Parish pump Uckfield - October 24, 2014

Bodle Street Green

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. 4pm 4 For All, our Messy Church event for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. All are welcome. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship.

FILM CLUB: The Lunchbox is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm next Friday October 31. It tells the story of Ila, a middle class housewife trying to add spice to her marriage through her cooking, but things go awry when her husband’s special lunchbox ends up in his colleague Saajan’s hands. The film directed and written by Ritesh Batra lasts 1hr 45min and is PG rated. Doors open at 7pm.

DOWNTON BALL: Those above and below stairs are invited to the grand Downton Ball at the village hall next Saturday November 1, at 7pm for 7.30pm. A three course dinner will be served, prior to the dancing, accompanied by The Surgeons of Swing. Tickets are £20 from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff 833343. This is in aid of the Extension Fund.

WW1 DINNER: Major General Tim Cross CBE is the speaker at a commemorative dinner to be held next Friday at the village hall. His subject is The Great War – The Great Sacrifice. He was General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops, Iraq, responsible for all the British Army combat personnel in the Iraq War, and advises the Defence Select Committee. It will be a three course meal followed by coffee and mints and costs £12.50. Please bring our own drinks. For bookings and info contact Jennifer on 01323 833001.

J BARNES & SONS: I am pleased to report Peter Love has been contacted by a couple of people in response to my article about this firm which was a feature of daily life in the middle of the village for many decades. He is writing a magazine article about the firm for one of the magazines featuring old agricultural matters and would appreciate any photos, news cuttings, or memories etc to help him create a full and accurate picture. He can be contacted on 01323 833125.


MUSIC: The monthly music night at the Burwash Common Pavilion takes place tonight, Friday, from 8pm. Local talented musicians and singers will be there to entertain you. If you enjoy singing or play a musical instrument and would like to join them please go along and make yourself known. The licensed bar will be open.

CONCERT: As the 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal starts this weekend the Warbleton Brass Band will be playing at a Concert For Remembrance at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm. Tickets are £5 at the door, there will also be a raffle and refreshments for sale in the interval. The concert is in support of Help for Heroes and the British Legion.

LUNCH: The Age UK Burwash branch have their monthly lunch club on Monday at the Bear Motel, from noon. Anyone over the age of 55 years can go along and join them for a delicious, freshly cooked two course meal for £8. This is a friendly event enjoyed by many. If you would like to join them please call Jean Plummer on 01435 883483.

DIARY DATES: On Saturday November 1 the Monday Painters are holding one of their art exhibitions. See the Newsagents window display for a small number of their talented work. Also on November 1 the bonfire celebrations will be at the playing fields. November 8, Animals and Anecdotes from One Man Theatre, Brian D Barnes, at the village hall. Tickets available from the Newsagents. Cleaning up the churchyard in time for the remembrance Sunday services will take place on November 8, volunteers welcomed. Chailey

CYCLE JUMBLE is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am to 2pm. For more details call Hugh Procter on 01273 471880 or email

CHOOSE YOUR PUMPKIN from a barn full of pumpkins and squash of all sizes at Townings Farm, Plumpton Road. The barn is open tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There will also be the chance to try seasonal treats. Call Carole on 01444471352.

KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway from tomorrow, Saturday, until Sunday November 2. Call 01825 720800 to purchase tickets.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am, with Phil Cole, and at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

CHAILEY SCHOOL ARTISTS exhibition is at Farley Barn Gallery, Muddles Green, Chiddingly on Sunday between 10am and 4.30pm.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER group meet on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre, Chailey School. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area. 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.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE on Tuesday from 7pm supporting Tearfund at Millridge, Lower Station Road. To find out more call Joy Partridge on 01825 722936.

CHARITY QUIZ at the Horns Lodge on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more details call Linda on 01273 400422.

