GONE MISSING: An elderly tortoise has gone walkabout from his home in Foxhunt Green and hasn’t yet returned. He has been with his present owners for 59 years, so understandably they are getting worried and hoping against hope that some kind person will come across him and return him home. If you should find a tortoise about the size of a dinner plate (and pretty heavy) somewhere in the vicinity of Foxhunt, please ring 01435 812864 to arrange for him to be picked up. He is microchipped, by the way, so can be identified.

100 YEARS OLD: You may have noticed that the WI is 100 years old this year, that’s the whole organisation, not the Waldron branch. Every branch of this illustrious organisation is being encouraged to celebrate the Big Birthday in their own way and Waldron is going to Buxted Park for a Summer Garden Party next week on Wednesday. It should be a great afternoon, so keep your fingers crossed that the weather is kind.

COUNTRY MARKET: The local Country Market will as usual be held on the second Thursday of the month (July 9) at the Holy Cross Priory. Everyone is welcome to come along between 11am and 1pm, and the market is stocked with home-made and home-grown goods.

QUESTION TIME: The Friends of Waldron Churches are arranging a Gardener’s Question Time on Friday July 24 at Cross in Hand C of E Primary School starting at 7pm. Tickets are £6 each (£5 for members of the Friends) and will be available shortly from The Star Inn, or Gemini Cards in Heathfield or by contacting Ian Dixon on 01435 813363. The expert panel will be Helen Yemm, Daily Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, Dr Lucy Cotes of Beautiful Gardens Design Studio, Steve Moody of Frogheath Landscapes and Judith Peate of English Woodlands.

TRAVELLING PLAYERS: In the grand tradition of travelling players bringing their latest production to the villages of Britain, a tradition which goes back at least as far as Shakespeare, the Rude Mechanicals have started their summer tour of the Wealden area and will be stopping off at Waldron for one night on Thursday August 13 at 7.30pm. The Comedy of Babi Babbett is set in Islington in 1793, and is a farce which should have us all rolling in the aisles, or even on the grass. A key clue to the plot goes something like this: Rich men are very attractive. There’s nothing so romantic as the creak in the moonlight of a chequebook opening. No change there then. For all devotees of the Rudes, book your tickets online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk Adults £13, seniors £12, students £10, children £7, families £33. Large groups of ten or more get their tickets for £11 each when booking together and for this, contact the central box office on 01323 501260. Bring picnics or book a table at the Star (01435 812495) for pre-performance supper. Bring low-backed chairs and don’t forget to dress warmly, as even in August well, you know the rest. A torch is also a good idea so you can find your way back to your car if the moon’s missing that night.

WALKING FEST: Early warning that there will be a Walking Festival this year in Wealden and Eastbourne from September 26 to October 4 and details are now being trailed in the distinctive shape of a cheerful cardboard boot outline of events on the other. There will be 30 free walks over nine days through some of our loveliest villages and countryside, including Waldron (naturally). Some of the walks will be themed, covering history, literature, nature and even a breweries walk, so there will be something for everyone. The walks will also be suitable for all ages and abilities. A full printed programme will be available this month but for the time being pencil the dates of the event in your diaries. More details as they become available.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’ and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Communion). Coffee and cake follows.

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