Parish Pump Uckfield- May 24, 2013

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CHURCH SERVICES: Trinity Sunday. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30pm Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 5.30pm Songs of Praise.

FILM CLUB: Bodle Street has its own film club, based at the village hall. Each month, a film is shown often with special interest topics that perhaps don’t make the mainstream auditoriums. This month’s film is The Help and stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, it tells the story of three very different women who form an unlikely friendship. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm next Friday May 31. Guests are welcome, contact email or see one of the committee members.


MUSIC: Once again you are invited to go along to the Pavilion in Burwash Common for their monthly Music Night tonight, Friday, at 8pm with local talented singers and musicians. Entry is free and the licensed bar will be open.

SUPPER: Have you got your ticket for tomorrow, Saturday, evening’s spring supper, which is being held at the village hall? Tickets are £8 each and include a two course supper and musical entertainment. There will be a raffle. Proceeds will go towards the new windows for the front elevation of the main hall. Guests are invited to bring their own drink and glasses.

AGM: The Seagulls Over Burwash Supporters Club will be holding their AGM on Wednesday evening at the Bear Motel at 7.30pm. All members and guests are welcome to hear a review of last season and to give ideas for the 2013/14 season. The guests of honour at this meeting will be the members themselves.

AGE UK: The Burwash Branch of Age UK will be holding their AGM on Thursday evening in the village hall at 6.30pm. The meeting will be followed with a talk by Dr Edward Henderson, Consultant Rheumatologist at the Conquest Hospital, on Osteoporosis. There will be refreshments.

WELL DONE: I would like to congratulate Mary Hayes for organising the great evening for the Parish Assembly last week. She invited clubs and societies of our communities to have a table in the village hall to promote the things they do. It was a great success. It was good to see so many people had taken the time to visit the meeting and to meet new people to the village. I also made personal contact with most of the groups and will now hopefully be able to bring you more news of what is happening in our three villages.

A NEW CLUB is about to emerge in the Pavilion at Burwash Common. The Rummicub Club. This is a fun game that is played at the table. If you have not played before then you have missed a great game. Played with numbered tiles it is a game of making runs. To find out more about this game and the club they hope to form, please call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

CRICKET: Burwash Weald Cricket Club has got off to a good start for the new season, but they would welcome some new players. The playing field in Burwash Common looks good, thanks to the hard work of the volunteer groundsmen, and is a great place for sport. If you are over 12 years old and interested in playing cricket, why not go along one Wednesday evening to net practice and introduce yourselves. They start from 6.30pm.


A JUMBLE SALE is being held by the Chailey Women’s British Legion tomorrow, Saturday, at the Free Church Hall at 11am. Please take jumble to the hall this (Friday) evening or call Susannah on 01825 724335 to arrange collection.

CRICKET sees Chailey in two away games; a league game against East Grinstead III tomorrow, Saturday, at 1.30pm and a friendly against Brunswick at Lower Beading at 1.30pm on Sunday. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

BAND: Bluebell Railway Band is a non-marching military band with a full complement of woodwind and brass. This set-up enables it to play a wide variety of music, including classics, jazz, show tunes, pop and rock and traditional marches. Any wind players of reasonable standard who would like to play in the Band should call 01342 716992 for details or e-mail The band will play next at the Edwardian Weekend (June 22 and 23) at Horsted Keynes Station from 2pm to 4pm.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Enterprise Centre (CHEC) primary focus has always been to offer provision to severely physically disabled people with the desire to participate in the world of work but whose impairments make it impractical for them to gain mainstream employment. They do this through the operation of a small printing business which allows engagement with numerous aspects of day-to-day commerce including digital design, computer operated embroidery, the manufacture of promotional material and interaction with customers and suppliers. CHEC has provided personalised garments and promotional items both locally and nationwide for nearly 20 years. Recently, a substantial donation has allowed CHEC to purchase a printer which is brand new to the British printing market. The revolutionary white toner technology allows them to print on a whole new range of products such as iPhone and iPad cases, together with complex, intricate logos on clothing. This new technology can be used for low run or high volume orders. If you need promotional clothing such as T-shirts, hoodies and hats, or perhaps badges, mugs and flyers, contact them on 01825 724376 or at

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity, 8am Holy Communion, Chiddingly, 10am Matins, Chiddingly.

