Ewhurst Green, Cripps Corner & Staplecross village voice

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Hilary Ganly’s next Watercolour Workshop is next weekend (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.

Also next week on Saturday at 2.00pm in the village hall, it is the Garden Society’s annual rose show and with the “feast and famine” weather so far this year, it will be interesting to see what can be exhibited. Last week my roses were just budding, now they are in full bloom – but will they hold out to show?

To this momentous weekend with a full programme throughout the parish and a variety of events and activities to suit all tastes. We are asked to wear red, white and blue and to decorate our houses. Pauline Scowen (830570) would welcome donations of cakes and sandwiches. Whatever the weather there are alternative arrangements under cover.

Sunday: 9.30am St James Church Ewhurst Green there will be a special Diamond Jubilee Service to include Holy Communion.

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

Monday:

Staplecross playing field (in village hall if wet) 10am-2pm, there will be football, games, fancy dress, races, apple bobbing, bowling, welly tossing, inflatable games, picnic lunch, craft table, prizes – and more.

Staplecross Social club will be open to all residents of the community from 12.30pm when there will be music throughout the day: 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.

Staplecross Playing Field at 10.10pm the Bonfire Boys will be staging a Fireworks Display, culminating with Lighting the Beacon at 10.26pm as instructed by the Pageant Master to join with those being lit throughout the nation.

Celebrations do not finish with the beacon lighting on Monday night, as on Tuesday there will be morning entertainment in the village hall and at 12 noon the Cross Inn opens its doors; there will be a band, The Lucky Ones, playing from 3pm. High Tea will be served on the lawn in the afternoon and there will be various attractions including an inflatable monster slide.

The organisers would like to thank Rother District Council and Ewhurst Parish Council for their sponsorship and all those involved in ensuring a Diamond Jubilee Celebration to remember, so local residents do turn up and enjoy the weekend.

Mary Reeve, Wodens Corner, Cripps Corner