Parish pump Uckfield - March 14, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), and 11 am Morning Worship (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion.

GARDENING CLUB: Now that the soil is beginning to dry out, members can think about planting in the garden. Advice on Growing Potatoes will be given by Alan Wilson at the meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Membership of the club is £10 per annum, which gives free admission to meetings. Visitors are welcome at £2 per head.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, at 7pm on Thursday evening. All council meetings are open to the public, and there is an opportunity early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to go along and take part in this fun evening. Entry money is given back as prize money. The licensed bar will be open. For more details call Karol Richardson on 883318.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear at 9am. Roger Cloke will be delighted for you to join him as he leads the way over the network of public footpaths around our three villages, helping to keep them open and in good repair for others to enjoy. The walks are fun and are usually over by lunch time.

AGM: Also on Monday evening the Burwash Weald and Burwash Common Residents Association will be holding their AGM in the Pavilion from 7.30pm. All residents are invited to attend. Help keep the community alive and how you would like it to be by taking part.

NSY: Burwash Not So Young club will be meeting at the village hall on Thursday at 2.15pm. This lively group for the over 60’s enjoy some delightful talks, garden parties, meals etc throughout the year. This week they will be entertained by John Withall with The History of Wakehurst Place. New members and visitors are always welcome to go along.

DIARY DATES: There are three dates for your diaries this month. The first is a bridge afternoon on Wednesday March 26at the Pavilion in Burwash Common, from1.30pm. Entrance is £8.50 and includes tea and cakes. Telephone Anne Gray on 01435 882442. All proceeds to Demelza. The next is on Thursday March 27 when another soup lunch will be held. Tickets for this are £7.50 and include trying as many of the different soups and desserts on offer. Proceeds to the Burwash village hall. To book your tickets, please all Mary Taylor 01435 882107. Finally the children of the musical theatre are to perform Graham Greene’s Wind in The Willows on Saturday March 29 in the village hall from 7pm. Tickets are £5 each available from Mary Alderson on 01435 882051 or Jane Coleman 882687.

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club have played two matches since my last report. On Tuesday they visited Crowhurst for a fun but disappointing evening. The triples played first with Angela and Keith Marden and Mary Taylor losing 5-16, and Stephen Trew, Margaret Waterhouse and Tim Brown losing 23-4. After tea the pairs played with Alan Green and Barry Taylor losing 8-21 and Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood bringing home our only points winning 14-12. On Sunday afternoon we were away to Jarvis Brook. Again a disappointing match as Angela, Keith and Julie drew 13-13, Wayne Reed, Joan Howard and Margaret lost 4-22. The pairs had good games as Alan and Barry just lost 10-12 and Mary and Keith won 13-11. The team will play their last league game on Thursday at home to Horam Cannons.


BUXTED WI: A beautiful spring afternoon brought our members to the Buxted Reading Room for the March meeting. Jenny Johnson led us in a wonderful workout of Movement to Music and fully refreshed and toned we began our meeting with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem after being welcomed by president Ann Tricker. Secretary Joyce Harvey gave us a choice of so many interesting workshops and courses to consider and lovely days out. The ladies celebrating birthdays this month were presented with cards Francis Brett and Roz Warriner. Our guest speaker was Dr Sally White who gave us a fascinating talk and slides about the history of Dolls. Worthing Museum has a large collection of Dolls dating back many years, free admission and the promise of seeing an incredible collection is well worth planning a visit. Many gifts and bequests of Dolls make their exhibition unique. Dolls have always been popular as long as 4,000 years ago made of clay and wood. Germany made Dolls from the middle ages onwards, first with painted eyes then later glass. Bodies made from paper mache and dipped in hot wax, moulded wax and porcelain. The interesting slides that Sally showed us had examples of all these. A well delivered and interesting talk, Sally was thanked on behalf of us all by Wendy Lawrence. The Competition this month was A Doll and Sally was given the unenviable task of deciding which of these much loved Dolls deserved coming in the first three. The winners were: 1, Hilary Quinn; 2, Hazel Lloyd; 3, Rose Marie Caddick. The Flower of the Month competition was won by: 1, June Vetcher; 2, Sandra Hatswell; 3, Sheena Mickelburgh. The craft group meet every second Wednesday morning, the book group meet every third Thursday afternoon and the garden group meet every last Friday morning. The next meeting of the WI is at Buxted Reading Room on April 3 when the guest speaker will be Tony Harris with his talk entitled My Life as Henry VIII. The competition is Something Regal. (Mary Mustin).


