Parish Pump Uckfield - May 18, 2012

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship.

JUBILEE: The village will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, on Sunday June 3. At 11am, there will be a special family service at St John’s Church, followed by a barbecue on the village hall terrace and the Green. There will be an opportunity to work off your lunch from 2pm with games and competitions on the Green. The River Pageant in London will be screened in the hall from 3pm to 5pm, after which the children will have their tea party. A reception will be held on the terrace at 6.45pm with the loyal toast at 7pm, followed by a bring and share supper.


BRIDGE AFTERNOON: A fun bridge afternoon is being held today, Friday, from 12.30pm at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Players of all levels of experience are invited to go along, with or without partners. Entrance is £10 and includes lunch tea/coffee. Cold drinks will be available from the bar. Play begins at 2pm. Call Anne Gray on 01435 882442 for more information. All proceeds will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

WALK: The monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear at 9am. Everyone is welcome to join in, to help keep the public footpaths around out three villages open and in good use. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under control, especially around livestock. Walks usually end in time for lunch.

COFFEE EVENING: The Brownies and Guides are holding a coffee evening on Monday from 6.30pm to 8pm in their guide hut in Vicarage Road. There will be a raffle and tombola and you are all invited to go along.

MEETING: The Burwash Branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a meeting on Monday evening at 8pm in the Rose and Crown. All members are invited to go along. You don’t have to have served in the armed forces to belong to the British Legion. You can find out more on the Burwash website under Legion page.

TALK: The horticultural society invites you the village hall on Thursday at 2pm for 2.30pm for a special talk on How to Successfully Show Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables. Denis Vickers and Colin Coulson, two of the show judges will be the guest speakers. Entrance is £1.50 for members, £2.50 for non-members. There will be a raffle and tea and biscuits. Everyone welcome.

SUPPER: Tickets are now on sale for the annual spring supper which will be held on May 26 in the village hall from 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 each and include a two course buffet and musical entertainment. Guests are invited to bring their own drink and glasses. Tickets are available from the Newsagents or from Shirley Viney on 01435 882497.

STOOLBALL: The stoolball club are just beginning the summer season of outdoor league and friendly matches, after another very successful winter playing indoors at Claverham School in Battle, when they again came top of the league table. Well done ladies, let’s hope the weather enables you to have an equally successful summer. Some of the ladies also play in the Hailsham mixed league on Thursday evenings for Burwash Common. You would be very welcome to go along and support their games.

JUBILEE: Plans for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are well underway for the whole parish to take part in and enjoy. It is good to see that all three villages have come together for the weekend of church services, parties, dances, sport and fairs. All children under 14 years old on June 5 will be presented with a mug. If you have an eligible child and you live in the parish, you should contact Jon Jenner on 01435 882045 and quoting Diamond Jubilee Mugs. Leaflets are being dropped through all letterboxes telling of times and activities. The committee is looking for someone to organise teas on Sunday/Monday. Call Steve Mintram if you can help. Talking of the celebrations, have you seen the lovely display in the window of a house in the High Street. Patriotic with flags and commemorative items but also this from years gone by. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into it. Do take time to have a look.

CHARLES PARKER: It is with sadness that I heard of the death of Charlie Parker, a well known and popular figure in Burwash. He lived here all his life and raised his family, joining in many of the clubs that Burwash boasts. His great love in later years was his snooker. He was a lovely friendly man and we send our condolences and love to his wife and family.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is 6pm Evensong.

SHOW SOCIETY: There is a meeting in the village hall this evening, Friday, of this society from 7.30pm when Alan Edmonson will be speaking about Gardening for Wildlife. Admission is £3 per head to include light refreshments. Free marrow seedlings will be available to assist junior members to enter the Giant Marrow Challenge in the autumn show.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The AGM and dinner is on Friday June 1 at The Foresters. Please let June Tidswell know if you would like to attend on 01825 872240. The society’s annual day out is a visit to Wakehurst Place on July 28. Please let June know if you would like to go as pre-booking numbers gives a discount on the ticket price. For non National Trust members admission including the tour will be £14 or £10 in advance and for National Trust members entrance is free but the tour will cost £2 on the day or £1 is pre-booked.


DIARY: Tuesday 1 May 1759: ‘In the morn Mr Breeden and I walked over to Framfield. I carried with me the leg of mutton bought a-Saturday, which I made my brother and sister a present of. After breakfast Mr Breeden and I proceeded to take an inventory of my mother’s effects. As my brother proposes keeping forward the shop, we also valued the goods to him. We dined there on a leg of mutton roasted and a green salad. Stayed at Framfield all night.’


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: Calling all Marathon runners. The next visit of Heathfield Twinning Association to Forges-les-Eaux on June 30 to July 1, coincides with the Pays de Bray Marathon and half marathon. The Pays de Bray is the geographical area which includes Forges. If there are any runners who would like to come with them for the weekend and enter one of the various races available they would be delighted to include you. To express an interest or for further information please telephone 01435 812861.

DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS: Bridges: the Aesthetic Achievement of Practical Need was the title of the group’s latest talk. Geoffrey Toms, speaker at the May lecture, showed members how something functional could also be elegant and beautiful. He showed slides of bridges from earliest times to the present day and from all parts of the world. They travelled from the sturdy bridges of the Etruscans to the breathtaking Millau Viaduct in southern France. The latter spans the Valley of the River Tam and stands higher than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by the British architect Norman Foster, it is the epitome of usefulness and beauty. The final meeting of the season will be on June 12 when Julian Halsby will talk on British and American artists in Venice. But before then, later this month they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the society. The fact that talks by nationally acclaimed speakers have been available to the residents of Wealden for so long is indeed a matter for celebration. A lecture entitled Perdita - the Prince’s Mistress will be followed by supper. They have over 200 members. Why don’t you join when the season re-opens in September? Ring 01435 873258 for details.

FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in the Co-op car park. Weather looks good, spring vegetables (including local asparagus) are at their best, plus lots of other good stuff including plants (think about your bedding plants now) meat and meat products, pies, sausages, bread and cakes, preserves, fruit, flowers, artworks and crafts. Reduce your food miles and shop locally.

CHORAL SOCIETY: Eastbourne Choral Society, the Heathfield Choral Society returns to its roots tomorrow, Saturday, for a concert of popular choruses and songs from the world of opera and stage musicals. The concert takes place in the State Hall, Station Road, Heathfield and tickets are available from: or from Peter Jameson on: 01435 863414. These are £10 in advance or £12 at the door and include a programme and a drink.

RAMBLERS: Meet in Mill Road car park, GR 577214 at 10am or Sheffield Park steam railway station GR 404236 to catch the 11am train to Horsted Keynes. They will then walk back about eight miles. The leader will buy a group ticket. Ring 01435 862359 or 883393.

SPRING FAIR: Mulberry House, Little London Road. Stalls selling plants, gardening items, clothing, jewellery, vintage, antiques and more plus a mini farmers market, lunch café and tea room. Entrance donation in aid of Scotts Project Trust, a residential centre for adults with learning disabilities, 10am to 3pm.

THE FLOWER GAMES: This is the name of the floral exhibition at the Heathfield Show. Classes include On the Water, Foreign Country, Sporting Hero, Picnic, A Medal, Dominoes, Five Rings, Gold, Silver and Bronze, London Town and a Ball Game. For children there is A Flat of a Nation, Sporting Action, 3D Funfair Amusement and a Firework Arrangement. Classes will be judged by Mrs Margaret Williams. It costs £2 for class 1 and £1 for classes two to 15l. There will be perpetual challenge cup for best in show, the Draycott Perpetual Challenge Plate for most points in show, the Fuller Perpetual Award for the winner of class 10 (novice) and the Swindells and Gentry Perpetual Cup for the judges’ choice. All entries must be made on the official form and handed in or posted by May 21. To find out more about these classes contact Sue Browning on 01435 866724.

DIAMOND JUBILEE Summer Festival, All Saints Church with St George’s Church Tuesday, May 29. Flower festival private preview from 6pm to 9pm £5, (children under 12 years free). Price to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Wednesday, May 30, 10am to 4pm Open Day. Coffee, teas, cakes, plant stall and more. Free entry. Wednesday, May 30, Ashdown Singers Concert 8pm including interval glass of wine or soft drink floral display viewing and pay bar. Open from 6.30pm. £8, £5 seniors, £2.50, students, children under 12 years free. Church will be open from 6.30pm. Thursday, May 31, Jubilee Community Concert, 7pm. Crowborough Area Music Centre String Orchestra and Youth Choir. Heathfield Community College Wind Quintet and Acapella, Chamber group from Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band, floral display viewing, tea, cakes and pay bar open from 6pm. Free entry. Friday, June 1, All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School Jubilee Celebration 2pm followed by a family barbecue at All Saints’ Church. There will be a charge for food. Floral display viewing, tea, cakes and pay bar open from 3pm. Free entry. Friday, June 1, The Making of Heathfield, 7.30pm. History talk by Geoffrey Mead from the University of Sussex. Aspects of the landscape and town. Including interval glass of wine or soft drink. Floral display viewing and pay bar open from 6.30pm to 10pm. Saturday, June 2, Coronation lunch 12.30pm at All Saints’ Church. Pay bar open from noon. Also family activities, teas and cakes at All Saints’ and St Richard’s School. Sunday, June 3, church services at All Saints’ Church, 8am and 11am. Songs of Praise at All Saints’ Church, 6.30pm. Refreshments. All Saints’ Church will also be open for viewing of floral displays from 10am to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday, June 5. For more details contact or ring 01435 862695. All in aid of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield Restoration Fund.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

THE PARISH COUNCIL published its Annual Report for 2011/2012 at the April meeting. Copies are available to all that want them. They are available on the website or in hard copy form the clerk’s office. 2011/12 was very successful for the parish council, and much was achieved. Here are some of those achievements: Continued development of youth services and the youth drop-in centre. Continued provision with partners of a community bus service. Strengthening of parish council financial process systems. Further substantial improvement of rights of way assets and opening of additional footpaths, as well as a licensed footpath. Progress with the development of the Parish Plan 2006-2026 to conform with opportunities afforded by the new Localism Act 2011. Court Meadow now in full council management, as part of the community and a review of management options for the future has been carried out during the year. Meeting requirements of Freedom of Information Act. Further development and maintenance of the village and parish council website. Provision of hanging baskets in Mayfield High Street. Operation of the South Street allotment site, with eight operational plots. Completion of the update and cleaning of the Mayfield War Memorial. Provision of a new parish council office. Provision of a street party to celebrate the Royal wedding on April 29, 2011, and work towards a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Providing a winter weather grit bin service, with further developments made during the year. Publication of a new edition of the Mayfield and Five Ashes walks booklet, and the Mayfield circular walk leaflet. There was significant capital expenditure during 2011/2, as detailed below: Office relocation £78,258. Love Lane car park and adventure site £7500 payable over three years. Jubilee Wood £3000 payable over three years. Grants towards Five Ashes nature garden £1000. Five Ashes flagpole £122. Mayfield War Memorial £4725. Bridleway 92 Extension Project £290. Total £94,895. In addition, extra grit bins and grit laying equipment were purchased in the year. The total asset value at the year end was estimated at £352,275. The youth drop-in centre continues to flourish, and is currently attended by all girls, who take part in a wide range of activities. It is a drop in centre and not a formal youth club. So if you would like to take part, why not drop in? It’s held on a Tuesday evening. Boys would be welcome. On April 18, a small committee meeting was held to review the arrangements for the Jubilee celebrations, which will consist of and be centred around a street party. The High Street will be closed for the day, and there will be a number of attractions laid on. They are planning to cater for similar numbers as for the Royal Wedding, with people bringing their own picnics, or taking refreshments from a wide range of stalls etc, in the High Street. As last year we shall have the services of Marco the magician and a range of musical events. The public toilet in South Street will be open for the day, as will London House, the Memorial Hall, and the Scout and Guide hut, and possibly some other locations. They need helpers for the day on a number of duties, and as we intend the event to be financed entirely from public subscription, and not from parish council funds, they would welcome donations to the cause. They also considered having a beacon, but have decided to rule this out, because it would be on a different day, and to be effective would need to be lit late at night. The cost of a beacon is somewhat prohibitive.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Henry Hemming writes: It’s time to dig. Yes, dig out your diaries, please, as we’ve two big dates in the weeks ahead, and we don’t want you missing out. Firstly, the most important date: our summer outing on June 20. This year, it’s a bit extra special, as we’re off to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. At the hallowed gardens you’ll be free to visit whatever you like – and there’s certainly a lot to choose from. There’s a host of glasshouses, varied landscapes, and even a treetop climb. You may also have heard of Kew’s display to celebrate the Olympics, with flowerbeds created in the shape of the Games’ iconic rings, something to remember. Finally, there’s a host of tearooms and café options for whenever you fancy a breather from the flora! The whole-day trip costs £25, with the coach departing from the Middle House at 9am (other pick-up points to be determined), returning by 6pm. To secure your place, contact our chairman, Eddie Du-Cann (01435 872705; Memberships commence at our AGM each March, meaning there’s over 10 months left on a 2012/13 membership. So if you’ve not yet subscribed for the year, please pop into Jason’s and join there. Membership costs just £5.

