Parish pump Uckfield - March 27, 2015

Bodle Street Green

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Benda Bilili (see beyond) is this month’s film to be shown this evening at the village hall. It features a Kinshasa band formed by four paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager who light up the stage in front of an audience of 8000 people. It is not a music film, but the story of a dream that became a reality, and a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net. (1hr 25min). Coffee and cakes are available from 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests bearing £6 in their hand are welcome.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP) with dramatized readings. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am All age service with a donkey. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a drive to get defibrillators in each community to provide first aid. Cllr Jonathan Glass is co-ordinating this in Bodle Street. A unit has been obtained, and the cabinet to house it is on order. This will be installed outside The White Horse Inn. Lindsay Godwin is helping to co-ordinate a CPR Know How Session in the village hall on Tuesday April 28 for those who would like to be volunteers. The next meeting of the council is the Annual Parish Meeting at which the council reports on its work over the past year. This will be on April 16 at the Dunn Village Hall. For a report on the rest of the recent council meeting, please see the Warbleton section.

ELECTIONS: As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the Electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Two out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Bodle Street ward.

VILLAGE HALL: There will be a DVD Gilbert and Sullivan evening on Saturday April 25 and an open garden at Trumpets on Sunday May 17.


LUNCH: Last Sunday 44 people sat down to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal of three courses of their choice. Most popular starter of the five choices was the prawn cocktail and the stuffed mushrooms. The roast pork and fish pie proved popular main courses from those five choices and for dessert it was hot apple crumble or Banoffee pie from six choices. Cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints finished the meal. There was a superb raffle, thanks to the generosity of many and we managed to make over £780 with some kind donations too.

THANK YOU: Despite the lunch being such a huge success this will be the last one that I will be organising. I have had great fun organising, cooking and entertaining over the years, but have decided that after 42 years of fund raising for different local and national charities it is time to take a time out. I will still be around and will still help with other things going on in our lovely village, but I will no longer be the king pin, just a helping hand. My very grateful thanks to everyone who has supported all the various event we have organised, without it the charities would not have benefitted. Thank you also to all those who have helped over the years, especial my lovely family, my friends Davina and Sam, they always made the events fun and less work. I will however still be doing the Christmas day lunch as this isn’t so much hard work, it is fun.

AUCTION: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon there is to be an auction of items made by local craftsman the late Jim Smith. It is being held in the pavilion at Burwash Common. Previews of the items for sale will be tonight at 7.30pm until 10pm and again tomorrow from 11am to 1.45pm. The auction will start at 2pm. The proceeds from the event will be shared equally between the Burwash Weald and Common playing fields association and St Philip’s Church Burwash Common. For a catalogue or more information please call Keith Lloyd 01435 883264 or Leslie Elmslie 883510.

GOODBYE: For your chance to say goodbye and thank you to Dr Jane Woodgate, why not pop along to the village hall tomorrow afternoon between 4pm and 6.30pm. So many of us have had the luck of being seen and treated by this lovely doctor that I am sure we will all miss her. She has been a great friend and mentor to so many of us. Go along and wish her well as she begins the next chapter of her medical career, she will be pleased to see you. On behalf of all those unable to make it I thank Jane for her kindness and compassion in the way she has dealt with her many patients of our local community. Thank you Jane, we all hope you have as much pleasure in your next venture.

WE MUST ALSO say goodbye and thank you to Tesky and Barbara O’Neil, who will be closing the door of the Burwash Newsagents for the last time tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon. They have been running this shop since 1987 and have become really well known and liked. They have employed many of the locals as paper rounds people and in the shop. We wish them both a long and happy retirement. Thank you both for the service you supplied and the fun you gave us when we visited your shop. Good luck for the future.

STROLL: The next monthly walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. These walks are enjoyed by those who enjoy walking in good company but find the Parish footpath walk too much. Ijon Jenner will lead the walk and would love to have your company.

WHIST: The next monthly whish drive will take place on Thursday evening in Burwash village hall. These fun evenings are just that fun. Entry is £3 and includes twenty hands of cards and light refreshments. A raffle is also held. prizes are given to the highest and second highest scoring man and lady and the lowest scoring man and lady. The fun begins at 7pm and you will be given a warm welcome. Any ability of play welcomed and partners are not necessary. Call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 for more details.


