Christmas Market: The St Laurence Church Christmas Market will take place in the Village Hall next Saturday 26th November from 10am – 2pm. This is the biggest fund-raising event of the year for the church and it is always a great pre-Christmas event with the hall brightly decorated with ‘market stalls’, festively adorned with greenery and selling a huge variety of Christmas gifts. There will be seasonal goods, cakes, a bathroom stall, plants, tombola, books, games etc and a raffle. Donations for any of the stalls will be gratefully received. Teas, coffees and snacks will be served throughout and Father Christmas with his Elf will be in the grotto for the children.
CADS: This year’s annual performance by the Catsfield Amateur Dramatic Society will be a performance of Anthony and Cleopatra. Performances are on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7.30pm and there will be a matinee on Saturday 3rd. Tickets are on sale at Catsfield Village Store priced £7 and £4, so get yours soon as this event is always extremely popular. Vanessa says that she does have some at home, if people can’t get to the village shop. Call her on 01424844363 if anyone needs tickets.
Sussex Harmony: On Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm Sussex Harmony will again be making a welcome return to Catsfield to entertain us and sing ‘Shouts of Universal Joy’, a 19th Century Christmas Carol Concert as sung in country churches and chapels of the time and well-sprinkled with lively folk dance melodies. Refreshments will be available, entrance is free and there will be a retiring collection. There will also be a workshop at 3pm for anyone who would like to join in and bring along a musical instrument – or just their voice! Let Mike Cooper know (01424 892681) if you would like to join in with that and book your music and supper between the two events.
Sport: To get wet twice in a day watching two football matches, may seem a bit excessive, but that is what happened last Saturday when in the morning Mike and Ann Davey went to Ewhurst to watch great nephew Wills Richardson, play for Westfield against a team from Sedlescombe. It was great fun and the six-a-side players on both sides thoroughly enjoyed themselves displaying a great deal of skill and after the match, they all shook hands which was a nice touch. Westfield lost 2 - 4 but we were intrigued to discover the history of the ground and to admire the new pavilion called the Herdman Pavilion especially poignant the weekend of the Armistice. Apparently Lt Arthur Widdrington Herdman lived at Ewhurst Place, was a member of Lloyds and fought in the 14-18 war. He was killed in Northern France on 25th October 1914. In his Will he left three acres of ground to be used by the villagers of Ewhurst and a small sum to be spent on the schoolchildren. Sadly, the school recently closed, but the Parish Council formed a charity and after a huge effort, during which volunteer Dave Perkins was given an MBE, the field was turned into a small playing pitch with a new pavilion. A lovely story of the power of volunteering, shown weekly in every village voice throughout our area.
In the afternoon Catsfield played Pebsham Sibex where the score finished 3 - 3. We played well, despite neither of our regular goalkeepers being available. A good game and encouraging for our match tomorrow against Punnetts Town away.
Remembrance: Armistice Day, Friday 11th November was a wonderful autumn day with clear blue skies, warm sunshine and no breeze at all. We went to the Cenotaph on Bexhill seafront for the 11am two minutes silence and were pleasantly surprised to see how many like-minded people were gathered there, quite a crowd all around the memorial. Two British Legion standard bearers with another in charge and a civilian bugle player for the Last Post awaited the sound of a maroon signalling the start of the silence. Sadly the traffic didn’t stop, although one felt from the way many slowed down and looked, that they would like to have stopped if it had been possible. As it was, several passers-by on foot paused to stand with us until the moment was past. The bugler switched to playing a recorder and played us through singing the National Anthem. Three or four pupils from St Peter & St Paul School were there with their teachers and a poppy wreath was solemnly and respectfully laid in the traditional manner by one of the boys. One felt that it would have been good to have seen representatives of the senior schools present too and to know that the tradition will be continued by future generations long after us oldies with memories of the war have gone.
The weather was again perfect when St Laurence Church held its own moving act of Remembrance during the morning communion service on Sunday 13th November and the Roll of Honour was read out before the silence was kept. We were reminded how many young men from a small village like Catsfield made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom – so many familiar local names and several whose descendants are still living in the village today.
Mobile Library: The East Sussex Mobile Library will be in its usual place on Friday 25th November outside the Village Hall from 11.55am until 12.30pm.
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