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PARISH CHURCH NEWS: On Thursday last week a churchyard working party formed of ten members of the congregation gathered and undertook some much needed work to bring some order back to parts of Whatlington churchyard. Parts of the churchyard are left for wildlife, but management is nevertheless needed to prevent hedges etc. becoming overgrown. The weeds, as in the garden seem to grow apace and so these have seen an application of weedkiller where appropriate.

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Birthday party: On Saturday June 24th from 2pm onwards The Rye Bookshop will be open as usual and celebrating its second birthday with members from the Literary Society attending. There will be drinks and nibbles, and hopefully a local author or two, as well as some children’s craft events. It will also sadly be the manager Lizzie’s last day at the Bookshop as she is off to pastures new in July. So the birthday party is an also opportunity to say goodbye to Lizzie and welcome the new manager to Rye Bookshop.

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Staplecross news


COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: EAST SUSSEX HIGHWAYS- Would you like to become an apprentice with East Sussex Highways ?. Part of the wider remit of the new Highways contract, is to provide additional community benefits to local people and contribute to addressing the engineering skills gap by recruiting local apprentices. East Sussex Highways are looking for more apprentices to start in September 2017, with various opportunities available, including operations and administration. For all further details and information regarding this super opportunity, please visit:

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Westfield news


Both Westfield and Guestling churches: are busy. Westfield Parish Church services on Sunday, June 25 are Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service at 10am, which will be outdoors. Bring your picnic and enjoy lunch before we welcome Rye Churches Together for a Songs of Praise service at 3pm. Let’s hope that the weather will be fine!

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Sandhurst news


Nursery school: the children of Sandhurst nursery school have recently taken part in an independent voting activity to name four new fish which are thriving even though they had an unexpected visitor in the tank. One of the children thought they would like a plastic frog for company. A lot of activities are planned for the summer so look out for posters.

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Udimore news


CHURCH SERVICE: In St Mary’s this Sunday Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8am.

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Mountfield news


CHALLENGES: There is very little to report in this week’s Village Voice which might suggest that there are no problems in the parish but that doesn’t mean that the various wars aren’t still going on. South East Water have very nearly got out of everyone’s way in the A21 and may even have done so completely by the time you read this. Full marks to them as they did their best to keep the Parish Council regularly informed on their progress. That may not always have helped if you were stuck in a tailback to the Salehurst roundabout or either of the main roads to the south, or if your business was taking a serious financial hit, or you simply didn’t make an important appointment, but it was refreshing compared to the attitudes of some (we are not going to even mention Network Rail…). The battles over the SW sewerage scheme are still going on in the background and we hope to report on these when there is something more concrete (if that’s not too inapposite a word) to report.

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Bodiam news


Parish council meeting: the next meeting of the Bodiam parish council is on July 24 at 7pm in the parish room. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting is open for public participation from 7.30PM to 7.40 PM.

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Beckley news


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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: You will have noticed the evenings drawing in, I expect ?!!! Last Wednesday was the longest day of the year, or the Summer Solstice. And tomorrow, Saturday 24th June is Midsummer’s Day. A VERY IMPORTANT DAY in the village, more later.

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Catsfield news


Car Boot Sale: Tomorrow is the chance to find a bargain or even an unidentified treasure to take to the Antique Road Show when the fundraisers of St Laurence Church hold a Car Boot Sale at the Catsfield Playing Fields. The gates open for sellers at 8.30am and to the public from 9am – 11.30am, the cost for cars is £7, Vans £10 and entrance for browsers is 50p. Hot and cold refreshments will be available including the famous Catsfield bacon butties.

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Burwash news


Thank you: I have just had the most amazing week of birthday celebrations one could possibly wish for. Supper out with good friends, so many beautiful flowers and plant, the house looks so pretty. The best party which was held at the Bear Motel, who really did a fantastic job cooking for and serving my 64 guests with a delicious hot meal my very grateful thanks to them.. It was great to see so many lovely people some I hadn’t seen for several years. I have just one more supper to go with my best friend and her partner on Wednesday. I feel thoroughly spoilt now. And I am officially and OAP. Thank too to those that gave money in lieu of presents for Demelza, we collected £60.

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Fairlight news


Church matters: There’s just the one service in the parish this Sunday, and that’s a service of Morning Praise at 10.30am at St Andrew’s.

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Netherfield news


Netherfield Village Residents Association: As mentioned last week in my column part of the process to finance the “Village Fete” next month the Residents Association is holding a “jumble sale” on 8th July between 10am and 2pm. Clothes, bric-a-brac and the possibility of some surprises will be on display at the Netherfield Village Hall. Do you want a bargain? Do you want designer clothes? It may well be there for you to browse and buy. It is all in a good cause so come along and see what we’ve got.

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Northiam news


Badminton: If the heat hasn’t put you off all forms of exercise, we have two badminton clubs in the village, both happy to welcome occasional players, and open to all abilities. Fridays 8-10pm, and Mondays 5.45 -6.45pm in Pretious Sports Hall.

