Parish Pump Uckfield - November 23, 2012

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

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

FOLK CLUB: The folk club meets fortnightly at the White Horse Inn at 8.30pm. All are welcome. This Monday is one of those nights.

PARISH COUNCIL: Bryan Gibson reported that work round drainage gullies was still causing problems outside St John’s Church, Bodle Street. During rain, there is a torrent past the gate, and a skating rink when it freezes. Chris Wheeler reported that the Causeway can be quite dangerous, with the combination of uncut hedges, and high volume of speeding traffic. The road is used more for leisure by horse riders, cyclists, joggers etc. The council expressed its support for a survey with a view to a 40mph speed limit.


MUSIC NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, is music night at the pavilion in Burwash Common. Local talented musicians and singers will entertain you with a wide variety of songs. The fun begins at 8pm. All are welcome to go along. The licensed bar will be open.

LUNCH CLUB: The Burwash Branch of Age Concern Lunch Club will meet on Monday at the Bear for their monthly meeting and lunch. anyone over 55 years of age can attend. You will receive a delicious choice of two course meal and coffee for £8 per person. a great way to make new friends and get out of the house for a couple of hours. To book a place, please call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis on 882080 or Maddie Ashbee on 883233. Help with transport may be available.

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT: The flower arrangement club will have their Christmas meeting on Monday afternoon at 2.30pm, with a demonstration by Georgie Hall entitled Wishing on a Star. Non-members are very welcome to go along, entry is £4, to pick up new ideas for Christmas flower arranging. You will be able find out about next year’s meetings too. The club will also be making plans for their Christmas coffee morning on Saturday December 8.

MEETING: The Royal British Legion have their annual general meeting on Monday at the Rose and Crown from 8pm. You do not have to be a member to attend and all are welcome to go along for sandwiches and a drink at the bar.

PLAY AREA: Many of you will have noticed work has begun on the children’s play area with the old equipment being taken out and preparations for the new to go in. This has only been made possible thanks to the hard work of those on the special fund raising committee, and the generous donations and support of the village. The children can look forward to some fun times in the years ahead. Well done to all those involved.

CALENDAR: St Philip’s Church have produced their 2013 calendar with photographs of old Burwash Weald and Burwash Common. They are on sale for £5 each and are available by filling in the forms found at the back of St Philip’s church, or copies are at Shanks Nursery and Jarvis Butcher, Burwash. Alternatively call Peter Thompson on 01435 882856.

BOWLS: Last week the short mat bowls club had an away match against Broad Oak. Always a tough venue against tough opponents, the team struggled. In the triples Geoff Jarvis, Angela Marden and Sam Saunders lost 6-22, and Jan Trew, Mick Moore and Stephen Trew lost 5-13. After tea break Joan Howard and Mary Taylor lost 5-14, only Tim Brown and Keith Wood managed a win with 15-6. Only two league points this time. The teams next match is at home to Chiddingly on Thursday.


SAD NEWS: The cricket club is sad to report their long standing president, Mike Andrews, passed away on Friday November 9. Mike was a much respected, loved and a loyal supporter of the club for many years and his support will be dearly missed. The club wishes to express its very sincere condolences to his wife Yvette, son Danny and the rest of the family.

BIG THANK YOU from Debbie Freeland to all who supported and sponsored her when she walked from Newhaven Fort to Seaford Head and back. Whilst she got soaked in the process she is delighted to report she raised, with your help, £753.50 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

WALK with Ian Seccombe, organised by the Commons Society, is tomorrow, Saturday, an eight mile triangular walk visiting the Meridian marker, a Trig Point and a Stone Memorial. Meet at Lane End Common at 9.30am and finish at about 12.30pm.

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 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are with Peter Markby at 10.30am and Jane Grist at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

PISTON HEADS Breakfast Meet, with great hot dogs and bacon rolls, is at the Five Bells on Sunday from 10am to midday and anything with an engine is most welcome. Call Robin on 0182572 2259.

