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PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Parish councillors were convened for an extraordinary meeting in the Hall last Thursday evening to consider their response to two planning applications recently submitted to Rother District Council, both of them in the interests of diversifying local farm businesses. The first of these sought retrospective approval for the erection of a tent on a temporary timber platform on Vine Farm. The applicants explained that this small-scale development was solely for letting to short-term holiday tenants, for whom the rural tranquillity of the Tillingham Valley would be its principal attraction: their presence therefore would have little if any audible impact on local residents. Some of the latter however, present at the meeting, expressed their concern about its purely visual impact, also reminding the applicants of an informal clay pigeon shoot which had taken place on the platform, without prior consultation. After the applicants had given their assurance that an incident of this sort would never be repeated, and that all conditions imposed by Rother would be fully complied with, parish councillors agreed to give the application their support.

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Fairlight news


Pews News: This Sunday, August 20, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. And, a warning note in advance, junior church at St Andrew’s restarts on Sunday, September 10, and on that day there will be Songs of Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am

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Etchingham news


FUTURE EVENTS: Does your Club or organisation have events planned for September, October, November and December? If you do have events planned tell me about them as soon as possible, even if all you have at present is the date and the type of event, I can give it a mention here well in advance of the date and people can put the date in their diaries and you can send me the full details nearer the date. It might also help to avoid clashing dates if other organisations knoe you have an event planned for a certain date.

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Beckley news


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Brede news


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Mountfield news


OLD BAKERY GARDEN: Sylvia Brady and her ground staff (John Brady) will be opening the garden at the Old Bakery on the corner of Solomon’s Lane and Eatenden Lane on Sunday September 3rd from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm with all proceeds going to CLIC Sargent, the charity dedicated to helping children and young people with cancer ( The gardens are very much a work in progress but so much of the potential has been realised already: with the Line Stream or River Line running through the garden to Riverhall Bridge and framing the old house (more properly called Riverhall House) which dates from the 16thC or early 17thC. Entry will be £4.00 per person (under 16s free, special concessions for parish council chairmen) to include a cup of tea or coffee. There will also be a raffle with some very special prizes including an annual season ticket for two to Pashley Manor together with lunch for two, no less. In addition to the garden, the wonderful old ovens will be on view and are worth the visit on their own. And of course many local people will remember buying their bread from the Bakery and it would be a lovely opportunity for any former Mountfield folk to come back and take up nattering with neighbours where they left off years ago.

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Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news


Arts Concert: The next Winchelsea Arts Concert at St Thomas’ Church will be on Saturday September 2nd at 7.30pm. This will be a repertoire of works for combinations of piano, clarinet and soprano voice by professional musicians Erica Eloff, Mark Nixon and Katie Lockhart. They will perform pieces by Louis Spohr, Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederic Chopin, Henri Duparc and Franz Schubert. To purchase tickets please go online at or visit the Farm Kitchen.

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Ninfield & Hooe news


Eras...Ends and Beginnings there of!: I suppose it’s one of those things that just happen as one gets older...a realisation and reflection on how things change through the years, come to a sad end, or get ‘rebranded and refreshed’ to become ‘something new and original’...not! But, hand in hand with this reflection, goes a heightened sensitivity with the consequential, inevitable emotional response! I think I’ve always been a bit soft...certainly too soft to make it ‘Big in Showbiz’...not hard-nosed enough, and minus the hide of a Rhinoceros I’m afraid - Aha! some of you have highly raised eyebrows of disbelief..?! Well, take it from me, it’s the truth.. Anyway, now older but no wiser, it’s amazing just what ‘sets me off’.. This last weekend was joyously lachrymose pressing apples up at Rural Pastimes, the sun shone, the site was packed, and many people came up to our marquee for a glass of juice and a natter, bringing small children to see the 100 year old press, or parking their dogs while they had a break; really delightful. I also took two of our Canine Crew into the dog adorable Nora-Noo, who came third in the Veteran class (she’s 11 this Saturday) and her son Winston- Winni-the-poo, who won Best Cross Breed, and came third in the Best of Show. Me? ‘Tears are Us’! Very proud Mummy! And now, today, as I write, my Nora-Noo is in surgery, having a mammary strip and spay, because of ‘suspicious lumps’...Me? Yes, ‘Tears are Us’ frightened for her and praying she’s ok. We lost our eldest, ‘Eric-a Dawg’, on Carnival day...well, you can guess how that felt.. ‘the Crew’ are ‘of an age’ now...the end of this era is looming.. Winni and Bramble-Kat are the beginning of the next...And so, in greater reflection, and after the Goodbyes on the Athletics Stage this weekend alongside the celebration of new talents.. Tears may be flowing, but cheers will hopefully be following.

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Sedlescombe news


SEDLESCOMBE GREEN WI – EVERYONE WELCOME: The next meeting of Sedlescombe Green WI will be on Wednesday August 23 at 7.30pm in Sedlescombe village hall. The speaker will be Judy Anderson who will tell the “The Remarkable Story of Great Ormond Street Hospital”. Everyone is invited to this meeting, ladies, gentlemen and children, come and listen to this interesting story and the wonderful work they do at this hospital. WI Ladies the competition will be the usual “Flower of the Month”. Please bring a friend or two, this lady is travelling from London to give the talk. Tea, coffee and cake will be served during the evening. You will be made most welcome , for more details or transport please call 870808.

