Parish pump Uckfield - March 7, 2014

Bodle Street Green

DAY OF PRAYER: Today is the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer. In our benefice, this will be held at Dallington Church at 2pm. Christian women from Egypt have prepared the service with the theme Streams in the Desert. The new rector of Brightling, Anne-Marie Crosse, is the speaker.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: Local resident George Filsell will speak about his time studying wildlife in the Amazon, and will illustrate his talk with slides. The meeting is at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Tea follows the meeting. For more details contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

BIBLE COURSE: Charles Harding is offering short course in Lent, entitled A Very Short Introduction to the Bible. It will be held on Wednesdays March 12, 19 and 26 at 7.30pm to 9pm each evening. He aims to cover a brief history of the Bible and its impact. The sessions will be at Hole Farm and Charles can be contacted on 01323 833254 or

SUMMER FAIR: It may seem a long way off, in view of the recent weather, but there is a change of Date for the St John’s Summer Fair. It will now be held on Saturday July 12. This is because of a clash of dates. If you can help with the fair or have ideas, then come to the planning meeting on Monday March 17 at 8pm at South Cottage.

VILLAGE HALL: I gather the race night in January raised over £1,000 for the extension fund. The murder mystery evening raised about £800. The fund in mid-February stood at £11,468. Thanks to all who have taken any part in raising this magnificent sum. When visiting the hall, why not look at the Veltonometer (named after its constructor) to see how the appeal is going. There is a contributions box, with Gift Aid envelopes. The AGM will be on Friday May 9 at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm.


CANCELLED: There was to be have been a fun quiz evening tomorrow, Saturday, night in the village hall at 7.30pm. Due to other events being held, we have now decided to postpone it until later in the year. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment. Call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107with any comments.

RACE NIGHT: There will however be a race night tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the Pavilion at Burwash Common held by the Residents association. The fun begins at 7.30pm. The licensed bar will be open.

MUSIC: On Sunday evening it is Open Mike night at the Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald. You can take part or just watch and listen to the talented people in our villages.

BLG: On Wednesday the Burwash Ladies Group will meet at the village hall from 2.15pm. Their speaker will be Ian Gledhill with We Do Like to be beside the seaside.

CRAFT MORNING: The Burwash Flower Arrangement Club will hold a craft morning on Thursday in the village hall from 10am to noon. This will be with guidance of The Flower Shop. Call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483 if you would like to attend.

SOUP LUNCH: We have been asked to hold another of our popular soup lunches and one will take place on Thursday March 27 from 12.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 each and include as many variety of soups as you wish to taste and many delicious desserts. Ring Mary Taylor to book a ticket.

SCOUTS: The Scout group are desperately in need of a leader for the beavers if they aren’t to close. At the moment it is looking likely they will have to close mid March. if you think you could run this group of five to eight year olds once a week on Tuesday from 5.15pm to 6.15pm please contact Emanuel Flecken on 01435 883764. The group are also in need of a scout leader, group secretary and group scout leader. Ideal jobs for ex-scouts who have a love for scouting or anyone willing to give up a little of their time for the kids.

BOWLS: Last week the team played in a home league fixture against Five Ashes, with a better result. The triples Angela and Keith Marden and Mary Taylor lost 9-10 but Joan Howard, Rene Bell and Margaret Waterhouse won 17-8. After tea the pairs Alan Green and Barry Taylor won 15-11 and Keith Wood and Julie Hawkins won 22-6. This gave the team six league points and a boost to team morale. They will meet Jarvis Brook away on Sunday.


