Parish pump Uckfield - November 14, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer, 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion.

PARISH COUNCIL: For various reasons the November meeting of the council will be held at St John’s Church, Bodle Street Green at 7pm on Thursday. The council has a website.


QUIZ: The monthly quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common will take place tonight, Friday. Teams of six players are invited to join the fun. The entrance fee is given back as prize money, and the licensed bar will be open. Call Halina Keep on 01435 882183.

WARTIME REFLECTIONS: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is to be a special event to commemorate the outbreak of WW1, bringing alive the period with a collection of thought provoking and entertaining memories, memorabilia and music. It is being held in St Bartholomew’s Church at 4pm. Everyone of any age is welcome to go along. Entry is free. Call Sarah Walker 01435 882789.

VEGAS NIGHT: The ever popular Burwash Common and Burwash Weald Residents Association’s Vegas Night will take place tomorrow, Saturday, in the Pavilion from 7.30pm. These evenings are always great fun and a mini gambling evening. From roulette to blackjack and more. Call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

WALK: The next parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. This is an open invitation for anyone who enjoys walking to go along and join them. The walks leave the Bear car park at 9am and take in some of the network of public footpaths that cross Burwash, Burwash Weald and Burwash Common. Roger Cloke will be your guide and by joining him you will be helping to keep the footpaths in good repair and in use for others to enjoy too. You will return in time for lunch.

FLOWERS: Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club will have a meeting in the village hall on Monday from 2.15pm. This month’s demonstrator will be Gill Sadler whose working title will be Joy to the World, which would suggest that there will be a Christmas feel to her arrangements. All members are welcome to attend. Non-members may also join them for entry fee of £4.50. The meeting will end with a raffle, tea and mince pies.

QUIZ: There are just a couple of tables left for the fun quiz evening being held in the village hall on November 22. Teams of six players are invited to go along and join in the fun and give their brains a workout. Those great quiz masters Steve Bennett and Terry Parker will be in charge (or maybe not) but we can be certain we will have a laugh or two. To book a team call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 or Joan Howard 882434. Entry is £6 and includes a light supper.

EXHIBITION: Burwash Monday Painters’ exhibition held on November 1 was a great success. Out of 100 or so paintings entered, 27 were sold. We would like to thank all who came and supported us and drank a cup of tea with us on our annual day. The standard of work was very high and it is great to know that it is appreciated by the local community. There are more paintings to be seen at the Community Shop and Café at Hurst Green and even more on our website The group is involved in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church where trees are sponsored by local clubs, schools and businesses. The trees are dressed and lit by the sponsors and the resulting effect which starts on December 5 until December 7, is quite spectacular. Last year over 50 trees filled the church and created a great atmosphere for the events that took place over the following weekend. Please go and see it if you can. We are a very friendly group and meet every Monday at 1pm in the village hall until the end of April. If you paint and would like to join a group like ours please phone Grace 01435 860848 or Anne 01435 883247 or look at our website as above.


AUTUMN FAYRE and Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey RBL Women’s Section at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and midday. Cakes, gifts, books, tombola, card and bottle stalls. To learn more call Lily Holman on 01825 723786.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 2nd Sunday before Advent, 10am Benefice Communion, Chiddingly; 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

CHESTNUT TREE Children’s Hospice. A fundraising event for this special cause is to be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the pavilion on the recreation ground between 11am and 4pm. The Health and Arts Show will offer tries and tasters of alternative therapies such as reflexology, massage, treatment advice, acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy, arts and crafts, including animal portraits, jewellery, floristry and gifts for Christmas. Tea and cake will also be served. For further information call The Health House on 01825 84734 or contact

BONFIRE THANK YOU: Once again the East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society gave us all a wonderful evening last Saturday. Their ability juxtapose the reverence of a remembrance event along with the exuberance of firework night knows no bounds. As always it was both a poignant and adrenaline filled night, and one of England’s best kept secrets. Thank you bonfire boys and girls.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: This month’s walk will depart from the Black Lion in Halland at 2pm on Sunday and is themed Fungi and Bogeymen. Although the route is quite short it is likely to be rather muddy so wellies are strongly advised. For further details please ring Chris or Jenny on 01825 872830. The annual social evening will take place on Friday November 28 in the village hall at 7.30pm. Peter Challis, from the Sussex Biodiversity record Centre, will be giving a talk on surveying hedgerows and the work of our local volunteers, Kate Richardson and her team, who are recording our ancient hedgerows. Lucie Thornycroft will also update us on the activities of the Rights of Way Group, and some of the deliberate obstructions they have encountered that make footpaths impassable. There will be a prize quiz and party food will be served with a donations bar serving wine and soft drinks. Admission is free to members and guests are welcome for £3.

WAR TIME TEA DANCE: This event, which is in aid of the Royal British Women’s Section, will take place tomorrow (Saturday) between 2pm and 5pm in the village hall. There will be a raffle, quiz and sing-a-long. Tickets can be purchased in the Village Shop for the price of six guineas.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The Show Society’s AGM will be held this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm. There will be a quiz and a buffet supper on offer at a cost of £5. For further details, please call Jane on 01825 840575.

COMMUNITY PLOTS: Despite a relatively dry summer and autumn period, the allotment plots are being well established. Following this encouraging start, a new project is now underway. Inspired by village resident James Hamilton-Andrews, community plots are now being set up. Organised and tended by locals these allotments will be used by people otherwise unable to access a garden of their own, or indeed fresh produce. Vegetables and herbs will be grown to supplement local food banks, and will also offer outdoor activity for those who have mobility, sensory or emotional limitations. Volunteers have already started cultivating the plots but the donation of tools and materials would be most welcome. Items such as light tools, soil, timber and manure are particularly sought. For more details please contact James on 07500 965530 or at

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The association kindly invite you to their Open Evening and AGM on Tuesday November 25 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The event is open to all, past present and (in particular) would-be twinners. Please come along to get a flavour of what twinning is all about with a slide show of this year’s visit to Juziers near Paris, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine and light refreshments. Please contact pat Duke on 01825 841077 or at


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club (9.45am), 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

100 YEARS AGO - Sussex Express 20th November 1914: The Allies at the Germans lunged, And won a fight at Name-expunged. But swiftly reinforcements came, From German-Censor-Banned the-Name, And French’s Army was defeated, Upon the field of Place-Deleted. From Town-Blue-Pencilled, lovely spot, The Uhlans galloped, fierce and hot. But hundreds bit the dust and grass, In Place Press-Bureau-Would-Not-Pass. The hottest work in all the field, Burst round Locality-Concealed. To understand those frightful scraps, Pray, reader, please consult the maps. This is a comment on press censorship, which severely restricted items about the War, which could be reported in newspapers.

YOUTH CLUB tonight, Friday, 7pm.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK: Next year FSW will be 125 years old. It has had many names over that time but has never stopped caring for families who need help. Please don’t forget our coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. The residents of Fletching and the surrounding villages are fantastic supporters and deserve a great thank you for all you do; so please come to our Coffee Morning.

PAINTERS’ CLUB Wednesday at 1pm.

KOBUDO MARTIAL ARTS Thursday at 5pm.

QUEEN OF HARPS: Catrin Finch, award-winning former Official Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales, is returning to Fletching for a solo concert on Saturday December 6. Proceeds from the concert will go to Project Refresh. This will be Catrin’s fourth visit to Fletching. Her earlier concerts quickly sold out and organisers are expecting a high demand again. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £18, to include a glass of wine and a canapé in the interval, can be obtained from Andrew Wright, 01825 712803 or or (if still available) at the door for £20.

PARISH ACTION PLAN: We have now put together a first draft of the Parish Action Plan and are in the process of refining it. One of our immediate priorities is to improve our channels of communication with you to ensure you can find out what is happening. Please check the parish council noticeboard outside the Village Hall, the parish council website or search for Fletching Parish Council on Facebook for updates on our progress. We currently only have four volunteers on our Steering Group, so unless other parishioners come forward to help, it will be difficult to make progress. We would love to hear from you if you can provide any help at all, there will also be Focus Groups concentrating on the following areas: Environment, Community Safety, Highways, Education and Leisure, Transport and Social Care, Housing and Development, Community Facilities, Business in the Community. If you’re interested in helping make your parish a better place to live please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail for more information. Our next Steering Group meeting is on Tuesday December 2 at The Rose and Crown and everyone is welcome to come along.

SHOEBOXES: Thank you to all who gave shoeboxes of gifts for families in Eastern Europe. There are now about 15 boxes on their way to Romania, Albania, Ukraine and Moldavia. We can imagine the delight, as the soap, combs, razors, crayons, sweets and gloves etc. are unpacked on Christmas Day. Just a little box giving so much happiness.

