Ewhurst Green, Cripps Corner and Staplecross village voice

The bridge works on Junction Road were completed on Saturday and the road is now open to traffic travelling to Hawkhurst and onwards to Maidstone.

There is a sponsored bike ride on Sunday (May 27) organised by the Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Society. The meeting place is at River Brede Farm, Winchelsea Beach at 10am. Sponsor forms are available on the website www.esbs.org.uk and with, dare I say, a fine weekend this is a good event for family and friends to go along and raise money for the society as well as having a good time. You should take along your barbeque food and drink.

A word of warning to supermarket shoppers. A customer did not realise her handbag had been accessed and her purse removed until she reached the checkout. She believed she had made her bag secure between the trolley boxes. The purse was later recovered, minus her cash, in another supermarket car park. It would seem this is a common problem for shoppers in supermarkets and you are recommended to keep a firm hold on your handbag at all times.

There was a large audience last week for the monthly meeting of the Garden Society, when Kevin Tooher’s talk was on his great love of clematis. He had a variety of photographs to show some of the many blooms with plenty of advice on ideal sites for this popular plant, as well as measures to take to combat the unpopular insects that feast on these plants.

Chairman Pam Underhill asked members to support the Rose Show to be held on Saturday June 9 in the village hall. The constant rain in recent weeks was playing havoc with plants but the current sunshine may bring on the blooms in time for this popular show.

Hilary Ganly, whose painting classes are a popular venue on Thursday mornings in the village hall, is holding another Watercolour Workshop on Saturday, June 9, in St Mark’s Church Room in Staplecross. The theme this time is flower painting and Hilary will teach you the basic skills to enable you to go home with your masterpiece to impress your family. There are limited places and you should ring by contacting Hilary on 01580-830704 to book a place. The cost is £40 for the day lasting from 10am until 4pm.

EWHURST PARISH JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

Sunday: 9.30am St James Church Ewhurst Green Diamond Jubilee Service to include Holy Communion.

Jubilee Lunch at The White Dog for local residents. Ticketed event.

Monday:

Staplecross playing field 10am-2pm, there will be football, games, fancy dress, races, apple bobbing, bowling, and many more activities, as well as a teddy bears picnic lunch.

Staplecross Social club will be open to all parish residents from 12.30pm when there will be music:- 1.30-3.30pm Carol George (solo artist); 5-7.30pm The Management band; 9-11.30pm Sarah G and the Others band.

There will be an afternoon barbeque.

Fireworks followed by lighting of The Beacon at the playing field at 10.27pm.

Tuesday:

Morning entertainment in the village hall.

12 noon the Cross Inn opens its doors; there will be a bouncy castle, face painting and more.

3pm The Lucky Ones band

High Tea in the afternoon on the lawn.

Mary Reeve, Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner