Parish Pump Uckfield - October 4, 2013

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Harvest Family Service followed by Harvest Lunch at the Dunn Village Hall. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP).

RAFA MEMORIAL: Flying Officer Peter Croft’s Hurricane was severely damaged in a dog-fight on 28 September 1940. He baled out, but was mortally wounded. A memorial cross was placed in the nearby lane near Padgham Corner by his family. Over the years this has been replaced, and the current one was installed this year. The annual service of remembrance and parade will be held this Sunday. Members of RAFA and the Royal Air Forces Association and the No 54 (Eastbourne) Squadron Air Training Corps, and members of the public take part in the service led by Rev Marc Lloyd. Wreaths will be laid. We then adjourn to the Bodle Street village hall for a delicious tea provided by the WI. All are welcome.

GAMES EVENING: Ye Olde Games Evening will be held at the village hall from 7.30pm to 10pm next Saturday, October 12. It will feature a Beetle Drive, Generation Game (don’t forget the cuddly toy), Call My Bluff, Just A Minute and the Aardvark Relay. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5 for children and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 Geoff on 833343 or Peter on 07860 889203. A Jacket Potato Supper is included. Proceeds go to St John’s Church.


COFFEE MORNING: Last Saturday Jazz and Eric Botting and Heather and Barry Lewis hosted a coffee morning in the Burwash Scout Hut for Macmillan Nurses. They were really delighted with the support they received and are pleased that they raised over £460. Well done to them and thank you to everyone who went along to support their efforts.

BYGONES: There was plenty of chat and reminiscing at the Bygone Burwash event last Sunday. Mary Taylor and Jackie Ashdown are very grateful to everyone who lent them items to display which gave the visitors lots to see and remember. Our grateful thanks to Paul Ellis who always spends all day with us and brings along so much for us to see. One of the highlights was the actual, very heavy, metal sign from the White Hart pub, which many didn’t know had existed. The refreshments and raffle were well supported and we thank everyone for coming along, making it such an enjoyable day.

SUPPER: Tomorrow evening, Saturday, the harvest supper will be held in the village hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 and are available from the Burwash Newsagents, Vicky Patterson 01435 884135 or Jo Brown 882435. Tickets include a delicious home cooked meal and entertainment. A raffle will also be held. All proceeds to St Bartholomew’s Church funds.

TALENT SHOW: On Friday October 18 St Bartholomew’s Church are holding one of their popular Burwash Has Talent shows. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children available at the door. This is a fun family event at which you get to vote the act you feel is the best.

BLG: On Wednesday the Burwash Ladies Group will have their next meeting. They meet at the village hall from 2.15pm. Their speaker this month is Jim Buttress who will talk about London Parks. New members are always welcome to go along and join them.

SLIMMING: The latest course of the community weight loss challenge has been running for four weeks and already results look good. We are a friendly group who all have one goal, to lose weight. Sue Tonkin is a lovely friendly tutor who gives advice and encouragement. We meet every Tuesday evening and it isn’t too late to get slim for Christmas. Just call Sue on 01892 784741 to find out more and book a place.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The next walk will be on Sunday October 13 starting at 2pm from the Bull’s head at Boreham Street. For Further details please call Jenny on 872830.

PLEASE HELP save our ancient woodland. Graywood is under threat from development. This part of East Hoathly has been wooded continuously since at least 1600 AD (when the first Queen Elizabeth was on the throne). Many trees have already been cut down, and a roadway has already been constructed, to accommodate a campsite. We are at risk of losing a wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna if we do not act soon. Please help us to protect it from this threat by signing our petition which can be found at the Village Stores, the hairdressers, vets and Health House. If you would like further information, please contact Barbara Sutherland on 01825 873337 or Many thanks.

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

FOODBANKS: The Trussell Trust has two local food banks, situated in Eastbourne and Hailsham, for those that find themselves at a time of financial crisis. There is a collection tub in the church and donations of the following items would be much appreciated: Tinned tomatoes, biscuits, rice pudding, tins of fruit, tins of custard, UHT milk, UHT fruit juice, jam and marmalade, coffee. Thank you for your generosity.