MEMORIAL HALL AGM will take place on Tuesday, at 8pm in the hall. The agenda will include the usual annual reports by the chairman, treasurer and booking secretary. It will also include a progress report on the proposals for the Mayfield Village Centre project. Everyone is very welcome to attend. The committee meets every other month in January, March, May, July, September and November, normally on the first Wednesday evening of the month. If any organisation that at present has no representation on the management committee would like to have a say in the running of the hall, please contact John Neal on 01435 872113, ( to arrange for one of their members to join.

CRICKET CLUB: Colts, the club offers first-rate coaching for all abilities in a safe and fun environment, Friday evenings, rain or shine, using our pavilion, having secured the services of a Sussex County Junior Squad coach to lead the sessions. Colts teams are in three leagues, matches played primarily on Sunday mornings. They welcome any new players, Year three upwards. Ratios of Colts to coaches will remain low by the use of additional qualified coaches. The bar and catering facilities will be open, soft drinks for Colts. They continue to introduce Colts to adult cricket via the Sunday or third XI. Many former Colts now play in senior teams. For more details, contact Colts Manager Andrew Watson (Tel: 01435 873896).

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; 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 4.05pm to 4.35pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; 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 12.00pm 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 COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am till 11am today, Friday, morning in the village hall. There is always a good selection of goodies to purchase, delicious savouries, cakes, chutney’s and load of seasonable vegetables, plus a good selection of bedding plants. So just pop along and see what’s available and enjoy a coffee.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing both games at home this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, they play Barcombe and on Sunday St Francis. Both games commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB have a busy weekend. The first X1 are playing Rye at home the second X1 are away to Rotherfield. The third X1 are playing Newhaven III, this match will be played on the Temple Grove Ground, and the fourth X1 will be playing at Crowhurst Park. These are all leagues games and play will be commencing at 1.30pm. On Sunday Newick will travel to Mayfield. The junior Under 13s will play Haywards Heath away on Wednesday. This game commences at 6pm.

NEWICK ROOTZ: An 18 page booklet is now available describing a delightful, short walk of just 1.3 miles, starting at Newick School in Allington Road and going through the beautiful Beechland Mill Wood. The booklet is fully illustrated in colour, describing the wildlife and the interesting historic features that can be seen along this route. The Newick Jubilee celebration will include a guided tour of the route on June 5. The booklet cost £2 and is available form Newick News and General Store, the Post Office and from the shops on the Green: Sussex Village Store, Philania’s Bakery and R R Alderman the family butcher. The Newick Rootz is a friendly volunteer group actively engaged in maintaining and improving public footpaths and bridleways in the Newick parish. For further information contact Tony Turk on 01825 723273.

JUST TO REMIND YOU that the Heathfield Show will be held on Saturday May 26. It should be remembered that this is not the Bank Holiday weekend. This will be 65th Agriculture Show and once again celebrating all that is good in the local High Weald, including the farming community and the rural areas that support them. With livestock and horse show competing for awards of best bread and champion of category. There is a lot of excitement and anticipation around the Showground on Show Day. There will also be displays in the main arena, the trade stand shopping Country Ways area and Craft and Farmers Market. This is a good family day out. Fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day.

SUNDAY SERVICES this week are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ring 01825 722582 in advance.

