Parish pump Uckfield - October 10, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship (no communion). St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green. As usual members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

J BARNES & SONS: The centre of the village was once alive with the sound, and sight of industry, with the premises of J Barnes and Sons, agricultural engineers, either side of the road near the White Horse Inn. Opposite the pub were the workshops and yard, now occupied by houses and the car parks. All sorts of machinery new and used in for repair could be seen and the forge was in full swing as items were fabricated or repaired. I remembered going to the yard with my father when we needed repairs to our machinery. Sadly after many years of service to the community, J Barnes and Sons closed its doors and all traces have disappeared, a fate common to many rural businesses and communities. Peter Love, who has lived in the village for about 30 years, is writing a magazine article about the firm for one of the magazines featuring old agricultural matters. He knew the late Fred Creasey and has talked with local historian Ruth Ayres, but would appreciate any photos, news cuttings, or memories etc to help him create a full and accurate picture of the firm. He can be contacted on 01323 833125.


SUPPER: Last Saturday’s harvest supper was a really delightful evening. The food was really delicious, thanks to the ladies in the kitchen, Lyn Ryan and Vicky Patterson, with plenty of helpers, lovely home made salads, meat and fish with hot new potatoes. Lovely crumbly apple pies, coffee and mints. The beautiful unaccompanied young singer gave us some lovely songs and the whole thing ended with the guests joining in. Well done everyone on such a simple but enjoyable evening.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Tonight, Friday, Barchester, Dudwell St Mary’s Care Home present a Musical Entertainment by staff member Hana Christine, singer/song writer, and her friends who will be at the Bear, Burwash, from 8.30pm, in aid of The Royal British Legion. Hana will be singing songs by Eva Cassidy, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Vera Lynn, The Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra and more. Entry is free and there will be a raffle. Sounds like an enjoyable time. They would be pleased for your support.

BOOK SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, St Bartholomew’s church are holding a huge book sale, in the church from 2pm to 5pm. A chance to get your winter reading. Go along and browse the tables and enjoy a cup of tea while you do. All proceeds will go to the church restoration fund, which got off to a great start when they held a jazz evening a few weeks ago and raised £2,285.

FLOWER ARRANGING: The Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club are holding a craft morning on Thursday at the village hall from 10am to noon. This is being led by Maggie Hayes. All materials will be supplied and the charge is £10. To take part you need to book a place with Jean Plummer 01435 883483.

NSY: Also on Thursday the members of the Not So Young Club will meet in the village hall from 2.15pm. The members all enjoy a wide variety of speakers, have a delicious tea and a fun raffle. They will be preparing for their afternoon tea and sale which will take place on October 18. To join this happy band of senior members of our society why not go along on Thursday, you will receive a warm welcome or call Isabel Salmond, chairman, on 01435 882452.

TREES: I know it is only October, but we are beginning to think ahead to Christmas. St Bartholomew’s Church, in addition to holding their Christmas tree festival, will be selling trees too. But you need to get your order and payment in early. There is a booking form in the Parish Broadsheet available from the Burwash newsagents with sizes available and charges. The deadline is November 12.

MUSICIANS WANTED: St Bartholomew’s is looking for musicians to become part of the Burwash Church Worship Band. Any age and any level on any instrument. A weekly commitment isn’t necessary. If you would be interested please call Martin or Emma Steadman for further details on 01580 860927.


WHIST DRIVE, organised by Chailey Branch of The Women’s British Legion, is tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm at the village hall. All are welcome to attend; the cost is a modest £3 for an evening’s entertainment and a plate supper. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Free Church are at 10.30am with Les White, with David Muzzell leading, and at 6.15pm with Phil Wells. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

CHAILEY SCHOOL ARTISTS: Following their very successful exhibition in Lewes Artwave Chailey School artists are exhibiting in the Farley Barn Gallery, at Farley Farm House, Muddles Green, Chiddingly. The exhibition is open to the public on three Sundays in October (October 12, 19 and 26) between 10am and 4.30pm. The outstanding exhibits include surrealist portraits inspired by a workshop and visit to Farley Farm House, home of the remarkable painter Roland Penrose and renowned photographer Lee Miller, as well as 3D exhibits and GCSE artwork. See for directions and optional tours of the house and sculpture garden.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday from 8pm, anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the Group visit

COFFEE MORNING takes place at Ketches, Church Road, Newick, on Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is being organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group. All are welcome to enjoy the refreshments and browse the many stalls. For more details call Charlotte on 01825 722454.

