Parish Pump Uckfield - May 4, 2012

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HALL AGM: As you are probably aware, the village hall is one of the hubs of village life. At the AGM each year there is a chance to catch up with the committee’s hard work during the past year and the plans for the future, as they present their report and accounts. The election of officers for the coming year takes place. The hall is open for refreshments from 7am with the business starting at 7.30pm tonight, Friday, my apologies for omitting the date last week. Please come along and show your support, and if you have any flashes of inspiration for the future programme, please express them.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Service.

WI: This month’s meeting is on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. It is a business meeting when the proposed WI resolution for the national meeting will be discussed.


QUIZ: A very enjoyable quiz evening was held in the village hall on Saturday. Seven teams entered and were given a hard time by question masters Steve Bennett and Bill Anderson, who kindly stepped in for Terry Parker. The questions were wide and varied easy among the difficult. The marathon was a stinker, name the capitals of the states of America, (I swear they must have changed some). The food was hot and plentiful and an amazing number of prizes for the raffle helped to swell our profits. The Odd Bods were the winners with Steerage runners up. Odd Bods 2 were last and received the smarties. £225.25 was raised towards hall maintenance.

BOWLS: The short mat bowls club had a great days bowling on Sunday when they met at the village hall for their Memorial Cup. Twenty players entered and played four games each. A delicious two course lunch was served with tea/coffee available all day. It was good to see partners come along to watch the games. Grateful thanks to all those who helped make the day such a special event, especially as it was our 21st birthday. The winner on 29 points and 35 shots was Valerie Cole, second was Alf Cole with 29 points and 34 shots, third was Mary Taylor with 28 points and 38 shots. The club pairs trophy was also awarded with John Ryan and Valerie Cole the winners and Geoff Jarvis and Ruth Robertson the runners up. The Pegeric Cup which was played on Monday was won by Barry Taylor with John Ryan runner up. The Gavin Wood Salver, for which members play all year, was won by John Ryan with Alf Cole as runner up. They were all presented with trophies by the club chairman and captain Mary Taylor. The club has now closed for the summer, but will be actively looking to increase their membership by the time we return in September.

PLANT SALE: The horticultural society will be holding their annual plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, morning at Mount House in the High Street, by kind permission of Richard and Lynda Maude-Roxby. It is being held from 10am to noon. Home grown plants by members of the society and the committee of the swings and things fund raisers will be available along with additional plants from Shank’s Nursery. A raffle and refreshments will also be available.

MUSIC NIGHT: A special evening of music for all tastes is being held tomorrow, Saturday, evening at Broad Oak Village Hall from 8pm. Two live bands will perform for your pleasure. Tickets are £6 each or £10 for a pair available from Pennie on 01825 819256, Steve on 01435 863302 or Dave 01435 868208. They can also be obtained at the door. All funds raised will go to the Ham Ham Nursery School trust. Since the tea in the garden event held last August Pennie, Allan, Sue and Robert have spent an enjoyable two weeks in The Gambia to report how the funds were raised. This included a lovely chart of photographs taken during the afternoon, kindly put together by Mike Farley. While they were there they saw how the school is thriving and now has three excellent teachers all full of enthusiasm, as well as meeting the schools founder and headmaster Muhamed Tourey. If you would like a full account of the Ham Ham project you can see this in the Burwash Broadsheet or call Pennie, she would be pleased to talk about this project.

FESTIVAL: St Philip’s Church will be holding it’s Patronal Festival on Sunday. For further details please find notices in the church.

GET-TOGETHER: A reunion of ex-pupils of St Philip’s School, Burwash Common will take place on Monday afternoon from 2pm in the Masonic Hall. Anyone who was a member of the school, right up until it’s closure in the early sixties, is very welcome to attend. A plate of food will help while tea and coffee will be available. A good way to catch up with you old school mates.

SPRING SUPPER: A date for your diary is Saturday May 26 when the village hall will be holding its third annual spring supper. Tickets will be £8 a person and includes a lovely two course supper and entertainment. After the fun of last year, tickets are likely to sell fast, they are available from the Burwash Newsagents.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will have there monthly meeting on Wednesday at the village hall, from 2.15pm. Aquino, Children’s learning Centre in Kenya is the topic for the meeting. There will also be a produce stall. All members are welcome to attend, new members and visitors will given a warm welcome too.

