Parish Pump Uckfield - November 9, 2012

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CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 10.50am Remembrance Day service. Warbleton Parish Church: 10.50am Remembrance Day service. St Giles, Dallington: 10.50am Remembrance Day service.

WI: The Institute meets at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall.

ELECTION: You should have received a polling card for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Our polling station is the village hall and is open from 7am to 10pm. Please note that it shuts at 10pm. If you have a voting slip in your hand at that time, you can vote. I have had no literature from any of the candidates, but you can log on to the Choose My PCC website or phone 0800 1 07 07 08.

JUBILEE: With all the hype surrounding the Olympics and a terrible summer, it is easy to forget we are still in Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year. Last Friday evening a Jubilee Tree was planted on the Green in Bodle Street with due ceremony by the Chairman of Warbleton Parish Council, Councillor Bryan Whitton. This was followed by a Dedication by our Rector the Reverend Marc Lloyd. Afterwards refreshments and fireworks were enjoyed by a large group of local residents. Many thanks to those who organised the event.


QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz night at the Pavilion in Burwash Common at 7.30pm. These monthly quizzes are a lot of fun and you are invited to enter a team of up to six players. The general knowledge questions will give you food for thought as you try to find the right answers. To find out more please call Karol Richardson on 01435 883318.

CONCERT: Warbleton Brass Band will give a concert for Remembrance tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall at 3pm. They will be playing in support of The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. Tickets are £5 each available at the door. A raffle and refreshments will be available.

SERVICES: The Remembrance Services will be held in St Bartholomew’s church on Sunday. The parade will gather at the Bear car park and march to the War Memorial at 10.45am, where prayers will be said and wreaths laid. The parade will then enter the church for the service. Afterwards the parade will fall in and march back to the car park. You are all invited to go along and gives thanks to those who gave so much for us. There will also be a Service of Remembrance at St Philip’s Church in Burwash Common at 10.50am.

BLG: Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday at the village hall at 2.15pm. They will be entertained by guest speaker Kathy Fordham with Life on the Farm. New members and visitors are always welcome. The afternoon will end with tea and a raffle. The groups outing this month is a visit to Pirates of Penzance at Tunbridge Wells.

BRIDGE: Next Friday, November 16, there is to be a fun bridge afternoon at the pavilion in Burwash Common at 12.30pm. Players of all abilities are invited to go along especially if you have a sense of humour. Partners are not essential as you will change partners several times during the afternoon. Entrance fees are £10 each and include tapas lunch tea/coffee. Cold drinks will be available at the bar. Play will start at 2pm. Please call either Anne Gray on 01435 8882442 or Susana Price 01435 863332 to book. All proceeds to Admiral Nurses for East Sussex Dementia UK. Charity number 1039404.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Bookings are now being taken for the Christmas Day lunch for those who will be on their own this year. The festive lunch is held in the Burwash Village Hall from 12.30pm for 1pm. If your family are unable to be with you or you have no-one, then regardless of age you are welcome to join us, at a small charge of £10 per person. You will receive a warm welcome and a delicious three course lunch with coffee and mints to end it. If you would like to be included then please ring Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

POSTAL QUIZ: Copies of the postal quiz are selling well, but there are still a few left. These quizzes are used to raise funds for different charities. This year it is for the Christmas lunch for those alone. For £2 you get 100 questions and over a month to complete it. Fifteen percent of out takings will be the first prize. All the answers are famous or fictional Johns’ or Richards. To receive a copy please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.