FUNGUS FORAY organised by the Commons Society is on Wednesday, with Rosalie Sinclair-Smith, and starts at 2pm at Pound Common car park. Children will be especially welcome (with a parent) to help find and identify (for about two hours) the many species of fungi to be found on the common. For further information visit

COFFEE STOP is at the Free Church every Friday from 10am to midday. On Friday October 31 our local Police Community Support Officer Steven Knowles will be at the Coffee Stop; so do go along for a free coffee, a chat, for advice and to raise any concerns.

HALLOWEEN an evening of Mediumship and Clairvoyance, with Martin Hopgood, is at the Five Bells on Friday October 31. Call Andy on 01825 722259 for prices, the evening includes a three course meal.

DO YOU HAVE TIME and expertise to join the Governing Board at Chailey Heritage Foundation? The Foundation is seeking new governors (with adult and children’s social care expertise) to advise, support and challenge their development of services. A knowledge and understanding of the role of health in community and children and adult services would also be an advantage. If you are interested in this role and would like to receive an information pack and/or have an informal discussion with their chair of governors contact Fiona Duff 01825 724444 ext. 706 or email as soon as possible as applications, in writing, are sought by Friday October 31.

MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church on November 1 at 8.30am for 9am. The talk will be by Ian Richards, a retired race walker from England, who represented the United Kingdom at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The breakfast is free but donations most welcome. For catering purposes please book by calling 01444 471600.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to assist at the Newick Bonfire Society street collection on Saturday November 1 on behalf of Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you would like to help with this collection please contact the fundraising office on 01825724752 or

CATTLE have left the commons for the winter so there are no stock on the combined commons (Pound, Romany Ridge and Memorial). Three of the Exmoor ponies have moved to Lane End Common and 12 to Red House Common where they have been joined by 80 Hebridean sheep.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Enterprise Centre (CHEC) has a VersaCAMM printer; purchased with a very generous donation. The VersaCAMM is a large format printer that allows production of complex images on a much bigger scale. It is the perfect high-performance production tool for creating colourful decals, labels, banners, posters, vehicle and floor graphics, apparel decoration and just about any sign imaginable. The printer also means that CHEC are now able to take orders for items such as outside advertising banners and signage. To find out more call CHEC on 01825 724376.

DIAMOND JUBILEE MAP: New residents of Chailey might wish to know the parish council still has a number of the decorated pictorial maps created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. At the time the maps were presented to each household by the parish council and may still be obtained by calling Cllr Mark Evans on 01825 722554 or e-mailing the parish clerk at

THE VILLAGE HALL continues to be well used and sessions include the Chailey and Newick Art Group, Women’s Institute, East Sussex Concert Band, dog training, a mum’s fitness class, Pilates, yoga, youth club, guides, brownies and rainbows, a music club, children’s speech and drama sessions and tutored art groups. Details of any of the hirers are available from Ann Jones, chair of the Village Hall Committee, on 01444 831244 or Lorna Tuttle, the booking secretary, on 07813 319895.

East Hoathly

CHURCH NEWS: Sunday, last Sunday after Trinity, 8am Holy Communion, East Hoathly; 10am Matins, Chiddingly; 10am TGI Sunday, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The postponed walk up Mount Harry, has now been rescheduled to Sunday, November 2. As the clocks will have gone back by then, we will be starting at the earlier time of 1.30pm to enable us to make the most of the far reaching magnificent views. Also to be seen are the Exmoor ponies used for conservation grazing, squabbling skylarks and peregrines. We will be starting from The Blacksmith’s Arms in Offham, excellent food, but make sure you book. Further details from Jenny on 872830.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The AGM will be held on Friday November 14 at 7.30pm. There will be a quiz and a buffet supper on offer at a cost of £5. Call Jane on 01825 840575.

