Parish pump Uckfield - May 9, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCHSERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Family Service. The congregation walk round the village stopping at key points for hymns and prayers for God’s blessing on village life. At the Annual meetings the following were elected: Churchwardens Mary Gibson and Charles Harding, Deanery Synod Reps Jeanne Archer and Bryan Gibson. PCC: Philippa Gentry, Margaret Harding, Margaret Holt, Shirley Price, Peter Morgan, Dr Helen Ridge and Mary Williamson (secretary). Charles Harding will be vice-chairman and Bryan Gibson the treasurer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. This will be the Annual Parish Council meeting at which officers and committees for the year will be appointed, prior to the regular business.


PLANTS: The horticultural society will be holding their annual plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Mount House, High Street. Plants are home grown by society members and additional plants supplied by Cade Street Nursery. A raffle will be held. You are all welcome to go along to see what is available.

COFFEE: Also tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a coffee morning in aid of Admiral Nurses for Dementia Care in the Home. It is being held at the Pavilion in Burwash Common from 10.30am. £2 entry includes as much coffee and cake as you wish. Donations of raffle prizes, cakes, tombola etc most welcome. All are welcome to go along and support this great cause.

LUNCH: The charity lunch takes place on Sunday when diners will enjoy a freshly cooked three course meal, ending with coffee and mints. Almost 50 people have booked a place and there may well be others available. It costs £18 per person and there will be light entertainment too. Call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 to see if there is room for you and your family/friends.

MEETING: Last week I mistakenly told you the Burwash Common Playing Field and Pavilion were to hold their AGM. Unfortunately I was wrongly informed and the meeting will in fact take place this Monday, from 7.30pm. I apologise to anyone who went along to find it was the wrong night. Please do go along on Monday and support the local amenity.

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will have their last club night on Monday evening before breaking up for the summer and being involved in outdoor bowls and other activities. They will enjoy an evening of bowling with presentation of the Pegeric Cup and the Gavin Wood Salver. The club will be at the Parish Assembly on Wednesday so do come along and see them.

AFTER 8S: The Burwash Common After Eight Club will meet on Tuesday when they will visit Farley Farmhouse in Chiddingly at 2.30pm. This group enjoy a wide variety of evenings learning new things. They would be delighted for new members to join them. To find out more please call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

NSY: The Not So Young Club will be meeting on Thursday afternoon at the village hall. The lively club for the over 60s is open to everyone. Meet new friends, enjoy interesting talks. Join in the garden party and Christmas lunch. To find out more call Isabel Salmond on 01435 882452.

ASSEMBLY: The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Thursday evening from 6pm until 7.30pm. All residents of Burwash Weald and Burwash Common are welcome to go along. Meet the representatives of the different clubs and societies and learn more about how you may be involved. Refreshments will be available. To find out more call clerk of the parish council Mary Hayes on 01435 882980 or email

THE BAKE OFF: Do you enjoy baking? If so why not join in the fun of the St Bartholomew’s Bake Off next Saturday, May 17. It is free to enter, forms are available from Ros Cloke on 01435 884312 or Your entries can be left at the church between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. The doors will open at 2.30pm and judging and voting by 3pm. The Bake Cake Sale from 3.30pm after the prizes and awards. Cream teas will be available all afternoon. Good luck to all the entries.

REUNION: The class of 1975 to 1980 at Robertbridge School are to have a reunion in July and are looking for all ex-class mates to invite them along. If you are or know anyone who is 50 this year and attended this school please ask them to contact Joanne Pennels at They are looking forward to your call.

East Hoathly

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The 119th Annual Parish Meeting of the East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council will be held on Monday in the village hall, starting at 8pm. All parishioners are warmly invited to attend and have a glass of wine afterwards with your various representatives.

