Catsfield WI: There will be no official meeting of the WI this month, but as usual in August there will be a Garden Party held on Thursday 20th at the home of Beryl our secretary from 2.30pm. So fingers crossed for the fine weather to continue and if any members require a lift or directions please contact a committee member for details.

Quiz Night: The latest fund-raising event for the parish church of St Laurence will take the form of the very popular Quiz Night. This will be held 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. Liquid refreshments will be available but bring your own nibbles.

Sport and Farming News (thanks as usual to Ann): All our sports teams were in action last week, mostly to good effect. Stoolball news has been hard to get this season, but our mixed team played a league side at home last Tuesday and finished with a convincing win, followed by a win for the ladies team away to Robertsbridge on Thursday. Jo Richardson got several wickets on Tuesday following in the footsteps of her grandmother Norah Philcox, who regularly played for the village as a young woman, along with Gwen Taylor and Pam Gurr. As children we regularly went to watch, spending many a cold evening dodging the midges, which always seemed to be around.

The football team have started a round of pre-season friendlies and sadly they lost the first game, but remain enthusiastic.

The cricketers were away to Brightling Park on Sunday and it must have been hot and sunny down there in their intimate ground. We batted first and ended up 174 all out, highest scorers being Derek Fuller with 57 and David Taylor 38. After tea Brightling Park batted and Andy Williams finished with bowling figures of 3 for 40, Ed Malins (he of the wonderful catch last week) 2 for 30, A Jay 4 for 12 and Tom Hammick 1 for 23. We won by 31 runs. Sunday we are back at home again to play Newenden with a start time of 2pm, so do come and watch as the opposition usually field a very strong team.

Farming: You will have noticed trailer loads of straw coming through the village and guessed that the fine weather has enabled a good long run of wheat harvesting. Spare a thought for the many Hooe farmers who have had to contend with the top road to Pevensey Marshes being closed for several weeks, pushing all the traffic on to the bottom road making everyone’s journey slow and difficult. Next it will be the field beans being cut and then the hurry to put in next year’s rape and it all starts again.

Mobile Library: The Mobile Library will again be outside the Village Hall in Church Road in its usual place from 11.55am – 12.30pm next Friday 21st July.

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