DOG DAYS: August always feels as if the whole world is taking a month off, not concentrating, wearing shorts and waiting for the new term. Someone referred to the ‘dog days of summer’ which I had to look up to find out what it really meant. Apparently the Romans called the hottest weeks of summer caniculares dies and the theory was that the Dog Star, rising with the sun, added to its heat and that the dog days (which ran from about the beginning of July to mid-August) combined the heat of both. So now you know and you’ll be able to answer that Pub Quiz question when it comes up.

NO PO: It feels as if we’ve been missing the Post Office in Heathfield since about last Christmas, with a variety of excuses being given as explanation but no one really able to tell us why. Heathfield’s MP and the town’s County Councillor have made prediction after prediction about its re-opening (all due to their hard work and pressure, naturally) but still, no PO in Heathfield. An opportunity is now being given for everyone to come and make their feelings known on Tuesday at a public meeting in the Community Centre at Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, starting at 7pm. At that time I predict that someone will wave a magic wand and declare the solution, a temporary branch, set up in the Mill Lane car park. Just in case you think I have second sight, you can already see the temporary van in place, taking up a large proportion of the car park, and the public meeting will be a non-event, like a collapsed balloon. The long-term solution is another question altogether, why is a town the size of Heathfield without a Post office? And why can’t our old Post Office building (still in its prime location in the High Street) be re-opened as a full-time, properly staffed PO?

WHAT’S ON: This month there are several events based in and around the Star. On August 13 the Rude Mechanicals travelling theatre group are performing their latest production The Comedy of Babi Babbett in the field behind the pub starting at 7.30pm. Tickets available online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk. Adults £13, seniors £12, students £10, children £7, families £33. Bring low-backed chairs and dress warmly as it’s all outdoors. On August 23 String Theory will bring live music to the pub and on August 28 there will be the usual monthly Folk Night.

CLOSED: Tomorrow (Saturday) the pub will be closed for the afternoon for a private function, re-opening at 5.30pm. Apart from that, the pub is now opening from 5pm on Fridays through the summer, and all day on Saturday.

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).

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