Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Green Shoots February 2011 (Full version)

Core Strategy representation

POst Office
Gary Moore

Tottingworth Farm Shop
Core what a Strategy
County Council crunch time
Cade Street Conzumed
Dunn ant ART?
Trumpeting tradition
Local Government
In the dig of it
What's on, around and about



Now that the representation period for Wealden's Core Strategy has started, we are able to give you direct links to the relevant places on Wealden's web sites. See below for links to our explanatory pieces on the Core Strategy and the representation process, CLICK HERE to go to the pages on Wealden's Website, or CLICK HERE to go direct to Wealden's representation portal.



RIP Gary Moore   4 April 1952 - 6th February 2011

He was well known as a guitarist for Thin Lizzy. He collaborated with artists that included B.B.King, Albert King, Greg Lake, George Harrison, Albert Collins, Bob Dylan, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Legend has it that Peter Green was so impressed with the young guitarist that he lent him the guitar used on ‘Albatross’ (Gary later bought it). Although he experimented with many musical genres, it was for the blues that inspired him the most - having heard both Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers play in his native Ireland when he was first starting out. And as a blues player he was revered by some of the most talented musicians of his generation. Yet for many of us, our most treasured memory is of the modest and understated performances he gave at our very own, local ‘Vibes from the Vines’ music festival in Horam. Gary lived, with his family, in Hove and it says it all about him that after his first experience of our friendly local music event back in 2007 he chose to perform there again in 2009. Anyone who was in the audience for that final performance at Vibes would have been struck by the sensitivity and empathy he showed the musicians – all ‘true’ blues aficionados – with whom he shared the stage. Gary played with, and impressed, the best musicians around the world, and yet for him, it was the quality of the music, not the size of the audience, that turned him on. He just loved playing that guitar . . . and we loved him for that. Sadly he’s gone, but thankfully his music will live on.


Tottingworth Farm Shop

Tottingworth Farm at Broad Oak, well known locally for its Limousin, British Blue and Galloway cattle has now opened a new Farm Shop. The conversion of a disused barn into the new shop was made possible by an award of grant funding by the Wealden & Rother Rural (WARR) Partnership.

Through the new shop, Tottingworth Farm Shop now sells its own Tottingworth beef, pork and lamb, including home produced meat pies, sausages, burgers, bacon and hams. Locally-sourced vegetables, fruit and juices are also available and, over time, the plan is to include other local produce such as cheeses. The new shop will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2pm-5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm

This is much more than just another story of a Farm attempting to boost its trade through retail. This is an example of how a modern farm can make a more direct connection between the production of meat, its preparation through the abattoir and cutting room, to the wholesale and retail customer. The project will enable the Farm’s own butchers to demonstrate and enhance their skills by boning and rolling joints and adding stuffing and marinades. And customers will be able to visit the farm from which their meat comes.

"This is an excellent example of farm diversification which will offer a wider range of local produce to residents and visitors, while at the same time supporting farmers throughout the Wealden," said Councillor Pam Doodes, Board member of the WARR Partnership and Cabinet member for Community on Wealden District Council. "It enables customers to support their local producers and growers who are so important to our local economy and to the stewardship of Wealden's finest landscapes."

Read more about Tottingworth Farm in Green Pages. Just CLICK HERE


Stores refurbishment - temporary closure

The Stores, Rushlake Green's village shop, will close at 1.00pm Thursday 24th February and will reopen at the normal time on the following Tuesday 1st March. This closure will enable the next phase of the shop refurbishment to get under way. For a period, following the reopening, access to The Stores will be via the Post Office doorway to the side. The Stores apologises for any inconvenience caused during this period and would like to thank all customers for their patience while the work is under way.


Post Office in jeopardy.

It's been brought to our attention that some of the changes in the Postal Services Bill, currently going through Parliament, could have dire consequences for our village sub post office in Rushlake Green, and other similarly modest sites around the Country. It appears that, under the new legislation, those now deemed ‘local’ sub post offices could lose most of their basic allowance, will not be able to sell some products, and might have to use their own cash for transactions. If true, this would mean ‘local’ sub post offices, unless heavily subsidised by an associated retail business, would simply not be able to keep going. So the net result may be that many will close – not by being ‘closed-down’ but by being rendered unsustainable. For small villages like Rushlake Green, loss of the post office would be devastating, particularly for the many older people living in and around the village, who rely on this important local service. We will provide more information when we get it. If you have anything to add, or would like to help create a campaign to support or post office, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Core what a strategy

