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Cathedral choir: the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral are to have a concert at 7 PM in St Nicholas Church on Saturday, February 4. Tickets are £12 each, including refreshments. Tickets available from (01580) 850281 or (01580) 850278.

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: All is green and grey again this morning. Have you given up your New Year resolutions yet ?!!! Hope you’ve had a good week.

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Catsfield news


Burns Night: The first Burns supper was held in July 1801 when nine of Burns’ close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of their friend’s death. Taking place at Burns Cottage in Alloway, the night included a tasty meal of haggis, of course, performances of Burns’ work and a speech in honour of the great Bard - now known as the Immortal Memory. The night was such a resounding success they decided to hold it again this time in honour of Rabbie’s birthday, beginning the tradition we still enjoy to this day.

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Etchingham news


CHURCH SERVICES: The Church Service this Sunday (January 22), 11am Reverend Iain Morrison. January 29 11am Reverend Sally Epps.

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Fairlight news


Church matters: There is one service in the parish this Sunday, which is Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, with guest speaker the Rev Kay Burnett. Maureen Baines will be leading the service.

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Udimore news


GRAND QUIZ EVENING: In the Hall last Saturday a full complement of eight teams got the evening off to a good start, with plenty of lively conversation before the arrival of the excellent fish and chips supper. Responsibility for setting and posing of quiz questions had again been shared by Frank Langrish and Bob Turgoose, who succeeded in challenging our collective memories throughout the evening, alternately delighting and exasperating us. In a well-fought contest, the Wheeler family team emerged as clear winners. Congratulations! We were all very grateful to Frank and Celia for making all the arrangements and to members of the Hall Management Committee for their hard work in the Hall (and kitchen) on this most successful and enjoyable Quiz Evening.

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Whaltington news


HELLO: It looks as though Whatlington has woken up from its long winter sleep with lots of news this week. Don’t forget to let me have any items you would like included so that the community can become fully engaged and enjoy all the events that are going on round them. Contact me on with your news.

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Sedlescombe news


EVENING OUT - LOOSE ENDS UNTIED: Tickets are NOW on sale at the village shop for next Friday January 27 2017 when Loose Ends Untied will be performing at the village hall. The two Phil’s, Frank and Mark will be playing some classic melodies from the 20th century in their own unique style, to listen or dance to, the choice is yours. We will be pleased to welcome you from 7pm for a fun night and to give those winter blues a good shake up! Tickets are £15 to include a delicious home cooked supper, the Friends are renowned for their food, so miss out. A licensed bar will be available throughout the evening. You can also call 01424 870344 or Pauline on 01424 870412 to reserve your tickets. Organised by the Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust to get this year off to a flying start!

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Burwash news


Pantomime: Rehearsals are well underway for the next production by the Burwash Amateur Pantomime society. The scenery and props are all in hand and look very colourful and beautifully done. They are performing Calamity Jane The Panto by Limelight Scripts. Performances are on Saturday 4 at 2.30 & 7.30pm, Sunday 5 at 2.30pm, this is a dress up performance when the audience are invited to dress up as cowboys, indians, Mexicans bison etc. Friday 11at 8pm and Saturday 12 at 2.30 & 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Internet café in the bear car park on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am to 1pm. Or you can book on line on All the profits go to local children’s clubs and groups.

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Iden news


NOTHING BUT SLAVES: Although it’s cold, and snow finally arrived In Iden, too late for Christmas, spring seems to be already waiting in the queue, as anxious and keen as someone queued up for wartime sausages. The sky is bright, and ready to open it’s doors to sunlight. It’s clever isn’t it, that while the wind is seen blowing through the tree’s bare , vacant branches, those very branches are already busy manufacturing buds. Nature never stops, and neither do we do we? I don’t know about you, but I’m still treading on an occasional holly leaf in bare feet, and finding the odd withered sprout. We are constantly clearing up after one celebration, and preparing for another aren’t we, and under the earth, bulbs and shoots are just as hard at it, as we are, soldiering ever onward .Wheels within wheels. That’s all we are! People and nature, a slave to life’s expectations.

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Robertsbridge news


Robertsbridge Hall: is holding the monthly film night this evening Friday 20th January. The film this month will be `The Secret Life of Pets` and starts at 7.30pm.

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Netherfield news


Netherfield Mobile Library: It is that time again and what time is that? The time that Ella parks up outside the Netherfield Village Store between 13.00 and 13.20. What will she be in charge of – the Netherfield Mobile Library. The date will be 24 January 2017. So, as usual, it will be time to get hold of a book.

