Parish Pump Uckfield - March 23 2012

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Holy Communion.

RUN FOR GLORY: My apologies, I did not include the date for this last week. I am sure that the resourceful among you will have found out by ringing the numbers given. Anyway, it is on Tuesday in the village hall. Running for Glory combines sporting spectacle and theatre as it follows a group of athletes, including Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell (they of Chariots of Fire fame) as they train for and compete in the 1924 Olympics. Tickets are £9 for the performance only or £12.50 to include a two course meal. Supper is at 7pm and the performance at 8pm. Contact Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343.

FILM CLUB: The next film club event is next Friday (March 30) at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. This month’s film is Oranges and Sunshine which tells the story of Margaret Humphries, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered the mass deportation of children from the UK to Australia, and is directed by Jim Loach. Guests are welcome upon the payment of £6 on the door. I gather the first meeting was a great success with over 60 people attending.


MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Local artists will sing and play for your pleasure from 8pm. We have so many talented people who enjoy playing to audiences. The licensed bar will be open. A great night to enjoy with friends and family.

SPRING CLEAN UP: St Bartholomews Church are looking for volunteers to help give the churchyard its annual spring clean up. They will be there from 9am until noon tomorrow, Saturday. Any gardening tools you can take along will be usuful too, secateurs, rakes, brushes, long handled loppers etc. The more help the more will get done in less time. Call Ros Cloke on 01435 884312 for more details.

RUN A MILE: The alternative Sport Relief mile will be held tomorrow morning at the Swan Meadow playing fields in Burwash, between 11am and noon. You are all welcome to go along and crawl, walk or run your mile or part there of. This isn’t an official mile because it is on the wrong day, but every penny raised from the entry donation and sponsorship will go directly to the same good causes. For more information or to sponsor, call Rod Clifton on 01435 883656 or Steve Mintram on 882444, or just turn up.

JUMBLE: The Burwash Guides and brownies are holding one of their popular jumble sales tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at the Burwash village hall from 2.30pm to 4pm. Items for the jumble, bric-a-brac, books, toys, cakes tombola and raffle stalls are welcome. Call Jackie Ashdown on 01435 882196 for collection or take along to the hall on Saturday. All proceeds to the Guide & Brownie funds.

TABLE TOP SALE: Also tomorrow, Saturday, there is a table top sale at the Robertsbridge Village hall in aid of Bliss, for babies born too soon, too small or too sick. The sale is open from 10am to noon, with all manner of items for sale. For more details call Sarah and Matthew Wilkinson on 01580 881845.

LUNCH: Burwash Age Concern will have their monthly lunch club meeting on Monday at noon at the Bear Motel. Anyone over 55 years of age are welcome to join them. A two course meal for £8, in congenial company is a tonic. Call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233 to book a place. They may be able to help with transport if you are unable to get there unaided.

AGM: Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association will be holding their AGM on Monday evening at the Burwash Common Pavilion from 7.30pm. All residents are welcome to attend. Contact Patrick Fletcher 01435 883448 or Lesley Elmslie 883610 for more information.

DIABETES: On Tuesday evening there will be a drop-in evening for help in managing diabetes. Doctors, nurses, dieticians and computer helpers will be there with information on diet, exercise, accessing information and portion sizes. Helping you to get the balance right to an enjoyable life living with Diabetes. Open to those with diabetes, their relatives and friends and cares. It is being held in the parish room at the Bear car park. from 6.30pm to 8pm. Organised by Fairfield Surgery.

EVENTS: The children of the musical theatre group will be staging their new production of E Nesbit’s The Railway Children, next Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available from Mary Alderson on 01435 882051 or Jane Coleman 882687. Also next weekend is the horticultural society’s spring show. The schedules for this are in the Burwash Newsagents and entry forms and fees should be handed in to the Newsagents by mid-day on Thursday. The Burwash Monday Painters have an exhibition of their work next Saturday too, at the Union Church Hall in Station Road, Heathfield. More details next Friday about these events.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting in the Belmont Room of the village hall is on Monday at 7.30 pm. This is preceded by a meeting of the Planning Committee, which usually begins at 7pm. Ann Newton, our parish clerk, can be contacted on 01825 890182.

