Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling - May 23

BINGO at the village hall from 2.15pm on May 30 will have a Jubilee theme - lots of red, white and blue and prizes for lines and full houses. There is a raffle during the interval.

FREE EVENT: On May 27 , in the village hall, 4pm-6pm practise your community singing. Aanna Colls will lead and it’s all in preparation for the community singing at the castle on June 4. Celebratory music includes Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the National Anthem. Tea and coffee will be on sale - for more details call Liz Maddock on 833611 or email

JUBILEE WEEKEND: On June 2 there is a get together in the function room of the Woolpack, 7.30pm, onwards with musical entertainment and buffet and during the evening the hat will be passed round for donations to help cover the cost. Contact me on or 833659 or Sandy Parker on 833447 or by email at

ALSO at The Wolpack during the day is an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia which I am sure you will find quite interesting. It covers the last 60 years and you’ll be able to see that although basically the village hasn’t altered that much there have been one or two changes.

RECYCLED: On June 3 a new local band is to be launched on Herstmonceux: Recycled will be performing live in the bar of the Woolpack Inn 8.30pm-10.30pm.

ALL SAINTS Church hold a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Family Day on June 3 starting with a Family Service at 11am followed by a shared picnic lunch outside the church with games, fun and tea served during the afternoon (finish 5pm).

THERE is a Family Fun Day and Picnic in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle on Monday, June 4, 11am-5pm. Feel free to take along your own picnic for a proper family fun day with treasure hunt, skateboarding display, children’s and family games, fencing display, classic cars, Morris dancing, horse carriage rides and an extend exercise display to name just a few of the events.

Help is needed for the most people wearing a crown in front of a castle record (take along your own crown).

Community singing will be held in front of the castle with a special photograph to record the record breaking attempt.

Entry is by souvenir programme at £2.50 per family - available at the Post Office Stores, village information centre, Caprice hair fashions, Windmill Hill Stores, Lime Cross Nursery and the Parish Clerk’s Office (833312). Anyone who would like to help on the day should contact committee secretary, Liz Maddock on 833611 or email

THERE is a behind-the-scenes event at Lime Cross Nursery on Sunday, May 27, from 11am. It’s completely free - tour of the nursery, find out how they grow their plants and then a guided walk around the gardens. The tour should take about an hour to include questions and answers. Book on 833229.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, May 27, and Holy Communion (BCP) along with Pentecost Evening Praise is at Herstmonceux church at 8am and 6pm respectively with Pentecost Holy communion being at Wartling church at 9.45am.

PENTECOST PARTY: Join the children of the parish at the Reid Hall on May 27, 3pm-5pm, for a bring and share tea which the children will help serve. If you would like more details or if your child would like to take part call Pam on 833079.

RAY AND SHELDON will be meeting on Friday, May 25, at the village hall, from 2.15pm, when Joan Clark will show slides of a ‘Record of a Holiday in Norway’. Anyone over 60 is welcome.

EVEN though the weather hasn’t been kind Herstmonceux Bowlds Club managed a couple of good wins last week. The first was a league match against Ringmer (65-62, six points) and this was a particularly wet and cold afternoon. The next was a friendly match (87-52) at home to St John’s Meads.

WORKSHOPS: To help celebrate the jubilee and support Team GB at the Olympics, Lime Cross Nursery has a couple of workshops, the first on June, 2, 10.30am-2.30pm when you must be prepared to get your hands dirty planting up a container for the summer patio using red, white and blue flowering plants.

Everything you need will be supplied and prices start from just £3, not including the plants which will be from 30p each. The workshop will last for about an hour and all ages are welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Booking is essential, 833229.

Dianne Green