Parish pump Uckfield - May 23, 2014

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Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4.30pm, 4ForAll our Messy Church event at Punnett’s Town Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

FILM CLUB: The Counterfeiters takes us back to the dark days of WW2 in Europe and tells the story of Salamon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) a talented artist who uses his art for more nefarious means. He is subsequently arrested and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp. 1hr 39mins Austro-German film with subtitles, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Doors open at 7pm next Friday May 30, for light refreshments, and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.

OPEN GARDEN: Trumpetts Farm in Bodle Street Green will be open on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. All the funds raised from the garden, lunches and cream teas, books, plants and tombola will go to benefit The East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People and is organised by the Friends.


LUNCH: The Age UK Burwash branch will have their lunch club meeting on Monday at noon in the Bear Motel restaurant. Anyone who is over 55 years of age can go along and enjoy a freshly cooked two course lunch in congenial company. It costs £8 per person and you can book a place by calling Jazz Botting on 01435 882033, Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. They can even arrange transport should you need it, just ask when you book.

MEETING: The Age UK Burwash branch will be holding their AGM on Wednesdayevening from 6.30pm in Burwash village hall. You are all welcome to go along and see for yourselves the good works done for the elderly in our community. There will be a talk by Dr Thomas at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

SHOW: Burwash and District Horticultural society will be holding their annual Rose, Sweet Pea and Delphinium Show on Saturday June 14. Schedules and entry forms are available in Burwash News Agents. This show also has five art and craft classes which always have a popular display of wide range of exhibits, including two classes just for children. Get your schedule now and see which class you could enter.

TALK: On Thursday June 5, Air commodore Charles Clarke OBE, President of the Royal Air Forces Ex-Prisoner of War Association and Chairman on Bomber Command Association, will be at All Saint’s Church Old Heathfield, to give a talk. Now aged 90, Mr Clarke is a born survivor. He was a member of the 619 squadron bomber command, was POW in Stalag Luft 3. He has many an amazing tale to tell of how he and his comrades survived. The tickets are available in advance from Vicki Colne 01435 862695. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.30pm.

GOOD LUCK: My lovely friend and neighbour Laura Carver is to be one of the brave people taking part in the London to Brighton run on Saturday. Wearing number 1573 Laura will leave the start point at Richmond Park and run/jog/walk the mile to Brighton. She is hoping she will make it within 20 hours, which will include a lunch stop and comfort breaks. The race ends at the Brighton Race Course and Laura will be taking part in memory of her sister Becky and raising funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. You can support Laura by sponsoring her on one of the forms in Londis Grocery Store and The Bear, or online at Virgin giving/lauracarver. Laura says she is anxious but excited to be taking part. Good luck Laura.


CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a league game against Balcombe starting at 1.30pm at the sports ground just off the A272. On Sunday there is a friendly against Southwick Wanderers, at Plumpton Agricultural College, 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.

OPEN GARDEN Afternoon in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund is on Bank Holiday Monday from 2pm to 5pm at Northfields, East Grinstead Road. There’s over an acre of garden to wander through at your leisure, which includes lots of rhododendrons and azaleas, a beach grass garden, polytunnel and vegetable patch. Admission is £4 (under 12s free) and teas and homemade cakes will be available, along with a plant stall.

THE PARISH COUNCIL annual full council meeting is on Tuesday in the Reading Room at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

SUMMER TRAINING: Sessions for next season’s U15s (Chailey and Newick Colts FC) are taking place through the summer months at the sports ground on Monday evenings starting at 7pm. Prospective players are welcome to go along. For more information contact Steve Allan at steve.allan@gilead.comor on 07879 633287.


VILLAGE SHOP: The shop are looking for someone to work Saturday morning in the shop. It is a paid position, and the applicant must be over 18 years old. So if you want to make a difference to local life, and meet people, come and join us. Contact Caroline Rasmussen at the shop on 01825 872949.

WEALD CHALLENGE TRAIL: This is being run around the village on Sunday and there will be up to 250 runners, so do come and support. Refreshments will be available.

