Murder Mystery:I hope you’ve got your tickets for the CADS Murder Mystery evening because it’s tomorrow, Saturday May 30th in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. This year’s offering is entitled ‘Who Killed the Soap Star?’ These evenings are always great fun and tickets cost £9.50 each to include a light supper and there will also be a bar. The Raffle will be run by the WI. All profits from this event will go to The WI’s charity of the year, The Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Catsfield WI: The next meeting of the Catsfield WI will be on Thursday at 2.30pm in the Village Hall and new members and visitors are always welcome. This month is a rather special occasion as it’s the one hundredth anniversary of this ever-popular organisation and we hope to be linking live with the celebrations taking place in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Those of you who are currently watching the excellent ITV series on Sunday evenings at 9pm, will no doubt have learnt more about the important part that the ladies of the WI played during WWII.

The Family Service: The Sunday before last, the third in the series of experimental family services again proved popular with a congregation of about sixty. This time, as Father Michael was away it was led by Mike Cooper and there was plenty of singing and a talk about the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Please make a note that next month, the Family Morning Service will be a week earlier on 14th June, when some of the staff and children from Catsfield School will be participating.

The Pentecost Rounders Match: (perhaps this should have been classed as Sports News?)

The Rounders Match played last Sunday afternoon at the Catsfield Playing Field was a huge success, enjoyed by the two village teams and their many supporters. The afternoon stayed dry and fine, perfect conditions for the keenly fought battle between them both It was uncertain how many players were on each team and the rules were bent slightly to accommodate the players of widely differing ages, from about five years to sixty plus, but all put their hearts into the game and the cheers must have been heard from miles away. Father Michael made an impressive and impartial umpire, in his cricket sweater and with a whistle around his neck, he did a valiant job ensuring that there was fair play for all. At the end of the match when the results were totted up Catsfield had won by thirty-eight points to Crowhurst’s thirty-four and a half. Players and spectators gathered at the pavilion to watch the trophies being presented to the winning captain Mike Cooper and also one for the runners up. Then all were invited to help themselves to a wonderful tea, spread out on a long table outside the pavilion, with a special celebratory cake. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and there were many murmurings heard that ‘We should do this every year’ – and perhaps we should!

Sports News: The cold weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the participants in the various sporting events over the weekend on the Playing Field and beyond. Saturday afternoon we watched the Sussex under 12 girls team trounce Dorset. The wicket played well and never have there been as many pony-tailed cricketers on our pitch. Several of the Sussex girls were local and we were encouraged to see that girls cricket in this area is very strong. Although we no longer have boys coaching sessions on our field, David Taylor is running successful coaching lessons at Battle, with four of his old Catsfield children playing regularly. Well done David. Sunday saw Catsfield play out a dour draw against Parkhurst on the Downs, leading batsmen being Derek Fuller opening with 32 and Captain Keith Cook 23 and Nick Gurr 62 sharing an unbroken last wicket stand of 95. Bank Holiday Monday the footballers held their end of season family party on the Playing Field with a bouncy castle, barbecue and something new called football golf. All are encouraged and raring to go for the new season. Sunday we are at home to Sedlescombe commencing at 2pm.