CHARITY QUIZ at the Horns Lodge Inn on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

CHRISTMAS FAIR, organised by the Friends (PTA) is tomorrow, Saturday, at St Peters Primary School from 11am to 2pm. There will be market stalls, tombola, children’s games, the chance to visit Santa and much more.

CAROL SERVICE at Horsted Keynes Station on Saturday December 1 and everyone is invited to join in with the Bluebell Railway Band and the Rector of Horsted Keynes, from 7.30pm. The Carol Service is free of charge; however there will be a retiring collection for St Giles Church, Horsted Keynes, and The Bluebell Railway’s extension to East Grinstead.

CHAILEY HERITAGE School is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge and being sponsored by Candis Magazine. If you would like to help them reach their Big Give Fundraising target please donate online at between December 6 and 19.

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PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Annual Society Evening Friday November 30 in the village hall. As part of this year’s entertainment Rosemary Akehurst will once again be reminiscing about some of the characters she has known over the years. Hopefully Rosemary will be joined by a special guest. We will also be showing an old BBC documentary on trug making in East Hoathly. There will be a quiz and a chance to win prizes. Party food will be served and a donations bar serving wine and soft drinks. Admission is free to members, £3 for guests and the evening starts at 7.30pm.

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

TRAVELLING CRIB: The sheet is in the church porch for those who wish to participate to add their names, each year the Mary and Joseph Crib figures that are come in to church on Christmas Eve travel between homes in the parish for a night’s stay at each, if you have not done this before but want to know more ask Phil about it, it is open to all and not just those who have children or people who usually attend Church.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Friday 23 November 1759 ‘My wife and I supped at Mr Gibbs’s, on a turkey roasted, three roast teal, a roast chine and 4 boiled chickens, a cold venison pasty, gooseberry and bullace pie and a cold ham.’


HISTORY: I am currently trying to build a document, potentially a book about the history of Fairwarp. Some of you may have seen the draft document and map at Saturday’s coffee morning in the village hall. If anyone has any information about the house they live in, historic sites, and any history of the Fairwarp parish ward I would be very grateful. I was told that in 2000 one of the village groups put together a book about people’s houses and families from the village however I have so far been unable to track this down. If you have any information please email me on or call me on 01825 712700. Thank you in advance, Abi Bergan-Gander.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Christ Church Christmas Bazaar takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. There will be many gift stalls, cakes, a raffle, tombolas and much more, including Father Christmas in his grotto. Contact Jenny on 01825 712188.

VILLAGE HALL: Birthday? Anniversary? Re-union? Meeting? If you want a party or get-together the village hall is available for hire. It has seating for up to 80, and has tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery. It has a car park, plus a toilet for the disabled and nappy changing facilities. Contact Anita Long on 01825 712632 for details and bookings.

COFFEE MORNING: The recent Fairwarp Big Coffee Morning raised £471.92 for Macmillan Cancer and the Fairwarp QEll Field. Well done to all those involved.

THE TODDLER GROUP meets on a Monday in the village hall from 9.30am to 11.15am. If you have a pre-school aged child why not pop along and see Sue, Gill and Camilla.

THE BUSHES that used to almost block the short footpath down to Brickfield Meadow have recently been cut back. It looks much better now, making the path easier to use. The meadow itself has also had a good tidy up.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Maresfield Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan SG meet on Monday in the parish offices at 7.30pm.

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MARKET: Bumper Framfield Village Hall Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. All Welcome. Tea, bacon rolls and a great variety of stalls. For details contact 01825 840648.

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HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND holds Christmas Concert at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane on Saturday, December 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door at £6 (£5 concessions). Family tickets cost £18 and refreshments will be served. There will also be a raffle. Find out more at

WINE AND FOOD: Our own friendly Heathfield wine expert Graeme Mackenzie is helping to stage the Waldron Festival of Wine and Food, the village’s newest initiative. It will be held at the Lucas Memorial Hall, Waldron today, Friday, (6.30pm to 9.30pm) and tomorrow, Saturday, (11am to 4pm). Everyone is invited to go along. On show (and clearly there to taste) will be wines from Graeme’s Martlet Wines and goodies from the Sussex Chocolate Company, Waldron Village Store, Dor Designs Christmas and gift cards. There will also be a book signing today for Clear Lower Deck by Hellingly resident Roger Paine. Contact Graeme on 01435 866419.

