Parish pump Uckfield - May 25, 2012

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: Tonight’s film at the village hall is Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France. It contains prehistoric artwork. This documentary by Werner Herzog lasts 1hr 35mins. Doors open at 7pm for drinks, coffee and cakes, with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests pay £6.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4 For All at Punnetts Town Village Hall, an all age informal service.

JUBILEE: The village will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee next Sunday June 3. The day starts with a family service in the church at 11am. All residents and those with close associations with the village are welcome to the village hall and green for the day’s events starting at 12.15pm. There will be a barbecue from 12.30pm on the terrace, using locally sourced produce. A DVD of the Golden Jubilee Party at the Palace will be shown in the hall. There will be games on the green during the afternoon or you can watch the River Pageant on the big screen. A 5pm BSG WI will provide a tea party for the children, living within the village. At 6.45pm, a reception on the terrace precedes the loyal toast at 7pm. For those who want to continue there will be a bring and share supper.


AGM: The Seagulls Over Burwash Club are holding their AGM tonight, Friday, at The Bear at 7.30pm. All members and prospective members are welcome to attend, to find out how their the first year as a Brighton and Hove supporters club has gone and plans for the next season. The club has enjoyed the first season of matches in the new Amex Stadium, sometimes travelling to away games as well. Well done to those who got this club off the ground and given pleasure to so many.

MUSIC: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. Talented local singers and musicians will entertain you from 8pm. The licensed bar will be open. You are all invited to go along for an evening of fun and music.

SUPPER: The annual Spring Supper takes place tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 each to include a two course buffet supper and musical entertainment, available from the newsagents or Shirley Viney on 01435 882497. All proceeds to the maintenance of the hall, which this year includes repairs and decoration of the exterior of the building and sanding and re-varnishing of the main hall floor.

LUNCH: Burwash branch of Age Concern Lunch Club will meet on Monday at the Bear Motel for the monthly lunch. If you are over 55 years old and would like to attend you should call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Harris on 882080 to book your places. It costs £8 for a delicious two course lunch. Transport may be available to anyone who needs it.

JUBILEE: On Thursday afternoon from 3pm, the children at Burwash Primary School will be holding an opening ceremony to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. They hope to have some traditional country dancing and singing as well as cakes and tea before the opening ceremony. Headteacher, Debbie Gilbert invites you all to go along and join in this special occasion, using it as the start of the many community gatherings planned for the Jubilee weekend.

WANTED: We are looking for a back copy of the village broadsheet. I have had a request from a gentleman asking if anyone knows if the St Bartholomew’s Broadsheet was published in January 1940. Research in the village has drawn a blank, but if anyone has a copy and would be happy for the gentleman to see it, would they please contact me so that I can pass the information on. We thank you for your help.

QUIZ RESULT: The latest postal quiz came to an end on May 1, and after checking answers we discovered that we had six clever people with 100 correct. The names were put into a draw at the last whist drive and Shirley Viney pulled the lucky winner, Dot and Buster Rowland of Hailsham. They have been sent their prize money. Thank you to everyone who takes part in these quizzes. The next one is due out in mid September, the subject will be something completely different.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is TGI Sunday at 10am.

LYDFORDS: To celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Lydfords are inviting all to join them on the June 5 from 3 pm. There will be a buffet and a sing-along accompanied by Geoff on guitar, and there will also be a raffle. For further information please ring 01825 840259.

DENIS’S CRICKET: At last, the good news is that we had our first game of the season last Sunday. We sent a squad to Eastbourne Martlets and held them to a reasonable score of 152-6 with their captain making 61 of them. Mark Randle was the pick of our bowlers with 4-27 and Drew Smith (Nicki Sinden’s boyfriend) got 2-26. There was an excellent tea to follow their innings and then it was our turn to bat. Oh dear, 27 all out. We are hoping for better things this Sunday when we entertain Beeding and Bramber at 2.30pm for our first actual home game of the season. By then our Goblins will have played their first match away to the Fairies on Wednesday. They have a strong looking team on paper and for the bar afterwards but will they perform on the pitch?

