Jill Jarrett, Henley Down Cottage

To those expecting a football report, all that happened on our pitch last weekend was a few of the footballers frantically trying to get fit before they go international this coming weekend. Where are they going, who are they playing? How about a bar team in Ghent called “Celtic Towers” over St Patrick’s weekend. Is that wise? There will be a full report in the next edition as two of the WAGS are accompanying the team.

Sad news that the Crowhurst football team has folded. They once had a very good team, but gradually as is the way of things, players drop out, move to greener fields and a village is left without a team. It is only through the diligence of several key members that Catsfield is still able to get a team together, as there is only one player actually living in the village.

After the uplifting singing of Jerusalem and reading of the minutes of the February meeting, the WI meeting on Thursday last week began with many dates for our diaries of forthcoming events taking place over the next few months. Our speaker for the afternoon was Catsfield Parish Councillor and well known local thespian Peter Josling, with a talk entitled ‘Garlic from the Ground Upwards’. He intrigued us from the start, partly by his colourful garlic-decorated tie and then by telling us that he doesn’t actually grow garlic, but is a biochemist involved for thirty years with the amazing properties found in garlic.

He explained that the use of garlic is not new, it was used 5000 years ago in Northern Russia and by the Egyptians to maintain the fitness of their workers whilst building the pyramids in 1550BC. It is a member of the oldest known horticultural crop and is from the same family as leeks, onions and shallots. Allicin is a sulphur compound obtained from garlic, sold in capsule form (these are not the same as garlic oil capsules) and has antibacterial properties as well as antiviral, antifungal and is believed to reduce blood pressure, blood sugar levels and help to reduce the build up of fat in the coronary arteries. Garlic is nature’s antibiotic and currently research is taking place into it’s use as a cancer treatment. Peter proudly told us that he has only had two colds in the last twelve years and they only lasted just over a day, due to his regular dose of Allicin! His talk was interesting, informative and amusing and we all found it most enjoyable.

The WI held a very quick, easy jumble sale in the Hall on Saturday, there was frantic effort for about an hour and it was all over. We made £65 on the cake stall for our funds and £120 on the jumble which goes into our fundraising for Demelza Children’s Hospice. Thanks to everyone who helped and to our neighbours who collected the leftovers for their jumble sale.

Good news from Carol, the Clerk to the Parish Council who says:

“I can now confirm that we have a date for the Defibrillator Training.....

Thursday 21st March at 2013 at 7pm in the Village Hall. The session should last around 1.5hrs. If you or any members of your group/society would like to attend could you please let me know as soon as possible by email, phone or just knock on my door. Depending on the number of responses, we may have to arrange a further training session. Our trainer will be Tim Fellows, he is the Clinical Operations Manager for South East Coast Ambulance Service covering Battle, Bexhill, Hastings and Heathfield. I look forward to hearing from you.”

The East Sussex Mobile Library will be in its usual place outside the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday 16th March from 4.15pm until 4.45pm

There is warning of a forthcoming temporary closure of Watermill Lane, Catsfield / Bexhill. The works will commence on 18th March 2013 for three days and are necessary to allow UK Power Networks to replace overhead cables. (Let’s hope that the Highways Dept takes the opportunity to repair the potholes/craters in the road at the same time!)