Parish Pump Uckfield - September 13, 2013


GARDEN CLUB: Liz from Goldcliff Nursery is coming to speak to us on the subject A Beginner’s Guide to Fruit Growing on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Visitors and new members welcome.

CRICKET RESULTS: September 7, ESCL Div 2, Robertsbridge v Barcombe: Barcombe 187 all out in 42.3 overs (Matt Tucker 81 Keith Savage 22). Robertsbridge 189-2 in 35.2 overs. Robertsbridge 30 points beat Barcombe 9 points bt 8 wkts. ESCL Div 8, Barcombe II v Burwash Weald: Match cancelled due to wet wicket 9 points each.

BOWLING NEWS: September 3, away to Uckfield: Henry Bunney 18 P McLellan 18, Les Line 7 D Carr 22, Jas Osmond 7 P Daly 26, John Osmond 20 T Butcher 9. Club lost 52 to 75. September 4, home to Deanland: Les Coppard 14 G Dunstall 23, Derek Stewart 17 Vic Cheeseman12, John Blackmore 19 Dennis Gambrell 18, John Osmond 11 G Hammett 24. Club lost 61 to 77.

AUTUMN SHOW: Barcombe Flower and Produce Autumn Show; in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments, raffle, children’s section, photography and art competition. Auction of produce at 3.30pm.

Bodle Street Green

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

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at the village hall at 7pm on Thursday. The public are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting. The council has a new website, which gives details of the council, its members and meetings, plus links to various local organisations.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: Bryan Gibson has let me know that the wrong date was published. This event, at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday September 20, is the formal launch of the Extension Appeal for the village hall. This will provide an extension in the kitchen area of the hall. The auction will be conducted, after supper, by local auctioneer James Braxton (as seen on TV), and there will be a silent auction of some of the lots. An addition is the special guest, entertainer and magician Bertie Pearce. There is still an opportunity to provide lots, contact Pauline at Tickets are £15 to include a three course supper and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. There will also be a licensed bar. The next event is a showing of the Opera Carmen on November 16. Tickets from Bryan or Geoff.


BUXTED WI: It is a grey and chilly day as I write this, so different from the last few weeks. In fact, I have been forced into wearing a cardigan, named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Light Brigade in the famous charge of Balaclava (1854). First worn by the British to keep the Crimean cold out and is still being worn, but now to keep the British cold out, a necessary article in anyone’s wardrobe. Still, I am hoping to discard it when our Indian Summer appears. There was a paucity of members for this month’s get together but a plethora of apologies for absence, so a very small class took to the floor for keep fit to open the proceedings; but Jerusalem was sung with usual gusto and joined by our speaker of the month, which was a first. We had one visitor, a fairly recent newcomer to Buxted, who had come to see what it was all about and if she would like to join the group. People with birthdays this month were presented with very attractive cards made by Kath Warner and the craft class she runs so skilfully. Another card was given to committee member Pauline Bonner in celebration of 50 years of marriage, to the same man. As Pauline pointed out. So it’s congratulations to her and Brian; it is great to hear that there are still long term marriages. We heard that one of our members, Daphne Knight, is one of three finalists in the Lady Denman Cup writing competition for this area. It now goes forward to national judging so we wish her good luck. Reference was made to the Bowling Day which had been organised by Anita Jobling and had obviously been great fun and enjoyed by all who took part. Ann Tricker, our president, spoke about the importance and value of keeping records of events. She is quite passionate about it, and as she pointed out it is all history in the making, not only for us to look back on, but for future generations. We have a super set of books for our archives that go back to the 20s which have been lovingly collated over the years and are absolutely fascinating. Some are quite fragile now and have to be handled with particular care but are carefully protected and housed by Ann. As a thought, if anyone out there is clearing out cupboards and has any memorabilia of Buxted WI of times past or just of Buxted, please don’t throw it away. We would love to have it. Jean Skinner, who has been our archivist and photographer for many years decided to ‘retire’ and we thank her for all her hard work during that time. We now have two members who volunteered to take over the job, Hilary Quinn and Kirsten Brown, who have thrown themselves into the task with zeal and enthusiasm. John Proctor, our speaker, told us of the delights of Trekking in Nepal with the Sherpas. He spoke clearly, without using notes, was very enthusiastic about it and had some very good slides. It was interesting(if a little long), but I don’t think I shall be trekking. There were some lovely entries for the Flower of the Month, and first was Helen Reynolds, second Helen Moran, with Sandra Hatswell and Sue Ashton in joint third place. The Holiday Souvenir was won by Shirley Isted, with Ann Tricker second and Hilary Quinn third. I must just mention that Hilary recently entered the Framfield and Blackboys Horticultural Show and walked away with a first for both her rose and courgette, a second for her sweetpeas, third for her agapanthus and a highly commended for a photograph of trees. Not bad, Hilary. Our next meeting will be October 3 in the Reading Room. Textiles with a Twist is the chosen subject of our guest speaker Pamela Sharp, and the competition A piece of Interesting Fabric. (Wendy Lawrence).


LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL is at the Sports Field, North Chailey tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to midnight. There will be two outdoor stages and music for all ages, plus a beer tent, hog roast and entertainment for children in the afternoon. Tickets £10 on the day, with under 10s free with a paying adult.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Peter’s Church on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. The Revd John Maskell will not be in church on Saturdays for a couple of weeks as he is recovering from an ankle operation. Best wishes John for a good recovery. Café Church is at the village hall on Sunday and from 9am there will be free tea, coffee, squash, croissants and pastries and 9.30am onwards activities for all ages. At 6.15pm there will be a service with David Muzzell at the Free Church, South Chailey. For more information call 01444 471600.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a friendly at Newick on Sunday starting at 1pm. Supporters are most welcome.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday (National Heritage Day) from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which gives an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past one hundred years. Copies of the Diamond Jubilee Map will also be on sale at £2 each. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room on Tuesday September 17 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

FULLER’S FOLLIES is the subject of a talk by Geoff Hutchinson, historian and author of Fuller of Sussex, organised by the Commons Society at the village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. The talk and Geoff’s book is about Mad Jack Fuller, born over 250 years ago, who is most famous for the follies he built at Brightling, East Sussex, where he lived. Guests and prospective members will be made most welcome, for more information call 01444 831098.

PCSO: Issues or concerns that you would like to discuss with our local community officer? On Thursday September 19 from 7.30pm to 8pm there will be the chance to meet PCSO Steven Knowles outside the Sports Pavilion, North Chailey. This is an opportunity to discuss those issues or concerns with Steven and ask questions on local issues. Everyone is welcome.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the village hall on Friday September 20 from 7.30pm to 8.45pm for The Great Chailey Bake Off. There will also be a range of other activities available throughout the evening such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table, tuck shop and plenty more. Entry is £1. All young people aged 10 to 16 years who live in or around the Chailey area are always welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: Last week I gave an email contact for the collection of jumble for the bonfire society sale on Saturday September 21. I now have a telephone contact 01273 891008. All donations of jumble will be much appreciated and arrangements for collection can easily be made by calling this number.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Trinity 16, 10am Benefice Communion, Chiddingly; 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT: On Friday September 27 villagers are invited to The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Village Stores between 10am and 2pm. Please come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and help raise fund for the Macmillan charity. Items on sale will include cakes and preserves and there will be a chance to win a raffle prize. Donations of homemade cakes would be very much appreciated.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Our next event is a talk that will take place on Friday September 20 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The subject will be the Escape Through Sussex by Charles II in 1651, and will be presented by local historian Helen Poole. The evening is free for members, visitors and guest are welcome for a fee of £3.

AGE CONCERN: There is no pop-in lunch this month, but there will be bingo on Thursday September 19 in the village hall.

