Hurst Green village voice - March 23

The Historical Society was treated to another visit from Mr. David Martin on Wednesday 14 whose knowledge in all aspects of things historical is vast.

This time the audience was invited to participate in detecting “Who Lived in a House Like This?”

Starting in Burwash, slides of interiors and exteriors of houses were shown and soon members of the audience were calling out various occupations of the owners, or often tenants while the owners lived in grander style still.

There were the houses of merchants, iron masters, lawyers, politicians, farmers -one gentleman suggested “smuggler”-and indeed this may have been partly true in some periods of history. Many of the large and ancient houses in this area have been altered, enlarged or decreased in size and there were several surprises for the active audience.

Next month is the AGM and Kevin Gordon will bring along his large collection of post cards for display. If you have not been before come along and meet the friendly members on April 11. Refreshments and raffle to be enjoyed.

The future makers of history, the pre-school nursery group, Little Acorns, have been busy making Mothering Sunday cards and many a shelf in the Hurst Green homes will now be adorned with these colourful creations which will be kept for many years among parental souvenirs.

On March 31 the Primary School holds an Easter Fair from 11 -2. Everyone is invited to support at the school.

Classes are held at the Village Hall organised by the Adult College for Rural East Sussex. There are a few places left on the course for Soft Furnishings and Upholstery on Tuesday mornings.All ability catered for.

Also, Exercise and Movement Gently will start on Monday 16 April, 10.00 -11.30.

For complete information and enrolment contact Uckfield Community Technology College, Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, Sussex, TN22 3DJ. Tel. 01825 761 820 It was discovered last week, when a bevy of lovely young ladies of all ages and handsome young men likewise was seen leaving the Village Hall that this column had missed out on Something Good! On being asked what activity had been going on, information revealed that a course on “Arcadia: Art, Architecture and Gardens” was about to finish and had been full for some time. It is hoped that such a popular title, or similar, may appear again in September. If this appeals to you contact the address given and prepare to be entranced in the Village Hall, thanks to the University of Sussex which established these Adult Learning courses. Brochures are expected to be delivered throughout the village in due course.

March 31 Rock and Roll with the Twinning Association. For tickets ring 01580 860 710 or 07889 923 724. For a fiver you can swing it all about and eat a hot dog.

Lost in the woods, not babes, but lead for a dog. This retractable lead was left inadvertently outside a back gate from a house in Burgh Hill. If anyone has found it and wants to return it to the owners they can be reached by telephoning the number at the foot of this column. It would be much appreciated if this could be returned.

Another matter concerning our canine friends is the usual one but the nuisance is made in the woods which, we are told, are becoming “disgusting”.

Also, soiled toilet paper has been found . This may be used by dog owners in an effort to stop the nuisance but attention has been drawn to this problem which is upsetting for those who like to enjoy our lovely wooded area.

The Short Mat Bowling Club remains very active and appeals to all ages. It is not limited to Hurst Green residents. Mr. Maurice Bogue is the person to contact on 01580 860 336.

Mobile Library calls at the Village Hall on alternate Friday afternoons, next week.

Shopping bus picks-up for Peasmarsh Jempson’s supermarket on Tuesdays at

1.25 from the George.

Church services are held at Salehurst church at 11 on Sundays, also a short Communion service is held in the Church Room, Fair Lane, Robertsbridge at 9am. For all matters regarding Hurst Green church please contact the Revd.

Jack Lusted 01580 880 408 In Etchingham there are Sunday services and these are advertised in the Etchingham column.

Ongoing is the scheme for sending parcels to our troops. Gifts for our admired fighting men can be left at Technique Hairdressers and Lesley will see they are dispatched. They are “going very well” - so keep the flag flying with useful items to include in the next parcel.

All items for this column to 01580 860 340 or Please note letter or phone preferred as email can go awol for some reason!

Flora Jenner, Max Gate, Burgh Hill