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Geoffrey Goodsell, 13 Levetts Lane

• The election to East Sussex County Council will take place on Thursday May 2, polling hours 7am-10pm. The polling station is Bodiam Parish Road, Sandhurst Road, Bodiam. If you will be away or cannot go to the polling station on May 2, apply to vote by post, the deadline is April 17 or apply to vote by proxy by April 24. The helpline number is 01424 787825. Please vote. If you do not, do not complain. But we will.

• Bodiam Castle volunteers will help visitors to discover more about the castle and the countryside around. I am told this will start this month and end in October. With a small fee paid to Bodiam village. Walks start at 2pm.

• Due to retirement St Giles Church is looking for a couple of new flower arrangers. You do not have to spend a fortune on flowers, something from the garden or hedgerows would be lovely, but do not pull the hedge out. Please contact me on 01580 830211 and I will pass your name on.

• What a mess outside of Bodiam Church of England over Easter and as I write, black bags and a lot of other mess. What does this do for our school?

• I said about cost of food at the Bodiam Parish Council assembly at the event. The primary school had an open evening the governing body paid half and the parish council paid half.

• The next meeting of the full governing body and the finance committee will be on April 25 at 4pm at the Bodiam Church of England Primary School.

• Bodiam Community Friends is a group that is linking residents who find it hard to leave their homes and with local people willing to lend a helping hand who can benefit everyone in Bodiam: the elderly, those recovering from accidents of illness, the recently bereaved, those without transport and lots more. Ring 07771402571 and leave a message and a volunteer will contact you within 24 hours and the volunteer will explain what the friends can do to help you. This is not an emergency service. For the police, fire service or ambulance ring 999.

• Next service at St Giles is Holy Communion at 11.15am. Vicar Gordon will take the service. Do please phone Gordon about baptisms, weddings or other matters. Gordon takes a day off on Wednesday, so that would be a good day to avoid. The phone numebr is 01580830268.