Staplecross

COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: Another notice from the Sussex Police, - Rother District Neighbourhood Policing Team are advising us all to keep our homes secure as possible, - especially during the darker days and earlier encroaching evenings that this winter promises. If possible, fit security lighting, - either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that will come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement. Use an automatic time switch on an indoor light, either upstairs or in a room that cannot be peeped into from the road. Change the timing on this switch regularly.Put a time switch on a radio tuned into a chat show, - giving the impression that the house is occupied. Again, regularly change the timing on the switch. Please ensure that all doors and windows, - especially those on the ground floor and to the rear of the building- particularly above flat roofs- are locked and secure. This includes your garage and/or garden shed, as tools and equipment can be used to aid a break-in or be stolen. Use strong, locks & bolts wherever possible. Keep your keys, including your car keys, out of sight & out of reach. Again, if possible Property Mark your valuables with your postcode and your name & house number, bearing in mind that some articles are unsuitable for marking in his way, so take photographs of them, - with a ruler in view to show scale. Many insurance companies will offer a discount on the policy if this has been done. Trim overgrown plants in the garden, so as not to provide burglars a good hiding place. Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars, but before choosing a system, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs. Please remember, - the best defence against burglary is prevention - and for more advice on crime prevention visit www.sussex.police.uk and in an emergency, or if you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.

GENTLE REMINDERS: BONFIRE SOCIETY ~ CAROL SERVICE: Saturday December 5th is the date for the Staplecross Bonfire Society annual Carol Service. This is a Christmas Carol service with a real difference ! How many of you can say that you’ve been to a Christmas Carol Service made all the more magical, by having been escorted there by flaming torches ?. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, which begins at 6.15pm when everyone gathers at the War Memorial, in Staplecross, and with many of the Bonfire Society members being ‘dressed up’’, this just adds to the ambience of this special evening. The torches will be lit, and then the procession will wend it’s way, amid much laughter and joviality, to the lovely little church of St. Mark’s for a wonderful and uplifting Christmas Carol Service. This is an exciting event, as it allows us to not only enjoy the beautiful carols in a beautiful setting, but afterwards in the church room, to enjoy an hour or so of congenial company, as well as the Mulled Wine and Festive Nibbles that are provided by this popular and charitable social group. There then follows the result of all their hard work and various selfless projects undertaken throughout the past year, when the presentation of the cheques are awarded to their chosen charities and to other local good causes. The evenings’ event truly does have that “Feel-Good Factor” - and quite rightly so,- so do please come along and enjoy the social atmosphere and be a part of this unique activity.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Getting into the spirit for Christmas, - or the stride, in this case, those merry members of this popular walking group have two (2) more walks arranged for our enjoyment. The first is for Sunday December 6th and is an 8 mile North of Hadlow Down circular. The meeting point is 10.00am. at ‘Tinkers Park’ OS EXP135. TQ539241. (SatNav TN22 4ES) Park in the large layby at Tinkers Park on the A272, just before ‘Wilderness Wood. A picnic lunch is suggested. Lionel and Rita will be your ‘walk leaders’ for this outing, so please contact them on 01424~752452 for more details. Walk no: 2 has an intriguing title, - “Keeping away from the Link Road” ! This is a six mile circular meander, planned for Thursday December 10th. The meeting point is Bexhill Road, (St. Leonards) Playing Field car park -off the A259 at Bulverhythe. OS EXP 124. TQ775087. (SatNav TN38 8AL) at 10.15am. Please note: Buses 98 & 99 Hastings - Bexhill pass this meeting point. As usual, a short picnic lunch is suggested. Janet will be your lady ‘walk leader’ for today, so please contact her on 01424~420570 for all further information.

MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE: The little Mobile Library van will be making the last of it’s visits to Ewhurst Green this year, when it arrives on Thursday December 10th. This is a much needed and often vital service as it helps people who live in our rural areas gain access to and enjoy the services and benefits of all that is available in the main branch libraries. It will arrive at 10.40am and then depart at 11.10am. for pastures new. Please continue to make good use of all that is on offer, as you’ll be surprised at just what is available to you. Give it a try and find out for yourself. Make a note of the new dates for 2016 when the Mobile Library Service will once more be arriving in Ewhurst Green. They will re-commence this much needed service beginning on January 21st. Please note; this will be the ONLY DATE in January so make sure you loan as many books as you can to stock up, ready for whatever nasty surprises the weather has in store for us.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: STAPLECROSS MCP SCHOOL ~ NATIVITY PLAY: Another gentle reminder from Mrs Liz Avard, who together with all her staff and everyone of her pupils, would like to invite any resident from Ewhurst Parish to come along and join them at their school’s production of the Story of the Nativity that will take place in the Village Hall, Staplecross on Thursday December 10th at 2.00pm with another performance the following day Friday December 11th (same place) at 6.00pm. No-one tells the story of The Nativity quite like schoolchildren and if you can, please try to come along and enjoy the magical, enchanting and emotive way these children do just that, -remember to keep those tissues for tear drying at the ready-!!! Every child from every class - including those who only started school a few weeks ago -will be involved in doing something in this ‘production’ and the pride in whatever role they play and their enjoyment whilst doing so, clearly shows through. Entrance is free to all because this wonderful little village school, just want to share their version of that special story with you. Please try not to miss it.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: CAROLS ON THE GREEN: Please make a note of this date: ~ Thursday December 17th. from 6.00pm and the venue is the green, at Ewhurst Green. This great festive event will certainly bring about that warm feeling, both inside and out as ‘mince pies and mulled wine’ are available and offered to all to help offset what no doubt will be, a chilly winter’s night. The inside glow will come from being a part of a congenial group of like-minded people coming together to enjoy a social time, singing carols portraying the age old story of Christ’s birth and others just about the Christmas season. Song sheets of the carols, will be available, so there’s no excuse for not knowing the words !. A collection will be made in aid of Ewhurst P.C.C. This is a beautiful, traditional event, not to be missed, so please come along and sing a Carol for Christmas and just for the joy of it. All will be very welcome and further details can be obtained from Glenys on: 01580~830491. 2nd Diary date is-

GARDEN SOCIETY CHRISTMAS PARTY: Many of us will enjoy attending a Christmas party or 2 before, during and after that special day. This is one of them. The very friendly and helpful members from this lovely little local horticultural society would like to invite you to join them on this special night - Friday December 18th from 7.00pm in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross. There promises to be an evening in superb and congenial company, enjoying fun ‘entertainment’ with great yummy refreshments and a grand raffle with fantastic prizes to boot. Entrance for members is free, but guests sadly, must pay the miserly sum of £3:00 per person to enjoy all that’s on offer, - which is rather a lot. So book the date and come along and enjoy what promises to be a super evening amongst friends. Please contact Ruth (Secretary) on 01580~831918 for all further details of this and what this local garden society is planning for next year, as you may even be tempted to become a member.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St, James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday December 6th. Advent 2. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. A Family Service at St. Giles church, Bodiam will follow directly after at 11.15 am. There will be NO SERVICE at St. Mark’s church, Staplecross today. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if there is any church matter on which you feel he may be of further assistance, then do please get in touch. You may contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, or by telephone on 01580~830268 or via his email gordon.winchester@btinternet.com He’ll always be happy to help.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If your Group, Club, Society or Charity is planning to hold an event in the near future, - especially if it’s a “Christmassy Do” or perhaps an event coming up in the New Year and you’d like extra coverage, then do please get in touch with me to take advantage of some free publicity. Time marches on and the Festive Season is already upon us, and the ‘Actual Day’ creeps ever closer, so please let us help you to promote your event. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, - posh or poor, - if it’s of interest to you, --- it’s of interest to us. It’s never too early to let me know what you are planning so please contact me whenever you can...........Thank You.

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