VILLAGE SHOP: My apologies again if you missed Patrick’s Pancake Party, I was not well last week and missed the deadline – oops. As I am now living alone, the shop has been invaluable to me as I am just up the road and they deliver as I can’t get out. Now I have mastered the internet shopping the vital items like gin can be delivered that way but when I needed them before I was organised, they supplied my every need and some I hadn’t thought of (thank you Tina) and drop everything on the doorstep or bring it in if needed. Now I have persuaded the dogs not to eat the messengers, and taught the girls how to fold my wheelchair and put it into the car, I am almost self-sufficient. I must admit I am biased as I am on the steering committee now, but for me it is a lifeline. And of course you can’t get chat and local gossip (sorry, news) on the internet. There are times when Facebook just doesn’t cover all the bases. So my personal thanks to Carol and her team of volunteers. So shop local folks.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: There was much hilarity and delicious food at the Horti’s dinner last month. Food was from the Bells, and was yummy (that’s a technical term) and Caroline’s quiz was both fiendish and instructive. Their Spring Show is on March 22 in the village hall so go on and give those daffs a talking to. It seems, and I’m writing this with my fingers crossed, that spring may be on the way, my bullace is in blossom and I hope we may get some fruit this year. For those of you who don’t know about this it’s a wild plum, very small fruit which can be quite bitter, but lovely white blossom which is scented. My great-grandfather planted the original tree and this is a reverted sport (I think).

HOLISTIC HEALING: We are almost at the end of acupuncture awareness week, but as some of you may know, I have horses and I have seen the positive effects of both homeopathy and acupuncture on them, and indeed I use homeopathy myself as vets can treat humans although doctors can’t treat animals. I try to keep an open mind and in this case, as you can’t tell animals something is doing them good, the placebo effect does not apply. So if you have a closed mind, remember nothing can get in.

CONTRIBUTIONS: If you want anything about Chiddingly in the Parish Pump, contact me at and I will spread the word. I have lost track of the times people say to me ‘What’s the Parish Pump?’ And when I tell them they say ‘Oh I don’t read the Sussex Express, there’s nothing of interest’. Um, excuse me, I think you’re missing the point here.

WE ARE ALL SO SORRY to hear of the sudden death of Michel Franks, our thoughts are with his family. He was a lovely and talented man and I am privileged to have known him.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday next before Lent: 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly; 12.30pm Lunch at Chiddingly Village Hall (ring Peter and Faith to let them know you are coming); 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly.

NEW BUS SERVICE: From Sunday April 13, Brighton and Hove buses are running a trial bus service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The No 28 service will call at East Hoathly at 9.19am and 12.19pm to Lewes and Brighton. Return journeys from Churchill Square, Brighton at 2.35pm and 4.35pm calling at East Hoathly en route to Uckfield. The council has worked hard to get this extension from Brighton and Hove buses. Please use it or it will be lost.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the monthly walk will be starting from The Foresters Arms at 2pm. Hopefully we will have some much needed sunshine, the birds are starting to sing, the snowdrops are looking wonderful and the primroses are beginning to flower, but it will undoubtedly be muddy, so come prepared. The walk is free and for everyone, you don’t have to be a member. Dogs on leads please. For further information please call Chris or Jenny on 87283.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 10 March 1754 ‘…Mr ?Tucker and Moses came to see me and dined with me on a pig sent to me from Hartfield. Heard of the death of Rt Hon Henry Pelham who died on Wednesday the 6th instant about 6 o’clock in the morn. My mother came and spent the day with us. Not at church all day.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CAR DAMAGE: Since we wrote about the outbreak of car keying a couple of weeks ago, the police have issued the following statement: Between February 18 and 21, 19 cars were damaged in Heathfield, most of which were parked in the Ghyll Road, Tilsmore Road and Sheepsetting Lane area. One car was damaged while parked in Hailsham Road and one in Marshlands Road. The damage on each was large scratches that appear to have been caused by a knife or similar sharp tool. A window broken to one of the High Street Shops which may be linked to the criminal damage of the vehicles. Police have CCTV images which they are looking into. PS Hammerton of the Heathfield Neighbourhood Policing Team stated: ‘This is an unusual occurrence in Heathfield. We have no reason to think there is any link between the victims of this crime nor was there any link between the type of vehicles. The damage was very deliberate and we would welcome any information that would lead to the conviction of the offender or offenders who were responsible for this cowardly and malicious crime.’ Any persons with any information about these crimes are asked to call the Heathfield NPT team on 101 or they can call anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND is pleased to be hosting a quiz on Saturday, April 5 starting at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. Fish and chips are included and the evening costs £8 per head. Teams of eight maximum and small teams can of course combine. As usual there will be a raffle and teas and coffees will be served. Band members look forward to seeing you. To book a table please ring 01435 862398.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, March Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

CHURCH SERVICES: First Sunday in Lent: Sunday, All Saint’s Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Holy Communion. The church welcomes Canon Paul Cox to both of their services. St George’s Church Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: A service is being held at Cross in Hand Methodist Church at 10.30am today (Friday) Praying for Egypt.

