IRIS: Dear Iris Newson died recently, another link with Waldron’s past. She was born in about 1923 so was in her ‘teens when World War II broke out. When I interviewed her in 2004 I was in search of reminiscences to write our Community Play Waldron at War and Iris’s memories were clear and colourful, a rich seam of information which brought the time to life. She recalled the summer of 1940 when everything had gone quiet on the home front and she and her family went for a picnic to Hadlow Down. She said ‘It was a lovely day then suddenly we heard planes. There were hundreds, the sky was full of them and we rushed home, broke all speed records. That day, August 16, the first bomb fell (here), a 50 kilo High Explosive bomb.’ The Battle of Britain had begun. Iris told me that the family’s cats could sense the difference between enemy aircraft and our own and when the enemy flew over, the cats hid! Iris was still playing an active part in village life until comparatively recently, making her favourite lemon drizzle cakes for the Village Market to sell at the Lucas Hall. Her funeral will be on Tuesday July 14 at 2.30pm at All Saints’, the church where she worshipped for more than 60 years.

QUESTION TIME: The Friends of Waldron Churches are arranging a Gardener’s Question Time on Friday July 24 at Cross in Hand C of E Primary School starting at 7pm. Tickets are £6 each (£5 for members of the Friends) and are available now from The Star Inn, or Gemini Cards in Heathfield or by contacting Ian Dixon on 01435 813363. The expert panel will be Helen Yemm, Daily Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, Dr Lucy Cotes of Beautiful Gardens Design Studio, Steve Moody of Frogheath Landscapes and Judith Peate of English Woodlands.

TRAVELLING PLAYERS: The Rude Mechanicals have started their summer tour of the Wealden area and will be stopping off at Waldron for one night on Thursday

August 13 at 7.30pm. The Comedy of Babi Babbett is set in Islington in 1793, and is a farce which should have us all rolling in the aisles, or even on the grass. For all devotees of the Rudes, book your tickets online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk Adults £13, seniors £12, students £10, children £7, families £33. Large groups of ten or more get their tickets for £11 each when booking together and for this, contact the central box office on 01323 501260. Bring picnics or book a table at the Star (01435 812495) for pre-performance supper. Bring low-backed chairs and don’t forget to dress warmly because it can get nippy as the sun goes down. A torch is also a good idea so you can find your way back to your car if the moon’s missing that night.

FLUTE DUO: One of the popular Waldron Recitals will take place on Sunday at 4.30pm at All Saints’ when Hanna Kovats and Rachel Willcox will play a programme of flute duos. The short recital is free, everyone is welcome and there will be a retiring collection for church funds.

BRING A BEAR: On Sunday at St Bartholomew’s (the 10am service) an unusual event will take place. For the past many months our Teddies for Tragedies knitting team (16 of them) have been beavering away making teddies to be sent to places in the world where toys for children are desperately needed. This weekend is the Family Support Work (FSW) Teddy Bears weekend, and we are taking the opportunity to have all seventy of our knitted bears blessed before they are sent on their journeys, some we think to Nepal. There is an open invitation to everyone to come and see the bears, and if anyone would like to bring their own bear to church for a blessing, please do. The FSW raffle (for which tickets were sold at the recent fund-raising concert at All Saints’) will be drawn at the same time.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Sung Eucharist and Teddies for Tragedies blessing).

Contact : Valerie Chidson (01435 812036)

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