Parish Pump Uckfield - September 14, 2012

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Service of the Word.

LUNCH CLUB: The village’s lunch club meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday at the village hall.


MUSICAL MEERKATS: Today, Friday, is the start of the first seven week term of the Musical Meerkats, a fun group for parents and children from 0 to 4 years. The first session begins at 10am for 0 to 18 months, and will use music and instruments to help stimulate movement and enjoyment of music. For more info and to book in call Rachel Wright on 07867 787227 or email

FETE: The weather was really good for the Burwash Common Playing Fields Fete last Saturday afternoon. This old fashioned village fete which included a fun dog show was really well attended, with families enjoying the games and competitions, sampling the barbecue and refreshments. Thanks go to everyone who helped to make it such a splendid affair, especially those who manned the stalls etc. At time of writing I have no idea how much money was raised, but all of it will go to the upkeep of the field and pavilion.

SERVICE: On Sunday morning there will be a special service to remember the Battle of Britain in St Philip’s church, Burwash Common. The service will be held at 10.30am and you are all invited to attend.

WALK: A busy day on Monday for our villages with the parish footpath walk in the morning. This will start at the Bear car park at 9am and you are all welcome to go along. The walk will be lead by Roger Stoke who will guide you around the local public footpaths. The walks usually finish in time for lunch.

FLOWER CLUB: After lunch on Monday, the flower arrangement club will meet at the village hall for their autumn demonstration. Members will be at the hall from 2.15pm and their demonstrator will be Gill Sadler with Showstoppers. Non-members will be very welcome, entrance fee is £4. The afternoon will be fun and informative and end with a raffle of the floral art and tea. In October the group will be holding a craft morning at the village hall, with Anne Harris and the title of Design a Wire Ring. You will need to book a place if you wish to attend this.

MEETING: On Monday evening the Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association will have a meeting in the Burwash Common Pavilion at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome to attend.

TALENT SHOW: On Friday October 19 St Bartholomew’s church will be holding another of their popular Burwash Has Talent shows. If you would like to take part you need to apply for a spot now. Each act should not be more than three minutes long and a change over time between acts of two minutes. There is no minimum or maximum age limit, so if you wish to have ago, see the form in the Burwash Broadsheet, available from the newsagents or the church. Applications should be in by October 5.

COMMUNITY BUS: Don’t forget that the next community bus to Tenterden will be on Friday September 21. If you would like to visit friends, do some shopping or just visit the town then you will need to call Lyn on 01424 772001 between 9am and noon, Monday to Friday, to book a seat. You will be told of times and pick up points when you call. The bus also visits Eastbourne every second Monday of the month and Rye on fourth Thursday of alternate months.

CONDOLENCES: Last week I heard of the death of Paul Jamieson. Paul, who had be poorly for many years, was a really lovely person. He worked hard and lived for his family. Paul was a retained fire-fighter in Burwash for many years, part of the time as the benevolent fund officer for the village. He worked for many years at the Mountfield Gypsum mines where he was the first aider too. He was always cheerful and would help anyone. He was an accomplished player of the harmonica. We send our love and thoughts to his family.

I have also learned of the death of Kate Noon. Kate was a nice lady who I knew all my life as I grew up with her daughter Maureen. I remember Kate loved to go hop picking and travelled with her on the back of the trailer to hop gardens sometimes. She was a member of the Burwash Young Wives Group. A nice lady who enjoyed people. Our love and thoughts are with her family.


BUXTED WI: One of the few beautiful warm sunny days we have enjoyed this summer with just a hint of autumnal breeze, had us meeting in Buxted Reading Room for our monthly meeting and although a popular time for holidays we had a very good attendance. President Ann Tricker welcomed everyone and introduced Joyce Harvey to read the Rudyard Kipling poem If in place of singing Jerusalem. Notices and information was given out regarding days out and various courses etc. A Birthday card was given to Sharon Callaghan and we were informed that Shirley Isted’s story that she wrote and read out to us last month had been forwarded by East Sussex Federation to compete nationally and Shirley will receive a certificate at the very least. Our guest speaker, Sheila Southwell, was then introduced and she delivered a very interesting talk on the History of Greetings Cards and Postcards. Sheila had lots of interesting facts to share with us regarding the first and oldest card dated 1415, the popularity of coins, stamps and postcards over the years, she told us that there were seven deliveries by the post office a day and a person could arrange to meet someone and receive a reply all in the same day, what a difference to today. A vote of thanks was given by Sheena Mickelburgh and we enjoyed our tea and biscuits. The winners of the competition entitled A Postcard were: 1, Helen Moran; 2, Kathleen Mandale; 3, Hilary Quinn. The flower of the month competition was won by: 1, Jill Cheale; 2, Sheena Mickelburgh; 3, Evelyn Smith. Our craft group meet every second Wednesday the garden group every fourth Wednesday and the book group every third Thursday. Our next meeting at Buxted Reading Room will be on October 4 when our guest speaker will be Michaela Wynn-Jones entitled Scarf-tying Magic. Anyone wishing to take part should bring one long scarf, one square scarf and a rubber band with them. (Mary Mustin).

East Hoathly

PARISH COUNCIL: The next full parish council meeting is on Monday September 24 at 7.30pm in the Belmont Room of the village hall. Our parish clerk, Ann Newton, can be contacted on 01825 890182.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Last Sunday members and friends met at Waldron for a walk in glorious sunshine over the rolling landscape surrounding the village. The walk went past a cricket match, through sun dappled woodlands, over pastures and meadows and past streams and a pond, much to the delight of the three dogs who enjoyed a cooling dip before returning to The Star. The walk was planned to tie in with the talk being given to the society tonight, Friday, by local playwright Valerie Chidson at 7.30pm in the village hall. Entitled A Village Mystery, the talk will cover the story of a girl who went missing from the village in the 1920’s, possibly eloping, possibly the victim of foul play. If you would like to come along on the next walk, it will be starting at 2pm from The Roebuck at Laughton on Sunday, October 14. For more information please call Chris or Jenny on 872830.

AGE CONCERN: The next bingo session in the village hall is on Thursday at 2pm.

SHOW SOCIETY: There were a record number of entries for the autumn show this year and the organisers were told that the standard was extremely high. The first prize winners were: Decorative Section: Class 1 P Hadley; Classes 3 and 4 Pat Duke. Division 2, Flowers: Classes 5, 7, 8, 10, 18, 19 and 22 Jonathan Walker; Classes 6 and 26 Janet Figg; Classes 9, 12 and 16 Dorothy Cottingham; Class 11 Sylvia Petrie; Class 14 E. Smith; Class 17 Vivienne Serpell; Class 20 Naomi Barlow; Class 23 Carol Blakiston; Class 24 Philippa Hadley; Class 25 Helen Harrison. Division Three Fruit and Vegetables: Classes 27, 28, 38 and 45 David Farmer; Classes 29-33, 35-37, 39-42, 46, 47, 49-51, 55 Jonathan Walker; Class 34 Kate Richardson; Class 43 Vivienne Serpell; Class 44 M Smith; Classes 48 ,52-54 and 56 Carol Blakiston. Division Four Cookery and Preserves: Class 57 Vivienne Serpell; Classes 58-61 and 63 Rosemary Akehurst; Class 61 Angie Trinder; Class 62 George Payne; Classes 64 and 66 B. Priest; Class 65 Philppa Hadley. Division Five, Handicrafts: Class 67 Helen Harrison; Classes 68, 70 and 71 Pat Duke; Class 69 Ruth Kensley; Photographs: R Mills; Class 73 Janet Figg. In the junior classes Classes 74-76 were won by Ruby Tarry, Classes 77 and 79 Leo Tarry; Class 78 S Buckley; Class 82 O Doherty; Class 83 Christopher Mills and Classes 84 and 85 Ben Figg. The giant marrow challenge for Juniors was one by Leo Tarry and in Division 10, Produce Class 87 was won by Jonathan Walker. The autumn show is when the cups are awarded for the year and the following were the winners: Bourne Cup, Naomi Barlow; Barham Cup, Jonathan Walker; Cottingham Cup, Dorothy Cottingham; Akehurst Cup, Vivienne Serpell; Payne Trophy, Pat Duke; Russell Memorial Medal, Dorothy Cottingham; Ladies Cup, Carol Blakiston; Gentlemen’s Cup, Jonathan Walker; Belshaw Cup, Dorothy Cottingham; Family Cup, Harrison/Kasperuk Family; Vine Cup and Lockwood Cup, Pat Duke; Cookery Award, Rosemary Akehurst. In the juniors Ben Fitt, Leo and Ruby Tarry all won cups in their age groups and the Banksian Medal was awarded to Carol Blakiston.

