Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots June 2014

Bloomin brilliant

Rushlake Green resident, Parish Councillor, and self confessed guerilla gardener Karen Clark is planning a community tidy-up of the flower beds around the green. "The Parish Council has a small budget to buy bedding plants, and anyone who would like to help prepare the beds and plant the plants would be very, very welcome!"

Preparation and planting will take place on Sunday 8th June and Sunday 15th June

Click GUERILLA GARDENING for more details in our What's On section


Topical tips

While you're at it, do some homework with Ross's gardening diary for June.
Click GARDENING DIARY to see more


Open season

Following on from the success of the open garden at the Old School House, where there was universal admiration for all the work that's gone into that garden, we've got news that Turners House in Turners Green is open, by appointment, throughout May and July. For details click OPEN GARDEN


Sing, sang, sing, song.

In aid of the Warbleton Church Bell Restoration Appeal.

Sussex Harmony, a popular Lewes based group, will perform in costume their programme “And every voice a song”.  This will cover the music that would have been heard during a Sussex year from Wassail through to harvest and Christmas with some readings from the period pre-1850. The recital is on 22nd June at St Mary's Church, and there will be a retiring collection.  For more details click SUSSEX HARMONY


Swimsmiles for Heathfield Pool Campaign

The people leading the project to bring a much-needed swimming pool to Heathfield, are looking for local swimmers to 'swim for a pool'. This fun challenge will see all the distances swum by 'Swimsmiles' participants added together to build a total distance swum for the pool. If you, or someone you know, would like to support the campaign by swimming, or could help to publicise the idea with local swimmers, please get in touch with Nigel McKeeman here at the Village Leaf. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Community concern after Hill Challenge accident

The annual Warbleton Hill Challenge on Bank Holiday Monday was shaping up to be another spectacularly eccentric event. But all the fun and excitment was brought to a shattering halt by a serious accident in which several people were injured when a kart lost control and left the road. In the days that followed, there was immense sympathy and concern locally for all of those who were hurt in the accident, particularly the two very young local children, both of whom had to be airlifted to London hospitals for treatment. There was also a great deal of understanding locally, not only for the families of those hurt but also for the occupants of the kart (one of whom was also injured), and the organisers of the event for all of whom the accident, and the injuries sustained, must have been immensely distressing and worrying. Soon after the event, Local District Councillor Nigel McKeeman echoed the concerns of the many people who have contacted us about this, when he told us: "On behalf of local residents I would like to express our heartfelt sympathy for the families of the children who were caught up in this collision. I am sure we all fervently hope that the medical outcome, for all those who were injured, will be a positive one leading to a full recovery for everyone involved." At this week's Council Meeting, the Wealden members all added their wishes for the speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. Hill Challenge Accident condolences at Council Meeting

Thankfully, as we write this, we are reliably informed that the two most seriously injured children appear now to be off the critical list and are doing well. As are, it seems, the other people who were injured at the event. We hope very much that this continues and that in time everyone concerned is able to make a full recovery.

Note: Whilst the details of the accident, and the individuals involved, have been widely reported elsewhere and will by now be familiar to many people locally, we do not at this time feel it is appropriate to reiterate that level of detail on these pages. Ed.

Conentious or conscientious?

A Broad Oak residents group has arranged a Public Meeting on Saturday June 7th, in the Heathfield Union Church, to explore the issues surrounding shale gas and fracking. Speakers will include ex oil executive Ian Craine, and geologist Dr Jennifer Huggett, who is also a Heathfield and Waldron Parish Councillor. The meeting will include a short documentary: 'The truth behind the dash for gas.' Ian Craine is also speaking at a meeting on June 8th in Goward Hall, Cade Street. For more details click SHALE GAS AND FRACKING meetings.