HOMES to the rear of the police station, High Street. Because we submitted comments to Wealden District Council about the potential housing development north of the High Street, we received a letter from them informing us planners had agreed to support the latest, amended scheme. As yet (at the time of writing) we do not know whether members backed their decision and voted it through. This development has divided village opinion, as so many planning applications do. On the one hand are the views of informed critics concerned about the impact 115 new homes (occupied by, say, three or four people per dwelling, meaning a population increase of 350 to 450) will have on infrastructure, such as school and surgery places, public transport and impact on the environment. On the other stand those who have businesses in the town who will welcome more potential customers and believe communities must grow and flourish if they are to stay alive. The initial problem faced by developers was the land fell partly within the AONB and as such breached landscape restrictions. But that was overcome by the fact Heathfield had fallen back in terms of housing provision, particularly ‘affordable’ homes. Developers conducted their own detailed research to discover other sites in and around the town which offered similar opportunities for building and which were not subject to planning restrictions (such as access, proximity to schools, shops and bus services). It certainly looks as if this scheme will now go ahead. The next fear is what will happen to land adjacent to the application site. Access roads will lead to the site boundary, indicating permission will be sought to build to the west. There are, of course, multiple conditions attached to the consent including the fact detailed plans must be submitted and approved by the council. If you want to find out more visit the council’s website, log onto the planning section and search for: WD/2013/0635/MEA

POTHOLES: More rants. I am amazed at County Highways’ approach to the repair of potholes subsequent to vehicle damage. It appears you have to damage your car, inform the council a pothole exists and if they can prove they have then repaired it within five days, you have no claim against them. I have no idea who came up with this convoluted and manifestly unfair response to a situation which has vehicle repairers rubbing their hands with glee. Has anyone tried to drive south along Hailsham Road from Heathfield to Horam? It’s a slalom track, as vehicles coming from both directions swerve to miss the degraded parts of the road surface. Our local authorities are clearly quite happy to allow visitors to Britain to experience our third world through routes. It reminds me of the day our son’s German girlfriend was struck down with tonsillitis over one New Year. We called the out-of-hours GP service (we lived in Alfriston at the time) and were advised to visit a doctor in Eastbourne. We wrapped the poor girl up in a blanket, drove her to a draughty surgery, waited for one hour, were handed a prescription for antibiotics and had to collect them from Tesco. Dear Julia (who was not a complainer) croaked: ‘In Germany we just ask the doctor to call when we are ill.’ No doubt our EU visitors can now add road travel to medical services when describing British public services to their amazed families in France and Germany.

CROSSFIT CHALLENGE: I apologise to my counterpart, Valerie Chidson for mentioning a Waldron event, but it has its roots also in Heathfield, so I hope she will forgive me. On Saturday Alex Purcell and his team of fitness instructors from the Isenhurst gym held an amazing fitness challenge out of doors on the Waldron recreation ground. The idea was to identify the fittest of them all and it made me wince to watch. Competitors had to row 500 metres on a rowing machine, run with a sandbag balanced on their neck, lift weights, run with kettlebells (I think they are called,) swish a formidably heavy rope, flip tractor tyres and then run back with the sandbag. More than 20 superfit individuals took part and there was a fabulous atmosphere as they were cheered on by a large audience. Winners were announced and the day was a triumph.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

