Cooksbridge, Offham and Hamsey

PARISH PARTY: East Chiltington are holding their annual parish party tomorrow, Saturday, at the Hollycroft Field. This year will be a 1970s theme. The fun starts at 5pm with a 1970s football match. All players, young and old, talented or nor, are welcome to play. Perms, sideburns and 70s shorts please. 6pm, the Groovy Tug of War. 6.30pm Community Supper. Those joining in the fun are asked to take along a dish, salad or pudding to share and whatever they want to put on the barbecues plus their own crockery. The parish council are kindly providing bread, sauces and condiments. 7.30pm, Opportunity Knocks. Sing a song, do a dance, perform magic. All judged by EC’s very own clap-o-meter. Prizes for winners and losers. 9pm onwards 70s Disco. Dress 1070s. Sounds like a lot of fun for all will be had.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Peter’s Church, 8am Holy Communion; 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall; 10.30am parish Communion which will be followed by the Annual Parish Picnic on the church lawns (if wet in the church hall) Coffee and soft drinks are on the house and wine will be available.

ANNUAL TRIP: The Sunday School/Toddler Tunes annual trip to Drusillas is booked for Monday July 27 at the beginning of the summer holidays. It is not too late to let Judith know if any extra children would like to join them. At present there are about 30 going.

AGM: The annual general meeting of the Trustees of the village hall and recreation ground was held on June 25. The agenda included the appointment of Trustees, representatives from the parish council, Offham Church and Hamsey School. Re-election of Trustees. Residents were invited to attend.

HAMSEY FESTIVAL: Saturday, July 11, at the village hall, Beechwood Lane from 2pm to 8pm. Free entry and parking. Donations welcome. Best of Sussex food and drink including The Rainbow, Mother Bhami, Pizza Fuoco, local ice cream, delectable tea and cakes, bar tent serving Harveys, Pimms etc. Wine tasting. There will be live music from amazing local bands including Dende and Cowbell with Hanna, local singer and songwriter supported by Starfish Youth Bands. Sound provided by starfish Youth Music. Kids drumming workshop. There will also be the Great Hamsey Produce Competition, and the dog show (please clean up after your dog) judged by Shirley Whitley and hosted by Sally Miller. Old and new Hamsey Photography Competition. Sports events including five a side football, welly wanging, 100m races and tug of war. Treatments and therapies.

Timetable: 2pm sing up for all events, 2.15pm to 4.15pm Dende, 2.30pm onwards storytelling, 2.30pm deadline for produce and photography competition entries, 3pm to 4pm dog show. Categories include Cutest Puppy, Waggiest Tail, dog the judge would most like to take home, Best Old Dog, Best Trick. £1 entry for dog show. 3pm sports events, 3pm to 3.30pm Hanna, 4.15pm dance display by East Sussex Dance, 4.30pm to 6pm Starfish Youth Bands, 4.30pm kids drumming workshop, 5.30pm tug of War, 6pm to 7.30pm Cowbell.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: East Chiltington parish Council meet on Thursday July 9 at 7pm in the village hall, Beechwood Lane. Hamsey Parish Council meet on Thursday July 16 in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.15pm. Note the time.

HOLIDAY VENTURE GROUP: Information from East Chiltington resident who is hosting a summer camp from July 27 to August 7 for a group of 25, 7 to 11 year old disadvantaged, deprived and abused children from all areas of South London. The charity who organises this summer camp is called the Holiday Venture Group.

The group arrived on Saturday June 13 to take all their camping equipment to store in the barn at the camping site. The host is in need of a few helping hands to go over late afternoon and help unload a lorry, so if you can help please let her know. In order to help raise funds for food and activities for the children, Amanda is doing a triathlon at Leeds Castle tomorrow, Saturday. If you are in a position to offer a financial contribution please visit the Just Giving page If however you would rather offer practical help during the camp, please email The charity is so grateful for any help they can get.

PAINTINGS: New paintings by Michael Cruickshank at the Bradness Gallery, Spithurst. Although I was too late to mention Michael’s private viewing on Friday June 19, I can now report that the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 11am to 6pm throughout the year, except January, where you will find paintings, prints and cards by Emma Burnett and Michael Cruickshank.

Visitors can enjoy fresh coffee, tea and cakes. Also, exhibitions, paintings, textiles, garden and wine courses, events and National Garden Scheme charity openings.

There is a full diary for 2015 and courses and events can be booked online at or phone Mike or Emma on 01273 400606 email It was many years ago that Derek and I were out for a Sunday afternoon drive and came across the gallery and met Michael for the first time as he had just opened.

I have taken friends there in the past and it has always given great pleasure.

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