GORGEOUS GARDENS: Tomorrow (Saturday) four gardens will be open in the village between 11am and 4pm. A single donation of £5 per head is suggested for access to all four and funds raised are for the Friends of Waldron Churches in aid of improvements and repairs to our two church buildings. The gardens open will be Rafters, Lark Rise, The Old House and Woodland View, all in the centre of the village within walking distance of each other. Tea and cakes are on sale inside the church and of course the pub will have its usual full range of food and drink.

PRIMAVERA: The next day, Sunday, a lovely trio of violin, viola and cello from the orchestral group Primavera will play at All Saints’ at 7pm in aid of the Friends of Waldron Churches. Paul Manley (violin), Catherine Musker (viola) and Andrew Fuller (cello) will play a mouth-watering programme including Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor, Francaix’ String Trio, Schubert’s String Trio in B flat and Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C. Sounds perfect for a summer evening. Tickets are £20 (premium seats) and £18 (partial view), available at the door on the evening or in advance from Cards and More, High Street, Horam.

MORE MUSIC: On the following Saturday, June 20, FSW (the Family Support Work charity which helps families in difficulties) will be holding an evening of music, readings and comedy at All Saints’ Church. The performers range from folk singers, jazz singers, a harp, flute, violin, saxophone, choral works and spoken comedy, an eclectic mix. There will be a glass of celebratory fizz and nibbles at the interval and the concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50 and are available from Christo Corfield (01435 812654) corfield.larkrise@gmail.com or Sarah Mackenzie (01435 866419) s.m.mack@uwclub.net . All proceeds to FSW.

DAD’S DAY: On Sunday June 21 an import from the United States take place in the shape of Father’s Day, which presumably is held in case fathers feel left out because of the annual celebration of mothers on Mother’s Day (known over this side of the pond as Mothering Sunday). Those who consider this just another marketing opportunity for selling something to a gullible public will no doubt continue to ignore it! I understand there will be a special menu for Dads at the pub on the day, but I wasn’t able to get the details before this column went to press, so contact the Star for details on 01435 812495.

ROAD RUNNERS: Our local runners will be holding their annual 10k road race on the morning of Sunday June 21. It begins at 10am, at the top of Back Lane, traverses Browns Lane, down Firgrove Road and via North Street into the centre of Waldron, before going through Lions Green (up that killer hill!), past Burnt House Farm, and returning up Hanging Birch Lane and finally Back Lane again to Cross in Hand. It’s a variable and quite testing route with hills and flats so keep an eye open for the runners and give them a round of applause for their efforts. The club tells me that the bulk of the field will be finished within an hour and the course will, as usual, be well-managed.

VINTAGE BIKES: If you’re a petrol-head of the vintage motorbike persuasion, be around the village on the evening of Wednesday June 24 when the Vintage Motor Cycle Club will have a rally outside the pub.

THE RUDES: The wonderful Rude Mechanicals will be bringing their particular variety of slapstick comedy and riveting plots to Waldron in their new play The Comedy of Babi Babbett on Thursday August 13 starting at 7.30pm in the field behind the pub. The Rudes always draw a great audience so it’s advisable to book your tickets well in advance. They can be obtained online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk and tickets are priced at £13 for adults (£12 seniors) £10 for students, £7 for children and £33 for a family ticket. If you’re bringing a party of ten people you can get a special price of £11 per head and that can only be booked through the Central Box Office on 01323 501260. The plot gyrates wildly with presents going adrift, mistaken intentions, a forgetful servant and misdirected passion, in a mix with a dastardly seducer and the menacing assassin figure of Fosca intent on doing his worst. Lovely stuff. Bring your own chair and warm clothes as the performance is outdoors and if you want to book a meal before the performance ring the Star on 01435 812495.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s, and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Eucharist). There will be no Evensong at All Saints’ as the Primavera Concert will take place on Sunday evening at 7pm (see above).

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