Parish Pump Uckfield - November 8, 2013

Bodle Street Green

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: St John’s Bodle Street, Warbleton Parish Church and St Giles, Dallington all have Remembrance Day Services starting at 10.50am.

BSG WI: Bodle Street WI has its AGM on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall. This is an opportunity to discuss the programme past and future, as well as the usual AGM business. Further information can be had from Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

CARMEN: This showing of the Opera on November 16 is sold out. If you would like to go on the reserve list, please phone Bryan on 01323 833554. If there is sufficient demand, a second showing may be arranged for early in the new year. The next event will be a family matinee showing of the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee at 3pm on Saturday December 7. Tickets include afternoon tea and are £3 for adults and £2 for children under 14, and are available from Bryan or Geoff on 01323 833343.


QUIZ: The monthly quiz evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common is being held this evening, Friday. Kick off is at 8pm and teams of six players are invited to go along. the licensed bar will be open.

TIDY UP: The autumnal clearance of St Bartholomew’s Churchyard will take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am. Volunteers are invited to go along and give a hand, taking along what equipment you can to tackle the brambles, leaves etc. There are all kinds of jobs need doing, some not quite so strenuous as others.

BOWLS CLUB QUIZ: Also tomorrow, Saturday, the short mat bowls club invite you to enter their fun general knowledge quiz. Teams of six players at £6 per person to include supper will go up against each other and our great quiz masters Terry Parker and Steve Bennett. Guests are invited to bring along their own drinks. Call Mary Taylor to book your team in, it isn’t too late.

PARADE: The annual Royal British Legion Remembrance Parade and Service will take place on Sunday. The parade will leave the Bear car park at 10.40am to the war memorial where wreaths will be laid at 11am. A Service of Remembrance in St Bartholomew’s Church will follow this. They will then parade back to the car park and fall out.

DINNER: On Monday morning there will be a minute’s silence at the memorial. In the evening the annual RBL dinner will take place at the Bear Inn. To book your place you need to contact Steve Mintram with your choice of menu. Three courses £20 per person. Raffle prizes would be gratefully received.

AFTER EIGHT: The Burwash Common After Eight club will meet on Tuesday from 7.30pm in the Pavilion. Their speaker will be Betty McBride who will be giving a talk on The Power of Brands. The club have received a letter from Demelza thanking them for the donation from the quiz evening in September. Call Jan McCartney to find out more about this club and how to join.

BLG: On Wednesday, the Burwash Ladies Group will meet at the village hall from 2.15pm. The members will hear about Mad Jack Fuller of Brightling. New members are always welcome to go along. The outing this month is to see Oklahoma. For more details about the group why not go along on Wednesday.

SOUP LUNCH: The annual charity soup lunch is being held in the village hall on Thursday from 12.30pm for 1pm. Tickets are £7.50 each. Available will be at least six delicious home made soups. These will be followed by scrummy desserts. Soft drinks will be available, please bring your own wine if you wish. To book please call Mary Taylor 01435 882107. There will also be a raffle and tombola to help raise even more for The Admiral Nurses for dementia care in the home.

BOWLS: Last week the bowls club had a tough time when they met last year’s league winners Pevensey at home. In the triples Alan Green, Keith and Angela Marden played hard but lost 8-15, while Mick Moore, Stephen Trew and Joan Howard also lost 6-12. After tea break the pairs played with Mary Chadburn and Mary Taylor playing well and just losing out 12-15 while Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood lost a close fought game 9-10. Well done Pevensey.

ONE MAN THEATRE: Next Saturday, November 9, local internationally renowned, one man theatre, Brian D Barnes will be performing Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. He will be on stage at the village hall from 7.30pm. Brian, who is celebrating his 60th year as a professional actor, invites you to join him. Tickets are £12 for adults, children and students £6. They are on sale at the Burwash Newsagents.

FIRST AID: There is to be a basic first aid course on Saturday November 30 at the Wadhurst Fire Station. This is open to anyone who wishes to be aware of how first aid can save lives. Places are limited so you need to book in early, and takes place from 2pm until 5.30pm. Call Margery Masters on 01580 200378 to book.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 10.45am Remembrance Sunday East Hoathly; 10.45am Remembrance Sunday Chiddingly.

