Parish pump Uckfield - May 16, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. A reminder that the summer fair is on 12th July at and around the village hall. Offers of help and enquiries to Mary on 01323 832509. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Payer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets on Monday at the village hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

GARDENING CLUB: Why not take some time off from the garden and come to the club’s annual Plant Sale and Quiz evening on Tuesday in the village hall. Please feel free to bring along any spare plants you may have. Doors open at 6.30pm and David and Lesley Threlfall will host the quiz.


LUNCH: What a wonderful time we all had at the charity lunch last Sunday. Held at the village hall, 44 diners sat down to enjoy a freshly cooked three course lunch. With four choices of starter, five mains and six desserts, there was something for everyone to enjoy. We had a huge raffle for which I give grateful thanks to everyone who donated. We were entertained by singer Harry, who gave us some great songs from the crooners. My very grateful thanks to the Roth family, Claire, Rhiannon and Werner, Nina Davis, Simon Groombridge and, of course, my lovely hubby Barry Taylor for all their hard work preparing, serving and clearing away. With donations from people who were unable to attend but wish to support we made over £700 for Aaron’s trip to the World Scout Jamboree. Thank you so much to everyone for making it such a perfect occasion.

BAKING: Tomorrow, Saturday, the St Bartholomew’s Church are holding a Bake Off and Bake Sale. Entries can be delivered to the church between 10.30pm and 1.30pm. The doors will open at 2pm for visitors. Judging and voting will be from 3pm with prize giving and certificates at 3.15pm. The cakes will then be sold off at 3.30pm. Cream teas will be available all afternoon. You are all very welcome to go along and join in the fun.

WALK: The parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Cloke will guide you around the network of public footpaths, helping to keep them open to all to use and in good repair. Anyone is welcome to join him. The walks usually end back in time for lunch.

MEETING: The next meeting of the Burwash branch of the Royal British Legion will take place on Monday evening, from 8pm in the Rose and Crown. You do not have to have been in one of the armed forces to be interested in joining the legion or a member of the legion to attend the meeting, just an interest in the work they do for our service men and women. Please contact Fred Marshall on 01435 884298 to find out more.


A PLANT SALE will be at the forecourt of the Horns Lodge tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to midday. As the sale is being organised by the horticultural society there is sure to be excellent summer bedding, tomato plants, vegetable plants, perennials and much more.

EDWARDIAN WEEKEND is at the Bluebell Railway this Saturday and Sunday. The main event takes place at Horsted Keynes featuring Edwardian locomotives and carriages, including some used in the filming of Downton Abbey. Trains will be running throughout the day on the Service Two timetable. There will be a summer fair at Horsted Keynes, with side stalls including a Hall of Mirrors, High Striker, and Swing Boats. Plus the Railway Band will be playing. The Bluebell Railway Pantry will be serving refreshments from 11am to 5pm. More details are available from the Information Office on 01825 720800.

CRICKET and Chailey have had an excellent start to the season; helped by Peter Dembrey getting six wickets for just 12 runs against Cowden Friendly XI. This weekend there are two home games at the sports ground just off the A272. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a league game against Preston Nomads starting at 1.30pm and on Sunday a friendly against Sussex Ukranians starting at 2pm. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

CAFE CHURCH is at the village hall this Sunday from 9.30am with Erik Cornellise. There will be free refreshments and activities for all ages and Traidcraft items on sale. At 6.15pm there will be a service with John Goodway at the Free Church. For more information call 01444 471600.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday May 23 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday May 23 from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be a range of activities available throughout the evening including table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome. For more information call Gemma on 07843410895.

OPEN GARDEN Afternoon is being hosted by Brenda and Peter Martin on May 26 from 2pm to 5pm at Northfields, East Grinstead Road, North Chailey. Is this the greenest house in Sussex? You will find a beautiful garden supporting an eco-house, with rainwater harvesting to ground source heating. The garden is under development and is now in its fifth year and full of rhododendrons and azaleas. The front garden, once a drive, is now a beach grass garden, polytunnel and vegetable patch. There’s over an acre of garden to wander through at your leisure. Admission is £4 (under 12s free) and teas and homemade cakes will be available, along with a plant stall. The proceeds raised will go to the St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund.