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 20 May 1761: ‘…In the afternoon Mr Porter and myself went up to the dwelling house of the late Mr Piper and took a rough kind of inventory of the stock on the ground, household furniture and husbandry tackle of the deceased. Came home about 7.20. Pretty busy in the shop all day…’

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Variety of market stalls including cards, cakes, jewellery, scarves, flowers, local beef, sausages, eggs, jams, pickles, vegetables, plants, bric-a-brac and raffle. Tea and coffee, bacon rolls. All welcome. For further information contact Sandy on 01825 840648.


CLAIRVOYANT EVENING at Primrose Hall this evening, Friday from 7.30pm to 9pm with Rev Bill Baker. £5 at the door. Contact (01323) 766435 or 07716 225582 for further information.

ST MARY’S SERVICES this Whit Sunday are Holy Communion, Pentecost, at 8am. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Invest Wisely, is at 10.30am. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church (on Hawkswood Rd) is at 2.45pm and Holy Communion back at St Mary’s is at 6.30pm, How long - O Lord?

CORINTHIAN CHURCH services on Sunday is from 11am to noon with Derek Marney at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments.

HAILSHAM RAMBLERS are off to Hellingly and Abbots Wood on Sunday for a 7-mile walk with Bob (847682). On Wednesday the walks group are doing the 5-mile Willingdon, Wannock and Folkington circular with Jan (501315). The Strollers are also off on Wednesday to walk the Barcombe riverbank to the Anchor Public House with Nobby (440624). If you would like to go along on any of these events, please ring the walk leader for the details.

BATES GREEN is holding an open garden for charity organised by the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday. There is wheelchair access to at least the main features of the garden, dogs on short leads are welcome, there will be plants for sale and refreshments. This is a plantsman’s two-acre tranquil garden of interest through the seasons and has areas with work in progress. There are further dates in July and September.

THE MOHAIR CENTRE has an open day on Sunday, celebrating the first birthday of the nursery, from 11am to 3pm. Entry is Free. Light refreshments will be available and picnics are welcome. There will be lots of things to see and have a go at for all the family and an opportunity to see what The Mohair Centre has on offer from nursery care, children’s holiday play scheme, after school club, Woodland School for all ages and lots more. Also on the farm there is fun at lambing and kidding time. The Mohair Centre is at Brickfield Farm, Chiddingly on the B2124 just passed Golden Cross.

A COFFEE MORNING and Indoor Market in aid of Demelza Trust is being hosted by Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm. Non club members welcome. Email or phone 01323 840459 for more information.

OUT AND ABOUT GROUP have some great visits lined up for the summer. On Wednesday there is a visit to Latchetts, the gardens of Laurence and Rebeka Hardy. If you would like to go along, meet at South Road car park at 2pm. The cost of £13 includes entrance and tea. There are more outings coming up to Hampton Court Flower Show, and a walk to accompany the Olympic Torch. For further information contact Christchurch office on (01323) 844428.

SUMMER TREE FARM at Bodle Street has an Open Garden, whatever the weather, for The Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals on Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. Entry is by donation. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be served. You may bring cakes, produce and plants for the stalls. Summer Tree Farm is off the A271 at Windmill Hill, proceed to Bodle Street and follow the Open Garden signs.

A JUBILEE Thanksgiving Service is to be held at St Mary’s Church, on Sunday June 3 at 10.30am for all ages to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen with civic representatives, special children’s activities and celebration refreshments.

GARDEN PARTY: A Jubilee Garden Party is to be held at the Vicarage, Vicarage Field on Tuesday June 5 from 2.30pm to 5pm with fun for all the family including cream teas, cakes, games and quizzes.

DEAD SEAGULLS found in the Hawks Road area were collected by Gull Rescue and on examination were found to have been shot with an air rifle or similar, according to the Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter. If you have seen or heard anything please do not hesitate to contact the PCSOs.

