Parish Pump Uckfield - September 7, 2012

Bodle Street Green


HURCH SERVICES: Our apologies for the late arrival of the parish magazine this month. I gather there were production problems at the printers. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family service. St Giles Dallington, 10am Evensong. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. 3pm A bereavement service, followed by tea. This service is intended to bring comfort to those who have been bereaved in recent years. This service will be led by the Rev Jeremy Crossley. All are very welcome.

WI: There is nothing like being prepared, and this Tuesday at 2.30pm in the village hall, Mr Hussain from Wealden District Council will give tips on Staying Warm Over The Winter.


FETE: Burwash Common playing fields are holding the annual Summer Fete and Dog Show tomorrow, Saturday, in the playing fields on Stonegate Road. The fun begins at 2pm with miniature agricultural steam engine, fun dog show, children’s races and bouncy castle. Assault course pony rides, tombolas and raffles, coconut shy, panning for gold, barbecue and teas. And of course the competitions for the children I mentioned last week. This is a traditional village fete with music throughout the afternoon. If you have suitable donations for the stalls, cakes, bottles, groceries, plants, books and white elephant, they would be grateful. Items can be left at the field in the morning or ring Karol Richardson on 01435 883318 or Jan McCartney on 882117.

BLG: Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday afternoon at 2.15pm at the village hall. Their speaker will be Jenny Clark on Bats. The flying kind or the hitting ones? To find out, why not go along to the hall on Wednesday, you will be given a warm welcome. There will also be a produce stall and a collection of items for the soldiers shoe boxes. The afternoon will end with tea.

TALK: An Informative talk will be given on Wednesday evening by Dr Thomas of the Fairfield surgery at 7.30pm in the Swan Meadow Sports Pavilion. Young and old are invited to hear advice regarding cancer. Prevention, screening, diagnosis and some elements of treatment will be discussed. The talk will be informal and interactive. Most of us are affected by this disease at some point in our lives either personally or as a friend or relative, so what a good idea to hear from a professional the ways to know more.

WEIGHT LOSS: The Community Weight Loss Challenge begins again on Tuesday evening at the parish room of Christ the King Church at 7pm. The last challenge ended with six people losing over six stone and 72cms. The course costs £39 per person and include weekly confidential weigh-in, six weekly measurements, talks and sharing of advice and experiences. We are a friendly group and would love to see you there to help with you weight problems. The biggest losers win cash prizes. To find out more please call Sue Tonkin on 01892 784741.

BUS: Fancy a trip to Eastbourne? Then why not use the Battle area Community bus. This is a new flexible service for Burwash, Etchingham and Hurst Green. The next trip is on Monday. You will need to book in advance when times and pick-up locations will be arranged. You can use your bus pass on this service too. To book a place or for more information, call Lyn on 01424 772001 from 9am to noon. The bus also visits Tenterden and Rye. The next bus is September 21 to Tenterden and October 25 to Rye. The Eastbourne trip is every second Monday in the month. The service are also looking for volunteer drivers, if you can help give them a call.

East Hoathly

CHURCH: The services this Sunday are 8am Holy Communion and 10am Matins. Link Romania are hoping for your continued support in their annual shoebox appeal. Leaflets are available in the church with full instructions and gift suggestions. For further information please visit their website

SHOW SOCIETY: The autumn show is tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall. Staging of exhibits is between 8.30am and 10am and the show will open to the public at 1.30pm.

MONTHLY WALK: The walk on Sunday will be starting from the Star Waldron at 2 pm and is planned to link with the talk by Valerie Chidson entitled A Village Mystery. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to be a member and dogs are also very welcome, but they must be on a lead in case of livestock in the fields. For further information please call either Jenny or Chris on 01825 872830.

TALK: The next preservation society talk in the village hall is by Valerie Chidson when she will be talking about the Village Mystery, the story of a girl who disappeared from Waldron leaving many unanswered questions. The meeting begins at 7.30pm.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: There will be an evening of music in the village hall on October 13 at 7.30pm for 8pm featuring the Reflextions, The Zimmer Men with guest appearances by Michelle Titherly and Simon Trinder and the cast of the VIPS. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets are available from the Village Shop or can be reserved by calling Elly on 01825 763831. All profits of the evening will be donated to the East Hoathly Church Fund.

