GREETINGS: Hope you have had a good week. And with Halloween and bonfire night behind us, the next major event will probably be Christmas. Most shops seem to be displaying cards now. Which leads me to remind you that the Cards for Good Causes is open in the Community Centre , Conduit Hill, Rye, each Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.
CHURCH NEWS: The service this Sunday will be at 9.30 am as usual, led by Rev.Malcolm Pickering. This is the last Sunday before Advent, given the title of Christ the King, also known as “Stir up Sunday” from the words of the Collect, which brings the reminder that you should make your Christmas puddings now. Next Sunday, 27th, is Advent Sunday. There will be a JOINT SERVICE for the Benefice held at 11 am at St. Thomas, Winchelsea. On Tuesday 22nd, we remember St. Cecelia, the patron saint of musicians. On Friday 25th, we remember John Donne, poet and Isaac Watts, hymn writer, author of O God our help in ages past and When I survey the wondrous cross as well as many others.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE: The church is holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th November, 10 am to 1 pm.in the Memorial Hall. Donations of cakes will be especially welcome, and donations for the Tombola. There will be Christmas cakes for sale or you could try guessing the weight of the cake and win yourself one. There will be Christmas cards or special occasion cards, , games for the children, stalls with toys, gifts, , large Raffle and coffee and mincepies. Do come along and support this major fund-raiser for the church.
WEATHER: Much colder, and wetter and looking a bit drab now. But this week we have the Super Moon, looking bigger and brighter than usual. This is because the moon is nearer to the earth than it has been for over 60 years. Go and have a look - we are not overly bothered by light pollution in the village!
QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music will be played between 4pm - 6 pm by Local heroes, playing Covers.
ARMISTICE DAY LUNCH AT 5 VILLAGES HOUSE: Last Friday Derek Baker and his family put on an Armistice day lunch. Mags and I were invited and we enjoyed an excellent lunch which was prepared by his family. There was a good atmosphere around the place and loved ones were remembered. Derek and his family have been excellent supporters of the New Pavilion Project and generously donated £2,000 in memory of Mrs. Joan Baker,, wife, mother and Gran. In addition there was a donation plate for lunch and we have heard that £100 from this will be added to the total. On behalf of Icklesham Trust Committee may I take this opportunity to thank Derek and his family for their continued support and the staff and residents at the 5 Villages for their kind hospitality.
QUIZ: The November Quiz raising funds for Macmillan Nurses and the New Pavilion project was a 50/50 split of the total money raised.So each received £155. 13 teams entered and the lead changed on many occasions. Fab 5 were the early pace setters with Stalybridge Celtic. By mid rounds Nobby’s Nuts and Casualties were in the lead. Whilst this was going on 30 Somethings, One Out All Out, Team Name and Empty Heads were scoring constantly sitting just behind the leaders. Friends and Family, High Ford Hooligans, Golden Arrows, The Masons and Saints and Sinners were having some good rounds.The evening ended with a tie break between 30 Somethings and One Out All Out. This latter team were the eventual winners. Thanks to the Icklesham Darts Ladies for hosting the evening, Sean for all his help, and also thanks to those who donated raffle prizes, bought tickets and helped with the clearing up.
LOTTERY: The draw took place during the Quiz evening. The winners were : 1st, £50, Barbara Southerden; 2nd, £25, Kathy Ball; 3rd, £20, Trevor Hoath; 4th, £15, Shane Cuddington; 5th, £10, Janet Thompson; 6th, £5, Janet Thompson. The Lottery to date has raised £5000!!!!. All of your support is much appreciated. New members are always welcome, £1 a month.
MURDER MYSTERY: This will be held on 21st January. Teams need to start booking now to avoid disappointment. Teams of up to 6, £10 per person to include a Ploughman’s Supper. Contact Stuart Baker email@example.com to book.
ARMISTICE DAY: Brian Pitt from the British Legion and Rev. Robin Whitehead visited the school last Friday, to talk to the top two classes about W.W. II. The children had been studying this and the classroom had even taped up their windows. They took in steel helmets, ARP hats, RAF soft hats and Navy hats for the children to try on. Brian talked about ARP whistles which the children blew enthusiastically, white Warden’s hats and going down into the shelters. He was also able to talk about air raids, anti-aircraft guns, and parachutes in the Channel, with the Air Sea Rescue motto - The Sea Shall Not Have Them. Brian was very impressed by the questions which the children asked him.
SCHOOL NEWS: It is very good to hear that the staff and children observed the two minute’s silence last Friday. The poppy symbol was discussed and the fact that the poppy was the only flower to persevere on the battlefields of war as well as a sign of remembrance, gave rise to the children thinking about perseverance and having hope for the future. Children are invited to wear something spotty to school on Friday 18th and make a donation of £1 to Children in Need. Next week is National Anti-bullying Week. The Guy Fawkes Disco raised £253.67, which help to support experiences and resources for the school.The Head Teacher awards this week are as follows : Starfish Class, Annie, great respect for property, caring for the classroom equipment; Stingray Class, Oscar, always setting a good example at work and playtime; Dolphin Class, Connor, always extending himself and persevering to improve; Octopus Class, Alfie, Improved positive attitude to work. The class awards go to :Starfish Class, Gabriel and Peggy; Stingray Class, Daisy and Josie; Dolphin Class, Jazmin and Mia; Octopus Class, Joel and Lily T. Well done everybody.
CONTACT: Thank you to everyone who has sent information about events. keep it coming please.
AND FINALLY: Did you see the Super Moon earlier this week? Enjoy yourselves and see you at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday.
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