Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling

WALKING CLUB: On March 11 Sue and Irene will meet everybody in the car park on the Hellingly Cuckoo Trail for a five-and-half- mile walk. If in doubt about the difficulty of the walk or, if the weather is poor call them direct on 848790. You are advised to take along your own basic First Aid Kit and drinking water.

ON March 25 we are being encouraged to join the litter gang for just an hour or so to help clearing the streets and byways of litter and rubbish. Residents are urged to meet at the Village Information Centre at 10am with Cowbeech residents meeting at St Michael’s, just opposite Hammer Lane in Cowbeech. Once the hard work is over, refreshments will be available. If you need more details contact either (for Herstmonceux) and for Cowbeech

SATURDAY, March 10, sees the local Farmers’ Market at the Cattle Market, Market Street, Hailsham, from 9am-12.30pm - plenty of time to stock up from the wide variety of local goods. The Market Café will open as usual ,serving teas, coffee, full English breakfasts and bacon rolls.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday March 11, and Holy Communion (BCP) will be held at Wartling Church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship) along with Compline at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively.

THE fabric workshop and sewing classes held in the village hall at Herstmonceux on Wednesdays (2pm-5pm) are doing really well and they are trying to encourage even more people to go along.If you can’t get along during the afternoons it may be possible to set up an evening class if enough people are interested. Contact Karen through at

Through the school holidays she will be running junior classes for 10-16 year olds, the first workshop being on April 11.

NOT LONG now until Saturday, April 14, when City Rhodes Sounds will be in the village hall at Herstmonceux supplying their very own brand of 1960s music. These very popular evenings and get booked up very quickly. Tickets, £10, include a ploughman’s supper, are available from Dawn and Cecil on 832304. There will be a licensed pay bar - all proceeds from the bar and ticket sales to the Eastbourne Branch of the Parkinson’s UK.

THE Woolpack Inn has a great couple of nights coming up. On Saturday, March 24, the Watson Brothers will be in town while on Saturday, April 14, Tom Fitzpatrick, the Crooner is back for another smash hit Italian Night in the function room.