Parish Pump Uckfield - October 12 2012


CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: Warbleton Parish Church: St Giles, Dallington:

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, on Thursday evening. Parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting and all are welcome to attend.

RAFA SERVICE: The annual service in memory of Flying Officer Peter Crofts who was shot down in late September 1940, took place at Padgham Corner last Sunday. The rector, Marc Lloyd, conducted the service with members of 54 Squadron of the ATC providing the guard of honour. As Richard Boswell, trumpeter for this event for many years, sounded the last post, a donkey behind us started braying at full volume, thankfully subsiding for the silent tribute. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the ATC and RAFA.


COFFEE MORNING: Thanks are extended to everyone who supported the coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses two weeks ago, especially those who had offered their help and turned up and worked so hard. The morning was a great success, thanks to those who came along and spent so well. A wonderful sum of £436.74 was raised. Well done to Heather and Barry Lewis for arranging the event.

FLOWER CLUB: The flower arranging club will hold a craft morning in the village hall from 10am until noon. with Ann Brooks will be demonstrating Design on a wire ring. Members who have booked a place at the demonstration will be given ideas for their own designs.

QUIZ EVENING: Tonight, Friday, the monthly quiz evening is being held in the Pavilion at Burwash Common. Teams of six are invited to take part. To book a team in and for more information please call Karol on 01435 883318.

THEATRE: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening internationally renowned One Man Theatre, Brian D Barnes will entertain you with his own unique arrangement of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Tickets are available from the Burwash News Agents at £12 per person, £6 for students. Refreshments will be available during the interval.

WALK: The monthly Parish Footpath walk will take place on Monday morning, leaving the Bear car park at 9am. Roger Stoke will guide your way around the network of public footpaths that surround our villages. Dogs may be taken providing they are kept under control. The walks are open to anyone to join in and usually end in time for lunch.

NSY: On Thursday afternoon the Burwash Not So Young Club have their October meeting, at the village hall from 2.15pm. This lively club for the over 60’s is open to all and this week will hear Silly Tales From Around the World with Pat Clark. All new members and guests are welcome to attend and will receive a warm welcome. Tea and raffle end the afternoon. The group will make the final details for their Come to Tea event on Saturday October 20.

BOWLS: This week some of the members of the bowls club have been away on a holiday, playing in tournaments against players from around the country, at a hotel in Bournemouth. They will be on their way home as you read this. Their match against Five Ashes last week was postponed, but they will play at home to Pevensey on Thursday, at the village hall.


BUXTED WI: Thursday October 4 was one of the loveliest days we have had for a long time, the sun shone all day and it was beautifully warm so our members had no problems making their way to our meeting in the Buxted Reading Room. Everyone enjoyed Jenny Johnston’s keep fit session to music and then relaxed to hear Evelyn Smith and Joyce Harvey give us the information regarding outings and events coming up in the next few weeks. Birthday cards were given to Iris Brayley, Pauleen Bonner,Gail McCracken, Jenny Russell and Evelyn Smith as they will all be celebrating their birthdays this month. Our guest speaker was introduced, Michaela Wynn-Jones invited us to take out the scarves that we had been asked to bring so that she could demonstrate and help us to learn a wonderful variety of scarf-tying magic. What a very entertaining hour we spent, Michaela showed us so many different ways to wear a scarf and helped us all with our scarf-tying whilst delivering a very interesting and humorous talk. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and Jean Skinner gave her a vote of thanks. Our competition entitled A Scarf Pin was won by Helen Moran, second was Shirley Isted and third Kirsten Brown. The Flower of the Month competition was won by Shirley Isted and sharing second place were Helen Moran, Hilary Quinn, Kirsten Brown and Sandra Hatswell, thid was Jenny Johnston and Sheena Mickleburgh. The craft group meet every second Wednesday morning. The garden group every fourth Wednesday morning and the book group meet every third Thursday afternoon. Our next meeting will be in Buxted Reading Room on Thursday November 1 when we shall be having a Bring and Buy stall also our annual meeting. The competition will be An Autumnal Arrangement. (Mary Mustin).


PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting will be in the Belmont Room of the village hall at 7.30pm on Monday October 29.

AGE CONCERN: On Thursday there will be Bingo in the village hall at 2pm.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Today, Friday, at 7.30pm in village hall there will be a talk by Rev Peter Clark, (Phil’s predecessor) on his work. The talk is entitled Secular Chaplaincy. Peter spent 25 years in the Royal Navy and so has hands on experience and understanding of the sharp end; he will passionately talk of the commitment, the courage, the care and compassion of our service professionals. The next walk will be on Sunday, meeting at 2pm at the Roebuck in Laughton.

LINK ROMANIA: Just a reminder that the leaflets for the Shoebox Christmas Gift Appeal are now available from church. The leaflet contains suggestions for inexpensive gifts and full instructions on what to do. Please leave your wrapped and labelled shoeboxes at the back of the church by Friday November 2, ready for delivery to the Worthing depot. If you need any further information, please contact Jenny on 872830. Many thanks for your continued support.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Judi Miles would like to thank everyone that contributed to and participated in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Event at the Village Stores last month. Despite some dreadful weather, the event raised £425 for Macmillan Cancer Support. She would also like to thank Liz and Guy at the shop for their help in staging the event.

CHURCH NOTICES: Gift Day will be in East Hoathly between 2.30and 4pm tomorrow, Saturday. There will be an evening of Jazz Rock and Pop in the village hall 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are available from Muffins and the Village Stores. All proceeds in aid of East Hoathly Church. This year’s Harvest Thanksgiving service will be on Sunday at 9.30am in Chiddingly and at 11am in East Hoathly.


ONCE AGAIN we are holding a Christ Churchyard Clean Up on Saturday, October 27, from 9am to noon. Many hands make light work so please bring your gardening tools and equipment along. Refreshments will be provided.

LIN HAYES, who recently moved to Suffolk from Fairwarp, has produced some beautiful pastel paintings, including some of the Forest, so why not check out her gallery at

POPPY APPEAL: Collectors are still needed for Fairwarp and Maresfield. Please contact Fiona on 712400 or Jane on 712006 for more information.

CHINESE LANTERNS: After a recent query regarding celebrations using Chinese lanterns here is the response from The Conservators: Chinese lanterns are very environmentally unfriendly, they are a complete no-no from the Forest’s point of view. They will do no damage to the area where they are to be released but have a negative effect on the areas in which they land. They have, in other areas, caused fires both on the ground and in properties. When on the ground they are in effect ‘litter’ and though the paper degrades the metal or bamboo frames do not. Where they fall in pasture they eventually get mown over and end up as silage and hay and where the shards get stuck in the digestive systems of grazing animals - who eventually die. Chinese lanterns look benign but they are just as bad as fireworks.

STEPS: If you are aged 65 years or over STEPS can support you to stay living independently. This is a free confidential, short-term service provided by East Sussex County Council. Please contact them on 01323 436414

MACHINE EMBROIDERY: Classes are on Tuesday 2pm to 5pm in Fairwarp Village Hall. Come and learn how to use your sewing machine like you’ve never used it before. Classes are suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, and will cover all aspects of machine embroidery from free machining to more advanced techniques including making 3D work. For more details please contact: Isobel Moore Tel No 01825 761107 or

SCAMS: There are several Tax Rebate scams going round so here is the advice from HMRC: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. Do not visit the website contained within the email or disclose any personal or payment information.

ELECTRIC BLANKET Testing on Wednesday, 10am to noon at Uckfield Fire Station or 2pm to 4pm at The Crowborough Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough. For more information call 01323 443266 or e-mail

COURSE: Monday October 22 Surfing @ 50+ 2pm to 4.30pm at Nutley War Memorial Hall. A free eight week introductory course for residents aged 50 years plus. To book a place call 01825 830256.

THE ASHDOWN FOREST Conservators have recently seen fit to re-iterate the following two Byelaws and ask all residents to comply in order to ‘conserve the forest as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty’. Byelaw 2: No unauthorised person shall take any wheeled vehicle on the Forest, except within the designated parking areas. This shall not apply to bicycles being pushed, wheel-chairs or child push-chairs. Byelaw 5: No one shall leave any building materials, timber, firewood, soil, manure, refuse, rubbish or litter on the Forest without prior permission from the Conservators.

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AUTUMN FAIR at Cross in Hand Methodist Church from 11.30am to 2.30pm tomorrow (Saturday, October). Go along and start your Christmas shopping early.