BUXTED WI: The wind was whipping up the autumn leaves and helping to blow everyone along to the Reading Room for the November meeting. Warm and cosy inside, members gathered around the bring and buy stall busily exchanging books, CDs and anything else that took their fancy. President Ann Tricker opened the meeting and Evelyn Smith read us a beautiful poem that she has written about Autumn, then as stand in secretary for the afternoon she dealt with the correspondence, informing us of various events, Christmas markets, courses etc. Dates for our diaries include the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield on December 12 at 2.30pm. We had no guest speaker this month as it was our annual meeting so the next hour was devoted to hearing various reports compiled and read by our committee members. We then discussed several issues and points to be raised at the AGM in May 2013. Votes were taken by those present to elect our President for the coming year. Ann Tricker gained the majority of votes and accepted the post again much to everyone’s delight. Beautifully crafted birthday cards made by our own Kath Warner were handed out to Jane Godfrey, Sandra Hatswell, Helen Moran and Peggy Wright. Kath herself celebrating a November birthday was presented with a card by Ann Tricker. The winner of our competition An Autumnal arrangement was won by Evelyn Smith with Hilary Quinn second and Kirsty Brown third. The Flower of The Month competition was won by: 1, Hilary Quinn; 2, Shirley Isted; 3, Helen Moran and Helen Reynolds. Our Christmas Lunch this year will be held on December 6 at 12.45pm for 1pm lunch and members are reminded to please bring their own cutlery with them. Also for those wishing to take part in the Bran Tub, bring a gift valued approx £2 wrapped with a ribbon. We look forward to the festive season and all that goes with it. (Mary Mustin).

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TWINNING SOCIETY: Just another reminder the forthcoming AGM will be in the Belmont Room of the village hall at 7pm for 7.30pm on Tuesday. Existing Twinners and anyone resident in the parish with an interest in things French are very welcome. In 2013, it is our turn to host our friends from Juziers and anyone wishing to be involved or to simply find out more, please come along. For further information, please telephone John Graham on 07939 223413 or Andrea Goodridge on 01825 840476.

AGE CONCERN: The next coffee morning for Age Concern will be tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.30am until noon in the village hall. The East Hoathly District is looking for volunteers with a few hours to spare helping at the monthly Pop-In lunches and bingo sessions. Please call Jean Barnes on 01825 872145 if you feel that you could help.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The AGM and Quiz Evening will be on Friday November 16 at 7.30pm. £5 a head for wine and cheese buffet supper. Please tell Jane Tarry 840575 or Rosemary Akehurst 840708 if you would like to take part, for catering numbers.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The Christmas shop located in the cellar of the Village Stores will be opening on Monday.

CHURCH SERVICES: The Remembrance Service will be held at both East Hoathly and Chiddingly churches on Sunday at 10.45am.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Thursday 15 November 1759. ‘…We got to Alfriston at 4.30. We supped with Mr Elless at his lodgings on a fine piece of beef roasted, a currant pond pudding, a currant suet pudding and a butter pudding cake.’


DON’T FORGET: The Steering Group for the Neighbourhood Development Plan are holding a Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, in Fairwarp Village Hall at 10am. This is your chance to have your say on the future of Fairwarp so do please go along to see the displays and share your opinions.

SUNDAY is Remembrance Sunday. Services will take place across the country. The one at the Airman’s Grave on the forest is always very moving and well attended. The memorial commemorates the six aircrew who died on 31 July 1941 when their Wellington bomber crashed returning from a bombing raid on Cologne. Lest We Forget.

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QUIZ: Cross in Hand CEP School is holding a quiz night at the school from 7.30pm on November 16. It costs just £30 per team (up to six people.) Bring your own food and drink. For details contact Denise Ambrose on 07899 822723 or email

ACCIDENT: I think we are all recovering from the dreadful road crash on the B2102 which claimed the lives of two Heathfield people last week. This is the fourth fatal smash on this road in the past four years. I would think this alone would prompt East Sussex County Council to deliver an effective range of safety measures, the highways department assesses levels of road improvements on the level of injury or death accidents on a certain stretch of road and this certainly fulfils their criteria. My wife travels this road, down to Halland and onwards to Lewes every day. There are some straight, fast stretches and the treeline extends to the roadside with totally inadequate fencing, many is the time we have had to slam our brakes on or swerve to avoid livestock on the road. I know you are meant to go straight ahead and hit anything that runs out in front of you, but I am afraid instinct so often kicks in. People overtake at upwards of 70mph, sit so close behind their headlight dazzle (and I am not a pedestrian driver) and veer outwards to avoid vehicles which have to poke their noses out of side turnings in order to see whether it is clear to pull out. People living in and near Blackboys say the junction changes implemented do nothing to improve safety and must have cost a great deal of money. Because of the tree cover the highway surface is often damp and leaf-covered and there are numerous potholes, as we both know to our cost. Surely now someone must be prompted, encouraged or bullied into making this road, albeit a B-road, still a busy and main route to Lewes and the A27 westbound for many commuters safer. Double white lines, fencing, lighting, signage, I don’t know what could be improved, but something must be, in order to cut the carnage.

