Rushlake Green Village Leaf













The Stores is OPEN to ideas


It's good to see that Mr and Mrs Santhan are already settling in at The Stores on Rushlake Green. Bobby is very keen to understand what people would like from the shop. For example he is going to test, for a trial period, opening the shop a little later. The trial extended opening hours will be: Monday - Friday 7.00am to 7.00pm (was 7.00 - 6.00). This could be put on a more permanent basis, he tells us, if there is sufficient demand. Bobby is also very interested to hear about anything that customers would like him to add to The Store's selection. There will be 'Ideas' forms available in The Stores, which you can leave in the suggestions box. Or if you prefer you can email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (heading your email 'Stores Ideas') giving us up to five things you'd like added to what The Stores offers and we'll pass on your thoughts. Bobby can't promise to respond to all requests but they will be considered very carefully and very much appreciated.


Good to know we're having an positive effect

Last edition we mentioned the ResuscitUs campaign to encourage more local defibrillators, more CPR training and more volunteers for our local First Responders team. Well, just before going to press, we were contacted by a local resident who is very keen to look into the possibility of becoming a First Responder volunteer. We are putting her in touch with the organisers o f the local group. Brilliant.

Meanwhile the ResuscitUs campaign continues with its activities to encourage more local support for these initiatives across the Heathfield East rural areas. As we have reported, our District Councillor Nigel McKeeman has pledged some funds from t he Wealden Community Dividend, and the Warbleton Parish Council is strongly backing the idea. Nigel will be out and about, over coming weeks, seeking local support but if you would be interested in CPR training, or in helping to encourage support and funding for a Defibr illator near you, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or talk to Nigel. To follow the campaign click ResuscitUs.

This leaf needs re-potting (it's wilting)

Last month we had a near disaster when the Village Leaf website literally died for a few days. Our valiant webmeister Robert at Quest Graphics got us up and running again but concluded that, after nearly five years of frenetic activity, the village leaf is finally feeling its age, outgowing its pot, and in need of a serious software upgrade - not to mention some fresh compost. Which means we're gong to have to raise some money - around £500-£600 - as soon as possible. So the call is out for donations. If you are already a friend your support will be very welcome. Or if you are not yet a Friend of the Leaf but would like become one and make a donation to help this (entirely voluntarily run) community website get back to healthy growth, your contributions could make all the difference. Either way please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it heading your email 'Friends' to find out how to donate, or talk to Nigel.


Another resounding Flowershow Success

This excellent picture submitted by Ian Collett

For more pictures of the Flower Show and other topical stuff, click our: Village Leaf Facebook Page


Rude Mechanicals in rude health

Our favourite open-air troubadours are back on form and be back on The Green with a baudy production of 'The Wife' on Friday 15th August. For ticket-booking and time details click RUDE MECHANICALS ON RUSLAKE GREEN


This year, of all years, support the Eastbourne Airshow

The organisers of the Eastbourne Airshow (traditionally a massive boost for the town's high street economy) are determined not to let the pier fire disaster deter people from turning out in droves to watch what is always the most spectacularly entertaining event. As usual there will be everything from Sptifires to Red Arrows. And this year, for example, fans have been avidly following a WWII Bomber throughout every leg of the journey from its home in Canada. We hope everyone will make the effort to turn out for this years airshow which takes place from 14th - 17th August. For full details click

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Le Marche arrivé on Le Banque Oliday

This year's ever popular Le Marche will be on Monday 25th August.

And as usual, in addition to mouth wateringly delicious French produce,there will be a spelndid line-up of local musical talent on the stage and throughout the event. To find out click


Byschool Birdlife II
Denise and Nick continue their intimately observed chronicle of the intertwined relationships of Billy, Woody, Charlie, Sidney, Bertha and various other friends and relations. If you read only one account of everyday birdlife this month, then make it this one. Click Byschool Birdlife


Advice in spades
Read Ross Atebey's incredibly informative and useful Gardening Diary. Click Topical Gardening Advice


Playday Activity Day at Heathfield
In response to the idea of National Playday, designed to reinforce the value of play for children, Wealden District Council is organising a series of Activity Days in towns across the district. On Wednesday 13th August there will be an activity day in Heathfield. For details click Heathfield Free Activity Day for Kids


Pevensey Castle Food & Wine Festival .This new food and wine festival promises to offer a good food, good wine and some seriously good entertainment. Among the attractions will be cooking and wine demonstrations, local crafts and free guided walks around the castle. Children will be able to join workshops that include archery, making bows and arrows and lots more. Click Pevensey Castle Food and Wine Festival


Scene on the Green

The Guerillas have been continuing there work and now all three beds around the Green are looking Blooming Marvelous. Watering volunteers still much in demand. Contact Karen Cook.



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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.