LOCAL POLICE: They have been brilliant for me, the team Caley (WPC Micheala Pearce), Hannah (PCSO Hannah Parks), Dave, (PCSO Dave Davies) and Fiona and Jackie have supported me and continue to do so. So contact them when you need to, they are looking out for you.

SO LET’S HOPE that we have another sunny Bank Holiday, and I’m just hoping that Heathfield Show is not the usual mass of mud. I’d quite like to break the tradition of being towed out.

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East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, sixth of Easter, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

GARDEN PLOTS Association: I am delighted to be able to report that the village garden plots are now up and running and available for villagers who feel like growing their own fruit, vegetable or flowers. There are still plots to be taken and all applications for plots should be made to the parish council via Ann Newton, the parish clerk. There is also a newly formed Garden Plots Association whose aim is to assist the plot holders, coordinate actions that arise such as bulk buying, and be a conduit for information to and from the Parish Council. Some of the committee members are listed below, please do feel free to get in touch as we would be only too happy to help: Chairman Roger Discombe; secretary Rob Heath; treasurer Cheryl Herriott

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: The next walk is on Sunday June 8 at The Bulls Head, Boreham Street, at 2pm.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Framfield Memorial Hall. Lots of stalls, home-made cakes, local produce, vegetables, crafts, bric-a-brac. Have a wander around and then have a bacon roll £1.50 with a cuppa. Friendly atmosphere. Parking in school car park. Any inquires ,Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

PARKING NOTICE: Everyone in Sheepsetting Lane and Ghyll Road was delighted to see the police notice attached to the Community Hall fencing asking people not to park illegally and to stay off yellow and zig-zag lines. Police Community Support Officers have also been patrolling the area outside Cross-in-Hand Primary School recently and we hear a few tickets have been handed out. 99 percent of parents are great about this and lots more of them now park in the Mill Road car park and walk. But just before the notice went up there were instances of people parking on the zig-zags, not just parking there to pick up and drop off but presumably to go into the school and talk to friends or staff. I narrowly missed injuring a child who ran out from between two cars parked on these lines. They are very close to the Mill Road junction and cars coming up Ghyll Road (as I was) or out of Mill Road have absolutely no warning. Fortunately we all drive at about 5mph during school collection period, but not everybody does. Do take care if your children go to school here. I also note that the school is holding its Summer Fair on Saturday, June 7 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. There will be a barbecue, tea garden, candy floss stall, pony rides, coconut shy, ice cream factory and raffle plus the chance to put the teacher in the stocks. The fancy dress competition has a £1 entry fee. Let’s hope they all have a wonderful day.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints’, Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion. 11am Family Service. St George’s, Broad Oak 9.30am Holy Communion.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall, Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Thursday (Ascension Day) 7.30pm joint service at All Saints Old Heathfield.

WEALDEN DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. This report came in this week: This month the society heard a lecture from Shirley Smith entitled The Agony and The Ecstasy, the sculpture and sonnets of Michelangelo. Using beautiful slides Shirley opened our eyes to the subtle meanings which the gifted Michelangelo conveyed in his work. This was augmented with extracts from his poetry. June 10 is the last meeting before the summer break when Roger Mitchell will talk on Thomas Moran, the Turner of the American West. Moran, a Boltonian, travelled to America as the West was opening up to the pioneers and he painted the unspoiled landscape they had to cross. Although not well known in this country, he is very well regarded in America, his work hangs in The White House. Visitors are welcome to come along to this meeting at the Community Centre but please contact 01435 873258 in advance.