A PUBLIC MEETING of East Hoathly Parish Woodland Concern Group has been arranged in the village hall for 7.30pm on Monday September 17. Doors will open at 7.15pm. The group organisers will be presenting the results of their research and will offer ideas regarding the future management of the parish woodland. It is hoped there will be a number of specialist speakers and there will also be a Q&A session should time permit. Please send any written questions to John Deane, 3 Carpenters Croft, BN8 6DL or by e-mail

THOMAS TURNER’S DIARY: Saturday 5 September 1761: ‘…In the afternoon a gentleman whose name was Hastings and a humble servant of my servant’s drank tea with me and stayed all night. He brought me a present of some pigeons.’

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Heathfield Community Centre. Teams of six, £6 each person to include a light supper. Please bring your own drinks. All proceeds go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. To book your team please ring Audrey Milton on 01435 830504 or email

HEATHFIELD TREFOIL invites everyone to a talk on the Sussex Air Ambulance on September 19 at 7.30pm at St Richard’s Church Hall. There’s no charge for admission but a collection will be taken for the Air Ambulance charity.

THE FLOWER CLUB presents a floral demonstration by Hazel McGregor called Echo on Thursday at 7.30pm at the Heathfield Community Centre. Visitors are welcome, £4 entry. There will be an optional competition on Hedgerow Harvest. Enquiries on 01435 864633.

TALK: The horticultural Society presents an illustrated talk by Hugh Miller entitled A Brush With A R Quinton, looking at country life in the 19th and 20th centuries through the eyes of the artist. The date is September 17 at St Richard’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, entry is £2. The optional competition is a vase of dahlias or a specimen bloom. Enquiries on 01435 864875

HARD OF HEARING: Heathfield Hard of Hearing Group meet once a month and are run by the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre. The next meeting at The Red Cross Centre will be on Monday, from 2pm to 3.30pm. The subject for the talk this month is Looking After Your Hearing Aid by David Rowan. Everybody welcome. For further information contact David Rowan, East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) email

PARACHUTE JUMP: A team of firefighters from Heathfield community fire station have taken part in a sponsored skydive and raised £1,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity. The event took place at Chiltern Aerodrome on Sunday August 26 and the team, which included Firefighter Jason Bessant, Firefighter Tom Backhouse, Firefighter Cameron Maxwell, Firefighter Matt Emery and Crew Manager Matt Wilsher along with his son Toby, all took part in a tandem style parachute jump. The team were all accompanied by an instructor, and jumped out of the plane at a height of 12,000 feet. Luckily everyone landed roughly where they were supposed to with no reports of injuries. Firefighter, Matt Emery said: ‘The team all did really well. It was a fantastic experience and I’d highly recommend it. We are all really pleased we were able to raised money for The Fire Fighters Charity in the process.’ The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance the quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families. Over the years, the charity has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services. It costs £9 million a year to keep the charity running and with no government funding they are completely reliant on fundraising.

SNAKES: We’ve had reports of snakes being seen in gardens and heathery areas in and around Heathfield and up on the Forest. I remember finding a grass snake tangled in fishpond protective netting in the garden of our former house in Hurstpierpoint. Mrs PP used scissors to cut the netting and we removed the snake and popped him (or her) in a log pile. I suppose it was after our fish, evidently they eat small fish, frogs and newts, although counting up afterwards, all our carp were still intact. Now Jess Price, Wildlife Information Officer at Sussex Wildlife Trust has received an influx of phone calls from worried residents who have spotted snakes in their garden. She said, ‘There is just something about snakes that seems to concern people. More likely, I think it’s simply a lack of understanding of our native wildlife and the risk that it poses to us.’ First of all find out what kind of snake it is. There are three species of snake native to the UK, but we only get two of them in Sussex: the grass snake and the adder. Grass snakes are large, up to 150cm and have a black and cream/yellow collar just behind their head and a series of dots and dashes running down each side of their body. Adders are smaller, around 60 to 80 cm and have a V or an X on their head with a thick black zigzag running down the top of their back. Grass snakes are more likely to visit gardens, however it does depend on where you live. Grass snakes are non-venomous and completely harmless, but adders can give a nasty bite. This is not something to be overly worried about as both snakes dislike being disturbed. If they sense that something big is coming they will simply slither away undercover. If you are unlucky enough to get bitten it’s a good idea to go to your nearest Accident and Emergency and get checked over.

RAMBLERS: Tomorrow, Saturday, meet in Burwash car park at 9.45pm or Tenterden railway station at 10.25am to catch the 10.45am train to Northiam. Tickets will be bought by the walk leader. There will be a 10 mile linear walk via Smallhythe where everyone can enjoy a cup of tea and back to Tenterden for a fish and chip supper. Ring 01892 664441.

Mayfield & Five Ashes

MAN INJURED: A Mayfield man was seriously injured in a car crash in West Sussex last week. The 46-year-old cyclist was hit on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 in Fontwell at the junction with Yapton Lane by a white, long-wheelbase Ford Transit van. He was taken by air ambulance to King’s College Hospital in South London, where he remains in a critical condition. The van driver, a 22-year-old man from Southampton, was unhurt. The spokesman said: ‘It was necessary to shut the road for three hours to allow the helicopter to land and for the cyclist to be treated at the roadside by emergency paramedics. Both we and the highway authority would like to thank the public for their patience while the road was closed.’ PC Clare Cranswick, from the Sussex Police road policing unit, is appealing for witnesses who may have seen the crash or the vehicles just beforehand, to call her on 101 quoting Operation Damask.

PARISH CLERK RETIRES: David Thompson, parish clerk for the past seven years, has decided to take a well-deserved retirement and his last day in the office was August 24. David worked diligently on behalf of the villages of Mayfield and Five Ashes to make them the delightful locations that they now are. He has achieved many successes over the years but, perhaps for him personally, the most meaningful was the obtaining of the necessary clerk’s qualification which thus permitted the parish council to achieve Quality Council status. The council is currently interviewing applicants for the now vacant role and hope to be in a position to appoint a new clerk within the next few weeks. In the meantime the council office will be manned by temporary staff and the office may not be open for the normal hours. Communications may not be responded to quite as quickly as normal but people are asked for their patience during this period. A new clerk is certain to enjoy his or her new role and bring fresh perspectives and experience to the running of the parish council. They will inevitably take a little time to learn the ropes and the council asks for understanding whilst they find their way around and develop into their new role. Chairman Lloyd McLean said: ‘Finally, may I, on behalf of the parish council, thank David for all his efforts over the years and wish him well in his retirement.’

ST DUNSTAN’S and the Church of The Good Shepherd Pet Blessing Service on Sunday September 16 at 3pm at The Good Shepherd, Five Ashes. Fish and chips quiz night at Five Ashes Village Hall on Saturday September 22, 7.30pm. Tickets in advance from Mary Pennington (01825 830205). Back to Church Sunday, St Dunstan’s Sunday September 30, 10.15am. They’d love to welcome any parishioners lapsed or otherwise. Who perhaps haven’t visited since their weddings, Baptisms or burials of loved ones, hatch, match and dispatch, you’ll recall. There will be fun games for the children and good music and singing.

ART CLASSES: Reem Acason is a professional artist, having exhibited locally, in London and also in New York. She is also a fully qualified and CRB checked art teacher and has been teaching adults and children for the past five years. She is setting up classes in Mayfield and Argos Hill for artists of all ages and levels of experience (beginners to professionals). She will start a term-time art club for students aged 9 to 16 years in Mayfield Memorial Hall. They aim to produce artwork based on a range of topics from the ancient Egyptians and symbolism to theatre design and self portrait. She will be teaching a wide range of techniques and processes including painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, collage and ceramics. The club will run weekly from Tuesday, September 11 from 4.15pm to 5.45pm. Biscuits and drinks will be provided, £7.50 per session including all materials. Private tuition is also available for GCSE and A level students. Adult group tuition is also available. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment on 01892 853963 or email:

DANCE CLASS: South African inspired Bokwa is suitable for all levels of fitness and it’s a great cardio class that is thoroughly enjoyable, whoever you are. If you like Zumba you will love Bokwa. Free tasters will be held on Thursdays, September 13 and 20 at 9.30am in Mayfield Memorial Hall. Please come along. For more information call Henry on 01892 750015 or email or view the website

THE TENNIS CLUB holds a Ladies’ Tournament on Wednesday morning. Non-members and players of all abilities are welcome to join them. For information contact Geoffrey Shackel on 01435 873113.