TWINNING WEEKEND: This weekend, May 25 to 27, is the visit of our French friends from Juziers. They should be arriving around 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a reception and some welcome glasses of fizz with canapés to toast their arrival in the pavilion. This year some members of the tennis club have kindly invited the Juzierois to play on the tennis courts. We are hoping it will lead to other exchange visits with Juziers from other groups/clubs from East Hoathly and Halland. Anyone interested in further links with Juziers for their club or society please contact: John Graham Tel: 07939 223413.

CHURCH FETE: This year’s fête will be held on Saturday June 8 in the garden of The Rectory, next to the church. We would very much appreciate any donations of raffle and tombola prizes, and perhaps you could think of planting up something for our plant stall. Other ways in which you could contribute are baking cakes or devising fun games. Please drop a line to

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Sunday 24 June 1761: ‘in the morn rode to Pevensey, breakfasted with Mr Breeden and went with him to Westham Church, where I heard an excellent sermon preached by the Rev. Mr Nicholl, rector of Westham…after dinner we rode to The King’s Arms at Ninfield in order to meet Miss Sally Waller to bargain with her for a servant, but we not agreeing, Mr Breeden and I came back and to his house and drank tea there…’


MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Variety of market stalls, tea, coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome. For further information contact 01825 840648. Further markets on Saturday June 22, July 27, no market in August.


HEATHFIELD SHOW tomorrow, Saturday, at Tottingoworth Farm, Broad Oak. This year visitors will be entertained in the main ring by The Monster Trucks, a smashing display where Big Pete the Monster Truck enters the Showground crushing all in its path. There will also be a magnificent display of vintage tractors, heavy horses, and the hounds, not to mention the cattle parade, in the main arena. The ever popular sheep show will be returning as well. With 15 horse, cattle, sheep and pig showing rings, competitions abound around the Showground. The majority of the livestock classes take place in the morning after which the visitors can enter the livestock marquees to view the beautiful animals in all their Showing glory. The Countryways area is a show piece for traditional hand made craftsmanship. Experts at their trade, all the participants here are happy to give demonstrations of their skills and to discuss how they achieve their perfect end results. In the Education marquee you will be able to follow the path of livestock from field to fork. This informative marquee, organised by Sarah Wareham from Tottingworth Farms, will hopefully have a sow and piglets, sheep and lambs, cow and calf on display, mother nature allowing, and hands on exhibits, such as a DIY milking cow, for all to try. Please visit the Heathfield Show website for more information and advance ticket purchases

SILVER BAND: Plans to mark the 125th anniversary of Heathfield’s historic silver band based in Alexandra Road were given a major boost this week when local householder Barratt Homes donated £1,000 towards the landmark celebration. The money will be used to fund a new book charting the history of the band, which is believed to have been founded in 1888. In addition, Barratt Homes is donating a professional family photography session worth £500 to the band’s prize raffle which will form part of its celebrations on Saturday July 6 at the Heathfield Community Centre. Mallory Hansford, secretary of Heathfield Silver Band, said: ‘This is wonderful news. The Silver Band has been an important part of the Heathfield local community for 125 years and now thanks to Barratt Homes we will be able to capture its history for future generations to enjoy and learn from.’ Heathfield Silver Band started out as a fife and drum band before becoming the brass band it’s known as today. Founded by Edward Bean, its connection to the London’s Leadenhall Market poultry dealers meant for a long time it was dubbed the Chicken Fatters band. Since about 1930 the band has been based on Alexandra Road, which it purchased in 1955 and where it still practises. Lynnette St Quintin, sales and marketing director at Barratt Southern Counties, commented: ‘Community activities such as the Heathfield Silver Band play a vital role in bringing people together. At Barratt Homes, community sits at the very heart of everything we do and so we are delighted to be supporting the anniversary celebrations of what is truly a cherished part of Heathfield’s past, present and no doubt future.’ Barratt Homes is currently building Silvas Grange, a collection of 37 two, three and four bedroom family homes at Ghyll Road, Heathfield. For further information on the properties at Silvas Grange please call 08448 114 343 or visit the marketing suite which is open Thursday to Monday 10am to 5.30pm

