Parish Pump Uckfield - October 18, 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), and 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

LUNCH CLUB: The club meets fortnightly at the village hall on a Monday from 11.30am to 2.30pm for a good meal and friendship. This Monday is one such date.

FILM CLUB: Goodbye Lenin is the film this month to be shown next Friday at 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. This comedy drama, directed by Wolfgang Becker, is about a young man in East Germany in 1990 who must keep from his mother, just out of a long coma, the changes that happened to that country, as with so much of eastern Europe. Guests are welcome at £6 per head on the door.


TALENT: Tonight, Friday, St Bartholomew’s Church are hosting their annual Burwash Has Talent show. Local talented people, adults and children, will be singing, playing musical instruments, telling jokes and more. You are all welcome to go along and see them then vote for your favourite at the end. Entrance at the door is £5 for adults and £3 for children.

TEA: The Burwash Not So Young club invite you to Come to Tea tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at the village hall from 2.30pm until 4pm. A variety of stalls include bric-a-brac, cakes and produce, books, raffle and tombola. Entry is £2 and includes a delicious cream tea.

WALK: The next monthly parish footpath walk takes place on Monday morning at 9am leaving from the Bear car park. Roger Cloke invites you to join him as he takes you around the network of public footpaths, helping to keep them open and in good repair. The walks usually end in time for lunch.

CONCERT: One of two events to note for next Saturday, October 26, is a concert in the Burwash village hall by the Warbleton Brass Band. They will entertain you from 3pm and proceeds will go to Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. Entry is £5 at the door.

BONFIRE: Also next Saturday Burwash Bonfire Society will be holding their annual firework display at the Swan Meadow playing fields from 7pm. As well as the bonfire and fireworks there will be music, food, and drink, Halloween fancy dress with prizes for the best. Entry is by donation so please be generous.

BOWLS: Last week the short mat bowls team had their first Wealden league match when they played away to Frant. They were almost a man down and are grateful to Geoff Jarvis who was last minute sub. Everyone had some good woods but alas the evening belonged to Frant. In the triples Jan Trew, Margaret Waterhouse and Stephen Trew, despite a brave start, lost 10-25 and Geoff, Keith and Angela Marden had a great game only to lose 11-12. This was Keith’s first league game and Angela’s first as skip, thrown in as she was at the last minute, both played extremely well. After tea the pairs played with Mick Moore and Mary Talyor playing well but losing at the end by 11-14 but Julie Hawkins and Keith Wood won well 16-9. So just two league points to start us off. Our next match is at home to Broad Oak.

QUIZ: The new postal quiz is selling well, but new copies are available now. The quiz is £2 and includes 100 anagrams of famous people with a place in their name ie Jack London. 15 percent of our takings are given in prize money with the proceeds going to Admiral Nurses, dementia care in the community. To get a copy please send £2 and a stamped addressed envelope to Mary Taylor, 2 Holton Cottages, Spring Lane, Burwash TN19 7HU.


CONCERT is at St Peter’s Church, on Sunday October 27 at 6pm, for the dedication of a new stained glass window (designed and made by Debbie Burgess) installed in memory of Revd Eddie Matthias who was rector of St Peter’s for 27 years and vicar of Bolney prior to that. The blessing of the stained glass window will take place during the concert. The musicians will include the church choir (past and present members), Weald Quartet (violins), Tim Guntrip (organist), Margaret Watson (harpist), Terry Bryant (guitarist), Katharine Collett (soprano), accompanied by Philip Sear (piano). Refreshments will be served during the interval and there will be a retiring collection for St Peter’s Church refurbishment programme.

