April Newsletter

Dear Members

Congratulations to the Hillside Singers for a recent wonderful concert in Christ Church.  Also a big “Well done” to Mimi Westwood Flood for winning the first ever “Fairwarp’s Got Talent” on 27th February organised by the newly formed Christ Church Drama and Music Group – do read the full write up in this month’s Fairwarp Echo.

The newly launched www.fairwarp.org.uk, the FCS Newsletter and The Fairwarp Echo are totally dependant on YOU keeping us informed of up and coming events and letting us know how it went and details of your groups or organisations.  Everyone involved puts in a tremendous amount of effort to keep you up to date, which they are happy to do, but at times it can seem a bit like an uphill struggle!  We can only pass on information if we know it in the first place so do please let us ALL know as soon as you can at

info@fairwarp.org.uk

fairwarpcs@aol.com

MHelenM.Rowland@gmail.com

Do keep looking at the new Fairwarp website www.fairwarp.org.uk and let us have your thoughts and ideas.

Christ Church thanks everyone who so kindly came on 9th April and worked to clear the churchyard.  We now have a splendid gravel path all round the church too.  We so much appreciate the generosity of you all in time and effort.  Another wonderful thing is that the B2026 between the church and the village was cleared of rubbish and is now ‘Clean for the Queen’.  Thank you Russell for organising, Helen at the Foresters for bacon butties and Helen and Jan for publicity.  Christ Church values all your support tremendously.  Also a big “Thank you” to everyone who helped at the Christ Church Jmbl;e Sale which raised £220.l

Christ Church Annual Meeting. (This year with coffee and croissants)

Do come and breakfast with Christ Church at 11am on Sunday 17th April in the Village Hall.  You will hear what has been going on at our Parish Church and have a chance to have a say in plans for the future.  All residents within the parish are welcome to participate in the election of Churchwardens and all those on the church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the A.P.C.M.

CHRIST CHURCH NEEDS YOUR INPUT!   Do come along….even if it’s just for the croissants!  Everyone very welcome indeed.

Christ Church – Retirement of Father Paul.

Sadly, we say goodbye to Father Paul and Jenny on Sunday, 15th May.  We are planning a special village day to thank them for their ministry in Fairwarp.  At 9.30am there will be the usual Sung Eucharist service and this will be followed by refreshments in the church and the presentation of a gift to Father Paul and Jenny.

At 3.30pm we can promise you a musical treat in the form of combined choirs from Holy Cross Uckfield, The Uckfield Choral Society and choristers from the surrounding area, all augmenting our own Christ Church Choir in a Choral Evensong.  Following this (at approximately 5pm.) there will be a birthday tea in the Village Hall.

Everyone is very warmly invited to all, or any part of the day, so do come along to this village event.  If you wish to contribute to a gift for Father Paul and Jenny, please send it, by 30th April, to : Elizabeth Gutteridge, 7, Queens Drive, Maresfield. TN22 2HX; or deliver to: Anne Duncan at Holly Cottage, Back Lane, Fairwarp.TN22 3BE. Please make any cheques payable to Fairwarp PCC.

We look forward to seeing you during the day.  

Hopefully you have already spotted the smart new sign for the QEII Field and there will shortly be a new footpath sign to the church.

Local resident, Tara Maclean has gone alcohol free from 1st Jan to 12th April in aid of raising funds for Heathfield and Waldron Community First Responder (CFR) group.  They rely on donations to enable the group to purchase supplies and equipment to be of use within the community to which they respond.  They hold coffee mornings with cakes baked by their group of CFR’s to raise funds too.  The CFR is a vital point of contact for SECAMb to get us as first on scene for immediate assistance until a paramedic and ambulance arrive.  Often saving lives within the first 5mins.  It’s a voluntary role which lots of people young and old give up their time to help their community.

It’s not too late to sponsor Tara at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/heathfieldwaldronfirstresponders

Does your dog need walking?  Tara has also decided to increase her dog walking service in the area, ILoveDogwalking 07884231130.  Discounts available on block bookings of 10 or more.

