Parish pump Uckfield - November 30, 2012


BEATRIX POTTER: The Royal Ballet’s acclaimed production of Frederick Ashton’s Tales of Beatrix Potter will be screened at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at 3pm. Tea and refreshments will be served during the interval. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 or children under 15 years. They are available from Bryan on o1323 833554 of Geoff on 01323 833343.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion, 6.30pm United Benefice Service at St John’s. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP).

FILM CLUB: This month’s film, Tell No One, will be shown tonight at the village hall. It is described as an intense thriller, about an innocent man on the run after being accused of murder. It is in French with subtitles and last 2hrs and 6mins, directed by Guillaume Canet. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Drinks and refreshments available at the bar.


BAZAAR: The Catholic churches of Burwash and Heathfield will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 2.15pm. Bargains galore, raffle and tombola, Christmas gifts, tea and mince pies. All are very welcome to attend. Entrance is 50p.

CRIB AND TOY: On Sunday St Bartholomew’s Church will hold their Blessing of the Crib and Toy Service, at 10am. This is a special family service when they will collect toys and donations for the families who visit Knowles Tooth Children’s Centre near Hurstpierpoint and via the workers in the community, across our county. New toys will go to those families who find Christmas and birthdays very stressful time. Good second hand ones go to the centre’s resources for their work throughout the year. The gifts will be received from your children at the crib during the service.

FESTIVE FUN: The Burwash Festive evening will take place on Wednesday from 4.30pm until 8pm. Activities include Santa’s Grotto at Cheritons, High Street, fire juggling, Christmas stalls, and face painting at the Bear. A brass band, a magician, a barbecue, Christmas hamper raffle and more. The High Street shops and businesses will be open all evening. For more details or to get involved call Kevin Parker on 01435 882540 or just come along and enjoy the fun.

WHIST: The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Thursday evening at village hall. Twenty hands of cards start at 7.30pm, for players of all ability. This is a fun evening with seasonal refreshments during the interval. Entry is £3 per person to include refreshments. For more details please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Bartholomew’s church is to hold its Christmas Tree Festival again this year. It will be from December 14 to 16. If your club, charity or society would like to decorate a tree please call Vicky Patterson on 01435 884135 or email Details of the times of opening will appear next week.

BINGO: On Friday December 7 the Charity Prize Bingo will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm. This is a fun event that the whole family can enjoy, not suitable for very young children though. Lots of lovely prizes and seasonal gifts. Entry is free, with book of 12 games £1, raffle and special flyer game too. Mince pies and chocolate cake during the interval. All proceeds to the Christmas day lunch for those who will be alone this year. Call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 to donate prizes.

BOWLS: Last week the members of the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club held their mixed drawn pairs knockout. All names were drawn to see who would be playing with who, with some interesting pairings. All games were played over seven ends, and some of the games were extremely hard fought. The final was equally hard fought between Keith Wood and Mary Taylor against Mary Chadburn and Eileen Jarvis. Mary and Keith were the victors. The club also had an away league match at against Crowhurst. In the triples Angela Marden, Samantha Saunders and Shirley Pope had a terrific game just losing 13-16. Margaret Waterhouse, Mick Moore and Joan Howard also had a great game winning 20-13. After tea the pairs played with Mary Chadburn and Mary Taylor struggling and losing 6-27, but Tim Brown and Keith Wood held on to win their game 14-13. This gave Burwash four good league points. Their next match is away to Frant on Thursday.

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PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Tonight, Friday, the Preservation Society are holding their annual and ever popular Social Evening. Everyone is invited to go along for an evening of fun and nostalgia. There will be nibbles, wine, games, a local trivia quiz, a short DVD on trug making and not to be missed, further reminiscences from Rosemary Akehurst, who this year will be joined by Ken Boulter, owner and rider of old motorcycles and The Six Bells. Admission free for members, £3 for guests. The final walk for the year is on Sunday December 9 and will be a street walk in Lewes starting at 2pm from Tesco’s car park (town end by recycling area). Further details from Jenny and Chris on 872830.

