Parish Pump Uckfield - November 16 3012

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday in the village hall.

GARDENING CLUB: The gardening club meets in the village hall on Tuesday night.

QUICKEN TRUST: The trust founded by Geoff and Geraldine Booker, provides support for the village of Ugandan village of Kabubbu in many ways. There will be a lunch at the village hall next Saturday, November 24, at noon. There will be a glass of wine, a ploughman’s lunch and a selection of puddings. Three residents of Kabubbu will be present. Tickets are £10 and can be reserved by calling 01323 832361.


CONGRATULATIONS: It’s Monday morning as I write this and have just had a wonderful phone chat with Barbara O’Neil at the newsagents. Having left the shop yesterday in good order little could she and her husband Tesky know what would go on in their absence. But when Tesky arrived at 5am this morning to do the papers he knew something was out of order. His first thoughts were that the front window had been smashed, so went up the outside of the building to have a look see. He was amazed to see this wonderful display that was a thank you and to celebrate their 25years as our newsagents. A lovely painting done by Graham Sendall and bought by the villagers, with bubble comments from some of those who had contributed around it was in the window, they thought it was to be a display of the Monday quilters. On the counter he found champagne and glasses. Barbara said she was overwhelmed and was having trouble assessing this kindness. She said in the 25 years they have known everything that goes on in the village and this has to be the best kept secret ever. Congratulations to both Barbara and Tesky, it has been a pleasure having you here, your kindness and help has always been appreciated. I guess it is too much to hope for another 25years.

BRIDGE: The fun bridge afternoon takes place today, Friday, at the Burwash Common Pavilion from 12.30pm. Tickets may still be available, if you call now to Anne Gray on 01435 8824422 or Susana Price on 01435 863332. Players of all abilities are welcome to attend with lunch and tea/coffee included in the £10 cost. Cold drinks will be available at the licensed bar. Play will begin at 2pm. All proceeds to admiral Nurses for Dementia.

VEGAS NIGHTS: The ever popular Vegas Night returns to Burwash Common tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 7.30pm. These evenings include roulette, black jack and more for your entertainment and fun. For more details call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

WALK: The monthly parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. Anyone can join these walks which are fun and help to keep the network of public footpaths in use and in good repair. They will meet in the beat car park for 9am, from where Roger Cloke will lead you into pastures new and old. You will return to the village in time for lunch.

MEETING: Burwash Horticultural Society holds their AGM on Tuesday afternoon in the village hall at 2pm. All members and potential new members are welcome to attend.

FESTIVE EVENING: This year’s late night shopping and Christmas festive evening is on Wednesday December 5. If you would like to be involved then please get in touch with Kevin Parker at the Bear on 01435 882540. Already many things have been organised including fire juggling, Santa’s grotto, craft stalls, brass band, a magician and barbecue. All the shops and businesses will be open until late.

BOWLS: Last week the bowls club had an away fixture against the Ringmer Tortoises. Always a tough venue to master the team played with great flare and differing results. In the triples Margaret Waterhouse, Mick Moore and Stephen Trew had a tough time and were unable to get to grips with the mat and lost 21-5. The other triple of Angela Marden, Samantha Saunders and Shirley Pope kept their heads and drew 12-12. After tea the pairs played with Joan Howard and Mary Taylor enjoying a good fight to win 15-10, meanwhile Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood gave their opponents a hard time beating them 23-5. This gave Burwash five league points. Their next match is away to Crowhurst on Tuesday.


AUTUMN FAIR and Coffee Morning, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and midday at Newick Community Centre. There will be cakes, gifts, books, tombola, bottle stall and Christmas cards.

CHRISTMAS FAIR is at Townings Farm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm with the opportunity to sample local produce and festive food.