CARNIVAL SOCIETY: Carnival season is now underway and the East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society would like to inform readers that they organise coaches to other local bonfire nights. Non-members are very welcome to join us on the coaches and enjoy local bonfire celebrations. The coaches organised this year are as follows: Crowborough, September 14; Mayfield, September 21; Burgess Hill, September 28; Rotherfield, October 5; Seaford, October 18; Newick, November 2; Lewes, November 5. If you are interested in joining one of these trips, please contact Alice Clarke on 07843 150669, or by e-mail at If you would like to join the society please call Erica Packham on 01825 840229.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: The village show took place on Saturday September 7 in the marquee on the playing fields. Thank you to everyone that entered and congratulations to the following prize winners: Autumn prizes: Bourne Cup (most points in the rose classes) K Richardson; Barham Cup (most points in fruit/vegetable classes) J Walker; Cottingham Cup (best horticultural exhibit) V Serpell; Akehurst Award (best cookery exhibit) F Mills; Payne Trophy (best exhibit in the decorative division) P Duke. Annual prizes: Ladies Cup (lady exhibitor with most points overall) V Serpell; Gentleman’s Cup (gentleman exhibitor with most points overall) J Walker; Belshaw Cup (Women’s Institute member with most points overall) R Akehurst; Family Cup (family with most points overall) The Duke family; Vine Cup (novice exhibitor with most points overall) O Mills; Isted Cup (exhibitor with most points overall in the decorative division) P Duke; Lockwood Cup (exhibitor with most points overall in the handicraft division) P Duke; Cookery Award (exhibitor with most points overall in the cookery division) R Akehurst; Banksian Medal, D Farmer. Junior cup (children 10 to 14yrs) B Figg; Junior cup (children (5 to 6 yrs) S Buckley; Junior cup (children (under 5) I Thomas. Tallest Sunflower S Buckley. Bonus prize (for black forest gateau) J Walker.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 14 September 1757 ‘In the morn, Mr Burges and myself went down to Bean’s at Whitesmith with about twenty bushels of pear, of which I had made fifty gallons of perry, which at 1d a gallon amounts to 4s 2d, but having no silver I was unable to pay Mr Bean…’


HARVEST FANTASIA: Friday to Sunday, September 27 to 29, Harvest Fantasia in Christ Church. Fairwarp Flower Guild will be holding a Festival of fruit, vegetables and flowers in the church. The theme is based on Harvest a poem, a song, music, etc. At the last Festival (Christmas Trees 2011) we had such fun with various groups from the village joining in that we should be delighted if you would join us and make it a village affair again. For further details please contact Janie Hooper (01892 664471).

HARVEST SUPPER: Saturday September 28 Harvest Supper 7pm for 7.30pm in Fairwarp Village Hall. Fun, entertainment and a sing-a-long. Tickets £5, contact Jenny on 712188, Liz on 764781 or Bob on 712321. Please bring whatever you would like to drink.

QUIZ NIGHT: The ever-popular quiz nights start again in the Foresters Arms on Monday, at 8pm (or whenever the last dishes are cleared from the tables). Why not put together a team and go along? £1 per team member.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The next churchyard clean-up is scheduled for Saturday October 12, 9.30am to noon. If you would like to like to help, many hands make light work, then please contact Russell Davison on 01825 713531. Please bring any garden tools. Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be provided (the latter courtesy of John at the pub). The last clean-up was cancelled owing to a lack of volunteers, so we could really do with more people this time.

STREET BAZAAR: Fairwarp’s first Street Bazaar will be held on Saturday October 26 from 11am to 2pm at the village hall and car park. There will be books and burgers, coffee and crystals, hot dogs and Halloween, toys and chutney and much more. Anyone interested in being a stall holder at the event please contact Helen on

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HEATHFIELD SILVER BAND is delighted to announce that its new conductor, Sarah Leeves, has recently taken over the baton from Richard Sherlock who, after six years, is leaving to progress his musical career. Sarah is not new to the band, having started playing with them at the age of 10 years when she was spontaneously taken along to a rehearsal by a family friend. Her interest blossomed and whilst at Heathfield Community College she played in the National Youth Wind Orchestra and went on to study Euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then she has been a full time brass teacher in Brighton and Hove, and conducts and plays trombone and euphonium around and about Sussex. Now she will be bringing her own special magic to Heathfield Silver Band. The band played at its first bonfire march on Saturday, at Uckfield, with a large band of 34 players. The atmosphere was great and as this was our first bonfire with our new conductor we think it was in part due to her. The best bit was when we joined up with Uckfield Brass at the end of the evening and played Sussex by the Sea about five times as one big band of around 55 marching down the High Street. Our star player has to be Brady Ells who is in the training band and made his bonfire debut on the bass drum, he was awesome. Tomorrow, Saturday, the band is at Crowborough in the evening.

