WEALDEN COUNCIL: The council has begun the consultation process on its new Local Plan which will shape the future of our District over the next two decades. Exhibitions of the proposals are being held in the main towns so that we can all give our views on the subjects covered, such as new homes, town centres, green spaces, transport links and job opportunities. Our nearest exhibition will be in Heathfield at the Youth Centre on Saturday November 7 from 10am until 2pm and on that day councillors and planning staff from the council will be present to answer questions and explain the recommendations in the Local Plan. It’s an opportunity to have some input, so make a note in your diary to go along. The Consultation period will last until Monday 30th November. You can also read the Local Plan issues, options and recommendations if you go to www.wealden.gov.uk/wealdenlocalplan and copies of the plan can also be seen at the Parish Council Office in the High Street, Heathfield.

YOGA: The Monday morning yoga sessions in the Lucas Hall are much appreciated by the select group of regulars who come along at 10am. The sessions last until 11.30am and cost £8 per class, and are run by Judith Naylor, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. It’s a gentle class suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. You don’t have to sign up for a full term and can drop in to try it out. Next week (October 26) will be half term but class will restart on Monday November 2, new members most welcome.

JOAN’S PRIZES: Joan Turner has had another successful year with her entries in the local horticultural shows. At the Uckfield Spring show she won a cup for the most points for plants and flowers and shared the cup in the cookery section. At Framfield and Blackboys’ August show she won several prizes and back at Uckfield for its summer show, she won the cookery cup, the cup for the most points won in the whole show, the cup for sweet peas, the shield for salads, the cup for dahlias and the cup for the Decorative section (flower arranging). The Horam Show brought more success, with the cup for the most points in the show, the cookery cup, the handicrafts cup and the cup for the most points in the flower and plant section for entrants living within three miles of Horam.

STAR EVENTS: This month the Quiz Night restarts at the Star on Monday at 7.30pm. Teams are up to six people and the charge is £7 per head to include a one-course supper. Book now. And by the way I hear we will have a different Quiz Master as our former man-in-charge is temporarily unavailable. Folk Night will be on October 30.

CHURCH PLANS: For some time considerable thought has been given to how our two church buildings can be re-ordered to meet the needs of our parishioners. Plans have advanced to the point when formal permission has been sought from the Diocese and with some optimism that they will be agreed, the Parochial Church Council is now consulting with the parish as a whole. A leaflet has been produced and is being circulated showing the plans and explanations. A real effort is being made to reach everyone interested, but if you haven’t yet seen a copy of the leaflet and would like to, you can pick one up in the Community Coffee shop in the middle of the village next to the pub, or at the back of either church, or by ringing either of the two Churchwardens, Richard Maylam (01435) 812780 or Ian Dixon (01435) 813363. All the plans are still subject to final approval from the Diocese and in some cases from the District Council, but the PCC wanted everyone to be aware of what is planned and to invite your comments and thoughts.

SERVICES: This week’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) when Father Paul Cox will preside and 10am (Parish Eucharist) when the president and preacher will be the Reverend George Pitcher. Coffee will be served after the service as usual. During October there is a special collection for Medecin Sans Frontiers who are at the sharp end of work with families fleeing war areas. At the suggestion of Sarah Mackenzie we are all being asked to donate the equivalent of the cost of our Sunday newspaper. Let’s see how much that totals over the month.

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