join them they will leave from the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Cloke will be your guide and take you around the network of public footpaths that are so much a part of our three lovely villages. You will be back in time for lunch.

NSY: Members of the Burwash Not So Young Club will meet on Thursday afternoon at the village hall. The members will be entertained by Janet Nuttall with A Vet for Forty Years. She will talk about the interesting life of a vet, the wonderful animals she has treated over the years. The group will meet at 2.15pm and would be pleased to see new members and visitors. Tea will conclude the afternoon.

LUNCH: There are still some places available for the special lunch being held on Sunday March 22 to help raise money for the new windows needed for the village hall. The village hall committee are working really hard to raise the £10,000 plus that will be needed. By attending the lunch you will be helping too. The three course lunch with a choice of menu, is £18 per person with waitress service and coffee and mints to end the meal. To find out more, book a table and receive a menu please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

THE POSTAL QUIZ is still going, and more copies are available. This is being run to raise money for the Get Together Christmas lunch held each December for the senior members of our community by a group of hard working volunteers. The lunch is completely funded by fund raising and money taken in the raffle on the day. To get a copy please send £2 to Mary Taylor, 2 Holton Cottages, Burwash TN19 7HU with a stamped addressed envelope. The closing date is April 30.

MEETING: Burwash Common and Burwash Weald Residents Association will be having their AGM on Monday evening in the Pavilion at Burwash Common, from 7.30pm. All residents are welcome to attend. If you would like to join the society it costs £5 per household. Call Leslie Elmslie, chairperson on 01435 883510.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Mothering Sunday family service at 10am. The next healing service will be on Sunday March 22 at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am with Gordon Hamilton and 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft, which is part of a series on Matthew. Refreshments will be served after the services.

MEET AND GREET: PCSO Steve Knowles is visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday, from 10am to 10.30am. All are welcome to go along and have a chat and get advice about any local community policing issues.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday, from 10am to noon. This is a chance to get information and advice on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

KNIT AND NATTER: If you would like to learn to knit or have a project to complete then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, any time between 7.15pm and 9pm. There is no charge and you can either take your own knitting or learn at the group. For more details call Ann on 01444 471600.

LENT LUNCH takes place at St Peter’s Church on Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to the Oscar’s Wish Foundation.

COMMONS SOCIETY meets at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Roy Hale on The Search for Endangered Animals in Borneo. Ray has travelled to Borneo many times in the last 20 years and will give an illustrated talk on some of the endangered creatures he photographed. The talk will be followed by the society’s AGM. Visitors are most welcome to attend. For further information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

POST OF PARISH CLERK: The council is looking to appoint a parish clerk and responsible financial officer following Vera Grainger’s resignation with effect from April 17. The post holder will have the drive and organisational skills to manage the day-to-day work of the parish council and, with councillors, to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the council. Financial and administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations are the main requirements. Details of the post and an application form can be found at The closing date for applications is Friday March 20 and interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday March 31. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email at

CHURCHYARD TIDY UP: A short clear up of St Peter’s church yard is planned for Saturday March 21 from 9.30am. Any help would be much appreciated, the more the merrier. Please let Peter Martin know on 01825 722680 if you can assist. Refreshments will be provided.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 21. There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. The entry fee for each class is just 10p for members and 20p for non-members. You don’t need to worry that your entry will be up against those who have won many times before as there are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. For a show schedule, which also includes details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes, call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

A NEW APP: The Bluebell Railway Museum, at Sheffield Park station, will be the first preservation railway museum in the UK to provide an app for the use of its visitors. The App will give additional information and will help exploration of areas of interest. The app is divided into the five main themes of the history of the Bluebell Line, the history of railway with the main focus on the South East of England, building railways, great people of the railways and using railways. This App adds to what you will experience in the museum and does not repeat what is there. Within the museum a Wi-Fi system will allow access to the app and the target launch date for this is Monday March 23.The app will work on any mobile device and platform phone, tablet, Android or Apple and it uses quick response codes to access information. It can be downloaded via your online store (iTunes or Google for instance).