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is on Monday May 14 which is the Annual Assembly and this will be held in the main hall, starting at 7pm. Our parish clerk, Ann Newton, can be contacted on 01825 890182.

CHURCH: The service on Sunday is Joint Benefice Communion at 10am. It is also the day for the Bacon Butty Club.

OPEN GARDEN: Judy Miles will be opening her garden, Warrenside in Halland on May 9 and 12 from 2pm to 5pm to raise money for her favourite charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be an entrance fee of £2 and tea and cake will be served. There will be plants and preserves for sale and there is free car parking in the Chapel car park. If the weather is good, then Judy will also be selling plants this Friday and Saturday from the forecourt of the Village Stores, starting at 10am.

LYDFORDS: Paula of Fairdeal Clothing will be at Lydfords on Wednesday from 2.30pm and she will be bringing a full range of ladies and gentlemen’s clothing, underwear, slippers, accessories and gifts. For more information please ring 01825 840421.

BINGO: The next session is on Thursday May 17 at 2pm. All welcome.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next talk is on Friday May 11 at 7.30 pm when Sarah Page will be talking about Sussex Trug Making.

SOCIETY WALK: The monthly walk is on Sunday May 13 and will be starting at 2pm from the Blackboys Inn. The walk, taking about an hour and a half will take in glorious bluebell woods and open countryside with stunning views. Everyone is very welcome to come along dogs included, but they must be on leads due to livestock. For more information, or any doubts about the weather, please call Jenny or Chris on 872830.

DENIS’S CRICKET: Our first game of the season was due to take place at Laughton on Sunday, April 29 but their pitch, like every other pitch, was unplayable. Our first game, hopefully, will be away to Ripe and Chalvington on Sunday at 2pm. Behind the scenes it has been a busy winter with Dick Boland doing some fantastic preparation work on the wicket, servicing the mowers and trying to sort out our 60 year old roller which should have a replacement engine any day now. We’ve had numerous discussions with the parish council over the increase in the hiring charges and over the mowing contract for the playing fields which includes the cricket outfield. We have had to settle for a £200 increase in our hiring charge and 14 cuts a year of the playing fields. Our sponsors for this year continue to be Hesmonds Stud, Jeremy Courtney Ltd, 1648 Brewing Company and Dawson Hart Solicitors. Many thanks to them all for sponsoring us so generously. At the AGM in February it was clear that, despite our sponsorship, we were going to have a budget deficit for the year ahead and we had two main options. One option was to hike up the costs to the players by dramatically raising match fees. This could easily price village cricket out of the reach of working class young (and not so young) men at a time of rising unemployment and wage freezes etc and become an exclusive game for posh boys. The other option was to call upon former players and cricket-loving supporters in the village for financial help as some of them may benefit from the cut in the top rate of income tax rate from 50 percent to 45 percent. In maintaining the standard Sunday match fee at £8 and raising the Goblins fee to £5, I proposed the latter option and letters asking for support have been sent. I can report that there has been a good initial response. If you haven’t had a letter you can still make a donation to me. Donors, so far, in alphabetic order are: Dick Boland, Henry Guest, John Laker, Paul Richardson, Malcolm Soane, John Tarry, Jonathan Walker and Mark Wren. Finally, it is sad to hear that our life member, Bert Jenner, has been re-admitted to hospital. He would appreciate any visitors in Brighton General.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Monday 3 May 1762: ‘In the even went down to Jones’s, there being a vestry to consult about repairing the inside of the church, when it was unanimously agreed by all present to repair the same according to the estimate delivered in by Mr John Vine and Mrs Browne, with such alterations as the rector and churchwarden shall think proper.’


HERITAGE CENTRE: The Mayor will be opening Hailsham Museum for the season today, Friday, at 10am. It will be open again tomorrow, Saturday, and every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm until the end of September. The museum is at Blackmans Yard, Market Street (behind the kebab shop). Admission is free.

