Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots - April

Previously in Green Shoots

Learning to crawl - the ideas behind the expanded village website
Bottom’s return to Rushlake Green
More in Store - shop news
Rushlake Green makes Cyberspace
Go with the flow
Counting the cost – a local contractor’s tale
Big thanks to all our contributors and sponsors
Founding Sponsors

 

Learning to crawl

- the ideas behind the expanded village website.

This new, expanded version of the Village Leaf website is evolving fast, so we rely on you, as a reader, to help us spot errors, correct the grammar and suggest improvements. Some elements, such as the History of the Village have not been properly developed yet, so we've just put a few holding paragraphs in for the present. Other areas, such as the Green Pages will continue to develop as new entries are completed - we have a number of entries still in progress and many more people taking an interest. If you would like to contribute content, or ideas for content, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Local is generally better. Many of us would probably like to be able to buy more local produce, make better use of local expertise and be fully in touch with local events and activities. So the aim here is to provide useful information about what’s available locally, what’s happening locally and what matters to us all locally. 
An independent voice. Our intention is to do this is a way that is independent in spirit, not frightening of being challenging where appropriate and always ready to take on local issues and concerns. As a voluntary project, we don’t pretend to be comprehensive and see ourselves as complementing the many other excellent sources of information already available locally.

 

Bottom’s return to Rushlake Green

We learn that the Village Players will be performing William Shakespear’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on the village green from 24th to 26th June. The audience will be invited to bring their own chairs (or blankets), picnics, wine etc. to make an evening of it. Of all Shakespear plays, this one seems the most appropriate to perform on the Green, on a midsummer night, and we look forward to seeing how our own local theatre group work their magic with this most magical of settings.

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More in Store

We understand that, after a series of convoluted delays, Andrew Wickens has now received approval for his plans for the shop and for the conversion of the rest of the building into a number self contained residences. Andrew tells us that he has been keen from the start to improve the shop itself, but that any shop expansion and refurbishment needs to be partly funded from the development of the rest of the building and so could not properly begin until the rest of the project was underway. The long term future of the post office is however still uncertain. We understand that the government's current Social/Network Subsidy, put into place around 2007, only goes up to 2011 and will be reviewed again for the period after that. With government spending due to be under huge pressure over the next few years, we may well be in for a battle to save our post office as 2011 approaches. To read more about govt post office strategy click here.

 

Rushlake Green makes Cyberspace

Did you know that we now feature on Google’s ‘Streetview’ ! Up until recently, this feature of Google Earth was available mainly for Cities and big towns. But now, like it or hate it (we’re undecided), you can now surf your way around Ruslake Green and the surrounding roads, using this slightly Big Brotherish innovation by Google. Once in Streetview, you can navigate your way around the green and off along (some) nearby lanes by clicking the arrows on the screen. You can turn your viewpoint with your mouse which is quite easy once you get the hang of it. Click here to go straight The Green.

 

Go with the flow

(Progress with the sewerage scheme)
There has been quite a lot of speculation about progress, or lack of it, with the sewerage scheme. But when we contacted Southern Water they were pretty upbeat about the work. They explained that, following the contractual difficulties resulting from the Holleran failure, the site team has made ‘great effort’ to complete the new treatment works (the sewers having been already completed). In the final week of March, the new system “accepted flows” from, amongst others, the Horse and Groom and Osborne House. So, contrary to local rumours, the new system was finally up and running, with waste being treated via the new public sewers at the treatment works, by March 31st. Other residents who wish do so, can now connect to the system. Southern Water asked us to remind residents not to, when connecting, empty existing septic tanks or cesspools into the new sewers, as this overload could result in “pollution of Clippingham Stream”. There are also apparently still some outstanding building works and reinstatement to be completed at the treatment works, some reinstatement and planting at the southern pumping station and the access track to the pumping station at the rear of the Horse and Groom to complete. Southern Water anticipate that this finishing will take about a month. So it appears Southern Water deserve recognition for the effort that’s been made to catch up on lost time. The clearing up may however be with us for a little longer.

 

Counting the cost

– a local contractor’s tale

Whilst feeling a sense of relief with the fact that the Holleran collapse did not have a major impact on the completion of our mains sewerage system, we should spare a thought for some of the less fortunate local businesses and individuals that have taken the brunt of the financial impact of the failure. We have been contacted by one of the sub-contractors involved and their tale is harrowing. At the time of the collapse, this contractor had been supplying machinery, labour and materials to the project since it’s start. As a result, when the failure was announced, they found themselves owed tens of thousands of pounds and with little prospect of recovering any of it from the receivers. And with potentially several million pounds left owing by the Holleran collapse, there will be many other local businesses, employing local people, whose financial losses will have meant a threat to the livelihoods of local families. Our thoughts go out to all those effected. And we hope that some searching questions will be asked about why the collapse happened, what should have been done to avoid it, and what is being done to recover the money lost by local people as a result.

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Big thanks to all our contributors and sponsors

Village Leaf is created by the community, for the community, on a voluntary basis and with all costs met by voluntary contributions by local people and businesses. We’ve been busy getting the website built in Joomla, which is a web programme that allows us to update the content ourselves. Robert Barker, from Heathfield Web Design has undertaken this work for us and has been training us to add our own content. This is important as it means we now don’t have to continually raise new money every time we want to make changes or add new entries. But it did mean some inevitable costs up front, which is why we asked Green Pages contributors to donate a voluntary contribution to our Village Leaf Fund. So we should take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to all the Green Page entrants that chose to make a contribution. Thank you very much. We also asked for sponsors and are enormously grateful to The Stores; A Long Recovery; and The Horse & Groom with The Star Old Heathfield, for offering to be founding sponsors (read more about our sponsors on the ‘Back Pages’). We’d also like to thank Chris Liddiard of Heathfield Web Design for all the time he donated at the outset of this project, to help design the look and feel of the website and for the creation of our logo. Finally, many thanks to Jamie Fairbairn, for ‘volunteering’ to act as treasurer for the Village Leaf Fund and for his generous support for the project.

 

Founding Sponsors

For those not familiar with the Founding Sponsors of the revised Village Leaf website: The Stores; A Long Recovery; and The Horse & Groom with The Star Old Heathfield, here's a very brief introduction

Andy Wickens took over The Stores last year and has been working hard to develop the shop site, so that he can make further improvements to the shop itself in the near future. The Stores is a traditional village shop, where an emphasis on personal service is matched by a keenness to develop the range of items offered to meet local needs.

Andrew Long’s business, A Long Recovery, occupies a niche area of demand that takes him all over the country rescuing and recovering trucks, cars, vans and even military tanks that have got into difficulty. Almost nothing is too big, too heavy or too stuck, for Andy’s army of vehicles and cranes.

The Horse & Groom and The Star in old Heathfield are co-sponsors with a village-connection that goes back a many years through the respective managerships of Fi and Mike & Sue Chappell. Both the Horse and Groom, and the Star offer traditional pub atmosphere combined with food, which aims at restaurant standards. And for stalwarts, The Star offers a pleasing conclusion to one of the most striking walks that can be had, starting from our green. Along with all the other local pubs in our area, both are well worth a visit.

 

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