The Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo: This Sunday 14th June there will be a special celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a special Evensong held in the church at 6pm. The service will be preceded by a ‘West Gallery Workshop’ from 2pm in the Village Hall. On top of the twenty or so from Sussex Harmony taking part, there are about thirty-five singers and instrumentalists who want to come and join the workshop and evensong, so it should be a goodly choir. Hopefully there will be a large congregation on top of that. Mike has given a quick interview on Radio Sussex last Sunday morning, which may yet increase that number.

Car Boot Sale: This will be held at the Playing Field on Saturday 20th June to raise funds for St Laurence’s Church. It’s an 8.30am start for Stall Holders and 9am – 11.30am for Buyers. Cars £7, Vans £10 and Browsers 50p. Hot and cold refreshments will be available.

The Murder Mystery Evening: This event, hosted by the CADS a couple of weeks ago raised £315 and the raffle run by the WI contributed another £165 to the WI charity of the year, making a great total of £480 for The Air Ambulance Service.

The Catsfield WI’s Anniversary Meeting: The June meeting held in the Village Hall coincided with the big celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WI held in London at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of fellow member of the Sandringham branch, HM The Queen. Thanks to the expertise and patience of John Overall, we were able to link live with London for a small part of the proceedings. Our Secretary Beryl was fortunate to have a ticket and we look forward to hearing all about it from her at our next meeting. Another of our members ‘rubbed shoulders’ (figuratively at least) with royalty when Joan Moss went to the Buckingham Palace garden party, also held to celebrate the occasion. She gave us a detailed account of the day, which she enjoyed in the company of her mother and sister and hundreds of other WI ladies all dressed in their finery. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was there and the Duchess of Wessex, although they were only seen from a distance, but the splendour of the palace greatly added to the sense of occasion and they thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being present at such a special occasion.

Coffee Morning: The Coffee Morning held at the lovely home of Sara and Piers Reed last Monday morning was also to raise money for The Air Ambulance. The sun shone and it was a beautiful morning to sit and enjoy the garden with friends. Thanks go to everyone who came for coffee and also to those who baked the wonderful selection of cakes and contributed prizes for the raffle. The event raised £130 for the charity.

Flower Festival: Our neighbours in Crowhurst will be holding a two day Flower Festival at St George’s Church on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July, when the theme will be ‘Verses and Prose from WWl’. Refreshments will be available and there will be stalls with produce and plants for sale.

Sports News: Last Sunday was the first really pleasant day at a village cricket match this year, a bit of a shame it ended in a draw. We batted first and when the august tea lady arrived, we were 44 for 6 at 24 overs. However, James Wilson batted well finishing with 87 not out, sharing a partnership with Nick Gurr 24 not out, finishing at tea with 166 for 7. Southbourne finished on 137 for 9 wickets at close of play. Andy Williams bowled well for us with figures of 3 for 46, Connor Earl 2 for 29 and James Wilson 2 for 14. Tomorrow Bexhill are again using our pitch and Sunday we are at home against Sidley, who sadly no longer have a home ground. All these home matches make extra work for the ground staff (of one) and the tea ladies, but it does increase our income. A party of French hikers came to sit in the Playing Field during the week and were intrigued to watch our ancient roller being nursed up and down the wicket, not something you ever see in France.

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