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Anne Reed

Staplecross

SPORTS CLUB INVITATION: An email has been received with the request for a small insert in this column notifying all and sundry of an ‘Open Day’ of a local Tennis Club and extending an invitation to any interested players in coming along, meeting the players and finding out more information. Mountfield Tennis Club began as a sports and social club originally intricately connected to British Gypsum. It has since moved to VineHall School where it has the use of three 1st class courts. It is LTA affiliated and competes in the 1st Division Mixed Wealden Tennis League. The club also has a new coach -Dan Cole- arriving in late April who will be available for additional coaching if required. Naturally the sport of tennis is the driving force of this club, but regular social events for other members of family and friends are arranged throughout the year. These include B.B.Q.’s- Gender Blind Doubles Tournaments as well as a Family & Friends Play Day which includes organised Doubles before lunch, followed by a picnic harmoniously brought and shared and enjoyed by all. After lunch an annual game of rounders is played with great enthusiasm. In the winter months a Christmas Lunch is also a delightful and friendly social date to look forward to. These dates are to ensure that family and friends are not excluded in any way, as we all know how passionate players can become about their chosen sport. The club play tennis all year round and the normal ‘play times’ at Vinehall are on Tuesday evenings by arrangement - Thursday evening from 5.30pm and Sunday mornings from 10.00am. The ‘Open Morning’ is on Sunday April 14th at Vinehall School, from 10.00am. All abilities - adults and/or children will be very warmly welcomed. Please contact Martine on 07967~224328 or check out www.mountfieldtennis.com for more details.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: “CHURCH BELL RINGERS APPEAL” ~ Excuse the pun - no joke or insult intended, but the request has gone out that the friendly folk of bell-ringers, ( Campanologists - to the uninitiated !) who ring the bells at our lovely churches in Bodiam, Ewhurst Green and Northiam. are looking to welcome and encourage more people to come along and join their band. This will enable them to continue to ring regularly throughout these villages. Anyone between the ages of 18 to the grand old age of 80 are invited to get in touch and come along, have a chat and have a ‘try out’ ! Short, 30 minute ‘Taster Sessions’ are available - prior to the group’s practise times - and/or during their practise evenings and additional practise times to begin with, may be possible by agreed arrangements. These practise evenings are on a Thursday between 7 ~ 8.pm and they alternate between the churches on a week-by-week basis. The bells at Bodiam are of a lighter weight - therefore more experience is needed here, so a little reprieve is granted to begin with !. No experience is necessary as all tuition will be given, You don’t need to be musical - You don’t need to commit to ringing every Sunday - You don’t need to attend the church service after the ringing finishes - but you may like to join the other ‘ringers’ following their practise - for a pleasant while down at the local pubs ! This is a friendly, flexible group who ring purely for pleasure. So if you’d like to find out more about this group and just what’s involved, then please contact Judith on: 07445~271476 or via her email:judith101conlin@gmail.com This could be just pure music to your ears !

