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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: As there was some interest in what is going on in our Village School I thought I would share with you the letter that recently went out to parents, teachers and other interested parties.

Both Schools have recently had an Ofsted Inspection and were both classed as Good.

The move to Federate was taken after seeing the possibility of Action from HMG forcing Academy Status on all Schools. By Federating with another School, of our choice, this has been negated. Currently small schools are costing a fortune to run and still maintain a good performance. Our aim is to take the best from each school and form a strong alliance. No redundancies have or will be made, in fact 2 teachers have been moved onto the Leadership Pay Scale. Our head (Mrs Liz Avard) is the Executive Head of both schools and both Schools have their own Head of School --- Mrs Reilly is the Head of School for Salehurst Primary in Robertsbridge and Mrs Jo Meeds is the Head of School for Staplecross MC Primary School.

It is the pupils at the school we are all concerned with. Both School Governing Bodies will be monitoring pupil progress before we make the final decision to Federate. If we do not see a clear advantage to continue with the Federation we will revert to the original status. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this matter, please contact either of the schools in the first instance.

SUSSEX POLICE CONSULTATION: Residents can now take part in Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s consultation for the Sussex Police Precept 2017/2018. This proposes to increase the police element of council tax rise by around £5:00 per household to fund over 100 new police officers and specialist staff. Sussex PCC Katy Bourne states “We need the right people, with the right skills in the right place to protect you & fight crime. I want to invest in over 100 new officers & staff in specialist teams to strengthen local policing & keep communities safe. This would include the follow areas:-- Community Priority Crime Teams; Expert Youth Teams; Specialist Firearms Officers; and Public Protection Investigators. Sussex Police is modernising its services to meet the local policing and security needs of the 21st Century This new way of working has been acknowledged as ambitious and positive by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Whilst that transformation is underway across all areas of policing and will take time, I want to make sure Sussex residents can see local policing being strengthened now.” The consultation began on the website last week and will include public engagements across Sussex, will close in January 2017. The PCC will then present her recommendations on whether to propose a rise in the precept to the Police & Crime Panel in January 2017 To take part in this consultation, please contact their website http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/priorities/budget/

ROTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL: Businesses in Rother are invited to attend the fourth and final meeting in a series of free events aimed at helping them improve and grow. RDC is working with business coaching and support company ‘Pro-actions’ to put on four business seminars this year in Battle, Bexhill and Rye. This last seminar, entitled “Time Management Secrets of Effective and Successful Businesses” will be held at Rye Town Hall, Market Square, Rye on Tuesday December 6th.between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Businesses attending will receive information, tips and advice on techniques to help them improve their sales success rates and win more customers. Cllr Martin Kenward, RDC Deputy Leader and Business & Voluntary Sector Liaison, said “It’s vital that we do whatever we can to work with partners to help boost the district’s economy. These seminars will offer companies a fantastic opportunity to benefit from expert advice and guidance which can help them to grow and develop. The events are completely free, but places are limited and booking is essential, - so I’d urge businesses to reserve their place as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out. Anyone who would like to attend any of these seminars can book their place by calling Pro-actions on 03333~440517 or by visiting the events page of the website at http://www.pro-actions.com/events

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Despite the inclement and unpredictable weather which keeps us always on our toes (hopefully) those stalwart members of the Rother Ramblers have two (2) more walks in which we can -fingers crossed - enjoy upright !. Walk no:1 is an 8.5 mile circular tour of Burwash via Fuller’s Folly -intriguing. Arranged to take place on Sunday November 27th,- the meeting place will be the car park next to The Bear Inn, in Burwash. OS EXP136. TQ674246. (SatNav TN19 7ET) at 10.00am. As always a picnic lunch is suggested and David will be your ‘walk leader’ for this occasion and you may contact him on: 01580~852432 for all further details. Walk No:2 is planned for Tuesday November 29th and is a 7 mile meander - ‘Through Vineyards and Woodlands’ - doesn’t that sound delightful ? The meeting point is the Appledore Village Hall car park. OS EXP125. TQ956296. (SatNavTN26 2AF) again at 10.00am. The notes state “NO DOGS” on this stroll, but there will be a refreshment stop and back for lunch in the pub at Appledore. What a nice way to end a mornings outing ? Mike & Jerry are to be your ‘walk Leaders’ for this stroll and you may contact them on 07765~952979 for all further details.

EAST SUSSEX MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICES: That brilliant little Mobile Library van will be back trundling along our country lanes once more, as it continues with it’s full and busy schedule. This time the little white van will be visiting Ewhurst Green on Thursday December 1st for the first of two visits to this village, this month.(- the second visit is scheduled for December 22nd.) It is due to arrive at 10.40am and will be departing at 11.10am. - so please ensure that you don’t miss it. There are so many things of interest within the portals of this wonderful and so far still free, Mobile Library Service vehicle,- so please come along and find out for yourself. It is now certainly, more than just books.

EWHURST & STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY would like to invite any resident of the parish ( & possibly beyond) to come along on Saturday December 3rd and join them for their annual Christmas Carol Service. This is always a wonderful evening which begins when we all meet up at the War Memorial in Staplecross, - (opposite the Cross Inn !) at 6.15pm. Many of the member’s will be dressed in the society’s well known ‘uniform’ and with the added excitement, nostalgia and wonder by way of dozens of flaming torches, lighting our way, will accompany the group on the very short distance along Northiam Road, to St. Mark’s church for the Carol Service. How many people can say they have experienced that , I wonder ? Following the beautiful service, the society will then present their donations to the local organisations and good causes that they have elected to support this year. This is such a lovely evening, guaranteed to bring a ‘feel-good’ feeling to all who attend, and with mulled wine, mince pies and other festive nibbles in abundance, you really will remember the story of Christmas. Everyone is welcome, - of all ages, so please come and join them.

OUT & ABOUT: A superb “Christmas Fair” will be held on Saturday November 26th between 10.0am and 4.0pm. The venue is “Poppinghole Farm”, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge (SatNav TN32 5BN) and as well as providing a wonderful array of Christmas gifts to browse through, it will also be raising funds for the M S Society. - so lots of winners all round. There will be lots of stalls to view with quality gifts for all the family. These will include Jewellery; Homewares; China; Christmas Decorations; Cards; Local Art; Gifts for Her; Gifts for Him; Gifts for the Children - In fact gifts for all !. There will also be face painting, Teas, Coffees and Cake & a superb B.B.Q. This event is run alongside Poppinghole Farm Spas ‘Open Day’, so pop in for a FREE mini facial or ‘file & paint’, plus the chance to win an amazing Elemis hamper. Enjoy !

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday November 27th. Advent 1 at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Giles, Bodiam, but a service which will also include Holy Communion (BCP) will follow directly afterwards at 11.15am at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, especially Baptisms, Weddings and sadly Funerals, then for the time being, do please get in touch with the appropriate Churchwardens: ~ For all Bodiam matters, please contact Graham Peters - email at gg.peters@btinternet.com or telephone number 01580~830203. For all Ewhurst Parish matters please contact Jo Goodwin - email grannygoodwin@hotmail.com or telephone number 01580~830601. Help in some way is always at hand and always so generously given, so do please contact them.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are arranging an event in the foreseeable future, --- whatever the nature of the event and however large or small, if you’d like some extra coverage for it, then please get in touch. If it’s of interest to you, - it’s of interest to us. it’s never too early to send in any of the details and to tell us what you are planning, - Christmas is creeping ever closer, - so please do contact me, as I’d love to hear from you and to help ‘spread the word’ on your behalf...............Thank You.

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