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There’s only a week until the annual Spring Show to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th April from 2pm until 4pm and your entry forms should be handed to a member of the committee (as listed on the back of the schedule) before 7pm on Wednesday 9th April. There are a wide variety of classes to enter and you don’t necessarily have to be a gardener to take part. Children always get a lot of pleasure from creating and proudly staging their entries and they usually can’t wait to return later to see what the judges have said. Teas will be served during the afternoon and there will be a Raffle, Plant and Cake stalls. Do come along and support this village event and give encouragement to the Horticultural Society and the Fete Committee’s efforts to keep the Summer Fete and Flower Show taking place as usual in August.

The first team beat Old Hastonians 2 - 0 at Bulverhythe on Saturday with Andy Atkin scoring the first goal and Secretary Colin White sealing victory with a goal in the last minute, they are now through to the final of the Hastings Junior Cup. The seconds were away at Sandhurst when they came away with a 3 all draw. Tomorrow the firsts play in Eastbourne against Windsor while the seconds are at home to Hawkhurst seconds.

The cricket wicket is being treated in a long term effort to get it fit after the wet winter, the problems being moss, soil compaction and the return of the rabbits. All we need is the traditional notice on the notice board with the first date for stoolball practice and the transition from winter to summer will be complete.

The Mothering Sunday service at St Laurence’s church included a parade of the local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and the church was filled to capacity. Choirmaster Bob Andrew played ‘In an English Country Garden’ whilst the children dashed backwards and forwards distributing posies of spring flowers, first to their mothers and then to all the ladies in the congregation. The ladies serving teas and coffees were rushed off their feet afterwards and people were sitting around outside in the churchyard chatting and enjoying the beautiful morning whilst the children had fun playing together.

St Laurence Church will be holding a Coffee Morning in the Village Hall on Saturday 26th April to raise funds for the upkeep of this lovely parish church. There will be book and cake stalls and any donations of books can be left in the church tower room before the event. Homemade cakes would also be very gratefully received and brought to the hall when you come to the Coffee Morning, as can books if it’s more convenient.

Jill Jarrett

Henley Down Cottage