Rushlake Green Village Leaf



13th May Fatal Encounter opens DVH
14th May Plant Sale Osborne House
16th May Final night, Fatal Encounter
19th May CPR and Defib Know How DVH
23rd May Heathfield Show
24th May Brighton Festival finishes
30th May - 24th June Woven at the Wing gallery

6th June Woolcraft with Wensleydale Open Studio
6th June Jazz at the H&G
7th June Rushlake Green Big Lunch
13th June Book launch at Wing gallery, Wadhurst
20th June Woolcraft with Wensleydale Open Studio
May, June, July Turners House open garden

For more, go to What's on around Rushlake Green


It's murder on the Green 

Latest If you haven't got tickets for 'Fatal Encounter', time is running out.

This week sees the opening of the Village Players' 'in-the-round' theatre dinner production of Fatal Encounter by Francis Durbridge - running from May 13th to 16th. For ticket and show details see Fatal Encounter in our What's On section, or to buy tickets now, go straight to the online ticket website for villageplayersrushlakegreen

Don't let Dan grab all the grub

Latest It's free, it's big, and it's for anyone living in and around the Green. It's the RUSHLAKE GREEN BIG LUNCH. To attend, all you have to do is grab your free tickets - and they're available now at the Rushlake Green Stores and the Horse & Groom.

12.30pm Sunday June 7th. Bring own picnic, cutlery, crockery etc., chair (if possible) and a dish for the shared buffet tables. There will be a raffle, during the Big Lunch, in aid of The Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice which cares for children and young adults (from East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire) with progressive life-shortening conditions. The raffle prizes include "many fabulous prizes from local traders and two tickets for any availlable performance at Glyndebourne". Classy!


Jazzing things up, at the H&G 

On Saturday 6th June, the Horse and Groom will be turning all jazzy. The band 'Tswings' are coming all the way from Holland for a gig which promises to be a syncopated blend of great music, food, drink and good company. In the meantime Wouter and Stephanie tell us that the restaurant has been doing a roaring trade and customers have also been enthusiastic about the signature dutch bar-snacks now on offer at the H&G. If you want to check out the H&G dinner menu, we've nicked a copy for you to preview. To make a reservation call Stephanie or Wouter on 01435 830 320 or follow the action and comment via their face book page: Horse and Groom Sussex.

Know How - When and Where 

Latest The ResuscitUs CPR and Defibrillator Know How session in the Dunn Village Hall, at 6.00pm on 19th May is rapidly filling up, but of you contact them now you may still be able to attend.

The first ResuscitUs Know How session, on April 28th at Bodle Street Green, was very well attended. After a short presentation by Tim Fellows (Clinical Operations manager, South East Coast Ambulance Service) participants were shown, by members of the Heathfield First Responders Group, how to do CPR and how to use a defibrillator. From the feedback collected afterwards it was clear that the session had been very successful in making people feel much more confident about being able to take action, should a sudden cardiac arrest occur. The cabinet is already fitted outside the white horse pub and the defibrillator arrives soon. The local ResuscitUs campaign has also successfully raised money for a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator (PAD) outside Osborne House. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it If you'd like to attend the know how session on the 19th May, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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


Growth opportunity

The popular Osborne House Coffee and Company plant sale is here again. Pick up some healthy, locally reared plants, all sorts of including veg, and help raise some money.Thursday 14th May from 10.00 to 12.00. Everything must go.


Julia's peltdown festival

Book launch

The Anatolian Journey and The Rhythm of The Year, two illustrated poetry collections have been self-published by Julia Desch  - Artwork by Chris Liddiard and locally printed in Uckfield. You are invited to the book launch at the Wing Gallery, 3.p.m. Saturday 13th June.

Open Studios

Woolcraft with Wensleydale are having open day, as part of the South East Open Studios programme of events. Anyone interested in seeing what goes on at their set-up in Bodle Street is very welcome. All details in the Guide which is in the Village Shop and elsewhere.  Demonstration days on 6th and 20th June plus poetry and book signing.

Wall to wall Wensleydale

Wensleydale Wallhangings will be included in WOVEN,  a Textile Exhibition curated by Lesley Sammsin the Wing Gallery, from 30th May - 24th June.  There will be demonstrations, talks, classes etc.


Open Garden

Christopher Miscampbell and Julia Padbury are again opening the gates of their splendid gardens in Turners Green. Rather than opening on a few big days this year (parking issues), the Turners House Open Garden will be continue, by prior appointment, for an extended period throughout May, June and July.


Event Cinema at the Pav

It's worth checking out some of the 'Event Cinema' programme at the Hailsham Pavillion. Live broadcast events from oustanding performances in front of live audiences. They've got ROH production of La Boheme in June, but we reckon the hot ticket will be Cumbers in the title role of Hamlet, live from the National Theatre in October. Check the Hailsham Pavillion Event Cinema page. Films coming up include A Little Chaos; Far from the Madding Crowd and (of course) SpongeBob the Movie. Live gigs from Spyboy (at the Pav and other local venues) include Tom Robinson, Eddi Reader and the Unthanks. Facebook Hailsham Pavilion - Cinema and Theatre


Brighton Festival ends soon

Don't forget, the Brighton Festival, which has been running since the beginning of the month, ends on the 24th May. But there's still plenty of time to catch some of the great stuff in a packed programme of Art, Theatre, Music, Dance, Comedy and Circus. Our pick for Best of the Fest is 'Dawn Chorus' at Fabrika, created by British artist Marcus Coates. It uses: "unique digital methods to explore the relationship between birdsong and the human voice, drawing out similarities between the behaviour of birds and humans. This immersive multi-screen film installation features 19 individual singers who uncannily recreate birdsong and bird movement. Together they form a chorus that accurately simulates the sounds and timings of a natural dawn chorus." Has to be heard to be believed.

Tweet of the Day

Catch up on the latest bird news in the Birdlife Diaries from Denise and Nick at number 3. Starring Bill, Four robins, Baby sparrows, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and Blue tits.











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


Friends of the
Village Leaf

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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by pledging a donation towards
our costs, just email us at and mark your email 'Friends of the Village Leaf'.



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