EVERYONE IS cordially invited to attend the annual general meeting of The Heathfield Partnership Trust Limited which is taking place on Wednesday.

HEATHFIELD EXPO: Last year, the first ever Heathfield Business Expo was held at the State Hall. It was a chance for businesses, the large ones on the industrial estate, High Street shops, professional firms and one-man companies, to display their goods and services to the public and to each other. For example, how many times have you thought it would be better to recruit a plumber, accountant, lawyer or vehicle repairer from your home town rather than travel to Eastbourne or Tunbridge Wells? Well, organisers were so buoyed up by the success of the exhibition, they decided to lay on another one. And it takes place on Tuesday. Barbara Hibbart tells us: ‘Expo is now fully booked and we have an exciting and diverse range of stands.’ These include: Food stands, finance stands, accountancy and bookkeeping, IT services, health and fitness, travel and tourism, business support, all from local businesses, and many more. They will hold a raffle on the day and hope to raise £500 for Chestnut Tree Trust. Business prizes have been generously donated by exhibitors and ticket holders could win a range of exciting prizes. Please buy raffle tickets when you visit Expo and help them raise money for this deserving cause.

RIDGEWAY COURT: We’ve all watched and wondered as those blocks of retirement flats in Mutton Hall Hill slowly get taller. And the road is continually being blocked as services are laid. However lots of interested people turned up last weekend for an exclusive look at the scheme, McCarthy and Stone’s new retirement development, Ridgeway Court. Available exclusively for those over the age of 60, Ridgeway Court is designed exclusively for those who want the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an environment specifically designed for those reaching their later years. To find out more about the properties available, visit the sales office at Ridgeway Court, open daily from 10.30am until 5.00pm or call on 01435 867854. Alternatively, log on to

THE BIG DRAW: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm, there will be a free community event for all ages at All Saints’ and St Richard’s Primary School, School Hill. You can make your own masterpiece. Lots of different art activities, including drawing with different materials with Alvaro Petritoli, drawing consequences, add your picture to a landscape or townscape, or just come and draw. Refreshments will be served. It’s part of the Big Draw organised by the Campaign for Drawing For more information contact Emma Gower 01435 866504.

OPERA: Verdi’s most famous one of them all, Tosca, is being performed by South Downs Opera on Saturday October 20 from 7.30pm at the State Hall. Tickets are £15 and are available from: or from the following address: John Jenkins, Kotimaki, Tottingworth Park, Broad Oak, Heathfield TN21 8UH.

QUIZ NIGHT: A fund raising event which also helps protect our other little church, St Bartholomew’s in Cross in Hand. The Friends of Waldron Churches are organising a quiz night on October 27 from 6.30pm at Cross in Hand Primary School. It costs £8 to take part or £7 if you are a Friend.

