Parish pump Uckfield - May 30, 2014

Bodle Street Green

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 tonight, for light refreshments, and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome at £6 per head.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet service in the car park, or in the church rooms if wet. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.


WELL DONE: Last Saturday, mother of two Laura Carver took part in the London to Brighton run. Despite getting soaked and having sodden and blistered feet she made it to the end. She left London at 7am, stopping for comfort and lunch, after which she walked, then jogged before running again. With her wonderful family supporting her all the way she reached her destination at 11.45pm. Laura says she was really impressed with the organisation of this run and with all the stewards making this possibly one of the best events she has taken part in. She was running in memory of her sister Becky, raising money for St Peter & St James hospice. Her sponsor forms are in Londis and the Bear. Well done Laura, we are all extremely proud of you.

STOOLBALL: Last Friday, Burwash Ladies Stoolball Team had their first league match of the year when they played at home to Chiddingly. Chiddingly won the toss and chose to bat with Emma scoring 28 and Rhiannon 31 to reach 113-8 of 13 overs. Becky Waterhouse took three wickets for 30 runs and three great catches. Burwash then took the bat and with steady determination from Toni 77 retired and Nicky MacKay 32 retired passed their target to reach 136 for 0 of their 13 overs. A good win for the start of the season. The team will next play at home to United Friends tonight, Friday.

TALK: 90 year old Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE will be giving a special talk on Thursday evening at All Saints Church, Old Heathfield, at 7.30pm. Mr Clarke is president of the Royal Air Forces Ex-Prisoner of War Association and Chairman of Bomber Command Association. He flew 18 operations including raids on Berlin, Stuttgart and Leipzig. He was a POW in Stalaag LUft 3 and experienced the retribution of The Great Escape. His talk will no doubt be interesting and full of details of those dreadful times. Tickets are available from Vicki Colne on 01435 862695 at £5 each.

AFTER EIGHT: The ladies of the Burwash Common After Eight Club will be taking a walk for their June meeting. They will start and finish at the Star in Heathfield. The walk, which is being organised by Birdie Johnson, will be for all members and any well behaved dogs and husbands. The walk will end with a meal at the Star. Please call Jan McCartney for more details. The After Eight Club organised a coffee morning in aid of Admiral Nurses, dementia care in the community and raised £1,030 in just two hours. Well done them and thank you to all who supported them.

PAVILION NEWS: The pavilion at Burwash Common recently held their AGM. The meeting heard that the Burwash Common Cricket Club were in great need of players as some of them were still at university and college. They also heard that funds were available for a new tractor shed, improvements to the disabled parking area and other projects. Reports were that the monthly quiz night was always popular and usually a sell-out, but the music night could use more support. The music being of a wide variety and therefore something for all tastes. The music night is on the fourth Friday of the month.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will be held on Thursday evening at the village hall from 7pm. These are fun evenings with some laughter and great camaraderie. Entry is £3 and includes light refreshments. There is also a raffle held. Players of all abilities are welcome to join the fun. Partners are not required so don’t stay away because you are on your own or your partner doesn’t play.


BOWLS: Buxted Park Bowls Club held their Captain and Chairman’s Day on Sunday in the rain. Before the start of the match they held a minute’s silence in memory of their founder member Les Court, who died recently, aged 91. Thirty two members then played four rinks of 21 ends, the result of which was a win by the Chairman’s team by six shots. After the game all the members enjoyed a buffet supper.


CRICKET: In an excellent and very close game Chailey emerged victorious with only three balls to spare when they met Preston Nomads III. A strong 61 from Danny Andrews was well backed up by Willie Boone (43). Four wickets each from Morgan Jones-Hockley (4-35) and Peter Dembrey (4-48) earned a nail-biting victory. Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a league game against Staplefield starting at 1.30pm at the Sports Ground just off the A272. On Sunday there is a friendly game at Colemans Hatch at 2pm. For more information about the league or friendly team call Peter on 07709946880. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church on Sunday, Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Derek Heyman and at 6.15pm.

