Parish pump Uckfield - September 5, 2014

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). St John’s is holding a flower festival over the weekend 27-29 September. There will be a concert by the Penhurst Singers on the Saturday at 7.30pm and Harvest Festival Eucharist on the Sunday at 11am, followed by a bring and share luncheon in the village hall.

BSGWI: The speaker at 2.30pm on Tuesday at the village hall, will be Helen Poole whose subject is The Gods of Mount Olympus. For further information contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.


CANADA: We have had a quiet week since our off road sightseeing trip last weekend. The temperature has been up in the 80s for over two weeks now and the best place to cool off is in the swimming pool, which is far from warm. It is a long weekend here so I am writing this early as we are off to the lake for the weekend. Cousin Stephen has a log cabin he lets for holidays and is letting us borrow it. I wonder what mischief I can get up to while we are there. Swimming in the lake is a sure bet but I wonder if I am brave enough to get on the back of cousin Alvin’s jet-ski with him? And will I finally see a moose? Will report next week.

FAIR: Oh dear what a dismal day the last Monday turned out to be for the organisers of the annual Bank Holiday fair. So much hard work, they must have been in despair, would anyone bother to turn out. Well from what I can glean from friends some of you did brave the weather and made the most of the day and even had fun. I gather the tug of war was a great deal of fun and I know the refreshments did well, making over £500, although Eddie’s races were a non-runner due to the wet conditions. Well done everyone who went along and to all those who gave their time and effort to try making it a success, but I think the rain won this year.

JAZZ: The St Bartholomew’s Church Jazz Evening takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm to help raise money for the 2014 Church Restoration Fund. This fun event is open to all. Tickets are £15 available from The Flower House or Ros Cloke 01435 884312. The Clink Street Jazz Band will play music from Harold Arlen song book including songs from The Wizard of OZ. Light refreshments are included in the cost.

PARENT AND TODDLER: The Parent and Baby and Toddler group will re-launch on Tuesday. Please note the new day as it used to be held on Wednesday morning. They will meet in the village hall every Tuesday from 10am to 11.45am. For more information please call in at the hall one Tuesday morning and see what they get up to.

WEIGHT LOSS: The Community Weight Loss Challenge begins again on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Parish Room of Christ the King Catholic Church, with plenty of parking available. The 12 week course will be led by Sue Tonkin, who will give advice and encouragement to help you gain a healthy lifestyle and lose those excess pounds. It costs £13 for the course and the biggest losers at the end win cash prizes. To book a place and find out more call Sue on 01892 784741.

BALLET: The Ballet for Adults classes will start again on Thursday morning. Having had a break through August, this fun class will be held in the Burwash Village Hall from 10.30am to 11.30am. All adults are welcome to attend. It costs £5 for one hour.

AFTER EIGHT: Also on Thursday the Burwash Common After Eight Club will be meeting. This time it is an away quiz evening with Rotherfield Ladies Group. No against, but with, which is always good fun with great food. The group are always ready to welcome new members, to entice you they are having a wine tasting evening in October and a talk by a representative of Raystede animal rescue centre in November. To find out more call Jan McCartney on 01435 882117.

RIDE AND STRIDE: The annual Ride and Stride will take place on September 13, raising money for Sussex churches. Hundreds of participants will visit as many churches and chapels as they can by bike, on horseback or on foot. You will need to get sponsorship and the proceeds will be split between Sussex Historic Churches Trust and any church of your choice, providing much need funds for maintenance. To join in call Richard Harden on 01435 882556 or email

FITNESS AND FOOTBALL: The Junior Fitness and Football Club resume their games in the Kent Wealden Friendly League next weekend. The club meet every Saturday morning at the Swan Meadow playing filed from 10am. Children of all ages and abilities are welcome to go along. The club benefitted recently when they received a cheque from the Burwash Ladies Stoolball Club, who had won last season’s indoor stoolball league and donated their prize to the fitness club. A belated thanks to the ladies for kindly thinking of them. If you would like your children to join the fun club please call Steve Mintram on 01435 882444 or Rod Clifton on 883656. They can tell you about all the club’s activities.

