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Anne Reed

Staplecross

“Welcome Back“: May I begin by wishing you all a very “Happy New Year”, - this message may be rather belated but being this is the first Village Voice column for our parish for 2019 I wanted to ensure it was not missed out altogether. So however you enjoyed Christmas & the Festive Season, - now sadly I’m sure, fast becoming a dim & distant memory, I wish you all, as this new year slowly unfolds, much love, luck and laughter - with a large helping of “Good Health” thrown in!

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: In last week’s Village Voice column, I stated that that edition may well be the last for this year --- well, - obviously I was wrong and it was not, - so I apologise for my hasty announcement but will endeavour to make this a simple, short & sweet column, just advising you of any events that are proposed for the remainder of the Festive Season. Full coverage will be recommencing in January 2019 - all as per normal. In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone throughout our little part of England, be they from our parish and community or not, every good wish for a wonderful, and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: JUST TO REMIND YOU : This may well be the last edition of Ewhurst Parish contribution to the Village Voice section for this year. The year is drawing ever faster to a close and it seems we all still have lot’s to do, with last minute shopping, wrapping, posting and other ‘just remembered’ arrangements. This may well be the overseeing of the huge food mountain that we always appear to ‘must have’ for Christmas, - or maybe preparing ourselves for another onslaught of visitors be they family or friends arriving to share this special time of the year. Many of us have the days planned out with lots to see and enjoy before 2018 finally bows out amidst much noise, merriment and the inevitable “New Year Resolutions”- when we all once more, celebrate and welcome the beginning of another year. So enjoy this wonderful Festive Season in the way it pleases you, whether buried under mountains of wrapping paper and the hustle & bustle of noise and mayhem, whether among family or friends or just quietly at home with peace and tranquillity - however you choose to spend this Christmas time, may the beauty and true spirit of Christmas be with you every step along the way. I wish you all a very “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL - “GET WELL SOON” - Richard Farhall - Our well known Ewhurst Parish Clerk,- much admired for his vast knowledge on most subjects, his dedicated role -often over and above his Parish Clerk’s duties and always ‘on-hand’ for advice, guidance and opinion - is taking a bit of a back seat at the moment ! Following a recent operation on his hand, his work load has lightened ‘slightly’ due to an enforced ‘rest period’. Due to the nature of the operation, this has been imposed upon him as he often appears to have his P.C. permanently glued to him and never appears to have need of sleep ! All your Ewhurst Parish Councillors and fellow working colleagues of both Ewhurst Parish, Rye Town Council, as well as R.D.C. and E.S.C.C. wish you a full and speedy recovery and trust that all will be well at the end. Get Well Soon Richard - and kindest regards from all the residents of Ewhurst Parish Community.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICE (PIN) - Now that the “ E.U. Withdrawal Agreement” has been published, our local MP. Huw Merriman has arranged to hold a further 2 ‘open sessions’ to talk to constituents about this matter, before Parliament votes on it. He will discuss’ the progress so far, the presentation on Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the U.K. of Great Britain & Northern Ireland from the European Union’. His aim is to present the background, the detail, the options and the timetable. Huw states he is there to explain the points, to hear the people’s views, but NOT to argue !. The dates, times and venues are as follows: Thursday December 6th 7 - 9pm at the Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield TN21 0XG and the following day Friday December 7th 7-9pm at the Battle Memorial Hall, High Street, Battle, TN33 0AQ.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: As Christmas creeps ever closer, we can be forgiven for thinking that our community will be taking a form of hibernation until the Spring comes along to re-awaken us full of renewed vim & vigour. This is certainly not the case, as many forms of activities will be taking place within our social groups and clubs. I have included a few in the “Dates for your Diary” section for you to make a note of, should they interest you.

