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What a quiet little community we seem to be at present with not a lot being presented through this column for your attention. But with the Pre-School Playgroup and our own village Primary School both winding down in readiness for the End of Term, and the first of our Bank Holidays, namely that long and eagerly awaited Easter Holiday Weekend, fast approaching, I’m sure that it won’t be too long before the dates in your diary begin to start being filled in rapidly once more. Many of the outdoor activities which have regularly taken place within our lovely parish, will once more recommence following their own Wintertime break and how lovely it will be to once more, be able to sit outside, on a warm summer evening watching our own favourite outdoor sport or acitivity or pastime once more SHEER BLISS !

A quick and short reminder of the Public Consultation between the Fire Authority, Battle Fire Station staff and members of the public to discuss and debate the proposals intended for the Fire Station at Battle. This meeting will take place on Monday April 7th. 7.30pm at the Langton Hall, High Street, in Battle. This no doubt, could turn out to be quite a heated programme of events as local residents and members of the surrounding communities, effected by the said proposals, feel rather passionate that the station remains in Battle with a full time crew. A march down Battle High Street from the Fire Station to the venue, prior to the meeting is proposed, with Police support, in order to enhance media attention and attract more public support. Members of the Public are urgently requested to attend to hear the new proposals and to understand the gravity of the situation and how this will effect us all. Our parish are so lucky to have the peace of mind knowing that we can rely on our Fire & Rescue service for a quick and professional response if and when we ever have the misfortune to need it. We should also remember that the members of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service don’t just fight fires !. Further details of how you can help ? ~ fill in a consultant questionaire at www.esfrs.org/publicconsultation. Contact the local Councillors: John Barnes on cllr.john.barnes@eastsussex.gov.uk or Stuart Earl on cllr.stuart.earl@eastsussex.gov.uk Visit #StandUp4Battle (Twitter) or by calling Helen Ashenheim on 07791~277921 or 01580~881813 who will gladly give you any further information you may require.

It hardly seems 12 months ago when the Ewhurst Parish Council convened their Annual Parish Assembly but time flies, and once more it’s that time of the year to do it all again. This meeting will be taking place on Tuesday April 8th at Staplecross Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross starting at 7.15pm. Try, if you can, to arrive half an hour earlier at 6.45pm to allow more time to enjoy the delicious refreshments arranged for your delight, to mingle with the other parishioners and Councillors. Chat with all and sundry and visit the stalls and displays It is the perfect time to raise any concerns you may have which are relevant to the parish as there will be representatives from all 3 tiers of local government, there to answer your questions and hopefully allay any fears or worries you may have. There will be several speakers at this meeting giving food for thought, through their diverse subject matter. Although Ewhurst Parish is relatively small in size, there is always a great deal of interesting ‘stuff ‘ going on throughout the three villages that make up this parish!. There will be displays from many of the clubs, social groups and other societies that abound throughout our parish giving you another incentive -or enticement- to consider joining them. The range is wide and varied and all you have to do is choose which one - or ones - you’re interested in or want to get involved in. It is also a great time to not only meet the folk who work tirelessly on your behalf but gives you the chance to “have your say” and to put forward any suggestions or ideas you may have to help make our parish a happier, safer and better place to live, work and play. Looking forward to seeing you there.!

Out and about, as usual, those ‘fellows of the rural footpaths’, ~ the members of the Rother Ramblers,

will no doubt be making the most of this lovely weather we are all currently enjoying. There are three (3) walks planned for our enjoyment and the first of which is an 8.5 mile circular tour of Ashurst and Langton Green. Taking place on Sunday April 6th the group will be meeting up at the Ashurst Railway Station (SatNav TN39TF) at 10.am. A picnic lunch is suggested and of course, your doggy pal can walk along with you. For further details please contact Lionel on 01424~752452. Walk number two (2) is a mere 9.5 miles circular tour encompassing Sedlescombe and Telham. This walk will take place on Thursday April 10th and those interested in strolling around this part of the world will meet up with fellow walkers at 10.am in the car park in Brede Lane, Sedlescombe (SatNav TN330RQ) A picnic OR a pub lunch is the order of the day here and once more dogs are permitted to accompany you. Please telephone Con & Julia on 01424~437928 for more information. Last but certainly not least, is walk no: three (3) which is really just a short stroll, compared to some walks arranged and perhaps it’s to ‘whet your appetite’, so to speak! and will hopefully encourage more people to join in these very interesting and varied walks around our beautiful countryside. Taking place on Saturday April 12th the members of this group will be meeting at 10.30am in the car park behind the garden centre in Bexhill Road, St. Leonards.(SatNav TN388BD) ready for a little Coombe Haven circular meander of just 5 miles. A short refreshment stop is proposed and a walk wouldn’t be complete without your four legged friend, so naturally he or she is welcome to come along as well. For further details of this little walk, please contact Tim on 01424~272459. As with all of these walks, please make yourself known to the ‘walk leaders’ who would be pleased to welcome you on board and will introduce you to your fellow walkers.

Just two “Dates for your Diaries” ~~ The Staplecross Luncheon Club will meet on Wednesday April 16th and on the menu is Roast Pork, roast potatoes and naturally, with all the trimmings, followed by either chocolate OR syrup pudding.Meeting in the Staplecross Village Hall at 12,30om - Your place at the table can be laid if you book your place with Anka on 01580~830260 or Dennis on 01580~830816

The Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society meeting will take place on Thursday April 17th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, in Staplecross. This event will incorporate the annual Spring Show, ~ bring entries of your flowers at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Sue Marshall with her talk entitled “The English Love Affair with Iris”. There will be a raffle and lots of stunning horticultural items to gaze upon.

New members are always very warmly welcomed so why not come along and enjoy the show.

Church services for the parish of Ewhurst begin at 9.30am on Sunday April 6th Lent 5.with a service including Holy Communion at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green. Conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester, he will then preside over a Family Service at St. Giles, Bodiam at 11.15am. There will be NO SERVICE on this day at St. Mark’s church, Staplecross. For all church matters, or enquiries please contact Reverend Gordon Winchester, via his email at gordon.winchester@btinternet.com or catch him at home, “The Rectory”, in Ewhurst Green, or by telephone 01580~830268. He’ll always be pleased to help in any way he can.

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