Catsfield news
Catsfield news

Catsfield Summer Fete and Flower Show: The Catsfield Horticultural Society’s Summer Fete and Flower Show will be held at the Playing Field on Saturday 6th August. The schedules are available in the Village Store, so don’t forget to pick up a copy and decide which classes you’d like to enter, its 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.

Quiz Night: Around 70 people squeezed into the Village Hall last Saturday to enjoy an’ Overall Quiz’ on behalf of the Horticultural Society, extra tables had to be provided at the last minute to accommodate all those who just turned up on the evening to raise some money towards the cost of the marquee at the Flower Show & Fete. Expertly masterminded by Vanessa in her inimitable style – whose opimistic suggestion was that £2000 or so would be a good figure to raise - the lively chatter overwhelmed the quizzing at times! So people bought lots of raffle tickets and several drinks and made merry. Parish Council Chairman John Overall does these events so well with his questions covering such diverse categories as foreign football managers and rivers, culminating in a second half of his speciality music questions. Those who know him well, know he can never resist playing some Freddie Mercury and Elvis questions. Jane Overall kept the running scores and the Goodliffe family ran the bar keeping up the supply of Pimms. We all felt we had enjoyed a good evening and contributed towards the cost of marquee hire for the fete, the purpose of the exercise. In the end almost £600 was raised, not quite the ‘Vanessa Dream’ but a great effort by all concerned.

Summer?: Has summer arrived at last? Hay making in progress, cricket matches with no fear of cancellation and looking forward to the Flower Show and Fete. The fields of rape have been sprayed ready for harvesting next week and those of us lucky enough to live next to hay fields can enjoy that wonderful smell of dew on cut hay in the early morning. Please be aware of large farm vehicles on our lanes, particularly so since the verges have not been cut and large swathes of bracken are practically lying in the road. Slow down is the message.

Sport: We played cricket at home against Crowhurst last Sunday and won. Batting first we set Crowhurst a target of 178 for 3, Derek Fuller 67, James Wilson 70, Martin Gurr 14 and Keith Cook batting steadily for 11. Crowhurst were 130 all out, A Jay’s bowling figures 5 for 33 and Nick Gurr 2 for 13. This Sunday we are away to Ashburnham.

Wednesday of this week, the school will be playing Rother Council in a farewell match for Jonathan Elms, Catsfield School’s deputy Head. We wish him well in his new school.

The football team have started training on the field awaiting news from the League AGM as to which division they will be in next season.

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

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