SUSSEX BIRD ATLAS 2007 to 2011: Ian Woolsey will explain the results of this major survey at the Commons Society meeting, at the village hall, on Thursday at 7.30pm. There will be special reference to the maps and the birds which the society sponsored.

INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday October 17 at the Coffee Stop, Free Church and the parish clerk will be there to assist with any questions you have. The Coffee Stop is open from 10am to midday.

BADGE NIGHT for the bonfire society takes place on Friday October 17 at the Horns Lodge starting at 6.30pm. There will be a torchlight march from the Horns Lodge to the Five Bells at 8pm. Do go along and support the society; annual membership is only £3 per person. If you can’t make it on the night, please contact Gini on 01273 400989 or email to join.

MID SUSSEX HILLIER 108km cycling event starts at the village hall on Saturday October 18 starting at 8.30am to finish by 5.08pm. This is a chance to enjoy the climbs of Ashdown Forest, Cob Lane, Rocks Lane, Constitution Hill and Ditchling Beacon. Entry is £5 (£5.50 when paying via PayPal. To enter visit before October 15.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER GROUP meet on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre which is in the grounds of Chailey School. The group have the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. It is a great chance to chat to other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

HORTICULTURALSOCIETY: Although the standard of exhibits is high at the society’s shows and those that come to view have an enjoyable afternoon support for the society is on the decline. Chailey is the oldest horticultural society in the area being mentioned as far back as the 1830s and it would be a tragedy if it was to fold through lack of interest and support. The society urgently needs new committee members and more entries in the shows. The classes offer a wide range for different talents including cookery, handicrafts and flower arranging alongside more traditional horticultural pursuits. Also there are classes for children of all ages. If you feel you would like to help in any way please contact Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791and/or attend the society’s AGM on Thursday October 23 at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, at 8pm. All are welcome and cheese and wine will be provided.

CYCLE JUMBLE is at the village hall on Saturday October 25 from 8am to 2pm. Inside tables cost £8 and outside tables £5. To book a table call Hugh Procter on 01273 471880 or email

KIDS FOR A QUID is the special half term offer from Saturday October 25 to Sunday November 2 at the Bluebell Railway. If you book at least eight days in advance you will get generous discounts on adult tickets as well; just call 01825 720800 to purchase Bluebell Bonus tickets.

VOLUNTEER STAFF VACANCIES: The Bluebell Railway is reviewing its operational structures and there are three new roles to be filled. Post 1 is a Locomotive Superintendent who will be responsible for running the department on a daily basis. Those with experience of footplate work at a senior level will form the most likely source of applications, although an outstanding candidate with a good track record of management experience in a railway context may do well in the recruitment process. Posts 2 and 3 are the Chief Clerk and Shed Foreman These positions will be advertised in due course so that the Locomotive Superintendent can lead in the recruitment process. Expressions of interest for the post of Locomotive Superintendent, with a letter of application, should be submitted by Sunday October 26, to the Operations Director, c/o Sheffield Park Station or via e-mail to, and must include a CV explaining relevant experience.

East Hoathly

HARVEST FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday. The church and community will be collecting for the Uckfield foodbank so please feel free to drop donations in the church, either at the church service or in the foodbank container which is placed at the back of the church.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next monthly walk will take place on Sunday at 2pm. We will be meeting at The Balcksmith’s Arms in Offham and then ascending Mount Harry. For further details please ring Jenny or Chris on 01825 872830. The next talk will be entitled Culver Archaeological Project, to be delivered by Rob Wallace in the village hall today, Friday, at 7.30pm. This project began in 2005 as simple field walking survey and trial trenching in the hope that new archaeological sites would be identified within the landscape around Barcombe Villa. To hear more about this fascinating project please come along, for members admission is free, and guests are welcome at £3 each.

TWINNING SOCIETY: The East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Society are currently looking for five new families with school age children to host families as part of next year’s twinning exchange with Juziers. The visit will take place from of May 1 to 3. It is a wonderful experience and an opportunity to embrace our connections with our twin town in France. For more details please contact Pat Duke on 01825 841077 or e-mail


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

BINGO: Bonfire Society Bingo tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm.

FORGET-ME-NOTS meet on Thursday at 2.30pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 16th October 1914. Piltdown. Agent for this paper Mr Grover. Shooting Accident: Mr J H Kenward, of Barkham, was out pheasant shooting at Shortbridge on Monday afternoon, and was accompanied by a man named Ross Staplehurst, who was acting as a beater. Mr Kenward noticed a pheasant get up, and turned to fire at it, but, unfortunately, the man Staplehurst was in the line of fire, and received the charge in the face and throat. He was immediately sent to the Uckfield Cottage Hospital, where he was seen by Dr Sweet and detained. The injured man is progressing satisfactorily.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: Early Met Office figures indicate the driest September across the UK since records began in 1910, with exceptionally low rainfall for many parts of the country. However, my records indicate that 2003 was slightly drier in Piltdown. The 2014 figure of 7mm is still well below my 16-year average of 57mm.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

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AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Heathfield Partnership Trust Limited is taking place on Wednesday at 6pm at Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road. All are welcome to attend.

AUTUMN FAYRE: Cross in Hand Methodist Church Autumn Fayre is tomorrow, Saturday, between 11.30am and 2.30pm. There will be ploughman’s lunches available along with a wide variety of stalls to cater for many tastes. Hope to see you all there.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Sung Matins. We welcome Jane Eales to our service. All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service. We welcome Gill Johnson to our service. All welcome for coffee after this service.

FUNMAKERS: The Cross in Hand Funmakers (organisers of the annual Cross in Hand Village Day) will be holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday. All are welcome to attend the meeting which will be held at Cross in Hand Methodist Chapel, at 8pm. The committee would also like to take the opportunity to thank all of the Village Day sponsors who gave such generous donations towards this year’s successful Village Day which was held at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields in early August.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS of Gamelands Methodist Church are waiting to Entertain You (Part 2) and invite you to join them at Cross-in-Hand Methodist Church on Saturday November 22 at 2pm for music, laughter and refreshment all for the princely sum of £5. There will also be a raffle, all in aid of church funds. See you there.

IN IT TOGETHER (Building Community Together) is the theme of the next cafechurch on Friday, October 24, at Costa in the High Street. Do join us from 6.30pm in time to get your coffee (first cup discounted by £1.50) before we start at 6.45pm. Whatever your age you are most welcome to join us for informal discussion, quizzes, live music, to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. We look forward to seeing you. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information please contact George Dearsley,


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning at Cliffe Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am till noon. Cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise, cards, tea and coffee. Also on sale will be Bruce Wadeys Book, The First 100 Years of South Street Bonfire Society, priced at £6.50. Plus this year’s bonfire programme priced £2.

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP: Coffee Morning on Tuesday at 10.30am, to include a display from Sage and Onion clothes store. All welcome. On Tuesday October 21, something different in our lounge: a Drop-In morning from Age UK Footcare. If you would like advice or help with any problems about your feet, do call in at the House, from 10am to noon.

WOULD YOU LIKE to see the poppies at the Tower of London? Lewes House of Friendship is planning a coach trip up to London in the last week of October, cost (to include admission) will be about £25. If you are interested, please ring us any weekday morning, between 9.30am and 1.30pm, on 01273 476469, call in any morning at reception (at 208 High Street), or email us on for more details.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be outside Superdrug in Cliffe Precinct on Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, A Quirky Guided Tour of Lewes by Kevin Gordon, 7pm for 7.30pm on Monday at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Kevin Gordon’s talk gives an opportunity to take a guided stroll around Lewes’ streets without the need to climb any hills. The virtual tour includes looking at unusual features in four graveyards and one of the town’s twittens, plus meeting some historical local characters, such as X-it the dwarf and Kate Fowler Tutt. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH has been pleased to run Lewes Sings Gospel, a community choir, for the last five years. On Sunday a packed church was thrilled to watch them win the BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition on the big screen. It is amazing that their close teamwork has enabled them to reach such heady heights. On Sunday we will be holding Fairtrade cake sales in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign which aims to prevent 100,000 vulnerable children being trafficked (see The sales will follow the 10am and 11.15am services (so starting a little after 11am in the church and a little after 12.15pm in the church hall). Are you aged 11 to 17 years? Do you enjoy singing? On Monday from 6.30pm to 8pm the Glee Club opens for business. Have fun developing your confidence and singing ability. For more information email: Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service, with communion, in the church hall; 6.30pm informal evening service, with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

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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.


THE AFTERNOON CLUB have changed the speaker for their meeting on Thursday. The new speaker will be Dene Newman, her subject will be Fostering New Relationships with E-Soviet Block Countries. This will take place in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. Dene will be speaking about her role as Director of Current & International Affairs for the English Speaking Union.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am in the village hall today, Friday.

MUSIC QUIZ: Newick Bonfire Society, will be holding a Music Quiz tomorrow, Saturday, evening in the village hall, doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets £8 including light refreshments, plus licensed bar. Please telephone 01825 722418 to reserve your place.

SERVICES at St Mary’s are 8am Holy Communion followed at 10.30 am with Holy Communion Church Worship.

OPEN CHURCH: There will be an Open Church meeting on Wednesday at 6.30pm for 7pm in the church, for people to find out what is happening and what has to be done before a new vicar arrives. Also what you would like to see happen in the future at the church.

COFFEE MORNING: Just to remind you of the St Peter and St James Coffee Morning on Thursday at Ketches, Church Road, 10.30am to 12.30pm by the Newick and Chailey Support Group. Lots of interesting stalls and raffle. Please try and support this coffee morning.

NEWICK WI are meeting on October 23 in the Community Centre from7.45pm. The speaker will be from the Camelia Botnar Foundation.

NEWICK CINEMA’S next film, The Book Thief, will be on Sunday October 26. More details later.


TODDLERS NEARLY NEW SALE: Tiddlers and Toddlers Nearly New Sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, 10.30am to noon. Children’s clothes and equipment age 0 to 5 years. Everything you need when having, raising or minding a little one. Tea and cakes also available, please come along and support our little group, thanks. Entrance £1 per family.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are away to Lancing in a SCFL Div 1 league fixture with a 3pm kick off at Crabtree Lane. Meanwhile the second team are at home in the second round of the Intermediate Cup versus South Coast City also with a 3pm kick off at the Caburn. On Sunday the under 18s have a home league fixture versus Newhaven with an 11am kick off at the Caburn. At the time of going to press, there are no mid week fixtures planned.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday October 1, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Deirdre Booth and Simon Webster. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

ELECTRIC BLANKET TESTING: Lewes District Council are testing electric blankets in Ringmer Village Hall on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. This essential service is free to all.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Ringmer Primary School are holding a Nearly New Sale of all things children next Saturday, October 18. It is to be similar to the very successful NCT sale and Tiddlers and Toddlers Sales but for children age 4 years and upwards. We will be selling clothes, books, shoes, toys, bikes, computer games, uniforms, scooters and small items of furniture, in fact anything to do with children. Sellers must register before the sale and there is a limited number of places. If you are interested in selling please contact me on for further details and if not please do come along to buy. We would welcome any good quality donations and can collect locally.


UCKFIELD HIGH STREET: We’ve all got an opinion on the Uckfield High Street debacle (none of them positive). So here’s mine. They mustn’t take away the High Street parking, just for some pretty trees. The parking is convenient and necessary. The car park seems to have more disabled bays every time I go there, all empty. And we have two public loos, both closed. Investment on them would be of more use. And the money would be better spent on linking up the railway with Lewes. There, I’ve had my say.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society will hold their next meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre. This will be a talk and slide show by Barry Newman entitled A Year on the Allotment. All Welcome. Non Members £3. Any more information required, please telephone 764287.

UCKFIELD SINGERS: For the third year running we are joining forces with Uckfield Concert Brass putting on a Christmas concert, but this year we are putting on not one, but two performances on December 20 at 3pm and 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. We will be fundraising for The Rockinghorse Appeal and Uckfield FM. Tickets will be going on sale on Monday November 24 at £7 each from Gale and Woolgar Jewellers, High Street.


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The local branch of the NW will hold its annual meeting on Thursday at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and there’ll be an opportunity to chat to her over refreshments afterwards.

BEHIND THE FRONT: Tickets for our revue Behind the Front are now on sale at the Stores at Waldron, or Heathfield Art and Books or by post by ringing 01435 813363. They are £8 each full price, or £7 for members of the Friends of Waldron Churches. Described as ‘A revue with music for Remembrance Weekend’, and revealing little-known history from behind the lines to the Waldron Home Front, the two performances will take place on Friday November 7 at 7.30pm and on Saturday November 8 at 2pm. Both performances will be at All Saints’ Church and there will also be an exhibition of printed images and memorabilia and the launch of a new booklet Waldron and the Great War. Don’t delay in getting your tickets as they are likely to be very popular.

