Gardening Club – July 2021 – June Harris

Our second visit of 2021 was to Borde Hill Garden, just outside Haywards Heath.  The house and garden are privately owned, but affiliated to the RHS, the garden only being open to the public.  The current members of the Clarke family are the fourth generation, the Elizabethan house having been bought in 1893, from which time the gardens, part of 200 acres of parkland, have flourished, been redesigned and extended, to include plants brought to this country by the Great Plant Hunters, 73 Champion trees and many rare shrubs, the entire considered sufficiently important that the gardens are Grade II* listed!

We began our visit with a social get together – about twenty members were there and we  chatted and had a catch-up over a picnic.  It was great to meet again before we all dispersed to find out what the gardens had to offer.  Some of our members are actually regular and very knowledgeable visitors to Borde Hill and headed off to pursue their own agenda.  Many of us were first timers, however, but there are so many different elements to the grounds that a single visit can be only a taster and we focused mainly on the different flower gardens in the vicinity of the house.  The general design divides the space into distinct “rooms”, concentrating specific styles of planting or design themes into manageable spaces.  This being July, the Rose Garden was abundant, the air deliciously scented and, with the sun favouring us at times, very redolent of the English summer!  The Italian Garden, with its formal layout featuring a large rectangular pond, clipped box hedging, urns and statuary, is lovely and very tranquil. The Midsummer Border, a long walk off which some of the other gardens are accessed, was abundant and colourful.  Currently the gardens are also home to many and various statues and sculptures, either standing as statement pieces in open spaces or nestled among the planting and shrubbery, several becoming talking points among us all, with some quite coveted!

Some of the much older parts of the gardens remain, the Old Potting Sheds, for example, and the Victorian greenhouses.  All that remains of the potting sheds are a number of low walls, but they have been incorporated as architectural features, interspersed with judicious planting, into a very pleasing and calm space with a timeless feel.  As we walked from one area to another we found ourselves overlooking the Ouse valley with the amazing railway viaduct – yet another feature of the gardens being the great vistas over the scenic Sussex countryside.  At different times of the year each area of these vast gardens comes into its own, bluebells in the woods in spring, rhododendrons and azaleas in May, with autumn colour bringing the many trees into focus as the winter nears.  Borde Hill is a Garden for All Seasons – well worth repeat visits to fully appreciate all it has to offer.

Our final outdoor meeting of this year, on August 10th, will be our Annual Plant Sale and Social, details of which, once finalised, will be emailed to members.  At this time we will be taking subscriptions for the rest of the year and we look forward to welcoming new members too.

Coffee Morning and Community Library Wednesday 4th August 10am Village Hall – Freedom cuppa and lots of cake!

August Coffee Morning will be a celebration of the end of restrictions. After many months of lockdown and various restraints that have hampered our day to day living we can finally have a more normal coffee morning. To celebrate this we are pleased to offer customers a FREE slice of cake with every drink purchased. So, if you haven’t visited the coffee morning before or maybe you used to come along before the pandemic and have yet to return, why not make the 4th of August the day you come along? We are open 10.00 – 12.00 and can assure you a very warm welcome awaits. If you live in the village and need transport to the village hall please ring Tim on 07734 282494. This is a very sociable and pleasant way to help raise funds for our Village Hall. Please support those who give their time.

And just a reminder that the Community Library is already FREE, with no date stamp and no ‘overdue’ fine, so we can’t add anything to the celebration in that way; just a wide selection of subject matter and time to chat. Last month we changed about 25% of our books and, now we are getting back to a more familiar way of being, hope to rotate the selection more often. If you still have pre-pandemic books, maybe its time for a change. Weather permitting, we continue to set up a few tables outside.

High Weald Walking Festival September 2020

A4 High Weald Walking Festival poster

Icklesham Casuals F C – Help wanted

The coming season will be Icklesham Casuals’ 85th and we are seeking help in the running of the club.

We are looking for:

1) An Assistant Manager for our East Sussex League Division 3 side to help manage the team on a Saturday afternoon.

2) Support over the season for some of the administrative tasks in ensuring the club is well-run (not too onerous!).

3) Younger blood on the committee that oversees the club and meets 3 times a year.

The club has always tried to draw as many players as possible from the local villages and with our tradition and history we would love you to come on board.

So if you are prepared to get involved in the running of this friendly village club or know anyone interested please get in touch with Bob Baker at or 07974419738 or David Mayne at or 07742488785.

The club has also started training for the new season which takes place every Thursday at 6.30 p.m. on Icklesham Recreation Ground and we would welcome any new local players who are interested in joining the club.

Beach Check UK App


Beach Check UK App

Beach Check UK App Logo

Data Updater Volunteer for Pett Level

Beach Check UK App is traffic-light system to help visitors and residents avoid busy beaches.

Nearest beaches currently available are Camber and Bexhill.

Could you, as part of a team, provide twice daily updates for the App and help to stop visitor numbers overwhelming Pett Level.

Contact Mary Philo Parish Clerk for details.


Volunteer Flood Warden For Pett

flood warning sign

Could this be you!

The role of the Flood Warden is primarily one of communication, and you will be the personal link with the local community ensuring flood and other warnings reach everyone. Additionally, you will be the anchor of a more general emergency plan for the community. Assistance will be provided by District Council and the Environment Agency. All costs will be covered while you focus on making sure everyone is prepared.

Not too much effort. When you check your emails you may need to send out an email reminder to the community to be prepared for a storm, snow, high seas. The Clerk will help you to review the 3 page plan.

Contact the Chairman David Penfold on 01233 813 003 or email

Brown Garden Bin Label

Subscription renewal Brown bin label

If you have renewed your subscription for a brown Garden Bin, keep a look out for the label to stick on your bin which ensures that yours will be collected. These should be in the post in the next few days.

Photo and information kindly provided by your District Councillor Andrew Mier