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday March 28 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Mandy on 01273 890777.

EASTER EGG TRAIL: From Saturday March 28 to Sunday April 12, daily, younger visitors can explore Sheffield Park and Garden and complete a Cadbury Easter Egg trail. They can search for the clues around the garden as intrepid plant hunters to claim a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. The cost is £3.50 per trail and normal admission charges apply.

TESCO COMMUNITY CHARITY Champions, Kirsty Greenwood and Jo Covey, are supporting Chailey Heritage Foundation by raising awareness of the important work they do with children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs and why funds have to be raised to support this work. The Charity Champions have put up displays on the community boards in their Hove and Burgess Hill stores and have volunteered to support the Foundation with raffle prizes and volunteering at fundraising events. A huge thank you goes to Kirsty and Jo; the Foundation are very grateful for their support and assistance.

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE, at Scaynes Hill Village Centre, is at present only open to the public on Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and Thursdays from 10am to11am. For any information do call Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 during these hours.

TWO DOGS ATTACK DEER: A woman from Lindfield was out walking on the Commons on Thursday February 26 when she saw two dogs attacking a deer. The woman intervened and was bitten by one of the terrier-looking dogs. Anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to contact quoting serial 656 of 26/02.

East Hoathly

SPORTS PAVILION: The parish council is pleased to announce that the East Hoathly Sports Pavilion will be refurbished and the car park resurfaced over the next few weeks. The car park will be closed until Friday March 13 (weather permitting). The pavilion building will be closed from Monday March 16 to Friday April 17. Regular users are also being notified by Derek Keeley, sports ground manager.

PUB QUIZ: This month’s King’s Head quiz will be raising money for the allotments society and will take place on Thursday at 7.45pm. Teams of up to four are invited with an entry fee of £10 per team, any additional team members charged at £2.50 each.

RACE NIGHT: This year’s Race Night will be held on Saturday March 28 at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. Entry is £12.50 which includes a supper of beef hotpot with a vegetarian option available. The funds raised will go towards Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, St Peter and St James’ Hospice and the twinning society. Tickets are available from the King’s Head, the Village Shop, or contact Pat Duke on 01825 841077.

POLITICS IN THE PUB: The second debate in this series will take place in the Club Room of the King’s Head on Wednesday March 25 at 7.45pm. This is an opportunity to explore a topical issue with other local people with an interest in progressive politics. The subject of this debate will be (Why) Do We Need Political Parties? and the guest speaker will be Lloyd Russell-Moyle, parliamentary candidate for Lewes. For further information please call Tom Serpell on 01825 840251 or at (Politics in the Pub is privately organised and not affiliated to any political party or organisation).


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, Mothering Sunday, 10am Special Mothering Service with posies; 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

BONFIRE SOCIETY Jumble Sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, noon until 2pm; Bingo 7.30pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS CLUB meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

MAD MARCH PUB QUIZ March 18, 7.30pm in Rose and Crown. Come and join the fun and raise money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. Teams of six, make your own or we can make one for you. £5 per person. To book a place phone Kate Minch on 01825 722144.

KOBUDO MARTIAL ARTS meet on Thursday at 5pm.

FORGET ME NOTS: On Thursday Bernard Tagliavini, story teller, actor and singer.

A NIGHT AT THE RACES: Have a flutter and help raise funds for Fletching Pre-school on Saturday March 21 in Fletching Village Hall. Starts 7.30pm, first race 8pm. £3 per ticket. Bar and snacks available. To book tickets on a first-come-first-served basis, contact Cath on or 07879475377

