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JOHN OWEN: When John’s long and painfully debilitating illness finally came to an end last Friday, we can only be grateful for him that he was spared any further suffering, but for Anne and their family, and his wide circle of friends, his loss will be keenly felt. When he and Anne first settled in Udimore, at the turn of the century, John soon impressed everyone with his amazingly wide range of talents, both practical and artistic - his skilfully rebuilt section of our churchyard wall and his entries of pastels and carvings in local exhibitions for instance. With little previous experience of our local building materials, he soon became a most successful self-taught restorer of ancient timber-framed buildings, rescuing at least one of them from serious deterioration. Always to be relied on for good commonsense advice, and with a warm and friendly personality, John was a much respected member of the Udimore community. I hope to include details of the arrangements for his funeral in this column soon.

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Netherfield news


Netherfield Residents Meeting: Last Monday night 8th May ,a special meeting was held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm to discuss a development which will extend the size of Netherfield by 35 homes. It was a passionate affair with the community voicing their opinion on whether the homes should be built or not.

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Northiam news


Conservation Society: The Conservation Society is in need of volunteers to keep it running. The current committee, not least Mervyn the Chairman, have worked ceaselessly for the good of the village for quite a while now and need to be able to hand over some of the more active tasks to new blood. If you are interested in the future of the village, please do consider standing for office. The more people who step forward, the less onerous the task will be, so please do think about this. Whatever, please come to the AGM on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall to discuss the future of the Society.

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Etchingham news


PUBLIC MEETING: There is a Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting tomorrow (Saturday May 20), 11.30am in the Ahrens Hall, Parsonage Croft. You are invited to attend a Meeting to hear about the progress of the Etchingham Neighbourhood Plan and the preliminary findings of the Questionnaire.

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Brede news


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Burwash news


Bingo: Don’t forget to support the Brownies prize bingo this evening. It is being held in The Pavilion at Swan Meadow in Ham Lane, just past the Rose & Crown public house. These events are always great fun with lots of great prizes to be won. The doors open at 7pm with eyes down at 7.30pm. All the proceeds will be given to the Brownies for repairs to the meeting hut in Burwash Common. Look forward to seeing some of my supporters there too.

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Bodiam news


William Past: it was good to see William Past the number two at Bodiam Castle after his accident in his home but I must say when I last saw William at the castle he did look like could do with some time off from his hard work but how can he with one of the best castles around to look after but we hope he will have some time off soon?

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: It’s drizzling at the moment, so I hope you haven’t any outdoor activities planned. I had my car professionally cleaned at the weekend, so I suppose rain was to be expected !!

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Catsfield news


Christian Aid Week: This special week starts this Sunday 14th May and will end next Saturday 20th May with the popular Coffee Morning and Plant Sale which will be held in the Village Hall from 10am – 12pm, entrance 50p. There will be the usual large selection of annual, perennial and vegetable plants for sale as well as Cakes and a Raffle. Donations for all these stalls will be most gratefully received and of course refreshments will be served. The Christain Aid envelopes for donations will also be available to help this worthy charity in its good work.

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Westfield news


Westfield’s Annual Parish Assembly: was very well supported last week, with a good number of village organisations bringing displays. Hopefully the ideas for using redundant telephone boxes will result in some creative suggestions for the newly acquired Westfield box. A paramedic talked us through the use of the village defibrillator, and hopefully people are now confident that they can help in an emergency. Vice-Chairman Hamish Monro gave a short report about the work of the Parish Council during the past year. The Rose Bowl for community service was awarded jointly to Min and Dan Stratford and Sarah Jones for their work with the youth club. Certificates of thanks were presented to Ann and Malcolm Stocker, who have organised Love in a Box for many years, Nik and Rosemary Wiggins for their help with the youth club, Patrick Edwards of The New Inn for his support of community events, and Toby Walsh for looking after the War Memorial. Re-elected County Councillor Carl Maynard talked briefly about the ongoing plans for the A21/A28, and many of the questions following were predictably concerned with traffic, hedges, road signs – although, as ever, there were no simple answers.

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Sandhurst news


Church services: events and services at the Baptist Church for Sunday, May 21 are morning worship at 10:30 AM. Chris Knott the elder and secretary of the church will take the service and at 7 PM an evening meeting will take place at the church. The phone number is (01580) 850715. Little Rainbows Mother and Toddler Group takes place at the church from 10:30 AM to midday during school terms only every Friday. The St Nicholas Church Anglican services on May 21 are 8 AM Holy Communion. The rector will take the service and at 10 AM for morning worship Lynn Hayes will take the service. On a Tuesday morning at 10 AM Holy Communion takes place at the Mission Church.

