Parish pump Uckfield - September 12, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. All are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters or comment on agenda items.

THE CROSS: When I arrived to strim the area around the memorial cross to Flying Officer Peter Crofts last week I noticed the steps have been replaced with a new set, which look and feel much sturdier. I believe the work has been carried out by members of the RAF Association. The annual memorial service will be held on October 5 at 3pm, followed by tea at the village hall. The cross is in Redpale just down from Padgham Corner.


CANADA: Our trip to the lake was relaxing and fun. We arrived at the cabin on Friday to find a power failure, so no hot drink or food for a while. The cabin is small but sleeps nine people. This time just me and cousins Gail and Tina in residence. Saturday we spent round the lake at cousin Alvin’s where we enjoyed a delicious supper with fireworks. Sunday was muggy and we spent it next door at cousin Stephen’s, Monday was more of the same but after lunch Stephen took us out on his pontoon boat and we spent a pleasant two hours on the water. Things took a turn for the worse on our return home when Gail and I discovered her husband Allen had had an argument with a tree while on his tractor. He didn’t win. He is now recovering with lots of bruising and severe concussion.

NSY: Members of the Burwash Not So Young Club will meet on Thursday afternoon in the village hall at 2.15pm. New members and visitors are always given a warm welcome at this club for the senior members of our communities. They enjoy a varied programme of talks and fun events. To find out more go along on Thursday or call Isabel Salmond on 01435 882452.

QUIZ: Tonight, Friday, is quiz evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. The fun begins at 8pm when teams of six players pit their brains to find the right answers. Mind you, I find the best answers are usually made up. If you would like to have a go or find out more give Halina Keep a call on 01435 882183. The licensed bar will be open.

RIDE AND STRIDE: The annual Ride and Stride for Sussex Churches takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Participants will be on foot, bicycle or horse and will take in as many churches as they can. Sponsorship is obtained by those taking part and the money is split between Sussex Historic Churches Trust and a church of the choice of the participant. There are trophies for the most churches visited.

VILLAGE FETE: Let us hope the weather is kinder for the Burwash Common old fashioned village fete tomorrow, Saturday, than it was for the Burwash Fair last month. The fun begins at 2pm. All the fun of the fair as you try your hand at the games and the assault course, buy raffle and tombola tickets, enter the sports and competitions. There will be pony rides, bouncy castle, and more. Plenty of refreshments and a barbecue. The fun dog show is always a popular event. Wadhurst Brass band will be playing throughout the afternoon. There will be lots of stalls to browse, too so why not take the family and enjoy this annual village fete.

BOWLS: Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club will be playing in their annual Memorial Cup Tournament on Sunday at the village hall. Playing in memory of members who have passed away, they will play in a round robin of games which will continue throughout the day, with hot lunch and refreshments available. The winner will be the player who accumulates the most points through the day. Spectators are welcome.

FLOWERS: Burwash and District Flower Arrangement Club will meet on Monday afternoon at the village hall from 2.15pm. The guest speaker will be Jean Plaskett, the title of her talk is Omnium. New members and visitors are always welcome to go along. For more details call Claudette Neville on 07974 450 317.

BATEMAN’S: On Sunday Bateman’s invite you to go along to their Heritage Open Day. This is a free admission open day. They also have an exhibition of WW1 with letters from friends and family written to Rudyard Kipling’s son John while he was away fighting. Also on display is the Irish Guard uniform worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the movie My Boy Jack.

WW1: The Friends of All Saints Church Old Heathfield are staging an impressive events and programme that will include a unique and spectacular and colourful exhibition with a creative WW1 tableau plus impressive medal and ribbons which will adorn the church, flanked by a display of WW1 memorabilia. The whole thing begins on Thursday with an impressive free entry exhibition, open from 11am to 4pm. In the evening, at 7.30pm the Reverend Roger Kenward, retired former Chaplain in Chief RAF will present The Great War in Focus, with songs, humour and pity for the war, concluding with reflection and remembrance. Please book in advance by calling Jean Barnes 01435 863784. Friday will be given over to pupils and students of local schools as an education day. The evening will be Music For Friday Night with a concert of music, readings and poetry by guest musicians, including Battle Brass Band. Tickets are £6. A raffle and collection will be held in aid of Help For Heroes. Doors open at 6.30pm Saturday September 20 and the exhibition opens between 10.30am and 4.30pm. The evening moves to Broad Oak Village Hall with a WW1 special quiz. Teams of eight at £10 each to include a ration meal. Call Jean Barnes to book a table. Further details about Saturday and Sunday next week.


HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Autumn Show is in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. I shall be there after the concert in Hailsham. I don’t have anything to exhibit as the dogs have eaten all my apples and I’m not sure the plums are ready.

CHOIR: Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Choir’s next concert is tomorrow, Saturday, in Hailsham at noon in the church. It’s free.

OTHER MATTERS: We had June’s funeral this week and what a joyous occasion it was. A fabulous service with such beautiful flowers (thank you Erica) heart-raising hymns and Tim managing to say some words. David’s eulogy was amazing and it was great to sing Jerusalem, I vow to thee my country, and Abide with me for someone who would have loved to be there at her own funeral. Then the maroons went off which gave me a fright but June would have loved.

East Hoathly

AGE CONCERN: The next games afternoon will be Thursday at 2pm in the village hall. Please come along and bring your friends for a fun afternoon.

VOLUNTEER: As I will probably relocate to Lancashire next year, I am looking for a replacement Outings/Entertainment officer to take my place. This is a very enjoyable and rewarding role and we have had many varied excursions, weekends away and even a mini cruise to Bilbao. We use local coach firms and are always picked up in East Hoathly. There are other social events including theatre trips and a buffet with entertainment on a summer evening. On the third Thursday of each month we have a games afternoon where you can play chess, whist, Scrabble and many more games. If there is anyone willing to take on this role either as an individual or with a friend and want to know more get in touch with me, Jean Barnes 01825 872145.


CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, Holy Cross Day, 10am Parish Communion, 3pm Pet Service. Everyone, two-legged, four legged, creeping, crawling or swimming, scaly or furry or hairless, is invited to this special occasion. We will be giving thanks for all our animals, especially those who give many of us such loyal companionship, and each animal will receive a blessing. The service will be outside unless the weather is really bad, when we’ll retreat inside. Light refreshments for humans, and water for animals will be provided. 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

LINK TO HOPE Shoebox Appeal. We will be sending Shoeboxes again this year via the Sussex-based Christian charity Link to Hope. Initially inspired by appalling conditions in orphanages in Romania, this appeal, which has run since 1991, now sends Christmas boxes to families and the elderly in other Eastern European countries including Albania, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. You can choose to fill a shoebox for a family or for the elderly. Suggestions as to what to put in the box can be found on These include items such as toothbrushes, sweets, crayons, solar powered calculators or a wind up torch or radio. Full instructions on what to do are on leaflets in the church. Seal and gift-wrap your shoebox, attaching the completed leaflet to the outside. Please tape £2 (or two £1 coins) to the outside of the form, to help pay for transportation costs of the shoeboxes to Eastern Europe. Please bring completed Shoeboxes to the Family All Saints Day Service on Sunday 2nd November.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 17 September 1914 Fletching. Agent for this paper Mr.Parks. Root Show and Ploughing Match. Subscribers to the Fletching and District Root, Corn, Hop, Horse, and Poultry Show, and Ploughing Match have been informed that the committee have unanimously decided to abandon the annual Exhibition for 1914, in consideration of the great personal and financial sacrifices which they realise will be made upon all subscribers in one way or another to relieve the distress which will be caused by the War in which this country is called upon to take part. The committee thank the patrons and subscribers for the very liberal support they have given for so many years to this old-established Society, and trust that in the future, when the War is over, the Show may be continued, and the Committee will not appeal in vain for the support that has been so generously given in the past.

GOOD USE OF A GERMAN’S PARK: There are touches of humour and irony in the occupation of Maresfield Park, near Uckfield, the residence of Count Munster, by Regulars and Territorials.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: The Seventh Stage of the Tour of Britain from Camberley to Brighton will pass through Piltdown tomorrow, Saturday. It is estimated that the lead cars will pass the Bull on the Green, Newick at 12.48pm and the competitors will follow at 1.03pm. Following a sprint and a feeding station the riders will turn off the A272 into Shortbridge Road at 1.06pm and enter Uckfield at 1.12pm. These are the most likely times based on an average speed of 42kmph. If they average 38kmph they will turn into Shortbridge Road at 1.23pm. If they average 46kmph, they will be there at 12.51pm.

FORGET-ME-NOTS: The next meeting is on Thursday at Garden Pride, Ditchling, sitting down for teas at 3pm.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: I recorded 132mm in August, well above the 16-year average of 78mm. Total annual rainfall to the end of August was 830mm. The total for the three summer months was 256mm compared with an average of 190mm.

Hadlow Down

TN22 COMMUNITY CHOIR: Come and join our friendly choir and meet new people. Every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 8.15pm at Hadlow Down school. New members welcome. Cost £3. There is also the opportunity to perform to other groups throughout the year. To find out more contact Suzanne on 07864 533884.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY: Wealden Senior Citizens Partnership is planning an event on October 4 to celebrate Older People’s Day. It’s called Let’s Celebrate and it features the Community Chef who demonstrates what is called A Healthy Lifestyle for the Salad Days. There will also be gentle exercise, information stands and more. Entry is free and there will also be free refreshments and a free lunch. Booking is essential. Book now on 01435 865032

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints’, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP.) 11am Holy Communion. All welcome for coffee after the service. St George’s, Broad Oak, 9.30am Family service. All are welcome after the service. Don’t forget, The Great War in Focus is the subject of the Thursday Topic as part of the World War One programme at The Space, All Saints’ Church at 7.30pm. To be presented by Rev Roger Kenward, RAF Rtd. Former Assistant Chaplain-in-Chief, RAF and lecturer at Cranwell. The programme will be a great evening of nostalgia with visuals and music together with songs and the humour, the horror, the poetry and the pity of the war ending with reflection and remembrance. Tickets priced £5 are available at the door. Friday, September 19 sees the presentation of Music For Friday Night at All Saints’ Church. This will be a great evening of entertainment with a superb and varied concert of music and readings, presented by guest musicians and featuring the award winning Battle Town Band. The programme will also include a jazz singer and a raffle in support of Help for Heroes. Starts at 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets available at the door or bunker £6 per person including tea or coffee. A Special Quiz Night with World War One overtones on Saturday, September 20 at Broad Oak Village Hall. Starts at 7pm for 7.30pm and tickets in advance are essential at £10 each including three course meal of sausages, baked potatoes, beans, dessert and coffee or tea. Limited number of tickets left at time of press. Come as individuals or as a team of eight. Call Jean Barnes on 01435 863784 for your ticket. Civic and United Churches Songs of Praise concludes the World War One Commemorations for Heathfield at All Saints’ Church on Sunday, September 21. Doors open at 5.30pm and there is the final opportunity to view the exhibition with the programme commencing at 6.30pm. There will be off-road parking for all events. Thursday also sees the opening of the Spectacular WW1 Exhibition which forms the platform for Heathfield’s World War One commemoration programme at 11am through to 4pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing during each evening programme at All Saints’ Church. Refreshments will be available and there is no charge for entry, however donations would be appreciated towards the costs and a small charge for the programme related to the exhibition. During Friday, September 19 there will be limited viewing from 3pm to 5pm due to the Education Day programme for students from local schools. On Saturday, September 20 the opening times are 10.30am to 4.30pm and then again on Sunday, September 21 from 12.30pm to 4pm and again prior to the Songs of Praise programme from 5.30pm. Hands on History will be supporting the World War One Commemoration Education Day on Friday, September 19. The history department at Heathfield Community College will be contributing to this programme which will be presented in both the morning and the afternoon and will also include opportunities for the young people from various local schools to dress up in period army uniform and to learn from the heroics of the war in France. The spectacular exhibition will be enhanced by the support of Hands on History and their exhibits alongside the flower displays and the creative and moving Tableaux together with medals and ribbons which will adorn the church from the altar to the back of the church. It is open each day during the four day event, see leaflets for opening times.

TABLE TENNIS: Broad Oak Table Tennis Club. Seniors can play on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 10pm and juniors on Fridays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. ETTA approved coaches. Ring Paul Dunstall on 01435 863618 for more details.

OXFAM say a volunteer is wanted for their Heathfield shop. In fact most of the charity shops in the town could do with volunteers, so if you are keen on a day or two of light work and the chance to demonstrate your fashion or homewares expertise, simply call in.

ST RICHARD’S PRE SCHOOL: There will be a children’s pre-loved table top sale at St Richard’s Pre-School. Entry 20p, runs from 10am to noon on Saturday, September 20.

BARN DANCE tomorrow, Saturday, 6pm to 10pm in Broad Oak Village Hall. Music being provided by Doctors Orders. Tickets are £10 and include a fish and chips supper. Tickets available now from the Weald Business Centre or by phoning 01435 865965/866566. Cash bar. This is being organised by the Heathfield and Waldron Twinning Association.

FUN RUN: Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club are again holding a fun run (10k and 5k), but this time with a difference and especially for families. Fun run starts at 11am on Sunday at Blackstock Farm, Hellingly, and families can enjoy the facilities at the farm (refreshments, Sunday lunch, entertainment, seeing the animals and enjoying the woodland). Entry fee of £10 for two adults and up to four children. Entry fee for an individual will cost £5. Prior booking necessary. All entrants will receive a medal to recognise their efforts for completing the course. All ages are welcome. You can pay by cheque (made payable to Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club) or on-line but you must complete an application form for each runner and send with your cheque or bring along on the day. Deliver forms and cheques to Trevor Goldsmith, Goldsmith and Allcorn, Station Road, Heathfield TN21 8DF. To book on-line and for forms please go to

COFFEE MORNING: First aid baby and child coffee morning being held on Wednesday, 9.30am to noon, Heathfield Community Centre. For more information contact 01435 872201,

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children

Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s toddler group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday September 20, 9am Parish Prayers.


PLOUGHING MATCH: Laughton and District Agricultural Society’s 84th Ploughing Match, Wednesday, Court Farm, Falmer, by kind permission of E S Huxham, Esq. Everybody welcome to come to Court Farm, Falmer; tucked into the bottom of the South Downs this is a fantastic site for the 84th Ploughing Match. Vintage tractors and ploughs, as well as the most modern machinery will be competing, together with the ever popular shire horses and their single furrow plough. Many local businesses who supply the agricultural industry will be there to meet their customers and exhibit their goods and services. The committee of the society are well aware of the need to educate young people about the countryside and to this end the pupils from Iford and Kingston Primary School will be attending.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

WOODHILL PATIENTS GROUP: There will be a PPG Development Day (to support patients groups and help them develop effective relationships with their local patient populations) on Saturday, October 25 from 10am to 3pm at Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. Registration and refreshments from 9.30am and a light lunch will be provided. Members should book their places direct but also let John Gaunt (chair) or Jeanette Hore (secretary) know as well. You can book a place or find further information as follows:, by ringing: 01323 419788 or emailing:

CARNIVAL: This year’s Carnival is on Saturday, September 20. The afternoon market takes place in the Memorial Hall car park from noon to 3.30pm. The Twagger Band will play from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and there will be entertainment through the afternoon for all ages. A licensed bar and afternoon teas will be available. The children’s fancy dress competition will be held in the Memorial Hall from 3pm. There will be a bar and barbecue outside the Convent from 5pm onwards. All profits go to next year’s event. At 6.55pm the traditional wreath-laying ceremony will take place with blazing poppy banners and the first torchlight procession will leave the High Street at 7.30pm. The Grand Procession will leave NatWest Bank at about 9.15pm (earlier than normal) and the free firework display will be on Court Meadow at 10pm. Roads are shut between 6.30pm to 11pm. Organisers would appreciate some volunteers to help with torch marshalling and barrier manning in shifts through the evening. It involves stopping traffic while the procession moves through the village or helping with crowd control and at the Memorial Hall gates on the last procession. They would also like some help to run the fundraising bar and barbecue during the evening. Helpers for collections as well too please and bring out your fancy dress costumes. Proceeds to Mayfield Pre School.

ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH: The next Messy Church is on Saturday, September 20 at 10am. This offers the chance for families to come and enjoy a variety of craft activities based around a Bible story in an informal way and finishes at noon with lunch. On Sunday, September 28 at 9.15am there will be a new service which will be called Together at 9.15am. The service is for people of all ages who, for whatever reason, would prefer a shorter (30 mins), non-eucharistic service at the moment. They finish in London House with refreshments and craft activities for younger folk. The Harvest Festival is on Sunday, October 5 and on October 18, James Thomas (former head of music at St Leonards-Mayfield School) will give an organ concert at St Dunstan’s Church.

THE STORY OF ST DUNSTAN: The story will be re-told by the village team of storytellers: Pat Robson, Johnny Marsh, Katie Treherne and Jane Bolger in the Courtyard of St Leonards-Mayfield School on Sunday, from 6pm to 8pm with a drinks interval.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday Oakhill Drive, Brede, Broad Oak 3pm to 3.40pm; Reedswood Road, Brede, Broad Oak 3.50pm to 4.15pm.


REMINDER: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race will be passing through the village on the A272 at about 12.44pm. There will be a rolling road closure on route.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing away tomorrow, Saturday, against St Francis. On Sunday they will welcome the Adastra team to Newick. On Tuesday they will be playing Henfield at home and on Friday September 19 their final outdoor game will be fish and chip drive plus barbecue. All of these matches will commence at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB will be playing at home on Sunday against Old Blues Cricket Club. On Sunday September 21 it is the final match of season and they will playing Bodiam Cricket Club at 12.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Holy Communion Common Worship at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available if booked in advance on 722582. Sunday September 28 will be Harvest Festival Service at 10.20am. This being the Rev Peter Francis’s final service. Peter is retiring after 26 years in Newick, so what better way to say thank you and farewell and have a full church. I am sure all residents would like to wish Peter and Norma all the best for the future.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY meeting in the village hall at 8pm on Thursday. The speaker will be David March, his subject The Opposite of Chelsea, Chaumont Garden Show. David’s talk gives an insight into the differences between Chelsea and Chaumont and walk you through a few great successes and the occasional disaster.

HARVEST: Headway Harvest Celebration will be on Saturday September 20 from noon to 3pm. Headway is in Jackies Lane set in beautiful grounds with 32 acres of meadows, Victorian walled garden and orchard. Entrance £1, children free. This will be a great family fun afternoon with plenty of things to see and do. Huxleys Birds of Prey, fun dog show, craft and food produce stalls, live music, barbecue and vintage teas, cookery demonstration, lots of children’s activities and fun stalls, vehicle and motorcycles display, plus arts and pottery exhibition. Do try and support this event, all the profits will go towards providing and developing their services for the people with an acquired brain injury.

DIARY DATES: Newick Horticultural Society Quiz Night is on Friday September 26. Newick Cinema in the village hall on September 28, will show The Grand Budapest Hotel.


THE TOUR: The Tour of Britain bike race will be coming through Waldron tomorrow, Saturday, around lunchtime. The pub will be putting on a barbecue for watchers and supporters of the Tour and there’ll be music too. The big names will be taking part, including Sir Bradley Wiggins.The riders will approach via Uckfield, Framfield, and Blackboys, then into Waldron, before going on to Horam, Hailsham, Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters then heading to Ditchling Beacon and finishing in Brighton. Last week two workmen came and dug a hole to trace a leak in the middle of the village right by the War Memorial within yards of the route. They found the leak, repaired it, then put up barriers round the hole and left. Before they went, they promised the road would be made good this week, I hope someone back at Southern Water’s HQ knows about the Tour or it might take an unusual detour.

WATER: And while I’m having a moan, on the same day as the hole was dug, two huge water tankers were parked side-by-side at the bottom of Whitehouse Lane, preventing anyone from going up or down either that lane or Ragged Dog Lane. Don’t get me wrong, flooding has taken place at that spot for years and it would be good to have the problem sorted before the winter rains set in. But please, a sign at the top of the lane that the road is blocked would help us all, just to save us who live in this village the hassle of driving round in frustrating circles, trying to find a way in or out of it. And a sign saying Road Closed leaning against the back of one of the tankers at the narrowest bit of the lane really isn’t good enough.

