Warbleton & Rushlake Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship and communion led by Paul Daniels. 6.30pm evening service with John Cassé.

HISTORY GROUP: It was a bit of a struggle getting the gazebo up for the flower show last Saturday in the wind, but we managed it. Thanks to Rita Hobden and Annette Spratley for the excellent display of photographs, documents and artefacts relating to some of our local hostelries, which generated a lot of interest. Our next walk is on August 19, meeting in the Gun Inn car park at 6.30pm. We do not have a meeting in August at the hall.

LAST WEEKEND: A weekend of two halves, weather wise. After a very wet Friday, Saturday dawned bright and a bit windy, which helped to dry the ground out nicely. The committee and helpers, were very busy putting up gazebos etc and getting everything ready, as competitors arrived with their entries. I gathered the gardening related entries were down a bit due to a difficult year. By 1.30pm all the stallholders were ready and the marque opened. Children’s pets were judged at 2pm by Maurice Polley and Nicky (whose surname escapes me at the moment). Maurice has done this for 30 years and is now handing over to Nicky. Many thanks to Maurice for all his help over the years. We had a display of falconry by the Hawking Centre, with a very good commentary by Arran from the centre. It was great to see these wonderful birds in flight, particularly the Peregrine Falcon at great speed. After the children’s races and tug-of-war it was time for the presentation of trophies. Vivian Bowern did particularly well gained three trophies and the Banksian Medal.
Whilst the auction of produce was being conducted by Tim Watson, the marquee was being changed from flower show to concert venue. During the evening we had Crystal Clear a folk duo, Mick and Emma, performed country music songs and had toes tapping and people dancing.
Sunday started damp and ended wet, the rain really starting just before the united service in the marquee, with the congregations of the Warbleton, Bodle Street and Dallington parish churches and that of Heathfield Chapel, joining together in worship.
Warbleton Brass Band had their Hampers and Champers concert inside this year, with a well wrapped up audience enjoyed a wide ranging programme of music. This included several songs by Sidoni Winter, an opera singer who the previous evening had been performing at the Proms in the Albert Hall. The evening concluded with the favourite items from the Last Night of the Proms.
Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make the whole weekend a success.
The Horticultural society AGM is on Tuesday 19 January 2016 at 7.30pm in the Dunn Village Hall.

ART SHOW: Art On The Green, which is held in aid of the Dunn Village Hall, returns on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, with a preview evening on the Friday. Amateur and professional artists, living in Rushlake Green and surrounding areas, are invited to submit one or two pieces of work. As well as paintings, photographs, craft items, three-dimensional work, sculpture, and pottery are accepted. There will be a special display of work done by children under 10 years old. Items can be for display only or for sale, with 20 percent of the price going to hall funds. Full details can be found on the entry forms in The Stores, Rushlake Green, and the entries should be given in at The Stores between September 7 and 12 with the entry fee of £3 (one item) or £4 (two items). Call Chris Liddiard on 07815 815644 if you have any questions. The exhibition is part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival Art Trail.

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