OPEN STUDIOS: There will be quite a few pigs and chickens as well as the familiar cows on view in local artist Veronica van Eijk’s Longleys Studio Barns. The exhibition is part of the South East Open Studios 2012 event and will also include colourful ceramics and silver jewellery. Our delicious home-baked cakes, coffees and teas will be served in the barns and gardens again and as usual all proceeds of the refreshments will go to our local hospice St Wilfrid’s. The studio will be open the first three weekends of June. For more info see


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

TAKE THAT CONCERT: Heathfield’s Rotary’s Take That and Tina Turner tribute concert is getting closer and excitement is building. Co-organiser Jack Hampton said 22 hospitality tents have been sold for the night. Each tent will seat either 10 or 20 guests. Supporting the event are: Print Matters, Sainsbury, the Co-op, West Woods, H&R Solicitors, Heathfield Funeral Directors, Holiday Shed, Manningtons Accountants, Trading 4U, Goldsmith and Allcorn, CY Logistics, C&S Autos, Simon Filler, Balcombe’s retailers, Louis Martinez Hairdressers, Sarah Tate Photographers, EDF Energy, Keymark Locksmiths and Wealden Business. Taking part will be the Heathfield Community College 15-piece swing band and the Acapella Singers who will entertain the audience from 6pm to 6.45pm going onto the main event at 7pm. There will be a short interval between. There will be a representative of Help for Heroes on the night who will address the audience from the stage to thank them for their contributions and also thank Rotary for its efforts. Jack said tickets are selling extremely well. There will be some available on the night but you’ll have to pay with cash, there are no credit card facilities available on the field.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet at East Dean CP GR 557977 at 10am for a nine mile circular walk via Friston Forest, Seven Sisters and Birling Gap. Ring 01892 516191 for details. On Wednesday, meet in Uckfield. Park in the road near the college and leisure centre GR 479214 at 6pm for a four mile walk through Buxted Park and Buxted. Ring 01825 763698. Hooray, this is a shorter walk for people who like to ramble but don’t feel up the eight or nine miles usually on these itineraries.

ANNUAL SHOW: Heathfield Riding Club annual show on Sunday, June 10 for showing, jumping and dressage at Balklands Farm, Meres Lane, Cross-in-Hand. Entrance by Paygate Kennels by kind permission of Geoff Ticehurst. Entry fees: Jumping, showing and dressage, £5 per class. Pairs £10 per class. Late entries £2 extra per class. Show secretary, Sandra Clark. Summersbrook Farm, Dern Lane, Waldron TN21 0PN, ring 07979 815323 show day only. Copies of schedules and entry form downloaded from:

FILM MAKERS: Heathfield MP, Greg Barker, has called for local amateur film makers to enter Film the House, a national competition that celebrates up-and-coming amateur film producers, directors and script writers across the UK. Film lovers of all ages are urged to get their creative juices flowing, and submit their amateur films. Greg will nominate his top film from the area for the national competition, which aims to also raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights, film and the creative industries. Categories include drama, thriller, action, comedy, music video, documentary, as well as a separate category for under 18s which can be any genre. The closing date for nominations is June 30 and the winners will be announced on October 30 at a special reception and screening of the winning film at the House of Parliament. For more information on how to apply visit .

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: Boy band Keane who hail from Bexhill have a new single release Sovereign Light Café and made a promotional video in the town a couple of weeks ago. They needed a marching brass band and invited Heathfield Silver Band to appear with them in the video. Sixteen band members responded at short notice and the sun came out on the seafront as they were filmed marching with Tom, Keane’s lead singer, leading them towards the café as he sang Sovereign Light Café. Other local community groups also appeared, including belly dancers and Edwardian cyclists. It was the second time the band has appeared in a promotional video having made one for the National Lottery some years ago. The band marks its 125th anniversary next year and will be celebrating with a series of events, including a concert on July 21 this year. Keep a track of them on their website:

ROGUE TRADERS: Cowboy contractors are due to be out and about with the TV digital switchover date for East Sussex set for May 30. They may attempt to charge exorbitant fees for installing equipment or carrying out unnecessary work. Rogues trying to make a fast buck off the back of the digital switchover are targeting the vulnerable. They have left a train of victims in their wake across parts of the country where the TV digital switchover has already happened. With the impending digital switchover in East Sussex please check tradespeople out before employing them.

PARKSIDE SCHOOL has a host of events planned for the rest of the term. These include an Able Writers’ Day today, Friday, with the poet Brian Moses, and involving children from other schools in the area. This happens all day with a break for lunch between noon and 1.15pm. On Thursday, there will be a Diamond Jubilee Celebration when children will spend a day dressed as kings or queens. There will be a picnic. On Wednesday, June 27 there will be a summer concert involving children playing instruments and singing. The concert starts at 6pm and will last until about 7.30pm. On Saturday, July 30 the school holds its summer fete. And on Wednesday, July 4 the year three class has a visit from Animal Magic, an organisation which brings unusual animals into schools. On Tuesday, July 10 between 10am and 11am and 1.30 and 3pm the schools holds its sports day. On Wednesday, July 18 between 6pm and 7pm there’s a curriculum exhibition and on Thursday, July 19 at 10am an achievement assembly when several children will receive shields.

