Rushlake Green Village Leaf





Green Shoots - April 2012 . . .

And the winners were . . .

Jonathan and Abigail, proud winners of The Stores' Easter Prize Draw giant chocolate bunny.

Apparantly the 'bunny appeal' was a great success - yielding lots of valuable comments and suggestions for the village shop.




In this issue:

- Heffle Cuckoo Fair
- Sussex Marathon
- Plans for the Jubilee Party
- Delicious new things in the village shop
- Heathfield Show
- Films and music at the Pavilion
- Mayfield Festival
. . . and much more

We launch 'Friends of the Village Leaf', along with an opportunity to have your say . . . and we take a fond look back at the first two years of the Village Leaf website.

Become a 'Friend of the Village Leaf'

A number of regular readers have approached us with the suggestion that we create a 'Friends of the Village Leaf' group for people who appreciate the website and would like to show their support. We think it's a great idea so we're launching it this month. If you would like to show your commitment to the village website, you can become a Friend for one year, two years or three years. To register your interest in becoming a friend, just CLICK HERE to fill out our 'what do you think of it so far' questionnaire (see below). If you have an entry in Green Pages, you can also become a Friend and we'll even recognise this on your entry.

What do you think of it so far?

We love to get your views on the Village Leaf website and the kinds of things we've been including as we've developed the content over the past two years. Our questionnaire is VERY SHORT AND QUICK, so it won't take you more than a few minutes. It will be extremely valuable to have your feedback as without it, we won't know how we're doing and what we can improve. You can also show your commitment by registering to become a Friend. Please spare a few minutes to give us your views . . . just CLICK HERE to go straight to the questionnaire.

April highlights

Marathon races through the Green

Steven Nimmo (finished 1st) and Chris Valdus (finished 2nd) sprinting through Rushlake Green

With this year's Sussex Marathon (Sunday April 1st) coming right through Rushlake Green, local's got a grandstand view - and a chance to enjoy a 'Marathon Barbecue' thanks to the Horse and Groom. The marathon actually passed through twice, as Rushlake Green was on the route for both the circuits (one in each direction) that runners took to complete the full marathon. Well done to all those who took part, particularly those who live locally and who inspired such enthusiastic cheering on the Village Green.

Heffle Cuckoo Fair - Cade Street gets the bird again.

This polular event returns to Cade Street on 21st April. As usual there'll be a colourful and inventive procession, a visit from Dame Heffle herself, some cuckoos, and all the fun activities and interesting stalls of the fair. To find out more CLICK HERE to see details in What's On.

Jubilee Celebrations - Rushlake Green needs you.

Plans are going well for Rushlake Green's Jubilee Celebration and nows the time to register an interest in attending. To find out more, go to our What's On Section or just CLICK HERE.

The Stores goes artisan

On the last Saturday in March there was quite a scrum of people keen to get their early morning croissants from the Stores. On Fridays and Saturdays the Stores is now offering a selection of artisan breads from the Lighthouse bakery.

New also is a steadily increasing range of predominantly organic products from Infinity Foods - including Organic rice, muesli, flour, tinned tomatoes, elderflower cordial and soya milk.

Plus these delicious looking jams and pickles (left) that are Home Made locally.

High Speed Broadband - Parish call to byte the bullet

Last month we reported that East Sussex County Council has taken the decision to provide 100% superfast broad band coverage to both residents and businesses by 2015.Warblton Parish Council is determined to ensure that the rural areas around Rushlake Green get the full benefit of faster broadband. And local Councillor Christian Jervis-Read is leading the Parish's efforts on this. He tells us:
"With a pot of £26 million the plan is to boost download speeds to over 25 megabits to every user – 10 times faster than what is typical around the Green.  The County Council also hope to provide even faster connections of around 100 mbps, to everyone in East Sussex by 2017!  That’s what Koreans enjoy today – so it is possible. But as the queue for this superfast service in East Sussex is long and the rollout of the high-speed broadband will prioritise the needy areas.  So to draw attention to the pressing need for improved speeds, Rushlake Green needs to show telecom providers just how bad the situation is and how much we need to have this technology."
Christian is keen to persuade as many local people as possible to register an interest, and give their feedbank on current broadband provision. He suggests:
"The easiest way to do this is to complete the Council’s online questionnaire. This is pretty simple, not intrusive and won’t commit you to anything.  So the more of us who complete it the clearer it will show our need for early improvement on our current position. - Go on!  It will only take a minute or two even at the snail speed we have now!

