Parish Pump Uckfield - May 31, 2013

bodle street green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The annual summer fair in aid of St John’s is on Saturday 2nd June, at the village hall and green. There will be a hog roast, Pimms, many stalls, vintage vehicles, bouncy castle and plenty of games on the green. Warbleton Brass Band will be playing during the afternoon. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Family Pet Service in the car park (weather permitting otherwise in the church). St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.


APOLOGIES: The village hall committee apologise to anyone who had tickets for the spring supper last weekend, it was unfortunate that the event had to be cancelled. Those who had purchased tickets will receive their money back. We hope you weren’t too disappointed.

JAZZ: St Bartholomew’s church is playing host to a Jazz evening tomorrow (Saturday) night. The Clink Jazz Band, tribute to Duke Ellington, will be their to entertain you. Saxophone, piano, bass guitar and vocals. The fun begins at 7pm. Tickets are £15 each to include a glass of wine and a fork supper available from the Flower House or Ros Cloke on 01435 884312.

AGM: The annual general meeting of the Burwash Jubilee Community fund is being held on Wednesday at the Bear motel at 7.30pm. You are all welcome to go along to give support and make suggestions for the future of the community fund. Where would this money be best used. Would other village parties be the way forward, perhaps to celebrate St George’s Day? Your thoughts and ideas would be welcome. Call Halina Keep for more details.

BRIDGE: On Friday June 7, there is to be a fun bridge evening at The pavilion in Burwash Common. Players of all levels of experience are welcome to go along. Partners are not required as you will be changing them throughout the afternoon. The fun begins at 12.30pm with a light lunch, tea/coffee. Cold drinks available at the bar. Play will commence at 2pm. Tickets are £10 each available from Anne Gray 01435 882442 or Susana Price 01435 863332. Proceeds will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Appeal.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will be held on Thursday evening in the village hall at 7.30pm. This fun evening is great for meeting new people and having and enjoyable game of cards. Entry is £3 per person and includes light refreshments. A raffle is also held. For more details please call me on 882107. We have players from several other villages join us and you don’t have to be the expert to play with us.

OPEN GARDENS: This years Open Gardens will be on Sunday June 23. Several of the pretty gardens that are behind the houses of the Burwash High Street will be open to the public. More details later. Meanwhile the committee have organised a big raffle with some amazing prizes, that will be drawn on this day. Please ask one of the committee for a book, they are £5 for five tickets. First prize if £100 and all proceeds will go towards the fund for the new front windows at the hall. Call me on 01435 882107 for connecting with one of the committee.

STOOLBALL: Weather permitting the Burwash ladies stoolball team will begin their 2013 outdoor season with a home fixture against Little Common. The match begins at 6.45pm at the Swan Meadow playing fields, Burwash. refreshments are available at the end of the match. They will be very pleased to see you there.

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PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday, June 9, the Preservation Society will be leading their monthly footpath walk. They will be starting from the Litlington Tea Gardens in Litlington at 2pm and should be back for tea and cake at about 4pm to 4.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to come along and dogs must be on leads in case of livestock. Further details or any doubts if the weather looks dodgy, please ring Jenny on 872830.

CHURCH FETE: This year’s fete 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: Wednesday 3 June 1761: ‘In the forenoon rode to several places to collect in some land and window taxes, but could not succeed…A remarkable wet night and all the forenoon, it having rained almost successively for 48 hours very hard, so that there are the greatest floods ever remembered in this neighbourhood, and doubtless, a great deal of grass spoiled.’


CONGRATULATIONS: Firstly, many congratulations to Jan Kemsley who was recently awarded the Marjory Pegg Salver for Services to the Community. A richly deserved acknowledgement of Jan’s tireless work in our village.

