Parish pump Uckfield - September 19, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. The village hall will become the Empire Room for the evening on Saturday October 4 in aid of St John’s Church. The evening will consist of a three course meal, accompanied by music from the shows of Cole Porter, Ivor Novello, Gershwin etc and some jazz accompanied by a soloist. Peter Willson will be at the piano. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets are £15 with special rates for families. Tables of eight booked and paid for in advance are £100. Phone Bryan on 01323 833554 to book.

WARBLETON PARISH CHURCH: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.


CANADA: As I start the last full week of my stay here in Canada I begin to feel excited about coming home but sad to be on the verge of leaving my lovely family out here. My Aunt Mary is my dad’s sister and was a war bride who arrived here in Canada in 1945. She and her late husband Caldwell had eight children. The extended family is very large but they are all so welcoming. We had a great day in Fredericton, the capitol of New Brunswick, on Saturday, celebrating three of the cousin’s birthdays. Driving along the highway you can see that autumn is approaching as the leaves are changing with every colour from yellow to red. Friday night we were lucky enough to be able to see some of the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from Gail’s back yard. It was quite something. Apparently we should have been able to see it for several nights, but Friday was the only clear one so we were indeed lucky.

WW1: Have you had a chance to visit the exhibition in All Saints Church in Old Heathfield yet. Today, Friday, is mostly given over to the pupils of the local schools for education. But tonight there is a concert of music, readings and poetry of the era, with various musicians including Battle Brass Band. Tickets are £6 and available at the door. A collection and raffle will be held for Help for Heroes. Tomorrow, Saturday, the exhibition is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. In the evening the event will move to the Broad oak village hall for a quiz with a WW1 feel, including the ration meal. Call Jean Barnes on 01453 863784 to book a table at £10 per person. The final day will conclude with exhibition open in the afternoon and a civic and united churches songs of praise in All Saints at 6.30pm. The whole commemoration will support the Royal British Legion, Heathfield Community College and Heathfield Parish Council.

LUNCH: The Burwash Branch of Age UK are holding their next monthly lunch club meeting on Monday, at the Bear Motel at noon. Anyone 55 years and over are welcome to go along and join them. This is a great way to make new friends while enjoying a freshly cooked hot meal, with no washing up afterwards. It costs £8. To book please call Jean Plummer on 021435 883483. Transport may be available.

COFFEE: Next Saturday morning, September 27, there is to be a coffee morning in the scout hut in aid of Macmillan Nurses. It is being run by Jazz and Eric Botting and Heather and Barry Lewis and their friends. They would be grateful for any donations towards the tombola, bric-a-brac and cake stalls and the raffle. Any item can be given to any of them. Call Jaz on 01435 882033 or Heather on 882080.

ICE SHOW: There is to be a coach trip to the Brighton Centre to see the spectacular Holiday on Ice in the New Year. The cost of this including coach and admin is £31 for adults and £24 for children. The coach will leave Burwash at 2.30pm and be back by 8.30pm on Sunday January 11 and will pick up at suitable places en-route. Seats will go fast so don’t leave it too late, call Mary or Barry Taylor 01435 882107 or email and leave your name and address and you will be sent a booking form.


AUTUMN SHOW: This last Chiddingly Horticultural Society Show of the year was well attended, and an enjoyable event. Flower and vegetable entries were a little down, possibly due to odd weather conditions, but abundant and excellent entries in the cookery and photographic sections made up for this. The children’s entries were, as usual, a delight. The pressed-flower birthday cards were particularly lovely, and we have to thank the Brownies, Rainbows, and Guides for their enthusiastic support. Winners were: Flowers: Dahlias, small decorative, John Ford; miniature decorative, Brian Paterson; small cactus, Brian Paterson; miniature cactus, John Ford; pompon, John Ford; any other classification, Maurice Hobden; one specimen, Brian Paterson; ornamental grass or sedge, Holly Dann; Michaelmas Daisies, Brian Paterson; single or double asters, John Ford; any annual, three stems, John Ford; fuchsia, three stems, Joan Harriott; roses, Ann Hobden; one spike flower or shrub, Dennis Brown; collection of flowers, Ann Hobden; any other flower, Janet Gasson; pot plant (178mm diameter), Dennis Brown; pot plant (over 178mm diameter), 3, Rose Attree; orchid, Bea Gatrell.

Fruit and Vegetables: Basket of five different vegetables, Phyllis Simmonds; six white potatoes, William Simmonds; three leeks, John Ford; six onions from sets, John Ford; six onions from seed, John Ford; two butternut squashes, John Ford; one vegetable marrow, Holly Dann; six shallots, John Ford; six tomatoes, William Simmonds; six cherry tomatoes, John Ford; three beetroot, Phyllis Simmonds; six carrots, John Ford; six runner beans, John Ford; pumpkin, John Ford; two different vegetables, John Ford; the largest onion, John Ford; the longest bean, Sally Willcocks; the longest carrot, John Ford; six dessert apples, Phyllis Simmonds; six culinary apples, Holly Dann; six of any other fruit, Winnow Hardy. Decorative: A song title, Daphne Robinson; A Walk on the Wild Side, Daphne Robinson; Glory of the Garden, Julie Biggs; Petite in a Shell, Holly; miniature in a bottle top, Coral Carpenter. Cookery: Lemon drizzle cake, Holly Dann; fruit strudel, Julie Baker; six cheese straws, Julie Baker; chilli con carne, Coral Carpenter; a stuffed tomato, Christine Fairway; small loaf of bread, Georgina Carter; tarte tatin, Georgina Carter; home-made fudge, Ann Hobden; jar of Jam, Phyllis Simmonds. Photography: An insect or insects, Holly Dann; In the Dark, Melissa Rosborough: A Garden Path, Janet Gasson. Art and Craft: A vegetable creature, Fay Rosborough; a small toy, Holly Dann. Children’s Classes: Photograph of people or animal(s) age 6 and 7 years: Jessica Emery. Age 8 and 9 years: 1, Tiana Rosborough; 2, Bradley Rosborough. An animal creature made of vegetables 5 years and under, joint first Vinny Robinson and Tommy Robinson. 6 and 7 years: Jessica Emery. 8 and 9 years: 1, Tiana Rosborough; 2, Bradley Rosborough. Pressed-flower Birthday Card 5 years and under: 1, Eliza Coles; 2, Meg Lillicrap. 6 and 7 years: 1, Martha Lillicrap; 2, Jessica Emery; 3, Hannah Paris. 8 and 9 years: 1, Jessica Cherry; 2, Ellie Moore; 3, Naomi Oakley. 10 and 11 years: 1, Robyn Clark; 2, Tori Packham. Cups and Trophies. The Kitchen Cup for Dahlias, Brian Paterson; The Frost Cup for best pot plant, Dennis Brown; The Baker and Davis Memorial Shield for most points in fruit and vegetables, John Ford; The Lilian Taylor Memorial Shield for best exhibit in cookery classes, Ann Hobden; The John Laycock Cup for largest onion, John Ford. Aggregate of all three shows: The Watson Cup for most points in Horticultural Classes, John Ford; The Lady Baillieu Cup for most points in Decorative Classes, Daphne Robinson; The Vi Braden Cup for most points in Cookery Classes, Georgina Carter; The Watson Cup for most points in Children’s classes, Jessica Emery; The Barnham Cup for most points in Photography Classes, Holly Dann; The Annie Rose Memorial Cup for most points overall, John Ford.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Matthew the Apostle, 10am United Benefice Communion, Chiddingly; 12.30pm Baptism, East Hoathly; 6pm Evensong, East Hoathly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday the Preservation Society will be leading their monthly walk. They will be starting from The King’s Head at 2pm and will be walking in the footsteps of Thomas Turner, before finishing in true Turner style back at the pub. Everybody welcome, dogs on leads please. For further details please call Chris or Jenny on 01825 872830.

