Catsfield news
Catsfield news

Quiz Night: As there will not be an evening event after the Fete and Flower Show this year, funds must be raised to cover the cost of the marquee hire. There will be a Quiz Night in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday 16th July and tickets are available in the Village Store costing £5 per head, or contact Vanessa on 01424 844363 and teams will be of six people only. This is a general knowledge Quiz, NOT a horticultural one. Bring your own refreshments and there will be a licensed bar.

WI: The July meeting of the Catsfield WI was held on Thursday 7th and began with the customary singing of Jerusalem – unaccompanied this month, but still pretty well done! We heard a report on the Annual Meeting held in Brighton this year and also we were reminded to look at the WI planter at the entrance to the car park with its new plaque and a planting of summer flowers, kindly donated by Barbara and David Wilson. The Birthday Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday raised a total of £383 towards the donation to our charity, The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and everyone had a very enjoyable time.

Our speaker was Terri Simmons who suggested that we all move our chairs and sit closer to her table so that we could easily see her demonstration on ‘An Introduction to Sugarcraft’. As she chatted, deftly making rose leaves and petals from sugar paste and fondant icing (I was unaware that there’s a difference!) she told us about the different techniques she was using and made it look so easy. She told us how she took part in making, decorating and eating the biggest cake for the ‘Make a Wish’ charity and she passed around some wonderful photographs and told how she was involved in decorating a huge and magnificent cake for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Apparently the team was sworn to secrecy, it took them seven weeks hard work to decorate it and each night it was carefully boxed up and locked away, but the end result was truly stunning. As she talked,Terri had created a realistic arrangement of three lovely pale pink rose buds in various stages of opening, together with leaves and set on a small board, which she gave to be raffled after tea. She was thanked for an extremely interesting and instructive afternoon and several of us may be visiting her ‘Be Creative’ crafts and cakes shop in Seaford.

The afternoon ended with a lovely WI tea and we were reminded that in August there will be the annual garden party at Beryl and David’s house. In September the meeting will be our ‘At Home’ when we’re asked to bring pictures and talk about ‘My House in Catsfield’.

Catsfield Summer Fete and Flower Show: The clock is ticking fast to the Catsfield Horticultural Society’s Summer Fete and Flower Show to be held at the Playing Field on Saturday 6th August. The schedules are available NOW in the Village Store, so be sure to pick up a copy and start planning which classes you and the family would like to enter, it’s great fun taking part and you don’t have to be an expert to win prizes! Vanessa and the Committee would welcome any offers of help with the Fete please. Raffle & Tombola prizes, Bric a Brac, Books Bottles and Cakes will be most gratefully received on the day for the various stalls.

Sport: Despite persistent drizzle on Sunday, we managed to get a cricket game in, albeit with a late start. Southbourne batted first finishing at tea with 98 for 6, Ed Malins completed his bowling spell with 2 for 32, Andy Williams 1 for 12 and A Jay 1 for 13, with 2 batsmen being run out. We managed to hang out for a draw at the end of play 63 for 9, A Jay 20 not out, Captain Keith Cook 11 not out and David Taylor 13. It was then possible for the teams to rush home to watch the Euro final, which to a non-partisan viewer, seemed to go on for ages. This Sunday we play Crowhurst at home and we hope for a proper summer day, is that too much to ask?

The Catsfield Boat Race: That made you take notice! This event will take place on Sunday 18th September and will be around the Catsfield Triangle of The Green, Church Lane and Church Road, the runners will be carrying boats around the course, which is 1066 metres long, to raise money for the Village and a charity – this year it will be St Michael’s Hospice. This will be a day of fun activities from late morning when the three roads will be closed to traffic for two hours so do please come to cheer on the teams as they run around the triangle. After the races there will be food and refreshments in the Playing Field and children’s races, music, entertainment, falconry, axe-throwing, archery and more. Application forms will be available soon for teams of four (no one younger than ten years old and there must be an adult in the team.) There’s more information on the website at

Mobile Library: The East Sussex Mobile Library will be in its usual place outside the Village Hall from 11.55am until 12.30pm on Friday next week 22nd July.

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