Catsfield news
Catsfield news

Catsfield School Sports: Friday was Catsfield School’s sports day and for once the weather was good, great fun was had by all and the Playing Field was full. There were lots of coloured stickers proudly displayed on sports clothes by the winners and also those who merely “did well”. A barbecue and drinks were supplied by the PTA and there were still lots of families sitting around in the evening for the annual cricket club versus school match. Some mighty hitting ensued, several balls being lost in the oak trees and bracken, with the children riding bikes and playing ball games all over the rest of the field. The cricket club narrowly won despite never quite fielding a full side. It was fortunate that some of the regular cricket side got a game as Sunday’s match was cancelled because of heavy rain in the morning. This Sunday we play Brightling Park at home 2pm start.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Party: Although the village did not do its customary large celebration of national events, the WI decided to honour Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday with a lunch party in the Village Hall on Saturday. Much preparation by the WI Committee had gone into the event with Union Jacks and bunting decorating the Hall, as well as red, white and blue flower arrangements. Everyone was in a joyful mood and the WI were pleased to be able celebrate the occasion, particularly since the Queen has been a member of the WI since 1943. A glass of fizz and toast to the Queen proposed by the President, preceded David Wilson playing the National Anthem. A buffet-style meal, together with birthday cake followed, accompanied by a fiendish quiz about Her Majesty prepared by Beryl. Several WI husband’s were drafted in to help, albeit with the usual amount of micky-taking, all adding to the fun. The local Air Ambulance charity were £118 better off for the proceeds of the raffle. The special 100 club draw prize of £90 in honour of the occasion was won by Richard Philcox, a loyal supporter of the club.

Evensong to Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday: Last Sunday evening a mixed congregation from Catsfield, Crowhurst and visitors from elsewhere gathered for Evensong in St Laurence’s Church to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The service was led by Father Michael with a guest organist and reader and the usual church choir was supplemented by others from Crowhurst, as well as flute and violin accompaniments. This meant that the voices raised in singing the joyous hymns that had connections to the life of our Queen really raised the rafters of our old and beautiful church. The choir sang a stirring anthem conducted by James Ireson and Father Michael talked about the Queen’s achievement of long service and selfless dedication to God and her people and our gratitude to her - and for her life. The service drew to a close with a rousing version of Happy Birthday followed by the National Anthem and then a magnificent birthday cake decorated with a wonderful crown made by Sarah and Rebecca Campbell, was cut by Anita and served to the congregation with a glass of something pink and sparkly.

The Village Hall Garden: Elaine has planted-up the Village Hall garden just in time to benefit from the rain and the WI planter at the entrance looks good with summer planting donated by David and Barbara Wilson. A reminder that they sell marvellous home-grown plants outside their home on The Green.

Thank You: Many thanks to Ann Davey for writing this column last week when I was on holiday and most of this one too, I am extremely grateful for all her help at all times.

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