Staplecross

Two more announcements from East Sussex County Council have come my way and of which I’m very happy to pass on to you all. The first is a drive to recruit more volunteers. The Volunteer Centre East Sussex is rolling out it’s “Ask the Expert” sessions in Libraries countrywide. If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of volunteering and how to find opportunities in your local area, please come and have a chat with one of the Volunteering Champions. Visit www.vces.org.uk/events or telephone 01323~301757 or email info@vces.org.uk for more details.

The second of the announcements is for the ‘Younger Generation’ ! and with the introduction of a new ID card will see anyone aged between 11 ~ and ~ 19 years of age in East Sussex making great savings on clothing, music, books, meals out, leisure facilities, plus much more. Created by the East Sussex Youth Cabinet, the 3i-D Card also offers discounts on bus travel. To get your card, you need to be between 11 and 19 years old and live, study or work in East Sussex. Call 01273~335250 or email participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk to apply. Winners all round on both counts, I’d say.

As you all know, the summer season is well upon us. The sun has been shining for a goodly while now. The children have broken up from school for the summer holidays, More visitors are appearing in the local tourist spots and other places of interest, and naturally as a result of this, more traffic appears as people wend their way from one part of the country to another enjoying their ‘Annual Vacation’ or a perfect ‘day out’. Those of us ‘stay-at-homes’ are perhaps enjoying the peace and quiet of our gardens and all things horticultural but are also finding things are growing at a rapid rate of knots, - lawns, flowers, garden produce and of course, weeds. Taking all this into account, and not perturbed by this one iota, are those hardy and dedicated members of the Ewhurst Parish Allotment Association (E.P.A.A.) They would like it made known that this Association still have a couple of allotment plots available for rent at it’s site in Lordine Lane, Ewhurst Green. If you are a keen gardener and need some extra space or want to try your hand at growing your own fruit and/or vegetables for the first time, this is a unique opportunity to work a manageable plot within the Ewhurst community. Work started in earnest on the allotment plots at the beginning of May and we are all surprised at how quickly the crops have grown and even more surprised that some vegetables are now ready to eat !. In the next week or so, the EPAA shall be advertising these vacant plots to adjoining parishes, so please be quick and let the Association know if you are interested in obtaining a plot before it is too late. Please contact Jacqui on 01580~830576.~ Look forward to hearing from you !.

Having just said that ‘School’s Out’, ~ if you’re looking for events that may be of interest to the young ones, here are just a few that may be of interest. A Family Open Day at Frog Firle Farm, Alfriston (SatNavBN265TT) is planned for Saturday July 19th between 10.30am and 4.30pm. This event, which has FREE ENTRY promises to have something for everyone. A fun day out with farm crafts, games, wildlife history, expert-led walks, cream teas and cake available.

The Brightling Horticultural Show and Fete is also being held on Saturday July 19th. 2.30pm in the Tower Field,Brightling. This is a traditional village horticultural show with fete and invites everyone to come along and join in an afternoon of family fun, including: competition tent with fruit, vegetables, craft, flower arranging, cookery and children’s classes. There will also be a fun Dog Show, live music and lots of children’s activities. Naturally there will also be teas and a beer and Pimms bar.Please contact Victoria Fraser on 01580~880500 for all further details.

An event with a difference may be a “Pop-up Camping and Stargazing Night” at Sheffield Park and Garden.(SatNav TN223QX) which is also being held on Saturday July 19th. Why not camp in the Park, see the night sky in all it’s magical splendour,and try and name what you can see and after a good night’s sleep wake up to beautiful views in glorious surroundings. Costs are £10:00 per Adult and Child is £5:00. Bookings are essential so telephone 01825~790302 for all further details and information.

For the ‘Grown up’s - There is a free guided Tour of Biddenden Vineyard again on the same day July 19th. Arrive at the Vineyard 9.45am. for a free cup of coffee ready for the tour to begin at 10.am and learn the history behind the vineyard. A chance to taste the wines, ciders and apple juice, all free of charge in the vineyard shop will follow the tour. Please note this is NOT for large groups or coach parties and pre-booking is essential. Please visit http://www.biddendenvineyards.com/ or call 01580~291726 for any further information and details.

There is a Strawberry Fayre in Rolvenden. Same day-July 19th between 2pm and 5pm for all those who love strawberries. Together with a scrumptious strawberry Cream Teas, there will be lots and lots more interesting things on offer The stalls will include Tombola; raffle; bottle stall; a ‘Trash & Treasure’ stall and of course, a cake stall. This enticing little village affair will take place at “Moneypenny”, Rolvenden. (SatNavTN174NF) Come and help celebrate 40 years since Moneypenny opened.

An unusual sight will be happening all around Hastings on Saturday July 19th between 11.am and 4pm.Everyone is invited to Mad Jack’s Morris 60th Birthday Celebration dance around Hastings. Come and watch Mad Jack’s Morris men & women dancing around Hastings. This unique form of local history and folklore used to be a rare sight outside of this county but is becoming more popular as interest and passion in this colourful enthusiastic form of dance, (however weird the form of dress code appears to be,) grows. Mad Jack’s are always looking for new members, both dancers and musicians and are holding taster sessions on September 22nd and September 29th. both at 8pm at St. Clements Church House, Croft Road, Hastings.(SatNavTN343HJ) If you’d like to give it a go or would like to hire them to appear at your special event, please contact Mary on 07973~671834 or email maryphillips77@hotmail or via their web site http://www.madjacksmorris.co.uk/ This group will allways bring a smile to your face.

Now something for the whole family to enjoy, regardless of ages and abilities and is something completely different ! If I mention the following ~”Aah, Jim Lad !”, Avast there,my Hearties,” “Pieces of Eight”, “Splice the Mainbraist” and “YoHoHo and a bottle of rum” ~ would you think I’d lost my few remaining marbles, or that perhaps I’d spent too much time with Captain Jack Sparrow ? Well, the truth is that Saturday July 19th happens to be “Pirate Day” in Hastings.This internationally known and widely celebrated event takes place annually, and once more is just the excuse needed,-if one is ever needed- to get out your pirate outfit, eye patch, tri-cone hat or headscarf, sword or cutlass, hook hand or peg leg and even a parrott (stuffed or not) and head down to the Stade in Hastings for this gigantic Pirate Day event, ~which, incidentally, is in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Included in the events lined up for everyone’s enjoyment are a Grand Parade, with drummers through the Old Town. A brand new family-friendly Pirate Ship Ride, children’s entertainment, Pirate Crazy Golf competition and many street entertainments all around.This is an amazing sight to see and a wonderful event to be part of, so why not grab your gear and go - and have a great time and help others less fortunate than yourselves whilst doing so. It promises to be a fantastic day out for everyone.

Tuesday July 22nd finds the Rother Ramblers once more strolling through our beautiful countryside as the walk planned takes in a 6 mile High Woods to Hooe circular. Meeting at 6.30pm in the High Woods car park, Pear Tree Lane.beyond the junction with Turkey Lane.(SatNav TN394RA) this is another of those lovely evening walks greatly enjoyed by all who attend. Naturally dogs may accompany you on this stroll and with drinks and crisps etc at the Red Lion Pub in Hooe, what better way to finish off the day. Please telephone Rita or Lionel on 01424~752452 for more details. Thursday July 24th is a 6 mile stroll with a difference. Called the “Breakfast Walk” - the clue’s in the title - as the members will all be meeting at 6.30 A.M. in the Hastings Country Park main car park.(SatNavTN354AB) and sadly parking charges will apply. Dogs again are permitted to stroll with you and to round off a glorious morning (I hope) breakfast will be at the Coastguard Tearooms after the walk. What could be better than that? The organisors are again Rita & Lionel, so please contact them as previously indicated. Last of the walks planned is a 7 mile “Trail of Discovery”. For a fascinating ramble around Hailsham & Hellingly those interested should meet at 10.15am in the Cuckoo Trail car Park.(SatNavBN274DG) at the junction of South Road and Western Road, Hailsham. A walk wouldn’t be quite so enjoyable without our four footed friends, so dogs may also walk with you. A cafe or picnic lunch is suggested and the walk leader on this occasion is John and you may contact him on 01424~773998 for more information.

Also enjoying the great outdoors, though in an entirely different capacity are those members of the Staplecross Bowls Club. Sweeping through another week of hectic fixtures, this busy club’s 1st match is on Wednesday July 23rd where they are ‘at home’ to Battle. Play off is at 2.30pm. The following day Thursday July they are again hosts for a home game to start at 6.15pm for the ‘Sellings Cup’. Saturday July 26th is another home game, and this time, their opponents are White Rock. Commencing at 2.30pm Sunday July 26th finds the teams on an away match against Pett. Good Luck to you all !

