Village news from around Heathfield

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet Service in the car park. All types of pets and their owners are very welcome. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion.

BSGWI: The Women’s Institute in Bodle Street is 93 this year and this month’s meeting is its birthday party. The meeting moves to the evening at 6.30pm for a supper followed by a talk from Peter Wilson, from Herstmonceux. His subject, The Organ, a humorous 55 years. For more information about the WI contact Judy on 01323 832491 or Anne on 841278.

VILLAGE FAIR: This annual event is held in aid of St John’s Church, and will start at noon next Saturday, June 13. At 12.30pm the Terrace Bistro will be open for lunches, hog roast and locally sourced barbecue. There will be a licensed bar, refreshments, teas, ice creams as well. Music will be provided by Wealden Brass from 2pm to 4pm. There will be new fun games and competitions on the Green, a vehicle display, family bouncy castle, and a display of Irish dancing. Stalls include cakes, produce, collectables, gifts, face painting, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola and books. All this for £1 entry (children under 14 enter free).

Burwash

BLG: The ladies of the Burwash Ladies Group will meet on Wednesday afternoon at the Burwash village hall from 2.15pm. This lively group for the women of our three villages enjoy a wide variety of talks and fun afternoon meetings. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the hall and on the last Wednesday of each month they have an outing. They would be delighted to welcome you should you wish to join them. For more information about the group call Margot Sanderson on 01435 882345.

AGM: There will be the Annual General Meeting of the Burwash Jubilee Community Fund on Wednesday at 7pm at The Bear Motel. You are all welcome to go along. The Jubilee community fund is the result of fund raising for the Diamond Jubilee weekend in 2012, when over £4,000 was raised for events to be held in Burwash, Burwash Weald and Burwash Common. After the weekend events were held and receipts had been paid there remained just over £200. A committee was formed to oversee the use of this money in the form of loans for any legitimate club or body to set up a project and then returned as soon as possible. To find out more about this fund go along to the meeting or call Halina Keep on 01435 882183 or Rod Clifton 883656.

FAIR: The pupils, teachers and parents of the Burwash Primary school are holding a summer fair at the school next Friday June 12. There will be Maypole dancing, cake stall, chocolate tombola, Popcorn, water into wine, hook a duck and so much more. They would be delighted for you all to go along and support them. The fun begins at 3pm until 5pm.

SUMMER SHOW: The Burwash Horticultural Society will be holding their annual Sweet Pea, Rose and Delphinium Show next Saturday, June 13, at the pavilion on Swan Meadow Playing fields. Schedules are available from the Flower House in Burwash. For this show you do not have to register your entries before the show. As well as the usual flowers there are some unusual classes, like class 23 which is for sweetheart pincushion a tradition of the 19th century. Class 27 is for home made greetings card with a poppy theme and class 28 is England’s green and pleasant land paintings. Children are also given the chance to take part with up to seven year olds and 8 to 11 year olds asked to make a flower arrange in a tea cup and or a mini fruit cake with fondant icing with a pictorial decoration. The child’s age must be added to the entry. To find out more go along The Flower House and pick up a schedule.

Chailey

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, sees Chailey in a league game away to Balcombe starting at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a game against East Dean and Friston starting at 2pm. Prospective players and supporters will be made most welcome. To find out more call Peter on 07709 946880.

SHEFFIELD PARK: Cricket at Sheffield Park Garden tomorrow, Saturday, starts at 2pm. The Armadillos, whose home games are played at the Park, will play The Dotties; the senior XI from the Griffin Inn, Fletching. All are welcome to watch the game and relax in the magnificent surroundings, with a picnic maybe.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. If you are considering becoming a puppeteer then this is a chance to see them in action and meet the puppeteers, who can show you the puppets after the service and answer any questions you may have. Arrangements can also be made for you to have an informal go at puppeteering, which is a fun thing to do. To find out more about puppeteering or to arrange transport to the services call Teresa on 01825 722586.

