Parish pump Uckfield - October 3, 2014


COFFEE, CAKE AND A NATTER from 10am to noon tomorrow, Saturday at St Francis Church. Coffee £1, tea £1, cake £1. Also raffle, book stall and Barcombe mugs for sale. All welcome. Proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice.

WALK: Barcombe Walking group will be meeting on Sunday for a walk through the forest. Meet at the entrance to the forest half way along the road between Fletching and Nutley at 2.30pm. Leader Anne Pearce.

Bodle Street Green

DANCING LESSONS: In preparation for the Grand Downton Ball on Saturday November 1 dancing lessons are being held in the village hall, tonight, and Fridays October 10 and 17. Gareth and Lisa Taplin will provide the knowhow. Book with Pauline on 01323 833734. The cost is £5 per person.

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Harvest Family Service, followed by a Bring and Share Harvest lunch in the Dunn Village Hall St Giles, Dallington: 11am Communion. We received the sad news that Lord John Wrenbury, curate at St Giles for many years, died last Saturday morning. Our condolences to his family, friends and members of the congregation.

RAFA SERVICE: A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Flying Officer Peter Guerin Crofts at the Cross at Padgham Corner, 2.30pm for 3pm on Sunday followed by tea at Bodle Street Village Hall. All are welcome.


HOME: Well here I am back home with my family. My trip to Canada while being enjoyable was also emotional as so much was happening. Hopefully things will settle down now and they can all get on with their lives without too much stress. It is good to be home and catch up with my friends. I am also looking forward to continuing to keep you informed of the goings on around our three villages. If you have articles of any kind you wish to share with my readers, please contact me on 01435 882107 or email

MEMORIAL: How fitting it was to see the Lancaster flying overhead as a commemoration to WW2 pilot Reginald Rimmer on Saturday morning. The pilot made several low flying loops over the memorial stone in Franchise Drive, Spring Lane as part of the rededication of the new memorial stone erected there in his memory.

QUIZ: What a great evening the village hall quiz evening was last Saturday. Thanks to our resident quiz masters Terry Parker and Steve Bennett we all enjoy some brain exercise, a good laugh and much banter. The village hall committee laid on a fabulous hot supper and those desserts were yummy. Thanks to the ten teams that joined in the fun we raised over £500 for hall funds. The winners were the Odd Bods on 102 with School Hill Dunces second with 95.

HARVEST SUPPER: Have you got your ticket for the harvest supper which will be held in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 for a fabulous two course supper and coffee with entertainment too. They are available from Tesky at the News Agents or Vicky Patterson 01435 884135 or Jo Brown 882453. There will be a raffle and all proceeds will go towards the St Bartholomew’s Church funds.

PAINTERS: The Monday Painters begin their new season of indoor meetings on Monday in the village hall from 1pm. to 4pm. There is free parking Admission, tea, coffee and a warm welcome are all free, with wheelchair access into the hall. The hall is a nice bright place to paint in, share ideas and pointers with like-minded friends. If you would like to know more call in on Monday or call Grace on 01435 860848 or Anne on 883247.

BLG: The Burwash Ladies Group will be meeting on Wednesday afternoon from 2.15pm in the village hall. Members will listen to Pat Robson on Afternoon Stories. The group enjoy a wide and varied monthly meeting and each month they also have an outing. This month it is to Middle Farm, Ripe on October 22. To find out more why not go along on Wednesday or give chairman Audrey Wright a call on 01435 882751.


ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and All Age Family Service with Baptism at 10am followed by Pete’s Pantry. Any donations of produce, cakes etc. will be much appreciated. A clothes rail, with good quality clothing on sale, will also be available in the chapel. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH on Sunday has a Harvest Service with Dennis Read at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY: There are many ways that you can volunteer. Do go along to their Find Out More day, which is all about becoming a volunteer, on Sunday starting at 10.30am at the classroom at Sheffield Park Station. The day should end around 4.20pm.

VINTAGE BUS DAY is also on Sunday when there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway. More details are available and the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800.

