Parish pump Uckfield - November 29, 2013

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SING CHRISTMAS: 7.30pm, Friday December 13 in the village hall. An evening of your favourite Christmas carols and songs accompanied by local musicians. Come along with all your family and friends, join in, or just relax and enjoy the ambience of Christmas sounds. This event now includes items by the young people of Universal Dance and the close harmonies of The Singing Salon. Free admission, mulled wine, Christmas snacks, raffle. All donations to St Peter and St James Hospice. Further details from David Lloyd 01273 400520.

THE WALKING GROUP’S December walk is on Sunday. Meet at 2pm at Eastcroft, Spithurst Road, for a short local walk, followed by mulled wine and mince pies . Leader Claire Skinner.

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: This month’s film is Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and is a surprising love story set on an island off the New Englandcoast in 1965. Doors open tonight at 7pm for coffee and cakes (bring your own drinks if you prefer) and the film starts at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome, tickets are £6 on the door.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Joint Benefice Evensong for Advent Sunday. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Family Service, when we celebrate Jesus as the Light of The World. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion.


TABLE TOP SALE: Despite the poor turn out for the table top/afternoon tea event last Saturday we made over £117. We are grateful for those loyal supporters who came and to all the stall holders for their determination to enjoy the event. The village hall will be running a Christmas hamper raffle at the Burwash Festive evening next week. Then fund raising will stop until the new year.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Burwash Primary School will be holding their annual Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm to 4pm in the school. There will be a lucky programme draw to win a festive hamper, Father Christmas will be visiting, a raffle and tombola will be run. Lots of crafts in the Elves workshop, guess the Teddy’s name, hunt for Rudolph, gifts and lots more. Entry is free and fun for all the family.

STROLL: The walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. This is an easier paced walk for those who enjoy the fresh air and company but can’t manage the parish footpath walk. Ijon Jenner will be your guide, and he will be pleased to have your company.

FESTIVE EVENING: Also on Wednesday, Burwash will be holding its Festive Evening. The fun begins at 4.30pm and continues until 8pm. Christmas stalls will be in the Bear from 4.30pm, other attractions include face painting, Santa’s grotto, barbecue, a magician, confectionery stall, a choir, drummers, and magicians show at 7.15pm in the Scout Hut. The village shops and businesses will be open too. For more details please contact Kevin Parker at the Bear or call him 0n 01435 882540.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Next Sunday afternoon, December 8, the Christmas Charity Prize Bingo will be held. Please note this is a change from the Saturday. The doors open at 2pm for eyes down at 2.30pm. Lots of seasonal prizes including several of the much coveted home made Christmas cakes. Entry is free and £1 buys one book of 12 games giving 24 chances to win a prizes. This is a great fun event for all the family to enjoy. A raffle and refreshments will also be on sale. All proceeds will be given to the Christmas Day Lunch for those who will be on their own. Prize donations are very welcome, call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Bookings are already being taken for the Christmas Day Lunch. This is open to anyone who will be on their own on Christmas Day, be it a single person or a family who will not be with other people. We are pleased to welcome anyone, last year we ranged in age from nine to 90 years old and had a really wonderful day. £10 a head includes a delicious freshly cooked three course lunch with extras, drinks and festive goodies, fun and friendship. To book please call Mary on 01435 882107. Transport may be available.

CARDS: Burwash Brownies will again be delivering Christmas cards around the village. Thanks to the kindness of Tesky and Barbara in the newsagents and the Jarvis Family at the butchers we will be putting the boxes out early next week. We have reduced the cost of posting each card to 20p, you can put money and 20p per card into the boxes. Last post is Friday December 20 at 4pm, for sorting. Delivery will take place from 10am on December 21. Please make sure to address the envelopes clearly and only the local area will be delivered. If in doubt please call Mary 882107 or Jackie Ashdown 01435 882196. All proceeds to the Brownies’ Funds.

BOWLS: Last week the short mat bowls team had two games the first away to Five Ashes was again a disaster as all four teams lost. The second was a home game against Jarvis Brook, this was a better evening as triples Alan Green, Keith and Angela Marden won 19-9 while Irene Bell, Stephen Trew and Joan Howard lost 9-19. The pairs were Keith Wood and Julie Hawkins who lost 9-15 and Mary and Barry Taylor who won 21-5. This gave the team four points. Their next game is away to Laughton on Tuesday.


YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall this evening (Friday) from 7.30pm to 9pm for a Cookery Workshop. There will also be a range of other activities available throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. This service will be followed by Pete’s Pantry. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services on Sunday are with Jane Grist at 10.30am and a Christingle Service at 4pm followed by a buffet tea.

THE WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Rupert Matthews on the subject Sussex Ghosts. Rupert has worked in publishing for over 20 years and history and the paranormal are his specialities. Rupert has visited paranormal sites in the course of his research and interviewed witnesses; so his talk promises to be an interesting one. Guests and prospective members, for whom there is a nominal charge of £2, will be most welcome. For more details call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

TODDLERS: Grandparents Toddler Group meets fortnightly, on a Wednesday, between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre which is in the grounds of Chailey School. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and when weather allows a safe outside area full of things to do and explore. It is also a great chance to chat to other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. The next meetings are December 4 and 18 and more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

VISITORS to Chailey Common. Police have been made aware of reports from local residents that a bridle gate on Chailey Common has been found wedged open. This has allowed stock to escape onto roads and into properties outside the grazing area. As a result residents have had the difficult job of returning the animals. Leaving such gates open is not only irresponsible but clearly a breach of the Countryside Code which people enjoying the common are strongly urged to follow. Potentially this is very dangerous for both the animals themselves and motorists. Police patrols are being carried out in the area to maintain public safety, but please be vigilant and close gates found open and report any such incidents to the local ranger on 01273 482736.

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION: St Peter and St James Hospice aim is to raise £38,000 towards the cost of a Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) for a year. CNS (often known as Community Nurses) play a pivotal role in the patient care provided by the hospice. They give both patients and their loved ones support, specialist advice and practical help. So how can you help the hospice? Donate online at from 10am on Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December and your donation will be matched by The Big Give. To find out more call the Hospice on 01444 471598.

NOTICE BOARDS: A new notice board has been secured to the wall of the Village Stores to replace the board damaged some time ago. There is also a community noticeboard at The Horns Lodge and a parish council notice board opposite the Kings Head. Council meeting agendas and minutes are displayed on parish council notice boards together with other useful for information. The council is also happy to display notices of local community events or information about local groups/societies (space permitting). If you wish to display any information please contact the parish clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01825 740409.

East Hoathly

CAROLS around the Christmas Tree. The twinning association in conjunction with local businesses are pleased to announce that the village Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 7pm on Thursday December 12. There will be carol singing around the tree and there will be late night shopping at the Village Shop, Muffins and other local establishments. Mulled wine and other refreshments for sale at the usual outlets.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: The Sussex Flower School, located at the Village Works, is hosting a coffee morning and an arts and crafts fair on December 4 (9.15am to 12.30pm) to raise money for nearby Laughton Primary School. Pop in and say hello. There is also a chance to visit Keith Pettit’s workshop next door and see his wood engravings and print making. Also, as part of the village late shopping event on Thursday December 12, there is another opportunity to visit Keith’s studio at The Village Works. He invites you to come along and share mulled cider and hot mince pies straight from the workshop stove. For more details Keith can be contacted on 01825 841000, or at

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The final walk of the year will be on Sunday December 10 and will be a street walk of Mayfield. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

THOMAS TURNER: Saturday 30 November 1758 ‘…Received of John Streeter 3s for the money I paid Wm Stone the 28th instant for finding a parcel, and also 6d for my trouble for going to Framfield for it.’


