What's on around Rushlake Green . . .
May-July: NGS Open Gardens
11th June: Summer Fayre, Bodle Street Green
12th June: Big Lunch / Queen's 90th, Rushlake Green
10th July: Horam Fun Day
30th July: Flower Show, Rushlake Green
31st July: Hampers and Champers. Brass Band Proms on the Green
13th July: Bodle Street Green Annual Flower Show
12th August: Rude Mechanicals - MacByrd
19-28th August: Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green
29th August: Le Marche, Heathfield
8-18th September: Hailsham Festival
Don't forget your crown (or tiara)
Sunday 12th June 2016
This years Big Lunch, which also celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday, promises to be even bigger than last year's very well-attended bash.
Big Lunch, Rushlake Green 2015
Once again the road, between the Stores and the Horse & Groom will be closed off for the day so that a long table can be laid out for the party. You simply bring your food, drinks, cutlery etc. and join in the fun.
Photo Mark Bostock
A neat picnic transportation technique (see above) captured at last year's event. And you'll also need to bring some chairs with you. (Car owners are requested to keep the road clear from the Saturday). Those planning to attend are asked to get tickets (its free) in advance that are available from The Rushlake Green Stores, so that the organisers can keep track of how many to expect. There'll be music from Heathfield Silver Band and others, plus the legendary raffle which again has some fabulous prizes, a classic car display, a jovial Town Cryer and a best crown competition.
Little Arts festival
August 19th - 28th 2016
it's bigger on the inside
Plans for the Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green are really beginning to take shape. The ten-day festival promises to be packed with more than thirty events by local artists. There'll be art days for kids, visual arts of every description, music of different genres from baroque to rock, poetry open-mic sessions, plays and theatre workshops, dance classes, photography projects and craft-making demonstrations - with venues in Rushlake Green, Bodle Street Green, Turners Green, Warbleton, Vines Cross and Horam. The finishing touches of the printed programme (which will be widely distributed) are being finalised now. So any local business that would like to advertise in the programme should contact the Little Arts Festival team immediately.
The festival website www.thelittleartsfestival.co.uk is already up and running, with some introductory information about the project and full contact details for the team. As the programme is finalised, more detail will become available online. You can also follow the festival on facebook. And if you've not already done so, why not show your support by registering as a Friend of the Festival. You'll get newsletters about progress and discounts on tickets for events during festival week. It's going to be amazing.
Post flowers how brass shines
July 31st 2016
Opera singer Sidonie Winter will be doing her best to out-warble the Warbleton Brass Band as they present their ever popular Proms on the Green, the morning after the Rushlake Green Flowershow before. The brass band will also be featuring in The Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green, where they will be presenting a musical journey through their extraordinary 120 years of music-making for the community. Here are a couple of shots taken behind the scenes as Sian takes the band through their paces at one of their rehearsal sessions.
Open Garden, with art to follow
Julia Padbury and Christopher Miscampbell have opened their gardens ( Turners House Open Garden ) - by prior appointment only. Details in The Stores. And Julia's garden is also to be the setting for 'Open Gardens with a little Art' which is one of the events in the Little Arts Festival programme. There wil be some exquisite sculptures, set against the garden scenery, with the possibility also we understand of some live music being played in the garden.
Have you herd about the Open Studios at Longlet's Studio Barn www.longleysstudiobarns.com, hosted by Artist Veronica Van Eijk with other leading local artists such as Chris Liddiard. Its a great collection in a sublime environment, with a chance to meet many of the artists. Catch it Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June beefore it finishes. We went the udder day and loved it. We need to support our local artists. There's a lot at steak. Cards in The Stores.