BOWLING OPEN DAY: Hailsham Bowling Club is holding an Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, at the bowling green in Vicarage Field. The session will be from 10am to 1pm. Equipment will be provided. Please wear flat-soled shoes or trainers. For more details contact Kathy on 01323 840595, or Tom on 01323 849810. Ample free parking.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: There has been a change of programme for tomorrow, Saturday, evening. The medium will now be Sheila Appleton instead of psychic artist, Bill Forrester. It will be at the Corinthian Church at 7.30pm. Entry £5 at the door.

ST MARY’S: This is the fifth Sunday of Easter. Holy Communion is at 8am. Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups is at 10.30am, Bible by the Beach guest speaker Rev Alec Motyer. There is no evening service. At 7.30pm there is an evening celebration at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne with speaker Rico Tice.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: On Sunday the Corinthian Church and Healing Association Service is from 11am to noon with Paul Broadway at Primrose Hall and is followed by refreshments.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: Knit’Inn Nights at the King’s Head are twice a month. The next one will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm. For more information, phone Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

LIBRARY: Hailsham library has collaborated with Hailsham Photographic Society to commemorate the centenary of the death of local photographer Edwin Isaac Baker 1837-1912. The prints can be viewed as a fascinating exhibition in the library from Monday April 30 until Saturday June 2 when the Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden, to the front of the Library, will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.

PAVILION SOCIETY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society volunteers took charge of the Bates Farm Bluebell Walk at Arlington raising a fantastic £1,000 over two days providing lunches, soups, teas and coffees for visitors. They also manned the gate and all worked hard to ensure everything ran smoothly. Visitors enjoyed a lovely day. The bluebells were out and made a lovely contrast with the white anemones. There was a regular stream of visitors coming through the gate to enjoy the farm trails and animals. Apart from the lovely bluebells and walks, the highlight for many of the visitors was the fantastic array of cakes on offers all made by the society’s army of volunteers. HOPS would like to thank all its volunteers for their kind donations of cakes and also Lynne Chapman and Tesco for its kind donation of food for the catering. Thanks also to John McCutchan and Philippa Vine for allowing HOPS to run the walk for the two days which raised over £1,000 for the Old Pavilion. This will go towards the essential redecoration of the outside of the building. The bluebell walk at Arlington is open until May 13 and makes a lovely day out. It is well signposted and easy to find. If you require further information you can visit their website at or ring 01323 485151.

U3A: The University of the Third Age Theatre Group has been to see Sister Act, the Russian Ice Stars performing Cinderella and Dreamboats and Petticoats. The family history group has enjoyed a session entitled Who do you think they were? There is an Italian group which meets on alternate Wednesdays and a discussion group whose subject recently was public transport attended by Barry Marlow from the town council. He shared much information about the community bus and the debate covered buses, trains, planes and ferries. Olympics – are they good for the UK was the next subject and at the end of May will be The Internet, pros and cons. If you would like to join any of the many groups held or U3A generally, please contact Janet (chair) in the first instance on (01825) 873646, email or visit their website at

ORGAN CLUB Keyboard maestro Ben Scott Hyde will be weaving his musical magic at the Hailsham Organ Club meeting at the Hailsham Pavilion on Wednesday at 7.30pm. This very animated player always packs in huge crowds and you are welcome to go along too as a guest, just turn up and pay on the door. More details from Charles Clegg on (01323) 762411.

