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STAPLECROSS ART GROUP: Just a gentle reminder that TONIGHT Friday April1st. sees the opening of our vey own local art exhibition. This show is only staged every other year, and certainly deserves a ‘look-in’. Arranged by the Art Group Tutor, Hilary Ganly, this show, which is held at the Staplecross Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross (SatNav TN32 5QG) from 7.00pm and 9.0pm tonight and continues on Saturday 2nd April between 10.00am and 4.00pm and Sunday 3rd. April also between 10.00am and 4.00pm will be well worth a meander through the displays. We are very lucky to have on our own doorstep, so to speak, our own talented, instructive and very friendly art group, which is very ably led by a superb local tutor, Hilary Ganly. This is a delightful opportunity to go along and easily lose an hour or so of your time, strolling along and viewing the artistic creations of others laid out for us all to enjoy. Art through a variety of mediums such as water colour; acrylic, oils etc. will be displayed for only a short period of time. Many of these artworks will be available for sale, so why not treat yourself’?. The range of subject matter is amazing, so there is bound to be something displayed that catches your eye!. More details and information can be obtained by contacting Hilary on 01580~830704.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: With the wet and blustery days of Easter now behind us, we hopefully, can look forward to a more calmer and gentler time, with some spring warmth thrown in for good measure. To get us in the mood for Spring and to entice us out into the countryside, the members of the Rother Ramblers walking group have arranged two (2)

more walks for us to enjoy. Walk No: 1 is arranged for Sunday April 3rd and is a 7 mile circular stroll from Rushlake Green, via Vines Cross. The meeting point is on the green - opposite the Horse & Groom pub. OS.EXP123. -

TQ626182. (SatNav TN21 9QJ) at 10.30am. Parking is available around the Green and of course, a picnic lunch is suggested. Tim is to be your ‘walk leader’ for this outing, therefore for all further information please contact him on 01424~272459 or mobile number 07831~68588. Walk No: 2 is an equally delightful meander of 8.5 miles and is a South Downs and River Ouse circular trip taking in some spectacular scenery along the way. Planned for Wednesday April 6th, the meeting place for this trip will be the car park on South Downs Way at the end of the road, out of Firle village. OS.EXP123. -TQ468059. (SatNav BN8 6LR) at 10.00am. Once more a picnic lunch is suggested. Martin will be your ‘walk leader’ for this excursion and you may contact him on 01424~752793 for all further details.

STAPLECROSS & EWHURST GREEN W.I. : - Another date for the ladies to put in their diaries is that for Tuesday April 5th, from 2.30pm in St. Mark’s church room, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Booked to come along to woo and wow us, - enlighten and enthral us, is yet another very interesting speaker in the form of Mr. Ken Brookes, who will enliven us all with a fascinating history of St. Leonards (on-Sea)- how and why it came about, and by whom !. Plus, of course, the renowned W.I. afternoon tea, plus the friendly, cheery, lovely lady members and yet another great afternoon amongst congenial company, is guaranteed. Why not come along and join us ?, - you’ll always be sure of a very warm welcome. To find out more of what’s planned, just ring Ann on 01580~831944 for more details.

E.S.B.GARDEN SOCIETY: This is the first of several of our local ‘Horticultural Shows’ and comes in the form of our ‘Spring Flower Show’ This is booked to take place at the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross on Thursday April 7th, and is a fabulous part of the Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam’s Garden Society’s April meeting which will begin at 7.30pm. Together with a very interesting speaker in the person of Joanna Pope, from the ‘Perfect Tree Company’, who will give us an “Enthusiast’s Guide to Olive Oil”, - the sight and scent of all the stunning and beautiful spring flowers adorning the tables and filling the hall with their heady and uplifting perfume, will make you really believe that winter has truly gone and brighter days are just around the corner !. Another superb enticement to take part in this little spring show, is that there are NO fees to pay and NO forms to fill in. There won’t be prize money, but points gained at this show WILL count towards the Hughes Silver Challenge Cup; the Hurley Challenge Cup; the Norma Stringer Memorial Cup and the Parva Cup. There is a lovely selection of simple but various classes to consider taking part in, which is sure to please many of us, who may feel that entering a little village horticultural show is too difficult for mere garden lovers. This is certainly NOT the case,- so please grab a schedule, have a look and just enter ! Exhibits should be staged from 7.00pm to 7.30pm so for more details of what to do, how to do it and what to expect, please contact either of the garden society’s ‘Show Secretaries’ - Pam Underhill on 01580~881839 or Maggie Whitaker on 01580~830041. They will give you the guidelines of exhibiting, as well as all the help, support and encouragement you’ll ever need.