ART EXHIBITION by members of Chailey and Newick Painting Group is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 10am to 5pm. There will be framed and unframed work and artist-made cards on sale. Some members will be demonstrating their skills. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586. The final working party for the churchyard will be on Saturday November 24 from 9am until midday. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided mid-morning. If you can come along and give a helping hand please add your name to the sign up sheet at the back of the church or let one of the churchwardens know. Free Church services on Sunday are a family service at 10.30am and with Peter Jolly at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

LIVE REINDEER are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, from November 20 until Christmas and if you visit the Reindeer and the Winter Wonderland on a Saturday (from 10am to 5pm) or a Sunday (from 10.30am to 4pm) you will be supporting St Peter and St James Hospice as 50 percent of proceeds will go to the hospice with the remainder going to the Garden Pride Reindeer Welfare Fund. Entry costs £3 per person, children must be accompanied by adults and children receive a gift. For further information please speak to the Hospice Fundraising Department on 01444 471598.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations.

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Through the Seasons at Brocks Wood Plumpton is the title of the Commons Society meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm. The speaker Reg Lanaway is a lecturer and botanist and will talk on his involvement with local woodlands. Visitors are most welcome and for more information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

INFORMATION POINT: Village Information Point session is on Friday November 23 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

WALK: Commons Society Walk Pillar to Pillar with Ian Seccombe is on Saturday November 24 and is an eight mile triangular walk visiting the Meridian marker, a Trig Point and a Stone Memorial on three of the commons. Meet at Lane End Common at 9.30am and finish at about 12.30pm.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday December I at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £2.50 and includes refreshments, prizes and raffle. All are welcome. More details from Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

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CARNIVAL 2012: On behalf of East Hoathly, the Parish Pump would like to thank the Society for once again staging such a fantastic event. Well done to everyone involved.

AGE CONCERN: The next bingo session will take place on Thursday at 2pm in the village hall. Please bring along your friends for a fun time and a chance to win a money prize. East Hoathly District is looking for volunteers with a few hours to spare helping at the monthly Pop-In lunches and bingo sessions. Please call Jean Barnes on 01825 872145 if you feel that you could help.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The Christmas Shop in the cellar of the Village Stores is now open. There will also be a late night village shopping evening on Thursday December 13. Details to follow.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Regretfully, this week’s walk at Tide Mills has had to be cancelled. The next walk is planned for Sunday December 9 and will take in the streets of Lewes. Further details nearer the time.

CHURCH SERVICES: Second Sunday before Advent, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly; 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly. Monday, 9.25am School Collective Worship, East Hoathly. Wednesday, 9.10am School Assembly, Chiddingly. Thursday, 10.15am Holy Communion, East Hoathly, 7.30pm Home Group, Burchetts Farm.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Friday 15 November 1759. ‘…After breakfast we all went and called on Mr Snelling, who took a walk with us to Seaford in order to see a five-gun battery erecting there. We stayed as Seaford about an hour and a half and came back to Mr Snelling’s and drank a bottle of beer, and then we dined with Mr Elless on a leg of mutton boiled, turnips and butter pudding cake. We came home (thank God, very safe) about 4:30 and I think sober…’


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Your correspondent was committed at a Remembrance Sunday parade elsewhere, but was told this year’s turn-out at the Airman’s Grave bordered on the biblical with walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and dog-walkers all converging on the memorial in their many hundreds. The popularity of this event seems to grow each year. A blue sky and bright sunshine provided the perfect weather in which to pay one’s respect.

THE VILLAGE MARKET takes place in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon.

FAIRWARP WI rehearsals for their Christmas Review on Tuesday December 11 continue apace. Another treat is promised.

FAIRWARP ECHO: Do you subscribe to the Fairwarp Echo? Have you something you’d like published? If so, see the tab on the website for contact details.

CAROLS in the Foresters Arms will be during the evening of Thursday December 20. It is hoped at least some of the singing will bear some resemblance to the actual carols themselves.

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RAMBLERS: On Sunday, meet at Alfriston School GR518035 at 10am for a Downland circular of eight miles via Bo Peep and the South Downs Way. Ring 01892 516191.