THE AUTUMN SHOW was held on September 6 in East Hoathly Village Hall. There was an excellent entry, 267 overall with a very high standard. We had an excellent children’s entry this autumn and there were several new entrants from the Garden Plotters, hopefully more will enter next year. For further information about joining or other matters please contact Paul Richardson on 01825 840082 or or Please note society members receive a 10 percent discount at Stavertons. Show results. Classes 1 to 3 Decorative: Payne Trophy for best exhibit, Pat Duke. Classes 4 to 28 Flowers: Bourne Cup for roses, K Richardson; Russell Memorial Medal for chrysanthemum spray, S Cottingham. Classes 27 to 56 Fruit and Vegetables: Barham Cup for most points overall, J Walker; Cottingham Cup for best horticultural exhibit, P Crawford. Classes 57 to 66 Cookery: Akehurst Award, best exhibit, J Thompsom; £20 Bonus Prize V Serpell for a Bakewell tart. Classes 67 to 73 Handicrafts: Overall points: 1, J Thompson; 2, M Cowper; 3, P Duke. Classes 74 to76 Children under 5 Years: 1, J Frizzell; 2, S Bushell. Classes 77 to 79 Children 5 to 6 years: 1, I Freezer; 2, A Freezer. Classes 80 to 82 Children 7 to 9 Years: 1, S Buckley; 2, Alex Freezer; 3, J Bushell. Classes 83 to 85 10 to 14 years: B Figg. Annual Awards given for overall points in spring and autumn 2014. Ladies’ Cup Most points overall, K Richardson; Gentleman’s Cup, most points overall, J Walker; Belshaw Cup, Preserve Classes, R Akehurst; Family Cup, Mills family; Vine Cup, most points by a new entrant in 2014, J Thompsom; Isted Cup, Decorative Classes, P Duke; Lockwood Cup, Handicrafts, M Cowper; Cookery Award, R Akehurst, Junior Cups: Under 5 Years, S Bushell; 5 to 6 Years, I Freezer; 7 to 9 Years, S Buckley; 10 to 14 Years, C Mills.


CHURCH NEWS: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. Sunday, St Matthew 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club (9.45am) 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

SUNDAY CLUB: The club will be re-launched at the village hall on Sunday at 9.45am with an exciting new programme for the rest of the year, so watch this space. This will also mean there is more time and space for everyone to enjoy all the activities including crafts, music, games, discussion etc. The children can be dropped off at the village hall anytime from 9.45am onwards, and collected from the church at 11am. More information and details from Nicky (713323) and Sally (712146).

PAINTERS’ CLUB: September 24, 1pm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 24 September 1914. This was the week in which the horror of the war became apparent. The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment had suffered heavy losses and three cruisers had been sunk by a U-boat in the North Sea. The first Fletching resident died in action.

LIEUTENANT ROY FITZPATRICK: Lieut G Roy Fitzpatrick, of the 3rd Battalion Welsh Regiment, left with the Expeditionary force on 12 August, and was attached to the 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was killed in action on 14 September. On 3 July, 1912 he married at the Roman Catholic Church, Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, Miss Mabel Strey (May) Attenborough, daughter of the late Rev W F Attenborough, former Vicar of Fletching, and the adopted daughter of the late Henry North, Earl of Sheffield. Lieutenant and Mrs. Fitzpatrick had since resided at Clinton Lodge, Fletching, and the sad news of Lieutenant Fitzpatrick’s death has aroused much local sympathy for the widow, who is well known and highly esteemed in the district. Lieutenant Fitzpatrick had been involved in the retreat from Mons to the Marne and was killed at Beaulne in the Battle of the Aisne. He is commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial and on the Fletching War Memorial. Mabel Attenborough was baptised in Fletching on 5 September 1869. She had been left Clinton Lodge in the will of Lord Sheffield when he died in 1909. In 1920 she married William Edmund Willoughby Tottenham, and died in Suva, Fiji on 22 February 1952. Mrs Mabel Strey Willoughby Tottenham was awarded an MBE in 1937 for social services in Fiji.

PARISH COUNCIL: We have received resignations from Adam Hill and Jamie Buchanan and now have vacancies for two new councillors. Adam has worked hard to set up our business group and provide support for local businesses. Adam is now moving to Brighton to be closer to his own business. Jamie has been heavily involved in the Parish Plan and Emergency Response Plan. He has been offered an exciting job opportunity in the United Arab Emirates. The parish council would like to thank Adam and Jamie for all their efforts and hard work. If you are interested in becoming a councillor please contact the clerk for more information or send a brief resume or CV to

PARISH PLAN: Thank you to everyone who completed and returned the Parish Plan Questionnaires. We were very interested to see all your comments and pleased to achieve a 30 per cent response rate. Once we have completed our analysis of the questionnaire responses, we are keen to feed back the results to you and let you know about projects we are already working on. We have set up a Steering Group to move forward with the development of the Parish Plan and this group is made up of councillors and members of the public. We are looking for more volunteers to help us, so if you have some spare time and would like to get involved, please contact the Clerk at or call 01444 483080.

