BRIGHTER FORECAST: At the time of writing it is our longest (measured by official daylight) day of the year. Should I gaze out of the window in front of me and watch the wind and rain, or look at the weather forecast for a few days hence? The latter has it, for the good news is that Sunday should, if the forecasters are right, be a generally bright and dry. And that will go down especially well with the organisers of this year’s Isfield Village Fete. The gates open at the Isfield Community Enterprise field behind The Laughing Fish at noon, although the parish church morning service will be held in a marquee in the field from 10.30am. As usual there will be a wide variety of attractions at the fete, including various stalls, including light and not-so-light refreshments, a novelty dog show, terrier racing, face-painting, a hog roast, a performance by inChoir (and by Acrojou, the rural touring entertainers, ‘school sports’ and the ever-popular egg-throwing competition.
OFSTED REPORT: The staff who run Isfield Pre-School are justifiably feeling rather pleased having received a Good rating in all areas following a recent Ofted inspection. ‘We are very pleased and very proud says Julie Hall, supervisor at the school. Soon some of the children will be leaving and going on to big school, which means that there will be vacancies when the school starts a new year in the autumn. To give parents and prospective pupils an opportunity to see what goes on during weekday morning sessions at the village hall, there will be open days on July 12 and 19 from 1.45pm to 2.45pm when visitors will be able to come and explore the messy play activities, meet the teachers and book your place. Recent activities have included constructing figures to join the Village Fete’s Scarecrow Trail. The children’s efforts are on display under the village sigh opposite the recreation ground. Parents will be running a refreshment tent, where lots of home-made cakes will be on offer, at the fete on Sunday.
BOUNDARIES: Isfield Parish Council has published its official response to proposed boundary changes, which would link the rural village with the urban Uckfield West, on its website (www.isfieldpc.org.uk). The council opposes the plan on numerous grounds, particularly citing the fact that the rural interests of villages such as Isfield and Little Horsted (the two have common interests such as a shared junior school and social activities such as a bonfire society) would be threatened. Part of the council’s letter to the Local Boundary Commission for England states: ‘… by creating the hybrid rural/urban wards, balance is lost. The reality would be that the rural population would be highly unlikely to be represented in future by councillors from within their own communities with an understanding of rural issues. They would frankly be swamped, which is not - we would suggest - symptomatic of effective local government.’ The parish council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday July 21 (7.30pm) in the village hall.
There’s many a tale behind some of our street furniture, such as old letterboxes and milestones. Glenda Law will be giving a talk on the subject to Isfield Wednesday Club in the village hall on July 6 (2.30pm). The village Dance Club will be meeting in the same hall later that day (8pm to 10pm).
CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion (See Fete service, above). St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).
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