DIAMOND WEDDING: Congratulations to Rosemary and Peter Baitup who celebrated their diamond wedding at the end of October. Rosemary lives at Heffle Court and Peter visits her every day. Rosemary was just 17 when she met Peter during a weekly dance at the State Hall. The Army intervened but the couple then settled in Burwash and had four children, Marion, Maureen, Andrew and Stephen. Heffle Court staff say Peter and Rosemary are both hugely popular with everyone. And they laid on a proper party for the pair.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Crafts, gifts, vintage finds, storytelling, demonstrations, antiques and interesting things at a Christmas Fair on November 17 at State Hall between 10am and 3pm. Proceeds to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

RECYCLING: Wealden, Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne district councils have jointly awarded a ten-year contract to deliver waste and recycling collections, street cleansing and beach cleaning to Kier Service Environmental. East Sussex County Council, as the waste disposal authority, has also agreed to the scheme. There have been some rumblings in the press, including this newspaper, about the privatisation of this contract. The main hope is that a) the service does not reduce, we are told kerbside recycling will now include glass bottles but we are concerned that container sizes might be reduced? Watch this space. The contract, which will cover nearly 200,000 properties over a 550sq mile area, is expected to save the partnership an estimated £30million over the next decade. Awarded after a process of competitive tendering, the circa £12m per annum contract will have an optional ten-year extension. There will be a phased start to the four councils’ services, with Eastbourne and Wealden beginning on April 1 2013, followed by Hastings in July 2013 and Rother in April 2014. Kier Environmental MD Nicola Peake said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected by the partnership in what was a very competitive bidding process. Our first priority will be to immediately mobilise our expertise to ensure we can start providing the very best service from day one. Our overall vision is to unify the provision of services across the partnership area to provide best value for residents and a truly integrated environmental service which meets and surpasses the aims and aspirations of the Partnership, residents and local business. A contract management process has been agreed with the Partnership to ensure the service maintains a high standard.’ A formal contract signing will take place in early December.

AGE CONCERN: We’ve received this from Age Concern and are delighted to print it: We are delighted to announce that John Willson, our hospital car manager, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by Age UK in recognition of his exceptional contribution to charitable work. As many of you will know John not only manages the service but he also drives many miles to take people to appointments himself. He is on the road almost every day of the week. John puts in an extraordinary amount of time and energy into the car service and this award is richly deserved. John received his award from Baroness Cumberledge of Newick at the October AGM of East Sussex Age UK in Bexhill. Age Concern’s voluntary car service has been busy this year. Up to September they have provided 1255 journeys, of which 449 were to hospitals, and 27 to audiology in Eastbourne. You may also be interested to know that over the past 12 months our mini buses have provided 403 journeys carrying 4022 passengers. We are always looking for more volunteer drivers for the minibuses or the car service. Anyone can drive the minibus by showing a member of the committee that they are safe to drive the minibus. If you are over 70 you can still volunteer to drive the minibus as long as you pass the medical carried out by your doctor, any payment for this will be covered by Age Concern. Please call any Clarence or John if you are interested in volunteering. Now that we are Friends of Age UK we thought we should remind you about the services offered by Age UK. Advice on organising your care and support, advocacy, benefits advice, day care, falls prevention, foot care, IT computer training, other social activities, shopping, social care advice, support with recovery, visiting, befriending. On Wednesday, November 28 Dorothy Cull has arranged an outing to Jempsons in Peasmarsh, near Rye. Watch the master baker Arthur at work as he produces bread from scratch using traditional skill handed down from Grandpa Jempson, followed by Julie the confectioner who will share with you her skill in cake decoration. Plus lots of good things to buy. The coach will be leaving Heathfield car park (next to the Fire Station) at noon, and will stop in Horam at around 12.15pm at Cherry Tree Court and the Church for Horam residents. The cost is £23 which includes entrance, refreshments and coach fare. Please ring Dorothy Cull on 01435 812093 to make a booking and for further details. More outings next year starting in the spring, please call Dorothy in the new year to indicate early interest or with ideas.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Mill Road car park, Heathfield, GR 577213 at 10am or in the lane beside the school in Maynards Green GR 582184 at 10.15am for a six mile circular walk. Ring 01435 866047.