PRE SCHOOL: After two years of planning the Forest School will officially open at Broad Oak Pre School from 11am to 2pm on June 7. After the school’s appeal was published (in this column as well as the main paper) they were donated bird feeders, tyres and wood. Local businesses have provided and erected fencing, a gate and a gazebo will soon be up. All the relevant training, risk assessments, sourcing of materials, permissions etc have been obtained and all is set to go. The short trailer to this film (link below) is interesting and part of the wider issue around why things like Forest school are so important to (re-)connect children with nature:

PARISH COUNCIL: We’re delighted to see that Cllr Pat Clark, who has performed such diligent duty for the past three years, will not be lost to the parish council. Formerly chair, Pat has now been elected vice chair, serving under the new chair, Cllr Patrick Coffey. This brings a terrific level of professionalism and commitment to the council. Patrick served as an executive planning officer with Wealden District Council and knows his way, like no other, around the complexities of applications, planning, building and listed building control, countryside conservation and the ways of local authorities. The appointments were made at last week’s Annual General Meeting which also introduced three new members. Richard Ridley, who has helped steer Le Marche to its current level of popularity, Penny Kift (who, we hear, has extensive experience on previous councils) and Cllr Andy Woolley, who was voted onto the PC. Pat Clark says one of the subjects that was raised was the formation of a business development committee. This came about as government legislation now means councils can take on a commercial role when and where they are able to do so, for example in order to preserve a vital community asset such as a pub or post office, or invest in a business which would yield a dividend to the community, possibly in the form of a reduced parish precept. Pat says the two ideas put forward so far are a launderette and the purchase of affordable homes so the council could manage them and obtain the rental income. Regarding the launderette, Pat says members feel it would be a good idea if it had machines that could take horse blankets and rugs. One snag, Mrs PP points out to me, is that when she had her horse and used to sneak her blankets into the heavy-duty machine in Hailsham, the next customer for the machine would inevitably be someone wanting to launder a snowy white duvet. And as far as rental goes, are they fully aware of the complexities of being a small-scale landlord (anyone viewing the Estate Agents programme on TV recently would certainly have qualms.) But the concept is a noble one and the parish will be delighted to hear new suggestions and views about the ones already submitted. Pop into the offices in the High Street and let them know what

you think.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet at Alfriston School, GR.517035 at 10am for a 6.5 to 7 mile walk via Alciston. Ring 01435 873551.

HEATHFIELD SHOW: At the time of writing this I notice the marquees, pathways and exhibition stands are now up for the Heathfield Show. As yet we don’t know what the weather holds, let’s hope it’s set fair, although we know that farmers, stockmen and the horsey fraternity will turn out in a cyclone. Looking forward enormously to the day and the shopping lists are ready.

Isfield & Little Horsted

IZZY BUSY: Remember Izzy, the baby hedgehog who was found in a distressed state in Isfield last summer, having become stuck partially inside a discarded Christmas decoration bauble? Having been found in a poor state of health, with a nasty infection, there were fears that, in spite of veterinary care and then months of attention with East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), Izzy might not survive the trauma. But Izzy is now fit and well and back in Isfield, acclimatising to life in the semi-wild before eventually being released into the big wide world to fend for herself. One of the group who found Izzy last year said this week: ‘It’s great to have her back, and we look forward to her thriving in the wild.’

AHOY, THERE: Fancy a river trip? Not quite like a leisurely cruise along the Rhine, maybe, but certainly an exciting, if undoubtedly very wet, experience along the Ouse. Members of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society are awaiting news of what the theme is to be for this year’s Lewes to Newhaven raft race so that they start planning and building an exotic craft for their entry. Andy Payne, the bonfire society’s chairman, said: ‘I’m told that the theme has yet to be confirmed although the (soccer) World Cup appears to be favourite. The reason for the hesitation in naming this as the theme is that the World Cup will be over before the raft race takes place. Some of the organisers think this is therefore not such a good idea and are still considering other options. In the meantime, if you are interested in preparing the raft and taking part in the race, now is the time to let us know. So please email me and we’ll keep a track of names. If there are more applicants than spaces, I for one (having taken part last year) am willing to step aside for new participants. It’s tough going but great fun. Get in touch now.’ The raft race, organised by Lewes and District Round Table, raises thousands of pounds for charities. This year’s event is due to be held on August 10.