CHURCH SERVICES: First Sunday of Advent, 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly, 6pm United Benefice Christingle Service, Chiddingly. Sunday at 10am is the TGI Service at East Hoathly. The Open the Book team are going to be performing the Nativity story as part of the TGI Sunday Service. Children would be welcome and any that do turn up will be guaranteed a part (shepherds/angels)? Parents welcome too. TGI Sunday (Thank God it’s Sunday) is a very relaxed cafe style worship with coffee, cakes and Sunday papers, making use of multi-media and trying to present the good news of God’s love in Christ in a modern, relaxed and direct way. It is an ideal service for anyone who has never been to church before and may not be sure they want to go now. It lasts about 45mins.

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 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.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: This year’s East Hoathly CE School Christmas Fair will be held in the village hall on Saturday December 8. Doors open at 11am and the event will finish at 2pm. There will be an auction at 12.30pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased from the school office or the Village Stores. There will be lots of festive goodies and Christmas presents to buy, including jewellery, ceramics, games and toys, chutneys and cakes.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 6 December 1763: ‘In the evening I, in company with Joseph and Richard Fuller and Thomas Durrant, went to the sign of The Chequer In Framfield parish in order to spend the even, the people who keep the house having laid out a great deal of money with me. We supped there on some Welsh rabbits and stayed until about 10.20. Spent 19d each and came home about 11.20.’


QUIZ: The FCS Quiz Night last Saturday was a great success. Only one point separated the top two teams. Sausage and mash, plus cup-cakes, provided suitable brain-fuel. Many thanks to the organisers.

A MESSAGE from Liz Gutteridge, joint PCC Secretary: Christ Church would like to thank Russell and all those who so kindly gave up their Saturday morning once again to come and give the churchyard an autumn clean up. The result is splendid. We are so very grateful to you all. Everyone who came along also says thank you to John for the bacon butties.

FLOWER GUILD: A message from Christ Church Flower Guild: Would you like to be involved with helping make Christ Church look even more beautiful on a Sunday or Festival occasions (Christmas, Easter, Harvest)? You don’t have to be a professional flower arranger or even attend the church on a Sunday though you would always be most welcome. Male or female, no discrimination here. We are all amateurs, we just love flowers and learn off each other. How about coming to help with the Christmas decorations on Friday, December 21? We will all be there and I’m sure you would find some familiar faces amongst us. If you have a small pair of secateurs that would be useful. Coffee or tea and mince pies supplied. For more information please contact, Janie Hooper (01892 664471).

ASHDOWN FOREST: A message from The Conservators of Ashdown Forest: If you are visiting Ashdown Forest from other parts of the UK, or if you regularly walk in other areas of woodland, please avoid spreading Ash dieback fungal spores by cleaning mud off boots, tyres and dogs. Water is sufficient but disinfectant is better.

REMINDER of the 40@HeronsGhyll petition to reduce the speed limit on A26 at Herons Ghyll. For copies of the petition form contact Please use this email address if you can help with the campaign or would like to be kept up to date. The campaign can also be contacted on 07702 124971 or 01892 459276.

HAVE YOUR SAY on the proposed move of Maresfield Post Office across the road to the Maresfield Stores, in order to extend the opening hours to 7am to 6.30pm on Monday to Saturday and 7.30am to 1.30pm on Sunday. Please send your comments to Freepost, Post Office Ltd., National Consultation Team, Wealdstone Post Office, 1st Floor, Admin, 2 Headstone Drive, Harrow, HA3 5QL or e-mail or call 08457 223344.

BROADBAND: Find out the latest news about Superfast Broadband by visiting the site With the Go e-sussex campaign, ESCC are hoping that thousands of people across the county who are disadvantaged by slow or lack of broadband access will sign up. A significant number of registrations will demonstrate high levels of demand to the telecoms industry. This will help East Sussex County Council attract investment from potential broadband suppliers, ultimately helping homes and businesses in the county who are suffering from poor internet access and speed.

SCAM: The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam: A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). Do not call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. For more information, see the Crime Stoppers website:

ANOTHER SCAM: Warning, be wary of accepting any surprise gift or package, which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know and/or there is no proper identification of who the sender is. Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction.

THERE HAVE recently been a number of reports of males doing gardening work for elderly or vulnerable residents without their prior permission. The males are doing a small amount of work before asking for payment. This has occurred across Wealden, including Hailsham and Wadhurst recently. Please can you make your elderly neighbours aware of this activity, and remind them not to pay for any work they have not authorised. If they are at all concerned they should contact Sussex Police immediately.

NEW PCSO: We have a new PCSO as from last month, PCSO David Davies will be responsible for the Buxted, Maresfield and Hadlow Down areas and can be contact via 101 or e-mail: You can now report non-emergency crimes or incidents online:

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: For details of this year’s Wealden Christmas Events go to:

EXHIBITION: From Saturday November 17 to end March 2013 (weekends only 11am to 5pm or dusk) a new exhibition at The Ashdown Forest Centre. Ashdown Forest - A Portrait in Watercolour Oliver Pyle a painter and photographer from East Sussex, has worked for 20 years in the banking and investment industry but his true passion has always been for the British landscape, capturing its beauty and impact through the lens and on the canvas. Oliver has now turned his attention to Ashdown Forest. The endless combinations of light and landscape that make the Ashdown Forest so magical has been Oliver’s inspiration for his solo exhibition. Working exclusively in watercolour Oliver has captured the very essence and atmosphere of Ashdown Forest as it changes every season, and every day as the weather dictates.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Saturday December 8, RDA Christmas Bazaar in Fairwarp Village Hall 10am to 2pm. All the things you need for a well organised Christmas.

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

heathfield, punnetts town, broad oak & cross in hand

ROAD RUNNERS: Heathfield Road Runners have contacted us with the following:Yes we are indeed out in all weathers and I thought I’d drop a note to let you know what our regular club nights are in case there is anyone who would like to join us. We are a very friendly bunch and always welcome new members of all abilities, whether you fancy meeting new people, getting some exercise or if there is a specific goal to work towards, including the Rotary Fun Run. We head off on Mondays (6.30pm) and Thursdays (7pm) both meeting at the Heathfield Coop car park. Feel free to point people in the first instance to Graham Chapman via

CROSS IN HAND CRASH: Everyone in Heathfield is reeling from the dreadful news about the double fatal crash which happened half-way down the B2012 three weeks ago. Two great contributors to the local community both died. Our thoughts go out to their families. We also notice that a new set of speed restriction signs have been put up along the road, graduating from 30mph in Cross in Hand, to 40mph as the road hits the countryside, and rising to 50mph from there on. The signs are prominent. Within the last two days, deer warning signs have been attached to telegraph poles close to the accident scene, which is marked with flowers and tributes. Talking to the people in the town who know such things, it appears that the accident happened because a deer ran into the road. A friend of the person I was speaking to faced an identical situation recently, in exactly the same spot. She was fortunate in that no other vehicle was involved. Simon Bishop, the hugely popular and influential Netherfield farmer who also ran an off-site element of Plumpton College, died four years ago following a deer incident on the same road, this time closer to Halland. The Ashdown Forest roads are 40mph restricted for all of their length, and if you head down from Duddleswell to Nutley, sheep are free to wander across the road, meaning drivers must slow down and stop if necessary. An unsophisticated but useful traffic calming device. Driving down towards Blackboys slowly last week I note there is little or no fencing on the north side of the B2102 and trees come right up to the roadside. It’s well known that deer plot specific routes across woodland and this could be a popular crossing point for them. I know they can leap all but the highest barriers, but surely it would be a good idea either to fell trees in a band, say 10 feet either side of the road (so if a deer is on the verge of crossing, you can see it and brake) or put up some kind of fencing so they are directed elsewhere. And the road should be limited for the whole of its length. People will argue this is unenforceable, and I accept that, but signs do succeed in making drivers aware of potential danger and some of them will slow down. I find SIDS (speed indicator devices, such as those used in Ringmer) to be very effective. I know we all say ‘something must be done’ and assume someone, somewhere will do it, but this road is a deathtrap and winter is approaching. I wonder how many of us would react instinctively if an animal ran in front of our car? We all know the sensible thing to do is stay focused and run into it, but sometimes instinct takes over from reason.

