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OPEN GARDEN: (NGS) at Cupani, 8 Sandgate Close today Friday from noon to 5pm. Entry £3.50, children free.

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Herstmonceux & Wartling news

Herstmonceux & Wartling

OPEN GARDENS: Today, Friday, for Demelza and on Wednesday for Friends of Eastbourne District General Hospital, Fine Oaks at Hammer Lane, Cowbeech TN21 9HF is a colourful productive garden and will be open from 11am to 5pm on Friday and from 10.30am to 12.30am and 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. There will be refreshments and various stalls on both occasions.

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Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand news

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

CROSS IN HAND VILLAGE DAY: Saturday, August 5, Hardy Roberts Ground (Heathfield RC) 1pm to 5pm. Plans are well underway for this year’s annual Cross in Hand Village Day and we hope you can join us. We have many new attractions this year together with some of our favourites. The Village Bake Off returns, this year prizes will be awarded for the Best Signature Bake and the best cupcake baked and/or decorated by juniors. The Fun Dog Show returns with nine new classes, bring your four legged friends along on the day and have some fun. Judging will commence at approximately 1.15pm. A new attraction this year is the Flower and Craft Show, please email crossinhandfun for more details on classes etc. For your entertainment, we have the children of Cross in Hand School Choir; performances by AB Stage School, Diamond Dance and Warbleton Brass Band. By popular demand, Mr Bumble will also be returning. There will also be demonstrations from local craftsmen. Whilst the children are busy you can head over to Hurstwood Cider’s tent for cider tasting or you may prefer to join Hidden Spring Vineyard for some wine tasting. Heathfield Rugby Club will also be opening the bar for us. We have a variety of side stalls, photo booth, pony rides, archery, 45ft assault course, raffle, tea garden, candy floss and and lots, lots more. Something for everyone.

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Horam & Vines Cross news

Horam & Vines Cross

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: News, appeals and information. Moped stolen from outside a home in Forest Row. Between 6pm on Tuesday, July 11 and 3.30pm on Wednesday, July 12 a light blue Piaggio Vespa style moped with a registration number ending with DJX was stolen from outside a house in Upper Close, Forest Row. The moped, worth about £700, was left overnight in the close by the owner who had kept the keys when he left it. Whoever stole the scooter would have either had to jump start it, push it away from the area before attempting to start it elsewhere or possibly load it into the back of a waiting van or similar vehicle. Could you have witnessed this on Tuesday evening, later at night or the Wednesday morning maybe? Or has someone who lives near you, very recently and unexpectedly, starting riding a light blue moped that looks like the one described? To report anything in relation to this incident please contact police in the usual way quoting reference 900 of 12/07.

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Waldron news


THE INN CROWD: Award winner Sophia Walker will be our guest performer at a special performance of Around the World in Eight Mistakes on Wednesday in the pub garden. She comes to us from The Inn Crowd, which supports rural pubs throughout the south-east by putting on high quality live literature events. The Inn Crowd is supported by Arts Council England which subsidises the cost of putting on the programme. Tickets for this event are £15 each including a barbecue supper and are available from the Star, the coffee shop (open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings) or by phoning 01435 812495. Please bring a folding chair and come and support this new initiative.

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Polegate news


POLEGATE PLODDERS: Would like more folk to join their running/jogging group. Please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email

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Fletching news


CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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Arlington & Berwick news

Arlington & Berwick

CROQUET: Tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2.30pm, there will be an inter-village croquet competition at Primrose Farm, Arlington.

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Hellingly & Horsebridge news

Hellingly & Horsebridge

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY: Come and be an archaeologist for the day at Michelham Priory on Wednesday. All ages welcome from 10.30am. Get stuck in with a whole heap of exciting hands-on activities, finds processing, living history and incredible displays for all ages. Join our archaeologists and experts as they hunt for finds in the trial trench. Free children’s trail and activities throughout the day. Plenty to do inside and out. Normal admission applies.

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Nevill news


SQUIRRELS AND DOGS: Due to recording my excitement at seeing a Red Squirrel in the IOW, I forgot to mention we ‘bumped’ into Bob Cairns over there, who likened himself to a Gray Squirrel, which was probable why I forgot to mention him. Sorry Bob. Grovelling complete. We have been looking after our dog again this week for family and of course walking him on the Downs where we noticed a large amount of dog waste still being left on pavements and on walking paths on the downs. Then we read of the possibility of upping the fine to a thousand pounds and got to wondering how that would be policed. The idea is that we are supposed to report it to the dog warden after drawing it to the attention the dog owners. Good luck with that then.