THE TWINNING SOCIETY are hoping to encourage new faces, particularly those with young families, to make the trip to our twin village of Juziers in France next year (probably in May 2014). Please come along for an informal presentation of photographs and videos and meet some current Twinners. The venue is the Forester’s Arms at 6pm on Tuesday November 19. This will be followed by the AGM at 7.30pm. For further information, please contact John Graham on 07939 223413 or e-mail at The recent Twinning Quiz Night was a great success, thanks to the more than 50 people who turned up to support the event. We raised nearly £300 and this will enable us to offer heavily discounted seats on the coach at £15 per head to anyone under 18 years old or still in full-time education who would like to make the trip to Juziers next year.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 8 November 1759: ‘In the even went down to Mr Porter’s and paid him cash 2s and 6s he owed me for 12 load of dung, makes together the sum of 8s which is in full for one year’s tithe due at St Michael last...’


QUIZ: Saturday November 16 FCS Quiz Night. Tickets £10 to include supper. Teams of six or eight. Raffle, licensed Bar. Contact Jan on 01825 713477 or Louise on 01825 712518 (waiting list only).

MARKET: Saturday November 16, market in village hall, 10am to noon.

XMAS BAZAAR: Saturday November 23, Xmas Bazaar in Fairwarp Village Hall 2pm to 4pm. Entrance 50p. Gift stalls, tombola, cakes, raffle, children’s lucky dip, teas and much more. Contact Jenny on 01825 712188 for more details.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS: The new recycling regime introduced by Wealden District Council has now been operational for 13 weeks and it’s rapidly descending into farce. The scheme was born of the best intentions. Wealden, Rother and Eastbourne joined forces to set up the Joint Waste Contract whereby resources would be pooled in an aim to improve services and cut costs. Residents were issued with extra bins and told far more waste could now be recycled. The scheme was launched in July with fanfares and the problems began. To start with, we all believed Wealden’s promises that things could only get better but, I’m sorry to say, they have got worse. Now we have Lewes MP and Home Office minister Norman Baker pitching in on behalf of his constituents in Alfriston and Polegate. Norman is a tough talking terrier of an MP, once he has his teeth into a cause he seldom lets go. He has already been in touch with the Minister for Community and Local Government highlighting the problems faced by residents and the costs faced by councils. Cllr Rowena Moore hits back at Mr Baker accusing him of making political capital out of the issue but, on the contrary, he is taking up cudgels on behalf of families who say, time and time again, they cannot contact the council and if they do, promises are made and not kept. People I meet say the vehicles used to handle collections in rural areas are too large to penetrate country lanes and often the drivers do not know where they are. Last week my recycling and that of my neighbours was once again left on the pavement and that was five days before last Monday’s storms. I have bins sitting forlornly outside my gate and, because the recycling bin is full, I have to load up the landfill waste bin which is already overflowing. What will happen to the green waste, I dread to think. The bin is already full of leaves and twigs brought down in gales. I can’t begin to understand how Wealden and neighbouring councils can say, as they do, that 98 per cent collections are going ahead according to schedule. It’s just not true. The system worked perfectly well before it was changed.

HEALTH: From brickbats to bouquets. Compliments are due to the small, rural GP surgery in Punnetts Town, ancillary to the mother health centre in Hailsham. People in Wealden complain they have to ring at, say 8am, to book an appointment with their GPs in towns and villages, but lines are constantly busy and when they do get through they discover they cannot be seen for a week. In Punnetts Town, my family find they can ring at any time in the morning, can usually obtain an early appointment at a time to suit and, if the matter is urgent, they can attend open surgery whereby a doctor will see them once all booked appointments have been dealt with. This usually involves a wait of about an hour, seldom more, and works with super-efficiency, thanks to the highly competent team of receptionists.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday. All Saints Old Heathfield 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10.45am Remembrance Service. Please note earlier start. St George’s Broad Oak 9.3am Family Service. There will be a Christmas Craft Fair on November 16 from 10am to 4pm at All Saints.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with act of Remembrance. Tuesday 1.30pm to 3pm Toddler group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, November 16, 9am Parish Prayers in church.10am to noon Christmas Fair in the church hall. 7pm St Richard’s Quiz night in the church hall, tables of six £6 per person to include ploughman’s supper. To book a table call 01435 862362.