ALLOTMENTS: For those that have been allocated allotment plots the parish council AGM will also be your opportunity to sign your licence agreement and pay your first annual licence fee (£60 for the first year, £80 thereafter). For those who have not had a plot allocated we can designate one to you on the evening so please bring your cheque book. If you are unable to come or no longer wish to have a plot please contact Tania at

A YEAR ON THE ALLOTMENT: On the topic of allotments, calling all plotters and potential garden plotters, come and be inspired. East Hoathly and Halland Parish Council are pleased to announce that they are sponsoring an illustrated talk entitled A Year on the Allotment. This will take place on Wednesday May 21 at 7:45pm in the King’s Head back room. Entrance is free. The speaker, Barry Newman, is a well-known grower, exhibitor, lecturer and judge. He is chairman of the National Vegetable Society and serves on the judging and lecturing panel of the Royal Horticultural Society and is a member of their Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee. He is also a Britain in Bloom judge and a member of the South of England Agricultural Society’s Horticultural Committee. This illustrated talk is a month by month guide giving horticultural techniques, suggested suitable varieties to grow and a timetable for activity. The speaker uses his own allotment to demonstrate what a standard plot can produce, given a little bit of planning and a healthy appetite.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the preservation society will be leading their monthly footpath walk. They will be starting at 2pm from The Star at Waldron. The walk takes in beautiful farmland, meadows and bluebell filled woodlands with meandering streams. Dogs are very welcome, but spring lambs and young cows mean they must be on leads. We then return for a well-earned drink back at the pub at about 4pm. The walks are a great way of exploring the countryside and meeting friends old and new. The walks are free and open to all. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830. On Saturday July 19, the society are organising a visit to the British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield (on A22). The centre is a fascinating place and a great way to see our native mammals up close, particular highlights are the otters, water voles and the walk through red squirrel enclosure. Pre-booking will enable the society to benefit from a discount, for more details or to book, please contact Jenny on 872830 or email Ticket prices are £11 for adults, with concessions and children less.


FARMERS’ MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, in The Cattle Market from 9am to 12.30pm. You can buy local produce straight from your local farms and ask your farmer any questions regarding their produce. All types of meat, chicken, sausages, bacon are fresh and ready, and if you wish, for your freezer, along with eggs, cheese, lovely homemade cakes, honey, bread, jam and milk. There are also various craft stalls for that unusual present. The Market Café will be open for tea, coffee, hot and cold food. There is free car parking alongside the market for your convenience. Go along and see what your Farmers’ Market is about.

NEW BOOT SALE: The Old Loom Mill on Ersham Road is going to be holding fortnightly boot sales starting tomorrow, Saturday. Sellers from 11am, buyers noon to 3pm. Good refreshments and comfort facilities. Children’s play area. £7 per pitch. To book contact (01424) 731006.

SPRING CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, the South Downs Singers will be performing a concert entitled An Evening with Faure and others at Hailsham Community Hall, directed by Louise Morris with Fiona Baines, Chris Dixon and Tim Nail starting at 7.30pm and in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Care. Admission is £10 and £5 for under 14s. Tickets can be reserved on (01323) 870610 or 847211.

CATS PROTECTION FAIR: Go along on Sunday from noon to 3pm and support the Friends of Eastbourne Adoption Centre at 63 Marshfoot Lane. Visit the cats and kittens and enjoy cakes, refreshments, raffle and stalls in the garden. Entry is 50p or a tin of cat food.

ORGAN CLUB: Hailsham Organ Club meets at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, on Wednesday when Jean Martyn, who was a great hit on TV a short while back, will be playing your sort of music live at the organ.

U3A: Some members attended Battle Memorial Hall for a presentation by the South Downs National Park Authority last month to celebrate the South Downs Project. Following refreshments the morning commenced with an informative talk as to why the South Downs National Park was created and what makes it such a special place, using a power point presentation to explain how the vast area of some 618 square miles and amazingly home to some 11,200 inhabitants, is managed. The geology of the national park and its cultural heritage was also explained and how visitors interacted with the area enjoying the countryside, buildings and natural habitat. This embodied the ecology of balancing the preservation and conservation of the woodlands, heath lands and farmlands. Finally there was a talk by the Sussex Wildlife Trust explaining the balance of different wildlife in the park and the importance of each habitat. The day was extremely interesting and showed just how much interest and enjoyment can be found in the architecture, leisure or countryside on our doorstep. The U3A has over twenty groups under its umbrella including discussion, strollers, dog walkers, art lovers, opera, gardening and garden visits and much more. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Sue 840797 in the first instance.

