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ISFEST: No sooner has one big village event in Isfield been done and dusted when along comes another. This time it is Isfest, the big summer musical party organised by Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society. Five local bands have been lined up for the event in the Isfield Community Enterprise field behind the Laughing Fish pub on Saturday June 18. They are: Good Company (2.15pm to 3.30pm); Tagore Chayne (4pm to 4.30pm); Fat Belly Jones (5pm to 7pm); Varjak (7.30pm to 8pm); Skull Drummery, (8pm to 8.30pm); and Loose Moose (8.30pm to 11pm. Timings may be subject to slight change. Gates open at 2pm, and entry fees are: Adults, £10; 5 to 15 years, £5; under 5, free. Note that under-21s will be required to provide ID. A selection of food along with real ales and ciders will be on sale, and free camping overnight is being offered at the site. The Bonfire Society runs this event as one of its main fund-raising activities to help pay for the Guy Fawkes celebrations later in the year. More details on www.isfest.org.uk

FETE FUNDS: A bumper crowd at Isfield Village Fete earlier this month produced a net profit of about £2,500, the exact figure will be known when the last of the bills have landed. This is something like 20 percent up on last year, and will be used, as usual, to help local good causes and provide facilities for villagers. Suggestions can be sent to Andy Brooks (01825 750349 or andy@laughingfishonline.co.uk) or Rachel Cranfield (whartonsfarm@gmail.com).

RESCUE: The perils facing fledglings at this time of year was brought home earlier this week when your scribe’s wife was suddenly disturbed while weeding a garden border by two very noisy blackbirds. Their anger had been caused by one of their young being nipped by a feline foe and who appeared to have suffered a damaged wing. It took a few phone calls, but eventually we were put in touch with the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, who are currently upgrading their Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith, just a few miles along the A22 towards Eastbourne. A check-up showed that Nigel (or maybe Nigella) had a few tiny puncture marks but otherwise appeared reasonably fit, if shocked. So, if you come across an injured animal in need of emergency care, it might be worth bearing this organisation in mind. It is run as a registered charity, and naturally needs donations to keep going. The Rescue Line number is 07815078234. Lots more information on www./wildlifeambulance.org/

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: Pets’ service on Sunday (10am). 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).

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