Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots Oct 2017


Fireworks - Rushlake Green - Sat 21st October 2017


The Warbleton and Rushlake Green fireworks are always a tremendous success and offer a brilliant spectacle after an atmospheric torchlit bonfire procession from Rushlake Green.

Everyone will be gathering on the Green from 6.30 - 7.00pm, with pre-bonfire drinks and a HOG ROAST at the Horse and Groom. Then it's the torchlit procession to the bonfire site, where the fireworks will begin around 7.30 - 8.00pm. Drinks and food will be available (subject to demand!) at the bonfire site. Torches are available to over 18yrs+ members only (for insurance reasons). Anyone wanting to join-up, as a member of the Bonfire Society, on the night will need to turn up early. Membership forms available locally.

Other local bonfires and fireworks include: Cowbeech 27th October; Punnetts Town 28th October; Battle 4th November; Lewes 4th November; East Hoathley 11th November


Fresh start for the Horse and Groom

The Village Leaf welcomes Gary Elmer as the new landlord of the Horse and Groom. It's good to hear that lots of locals, and many more regulars from further afield, have already been dropping in to welcome the new management. As a local himself, Gary clearly wants to give early priority to making all those who live in and around the village feel really welcome in the Horse and Groom. We really hope that this new lease of life will mark a turning point for our pub. It's hugely valued locally but, just like the shop, its success ultimately depends on regular trade from loyal local customers.

Things kick off with a bang on Saturday 21st October when the Horse and Groom will also be pleased to welcome attendees for pre-bonfire procession drinks, a Hog Roast and bar snacks such as mini pizzas etc. - so why not turn up early and make a night of it. The pub will be open on Sunday for Full Sunday Roast and details of the future menu will follow. And the Pub will now be open throughout the week - for each day's opening times see the notice in the Village Shop info window. We'll provide more details, as they become available, in the Horse and Groom entry in our GREEN PAGES.


New Publicly Accessible Defibrillator

- for Three Cups Corner


A resourceful team of local volunteers recently cleaned up and re-painted the phone box at Three Cups Corner so that a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator could be installed, for use by local residents in a medical emergency. For ResuscitUs, the voluntarily run group behind the efforts to get more defibrillators in local rural areas, this was the culmination of a long process to enable this defibrillator to be installed. After efforts to find a local host location fell through, the Warbleton Parish Council kindly agreed to adopt the phone-box for the purpose. Then, when sufficient funds from local grants and donations had been found, the defibrillator, cabinet, paint and equipment for the phone-box conversion were purchased. Now the equipment is fully operational and ready for an emergency, so please spread the word so that everyone living locally knows about it.

South East Coast Ambulance, and the local Community First Responders team based in Heathfield, strongly support the idea of local defibrillators to assist with resuscitation after a cardiac arrest. For every minute without CPR and defibrillation after a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival reduce by 10%. So having a local defibrillator can make a vital difference in the period until an ambulance or a community first responder arrives on the scene.


Our village shop is brilliant - you can bank on it


High Street bank branches across the UK are disappearing at an alarming rate (some 400-500 per year) as the major banks respond to the changing economics of banking services in an online world. The latest casualty being the HSBC branch in Hailsham.

The Post Office has responded by widening its banking services.

Bobby informs us that, as a result of these changes, customers of many of the UK's major banks can now access their accounts via the Rushlake Green Village Shop Post Office counter. As well as cash withdrawals, customers of these banks can now obtain balance enquiries and make cash and cheque deposits. (You'll need a pay-in slip to make a deposit). A full list of the Banks that can be accessed in this way is available now at the Village Shop. Please ask for details.






A woman of no importance


The Rushlake Green Village Players present a cafe theatre production of 'a woman of no importance', by Oscar Wilde, directed by Helen Halliday.

At the time of going to press, there were still some seats available for each of the four nights of the production. Tickets (£20 inclusive of a three-course supper) can be purchased online via the village players' website: