Parish pump Uckfield - October 31, 2014


TALK: Tales from the War Memorial, 7.30pm today, Friday, in the village hall. Another chance to hear Ian Hilder’s presentation on some of the stories behind Barcombe’s War Memorial. Local families during both World Wars, the Memorial Committee, a Victoria Cross. Who were the men from Barcombe, Cooksbridge, Chailey and further afield, whose names are commemorated? Tickets from Turner’s Electrical store and Ian Hilder 01273 400604 or email

Bodle Street Green

FILM CLUB: The Lunchbox is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm tonight, Friday. 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 45 min 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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 per head from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff 833343. This is in aid of the Extension Fund.

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

WW1 DINNER: Major General Tim Cross CBE is the speaker at a commemorative dinner to be held next Friday, November 7, at the village hall. Again apologies for another wrong date in last week’s column. 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. Last Sunday we were nearly sold out, but it may be worthwhile trying in case of cancellations. 7pm for 7.30pm start.


EXHIBITION: The talented artists of the Monday Painters invite you to go along to their annual Autumn Exhibition at the Burwash Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am until 4pm. The group have some new members and will be showing a wider variety of their work than last time. Admission and tea/coffee are free. Some of their work will be available to buy, just in time for presents for Christmas.

COFFEE: Also tomorrow, Saturday, there will be coffee, cakes crafts and Christmas, a fund raising event for The Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare. It is being held at Drumrunie, Upper Greenwood Lane, Punnetts Town, from 10am to 4pm. The Longley family would be delighted to see you. Just follow the balloons to find them.

FIREWORKS: Burwash Bonfire Society will be staging their annual bonfire and fireworks tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the Swan Meadow playing fields in Ham Lane. This is a safe family event and it begins at 7pm. There will be a big bonfire, music with DJ, professional fireworks and a Halloween fancy dress with great prizes for the best. Admission is free but donations will help to keep this event going, so do give generously. Food and drink will be on sale too. Parking will not be available on the field so please park on the High Street or better still walk. Don’t forget to make sure your pets are safe before you leave home.

WALK: The next walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning leaving the Bear car park at 9am. This walk is for those who enjoy walking in the countryside but can’t manage the stiff walks and like a gentle amble with like-minded people instead. Ijon Jenner will guide you as you join friends and enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Call Jon on 01435 882045 for further details.

WHIST: The next monthly whist drive will take place on Thursday evening at 7pm in the village hall. New players are always welcome to come along and join in this very easy going friendly evening. Players of all abilities are welcome, partners are not necessary as we move from table to table as the evening progresses. Entry is £3 and includes light refreshments. Prizes for highest and second highest and lowest scoring man and lady at the end of the evening. Parking is available in the Catholic Church car park opposite the hall.

BOWLS: Last week the Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club had their league match away to Hadlow Down, the first time they had played there for many years. It was a friendly evening which saw both the Burwash triples winning and the pairs losing, this gave both teams four league points. The club’s next match is away to Herstmonceux on Friday. New players are always welcome to come along and join us. Whether you have played before or never picked up a wood. Tuition is available and equipment can be borrowed. Just go along on Monday evening from 6.30pm. We will be pleased to see you.


THANK YOU from Debbie Freeland to all who supported and sponsored her when she walked from Newhaven Fort to Seaford Head and back recently. Thanks in particular go to Greg, the landlord at the Kings Head, for his £100 donation. Debbie raised, with your help, £1,025 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

MEN FROM CHAILEY, Cooksbridge, Barcombe and further afield are commemorated on Barcombe’s war memorial. You may well have a family connection; if so the talk by Ian Hilder this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm, at Barcombe village hall, may be of interest as it will include reference to some of the families honoured, by the war memorial in both World Wars. Tickets are £5 and a place can be booked by calling Ian Hilder on 01273 400604.

MEN’S BREAKFAST is at the Free Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 8.30am for 9am. The talk will be by Ian Richards, a retired race walker, who represented the United Kingdom at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The breakfast is free but donations are most welcome.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Julian Rebera, and at 6.15pm with David Muzzell. 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.

PLANNING and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.45pm and the speaker will be Peter Willson on the subject of The Great American Songbook. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome. There is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday November 8 and 9, Just call 01825 720800 to purchase tickets.

YOUTH GROUP will be float building and taking part in the Chailey Bonfire Society procession on Saturday November 8. If you are aged 10 to 15 years and would like to be part of this contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895 to find out more details.

ARCHAEOLOGY and Local History Walk organised by the Commons Society is on Saturday November 8 starting from Pound Common car park at 10am. The leader will be Linda Ball and the walk will last two hours. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

BONFIRE NIGHT PARADE is on Saturday November 8 and the evening is designed as a family event and themed towards children. A torch lit procession will comprise steam engines, vintage vehicles and themed floats and start at 6pm from Chailey School (Mill Lane) and proceed along the A275 stopping at the Horns Lodge for refreshments and then on to the War Memorial on the green in front of St Peter’s Church to pay respect. After this it will return to the firework site, the field off the A275, opposite Markstakes, where the St George’s Day event took place. There is still a chance to enter a float or walking procession. Two awards are presented every year for the best float and costume in the procession. If you would like to be part of this procession please contact Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 to find out more.

EVENING OF PRAYER, readings and song to commemorate the First World War is at Sheffield Park on Tuesday November 11 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.The cost is £15 per person, which includes a buffet. Booking on 01825 790302 is essential.

ARMISTICE DAY WALK is on Tuesday November 11 with Ian Seccombe starting at 9.30am from the War Memorial, Chailey Green. The walk will visit Markstakes Common, via Roeheath, to look at the wartime tree carvings.

SEEING IS BELIEVING, an Open Morning for prospective parents/carers, locally and from further afield, takes place at Chailey Heritage School from 9.45am to 1.15pm on Thursday November 13. The morning will include a welcome from Simon Yates, the headteacher, a tour of the site and mini talks from Chailey Heritage Clinical Services therapists. These will be followed by a light lunch and a chance for parents/carers to ask questions.

ROCK N’ ROLL PARTY: Join a rock and roll party night and help celebrate 60 years of the National Trust at Sheffield Park and Garden on Saturday November 15 from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £35 per head, which includes a buffet and dancing to the Sharkfin Soup Band. Booking is required on 01825 790302.

SCOTTISH BARN DANCE in support of the St Peter’s Church re-ordering fund is at the village hall on Saturday November 15 at 7pm. Dress code is something tartan and flat shoes. Tickets are £10 which includes soft drinks, ploughman’s and a pudding; you will need to take your own wine and glasses. Tickets are available from Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586.

CARRIAGES UNDER CANVAS outside Horsted Keynes station. Would you like to see them preserved in readiness for restoration? To help to see the carriages protected from the weather the Bluebell Railways Cash For Cover Appeal is raising money to construct the first part of a building known as Operation Undercover 4. The aim is to raise supports and a roof to cover four roads and up to 20 carriages. The estimated cost is £350,000. Generous benefactors have promised matching funding for the first £125,000 donated to this project, but only if the donations are made by mid-November so Double Donations Dash 125 will run until November 15. Please give online at


WHEN YOU READ THIS it will be Halloween, and now the clocks have gone back, it really feels winter draws (or drawers) are on. Yet the oaks are still green and hanging on to their leaves and autumn seems to be happening piecemeal. My garden has given up a good harvest, except for the plums and will be better next year as I manage to try for self-sufficiency. Jo’s hens are laying well for this time of year and her help is already making a difference. I love hearing the chooks and ducks, Gary, Elly Green, Elly 2 and Mr and Mrs Duck, behind the fence, and who wouldn’t smile when they hear ducks? I’ve been to Crete for a few days for some sun and found rain and wind and cold but many new friends who gave me the sunshine the weather couldn’t.