VOLUNTEERS are sought for Jazz on the Green which will take place on the Green, outside St Peter’s Church, on Sunday June 22. Whilst plans are well underway more help would be gratefully received to assist with stalls including bric-a-brac, plants and games such as sandpit treasure hunt, shut the box, peg game and throw the ball into jars. To volunteer or to make a donation for a stall call Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Jessica’s Challenge: Jessica Pittams has decided to walk, run, swim and row a total of 2014km by December 31. This works out at about 9km a day from the start of her challenge Jessica is raising funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation because as she says on her JustGiving page ‘I want to support people who don’t expect but need ‘. If you would like to support Jessica please donate online at

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, fifth Sunday of Easter, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly; 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

A YEAR ON THE ALLOTMENT: Calling all plotters and potential garden plotters, Come and be inspired. East Hoathly and Halland parish Council are pleased to announce that they are sponsoring an illustrated talk entitled A Year on the Allotment on Wednesday at 7.45pm in the King’s Head back room. Entrance is free. The speaker, Barry Newman, is a well-known grower, exhibitor, lecturer and judge. He is chairman of the National Vegetable Society and serves on the judging and lecturing panel of the Royal Horticultural Society and is a member of their Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee. He is also a Britain in Bloom judge and a member of the South of England Agricultural Society’s Horticultural Committee. This illustrated talk is a month by month guide giving horticultural techniques, suggested suitable varieties to grow and a timetable for activity. The speaker uses his own allotment to demonstrate what a standard plot can produce, given a little bit of planning and a healthy appetite.

VERGES: Over the next few weeks, the verges in the parish are due for mowing. If you have verges outside your property with wild flowers and do not want them mown, please clearly place sticks and Do Not Cut signs as appropriate. The contractors, May Gurney, are trying to reduce the amount of bracken and brambles but want to encourage wild flowers.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last week was a busy one for the society. On the Friday evening more than 60 members and guests thoroughly enjoyed Betty Houghton’s talk, My Time at Bletchley Park. Between 1943 and 1945, Betty worked at Bletchley, where encrypted messages from Nazi Germany were successfully decoded, using forerunners of the modern computer, including the Colossus machine developed by Alan Turing and built by Tommy Flowers. The invaluable work done at Bletchley saved countless lives and was credited as having shortened the duration of the war by a probable two years. Betty’s talk was entertaining, informative, amusing and at times sad and sobering. We were privileged to share an evening of living history with her. On Sunday afternoon 13 members and friends, along with three dogs, set out from The Star at Waldron for a sunny walk over farmland, through woodland and along green lanes. We headed over towards Hawkhurst Common and past Possingworth, before arriving at Waldron cricket ground and passing through the village back to the pub. The next walk is on Sunday June 8, at The Bulls Head, Boreham Street at 2pm. Dates for your diary: AGM and dinner, Friday June 13, 7.15pm in the village hall. Visit to the British Wildlife Centre on Saturday July 19. Further details from Jenny on 01825 872830. New members and guests very welcome.

Framfield & Blackboys

DIARY DATE: Framfield village market next Saturday, May 24, at Framfield memorial hall, 10am to noon. Lots of stalls parking in school playground, Have a cuppa and bacon roll. Friendly atmosphere. Any enquiries call Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS-IN-HAND Methodist Church meets every Sunday at 10.30am. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’, Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion. 11am 3D Service, Holy Communion (Christian Aid). The church welcomes Jude Armani to the service. St George’s Broad Oak 9.30am 3D Service (Christian Aid) and Jude Armani is also welcomed to this service.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS for Punnetts Town. New applications are as follows: F/145/0109 White House, Bakery Lane. Single storey side extension, loft conversion and association alterations. WD/2014/0632/LDP Timberlands, North Street. Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey extension to create family room and utility room. WD/2014/0637/F Fir Tree Cottage, Punnetts Town. Two storey and single storey rear extension.

MAY FAIR: Maynards Green School are holding their May Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm until 4.30pm. Look out for all the fun of the fair with crafts, tombola, coconut shy, plate smashing and lots more. Refreshments include a barbecue and cakes. Not forgetting Maypole dancing and drumming.

