Parish pump Uckfield - May 1, 2015

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Next Sunday will be Music Sunday at St John’s. If you would like to play an instrument or choose a hymn, please speak to the rector Mark Lloyd or Bryan Gibson. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am All Age Service. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Common Worship.

VILLAGE HALL AGM: The village hall is the centre of much of village life, and next Friday, May 8, at 7.30pm is an opportunity to hear about progress with the Extension Fund and the planned activities for the next year. Perhaps you have an idea for a fund raising event – well bring it along. Refreshments will be served from 7pm.

VE70 LUNCH: Next Friday is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, when hostilities ceased in Europe. To mark this occasion a Bring and Share lunch will be held in the village hall on Sunday May 10, from noon. If fine it will be held on the terrace or the green. There will be games on the green for children and 1940s dress is encouraged. There is no charge, but there will be a licensed bar.


BINGO: A big thank you to all those who came along to support the prize bingo in aid of the new windows for the village hall. There weren’t many there but those that were spent well. All the prizes were donated, mainly by the short mat bowls club members but also by some of our wonderful supporters. They were many and varied from bottles to chocolates, grocery hampers, gifts and more. At the end of the event over £240 had been taken and will be sent to the hall funds.

WEDDINGS: Wow, what wonderful display of beautiful wedding dresses we were given last Friday and Saturday at St Bartholomew’s Church. Some of them were very old and dated back to 1915. The older dresses got the most interest from the visitors, they were cleverly done and so lovely, they must have looked beautiful on the brides’ wedding days. What a delightful event this was. Thank you to everyone who organised it but especially the brides for lending your dresses for us to see.

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club held their AGM earlier this week which also included their club awards. The cup matches had been played over the year and were hard fought for. The winners are as follows, President’s Cup Ladies Singles, Angela Marden beat Mary Taylor. Mary Groombridge Trophy Men’s Singles, Alan Green beat Keith Wood. Pegeric Cup Mixed Singles, Joan Howard beat Margaret Waterhouse. Pairs Shield, drawn pairs, Mary Chadburn and Keith Marden beat Christine Norton and Alan Green. Memorial Cup Mixed Singles, Barry Taylor beat Keith Wood. The club have now taken a break for the summer and will be back at the hall early September. You can see the members at the Parish Assembly in May at the hall when they will be glad to talk to you and tell you about the club. They will also be at the village fair in August.

LUNCH: Last week I was one of the lucky ladies to be invited to Women of The Year Lunch at the Amex Stadium. There must have been around 250 ladies at this event which was such a wonderful and enjoyable day. My friend, Jean Holmwood from Heathfield, was also one of the lucky ladies who were treated to a delicious meal with wine. All the ladies had their own tale to tell of how they make a difference in their local community, and were interesting to talk to. All had been nominated for an invite. Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, was the guest speaker and it was interesting to hear about her life as a child with him. Thank you to the organisers of this wonderful day, you must have worked so hard to make it so perfect. Money was raised for Dementia care.

PARTY: Due to the inclement weather the party on the Green was cancelled. It was a pity but it is hoped to have one sometime in the near future. I am sure we can think of something else to celebrate. Thank you to Rod Clifton for organising the event. His next event is to be an afternoon/evening of board games, to help raise funds for the NSPCC. It is being held on Friday May 15 in the annex of the Christ the King Catholic Church, opposite the village hall, from 5pm to 7pm. Entry by a suggested donation of £5. Refreshments and a raffle will be held and all sorts of board games for young and old to enjoy.

WHIST: Please note that due to the elections taking place on Thursday, there will be no whist drive in Burwash this month. The organisers apologise and hope to see you in June. If you can’t wait that long, why not go along to our friends in Robertsbridge on May 21 at Robertsbridge village hall 7pm.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning at 9am, leaving from the Bear car park. These gentle walks are for all to enjoy. Ijon Jenner would be delighted to have your company as he leads you around the countryside of Burwash and surrounding villages. The walks end in time for lunch.


COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair will be on the platforms of Horsted Keynes Station, at the Bluebell Railway, tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. There will be lots of railway artefacts and model railway equipment. An admission ticket to Horsted Keynes station will be £3 per person.

APOLOGIES for the mistake in my column, last week, as it referred to Colts Cricket when it should have said Chailey and Newick Colts Football Club. As the most anticipated matches were football and the annual Lads v Dads matches. These were the last football matches at the sports ground for the 2014/2015 season as the ground will now be used by the cricketers. This Saturday sees Chailey cricketers in a league game at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, starting at 1.30pm. To find out about the league or friendly teams do go along to the game or call 07709946880. Prospective players and supporters will be made most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S CHURCH Sunday, Holy Communion 8am, all age family service, with music provided by Robinswood, at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church, Sunday with Jeremy Heath at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

CHAILEY LINK WALK is on Monday starting at 10am from the Sports Ground. The walk is about six and a half miles long, but a short cut is available reducing it to four miles and route brochures will be available. The route linking North and South Chailey is almost totally over footpaths; with stiles adapted to ensure easy access for dogs. The walk will be followed by a barbeque for the participants and all children completing the walk will be given a certificate. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if learning wool, needles and tips will be provided. For more details call 01273 890114.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall to discuss the shortlisted resolutions for the Annual General Meeting at the Albert Hall in June. It will be an interesting discussion as the resolutions are varied and include topics such as food waste, gender discrimination, public access to defibrillators and a national broadleaf tree planting programme. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome.

BLUEBELL WALK: Guided bluebell walk takes place at Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. The cost is £5 per person, along with the normal admission cost and more details can be found at

LUNCH CLUB at St Peter’s Church is open to everyone on Thursday. Delicious, home-cooked lunches including a main course (with a vegetarian option), choice of pudding, tea or coffee, all for £5 will be available in the church from 12.30pm. Do go along for what is proving to be a most enjoyable, social event.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA featuring the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, the 4TuneSeekers Barbershop Quartet and Margaret Watson, the harpist, takes place at St Peter’s Church on Saturday May 9 at 7.30pm. This spring concert is being organised by the Friends in aid of St. Peter’s Restoration Fund. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. They can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107 or

SOUTHERN AT WAR: To celebrate VE Day The Bluebell Railway will be holding its Southern at War weekend on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the allies’ Victory in Europe. The railway will welcome back previous Southern at War displays, as well as some new ones, and there will be exhibits and concert shows all along the line. On both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes station by a Harvard and a Hurricane. For more details call 01825 720800.

NATIONAL MILLS DAY: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on National Mills Day; Sunday May 10 from 3pm to 5pm. The Downland Radio Group will again have their equipment in the Mill to make contact with other mills in the UK and Europe. The group welcome visitors but access will be limited to the ground floor of the mill. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

NEW PARISH CLERK: Bettina Newell has been appointed parish clerk; she lives in Newick and has worked most recently and for several years at Chailey Heritage. The Council’s Office will remain in the Scaynes Hill Village Centre and Bettina can be contacted on 01444 831453 and at For the time being, and while Bettina is establishing herself in office, there will be no Village Information Point.

CAFÉ: Have you visited GK’s Café, at Chailey Heritage Foundation? If not now is the time to call in and enjoy their latest promotion which is a Meal Deal; any sandwich or salad, can of drink or bottle of water and a snack or fruit is now £3.50 and all smoothies and shakes are £2.50. Everyone is welcome and they look forward to seeing you soon.

FURNITURE NEEDED: St Peter and St James Hospice Shops sell a huge variety of donated items, all of which raise considerable sums to support the Hospice. Among the fastest selling items is furniture; which sells so quickly that the hospice stock is in need of a boost. The hospice shops offer a free collection service for furniture, including conservatory and garden items, as well as white goods, such as fridges and freezers. When downsizing, moving, clearing a house or just updating your furniture, please think of the hospice and donate your unwanted items. Furnishings, unless vintage or antique, will need to meet fire safety regulations with appropriate labelling. Electrical goods need to be in good condition and working order. If you would like to support St Peter and St James Hospice through the donation of furniture and/or white goods please call the hospice on 01444 470205.


