Staplecross

VILLAGE LIFE THROUGHOUT EWHURST PARISH: Comprising of the villages of Cripps Corner, Ewhurst Green and Staplecross , - will be settling down once more into a gentler pace, now that the flurry of Easter and our first Bank Holiday ‘break’ has come and gone. That’s not to say that there won’t be anything to enjoy or look forward to, or that life will be passing us by within our parish- as many events are being planned for us all to enjoy in the coming months. Our local children are preparing for their return to school and, no doubt, looking forward to taking part in all the exciting things that are lined up for them to enjoy in the summer months and our various sports clubs - both indoors and out - have also full fixture lists encouraging us to go along and support them or perhaps think about becoming members

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Is one such group and having already had a very busy work day recently preparing their ground and social club room/pavilion in readiness for their full calendar, the club members will be holding a Coffee Morning in their Bowls Club Pavilion, at Northiam Road, Staplecross, on Saturday April 11th at 10.30am (Tomorrow) This could be a perfect opportunity to come along and meet the people behind the scenes, so to speak !. If you have been considering taking up this sport, then this is an excellent chance to take it forward, talk to those who know, play and love the game. Come along and meet the members and find out more about this fascinating sport. A welcoming ‘Opening Day Bowls Drive’ has also been arranged to take place on Saturday April 18th -2.0pm for 2.30pm. If this wasn’t enough - 2 x New Members Sessions are booked- the first is for Sunday April 19th at 2.30pm and the second is for the following Friday April 24th at 6.0pm. both to take place at the Bowls Club. Do pop along, meet the members and supporters alike of this friendly and welcoming club. For all further details, please contact either Evelyn on 01580~830107 or email at eve.goodsell@virgin.net or Brian Scowen on 01580~830570.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL- ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: Just to jog your memory and to make sure you reserve this important date- Tuesday April 14th 7.15pm at Staplecross Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross, - You are all cordially invited to join your local Parish Councillors, together with Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council Councillors and representatives from the Highways Department and Neighbourhood Planning at this important event. We would like you all to come along and meet those people who serve you on all three tiers of local government, to enjoy the refreshments provided by our local W.I. (-come early-) and to visit the various stalls and displays that are promoting the various groups and societies that abound throughout our parish. There will be plenty of opportunities to raise any concerns you may have which are relevant to the parish. This meeting is open to both public and press and is always enjoyed by all who attend. So come along and tell us what you want from your councils and how you think we can serve you best.

STAPLECROSS LUNCH CLUB: This may only be a rather small dining group, but what it may lack in numbers, more than makes up for in its friendly and welcoming manner. Of course the main item to tempt you into becoming a part of this group is the superb and delicious meals that are served every month, and this next meeting, for Wednesday April 15th is no exception. Gathering at 12.30pm at the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross the ladies and gentlemen will meet up again for yet another delectable 2 course lunch- and the menu for this week is Roast Pork, accompanied by all the usual trimmings, followed by Lemon tray-bake, served with either sauce, custard or cream, completing this yummy repast will be tea or coffee. All this will not break the bank as the cost for the meal is only £6:00 per person. Sadly (for some!) this lively and happy social dining group is only available to those of a certain age (You have to be over 50 years young/old -depending on your outlook) - and agree to attend every month unless you notify us otherwise. How simple is that ? The members are a great bunch of people who would love for you to join them, so if you’d like to do so, please contact either Sally on 01580~8300000 or Dennis on 01580~830816 for all further information and to reserve your place at our table.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Continuing with their treks across the countryside, the members of the Rother Ramblers group have another delightful but short walk planned for our enjoyment. This time, on Wednesday April 15th, - they are ‘Quartering Wittersham’ for a distance of just 7 miles. The meeting point is the Blackwall Bridge on the ‘Flackley Ash to Wittersham road’. OS.EXP.125 TQ897269 (SatNavTN30 7EA) at 10.30am.There will be a picnic lunch but no coffee stop. Rita and Lionel are your ‘Walk Leaders’ for this trip and you may contact them on 01424~752452 for all further details.

PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBULATOR (PAD) TRAINING SESSION: Now that Ewhurst Parish Council in conjunction with Rother Responders have installed a P.A.D. (- known as ‘De-fibs’) at each of our 3 village pubs, - the Cross Inn at Staplecross; the White Dog at Ewhurst Green and the White Hart at Cripps Corner, and with grateful thanks sent to our lovely landlords/landladies for their kind support and co-operation, it seems only sensible to show as many people as possible how to use them !. Therefore a FREE TRAINING SESSION has been arranged by Ewhurst parish council again in conjunction with Rother Responders for ALL members of the public to come along and have a go at using these vital pieces of life saving equipment. Arranged for Thursday April 16th between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at St. Marks Church room, Northiam Road, Staplecross, TN31 5QH. this could be a real opportunity to allay any fear or trepidation regarding these machines. These units are very easy to use, with full vocal instructions at every step of the way, hopefully putting your mind at rest and at the end of the short session, you’ll wonder what you were so concerned about as you’ll feel more confident and capable in yourself after this little simple training session. No-one knows what’s around the corner for us, therefore the more help we can get, the more we can give. Come along and give it a try - for who knows when we may be thankful that we did.

NATIONAL OPEN GARDENS DAY: National Garden Week (April 13th until 19th ) was launched only four years ago by R.H.S. and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. All over the country R.H.S. gardens will be open to the public with Friday April 17th being for free. So why not treat yourself to an amazing day out. There are many to choose from and to help in your choice please contact nationalgardeningweek.org.uk

HEFFLE CUCKOO FAYRE: For a fun day out for all the family and to perhaps round off the Easter holiday break, why not consider visiting here. Dame Heffles Procession starts at Heathfield Community College and makes it’s way to the Recreation Ground in Cade Street, Old Heathfield. Between 11.0am and 4.0pm there will be something for all the family to enjoy with entertainment, sideshows and stalls, rural crafts, vintage vehicles, and not forgetting, the all important refreshments. Entry is free and there is ‘Park & Ride’ from the Market car park. This promises to be a wonderful day out for all the family and with proceeds going to the Demelza Hospice Care for Children it’s a winner for everyone. So go along, support this great cause and have a fabulous fun filled day to remember.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday April 12th Easter 1 at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP). There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Giles church, Bodiam but a Family Service will follow directly after at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross at 11.15.am. Reverend Graham Atfield will be conducting both these services as Reverend Gordon Winchester will be away on holiday. If there is any church matter in which Reverend Winchester can be of service, then please leave a message for him and he’ll contact you ASAP upon his return. You may contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green or by telephone 01580~830268 or via his email at Gordon.winchester@btinternet.com

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If your Group, Club, Society or Charity is planning to hold an event in the near future and you’d like extra coverage or promotion for it, then please, contact me with the details and we’ll certainly help to spread the word and help make your event the success it deserves Thank You.

Anne Reed

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