BONFIRE: We are now well into Bonfire/Carnival season and I am looking forward to going to East Hoathly this year. While I was away I tried to explain to the Scots and Welsh at my hotel why Bonfire was such a Sussex thing. I think I managed.

SATURDAY MARKET: This will be at Chiddingly Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, with the usual stalls and services. Do use this, I will try and get up to get some of the wonderful cakes on sale.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The postponed walk up Mount Harry, has now been rescheduled to Sunday. 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. The walk originally planned for November will start from the Black Lion in Halland at the usual time of 2pm. Further details from Jenny on 872830.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, All Saints’ Family Service and Shoeboxes, 10am for 45 minutes. We look forward to welcoming everyone (saints and sinners of all ages) to this more informal service when we will also be bringing our Link to hope Shoeboxes for Romania. Refreshments and time to chat afterwards. 3pm All Souls Service. Traditionally on All Souls Day the church sets aside a special time for remembering with thanksgiving those we love who have died. Names that we have been given are read out, and candles lit for them. If you would like your loved one remembered in this way, there are slips available for you to complete at the back of the church. Please return to Lucy, or hand to one of the sides-people in church by 2.45pm that day, and let others know about the service.

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

PAINTERS’ CLUB meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 6th November 1914. Hop Pillows for our Soldiers: Will kind-hearted hop growers spare a few hops for our wounded soldiers and sailors in hospital? The matron of a hospital writes: ‘The men sleep now without drugs.’ An Admiral’s wife writes: ‘If you can send me more I will forward them to the hospital ships, where they are especially wanted.’ Any contributions of hops, however small, will be most welcome, and should be addressed to Miss Crispe, Pierview, 1, Colonnade-gardens, Eastbourne, from whence they will be made up into pillows and speedily despatched. All kind gifts will be acknowledged, with information of the direction in which they will be sent.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: Our speaker this month was Jackie Marsh Hobbs who had Secrets of the Royal Pavilion as her subject. Marsh Hobbs is a lecturer and guide based in Brighton who is also well acquainted with other historic landmarks such as the Pier and railway station. Her informative talk went back to when the Prince Regent spent large amounts of money on what was originally a farmhouse. He was infatuated by the Indo-Chinese style of architecture even though he had been no further than Belgium on his travels. Much of the original features and furnishings have been restored. There is some particularly fine hand painted Chinese wallpaper and oriental vases. The Pavilion was also used by Queen Victoria before she purchased Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. It was used during both the first and second world wars as a hospital for recovering troops. It is now owned by Brighton Council and is open for viewing all year round, as are the delightful gardens. Birthday flowers were given to Pat Treen, Jenny Tichband, Carla Hallgren and Jane Matthews. Our next meeting is in the village hall at 1pm on November 26 and is the AGM with lunch prepared by the committee. Please telephone 01435 812819 or go to to find out more.

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

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP),

11am Holy Communion All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak,

9.30am Holy Communion. All welcome for coffee after this service. For further information please look at website

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.


COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church hall 10am till noon. Free admission. Membership, cakes, tea/coffee, tombola, merchandise, bonfire programme.

TABLE TOP SALE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a table top sale at Cliffe Church Hall on Saturday November 8. Tables are available at a cost of £8 booked in advance 9.30am till 12.30pm. Contact Tina on 01273 478479.

GHOST WALK: Guided Ghost Walk of Lewes, November 12 starting 7.30pm outside the Town Hall. Prices are £7 adults and £3.50 under 14s. Contact 07740 828215 or

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.


BONFIRE SOCIETY: Yes it’s that time of year when the bonfire society hold their big celebrations tomorrow, Saturday. It commences with breakfast from 9am in the village hall. To book this please telephone 723233 or 723372, there will be cakes and savouries plus bonfire merchandise and tombola. To find out when and where the procession will be you can purchase a bonfire programme from any of the shops. The programme is very interesting showing you lots of pictures of previous celebrations and giving you all the details you will need to enjoy this year’s event.

