COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: LEST WE FORGET - Along with thousands of other cities, towns and villages throughout our country, many residents of the tiny Parish of Ewhurst comprising of Staplecross, Ewhurst Green and Cripps Corner villages, showed their thanks and support to all those who fell in both World Wars, by attending the special event on Sunday November 11th. As everyone knows, this year was a special milestone in the annual ‘Armistice Services’ as it marked the 100th year since the cessation of the 1st World War when the guns fell silent and a new and different way of life began. A huge crowd of people from all around our parish gathered at the War Memorial in Staplecross at 6.15pm to take part in this centenary Remembrance Service, Canon Christopher opened the service with a short prayer and blessing. Sir John Moore-Bick, then took up the reins with a reading before calling out the all names of those inscribed on the newly cleaned ‘Lion Couchant’ War Memorial. The original bugler was sadly unable to attend due to illness and we are all so grateful for Andrew Baxter from Eastbourne for stepping in and ‘saving the day’ The poignant sounds of “Sunset” and “The Last Post” were perfect. We were also proud to welcome John Ash from Sedlescombe,- a piper in full dress who played the pipes whilst the Union flag and the dozens of hand made poppies strung alongside the flag pole was gently lowered and removed. The 21 torches -signifying one for each life lost - and organised by the Staplecross Bonfire Society, were lit, and then led the strong community procession as it moved off down to the corner of our village play park to the beacon. At 7.00pm - a young relative of Private Frederick Simmons who was killed in action at just 20 years of age and whose name is inscribed on the Memorial, performed the task of lighting the beacon - Maisie Simm - ably assisted by Mum - made history, as she proudly lit the beacon, joining the thousands of other beacons being lit at the same time up and down throughout our nation. Two giant poppies were also lit to accompany the beacon, after which a short service held in St. Mark’s church and led by Canon Christopher brought this simple, historical and memorable evening to a close. Many ladies throughout the community had been kept busy making hundreds of beautiful poppies which were distributed throughout the village and adorned trees, railings, benches and the flagpole, alongside pebbles of all shapes and sizes which were painted with poppies and crosses. An exhibition of war time memorabilia was displayed in the popular Cross Inn pub, for all to see, touch and enjoy. Many of these artefacts were loaned by Mr Guy Black, from ‘Retrotec’ a local company that restores vintage aircraft such as the iconic and much loved “Spitfire”. Last Tuesday some of these items were taken to the village school, as some of our older pupils have recently visited France themselves, in relation to the ongoing commemorations of the ‘War to end all Wars !’. Many grateful thanks are extended to the following people: -- Canon Christopher; Sir John Moore-Bick; John Barnes; Heidi Berry; Chris Cutting; Joe Dance; Tristan Gordon; John Lederer; Maisie and Mum Simms and our musicians for the night - the Highland Piper - John Ash and the Bugler - Andrew Baxter. To all the members of the Staplecross branch of the East Sussex Bonfire Society for whatever roles they played and for all the members of the community, for their unstinting help and support in helping to bring this idea to fruition and making it a safe, enjoyable and memorable evening for everyone who attended. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, - we will remember them”.