HISTORICAL and Natural History Society meet on Wednesday for Following the Luther Trail, an illustrated talk describing a journey through the countryside, villages and towns of Eastern Germany, following the trail of Martin Luther, whose reformation set 15th century Europe ablaze. This will take place at the Methodist church hall. Please note, the meeting will be starting at the earlier time of 7.30pm. All are welcome, visitors £2. Annual membership £10. The April meeting was a change to the published programme, but what an interesting evening it was. James Gardner gave an account on the Balcombe Tunnel murder of 1881 and, if that was not chilling enough, went into depth about the incident. An Isaac Gold was attacked on the London to Brighton train and his body was found alongside the track in Balcombe Tunnel. This made national news as well as appearing in the Sussex Express. James talked members through the events, about catching the suspect, a journalist, Percy Lefroy Mapleton, about the inquest and his eventual hanging in front of a large crowd at Lewes Prison.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHORAL SOCIETY: Following hot on the heels of their triumphant performance in Eastbourne of Verdi’s Requiem with the Eastbourne Choral Society, the Heathfield Choral Society returns to its roots on Saturday, May 19 for a concert of popular choruses and songs from the world of opera and stage musicals. Included in the evening are excerpts from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera – two of the longest-running musicals in the world and The King and I. The second half of the programme takes the audience into the world of grand opera including the Grand March from Aida, The Slaves Chorus from Nabucco and the beautiful and inspiring Easter Hymn from Cavaliero Rusticana. Joining the team of local soloists will be the international baritone Andrew Mayor who has sung with Scottish Opera and Covent Garde; Linbury Theatre and Dorothy Withers, soprano who has sung with many opera companies including Regency Opera, Hazelmere Opera, Southwick Opera and most recently Heber Opera. The concert takes place in the State Hall, Station Road, Heathfield and tickets are available from: or from Peter Jameson on 01435 863414. These are £10 in advance or £12 at the door and include a programme and a drink.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the village hall is having a talk on Uppark by Maureen Byron at 7.30pm. This is different from the original programme but should be just as interesting. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are £3 each with coffee and cakes. The talk will be held in the hall. The next talk is The Magic of Bees, their life, their future and how you can help them, given by beekeeper Mike Clark. Coffee mornings as usual are held every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm for coffee, cakes and lots of interesting people to talk to. Books and puzzles are always much appreciated and yes, they do have men, but they don’t all come every week so, if there are chaps out there who have come only once and discovered they are the only males, please persevere and go again.

SUSSEX 4x4 RESCUE: I drive a 4x4 for practicality, not to impress, and during the snow of the last two winters I was the only one able to get out and about with ease. I was also able to take Mrs PP into work in Lewes; her car is too wimpish to tackle slippery roads. But Sussex 4x4rescue works with emergency services to provide transport during difficult times. They have about 100 members across both East and West Sussex at present but need more. They say typical tasks they do might involve moving people, equipment and supplies in times of poor weather or emergencies. They deliver urgent medical supplies to families living in remote areas, evacuating people from hazardous situations, taking midwives and medical staff to work, recovering stranded people or vehicles, helping during search and rescue operations in remote areas and transporting key workers (nurses, teachers, doctors) to and from work in atrocious weather. Volunteers use their own vehicles and carry specialised equipment. They work as a team with members trained for different roles such as control, dispatch, silver and bronze command and response driving. Membership falls into two categories responders, who own insured, road-legal 4x4 vehicles and volunteer to drive them for the charity and support members who run control systems, dispatching responders to provide help where needed. Everyone benefits from training offered, ranging from off-road driving and vehicle recovery to first aid and communications procedures. They also attend fund-raising events (such as the Cuckoo Fair) through the year to promote the charity and its work, as well as holding social events and supporting other charities and fundraising events. All members of Sussex 4x4 Response including the management team give their time freely to the charity (which is registered by the way, it is number 1142557) and also holds public liability insurance through 4x4 Response UK. Response members’ fuel expenses are paid for by the charity and may be invoiced to the organisiation making use of them where a formal agreement to do so exists. Models in use range from the little Suzuki Jimny to the Land Rover with all marques in between. If you’d like to help or know more call: 07077 079706, visit: or at:

RAMBLERS: On Monday, meet on the verge on the road between Five Ashes and Rotherfield GR.561275 at 10am for a seven to eight mile circular walk via Castle Hill and Sheriffs Lane. Ring 01435 882626 for details.

BROAD OAK PRE SCHOOL Open Day, Wednesday, 10am to noon. Ofsted Outstanding pre-school in a caring and nurturing environment. Come and speak to our professional staff and experience our pre-school for yourself. We ensure the best care and education for your children. All are welcome. Broad Oak Village Hall, Burwash Road, TN21 8SS, 01435 864326

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND led the parade at this year’s Cuckoo Fair and despite the occasional shower the band enjoyed entertaining an enthusiastic crowd. Many of those that commented after the bands performance said that ‘a brass band is an essential part of any country fair’. Special thanks must go to the Heathfield & Waldron Rotary Club who kindly sponsored the Heathfield Silver Band. As a charity the band relies on this generosity to ensure the bands future success. Anyone wishing to find out more about the band should visit

ART CLUB: Cross in Hand Art Club is holding an exhibition at the Union Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 4pm. It’s free to enter and there are free refreshments too. For further information contact 01435 868884

