Fete and Flower Show: What a wonderful afternoon and evening last Saturday was and such a delight to see so many happy people, both old and young, having a great time at the Catsfield Horticultural Society’s annual Fete, Flower Show and Dance held at the playing field. The weather was perfect and there were a huge number of visitors enjoying the many and varied stalls spread around the field, whilst listening to the Battle Town Band and the special appearance of the Fieldstone Boys Skiffle Group, who brought a smile to the faces of us oldies as we recalled many happy memories of our youth! The ladies of the WI worked hard serving teas and a wonderful selection of homemade cakes, whilst the smell of burgers and hotdogs tempted many to queue in the sun.
The show tent had a constant stream of visitors and competitors strolling around looking at the entries on display and checking out the winners. Sadly the number of entries were down this year and one or two classes had no entries at all, which is a great shame, but chairman Vanessa said that enthusiasm remained high and the judges had been impressed by the high standard of all the entered classes. The cup winners were: Chris Campbell Shield – Ivan Luck: Ernie Taylor Cup – Ivan Luck: Burgess Cup – Ivan Luck: RHS Banksian Medal – S.Smith: Sweet Pea Salver – S.Smith: FJ Parsons Trophy – R Ellin & J Overall: Stobbs Cup – Keith Bishop: Newtime Salver – Keith Bishop: Hodgkin Cup – Pauline Putland: Floral Cup – Pauline Putland: ARNING Cup – Amy Cook: Presidents Tankard – Keith Bishop.
We should all be most grateful to Vanessa who gave so much time and energy into organising this whole fantastic day and to the other village stalwarts who readily give up their time year after year and could do with some more willing helpers. If you enjoyed the day and want to see it happen again next year, do please get in touch with Vanessa and offer your assistance NOW, because it may just stop her from resigning and ensure that this wonderful annual village occasion doesn’t disappear into a distant memory.
Thanks to Ann for this report on the evening dance.
Saturday night’s dance with the excellent Swing Street Band in the marquee finished off a great day on the Playing Field. The tables were full of people enjoying their picnics, listening to the band and dancing, once the pints of Harveys and other drinks had loosened up tired legs and inhibitions. Jim and Sarah Campbell organised the bar in their usual efficient manner and there was a very generous raffle. We again had the pleasure of watching three little girls giving an impromptu dancing demonstration. If you get a chance to hear this band at any other event, I urge you to go along, they are wonderful and it is good to hear standard dance band songs played live in our own back yard. It is tempting after a long day at the fete to think you can’t possibly do anything else, but then every great event has to be mulled over and where better than with your mates in the marquee with a full moon shining on the Playing Field?
The Parish Magazine: Thanks go to the editor of this monthly news magazine, John Overall for the great job he does in bringing this gem of a publication to both villages. It is always filled with information of all the church services held at St Laurence in Catsfield and St George at Crowhurst as well as forthcoming events at the churches and in the two villages. There’s always an interesting and thought-provoking letter from Father Michael on the front page and lively reports on the various societies and recent events that have taken place and those yet to come. Jan’s poem on the back page can bring a smile or a tear to the reader and the adverts on the covers can be invaluable if you’re looking for a local telephone number, tradesperson or service. In general, there’s something for all in this gem of a magazine – and so cheap at only 50 pence! So thank you John for your skill, patience and expertise in putting this together each month without fail and making the Catsfield and Crowhurst Parish Magazine such a great read for us all.
Quiz Night: This popular event returns on Saturday 5th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The tickets are on sale now in the Village Store or can be bought at the door and cost £5 per person, the evening is to raise money for the parish church of St Laurence. Liquid refreshments will be available but bring your own nibbles.
Sport: An 8 wicket win against Sedlescombe at their ground on Sunday completed the weekend. Sedlescombe batted first and were 148 for 7 at tea with Andy Williams topping the bowling figures with 4 for 34, Connor Earl, Tom Bristow-Diamond and Derek Longley each taking one wicket. Special mention must be made of Ed Malins’ splendid catch on the boundary and when he fell backwards with the sheer effort we all thought he had dropped it, but no it was safely gathered in. After tea Derek Fuller scored 53, David Taylor 26, James Wilson 32 not out and David Pratt 17 not out took our total to 151 for 2. However, this is the second year we have played at Sedlescombe where the grass has been so long that very few boundaries were possible. Drainage work has been done to the pitch, but surely the mowing must be kept up for cricket. We play Brightling Park away this Sunday.
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