SCHOOL FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 2pm at Herstmonceux Recreation Ground. This year all the traditional activities and stalls, pony rides, face painting, bouncy castle, barbecue, bar, side stalls, displays, tombola’s and much more will be there as well as a few new additions to provide all-round entertainment for all.

ALL SAINTS: There is a Family Service on Sunday at 9.45am. On the following Sunday, July 12, instead of Evensong at All Saints Church there will be Songs of Praise.

WARTLING: St Mary Magdalene has services on Sunday at 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 6pm Evensong (BCP).

BOWLS: Herstmonceux played Royal Sovereign a friendly last week and scored 57 to their 90 and in another friendly the ladies scored 25 to Hellingly Ladies’ 60. They gained two points in the league point for their score of 62 against Crowborough Wolf’s 81 and a further eight points for their win of 74 to Maresfield’s 45.

OPEN GARDENS: Fineoaks, Hammer Lane, Cowbeech will be open as part of the National Gardens Scheme gardens open for charity tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday between noon and 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Admission is £4 children free. No dogs allowed. No WC available. There will be refreshments, woodland walk, vegetable plots, orchards and plant stalls. The NGS is supporting Macmillan Cancer, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospice UK, Carers Trust and Queen’s Nursing institute. The gardens and grounds of Herstmonceux Castle are open on Thursday July 16 between 10am and 6pm.

RAY AND SHELDON: The next meeting of the over 60s Club is on Friday July 10 at 2.15pm in the village hall. Liz Maddock will be talking about health issues. Enquiries about the club to Anne on 01323 441244.

EVENING WALK: The walking group will be meeting on Tuesday at 6.30pm at East Dean car park for Richard’s favourite walk and an optional drink in the pub afterwards. If you would like to go along then please give the walk leader, Sue 848790, a ring in the first instance for details. If in doubt about the difficulty of a walk or if the weather is poor please ring the walk leader before setting out. You are responsible for your own well being and are advised to carry basic first aid and drinking water. New members and well behaved dogs are welcome.

DIG FOR VICTORY: DFV is now only a few weeks away so we would like to remind readers that Entry Forms for the competitive classes in vegetables, flowers, cookery, handicrafts and photography are now available for collection at the Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech and at the Village Information Centre.
This is the 20th year of Dig for Victory and the competition entry fees at 20p per item as well as the admission charges at £1 and 50p for concessions remain unchanged, this must be a record of some kind! The result is always a sociable, entertaining and enjoyable afternoon out for the community and all profits contribute to the Good Causes Funds of which over £8k was distributed to deserving local organisations in April this year.

ANNA COLLS SINGERS: There is a Summer Concert entitled In a Lighter Mood which will be held in the Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle on Sunday at 7pm. Enquiries and tickets (£15) from 01323 833706 and www.aannacollssingers.co.uk.

SOUNDING THE RETREAT: And so much more at this open air concert at Herstmonceux Castle. The Band and Bugles of the Rifles will perform on Saturday July 11 at 7pm (gates open at 5.30pm) for the benefit of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF). Advance tickets £15 (£17.50 on the night) seniors and juniors £12.50 (£15) enquiries 01323 834479.

HERSTMONCEUX CHURCH: The church is in desperate need of renovation and redecoration. As this church has been here for a long time and is very well loved we are so sorry to see the plaster falling off and chunks dropping in some places. We hold regular services, weddings, baptisms and funerals all through the year and have done for many years, perhaps you were baptised in this church, or married or have a relative buried here. It is hoped to be able to apply for grants to cover some of the funds needed, but your help is needed. If you would like to give something towards the costs involved or have any ideas of fundraising or would like to help with fund raising please can you contact Rev. Richard Steven on 833124 or either of the churchwardens. Gerald Stone 833976 or Pam Kendall 833079. One of the ideas is to create a Recipe & Handy Hints book, so if you have a favourite recipe or a handy hint that you can share please can you let Pam have it, either by sending it to 3 School House, Windmill Hill, leaving it in either churches or by email to pamwartling@tiscali.co.uk any profit raised will be divided between Herstmonceux and Wartling churches There will be special events held during the next year, please keep an eye out for details.

SUMMER FAIR: This year’s Herstmonceux Church summer fair is on Saturday July 11 at Cowbeech House, Cowbeech from 2pm to 4.30pm. Stalls, teas and games in the grounds.
Contributions of cakes, books, bric-a-brac, tombola prizes would be very welcome. If you would like to help please ring Pam 833079.

DEMENTIA AWARENESS: Dementia Awareness Week was the focus back in May. Thank you to all of those that attended Dr Rubens and Dr Dodges film night last month showing the Dementia film called Forget Me Not which followed a dementia patient and his dream to row the Thames, it was a great success and it enabled the open discussion of this disease and people were able to talk about their experiences in a very supportive environment. As the staff at the Health Centre are all Dementia Friends we wore Dementia Friends t-shirts to show our support and raised money at the same time.

THE WINDMILL: Just to remind you, the windmill is open every first and third Sunday 2.30pm to 5pm and Bank Holidays. We have recently welcomed three new guides for training at the Windmill but would encourage anyone also interested in joining us to become part of the volunteer team, helping with maintenance or learning how to operate the machinery as well as guiding. For further information please contact Bee Frost on 01323 833033 or Jenny Alder on 01323 832329.
Windmill Hill Windmill Trust, Registered Charity no 1054504 www.windmillhillwindmill.org.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: The amount collected this year was £249. Very many thanks from Lesley Macey to everyone who made a donation, our village effort is always very gratefully received by Christian Aid.

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