COFFEE MORNING: The Royal British Legion (Women’s Section) hold a fundraising coffee morning in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 10.30am to 12.15pm. There will be jams, pickles and bric-a-brac as well as a raffle.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Association are looking for five new families with school age children to host families from Juzier who would like to take part in the twinning from May 1 to 3. For more details please contact Pat Duke on 841077 or at


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

BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS tomorrow, Saturday. The programme of events is: 3pm children’s and adult’s Fancy Dress Competitions Fletching Village Hall; 6.45pm form up first procession to Splaynes Green and return to village; 7pm procession moves off; 7.45pm interval; 8.30pm forming up of second procession to Snatts Cottages and return to bonfire and firework site; 8.45pm procession moves off; 9.30pm bonfire and fireworks. Please note there is a road closure from 6pm until 11pm from Snatts Cottages through to Splaynes Green and from the bottom of Mill Lane. There will be no access to the village whatsoever between these times. Weather permitting there will be car parks at either end of the village. You will be able to get into the car park from Piltdown end up to 8pm. All cars must be removed from the High Street by 5pm otherwise they could towed away, and the bonfire society cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused if they are left in the High Street.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 30 October 1914. Our Little Contributors’ Column. Conducted by Uncle Tom: My dear friends, the long evenings have descended upon us once again, when our thoughts turn to indoor, rather than to outdoor, amusements. Therefore, so that you may have a little diverting occupation to fill up your time around the fireside at night, the Editor has asked me to undertake the work carried on until recently by Uncle Tom, whose name, of course, needs no introduction to the young readers of this paper. As you know, Uncle Tom has gone away in the service of his country; and I am sure you will be pleased to hear that he is ‘getting along’ nicely. He asks to be remembered to you; and can promise you some very interesting little stories about personal experiences when he returns once more to the office and takes up his pen to write to you. I am going to award a prize this week for the best painting of the Union Jack.

THE HISTORY OF FLETCHING and its Folk in Photographs Saturday November 1, 10am to 6pm, Sunday November 2, 10am to 5pm in Fletching Village Hall. If you have not seen this exhibition of bygone days of Fletching history, then it is strongly recommended that you do so. Those of you who have seen it before will be amazed at the additions. If you have any photographs of your old school days or village life you are invited to bring them with you so I can scan them if you want to expand the exhibition collection. Barry Dickens.

DANCE EVENING: Sheffield Park 60th Anniversary Dance Evening, Sheffield Park and Garden November 15, 7pm. Adult £35 (includes buffet). Join us for a 1950s themed evening to celebrate 60 years of the National Trust at Sheffield Park and Garden with dance band and buffet. Booking essential.

Framfield & Blackboys

VILLAGE MARKET tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Framfield Memorial Hall. Browse around the 20 interesting stalls. Start looking for something different for Christmas presents. Also sit and have a catch up with a cuppa and a bacon roll. Call Ann on 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

U3A: At last U3A is to be launched in Heathfield and Waldron. All retired and semi retired residents of the parish are invited to a launch meeting in the Community Centre in Sheepsetting Lane at 2.30pm on Monday, November 10. U3A stands for University of the Third Age but has long since lost its connections with universities. Its objectives are to ensure people semi-retired or retired have access to groups of fellow residents who share the same interests, which may be social, cultural, physical or intellectual. Among the many groups in Sevenoaks are those devoted to Bridge and Gardens, History of Art and French Conversation, Walking and Golf, Play-reading and Wine Appreciation. In Tunbridge Wells groups are devoted to Music and Computers, to Garden Visits and Sunday Pub Lunches, to Current Affairs and Local History, to Classic Drama and Creative Writing. Across Sussex there are 39 U3As who arrange in concert a programme of workshops and study days. Once each month all members meet for a talk and discussion on a topic of general interest. At that meeting members are informed how to join other groups. In Tunbridge Wells the groups are self-help learning groups, the objective is to pursue a common interest in the company of like-minded people. Meetings normally take place at members’ homes. Most groups rotate amongst the members’ homes but some may keep to one venue. Each member pays 30p towards refreshments provided by the host at each group meeting. Subscription and other charges will be determined by the steering committee appointed at the launch meeting and before the inaugural meeting in January of next year. Each U3A is affiliated to the Third Age Trust which sends to each member five copies each year of U3A News and 3 of Sources magazine on educational topics. Do join us.

