Parish Pump Uckfield - September 6, 2013


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AUTUMN BALL: 7.30pm till late Saturday October 5 at the village hall. Playing for dancing and your entertainment professional swing band, Seymour’s Jump. Buffet supper, licensed bar and raffle with fantastic prizes. Tickets £25 available from Caz Austen on 01273 401740, Turners Electrical and Barcombe Stores. Posh frocks and ties. Limited numbers. All profits to St Peter’s and St James Hospice.

BOWLS NEWS: Newhaven and District Evening League. The league fixtures are now complete so here are our stats. Played 14, won five, drawn one, lost eight; 45 points gives us seventh place. Not very inspiring but it is a tough call. Club Finals. Saturday and Sunday: Foresters Cup (Men’s Singles): Shaun Smith 21 beat Jason Harris 9. Lillian Lee Cup (Ladies Singles): Jas Osmond 21 beat Jean Uridge18. Nobby Heasman Mixed Pairs: Jas Osmond and Mark Smith lost to John Osmond and Ann Hills 24. Presidents Shield Pairs: John Osmond and Shaun Smith 26 beat John Simpson and Penny Hunnisett 11. Coronation Handicap: Mark Smith 23 beat Penny Hunnisett 16. Bunney Two Wood: Jas beat Penny 105 to 55. Anniversary Cup: Derek Stewart and Les Coppard won against Mick Cragg and Fred Baldwin 16 to 15. President, Muriel Pyne presented the trophies to the winners and thanked everyone for an enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Penny for organising the event and the members attended.

CRICKET RESULTS August 31 ESCL Div 2, Barcombe v Lewes St Michaels: Barcombe 83 all out in 25.4 overs. (Allan Trower 29, Callum Skinner 21). Lewes St Michaels 84-2 in 15.1 overs. Lewes St Michaels 30 points beat Barcombe two points by 8 wkts. ESCL Div 8 St Peters III v Barcombe II: Barcombe 178 all out in 46.4 overs. (John O`Brien 84, Tom Evans 30). St Peters 96 all out in 25.1 overs. (Tom Evans 5-22, John O`Brien 4-32). Barcombe 30 points beat St Peters 10 points by 82 runs.

JUNIOR FISHING DAY tomorrow, ,Saturday, at10am at Cornwell’s Reservoir. Same as usual, contact Jackie on400110.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong.

BSG WI: The Institute meets at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall. Helen Poole’s subject is The God’s of Mount Olympus.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This event, at 7pm for 7.30pm on September 21, is the formal launch of the Extension Appeal for the village hall. This will provide an extension in the kitchen area of the hall. The auction will be conducted, after supper by local auctioneer James Braxton (as seen on TV), and there will be a silent auction of some of the lots. There is still an opportunity to provide lots, contact Pauline at Tickets are £15 to include a three course supper and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 833343. There will also be a licensed bar. The next event is a showing of the Opera Carmen on November 16. Tickets from Bryan or Geoff.


AUTUMN SHOW: The horticultural society Autumn Show is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, and exhibits can be viewed from 2pm, with prize giving at 4pm. There are 94 classes so there will be a great variety of exhibits to view. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes. To learn more call Linda Keet-Harris on 01825 723817.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and a Family Service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Entries for this month’s photographic competition need to be in by Friday September 30. It would be excellent to have some new people entering this competition, to bring fresh ideas to the project. You don’t have to be professional to take good pictures. Just give it a try and send a photograph of the church, inside or out, taken in September, to the parish office or by email to Free Church services on Sunday are at 10.30am with Mark Robinson and 6.15pm with Giles Woodcraft. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

FOOTBALL: Chailey and Newick Colts FC has confirmed, following the successful taster session in July, the launch of the Junior Academy for boys and girls aged between five and eight years old. The Academy will run on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am, at the Sports Ground in North Chailey just off the A272. The academy is co-ordinated by Karl Luckhurst and supported by the coaches from across the club. New players will be made most welcome at a training session. The older teams have been preparing for the new season and the teams (U10, U11, U12, U14 and U16) are always keen to see new players join, so why not go along to a training session or simply speak to one of the coaches and see how the club feels. If there isn’t an age group that fits right now (U13 and U15) you could always play for the next age up. Contact details for all the coaches can be found at

TR GOUP: South Downs TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday from 8pm and anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars will be made most welcome.

TICKETS are still available for the Live Music Festival at the Sports Field, North Chailey, on Saturday September 14 from 2pm to midnight. There will be two outdoor stages and music for all ages, plus a beer tent, hog roast and entertainment for children in the afternoon. For more information and to buy tickets visit

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday September 21 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated either on the day or to arrange collection email Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items to the society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning for Saturday November 9 and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village on Saturday December 7.

East Hoathly

CHURCH TIMES: 15th Sunday after Trinity, 8am Holy Communion East Hoathly, 10am Parish communion Chiddingly, 10am Matins East Hoathly.

MULTiDRAW: The East Hoathly and Halland Twinning Association Multi-Draw takes place every quarter when there are four cash prizes to be won (£200, £150, £100 and £50). Profits are used to fund the hosting of our French friends from Juziers and to subsidise the participation of youngsters in the parish, particularly when travelling to Juziers. The next draw will be held on Friday September 20. There are still some unallocated numbers available, please call John Tarry on 01825 840575 for details.

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday, the preservation society will be leading the Thomas Turner walk. They will be leaving the King’s Head at 2pm and will be walking in the footsteps of Thomas Turner over the stud and beyond before heading back to the pub to do something else beloved of the diarist, enjoy a pint. Everyone is very welcome to go along. Dogs on leads please. Further details from Chris or Jenny on 872830.

AUTUMN SHOW: Just a reminder to you all that the show takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Please note that due to the refurbishment of the village hall we are holding this year’s show at the pavilion/marquee. The timings remain the same, hope to see you all there. If you are entering the Black Forest Gateau competition please note that they will be removed to a fridge after the judging and brought back in time for the afternoon viewings. Please come with ideas for next year’s entries and put them on the board or pass them to a committee member. Good luck.

THOMAS TURNER: Monday 12 September 1757 ‘…After breakfast Mr Burges and I went down again to talk with Osborne’s servant about her being big with child, but she would give us no satisfactory answer…Very busy in the afternoon a-gathering of pears, gathering and shaking down near twenty bushels…’


MARKET: Don’t forget the excellent market in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. There are lots of goodies to snap up, including a lot of home-made cakes and bread etc. It runs fortnightly from 10am to noon. Don’t miss out on those bargains! Signs are put up in The Street and on the B2026 when the market is on.

MY APOLOGIES for referring to Jon McDevitt (pub entertainment August 23) as an ‘adult humour comic’. He most certainly was not. In fact he is an accomplished guitarist and singer and played many well known songs. The error was due to a mis-print.

FETE: Can you believe the fete committee will be meeting again soon to discuss this year’s fantastic event and begin preparations for 2014? If you have any suggestions or ideas about how we could improve the event even further then please contact me via email.

JUST A THOUGHT- if you see any litter or glasses (taken from the pub and not returned) on the green could you consider moving them. The deer frequent the green and it’d be a shame if one of them cut themselves on glass or tried to eat any litter.

PUB EVENTS: September 20, The Strawbricks, October 25, Wat’s On Ro. Both bands.

MOBILE UNIT: East Sussex Hearing Resource and Adult Society 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. Representatives from both services will be available to provide information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. Tel: 01323 722505.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

SUMMER SHOW RESULTS: Decorative Classes: Tottingworth Park Cup, most points in section and Grenfell Medal, Barbara Weight. Floral Classes: The Nellie Hall Ticehurst Cup, most points, Josie Cornford; runner up, Foord Memorial Trophy, Rosemary Kay. Best Exhibit, Scott Bowl, Sue Cook. Dahlias: Sommerville, Cowen Cup, most points, Rosemary Kay. Roses: Bartlett Cup, most points, John Logan. Ornamental: Bert Luck Cup, best exhibit, Josie Cornford. Vegetables: The Heathfield Park Cup, most points, Stuart Barton; The Cuckmere Cup winner class 29, trug or basket mixed vegetables, Marian Stoneham; The Hall Cup winner class 32, nine large shallots, Stuart Barton; The National Vegetable Society Medal, best exhibit in class, Marian Stoneham. Fruit: Major Reid Cup, most points, Marian Stoneham. Cookery and Preserves: Clifford Turner Cup, most points, Rosemary Kay; The Broad Oak C A Atkinson Cup, best loaf of bread, Rita Hobden. Handicrafts: The Society’s Coronation Cup No 2, most points, Lesley Morgan; The Broad Oak Glen Cup, best photograph, Jenny Evans. Juniors: The Claude Herbert Cup, 7 to 12 years old, most points, Jasmin Evans; The Junior Cup, 3 to 6 years old, most points, Darcy Spratt and Keira Spratt. Family Cup, most points, Evans family; The Challenge Trophy, most points horticultural classes, Rosemary Kay; The Coronation Silver Bowl, most points in show, Rosemary Kay.

FOLK DANCE: On October 19 Heathfield Folk Dance holds an autumn dance at the village hall, Bodle Street Green. For more information contact Joy on 01435 873551.

CHARITY HOSE RUN: Heathfield firefighters are doing a charity hose run on September 28. They will roll out the hose to the marathon length of 42,195 metres at Heathfield Community College, it’s all in aid of the Firefighter’s Charity and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Ring Jimm Scully on 01825 762555 for details. No I don’t know what this means either.

Horam & Vines Cross

HORAM FLOWER SHOW took place on August 26 at the village hall, and again was a great success. Overall the number of entries was well up on previous years. As well as flowers the show attracted many entries in all sections including vegetables, handicraft (adult and children’s), art, wine, photography and a very well contested domestic section demonstrating a high standard of local baking skills. Visitors also enjoyed the tea and homemade cakes that complemented the beautiful weather. Many thanks to all the willing helpers who helped make the day such a success, and to PJ, our local vicar, who presented the trophies. Trophy winners were: Constance Scott Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most points in classes 1-18, Joan Turner; Marchant and Clarke Perpetual Challenge Trophy, best exhibit in classes 1-13, Eric Sanderson; Joan Bartlett perpetual Challenge Cup, best exhibit in classes 14-18, Andrew Knight; The Rose Trophy, best bloom in classes 1, 3 or 4, Ian Baker; Ellissen Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in classes 1-34, Carol Curd; Best Vegetable Exhibit (Trug), National Vegetable Society Shield, Carol Curd; Founders Perpetual Challenge Trophy, best exhibit in classes 20-34, Dave King; Hughes Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in classes 41-46, Theresa Fennings; Evelyn Pritchard Perpetual challenge Cup, most points in classes 52-56, Shirley Harman; Betty Evelyn Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most points in classes 58-70, Sharon Coleman; Norman Norris Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most first prizes in show, Joan Turner. Junior Perpetual Challenge Cup 8yrs and under, Darcy Spratt; 9 to 11yrs, Jasmin Evans; 12 to 15yrs, Emily Evans. Horam Parish Council Shield, most points in classes 47-51, Emily Evans; Allotment Society Award, best vegetable in class 48, 8yrs and under Keira Spratt; The Dolphin Shield, best exhibit in class 49, Darcy Spratt; RHS Banksian Medal, highest total of money prizes in classes 1-40, Carol Curd; Ian Howie Cup, best bottle in classes 71-72, Jenny Evans; Group Shield, most points in class 75, Jenny Evans; QEII Jubilee Award, allotment which most appeals to the judge, Theresa Fennings.


FOOTPATHS GROUP: It was August Bank Holiday when 23 of us gathered at the car park of the delightful, historic, secluded village of Fletching for the start of the walk. It was a beautiful warm sunny Bank Holiday Monday morning, with barely a cloud in the sky and just a gentle breeze. The 4.5 mile circular walk took us on a gently undulating route along farm tracks and quiet country lanes, across fields and meadows, through wooded paths and open countryside. We walked past a few farms and some isolated cottages but civilisation seemed a gratifyingly distant concept. The countryside was looking very beautiful with that slightly faded aspect of late summer, more seed heads than flowers in bloom, the sun noticeably lower in the sky and, despite the heat, faint glimmers of autumn, blackberries ripening, fungi appearing in the grass and pheasants scurrying in all directions. We took our short refreshment break in a field under an enormous spreading oak tree that provided shade for those who needed to cool down, while sun-worshippers could continue to deepen their tan. Apart from the fresh air, exercise and conviviality, our walks are also an opportunity to do some birding for those so inclined. Birdsong and bird activity in general are at a low level at this time of year but, in addition to those scurrying pheasants, a buzzard was spotted high overhead and right at the end of our walk, a most unusual spectacle a flock of 20 to 30 house martins that skimmed at tremendous speed through the air, landing momentarily on a branch of a dead tree before taking off and swirling around and returning to their perch. Perhaps they were foregathering for their migratory flight southwards? The very last part of our walk took us through the lovely old churchyard of Fletching’s ancient parish church (dating back to the twelfth century), providing a tranquil, contemplative ending to what everyone seemed to agree had been a most enjoyable walk through a quintessentially English landscape. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is on Wednesday September 18, Woodmancote. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

OPEN HOUSE: Eclectic Avenue, Lewes Artwave Open House. 51 Christie Avenue, Ringmer BN8 5JT 01273 812280. Fifteen artists and crafts-people. Free parking, free entry, refreshments, open house and garden. Open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

TALK: One of the great architectural treasures of Mayfield is the Great Hall, now the chapel in St Leonards-Mayfield School. Pevsner described it as ‘one of the most spectacular medieval halls in England’. Local historian Tim Cornish will be giving an illustrated presentation on his new research into its history including, for the first time, a comprehensive argument for its dating. The talk takes place in the chapel itself (originally built for sleeping and eating in) on Saturday, September 14 at 8pm. Admission is free. Furthermore Sunday, September 15 is the Heritage Open Day when the chapel, cloister, courtyard and concert hall will all be accessible to the public with students offering guided tours. There will also be an exhibition of historic documents and photographs relating to the events of 1863, the founding year of the school.

CONCERT: A concert of light music and opera performed by students of The Guildhall School of Music (by kind permission of the principal) at St Thomas of Canterbury Church will be held in aid of the church and the Patrick Libby Memorial Prize Fund. All are welcome: Saturday, October 26 at 7pm.

CONSORT EVENT: On Sunday, December 8 at 6pm The Mayfield Consort will present What Sweeter Music, Carols and Songs for Christmas with Fr John Caperon, Reader, at Salomons in Tunbridge Wells.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: The speaker has arranged another interesting programme, as follows. All meetings commence at 8pm in the Scout and Guide Hall. Friday, October 25, East Sussex Place Names by Anthony Poulton-Smith. This talk will be preceded by the AGM. Friday, November 29, Sussex Lunatic Asylum Haywards Heath by Michael Charman. Dutch Supper Evening. Friday, January 31, History of Bonfire Societies by Keith Leech. Friday, February 28, Post-Medieval Iron Industry in the Weald by Jeremy Hodgkinson. Friday, March 28, The History of Ightham Mote by Heather Woodward. Friday, April 25, Medieval Herb Gardens and Use of Herbs by Lin Saines. The visit to Bletchley Park was voted by all as a most interesting and enjoyable visit. Past and current satnav timings are now becoming dated as heavy traffic on the M25 extended the journey times to about 3.5 hours. At meetings next season they will circulate forms for members to put down their ideas for a possible visit. One already suggested is the Mary Rose now that it is nearly fully preserved. Shortly, they shall be placing on their new website ( a guide to books for loan. Ideas for other items for inclusion in the site can be sent to Rob Foster. The searchable set of past copies of the Mayfield and Five Ashes Newsletter from 1977 has now been covered for the first six years and discs with searchable pdf files will be added to the library collection for loan. The advertisements form a social and economic history of the village. Incorporating these records in the website would involve substantial storage space that would greatly increase the costs of running the site.

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 WI MARKET will be open in the village hall from 10am to 11am today, Friday.

ANNUAL SHOW: The horticulture society will be holding their annual Show and Family Fun Dog Show on the Village Green from 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, admission £1.50 for adults, children free. There will be displays of vegetables, fruit, flowers, floral arrangements, cookery, handicraft, and most importantly the junior section. There will be refreshments, raffle, prize giving will commence at 4.15pm. This event is a true village occasion, if you have recently moved to Newick, you must pop along and see for yourselves the splendid leeks, carrots etc, and some of the most beautiful flower arranging, and the junior section is always fantastic and meet some very interesting Newick people. The Dog Show is great fun. Fingers crossed that the lovely dry sunny days will last for many more weeks to come.

THE BOWLS CLUB will be playing at home against Balcombe tomorrow, Saturday, at 2.30pm. On Sunday they will be playing away against Mackie and on Wednesday they are playing at home against Hampden Park.

THE CRICKET CLUB should be playing there final league games according to their fixture card. The Sunday game is against Envy at home, 1pm start.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s are 8am Holy Communion, followed at 10.30am with Holy Communion (CW).

THE AFTERNOON CLUB will be in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Annette Shelford, her subject Graphic Books – My Passion. Annette is an outstanding speaker, so stand by to be fascinated. Everyone welcome. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

MURDER MYSTERY: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society will be holding a Murder Mystery Evening in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. The play is The Curse of the Willoughby Diamond. Tickets £25 to include a three course meal. Doors open at 7.15pm for 8pm start. A bottle only bar will also be available. Sounds like a great Saturday evening so why not book your tickets from 01825 722493 or email Marie carriages at midnight.

EVENTS: September is commencing with some great events, enjoy.


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: After over two years’ gestation, the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan has now been published, and is open for consultation from today, Friday, to Friday October 18. The plan, called Ringmer to 2030, is available on the parish council website ( Printed copies are available in the parish office, Ringmer Village Hall or Ringmer Library. If found sound and approved in a referendum scheduled for next spring, the plan will guide Ringmer planning decisions for the next 20 years.

FOOTBALL CLUB: This weekend sees plenty of football at The Caburn Ground. Tonight, Friday, the second team are at home versus Mile Oak in the Reserve Section Premier with a scheduled 7.45pm kick off. Please note that kick off time may be brought forward so that players can watch most of the England game so please check press or website for details. Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are in SCFL Div 1 action versus Rye United with a 3pm kick off. On Sunday morning the Youth Team are away versus Seaford Town in the league with an 11am kick off. In the clubhouse today, Friday, the crucial England v Moldova match will be shown live on the big TV screen and the equally important England v Ukraine match will be shown live on Tuesday evening in the bar. On the social side, on Friday September 20 there is an 80s themed Disco Night, with 80s music, clothes, food and cocktails. The ladies and men’s darts teams and the pool team are all now back in action after the summer break and all teams will always welcome new players. Finally, the Ringmer FC Annual General Meeting will be on Monday September 30, and all members are invited to attend, it’s your club so come and have your say.

AUTUMN SHOW: The RBL Ringmer Horticultural and Home Produce Society Autumn Show will take place in the village halls tomorrow, Saturday. Opening time is 2pm and the show closes at 4.30pm when many of the prize winning exhibits will be auctioned for society funds.

ART EXHIBITION: To celebrate the Patronal Festival, St Mary’s Art Club are holding an exhibition in the church room tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. Do try to get along to this exhibition to see the work of some very talented people and possibly purchase one or more of their paintings.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL LUNCH: St Mary’s Church celebrates its Patronal Festival on Sunday and a lunch will be held in the village hall at 1pm. If you would like to attend please give Shirley a ring on 812417 as it helps with catering. As usual there is no charge but donations to St Mary’s Disaster Fund will be gratefully received.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP are to visit Anne of Cleves House, Lewes, on Sunday at 2.30pm. The entry charge is £4.90 for an adult or £4.50 for a senior or a student. Admittance for members of the Sussex Archaeological Society is free, while English Heritage members are admitted for half price.