HISTORY GROUP: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society next meets on Wednesday and the subject is Natural History around Britain, by Patrick Coulcher. The venue is the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. All welcome and visitors pay just £2.50. The April meeting was ‘the best history lesson about one of our past kings that I have sat through,’ said Chair, David Bourne. It was presented by Helen Poole and entitled Charles II and his escape through Sussex. Charles had lost the battle at Worcester to Cromwell’s army in 1651 and a £1,000 reward was offered for Charles’ capture. It was a job to disguise him being 6ft 2inches tall and having long curly hair. So, with hair cut short and wearing peasant clothing, they made their escape across the country coming south to find a ship to take him to France. There were some narrow escapes along the way but they found a ship at Southampton. However, this ship was commandeered to take soldiers to Jersey. He then made his way along the Sussex byways, again with some near misses of being captured and eventually made it to Brighton, sailing from Shoreham to France. It was hours later that troops arrived to arrest him. Helen was thanked for presenting an enjoyable and informative evening and this report barely scratches the surface of her talk.

THE HERITAGE CENTRE situated behind the kebab shop and between Hailsham Town Council and Lloyds Bank, at Blackmans Yard, Market Street is now open through to the end of September. The museum will be open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. If you have never been, you really must go along to this lovely and most fascinating place of interest. Admission is free and there are many photos on view of old Hailsham, tools, domestic items and a special World War I display this year. Do go along and visit. You may learn something or have a chat with a history society volunteer and they may be able to find information for you. If you would like information about the society or the museum contact David Bourne on (01323) 440359.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion, 11am Holy Communion. St George’s Broad Oak 9.30am. Family Service. We used to get information from all the town’s churches. If you represent one and would like to let townspeople know, please email or post us your service times and we will be happy to publish them. The same goes for clubs and groups in the area. Some already do but there are many organisations which hold regular sessions or meetings and we can only put details in this column if someone sends them to us. Address is at the head of these Parish Pump pages.

CO-OP AND CARERS: Staff at the Co-op in Heathfield are celebrating coming top of the charts in their feat to raise funds for Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity for carers, to provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice, support and services for the nation’s hidden army of young adult carers. All Co-op food stores were tasked with raising money for Carers Trust after it was selected as the business’ Charity of the Year for 2013. The High Street team managed to bank £6,778 by organising a range of events and collections throughout the year, and when all the cash was counted, the store was revealed to be the highest earner in the area. The money will allow Carers Trust to provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice, support and services for the nation’s hidden army of young adult carers. An estimated 500,000 14 to 25 year olds in the UK care for a family member or friend who are ill, frail, disabled or have mental health or addiction problems and cannot cope without their support. Steve Roffe, Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food in Heathfield, said: ‘The teams in my area have done a fantastic job putting the fun into fundraising, and I’d like to congratulate them all. However, special thanks go to the team at High Street who have shown commitment and dedication to come out on top in our local charts. None of this would have been possible without the continued support of our customers, so we must extend our appreciation to them, and assure them that their donations will make a real tangible difference to the lives of young carers.’

NEW RESTAURANT: Walking down the High Street yesterday I saw a small notice in the window of the former Relish. It read: Greek café and restaurant opening soon. Good luck to them. The town is becoming very Mediterranean. We look forward to sampling their mezzes. At a Cypriot restaurant we know, the owners place chunks of home-baked bread and bowls of lemons on the table (overlooking the harbour) while they serve platters of whole, grilled fish and salad. Would be great to have something like this here.

SPRING FAIR: St Richard’s Spring Fair takes place from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Richard’s Church Hall, and includes face painting, a tombola, raffle, refreshments, crafts and games. Everyone is welcome.

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY presents Dido and Aeneas by Purcell and Dixit Dominum by Handel at 7.30pm on May 17 at the State Hall, Station Road. Tickets costs £12 in advance (or £15 on the door). The role of Dido is taken by Evelyn Tubb (Switzerland and the UK), Aeneas is Jussi Lehtipuu (Finland) and the concert is conducted by Michael Fields. For details ring 01435 863414.

CAR BOOT: There’s a car boot sale at Heathfield Leisure Centre on Sunday. It costs £5 to have a table and £1 to get in. There’s also a bouncy castle, soft play area, badminton and table tennis if you’re feeling energetic. To find out more ring 01435 868824.

