Uckfield Village News

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Preparations are well under way for the Village Fair in aid of the church on Saturday June 13 from noon. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St Giles, Dallington: 5.15pm Songs of Praise in the churchyard, weather permitting.

FILM CLUB: Monsoon Wedding is this month’s film to be shown at 7.30pm next Friday May 29. It involves a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world who create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. The film, directed by Mira Nair lasts 1hr 54min. Guests are welcome at £6 each at the door, and doors open at 7pm.


GAMES: Thank you to those of you who took the time to visit the Bear on Friday afternoon for the Big Board Game event in aid of the NSPCC. It was lovely to see the children interacting over the games and puzzles. Even the adults had fun. Thank you to Kevin Parker and Pauline Wilson at the Bear for giving us the room and supplying the tea/coffee. I think we enjoyed ourselves although it would have been nice to see a few more there, but as Rod Clifton said we raised £100, which is £100 more than if we hadn’t bothered. So thank you.

PICNIC: The Big Picnic event that was organised on Saturday in aid of the playing fields association was enjoyed by everyone who took part. The weather was good and plenty of families entered into the spirit of the day. With games and rides and a bouncy castle the children were well catered for. Special guest appearance of Olaf from Frozen made the day extra special. Congratulation to Pauline Wilson and Fiona Hosein on organising this fun event.

EXHIBITION: Tomorrow, Saturday, you all have an opportunity to see some of the beautiful designs and craft work by Desmond Ryan. For over 50 years talents local craftsman Desmond has been designing and making beautiful boxes, mirrors, clocks vases and more. Some of us have had the chance to buy one of these amazing one off designs. Desmond will be exhibiting and selling his craft at the Pashley manor Sculpture Festival from 11am to 5pm. Entrance to the gardens are £9.50 and you will be able to walk round the beautifully kept grounds and visit the exhibition. We wish Desmond good luck for a great and successful show.

COMMUNITY PRAISE: To mark the launch of the new Diocesan Strategy for 2015-2020, churches across the Deanery are holding special events over Pentecost Weekend (May 23 and 24), celebrating our communities and looking to an exciting and fruitful future. St Bartholomew’s and St Philip’s Churches will both be lighting their beacons at 10pm tomorrow, Saturday. You are welcome to go along to one of them. On Sunday St Bartholomew’s are holding a modern ecumenical, an all age service when Paul Wenham from Ashburnham Christian Trust will be there to speak to you. Refreshments will be served after the service which takes place at 6pm.


KIDS FOR A QUID: Kids to travel for a quid on the trains at the Bluebell Railway from tomorrow, Saturday, to Sunday May 31. For more details call 01825 720800.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey in a league game away to Cuckfield III starting at 1.30pm. Prospective players and supporters are most welcome. To find out more about call 07709 946880.

PENTECOST: Celebrations will be afternoon teas in St Peters Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 3pm to 5pm. Everyone is invited to join in and enjoy the teas.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH: Services this Sunday with Trevor Dickerson at 10.30am and with Giles Woodcraft at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

TRACK TREK: The Bluebell Railway’s sponsored walk is on Sunday and is about 4.5 miles. Register by e-mailing tracktrek@bluebell-railway.co.uk and more information and a sponsorship form is at www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/.

OPEN GARDEN: There is an Open Garden on Monday at Northfields, East Grinstead Road, North Chailey, from 2pm to 5pm to support the St Peter’s Church Re-ordering Fund. This garden includes rhododendrons, azaleas, a beach grass garden, a polytunnel and vegetable patch. Entry is £4, with under 12’s free. There will be a plant stall and homemade refreshments.

QUIZ: There will be a charity quiz the Horns Lodge Inn, on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to 7, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

SWISH: Clothes swap party. Deliver five items of clothing to the Free Church on Thursday between 6.30pm and 9pm or take them on Friday May 29 from 7.30pm to 10pm and swap them for something new. Entry is £3 which includes a drink and cake. Contact Janet on 01273 400785 for more details.

TREASURE HUNT: There will be a children’s treasure hunt suitable for children aged 5 years plus, organised by the Commons Society on Saturday May 30. Meet at Romany Ridge car park at 2.15pm to hunt with Ian Woolsey and his intrepid treasure hunters.