OPEN HOUSES: There will be some East Hoathly houses open as part of the Chiddingly Artists Open Studios event which is on September 29 and 30 and also October 6 and 7. Further information can be found from the parish magazine.

UBENDS: There will be a Music Quiz with David Palmer on Saturday October 27 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Tickets cost £5; please contact either Guy Baigent 01825 733911 or Jenny Alder 01323 832329 for further information.

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Wednesday 31 July 1765: ‘From the day last mentioned, I have been so embarrassed with a multiplicity of business that I was not able to continue my journal, being on the 19th day of June married at our church…and for about 14 days was very ill with a tertian ague, or rather an intermitting fever. Then the ceremony of receiving visitors and again the returning of them has indeed, together with the business of my trade, taken up so much of my time that I was obliged to omit that which would have given me the greatest pleasure imaginable to have continued…Well, here let us drop the subject and begin a new one.’ (It seems rather appropriate to finish with Thomas Turner’s very last entry in his journal. He wrote no more after this).

THE END: This is my last contribution to the East Hoathly Parish Pump column. Should anyone reading this know of someone who would be willing to write the entry in my place, please would you get in touch with me and I can give all the information needed. It is not an onerous task taking up approximately an hour a week. My thanks to everyone who sent me information over the years.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

MYSTERY: Perhaps by the time this is published, the mystery might be solved? Can anyone tell us what’s behind the new plate glass window on the north side of the High Street? Strange notices have appeared saying: ‘m m m m m m m.’ Something that makes you go ‘mmmmm?’ Do we need any more restaurants in the town? Mrs PP would say what we actually need are some representatives of the mid-range fashion chains…..a Next, or a Principles,a Gerry Weber or a Phase Eight or even a Laura Ashley. We’ve got the terrific fashion shops in Station Road, but a mid-market place where she could buy a navy jumper, pair of jeans or a white shirt for not too much money would be great. It would also save her trailing into Tunbridge Wells all of the time and spending far too much money as well as breaking her journey with a bit of pasta and a glass of wine.

QUIZ NIGHT: Heathfield Silver Band holds a quiz night on Saturday, September 22 at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, starting 7.30pm. It costs £8 pp including fish and chips. Maximum numbers, eight per team and small teams can join forces. Ring 01435 862398 to book your table and food. Mallory Hansford tells us the band’s last two engagements have enjoyed good weather, Le Marche was another enjoyable event and the bonfire marching season has now started with Uckfield Bonfire on Saturday, September 1 which was well supported with large crowds and a bigger than ever torch lit procession. They finished with the joining of Heathfield Silver Band and Uckfield Band who marched together in finale playing Sussex by the Sea and Colonel Bogey. Their next march was Saturday, September 8 in Crowborough. More details about the band can be found on New players are still being sought.

VOLUNTEERING: We’re always told how volunteers perform such vital services and that the community could not function without them. But many people still think volunteering involves working in a charity shop or driving a bus. Not so. Age UK says volunteers are still welcomed for a whole variety of interesting tasks. These include fundraising, marketing, insurance matters, finance, receptionist roles, day care, meet and greet and help when people come home from hospital. If you’d like to find out more ring them on 01273 476704.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Farmers’ Market sets up again tomorrow, Saturday, in Heathfield’s Co-op car park. It runs from 9am to 12.30pm but often kicks off much earlier than that. Get there as quickly as you can as the best stuff (such as that delicious bread) often moves fast. You can expect to find a whole host of fresh and local produce on sale, from meat, sausages and pies to the preserves of the ladies from Waldron WI; paintings and crafts; plants and fresh fruit.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Marks Church, Hadlow Down is the setting for a flower festival and art show from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, September 22 and 11am to 4pm on Sunday, September 23. It’s a fund-raising exhibition and there will be stalls and interesting things to buy as well.

COUNTRY CLAYS: This is a group which offers individual or group tuition in clay pigeon (or trap) shooting, suddenly popular again after the Olympics. Charlotte Kerwood from Fletching is one of our top local competitors. If the sport interests you you can contact Michael on 01435 812136 or visit They are CPSA qualified and will also be happy to discuss stag and hen parties, birthdays and team building exercises.

