Herstmonceux & Wartling

ALL SAINTS: There are services on Sunday at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 3.30pm Reid Hall, Boreham Street by Messy Church.

MESSY CHURCH: Messy Church happens at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street usually on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm. This meeting is for all ages and includes games, crafts, teaching and an act of worship. It concludes with a light tea at 5pm.

BOWLS: Herstmonceux played a friendly last week coming second with 64 to Gullivers 69. Their League match against Rotherfield secured them seven points on the table with a 74 to 48 win. They were also victorious in their friendly match against Pett with an 86 to 46 outcome. Another League match against Deanland saw them add another seven point to the table with a 71 to 64 win. The West Middlesex Touring Side also met up for a friendly match losing by only one to Herstmonceux’s 45. Finally, another match added 5.5 points to the League table when they scored 70 to Cross-in-Hand’s 65.

PARISH TRAIL: Lime Cross Nursery is part of the Herstmonceux Parish Trail for the second year running. Join them along with The Allotments and Cowbeech House tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, join the trail at any point, combined entry £4. The trail includes two acres at Lime Cross, The allotments at Stunts Green near the Woolpack, Cowbeech House and Lime Cross Nursery Pinetum.

LIME CROSS: A great day out, particularly with Dad for Fathers Day. The Herstmonceux Parish Trail for the National Garden Scheme takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available at Lime Cross serving delicious cream teas and light lunches throughout. Traditional crafts people will be making and selling their products including Sussex trugs, wicker baskets and willow weaving. Spinners and weavers The Woolly Friends will demonstrate their expertise and a varied selection of their beautiful handmade items will be on display and are available to purchase. Be inspired, relax and watch the Tai Chi demonstration on the lawn area on Saturday at 2.30pm and browse for bargains on the charity book stall. Lime Cross will be offering discounts to My Garden members on the NGS weekend when you show your entry ticket at the till.

SINGING WORKSHOP: Only a week to go before this six-week course and pilot scheme starts at the Health Centre on Monday June 29 from 10am to noon. There is still time to sign up and reap the health benefits through singing and learning to breathe properly, to really listen and appreciate music in a fun environment. For more information speak to Bea on 01323 833535.

EVENING WALK: The walking group will be meeting on Tuesday at Herstmonceux Church for the Herstmonceux Castle circular at 6.30pm with walk leader Mary Ann on (01323) 833749. If you would like to go along then please give the walk leader a ring in the first instance for details.

If in doubt about the difficulty of a walk or if the weather is poor please ring the walk leader before setting out.

You are responsible for your own well-being and are advised to carry basic first aid and drinking water. New members and well behaved dogs are welcome.

RAY AND SHELDON: At the meeting in the village hall at 2.15pm next Friday Viv Bennett will be giving a talk, with slides, on What Granny Did in WW1. This group is for over 60s. Enquiries to Anne on 01323 441244.

HERSTMONCEUX SCOUTS: Keep the date free. The Fun Day on the recreation ground will be on August 23 this year in an endeavour to avoid the rain. More details to follow.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: The Primavera Chamber Ensemble will be performing on Sunday at 7.30pm in the Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle. The programme includes Grieg completed by Michael Finnissy: Piano Quintet in B flat EG.118, Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat K.407, Elgar: Piano Quintet in a minor Op.84. Tickets £23. Online bookings www.primavera-ensemble.co.uk or by post from Primavera Trust Bumbles, The Lees, Boughton Aluph, TN25 4HX. Tel 01233 622971.

PLANT SALE: Thank you to everyone who grew, donated and bought plants at the annual Plant Sale in aid of All Saints Church on May 9. There was a fine selection of plants to sell. A special thanks to local Nurseries, Boreham Mill Nursery, Flowers Green Nursery and Lime Cross Nursery who always support us so generously with exceptional plants. Not forgetting everyone who worked so tirelessly on the morning, setting up, selling, making coffee, organising activities for the children, running the raffle and clearing up afterwards, without you all it would not be possible. It was a very enjoyable morning and raised the grand total of £815 for church funds.

OVER 65s LUNCHEON CLUB: Do you know of somebody who is stuck in doors and would like a bit of company? There is space in the lunch club, where you get a two course hot meal on a Monday, twice a month, for £5. Don’t worry if you do not have transport as a lift can be arranged. Also, if you would be interested in helping out with the cooking at these events call Angela on 01323 832261.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Members recently enjoyed an evening devoted to wider local interest, not confined to horticulture. Charles Harding gave an illustrated talk entitled A-Z of Sussex Curiosities. Even those members who have lived in the area all their lives learnt something new. It was a fascinating look back at buildings of all sorts that either go unnoticed as we drive by, or whose history we were unaware of. 
Who would have known how this unexpected A-Z is right under our noses? We are grateful to Charles for sharing his enthusiasm for local history. In May members were treated to a tour of the gardens at Ashburnham Place by Jay, one of the gardeners there. 
She outlined the history of the landscaping carried out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and pointed out the wonderful cedar trees planted in the eighteenth century. Woven in with historical details was information about how the planting has changed since the time before World War I when nearly forty gardeners were employed on the estate. Magnolias and camellias were coming to the end of their flowering season but were still impressive- as was the enormous walled garden, where fruit and vegetables are grown for the Orangery café and for sale on site. Of members who have lived for many years in the area, some had been frequent visitors whilst others had never seen the gardens. 
There was an excellent turn out for the visit and everyone agreed it had been a most enjoyable evening.

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