Warbleton & Rushlake Green

PLOUGHING MATCH: A number of folk from the parish will be taking part in the 50th annual ploughing match to be held by the East Sussex Ploughing Match Society at Priesthawes Farm near Hailsham, tomorrow, Saturday. As well as the usual classes for horses, vintage tractors, classic tractors and modern tractors, the fun dog show, the domestic section and the crops competitions, there will be a demonstration of steam ploughing, and if dry, of threshing corn. The site is about halfway along the Hailsham to Stone Cross Road – B2104, and will signposted.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. 3pm Bereavement commemoration service. St John’s Bodle Street: 11am Harvest Festival followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the village hall. St Giles, Dallington: 9.30am Family Communion. Heathfield Chapel: Harvest Services 11am led by Rad Upfield and 6.30pm with Rev David Laskey.

PARISH COUNCIL: Nigel McKeeman reported that the defibrillator for Punnetts Town Village hall should be installed in the near future after electrical work has been done. Three Cups and Broad Oak will also have de-fibs fairly soon. He also sought support for the proposed Little Arts Festival next year (see below) this was given in principle.

Any organisations in the parish seeking grants from the Parish Council in this financial year for payment in January 2016) should send their applications to the clerk by 31st October – phone her on 01435 831653 for details of what is required.

There is still a problem with people not cutting back their roadside hedges, with some places getting quite dangerous.

For other matters please see the Bodle Street section.

ARTS FESTIVAL: The art show last weekend was well attended and had a good display of artwork, mostly paintings and drawings, but with some sculpture and fabric work. Chris Liddiard the organiser was pleased with the result, and thanked everyone for their support. He and Nigel McKeeman announced the initial plans for the Little Arts Festival over the next 12 months. The Little part of the title reflects the desire to start small and remain essentially local to Rushlake Green, including the surrounding parishes. A survey form is available in The Stores for you to express your views, and to indicate support you may be able to give. By the time you read this the initial forum meeting with representatives of local organisations will have taken place, with another taking place on Thursday 1st October in the committee room of the Dunn Village Hall at 7.30pm. I gather the idea is to have a series of events through the year culminating in a week-long festival of the arts at the end of August 2016.

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