PARISH COUNCIL: The planning and environs committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday June 2 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

OPEN GARDEN PARTY: This takes place on May 30 at St Peter and St James Hospice from 1.30pm to 5pm. Come and support the work that our wonderful and dedicated team of volunteer gardeners do on behalf of the Hospice. Enjoy the tranquil and beautiful setting of the Hospice with views of the South Downs. See our two new donkeys. Enjoy a stroll in our Woodland Walk. See the award-winning Reflective Garden donated by Plumpton College. Plant and vegetable stall – homegrown plants, as well as bedding donated by South Downs Nurseries, and South Downs’ own ‘plant doctor’, will be available to give advice from 2pm to 4pm. Band, Work in Progress, playing 2pm to 4pm. Opportunity to play Chip Chuck, and other stalls. All proceeds to the Hospice. Homemade refreshments. Admission £2, children free.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday May 31 from 3pm to 5pm. £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday June 2 at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. For more details call 01273 890114.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI meet on Tuesday, June 2, at 7.45pm at the village hall when the speaker will be Nigel Whitley who will explain the work of St Dunstan’s charity, now called Blind Veterans UK. The charity gives all blind veterans access to services to help them discover life beyond sight loss. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome. For more details call Carol on 01825 723757.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER GROUP: The Grandparents and Toddler Group meets on Wednesday June 3 between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren.

LUNCH CLUB: The lunch club, open to everyone, is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday, June 4, from 12.30pm. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious freshly prepared home cooked food.

VOLUNTEERING: Whether you have skills or no previous experience and can offer at least a day a month you are invited to find out more about volunteering at the Bluebell Railway. To help you narrow your choice of departments you can ask for a recruitment pack on 01825 720800 or book a place on one of the find out more tours; the next tour is on Sunday June 7 from 10.30am until around 4.20pm.

DO YOU LIKE MUD RUNS?: The Mud Monsters Run is a 5k or 10k or challenging run in East Grinstead, with many muddy obstacles on the way. If so, would you like to join those helping to raise funds for the refurbishment of the sports pavilion, at the sports ground just off the A272. Whilst the Sports Club has a commitment for a large part of the refurbishment cost, thanks to the generosity of the parish council, but additional funds need to be raised. To take part please contact Gary Strangwood at garystrangwood@hotmail.co.uk or on 07824 565707 and he will send you details of how you can join in. Alternatively, if running and getting muddy isn’t your thing sponsorship for the runners will be much appreciated and again please contact Garry to advise of sponsorship.

PARISH COUNCILLORS: Six people Stephen Avery, Roger Barnard, Mark Evans, Katherine Matthews, John Millam and Peter Olbrich put their names forward as parish councillors. There are five more places and they would very much like to co-opt interested residents to the parish council. Being a parish councillor is a positive way to help our village thrive and develop. If you are interested but would like to know more before making a commitment call Mark Evans on 01825 722554. For an application form contact the parish clerk, Bettina Newell on 01444 831453 or at chaileypc@btconnect.com.

East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: The society invite you to their AGM and two course dinner on Friday June 12 in the village hall at 7.15pm. A good attendance at the AGM helps ensure the viability of the society and it is hoped that members will make a special effort to attend and shape its future direction, as well as enjoying a fine meal and good company. Admission is £14.50 for both members and non-members, please book by Monday June 1. For further information call Toni Whewell on 872460.

QUIZ AND FUN: The Carnival Society present a Quiz and Fun night in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm. The entrance fee is £2 (£1 for children). As well as the quiz there will be cards, bingo, a raffle and games of chance. There will be a licensed bar and light snacks available for sale. For details and tickets please call Chris Reene on 17960882173.

Following this event, Summer Skittles will take place at The Forester’s Arms on Sunday June 7. For more information, please call the number above.

ADVANCE NOTICE: This year’s Midsummer Madness Festival will be held on Saturday June 20 at the playing fields. More details to follow.

VILLAGE SHOW SOCIETY: Wednesday June 3 will see the annual visit to RHS Wisley gardens. The price includes coach travel and entry to the gardens, £12 for society members and £14 for non-members. Please contact Sue Carter on 841499.


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, Pentecost 10am Parish Communion. 5.30pm Holy Communion (1662).

PAINTERS CLUB: The painters club meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

KOBUDO: This Martial Arts group meet on Thursday at 5pm.

