Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling - May 16

THIS Saturday (May 19) Herstmonceux Football Club will play play the visiting Chicago Titans at Lime Park for their first international game - and will they win?

Of course they will even though it looks as if the Chicago Titans are bringing along some of their best and have been training for three months during their off season in preparation. Their star player Zachary Bowden admits to knowing little about Herstmonceux and how they will play. They will bring a squad of 14 players and captained by veteran, Philip Gawthorpe who played on their last tour in 2004. He expects the games will be hard fought but enjoyable for both sides. We should give our team as much support as possible - kick off 3pm, let’s see you all out there on the touchline.

HERSTMONCEUX will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a massive Family Fun Day and Picnic in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle on Monday, June 4, 11am-5pm. Entrance will be by souvenir programme, £2.50p per family, take along your own picnic and join the fun - treasure hunt, skateboarding display, load of fun and games for the children, fencing display, visit from the Classic Cars and MG Club, Morris Dancing, horse carriage rides and an Extend exercise display, and that’s just a taster. We need to help set a record with the most number wearing a Crown, in front of a castle. The day will finish with some community singing in front of the castle and a photograph of this record breaking attempt. Pick up a programme ffrom the Post Office, Village Information Centre, Caprice Hair fashions, Windmill Hill Stores, Lime Cross Nursery or the parish clerk’s office (833312).

If anybody has photographs or stories of village life over the jubilee years, the committee would like to borrow them for an exhibition on Saturday, June 2, at the Woolpack Inn. Contact the committee on 833306 or 833611.

OPEN GARDEN: Saturday, May 19, Carter’s Corner Farm, which is near Hailsham, will open, 11am-3pm, in aid of Herstmonceux Guides. There is a particularly pretty woodland walk and, of course, there will be some pretty good refreshments and local craft stalls.

QUIRKY CAKES: Don’t think we have had one of these before but on Saturday, May 19/Sunday, May 20, Lime Cross Nursery will be serving up quirky cakes.

AT the recent quiz night Herstmonceux Bowls Club raised £700.00 towards their fund for a new green and pavilion. Winners were a team from Hellingly made up of the Layers and the Burts, runners up Simon and Sue with their partners, Dave and Penny.

But the bowls team fared badly when they visited the Polegrove and left having lost 119-68. Not too good really but we have to put it down to the really cold weather, or that’s what they say!

OPEN GARDEN: Number two falls on Sunday, May 20, when Kitchenham Farm at Ashburnham, opens to the public, 2pm-5pm, in aid of the Home Physiotherapy Service (Sussex). Admission is £4 with no charge for children and there will be a chance of some very nice refreshments and some pretty fine plants on the Rapkyns Plant Stall. .

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, May 20, and Holy Communion (BCP) is at Wartling church at 8am with Holy Communion (common worship) along with Son Spot at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively.

WE ARE all invited to Lewhurst Farm, North corner, Hellingly, on Saturday, May 19, 3pm-5pm, for a very special Cream Tea in aid of the Wartling Sanctuary Guild. Tickets, £5, can be booked in advance on 01435 812180 or 01323 832128.