Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots July 2015 supplement


June pull-out supplement

Additions 14/6/2015

- Big Lunch in pictures
- ResuscitUs defibrillator for Rushlake Green



6th June - daytime. Woolcraft with Wensleydale Open Studio
6th June - evening. Jazz at the H&G
7th June - Rushlake Green Big Lunch
13th June - Book launch at Wing gallery, Wadhurst
13th June to 6th Sept - Bridget Riley the curve paintings De La Warr pavilion
20th June - Woolcraft with Wensleydale Open Studio
27th June - Horticultural & Poultry Soc trip to RHS Wisley

11th July - 20th Sept East Sussex Open at Towner, Eastbourne
25th July - Warbleton and District Horticultural & Poultry Society (Flower Show)
26th July - Warbleton Brass Band Proms on the Green
May, June, July Turners House open garden
22nd August - Porchlight Smoker Bodle Street Green village hall

Big Lunch - Magnificent turnout

Rushlake Green's Big Lunch exceeded all expectations. On a day of blissfully glorious weather, more than 180 people joined in the fun. As well as residents of Rushlake Green, Warbleton and the surrounding area, it was great also to welcome so many of those with a strong connection to the village.

Preparations started at 7.00am with closing the road, diverting the traffic, setting up the 50 metre lunch table and putting up the bunting. As the work got underway, the Big Lunch team were joined by a band of willing helpers. A big thanks to Keith, David, Mike, Alison, Hillary, Ian, Isabel, Tim, Jim, Corrie, Dave and many others involved in the set-up; to Jonathan for supplying PA throughout; to Mark for some great photos as the day progressed; to Bobby and Rohani for promoting the tickets and to Wouter and Stephanie of the Horse and Groom for helping to keep the drinks flowing throughout the lunch.

Huge thanks also for the musical entertainment from the Warbleton Brass Band, Chris Liddiard, David Logan and special guests the Tswings Jazz band who stayed for an extra day after their gig at the Horse and Groom to entertain the Big Lunch before returning home to Holland. 

This was a wonderful opportunity to get together informally, share a picnic, meet friends and celebrate our great community. Thank you to everyone who spent extra time preparing delicious things for the communal table. Thanks again to all those who donated such amazing raffle prizes, and thanks also to everyone who so generously supported the draw which raised an amazing £700+ for The Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice. But mainly well done to everyone there, for joining in and making it such a memorable day.

Not to forget the Big Lunch team for whom this was the culmination of several months planning, preparation and hard work. We should particularly congratulate Louise Philps who's idea this was, and who led the team - Bill, Lynne, Karen, Nigel, Denise and herself (below) - to a big success.

And a final thanks to all those who stayed behind to help clear up.

See you next year?


Rushlake Green defibrillator installed 

Latest The Rushlake Green ResuscitUs Defibrillator (AED) has arrived and is now in place on Osborne House.

The cabinet was installed, on the front of Osborne House, by local electrician Michael Davis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), and now the defibrillator (AED) has arrived and has been put in place. Whilst a number of local people attended our Know How session in May (see below), you do not need training to use a defibrillator. In an emergency, when you call 999, the emergency services will tell you what to do. But here are the basics:

If someone has collapsed and stopped breathing:

- Call anyone nearby to give you some help

- Get someone to call 999 for an ambulance, or make the call yourself

- If you or another bystander have done CPR Know How, start chest compressions at around 100 per minute

(if no-one nearby has any training, the ambulance service can offer CPR instructions over the phone)

- Ask someone to fetch the defibrillator (AED) from the yellow cabinet on Osborne House

- Take the defibrillator (AED) out of the orange bag and switch it on. It will then automatically give you instructions on what to do. You should continue doing chest compressions until the AED tells you to pause so the defibrillation can be applied. It may then ask you to start compressions again.

- Continue providing CPR (chest compressions) and defibrillation until the ambulance arrives

L: Nelson and Alan  R: AED Cabinet

This is the second defibrillator installed by the local ResuscitUs community campaign, the first being in Bodle Street Green. Further AEDs are planned for Three Cups Corner, Punnetts Town, Cade Street and Old Heathfield over the coming months. The Rushlake Green defibrillator has been paid for by generous donations from local residents, a community dividend from Wealden District Council and a grant from Warbleton Parish Council.

