Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots September 2013

Little shoots . . . late extra

Splodge, scratch, carve, snap, throw, install

ART ON THE GREEN still open for entries













Only a few days left to get your paintings, drawings, photographs, craft items, 3D work, sculpture or pottery ready for the ART ON THE GREEN show in the Dunn Village Hall. Exhibition will be open Sat 14th Sept and Sun 15th Sept, with a private view on Friday evening. You can enter one or two pieces right up to Friday, when all the entries are being hung.

It's part of the Art Trail, which itself is part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture festival which continues until 15th September. See their website for loads of arts events in and around Hailsham.


Well done that dog

Lucy would like to thank all those who sponsored her - raising over £200 for the 'Swimming Pool for Heathfield' campaign. Lucy was amongst a stirling group of sponsored walkers that managed to raise over £7,000 for this great project. For more information about the proposed pool CLICK HERE

Help put the pool at the heart of the community

The  swimming pool project has been shortlisted for the Courier's Heart of the Community award. By adding your vote of support, you can help the campaign win up to £2,500. Voting coupons and details in the Courier throughout September, or you can text your support. For details of this and other pool project news CLICK HERE.


Bin and gone and dunnit

After some pretty frustrating teething problems Kier, Wealden's new contractor, appears to be gradually getting the hang of the new bin collection rounds - with some of our local 'hard to reach' green waste bins finally also being collected.

If your bin is missed, at any stage, it's a good idea to report it immediately - and Kier should then immediately arrange a special collection for you. For up to date information about the new services follow the links from the Wealden front page to 'New Re-cycling Services', or to go straight to the relevant page Click here now: This page also shows you how to report a missed collection online. This is the best way to report a problem as the phone lines can get very busy.


Previously in Green Shoots . . .


Through the glass darkly

Some local residents have expressed concerns that the refuse teams, when collecting recycling materials, have sometimes been seen tipping the glass in with the rest of the recycled materials - undoing all the good work in separating the bottles out in the first place. We have made enquiries and the situation seems to be as follows: Most of the recycling trucks have a seperate box for glass. However if this becomes full, the operatives are instructed to put the glass in with the other recycling materials as the glass can be separated out at the processing plant. Because the glass collections area new thing, many residents have been putting out their backlog of glass which means that glass overloading has been occuring. There are also some residents that have not had recycling or garden waste collections.

It is now clear that for Kier, the contractors for Wealden's new refuse and re-cycling scheme, the past few weeks have proved rather more challenging than expected as their crews get used to the new collection patterns. As a result, some collections have been disrupted. They have given Wealden reassurances that extra resources have been put into getting everythinbg back on track ASAP. The best source of information and advice about refuse problems is the Wealden new pages.

Follow the links from the Wealden front page to 'New Re-cycling Services', or to go straight to the relevant page Click here now: This page also shows you how to report a missed collection online. This is the best way to report a problem as the phone lines can get very busy.

Sponsored walk creates a Splash

The fundraising committee for the 'Swimming Pool for Heathfield' campaign are organising a sponsored walk to raise funds for the project. The site, next door to the Community College has been secured, and planning permission has been granted. Heathfield has also been shortlisted for one of the relocatable pools from the 2012 London Olympics.

So now the race is on to raise the funds needed to build the new pool and leisure facilities. The sponsored walk, on Sunday 18th August, will start at Trading for U in Heathfield and finish at the site of the new pool beside the Community College in Cade Street, Old Heathfield - where there will be a barbecue. If you want to take part, sponsorship forms are available from Trading for You and other places in Heathfield.

Local resident Lucy (above, seen training for the event) is doing the sponsored walk. If you'd like to help the 'Swimming Pool for Heathfield' project by sponsoring Lucy, please email Lucy c/o 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 pass on a message via Denise in the village Stores) by Saturday 17th August.


Parish Website re-launched

The Parish Council website has been given a makeover and as a result now not only looks fabulous but also has a wealth of information about Parish Council matters, the planning process, local facilities and much more.

The Parish Council are very keen to spread the word and encourage more people to visit the new site, so please pass on the link below and encourage its inclusion on other local community websites.
Click: to visit the Parish website


Local high street rediscovers market day

As part of its project to regenerate the town centre, the Hailsham Forward community team ( has led the introduction of a new Street Market, which will operate three times a month until Christmas (this is in addition to the monthly Farmers Market). We are told there will be "fresh fruits and vegetables, cakes, artisan goods, clothes, accessories, plants, toys and much more. Why not check it out and show your support for a local high street doing its best to flourish in this very tough period for independent traders. The new Street Market will be in Vicarage Fields, which we think is the area between Waitrose and the High Street.


Hi Ho Hailsham

The Lone Ranger is in town, at the Pavilion. You've read all the highly critical reviews, now here's a chance to a make up your own mind. Word on the street is that it's actually quite a good movie. Other movies are available.

Click here to check out programme details








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Garden diary
From Ross Atteby, our latest Gardening Diary . . .  CLICK HERE


Green Art
The call has gone out for amateur and professional artists, photographers and craftmakers living in Rushlake Green and the surrounding areas to submit one or two pieces of work for an open exhibition in the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday 14th September. As well as paintings, photographs and craft items, 3-dimensional work, sculpture and pottery will also be accepted. Entry froms from The Stores. It's part of the Hailsham Arts and Culture festival Art Trail.


Hailsham Festival - its going to be big

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture, which runs from 7th to 15th September. For more details on what's happening and how to sign up:





Flower Show blossoms, despite a brief shower


Rain doesn't stop play
". . . It rain'd down fortune showering on your head;
and such a flood of greatness fell on you . . . "

The Village Players scored another huge success with their production of the Merry Wives of Windsor on the green. On the green and in the hall as it turned out. Having successfully completed two performances in the open air - despite gatherimg storm clouds - the players took the timely decision to move the play to the village hall (they were prepared) to avoid the downpour on Saturday night - where the performance reportedly went down a storm(!)

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Good news, bard news...

June 2013 . . . . As the 1st performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor draws closer, the Merry Village Players are glimpsed here putting the finishing touches to the staging. The players' quintessential performances on the green, complete with the incomparable backdrop of an evening skyscape, are not to be missed under any circumstances.From what we've gleaned, this show promises to be another outstanding success.

By the way, this is a 'bring your own seating, picnic, wine etc so that the players can play to an audience as ribald as any that might have turned up in Shakespeare's own time. And if you haven't yet got tickets, there may still be some available at 'The Stores'. The play on the green runs from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd June. For more details in What's on CLICK HERE.





Don't know why he couldn't buy a ticket like everybody else



Church Hill Challenge

It's fast, it's furious, it's fun. And right from the start it's down hill all the way. The legendary soap box derby starting from the Black Duck, on anything wheeled, returns on 27th May. For details, CLICK HERE

Potholes - blink and they're back

There seems to be a rash of new ones. More important than ever to report them to the boys at East Sussex County Council.
To find out more click here: How to report a pothole








Heathfield Show

This year's Heathfield Show is coming up soon on Saturday May 25th.

For more details go to their website - click here:


Trottwood a la verte encore

The return of Trottwood to (or at least nearby) the Green will be welcomed by all who attended their previous gig in the Dunn Village Hall. With their uniquely French take on Celtic music, the six remarkable members of this talented Family will be performing on 27th April, in the Bodle Street Village Hall, as guests of the White Horse Folk Club. For date, time and booking details click: Trottwood live music.