LOCAL GASTRO PUBS: When we moved to the area in 2005 we were surrounded by excellent pubs offering terrific food at affordable prices. We now feel, rightly or wrongly, that either standards are not what they were or prices have risen so much taking meals out of the league of good pub grub into the restaurant territory. That’s fine, but not when you are ordering food from the bars yourself, hunting for a table and putting up with dodgy service. Time was when a friend asked you for a recommendation as to where to eat; now we would find it hard to answer. You know the experience, you find somewhere you love, tell the world about it and your best friend pops along and tells you with some surprise a week or so later ‘well, I suppose it was OK but I can’t say it lived up to your billing.’ Frequently it’s just because the chef has left, or the manager has. I know, I’ve run several food businesses and I know just how hard it is. There’s a breed of cook who regards himself as a celebrity, holds you almost at knife point demanding more money (usually in the middle of service on a Saturday night) and then walks out leaving you to finish the job. Luckily I was always able too (I was very well trained before I bought my first place.) And another thing, don’t bother to write and explain what went wrong (bearing in mind we Brits are always castigated for being lily-livered about complaints) because you won’t get a reply. Now, I want to say there are not all like that. We have some marvellous pubs, run by friendly and very competent people (you know who you are, you see us regularly) and one that was even far-sighted enough to open a coffee shop next door when alcohol just won’t do and you (or Mrs PP) need a large piece of cake. And there are also some wonderful ethnic restaurants in the town which, we notice, are getting busier and busier. It’s hard to find a table. I’d single out Café Rasoi, The New Evergreen and, if fish and chips is your bag, Marinos in the High Street or that very good chippie in Horam. I’ve been in the hospitality business most of my life. After returning to the UK from a super six-day trip to Normandy (just a two hour journey from Dieppe) I feel I’m in a good position to report on the standards provided in France. This was our second trip this year, revisiting the gems of restaurants we discovered on our first. There’s a conundrum. Retail food prices are pretty much the same as here. Meat costs more, fish less and shellfish a great deal less (half the price of the UK, bearing in mind lots of it comes from here or is imported some distance, so we are all paying the supplier the same.) Merville-Franceville is surrounded by similar villages, towns and sea as we have here in Sussex. As you know, eat in France and you are most likely to be offered set menus. Take your choice from three to five courses at lunch or dinner priced from €16 to €45. What do you get? Professional table service. A choice of five starters, six mains, cheese, pudding and often a glass of something a bit stronger. Lots throw in a ‘pichet’ of local wine. In one favourite in Dives sur Mer (a converted butcher’s shop where you must queue to find a table) a four course menu costs from £13 and includes local specialities like tete de veau and tripes a la mode de Caen. (I was taught to cook both but Mrs PP usually opts for the steak or fish.) Portions were very substantial ranging from pork chops stuffed with prunes to a 32 hour cooked beef rib. Fish was in abundance (lots of different species) and you are offered a Calvados on the house. For more relaxed atmosphere our favourite restaurant was a Logis in Merville Franceville where we always took the £34 menu. My favourite starter here was an assiette de fruits de mer (about £36 stand alone in Brighton) followed by Charollais steak. Terrific value for money. To repeat, we do have some good up-and-coming pubs locally but these will take time to gain a reputation.

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MAYFIELD BAND: The quiz night saw a packed hall of enthusiastic masterminds, eager to take on the Magnus Magnussons of Mayfield, Shirley and Graham Holland, who provided them with a thoroughly well organised and entertaining quiz. The questions were just challenging enough to allow everyone to get points on the board, but also to sort out the men from the boys. The eventual winners were The Jumping Jacks, and the prize was collected by young Amy Smith, one of the junior bandsmen, who hopefully enjoyed her case of wine. Special mention also to The Flashers for brightening up proceedings, and to Doug on the bar, for possibly the worst shirt in Sussex. Over £500 was raised to go towards new uniforms, so a huge thank you to everyone that came along to support them and make it a most enjoyable evening.

FILM SOCIETY: Tonight Film on Friday will be screening Goodbye First Love, the recent French film by Mia Hansen-Love whose earlier Father of My Children was well-received. This is a very French tale of young love by a notable young female director. Doors and bar open in the Memorial Hall at 8pm and the film starts at 8.30pm. It is not too late to join the society and membership rates remain unchanged. Guests should ring 872165 beforehand. Leaflets are available from Handley’s Estate Agency. Full details on

U3A: At 2.30pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall on Thursday, under the title Choice Joyce, Pat Bryer will lovingly recreate a wide range of monologues and songs by the wonderful actor, writer and comedian Joyce Grenfell. Amongst the host of characters selected is, of course, the nursery teacher in the famous and much loved George Don’t Do That sketch. There is also an exciting opportunity to hear Mrs Bolster for the first time, a character Joyce wrote but never performed. Visitors are always welcome to these meetings. For more information please contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.