AFTERNOON RECITAL: The next Afternoon Recital will be this Sunday at 4.30pm when Michael Heighway, Director of Music at St Simon Zelotes in Chelsea, will play a programme of organ music. The Waldron Youth Choir will also perform and the recital will last about three-quarters of an hour. Entrance is free and there will be a retiring collection.

JOAN’S WINS: Joan Turner has again been doing the rounds of the flower shows in this area and her winning ways continue. In April at Uckfield, she won two trophies for spring flowers and plants. Then in August she was at the Blackboys and Framfield show winning the Gordon-Wilson cup for her hydrangeas. Returning to Uckfield for its Summer Show, she won the Lady Shawcross cup for most points in the show, the Col Clarke Cup for Dahlias, the shield for her gladioli and the domestic trophy for cooking. She topped off her success with the Banksian Medal for most prize money won in the show. Finally at the end of August came the Horam Show at which she was joined by Mary Wilkinson, another winning Waldronite. Joan won the Constance Scott cup for flowers and plants and the Ellissen Perpetual Cup for most points in the flowers and vegetable classes. Her crowning moment came with the presentation of her second Banksian medal of the year, awarded for the highest prize money won in the vegetable and flower classes.

REVUE: Our First World War Revue is now written, auditions held and the cast chosen. The first read-through took place last week and from now on, rehearsals will happen weekly until the performances on November 7 and 8.

N WATCH: The local branch of the Neighbourhood Watch 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 there’ll be an opportunity to chat to her over refreshments afterwards.

COUNTRY MARKET: Since the Country Market left the Lucas Hall it has been looking for a permanent home where it could find a large audience. 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). There’s the usual selection of good produce, including jams, marmalade, chutney, cakes, hand-made cards, knitware and some plants, vegetables and flowers in season. There’s easy parking, refreshments are available and the market room is signposted. Contact Roy Wilkinson for more details on 01435 812931. The next market will be on October 9.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ROAD WORKS: Work continues between the Green and Cowbeech, in fact by the time you read this I would imagine they will be working in Cowbeech. In the meantime, businesses in both villages, and in between, are open for business, so please do continue to support them. For the latest details please go to the Village Leaf website. Thanks to Nigel McKeeman for his contact with the contractors to keep us informed.

ART SHOW: Tonight is the preview of Art on the Green 2014, the annual open exhibition of art and craft from people local to Rushlake Green. It is also a part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Art Trail which brings in visitors from further afield. There are programmes in the Stores detailing all the events and a website at Art on the Green is at The Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green and the village hall committee invites everyone to the Preview party, (with Prosecco and Harvey’s), from 7pm to 9pm, this entry is free to the Preview and to the Exhibition. The exhibition continues tomorrow, Saturday, 11am until 5pm and Sunday and teas, cakes and light lunches will be served. Local amateur and professional artists, photographers and craft makers have contributed their works for this exhibition. Some work will be for sale and there will be an Art Quiz over the weekend.

HISTORY GROUP: My apologies for putting the wrong speaker in last week’s column, the talk on pantomimes will be next month ‘O yes, it will’. We had an entertaining, interesting and slightly unusual talk by Alaric (Jim) Bond on the British Navy 1793–1815. Jim is an enthusiast for all things Navy, particularly of that period. At the beginning of the talk he handed out papers with a series of questions on them, and we were invited to say which of the three answers we thought was the correct one; he would then talk about the reasons for the correct answer. He had on display artefacts of the period which we were able to handle and examine including 9 and 32 pound shot. He is probably well known to many as the proprietor, with his wife, of Scolfes Tea Room, now closed. He is now a full time writer of naval fiction. Type in his name into your search engine for his web site. Our next walk is tomorrow, meeting in Waldron recreation ground car park at 2pm, for a walk of about three miles, with a few stiles.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. A reminder that the date for the church yard clear up is now October 4 at 10am. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: Rehearsals start on Monday for our next production There Goes The Bride, a farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, which will be performed from November 19 to 22 in the Dunn Village Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm at Bodle Street Village Hall on Thursday. All are welcome to attend and there is an early opportunity in the meeting for parishioners to raise matters or comment on agenda items.

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass Band is holding a quiz night at the Dunn Village Hall, next Saturday, September 20, at 7pm. You can make up a table full or come as an individual. It would be helpful if you could let Cath know on 01435 813359.