VILLAGE SHOP: Now that we are in Lent I’m giving the cake a miss (probably but I do have the breaking strain of a Kit-Kat) but I’m continuing to pop in for the necessities when I can.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Another reminder for the Spring Show, and you won’t need to talk to the daffs because they are catching up fast as Spring is really here. I’m not putting my lemon and orange out just yet. People tell me that you can’t grow lemons over here but I can and do. They take 18 months to get there, I had lemon blossom at Christmas again this year and last year’s lemlets will ripen this summer. They are huge and incredible tasting although they don’t go very yellow. I had orange blossom this year and Steve did the thing with the paintbrush so fingers crossed we may have oranges this year.

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East Hoathly

SERVICES: Sunday, second Sunday of Lent, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly, 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

LENT LUNCHES are being held again this year in aid of chosen charities. These simple lunches are very popular and a lovely way to meet up with friends, old and new, and have a chat over a bowl of warming soup, roll and cheese. Everyone is welcome and we invite you to any or all of these days. Lunches will be served from 12.30pm and usually end by 2pm. Please telephone the host beforehand to give some idea of numbers. Donations (in payment for the meal) are in aid of the chosen charities. We look forward to seeing you. In aid of Mental Health, Tuesday March 18, at Pat Duke’s, 14 Nightingales, East Hoathly Tel: 841077; Wednesday March 19, at Rhoda Buchan’s, Five Ways, Golden Cross. Tel: 872144. In aid of Cyuangugu, Rwanda SMS School, Tuesday March 25, at Helen Welby’s, Old Timbers, Muddles Green. Tel: 872578; Wednesday March 26, at Jill Ford’s, Warnham Cottage, Waldron Road, East Hoathly. Tel: 841340.

RACE NIGHT: East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Association is pleased to announce their sixth annual Race Night in aid of Twinning Funds, St Peter and St James, and St Wilfrid’s Hospices. It will take place in the village hall on Saturday March 29 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entry will cost £12.50 for adults and children (under 16 years), £5. The ticket price includes a substantial French farmhouse supper, a vegetarian option will also be available. There will also be an inexpensive cash bar serving quality beers, fine wines and soft drinks. For further information and tickets, please call Pat Duke on 841077.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

COMMUNITY CLUB: On Friday, I was invited along to Holdenhurst, the Abbeyfield South Downs home in Mill Road, to meet some of the people who attend The Heathfield Community Club and talk to the organisers of this excellent scheme. The club is what it says: a place for older people (from the age of 55 years) to meet in on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am until 3.30pm to socialise, have fun and get help and support if they need it. Holdenhurst is a light, attractive place with pretty gardens, quite unlike most so-called homes I have visited. People can have a lift there if they are unable to travel under their own steam. Once they are there they can enjoy friendship and chat with others, loads of activities including puzzles, games, discussions, quizzes, raffles, arts and crafts, singing, entertainment and gentle exercises. Freshly cooked lunches and refreshments are on hand during the day and outings are also organised such as pub lunches. If someone needs particular help and is unsure where to turn, there are people on hand to advise them to access other services. The event is organised by Age UK, East Sussex and experienced staff and volunteers ensure everyone is treated as an individual. On the serious side the service is provided under the ISO 9001 international quality standard and monitored regularly. People can sample a day for free to find out whether they like it and go along for a day, half a day or just take part in a lunch or an activity. It costs £20 a full day including everything and people on specific benefits might find the cost reduced. To find out more ring Maureen on: 07850 987130 or Andrea on: 07748 136248. You could also ring the Age UK Lewes office on 01273 476704 or email

THE PARISH COUNCIL sent us this: Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council now have a Facebook page. Why not Like them to receive any updates about what is going on in the town and to keep up with the council? There will be an election on March 27 for the main Heathfield ward only, to elect two new councillors to fill the two vacancies recently advertised.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Holy Communion (Hope 2014). They welcome Gordon Banks at their service on Sunday. St George’s, Broad Oak. 9.30am Third Dimension (Hope 2014). Once again they welcome Gordon Banks to the service. From this week until Wednesday April 16 there will be evening prayer at 6.30pm. Compline at All Saints’, Old Heathfield.