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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”.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: OBITUARIES - It is always sad to inform the community of the passing of a member of our parish, but sadly I have to pass on the very sad news of the recent deaths of two well known and much admired members of our parish. RICHARD BIGGS who for many years was a busy and popular resident of first Staplecross and then Bodiam, was a quiet, courteous and gentle man always polite and considerate of others. He was a very knowledgeable man who in turn was a farmer, an agricultural lecturer and plantsman, who was always happy to pass on his vast extent of information on a wide variety of subjects in a kind and generous manner. For many years, Richard was an active member of our local , Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society and was a well regarded member of the committee and who’s knowledge and input during his time with us was of great value and always appreciated. Beloved by his wife Paddy, his children and their families, he died peacefully at home, aged 92 . The funeral service at St. Nicholas’s church, Sandhurst has already taken place, but donations, to the “Alzheimer’s Society”. in Richard’s memory can be made on-line at www.cwaterhouseandsons.co.uk -or you may contact them via 01435~882219 for other methods -

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STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY: LAST REMINDER-This annual event as seen and enjoyed by 1000’s throughout Sussex ( and even further afield) is one of our community’s social highlights of the year. Taking place of Saturday October 27th - THAT’s TOMORROW ! - This date has been eagerly awaited by a huge number of people as it is one of the special social ‘get-together’ events of our parish. This is an amazing night for all concerned from the early Fancy Dress event which takes place in Staplecross Village Hall at 5.30pm - Judging begins at 6.30pm onwards - to the dowsing of the last flames of the bonfire and the closing of the bonfire arena and field.. The amazing Torchlight Procession with 100’s of flaming torches will line up and move off promptly at 7.15pm. - starting the village’s long awaited noisy, exciting and dazzling parade from the village through to Cripps Corner then returning to the bonfire field to the conclusion of the evening with the lighting of the bonfire and the firework display. Please remember this is a ‘dark village’ - with NO street lighting OR road kerbs - and has mostly uneven grass verge- along the parade route, so please take extra care, especially with children, bring warm, dry clothing - AND TORCHES- to help when returning to your vehicles at the end of the evening. This is also an ADVANCE NOTICE of the ROAD CLOSURE between Cripps Corner and Staplecross (B2165) to allow the Torchlight Procession and all those that accompany them safe passage from Staplecross down to Cripps Corner and back up again to the field where the rest of the evenings events will take place - the highlight - as stated - being the lighting of the huge bonfire and the eagerly awaited fantastic firework display The road is generally closed from 7.00pm until 10.00pm (approximately) so please ensure you choose an alternative route during this time. For more information regarding this evenings activities please check out their website at www.esbs.org.uk This promises to be another great night out for all the family, so don’t miss it !