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Netherfield news


Messenger Meeting: The next “Messenger” meeting will be held at Brightling Village Hall on 6th September. The Messenger is a magazine which is full of articles of interest from around the Brightling, Netherfield, Dallington and Mountfield area. It is also a place where you can find details of local businesses and trades which can help make life a little easier. Give it a go.

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Robertsbridge news


St Marys Salehurst: will be starting the services this week Sunday 20th August with Holy Communion in the Mission room at 9am. At 11am will be Mattins at Salehurst. There will be All Age Worship at 4pm at Holy Trinity in Hurst Green. If you would like a lift please contact Pat Barnes on 01580 860242.

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Westfield news


Services at Westfield Parish Church: this Sunday, August 13 are Holy Communion at 8am and at 10am

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Burwash news


Cricket: There is a coach going to watch tonight’s cricket match at Hove with the Sussex Sharks playing against Essex. The coach will pick up at Hurst Green at 4.45pm, Burwash at 5pm and Heathfield at 5.15pm. Tickets including entry and coach travel are £40. If you would like to join them you should call Tesky now on 01580 860625. The Sharks are playing well at the moment and have shot up the table, Go along and give them your support the easy way, by coach.

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Catsfield news


The Sound of Music: Booking has now opened for the next fundraising event for the parish church of St Laurence to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 23rd September at 7pm. A Sing-along Sound of Music Film Night. Dress in the style if you wish and enjoy singing all the well-known and much loved songs along with the movie. An Austrian-style dinner will be served and tickets for the evening will only cost £10 each. To book call Sandra Shoobridge on 01424 774708. Tickets were selling like hotcakes after the church service last Sunday, so you’d better book soon as places are limited.

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: Enjoying the summer? Wasn’t Winchelsea lucky with the weather for their Fete? There is no justice in this world.!! Although from what Nick Warren says, there was a lot of camaraderie in the rain. I’m a bit distracted at the moment, having taken two rescue Siamese cats. They are hiding under the cupboard and won’t come out !!

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Iden news


NEIGHBOURLY NAMES: I have to say that the names of some of our surrounding villages strike me as enchanting as I drive through them, mostly because they are the names of yesteryear, and conjure up, not the cars and the modern attire of today, but of horse and carts and poke bonnets, and people seeing their way up to bed by the light of a candle. Appledore has to be my favourite [anything with the word ‘apple’ in it gets my vote] It’s just the prettiest name. Then Stone -Cum-Ebony, which is dignified and intriguing. Wittersham has a sense of bustle and busyness about it, and Ore, a sense of the Klondyke [was there ore there?] Pluckley, another intriguing name that smacks to me of ladies in cotton house-dresses and work -boots, plucking chickens, while smoking clay pipes. Ivychurch, Woodchurch, and Dymchurch- all lovely ecclesiastical names. Brede sounds Dickensian, and Fairlight smacks of farmers waking at dawn while their children sleep six to a bed. I’m sure that I’ve undermined their true origins, and would love to know the reasons for their names, as mine are just romantic surmise, but I admire them all, and their little signposts which point to where they are!

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Whaltington news


ANNUAL VILLAGE FETE: Saturday 26 August all welcome. Don’t forget anyone who is able to help or is a keen cook and could produce a cake or rock scone etc please contact Annette Mcbride on 01424 871629 or Pauline on or bring the cakes along at 1.30pm on the day. There will be a bar and barbeque as well as lots of traditional activities. If you can’t help on the day but are able to help with the set up on Friday 25 or clear up on Sunday 27 August please let Annette know.

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Peasmarsh news


Mobile Library: The next visit of the Mobile Library will be on Thursday 7th September

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Northiam news


Chitiwiri: The bric-a-brac stall in aid of Chitiwiri at the Village Fair raised £650 thanks to generous donations of items to sell, and people coming along to buy them. Sally tells me that the money will go towards buying maize and beans for next year’s feeding programme – it’s a good time to buy as the prices are low at the moment.

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Staplecross news


COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: ‘All’s quiet on the Parish Front’ - or at least that is what appears to be happening within our community at this present time, and therefore, this column will be a rather ‘short & sweet’ offering for this week. This is normally due to the summer recess taking place, - with our schools, factories and other work places closing for their summer vacation- as well as families taking their longed for - & well earned holidays, Many residents hopefully, will be taking advantage of all the many exciting and interesting events that are now taking place throughout our area ~ including those planned for over the August Bank Holiday week-end ~ as the choice is very wide & varied and often makes for a simple and delightful day trip without all the hassle of planning and packing for a longer trip away. Whatever you decide to do during these forthcoming weeks, whether you are at home or away, indoors or out, make the most of the light, warm, dry - and finger’s crossed - sunny days ahead and just enjoy the day.

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