Catsfield

CADS: Tickets are selling fast for the CADS pantomime ‘Sinbad and the Big Eruption’ so if you haven’t booked your tickets yet for 4th, 5th or 6th December, you’d better get to the Village Stores soon to be sure of getting seats for the performance of your choice. Tickets cost £7 and £4 for children.

Catsfield School: Thank you to the children and staff of Catsfield School on behalf of everyone who was in the congregation at St Laurence Church on Armistice Day last Tuesday, for inviting us to join them at their special Service of Remembrance. It was a most impressive occasion that started on arrival with the excellent order of service with which we were presented as we took our seats. The children arrived and took their places in an orderly fashion a few minutes before the service started and following a welcome from Mrs Clark and Father Michael, they led us in the singing of the first hymn. This was followed by The Exhortation, which was beautifully recited by Mia Hazeltine before the two minute silence at 11am, followed by the Last Post.

The children of Leopards and Panthers class sang a medley of WWl songs and then children from each class shared their learning from the school’s WWl topic. In his talk Father Michael held up the old cockerel from the top of the church steeple, which had been replaced following damage in gales. He showed the bullet hole in its tail that had been caused in WWl by a member of the Catsfield Home Guard. There were further hymns and prayers and the service ended with everyone singing the National Anthem. It was a joy to see the children at such an early age, demonstrate their learning and compassion for the fallen of WWl and watch their enthusiasm at taking part in the Service of Remembrance in their memory.

Sports Report (or not)!: Despite mowing the pitch with a ride-on mower to get the grass short enough for the game to be played, it was still too wet for last Saturday’s match to go ahead. However, the previous Saturday the team went to Wittersham where they were beaten 1 - 4, with Tony Luke scoring our goal. This leaves us in 7th position in a league of 9, with only 11 more games to play and no cup matches to look forward to. Tomorrow we play Pebsham Sibex at home at 2pm if the rain stops.

Crowhurst Christmas Fayre: St George’s are holding their popular Christmas Fayre this Saturday, from 10am till 1.30pm. We will be serving teas, coffees, cakes, bacon baps and homemade soup. There will be a tombola, produce stall, raffle, gift stall, games and crafts. Father Christmas will attend with his Elf! Entrance is 50p, children free. We welcome any donations for any of the stalls.

Catsfield Horticultural Society AGM: Chair of the Hortic Society, Vanessa Francis welcomed everyone to the meeting thanking them for attending on such a horrible evening. After reading the minutes of the 2013 AGM Vanessa reported on the past year. She said 2014 had been a good year; there had been a pleasing number of entries for the Spring Show in the village hall and a profit of £165.00 had been made.

The Summer Show returned to its familiar home at the Playing Field with the welcome return of the Village Fete. The sun had shone during the afternoon and all the stalls had been popular and although there was a slight decrease in the number of entrants the show was still well attended and received great praise. A large crowd returned in the evening to dance to music played by ‘Swingstreet’. Vanessa thanked Diane Wilson for taking on the overall organisation of the Fete which had helped the ‘Show’ raise a profit in excess of £1,000.00. Having had a successful year, the Hortic Society is going strong and has a strong committee who were all willing to remain, with Vanessa once again unanimously elected as Chairperson. Plans for the Fete to continue in 2015 will go ahead with Vanessa chairing the Fete Committee comprising all the current members of the committee.

Jill Jarrett

Broadview, Bexhill