DEREK MEPHAM: Derek ran his 10th London Marathon, raising money for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity which provided help and support for Lymphoma sufferer Freya Voss, who is now in remission, fit and healthy. Derek writes: As many of you know my training for the 2013 London marathon has not taken a smooth path. In January, whilst on a skiing trip to Austria, I slipped down a flight of stairs on my coccyx bone, causing me great pain and curtailing my marathon training, which was only in week two of my 15 week training schedule. I then succumbed to a shoulder injury, diagnosed as Rotating Cuff, which I have to to a specialist this week. At Easter I went down with a chest infection, which laid me low at a crucial part of my distance training. My suffering came in fours as I then had an accident with a garage door, which came crashing down onto my ankle and the inside of the foot trapped against the concrete floor of the garage. I did manage to complete my last two weeks of training as it was not too strenuous. It has been the most arduous training schedules for the London Marathon I have ever endured due to the long, cold, snowy, wet and windy winter. There has hardly a day that I ran without leggings and a jacket and very often a hat and gloves. What a surprise Sunday April 21 was forecast to be sunny and warm. London Bridge didn’t seem as busy, as in other years, with runners but it was still a sea of Red Plastic Virgin Kit Bags, which all runners were given when they registered for the marathon and collected their number a few days before the race. Once in your pen everyone is eager to get started but this year there was to be a 30 sec silence for the people of Boston, following the horrific bombings. A whistle indicated the start of the 30 second silence and once blown, I have never experienced such silence, save for the birds singing in the trees. Another whistle blew after 30 secs and there was spontaneous applause from the runners and policemen for a full two minutes. It was very emotional and bought tears to my eyes. The gun went off at 10am for the Elite men and mass start. The Elite ladies and wheelchairs had gone off earlier. It took me 5.06 minutes to cross the start line, which doesn’t matter as you have an electronic chip on your shoe, which records your start time as you run across the start line carpet. After 20 miles I count down each mile but it always seems the longest 6.2 miles in the world to the finish. I developed sore feet at 11 miles and felt as though some blisters were forming under the small toes on each foot. This slowed me considerably; I rarely suffer from blistered feet. 18 miles and the legs are feeling heavy and my feet are getting more sore. For the first time I decide that I could walk faster than I was currently running. It seems the crowd are even more vociferous when you are walking, urging you on to the finish. My spirits were raised at 20 miles when I spotted a pound coin rolling down the road, I couldn’t let that beat me, so I caught it, trapped it under my foot and bent down to pick it up to the biggest cheer of the day from the spectators. Seeing my Go Derek banner displayed on the flyover at Tower Hill, the 22 miles mark gave me a boost. With Embankment coming into view at 23 miles the hard work is behind me or is it. The crowds here are so uplifting and I absorb it all thanking everyone for calling out my name and I get very emotional again. I miss spotting Carl and Laura at Temple the 24 ½ mile point. The chest infection that I developed at Easter was now affecting my chest and breathing, whilst my feet were getting more sore and the legs heavy. I resorted to a walk run routine that saw me reach Monument. I cross the finish line in 4hrs 40 minutes and 27 seconds. A sense of relief erupts, as do the tears. When they hang that medal around your neck – it is the biggest buzz and makes every step of the journey worth it. Thank you everyone who has supported me so generously.


FRIENDS of Mayfield CE Primary School will be holding a Summer Fair on Saturday, June 29. For more information, remember to visit the website:, like the page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter:

PRAYER GROUP MEETING: Did you know that an Ecumenical Prayer Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 11am in the meeting room at Stone House (the former Oxfam Shop)? The meeting lasts about an hour and after a welcoming cup of coffee it opens with a reading either from scripture or perhaps from a Christian writer, past or present. This is followed by a period of quiet reflection and private prayer, after which anyone present can pray, or ask for prayer, about any concerns they might have. Everyone is welcome, whether a churchgoer or not. For further information contact Polly Bradford (873946), Pam Mather (872386) or Fiona Watson (872202).

FOOTPATH WALK: Sunday falls over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and walkers will be hoping to take advantage of the spring weather to savour the wild flowers that grow in abundance in our woods, hedges and fields. They have been low in numbers over the past few months due to the wet weather, so it would be good if some of the past regulars on the walks can join in again this month. They will start at 10am in South Street car park, aiming to end by lunchtime.

OPEN GARDENS: Six Mayfield gardens will be open for charity under the National Gardens Scheme this year on June 9 from 11am to 5pm. They are: Tew Cot, Yeomans, Meadow Cottage, Hoopers Farm, Warren House and Mayfield CE Primary School. Teas will be served from 2pm at both Warren House and Yeomans. Next year there will be two open garden dates: early summer in June and then later in the season at the beginning of August. They are already looking for new gardens to add to the group so if you would like to offer your garden for inclusion in 2014 and you live within reasonable walking distance of the village centre, please get in touch. Sarah Ratcliffe, 01435 873310.

SUMMER FAIR: The St Thomas of Canterbury Summer Fair will be held this year on Saturday, July 6 in the lovely garden of St Leonards-Mayfield Convent from 10.30am until 2.30pm.

OFF ROAD RIDING: Licences are available for riding in Park Wood, Mayfield. This gives horse riders a chance to ride safely off road for less than £1 a week. For more information contact Deb Findlater at

MAYFIELD BAND: Imagine the scene: a warm sunny Saturday afternoon in Mayfield. The shopping has all been done, and quiet has descended on the village. The pub lunch has been consumed, you’ve got that Saturday afternoon feeling, but with the football season finished, there’s no excuse for lazing around. Luckily, the Band has anticipated this very situation arising, and so on Saturday, June 1 they will be putting on a free open air concert, an informal affair so you can relax on the grass and listen to the music, while the kids are off in the park kicking something. And as if you are not already over excited at the prospect of great music to the backdrop of the glorious Sussex countryside, they will also be putting on some tea and cakes. And so, dear music lovers, tea lovers, cake lovers, and lovers of lazing around. They will be performing outside the Bandroom in Court Meadow, so this is very much the band at home, and you will be welcome to put your head in the door and view their humble abode, and savour the heady aromatic mix of metal, oil, and dampthey all know and love. And if you or the kids want to know what it is they all get so excited about, apart from the smell, why not come and have a go on one of the instruments during the interval. So, no need to book or buy tickets, just bring along a deckchair or picnic blanket, and enjoy brass music as it was always meant to be enjoyed. There will be some seating available but it will be on a first come first served basis. They will obviously be at the mercy of the elements, so in the event of bad weather they will have to cancel, and will post a notice on the day. Alternatively, if a stroll along the promenade is more your sort of thing, then come down and see them on Eastbourne bandstand on Sunday, June 16, where we will be performing an afternoon concert at 3pm. I believe the entrance fee is three or four pounds, and it’s a really nice way to pass an afternoon. But if it’s something a bit louder you’re after, they will also be joining their sister band, Lingfield, for a “Last Night of the Proms” concert on the bandstand on Sunday, June 9 with the traditional firework finale.

SUMMER CHURCH FETE on Court Meadow, on Saturday, June 8 between noon and 4pm. There will be lots going on such as our annual novelty dog show, tractor rides, Grand Raffle with fabulous themed hampers as the prizes, a bouncy castle and children’s corner (with games and activities), our popular barbecue and bar, a Pimms stall, bottle and chocolate tombolas, and cream teas.

FLOWER GUILD: The St Dunstan’s, Mayfield, Flower Guild are celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by decorating St Dunstan’s with beautiful flowers for people to come and visit over the weekend of June 1 and 2, between 9am and 6pm. Refreshments will be served in the church on Saturday morning between 11am and 1pm so we are hoping people will visit the church and stay for tea and coffee too.


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 on Friday morning from 10am till 11am in the village hall. There will be some tempting goodies to purchase, such as homemade cakes, a variety of cooked food, plus eggs and flowers. You can also purchase your bedding plants, hopefully over this Bank Holiday weekend and you may be able to plant them out, providing there will be no more frost.

VISIT: Newick Twinning Association are off to visit Itterville, France (this is the town Newick is twinned with) on Friday morning. Enjoy your trip and the lovely French food and of course the wine.

CRICKET FIXTURES this weekend are, first XI are away to St Peters, second XI are at home playing Wadhurst, the third XI travelling to Bexhill V and the fourth XI will be playing at Temple Grove against Rye IV. All these games commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday Newick will be at home entertaining London Unity Club. As it’s the Bank Holiday weekend there will be another game against Piltdown at home on Monday at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am (BCP) followed by Informal Morning Service at 10.30am. Sunday is the Church’s Gift Day. There will also be Evensong at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday evening at 7.15pm.

FUTURE EVENTS: Neighbourhood Plan next meet in the village hall on June 8. Seaford Half Marathon is on Sunday June 9. Further details, entry and sponsorship forms can be obtained from website closing date for entries May 26.


CUBA: I’m back from my annual trip to Cuba’s FitCuba fair. Cuba’s changing, but it’s carefully controlled and for the best. But what’s going on in this country? I’ve had the heating on all the time and I’m wearing winter clothes.

