ALAN: Waldron lost one of its most distinguished residents three weeks ago with the death of Alan Mays Smith. This week his funeral took place at All Saints’ closely followed by a celebration of his life on the same afternoon, when many people came to honour him. Others will speak of his long career, from his time at Cambridge when he rowed in the Cambridge boat through his professional career in the City and his service to the County as High Sheriff and years of fundraising for Chichester Cathedral and other charities. For us locals, Alan was always the most generous of hosts and supporter of all things Waldron and we could guarantee that whenever an event was being held, Alan and Rosie would always turn up in support. I remember most fondly him launching our Waldron 800 weekend in 1995, standing on the steps of the war memorial in the full splendour of his High Sheriff’s uniform and bringing such dignity to the occasion. We shall miss his cheerful and warm-hearted presence.

WALDRON WEEKEND: Last weekend’s open gardens day and the Primavera concert were both notable successes in the village calendar. Despite dire warnings of thunderstorms and lashing rain leading into the weekend, Saturday was cool but sunny by the time the five gardens opened their gates. The gardens were all entirely different in approach and size and were an absolute treat for the senses for all those who visited. Around £1000 was raised from voluntary entry donations and the delicious tea and cakes served in the church after the gates were closed. The Primavera Trio’s concert on Sunday was again a treat, this time for the ears and the audience was appropriately appreciative for the high quality of these professional musicians. In the interval the audience enjoyed champagne and nibbles, and the whole weekend was in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches’ fundraising efforts for improvements to our two churches.

MORE MUSIC: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening there is another concert for FSW (the Family Support Work charity which helps families in difficulties) at All Saints’ starting at 7pm. It’s described in publicity as ‘an eclectic evening of music, fun and laughter’ and the performers range from folk singers, jazz singers, a harp, flute, violin, saxophone, choral works and spoken comedy. The tickets at £12.50 per head include a glass of celebratory fizz and nibbles at the interval 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.

DAD’S DAY: This Sunday is Father’s Day, and the Star will be offering a special menu for Dads at the pub on the day, so contact the Star for details on 01435 812495.

ROAD RUN: Our local runners will be holding their annual 10k road race on Sunday. It begins at 10am at Cross in Hand and the route is via Back Lane, Browns Lane, Firgrove Road, North Street into the centre of Waldron, then Lions Green, Burnt House Farm, up Hanging Birch Lane and finally Back Lane again to Cross in Hand. The bulk of the field will be finished within an hour and the course is always well-managed and directed.

VINTAGE BIKES: If you’re a vintage motorbike enthusiast, be around the village on the evening of Wednesday when the Vintage Motor Cycle Club will have a rally outside the pub. The bikes will be polished and the full leathers on display, unmissable.

THE RUDES: The wonderful Rude Mechanicals will be bringing their particular variety of slapstick comedy and riveting plots to Waldron in their new play The Comedy of Babi Babbett on Thursday August 13 at 7.30pm in the field behind the pub.

The Rudes always draw a great audience so book your tickets well in advance. They can be obtained online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk and are £13 for adults (£12 seniors) £10 for students, £7 for children and £33 for a family ticket. If you’re bringing a party of ten people you can get a special price of £11 per head and that can only be booked through the Central Box Office on 01323 501260. Bring your own chair and warm clothes as the performance is outdoors and if you want to book a meal before the performance ring the Star on 01435 812495.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’ and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Matins). There will be Evensong also at All Saints’ at 6pm when the choir of St Peter’s Bexhill will join us and the Preacher will be Rev Canon Tim Scofield.

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