WILDLIFE RESCUE and Ambulance Service. Severe lack of funds threatens the number of wild animals and birds this Sussex-based charity will be able to help this winter. ‘This has been an exceptionally busy year. We have been running at 90 to 100 percent capacity since Easter,’ said WRAS co-founder, Trevor Weeks MBE. ‘At the moment,’ he warned, ‘we are not receiving enough funds to continue taking in casualties. We need to concentrate our efforts on looking after those who we already have in our care.’ Currently, WRAS is treating at its Whitesmith-based wildlife Casualty Centre 85 patients. They include 40 hedgehogs, 15 wood pigeons, 10 collared doves, two mice and one each of a fox, rabbit, gold finch, redwing and rabbit to name just a few. Although the charity relies upon public support and donated expertise, veterinary, food, electricity and insurance costs have significantly increased this year. ‘We do not want to turn away any wild bird or animal who needs our help,’ said Trevor Weeks. Three years ago, the charity could only help up to 40 casualties at a time. But this year more than 1,600 wild animals and birds have received care from WRAS so far with up to 100 patients at any one time being treated. The average cost of taking in a single casualty is £75. WRAS is launching an emergency appeal for funds. Donations can be sent to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE or can be made by calling 01825873003 during office hours. Or go on-line to

TRAINING: Healthy Walk leaders training, November 22 and 29. Do you like walking? And do you like helping people? The Conservation Volunteers is looking for volunteer walk leaders for the soon to be set up Healthy Walks in Heathfield. Healthy Walks are short led walks, lasting no longer than an hour. The walks are for everyone, but are specifically designed to encourage those that would benefit from more exercise to give walking a go. The routes are easy. Tricky terrain, steep hills and stiles are avoided where possible. So the walks provide an easy (and pleasant) way to get fitter for people who struggle with their health. Having said that, the majority of walkers join because of the social aspect and meeting new people. To encourage as many people as possible to take up regular walking, the walks take place every week and are provided for free. As a walk leader you will lead/ back mark healthy walks, welcome new walkers, give route information, deal with a bit of paperwork to register walkers, and ensure that everyone has a enjoyable and safe walk. It is up to individual volunteers to decide how much they want to commit, but to ensure some continuity we would ask a minimum availability for leading a walk once every four weeks. Does leading healthy walks sound like your cup of tea? Then please get in touch with Paula Hubens, TCV Healthy Walks Project Officer, who will arrange for you to go on a free walk leader training course. The next training course is on Thursday November 22 and 29 from 10am to noon. Paula can be contacted on 07740 899559 or Healthy walks are part of the national Walking for Health project, The Conservation Volunteers has received funding from East Sussex County Council and NHS Sussex to set up healthy walks across the county.

FAMILY FUN DAY: Next Saturday, November 24, Father Christmas comes to Heathfield. He’s a guest of the town’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Keep an eye open for him when he arrives at 10am at the Co-op, goes walkabout in town, meets children in his Grotto in William Hill Interiors from 11.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3.15pm. Children from Parkside Primary School start their fabulous carol singing at 4pm outside Trading4U and at 4.30pm the whole town gets lit up for Christmas . Father Christmas then heads back to the North Pole. The Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice will be running a window competition.

RUNNING: We see members of the Heathfield Roadrunners charge past our gate come wind or wild weather throughout the week so we know there are some keen athletes out there. Heathfield Rotary is planning its second fun run on March 24, 2013, following their successful (and very demanding country run) held earlier this year. Remember the weather anyone? It didn’t stop anyone, attendance was excellent. Watch this space a little closer to the date. If you want to take part, you can, you don’t have to be super fit. The only person you are challenging with your performance is yourself. The Rotarians are also planning another event for the summer. Hot on the heels of this year’s Take That tribute concert in the grounds of the Community Centre, they are planning a Michael Jackson and Abba tribute concert on June 22. Once again more details will be available as the year progresses.

