Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling - April 25

THE Italian night was fantastic, so well-staged by Ted and Alyson at the Woolpack.

The Italian menu compiled, prepared and cooked by Nello was excellent and Tom, well Tom just gets better and better. On entering the function room it was like being transported to a different place, tables with their gleaming white cloths, sparkling glasses, Italian Flags - it all looked so nice.

The atmosphere was great with everybody chatting and laughing. Food was served from 7.30pm and I have to say the girls did exceptionally well trying to sort us all out. The wine was flowing and as the meal came to an end, Tom was off straight into his best Italian Rat Pack style songs with much whooping and applause from the audience. It wasn’t long before he managed to encourage the first dancers onto the floor. The very first performance of his soon to be released song, K.I.S.S.I.N.G, went down very well with his audience.

The combination of Team Woolpack and Tom Fitzpatrick, the Crooner, is a winner and one which will be repeated later this year.

HERSTMONCEUX Football Club 1st XI won 6-1 against AFC Sidley in the cup quarter-finals.

And Herstmonceux F.C. has been chosen as one of two clubs to play against the Chicago Titans on their 20th anniversary trip to Sussex in May. Soccer is relatively new to the USA but is becoming very popular and Herstmonceux needs to give them a very big welcome.

The match is on Saturday, May 19, on Lime Park, kick off 3pm. The Herstmonceux team will comprise a mixture from the three existing teams plus some veteran. Anyone interested in playing should contact Matt Bryan on his email address at

SCHEDULES for Windmill Hill Horticultural Society’s 135th annual Summer Show, at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street, on Saturday, August 4, are in the shops. Pick yours up end decide which classes to enter. Return your completed form no later than Wednesday, August 1. There are, as always, plenty of classes in flower arranging, growing of fruit and veggies, cookery, photography and handicraft, not forgetting the children’s section.

CHURCH services: Sunday, April 29, and Matins along with the United Service with the Free Church is at Herstmonceux church, 9.45am and 6pm respectively with the Wartling Parish Discovery Service being held at Wartling church at 11am.

IT’S NOT long now to the All Saints Church annual Plant Sale - bargains galore on a wide variety of plants on Saturday, May 5, in the village hall at Herstmonceux. Doors open at 10am, all welcome.

ON Friday, April 27, Herstmonceux Bowls hosts a Quiz Night in the village hall to raise funds for their new pavilion and green at Lime Park. Teams up to four, £6 per person to includes a hot dog supper. There is a licensed bar. Book with Sue Saunders on 833403.

THE Friends of All Saints invite all to their Annual Colour Show in the village hall at Herstmonceux on Monday, April 30. Hailsham Photographic Society will again stage an excellent show with colour and vibrancy. Entrance is £4.50 on the door, to include refreshments.

CELEBRATE the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the Aanna Colls Singers at All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, on April 29, 3pm,where they will perform a selection of music from the coronation and other royal occasions. Tickets £10 each- book via or speak to Rosemary Morris on 833706.