Herstmonceux & Wartling

POP UP DINING: This evening there is a Pop-Up Italian Dining event at Lime Cross Nursery from 7pm to 9.30pm. This is the first of a series of delicious pop up dinners cooked for you by renowned Chef Valentina Harris using the very best of local Sussex produce and the freshest of authentic Italian ingredients. Limited spaces so booking is essential on 01323 833229.

VITALITY CHOIR: The new choir at the Health Centre welcomed nine members at its first meeting last week. They would very much like a musical director and so if there is anyone who would like to take up this position, they would be most grateful to hear from you on 01323 833535.

ALL SAINTS: There are Services on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Songs of Praise.

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

OPEN GARDEN: The gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle are open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme for charity on Thursday from 10am to 6pm. Come and enjoy our gardens and grounds in the height of summer and your entrance will be donated to the National Garden Scheme. Normal Gardens and Grounds charges apply. Entry is £6, U16 £3, Children under 5 years free, concessions £4.95, family £14.

BOWLS: Last week Herstmonceux won 93 against Uckfield 63 which gained them seven league points. Herstmonceux Ladies beat Horam Ladies 50 to 40 in a friendly and the gents were beaten by Spartan Gents 48 to 80 in another friendly.

WALKS: The Walking group will be meeting on Sunday and Tuesday. On Sunday they will be meeting at 10am with Trudy 845597 and Hailsham Leisure Centre for a Downland walk from Stanmer Park. Bring a picnic lunch and money for tea. On Tuesday evening the group will be meeting at 6.30pm at South Hill Barn car park, Seaford for a walk with Helen 845684 of 3 to 4miles with lovely views. If you would like to go along then please give the walk leader, a ring in the first instance for details. If in doubt about the difficulty of a walk or if the weather is poor please ring the walk leader before setting out. You are responsible for your own well-being and are advised to carry basic first aid and drinking water. New members and well behaved dogs are welcome.

VITALITY VILLAGES: Vitality Villages was set up in late 2014 as a platform for promoting Community awareness in Health and Wellbeing. The inaugural meeting last week adopted the constitution and set on its way by electing a chair and committee whose roles will be distributed at its first meeting. The opening of a bank account was organised after which future events were confirmed and discussed including a Taste of Vitality in September, family events and the continuation of the coffee mornings with speakers. The community choir needs a musical director and further promotion in the village for more members. There was also a look at creating a list of volunteers with the possibility of a volunteer day taking place. Another meeting will be arranged in about a month. Enquiries to Bea 01323 833535.

OPEN AIR CONCERT: Sounding the Retreat at Herstmonceux Castle. The Band and Bugles of the Rifles will perform tomorrow, Saturday, at 7pm (gates open from 5.30pm) in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF). Advance Tickets £15 (£17.50 on the night) seniors and juniors £12.50 (£15). Enquiries 01323 834479.

CHURCH FAIR: For Herstmonceux Church tomorrow, Saturday, at Cowbeech House, Cowbeech (opposite The Merry Harriers) from 2pm to 4.30pm. Stalls, teas and games in the grounds. Contributions of cakes, books, bric-a-brac, tombola prizes would be very welcome. If you would like to help please ring Pam 833079.

ZIMBABWEAN SCULPTURE: In the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle on Sunday July 19, Hilary Manuhwa will be presenting a workshop that will allow a limited number to join him to learn how to carve stone. It is a hands-on experience and a very rare opportunity (and it is free), so book your place early by phoning 01323 834479. Hilary is also staging his Summer Exhibition each day until August 23.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: This is an Open Air Theatre experience on Sunday July 19, 4pm. Join Mole as he abandons his spring cleaning for the riverbank, and stumbles into an adventure with Mr Toad and his friends. Adults £14, concessions (incl children) £9, children U3 f, family £40. Enquiries and tickets 01323 834479.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: There is a wildlife theme to the July meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall, as the group will be welcoming Jenny Clark from the Forest Row Bat Hospital to talk about the centre and all the work that they do. As bats are often only seen as shadows in the sky at dusk, it will be interesting to learn from an expert and to get a close-up on these fascinating and mysterious creatures. All welcome! There is always a delicious homemade supper to enjoy, too.

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