QUESTION TIME: Tonight, Friday, is the night for Gardener’s Question Time at Cross in Hand C of E Primary School starting at 7pm and organised by the Friends of Waldron Churches. Tickets are £6 each (£5 for members of the Friends) and there will be some available on the door, but if you want to be sure, contact 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. If you’re bursting to ask a question and you’ve already bought your ticket, you’ll find a space on the back where you can write your question and hand it in when you arrive.

CROQUET INTERNATIONAL: The village croquet club held its annual international tournament against our French friends in Catenay, the tenth anniversary of this cheerful fixture. It was Waldron’s turn this year to cross the Channel and as was appropriate for this special anniversary, the outcome was an honourable draw. The French hospitality was as generous as always and their beautiful croquet lawn (the only one in France, we understand) gets better every time we visit the village. As the years have gone on the friendships have deepened too and efforts on both sides to grapple with the two languages are definitely paying off. An exchange of celebratory present’s means that we have returned with a beautiful painting to hang somewhere in the village and the debate is now ‘where’?

TRAVELLING PLAYERS: The Rude Mechanicals are touring the Wealden area with their summer production 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 sounds terrific fun. Book your tickets online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk Adults £13, seniors £12, students £10, children £7, families £33. 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 because it can get chilly as the sun goes down. A torch is also a good idea so you can find your way back to your car if the moon’s missing that night.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at St Bartholomew’s and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Communion) with George Pitcher as the preacher. A reminder that, as usual, the first Sunday in August will be the celebration of Llamas, and the 10am service will be held in the Barn at Heronsdale Manor by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Matthew Chambers.

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