Parish Pump Uckfield - March 8, 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service. The Electoral Roll is being renewed. Charles Harding is contacting all on the present roll with application forms. If you haven’t had one or are new to the parish, forms are to be found at the back of the church. Forms must be received no later than Sunday March 24. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Mothering Sunday Family Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Mothering Sunday Service.

WI: The March meeting is on Tuesday at 2pm in the village hall. Christopher Rudd is the speaker and his subject is Tall Ships - Brave Crews. For details of BSGWI contact Anne on 01323 841278 or Judy on 832492.

PARISH COUNCIL: For a report on the February meeting, please see the Warbleton section.


QUIZ NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the pavilion in Burwash Common. These monthly quizzes are great fun and have come a long way since their first offering. The fun begins at 8pm when teams of six people are invited to try to solve the questions. Entry money is given out as prizes. The licensed bar will be open.

RACE NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening the Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association will be holding a race night. starting at 7.30pm, with the first of eight races at 8pm. Tickets are £4 for members, £5 for non-members and include a hot dog supper. The races are sponsored by local businesses. To get a ticket call David Elmslie on 01435 883510 or Patrick Fletcher on 883448. Alternatively you can pick one up from the Pavilion or the Wheel Inn or at the door on the night.

MOTHER’S DAY: This Sunday is Mothering Sunday and the children of the Church of England primary school will be making posies for St Bartholomew’s Church today in readiness for the family service on Sunday morning at 10am, when they hope that you will go along and join them in celebration of all mothers. The children will be taking part in the service and giving out the posies they have made. Coffee will be served afterwards and a chance to chat. There will also be a service for Mothering Sunday at St Philip’s Church in Burwash Common from 10.30am.

PILGRIMAGE TALK: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening there is a special talk in St Bartholomew’s Church entitled Burwash to The Holy Land, the 2012 Pilgrimage. This illustrated talk starts at 7pm, tickets are £5 and include a glass of wine and nibbles. They are available at the Flower House in the High Street or from Ros Cloke on 021435 884312.

BLG: Burwash Ladies Group will have their March meeting on Wednesday, in the village hall at 2.15pm. Members will hear Richard Crook talk about The Development of Eastbourne. Could be an interesting talk. Visitors are always welcome and new members encouraged. The afternoon ends with tea and a raffle.

FLOWER CLUB: The Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club will be holding a craft afternoon on Thursday from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. It will be led by Lynn Carter and is called Chocolate Box. If you would like to join them it will cost £10 and you can join in by calling Maureen Jenner on 01435 882045. If you would like more information about the flower club call Claudette Neville on 882409.

MUSICAL THEATRE: On Saturday, March 23, the children of the Musical Theatre group will be performing Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They have been rehearsing for many weeks and will stage the show at the village hall at 7.30pm. The tickets are £4.50 available from Mary Alderson on 01435 882051 or Jane Coleman on 882687.

SPRING CLEAN: Also on Saturday March 23, the annual spring clean up of the St Bartholomew’s churchyard will take place. This is the time to clear away leaves and fallen branches etc in readiness for spring and Easter. Many hands make light work, so why not go along and give a hand, take you own equipment, this will help. For more information on what takes place call Ros Cloke on 884312.

BOWLS: Last week the club had two league matches. On Wednesday they travelled to Plumpton and had a somewhat difficult task. In the triples Angela Marden, Samantha Saunders and Shirley Pope really struggled and lost 19-7 while Mick Moor, Margaret Waterhouse and Joan Howard fared better but lost 9-11. The pairs were likewise with Tim Brown and Mary Taylor losing 9-21 and Stephen Trew and Keith Wood losing 12-15. On Thursday evening they were home to Crowhurst and had a better evening. Angela, Samantha and Shirley lost 9-15 and Mick, Margaret and Stephen lost 10-11. In the pairs Joan and Mary won 12-9 and Julie Hawkins and Keith won 15-11. Over the two nights Burwash only managed to win four points. They will next play at home to Frant on Thursday.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday, 8am Holy Communion East Hoathly, 9.30am Mothering Sunday worship Chiddingly, 11am Mothering Sunday worship East Hoathly.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Special services 9.30am at Chiddingly, 11am at East Hoathly, Make a Mothers Day. If you would like to give an ethical gift on behalf of or in memory of your mother, supporting the work of the Mothers’ Union. Please take a booklet from the back of the church.