FREE CHURCH: The Free Church at South Chailey, has services this Sunday with Cavan Wood at 10.30am and with Julian Rebera at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

LAST CHANCE TO SPONSOR: This is the last chance to sponsor those raising funds for much needed refurbishment of the pavilion at the sports ground, North Chailey. They are taking part in a challenging Mud Monsters Run at East Grinstead on Sunday (June 7). Sponsorship will be much appreciated at garystrangwood@hotmail.co.uk or by calling Gary on 07824 565707.

CONCERT: There is a concert by Chailey School is at St Peter’s Church at 7pm on Friday June 12.

WALK: Walk along the River Ouse on Saturday June 13 with Jim Smith, who will explain the river and its history; meet members of the Commons Society, to car share, at the Sports Club car park (TQ389210) at 1.30pm. For more information call Linda Kent on 01444 440622.

OPEN GARDEN: Holford Manor, North Chailey will be open on Sunday June 14 from 2pm to 5pm in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. This five acre garden is packed with interest and colour and includes a pond and paddocks with lambs. In addition there will be refreshments and plant and honey stalls. Admission is £3, with children free.

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 16 at 7.30pm. Take your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be provided. For more details call 01273 890114.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday June 16 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

NIGHTJAR WALK: This is on Tuesday June 16 starts at 8.45pm at Romany Ridge car park. Join Commons Society members and hear the male nightjars churring on the Commons. The walk will finish in the dark so take a torch.

TODDLER GROUP: The Grandparents Toddler Group meets on Wednesday June 17 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. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LUNCH AND TEAS: Lunch and Teas in St Peter’s Church take place on Thursday, June 18 from 12.30pm, there will be lunches and on Sunday June 21 afternoon teas from 3pm to 5pm. Both are open to everyone.

COACH OUTING: To Broad Water Warren Reserve is on Saturday June 20 departing the Sports Club Car Park, at 9.30am and returning about 4pm. A picnic lunch will be needed and there will be a stop for tea at Barnsgate Manor. The outing is being organised by the Commons Society and the approximate cost is £15. To book call Linda Kent on 01444 440622.

FATHER’S DAY: (June 21) at Sheffield Park there will be a barbecue lunch in the tearoom garden. There will be a selection of beers and ciders on offer provided by local microbrewery 360° Brewing. Access to the tearoom is via the car park.
MODEL RAILWAY WEEKEND: This is being held at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28. There will be exhibitions at each of the stations.

JAZZ ON THE GREEN: This is on the green in front of St Peter’s Church on Sunday June 28. Could you assist with a stall? There will be games, cakes, a raffle, bottle tombola, books, bric-a-brac and plants. If you have a bottle, an unwanted gift or chocolates that could be for the raffle or tombola or books, bric-a-brac and plants for the stalls they too would be much appreciated. Please let David Barnes know on 01825 722574, and arrangements can be made for collection, please also let David know if you are able to assist in any way

VOLUNTEER WALK LEADERS: The Conservation Volunteers are recruiting walk leaders for new healthy walks in North Chailey, South Chailey and Newick. Healthy Walks are part of the nationwide Walking for Health project, which aims to make people healthier and happier by offering free short led walks. A free walk leader training day will be held on Monday June 29 at Newick Community Centre from 9.30am to 4pm. No previous experience is required just a friendly nature and the availability to lead one of the new healthy walks on a regular basis. The minimum commitment would be to lead a walk once per month. For more info about volunteering as a walk leader or to book a place contact Paula Hubens on 07740 899559 or at p.hubens@tcv.org.uk.

THANK YOU: Thanks to Peter and Brenda Martin for the glorious afternoon they arranged when they opened their beautiful garden, at Northfields, North Chailey. The magnificent sum of £904.24 was raised for St Peter’s Church funds.

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. For further information call Toni Whewell on 872460.

TENNIS CLUB: The East Hoathly and Halland Tennis Club invite you to their open day on Saturday June 27 between 10.30am and 1pm. Please come along for coffee and cake. New racquets will be available to try out, soft sole shoes only should be worn on court. For more information please call Teresa Hamilton on 01323 811778.