BEER CHEER: A healthy turn-out of ale enthusiasts can be expected in Isfield this weekend as the village’s beer festival gets under way at The

Laughing Fish. Landlord Andy Brooks says a dozen ales from across the country, as well as the regular favourites, will be available from Saturday evening until Monday evening … ‘or until the beer runs out.’ He added: ‘We’ve selected a variety of styles, strengths, and flavours to suit all tastes.’ On Sundaythere will be live music provided by The Fulker Brothers from 8pm, and a barbecue in the pub garden is on the programme on Bank Holiday Monday from 12.30pm. Further information at or phone 01825 750349.

TALKS: There’s some more interesting talks about Sussex on the programme for members of Forget Me Not Club, the Isfield group that meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons at the Village Hall. On Wednesday, John Withall is scheduled to talk about Wakehurst and War, while on June 11 Roger Dalling will be speaking on Isfield since Roman times. Meetings start at 2.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): first Sunday in the month, Family; second, Parish Communion; third, Matins; fourth, Parish Communion; fifth, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).

Mayfield & Five Ashes

TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC: Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School in Five Ashes, will be hosting its annual teddy bear’s picnic on its playing fields on Wednesday, June 4. Open to all parents with pre-schoolers, the event, starting at 11.45am, will include storytelling, games and a bear hunt. All those attending will need to bring their own picnic and their child’s favourite bear. To secure a place at the event, which is free, please email or call 01825 830 234. For more information on the school, visit

MAYFIELD PRE-SCHOOL is using throwbacks to a bygone age to help boost children’s learning and encourage them to play outside. With a new bug hotel, dirty digging corner and messy outdoor kitchen, children now love getting messy outdoors in the sunshine and rain. While they are digging in the dirt in their corner or making mud cakes they’re not just playing, they’re leading their own learning and exploring their imaginations, teachers say. Manager Lucy Hazeldine said: ‘The digging corner and messy kitchen teaches them both cause and effect and problem solving. They learn team building and how to work together to make whatever they want, be that a gloopy puddle or mud soup. And they use their imaginations when they turn their corner into a fort or a castle.’ The bug hotel is making children aware of all the different mini beasts that live alongside them, and it turns out that it takes just a few things wooden pallets, sawdust and some dirt, to create a fantastic environment for insects to thrive. The bug hotel has helped some children with their fear of insects because they have to help look after them. Lucy added: ‘It’s a Marmite subject but children are learning that all insects have a job to do and the bug hotel is a great place for us to go with the children and help look after these insects that so many of them were afraid of. At pre-school age children are aware of the birds and larger animals but they’re not so aware of the insect world.’ All these new areas, as well as indoor areas like the Dark Den, a multi-lit-sensory area, and the reading corner have been possible due to fundraising because the pre-school is a charity which relies solely on donations and fundraising cash to create the environment they enjoy. On July 19, the pre-school hosts Mayfield’s Got Talent, more details on how to enter will be released soon.

TEA AND TUNES is the title of a free, informal outdoor concert for the family on Saturday, June 7 at 2.30pm on Court Meadow. Everyone is invited to go along, take a deckchair or picnic blanket while you soak up the sun. There will be homemade cakes. For details ring Simon Rudge on 01435 872007.

SPRING SHOW: Entries in the flower division of the Five Ashes Horticultural Society Spring Show were up by more than 100 percent on last year. The standard of exhibits was excellent and the hall was full of flowers, cooking, floral art, children’s and craftwork exhibits. About 150 visitors went to admire talents of the exhibitors and enjoy refreshments. Awards were: Penn Memorial Cup, B Packham; Foy Trophy, K White; Hayter Trophy, M Pennington; Jack Wade Memorial Trophy, S Howden. Children’s Divisions: The Marrott Cup, E Shepperson; Thomson Trophy, E Shepperson and A Bailey. The Summer Show will be held on Saturday, July 26 in Five Ashes Village Hall at 2pm.

TALK: Nutley Horticultural Society has invited members of Mayfield Horticultural Society to a talk on Friday, May 30 at 8.45pm in Nutley Memorial Hall where Bob Flowerdew is the speaker on the subject of No Work Gardening. Admission is £5 including refreshments.