CAR OWNERS please ensure that you vehicle is not parked on the routes of the processions and when the bonfire collecting tins are rattled around, don’t shy away please give generously. All the money collected each year goes entirely to local good causes. Enjoy our evening, keep safe.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family Service at 10.30am. Next Sunday, November 9 will be Remembrance Day Service at 10.30am. Lifts are available if booked in advance please telephone 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday November 13 in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Stuart Anderson, consultant neuropsychologist. Stuart’s talk will be about The Brain on The Road and will demonstrate how the brain changes impact on ability to drive and what you can do to combat brain changes in advancing years. The brain changes in taxis drivers learning The Knowledge. A brilliant subject.

SUPPER QUIZ: St Mary’s Church Annual Supper Quiz on Wednesday November 19 in the Primary School. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are for teams of six people, price £60 per team to include supper. Please book your place by telephone 723750 or 721266. Please try and support this quiz evening.

MOTOWN EVENING: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice will hold their fourth Motown Evening in the village hall on Friday November 21 from 7pm until midnight. Soul Diva is a great singer and together with a three course meal the evening will be a great fun time. This is a very popular event so make sure you book your place. Tables of eight or 12 people can be booked in advance, individual bookings are most welcome. Tickets £25 each telephone 01825 722583 or


FLANDERS TRIP: My Flanders WWl trip was very interesting. They still keep all the graveyards immaculate. The Last Post is sounded at the Menin Gate every evening at 8pm by the local firemen, and thousands of people watch it, whatever the weather. It’s all in English. There are the names of 58,000 British and Commonwealth Servicemen carved all over the Gate. Over 200,000 men died, but only half of them were ever identified. Even 100 years later it’s all very moving. I caught my Haywards Heath train straight to St Pancras Station, then travelled to Lille, and transferred to Poperinge, which was the British Garrison Town. The next day we went to Ypres, the next town, which was completely flattened in WWl. Not one building was left standing.

REMEMBRANCE PARADE: The annual Uckfield Remembrance Parade will take place this year on Sunday November 9. The marching band will again be the Uckfield Performance Ensemble. The parade itinerary is as follows: 2pm guests and participants meet at Luxford Field Car Park; 2.25pm form parade; 2.35pm parade departs for The Church of the Holy Cross; 3pm Remembrance Service at The Church of the Holy Cross; 3.50pm exit church, wreath laying at memorial and the playing of the Last Post; 4.10pm parade reforms and returns to Luxford Field Car Park. The parade will form at the north end of Luxford Field car park and will proceed to The Church of the Holy Cross for the Remembrance Service via Civic Approach, Uckfield High Street and Church Street. After the service and laying of wreaths the parade will reform and return to Luxford Field car park via Church Street, Uckfield High Street and Library Way where the Mayor of Uckfield, Councillor Ian Smith, will take the salute. There will also be a short service and the firing of maroons at the War Memorial at 11am on Armistice Day Tuesday November 11.

ME TIME tomorrow, Saturday. Come and spend some relaxing me time wandering around an exhibition of drawings and paintings by local artists and sit a while with a warming drink and a slice of delicious home made cake. Hot chocolate will be available this time if you fancy a change from the usual tea and coffee. There will be unusual greeting cards suitable for all occasions as well as the chance to purchase an inspirational art book or a DVD. An Autumn/Christmas themed Craft Table will be available for anyone who is feeling creative. 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. Doors open 10am to 4pm at the Luxford Centre.