TASTER SESSION Week is at the Futures Life Skills Centre, Chailey Heritage Foundation which is just off the A272, from Monday October 28 to Friday November 1. There will be various half-price taster sessions for new customers who wish to try their hand at arts and crafts, cookery and ICT. There will be free demonstrations in the accessible gym. Beauty therapy treatments will also be available. The Centre is aimed at those between the age of 19 and 25 years with physical disabilities, but is able to welcome people outside this age range so do get in touch if you require more information. To enquire or book call 01825 723723 or email

PETE’S PUPPETS are keen to recruit new members to their puppet team. They have been running for a year and have done twelve productions, including three at Great Walstead School. If you would like to know more do go along, meet members and see Pete’s Puppets in action at St Peter’s Church Family Service, at 10am on Sunday November 3.

EXCITING COMPETITION to Design a Hat, which all secondary and sixth form students are eligible to enter, is being organised by St Peter and St James Hospice and sponsored by 1st Central Insurance. The hats will be judged on Monday November 4 at the hospice by Noel Stewart, a top London milliner and London Fashion Week designer. There will be cash prizes (£75, £50 and £25) for students. For further information and to take part contact Carol Hughes, Community Fundraiser, on 01444 470811 or email

CALLS TO THE POLICE, of which I understand there have been a large number recently, regarding cows and sheep on Beggars Wood Road and North Common Road. These animals are grazing and will often be seen on these roads. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when driving along Beggars Wood Road and North Common Road and avoid further calls to police regarding these sheep and cattle.


THE PLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE: Today, Friday, at 7pm for 7.30pm in Chiddingly Village Hall Dr Nikki Gammans FRES will be giving an illustrated talk on The Plight of the Bumblebee. The talk will begin with describing our three types of bee species in the UK, their conservation and importance, decline and how we can help with particular focus on gardening. The talk will continue with a brief introduction to identification of our British species and conclude with the aims and progress of the short-haired bumblebee project. This project aims to reintroduce one of our extinct UK bumblebee species. The evening is hosted by Chiddingly Horticultural Society and everyone is welcome to come along, free entry. Refreshments will be available at the start. Background information is at and

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 21, 10am Benefice communion Chiddingly, 6pm evensong East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Just a last minute notice to inform you that the next event is a presentation to take place this evening, Friday. The talk will be presented by Ian Everest on the subject of A Sussex Farm During the 1950s, and will centre on a 16mm cine film of a year in the life of a downland farm. It will take place in the village hall and begin at 7.30pm. Admission is free to members and guests are welcome at £3 each.

BADMINTON: We are looking for new members to play badminton from all ages and abilities. We play on Wednesdays, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Chiddingly School Hall, situated in Muddles Green. Do come along for a fun game with exercise and minimal cost. If you would like to know more, please contact Janet Jupp on 01825 880028.

LINK ROMANIA Family Shoebox Appeal. Now in its 21st year, Link Romania are requesting and hoping for your continuing support and generosity in filling shoeboxes with simple and inexpensive gifts for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Leaflets with full instructions and gift suggestions are available from the church. Please leave filled boxes in the church by Friday November 1, ready for delivery to the Worthing collection depot. If you need further information please contact Jenny Pellett on 01825 872830. Additional information can also be found at

HALLOWEEN EVENT: There is to be a Halloween themed barn dance at Chiddingly Village Hall on October 26, with music by The Sussex Pistols. There will be a caller and the ticket price of £12 includes supper. Fancy dress is optional, but there will be a prize for the best costume. There will be a bar and soft drinks will also be available. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets may be obtained from Chiddingly Community Shop, The Six Bells, on the door or from Steve on 01825 873395.

COFFEE MORNING: The Royal British Legion Women’s section is having a coffee morning on Saturday October 26 in the village hall at 10.30am to noon. There will be a tombola, cake and preserves and hats plus a raffle. Please come and make it a happy morning, good company and a good cup of coffee/tea and cake.

POPPY APPEAL: After the RBL coffee morning the following two weeks are for poppy selling (we are not allowed to sell before then) hopefully you will have a member call on you with poppies. If you happen to be out when they call please do if you can get your poppy from our local shops and pubs as they all go towards our village total. Thank you in advance.