AGM: The Wateryard Group holds its AGM on Thursday, at 7.30pm in London House. This AGM is open to everybody, they look forward to seeing you. Secretary Jo Woodliffe says for those who are not familiar with the group they are a company that performs plays in St Dunstan’s every two years. The next full production will be in 2014.

FIRE SERVICE: The service still needs to recruit more firefighters and both men and women can apply. The crew and fire appliance will be in the High Street on Carnival day, September 15, so come and have a chat with them. If you are on holiday that day, why not come to their open evening on Tuesday, September 18 at the Fire Station. Light refreshments will be served from 7pm. Come and find out what it this is all about. You can contact community volunteer Trevor Green on 01435 872451.

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; Warren Drive, Fielden Road, Crowborough 11.40am to noon; Martletts Court, Montargis Way, Crowborough 12.15pm to 12.55pm; Buxted Court, Gordon Road, Buxted 1.15pm to 1.35pm; Millington Court, Mill Lane, Uckfield 2.45pm to 3.30pm; Streatfield House, Southview Drive, Uckfield 3.40pm to 4pm; Cedars Close, Uckfield 4.10pm to 4.30pm. Tuesday: East Hoathly church 4.05pm to 4.35pm. 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; 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; St Marks Church, Hadlow Down 1.45pm to 2.05pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.30pm to 3.20pm; Paynsbridge Way, Horam 3.40pm to 4.10pm. Thursday: Dallington village hall 10.35am to 10.55am; Brightling village hall 11.20am to 11.40am; Christ the King, Burwash 12.00pm to 12.30pm; Rother View, Burwash 1.25pm to 1.45pm; Scout Hut, Burwash Weald 2.00pm to 2.20pm; Stonegate Village Hall 2.45pm to 3.10pm; Etchingham Village Hall,3.40pm to 4.20pm.


COUNTRY MARKET 10am to 11am in the village hall today, Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, they will be holding the first monthly market in the Community Centre from 9am till mid-day, so pop along to either venue at see what a good selection of vegetables, flowers, baked food are available. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a natter.

THE BOWLS CLUB are visiting Balcombe tomorrow, Saturday, and on Sunday they are away to Mackie. On Wednesday they are playing at home against Hampden Park.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI are away to Linden Park. This is a friendly match, play will start at 1pm. On Sunday they will be playing at home against Lewes Priory at 1.30pm.

CHEESE AND WINE: Don’t forget the Cheese and Wine in the Barn Centre from 7pm to 9pm tomorrow, Saturday. Tickets are available from 01825 722512.

REMINDER: The Murder Mystery Evening is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, at 8pm. Tickets £22.50 to include a splendid three course meal. To obtain tickets and check the menu please telephone 01825 722493 or 722359. You are in for a very exciting evening.

BOULES: Newick Twining Association are holding a Boules Tournament on Sunday afternoon from 2pm at The Crown. No need to book, just pop along and join in the fun.

THE SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion(BCP) at 8am and at 10.30am Morning service with Holy Communion (cw). If a lift to church is required please ring in advance 01825 722582.

THE AFTERNOON CLUB are visiting Cockhaise Organic Farm at Lindfield on Thursday. Daniel Burdett will be speaking on the Philosophy and Practice of Organic Farming. Please arrive at the farm by 2.30pm. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Thursday evening the horticultural society will be meeting in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker will be Colin Jones and his subject is The Flowers That Bloom in Spring. Colin is retired film editor from the BBC, he has been a gardener, photograph and traveller all his life and has frequently lectured on both Saga and P&O Cruises.


NEXT WEEK I’m off to Slovenia. So could you please send next week’s submissions directly to the Sussex Express.

ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT: This weekend is the annual Royal Sussex and Queen’s Regiment reunion, in Lewes on Saturday. I knew a lot of them when we all lived in Malta in the 60s. Members travel from all over the world to attend. They’re always keen to add any information, anecdotes, photos, etc to their records. So if you have any information about members, you can contact them on or you’ll be very welcome to talk to one of them as they stagger across the road between the White Hart and the Crown.

