GREETINGS: I am writing to you on Monday. This is SUMMER and long may it last. Lovely sunny morning with a breeze to temper the heat. It comes upon so suddenly, we haven’t acclimatised at all. But it may not be so nice by the time you read this, so I am off to enjoy it while it lasts.
CHURCH NEWS: The 9.30 am service for the ninth Sunday after Trinity will be Parish Eucharist, led by Rev. Malcolm Pickering. During the coming week we commemorate, on 25th July, James the Great, Apostle, brother of John the Evangelist, the first of the apostles to be martyred by Herod Agrippa in AD 44 His relics were taken to Compostela in Spain where they have become a centre for a major Christian pilgrimage. Thus James’s emblem is either a pilgrim’s staff or a scallop shell. On Monday 26th we remember Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.And next Friday we have Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany. That same day we recall William Wilberforce, a social reformer from 1833.
WEATHER: It’s lovely today, long may it last. The gardens are looking good, just keep watering the plants in pots.
PUBLIC MEETING: There is a very important meeting TONIGHT at 7 pm in the Memorial Hall. This is to discuss the local housing needs, particularly affordable housing in the village. Do come if you are able, and hear the proposals and express your opinion.
PARISH COUNCIL: Here are just a few of the actions of the Parish Council. A full report will be in the Parish Magazine. Playground equipment, including the Zipwire has been installed at the Winchelsea Beach playground.The Parish Council took over ownership of the Car Park and Toilets at Rye Harbour, from Rother. This is to maintain these facilities for the public use. A grant of £1,725 has been made to the Memorial Hall Trust for ongoing running costs and maintenance.
ICKLESHAM PLAYERS: Auditions will be held at 2.30 pm, on Sunday 24th July in the Memorial Hall, for the next production which will be Lavender Cottage. This is a New Year’s Eve murder.. Cast needed are 3 men & 2 women aged 20 - 35; 5 men & 5 women aged 35 - 50; 3 men & 3 women aged 20 - any. It is a 3 act play with different casting for each act. All are welcome, even first-timers and there are no large parts. The performances will be on 6, 7, 8 October. The production will be in Memory of Nicky Harris.
NEW PAVILION DRAW: The draw was made at the Tenterden Golf Club during Icklesham Casuals Open Golf Day.There have been new members recently which has enabled the third prize to be increased to £15. If 10 more shares were to be sold, 5th prize could be increased to £10. New members are always welcome at £12 per year. The winners in June were £50, Denise Sargeant; £25, David Ovenden; £20 Colin McPhail; £15, Nick Warren; £5 Peter Stunt; £5, Derrick Baker. In July, these lucky people were winners : £50, Lesley Birch; £25, Jordan Soan; £20, Eric Hollingworth; £15, Phyllis Philpot; £5, Ken Tytherleigh; and £5 ,Maria Hayter. Many thanks to everyone who gives their support to this excellent Fund Raiser. Please spread the word.
QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music this Sunday from 4 - 6 pm will be played by PRS playing Covers.
IAN’S BIKE RIDE: There is still a little bit of time for you to donate towards Macmillan Cancer Support in support of Ian Mitchell when he takes part in the Prudential Ride, going 100 miles. There are thousands of nurses and doctors caring for people affected by cancer, treating patients at home, in hospices or hospitals. You can donate on http://www.Just Giving.com/IANMITCHELL30 or at the Queen’s Head or the Royal Oak at Pett.
ICKLESHAM FETE AND FLOWER SHOW: The summer show of the Horticultural Society is on Saturday 6th August, during the Fete. Schedules are available from 22 high Fords. To enter the show, write the classes you wish to enter & your name and address on a piece of paper and deliver it to 22 High Fords by 7 pm on Wednesday 3rd August. It is 20p per class. Staging is between 8 - 10 am on the morning of the show. Any donations of Tombola prizes would be very much appreciated . The fun packed afternoon of the Fete will have the Wealden Brass Band, Rye Dance team, a Dog Show, country games, and the mysterious roving Octopot, plus all the usual stalls and attractions. There will be a licensed bar, a BBQ and teas and coffees and cakes in the hall. Raffle tickets at £1 each are available from Iain McLean at Ruby Moon, Oast House Road.
SCHOOL NEWS: By the time you read this, the children and staff will have begun their summer break. We wish them a good, relaxing time where-ever they go. Bees Class performed a wonderful end of year play. Many thanks to everyone involved. This year’s SATs results maintain the outstandingly high results, After new rules were implemented, all children performed extremely well achieving levels higher than were expected before. The class awards go to Spiders, Tiggy and Jazmin; Dragonflies, Amara and Connor; Bees, Yr 5s PGL certificates, Noah and Saskia. The Headteacher awards go to Spiders, Lily-Rose H for a great new attitude and super smile; Dragonflies, Theo, always trying his best; Bees, Class children and staff for a superb play, The Pirates of the Curry-Pearl. The children return to school on Wednesday 7th September. (Staff have to go back a couple of days earlier !)
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AND FINALLY: Enjoy the week. Take care in the sun and get to lots of lovely events.
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