QUIZ: The twinning association invite you to a general knowledge and fun quiz evening in the newly refurbished village hall on Friday October 11 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Teams should consist of three to five people (six at a push). Tickets are priced at £10 per head to include a substantial hot meal (including a vegetarian option). There will be a prize for the winning team and a raffle. For indication of numbers or for further information, please call pat Duke on 01825 841077.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 19th Sunday after Trinity, 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly, 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly.


STREET BAZAAR: Saturday October 26, Fairwarp’s first ever Street Bazaar in the village hall car park, 11am to 2pm. An eclectic mix of stalls and entertainment. Browse at your leisure, enjoy the entertainment and fill up at one of the food stalls. All money raised will be split between Fairwarp QEII Field and MacMillan. Candy floss, coffee, books and burgers, cakes and craft, tea and tarot, hot dogs and Halloween, children’s activities, entertainment, jams and chutney, jewellery and gifts and much more. To book a stall contact Anita on 712632 or Helen on 712292.

ARE YOU a secret crafter? Ever wanted to sell your makes? We will have a communal craft stall and hope to fill it with Fairwarp’s talented craft-makers’ creations. Whether you have a pair of socks or a dozen bars of soap why not be part of the communal craft stall? Call Helen to be persuaded.

NEW: The Jug Exchange. Fed up with your old milk jug? Got a jug that’s lurked in the back of the cupboard for years? Bring it to the Jug Exchange. For £3 we’ll take your jug and you can take one of ours, or buy one for a fiver.

QUIZ: Yet again The Dimwits won Monday’s quiz night, albeit with a much streamlined, and quieter team. Pen’s People were without their eponymous leader, but with the help of some grooms and the estate manager from Chelwood Equestrian took second place. Many congratulations to quiz-master John who eventually managed to pronounce the words Chihuahuan Desert. Monday nights from 8pm, £1 a player. Cash prizes to first and second, and a bottle of wine to third.

VOLUNTEERS still required for the church-yard clean up on Saturday October 12. Contact Russell on 01825 713531. It really doesn’t take long if 20 or so people help out. Free tea, coffee and bacon rolls. Does it get any better? Bring gardening tools.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT at the pub, Friday October 25. Substantial prizes for fancy dress winners. Live music.

MISSING: On September 7 two female Jack Russells went missing from Pigeon House in Glynde. Their names are Molly and Maisy, they are tri-coloured and have not had their tales docked. If anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts we would be very grateful if they could contact the estate office on 01273 858224.

glynde & beddingham

MEMORIAL PARADE: There will be a quiz and curry night today, Friday, at Glynde social club to raise funds for the remembrance parade. Tickets are £6.50 each and available on 01273 858969 or 858416.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

AUTUMN FAIR: Cross in Hand Methodist Church holds its Autumn Fair on October 12 from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There will be ploughman’s lunches, coffee and tea, many stalls, cakes, bric-a-brac, second hand quality clothes and a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS: On Wednesday, October 16 Wealden District Council together with East Sussex County Council and the Safer Wealden Partnership will be holding free electric blanket checks at Heathfield Fire Station from 2pm to 4pm. This happens every year and unveils some real horrors, burnt-through wiring and unsafe blankets that could have caused house fires if they had been used during the forthcoming winter. There will also be free information available on energy efficiency, security and fire prevention, benefits and pensions and adaptations and improvements to your home. There will also be other check points throughout Wealden during the month including sessions at Golden Cross, Uckfield, Hailsham, Polegate and Crowborough. Call into the Parish Council offices in the High Street or visit the Wealden website to find out more. You can also ring the community and regeneration team on: 01892 602757 for information.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in the lay-by next to the Bluebell Inn, Shortgate, three miles north east of Ringmer on the B2192 GR 493150 at 10am for a six mile circular walk. Ring 01892 664441.

CAFÉ CHURCH: How Rich Are You? is the topic for discussion at the next cafechurch event being held on Friday, October 11 at Costa Coffee. Everyone is invited to go along and join them from 6.45pm in time to get your coffee before they start at 7.15pm. They say whatever your age you are most welcome to join them for informal discussion, quizzes, to listen to a short talk from an interesting speaker and from someone with a personal story to tell. They look forward to seeing you. Churches Together in Heathfield and District are sponsoring this event in partnership with Costa. For further information please contact George Dearsley,

TALK: The horticultural society presents a talk by Raymond Bloomfield entitled Rudyard Kipling His Two Homes on October 21 at St Richard’s Church Hall Park at 7 30pm. Visitors are welcome at £3. For details ring 01435 864875. The optional competition is a hedgerow arrangement or a specimen bloom.

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a Christmas demonstration entitled Cracking Christmas Creations by Stephen McDonnell on Thursday, November 14 at 7 30pm at the Community Centre. Visitors are welcome at £10 a ticket. Ring 01435 810452 for tickets. There will also be a raffle and a sales table.

EXHIBITION: Cross in Hand Art Club is holding an Art exhibition and Sale at the Lucas Hall, Waldron on Saturday, November 2, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Free admission and free refreshments. For details ring 01435 868884.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The new season began with an excellent talk by Kevin Gordon entitled The Lost Village of Tidemills. Mr Gordon enthused his audience with a mixture of facts we didn’t know and laugh out loud humour. A tide mill is powered by the sea playing on the mill wheel and thus grinding the corn. The Bishopstone Tide Mill was built in 1761 and was more efficient because it had two mill ponds. These filled up at high tide, the sluice gates were then closed and they waited until low tide to release the water onto the mill wheel. Within a short time a village had grown up around the mill which now employed 60 workers. However this success was not to last and by 1881 only one worker remained. The mill closed down and from 1881-1939 became in turn a bonded warehouse, a Marconi Radio Relay Station, a First World War Seaplane Base and a hospital for 100 boys as part of The Chailey Heritage. In the 1920s the mill was demolished but the houses remained. The living conditions were so primitive that the council was ordered to clear the village. The Second World War brought a brief reprieve when the military moved in for fear that the Germans would land and occupy the site but at the end of the war the whole village was demolished and so it became the lost village of Tidemills. The group will meet again on October 17 when Trevor Povey will give us A Backward Glance at Lewes. If you have memories of Lewes why not come along and share them with us?

CROSS IN HAND WI: Members enjoyed a lively interesting afternoon where the speaker, Ms J Nuttall, spoke of her career at Heathfield Vets. The practice had started to attend mainly to farm animals in its early days. As farming has now been much reduced in the area, they now concentrate on domestic pets and horses. They are well equipped to deal with many complex procedures and operations with the latest state of the art equipment. She told amusing stories of their experiences with dogs cats and even the exotic species such as ostrich, elephant and camel when there was an animal park in Heathfield. Heathfield Vets supply Vet care for Raystede animal Sanctuary and also work with Plumpton Agricultural College on their training programmes. Birthday flowers were given to P Dann, F French, M Hills, L Marriot and M Pearson. M Campbell won a prize for her animal ornament and H Whiteman won the flower of the month competition. Tea and cakes were served with time for a chat. Various outings and a theatre visit are planned. Why not come along to our Meeting? The next one is on October 23 when Dr Innes will speak to us about Aunties Adventures Overseas.We meet at 2pm in the village hall. Telephone 01435 812819 or go to to find out more.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, Harvest Festival 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, the art and craft group meet in the church hall 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

CROSS IN HAND Methodist Church, Saturday October 12. Autumn Fair to be opened at 11.30am by Mike Ziolek, Chief Executive Officer of Uckfield FM. There will be plenty of stalls and refreshments including ploughman’s lunches. Your support would be much appreciated. Friday, October 18 at 2.30pm. Hosting a social event for Gamelands Methodist Church with music fun, laughter and food. Admission £4. Come and support one of the smaller churches in the area.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAYFIELD BOOK FAIR: The Autumn Fair will be held in the Memorial Hall between 9am and 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Admission is free and refreshments are available all day. There will be 18 booksellers attending with 1000s of secondhand books for sale on all subjects. Details from Chris Maughan: 01435 864634.