FOURWAYS WI met at the Methodist Hall on May 13. Following the business of the evening the resolutions were discussed and voted upon to be taken forward to the NFWI AGM in June. We then had tea and biscuits and time to chat whilst the raffle was drawn, then an enjoyable half an hour playing the game Hoy which some of us hadn’t played before, fun was had by all. The competition was a flower from the garden: 1, Mary Wells; joint 2, Elsa McCaul and Carol Marchant. The annual outing will be instead of our June meeting so we will next meet on Monday July 1 at The Luxford Centre at 7.30pm. New members very welcome.

POLICE SURVEY: Please could we ask for you to take a couple of minutes to complete the latest police survey. This survey has been constructed to help us develop a better understanding of the issues that matter to you. Once we have collated all the information, we will use this and data from other meetings to identify the policing priorities for your area. Policing priorities are important in ensuring resources are targeted correctly and efficiently. The survey will only take a couple of minutes, after which time you will be forwarded to the Sussex Police website for Wealden. From here you can find contact details for your local officers. Please click on the link

LUXFORD CENTRE for over 60s. Tuesday June 25, trip to Monttisfont Abbey and Rose Garden, a National Trust property alongside the river Test near Romsey, Hants. Coach cost £15.50, entry extra. Sunday August 4, day trip to Bath, the Roman and Georgian City. Cost £21. Both trips will pick up at Uckfield Bus Station and can be booked at the Luxford Centre.

LUNCH: Hempstead Field Residents Association are holding The Big Lunch on Sunday June 2, noon to 3pm at Uckfield Rugby Club. Just a picnic, the bar will be open to all if you fancy something alcoholic. Admission will be free. There will be face painting, bouncy castle, beat the goalkeeper, cake stall, music and a display of art produced by local artists and a chance to meet up with friends and neighbours. It would be really helpful if you could let us know if you’re coming. You can do this by emailing Richard at, posting a message on our Facebook page:, tweeting Wendy on Twitter: @ManorHempResAss, or by post to Peter at 2 Woodlands Close Uckfield TN22 1TS

LIONS CLUB: After a busy April Lions gear up for their summer fund raising. It’s been another busy and successful month for the Lions. The beginning of the month enabled them to review the results of their Grand Easter Egg Raffle. Having decided in advance to publicise that all the proceeds would go toward the £250,000 the Lions have committed to raise for the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance to facilitate night flying operations, baskets were placed in 19 local hostelries, and with the help of the publicans and the support of the residents of Uckfield and District, after deducting their expenses they were able to send another cheque for £1,000 to the appeal. They have also given on behalf of the people of Uckfield £300 to Operation Florian sending refurbished firefighting equipment to Serbia, £2,000 to Care for the Carers in this area, £500 to SightFirst, £500 to the Lions Korle Bu teaching eye hospital project in Ghana and £260 to Ryll Lions Club to help them with flood relief works (this in addition to massive funding from their Lions International Relief Fund) and £925 to PHAB. At their business meeting at the beginning of the month Lions Graham Russell inducted yet another three new members, Frank Phillips, Les Sully and Francis Driscoll joined the Uckfield’s familiar group of service volunteers and charity fund raisers. The April social meeting with their Rotary Club friends for a meal and to play skittles at The Chalk Pit was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. The fact the challenge match was won by Rotary, who despite Lion President Graham’s constructive scoring thrashed the Lions is only due to Rotary fielding Wendy, who we are sure was a ringer, although they did recover their composure in the individual Last Man Standing Knockout with Lion Les Sully’s performance. Now it’s all hands to the pumps for their summer fund raising push. As well as continuing to run their Bridge Cottage Bookshop, which becomes even more popular with the warmth and the sun coming out, and the running of the monthly quiz at the Pig and Butcher on the first Tuesday of every month, preparations are in hand for their next events. These will start with their free Diabetes Testing service activity on Saturday June 1 in Uckfield High Street, where with the help of professional nurses they hope to exceed even last year’s record figures for people attending. That will be followed on Sunday June 2 with the Annual Uckfield Lions Day Fete in Luxford Field celebrating their 44 years of service and fund raising in the town, where in addition to arena events there will be stalls, refreshments ,a car boot sale, games, entertainment, and children’s facilities. Then there is a Tinshake at Tesco’s on June 7 and 8 to cover as well. This will be followed on Sunday July 14 by their third annual 10k Fun Run from Uckfield Rugby Club through the scenic wood and parkland of Buxted Park, charging participants an entry fee of £8 for what is becoming known as the prettiest fun run in Sussex. See, or contact Lion Bob Eaves 01825 764638.


