Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Little Festival Edition 2015

We will probably do a further edition for October / November, but as so many people have been asking us about the planned arts festival, we thought it would be worth briefly giving over the front page to this story.

little arts festival on Rushlake Green

At the preview of this year's Art on the Green show, in the Dunn Village Hall, Chris Liddiard introduced the idea of a 'Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green'. The plan is to create a little festival, created by and for local people, to take place at the end of August 2016. Those already eager to get involved include the Village Players, the Art on the Green show, Warbleton Brass Band, the White Horse Folk Club and many other local arts groups and individuals active in every facet of the arts. Although based in and around Rushlake Green, the festival will seek to involve those from surrounding areas including Bodle Street Green, Dallington, Three Cups, Turners Green, Punnetts Town, Chapel Cross, Cade Street, Old Heathfield, Vines Cross, Horam and Cowbeech. You can follow the festival's progress on the facebook page the little arts festival

Chris Liddiard has put together a small team to coordinate the project and work with all the local arts groups and individuals who are keen to be a part of the project. The Little Arts Festival Team members are: Chris Liddiard, Sophie Douglas, Louise Philps, Ian Collett and Nigel McKeeman. Sophie is a local artist with experience of organising art festival activities. Louise Philps organised the highly successful 'Big Lunch' on Rushlake Green this summer. And Ian Collett was a lead member of the village 'Save the Shop' campaign a while back.

For more background, read our MAIN ARTICLE on this. Click: Little Arts Festival - the original idea

Calling all musicians, artists, writers, poets, actors, singers, dancers, performers, comedians, composers, crafts people, creatives, photographers, film-makers, designers - in fact anyone actively involved in the arts.

On Thursday 1st October, the Little Arts Festival group is holding an open forum meeting to develop ideas, across all disciplines and genres, for events and activities that could be part of the project. This is the second meeting so far, and dozens of creative suggestions are already taking shape - as are some inspiring ideas for collaborations between local groups involved in different disciplines. If you'd like to attend Thursday's Forum meeting please contact nigel mckeeman via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asap.

And if you can't make this meeting, the Little Arts Festival Team would still love to hear from you, so that you can be a part of the thinking from the start. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Have your say

The festival team are inviting anyone who is interested - either as a potential contributor, volunteer or attendee - to say what they'd like to see in a festival on (and around) the green. Pick up a leaflet at the village Stores, or contact Nigel McKeeman. Completed responses can be returned to the Stores or handed in to Nigel or any other member of the Little Arts Festival Team.


Become a friend of the little arts festival

Anyone interested can now become a 'Friend of the Little Arts Festival'. Friends will be offered regular newsletters, notice of events and special previews and advance booking. If you'd like to be a part of this little project from the very start, contact Louise Philps via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Art on the Green attracts record numbers

This year's Art on the Green show proved another great success for organiser Chris Liddiard. The show attracted an amazing diversity of artworks and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended the exhibition. The 'peoples vote' for the best piece in the show went to Mary Groves for her intricately embroidered 'Jelly Roll Sample Quilt'. We have also included here our own 'picks of the show' - although this proved quite difficult because, when it came to it, we felt everything was brilliant.

Works below by Mary Groves
Heather Young, Julie Snowball,
Tony Spencer, Zach Muchamore
Nicky Stoner, Leila Godden
Graham Binks, Jean Holmwood


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The Stores

The Village Leaf community website was born out of the local campaign to save the original village shop when it was threatened with closure. Since then we have championed 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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Lin Collins
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Paul Jenkins & Rene Hansen
Chris Liddiard (Hon)
Farideh McKeeman

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