LADIES GROUP: At the April meeting John Glover, a D Day veteran, came and gave the most moving account of his experiences on that day 6 June 1944. John was only 18 when he was told in the middle of May that he would be flown to France by glider as part of the 9th battalion and land by parachute. There were three gliders each with 28 soldiers on board that took off in the early hours of June 6, their aim was to land in the vicinity of Merville and take out the gun battery to enable the landing of troupes on the eastern beach. As John said, things didn’t actually go to plan. One glider came down never leaving these shores, the second landed two miles away from their destination, with the Germans shooting at them, John was injured in the legs, and struggled on. Instead of 650 men only 150 were there to try and take out the battery, and only 60 men were left on their feet at the end. The men were moving forward, but with wounded legs John could not keep up with them and they left him behind with two German prisoners. One of these prisoners was badly injured in the stomach and John could only try to help by giving him his own morphine and moistening his lips with water, the other prisoner was injured in the legs like John. Instead of being picked up by the allies, John could see the Germans crossing the field coming towards him, the Germans had received a directive from Hitler not to take prisoners and John thought that was it, but his former prisoners spoke to the officer and, although John could not understand, he assumed that the story was told how he had tried to help them and John was allowed to live. He eventually was taken to a German hospital in Paris and by cunning, eventually escaped, and helped by the French resistance was put him in touch with the US troops who were entering Paris, and eventually returned to England with the Americans and for a short while was treated by them in their US hospital. We were honoured to have John come and thank him for sharing his memories with us.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday. 10am Family Service, 3pm Lambing Service, Black Ven Farm.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This year’s Annual Parish Meeting of electors is being held at 7pm in the village hall on Monday May 11 and it’s a great informal opportunity for you to talk to your councillors over a glass of wine.

PLANT SALE: Fletching Bonfire Society are holding a plant sale on Saturday May 16, 10am in the village hall. A wide variety of flowers, shrubs and veg plants will be on sale. Why not get your plants at reasonable prices and help raise funds for the Bonfire? Admission £1 which includes a tea or coffee and a biscuit.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 7 May 1915. Sir Conan Doyle and the Drink Danger. Writing to The Times, Sir A Conan Doyle makes an original suggestion for dealing with the drink danger in time of war. He says ‘The Government has demonstrated the power of advertisement in the raising of a great Army. It is really the result of constant suggestion, which ends by causing an atmosphere and a tendency. Why should the same thing not be done in the fight against drink? If the walls of our dockyards and factories were covered with well-worded appeals, and if the worker could not enter a public-house without passing a placard which reminded him of his duty, it would surely produce some effect. If he read: ‘Drink to you means death to our soldiers,’ or ‘They give up their lives for you, won’t you give up your drink for them?’ or ‘The sober workman fights for Britain, the drunk workman fights for Germany,’ it would surely move them. Or the appeal might be put on a wider, more general basis. ‘You will be happier without it; You will be healthier without it; You will be richer without it, sign off for the War.’ The whisky sellers know the power of suggestion, as our hoardings testify. Why should it not be used against them?”

Framfield & Blackboys

CONCERT: The talented Ashdown Singers will present a Spring Concert in St Thomas à Becket Church, Framfield, on Saturday, May 16 at 7.30pm. The varied concert programme features the Little Organ Mass by Haydn and Albinoni’s Magnificat but also includes some lighter pieces so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets cost £10 each including refreshments (under 16s free). To book tickets please phone 01825 890400 or 01825 890443. Tickets will also be available on the door. The proceeds of the concert will support the work of The Friends of Framfield Church and be used for ongoing improvements to the 13th century church building.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts Society. April has been a busy month for the members. At the beginning of the month Frank Woodgate spoke on Damien Hurst, Stretching the Boundaries. It was a very thought provoking lecture which sparked an interesting discussion. Love him or hate him Damien Hurst never ceases to arouse emotions. The following week Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus at Windsor Castle and an expert on the Royal Collection, led a study day on the contributions of King George III and Queen Victoria to the collection. Both monarchs were knowledgeable collectors. An accomplished speaker, Mr Everett’s beautifully illustrated talk was very well received. George III admired the work of Vermeer and by coincidence The Magic of Vermeer is the title of our next lecture on May 12 at 2.15pm in Heathfield Community Centre. If you are interested in the fine arts you would enjoy the monthly lectures. Why not come along as a visitor? If you would like to do so contact 01435 873258 to reserve a place.

