Parish Pump Uckfield - March 15, 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The Electoral Roll is being renewed. Charles Harding is contacting all on the present roll with application forms. If you haven’t had one or are new to the parish, forms are to be found at the back of the church. Forms must be received no later than Sunday March 24. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

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

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


AFTERNOON TEA: Thank you to everyone who supported the afternoon tea event at Mount House last week. Over 60 people went along to enjoy the cream tea and homemade cakes. A tiring but enjoyable afternoon for the organisers, but well worth it for The Admiral Nurses home care team with the £853 that was raised. A big thank you to Lynda and Richard Maude-Roxby for the use of your beautiful home.

JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, Burwash Guides and Brownies will be holding one of their jumble sales. It will take place in the village hall at 2pm. As well as jumble there will be books, bric-a-brac, tombola cakes and a raffle. All proceeds will go to the groups funds, so why not go along and see if you can fine a bargain.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. You are all very welcome to go along and join in. The walk starts at the Bear car park at 9am from where Roger Cloke will lead you over the network of public footpaths that cross the beautiful countryside of our three villages. As spring approaches what better time to see the new growth and the nesting birds etc. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under control.

NSY: Members of the Not So Young Club will meet on Thursday afternoon at the village hall at 2.15pm. Their speaker this month is Mrs Kinnerson-Bourke, who’s talk is called Dorothy in the Workhouse. Tea and a raffle will end the afternoon. Guests and visitors will be given a warm welcome at this club for the over 60’s.

THEATRE: On Sunday March 24, Burwash One Man Theatre will be performing The Passion Story at the Etchingham Village Hall at 3pm. Tickets are £8 and are available from Brian, contact him by email at or in writing to Brian D Barnes MBE, Vines Cottage, School Hill, Burwash TN19 7DZ. Anyone who has seen one of Brian’s unique performances will know what a tremendously talented man he is. He has performed all over the world and some of his stories of those performances are quite astonishing. You are all sure to enjoy his portrayal of this story.

QUIZ: Given up chocolate for lent? Then the new postal quiz which is selling well is just what you need. There is still time for you to obtain a copy and get your chocolate fix without breaking your fast, as all the answers are sweets and chocolates. The deadline has been extended until May 1, to enable us to sell as many as possible for such a worthy cause, The Burwash Get Together Lunches for the senior members of our community. Please have ago. One hundred questions cost £2. They are great fun and there are cash prizes. To obtain a copy please call Mary on 01435 882107 or write sending £2 to Mary Taylor, 2 Holton Cottages, Spring Lane, Burwash TN19 7HU.

BOWLS: Last week the team had an away fixture against Chiddingly. Getting there was a bit nerve-racking as the fog was rather too thick, but we were given a warm welcome and enjoyed a good evenings bowling. The triples played first with Margaret Waterhouse, Mick Moore and Joan Howard hanging on to win 13-11. On the other mat Mary Chadburn, Angela Marden and Shirley Pope had a convincing win 16-6. After a noisy tea break the pairs played, with Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood winning 18-10 and Samantha Saunders and Mary Taylor winning 20-12. Four great results giving the team a much needed boost and eight valuable league points. Next week the team will play at home to Plumpton.


BUXTED WI: Snowdrops, crocus and daffodils have arrived to prove to us that spring is on its way. As our members gathered together for our third meeting of this year at Buxted Reading room we were all looking forward to hearing our guest speaker, Raymond Hale, deliver his talk entitled A Stroll Along an English Country Lane. Before that though we had our usual start to the afternoon with the ever popular Movement to Music session given by Jenny Johnson after which we were welcomed by president Ann Tricker who made a few announcements and led us in the singing of Jerusalem. Secretary Joyce Harvey gave us all lots of useful information regarding courses, workshops and days out available to all members. Mr Hale was introduced and we spent the next hour completely captivated by his beautiful photographs of wildlife, flowers and trees together with his excellent description of everything we might experience on our stroll along an English country lane. His knowledge and expertise on his subject was superb. A professional traveller himself having visited many countries, he said he still considered our own beautiful islands the best of all. A vote of thanks was given to him on behalf of us all by Kath Warner. This months competition, A Countryside Photo, was judged by Mr Hale and first prize was presented to Sandra Hatswell, second was Jackie Fowler and third Evelyn Smith. The Flower of the Month competition was won by Sandra Hatswell, second was Sheena Mickleburgh and third Kirsten Brown and Joan Buncombe. Birthday cards were given out to Roz Warner, Francis Brett and a belated one from last month to Adrianne Roles. The craft group will meet every second Wednesday morning. The garden group every last Friday morning and the book group every third Thursday afternoon. Our next WI meeting at the Reading Room will be on April 4 when our guest speaker will be Steve Alton, his talk entitled Gardening for Wildlife. The competition will be Wildlife Beginning With B. (Mary Mustin).