HEATHFIELD CUCKOOS Ladies Cycling Club. Heading out at dawn to collect the Sunday papers I often see fit blokes in head to toe luminous Lycra pounding down the High Street on their racing bikes. Very Tour de France. However there’s now a chance to remove some of the sweaty competitiveness from all of it and simply enjoy the countryside. If you are female that is. The Heathfield Cuckoos Ladies Cycling Club is appealing to ladies who like to enjoy the Sussex landscape and possibly get a little fitter in the process. They meet up in the car park opposite Goldsmith and Allcorn on the first and third Sundays of the month at 9.15am for a 9.30 start. All you have to do is turn up (preferably with your bike.) Sounds good fun, if you’re interested ring Debbs on 07596 880005 or Gill on 07429 459808 or email

BOOKS: How lucky we are to have an independent bookshop in the town. Many larger towns do not……all they can offer is one of the chains which usually have a limited supply of best-sellers. Heathfield Art and Books stock the latest hard backs and paper backs and if they haven’t something in stock, they are always happy to order for you. If you have read reviews in the Sundays and particularly want to get hold of a new title, I heartily recommend them.


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meet on Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Feasting, Fighting and Freedom at the Priory. Helen Chiasson and Kate Hickmott, of the Lewes Priory Trust, will talk about how the Priory of St Pancras developed to be important enough to host the king and his army during the Battle of Lewes, the role the Priory played in the events of 14 May 1264 (and afterwards), why the date was so important to the Cluniac monks of Lewes and why the arrival of the king and his army caused such disruption. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

WESTGATE WI: At our last monthly meeting we were treated to a talk by Victoria Wynn-Jones on Colour me Healthy - Colour Therapy. This was very interesting and humorous and Victoria stated that she had been obsessed with colour all her life so no wonder she went down the art route. Victoria does a great deal of work with colour schemes in various homes for the elderly ensuring that the colour scheme appeals to all. Apparently women are brilliant at colours and this is instinctive, so, ladies, don’t doubt your colour schemes. Victoria also talked about iridology which was fascinating and we learned that a awful lot can be learned from our eyes - illness, past operations, falls, etc, no wonder doctors often look at our eyes. She brought along her magnifier together with a an iridology chart for us to have a look at our own eyes, personally all I could see was a blurred dark blob but apparently I wasn’t holding the magnifier near enough to my eye. Victoria has worked for 12 years in Lewes Prison and, along with the inmates, has created a more colourful and liveable environment for the prisoners. Our next meeting is on Wednesday at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe High Street. We start at 10.30am but coffee is from 10am, do come along and join us, all very welcome. This meeting is to discuss the Resolutions and it is also our birthday month. (Dee Barr).

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Saturday, May 24, there will be a 75 percent off Bargain Book Sale, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall, off Cliffe High Street. Art/design/cookery/interiors/children’s books/stationery and plenty of ideas for Fathers’ Day gifts. A real opportunity to buy quality books at low cost. Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service; 11.15 informal communion in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PARISH MEETING: Mayfield and Five Ashes Annual Parish Meeting will take place at Mayfield Primary School on Monday, May 19 at 7.30pm. All residents of Mayfield and Five Ashes are invited to attend. It is your chance to have your say.

MEMORIAL HALL: The AGM of the Memorial Hall takes place on Wednesday in the hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. The management committee comprises people from a number of village organisations. Those which have a representative and regularly attend meetings are the Bonfire Boyes and Belles, Film on Friday, football club, horticultural society, local history society, Mayfield and Five Ashes Society, Mayfield Trust, Old People’s Welfare, parish council, Phoenix Theatre, rifle club, University of the Third Age and the Women’s Institute.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The plant sale takes place tomorrow, Saturday, the day of the May Fair and stalls will be set up in the morning. If you have any spare plants label them clearly and take them along by 9am if you can.

MAYFIELD U3A: At 2pm on Thursday in the Memorial Hall the speaker will be Martin Lloyd whose subject is Passports, Traitors and Spies. This is a dramatic account of how a group of assassins brought about a change in passport regulations, how unmasking a spy caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man, the passport itself turned into a killer. For more information ring Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

FILM SOCIETY: On May 16 Film on Friday screens the final film of the season, Kiss the Water (2013,) directed by Eric Steel. This is a documentary about Megan Boyd, the late Highland recluse, who made salmon fishing flies, combining breathtaking landscapes, interviews with people who knew her and animation illustrating the attractions of fly-fishing. The film will be preceded by a brief AGM. Guests should call 01435 872165 beforehand.