SPEEDING and road safety. We are pleased to report that we have now had two Speed Watch sites in Church Street approved by the Wealden police inspector and our PCSO has been trained to use the speed devices. We will now be able to arrange training for our Speed Watch volunteers and begin to record some data. The Piltdown Residents Association has launched a petition to reduce the speed limit in Shortbridge Road from 60mph to 40mph and they have received almost 500 signatures already. If you would like to sign the petition or become a Speed Watch volunteer please e-mail the clerk at or call 01444 483080.

BURIAL GROUND: We will shortly be undertaking extensive tree works at the burial ground. Some of the trees have grown very large and are blocking out light for nearby residents, some are growing very close to graves and power cables. The work is likely to take four or five days and the necessary consent has been received from Wealden District Council.

WAR MEMORIAL: To mark this important year we have instructed a local mason to clean the War Memorial and make it easier to read.

VILLAGE SIGNS: Our village sign and Best Kept Village sign are in need of refurbishment. The oak posts are now rotten and the signs are in need of sandblasting and repainting. These will shortly be removed in order for us to obtain the relevant quotes. We are also looking into relocating them to a more prominent position within the village.

ORGAN RECITAL: In connection with the Roger Dean at 70: A Life in Art, Heaven and Earth Exhibition (September 23 to October 19), a series of special events are taking place in and around Trading Boundaries on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. The events begin on the afternoon of Saturday September 27, with a special Organ Recital performed by world class Italian keyboard virtuoso Marco Lo Muscio at Fletching Parish Church. Enjoy performances of iconic compositions by artists such as Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, King Crimson and Keith Emerson, while appreciating the wonderful acoustics and beautiful surroundings of the Church. Having given more than 700 concerts as part of organ and piano festivals around the world, including at The Shostakovich Grand Hall in St Petersburg, St Paul’s Cathedral in London and The Clementine Chapel in Vatican City, Marco Lo Muscio will be bringing his world-class talent to the Roger Dean weekend for an intimate and powerful show. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness a master at work. The recital begins at 4.30pm and is free of charge. Donations to the church fund will be welcomed.

Framfield & Blackboys

DATE FOR DIARY: Framfield village market is back after a summer break on Saturday, September 27, 10am to noon at Framfield Memorial Hall. Lots of stalls, cuppa and bacon roll. Come around and see us. Any inquiries call Ann 01825 890182.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

PARISH PUMP: I’ve decided to hand over the reins for Parish Pump, having written the column for a good many years. If there is anyone reading this who would like to take the project on, I’d be pleased to hear from them. I’ve really enjoyed doing the job and it has put me in touch with a wonderful group of people who work tirelessly on behalf of Heathfield and nearby villages.

ALL SAINTS’ and St George’s Churches: Today, Friday, 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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. 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.

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 tomorrow, Saturday.

COFFEE MORNING: Wendy Gander, of Coopers Funeral Directors, Cross-in-Hand, invites you to a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses on Friday, September 26 from 10am onwards at their office in Cross-in-Hand.

WALKING FESTIVAL: Sussex Walking Festival being held September 27 to October 5 in Eastbourne and Wealden. For full information go to

BARN DANCE: A barn dance is being held in aid of the Heathfield Friends of Demelza Hospice Care for Children on Saturday, October 11 at Broad Oak Village Hall with Drs Orders. For more information please contact Sandie or Nicky on: 01435 882723 or Audrey on 01435 630504.