RHODODENDRON INTERPRETATION: Find out more about the rhododendrons at Sheffield Park and Garden on Monday, and Saturday June 7. Members of the park’s horticultural team will be on hand to answer questions about the rhododendrons; how to identify, raise and care for them. Normal admission charges apply.

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CROP CIRCLES will be the topic of discussion at the WI meeting, in the village hall, on Tuesday at 7.45 pm. Speaker Andy Thomas has for more than 20 years investigated many enduring enigmas, including crop circles, UFOs, ancient prophecies and a multitude of classic conspiracy theories and is a leading lecturer on unexplained mysteries and global cover-ups. He wrote Vital Signs: A complete Guide to the Crop Circle Mystery and is the world’s most prolific writer on crop circles. Andy’s presentation on the extraordinary phenomenon of crop circles is likely to be thought provoking and promote much discussion and as such is thought it will appeal to a wider audience. The WI members invite you to join them; please do go along as this is likely to be a very interesting and entertaining evening. There will be a £2 nominal charge for visitors which includes refreshments.

FRIENDS of Markstakes Common undertake activities that include practical conservation work, surveying and monitoring the wildlife on this valuable and interesting site. Coppicing work has been carried out in the south east corner. The Hornbeam and other young trees have been cut and the area will be monitored for new growth during the coming months. If you would like to get involved or simply want to have your say on the future of the Common why not join the Friends by completing the application form available at The Friends have a working party on Monday mornings throughout the year from 9.30am until 12.30am; meeting at the gate in the flint wall at Markstakes Lane. New volunteers for task days and wildlife monitoring are always welcome so do go along and help with the sensitive maintenance and restoration of this valuable and individual site.

SMALL GRANTS to local organisations are considered by the parish council in July each year and applications need to be submitted by June 30. Community grants offer financial support to local groups and organisations and are usually in the range of £100 to £500. A grant application form and a copy of the council’s grant policy may be obtained from Vera Grainger, the parish clerk, on 01825 740409 or downloaded from the community website at


AS I WAS not too well last week, I missed the deadline, so some of you may not have seen the email link for UK Power networks so it’s in again. For those of you who have followed the Committee hearings in the Commons, it does seem that finally the utilities bosses are being taken to task for their treatment of their consumers.

PANTO: It came, it went, and it was wonderful. A huge bouquet to all involved, the sets were stunning, the costumes were sumptuous and the cast were brilliant, as always. Special thanks must go to Charlie Stringer and Nick Howard who proved on Saturday night that the audience are as funny as the cast, and that village shows have something that professional shows lack, the link between both sides of the curtain, which is a living thing. I was particularly pleased to see that there are youngsters who are stepping up to take over in the future, which is a vital part of the Chiddingly Festival tradition. There were many young parents at the performances who were themselves on stage in previous years and whose own children will pass on the tradition. (Oh yes they will).

VILLAGE SHOP: I can now recommend the Victoria sponge and am continuing in my cake-based research, regardless of the consequences to my waistline. There is French conversation for all levels every Thursday, starting at 9.30am.

POWER CUT OVER CHRISTMAS: If you were affected do get in touch with and get your voice heard. Those of you following the Special Committees in the Commons will know that at last the CEOs of the utilities are being brought to book about their care of their customers. As I was writing this, there was a momentary cut and all this column was lost, from the last time it was auto-saved. All of us who work from home are vulnerable to power outtages, however caused, and to low broadband speeds. Remember the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is a very large organisation that represents all SMEs and those of us working at home, and has considerable lobbying power with the Government.

