POST OFFICE BLUES: Gloom set in this week when I realised that there’s nowhere in Heathfield where I can buy a padded envelope to send off a Christmas present to Australia, (no Post Office or Business Centre) nor indeed anywhere to post said parcel, since Heathfield is still denied a Post Office. To add insult to injury I see from last week’s newspaper that Burwash is getting a new Post Office, with opening hours on seven days a week 6am to 8pm except for Wednesday when it’s 6am to 7pm. Even in its glory days we didn’t have those hours in Heathfield. Will Russell, regional manager, was quoted as saying that ‘we understand how important having a post office is...this modernisation is part of a major investment programme...and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.’ So why is the much bigger town of Heathfield still without such a service? Is Will Russell regional manager for this patch, and if so, what’s different about Burwash? I’m speechless. Residents of Heathfield, it’s time we made a stink.

TELEPHONE BOX: Wanted, a volunteer to offer an occasional touch of TLC to our lovely red village telephone box. It has been renovated recently so it will need minimum upkeep. Arrangements have already been made for its cleaning and the library. If you are the person for this undemanding but vital job, contact Roy Wilkinson (01435 812931), who will explain all.

WIND: Winter arrived this week with heavy rain and rising winds. The hedge-cutters were out too, a sure sign that we’re tidying up for the closing of the year and as I drove to East Hoathly on Tuesday morning there was a group of men led by John Chambers clearing the road and towing away a large tree which had fallen overnight at the bottom of Moat Lane. Let’s hunker down and write our Christmas cards.

SERVICES: This weekend is the fourth Sunday of the month and services will be held at St Bartholomew’s, at 8am for Holy Communion and at 10am for Parish Eucharist. The following Sunday (November 29) is Advent and both morning services will be at St Bartholomew’s but the Advent Carol Service will be at 6pm at All Saints’.

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