THE RUGBY CLUB tells us they are interested in attracting new players, particularly for the youth teams. HWRFC is a successful and developing locally-based club which plays the best rugby in the area but remembers that having fun is also important. New members, players, parents and supporters of any age, gender, shape and physical ability are always welcome. The first team now plays in London Division 2 South East having won London 3 SE last season. Nationally this is level seven and other clubs in the league include Lewes, Aylesford, East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. There is real competition for places in the 1st XV. The complete list of teams in the club are (seniors:) First team, development squad, third team, The Lost Boys. Juniors: Colts (under 18,) Under 16, U15, U14 and U13. Minis are U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7 and U6. Girls can play in H3 U18 and H£ U15. The development squad and third team play in leagues run by Sussex RFU and have recently been having successful seasons. The 4th Team aka The Lost Boys only play friendly matches and have a thoroughly good time whatever happens. The third and fourth teams include a good sprinkling of former first team players who are passing on their knowledge and then letting the youngsters do the running. H3 is the girls section, so-called because it is based on three clubs Heathfield, Hellingly and Hastings. Several players have gone on to regional selection. They form an important part of the Heathfield and Waldron RFC family. Juniors and Minis: Success for the senior teams is fuelled by vibrant Junior and Mini Sections, which see over 350 youngsters play and train for the club across all age levels. In the 2010/11 season three of the junior teams either reached the Sussex Final or were County Champions so the future looks good. Visit the Junior section website at

Mayfield &

Five Ashes

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, park at the end of the cul de sac off the old A26 at Boars Head, GR 535330 at 10am for a nine mile circular walk. Ring 01892 664441.

THE CARNIVAL takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and programmes have been on sale for some time. The street market begins at noon and runs until about 4pm. A bonfire bar will be held in the High Street from noon. The children’s fancy dress parade processes through the High Street from 3.15pm with judging in the Memorial Hall at 3.30pm. Then the main procession, carnival and firework display proper kicks off in the evening. Mayfield always does these things extremely well so it’s a night to anticipate with pleasure. All money raised at the event goes to charity, this year it’s a 24 hour blood pressure monitor for Mayfield Surgery with money raised jointly with the Friends of the Surgery. Let’s hope everyone stays safe. Remember to keep your animals out of harm’s way.

CLINIC: The Chiropody and Podiatry clinic in West Street is moving to Mayfield High Street between London House and the Four Winds shop. It’s due to open on October 1.

THE FRIENDS of St Leonards Mayfield School hold their annual Michaelmas Fair on Wednesday, September 26. There will be more than 50 stalls full of new and exciting goodies, gifts and stocking fillers as well as tables laden with delicious local produce. The event takes place in a tented marquee and inside the Old Palace itself from 9.30am to 3.30pm. It costs £3 to enter. Visitors can enjoy lunch or coffee in the licensed café and pick up raffle tickets to win a luxurious hamper. This year the school’s charity is Headway which works to help people who have suffered head injuries and brain damage.

PET BLESSING: Don’t forget on Sunday at 3pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Five Ashes.

COLKINS MILL CHURCH: The 18th Women Alive meeting sees the welcome return of Marilyn Baker, well-known as a writer and composer of Christian music who has recorded many CDs. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. Coffee will be served from 10.30am. A crèche, bookstall and ploughman’s lunch are offered too. Ring Liz Keene for information on 01435 872469.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Autumn Show takes place on Saturday, September 22 in the Memorial Hall. There are plenty of new classes this year as well as old favourites and a total of 37 classes for vegetables and eighteen for flowers. In floral art the classes are Happy Wanderer, Halloween, Harvest Time and Oranges and Lemons. Eight domestic classes range from apple pie and carrot cake to home-made chutney. New this year is home-produced honey. The photographic classes this time around are Grave or Memorial, A Village High Street, Sport and Seaside Frolics (for novices). Children are invited to make a decorated flower pot, a craft item. Lego model, heaviest pumpkin, decorative pebbles, a photo based on anything beginning with the letter B and a Halloween mask. For details of every class visit Jason’s. Membership of the society gives people free entry to the autumn/winter series of talks. The first one this year will be given by Steven Moore from Rapkyns Nursery. Steven will speak about extending the season, covering late-flowering perennials, shrubs and trees which can be used to give colour and interest at the end of the summer and into autumn. He’ll bring along plants to illustrate how best to extend the year and some will be for sale. The event is on Friday, October 19 in the Scout and Guide Hall beginning at 8pm.

