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Mayfield Horticultural Society news

A brief reminder about the AGM tomorrow evening, Tuesday, 21st March.   The main event is the talk by Jim Buttress who has spent 65 years in horticulture.   He will have a few copies of his new book for you to purchase during the evening.

Doors open at the Memorial Hall at  6.45 p.m. for membership renewals (many thanks to all those who have already forwarded their cheques).   AGM starts at 7.30 p.m. prompt and will hopefully not take long!   The minutes of last year's AGM were attached to an earlier email and the accounts for 2016 were circulated with the schedule for 2017.   We will have a few extra copies at the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting, glass of wine or apple juice free to all renewing members plus paid bar and "nibbles".

Lost and much missed

a chunky silver bracelet made up of heavy, irregular, oval links. 
Last seen in Mayfield High Street on Friday 10 February, around 11am. Lost either in or between PinkCabbage and CL Leppard butchers. 
It was a birthday present from my husband, back in 1995 - and has been worn ever since. If you can help reunite me with it, please 
or call: 07951 232 272

The Wateryard group

are planning an evening of Jane Austen readings at St Dunstan's Church that will open this year's Mayfield Fringe on Saturday 6 May 2017. The evening will be hosted by her nephew and first biographer James and feature Jane introducing readings from her work, with musical interludes. Kate Organ will direct, with research by Alison Organ.There will be an open evening for all those who would like to take part from 8-10pm on Wednesday 22 March at London House, High Street Mayfield.

There will be roles for:
- James Elliot Austen
- Jane Austen
- 6 readers
- 3 singers

The cast will be notified of their readings by Easter and the rehearsal schedule is as follows. (Singers may be required for additional rehearsals.)

Rehearsal dates:
8-10pm Wednesday 19 April at London House
8-10pm Friday 21 April at London House
10-12am Costume call Sunday 30 April at The Oast, Tonbridge for Jane and James only
1-5pm Sunday 30 April at St Dunstans
8-10pm Wednesday 3 May at St Dunstans
8-10pm Friday 5 May at St Dunstans
Performance: 7pm Saturday 6 May at St Dunstans


Members of Wateryard Theatre Group, Mayfield Phoenix Players and other local partners are exploring the feasibility of putting on a community play in Mayfield in 2018.

WHY: To have fun; celebrate local history and culture; and build better relationships between members of the community of all ages.

WHAT ABOUT: Taking a long view of history. Maybe the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War, but focusing on what happened next in Mayfield. What had changed? How did the returning soldiers and their families and friends cope? Was there help for heroes?

WHO: Everyone in the village will be invited to take part. A professional writer and director will be commissioned. As well as actors a large production team will be needed for example, for research and writing, publicity, sets, props and costumes, ticket sales and front of house. A steering group will be set up to make the project a success.

WHERE: The venue could be indoors (e.g. a church, village or school hall), outdoors (e.g. marquee on Court Meadow or in school grounds) or pageant style with the audience progressing between different sites.

WHEN: Five performances (Tuesday-Saturday) in Summer (June-July) or Autumn (October-November) 2018. It will take between 9 months and
1 year to develop (3-4 months research and writing; plus 6-8 months rehearsals).

HOW MUCH: A budget with fund raising locally and through applying for grants.

WHAT NEXT: All Mayfield’s groups and societies will be invited to get involved. We also aim to learn from local people who have experience of
putting on community plays. Next meeting: Tuesday 17th January 2017 to decide if there is enough support in the community to go ahead.

Activities for Youths

The Parish Council has compiled a list of things that youngsters in the Mayfield and Five Ashes area can do, groups to join etc.

Click here for the list

Foodbank Collections

Mayfield remains as a collection point  for the Hailsham Foodbank charity who help to provide emergency food to local people in crisis. Donations can be dropped off at St Dunstan's Church, St Thomas's and Coggins Mill now that Open Door has closed.
Thank you for your generosity. 

Oil Club

A heating oil  club has been formed for Mayfield. The club seeks to consolidate deliveries within an area and thus reduce the cost.and number of deliveries.

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