DECORATIVE and Fine Arts Society. This month’s lecture was chosen to link in with the current Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at Tate Britain. Dr Anne Andersen spoke on Brothers in Art, The Pre-Raphaelites, Britain’s greatest artists? She made a convincing case that indeed they were with a beautifully illustrated lecture. Members in NASDFAS are regularly treated to the best fine art lecturers in the country but even amongst this august company Dr Andersen stood out. The next step is a visit to Tate Britain to see the real thing. Next month they have Charles Dickens and the 19th century Christmas to look forward to.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Richard’s Church Christmas Fair takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon in St Richard’s Church Hall. Stalls will include cakes, books, gift items, jewellery, crafst, paintings, Christmas decorations etc. Entrance is free. Proceeds to church Funds.

AGE CONCERN: On Saturday, December 15 the Heathfield Rotary Club will again be holding a Christmas Tea Party with entertainment for local senior citizens. The party starts at 3pm and lasts till about 5pm and will be held at the Centre in Sheepsetting Lane. Return transport can usually be provided, if required, using their mini buses. Contact George on 01825 731957 to book a place and register for transport, if required. Numbers will have to be restricted due to the size of the Community Centre so please book early to make sure of your place. Transport arrangements will be confirmed with individuals.

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR: The date for the fair has now been set, so spring starts officially on April 20. All funds raised go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Organisers want this to be the best ever (and it’s got better and better each spring) so if you have any bright ideas about activities, stalls or exhibits, do contact Audrey Milton on 001435 830504 or Sandry and Nicky Milton on 01435 882723.

CHRISTMAS FUN DAY: The Christmas season proper starts tomorrow. The town’s Christmas fun day takes place throughout the High Street with visits from Father Christmas (who also goes walkabout and meets children in his grotto in William Hill Interiors in the afternoon) and later on children sing us into the holiday spirit with carols outside Trading4U. Then the lights are switched on. Lots of businesses will be staying open late and serving mulled wine and mince pies so starve yourself for an hour or so beforehand. All proceeds to go the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice, the Heathfield Chamber of Commerce’s chosen charity for 2012-13. The hospice is the only children’s hospice in Sussex providing care and support for children and young people up to 19 with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. They currently look after 260 children and families from across Sussex and five of these children are from the Heathfield area. Their care includes overnight stays in a purpose-built hospice with wonderful facilities like the hydrotherapy pool, multi-sensory room and music room. There is also a community team which provides care in the families’ own homes. As well as medical care they provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for the whole family. It costs more than £2.5 million to run services and they currently receive just eight per cent from the Government so this support makes a huge difference to local families. Contact Louise Collins at:, ring 01903 871818 or visit

SELWYN’S WOOD: Not many people know this exists! It’s a 28 acre natural haven off Firgrove Road with ecologically distinct habitats such as old coppiced sweet chestnuts, young mixed native woodland, mature woodland and a typical Sussex Ghyll stream with deep banks providing areas of light and shade. Perhaps the most unexpected is a small area of heathland which is reminiscent of the Ashdown Forest on a tiny but perfect scale. This is a purple picture in the late summer and early autumn. Keeping it free from the intrusion of bracken and birch saplings is essential so every June and July Sussex Wildlife Trust volunteers manually remove the intruders. The heathland area is home to the reserve’s reptiles. On a sunny day slow works and grass snakes can sometimes be seen basking in flattened areas of the heather or keeping warm under the corrugated tin sheets which have been strategically placed in the heather. The common lizard can also be seen scuttling across the path and whilst not frequently seen the presence of the adder has been confirmed by finding its discarded skin. To find the wood (and please take care while you are there, it really is a haven for wild creatures) take Firgrove Road turning by the Cross in Hand Methodist church, drive for half a mile and the reserve is signed on the left. It’s easy to miss so if you come to a turning on the left you have gone too far. Retrace your steps.