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FURNITURE SHOP: The Hospice in the Weald is opening a new furniture shop in Five Ashes. After many years standing empty, Moyses Barn, the home of Five Ashes Furniture, is once more back in use. The new Five Ashes furniture shop features stunning bedroom furniture including king size supers and childrens cabin beds. They have a great selection of living room furniture including Ercol dressers, G Plan display counters and sofa beds. The full range of Hospice in the Weald Christmas cards and gifts are also available. Head of retail at Hospice in the Weald, Nick Farthing said: ‘We are delighted to be opening our new furniture shop in Five Ashes and we are really grateful to all our hard working staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to get the new shop up and running. I would urge local people to call in our fantastic new shop, meet the team and pick up a great furniture bargain. Every purchase or donation to the shop goes straight to Hospice in the Weald and really does make a big difference to the £5 million we need to raise each and every year’ To find out more about our new furniture shop contact Chris Sharp on 01892 820550. To speak to someone about volunteering opportunities, contact Julia Cronin on 01892 820529.

PHOENIX PLAYERS: Rehearsals for Calendar Girls are well under way. Hopefully you will have seen posters locally advertising the production. Tickets have been selling like the proverbial hot cakes, or in this case maybe buns. As they are practically sold out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday they are putting on an extra performance on Wednesday, November 21 at the Memorial Hall at 7.45pm. Tickets are available from Burnett’s Estate Agents, High Street, (01435 874450) price £8 with discounts for groups of ten or more. You will have seen several of the actors before, and some are newcomers to Phoenix, but you will probably not have seen so much of them as before. There will be a 2013 calendar on sale at each performance, sponsored by Janet Duchesne and Steve Knowlden and profits will go to Leukaemia Research.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Notification was received from Sue Sadler, County Secretary, late last month that the membership council of the Legion had formally approved Branch status for Mayfield. By the time this Newsletter is published the interim committee will have met members new and old and an elected entity with a mandate to pursue Legion aims and objectives will be in place. The meeting took place as advertised at 3pm on Wednesday, October 24 at the Mayfield Cricket Club. Grateful thanks have been expressed and are reiterated here to Heathfield Branch who took them under their wing in 2003 and who by their friendly support and inspiration made Branch reform possible. The signing of the Armistice at 11am on the November 11 1918 marked the cessation of hostilities in the 1914 to 1918 conflict and this year coincides with Remembrance Sunday. In Mayfield both will be commemorated commencing 10.45am at the War Memorial followed on conclusion by the full service in St Dunstan’ Church. In Five Ashes the commemoration will commence at 2.30pm at the War Memorial and at Hadlow Down at 3pm in St Mark’s Church. This year’s Poppy Appeal started on Saturday, October 27 with both static point and house to house collectors operating. It will continue until November 11 but donations may continue throughout the Legion financial year which ends for 2012 on September 30, 2013. The financial environment is acknowledged but please give as generously as you feel able and support your own volunteers.

AGM AND TALK: The Friends of St Dunstan’s Parish Church AGM will be held on Monday in St Dunstan’s Church. Richard Nabavi will give a talk entitled Mary Marks – warding off the Devil which will examine the existence of Mary Marks (superstitious marks to ward off evil spirits) in buildings of the mediaeval period, including Clayton’s Farmhouse, Mayfield and indeed St Dunstan’s church itself. The AGM will start at 7.30pm and Richard’s talk will follow the formal proceedings. All are welcome and they look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the meeting. Please note that if anyone is unable to come but would like to have a copy of the accounts, please contact Charles Marshall on 01825 830820. 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.