ST LEONARDS-MAYFIELD School. Ellie Cox, a year 13 student, has been shortlisted for the National Science and Engineering Competition’s Young Scientist of the Year award, and is already making her mark on the world of medical research. Ellie Cox, age 17, recently completed a Nuffield Research Placement in which she worked on a study into breast cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research’s (ICR) Functional Genomics lab. Ellie, who has been offered a place to study medicine at Cambridge, was shortlisted for the National Science and Engineering Competition following her placement with The ICR, in which she helped the team’s ongoing project on functional characterisation, or seeing the effect on cell appearance and behaviour of mutations (changes to genes) in breast cancer. The National Science and Engineering Competition finals will take place from March 13-16 at The Big Bang: The UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham. Ellie is preparing to showcase the scientific report of her ICR investigations to the event’s 60,000 visitors. Ellie, who has been invited to meet MP Charles Hendry as a result of her nomination, said: ‘The ICR project was incredibly useful, as I was able to experience a high level of practical science and learnt how to carry out many procedures I had only read about in theory. I also developed numerical and data analyst skills relevant to my aim of becoming a doctor.’ The school points out the significance of Ellie’s work has not passed her by. She commented, ‘I am so grateful for the opportunity to take part in this vital research. It is incredible to think the work I was helping with is so important, and will ultimately help to save lives.’ The cells which Ellie investigated during her placement will be grown for testing the effects of potential cancer drugs in The ICR’s laboratories. The findings of her research may also be used to identify important but infrequent mutations in breast cancer, which could help with the development of future treatments. Ellie is taking A levels in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics and has been offered a place to study medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge from September. She is one of six girls from the school to be offered places at Oxbridge this year.

POST OFFICE: The parish council has been told by the Post Office there were two applicants for the new Post Office Local and the successful applicant has been informed. The Post Office is waiting for the successful applicant to sign a contract before any official announcement can be made. A consultation on premises and opening hours is next. This will be open for local people, stakeholders, ward members and the parish council to take part. Letters and posters will be circulated by the end of this month and the new Post Office should open in three to four months. Sadly the post of interim postmaster has not been filled. None of the local postmasters they approached were willing to arrange all the legal documentation and equipment for such a short period of time.

WOODHILL SURGERY: Dr Katharine Heal, a specialist in women’s health and diabetes, joins the team and will work every Tuesday. The surgery website and on-line service has now been fully reinstated and contains useful information, surgery times and details about which GP is on duty on which days. Patients can order repeat prescriptions online and book appointments. To register as online users, patients visit the surgery, complete a short data protection declaration and display photographic identify evidence. Book in advance appointments can be booked online and same day appointments can be booked daily from 6am.The surgery web site is: GP appointment availability has increased by 50%. Opening hours are from 8am to 6.30pm, however, the phone line is closed between 12.30pm to 1.30pm for staff handover and training. Morning surgery runs from 9am to noon followed by a telephone surgery. The telephone surgery is a good source to gain access to a GP without the need for an actual face-to-face appointment and is available daily. Afternoon surgery runs from 4-6.30pm. Appointments are available daily as well as afternoon telephone appointments.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: The Friends will be holding a coffee morning in the school hall from 9.15am to 11am on April 3 where visitors can enjoy tea, coffee and cakes whilst watching an Easter Bonnet Parade by KS1 and view the always amazing Easter Eggstravanza entrants by KS2. The school disco is on Friday, March 28.

PRE-SCHOOL: Mayfield Pre-School mammoth jumble sale is at the Memorial Hall at 10.30am on Saturday, March 15.

LENTEN LUNCHES: There will be charity Lenten Lunches in London House as follows: Thursday March 13, 12.45pm to 2.15pm for Children’s Society; Thursday March 20, 12.45 to 2.15pm for Open Door; Thursday March 27, 12.45pm to 2.15pm for Mayfield Bonfire Boys and Belles Society; Thursday April 3, 12.45pm to 2.15pm for Hospice in the Weald; Thursday April 10, 12.45pm to 2.15pm for Friends of the Holy Land. Tickets are not required but donations will be gratefully received.