HISTORY SOCIETY: It must have been the title which lured such a large audience to this month’s Heathfield and District History Society meeting at which Brian Braby talked about Hops, Oast Houses and Breweries in East Sussex. He took us right back to the earliest recorded instance of beer making 8,000 years ago in Sumer and then traced its development as, in turn, yeast, sugar and hops were added to give flavour. Of these it was the addition of hops which effected the greatest revolution in taste when in 1412 they replaced herbs. By the sixteenth century the use of hops was widespread. The hops of Sussex and Kent were among the best in the country due to the climate and soil, so much so that by 1878 they produced 90 per cent of the hops in England. He then went on to describe the lives of the hop pickers who came down from London each year, staying in tin huts and working long hours for meagre wages. He quoted from the diary of one family in the 1940s whose mother and two boys worked for eleven days and together earned £4.11.6d. He talked of oast houses (from the Latin aestus meaning heat) and the maltings and ended by listing the early Sussex breweries. Among those he mentioned were The Star at Eastbourne, Hurst’s Brewery, Tamplins and Kemptown Breweries in Brighton, King and Barnes of Horesham, 1648 of East Hoathly and of course the one we all know, Harveys of Lewes. At the end we all agreed with Plato who wrote ‘He was a wise man who invented beer’.

CROSS IN HAND WI: At the April meeting members were transported to the world of Crop Circles by local expert Andy Thomas. He showed fascinating pictures of the intricate and complex designs which are formed in fields of various crops, not just in our country but also in Europe. Strangely, none have been reported in the United States in spite of their huge areas of wheat. It still remains a mystery as to how they have been formed as no one sees them take shape. Our afternoon was followed with tea and cakes and an opportunity to buy from the sales table a selection of books and plants. If you would like to find out more, please telephone Joy on 01435 812819 or go to to find out more. The next meeting in Cross in Hand Village Hall is for members only.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am, Parish Eucharist with activities for children Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Friday May 8, 8pm Commencement of 24 hour of prayer for Christian Unity organised by Churches Together in Heathfield and District, concludes 8pm Saturday May 9.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Morning Worship (CW). All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion (CW).

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL Punnetts Town have as their speaker on Sunday: 11am (with Holy communion) Robin Jones from Horam. 6.30pm Paul Daniels from Eastbourne. Paul will be with us throughout May looking through the Book of One Thessalonians. May 10, 11am Ewart Helyar from Eastbourne. 6.30pm Paul Daniels from Eastbourne. May 17, 11am Derek Martin from Eastbourne. 6.30pm (with Holy Communion) Paul Daniels from Eastbourne. May 24, 11am Colin Povey from Polegate. 6.30pm Paul Daniels from Eastbourne. May 31, 11am Tony Wood from Woodingdean. 6.30pm Paul Daniels from Eastbourne concludes his look through the Book of One Thessalonians. We welcome you to any of these services.

Horam & Vines Cross

HORAM MANOR FARM invites you all to join in the fun at their traditional Country Fair on Sunday and Monday. Entry is free. We have been devising some old fashioned sideshows, Splat the Rat anyone? But of course no live animals will be hurt in our version. Punch and Judy will be there, Morris dancing (Sunday) and tug o’ war (Monday) plus stalls, pony rides, bouncy castle, candyfloss, face painting and open craft workshops for a chance to learn new skills.


SOUTHOVER CHURCH: After last Sunday’s 10am service, Marcus Taylor sold out of his delicious jams and chutneys and raised £150, which will assist two of our church members in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in their work with orphans over the age of 16 who don’t receive any help from the state. On Saturday May 9 our Rwanda Youth Team (who will be travelling there in the summer to help with local projects) invite you to their board games barbecue, from 2pm to 6pm. Games will be provided but do please bring your own favourite game to play. £5 per adult and £3 for under 18s, food included (under 13s have to be accompanied by an adult please). Tea, coffee and cakes will be available all afternoon and the barbecue from 4.30pm. Very many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the winter clothing collection for homeless people. We are continuing to collect: clothing and bedding will be given either to homeless people as before or to asylum seekers arriving at Gatwick, who often own only the clothes they stand up in. A collection box is in the porch.

NOTABLY COURTEOUS HUSTINGS in Lewes last week. The five Lewes Parliamentary Candidates came together in Kings Church, to answer questions from a full house (standing room only) in Hustings arranged by Churches Together in the Lewes Area (CTLA). The panel was ably chaired with firmness and humour by His Honour Judge Michael Kennedy. The five candidates had about five minutes each to answer questions which they had seen in advance: there were 12 questions covering the living wage, assisted suicide, NHS funding and competition, tuition fees, the carbon footprint, Israel, the Independent Living Allowance, detention of asylum seekers, electoral reform, educational priorities and even whether candidates were Christians or not. Questions were often asked by local organisations with a specific issue as well as by individuals. They were answered briefly, intelligently and courteously and often candidates referred favourably to what other members of the panel had said at previous hustings. It was a very informative evening, finishing almost dead on the advertised end time and the organising committee has received many favourable comments. One compliment said, ‘Hustings are usually heated arguments. It was a change to attend one where candidates had thought through what they wanted to express, a useful way of giving voters a chance to see how candidates think and respond.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual in the village hall from 10am to 11am today, Friday. There will be summer plants available, plus many other interesting things to purchase, so why not pop along and enjoy a coffee and see what’s on offer.

PLANT SALE: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Plant Sale at the Community Centre starting at 9am till 11.30am. There is always a good selection of bedding plants available, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and bacon butties.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am. In the afternoon Sutton Hall gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm all the proceeds will go towards raising funds for St Mary’s Church. The gardens are well worth a visit, the Rogation Service will also take place at Sutton Hall at 4pm.

CRICKET: Newick Cricket Club will be playing Hellingly in the VCC competition on Sunday at Newick at 1.30pm. The junior under 11 team will have an early start on Sunday when they play St Andrew’s away at 9.30am. This is a cup qualifier game.

PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Society next production is Prescription For Murder by Norman Robbins. This thriller will keep the amateur detectives amongst you guessing to the end. From May 6 to 9 in the village hall, bar will be open from 7.15pm, curtain up at 8pm. You can sit in comfort on raked seating with cushions. Ticket will cost £9 booking office 01825 722359 or 722985. You can also book on the internet or purchase your ticket from the Newick Butchers .

AFTERNOON CLUB: On Thursday May 14 Newick Afternoon Club will be holding another meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speakers will be Dr Ragu Rajan and Paula Hubens, their subject Do Not Walk Away From Health and Healthy Walks in Newick. For further information telephone 01825 722154 or 722650. Everyone most welcome to attend.


GLIDING: I had my first Aerotow gliding lesson in Ringmer, when the glider is pulled up by a plane to take it higher. Why do birds know where the thermals are, but we have to be taught? It was amazing to see Uckfield, Ringmer and Eastbourne seafront all at the same time. And the countryside was beautiful. We don’t live in a built-up area at all.