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CHURCHES TOGETHER: The group will be running another Advent Course this year, starting on Wednesday, November 28. These will again take place in the Meeting Room in Stone House during the morning with a repeat in the evening if there is a demand. Further details will appear in each of the churches and can be obtained from Pam Mather (01435 872386), Polly Bradford (01435 873946) or Fiona Lawson (01435 872202).

MUSICAL EVENING: The Friends of St. Leonards-Mayfield School are hosting a musical evening on Saturday, November 24 at 7pm, a light-hearted look at Opera from classical to contemporary by local group OperaLite. Tickets cost £20 include a Champagne Reception. Interval refreshments will be available to order. For further information and to order tickets contact or (Courtesy of Kim Watson).

OPEN DOOR holds a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday, November 24, in London House from 10am to 12.30pm. This will be a bring and buy morning with a raffle. Open Door is open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am and has a Citizen Advice Bureau Adviser in residence.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: A free confidential advice service is available every Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at London House. Here is an example of the sort of enquiry that’s been received recently: I have just had an official letter telling me my benefits might be capped. I’m really worried about how I’ll manage if they cut our money, we can only just afford the rent and other bills now. What is happening and what should I do? The answer is: From April next year, there will be a limit on how much money you can get from some benefits. This is called the Benefit Cap. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is writing to people who might be affected to tell them about the changes. You are only likely to be worse off than before if you’re getting Housing Benefit. This is because your housing benefit will be cut if you’re getting some benefits that, together with your housing benefit, take you over the cap. The cap is expected to be £500 a week if you’re a couple, or a single person having dependent children. £350 a week if you’re single and don’t have children or have children who don’t live with you. You won’t be affected at all if you qualify for one of the following: Working Tax Credit; Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance; Employment and Support Allowance, if paid with the support component; Industrial Injuries Benefits or War Widows’ or Widowers’ Pension. There are also some benefits which won’t be counted when working out whether you’re over the cap. These are: Council Tax Support, which replaces Council Tax Benefit from April 201; Pension Credit; State Retirement Pension; one off payments, for example, Social Fund loans; non-cash benefits, for example, free school meals. It’s important that you find out now if you might be worse off after the cap starts next year, so you can plan how to deal with it. You can get more information about the Benefit Cap from Citizens Advice.

PRE-SCHOOL: Mayfield Pre-school is holding a Children’s Christmas Party with disco on Saturday, December 15 at the Memorial Hall for children under 5 years from 2pm to 4pm and the cost is £5 per child. This event is for any children under five (not just Mayfield Pre-school attendees) but please note this not a supervised event and therefore parent/carer must be present. Soft drinks and biscuits, cakes are available for children; mulled wine and mince pies available for adults to buy. Tickets from Burnett’s or any of the committee members, available from Saturday, November 17.

TALKS: The horticultural society has just started its annual programme of gardening lectures and they’ll be tackling four more intriguing topics between now and March. The first talk took place in October when Steven Moore from Rapkyns Nursery of Broad Oak discussed how to extend the flowering season and so create year-round interest in the garden. Or to put it another way, what to do about winter. Next up will be garden design expert Lesley Chamberlain, who tonight, Friday, will reveal all there is to know about Secret Sussex Gardens. Lesley promises her slides-illustrated talk will reveal some hidden gems, in addition to covering off some of the county’s more popular draws. She’ll also dig deeper, so to speak, on the history of the house behind the garden.

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THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; 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 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 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 noon 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.


THE MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am till 11am in the village hall. Christmas cakes and puddings, mince pies and lots of other goodies will be on display. Orders will be taken for collection on Friday December 21.