A PLEA TO DOG OWNERS: Neospora caninum is probably something you have never heard of. Well, to be honest, neither had I until a few years ago; now the words fill me with dread. You may be wondering why I have addressed this to dog owners (maybe for some Latin scholars, the caninum gave it away); Neospora caninum is a protozoan parasite, for which the dog is the host animal, in the same way that toxoplasmosis is carried by domestic cats. Seemingly, there are no outward signs and symptoms of infection in the dog. So far, so interesting, but let’s get to the point.

The parasite is passed from the dog in its faeces where it waits for an unsuspecting cow, happily chewing the cud, to wander by and pick it up; then things become very unpleasant. When a cow is infected there are two main outcomes: if the cow is in calf, the parasite generally causes the calf to be miscarried at between six and eight months’ gestation. Cows gestate for 40 weeks, so a calf at six months is fully formed; I am sure it is unnecessary for me to explain just how distressing this is, both for the cow and the farmers and stockmen. If the calf is lucky and makes it to term, the chances of stillbirth are greatly increased; if the calf is live-born, it will be weak, nervous and have problems with fertility, which will almost certainly result in an early cull of what should be a productive and long-lived animal.

Of course, not all cows will be in calf when exposed to the parasite but they will suffer the same fertility problems. If the cow does manage to get in calf and produce live offspring, the parasite will be passed onto those offspring, potentially infecting the whole herd. Neospora Caninum was described in a recent issue of the Dairy Farmer as a ‘time bomb just waiting to go off’. At Atheralls we have had seven calves miscarried in this way over the last few years; two last summer. Unlike toxoplasmosis in sheep, there is no vaccine for this parasite; the best advice Dr Tony Andrews, an independent veterinary consultant, previously a senior lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, could give in the Dairy Farmer article was to ‘keep dogs away from cows’.

In conclusion, please clean up after your dog, especially when walking on footpaths through grazing and silage fields, or on farm tracks regularly used by cows. It is possible that the one that you miss or forget, could be responsible for so much unnecessary suffering. I am sure I don’t have to remind you that, on any footpath or right of way, dogs must be kept on a lead or under close control at all times. Judi Hollings Atheralls Farm.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 28 May 1915. Khaki-clad Bridegrooms: War weddings are now the fashion and two were solemnized at Lewes on Saturday. King-Buckwell: At the Eastgate Baptist Church, Private Clarence Frank King, 8th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs Frank King, Fletching, was married to Miss Amy Kate Buckwell, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs G Buckwell, 94, Malling Street, Lewes. The Rev J P Morris officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a white cashmere dress, with grey sash and hat to match, and she carried a bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers. Three sisters, the Misses Ivy, Lily, and Elizabeth Buckwell, attended as bridesmaids, and were attired in white dresses, with blue sashes, and white hats trimmed with blue. Mr Harry Nye was best man.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist. Tuesday, 2pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: All Saints, Old Heathfield (Pentecost), 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service. All Welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service with Communion (CW). http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival, June 6, 1.30pm to 7.30pm in Broad Oak Village Hall. A dog show has been planned and the schools have been approached and some great ideas have been proposed. Heathfield Silver Band, together with Jimmy the Juggler will entertain and educate, not only the young people but also the dads. There will be any number of stalls, activities, competitions, refreshments and the 1066 Falconry will be there. For those who can still remember or want to be reminded, there will be a unique exhibition of Bygone Heathfield. The Spar shop will be present with ice creams and drinks; hot dogs and Sussex cream teas will be provided. To cap the afternoon there will be a special two hour programme with a Busking Concert in the village hall together with a barbecue, commencing at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. There will be at least five busking groups performing live providing a variety of music tastes. We are so appreciative of the support from local Broad Oak businesses and want to thank Messrs Vaters, French and Son, Spar, Tottingworth Farm, Govers, Kingsline and bringing some style to the whole afternoon will be Sister Styling who will perform the charity act of the afternoon when Penny Lane from Broad Oak has all her hair shaved off in public in support of a local young person suffering from cancer.

