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Church matters: There is just the one service in the parish this Sunday, February 19, which is Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. The guest speaker and celebrant at this service will be

the newly appointed Archdeacon of Hastings, the Venerable Edward Dowler. You are warmly invited to stay for a buffet lunch after the service and meet the Archdeacon.

We’ve mentioned before the exciting, forthcoming evening trip to Canterbury Cathedral

for our very own ‘Songs of Praise’. It’s to be on Friday, 5 May, at a cost of £10 per person, with coaches leaving Buckswood School at 5.30 pm. To book your place, please ring John Relfe on 272012, or email him at john@jrelfe.freeserve.co.uk

MOPPs today and next Friday: Today, Friday, February 24, the guest star entertaining the members will be singer Tim Gibson. Get your hearing aid seen to today if it needs it! There’s a jacket potato with either Coronation Chicken or cheese and coleslaw, and followed by fruit crumble and custard, and that’s today’s lunch. Next Friday, March 3, the members will have a talk from Bev of Wiltshire Farm Foods. Also there will be Nicola’s Age UK toenail cutting service as well as a star prize for the raffle.

The Club is having its AGM: The Club, formerly well known as Activate Youth Club, will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 7.30 pm at the Clubhouse on Wood Field Recreation Ground. There will be light refreshments and a chance to see photos of the youngsters enjoying themselves on their recent trip to Greece. All are welcome at the meeting.

The Bowls Club Coffee Morning: Always a popular event each spring, possibly because it is a harbinger of the better weather in April and the green being open once again, the Bowls Club Coffee Morning will be in the village hall from 10 am tom 12 noon on Saturday, March 11. Entry is free and everybody, not just bowlers, will be welcome. The couple or so rounds of bingo at the end always guarantee the silent concentration of the massed crowds!

The Gardening Club: Monday, March 6 sees the club’s first talk of the new season when Wendy Bates of Rotherview Nurseries will be delivering on Exhibiting at Chelsea – How to win a Gold Medal. It’s in the village hall, 2.30 pm start.

Pantomime Group: It’s their AGM tonight, in the village hall at 7.30 pm, and we must hope their search for a new Secretary is behind them by now (Oh, yes it is!) Go along and see how everything turned out as a result of the accomplished and enjoyable Red Riding Hood. This won’t be a sold-out event, unlike…

Variety Night with the Residents Association: In the village hall tomorrow night, starting at 7 pm and continuing until 11 pm, a line-up of familiar faces and voices will be entertaining the crowd who finished buying up all the tickets well over a week ago. Trevor Lewing will be compering the show.

Speakers Corner: On Wednesday, March 8, the guest speaker, Sherilyn Paterson, née Sutton, will be talking about the leisure-wear industry. In the village hall, of course, ready for a 2.30 pm start.

The Wine and Social Club: on Monday, March 13, the club will welcome harpist Fiona Horsford for the evening’s entertainment, commencing at 7.30 pm. Possibly the Lager and Social club, rather than Wine and Social …

The Parish Council: The Council meets next Tuesday, February 28 in the village hall at 7 pm start. At the time of writing this column, next week’s Agenda had not been released, and so residents are invited to go along for the political equivalent of a Mystery Tour, and then have their say in the Open Forum at the end

BT and SGN: That’s phone and gas, for the uninitiated. BT were at it again last week, putting out cones neatly down Battery Hill and round the corner into Waites Lane. And all with clearly no intent of working the site area. Enter County Council Highways, who thought they bwere playing fast and loose with permissions. The arriving workforce completed the work by about 3.30 am! Meanwhile, the gas people repaired all that was necessary in Broadway, only to return this week to seek a second leak. A bit further into Broadway than last week, so no traffic lights have been needed so far.

Potholes in Waites Lane and on Battery Hill have, of course, received no attention whatsoever. Just exercise a little more due care than usual then, and don’t swing out to miss the worst offenders – you’ll only meet someone coming the other way and doing the same thing. Ouch!

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