WEALDEN Decorative and Fine Arts Society. A large audience and an atmosphere of anticipation indicated a popular lecturer was our guest this month and no-one was disappointed. Bertie Pearce talked on Charles Dickens, the man, his life and his characters. Dickens admitted his characters were based on those around him and Bertie illustrated this with reference both to Dickens’ family and his characters, often delighting his audience with his acting skills. While we all know of Charles Dickens the same probably cannot be said of the subject of next month’s lecture, Sofonisba Anguissola. To learn more about this lady join us on November 11. Contact 01435 873258.

HISTORY SOCIETY: This month’s talk was given by Trevor Povey entitled A Backward Glance at Lewes. With the aid of excellent slides Mr Povey led us through the development of Lewes from a small village which grew up around the castle built by William de Warenne on land he was granted after the Battle of Hastings to the modern county town of today. En route we learned of the foundation of the Priory by the Benedictine Greyfriars, the growth of the Tudor town still there in the streets of today and exemplified by the Anne of Cleves house and on to the industrial Lewes of the 18th and 19th centuries. We are fortunate to have a county town so rich in history and architecture and well worth a backward glance. Our next meeting is on Thursday, November 11 at 7.30pm in the Ian Price room at the Community Centre when we will learn all about Polesden Lacey. Visitors are welcome.

QUIZ: Heathfield, Cross in Hand and Five Ashes Conservatives hold a quiz evening on November 6 at 7pm at Heathfield Community Hall. This will include a two course meal costing £10. There will be a licensed cash bar, prizes and a raffle. Tables of six, bring your friends or join a table. Booking essential on 01435 867982 or

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday November 1, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

ALL SAINTS’ Old Heathfield, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. All welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion. All welcome after this service for coffee.

COFFEE, CAKES, Crafts and Christmas. Enjoy a drink and a home-made cake, whilst you browse the lovely gifts and do some Christmas shopping. Also for sale are good quality second-hand clothes, cakes and bakes, jewellery, and other items. Come along and grab a few bargains. All ages welcome, the more the merrier. Saturday November 1, 10am to 4pm at Drumrunie, Upper Greenwoods Lane, Punnetts Town. The Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare, set up over 30 years ago, is an animal rescue centre at Hadlow Down. The Longleys hold their fundraiser every year in remembrance of Charlotte, a wonderful chocolate lab who came to them through the Trust but sadly died before her time. They also like to raise funds as a thank you for their rescue dog Brew, a dearly loved member of their menagerie. Follow the balloons.

WORLD WAR ONE: Heathfield’s World War One commemorations continue. On Sunday November 9 we have another opportunity to ‘remember them’ when All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield will lead the Act of Remembrance and respect the two minutes’ silence with the rest of the nation. The service commences at 10.45am and members of the British Legion, including young people from the uniformed organisations in our area, will take part. This will be followed by the laying of the wreaths at the War Memorial in Cade Street. There will also be an opportunity for people to place their own British Legion crosses in the memorial garden immediately outside the main church entrance. Another addition for the Sunday will be the ‘We will remember them’ banner which will hang over the record of those who gave their lives during the Great War. Website

SOME HOT NEWS from Fascoh. On Monday November 10, the installation of Phase 1 of the new heating system will commence at All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield. This means the church will not be fit for use on the evening of Thursday Topics, November 13 so it has been decided to postpone the evening entitled Travels with a Time Lord, the where, when, what and who of TV’s Doctor Who. It is hoped this will be presented early in 2015. Watch out for the date to book your seats for this fascinating evening to be presented by David Guest, a fan for nearly 50 years and who has written for a number of the fan magazines over the years. In 2013 he contributed to two books published to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who entitled Contact Has Been Made, Volumes 1 and 2.

Horam & Vines Cross

ART EXHIBITION and Sale at The Horam Centre, High Street, Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9, 10am to 4pm. Free parking near by. The three local artists returning to Horam for their fourth exhibition containing new work not seen before are, Penelope Coomber, Norman Starley and Andy Thurgood offering original art at affordable prices.

Isfield & Little Horsted

VILLAGE HALL: What do you want out of the Village Hall? That is the question being put to Isfield residents over the coming weeks by the hall’s trustees. One of them, Jerry Phillips, says: ‘The hall is not used as much as we would like it to be. We would like to see it used more … it would help to meet the running costs.’ These costs usually run at between £8,000 and £10,000 a year. The hall, built in the early 20th century and for some 50 years used as a school, is currently used on a regular basis by a number of groups, including the village pre-school group, a dancing club, The Women in Isfield Group (TWIG) and the Forget-me-Not Club as well as the parish council for its meetings. The hall trustees feel villagers might be missing an opportunity to make use of facilities there for special occasions such as celebration parties. The main hall has tables and chairs capable of accommodating 100 people and a decently-equipped kitchen. Outside there are good parking facilities as well as a small field suitable for setting up a marquee or bouncy castle. Trustees are arranging for a survey sheet to be distributed with the village newsletter in early November. One completed form will be drawn to win a £50 prize. The draw takes place at the quiz night at The Laughing Fish on December 7. Information about hiring the hall can be gained from or 01825 749778.

PETITION: The petition calling for a reduction in the speed limit along part of the A26 Lewes to Uckfield road at Rose Hill has attracted 156 signatures. It is being handed into a full meeting of East Sussex County Council by county councillor Roy Galley. People living in the area want the speed limit reduced from 50mph to 40mph along a stretch of about three-quarters of a mile between Kiln Lane and Horsted Lane, a section of road with poor visibility for drivers joining from side roads and private drives. The road is used extensively by buses, horse-riders and pedestrians as well as other traffic.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

BADGES: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society’s Badge Night is at The Laughing Fish during the evening of November 13. The society’s annual fireworks celebrations are the following evening.

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 COUNTRY MARKET will be open from 10am to 11am today, Friday, in the village hall. There is a good selection of locally grown vegetables available plus home-made cake, savoury items, fresh eggs, preserves, local cheese and charcuterie. You can also enjoy a cuppa of coffee.

SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holly Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Worship, 4.30pm the service Memory of Loved Ones. Everyone welcome. There will be tea in the Barn Centre afterwards. If you need a lift to church, telephone 722582 in advance.

CINEMA: On Sunday Newick Cinema will be showing the film The Book Thief. Doors open at 7pm, film at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 can be obtained on the door or email

THE PARISH COUNCIL will be holding their monthly meeting in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm on Monday. People can go along and listen and you can also ask a question at the start of the meeting.

BONFIRE: On November 1, Newick Bonfire will take place on the Village Green. The A272 will be closed from 6.30pm until about 10.30pm.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB meet on Thursday November 13 in the Community Centre. The speaker is Dr Stuart Anderson.

SUPPER QUIZ: St Mary’s Church annual Supper Quiz will take place on Wednesday November 19, at Newick Primary School.

AGM: Newick Horticultural Society hold their AGM on Thursday November 20.

MOTOWN EVENING: Newick and Chailey Support Group St Peter and St James will be holding another Motown Evening on Friday November 21. More details about these events later.


BATTLEFIELDS TOUR: Last week a group of 19 from the parish of Waldron crossed the Channel to visit some of the battlefields of Northern France. We were led by Steve Roberts, former career soldier and now battlefield guide, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject. We went with a list of our men, those whose names are on our war memorial from the First World War and were able to visit the cemeteries where 16 of them are buried or commemorated and leave a cross and a poppy for each. The visit was a revelation for most of us who had never been to the area, as Steve took us through some of the events and battles of the conflict that changed Europe. We saw the area where the battle of the Boar’s Head at Richebourg took place on June 30, when so many men from the South Downs Battalions of Royal Sussex Regiment were killed in an engagement for which they had been poorly prepared. It became known as The Day Sussex Died and one of our Rector’s sons, Cyril Humble-Crofts, was killed on that day. The land on which the battle was fought was completely open with no cover for advancing troops, and from our perspective it seemed madness. The next day we stood in the sunken lane in which allied troops waited to attack the village of Beaumont Hamel on 1 July 2016, and saw how the lie of the land dictated the progress of the battle. We visited the magnificent Thiepval Memorial to the missing and the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, a victory for the Canadians but at a terrible cost. So many memories from such a short visit, but perhaps what will stay with me will be the words Steve read to us from letters by two young soldiers in their last hours, writing home to their families, expressing the most important emotions which move us.

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.

PUB NEWS: There will be live music on Sunday at the Star when the very popular Swinging Affair trio will be performing from 12.30pm to 2.45pm. The following day, Monday, the Pub Quiz will start its winter season and will follow its usual pattern of a set charge of £7 per head which includes a one-dish supper, and teams of up to six. The quiz will start at 7.30pm so come in good time to get your favourite table. On Friday October 31 it will be Folk Night and due to its continuing popularity this will now be a regular event, every last Friday of the month. The pub has its Christmas Menu now for you to look at and book. The charge is £25 per head, the menu looks great, and will be available from Wednesday December 3 until December 23.

SERVICES: This Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, Sung Matins 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. Next week, Sunday November 2, will be All Saints’ Day and will be celebrated with Choral Holy Communion at 11.15am at All Saints’ followed by wine and canapés.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BONFIRE: I understand Warbleton will not be holding a bonfire this year. There are two alternatives this weekend. Tonight Cowbeech have theirs. The evening starts with fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions in the car park of the Merrie Harriers, in various age groups starting at 6pm. The bonfire and fireworks will be in a secure field near to the pub. Entrance is £5 for over 11s, free to those under 11 accompanied by an adult. It opens at 6.30pm and there will be a hog roast, barbecue and bar. Loos will be available on site. The bonfire will be lit between 6.45pm and 7pm and the firework display starts at 8pm. They are choreographed to military music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. On Saturday evening Punnetts Town hold their celebrations at the village hall and recreation ground. The evening starts at 6.30pm. There will be a barbecue, bar and other refreshments. Inside the hall there will be some stalls and the chance to sit down. There will be a torchlight procession around the rec ending up at the bonfire, for the lighting. When the flames have died down a bit the firework display starts. Both of these events are designed to be family friendly and are put on by the villages concerned.

WALK: This month’s History Group walk starts from the lane south of Arlington reservoir, at 2pm. A few stiles and some mud are to be expected. From Upper Dicker, go over the level crossing at Berwick station and turn left. Meet at a sharp left hand bend in the road TQ540068.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. We will be featuring the Shoebox Appeal, when we fill shoeboxes with goodies for children in need around the world. 4pm 4 For All, our Messy Church event for the whole family at Punnetts Town Village Hall. All are welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: 6.30pm Sung Evensong. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Morning Worship. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Francis Bates. There will be morning services only until March.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Members of the group can get their priority tickets for There Goes The Bride on Saturday November 1. This comic farce is written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, and will be put on from November 19 to 22. Tickets cost £18.50 to include a three course meal. Tickets will be on sale to members only on Saturday November 1 from 10am to 11.30am at The Dunn Village Hall. If you are unable to come, please contact Anita on 01435 873226 and give her your ticket requirements. Full payment will need to be made at the time of booking. You must be a paid up member to get priority tickets. Check with Jane (membership secretary) if you are unsure if you have paid for 2014, 01435 863640. Thereafter tickets will be available to the public via the Village Players website, there is a booking charge.