COMMUNITY SOCIETY: It is almost time to renew your membership of Fairwarp Community Society which expires on June 30. If you would find it more convenient to set up a standing order for your subscription or to pay electronically please e-mail or send £4 per person to Jan Kemsley, Hon Sec, FCS, c/o Lampool Edge, Lampool Corner, Fairwarp TN22 3DS or come along to our stand at the fete or our AGM on Wednesday June 26, 7.30pm for 8pm in the village hall. This year there will also be a talk by Mark Powles entitled Volunteering as a Games Maker at the 2012 Olympics and a chance to see the design for the new pavilion at the Fairwarp Queen Elizabeth II Field. At present we have three vacancies on the FCS Committee so if you are interested in joining us please call Jan on 01825 713477 or Louise on 01825 712518 for a chat or download a nomination form from the website to be returned by Wednesday June 19.

SPRING CLEAN: For various logistic reasons the Spring Clean of Christ Church churchyard has had to be postponed until the autumn. To do it now would be much too disturbing for the nesting birds. When we do announce the autumn date please do let Russell know beforehand if you are going to be able to come along and help (713531). There is quite a lot of organisation involved especially with the waste removal so we do need a guarantee that sufficient people will be there.

SHEEP: Approx 40 plus of the Hebridean sheep are now out, grazing on the Forest, at Jumpers Town, with another 32 located at the Isle of Thorns. They are behind electric fencing (which is on, so don’t try and test it) and warning notices have been posted at all approaches. Please go and have a look but dogs on leads please. Also if you see any sheep worrying please let them know asap on 01342 822846.

ON WEDNESDAY June 19 Christ Church invites you to take tea at the Fairwarp Ritz in the village hall from 3pm until 5.30pm. Tickets cost £5 per person and are available from Liz Gutteridge and Pam Bailey 01825 764781 or 01892 652684. Full afternoon tea will be served to the accompaniment of the pianoforte. Make up tables of four. Why leave the village on a June afternoon when all this is available locally in the Hall? We look forward to welcoming you.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Saturday June 22 Christ Church is holding a Quiz Night in the village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £8. For more information call Jenny on 01825 712188.

FIRST PRIZE in the recent fancy dress Pirate Night at the Foresters Arms was awarded to Mark Powles. Or was it Cap’n Jack Sparrow? Also at the pub, on Friday June 7 at 8.30pm, is Jon McDevitt, adult humour comedian.

THE FINAL AMOUNT raised at the Send A Cow coffee morning was a magnificent £851. This will buy a whole cow, plus goats and chickens for an African family. Well done to the host, Ursula Bunbury.

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, art and craft group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, June 15, 10am to 4pm St Richard’s art and craft group exhibition in the Church, admission free. 7.30pm Concert, Music for a Summer Evening with the Wealden Consort. Tickets £10 to include refreshments. Ring 01435 862362 (Linda) or 01435 866072 (Alice).

FIRST RESPONDERS: Bobby Hamilton has contacted us with the following information: Heathfield has been late in setting up a First Responders organisation but, under the chairmanship of Dr Tim Williams, we now have three trained responders and two under training. An important component of the kit carried by each responder is a defibrillator, to be used in cases of cardiac arrest. When the South East Coast Ambulance Service respond to a 999 call suggesting a cardiac arrest they may advise the caller that a defibrillator is located on the wall of the fire station in Heathfield or in the telephone box in Waldron. They will do this if they judge that the caller, or a friend of the caller, can reach the location of the defibrillator and return to the patient before the anticipated arrival of a responder, of an ambulance. The instructions covering a defibrillator are clear but, rather than await an emergency, and a cardiac arrest is an emergency, it is preferable to learn how to use it from an expert. Readers may be interested to learn that Heartstart, the British Heart Foundation, will be holding a training session at All Saints Church, Chapel Green, Crowborough on tomorrow, Saturday, between 2pm and 5pm. Techniques to be covered include dealing with heart attacks, cardiac arrests, choking and bleeding management. As the course involves getting down on hands and knees for practice of resuscitation on manikins, ladies may wish to wear trousers. Those interested should email It comes as a surprise to learn how frequently, between Five Ashes and Punnetts Town, such emergencies arise.