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: For a rather small community and parish, the residents have recently enjoyed no less than two (2) social events within two (2) days of each other !. Event No: 1 ~ STAPLECROSS MCP SCHOOL - Every parent - and Grand-parent - who attended the ‘HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE’ was surely filled with love and pride (and no doubt, a few stray tears !) as they listened to the words and songs performed especially for them, by these precious children, at this special service which was held on Friday last (12th) at St. Mark’s church, in Staplecross. Two services were held this day - Swallows and Robins performed in the morning and were followed by Kingfishers and Kestrels in the afternoon. The little stories, poems and the uplifting harvest hymns from both services, were performed with much fun and enjoyment and were such a pleasure to hear whilst seeing all the items of food brought to the church for distribution later on, together with the monetary donations freely given, were not only humbling but were made more so by the willingness and the sincerity of the pupils to help those in need and much less fortunate than themselves. All sums of money collected during these services will be donated to the ‘Methodist Homeless Charity’ - and all the harvest produce - so generously given - will be donated to the Battle Food Bank in the very near future. Our own Canon Christopher Irvine was invited to come along and took great delight in both services and led us all in the closing prayers and thanks to the school. This is a ‘life lesson’ - not on the actual school curriculum - but one that should encourage them to be a kinder, helpful and better aware of the world around them in their later adult life - leading hopefully to a better world for us all. Following the afternoon service, the always much appreciated and welcome ‘tea & cake’ refreshments were served with the pupils taking on the roles of ‘waiting staff’ This was clearly a job they all enjoyed, as their attentiveness to our welfare was superb. This charming event was brought to a close with the announcement by Executive Head of School - Mrs Liz Avard - that Mr David Young - special Guest of Honour - will be leaving the School Governing Board to devote more time to other pursuits - including that of a new Grandad - and was presented with a small assortment of fun but sincere ‘Thank You’ gifts in appreciation of all that he has done for the school in his very long running and dedicated time that he served as a School Governor. For a variety of reasons, - everyone went home happy and cheerful and with a smile on their face proving this was yet another great and successful event in the school’s calendar.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: As the Autumn season creeps ever closer to the Winter period, the days are getting shorter, the nights will get darker earlier and the weather forecast no doubt will take a turn for the worse. Our health does not have to follow suit !. The seasons are beautiful in their own right, for any number of reasons - but what is NOT good however, is the misery that often accompanies Winter which is the ‘FLU’! All Medical Centres and Doctors’ Surgeries are urgently asking the members of the public to pop in and have the ‘Flu Jab’. By taking a few minutes to do this, it will not only prevent you from suffering from this miserable virus, but by getting vaccinated, you are helping to protect those around you who may be at risk of serious complications. It’s best to have this jab at the start of the ‘flu season’ - in the Autumn - but it’s still worth getting vaccinated any time before the end of March. Everyone in an “At Risk Group” can have a free flu jab. Please just contact your GP Surgery or local Pharmacy Team for more information or to book an appointment information or to book an appointment.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: MACMILLAN NURSES CHARITY “COFFEE MORNING EVENT” A National ( & International ) fundraising event for this fantastic charity was held up and down the length & breathe of the country on Saturday September 29th with the view to not only raising as much money as possible to aid this worthy cause, but to also show our appreciation to the nursing staff - as well as all those ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak, for all the hard work bestowed in such a caring manner, not only on the patients themselves, but to the families and friends that are also touched by these heart-breaking circumstances. The residents of Ewhurst Parish Community (and beyond) came out to support this event once again and showed their love and appreciation for all aspects of the amazing work and dedication undertaken by all at MacMillan Nursing. Staplecross Village Hall was the venue for last Saturdays fundraising event, ably hosted - as always - by Pauline Scowen and Anka Buss. Due to their unstinting determination to raise as much money as possible - despite Pauline herself only returning from hospital a few days beforehand - this event was another huge success. The amazing amount of just over £800:00 - excluding ‘Gift Aid’- was raised and will be presented to them in due cause. Pauline has expressed a wish to extend a big “THANK YOU to all those who helped - contributed - went along or manned a stall. To Lesley George, Cheryl Moss, Marie Trimbrell, Ann Prodinger, Anne James, Brenda Dale, Sandra Smith - plus of course all those ‘invisible ones’ who also helped - and especially Anka herself. Special Thanks must also go to (Pauline’s) hubby - Brian Scowen - for setting out the hall and for being the ‘Top Notch Dogs Body throughout the whole organisation of this event. This event is a very important fund raising project for the Macmillan Nurses, as sadly at some stage in our lives, many of us our touched by this dreadful disease - or we know of people who have been affected, and all families need their support. “ Thanks to ALL of you - especially Pauline .x.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: EWHURST & STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL - JUMBLE SALE. - Several helpers at the Village Hall Jumble Sale, which took place at the Hall on Saturday last (22nd) had their breathe held and their fingers crossed in anxious anticipation as the time to open the doors drew near. The reason ? --- Heavy rain, rival events occurring on the same day and very few people appeared to be queueing to enter - and this gave rise for concern. But like many an old adage, all was not lost as when the doors did open, the people streamed through, - all anxious to grab themselves a bargain...and there were bargains galore! The refreshments counter were strong and steady throughout the afternoon, - the popular raffle stall did a continuous trade and the cake stall always had a customer or two, choosing which of the lovely cakes on offer to take home for their tea. Fund raising events like these are often hard work, time consuming and hard on your feet, but all of these aches & pains disappear when the results are announced and this event was no exception. The grand total of £520:00 was raised (+ £3:00 in old £1:00 coins which will go into the charity box for re-imbursement !) This amount will go into the Village Hall coffers for the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of this super village asset. Many grateful thanks to ALL those who came and helped setting up on Friday and helping out on Saturday, on whatever stall and in whatever capacity, as without your generosity and support, none of this would be possible.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: E.S. & B GARDEN SOCIETY - As promised a week or two back, I now have the results of the recent Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Show, hosted by our own local horticultural group E. S. & B. Garden Society at the Staplecross Village Hall on Saturday September 1st 2018 The results are as follows: VEGETABLE CLASSES SECTION: -Class 1 - 4 Onions grown from sets or seed. 1st Philip Underhill. 2nd Ann Brookes. Class 2 -9 Shallots. 1st Ann Brookes. 2nd Philip Underhill. 3rd Pam Underhill. Class 3 - 4 Potatoes - coloured. 1st Philip Underhill. 2nd Jennie Lynam. 3rd Ann Brookes. Class 4 - 4 Potatoes-white. 1st Ann Brookes. 2nd Brian Scowen. 3rd Keith Bishop. Class 5 - 4 Tomatoes-excluding small fruited type. 1st Ann Brookes. 2nd Keith Bishop. 3rd Philip Underhill. Class 6 - 4 Tomatoes-novelty, small or coloured. 1st Peter Brookes. 2nd Ann Brookes. 3rd Livia Linderman. Class 7 - 7 Runner Beans. 1st Maggie Whitaker. 2nd Ann Brookes. 3rd Pam Dance. Class 8 - 3 Leeks 1st Philip Underhill. Class 9 - 2 Courgettes, with flowers. 1st John Moore Bick. 2nd Maggie Whittaker. Class 10 - 2 Squash. 1st Brian Scowen. Class 11 - 3 Beetroot. 1st Ann Brookes. 2nd Brian Scowen. 3rd Keith Bishop. Class 12 - Any Other Indoor Vegetable. 1st Philip Underhill. 2nd Ann Brookes. Class 13 - Any Other Outdoor Vegetable. 1st Ann Brookes. 2nd Philip Underhill. 3rd Maggie Whitaker. Class 14 - Collection or Trug of Vegetables of exhibitors choice. 1st Philip Underhill. Class 15 - A collection of named culinary herbs (max 10) 1st - Ann Brookes. 2nd Jennie Lynam. Class 16 - A collection of 3 different vegetables 3 x variety. 1st Philip Underhill. 2nd Ann Brookes.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: Information has been sent to advise residents of the forthcoming “High Weald Walking Festival 2018”. This will take place between September 15th and September 23rs 2018 and everyone is invited to come along and join in wherever and whenever you can. You are invited to come and explore one of the U.K.’s finest historic landscapes at the ‘FIRST EVER’ - “High Weald Walking Festival” There will be a choice of 36 guided walks across the High Weald - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B.) which will also include creative writing, geology, history and wildlife walks, so there is sure to be something of interest for all. These guided walks are ALL FREE OF CHARGE - so what better way to while away a few hours than by exploring this green and pleasant land of ours, For more information on this festival, please check out www.highwealdwalks.org