BLACKBERRIES: Local hedges seem to be yielding a healthy crop of blackberries, I hesitate to point out good picking points (last year I was beaten to the best hedge by a group of keen WI ladies) but there are plenty for all, particularly in the more remote hedgerows around Vines Cross. The Sussex Wildlife Trust tells me they are not berries and not even black, but going blackberrying is also an essential pastime for birds, insects and small mammals. Here are five fascinating facts: A familiar, vigorous and thorny shrub producing edible fruit which goes from green through red, to deep purple and finally black when ripe; The fruit of the bramble is not a true berry, botanically it’s termed an aggregate fruit; There are around 400 micro-species of wild blackberry growing in the UK; Apart from being eaten in pies and jams, blackberries were once used as a purple dye or brewed with malt and hops into a strong ale. Their thorny brambles were used by ancient Britons the way we use barbedwire today; Hundreds of creatures use brambles at different times of the year. Insects visit the flowers, several moths lay their eggs on bramble and blackbirds thrushes, chaffinches, starlings, robins, pheasants,foxes, mice and other small mammals eat the fruit.

CROSS IN HAND WI: It has been a busy summer for our WI. Members were thanked for their support with cakes and home made produce for our stalls at the Heathfield Silver Band Day and the Cross in Hand Fun Day. Birthday flowers were given to: B Dabson, T Mehra, B Norris, J Parrott, S Tranter, C Connor and A Jobling. Beautiful flowers were on display for the flower of the month competition and a good selection of Dickens volumes were brought for the exhibition. Our speaker was Mr D Allen who entertained everyone with his talk on Charles Dickens. Born into a not very well to do family, Charles Dickens at the age of 12 years, was forced to work in Camden at a Blacking Factory (which made shoe polish) and had to give up his schooling for a while. He later became a lawyers’ clerk and journalist in the Houses of Parliament. He always had a passion for reading and later became interested in the theatre. He married Catherine Hogarth and they had 10 children. His books, many of which were based on his own experiences, were an immediate success both here and in America. Dickens died in June 1870 and although it was his wish to be buried in Rochester which he knew so well, and where the family had once been happy, his grave is actually in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey, in recognition of his contribution to English Literature. Our next meeting will feature a talk by Heathfield Vet Janet Nuttall and is in the village hall on September 25 at 2pm. Please call 01435 812819 to find out more or go to

ALL SAINTS Old Heathfield, Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Third Dimension. St George’s Broad Oak Third Dimension. Also our Quiz Night on September 21, 7pm for 7.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre, tickets £8 to include fish and chip supper. Bring your own drinks and glasses.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Richard’s Church, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; 6.30pm Churches Together in Heathfield and District service at Warbleton Parish Church. Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3pm St Richard’s Toddler group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

AGM: Mayfield Pre-School holds its AGM on October 2 at 7.30pm in the Scout and Guide Hall. All are welcome.

CHURCHES TOGETHER event led by Mayfield Band takes place outside the west end of St Dunstan’s church on Sunday, at 6pm. Favourite hymns have been chosen by each church and there will be a retiring collection for the band who need everyone’s support as they look for a new musical director and more members.

A BODY MOVES CLASS starts on September 20 using stretching and toning followed by movement sequences to a variety of music. The first class is free. Contact Irene Bell on 01435 873089.

THE BOOK FAIR takes place on Saturday, October 5 at the Memorial Hall between 9am and 3pm. Admission is free. There will be 17 dealers attending with thousands of second-hand books for sale at all prices.

WATERYARD GROUP: The group is holding its AGM on Thursday at 7.30pm in London House. Open to everybody.

U3A: On Thursday, Mayfield and District U3A holds its first talk after the summer break. It will be given by Victoria Joyce who will speak about Cesar Manrique, a Spanish painter, sculptor, architect, ecologist, building consultant, planner of housing estates, garden and landscape designer. He was determined that his native island of Lanzarote would not be buried beneath a sea of concrete to accommodate tourism. Many members will have visited this volcanic island and seen how different the architecture is from others in the Canary archipelago. The talk explores Manriques’s artistic ideas that designed Lanzarote a UNESCO viosphere. The meeting is held at 2.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

NOW IS THE TIME for anyone who wants the South Street toilets to remain open after the end of the year to notify the Clerk of Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council. Janna Todd, the Old Manor House, High Street, Mayfield TN20 6AL telephone 01435 873784 or email

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.


