GREETINGS: If you have had anything like the splendid week I’ve just had, you will have had a stupendous time.! I celebrated my birthday with MANY cards, presents, flowers and a really excellent party at the Robin Hood. They did me proud. Aren’t friends good things to have?
CHURCH NEWS: After a very emotional, but full of laughter Benefice service last Sunday at Winchelsea, we now come to the harsh reality of having no incumbent. We are grateful to the retired priests who will be leading the services. This coming Sunday Malcolm Pickering will be officiating at 9.30 am for Parish Eucharist for the 6th Sunday of Epiphany. This Sunday is also Racial Justice Sunday. General Synod is meeting in London during the week. I wonder what plans they will come up with? Tuesday is Saint Valentine’s Day , he who was a martyr at Rome in 269.
WEATHER: February Fill-dyke has been living up to its reputation, although the garden is not as wet as in previous years. The “lawn “ does not squelch as much. There is apparently a lunar eclipse tomorrow, Saturday, but my information does not tell me if we shall get to see it. Have you noticed how bright Venus is at present? And there seems to be another astral body very near it which made me think that perhaps it was a spaceship or a satellite. It is more likely Mars which just happens to be on a similar orbit and isn’t really close to Venus at all.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Schedules for this year’s Shows are now ready. They are £1 which includes your membership to the Society for the year. If you would like to join you can obtain one from Ann at 22, High Fords or Judy at the Co-op Post Office at Winchelsea Beach. New and old members are very welcome. Many thanks to Simon for setting out the schedules and the school for the use of their photocopier. The first Show of the year is on 1st April - the Spring Show. Any donations for the Tombola or Raffle prizes to any of the shows would be much appreciated.
Many thanks to Ann Osborne for this information.
ICKLESHAM SONGBIRDS: There is a little saying about making sure your brain is engaged before opening your mouth !! It applies equally to FINGERS on keyboards. !!What was I doing ?!! The Songbirds have some seriously ruffled feathers because silly me said the wrong name for the lady running it. OF COURSE I know it is Sharon Sellens and not Sandra Stunt who is in charge. I got it wrong and I sincerely apologise to both ladies. So I will repeat the information about the group. The meetings are on Wednesdays at Five Villages House from 2 - 3 pm membership is open to anyone over 60 living in the village, and costs just £2 per session. If you wish to talk to Sharon ring her on 01424 813 985 to find out more about what goes on. Flap your wings and fly !
QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday will be played by Nine O’Clock Horses playing Covers all Over from 4 pm. On Wednesday 15th there will be a Quiz Night beginning at 8.30 pm, in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
SCHOOL NEWS: Today is the last day of the first term of the year and children and staff will be on half term break as from Monday. The first week back will be very busy with Parent Consultation Meetings to discuss the children’s progress. It is very important that ALL parents sign up for this opportunity. Siena, Billy and Joel visited the emergency services at Hastings Fire Station and Freedom Leisure Centre last week. The children would like to remind everyone that the fire brigade will arrange home visits to fit smoke alarms. Today, after school there will be the PTFA Valentine Disco from 3.20 - 4.30. Entry is £1. The Head Teacher has made these awards this week :Starfish Class, Jake for trying his best on the carpet and his work; Stingray Class, Jasmine for working hard to make progress in all areas and being a helpful member of the class; Dolphin Class, Oliver for an excellent attitude and work ethic; Octopus Class, Leon for showing that perseverance pays off. The class awards are as follows : Starfish Class, Holly and Bryony; Stingray Class, Finley and Woody; Dolphin Class, Jazmin and Lauren and Octopus Class Hollie and Alfie. Well done everyone.
CONTACT: There will NOT be a column next week, sorry. But after that do please keep information coming my way, about events, news, gossip (!) happening in the village.
AND FINALLY: Enjoy the signs of spring and the sounds of the birds tuning up. The Great Tits are beginning to make a real racket already, bless ‘em.
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