Icklesham

GREETINGS: Did you have a lovely weekend? I hope you enjoyed whatever you were doing. I tested out the sunshine and found it warm enough to sit out and sunbathe.

CHURCH SERVICES: The 10.30 am service on Sunday 12th April will be Parish Eucharist. After all the glories of Easter weekend, this Sunday is sometimes called Low Sunday. But the church is still beautifully decorated and the commemorative lilies with the list of names is still there for you to visit.

WEATHER: Certainly lamb-like today - Monday. There is much activity around and that lovely smell of freshly mown grass. If you feel that it is safe to do so, there are super strong runner bean plants in our Stores to plant out. It seems a good idea to buy a few. A whole packet is far too many for me, and germination is not guaranteed anyway.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: This Saturday afternoon - 11th April, - the Spring Flower Show takes place in the Memorial Hall. It opens at 2 pm. As well as flowers and cookery classes to see, there will be teas, tombola and a raffle.

ROBIN HOOD INN: There will be a Vintage Afternoon Tea at the Robin Hood on Sunday 12th April at 6 pm.. The entertainment will be by Mr. Steve Sinatra, back by popular demand. This is offering a glass of Prosecco on arrival, English tea or coffee, sandwiches, home-made scones with clotted cream and home-made jam, and several varieties of cake. All these culinary delights are available for £14.95 per person. Phone 01424 814 277 to book, but hurry.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday from 4 - 6 pm will be played by John Crampton who gives us stomp blues. There will be a quiz on Wednesday 15th April at 8.30 pm in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice.

ROYAL OAK PETT

There will be a Quiz Night on Wednesday 15th April at 8.30 pm in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. As usual, the entry fee is £2 per person and the maximum number of people in a team is 6.

A CONUNDRUM: My rather shaky historical knowledge reminds me that the word “ham” on the end of a settlement name means that it was a Saxon village. So, following that line of thought, what did the “Ickles” , who lived here, look like? Drawings on a postcard please !!!

SCHOOL NEWS: The children return for term 5 on Monday 13th April.

ARCHERY: The new targets are due to be delivered this week, so shooting could begin very soon.

CONTACT: If you would like any news, announcements or reports to appear in this column, please contact me on 01424 815 247 or pop round. I have an e-mail which I will give to you if you ask me.

AND FINALLY: Enjoy the ”April airs which are abroad” as the old song says. We need the April showers too. There are lots of lambs playing in the fields.

Marion Lovell

7 Oast House Field