FILM SOCIETY: Film on Friday will be screening Young Adult (USA 2011) tonight, Friday. Charlize Theron plays Mavis, the high-school prom queen who returns to her small town to reclaim her crown. Film on Friday does not normally screen films that have been on general release, but for Young Adult this release was limited to a handful of cinemas. The distributors seem to have lost confidence in it, perhaps because audience expectations of its star are not met. After their earlier collaboration on Juno Ms Diablo Cody (with a razor-sharp script) and Jason Reitman (director) have re-teamed for an altogether more bracing follow-up, overturning every romcom cliché. Doors and bar in the Memorial Hall open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Guests should phone 01435 872165 beforehand. It is still not too late to join as a member. Full details at

WATERYARD GROUP: Kathryn Pogson will be conducting a workshop for The Wateryard Group entitled Introduction to Different Approaches to Acting in St Dunstan’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Kathryn Pogson trained at Drama Centre London Ltd. She played in rep for three years playing parts from Lady Macbeth to Good Fairy Dewdrop. Her London theatre credits (leading roles) include The Arbor, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court); Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Balcony (Royal Shakespeare Company); Masterpieces, Lady from the Sea (Royal Court and Lyric Hammersmith); Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III (West End); Merchant of Venice (The Globe); 666 Books (Bush Theatre) and most recently the Festival of Chaos at Northampton Royal and Durnsgate). Television credits include: We’ll Meet Again, Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Foyles War, Mrs. Capper’s Birthday, Poor Edith, Happy Valley, God Speed Co-operation. Film credits include: Brazil, Company of Wolves, Eskimo Day, AKA, Pure, The Arbor. Kathryn is also a member of Fordham University of New York (London Program) Acting Faculty. She lives in Mayfield and has two daughters and can often be seen striding the countryside. Prices for this workshop are £5for members and 18 and under. £8 for non-members. To obtain tickets please send a cheque payable to The Wateryard Group with a SAE to Jo Woodliffe. Sharnden Lodge, Rushers Cross Mayfield TN20 6PY (872400). (Jo Woodliffe).

RNLI COFFEE MORNING: The annual Lifeboat Coffee Morning will be held at London House tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to noon. There will be a range of RNLI goods on sale including cards, diaries and calendars. Go along and have a cup of coffee and support an organisation that rescued 8,000 people last year.


SERVICES this Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30am the Remembrance Service. Everyone is most welcome to attend. Lifts available must be booked in advance telephone 01825 722582.

AGM: The horticultural society annual general meeting will be held on Thursday in the village hall at 8pm. The Photographic Competition entries will be on display. After the business part of the meeting is concluded refreshments will be served. For further details telephone 01825 724295.

ASCALON will hold their Christmas Fair from November 17 to 24. Lots of lovely hand made items will be available. All the proceeds going to St Peters and St James Hospice.


DRESS SIZES: My friend and I had a browse around the stores and charity shops. I bought half a dozen lovely dresses that all fit perfectly. Guess what size I am? I’m 12-14-16-18. Why on earth do they bother sewing in the labels?

