East Hoathly

PRESERVATION SOCIETY: On Sunday, the Preservation Society will be leading their monthly walk, starting from The Roebuck at Laughton at 2pm. Everyone is very welcome, whether members or not. Dogs on leads please in case of livestock. For further details, call Jenny or Chris on 872830.

BUS SERVICES: Halland now has a daily bus service to Gatwick Airport. The Metrobus service 380 runs from Hastings to Gatwick Airport. The times are: Halland Black Lion: 2.45am arrives Gatwick 4.45am and Halland Black Lion: 3.38am arrives Gatwick 5.38am. The one way fare is £7. Please note there are no return journeys. Metrobus do offer a daily return ticket by train, but that is not convenient to get back to Halland. However if you have a morning flight from Gatwick this service could be useful.

SANCTUARY: Could East Hoathly offer a home for one or more of the unfortunate people who have risked everything to escape war or persecution? Would villagers like ways to contribute towards alleviating the plight of these fellow human beings? An open meeting will be held in the church to discuss such ideas. If you are interested in the refugee problem; think UK should be doing more to help people in trouble; or would like to know more about what the idea of sanctuary could mean, do come. No cost, no commitment, no affiliation, just a conversation, perhaps leading to an action plan. Please come along to discuss this issue that cannot be ignored. The meeting will take place in the village church at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 30.

BUS SERVICE UPDATE: East Hoathly is one of the few villages in this part of the county that has a direct weekend service to Brighton. It is therefore with regret that Mike Best from Brighton and Hove Buses has contacted he parish council to say that unfortunately the No 28 Sunday service via East Hoathly is not being used enough to be viable. At the moment, on most journeys, there is no-one to pick up from East Hoathly. However, it has been agreed to continue run the service for winter timetable, and the bus company has produced some leaflets advertising the service. However, unless the service receives more use it will discontinue next spring. Please bear in mind that this service will be beneficial to those members of our community that cannot drive, and please consider using this facility as an alternative to driving between the towns served by this service. As a reminder, the timetable is summarised: Times from East Hoathly to Lewes and Brighton are: 9.19am and 12.17pm. Return times are: Brighton Churchill Square, 2.35pm and 4.35pm. Lewes Waitrose, 3.11pm and 5.11pm. These times give good opportunities for visits to Lewes and Brighton including perhaps going to see the Veteran Car Run arrivals on Brighton seafront on Sunday November 1. Halland continues to have its hourly service: To Brighton and Lewes from 9.24am until 7.55pm. To Halland from Brighton Churchill Square from 9.35am until 4.35pm. To Halland from Lewes Waitrose from 10.11am until 5.11pm.

SHOW SOCIETY: This year’s Autumn Show was held on Sunday September 6. The number of entries continue to increase and for this show we had 275 entries with several from the new Garden plots including the Community Garden. The awards were as follows:

Classes 4 to 26 flowers: Bourne Cup for roses, K Richardson and C Blakiston; Russell Memorial Medal for chrysanthemum sprays, J Walker; Russell Memorial a Medal for chrysanthemum blooms, J Walker. Classes 27 to 56 Fruit and Vegetables: Barham Cup for most points overall, J Walker; Cottingham Cup for overall best horticultural exhibit, S Cottingham; £20 bonus prize class 47 Heaviest Pumpkin, J Fig. Classes 57 to 66 Cookery: Akehurst Award for best exhibit, L Eustace. Annual Awards given for overall points in 2015 spring and autumn shows: Ladies’ Cup Most Points overall, K Richardson; Gentlemen’s Cup for most points overall, J Walker; Cup Preserves, R Akehurst; Family Cup, the Tarry Family, Vine Cup Most points for a newcomer E. Harman; Isted Cup Decorative, P Duke, R Akehurst, F Mills; Lockwood Cup Handicrafts, P Duke; Cookery Award, Jane Tarry; Banksian Medal most points in the horticultural classes, K Richardson. Junior Cups: Ages 5 to 6yrs, Ruby Tarry; ages 7 to 9yrs, Leo Tarry; ages 10 to 14yrs, Christopher Mills.

For further information about joining the society or other matters please contact Paul Richardson 01825 840082 or info@villageshowsociety.co.uk

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