DEMELZA CHILDREN’S HOSPICE: Although this excellent charity is not based here, there are many child patients with life-limiting diseases living around the town who receive wonderful at-home care from Demelza. Also many of our organisations such as Heathfield and Waldron Rotary donate proceeds from events to the organisation. They work hard to raise their profile in the hope that people will consider them when planning charitable events, the appointments also go to show what good eggs these two people are. Len Goodman, famous as lead judge in Strictly Come Dancing, and singer and presenter Cheryl Baker have now become vice presidents of Demelza. Cheryl Baker has supported Demelza for more than 15 years, officially opening the first charity shop in Sittingbourne in November 1998. Last year she not only ran the London Marathon for Demelza in April but she performed at Music on the Hill in July. Len Goodman has made several visits to Demelza’s hospice and is always a popular visitor. Len is the face of their Fundraising Tree and he took part in a question and answer session alongside Robin Cousins last year at Demelza’s 15th birthday AGM. In addition to residential care, the Demelza community team provides a Hospice at Home care service for children and families in East Sussex, Kent and South East London. Specialist paediatric community nurses go directly into the family home to provide day care, crisis intervention, an on-call service and respite, combined with short breaks and other services. This flexible care provision enables families to live their lives in their own environment and take away some of the strain of caring for a life-limited child. Parents have described having the opportunity of an undisturbed night’s sleep as pure luxury. The Demelza community team also offers the choice of 24 hour end-of-life care and gives medical help and expert advice in the home. Demelza relies almost entirely on fundraising, donations and gifts in wills. We need to raise £8 million this year

RECYCLING: East Sussex County Council have now approved an updated waste strategy which set new targets to be achieved by 2020. The council says since publishing a 20 year strategy in 2006 for managing the county’s waste in a sustainable way, the amount recycled and reused has almost doubled and the amount sent to landfill has dropped by more than 90 percent. On Tuesday, March 4, the cabinet approved the updated strategy. Cllr Cark Maynard said: ‘We all have a duty to deal with waste in a more sustainable way. Since 2006, we have reduced the amount of waste we produce by seven percent. ‘Despite this, the average East Sussex household still creates almost a tonne of waste and recycling each year and in 2013/14 this cost around £155 per household per year. The challenge is to continue to reduce our waste, and to deal with it in an even more sustainable way while making considerable savings.’ The new joint strategy between the county and borough and district councils sets targets for 2020 of diverting 95 percent of waste from landfill, recycling and composting 50 percent of household waste and reusing 15 percent. It also sets a target of recovering energy from at least 95 percent of rubbish that isn’t reused, recycled or composted. At the end of 2013 a consultation into a draft of the waste strategy was held. 40 percent of respondents agreed with the broad aims of the strategy, while 31 percent agreed with the targets. The closure of three household waste sites was included in the original draft strategy. The county council’s cabinet agreed in January that these three sites should remain open from Friday to Sunday each week. Let’s hope these ambitious new targets do not result in the inefficient and dramatic mix-up (polite phrase) that accompanied Wealden’s decision to throw in its lot with Rother and Eastbourne to create the Joint Waste Strategy. I remember it took about six months for that to sort itself out, with many residents many residents still awaiting delivery of the right size green bins. A neighbour, who ordered one.

CROSS IN HAND WI: Just over three quarters of the membership attended the February meeting and birthday flowers were given to three members. Members were advised of various workshops and outings and advised of the forthcoming AGM and the opportunity to enter the Denman Dip competition. Ken Gordon, a retired police officer and a volunteer at Seaford Museum, then gave a most informative talk of The Lost Village of Tidemills, situated to the east of the Cuckmere Valley. Members learned that a tide mill is the oldest form of renewable energy, and that this mill was built to supply flour by ship to London between 1750 and 1800. A small village sprang up to house the workers and once the railway arrived it had its own track. However, unlike many other areas that flourished once rail had come, it was the downfall of flour creation on this site as other mills nearer London were able to supply by rail at lower cost. Gill Poulton gave the vote of thanks, and all present enjoyed a delicious tea with cakes while participating in the raffle. Our next meeting at the village hall is on March 26 at 2pm with a talk by Sally Baldwin on Afghanistan Dog Rescue. Please telephone 01435 862161 if you would like to know more or go to to find out more about your local WI.