MAYFIELD BOYES AND BELLES: What a wonderful day. Congratulations to everyone involved; organisers, patient street wardens, people who helped make torches, traders, children’s fancy dress competitors, visitors from Bonfire societies across Wealden and Lewes. Jo Lee says this was an extremely successful carnival. Providing music were the Heathfield Silver Band, Expedient Jazz Band, Batacuda Band from Heathfield Community College, Pentacle Drummers, the Tub Thumpers from Lewes and Stix from Eastbourne. In total the event raised more than £1,000 for the children’s organisations of Mayfield. Heartfelt thanks are sent to everyone who took part on the night. The best visiting Society was Phoenix from Lewes with Littlehampton in second place and Vines Cross, such a tiny village, coming a resounding third. Rotherfield and Mark Cross displayed the best banner and the best walking group was Mayfield WI. The highest total street collector was Lynn Blackman. Jo invites everyone who is interested in possibly being a member to get in touch. It’s only thanks to the amazing efforts of all concerned that this splendid event keeps going… all terrific village events everywhere.

ARGOS HILL WINDMILL: The Friends are starting their autumn/winter fundraising programme with two great events in October, both look as if they will be very popular. Friday, October 11, A two-hour walk: A guide to wild mushrooms led by Anne Yarrow in Wilderness Wood on Saturday, October 26, Barn Dance in the Memorial Hall. Ring 01892 853161 before then to find out more and to book your tickets.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The society is now taking bookings for its Autumn Supper with guest speaker Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter. The Fergus Garrett evening takes place on Saturday, October 12 in the Memorial Hall, with doors opening at 6.15pm for a 7pm start. Theming his talk Great Dixter - Past, Present and Future, Mr Garrett will look at how Great Dixter became a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists worldwide because of the influence of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. As his family home, Great Dixter became the focus of Lloyds’s energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles until his death in 2006. The gardens, in Northiam, East Sussex, are now under the stewardship of Mr Garrett, Lloyd’s head gardener, and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, and Mr Garrett is credited with maintaining and growing the gardens’ international appeal. Fergus visited Mayfield some 10 years ago, on the occasion of the Society’s very first Supper, when he spoke on the subject of succession planting, or planting for year-long interest, based on techniques he and Lloyd perfected. They are delighted to have secured Mr Garrett to speak for a second time and look forward to hearing more about the Great Dixter’s gardens, house, and centre of education ( Tickets cost £14, to include a hot supper (vegetarian/GF options available) and a choice of home-made desserts. They will sell wine and soft drinks on the evening, and there will be a raffle, part of the proceeds of which will go to supplement Mr Garrett’s fee (which he donates to the Trust). Tickets from Rosina’s Fabrics in Mayfield High Street now.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: A concert of light music and opera performed by students of The Guildhall School of Music (by kind permission of the Principal) at St Thomas of Canterbury Church will be held in aid of the church and the Patrick Libby Memorial Prize Fund. All are welcome: Saturday, October 26 at 7pm.

STORIES FROM THE DECAMERON: Seven hundred years ago Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Florence. His Decameron consists of 100 tales; 10 for each of the 10 days the ten storytellers stayed together in a country villa during the time of the Black Death in 1348. These stories contain strictly adult material of a sexual nature. Boccaccio tells us that he writes for all lovers in the hope of distracting them from the trials and tribulations of Love. In 2013 the stories provide a glimpse into the surprisingly modern world of mediaeval Italy. The Four Quarters will present Stories from the Decameron on Saturday, November16 at 7pm in the Scout and Guide Hall. Italian wine and light refreshments will be available and a charitable collection will be made.

REPORTING Rights of Way Problems. If you happen to come across a problem on a Right of Way, East Sussex County Council would like you to report it to them. You can contact the Rights of Way team on 0345 608193 or email Alternatively you can use their Fault Reporting system by accessing select leisure then in the maps section select rights of ways. If you scroll down you will see Report a problem – Rights of Way. An online Rights of Way Map showing footpaths and bridleways across the County is also available on this website. It can be used to plan walks and rides on the Rights of Way network. It also provides the location of stiles, gates and bridges as well as path numbers. Each stile, gate and bridge has a unique identification number which is useful to quote when reporting any issues to the Rights of Way team. You can click and drag to move around the map, use the slider bar to zoom in and out, or search by place, street name or grid reference. You can also look at the rights of way on an aerial photo base, and get more information such as a path, stile, gate or bridge number, if you zoom in fully and click on a path or symbol.

