Parish pump Uckfield - November 21, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer.

FILM CLUB: Next Friday, November 28, the film will be Grand Budapest Hotel, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Doors open at 7pm for coffee and cakes, with the film showing at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, no need to book, just bring £6 with you.

CHRISTMAS CAROL: This classic story by Charles Dickens forms the basis of an evening at the village hall on Saturday December 6. The outline is activities on the Terrace from 5.30pm (in the hall if weather inclement). There will be activities for children, roasted chestnuts, burgers and hot dogs with yuletide singing around the Christmas tree. From 7.30pm a seasonal two course meal will be served between the acts of A Christmas Carol narrated by Anton Lesser on the big screen. There will be a bar. The early evening activities are on a pay as you go basis. The supper and screening will cost £12.50 per person. Tickets are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. For up to date information see the posters around the village or look at the hall website.


EXHIBITION: Today, Friday, the OakDown Art Exhibition is being held at the Pavilion in Burwash Common from 10am. I don’t have too much detail about this but I know they would be delighted for you to go along and see some of the work the residents have produced.

QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening the short mat bowls club will be holding their fun quiz evening at the village hall from 7.30pm. Entry is for teams of six players at £6 per person to include supper. Our wonderful quiz master Terry Parker and Steve Bennett will give our brain a workout and we will have some fun along the way. There may still be room for your team if you wish to enter. Please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 to find out.

LUNCH: The Burwash Age UK branch will be holding their monthly lunch club on Monday at the Bear Motel from noon. If you are over 55 years old and would like to join them you would be most welcome. The two course meal costs £8 per person. This is a lovely way to have a couple of hours is congenial company, enjoy a lovely, hot, freshly cooked lunch with no washing up. To book a place please call Jean Plummer 883483. She may be able to arrange transport if you should need it.

MEETING: The Burwash branch of The Royal British Legion will be holding their AGM on Monday evening in the Rose and Crown. You are all welcome to attend this meeting which will begin at 8pm. You do not have to have been a member of the forces to have an interest in the work of the British Legion, so do feel free to go along and support them.

BOWLS: Last week the team had an away fixture against Chailey. It was nice to meet up with old friends and meet new ones as it is some time since we played against them. The match was hard fought by all players but saw Chailey win 3-1. Only triple Wayne Reed, Irene Bell and Margaret Waterhouse were able to secure a win for Burwash, so well done them. The team’s next games are away to Hailsham Quintens on Tuesday and at home to Jarvis Brook on Thursday. We are always looking for new members to come along and join us in this very social of sports. Age being no barrier. We open our doors to players from 14 to 90 years. Children under 14 years are accepted provided they are escorted by a parent. To find out more call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 or come along to see us on Monday evening from 6.30pm.


KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Call 01825 720800 to purchase tickets.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE at Townings Farm Shop, Plumpton Road, tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. This is a chance to sample delicious local and seasonal produce.

REINDEER and Winter Wonderland are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, tomorrow, Saturday, and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (from 10.30am to 5pm) and every Sunday (from 10.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday December 21. If you visit the Reindeer and the Winter Wonderland you will be supporting St Peter and St James Hospice as 50 per cent of proceeds will go to the hospice. In 2013 over £11,000 was raised for the hospice and this year it is hoped to raise more vital funds. Entry costs £3 per person and children aged under 10 years will receive a free Christmas book. For further information call the Hospice Fundraising Department on 01444 471598.

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION: Chailey and Newick Painting Group exhibition and sale of members’ work is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. There will be framed and unframed work and artists’ greetings cards. Also members will be demonstrating their skills throughout the exhibition. Admission is free, there is disabled access, easy parking, homemade refreshments and a warm welcome awaiting all visitors.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Also a Service of Healing and Wellness at 7pm. The service will be led by Revd John Miller Maskell who has many years of experience in the healing ministry. This will be a time of worship, prayer and laying on of hands. Everyone is welcome; we all need healing of some kind. There will be refreshments afterwards. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Charles Earwicker and 6.15pm with Paul Daniels. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN will be re-launched by Sussex Police on November 25 at Chailey Children’s Centre. This campaign is about domestic abuse, recognising the signs, supporting victims and reporting incidents. Your local PCSO Steven Knowles will be available from 10am to 10.30am to answer your general local policing/community related queries and will also have information available about the campaign.

