PHONE BOX: You may have noticed that the door of our village phone box has been looking a bit tatty recently with damp rot causing its lower edge to break up. The box, now doubling as a village book exchange and the home of our defibrillator is getting some attention from Roy Wilkinson and Richard Caswell. These two sterling volunteers have taken on the responsibility of keeping it in good order and have put a temporary door in place while the repairs are being done. The grateful thanks of the residents are definitely in order.

FRENCH EVENING: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 7.30pm will be French Evening at The Star when Nick’s menu de soir will be on offer (and Paul may even be sporting a waxed moustache and beret). The music will be appropriate too with Django Jazz entertaining the diners with a mix of gypsy jazz, manouche swing, French café swing and musettes from the 1930s. All that’s true, but I made up the bit about Paul’s waxed moustache and beret...

NEWSWEEK IN WALDRON: For a sideways look at the history of our village church, have a look at a recent issue of Newsweek. Writer Ysenda Maxtone Graham has examined the Rector’s board on the wall to the left of the door into the church and used the names of our Rectors (from Bartholomew 1195 to George Pitcher 2013) as clues to the intervening 820 years. It’s a fascinating piece and well worth tracking down via Google www.europe.newsweek.com/church-board

QUESTION TIME: The Friends of Waldron Churches are arranging a Gardener’s Question Time next 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. The last GQT was a huge success, so come prepared with your questions and make the most of the expertise of our brilliant panel. You’ll find a space on the back of your ticket where you can write your question and hand it in when you arrive.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’ and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Matins) with George Pitcher as the preacher.

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