The 2016 Fairwarp Village Fete – Already plans are under way for the 2016 village fete on 9th July on the Fairwarp Village Green 1.30-5.30pm.  The Drumskullz Drummers and the Newick Folk Band have been being booked to entertain everyone again and the ever excellent Punch and Judy show to keep both young and old amused, along with Marco the Magician, a fun dog show, children’s races, stalls, grand draw, tombola, barrow of booze, arts and crafts competitions, teas, ice creams, strawberries and cream, book stall, bric-a-brac stall, tug of war and much, much more.  If you have any new ideas or can help in any way please contact Di Bowley asap on 01825 713881 or email di@the-bowleys.fsnet.co.uk  Help especially needed on the Friday and Saturday to set up and take down all the gazebos and other paraphernalia needed to run a fete!  Bookings are now being taken for stalls at the fete, please contact Anita at mustardpot@01825.co.uk or call 01825 712632.  Hopefully you are busy making your entries for this year’s Arts, Crafts and Produce Tent all the categories are on the website and in the latest issue of The Fairwarp Echo.

Di Bowley – for whatever mad reason, is taking part in the Full Moon Walk in London on Saturday 14th May 2016 in aid of Breast Cancer Research – this is a 26.2 mile walk which is done overnight dressed in decorated bras!!   You will all have been affected by cancer in some shape or form either directly or indirectly so we know you will be sympathetic to this cause.  Di has set her target at the standard of £500 but wouldn’t it be fabulous to raise 10 times that!!!

Please all copy and paste the link and give a small donation towards this fabulous cause http://wtwalk.org/moonwalklondon2016/diana-bowley

It’s never too late but hopefully you have already been making/baking/sowing for the Make, Bake and Grow Sale on Saturday 7th May 2016 10.30am-2.30pm in Fairwarp Village Hall in aid of Fairwarp QEII Field New Pavilion Project.  This year there will be plants of all shapes and sizes, cakes, chutneys, jams, craft goodies, cards, cushions, willow structures, gardening aprons, knitted toys, gardening/cookery/craft books and much, much more.  There will be a raffle and refreshments throughout the day.  Any unwanted plants/cuttings/seedlings gratefully received as well as any other donations.  If you have just a few homemade items you would like to sell there will be a cooperative table with 10% of the proceeds going to the funds.  We would also be grateful of any help on the day.  Please contact Jan on 01825 713477, Helen on 01825 712292 or Anita on 01825 712632 or email fairwarpcs@aol.comDo come along on the day and buy lots of plants etc. too.

 Message from Ashdown Forest ConservatorsThere is now a dedicated page on the Ashdown Forest website relating to the Governance Review that is currently being undertaken. The page will provide up to date information and copies of agendas and meeting notes will be available, along with additional documentation.  A link can be found on the www.ashdownforest.org home page and can also be found under the ‘Forest Governance’ menu.  http://www.ashdownforest.org/governance/GovernanceofAshdownForest-2016Review.php For your information the Ashdown Forest Conservation Management Plan (2016-2020) can be found on the home page of our website – www.ashdownforest.org. Both the full document (148 pages -5.2MB) and a Executive Summary is available.

Dawn Chorus Bird Walks

Wednesday 20 April 2016 – 6.30 for 06.40 prompt start
Saturday 7 May 2016 – 6.30 for 06.40 prompt start
Thursday 19 May 2016 – 6.30 for 06.40 prompt start

A wonderful chance to take an early morning (6.40am to 8.40am approx.) walk on the Forest led by one of our Voluntary Rangers, an experienced birdwatcher.  The birds should be very active and vocal at this time.  This is an opportunity to hear and see some unusual birds which it is hard to find easily in Sussex outside Ashdown Forest.  Walk aimed at novices and non-birdwatchers.  Limited number of places on each walk (12) so book early.  There is a small charge of £3 per head.  Binoculars will be helpful though not essential.  Wear sturdy boots since some rough/uphill/downhill walking and country clothes please—no bright red/orange/yellow colours.  Open to adults and children 10 years and over welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Sorry no dogs.  Weather-dependent, no walk if heavy rain at the start of the walk.  Meet 10 minutes prior to start of walk.  Call 01342 823583 to book a place or email conservators@ashdownforest.org and pay on the day.  You will be advised of the meeting point approx. 1 week before the event, depending where the birds are showing well.

