Parish pump Uckfield - September 28, 2012

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Bodle Street Green

TEN CANOES: This is not a reaction to this week’s weather but the title of this month’s offering from the Film Club. Doors open tonight at 7pm in the village hall with the film starting at 7.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street at 11am is the Family Harvest Festival Service followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch in the village hall at 12.15pm for 12.45pm. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Family Communion.

3D GALA: The equipment in the village hall has been upgraded and is now capable of showing high definition 3D films. To celebrate this there will a 3D gala evening on Friday, October 5, at 6.45pm. Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film Hugo will be shown. Sparkling wine and canapés will be served at 6.45pm. Supper will be served with the film starting at 8.15pm. Tickets are £15 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343. Further events include: a charity soup kitchen (noon), a race night (7pm) on October 27 and an opera (La Traviata) from Sydney Opera House (in HD) on November 24.

PARISH COUNCIL: The clerk, Marian Smith, was warmly welcomed back to her duties after a period of sick leave. The main topic in the public adjournment was the state of roadside hedges. As I indicated in a previous report, there are many lanes in the parish, where it is getting difficult to drive safely down the road. The parish council now has a committee recording these instances, and is initially approaching the landowners personally. If this fails then they will have no hesitation, after written warning, to report offenders to ESCC highways. They can issue an order, and if this is ignored then cut the hedge and send the bill to the landowner. The maintenance team has repaired a number of the fingerposts in the parish and other street furniture. A number of the posts need repairs and an economical, but sound supplier is being sought. Concern was expressed over total road closures for highway maintenance and the lack of indication of exactly where the road is closed. More adequate signage is required. Cllr Bill Bentley (ESCC) said it was for the protection of staff, three of whom have been killed in recent years because of drivers ignoring all speed limit signs. A reminder to farmers was given that if you have ploughed a footpath you are required to re-instate it. Volunteers are needed for the local access forum, from the rural and equestrian area. Details are available from the clerk. Cllr Bentley reported that East Sussex had bucked the national trend, regarding GCSE pass rates with a five percent increase in pass rates. Both Hailsham and Heathfield had done well. Cllr McKeeman said that the Core Strategy for the Local Development Framework is heading for completion. Cllr Sue Ralph reported that the village hall has a full schedule of events ahead. The audio visual system has been upgraded to include 3D (see item above). Applications are invited from local groups in the parish for grants. Application forms are available from the parish clerk, Mrs Marian Smith, on 01435 831653. You can also send an email to The next meeting is at the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on October 18. My apologies for giving the wrong venue this month.


MUSIC AND SONG: Tonight (Friday) is the monthly music night at the Pavilion, Burwash Common. Local talented people will be there to entertain you from 8pm, singing and playing their different musical instruments. You are all welcome to go along and join in the fun. The licensed bar will be open. If you would like to take part either singing or playing just go along and you will be given a warm welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in the Burwash Scout Hut from 10am until 12.30pm, tomorrow morning (Saturday). This is one of many being held around the country in aid of Macmillan Nurses. Please go along and help support the world’s biggest coffee morning. Entrance is £1, which includes refreshments. Donations of cakes and prizes etc can be given to Heather Lewis. Call her on 01435 882080. She will be pleased to hear from you.

HOEDOWN: Tomorrow (Saturday) St Philip’s Church invites you to another of the popular Harvest Hoedowns. The event is being held at Knowle Farm, Swife Lane, Broad Oak from 7.30pm to 11pm. You can take your own food but barbecue will be available. There will be a licensed bar. Dancing to Doctor’s Orders with instruction. Tickets are £8 for adults. A family ticket (two adults, two children) is £20 and available from The Pavilion, Shanks Nursery or The Wheel Inn. Alternatively, you can call Jane Lloyd on 01435 883264.

WHIST: On Thursday there will be another fun and friendly whist drive at the Burwash village hall. Play starts at 7.30pm with 20 hands of cards. Entry is £3 and includes light refreshment. Players of all abilities are welcome to join us. Parking available in the Catholic Church car park opposite the hall. For more details please call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107.

TALK: The horticultural society invite you to another of their interesting talks. This one is called Autumn Colour with Mr Steven Moore. It is being held at the village hall on Thursday from 2pm for 2.30pm. Entrance is £1.50 for members and £2.50 for non-members. A raffle, tea and coffee will end the afternoon. There will also be plants sale. All are welcome.

BOWLS: The short mat bowls club begin their assault on the Wealden League Division One on Tuesday when they play away to their old friends and rivals Five Ashes. The team came third last year after a fairly successful season. Good luck to all those involved in the new season. They have been pleased to welcome several new players since they returned from their summer break and look forward to including them in the team as time goes on. Several members will be playing for the East Sussex B team tomorrow (Saturday) in a friendly match at home to Kent. The match is held at Grovelands School in Hailsham and the team would welcome anyone who wishes to come along and support them. Good luck to all the team.

CONGRATULATIONS: Last Saturday saw the marriage of Corrine Barbe and James Coppock in St Bartholomew’s Church. The weather was lovely as family and friends witnessed them exchanging their vows. We all wish them both many happy years together.

SNOOKER: There will be two Burwash teams competing in this season’s Hurst Green and District Snooker League. Burwash started their Division Two campaign with an away match at Etchingham on Monday, September 24, while Burwash A started their Division Three season with a home game against league newcomers Mountfield on Tuesday, September 18. Home matches are played at the village hall on alternate Monday and Tuesday evenings starting at 7.30pm, and spectators are welcome.


Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

FLOWER FESTIVAL: A flower festival takes place at Heathfield Chapel from September 28 to 30. Today (Friday, 10am to 5pm) the chapel is opening for viewing and at 7.30pm the Weald Singers give a concert. Tomorrow (Saturday) the chapel is open for viewing at the same times and on Sunday it’s open from 2pm to 6pm with a Songs of Praise event at 6.30pm. Refreshments are available all day. Admission is free and all donations go to Demelza Hospice care for Children and the Quicken Trust supporting a village in Uganda.

RAMBLERS: On Sunday, you can park on the verge side at Cowbeech GR 617138 at 10.30am for an eight mile circular walk. Ring 01435 882626 for details.

HIGH STREET: I was delighted to wander up to the High Street last Saturday and find it absolutely buzzing. The new Costa Coffee was packed. Relish Café up the road was also packed, as was Rendezvous and so was The Bay Tree, so fears about Costa striking the others dead were unfounded. There were queues as usual outside the butchers and a trio of youngsters were heading up the stairs to the vintage shop Moon River. Station Road has become an eclectic shopping street. We are so lucky to have all these vibrant businesses in the heart of our community and let’s hope they can stay in the swim throughout the autumn and winter. Only one apparent failure Cardzilla seems to have shut its doors. But it never looked like going the distance anyway.

NURSERY: High Street shops are displaying an ad for what sounds like an idyllic children’s nursery. Bluebell Wood, which operates from Goward Hall, is open from 7am to 6pm and takes children from three months to five years. Included in the fees are breakfasts, hot lunches, high teas, fruit and snacks. Babies can have organic purees, formula milk, nappies, wipes and suncream. Living close to a primary school means we get to see desperate working mothers who have to get up at dawn, get their children ready and drop them off at pre-school before setting off to the office or shop. These nurseries are a godsend and must deliver great peace of mind. We have a lot in the town and they are all well supported.

PARISH COUNCIL: Peter Newnham’s sad death has prompted the need for Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council to appoint a new parish councillor. Details about how to apply can be found in the parish council window. If a new councillor is not elected, one will be co-opted. If you’d like to serve your community, this is a worthwhile opportunity.

DOGS: Why on earth do joggers or cyclists believe it’s a good idea to take their dogs with them when they exercise? Our (now only single) dog enjoys running as much as the next hound but part of the enjoyment of his walkies is the chance to stop, investigate and use his smellovision to determine which of his canine acquaintances was at this exact spot and when. These poor jogging dogs have to belt along attached to leads and in some cases, I’m sure it can lead to muscular degeneration. Their limbs and pads were not designed to hammer along tarmac. We see a couple of ladies with various levels of disablement who use pavement buggies to get around, and they both stop at intervals for their dogs.

COUNTRY WALK: We’ve discovered a smashing new walk, listed in the 20 Walks Around Heathfield booklet obtainable from the parish council offices. It begins in Maynards Green, heads to Vines Cross then back across meadows to Maynards Green again. The walk takes about an hour and almost the best things on it are hedges full of ripe blackberries (halfway), a small farm booth stacked with home-produced cucumbers (30p) and really good jams, preserves and savoury jellies. We’ve now sampled about four different sorts, which were all delicious and well priced. It was a bit of a trek to find them but worth the journey.

THE PHILATELIC SOCIETY’S next meeting is about Labrador Coastal Mail. It takes place at 2.30pm in the Ian Price Room, Heathfield Community Centre, on October 16. Everyone is welcome.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Local groups and church organisations are coming together to organise Harvest celebrations from October 5 to 7 at St Richard’s Church, Heathfield. There will be themed displays and light refreshments available. The church will be open from 10am to 4pm.

BARN DANCE: This event takes place on Saturday, October 20, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, in aid of the Cats Protection, Tunbridge Wells, and Crowborough district branch. The Royal Borough band will be playing. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £5 for children. For tickets send a SAE to Carol Gordon, 18 Harlands Mews, Uckfield, TN22 5JQ, with cheques made payable to Cats Protection and state if you wish a vegetarian meal.

OPERA: Tosca is being performed by South Downs Opera on Saturday, October 20, at 7.30pm, State Hall. Tickets are £15 and are available from or from John Jenkins, Kotimaki, Tottingworth Park, Broad Oak, Heathfield.

HEALTH: We’re always being nagged about our health. Should we cut out fat/sugar/salt/bread or should we just consume in moderation and take a bit of exercise from time to time? If the start of autumn has resurrected ideas you may have had (and banished) about getting fitter, then there are various options available to you not too far from home. If you want to stop smoking, there’s a stop smoking clinic at the Community Centre in Sheepsetting Lane. To make an appointment ring 07795 390845/0800 917 8896. Meetings take place on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm. Slimming World holds well-attended classes on Tuesdays from 7.30pm at the Community Centre. One or two people who have been along tell me it’s so good, they’ve carried on going after they’ve shed any excess weight. For information contact Jane on 01892 664586. There are yoga classes on Tuesday evenings at Punnetts Town village hall. Beginners can go from 6pm to 7.15pm and intermediates (with more than one year’s experience) from 7.30pm to 9pm. For more information contact Penelope on 01435 867452.

Horam & Vines Cross

VPA: Wednesday is the first meeting of the autumn/winter programme of the 2012/13 season for the VPA. Members and new members are very welcome to join us again this year. Membership is £7.50 for the season non members and visitors are £2 per meeting. Please come along and support us this year. The meeting will start at 7pm with a short AGM and be followed by a talk by Trevor Weeks on his Wildlife Rescue Service, which I am sure will be of interest to many of you. If you have any old towels, pillow cases or anything that will be of help to Trevor in his rescues please bring them along. After, the speaker we serve free tea coffee and biscuits. There is also a raffle. The venue is The West End, Christ Church Horebeech Lane. For more information please ring Faith Smith on 01435812026 or Dorothy Cull on 01435812093.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

BACK PAIN CLINIC: There’s some brilliant advice in this month’s edition of the Mayfield Newsletter on cycling injuries. A keen cyclist son is always coming home with various cycling related aches and pains. Now we have a list describing exactly what these could be and what treatment involves. This is enormously helpful. Thank you.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: The annual Christmas Coffee Morning will be held in the Scout and Guide Hall on Saturday, November 3, from 10am.

MEMORIAL HALL PROJECT: There will be a fundraising jazz evening on Saturday, October 27 at 7.30pm. The event features the Swingshift Big Band and vocalist Aprile Biggs. The venue is the concert hall at St Leonards-Mayfield.

BOOKFAIR: The Autumn Bookfair will be held on Saturday, October 6, in the Memorial Hall. There will be 18 booksellers attending with 1,000s of second-hand books for sale on all subjects between 9am to 3pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available all day. For details ring Chris Maughan on 01435 864634.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: This year Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day coincide on November 11 and the Poppy Appeal will start on Saturday, October 27. Poppies will be available from house to house collectors and shops. Please support your local volunteers in offering donations for your poppies.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: There will be a quiz on Friday, October 26, in the Memorial Hall from 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Some other horticultural societies will be attending but questions won’t be solely about gardening matters. Local and national history and art and culture are on the agenda. If you are a horticultural society member and would like a team of six players then please contact committee member Janet Wood on 01435 868209. Only teams booked in advance can be accepted. Team members each pay an entry fee of £3, which includes wine on arrival. Further wine and light bits will be available on the evening.