HOUSING: Interesting to go along to the public exhibition staged by Summertree and Gleeson regarding potential development at the back of the police station. Interesting because, as they themselves confirmed, planning consent has not yet been granted. Are they taking a bit of a flyer? They put forward a convincing argument for new housing, which I know, is supported by both the parish council and traders in the town. The site has also not drawn a huge amount of opposition from local residents either. I think most of us want to see the High Street thrive, and to do that, businesses need customers, a plethora of retirement apartments just will not do and a great many of those remain unoccupied. The number of homes has been scaled down from the former 160 to just 114 with 40 of those being affordable. There’s a lot to say about this, particularly to extrapolate the feasibility of getting planning permission, and everyone is invited to have their say. We will cover this in more detail in the next edition of Parish Pump. In the meantime to express your views, contact agents Barton Willmore at or ring 01322 374660.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Mill Road car park, Heathfield, G R 577213 at 9.30am for an eight-nine mile walk via Old Heathfield and Herrings Farm. Ring 01892 852153.

FRENCH: Mrs PP enjoyed a sociable hour at The Stores, Waldron where boss Debbie Lefort has joined forces with local resident and teacher Felicity Poirier to stage informal French classes. They start in earnest with a six-week course in January but last Friday they held a sample taster where everyone was invited to introduce themselves, chat about their lives (in halting school French or the fluent version) and discuss a typical Christmas menu. She said it was great fun and quite a Sussex Express event with two Parish Pump correspondents (Horam and Waldron) also taking part. Two people had homes or relatives with homes in France. Debbie made everyone welcome and the session worked wonderfully well given the wide range of abilities. Excellent coffee and tea was also served. Everyone got on well and I would imagine friendships will be forged. I think the classes are pretty well fully subscribed, but if you fancy a go, pop into the Stores and ask Debbie how many have signed up and is there room for anyone else? Dreaming of, and discussing, lavender fields, Provencal markets and the importance of wine tasting seems an excellent way to spend wet and cold January afternoons.

horam & vines cross

THE VPA meeting on the December 5 is a tailored cheese tasting by David and Eleanor Robins, who are new speakers to us. Please come and join us for this evening we meet at 7.30pm at the West End, Christ Church. We will be able to taste, hear about and buy up to seven different cheeses. We will also be serving tea and coffee and may be your first homemade mince pie of the Christmas season. We will also have a raffle. Important notice: There will be no January meeting but we will look forward to seeing you in February. Further information from Faith Smith 01435812026 or Dorothy Cull on 01435812093.

mayfield & five ashes

SCHOOL NEWS: Last week the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) published the results of its most recent inspection of St Leonards-Mayfield School (Mayfield). The report confirms that the quality of education offered to the students at this East Sussex school is outstanding. The report is the outcome of a rigorous four-day inspection by the ISI, which took place from the October 25 to 28. The inspectors have concluded that the quality of academic provision, the pupils’ personal development at school, and the effectiveness of the school’s governance and management all rank as excellent. The inspectors looked in detail at each aspect of school life. The quality of teaching, the breadth and depth of the curriculum, the knowledge and understanding demonstrated by the pupils and the results in public examinations were all graded as ‘excellent’. So too were the quality of pastoral care, the quality of relationships within the classrooms and the boarding houses, and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development displayed by the students. Both the provision of extra-curricular activities and the pupils’ achievements in those activities were offered very high praise. The report credits the school with first-rate provision across a diverse range of activities. For example, the inspectors remarked that, ‘Mathematical knowledge is particularly strong and is used effectively across all areas of the curriculum. Confidence in scientific knowledge and ICT is evident’, whilst at the same time noting that, ‘The pupils have exceptional creative skills, and achievement is particularly high in the artistic subjects’. Headmistress Antonia Beary commented: ‘We are clearly delighted that the ISI has again recognised the many and diverse strengths of the school. The focus was on the outstanding success of the girls in our care. The inspectors were impressed by our academic rigour and support for individual pupils, our pastoral care, the girls’ achievements both inside and outside of the classroom and the quality of teaching, but I am particularly pleased that they applauded the culture of our community: our commitment to tolerance, respect, social and cultural awareness, and moral and spiritual development. These are long-standing characteristics of the school, ones which set us apart from most other maintained and independent schools.’

MAYFIELD CHURCHYARD: In September 2009, the Friends of Mayfield Churchyard launched their first appeal for funds to support the on-going maintenance of the village churchyard and preserve its beauty and serenity for all. Many people have given their financial support with both large and small donations and enabled the Friends to make a significant contribution to maintenance costs this year. To date they have raised over £7,000, a magnificent start to fund raising plans. Inevitably, of course, costs continue to rise and the appeal for funds needs to be widened. If you would like to help support the maintenance of your churchyard in Mayfield please contact us. You can email the Hon. Treasurer, Barrie Martin, on for further information. Remember your contribution, large or small, can make a difference.

ST DUNSTAN’S Churchyard. As was expected the Met Office confirmed that this summer was, in England and Wales, the second dullest, coldest and soggiest on record since 1912. We had just 399 hours of sunshine (that’s only 49 days worth of 8 hours of sunshine) with a mean temperature of 14C (57F), some 0.4C below the long term average. It has been the fourth wettest summer since records began in 1727. So, perhaps not the best summer to have launched this idea with dreams of dainty waving flower heads and people pottering around on blissful summer evenings doing a bit of tidying or planting, having a chat as the warm sun sinks in the west. However, perhaps it underlines the absolute need for such schemes in large communal green sites for bee and butterfly habitats. Of course, by attracting bees and butterflies they will also be attracting other beneficial insects such as lacewings, hoverflies and ladybirds, as well as aphids for them to feast on! But aphids will also feed the birds, and our poor wildlife has had an even tougher time than we have, and likely to have a very tough winter as berries and other natural food supplies are not abundant due to the wet, cold weather. Despite the seeming lack of progress, as people cannot tend their chosen graves due to the uncooperative weather, quite a few have been adopted so organisers are hopeful that over time people walking through will eventually start to see a difference and maybe encouraged to join the growing little Grave Gardeners’ Club, especially if they get something approaching what could be called summer next year. There are still a great many graves that need adopting. Elle de la Mare says: ‘The more I walk through the more I find buried under straggling grass and mud, and in need of a caring person. If they were all uncovered and planted up I think we would be amazed at what has been slowly and inexorably hidden from our sight over the years. I’m always happy to meet people who are interested, usually on a Sunday afternoon when walking the dog, so if you are interested in looking after a small patch of our village churchyard then do give me a call on 01435 872431 (evenings)’.

COFFEE MORNING: A date for your December diary. Start the Christmas festivities this year at a Charity Christmas Coffee Morning. This will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the cosy lounge of Mayfield Convent’s Courtyard. Festivities will include Christmas stalls, a raffle, home make cakes and mince pies and plenty of refreshments. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. All funds raised will be donated to CAFOD (Catholic Aid for Overseas Development).

FILM PREMIERE: A reminder that the 40-minute film, Memories of Mayfield, will have its première at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall. Entrance is free. In the film 14 villagers recall Mayfield life over the last 90 years. The director, Nat Durman, said, ‘The film compares Mayfield as it used to be to how it is now.’ The film is dedicated to Bert Ashdown and Patrick Fitzgerald, both of whom have sadly died since their memories were recorded, Bert at the age of 97 and Pat at 77. There will be tea and cakes after the screening to give people the opportunity to chat to all those who took part in the filming. Nat’s sister, Molly Durman, has taken still photographs of the participants, and these will be on display.

ARGOS HILL WINDMILL: A steel frame to stabilize the windmill has been put in position by millwrights. This step has taken rather longer than anyone expected, but at least the structure is now strengthened before the high winds that are inevitable during the winter months. Plans can now begin to repair the side girts, the big wooden beams. The plastic sheeting is being replaced to tidy up the look of the site, and also to further protect the mill for when the weatherboarding is removed. Both the Trust and the Friends are delighted with this progress after so many years and would like to thank everyone for their great support.

BUSINESS FORUM: One issue facing those who work on their own or run small organisations is how to remain motivated at all times. The majority of MBF members work independently and love the opportunity of setting their own agendas and the freedom of not having bosses breathing down their necks with constantly changing demands. However, there are days when it is difficult to summon up enthusiasm for doing the important tasks and taking key decisions; we plod along doing simple jobs and just trying to handle urgent issues. When you are on your own, it is easier to let setbacks and customer issues get you down. The Forum aims to bring business people together to share their concern, ‘network’ and come up with realistic solutions thanks to a little pooled brainpower. Members are looking ahead to our Christmas drinks and meal on Tuesday. Can anyone wishing to attend please let Roger Stone know as soon as possible on 01435 872764 or email

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THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


COUNTRY MARKET in the village hall today, Friday, 10am to 11am. On Saturday December 8 the market will be open in the Community Centre from 9am till noon, when all the normal produce (including locally made cheese) will be on sale.

RUGBY: According to the fixture card there are no matches this weekend.

CHURCH SERVICES: First Advent Sunday services in St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please ring 722582 in advance.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: A special message for all the young people in the village, Father Christmas will be visiting Newick on Monday December 10. He will arrive in the village at 6pm commencing his journey from Oldaker Road and finishing his trip about 7.45pm at Allington Crescent. Parents can obtain the latest information on

MEETING: Newick Horticultural Society will be meeting in the village hall on Wednesday December 12 when a demonstration and workshop will take place showing you how to create a floral Christmas table decoration. Further details next week.

CARD DELIVERY: 1st Newick Scouts Christmas card posting boxes are already in the Post Office, Newick News and SVS Stores. Last date for posting will be Wednesday december 12 at 4pm. Please do not put cards in these boxes for Lower Station Road, Station Road, Jackies Lane, Cornwalls Bank and other outlying roads. Please don’t forget to include your donation in a separate sealed envelope when posting your cards. This is a great service that the Scouts do for the residents of Newick.


CONCERT: Tickets are selling fast for the concert on December 15, 7.30pm in the Civic Centre. The Uckfield Singers and the Brass Band are joining together to give a Christmas Concert,a raffle will be held for Help for Heroes, give generously, this is a very worthwhile cause,tickets can be bought from Gale and Woolgar in the middle of Uckfield High Street and the Volunteer and Information centre (just a couple of shops north of the cinema on the High Street). You will be in for a very lovely Christmassy evening. See you there.

WINTER CONCERT: Uckfield Community Orchestra is holding its Winter Concert on Wednesday December 12 at the United Reformed Church. The programme includes music by Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams, concluding with traditional Christmas carols. Doors open at 7pm. All are invited to stay for free festive refreshments afterwards. Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Sussex Nightstop Plus, a charity that arranges overnight accommodation with volunteer hosts for young homeless people. For more information, please email


CHRISTINGLE: On Sunday the morning service at All Saints’ at 11.15am will be the annual Christingle service. With oranges (representing the world) and candles it’s aimed particularly at children and they will read and also take the collection, which will be in aid of the Children’s Society. Christmas presents for the families we support through Family Support Work will be collected at this service. Things which are particularly needed are presents suitable for teenage boys, but items for all age groups will be just as much appreciated. Please leave your gifts unwrapped, as this will be done later, so they can be carefully sorted by age group, and obviously they should be new.

