Staplecross

PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICE: It would seem that no matter in which direction you may be travelling, if you are using the roads, then you are certain to come across the bane of all motorists - those dreaded road works. At the moment there are many road works in operation in this area to watch out for: On the B2089, Broad Oak, Udimore to Rye road, outside Burnt House Farm. BT broadband works are taking place. These are due to finish on 27th March and are presently operating a 2-way temporary traffic light system.-off-peak working only. At Hurst Green -the A21 (London road) the works on the footpath closure are for the removal of the existing vehicle crossover. and tarmac coating for a new crossover and footpath. These works will take place between 20th and 23rd March.2015. Also there will be ‘White Lining’ in Hurst Green, again on the A21 London road these will incur lane closures but as they will be night works during 20th to 31st March hopefully not too much disruption will take place. Closer to home, but still on the A21.at Kent Street, Westfield, there will be drainage and other street works taking place, again during the night, and traffic lights will also be in place. The road works are expected to continue until approximately 11th April. 2015. There are various road works around here from Rye, to Hastings, to Battle and Bexhill and all points in between, If you experience any problems with these (or any other) road works, then please contact East Sussex County Council road works on 0345~6080193 or email: highways@eastsussex.gov.uk For further information on other road works in this county, that may effect your journey, please get in touch with E.S.C.C. at: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/roads and then use the interactive map. Please do take extra care when approaching these road works, especially at night. Please respect the road working teams and their equipment and always allow extra room when passing them. Lets help keep our roads a bit safer.--- Talking of road hold-ups, the Hastings Half Marathon will be taking place this Sunday March 22nd and with a great many roads closed to accommodate this, please choose another route into Hastings, or allow extra, extra time on your journey. Although this international event is only taking part on Sunday, there will be many disruptions and delays on the roads of this relay, on Saturday March 21st. as the Marshalls and other voluntary supporters put the barriers and markers in place ready for the big event the following day. Please be aware of them and take extra care. -it is after all, - a Fun Run !.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL: Lots of things are happening within our parish community at present. Here are some of them for your immediate notice. The eagle-eyed members of the community, may have noticed strange ‘boxes’ being placed on the outside walls of the pubs in the three villages that make up Ewhurst Parish. - The White Hart, at Cripps Corner, The Cross Inn at Staplecross and The White Dog at Ewhurst Green. These are in fact, ‘Public Access Defibrillators’ (P.A.D.) - more commonly known as ‘ De-fibs’. Purchased and provided by Ewhurst Parish Council, and in liaison with Rother Responders, each PAD has been placed in a strategic position which will allow any member of the public access to it should the need arise. Over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest each year in the U.K. and a patient’s chance of survival decreases by around 14% per minute without defibrillation following a cardiac arrest. As such, it is vital that emergency medical treatment begins as soon as possible. The instructions for use of these ‘Defibs’ are simple, clear, precise and vocal, and gives the user or operator easy to follow instructions, assisting you at every step of the way. The using of these machines is nothing to be afraid of and the Emergency Ambulance Control Room operators will also be constantly on hand to help and support you during this time, whilst the ambulance is on it’s way to you. If defibrillation is delivered promptly, survival rates as high as 75% can be achieved. Community First Responders (CFR) are ordinary members of the public who volunteer their time to be available to respond to selected emergency 999 calls, to help other members of the community when help such as this,is needed. Classes offering training to our community residents in the use of these ‘De-fibs’ are being suggested in the near future - and if nothing else is achieved, it will hopefully take away the fear of using these amazing units which are so vital to our widespread and rural areas. - and you’ll save a precious life in doing so. For further information of ‘De-fibs’ and the work of the Rother Responders, please visit the website: RotherCFR.co.uk or you can email Team Leader Tracy Pepler- her details are on the website.

New play equipment for the children’s play park in Northiam Road, Staplecross as promised, is slowly coming to fruition with several exciting items due to be installed in the very near future, hopefully in time for the long school summer holidays. I won’t spoil the surprise by revealing what’s in store for the delight and enjoyment of the little ones, but hours of fun are on the horizon. As many of you are now aware, a new, super ‘Teen Shelter’ has already been erected on a corner alongside this area. This is primarily for the use of our teenagers and young members of our community to meet up in and enjoy what we hope will be a place of their own. This shelter has the added benefit of solar panel lighting which we hope will enable the youngsters to make more use of it during the lovely long evenings of the long summer months. A waste bin and ‘ciggie’ disposal bin will be added very soon which we hope will encourage the users of their new shelter to use wisely. - Please enjoy it.