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Tonight with Matt Charman: This evening January 20th award-winning playwright Matt Charman will be speaking at the Literary Society’s meeting which begins at 7 for 7.30pm in the Court Hall. Amongst his successes Matt’s most recent production Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks earned him a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. He is also reteaming with Spielberg on a historical/political project about the legendary newsreader Walter Cronkite and his relationship with the Vietnam War. In addition, Matt’s current television presentation includes a pilot for Amazon, based on the Michel Faber novel Book of Strange New Things, and a ten‐part political thriller Opposite Number. All are welcome to this interesting event which will involve Matt being interviewed by lecturer and writer Gillian Southgate.

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Northiam news


Dance Club: Our Sequence Dance Club meets in the Village Hall on Friday evenings. Call Tony (253287) to find out more – the evening is 7-10pm with a break for tea and chat.

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Peasmarsh news


Doctors’surgery: Peasmarsh. Please note there is no surgery this month.

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Brede news


How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

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Westfield news


Plough Week-end: The annual Plough Celebrations take place at the end of the month at Westfield Church. There will be a Barn Dance in the Parish Hall from 7pm on Saturday, January 28, with amazing music from Garry Blakely and friends. Mad Jack’s Morris will be visiting, and there will of course be a ploughman’s supper. Tickets are £5 (children free) from Archers Butchers or Churchwardens. The following day at 10am we celebrate Plough Sunday with special guests including Hannah’s Cat Morris. A plough will be brought into the church, so come and decorate it as we ask for God’s blessing on the land at the beginning of the agricultural year.

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Bodiam news


William Past: it is great to see a local man made good and get on in life and that is what William Past of the National Trust Bodium Castle has done. For many years people felt that William just went around Bodium Castle on the tractor but is now as manager with the trust he will take care of Bodium, Monks House, and Bateman’s.

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Ninfield & Hooe news


‘E’, for Effort, Must do Better!: That is the mark I have given to the ‘Snow’ attempt last Friday... Absolute Rubbish!.. I’ll gracefully give Crowborough a C+, due to the 3cm coverage and lovely white landscapes with snow-laden tree branches... But locally? Ugh! And yet more shades of grey, more rain, and more flooding.. Boo! And the media circus...! That shouted and screamed, from Newspapers,T.V and Radio, with grim and ghastly foreboding, the certain probability of mass ‘Water-World’ Armageddon, by 40ft waves deluging the coastlines; alongside snowploughs and gritters struggling to clear the metre high drifts from the overnight blizzards... Oh please!. I really appreciated the look on the chap’s face in Jaywick, Essex; as the designated reporter for BBC News faced him over the white picket fence in front of his static home on the seafront, and implored him to follow the Met office advice of ‘Evacuate Now..Don’t Risk Your Life!’.. The chap looked at him in what could only be called and Old Fashioned way, with the thought bubbles above his head happily reading.. ‘Michael Fish, but in reverse...!’ Now, don’t get me wrong, I am the first to be really appreciative of travel and weather reports saving me problems when tripping around the Country...and of course, no-one wants those awful sights again of the flooding in villages and towns that has occurred over the last few years.. but, it isn’t just the Rainfall that has to be measured...People aren’t daft, they can make reasoned judgements, and should be trusted to take sensible decisions...honest, even in this day and age! So,Please, Media-City, stop making dramas out of crises’, get your facts spot on, and leave the panic for when we might need it... otherwise lot’s of frozen fingers will be stuck in holey dams and too many tears will be shed over spilt wolves... And how’s that for a tangle of metaphors! Anyway, seriously, no dramatics, there are some points of concern locally at present which need the active support of residents, so here we go.. and, Please everyone, get involved!

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Mountfield news


MOUNTFIELD BIG SCREEN SOCIAL NIGHT: Tonight (Friday January 20th) sees the screening of “Bridge of Spies”. Co-written by the Coen Brothers (“Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”) and directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg (where do you start…?) is a Cold War legal thriller starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda (only a very young 80 years old). “Terrific craftsmanship, pure storytelling gusto and that Midas-touch ability to find grounds for optimism everywhere, Steven Spielberg has dramatised a true-life cold war spy-sway drama.” (The Guardian). Doors open at 7.30, all the usual refreshments, and all for a £5.00 donation towards the upkeep of the hall.

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