Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Our community website for Rushlake Green, the Parish of Warbleton and the surrounding areas of East Sussex

Green Shoots December 2014

- Happy New Village Stores
- My favorite things
- Christmas around and about
- Village Leaf - friends in deed
- Coming soon, a defibrillator near you
- Caption competition winner
- Inside story - Osborne House
- Christmas Tweets - thoughts for food
- Road Safety in Wealden
- What's On
- Picture this

Happy New Village Stores

We wish Bobby and his family a happy and prosperous New Year in The Stores. The whole community is delighted that Bobby has now successfully negotiated the return of the Post Office to Rushlake Green's village shop. A lot more work has to take place before the Post Office counter can open, but we are hopeful that this will be completed in the early part of 2015. This initiative clearly demonstrates Bobby's full commitment to serving the local community and it can be hoped that the community will return the favour by fully supporting the shop.

The Stores is already groaning under the weight of tempting Christmas treats and essentials. Apart from things like mince pies, cards, holly, wreaths and all things chocolate coated, Bobby is also taking Christmas orders for chickens, turkeys, ducks, sausages, bacon and ham. Many will have noticed that 6th December was declared Small Business Saturday, when we were all encouraged to support their local shops. Let's make 2015 'Shop Local Year' for Rushlake Green because:
. . . a local shop is not just for Christmas, it's for village life . . .

Well done Andrea and Denise for helping the shop to look so inviting with these Christamas window displays.

Bobby would welcome suggestions for displays in the right hand window, where the estate agent's boards used to be. Perhaps you know of a local craftsperson, artist, organisation, charity or small business that would like to put a display in the window for a short period next year?

My favourite things (from The Stores)

Continuing our regular feature, here are Karen Cook's favorite things from The Stores . . .
1. Mince pies - can (and often do!) pass off as my own
2. Parkers Ham
3. Dunstans Eggs
4. Seeded Rolls
5. Salcombe Ice Cream (honeycomb or vanilla)
6. Natural Meats, especially chicken
7. Speldhurst sausages and chipolatas
8. Sauvignon Blanc
9. Blue Tac
10. Kindling and firelighters
Why not tell us your favourite things? 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 .

Bobby has asked us to remind residents thet the Stores will be closed for Christmas from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th Dec, and open again on Monday 29th. The shop will also be open as usual on New Year's day.

Christmas around and about

Wealden District Council's 'Streets Ahead' team has published a useful guide to what's on this Christmas, as part of its ongoing effort to support and stimulate our local town and village retailers, services and enterprises. Here's a list of some of the events identified:

Thursday 4th December - Horam, Victorian late night shopping
Friday 5th December - Mayfield, late night shopping, with music from local choir
Saturday 6th December - Hailsham, Christmas event
Saturday 6th December - Forrest Row, St Nicholas Food and Fairy Day
Saturday 6th December - Pevensey, Dickensian event
Thursday 11th December - Willngdon, Christmas with Brass Band
Saturday 13th December - Waldron, Christmas Market

“Streets Ahead is all about putting the focus back on to our local shops and, with Small Business Saturday taking place on 6 December, we hope many more people will want to do their Christmas shopping locally, saving on petrol, parking costs and bolstering the local economy,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration. “Supporting your local shops is the best way to cut out all the hassle of Christmas shopping.”


Village Leaf - Friends in deed

We are pleased to announce that our request for donations towards the refresh of the Village Leaf website software has met with an incredibly generous response. A sincere thankyou to all the Friends who have been so forthcoming, as always, in their support.

We'd also like to thank the team from MST Recycling for a very generous donation, which they offered as a mark of their gratitude for the role played by the Village Leaf in helping to keep local people informed throughout the road resurfacing earlier in the year.

Now that we've secured the necessary funds, we plan to start the refresh early in the year.

There may as a result be a temporary hiatus for the website, but we will continue to use our facebook page for urgent or topical news.

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Coming soon, a defibrillator near you

Our ResuscitUs campaign to get more local defibrillators and CPR training is progressing very well. With the support of Warbleton Parish Council, our local District Councillors, and many 'Angels' who have pledged to under-right the project, we are on track to install the first defibrilators in Rushlake Green, Bodle Street Green and Punnetts Town early in the New Year.

The campaign effort also continues on defibrillators for Three Cups, Broad Oak, Cade Street and Old Heathfield.

Once defibrillators are installed, we plan to organise free CPR demonstrations, by South East Coast Ambulance and their First Responders, for anyone who would like to be better prepared to help save a life in a sudden cardiac arrest emergency.

If you'd like to know more, or are keen to contribute to the project, contact 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 or talk to Nigel.



Caption Competition Winner

Thank you to everyone who sent in a suggestion for our caption competition. The responses ranged from hilarious, through mysteriously inpenetrable, to downright unprintable. Frankly we feel Bryan looks nothing like Gene Kelly, so we had to choose a winner, and here it is from Proctor Taylor - in style worthy of Punch.

"A static version of the Umbrella Revolution
descends upon peaceful Rushlake Green"


Christmas Tweets - thoughts for food

Following their very popular 'Birdlife Diary' episodes in our recent editions, Denise and Nck have kindly put together their top tips for feeding and attracting birdlife throughout the winter period. As Denise reminds us: "The Winter is a hard time for the birds in our garden so we have to help them through these cold months by making sure they have the right kind of food." To find out more Click 'Christmas Tweets''

Inside - Osborne House
Accommodation for the elderly in Rushlake Green

Most locals in and around Rushlake Green will know residents of Osborne House. But many may perhaps not know much about how the flats are maintained, and how the idea was first developed. Osborne House is is a registered charity and administered by a voluntary committee of local people under the name of Warbleton Housing Association Ltd. When flats become available, the Committee first seeks to find tenants with roots in the area and whose circumstances are such that they might otherwise have to move away from the area. Tenants would normally have reached statutory retirement age. The Committee is always keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may qualify and need accommodation, now or in the future, so that they may be considered when a vacancy arises. No salaries are paid to committee members which means rents are kept at reasonable levels. Happily, there has been a period of full occupancy and it has been possible to fund an ongoing programme of general refurbishment and improvements. Osborne House has a one single flat available at present. If anyone would like to know more, they should contact the secretary, Rob Robinson, in writing.

Click: Inside - Osborne House to read a full article, by Rob Robinson, about the history of Osborne House, and find contact details for enquiries.


Road Safety in Wealden

Wealden Council recently published 'Driving the Message Home', a review of road safety in the District.

Amongst other things, the report confirmed what many already suspected - which is that young drivers are particularly at risk in rural areas. Wealden has a high proportion of rural roads and, in a league table for risk to young drivers, the district was placed fifth most risky out of 379 districts and boroughs in Britain.

Wealden's report includes a 10 point plan for action in 2015 on the causes of accidents.

To read the Wealden report, click: 'Driving the message home'


Interestingly, the government has recently produced a video, as part of its "think" campaign about road safety on country roads. To watch the video, click 'If you could see' The clip is on the right hand side of the web page

It's not the most arresting of creative concepts, and there are many dangers on rural roads other than this example of tractors (which appears bit simplistic) but the underlying theme of 'what you cannot see' ahead, is important none the less.


What's On

includes . . . .

More to come soon . . .

and during our 'closed' period, while the website is being refreshed, we will try to keep our what's on section up to date

Click What's On, in and around Rushlake Green


Picture this

Here's a selection of images that capture some of the stories and events we've covered during the past year. Give us your requests, or send us some pics, and we'll add them in.






















On the road again
. . . Conceptual Art in Residence at County Hall

Fresh from its success at the recent Art on the Green show in the Dunn Village Hall, the art installation created in collaboration with the MST Recycling road crew is now enjoying a month-long residency in County Hall, Lewes, at the request of East Sussex County Council.  The artworks can be seen arriving at the ESCC offices and then being reassembled by the curator - much to the bemusement of passing Councillors and Officers.