EASTER EGG TRAIL: From tomorrow, Saturday, to Sunday April 12, daily, younger visitors can explore Sheffield Park and Garden finding clues so as to claim a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. The cost is £3.50 per trail and normal admission charges apply.

SPRING CLEAN: Now the building work at St Peter’s Church has finished it is planned to give the church a quick spring clean tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 9.30am. Anyone who could lend a hand even if only for an hour will be made most welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the WI is tomorrow, Saturday, at noon at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am. For more information call 01273 890777.

EASTER EVENT at Chailey Children’s Centre is on Wednesday April 8 from 10am to noon. It will be a morning of free activities for families of children aged 0 to 5 years and their siblings. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, messy play, an Easter egg hunt and more. For further details call 01273 336940.

PARISH COUNCILLOR: The deadline for nominations for the role of parish councillor is Thursday April 9. Becoming a parish councillor is an opportunity to make a real difference to Chailey; representing the interests of the community and assisting with decisions that affect our village. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email at

LUNCH CLUB: On Thursday April 9 a fortnightly lunch club begins in St Peter’s Church from 12.30pm. The menu will be posted on the church website There you will see menu for the first lunch is cottage pie/vegetarian cottage pie, with a choice of fresh fruit salad, trifle or cheesecake for pudding along with a cup of tea or coffee. The cost is £5. All are welcome to enjoy delicious freshly prepared home cooked food and meet people, chat and relax.

RIDING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Riding is a wonderful medium which offers pupils at Chailey Heritage Foundation an outdoor activity. It also aids development of pupils’ confidence, communication and social skills and concepts through a real experience. For some pupils a riding session will form part of their physiotherapy programme. The Foundation is very fortunate to have a purpose built all-weather riding surface and a mounting area. Currently they have the use of two ponies that are looked after by the Riding Manager. Riding sessions usually have a physiotherapist present, supported by volunteers. Due to a high demand for this kind of therapy a new therapist has been recruited and the Foundation is looking for new volunteers to assist alongside the existing team. From Monday April 13, the start of the summer term, there will be therapy sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 1.45pm to 3.15pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm during term-time. Volunteers are sought to assist at these times with the preparation of the riding school and horse, to help collect and return the young people to and from their classrooms and to assist with leading/side walking during the sessions. Full training will be given. If you are a friendly and understanding person, who likes young people and being outdoors in all weathers, with a liking for horses then please do get in touch with Kerrie Smart-Jones, Volunteer Services Coordinator, on 01825 724444 ext 139 or by email

COMPETITION: St Peter and St James Hospice are running a competition to select photos to appear in a Hospice Calendar for 2016. The competition is open to patients and their relatives, staff and volunteers of the hospice. The photographer of the picture selected as the overall winner will receive a prize of a compact digital camera. Each entry must be submitted as a print, in colour or black and white. Images must be in landscape format, at least as large as a standard postcard and no larger than A4 by Friday April 17. All the rules of the competition and an entry form are available at

East Hoathly

TALK: Barry Newman of the National Vegetable Society will be giving an illustrated talk on Preparing for Your Show to the Village Show Society tonight, Friday, in the village hall at 7.30pm. For more information please visit

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

SPRING SHOW: The Village Show Society’s Spring Show will take place on Saturday April 11 in the village hall. The hall will open at 8.30am for the setting up of exhibits and close at 10.30am when the judging will begin. There are numerous classes for spring flowers, flower arranging, cookery and preserves and handicrafts, with categories specifically for children of all ages. The hall will re-open to the general public for viewing at 1.30pm, with awards being made from approximately 3.30pm, along with a raffle and auction of produce. For more information and a show schedule please call Paul Richardson on (01825) 840082. Annual membership of the society is £2 per adult and £1 per child.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next event will be a presentation in the village hall on From Motorina to Racing Driver - how women came to love the motor car by Anna Aston in the village hall at 7.30pm on Friday April 10. Free entry for members with guest welcome at a charge of £3 per person.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, Palm Sunday, 9.45am Donkey Procession; 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club; 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662). We start at 9.45am following Mr and Mrs White’s two donkeys, Peggy and Violet, around the church as we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus on a donkey (symbol of peace) into Jerusalem. During the church service we have a dramatised reading of the Passion Narrative of Jesus. Apart from those reading Jesus and Narrator, everyone remains in their seats to read (about 15 parts in all). This is a very moving and powerful way of recalling what happened to Jesus in those fateful hours after his triumphal entry. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion with Ministry of Healing. Maundy Thursday, 7pm Holy Communion marking the Institution of the Lord’s Supper, and the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus. Good Friday, April 3, 2pm The Cross of Christ. Readings and music.