BOWLS CLUB fixtures are tomorrow, Saturday, St Francis away, Sunday, Adastra home. Both of these games will commence at 2.30pm. Tuesday, Henfield away, 2pm start.The above games are the last outdoor matches for this summer.

CRICKET: The cricket club are playing on Sunday against Chailey at 1pm. Local village matches are always great fun.

CHURCH SERVICES on Sunday at St Mary’s are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Informal Morning Service at 10.30am. If you require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

BADMINTON: The badminton club are looking for new members, first session free on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm in the village hall. Players of all standards welcome, from beginners to league level. They are a very friendly club with many social activities throughout the year. Why not pop along with some friends and see if badminton is a game you would enjoy playing, you will receive a warm welcome. Further details from 01825 723299 or 769502.

TALK: Newick Horticultural Society talk in the village hall on Thursday at 8pm. Speaker Tom Hart Dyke will be talking about Tom’s Horticulturally Endowed Updates. They will also be holding another popular quiz evening on Friday September 27 in the village hall, more details later.

TAI CHI will be coming to Newick Village Hall on Tuesday mornings at the end of September, sessions £5 with experienced teacher. For further details telephone 01825 723002.

SUMMER: I am sure that you all have enjoyed the beautiful summer we have had this year. The farmers and fruit growers will be delighted with their crops. As I write this, according to the weather forecast today (Thursday September 5) could well be the last day of glorious blue skies and lots of lovely sunshine.


EMAIL: Please note that my email address is now just

PAMPHILON THEATRE, in the grounds of Uckfield Community Technical College, has amazed and inspired theatregoers since 2005, and on Friday September 27 it brings to its stage an unusual and innovative thriller from touring company Farnham Maltings. This was the company who brought In praise of Elephants to Uckfield earlier this year and earned the accolades ‘Superbly delivered, stunning in its depth and accuracy, just brilliant’. The Pamphilon’s new touring production, The Iranian Feast, promises to deliver high quality theatre as well as food from the heart of Persia. Traditional Persian food prepared by Danial, his wife and daughter with help from their friends and neighbours. Part thriller, part cookery lesson, this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future. One that is surprising, uplifting and a celebration of being alive. Going in the pot are fresh herbs, spices, sweet vegetables, and Eli’s mother’s secret ingredient. The Iranian Feast can be seen for one night only, Friday September 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £9 (£5 for students) are available from or on 01273 782866.


DEFIBS: We’ve now got a defibrillator in the village for use in the event of heart attacks or cardiac arrests when every minute counts if a life is to be saved. It’s in the red telephone box outside the old Schoolhouse in The Street. When a crisis arises we should not have to spend time familiarising ourselves with how to use it. So Heathfield and Waldron First Responders will be inviting members of the public to a training session in the State Hall in Station Road at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Do come along, you never know when a life may need saving.

MEN IN FROCKS: There were several men in frocks coming and going from my house last Tuesday evening and it wasn’t for auditions for our village panto. The gentlemen were clergy who were stopping off to robe themselves for the licensing of the Reverend George Pitcher as our parish Priest-in-Charge. The new Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Reverend Dr Martin Warner officiated at the service and a good number of the congregation from both churches came along to witness this very welcome and cheerful event. The service was followed by a reception at the Lucas Hall and the decibel level was appropriately high.

HISTORY WEEKEND: Tickets are now on sale for the events of our Village History Weekend (September 20 to 22) and leaflets giving all details are now out in the village. Book your tickets in advance as some events will have restricted numbers. Tickets for ticketed events are available now from the Stores at Waldron, also from Heathfield Art and Books, Heathfield High Street, and by post from the Box Office, History Weekend, Hassalls, Whitehouse Lane, Waldron TN21 0QX enclosing a cheque made out to The Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. As this copy goes to press, tickets for the tours round Possingworth grounds are all sold out. The whole weekend promises to be great fun.