Commoner’s animals have started going back out onto the Forest since Tuesday 05 April 2016.  Signage is up to inform Forest users.  Enclosures are now being erected for the summer grazing of the Conservators livestock.  A link to maps showing the location of the current enclosures are be found on the home page of their website –http://www.ashdownforest.org

Sheep Proof your Dog – 5 May 2016 at The National Cats Protection Centre, Chelwood Gate, RH17 7TT.  Sessions are 20 minutes and cost £25 per dog – payable in advance by debit/credit card over the phone or in person at the Forest Centre.  We have seen an increase in dog/sheep related incidents on Ashdown Forest so, in conjunction with Tobin Bird, we are putting on a ‘Sheep Proof Your Dog Training’ session.  There are a limited number of sessions starting from 09.20am.  As we are dealing with dogs and animals there may be some slippage in start times but please arrive in good time.  (We can only give cancellation refunds if the session is cancelled more than 24 hours in advance).  Are you worried your dog may or has chased sheep?  Dogs can do great damage to sheep by chasing them.  It can result in injured sheep, pregnant ewes aborting their lambs and sometimes sheep are killed by dogs. Dogs can be shot if they are found chasing sheep, so why not come and in one session learn how to stop your dog chasing sheep!  The principles learnt here can also benefit dog owners by helping them stop their dogs from chasing rabbits and deer. Please note we do not use electric collars or lock your dog in with a ram!  Also, we always advocate that people keep their dogs on the lead amongst sheep, but there is always a chance that you may come across sheep unexpectedly, therefore we can help in those situations.  We cannot 100% guarantee your dog will never chase livestock again, but most of our “sheep proofings” have been successful so far.  And if your dog does chase again you can come back for a free session to try and remedy it.  www.sheepproofyourdog.co.uk  Call 01342 823583 or email conservators@ashdownforest.org to book your 20 minute session.

Ashdown Forest Parent/Carer and Toddler Group for children aged 2-5 years.  Monday 18th April – then the 3rd Monday of every month.  10.00-11.30am at the Ashdown Forest Centre.  Join us to explore the wonderful wildlife of the Ashdown Forest through a short walk with seasonal crafts and activities.  £5 per family.  Booking essential – please email conservators@ashdownforest.org or call 01342 823583 to book a place.

Outdoor 1st Aid Course – suitable for Forest School Leaders and Teachers or anyone else who works outside. Part of the course will take place on the Forest with outdoor based scenarios.  24th-25th May 2016 09.30-16.30.  £70 for the 2 day course at Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP.  Training delivered by First Aid for You –www.firstaidforyou.co.uk To book a place please contact Talking Trees –talkingtreesinfo@gmail.com 

Messages from Maresfield Parish & Wealden District Councils

Throughout the ongoing roadworks Uckfield is still open so do please continue to support your local businesses.

Wealden District Council has partnered up with iChoosr to help residents save money on their energy bills.  To register online before the auction on 22 May 2016 go to www.wealden.gov.uk/thebigswitch or call 01323 443322

The following information is available from Emma Newman, Village Agent for Action in Rural Sussex(AIRS) Tel: 07940275352

  1. Safeguarding Leaflet – who to call if you are worried about someone
  2. An information leaflet about East Sussex Fire and Rescue’s Safe and Well service. This developing service will make visits to the following villages/areas in May and June 2016: Forest Row, Hartfield, Withyham Fletching and Maresfield – see below for some more information.
  3. If you hear of someone who has comments or concerns about health or social care services, please be aware of Healthwatch http://www.healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/ It is the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public on these issues.

Please do occasionally look at the Council’s websitewww.maresfieldparish.org.uk which records information about the Council, its members and numerous documents including minutes of Council and Committee meeting and much of the back ground information and data for the NDP including details of all the potential development sites in Maresfield.

There are still a number of vacancies for Councillors on the Parish Council.  Please contact Tony Allen, the Parish Clerk, at clerk@maresfieldparish.org.uk or 01825 71455 if you would like to know more about how you might fulfil this worthwhile community role.