HEATHFIELD SHOW: We’ve had this information from the organisers of the Heathfield Show, so rather than fiddle with it, I thought I’d pop it into Parish Pump exactly as it is: With the clock ticking down to Saturday May 24, a sense of urgency and excitement grows in the office as the Heathfield Show 2014 draws closer. The show is held on a working farm and has no permanent buildings, so is built up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving a true country show atmosphere. It is important to remember that the Show would not be the long running success that it is today without the support of the local community and certainly would not happen without the invaluable help of the army of volunteers who give so much of their precious time, not just on Show Day, but behind the scenes throughout the year. We are also very grateful to all our sponsors and equipment donors who play a key role in enabling the Show to take place. The Heathfield Show remains true to its roots and has all the charm of a traditional country show and offers something for everyone. Competitions are held for horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs. We have specialist areas around the Showground for poultry, crafts, and flowers. We have a very popular area demonstrating rural crafts including chair bodging, bee keeping and flint knapping which also has ‘enter on the day’ terrier racing. There are also over 200 trade stands selling everything from farm equipment and gardening gear to designer clothes and toys, as well as a wide selection of food and drink in our Farmers’ Market and Food marquee areas. All of this is complemented by a full day of family entertainment including the ever popular New Zealand Sheep Show, edu-tainment at its best and the hair raising Jason Smyth’s adrenalin tour, gymnastics on quad bikes. Pre-show discounted tickets are available from or various local outlets. For further information or photos please contact The Show Office on 01435 864587 or 07799 846299 Email: I’d like to add something too. This is my favourite show. We’ve been coming here every May since we moved to Heathfield almost ten years ago. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. If you’ve not been before, don’t expect the usual country show format, great as they are. This is a true agricultural show, and apart from the fabulous trade stands, it’s probably the way shows have been for a couple of centuries. Simply farmers showing off their prize stock….the best livestock in the world where bloodlines have been refined through hundreds of years of careful husbandry and breeding. The cattle lines are something to behold. And not so long ago the sires of these terrific beasts must have been exported to the far-flung corners of the earth to found the baselines of livestock industries in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Europe. Now the wonderful European breeds such as the Simmentals and familiar black and white Holsteins are paying us back the compliment. Stars for me are the Sussex cattle, small, deep red and dense coated. Then there are sheep, goats, poultry, horses all over the place, flowers, foods and demos of fascinating, steam-driven agricultural equipment. Mrs PP usually disappears to the trade stand lines and returns with another quilted jacket, pair of fashion wellies or monogrammed rug for the dogs. It’s a super day out, whatever your taste. What a shame it can’t rival the South of England show up the road (Heathfield is better in my opinion) and run for more than one day.

ANNUAL SUSSEX DAY: The Sussex Charter. Browsing through the parish council website I found this. Does anyone know where it came from? For all the people of the ancient kingdom of Sussex. Let it be known. The June 16 of each and every year shall be known as Sussex day. Sussex day shall be celebrated according to the rites and traditions of Sussex. Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for the maintenance of those boundaries that join to those of our neighbours. Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for all the environs within those boundaries. Let it be known, the people of Sussex shall recognise the inshore waters that lie inside a line drawn from Beachy Head, and extending to Selsey Bill as being, the bay of Sussex. Let it be known, the people of Sussex will undertake responsibility for the general well-being of our neighbours. Let it be known the people of Sussex shall be guardians of our wildlife. Let it be known the people of Sussex will, through custom support all local business. Finally, let it be known, as guardians of Sussex, we all know Sussex is Sussex, and Sussex won’t be drub. In God we trust. God Save the Queen. Does anybody know where that comes from?


JUMBLE SALE: There will be a Jumble Sale in Laughton Parish Hall tomorrow, Saturday. Doors open 10.30am. Refreshments available.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAY FAIR: I called in to the wonderful May Fair on Saturday. There was so much going on it was impossible to catch up with all of it. Top billing, literally, must go to Father Nigel Prior’s teddy bear parachute jumps from the tower of St Dunstan’s Church. Children lined up to register their bears, which were then hauled to the top of the tower by a fearsome looking pulley. One brave soul stood at the windy top of the tower to perform the exercise. Once teddies had their parachutes strapped on, they were lowered over the parapets and floated gently (or were blown ferociously, as the wind was strong) down to the churchyard. The whole event was causing great excitement. Out in the High Street, various groups had put up their stalls and were doing good business as the weather cleared miraculously from about noon onwards, giving everyone a dry afternoon. Children mustered at the bottom of the street to be ready for the Grand Procession up to the area outside the Middle House. The procession was led by the Mayfield Band and a Green Man (very green). Once they were there the Mayfield May Queen, Princess and King were enthroned (girls with flower circlets, boy with a super paper crown) and a folk band struck up lively music to accompany the maypole dancing. Children from the primary school started off the celebrations and even the tiniest ones got the ribbon twirling right (some with a bit of help from bandleader Simon Rudge). It was a lovely day with a real medieval quality but enlivened with the presence of so many children and young parents. Well done Mayfield.

FOOTPATH WALK: This month’s walk takes place from 10am on Sunday, May 25 starting from South Street car park. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767 for details.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Jarvis Brook car park opposite the station at 10am for a 6.5 circular walk, ring 01892 664441.