WEALDEN BUSINESS EXPO: The Wealden Business Expo will be taking place on Wednesday October 15 at the State Hall, Station Road, Heathfield, from 10am to 4pm. More information will be available nearer the time on the Heathfield Chamber’s website, and

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Co-op car park, High Street, Heathfield, on Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail

ROTARY FUN RUN: Following our note in last week’s edition of the Pump Richard Ridley, who is in charge of the event, has asked us to tell you that the Charity Fun Run will take place in Heathfield and not Blackstock Farm. On Sunday October 19 the run will start at Heathfield Community College grounds at 11am (meet there at 10.30am for a warm with David Grover from the GO:VER gym based in Broad Oak). Everyone is welcome to the 5k and 10K event including runners, walkers and even your dogs (on leads). All ages are welcome. Prior booking is necessary. You can enter and pay the £5 entry fee on line at Entry forms will also be available at Balcombes (Hailsham Road) or the Parish Council offices in the High Street. All entrants will receive a medal to recognise their efforts for completing the course. The Rotary Club intend to make the Heathfield run an annual event.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

CARNIVAL: This year’s Carnival is tomorrow, Saturday. The afternoon market takes place in the Memorial Hall car park from noon to 3.30pm. The Twagger Band will play from 1.30 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 this year will help Mayfield Pre School.

ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH: The next Messy Church is tomorrow, Saturday, 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 9.15. 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.

FOOTPATH WALK: The monthly footpath walk takes place on September 28 as part of the Sussex Walking Festival. They will walk the Mayfield Circular. The route they take every New Year’s Day. A three mile walk and starts from the South Street car park at 10am.

BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING: On Friday, September 26 there will be coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support at Colins Mill Church, Station Road from 10am to noon.

TRAFALGAR DAY: The Mayfield Branch of the Royal British Legion have organised a fundraising Trafalgar Day concert on October 21 in St Dunstan’s Church with the Royal Marines Association Concert Band and the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir.

THEMED STORYTELLING: East Sussex Libraries are hosting a series of free-themed storytimes for the family at Mayfield Library. Stories and poems will be told by Pat Robson and Johnny Marsh. Tomorrow, Saturday, September, journeys.

FILM SOCIETY: The programme is as follows: October 10 The Lunchbox; November 14 The Innocents; December 5 Child’s Post; January 9 The Long Goodbye; February 6 Of Horses and Men; March 7 The Great Beauty. Nine films will be shown monthly until May. You can join on the door (8pm in the Memorial Hall,) pick up a leaflet from Handleys, go to www.filmonfriday or ring: 01435 872165 to receive a programme leaflet. The programme is a mixture of recently released films and classics. They have chosen entertaining and thought provoking films that have not been widely shown in the commercial cinema. This year they come from France, Italy, Iceland, Romania, India, UK and the USA. The bar is run by Wealden Wholefoods. Guests should ring: 01435 872165,

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tomorrow, Saturday: Nevill Court, off Beacon Road, Crowborough 10.45am to 11.30am; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 11.50am to 12.30pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 12.50pm to 1.15pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.30pm to 3pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.10pm to 3.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 3.45pm to 4.15pm. Wednesday: High Street, East Hoathly 9.20am to 9.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 10.05am to 10.40am; Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 10.55am to 11.30am; Maresfield village hall 11.55am to 12.25pm; Fletching, car park behind village hall 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.10pm to 2.30pm; Mount Pleasant, Blackboys 2.50pm to 3.30pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Hurst Lane, Windmill Hill 9.50am to 10.20am; Village Hall Bodle Street Green 10.30am to 10.55am; Osborne Park, Rushlake Green 11.10am to 11.35am; The School, Punnetts Town 11.45am to 12.25pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 1.40pm to 2.30pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 2.40pm to 3.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash noon to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; nr hut on brow of hill, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall 3.40pm to 4.20pm.


QUIZ NIGHT: Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Quiz Night in the village hall on Friday September 26, from 8pm, tickets are £8, this includes a ploughman’s supper (with bar) tables of eight people. To book your table please email or telephone 01825 723295. This is always a great evening, so why not get together with your friends and book a table.

NEWICK CINEMA will be showing the film The Grand Budapest Hotel in the village hall on Sunday September 28. Doors open 7pm film starts at 7.30pm. Starring in this film is Ralf Fiennes, F Willem Abraham, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson, the story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Tickets are £8, you can book by emailing or telephone 01825 723392. Licensed bar. There will be an interval for refreshments.