PARISH COUNCIL: Since the retirement of the clerk back in August the parish council has continued to fulfil its duties and hold all committee meetings as scheduled. This could not have happened without Victor Briggs and Diane Kirkness stepping in to provide office backup. During this time the PC has advertised and interviewed a number of candidates and now announces that Janna Todd has been appointed to the position of clerk. Janna is a Mayfield resident and has served on a number of committees in and around the village, so her local knowledge will stand her in good stead for the task ahead. Officially her start date was October 1 but Janna started early getting to grips with the workings of the parish office. Over and above the mundane tasks of writing agendas and minute taking, there is a considerable amount on local government legislation to learn, it will be a steep learning curve. So, while Janna is finding her feet the council hopes everyone will be patient and warns some queries and requests may take a little longer to process than they would like. However, once back up to speed, they are confident that this new era will give the Parish Council a chance to become more effective in its day-to-day running. They have plans to cut down on the mountain of paperwork that has been generated in the past by improving use of IT. They plan to improve the layout of the parish office to make it a more welcoming but business-like environment. A new bespoke accounting software package has already been introduced and this will enable much tighter control and accurate monthly reporting as well as reduce the time required to complete audits and annual returns. Further savings and efficiencies should be made once they move to online banking. It is their intention to improve communication and keep you abreast of what they are actually doing, not something they have been particularly good at in the past so, the new clerk will be using the monthly Yellow Pages and the Parish Website to be more informative. These developments should enable a more proficient and accountable Parish Council, giving councillors more time to discuss and debate the issues of the day while planning accordingly for the future of communities.

CHIROPODY CLINIC: Mayfield Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic has moved to Mayfield High Street and is now open. The people involved in the building works have been great; Kevin Jenner, Dieter and Joe, who have worked hard to produce excellent results together with Lee Tilbury the electrician and Paul Sawyer our local plumber. Katy McSundey said: ‘I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their encouragement, kindness and support.’

CHURCHYARD: In September 2009, the Friends of Mayfield Churchyard launched their first appeal for funds to support the on-going maintenance of the village churchyard and preserve its beauty and serenity for all. Many people have given their financial support with both large and small donations and enabled them to make a significant contribution to maintenance costs this year. To date they have raised over £7,000, a magnificent start to their fund raising plans. If you would like to help support the maintenance of your churchyard please email either Warwick Child ( or hon treasurer, Barrie Martin, on for further information. Remember your contribution, large or small, can make a difference. There is a churchyard working party planned for November 3 from 10am to noon. Please go along and join them.

CROWBOROUGH HOSPITAL: There can be few people in Mayfield who have not benefitted from Crowborough Hospital, either themselves or through their family and friends. We all hope that we will never need it but it is reassuring to know that it is there a place where we can enter or leave the world, recuperate from major illness or even get an injury treated at short notice, all in a relaxed atmosphere not possible in a huge high-tech hospital, although, of course, we need those as well. The special atmosphere that one feels in Crowborough comes at a cost and that cost is community involvement through the Friends. Some years ago, the late Margaret Walsh Atkins and Jill Bromley-Fox, organised a number of fundraising events to support the Friends and looked after some collecting boxes in Mayfield. A very small group have decided that the time has come to do something again and they are going to hold a coffee morning at London House on Thursday, October 18 at 10.00am. There are many demands on your time and money but if you are able to support them by donating a raffle prize or cake or just coming for a coffee they would be grateful. Contact John Logan on: 01435 883371. Crowborough War Memorial Hospital (01892 652284) is just off South View Rd, Crowborough. It is a Community Hospital managed by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall and again in the Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am till noon. There will be a good selection of cakes, savoury meals, eggs, plus vegetables preserves, plants, flowers as well as handmade cards and knitted items. Orders can be taken for most things. And of course you can enjoy a coffee, tea and a natter.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are Holy Communion 8am (BCP) followed by morning Service Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am.

MICHAELMAS FAIR at the Barn Centre on Saturday October 20 from 1.30pm till 4.30pm. A great opportunity to commence your Christmas shopping. Lots of children’s activities, various stalls, and you can also enjoy afternoon tea. Funds raised are for St Mary’s Church.

ON SUNDAY October 21 there will be a Service in Memory of Loved Ones at 4.30pm. Tea will be served after the service. All are welcome, especially those that have been recently bereaved.


CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Yes, like a lot of people, I love Christmas, but hate all the hype starting months before. But there are an awful lot of events in December, so I suggest that you let me know about them as soon as possible so that people can put them in their diaries.

FILM SOCIETY: On Sunday Uckfield Film Society shows A Separation, Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Iranian Film which won the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. It is a powerful, complex drama centring on a conflict that cuts across boundaries of gender and class. Heartbreaking and subtle, it infuses an insight into modern Iran with an insight into the human condition. Uckfield Film Society meets at the Picture House once a month to see films from a wide range of genre. For membership enquiries, call 01825 764909.