THE PARISH COUNCIL planning committee has given its stamp of approval to the scheme to build the new indoor pool on land at the Community College. In spite of fears about running costs/how much time will the public have to use the pool etc., we must wish the fundraising team good luck and congratulate them on their tenacity in taking this project to such a high level. Cllr Simmons now indicates there is still a chance the pool might win recognition as an Olympic ‘heritage’ project. The parish council holds its annual general meeting on Tuesday. It starts at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room, Community Centre. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

WI: Mayfield Evening WI’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Dinner, which took place on April 21, was a resounding success. Entertainment for the evening was organised around the theme Destiny, Duty and Diamonds. The first part consisted of a narrative by Rosemary Gillett contextualising the upbringing, courtship, coronation and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, interwoven with musical numbers associated with her reign. Sally Moss Tallon offered songs associated with key moments in Her Majesty’s life including When I’m Cleaning Windows, People Will Say We’re in Love and Oh Peaceful England; and the Monday Singers presented a medley of Beatles songs. A delicious supper, brilliantly arranged and organised by Chrissie Robinson and her team of helpers, was then served, after which raffle tickets were drawn and prizes awarded; more than £400 was raised in aid of the new Memorial Hall. After this, a series of tableaux devised and directed by Deb Findlater followed, with commentary researched and composed by Barbara Laird and Rosemary Gillett. These covered important events in each of the six decades of the reign of Elizabeth II, with the period from 1952-1962 dedicated to the Coronation; 1962-1972 to the moon landing; 1972-1982 to the economic crisis (with a Morecombe and Wise parody and ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ in the background); 1982-1992 with a Live Aid sketch; 1992-2002 to the Windsor Castle fire; and finally 2002 to 2012 to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The evening concluded with a Proms style finale as those attending sang Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, and the National Anthem. Those present agreed that the prevailing mood was one of genuine sentiment, warmth, and patriotic solidarity. A night to remember.

FESTIVAL: Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts takes place over the next two weeks. You will have read detailed programmes by now, so all that remains for us to say is that the festival brings to Mayfield the highest calibre of performers, from internationally renowned artistes to several award-winning young musicians who will be stars of the future. There is something for everyone too, from chamber music to jazz. We also note that the Festival has a new Artistic Director. The Festival Committee announce the appointment of conductor, producer and writer Jeremy Summerly as the new Festival Artistic Director. Jeremy will succeed Neil Mackie CBE who will relinquish the post after the 2012 Festival.

BOOKFAIR: Don’t forget, the next Bookfair will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall. The fair is open from 9am to 3pm and admission is free. Refreshments will be available. There will be 18 booksellers attending with 1000s of secondhand books for sale on all subjects, both for the collector and the reader. Details from Chris Maughan (864634)

GARDENS OPEN: On Sunday, June 17 (2pm to 5pm) the village will be treated to seven Mayfield Gardens open to the public to support the National Garden Scheme charities. Four of them will be new openings for 2012. It costs just £5 to get into all of them and children go free. Gardens in the group will be Laurel Cottage, Warren House, Uppercross House, Hoopers Farm (new), Meadow Cottage (new), Tew Cottage (new), and Yeomans (new), Refreshments will be available, home-made teas at Yeomans and Warren House. Plants will be on sale at Uppercross House. For beneficiaries please see the NGS website at:

THE AGM of the Memorial Hall will take place on Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm. It will (naturally) be held in the Memorial Hall. The agenda for this meeting will include the usual annual reports by the chairman, treasurer and booking secretary. It will also include a progress report on The New Mayfield Memorial Hall project. Everyone is very welcome to attend. The Memorial Hall management committee is made up of representatives from a number of village organisations. Every organisation in the village is entitled to have a representative on this committee. The committee meets every other month in January, March, May, July, September and November – normally on the first Wednesday evening of the month. If any organisation that at present has no representation on the management committee and would like to have a say in the running of the hall, then please will they contact John Neal to arrange for one of their members to join. Contact him at 01435 872113, email

FILM SOCIETY: On May 18 Film on Friday’s screening is their new feature, A Separation, the Iranian film that recently won the best foreign film award at the Oscars. Doors and bar in the Memorial Hall open at 8pm and the film starts at 8.30pm. Guests should ring 872165 beforehand. Full details on: Provisional dates for the next season are 2012: September 7, October 12; November 9, December 7 and 2013: January 11, February 8, Saturday, March 9 (long film with meal,) April 19 and May 10.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Schedules for Mayfield’s summer and autumn shows are now out. If are a member of the Society you will have received your copy n the post. If you are not you can collect from from Jason’s and pay £5 for annual membership. To join by post make out a cheque for £5 to Mayfield Horticultural Society and send to Janet Wood, Membership Secretary, Woodhill, Cross in Hand, Heathfield TN21 0TP.

