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SCARECROWS: Isfield residents are coming up trumps again with their bumper number of entries for the Scarecrow Trail, one of the pre-event activities leading up the Village Fete on Sunday. The theme this year is Films, and while some of the scarecrows have fairly obvious identities, others take a bit of working out, all of which adds to the fun. Residents and out-of-village visitors are welcome to stroll the Trail, the length of Station Road from the Lavender Line to the village hall as well as side roads and vote at the fete for Best Scarecrow. The fete is being held at usual in the Isfield Community Enterprise field behind The Laughing Fish. The gates open for main events at 12.30pm, although St Margaret’s Church will be holding a service in the field at 10am. Deb’s Dancers start the arena activities at 12.45pm, and other events include a novelty dog show (from 1.05pm), a performance by the inChoir singers (2.20pm), terrier racing (2.45pm), Deb’s Dancers again at 3pm, a scurry race (3.15pm), open tug-of-war (3.40pm), traditional sports for children and adults (4.05pm) and the ever-popular, and potentially mucky, egg-throwing competition around 4.45pm. There will be plenty of stalls and sideshows. Among these will be a bric-a-brac stall and crockery-smashing sideshow being run by Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society. The group’s Andy Payne says that items for both are needed; please take along to the appropriate stalls on the day. It will, of course (fingers crossed) be a wonderful warm and sunny day, so make the most of refreshments, which include a hog roast. Proceeds from the fete will go to local good causes. Rachel Cranfield (01825 750709 or email whartonsfarm@gmail.com) would be pleased to hear from anyone who would care to provide cakes or plants for sale, or could offer a spot of general help on the day.

FLOWER SHOW: There’s plenty of opportunity to exhibit your skills at the Isfield Flower Show on August 15, for as well as classes for flowers, fruit and vegetables there are several for cookery, handicrafts, flower-arranging and photography. The show is being hosted by the village’s Forget-Me-Not Club, and chairman Colin Stains (01825 766342) says any donations for raffle and tombola prizes would be appreciated. Show catalogues, with entry forms, seem to have been widely distributed, but if you have been unable to get hold of one Brenda Reynolds, the show chair, can help you out. Brenda is on 01825 749778. The show is being held in the village hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with staging taking place between 8.30am and 11am.

PETS’ SERVICE: St Margaret’s parish church has a very small regular congregation, but it is likely that numbers will be boosted on July 12, mind you, not all the additional church-goers will be of the two-legged kind. For this is the day when the Isfield church will be holding its annual Pets’ Service. ‘Pets of every type and size will be very welcome: from stick insects to ponies, gerbils to Labradors, terriers to terrapins, cats to canaries,’ says church warden Stephen Hardwick. Weather permitting the service will be held in the churchyard, otherwise inside the church, although, says Stephen, maybe any ponies (or bigger) may have to stay in the porch. Regular services are: St Margaret’s (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

COLLECTIONS: It seems that some householders in the district are a bit confused about the new arrangements for rubbish collection that came into force at the beginning of this month. For Isfield, or at least most of the village, garden waste collections are on alternate Mondays while alternate Thursdays see pick-ups of recyclable and general waste. Calendars were delivered to every home a while ago, but can also be seen on website http://www.wealden.gov.uk/binsindex.aspx or phone 01323 443322.

FILM NIGHT: Tomorrow’s (Saturday) film screening at Isfield Village Hall will be Topsy-Turvy, a musical period drama about Gilbert and Sullivan. Tickets available at the door for £6 include a glass of wine and nibbles, although the audience may take their own refreshments. Lights down at 7.30pm

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