SHEFFIELD PARK: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special afternoon tea. Why not make a day of it and visit our beautiful Grade I listed garden as an extra treat? Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 2pm. Booking essential.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 19 March 1915. Fletching: Cantata at the Church: On Sunday, after Evensong at the Parish Church, the Fletching Choral Society gave a very able rendering of the sacred cantata, The Dayspring (Adam Geibel). The proceeds were for the organ fund. Mrs Gravely was the conductor, and had spared neither time nor pains in the work. Mr A H Saunders was organist, and accompanied the singing throughout with his usual sympathetic expression. Mrs D Bott took the soprano solos, while Mrs. Gravely gave the contralto solos, also singing in a duet with Mr Reddish, who rendered the tenor solos. Mr D Bott’s fine bass voice was heard to much advantage in his solo. Mr A H Saunders was prevented by a cold from singing his tenor solo. The quartette, Chorus of Shepherds, was taken by the Misses H C Attenborough, M Bott, P Stevenson, and E Saunders and Mr W E Moore. The choruses were also bright and tuneful.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: I recorded 64mm in February, slightly below the 16 year average of 72mm, and very much less than the record 206mm measured in 2014. The total for the three winter months was 233mm, again well below last year’s record 597mm.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday (Mothering Sunday), 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 6.30pm Lenten Reflections in Heathfield Community Centre. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday March 21, 7.30pm in the Church concert by the Ashdown Singers. Tickets and information from Jean Barnes 01435 863784.

ALL SAINTS Old Heathfield: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Family Service with Saints Alive Puppets. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak:

9.30am Family Service. http://allsaintsoldheathfield .org/

CONCERT: ‘An evening of sparkling freshness’ is the way Terence Steele, director of The Ashdown Singers, passionately describes the concert on Saturday March 21 at St Richard’s Church. The programme, presented by FASCOH (Friends of All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield) in partnership with St Richard’s Church and performed by The Ashdown Singers will be varied whilst being appropriate for the Lenten season. The evening includes Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, particularly suited to the St Richard’s Church organ and also music by Purcell, Stainer and Schubert. Tickets and information from Jean Barnes 01435 863784.

LENT LUNCHES: Tomorrow, Saturday, Coffee Morning and Cake Sale at 10.30am in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospicec at the Space, All Saints.

EASTER LILIES: If you would like to remember a loved one by sponsoring an Easter lily, please add their name and yours to the list in All Saints or St George’s Church. £3 for each lily.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. Cakes, tombola, tea/coffee, bonfire photos. Free admission. All are welcome.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fifteen people turned up for Wolfgang’s Clayton walk and we were promised two steep hills making up for a slightly shorter walk. From Clayton Village car park we walked up the hill towards Jack and Jill windmills, where we joined the Southdown Way towards New Barn Farm, before it turned west, gently dropping down towards the A273. We enjoyed magnificent views while walking alongside Pycombe Golf Club. After crossing the A273 we headed north eventually emerging alongside Wolstonbury Hill. We took a very steep footpath down Wolstonbury Hill, fortunately with steps making the descent a little easier. After negotiating an exceptionally muddy path, we headed east and crossed the A273 again and followed the path alongside the Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, until we headed south on a footpath parallel to the Brighton main line. The impressive portal of Clayton Tunnel comes into view at the end of the path. To our left we were treated to a wonderful display of snowdrops and hellebores in a very special garden and then we were soon back to Clayton Village car park. A walk well led by Wolfgang.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The Lewes Philatelic Society holds its third meeting of 2015 tonight (Friday) when Christopher Dadswell will present a display of stamps and other philatelic items related to Nelson and Trafalgar. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. Non-members are welcome to come along. For further information about the meeting or membership of the society please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Thursday there will be a fundraising tea and talk about Rwanda in Ringmer church room from 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome. On March 21, 9.30am to 5pm, come and join us for an interactive walk through the Old Testament. Transform your understanding of the bigger picture. Cost £14 including workbook, accompanied 11 to 16 year olds free (concessions available). Information leaflets are at the back of the church, which is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Sunday for services. During Lent we have early morning prayer sessions at 6.30am on Fridays. All are welcome for a time of quiet prayer and reflection. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am Mothering Sunday family service with a posy for every mum, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am Mothering Sunday family service in the church hall with posies for mums; 6.30pm informal evening service with singers and band. Please come and join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY 2015 Group: Children please enter our art competition. Anyone in Year 3 and above can submit an A3 or A4 picture of any event in any part of the Passion Plays. Closing date extended to March 20. Please email us for entry details. Could you help us with any or all of our four performances during Easter week? We are still looking for people, including families, to dress up as members of the crowd and Roman soldiers. Do you have your own costume? If not, we can provide one. Do you have spare costumes we could borrow? We would appreciate help with costume and scenery making, and with materials for them e.g. fabric in earthy colours or which can be dyed (curtains, sheets). You can leave fabric on Saturdays at St Pancras Church lower hall or from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesdays at Christ Church upper hall, when you are also very welcome to join our team of stitchers. Or we can collect from you. Please email or visit our website at

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: The School, Rotherfield 12.05pm-12.35pm; Opposite the school, Punnetts Town 2.05pm-2.35pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.55pm-3.45pm.


PARIS: I won two first-class tickets on Eurostar so Hubby John and I went to Paris for a couple of days. I love Eurostar. It’s so simple. We just hop on at Uckfield Station, all the way to the end of the line; London Bridge. Then it’s on the underground to St Pancras. There’s no weight limit and we keep our cases with us, so we don’t have a long wait at the other end. The Euro is really in our favour at the moment, so it’s a good time to go away, or buy some for a later date.

COMPUTER: Sorry I missed last week. My computer hasn’t been right for ages. My

computer pal Jim took the front off and the fault was obvious. It was so clogged up with fluff that the fan couldn’t turn properly and kept stopping. He took it away to clean it and it’s as good as new now.

LOCAL ROADS: Have you experienced any problems while driving along local roads? Do you know of any potholes or bad stretches of road which need repairing? If so East Sussex County Council have a special website dedicated to problem areas and would love to hear from you. It only takes a few minutes to enter the details of the problem and pinpoint the area on the map.

UCKFIELD LIONS Club is the largest service club in the town and part of the biggest service organisation in the world. Backed by the people of Uckfield we raised over £34,000 last year for the replacement of the Community Minibus we run and for good causes and charities, the majority of which are local. Every penny we raise goes to the cause for which it is run or into our charity account for individual donations, every penny raised goes where you, our supporters and the public intend it, there are no hidden payments, administration or management fees, we pay for those ourselves. Most people in the town know us for the Santa Sleigh, the Waitrose Supermarket Draw, our Bookshop, Lions Day and the other high profile things we do to raise money, often the numerous donations and charitable aid we give to smaller and individual causes goes un-noticed, the Girl Guide sent to an International Jamboree, the youth dancing prodigy whose dance education was part funded by us, the pensioners taken on outings, our service to the blind and visually impaired, blood research and many others. Part of our success is the fact that as a club we also have a strong ethic of enjoying ourselves, we believe in putting the fun into fundraising. We also believe in caring for our older and infirmer members. But as a club we need new members to help to raise these funds. Members do not have to take part in every event (although we have so much fun most of us do!) and don’t have to give up all their time, part of our ethos is family first, work second and Lions third. We are looking for new members to bolster the club numbers and to relieve some of the current pressures, sex, ability, education, age are all irrelevant as an a-political, non religious, mixed age group (we believe it’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old) with members of all ages and both sexes (the rumours about our president are totally untrue) we need you. Why not come to our monthly business meeting at the Alma Arms at 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month, speak to a Lion in our bookshop or speak to Lion president Bob Eaves (01825 764638) or one of our members and come to one of our social events, the having fun bit is involved in both types of activity.

FOURWAYS WI held their meeting on Monday March 2 at The Luxford Centre. Minutes were read and approved and announcements were made with up and coming events. We then were given a very interesting and informative talk on EFT Emotional Freedom Technique by Carol Gordon. She spoke about how she came to be a practitioner due to her past circumstances and how she is using EFT very effectively to help others in their daily lives. We had a raffle and followed by coffee the winner of the competition a Get Well Card was won by Maureen Risbridger. Our next meeting will be held in the Methodist Hall on Monday April 13 (due to bank holiday Monday) at 7.30pm all are welcome.

