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CHURCH SERVICES: The All Saints Services are at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Evensong. The next service at St Mary Magdalene is on Sunday at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW).

ON THE EDGE: Here’s your chance to get rid of all those small coins (or large). On September 19, at Wartling Church they are collecting coins to cover the pews in the church. When this has been done before, they have managed to go at least twice around the church, so why not bring a few coins to help. They will be there from 10am to 1pm, refreshments also available. Ring Stella 833445 if you would like any more details.

BOWLS: The Herstmonceux Bowling Club played against the Hastings Observer scoring 57 to their 65. They drew 62 shots against Eastbourne Parade and scored 55 shots to Staple Cross’ 83. The charity match raised funds for Viewcraft and Riding for the Disabled. Thanks are offered to Jean and Tony for being in charge and making it run so smoothly. It was really great as so many village organisations turned up and gave their support. £360 was raised. Thanks also from the club to everyone that went along, it was a lovely afternoon.

MESSY CHURCH: This month Messy Church is on September 20 in the Reid Hall from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Messy Church is for all, every age, young or old. Play games, have a chance to do a craft activity (or two) learn a bit more about Jesus and his life and what he wants for us and then have tea together. A great way to spend an afternoon with other folk. There is no cost, only a donation towards expenses if you would like. Why not come and try it. If you would like more details please contact either Richard Stevens 833124, Pat and Norman Honeysett 833925 or Pam Kendall 833124.

KNIT AND STITCH: Knit and Stitch meet on Thursday and again on Thursday October 15 at 2.30pm at the Village Information Centre. They knit, crochet, embroider, sew, drink tea and coffee and do a lot of talking. If this sounds like your kind of thing you will be most welcome. Jocelyn King 01323 832997.

AUSTIN SEVEN ENTHUSIASTS: This Club Rally is on Sunday throughout the day. Normal gardens and grounds charges apply. Adults £6, U16 £3, children under 5 years free, concessions £4.95, family £14. Enquiries to 01323 834479.

COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow, Saturday, in Herstmonceux Church from 10am to noon. Coffee, tea, cake and stimulating conversation.

MEET THE ARTISTS: On the Festival of Arts and Culture Art Trail, Lime Cross Nursery invite you to a private viewing and meeting the artists event this evening between 6pm and 9pm. There are intricate wood engravings by Keith Pettit, ethical taxidermy by Jazmine Miles-Long, photography by Esther Theaker, The Woolly Friends’ textile wall hangings and garments, original lino prints by Clare Dales, metal sculpture work by Christian Funnell and chainsaw carvings by Oli Smith.

ETHICAL TAXIDERMY: On Friday September 18, 7pm to 9pm, a unique talk and presentation by Jazmine Miles-Long, an ethical taxidermist who only works with birds and animals that have died from natural causes. Discover the processes involved in the strange and fascinating craft of taxidermy and watch as Jazmine demonstrates some of the techniques she uses to create work for artists, collectors and museums. Her specimens are donated by friends, family, rescue centres and people who have discovered her through social media sites. Tickets £8. Examples of Jazmine’s work can be viewed at Lime Cross Nursery as part of the Hailsham Festival Art Trail between September 12 and 20. Call 01323 833229 to book a place.

OBSERVATORY: The Observatory Science Centre is open daily 10am to 6pm. Last admission 4pm. This month they are offering from September 16 an Astronomy Course of 12 weeks on Astronomy and Space. From September 19 an Astronomy Course on an Introduction to Astro-imaging. There is an open evening Saturday September 19. For full details please consult the Observatory Science Centre website or ring 01323 832731 for information and booking. WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The Herstmonceux branch September meeting continues this year’s animal theme as they welcome Edward Padget to talk to us about My Friends the Elephants. Mr Padget asks that if any members have an elephant at home to please bring it with them. (By this he means the ornamental or decorative type rather than the full-size flesh and blood variety). Go along and find out more. All welcome. This is on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. For more information, please contact Secretary Sue Stewart on 01323 833450.

SUMMER SHOW: The sun shone all day for the 138th Annual Windmill Hill Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show 2015 show. Early morning saw a hive of activity as people carefully arranged their entries in readiness for judging. There were 316 entries, all of a good standard and the judges in each section were complimentary. At 2pm the Reid Hall looked a picture with long tables of colourful flowers, vegetables, home produce, an impressive children’s section and an array of silverware waiting to be presented. In the afternoon a steady stream of visitors came through. The largest attendance in recent years. Besides viewing the entries with results they were able to enjoy tea and cake, enter a fine raffle, try the hoop-la or buy bric-a-brac or delicious cakes made by members and exhibitors. The afternoon culminated in the presentation of cups by President, Frank Beeney. A good time was had by all. Of course such a successful day does not happen without a great deal of planning and very hard work, and thanks are offered to Society members who contributed their time, brains and brawn so willingly. Do you have flowers in your garden? Do you grow any herbs or vegetables? Do you have any children? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, please look out for the show schedules next spring and consider entering something. The common theme amongst all the entrants, young or old, experienced or novices, is that it is great fun, and they are happy to have had the experience. So next year, do have a go, you will not regret it and you will definitely enjoy it.

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