A smile is priceless

Over the last few years I have had the privilege of working with some of Brighton’s young homeless people at The Clock Sanctuary.

The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a drop in centre for 16 to 25 year olds who are living on the streets or are in insecure accommodation.

Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice. Living on the streets is often extremely dangerous, many of these young people have found themselves homeless, through no fault of their own. Their often chaotic lifestyle can quickly spiral out of control, leading to a vicious cycle of loss of self worth and feelings of hopelessness.

The centre provides a safe space for teenagers and young adults to simply be teenagers and young adults.

Along with practical support including shower facilities, laundry facilities and the use of a fully equipped kitchen, the Clock Tower Sanctuary provides a non judgemental and confidential space where clients can explore their options. As a team we work towards equipping these young people with knowledge, new skills, new opportunities and above all, hope, trying to break the cycle and prevent longterm homelessness.

Every person deserves the right to try and change their life around.

Confronting homelessness can be difficult. Unfortunately the long term solution is complicated which doesn’t help today’s desperate people.

So as individuals, how can we help?

An offer of a hot drink or a sandwich goes a long way. If you feel unable to help, a simple acknowledgement or a smile could make all the difference between feeling humiliated, degraded and worthless, to being seen, feeling heard and worthy. 

A smile is priceless.

Kim Lineham


0800 0309 500

Trained experienced team ready to listen and offer urgent mental health support 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Tim’s Winter car tips.

I won’t bore you with the obvious things like making sure your anti-freeze is correct and your screenwash topped up. But will give you a couple of suggestions that are often overlooked. 

1) Ensure that your car tyre pressures are correctly set to the correct manufacturers pressure. This is for many reasons, fuel economy, acceleration, braking and also to help prevent damage that may occur when using the roads around the village, such as Chilsham Lane, Causeway and White Horse Road etc, etc. The correct pressure will help the tyre absorb some of the irregularities and pot holes that we seem to be blessed with. Also it will go some way to help protect the wheel rims and suspension from damage. When checking the pressures, also check the tread depth, at a minimum, in winter your tyres should have 1.6mm across the tread width, however I would recommend a minimum of 3mm, this will give that bit of added tread to deal with heavy rain/flooding and snow, should we get any.

2) Wiper blades, on these cold and frosty mornings do not use your wipers to help clear your windscreen as this will not only speed up the deterioration of the wiper blades but will also damage the fine edge that the rubber has to clear the rain from your windscreen. The frost/ice cuts these fine edges leaving you with a smeary/lined finish that is hard to see through and could result in an MOT failure and early replacement, costing you money you needn’t of spent. So in summary, lift your wipers off the windscreen at night if you know it is going to freeze, start your engine in good time in the morning and wait for your heater to clear the screen before putting wipers back to the windscreen.  

I hope that helps you all.

Tim Brenchley

Last name: Bodle

This very unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources. Firstly, it may be a topographical surname for someone who lived or worked at a particular large house, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century term ‘bothl, botl’, large dwelling-house, hall. Secondly, the modern surname, found as Boodle, Buddle, Buttle, Bodle and Boydell, may be locational, deriving from a place named with the Old English elements ‘bothl’, such as ‘Buddle’, in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, ‘Buddle’ in Niton, Isle of Wight, or ‘Buddle Oak’ in Halse, Somerset, or ‘Budle’ in Northumberland, which is recorded as ‘Bodle’ in the 1197 Pipe Rolls of the countyThe marriage of Abraham Boodle and Grace Cruttenden was recorded at Burwash, Sussex on January 7th 1613 and one William Boodle was christened at St. Ann’s, Blackfriars, London, on January 16th 1643. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John atte Bothele which was dated 1327, County Records of Somersetshire, during the reign of King Edward 11, ‘Edward of Caernafon’, 1307-1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation.

                                                                                    Doug & Chrissie Hawkins

Answers to February’s quiz

  1. The original Manor at Buckteepe was probably the oldest building according to record in 1086 however it is not clear where it was or even if it existed. The next oldest building on record is likely to be the original parts of Trumpetts Farm. The Platts was one of the first timber framed houses of a yeoman farmer from 1450.
  2. There are 2 Commonwealth War Graves in St. John’s churchyard
  3. T.O.B.S. first performance was “Old Time Music Hall” on February 12th 1993.
  4. In 1801 the publican of the White Horse Inn was Philadelphia Oxley.
  5. 1539 shows Bodle Street on a document in the British Library
  6. The village cricket club started in 1890 and closed in 1972. It first played at Toll Farm and later at Prinkle.

Would you like to know more?

If you would like to know more about the history of Bodle Street Green you can purchase Ruth Ayres booklet “The Story of Bodle Street Green” for £5 from Jonathan Austin at the  Warbleton & District History Group via their facebook page.


Football is changing the lives of people all around us. It has undergone many changes since being established in the UK in 1863, with its rules and nature of the game being different to what we know now. Nowadays, it is all around us from the papers sold here in East Sussex and Rushlake Green, (as I know it), to being played around the world from boys to girls to men to women (even up to the age of 60, with walking football, which was established in just 2014.)

One of the immense aspects of football that I particularly like is the effect that it has on people. Many professional footballers we see on TV in fact came from poverty, with Ian Wright being an English player who grew up in poverty and was even a factory worker from a young age. It has also helped many struggling children to break out of poverty, as well as creating a passion for many young people that become disorientated by the busy, more demanding and more challenging world that we live in. With mental health problems on the rise for many teenagers aged 13-17, football is a great escape for problems such as stress and anxiety. 

Moreover, football has been the key voice in sport for sharing important messages and promoting great associations. More specifically, the Kick Out Racism campaign has seriously benefitted many footballer and fans, with its effort to eradicate racial discrimination from football. It began with black arm bands for each player, to signify the importance of the Kick Out campaign, as well as spread the message of the organisation. It then advanced to kicking fans out of stadiums for abuse of players that was being picked up on both by the opposition and ally fans. However, football has given me not only something to keep me occupied, but a realisation of the importance of having one single thing (or more), that interests you greatly and keeps you busy. This is more relevant now in lockdown than ever before. I have been watching and playing football since the age of five, so it is no wonder that it has such importance to me.

Football is brilliant, and is a key part in my life which I hope continues for the foreseeable future.

Joel Lushington (age 18)


There’s a problem with forgetting a bill.
The house becomes exceedingly chill.
On Saturday we ran out of gas,
No heating or hob cooking, alas.
The gas tank was right down to nil.
The top up service was put onto hold
Til Calor received their pieces of gold.
On Wednesday the gas man came
And filled up the tank again.
The house, oh joy, now no longer cold.
A husband who’s contrite is a blast
Unfortunately I doubt it will last.
If he forgets to pay on time
He’ll have crossed a definite line
And end up in a concrete cast

(nameless for the protection of the husband)

The Importance of Breast Screening

In 2007 the Department of Health’s Cancer Reform Strategy announced that from 2012 the NHS Breast Screening Programme would be extended to cover women between the ages of 47 and 73 years. This age extension should be gradually phased throughout England. However, the normal age for screening invitations remains 50 to 70years, with the invitations being every 3 years. The examination is important for early detection of breast cancer. Although women are advised to self-examine their breasts, not all cancers may be felt but could be occult. A breast x-ray may show any abnormality, hence the importance of Breast Screening. If there is any doubt on the Mammogram, for example, any anomaly, dense tissue or calcifications, the patient would be advised to visit their GP who would then assign them to a Breast Consultant for further investigations. The machine is digital so the images are instant on the screen. The Mammographer cannot say if she sees anything untoward as the screens are not of reporting standard, but she is able to see if the view should be repeated due to any movement or part of the breast has not been included in the mammogram. The Radiologist, who is specially trained in reading the Mammograms reports what he/she sees. As it is so specialised they are also read by an additional Radiologist so they both agree with the diagnosis. The report should be then sent to the patient in a letter or GP within a week. Many patients who have attended Breast Symptomatic Clinics have actually said how grateful they were for having had a Screening appointment where a diagnosis was made and possibly saved their lives or even many years of more invasive treatment had the cancer not been detected at an early stage. It is a quick painless procedure involving 2 different pictures of each breast. There are many horror stories about how painful it can be, having to be clamped down and pulled about! This is not entirely true and should not put patients off having this done. I personally chat to the ladies to relax them and put their minds at ease. Many women are more worried about the results than often the examination especially if they have had a Mammogram previously.

Whatever your age I feel this is a very important procedure and I am very passionate about it. My advice is to check your breasts regularly (every 2/3 months) with the palms of your hands rather than finger tips. If you have a partner, you can ask them to assist!! 

This advice to check your breasts also applies to Gentleman as breast cancer in males is often diagnosed too late! I strongly believe, given the opportunity  from the NHS, we should take advantage of this free Breast Screening Programme.

Patsy Walters

Carol’s Cleaning Corner  –  Stain removal

This month: red wine

The Problem: Red wine contains tannin and the stain it leaves can set permanently if it’s treated in the wrong way.

The Solution: Soak up as much of the liquid as you can with white paper towels or a clean white lint-free cloth. If you can’t immediately use a stain remover, flush the affected area with sparkling water; the carbon dioxide bubbles will help push the stain out of the fabric. Flush the affected area with cool water and a product such as ‘wine away’ (organic and biodegradable, no bleach, no phosphates). It turns blue before it starts to disappear. Blot to remove any remaining colour and repeat if necessary.

NEVER sprinkle salt on a red wine stain and never use soap as they can set the tannin mark permanently!


I moved into the village in 1988 renting a property at one end of the village from Jim and Penny Petrides called Whitebeams but bought Garth Cottage at the other end of the village and moved in on the 1st April 1990. Despite the date, it was certainly not a foolish decision!

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Soon after I moved in, Dennis Goring thought that he would like to give me a little history about Garth Cottage and asked me whether I had wondered about all the pit marks on the side of my house facing the lane.   To be honest I had just thought it was wear and tear as it was built in 1895 and hadn’t given it much thought. Silly old me! as I don’t know how you can get all the marks and bits out of the wall through wear and tear!!   Anyway, he told me that during the last war, a German plane flew down the Causeway, firing it’s guns at my house and then it went on up to the village and shot someone apparently hiding behind a tree!   Now I can believe the bit about my house but I have never been able to confirm the second part of the story.  

Is there anyone in the village who knows anything about the poor person who sadly was in the firing line of the German plane that day?   

Dennis was a wonderful character and I used to love the way he would decorate the speed limit sign opposite the church for Christmas, Valentines Day and all special occasions.   It always gave me, and so many others, a happy smile when we drove through the village and it was a sad loss when he died and it all stopped.

Rob Petrides also told me about Miss Dashwood, who lived at Garth Cottage in the early 1960s and ran a small nursery school here for a few toddlers. He used to come when he was 3 or 4 and remembers the highlight as the orange squash in plastic beakers and biscuits. It was quite dimly lit and he also remembers that there was no bathroom and they had to use a bucket!!   I am quite sure that the nursery school in the village now is more up to date!!

Shirley Price


Generations will never forget the mantra HANDS – FACE – SPACE. These three simple words can not only help to keep us safe; we can also use them to think about God and the Christian message.

Christians traditionally believe, as the Church of England puts it, that “There is but one living and true Gid, everlasting, without body [or] parts”. For all our bearded old man images of him, God does not literally have hands or a face.

But the Bible often uses picture language to speak of God. He is a rock. Or like a mother hen gathering up her chicks under her wings. And he is frequently described in human terms.

Jesus, God the Risen Conquering Son, is now seated in honour and glory at the right HAND of God the Father. The arm of the Lord is not too short to save and he promises his people pleasures at his right hand for ever.

The Bible often speaks of God’s FACE turned towards his people in blessing or turned away in judgement. This is the language of personal relationship: we know God’s smile or his frown. In Jesus Christ we see the face of God: God revealed and made known, the perfect and true image and representation of God. And the ultimate hope of all who trust in Jesus is to see God face to face.

As a Spirit, God does not occupy SPACE. But he is the infinite Lord of time and space, present to all those who are mingling freely or socially isolated. The shielding can know God as their shield always, where ever they are. Jesus left his social bubble, the eternal Triune life of heaven, to come to our space, this wonderful yet fallen world, to the manger in Bethlehem. He died on a cruel Roman cross it to abolish the social distance which our sin has caused between us and God. Covid restrictions or not, he calls on us to embrace him.

