Wooden Horse: Some good news for some and sad news for others - the magnificent wooden horse in the National Trust car park at Bodiam Castle is up for sale. Ask in the Trust shop, in the car park, for details.

Traffic: Amicus Horizon are to do work to ease traffic flow around 3 - 9 Levetts Lane which will help to reduce some of the damage caused to the grassed area. Work will start on Monday March 23 and will last a week.

Elections: The big day will soon be with us on Thursday May 7 - parish council elections, district council election and the general election.

Polling stations open from 7am - 10pm.

If it is going to be difficult for some Bodiam people to get to the polls and vote in person, then apply for a postal vote.

Applications to Rother District Council close on Tuesday April 21.

If you are going to be out of the country a proxy vote is best.

Parish Assembly: Do not forget the Parish Assembly on March 26 with refreshments available from 7pm and the meeting at 7.30pm. Do come and have tea first.

There will be reports from St Giles Church. Bodiam Primary School, Rother Valley Railway, Bodiam Cricket Club, the Pre-School and Rother District Councillors Sue Prochak and Angharad Davies

The meeting will be under the dynamic chairmanship of Geoffrey Goodsell, chairman of the parish council.

Summer Fete: Bodiam Church of England Primary School Parent and Teacher Association is to hold a school summer fete on July 17. This will replace the Autumn Fun Day, traditionally held on the August bank holiday.

The full governing body of the school meet on March 12 at 5pm in the school hall.

Ofsted: Bodiam Pre-School Playgroup’s Oftsed report is ‘Good’ in five areas.

That means it is effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children so they are ready for the next stage of learning.

The report said it is not yet ‘Outstanding’ as the outdoor area has still not yet ben fully developed and say that staff have not developed that area. I think this is unfair on staff but still a good Oftsed report I felt.

Good Trust: March is a big month for Alan Batter of the National Trust. He has been with the Trust for 20 years and as he says quite a lot has happened in that time under the dynamic leadership of the number one George Bailey, who will say it is for the best.

Geoffrey Goodsell

13 Levetts Lane