GREETINGS: How are your preparations for Christmas coming along? We are continually being told by the media that it is nearly here.. I really hope it isn’t I am not in the mood yet !!
CHURCH NEWS: This coming Sunday is Advent Sunday. There will be a special joint Benefice Service at 11 am at St. Thomas in Winchelsea. Please come along and join in so that we are all together at the beginning of the church’s year. The first of the candles on the Advent Wreath will be lit. On Wednesday we remember Andrew the Apostle and Patron Saint of Scotland. After the Crucifixion, Andrew established churches along the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean. He was martyred in AD 60, being crucified on an X shaped cross, or saltire. His relics were eventually brought to Scotland beyond the reach of Roman persecutors.
WEATHER: I do hope you did not suffer damage during storm Angus. It was very noisy and most of the weelie bins were blown over in my garden, but nothing structural. It is wet and windy again today. Not really cold though.
CRAFT FAIR: The craft fair last Saturday saw the Memorial Hall filled with beautiful arts and crafts. Grateful thanks as always to Lin and Mary for helping with the refreshments. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes. We raised £75 for the Friends of Rye Hospital. The Christmas Craft Fair with tombola will be on Saturday 3rd December. Proceeds from the tombola will go to the Bexhill renal fund, who do marvellous work for dialysis patients locally. Thank you Sandra.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: A grand total of £1, 300 was raised by the Icklesham Royal British Legion. Collections came from House-to-house, Queen’s Head,, Robin Hood, School, the Farm Shop and 5 Villages. This is increased from last year. Brian Pitt wishes to thank everyone involved in any way.
QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music this Sunday will be played by Southern Blues Kings playing, obviously, Blues. There will be a Quiz night on Wednesday 3oth November in aid of Macmillan.. Bookings are now being taken for pre-Christmas meals. Ask for your copy of the menu as soon as you wish.`
ICKLESHAM TRUST COMMITTEE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: All residents of Icklesham Village are invited to this meeting to elect the new Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Booking Secretary and up to 4 Village Representatives for the following year. The existing Chair will give a summary of the past year’s work and the Treasurer will present the annual accounts for approval. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions of the existing officers and to advise the new committee of any matters that you wish it to consider. Refreshments will be provided. All residents of icklesham & members of affiliated clubs are welcome.
PARISH COUNCIL meeting:
The Parish Council meeting was held at Winchelsea New Hall on Monday 14th November.
Zipwire at Icklesham Recreation Ground – following requests from residents, rubber safety matting has been installed by The Council alongside the Zipwire to enable adults to accompany their children on the wire.
Planting of daffodils for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday - The Parish Council is planting daffodil bulbs around the parish as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. Councillors Nick Warren, Jim Horsman & Jane Austen are arranging to plant 90 bulbs on the verge at the Recreation Ground in Icklesham.
Consultation on proposed removal of British Telecom public payphones within the district - BT are considering removing public phone boxes stating that overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage. This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it’s now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provide.
In Icklesham we have a public phone box in Main Road at the junction with Goldhurst Green.
If you feel there is a case to maintain this phone box, then please write or speak to us to let us know so we can pass this on to BT through Rother District Council.
Rural Rother Trust - This is a trust fund administered for the benefit of residents in rural Rother by Rother District Council and seeks to make small grants to families and individuals suffering financial poverty to purchase essential items, e.g. to replace a broken washing machine or provide essential furnishings. If you know any families or individuals whom you think could benefit from this assistance, please contact one of your Ward Councillors with details for consideration.
Tree Survey - The Council’s annual professional tree survey has now been completed and works will be carried out to various trees, including the sycamores adjacent to Icklesham Memorial Hall and the large oak in High Fords Allotments.
Vandalism to Bus Shelter - Residents may have noticed that one of the perspex windows at the shelter and the junction of Main Road & Goldhurst Green was recently damaged by vandalism. This window has been temporarily removed for mending.
The Council will be grateful for any information regarding the identity of those responsible for this wilful and expensive damage.
Seasons Greetings - Your Parish Councillors and Parish Clerks wish all residents a merry Christmas and a happy & prosperous New Year.
Your councillors are here to represent you and welcome your views on any matter. Please do talk to them or send your reviews/requests to the Parish Clerk at email@example.com or write c/o Wildgoose Cottage, Gorsethorn Way, Fairlight, East Sussex TN35 4BQ.
SHOOL NEWS: Congratulations to all the Cross Country runners, Lara, Sophie, Amy, Jasmine, Ruby-Jude, Oliver, Jolie, Bowe and Cody. The children in their spotty costumes raised £87.23 for Children in Need. The PTFA Christmas Fayre will be on Friday 9th December. A keen baker is needed to make a cake for the “Guess the weight of the cake “ for the fayre. It doesn’t have to be a traditional fruit cake but could it have a Christmas theme please. Leave your details with the office. The parent discussion groups this week are focussing on Dealing with Disobedience. The school is thinking about Keeping ourselves safe, - E-safety, Road Safety, Stranger Danger, and following NSPCC work on personal safety. The Head Teacher Awards this week go to :Starfish Class, Summer for kindness to others; Stingray Class, Annie, for a good example in home and school work; Dolphin Class, Jorja for fantastic attitude to learning; Octopus Class, Amelie T. for a great attitude to school. The class awards go to ;Starfish Class, Holly and Betty; Stingray Class, Cody and Woody; Dolphin Class, Inigo and Tiggy, and Octopus Class, Alice and Zoe. Well done everybody. Next week, on 29th, Octopus Class will be at the White Rock Theatre for the Big Sing, 7pm for 7.30 concert start.
CONTACT: Thank you for all your information Anyone can have their items included. Use the e-mail or pop round.
AND FINALLY: Don’t become too frantic too early. It is still quite a few weeks until Christmas. !! Enjoy them.
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