BRIGHTER UCKFIELD CAMPAIGN: (BUC) the group of volunteers who litter pick, liaise with local companies to keep their premises clean and tidy, also enhance Uckfield by providing/tending flower planters, and have planted crocuses and daffodils around the town. A few years ago Uckfield Town Council employed a Litter Picker but this position lapsed. Brighter Uckfield Campaign collected over 300 signatures from the public in a very short time for the following petition: ‘We, the undersigned residents of Uckfield call upon our town council councillors to make provision in the council’s budget for 2013/14, and beyond, for the employment of a Town Environment Officer with responsibilities that will include street litter collection and overseeing the quality of the streets’ environment, the weekly working hours to be determined by an assessment of the time needed to visit each area of the town at least once in every three weeks.’ The petition was handed to the Environment and Leisure Committee of Uckfield Town Council at their meeting on Monday October 22 by Neil Kerridge of BUC. This meeting was chosen as the budget setting for 2013/14, for this committee was on the Agenda. Unfortunately, only three councillors of the nine members of the committee attended the meeting, so it was decided not to go ahead with the budget item as it was felt there could not be a meaningful debate with so few councillors attending. The next scheduled meeting of the Environment and Leisure Committee will take place on December 3. This was very disappointing for the seven or eight members of the Brighter Uckfield Campaign that were present, but will give them the opportunity, if they wish, to collect more signatures before December 3. BUC has targeted the corner of Mallard Drive and New Town to remove the brambles and cut back other vegetation, making it much tidier and allowing people to walk on the whole pavement. Last week they tidied up the road bridge by the railway station, cleared around the telephone box, cut back over-growing vegetation coming up from the river bank, tidied the walled garden next to the main pavement outside the Bridge Cottage, cleared litter in the town centre, cut back vegetation and widened the footpath footprint’on the Eastbourne Road, close to Castle Rise. If you have an area in need of a little tlc, please let us know. Ring Dorothy on 764287.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The October meeting was not as scheduled. Harry Townsend stepped in at the last minute, as our booked speaker was unexpectedly unable to attend. Harry, you may remember is known as the Wheelbarrow Man due to his wheeling his barrow the length of New Zealand and other places for his melanoma cancer charity. His talk and slide show was entitled Fantasy Garden for an Eccentric. He admitted that his garden was a tip four years ago, due to him being otherwise occupied. He started in the conservatory, removing a lot of the plants and making a very smart bench on which to work. He gradually cleared the garden, removing the greenhouse, shredded a lot of garden vegetation to use as compost, and had a large skip to remove other debris. Harry does not grow ordinary plants, he goes for the more unusually varieties. Dandelions which are edible for salads, toluco potatoes which are very disease resistant, yakon a perennial root crop which, it is believed, helps control diabetes. He also grows Congo potatoes which are purple right through. They make excellent mash and roast potatoes. He has an area which is divided into 12 inch squares. Each square contains a different type of vegetable. He plants, 16 onions, 36 carrots, 36 yellow carrots, 36 mauve carrots, 36 purple carrots, 2 cauliflowers, 16 yellow, mauve and purple beetroot etc. His agapanthus were a delight and screened a fence well. They are the deciduous variety and therefore are okay to overwinter outdoors. The new shed has been painted with murals of bees and butterflies, making it very inviting. He intends to place mirrors in the garden to catch the light and reflect interesting plants. He has made bug houses out of elderflower twigs and has used unusual containers for plants, such as an old toilet for a fuchsia flower. Harry was his usual entertaining self and as he said this is a garden in progress and no doubt he will be back again in a year or two to update us. The next meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at The Ashdown Room, Civic Centre will be a talk and slide show by Patrick Coulcher entitled Wild Flowers around Britain.

LUXFORD CENTRE: Thank you to everyone who came to our Autumn Fair on October 20, you helped raise a total of £449.70. Don’t just leave coming again until our next fundraising event, pop in for a drink and a chat to find out about our weekly activities. Hope to see you soon. (John Gearing).

FILM SOCIETY: Voted best film ever in a poll of 600 French critics and professionals in 1995, Les Enfants Du Paradis is Uckfield Film Society’s choice for its November showing on Sunday at the Uckfield Picture House. Made during the German occupation of France in WW2, at a time when the Nazi regime forbade direct reference to the war or any currently controversial matter, Les Enfants du Paradis is set among the Parisian theatre scene of the 1820s. It tells the story of a beautiful courtesan, Garance, and four men who love her each in his own way: a mime artist, an actor, a criminal and an aristocrat. This vibrant epic was made during the German occupation by the chief creators of the so-called poetic realism that dominated French cinema in the late 1930s. The film then enjoyed a triumphant reception at its premiere in March 1945, just two months before VE Day, when it helped assert the indomitable spirit of French culture and restore national pride. The movie was shot in extraordinary circumstances at Nice’s Victorine studios and can be read as an allegory of mid-20th-century France. The final sequence is one of the peaks of romantic cinema. For membership enquiries, ring 01825 764909.