HOSPICE CARE WEEK 2014 is from Monday to Sunday October 12. What’s going on at St Peter and St James Hospice? Along with other hospices in Sussex members of staff from St Peter and St James will be on BBC Radio Sussex, 95.3FM, throughout the week at 4.20pm talking about the services they provide and how hospice care really is everywhere. With 90 percent of St Peter and St James’ care taking place in the community, everyone at the Hospice would like more people to know about how they can help. They are also inviting patients to use their new Beacon View Wellbeing Centre. On Friday October 10 it is Go Green and Yellow Day. Brighten up your day and wear an item of green or yellow, big or small, and support the Hospice. The suggested donation is of £2 and you can donate at the St Peter and St James Hospice shops in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Lewes, Uckfield and Lindfield, or directly at the Hospice. To find out more visit

U9S (year 4) Chailey and Newick Colts FC still have some spaces available for anyone wishing to play. The team train on Monday evenings between 6pm and 7pm and play regular league matches on Sundays. For more information please contact

WOMENS INSTITUTE met in September for a very interesting account of Queen Victoria’s funeral from Pat and Matthew Gallagher. Their next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the village hall; which is their annual meeting when the committee and officers will be elected. It is also a chance to show appreciation for the previous year’s Committee hard work and it is hoped as many members as possible will attend. Prospective members and guests are always welcome; to learn more before your visit call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

GRAFFITI NIGHT is at Chailey Youth Group at the village hall on Friday October 10 from 7.30pm to 9pm do go along and meet their resident graffiti artist Jode and he will show you new graffiti techniques. You will go home with some uniquely designed graffitti’d products, as you will have designed them. The Group welcomes new members (aged 10 to 15 years). There is always the chance to enjoy activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

COFFEE CAKE AND CHAT morning of CHIPS (the Chailey Heritage Information and Parent/Carer Support group) is on Monday October 13 from 10am to midday at GK’s Café, at Chailey Heritage. All parents and carers past, present and future will be made most welcome.

COFFEE MORNING organised by St Peter and St James Hospice Newick and Chailey Support Group is on Thursday October 16 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Ketches, Church Road, Newick. There will be lots of stalls including home-made cakes, bring and buy, fruit and vegetables, Captain Tortue ladies French clothes, greetings cards, paper and the hospice Christmas cards along with refreshments and a raffle. For more details call Charlotte on 01825 722454.

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

MID SUSSEX HILLIER 108km cycling event starts at the village hall on Saturday October 18, with controls at Staplefield, plus five information controls. The event has the climbs of Ashdown Forest, Cob Lane, Rocks Lane Constitution Hill and Ditchling Beacon is. The start time is 8.30am to finish by 5.08pm. Entry is £5 (£5.50 when paying via PayPal). To enter visit before October 15.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S COURSES: A course to attain the Bluebell Photographers’ Personal Track Safety Certificate is being run on October 18 at Sheffield Park from 10am to 1.30pm. The cost of the session and the certificate is £30 per person. For more information and to book a place call 01825 720800 or email

GREAT BRITISH WALKS a mapped trail is available at Sheffield Park until October 24.The walk will take you through the garden, explaining the colourful stories and characters that make Sheffield Park and Garden such a special place.


VILLAGE SHOP: They’re already planning a fabulous Halloween spookfest and of course planning for Christmas. Oops I just used the C word and it’s still September when I write this. Wildly popular are the French conversation classes that Isabel holds on Thursdays, beginners at 9.30am and improvers at 10.30am with coffee and croissant for just £5. I shall be popping along myself, hopefully, this week now that things are less hectic here. I’ve also started brushing up my German with Fiona Dobbs so expect a multi-lingual Parish Pump soon. I went in for some milk and piccalilli yesterday and asked Caroline if they could stock some small tubs of chocolate ice cream as I have a weakness for tinned pears and chocolate ice cream and she has put it on the list. This is one of the strengths of a village shop, if you want it and I haven’t found this in Waitrose or Asda, then it will be in your village shop. Incidentally the afore-mentioned piccalilli has won awards and certainly had the thumbs up from Martin who is one of the many people who have been working hard at my house to help make ready for Jo, my friend and now carer to move in.

CHIDDINGLY FESTIVAL: The first week has been a great success but there are still tickets available for next weekend’s events, check out the website for details. I’m going to the classical event in the church on Sunday. I think I must have been to 30 of these over the years and there have been some fabulous events.

CHIDDINGLY CHURCH: Phil Hodgins, our Rector, celebrates 10 years with the Benefice this year and is holding a drinks and nibbles do at the vicarage on Sunday after the service to which both congregations are invited. His guidance of the two parishes has been sure and steady and we are lucky to have him.

East Hoathly

HARVEST FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday October 12. The church and community will be collecting for the Uckfield foodbank so please feel free to drop donations in the church, either at the church service or in the foodbank container which is placed at the back of the church.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next monthly walk will take place on Sunday October 12 at 2pm. We will be meeting at The Balcksmith’s Arms in Offham and then ascending Mount Harry. For further details please ring Jenny or Chris on 01825 872830. The next talk will be entitled Culver Archaeological project” to be delivered by Rob Wallace in the village hall on Friday October 10 at 7.30pm. This project began in 2005 as simple field walking survey and trial trenching in the hope that new archaeological sites would be identified within the landscape around Barcombe Villa. To hear more about this fascinating project please come along, for members admission is free, and guests are welcome at £3 each.

