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Ringmer

SCARECROW FESTIVAL: Ringmer Nursery and Primary School PTA continue with the second weekend of their 3rd annual Scarecrow festival in the village this weekend (July 14 and 15). There will be a map to buy with a trail around the village with questions to answer and competitions to enter. Maps are £3 and can be bought from the Pet Shop or Cafe Ringmer. Prizes are to be won by visiting scarecrows and entering competitions. Please spread the word and encourage visitors to our wonderful village.

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Seaford

NGS OPEN GARDEN: At Cupani, 8 Sandgate Close today, Friday, from noon to 5pm. There will be light lunches and afternoon tea’s available. Entry £4.50 children free.

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Nevill

ANNUAL SPORTS: St Mary’s Sports held their 70th annual children’s sports day on Nevill green in glorious sunshine. The Mayor, Councillor Janet Barr, accompanied by Councillor Graham Mayhew came to watch the events in the afternoon, with the Mayor taking part in the mothers race. She also presented the trophies to the winning competitors at the end of a splendid day enjoyed by the children. An exhibition of memorabilia and photos ranging back the 70 years was in a large marquee on the green which was enjoyed by the young and old alike. A posy of flowers was presented to the Mayor by Bethany Gander. The results of those winning cups are as follows. Boys Junior Pentathlon, Rocky Lampard; Girls Junior Pentathlon, Imogen Clark; Girls Senior Pentathlon, Ruby Morse; Boys Triathlon, joint winners Samuele Scarpelli and Reggie Olliver; Girls Triathlon, Lucy Wright; Boys year 3/4 Relay, Chocolate Truffles. Samuele Scarpelli, Ethan Winter-Bowdidge, Reggie Olliver, Isaac Overton; Girls Junior Relay, Buttercup Uniplugs. Reicela Bluke, Imogen Clarke, Jocelyn Kearley-Light, Izzy Winn; Girls Senior Relay, The Bluebells. Ruby Morse, Gemma Wright, Amalie Smith-Jarman, Bethany Gander.

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Piddinghoe

FRESH AND CLEAN: It is a joy to see the village in such good shape at the moment. There is a just-brushed feeling on the ground and a freshness in the air despite the recent stifling heat and humidity. There are only about 260 of us here and we don’t have many facilities. Let’s face it, we are never going to win one of those trendy Village of the Year awards or attract the attention of Penelope Keith (aka Margot of The Good Life or Audrey of To The Manor Born) on one of her summer season engagements. And yet something seems to come over Pidd at this time of year which makes it a wonderful place to be. It all started, it seems, when the council gave us our first grass-cut of the year and it seemed to inspire residents to examine more closely the appearance of their own patches of properties and surroundings. Two huge trees have been cut down from front gardens in one the closes, not before time, and the paths underneath them appear to have been power-swept. The village’s two building-sites have also been hidden from view by extra protection this week and the pathways behind The Hoe and on the riverbanks have been beautifully cleared. We should try to make the very most of it while it lasts.

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Rodmell and Southease

SUMMER: Well, you can’t complain that we haven’t had a summer this year. The hot weather goes on and on. As I write this today (July 7), I have visitors arriving to go to a wedding in Hove at 1pm. I bet that couple are popular having it on the day of the great match. Perhaps Harry and Meghan set the trend.

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Waldron

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning on Saturday July 21 at Maigarth Farm, Mayfield Flat, by kind invitation of Reg and Ann Bassett, and in support of the. Waldron Organ Fund. The coffee morning will start at 10am. I was asked the other day where Maigarth Farm is as the name was unfamiliar even to some long-standing locals. It’s in Mayfield Flat, that handy short-cut from the Halland to Cross in Hand road (B2102) to get to the main Mayfield/Tunbridge Wells road (A267). Got it?

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Telscombe

YELLOW BUOYS: Fishermen, boat crew and recreational sea users are being urged not to interfere with the yellow buoys which are in use along the East Sussex coast during the summer months. Last year, six buoys, chains, shackles and anchors were lost because fishermen were tying their boats to the buoys and moving their position. Jet ski enthusiasts were also using them as slalom lanes for racing, and sailing clubs used them as anchor points for their boats. The cost to repair last year’s damage was around £2,500 and already this year two buoys, chains, shackles and anchors have been punctured and tampered with, costing another £500 to rectify. It’s important that anyone using the sea respects the equipment which is placed there. The buoys are not there for mooring up to, but are a vital safety aid in separating swimmers from fast-moving watercraft such as speedboats and jet skis.

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Ninfield and Hooe

HE BIG WEEKEND: Not only for all the major sporting events that are coming to fruition over the next few days (and hasn’t the football been fantastic), but, more importantly of course for Ninfield, as the Carnival hits the village this evening (Friday) on the Recreation Ground, in the main marquee. Doors open at 7pm and the first thing to happen is for the Carnival Queen and Court to be Crowned at 7.15pm. Then, all youngsters can enjoy entertainment from Uncle Bumble 7.30pm to 8.30pm; followed at 9pm by the Disco Party Night, with DJ Dan and Internation.Music.Sound. a sensational disco for all residents to enjoy. I’ll get on with the rest of the entries for this week’s column and then, space permitting, give a last timed list of proceedings, for a final push on the advertising front. You can’t say I’m not a trier.

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Arlington & Berwick

DICKER VILLAGE GREEN: New planting and benches. If you would like to help with the maintenance of this project, please come along today, Friday, for a chat. You do not need to be an experienced gardener or make a regular commitment. The herbs are there for all to use, so do help yourselves and perhaps pull a weed at the same time.

