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ADVENT FAIR: Just a quick & gentle reminder that tomorrow Saturday November 22nd an Advent Fair will be held at the Village Hall in Staplecross from 12 Noon until 4pm. Held on behalf of the Ewhurst PCC it will include a Grand Raffle table, a Tombola stall, as well as many other enticing stalls including one for suggested Christmas presents and beautiful Christmas cards. There will also be some supervised activities and games for children, allowing you to browse in peace whilst the wee ones also enjoy themselves. In addition to all this will be delicious light lunches, refreshments and of course, - Mulled Wine ! - no Christmas would be complete without it, it would seem ! Any donations may be given to any member of the Ewhurst PCC or contact Heather on 01580~830845 or John 0n 01580~830830 for details.

‘HASTINGS - BEXHILL LINK ROAD’ : Again another reminder - This time of the three (3) Construction Exhibition dates that E.S.C.C. & R.D.C. have arranged in relation to this controversial project. The first date is on Tuesday November 25th at West St. Leonards Community Centre, 130 Filsham Road. The second date is on Tuesday November 26th and this will take place in The Plough Inn, Crowhurst and the final date for this round will be on Friday November 27th at the Sidley Children’s Centre, 121, Ninfield Road, Bexhill. The times for all exhibitions are the same 3.30pm until 6.30pm. Everyone has an opinion about this project, and it will effect a lot of people in one way or another, and so these exhibitions are there for your benefit and to allow you to see how this project is shaping and to ask any questions or queries about it. So do pop along if you can and see for yourself just what is taking shape in this Highway of Heaven or Hell, - depending on how you look at it !.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Once more, those merry members of the Rother Ramblers group are strolling through the countryside around us and no doubt hoping to make the most of what daylight is left to us as we enter the darker, gloomier and shorter days of the year. Two more walks are planned beginning with a 5 mile meander of ‘Bexhill Greenways Trail’. Taking place on Wednesday November 25th. the group -plus anyone who’d like to join them, - will be meeting in the main car park in Sidley, near Bexhill (SatNav TN395BB.) this is across the road from “Lidl’s supermarket” at 10.30am. A short refreshment break is suggested and of course your doggy pal may walk with you. The ‘Walk Leader’ for this occasion will be John so please contact him for all further information on 01424~773998. Next on the list is Walk No: 2 which is a 9 mile Groombridge-Speldhurst circular ramble. This walk has been arranged for Sunday November 30th and all those interested in this one, will be meeting up at 10.0am outside the Junction Inn in Groombridge. (SatNav TN39QQ) On street parking is available, but please park prettily. Of particular interest on this walk, will be the Burne-Jones & Morris windows in Speldhurst church. As usual a picnic lunch is suggested and once more dogs are allowed to accompany you. Adrian is the ‘Walk Leader’ today so please contact him on 01273~514336 for more details.

MEDIEVAL EVENING: Now for something just a little bit different. The Senlac Rotary Club will be holding a truly magnificient Charity Medieval Evening on Wednesday November 26th at The Stables Theatre, Hastings. Doors will be open 6pm and a delectable ‘finger buffet will begin at 6.45pm. Music will be provided by members of Queens Consort. The main event will be a performance of medieval Christmas music by “Blast from the Past” at 7.45pm. Tickets will cost a mere £14:50 with all proceeds going to Macmillan Support, - local RNLI and Senlac Rotary local charities. Please do what you can to support these very worthwhile causes. Peter Cocker is the man to contact for all further details and information. It promises to be a lovely evening.

MOBILE LIBRARY: This super little service will once more be wending it’s way through our little country lanes as it (so far) continues to provide our residents with a small but vital service of a Mobile Library. On Thursday November 27th. the little van will arrive first at the car park of the White Hart Inn, at Cripps Corner at approximately 10.15am, before leaving at 10.40am to continue on it’s journey. Following it’s visit to Sedlescombe it will arrive at Cricketers Field, Staplecross at approximately 11.50am. With business done here it will move off at 12.20pm to continue it’s journey through Brede, Northiam and Bodiam and will make it’s last stop of the day in Ewhurst Green at approximately 3.40pm. Our community as a whole has the privilege of using this service and all that it has to offer, - and there is a surprising amount on offer, - for free, so please residents, do make use of it. Save yourself time and effort and let the library come to you.