CHROMATICS Easter Sing-a-Long, Saturday April 4, in the village hall 3.30pm to 5pm supporting Dementia UK.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 2 April 1915. Uckfield: Proposed New Cinema. It is stated that a scheme to erect a house of entertainment, which shall be of substantial size and convenience, has not only been proposed, but has been adopted, and that the arrangements for erecting the building are well in hand. We are not at liberty to mention names just at present but may say that when complete, the hall will probably belong to a syndicate who conduct several similar places of entertainment in this part of the country, and that the cinematograph forms a leading feature of the programme. The building will occupy the site between the Public Hall and Mr Harden’s shop, and is to be a structure similar to the Cinema on School Hill at Lewes. There will be a dome and on either side of the entrance, which will be by the Public Hall, will be lock-up shops. The seating accommodation will be for about 500.

Framfield & Blackboys

DEFIBRILLATORS: The two defibrillators have now been installed, one at the Memorial Hall, Framfield and the village hall, Blackboys. These are for anyone to use who unfortunately needs them in the case of an emergency. Training is not essentially required to use the machines because the minute the machine is activated (by pushing a red button) instructions are automatically issued at every stage in the proceedings. However, I am arranging some sessions run by the Ambulance Service to demonstrate not only how to use the machines but on CPR etc which is also required if trying to save someone’s life. There are to be two sessions (morning and afternoon) at each pall. May 9 (Blackboys) and May 30 (Framfield). Each session can accommodate up to 30 people. Please contact me preferably by email on (please note new email address) or telephone me on 01825 890103 and indicate if you have a preference for venue or session, although if we don’t get enough interest we will have to reduce the number of sessions.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: At the last meeting members were given a taste of the Far East with a demonstration of Simple Indian Cookery by Sue Hollings. Mrs Hollings described the different areas of India and the many languages and casts which all reflect on the various cooking styles. Herbs and spices play a very important part in their cookery and these may vary dependent on the region and climate of the area in which the food is prepared. Many of our Asian restaurants may not be truly Indian. Balti and Tandoori for example are in fact dishes from Pakistan. Within a short space of time Mrs. Hollings had prepared a very tasty Garam Masala, a rice dish of Peas Pilau and several chippatis. Everyone agreed it was delicious. Our usual business took place as well as a bring and buy stall and afternoon tea. Birthday flowers were given to: Barbara Edwards Muriel Campbell and Cecilia Flecken. Our next meeting is at the Cross in Hand Village Hall on April 22 with a talk about

Crop Circles. Please phone Joy on 01435 812819 or go to to find out more.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, Palm Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist (service will commence in the church hall, with procession to church). Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Parent and Toddler Group in the church hall. Thursday, 10am Holy Communion and foot washing. Friday, April 3, Good Friday, 11am Walk of Witness commencing at Union Church 2pm; Service of Prayer and Meditation in St Richard’s. Sunday April 5, Easter Day, 6am Daybreak Service; 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Palm Sunday Service. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Palm Sunday Service. (All Services include distribution of Palm crosses).

GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES for the over 50’s. Weekly classes in Heathfield starting Tuesday April 7, 11am to noon at Cross in Hand Village Hall. First class is free. Come along and try out this ancient gentle form of exercise to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Suitable for all abilities. Please contact Pauline on 07786950714 for further details and to book a place

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

THANKS to all who attended the Lent Lunch in aid of Serving Africa Mission, which raised £117 and the coffee morning in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which raised £148.