SKIPPERS HILL MANOR SCHOOL: We have some wonderful schools in and around the village. As well as the excellent primary schools, there are independent schools which frequently send us information about their current successes. One of them has been in touch with us to celebrate a record year of scholarship success. The non-selective, co-educational school, which recently featured in the Sunday Times Top 100 Prep School list, sees half of its year eights awarded scholarships into secondary schools from the independent education sector. Ben Peate and Elizabeth Webb have been awarded major academic scholarships to Claremont School and Kent College respectively. Twins Jessica and Gabriella Leach secured sports scholarships to Brighton College, with sports scholarships from Battle Abbey, Fettes College, Bede’s and Claremont also being awarded to five other pupils. Florence Gidney has gained an art scholarship to Buckswood School, Hastings. Head teacher Tim Lewis, commented: ‘We are so proud of all our leavers. They have worked exceptionally hard and truly deserve this success. This has been an outstanding year for scholarships, which is testament to the dedication and commitment to not only our pupils, but parents and staff across all areas of school life. We wish all our leavers the best of luck with the next phase of their education, they all have exceptionally bright futures.’ The school of 130 pupils, which was acquired by Bellevue Education over three years ago, will receive £500K investment over the next two years, to develop facilities as well as areas of the school’s curriculum. Phase One of the plan will see the development of the Creative Arts block, the improvement of year-round sports provision, as well as extending the Early Years provision for children aged two to five. Next year’s Phase Two, will involve upgrading the swimming pool, including the renewal of its changing facilities and the development of a new science area. The scholarship list is as follows: Year eight: Ben Peate, academic scholarship to Claremont; Elizabeth Webb, academic scholarship to Kent College; Gabriella Leach, sports scholarship to Brighton College; Jessica Leach, sports scholarship to Brighton College; Oliver Duncan, sports scholarship to Bede’s; Archie Gibb, sports scholarship to Fettes College; Tom Pitts, sports scholarship to Claremont; Callum Hollingdale, sports scholarship to Claremont; Florence Gidney, arts scholarship to Buckswood. Year Six: Thomas Frost, sports scholarship to Battle Abbey. The school has achieved a 100 percent success rate at Common Entrance for the past 20 years, with every pupil gaining a place at the school of their choice. In addition to their academic success, pupils achieve a significant number of specialist scholarships in music, sport, art and drama.

THE BOOK FAIR takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Everyone is invited to go along to the Memorial Hall from 9am until 3pm and hunt out special finds from the wares of 20 experienced book dealers. Admission is free.

MAYFIELD EVENING WI is holding a Travelling Trends Fashion Show on May 20 in the Memorial Hall. Come along to this event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun hosted by Travelling Trends. This is your chance to see, try on and buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices and help to raise much needed funds for Mayfield Evening WI. There will be a short fashion show then you can try on the clothes and it is your chance to buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are £6 including a glass of wine and are available from Rosina Fabric.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


PRODUCTION: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are putting on a production of Blithe Spirit in the village hall until tomorrow, Saturday, 8pm. Tickets £9 available at the box office 01825 722359, 01825 722985 or from Newick Butchers, on the door or internet bookings


RIVER UCK MONSTER: I’ve just returned from a wonderful cruise along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland. We entered Loch Ness at 1.30pm and found out at the other end that Nessie had been spotted at 11.38am, the first time for 18 months. I’m gutted. Not many people know this but we have a monster here too. It’s called Ucky. I thought I spotted it near the station the other day, but it was a Ducky. I’m thinking of buying the public loos that are for sale and opening an Ucky souvenir shop. Then all the Scottish can come here and spend a week watching the river with their binoculars and Uckfield will become world-famous. If you spot Ucky, send your photos to the paper.