COMBINED COMMUNION: Sunday May 31 is a fifth Sunday, so as usual we will be joining together with our friends from St Richard’s for a Combined Communion service at 10.30am at St Richard’s Church. There will be no 9.30am or 11am services in our parish that day. We have decided to take advantage of the occasion by holding another lunch outing, this time to Halland Forge on that date, open to any from the three churches. If you would like to come please sign the lists at the back of either church or speak to Alan Archer.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: The annual United Act of Worship will be held at the Community Centre on Sunday, June 7, at 11am, with Bishop Richard as the speaker. This will be followed by lunch at the Curry Inn, Evergreen, or Galin restaurants, please sign up on lists available in both churches if you wish to go and note that the meal must have been paid for by May 20.

QUIZ: A Quiz Night will be held at Broad Oak Village Hall on Saturday May 30 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Ploughman’s supper (and pudding), popular quizmaster, prizes of wine. Bring your own drinks and glasses. To join in the fun please phone Joy Hall on 01435 862895 or Shirley Hobden 01435 863996. Price per head £8.

MISSING GNOMES: Spoilsports in and around Heathfield have taken away three large cut-out gnomes which are part of the advance advertising for the Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival on Saturday June 6 at the Broad Oak Village Hall. The idea of the gnomes came from Broad Oak Primary School who are preparing nearly 140 hand-painted gnomes as part of their contribution to the festival. The organisers are just hoping that no others gnomes disappear as the children will be disappointed after all their work. If you do know of the whereabouts of them complete with the stake please call 01435 864194 or please just return them to where they were taken from.

One person phoned in to say that she was concerned with the gnomes springing up around Heathfield feeling that they were sinister and could be part of a plot in targeting this area, so watch out for the invasion of gnomes on June 6. Thank goodness the fire brigade are going to be present.


& Little Horsted

CLEAN SPORTS: Sports men and women using the recreation ground in Isfield have cleaner and tidier surroundings, thanks to the efforts of two volunteer Mrs Mopps. Linda Brooks and Fran Dangerfield have been using plenty of elbow grease to get the pavilion looking smarter and more welcoming for local players and visiting teams alike. Says Linda: ‘We have taken the pavilion under our wing in order to get the place up to scratch and keep it that way. It had become somewhat neglected and needed a damn good clean-up, which we are still in the throes of doing. No one had looked after it for a long while. Fran, who is a member of the village stoolball team, brought it to my attention. She had been looking at the standard of club pavilions they visit and thought Isfield’s was letting the side down. We approached the parish council, who were only too delighted to hand over responsibility. What we would like to achieve is a small committee comprising as representative of all the sports teams that use the pavilion so that we can organise regular checks and clean-ups and discuss other requirements.’ So, sports chaps and chapesses the hard work has been done, now it’s down to you to keep the place in order. No more smelly socks lurking in dark corners. Anyone wanting to help out can contact Linda on 01825 750349.

PRAISE OF SONGS: It seems that if you were not at Isfield’s St Margaret’s Church last Sunday evening you missed a treat. The occasion was Music for a Spring Evening when Uckfield’s Holy Cross Choral Society presented what Stephen Hardwick describes as ‘an eclectic programme from Vivaldi’s Gloria to Montagu Philip’s Fishermen of England, Haydn’s The Heavens are Telling, and Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You, with a wide range of music for every taste in between’. Anthony Roberts, choirmaster at Holy Cross Church, organised the programme, assisted by Sean Martin, and Cariena Cartwright was the church organiser for the evening. Church funds received a £500 boost.

BIN DAYS: Wealden District Council is making some changes to waste collection, but as of early this week it seemed to be keeping what’s happening a bit close to its chest. The council’s website advises that Kier, the authority’s waste and recycling partner, is ‘carrying out a restructuring of its collection rounds in both Wealden and Rother to improve efficiency and quality of the recycling service. The new operational rounds will begin on June 1. Every resident will be receiving a new calendar, notifying them of the new collection dates and providing a helpful reminder about which items can be recycled’. Not all homes will be affected. The council says: ‘We have been working with Kier to make sure the changes to the round structure go smoothly. To this effect, every household in Wealden will receive a rubbish collection during the first week of June to ensure that no one will have to wait too long to have their rubbish collected during the changeover to the new collection dates.’ Info as it becomes available on www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

FILM NIGHT: As these words are being tapped out, it seems that tomorrow evening’s film show at Isfield Village Hall is most appropriate Singing in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donal O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The musical has been popular with filmgoers since it first hit the silver screen in April 1952. Katherine Coltman says: ‘Doors open 7pm, film show starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available on the door at £6 each. We will welcome you with a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles. Bring your own refreshments, too, if you wish; it is so pleasant to be able to walk to the village hall (or drive a short distance) on a lovely (or not-so-lovely) evening to see a film with friends and enjoy a drink while doing so.’ Depending on support for the film evenings introduced in the village this year, dates being pencilled in are June 27, August 22, October 24, November 21 and December 20. Further details as they become available.