GARDENING CLUB: Since the spring, Vivienne Serpell and Sue Carter have been helping children from the village school develop their own garden. Meeting at lunchtimes, the group of youngsters aged five up to eleven have produced vegetables which they sold at the school’s sports day. The intention is continue with this project to greater effect next year. If you have any rakes or watering cans going spare, the group would be grateful for their donation. Not only does this project introduce children to the pleasure and reward of grow your own, but also teaches then about the insects, worms and other creatures that inhabit our environment.

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


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

MEN’S BREAKFAST arranged by the parish churches of Fletching, Nutley and Maresfield, tomorrow, Saturday, 8am to 10am, Piltdown Golf Club. Tickets £8, to include a full English Breakfast. The speaker will be Rev Canon Roger Hall MBE, Canon of The Chapels Royal within the Tower of London. Join us to hear something of Roger Hall’s very interesting life, spent in some of the world’s most daunting war zones, and also in one of London’s most secure buildings. Details and tickets from Fraser Milne 01825 712079, Robert Cope 01825 722377, Barrie Page 01825 721275, Andrew Keith 01825 722646.

PARISH COUNCIL meeting, Monday, 7pm.

MOUNTAINEER LADY COLLUM: Lady Collum is now attempting her greatest challenge yet, climbing the 23,000 foot high Mera Peak in Nepal’s Himalayas. Lady Collum is hoping to be sponsored, she is raising money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices and Project Refresh. If you would like to sponsor her for Project Refresh there is a clipboard at the back of Fletching Church. As well as our warm thanks, we wish her God speed, and a safe climb and descent.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 9 October 1914. Fletching: Agent for this paper Mr Parks

‘Harvest Festival. Thanksgiving services were held at the Parish Church on Sunday. There were large congregations present at all the services. The following ladies were responsible for the beautiful decorations Altar Mrs. Hood; choir and clergy stalls Miss H Attenborough; screen Mrs Eggleton and Mrs W S Martin; pulpit Mrs Newnham; lectern Mrs Gravely; transept windows Misses Stevenson and Bellingham; nave windows Miss Fenner, Mrs Ade, Misses Ena Fenner, W Martin, J Bolt, and H Bolt; font Mrs Maryon Wilson; faldstool Miss Dorothy Saunders. The anthem, O, Taste and See How Gracious the Lord is (Goss), was well rendered by the choir. The Vicar (the Rev E P Hood) took the services. Gifts of fruit, corn, and flowers were sent by: Mr Soames, Mr Maryon Wilson, Mr J Martin, Mr Fenner, Mrs Ade, Mr Kenward, Mrs Hood, Miss H. Attenborough, and many other parishioners. The collections throughout the day were divided between the Sussex County Hospital and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society.’


CHURCH NEWS: A big thank you to Reverend David Gutsell for leading such a lovely Harvest Thanksgiving service last week and for playing the organ so beautifully. Also thank you to all who contributed foodstuff for the Eastbourne Food Bank. On Sunday October at 10.30am there will be a Dedication Festival and Animal Welfare service, led by The Rev Colin Pritchard.

Heathfield, Punnets Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HELP PLEASE: At the Heathfield Parish Council AGM in April I gave the introduction for the World War One events, and immediately afterwards, somebody came to me and offered me the complete set of the Daily Mail/BBC DVDs and he duly delivered them to my house. Unfortunately I cannot recall the person’s name and we did not exchange addresses or telephone numbers, other than my own address in Broad Oak. If that person could contact me, it would be appreciated as I want to return the complete set to him. Colin Saunders FASCOH.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints’ Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Holy Communion (Harvest). All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion (Harvest). All welcome for coffee after this service.

CROSS IN HAND WI: A very lively meeting this month had a visit from local jewellers, Jocalia to give us a brief insight into the world of pearls, Diane and her daughter, Isabel talked of how pearls had now come back into fashion even amongst the younger age group. Pearls are traditionally favoured by Royalty and are known as the Queen of Gems and the Gems of Queens. Queen Elizabeth I was particularly fond of them as was Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor. The oyster pearls go back to the 16th century when the Chinese started trading in them. There are now many cultured varieties which started with Mikimoto in Japan. Members where then shown fine examples of various designs with the invitation to visit Jocalia in Heathfield. Birthday flowers were given to Peggy Dann, Mary Hills, Marion Pearson and Liza Marriott. Helen Whiteman won the Flower of the Month competition. We now look forward to our next meeting at the Village Hall on October 22 when the topic will be The Brighton Pavilion. New members and guests are welcome. Please phone 01435 812819 or go to if you would like to know more.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9am Parish Prayers in church, 7pm Harvest Gathering with entertainment in the church hall. Sunday, 10am Harvest Festival, Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

AUTUMN FAYRE: Cross-in-Hand Methodist Church is holding its Autumn Fayre from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday, October 11.


BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 16 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; 3, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday September 18 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 2, Ruth Maxwell and Rozanne Menkick; 3, Alan Disney and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday September 23 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Jonathan Hyde; 2, Rita Hartnell and Nanette Tarling; 3, Paul Allen and Edith Jeffery. Thursday September 25 Duplicate Pairs: 1, Martyn and Terry Walwark, Jenifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole; 2, Alan Disney and Susan Louis, June Posey and Lynne Tunley. New members and visitors welcome, contact 01273 473026.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: On Sunday tune to watch our community choir, Lewes Sings Gospel, taking part in the second round of BBC’s Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year competition, 5.15pm on Sunday. The results are announced on this week’s show. If you’ve missed out on being baptised, why not contact the rector Steve Daughtery on 472018 asap as we are having special adult baptism services on Sunday October 12 at 10am and 6.30pm. Also on October 12 we will be holding Fairtrade cake sales in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign which aims to prevent 100,000 vulnerable children being trafficked (see Bakers in the congregation will use as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible. The sales will follow the 10am and 11.15am services (so starting a little after 11am in the church and a little after 12.15pm in the church hall). Services this Sunday: 8am communion; 10am Harvest Festival family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal Harvest Festival family service in the church hall. The 6.30pm service has been cancelled this week in order to show the Gospel competition.

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.


THE COUNTRY MARKET be open as usual from 10am till 11am today, Friday, morning in the village hall. A great selection of home made cakes, savoury items, plus plants, flowers, cards and knitted garments, so why not pop along to the village hall and see for yourself what goodies that are available and enjoy a cuppa.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am (BCP0, followed by a Family Services with Baptisms at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722 582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be holding their next monthly meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Richard Fenning and his subject is How Risky is The World We Live In, with open warfare in the Middle East, turmoil in the Ukraine and the chance of terrorist attacks in Britain now. Richard is a Newick resident and a person who assesses these risks worldwide. This will be a most interesting afternoon.

MUSIC QUIZ: Newick Bonfire Society will be holding another Music Quiz evening on Saturday, October 11, in the village hall. Doors open at 7.30pm, quiz will commence at 8pm. Tickets are £8 per head including light refreshments, the bar will also be open. So here is your great opportunity to see just how musical you really are, this event is always very popular, so make sure you book your tickets in advance by calling 01825 722418. Newick Bonfire will take place on Saturday November 1.

TREFOIL GUILD: Lewes Windmill District Trefoil Guild will be holding a meeting on Wednesday October 15 at 7pm in the Church Barn Centre. The speaker will be Brian Walters and he be talking about Sussex Wildlife. Tickets are £5, to include a ploughman’s supper. You need to book your tickets by Thursday. Please either telephone 01825 723171 or email There will be a raffle and all the proceeds will be donated to St Peter and St James Hospice.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick and Chailey Support Group St Peter and St James Hospice are holding a coffee morning on Thursday October 16 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Ketches, Church Road. will be several stalls bring and buy, Hospice Christmas cards, Captain Tortue ladies French clothes, plus fruit and vegetables also greetings cards and a raffle. Please try and support this event.


COMMUTING: Yesterday I paid one of my visits to London. Uckfield Station is great. We have a nice warm ticket office/waiting room with a café. The train arrives and we have about 15 minutes before it leaves as the driver gets off. And as it’s empty, I have a choice of seats. But it usually only has two carriages. The Buxted and Crowborough commuters are OK, but after that, its standing room only. Then it gets more and more packed until East Croydon. And then the end of the line is London Bridge. When I come home at 9pm or 10pm, the train has 12 carriages and everyone has plenty of room. But beware. Sometimes the train splits in half at London Bridge. You know the comedy sketch when someone is chasing the train along the platform, waving their arms in the air? That was me. Once, I was catching the last train at 11.04am. I was pressing the button to open the door and the front half went without me. What did I do? I went to Haywards Heath where Hubby John picked me up.