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Burwash

BINGO: I thought I would update for those that came to our last bingo in support of Nina and her Race For Life for Cancer Research a couple of weeks ago. Nina Davis and her fellow runners did their muddy race last Sunday. Despite the extremely hot weather she and her three friends were able to complete the 5k race. She looked really filthy when she was done but she was smiling. Well done to Nina and all those who took part. Nina made £275 in sponsorship along with the £330 from the bingo. Congratulations Nina a great effort Altogether they hope to send in just over £1,000. Great result.

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Cooksbridge, Offham & Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday at St Peter’s Church, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Family Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

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East Hoathly

OPEN GARDEN: An Open Garden Event staged by the Village Show Society will take place on Sunday. The event starts with an invitation to visit the Garden Plots from 10.30am and see the amazing progress that the plotters have made. Refreshments will be available here. You are then invited to gather at 117 South Street at 2pm. Sue Payne will provide a tour of her garden and tell us about her collection of Hemerocallis (day lilies). Plants will be available for sale. Then its down to The Gate House where the garden will be open and cream teas available from 3pm. The Rose and Sweet Pea Show will be staged in the conservatory at The Gate House and entrants are reminded to get their entries in by July 11 and stage exhibits between midday and 2pm. No charges for admission, just refreshments.

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Chailey

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Summer Show takes place at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 2.30pm. Schedules and entry forms are available from The Horns Lodge, Five Bells and Peter Estcourt on 07803179708 or via pge44@waitrose.com. Everyone is invited to see the exhibits from 2.30pm and maybe stay a while to enjoy delicious refreshments, which will include home-made cakes, and the raffle. Prize giving is at about 4pm and will be followed by an auction of produce.

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Bishopstone

COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN: The Tide Mills Community Beach Clean is on Sunday from 10am to noon. Meet at the beach end of Mill Drove (off the A259). Come along, grab a bag and litter picker, and help clean up this important area for visitors and the local wildlife.

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Cross in Hand, Horam, Blackboys & Five Ashes

FRANCE V ENGLAND MUSINGS: No this is not about the current football World Cup in Russia where England are doing very well. I have just returned from a 1,600 mile trip from the Cevennes region of France and Mrs PP and I have noticed the vast difference in infrastructure between the two countries. Firstly the road infrastructure in France: Autoroutes, A and D roads are in superb condition and we only saw two potholes during the whole trip. Our aged satnav took us off-piste on a single mountain track. Yes, you have guessed it, the road surface was perfect with no potholes. All the roads in France are devoid of rubbish, including industrial waste that has spilled from skip lorries. The verges, roundabouts and the general up-keeping of villages and towns has to be admired. Most small towns have a post office, a library, police station, a Mayor and a bank. Their roundabouts and public plantings are a delight. Our DFDS ferry which left Dieppe at 18.00hrs Sunday evening and was due to arrive at Newhaven at approx 21.00 got as far as Seaford Bay when it turned around and returned to Dieppe because of a vehicle ramp malfunction at Newhaven. The ship’s purser and crew were superb, allocating cabins free of charge to families with children and communication was very good considering the crew were both French and Italian. Suffice to say, after disembarkation at Dieppe and a hundred mile dash to Calais, Mrs PP and myself arrived back in Heathfield at 6.30am on Monday morning. I suppose what I am going to say next is no surprise and I apologise for going on about it. There is just no comparison with the road infrastructure in cities, villages or out in the open country. Ours still suffer from potholes, rubbish and the swathes of industrial waste which still litter our motorways and verges. Local clean-up groups do a great job, but is this role really down to them? And they cannot patrol our major through-routes. Newhaven needs to smarten up its act and make itself more attractive to our foreign visitors. This latest port debacle will not help. Perhaps the talked-about Enterprise Scheme will address a number of the town’s problems. I do feel sorry for Newhaven. It’s full of great people but seems to get ‘dumped upon’ with major developments like the incinerator and forthcoming asphalt plant that no-one else in Sussex wants. Can I suggest that if a member of the ESCC executive is reading this column, please send a delegation (with capped expenses) to France to see first-hand how to run a rural community. Please.

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Barcombe

VILLAGE HALL: Thursday, July 19, at 7.30pm, the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will present Oberon’s Cure. This is a prequel to A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and lots of fun. Bring low backed chairs and picnics.

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Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

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Hellingly & Horsebridge

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 9am the Men’s monthly breakfast from Hellingly Parish is at Chapter 12, Hailsham. Guest speaker is Dave Vaughan, Letting Off Steam. Breakfast £8.50 per head. Please book by emailing csa.hellingly@gmail.com or 01323 840915.

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Peacehaven

NOTICE OF ELECTION: An election is to be held for two councillors in East Ward and will be held on Thursday August 2. As a result of an uncontested election the two candidates for north ward were duly elected without a contest. PTC welcome new members Cllr Ian V Buchanan Independent UKIP and Sue Griffiths Independent.

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Hailsham

FARMERS MARKET: In the hot weather, why not visit the Farmers Market, at the Cattle Market Site, Market Street tomorrow, Saturday, from 9am to 12.30pm early before the day gets too hot. There is now a good supply of local seasonal fruit and veg to compliment the wide range of all locally reared pork, beef, chicken and lamb, perfect for a barbecue, do not forget to pick up some fresh duck and hens eggs. Carol’s Confections will have a superb range of home-baked cakes that you can buy whole or by the slice. You can talk to Simon from Wallace Plants for advice on how to keep your plants happy in the heat. As usual there is variety of handmade planters to put them in if space is short in your garden. There will be delicious honey from the spring crop. As always, there is plenty of free parking on site; pick your goods from the range at our stalls and pack your shopping straight into your car. Support your local producers and craftspeople at Hailsham Farmers’ Market, Market Street. Traders: For information on taking a pitch please call 01892 852168 or email info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk.

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