The members of the Ewhurst Parish Allotment Association are already spending time at their lovely allotments situated along in Lordine Lane, Ewhurst Green, in preparation for the season ahead. The new sheds should shortly be placed on their ‘own turf’ and will hopefully make life a lot easier for them as they plan and plant and sow and reap. There are still TWO plots available here and if you are interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables - or flowers- and would like to become a member and rent a plot, then please contact the Secretary of the association, Jacqui Hyett on 01580~830576. There’s nothing to beat the satisfaction of seeing the results of all your hard work come to fruition. Food grown by your own hands will always be the best you’ve tasted and this may be just the opportunity for you to do so. The allotments are already ring fenced with a water supply and there is parking available. The allotment holders are a friendly and helpful group of like-minded ‘growers’, who were amazed at the great results of their efforts in just their first year of using these plots, and YOU could doing the same ~ so why not give Jacqui a call ?

EWHURST,& STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY: A quick reminder that the Bonfire Boys Jumble Sale will be held TOMORROW Saturday March 21st at the Village Hall in Staplecross . Doors will open at 2.0pm to all those people, searching for the many bargains, and there promises to be an abundance of these. Refreshments will be available to keep you going and a cake stall and a raffle will also add to your enjoyment of the afternoon. All items for donation can be brought to the hall from 9.30am onwards and if this poses a problem please contact either John on 01580~830744 or Brian on 01580~830570 who will try to arrange for the collection of it. The monies raised from this venture will go towards the society’s funds which along with their major event of their calendar year, the Torchlight Procession, Bonfire and Firework display held in Staplecross, in November, will also allow them to donate to their own charitable and local causes at the end of the year. Please come along and support this worthwhile fund-raising event.

CONSERVATIVE OPEN MEETING: Following on from the success of his previous open meetings in other areas, Mr. Huw Merriman, who is the recently selected Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, would like to issue an open invitation to all and sundry to come along and meet him and discuss any concerns you may have. His other fellow party members, East Sussex County Councillor, Angharad Davies and Rother District Councillor, Tony Ganly, will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Two more dates have been arranged and the first is for Saturday March 21st (TOMORROW.)Saturday March 21st at 10.0am in Etchingham, at the bistro on Etchingham Station. If you can’t make this date, try to come along to the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday 24th March at 7.30pm. This event will be held in the Community Centre at Heathfield. Light refreshments will be served at all of his Open meetings and all will be warmly welcomed. You can contact Huw via his email: huw@huwmerriman.org.uk or you may telephone him on 01424~219117.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Still out & abouting, those members of the Rother Ramblers who constantly stride around our beautiful countryside and enjoy every moment of the free, fresh air, have arranged two (2) more walks for our enjoyment. Walk No: 1 is a 6 mile Wartling circular, part of the fascinating Pevensey Levels and is planned for Wednesday March 25th. Those wishing to take part will meet with the group, in or near The Lamb Inn car park. OS EXP 124. TQ657093. (SatNav BN27 1RY) at 10.0am. Please Note: Parking permission given for some cars at the Lamb Inn. A short coffee stop and an option of a lunch stop at The Lamb at the end of the walk. Jane and Peter are the ‘Walk Leaders’ for today, so please contact them on 01424~733300 or mobile 07732~366090. for all further details. Walk No: 2 is a slightly longer stroll of only 10 miles and is a Winchelsea to Icklesham circular with glorious far reaching views. Taking place on Sunday March 29th. The meeting point is in the layby adjacent to the public conveniences in Winchelsea. OS EXP 125. TQ904172. (SatNav TN36 4EP) at 10.0am. A picnic lunch is suggested and Richard is the man doing the ‘leading’ today, so please contact him on: 01424~892865 for all further information.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday March 22nd. Lent 5 at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) A service at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross, will follow directly afterwards at 11.15am. This service will also include Holy Communion. 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 service in any church matter, please don’t hesitate to contact him - either at the Rectory, Ewhurst Green, or by telephone: 01580~830268 or by contacting him via his email which is: Gordon.winchester@btinternet.com - He’ll be very happy to help in any way he can. If he’s out please just leave a message and he’ll return your call at the earliest opportunity.

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