In December 2010, Wealden Council approved a Core Strategy that will set the district's planning direction for the next 20 years. This is one of the most im portant pieces of work to be published in recent years and you have until March 28th to make representations. But the document is 88 pages of detail. So we've put together a Loose Leaf guide to the Core Strategy - to learn more CLICK HERE

We also talked to Cllr Roy Galley, the Councillor leading this process. To read our interview just CLICK HERE

And, if you want to have your say about the strategy, learn about the representation process by CLICKING HERE



County Council crunch time

At this month's Parish Council meeting, County Council Chairman Rupert Simmons presented a summary of the budget that was about to be approved by the Council. With budgets for our local roads, schools, hospitals and other services under pressure, we thought you'd be interested. To read more about this CLICK HERE


Cade street conzumed with passion 

An exercise dance craze is sweeping the nation. Influenced by Latin music, and combining many different dance styles, ZUMBA is apparantly great for co-ordination, building up stamina and generally having a great time! And it's happening in Cade street! CLICK HERE to find out more.





Dunn any ART?

Forget the Turner Prize. ART on the green - Britain's most influential and controversial art show - will open on March 19th. Amateur and professional artists, photographers and craftmakers living in Rushlake Green and the surrounding areas are invited to submit their work. To find out more about entering your work CLICK HERE


Trumpeting tradition

Look out for a remarkable new shop in Heathfield called Trumpety Trump. Run by Amanda and Tristran Ranford, it specialises in selling traditional wooden toys, gifts and games for children aged 0-12 years.  The merchandise at is unique and exciting whilst preserving the classics that parents and grandparents will fondly remember. There's also a cool website you can share with distant friends and relations.
To find out, look in our new 'Kid's stuff' page. Just CLICK HERE



Local Government - How does it work?

For a LOOSE-LEAF GUIDE' giving an introduction to the basics of local government - including a map of our own Heathfield East ward, and some useful links. CLICK HERE


In the Dig of it

As the weather improves, and thoughts return to the garden, catch up with Ross Atebey's February gardeners diary. Just CLICK HERE


What's on, around and about?

Our what's on section local activities for February & March. To know more just CLICK HERE



Green Pages

NEW THIS MONTH: Tottingworth Farm Shop in Local Products and Produce; Trumpety Trump in our new Kids Stuff section, Freedom Leisure, in Health and Fitness. Other recent entries include: Patricia Petri-Clark De-cluttering and Home Organising service, Lee Wood, Painter/Decorator and Tiler. See his entry in Trades; Athelas Exotic Plant Nursery in our garden and land services section within Green Pages; J.Gardener Window Cleaning & Gardener Property Care - a local firm that offer a comprehensive range of domestic and commercial property care services; Country House Interiors and Lighting Ltd in Punnetts Town (in Art & Crafts); The Chantry, Turners Green, Middle Lane (in Local Venues); Reflexologist Brigitte Barker MAR (in Health, Fitness and Well-being); We are (still!) 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


What do you want to know?

Let us know about your issues and we'll try to get some answers. email: 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 with your thoughts.


A - W (we don't have a Z yet) of what's inside

(or coming soon)

Accommodation . Artists . Bacon . Bed & Breakfast . Beef . Bonfire societies . Brass band . Brochures . Butchers . Carpentry . Catering . Cranes . Counselling . Country walks . Dairy . Drama. Eggs . Electrical . Farm shops . Farmers Markets . Farms stays . Fencing . Folk Club . Free range eggs . Fruit . Galleries . Game . Gardeners . Garden machinery . Ground works . Homemade cakes . Holiday cottages . Horticultural society . Heavy lifting . Information . IT . Joinery . Kelly bronze turkeys . Lamb . Locally grown vegetables . Massage . Musicians . Newspapers . Nurseries . Open Studios . Organic produce . Pet food . Pies . Places to visit . Ponds & lakes . Pork . Post Office . Print design . Pubs . Recovery . Reflexology . Removals . Restaurants . Retreats . Sausages . Shiatsu . Short breaks . Solstice Morris . Stationary . Storage . Therapists . Timber . Transport . Tractors . Trees and shrubs . Tree surgeons . Tyres . Venues . Village Stores . Village halls . Water work . Wealth management . Web design . Wheelwright . WI . Wine and spirits

. . . taking in Rushlake Green, Warbleton, Bodle street Cowbeech, Horam, Punnetts Town, Three Cups, Turners Green and Vines Cross