Parish Pump Uckfield - November 2, 2012


FOOTBALL: Division Two: Cuckfield II 5, Barcombe 4 (P Black 2, W Marler, J Roberts). Division Ten: Barcombe II 5 ( J Das, M Lloyd, T Rumary, D Sutton).

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JUBILEE OAK: To mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, Warbleton Parish Council have presented the village with an oak tree to be planted on the edge of the Green. At 6.30pm, tonight, Friday, just before the start of the fireworks display and bonfire, there will be a short ceremony when the chairman of the parish council, Bryan Whitton, will plant the oak tree. This tree will join another oak tree presented by the WI.

BONFIRE: The White Horse Inn are joining forces with the village hall to put on the firework display and bonfire tonight at the village green. Access will be from 6pm and the display will start at 6.30pm. Barbecue food will be available on the terrace. There will be no parking in the village hall car park.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP). For a report on the Benefice Service please see the Warbleton section.


MUSICAL MEERKATS: The high energy group for young children, Musical Meerkats had a fairly successful first term, at the village hall in Burwash, so much so that Rachel Wright who runs them is to continue with another six week term. Children from 0 to 4 years can learn how to interact with others through musical instruments and movement. The next term begins on Friday November 9 with two sessions, one at 10am the other at 11am. It will cost £30 for the six weekly sessions, with discounts if two siblings attend the same session. Siblings under six months attending the same session go free. To book your child a place email Rachel on leaving your child’s name and age and the class you wish them to attend or call 07867 787227.

FIREWORKS: Burwash Bonfire Society held their annual bonfire and fireworks display last Saturday evening and despite the very cold conditions, over 200 people turned out to enjoy the fun. There was music to dance to for warmth along with a barbecue, a clown entertained and children came in Halloween fancy dress. The fireworks were once again pretty spectacular. thank you to the society for another great evening.

NSY: Members of the Not so Young group are reminded that their November meeting has been brought forward a week because of the elections. It will now be held on this coming Thursday at the village hall at 2.15pm. Anyone over 60 is invited to join this lively group for the senior members of our villages. Meetings always end with tea and cake and a raffle. they will be making arrangements for the Christmas lunch at the Bear too.

BOWLS: Last week the short mat bowls club held their men’s singles tournament. With numbers low at the moment there were only eight entries, but even so the games were fiercely contested. After the first round Keith Sedge, Mick Moore, Geoff Jarvis and Stephen Trew went in to the semi finals with Geoff and Mick emerging to meet in the final, which again was a hard fought game. Mick come out triumphant and wins the Mary Groombridge Trophy. Well done to him, and thank to all who played with such skill and determination. The ladies played on Monday and next week the club will play an away league fixture against Ringmer Tortoises.

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TWINNING SOCIETY: The recent multi-draw that is organised by the East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Association produced the following winners in the latest draw: 1, Dave Cornwall; 2, Alison Dack; 3, Tim Haffenden; 4, Kelvin and Katy Layer. The multi-draw pays out 50 percent of the amount received as prizmoney. The remaining 50 percent goes towards the annual twinning visits, specifically in subsidising our younger twinners who are, of course, the future of the link. There are a few numbers available to be allocated if anyone would like to participate or invest in additional numbers. The next draw will be in December at the Foresters. For further details please call John Tarry on 840575. The forthcoming AGM will be in the Belmont Room of the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm on Tuesday November 13. Existing Twinners and anyone resident in the parish with an interest in things French are all very welcome. In 2013, it is our turn to host our friends from Juziers and anyone wishing to be involved or to simply find out more, please come along. For further information, please telephone John Graham on 07939 223413 or Andrea Goodridge on 01825 840476.

LINK ROMANIA Shoebox Appeal. Just a last minute reminder that the leaflets for the Shoebox Christmas Gift Appeal are now available from church. The leaflet contains suggestions for inexpensive gifts and full instructions on what to do. Please leave your wrapped and labelled shoeboxes at the back of the church by today, Friday, ready for delivery to the Worthing depot. If you need any further information, please contact Jenny on 872830. Many thanks for your continued support.