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY: Many members of this live in, or have links with HCS, and many more come to the regular concerts at the State Hall. So it is with great pleasure that I announce that, following the fabulous and hugely enjoyable production of Tosca, where HCS formed the chorus, and South Downs Opera did the rest, and splendidly too, there will be a production of Aida in October 2015. As the only criticism of Tosca was that there was only one performance, there will be three October 13, 15, and 17, 2015. For further details and photographs from Tosca see

FINALLY: If you see me out and about round Chiddingly, on four wheels or four feet, I will be starting my training for Rio 2016, so stop and have a chat if you’ve time. If I’m making funny faces it’s because I’m practising the Handel and making my horse keep in time with me, very good for all concerned.

East Hoathly

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

THE CHURCH FETE will take place on Saturday June 14 in the Rectory garden, Church Marks Lane. All the popular stalls return, food, drink, books, games, raffles and much more. Music will be provided by the Warbleton Brass Band, and another local dignitary gets gunged, all in the name of charity. The fun starts at noon and finishes at 4pm.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk is on Sunday June 8 at The Bulls Head, Boreham Street at 2pm. Further dates for your diary: AGM and dinner, Friday June 13, 7.15pm in the village hall. Visit to the British Wildlife Centre, Saturday July 19. Further details from Jenny on 01825 872830. New members and guests very welcome.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEATHFIELD SHOW: At the time of writing this, we don’t know how many people went through the show gate but my guess is that it is equal, if not above last year’s figure. After a wet start, the sun emerged and visitors flocked into the showground, filling all car parks. I think it was the best show of the ten or so I have been to. There seemed more activities for children, more (and varied) trade stands, some interesting activities such as the gun dog training demo (of great interest to us at present with a new, manic gun dog), birds of prey, the amazing motorbike stunts in the main ring, the hound parade and fabulous, as ever, cattle, sheep, pig and poultry exhibits. The horses as always were turned out magnificently. Mrs PP noted one lady in the private driving class wearing a pink Chanel jacket topping her driving apron and a matching tweed trim to her top hat. Her bay gelding would have worn the Chanel too if he could. Show hunters blazed with a shine as bright as guardsmens’ boots. As usual the steam exhibits fascinated. It’s good to see the country display itself so brightly and with great assurance. We are a rural community and the Heathfield Show is the chance for our farmers to come to town. Tottingworth Farm’s shop looked good too. We’ll be popping in to sample some of their wonderful steaks. Well done all. We hope the mud underfoot did not hamper clearing up operations.

FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS’: Colin Saunders, of the Friends of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield (FASCOH), sent us the following information: A Born Survivor, Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE, is the next item on the ThursdayTopics programme at The Space, All Saints Church on Thursday. Charles Clarke is President of Royal Air Forces Ex-Prisoner of War Association and Chairman of Bomber Command Association and now aged 90, is a born survivor. As a member of 619 Squadron Bomber Command, he flew 18 operations including raids on Berlin, Stuttgart, and Leipzig. Aged just 17 his Lancaster bomber was shot down over Bavaria. As a POW in Stalag Luft 3 he experienced the retribution following the ‘Great Escape’ when 50-recaptured escapees were shot, murdered under orders from Berlin. In the coldest winter in living memory -30C, he was one of more than 80,000 POW’s who were force-marched west across Poland, Czechoslovakia and Germany. During Europe’s Long March, Charles survived the three month ordeal, fighting frostbite, dysentery, typhoid and even the allied bombing. Please book your tickets in advance for what will be a sell-out evening. Doors open 6.30pm and the talk will begin at 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Tickets price £5, cheques payable to Friends Of All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield, are available from Vicki Colne, Nettlesworth Farm, Nettlesworth Lane, Vines Cross, TN21 9AR. Tel 01435 862695 email

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: From the newsletter a report of men charging an elderly resident an excessive amount of money to clean windows has been sent to police. The men drive a grey Mitsubishi L200 partial vehicle registration WM07. Police have reason to believe these men may also be involved in criminal activity. Do not allow them into your home and always contact Sussex Police on 999 if they attempt to enter. To report any suspicious behaviour please call 101. They have also seen a number of vehicles broken into and handbags stolen in the Ashdown Forest and other beauty spot car parks. There have also been theft of items from vehicles in local attractions. Always remove valuables from your car or risk having them stolen.