SUMMER SKITTLES: This friendly but competitive event will take place during Sunday afternoon at the Foresters Arms. Organised by the Carnival Society, all are invited, just put a team together, stay calm and keep skittling.

AGE CONCERN: The next Pop-in Lunch will be on Thursday June 18 between 12.45pm an 3pm. For more details please contact Jean Barnes on 01825 872145.

Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Family Service, 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

YOUTH CLUB: The Youth Club meet tonight, Friday, 7pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a meeting on Monday at 7pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS: This group meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

BINGO: There is a Bonfire Society Bingo on Saturday June 13 at 7.30pm.

GARDEN TRAIL: This is on Sunday 14 June when gardens will open from 11am to 4pm. Tickets £6, children go free. Lunches, cakes and refreshments available. Free parking all day. All proceeds benefit Fletching Church of England Primary School, where tickets can be purchased on the day. Parishioners of Fletching will very kindly open the gates of their private gardens once more for this 23rd annual event. Held only for one day each year, this year’s event will feature activities for children, local artists, raffles, crafts and a plant stall.

In the church there will be a display featuring the Art Competition Gardens produced by Fletching school children and members of the Sunday Club. Prizes will have been awarded to winners in various categories. In addition, it is planned that the church’s new toilet will be completed, and will be available on the day.

CHURCH TALKS: On Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm, Peter Wigan and Sonia Harriyott will be giving talks on the history and points of interest in the church, and interesting memorials in the Burial Ground. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be served in the church afterwards with donations requested for Project Refresh. No need to book, just turn up.

FORGET ME NOTS CLUB: We are a club for the over-50s and we meet once every third Thursday each month. We have managed to get a grant from Fletching and Wealden councils. If we are not on an outing then we meet in the village hall and play bingo or a quiz organized by Robert. We have a raffle when we meet in the village hall to help our funds. If anyone would like to join please call Lesley Dickens on 01825 723852.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 11 June 1915. National Food Supply – Official Appeal to Farmers. The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries have issued the following special notice to farmers. Preserve Our Flocks and Herds. Maintain our meat supply. The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries strongly urge all farmers to raise as much stock as possible during the war. Their advice to you is: Do not send breeding and immature stock to the butcher simply because prices are attractive now. Do not market half-finished animals. It is wasteful of the country’s resources and is against your own interests. Do not kill calves, rear them; it is well worth it. Do not reduce your stock; when you cannot buy stores, buy calves. Maintain your flocks, and breed your sows; it will pay you to do so. The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries make the above recommendations not only for the national welfare, but because they believe them to be for the ultimate benefit of British agriculture. Look to the future.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: Total rainfall in May was close to average with 60mm compared with the long-term mean of 62mm. However, after well below average rainfall in March and April, the total for the three spring months was 94mm, compared with the long-term mean of 164mm.

Framfield & Blackboys

THE GRUFFALO: Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo comes to Blackboys Pre-School for charity fundraiser. Oh no, it’s the Gruffalo! Pre-schoolers and other children took part in a sponsored walk around Blackboys near Uckfield to kick start an afternoon of family fun at the village hall. The Gruffalo himself took time out from his busy schedule to accompany the children on the walk on the hunt for characters from the Julia Donaldson book. They stopped off half way at the Blackboys Inn Pub, which kindly provided squash for the thirty walkers, before heading back to the village hall for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. In addition to a bouncy castle sponsored by Alex Stenning Roofing, face painting, a barbeque with sausages from Bird in Eye Farm, a cake stall and arts and crafts for little ones, children were also able to play on the Blackboys Pre-School Little Red Tractor (a vintage Massey Ferguson 135).

Proceeds will go towards further enhancing the Pre-School’s Forest School activities and the Pre-School allotment where the children grow fruit and vegetables and look after their chickens.