GRANDPARENTS Toddler Group meets on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. It is a great chance to chat to other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

FRIDAY CARD CLASSES run from 10am to 4pm and cost £12 (£10 of which goes towards St Peter’s Church funds). Refreshments and equipment is provided; just a packed lunch is needed. Spaces are available tomorrow (November 21), November 28 and December 12. Call Teresa on 01825 722586 if you would like to join in.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday November 28 when the parish clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

WHIST DRIVE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday November 29 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3 and includes excellent refreshments, prizes and a raffle. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS PARTY for older members of our community, hosted by the bonfire society, takes place at the village hall on Saturday December 6 from 12.30pm onwards. There are still places and all senior citizens in the village are welcome to attend; to book your place call Jane on 01273 400632.

RECOGNITION: Earlier this month the Bluebell Railway was presented with the Chris Copsey Gold Award in recognition of its contribution to the community of Mid Sussex at the Bright FM Awards. The Railway also sponsored the Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented by retail director Neil Glaskin to Paul Myles, for his work with Burgess Hill Youth and the Sussex Young People’s Clubs.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Each year the children at Chailey Heritage School are assisted to compose a Christmas card which Friends of Chailey Heritage print. The Friends remit is to grant funding which will directly help the children and young people who attend any part of the Heritage. The 2014 Christmas card was designed and painted by Ruben, aged 15, with support using the hand-under-hand method. The card can be seen on the Friends page at, where an order form is also available to download. Alternatively call Ann Jones, Chair of the Friends, on 07510 511300 to place an order. Also if you would like in future years to receive a sample card and order form please let Ann know.

FOR SALE St Peter’s Church have pews available for sale, which will be available for collection in January. There are three pews at 20ft and four pews at 8ft. To purchase a pew call John on 01825 722286.

GROW YOUR TENNER: You could turn a £10 donation to Chailey Heritage Foundation into £20 by donating online at Your donation will help children and young people with disabilities lead active, healthy and independent lives. For example just £10 provides switches to help someone with a physical disability access a computer. Larger donations or a combination of donations can provide iPads to assist with learning and communication and equipment to help children with multi-sensory impairment. For more information visit

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Christ the King, 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly. 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

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 and 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, 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 27 November 1914: If The Germans Come. Instructions to Farmers. Mr A K Burtenshaw, on taking the rostrum at the Hailsham Cattle Market on Wednesday morning, said that in the event of invasion farmers would be instructed to get their cattle over a line north of Uckfield, Heathfield and Hawkhurst, and that the main roads would not be used, only by-roads. All motor-cars and motor-cycles were to be taken there, and all farm carts and waggons were to be destroyed. Any cattle, horses, or swine that were unable to be removed were to be destroyed and rendered unfit for consumption by the enemy.

BONFIRE SOCIETY Bingo tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE at Fletching Village Hall, Saturday November 29, 2pm to 4pm. Gifts, cards, decorations, cakes, sweets, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and much more. Admission adults 20p, children 10p.

HARP CONCERT in Fletching Church. Catrin Finch, award-winning former official harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales, is to return to Fletching for an exclusive solo concert on Saturday December 6. Proceeds from the concert will go to Project Refresh. 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.

FLETCHING PARISH COUNCIL: We have a vacancy for a new councillor and there is also an opportunity to stand for election in May 2015. If you would like to help develop, improve and protect your local community for the future, why not join the parish council? To be eligible you must be 18 years of age or over; a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community; and qualify under one of the following: Be on the electoral register for the parish; have owned or rented land in the parish for 12 months or more; have worked in the parish for 12 months or more; have lived in the Parish or within 3 miles of the Parish boundary for 12 months or more. The council meets once a month (for about two hours), with additional short planning meetings when required. It is responsible for managing the Parish Precept (budget), considering local planning applications, maintaining the burial ground and representing residents’ views and interests locally and nationally. If you are interested and qualify, please e-mail a brief resume or curriculum vitae to the clerk at

GRANTS: We are finalising our budget for 2015/2016. If you are considering applying for a grant from the parish council in the next 12 months, please contact the clerk on 01444 483080 or for more information.