NEW DEPUTY HEAD: All Saint’s and St Richard’s Church of England Primary School is pleased to announce the appointment of a new deputy headteacher for the new school year. Miss Jo Horton joins the teaching team with responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment in reception and KS 1. Miss Horton started her teaching career at Parkside Primary School and taught in Reception, Year one and two becoming Key Stage one leader. However, most recently she was a teaching and learning consultant leading on Literacy and Early Years for the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service.

CLIPPER RACE: Jules Hermansky, 24 year old amateur jockey, is about to head to Cape Town to set sail for Australia from where she will take part in two legs of the 30,000 mile Clipper Race, the longest ocean race and only event for amateurs. She says she is very excited about the life-changing adventure for amateur sailors from all walks of life. Jules can’t wait to be tested, frightened, cold and challenged. She is excited to be part of the team-led environment. We hope to be posting some of Jules’ tales from the Southern Ocean as the race gets underway.

Horam & Vines Cross

ART EXHIBITION and sale of work at the Horam Centre, Friday November 15, 6pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 10am to 4pm. Following the success of their exhibition in May Andy Thurgood, Norman Starley and Penelope Coomber, the three local artists, are looking forward to a second exhibition including many new works. Come along and enjoy the art. You may find a unique Christmas present.

Isfield & Little Horsted

FETE ORGANISERS: The trio of Bev and Jim Ashwood and Andy Brooks laid the foundations in 2004 and subsequently saw the very successful building of Isfield’s village fetes over the years, but now they feel some fresh blood is needed to take over organising the popular annual event. Andy says: ‘We need some new people who are prepared to get their hands dirty. There’s a fair bit of work in organising the fete. Lots of people have helped in many ways over the years, but now we need two or more people to take charge of the reins.’ The original three principal organisers are happy to continue for next year, the fete is scheduled to be held on June 29, but feel that some volunteers prepared to take a bit more responsibility, and ultimately lead the team a year later, would be very welcome. The fete usually raises between £2,000 and £3,000 a year for local causes, which in the past have included repairs to the village hall roof, providing the village sign across the road from the recreation field, helping the village’s pre-school play group and assisting with funding for village defibrillators. A regular and very popular feature of each year’s event is a fun dog show, but among other attractions have been terrier racing, dancing displays and host of sideshows and stalls. Andy can be contacted on 01825349 and Jim and Bev on 01825 750456.

MICK GOLBY: Sorry to report the death of Mick Golby, affectionately known as Mick The Sticks to his many friends and acquaintances. Mick, who lived in Uckfield but took a very active interest in Isfield social affairs such as Toad and darts at a local hostelry, died at his home last week. He used to work for East Sussex County Council’s education department and latterly at Lewes Priory. One Isfield friend sent to Facebook: ‘Mick was quite possibly the nicest and most genuine bloke you could ever want to meet.’

GETTING CLOSER: I’ll say it quietly for the sake of harassed mums …Christmas is now just a few weeks away, and Santa is working overtime to get all his jobs completed. He’ll be busy in Isfield in the run-up to this festive season, putting in appearances at the Lavender line railway station in the village on several weekends and providing presents for children who visit. Full details at or 01825 750515 on Sundays.

A QUESTION OF...: Quiz enthusiasts might like to note in their diaries Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society will hold a quiz at Isfield Village Hall on the evening of December 7. Tickets at £7 a head include food to be prepared by Glyndebourne Opera House chef Nik, and are available at The Laughing Fish pub.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Sunday November 10, Parish Eucharist (10.30am) to include an act of Remembrance at 11am; Service of Remembrance led by the Royal British Legion (3pm); Remembrance Day concert (6.30pm).

CONTACT: If you have an item of interest, please email details, and a contact phone number if possible, to

Mayfield & Five Ashes

POST OFFICE NEWS: Mayfield has lost its Post Office. Postmaster Paul Money writes: It is with great regret that, due to irreconcilable differences with my partner, I made the sad decision to resign from my position as Postmaster of Mayfield Post Office. This decision was not taken lightly, not least because I have had so much support from many Mayfield residents and I did not want to let them down. But, despite taking legal and professional advice and putting forward a proposition in an attempt to resolve the situation, this proposal was turned down out of hand and no viable or acceptable alternatives were given in response. I offer my sincere thanks to all Post Office customers and hope the Post Office authorities find a way to provide some essential services to satisfy their needs. Many people say Mayfield Post Office has been one of the most successful in the area and hope the service can resume in some way. Talks are going on and in the meantime, the Scouts are lending their community minibus so Paul can provide free transport to and from Heathfield Post Office on Thursdays and to provide enough time for a bit of shopping and maybe a quick cuppa. The minibus will leave the Middle House bus stop at 10am picking up at Five Ashes Village Hall at 10.05am. It will return from Heathfield Post office at 11.30am. It will leave again from Middle House bus stop at 12.30pm, plus pick up at Five Ashes Village Hall at 12.35pm, and then return from Heathfield Post Office at 2pm. The dates booked so far are Thursday November 14, 21 and 28.

CONCERT: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees renowned jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth visit Mayfield to give a charity concert. St Dunstan’s welcomes her on her new tour and album release Live to Love. This charity concert with jazz and blues pianist from Memphis, Tennessee, Charlie Wood, is at 7.30pm. The cash bar will open from 7pm. If there are any tickets still available they can be booked from the Parish Office on 01435 873484. There are £20 full view tickets and £15 restricted view including the back of the chancel behind the quartet. Any funds raised will be split between the overseas charity Friends of the Holy Land and general church funds and the Friends of St Dunstan’s are very grateful to the Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin Trust for sponsoring this exciting concert.

BONFIRE EVENT: The annual Bonfire Event will be held at Five Ashes Village Hall and the Memorial Playing Field tonight, Friday, from 6pm. There will be a spectacular fire work display, bonfire, refreshments of homemade soup and locally-made sausages in rolls. Ticket prices have been kept the same as last year. Adults £6, children (up to 16 years) £3 and a family ticket (two adults, two children) £15. Tickets are available from The Five Ashes Inn, Sue Wren 01825 830520, Penny Kemp 01825 830748 and Kas Shepperson 01825 831945.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: On Saturday, November 16 the annual Christmas Coffee Morning takes place. Everyone is welcome to go along to the Scout and Guide Hall from 10am to 12.30pm. Stalls will be selling hospice Christmas cards, cakes and savouries, hospice trade goods, hand-crafted goods and there will be a raffle. Coffees and teas will be served along with home-made mince pies.

CIRCLE DANCE: On Thursday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm all are welcome to join in to dance in St Dunstans. There will be a break during the evening to enjoy coffee and homemade cake. Soft shoes are recommended. Donations are welcome to support the Hospice in the Weald. As well as this meeting, people can also join in for weekly evenings of dance every Tuesday in the Scout and Guide Hall from 8am to 9.45pm. Circle dance can be enjoyed by almost everyone, no previous experience is necessary, and no partner is needed as all dances are done holding hands in a circle. They share dances from many parts of the world including Greece, Israel, Russia, etc as well as dances from the UK and Ireland, some are old and some newly choreographed to modern music. Circle dance groups are friendly, relaxing and inclusive. All dances are walked through carefully. For further details please phone Ranna Hurst on 01435 873432.

DANCE FITNESS: Friday nights are going to be party night. Bokwa Free Taster Class tonight at 7.30pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall. For more information email

AGM: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church AGM will be held on Monday at 7.30pm in St Dunstan’s Church. They intend to discuss plans for the celebration of the Friends’ 20th anniversary next year so please go along and give them your views. They look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the meeting. The Friends remit is focussed exclusively on raising funds for the preservation and maintenance of the church building and was set up as a charitable trust to enable everyone in the village and beyond to contribute towards this goal. Joining forms can be found in the back of the church. Annette Nabavi, chairman 01435 873476.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Sunday is Remembrance day this year. The Act of Remembrance at the Mayfield War Memorial will held at 10.45am followed, on conclusion of the ceremony, by an ecumenical Service of Remembrance in St Dunstan’s Church. The War Memorial at Five Ashes will be re-dedicated, following its renovation, as part of the Remembrance Service. Accordingly the ceremony there will begin at 2.15pm instead of the customary 2.30pm. Fr Nigel Prior has agreed to conduct the service. The Service of Remembrance at St Mark’s Church, Hadlow Down will start at 3pm. The War Memorial at Five Ashes will be re-dedicated, following its renovation, as part of the Remembrance Service. Accordingly the ceremony there will begin at 2.15pm instead of the customary 2.30pm. Fr Nigel Prior has agreed to conduct the service. The Service of Remembrance at St Mark’s Church, Hadlow Down will commence at 3pm.