ST MARY’S MEN’S CLUB AGM will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Church Room and will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation in pictures by the Revd Sally Epps of her visit to Nyahururu, Kenya. Visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on August 28 was: 1, Pam Brook and John Weston; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Alan Disney and Roy Skan. The club next meets in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact number 814220.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society is holding a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday, September 14, commencing at 2pm. If you have jumble to donate could you please deliver it to the hall on the morning of the sale as near to noon as possible.

CONCERT IN ST MARY’S: On Sunday, September 15, at 3pm a group of talented young musicians are putting on a concert in aid of the church’s charity. This music will be mostly Bach-Brandenburgh Concerto No 6, double violin concerto, Chaconne with some arrangements of folk pieces to finish. Freya Creech, the talented young violinist from Lewes will be leading the concert, as her contribution to local music making before returning to Salzburg for the last year of her music degree. No entrance fee but there will be a collection at the end in aid of Homelink.

BOWLS CLUB: The results of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Cross-in-Hand 59-61, Ringmer v Horam 62-65 and Ringmer v Southwick Park 77-65. The club’s Finals Day was held last Saturday and the winners were: Pairs, P Escott and P Lloyd; Senior Cup, R Berry; Novice Cup, M Sargent; Two Wood, P Escott; Club Champion, S Barton; Ladies Cup, P Escott; Men’s Cup, R Berry. Thanks to all those members who came along to support the players on the day which was also blessed with good weather. Last Sunday the annual Captain v President match was held and this year the President won.

SILVER SURFER CLASS: Advance notice that there will be a Silver Surfer class at Ringmer Community College on Saturday, September 21, between 10am and noon in the college library. For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth Whitlock, Learning Resource Centre Manager, on 01273 812220, ext 253 or e-mail


HORSEFLY ALERT: Many thanks to those of you who have been kind enough to contact me about my alarming experience with anaphylactic shock as a result of an insect bite. Today I have heard of another Waldron resident who had a similar experience on Monday of this week when he was bitten by a large horsefly, causing him to lose consciousness and develop a painfully swollen arm. The only consolation for him is that he was able to kill the horsefly before losing consciousness. So be warned horseflies are large, nasty and best avoided.

LICENSING: On Tuesday at 7.30pm there will be a licensing service at All Saints’ for the Reverend George Pitcher as our Priest in Charge for the parish of Waldron. The new Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Reverend Dr Martin Warner has confirmed his appointment and will officiate at the service, so this will be an opportunity for everyone in the parish to welcome both the new Bishop and our new Priest in Charge. The service will be followed by a reception at the Lucas Hall and everyone is warmly invited to socialise.

CRICKET Tomorrow, Saturday, our village cricket team will be playing their last league fixture of the season against Hastings and St Leonards III at home, starting at 12.30pm. On Sunday there will be a friendly against Alfriston, away, starting at 1.30pm.

SNAKES RETURN The Wakin’ Snakes will make a welcome return to The Star on Sunday at lunchtime with their cheerful foot-tapping music.

JOAN’S CUPS: Where others drink tea out of their cups, Joan Turner of North Street struggles to find space to display hers. Joan has yet again made raids on the surrounding area horticultural and other shows, returning to Waldron with a haul of no less than 12 cups, one more than last year. She has won them for her plants and flowers, cookery, handicrafts, photos and flower arranging and even for winning most cups in the show. Can anyone beat Joan?

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am (Rev Paul Cox), sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am (Rev Peter Jamieson and Lay Reader Christopher Corfield) and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am (Christo Corfield).

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. Little Warblers for pre-school children and their parents/carers starts again on Tuesday at 10am in the Church Rooms. Just turn up. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am and 6.30pm services led by Paul Davies representing the Albanian Evangelical Mission.

HISTORY GROUP: Our speaker on Monday will be David Calvert whose subject is Herstmonceux Castle. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Dunn Village Hall. That half hour is an opportunity for a cup of coffee, chatting and perusing the bookstall.

ART SHOW: Art on the Green is part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Trail and takes place next Friday to Sunday, at the Dunn Village Hall. Refreshments available.