AGE CONCERN: The East Hoathly District are 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 located in the cellar of the Village Stores will be opening on Monday November 12.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday is All Saints’ Sunday. 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly; 12.30pm lunch at Chiddingly Village Hall; 6pm Evensong for All Souls, Chiddingly.

CHANGE OF PLAN: The Preservation Society monthly walk planned to start at Newhaven Fort on Sunday November 18, has had to changed. We will now be exploring the Tide Mills nature reserve. Details of our meeting point will be in next week’s Parish Pump and on posters around the village, or call Jenny on 872830. We will be starting at 2pm as usual. Our apologies for the change.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 3 November 1787. ‘We dined on the remains of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and yesterday’s dinners with the addition of a light pudding and some turnips. At home all day….’


WELL DONE to those who braved the much colder weather last Saturday morning to help clean up the churchyard. It looks so much better now. The hot coffee and bacon rolls were most welcome.

SPEEDWATCH: It was good to see the Community Speedwatch team out on the B2026 at it’s junction with The Street recently. There are so many collisions, often involving deer, which could be avoided if drivers adhered to the 40 mph limit. Many thanks to those involved.

PARKING: When the village hall car park is overflowing could you please be kind enough not to park directly opposite driveways in Nursery Lane as it creates a problem of access to the properties.

PCSO: We have a new PCSO, as from this week PCSO David Davies will be responsible for the Buxted, Maresfield and Hadlow Down areas and can be contact via 101 or e-mail:

COFFEE MORNING: The Steering Group for the Neighbourhood Development Plan are holding a coffee morning on Saturday November 10 in Fairwarp Village Hall at 10am. This is your chance to have your say on the future of Fairwarp so do please go along to see the displays and share your opinions.

CHRISTMAS ITEMS: The Ashdown Garden Centre now has Christmas gifts in stock and they are taking orders for wreaths etc to decorate your homes. Do please support your local businesses.

FIRST AID: Hendall Manor Barns is hosting two first aid courses in November suitable for the home and public places. The course content will provide a basic guide to first aid treatment enabling you to deal with a range of first aid incidents in an effective, safe and prompt way. The courses will be run by Wealden Safety Training. To book please contact Graham Cole 01892 655547

ELECTION: Thursday November 15, election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex Police Area, Fairwarp Village Hall 7am to 10pm. For information on candidates go to or call 08001070708.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Saturday November 24 Christ Church Christmas Bazaar 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. Contact Jenny on 01825 712188 for more information. Wanted: tombola prizes, raffle prizes, children’s lucky dip prizes, cakes etc.

DIARY DATE: Saturday December 1 RDA Christmas Bazaar in the village hall, 10am to noon. Stalls will cater for everyone for a Happy Christmas.

CHILDREN’S PARTY: Sunday December 16, FCS Children’s Christmas Party 3pm in the village hall with Carols round the tree at approx 5pm. Please book your child’s/children’s place(s) by December 7 giving their ages. For more information and to book call Caroline on 01825 712950 e-mail: or Sarah on 01825 713307 e-mail:

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

CHRISTMAS FUN DAY: We’ve been going to these for years and they are excellent. The Heathfield and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce announce they will hold their annual Christmas Fun Day on Saturday, November 24. At 10am Father Christmas arrives in the Co-op car park in his sleigh. He goes walkabout in the town immediately afterwards looking out for good boys and girls, bad ones needn’t bother to go along. From 11.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3.15pm Father Christmas will be meeting people from his beautifully decorated grotto in William Hill Interiors. Then from 4pm children from Parkside Primary School entertain everyone with some carols and Christmas songs. After that, at 4.30pm, there’s the big switch-on with lights in both the High Street and Station Road turned on for the whole of the holiday period up to and after Christmas. Father Christmas then waves goodbye and returns to the North Pole.

CROSS IN HAND WI: The WI’s 30 members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of magic with John Schofield entertaining members with The Magical Victorians at their October meeting. As a member of the Magic Circle Mr Schofield covered the various aspects of magic which were so popular in Victorian times. Performances were not just restricted to the stage but also took place in grand houses as after dinner entertainment. Well known writers such as Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens were keen to show their magic tricks. Another aspect of this art was performed by the Illusionists. Hamleys Toyshop, which still exists today in Regent Street was the first toyshop to sell illusionists kits for children. The engineer Brunel was a keen exponent and would sometimes entertain his grandchildren at family parties. Houdini was the famous escapologist of the time. Having been locked in a prison cell in 1900, he managed to open the locks and present himself at the front office. Following the entertainment, tea was enjoyed by all and birthday flowers were presented to Pat Treen. Marion Pearson won the flower of the month competition with her dahlia. The next meeting for members only is the AGM on November 28 at 1pm at the village hall. Please phone 01435 862161 or go to to find out more about this friendly group.

Most readers will know Graeme Mackenzie who runs Martlet Wines from his home. Graeme stages regular wine tastings, bringing unusual wines from across the world to Heathfield. His tastings are well attended and offer wines at all price points. He’s also churchwarden at All Saints, Waldron and St Bartholomew’s in Cross in Hand. His next popular event is the Waldron Festival Of Wine and Food which takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24. Graeme will be joined for this event by Waldron Stores, the Sussex Chocolate Company and Dordesign Christmas and Greetings Cards. To find out more contact him on 01435 866419.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: There will be a book, puzzle and indoor boot sale on Saturday, November 10 at 2pm in the village hall. Everyone’s invited to make some money for Christmas by having a stall for just £10. For details ring John on 01435 831653. Tomorrow, Saturday, John Bishop will be taking a trip back to the 1960s with vintage films. The evening starts at 7.30pm and entry is £3 with coffee and cakes. The art group meets on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 1pm. There were some spare places, not sure how the situation is at present, but if you’d like to join or find out more then ring Fiona on 01434 552409 or 07977 192803. Coffee mornings are held every Friday except Christmas Day from 10.30am to 12.30pm where people can expect coffee, cakes, books and interesting people to talk to. Donations of books and puzzles are much appreciated.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Mill Road car park, Heathfield GR 57213 at 9.15am or Alfriston school, GR 518035 at 10am for an eight mile walk via Jevington Holt and the Weald Way. Ring 01435 862359 for details.

FUND RAISER: Coffee, Cakes and Christmas from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Drumrunie, Upper Greenwoods Lane, Punnetts Town. Everyone is welcome to go along to the annual fundraiser on behalf of The Kit Wilson Trust for Animals. Enjoy a hot drink and a home-made cake, whilst you browse the lovely gifts (new and secondhand) and do some Christmas shopping. All ages welcome, the more the merrier. The Kit Wilson Trust for animal welfare set up over 30 years ago, is a local Animal Rescue Centre, located in Hadlow Down near Uckfield in East Sussex. Organised by Sheila Longley.

BLOOD DONATIONS: You can give blood on Monday, from 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. To make an appointment ring 0300 1232323.

EXHIBITION: Lest We Forget. There will be a collection of military exhibits at the village hall, Broad Oak, on Saturday, November 10 from 10am to 4pm by Etchingham Military and Aviation Preservation Group. The Royal British Legion will be in attendance and will be wanting to recruit new members. Admission is £2.50 for adults and children go in for free. Refreshments will be available.

PUBLIC MEETING: There will be a public exhibition on Monday, November 19, from 2.30pm to 8.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, to discuss the land to the rear of the police station. This is being held by Summertree Estates, Gleeson Developments and Barton Willore. Readers will remember this scheme for 160 homes was initially welcomed but then turned down by planners. Most people welcomed the scheme which, they hoped, would deliver more business for the town and help keep vital shops and services open. If you have a view, or would like to know more, then be sure to go along.