A COFFEE MORNING is being held at Cross in Hand Methodist Church on Saturday March 22 between 10.30am and noon. Everyone is welcome to attend and all proceeds will go towards the 2014 Cross in Hand Village Day which will be held at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields on Saturday August 2. More details of this exciting, family event will be announced over the next few months.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

CHANGES TO BUS PASS SCHEME: On December 10 last year East Sussex County Council’s cabinet voted to press ahead with a series of changes aimed at reducing the authority’s transport budget over the next three years. This includes changing the start time at which concessionary bus pass holders can use their pass on weekdays. From April 1 this will move from 9am to 9.30am in line with national rules. I hold a bus pass myself and this doesn’t make much difference to me as I seldom start my journeys before 10am. I reckon we are all incredibly lucky to have them, particularly in view of reports that social care budgets must be slashed, and this could well involve rural bus routes at present subsidised by cash-strapped councils. The entitlement to free travel for elderly and disabled residents is set by the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007 (CBTA). The CBTA defines the minimum travel concession that must be provided and the national standard concession enables journeys to be started between 9.30am and 11pm on normal weekdays and at any time at weekends or on public holidays, between places in England and on eligible services. Most local transport authorities use the 9.30am national standard start time; however the practice in East Sussex has been to permit free travel from 9am. Moving the start time to 9.30am brings practice in East Sussex in line with the neighbouring authorities of Kent and West Sussex.

CORDBATT HILL: You may be aware that Cordbatt Hill, off the Avenue, in Mayfield is currently closed following a landslip that has caused a large amount of soil to fall from the embankment to the highway below. East Sussex Highways are drawing up a scheme to repair the embankment with work programmed to commence in late April, lasting for approximately three weeks.

MAYFIELD MAYFAIR: Organisers thank everyone who has kindly volunteered to help at this year’s Mayfield Mayfair which is taking place in the High Street on Saturday, May 10 from 1pm to 5pm. They still need a few more people to help with preparations beforehand or on the day, so if you can spare a couple of hours, please contact either Andrew Burnett 01435 874450 or email for Ian Parker. Plans for country fair activities are progressing but they are still open to any further suggestions. Also please let them know if you would like a stall on the day.

STORYTELLING: The Four Quarters are telling stories at the Scout and Guide hall on Saturday, March 22 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. You are invited to meet Baba Yaga, the fearful witch, a woman who threatens but often rewards. She sets tests that challenge a hero’s ingenuity, and is always on the side of the girl who is ill-treated by a wicked stepmother. Hear of Baba Yaga’s geese, her talking cat Yeremey, and the forest creatures who provide wisdom and support to those on a quest? And enjoy the adventures of Little Ivan, the Russian equivalent of Everyman. What brings you here? Is it your will? Answer Baba Yaga’s question with a yes, and join them for their Russian Magic Tales. The stories are suitable for all ages, so children are welcome. There will be drinks and light refreshments and a collection for Heathfield Works supporting young people into work, training or further education.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Tuesday the society holds its AGM which is when many people renew their MHS memberships (though you can join at any time of the year). Their advice is to go to the AGM and join/renew there, as the membership year starts in March and runs to the following February. For just £5 an MHS subscription gives you free entry to their talks (otherwise charged at £2 each;) you get 10 percent discount on purchases from Millbrook Garden Centre (Jarvis Brook,) Heathfield Ironmongers, Shanks Nursery (Burwash) and, new for this year, Staverton Nursery in Halland. Also, by attending the AGM (doors at the Memorial Hall open 6.45pm) you’ll be able to hear speaker Barbara Marsden from Ringmer deliver a talk entitled Natural Gardening: Sustainable Techniques from Africa which will look at how agricultural projects across that vast continent can benefit gardeners back here. Not that we’ve been short of rain recently. If for any reason you can’t attend the AGM, renew your card or indeed join the MHS by popping in to Rosina’s Fabrics in the High Street. You can also join by post, by writing to membership secretary Louise Pitcher at West View, West Street, Mayfield, TN20 6BA. Please enclose a cheque made out to Mayfield Horticultural Society for £5. On Friday, April 25 there’s a talk on Medieval Herb Gardens and the Use of Herbs, organised in conjunction with Lin Saines of the Mayfield History Society. This takes place in the Scout and Guide Hall (7.30pm start).