As most will remember, the two artworks that make up the installation ( 'On the Road Again' and 'Bomag 121 MPH' ) were created as a result of a collaboration between ESCC, Kier, their contractors MST Recycling and the Village Leaf community website in Rushlake Green. That collaboration began out of a desire to share better information locally about the progress and impact of the roadworks project between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. How amazing that it should end up with an art piece, created out of road materials and recycling-machine tyre prints, on show in the austere surroundings of County Hall. Eat your heart out Damien.
For more information click Collaborative Art Installation

My favorite things

Sasha Long commented this on our Facebook page: "I have a village challenge . . . List at least one nice item purchased from the village shop each week (unless you are away). If we all purchased just a few things every week the shop would be vibrant and serve us for many years to to come. . . . This week I have purchased: peaches, bacon (for bacon sandwich Wednesday), steak pasty and my favorite dark chocolate ginger biscuits." Thanks Sasha. This has given us an idea. We invite readers to send us a list of their top six favorite purchases from the Rushlake Green village Stores - preferably things that not everyone will necessarily know the shop sells, or can order.

Our first Store Champion is Andrea Pickett who, as many will know, lives very near the shop. Here are Andrea's recomendations from the Stores . . .
- Suma basmati rice
- Chai, by Higher Living
- Harrissa morrocan chilli paste
- Faith bath and shower gel and ahnd cream (cruelty free and smells heavenly
- Sussex Valley lemon mayonaise and horse raddish
Tai Taste, Fish sauce
- Ras el Hanout, Morrocan spice rub
(Yes we know that's seven but we couldn't stop her)

Andrea was also very keen that we should promote the fact that, when the Stores does not stock something, Bobby is happy to obtain items that customers would like. She tells us "We are not limited by what is in stock at the village stores. You can order things like fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats and breads every week." Here's what Andrea has discovered:
- Deliveries Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Arrives early in the morning. Order by lunchtime the day before delivery day.
- Feel free to order any cheeses (english, french etc.). Delivery day is Thursday around 10:30  Order by the day before or at the very latest, very early Thursday.
MEAT (from Natural Farms)
- Delivered on Wednesdays around 12.00 noon. Order Monday Morning at latest.
- You can order any number of cuts including: Pork - chops, belly, joints (all cuts); Lamb - mince, cutlets, leg, shoulder etc.; Beef - mince, Steak
(all cuts); Chicken - whole chicken, thighs, breast. ARTISAN BREADS (from Lighthouse Bakery)
- Delivered Thursdays and Saturdays.Please order on Thursday for Saturday, and irder on Tuesday for Thursday.
- There is a new selection of magazines but if your favorite is not there or you want a subscription, then please contact Bobby.
- Current selection includes:
Country Life, Sporting Gun, The Lady, Farmers Weekly, Horse & Hound, Country Homes Interiors, Shooting Times, The Peoples Friend, Elle, Woman's Day, Good Food, Good House Keeping, TV guide magazines, Children's magazines and First News for children.
Plenty in stock, if you wish to subscribe talk to Bobby. Also, with store opening seven days, Sunday papers are now available SUNDRIES
- Currently in store are beautiful Fair Trade hand dipped candles, gorgeous lacquered (inside) coconut shell bowls from Vietnam
Watch this space

- Gin Gin ginger caramels - these are lovely and hot, Andrea tells us.
- Lazy Day slices, Ginger Truffle, Chocolate orange - Gluten Free

- Stag water biscuits for cheese and seaweed oatcakes
- New Zealand Wine called SHORN Sauvignon Blanc
- Al Fez, Harrissa paste and Ras El Hanout rub

If there is something you would buy regularly from the Stores, talk to Bobby and he will consider stocking it for you. There are a number or products in store that have been requested in the past and are loyally purchased - things like the Al Fez morroccan range, Sussex valley sauces and marinades, Faith bath gel and hand soap, Ecover, Feta Cheese. Bobby also has catalogues for the organic and fair trade stockists, and Suma & Infinity.

Remember the opening hours: - Mon to Fri 7am to 7 pm; Sat 7am to 3pm; Sun 8am to 12noon

Thanks Andrea for this very useful information which will help us all get more from the Rushlake Green Village Stores.

There goes the bride . . . Here come the tickets

The next Village Players cafe theatre event will be a production of  'There goes the Bride', a farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, from Wednesday 19th November to Saturday 22nd November. Priority tickets, for members of the Village Players, will be on sale at the Dunn Village Hall on Saturday 1st November from 10.00am to 11.30am. Tickets for non-members will be available online from 3rd November. For those new to the Players, anyone is welcome to become a member and membership means access to priority booking for all productions. To be a member you don't have to be actively involved (although new talent, both on and off stage is always warmly welcomed) because being a member also helps support this valued local theatre group. Being a member of the Village Players is also a great way to meet and get to know others in the village. So there's plenty of time to join before 1st November.  Incidentally, the group's AGM is on Thursday 16th October. For more membership details and contact numbers click Village Players.


Caption Competition

Difficult not to think of a witty caption for this picture, snapped by Keith Graham. Best printable caption will be rewarded with a prize. Email your suggestions to 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 subject Caption Competition.


Concert for Remembrance

The Warbleton Brass Band will be holding its annual remembrance concert in the Burwash Village Hall, on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 2.00pm.


Sussex Harmony

Following their very successful concert this summer in Warbleton Chuch, Sussex Harmony present a new programme of winter and yuletide music. We are told the concert will offer: 'Robust music, much from Sussex, from before the era of the church organ plus readings by a costumed group of singers and instrumentalists. ' Saturday 29th November 7.30pm Punnetts Town Village Hall, Battle Road TN21 9DS. For moe details click Sussex Harmony, Punnetts Town Village Hall.


Silver lining

An unexpected by-product of the recent road hiatus has been an upsurge of interest in the Village leaf website. Over the period, the website was visited around 1,300 times and we achieved a record number of 123 visits on a single day - more than double the amount on any other previous single day. We hope very much that all that activity will have expanded the number of local people regularly visiting the website. Remember, we also post from time to time on facebook at Rushlake Green Village Leaf.


Last call for Village Leaf refresh fund

First of all a big thank you to all of those that have already either sent us, or offered us, a donation towards the much needed upgrade for our creaky, and increasingly slow, website software. If you are already a Friend of the Leaf, or would like to become a Friend, please send or give any donations you feel are appropriate (cheques payable to 'Village Leaf Fund') to Nigel McKeeman or contact us at 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 . We are also happy to provide you with the bank account details if you would prefer to pay online. We're really hoping that, with a bit more support, we should be able to get the upgrade complete in time for Christmas.


Village Leaf . . . Early October 2014

There they were . . . gone

At long last, after one month and three days, the road reconstruction project is officially complete and the last of the subcontractors have packed up their machines and (most of) their signs and barriers to leave us in peace. Yes there will be nagging dissapointment that ESCC have not asphalted the entire road, choosing instead to do it peacemeal for cost reasons - but we have been assured that the complete road will be resurfaced in the (not too distant we hope) future. And yes there will be niggling concerns about the manhole covers that have ended up recessed beneath the road - thus creating bumpy inreuptions in the otherwise silky smooth asphalt. But if, as promised by ESCC, this re-cycling process will produce a long term solution to some of our most notorious pothole black-spots, then all this aggravation will be worthwhile. And one small bonus. As a result of our lobbying, the final work included the unscheduled resurfacing of that final stretch (above) at the southern end, where a pothole had been left dangerously recessed.
. . . but then of course there is the little matter of the roadworks at Chapel Cross, carefully timed to start just as the prvious ones are finishing. Ho hum.

Village Leaf . . . Late September 2014



At the end of last week the roads were temporarily emptied of all those diggers, planers, rollers and recyclers we'd got so used to. As MST loaded up the last of their machinery, the recycling stage of the work finally came to a close. But the peace and quiet was pretty short lived because within hours some very similar-looking equipment started to arrive as the asphalt contractors 'Hockley Surfacing' got ready to start the final phase of the project.

The Hockley crew will begin by planing out approx 60mm from all the newly re-cycled sections in preparation for asphalt resurfacing. This work started, on the stretch south of Rushlake Green, at the end of last week. At the beginning of this week, the asphalt work on this first section will get underway.  At this stage it will be mainly the re-cyled sections that have new asphalt. The whole length of the road will be resurfaced sometime in the next year or so.

After the remaining sections have been planed out the asphalt re-surfacing will continue to and beyond Cowbeech.

Hockley Surfacing want us to let residents know that the nature of asphalt when it is being laid (hot and soft) means that there will be periods when the new sections of finished road will be completely impassible. So residents living on the effected roads should bear this in mind as the work approaches their driveways. However, Hockley tell us that, depending on the weather, the new tarmac could within a few hours be sufficiently set to drive on. We all have to hope that we don't get a heat wave as that would slow up the setting process.

Once the asphalting has passed, residents will be able to get in and out, but only in a direction away from the work in progress. We assume that, as previously, night-time access will be relatively easy.

ESCC, Kier and Hockley are aware of the fact that completely impassable roads could disrupt school buses in particular. But as the times of the school buses are now known, the contractors are going to do their best to time the asphalt work so that these can get through.

To make sure the local knowledge built up over the past few weeks is carried through to the new roadcrew, it has been agreed that the some familiar faces will remain for the final week. Rick, Jo, Derreck and Richard (left to right here) from MST Recycling will stay on as gatekeepers and continue to do their best to help locals maintain access where possible.

As before you can contact head gatekeeper Derreck on 07756 576956 to get up to date information about access.

We will add new information or advice as the final week gets underway . . . . after which normal Leafness will be restored as soon as possible.


Village Leaf on . . . Mid September 2014

Quick mention of the Coffee Morning, 10.00am to 12.30pm on Friday 26th September in the Dunn Village Hall in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Village Leaf on . . . September 2014

Suprise roadworks installation in Art on the Green

An art installation, created in collaboration with the MST Recycling roadworks crew, emerged as an unexpected success at the recent Art on the Green exhibition in Rushlake Green. For full story click Roadworks Crew Art Installation Causes Stir. Meanwhile the Art of the Green exhibition itself was an outstanding success with a record number of art-lovers attending the preview on Friday 12th Sept. Here's just a sample of the excellent range of work included in this years event, in which exhibitors included not only local artists from around Rushlake Green but also some from as far afield as Eastbourne and Lewes.

Special thanks to to Chris Liddiard, curator of Art on the Green, for all his hard work in bringing this amazing collection of artists, art and craft together for this excellent event.



Village Leaf on . . . August 2014


Local businesses need your business now

It's worth remembering that the road works still have another two weeks or so to go. Several people have asked us to remind everyone of the importance of re-doubling efforts to support local businesses such as the Village Stores. Now more than ever it actually makes a lot more sense to shop in the Village Stores rather than fighting through endless closed roads just to reach a boring supermarket - when you could be shopping, meeting friends and having a coffee, right on the best green ever.


Arts and Culture

The Hailsham Arts and Culture Festival continues to go from strength to strength. In this year's rich and diverse programme (10th - 21st Sept) not only do they have a huge range of main Festival Events, there are also lots of Fringe Events and an Art Trail of which our own local Art on the Green is a part. This includes a special film event on 17t Oct at the Pavilion, and music events at venues such as Chapter 12 wine bar.

The festival kicks off on the 10th with the opening of 6 venues on the Art Trail. The Festival Radio, starting on 11th broadcasting in and around Hailsham, will give up to date news about all of the events, along with a line up of radio entertainment.

For full programme of events and booking details, visit the festival website: Click Hailsham festival of Arts and Culture.

Rushlake Green Stores news - and mags

Many people will have noticed that Bobby is trialing newspapers and magazines. Suggestions of magazine titles welcomed. The stores will also (for a trial period) be open on Sundays. Current opening extended times being trialed:

Monday to Friday: 7am to 7pm

Saturday: 7am - 3pm

Sunday: 8am - 12noon



If you have recieved a questionnaire about the ResuscitUs campaign to encourage more local defibrillators, more CPR training and more volunteers for our local First Responders team, and have not yet responded, we would still really appreciate your views.

The ResuscitUs campaign continues with its activities to encourage more local support for these initiatives across the Heathfield East rural areas. This week we have submitted an application to Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council for a grant towards defibrillators in Punnetts Town, Cade Street and Old Heathfield.

In the meantime our fund-raising for Rushlake Green and Bodle Street Green defibrillators is going well.

More news soon about local CPR and defibrillator training, which is something very many people have told us they would like to take up. If you're interested in CPR training, or would like some info about our campaign, let us know.

You can follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook, or 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


For women who mean business

The SWIFT project, funded by the Government Equalities Office and run in partnership with ESCC and local charity Sound Architect, is providing a programme of training sessions for women in rural areas who want to start up a business or grow an existing one.  Starting on 1st October 2014 at venues in both Crowborough and Robertsbridge, the programme focuses on digital skills and business/personal training. Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager says: “Better digital connectivity is essential to enable the county to be competitive in a 24 hour global economy.” The part time courses include: creating a business plan, marketing, managing cash flow, time management, presentation skills,  IT, social media, web/graphic design and e-commerce. Sessions are completely free and no qualifications or experience are required to join the programme, “just a desire to learn, develop, and improve your digital and business skills in an environment that supports women’s specific needs”. The deadline for applications is 22nd September so people are advised to apply asap. For further information call 01273 337377 or email Ruth Maddison at 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


Mountains of Molehills?

New to our Green Pages section this month, but no stranger to many around the green, is Master Molecatcher. Graham offers a reliable and thorough solution to pesky infiltration. You'll find Graham, along with many other useful local contacts, in Garden and Land Services, in Green Pages.


Further tales of Woody . . . and Billy, Charlie, Sidney, Bobbin and Clucker

“. . . 16th July. A beautiful morning. Bill’s wife here very early.  She seems to do that and then disappear until late afternoon when she will eat & bathe . . .”

Catch up with the latest events at 3 BySchool. Click Birdlife July 2014 to read denise's unique birdlife diary for July. (She's promised she will eventually catch up)


Friends appeal

We are still seeking funds for the necessary upgrading of our website software. First of all a big thank you to all those who have already generously offered to help us. If you are already a friend but have not yet offered a donation your support will be very welcome. Or if you are not yet a Friend of the Leaf but would like become one and 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 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 heading your email 'Friends' to find out how to donate, or talk to Nigel.


Art on the Green (and from beyond)

The 'Art of the Green' exhibition, part of the Hailsham Arts Festival, takes place in the Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, on 13th and 14th September.

There will also be a preview from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Friday 12th September.

This immensely popular exhibition presents an array of original work from artists and craftspeople from our local area and as far afield as Lewes.

We have been reliably informed that this year’s exhibition also features some surprise entries by members of the MST Recycling team.

As always the exhibition will be admirably curated by local artist and inspirationalist Chris Liddiard (above R). We have been assured that on all days, there will be no problem accessing the exhibition from any direction.


Our community website for Rushlake Green, the Parish of Warbleton and the surrounding areas of East Sussex

Green Shoots - August 2014


The Stores is OPEN - to your 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 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 (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 a 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 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 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 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 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

More pictures of the Flower Show and other topical stuff will follow on 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 splendid line-up of local musical talent on the stage and throughout the event. To find out moe click Le Marche Heathfield


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 Atebe
y'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 their work and now all three beds around the Green are looking Blooming Marvelous. Watering volunteers still much in demand. Contact Karen Cook.


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.


Also in the Village Leaf you can find . . . .

Accommodation . Artists . Bacon . Bed & Breakfast . Beef . Bonfire societies . Brass band . Brochures . Butchers . Carpentry . Catering . Cranes . Counseling . 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