MANBAG: I bought Hubby John a manbag on a New York trip. The men there look so elegant, with a bag across their shoulders, a coffee in one hand, their phone in the other, and no bulging suit pockets. After several protests, he now uses it when we go out for the day and we have tickets, brochures, etc. And he carries it under his arm. I give up.

POLICE REUNION: Barnsgate Manor Vineyard was a grand location on Saturday last for a reunion of retired policemen and women and family members of the former East Sussex Constabulary. Those attending came from all parts of Sussex together with others who are now residing as far afield as Ireland, Cheshire, Lincoln and Norfolk. The occasion afforded the opportunity of renewing friendships and acquaintances with working colleagues and reminiscing on previous experiences and comparisons on the varying policing methods of bygone days and the present time. A pleasing attendance was that of the current Deputy Chief Constable Giles Yorke who welcomed the opportunity of meeting the pensioners and their families. There was a vast difference in the ages of those attending and special mention has to be made of Bill Edgeler (94) and his wife May (92) who both are able to enjoy a good quality of life.. Bill was for many years a Sergeant and was well respected by his colleagues and public alike during the times that he was stationed at Uckfield and Hailsham. For information: The East Sussex Constabulary was disbanded in 1968 when an amalgamation of the two County Forces, East and West Sussex, together with the County Borough Forces of Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton took place. From then on the overall policing of the county has been known as Sussex Police.

PAMPHILON THEATRE has gained an admirable reputation for the high quality of touring theatre it regularly books. This year there will be a come-one, come-all style of theatre where 120 tickets will go on general sale to everybody. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Tickets remain at the amazingly good value price of £9 and only £5 for students. For this level of touring theatre, these are seat prices impossible to beat. Thursday October 25 sees the start of the new season with what What’s on Stage called a finely-paced production which packs plenty of food for thought into an entertaining and accessible evening. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist tells of a group of Edwardian painters and decorators drawn from the novel in which writer Robert Tressell deftly suggests that the interests of the workers and their bosses are incompatible and even that workers collude in their own oppression. Published in 1915, the book often called the worker’s bible provided inspiration for the growing Labour movement and the establishment of the welfare state, but this production uses live music and songs of the time, comedy routines, and, intriguingly, a magic lantern. The Pamphilon is in the grounds of Uckfield’s Community Technology College in Downsview Cresent. The production starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be obtained from or 01273 782866.

THE FILM SOCIETY’S thirteenth season opens on Sunday at the Picture House with The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, from the directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Churchill wanted to ban the film about the life and exploits of a British army officer during three wars. Films are shown from September until May on a Sunday evening and often specialist speakers are present, and screenings are always followed by audience discussion. Membership is still at the original rate of only £30 a year and this entitles members to see nine monthly programmes. Programmes can be picked up from the Picture House and information about membership of the Uckfield Film Society can be obtained from the Picture House box office on 01825 764909 or by emailing Details about the cinema’s current film programme are available on


TOWER NEWS: Practically everyone in Waldron and Cross in Hand will know by now that the Friends of Waldron Churches have been having a tremendous drive to raise the money to repair our belfry roof at All Saints’, which is in a bad state. We aren’t quite there yet, but it’s been decided by the Parish Church Council (PCC) that we can go ahead with the repairs, starting later this month. So as well as seeing the work going on you’ll also miss the sound of our clock striking the quarter hours of the day and night, as it will have to be stopped for some weeks. All in a good cause, however, and everyone who has contributed to the fund-raising can be thrilled that our hard work (and the fun) has paid off.

COUNTRY MARKET: The Country Market is back in Waldron on Wednesday in the Lucas Hall from 10.15am. Come and enjoy a cup of free tea or coffee and make your purchases from what the Country Market cooks have been making in their kitchens the day before the cakes and quiches, bread and gorgeous preserves and you’ll also find veges in season, herbs and plants. There will be lovely photographs taken around the area, good enough to frame, and lovely cards and notelets produced locally. It’s well worth a visit.

WI MEETS: The afternoon of September 12 will be the first meeting of Waldron WI after the summer break. Our speaker will be Dr Sheila Innes with More Tales from the BBC.