CRICKET CLUB: A social programme is being drawn up. The annual black tie dinner and dance will be held at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, on Friday, October 5. The AGM will be held on Friday, November 23. The league dinner takes place on October 12 and is followed by the league AGM on November 14. Social membership continues to be popular and the club is looking for more players next season. Contact Jim Wellman for details on 01892 655749, 07748826469 or email The club is also looking for people to help on the committee.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Meetings begin on October 26 with a talk by David Martin on Who Lived In A House Like This? These will be preceded by a brief AGM and some committee members will have to stand down and be replaced. There are many opportunities to help modernise the society. As 2012 is a rather special year with both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and the Olympic Games, the society is going to try and collect as many items relating to the year as possible to provide an archived record of this momentous time for posterity. Much material relating to this special year, such as programmes, posters, descriptions of events, tend to disappear very quickly and photographs stay hidden and inaccessible. With the help of many village societies and institutions the society hopes to be able to gather together a significant collection of these items to form a permanent record of how Mayfield looked and what the village was doing during 2012. The society also wishes that it had a little more than the odd photo and article covering the Millennium and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee years. A lot of this material must still be around. They would therefore also be very pleased to have any Mayfield memorabilia (photos, descriptions etc) of events and happenings in 2000 and 2002. Please give them as much information as possible about these items. You can contact the society archivist, Richard Coward, on 01435 872629 with information on any material that either you have, or your organisation has, and which you think would be suitable for inclusion in the archives. 2012 photographs: Now is the time to start collecting photos for the Village 2012 Archive. We welcome photos of family and/or village events that can be included in this special 2012 archive. Photos can be prints or digital versions, emailed or posted to Richard Coward, All Farthings, West Street, Mayfield TN20 6DT (e-mail Brian O’Connor, MLHS chairman (873477).

BUSINESS FORUM: There is an informal networking session at the Rose and Crown from 6pm to 7.30pm October 2.


COUNTRY MARKET: Newick Country Market are hosting the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning today (Friday) from 10am till 11am in the village hall. All donations will help pay for Macmillan time, to help people affected by cancer. All the normal produce and craft stall will be there. Make sure that you go along early as they sell out quickly.

QUIZ NIGHT: Just to remind you that the horticultural society are holding a Quiz Night in the village hall this evening (Friday). Please telephone 01825 724295 for tickets costing £7.50. The price includes a ploughman’s supper.

RUGBY: The rugby club have two games this weekend. The first XV are playing at home against Rye, and the second XV travel to Cinque Ports.

CHURCH SERVICES: On Sunday at St Mary’s Church is Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am followed by Holy Communion Morning service (BCP) at 10.30am.

BETTLE DRIVE: This event takes place on Saturday, October 6, from 4pm to 6pm in St Mary’s Church Barn Centre. Tickets are £5 (£2.50 for those aged 12 years and under). Why not pop along and enjoy a fun competition for all ages? Tea is included. For information and tickets telephone 01825 722328. This is being organised by the Diocesan Family Support work.

DIARY DATE: Thursday, October 11, the Newick Afternoon Clubs next meeting. Further details later.

THE WEATHER: Saturday was a beautiful September day. According to the weather forecast we are in for a wet and windy few days. No doubt many leaves will be falling from the trees. Have you noticed how quickly they have been changing colour? Autumn is here.


CAR BOOT SALE: Holy Cross School PFA is holding a series of car boot sales to coincide with the monthly Farmer’s Market on Luxfords Field car park. The first two will be October 6 and November 3, 9am to 1pm. Pitches are £7. Call 07958 474426 to book.


MUSIC AT THE STAR: Tonight there’s a folk-music event at the Star starting around 8pm. Unwind for the weekend and enjoy with a pint and a bite to eat.

WALK FOR WALDRON: Our Walk for Waldron will take place tomorrow (Saturday). If you have pre-registered just turn up at the check-in desk outside the Star and collect your number and directions and let us know you are starting. If you haven’t pre-registered, you can do so on the day. We will have the check-in desk manned from 8.30am in the centre of the village with numbers for all walkers, details of the route and a map. There will be a charge of £5 per person unless you have raised some sponsorship, in which case entry is free. All funds raised will go towards the belfry roof repairs. There are routes for everyone from five miles to 15 according to your energy levels. We’ll have cars picking up walkers from designated points, so you can set out confident that you’ll get back in fine style to the village when you’ve had enough. Wear comfortable shoes or boots. Bring a jacket in case the weather changes, and also a mobile phone. If you don’t want to walk, but would like to sponsor someone, Church Wardens Graeme Mackenzie and Richard Maylam would be delighted for you to sponsor them. Graeme’s number is 01435 866419 and Richard’s is 01435 812780. Anyone with a couple of hours free to help us with marshalling, please contact me on 01435 812036 so we can allocate you a marshalling point. See you there.

GOODBYE CRICKET: The weather had the last laugh in this wettest of all summers last Sunday when the final day’s cricket was rained off. Bad luck chaps, but here’s hoping next season is a tad dryer.

STEAM ENGINES: On Sunday 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 don’t try and drive through the centre while these huge and slow-moving machines are assembling.

SHOP SHUTS: The Stores at Waldron will be closing this week for annual holidays starting from October 2 and re-opening on October 10. This little shop has become a real social centre for the village and we’ll really miss Deborah’s cheerful greeting when we go in for our shopping or a sociable cup of coffee with friends. If you haven’t yet found it, do drop in. It’s open usually from Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm, except on Sunday when it may close a bit earlier if there’s no one about. The shop offers: newspapers to order, a wide variety of groceries and greengroceries, cooked frozen foods, ice creams and sweets, delicious breakfasts, coffees and teas, home-made cakes, scrummy soups and sandwiches.

HARVEST LUNCH: This year’s Harvest Lunch will be hosted by the Reverend and Mrs Pitcher (George and Mobbs) at Culverwood, Little London Road, on Sunday October 7 at 1pm. Everyone is most welcome and if any of the parish’s excellent cooks could produce a dish to add to the assembled feast. Please add your name to the lists at the back of the churches (All Saints’ or St Bart’s), or ring Church Warden Graeme Mackenzie on 01435 866419. It will also help with catering if we have a rough idea of numbers, so please let either of the two church wardens know if you can come.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s’ at 8am, and Group Eucharist at St George’s at 10.30am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Today sees the start of a three day Flower Festival and Harvest Festival at Heathfield Chapel. The theme is The Bread of Life and a celebration of harvest. The chapel is open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm to 6.30pm on Sunday. Refreshments will be available each day. The Weald Singers will be giving a concert tonight, Friday, at 7.30pm. On Sunday the services are 11am Harvest Service led by Rad Upfield and 6.30pm Songs of Praise led by Paul Daniels. Admission is free and any donations received will be divided between Demelza Hospice and The Quicken Trust.

PLOUGHING MATCH: The East Sussex Ploughing Match is held tomorrow, Saturday, at Broad Farm Hellingly from 10am to 2pm. Classes include horses, vintage, classic and modern tractors. There are trade stands and refreshments, terrier racing, ploughing tuition, domestic exhibits, crafts and a dog show. A number of local people are involved, so come along and give them support. Parking is free as is admission for under 16s. Admission is £4 for adults.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Warbleton Parish Church: Morning Worship (11am). 4forAll family event in Punnetts Town Village Hall (4pm) – all ages are welcome. St John’s Bodle Street: Family Harvest Festival Service (11am) followed by a bring and share lunch in the village hall at 12.15 for 12.45pm. St Giles, Dallington: Family Communion (10am). Heathfield Chapel: see Flower Festival.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a problem on the village green. A lot of people park in the short piece of road between the main green and the small triangle opposite The Stores. This creates great difficulty for the bus service, which needs to use this for turning, and is rather inconsiderate to other motorists. Cllr Rupert Simmonds and Cllr Nigel McKeeman are involved in the negotiations between Paul at The Stores and the Post Office about the future Post Office service at the shop. There is a determination that there will be continuing service. Our thanks to both of them. There are no developments regarding the proposed housing in Forest Lane, Punnetts Town. An application for planning permission has not yet been received by Wealden. The advice is to wait for such an application and ‘keep your powder dry’, before raising objections. A full report of the last meeting is in the Bodle Street section. Grants: applications are invited from local groups in the parish for grants. Application forms are available from the parish clerk, Marian Smith 01435 831653. The next meeting is at the Dunn Village Hall at 7pm on October 18. My apologies for giving the wrong venue this month.

VILLAGE HALL: It was reported at the parish council meeting that the Spanish Evening had raised £500. The next event is a Harp Evening on October 27. Details are to follow.