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand

CROSS IN HAND WI: At our May meeting our members were asked to vote on the 2015 Resolution: Failing to care-assessment of need in long term care. The meeting calls on HM Government to remove the distinction between nursing care and personal care in the assessment of the needs of individuals, in order to advance health and wellbeing. This was carried by the majority and will now be put to the National Conference.

Lunch was then served by the committee, followed by a poetry reading from Toni Mehra. Various outings and events are planned for the summer, this being the Centenary Year of the WI. Our own garden party will take place next month in the delightful garden of one of our members from Mayfield. Birthday flowers were given to Joyce Bryant, Della Humber, Christine Luker and Georgina Braithwaite who is celebrating her 90th.

If you would like to know more about us, please telephone Joy on 01435 812819 or go to www.esfwi.org.uk. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the village hall in Cross in Hand.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 9am Parish Eucharist (Said) note time. 11am at Heathfield Community Centre Churches Together in Heathfield and District United Service. The speaker will be Rt Reverend Richard Jackson Bishop of Lewes. Tuesday, 2pm St Richard’s Toddler Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, June 13, 10am to 4pm St Richard’s Church Art and Craft group exhibition in the church. Coffee served in the morning and cream teas in the afternoon.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Heathfield Community Centre United Act of Worship. St George’s Broad Oak, no service. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

PUNNETTS TOWN: Sunday June 14 from 10.30am to 6.30pm, Auto Rally at the recreation ground. Steam engines, steam organ, vintage and veteran vehicles of all kinds. Tea, coffee, and licensed bar. Also Fun Dog Show from 1.30pm at £1 per class. Plus fastest recall all day and have a go agility from 10am to noon. Admission free, but donations would be much appreciated, and will go towards village hall funds. For more details phone 01435 831653.

VILLAGE DAY: There are now just two months to go until local residents and visitors alike can enjoy the third annual Cross in Hand Village Day. Following on from the success of previous events, this year’s Village Day takes place at the Hardy Roberts Playing Fields (next to the Rugby Club) on Saturday August 1, between 1pm and 5pm. Attractions at the fete will include music, magic, a bouncy castle, fun dog show and sports, as well as stalls and refreshments. The Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club will be supporting the event by opening up their pavilion adjacent to the playing fields. New attractions for 2015 include falconry and cheerleading displays whilst the popular Village Bake Off Competition returns. More details and a competition entry form can be found on the Village Day website www.crossinhandvillageday.com. There are still slots available for stallholders who are interested in attending this event, a booking form can be downloaded from the website or by contacting Mary Cottingham on 01435 866462. Mary would also be very pleased to hear from local businesses wishing to sponsor the event or from volunteers from the local community who can spare a few hours on the day to help with setting-up and making the event run smoothly.

Proceeds from last year’s event went towards improvements at Cross in Hand Village Hall. This year proceeds will go towards funding important new medical equipment at the local doctor’s surgery.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Our Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival is tomorrow, Saturday. Our parish has joined with St Richard’s to organise this event, which is our first response to the diocesan strategy. Activities will take place at Broad Oak Village Hall and St George’s Church. If anyone is able to help set up in the morning, or can spare some time to help at the church stand in the afternoon, it would be very much appreciated. The afternoon kicks off at 1.30pm, with the Busker Non-Stop Concert and barbecue from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you, there will be something for everyone. Music, cream teas, art display, dance displays, exhibition of Heathfield in Bygone Days, a Dog Show for all comers and not forgetting the Gnomes, over 130 unique gnomes all painted by the children of Broad Oak Primary School. And don’t miss Jimmy the Juggler.

140 Gnomes will be on display at the Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival on Saturday. The painted gnomes will present the handiwork of the pupils from Broad Oak Primary School. Lipstick and Beatniks, a five piece Sussex based band will play a mixture of Jazz, Blues, Rockability and Soul music during the afternoon. This will be followed by a Non-Stop Busking Concert in the village hall from 5.30pm through to 7.30pm. The concert is free with a barbecue running alongside at the same time for £3 each. In addition to these musical artists the children will be entertained by Jimmy the Juggler. There are seven classes in the Dog Show and registration for the seven classes commences at 1.30pm and is being held in the grounds of St George’s Church while in the Parish Room there is a great exhibition of Heathfield in Bygone Days with a continuous video being played which has been produced by Aubrey Knapman. A great afternoon’s entertainment for all the family. Free Car Parking is available in the Heathfield Market car park with Park and Ride facilities being provided by French and Son Taxis.