BROADBAND: Hadlow Down became the first village in East Sussex to benefit from the multi-million pound county-wide superfast fibre broadband project. Led by ESCC the project aims to get the county up to speed with faster broadband and will see more than 66,500 homes and businesses able to upgrade over the next two years. Surrounding communities, including Mayfield and Rotherfield, will also be able to take advantage of better internet access as more roadside green cabinets are connected in the forthcoming weeks and months. Keep up to date with rollout plans via

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open as usual today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am. Why not pop along and treat yourself to something special for the Bank Holiday weekend.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home on Sunday against Insurance Association. On Bank Holiday Monday they will travel to West Hoathly. There is another match on Tuesday evening against Mid Sussex John Spriggs Practice, this will commence at 6pm at home. On Wednesday they will be playing away at Uckfield. Play will commence at 2.30pm for all the afternoon games. Fingers crossed that the weather will be bright sunshine and warm.

CRICKET: The first XI will be playing at home against Plumpton and East Chiltington and the second XI will travel to Isfield. Temple Grove ground will be the venue for the third XI match against Polegate and Stone Cross II, whilst the fourth XI will be playing at home on the Temple Grove ground for their match against Rye IV. All matches will commence at 1.30pm. As this is a Bank Holiday weekend there will be two days of friendly games on Sunday and Monday, both matches are against Fletching/Griffin at 11am on the King George V playing field. Everyone welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church (Gift Day) will commence with Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, and the Rogate Service at 5.3pm will take place at Sheepgate Fruit Farm, Cornwalls Bank. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

CINEMA: Just to remind you that the Newick Cinema will be open for the first time in the village hall on Sunday. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm showing of The Railway Man. Tickets £6 on the door or book in advance by emailing The bar will be open and there will be an interval for refreshments.

THE COUNTRYSIDE is looking lovely with all the trees and hedgerows with new green leaves, the birds are also enjoying our spring weather, mark you the nights have been chilly so be careful when putting your summer bedding plants in. Enjoy the weekend.


UCKFIELD SINGERS have just come back from France . What an adventure. We went in three mini buses and when we got there the whole village turned out to greet us, the Mayor gave a speech to welcome us at the party. The church was packed and our concert got a standing ovation. The French choir could not have done more for us, they made us feel very welcome. When we were leaving they stood in a guard of honour waving the British Flag. We have all become such good friends the French choir will be coming again. (Frances Brett).

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: ‘We are really quite overwhelmed by the generosity of Uckfield’s small businesses’ said Paul Sparks, Chairman of the Manor Park Hempstead FieldsResidents’ Association. ‘Our business community hasn’t hesitated in providing prizes or discounts for the activities we have organised for this year’s Big Lunch,’ said Paul, ‘and several voluntary organisations are also providing their valuable support, not forgetting the band of willing volunteers who will be helping out on the day’. The Big Lunch, which is part of a national initiative, is a community picnic held on the first Sunday in June each year on the Uckfield Rugby Club’s field, off Nevill Road. Last year over 120 people attended and this year there are even more attractions to keep people entertained including: a huge bouncy castle, a dog show, face painting, Yoga massage, the Uckfield Performance Ensemble, a fire engine and a police CCTV van where children can use the camera, a football competition, cakes stall and an ice cream van. The rugby club, which has kindly donated the use of its field, will be opening its bar to visitors (those attending are asked not to bring their own alcohol onto the field). Neighbourhood Watch will also have a stall and Demelza will be holding a prize draw. The highlight of the event (at 1pm) will be the award of prizes for the Art Competition run in conjunction with Manor Primary. Years 5 and 6 have submitted entries for the My Favourite Tree in Manor Park competition. Last year the school’s pupils helped design the association’s logo. Businesses that have supported the event so far include: Carnival Ices, Cookes Bouncy Castles, George Moss Jewellers, Final Score Sports Shop, Rachel’s Handsome Hounds, Scuba 2000 and Uckfield Yoga. Entry is free and all are welcome (dogs to be kept on leads please). This year’s event is supporting Demelza Hospice Care for Children which provides a hospice at home service to over 100 children in East Sussex with life limiting or life threatening illnesses.