You can find the County Council’s questionnaire on their online press release: to go straight to the broadband questionnaire CLICK HERE

Local films at the Hailsham Pavilion

In our What's On section we've got a list of films coming up in April, including 'My week with Marilyn',  'A dangerous method' and 'We bought the zoo'. There's also the welcome return of films including 'The Artist' and 'The best exotic marigold hotel'.
CLICK HERE for details

Gardening Diary

For topical advice about what needs doing in the garden now, CLICK HERE

May previews

In our What's On we've got news of what's coming up in May and beyond including:
- The Heathfield Show

- The Mayfield Festival (very high brow),

- Village Players production of Lord Arthur Savilles Crime (Ticket sales in April)

In May, Halisham Pavilion welcomes none other than Fairport Convention onto its stage. So time to get out yer flairs.


Also, later in May, music from Lunasa and Home Service.



CLICK HERE. for May What's On


First two years of the Village Leaf - a look back

We thought we'd take a quick look back at some of the local stories we've covered in the two years since the launch of the Vilage Leaf community website in April 2010.

Rushlake's got talent - theatre, music and art.

Soon after we launched the Leaf, Rushlake Green was echoeing to the sound of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream performed with memorable professionalism by our very own Village Players. CLICK HERE to see more pictures.

In July the same year it was Sugarloaf at Woods Corner, Dallington. The weather in the evening was perfect, with balmy sunshine giving way to a spectacular sunset backdrop to the music.

To see more picture go to 'Seen and heard' or CLICK HERE

It was quite a musical summer with 'One Summers Evening' after the flower show, with local groups: Richard and Ron; Marilyn and Andy Rushlake Green's own Cornflower Blue

In February 2011 we reported the sad death of legendary guitarist Gary Moore, who had so much enjoyed his time at the 'Vibes on the Vine' festival in Horam, that he returned again when the festival returned in 2010. Those of us who attended that set will always remember how much he clearly enjoyed jamming with local blues stalwarts.

Richard Gormley's Critical Mass was just one of the many amazingly high profile Del la Ware Pavilion art events that we've been able to report on. It never ceases to amaze us how good the pavilion is at attracting heavyweight exhibitions - as demonstrated by the recent Warhol show which was brilliant.

And we've publicised local events such as the Art Barn Show, organised by art and craft makers from the surrounding areas.

Recently we also launched a new section where we can provide space for local artists to share some of their work and say something about their art. New artists always welcome.

Kay Bendall - Julia Desch - Carolyn Flood - Margaret Keech - Sarah Lewis - Chris Liddiard - Kate Penoyre

Digging out down to earth advice and ideas

berriesIn November 2010 local gardener Ross Atabey volunteered to contribute a regular Gardening Diary. This has become a much valued feature - with edition number 14 just published. Both experienced and new gardeners can find heaps to learn from Ross's wise hints and observations. You can also go through Ross's back-catalogue to see all the things you should have done - but didn't quite get around to it - in previous months.

Through all weathers . . .

Christmas 2010 saw the shop staff braving the snow to be in, and open at 7.00am so that stranded householders could still get basic provisions.

Meanwhile, we were celebrating local photographers as they captured the arctic landscape, and some arctic wildlife

Photos above by Shirley Austin; Proctor Taylor; Corrie Huntley; Chris Liddiard

Spud chases a Yeti out of the woods! Photo by Proctor Taylor

And Green Pages just keeps on growing

Covering everything you could need to find out about locally - Health, Fitness, Tradespeople, Auto-services, Gardening and Land services, Pubs, Restaurants, Places to stay, Financial services, Craft centres, Farm producers, New enterprises,  . . . . . this list of Green Page entries is expanding all the time, with nearly 80 entries already.

Salvage Tree Surgeon 2

Local issues and concerns

Since its publication in December 2010, we've been following the progress of the Wealden Local Development Framework and trying to help readers keep up with the complexities of its development. Early in this story we were able to get an exclusive interview with Roy Galley, the Wealden Councillor and Portfolio Holder responsible for Planning Strategy.

A while back we explained the opportunities for local people to take part in the consultation about the choice of sites for the planned new housing in Heathfield. We also kept everyone up to date with progress with the inspector's evaluation of Wealden's Core Strategy.

This month we bring the lastest developments on this, as it becomes likely that Heathfield's housing element will be excluded from from the strategy, until some elements of the proposals have been re-formulated

In some of the first issues of the Village Leaf we responded to local concerns about the slow completion of the sewerage works and took this up with the contractors.

More recently we've been highlighting the eyesaw created by the Pumping Station at the Southern end of the green - courtesy of Southern Water. We hope that soon we'll be able to bring you news of a breakthrough in resident's attempts to secure a satisfactory resolution to this unsightly problem.


meanwhile . . .

What do you want to know?

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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