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL: Punnetts Town, have as their speaker on Sunday, 11am (with Holy Communion) Roger Lumley from Tunbridge Wells, 6.30pm Jim Dryden from Eastbourne. June 14, 11am and 6.30pm Harry Vallance from Essex. June 21, 11am Pat Reigh from Bexhill-on-sea, 6.30pm (with Holy Communion) Dave Court from Tunbridge Wells. June 28, 11am and 6.30pm Rev John Billett from Buckinghamshire. We welcome you to join with the congregation at any of these services.

Mobile Library

MOBILE LIBRARY: Saturday: The School, Rotherfield 12.05pm-12.35pm; Opposite the school, Punnetts Town 2.05pm-2.35pm; Horebeech Lane, Horam 2.55pm-3.45pm.

Newick

COUNTRY MARKET: Newick Country Market will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am till 11am. There are locally grown vegetables, in good supply now, plus home baked cakes, savoury items, also fresh eggs, preserves, locally produced cheeses and charcuterie. There is also a good selection of greeting cards, knitted items paintings and animal portraits. Orders can be taken, just speak to one of the stall holders. Make sure you arrive early so not to be disappointed, you can enjoy a cuppa and a chat with friends.

CRICKET: Newick Cricket fixtures this weekend are; First XI are playing at home against Battle, the second XI will be making a journey to Herstmonceux to play their first team, the third XI will be traveling to Burwash Weald, according to the fixture card there is no fixture for the fourth XI, hopefully they have arranged a friendly game. All the league games commence at 1.30pm.

On Sunday a friendly fixture will be played on the Temple Grove Ground against Sussex Martlets at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Service this weekend at St Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion followed by Family Service at 10.30am. This is the Church’s Mission Gift Day for families in need in Columbia, there will also be a Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. Lifts are available if booked in advance by telephoning 722582.

AFTERNOON CLUB: Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Jed Jones, his subject A Magical Mystery Tour. Jed will be looking at some of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, plus the Ecuadorian rainforest and the wonder that is Machu Picchu. Sounds like a very interesting afternoon. For further details telephone 01825 722154 or 722650.

MEETING: Newick Horticultural Society will also meet on Thursday evening in the village hall at 8pm when Heather McNiven will be talking on All About Bees. Heather will be bring both an empty and an observation hive for you to view. A donation will be made by the society to the Air Ambulance for Heather’s talk. This is a great charity so why not pop along to this meeting and enjoy a busy bee evening. Entrance is £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors.

TASTER DAY: Newick Bowls Club will be holding their second Taster Day on Saturday June 13, from 10am till 5pm. Why not go along and see what they have to offer and try your hand a bowls. Visitors are always welcome to drop in and meet some of the bowls players. A good time is Monday and Friday morning from 9.45am or Thursday evenings at 5.45pm. You can always check out the website www.bowlsnewick.co.uk or there is also is a very informative notice board of all the activities in Marbels Road.

Waldron

SEWN ART: This weekend the Heffle Quilters, whose membership includes some Waldron needlewomen, will be putting on their annual show at Punnetts Town Village Hall. Entry is £4 per head and there is a raffle for which first prize is a hand-made quilt for a single bed. 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.

OPEN GARDENS: Next weekend four gardens will be open in Waldron on Saturday June 13 between 11am and 4pm. A single donation of £5 per head is suggested for access to all four gardens and funds raised are for the Friends of Waldron Churches in aid of improvements and repairs to our two church buildings. The gardens open will be Rafters, Lark Rise, The Old House and Woodland View, all in the centre of the village within walking distance of each other. Tea and cakes are on offer inside the church and of course the pub will have its usual full range of food and drink.