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 5pm at the new Horam Centre, top of Horam High Street. Local artists’ paintings, photographs, cards, bags, jewellery, soft toys, tombola etc. Come in for tea, cake and a chance to look round the centre. mayfield & five ashes

FESTIVAL CHOIR: This year’s Jubilee celebrations will be the focus of the next concert by the Mayfield Festival Choir which takes place in St Dunstan’s Church on Sunday. Featuring works by Handel, Mozart and Schubert, the Jubilee Jubilations concert will be the choir’s first under the direction of its new music director, the distinguished conductor, musicologist and broadcaster Jeremy Summerly. ‘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,’ writes Jeremy. ‘Handel dashed off the four anthems in under a month (although this was relatively slow going for GFH, who famously composed the whole of Messiah in three weeks). The first performance was something of a shambles, described at the time as all in confusion; all irregular in the 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 in the Osanna) and Schubert’s 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.’ The concert will begin at 7.30pm in St Dunstan’s Church. Tickets £8 to £20 are available from Rosina’s Fabrics, Mayfield (01435 873670), the Box Office c/o The Post Office, High Street, Mayfield.

FIVE ASHES WI: Carolyn Baird writes: It is with great sadness I am reporting on our last meeting but one, as Five Ashes WI. Our president welcomed members and one guest to our AGM, but before the business of the day, we welcomed Claire Carpenter with her talk on Roots and Wings. Claire was working in the City of London until she realised her potential as a children’s author. It all came about when her grandmother recorded her rather unusual past and Claire put it into book form her Roots. Having done this, she then started writing about her own family to pass it onto her children and subsequently wrote children’s books to encourage them to realise their potential and take Wing. She currently visits primary schools talking to them about how follow to their dreams. We then enjoyed a welcome cup of tea and drew the raffle and members were told of an invitation from Mayfield Evening WI to join them for their Christmas meal on December 11. The business of the AGM began and secretary, Dorothy Comely, gave her annual report saying it had been a particularly enjoyable year. Treasurer, Beryl Wallwork reported the finances were in good order. The president Jean Rawlins thanked all the committee members for all their help and support, mentioning in particular Dorothy and Beryl and Carolyn our press officer. Very grateful thanks on behalf of all the members were given to Phyll Macmillan ably assisted by Gillean White for running the raffle and also to Kay White for all the beautiful birthday flowers. Jean then handed over the meeting to WI Advisor Grace Brady. The present committee who had held their offices for many years now wished to stand down and as there were no new nominations with the exception of help from dual member Pat Treen, the decision was reluctantly taken to take a vote which resulted in a very reluctant majority deciding there was no alternative but to close at the end of the year. However, we will be meeting next month for our Christmas tea when we will be inviting members from our local WIs and people from our village to what we hope will be a very enjoyable afternoon with very special musical entertainment entitled Magpie Memories consisting of two singers with an accompanist. Our annual lunch will be held in the Middle House on Tuesday December 11.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Uckfield bus station at 9.40am to catch the 9.48am number 54 bus to Whitesmith (bring your bus pass) for an approximate 8.5 mile linear walk via Shortgate and Little Horsted. Ring 01825 765485.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: As usual Christmas late night shopping in the High Street will take place on the first Friday of December which this year falls on December 7. Once again the shops will stay open late, from 5.30pm, to welcome you in and thank you for your custom. It is a great opportunity to sample their hospitality as well as browse through what is on offer for the festive season. Father Christmas will be making his regular appearance to meet children (by prior appointment) and the Chamber of Commerce are also busy working on ideas such as a Christmas tree competition in the shops and storytelling for children.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: Open Door are very excited to be arranging a Christmas Tree Festival in St Dunstan’s Church. They hope that as many schools, clubs and organisations in both Mayfield and Five Ashes will decide to support this new event. Opening hours for the festival will be Thursday, December 6, the official opening by Father Nigel at 4.30pm until 9pm, then Frida, December 7 from 9am until 9pm and Saturday, December 8 from 9am until 4.30pm. Public entrance costs £2.50 and all funds will help support Open Door’s CAB Adviser and St Dunstan’s Church.

