Warbleton & Rushlake Green

AUCTION OF PROMISES: This will be held in aid of Children of Gambia Services and the Dunn Village Hall, at the hall tomorrow, Saturday. The catalogue of lots is available from The Stores, Rushlake Green, email on cogsadmin@cogsgamnbia.org or 07701045887. Doors open at 6.45pm and the auction starts at 7.15pm and there is no charge for entry; there will be a licenced bar and nibbles. We have a wide range of lots: cakes, craft items, a range of food, toy or beauty hampers, flower arrangements, music lessons, sewing lessons, bottles of wine and a trip for three people in a helicopter to an agreed destination within a certain nautical mile radius (details of the latter to be confirmed). We really want to make this a major fundraiser for both very worthwhile causes and really hope that we get a lot of people attending as it’s guaranteed to be a fun evening. Paul Huntley is our MC/Auctioneer.

CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: 9.30am Morning Prayer (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Worship. (NB this is a change from the service advertised in the magazine). St Giles, Dallington: 11am Service of The Word. Heathfield Chapel: 11am Morning Worship with Roger Lumley, 6.30pm Evening service and communion led by Rev Neville Barnett.

RGWI: The speaker at the meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday will be Linda Robertson whose subject will be Not All Plain Sailing. This is the annual open meeting when members can bring along friends and partners. For further details of the Institute, please contact Marian on 01435 831653 or Sharon on 812388.

HISTORY GROUP: I wasn’t sure what to expect with the title Sussex Literary Landscapes, but Dr Geoffrey Mead, gave us a fascinating tour through 1000 years of literary references to Sussex, illustrating them with his own photographs of the places mentioned or period maps and illustrations, ending up with a reference to Rushlake Green, in Warbleton, where a cricket match was played, with a match of Stoolball the following day, in the 1700s. Sadly neither are played in the parish anymore.

Our next walk is on Saturday October 24, meeting at Offham Farm Shop off the A275 north of Lewes, at 2pm. It will be a short walk to view the Sussex cattle and Southdown sheep on the farm, and learn more about them. We regret that dogs will not be allowed on this walk because of the livestock. We can then retire to the tea room for a cuppa.

BONFIRE: In the run up to November 5 there are several local bonfire events. Hailsham is tomorrow, Saturday, night starting the procession at 7.30pm. Our own Warbleton Bonfire Society, after a break last year, are holding theirs next Saturday October 24, with the torchlight procession starting from Rushlake Green at 8pm. Cowbeech have theirs on Friday October 30 with various events starting at 6.30pm around the Merrie Harriers.

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