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Summer has arrived this week - fingers crossed that it stays for a while!

The wicket is drying and two cricket matches were played last weekend. The first was against Southbourne at Eastbourne, where Catsfield reached 160 for 9 at tea. Nigel Champion (also one of our footballers) got 57 with Sean Tottman getting 24. At close of play the opposition were 131 for 6, so a draw in our favour, if there is such a thing. On Sunday morning Mike Davey and Martin Gurr worked hard to get the wicket ready and we were rewarded with a good game against Crowhurst, resulting in another draw. James Wilson was 70 not out with Sanjay Sharmar 44 and Tony Taylor 22 in our total of 161.

There is only one stoolball match this week, when we play Hooe Ladies away, usually a very strong team.

I have been trying desperately to find any link between Bradley Wiggins and Catsfield, but there is none. However, do remember to watch Jack Waller in the Olympic water polo matches!

Today will be the last Lunch Club before the summer break of five weeks and there will be the usual end of the month raffle. We will meet again after the break on Friday 7th September for another of Libby’s delicious lunches. Very many thanks go to her and all the other helpers who make this such an enjoyable weekly village event.

There will be a Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot on Sunday 5th August at Catsfield Place Farm from 10am – 2pm. This is to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice and only fibre cartridges will be used. For further details please call 07971974638.

I have received an email from Patricia Speedy who says that she, Peter and Rufus are very well and happy in Exmouth. They are enjoying the beach and the sea front, which they’ve had pretty much to themselves during the last weeks of miserable weather and Rufus is no longer portly!

They have found a house, which they’re hoping to buy and they send their love to all friends in Catsfield.

Counting down to the next BIG Catsfield village event on 5th August, when we hope the sun will still be shining on the annual Fete and Flower Show at the playing field. There is still time to pick up a schedule from the village shop and plan your entries for the show to make it the biggest and best yet! I will give more details next week of the Fete and the Barn Dance in the evening, when the Catsfield Steamers will give their usual rousing performance and get the village dancing!

Jill Jarrett, Henley Down Cottage