Rushlake Green Village Leaf


17th April - Post Office opens for business in The Stores
18th April - Heffle Fair, Cade Street
23rd April - 1.30pm Official opening of the Post Office
24th April - 5.30pm Horse and Groom officially re-opens

7th May - General Election and local elections
13th May - Fatal Encounter opens DVH
19th May - CPR Know How DVH
7th June - Rushlake Green Big Lunch
For more, go to What's on around Rushlake Green

stop press: see below for some  'Latest News' on our top stories

All together now

Latest We understand that that tickets for the Rushlake Green Big Lunch are to be available soon from the Stores and the Big Lunch team (see contacts below). The Big Lunch will be free, but the team still want people to get tickets so that numbers can be estimated and catered for. Those getting tickets will be at liberty to make a donation towards the event, should they wish.

The Rushlake Green Big Lunch takes place on Sunday June 7th and everyone who lives in and around Rushlake Green, or is closely associated with it, is invited. The event is part of the event that takes place on the 1st Sunday of June in villages, towns and cities across the UK. The road will be closed, between the Stores and the Horse and Groom, so that tables can be laid out end to end 'street party' style. The idea is that everyone brings their own picnic, cutlery, crockery etc., chair (if possible) and a dish for the shared buffet tables. The event is being organized by a small team of locals led by Louise Philps. If you would like to attend please confirm asap by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phoning Karen on 830348 or Lynne on 831541. And if you would like to help out with the event, or have fun ideas for the day, Louise would love to hear from you on 830206.


Red Letter Day

Latest The Chairman of the Parish Council, Bryan Whitton welcomed the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mrs Sara Stoner for the official re-opening of the Stores Post Office on Thursday April 23rd. The village turned out in force to be part of this very positive step forward for the village and for the Stores. As the Vice Lord Lieutenant so rightly observed: now the Post Office is re-opened, it's up to the local community to make sure it stays open - by using it regularly. County Cllr Rupert Simmonds who, along with the Parish Council, has been long campaigning to get the post office back thanked the team at the Post Office for continuing to work towards a solution, despite earlier failed attempts to restore the service. We would like thank Bobby and Rohani for enthusiastically rising to the challenge, and taking on this important and valued local service for the community.


Previously reported here . . . .

It was great to hear that our new shopkeepers Mrs and Mrs Santhan have managed to reach an agreement with the post office to bring the service back to Rushlake Green village shop, after its long absence. This signals a huge commitment to the village by Bobby and Rohani involving as it does a considerable investment, a host of new installations and a steep learning curve to get up to speed with the new services. All the more important surely that we as a local community fulfill our part of the bargain by making full use of the new post office when it opens for business on Friday 17th April.

Inn Confidence  

Latest Wouter and Stephanie seem to be making great progress with their internal and external works on the village pub and we understand are still on schedule for the official re-opening of the Horse and Groom from 5.30pm on Friday 24th April. Locals were offered a 'sneak preview' on the previous Friday which was much appreciated by those who managed to make it.

A warm Rushlake Green welcome to Wouter and Stephanie, the new faces soon to appear behind the bar at the Horse and Groom.

Officially they take over the Pub on 15th April, but it will be closed until Friday the 24th while they give it a bit of a makeover. Wouter and Stephanie explained to us that they are keen to make the Horse and Groom more attractive and inviting, with contemporary touches such as wooden flooring and cleaner, more modern interior colours. They also plan to start work on improving the garden areas.

Road ahead clear 

Latest "Our work here is done". MST informed us on Tuesday that their re-cycling work on Trolliloes Lane was complete, leaving only the tarmac top surface to be added by another contractor. On that basis they are confident that the road will be clear and fully reopened well before the weekend of the 25th April. We have not driven down there to confirm this yet. But we are hopeful that the road will be clear by the time you read this.

We've been contacted by the East Sussex County Council contractors, who did the road reconstruction last year, to let locals know that they have been commissioned to undertake further work over the coming months. So far all that Alec Salter, from MST, can tell us is that they will begin road reconstruction work in the "Trolliloes Lane" area (could be Cowbeech Lane to Stonelands Lane(?) according to ESCC) on Sunday 19th April, but he's promised more details soon. For up to date news on the roadworks, see also our thread on Facebook: Rushlake Green Village Leaf. where we can post stuff that we hear about between issues of Green Shoots. You can also try ESCC website, where there is a useful interactive map, by clicking: East Sussex County Council Roadworks Map

It's murder on the Green 

Latest Quick reminder that tickets to see 'Fatal Encounter', go on sale for members from 10.00 - 11.30 on Saturday 25th April at the village hall and for non-members online from Monday 27th.

In a shock horror exclusive we can reveal the behind the scenes drama, as the cast of the latest 'Village Players' production go through their lines. Running as an 'in-the-round' theatre dinner in the Dunn Village Hall from May 13th to 16th, Fatal Encounter is a darkly chilling murder mystery by Francis Durbridge - well-known to many as the writer of the popular radio detective series Paul Temple. This thriller has Durbridge's hallmark dialogue and many twists and turns that will keep the audience guessing. For tickets and details see Fatal Encounter in our What's On section.


Heart stopping news 

Latest Places on the ResuscitUs CPR and Defibrillator Know How session on May 19th are filling fast. There are still a few places available, so if you want to learn how in an emergency you could save a life, contact the ResuscitUs team and get yourself booked in to attend.

Our local ResuscitUs campaign has successfully raised money towards a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator (PAD) outside Osborne House.This, along with local residents familiar with CPR, should make it more likely someone suffering a cardiac arrest will get the assistance they need to survive the vital first minutes before the emergency services arrive. Funding for the defibrillator came from Warbleton Parish Council, Wealden District Council community dividend and generous donations from many local residents. If you would like to make a donation its not too late - just email Nigel McKeeman via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Now - would you know what to do if someone collapsed with a cardiac arrest? ResuscitUs has organised a free CPR and defibrillator Know How session on May 19th in the Dunn Village Hall. If you'd like to attend, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Karen on 830348. And for news of the ResuscitUs campaign elsewhere, click ResuscitUs Newsletter

Your art entitlement 

The ever popular annual 'Art on the Green' show is planning to evolve into a mini Arts Festival. And the organiser Chris Liddiard (left) is challenging Rushlake Green residents to come up with a suitably creative title for the festival. Suggestions so far include 'Rushstock' and 'Greenfest' but we're sure you can do a lot better. Suggestions for titles and any events or participants that might be included to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - And in the meantime - why not get painting, drawing or making.


Maybe time to vote 
Banksy - Keep it Real

No elections for years, and then three come along at once.  And so, on May 7th across the UK, there will be elections for Members of Parliament, District Councillors and Parish Councillors. Our Parliamentary candidates (for Bexhill and Battle consituency) are: Geoffrey Bastin (UKIP); Jonathan Kent (Green); Huw Merriman (Cons); Rachel Sadler (Lib Democrat); Michelle Thew (Labour). We understand that Warbleton Parish Council will not require an election as there are not more candidates than there are places on the council. For our Wealden District Council we are in the Heathfield East Ward. As there was only one candidate, Bob Bowdler (Cons), there will be no election for our District Councillor. For more information try clicking this useful page of information about the elections on Wealden's website. As you may know, District Councillor Nigel McKeeman (fourth from left) is, due to other commitments, not standing for the next term.

It's a bird's life 

Immerse yourself in Denise's wild and wonderful world of weird and whimsical close encounters of the bird kind.

Just click Bird Life Spring Watch 2015


Mower mightier than the sward 

New in our Green Pages this issue you'll find Tristan Neville who does mowing, hedge-cutting and fencing for a number of locals in and around the green. We are reliably informed that his mighty Allett cylinder mowers are the same as those used to hone the outfield of the Lords cricket ground. The results speak for themselves. Tristan's details can be found in our Green Pages section for 'Garden and Land Services' in the left hand menu. Or just click this link to Tristan Neville - Mowing, hedge-cutting and fencing.


New seeds

Other new entries on the leaf include:
Bodle Street Green Village Hall
Andy Groombridge, Logs



Local things we strongly support.
And tributes to those locals
who strongly support us.

The Stores

The Village Leaf community website was borne out of the local campaign to save the original village shop when it was threatened with closure. Since then we have championing The Stores, and encouraged everyone living locally to use it (or we'll lose it).


This community campaign was created to get publicly accessible defibrillators, and local CPR training, for the communities of Rushlake Green, Bodle Street Green, Three Cups Corner, Punnetts Town, Cade Street and Old Heathfield. Great progress has been achieved already, but there's still plenty to do. If you'd be willing to make a donation, or if you'd be interested to know more, email Nigel McKeeman via or follow on Facebook or Twitter. For latest progress click ResuscitUs Newsletter

Parish Council

Our Parish Council is the first port of call for resolving many local issues. And where a problem can't be resolved locally, the Parish Council regularly liaise with WDC and our local Wealden District Councillor; and with ESCC and our local County Councillor. Members of the public are welcome to attend the regular Parish Council meetings and Parish Planning Committee meetings. Council contacts and meeting dates on


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Monica Adams-Acton & Proctor Taylor
Lynne Axon
Ian & Isabel Collett
Lin Collins
Robert Barker (Hon)
Julia Desch
Jamie & Catherine Fairbairn
& family
Carolyn Flood
Lindsay Hunt
Paul Jenkins & Rene Hansen
Chris Liddiard (Hon)
Farideh McKeeman

Phillip & Barbara Naughton

Paulette Dale Roberts
Mike & Carole Smythe
Fiona Vestentoft
Ray & Ruth Whittaker


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