Icklesham

Laurie Bowman, Magpies, Oast House Field

Holy Week starts on Sunday 24 - Palm Sunday -10.30 Parish Eucharist.

At 6pm there is Compline and an Address on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27.

Thursday 28 - Maundy Thursday - Eucharist 6pm

Friday 29 - Good Friday Devotional Service 2-3pm

Saturday 30 Service of Light for Easter 6pm

Sunday 31 Easter Sunday Parish Eucharist 10.30

Saturday 23 March from 9.30am on the annual Church Spring Clean. If you can spare an hour or so you would be very much appreciated by Janet Pegg and her team.

Easter Opening Times

Icklesham Village Store; Good Friday 9am - 12.30pm. Saturday 9am - 3pm. Easter Sunday closed. Easter Monday closed.

Windmill Orchard Farm Shop & Tea Shop; Good Friday 10am - 2pm. Saturday 9am - 4pm Easter Sunday 10am - 2pm. Easter Monday 10am - 2pm.

Jade’s Hairdressing Salon Good Friday 9am - 1pm. Saturday, Sunday and Monday closed.

Friday 22 March12.30 - 2pm the last Lent Lunch - homemade soup, bread and a variety of cheese, A pleasant lunch with friends and neighbours. All proceeds to charity’

Good Companions 2-4pm, Both social events in the Memorial Hall.

The fine snow and strong east winds created deep drifts last week and for a few hours the rest of the world was cut off from Icklesham. So the village was not involved in choosing a new Pope or anew leader of China. Icklesham Parish Council postponed its meeting and Icklesham Stores was vital in this state of siege.

Around 10000 years ago the lst Ice Age had similar weather which lasted for many centuries. It had fine snow because of the low temperatures.

The wind blew off the ice sheets which stretched from Ireland to Siberia and reached as far south as where the Thames now flows. Our ancestors would have hunted in the tundra which was Sussex in the summer but in the winter they would have followed the animals across the Channel land bridge in to what is now the continent.

In the Hastings Half Marathon look out for Jade Butcher Icklesham’s hair stylist. She is part of ‘’Dan’s Army’’. This is a team of runners taking part to raise funds for Daniel Thomas who will need a specialised wheelchair when he goes to Rye College. Support the Army during the run or perhaps by making a donation at the Salon.

Icklesham C of E Primary School office wisely thought the whole community should be made aware of the warning which East Sussex County has sent to schools.

HMRC (the tax people) have reported a sharp increase in fraudulent emails targeting tax payers, pensioners and home owners.

The emails indicate that a tax refund is due and link to a website. The emails often have a copy of HMRC’s website and ask recipients to hand over their card and bank details, date of birth, National Insurance number and mother’s maiden name in order to get the rebate. These details are then sold to organised criminal gangs to commit fraud.

HMRC never email clients about tax refunds, and beware there are similar scams for Equity Release Schemes, Children’s Savings Schemes and Pension Release Schemes.

There has also been a rise in adverts targeting children. These offer a free laptop or the chance to win an iphone. Please remind everybody you should never give any personal details in response to adverts of this type.

The first Church Market of the year made an excellent £268 for Church Funds despite off putting weather conditions.

Last week’s Lent Lunch raised £153.30 for FSW. Next week’s charity is the Royal British Legion Welfare fund.

It is now the last opportunity to provide an Easter Lily in the Parish Church in memory of a loved one who has passed away. A List of Dedications will be placed in The Church. Each Lily will cost about £2. To order contact Christine Overy 01424 814927.