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Robertsbridge news


STOOLBALL: Two poor batting performances last week from our Mixed team cost us both games. On Tuesday we played at Brightling and lost by 12 runs despite holding the hosts to 132-5 off the allotted 12 overs. Good fielding led to Mandy [2] being run out and then Sophie[3] was caught by Josh Lewis from the bowling of Graham Clark[1-9] with the score on 8 but a 61 partnership between Chiff[39] and Sarah[33] held Brightling’s innings together before Chiff was run out. David [4] was Josh’ second victim off the bowling of Lou Taylor[1-12] and then Sarah became his third catch from Lisa Fifield’[1-6] bowling. Callum[20n.o.] and Sandra[11n.o.] took the hosts to 132. The reply was slow with Ian Kitson [3] getting caught with just 4 on the board but a 55 run partnership between Penny Clark[6] and JJ Boast[40] steadied the innings before JJ was bowled and then Penny was caught. We lost three wickets for just 20 runs as Lou[2] and Sarah Clark[0] were run out and Mel Mackay[1] was caught as we tottered on 80-6 but Josh Lewis[29] and Lisa Fifield[10] put on 24 before Josh was caught and then both Lisa and young Callum Apps [0] were caught while Graham [2n.o.] and Jack Dean[2] took our total 120 all out. On Thursday we hosted Icklesham Mixed and an opening partnership of 63 between Ian Kitson[31] and Sarah Clark[44] gave us a good start but we failed to build on the start as JJ Boast[16] and Graham Clark[10] went with 118 on the board. Sarah was run out 15 runs later so it was down to Jack Dean[17n.o.] and Lou Taylor[9n.o.] to take us to 152-4 off the 12 overs. Icklesham lost opener Bruce[1] with just 9 runs on the board but a second wicket partnership of 93 between Tamsin[38] and Kevin[81n.o.] steadied there innings before Tamsin became the second run out victim. Raisa[10] was caught by JJ off the bowling of Graham[1-8] which bought in Heidi[16n.o.] to join Kevin and take their score to 165-3 and victory by 13 runs. This Sunday is Staplecross’ Mixed Tournament starting at 10a.m. and then the Mixed go back to Staplecross on Tuesday[27th] while the Mixed host Hooe on Thursday[29th] with both matches starting at 7p.m.

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Sedlescombe news


SEDLESCOMBE SCHOOL ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FAYRE: This Saturday June 24 12pm until 3pm .Open for everyone to enjoy with fun for all the family

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Iden news


I’M THE GORSE---OF COURSE: Some people, get a bit muddled as to which shrub is Gorse, and which is Broom. That is to do them both a bit of a disservice, because although both hail from the pea family, they are similar, yet so dissimilar that you would hardly sit them at the same table. Gorse, so they say smells of cocoanut, and Broom of vanilla [nothing separates two sisters more than a choice of perfume!] Gorse appears to be by far the most devil -may-care, the wild one of the two, with that prickly, ‘touch me if you dare’ appearance. It provides a source of stability for animals, insects and birds, and grows prolifically, offering otherwise empty patches of barren ground a profusion of glorious yellow flowers [Britain is grateful for it’s excess because it hides a multitude of sins]. An old country saying is that when Gorse is out of flower, kissing is out of fashion. Broom tends to be a sleeker, more lady like shrub. It’s flowers are generally larger and looser, and a slightly brighter yellow, sometimes tinged with a little bit of red [it dresses with a tad more style]. It blooms for a shorter period too, like someone invited to stay but determined not to outstay it’s welcome [whereas Gorse shacks up and refuses to budge for much of the year]. I’m sure like most sisters these two shrubs both celebrate and are irritated by each other’s disparity, but their sap is so infinitely thicker than water that they choose to take up root near each other whenever they can!

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Ninfield & Hooe news


One Hell of a Heatwave!: OK, many have been complaining that it’s ‘Too Darn Hot’ coin yet another song?...As I write, the temperature in the conservatory is nearly 100 degrees, and the electric fan is now sitting here on the table, directional option off, on maximum speed, and facing me... and still I’m melting! It has been an extraordinary period of weather, since April really, and I’m just praying that it doesn’t wear itself out before July, when so many big Town and Village events are booked. The long-range forecast is a bit vague, sunny-cloudy with average temps...could mean anything!...but, if it comes to it, I’ll take that for Carnival weekend in Ninfield on the 14th and 15th July, while continuing to hope that it all doesn’t go to the other extreme and go all cold, windy and rainy! It’s unfortunately so often an issue now: going from one extreme to another: extremist, polar opposites, either ends of the spectrum...A couple of weeks ago, I asked the question with the tiny word of Why? In reference to the atrocities in Manchester and London...Why? Why would one section of society want to savagely kill and maim another section? Why, in this high powered, advanced, supposedly intelligent world, why are there STILL such extremes of belief, in religion and politics, that STILL invoke such hatred and evil. The consequential fallout; wars, disasters, terror attacks, affect Everyone, not just those in the polar opposite, end of spectrum, extremist camps. Everyone in the main-stream, average, tolerant, every-day, hard-working, global society; everyone in the middle, wants to reach out, get on and improve the world.... So, to go back to the top, whatever the weather, whatever the current climate, we must make the best of every day, not be cowed by any Extremes...and continue to make the best of our fabulously-average selves!

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Etchingham news


Tie a bow for Emma and 24 hour netballathon: As you will be aware, a 24 hour netball marathon is planned at Parsonage Croft for July 7, raising funds for the Air Ambulance and the Barn Owls Pre-School. In August last year whilst walking to the station, two of our local residents were involved in an accident. Rob, who sustained serious head injuries, was airlifted to hospital by the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Emma tragically died at the scene. As well as raising money for these two very worthwhile causes, we would like to honour Emma’s memory by decorating the village in her favourite colour.

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