TAKEOVER DAY: Are you aged 11 to 19 years and do you live in the Wealden area? Do you have a great idea for ways to improve things to do and places to go in your area? This is an exciting opportunity to get your youth group anything from £500 to £2,000 so that you can carry it out. There’s not long left, ideas must be put forward by November 9 and an opportunity to present your ideas at County Hall, Lewes, between noon and 4pm, on Friday, November 23. This is being organised by East Sussex County Council. For an information pack and to find out more please contact Tracey Johnson (TYS) at 01424 726086 (direct line) or mobile 0777 5406718.

RUNNING FOR STARTERS: Go along to the Heathfield Leisure Centre on Saturdays from 8.30am to 9.30am for advice and encouragement from UKA qualified coaches. If you are new to running or want expert guidance or support then you are especially welcome. It costs £4 or £3 for Heathfield Leisure Centre or Freedom Leisure members. Website

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NATIONAL POET for Wales, Gillian Clarke, visited St Leonards-Mayfield School on Tuesday, October 9, as part of the school’s inaugural International Poetry Festival, held in conjunction with the respected international poetry journal, Agenda. Ms Clarke’s poetry reading was attended by enthusiastic pupils from the School, as well as members of the local community. During her visit, she gave an exclusive reading of a new poem she had just written about the missing girl, April Jones, entitled Daughter. Head of English at the school, Natasha Evans commented ‘It was an enormous privilege to welcome Gillian Clarke to Mayfield, and our students greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear her speak about her long career as a poet, and to learn how poetry can be current, and remains relevant to our lives.’ The Agenda/Mayfield International Poetry Festival continued at Mayfield until Sunday October 14 with literary talks, readings, workshops and art exhibitions provided by an impressive line-up of writers, artists and poets who had travelled from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Chester and the West Country.

HOSPICE In The Weald annual Christmas coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Scout and Guide Hall. As usual there will be Hospice Christmas cards, new trading goods, craft work, cakes and a raffle. Coffee and tea will be served with hot mince pies.

AGM: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church AGM will be held on Monday, November 12 in St Dunstan’s Church. Richard Nabavi will give a talk called Mary Marks, warding off the Devil which will examine the existence of Mary Marks (superstitious marks to ward off evil spirits) in buildings of the medieval period including Calyton’s Farmhouse and indeed St Dunstan’s itself. The AGM will start at 7.30pm and the talk follows usual proceedings.

WATERYARD GROUP: There will be a workshop in St Dunstan’s Church on Saturday, November 10 from 10am to 1pm. The workshop is called Introduction to Different Approaches to Acting and will be given by film and stage actress Kathryn Pogson. Prices are £5 to members and £8 to non members. To book this workshop send a cheque payable to The Wateryard Group along with a SAE to Jo Woodliffe, Sharnden Lodge, Rushers Cross, Mayfield, TN20 6PY. Tel: 01435 872400 or email

FESTIVAL CHOIR SOCIETY: Rehearsals and now underway for their next concert Jubilee Celebrations which will take place in St Dunstan’s Church at 7.30pm on Sunday, November 25. A concert to close the Diamond Jubilee year, the programme features works by Handel, Mozart and Schubert and will be the first under the direction of new music director Jeremy Summerly. Jeremy said: ‘When Handel wrote his Coronation Anthems for King George II in 1727 he couldn’t have known that Zadok the Priest would be performed at every subsequent British coronation. Handel dashed off the four anthems in under a month. The first performance was something of a shambles described at the time as all in confusion; all irregular in music. There will be nothing confused or irregular when the Mayfield Festival Choir is joined by the sparkling Primavera Chamber Ensemble for what will definitively not be a recreation of the shambolic first performance of Handel’s iconically jubilant Coronation Anthems. Few composers could match Handel for speed and productivity except that is for Mozart and Schubert. The side by side performance of Mozart’s dazzling Sparrow Mass (with its chirruping violins) and Schuberts mellifluous Mass in G affords the chance to compare the music of the extrovertly prodigious 18-year-old Mozart and the quietly precocious 19 year old Schubert.’ Tickets (£20 or £8) are available from Rosina Fabrics, High Street or from the Post Office or online from Tickets for under 18s are half price.

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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.


COUNTRY MARKET today, Friday, 10am to 11am. On Saturday November 10 the market will be in the Community Centre.

RUGBY: The first XV are away to Midhurst the second XV will be playing Eastbourne III at home so why not pop along and watch the match and go for a drink with the players afterwards. My apologies for the error last week re the second XV fixture.

BONFIRE: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the evening Newick Bonfire will take place. Programmes are available in all shops and pubs informing you about the celebration and what time it will all happen. Don’t forget that the A272 will be closed from 6.30pm till 11.30pm. Will all car owners make sure that their cars are not parked on the procession routes. Please give generously when you are approached by the collectors that will be rattling the money box in front of you. All money collected on the evening go to local charity. Take care and enjoy the evening.

SERVICES this weekend at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion 8am followed by Family Services at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please book in advance and telephone 722582.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION will meet on Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. The guest speaker is Simon Stevens and his subject will be From Newick to No Mans Land part 2. This meeting is open to all villagers, you will be made most welcome.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday when there will be a talk by Francis Cumbledge entitled The Clash of Civilisations the West Comes to Papua New Guinea. Francis spent 11years in Papua New Guinea as a parson, visiting many primitive tribes making the transition to the modern world. A fascinating story. If you have never been to one of these meetings, just go along and enjoy the afternoon, you will receive a warm welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: On Saturday November 10 there will be an Animal Charities Christmas Fair in the village hall from 2pm. Entrance is a tin of cat or dog food. There will be a Kit Wilson Trust goods stall, plus Cat Protection, Sussex Horse Rescue, RSPB, Badger Trust, Dogs for the Disabled, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, Paws and Claws, plus book stall, home made cakes, raffle and tombola. Refreshments will be available. Why not commence your Christmas Shopping a purchase a few things.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Just to remind you that the Remembrance Day Service will take place on Sunday November 11 at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am.

DIARY DATE: Thursday November 15 Newick Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting at the village hall at 8pm. More details next week.


CONCERT: Buxted Symphony Orchestra are holding a concert at Uckfield Civic Centre on Sunday November 25 from 3pm to 4pm. Mozart German Dances, Pachelbel Canon, Vivaldi Flute Concerto Il Cardellino, Solist Brian Gopsill, Mendelssohn Symphony No1 in C Minor Opus11. Entry £8. There will be a charity raffle or collection. Please make a note in your diaries. Further information will follow.

UCKFIELD SINGERS and the Uckfield Brass Band are joining together to give a Christmas Concert that will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday December 15 at the Civic Centre. A raffle will be held in support of the charity Help for Heroes. Tickets can be obtained from the Uckfield Volunteer and Information Centre (just a couple of shops north of the cinema on the High Street also tickets will be sold at Gale and Woolgar who are the jewellers in the middle of the high street,tickets will cost £6 each. You will be in for a very uplifting evening so do come along and support us and this worthwhile charity. For more information go to


WINTER THOUGHTS: We can still kid ourselves that it’s Autumn while the month remains October but once it’s November it’s winter and Christmas signs are already in the shops. Indeed the Friends of Waldron Churches have already sent their leaflet for The Village Christmas to the printer and it will soon be circulated. So let me take this opportunity to tell you that the event which was such fun last year will take place again this year, on the weekend of December 14 to 17. Put it in your diaries.

DRAMA: But before then, there are a couple of events which you mustn’t miss if you love a good dose of drama. First, the Rude Mechanicals are bringing their winter production The Dressing Book to the village on Thursday November 22 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. Second, the Mayfield Phoenix Players are performing The Calendar Girls at Mayfield on Thursday Friday and Saturday 22, 23 and 24 and should you be able to get hold of tickets you’ll see some familiar faces of actors who also perform with our own Waldron Community Players. It should be hilarious, don’t miss it.

CROQUET: The village croquet players will be reminiscing about their summer season (too often spoilt by bad weather) tonight, Friday, at the Star when they have their annual dinner. There won’t be any long faces, however they’re a cheerful bunch and tonight will be their awards night which everyone enjoys. Roll on another season and a bit more sunshine please.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Don’t forget it’s Remembrance Sunday next week and this year it will fall on November 11, the eleventh day of the eleventh month when we remember all those who died in conflicts round the world. We may not have a clock to ring the eleven bells (depending on how the work is progressing in the tower) but I think we will still be reading the names of the dead from our small village. I understand that there are a group of villages called The Thankful Villages which sent men to the First World War and who all came back home afterwards. Sadly we weren’t one of the fortunate few so we still commemorate our fallen annually. Everyone is asked to be there at the start of the service at All Saints’ at 10.50am please.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP)Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Pat Reigh, 6.30pm Evening service led by Paul Daniels.

REMEMBRANCE: The Poppy Appeal of The Royal British Legion is under way, with sellers going door-to-door, and poppies available in shops etc. The proceeds of the appeal, provide the Legion for its work in support of veterans and their families. As you may be aware, we have no outdoor war memorial in the Warbleton or Rushlake Green. There is a memorial in Warbleton Church in the chancel which can be seen during daylight areas, and a roll of honour in the Dunn Village Hall. John Brenchley has arranged with Warbleton PCC that an area near to the church door will be available for crosses to be planted in memory of comrades or family members who died in active service, during the conflicts of the past century. Crosses can be obtained from the poppy sellers. They will remain there until the end of November. The roll of honour will be read in the service on Remembrance Sunday, which is actually on November 11 this year.

BAND BAZAAR: Warbleton Brass Band is holding its Autumn/Christmas Bazaar in the village hall on Saturday November 17 from 10.30am. Tables can be booked at £10 each from Jean on 01435 830837.

PLAYER’S REVUE: Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Revue will be available to members next Saturday November 10, and to the public from Anita on 01435 873226 from Monday November12. Tickets to include a two course supper, are £15.

BENEFICE SERVICE: The congregations of Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington churches gathered at Dallington Church for a service led by the Bishop of Lewes, Wallace Benn, to celebrate the new benefice as Dallington joins the other two, to form the new benefice. There also certain formalities to be enacted, as our rector, Rev Marc Lloyd, becomes officially responsible for Dallington. It was quite poignant for the bishop as it was his last official engagement before retiring at the end of October. One of his first on becoming bishop was also at Dallington. The choirs of the three churches combined under the direction of Ben Tyler, accompanied by Ben on the organ and piano, with Yvonne Lloyd playing the flute. After the service we were able to stay for a chat, and enjoy the lovely refreshments.

JUBILEE: You will probably remember the jubilee events back in June. Part of which was collecting items for a time capsule. This was buried a couple of Saturdays ago by the village sign by chairman of the organising committee Cllr Christian Jervis-Reade, with assistance from Nancy Buss. Chairman of the parish council, Bryan Whitton also took part. We then moved across the road to the land in front of Tom Beckworth, where Christian and Bryan planted the commemorative tree, a mulberry. This was all done, by torchlight just before the bonfire celebrations, and witnessed by a small crowd. Special thanks go to Kieran Daw, for digging the holes and making sure the capsule and the tree were safely planted.

BONFIRE: A little while after the jubilee ceremonies we gathered on the Green, lit our torches and processed to the bonfire site in Flitterbrook Lane, led by Anthony Brooks, bearing the society banner. Sadly, the weather was not in a festive mood, with steady drizzle all evening, but a good crowd gathered in the field. The torches were put on the fire by the marshals, and we soon had a warming blaze going. The fireworks started fairly quickly with an illuminated spinning Black Duck which simulated a flying duck. Then we had the Warbleton version of the five glowing rings seen in a certain opening ceremony. We them went into the main display, which was to the usual good standard. Thank you to all the bonfire society members who worked so hard to organise the event in adverse conditions, and feeding and watering us. Special thanks to Andy Long for the use of his field.