MAYZING: If you remember we ran a piece a little while ago asking if anyone would like to join an informal singing group. Well it’s now got very much off the ground. It’s called MayZing, the new name for the singing group that started in January. Organisers and members got off to a great start with over 50 enthusiastic singers of varying ages who have diligently turned up on invariably soggy Wednesday evenings to forget about the weather and enjoy a good sing together. They are singing some great songs, ranging from California Dreamin’, to You Make me Feel so Young, Moon River and yes, just a little bit of Abba and the Beatles. So, you would be made to feel most welcome if you want to give it a try. Your first session is free and you do not have to be able to read music, you will get the hang of the tunes pretty quickly. Either come along on Wednesday for an 8pm start in Mayfield Primary School Hall or for more details, telephone Shirley Holland on 01435 872163 or call into Hullabaloo in the High Street and talk to Louise Coker.

RNLI: The annual Supper and Pudding Feast will be held at the Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are £16 each and will be available from Rosina’s. There will be a hot first course followed by a selection of tempting, or even naughty, puddings. There will also be a cash bar and a raffle. After supper they will be treated to some amusing stories by David Clark about his experiences as a ships’ radio operator in the Merchant Navy.

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.


SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church (second Sunday of Lent) are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available, just telephone in advance 722582.

AGM: On Monday Newick Area Community Care will be holding their AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome so, if you are interested in helping to run the Community Centre, why not go along and find out for yourself what actually happens at the Centre, you will be made most welcome. The future of the Community Club will be on the agenda for discussion, and your view will be appreciated.

LENT COURSE: The next Lent Course takes place on Wednesday at 7pm for a pudding. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm at St Francis Barcombe.

HORTICULTURE: Newick Horticultural Society next monthly meeting will be on Thursday at 8pm in the village hall when John Negus will give a talk on Summer Sensations, Bedding Plants. Entrance for members will be £2.50 and £3 for visitors. Now that the weather is improving and the gardens are drying up you will need to start think about your summer display, you will certainly get some great ideas at this meeting.

SUPPER AND TALK by Lucy Bailey on Sierra Leone will be held in the Newick Barn Centre on Friday, March 21, at 7.30pm. The event is free, however donations are encouraged to Project 500. Further details can be obtained by telephoning 01825 722590.

NEWICK BONFIRE Society will be holding a Skittles/Pub Games Evening on Saturday March 22 in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm, games commence at 7.30pm. This competition is great fun with teams of four moving around the different games (skittle, shove h’penny and toad in the hole etc). Tickets are £7 per person, this includes light refreshments, plus the bar and raffle. To book your ticket please telephone 01825 722428. Have a great evening.


TORVILLE AND DEAN: It was wonderful watching our Jane Torville and Christopher Dean on TV, skating Bolero for the last time, 30 years after they won their Gold Medal. Not so long ago people didn’t even live to their age, let alone spinning around and being lifted in the air, showing a pair of perfect legs. And Jane’s still the same weight. I wish I weighed the same as I did 30 years ago.

MARKET: Just a reminder that on Saturday March 22 Framfield Village Market will be held in Framfield Memorial Hall from 10am to noon. Everyone very welcome. Come along browse around stalls and have a cuppa with bacon roll. Any inquires to Ann 01825 890182. Future markets will be on april 26, May 24, June 28, July 19, no market in August due to Framfield Summer Show, September 27, October 25, November 22 and December 13.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: A new benefit is now available for members of the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents Association, discount shopping at nine popular local shops and businesses. Paul Sparks, chairman of the association said: ‘We have enlisted the support of a selected cross section of Uckfield’s shops and businesses all of which have kindly agreed to offer a generous discount to our members. Not only is this a great benefit for our members but the businesses also see it as an incentive for people to shop locally, supporting the local economy. Members will find that they can recover their Residents’ Association membership fee of £5 after just one or two purchases’. Businesses signed up to the scheme so far are offering between 5 percent and 20 percent discounts, they include: Caesars Italian Food and Drink, Lorena’s Spanish Lessons, George Moss, Noble Wine, Josefina Gift Shop, Parade Radio, Footcraft Shoe Repairs, The Ringles Cross, Fross Wedding Collections. Members simply have to produce their residents’ association membership card when making a purchase. Certain conditions may apply.

