Isfield & Little Horsted

Snow White: Teenager Paige Lynam has a particularly big and happy smile on her face these days: She has just landed the lead-role in a community theatre group’s pantomime. Paige, 18, moved to Isfield from Crowborough with her parents Debbie and Steve and sister Mia a year ago. She has been a member of Crowborough Players for just over two years, and has now successfully auditioned for the top role in the group’s presentation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ‘I was so excited when I got the email to say I had been chosen. I squealed with delight,’ said Paige, who is appearing in her third panto with the Players’; last year she was one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men. Paige says appearing on stage has done wonders for her confidence. ‘I was really shy but it’s brought me out of my shell,’ she said. Younger sister Mia, who has trodden the boards be performed on three evenings and a Saturday matinee at Crowborough Community Centre on December 11 to 13. Paige works part-time at The Laughing Fish while she seeks an opportunity to train as a dentistry nurse. It seems a group of the pub’s regulars are making plans to see Paige perform. They’re right behind you, Paige. Oh, yes they are …

Harvest: It’s that time of year again when the crops are, hopefully, safely harvested. Which means it’s time for the annual Harvest Festival service at St Margaret’s Church in Isfield on Sunday September 28 (10am). The church’s small group of regular congregation hope that many more families will join them on this occasion, having first raided their gardens and/or store cupboards. All Harvest contributions will be distributed among local charities. A recent appeal for people to sign up as Friends of St Margaret’s has met with an encouraging response. Parishoner Stephen Hardwick said: ‘The annual appeal has been well supported by churchgoers and non-churchgoers and shows the importance to many villagers that the church is maintained not just for our generation but those to come.’ Some of the Friends were hosted by Mervyn Griffiths for an evening when local licensee Andy Brook’s gave an interesting talk on his village pub’s unusual name and also about the history of pubs in general and their modern-day decline.

Parish business: A reminder that meetings of Isfield Parish Council are being switched from Thursday to Monday evenings. All are welcome to meetings, the next one being next week (September 28) in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Bentley: David Wickham will be the guest speaker at next Wednesday’s (September 30) meeting of Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club when he will give a talk on the history of nearby Bentley wildlife and motor museum. The club is for over-55s and meets fortnightly at Isfield Village Hall (2.30pm).

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