Apologies: My apologies to Father Michael for my foolish mistake last week when I inadvertently called the church cat by the wrong name, I knew perfectly well that his name is Harold and I can’t think how I got it wrong.

Important Village News: Planning application RR/2015/3119/P for 12 houses in Skinners Lane is up for discussion again, as is the North Bexhill Access Road RR/2015/2260/P for, amongst other things, a roundabout stopping up south Watermill Lane and “provide access to Watermill Lane North”. This means, as mentioned in previous Village Voices and appreciated by Catsfield Parish Council when they objected to this application, that nobody from the village will be able to go down Watermill Lane to Sidley/Bexhill, but all the traffic from the thousands of new houses adjacent to the Link Road and from Ninfield, will be able to go round the roundabout and come up Watermill Lane through the village. If you feel strongly about traffic already going through the lanes and main road in the village, you can object to Rother as soon as possible. It’s no good complaining once it goes ahead if you object to the plan.

Burns Night: The fundraisers for St Laurence’s Church will be celebrating Burn’s Night on Saturday 23rd January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Enjoy a three course traditional Burn’s Night Dinner and a ‘wee dram’ for only £10 per person. Book your places by telephoning Sandra Shoobridge on either 01424 774708 or 01424. Those of you who attended two years ago will know what an enjoyable evening this was and I’d advise booking soon to avoid disappointment.

Dates for your Diaries: In case you haven’t noticed, Easter is early this year (Good Friday is 25th March.) St Laurence Church fundraisers will be holding a Lent Lunch in the Village Hall on Saturday 27th February from 11.30am – 1.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 for adults and £3.50 for children and will be available soon. There will also be a concert held in the church on Friday 11th March, more details to follow.

Sport: A pitch inspection earlier this week has put into doubt the likelihood of our football team being able to play Hastings Rangers at home tomorrow. Although all the drains are running non-stop, there is a lot of water in the ditch where the old pavilion used to be, a sight unheard of in recent times. The area at the bottom of the cricket square is particularly wet and will take a lot of work in the spring for all the footprints to be rolled out so that the cricket and stoolball can be played.

Some reminders from last week’s V.Voice: The Rt Rev’d Mark Sowerby, the Bishop of Horsham will be leading a teaching day in the Village Hall on Saturday 23rd January from 10am – 2pm on the Importance of Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to attend, just tell the Rector or add your name to the list at the back of the church.

Catsfield 100 Club: Now is the time to renew your Village Hall 100 club subscriptions and in January we will publish the list of winners for this popular draw. Remember, over £800 is annually given to the Hall and this sum helps keep down the hiring charges. Victoria will be writing to you and waiting for your payment of £12 per number.

Mobile Library: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library will be visiting Catsfield on Friday 15th January and will be standing in its usual place outside the Village Hall from 11.55am – 12.30pm. The next visit will be on 5th February 2016.

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