If you missed our Know How session in May, but would like to learn about CPR and defibrillation, give us your details (email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and we will try to get you on a future session. The next one will probably be at Punnetts Town Village Hall. Follow ResuscitUs on Facebook. Latest: ResuscitUs Newsletter

Jazzing things up, at the H&G

The Horse and Groom Jazz Night, featuring "The Tswings" from Holland, on Saturday 6th June was a great success. 

To make a lunch or dinner reservation call Stephanie or Wouter on 01435 830 320 or follow the action, and comment, via their face book page: Horse and Groom Sussex. H&G lunch and dinner menus.


Street Music

Porchlight Smoker are appearing at the Bodle Street Green Village Hall on Saturday 22nd August. Their music is described as "an exciting blend of roots, folk and Americana" and they are "masters of the banjo, guitar, lap-steel, harmonica, stand-up bass, mandolin and clarinet." Apparently this is a 'bring your own food and drink' evening which will also feature other musicians from the White Horse Folk Club. Tickets £10 from Chris Liddiard 07815 815644.

Musical Art   

Chris Liddiard is one of the artists who have been selected to exhibit at the 'East Sussex Open 2015' exhibition at the Towner Gallery Eastbourne, which brings together "the best artists and makers from across the East Sussex region". Chris's existential piece comprises a painting with its own sound-track - a song he wrote and recorded about painting the picture. During the exhibition his sound-track will be available via headphones, but at the preview he'll be performing it live. The East Sussex Open runs from 11th July to 20th September. 


CPR training  

The recent ResuscitUs CPR and defibrillator Know How session in the DVH proved very successful with more than 90% of those attending agreeing it was "very useful". The majority admitted that prior to the session they lacked any confidence to help someone suffering a cardiac arrest. As a result of the Know How session 96% now felt either moderately or very confident that they would be help in a cardiac arrest victim, and a remarkable 44% left saying they now felt "very confident" to act in an emergency. So a huge thank you to Tim Fellows from SECAmb, along with the Heathfield Community First Responders, for volunteering to run the session and provide the demonstrations.  You can follow ResuscitUs on Facebook and Twitter.


Focalisimo - NEW FEATURE

Our new 'Focalisimo' photo competition for the next issue will be on the theme of"Nature close up". Email your images (minimum 200 pixels wide, maximum 1500 pixels wide), of anything in nature that inspires you, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by June 21st latest, and we'll publish the best close up nature pictures.  


Poetry, Art and Woolcraft


Book launch

The Anatolian Journey and The Rhythm of The Year, two illustrated poetry collections have been self-published by Julia Desch  - Artwork by Chris Liddiard and locally printed in Uckfield. You are invited to the book launch at the Wing Gallery, 3.p.m. Saturday 13th June.

Open Studios

Woolcraft with Wensleydale are having open day, as part of the South East Open Studiosprogramme of events. Anyone interested in seeing what goes on at their set-up in Bodle Street is very welcome. All details in the Guide which is in the Village Shop and elsewhere.  Demonstration days on 6th and 20th June plus poetry and book signing.

Wall to wall Wensleydale

Wensleydale Wallhangings will be included in WOVEN,  a Textile Exhibition curated by Lesley Sammsin the Wing Gallery, from 30th May - 24th June.  There will be demonstrations, talks, classes etc.


RHS Wisley

Final reminder to any members of the Warbleton and District Horticultural & Poultry Society who have not yet reserved their place on the trip to RHS Wisley  - there may still be spaces available but you need to book by June 12th to ensure a place. Tickets from The Stores or Margaret McCarthy. Coach departs 9.30am Saturday 27th June 2015.

Open Garden 

Christopher Miscampbell and Julia Padbury continue to open their gardens (Turners House Open Garden ) by prior appointment  throughout June and July.


Films, Gigs and Cinema Events at the Pav

It's worth checking out some of the 'Event Cinema' programme at the Hailsham Pavillion. Live broadcast events from oustanding performances in front of live audiences. The current season a ROH production of La Boheme in June, and Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of Hamlet live from the National Theatre in October. See:Hailsham Pavillion Event Cinema web page. Live gigs from Spyboy (at the Pav and other local venues) include Tom Robinson, Eddi Reader and the Unthanks. FacebookHailsham Pavilion - Cinema and Theatre





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Birdlife Diaries from Denise and Nick at number 3. Starring Bill, Four robins, Baby sparrows, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and several tits.