ELECTORAL ROLL: This year all Church Electoral Rolls throughout the Church of England have to be completely renewed. If you see yourself as part of the church here you must sign up for the new Roll regardless of whether you were on the old Roll or not. Formal notices will be placed by the church door and in the parish magazine.

EASTER LILIES: Remember to complete your forms (from the Parish News) and hand them in with payment if you would like Remembrance Lilies for a loved one for Easter.

WALK POSTPONED: The Preservation Society walk planned for this Sunday is now postponed until the following week, March 17. We will still be starting from The Black Lion at Halland at 2pm. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

LENT LUNCHES: During Lent there will be simple lunches hosted by different people in the Parish. Donations are usually made to a charity chosen by the hosts, in this week the good cause is the Macmillan Nursing Fund. At the lunch on Wednesday your hosts will be Chris and Jenny at their home at Prices cottages Whitesmith. For further details please call 872830.

CRICKET CLUB: The AGM was held in the Foresters Arms last Sunday with enough attendees to show that we could field a strong team of veterans. We continue to be grateful to our sponsors for their continuing support. They are Hesmonds Stud, Dawson Hart Solicitors, Courtney Commercial and 1648 Brewing Company. They play a vital role in helping to keep our club financially viable. Our Sunday XI captain this year will be Mark Randle replacing Ant Brooke who was thanked for his excellent captaincy for the past years. Vice captains will be Adam Powles and Ryan Packham. Lee Shepherd was voted onto the committee as welfare officer and tea organiser. Our Goblins Captain will continue to be Kevin Berry with Nigel Bolton as vice captain. We encourage all our players and supporters to give them every support throughout the year. Most of the Sunday XI fixtures had been organised by Robin Sinden but the Goblins mid-week fixtures could not be confirmed as they were dependant on the availability of the grounds of our opponents. There would be a match against the carnival society for the East Hoathly Cup but we would be unable to play the Black Stuff from Luxembourg as their tour clashed with Midsummer Magic Match fees for the year were agreed as £10 for Seniors and £5 for Juniors (Sunday XI) and £6 and £3 respectively for the Goblins. Our first match is on Sunday, May 5. We look forward with enthusiasm to a warm and dry cricket season.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Saturday11 March 1758 ‘…At home all day very piteous… Read part of The London Magazine for February. Merry nights produce heavy days….’


PARTY: Don’t forget the St Patrick’s night fancy-dress party at the Foresters Arms on Friday March 15. Live music with The Strawbricks. Prizes for best fancy dress.

THE MARKET takes place in the village hall between 10am and noon tomorrow, Saturday.

CHURCH SERVICE: There will be a Family Eucharist with posies at Christ Church on Mothering Sunday, at 9.30am.

THE WI will be having their monthly meeting in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

JUMBLE SALE: Christ Church will be holding a Jumble Sale in the village hall on Saturday March 16, between 2pm and 4pm. Entrance 30p.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Village Hall AGM will take place in the hall on Wednesday March 27 at 7.30pm.

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ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Mothering Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Churches Together Lenten reflections at the Community Centre. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft group meet in the church hall. Visitors are welcome. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

BABY BOP: A parent, baby and toddler group meets every Friday after school during term times. 9.45am to 11.45am. Toys and refreshments are available. It costs 50p for under six months and £1 per child over six months. They meet at the Scout Hut, next to Broad Oak Village Hall. For more information contact 07895 665 865.

ART CLUB: Paintings by members of the Cross in Hand Art Club have recently been hung in Lucas Hall. The club meets in the hall on a Thursday morning. We have been told members were asked to paint some pictures to hang in place of shields which had been lent by the church and which the church wanted back. There are four paintings each measuring 4ft x 2ft. To enable all club members to contribute to the paintings, one of the members suggested a collage. So they took four photographs of the village, had them enlarged and each divided into eight A4 sized portions. Members then painted their section of the picture in their own style and chosen medium. When these were completed they were married up as a single picture and mounted and framed.

WAR HEROES: Heathfield MP Greg Barker has welcomed the Government’s announcement that World War II war heroes who served on the Arctic Convoys and in Bomber Command will be eligible to receive new recognition. Families of those who have sadly died will also be able to apply for the new awards in recognition of their loved ones’ bravery. Up to a quarter of a million veterans and families could be eligible for the awards. Production of the new Arctic Star medal and Bomber Command clasp will start this week and living veterans and widows will be the first in line to receive the new awards from as early as March. Winston Churchill famously singled the Arctic Convoys out as the most dangerous run of the war and the men of Bomber Command faced extremely high casualty rates: 55,000 out of 125,000 who served died. Details and an application form can be found at or by telephoning 08457 800 900 (local rate).

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: The following planning applications were considered by the parish council at this week’s meeting. Willow Down, Street End Lane, Broad Oak, the construction of a single storey rear extension. Foxglove Farm, Street End Lane, Broad Oak. Minor material amendment to previous application(demolition and replacement of existing dwelling, replacement and relocation of stock boxes and agricultural site, construction of garage. The Old Forge, Waldron. Rear dormer and conversion of garage. Two, Roxmead Villaes, Mutton Hall Lane, Heathfield. Retrospective application for erection of a garden storage shed (resubmission of withdrawn application.) The Workshop, Harley Lane, Heathfield. Change of use of redundant workshop to form a single two bedroom dwelling house including associated alterations and external works.

FUN RUN: Last time we mentioned this I realised I did not mention the date. This year’s run will be held on March 24. It starts at Heathfield Community College at 11am. There are 5k and 10k courses. Entry forms are available from the parish council, High Street or Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, or on-line at the Rotary website which is The forms can be downloaded, printed off and posted to Mr T Goldsmith, c/o Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, Heathfield, TN21 8DF. Closing date to receive entry forms is March 17. Entry fee is £5 per person and the money all goes to Rotary good causes. You can even raise funds for your own charity or organisation and everyone gets a medal for completing the course.

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AS MOST of us will know, Ian Hanks has had a pretty rough time of late but is now at home and feeling a lot better. I have been asked by the family to pass on their thanks to everybody who sent cards, their best wishes and gave support during this very difficult time. Thank you.

SUNDAY is Mothering Sunday and to celebrate, Lime Cross Nursery are putting on a special lunch just so that you can give your mum a treat. Lunch will be served between noon and 2pm after which they will be serving tea up until 4pm and, lucky old mum, she gets a free plant.

WALKING CLUB: This is to let you know that they won’t be holding any scheduled walks until March 24 which I will tell you about closer to the time.

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS: By now you will have received your registration forms for the new wheelie bin system starting in July. Remember, if you want to have your garden waste collected you must register before March 31 so please don’t forget.

RAY AND SHELDON: On Friday March 15 our group of over 60s will be meeting in the village hall when Maureen will be running her Beetle Drive. All are welcome to join in the fun and they look forward to welcoming you as either a new member or a guest. If you need transport to the venue please call them on 441244.


MARKET: Laughton Village Hall Market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All the usual produce: Meat, eggs, cheese, cakes, pies etc. Plus books, knitted items, toys, bric-a-brac etc. Refreshments and raffle. Entrance free. This will be our ninth birthday, so please come and help us celebrate. Please note that the next market will not be until Saturday July 13, same time, same place.

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RECYCLING: Don’t forget to register with Wealden District Council for your new green waste bin. The council are changing the way they deliver waste services, and it looks as if we can now recycle our bottles as well as plastics, tins, general landfill waste and garden waste. But far more details can be found in a leaflet which, the council says, is being delivered to every household, and also on line. ( or by ringing 01323 443322. You must register for the green garden waste collection by March 31.

WOODHILL PATIENTS GROUP: Save-a-Life courses are now run by The Red Cross at their centre in Heathfield. They are generally on a Saturday afternoon, last for a couple of hours and cost £10 per head, and teach you how to carry out cardiac resuscitation. Now that the village has the defibrillators it is important that as many people as possible in the community have been on one of these courses. Some under 21 year olds will be sponsored to go on the course at no cost. Anyone wanting to go on a course please contact Carolyn Freedman on 872018 or or

PRE-SCHOOL NEWS: The spring pre-school Jumble Sale will take place on Saturday, March 16, from 11am to 1pm in the Memorial Hall. All clothes and shoes are welcome as items left at the end of the sale are bagged up and sold by weight, making a significant contribution to the amount raised. Bric-a-brac and books are also needed. Please drop any donations in advance to Nick at Mayfield Garage or call Nicky Parker on 07989 403999 for collection. Alternatively, bring to the Memorial Hall by 9.30am on the day.

MOTHERS’ PAMPERING EVENING: Wednesday, from 7pm to 9.30pm, to be held in Mayfield Primary School. Come and have a fabulous evening, where treatments will be available (from massages to eyebrow shaping, from manicures to ear piercing) on a special Mothers’ Day rate. In the school hall there will also be plenty of stalls for you to shop locally, enjoy some nibbles, a drink or two, and relax with friends. Stalls by: Acumed (acupuncture), Alfran Gifts, Arbonne Skincare, Jade (hairdresser and make-up), Mabel Maybanks, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Pampered Chefs, Tibbs Love, The Sussex Chocolate Company, Smiffy Smalls and Usbourne Books. Treatments by: Alisun, Alvin (Seated Acupressure; a one to 20 minute massage given on a specially designed portable chair), Knowle Grange and Mayfield Osteopaths (mini-manicure, file and varnish, eyebrow tidy, ear piercing, Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki). Mediums available for Reading: Paul Stevens the Pinstripe medium, Tracy Fance, Trisha Wood and Jane Alton. Entrance £5 (including nibbles and a complimentary glass of bubbly). Booking is recommended via the website

ORGAN TRUST: The third organ concert will be at 6pm tomorrow, Saturday, in St Dunstan’s Church featuring Richard Moore. Richard is currently the Organ Scholar at St Michael’s, Cornhill, London and holds the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholarship at St Paul’s Cathedral. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music where he is active as a continuo player in the RCM’s Historical Performance Department; recent projects have included tours to France and Italy. Tickets for the concert cost £8, concessions £6, under 18s free (available on the door). If anyone would like to buy a lily or flowers in memory of a relation or friend at Easter, please put the money and name of the person you wish to be remembered in an envelope and hand to Sheila Humphrey or put it through the Vicarage door letterbox. Lilies will cost £3 this year. Orders should be placed by Saturday, March 16 to enable them to be bought and conditioned.

LECTURE: The Story behind the London 2012 Olympic Games, can there be a lasting legacy? By Lord Moynihan, Thursday, March 14, 7pm at St Leonards-Mayfield. The London Olympic and Paralympic Games delivered a memorable summer of sport. This lecture will address the challenges and opportunities faced by stakeholders in the Games including the Government, the Mayor’s Office, the British Olympic Association and above all, the athletes. The architects promised a legacy both in terms of the regeneration of the East End of London and a sporting legacy to touch the lives of able-bodied and disabled people alike throughout the United Kingdom. Lord Moynihan will address the delivery of the Games and the prospects for this legacy, showing some unique film footage of the Games. Entry is free and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To book a seat contact Kate Chamberlain

LUNCH: The annual luncheon in aid of Sussex Housing and Care will take place in the Memorial Hall at 12.30pm on Thursday. Tickets are available from Rosina’s and Andrew Burnett and all committee members at a price of £12 to include a glass of wine.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Branch meeting, March 20. This will be held at the Mayfield Cricket Club, 7pm for 7.30pm start. The agenda for the meeting has been circulated to members and as indicated official business will be at a minimum. The principal item is a talk entitled World War I, the Western Front Revisited given by Douglas Flower who not only has an encyclopaedic knowledge of these catastrophic events but also conducts battlefield tours of the actual conflict areas. Mr Flower, who will speak for approximately 45 minutes, is also bringing military paraphernalia related to his talk which members will be allowed to examine, possibly identify and discuss. From 8.30pm onwards fish and chips will be available at £5 per head to accompany liquid refreshment from the club’s licensed bar. Would members who want fish and chips please inform John Neal of their requirements either by email or on 01435 872113 by March 11.

RNLI: Annual Supper and Pudding Feast is on Saturday, March 16 at the Memorial Hall, doors open at 7pm. The main course will be cooked by Mary Dick-Cleland and her team and a very tempting selection of puddings prepared by the committee will follow, they were so good last year that some people came back for thirds. Following the supper, Tony Harris will give a light-hearted talk on what goes on behind the scenes in the theatre. Some of you may have seen Tony give his presentation on Henry VIII in costume. Tickets are £16, available at Rosina’s or contact John Logan on 01435 883371.

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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 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 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 noon 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.


THE WI Country Market will be open from 10am till 1am today, Friday, in the village hall. Make sure you arrive early, you will not be disappointed and will see the selection of vegetables, plants and many other tempting goodies.

COFFEE MORNING: Don’t forget the Newick Horticultural Society Coffee Morning in the Community Centre from 9.30am till 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday. You will be able to renew your membership and see the display of all the outings that have been arranged for later this year. The next meeting will take place on Thursday at 8pm in the village hall when John Negus will be giving a talk on An Eye for Design. Entrance £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors. The Spring Show this year will be at Newick Primary School on Saturday March 23. More details later.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the rugby club first XV will be playing at home against Chichester III and the second XV will making the journey to Rye to play Rye II. There are more Six Nations matches this weekend, on Saturday Scotland v Wales, Ireland v France, England will be playing Italy on Sunday at home. All the matches so far have been brilliant, so fingers crossed this weekend will be something special in the rugby world.

SUNDAY SERVICES are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Mothering Sunday Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ensure that you arrange this in advance by telephoning 01825 722582.

REMINDER: Just to remind you of the Newick Afternoon Club meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday at 2.30pm. Talking about the Changing Delivery of your NHS and Health Care .

SKITTLES: On Saturday March 16 the bonfire society will be holding skittles/pub games in the village hall from 7pm.Tickets are £7, this includes refreshments. To obtain tickets please telephone 722418

THE FARMERS have been very busy recently tidying up the countryside. All the hedgerows are being cut and lots of ditches being cleaned out. Well done farmers, the countryside is now ready for spring.

AGM: Newick Village Hall AGM on Wednesday at 8pm in the village hall committee room.

COMMUNITY CLUB: You are no doubt aware many day centres in the area are closing down. At Newick Community Club they are in the fortunate position to welcome new members. Local transport can be provided so if you should know of anyone who would benefit from this service please call 07 561 372 403 for further details. The AGM of the Newick Area Community Care Association will be held on Monday March 18 at 7.30pm on the Community Centre. New committee members are always welcome, so if you are interested in helping to run the Community Centre, please go along to this meeting, you will receive a warm welcome.


WEATHER: I woke up early with a strange bright light shining through my curtains. I racked my brains, wondering what it was. Apparently it’s called sunshine. I seem to remember it from a couple of days last year. Our bluebell is peeping out of the ground and the daffs are growing nicely. Spring is springing again.

SUBMISSIONS: Once again, I must ask you to send me emails in Times New Roman. I’m still getting a wide selection of different typefaces, which I have to alter.

FOURWAYS WI: We opened the evening with singing Jerusalem, minutes of the last meeting were read and signed followed by any business. We were then entertained by Tony Harris alias Henry VIII, he became an professional actor about eight years ago after being in am dram for many years. If in the past you have visited Hampton Court Palace you may have seen him playing the part of Henry VIII, he studied for four days a week to learn all he could about Henry, his wives, his life, he passed some of this interesting knowledge on to us, and then dressed the part and became the king, he was very knowledgeable, amusing and entertaining and we all enjoyed the evening. This month’s competition was Needlecraft, first was Kathy Small with a Faberge designed egg, second was Carol Marchant and third Angela Manning. We finished the evening with coffee and a raffle. Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on April 8 at the Luxford Centre. New members would be very welcome.

FILM SOCIETY: A winner of the International Film Critics’ award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Le Havre, is on at the Picture House on Sunday. Our film society shows films on a Sunday evening once a month between September and May. Le Havre is a comedy drama involving a shabby big hearted shoe-shiner who tries to shield an illegal immigrant child from the police in the port of Le Havre. Le Havre is a droll comic delight about a die-hard optimist whose irrepressible kindness spreads to everyone around him as he gives the boy food and shelter while working up an unlikely scheme to help him escape capture. Soon Marcel’s grouchy neighbours get into the spirit and start helping the young boy too. This warmly engaging film is an understated pleasure about a surprisingly resourceful underdog. For enquiries, ring 01825 764909.


ESTHER? I thought it was just me being paranoid, when I started watching a BBC1 series this week, and the plot seemed to be familiar. But it wasn’t just me, my telephone didn’t stop ringing after Sunday’s first episode with messages from others who thought the same. It bore an uncanny likeness to our village-made film Finding Esther. As I write this we have had only two episodes but I’m dying to know what happens, and will it end up with a death-bed confession?