ROTARY CLUB: The Inner Wheel and Rotary Clubs of Uckfield presents A Tasting Experience, by My Secret Kitchen, on Friday November 7, in the Buxted Park Sports Pavilion, at 2pm. This will be an opportunity to taste delicious additive and preservative free products, designed to make meals more exciting and tasty. The cost is just £3, to include tea and cakes, and you will have the opportunity to purchase My Secret Kitchen products during the afternoon. There will be ideas for delicious meals, and some you might want to try for Christmas, as well as a raffle. Altogether, an afternoon not to be missed by those wanting to try different tastes, textures and flavours. Profits from sales on the afternoon will go to Inner Wheel and Rotary charities. Please contact Anne Nicholls, on 01825 763977 for details

or to reserve tickets.


QUICK TICKETS: Tickets for our revue Behind the Front are flying out of the Stores at Waldron, and Heathfield Art and Books in Heathfield High Street. Don’t delay getting yours as they are limited. If you can’t get to either of the above, and would like your tickets posted to you please ring 01435 813363 or 01435 812036. 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.

POPPIES: If you haven’t had time yet to get to the Tower of London to see the sea of ceramic poppies, please try. It’s the most imaginative of artworks with each poppy representing one of the 880,000 of our men, both from here and the Commonwealth, who died in the First World War. I went this week and found it profoundly beautiful and moving, especially as the research we have done recently has made the men of our small parish more real than mere names. Go and see the poppies, (which will there only until November 11 I understand) but also make sure you come to one of the performances of our village Revue (see above) because you will hear more about the families who lived in the parish in 1914-18 and how the Great War affected them.

FOLK NIGHT: Today, Friday, 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.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the patronal festival of All Saints’. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Congregational Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am, and then Choral Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am followed by a party. Well, at least there will be wine and canapés for all to share following the service. If any of you would, could, bring some nibbles and/or a bottle that would be marvellous and will make sure the party goes with a swing.

REHEARSAL: On Sunday in the afternoon, starting at 3pm there will be a full run-through of the first Act of Behind the Front, our village Revue about the First World War. This is an extra reminder to all members of the cast to come along and ensure you’re ready for the performances next weekend – yes, that’s next weekend folks.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BONFIRE: My apologies for getting the date wrong for the Cowbeech bonfire, I seem to have had a mental block with the dates this month. Tonight, Friday, Cowbeech will have their celebrations. 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 the pub. Entrance is £5 for over 11s, free to those under 11 years 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. This is a family friendly event. Last Saturday definitely was Punnetts Town’s bonfire and fireworks. A good crowd gathered early and were able to enjoy delicious hot dogs, burgers and cakes, washed down with tea, coffee or something stronger. A torchlight procession wound its way around the recreation ground led by Jack Vokins. Arriving at the bonfire the torches were handed over to Jack and his father John, who lit the bonfire. A good blaze was soon underway. At just after 8pm we were entertained by a magnificent firework display put on by Wizard Fireworks. It was a perfect evening weather wise after some wet conditions recently, and I think the evening was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the village hall committee and all those who helped in any way. Thanks also to Bruce Frogbrook for bringing along his steam roller. It certainly added to the occasion, with sound of live steam and the flywheel gently turning over. This represented a fair commitment in time as it takes an hour or two to raise steam, and trundle up to the rec, so once again thanks Bruce.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: 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 this Saturday 1st November 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.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service during which we will show the Shoebox Appeal video. Members of the congregation and friends assemble shoeboxes full of goodies for disadvantaged children around the world as part of Samaritan’s Purse International’s Operation Christmas Child appeal. The deadline for these is Sunday November 16. My apologies for getting the date for the video wrong in last week’s entry. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am BCP communion with hymns. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels.

BYGONE HEATHFIELD: Next Saturday at the Dunn Village Hall, we will be showing a couple more films by Mr A W Knapman. These were produced in the mid-nineties using contemporary video footage, shot by him and old photos, postcards etc and provide a vivid contrast between Heathfield and the surrounding area from about a century ago and the 1990s. Changes are still going on in the area, and it is interesting to see scenes in the 1990s, which have disappeared. The films start at 2.30pm. There will be refreshments served. Tickets are £5 each from The Stores or on 01435 812627.