TOUGH TEDDIES: How tough is your Teddy (or other cuddly toy)? Come along to the Tough Teddy Tournament at St Michaels, Little Horsted, at noon on Sunday April 19 and find out. Teddy will be able to slide down a zip wire from the church tower, take a wheelbarrow ride and undergo other assault course challenges to prove his or her toughness. Children and parents can sponsor Teddy on behalf of the Restoration Fund using forms available from the church or which will be given out at the Mothering Sunday Service to be held at Isfield on Sunday. Can your Teddy take the challenge? Why not find out?


MOTHERING SUNDAY: Spring has sprung, the primroses and daffs are coming out and it’s Mothering Sunday this weekend. There’s a special menu at the pub for lunch on that day but bookings are rolling in, so it would be wise to make contact to be sure of yours. Ring the pub on 01435 812495.

THE AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches will take place next weekend, on Saturday March 21 at 10am (yes, that’s the morning) at All Saints’ Church followed by refreshments.

FOWC has had another successful year and the chairman Tim Williams will report on events both past and future. This will include the return of the Primavera Trio to All Saints’ for another summer concert in mid-June, in aid of FOWC to help fund plans for church improvements.

MAD MARCH QUIZ: This month’s pub quiz will be one of a number throughout Sussex dedicated to raising money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. Ours will be held on Monday March 30 at 7.30pm and if you want to get up a team, better start early as this is a popular cause and there will be heavy demand for tables.

SERVICES: This Sunday morning services are both at All Saint’s. They will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) led by Reverend George Pitcher and 10am (Matins and Eucharist) also led by George. He explains that the 10am service will be a ‘hybrid’ affair with elements of both Matins and the Eucharist and distribution of flowers to every lady present, it being Mothering Sunday. This festival was a reference to Mother Church in past centuries but the connection has grown tenuous over the years, and for most families today it is now a celebration and thank you for our mums. There will be a parish coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Colemans, Warren Lane by invitation of the Reverend Peter Jamieson.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am (BCP), 11am All Age Service. The PCC meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: Mothering Sunday service with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Service led by David Laskey.

LENT COURSE: Wednesdays in March. What Christians Believe, C of E Style, a look at The 39 Articles of Religion, the Church of England’s doctrinal basis, without the boring bits. Plenty of opportunity for discussion. 7.30pm to 9pm with coffee and biscuits at the Osborne House Community Room, Rushlake Green.

COFFEE & CO: Several times a year Coffee and Company have a special event to raise money for a local charity. This Thursday (10am to noon) at the Osborne House Community Room the focus will be Children of Gambia Services, a Heathfield based charity which provides support to children in Gambia. Coffee and Company is open every Thursday for coffee etc and a chat.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. As usual the meeting is open to all and parishioners have an early opportunity to raise matters.

HISTORY GROUP: Sally White gave a fascinating glimpse into the story of the piers in Sussex, eight in all. There were proposals for another 30 apparently, including 11 for Bexhill alone. The earliest was the Chain Pier at Brighton built in the 1820s. Most were originally built as jetties for boats to moor up to, so that passengers could disembark directly, rather than via small boats or even being carried ashore. Gradually they gained more pleasure facilities, including ball rooms, theatres and rifle rages. As we have seen in recent years they are vulnerable to fire and the weather, and not all have survived. Our next walk is on Saturday March 28 at 2pm, meeting in the car park of Berwick Church. In April we have our AGM.

HEARING TESTS: I took the opportunity of the mobile unit being in Rushlake Green to have my hearing checked. I am glad to report that nothing unusual was found, just the slight deterioration to be expected at my age. This really is a good service provided by the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, which is a charity, partly funded by East Sussex Adult Social Care. The bus is equipped with a sound proof cubicle in which the test is conducted. This is a fairly simple test which indicates a trend in the individuals hearing. If a problem is found then you can take the results sheet to your GP, for referral to a specialist. Martin is also able to carry out minor repairs to hearing aids and advise on equipment etc you might need eg a hearing loop attached to the television so the rest of the family are not blown away by the volume. They are based at 8 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne BN21 3UH. Tel 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax). The service is free, but I have no doubt donations are always welcome.