Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Our community website for Rushlake Green, the Parish of Warbleton and the surrounding areas of East Sussex
(top photo kindly contributed by local photographer Yao -

Green Shoots - March 2012

Breaking news 2nd March . . .

It's official - Rushlake Green has a new shopkeeper

We are delighted to announce that, after months of speculation, 'The Stores' has a new Shopkeeper. His name is Paul Hammond. Born and bred in Sussex, he knows the area well through his past membership of Heathfield Park cricket club. Paul officially took over the shop on 1st March and was quick to reassure customers that there will be no "staff changes" - in fact the helpful, friendly service from Adele, Sandy, Sally and Hayley was clearly an important part of what attracted him to the place. Those of you who have bumped into Paul already will have immediately picked up on his enthusiasm for the shop and his passion for responding to what local customers want. We hope to get an interview with Paul for our April edition. In the meantime we wish him the very best of luck and welcome him to Rushlake Green.

And a big thank you to Andrew

On behalf of the village we'd also like to express heartfelt thanks to Andrew Wickens and his family for the hard work and investment they have put into making the shop what it is today. The Daw family, through their tireless work across several generations, had enabled Rushlake Green to retain its own shop - something many villages today only dream of. On taking it over in October 2008, Andrew succeeded in bringing our shop into the 21st century without sacrificing the traditional ingredients that make it so special - that counter, the shelves, the lack of 'supermarket' paraphenalia and of course the sticky door. So, thank you Andrew for passing the shop on to its new custodian in such good shape for the future.


In Green Shoots this month . . .

- The moor the better: charity night at the H&G
- Drawing in space: new art
- The Artist arrivé:
local flicks
- Chris Wood: Live local music
- There is hope . . . : Mackintosh talk
- Woolcraft: open day
- Grow better: gardening diary
- It could be in sight: High Speed Broadband plans
- Jubilee celebrations: here and there
- Wrestling in jelly
- Masterclass: lessons in art
- Auction of promises: two good causes


The moor the better

Eat, drink, have some fun and raise some money.

The Horse and Groom Chefs Mark and Andy, together with Anton Daw, will in April walk Dartmoor for three days to raise money for Cancer Research.

In support of this, and to raise sponsorship for the walk, the Horse and Groom is holding a 'Paella and Sangria' night on 21st March. For details CLICK HERE



Drawing in Space . . . 

The respected local artist Carolyn Flood is the latest addition to our Artists in Residence gallery. She describes her work as "drawing and installation - drawing in space" and she also works regularly on collaborations that bring "the mind and hand of another" into the mix.

CLICK HERE to get a private view of the latest art works from our ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE and obtain contact details of the artists.


'The Artist' arrivé

What better place than our own local 'retro' Pavilion cinema to see the multi-Oscar-winning black & white movie 'The Artist'.
Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break . .

Other films at the Hailsham Pavilion in March include War Horse, The Descendants and The best Exotic Marigold Hotel - and a whole morning of Chaplin films at the end of the month. CLICK HERE to read more in what's on.


Chris Wood - Live at the Pav.

According to the Guardian, he is ''The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson'. Chris Wood is an English folk musician and composer who plays fiddle, viola and guitar, and sings. He is an ardent enthusiast for traditional English dance music (with a background in English church music), including Morris and other rituals and ceremonies, but his repertoire also includes much French folk music and traditional Québécois material. He performs at the Pavilion on March 17th.

Plus  . . .  not just any Paul Young . . . THE Paul Young

On the 4th March Los Pacaminos, the seven piece Tex-Mex band led by Paul Young (1980s teenage pop icon), is coming to the Hailsham Pavilion with an 'incendiary mix of Tex-Mex classics, Spanish songs and original material'. Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteno styles of Mexico and the country/blues sounds of South-Western America. Apparantly we’ll have 'heard it from the likes of Ry Cooder, Flaco Jiminez, The Texas Tornadoes and Los Lobos' - of course we will.
To find out about Halisham Pavilion Box Office CLICK HERE


There is hope in honest error
None in the icy perfections of the mere stylist

So wrote Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the most influencial figures of the Arts & Crafts movement - the subject of the March talk at the Rushlake Green WI at the Dunn Village hall.

Details in our WHATS ON section. To go there just CLICK HERE



Woolcraft open day

Woolcraft with Wenseleydale are having an open day on March 24th. As Julia Desch puts it: "We've shaken the snow from our fleeces and we'd love you to come along to see our new home and the wonderful things we are doing".

For more details in our WHATS ON section - CLICK HERE


Grow better  - with our March gardening diary

Now that the weather is perking up, you'll need the help of Ross Atteby's March gardening tips CLICK HERE


High Speed Broadband - it could be in sight

At a public meeting in Heathfield this week, hosted by local MP Greg Barker, there was confirmation that high speed broadband might now be a real prospect for even the most isolated homes and businesses in this area. Councillor Keith Glazier Jones, Deputy Leader of East Sussex County Council, confirmed that £15m in Council funds has been comitted to this goal and that a 'Local Broadband Plan' is being submitted to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the Government's delivery agency, for a further £10.6m. Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager for East Sussex County Council explained that once the resulting £25m contract is placed with a provider, work can start in full on a programme that will aim to achieve 100% high speed broadband coverage by 2015. This will be particularly good news for the hundreds of small and medium sized rural businesses that desperately need this to compete in the market. We should begin campaigning to get Heathfield East at the top of the priority list.  To read about the Council's bid for BDUK funds - CLICK: BDUK Bid To read the papers being put to Council cabinet on March 6th (item 9) CLICK: Cabinet papers


Is your business any of Wealden's business?

The Council's newly-formed Business Focus Group has launched a survey asking all businesses in the District whether they would like the Council to provide more help when it comes to business rates, planning, improved communications or other functions - or a lighter touch. The aim is  to find out what is best for business locally. If you run a business, small or large, why not have your say. The survey is on the Wealden Business Help website Or to go straight to the survey, which only takes a few of minutes, simply CLICK HERE.


Local artist Chris Liddiard offers one-to-one watercolour lessons - for all abilities.

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Your local website needs you

Do you value this website? A donation of just £10 or £25 to our Village Leaf Fund, would really help with our out-of-pocket expenses. Any donation would be much appreciated. Cheques payable to 'Village Leaf Fund', c/o Nigel McKeeman, Tudor Cottage, Rushlake Green, E Sussex, TN21 9QD.


Jubilee celebrations in Rushlake Green & beyond

The Rushlake Green celebrations, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, are provisional booked for Saturday 2nd June. The day will be based around a Village picnic lunch on the Green. After lunch, the hope is to have some games, entertainment and fun ending up with a Loyal Toast, planting a Jubilee Tree, burying a time capsule and a Village photograph. If you have any thoughts for original and different family activities or games on the green, or anything else you think might be fun, or if you would be willing to help with events on the day, please contact Christian Jervis Read / 07770 643 402 / 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 Kerrie Jones / 07545 642 778 / 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 leave a note, including your contact details, with Adele in the shop. Meanwhile, the following day, June 3rd, Bodle Street celebrations will include a series of events organised on the Village hall terrace and Green, culminating in a toast to Her Majesty at 7.00pm and a Bring and Share supper.


And then there's wrestling in jelly

Yet to be confirmed is the wrestling match (yes in jelly), on the Green, between two local pubs. Can't imagine which two pubs that would be.


Auction of promises for two good causes

The auction, on Saturday 24th March in the Dunn Village Hall, is a joint fundraising event between the Village Hall committee and Children of Gambia Services. All proceeds will be divided between both organisations. The village hall is an integral part of the Rushlake Green village community and as I'm sure you are aware to keep the hall in good condition it is important that we fundraise. Children of Gambia services is a registered charity and provides nursery education, medical assistance and a nutritional  meal a day to 100 children aged 3-7 years. For further details on the project visit The doors will open at 7pm ready for a 7.15pm start. We are delighted to confirm Tim Watson has agreed to be our auctioneer on the evening and there are many exciting promises including tickets to local attractions, babysitting, selection of wine, selection of craft materials, a meal for two cooked to order, a range of homemade cakes, to name a few. We look forward to seeing you on 24th March and brochures will be available in advance. For further information contact Sarah Turner 01435 863727.


A lot's on, in What's On

To go straight to our packed What's On for March page just CLICK HERE.

Our local bus route to Heathfield

Click here for bus route 355 timetable details


What do you want to know?

Let us know about your issues and we'll try to get some answers. email: 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your thoughts.

Green Pages

We are always looking for new names to add to Green Pages. Past new entries include : Tottingworth Farm Shop in Local Products and Produce; Trumpety Trump in our new Kids Stuff section; Freedom Leisure, in Health and Fitness; Patricia Petri-Clark De-cluttering and Home Organising service, Lee Wood, Painter/Decorator and Tiler. See his entry in Trades; Athelas Exotic Plant Nursery in our garden and land services section within Green Pages; J.Gardener Window Cleaning & Gardener Property Care - a local firm that offer a comprehensive range of domestic and commercial property care services; Country House Interiors and Lighting Ltd in Punnetts Town (in Art & Crafts); The Chantry, Turners Green, Middle Lane (in Local Venues); Reflexologist Brigitte Barker MAR (in Health, Fitness and Well-being); We are (still!) planning an equestrian section - any ideas? Contact us with suitable local people or enterprises: email 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


A - W (we don't have a Z yet) of what's inside

(or coming soon)

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