SNOOKER: The snooker club have spent the last month re-decorating their club room at the village hall. They will begin their regular sessions on Monday and their league matches on September 15. They would welcome new members to go along and join them. To find out more call Geoff Wright or call in one Monday evening.

East Hoathly

CHURCH SERVICES: 10am United Benefice Communion, East Hoathly. 10am Bacon Butty Club, East Hoathly Village School Hall. 6pm Evensong, Chiddingly.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The Alternative Thomas Turner Walk will take place on Sunday September 14, departing from the King’s Head at 2pm. For further details please call Chris or Jenny on 01825 872830.

AUTUMN SHOW: A quick reminder that the Village Show Society is holding its Autumn Show tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall. Judging will take place between 10am and 1pm when the show will be open to the public to come and admire the exhibits. There will be a raffle, teas and coffees served and there will be an auction of some of the entries at the end of the afternoon.

ALLOTMENTS’ (Garden Plots). Following on from the autumn show, there will be a get together on the allotments site for people to come along and see what has already been achieved, despite the lack of a water supply over this summer (hopefully we will be connected to the new water main very soon). Many of the plots have produced an abundance of produce and it would be good to see the currently vacant plots put to a similar good use.Please feel free to bring along a picnic, children and dogs on leads welcome. Anyone interested in growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers should make an application to take on one of the empty plots via Anne Newton, the parish clerk at Both organic and non-organic plots are still available.


CHURCH of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. Sunday, Twelfth Sunday after Trinity,

10am Family Service, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express September 10 1914: ‘Recruiting: The following lines have been composed by a blind invalid, Mrs K L Westby of Piltdown, who is anxious to contribute her mite to the national spirit: German forces by the score, Our men wanted more and more, Men of valour they must be, To face at odds the enemy. Think of Belgium’s sore distress! Someone must her wrongs redress; England, for fair play renowned, Fit and willing should be found.

Comrades, though from England gone, In your hearts you’re not alone, Women at this time are true, Tears they weep are shed for you.

God bless our courageous men, Bless them now and bless them when, They come to meet the cruel Huns, Every man is with the guns.

If you fill a hero’s grave, Mighty is the Lord to save: If to England back you come, Glorious is the welcome home.

Despots from the thrones be hurled, Flag of Peace once more unfurled; Hosts of angels, women, men, Silent, waiting God’s Amen.’

THE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Monday at 7pm.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK: Free events (normal admission charges apply). Tomorrow, Saturday, 11.30am Pineapples v Old Seagullians. Sunday 1pm Armadillos v Primrose Hill Elephants.

FUN QUIZ NIGHT in aid of Project Refresh, Saturday September 13 at 7.30pm in Fletching Village Hall. If you can, please organise your own team of six. If not, we will help you find a team. Tickets £10 each, to include a light supper and a glass of wine. Cash bar and raffle. For tickets call Andrew Wright on 01825 712803.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

HISTORY SOCIETY: Wendy Hall asks: We wonder if any of the readers of this column can help us. We were recently told of an event which took place in Heathfield shortly after the abolition of rationing after the Second World War. Apparently there was a bonfire held in Heathfield and people threw their ration books into the flames, no doubt to the accompaniment of cheers. Do you remember the event? Were you there? Can you tell us more about it? If so, please contact 01435 865260 or better still come along to our next meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at the Community Centre when Mr F Albon will talk about Inland Waterways.

ALL SAINTS’: Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 11am Sung Matins. St George’s, Broad Oak: 9.30am Holy Communion. All are welcome for coffee after this services.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, September 13, church open for Ride and Stride participants.

CROSS-IN-HAND WI: A very busy meeting this month heard Toni Whewell from Waldron give her report on the AGM which was this year held in Leeds. The WI has been very influential with various governments including the campaign to Keep Britain Tidy; the provision of more midwife facilities; Save the Bees and this year the Organ Donation scheme, the resolution for which was passed with a huge majority. Birthday flowers were given to Barbara Norris, Sue Trantor, Anita Jobling and Betty Dabson. The speaker was Judy Bowen Jones, a practitioner in Chinese medicine. Her talk, You are What you Eat, explained the five elements of Chinese health and the foods related to this. water, fire, metal, wood and earth can be related to the food we eat and the climate in which we live. She emphasised the importance of exercise as well as a healthy balanced diet. Following our own healthy afternoon tea, Ms Bowen Jones offered two lucky members a free massage or acupuncture session at her surgery in Crowborough. The next meeting in the village hall on September 24 will see Jocalia talking about pearl jewellery. For more details please phone 01435 812819 or go to to find out more.

GRAY COURT: We were told about the existence of Gray Court, a large building containing self-contained apartments, which had been empty for several years. The building lies behind Abbeyfield Holdenhurst in Mill Road. Mike Woodhouse, former parish councillor, put forward the idea of converting it for use for youngsters in the town who had nowhere else to go, there are some on the Heathfieldworks Project who have to find accommodation in friends’ spare rooms, or even camp out as they have no homes of their own. That idea now seems out of court, as Abbeyfield plan to develop the building. We have had the following email from Abbeyfield. Ian Thomas, development director, Abbeyfield said: Abbeyfield bought Gray Court last spring with a view to develop it alongside the Abbeyfield South Downs Society’s neighbouring property, Holdenhurst. This potential scheme will aim to provide 54 Extra Care apartments for older people in the area. After positive discussions with the East Sussex County Council and having received a good response in our pre-planning consultation, we will submit a planning application later this year. This is a really exciting venture, not only for Abbeyfield but also the local community. When you look at the property now, it may seem difficult to imagine it has potential to become a state of the art Abbeyfield Extra Care facility, but we look forward to working with the local authority and community to make this a reality. We will hold a public consultation, open to the local community, in the autumn. This site was previously owned by a local Housing Association, during which time it provided sheltered accommodation to 21 people.

LE MARCHE: Heathfield’s annual French market, le Marche, took place on a very wet August Bank Holiday Monday, the first really wet day in Le Marche’s 18 year history. Hundreds of visitors defied the elements and supported the event and stallholders both French and English were more than satisfied with their sales. Emergency arrangements had been made by Eric Kemp the previous day to accommodate all the performers taking part under cover. On the main stage in Station Road the Heathfield Silver Band gave a sterling performance and were followed by the Wacky Band and the Sussex Stompers. Other bands including the 21 Whiskeys and the Vox Beatles were moved to the Union Church. Muso Bango (ladies with drums) were hosted by the State Hall. Le Marche chairman Richard Ridley said ‘It was yet another fantastic Le Marche. The BBC told us this morning that at least five per cent of our annual rainfall was shed on the day and it felt like it. But despite that visitors came in their masses wearing waterproofs and carrying umbrellas rather than their normal T-shirt and shorts. The musicians and entertainers still kept everyone happy from their revised locations. And the traders and stallholders reported they were very satisfied with the day despite numbers being lower than last year. Many have already reserved their stall pitch sites for next year. So all in all a success despite the rain.’ Richard also expressed his thanks to the committee without whom Le Marche would not function. We went along and found everyone in good heart. There were some wonderful things to buy too, including those blue and white signs and some jolly tablecloths printed with summery things like olives and sunflowers. We are pleased we went. At least the stallholders were under cover and on a hard surface, unlike the poor souls at the Hellingly Festival of Transport or the Alfriston Festival who had to tough it out in the rain.

HEARING BUS: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will be visiting the Council Offices car park, Hartfield Road, Forest Row on Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm and the Co-op car park, High Street, Heathfield, on September 25 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. 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 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax).


LEWES HISTORY GROUP meeting on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm, at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. Dripping Yarns, the story of a Lewes sporting icon. The origins of the Dripping Pan in Mountfield Road are a mystery. A favourite theory is it was once a medieval salt pan linked to the nearby Priory. Since 1885 it has been home to Lewes Football Club. Sussex Express columnist David Arnold paints a portrait in words and pictures of the Dripping Pan and some of the people and events that give it a unique place in Lewes history. All welcome. Free refreshments. Small entry charge on the door.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

FILM SOCIETY: Film on Friday begins its new season today with the French comedy, Bright Days Ahead. Nine films will be shown monthly till May and membership rates remain unchanged at exceptional value which can be less than £3 per film. You can join on the door, pick up a leaflet from Handleys, go to www.filmonfriday or ring 01435 872165 to be posted a programme leaflet with the full details. 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 the films come from France, Italy, Iceland, Romania, India, UK and USA. The bar is run by Wealden Wholefoods which with the new seating in the Memorial Hall makes for a convivial and comfortable experience. Doors and bar open at 8pm in the Memorial Hall and the film starts at 8.30pm. Ring 01435 872165 beforehand.

FITNESS for the over 50s: Body Moves is a music and movement class providing gentle head-to-toe exercise. Everyone is welcome to go and try it free of charge for the first session. The term starts on Friday, September 12 at 10am in the Scout and Guide hall.

COFFEE AND CHAT: One way of keeping informed about village happenings is the monthly Coffee and Chat morning on Fridays from 10am to 11.30am in London House. The next meeting is today, Friday October 3 and Friday November 7.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: From 10am to noon in London House, £1 will get you coffee and biscuits, a friendly chat and possibly a good laugh at the cake baking attempts of the male committee members. This competition will be judged by Liz Prior. There will be a raffle with several good prizes provided by the branch.

TENNIS CLUB: On Wednesday, October 1 there will be a Ladies’ Tennis Tournament in aid of Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau at Mayfield Tennis Club from 9.30am to 1pm. For details visit

RIFLE CLUB: This is a target shooting club about to start a new winter season. Their range is in the Memorial Hall which, they hear, sometimes surprises people. Therefore they plan an open day sometime during November on a Saturday afternoon to enlighten and allow people of Mayfield to experience the sport for themselves. However, by law they are strictly controlled as to how open days can be run and therefore ask anyone who is interested in learning more to get in touch with Les Wicker, Hon Secretary 01892 661338.

CRAB APPLES: Margaret Mill has crab apples ready to pick. They’re free. First come, first served. Ring 01435 872419.

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.


THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There is always a good selection of local produce and you can also enjoy a cup coffee or tea.

THE BOWLS CLUB are playing at Balcombe tomorrow, Saturday, 2.30pm start. On Sunday they are away again to Mackie, this game will commence at 2pm. On Wednesday they are playing Hampden Park at home and on Friday September 12 they will enjoy a visit from Alexandra (Bath) Tourists. Both of these matches will start at 2.30pm.

THE CRICKET CLUB will be playing the last league games this weekend. The first XI will be playing Ditchling at home, the second XI will be travelling to Bexhill III, the third XI are also travelling in the same direction to Sidley III and the fourth XI will be playing on the Temple Grove Ground against Tunbridge Wells Borderers III. All of this matches will commence at 12.30pm.

THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY will be holding the Annual Show plus Fun Dog Show on the Village Green from 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. Admission £1.50. Lots of great vegetables and flowers will be on show, also a lovely children’s area. Make sure you keep Saturday afternoon free to visit this and enjoy some refreshment.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Family service at 10.30am. The preacher will be Chris Lear. If you should require a lift to church please telephone in advance 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Baroness Cumberlege talking about Life in the Lords. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

NEWICK BADMINTON are looking for new members. They meet on Tuesday evenings in the village hall from 7.45pm to 10.15pm. First session free. Players of all standards welcome from beginners to league level. This is a friendly club with many social activities throughout the year. For further details telephone 01825 769502 or 723299.

MURDER MYSTERY: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society will be holding a Murder Mystery evening on Saturday September 13 in the village hall. Doors open from 7.15pm for 8pm Death by Radio. Tickets are £25, this includes a three course meal and the bar will be open. To book your tickets and find out the choice of menu telephone 01825 722493 or email Carriages at midnight.

THE TOUR OF BRITAIN Cycle Race Stage 7 will pass through Newick on Saturday September 13 on its journey between Camberley and Brighton. The lead cars are expected to arrive around 12.44pm. There will be a rolling road closure along the route, this will mean a delay between 25 to 40 minutes. Further details see the website


SHOPPING: After some online research, I ordered my dream kitchen range from a local company. Hubby John was grumpy about it and said that he could have got it much cheaper from a big company. The kitchen range arrived in a couple of weeks and I got a phone call and a choice of days and times (not just a day). Three men arrived right on time and it took them an hour and a half to carry it up the front steps, round corners, and into my kitchen, where they assembled it, wired it up, and took all the packaging away, putting furniture, etc back in place as they left. Even Hubby John admitted that, all things considered, it had worked out much cheaper and definitely a better service buying local.

SUMMER SHOW: Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show was held at The Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre on Saturday, August 16, which was a sunny day, making it easier for the exhibitors to display their various plants, however the high winds earlier in the week did cause havoc with some plants being blown down. The exhibitors overcame these obstacles and produced the most wonderful produce and flowers. There were around 50 less entries than last year, mainly due to previous long term exhibitors no longer in a position to provide entries to the various classes. There were some beautifully colourful begonias, orchids, streptocarpus and other pot plants, together with gladioli and hydrangeas. The vegetable section was well represented with sweetcorn the best exhibit. Onions were a popular class as was a selection of herbs. The domestic and the handicraft sections were well supported and there were some stunning entries. We have very talented people in Uckfield. We were very pleased to welcome several new exhibitors. There was a steady flow of visitors throughout the afternoon when the show is open to the public free of charge. The tombola and the sales table of plants were popular with visitors. George Dade, our president, presented the prizes. He thanked everyone for exhibiting in another difficult year, thanked the committee and members for all the hard work they had put in to make the show such a success, and was pleased to see so many visitors. Trophy winners: Banksian Medal for the highest total prize money won in Sections 1 and 2 combined, Joan Turner; Denny Perpetual Trophy for the highest total points in show, Joan Turner; Frank Brown Memorial Cup for winner of class 1, Trug, Philip Manning; Shield for winner of class 2 (salad collection), Joan Turner; Vegetable Cup for the winner of class 3 (plate of kitchen vegetables), Philip Manning; Trophy for winner of class 4 (tomatoes plus vase of flowers), Philip Manning; Buxted Park Trophy for best vegetable exhibit, John Plowman; Major Green Cup for highest points for fruit, John Plowman; Bikini Vase for best vase (not single blooms), Dorothy Sparks; Lady Shawcross Trophy for highest total points in Section 2, Joan Turner; Martinland Rose Bowl for highest total points for rose classes, Dorothy Sparks: Col Clarke Cup for highest total points in dahlia classes, Charles Weller and Joan Turner; Gladiolus Shield for highest points in gladioli classes, Charles Weller; Uckfield House Bowl for highest total number of points in Section 3 Decorative, Carol Hodge; Henry Parker Trophy for highest points in the Photography Section,Carol Hodge; Domestic Trophy for the highest total of points in Domestic Section, Joan Turner; Brandon Trophy for highest total points in Handicraft Section, Anna Elliott. Next monthly meeting is on Monday at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre and will be a talk and slide show by Sheila Howes entitled Something Interesting. All welcome. Visitors £3. Membership £10 per annum. Anyone wishing for more information ring 764287.


PRAYER EVENING: During August our newspapers have been filled with depressing and frightening news from around the world. Wherever we look there seems nothing but gloom and horror, man’s inhumanity to man and also natural disasters like the Ebola outbreak. The Parish Prayer Group decided that an evening should be set aside for prayer and this will take place on Wednesday at All Saints’ Church in the village. It will begin at 6.30pm with the usual Evening Prayer service, then from 7.30pm until 9.30pm there will be Evening Prayer for the Nations. After a break for coffee there will be a short service of Night Prayer (Compline). Anyone and everyone is welcome to drop in for any part of the evening whether you’re a Waldron parishioner or not. The evening is intended to be meditative with readings of relevant scriptures, some open prayers and intercessions. The Gospel for next Sunday includes the encouraging lines from Matthew: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I with them. If you’d like to come along, you can come and go as you like.

THE TOUR: The signs have gone up around the village, so it’s really true that the Tour of Britain bike race will be coming through the village on Saturday September 13 around lunchtime. The pub will be putting on a barbecue for watchers and supporters of the Tour and there’ll be music too, though sadly the competitors won’t be stopping. The big names will be taking part I hear, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, welcome to Waldron, Wiggo. The riders come into East Sussex near North Chailey, then the route will take them via Piltdown, Uckfield, Framfield, Blackboys, Waldron, Horam, Hailsham, Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters before heading to Ditchling Beacon and finishing in Brighton. Many road-repairs have been rushed through recently (see below) in order to make sure the riders have a reasonably clear run. If it takes a bike race to get our roads repaired, come again, Tour of Britain.

AFTERNOON RECITAL: The next Afternoon Recital will be on Sunday September 14 at 4.30pm when Michael Heighway, director of music at St Simon Zelotes in Chelsea, will play a programme of music for the organ. The Waldron Youth Choir will also perform and the recital will last about three-quarters of an hour. Entrance is free and there will be a retiring collection.

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

ROADWORKS: We’ve had to be inventive recently to find routes which are open while the county roadmen repair our potholes before the winter weather sets in. The latest major route affected is, I understand, from Horam to the Boship Roundabout. Be warned.

SERVICES: Sunday will be the twelfth Sunday of Trinity and will be celebrated with Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s at 8am, Congregational Sung 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 Choral Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 11.15am.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family service. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Holy Communion (BCP). Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion and 6.30pm evening service. Last Sunday was the last time for just over a month that the bells at Warbleton will be rung, as they are being dissembled for the various ancillary bits, the headstocks etc, to be taken away for refurbishment. During the next few weeks, volunteers will scrub down the supporting frame and paint it. It is anticipated that if all goes to plan, they will be back in action on October 12. There is a change of date for the church yard clear up. It will now be on Saturday October 4, starting at 10am.

HISTORY GROUP: After a break in August we meet on Monday at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. One of the staple productions for local drama groups and professional theatres is pantomime. Jan Gledhill seeks to shed some light on the subject in her talk The Magic of Pantomime. Coffee is served before the meeting and the bookstall is open.

SHOP HOURS: Talking with Bobby he tells me that The Stores is now open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 3pm on Saturdays. He is now experimenting with opening on Sundays 8am to noon from September 14.

ROAD WORKS: In the first few days a good start has been made with the stretch from the village down to the Kingsley Hill largely reconstructed with the Tarmac yet to be laid. Residents along the road have passes which give them priority to travel through the works. There are gatemen at either end who have been very helpful in advising what is open etc. It has made the traffic flow through the village a lot quieter, a mixed blessing as our businesses rely on passing trade. The Village Leaf website has up to date information.

WAYSIDE THEFT: I have heard from Paula who tells me, ‘At least two local folk who sell fruit, vegetables, jams and chutneys outside their houses to passers-by have had their produce stolen this week. When there is such a good fruit harvest as this year’s, country dwellers like to pass on the benefits to others at a modest cost. It is a great pity that there are some people who do not know the meaning of honesty boxes.’