MORE RAIN: Remember last spring when drought was forecast for this year and we were banned from watering the garden? (Time for hollow laughter). I think it’s hardly stopped raining since then. But take consolation ‘tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la, and all that. Our village Christmas weekend is approaching fast and even if we can’t guarantee the weather, we can promise a cheerful Christmas tree going up in the centre of the village (and thank you to the kind donor who has generously given it to us) and all kinds of happy events over the weekend of December 14 to 17.

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS: It starts with our Sing-along-a-Santa on Friday December 14 at 7.30pm at All Saints’. Under the baton of Nick Howard, accompanied by Simon Hobbs, we’ll all be singing lustily every cheesy Christmas song you’ve ever heard, with a few Christmas readings to give our voices a break. There’ll be mulled wine in the interval and the event is unticketed, so just come along and join in. Retiring collection for our belfry roof repairs.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: On Saturday December 15 we will hold our Christmas Market in the centre of Waldron, from 9.30am to 3.30pm with the road closed to through traffic, lots of stalls with things to buy for Christmas, local crafts, a children’s pocket-money stall, hand-made chocolate, cards, fused glass, wine-tasting and sales, more mulled wine, hot chestnuts, and a tombola. The pub will also be offering barbecued bangers and burgers and the Stores will be selling special Christmas items, hampers and refreshments. Santa will be arriving in his horse-drawn carriage (he’s saving the reindeer for Christmas Eve) at 9.30am so bring your children along to welcome him in to the village with a loud cheer. He will be seeing children from 9.45am in his magical decorated Grotto and as we’re expecting lots of children, please book your child in advance, so we don’t disappoint anyone. Write to The Christmas Elf, Forest Lodge, Cane Heath, Arlington BN 26 6SJ enclosing details of your children’s names and ages (so that Santa gets the presents right), a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a cheque for £5 per child made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches. The charge includes not only the visit to Santa but also the morning workshop where children can stick, glue and colour things, (that’s from 11am to 1pm) and there’s a story-telling session from 2pm to 3pm to which both children and adults are welcome.

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: If none of the above is remotely interesting to you, what about going along to the State Hall in Heathfield the same day, at 7.30pm to hear Christmas Classics from the Heathfield Choral Society with Camerata of London. Tickets are £10 each if you book in advance and can be obtained through Peter Jameson on 01435 863414.

NINE LESSONS: The next day, Sunday December 16, there will be the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service at All Saints’ starting at 6.30pm. There’ll be appropriate readings and beautiful music and everyone is welcome. At lunch time the very cheery Wakin’ Snakes will perform at the Star from about 1pm.

MORE ON MONDAY: December 17, rounding off the weekend will be our Coffee and Carols session at All Saints’ when Linked Hands members and their friends (and anyone else who would like to come) are invited to enjoy coffee (and perhaps some mulled wine), and sing carols, starting at 10am. In the evening it will be the turn of the children of Cross in Hand who will tell the Christmas story of the Nativity, led by Fr Paul Cox. Join them at All Saints’ at 6.30pm and see the bible story unfold, acted and told by the children. Come in warm clothes and sensible shoes and bring a torch or lantern as some of it will be outside. Afterwards, you can enjoy seasonal tastings and nibbles in the Stores at Waldron and buy those last-minute tempting treats. Open till late.

CRIB SERVICE: And exactly one week later on Monday December 24, we will be celebrating Christmas, starting with the Crib Service at St Bartholomew’s, Cross in Hand at 4pm and Midnight Communion at All Saints’ Waldron, starting at 11.30pm. More details in next week’s Pump.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent, as we prepare for Christmas. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Christingle Service, when children receive their Christingles, of decorated oranges and candles, and we reflect on the coming of Jesus Christ as Light of the World. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion, 6.30pm United Benefice Advent Service at St John’s. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and communion with Rev David Laskey. 6.30pm Evening service with Keith Rolfe.