Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots July


You could be our eyes and ears

If you plan to attend a local event, or are involved in a local activity or project, why not give us a report. All we need from you is a short email with, where appropriate, a few good pictures attached. If you think you can help, please let us know in advance so that we can be ready for your contribution. Contact Nigel McKeeman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dallington songs on the Sugarloaf - Magical

Saturday 10th July saw the return of the bi-annual Dallington Songs on the Sugarloaf 2010 at Woods Corner, Dallington.If you didn't manage to make it you missed an enchanting and convivial evening of wonderful music from talented local musicians and singers. Contrary to everyone's fear's, the weather in the evening was perfect, with balmy sunshine giving way to a spectacular sunset backdrop to the music as it went on into the evening. To see more picture go to 'Seen and heard' or click here.


Shakespeare on the Green - What a triumph!

Over three nights, at the end of June, The Village Players presented an enchanting performance of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to near capacity audiences of enthusiastic local supporters. It was generally agreed that the standard of acting, from the most junior changeling, to the most experienced members of the cast, was of a phenomenally high quality. Stand-out performances included: Clyde Young as a suitably incorrigible Nick Bottom (hilariously counterpointed by Jim Edmonds and the other Rude Mechanicals); Liz Hutcheson as an irrepressible Puck; The Young Lovers - Stephanie Codgdell Glen Hadlow, Debbie Meeks and Mike Farell all of whom had demanding roles (when not asleep); Chris Steele as a menacing Oberon and not least a very young but talented 'The Fairy' along with Titania (Pam Edmonds) and her own flock of enchanting and even more junior Fairies. In fact the whole cast was completely brilliant. All must have worked their socks off to achieve what they did. Director Roger Simmonds (assisted by Ann Walker) and Producer Anita Gunn overcame considerable practical challenges to bring this accomplished production to the Green. John Gunn and his team had created an atmospheric woodland setting for the Players first ever open-air performance, with crystal clear sound by Jonathan Austin, subtle lighting by Andrew Nairne and magnificent costumes by Jean Bates. See more pictures in 'Seen and heard' And if you were inspired, and want to join The Players, click to the VP Green Pages entry

Above: A Midsummer Night's Dream. (For more pictures click here)


Africa comes to Warbleton Parish

Locals in Warbleton, Rushlake Green and Bodle Street were invited recently to attend an unusual event. Part of the entourage of His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, Head of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, a spiritual movement mainly in Nigeria, were given a welcome ceremony at Bodle Street Village Hall on Friday 16th July. Following speeches of welcome from local dignitaries, a presentation of gifts and a brief talk about 'secrets of Sussex, there was a programme of entertainment. Highlights included a performance by the Royal Sovereign Morris Team, Rattle on the Stovepipe barn dance band and songs from Warbleton's own folk rock group The Wild Service. Unfortunately we were not able to attend this unique visit, so if you have any pictures of the event, or would like to send us a few words about your experience of the proceedings, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Beer Festival at the Merrie Harriers

The Merrie Harriers is running its own Beer festival in their beer garden. Two days of tastings - featuring great British ales and lagers.

There will also be Pimms, Fine Wines and Soft Drinks. Not only that but also games, to make it a family occasion, a hog roast (on the Sunday) and live music from the Cajun Dawgs.

Saturday 17th July and Sunday 18th July. 12.00pm till late both days.
Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech. 01323 833108


One summer's evening (following the Flower Show)

Don't forget the candlelit supper and musical evening, in the marque on Rushlake Green after the flower show on 31st July. To avoid overcrowding, tickets will be strictly limited. Music will by three very popular and talented local groups: Richard and Ron - many locals will know Richard and his T-chest bass from an earlier incarnation and he's now joined by brilliant guitarist and singer Ron. Marilyn and Andy - Marilyn's enchanting voice blends perfectly with Andy's excellent 12-string guitar. And finally Rushlake Green's own Cornflower Blue - Chris Jenny and Bob singing a selection of their own music and that of Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Cash and others. The theme this year is Black and White, so why not dress to match the occasion. Tickets (£12.50 adults, £7.50 under 12s) are only available from The Stores, Rushlake Green.


What's on?

Our What's on section is updated all the time so its worth checking it regularly for news of events such as the Flower Show on Rushlake Green (and the evening's entertainment to follow), Local music gigs, Open Studios and Gardens, and anything else that we find out is happening soon. And we cover quite a wide area - anywhere really that's easy to reach from Rushlake Green.


New in Green Pages

New for this month: Country House Interiors and Lighting Ltd in Punnetts Town (in Art & Crafts & Trades), and The Chantry, Turners Green, Middle Lane (in Local Venues)

Other recent entries include Reflexologist Brigitte Barker MAR (in Health, Fitness and Well-being) and The Gallery on Rushlake Green (in Art & Crafts & Trades)

We are also planning an equestrian section - any ideas? Contact us with suitable local people or enterprises: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Gormley's Critical Mass

We've noticed that Critical Mass, one of Antony Gormley's most significant works, is being shown on the roof top of the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea until the end of August. Sounds interesting - and if you have not yet visited the Pavillion it's pretty amazing as a classic piece of 1930s modernist architecture. Quirky restaurant too. Read more in What's on