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’ Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion. No other services this Sunday as it is CTH United service 11am at the Community Centre. St George’s Broad Oak. No services this Sunday as it is CTH United service at 11am at the Community Centre.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Saturday, June 7 from 10am to noon, St Richard’s holds a jumble sale to include bric-a-brac, books and a tombola. Proceeds to church funds.

BROAD OAK PRE SCHOOL: The pre-school says a very big thank you to Stuart French, of French and Sons, Taxis and Garage Services, who is donating £1,000 to support the continued development of Broad Oak Pre School Forest School. They are now able to purchase resources and plan new exciting activities in a woodland environment for all children attending the pre-school aged two to five years. The project has also been supported by David Unsworth White, who has provided and erected the fencing and Scats, who donated the gate. They have also received further financial donations from Keith Hunt Scaffolding, KSV Vending, and Keegan Consultancy Services. Readers of the Sussex Express generously donated items such as old tyres, wooden pallets, bird houses and tree stumps, more of which will be needed in the future to keep the area evolving. They are celebrating the official Open Day on Saturday June 7, 11am to 2pm. If you are looking for a pre-school place for your child this is a great opportunity to visit. This will be the first such Forest School for pre-school children in the area, a movement gaining momentum in the UK because it helps to connect children to the natural world around them, away from TV and computer screens. They aim to work with the six principles of the Forest School, one of which fits very well with their ethos; ‘Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.’

UNEMPLOYMENT: I realise many readers are not in Charles Hendry MP’s Wealden constituency, but this information from him also has relevance to anyone living in the district. He says figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics have confirmed the continuing trend of lowering unemployment in Wealden and the UK. The figures have put those claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Wealden at a record low for the last five years. Peaking in March 2012 at 987 claimants, this comparative figure has now fallen to 597. This represents 1.2 per cent of the economically active population, aged 16 to 64 years, in Wealden, which is three times lower than the national average that now stands at 3.6 per cent for April. Overall unemployment has now fallen to 6.8 per cent, or 2.2 million, in the UK which is also a new five year low. Mr Hendry has responded: ‘I am always delighted, yet never surprised, to hear that Wealden is besting the averages. Even at its peak back in 2012, Wealden’s unemployment figures were less than half the national average. These figures are testament to the hardworking and resilient people of Wealden, as well as the economic recovery this Government is instigating. It is important to remember that these are not simply figures, but represent more and more real people being afforded the dignity of work and an opportunity to get on in life. Long may this continue.’

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Come along to our first Meet the Chamber event on Wednesday, 6pm, at the Showroom, Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, and listen to a councillor and two officers from Wealden District Council give a presentation on the objectives of their Streets Ahead project. This project could have an impact upon us all so it is vital that you come along to the event and hear, at first hand, the recommendations. In partnership with the Heathfield Partnership Ltd and Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council we have arranged for a presentation by Cllr Nigel McKeeman, Helen Marwick and Michelle Gray from Wealden District Council on the Streets Ahead project. Streets Ahead has been researched by a group of Wealden councillors over the last 10 months, working with, and visiting the towns and larger villages within Wealden, looking at their shops and creating surveys to find out how the council can work better with them to support their communities and their regeneration efforts. A representative from Surrey Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance will also be attending so they can be presented with a cheque for the money raised by the Chamber for them during 2013/14. In addition, there will be the usual networking opportunities. Please feel free to bring along any colleagues or business acquaintances. This is a free event with complimentary refreshments supplied by bowden2. For catering purposes we need to know numbers, so please email if you are able to attend. Please email today, Friday.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

LITTER PICKING: The litter picking team has continued to keep the village clean this winter, going out on days and times to suit themselves. The

parish council are extremely grateful for their generous enthusiasm in what can be a rather thankless task. They are also aware that a number of residents pick up litter as a matter of course when they go about their daily business. It is heartening to know there is such pride in this beautiful village. With better weather on the horizon the litter pickers will now return to meeting-up as a group each month during the summer and they always welcome new volunteers. They meet in the High Street outside Manor House (the parish council office) at 9.30am on the second Saturday of each month. The upcoming dates are June 14, July 12 and August 9. Volunteers will be equipped with gloves, grabbers and bags.