FOOD AND FUN: The Five-Star Food Weekend will be a terrific two-days of events, so keep the weekend of June 1 and 2 free for some fun. There’s an Open Garden at Cransford, Little London on Saturday June 1 and the 5-Star Food Fair in the Waldron village centre on Sunday June 2. Cransford is on the little London Road between Horam and Cross in Hand, a quintessentially English garden, sloping away from a beautiful terrace, with quirky corners and hidden paths. Open from 11am till 5pm on Saturday June 1, you can drop in for coffee and biscuits in the morning or enjoy a cream tea in the afternoon, stroll round the lake, have a go on a super-raffle, buy plants for your own garden, and home-made cakes for your larder. Parking and entry are free and all donations will go towards the repair, maintenance and improvement of our two churches. On Sunday June 2, the centre of the village will be closed to through traffic from 6am while stalls are erected for the Gourmet Food Fair, organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches. Approach the village via Warren Lane or Firgrove Road in order to park free. There will be local producers of imaginative food, entertainment including Punch and Judy, two bands and a children’s entertainer, a village picnic (we supply some tables, you bring chairs) and a Strawberry Fair with competitions and demonstrations, so lots to do for the whole family. The Food Fair will be open from 11am until 4pm and the road will be cleared and re-opened by 6pm. If you don’t see a copy of the leaflet, give me a ring on 01435 812036 and I’ll make sure you get one.

TOMBOLA: If anyone would like to offer something for the bottle and chocolate tombolas, which the Friends of Waldron Churches will be running at the Food Fair, please give me a ring (01435 812036) and I’ll arrange collection. Any offerings will be gratefully received.

CRICKET: Waldron Cricket Club will play its next league match tomorrow, Saturday, at home against St Peter’s II starting at 1.30pm. Supporters welcome.

SUMMER OPENING: The Stores now stay open until 4.30pm. Why not drop in for a cream tea one afternoon (except Monday)?

SERVICES: Sunday is Trinity Sunday and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am (Simon Hobbs), Sung Eucharist at St Bart’s at 9.30am (Rev Malcolm Jones) and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Lay readers Tim Hough and Christo Corfield).

LATE NEWS: There’s to be a last-minute addition to the Food Fair on Sunday June 2, a fantastic prize has been given for raffling. More details next week.

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MERRY WIVES: Tickets for the Village Players production of The Merry Wives of Windsor will be on sale tomorrow, Saturday, at the Dunn Village Hall from 11am to noon. Then they will be available at The Stores from Tuesday. Rehearsals are going well under director Kirrie Wratton, and sets etc are also nearing completion. This is an outdoor production on the Green, so the first 110 seats sold each night will have a guaranteed seat in the Dunn Village Hall if it is wet, so book early. Looking ahead, we will be putting on the 1920s comedy Make Way for Lucia by John van Driten based on the novels by E F Benson. This theatre supper style production will run from 20th to 23rd November. Auditions will be on Sunday July 7 (10am to noon) at DVH and Monday July 8 (8pm to 10pm) at the Chantry Middle Lane, Turners Green. Audition pieces will be put on the website. When looking for the website, don’t forget to include Rushlake Green in the search. There are a lot of Village Players out there, but we are the best.

CHURCH SERVICES: Trinity Sunday. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30pm Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 5.30pm Songs of Praise. Heathfield Chapel: 11am morning worship and 6.30pm evening service. Both services will be led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Our next walk is on Wednesday at 6.30pm. We meet at Chyngton Farm, Chyngton Lane, Seaford. This is off the A259. The June walk is earlier than normal on the 12th at 6.30pm. We meet at Rocks Farm Lakenhurst Lane, which is off the Woods Corner to Ashburnham road.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and Company is a coffee morning open to all, meeting on Thursdays from 10am to noon, at Osborne House, Rushlake Green. Any surplus made is donated to various charities. Several times a year a special morning is held for a particular cause. A couple of weeks ago it was for Pevensey Ward (oncology) at DGH, Eastbourne. Over £300 was raised, which has been made up to £500. A donation of £50 has also been given to The Spinal Injuries Association.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that schedules for the annual flower show, are available from The Stores. These give full details of the whole weekend’s (July 27 and 28) events.