Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

HISTORY SOCIETY: In East Sussex we are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful castles in the country and our members were able to appreciate them once more with the excellent slides accompanying a talk by Charles Harding entitled Castles of South East England. Starting with the ‘perfect castle’ Bodiam we went back in time to castles depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry and then to the reality in Hastings and Pevensey. Next we looked at Lewes and Tonbridge, Dover and finally Herstmonceaux. On the way we discovered how and why castles developed as they did and what life was like for the inhabitants.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 16 at 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room at Heathfield Community Centre when our subject will be Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We are all familiar with the famous picture of him next to his ship, The Great Britain, but what do we know of the man? Come along and find out more.

CROSS IN HAND WI: At our meeting on Wednesday May 25 members enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch and homemade crumbles and custard before getting down to the serious business of discussing this year’s Resolutions. After a year-long process of debates and eliminations by WI groups across the country, the list of proposed resolutions is whittled down and this year the two which have the majority vote are: Avoid food waste and address foot poverty and appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia. These two resolutions are now carried forward to the National Conference for final debate and if successful can form the basis for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes campaign and activity. With the more serious business over, members were then invited to air their own annoyances by taking part in our own version of Room 101 in which members could banish to room 101 all their pet hates, there’s nothing like a good old moan with friends, followed by a cup of tea, to send us on our way smiling.

Birthday flowers were given to Georgina Braithwaite, Joyce Bryant and Della Humber. Flower of the month competition was jointly won by Margaret Dove and Dawn Brock. We always welcome new members, so why not give us a try? For further information or membership enquiries please telephone Anita on 01435 863479 or Margaret on 01435 867076.

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday June 25 at Cross in Hand Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start, £5 per person. To book tickets or for information phone 07923 529889 or email gemma23@hotmail.com. Profits go into the Cross in Hand Village Fete.

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

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the second Broad Oak and Heathfield Summer Festival starts at 1.30pm with a bigger line up to provide something for everybody. Included this year is the celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday, linking with celebrations right across the nation over the same weekend. There is a Dog Show for all-comers with eight classes in the grounds of St George’s Church, Broad Oak and the grand final includes the Best in Show in the main arena at the village hall arena. Registration commences at 1pm with judging commencing at 2.30pm. Alongside the dog show there is a nostalgic exhibition in the church including the Coronation and Wedding Films. In the main arena at the village hall there will be music from the Lipstick and Beatniks Music Group; the Broad Oak Primary School with their Birthday Cake Bake Off; the Pentacle Drummers from Eastbourne, Marco the Magician; AB Dance School; Buskers Concert; and to round off the day an evening barbecue and Barn Dancing with the Doctor’s Orders Barn Dance Band bringing foot stomping fun for the family. Tickets are available for the evening from the Broad Oak Spar Post Office or on the night at the event.

The final birthday celebration will be after 10pm with the lighting of the new Broad Oak Birthday Celebration Beacon made locally and especially for this occasion by master steel fabricator Dave Ridley and sponsored by Barry Hart, Chairman of Analytical Technical Services.

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, St Richard’s Day, 9.45am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.sussexexpress.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Sussex-Express/

3) Follow us on Twitter @sussex_express

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Sussex Express - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.