ON JUNE 4: 10.30am planting of Jubilee Oak at the Jubilee Park, Ghyll Road; 11.15am planting of Jubilee Oak at Theobalds Green; 9pm, Goward Hall, informal reception with wine and nibbles; 10pm gather at Cade Street for lighting of the Beacon at 10.15pm. Everyone is invited to take part in the celebrations and we look forward to seeing you. Admission free.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL: Young musicians and artists were the undoubted stars of the 2012 Mayfield Festival, which concluded on Sunday (May 13) after 10 consecutive nights of stunning performances. This popular Festival of Music and the Arts, now in its 42nd year, presented an impressive roster of up-and coming-stars, including award-winning guitarist Sean Shibe, the Finzi Quartet, sisters the Rose Trio, and girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School. The East Sussex village was host also to several more established names, including the sell-out John Wilson Orchestra and Tenebrae, considered to be Britain’s finest choir, who gave a dramatic concert in historic St Dunstan’s Church. Local artists were celebrated also in an exhibition organised by Mayfield’s Dark Horse Gallery, featuring an art trail around the High Street and art and craft workshops ending on May 19. During the biennial event it was announced that the current Artistic Director was stepping down after eight years with the Festival. Describing his tenure as ‘one of the happiest music-making periods of my career,’ the distinguished tenor Neil Mackie CBE took the opportunity to thank Festival supporters, saying ‘It has been an enormous privilege to have been part of such a fine community… Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to sustain the four festivals that have taken place under my direction. Long may the Mayfield Festival continue to blossom and enhance the community as a whole.’ Neil will be succeeded by conductor, musicologist and broadcaster Jeremy Summerly. Speaking of this appointment, Festival Chairman Jonathan Jones said ‘We look forward to many years of collaboration with Jeremy. For the immediate future we have tasked him with exploring innovation without compromising quality, looking further at village inclusion and outreach to schools, and making the Festival something that goes beyond being a series of concerts every two years.’ The next Mayfield Festival is set to take place in 2014, with all details published at

ASHDOWN FOREST: The Conservators tell us approximately 34 Hebridean sheep will be grazing, within electric fencing, in the area known as Jumpers Town (below the Enchanted Place near Gills Lap). There will be grazing warning signs posted in the two nearest car parks Warren and Dumpys. Please keep your dogs under control or, if you are unsure, on a lead when approaching the flock.

FOOTPATH WALK: This month’s walk is on Sunday. They meet at 10am in South Street car park. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767 for details.

JUBILEE STREET PARTY: The street party will be held on Sunday, June 3 from noon until 5pm in the High Street. Tables and chairs will be put out so people can bring a picnic; organisers have confirmed that there will be the pizza man, hog roast and ice cream vendors and there will also be the Mayfield Band and Marco the magician to entertain the children. They hope to have a couple of other bands as well. Mayfield is a great community to be part of and events like these are always well supported. Volunteers are wanted to help out and it would be good if anyone could spare a couple of hours on the day helping to set up or put away tables and chairs.

STOOLBALL: The club has now started the season and would welcome new players of both sexes. They play on a Thursday night either at Five Ashes or the away games are played in the Hailsham/Eastbourne area. Please note in your diaries that they are having a Quiz Night on Saturday, June 23 at 7.30pm in the Five Ashes Village Hall. The tickets are £5, there will be nibbles provided but please bring your own drink and any food. Tables of up to six will be available, so please book your table with Sue Wren on 01825 830520.