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East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: East Hoathly and District Preservation Society invites you to a talk entitled Without Reserve by Janie Ramsay. Jane will share amusing anecdotes and stories from behind the scenes in the Antiques Business, where her career has led her from opening her first Antique shop in the High Street of Tunbridge Wells in the mid 70s, to becoming a director of Sotheby’s, a post which she held for 16 years. Friday September 8, 7.30pm in East Hoathly Village Hall. Admission is free to members, visitors welcome £4.

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Burwash news


BINGO: How can I adequately describe the fun we had at last Sunday’s Charity Prize bingo. To say we had fun is an understatement. Despite there not being many people in attendance, those who did come were determined to make it as much fun for everyone as they could. From children to adults there was a lot of laughter and joking, which made the afternoon. Thank you to all those that came from the village and from far and wide, Bexhill, Battle, Maresfield, Etchingham and Heathfield. We had some great prizes too, the usual wine, chocolates, home made cakes, two grocery hampers, a bowl of fruit and a basket of vegetables. There was a chicken dinner, a pamper hamper, a coffee set including the coffee etc, and a tea set which included the tea and biscuits. Our grateful thanks to all those who donated one of the many prizes. Refreshments were well received as there was a delicious homemade strawberry gateau and large pieces of chocolate cake. The generosity of the players and helpers means we can send a cheque for £200 to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Thank you all of the helpers who make the event an easy one to run.

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Barcombe news


BOWLING CLUB: The club had a busy time last week with four matches played in eight days, which started on July 8 with a loss against Hangleton 70 shots to 60 shots for Barcombe. The mid weeks matches both resulted in wins for Barcombe. Barcombe 75 against Hellingly 69. The evening match against Ringmer also resulted in a win Barcombe 63 Ringmer 58. The fourth match was played away against Haywards Heath, the score was Haywards Heath 86 Barcombe 52, a heavy loss, but at least we have doubled the number of wins so far this season.

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Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey news

Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, at St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Parish Communion. The service will be followed by the annual Parish Picnic on the church lawns (if wet in the church hall).

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Chailey news


SUMMER FUN: On Chailey Green, organised by St Peter’s Church, takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm. There will be live music, games, toys, a fabulous raffle, food, cakes, strawberries and cream, art workshop, tombola, Harvey’s, Pimms and Bluebell Wine tents and many more exciting stalls. Entry is free. For more information or to donate a raffle prize call the Parish Office on 01825 722286.

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Malling news


SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: (One of the three Trinity churches). This Sunday the service will be Morning Praise, with Music led by the church band. It begins at 9.30am and ends around 10.30am. After the service, Steve and Amanda Burgess will speak about their recent motor cycling holiday in Romania, which included a visit to one of the mission groups which Trinity supports. This will be followed by a picnic lunch in the arboretum (thanks to the generosity of their neighbours in Church Lane). Bring your own picnic.

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Piddinghoe news


WILDLIFE AND US: I love to have wildlife in my garden but it has its downside where fruit and vegetables are concerned. At the moment it is Wildlife 1 Humans 0. All the soft fruit without exception has been consumed, but not by me. Where cherries are concerned, the birds seem to like them prior to ripening and, as these are often on very mature and tall trees, netting is difficult. One wonders how commercial cherry growers manage this problem. My developing peas and beans had a similar fate, this time the culprits were slugs and snails.

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Ninfield & Hooe news

Ninfield and Hooe

THAT’S IT FOR ANOHTER YEAR: It’s going to take some time to recover, it’s such a full on event and the last bits and bobs still need to be tied up, but this year’s Carnival was absolutely fantastic with everything happening as planned, and the feedback from people since being very complimentary. So Job Done as they say. A big thank you to all the committee, helpers and friends who did such sterling work throughout, and to all sponsors, donators of cakes and raffle prizes, judges, including our MP Huw Merriman who gained half a stone while tasting the 27 Masterchef entries, and all the people who came up to the recreation ground to spend their pennies and pounds. It’s so very much appreciated. There will be a Carnival meeting shortly to get the finances worked out and figures published, then the chosen charity, Alzheimers Society/ Rural Dementia Action Research will be presented with a cheque. There was a call for more young people to get involved with the Carnival, that maybe it was time for us old fogies to move on so, if you are interested in joining in, working hard, having fun and creating the best village event ever, then come to the meetings.

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Plumpton news


CRICKET: Plumpton and East Chiltington CC play in two league games tomorrow, Saturday. The First XI are away to Fletching and the Second XI are home, at the King George V Playing Fields, to Alfriston. Both games start at 1.30pm. For more information about the Club contact Charlie Wycherley on 07912 935889 or at

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Telscombe news


HELP REQUIRED: If anyone fancies helping us clear footpath 12A in the Litter Pick Challenge then come along to the Smugglers Rest Car Park at 2pm on Wednesday.

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