THE AUTUMN EXHIBITION hosted by Uckfield Art Group was a huge success. There were 154 paintings and drawings on display alongside greeting cards and jewellery. Congratulations to N Carpenter and Mrs Edwards, they were the winners of the amazing Picture Raffle with pictures eleven and two. Vote For Your Favourite Picture was won jointly by Annie Mills, Mom and Baby and Richard Butler, Tunnel of Light. They both achieved seven votes. The Second Choice image with six votes was The Blue Dresser by Janet Orpwood. A steady flow of children proudly carried home the creations they had made on the Craft Table. Decorated Treasure Boxes were a firm favourite as were Door Hangers, Baubles and Bad Hair Day Fairies. There were also quite a few Wobbly Christmas Trees decorated which will give the real thing a run for its money. If you missed out on this exhibition, or are simply looking forward to the next one, watch this space for June 2013.


BELFRY REPAIRS: Everyone who has been contributing to the efforts of the Friends of Waldron Churches will be delighted to see that the scaffolding is up around the belfry of All Saints’ church and the building is now draped in protective sheeting while the repairs are carried out. A crash-pad has been erected above the bells to protect them and a false roof is now over the work area so our craftsmen can get on with the stonework and replacement of the roof timbers. It’s quite a complicated job and while the scaffolding is up the opportunity is being taken to repair the clock as well, but at the moment we are optimistic that work will be finished in time for Christmas.

CROQUET: The village croquet club held their annual dinner last Friday at the Star and presented their awards to Chris Hamblett (the mallet for the best newcomer), Mike Wilson (the Shield) and Gill Temple (the Cup). Richard Caswell, Mike Wilson and Helena Caswell were presented with a bottle apiece (suitably filled) in thanks for having organised an excellent winter season of challenging events. The AGM of the club will take place on Friday November 23.

FOOD FAIR: There will be a Food Fair at the Lucas Hall on November 23 and 24. More details next week about participants and hours of opening.

PARLEZ-VOUS? Would you like to improve your French and practise it in a relaxed atmosphere? The Stores at Waldron and Felicity Poirier are joining forces to offer an hour of light-hearted French conversation on Friday afternoons for adults. There will be a free taster-session on Friday November 23 at 2pm and then regular weekly sessions from Friday January 11. Sign on for the free taster session by filling in a brief form which you can pick up in The Stores, and return it to Deborah there, or by calling 01435 812938.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Don’t forget it’s Remembrance Sunday this week and this year it will fall on November 11, the eleventh day of the eleventh month when we remember all those who died in conflicts round the world. We may not have a clock to ring the eleven bells but we will still be reading the names of the dead from our small village. Everyone is asked to be there at the start of the service at All Saints’ at 10.50am please. Other services will be Holy Communion at 8am at All Saints’ and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR: Benjamin Tyler our Choir Master is looking for new singers to take part in any of the three main Christmas services with no further commitment expected. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Benjamin at or mobile 075056 50754.

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REVUE 2012: The Village Players 20th anniversary show is to put on from November 28 to December 1. Tickets will be available to members tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall from 11am to noon, and from Monday the public can phone Anita on 01435 873226 or They are £15 and include a two-course supper.

WARBLETON BAND: The band has the following engagements in the near future. Tomorrow, Saturday, they are giving a Remembrance Concert at Burwash Village Hall at 3pm, in support of The British Legion and Help for Heroes. Next Saturday, November 17, is the Autumn/Christmas Bazaar at Dunn Village Hall from 10.30am. Ploughman’s lunches will be available. The Christmas concert is on Sunday December 16 at 3pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: 10.50am Remembrance Day service. St John’s Bodle Street: 10.50am Remembrance Service. St Giles, Dallington: 10.50am Remembrance Service. Heathfield Chapel: 10.45am Morning Worship including act of remembrance led by Tony Wood.

HISTORY GROUP: The speaker at our meeting at 7.30pm on Monday will be Monty Larkin who will be speaking about one of our local breeds of sheep – the Southdown. Prior to the meeting coffee is served and the library is open.