CON BRIO: Tomorrow, Saturday, the group Con Brio will be playing at the Star in the evening from 8pm until closing. Their music is a mix of jazz, soul, folk and rock ‘n roll, well worth coming for.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: There’s a special Mothering Sunday menu at the Star this week but bookings are coming in fast, so do ring (01435 812495) and book in advance if you’d like to spoil mum. One course is £12.95, two £16.75 or three £21.95.

WI: On Wednesday the local branch of the WI will meet in the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm. Their speaker will be Ian Everest, who will give a potted history of the Women’s Land Army, the volunteers who kept the crops growing and helped feed the nation during the two World Wars.

FRENCH CLUB: Felicity Poirier is continuing with her French conversation classes in the Stores on Friday afternoons, which have proved very popular. Ask Deborah in the Stores for more details.

SERVICES: Sunday is Mothering Sunday and there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Morning Worship at All Saints’ at 11.15am. And to make the day even more special, for the first time for three months, our bells will be ringing again, after the repairs of the bell tower have been completed.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Mothering Sunday Family Service followed by a light lunch in the Church Rooms. Every six years the Electoral Roll of the Church has to be completely revised and started again from scratch. If they wish to remain on the Roll, all existing members need to reapply. To do so please complete the form that you should have received by now, and place it either in the box at the back of the church or give it to Rosemary as the Electoral Roll Officer. The forms need to be returned by Sunday, March 17 at the very latest. If you don’t respond, and your name is currently on the Roll, it is a legal requirement that your name is removed, so do please return your form if you wish to continue in membership. If there are any new parishioners who would like to become a member of the Roll, application forms can be found in the plastic holder on the back notice board by the list of Electoral Roll members. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Mothering Sunday Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Mothering Sunday Service. Dallington are holding a Lent Lunch each Saturday during Lent at the church from noon to 2pm. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Mothering Sunday

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm start is Helen Woodward, who will talk about Mrs Ronald Greville of Polesden Lacey. This will be a good basis of knowledge of Polesden Lacey for our annual outing there in July.

PARISH COUNCIL: The current website co-ordinator, Anthony Gordon, is unable to continue in this role and the council is arranging for a new co-ordinator, and asks for patience whilst this process continues. You may have noticed green posts at various points on the verges. These mark either end of areas where conservation measures are put in place to protect wild flowers. The mowing contractor has to miss these out until late in the season.

One problem is that, unless volunteers keep back brambles etc then these areas can be overgrown by such plants. Another is that sharp bends and junctions can suffer from poor sight lines.

Mowing is one responsibility that can be taken on by parish councils, along with the budget. Work has been carried out by Highways in Marklye Lane to repair the surface. Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported that work continues on the traffic calming scheme for Punnetts Town. The concerns of residents of Turners Greens, concerning flooding, are being addressed. We are due high speed broadband between now and the end of 2015. The Heathfield Works programme has seen 48 people through to jobs. Tomorrows People are opening a similar scheme in Hailsham. Both will be available to young people in rural areas. There will be a public inquiry regarding the right of way between Callers Corner and Cade Street, starting on June 26. I gather that those who have made written submissions will be able to address the inquiry. Some hedges still need cutting back to be clear of the road.

The next meeting is on March 21 at the Dunn Village Hall. The clerk is Marion Smith 01435 831653

RURAL FUEL: I have just read an article in the NFU Countryside magazine on the rapid decline in rural filling stations. This led me to think about our own area. In my childhood (the 1950s) every village had its own filling station mostly with service station attached. Rushlake Green itself, plus Punnetts Town, Woods Corner, Herstmonceux, Cowbeech, Vines Cross, Horam and Heathfield.

All have now lost their filling stations; I am assuming that the lack of prices at C&S means they have ceased to sell fuel. Quite often the service station remains, but not here at Rushlake Green, Woods Corner or Punnetts Town. We now have to go to Horam (often competitive on price), Cross-in-Hand, Amberstone, Boship, Burwash or Battle. Sadly, a lot of the problem is the supermarkets selling fuel as a loss leader to entice people into their stores.

As a rural business I find this frustrating, and expensive, as to obtain fuel now involves at least a nine mile round trip. The message is clear, Use It or Lose It.

To put my money where my mouth (or keyboard) is I am just off to Horam to get some fuel for the tractor.