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.


SUNDAY SERVICES at St. Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am. A lunch will take place at noon, please take a plate of food to be shared. If you require a lift please book in advance by telephoning 722582. This summer has seen great crops of soft fruit,apples, plums and lots of excellent summer vegetables, so many things to be thankful for.

NEWICK BROWNIES are hoping to increase their numbers and would be very pleased to see young girls from the age of 7 years to join them. They meet on Monday at the Barn Centre from 5pm to 6.30pm. For further details please telephone 01825 723906.

COFFEE MORNING: Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter’s and St James Hospice will be holding a coffee morning at Cinder Paddocks,Cinder Hill today, Friday. There will be a bring and buy and produce stalls a raffle and many other attractions, and Christmas cards.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. A fascinating talk by Rear Admiral John Lang DL RN (retd) he was a commander of nuclear submarines, on retirement became Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents and has written a book on the Loss of the Titanic. This will be a most interesting afternoon, so why not pop along and hear the story told by the author.

BADGE NIGHT: Newick Bonfire Society will be meeting in The Crown at 8pm on Friday October 11, this is for their Badge Night and Programme Launch, plus the bonfire merchandise, in Preparation for Bonfire Night on November 2.


COLD: I’ve got a weird fluey cold. It comes out every other day. One day I’m fine and I think it’s gone, then the following day I’m bad again. I wonder what it’s called? The On and Off Cold and Cough?

LIONS CLUB: This years Lion’s 2013 fourth annual Classic Car Run on Sunday September 29 can only be described as an unmitigated success. After the appalling weather the entrants suffered in 2012, the prayers of the Lions were answered when it dawned dry and sunny, and stayed that way for the whole day. Any worries the organising Lions had certainly weren’t in respect of numbers attending. By a fortnight beforehand they had over 80 committed entries, with many owners holding back until the end of the week, classic car owners prefer not to take them out in the rain if it can be avoided. As it was 139 cars took part on the day. Meeting at 10am at the eponymous Crosthwaite and Gardiner works at Buxted for a pre-run visit to see the replica cars being built, they then undertook a run of about 40 miles to finish at the Halfway House Inn on the Lewes Road at Uckfield. Although the landlords, Mel and his wife, were on holiday, their staff had the field open, everything ready for the Lions and by six in the morning there were two pigs roasting on spits. By the time the first cars arrived shortly before noon the Lions working party had the signs and banners up, the chairs and tables set out and the Lions ladies had the servery under control. Entrants had paid £10 per car, plus £9 per head for a spit roast pig lunch followed by a sweet, and they were not disappointed. Even with that, it was difficult to drag many of the men away from the lines of cars in the field. Entries ranged in age over 86 years from an old BSA Three Wheeler, a MG VA prototype built for the 1936 Motor Show, a prewar Stutz, numerous Jaguars, MGs, Scimitars, Minis, various Fords and even VW campervans up to relatively modern Ferraris, Cougars and Porsches. For any classic car enthusiast it was a dream! The highlight was a genuine modern American Ford Stealth Interceptor police car built specially and only available to police forces from Claire City, Mitchigan, powered by a V8 4.6l Raptor engine capable of reaching 60mph in 8.4 seconds. Its owners even had a special Home Office permit to maintain the full police decals, flashing lights and other accoutrements. Photos of some of the cars will shortly be on view on the Uckfield Lions Website. The success of the day was such that the Lions were still calculating the income when this was being written, however they were able to announce that with entry fees, raffle and donations the income had exceeded all expectations and as a result rather than donating a proportion of the income to specific charities, they were donating 25 percent plus an additional £1,000 to the principal charity they had named, The Hospice in the Weald. See our website or contact Lion Bob Eaves 01825 764638.


