Coffee Morning and Plant Sale: The popular Christian Aid Coffee Morning and Plant Sale is being held in the Village Hall on Saturday 14th May from 10am – 12noon. There are always plenty of very reasonably priced plant bargains to be found and keen gardeners usually hurry to get there early to bag the bargains before relaxing with coffee, cake and a chat. As well as refreshments, there will be a raffle and cakes for sale and donations for both will be gratefully received that morning please.

Bowjangles ‘On the Box’: (Thanks to Mike for this review)

A smaller than hoped for audience warmly greeted Bowjangles in the Village Hall last Thursday when they presented their ‘On the Box’ show. Ezme Gaze, Bertie Anderson, Ed Bruggemeyer and Mitch McGugan are all accomplished musicians and singers, with Ed and Mitch on violin, Bertie on viola and Ezme specialising in the cello. The quartet had devised a show around their own television channel that brought us the breakfast news, soap operas, sport - even adverts - a clever format which allowed them to play several medleys of songs old and new and have a lot of - rather infectious - fun with it.

They sang, played, strummed, danced and clowned around, taking multi-tasking to another level. Particularly impressive perhaps was the ‘Bowlympics’ skit where they played whilst slow motion running until ‘knobbled’ by the amazing Ezme who appeared to have her cello permanently attached to her neck, it was rarely played in the conventional position. Their sheer energy was incredible to watch but there was very much a lightness of touch and spark to the show proving that whilst they are extraordinary, they’re still very much human.

Not surprisingly the audience responded enthusiastically especially the two young boys in the front row who nearly fell off their chairs laughing at times. A truly enjoyable evening, summed up by one of the boys who said: ‘It’s much more fun when you can see them by being there rather than watching on a DVD’. Hooray for live theatre! They have a new show in the planning - perhaps they could be invited back.

St Lawrence Church Fundraising: There will be a Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st May in the Village Hall from 10am to 12noon and there will be cake and craft stalls and also a raffle. Advance notice too of the next fundraising event for the church to be held in June, this is to give you time to gather up unwanted items to sell at a Car Boot Sale which will be held at the Playing Field on Saturday 4th June. It’s always a very popular event and a great opportunity to make some money whilst getting rid of things that you no longer need and for which someone else maybe willing to pay.

Sport: (Thanks to Ann)

Not a great weekend of sport for the village, the football team lost their final match at Tilekiln 0 4 and finished bottom of the table as expected. The cricket match on Sunday was switched to Little Common as our ground was not fit and we lost that as well. However, both matches were played in excellent spirts and the cricket team enjoyed their friendly match with the usual banter between players who have known each other a long time. New members are always welcome and our next match is on Sunday when we play Crowhurst at home.

Work was able to be done on our pitch over the weekend when our own village tennis court builder lent Mike the use of a roller. All Saturday and Sunday morning the whole of the playing surfaces, including the football pitch, were rolled. Although the wicket was too wet to roll, some good will have been done at no cost to the clubs or the Parish Council. Another use of a tractor and loader was demonstrated on Friday afternoon when the battery was changed on the pavilion clock and the front of the building was washed clean. Unfortunately, large deposits of dog mess are still being left on the playing surfaces, which is of great concern to all users. Whilst some of the maintenance works were being carried out, seven dogs were being exercised on the Playing Field, few of them coming from the village.

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