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: This is a gentle reminder of another Fund-Raising event promoted by the Village Hall Committee. This promises to be a light-hearted and fun filled evening entertainment in the form of a superb ‘Quiz Night’,- comprising of all round General Knowledge questions, which together with a great raffle with great prizes, a delicious hot supper (including a vegetarian option) all enjoyed amongst congenial company is set to be a popular event in the busy calendar for the dedicated supporters of the village hall. This event is booked for Saturday April 9th. 7.00pm for commencing at 7.30pm. Mr. Peter Hook will be the ‘Quizmaster’ and you are encouraged to bring along your own choice of drinks. Why not get up a team of 4 and come along and have a really great night out !. What’s a little rivalry amongst family and friends ?. Please look out for the posters & flyers and contact Hilary on 01580830704 or Pauline on 01580~830570 or even me on 01580~831881 for all further information. - Any event that benefits our Village Hall, ultimately benefits us all. The hard working people of the Village Hall Committee have worked very hard to plan and promote this event, for your enjoyment, as an event to help raise funds for our lovely village hall, to allow every one to continue to benefit from it’s use, - so please do what you can to support it, please get up a team, come along and have fun whilst supporting a very worthy cause.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL. - ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: This is the advance notice for the Ewhurst Parish Council’s, ‘Annual Parish Assembly’. Once more, this will take place in the Village Hall, Northiam road, Staplecross on Tuesday April 12th. from 6.45pm -to allow for ‘mingling’. This is when all of the residents from all three parish’s are cordially invited to come along and ‘meet your Councillors’ - on ALL three levels - and hear the summary of the Council’s forecast incomings and outgoings for the past year. As in previous years, there will be guest speakers from other organisations, talking on matters, which we feel may be of interest to our residents. There will be opportunities for you to raise any concerns you may have which are relevant to the parish and to make suggestions. A delicious buffet style refreshment table, kindly provided by our own local W.I. ladies, for your convenience, will be available together with tea/coffee and soft drinks, for you to partake before the meeting is ‘officially’ opened at 7.15pm.. This meeting also gives you the chance to visit the many charming table displays, ably promoting many of our local groups interests and activities which abound throughout our parish. The Annual Report, on behalf of Ewhurst Parish Council, should have been received by all the parish residents, but if you have inadvertently been missed out, there will be spares available at this meeting, Please make sure this date is also added to your diary and calendar and make sure you keep that date free. It’s always a friendly, interesting and worthwhile evening, so do please come along and join us.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday April 3rd. Easter 2. at 9.30am. This service will also include Holy Communion. There will be NO SERVICES today at both St. Giles church, Bodiam, AND St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Once more we welcome the return of Reverend Graham Atfield, who will officiate at the service and we thank him for kindly continuing to do so. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, then do please get in touch. You may contact either of the churchwardens ~ Graham Peters -on gg.peters@btinternet.com and telephone no: 01580~830203 for Bodiam church matters and for Ewhurst Parish church matters, please contact Jo Goodwin-on grannygoodwin@hotmail.com and telephone no: 01580~830601. Help in some form or another, is always at hand, and so generously given, so do please contact them.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are arranging an event in the near future, --- however large or small and you’d like some (FREE) extra coverage for it,~ courtesy of the Observer Newspaper,- then please get in touch. If it’s of interest to you, - it’s of interest to us. It’s never too early to send in your details and to tell us what you are planning, and with the promise of warm summer months ahead of us, it’ll be nice to be able to learn of the various events that will soon be taking place. So please do contact me, as I’d love to hear from you and to help ‘spread the word’ on your behalf.........Thank You

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