Ewhurst Green, Cripps Corner, and Staplecross

The big item on the annual calendar for the parish is the Bonfire Night of Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Society that takes place on Saturday October 27 and this evening (Friday) members and helpers will be gathering at 7.30pm in The Cross Inn to finalise arrangements, with briefing for Marshals to follow at 8pm.

This year there is a change of venue and it is to be held in a field off the Cripps Corner to Staplecross road, on the north side shortly passed Beacon Lane. A reminder to visitors that the road from Cripps Corner crossroads through to the Northiam Road, Staplecross, will be closed from 7-10pm for the torchlit procession between Staplecross and Cripps Corner. Car parking is available opposite the bonfire site with a request not to park on grass verges or block the road in any way in order to allow emergency vehicles safe transit.

Fancy dress competitors will be judged at the village hall at 6pm. Tableaux assemble at Northiam Road at 7pm with the procession moving off at 7.15pm from Staplecross to Cripps Corner, then returning to the bonfire field, when the giant bonfire will be lit at 8.30pm followed at 9pm with the Grand Firework Display.

The Ewhurst and Sedlescombe branch of the Conservatives will be holding a lunch at the Brickwall Hotel on Friday November 9 (1230 for 1pm). A mouthwatering Italian lunch is promised at a cost of £18.50. The tickets are available from Patricia Walker, Pear Tree Cottage, The Beacon, Staplecross (01580-830764) or pawchampagne@bbmax.co.uk.

The guest speaker will be Katy Bourne, the Conservative candidate for the Police and Crime Commission who will also be answering questions.

There is to be a Christmas Art Show at the Muddy Duck Northiam on November 24 and 25 between 11am-5pm. It is being organised by thirteen members of Artists of Rother Valley, with our own Glenys Griffiths featuring her work. There will be paintings, etchings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jewellery and cards – all original work – to view or to buy.

Mary Reeve, Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner