BRUNCH BUNCH: Waldron residents can now participate in the delightful habit of brunch on Saturday mornings without having to trek off to Tunbridge Wells or Brighton to enjoy it. From last Saturday the Star began serving brunch between 10am and noon and judging by the numbers which turned up (or even pre-booked) this is a welcome addition to village social life. With a range of options from the full English via eggs benedict to the inventive avocado, lime and chilli flakes, I can see my future Saturday mornings are going to start at The Star. And you can fend off any feelings of guilt by taking the dog for a walk beforehand.

QUIZ NIGHT: Monday will be the next Quiz Night and will be held in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Make up your teams (up to six people) and the price of £10 per head includes a one-dish supper, raffle, and the quiz. Profits go to the Hospice as part of the Federation of Sussex Hospices’ Mad March Quiz fund-raising event.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: The annual Parish Assembly will be held on Wednesday in the Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, starting at 7.30pm. It‘s an opportunity for all parishioners living in Heathfield and Waldron to find out how our parish precept is spent and to meet our Parish Councillors. This year it will also be the launch of the Heathfield Community Hub, which sounds interesting.

SPRING CLEANING: The sun is trying to kid us that the outside temperature is warming up but the wind is enough to bring back memories of childhood chilblains. Still, it’s officially spring which inevitably makes me think of that annual scrub-fest in which my mother used to indulge when the curtains came down for washing, every inch of paint work was scrubbed and the windows were polished till they shone. Leaving nostalgia aside, it’s also the time when anyone with an hour or so spare can volunteer to help in the Great Church Spring-Clean which this year will be on Saturday April 9. If you’d like to help then, please turn up with mops and buckets (as well as your Marigolds) between 9.30am and 1pm at either church to help give the buildings a good clean, reaching the parts that can’t usually be reached during the regular fortnightly cleaning. Your efforts will be rewarded by grateful thanks all round as well as tea, coffee and cake or biscuits.

SERVICES: Last Sunday’s Easter Day services were particularly memorable with the 8am First Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s being also a celebration for three baptisms and the 10am Parish Eucharist at All Saints’ so packed that we ran out of hymn-books. It was lovely to see so many old and new friends and the hymns were positively roof-raising. This weekend, both services will be at All Saints’ at 8am for Holy Communion (president and preacher Simon Hobbs) and 10am for Parish Eucharist (president the Reverend Peter Jamieson and preacher Christo Corfield).

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