MAYFIELD BAND: Simon Rudge tells us the Mayfield Band Quiz is back, on Saturday, September 29, in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets will be available in early September from The Shopping Basket at £7 each, which will include a ploughman’s supper. There will also be a licensed bar, so all your needs will be catered for. You can either form your own team of up to six people, or just come along on your own and there’ll be plenty of others to team up with on the night. Please join them for what should be a fun evening for all the family, and a few hours in which you won’t hear the word legacy mentioned once, unless Lord Coe happens to be attending, but I’m sure he’s already had enough excitement for the year. And finally, a huge thank you to everyone that came to our Proms concert. The band thoroughly enjoyed the evening and, judging by the superlative singing, I’m guessing that you did too. Your support was very much appreciated. Contact Simon on 01435 872007 or at or: SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Organisers send many thanks to St Thomas of Canterbury Church for raising £408 for them at their Summer Fair. This money will go towards the rent of London House and for activities or speakers for the group. The commissioning process has been completed and they have another three years running their day services in the county. The group, that meets every Friday in London House between 11.45am and 1.45pm will always welcome new members, or anyone who has any concerns or queries about mental health issues or anyone who wants to drop by for a chat and find out what they do. On August 31 Sally Hayes came and spoke to the group about the Bodytalk System and demonstrated self-help exercises for relieving stress and relaxation techniques. Many thanks to Sally. On September 23 Pat Robson and the Weald Stories group are putting on a story-telling event in Mayfield on a Woodland theme, the proceeds of which are being very kindly donated to the group. Woodland Tales will take place at Warren House from 2.30pm to 5pm. For more information please contact Johnny Marsh on 07500218565.

U3A: The new chairman, Janet Goldsmith, hopes everyone has enjoyed the Summer break, including watching the Olympics or even attending some of the events, and is now keen to re-join other members in any of the various interest groups. The main monthly talk on Thursday at 2pm in the Memorial Hall is entitled Mediaeval Travel to Rome by Tim Cornish. Guests are always welcome. For more information contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.


BOWLS: The bowls club are playing away tomorrow, Saturday, against St Francis. On Sunday they will be playing at home against Asastra. Both games will commence at 2.30pm. The club have a busy week ahead, on Tuesday they play Henfield away and on Wednesday they are playing at home against St Anne’s Well. Both games start at 2pm. On Friday a very special game, Fish and Chip Drive, commencing at 2.30pm. This will be the end of the outdoor season.

THE CRICKETERS have a short journey to Chailey on Sunday. This match will commence at 1pm.

CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am, and at 10.30am there will be Informal Morning Worship. Lifts to church must be booked in advance on 01825 722582.

SUPPER QUIZ: This year the annual Supper Quiz, raising funds for the church, will be held on Friday September 21 at 7pm in Newick Primary School hall. Tickets are £10 each, to include super. Each team to comprise of six people. Please take your own drink along.

WEATHER: I hope you all enjoyed the lovely sunny weather we had during the first week of September. Autumn is gradually creeping upon us, dark evenings and mornings, with a lot of mist around and the spiders working overtime making lovely designs with their webs. By the time you read this column the weather will be back to normal, wet and cooler, but just around the corner will be the beautiful autumn colours.


LADIES WHO LUNCH: Maureen congratulated members who managed to get to the lunch despite the High Street being closed due to the devastating fire which destroyed four shops. She announced that there will be a quiz in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice on October 6 at the Luxford Centre. £6 per person teams of six. On September 28 there will be Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Pizza Express 10am till noon. Details can be obtained from Maureen Macve. The speaker was changed to Jane Laycock who spoke about the perils of public speaking. She used to live in Chester and was a guide and gave tours. One tour contained a Canadian tourist who was very impressed and thanked her. A short time later she was contacted by the Canadian Tourist Board and asked if she would consider a lecture tour in Canada. Chester City Council gave her access to their archive library and armed with slides she set off from Manchester Ringway to Toronto. For her first lecture, they hadn’t a projector that would take her carousel, although she had informed them that was the type she needed. One of the ladies rushed home and brought some trays and the slides were transferred. Unfortunately, some appeared upside down or sideways. Not altogether a successful evening. She visited London Ontario, Hamilton and Kingston, which used to be the capital of Ontario. The University of Kingston now own Herstmonceux, here in Sussex. In each town she stayed with a host family one of which had dozens of cats all over the apartment. All in all it was a successful tour and she was invited back some 10 years later. On this occasion she also spoke in New York and Jacksonville, Florida. There her talk was held up because the projector blew and the two brought in as substitutes also blew. Back home she was to give a talk to a WI and found all the members outside as their hall was locked and no one had a key. Eventually, one of the members, who was the vicar’s wife, invited them all to the church where the evening proceeded. At another WI meeting where the hall was used as a playgroup, the socket had a cover which was locked and no one knew where the key was kept. She was thanked by Margaret Eaves. The next lunch will be held on October 1.


