Herstmonceux & Wartling

ALL SAINTS: There is a service on Sunday at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW) followed by Messy Church at 3pm at Reid Hall, Boreham Street.

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has a service on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 3pm Messy Church at Reid Hall, Boreham Street.

MESSY CHURCH: Is a little different this month, it is being held during the fair at The Bull’s Head, Boreham Street as the dates clashed. Come and join us, there are games, crafts to make for all ages and a puppet show, starting at 3pm. If you have wondered what Messy Church is all about, this is your chance to find out as well as attending the fair.

BOWLS: Matches this week were all friendlies. The first was Herstmonceux 87 to Buxted Park 107, a close match 57 to Victoria Drive’s 58, 85 to Battle 93, 91 to Hampden Park’s 94 and finally 50 to Gildredge Park 76.

RAY AND SHELDON: Next Friday at 2.15 in the village hall there is a quiz. Enquiries about the over 60s club to Anne on 01323 441244.

WALKS: The Walking group will be meeting on Tuesday at 6.30pm at Hailsham Leisure Centre with Wendy on 842995 for a Bulverhythe to Filsham walk of three miles with refreshments afterwards. 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.

VITALITY VILLAGE: At the next coffee morning on Monday from 10am to noon Safia Bowley will be coming along to talk about Hatha Yoga. Learn the basics of how to relax and really breathe. All to be followed by a healthy snack and a cuppa. Enquiries to Bea 01323 833535.

CRICKET TASTER: Herstmonceux Cricket Club is holding a men-only taster session at the Cricket Club on the rec in Herstmonceux on Sunday August 9, 11am to 12.30pm. Later in the day there will be a 150th Anniversary match between Ashburnham Club and Herstmonceux Club, being held at the Ashburnham Club starting at 2pm, with a bar and food after the game.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: School holidays are soon upon us and there are plenty of activities to get involved with at the Observatory Science Centre. You will need to book. Tuesday July 28, Light Fantastic half day workshops. Wednesday July 29, Noisy Nature half day workshops, Thursday July 30, Meteorology Matters half day workshops. All for ages 6 to 9yrs, 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. Cost £10.75 per child, this is for the workshop only. Notes for parents/guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the Notes for Parents/Guardians. This will give you more information about how to book. For full details please consult the Observatory Science Centre website or ring 01323 832731 for information and booking.

SUMMER FETE: There is fun for all the family at Orchard View Park, Windmill Hill on Saturday August 1 from 2pm to 5pm. There are two raffles with top prizes of a 32inch TV and one week caravan holiday. To add to the fun there is also a children’s fancy dress (judged at 3pm), bouncy ice cream van with slide, face painting, candy floss, cream teas, classic cars, live music by Recycled and lots more. All proceeds to Prostate Cancer Eastbourne and Chestnut Tree House.

PARISH COUNCIL: The draft minutes of the June Herstmonceux Parish Council minutes state that in the time set aside for public comments and questions, Mr Philip Hodgkiss, the Project Manager for the Meteorological Site in West End, Herstmonceux presented a short report to the Council: The Meteorological Office in West End, Herstmonceux is an important weather data collecting station. However, the building is under review as it is in need of significant repairs. The structure is sound but the roof is damaged which has led to interior water damage. It is proposed to repair the building and offer it for community use as the Met Office will continue their operations from the computer storage area and generation room which will be developed into a completely separate unit. Mr Hodgkiss has made contact with Herstmonceux Scouts to ask if they would be interested in renting the site until the new scout hut is built on the Lime Cross Recreation Area. The Scouts are interested in entering into discussions but were unable to attend the Council meeting. Any repairs and renovation could be agreed in line with the requirements for the scouts. The following comments were noted from councillors: Councillor I. Stewart Declared an Interest as he lives in the adjoining property. The Scouts will need to consider the costs of rental, maintenance, utilities etc. The Met. Office may need to apply for building a change of use for the building. The Chairman thanked Mr Hodgkiss for the information but noted that although the Council would support any help for the Scouts who have not had a meeting place in Herstmonceux since the arson attack on the former scout hut, any rental agreement between the Met Office and the Scouts will be a private agreement.

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