PRIMAVERA: The next day, 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. Paul Manley (violin), Catherine Musker (viola) and Andrew Fuller (‘cello) will play a programme including Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor, Francaix’ String Trio, Schubert’s String Trio in B flat and Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C. It sounds perfect for a summer evening! Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view), available from Cards & 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.

MORE MUSIC: On the following Saturday FSW (the Family Support Work charity which helps families in difficulties) 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.

ROAD RUNNERS: Our local runners will be holding their annual 10k road race on the morning of Sunday June 21. It begins at 10am, at the top of Back Lane, traverses Browns Lane, down Firgrove Road and via North Street into the centre of Waldron, before going through Lions Green (up that killer hill), past Burnt House Farm, and returning up Hanging Birch Lane and finally Back Lane again to Cross in Hand. It’s a variable and quite testing route with hills and flats so keep an eye open for the runners and give them a round of applause for their efforts. The club tells me that the bulk of the field will be finished within an hour and the course will, as usual, be well-managed.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services do not follow the usual pattern. There will be 8am Holy Communion at All Saints’ but there will be no 10am service. It will be replaced by an 11am service at the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane when our congregation is invited to join the Churches Together in Heathfield annual combined service at which the Bishop of Lewes will preach.

Uckfield

BABYSITTING: Daughter Rana is back at work and I’ll be looking after 11-month-old Isabella several days a week. I’m dreading it. I love her to bits, but after a visit from them I collapse with exhaustion. How on earth am I going to manage? All advice gratefully received.

UCKFIELD ART GROUP: The art group have recently celebrated their Pearl Anniversary at their recent exhibition. Just under one hundred pictures were displayed alongside a wide variety of greeting cards. The children proudly took home their creations from the Craft Table and lots of people enjoyed the delicious homemade cakes. The winner of the Tom Broad trophy was Sheila Hay with her greatly admired Leopard painting. Their next exhibition will be on Saturday November 7 at the Luxford Centre, in the main town car park behind the Library. Still in their anniversary year the theme will be 1985, how many events can you remember from thirty years ago?

The website has now been updated www.uckfieldartgroup.co.uk and there is a Facebook page www.facebook.com/uckfieldartgroup.

MARIE CURIE: Don’t forget Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party at Uckfield Leisure Centre on Saturday June 13. You can enjoy tea or coffee and delicious cakes while supporting Marie Curie, the leading charity providing care to people 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 from 9am until midday and then again from 4pm until 6pm.

TALK: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts Society meet on Wednesday at 2.30pm, Uckfield Civic Centre. The talk is The Dollar Princesses: American Women who married into the European Aristocracy and whose wealth helped preserve houses and Estates by Linda Sebba. New members and guests welcome. For further information please go to www.uckfielddfas.org.uk

Warbleton & Rushlake Green

WINDMILLS: There will be a talk about the history and restoration of the Windmill at Windmill Hill, tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall. Tickets, which include a glass of wine, are £10 and can be had from The Stores. Proceeds from the evening go to the windmill and to the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Pet Service in the car park. All types of pets and their owners are very welcome. If it is wet we will be in the church rooms. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion with Roger Lumley. 6.30pm Evening service led by Jim Dryden.

THE BIG LUNCH: This event is part of a national programme this Sunday. The idea is to bring neighbours together in friendship and fun. People living in Rushlake Green or connected to it are invited along at 12.30pm to the Green. 
There will be music and entertainment and a raffle in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Tickets are free and available from The Stores, as are flyers about the event. The idea is that you bring a picnic, with a dish for the communal table. There will be tables and chairs, but it would be helpful to bring your own chairs, cutlery and crockery. For info phone Louise on 01435 830206.

HISTORY GROUP: Tantilly Trot is the intriguing title of the talk by Brian Purdy this month. We meet at 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday in the Dunn Village Hall. Coffee is served before the meeting and the bookstall is open.

FLOWER SHOW: A reminder that the schedules for the flower show to be held on July 25 are available from The Stores and The Horse and Goom.