THANKS to the 400 walkers, plus others who sent in donations but didn’t walk, who raised £40,000 for the Bluebell Railway by completing Track Trek over the two-mile extension the Railway is building between East Grinstead and Kingscote stations. Together, the Track Trekkers made a substantial dent in the amount still required to fully fund the the extension.

JUMBLE SALE at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at midday. Donations of jumble would be much appreciated on the day by Chailey Cricket Club from 9am or for collection call 01273 890777. There will be lots of bric-a-brac, books, toys and clothes. Entry is only 30p, so why not go along you will be sure to get a bargain.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. The monthly photographic competition of photographs of the church (inside or out) taken during March is open to all. Entries to be sent to the parish office or by email to by March 31. Free Church services on Sunday are a Family Service at 10.30am and with Charles Woodcraft at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CHAILEY SCHOOL students will be making the news as they take part in the BBC News School Report on Thursday. Students will spend the day creating their reports giving an overview of the day’s news and events and have them published by 4pm that day. For more information visit

TALK: History of the Landscape in Britain, an illustrated talk by Steve Alton, a naturalist, writer and broadcaster, is at the village hall on Thursday. The talk will begin after the short official business of annual general meeting of the Commons Society at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

ECOLOGICAL SURVEY of Memorial Common is being organised by the Commons Society this year and on Saturday March 23 at 2pm there will be a be a familiarisation walk (two hours) of the common. Meet at the Sports Club car park, just off the A272, where maps and team leaders will be available. Call William Coleman on 01444 831923 for more information.

SPRING SHOW: £10 prizes are at the horticultural society Spring Show at the village hall on Saturday March 23. The prizes are for the best exhibit in the cookery and photography classes and the best exhibit in the novice (for those with no experience or limited experience of showing) flower classes. Entering is easy just call Nina Bourne on 01273 402994 for a schedule and entry form. All are welcome in the afternoon of the show, from 2.30pm, to see the variety of daffodils and smell their perfume along with hyacinths and other spring flowers. Homemade refreshments will be available.

NEARLY NEW SALE of baby and children’s clothing, toys and equipment is at the village hall on April 20 from 1pm to 2.30pm. Tables are available and can be booked by calling Susan on 01273 890745 or emailing

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CHURCH SERVICES: Fifth Sunday of Lent, Passiontide begins: 8am Holy Communion Chiddingly, 10am Matins Chiddingly, 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly

FABRIC and clothing sale for Comic Relief. Becky Drinan (who runs Make-It Workshops in the village) and Jean Drinan are holding a sale at Rosemount (between Lydfords and the Mews) in the High Street today, Friday, from 2pm to 7pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Mostly dress-making lengths with some furnishing fabric. Used, good quality clothing, some vintage. Tea, coffee and cakes. Telephone 01825 841341.

RESCHEDULED WALK: The preservation society walk postponed from last weekend will be on Sunday, and will be starting from The Black Lion at Halland at 2pm. Any doubts about the weather, please ring Chris or Jenny on 872830. Everyone welcome, dogs on leads please.

BINGO: The next Age Concern bingo session will be held on Thursday at 2pm in the village hall. Bring along your friends for a fun time and a chance to win one of the excellent money prizes.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 17 March 1761 ‘…John Durrant made my wife a present of some small eels.’


THE HEAVY SNOW this week is very picturesque, and we are lucky to live in such a beautiful location. However, it can cause problems for the elderly and those who are less mobile. If you get the chance, pop round and make sure your neighbour is okay. There are always people in the village willing to help others, and I can co-ordinate this if necessary. There is also the Fairwarp Good Neighbours co-ordinator on 01825 712373.