MY APOLOGIES for not having any reports in the papers over the last few weeks.

Ninfield & Hooe

AGM: Hooe Parish Council will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday at 7.45pm in the village hall. refreshments will be provided and it is hoped that as many of you will attend as possible.

WHIST DRIVE: The next game is on May 30 at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Memorial Hall. Cost is £3 which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Go and give it a try, call 892057 and speak to Beryl for more information.

TEA PARTY: Invites for the Tea Party and Cabaret for the over 60s on Saturday June 2. You can also register your name with Sophie at the Post Office. The Jubilee Co would like to know if anyone has a 60th birthday or wedding anniversary within the week either side of Jubilee Weekend. Please call Sami on 893699 or email

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT is back after huge demand following the fantastic success of last year’s competition. To register your act for this year’s extravaganza on Friday July 13 in the main marquee, email Closing date for entries will be over the Jubilee weekend June 2 to 4. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third, with a special performance by one of last year’s finalists in the interval. If this was not enough, to end the evening there will be a band for dancing till midnight.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, Combined Service at 10.30am. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Wales.


TRINITY DINERS next meal is today, Friday, at Trinity Church Hall, Lower Willingdon. Doors open at noon. Meal includes fruit juice, lasagne, salad, banoffee pie, tea and coffee. To reserve your place call Jennie on 484189.

THE COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, at the Community Centre is hosted by the United Reformed Church. All welcome in the lounge at 10am.

CUCKOO TRAIL task day on Monday. Bring your own food and drink, wear stout capped boots. Meet on Cuckoo Trail at 10am. Ring Andy on 01273 (Lewes) 481637 for more information.

POLEGATE STROLLERS next walk is on May 22, leaving Polegate at 10.13am bus number 126 to Seaford, walking back over the path to Exceat Bridge. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a drink, also a hiking or walking stick. Lunch or coffee at the Golden Galleon. Bus back via bus No 12 to Eastbourne. Contact Jayne on email

GARDNERS SOCIETY: On May 24, our speaker is Chris Stewart talking about The Fascinating and Secret Life of a Mole, at St Johns Church Hall, 7.30pm. Details from Sheila Smith on 483222 or Diana Pierce on 482413.

POLEGATE SKETCHING and Painting Group meets on Tuesday mornings at the Community Centre and the Bernhard Baron on Monday evening. If you would like to join a beginner’s class, please contact Bruce on 484568 or email

WANTED any information, pictures or maps of Dunnings watermill, near East Grinstead. Please contact Maureen by email or PO Box 2951, Eastbourne, BN20 9WZ

LOCAL HISTORY: A few folk from the local history society recently visited the Salvation Army Citadel in Eastbourne. We were given a guided tour and a talk by Major David Squirrell. He told us how William Booth, with his wife Catherine and son Branwell, left the Methodist church in Derby and moved to London’s East End where he and his family helped the poor of the district and started up the organisation that we now know as the Salvation Army. The Citadel was built in Eastbourne, in the area of Seahouses where fishermen lived and worked and also drank in local pubs. There was a riot in Eastbourne when bandsmen were not allowed to march and play, as described in the DVD on the riots. A copy of this DVD can be purchased from the Salvation Army, with half of the proceeds going to the Eastbourne Lifeboat, where Tom Boniface, one of the leaders, was coxswain of the Eastbourne Lifeboat as well as a local fisherman.

RAMBLING CLUB: On May 24, At Ease Along the Ouse, 5 miles downland and river walk with some steep bits With Roger S. Or Lovely Views on a Lovely Day, 11 miles riverside, forest, downland with Pauline.

ARLINGTON PC: I have taken over as clerk for Arlington Parish Council. You will notice that the email address has changed slightly from internet to connect. My postal address is Helen Simpson-Wells, 73 Swaines Way, Heathfield TN21 0AN and my temporary telephone number is 01435 867549, email I will advise you of the new telephone number when it is set up.


BRITANNIA RULES: Rehearsals are well advanced for Britannia Rules OK! the concert at All Saints’ on Friday June 1 which launches our Jubilee weekend celebrations, starting at 7.30pm. It’s a romp through history with some of the queens of England, the diverse women who have sat on our throne. Prepare to be amazed and amused and surprised as well, both by the content and those who will be taking part. (It’s amazing where we find such dramatic talent). Entry is free and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of Waldron Churches, to repair the belfry roof. Everyone is welcome to come along and with wine in the interval we hope you’ll get into the mood for the whole weekend.

