Rushlake Green Village Leaf

it's . . . nearly Christmas

10th December - Heathfield Chamber's Christmas Event
Father Christmas and his grotto, Carols, Mukked wine mince Pies.

10th December - Rushlake Green Players Victorian Christmas, Heathfield State Hall (SOLD OUT)

12th December - Waldron Village Christmas Fair, from 10.00am
12th December - Gala Christmas Concert - State Hall, Heathfield

Sunday 13th December - Concert of Seasonal Music, Michelham Priory
Sussex Harmony, a popular lewes based group, will perform their "Smocks, frocks and wild shepherds" programme as sung by 18th and 19th century minstrels.

Until 23rd Dec  - Winter Wonderland Illunminations, Hug a Husky, Santa's reindeer

16th December - 7.00pm Carols on the Green, outside Osborne House, Rushlake Green
Followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the community room.

Warbleton Parish Church:

Sunday December 20th - 6.15 Carols by Candlelight, Warbleton Parish Church
A traditional carol service with the Warbleton Brass Band

Christmas Eve 4.00 pm Crib service for families. Donkey included.
Christmas Eve 11.15 pm Midnight Service with carols and readings by candlelight
Christmas Day 11.00 am Family celebration, with communion.

it's . . . time to order your turkey from The Rushlake Green Stores


You can still order your Christmas Turkey or Ham from The Stores as long as your request is in by Monday 14th December 2015.

Other meats from 'Natural Farms' can be ordered up until Monday 21st December for delivery on the 22nd.


Order your 'Country Cakes' mince pies by Monday 21st December for delivery 22nd.


Orders for 'LIghthouse' artisan bread need to be in by Tuesday 22nd latest, for deliver Thursday 24th December


it's . . . time to celebrate local

If the weather turns nasty, we know we can always rely on our local shop to stay open and supply vital things to keep life going. So we need also to show our local shop that it can rely on us for support, by shopping local throughout the seasons.

What better time to support our local shop than at Christmas. And The Stores has heaps of special delights. These are a few of our favourite Christmas things from The Stores, Rushlake Green:
- Candied orange and lemon slices (very hard to find)
- Preserved stem ginger
- Goose fat
- Mince pies
- Brandy butter
- Organic mulled berry punch
- Mint jelly
- Fruit chutney
- Turkish delight
- . . . we could go on . . .

Also don't forget to get your stamps and post your parcels at the Post Office.

Latest posting dates for Christmas Mail (UK Inland)
- 2nd Class Saturday 19th December 2015
- 1st Class Monday 21st December

it's . . . growing up fast

The Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green is really beginning to take shape. Planned for the last week in August 2015, the Little Arts Festival is about encouraging everyone in all the areas in and around Rushlake Green to contribute to, and participate in, events involving everything from Theatre, Opera, Dance and Music to Visual arts, Craft, Poetry, Spoken word, Literature, Film, TV and Digital Media - or anything else you can suggest. Lots of people have already signed up to contribute ideas, get involved and become 'Friends of the Festival'. Local arts-groups - such as the Village Players, the White Horse Folk Club, the Warbleton Brass Band, the History group, local Book and Poetry Clubs - and many local individuals involved in the arts, are already coming up with ideas and planning events. If you would like to be part of the festival - particularly if there's something you'd like to have included in the programme or a way you'd like to contribute, get in touch now: 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 Follow the project on its facebook and like it. Pick up a leaflet from the Rushlake Green Stores and have your say, or talk to Chris Liddiard, Nigel McKeeman, Sophie Douglas, Louise Philps or Ian Collett. They'd love to hear from you.

it's . . . showtime

For any kids wanting to find stuff for their bored parents to do, there are heaps of things at the Hailsham Pavilion to keep them occupied.

Holiday movies at the pavilion include The Lady in the Van, Suffragette, Brooklyn and yes . . . Star Wars VII


Event Cinema nights (live telecasts):
- Jane Eyre from the NTLive production - Tuesday 8th December
- Two Operas: Cavalleria. Rusticana + Pagliacci (ROH production) - Thursday 10th December
- Ballet. The Nutcracker. ROH production - Wednesday 16th December

Live events (from Pavilion Partners Spyboy) include (real performers):
- Steeleye Span - Thursday December 10th (St Mary's Castle, Hastings)
- Classic Dicker Cabaret - Friday 11th, Saturday 12th December
- Dancezone - Move it - Sunday 13th December
....An evening of dance, music and entertainment
- St Agnes Fountain - Thursday 17th December

Information and tickets from

Coming to the Pavilion in the new year:
- The Phil Beer Band Sat 19th March 2016
- Martin Simpson and Martin Taylor Sunday 10th April 2016
- From Austin Texas, the Hot Club of Cowtown Sat 16th April 2016


Previously on Green Shoots . . .

little arts festival on Rushlake Green

At the preview of this year's Art on the Green show, in the Dunn Village Hall, Chris Liddiard introduced the idea of a 'Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green'. The plan is to create a little festival, created by and for local people, to take place at the end of August 2016. Those already eager to get involved include the Village Players, the Art on the Green show, Warbleton Brass Band, the White Horse Folk Club and many other local arts groups and individuals active in every facet of the arts. Although based in and around Rushlake Green, the festival will seek to involve those from surrounding areas including Bodle Street Green, Dallington, Three Cups, Turners Green, Punnetts Town, Chapel Cross, Cade Street, Old Heathfield, Vines Cross, Horam and Cowbeech. You can follow the festival's progress on the facebook page the little arts festival

Chris Liddiard has put together a small team to coordinate the project and work with all the local arts groups and individuals who are keen to be a part of the project. The Little Arts Festival Team members are: Chris Liddiard, Sophie Douglas, Louise Philps, Ian Collett and Nigel McKeeman. Sophie is a local artist with experience of organising art festival activities. Louise Philps organised the highly successful 'Big Lunch' on Rushlake Green this summer. And Ian Collett was a lead member of the village 'Save the Shop' campaign a while back.

For more background, read our MAIN ARTICLE on this. Click: Little Arts Festival - the original idea

Calling all musicians, artists, writers, poets, actors, singers, dancers, performers, comedians, composers, crafts people, creatives, photographers, film-makers, designers - in fact anyone actively involved in the arts.

On Thursday 1st October, the Little Arts Festival group is holding an open forum meeting to develop ideas, across all disciplines and genres, for events and activities that could be part of the project. This is the second meeting so far, and dozens of creative suggestions are already taking shape - as are some inspiring ideas for collaborations between local groups involved in different disciplines. If you'd like to attend Thursday's Forum meeting please contact nigel mckeeman via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asap.

And if you can't make this meeting, the Little Arts Festival Team would still love to hear from you, so that you can be a part of the thinking from the start. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Have your say

The festival team are inviting anyone who is interested - either as a potential contributor, volunteer or attendee - to say what they'd like to see in a festival on (and around) the green. Pick up a leaflet at the village Stores, or contact Nigel McKeeman. Completed responses can be returned to the Stores or handed in to Nigel or any other member of the Little Arts Festival Team.


Become a friend of the little arts festival

Anyone interested can now become a 'Friend of the Little Arts Festival'. Friends will be offered regular newsletters, notice of events and special previews and advance booking. If you'd like to be a part of this little project from the very start, contact Louise Philps via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Art on the Green attracts record numbers

This year's Art on the Green show proved another great success for organiser Chris Liddiard. The show attracted an amazing diversity of artworks and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended the exhibition. The 'peoples vote' for the best piece in the show went to Mary Groves for her intricately embroidered 'Jelly Roll Sample Quilt'. We have also included here our own 'picks of the show' - although this proved quite difficult because, when it came to it, we felt everything was brilliant.

Works below by Mary Groves
Heather Young, Julie Snowball,
Tony Spencer, Zach Muchamore
Nicky Stoner, Leila Godden
Graham Binks, Jean Holmwood