FIVE ASHES VILLAGE HALL: The Committee of Management will be holding the annual general meeting in Five Ashes Village Hall today, Friday, at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Five Ashes Village Hall Committee is an elected volunteer group looking after the maintenance and upkeep of the village hall and grounds. The hall is extremely well-used and offers an ideal venue for many activities and private parties, etc. (with special rates for village residents). The news that the committee has been successful with their application to the Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings Fund has been publicised and an open meeting was held in January. News of how the project is progressing will be given at the AGM. The grant is solely for the building project. Fundraising is vitally important to continue maintenance and upkeep of the hall so everyone is invited to join the 300 Club. There are ten monthly draws with five £20 prizes, in December larger prizes are drawn to ensure that 50 percent of the subscriptions are allocated as prizes. The membership subscription is £10 per number. Monthly draws take place in The Five Ashes Inn on the first Monday of the month at 8pm. To become a member please contact either Sue Wren on 01825 830520, Penny Kemp on 01825 830748 or email

FILM SOCIETY: Film on Friday will be screening tomorrow, Saturday, a double bill of Renoir films. Doors of the Memorial Hall open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The films are accompanied by a meal for which all tickets have been sold. (Ring 01435 872165 for any returns). However, anyone wishing to see the films can attend. There will be a break for an hour at 8.30pm for non-ticket holders to find their own refreshment. The main film is La Grande Illusion, Renoir’s 1937 anti-war film with Jean Gabin and Eric von Stroheim. After the meal comes Partie de Campagne, the 1936 short about an idyllic riverside picnic. On April 4 the society shows Caesar Must Die, the Taviani brothers’ 2011 version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, whilst on May 16 members have chosen Kiss the Water (UK 2013).

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; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. 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; Village Hall 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; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


COFFEE MORNING: Don’t forget the Newick Horticultural Coffee Morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. If you have not already renewed your membership for the current year you will be able to do this.

RUGBY: The first XV Rugby team will be playing at home against East Grinstead III tomorrow, kick off at 3pm. The players would be delighted for you to pop along and support them. You could always join them for a pint after the game in the sports pavilion.

CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday Service this weekend at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by 10.30am Morning service of Holy Communion (BCP). This is the first Sunday of Lent.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will hold another meeting on March 13 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm, when Professor Sir Gordon Conway will talk about Climate Change and Food Security. Further details from 01825 722154 or 722650.

DIARY DATE: The AGM of the Newick Area Community Care Association is on March 17 in the Community Centre at 7.30pm.

NEWICK CONSERVATIVES are holding their AGM at the Community Centre on Friday March 14 at 7.30pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet Maria Caulfield, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election in 2015. Refreshments will be served.


LONDON: I love a day in London. Buy a day return, not a Travel Card, and explore the London Bridge area. There’s the Shard, Borough Market, the Golden Hind, Drake’s ship, the Clink prison museum, two of London’s oldest pubs, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and loads of unusual shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. Go straight from Uckfield Station to London Bridge, the last stop, and home from platforms 8-13, with plenty of seats both ways. I discovered recently that the ticket prices drop after 8.30am, not 9.30am as I’d always thought.

FOURWAYS WI held their meeting at the Luxfords Centre on Monday March 3. Minutes were read and signed followed by any business. We then were given a talk and slides by Kevin Gordon on The Palace of Westminster on the route the Queen takes when opening parliament as to where she is allowed and not allowed to go and many other interesting facts about the Palace. Kevin does guided tours around the Palace and was extremely knowledgeable and amusing; a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The competition was A Royal Souvenir: 1, Sandra Dillon; 2, Sandra Hatswell; 3, Kathy Small. We hold our next meeting on April 7 at the Luxfords Centre. The talk will be A Policeman’s Lot.

AGM: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society held their annual general meeting in February with 40 members present. One member retired from the committee, but the existing committee was elected en bloc for the next 12 months. The society’s president, George Dade said: ‘I can’t remember seeing so many members attending an AGM for a long time.’ He thanked the committee for their sterling work and said he didn’t think they could do any better. He commented on the very bad weather but due to the relatively mild temperature, flowering bulbs were several weeks early. The president presented the Rupert Nevill Cup to Carol Hodge who attained 87 points in the combined Spring and Summer Shows. Charles Weller was runner up with 78 points. The AGM was followed by a talk and slide show presented by Chris Sherwood entitled Western USA. Chris took us on a very interesting tour of the area around San Francisco and Yosemite National Park, showing us the flora and fauna of the area. The next meeting of the society will be on Monday at 7.30pm in the Ashdown Room of Uckfield Civic Centre when Clive Garrett will give a talk on Lawn Mowers. Annual subscription £10. All welcome, visitors £3. The Spring Show is on Saturday April 19 at the Luxford Centre. If you would like to exhibit, please telephone 762934 for a schedule.

