Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Morning Worship with Holy Communion and Children’s Sunday Club. The pet service was well attended by humans and their pets last week. The majority of the pets were dogs, but we did have a couple of guinea pigs and a snail. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Rogation Family Service. St Giles, Dallington: 6pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and 6.30pm evening service and communion. The preacher at both services is Harry Vallance.

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council meets at 7pm on Thursday at the Bodle Street Village Hall. The public are welcome to attend, and there is an early opportunity for parishioners to raise matters.

HISTORY GROUP: Brian Purdy spoke about Tantilly Trot on Monday at our meeting. The first thing we learnt was the meaning of the name. It referred to the coaching routes that operated prior to the coming of the railways, and was used in a song about the changeover. Brian spoke mainly about the routes that came from London through Sussex to Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Brighton. He told us of the inns that provided hospitality for the travellers, and fresh horses for the coach. We learnt of the people who ran the coach services, and the promoters of the routes and toll roads. A few phrases from the era have crept into the language. Outsiders were those who travelled on the top of the coach out in the weather. To ‘drop off’ is what you literally did if as an outsider you fell asleep. Our next walk is on Wednesday meeting at 7pm in the car park at St Bartholomew’s Church, Cross-in-Hand. On July 13 Nigel Grace will reveal The Mystery of the Bosnian Pyramids.

BIG LUNCH: This lived up to its name with about 180 people coming together for lunch last Sunday. The organising team had secured a road closure between the shop and the pub, and erected poles with bunting and balloons along and across the road. A long line of tables stretched between the shop and the pub, a couple of big square hay bales each end made sure of the road closure. As people arrived they were greeted by music from our own Warbleton Brass Band, who played up to 1pm. Bill Philps welcomed everyone and thanked all those who had worked so hard to put the event on and to local concerns who had sponsored it. As we tucked into our picnics, the music was provided by a Dutch jazz band Zwings, who are friends of Stephanie and Wouta at the Horse and Groom, followed by Chris Liddiard (guitar and vocals) and David Logan (accordion). The weather was good and it was a relaxed time together. A raffle was held in aid of Chestnut Tree House hospice care for children and a provisional figure raised is £700. Thank you to the team who worked so hard to put this on, Louise Philps (who came up with the idea) and Bill, Nigel McKeeman, Karen Cook, Lynne Axon, Denise Bailey and Andrea Pickett. Thanks go to Bobbie and Rihani at The Stores, to the Horse and Groom, the Dunn Village Hall and to all who provided the prizes for the raffle.

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