CROSS IN HAND WI: Following a ploughmans lunch served by the committee, members were asked to vote on the resolution, To Save our High Streets. As is well known, there has been a steady decline in high street shopping with many shops closing daily. The WI is hoping to stem this decline with a national campaign to encourage its members to support their local shops. This will be discussed at the National AGM in Cardiff on June 1. Birthday flowers were given to Gill Becker, Georgina Braithwaite, Della Humber, Joyce Bryant and C Luker. The flower of the month competition was won by Marion Pearson. Gill Poulton won a garden token for the competition Five Blooms. A visit is planned to Merriments Garden Centre next week and the next meeting on June 26 is at the garden of a committee member. The secretary recently organised a fashion show in aid of WI funds at the Heathfield Community Centre which was very well attended by members and friends from a wide area of Sussex. Please contact 01435 812819 or go to to find out more.

A TIME TO PLANT: The Friends of All Saints Old Heathfield have organised a series of talks in The Space at the rear of the church and are looking forward to the visit of Graham Gough from Marchants Hardy Plants in Laughton on Thursday at 7.30pm. Graham’s illustrated talk will combine inspiring and practical ideas for large and small gardens alike. Tickets are available at the door, or can be booked in advance from: 01435 862618.

MIDSUMMER 10K: The local running club for Heathfield and the surrounding villages is in the final stages of preparation for its annual 10k race to be held on Sunday, June 23. The Heathfield Road Runners’ Midsummer Race starts at the Rugby Club in Cross-In-Hand at 10am and takes participants along a hilly, but very pretty route down Back Lane, through Lions Green and Waldron and back up to the Rugby Club to complete the 10k loop. If you would like to try out the race and support your local running club, please visit www.heathfieldroadrunners.comwhere you can enter online or by post. It’s a well supported and organised event, with all abilities very welcome and prizes up for grabs for those who come first in their age categories. The entry limit is set at 300 people and entries will be taken on the day subject to availability. Volunteers to marshal the route and to look after the water station would be very much appreciated, please get in touch with Graham Chapman on 07967 658523 or via who will gratefully receive your help. For any sponsors who are interested in advertising at the event, please get in touch with Graham as well.

DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. This month members learned about The Great Twelve ie the 12 senior livery companies of the City of London. Sadly very little remains of their original halls due to the Fire of London in 1666 and Second World War bombing but their traditions live on and their charitable foundations have a wide impact through their schools and hospital foundations. Fenella Billington, herself a Skinner, gave us an entertaining insight into 500 years of city history. Next month Douglas Skeggs will talk about David Hockney at 2.15pm on Tuesday June 11 in the Community Centre. It promises to be an interesting afternoon. Non-members are welcome but places are limited so please contact 01435 873258 to reserve a place.

HISTORY SOCIETY: An evening of oral history delighted members at their meeting this week. Mrs. P. Selby talked about her work with the Sussex University Oral history Project, the AONB council and the Ashdown Forest Residents. She read from the journal of William Raper, an eighteenth century social observer who travelled around the Ashdown Forest talking to the commoners and farmers. Many of his contributors were in their 70’s and 80’s and described life in the second half of the 1700’s. Mrs Selby interviewed and recorded Ashdown Forest residents in 2004. Their reminiscences went back to the Second World War and beyond. In all a 300 year time span. Members were struck by how little had changed for the rural commoners and cottagers between 1800 and 1950. They still collected bracken and heather, they still chopped trees and they were still wary of the Reeve. However, the Second World War changed all that when the forest was alive with Canadian and US soldiers, tanks and even planes. Since 1960 our modern lifestyle has changed not only the activities but even the landscape. The open spaces and cricket pitches are now covered with trees. Their next meeting will be on Thursday, June 20 at 7.30 at Heathfield Community Centre when they will hear about “A Victorian Naturalist”. This month there were several new faces at the meeting. Why don’t you join them in June? Everyone is welcome. A reminder that their outing is to Hampton Court Palace on Sunday, June 30. There are still places on the coach. If you would like to join them contact Chris Cade on: 01435 860734

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THE ART EXHIBITION at the Horam Centre held on the weekend of May 10 to 12 was a great success for the three artists, Andy Thurgood, Penelope Coomber and Norman Starley. All artists sold some of their work. The exhibition was well attended. A very supportive and interested crowd of people came along on all three days. Saturday proved to be the best attended day, some people came on more than one occasion. Each artist has left some works of art displayed at the Horam Centre on exhibition and for sale. As a result of such a successful weekend the artists have made arrangements to have a follow up exhibition on November 15 to 17.