LIBRARY: Go on a journey into the woods and down to the sea, prose and poetry for all ages at Mayfield Library on Saturday mornings, May 24, June 21 and August 16 from 10.30am. There will be poems and stories for everyone who enjoys listening. Each session focuses on a different theme taking listeners into worlds of imagination and flights of fancy.

FASHION SHOW: On Tuesday Mayfield Evening WI will hold a Travelling Trends fashion show, an evening of fashion and fun hosted by Travelling Trends. This is a chance to see, try on and buy this season’s fashions at reduced prices and help raise funds for Mayfield Evening WI. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6 from Rosina Fabrics.

TRANSITION MAYFIELD is part of the Tales of Mayfield: Six Voices will be telling the first of these tales, that of St Dunstan, beloved local and legendary blacksmith. This takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm in the church.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Don’t forget the meeting which takes place at the Primary School on Monday, from 7.30pm.

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL: Still a few events lined up for the end of the Festival. Tonight (Friday) there’s the Pavao Quartet; tomorrow the Festival Eucharist is held at 10.15am. From 7.30pm there’s a performance from the Cole Porter Songbook and the Mayfield Festival Choir performs Mozart’s Requiem on Sunday.

OPEN DOOR AGM: Everyone’s invited to the AGM on Tuesday at 7pm in London House.

CAR BOOT SALE: Organisers thank everyone in the village, including St Leonards-Mayfield School and Burnetts Estate Agents helped raise £943.28 for CAFOD.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: A visit has been booked for Tuesday, July 1 leaving Mayfield at about 8.30am. A Mary Rose tour has been booked to start at 2pm. Tickets cost £35 each. This is a joint visit with the Mayfield Branch of the British Legion. For tickets contact Warwick Child on 01435 873252.

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.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am to 11am. May is the month when we can look forward to spring vegetables being available, so why not pop along and see what vegetables are on sale. There is always a good selection of cakes, savoury items, fresh eggs and preserves, plus some locally produced cheeses. Make sure you arrive early, so as not to be disappointed, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

THE BOWLS CLUB have a Saturday fixture tomorrow and are playing away at Barcombe. On Sunday the match is against St Francis at home. There are also two weekday games. On Wednesday Newick will travel to Southwick Park where play will commence at 2.30pm, and on Thursday they are playing away against Vic Drive and Eastbourne Ladies, this game will commence at 2pm. I hope the weather improves, as I write this column it is pouring with rain and the forecast is more rain.

THE CRICKET CLUB also have a busy weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are playing away at Mayfield, the second XI will be playing at home against Herstmonceux, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Pett II, and the fourth XI will travel to Hailsham IV, these are all league matches and play will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday they have a friendly match against Piltdown, this will take place on the Temple Grove Ground, play will start at 2pm.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, when Martin Pitman, from the Leprosy Mission, will be the preacher. After this service there will be a Ploughman’s Lunch, £5 and £2 for children of primary school age, in the Barn Centre at 12.30pm when you will have the opportunity to meet Martin. Please telephone 722328 if you will be attending the lunch.

NEWICK GREEN WI: On Thursday Newick Green WI will be holding their resolutions meeting. The resolution being voted on this year is about organ donations. There will be a discussion on this before the vote is taken and the result will go forward to a final vote at the AGM of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in June and could form the bases for an NFWI Campaign. There is also a quiz accompanied by a glass of wine and some nibbles. This will take place in the Community Centre at 7.45pm, visitors will receive a warm welcome.

NEWICK CINEMA is a new community venture that is going to bring the very best and most popular films to Newick. You can purchase your tickets in advance emailing or telephone 01825 723392 or on the door. Tickets cost £6. This is a joint fund raising venture by the village hall and a range of local clubs and societies. The film is at the village hall on May 25 and will be The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Doors open at 7pm, film will start at 7.30pm. The bar will be open and there will be homemade cakes and ice creams, hot or cold drinks will be available. Enjoy your evening.


MORNING MARKET: Do come along to the flower club morning market tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall from 10am to noon. There will be stalls for good as new clothes, plants, flower baskets, cakes, books and CDs, handmade cards, bring and buy and a fantastic raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES: The services on Sunday are: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Taize Service; the service provides music, silence and meditation. The theme will be Creation with the chants being accompanied by an instrumental ensemble.