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Robertsbridge news


Film Night: is this evening Friday 19th May at Robertsbridge Hall starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm for you to get settled and seated. The film this month is `A United Kingdom` which is a true love story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, over coming the massive resistance to the heir to an African throne marrying a white British girl. Some may remember this happening, many will not. It is a heart-warming story starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. All are welcome.

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Staplecross news


COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: OBITUARY ~ It is with much sadness that I have to announce the death of a well known and well regarded local resident ~ Mr Barry Walker ~ who passed away on April 21st 2017 at St. Michael’s Hospice, following a short illness. Barry, with his wife Patricia, came to live in Cripps Corner in 1986. Being self-employed, he used his vast building and plumbing skills to improve the cottage they purchased, into the beautiful home it is now.

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Literary dreams: This evening (Friday) is Members Evening at the Literary Society’s meeting starting at 7 for 7.30pm in the Lower Court Hall. “To sleep, perchance to dream” from Hamlet’s famous soliloquy “To be or not to be” is the title and everybody has the opportunity of sharing their own literary choices on this theme.

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Iden news


A SENSE OF THE RIDICULOUS: Are any of you watching ‘The Durrells’ on Sunday night TV? It always makes me feel uplifted. It’s quaint, and funny, and for the hour that it’s on, it’s gentle humour, lovely views of Corfu, and the silly, but endearing antics of the Durrell family are pure joy. Like many manifestations of poetic licence, it teeters on the edge of plausibility, but that is it’s charm. Where has our sense of the ridiculous gone? [Probably drowned in a vat of political correctness.] No one is daft anymore. Nowadays humour seems to boil down to the wittering’s of the super-intelligent, or something crass. We need a little stupidity. I remember laughing at Morecombe and Wise, when they had Shirley Bassey descending the stairs in an evening gown, wearing an old boot, and the bit where they called Andre Previn Mr Preview, and Eric was trying to teach him to play the piano. It was as mad as a box of frogs, but it was just the sort of nonsense we needed to lift us out of the doldrums. I used to enjoy a Brian Rix farce too [did you?]. It would always begin with some distraught woman dashing across the stage shouting “Vicar”. The Vicar of course would be in the wardrobe with the cleaning lady without the slightest idea how he got there. It was totally crazy, but at least a bit of ‘crazy’ makes us smile.

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Beckley news


Beckley’s village voice is back!: If you have anything you wish to be included then please get in touch on

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Sedlescombe news


GODMINTON HOUSE AND GARDENS COACH TRIP: Sedlescombe and district Garden Society invite you to join them on a coach trip through the Kent countryside to Godinton House and gardens nr Ashford Kent on Wednesday June 7. The cost is £ 20 to include access to the house and gardens with tea/coffee on arrival. A pre-ordered lunch is available at £8.50 but this is optional. The house is over 600 years and retains many of its original features. Only two owners have occupied the house since it was built. The gardens over some 12 acres have many exciting features to investigate and set within a country estate with beautiful walks. There is a tea room for you to relax in or why not discover the walled garden, Italian gardens , lily pond, greenhouse, rose gardens and many more too numerous to mention. If you would like to go along please contact Rod Eldridge for further details on 870983.

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Fairlight news


Church matters: This Sunday there will be a 10.30am service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s. The theme will be Angels…

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Ninfield & Hooe news


‘The Circle of Life’: And other sayings like...’What goes around, comes around..’ (yes, but I’d like to be there to see it..!)? ..or, ‘ keep it in the wardrobe, it’ll be back again in 10 years time..’ Well, ‘twas ever thus, and, actually things do go around in cycles/circles.. especially trends and fashions: N.B the Carnival theme this year- ‘Fads and Fashions through the Ages’ me to shoe-horn in a plug for the up coming events! - but also, sometimes it takes the unfortunate demise of an institution; the subsequent break and then the new awakening, to re-invent the wheel, and produce an up to date, relevant version... the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes... So, in that vein.....

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Peasmarsh news


DON’T FORGET TO VOTE: Your polling station is at The Memorial Hall Thursday 8th June – General Election

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