Ewhurst Green, Staplecross and Cripps Corner Village Voice

• There was a full village hall on Saturday evening for everyone to say goodbye to Greg and Viola Zak who are handing over the running of the shop and post office as they are returning to their native Poland, following the death of their beloved daughter Kia, brutally murdered in Poland last summer.

The Zaks have run the village shop and post office with great efficiency and smiles and it has always been well stocked with a variety of foods, stationery, newspapers and household goods – in fact, a mini-market – which has proved a popular venue for local residents. They will be sorely missed. District councillor Tony Ganly made a short speech to thank them for all they had done and Greg, although hesitant about speaking, said they had both appreciated the love and support of the community.

The buffet was immense as so many had contributed to the evening and a champagne toast was given wishing them well in the next chapter of their lives.

• The Bonfire Society will be holding its annual dinner dance tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall, with music provided by Ricochet.

You do not have to be a Bonfire Society member to attend and should you wish to spend an evening with a delicious meal then tickets are available from The Cross inn.

• The village hall committee is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, February 28, in the village hall and welcomes everyone to go along at 7.30pm. The hall provides the centre of many activities for the local community but in order for the hall to be viable it needs support in its running.

• Line dancing is extending its classes to include beginners and this is in the Church Room in Staplecross between 6pm to 7.30pm on Mondays.

Helen Day who already holds classes (same venue) on Friday evenings 6pm until 7.30pm is proving popular and she is hoping to encourage new raw recruits to go along on Mondays who will then be able to progress to Fridays.

The cost is £3.50 for a class of fun and exercise.

• Pilates classes on Tuesdays (5-6pm) continue their popularity and these are held in the village hall each week under the tuition of Celia King.

• Looking forward to March, Hilary who holds the successful Art Group each week is to hold a water colour painting workshop especially for beginners. All those who would like to try their hand and learn should ring Hilary on 01580-830704 to book as places are limited. The date is Saturday March 17 10am-4pm in St Mark’s Church Room in Staplecross.

• All those who wish to improve Broadband will be interested in a meeting on Friday March 2, 10-11.30am in the Ian Price Room, Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane. This is an opportunity to see what you can do to progress superfast broadband in rural areas.

MARY REEVE Wodens Wood Cripps Corner