Tickets are on sale now in the Village Store for the Village Dance in the marquee following the ‘rescued’ Catsfield Horticultural Summer Fete and Flower Show on Saturday 2nd August. Thanks to the efforts of the new Fete Committee headed by Diane Wilson, this will be held once again on the Playing Field at 1.30pm.. However, without the help of volunteers to man the various stalls and contributions given towards the Bric-a-Brac, Tombola, Book, Plant, Cake and Bottle stalls, we may yet lose this village tradition in future years. So if you can offer any help at all it will be gratefully received, talk to Sarah in the shop and she’ll put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Schedules for the Flower Show are available now in the Village Store so why not pick one up early and start planning your entries well in advance. There are many varied classes to suit all ages - gardening, cookery, flower arranging, photography and handicrafts. It’s great fun competing and a lovely surprise if you win, so please have a go and support this great traditional village event.

The evening dance will feature that wonderful group ‘Swing Street’ who were such a huge success when they played at the Catsfield celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee. If you missed them then, be sure to get your tickets this time, you’re guaranteed a good night out – and it’s on your doorstep! Tickets bought in advance cost £7 (rising to £8 on the night) for adults and £5 for children under 16. There will be a licensed bar.

The WI Strawberry Tea afternoon last Saturday was sadly down on numbers, which was a pity. It was such a gorgeous summer afternoon and those who came enjoyed the delicious taste of sun-ripened strawberries with fresh scones, jam and cream, some people sitting inside the hall and others outside at tables in the garden. A total of £141.25 was raised for the WI charity of the year, Demelza Hospice Care for Children and for WI funds.

The next meeting of the Catsfield WI will be on Thursday 3rd July in the village hall at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Brian Freeland giving a talk entitled ‘Around the World in 80 Plays’ – sounds intriguing! The competition will be for a recent holiday photo and suggestions are needed for a new motto for the 2015 programme. New members and visitors are always welcome.

The East Sussex County Council’s Mobile Library will be making its fortnightly visit to Catsfield and will be parked in the usual place outside the Village Hall on Wednesday 2nd July from 3.45pm – 4.45pm.

Jill Jarrett

Broadview, Bexhill