FOOTPATH WALK: Everyone is invited to go along to the South Street car park on Sunday at 10am for the November footpath walk. The Christmas walk takes place on December 30. Ring Deborah Dixon on 01892 853767.


CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Newick Bonfire society are holding a Christmas Bazaar in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm. To book a table for £20 please telephone 01825 723699. Visit Father Christmas Grotto, partake of refreshments and a light lunch whilst gathering some suggestion for Christmas gifts. We need to support these local activities so why not go along and see what exciting things are on offer.

RUGBY: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XV will be away to Chichester III, whilst the second XV will be staying at home to play the Crowborough III team.

SUNDAY SERVICES are Holy Communion at 8pm followed at 10.30am by the Informal Morning Worship which will be the Mission Gift Day for the CMS in South America, formerly South American Mission Society.

THE PARISH COUNCIL monthly meeting is in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm on Tuesday.

AGM: On Thursday the twinning association will hold their AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. All members and prospective new members are most welcome. You can also enjoy a glass of wine and a light supper.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: The 1st Newick Scouts will once again be offering A Christmas card delivery service. They will accept cards for delivery to the village who are bounded by the A272, Allington Road, Church Road, Cricketfield and Alexander Mead. Please do not include post for the houses in Lower Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwells Bank and other outlying roads. Post boxes are in the Post Office, Newick News and SVS Stores. Last collections will be on December 12. There is no charge for this services but a donations will be greatly appreciated. Please put your donation in a separate envelope and post with your cards. Thank you.


LADIES WHO LUNCH: At the Ladies Who Lunch meeting on November 5, Margaret Eaves introduced our speaker Mr B Pratt who gave an illustrated talk on bees and beekeeping. He told us that honey bees exist to pollinate plants. Potatoes are pollinated by bumble bees, all other vegetables by honey bees. If the honey bee dies out we would lose a vast amount of our food products. 4000 BC hunter gatherers would light fires at the foot of hollow trees, a favoured place for a bee colony, to gather the honey. In a hive there are 50 to 60 thousand worker bees and one queen. The worker bees groom and feed the queen and absorb her pheromones, which identifies a particular hive. At three weeks old the young bees take an orientation flight, to get to know the area and to be able to find their way home. Drones are the only males in the hive, they do no work and have no stings. Their only function is to mate with the queen, and then they die. The drones are hatched from infertile eggs. A queen will lay between 1500 and 2000 eggs a day. When a hive becomes overcrowded, a new young queen will take flight followed by worker bees in a swarm, to find a new home. Mr Pratt was thanked by Margaret. The next lunch will be the Christmas Lunch on Monday December 3. Please don’t forget your Bran Tub present. There will be entertainment to enjoy.


PARLEZ-VOUS? This afternoon (Friday) the Stores at Waldron will host a new and sociable event with an hour of French conversation starting at 2pm. It’s a free taster session, and will be led and encouraged by Felicity Poirier. If it’s a success, there will be regular weekly sessions from Friday January 11. Call 01435 812938 for details or just turn up today.

FOOD FAIR: This evening, Friday, the Waldron Food Fair opens at 6.30pm until 9.30pm in the Lucas Hall and continues tomorrow, Saturday, 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 Colin Reader with his wildflower seeds. This evening there will also be a book signing of Clear Lower Deck by its author Roger Paine.

BELFRY UPDATE: A big step forward last week with the delivery of two huge oak timbers supplied by Alex Gingell of Copford Sawmills in Dern Lane Waldron. Alex is our hero of the week, having donated these massive timbers to the belfry project. Heartfelt thanks to Alex it’s terrific that a local company has come to our rescue with this gift. The two timbers each weighing about three quarters of a ton were winched into place by nine men manhandling them up into the tower, swinging them in with inches to spare.