REPAIRS TO START: After all our efforts over the past 20 months or so in raising funds to repair our belfry roof, we are at last reaching the stage when the work can begin and it is hoped to do that in late September. Although the Friends of Waldron Churches have not quite reached the target total, the parish church council has agreed that work can begin and that they will make up the deficit from reserves. Meanwhile, the Friends will continue their fund-raising efforts by holding a sponsored Walk for Waldron on Saturday September 29 and all walkers are welcome to take part. So take up the challenge, don your walking boots and meet up in the square outside the Star from 8.30am to register and check in, collect your number and set out across the fields and footpaths. The route is beautiful and goes via several hostelries, and you choose how far you go. We will have cars to collect at specific pick-up points at East Hoathly, Chiddingly and Gun Hill, if you don’t want to complete the full 15-mile route. Remember to bring water, sun cream, a waterproof just in case, a mobile and some cash. Enrolment on the day is £5 per head, but that is waived if you have raised sponsorship. Registration forms are available at the Stores at Waldron, the parish council office in Heathfield, Weald Business Centre or Cuculo Deli. Please return them to the address on the form and we will send you a sponsorship chart. See you on September 29.

STEAM ENGINES: On Sunday September 30 there will be the annual rally of the steam engines in Waldron. After parading round the lanes between Cross in Hand and Waldron, they will gather in the centre of the village for us all to admire around lunchtime. This is always a well-attended event and hundreds of people will be swarming into the village, so please park outside the village and don’t try and drive through the centre while these huge and slow-moving machines are assembling.

PRAYER BOOK: This year is the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer, or rather, the anniversary of the revision and republication of it following the restoration of the monarchy in the 17th century. The official liturgy of the Church of England, the Book of Common Prayer was originally issued in 1549 under Archbishop Cranmer. It was modified in 1552, 1559 and 1604, then revised after the restoration and reissued in 1662. Its publication gave us the format of our services for centuries and of course, so many of our familiar phrases. Since 1960 it has been increasingly replaced by alternative forms of service known as Series 1, 2 and 3, but the original is still much-loved and well-regarded. The anniversary will be celebrated with a festival service At All Times and In All Places at All Saints Church, Waldron on Sunday October 14 at 11.15am. There will be an exhibition of prayer books and refreshments will be served.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Advance warning that the annual meeting of our branch of Neighbourhood Watch will take place on Thursday October 11 at the Lucas Hall starting at 7.30pm. More details nearer the time.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Congregational Sung Eucharist also at St Bart’s at 9.30am, Holy Communion at All Saints at 11.15am, and Churches Together in Heathfield Choral Evensong at St Richard’s, Heathfield at 6.30pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ART SHOW: Four artists will exhibit their works at the Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green this weekend from 10am to 4pm each day. All are welcome. Chris Liddiard is the organiser.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion (CW), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. We learnt last week that our prospective apprentice in the parish has failed his driving test, and the next one is on 18th October. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington, 10am Service of the Word. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with Robin Lacey. 6.30pm Evening service and communion.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very interesting talk from James Gardner on the Workhouses of Brighton, which in various forms lasted from 1820 to around WW2. They were not particularly nice places to be and it was a matter of last resort to put yourself in one. The regime was very strict, and the food not great, and hygiene left a lot to be desired. The staff and guardians weren’t always the most honest either. Our next walk is on Saturday September 22 meeting in the car park on the road to Barcombe from the A26. From the Uckfield direction turn off at the Claygate service station and the car park is after about half a mile.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets at 7pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an opportunity for parishioners to raise matters early in the meeting. You may recall I mentioned the appalling state of a lot of roadside hedges in the parish. This was graphically illustrated by a large lorry making its way down Marklye Lane. It was having to use the middle of the road, and even drive on the wrong side to avoid overhanging branches, many of which ended up being snapped off, or left hanging.