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is TGI Sunday at 10am.

BRITISH LEGION: The Women’s Section of the British Legion is holding a fund raising lunch tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from noon until 2 pm. Tickets cost £6 which will include a ploughman’s lunch, choice of pudding and a soft drink. There will also be a raffle. If you would like to attend please call Rosemary on 01825 840708 which will help her with the numbers for the catering; or you can just turn up on the day.

WALK AND TALK: This month the preservation society has hosted two very popular and well attended events, on Friday March 10 the Lost Lewes slide show and talk by Kim Clark was a fascinating glimpse into the past. Some things looking much the same as today, others sadly gone, but thanks to the salvaged photographic plates, not forgotten. On Sunday March 12 there was a walk in glorious sunshine, that started from the Gun at Gun Hill and took in some of the beautiful landscape and woodlands, including a stop by a lake with jumping fish, finishing back at the pub where drinks and homemade pork scratchings were enjoyed. The next walk is on Sunday April 1 and is part of a special event to which all are welcome for either the whole or part of the day, the choice is yours. The day will start with a visit to the Bluebell Railway meeting at Sheffield Park Station 10am, where there is also the chance to enjoy a carvery lunch before moving on to Sheffield Green where the walk will start at 2.30pm from Trading Boundaries. The walk takes in a very varied and interesting route including lakes, forest, fascinating old houses and masses of bluebells. Dogs must be on leads due to livestock and some road walking. For more details on times, prices and car sharing offers or needs, please ring Chris or Jenny on 872830.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: There is a quiz evening in the village hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start today, Friday. Tickets cost £10 and will include a hot meal, with a vegetarian option. Please ring John Graham on 01825 840248.

SHOW SOCIETY: The spring show will be on Saturday March 31 in the village hall. All entry forms should be with Paul Richardson, 7 Thomas Turner Drive by Wednesday. The hall will be open from 8.30am for the setting up of exhibits and judging will take place at 10.30am. The show will open for the public viewing at 1.30pm. At approximately 3.30pm there will be presentation of awards, the raffle will be drawn and there will be an auction of produce. Admission is 50p. For any further information please contact Paul on 01825 840082.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 19 March 1759: ‘About 6.20 I set out for London. Breakfasted at The Bell at Godstone; got into London about 11.30. I dined at Mr Tho. Standing’s on a piece of fresh salmon boiled and some minced veal. Drank tea with Mr. Margesson and spent the even and supped with Mr Sterry, where I lodged…..Looked out goods today at Levy’s, Gores, Crowley’s, etc.’ (This trip was to settle debts with his suppliers, and the trip cost him 1s 9d. Mr Margesson was a haberdasher, Mr Sterry an oilman, Levy’s dealt in chinaware, Gores in hardware and Crowley was an ironmonger, all of whom supplied Thomas).

Framfield & Blackboys

MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market, 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday. Great variety of stalls. All welcome. Tea, coffee and bacon rolls available.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HOUSING: I was surprised to hear that the 160 new homes planned for a site at the rear of the police station look set to have been cut out of Wealden’s Core Strategy plan after an inspector ruled they breached AONB guidelines. I would have thought that issue would have been considered at the time the site was put forward. Not such good news for traders in the community who would all like to see a few more chimney pots around, nor the rest of us who will wonder where the planning inspector’s eye will fall now. And what about the individuals living along the A265 who believed their homes were blighted by the potential development? It will be interesting to see what decisions will be made about future planning for Heathfield and which sites, if any, might be deemed acceptable.

TALK: This month’s Wealden Decorative and Fine Arts Society lecture, Waddesdon and its Creators, by William Forrester was most relevant because members will be visiting Waddesdon in May. They enjoyed looking at slides of the house and its treasures and of the beautiful gardens. They also learned about members of the Rothschild family who built Waddesdon and who have lived there and cared for the house and its treasures ever since. Later this month they are holding a whole day event entitled Every Dog has his Day, a look at dogs in art. At the lecture next month members will find out Who wrote Shakespeare? They have a varied programme of lectures, study days and visits. If you are interested in finding out more do contact membership secretary on 01435 873258.