FOURWAYS WI met at the Methodist Hall for our Resolution Meeting; the resolution to go forward to the NFWI AGM being held in Leeds in June was to discuss with members the proposal of registering for organ donation and making aware to your family members of your wishes, a very interesting and lively discussion followed. We then had coffee and biscuits and all enjoyed a game of Hoy. The competition this month was a Bloom from Your Garden: 1, Angela Manning; 2, Maureen Risbridger; 3, Carole Marchant. We do not hold a meeting in June as we have our summer outing and this year we are going to Chichester, so we next meet back at The Luxfords Centre on July 1 at 7.30pm where we have a speaker on Three Hundred Years of Dolls. All are welcome.


MEN’S BREAKFAST: A men’s breakfast will take place at The Grove (Blackboys) tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

HANGING BASKETS: Mel at Thorpe’s Nursery is running a hanging basket workshop on Sunday. Bring your own baskets to fill, or choose lovely new ones. Mel and her colleagues will be on hand to help and make suggestions if you need them and you just pay for the plants you use and baskets if you choose new ones. Long tables will be set out, you can get as messy as you like and I’m told there is a lot of laughter shared.

CRICKET: The village cricketers will be playing away from home against Withyham CC on Sunday starting at 2pm. Next weekend they will be playing Fletching away on Sunday June 1, starting at 2pm.

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.

D-DAY: There’ll be an event at the Star to celebrate D-Day on June 7 (that’s a day late in my book, but still...) when the pub will be decorated suitably, the barbecue will be fired up at 5pm and 1066 Jazz will be playing the best of the 1940s. Paul’s in search of some vintage vehicles to display, so if you know of any or own any, contact him and of course if you think of dressing up 1940s-style, don’t hold back.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s, Sung Matins at 9.45am at All Saints’ (followed by coffee and cake, to which everyone is welcome) and then Informal Holy Communion at 11.15am also at All Saints’. There will be Evening Prayer at 4.30pm at All Saints’ with a guest preacher.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 4.30pm, 4ForAll our Messy Church event at Punnetts Town Village Hall. All ages very welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Tony Wood and 6.30pm evening service with Paul Daniels.

ASCENSION DAY: There will be a united benefice service of communion at St Giles Church Dallington on Thursday at 7.30pm.

MARATHON WALK: Congratulations to Helen Bell and Marie Goodchild for completing a walk on the London Marathon route at midnight. This, known as the Moon Walk, was in aid of Breast Cancer Research, and I am pleased to say that they completed the full 26 miles, the distance from here to Brighton, and a bit more. Over £100 has been raised so far with more coming in. They would like to thank everyone who sponsored them, in this magnificent effort.

CAROUSEL: Months of hard work in rehearsals, set preparation etc all came together last week with a successful run of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. It traces the troubled relationship between Billy Bigelow (Glen Hadlow) and Julie Jordan (Stephanie Gogdell) and the steady and fruitful relationship of Enoch Snow (Ian Charlesworth) and Carrie Pipperidge. The cast took us on a roller coaster of emotions, with great skill. It never ceases to amaze me how so much can be portrayed by an amateur cast on such a small stage. This is down to tight direction by Lizzie Hutcheson, expert choreography by Anita Gunn, and inspired set design by John Gunn. Our singers were motivated and moulded by musical director, Richard Eldridge. There were too many people to mention everyone by name, but thanks to everyone onstage, backstage, front of house and in the bar, for all your hard work and dedication, to put on a great show. I had great fun in delivering my five lines in Act 2, and can appreciate a little better, what it is like to perform in our productions: being in the right place at the right time, interacting with others on stage, delivering the correct lines at the right time, and so on. Well done everyone. Our next production will be in the Theatre Supper format from November 12 to 15, and will be a farce.