Warbleton & Rushlake Green

ART ON THE GREEN: This show is part of the Art Trail associated with the Hailsham Festival. The show is this weekend in the Dunn Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Tea, coffee and light lunches will be available. This is an open exhibition showing the work of artists, photographers and craft makers living in or close to Rushlake Green. There is a preview with drinks tonight 6pm to 9pm. Proceeds go to the Dunn Village Hall. The next village hall event is an Auction of Promises on October 17.

WALK: The History Group walk starts at 2pm tomorrow, Saturday, meeting in the overflow car park at Hilliers Garden Centre on the Hailsham to Stone Cross road B2104. All are welcome, and there is a café there to refresh yourself after the walk.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP) and 11am Morning Worship and children’s Sunday Club. 6.30pm Churches Together service at Warbleton. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship with Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 11am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning worship led by Rev Philip Laver and 6.30pm evening service led by Ken Davies.

RGWI: The Institute meets at 7.30pm on Thursday in the Dunn Village Hall. The speaker, Andy Dinsdale, will talk about Flotsam and Jetsam. For more details please contact Marian on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: We had a very entertaining and informative talk on Monday evening by Ian Gledhill on the Railways of Magnus Volk. Ian is the chairman of the Volks Electric Railway Association and is obviously deeply immersed in the history of that railway and the life of its founder Magnus Volk. He started with a brief outline of Brighton born Magnus, who was very committed to the use of electricity, being the first person in Brighton to have a telephone, which had the downside of no-one to talk to until he installed one in a friend’s house a few streets away. Council opposition to the overhead wiring was overcome by installing sets in councillor’s homes. He was the first to have electric lighting in his home in the town, generating it in his garden shed. The generating equipment was later used to provide power for the Volks Railway. He developed the first battery electric car for himself, later building one for the Sultan of Turkey. After providing lighting for the Brighton Pavilion he turned to public transport, gaining permission and building the first stretch of the railway on the beach in just three months. Ian then detailed the history and varying fortunes of the line as it expanded and contracted over the years, finally coming under council control in 1940. One extension eastwards towards Rottingdean was on an entirely different principle as it had to go through the sea. Two parallel tracks were laid upon which a tram like car ran on 24ft long legs. At high tide the sea rose up these about two-thirds, so the Board gave it a unique classification; it was both a train and a ship, which meant regulations for both applied, including the driver having to be a sea captain. After a violent storm shortly after it was opened it was destroyed, but then rebuilt, but was never successful financially. The end came when the council wanted to extend the groins on the beach to stop erosion. Happily the Volk’s Electric Railway still runs during the summer season.

Our next meeting on October 12 is A Sussex Literary Landscape by Dr Geoffrey Mead.

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