EXHIBITION: As part of the Broad Oak Summer Festival on June 6, St George’s Church will be holding an exhibition of local photographs and memorabilia. There is a meeting for those who would like to be involved in organising the exhibition after the 9.30am service on Sunday or please contact John Shepherd

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL, Punnetts Town are holding their Easter meetings with a Good Friday devotional service at 10.30am. On Easter Sunday at 11.00am there will be a family service to which all are welcome. Now that summer time has come we start our evening services, the first of which is a Songs of Praise evening at 6.30pm, followed by coffee. Look forward to seeing you at any of these services. Heathfield Chapel have as their speaker on April 12 (11am and 6.30pm) Ray Dadswell from Eastbourne. Ray works with the International Cafe (teaching English language to foreign students) Eastbourne and is a Theatre Chaplain for Eastbourne. April 19, 11am Roger Lumley from Tunbridge Wells. 6.30pm (with Holy Communion) Ray Bodkin from Hailsham. April 26 (11am and 6.30pm) Leslie Message. Leslie lives in Mechelen, Belgium working with the Belgium Evangelical Mission as well as a Chaplain at Antwerp Prison. We welcome you to any of these services.

COMPETITION: All Saints’ and St Richard’s COE Primary School, Old Heathfield has entered a competition run by Good Energy, and we could win as much as £5,000 towards our solar panels. Ronnie Noble organised this and she and the art group with contributions from parents and children at the school have made a great art-work about what it would mean if we were to be able to put panels on the school. We need as many people to vote for us as possible. You can see the work following the link. The voting is via Facebook and I appreciate that many of you may not have a Facebook account, however it would be great if you could spread the news about this to your friends and contacts who might have an account especially anyone who used to come to the school. Thank you.

SPRING SHOW: The Heathfield and District Horticultural Society, celebrating their 125th anniversary this year, held a successful spring show at St Richard’s Church Hall on Saturday March 21. It was a very colourful show with a good display in all classes and a good attendance when the doors were opened to the public in the afternoon despite the lure of the Six Nations rugby. First place winners were: Section One Daffodils and Narcissi: Classes 1, 2, 5 and 8, Marian Stoneham; Class 3, Judy Horton; Classes 4, 6 and 7, Rosemary Kay; Class 9, Josie Cornford. Christine Felton Cup for best exhibit classes 1 to 9, Marian Stoneham.

Section Two Floral: Classes 10 and 15, Sue Cook; Classes 11, 12 and 23, Marian Stoneham; Classes 13 and 16, Josie Cornford; Classes 14 and 19 Phyll Ives; Class 17, Jane Skirrow; Class 18, Betty Ward; Classes 20 and 21, Jenny Evans; Class 22, Judy Horton. Coronation Cup No 1 for best exhibit classes 10 to 23, Sue Cook.

Section Three Decorative: Classes 24 and 26, Sue Bobin; Class 25, Judy Horton; Classes 27 and 28, Marian Stoneham. Coronation Cup No 4 for best exhibit classes 24 to 28, Sue Bobin.

Section Four Cookery and Preserves: Classes 29 and 31, Sally Philippou; Class 30, Carole Smith; Class 32, Nick Jeggo; Classes 33, 34 and 35, rosemary Kay. Price Cup for most points, Rosemary Kay.

Section Five Photography: Class 36, Christine Kemp; Class 37, Emily Evans. Broad Oak Springfield Cup for best exhibit, Emily Evans; Claude Herbert Trophy for most points in show, Marian Stoneham.

Section Six Juniors: Class 38: 1, Keira Spratt; 2, Darcy Spratt; 3, Calla Constable. Class 39: 1, Calla Constable; 2, Darcy Spratt; 3, Keira Spratt. Class 40: 1, Calla Constable; 2, Darcy Spratt; 3, Keira Spratt. Class 41: 1, Eloise Taberman-Pichler; 2, Jasmin Evans. Class 42: 1, Eloise Taberman-Pichler. Class 43: 1, Jasmin Evans; 2, Eloise Taberman-Pichler. Medals for most points 3 to 6yrs, Calla Constable; 7 to 12 years, Eloise Taberman-Pichler.

Isfield & Little Horsted

BURGER BONUS: Fancy a burger? Fancy helping a charity? Well, if the answer’s ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions you might fancy popping along to Holly Gap Farm in Station Road, Isfield, tomorrow (Saturday). The aromatic whiffs of cooking meat in the open air should be floating around when the shop holds a charity barbecue from 10am to 2pm to help raise funds for Diabetes UK. All profits will go towards the Swimarathon being undertaken by shop customers Abigail and Samara Craig in aid of the charity. They have pledged to swim the equivalent of the English Channel (22 miles) up and down the watery lanes at Uckfield Leisure Centre over a number of weeks. Good luck, girls; go easy on the burgers!