CARNIVAL SOCIETY: East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society organise coaches to other local bonfire nights. Non-members are very welcome to join us. The coaches organised this year are as follows: Newick – 2nd November 2, Lewes November 5, Robertsbridge November 16. If you are interested in joining one of these trips, please contact Alice Clarke on 07843 150669, or by e-mail at If you would like to join the society please call Erica Packham on 01825 840229.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Tuesday 23 October 1759: ‘In the even there was a bonfire of 9 hundred of faggots and there was about a hogshead of beer given to the populace, and several discharge of cannon.’


QUIZ: Chaos and turmoil at the pub last night as Dimwits were knocked off the winner’s podium by Pen’s People. Both finished with identical scores so it was down to the tie-breaker about how many goals Gary Lineker scored whilst at Leicester. The answer was 95, and Pen’s People guessed 100 so victory was theirs. Host John’s pronunciation was at an all time low and it is hoped that a dictionary will form part of his reading material during his forthcoming holiday. Quiz is Monday night at 8pm, £1 a player. Occasionally there are questions that aren’t about guess the year or obscure football trivia.

REMEMBRANCE: Not long now until Remembrance Sunday. Please dig deep when the poppy collectors call, or if you see a collecting tin, all proceeds to the Royal British Legion who continue to look after all serving and ex-service personnel in times of need. Wear your poppy with pride.

THE MARKET is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, 10am to noon. Get there early to snap up those lovely home-made bargains.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT: At the Wealden planning meeting where consent was given to the 115 housing scheme, I also heard that the gateway project for flats, shops and offices at the junction of Tilsmore Road and the High Street had been given the go-ahead. Now we have seen the architects’ impressions and floor plans, I believe there cannot be anyone in the town who would object to what is on the drawing board. At present visitors to Heathfield coming into town from the Uckfield and Lewes direction have the miserable aspect of a derelict car showroom. Get a bit closer and you can see that the roof has clearly leaked and there is plaster all over the floor. The parking area at the back is weed ridden. The town looks unwelcoming. How can Heathfield greet its visitors like that? The scheme on the table is elegant and designed to balance the mainly Edwardian/Victorian character of the town’s principal buildings, and by that I don’t mean it’s a pastiche. At last we have some clean, workable modern design which seems to accommodate a variety of needs; retail, housing and business space. I don’t know how things are progressing between architects and planners, all I know is that this is taking a long time to come to fruition and I beg whoever is holding it up, please consider those of us who live here and do not want to see this scheme bite the dust. Heaven knows what some thoughtless developer, bashing a custom-made and cheaply designed lump of brickwork onto this gateway site, could impose on us. This project has won the support of the parish council and most of the people whose views I have canvassed. Can Wealden please speed up their processes and deliver it to us? We now have the town’s affordable housing needs met by the Police Station project, so let’s have an exciting new building where form clearly meets function and gives us something to cheer us up.

SUNDAY SERVICES: All Saints, 8am: Holy Communion (BCP). 11am, Third Dimension (Healing Service). St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Third Dimension (Healing service).

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, October 26, 9am Holy Communion.

FIRST AID: Parent and grandparents’ first aid class at Punnetts Town Village Hall on Monday from 6.30 to 9.30pm. £15.

COMPUTER COURSES: If you are new to computers and the internet then a free Learn My Way computer course organised by East Sussex County Council takes place at Heathfield Library. People can learn how to use a keyboard and a mouse; how to search and explore the internet, how to keep in touch via email and how to stay safe online. Please call into the library for more details.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Scotney Castle car park GR 688353 at 10.30am for a seven mile walk in the Scotney estate. Ring 01435 883393 or 01435 862359 for information.

CRAFT MARKET: There will be a craft and gift market held in The State Hall tomorrow, Saturday; Saturday, November 16; Saturday, November 23; and Saturday, December 7, all to 2.30pm. This is a good opportunity to do your Christmas shopping.

FOLK DANCE: Heathfield Folk Dance will be holding their autumn dance at the village hall, Bodle Street Green tomorrow, Saturday. For more information contact Joy on 01435 873551.

