GREETINGS: Saint Patrick’s Day today, so are you wearing a shamrock? I expect all Irish people will be celebrating their patron Saint. I feel that they may be more patriotic that we shtum English. !!!
All members of the congregation are invited to St. Thomas at Winchelsea for the 11 am Eucharist led by the Archdeacon, the Venerable Dr. Edward Dowler. All congregations in the Benefice are invited to worship together on this day.
EASTER LILIES: As Easter approaches, the church is once again inviting you to donate a lily in memory of a loved one. The lilies, along with the list of those remembered, will be used to decorate the church at this special time. As last year, the lilies will cost £2 for each name remembered. Should you wish to donate a lily please contact Janet Pegg at any church service or event. Envelopes will be available at the back of the church and in the Memorial Hall, for the names and donations .
LENT LUNCHES: The first took place last Friday between 12 noon and 2 pm. The soup was delicious, and those present heard a talk about Caring and Sharing. There will be the next lunch today from 12 noon.
CROSS OF CHRIST: Members of the choirs from Icklesham and Winchelsea will be joining together to present a meditation of words and music on Palm Sunday, 9th April, at 6 pm. This is quiet, reflective and thoughtful. We do hope that you will be able to come and join us on that occasion. Please make a note in your diaries now.
WEATHER: Glorious today, as it was over the week end. The flowers open to the brilliant light, and our spirits rise as well. We have had a mild winter, but humans need sunlight as much as plants. Enjoy. Monday 20th is the Vernal Equinox, i.e. equal hours of daylight and darkness.
QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music from 4 - 6 pm will be played by Titus, giving us Folk Music.
ROBIN HOOD BONFIRE SOCIETY: Many thanks to all concerned for the party last Saturday for the over 60s. Nick Warren’s Band entertained us with songs for us to join in with - which we did with great gusto, and the meal was delicious. Many thanks to the staff of the Robin Hood for once again providing an excellent spread and some really naughty desserts !!
R.H.B.S.: The AGM will be held on Tuesday 21st March at 7. 30 pm at the Robin Hood. New members will be welcome.
RYE AND DISTRICT DEMENTIA ACTION ALLIANCE: There will be a free Dementia Awareness talk at Five Villages House on 23rd March at 2 pm followed by tea, cake and question time. This is an information-sharing time. You do not need to have dementia, or even know someone who has been diagnosed. It will give pointers of what to look out for and how best to deal with symptoms. This meeting is open to everyone , not just residents. The Dementia Champion is Dahlia Redman who may be contacted on 07737 350 896.
SCHOOL NEWS: CONCERT TODAY at 2 pm for the Musical event of the term. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday next week organised by the PTFA., then the school closes for Easter on 31st. Term 5 begins on Tuesday 18th April. The Head Teacher Awards this week go to :Starfish Class, Finley for a fantastic attitude to learning; Stingray Class, all of you for a wonderful White Rock performance; Dolphin Class, Eve for working with others in class; and Octopus Class, Saskia for being a good role model in class. The Class awards are : Starfish Class, Peggy and Eleanor; Stingray Class, Tommy and Emily; Dolphin Class, Lily-Rose and Oliver; Octopus Class, Jasmine and Lily Townsend. Well done everybody.
MONEY: Do you look at the coins in your purse or pocket? At the moment there is a new commemorative set of 50p coins in circulation. They are all about Beatrix Potter and her stories. The first set has Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Jemima Puddleduck and Squirrel Nutkin, plus a special one about their creator. Do look, they are lovely. I need a Squirrel Nutkin to complete my set if anyone has a spare !!
CONTACT: Please be in touch if you have any news, reports or details of up-coming events.
AND FINALLY: I’m off to sit in the sun for a while and pretend I’m sitting on a tropical island. Have a good week.
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