STREET CLEANING: The next clean has been postponed and is now due to take place on Friday December 12, weather permitting. The area covered stretches from the Pump House to the junction of Mill Lane, Mill Lane as far as the national speed limit sign, the High Street from the junction of Mill Lane to Atheralls Farm and Cherry Cottages from the junction of the High Street to the far end of the Village Hall car park, including the car park. It would be much appreciated if residents could avoid parking on these roads on this date, so that the clean can be as thorough as possible.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET: Framfield village market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Framfield Memorial Hall. Parking in school playground. Twenty different stalls including plants, homemade cakes, local produce, crafts and many more. Come along and start your Christmas shopping for that individual present. We look forward to seeing you. Any enquiries call Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints, Old Heathfield, is closed until December 7 for the first stage of our heating works to be carried out. All our services for this time will be at St George’s Broad Oak: 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 10.30am Holy Communion (CW). Website

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon, Christmas Fair in the church hall; 7pm Quiz Night in the church hall. Tables of six, £6 per person. To book a table call Terry on 01435 862362. Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

FLOWER CLUB: Horam and Heathfield Flower Club presents a floral evening entitled Happy New Year by Lucinda Knapman at Heathfield Community Centre, on Thursday January 8. The optional competition is Ice Cool. Visitors welcome £5. Sales table, raffle and refreshments. Tel: 01435 864633.

TALK: Heathfield and District Horticultural Society presents a talk entitled The History of Our Club - 125 Years by Colin Rose at St Richard’s Church Hall on Monday January 19. The optional competition is an evergreen arrangement or a specimen bloom. Visitors welcome £3. Sales table, raffle refreshments and plant sale. Tel: 01435 830725.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: On Saturday November 29 at 7.30pm, we will once again be welcoming We Singers Make Bold for a concert of seasonal music, readings and carols, as sung by Sussex minstrels in the 18th and 19th centuries. Entrance costs £5, to include coffee and cakes, and there will also be a raffle in aid of hall funds. As a curtain-raiser to the festive season, this can’t be bettered, so do try to attend. For more information contact Maggie on (01435) 830 645, or Mike on (01435) 862 925.

FUN DAY: Heathfield Chamber of Commerce Christmas Fun Day in the High Street tomorrow, Saturday. 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 visit:

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND: Christmas concert on Saturday December 13 at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. Tickets £5 on the door or in advance on 01435 862398.

Isfield & Little Horsted

QUIZ: Members of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society may have only just dusted themselves down from last weekend’s celebrations but they are already turning their minds to raising cash for next November’s big night. One of their popular quiz nights is to be held at Isfield Village Hall on the evening of Saturday December 6. Tickets at £7 each, to include supper, can be bought at The Laughing Fish. There will be no bar at this quiz, so if you need to tickle the tonsils you’ll need to take your own liquid refreshment.

BRRRRRR! Iceland, Land of Ice and Fire is to be the subject of Graham Albon’s talk to the Forget-Me-Not Club at Isfield Village Hall on Wednesday at 2.30pm. The club, for the over-55s, meets on alternate Wednesday. The annual Christmas lunch is to be held at The Green Man in Ringmer on December 3. Further details about club activities from Colin Staines (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01825 7506II).

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. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion at followed by Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, this Sunday is Mission Gift Day (SAMS). Lifts can be arranged if booked in advance by telephoning 722582.

NEWICK CINEMA will be open on Sunday in the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm, the film being The Love Punch. The bar will be open and refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are £6 and can be booked in advance by emailing or telephone 01825 723392. Hospitality will be arranged by Newick Twinning Association.

TO FIND OUT MORE about Newick Twinning Association and next year’s exchange visit to Itterville France in May, why not pop along to the informative and social AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm on November 28. Make friends and learn or practice another language for fun times. If you are interested in committee involvement telephone Andy Wilson on 01 825 724 223.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be holding their AGM on Thursday at the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Visitors are most welcome to attend and enjoy a friendly sociable evening. For further details contact Joy Slipper on 722 907.

