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FINE ARTS SOCIETY: This month Wealden Decorative and Fine Arts Society members enjoyed a talk by Jeremy Barlow entitled The Cat and the Fiddle in which he displayed images of musical humour stretching from the carvings on church pillars and the beautifully illuminated borders of medieval manuscripts to the wickedly observed cartoons of Ronald Serle and Gerard Hoffnung. They were even treated to an extract from Hoffnung’s Symphony for Orchestra and Vacuum Cleaner. Quite obviously the artist and musician have much in common.

Next month’s meeting is the last in the current season when Maggie Campbell Pedersen will talk about organic gem materials in the decorative arts. Why not come along as a visitor on June 11 at 2.15pm in Heathfield Community Centre and if you enjoy the afternoon join as a member at the start of the new season. Contact 01435 873258 for details.

BIG CHURCH DAY OUT: Tickets are on sale for the Big Church Day Out 2016. Taking place on May 28 and 29. BCDO is the UK’s largest Christian celebration of its kind, gathering more than 25,000 people from all denominations and ages for two days of world class music, family fun and incredible worship on the Wiston Estate in West Sussex.

More information on their website www.bigchurchdayout.com

Heathfield Show 28th May 2016: People driving past the fields of Little Tottingworth Farm in Broad Oak, Heathfield over the weekend will have noticed teams of people measuring out the field. This was the beginning of two weeks preparations for the Heathfield & District Agricultural Show.

David Unsworth White, our Ground Contractor, is responsible for directing the team of volunteers who are happy to drive in pegs and hold tapes but rely on David’s expertise to make sure the marquees go up in the right positions, the roadways are the right width to give access to all areas of the Show and the showing rings meet the size requirements they need.

The Show always provides a lavish spread of entertainment together with all the countryside elements which make this such a successful event. Where else would visitors be able to see the very best examples of livestock, beautiful, elegant horses, the latest in agricultural machinery and technology, traditional crafts such as shoeing and metalwork and wonderful displays of flower arrangements, all in one place.

The New Enterprise Zone will be promoting 10 start up businesses who have been trading for less than a year on Show day and have ‘won’ a free trade stand space at the Show. The Craft Marquee plays host to local craftsmen, and the Education marquee, this year sponsored by Bede’s, will be show casing the ‘how, why, what, when and where’ of agriculture. The Farmers Market area is bigger and better than ever before with local cheese makers, raw milk specialist and sausage makers occupying just a few of the stalls that will be present on Show day.

Anticipation is running high amongst all the volunteers – the JCB Dancing Diggers are this year’s main ring attraction. Pirouettes, bucket sweeps and the obligatory bangs and whistles will be the order of the day during their two displays and should not be missed. ‘Hug a hen’ was a popular feature of the Poultry marquee last year, this year pigeons will be making an appearance. The Micro Brewery is featuring the beer of local breweries and this year a pint can be enjoyed accompanied by local band El Banda Barros.

Pre-show discounted tickets are available from www.heathfieldshow.orgn or various local outlets.

For further information or photos please contact The Show Office on 01435 864587 or 07799 846299 Email: Secretary@heathfieldshow.org

Punnetts Town Classic Car and Fun Dog Show: This year’s show will again be held at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, 18th June, from 10.00am. There will be Vintage and Veteran vehicles of all kinds. If you own a car you would like to show, phone John Smith on (01435) 831 653 for an entry form. There will also be a Fun Dog Show with various events during the day. To enter your dog, phone (01435) 810 166. Admission £2, any profits to go towards Village Hall funds. The Recreation Ground is at the western end of the village, on Battle Road. Parking is limited, but a Park & Ride system will be in operation.

All Saints’ Old Heathfield: 8am:Holy Communion (BCP). 11am: Family Service. All welcome for coffee after this service. allsaintsoldheathfield.org

St George’s Broad Oak: 9-30am:Family Service.

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