DON’T FORGET the St Patrick’s night in the pub tonight, Friday. Prizes for best fancy dress. Go on, you know you want to. The Strawbricks will be providing live music.

JUMBLE SALE: Christ Church is holding a jumble sale in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is 30p.

A REMINDER that the AGM of the village hall takes place on Wednesday March 27 in the hall itself, starting at 7.30pm.


BINGO NIGHT: Go along to the Charles Hunt Centre, from 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm for a great night out in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society. Tea and coffee are available or bring your own drink.

HOPS QUIZ NIGHT: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society invites you to jiggle those brain cells tomorrow, Saturday, at Summerheath Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 per person and include a Ploughman’s Supper. BYO drinks. Teams are for six people max. Please ring Paula on (01323) 841373 to book as only the first 16 teams will be accommodated.

MUSIC QUIZ: Test your musical knowledge tomorrow, Saturday, evening and have fun supporting of Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm at Hailsham Civic Community Centre. Teams of four to eight. Licensed bar. Cash prizes for winning team and runners up. Admission £10 per person includes food. Tickets available from Special Occasions, Hailsham High Street and Chapter 12 Wine Bar, Hailsham High Street. Supported by Hailsham and District Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion (BCP) is at 8am, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Formed for Family. 6.30pm Lent Bible Focus. Easter celebrations start next week with Palm Sunday 24, (Pledge Sunday), Maundy Thursday 28, Good Friday 29, Meditation and a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion by Hailsham Choral Society. Easter Sunday is March 31 with Holy Communion, Easter Family Communion and Easter Songs of Praise. Details and times of Easter Services next week.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday there is a Service at the Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall, 11am to noon. The medium on this occasion is Sandra Stevenson. There are 1-2-1 private readings from 10am to 2pm on Saturday March 23 at Primrose Hall. Just turn up.

HAILSHAM RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a five-mile circular walk with Mary (505339) from East Dean, stopping for coffee at Birling Gap. You may prefer a shorter stroll also on Wednesday, along the Eastbourne seafront from Holywell to the Pier with Nobby (440624). Strollers will be stopping for drinks at Frusciardi’s. If you would like to go on either walk, please ring the walk leader in the first instance for details. For general enquiries ring Jill on 843530.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head is on March 25 at 7.30pm. For more information phone Su (07591 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

CAR BOOT FAIR: Pop in store now to book your pitch for Sunday March 31 at Tesco Hailsham. Sellers from 8am, buyers from 9am. Cars £5, vans/estates £7. Book at the customer services desk.

COMMUNITY MATTERS: Last month HOPS was selected by Waitrose Hailsham to take part in the scheme whereby the branch donates £1000 between three local good causes. As shoppers to the store are aware, the scheme works by each customer receiving a green token at the checkout which they place in the charity box of their choice. The more tokens a cause received, the bigger its donation. This is not the first time that HOPS has been chosen to take part in the scheme. In 2009 it received just over £300. So many thanks from HOPS for your support this time.

100 YEARS AGO: Curate G H Evans reported in the Parish Magazine in March 1913 that, regarding the football, the first eleven players had evidently been suffering from the natural reaction of the excitement of the strenuous cup-ties, the RGA. Hence, February brought us but two out of six points, and these against teams which were defeated earlier in the season. However, we are still in the running for League honours. But what shall we say of the regrettable scene during and at the close of the game with the Gas Works? Is it not a great pity that the efforts of the players and Committee to provide good sport is hindered by the foolish rowdyism of a section of the spectators? What satisfaction is there in howling at the Referee? The players are keen upon maintaining a high standard of sport. The majority of our spectators come out to see football played in a good spirit. If a Referee gave a thousand wrong decisions, even that would not justify any hooting and howling at the appointed official.

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CONCERT: The Ashdown Singers are performing at All Saints’ Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm with their director, Terence Steele. Their programme includes excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Stainer’s Crucifixion and Byrd’s Mass in D Minor for four voices. This popular local choir has delighted audiences for many years and their programme to aid the ongoing repair and redecoration of All Saints’ Church is very appropriate for this time of year as Easter approaches. Tickets, costing £5 with free entry for students, can be obtained at the door on the evening, or by phoning: 01435 862618.