Chilled out at Chapter 12

The recently-opened Chapter 12 wine bar in Hailsham has regular music spots - as well as hosting book clubs and many other events. On 16th April Tom Fitzpatrick (a ‘Michael Bublé’ style crooner) will be appearing in a free gig. Click here for details




Then later in the month there's a new departure for Chapter 12 – a Cabaret by Peter Willson and Linda Francis – on a theme around the book group they host. It's entitled ‘Book group Blues’ Could be interesting! Luv the hair (hers)

Soul and blues - at the Hailsham Pavilion

Couldn't get tickets for the Stones? Well, if you're quick, you might get to see a rare local appearance by the legendary Geno Washington no less - 'one of the all time great soul singers' - at the Pavilion on Sunday 14th April. Later in the month there's a also chance to catch singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph. And in June, bluesman Larry Garner comes to the Pav. For more details click Music at the Pavilion in April


Noah (and the Whale) at De la Warre

The De la Warre Pavillion at Bexhill can always be relied upon for an eclectic mix of music and art events. Noah and the whale appear in May. Tickets tend to go quickly. Click here to find out more about De la Warr





Spring Concert

Warbleton Brass Band return with their ever popular Spring Concert, takes place this year at 2.00pm on Sunday 21st April, in the Dunn Village Hall. Click the following link to see details in of Warbleton Brass Band Spring Concert

Between Earth and Heaven - Mayfield

Mayfield Festival Choir will be performing at St Dunstan’s Mayfield Parish Church on Sunday 12th May. The choir will be conducted by Jeremy Summerly with the Royal Academy Consort and soloists Miranda Johnson and Martin Johnson. The programme comprises: Fauré, Requiem; Britten, Ceremony of Carols; Trad, Angelus ad virginem; Dufay, Gloira ad modum tubae; Mozart, Ave verum corpus. Click here to find out more about Mayfield festival Choir booking

Hop Farm - here's hoping

Previous years at our local Hop Farm festival have featured the likes of Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Seasick Steve, Blondie, Bryan Feery, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel and Prince. So we're a bit underwhelmed by this July's headliners My Bloody Valentine and Rodriguez - although we're sure they'll be excellent. We're holding out for something pretty special on the yet to be confirmed Sunday night show. Check out the website for the Hop Farm Festival


Film - at the Hailsham Pavilion

For a link to times and booking details, for these and many other good films at the Pavilion click Hailsham Pavillion

Potholes - we count them, County fill them in again

Remember - if you see a pothole that puts road users at risk, please report it. Don't worry that someone else might already have done the same. In fact the more people report a problem, the higher the priority it will be given.
To find out more click here: How to report a pothole .




Also in the Village Leaf you can find . . . .

Accommodation . Artists . Bacon . Bed & Breakfast . Beef . Bonfire societies . Brass band . Brochures . Butchers . Carpentry . Catering . Cranes . Counselling . Country walks . Dairy . Drama. Eggs . Electrical . Farm shops . Farmers Markets . Farms stays . Fencing . Folk Club . Free range eggs . Fruit . Galleries . Game . Gardeners . Garden machinery . Ground works . Homemade cakes . Holiday cottages . Horticultural society . Heavy lifting . Information . IT . Joinery . Kelly bronze turkeys . Lamb . Locally grown vegetables . Massage . Musicians . Newspapers . Nurseries . Open Studios . Organic produce . Pet food . Pies . Places to visit . Ponds & lakes . Pork . Post Office . Print design . Pubs . Recovery . Reflexology . Removals . Restaurants . Retreats . Sausages . Shiatsu . Short breaks . Solstice Morris . Stationary . Storage . Therapists . Timber . Transport . Tractors . Trees and shrubs . Tree surgeons . Tyres . Venues . Village Stores . Village halls . Water work . Wealth management . Web design . Wheelwright . WI . Wine and spirits

. . . taking in Rushlake Green, Warbleton, Bodle street Cowbeech, Horam, Punnetts Town, Three Cups, Turners Green and Vines Cross


Previously on the Village Leaf . . .

Local artist Chris Liddiard had a successful one man exhibition at the Under Ground Theatre Gallery, Eastbourne

We witnessed the planting of the Jubilee Tree;
burying the Time Capsule with the village Jubilee photograph,
and the torchlit procession to the fireworks fireworks . . .

We created our local 'artists in residence' page . . .

We followed the campaign to bring a new
community swimming pool to the Heathfield area

We reported on Bob, Peter, and Ray at the Hop Farm
- our own local festival