WALDRON AND WWI On Saturday September 21 at 6.30pm Steve Roberts, military historian and battlefield guide, will be talking about Waldron and the First World War. Steve is an expert specialising in the subject and with the approaching 100th anniversary of the outbreak of that terrible war, there is likely to be a large audience. Steve will give an overview of the War but will also focus on some of the men from our village who died. The illustrated talk will be at All Saints’ Church and tickets at £5 per head will include a glass of wine. Steve will be happy to answer questions after his talk.

JAMES GASTON: Several people have been in touch with me about their ancestors who fought in the War to end all wars. James Gaston, was one of five brothers of a well-known Waldron family, two of whom joined up and crossed the Channel to fight for King and country. James was in the Royal Sussex Regiment, was badly injured and spent some time in the Westham House Red Cross Hospital in Hampshire. He was told that he would never be able to father children because of his injuries, but he proved the doctors wrong, by marrying and fathering three children. He survived until the age of 80 and his wife Daisy lived until she was 95.

EXHIBITION: Throughout the History Weekend there will be an Exhibition of Waldron photographs and memorabilia in the Lucas Hall, from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are £2 per head and include one copy per adult couple of a brief illustrated guide to the centre of Waldron and its historic and listed buildings.

SUSSEX HARMONY: We are also looking forward to a visit from Sussex Harmony on Sunday September 22 at 6pm at All Saints’ with their programme A Sussex Year from Wassail to Carols. The group perform in costume with old instruments, recalling the music of the period pre-1850s when music in rural churches was a community affair. There will be a short interval for refreshments. Free entry, with a retiring collection in aid of repairs and refurbishment of our two churches.

CRICKET: On Sunday our village cricket team will be playing a friendly against a Soucek XI at home, starting at 1pm. All League matches have now been completed.

STEAM RALLY: The annual rally of Sussex Steam Engines will be in the middle of the village at lunchtime on Sunday September 29. It’s always popular and well-attended, so be prepared to be patient as these historic steam engines, polished and buffed so you can see your face in them, make their way slowly into Waldron after a tour round the lanes from Cross in Hand. There’ll be a barbecue outside the Star and music will be provided by Skull Drummery.

PANTO AUDITIONS: Auditions will take place for our panto The Wonderful Wizard of Waldron on Tuesday October 1 from 6.30pm onwards. Everyone welcome for parts or for helping behind the scenes. If the date of October 1 is not one when you can come, there will be a second opportunity to audition on Monday October 7, also at the Lucas Hall from 6.30 pm.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (Rev George Pitcher), sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am (Revs George Pitcher and Peter Jamieson) and Family Service at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Rev George Pitcher).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ART SHOW: Art on the Green is part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Trail and takes place this weekend, at the Dunn Village Hall. Refreshments will be available. The hall will be open from 10.30am to5.30pm on Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. There will be a variety of art on show, paintings, photographs, craft, 3-dimensional work, sculpture and pottery. Some work will be for sale, and there will be an art quiz over the weekend. Coffee and Company will serve coffees on Saturday morning and wine will be available on Saturday evening. Ploughman’s lunches will be served on Saturday and teas on both afternoons.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am morning worship and 6.30pm evening service with communion. Both services conducted by Rev Robert Scott.

HISTORY GROUP: David Calvert gave us a fascinating glimpse into the history of Herstmonceux Castle on Monday evening. He started with the various families who have owned the castle during the centuries, their lives and loss of life and the way the household ran. This was followed by illustrations of the building and its occupants, its decline and partial demolition and then rebuilding in the 20th century. It was then used for many years by the Royal Observatory until light pollution forced a move to Las Palmas. It is now used by a Canadian university, a return to educational use, which the original buildings on the site, before the castle, were used for. For our next walk we meet at the lay-by just north of Cowbeech on the Rushlake Green Road on Saturday September 21 at 2pm. The walk will include the site of iron workings.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at Bodle Street Green village hall at 7pm on Thursday. The public are welcome to attend and parishioners can raise matters early in the meeting. The council has a new website, which gives details of the council, its members and meetings, plus links to various local organisations.