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


TRIP: I’m off on another press trip until the May 25 edition. Please send me your events for that edition by May 21. And please let us know the results of any events in the interim too.


CRICKET TOUR: Waldron’s cricket tour in darkest Wiltshire was high on socialising and low on cricket, I hear. Sadly the weather won an uneven match and not a single ball was bowled in contest. However, this weekend sees the first official league fixture tomorrow, Saturday, at home against Hailsham II, starting at 1.30pm on the Cattam. There is also a friendly match against Fletching on Sunday, playing away and starting at 2pm.

CROQUET: The village croquet club had a very happy drinks evening last Sunday hosted most generously by Evelyn King and Bobby Hamilton. The first practice evening was to be on Tuesday May 1 but as this column goes to press, the sky was a deep grey and the weather didn’t look promising. Provided there’s some sunshine to dry out the ground it is hoped that the croquet players, now champing at the bit and woggling their mallets, will be able to get their training day this Saturday at Tunbridge Wells.

BUNTING: Members of Waldron’s WI were meeting together this week for a group sew to make yards of bunting for the village Jubilee celebrations. Red, white and blue materials have been gathered and sewing machines dragged out of attics for this magnificent effort. The results will be seen at the Jubilee Big Lunch on June 3 when Waldron will be en fête and hopefully bathed in sunshine. The next WI branch meeting will be on Wednesday with a lunch and Resolutions meeting at the Lucas Hall.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be laying out its goods for sale at the Lucas Hall on Wednesday at 10.15am. Home-made baked goodies, preserves, vegetables, cards, and other items will be available and there’s free tea and coffee with biscuits on offer too. But come early as the goods are swiftly sold out.

ART EXHIBITION Cross in Hand Art Club, which meets regularly on Thursday morning in the Lucas Hall, is holding an art exhibition and sale tomorrow, Saturday, at the Union Church Hall in Heathfield from 9.30am to 4pm. Free admission and refreshments and everyone welcome.

FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club extends its usual warm welcome to their next meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield. There will be a floral demonstration by Mrs Nel de Jong-Smith on the theme Dutch Treat and there will be refreshments, a raffle and a sales table. Visitors pay a fee of £4.

SERVICES: Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Easter and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Warbleton, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Family Service. We held our APCM last Tuesday. After serving his six year term, Mark Smith stood down as a church warden. Jennifer Gill was elected in his place along with David Cleverley. The following were elected to the PCC: Jonathan Austin, Helen Bowern, Gill Brentford, Meryl Clark, Barbara Cooke, Mick and Wendy Greaves, Andrew Russell, Joanna Smith and Caroline Thompson. By virtue of their office Marc Lloyd (rector), Jeremy Cooke (lay reader) and Deanery Synod reps Vivian Bowern, Jennifer Gill and Mark Smith join them on the PCC. The new PCC were commissioned at last Sunday’s service. They meet on Monday May 14. We were delighted to welcome the family of Hugo Shipley, as he was baptised during the service last week. We need some more bell ringers. Training is available. Please contact David Cleverley if you are interested.

St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship and communion, and 6.30pm evening service. The speaker at both services is Peter Trainer.

THE CHALLENGE is to make your go-kart and get it entered into the Church Hill Challenge, ready for the event on Monday June 4, part of our local celebrations of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. For details, or if you are able to help with marshalling, please see Gary and Nickki at the Black Duck.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: A reminder that tickets for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (May 9 to 12, you have less than a week) are available from Anita Gunn on 01435 873226. Tickets are £17.50 to include a three course meal. The comedy is by Constance Cox based on a short story by Oscar Wilde. Dress and technical rehearsals are being held this weekend.