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: Give Blood sessions at Heathfield Community Centre 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm, Monday. To book an appointment contact 0300 1232323.

TALK: The horticultural society presents a talk by Raymond Bloomfield entitled Rudyard Kipling, His Two Homes on Monday at 7.30pm, St Richard’s Church Hall. Visitors are welcome. Tickets are £3. For more information contact 01435 864875. The optional competition is a hedgerow arrangement or a special bloom.

AGE CONCERN: The annual general meeting of Heathfield and District Age Concern will be held on Thursday, 7.30pm, Union Church Parlour. All are welcome to attend. RSVP John Banks 01825 733799.

ART EXHIBITION: Cross-in-Hand are holding an art exhibition and sale at the Lucas Hall, Waldron, on Saturday November 4, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Free admission and free refreshments. For more information contact 01435 868884.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

PARISH COUNCIL: As you can imagine, the parish council office has been inundated with complaints from residents concerning their waste and recycling collections since July this year. Numerous requests have been received asking how and why Kier were selected to take on the Joint Waste Contract and Wealden District Council (WDC) has provided parish councils with some background information. There was a 12 month procurement exercise conducted by representatives from the five authorities involved (Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother, Wealden and East Sussex County Council). The objective was to increase kerbside recycling across the partnership and to deliver savings. There was significant due diligence and checks on bidders before Kier were awarded the contract in December 2012. They offered a service on a fortnightly basis with residents receiving separate refuse, recycling and (where chosen) a garden refuse collection service. Recyclable items were to include, glass bottles and jars, increased types of different plastics such as blister packs, bags, film, pots, food trays, batteries and clothing. Kier took over the waste collection on April 1 but trouble started on the July 22 when they changed the routes and started the new recycling service. Their performance dropped to an unacceptable level resulting in too many properties missed, problems with assisted collections and issues with the brown bin deliveries. Kier have recognised that the primary reason is that they did not use enough local knowledge such as which lanes are too narrow for the average sized appliance, which have to be reversed down etc. This has also had a significant impact on WDC due to the unprecedented level of customer contacts and complaints. There are on-going issues in the more rural areas and narrow access roads as well as pockets of missed bins. Kier have deployed significant additional vehicles, crews and supervisors. WDC are supporting Kier with the provision of maps, local knowledge and researching issues to determine reasons for missed collections and have increased the number of staff in their contact centre. Penalties for the inadequate service have been imposed and Kier faced a scrutiny committee on September 25. WDC are not offering compensation to residents because the service is paid for by means of a tax and not by invoice for service. The average cost of the service is 60p per week per household. Any remaining money from the fine imposed by WDC will be returned to the communities as a whole. Residents have been asked to be patient while Kier increase their level of service, but please do not be too patient! WDC need to be informed of any missed collections within a week so they can continue to monitor the situation to ensure the level of performance we all expect is achieved. The Parish Council is interested to hear of whole streets that have missed a collection so they can pinpoint hotspots and relay the information to Kier.

SOUTH STREET TOILETS: A lot of feedback has been received from residents informing the parish council that they do not want the public toilets to be closed as they are necessary for the community and its visitors. It is essential that the parish council can assess the general opinion of our residents so that they know which services you value the most.

COMMUNITY GRANTS: This year’s Wealden Community Grants Scheme for local clubs and community organisations is now open for applications. Grants are being offered through the Wealden Small Grants Scheme (grants of between £500 and £3,000) and the Capital Grants Scheme (grants between £1,000 and £10,000). The closing date for applications is November 30 to enable awards to be made for the 2014 financial year. Applications will need to show that funds will be spent within the next financial year April 2014 to March 2015. Grants for capital projects and smaller schemes have to be match-funded, but this can be entirely in-kind through volunteer time. This will ensure that well supported groups of limited financial means can be helped. A pre-application advice service has been launched with a limited number of 40 minute pre-application advice which must be booked in advance and should be used to discuss a draft application from your organisation. For more information and an application form, please look for Grant Funding on Wealden’s website or contact Michelle Gray on 01323 443520 or you can email her at

PHOENIX PLAYERS: The players are hosting a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in London House: coffee, tea and cake will be served from 10am till noon. Tickets for their November 21 to 23 production of A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie will be on sale. Go along, enjoy some company and refreshment and ensure you can buy tickets for your favourite seats. Group discounts are offered.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion, followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am. If you would like a lift to church please book in advance by telephoning 722582. There will also be the annual Service in Memory of Loved Ones at 4.30pm. The service will last for half an hour. Tea will be available in the Barn Centre. Please let the Rector know if you would like anyone in particular remembered by name.

