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Doctor’s surgery – Peasmarsh: Due to low demand these have now been reduced to one per month which will be the first Tuesday of the month between the hours of 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. To book an appointment contact Rye Medical Centre on 01797 223333.

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Northiam news


Badminton: Our two badminton clubs welcome players of all abilities, and provide all you need to learn or get back into the game. On Friday, the adult club starts at 8.15pm, contact Karen Ayling (01797 253375). The Monday club is run by Sue Clark (016797 253428) for one hour from 5.45pm. Both operate as drop-in sessions, so do just turn up and say hello! A thriving junior club is run by Pete Thomson (07815 84517), with three graded sessions on a Friday evening, starting at 5pm.

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Udimore news


VOCALITY IN “THE BIG SING”: Members of Vocality, our Udimore-based choral group, conducted by Duncan Reid and accompanied by Ivora Rees, were invited to join many other local choirs and singing groups to take part in this big bi-annual event in St John’s Church, St Leonards, on October 8, to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice. Vocality had selected a variety of songs to entertain, from classical to musicals and pop. The audience joined in with the songs they knew, which made the performance relaxed and lots of fun. Vocality is not used to performing in public but for such a worthy cause it rose to the occasion. Group co-leader, Nadia Florence-Marshall, said she was extremely proud of the achievement of the group: they obviously enjoyed every minute, and this was felt by the audience too. The hospice fundraiser said that overall the event was very successful.

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Mountfield news


SW CONSTRUCTION: Southern Water’s contactors, MGJV, have been delayed with the work on Church Road as, on excavating the trench, they discovered the exact location of an old, beautifully built, brick culvert mentioned by one of the local residents who shall remain nameless. (Blame Pete Edwards.). They immediately contacted East Sussex County Council to try to ascertain the owner of the culvert and to confirm if the culvert was still connected at some point. Legally, they cannot demolish the culvert without these confirmations. ESCC were slow to respond despite repeated chasing by our site team however contact has now been made. Southern Water are aware of the issue and their designers, Atkins, have been instructed to come up with two solutions, one for an active culvert and one for a redundant channel. Unfortunately, this does mean that they have lost time on the original programme and it is likely that this piece of work will take an extra week to complete. This will mean that they will not be able to open the road a few days earlier than scheduled to accommodate the by-election and the bonfire party.

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Pett & Pett Level news

Pett and Pett Level

Church services: On Sunday October 23 – Holy Communion, St Mary & St Peter, Pett at 9:30am. There will be a Sunday Service at the Methodist Chapel at 10:45am.

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Robertsbridge news


Robertsbridge Film Night: is this evening at Robertsbridge Hall with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The film this month is `Florence Foster Jenkins`. Refreshments are available.

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Netherfield news


Netherfield Breakaway Club: NEW VENUE: Due to the change of venue for the Netherfield Breakaway Club, and for those few members who come from the Netherfield area I have included this article once again so that we can make sure everyone is aware of what is happening. To make travelling, access, space and parking easier, especially for our group of ladies needing assistance, it has been decided to relocate to the Emmanuel Centre, Harrier Lane, Battle. There is a lift available and a large room with screen. The speaker for the November meeting on Thursday 17th will be local well known historian Geoff Hutchinson, speaking on Battle Abbey. If you wish to go to the group’s Christmas lunch at the Brickwall Hotel, you will need to contact Juliette Vane as soon as possible.

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Westfield news


Services at the Parish Church: on Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Family Service at 10am. Please remember your gifts of non-perishable food to be used by the diocesan Family Support Outreach Team.

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Ninfield & Hooe news


Whizz Bangs and Witches!: Such a fun time of the year, when you can really let your hair down on the fancy dress front... if that makes sense! And after the marvellous celebrations over the last weekend, when all things Norman and Saxon were de rigueur; there were some fabulous children seen marching back from school events, plus some hilarious sights, including the young chap in full battle enactment dress, wearing cloth bag and cap, and with spear in hand...standing at the cashpoint in Battle High Street collecting his £20 .. now come on, let’s be honest, I’m sure it must say somewhere in ‘1066 And All That’ that whatever happens to you, wherever you end up in battle... be sure you’ve got some dosh for the taxi home...Anyway!! It’s now Bonfire Night in Ninfield- and the procession that will start from Church Lane from 7.15pm on Saturday, will be full of costumes, from all the different Bonfire societies (and maybe some left over Normans too) - with their torches and drums alongside the Puritan Traditionalists. There will be soup stalls on the Rec., the bonfire will be lit, then the absolute best of Firework displays will commence at approx.8.15pm. The Blacksmiths Inn will have a Band afterwards in the pub and the BBQ will be in action. Then.. when you’ve taken a breath... next week it’s the Halloween Ball at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 29th- Hosted by the Carnival Committee, raising money for the hall’s next upgrade. There will be lights and decorations throughout, with a Food Hall - Roast Meats, Bhuna Curry from the Shiplu, Chilli, jacket pots etc, A Bar, plus The Heidi Burson Band - Motown music for dancing, Cabaret, Games, A Grand Raffle with really big prizes!, and fancy dress...! Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are £16 per head to include all food and entertainment... Come on over! Ninfield’s where it’s at!