Wealden Mobile Phone and Internet Access Survey

There is still time to tell us your experiences.  Not spots and endless buffering? Is that your experience of mobile phone and internet communications in Wealden?  As one of the most rural districts in the South East, Wealden District Council is asking residents and businesses about their day-to-day experience of mobile phone connections and broadband services.  The survey includes questions about your mobile phone reception and internet access at fixed locations in the Wealden area including your home, your place of work/business or your school/college where appropriate.  Click on www.wealden.gov.uk/mobileandinternetsurvey to take part in the survey. The Council hopes to use the information provided by residents, schools and businesses to campaign for better connectivity across Wealden.  Printed copies of the survey are also available on request by contacting Wealden District Council on 01323 443322.

The survey will close on 18 April 2016.

This year’s Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Thursday the 12th May in the Nutley War Memorial hall, commencing at 7.30pm.  Local groups are invited to send in a report of their activities over the last year for inclusion in the ‘2016 Parish Report’; submissions to the Parish Clerk please by the 29th April.

Do you know of any local walking groups or potential walk leaders who might take part in this year’s walk festival.  This is the third year of organising a walking festival in the Eastbourne and Wealden area – and we are in need of more walks!  People are invited to submit you their walks using the link http://www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk/submissions or by calling Sophie Hepworth,

Public Health Specialist, Community and Regeneration, on 07985812042.  The deadline is fast approaching – but as long as people contact me to advise me that they are thinking of submitting a walk – they will accept walks up until the end of April.  Please do mention this opportunity to any keen walkers you know !

Messages from the Police, Fire Service and Neighbourhood Watch

The value of equipment kept in sheds and outbuildings can be considerable. The majority of these items will be portable, difficult to identify and can be easily be sold on for a quick profit. More often than not, property is not security marked or adequately secured.

For this reason, sheds and outbuildings are still being targeted by thieves across the district.

Below are some suggestions for how you can increase the security of your shed or garage by taking some simple steps:

  • Gravel paths act as a deterrent as they make a noise when walked upon
  • Secure your outbuildings by reinforcing hinges, fitting doors with non-returnable screws or coach bolts and secure padlocks
  • Keep your outbuildings in good condition – split, rotten or warped door and window frames could provide an easy way in for thieves
  • Install a good shed alarm or even extend your house alarm to cover your outbuildings
  • Plant thorny shrubs to create a natural barrier
  • Security mark all items and secure valuable items inside your outbuildings using security cables or chains with strong padlocks
  • Register your property at immobilise.com, it’s free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property

We would like you to help us spread the word about these crime prevention methods and, if appropriate. Local Police have shed alarms available on request.  The alarms are extremely simple to install, with no drilling or screws required and there is no cost to the resident.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Wealden District Police by emailing district.wealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are working with partners to change the way we talk about living safely and well in the home with new ‘Safe and Well’ visits.

Safe and Well visits aim to provide a more holistic approach to community safety work associated with fire, health and other local concerns.  The visits will still offer essential home fire safety advice, but the specialist practitioners will also be trained in approaching topics such as social isolation and health issues, including smoking and obesity.

Community Safety Manager, Steve Wright said, “We want to do our upmost to visit and help the most vulnerable people in our community.  We are looking forward to working with our communities and partners to develop networks of support to promote fire, health and other safety messages”.

This phase of the Safe and Well project will work with members of the community who;

  • Are over 80
  • Have not previously had a home safety visit
  • Live in rural areas
  • Are vulnerable to isolation.

The Service will be working with Action in rural Sussex (AirS) and Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) to deliver this initiative.

AirS, a charity formed in 1931 aim to ensure that rural Sussex remains a living and working place by targeting interventions to benefit people most disadvantaged by their rurality and will be providing their support in the Wealden area.

RVA will be working with the service in Rother. They are a charity whose purpose is to both support community action and the voluntary sector in Rother and to address the social and economic issues that affect our communities.

David Kemp Head of Community Safety said, “By combining the skills of our Safe and Well Practitioners, Retained Crews, ESFRS Community Volunteers, AirS Village Agents and Rother Voluntary Action we will be able to build a network of contacts across rural Wealden and provide a connected approach to safety in the home”

Volunteers to support project

ESFRS Community Volunteers will provide support to the Service Safe & Well Practitioners by visiting people who are considered to be at medium risk and providing them with advice and guidance to reduce the likelihood of an increase in their level of risk.

