Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am morning worship and 6.30pm evening service and communion. Both services led by Ray Dadswell.

AUDITIONS: The Village Players will be putting on a production of Cinderella the Pantomime from 3 to 6 February 2016. Auditions are being held this Sunday from 2pm to 5pm and Monday from 8pm to 10pm both in the Dunn Village Hall. So whether you fancy being Cinders, a Dame, Baron Hardup or in the chorus, then please come along and audition. Perhaps you want to be backstage or front of house, this would be a good opportunity to sign up, or to find out more.

HISTORY GROUP: We normally associate pyramids with Egypt, but Nigel Grace showed us that there are in fact many thousands across the globe, not all looking exactly like the Egyptian ones. Many have either been buried by natural soil encroachment over millennia, but others are being deliberately obscured in places like China. Nigel related his personal experiences on archaeological digs on pyramids in Bosnia, one of which is 230 metres high. There are three, which when you draw lines between their peaks, form a perfect equilateral triangle. Excavations have revealed the base of the pyramid to be made of a concrete like material, which is much tougher than modern concrete. Work is going on to investigate these structures, their associated tunnels and the energy that appears to emanate from them.

In September we come closer to home with Ian Gledhill talking about Magnus Volk and his railways. Before that we have a couple of walks planned. Firstly we have a wild flower walk starting at 2.30pm on Wednesday in the car park at High and Over on the Alfriston to Seaford road. This is an earlier start than normal for us, as we want to make sure that the flowers are fully out. The second walk is on Wednesday August 19 at the slightly earlier time of 6.30pm in the car park of the Gun Inn car park head south out of Horam turn right at the May Garland and keep on for a mile or so.

FLOWER SHOW: You have just five days now to get your entry forms and fees in to The Stores, the deadline is 5pm on Wednesday.

Next Saturday entries have to be staged after 8.30am and by 10.30am, at which point the marquee closes for judging until 1.30pm when it reopens for members of the society, and 1.45pm when the public are admitted. At 2.05pm the judging of children’s pets happens in the arena, followed by a falconry display by the Hawking Centre at 2.30pm. The children can burn off their energy in the races at 3pm, and tug-of-war at 3.45pm. At 4.15 exhibitors may remove their entries, which must be completed by 4.45pm. The presentation of trophies is at 4.15pm followed by the drawing of the raffle. I understand from Mick Greaves that all the stall places are taken and there will be a wide selection of stalls, with local interest and history, crafts, books, charities, plants, garden jumble etc.

The tea tent will be open all afternoon, as will the Horse and Groom. Ice creams may be had from the Stores. Cat parking is at Stone House, by kind permission, and is sign posted. Warbleton Brass Band will provide the music.

In the evening the marquee becomes a concert venue, with music provided by Crystal Clear, a local voice harmony duo Mick and Emma. They sing country music, and have appeared on TV and radio. Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for under 16s, from The Stores, the Horse and Groom or Gill on 01435 868246. Please bring your own picnic, drink and glasses, tables and chairs are provided. If you want to add extras like tablecloths candles etc then please do.

On Sunday morning local churches join together in the marquee for a united family service and warmly invite you to join with us. A bring-your-own picnic is held afterwards and rounders played.

At 6pm Warbleton Brass Band have their Hampers and Champers Proms on the Green concert. So it’s picnics, union flags and wonderful music including some of the Last Night of the Proms favourites. Open to all, free entry with a retiring collection. Outside if fine, in the marquee if not.

KEITH BUSS: Warbleton Church was full for Keith’s funeral on Monday, with family, friends, former colleagues and of course members of Warbleton Brass Band. The rector, Rev Marc Lloyd, led the service, as tribute was paid to a true countryman, gentleman, musician, husband, father and musician. Sussex By The Sea was played as he made his last journey to the churchyard, and Martin and Sian played the Last Post as he was laid to rest. Our condolences to Shirley and the family.

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