BROADBAND: A little bit of good news for those who are still waiting to be linked to high-speed broadband. BT has been having technical problems with providing the service in the A26/Horsted Lane area, but, according to East Sussex County Council, at least some homes will be connected during this summer rather than in the autumn. But services to all the area are unlikely to be completed until later in the year.

WINDMILLS: Peter Hill is to be the guest speaker at next Wednesday’s meeting of the Forget-Me-Nots Club at Isfield Village Hall (2.30pm). His subject is Sussex Windmills.

SPEED CHECK: Motorists exceeding the speed limit on Isfield roads should not be surprised if they soon receive a letter from Sussex Police. Local resident Keith Taylor has set up a Community Speed Watch scheme for the village, supported by eight volunteers so far, to monitor vehicles travelling through the village. Last weekend the group received their initial training on using a ‘hand-help speed detection device’ from PCSO Chris Cooley, and now Keith is drawing up rotas and booking the ‘gun’ for various dates. The scheme is run in partnership with Sussex Police. Drivers clocked as exceeding 30mph will be reported to the police who may then send out warning letters. The aim, say the county organisers of Community Speed Watch, is to educate drivers to reduce their speed. Speed Watch activity is not about interfering with neighbours’ behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.

ALES WEEKEND: The Laughing Fish is hosting a beer festival this weekend (Saturday to Monday) when an additional eight cask ales are being added to the regular six. Events include live music on the Sunday evening and a Barbie on Bank Holiday Monday. On Thursday the monthly theme evening will feature Italian food.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: Foresters Arms, Fairwarp 9.40am-10.10am; Maresfield Village Hall 10.20am-10.50am; Gordon Road, Buxted Court, Buxted 11.10am-11.45am; Fords Green lay-by, Nutley 12.55pm-1.30pm; Chelwood Gate Village Hall 1.45pm-2.15pm; Oak Tree Cottages, Danehill 2.25pm-2.45pm. Thursday: Chiddingly School 11.45am-12.15pm; East Hoathly Church 12.30pm-1pm; Blackboys 2.15pm-2.45pm; Framelle Mount, Framfield 2.55pm-3.15pm; Beckett’s Way, Framfield 3.20pm-3.45pm.


COUNTRY MARKET: The Newick Country Market will be open as usual today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am.

CINEMA: The next film to be shown at the Newick Cinema will be on Sunday in the village hall. The film will be The Theory of Everything. Tickets are £6 doors. Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. You may email and reserve your tickets at newickcinema@outlook.com or telephone 01825 723392. There will be an interval for refreshments.


TRIP TO BELGIUM: I’m off again this week, travelling on Eurostar which I love, and visiting Napoleon’s final HQ in Belgium. I hope I don’t get put in the tower for saying this, but I think Napoleon was a genius. And Josephine was the Princess Diana of her time; elegant, graceful and welcoming. It’s an interesting story. And Belgium is a lovely country to visit.

PLEASE SUPPORT US: Junior Neighbourhood Watch needs your vote. Do you want to keep children safe and also help stop them becoming future causes of crime? The growing popularity of Junior Neighbourhood Watch cannot be underestimated, as demand for this ground breaking volunteer-led project continues to grow in and around Sussex, with many other areas of the country expressing a keen interest to develop similar initiatives. We are primarily focusing on children aged between 10 and 11 years old, a significant formative period when they are eager to learn yet still young enough to be wisely influenced. We encourage the younger generation to take a proactive approach to reducing crime and increasing safety in and about their homes, and around the community, through a series of interactive after-school sessions, hosted by a dedicated team of trained volunteers.

To meet this growing demand, Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation is spearheading a campaign to bid for funds and resources to further support the successful roll-out of the scheme across the county.

