Staplecross

Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society held their annual Spring Flower Show on 17th April. The judge’s task in which to select their preference was made rather difficult with a host of glorious blooms on offer to choose from, the results are as follows:Class 1: Spring Flower Arrangement.Winner ~ Pam Dance. Class 2: Spring Flower Arrangement (Novice) Winner ~Judy Winchester. Class 3:Container of cut garden flowers. 1st- Pam Dance.- 2nd Jennie Lynam.- 3rd Joan Gilson. Class 4: Specimen spray of a shrub 1st Pam Dance.-2nd Evelyn Goodsell.-3rd Jennie Lynam. Class 5:Planted container for spring interest -Winner Pam Dance. Class 6: Orchid pot plant ~Winner Richard Biggs. Class 7: No Entries. Class 8: Vase of 3 tulips- 1st Pam Dance.- 2nd Ruth Close.- 3rd Jennie Lynam. Class 9: Vase of 3 single flowered narcissus. 1st Pam Dance- 2nd Jennie Lynam- 3rd Peter Lynam. Class 10: No Entries.Class 11: Vase of 3 miniature narcissus -1st Doreen Beeden. -2nd Ella Wood. Class 12: Vase of 3 multi-headed narcissus was won by Jennie Lynam. No-one will be surprised to learn that the recipient of the ‘Angela Evans Cup’ for most points gained throughout the show was Mrs Pam Dance. With her very impressive run of 1st prizes it was very well deserved and a just reward for all the time and effort she put into these producing these specimens which not only gave pleasure to all who attended this little show, but proved that old adage that “as you sow, so shall you reap”. ~ A really great result, ~ “Well Done Pam”. Look out for their next show and start planning your own entries.

Now we have a couple of gentle reminders of whats on offer over this weekend.

The Staplecross & Hollington Art Groups are combining their efforts to produce a magnificient Art Exhibition for your delight. Taking place at the Village Hall in Staplecross on Friday April 25th from 7.30pm and on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April from 10.0am onwards, this little art show promises some beautiful paintings on a wide subject matter for your delight and as always, it delivers. It’s amazing to discover how much talent abounds within our community. Please come along and support this Exhibition and see for yourself. Second reminder is for the “Race Night” event which also will take place on Saturday April 26th in the Staplecross Social Club, Northiam Road, (adjacent to the Village Hall.) and is also a combined joint event by the Ewhurst & Staplecross Bonfire Society and the Staplecross Bowls Club. Great fun is always had by all, at this event, with much cheering ( & booing! ) from both sides. There will be hot food available~ booking is the order of the day for this,~ so why not come along to this madcap race event and see if you have backed a racehorse or a donkey!. Contact Brian on:01580~830570 for further details.

Tuesday April 29th at 7.30pm.sees us back at this venue as the Staplecross Social Club has it’s A.G.M. This lively and popular Social Club hosts a wide variety of events, including music and quiz nights to suit all tastes and preferences, throughout the year and new members will always be given a warm welcome. Do try to pop in and join us.

Returning from a brief sojourn at West Wittering, over the Easter period, I came across a notice outside a village pub ( where else?) which read, “Those that do wander, are not always lost!”, and that certainly applies to the members of the Rother Ramblers. This week, on Wednesday April 30th an 8 mile circular stroll is arranged around Brede High Wood, Cripps Corner and Sedlescombe, both areas lovely at any time of the year. Those wanting to see for themselves the spectacular scenery available, on this trip, should join with the others, when they meet up at 10.0am in the West car park of Brede High woods.(SatNav TN32 5RT) A picnic lunch is recommended and of course your doggy pal may accompany you.Please contact the ‘Walk Leaders’ - Rita & Clive on 01424~882674 for more details. Walk no:2 is both nostalgic and enticing, as it’s entitled “Searching for Bluebells” and surely no-one can dispute the magic of seeing the stunning effect, achieved from these humble, English spring flowers as they carpet our woodland floors with a sea of unending blue together with a heady scent that fills your nostrils’ that transports you right back to your childhood. To create your own magical memory join in on this 9 mile walk on Sunday May 4th. Meeting at 10.0am at Stonegate Railway Station (SatNav TN5 7ER) again a picnic lunch is suggested and of course dogs are permitted on this walk so they can enjoy them also. If you’d like to take part in this walk, please contact the ‘Walk Leader’ who is Adrian, on 01273~514336 who can tell you more about it.

Members of the Staplecross Bowls Club will see their fixtures soon to be coming thick & fast now as Spring really gets under way. Wednesday April 30th finds our local Bowls Club,(hopefully recovered from their heady “race night”) playing their first opponent, Herstmonceux in an away match. Saturday May 3rd 2.30pm. sees them playing Fairlight, at home in the Clubhouse in Northiam Road.They will be there again the following day, same time, when the team play Hawkhurst Club.Please stroll along and give them your support.

Our old friend, The Mobile Library, will once again be visiting us all on Thursday May 1st. Calling at Cripps Corner-on the car park at the White Hart Inn between 10.15 and 10.40am it will then, via Sedlescombe pop up at Staplecross, in Cricketers Field between 11.50am and 12.20pm. This van will then meander it’s way through Brede, Northiam & Bodiam to finish the day at Ewhurst Green between 3.40 and 4.10pm. Please make use of this wonderful service which is still one of the best facilities available for all people from all walks of life and covers such a vast range of subjects. A number of services all over the country, that perhaps, we take for granted, are being cut back or even cut out altogether through various reasons, ~ please don’t let our mobile library service be one of them. Remember the old saying ~ “ Use It, Or Lose It”.....so Please use it.

Church services for the parish of Ewhurst take place on Sunday April 27th. Easter 1. Beginning at 9.30am with a service that includes Holy Communion and that extra special service of a precious Baptism at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green. There will be NO SERVICE on this day, at St. Giles, church, in Bodiam, but a service will follow at 11.15am, to include Holy Communion will take place at St. Marks Church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester who, as always, will be most happy to help with any questions, queries or concerns you may have on any church matter. Please contact him at the Rectory on:01580~830268 or via email at gordon.winchester@btinternet.com

I really look forward to receiving all your items of interest to pass onto the rest of the neighbourhood, so please, whatever you are planning and you’d like more people to know about it, please get in touch.

Anne Reed

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