NEWICK GREEN WI will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Ian Gledhill giving an illustrated talk entitled Magnus Volks and His Railways. Volks opened in 1883 in Brighton and is the oldest electric railway in the world. It was the brainchild of inventor Magnus Volks, a pioneer British electrical engineer, who was born in Brighton.

RUGBY: I am unable to write about the rugby club fixtures as to date as I have not yet received their 2013/14 fixture list.

REPORT: If any club or society would like me to report about events they are arranging, please forward your details.


OUR WEIRD WEATHER: Last week Hubby John was working with his top off, and now we’ve got the heating on. Several years ago a foreign student said to me, ‘In England you have three weathers in one day.’ He was so right.

NaNoWriMo: A lot of people tell me, when they find out I’m a writer, that they’ve been told that they ought to write a novel. Well now’s your chance. November is NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writer’s Month. You’re allowed to start planning your novel now; plot, characters, etc, but you’re not allowed to start it until November 1, and you must finish it by midnight on November 30. You don’t go back and correct it until after that. If you look online, there are NaNoWriMo groups all over the world, where they drink lots of beer and wine and talk about their novels, but none in Uckfield. So if you’d like to start one, do let me know.

UCKFIELD ART GROUP will be hosting their Autumn Exhibition on Saturday November 16. You are invited to call in to see original paintings, drawings, greeting cards and prints. There will also be a collection point for washed plastic milk bottle tops to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. If you would like to start saving them they need to have a 2, 02, 4 or 04 in the recycling triangle. Doors open to the exhibition from 10am to 4pm at the Luxford Centre. Watch this space for more details closer to the time.

THE ROTARY CLUB meeting held last Monday was different from normal, with a number of guests joining members. These included the organising committee of the annual Kit Car Grand Prix (Rory O’Conner, Colin Cornford, Chris Gauntlet, Paul Gibson, Paul Page-Mitchell and Charles Stringer), as well as Anne Nicholls and Rosemary Toovey, had who worked very hard collecting and selling ice-creams on the very hot July afternoon of this year’s GP. Ron Hill attended, as thanks for his help with publicity and photographs over the year. We also presented a cheque to Ann Press and Joan Stocker, on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. As a result, our speaker, Paul Varrall, had a larger than expected audience to entertain. There are two events in November, both organised jointly by Rotary and Inner Wheel, and both in the Luxford Centre. An Evening of Wine, with a talk, a quiz, wine tasting and ploughman’s supper is at 7pm on November 16, and tickets cost £12. More information from Tracy Mander, on 01825 763877. Then there is our next Cookery Demonstration, led by Ian Dowding (he of the Banoffee Pie), on November 27, at 2pm. Tickets are £12, and more details from Anne Nicholls, 01825 763977.

ROCKS PARK SCHOOL: For many months members of the Uckfield Housebound and Friendship Club, which is now run by Uckfield Lions since Rose Wilcocks retired, have been looking forward to what has become an annual event at Rocks Park School, an afternoon of Harvest entertainment. On Wednesday October 9 all members of the club were enthusiastically welcomed by the children as they arrived at the school and escorted in to the school hall. Once settled with a cup of tea or coffee served by the children of year 6, the choir assembled and entertained the Housebound members and helpers with a new take on Harvest festival songs. The song that impressed the club the most was the Christmas favourite Feed the World sung with a Samba beat and words all relating to harvest time. As it was Peter’s birthday the following day the choir also managed a good rendition of Happy Birthday. After the choir it was tea time and large plates of sandwiches and wonderful cakes all made by the children were handed round. All too soon it was time to leave and Graham Russell, on behalf of Housebound club, thanked the pupils of year 6, Chris Davey Headmaster and of course the teaching staff, for a wonderful afternoon. Senior Citizens wishing to join should contact Lion Graham Russell on 01825 762065 or see our


