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HERDMAN PAVILION UPDATE: The increasingly popular, brilliant little meeting place in Ewhurst Green, The Arthur Herdman Pavilion, was the setting last Friday (13th) for an enthralling address by a local resident of Northiam, Mr. Geoff Allum. He spoke of his experience as the first man, in the company of his cousin, to row across the Atlantic Ocean, from East to West in 1971. His audience was fascinated to hear that this was all done without any of the navigational aids that modern day sailors or anyone setting off on an expedition or adventure, have now come to rely on. Those wishing to slim may see this as a quirky means of achieving this aim, - although only briefly,- as the rowers lost over a third of their body weight during this trial. The tales of the harsh regime of incarceration in a tiny boat for over two months whilst conquering all the hazards of navigating a vast, often hostile ocean and with only a half pint of water for a drink at the end of each day were both harrowing and inspirational, and certainly well worth listening to and was much enjoyed by the audience. The Herdman Association hope to have many more varied and interesting speakers to bring to you in the future. Check out their website for what’s coming up next at: herdmanassociation.weebly.com

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Two more interesting and varied walks are planned for your enjoyment this week. The first is a 10 mile circular walk via Hawkhurst, Beales Green and Fourwents and has been arranged for Sunday February 22nd. Those interested are to meet at 10.0am at the car park near Tesco on the A268, Hawkhurst. OS EXP 136. TQ764304. (SatNavTN18 4HZ). A picnic lunch is suggested or lunch at the Eight Bells Pub, on the Moor. David is your ‘Walk Leader’ for today, so please contact him on 01580~852432 for all further information. Walk No: 2 is planned for Wednesday February 25th and is an 8 mile circular tour of Sandhurst Church and the beautiful area that surrounds it. Please meet at 10.0am at Sandhurst Church QS 136.TQ790274 (SatNavTN18 5NS) Once more a picnic lunch is suggested. Your ‘Walk Leader’ on this occasion is Martin so for any further details, please contact him on: 01424~752793.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: News of a new event for the support of Dementia sufferers’ and any of their family, friends and carers alike, touched by this hated and cursed complaint has reached me and I would like to pass this on. A new ‘Drop In’ club, arranged and supported by Dementia Support East Sussex, is about to open it’s doors on a new event, to welcome anyone who is caught up in the grasp of this dreadful disease. Amongst the proposed amenities for the benefit of all will be singing; music; and various other activities all destined to bring some fun and light-hearted entertainment to you. Here you’ll be able to make new friends, learn new skills and find new interests. Taking place EVERY SATURDAY at “Better Brighter Bexhill Centre”, 31, Station Road, Bexhill. Commencing this Saturday - February 21st from 9.am until 12.noon The centre look forward to welcoming one and all to this new venue. Please telephone 01424~210325 or email: whitegates@mail.com or mobile 07869~619861 for all further information regarding this exciting new venture and do all you can to support them.

STAPLECROSS BONFIRE BOYS: An appeal is being asked for help with a new and very exciting addition to their calendar this month. As previously mentioned in this column, a fun and friendly, but very noisy event (hopefully !) family event, is planned for Friday February 27th at 6.30pm at Quarry Farm, in Bodiam in the form of a “Wassailing Event”. This promises to be a great, friendly if noisy, event for the whole family to enjoy and that’s just what the society are hoping to achieve here. Full details are on the website esbs.org.uk/wassailing.php. .... Now for the appeal ~ Help is needed in setting up a couple of marquees and getting the site ready. The plan is to hold a work party on Sunday February 22nd and to meet at the Bonfire storage hut ( adjacent to Staplecross Social Club), Northiam Road, Stplecross at 10.0am. They will also need some people on Friday 27th during the daytime to help erect the marquees. Volunteers are also badly needed for the various tasks that accompany events such as this, during the evening such as: directing car parking; bar/food stalls; checking of bonfire/torches; and of course, the rattling of the collecting tins that help plan, promote and support this type of activity. Plus, of course, help is always needed in the clearing up afterwards on Saturday February 28th. Please see what you can do to help, if only for an hour or two, as it does make such a difference and is always so appreciated. If you can spare some time for any of the chores please let Eric know via: enquiries@esbs.org.uk or by telephoning 07796~957435. Thank You so very much - in advance - and please do encourage all your family and friends and work mates, to come along and join in the festivities, support this new event and all have a wonderful and safe and fun time.