So for your sake and for the sake of others, stick to HANDS, FACE, SPACE. But let it drive you into the arms of God too that you might know his smile.

The Rev’d Marc Lloyd

Tractors AND This and That! (Part 2)

Well, here we are for the second issue of The Bodle .

It’s certainly been a bit nippy recently when I have been on my walks around the village but it has not got as bad as it was on 1 February 1940 when this picture of a 1938 Caterpillar RD-8 1H was taken.

Help! The snow and wind has certainly been blowing across Colerne, Somerset (very flat area) as the 1938 Caterpillar RD-8 called ‘Louise’ is certainly frozen up on 1 February 1940. Photo: Andrew West Collection
In this shot we see the rope operated scrapper box (scrapes the top soil up into the box which is taken away and empted elsewhere) behind ‘Louise’. Photo: Andrew West Collection

Icy Scenes at Colerne

We always talk about the winters of 1947/8 and 62/3, but 39/40 was not much better. It started in November and the weather didn’t improve, by late January 1940 the South East suffered its worst snowfall for 40 years, even the Thames was frozen and that lasted for five weeks, while World War Two was raging on as well.

Sunley’s of Brentford had many RAF contracts building airfields, but the weather conditions had certainly stopped operations on 1st February and they didn’t really get going again until mid March, with Louise the Caterpillar RD-8 here well snowed up. The RD-8 (1935-41) was the biggest type of crawler tractor made in the world at the time from Cat’s Peoria, Illinois, USA works (started 1909). It carried those famous Caterpillar patented 78 inch tracks and the ‘RD’ stands for Roosevelt Diesel. 

You started the main and very slow revving, 95dbh six-cylinder diesel engine by the two-cylinder side-valve engine petrol donkey, you can see on the running plate. However, even with the donkey engine going at full revs it still took such a time to start the main engine, even in normal weather conditions. In fact, the big Caterpillar main engine never wore out as the oil had been well round the big ends and mains many times before it fired up!

Jack Frost

One has to remember you had to drain all the water out every night, as there was no anti-freeze in those days, or you would crack the engine block to pieces! The tracks would have been well frozen up. To unfreeze the Caterpillar you would create a good wood and tyre fire underneath the tractor to carefully heat things, easier said than done. Another hazard was the diesel fuel consistency, which tended to ice up in such weather conditions. In normal circumstances companies would employ a younger fitter/driver to get the ‘fleet’ fired up and running and refuelled, before the ‘big boys’ arrived at 7am to get started. The RD-8 would be kept running from approximately 7am – 6.30pm depending on daylight, and would use approximately 60 gallons of fuel a day, which was very economic for the time!  In fact, the 8R crawler was to be the first of such machines to land on French soil just after D-Day in June 1944 and was a type still in action during 1959 creating the M1 Motorway. One of the largest users of such machines was famous contractor Dick Hamilton from near Battle, East Sussex.

Ted Field

In fact, an old timer who has visited Bodle Street Green many times, is 94 year old Ted Field from Broad Oak, who worked for over 35 companies using these machines, ending up driving a RB dragline at a Romney Marsh quarry for Hanson’s. Poor Ted travelled with me to Tasmania, Australia in March 2001 and promptly broke his ankle while visiting a certain historic convict’s prison on the very first day of the tour. It was heart-breaking to leave him in Hobart’s main hospital while I carried on with my tour party to mainland Australia. But, some weeks later, after his surgery, his travel insurance company arranged for a nurse to fly down from the UK and bring him home safely. He is still driving today and doing well. We have recently run a series on his life in Old Glory magazine and back copies are available.

Getting back to the Caterpillars, the dealer for these machines in the UK was Jack Olding of  Hatfield who created an imposing Cat HQ/training centre just off the A1 in 1939 (listed building today). However Olding has an ominous connection with Sussex, as he suffered a serious stroke at the now defunct Hurst Park, Lewes while watching one of his potential Epsom Darby racehorses on 26 May 1958 and died on 2 June 1958 in a London hospital. Jack was a Rolls-Royce dealer in the 20s and an Aston Martin dealer from 1933 and a very early John Deere tractor dealer from the 30s.

