HEFFLE WI: New WI for Heathfield. After a few sample meetings, a committee was formed and a new branch of the WI started in Heathfield called Heffle WI. The meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Red Cross Hall, Streatfield Road, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. An exciting programme has been arranged for the coming months including social, craft demonstrations and informative speakers covering a range of subjects. The next meeting is on Tuesday. If you would like to join or find out more about the WI please do pop in, everyone will be very welcome.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service with Communion (CW). All welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, July 18, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

SUMMER FETIVAL: During the Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival in June, part of the programme included the shaving of Penny Lane’s long hair in support of Lewis Wright a local lad attending Broad Oak Primary School who has had cancer and has been treated by the Royal Marsden Hospital. Penny Lane is over the moon with the result of her sponsored hair shave during the Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival. The hair shave, undertaken by Sister Styling, the local hair stylist in Broad Oak was part of the afternoons programme and performed in the main central arena at the village hall as hundreds of people looked on.

During the hair cutting event, the Beatles song Penny Lane was played.

Many people, friends and family, plus a concerted effort at the Summer Festival meant that Penny could write and say ‘I just want to thank everybody for their fantastic support for my fundraising effort for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The generous donations have helped me to raise a total of £2,037.95 which is more than I ever imagined’. Over £800 was raised at the Festival and included a donation of £500 from All Saints’ Church, St George’s Church and St Richard’s Church who promoted the afternoon.

Following the great success of the event, Rev David Guest, vicar of Old Heathfield has announced that they are intending to repeat the Festival on Saturday 11 June 2016 and look forward to developing the afternoon and providing something for everyone again.

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