Catsfield

Spring Show: The Catsfield Horticultural Society holds its Spring Show in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday 11th April from 2pm – 4pm, entrance 50p, children free. There’s a good selection of classes and it’s always fun to come and see who’s won. There will be a Raffle, Plant Stall, Teas and a Cake Stall, for which donations will be most welcome please.

Coffee Morning: The fundraisers of the parish church of St Laurence will be holding a Coffee Morning the following Saturday 18th April from 10am to 12 noon in the Village Hall. There will be Craft and Cake stalls and also a Raffle, donations for any of these will be gratefully received please.

Dates for your Diaries: The Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Thursday 23rd April in the Village Hall at 7.30pm and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in the Church at 7.30pm on Monday 27th April.

WI: The April meeting of the WI started at the summer time of 2.30pm and was a special 97th birthday meeting, with several special guests joining us for the party. We began with the usual business matters, which included an interesting report by Frances on the recent annual meeting of the East Sussex Federation of WI’s that was held last month at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne. There were several dates for the diary, including supporting the CADS Murder Mystery on 30th May and helping to raise funds for the Air Ambulance, also a Coffee Morning at Holly Lodge on 8th June.

Our entertainment for the afternoon entitled ‘Deco Delights – Music and Lives of the Stars’ was provided by Sharon Elizabeth, accompanied on the piano by her husband Paul. Sharon was beautifully dressed with make-up, wig and clothes in the style of the era and amazed us with her wonderful singing voice, as she performed a variety of familiar songs from the twenties and thirties. She was a most polished and professional performer with all the characteristics and mannerisms of the stars whose stories she told, as she regaled us with their songs. They included Cole Porter, Jack Buchanan, Jessie Matthews, Noel Coward and a very naughty Mae West to name but a few, as she told us what a good time it was for women between the wars with their new hair styles, clothes and make-up and general freedom. It was a lively, interesting and very musical afternoon’s entertainment, which was rounded off by a super tea provided and served by the committee and a stunning birthday cake made by Ann, our treasurer.

The next WI meeting will be on Election Day, 7th May when we shall hold the annual ‘Fun, Flower and Produce Show’. It is hoped that there’ll be plenty of entries on display, in spite of the classes having to be narrowed down because Hermon Cottage is being used as a polling station.

Sport: It’s a funny old game as the pundits say. We lost 0 - 5 to Old Hastonians down at Bulverhythe a difficult venue in a biting wind, not that that is meant to be an excuse! Yet Easter Monday playing against Sibex at Buxton Drive in part sunshine we won 3 - 0. Tony Luke, Ben Newman and Mark Thomas got our goals and this victory coming as it does in the penultimate game, might just save us going down a division. We wait with baited breath. Tomorrow, the very last game in a difficult season, we are away to Herstmonceux and hope for another win.

Work on the cricket pitch couldn’t take place last weekend because of the rain which came at the wrong time, but the scarifier is again on hire for this coming weekend

Jill Jarrett

Broadview, Bexhill