Isfield & Little Horsted

Isfield & Little Horsted news
Isfield & Little Horsted news

CASH BOOST: It seems that if one door closes another opens. That’s how it appears to Isfield Village Hall’s management committee who have been presented with £5,000 to modernise and improve facilities at the popular centre for social activities. Around this time last year the committee had an application for some £80,000 to be provided under Section 160, which was a planning provision for new homes at Lavender Fields, across the road from the old railway station, turned down by Wealden District Council. But Millwood Homes, developers of the old Army Camp site, decided to stump up with a cheque by other means. The company said in a statement: ‘Millwood’s Lavender Fields development is less than half a mile from Isfield Village Hall and they wanted to get involved with the community in Isfield. The village hall is like a social hub, which would be used by the current and future residents at Lavender Fields.’ Village Hall trustee Peter Holmes said: ‘Millwood’s donation is very generous and will help us improve our facilities.’ Tomorrow (Saturday) is another important day in the life of the hall when the annual open day is held. Many of the clubs and other organisations who use the hall will be exhibiting at the event. The non-inclusive list includes the pre-school, bonfire society, village wine club, parish council and the art group. Entrance is free between 11am and 4pm. Further details from Katherine Coltman on 07515 898912

BLOOMIN’ LOVELY: It’s been a special treat to walk around Isfield this past week or so, with glorious displays of spring flowers waving gently in the breeze. The display around the village sign opposite the recreation ground has been looking splendid, as has a similar collection of flowers near the playing field swings. These latter ones were planted last autumn by children who go to the village pre-school group. Well done, boys and girls; you’ve done a grand job. While mentioning the pre-school I might add that the group is holding a messy play open session on Wednesday March 22 (1.45pm to 2.45pm) to provide an opportunity for prospective pupils and their parents to meet the teachers and see what sort of activities are undertaken at the school, which currently opens five mornings a week during term time.

MUSICAL NOTE: If there’s something local folk enjoy it’s a singalong. Or so it seems judging by the response to The Laughing Fish pub’s plan to hold a monthly choir session at the hostelry under the leadership of professional choir director and singing teacher Ruth Kerr. The first session is this coming Sunday from 7.30pm and is open to people of all ages and abilities. Licensee Andy Brooks said that by the beginning of this week nearly 40 people had signed up to take part. ‘I’m absolutely delighted by the initial response.’ This Sunday’s meeting will cost £2.50 a head; after that it will be a fiver.

DIARY DATES: March 24, Isfield Wine Club, Village Hall (7.30pm); March 25, Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society disco-dance, Isfield Village Hall (8pm to 11.30pm). Church services: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. 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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