SUPER SATURDAY: There was a grand turnout of exhibitors and visitors at Isfield Village Hall last Saturday when the hall committee threw open the doors for an open day. More than a score of local clubs, organisations and outside interests turned up to make a grand display of exhibition tables to show what is available at the hall and what could be made available. These included, and it’s far from a comprehensive list, the village pre-school group, Isfield and Little Horsted CE Primary School and PTFA, Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society, stain-glass classes, life painting, flower displays, pottery, astrology and lots more. The event was formally opened by the Mayor of Uckfield, Councillor Ian Smith. Reflecting on the day, Katherine Coltman, treasurer of the village hall committee, said: ‘It was a wonderful turnout. We aim to provide what is relevant to people in the village, and the great display of exhibitors showed that. When we had a village survey recently, the overwhelming demand was for regular film shows. We’re organising it.’ To that end, Life of Pi is to be shown at the hall on April 18 (7pm) and Singing in the Rain on May 18. Further shows are being arranged.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s Isfield, Palm Sunday service (10am) preceded by parade from the Recreation Ground (9.30am); Good Friday, 10am; Easter Day, 10am.

QUIZ NIGHT: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society’s Easter quiz will be held at Isfield Village Hall on April 11 (7pm for 7.30pm). Tickets are £7.50 per person and include entry fee and a supper; they are available at The Laughing Fish.


MARKET: Today, Friday morning the Newick Country Market will be open from 10am to 11am in the village hall. Please note that the market will be open on Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and not on Good Friday. From 10am to 11am. There is a good selection of vegetables plus many other tempting goodies for you to purchase, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

BUSY DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, is a busy day in Newick. In the morning there is the coffee morning and jumble sale in the Community Centre from 10am to 1pm. Headway Hurstwood Park are holding a community fundraising event. Why not pop along and help raise much needed funds for the rehabilitation centre based in Newick. If you have any jumble that they could sell please telephone Katie on 01825 724323. They cannot accept furniture or electrical items. In the afternoon the horticultural society will be holding their Spring Show in the village hall from 2.30pm. This is a real village event and you can catch up with all the people you have not seen over the winter months with a nice cup of tea and of course homemade cake.

DON’T FORGET to adjust your clocks tomorrow, Saturday evening. Sorry one hour less in bed, but the evening’s will be getting much lighter.

CHURCH SERVICES: This weekend Palm Sunday Services are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and at 10.30am Morning Worship. There will also be Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, you will have to check the Church Magazine for the times. Everyone most welcome at all of these services.


RINGERS WIN: The bell ringers of Waldron entered a team in the Eastern Division annual Quiz held at Hailsham last week, when churches from the whole area took part. At the end, the Waldron team was in a tie-break with Heathfield and won on the final question. Reports are that it was a great evening, with ringers from the area enjoying meeting up over the quiz and an excellent fish and chip supper at half-time.

FOLK EVENING: Tonight (Friday) is the monthly Folk Evening at the Star starting at 7.30pm. It’s always informal with a shifting population of players turning up to play in which makes it tremendous fun, an evening not to be missed.

MAD MARCH QUIZ is on Monday at 7.30pm at the Star and will be raising money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. Cost per head is £10 which includes a one-course supper and the quiz. Any donations for a raffle would be welcome (drop them in to Paul any time) and profits go to FESH.

THE STORES CLOSE: Our little Village Stores closes tomorrow, Saturday, to be reborn as a Community Coffee Club through the summer at least. Deborah will open and run it from 10am to 3.30pm on Fridays. This will not be a shop but a place for the villagers and friends to meet and chat over coffee, tea with cakes and cream teas and perhaps light lunches, if there is a demand. If there are sufficient volunteers we can open on other days too, from 10am to 2pm so if you think you could help out as a volunteer to make teas, coffees, slice up the cake, or do the washing up, contact me initially (01435 812036) and we’ll see if there are enough people to run it as a Community Coffee Club. So far it looks as if we have enough to run it on Thursdays in addition to Fridays but we really need a few more people to be sure.