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: As is usual the groups have continued to be very busy. The Beavers have now enrolled three more members, giving a round dozen in the colony, with plenty of space for more. In this Olympic year the Beavers decided to try a new sport and had a taster session of rugby, thoroughly enjoyed by all. They had a fantastic Easter egg hunt and card making. The Cubs had a great trip to Broadstone Warren with archery and the low ropes challenge. In what seems to have become an annual event the Cubs spent a complete evening collecting litter on the Memorial Playing fields. They collected well over 12 bags of rubbish. The Scouts had a wonderful trip, again to Broadstone Warren, learning how to light fires without matches; they were shown at least six ways followed by learning how to skin a rabbit. Not for the faint hearted, all found it very interesting. St George’s Day parade and service was thoroughly enjoyed by all in the group with a fine turn out. They are now preparing for their part in the May Fair which promises to be lots of fun. Diary dates are: May 25 to 27, Ashdown District Jubilee Camp; June 22 to 24, Broadstone Warren 75th Anniversary Camp; August 4 to 13 Mayfield Scout Camp, Llangollen Canal. Dennis Blurton says there has been little response to his request to provide a leadership team to restart the Girl Guide Section. It takes a while for such messages to get through so he is happy to repeat it again. Currently local girls are excluded from the burgeoning national membership but it only needs some local interest to enable the formation of a leadership team. There is also a need for a few more members of the Supporters Committee, which meets four times a year. Just let him know on both counts of any interest and he will provide information. Dennis Blurton on: 01435 872039.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, morning in the village hall from 10am till 11am.

REMINDER: Just to remind you that the Heathfield Show is on this weekend.

THE BOWLS CLUB have two games this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are away to Horsham and on Sunday they are at home to the Insurance Association. Both games will commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB first XI are away to Battle, the second XI are playing at home against DPB (Eastbourne), the third XI are away to Robertsbridge III and the fourth XI will be playing at home on the Temple Grove ground. All games commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday match is against London Unity at home from at 2pm. I am sure that all the people that are playing outside sport are longing for a sunny day. The Junior fixtures are Tuesday Ansty away for the under 11years olds and the under 13 year olds will play on Wednesday at home to Cuckfield. Both games start at 6pm.

GIFT DAY: Sunday is the Church Gift Day, Holy Communion at 8am followed by the Morning Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ring in advance 01825 722582.

THIS WEEKEND we welcome the families from Itterville, our twinning town in France. Fingers crossed that the weather will hold and they will enjoy all the activities that have been arranged for their stay in Newick.

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their meeting on Tuesday in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. The public have the opportunity to ask question at the commencement of the meeting.

JUBILEE WEEKEND: I trust everyone is getting prepared for the Newick jubilee Bank Holiday Celebrations commencing on Friday June 1. There are lots of interesting things being organised by clubs, societies, and pubs for the whole weekend. Next week I will give you all the details.


BACK AGAIN: I’m back from a Cuba trip. Cuba’s gradually changing, but it’s for the better and they’re being very careful about their environment. Travelling from right to left is OK, but I’m suffering with terrible jet-lag after travelling from left to right. Any advice is welcomed.

CHEESE: Sussex High Weald’s next cheese-making courses are on June 15 and 16. It really will save you a lot of money. Call 01825 791636.

UCKFIELD FESTIVAL July 13 to 22. Ceilidh on Friday July 20, 8am to noon at Ridgewood Village Hall. The band is The Sussex Pistols’ with caller Vic Smith. There will be a bar. Web site for ceilidh band

SUMMER EXHIBITION: Members of Uckfield Art Group have begun preparations for their Summer Exhibition which is due to take place at the Luxford Centre on Saturday June 2. Their latest paintings, drawings and greeting cards will be displayed and many will be available to purchase. Delicious home-made cakes and liquid refreshments will be available throughout the event. Doors open 10am to 4pm and admission is free. All welcome. Look out for the posters which will be displayed around the town in the next few weeks. 0182576 5021.


SHOP PROGRESS: This week our shop, the Stores at Waldron has been closed for two days so that the kitchen area could be refurbished. Deborah and Caro will now have more working surface to prepare the food and drinks which are proving so popular with residents and visitors alike. Our little shop is now open from Tuesday to Sunday, offering fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled and frozen food as well as a good range of breakfasts, lunches and teas (and of course, don’t forget the cake).

SUNSHINE AT LAST: Just as I was beginning to think that the sun would never shine again and that I’d be in my winter woollies for ever, the temperature has started to climb and I’ve dared to get out my short-sleeved stuff. The big question is, will it be warm for the Jubilee weekend? We’ve all got our fingers crossed because we have a great programme planned.