EXHIBITION: Burwash painters hold an exhibition on Saturday, March 31, 10am to 4pm in the Union Church Hall. Tea, coffee and admission are free. Paintings are for sale.

TENNIS CLUB: For over 10 years the Clubmark accredited Cross in Hand Tennis Club has had a strong reputation as a place where juniors have great fun playing tennis. Once hooked on the game the coaching organisation, South Coast Tennis, has nurtured these juniors to become some of the best in the UK. There is no better example of this than Daniel Little who is current 14 and under UK National Champion. Daniel started playing tennis at Cross in Hand at the age of 7 years and was quickly recognised as a tennis star of the future. He has represented Sussex since the age of 8 years and has now won many singles and doubles tournaments all across Europe. He ended last season as the top under 14 British player with a European ranking of 26. Another Cross in Hand junior making her mark is Eleanor Deaves. Eleanor first starting playing tennis at Cross in Hand when she was 6 years. Now 11 years after her first visit to the club she is Ladies Club Champion and a regular in the ladies first team. Cross in Hand has a vibrant and exciting junior coaching programme which has resulted in the club’s junior membership doubling within the past 12 months to 140 players. The emphasis on the youngest age is to make playing tennis a really fun activity while the older ones compete across the county. The senior’s section of the club is 140 strong and enters 15 teams in differing leagues enabling players of all standards and ages to play competitive matches. One of the successes of 2011 has been the introduction of cardio tennis which has encouraged many ex tennis players to get involved in the sport again. Mrs PP went along to an open day at the club and found members very friendly and supportive. She rebounded off the wire fencing a couple of times and thought she probably needed to be a bit fitter before she took it up seriously again. I see the strings on the racquet being twanged ominously.

MARATHON: The start and finish will be in Heathfield, giving the course easy access straight into Sussex lanes and running through many of the nearby villages. Some of the going will be pretty steep we believe but running seems less demanding if you have beautiful countryside to admire. Friendly, challenging and scenic will be a few of the key aspects to the event. Entries are coming in fast already. The race capacity will be 1,000 total entries (open and charity). There is currently an early-bird entry fee. For more information please visit

PARISH COUNCIL ASSEMBLY: Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council are holding their annual parish council assembly on Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm in the main hall, Heathfield Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.

WELCOME PRE-SCHOOL: A spring fete will be held on Saturday, April 21. There will be a bouncy castle, stalls, raffle, barbecue and light refreshments and much more. More details available nearer the date.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: Spring is on its way, honest. The Heffle Cuckoo Fair is the harbinger of spring across this part of Sussex and we hope the cuckoo released by Dame Heffle encourages the rest of his family and friends to take up residence. Organisers tell us to watch out for scarecrows around the town, they are truly scary and wonderfully made and there is always a winner. The fair will be held at Old Heathfield again this year with lots of activities for children and adults. Each year it seems to grow a little. Last year there were lots of delicious things to eat, a fun dog show, roundabouts, stalls selling all kinds of things, children from All Saints and St Richard’s singing Kipling’s Heffle Cuckoo Fair song and entrepreneurial traders selling home-made goodies. I seem to remember home made cider last year. Well done to Audrey Milton who must start working on next year’s fair the moment the bunting is taken down. Money spent will also go towards helping Demelza Hospice Care for Children. If you would like to book a stall or help out you can ring 01435 882723/830504 or email

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

ARGOS HILL TUNNEL: The parish council’s proposal to extend a right of way along the old railway line from Bassets Bridge to the entrance of the Argos Hill Tunnel has been successful and the path will be licensed to use for three years starting on April 1 extending the range of glorious walks around the area.

POST OFFICE: Yet another useful service, the Post Office is now selling ink and toner cartridges for computer printers. Service is on a pre-order basis and customers ordering cartridges before 2pm on a weekday can collect their order the following day. From March 1 cartridges are available for Brother, Canon, Epsom, HP, Kodak, Lexmark and Samsung printers with single and multipack cartridge packs available.

PRE SCHOOL: Fundraising has been successful this year and Mayfield Pre-school has managed to buy some new ride-on toys and created a new book corner. A grant from the parish council enabled them to complete the installation of a new heating system. The jumble sale is planned for Saturday, April 21.