FOURWAYS WI met following our August break, minutes were read and approved and notices of coming events. Our speaker Beryl Vennables also a WI member gave us an interesting and amusing talk on Agatha Christie’s life and two of her most famous characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, we followed that with coffee, biscuits and the raffle. The flower of the month was Sandra Hatswell and second Carole Marchant. We were pleased to see three visitors to our meeting and hope they join us again next month for our Harvest Supper at the Luxford Centre on October 6 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

HEARING BUS: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting High Street, outside Help the Aged and opposite Grange Road, 10am to 3.30pm on October 23. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

MILLENIUM GREEN: Uckfield Millennium Green are having a Blitz Day tomorrow, Saturday,10am to 4pm. This is to tidy up the vegetation of the 22 acres of the Uckfield Millennium Green between Ridgewood Recreation Ground and Shipreed Lane, for the winter. We are inviting the community to come as volunteers to help us. You can come for half an hour, 3 hours or all day. We would ask that you wear suitable clothing and footwear, ie long trousers, sensible sturdy shoes/wellingtons. If possible bring gardening gloves, and secateurs. Shears or a spade may be useful. However we are happy if you just come along suitably attired, we will find you something to do. It is a traffic free zone, so it is a suitable area for children to play as long as they are supervised. More information, telephone 764287.

ENJOY FOOTBALL? Your local junior football team Maresfield Dynamo under 15s are recruiting new members now for the 2014/15 season. The friendly team meet for football practice on Saturday mornings 8.30am to 10am approximately at Maresfield Recreation Ground. They play matches on Sundays. They form part of the Crowborough and District Junior Football League and full kit is provided. If you are interested in joining come along on a Saturday morning or ring the Coach Richard on 07807136096.


THE TOUR: Well, it happened, the great tour of Britain cycle race and through the middle of Waldron, what’s more. Several hundred enthusiasts turned up to cheer them on, the sun shone, the bunting was up, the barbecue going full throttle, the banner Waldron Welcomes Wiggo in all its splendour on the pub roof, cameras at the ready and everyone agog. We cheered every police outrider, all the support vehicles and the leading group of cyclists and then the main group of about 100 whizzed through, the cheers became deafening and then they were gone. The barbecue sold out, every piece of cake, sausage roll and scone was consumed at the village shop, and we all sat back, exhausted.

U3A: Bobby Hamilton is a remarkable man, with enough energy for three and ideas popping from every orifice.So when Bobby starts talking about getting a branch of U3A going locally, you need to take him seriously because it will happen. At the most recent parish council meeting Bobby and Tim Williams made a presentation suggesting it was time the University of the Third Age was made welcome in the Heathfield area. The U3A concept was dreamed up in France in the 1970s, to embrace a wide variety of activities undertaken by people who arrange them in their local communities. The branches are open to retired and semi-retired men and women, irrespective of race, age, religion or politics. In effect, it is a learning co-operative of older people, enabling its members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. There are already 39 U3As in Sussex with more than 15,000 members, some of whom are from the Heathfield and Waldron areas. Perhaps, Bobby and Tim suggest, Heathfield should be prepared to go with the flow? Each branch is self-funded by membership subscriptions and no support from the funds of local or central governments is expected or sought. The proposal was welcomed by the Parish Council and the project will be launched at a meeting in the Community Centre in Sheepsetting Lane at 2pm on Monday November 10. Anyone interested in helping to set it up (but without commitment to take a leading part in the project) could contact Bobby Hamilton on 01435 813965 or by e-mail on, or Tim Williams on 01435 812273 or e-mail Publicity material will be distributed to publicise the meeting and details about U3A.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The local branch of the NW 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, knitwear 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.

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

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm Evening service and communion.

QUIZ NIGHT: Warbleton Brass Band holds a quiz night at the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 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. The band will hold its annual Concert for Remembrance at Burwash Village Hall on Saturday October 25 at 2pm.

COFFEE & CO: Coffee and company is a weekly opportunity to gather for a chat over a cup of coffee at the community room Osborne House, each Thursday from 10am to noon. Surplus money is given to local charities, with a number of special fund raising occasions during the year as well. Anne Payne the organiser told me that the one on August 7 for the YMCA raised £157.25 on the day, which they have made up to £300. The next special is on October 16 for the Air Ambulance.