QUIZ SHEETS: The latest quiz sheet is out and is available from Peckish or the back of St Dunstan’s Church. The quiz sheets are £1 each and are sold in aid of Mayfield and Five Ashes Primary Schools, this money enables the schools to buy various things without dipping into other pots. These sheets have been going now for 13 years and raised a total of £5,600, giving each school just over £2,400 as well as £760 which has been given out in prize money. If you would like to support the schools why not buy a quiz sheet each month, there is a £5 prize. The quizzes are all worked out from books, bits seen in magazines etc. and not just from a computer. If you have a problem getting one they can be posted or e-mailed (stamps required if posted please), and you can pay monthly or annually. Thank you to all our regular supporters.

BINGO NIGHTS: Mayfield Bonfire Society is still running monthly bingo nights again up until December. Organisers say everyone should try to go along and brighten up their evenings with a bingo night, they take place in the Scout and Guide Hall on Fridays at 7.30pm. There is also a raffle and refreshments. Transport can be provided to and from the venue. The dates are June 18, July 15, August 26, September 17. For further details contact Kevin Leeves on 01435 872057 or mobile 07973 727189.

TALK: Organisers say it was great to see Mayfield Local History Society’s talk on Sussex Bonfire so well supported. It was a very interesting talk with the slide show and really did inform members why the bonfire traditions started and why they must be maintained. They are looking into the possibilities of bringing the bonfire back to the village on carnival night, another Mayfield tradition that unfortunately lapsed. Volunteers and help would be needed. If you would like to help or find out more about the bonfire society, please do contact them. You can reach Jo Lee, Chairman, on 01435 872717 or 07855 231888 or email The bonfire society would like to thank Jason from the Carpenters Arms for all his help and support and wish him all the very best in the future.

CRICKET CLUB: As well as the Cup Finals and England World Cup matches, the cricket club will be showing the Froch v Groves boxing match tomorrow, Saturday. The bar will be open and food available. Regarding venue hire, the club is available for hire for a variety of uses. They have successfully arranged events as diverse as pilates to birthday parties and weddings. They can offer a venue-only hire or a fully catered package and they have a fully licensed bar. For more details regarding bookings please contact Andrew Watson The Colts training started on Friday, April 25 with a huge turn-out. The sessions will run right through the summer term and holidays, ending in late August. It is not too late to join, U8s are at 5pm to 6pm, over 8s from 6pm to 7pm. Food available at the clubhouse for hungry kids. Bar open from 4.30pm. Register through the club website. Sunday breakfasts full English breakfast is available from 9.30am on Sundays. They say it’s the best cooked breakfast in the league.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to

11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE BOWLS CLUB are playing East Grinstead away tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. On Tuesday they have a game against Mid Sussex John Spriggs Pratice at 6pm at home, they also have another fixture on Wednesday against Ringmer at home at 2.30pm.

CRICKET: This weekend the first XI play Buxted Park away, the second XI will be playing at home against Eastbourne III, the third XI will be playing on the Temple Grove ground against Mayfield III, and the fourth XI will travel to Lewes for a game against Lewes St Michaels III. All these matches are league games and play will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday friendly game will be away at Ardingly at 2pm. There is also a mid-week game on Tuesday against Brighton Normads at home at 2pm.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by the Family Service at 10.30am.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION will be meeting on Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.30pm when hopefully their speaker will be Simon Stevens. Simon is an archaeologist and historian on World War 1. Visitors welcome.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be holding another meeting on Thursday June 12 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. There are three speakers, Patsy Bailey, Costica de Larrabeiti, and Lisa Sang, who are people that run fitness classes. They will explain why it is worthwhile to spend time bending and stretching, mind and spirit. So why not pop along and find out about where their disciplines come from and how they work. For further details telephone 01825 72154 or 722650. Have a great afternoon.