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Iden news


MY MATE—THE GRATE: It always amazes me that we all have two eyes, a nose and a mouth, but we all look so different. I suppose there is a possibility that we may have a doppelganger somewhere in the world, but we’ll probably never know. Surely there are only so many ways to fashion a face, but the good Lord seems to be able to manage to make us all unique [amazing isn’t it?]. In a similar, but inanimate way, every fire we light in the grate at this time of the year has it’s own characteristics. There is a certain spirit in the flames which will differ from yesterday’s fire, so that every day, we are sitting before a whole new entity. Some fires seem willing to cooperate and burn like billy-o, while others hang back like a shy child, and refuse to ignite. An open fire, like no other possession we have in our homes, [except for the dog or the goldfish] is the most alive, and I suppose you could say is the most akin to us humans , because it crackles, it’s whimsical, companionable, temperamental, and can be hugely petulant.

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Etchingham news


CHURCH INFORMATION: Services for October and November - October 23, Rev. Iain Morrison; October 30, TBA; November 6, Rev. Patrick Sales; November 13, Rev. Will Pratt, Remembrance Service 10.45am; November 20, TBA; November 27, Rev. Jean Manning. All Services up to November 6, unless otherwise notified start at 10.30am, the Remembrance Service starts at 10.45am, from November 20 services start at 11am for the winter months.

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: What a colourful morning today. Here we are in sunshine while to the north there are very dark stormy clouds over the Downs. My little sort-of cherry tree has turned crimson almost over night. The dark grey background, crimson foliage , the pink Michaelmas daisies and blue sky gave me great pleasure.

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Fairlight news


Church Matters: The worship in the village this Sunday, October 23 will be a 10.30 am service of Morning Praise at St Andrew’s, featuring the fourth chapter of the story of Jonah – from praise to prison. There will be no Sunday Live service, as this series has been discontinued for the foreseeable future, and until further notice.

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Catsfield news


Quiz Night: Have you got your team together and chosen a name to call yourselves for the Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday 22nd October in the Village Hall at 7.30pm? This is to be the next fund-raising event for the church, teams should be of four to six people and entrance will be £5 per person. These Quiz Nights are always great fun and the competition is hot! There will be liquid refreshments available, bring your own nibbles and tickets are available from Catsfield Village Store or at the door.

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Whaltington news


PARISH COUNCIL NEWS: The next Parish council meeting will take place on Thursday 20 October in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Writing Voice: This evening (Friday) Gillian Southgate is presenting her talk to the Literary Society on the subject of ‘How American found its Writing Voice’. She will be looking at the fictional and poetic works of American writers in the 19th and early 20th centuries and within that period there are about 3,600 fascinating writers to choose from. The doors are open at 7pm when light refreshments are served ready for the talk to begin at 7.30pm.

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Sandhurst news


Nursery school: if anyone would like more information on Sandhurst Nursery School and would like to volunteer to come and read stories to 2 to 4-year-old children or just to arrange a visit please give Jan Little, the manager, a call on (01580) 850407

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Staplecross news


COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: During the E.P.C. ‘Open meeting’ of last week (13th)- our local ESCC Councillor, Mrs Angharad Davies, gave us all an update about the ESCC plan in regard to Health & Social Care called “East Sussex- Better Together” - ESBT started in August 2014 with a 150 week plan to transform health and social care services in the county. It is an initiative led by Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, and Hastings and Rother CCG (Clinical Commissioning Groups) , with East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust , and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The shared ambition is to create a fully integrated health and social care system in East Sussex by 2018, ensuring all patients and service users enjoy proactive, joined up care that supports independent and healthy living. Funds from central government, the Better Care Fund, will ensure the success of this initiative. ESBT has already set up Locality Teams, and established strong links with Primary Care. There is a special helpline : Health and Social Care Connect 0300 678 0010 and all calls relating to Community Care should be directed to this number.

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Sedlescombe news


JUMBLE SALE: DON’T MISS IT! THIS SATURDAY, October 22 in the Sedlescombe village hall. Doors open to the public at 2pm, entrance is only 50p and refreshments will be available. Come and see if you can find a bargain. All proceeds will go to The Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust.

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Brede news


How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

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