ST RICHARD’S Church services. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist. 6.30pm, Churches Together in Heathfield, Lenten reflections in the Community Centre. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm Toddler Group in the Church Hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND will hold a quiz night on Saturday, April 13 starting at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. Fish and chips are included and the evening costs £8 per head. Teams of eight are invited and small teams can of course combine for a fun evening of brain straining. Do come along and join in. As usual there will be a raffle and teas and coffees will be served. This time the focus is on raising money to support the publishing of a history book which is being written to mark the occasion this year of the band’s 125th anniversary. To book a table please ring 01435 862398. The band’s ethos is to offer the opportunity to play a brass instrument regardless of the player’s age or ability and instrument loan is included. The band is delighted to have taken on a new group of novice players who have just started learning. The training band meets every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.15pm followed by the main band. There are a number of vacancies in the main band so if you have experience at any level and would like to play you are very welcome. For more information please ring 01435 862398.

QUIZ: Heathfield Chamber of Commerce are holding a quiz night tonight, Friday, 7pm at the State Hall. Teams of four to six people can enter. The cost is £7 per head including a fish and chip supper. You will need to bring your own nibbles, drinks, cutlery and glasses, etc. There will be a raffle in aid of Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: Heathfield’s original medieaval fair which dates from when the Bishop of Chichester obtained a grant from Edward II for an annual fair and a weekly market to commemorate St Richard, a former Bishop of Chichester. It was a livestock trading show and produce market with all the accompanying fun fair events. This year it takes place on Saturday, April 20. The last of these traditional Cuckoo Fairs was held in Cade Street in 1914 although in recent years it was held as a craft fair and procession in Heathfield town. Now almost 100 years on the fair has returned to its roots at Cade Street just outside Heathfield village (then known as Heffle). These days the cuckoo is usually a homing pigeon and he can be seen gliding out of Dame Heffle’s basket, taking a second or two to orientate himself then heading off to his loft. This year’s fair from 11am to 4pm promises to be a fun filled day and a great community event and raises much-needed cash for Demelza Hospice Care for Children, supporting dedicated community nurses who work in the Heathfield area supporting many children with life threatening diseases, and their families. You can watch Dame Heffle re-enact the tradition of welcoming spring, enjoy country displays, stalls, refreshments, gypsy caravans, vintage vehicles, dog show, morris dancing, and bands, The Scarecrow Competition and sideshows also all raise funds for Demelza. And at the opening of the show children from St Richard’s School will sing the Heffle Cuckoo Fair song. Later on in the day there is the Cuckoo Barn Dance in Goward Hall from 7pm to 11pm. And if you would like to do a bit of volunteering, then the Friends of Demelza are a friendly bunch who would always be grateful for more help. For more information contact Audrey Milton on 01435 830504 or Sandie and Nicky on 01435 882723 or email

HEATHFIELD SHOW: Heathfield and District Agricultural Show takes place in Broad Oak, on the fields of Tottingworth Farm. This year the show will be held on Saturday, May 25. This year, as always, there is going to be a great selection of livestock as well as numerous horse and pony classes to see and compete in. Schedules for all competitions can be downloaded from the show website, from various local outlets or direct from the show office. This year visitors will be entertained in the main ring by The Monster Trucks, where Big Pete the Monster Truck enters the showground crushing all in its path. There will also be a magnificent display of vintage tractors, heavy horses, and the hounds, not to mention the cattle parade, in the main arena. The ever popular sheep show will be returning as well. With 15 horse, cattle, sheep and pig showing rings, competitions abound around the showground throughout the day. Details at

ALTERNATIVE RACE NIGHT: The Heathfield and District Agricultural Show Society, in conjunction with Riding for the Disabled and Cancer Research UK will be holding a fund raising Alternative Race Night tonight, Friday, at Herstmonceux Village Hall. The Race Night involves wooden cut out horses on pulleys being wound in along the race track by the guests aka jockeys. First horse past the post wins. Meanwhile the other guests bet on their chosen horses as if at the races. This hilarious evening not only is good fun but will help us raise money for our three local organisations: The Heathfield Show, Riding for the Disabled and Cancer Research UK. The tickets, available direct from Sue Watson (01323 833419), include a light supper and cost £7.50. There will be a pay bar and raffle to raise further funds.

