Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling - April 18

THE Herstmonceux litter pick on March 24 saw a good turnout to clear the lanes and byways of our village.

Some even braved an early morning start as they were unable to join the 10am gang and were able to cover a much wider area from Gingers Green to the Truggery. Church Road and Windmill Hill were also targeted and of course the Recreation Ground.

There in the background, as ever, was Mick Goodsall, spending his time driving the highways and byways village collecting the ever bulging sacks. Working alongside him were the refreshment team, Angela and Ann, who worked extremely hard keeping the workers fed and watered.

Organiser Stephen Nash says the amount of rubbish collected underlines the good work carried out over the years, largely unnoticed, by Tony Miller.

If anyone is interested in helping keep the village litter free and has a little time to spare on the odd occasion then please contact Stephen on who will willingly add your name to the Litter Watch Team.

WANT to celebrate St George’s Day? Then the village hall at Herstmonceux is the place to be on Saturday, April 21, where they will be serving a bangers and mash supper, be running a licensed bar and have a variety of stage entertainment ending in, what else, The Last Night of the Proms. Tickets, at £10 each, which includes supper, available on 832660.

The doors of the hall will be open from 6pm with the start of the celebrations being 6.30pm, it was also mentioned in the Parish Magazine that Laurence Keeley would be launching his book however, things have not gone quite to plan and the launch will now take place at some point during the Jubilee celebrations.

Whenever the launch takes place you can be sure that Laurence’s book will be an enjoyable and interesting read. I have had a short preview and I can tell you there are some very funny moments.

TIME once more for the Friends of All Saints Church to run their Annual Colour Show, courtesy of the Hailsham Photographic Society in aid of Friends fund. Monday, April 30, the date, the village hall at Herstmonceux the venue, doors hall opening 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Admission is £4.50, which includes refreshments and tickets, and will be available on the door.

THERE is an extra bingo this month, the first on Friday, April 20, in the village hall at Herstmonceux, eyes down 7.30pm. The cost is £6 per person which includes supper and first bingo book. There will be a licensed bar and raffle - all to raise money for the village hall. Book your tickets with either Ian Stewart on 833450 or Bryan Naish on 833747 or the hall clerk.

YOUR seond bingo event is, of course, the monthly afternoon session in the village hall at Herstmonceux. Bingo books cost just £3 for all 12 games and there will of course be prizes for both lines and full houses. Cakes and tea are served during the interval.

WALKING Club: Sunday April 22 is the next scheduled walk and Helen would like to meet up with you at 10am outside the Hailsham Leisure Centre when it will be off to Guestling for a seven-mile walk with a stop for a pub lunch. Ring 848790 for more details.

HERSTMONCEUX Bowls Club is up and running for the season and also has a quiz night on Friday April 27, starting 7.30pm. They are looking for teams of four at a cost of £6 per person to include a hot dog supper. There wil be a licensed bar. To register your team contact secretary Sue Saunders on 833403 no later than Sunday April 22.

CHURCH services Sunday, April 22, and Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong (BCP) will be held at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Matins (BCP) at Wartling church at 9.45am

THE first of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations starts here in Herstmonceux on Sunday, April 29, when the Aanna Colls Singers, conducted by Aanna Colls with David Force on organ and Francis Rayner piano, perform a packed programme of music from the coronation and other royal occasions at All Saints Church, Herstmonceux from 3pm. Tickets at £10 each are available from the website or Rosemary Morris, Counterpoint Arts, Ash Cottage, West End, Herstmonceux BN27 4NH.

LONG gone is the little tin hut that the Reid Hall used to be when I first arrived in the area, it is now a very well-appointed hall with plenty of parking and its own website. If you want to know what goes on up there, all the regular classes and events are listed on