AUTUMN FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey Royal British Legion will be holding an Autumn Fair in the Community Centre from 10am till noon. There will be cakes on sale plus a bottle tombola, bric-a-brac and ordinary tombola and books. Please make an effort to support this event.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon the rugby club first XV will be playing at home against Hove whilst the second XV will be travelling to Lewes to play Lewes III. Kick off will be 2.30pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. The preacher will be The Rt Revd Henry Scrivens from CMS in South America.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Just to remind you all about the Christmas Fair at Ascalon from November 17 to 19. Why not pop in a see all the goodies that are for sale all the proceeds from the Fair will go to St Peter and St James Hospice.

QUIZ: Mary’s annual Supper Quiz (the event, previously scheduled for September, but had to be postponed due to the proliferation of activities in the village). The quiz will now take place on Wednesday at 7pm in Newick Primary School Hall. Teams of six are invited to take part in a quiz of moderate difficulty, enjoy a generous cold supper whilst trying to win the new St Mary’s Quiz Trophy. Cost will be £10 per head. Participants will need to bring your own liquid refreshments (other than water). Proceeds from this events will go to much needed church funds. Further details telephone 01825 723750.

AGM for Newick Green WI is on Thursday at 7.45pm in the Community Centre.

DIARY DATES: Newick Bonfire Christmas Bazaar is on November 24 in the village hall. The twinning association AGM is on Thursday November 29 at 7.30pm in the community centre. More details next week.

NEWICK NOW TO 2030: Parish Consultation Day for the Neighbourhood Plan tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 10am till 4pm. Free refreshments all ages welcome. learn about the neighbourhood plan and give your views. Brief talk by Lewes District Planning Officers at noon and at 2pm. This is your opportunity to have your say, so please make every effort to attend.


TEMPUS FUGIT: Oh where does the time go? It’s not just me or my generation that say it; everyone agrees. I’ve just realised that it’s Tuesday again and I haven’t written my column yet. Surprisingly it’s not just this country either. When we were in Malta last year they all said it too, and they’re far more laid-back than us.

CONCERT: St Mary’s Church Buxted presents Sussex Police Choir in a concert of Christmas music Tuesday, December 4 at 7.45pm. Retiring collection for the redecoration fund.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Thursday November 8 saw the launch of The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association. The association was formed at a very successful public meeting at Manor Primary School where County Councillor Paul Sparks, who lives locally and had the original idea for the association, told the assembled residents that: ‘...this is a very good place to live and we should celebrate this but acknowledge that nevertheless there are some matters that need to be addressed. It is often difficult to tackle important issues as an individual, but a coherent organisation with a strong clear voice will ensure that people in authority take notice of the views and needs of the residents of the estates’. Paul Sparks, who was voted in as chairman, spoke about the background to his idea for a residents’ association including the discussions at a pilot meeting held earlier in the year; a sample resident’s survey that had been undertaken, which indicated strong support for an association, and the issues of concern that the survey had highlighted. He pointed out that Manor Park and Hempstead Fields has around 1200 houses, a significant number when considering that the whole of Uckfield Town comprises approximately 5,800 properties. The meeting agreed it would form a committee to tackle a number of key issues. These include: trying to find a solution to the problem of the disrepair of the many privately owned footpaths on the estate, planning issues and developing community self- help groups help groups to assist the less able to tackle snow clearing etc. Interestingly wild deer seem to be visiting the estate and concerns were voiced about the road safety implications this brings. The association has its own Facebook page.


FARMERS’ MARKET: This weekend the Farmers’ Market will be back in Heathfield on Saturday morning. It’s held in the Co-op car park and is well worth a visit to buy meat, cold cuts, bread, cakes, preserves, cheeses, plants and farm eggs.

BUSY WEEKEND: Next weekend is one on which everything seems to have come together, so get out your diary and make sure it’s all marked in. What’s more, it starts early on Thursday with a little drama.

DRAMA: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company are bringing their winter production The Dressing Book to the village on Thursday starting at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church. Tickets (£10) are on sale at the Stores at Waldron, or direct via their website or ring 01323 501260. The Friends of Waldron Churches are laying on the refreshments in the interval, so you can support them at the same time as enjoying the excellent commedia del’arte fun and frolics of the Rude Mechanicals.