JUNE 1: Rehearsals are well advanced for Britannia Rules OK! our concert at All Saints’ on Friday June 1 which launches our Jubilee weekend celebrations, starting at 7.30pm. It’s song and drama with a large cast and all based around the history of the Queens of England, the gore and the glory. Entry is free, there’ll be refreshments in the interval and there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of Waldron Churches, to help repair the belfry roof. Come and get in the mood for the whole cheerful weekend.

VILLAGE CRICKET: Saturday June 2 will be the day on which Waldron’s cricketers will be contesting a league match against Chiddingly. Enjoy a lazy afternoon’s cricket at the Cattam (the recreation ground) and book a cricket tea in advance by ringing 01435 862694.

SUNDAY 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 haven’t a 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 big TV screen 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, to round off what we hope will be a very special day there will be a Festival Choral Evensong at All Saints’.

GORGEOUS GARDENS: On Monday June 4 there will be three beautiful gardens open in Brittenden Lane for you to visit from 11am to 5pm. 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. Our Jubilee Beacon Bonfire will be lit on the Cattam at 10.26pm (precisely) to round off the weekend as we join the rest of the UK in the great jubilee chain of 4,000 beacons across the UK. HM the Queen will light the final beacon at 10.30pm at Buckingham Palace.

MUSIC AT THE STAR: Over the Jubilee weekend, the Star will play host to three music sessions. On Saturday June 2 at 9pm John Crampton will perform his foot-stompin’ blues and bluegrass music. Then on Sunday, Paul Lefort will be sponsoring the Wakin’ Snakes to play at our Jubilee Lunch. The weekend is rounded off with String Theory coming along at lunchtime on Monday June 4. What a treat for our ears.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, Whitsunday. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

THE SHOW: The local show takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at Broad Oak. I refer of course to the Heathfield Show, which has something for everyone. Show jumping, livestock, machinery (farm and garden), rural crafts and pursuits, and many stalls to shop at. It is a good day out, and at the time of writing, the forecast was good.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 11am Morning Worship. 4pm 4 For All at Punnetts Town Village Hall, an all age informal service. Jane Atherden was commissioned as the 17th Street Pastor in Heathfield, last Friday at the Union Church. She joins this group of dedicated volunteers who go out on the streets in all weathers on Friday nights and at special events, to befriend people, particularly the young. PCSO Matt Neve said that the incidence of anti-social behaviour had been reduced over the four years that the Street Pastors have been operating in Heathfield. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Pentecost Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Ewart Helyar and 6.30pm evening service with Tony Wood.

JUBILEE: Next weekend will be a busy one. On Friday June 1, the village hall will hold a special ploughman’s lunch from noon. On Saturday, we move outside. Firstly with a parish walk, starting at 10am from St Mary’s Church. A circular route via Rushlake Green will be followed, with refreshments at Watermill Farm, kindly provide by Ian and Isabel Collet. Later we have the Jubilee Tea Party on the Green, from 3pm to 6pm. The road between the Stores and the Horse and Groom will be closed from 2.30pm, so that tables can be laid out for the tea. Residents will be asked to sign the Jubilee book, bring a picnic and join in the activities (no charge but there will be prizes). Music will be provided in turn by Warbleton Brass Band, Dan Stewart and band and Gough Radcliffe and his fairground organ. There will be races and other games, plus terrier racing. There are competitions for children’s Jubilee Painting and Jubilee Crown. Please bring a home baked cake decorated with your own design. These will be judged and put with the others to create a cake tapestry. Once viewed, it will be available to eat. The oldest and youngest residents will be awarded prizes. At 5.30pm a Jubilee Group photo will be taken, you will be able to get a copy by email. A time capsule will be buried in the autumn with a commemorative oak. Peter Dunn will give the loyal toast at the end of the afternoon. For more info, please see Adel at the Stores. On Sunday we will have a Jubilee service at St Mary’s with a bring and share tea at Punnetts Town Rec. On Monday from about noon, we have the Church Hill Challenge, when all sorts of gravity powered vehicles will descend the hill and see how far they can get up Kingsley Hill. There will be refreshments available and full details are to be had from the Black Duck. As well as the competition itself, there will be prizes for the best go cart etc.

RGWI: 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. Want to know more or need transport phone Pat on 01435 830227. Meetings are at 7.30pm at the Dunn Village Hall.