Rushlake Green Village Leaf

August/Sept 2015

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May, June, July Turners House open garden
7th, 8th, 9th August. Forgotten Fields festival
8th August - Bodle Street Green 56th Annual Flower Show
14th August - Rude Mechanicals, Babbi Babbett
22nd August - Porchlight Smoker, Bodle Street Green village hall

19th & 20th September - Art on the Green, Dunn Village Hall
13th - 17th October - Aida, State Hall, Heathfield


Rude awakening - last call

Final reminder that the excellent Rude Mechanicals will be back at the green on Friday 14th August. As they told us last month:
"We are sure you will be pleased to hear that The Rudes are on the road again this summer and our production of The Comedy of Babi Babbett is being very well received. We will be performing it in Rushlake Green on Friday 14th August. We hope we will see you there, or at one of our other venues. There are loads to choose from as you will see on our website -"
As the show goes on until quite late, it's advisable to bring blankets etc, along with your chairs, drinks, picnic etc. for what promises to be a night of ribald humour and enchanting musicianship as the sun sets behind the green. Tickets from The Stores, Rushlake Green or online.


Gig of the Month 

Anyone who heard Porchlight Smoker at their previous appearance, at the White Horse Folk Club, will be keenly anticipating the band's gig at the Bodle Street Village Hall, on Saturday 22nd August 2015. With a rich mixture of 'Roots, folk and Americana', these quirkily multi-talented guys are seriously good. Also at the event will be regulars from the White Horse Folk Club, who will also do short sets throughout the evening. All in all this 'bring your own food and drink' event promises to be a great night of music and conviviality. Check out Porchlight Smoker on facebook. Tickets and info from Chris Liddiard on 07815 815644


Excellent Aida for a great night out

Southdowns Opera will, this October, be on stage again in Heathfield. The previous production Tosca, performed in 2013, proved very popular with local audiences.

Founded in 2011 by Mark Riches and John Jenkins, Southdowns Opera's aim is to bring opera to rural communities, using professional singers but also giving local people a chance to get involved as performers or by working back stage. The group also endeavour to provide practical opportunities for young local singers interested in a career in the theatre. Again this year, the production will be a collaboration with Heathfield Choral Society

Music Director Mark Riches tells us that this year's production of Aida is being enthusiastically anticipated by those that managed to get seats for the previous much celebrated production of  Tosca: 
“Our production of Aida promises to be a truly spectacular event, with our professional cast, professionally made sets and costumes, and with the additional and valuable support of the Heathfield Choral Society.”

Aidia is at the State Hall, Heathfield from 13th to 17th
October 2015. For information and tickets, go to their website or follow them on facebook.


Get your Art into gear

The hugely 'Art on the Green' exhibition of local art and crafts returns to Rushlake Green in on 19th and 20th September 2015. Last year's exhibition was packed with art and crafts of every concievable style. Founder Chris Liddiard's openness to artists of every standard from absolute beginners to expetrienced professionals has led to an eclectic mix that is always full of surprises and delights. Here are just a few examples . . .

So whether your thing is painting, drawing, sculpting, making, photographing, printing or whatever, please suppport this great event by contributing art and by attending the event. The preview is on 18th September. Entry forms for all artworks and contributions (available in The Stores) needs to be in by Saturday 12th September, so that labels can be made up and the exhibition can be planned. Follow 'Art of the Green 2015' on facebook.


Watch Mr Holmes in the cinema
where the Mr Holmes was filmed

You've still got time (as we write) to sit in the cinema (maybe even the same seat) where Sir Ian McKellen played the part of Mr Holmes, watching a film. Last year George Street was brought to a standstill during the filming in the Hailsham Pavilion, and film itself is returning to the cinema from 10th to 13th August. Other films this month include Terminator Genisys; Inside Out; 13 minutes; True Story and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. August also sees another of the National Theatre Live events - Beau Strategem - at the cinema. And of course in October, Mr Holmes returns via the play that's been breaking all box office records - Cumberbatch's Hamlet - in another live relay to the Hailsham Pavilion.


Big thanks from the Big Lunch team

Organiser Louise Philps would like to pass on the immense gratititude, of the Chestnut Tree Hospice, for the donation of an amazing £739.15 raised at the Big Lunch raffle. Thank you again to everyone who took part and gave so generously.


It's a bird's life

To read Denise's latest fascinating chronicle of the birdlife in her garden click BIRDLIFE


Flower Power

This year's flowershow was another brilliant and well-attended event. For the exhibitors, as early on the morning of the show they arrived to set up their displays, this was the culmination of many hours of hard work, patience and creative inspiration.

As the show got under way, dark clouds threatened rain. But the sun broke through and all the outside activities, including a mesmerising display of falconery, made this again a brilliant event attracting families from miles around. Crystal Clear, the country harmony duo who performed in the marque on the evening of the flowershow, also proved a big success with all those who attended. Local professional photographer Mark was kind enough to send us the following pictures that brilliantly capture the atmosphere of the day.