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: E.S. & B. Garden Society - ANNUAL FLOWER, FRUIT & VEGETABLE SHOW. Held on Saturday last (1st) at the Village Hall in Staplecross, this was the last in the annual flower and produce shows that are hosted by this small but popular local horticultural group. LAST certainly does not mean LEAST, as the entries were all a real joy to behold and all those who participated in this village event deserve a big ‘pat on the back’ for all their stalwart efforts. Entering into this little village show could not have been easy for the entrants as not only did they first, have to battle with the unusual scorching hot weather which seemed to go on forever but many then had to struggle with the time consuming and sometimes monotonous chore of watering - be it Flowers, Fruit or Vegetables in order to gather sufficient items for their chosen classes, - then just to prove who really IS in charge here, Mother Nature send us the rain ! & boy did it rain ? But did it deter our gardening enthusiasts - not in the least, - as the quality of the exhibitions proved. A very enjoyable time was had by all the visitors who attended this show, from the comments received and the intoxicating but heavenly scent arising from all the blooms displayed, together with the smells of all those yummy home cooking entries the hall was not only a beautiful sight to see, but the scents wafting around the hall was really a wonderful reminder of what an English summer is really like. It was amazing to see just how much talent we have amongst us within our community in viewing the various dazzling floral displays, photography, the handicraft section and of course those mouth watering baking entries A goodly number of exhibitors entered the wide array of classes on offer throughout the schedule which was quite gratifying to all the organisers, both in front and behind the scenes. Trade was sure and steady at the refreshment counter with a good selection of delicious cakes and biscuits tempting the visitors and the raffle was also - as usual - a very popular draw for one and all. The results of the show will be shared with you as soon as received. Many grateful thanks must be given to the judges of the classes for giving up their time and to our local East Sussex County Councillor, Mrs Angharad Davies for coming along to hand out the trophies and Certificates to all the worthy winners. Sadly, the lists for the Class winners is not available to date, but all the results will be shared with you as soon as it’s received. All in all, another great day for this popular little garden society but especially for all those magnificent exhibitors. We’re all certainly looking forward to next year already !

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WINE TASTERS @ EWHURST: Last minute gentle reminder that if like many of us within the parish, you enjoy a delectable glass of wine now & again, - or perhaps would like to know more about wine i.e. ~ choosing the correct wine for a particular dish ~ selecting the best region for your favourite tipple ~ learning the different flavours; -tastes; - aroma’s or simply want to become more of an expert in this favourable ‘past-time’ ~ then why not consider joining in the monthly Wine Tasting at Ewhurst. This is a super little social group of like-minded people who enjoy spending a couple of hours per month, - tasting and commenting on a selection of superb wines - plus tasty bread and a few nibbles - all wrapped up in good company, in a cosy venue - that being the Herdman Pavilion, in Ewhurst Green, (TN32 5TB) The date for the August Wine Evening is Friday August 31st.- THAT’s TONIGHT from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. No membership is required, - just a courtesy call to Jan (sec) to ensure there will be sufficient wine & nibbles for all to enjoy. -- It wouldn’t do to run short now would it ? A charge of £5:00 per person is required upon arrival. If you think that this is something that would be of interest to you, then do please contact Janis via her email: janhooper3@hotmail.co.uk to learn more about this very friendly and welcoming group. We are a very friendly and social group and will certainly ensure you have a warm welcome upon arrival and a glass of superb wine in your hand, very shortly after.!

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STAPLECROSS SOCIAL CLUB: CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS- As part of the events arranged to celebrate the 100 year ‘Birthday’ of this super little social club, situated right in the heart of our village, reminders must be given that Friday August 24th sees the continuing successful “Bingo Night” arrive. There are big Bonanza prizes and cash for some lucky winners - One House guarantee - £100 prize money. Members and guests are most warmly welcomed at ALL EVENTS - BUT MEMBERSHIP CARDS MUST BE SHOWN. The following day - Saturday August 25th. A celebration event with a difference has been arranged in the form of a “Gangster & Molls” event night. This will include a disco, SKA and Reggae, A Bar-B-Q is arranged with a great menu and a Bingo fun game. Dressing up as a ‘Gangster or an appropriate ‘Moll’ would add fun and ambience to this evening so why not ‘have a go’! This event is from 7.00pm ‘til late and everyone is welcome. - especially families. Once again - Membership cards must be shown. Come along and join in the fun and support your local social club.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: This may be rather short on news this week, due I imagine to the school and family vacations, so I have included a few ‘up & coming’ dates of events that I’m sure will be of interest to many and that you won’t want to miss.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: A little gentle reminder of the APPEAL on behalf of Ewhurst & Staplecross Village Hall which was made in last weeks column. This was advertising for two volunteers to come and join the Trustees and help support the running of the Village Hall. The APPEAL was for the roles of: 1) BOOKING CLERK which includes keeping the Village Hall Booking Diary up-to-date - and 2) Organise & set up the WEBSITE for the Village Hall. Neither of these positions incur a heavy workload, and normally only a matter of a few hours per month are required for these tasks. Age and Gender are immaterial to run these positions - just a willingness to help support the Village Hall whilst giving something back to the community. Social Media is such a normal, everyday part of our lives now and by setting up this website, this will certainly bring it in line with other social meeting places and let the general public at large, become aware of what a great venue this hall is and what it has to offer. If you are able to offer your help and services in any of these roles, please contact the Village Hall secretary Jacqui Hyett on 01580~830576 or via her email at: jaclawhye@btinternet.com Your help in filling these positions will be most gratefully received and support in both of these roles will be freely available along the way. We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you ‘on board’. On a lighter note - & of interest to someone we hope, - - we have on offer and FREE ~~ AN UPRIGHT PIANO. In view of our local ‘performing arts’ group - (SCATS) no longer performing, - the trustees of the Village Hall find ourselves in possession of an upright piano which is now surplus to requirements. This is NOT a large item, but is a little on the old side and could benefit from being re-tuned ! This piano is now looking for a new owner and is FREE to take away to anyone interested in giving this ‘old joanna’ a new home. Please contact Jacqui (sec) information as above. a.s.a.p.

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