PHOENIX PLAYERS: Tickets for the November 21, 22 and 23 production of A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie are on sale at £9. The venue is the Memorial Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm curtain up. Licensed bar. Tickets available via emailing

RNLI: A reminder they will be holding their Autumn Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at London House at 10am. As well as coffee, there will be a selection of cakes, savouries and produce for sale. There will also be lifeboat calendars, diaries and cards and a raffle. Also, you can test your skill by judging the weight of a cake. For more details or if you would like to give us produce to sell, please ring John Logan on 01435 883371.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. Each week they have a good selection of cakes,savoury item, vegetables, as well as plants. greetings cards and knitted items. On Friday November 22 they will have Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies and many other goodies on display. Orders can be taken for collection on Friday December 20.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon in the village hall Kit Wilson will hold an Animal Charities Christmas Fair from 2pm. There will be a raffle, bric-a-brac, book stall, cake stall and refreshments will be available. For details call 01824 723433.

CHURCH SERVICES this weekend at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30am with the Remembrance Sunday Service. If you require a lift to church please book in advance by telephoning 722582.

AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The next production is in the village hall from Wednesday December 4 to Saturday December 7, doors open at 7.15pm curtain up at 8pm. They will be presenting Out of Order, a comedy by Ray Cooney directed by Mike Morton-George. When Richard Wyllie, a Government Junior Minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington, who works for the leader of the opposition, things go disastrously wrong, beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window. Calling on his PPS, George Pigden, to help get him out of this extremely sticky situation things just go from bad to worse. Tickets are £9, this will include a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and cushioned raked seating. Booking office 01825 722359 or 722985, tickets are also available from the Newick Butchers or by

CHARITY FAIR: Don’t forget the Ascalon Annual Charity Craft Fair is on from November 8 to 16. All the proceeds are for St Peters and St James, open from 9am till 4pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB are off to visit Glyndebourne for a look behind the scenes tour on Thursday. To book your place for £12.50 telephone 01825 722154 or 722650 in advance.

AGM: Also on Thursday Newick Horticultural Society are holding their AGM at 8pm in the village hall. The Photographic Competition entries will be on display, there will also be refreshments after the business part of the evening has concluded. There will also be a display information of the planned talks for 2014, plus a history of the society.

DIARY DATES: Wednesday November 20, annual Church Supper Quiz in the school hall from 7pm. Please telephone 01825 723750 to book your place. Thursday November 21, Newick Twinning Association AGM in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Friday November 22, Motown Music in the village hall. For further details ring 01825 722583.


RANA: Our daughter Rana’s pregnant. Yeah yeah, how nice, you’ll think. But this is a Miracle Baby. She was being assessed for IVF treatment and now it’s happened naturally. You never know what Mother Nature is going to do.

EXHIBITION: Visit Uckfield Art Group’s Autumn Exhibition to enjoy paintings, drawings, prints and greeting cards. Some of the prints will have been the inspiration behind a selection of the displayed art work which visitors may find interesting. Delicious home-made cakes and a warming brew will be served throughout the event which takes place 10am to 4pm on Saturday November 16. The Theme Corner will be Water, Water Everywhere. There will be Artists in Action working on their latest project and pre-owned art books to inspire. There will be the opportunity to vote for your favourite picture and the artist with the most votes will be awarded the Tom Broad Trophy. They will be able to hold on to it until the Summer Exhibition when voting takes place again. The children’s craft table will have an autumn/Christmas theme. If you would like to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer please bring in washed plastic milk bottle tops with a 2, 02, 4 or 04 in the recycling triangle. Free entry and plenty of free parking surrounding the Luxford Centre.

HOLY CROSS CHURCH Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, the Weald Hall at the Civic Centre from 10am to 3pm. You’ll find cakes, preserves, hampers, needlework, jewellery, gifts, woodwork, decorations, children’s clothes, books, tombolas, and a raffle with 1st prize of £100 (to be drawn on December 7 during the Festival of Christmas Trees). There’ll also be a craft table for children. Admission 20p.

FILM SOCIETY: The November film, Beyond the Hills, is about two women who have grown up together in an orphanage and have gone their separate ways, one spending seven years in Germany, the other in a Romanian monastery, who now reunite. A story of religious fanaticism, murder, demonic possession and repressed sexuality, it can be seen at Uckfield Picture House on Sunday at 8pm. Ring 01825 764909 for membership details.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Our annual Remembrance Sunday service takes place this Sunday and will start as usual at 10.50am promptly. This is so that we can read the names of our village dead before the 11am two minutes’ silence. The service will be followed by laying wreaths at the War Memorial and car drivers are asked not to drive through the gathering but to stop their engines and wait until the service is over before moving on.

BOOK EXCHANGE: New in our telephone box in The Street is an eclectic mix of books, on two shelves, and they’re there for you. We may not have a library building but we can share our books, so if you’re looking for something to read, open the door and take your pick. If you leave a title you’ve enjoyed in exchange, then the system’s working. Thanks to Mary Wilkinson whose idea this is, and who got the books together from several friends, to husband Roy who made the two sturdy shelves and fitted them, and a pat on the back for Roy and Richard Caswell who are keeping the box in good shape. By the way, Roy tells me the door is showing its age and is a bit crumbly, but he and Richard are doing something about it, don’t worry. When I passed the box this week, Roy was just putting in a new light, this is real community at work.

WALDRON ON FILM: Our film day is on Saturday November 23. Ray Russell, who can trace his ancestry in Waldron for several centuries, has made a short film about the village, using photographs and film taken during the past century. It’s almost a poem to the village and having seen it, I suspect many of you will want to buy copies for yourself or those with connections in Waldron. We will be launching Ray’s film and also showing Finding Esther (our village’s famous whodunnit). We will have two performances at 2.30pm (including tea and biscuits) and 7pm (with a glass of wine) in the Lucas Hall. Tickets are £3 per head (available from the Stores at Waldron or from Heathfield Art and Books ) and Ray’s film, price £5 per DVD will be on sale after the showings. Any profits will go to the Friends of Waldron Churches for repairs and improvements to our two churches. Places are restricted.

CHRISTMAS MARKET Our Christmas market is on Saturday December 14 this year and will be combined with lovely events for children, a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto, a make-and-do workshop and a story-telling session will all be covered by one £5 ticket per child. Book their places in advance by picking up a form at the Stores in Waldron, Heathfield Art and Books, or write 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.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

STORM DAMAGE: We only had a few branches snapped etc, but others have not fared so well. Just up the road from us, an oak tree fell across the road bringing down the main BT cable, and disconnecting out neighbours’ phone. The main cable was rather low, and following the inevitable delay by Openreach a tall vehicle snapped the cable cutting off Kingsley Hill and beyond from phone service. I saw that Rookery Lane also has some of its service interrupted as well. At the time of writing (Tuesday) the repairs are stilling waiting to be done. This is not acceptable, especially as businesses rely of phone and broadband. Calls can be redirected to mobiles, but reception in these here hills is not wonderful.

FILM SHOW: Heathfield resident A W Knapman made a series of videos (VHS) about the Heathfield area in the mid 1990s, using contemporary video footage of the area today and comparing it with old photographs. His knowledge of the people and places shines through. He has given permission for these to be digitised. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Dunn Village Hall is putting on a show of footage from these videos at 2pm for 2.30pm. It is fascinating to see how things have changed since the 90s. Tickets (£5 adults, £2.50 children) are available from The Stores, Sarah on 01435 863727 or Pauline on 812627, or just turn up. Proceeds for hall funds. There is some confusion around whether this is the same as the history group films on Monday. They are completely different.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Warbleton Parish Church, St John’s Bodle Street and St Giles, Dallington all have Remembrance Day Services starting at 10.50am. Heathfield Chapel: 10.50am Morning Worship (including remembrance) led by Peter Barrie representing The Slavic Gospel Association.

HISTORY GROUP: The speaker on Monday evening at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall is John Bishop who will illustrate Sussex in the 1960s using vintage films. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and our bookstall is open. Please note this is different from the film show described above.

WARBLETON BAND has a Quiz Night at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday November 16 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Teams of six are invited to enter. Entry is £5 per person, tea and coffee are available. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Book with Cath on 01435 813359. The band will give their Christmas Concert on Sunday December 8 at 2pm, in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. Entry is free with retiring collection. There will be a raffle and refreshments available. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music including some of your festive favourites. The band donates 50 percent of all collections from Carol Playing and their Christmas Concert to a chosen charity. This year it will be towards the renovation of the bells of Warbleton Church.

NEW PCSO: Iain Tomsett succeeds Liz McDonagh as our Police Community Support Officer. Tel: 101 Ext. 568700 Mobile 07787685754.