CAMPAIGN: The Brighter Uckfield Campaign (BUCup) is holding its annual general meeting at the Alma Arms, Framfield Road on Thursday at 7.30pm. All are welcome. The Campaign are a group of volunteers who enhance Uckfield’s environment by picking up litter, cutting back overgrown areas and liaising with offices, business, Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, Uckfield Town Council, British Rail, The Rotary Club of Uckfield and others to improve the look of Uckfield. If you are able to attend the AGM we would love to welcome you. For any further information please call Dorothy Sparks on 764287.

TABLE TENNIS: Is there anywhere to play table tennis in Uckfield? I’m terribly good at it and I’d like to play somewhere locally, as long as you young, fit guys don’t mind being thrashed by a short, middle-aged female.


ANNIVERSARY: This year has been a special one for many reasons with celebrations almost a constant for us all. It is also the 350th anniversary of the introduction in 1662 of the Book of Common Prayer, which we still use today. We plan to mark the event at All Saints’ Church on Sunday at 11.15am with a special service called: At all times and in all places. There will also be a small exhibition of posters depicting the time line of the history of the book and a collection of memorabilia, but this will be more than just a history lesson. We shall be looking back to the origin of the Book, using some of the music that might have been heard at the time. A representative of the Prayer Book Society will also be there, and the Regional Trustee and there’s an opportunity to chat after the service over a cup of coffee. Everyone is welcome.

JOAN TRIUMPHS: Joan Turner has been doing her usual round of this year’s flower and produce shows, entering classes in handicrafts, cookery, flowers and plants, vegetables and photographs. In the Spring she entered the Uckfield Show, winning the Mrs Darling Cup for the most points in the flower and plant classes and the Misses Ditch cup for cookery. In August it was the Blackboys Summer Show when she won the Dennis White Memorial Cup for the most points in plants and flowers and the Peter Butler Plate for the best dish of fruit. At the Uckfield Summer Show she took the Nobby Sweet Pea Trophy, the Martinland Rose Bowl for the most points in the rose class, the Brandon Trophy for the highest points for handicrafts, the Lady Shawcross Trophy for most points in flowers and plants and the Denny Perpetual Trophy for the highest points in the whole show. At the Horam 70th Anniversary show she won the Ellissen Perpetual Cup, the Constance Scott Perpetual Cup, the Betty Evelyn Perpetual Cup and the Evelyn Pritchard Perpetual Cup. This is Joan’s best year, with eleven trophies over four shows

CRICKET DINNER: The summer game may be but a memory but there is another event in the cricket calendar with the annual dinner on Saturday October 20 at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm for 8pm. The cost is £30 per head and playing members and non-playing members with their partners are invited. Please contact Rupert Barden (01435 862529) if you wish to help.

SERVICES: Sunday is the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am which will also be the special celebration for the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer (see above).

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CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Harvest Supper followed by Harvest Supper. Heathfield Chapel: 11am The speaker at the 11am and 6.30pm services will be Dada Luogan an London City Missionary in the Kings Cross area.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very entertaining and informative talk by Geoff Hutchinson on the life of Grey Owl who claimed to have an Apache mother and Scottish father and claimed to have been raised in New Mexico. In fact he was born Archibald Belany in Hastings. He had a colourful life in Canada with a brief spell back in England and in France during WW1. He was married several times with two of these marriages overlapping. From early child-hood, he was obsessed with Red Indian culture, and went to Canada to live out his dreams. Despite his failings, he became well respected for his pioneering environmental work. Our next walk is on Saturday October 20 meeting at the top of Furnace Lane, Warbleton at 2pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Council meets at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall on Thursday evening. Parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting and all are welcome to attend.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Just an update form the festival held at Heathfield Chapel recently. Audrey Milton said that she was pleased to report that at the Chapel Harvest Supper Eddie Fletcher, the treasurer, was able to present cheques of £550 each to Demelza and the Quicken Trust.

CRAFT FAIR: Sarah Morrell tells me that she, and her friend Fyonna, have been raising money for CLIC Sargent since February when Fyonna’s daughter, Freya, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and have already raised in excess of £5,000, with Sarah’s son James and Freya raising another £1,000 by taking part in a charity skydive last weekend. Proceeds from their two stalls at the fair, held next Saturday 20th October in the Dunn Village hall, will also be donated to the charity.