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: OBITUARY - Once again, I have the sad duty to inform our parish of the sad passing of Eileen Becker. Having lived amongst us for almost thirty years, Eileen was not only a well known resident but one who took part in many local clubs and societies. Her skill with a needle - be it embroidery, patchwork or quilts was always much admired and appreciated along with her warm heart, her happy outlook and her ready wit.! Her unexpected death at The Conquest Hospital, Hastings, at aged 83 and following a short illness was a sad shock to all who knew her. This charming and lovely lady will be truly missed by her twin brother and her son David, and daughter Julie who both had to make the long trip from Australia for this sad farewell. This much loved and much respected member of our community will be sadly missed not only by her beloved family, but by all her many friends and colleagues.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: RYE and SURROUNDING AREAS CARERS GROUP - An email has been received from Annie Mannion who is the Media Relations Officer for the “Care for the Carers” group. Annie is seeking to raise awareness in Rye and all the surrounding areas, about the support and information that this charity is able to provide to unpaid carers of family members - and friends - throughout East Sussex. ‘Care for the Carers’ is the carers centre for East Sussex and supports anyone living with the challenges of caring -unpaid-for a family member or friend, who is ill, frail, disabled or who has mental health or addiction problems. They aim to improve the quality of carers lives by helping the local community recognise and value the role of carers and by enabling carers to access the service and support they require AND deserve !.Do you support someone who couldn’t manage without your help ? Many of the tasks the carers perform for those they love and care about, is often never seen as the majority of these services are carried out within the confines and privacy of their own homes. This sadly, can lead the carer towards loneliness and isolation. ‘Care for the Carers’ charity holds a monthly carers group at Rye Memorial Hospital, Rye Foreign, Peasmarsh Road, Rye TN31 7UD. This takes place every 4th Thursday of each month between 10.30am and 12.30pm. It’s completely free, facilitated by one of the charity’s carer support workers and you don’t need to register in advance - just turn up if you can make it. Please contact ‘Care for the Carers’ on 01323~738390 for more information or check out: www.cftc.org.uk/blog/new-rye-carers-information-and-advice-group Other groups are also held at various other locations across East Sussex - check where these are by looking up ctfc.org.uk/carers-groups On a lighter note --Jo is walking the 100mile South Downs Way for this charity in May of this year. Please sponsor her at: www.cftc.org.uk/fundraisers/carerchallenge and spread the word !

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: CANCELLED ~ EWHURST & STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY ~ ‘WASSAILING EVENT’. I have received a notification advising me of the CANCELLATION of this year’s enjoyable event. Due to unforeseen circumstances, this great, noisy and nostalgic event due to take place on Saturday March 16th - that’s TOMORROW ! - at Quarry Farm, Bodiam - 6.30pm at The Hub -has been CANCELLED. Fingers crossed that this fun filled family event will be able to take place again next year.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: A SUPPORT PLEA for THE DEMENTIA REVOLUTION: - A heartfelt plea for support and/or donations has been sent to me by a well known, much loved, respected and admired local resident of our parish. Susie Hewer has been running marathons and raising money-over £54000:00 to date- for that very worthy charity ‘Dementia Research’ for a goodly number of years now -without a let up - and has set herself another new and gruelling challenge in the form of the ‘1066 Harold’s Way 100 mile Ultra Marathon’ this year. Many of us have experienced the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s has - not only on the actual person but also on the whole family and friends, as this disease effects everyone one in it’s path. Here is her appeal - in it’s entirety - so please spare a thought for Susie as she trains and prepares for this new challenge. Please give her a wave and a smile when you see her running - and please, if possible, please give a donation-however large or small- to this very special charity. ALL contributions will be most gratefully received not only by Susie herself, but by both amalgamated charities and the sufferers themselves .....so on their behalf ~Thank You.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: “1066 SPECIALS” - A notification of a very special football club has been sent to me to pass on. The ‘1066 Specials Foot Club gives people with special needs and disabilities the opportunity to play football and to receive expert coaching. This amazing club are now welcoming anyone - age 5 to 50 - who has a disability or mental health disorder to come along and join this truly amazing football sports club. This club currently run teams for Juniors aged 5 - 12, under 14’s, under 16’s under 18’s, as well as adult sides in the Sussex Disability League Championship and Division One- plus they also have an increasing popular choice , that of a ‘Walking Football’ team. This club also provides opportunities to play the sport in a fun and friendly environment and accept players from the age of 5 right through to their adult sides. It allows the players to develop better social skills whilst boosting their own confidence due in no small way to being members of this fantastic sports club. As well as improving their football abilities, members and their families form a strong bond and develop close friendships, and this is reflected in the real family atmosphere within the club.All coaching is done by fully qualified coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people. The “1066 Specials” train on Saturdays -usually first, second and last - per month- at Bexhill College from 9.15am For all further information please contact Coach/Liaison Officer - Duncan on:97522~576546. A big smile and a warm welcome awaits you.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: DE-FIBULATORS - As you are aware, I have recently had the sad task of informing the community of the deaths of several of our residents and it has come to remind me that perhaps an update of the DE-FIBULATOR SITES may be in order. Each of our three villages within our parish have been provided - courtesy of the Ewhurst Parish Council - with a De-Fib. Unit and they are situated in a prominent position in these villages and are sited as follows: EWHURST GREEN has one attached to the wall of the WHITE DOG INN in the centre of the village - opposite St. James the Great church; - STAPLECROSS has their DE-FIB UNIT attached to the wall of the CROSS INN, situated in the heart of that village. The unit that was originally attached to the wall of THE WHITE HART pub in CRIPPS CORNER, - has - since this pub closed and in view of the impending redevelopment of this site - the DEFIBULATOR UNIT has been moved from the pub wall to inside the old and de-commissioned telephone box directly opposite and adjacent to the bus stop. Simple and easy instructions in the use of these pieces of equipment are easily and readily available and very simple to follow with clear and precise instructions. I hope these units will never be needed but please make a note - mental or otherwise of where they can be reached when required.