RAMBLERS: Saturday, March 23, meet in Mill Road car park Heathfield, GR 577214 at 9am or Birling Gap National Trust car park GR 554960 at 10am for a seven to eight mile walk via Beachy Head. Ring 01435 883393 or 01435 862359.


CONCERT: East Sussex Community Choir invite you to a workshop and performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Sunday at St Michaels Church, High Street. The workshop only is from 2pm with tea at 4.30pm. The performance is 6pm to 7pm. Telephone 07803 702178 to book a place. £10 for the workshop, including tea and cake. Performance only £5.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Fourteen walkers enjoyed a recent mid-week walk at Cuckfield. Although our walk started at the village centre car park we were forced to park our cars elsewhere as the over four hour parking spaces were all occupied, it isn’t just Lewes that has problems. The weather was mostly cloudy without wind or rain and much warmer than expected, forcing some of us to shed the odd layer of clothing en-route. This pleasant seven mile walk took us through a variety of landscapes and picturesque sights. We enjoyed seeing the early spring flowers, and some of us were lucky enough to see two deer nearby before they ran off. We took a coffee break in Long Wood, and stopped for a picnic beside a lake south of Ansty. Dave led the walk which was published in The Evening Argus in 2010. The next walk is on Sunday March 24. This will be our last walk of the winter programme. Starting from Lewes at top North Street car park at 9.30am we will walk to Mount Caburn and Glynde with an option of returning to Lewes by train or continuing on to Firle and Berwick and then taking the train back to Lewes. Bring a picnic for the longer walk. New walkers are very welcome.

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MAY FAIR: Plans are being drawn up to provide activities and fun for all the family at the Mayfair on Saturday, May 11. Details will be confirmed over the next few weeks so look out for future publicity. Any local society or organisation which wants to book a stall at the Mayfair should contact either Andrew Burnett (via 01435 874450) or Ian Parker (07971 979137).

LENTEN LUNCHES: The last lunch takes place on Wednesday, from noon until 2pm. This one is in aid of Open Door. The lunch is a simple one and includes soup, rolls, cheese, fruit and coffee or tea. ‘Open Door’ is run by volunteers where all are welcome to pop in for local information or if more complicated there is a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, or just come and join them for a cup of coffee from 9.30am to 11.30am each Wednesday in London House (873903). The CAB adviser is in a separate room, therefore making sure that anything discussed is completely confidential.

ST DUNSTAN’S: If anyone would like to buy a lily or flowers in memory of a relation or friend at Easter, please put the money and name of the person you wish to be remembered in an envelope and hand to Sheila Humphrey (01435 873112), or put it through the Vicarage door letterbox. Lilies will cost £3 this year. Orders should be placed by tomorrow, Saturday, to enable them to be bought and conditioned.

FOOTPATH WALK: The March walk takes place on Sunday, March 31, Easter Sunday when the clocks will have changed. You lose one hour’s sleep but gain a lighter evening and the possibility of spring having sprung, or, at least, being about to. And Monday is a Bank Holiday so there’s no excuse not to join them. Deborah Dixon says meet at 10am at South Street car park for a gentle walk and some interesting conversations for about two and a half hours. Ring her for more details on 01892853767.

QUIZ SHEETS for March are out called Phobias. These quizzes have been going for almost 12 years and the amount raised is now £5,192 so, a very big thank you to all supporters. Quiz sheets are £1 each in aid of Mayfield and Five Ashes Church of England Primary Schools. There is a £5 monthly prize for the first correct entry drawn out on the closing date of each quiz. If you are unable to get out to get a sheet or live out of the village you can receive one by post just let Margaret Neve have your address and a book of stamps and you can pay monthly, six monthly or for the year. If you are able to collect one in person they are available from Mayfield Post Office and from the back of St Dunstan’s Church. The money given to the schools enables them to buy incidentals without dipping into other pots. Ring Margaret on 01825 830625.