COUNTRY MARKET: Just a reminder that the Country Market is open every Tuesday (but not May 27) in the village hall from 10am to 11am. We now have a selection of plants and vegetables as they come into season, in addition to the regular stalls selling sweet and savoury baked goods, preserves, home-made bread, free range eggs and local honey. We also have local cheeses, hand-made greetings cards and a variety of attractive craft items. Everything is home-made, hand crafted or home grown. If you have not been before, please come and see what we have to offer.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday May 7, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Lesley Durrant snf David Warner; Joint 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith, John Weston and Roy Scan. The club next meets in the Symons Hall of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

BOWLS CLUB: Ringmer v Barcombe 58-67; Deanland v Ringmer 80-59; Bexhill v Ringmer 70-70.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday May 24. Doors open at 2pm. The next jumble sale will be on Saturday July 5, details to follow.

FOOTBALL CLUB: The actual playing is now over for another season and now the work begins on the pitch and ground to get it ready for next season and if you feel that you can help in any way please let the club know. Today, Friday, is the players’ presentation evening and all supporters are very welcome to attend. Although the football has finished the social side of the club carries on throughout the summer months. On Friday, May 30, the ever popular Fat Belly Jones Band play in the bar and the following weekend sees the return of the Hailsham Theatre Group and their Cabaret Night which is suitable for all ages. Tickets are available from the clubhouse now. The club now has Sky Sports and the upcoming World Cup games will be shown on the TVs in the bar.


STAR IDEAS: Paul and Deborah have been putting their heads together over some new ideas at the Star. Out of their brainstorming have come some interesting initiatives: first, there’s a Meat Raffle for which £1 tickets will be sold, with a draw once a week for a joint of meat. Profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches. Second they will be offering food on Mondays and it will be 3-6-3, that is, £3 for a starter, £6 for a main course and £3 for a dessert. It’s mainly directed at encouraging locals to come to the pub on Mondays, often a quiet night. Finally, Tuesdays will be Ladies’ Night when ladies will be offered their meal for half price. (Girls, I don’t know whether you have to have a man with you to claim your half-price meal, but I might have to make a small enquiry about that).

COFFEE MORNING: Dr and Mrs Chapman are kindly opening their garden at Barham House (on the road towards East Hoathly) for a coffee morning on Saturday May 31 from 10am to noon in aid of church funds. Ben Tyler warns that this will only happen if it’s sunny, and will be cancelled if it’s not. If in doubt phone him on 075056 50754 on the day to check.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: A men’s breakfast will take place at The Grove (Blackboys) on Saturday May 24, starting at 8.30am. Cost is £8 for a full English breakfast with toast, juice and tea or coffee, and the speaker this time will be Geoff Booker from the Quicken Trust. These occasions are proving increasingly popular and have been fully booked for the last two, so an advance booking is a good idea. Ring 01435 862816 to check availability.

SERVICES: This Sunday there will be Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s’, Choral Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s with the Parish Choir, Morning Prayer at 9.45am at All Saints’ (followed by coffee and cake to which everyone is welcome) and then Choral Holy Communion with the Waldron Youth Choir at 11.15am also at All Saints’.

D-DAY: There’ll be music at the Star to celebrate D-Day on June 7, fingers crossed for a gorgeous day, and put the date in your diary.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Payer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service and communion with Paul Daniels. The chapel flower festival will be July 4 to 6.

HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits). The mobile unit will be visiting Rushlake Green on Thursday, and will be outside Osborne House, opposite the shop from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

RGWI: The institute meets at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn village hall. Members will discuss the Resolution from the National Federation, Increasing Organ Donation. For further information about the WI or for help with transport to meetings contact Marion (01435 831653) or Sharon (812388).

VILLAGE HALL: I gather that the Auction of Promises in March raised over £1,400 divided equally between Children of Gambia Services and hall funds. The hall’s share will be used for necessary repairs and for routine refurbishment of the wooden floor. There is the return of the popular art weekend in September 11 to 13. A date for your diaries.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very entertaining talk by Kevin Gordon on his A to Z of Sussex Churches, in which he included many of the features of churches from Altars to St Zeta. The talk was illustrated by many photos of these features as found in churches in our county. P is for pews and he showed our own Dunn pew at Warbleton. Our next walk is on Wednesday at the wild flower meadows in Lakehurst Lane, which is off the Woods Corner to Ashburnham Road. It is in fact the first lane on the left from Woods Corner. Go to the end of the lane. (O/S ref TQ 685175). Next month we have A History of Gatwick Airport by David Harrison on June 9.

CUCKOO FAIR: Audrey Milton let me know the total raised for Demelza Hospice for Children will be between £3,500 and £4,000. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event with their stalls and in many ways to make this lovely event a success. The day started rather damp but then the clouds cleared and we had a lovely day with lots of people.