CREAM TEAS: The open garden event at Cranston last weekend was a triumph with cream teas being served on the terrace in hazy sunshine, cakes and preserves for sale and a fantastic raffle. Rosemary and Arthur Kay were generous and hospitable, as ever what would the parish do without them? All profits went to Family Support work and the total raised was an amazing £825.

CRICKET: Waldron’s cricketers have had a season of mixed fortunes and several matches affected by the terrible weather this summer. They end in the middle of Division 6 of the Sussex League and hope to have a go for promotion next season. In the meantime, this weekend’s match is a friendly against Alfriston on Sunday starting at 1.30pm. The match against family Soucek has been postponed until September 15.

WALK FOR WALDRON: If you haven’t yet signed up for the Walk for Waldron on September 29, grab a form from the Stores and start getting your sponsors on board. Every bean we can raise will go towards the essential repairs to our beautiful belfry roof. The walk can be broken down into easy stages, punctuated by refreshment stops at East Hoathly, Chiddingly, Gun Hill and finally at Waldron at The Star or the Stores. Or you can choose to do a shorter stretch, and we will pick you up when you’ve had enough and bring you back to Waldron. Forms are also available from the Cuculo Deli in Heathfield, the Weald Business Centre or the Parish Council Offices. The details about the walk are on the flyer, and you can collect your sponsorship form from the Stores or by contacting me, telephone 01435 812036 or e-mail You can also raise sponsorship on-line. For those unable or unwilling to ask friends for sponsorship, you can still join in the walk and make a donation on the day. Turn up at 9.30am outside the Star at Waldron on Saturday September 29 to register and collect your map and directions, and please remember to wear sensible walking shoes, a waterproof (just in case) and carry a mobile phone.

SERVICES: On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 8am, Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s at 9.30am and Sung Matins at All Saints’ at 11.15am. Peter Newnham’s funeral will be at All Saints’ on Monday at 2pm.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Our rector, Marc Lloyd, had the pleasurable task of baptising his own son, Matthew last Sunday, with assistance from Geoff France. Our apologies for the late arrival of the parish magazine this month. I gather there were production problems at the printers. You are warmly invited to join our Parenting Course for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 to10 years. Children do not arrive with an instruction manual. No role we undertake is more important than parenting. Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family better. The series will run for five Mondays from September 24, 7.15pm for coffee and cake, 9.30pm at the Rectory. We may be able to help with babysitting. Please contact us if that would be of interest. For more details or to book a place, call Marc on 01435 830421 or We now have Dallington church in the benefice, and they will be included here each week. Warbleton Parish Church, 11am Morning worship with Holy Communion. 3pm a bereavement service, followed by tea. This service is intended to bring comfort to those who have been bereaved in recent years. This service will be led by the Rev Jeremy Crossley. All are very welcome. St John’s Bodle Street, 9.30am Family service. St Giles Dallington, 10am Evensong. Heathfield Chapel, 11am Morning worship with David Appleton and 6.30pm Evening service with Paul Daniels.

HISTORY GROUP: Our meeting is at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday at the Dunn Village Hall. James Gardner will tell about life in the Brighton Workhouse.

VILLAGE PLAYERS: I have the initial dates for rehearsals. The first music rehearsals are on Wednesday (8pm to 10pm) and next Saturday, September 15, (9am to 11.30am) both at the village hall. Sketch rehearsals start on Monday September 17 (8pm to 10pm) also at the hall. Please come along if you would like to be involved in our revue at the end of November. The AGM is on October 18 at the Dunn Village Hall at 8pm. A new website is being prepared.

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

DOGS: Now I have your attention, I have been asked by Cllr Bryan Whitton, chairman of the parish council to point out to dog owners, that it is an offence in law to allow your dog to foul the village green and its environs. If seen you can be prosecuted. Please scoop that poop and place it in the dog waste bin in front of the pub. Not only is it unpleasant to find dog mess, but it can have serious health implications, particularly for children, and to be blunt it is anti-social behaviour.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Heathfield Chapel are holding one of their occasional flower festivals from September 28 to 30, this time with the theme The Bread of Life and a celebration of Harvest. Friday 10am to 5pm with Weald Singers concert at 7.30pm. Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday 2pm to 6pm with Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm. Admission is free and their will be refreshments available all day. Donation received will be split between Demelza Hospice for children and the Quicken Trust.