THE PAMPHILON THEATRE is the venue for Angel Exit Theatre’s latest production, The Ballad of Martha Brown, the story of the last woman publicly hanged in Dorset, evoked by Thomas Hardy who was standing close to the gallows. He later recalled ‘I remember what a fine figure she showed against the sky as she hung in the misty rain and how the tight black silk gown set off her shape as she wheeled half round and back’. The touring theatre company’s production of The Ballad of Martha Brown, reviewed as ‘a stunning piece of physical theatre that is a feast for all the senses’ arrives at the Pamphilon tomorrow, Saturday. For tickets contact or on 01273 782866. Tickets are £10 (£5 for


THE FILM SOCIETY’S film for May is Viaggio in Italia, Journey to Italy. Directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, the 1954 mysterious, gripping and moving classic will be shown at Uckfield Picture House on Sunday at 8pm. All friends are very welcome to join Uckfield Film Society members as guests if they wish to see the film at the normal cinema rate. Tickets are available from Uckfield Picture House or for information about Uckfield Film Society, call 01825 764909.

UCKFIELD SINGERS Community Choir present Sounds of Summer on Sunday July 27, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre.

EASTER EGG DRAW: Uckfield Lions Club are celebrating yet another bumper fund raising effort. Twenty specially made, extra large, decorated, luxury, chocolate Easter eggs, blazoned with the name Uckfield Lions were placed in 20 local hostelries to be raffled by the publicans for the Lions in aid of the new cancer unit being formed at Pevensey Ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital, as part of the Lions campaign to provide facilities to make treatment for cancer sufferers in this part of Sussex a little more comfortable/palatable. What can we say. Our friendly publicans and their customers have come up trumps. Between them they raised over £1,200 towards this essential service. We give you all a huge thank you, once again you have proved the enormous charitable heart of the people of this area. Demonstrating their commitment to this fund raising effort went one stage further at The Star, Normans Bay, where prompt action between the Lions and the publican turned what could have been a disaster into an overriding success. In the eggsitement over customers being able to buy tickets in the Uckfield Lions Bumper Easter Egg Draw, the giant luxury decorated Easter Egg sited on the bar at the Star Inn committed eggicide by eggsiting the bar and finishing in many pieces on the floor. Despite this appearing the end for this specially made luxury egg, the Lions were determined not to lose the opportunity to raise money in this location as part of their Giant Easter fund raising project and rather than surrender to this calamity and sell tickets for scrambled egg, Lion Graham Baldwin leapt into action, bought an easter egg in a big box and with plenty of bling and dropped it into the Star that evening. The publican surrounded it with the scrambled egg and made it even more popular. Thanks, it might have been a broken egg but there weren’t any broken Lions promises at the Star, and they didn’t have to serve up omelettes to Lions supporters. Contact us at our Bridge Cottage Bookshop, on our website listen to Uckfield FM or call Lion Bob Eaves on 01825 764638.

ARTICLES: A quick reminder that it’s free for you to publicise your local events in the Parish Pump. It must be for a good cause and not a personal advert. And please send it to me in Times New Roman, size 12. Also, do let us know the results, money raised, etc after the event.


AFTERNOON RECITAL: The second of the Waldron Recital series by young musicians will take place at All Saints’ Church on Sunday at 4.30pm. Soprano Nia Coleman will sing with Benjamin Tyler (piano), and the concert will last about three quarters of an hour. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection for the church.

CONCERT: Heathfield Choral Society will present Dido and Aeneas on Saturday May 17. Tickets are £12 and are obtainable from Peter Jamieson (01435 863414).

ON Sunday there will be Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’, Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bart’s, Sung Matins at 9.45am at All Saints’ (followed by coffee and cake, to which everyone is welcome) and Holy Communion with choir at 11.15am also at All Saints’.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Roger Lumley and 6.30pm evening service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Kevin Gordon presents us with an A-Z of Sussex Churches on Monday at the Dunn Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

CAROUSEL: Time is racing away and the production of the musical Carousel put on by the Village Players is coming together. Dress and tech rehearsals are this weekend with opening night on Wednesday. In a new venture for the group, tickets are now only available via the players’ website. Type in to your search engine, Village Players Rushlake Green. When you get to the site there is a link to the ticketing at the foot of the home page. There are some great tunes in this show, June is Busting Out All Over, My Boy Bill, and You’ll Never Walk Alone to name but three. Even your correspondent has a small part; those who know him will be pleased to learn that it is a non-singing part.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday. This will be the Annual Parish Council meeting at which officers and committees for the year will be appointed, prior to the regular business.