MEETING: On June 12 Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their monthly meeting in the village hall at 8pm, when Mark Saunders will give a talk on A Head Gardener’s Year. This will be based on a year in the garden at Fittleworth House, West Sussex, including everything from plants grown, pruning, seed sowing, vegetables and wildlife, plus flowers shows, fast cars and even a Lancaster Bomber. Entrance is £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors. This will certainly be a very interesting evening.


NEARLY JUNE: It’s nearly June already and I’ve never been so white. I don’t know where this global warming’s happening, but it’s certainly not in my back garden.

MANOR PRIMARY Art Competition, prizes to be awarded at The Big Lunch on Sunday. The Big Lunch’, a community picnic open to everyone, being held on Uckfield Rugby Club’s field on Sunday will see the young winners of an Uckfield art competition receiving their prizes. The competition, organised jointly by Manor Primary School and the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association, was open to years 5 and 6 and attracted over 100 entries. The children were asked to submit pictures of their favourite tree on Manor Park and Hempstead Fields, an area which is fortunate enough to include numerous examples of magnificent mature trees. Prizes will be awarded to the best three entries from each year, the top prizes having been sponsored by George Moss the High Street jewellers. Paul Sparks, Chairman of the Association said: ‘The judges were impressed by the very high standard of this year’s entries and it is clear that all the children had a great deal of fun creating their pictures. Last year the pupils’ ideas helped us to design our excellent logo, which we are very proud of. We will be announcing the winners at around 1pm at the Big Lunch so there will be plenty of time later for families to go on to other events being held around Uckfield if they wish to. There will be lots to do at the lunch to entertain both young and old alike, including a bouncy castle, yoga head massage and a dog show. Entry is free and all are welcome (dogs to be kept on leads please and no alcohol to be brought in).

CARERS WEEK: We are holding an event for Carers week in Heathfield on the Wednesday June 11, 1pm to 4pm. Please find attached the poster for the event. We will be having stalls, coffee and biscuits, conversation, some free complementary therapy tasters, talks and demonstrations. It is to link in with National Carer’s Week, and we aim to identify hidden carers in the community and generate greater awareness of unpaid carer’s roles and what services there are available for carers. my telephone number 01323 301122.

LIONS CLUB: Uckfield Lions Club are celebrating yet another prominent member of the community joining their ranks. After supporting the club for many years and having been a frequent visitor to their events and meetings, ex-Town Mayor John Carvey was finally inducted as a member of Uckfield and District Lions Club. John joined the ranks of our local Lions Club at their recent business meeting, being welcomed into the club by President Lion Steve Leonard, sponsored by Lion Graham Russell and supported by Lion David Skinner. He explained that having relinquished his mayoral duties he felt that he now had the time to commit to them, where his local knowledge and contacts will be as invaluable as the extra pair of hands. He looked forward to his baptism of fire, which will be at the forthcoming Lions Fun Day. Contact us at our Bridge Cottage Bookshop, on our website listen to Uckfield FM or call Lion Bob Eaves on 01825 764638.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet service in the car park, or in the church rooms if wet. All pets, and their owners welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with John Casse and 6.30pm Evening service with Tony Wood.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: Each Thursday the doors of the Osborne House Community Room, opposite the shop, are open for coffee and company, from 10am to noon each Thursday. Local residents volunteer to staff the event and any surplus made is given to charities. Every so often a special event is held for a specific charity. Recently one was held for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, and I am delighted to report that a cheque for £500 has been handed over. The next specials are August 7 YMCA and October 10 the Air Ambulance.