COMPANION DOG SHOW in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the village hall on Saturday June 8. Entries from 11am, judging commences at noon. Pedigree and novelty classes, refreshments, tombola. Local businesses have been very generous so lots of lovely prizes to be won. Contact Geraldine Fribbens 01825 732836

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

OPEN GARDENS: On June 9, 11am to 5pm, six Mayfield gardens will be open for charity under the National Gardens Scheme. They are: Tew Cot, Yeomans, Meadow Cottage, Hoopers Farm, Warren House and Mayfield CE Primary School. This year the gardens will be open from 11am so there will be more time to wander round and enjoy the day. 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 with: Sarah Ratcliffe on: 01435 873310.

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. Further details will be announced shortly. In the meantime, please make a note of the date of this well-known and happy event. For details contact Kevin J Hennessey on 01435 872245.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Now it’s time to celebrate the rare horticultural achievement mentioned earlier, namely the inclusion of the village primary school’s garden in this year’s National Gardens Scheme. The garden joins Hooper’s Farm, Meadow Cottage, Tew Cott, Warren House and Yeomans in opening their green spaces to the public on Sunday, June 9. The inclusion of a school in the scheme is a great achievement, and reflects the immense time investments of MHS stalwarts Eddie Du-Cann and Ken Audsley, who, when not planning their strategies for defeating each other in the vegetable sections of our annual shows, have worked tirelessly with school mothers Amy Reynolds and Anna Smith to create this wonderful spectacle at the school. The garden include raised beds, compost areas and even a greenhouse, and many of the school’s classes are using the garden to learn more about the role plants play in our lives. So a blooming big well done to Eddie and Ken on their achievements. Please do find time to see the fruits, and vegetables and flowers, of their labours, come June. If for any reason you weren’t one of the 60 or more people who attended the AGM in March, then it’s possible you’ve not yet renewed your membership for this year (our annual membership lasts from March to February). Or you may be considering joining us, but are unsure where to collect the hallowed MHS card. You’ve two choices: either join in person at Rosina’s Fabrics in the High Street (paying by cash), or write to our membership secretary Louise Pitcher at West View, West Street, Mayfield, TN20 6BA (paying by cheque). Joining costs just £5 per year and for this small amount you enjoy free entry to our talks, which are otherwise charged at £2 each (we’ve four speakers before your membership ends, appearing on November 15, and then next year on January 17, February 21and March 18). You also enjoy 10 percent off purchases from Millbrook Garden Centre, Jarvis Brook; 10 percent off horticultural products purchased at Heathfield Ironmongers, and a 10 percent reduction at Shanks Nursery, Burwash. All this said, it’s important to state that exhibiting at our summer and autumn shows is open to everyone. So if you want to show off your flowers, vegetables and crafts or your flowering arranging or culinary skills, then please participate in our summer show (Saturday, July 13) and autumn show (Saturday, September 14), both taking place in the Memorial Hall.

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 tomorrow, Saturday, they will be putting on a free open air concert, an informal affair so that 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, welcome to Tea and Tunes with the Mayfield Band tomorrow from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Court Meadow. They will be performing outside the Bandroom, 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 damp that we all know and love. And if you or the kids want to know what it is that 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 if you haven’t got your own, 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, but luckily it’s going to be warm and sunny. Alternatively, if a stroll along the promenade is more your sort of thing, then come down and see them in Eastbourne.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: At a meeting on February 22 members voted overwhelmingly to make a return visit to Bletchley Park. Many new exhibits have been prepared since their last visit. Accordingly, Rob Foster has booked a group tour at Bletchley for Wednesday, July 3. Tickets will be available from Warwick Child at £35. Subject to traffic conditions on the M25, the journey time is expected to be two and a half to three hours. Departure from Mayfield is thus set for 8am from opposite the Middle House.

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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; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. 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.


CRICKET FIXTURES tomorrow, Saturday, are: First XI at home against Iden, second XI away at Eastbourne III, third XI at the Temple Grove Ground against Lewes Priory III, fourth XI are playing Crowhurst Park IV away. All these games will commence at 1.30pm. The Sunday fixture is away to Barcombe. This game will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am.

TALK: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday June 13 at 2.30pm in the Community Centre when the speaker will be Dr Catriona Good, Consultant Neuroradiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Haywards Heath. This should be a very interesting afternoon.

OPEN GARDENS: On Sunday June 23 the Gardens will be open at the Old Rectory. Tickets £5 from 01825 722607 or 722253. There will be cream teas and plants for sale. This is by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs S Welton. The event is being organised by the Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice.


WEATHER: The bad news is, the weather’s still awful. But the good news is, there are some excellent bargains in the shops. This year must be a nightmare for the Rag Trade, plus a lot of other trades.

OP BLITZ: Your Operation Blitz team will be patrolling your area on Friday evening. Contact the team direct, between 6pm and midnight, by calling 07787 685768. Operation Blitz is a police scheme aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and low level crime.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society May meeting was a talk and slide show by Mr Lanaway, a retired lecturer from Plumpton Agricultural College entitled Sussex Wood through the Seasons. Brocks Wood at Plumpton was a tangled wood in 1982 when Plumpton College first took it over. A survey was taken of the flora a fauna before any work was undertaken. There was some species around the edges of the wood, but the centre had very little wildlife or flora. Rides were introduced within the wood to increase light entering the wood and to provide a more diverse habitat. Within 12 months wood anemones appeared in abundance, the temperature within the wood was three degrees warmer, insects thrived, butterflies and caterpillars appeared, encouraging the birds to arrive for a tasty meal. It is known that this is an ancient woodland as it was recorded in 1790 and contained mature hardwood trees at that time. Pendula sedges, and spindle are also indicators of the ancient woodland. Mr Lanaway is licensed to net and ring birds. As a result he has the most amazing close-up photographs of many species. Their weight, sex, and wing length, are recorded. The next meeting will be on Monday June 10 when Mr Lynn will give a talk entitled Pests, Poisons, Parasites and Potions at 7.30pm in the Ashdown Room of Uckfield Civic Centre. All welcome Visitors £3.

CONCERT: The Uckfield Singers will be performing their showcase Summer Concert, Gotta Sing, in the Civic Centre July 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5can be obtained from Gale and Woolgar the Jewelers in Uckfield High street from July 1. The Charity we are supporting will be Macmillan Cancer Support. For further information go to

MANOR PARK Hempsted Field Residents. If you would like to look at the minutes of the last committee meeting, please follow this link Our Big Lunch event is on Sunday from noon to 3.30pm at the Rugby Club. This family picnic should be great fun for all the family.

CAR BOOT SALE: Holy Cross School PFA are holding their monthly Car Boot Sale next to the Farmer’s Market on Luxfords Field car park tomorrow, Saturday, 8am to 1pm. Pitches are £7, just turn up from 7.15am, first come first served.

WINE TASTING: St Michael and all Angels, little Horsted are holding a fund raising Tutor Wine-tasting Evening on Friday June 14, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start at Little Horsted Church. Go along and enjoy an evening in the church and learn from Charles Mears-Lamb of Noble Wines about a number of different wines from various countries. Tickets £10 per person available from Jenny Georges or Noble Wines, 140 High Street, Uckfield. Proceeds in aid of the church roof fund


SUNNY HOLIDAY: Unexpectedly the Bank Holiday weekend was fine and sunny and brought us all out in our gardens and in the village. Even the Heathfield show (traditionally cold and damp) was blessed with dry weather. Sun changes everyone, making us more sociable and cheerful. Conversations take place in the street and there are people sitting outside the pub at the picnic tables and outside the shop. Sadly the early part of this week threatens rain, but we all have our fingers crossed for next weekend when our long-planned Five-Star Food weekend takes place, do come.