SCHOOL MUFTI DAY: These are some of the school days that our lovely little ( & the not-so-little, but still lovely) schoolchildren enjoy best. I’m talking about the odd special days throughout the Staplecross MCP School calender when the kiddies get to wear their own choice of clothes to school, instead of ‘school uniform’. Known as MUFTI Days, (- which I believe derives from the Army terminology meaning, - any clothing other than services uniforms to be worn) and for the cost of a coin, - a £1:00 coin in this case, children from all four classes at our primary school may wear what they like on Friday November 28th. All the monies donated from this very popular fun event will go towards the Christmas Raffle Cash Prize which will be won by some lucky person at their Christmas Fayre on December 5th. Yet another brilliant idea from our brilliant little village school.

CHARITY CHRISTMAS FAIR: Taking place on Saturday November 29th at Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Cripps Corner between 10.0am and 4.0pm this promises to be a wonderful Christmas Fair. Raising much needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society there will be much here to help part your pennies from your pockets with ease !. High quality crafted giftware - including pottery, silverware, scarves and cushions will be on offer as well as beautiful Christmas gifts for all the family. Added to all of that will be an enticing Barbeque with local sausages and burgers to soothe and sustain you as you shop and if that isn’t enough, Father Christmas may make an appearance for the delight of the wee ones there. Your support is always very much needed and appreciated at this Fair so please come if you can. Contact www.facebook.com/poppingholecraft for all further information.

A KIPLING CHRISTMAS: and MUMMERS WEEKEND. “Bateman’s” at Burwash which was the beautiful and much loved 17th Century family home of the ever popular author, Rudyard Kipling will once more be decorated with all the festive sights, sounds and scents of an Edwardian Christmas, instantly tranporting us back to that fascinating period. Open to the public between Saturday November 29th until Wednesday 31st December. daily between 11.30am and 3.0pm - the house will come alive with the magic of a bygone era. A special Christmas trail for the children- ( 0f all ages, I’m sure - as who’s grown up at Christmas) - leads to the Elves Workshop where the Elves can be found making toys and having a party in their candlelit watermill at the bottom of the garden. Normal admission charges apply but who can put a price on magic ? Also at Bateman’s for this special weekend,- ‘The Tonbridge Mummers’ will perform outdoor seasonal plays at intervals during the day. Again normal admission charges apply. But, what a weekend this promises to be.

VARIOUS FESTIVE FAIRS: Lots of additional Christmas fairs will be taking place all over the region, from now until Christmas Eve almost and to get you in the frame of mind to be thinking of all the wonderful things about Christmas instead of the wrong things, and to perhaps nudge you into visiting one or two of them,here is a quick summary of some of the fairs that will be held over the next few days

GREAT DIXTER: Saturday November 29th. 10-4pm Christmas Fair;- Annual event where local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artists & artisans will be selling their wares within the Medieval halls, Great Barn, gardens & outbuildings of this popular venue. £5:00 per person. NEWENDEN Fabulous Christmas Fair.Saturday 29th November 10-3.30pm A feast of hand made, artisan and vintage gifts for a special present. Festive Lunches, Artisan beer & Mulled wine + grand raffle promises a good day out. To be held at St. Peter’s Church & the Village Hall.Newenden. Free parking and entry. Call 01797~252536 or visit newenden.org/market.php. A Festive Market will take place at SISSINGHURST, Cranbrook. Over this weekend of 29th/30th November between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Come along and browse the selection of local products, festive goods, gifts and tasty food at Sissinghurst’s annual food market. Free entry, but normal admission charges apply to the garden. Or you could start the Christmas season on Saturday November 29th by visiting the Christmas Fair at WINCHELSEA. Begin with an enjoyable cup of tea or coffee, or try some mulled wine and mince pies, and browse the numerous stalls featuring jewellery, handicrafts, pottery, woodcraft, glassware, ceramics, Christmas decorations and home made produce. All this will be held between 10.0am and 1.0pm in the New Hall, Winchelsea, (Besides the Cricket field on the A259).

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at the church of St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday November 23rd. Sunday before Advent. with a service at 9.30am which will include Holy Communion (BCP). A service will follow directly after at 11.15am which will also include Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Giles church, Bodiam. Both of these services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if there are any church matters on which you would like to discuss further with him, please do contact him either at the Rectory, Ewhurst Green, or by telephone: 01580~830268 or via his email gordon.winchester@btinternet.com He’ll gladly help, however he can.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW: if there is any way I can help with whatever event, or celebration your own Club, Group, Charity or Society is planning. Christmas is rapidly approaching and will be upon us before we know it and this is the perfect time to publicise and promote your own event, so please do get in touch ..........Thank You.

Anne Reed

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