EXHIBITION: Uckfield Art Group Autumn Exhibition on Saturday November 1 at the Luxford Centre. Doors open 10am to 4pm. Come and see original paintings and drawings by local artists, also greeting cards, jewellery, craft corner and artists in action. Brows the selection of inspirational art books and instruction DVD’s and pick up a bargain. Relax with a warming drink, hot chocolate included this time and delicious home made cakes. The theme corner this time will feature Flower Power. There will also be the opportunity to vote for your favourite picture. Free parking in the main town car park surrounding the venue and free entry to the exhibition. There will be a collection point for washed plastic milk bottle tops to fight Prostate Cancer so please bring them with you if you would like to help.

UCKFIELD LIBDEMS will be holding their monthly surgery at the Oakleaf Room in Uckfield Civic Centre from 10am to 11am tomorrow, Saturday. You are very welcome to come along with any issues, including those relating to the roadworks near the Railway Station. No appointment necessary.

MEETING: Lars Tharp, the well-known BBC Antiques Road Show expert is the speaker at Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts Society meeting on Wednesday at 2.30pm in the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. Lars’ talk is entitled Strumpets and Nightingales, the Women in Hogarth’s World. All welcome. Admission is £7 for visitors, £40 pa for members. You can join on the day. Due to the roadworks near the railway station, it is suggested you leave plenty of time to arrive and park. Any further information please telephone 764287.


IRIS: Iris Lefort’s funeral will take place at All Saints’ Church on Monday at 11am. The wake will be afterwards at the Star.

CHIDDINGLY FEST: The annual Chiddingly Festival has been on this week and there is the usual eclectic mix of performers and performances. Lisa Knapp will be at Chiddingly Village Hall tonight, Friday, with her band, performing a mixture of traditional folk and self-written songs with fiddle, hammered dulcimer, strings and sonic delights. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a Festival Fiesta including a street band, a ska band and DJs will spin tunes in and around the evening. It’s at the village hall, tickets £10 and food will be available. On Sunday there will be Long Nose puppets performing Arthur’s Dream Boat for the children at the Village Hall at 3.00 pm, suitable for ages 3 to 8yrs plus at ticket price £8. Finally the festival will round off the week with the brilliant Elysian Singers of London, one of Britain’s leading chamber choirs singing early music from Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland and Sussex’s very own Thomas Weelkes. It promises to be a great concert and is in Chiddingly Church starting at 7.30, tickets £12 and sponsored by Waldron’s own Streamnet Ltd. Telephone for seat availability for any of the above on 01825 872401.

WALDRON WI: October’s Women’s Institute meeting is on Wednesday at the Lucas Hall at 2.30pm and will be a Craft session with several options, all of them led by an expert. Members can put their names down for any one of the following: card making; felt decorations for Christmas; encaustic art (that’s hot wax designing and picture-making) and you’ll need to bring newspaper and kitchen roll; water colour painting; painting pottery for which you can buy mugs, plates, Christmas candlestick or flan dish bowls to decorate.

COUNTRY MARKET: It’s now to be found on the second Thursday of the month between 11am and 1pm at the Holy Cross Priory, Cross in Hand (on the B2102 between Beacon Down and Blackboys.) The next market will be on October 9.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The local branch of the NW will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday October 16 at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and you can chat to her over refreshments afterwards.

U3A: The proposal that there will be a branch of U3A (University of the Third Age) has been welcomed by the Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council and will be discussed at a meeting in the Community Centre in Sheepsetting Lane at 2pm on Monday November 10. For details contact Bobby Hamilton on 01435 813965 or by e-mail on, or Tim Williams on 01435 812273 or e-mail Publicity material will be distributed to publicise the meeting and details about U3A.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Harvest Family Service, followed by a Bring and Share Harvest lunch in the Dunn Village Hall - all are welcome. At 6.30pm we have our Harvest Evensong (BCP). You are invited to bring produce as a harvest thanksgiving gift. Tinned and other preserved, packaged or dried food can be given to the Foodbank we support and fresh items will be made available to elderly people in the parish. Over the past two weeks we have welcomed as guest preachers two previous rectors, Geoff France and James Paice. The former is fairly frequently seen conducting services in the benefice as he lives locally, and is our rector emeritus. James was paying his first visit since leaving for Wimbledon six years ago, and it was a good chance for people to catch up. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship and communion led by Pat Reigh. 6.30pm Evening service with Ray Bodkin.

RAFA SERVICE: A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Flying Officer Peter Guerin Crofts at the Cross at Padgham Corner, 2.30pm for 3pm on Sunday followed by tea at Bodle Street Village Hall. All are welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: The coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, held at the Dunn Village Hall last Friday, was well attended. Organiser Isabel Collett said they raised £166.42 for Macmillan.