Peter Love

Peter Love is seen in Pennsylvania just outside Gettysburg, where there are other things than just fascinating civil war relics. This includes this brilliant private collection featuring a 1927 tractor with its Le Roy engine that is hand started help the AB Baker was known as a very good tractor on the threshing machine ( called separators in USA ) Photo Robin Simmons
An advertisement for contractor Sunley’s of Brentford showing they had been on this work since 1938, the year of Churchill’s first scrap drive. Photo: Paul Tofield Collection

The Sunley Group is a 3rd generation family owned private property company founded by Bernard Sunley in 1922.

Like many entrepreneurs in a hurry Bernard Sunley left school at the age of 16 to build an empire: from landscape contracting, tennis courts and returfing The Arsenal Football Club, in the early days, to the construction of over 100 runways during the Second World War.

By the time of his early death in 1964, aged 54, Bernard had built up two public companies, Bernard Sunley Investment Trust (construction, housing and property), and Blackwood Hodge (diggers and dumpers); and nurtured his greatest legacy The Bernard Sunley Foundation which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2020.

The businesses were eventually sold, Bernard’s only son John then establishing the private Sunley Holdings Group in 1979 which is now headed by his son James.

During the last forty years the company has been active in all areas of real estate investment and development including student housing in London, office projects in London and New York, the development of Lake Nona Golf Club in Florida, the genesis of Industrial Ownership, the planning, promotion and construction of thousands of homes throughout south east England. The group provides mezzanine finance to other developers and also has a portfolio of non property early stage investments.

Peter Love took a group to eastern Canada (organised by Jayne) where a club north of Toronto staged a special ‘working’ show for the group, which featured this early 1941 Caterpillar D8, giving you an idea of its actual size. It’s basically the same as the ‘frosted’ up example in the black and white pictures. Photo: Peter Love
Working demonstrations of old machinery is what it’s all about, as we see a Caterpillar D8 with a bulldozing blade at The Link Club’s Sibbertoft, June annual event. Photo: Peter Love
Another example of what they call ‘muck shifting’ as the Caterpillar D8 scraper box has nearly picked up its load. The re-laid Goodwood estate airstrip by the motor race circuit used a similar operation in 2017. This showed the method of lifting soil here still has its uses with 70 year old machinery at the head end. Photo: Peter Love
When we arrived in Bodle Street Green (1988), the former Barnes company was still operating in the village. On the left of the picture stood three tractors an International 634, 614, 574. The manager, Gerry Smith, had just sold these tractors to dealer Dougie Upton.
The ‘Jubilee Building’ on the right housed the Barnes 36in threshing drum that they built during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year (1887). The threshing drum was purposely built for the many small farms entrances of the area. The farms normally averaged 74 acres and ran dairy and poultry, which this area was famous for. The building had a preservation order placed on it, but this was forgotten when it was all pulled down to make way for houses. Photo: Peter Love
The picture dates from approximately 1927. On the left is the Daimler Model CB, which was only a 30cwt. Almost all of them were purchased by the War Department and then sold into the civilian market after the war. The truck on the right is a RAF Leyland or WO Subsidy Class A Type 5000 Leyland (to give it its full name). They were predominantly built for the Royal Flying Corps during World War One.
By the end of the war nearly 6,000 had been built and most of the survivors were sold off to the civilian market. Leyland bought back from the War Department 3,111 most of which were reconditioned before sale. This one has a War Department style radiator guard, carries a tax disc on the side of the cab (demonstrating the photograph is after 1921) and has been fitted with a body with opening sides which is probably much more useful than just the tailgate, which was fitted to the Leyland’s in military service. The transport side of Barnes business was operated by George Barnes. The person on the McLaren steam tractor at the back is Fred Creasy. Photo: Barnes family.
My first car made by Lines Brothers (Triang)
Me 1957! August 7 Paddock Wood Steam Rally the owners were paid 50 shillings to attend! Both engines live in Blakpool now and the engine on the right is in a 1000 pieces.
The famous Barnes pipe bender was there right to the end and placed on a small steam portable inner firebox from the Victorian era.