Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots August 2010


Rushlake Green's very own Fly-Past

We extend warm congratulations to Mr and Mrs Brian Grindall (He of Warbleton Brass band fame) whom are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary on Saturday 14th August. As you might expect, the Brass Band will be playing at the party but perhaps more unexpectedly, Brian has arranged an AIR DISPLAY (no not the brass band) which will see the professional display 'Turb Team' overflying the village hall. So if you're around the Green on Saturday 14th, at about 2.30pm, look skywards and you should catch a free show.


More Bangers in Store

If you enjoyed the sausages being offered by Sussex Farm Sausages at the Flower Show (and also at the Pimms Tent) you'll be please to know that these, and other products from David and Erica Turton's local farm, are now available in The Stores on Rushlake Green. This is very good news for all the locals who are already fans of Sussex Farm Sausages (and bacon and chops etc) but who have until now, had to get our supplies either direct from the farm or at local farmers markets. It's good to see that The Stores is continuing to respond to the demand, identified in our Shop Survey, for more local products.


The Artful Chantry

In September there will be an exhibition, in the Turners Green Chantry, of paintings by Rushlake Green artist Chris Liddiard. His paintings, sometimes realistic, sometimes not, are inspired by the village and the surrounding countryside. The Chantry is a beautifully restored chapel. Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th September, 10am - 5pm each day. The Chantry, Middle Lane, Turners Green TN21 9RA. For info (or sales!) contact Chris Liddiard 01435 864271


Osibisa at the Hailsham Pavillion - Cool man!

Osibisa were one of the iconographic bands of the 1970s rock 'n hippy years. Their unique fusion of African, Caribbean, rock, jazz, Latin and R&B are said to have "paved the way for other potent music forces such as Bob Marley and the emergence of African music in the 1980's". Founding member and saxophonist, Teddy Osei, brings a seven strong band that includes guitars, keyboards, percussion, African drums and brass section. Only the Pavillion could manage to arrange such a quirky booking - it's worth a try and don't forget your flares. See also what's on section

Attende - Le Marche ill fait plus fab nosh n'est pas?

The incredibly popular Heathfield French market takes place this year on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, with Station Approach and part of Station Road, closed to traffic for the day. As usual there will be a big collection of French stall-holders who have battled across the channel to give us a taste of authentic food & drink and other delightful and very French stuff. Our particular recommendation is for the smoked garlic a string of which, if hung somewhere dry, will miraculously last for months - and it's delicious. There will be music and entertainment in three locations - Station Road main stage, Kings Church and in the High Street. And this year there is an emphasis on local talent with two local bands featured. And if you have kids they'll not want to miss the open day at the Le Fire Station.


New in Green Pages

We were contacted recently by a loyal supporter who had come across a plant nursery with a difference. You can now find Athelas Exotic Plant Nursery in our garden and land services section within Green Pages. Also new this edition - J.Gardener Window Cleaning & Gardener Property Care - a local firm that offer a comprehensive range of domestic and commercial property care services that have developed out of their original window cleaning business.

Other recent entries include: Country House Interiors and Lighting Ltd in Punnetts Town (in Art & Crafts & Trades), and The Chantry, Turners Green, Middle Lane (in Local Venues); 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


Never mind the weather

Despite a rainy start to the day, and the threat of showers later, this years Flower Show was a great success, with many more people attending than was to be expected from such an unpromising day. This was a testament to the importance of the event for the community, and the loyalty of all those who regularly attend. As always, addition to the splendid and extraordinary veg, fruit, poultry, flowers, craft, cookery and art on display in the marque, this years event also attracted a large number of stalls offering everything from art and bric-a-brac to Pimms and Local History. After energetic children's races and a very competitive tug-of-war, a highlight of the day was a display by Southern Golden Retrievers, in which, these highly intelligent dogs proved their abilities with enchanting good manners and poise. For more pictures click here


One Harmonious Summer's Evening 

The musical evening, in the marque after the flower show, was also a great success. Featuring three very popular and talented local groups: Richard & Ron, Marilyn & Andy and Cornflower Blue, and including an excellent supper, the event was the perfect conclusion to the day. And the black and white theme, which many took as inspiration for their evening outfits, lent an elegant touch to the proceedings. For more pictures click here


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.


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


Gormley's Critical Mass - last chance

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 but only 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