PARLEZ-VOUS? Next day on Friday, November 23, afternoon the Stores will host a new and sociable event with an hour of French conversation starting at 2pm. Would you like to improve your French and practise it in a relaxed atmosphere? The Stores and Felicity Poirier are joining forces to offer you an opportunity of preparing for your next visit to France and this will be the first, free taster-session. If it’s a success, there will be regular weekly sessions from Friday January 11. Sign on for the free taster by filling in a brief form which you can pick up in The Stores, and return it to Deborah there, or by calling 01435 812938.

FOOD FAIR: That evening, the Waldron Food Fair opens at 6.30pm until 9.30pm in the Lucas Hall and continues on Saturday November 24 from 11am until 4pm. Martlet Wines, The Sussex Chocolate Company, The Stores at Waldron, and Dordesign Christmas and Gift cards will all be there, and on Friday evening there will be a book signing of Clear Lower Deck by its author Roger Paine.

CROQUET AGM: The village croquet club will hold its annual general meeting in the evening of Friday November 23 at Faith and Murray Sandeman’s home. It will as usual have the emphasis on the social rather than the business of the club.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR: Benjamin Tyler, our choir master, is looking for new singers to take part in any of the three main Christmas services with no further commitment expected. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Benjamin at or mobile 075056 50754.

BELFRY: The Belfry roof at All Saints’ is now under repair. The scaffolding took three weeks to erect, such were the complications of making safe this ancient tower building, the oldest part of our church. As part of the work, a crash deck has been erected over the bells to protect them and to make a working floor for the workmen, the tiles have been taken off and a temporary roof erected so that work can continue even in the worst weather. It’s now possible to see that the cross members were in a poor state and one had come completely adrift from the central post. Every attempt will be made to preserve original material where possible but in some places previous restoration attempts have failed and will have to be replaced. While work continues, please avoid walking round the base of the tower but instead take the footpath across the churchyard. Look out for the well-illustrated Belfry Bulletin which will be displayed outside the shop this week.

CHRISTMAS PLANS: The Village Christmas leaflet is now out and being circulated in the village and further afield. Pick up your copy from the Stores or the Star and make your plans to enjoy Christmas Like It Used To Be. This special weekend will run from December 14 to 17 and will have something for everybody from young to old. Don’t miss the Christmas market on Saturday December 15 with stalls, Santa in his Grotto, workshops for children, storytelling and an opportunity to buy those last-minute essentials for Christmas. And to get in the mood for the festivities, come to the free concert on Friday December 14 at 7.30pm at All Saints’ when you can join in with our Sing-along-a-Santa with all your favourite Christmas songs and some that may be new to you. Sunday will be Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30pm also in the church and the weekend will conclude with the Walking Nativity led by the children of Cross in Hand School on Monday December 17.

SERVICES: Sunday will be the second before Advent and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Holy Communion at 11.15am at All Saints’.

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WARBLETON BAND: The band has its Autumn/Christmas Bazaar at Dunn Village Hall from 10.30am tomorrow, Saturday. Ploughman’s lunches will be available. The Christmas concert is on Sunday December 16 at 2pm and not as I stated last week.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Derek Martin. 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Paul Daniels.

RGWI: The AGM is on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. For info or help with transport please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Pat on 830227.

HISTORY GROUP: We had an interesting talk from Monty Larkin on Monday about the Southdown breed of sheep. He traced their development since the 1700s and related how they have been used in the improvement of other breeds eg the Suffolk. They produce good quality meat and fine but difficult to shear wool. Our next walk is on Saturday November 24 at 2pm, from the Wilmington Priory car park.

HALL CONCERT: The recent folk concert raised about £350 for the Dunn Village Hall. Many thanks to all who made this possible.