Sussex Day: Mrs Valerie Bennett, Clerk to the Parish Council, writes: For those new to the village and perhaps Sussex they will see next Tuesday, 16th June the Sussex Flag on the village flag pole. This has a blue background with gold martlet birds. Sussex Day started in 2007 in West Sussex with East Sussex in 2012 providing a flag to all parishes.

The date of 16th June was chosen as this is the feast day of the county’s patron saint, St Richard of Chichester. The flag is based on the traditional emblem of Sussex, six gold martlets on a blue field. This emblem dates back to 1611 when it featured in an atlas by cartographer John Speed, to represent the Kingdom of The South Saxons (Sussex). The emblem is in use by many county-wide organisations including, we understand, Sussex County Cricket Club, Sussex County Football Association and the Sussex Wing Air Training Corps. A single martlet is also the emblem of the Sussex Border Path, a long-distance footpath through the beautiful countryside that follows - as nearly as possible - the boundary of the original county of Sussex, thereby covering the perimeter of both West and East Sussex as well as the Mid Sussex Link, which follows the border between the two.

Church News: Next Sunday, June 14th, sees the regular monthly All Age service held at Whatlington, starting at 10.30 am and followed as usual by tea or coffee and biscuits. Parking as always is available at the nearby village hall car park. Everyone is welcome!

The Good Companions: Hilda Aplin writes: 12 members of The Good Companions enjoyed a “Bring and Share” Luncheon at the Village Hall last week. It is always a happy event, with much laughter! The food was nearly all home made: we started with soup, followed by lasagne, ham, potatoes and various salads, including a delicious home made chutney. Desserts that followed included cherry pie and plum crumble. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, June 24, when we shall meet for a luncheon in Battle. We are a small, friendly group who meet on a monthly basis for outings. If you would like to join us, please contact Hilda on 01634 932135.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RyeandBattleObserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @BattleObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.