Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Our community website for Rushlake Green, the Parish of Warbleton and the surrounding areas of East Sussex

Green Shoots - July 2014


Welcome to our new shopkeepers

We now have new shopkeepers in the Rushlake Green Stores. Paul and Rohani Santhan are taking over the business as the other Paul has decided to move on to other things. Mr and Mrs Santhan were previously running the Knockholt Village Shop in Sevenoaks, and have had their eyes on The Stores for some time. To help ensure a smooth transition Paul Hammond will still be around for a while. We would like to welcome the Santhan family to Rushlake Green and we are sure they will enjoy this tranquil spot as much as we all do.

A big thank you to Paul (the other one)

Most locals will be fully aware of how much The Stores has moved on under the stewardship of Paul Hammond. When Lionnel retired, ending generations of the Daw family running the shop, Andy laid the foundations of a local shop for the new millenium. And since then Paul has, through his desire to offer what local customers want from a local shop today, taken the place giants strides forward. Coffee, artisan bread on Saturdays, organic products, a good selection of wines and beers, speciality produced cakes and biscuits - just some of the things (in addition to friendly customer service) that have made the shop as busy and as popular as it is today.  So, thank you Paul for helping so much to ensure the long term sustainability of our local shop.

And a fond farewell to Sandy
(not gone but just moving onwards and upwards)

As luck would have it Sandy had already landed herself an exciting job, with a nearby business, when news of the shop's sale was emerged. And Sandy's new employer was kind enough to let her carry on until the week of the handover. Sandy hasn't gone far so we'll hopefully be bumping into her on the Green. We will spare Sandy's blushes and not reveal exactly for how long she has been a mainstay of the village shop. But the strongest memory for many surely will be of Sandy's tireless and incredibly helpful role for so many years as the village subpostmistress. It didn't matter how busy she was, Sandy would always have the time to offer a sympathetic ear to her post office customers. And that same cheerful and patient spirit continued as Sandy emerged from behind the screen to join Paul and his team at the counter.

Loyal customers turned out to give Sandy a heartfelt send-off, and Parish Chairman Bryan Whitton gave a warm tribute. It was good to see Lionnel on hand to join others in thanking Sandy for all her dedicated work over the years. We wish Sandy the best of luck in her new adventure.


What would you do?

Not all of us would know what to do if we were nearby when someone suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Yes we'd dal 999 and that would get an ambulance, and possibly one of our local voluntary 'First Responders', on their way to give assistance. But the reality is that the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest are critical for the person's survival. On average only 10% survive. But that survival rate goes up to 38% if a bystander is able to give CPR, and use a defibrillator, within those first vital minutes before the emergency services arrive.

So a local campaign is now taking shape, to encourage more local people to be trained in CPR, and to get publically accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Rushlake Green, Warbleton, Bodle Street and other surrounding centres of the local community. District Councillor Nigel McKeeman has pledged some funds from the Wealden Community Dividend, and the Parish Council is strongly backing the idea. Nigel is asking for your views about where the Defibrillators might be most valuable, how we can raise more money for local AEDs, and who might be interested in CPR training (it's not very hard and it doesn't take long). To find out more click ResuscitUs.


Guerillas in our midst

Led by Karen Cook, the Rushlake 'Green Guerillas' have been in action and have made remarkable progress already - and we have to say their colour coordination is exceptional (see above). Several teams of willing loval volunteers turned up to dig, weed and replant the flower beds around the green. The Green Guerillas included Karen, Mike, Carole, Farideh, Nigel, Marian, John, Lin, Lucy, Heather, Julia, Chris, Brian, Bill and Don.

Two beds are already resplendent with annuals. And the third, opposite the Horse and Groom, is we understand destined for a vegetable patch - Benjamin awaits the results with interest. Karen wishes to thank again everyone who responded to her call for help: "It was amazing how quickly the time went and how much we achieved. We'd like also to express our thanks to Rivermead Nurseries who gave us masses of plants, to Cade Streets Nurseries for all their help, and to Chris Wells who allowed us to dump all the green waste at his place - he has a licence!" Karen is always looking for more volunteers to maintain the beds and help with the regular watering (see our hosecam above) that will now be required, particularly if we have a warm summer. Please contact Karen on 830348.


Byschool Birdlife
Denise and Nick have attracted a positive menagerie of birdlife into their garden, and they have been keeping a diary of all the activity they've observed. They have kindly allowed us to publish an extract for May 2014.  Here's a sample:
. . . 17th May. Bertha is back much to Billy’s annoyance! She’s brought her boy so Bill's busy chasing them around the garden. Charlie & Sidney appear to see what’s going on. On their arrival Bertha & boy leave. Bill clucks a lot! Enter Bobbin looking a little nervous . . . "
To read more click Birdlife in a cottage garden

There goes the bride - revisited
Thespian alert. The Village Players wiill be holding a play reading of 'There goes the bride', by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, on Wednesday 9th July at 8pm in the Dunn Village Hall. The farce will be performed as a Theatre Supper in November. The play reading is in advance of auditions on 23rd and 28th July. Everyone welcome and the Players are always looking for new talent. For details click Rushlake Green Village Players


Stand by your geraniums - and watch out for Buffaloes
The Warbleton and District Horticultural & Poultry Society's annual flower show on Rushlake Green is on Saturday 26th July 2014. If you haven't already, there's still time to enter your flowers, produce or creative work. Programmes and entry forms from The Stores. After the Flower Show, the multi-talented Buffaloes will be performing 60s, 70s and 80s music in the marque.

For details click Rushlake Green Flower Show


Hampers, Champers, Brass and Britannia rules the Waves

The Warbleton Brass band will be performating at the Flower Show and then, on Sunday 27th July at 6.30pm, they will be staging their annual, immensely popular, 'Prom on the Green'. Picnic optional. Union Jacks essential. For details click Warbleton Brass Band Prom on Rushlake Green


Topical tips

If is raining too much to get out into the garden, you'll have time to read Ross's gardening diary for July.  Click GARDENING DIARY to see more


Strawbs and cream.

Don't forget - on the evening of Saturday 12th July, at the Bodle Street Green Village Hall, there will be a candlelit picnic, with live music from Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby - "one of the world’s great guitar players with a wonderful Nashville country singer/songwriter". Brian played in the Strawbs for many years and recently he and Cathryn have appeared several times at the Lamb. The first half of the show on 12th July is going to be floor singers from the folk club. Tickets for 12th July on sale from the White Horse, The Stores or from Chris on 01435 864271. For details of a special offer click White Horse Folk Club


Poetic Art

Chris Liddiard is one of the 21 artists who are part of the artist co-operative Chalk Gallery in Lewes. The next exhibition shows the work that the artists have produced in response to a group visit to Farley Farmhouse at Muddles Green near Chiddingly. Farley was the home of the Surrealist, Roland Penrose, and the photographer Lee Miller. The venue is famous partly because of visits to the house by Picasso and Miro amongst others.  In addition to the art at the Chalk Gallery, for one piece of art by each artist a poem has been written by a member of the Rottingdean Writers’ Group. The poems will be read by the artists in a special event at the gallery from 2pm to 5pm on 12th July (Contact Chris on 830779 for an invitation). The art exhibition then continues at the gallery.
You can learn more about the Chalk Gallery at


Heathfield East Calling

Our local District Councillor for the Heathfield East area produces each month a report for the Warbleton Parish Council. In case you're interested, we've published a copy. To find out more click Heathfield East District Report.


Prevent Crime

Here's a reminder of the contact details of our local police team at Heathfield. Our local support is provided by PC Will Sergi and PCSO Iain Tomsett. Iain is also responsible for communicating with, and supporting, the local Neighbourhood Watch groups that relate to Cowbeeech, Stunts Green, Herstmonceux, Warbleton and Rushlake Green. Iain can be contacted at: Tel: 101 Ext. 568700 Mobile: 077876 85754 Twitter: @sussex_police.


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

Accommodation . Artists . Bacon . Bed & Breakfast . Beef . Bonfire societies . Brass band . Brochures . Butchers . Carpentry . Catering . Cranes . Counseling . 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