FOURWAYS WI held their meeting on April 13 at the Methodist Hall. Our speaker this month was Luke James with Life in a Garden Centre. He started by telling us that working in the garden centre was the making of him, he then gave us a month by month diary account of the day to day running of the centre from January to December, it was extremely informative and he had photo hand-outs of different times through the year from the cat that was there for pest control to preparing the plants ready for sale and the beautiful end results. We were certainly all geared up ready for the onset of spring and summer. We then followed with coffee, biscuits and the minutes which were signed and agreed. The competition, A Bloom From Your Garden: 1, Gloria Fox; 2, Mary Wells; 3, Angela Manning. Our next meeting will be held in the Methodist Hall on Monday May 11 (due to bank holiday Monday) at 7.30pm. All are welcome.


FIRST BARBECUE? With fingers firmly crossed, the pub is planning the first barbecue of the year on Bank Holiday Monday, weather permitting is the proviso. So put on your thermals and come on over and it’s just possible that the sun may shine. Everything looks beautiful and if that dratted wind would drop we could all have a lovely spring experience.

ELECTION PRAYERS: The Parish Prayer Group is joining forces with others across the UK on 6th May, the evening before the General Election, to offer up prayers for our nation in both the national and local elections. The usual service of Evening Prayer will take place beforehand and then there will be this special opportunity for quiet prayer from 7.14pm until 8.14pm. It won’t be a formal service, and beyond a brief introduction, words will only be used when necessary. The significance of the time is a reference to 2 Chronicles Chapter 7 verse 14. Everyone of whatever denomination or political persuasion is welcome to come along for a quiet time for reflection. After the political scrum, the bad-mouthing, the back-stabbing and the shouting this would be more than welcome.

OPEN GARDENS: Four beautiful gardens will be open in the village on Saturday June 13 between 11am and 4pm with tea in the church. All funds raised will be for the Friends of Waldron Churches in aid of the improvements and repairs to our two church buildings.

PRIMAVERA: A lovely trio of violin, viola and cello from Primavera will play at All Saints’ on Sunday June 14 at 7pm in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches. The programme will include music by Beethoven, Françaix, Schubert and Dohnanyi. Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view), available from Cards and More, High Street, Horam, or by post from Mary R Manser, Little Paygate, Horam TN21 0JE, enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. This promises to be a sell-out performance so book your tickets promptly.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’ with Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Eucharist at 10am followed by coffee.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am All Age Service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Common Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Robin Jones, 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

POST OFFICE: We were blessed with a good crowd and good weather for the official opening of the Post Office in The Stores last week. People gathered from 1.30pm ready for the arrival of Mrs Sara Stoner, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, at 2pm. Cllr Bryan Whitton, the parish council chairman, welcomed everyone, and expressed the pleasure that the occasion gave in the restoration of a vital service to the area, especially as the Heathfield office was closed. He thanked all who had worked so hard towards the day, Cllr Rupert Simmonds (ESCC), Caroline Hoare (Post Office Field Change Advisor for the south), Cllr Nigel McKeeman and of course Bobbie and Rihani Santhan, proprietors of the shop. Cllr Simmonds outlined the course of events over the past couple of years. Mrs Toner then congratulated everyone involved and said how vital a post office was to local communities. Then came the photo opportunity, with a large pair of Post Office scissors ‘cutting’ the tape, after which a real pair were wielded and the Post Office declared open. We then went across the road to the Osborn House Community Room for tea, kindly provided by Coffee and Company. Now it is up to us to make it a success. It is not only for stamps, but for many other services as well, such as foreign currency, withdrawing cash (not all banks though) etc.

FATAL ENCOUNTER: Tickets are available to the public, via the VP website, remember to include Rushlake Green when searching for it. The play, by Francis Durbridge, is being performed from May 13 to 16. Plans are well advanced for our Victorian Christmas evening on November 28 and we will be putting on Cinderella The Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016.

THE BIG LUNCH: This event is part of a national programme on Sunday June 7. The idea is to bring neighbours together in friendship and fun. People living in Rushlake Green or connected to it are invited along at 12.30pm to the Green. There will be music and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Tickets are free and available from The Stores, as are flyers about the event. The idea is that you bring a picnic, with a dish for the communal table. There will be tables and chairs, but it would be helpful to bring your own chairs, cutlery and crockery. For info phone Louise on 01435 830206.