BIG LUNCH Sunday June 3 is the day of our Big Jubilee Lunch and you can bring your picnic and join us for our street party in the middle of the village where the street will be closed to through traffic outside the Star from 10am to 6pm. Bring a chair too. There will be entertainment with music, a Punch and Judy, a circus skills entertainer, a stop-me-and-buy-one ice cream seller, strawberries and cream, a Pimms stall, a whisky-and-champagne tombola, and a whopping royal raffle. Paul will fire up his barbecue if you can’t be bothered with the picnic and the pub and the shop will both be going full blast. And if you want to watch the river procession on the Thames, we’ll have a screen up so you can see it from your seat. Waldron residents, Friends of Waldron Churches, family and friends are all welcome to join the fun. In the evening, at 6.30pm there will be a Festival Choral Evensong at All Saints’ and during the day our beautiful bells will be rung.

OPEN GARDENS: On Monday June 4 there will be three beautiful gardens open in Brittenden Lane for you to visit. There’s free parking at Brittenden, where you can start your tour, then your £3 ticket will give you access to the three gardens, all within walking distance of each other. If you arrive at Badger’s Rest around lunchtime you will be offered a glass of wine, and there will be teas and cake at Brittenden all day, (£2 per head) as well as the opportunity to buy some plants from the stall there. All profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches. Tickets are now available from the Stores at Waldron or from Thorpe’s Garden Centre at Horam. Note also that String Theory will play at the Star at lunchtime on that day (Monday June 4) and our Jubilee Beacon Bonfire will be lit on the Cattam at 10.26pm to round off the weekend.

SERVICES: Sunday is the Seventh Sunday of Easter and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, and Holy0 Communion (with Junior Church) at All Saints’ at 11.15am. Next Sunday, May 27, will be Whitsunday, the Feast of Pentecost.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

TAPAS EVENING: The Dunn Village Hall will be transported (metaphorically) to Spain tomorrow, Saturday, with a Flamenco and Tapas evening with Amor Flamenco. Tickets are £20 per head, including supper, and are available from The Stores or by phoning 01435 812627 or 863727. A bar will be available and the evening is in aid of the hall funds. There will be a special Jubilee Ploughman’s Lunch on Friday June 1 as part of the local celebrations.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, Ernie Heron a retired London City missionary will lead the services at 11am and 6.30pm.

HISTORY GROUP: Melvin Smith, a native of Peasmarsh, gave us a very interesting talk on Old Rural Ways. He illustrated his talk with postcards of the area, and family photos. The first one was of the road through Peasmarsh, which he said can take five minutes to cross on a Sunday, because of the traffic. When the photo was taken, you could play in the road for nearly an hour without being disturbed. It was a fascinating glimpse into a former era, when the pace of life was slower, there were shops in every village, and many more people worked in the countryside. Our next walk is on Wednesday June 20. We meet at 7pm in the car park next to East Hoathly church.

RG WI: Last month was great fun as we heard about the benefits of tai chi from George Rose. He also gave some very useful tips on how to keep your joints flexible with simple rotation exercises. These can be done while cooking, watching television or even when lying in bed. We were highly amused when he demonstrated some of the tai chi positions and moves and then encouraged us to have a go. He did admit that he never knew human beings could tie themselves up in such knots. On Thursday we shall have a short discussion on our resolution to go to the Government, members’ entertainment and of course our usual delicious refreshments. Want to know more or need transport phone Pat on 01435 830227. Meetings are at 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall.

FLOWER SHOW: The schedule for this year’s show is now available from The Stores, Rushlake Green. There are 125 classes in the show covering a wide range of subjects: Flowers, cooking, poultry, handicraft etc. The show is on Saturday July 28 and entries (and fees) need to be returned to the Stores by 5pm on Wednesday July 25. The evening entertainment will be provided by 60s to 80s music group The Buffaloes. There will be a united church service in the marquee on the Sunday morning. Full details of the weekend are in the schedule.