The After 8 Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month – an opportunity for the women of Burwash Common, Burwash Weald and Burwash village to get together, share experiences, hear talks or try new things. Most meetings start just after 8.00pm and are held at The Pavilion, Burwash Common.

Club activities are wide-ranging – recent and upcoming activities have included an Archery  ‘taster’ session, trying out the sport of Curling, local quizzes and expert talks on Maritime Wildlife Rescue and teaching in Malawi. We have regular summer and Christmas parties for members.

New members are always welcome – for more information contact Jan McCartney on 01435 882 117 or Claudette Neville on 01435 883 043.

Latest event report from Jan McCartney:

The After Eights annual coffee morning was another great success raising £1,240 to be split between Air Ambulance, ME Trust and St Michael’s Hospice. It was a lively and fun couple of hours which always seems to fall together easily due to the hard work and support of members. People came from far and wide; some now come every year and everyone was so generous. We all enjoy it enormously and hope it feels like a community event that people look forward to.
Also in June we spent a wonderful couple of hours at Rolf’s Farm, Mayfield and it nearly didn’t rain! Rolf’s Farm is a wild and natural 1730 acre estate and garden that has been carefully allowed to become a wildlife haven of natural beauty completely free from fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. It’s a skilled job to allow plants to grow naturally and attractively but not be overrun by nettles and docks and the three charming gardeners have achieved it in this tranquil place. More than 30 of us were allowed a private wander around this rather mysterious area with the admission charge going to the NGS charities. We had tea and cake among the oxeye daisies and shady trees. Rolf’s Farm is open for 2 days a year under the National Garden Scheme so look out for it next June. Thank you Sandra for organising us and the outing so well – you are always so willing to step in and take on the arrangements.

Next month we are having our garden party to be held in Kate’s beautiful garden again. This could be the third year she has hosted the event and we are all so grateful to her and Nick for putting up with us and giving us such a perfect venue to enjoy. Please note it will be on the third Wednesday in July, the 17th, not the second Wednesday as per usual and we’ll meet there at about 6.15. Everyone to bring a first course, salad or dessert please and whatever you like to drink. I’m sure someone (maybe Sheila) will send out a list for us to put our food choices if attending. We welcome new members who haven’t been to a meeting so far to come along and enjoy it. Ring me if you’d like a lift.
Looking forward to all getting together again on a sunny July evening.
Jan McCartney. 882117