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: The Scouts are holding a coffee morning in London House tomorrow, Saturday, to help towards the funding of their summer camp which is an expedition on a longboat on canals somewhere in the Midlands. They have also planned a trip to a car factory at Easter. Brownies are working on the cyclists badges with a bikeability instructor. Two sections, Cubs and Brownies, have girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School who are working on their Duke of Edinburgh awards, working in both sections.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Dr Ian Friel will give an illustrated talk on Mediaeval Sussex – from Settlement to Dissolution on Friday, March 30 in the Scout and Guide Hall from 8pm. Dr Friel has a BA (Hons) in history from the University of Lancaster, an MA in English Local History from the University of Leicester and a Phd in medieaval maritime and technological history from the University of Keele. He became a member of the English Heritage Historic Wrecks panel in September 2011 and will serve as a member until June 2014. He has a deep interest in English history from the departure of the Romans to the 17th century and this is the period he will discuss at the meeting.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Spring Show will be held in Five Ashes Village Hall on Saturday, March 31 starting at 2pm. Schedules and entry forms will be available from Mayfield Post Office, Five Ashes Inn, Five Ashes Village Hall and secretary Graham Playfoot on 01825 830511. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be an event in the Scout and Guide hall from 10am to 1pm when some of the Society’s expert growers and showers will be dispensing tips to create an eye catching show entry. So if you’ve always hankered to show off your fruit, vegetables, flowers, cookery or craft then go along. The event is open to novices or existing showers keen to sharpen their skills. Organisers work on the basis that it’s the taking part that matters. The society is organising a coach trip to Kew Gardens (with an optional entrance to the newly refurbished Kew Palace) on Wednesday, June 20. Tickets cost £25 for the coach and entry to the garden. The palace is an extra £4.50.

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL: This weekend sees tickets for Mayfield Festival released for sale to the public. Once again the Festival has attracted a stellar line-up of performers. This year’s festival celebrates the year of the London Olympics with an impressive roster of young classical Olympians, many of whom could be tomorrow’s stars. The opening concert is staged by the young professional orchestra The Southbank Symphonia at St Dunstan’s Church on Friday, May 4, including music by Tippet and Finzi. The Finzi Quartet performs on May 5 in St Leonards-Mayfield Convent Chapel. On Sunday, May 6 carols from the Parvis Tower will be sung by St Dunstan’s Parish Choir. There will also be a quarter peal by the church’s bellringers. The Mayfield Festival Choir sings Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle on the same day. The next day an illustrated lecture by Dr Christopher Fifield in St Thomas of Canterbury Church celebrates the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier. Gold medal-winning guitarrist Sean Shibe’s concert includes Bach, Albeniz and Rodrigo in Mayfield Convent Chapel on May 8. The Rose Trio (sisters Suzanne, Rebecca and Tamsin Thorn) perform a programme including Mozart and Poulenc in the Convent Chapel on May 9, the venue for a lunchtime concert by pupils from St Leonards Mayfield School on May 10. On May 10 Sir Thomas Allen delivers My Life in Music while jazz comes to Mayfield on May 11 with Graham Hughes and the Sunshine Kings in the school’s concert hall. Mayfield Parish Church is the setting for John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ on May 12. On the final Sunday there will be a Festival Eucharist including Schubert’s Mass in G while Songs of Farewell will be performed by Tenebrae on the same day in the parish church. To find out more or buy tickets visit or ring 07825 470373

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


MARKET: The Newick Country Market will be open in the village hall from 10am till 11am today, Friday.

SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, the horticultural society will be holding the Spring Show in the village hall from 2.30pm. Why not go along and see the lovely flower displays and smell the wonderful perfume from the daffodils and hyacinths. There will be flower arrangements and handicraft of the youngsters, you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake. Please try and support this event.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the games will be away. The first XV will be playing Holbrook and the second XV will be travelling to Burgess Hill.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church: 8am Holy Communion followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. Sunday is the church’s Mission Gift Day for the Wycliffe Bible Translators and Katy Barnwell. For a lift to church please telephone 01825 722582.

HATS: If you are attending a wedding or are planning a trip to Ascot or Goodwood Races, and need to wear a hat, then the Newick Sports Pavilion is the place to go and see the great selection of some really splendid hats you can hire. This Hat Show will take place on FridayMarch 30 from 7.30pm. There will also be licensed bar, and free raffle. Gentleman welcome. Tickets are £6 per person and available from 01825 724209 or 07801 599355. All the proceeds to Help for Heroes.

THE JUBILEE Bank Holiday, June 1 to 5. All the plans are almost completed and every household will receive a calendar of events at the end of March. There will be a scarecrow competition from May 26 till June 4, a Fancy Dress Summer Ball, hog roast and a bonfire on the Village Green. The sports clubs are also running special events. These are only a few of the activities that will be taking place. It sounds like be a super weekend.


COOKERY PARTNER: I’m entering another cookery competition. I have a great recipe, but you have to cook in twos. If you can spare the time and don’t mind appearing on the telly, please call me as soon as possible.

OPEN AFTERNOON: Selby Meadows are holding an open afternoon in the Meadow from 2pm onwards on Easter Monday, April 9. Entrance is 50p for adults and free for children. Tea, coffee and cakes etc are provided. Join us for a quiz, and other activities, or just relax and have a chat or listen to the birds and enjoy the countryside atmosphere. If it rains the event will be cancelled. All are welcome.

ROTARY CLUB: The Jubilee Ball at the Civic Centre on May 19 should be a wonderful event. There is a sit down meal for 130 people and dancing to a seven piece local band who are very good. If you prefer not to dance we have a fun casino. Tickets can be bought by ringing 01825 761145. They are £40 per head and everyone is wearing DJs and ball clothing. Some decorations have been bought both in the UK and France. Many local businesses are kindly supporting this. Our Rotary Club has an informal twinning arrangement with the Rotary Club of Le Mans Scarrion (it is a big city and has four Rotary Clubs), 13 of them are visiting from the Friday to the Sunday and are staying with Rotarians in their homes. Hopefully they will also see plenty of the local landscapes and perhaps visit a local pub. We are also helping with Uckfield’s jubilee celebrations and will be running a stall at the Sunday picnic and fete; marshalling and generally helping on Monday June 4 for the Grand Beacon Lighting and musical drama afternoon and evening. Plus in agreement with the Chamber of Commerce there will be a competition in the shops and offices for Hunt the Diamond (no not a real one but a picture of one numbered for each venue, it’s rather like an Easter bunny hunt with a prizes for various age groups of children). We are also helping Brighter Uckfield to produce wherever possible a red, white and blue theme for flowers in the town. Last but by no means least on Saturday April 28 Blood Pressure Aware Day. With the help of our expert friends from the local Red Cross people young and old will be asked to check their blood pressure. This is particularly relevant when you remember there is currently a very fit (everyone thought) footballer in a coma. Every year at least 1,200 people are tested and of those probably 20 are advised to go and see their doctor urgently. In past years lots of well-known people have taken part including our Mayor and our local MP and now Minister. This is all about saving lives and educating and it’s all free. You have probably noticed via Ron’s excellent piece a few weeks ago that we entertained over 100 senior citizens to a mid winter party. This was at the UCTC. The students did a brilliant job of singing, playing music, magicians and preparing all of the food. This was the best party of this kind for many years. All credit to the students and their tutors giving up a great deal of their personal time. Twenty five Rotarians, partners and friends spent a super weekend in a lovely family run hotel 20 kilometers south of Boulogne. The food and wine is great and it is likely we will return in 2013 for our eighth visit to the same hotel. This weekend really does help to improve relations between England and France. The countryside just inland is quiet with lovely rolling hills and peaceful roads. Our fourth Making Dreams Come True award scheme entries closes March 31. This year’s candidates are very good. We should know the winner/winners before the end of April. At least £1,000 is available for this.


THE STORES: There are to be changes at the village shop next week, when Paul from the Star takes it over with Debbie managing it. Lindsey is leaving for pastures new and when she goes on holiday on Thursday the shop will close to re-open on Tuesday April 3. There will also be a change of name and from the beginning of April, we’ll all get used to calling it The Stores of Waldron. Lots of us will miss Lindsey, her cheerful face and manner has brightened up many a gloomy winter morning, but everyone wishes her well in her new job. Most of us know Debbie from the Star and the shop is now so much a part of our village life that we’ll all want her to make a fantastic success of it. I hear there are plans for the shop to have a special celebratory Open Day on Sunday April 8 to which everyone is invited. More details of that in next week’s edition of the Pump.

TEA TIME: Christine and Malcolm Bell’s daughters Susan and Sarah are running a Tea and Cake afternoon at the Lucas Memorial Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm. They are organising it to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to support their cousin Kate who will be running the London Marathon this year for the charity in memory of her husband Paul who died two years ago. Everyone’s invited to enjoy the afternoon and help this worthwhile charity. Entry is by donation and there will be stalls for greeting cards and jewellery, bags, jams and cakes, previously-loved books and jigsaw puzzles and a raffle with fantastic prizes. For more details, contact Sue on 01435 866546.

SPRING CLEANING: All Saints’ Church is to get a spring clean tomorrow, Saturday, to reach all those bits that are sometimes missed in the regular clean. We have a fantastic team of ladies who clean through the church every fortnight but it’s not possible then, for instance, to reach the highest parts or spend a long time on individual difficult corners. That’s what this Saturday’s spring offensive is designed to do and volunteers are asked to don their marigolds and pinnies and turn up to help. There is a list of jobs in the church porch, so if you can spare an hour or so, please sign up. Coffee and tea is free.

QUIZ NIGHT: So successful was the first Quiz Night at the pub a month ago that Paul is running a second one on Monday. Starting at 7.30pm as before, teams of up to six are invited and the cost of £6 includes a bowl of pasta bolognese. Bookings are being taken in advance (01435 812495) for what promises to be another good evening.

GIFT DAY: There will be the annual Gift Day for the church on Saturday March 31 when anyone wishing to make a donation can do so, whether or not you are a regular churchgoer. You can either write to the treasurer Arthur Kay (cheques made out to Waldron PCC please) at Cransford, Little London, Heathfield TN21 0BB or drop your donation in a sealed envelope to Fr David at the Rectory. Tremendous efforts have been made this year to turn around a loss-making situation from the previous year when expenditure outstripped income. In the past year, direct financial giving rose appreciably, we secured a reduction in the level of contribution we pay to the Diocese, cut our utilities bills and administrative support costs by over 50 percent and held some enjoyable social and fund-raising activities. All this was in addition to the great success of the first year of the Friends’ association. Now we need to build on that support.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: A packed audience thoroughly enjoyed a varied programme of organ music and readings on Saturday last when Jonathan Fenton-Vince performed for us. The Friends of Waldron Churches benefitted from the ticket sales to the tune of over £1000 for repairs to the belfry roof and the retiring collection, for Friends of East Sussex Hospices, raised £542, a splendid result all round. Thanks to Jonathan, to our readers Pat Flowers, Nick Howard and Paul Cox, and Jonathan who read the final piece from Birdsong, and to Faith Sandeman who put the programme together and printed it for us.

EASTER BUNNIES: There’s an Easter Bunny hunt for the children on Easter Bank Holiday Monday (April 9) at All Saints’ Church from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Pay £1 per child and they can hunt for the hidden bunnies and name the sleeping bunny. There will be prizes.

SERVICES: Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

AUCTION: Copies of the catalogue of lots for the auction of promises to be held tomorrow, Saturday, night are available in The Stores. This is in aid of Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village hall, and will be held at 7.15pm, with doors open from 6.45pm. There are 70 lots listed covering promises of services to be provided and actual items. There are admission tickets to events, or tourist attractions (eg Pashley Manor), an MOT, cakes, teddy bear etc. One of the higher value lots is a guided tour of Vintners Hall, London including lunch for 6 people. A wide range of lots to suits all pockets and tastes. Our auctioneer is the very capable and experienced Tim Watson.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning Worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm Evening service with Ken Davies.

OPEN DAY: If you have an interest in the history of local properties or families, why not come to see the results of previous research held by the Warbleton and District History Group. The group also has several items of general interest and a small lending library. There are indexes to assist and members on hand to help and give advice. The date for your diary is April 14, 2pm to 5pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Tea and coffee will be available.