ROUND THE LANES: Keep your eyes peeled round the lanes at the moment and apart from road-menders and hot tar rollers you can see the roadside banks starred with cushions of primroses and violets and some wonderful signs, usually handpainted. I’ve seen one begging drivers to be wary of toads crossing and another of ducks and their ducklings making their way to a handy pond. Any others?

SERVICES: This Sunday morning services are both at All Saints’ at 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) and 10am. As it is Palm Sunday, the 10am service will begin with the congregation meeting at the car park at the Lucas Hall and processing through the village to the church. Those who don’t feel able to walk with the procession should go straight to the church and wait there for the rest to join them. The sermon will be in music with a scratch choir singing Miserere Mei Deus with guest soprano Ella Bodeker from the Guildhall School of Music.

EASTER WEEK: On Maundy Thursday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 6.30pm. The next day is Good Friday and there will be a one-hour Devotion at St Bartholomew’s, Cross in Hand, at midday, followed by a walk from St Bart’s to All Saints’. At 2pm there will be a one-hour Devotion at All Saints’. Easter Sunday, April 5, will be celebrated with the first Eucharist of Easter at 9am at St Bartholomew’s, followed by breakfast and then at 11am there will be the Festival Parish Eucharist at All Saints’, with the combined Parish Choir singing and followed by a very festive Prosecco and biscuits.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am All age service with a donkey. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Matins (BCP) with dramatized readings. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Francis Bates.

PARISH COUNCIL: Progress is being made with the installation of superfast broad band into Rushlake Green and beyond, but there is some uncertainty about the eventual speed and when individual properties can be connected. PCSO Geraldine Hodgens advised us to be aware of shed thieves in the area. You may have noticed the semi-permanent lake that formed by the entrance of Marklye. Cllrs Andy Long, Chris Wells and others have been trying to get the problem resolved, but ESCC Highways, Southern Water and SE Water all deny that it is their problem. Anyway I noted earlier in the week that the lake has dried up, so I assume somebody stepped up to the plate. There have been similar problems with trying to find a solution to the recurring flooding in Rookery Lane. Thanks were expressed to the hedgerow team for their work in chasing up landowners who fail to cut their road-side hedges. Permission to use the Green has been given to the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company for their annual visit on August 14, for the Flower Show on July 25 and for the Big Lunch on the Green on Sunday June 7. This is part of a national initiative for local communities to come together for a meal. It is hoped that there will be a road closure between the shop and the pub on the day. More details to follow. There is a drive to get defibrillators in each community to provide first aid. Cllr Nigel McKeeman (WDC) is co-ordinating this is his ward which includes the Warbleton end of the parish. A unit for use in Rushlake Green has been obtained, and the cabinet to house it. This will be installed outside Osborne House. Cllr Karen Cooke is helping to co-ordinate a CPR Know How Session in the Dunn Village Hall (thanks for use of the hall) on May 19 for those who would like to be volunteers. Fund raising has started in Three Cups for a unit there, probably at the pub. An application has gone in for a unit for Punnetts Town. Plans are well advanced for units at the Goward Hall and in Old Heathfield. Cllr Ray Tratt has been organising the repair and refurbishment of the finger-posts around the parish. He reported that the county council are forming a long term plan for rights of way. The next meeting of the council is the Annual Parish Meeting at which the council reports on its work over the past year. This will be on April 16 at the Dunn Village Hall.

ELECTIONS: As well as the General Election on Thursday May 7 a new parish council will be elected. Nomination papers can be obtained from the clerk Marian Smith (01435 831653) or from the Electoral officer at Wealden District Council. Nine out of the 11 members of the council are elected to represent Warbleton ward.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: The recent wine and cheese evening raised £1,415 for the Dunn Village Hall. There will be a talk on Windmills on June 6, and the annual art show will be September 18 to 20.

WALK: Our History Group walk is tomorrow, Saturday, meeting at 2pm in the car park of Berwick Church.

COFFEE RESULT: Last week I mentioned the Coffee and Company special in aid of Children of Gambia Services held last week. Rita Atkinson, the treasurer, tells me that a cheque for £200 is being given to COGS. A splendid result, and many thanks to those who organised the event and gave so generously. The next special is on May 14 for Riding For The Disabled and will include a plant sale. In the meantime C&Co is open every Thursday morning from 10am to noon at the Osborne House Community Room.