EXHIBITION: Members of Uckfield Art Group regularly exhibit their paintings in the window of Fuller and Scott Funeral Directors. It is situated next to the Civic Centre, so why not take a look next time you are passing. Perhaps you will be inspired to take up a new hobby. You would be very welcome to join the friendly members of Uckfield Art Group on a Tuesday evening. They meet at the Luxford Centre between 7pm and 9pm with a refreshment break half way through. Although there is no official tutor, individual members are always on hand to give advice if asked. It is a mixed ability group ranging from beginners to book illustrators, and everyone inbetween. Members take along their own individual projects to work on. It is hoped there will be a demonstration of painting techniques in the coming months, but to date this has not been confirmed. The Summer Exhibition will be on Saturday July 19 at the Luxford Centre, details nearer the time. For more information on becoming a member ring Annie on 01825 765021 or look on the website


FIRST RESPONDERS: The next pub quiz will be on Monday March 31 at 7.30pm and will be in aid of the First Responders. They are unpaid volunteers who, after training, can be called out to attend emergency incidents while the ambulance is on its way. In our area (centred on Heathfield) we now have five responders trained by the South East Coast Ambulance Service and kitted out with a dedicated mobile phone, a defibrillator, oxygen, other medical kit and a uniform. When the ambulance service gets a call, an ambulance is despatched, but a call also goes to any responder who may be close to the incident. Over a hundred incidents of varying kinds have been attended in the past year, including at least two cardiac arrests. Responders cost £1,600 to equip and there are ongoing costs, so, while there has been generous support from the Big Lottery, money needs to be raised to train and kit out more Responders (we need at least a dozen before the end of this year). By coming to enjoy our pub quiz you’ll be helping fund a service which may save your life. Cost for the evening (which includes a one-course meal) is £10 per head and you can book your place (perhaps bring a team of up to six people?) by calling Paul Lefort at The Star on 01435 812495. There will also be a raffle. If you might be a candidate to become a responder, call Tim Williams on 01435 812273 or mobile 07732 564168.

FRIENDS’ THIRD: Last reminder that it’s the third AGM of the Friends of Waldron Churches today, Friday, at 7.30pm and it will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Cross in Hand. Since it was set up, the Friends have put on a series of interesting and enjoyable events for the whole community which have helped to raise money to repair and improve the two churches in the parish. The organisation welcomes anyone to join who has an interest in the parish, including wanting to trace ancestors, family members having lived in Waldron, married or baptised in the church or even buried in the churchyard. Everyone is welcome.

WORLD’S WOMEN: The inspirational Women’s World Day of Prayer is also today, Friday. Our local service will be at Cross in Hand Methodist Church at 10.30am and will last about an hour.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the first of Lent. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am, (followed by coffee and cake) then Morning Worship also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

DAY OF PRAYER: Today is the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer. In our benefice, this will be held at Dallington Church at 2pm. Christian women from Egypt have prepared the service with the theme Streams in the Desert. The new rector of Brightling, Anne-Marie Crosse, is the speaker.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. We do not have a Lent course this year, but there are a number of opportunities for study at our home groups etc. Details are on a leaflet in the church or on the website. Churches Together in Heathfield has a series of reflections at the Heathfield Community Centre on Sunday evenings (6.30-8pm) from 9th March 9 to April 6. The theme is Bearing Fruit of the Spirit. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Service led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Marilyn Greatorex is our speaker on Monday and she will tell us the story of Standen, an Arts and Crafts house south of East Grinstead. The house and its surrounding gardens belong to the National Trust and are open to the public. It is a Grade I listed building. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start in the Dunn Village Hall.

DUNN VILLAGE HALL: Bookings for the hall should be made with Denise Bailey on 01435 831565. The next hall event is the joint venture with Children of Gambia service, an Auction of Promises, on March 22.