Staplecross

BONFIRE BOYS CAROL SERVICE: Christmas will soon be upon us and this may be just the right time to consider this invitation. It’s another reminder, well a big nudge really, to encourage one and all to come and support this lovely little local Yuletide event. Christmas is such a special time of the year and it is so good to see the results that all the hard work carried out over the last year, of a small but very dedicated society, finally come to fruition. This little group have done so much for many charitable causes, often in difficult circumstances and limited facilities and many local charities have reason to be grateful to them. Bringing their 2014 programme of events to a fitting and fabulous finale, the members of the Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Bonfire Society will be meeting at the War Memorial, in Staplecross, (opposite the Cross Inn) on Saturday December 6th at 6.15pm. for their ‘Torchlight Procession’ to St. Mark’s church, for their annual Carol Service. This is a spectacular sight to see and is quite amazing as members of the society, and the public alike, - hence your invitation to come and join in, - wend their way along Northiam Road, to this beautiful village church for a special Carol Service, accompanied by so many flaming torches , lighting up the dark night sky. After the service, light refreshments & tea/coffee and mulled wine will be taken in the adjoining church room,and the E.S.B.Bonfire Society will then pass on the funds, that they have raised through various events undertaken throughout the year, to their chosen local charities and good causes. Please come and join us in this special celebratory evening event. Children are very welcome to attend, as is everyone, so not just local residents. - Don’t forget to wrap up warm !!!. New members will always be enthusiastically and warmly welcomed, so if you feel that you’d like to be a part of this dedicated but very friendly group, please contact their Publicity Officer at: john.lederer@mypostoffice tele; 01580~830744 or Brian on; 01580830570 for details.

MOBILE LIBRARY: Arriving for it’s last visit to our parish for 2014, the little Mobile Library service will be visiting our three villages on Thursday December 11th. Making it’s first stop at the car park of the White Hart Inn, at Cripps Corner between 10.15 am. and 10.40am it will then, after a visit to Sedlescombe, arrive at Cricketers Field, in Staplecross approximately 11.50am. for the second of it’s stops. With business being concluded here it will depart at 12.20pm and continue on it’s journey serving Brede, Northiam and Bodiam before finally arriving at it’s last destination for the day at Ewhurst Green at approximately 3.40pm until 4.10pm. As stated, it will be the last visit until 2015 - so make sure you stock up on books etc. to last you well into the New Year, especially if the weather turns nasty, as is predicted. Don’t forget, you can get extended renewable dates for the holiday period, and of course, you can always renew them on-line at eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries and a good book, in a comfy chair in front of the fire, in the peace and quiet of your own home, with the horrid, cold weather outside, sounds like heaven, doesn’t it ? - even better, if there’s chocolates available.! --Try it and see !

SCHOOL NATIVITY: Christmas wouldn’t - and indeed couldn’t - be Christmas without a school Nativity play, and in the true tradition of this festive season, - our very own village school will be putting on their own superb production. Staplecross MCP school is inviting any of the residents of our community, together with any family members and friends,of all ages, to come along and join them and enjoy the magical performances. Two productions of this often told, but much loved tale are being offered for your entertainment and both will take place at the Village Hall in Staplecross.;- the first is for Thursday December 11th. when the curtain will rise at 2.30pm. and again the following day when there will be an early evening performance beginning at 6pm. Every child, including those who only started school in September, will be a part of this and have a role to play, and as always, Mums & Dads, as well as Grandmas & Grandpas, will be so proud of their own wee ones ‘performance’ - and rightly so. Chrismas is a time for sharing, so do come along and share in this special, magical story as ‘told’ by our own ‘special people’. For further details, please contact the School Secretary on 01580~ 830256. Just don’t miss it !

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Those stalwart members of the Rother Ramblers walking group have arranged another delightful stroll for our enjoyment this week. Entered under the mysterious heading of a 7 mile “ circular Winter wander,-going west ! “ it sounds rather intriguing. Taking place on Sunday December 14th those interested will be meeting at 10.0am in the seafront car park at West Marina, (Grosvenor Gardens,) St. Leonards ( SatNavTN380AG.) A picnic lunch is suggested and of course, dogs will be permitted to accompany you on this pleasant meander. Janet is the ‘Walk Leader’ on this occasion so please contact her on 01424~420570 for more information.

OUT & ABOUT: As Christmas draws ever nearer, you may be interested in attending this little festive production by The Christchurch Singers as they present “Christmas Praise”. Taking place at the Christchurch Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Bexhill on Sunday December 14th. from 6.0pm. The singers will present an evening of Christmas music and your favourite carols, with “Quintasia” being this years special guests. The Master of Ceremonies, - Mr.Barry Turnwell, will tell more excruciating jokes,- Pat Reigh will competently wield the baton and with Mavis Foskett and Gerald Witts providing the music, - this promises to be a fun and delightful evening event. The Christchurch Singers have chosen to support “ the Brain Tumour Charity” for this concert, in memory of a local soldier, Lee Hastings, who bravely fought this disease. If possible, please come and support this entertaining event and help support a very worthwhile cause. Further details and information can be obtained from Chris Cox on: 01424~ 220524. or via christchurchmethodist.org.uk

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at the church of St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday December 7th. Advent 2. at 9.30am. This service will also include Holy Communion. A special Family Service will follow directly after at St. Giles church, in Bodiam. There will be NO SERVICE held at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross on this day. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can help you in any church matter, he will be very glad to do so. You may contact him at any of these points;- The Rectory, Ewhurst Green. Telephone no: 01580~830268 - if he’s out, please leave a message and he’ll get back to you upon his return. - or via his email which is: gordon.winchester@btinternet.com

CHRISTMAS DRAWS EVER NEARER: and if your Club, Charity, Society or Group is planning a celebration or an event of any kind, be it Christmassy or not, - please do let me know. This column is here to help promote and/or publicise any events you may have planned, so do please get in touch...........Thank You.

Anne Reed

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