FAWKES EXPLODED: Last week’s WI meeting was entertained by Peter Pyemont talking about the history of the Gunpowder Plot. The speaker betrayed his Prep School background with an explosive address which would have gone down well with a roomful of 8-year old boys. They would have certainly relished the gory details of the torture which the plotters went through after the event, which were perhaps enjoyed less by Waldron’s ladies. Next month’s afternoon will be the annual meeting, preceded by lunch at 1pm, followed by the elections for next year’s committee. It will be held on Wednesday November 13 at the Lucas Hall as usual.

SWINGING: A new trio called Swinging Affair will play at 12.30pm onwards at the Star on Sunday. With guitar, trumpet and double bass, they specialise in jazz and swing.

PANTO: Our Pantomime is now cast and rehearsals started this week. Any extra hands to help behind the scenes would be most welcome and if you can paint scenery contact Doreen Beattie (01435 862619) and if you have any sewing skills, contact Geraldine Lewis ( 01435 865072).

QUIZZING: There are two chances to show your quizzing skills this month. On Friday October 25 the twinning association will be hosting a Quiz Night (in aid of their funds) at 7.30pm. The charge of £8 per head includes a two course supper, you can bring your own drinks and glasses, and teams will be made up of six people. Contact Gill Temple (01435 812861) to book or to let her know if you have special dietary needs. The monthly pub quiz will be at the Star on Monday October 28 at 7.30pm. The charge will be £7 per head including a one-course supper and teams will be made up of six people.

SERVICES: Sunday is the 21st of Trinity. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (Reverend George Pitcher), Sung Eucharist also at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am (Reverends George Pitcher and Peter Jamieson) and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Reverend George Pitcher).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), and 11am Morning Worship. We have our bells appeal to provide funds for repair of the equipment and frame upon which they hang. Please be assured that all funds donated to the appeal are earmarked for that purpose, and cannot be used for any other purpose. Gift Aid adds a very useful extra amount at no cost to yourself, if you are a taxpayer. Details can be had from Andrew (01580 201953), Mick (01435 830588) or David (01435 812870). St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship and Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Paul Daniels and 6.30pm Evening service and communion with Ray Dadswell.

HISTORY GROUP: Derek Legg gave us a fascinating account of the history of bonfire in Sussex, under the title of Remember, Remember the 5th of November. Derek was a founding member of the re-ignited Eastbourne Bonfire Society about 12 years ago and is still an active member. He told us of pre Gunpowder Plot fire rituals around the country and as far back as the Old Testament, bringing us through the centuries including the Plot itself and particularly the 19th century when bonfire became very strong in Sussex, right up to the present day. Our next walk is tomorrow, Saturday. We meet at Herstmonceux Church at 2pm for a walk with just one stile, with little in the way of hills.

RGWI: Sit up straight ladies as Derrick Hughes will tell Tales of 17 Years as a Headteacher. I gather Derrick is well known to the institute as he has entertained with his unusual musical instruments.

REMEMBRANCE: It is that time of the year when we remember those who died in wars, and buy our poppies, to support the work of the British Legion caring for veterans. Again, a wreath will be placed in the churchyard close to the church door at St Mary’s Warbleton to reserve an area for anyone who wishes to plant a cross in memory of a family member or friend who died serving with our Armed Forces. The Roll of Honour will be called during the service, on Sunday November 10, but it is hoped this initiative will emphasise Remembrance is a time to remember all men and women of every generation who lost their lives serving in the Armed Services. Crosses will be available from Poppy Appeal collectors during the door-to-door collection.