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL - “Make a Change ~ Become a Local Councillor” EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL is calling on residents, business owners and those who work in the Parish who are passionate about their community to stand in the local elections on 2 May 2019

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL - ‘Keep Well, Keep Warm’ Campaign ~ It’s quite hard to imagine and remember, that just a short time ago, we were all enjoying beautiful late warm sunshine as we were treated to an ‘Indian summer’ and now here we are enjoying (or suffering,- depending on how you view it) lashings of rain, biting cold winds, expected snow and icy conditions and plummeting temperatures. Unseen, the days are stretching out, minute by minute and whilst we are still in the midst of Winter, it’s often mentioned that Spring is just around the corner ! Though we may still be benefiting from some dry and sunny days, the outside temperature is set to drop even further according to the chaps in the “Weather Forecast Bureau”. Being cold isn’t just uncomfortable - it can be very bad for your health and in particular for our older folk or those with existing health conditions, it could also increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, breathing problems and bad chests. The ESCC -Dept. of Health booklet includes lots of information about sources of financial help to heat your home and details of other organisations that may be able to help you. You can download it from the website: nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth or contact Social Care Direct on:03456 080191. They have also suggested a few ‘handy hints’ on keeping warm, safe and well this winter which include: ~ Getting a free flu jab. ~ Check your prescription medicines and make sure you have sufficient to last through the cold weather. ~ Keep your home at the right temperature and if possible set your heating to 18-21’C (65-70’F) ~ Hot meals and drinks will help keep you warm. If getting out may be difficult, keep a stock of tinned, dried and frozen food in your store cupboard. Remember also, several thin layers of clothing is better and warmer than one or two thick ones. ~ Keep active indoors, if you can. Try to move around at least once an hour. If your mobility is limited, try out some armchair exercises or just wriggle your fingers & toes ! They may look a bit daft, but these can be of enormous benefit to you. ~ Have your heating & cooking appliances checked - carbon monoxide is a killer! ~ Electric blankets need to be kept in good condition and remember never use a hot water bottle at the same time. Our own Fire & Rescue Service Dept. will be able to check this item for you. Look after yourself and check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they also are ‘Safe, Warm & Well’. If you need it, there are grants and benefits to help heat your home more efficiently, or help with bills. If you are over 65 or disabled, or if anyone in your household is disabled, or if you are a family with children and on a low income, you may qualify for this service which includes;~ A Full assessment of your home & how to keep it warm,* small preventative works, such as improving insulation, clearing gutters or chimneys,* providing emergency temporary heating,* advice on getting help with the cost of heating your home. You can also find out more about heating your home efficiently by contacting the Energy Saving Trust 0300-1231234 or http://www.energysavingtrust.co.uk/ and the Met Office -Get Ready for Winter at metoffice.gov.uk/getreadyforwinter For all further information please contact socialcaredirect@eastsussex.gov.uk - ‘Stay well & warm’.:

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COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: Apologies are sent to all in regard to the odd contents of last week’s Village Voice column. Apparently the copy that was sent to the newspaper was not the copy information that was printed in last weeks edition - very peculiar ! The missing copy is somehow still floating around the ether or ‘filed’ in a mysterious ‘lost property V.V. column’ container - never to be seen again ! So sincere apologies for any events which were missed.

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“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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