MOBILE LIBRARY: Once more the welcome sight of the Mobile Library van will be seen calling again at our villages of Staplecross & Cripps Corner. It will be arriving at Cricketers Field, Staplecross on Thursday February 26th at 1.50pm and after serving those residents, it will then depart at 2.20pm for its other parish destination, that of Cripps Corner. The library van will continue to park on the car park of The White Hart Inn, upon it’s arrival at 2.30pm and will then depart at 2.55pm for it’s last journey of the day. Please do continue to make use of this important and vital service to our parish community. So much can be learnt from books and many a new hobby, interest, passion or world even, has been achieved, just from perusing books. Please,use it !.

CONSERVATIVE OPEN MEETING: An open invitation is extended to you all to come along and meet Mr. Huw Merriman. Recently selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Huw, together with his fellow party members, East Sussex County Councillor, Angharad Davies and Rother District Councillor Tony Ganly, will be holding an open meeting on Saturday February 28th between 11.0 am to 12.30.pm at the Village Hall in Sedlescombe. All residents are cordially invited to meet Huw and to ask him, and his companions any questions you may have. This may be a good chance for you to air your concerns of what’s happening in our area, and seek answers to those other questions that may interest or effect you on a wider scale. Light refreshments will be served and one and all will be warmly welcomed.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:

STAPLECROSS & EWHURST GREEN W.I. : Meeting at St. Mark’s Church Room, Northiam Road, Staplecross on Tuesday March 3rd at 2.30pm. The guest speaker, -excellent, as usual- will be Mr. Gary Skipsey talking about “Meal On A Budget” Just what is needed in these ‘belt-tightening’ times. As always it promises to be an enlightening afternoon amongst congenial company. Please ring Ann on 01580~831944 for all further details.

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: The Village Hall Committee will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday March 3rd. at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Everyone is very welcome to attend, and those lovely people who work very hard on your behalf to run and maintain the Village Hall, will be pleased to see you there. Come along and put forward your ideas of what you’d like to see provided by the V.H. Maybe you have an idea for a new activity or function, or maybe you’d like to find out just what is provided by the Hall. Just come along and give us your input.

Also another date for your Diary is for Saturday March 7th. This is when the Village Hall Committee hold the 1st of their annual Mammoth Jumble Sales. Starting at 2.pm it promises to be better than ever, so bring big bags,- the better to bag your bargains, - ‘Donations’ for the sale can be dropped at the hall on the morning of the sale from 9.30am onwards, or if that’s not feasible, contact Hilary on 01580~830704 or Pauline on 01580~830570 for collection

E.S. & B. GARDEN SOCIETY: An evening to definitely get excited about if you have any ‘greenness’ in you at all ! The Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society will be holding another of their delightful horticultural evenings on Thursday March 5th at the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Beginning at 7.30pm the guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Buttress. He will be sharing some of his vast knowledge and experience to inform and amuse us all, but perhaps he’ll be better known to you as one of the judges on The BIG Allotment Challenge, currently shown on BBC2. A delightful man who’ll be happy to answer your questions or queries (and I’m sure there’ll be many-) on anything horticultural, from a pot or a window box to wide, green acres !

HERDMAN ASSOCIATION: Another exciting event is planned to take place at the Arthur Herdman Pavilion in Ewhurst Green in the form of a Quiz Night. This is going to take place at this fantastic pavilion on Friday March 6th at 7pm. Team Tables of four and the tickets are £4:00 per head. Don’t worry if you cannot make up a team, a place will always be found for you amongst friendly faces. This (hopefully) will not be likened to ‘Mastermind’ as it’s intended to be a fun and friendly fund raising evening with a little competitive spirit thrown in ! For more details see: herdmanassociation.weebly.com

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday February 22nd. Lent 1. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP). A service which will include Holy Communion will follow directly after at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross at 11.15am. There will be NO SERVICE held today at St. Giles church, Bodiam. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can be of any assistance to you, on any church matter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, or by telephoning 01580~830268 or via his email - Gordon.winchester@btinternet.com If he’s not there to answer, and he often isn’t, -please leave a message and he’ll return your call as soon as he’s able to. He’ll always be happy to help, however he can.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are planning an event or a celebration of any kind and you’d like more coverage or just a mention, then do please contact me and I’ll spread the word on your behalf Thank You.

Anne Reed

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