David Kemp added, “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has developed a strong team of volunteers and we are excited to have their help with this project. The volunteers represent the best in community spirit, and are ideally placed to support the work of our Safe and Well Practitioners and Retained Crews.”

Follow us on social media to find out when the Safe and Well team will be in your area @EastSussexFRS on twitter or search for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on Facebook.  Posters and flyers will also be put up in the local area to advertise upcoming events.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Volunteer with ESFRS contact 01323 462436 or e-mail volunteer@esfrs.org

Events coming up

If you have an events you would like to be included in this list, including those supporting local charities, please email fairwarpcs@aol.com

Sunday 17th April – Christ Church Annual Meetings in Fairwarp Village hall at 11am. (This year with coffee and croissants!)  Do come and breakfast with Christ Church at 11am on Sunday, 17th April in the Village Hall.  You will hear what has been going on at our Parish Church and have a chance to have a say in plans for the future.  All residents within the parish are welcome to participate in the election of Churchwardens and all those on the church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the A.P.C.M.  CHRIST CHURCH NEEDS YOUR INPUT!  Do come along….even if it’s just for the croissants!  Everyone very welcome indeed.

Saturday 7th May – Make, Bake & Grow Sale in Fairwarp Village Hall 10.30am-2.00pm in aid of the QEII Field New Pavilion Project. If you are local and have any homemade or baked goodies you would like to sell on your own stall or as part of a mixed stall please call Anita 712632, Jan 713477 or Helen 712292.  This time alongside plants of every shape and size there will be stalls selling handmade items and crafts, from knitted toys to willow structures as well as cakes, pastries, chocolates, jams, pickles and chutneys.  Tea or coffee and cake or Soup and a roll will be available too.

Sunday 15th May – Sadly, we say goodbye to Father Paul and Jenny on Sunday 15th May.  There will be a special village day to thank them for their ministry in Fairwarp.  At 9.30am there will be the usual Sung Eucharist service at Christ Church and this will be followed by refreshments in the church and the presentation of a gift to Father Paul and Jenny.  At 3.30pm we can promise you a musical treat in the form of combined choirs from Holy Cross, Uckfield, The Uckfield Choral Society and choristers from the surrounding area, all augmenting our own Christ Church Choir in a Choral Evensong.  Following this (at approximately 5pm.) there will be a birthday tea in the Village Hall.

Everyone is very warmly invited to all, or any part of the day, so do come along to this village event.  If you wish to contribute to a gift for Father Paul and Jenny, please send it, by 30th April, to : Elizabeth Gutteridge, 7, Queens Drive, Maresfield. TN22 2HX; or deliver to: Anne Duncan at Holly Cottage, Back Lane, Fairwarp.TN22 3BE. Please make any cheques payable to Fairwarp PCC.  We look forward to seeing you during the day.

Sunday 12th June – A celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday – more details to follow

Saturday 18th June – Christ Church Quiz Night in Fairwarp Village Hall 7pm for prompt 7.30 start.  Contact Jenny on 712188 for more information.  BOOKING NOW.

Sunday 26th June – Open Gardens around Maresfield 2-6pm.  Entrance £5 (accompanied children, 16 & under, free)  Tickets and Map available on the day from St Bartholomew’s Church.  All proceeds in support of maintaining the fabric of St Bartholomew’s Church.

Monday 27th June – Fairwarp Community Society AGM in Fairwarp Village Hall at 8pm.  Everyone welcome.  Come and let the society know what you would like to see achieved in the next year.  If you would like to be nominated to join the FCS Committee please download the nomination form at www.fairwarp.org.uk and return it to Jan Kemsley, Hon Sec, by 20th June 2016.

Saturday 9th July – Fairwarp Village Fete on Fairwarp Village Green 1.30-5pm – see above for more details.

6th August – QEII Field Cricket & Croquet Day.  Contact Helen on 01825 712292 for more information.

Best wishes

Jan Kemsley

Hon. Sec., Fairwarp Community Society

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