Once more, on Thursday July 24th, our little Mobile Library is back with us for another visit through our parish. Arriving at Cripps Corner, it will, as usual be parked on the car park of the White Hart Inn between 10.15am and 10.40am. Following it’s trip through Sedlescombe it will arrive in Cricketers Field, Staplecross between 11.50am and 12.20pm. From then on, it will wind it’s merry way through Brede, Northiam and Bodiam to finish it’s journey for the day at Ewhurst Green at 3.40pm and 4.10pm. Please do make use of this essential service, as not only is it ‘free’, but the library is NOT just about Books! This little service is so important to our community, especially to our rural residents who may be unable to visit our main branch libraries in the towns. Go for a visit and see for yourself, what wonders and services are available within it’s doors.

Notification of a difference....A temporary road closure with a diversion route for Ewhurst parish will take place on Monday July 28th.until Friday August 1st. Issued on behalf of E.S.C.C. and to enable RW Green to undertake tree felling and remedial tree surgery to dangerous roadside trees, the road will be closed from adjacent to the property known as Madamses Farm, Bodiam Road, to the Junction with the C20 Shoreham Lane, for a distance of 356 metres.

Parents,--- Do you fancy a day off from the wee ones, but safe in the knowledge that they’ll be having a super time without you? Then perhaps you may consider this? The Wild Woodland Holiday Club. Taking place on Friday July 25th between 10.0am and 3pm this promises to be a whole day of holiday fun at “Swallowtail Hill”. There will be a camp fire, games, woodland crafts. Suitable for ages 6-to-11 who are asked to take a packed lunch. Please Note: Parents/Carers DO NOT accompany children. Please meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm, Hobbs Lane, Beckley. TN316TT. Cost per child is £20:00 and booking is essential.Contact www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson email rhnoffice@sussexwt.org.uk or telephone 01797~227784 for more information. There is also the Wild Woodland Weekend Club which will also be taking place at the same venue. Saturday July 26th 10.am to 1.pm Forest School activities are for children between 6 & 11 years and is held in a private woodland in Beckley. The “WildThings” get together on the last day of each month and activities may include campfire cooking, woodland crafts, games and den building. Parents/Carers DO NOT accompany children. The costs are £10:00 per child. For more information please see above contacts.

For the “Petrolheads” amongst us there is a Classic & Vintage Vehicle show at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Near Maidstone. Apart from the display of fabulous vehicles, you’ll be able to explore the historic vintage village, check out the aninals in “Cuddles Corner”,(perhaps for the younger visitors) and go on tractor rides and lots of other activities. Tickets -Adults £9:25 and children (3-15) -£7:25.For more information telephone 01622~763936 or visit http://www.kentlife.org.uk/

South of England Classic SuperBike Show is on Sunday July 27th from 10.am. his is a brand new show for SuperBikes of the 70’s, 80’s, and beyond. Free enrty for pre-booked bikes. For information visit http://www.elk.promotions.co.uk/. or telephone 01797~344277.

A novel way of watching an all time Great British classic film. Watch “Casablanca” under the stars, in a beautiful setting at Sissinghurst Castle. Sunday July 27th 7.45pm to 11.0pm. “We’ll always have Paris” will never seem quite the same. Tickets Adults - £13:50 and Children £9:00.Booking is essential so please contact 0844~858~6767.

Rounding off the week is a Beginners’ Guide to Bird Watching at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.(2 miles) between 10.0am and 12 Noon Come and learn how to identify a number of resident and migratory birds. Binnoculars and field guides are available to use on the day. Meet at Rye Harbour Car Park. No booking necessary, but donations will be most warmly appreciated and welcomed. Please contact www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson. or email rhnoffice@sussexwt.org.uk or call 01797~227784. for more details or information.

The church services for the Parish of Ewhurst will commence at St.James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday July 27th.Trinity 6. with a service at 9.30am which will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE at St. Giles, Northiam. A service to include Holy Communion will follow at 11.15am. at St. Mark’s Church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can help with any church matter, please do contact him, either at the Rectory, on 01580~830268 or via his email at gordon.winchester@bt.internet.com

Please don’t forget to contact me if there are any matters that you’d like extra notice or publicity for. This column is here for you, and whatever social group, club, society or sports group event or celebration that you’re planning, I’d love to help promote your event. Just contact me.......Thank you.

Anne Reed

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