CHRISTMAS FAIR 10am to 4pm Sunday December 8 at Crockstead Farm Hotel, Halland. Festive food and drinks, stocking fillers, arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Entrance costs £1 adults, children fee.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Richard’s Pre-school Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, at St Richard’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm. There will be crafts, a lucky dip, snowman skittles and a present tree.

TRANSPORT: Footie fans, Seagulls-over-Burwash organise transport to and from BHA games at the Amex stadium by coach. It picks up from Heathfield. Adult tickets cost £8 and under 16s just £4 per game for season tickets or £10 and £5 for one off tickets. Visit: or contact Tesky O’Neil on 01435 882217 for details.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Following the success of their earlier concert, acapella choir Antiphony stage a Christmas concert at the Union Church on December 7 at 7.30pm. Adult tickets are £10, seniors £7 and children £5. Proceeds go to Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide. The concert features much loved and little known Christmas music. For details contact Debi on 01435 868981.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There’s a Christmas gift fair at the Community Centre from 11am to 4pm on December 8. Look out for lots of terrific hand-made crafts, arts and other great ideas that might solve a few present problems.

ZUMBA: There’s a Christmas Zumba Party at Cross in Hand Village Hall from 7.15pm on December 6. £2 out of every £7 ticket sold goes to the Heathfield and Waldron First Responder Group. Your entry ticket includes a glass of wine. Children’s tickets are just £3. Go along for some seasonal fun (think it might do for my dodgy hip, but we might give it a try).

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Heathfield Social Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10am to noon at Heathfield Community Fire Station. These meetings are for anyone who is experiencing difficulties such as anxiety or depression. Go along for coffee and a chat. Ring 01323 849524 to find out what it’s all about or

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Horam Village Hall is the setting for a traditional Christmas Fair to be held from 1.30pm to 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. Look out for a grotto, fancy dress competition, music from Wealden Brass, face painting, refreshments and loads of stalls. Santa arrives at 2pm.

TABLE TENNIS: There are table tennis sessions run by approved coaches at Broad Oak Village Hall. On Fridays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm there are junior sessions during term time. Seniors meet on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 10pm between September and June and there is League play available. Ring Mike Gadd on 01435 862275.

PUNNETTS TOWN VILLAGE HALL: On Friday, December 6, Pam Fuller will demonstrate Christmas floral arrangements and decorations. Go along for some festive ideas at 7.30pm, tickets £4 to include coffee and cakes. Punnetts Town village hall and Punnetts School are holding their annual Gift and Craft shopping evening in the village hall today, Friday, 7pm to 9.30pm. Many stalls including local produce, gifts, jewellery, ceramics, silk, glass, fabric and much more. Refreshments available and a raffle. The Police Concert will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 7.30pm. There will be tunes to get everyone in a festive mood plus a variety of other songs and music in the village hall. Ring Barbara on 01435 830450 for a ticket at £6.50 which includes cakes and coffee or tea.

Isfield & Little Horsted

LAST PINTS: There was an unusual touch to the funeral of Mick Golby this week when Steve Wheatley, who set up Isfield Brewery Company with his partner Jill Turner last year, produced a barrel of special beer in honour of the man who was known to his many friends and acquaintances in hostelry-based social affairs as Mick The Stick. After a funeral at Eastbourne Crematorium, attended by, among many others, members of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society of which Mick was a founder member, those who attended a ‘wake’ at The Laughing Fish were able to sample a pint or several of Mick’s Last Stick. Mick, who lived in Uckfield, died a couple of weeks ago.

CHURCH SERVICE: St Margaret’s Isfield, Sunday (10am) Christingle service, to include children from Little Horsted School.


CHRISTMAS FAIR tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Cliffe Hall (behind the church). Cakes, tombola, gifts, bonfire night photographs and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Even a dull, cloudy and cold day, cannot take away the exhilaration of walking along the Seven Sisters coastline. On our last Sunday walk we started from the Crowlink NY car park and headed down a beautiful valley towards the coastal path. Here, we headed for Birling Gap, climbing three of the Sisters on the way. Just before Birling Gap we left the coastal path and made our way inland to East Dean, a beautiful old flint Sussex village. We took an uphill path from behind the village and were soon crossing the fields towards Crowlink again. The next walk is on Sunday, Rodmell-Iford and the South Downs Way. Meet at top North Street car park for a prompt 9.30am start.

VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed for Furniture Now! in Lewes. Come and join our amazing team, good fun guaranteed. All out of pocket expenses paid. We need driver’s mates/warehouse volunteers and office/retail assistance urgently needed on Fridays. For more information, call Martyn on 01273 487007 or Sue 01273 479528.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Friends of Five Ashes CEP School welcome everyone to their fundraising Christmas Bazaar today, Friday, at Five Ashes CEP School from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. All money raised will go to benefit the children.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday, December 14, St Thomas of Canterbury CAFOD Group will be holding a festive Coffee Morning between 10am and noon. This will be held in the cosy Convent Courtyard, St Leonards-Mayfield School. There will be a bottle stall, chocolate tombola and other festive events including refreshments of coffee, mince pies and cakes to eat and buy. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. All funds raised will be donated to CAFOD. (Catholic Aid for Overseas Development).

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: Following the success of the first Christmas Tree Festival in 2012, there will be another Festival this year from December 4 to 7 in St Dunstan’s Church. Any organisations which are interested in joining in this pre-Christmas celebration can email Open Door Opening hours for the festival will be: Wednesday, December 4 from 6pm to 8pm; Thursday, December 5 from 10am to 6pm; Friday, December 6 10am to 8pm (late night shopping in the village) and Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 4pm. Entrance will cost £2.50 for adults, no charge for children. This is a magical occasion for children and adults alike and this year visitors can vote for their favourite tree. Proceeds from the event will be shared between Open Door to fund the costs of the Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, who is available in the village each week for confidential consultation, and St Dunstan’s Church.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: On Sunday, December 8 at 6pm The Mayfield Consort will present What Sweeter Music - Carols and Songs for Christmas, at Salomons, Tunbridge Wells. The programme will involve a combination of sacred and secular music for Christmas, interspersed with readings, reflections and poetry, once again delivered by Fr John Caperon. The singers of The Mayfield Consort are predominantly from St Dunstan’s Parish Church Choir and also have connections with Mayfield Festival Choir. Fr John Caperon was Associate Priest in Mayfield from 2003 until 2011. Tickets for this special event (£10 adult and £5 children) sold out quickly in 2011 when the concert last took place and will be available from The Mayfield Gallery now or by post sending SAE to Jonnie Jones, Lucks Farm, Punnetts Town, East Sussex TN21 9HU with cheque payable to Friends of Music in Mayfield.

TENNIS CLUB: If you would like some exercise over the Christmas period, you might like to join the Frostbite Tennis Tournament on Sunday, December 29 from 10am. This is a mixed doubles tournament for players of all standards and for adults and juniors over 14 years. Geoffrey Shackel says the first team won the Horam League Tennis Competition this year. This is a Round Robin Contest amongst 20 local clubs and is played on Monday evenings throughout the summer. Each team consists of a men’s, ladies’ and mixed pair and both Mayfield’s first and second team were in the First Division. For details about the Frostbite Tournament and other information about the club, please contact him on 01435 873113, email ggs.mayfieldtennisclub@virgin.netor or look at the website at

Mobile Library

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


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, from 10am to 11am in the village hall. There is a good selection of vegetables, flowers and plants, plus cakes, preserves and savoury items. Orders can now being taken for Christmas, to be collected on Friday December 20. Why not go along and see what goodies are available, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

SERVICES THIS WEEKEND at St Mary’s Church, the 1st Sunday of Advent, are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please book in advance by telephoning 722582. Advance notice that the Carol Service will take place on Sunday December 15 at 5.30pm.

WINTER SHOW: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society presents their winter show with a great comedy by Ray Cooney called Out of Order in the village hall from December 4 to 7, doors open 7.15pm curtain up at 8pm. Tickets £9 from the box office 01825 722359 or 722985 or you can email You can also purchase tickets from Newick Butchers. Why not start the festive season with a good laugh, mulled wine and a mince pie. Cushioned raked seating and a licensed bar, enjoy your evening .

BOYS AND GIRLS please make sure you will be around on Monday December 9, when Father Christmas will arrive at 6pm at Oldaker Road and finish at 7.45pm at Allington Crescent. He is looking forward to coming to Newick. He would also like you to talk with him, (weather permitting) so prepare a small list of the things you would like to receive this Christmas.

CHRISTMAS POST: 1st Newick Scout Group are once again offering a Christmas card delivery service. They cannot deliver to Lower Station Road, Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwalls Bank and other outlying roads. Collection boxes will be in the Post Office, Newick News, and Village Store from Monday, last collection date will be Thursday December 12 at 4pm. This is a great service the Scouts provide, so please include a sealed envelope with your donation.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Newick Afternoon Club will be at the Lamb, Piltdown for their Christmas Lunch on Thursday December 12. Tickets £24 per person. Before the meal you will be able to enjoy some light entertainment. For details telephone 01825 722650 or 722154. Reservations and payment required by December 5.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be holding their last meeting for 2013 on December 12 when the speaker is Sandy Lewsey with her talk about Chocolate - its origins plus chocolate making, in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. Visitors are most welcome.


WINTER: The temperature’s dropping and apparently we’re going to have a long, cold winter. Last night we met friends in a local pub. I took my hot-water bottle with me and when we came out, it was still just warm enough to stop me from freezing while the car’s heater warmed up. It’s also nice to step out of the house, cuddling my bottle, and to tuck it behind me while I drive. I strongly recommend it.

AUTUMN EXHIBITION: Visitors to Uckfield Art Group were treated to a room full of pictures in all kinds of media. One visitor commented that there was ‘Such a wide variety of subjects and styles within the Art Group’ and another simply could not vote for their favourite picture as there were ‘So many nice pictures to choose from it was too difficult to choose just one.’ Those people who did manage to vote will be interested to learn that the winners with six votes each were Annie Mills, Misty Lake and Julian Foreman, Horsey Mill in Suffolk. The Tom Broad Trophy has been awarded to Annie. The Art Books to inspire were popular, children took home some treasured items from the Craft Table and almost all the cakes went. It was left to the members to finish off the remaining ones on Tuesday evening, a tough job, but someone had to do it. Thank you on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Charity for bringing in so many washed milk bottle tops. Members of the art group regularly exhibit in the window of Fuller and Scott Funeral Directors (next to the Civic Centre) so why not take a look next time you are passing.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: Tickets are now on sale at Gale and Woolgar in the High Street. Tickets are £7 for the concert with the Uckfield Singers and the Brass Band on December 15 at the Civic Centre 7.30pm. Last year tickets were sold out two weeks before the concert so we would not like you to be disappointed. Uckfield FM are broadcasting this concert on Christmas Day 1pm (105).

UCKFIELD Filippino-British Community are holding a fund raising event, for the Yolanda/Haiyan Typhoon Victims, at St Philips Church on Sunday from 5pm to 7pm. £10 for adults and £5 for children. Tickets include traditional Philippines food and wine or soft drinks. For more details and donations please contact the organisers on 07912 302806 or 07590 721266 or pay on the door.

SOOP THEATRE, the latest touring company production at the Pamphilon takes you back to the Golden Age of Radio. Finding themselves plunged into a live radio broadcast with acute staff shortages, a radio repertory company are forced to come up with the sound effects for three one-act plays. Can they vocalise a death-defying car chase round the coastal paths of Cornwall? Will they pull off an alien invasion using just the contents of a handbag? Can the sound of a few sandwiches conjure up a terrifying tale of terror? As off-air mishaps collide with on-air drama, you can be sure of only one thing: the fifties will never sound the same again. Performing three original plays inspired by the heyday of radio, five actors provide the voices and sound effects in an affectionate pastiche of classic genres, including a tale of intrigue and espionage, Gothic horror and American science fiction. Radio Soop is an hilarious theatrical event that recreates the magic, tensions, humour and chaos of live radio. It’s on at the Pamphilon, in the grounds of UCTC today, Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 for students) and are available from or on 01273 782866.


CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA: Our Christmas market will be on Saturday December 14 this year and will be combined with lovely events for children, a visit to Father Christmas in his Barn, Santa’s workshop session and a story-telling hour will all be covered by one £5 ticket per child. Book your timed visits to Santa in advance by picking up a booking form at the Stores in Waldron or at Heathfield Art and Books, or write direct to the Christmas Elf, Forest Lodge, Cane Heath, Arlington, Polegate BN26 6SJ giving the names and ages of the children and enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

FAMILY SUPPORT: Sunday is Gift Day for family support work in the parish, when we collect new toys and gifts (unwrapped please) for families in need. Wrapping paper is also needed, so that the gifts and toys can be sorted in the age groups for which they are suitable before wrapping. Gifts are especially needed for teenage boys. The gifts will be collected at the 9.30am Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s in Cross in Hand and at the Christingle service at 11.15am in All Saints’.

WONDERFUL WIZARD This weekend the posters go up for our pantomime The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron and tickets will be available from Monday from the Stores at Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books or by post from The Box Office, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Tickets are £9 for adults, £7 for members of the Friends of Waldron Churches and £5 for children of 14 years and under.

BATTLEFIELD VISIT: The Friends of Waldron Churches are looking into the possibility of a visit to the WWI battlefields next year. It would be led by Steve Roberts, who gave us such an inspirational talk during our Village History weekend about the Waldron men whose names are on our village war memorial. If you would be interested in going on such a visit, please register your interest by e-mailing or ringing 01435 812036 giving your name and e-mail address or contact number. If there are sufficient people to make up a group, we’ll take it further.

WALDRON ON FILM: Thanks to everyone who came along to our lovely Waldron on Film event last Saturday afternoon and evening. Both films shown were much appreciated and we sold a large number of Ray Russell’s DVD Waldron : A Sussex Village. There are a few copies left which can be bought from The Stores at Waldron or at Heathfield Art and Books, or from me (ring 01435 812036 to find out availability). The DVD costs £5 and £1.40 will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and improvements to our church buildings.

SERVICES: Sunday will be Advent Sunday and it will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 8am at St Bartholomew’s, Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am and Family Holy Communion with Christingle at All Saints’ at 11.15am. I love Christingle as it feels as if Christmas is beginning in earnest and everyone goes home with a decorated orange. (Come to the service if you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about). Our Parish Priest Reverend George Pitcher will be preaching.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Family Service, when we celebrate Jesus as the Light of The World. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Advent Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion. 6.30pm Joint Benefice Evensong for Advent Sunday. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Ray Dadswell.

BELLS APPEAL JUMBLE SALE: As you may know, work needs to be done on the bells at Warbleton Parish Church. The bells themselves are fine. It is the frame which needs painting and the headstocks, bearings, pulleys etc which require attention, to allow them to continue to ring out for decades to come. Fund raising is proceeding at a steady pace. Part of this is a grand jumble sale at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Dunn Village Hall. There will be Sarah Turner’s cake stall, books, toys, bric-a-brac, teas and a raffle as well as the usual jumble fare. Donations of jumble can be made on the day between 11am and noon or phone Jan 01435 830803 or Margaret on 830560. A cookbook has been published for the appeal and is on sale at The Stores, The Horse and Groom, The Black Duck and Simon Turner Motor Services, Cowbeech. They are £5 each and would make a great Christmas present.