Framfield & Blackboys

DATE FOR DIARY: Framfield Village Market Saturday November 22, 10am to noon in Framfield Memorial Hall, parking in school car park. Twenty stalls including local produce, homemade cakes, plants, crafts and many more. Come along have a cuppa tea/coffee and bacon roll. Look forward to seeing you. Any inquiries call Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ALL SAINTS Old Heathfield. Please note as from November 10 to December 5 All Saints will be closed for the first stage of our new heating to be installed. Sunday, St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. 6.30pm Churches Together in Heathfield and District United Service. Speaker The Right Reverend Richard Jackson Bishop of Lewes. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday November, 10am to noon, Christmas Fair in the church hall; 7pm Quiz Night in the church hall. Tables of six. To book a table call Terry on 01435 864198.

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: We finished another successful bonfire season for this year with East Hoathly bonfire on Saturday November 8 which saw us completely drenched. Now we are focusing on our Christmas concert which will be held on Saturday December 13 at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Tickets at £5 will be available on the door or may be obtained in advance by ringing 01435 862398. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served plus there’ll be our usual huge raffle. Please do join us.

FUN DAY: Heathfield Chamber of Commerce Christmas Fun Day in the High Street, Saturday November 22. Programme of events: 10am Santa will arrive at the Co-Op car park. 10am to 11.30am Santa goes walk about in the town. 11.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3.15pm Santa will be in his grotto at Union Church, Heathfield. Refreshments are being served during the day at the Union Church. Heathfield and Waldron First Responders will be running life-saving demonstrations during the day at the Union Church as well. 4pm carol singing outside Trading 4 U, High Street, by pupils from All Saints and St Richard’s Primary School. 4.30pm Switching on the High Street and Station Road lights by Santa and the window competition winner. 4.30pm Santa returns to the North Pole. The window competition, being organised by the Heathfield and Waldron First Responders, will run from 10am to 1.30pm and entry forms can be collected from the Co-Op, Wealden Mobility and Gemini Greetings. This event is organised by the Heathfield Chamber of Commerce ( All monies raised on the day will go to the Heathfield and Waldron First Responder’s scheme. For more information please visit:

Isfield & Little Horsted

HOMES OPENED: Although they have been occupied for a few weeks, the official opening of the small development of affordable homes at Culpeper Close, off Station Road, Isfield, has now been performed. David Standfast, chief executive of Saxon Weald, the housing association, said the three houses and two flats had enabled young local people to stay in the village, which was confirmed by one of the new residents, Helen Stonham. She said: ‘I have lived in Isfield for 32 years, all my life. If these homes hadn’t been built I would have had to leave the village where my family live and where I work.’ Speaking at the same event, Geoff Sambrook, chairman of Isfield Parish Council, congratulated everyone who had helped to build them and said they fitted into the village very well. The development has been named one of Isfield’s most famous residents, the 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper.

LEAK PLUGGED: Hats off to South East Water for speedy action in sorting out the surface water problem by the entrance to the Recreation Ground in Station Road, Isfield. Last week’s village notes reported Jim ‘The Fish’ Smith’s concerns over what he considered to be a mains water leak under the road and called for action. A day after the water company promised an investigation there was an inspector on site. And one more day later workmen were there to dig and found the source of the problem. Gary Ford, South East Water leakage detection manager, said: ‘The results of water samples taken indicated that the water in the verge was mains water. My team of leakbusters were immediately sent to investigate and discovered a small leak in a pipe.’

FIREWORKS: A reminder that Station Road in Isfield will be closed to traffic from 6.15pm to 8pm this evening (Friday) while the village’s bonfire celebrations get under way with a torchlight procession from the Lavender Line station to the old mill and back. The bonfire will be lit and fireworks set off in the field behind The Laughing Fish soon after 8pm. A plea from Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society for visitors with vehicles to park responsibly, especially in Lewes Road and Horsted Lane which is a bus route.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting this afternoon, Friday, in the Community Centre at 2.30pm when Dr Stuart Anderson will be speaking about The Brain on The Road. He will demonstrate how the brain changes impact on ability to drive and what you can do to combat brain changes in advancing years. A brilliant subject I am sure the Centre will be packed out for this.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. This week there will be Christmas cakes and puddings plus mince pies on display, which can be ordered for collection on December 19, so why not pop along and see what’s on offer. There will also be vegetables, flowers, cakes and many other things to tempt you. You can also enjoy a cuppa.

AUTUMN FAYRE: Royal British Legion Women’s section will be holding their annual Autumn Fayre and Coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon at Chailey Free Church, South Chailey. Gifts, cakes, tombola plus a bottle stall. Further details from 01825 723786.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance on 722582.

SUPPER QUIZ: Don’t forget to book your team in for the St Mary’s Church annual Supper Quiz on Wednesday at Newick Primary School from 7pm for 7.30 start. Tickets for six people (team) are £60. Please telephone 01825 723750 or 721266 to book you place.

AGM: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday in the village hall at 8pm. Everyone welcome to join them for a glass of wine and nibbles. The photographic competition entries will be on display.

DIARY DATE: Newick Twinning Association AGM on November 28 in the Community Centre at 7.30pm.


AUTUMN EXHIBITION: Thank you everyone who supported the Autumn Exhibition hosted by Uckfield Art Group. The artist with the most votes was Julian Foreman. The winning picture was an abstract entitled Splashing Out. Julian will look after the Tom Broad Trophy until the next exhibition when voting takes place all over again. Children were able to create Cress Head Snowmen, decorate pinecones, leaves, angels, make cards and even craft seasonal floral arrangements as some of the many activities available during the event. Once again entries in the visitor book were exclaiming how lovely the atmosphere was and how difficult it was to choose just one favourite picture from the amazing selection. The next exhibition to look out for will be in the summer so watch this space.

BUXTED VILLAGE HALL: On Wednesday October 29 Pauline Bonner and Eileen Claydon (Trustees) ran a very successful Fish and Chip Quiz evening in the Buxted Park Pavilion. The event was a sell out and made a profit of £606.80 for the hall funds. We are most grateful for all those who supported the Quiz, gave raffle prizes and helped us in so many ways to run the evening.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Barry Newman, gave an extremely informative and interesting talk and slide show at our October meeting entitled A Year on the Allotment. He started in October and went through each month for the year. There is no water on his allotment site so he explained how he collects water, the storage etc., and how to use as little water as possible but to obtain really good crops. He uses raised beds, which makes gardening much easier. He uses wood chippings on the paths which suppresses weeds and therefore, there are less unwanted weeds in the beds. Many people use wood to make their raised beds but he used Supercrete which is a light concrete and the slabs can be slotted into one another. He gave us so many tips on how to proprogate, buy in plants, grow on, the varieties to use, when to pick etc. His tips were endless and the talk was delivered in a light hearted manner making the whole lecture enjoyable.

FILM SOCIETY members will feel that the season’s late start will have been worth the wait. Uckfield Picture House owner Kevin Markwick has made exciting and imaginative improvements to the cinema and has invited the society to use the building for its annual programme starting on November 9 and then the second Sunday of each month at 8pm. This year’s programme represents films from UK, Italy, France, China, Philippines, Austria, Germany and America. The list of screenings for 2014-2015 includes The Great Beauty, The Night of the Hunter, Blue is the Warmest Colour, A Touch of Sin, The Act of Killing, Amour, Frances Ha, An American in Paris and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The society has been watching films from all genres since the year 2000 when, in the wake of the success of Uckfield’s first annual Festival, film lovers got together with Kevin to form a committee to bring world cinema to our corner of Sussex. For details of membership of the Uckfield Film Society, contact the cinema on 01825 764909.

AGE CONCERN Uckfield and District are holding their AGM on Thursday November 27 at 7.30pm in the council Chambers, Civic Centre, Uckfield. Uckfield Mayor will be in attendance and there will be a talk by the Crime Prevention Officer from Sussex Police. All are welcome to attend.

NEWS: This week has a nice long list of events. Will you please let me have your Christmas events early as people’s diaries get filled up in December. Please can I have then in Times New Roman, size 12 and not in italics, or any other variations.

CRAFT FAIR: Saturday December 13, 10am to 3pm at Uckfield Civic Centre, Christmas Craft Fair: Shop local. Mayor to open the fair. Enjoy browsing the locally made crafts and sampling some festive treats whilst listening to beautiful renaissance music performed by the quartet, Sussex Waits.

BRIDGE COTTAGE: An exciting restoration project has begun on Bridge Cottage, a Grade II listed building, in September. Uckfield and District Preservation Society (UDPS) was delighted to receive a confirmed grant of £1,017,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The vision of UDPS is to create a space for all members of the local community to use, and preserve an iconic building for present and future generations; we’re going to run a schools programme, hands-on heritage activities for families, local history and craft events, hold weddings and create a heritage hub for local historical research. The key to securing the long term future of the building is to create a sustainable programme of events that encourages regular use by all the community as well as attracting visitors to the town, ultimately benefiting the local economy.


HONOURING OUR MEN Last weekend was dedicated to all those young men from our parish who went so bravely to war 100 years ago, both those who were killed and those who survived and returned to pick up their lives. On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon we put on performances of our Revue Behind the Front, which told their stories and put them in the national and international context. Words, music and images were used and the full audiences were transfixed as the tales were told, caught up in the drama, laughing one minute, tearful the next. Having worked so hard for many weeks to rehearse their parts, the members of the large cast were focussed on making the stories come alive, honouring the men and women they represented. In the audience, as well as local people, were some who had come back to the village from further afield to hear about their own ancestors and what had happened to them. Live drama is a powerful medium and at its best it’s a contract between audience and cast to share and live the story being told. That was what it was like last weekend.

EXHIBITION: Before and after both performances, the audience gathered round the exhibition of memorabilia and absorbed the pictures of the villagers of the day and the images from the dedication of our war memorial in 1920. Our new publication Waldron and the Great War was also on sale, using much of the material which had been dramatised, plus much which there was no time to include. The 80-page illustrated booklet draws on letters, memories of those who lived through the period and contemporary local newspaper reports. If you missed the performances or are just interested in village history you will want to have your own copy. They are available now, price £5 each at The Stores in Waldron and Heathfield Art and Books in Heathfield, or direct from me at Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque for £5 made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches. All proceeds will go to the Friends for the repair and improvement of our two churches.

SUNDAY: Remembrance Sunday morning service is always well-attended here in Waldron but this year it seemed particularly so. The names of our parish dead in the conflicts of the 20th century were read, the church clock struck eleven, the trumpet sounded the Last Post and the packed congregation stood silent for two minutes. The Rector George Pitcher preached a powerful sermon, in which he said that we had honoured our parish dead by bringing them alive through our drama and the exhibition which he commended everyone to see. The whole congregation processed to the War Memorial in the middle of the village for the respectful laying of wreaths, and then we dispersed. It had been an emotional weekend.

BRITISH LEGION: A retiring collection was taken at performances of Behind the Front for the British Legion’s Every Man Remembered appeal and as a result of that we are sending £200 to the Legion in the names of those who died from this parish.

SERVICES: This Sunday, there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am, (followed by coffee and cake), and Choral Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

QUIZ EVENING: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a quiz evening tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is £5 per person. To book or for more details telephone 01435 813359.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer, 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. Due to involvement in the Hailsham public Remembrance ceremony, I was not able to be in church for the Remembrance service last Sunday, but I gather the church was full. Peter Dunn read the names of the fallen and John Holden played the last post. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Ray Broomfield, a guide at Batemans Burwash, told us about Rudyard Kipling’s two houses that he owned. Firstly, Naulakha House in Vermont, a modern spacious house with a spectacular view, which is now available to rent. Secondly Batemans in Burwash, which came with 36 acres, a dilapidated mill and a section of the village. I between he lived for a short while in Torquay, which he hated, and Rottingdean which he found too public, with tourists gawping over the wall. Our next walk is on Saturday November 22, meeting at the old railway station, Hellingly (TQ585121) at 2pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: For various reasons the November meeting of the council will be held at St John’s Church, Bodle Street Green at 7pm on Thursday. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters, or comment on agenda items. The council has a website.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: The next production is a comic farce written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, and will be put on from November 19 to 22. Tickets cost £18.50 to include a three course meal, and are now on sale to the public, via the Village Players website, there is a booking charge. If you haven’t access to the internet, then please contact a committee member for help. This weekend is the Dress and Tech rehearsals, so time is short, as tickets are selling well.

FILM SHOW: Last Saturday we viewed two films produced by Mr A W Knapman, a resident of Heathfield, in which he compared the then current views of Heathfield and area, with old postcards etc. The first film was a tour around some East Sussex villages. It started at the Crown and market at Heathfield, continued along Cade Street to Chapel Cross. We then turned off down to Warbleton and Rushlake Green. On to Dallington, Woods Corner, Brightling and Robertsbridge. We returned along the main road through Burwash and Broad Oak to the market. The second film featured the Old Heathfield area. We saw the restoration of the mill pond below Heathfield Park. One thing that stood out was the way we have lost the view of many houses, because of the growth of hedges, due to the obsession with privacy. This film took us along Cade Street to Punnetts Town. During the interval we were served ice creams or popcorn, by the usherettes, a nice touch. I gather the event raised about £300 for the hall funds.