THE TN22 COMMUNITY CHOIR: We are looking for people over 50 years old from the TN22 area to join our Community Choir singing a mixture of easy to learn and fun to sing songs. The TN22 Community Choir rehearses in Hadlow Down, only £3 a session. To find out more or to express an interest please call Suzanne on 07864 533884.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: We had a wonderful time last night when Heathfield Silver Band and the Uckfield Singers put on a very successful concert. At the end a £1,000 cheque was given to the Macmillan Nurses. Uckfield Singers’ next concert will be in the Civic Centre on Sunday July 27. More details to follow.


STAR TURNS: At our village pub where music is a regular entertainment at weekends, there is a return visit of Swinging Affair, the very cheerful group of musicians, on Sunday March 23 at lunchtime. And on Mothering Sunday, which this year falls on March 30, there is a special menu for mums being spoiled by their children and/or husbands. The special menu is out now and bookings are flowing in fast, so don’t delay if you want to be sure of a table (ring 01435 812495).

DULCE: Dulce Scott and June Parker lived in Waldron for several years and Dulce was a regular attender at church and WI and a great supporter of our community plays. She managed old age with dignity, was always cheerful and interested in everything going on in the village and the world outside, and when she found the burdens of being a householder too much she and June moved down to Alfriston and lived happily there for several years in residential accommodation. Dulce died a couple of weeks ago and her funeral took place at Alfriston this week in the church on the Tye. She will be remembered warmly by her friends in Waldron.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday March 29 at the Grove, Blackboys when the speaker will be Chris Siggs, formerly with the police force and now managing a local country estate. Start is at 8.30 am and the cost is £8 for a full English Breakfast with toast, coffee or tea and orange juice. Contact Benjamin to book your place on 01435 862816 or e-mail

SERVICES: We are now well into Lent and this is the second Sunday. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Choral Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am, (followed by coffee and cake) then Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am. Today (Friday) there will be a Wedding Blessing at 2pm when Charlotte and Jared (an Anglo/Australian partnership) come to celebrate at All Saints’, the church which Charlotte used to visit when she was a small girl with her grandmother.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), and 11 am Morning Worship (CW). St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with communion led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Marilyn Greatorex is a volunteer room steward at Standen the National Trust property near East Grinstead. As such she has built up a detailed and extensive knowledge of its history and that of the Beale family who had it built in the 1890s. Her passion for the place came through, as she spoke without notes about Standen and the family for nearly an hour and had us all captivated. One thing that struck us was the care that Philip Webb the designer had put into the layout of the house, which made it comfortable and pleasant not only for the family but their many staff as well. If one had to be a servant then this was the family to work for. You had to work hard as many in domestic service did, but special times were given for the staff to have their own social time, in the full knowledge that the bell would not ring. The annual staff party was a case in point, the family would go out for several hours, so the staff could let their hair down without worrying about the noise. The design of the house made their working conditions easier as well. The kitchen was on the ground floor, rather than below stairs and had three windows, with a view. At the end of the evening, a good number indicated that a visit to Standen would be on their to do list. Our next walk is on Saturday March 22 meeting at Herstmonceux Church at 2pm for a walk of about three miles. There are no stiles but after the winter there may still be some mud. On April 8 we have our AGM; no speaker, but an opportunity to socialise over wine and cheese.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday evening. All council meetings are open to the public, and there is an opportunity early in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This is next Saturday March 22 at Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction commences at 7.15pm. There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments. The proceeds of the evening will be shared jointly between Children of Gambia Services (COGS) and The Dunn Village Hall Fund. Many fantastic lots including tickets to a range of attractions, hamper of food, selection of wine, MOT, fantastic homemade cakes and many more interesting and unusual lots. Catalogue and more information are available from Nina or Sarah on 01435 863727. Sealed bids will be accepted. It is guaranteed to be fun and enjoyable evening.

JUMBLE SALE: Warbleton church supports Ebeneezer Children’s home in Chennai, South India. Two of the congregation are able from time to time able to go out and work in the home for a few weeks, namely Judith and Maggie. They are arranging a jumble sale at Punnett’s Town Village Hall on Saturday 29th March to raise funds for a new jeep for the Home. This provides essential transport for the staff and children. For further information or to donate jumble please phone 01435 830481. EHSO can be found at and its charity number is 1102102.