TWO STALWARTS: Sadly we have lost two village stalwarts in the last couple of weeks, Michael Coster and Sybil Smith. The funerals of both will take place next week, Michael’s on Monday afternoon October 7 at 2.30pm, at All Saints’ and Sybil’s on October 11 at 2pm, also at All Saints’.

MICHAEL was one of the good guys, born locally, set up a highly successful business, worked almost until the end of his life, always approachable, kind, cheerful, supportive and knowledgeable about this area. He even allowed himself to be persuaded to tread the boards when he took part in the village’s production of Waldron at War as the boss of the Home Guard. In the last few months his health deteriorated and he spent a short time in the Holy Cross Priory. It’s easy to use the phrase he’ll be much missed, but in Michael’s case it’s absolutely true. Chloe is lucky to have the support of her daughter Holly and son Josh, but dear Michael will leave a huge gap in their lives.

SYBIL: Sybil Smith was a member of the WI for more years than most of us can remember, being a much-appreciated Treasurer for ever. She suffered from poor health, particularly with osteoporosis but she was always cheerful and obstinately determined to go on taking part when others might have given up. Daughter Fiona says that the interment will take place at St Bartholomew’s following the service at All Saints’ and there will be a tea in the Lucas Hall afterwards to which everyone is most welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: A date for your diary, the NHW annual meeting will be held at the Lucas Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday October 17. Mike Wilson will dispense wine and Janie Huggins will be passing round the nibbles, I’m told and Gary Pike, our new Chief Inspector of Wealden Constabulary will be coming to tell us of policing plans in the face of reduced resources. The future of the police station in Heathfield will be discussed and there will be time for comment and questions. Tim Williams, who is heading up the First Responders project in our area will update us on progress.

AUDITIONS: The auditions have begun for our panto The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron. But it’s not too late to try for a part as we will have a further audition on Monday from 6.30pm onwards at the Lucas Hall. Everyone welcome to read for parts or for helping behind the scenes.

SERVICES: Sunday will be Harvest Festival. It will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, then by Sung Eucharist at 9.30am also at St Bart’s. Holy Communion will be at All Saints’ at 11.15am and the Harvest Luncheon will take place after morning services. It will be held at Culverwood, Little London, (by invitation of our new Priest-in-charge George Pitcher and Mobbs) from 12.30pm and weather allowing it might be a barbecue. If you would like to come please ring Graeme Mackenzie on 01435 866419 for catering purposes.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PUBLIC INQUIRY: I managed to give you the wrong month in last week’s report on the parish council. It is in fact October 7 to 9. This is regarding the status of the bridleway between Callers Corner and Cade Street, and will be held at the Dunn Village Hall.

HARVEST WEEKEND: Over next weekend, this year our giving of thanks to God for all his goodness to us will be marked with an even more special display of flowers in the church. We invite everyone to join us over the weekend to enjoy this special time in the life of our community. On both days, there will be displays in the church portraying some of our church activities and the work undertaken by some of the Christian agencies we support. The children of Punnetts Town School will be providing their reflections on Harvest time in an artistic display in the churchyard. Light refreshments, including a ploughman’s lunch will be available in the Church Rooms on Saturday between 11am and 3.30pm and the church will be open all day. There will also be a cake stall in the church Rooms. On Sunday, our special services will start with Holy Communion at 8am followed by our Harvest Festival Celebration for all the family at 11am and then a service of Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. All are welcome at our annual Harvest Lunch in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, starting at 12.30pm. This year we are combining our Harvest Thanksgiving with our annual Gift Day. In addition to our ordinary year long financial support of Christian ministry in our parish we are using this occasion to make one-off donations as we reflect on God’s goodness to us and our desire to see Christian ministry and service continue in our community and further afield.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Harvest Family Service followed by Harvest Lunch at the Dunn Village Hall. 6.30pm Harvest Evensong. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with holy communion led by Paul Daniels. 6.30pm Evening service with Erik Cornelisse.

COFFEE AND COMPANY: Coffee and Company is open every Thursday at the Osborn House Community Room from 10am to noon. On Thursday October 17 there will be a special event in aid of the Horder Centre. There will a raffle, bring and buy and cakes for sale.