FLARE PATH: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society’s next play will be Flare Path by Terence Rattigan in the village hall from December 3 to 6. Door will be open from 7.15pm the play will commence at 8pm. Set in a Lincolnshire hotel lounge during the autumn of 1942, the pilots and aircrew of the nearby RAF airbase are planning to spend the weekend with their wives. Patricia Graham, an actress from London, has something to tell her husband Teddy, who is a bomber pilot. The situation is complicated when Peter Kyle, a Hollywood film star, arrives at the hotel, and Teddy is sent out on a night raid over Germany. Patricia is torn between a rekindled old flame and loyalty to the husband who relies on her for support. Why not go along and enjoy this heart-warming story of love, loyalty, fear and great courage. Tickets £9 includes mulled wine, mince pies and cushioned raked seating. Box office 01825 722359 or 722985, Internet bookings Tickets will also be available in the door or Newick Butchers.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre on Saturday morning December 6 from 9.30am till noon. All proceeds to Headway.


FOURWAYS WI held their AGM on November 10 at the Luxford Centre. All the current committee members wished to still stand, Liz Thompson stayed as our president, Joan Stocker treasurer and Sandra Dillon as secretary. A vote of thanks was given to the committee for all their hard work over the past year. We then continued the evening with two members, Carole Marchant and Angela Manning, demonstrating the art of recycling small magazines into table size Christmas tree decoration. The competition a decorated handkerchief: 1, Carole Marchant 2, Kathy Small. The evening finished with coffee and the raffle. Our next meeting will be held at 7.30pm Monday December 1 at the Luxford Centre when we have Dr Mick Lyon on A Sussex Christmas.

FESTIVAL: 2014 Festival of Christmas Trees from Friday to Sunday, December 5 to 7, at the Church of the Holy Cross. This will be the seventh year that a Christmas Tree Festival has been held and as in previous years it is expected that the church will be filled with a wonderful display of over 70 decorated Christmas trees. This Festival reflects the truly wide range of activities within our local community, and last year over 4,000 people visited the Festival. Please enter this link into your computer to read an article about last year’s event (photographs of the 2013 Festival of Christmas can be seen in the Photo Gallery too) On the Saturday morning Jimmy the Juggling Jester will be entertaining the children, and on both the Saturday and Sunday afternoons there will be live musical entertainment featuring some of Uckfield’s most talented musicians. Activities will be available for young people both in the church and in the Belmont Centre where there will also be morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas provided throughout the three days. Do come, a warm welcome awaits all of you to this truly festive and community venture. Opening hours on Friday from 10am to 9pm. From 6pm to 8.45pm (Late Night Shopping Night) there will be a barbeque with beef burgers, soup and mulled wine (in the churchyard which will be lit by candles). Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11.30am to 4pm followed by our very popular service (with Carols) at 4.30 pm.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Tickets will go on sale at Gale and Woolgar on November 24 for Uckfield Singers concert which will be with the Uckfield Brass Band. There will be two concerts, afternoon and evening, lots of lovely Christmas music. Feel free to bring children, I am sure they will love it. The concert in the evening will be recorded by Uckfield FM and broadcast on Christmas Day. More information

MANOR PARK and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association. Just a note to remind you that we have organised a Fun Quiz Evening for our members, friends and supporters to be held on Saturday December 6 at the Luxford Centre. Quiz master, Uckfield FM’s very own Jerry Miller. We have spaces available for some additional teams and so if you haven’t reserved your places yet then do please contact me. Don’t worry if you can’t get a full team together, several people have indicated that they would like to join up with others to form a team on the night. Proceeds will go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

LIONS CLUB: On Thursday November 13 the Uckfield and District Lions Club branched out their fund raising activities into a new venture, a fashion show. Some of their supporters might think they are male chauvanists, but their lady members, ably assisted by the male Lions, undertook this new venture with enthusiasm. Tickets had been sold through personal contacts and booking centres at their Bookshop and the Uckfield Volunteer Centre, and by 7.30pm over 40 ladies were sitting in the Luxford Centre imbibing wine prior to the start. The fashion items, or ‘ladies clobber’ as one Lion irreverently referred to the stock, was provided by Travelling Trends, whose owner acted as MC for the show, and were modelled not only by the professional model but also by two Lions ladies. The stock is the result of over supply and end of line items from well known High Street fashion retailers sold at a substantial discount from the original prices. After the show the guests were able to shop and select from the numerous rails around the hall in what one Lion likened to ‘vultures descending on akill’. He was undoubted biased by the sight of the pile of clothes in his wife’s arms, although he had been previously heard to say that it was nice to see them modelled by women shaped women. The evening was an unqualified success, with many requests for it to be repeated next year, and raised over £240 for the Uckfield and District Lions Club charitable funds for local good causes. We have fun putting something back into the community? Why don’t you join us. Contact Lions at their Olives Yard Bookshop, on our website listen to Uckfield FM or telephone Lion Bob Eaves 01825 764638.


BOOK CLUB: The village’s Book Club (which meets monthly at the Stores) will discuss short stories this month on Wednesday at 2.30pm. Two collections are being read by members, Alice Munro’s Dear Life and Joseph O’Connor’s Where have you been? The cost is £5 and includes a delicious tea of sandwiches and cake.

ROBERT WOODHEAD: As we approached the Remembrance weekend two weeks ago we made special efforts to try and find photographs of all the men who died in the Great War from our parish and who appear on our war memorial. We have some notable gaps including Robert Woodhead, and we know that members of his family attended our wreath-laying ceremony as they put a cross on the steps of the war memorial with the wreaths. It would be lovely if they happened to have a photograph of Robert and if they would care to contact me (on 01435 812036). I’d be delighted to hear from them.

PUB QUIZ: The next pub quiz will be on Monday December 1 at the Star at 7.30pm. Daniel Glover will be singing at the Star tomorrow (Saturday) from 8pm.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Waldron’s famous Christmas Market will take place in the middle of the village on Saturday December 13. Children will be able to see Santa and there’ll be lots to do for them in the church including finding a present for mummy or daddy. Don’t miss this delightful event which has become so popular over the past three years.

SERVICES: Sunday services will be 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) at All Saints’, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, Choral Matins at All Saints’ at 9.45am and Holy Communion (CW) at 11.15am also at All Saints’. Coffee and cake will be served between Matins and Holy Communion at All Saints’. Advent Carols will be on November 30 at 6.30pm by candlelight at All Saints’.

PRESENT: If you’re looking for an ideal present for someone local, what about a copy of Waldron and the Great War, our latest illustrated publication about the village’s history. Telling the story through letters from the front, diary entries and contemporary local newspaper reports, it’s a good read and at £5 a copy it won’t break the bank. All profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches which is dedicated to the repair, maintenance and improvement of our two parish churches.

ROTARY SANTA DELIVERY: The Rotary Club of Heathfield and Waldron is organising a charity Christmas Day present delivery service. Santa and his helpers will deliver your presents to your house on Thursday, December 25 between 8am and 11am. We do not provide presents. Santa will deliver the gifts you provide and gifts must be previously wrapped prior to drop off. Please contact Mark Deacon on 01435 862831, or call in at Balcombes hardware in Hailsham Road, between Tuesday, November 25 to Monday, December 22 to book this service. There is a small charge for this service, but all proceeds will be given to Rotary charities.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

HISTORY GROUP: Our next walk is tomorrow, Saturday, meeting at the old railway station, Hellingly (TQ585121) at 2pm.

SEASONAL CONCERT tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in Punnetts Town Village Hall. Following their very successful concert this summer in Warbleton Church, Sussex Harmony present a new programme of winter and yuletide music. This costumed group of singers and musicians concentrate on the music from rural Sussex from before the era of the church organ in the 1850s. Interspersed with readings, many with a local flavour, it’s bound to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening in aid of village hall funds. Tickets £5 on the door includes coffee and cakes.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. Thank you to all those who prepared their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. 32 boxes were brought to church last Sunday. That will mean 32 smiling faces in deprived parts of the world. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Heathfield Chapel: 11am morning worship led by Paul Daniels.

RGWI: Members will enjoy a fish and chip supper and their AGM at 7.30pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. For details of the Institute please contact Marion on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.