FOOD WEEKEND: Two days of events, start tomorrow, Saturday, with an Open Garden at Cransford, Little London and followed by a 5-Star Food Fair in Waldron village centre on Sunday. 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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 two raffles, buy plants for your own garden, and home-made cakes for your larder. Parking and entry are free and all donations go towards the repair, maintenance and improvement of our two churches. On Sunday the centre of Waldron 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 your 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.

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, away against Linden Park third XI second XI starting at 1.30pm. Supporters welcome. On Sunday there will be a friendly match away against Firle starting at 2pm.

TICKETS SELLING FAST: The Primavera Trio will perform at All Saints’ Church on 16th June starting at 7pm. This professional trio of violin, classical guitar and cello can cover a huge range of composers, and the programme will include Handel, Vivaldi, Villa Lobos, De Falla and Paganini. Tickets are £20 for premium seats and £18 for partial view and choir stalls. Friends of Waldron Churches get a 10 percent discount on the premium seats only and on two tickets per person. Tickets are still available but are selling fast for the premium seats so don’t delay. They can be purchased from the Stores at Waldron and Heathfield Art and Books in the High Street, Heathfield, or by post from Mary Manser, Little Paygate, Horam, TN21 0JE enclosing a cheque to the Friends of Waldron Churches, and a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Profits from the concert will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for the re-ordering and repair of our two churches.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the first Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am with Rev Peter Jamieson and Rev George Pitcher.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Family Pet Service in the car park (weather permitting otherwise in the church). All sorts of pets, accompanied by their owners, are welcome. So whether you have a hamster, or a horse, come along. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and 6.30pm Evening Service. The preacher for the day is Rev Stephen Jackson representing SASRA.

QUIZ NIGHT: The committee of the Dunn Village Hall are organising a Grand Quiz for Saturday June 15. Tickets are £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper. There will be a licensed bar. For tickets ring 01435 863727 or 812627. Proceeds of the evening will be split between hall funds and Children of Gambia Services.

SOAP BOX: The weather was superb for the Church Hill Challenge at Warbleton on Monday. There were 25 entrants with a wide range of designs of carts of three and four wheel layouts. A large crowd enjoyed the spectacle of the carts descending the hill at various speeds, with the largest crowd at the junction with Hammer Lane, where there is a bend with a reverse camber. The object of the challenge, is not the quickest time, but how far carts can travel up Kingsley Hill under the momentum gained. I didn’t note the names of the first three, or the winners of the wackiest cart, but will try and find out for next week. The winners were awarded ribbons with a black duck, instead of a medal. The funds raised will be split between Warbleton Bonfire Society and Prostate Cancer UK. Many thanks to Gary and Nikki at the Black Duck for hosting the event and to the committee, stewards, entrants and spectators for your contributions to this great event.

PLAY: Saturday June 15 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. Doors open 7:30pm, cash bar available, performance 8pm. The God Particle is a brand new romantic comedy sci-fi from James Carey, the award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda. It’s deep, smart, and very funny. Tickets in advance are £8 and £6 for concessions (senior citizens, students, unwaged, under 16s etc.) and are available from Peter on 01323 365116 or email

UNNATURAL ENEMIES? A talk and discussion with The Revd Dr Steve Jeffery on Monday June 24 at Warbleton in the church rooms; 7.15pm for refreshments for a 7.30pm start, finishing by 9pm. Steve is the minister of a church in north London. He has a doctorate in experimental physics from Oxford University and is the co-author of two books about the death of Jesus. He has appeared on Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. This event is free of charge, and open to those of any faith or none, and to those who would like to engage in debate or just attend and listen. There is no need to book, just come along.