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THIS WEEK First taster event for Pevensey Food and Drink Festival


COMMUNITY WISH YOU WERE HERE: A bike shop, arts shop and now a florist


LETTERS Mint House: Village has a vibrant art scene, but few opportunities to display work

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 EVENTS 2019

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18 April WI Garden Club
On a beautifully warm and sunny April day it was a real pleasure to be able to visit Leonardslee after 9 years of closure to the public.

Renowned for being one of the finest woodland gardens in England with over 10,000 trees, this 240 acre estate is set in a steep sided valley. It boasts rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells collected from all over the world, together with 10 miles of pathways and seven ponds. This Grade I listed garden was first planted in 1801. The new owner, entrepreneur Penny Streeter, OBE, has overseen the biggest restoration scheme in the UK for nearly 30 years.

Two lakes, home to giant carp, have been dredged to remove the weeds and algae. New benches are being constructed from recycled wood on the estate. With a new entrance and access road, large car park, new reception and ticket office, tea rooms, gift shop and delicatessen this is still very much “work in progress”. However, the new owners are to be congratulated on their endeavour and commitment to restore this venue to its former glory.

It should be noted that Leonardslee is a cash free zone and only accepts payments by card. An outlet at reception and the Stable Block gift shop will accept cash and you will be given a card that can be used throughout Leonardslee. Return your card at the end of the day to receive a cash refund of any remaining money.


2 May: For #NationalGardeningWeek, we’ve teamed up with Mr Plant Geek – Michael Perry to bring you some brand new gardening short skills videos. Today Michael demonstrates a number of ways that you can get the best out of your garden and outdoor space:
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17 June Visit to the Keep
Afternoon at the Keep Hosted by East Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes
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Westham Evening WI
We meet at 7:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month at Westham Village Hall, Peelings Lane, Westham.

Our village institute was formed in 1961 and now has a membership of approximately fifty five. Membership includes ten copies a year of the WI magazine “WI Life” which is delivered to your door, and ten copies of the East Sussex WI News.There is a varied programme on offer including speakers, activities and events.

The following groups also form part of our Institute and members meet independently during the month at: Cake Club – Book Club – Computer Club – Gardening Group –Knit and Knatter and Craft – Night Owls – Solos – Walking Group.

Throughout the year we also hold bingo sessions, a quiz evening and an autumn or winter fayre. We have recently raised the money to provide a defibrillator, located on the outer entrance wall of Westham Village Hall. We also have arranged classes for instruction on its use and provided money for its ongoing maintenance.