Away: I am sorry that I missed last weeks column, but I made a sudden trip to Canada to be with my lovely Cousin who is having a really tough time at the moment. Barry & I felt she could use my support. I have been here for just over a week and in that short time I have seen some of the devastation left from the recent storm they suffered. Many of the residents of New Brunswick were without power for well over a week, trees are down and roads were blocked. Thankfully there don’t seem to be may if any buildings lost. The weather since I arrived has been very warm with night storms and rain. My Auntie is in the hospital and we visit everyday. Yesterday we went to the First Eel River Lake to the home of my cousin Alvin and family to meet the newest edition to the family, tiny little Cohen, John Caldwell Calhoun. We are four hours behind you which makes it interesting trying to contact back home. I shall be here until the end of September, but hope to be able to continue writing this column from here. If you have anything you would like me to add please email me on marybarrytaylor@hotmail.co.uk

Congratulations: Last Friday, my great friend Sam Birch married her fiance Keith Morrison Williams at the registry Office before having a really special and unusual blessing and reception at The Bear Motel among friends and family. She wore a beautiful calf length turquoise dress wth a white top hat & veil. Their honeymoon is in Cyprus. We wish Sam & Keith a long and happy life together.

Sunflowers: For the last few months adults and children have been growing sunflowers and pumpkins. This is the second year of the competition, thought up by Rod Clifton. Last Saturday Rod and his fellow judges, Barry Taylor, Barry Lewis, Tania Cheshire, Ian Rees and Jean Holmwood went round the village with their tape measure to discover who had the tallest sunflower. The winner of the adults was Steph Stephens at 10 foot. Tania Cheshire was second. Jamie Stephens was the winner of the children’s flower. The measuring for the pumpkin will take place later in the year. If you think you would like to have ago at this fun competition call Rod Clifton or find the Sunflowers & Pumpkin site on facebook and let him know so he can add you to the list for next year.

Walk: The next Parish footpath walk will take place on Monday morning. Anyone is welcome to join these walks which take in the network of public footpaths in our three villages and help to keep the open and in use. Roger Cloke will be pleased to see you at the Bear car park for the 9am start. The walks usually end in time for lunch .

Lunch: The Age Uk, Burwash branch will have their next lunch meeting on Monday at the Bear Motel from 12 noon. If you are over 55 and would like to join the band of happy eaters for a delicious freshly cooked meal for 8 pound per person you will be made very welcome. You should call Jazz Botting on 01435 882033 or Heather Lewis 882080 or Maddie Ashbee 883233. Transport can be arranged for you if you need it, just ask when you book.

NSY: The next meeting of the Not So Young club will take place on Thursday afternoon in the garden of 3, Garston Park, the home of Shirley Viney. All members are welcome to go along to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in good company. Thank you Shirley for once again hosting this event the club.

Fair: In just over a weeks time the annual village fair will take place. All the local clubs and societies are busy preparing for the day. Can you help any of them? The flower club are asking for baskets to do their flower arrangements in and bric a brac for their stall. The village hall and St Bartholomew’s church would be delighted to receive offers of help and cakes for the refreshments. The bowls club are running a bowls game and cake stall. Old china would be welcomed by the scouts for the crockery smash. Books for the book stall and any offers of help to the playing fields committee to help with setting up and dismantling the gazebos and stalls etc.

Cricket: After the success of the last trip to the Sussex Cricket, The Seagulls Over Burwash have planned another one. This time it is an all day game at home against Glamorgan on August 20. The coach will leave the Bear car park at 12,30pm. For more information and to book a seat please call Tesky O’Neil on 01435 882217 or call and see him at the Burwash Newsagents.

Keep me up-to date: Don’t forget to email me your events and items for inclusion, especially for September.

Mary Taylor

Holton Cottages