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.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Our hugely successful Christmas Market will take place this year again on Saturday December 15 from 9.30am to 3.30am. There’ll be visits to Santa for the children, plus a two-hour workshop for making and sticking, and a story-telling session with Bernard Tagliavini, all for a single ticket costing £5 if you book your child in advance. Write to the Christmas Elf at Forest Lodge, Cane Heath Arlington, Polegate, enclosing details of your child’s or children’s names and ages, a cheque for £5 per head made out to Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the tickets to be returned to you. Going on at the same time will be our fantastic Christmas market in the village centre outside the Star, with stalls, hot chestnuts, mulled wine, a champagne and whisky draw, and a tombola. Artefacts, locally designed cards, pottery, a Pocket Money stall for children to buy last minute presents for their parents, themselves or brothers and sisters, the Stores at Waldron Hampers and Christmas goodies, fused glass jewellery and hangers, bread and decorative cakes, hand-made chocolate by the Chocolate Factory and others. All profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs to the two churches in the parish, All Saints’ and St Bartholomew’s. The pub will have the barbecue going and it’s an occasion definitely not to be missed.

TOMBOLA: If anyone would like to donate a bottle to the tombola stall, that would be marvellous, please ring me (Valerie on 01435 812036) if you’d like to do that and help the Friends of Waldron Churches in their fund-raising efforts. The more the merrier.

SERVICES: Sunday will be the festival of Christ the King and the day will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saint’s at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at 11.15am at All Saints’.

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel: The speaker at the 11am and 6.30pm is Stephen Jackson of SASRA.

WALK: The history group walk starts from the car park at Wilmington Priory at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting started with nine councillors and seven members of the public, and ended with one of the public transferring to the council. This was because a vacancy had occurred with the resignation of Kerrie Jones. Peter Holland, a retired charity worker, was co-opted on to the council. You may have noticed that a number of our finger posts are looking a bit dilapidated. Mike Sibbering a former parish councillor, is assisting Cllr Ray Tratt in trying to get them repaired. I gather that the Highways Department prioritises repairs according to road safety etc, which rather puzzled Mike as a sign in Ashburnham down a narrow lane had been repaired whereas others in more strategic positions have not. There is still confusion as to who is responsible for the repairs, county or parish. Cllr Rupert Simmons (ESCC) reported on continuing work on getting speed calming measures through Punnetts Town and Three Cups. I know from my own experience when visiting customers along that stretch, that traffic is speeding and gives no quarter. It is hoped measures can be introduced in the spring, or the summer at the latest. He said that £30m has been spent on resurfacing in the past year. Forty young people have been through the into work, or full time education, programme in Heathfield. Steady progress is being made towards the Heathfield Pool project, with the allocation of an Olympic Legacy pool. There is still some confusion over the application to build affordable homes off Forest Lane. One report says it has been reduced to two pairs of semis; another that it is still for 12-13 homes. There is some progress with getting hedges cut back; I am personally relieved that one side of our road has been done. There is advice in a leaflet from a ESCC Highway manager leaflet. Essentially, on our lanes with grass verges the vegetation should be cut back 3ft from the edge of the road to a height of 17ft (1m and 5.1m in metric). Super fast Broadband. Do you want it? If so, then register your interest, as a resident or business, online at The more demand expressed, the more likely we are to get it. This was true a few years back, when a vigorous campaign locally secured broadband in the first place. Dog mess is still a problem on Rushlake Green with inconsiderate and lazy owners allowing their animals to foul it. Please carry a plastic bag with you, pick up the mess and put it in the dog bin near the pub. It is illegal, under a bye law to allow your dog to foul the green area. Offenders can be reported to Environmental Health and prosecutions brought.

REVUE 2012: The Village Players 20th anniversary show is to put on from November 28 to December 1. Tickets are available from Anita on 01435 873226 or They are £15 and include a two-course supper. We have our dress and tech rehearsals this weekend, so don’t delay.