Herstmonceux & Wartling

ALL SAINTS: There are services on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 6pm Evensong (BCP).

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

BOWLS: The matches against Wadhurst and Guestling were both cancelled last week because of the rain. The Herstmonceux Gents v Hailsham Gents was also postponed.

STREET MEETING: On Tuesday from 7pm to 7.30pm outside the Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech go along and meet your local Police Community Support Officer Geraldine Hodgens. It is your opportunity to have your say and discuss any problems you may have. If you don’t have any, just come along for a chat.

VITALITY COFFEE MORNING: The next Vitality Village Coffee morning at the Health Centre is on Monday between 10am and noon. Age UK will be coming along to talk about foot care and how to have sparkly toes. A healthy snack and hot drinks will be available.

SINGING WORKSHOP: A six week course and pilot scheme will be starting at the Health Centre on Monday June 29 from 10am to noon. The benefit to your health and wellbeing from singing is well documented. If you would like to be a part of the group then this six week course will teach you how to breathe properly, how to really listen and appreciate music in a fun environment. No previous singing experience required, just a love of music and a pair of lungs. The course is being partly funded by Action in Rural Sussex and Herstmonceux Health Centre, and will be half price at just £15 for the entire 6 weeks. For more information speak to Bea on 01323 833535.

EVENING WALK: The walking group will be meeting on Sunday at 10am at Hailsham Leisure Centre for a walk with Liz 840962 from Laughton church for approximately 5 miles. On Tuesday they are meeting at Chalk Farm, Coopers Hill, Willingdon at 6.30pm with Lita 844785 in search of the airship rings. If you would like to go along then please give the walk leader a ring in the first instance for details.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Primavera Chamber Ensemble will be at Herstmonceux Castle on Sunday June 21 at 7.30pm in the Ballroom. The programme include Grieg completed by Michael Finnissy: Piano Quintet in B flat EG.118, Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat K.407 and Elgar: Piano Quintet in a minor Op.84. Tickets from www.primavera-ensemble.co.uk or Tel 01233 622971.

PARISH COUNCIL: At the recent Wartling Annual PC meeting Derek Willis, Chairman of the Reid Hall Trustees, reported on the recent changes to the village hall and said the previous Trustees did a brilliant job. The new trustees are considering providing WiFi in the hall, reviewing rates and also having a floral display at the entrance. They are keen to communicate with the parish and more volunteers are always welcome. The Chairman, Keith Stevens, welcomed the 28 members of the public and County Councillors Keeley and Bentley and District Councillor Doodes. He thanked everyone for attending and making Wartling Parish Council‘s meetings one of the best attended parish council meetings in Surrey and Sussex. He thanked all councillors and the clerk for all their work and outlined the achievements of the parish council in the last year, including the purchase of two new defibrillators, one at each pub, and securing most of the cost from the Community Dividend, organising first aid training for parishioners, agreeing to buy a Speed Detection Devices and securing funding from the Police Joint Action Group and supplying a new fingerpost sign near The Lamb, repairing three others in the parish and securing 50 percent funding from ESCC. A full copy of the chairman’s report is available from the clerk.

HERSTMONCEUX SCOUTS: The group leaders were very pleased to receive the planning permission notice from Wealden District Council for the proposed Mixed Use Games and Recreational Facility at the Lime Cross Recreation Ground. A number of planning conditions will require approval prior to the beginning of construction works. These centre around the projects materials, landscaping and drainage. The next stages of works on this project include the planning conditions, construction, tendering and project management and contract administration. One step closer. Last week the cubs and scouts all enjoyed a weekend at Bull River camp. The cubs under canvas and the Scouts bivvying under the stars.

LIME CROSS: Lime Cross Nursery is taking part in the contemporary garden fair GROW at Hampstead Heath from June 19 to 21 (www.growlondon.com) and are giving away free entry tickets to My Garden members. Pop into the shop to pick up yours (limited tickets available). Join them there for the Garden Party on Thursday, 6pm to 9pm or the rest of the show from Friday 19 to 21 June 11am to 6pm. The Herstmonceux Parish Trail for the National Garden Scheme takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, 10am to 5pm. Visit Cowbeech House, the Allotments at Stunts Green and Two Acres before culminating at Lime Cross Pinetum for the combined admission of just £4 (children free). Refreshments will be available at Lime Cross for cream teas and light lunches throughout the weekend. Traditional crafts people will be making and selling their products, Sussex trugs and baskets, willow weaving and spinning. Be inspired, relax and watch the Tai Chi demonstration on the lawn area and browse for bargains on the charity bookstall.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Traveller and photographer Heather Hook is the speaker at the meeting on Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm in the village hall. Heather’s talk is entitled, The Canadian Wilderness, and will recount her travels to British Columbia where she was fortunate to stay on a lake and photograph (amongst others) whales, grizzly bears and of course the stunning scenery of that area. Her talk will be illustrated with some of these beautiful photographs, so go along and be transported half-way across the world! For more information, please contact Secretary Sue Stewart on 01323 833450.

CLOTHING SALE: The WI is pleased to announce that there will be another of their very popular Sample Clothing Sales in the Village Hall tomorrow Saturday, from 10am to noon. Items for sale go right across the fashion spectrum, including bags, hats, belts, purses and other accessories. You will be bound to find just the thing you’ve been looking for. Teas and coffees will be provided.

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