Catsfield

‘On the Box!’: Next Thursday 28th April is when Catsfield Village Hall is proud to present ‘Bowjangles’ with a show entitled ‘On the Box!’ This promises to be a fast moving, energetic comedy performance by a string quartet who dance, sing, leap, tumble and joke whilst playing all the music and not missing a beat! Tickets are on sale from the Village Stores price £10 and £7 for concessions. Tickets are selling fast and don’t forget it’s on Thursday, not at the weekend!

Mobile Library: Next Friday 29th April, the East Sussex Mobile Library will be in its usual place outside the Village Hall from 11.55am – 12.30 pm.

The Annual Parish Assembly: This meeting was well attended to hear long-standing Chairman John Overall give his annual report. He mentioned the £15,000 received by the solar farm project and requested ideas for suitable projects to benefit the village. One project the Council has been pursuing is to make the traffic outside the school slower and safer. Plans include moving the 30mph nearer the Church to enable motorists to slow down earlier and a build-out by the school, which will also have the same slowing effect. A lot of research has gone into this idea, together with double yellow lines around The Chapel to stop cars parking right on the bend. Traffic dominated a lot of the meeting, when a parishioner asked what could be done to make traffic adhere to the speed limits in the village centre. Judging by the fact that we may not have our own dedicated PCSO, there is not much hope of enforcement.

We also heard that Rother will soon finalise their housing allocation, which at the moment stands at 47 new dwellings to be built in the village over the next 10-15 years. There is a new website ready to go, but of course, you can always attend Parish Council meetings to learn more. It is a shame that at present we only have five, out of a possible seven Parish Councillors, which puts more work on those loyal five. A special vote of thanks was given to John, Parish Clerk Carol and our Councillors, including Kathryn Field and Gary Curtis. We are extremely lucky that village affairs are in such good hands.

Sally Clarke, the School’s Headmistress told the meeting that the school has been judged as ‘outstanding’ for three years running. The children are given a broad curriculum by involving them in village affairs and have a project to raise £2,500 towards the build-out. 10th June is Sports Day, followed by the now traditional School v Village cricket match. Pre-School have been judged with good status and currently have 16 - 20 children in all, attending different sessions. They are trying to comply with new Government provisions, but are unable to offer the Village Hall for the whole week, due to its other bookings. We then heard from the WI, Village Hall, History Group, Horticultural Society, CADS and Cricket, Football and Stoolball clubs.

A welcome surprise came when Scott Lavocah and others mentioned a ‘Catsfield Triangle Association’ and their plans for an event to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings - more news later. Kathryn and Gary gave reports of their work for ESCC and Rother respectively, most worrying was confirmation of the reduction in their budgets over the next few years. The evening provided a mixed bag of news, summarised as follows - Playing Field is still soaking wet, Ladies Stoolball team need more members, WI have been meeting for 98 years in the Hall and are looking forward to celebrating their own 100 years, there is going to be a Village Fete and Horticultural Show in August but with no evening dance, History Group are planning a special exhibition on Thomas Brassey in 2017 and the Football team are probably going to be relegated. Speaking of which, last Saturday’s match was transferred to Bulverhythe where we didn’t play well and lost 1 - 2 with two penalties being awarded against us. Tomorrow we play Northiam in the last home match, although we have hardly been able to play any home matches since December.

Jumble Sale: The WI Jumble Sale last Saturday was a huge success and there were queues stretching out of the hall, down the path and onto the pavement long before the opening time of 10am. The good quality items for sale were flying off the stalls and there were many satisfied customers leaving loaded with lots of bargains. The money raised has yet to be announced but a good donation will be going to The Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance Service.

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