Ewhurst Green, Cripps Corner and Staplecross village voice

Staplecross Flower Show. 8/9/12'Jane Kemp.
Staplecross Flower Show. 8/9/12'Jane Kemp.

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at 2pm doors open at Staplecross village hall for a jumble sale.

This is always a popular event for punters far and wide and anyone with goods to donate may do so in the morning, or should you need assistance then ring 830704, or 830570. There is always a need for funding village halls, and Staplecross is no exception. It is now looking very smart as the floor has recently had a “makeover”.

It is Battle of Britain Sunday and there will be the usual 9.30am service of Holy Communion at St James Church Ewhurst Green.

isitors and members of Ewhurst, Staplecross and Bodiam Garden Society gathered in the village hall on Saturday for the annual Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show. The quality of the exhibits was amazing bearing in mind the vagaries of the weather this year. Keith Bishop a member who comes from Rochester (because this is the best Garden Society!) carried off several prizes. Not only did his talents show in the vegetable classes but he cleared the board with his entries of bread, gingerbread, scones, marmalade, chutney and trifle.

The prize results are as follows:


1.4 onions: 1st Phil Underhill.

2.9 shallots: 1st E Mills. 2nd Phil Underhill

3. No entries

4.4 white potatoes: 1st E Wood. 2nd E Mills. 3rd P Dance

5.4 tomatoes: 1st K Bishop. 2nd Phil Underhill.

6.4 novelty tomatoes: 1st P Lynam. 2nd P Dance. 3rd J Piper

7.7 runner beans: 1st E Mills. 2nd P Dance. 3rd E Wood.

8.3 carrots: 3rd only to A Piper.

9.2 courgettes 1st Phil Underhill.

10. 2 squashes: 1st E Wood.

11.3 beetroot: 1st E Mills.

12. Indoor vegetables: 1st Phil Underhill.

13. Other outdoor vegetables: 1st K Bishop. 2nd M Whitaker.

14. Trug of vegetables: 1st Phil Underhill. 2nd Staplecross School.

15. Collection of herbs: 1st Pam Underhill.

16.3 different vegetables: 1st E Wood.


17.3 large flowered roses: 1st Pam Underhill; 2nd P Dance. 3rd A Piper.

18.1 specimen rose: 1st E Mills. 2nd Pam Underhill.

19. 1 specimen rose (members only) 1st Pam Underhill. 2nd R Close. 3rd P Dance

20. Cluster flowered roses: 1st R Close. 2nd J Gilson.

21. Fuchsia pot plant: 1st J Gilson.

22. Foliage plant: 1st J Gilson. 2nd P Dance.

23. Flowering pot plant: 1st Pam Underhill. 2nd L Lindeman. 3rd P Dance.

24. Orchid pot plant: 1st Pam Underhill. 2nd P Dance.

25. No entries

26. Cut garden flowers: 1st Pam Underhill. 2nd J Gilson. 3rd R Close.

27. 1 gladiolus spike: 1st P Lynam. 2nd Pam Underhill.

28. 3 dahlias: 1st Pam Underhill. 2nd E Wood. 3rd R Close.

29. Mixed annuals: 1st Pam Underhill. 2nd P Dance.

30. 3 hydrangeas: 1st P Dance. 2nd M Whitaker. 3rd J Gilson.


31.Dish of soft fruit: 1st M Whitaker. 2nd J Gilson. 3rd P Lynam.

32.4 apples: 1st J Lynam.

33.Fruit variety: 1st J Gilson. 2nd B Fox.

Flower Arranging:

34.Open to all: 1st P Dance. 2nd Karen Evans.

35. Novices only: 1st Karen Evans.

36. Miniature open to all: 1st P Dance. 2nd J Gilson.

37. No entries.

Home Produce:

38.Jar jam: 1st H Singyard. 2nd E Wood. 3rd K Bishop.

39.Jar jelly: 1st E Wood. 2nd K Bishop.

40. Jar marmalade: 1st K Bishop. 2nd E Wood. 3rd H Singyard.

41. Jar chutney: 1st K Bishop. 2nd E Wood. 3rd J Gilson.

42. Gingerbread: 1st K Bishop.

43. White loaf: 1st K Bishop. 2nd M Whitaker.

44. 4 cheese scones: 1st K Bishop. 2nd M Whitaker.

45. Trifle: 1st K Bishop.

46. Chocolate brownies (ladies only): 1st M Whitaker.

47. Chocolate brownies (men only): 1st K Bishop.


48.Hand knitting: 1st E Wood. 2nd B Fox.

49. Crochet/needlework. 1st L Lindeman. 2nd H Singyard.

50. Wood: 1st R Platten.

51. Picture: 1st B Whitaker.

52. Best photo: M Whitaker.

53. Paper craft: E Wood.

Those who will be polishing silver cups for the next twelve months are:

Rose Cup: Pam Underhill

Mona Peck Cup: Pam Dance.

Fred Buck Cup: Keith Bishop.

Banksian Medal: Pam Dance.

Cottagers Cup: Keith Bishop. Runners up (draw) Ella Wood and Pam Underhill.

Hughes Silver Challenger Cup: Pam Underhill.

Hurley Cup: Pam Dance.

Parva Cup: Linda Jones.

ESBGS Challenge Cup: Phil Underhill.

Clayton Challenger Cup: Pam Underhill.

The newest cup in memory of Norma Stringer who contributed so much to the Society was awarded to Pam Underhill.

Ewhurst Parish Council Allotments working group met at a field in Lordine Lane on Saturday morning when those interested in having an allotment went along. Suitable land for the venture has been sought for the past three years. A local landowner has now offered land, which means the scheme could be underway in the near future. Anyone who lives or works in the parish and is interested in an allotment should contact the Parish Clerk, Richard Farhall, 2 Banks Cottages, Mountfield TN32 5JZ, 01580-880115, or mail@ewhurst.info.

The Luncheon Club takes place at Staplecross village hall at 1230pm on Wednesday (19th). Anyone wishing to join and have a delicious hot meal cooked on the premises should first contact Anka Buss 830260 or Dennis 830816. The meal costs £5 per head and the club is open to anyone living in the parish who is 50+.

Macmillan Cancer Support holds its annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, where people all over make a conscious effort to hold/attend a coffee morning with funds going to this cancer charity. This year again, because of increase in numbers in recent years, will take place in Staplecross village hall on Friday September 28 between 10am and 12 noon.

This evening (Friday) at 7.30pm in the village hall, members of local amateur drama group, SCATS, is meeting to prepare for the annual panto in January and welcomes anyone interested in joining this happy band, whether in front, on, or back stage to go along this evening.

Hilary Ganly is holding a One Day Workshop next Saturday (September 22) at the Church Room (at the rear of St Mark’s church) Northiam Road, Staplecross. The theme this time is Flower Painting and Hilary is taking bookings at £40. The time is 10.00am-4pm. To contact Hilary, you should ring 01580-830704, or email h.ganly@btinternet.com.

Mary Reeve, Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner