Hurst Green village voice

Well it’s arrived! The celebration of 60 Glorious Years reign by our greatly admired Queen Elizabeth. Hurst Green will mark this day of national - and international- history, by a Grand Fete and procession of floats starting at Orchard Farm Shop at 12.15 on June 2.

The evening will be danced away with live bands playing at the Playground Station Road. This evening, Friday, a Barn Dance will take place at the Village Hall, tickets on the door for those who have yet bought any but would like to go and enjoy a jolly evening. Flags and bunting at the ready please, let it all hang out and there is more! Not only will the Queen’s long reign be celebrated in Hurst Green, but the Parish Council also celebrates sixty years. So let’s add a cheer or two for this hard working body of people and add an extra flag for them.

The outcome of the meeting concerned with the future of our lovely church which took place on Tuesday last, was very positive. The Archdeacon set out the present situation and informed us that although no Sunday services are held in it, the church is not closed officially; were this to be so, there could be no weddings, Christenings or funerals held there at all.

It is in fact classified as “ A Chapel of Ease”.

The Parish Council looks after the churchyard and is keen to see the church used on Sundays again. After questions and discussion, three people came forward to offer their time to serve the church. This means that there is a good chance that services can be held there, even if only on a monthly basis. There are retired clergymen who will take services but the need is for some one to open the church and ensure it is heated in winter and that all is in order for use by the congregation.

Special appreciation was extended to Mrs. Helen Cox who had travelled from Battle to attend. She had kept the church open for a year, after the last vicar left, until she moved. She is still offering her experience and knowledge to help others who may be able to ensure the renewed flourishing of our church in the future. It has happened in Ethingham and so can happen here.

A letter was read out from a gentleman in Hastings, Mr. Baker, expressing his hope that once again Holy Trinity church would beam active. Several people at the meeting were pleased to hear from him as he is a well known person to those who have lived long in Hurst Green and he has close relatives buried in the Churchyard. His letter was well received.

On a perfect summer afternoon the cricket scene was set amid the quiet green of Drewetts Field. Hurst Green won the match, against Netherfield, by 8 wickets. Thanks to both Yardly and Ian Wright, unbeaten, scoring 50 runs each with Guy Ballard also not out at 32, Hurst Green were able to knock-up the 167 needed for the loss of only 2 wickets. Sam Wright our lady player who has county status, took 4 for 39. Next week the visitors are GTS.

Church services continue, at present for Hurst Green people, are held at Salehurst church at 11am with a 9am short Communion Service in the Church Room, Fair Lane, Robertsbridge. Etchingham services are held at 10.30.

Details of these are in the Etchingham Village Voice or on the church notice board. Roman Catholic and Methodist services are held in Burwash and Hawkhurst for the latter.

Etchingham has pipped us at the post for the opening of their shop! We wish it well and hope it will be patronised by Hurst Green shoppers. The Big One in Hurst Green is coming along and this will provide a basic postal service

as well as a basic shop and community complex. The choice is there and the opportunity to support your local stores. Watch this space for more news.

Thanks to a few time-generous people the Friendship Club continues to be enjoyed on Black Bin Tuesdays at the Village Hall. Just roll along at 2pm to find a welcome, social intermingling and tea, could be bingo games or surprise entertainment!

Last week this column carried a report of an art exhibition in Hurst Green and now during June there is another art and craft display at the house next to the lych gate by the church. This is part of a wider art festival which can be detailed by calling at the house.

Rother police have issued a general alert to train users to beware of active pick-pockets operating in this area.

We await the first in the long queue to volunteer to continue to report in this column by the later summer. Please ring the number at the foot of this column. email will be required. If there is still a vacant spot by the time I leave, I am quite prepared to continue providing I am kept informed by those who would like their activities to be reported. It would be impossible to attend all functions but some I may be able to come to. It would be a great loss to the village -as to any other -if there were no local weekly report.

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Flora Jenner, Max Gate, Burgh Hill