FURNACE INTERPRETATION BOARD: A board has been erected on this site by Wadhurst Park, explaining the history of the Tudor Gunfoundry and describing how the contemporary landscape is being managed. From the late 1560s till about 1610 this wooded valley was a major European industrial centre for the production of huge cast iron cannons, using water power, charcoal and iron ore, all available in the vicinity. Further information can be found in the Walks section of the village website, including a copy of the interpretation board text The site half a mile north of the village at TQ 593282 (marked pond bays on the Explorer map) lies east of Little Trodgers Lane and can be reached by three footpaths: from Coggins Mill aterworks, going west; past Old Place, off Little Trodgers Lane; and by forking left at Glebe Farm . The first two of these paths are particularly muddy in wet weather.

SPRING SHOW on Saturday, March 23 at Five Ashes Village Hall commencing at 2pm. Everybody is invited to enter and schedules with entry forms will be available at Mayfield Post Office, Five Ashes Village Hall and The Five Ashes Inn. Last year there were 254 entries, a record for the Spring Show. Graham Playfoot is sure there will be more this year. Ring him on 01825 8305.

MAYFIELD BAND’S first concert of the year will be on Saturday, April 12, at the United Church, Croft Road, Crowborough, at 7.30pm. This is now a long-standing annual fixture for them, and one that they very much look forward to. The church makes a lovely setting for the concert and the acoustics are well suited to a brass band. All the proceeds go to the Hospice in the Weald. Details of ticket prices to follow. Other than that, it’s that time of year when the bookings for fetes, fairs and suchlike start to come rushing in, and it’s first come, first served.


REMINDER: Newick Bonfire Society are holding a skittles/pub games night in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets, to include light refreshment, are £7 on 01825 722418.

THE AGM for the Newick Area Community Care Association will take place on Monday at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. This group really do need your support.

RUGBY: This weekend the Six Nations Champions final matches will take place, Italy V Ireland, Wales v England and France will be playing Scotland. Newick Rugby teams have no fixtures this weekend.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church this weekend will be 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Everyone welcome.

SPRING SHOW: The horticultural society will be holding the Spring Show on Saturday March 23 at Newick Primary School (note new venue). Doors open at 2.30pm. The perfume from the daffodils and hyacinths meets one as you enter the room. Enjoy the flowers arrangements and the handicraft of the youngster and enjoy a nice cup of tea with some lovely homemade cake.


WEATHER OR NOT? Having been to Denmark last month and seen how they take snow for granted, and carry on life as normal, driving, walking or riding around on their bikes, I scoffed at how we all grind to a halt at the first sign of snow. But here it is, and it’s not our fault. We just can’t get off our Estate. In Denmark they had little diggers driving around all the time, blowing the snow off the pavements and roads. They don’t even need to grit. So, yes, we’re here at home waiting for it to thaw. And no, there’s no way we could ride a bike on these roads.

THE ART GROUP are inviting visitors to enjoy a watercolour demonstration with them on Tuesday March 26. Arrival time 6.50pm for a prompt 7.10pm start. The evening will finish at 9pm. A donation of £3 will be required from non members. Gloria Horsfall enjoys teaching and sharing her love of painting and she will be creating a seascape at the Luxford Centre. For further information contact Annie on 01825 765021

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JUMBLE SALE: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a jumble sale at the Dunn Village Hall, tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in aid of band funds. Contributions of jumble can be brought to the hall, on Friday evening or Saturday morning. The band is always keen to welcome new members, so this could be a good opportunity for you to introduce yourself. Rehearsals are at the hall on Friday evenings.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship (CW). A reminder that the deadline for returning your electoral roll forms is this Sunday. A complete revision of the roll is required so all existing members must re-enrol, together with new applicants. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: Rev Neville Barnett is the speaker at the 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening service with communion.

HISTORY GROUP: Sadly, we had to cancel this month’s meeting due to the weather. Our speaker was unable to make it to the meeting. Our apologies go to anyone who turned up. Our next meeting is the AGM on April 8, when we hope that spring may have made an appearance. Our next walk is on March 23 at 2pm, when we meet at the Chiddingly Church Car park.

BLOOD DONATIONS: The next local donor session is at Herstmonceux Village Hall on March 18, 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. To book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or go to

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the Dunn Village Hall on Thursday at 7pm. The public are invited to attend and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.