This is where we need your help, just to vote for our project. Junior Neighbourhood Watch is one of over 3,000 competing ventures participating in the Aviva Community Fund Programme. We need as many votes as possible to get through to the second round. Can you please give us your votes before May 30?

Junior Neighbourhood Watch has been steadily growing over the last few years, with more and more children wishing to get involved. Those that have taken part have expressed their sheer enjoyment of the project, taking away a number of key safety messages which stand to benefit the entire community. The benefits will last for years. So much quality payback for so little input. Please pledge your support for Junior Neighbourhood Watch. Vote for free at

Aviva Community Fund. 1, Visit the Aviva Community Fund webpage and register:

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms/get-involved 2, To locate and vote for the Junior Neighbourhood Watch (JNHW) Sussex project, type Neighbourhood Watch into the search bar. 3,

Click the Junior Neighbourhood Watch (JNHW) Sussex icon to find out more about the project. 4, If you wish to vote for the project, on the right hand side, select ‘how many votes you would like to cast’ (Maximum 10) and click submit my vote.

BLOOMING GREAT TEA PARTY: There’s an opportunity to enjoy tea or coffee and delicious cakes while supporting Marie Curie, the leading charity providing care to people with a terminal illness in their own homes or in one of the charity’s nine hospices. 2,000 nurses work in the community to provide free end of life care. And while Marie Curie is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, seven out of 10 people cared for by Marie Curie Nurses get their wish to die in their own homes.

The Blooming Great Tea Party will be at the Uckfield Leisure Centre Café on Saturday June 13 from 9am until midday and then again from 4pm until 6pm.


QUILT SHOW: Waldron’s very own quilter Nancy Tolley tells me that the group she belongs to (The Heffle Quilters) will be putting on their annual show on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, at Punnetts Town Village Hall and everyone is welcome. Entry is £4 per head and there is a raffle for which first prize is a hand-made quilt for a single bed, made in cream and green colours. Tombola prizes include items made by the members, such as bags, stuffed toys, quilted baskets and sunglasses cases. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are all available and the event runs between the hours of 10am and 4pm on both days. The show is in aid of breast cancer research. We’re constantly told that no one makes things by hand any more (try telling that to the entrants in the Great British Sewing Bee) but all over the country there are groups of men and women finding great pleasure in the old crafts, and quilting is one of them. It’s a slow burn but the end result after hours of work must be a joy for the maker and the recipient.

MIDSUMMER MOMENTS: The FSW (Family Support Work) charity helps families in difficulties. On June 20 it will be holding an evening of music, readings and comedy at All Saints’ Church in Waldron. The performers range from folk singers, jazz singers, a harp, flute, violin, saxophone, choral works and spoken comedy, an eclectic mix. There will be a glass of celebratory fizz and nibbles at the interval, and the whole evening begins at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50 and are available from Christo Corfield (01435 812654) corfield.larkrise@gmail.com or Sarah Mackenzie (01435 866419) s.m.mack@uwclub.net. All proceeds to FSW.

PRIMAVERA: On Sunday June 14, a lovely trio of violin, viola and cello from the orchestral group Primavera will play at All Saints’ at 7pm in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches.

Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view), available from Cards and More, High Street Horam or by post from Mary R Manser, Little Paygate, Horam TN21 0JE, enclosing a cheque made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Tickets are selling fast so don’t delay.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s with Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Matins at 10am followed by coffee.

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

BEACON EVENT: All are invited to this event to mark the launch of the Diocesan Strategy at the Dallington Recreation Ground (next to the Sugar Loaf) this Saturday. Hot chocolate and cake will be available from 9.15pm with the beacon lit at 10pm. The event is free, but it would be helpful if you could let Bobbie know on 01435 830811, if you plan to come, to gain an idea of the numbers attending.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. St Giles, Dallington: 5.15pm Songs of Praise in the churchyard, weather permitting. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship with Colin Povey, and 6.30pm evening service with Paul Daniels.

RGWI: the Institute will discuss the resolutions to be put before the National AGM later this year at the meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. For details about the WI please contact Marian (01435 831653) or Sharon (812388).

COFFEE RESULT: Rita Atkinson has let me know that last week’s Coffee and Company event raised £300 for the Heron’s Ghyll Carriage Driving for the Disabled group and £100 for the Nepalese Disaster Fund.

A big thank you to all who supported this event so generously. I gather the plant stall did particularly well.