WE’LL MEET AGAIN: Iris’s funeral was predictably packed to the doors with relatives and friends old and new from near and far. Every spare seat in Waldron was carried into the church so most people could sit down, and copies of the Order of Service (dubbed the Race Card by Rector George Pitcher, who has a way with words) ran out long before the last mourner turned up. It was a measure of the respect and love with which Iris (and of course Con) was held that so many turned up on a very wet Monday to share their memories, laugh a little and weep a lot together. As we left the church dear old Vera was belting out We’ll Meet Again and it felt as if we had given Iris a proper send-off. She would have thoroughly approved.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Choral Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, Morning Prayer at All Saints’ at 9.45am (followed by coffee and cake, to which all are welcome) and Holy Communion also at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship (no communion), for which the bells should be back in action. They will be re-dedicated for their task of calling people to worship. A small but dedicated team, led by David Cleverley, have been rubbing down and painting the frame from which they hang, whilst the various ancillary parts have been away for refurbishment – clappers, headstocks, pulleys etc. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services will be conducted by Paul Davies from the Albanian Evangelical Mission.

HISTORY GROUP: The speaker at our meeting on Monday is Ian Gledhill who will tell us of the Magic of Pantomime. We meet in the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Coffee is served prior to the meeting and our bookstall will be open.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and Company is a weekly opportunity to meet and chat over a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the Osborne House Community Room. This is run by volunteers and any surplus made is given to local charities. About three times a year a special event is held to raise funds for a specific charity. This Thursday is one of those occasions, this time for the Air Ambulance. Doors are open from 10am to noon.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Dunn Village Hall. As usual members of the public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters. Voluntary organisations within the parish can apply for grants from the council. Any grant applications for the Warbleton Parish are to be submitted to Warbleton Parish Council by November 1. Application forms are available from The Clerk, Warbleton Parish Council, The Firs, Barley Mow Lane, Punnetts Town, TN21 9DJ or e mail for a copy. They are also available on the parish council website within the Finance Section.

OSBORNE HOUSE: A Short History of Osborne House, which was built on the site of the old village school at the south end of Rushlake Green and it is the building with the blue clock, opposite the village shop, using the words of the late Mrs Jean Osborne. When it was confirmed the village school at Rushlake Green was to be closed, Mr A Collins, Johnnie to the villagers, suggested to Mr Osborne the site would be ideal for some flats for the local elderly people to live, with all mod cons, which so many had never had. A committee was formed under Mrs H Dunn, meeting at Stone House. They appointed Mr D Clarke as architect. After a period of consultations with the Chichester Diocesan Board (it was a church school), Hailsham Rural District Council (later to join Uckfield RDC to form Wealden DC), the National Federation of Housing associations, and the DHSS, over a period of five years, J G Robinson were appointed as the builders. Work started in 1965 and Mr A Collins laid the foundation stone. In June 1966, six tenants moved in to the six single flats and five married couples and two sisters moved in to the six double flats. In the Community Room there is a Sanctuary from which church services are conducted, this being consecrated by the Bishop of Lewes. The Victoria Diamond Jubilee Clock which had been bought by public subscription and put in the school building was carefully removed, conditioned and the face painted blue, and then put in the front of the building for all to see but not hear as it was the school clock. It is more than 50 years since ‘Johnnie’ Collins came up with the idea of comfortable flats for local elderly people. So what has changed? The answer: Not a lot. Today Osborne House is administered by a voluntary committee of local people, under the name of Warbleton Housing Association Ltd and is a registered charity. When flats come available the committee first seeks to find tenants with roots in the area and whose circumstances are such they might otherwise have to move to another area. The committee is always keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may qualify, and who need accommodation now or in the future, so they may be considered when a vacancy occurs. If anyone would like to know more contact the secretary in writing - Rob Robinson, Osborne House, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QL. No salaries are paid to committee members which means rents are kept at reasonable levels. Happily there has been a period of full occupancy and it has been possible to fund an ongoing programme of general refurbishment and improvements. One often hears the complaint of the lack of affordable housing in village communities and so we are indebted to those who have gone before and whose foresight and caring nature brought about Osborne House so many years ago, a legacywe should value highly, and be sure continues to be available in the future.

QUIZ EVENING: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a quiz evening on Saturday November 15, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. Entry is £5 per person. To book or for details call 01435 813359.