Hurst Green village voice

A most interesting Parish Council meeting took place on its scheduled regular date , the last Tuesday in the month.

Mr. Alan Bishop, architect, attended with the model and maps of the large country house proposed to be built at Boundary Farm just off the A 21 towards Flimwell. This has a contemporary design and is set amid outstanding views. There was robust discussion on this development which was carried by a small majority.

However, before this is completed there are other layers of authority to be involved.

County Cllr. John Barnes gave an informed report of the situation regarding Merriments Lane/Coopers Corner/A21 Junction and the amount of increased traffic using the narrow lane which is being considered by the Highways Department. Options for traffic calming are under discussion by the County.

This is a long standing problem and needs attention as it is an important issue.Opinions were expressed from some Councillors that Bexhill is acting as a magnet for attention at the expense of the requirements of rural areas.Plans are in place to improve equipment in the playing field and add new items.

Cllr. Harniman suggested, and Chairman Cllr. Browne agreed, that Hurst Green Council liase with other Councils in regard to the increasing amount of bureaucratic regulations, stemming from local, national and European sources, creating problems with which Councillors have wrestle.

There was general agreement that the Jubilee Fete and celebrations had been a success.

The full minutes of all meetings can be seen on the Village Notice board at the rose garden (so well tended by Robin Cruse).

More floral news must be of the lovely display of roses along the church path, each one dedicated to a loved one. Despite the unused church they radiate life and a breath of beauty.

Long serving school governors, Helen Lewis and David Hilbourne have both resigned after years of much appreciated loyal service to the school.

The school Fete was graced by glorious sunshine on Saturday 30 June. Who is the Secret Cake Maker of the Magical Wonders which appeared both at the Jubilee Fate and the school Fete -believed to be one and same person!

Everyone had fun in the sun and the total amount taken is between £1,500 and £2000. Bikers were there with marvellous machines; a police car, with sirens and lights, which, when young enthusiasts climbed aboard, added a resounding sound competing with the country and western band which delighted toe tappers and tea drinkers, surrounded by stalls, and the air was pervaded by the mouth watering smell of hot dogs and burgers. Congratulations to the organisers who gave the School and the village and rollicking afternoon.

Gardeners will be pleased to know that an allotment has become available unexpectedly. Grab a spade and call Mrs. Harniman on 01580 860 251 or, if too late, get your name put on the waiting list.

A depleted Hurst Green cricket team lost by 8 wickets to Bells Yew Green who knocked-up the 108 required for the loss of only 2 wickets, one taken by Lee Swain ( who scored a good 44 at the wicket) and the other dismissal was by Mike Hooker. Guy Ballard did well to score 28 as wickets tumbled. Next match is the local Derby versus Etchingham. Drewetts Field is not Kiev but come along anyway and enjoy seeing how well Hurst Green can play- at least most of the time!

People of all surrounding villages are invited to enrol in a six week course, from Monday July 16, taking place at the WRAP Centre in Hawkhurst in order to study their family tree. Introduction to Ancestry Research costs only £5 per person and is open to all Over 50s. Ring for more information 01580 755 869.

Reminders. July 15 a tea dance 40s/50s by the Charleston Jive Squad 2-5-pm Hurst Green Choir meets at the School, London Road, on Monday at 8pm.

Rebecca Binder is the lady to phone 07855 691 855 Male voices specially welcome.

Meet of the Tongue, Poem, Song and Story, at Mistletoe Farm gathers and grows, on the first Friday of the month A phone call to 01580 880 528 is all that is required to get you there.

Historical Society visits Standen National Trust house on July 25. Contact 01580 879 431.

Brownies are eager to entertain visitors and provide coffee, refreshments and a raffle on Monday 9 at the Village Hall from 6 pm . Please go along and support these happy girls. Their leader Susan Eyres, works with amazing and long standing dedication on their behalf.

Church services are held in Salehurst Church at every Sunday and at 9 am a short Communion Service is held in Fair Lane Robertsbridge, Church Room (next to the Seven Stars).Etchingham services are at 10.30 and vary in popular types of service. See Etchingham column each week.

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Flora Jenner, Max Gate, Burgh Hill