Laurie Bowman, Magpies, Oast House Field

Mrs Nora Griffen passed away peacefully in St Michael’s Hospice on 4 March 2013. She was 91 and had lived in the Five Villages House Icklesham for 17 years where she was a popular, active and much loved lady. Everyone will miss her especially her children Barry, Joan and Jim, daughters in law Linda and Gill, son in law Tony, her 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Nora Betts was born in Hastings where her family had several links with the fishing community.

In the war she enlisted as a WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force)and by the time she was demobbed Nora was a Sergeant. In 1941 she and Jim who was in the R.A.F married in All Saints Church Ore. BY 1949 the family moved to Lower Cross Cottages in Udimore where the children attended Udimore Primary School and Nora loved hopping, working in Udimore and Beckley. When she was 90 Nora’s wish was to be back in a hop garden. Robert Wheeler took her across the valley from Icklesham and she was able to experience the atmosphere of a hop garden again. In the 60s the Griffens returned to Ore. Nora was always busy and helped the Hospice in many ways. She was just as busy in the Five Villages.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Nora’s family,friends and neighbours.

Today, Friday 15 the Memorial Hall has a Lent Lunch 12.30 till 2pm with home made soup. bread, a variety of cheeses and an opportunity for a good chat. In the afternoon the Good Companions meet from 2 till 4. Everybody is welcome at these very social get togethers,

Saturday 16 March 11am - 2pm The first Church Market of 2013. tea ,coffee, light lunches,a cake stall,produce, bric-a-brac and books. Awarm welcome in our Norman Church. All proceeds go to Church funds, If you have anything to offer for he stalls contact Sylvia Archer 01797 224288.

Sunday 17 March 10.30 Morning Prayer - the traditional Matins- in the Parish Church.

Sunday 17 March 4-6 Queen’s Head Live Music John Crampton and Blues.

Kate Mylrea of Manor Farm Oast has again cancelled her retirement as a fund raiser. Her Challenge is to raise money for her 2013 chosen charity -Breast Cancer Care. She will be hoping for sponsors when on Saturday 8 June she will be walking 20 miles around Leeds Castle and then the following Sunday taking part in the 5 kilometre Race for Life in Hastings. Syd and Kate will also be putting on two nights of dinners and one luncheon. These are Saturday 20 April and Saturday 18 May. Each is 7pm for 7.30pm with a 5 course meal following a glass of Fizz and Canapés the meal is £25 per person and you can book now 01424 813787 or www.manorfarmoast.co.uk

On Sunday 21 July there will be a Ploughman’s Lunch with a glass of wine in the garden There will be a raffle with the final draw on 18 May. Kate will gratefully receive donations for the charity and raffle prizes.

The March draw of the New Icklesham Pavilion Lottery was kindly carried out by the Reverend Hugh Moseley at the Memorial Hall Quiz Night. The winners were

£25 Eric Hollingsworth

£15 Steve Excell

£10 Patricia Baker

£5 Will Brand

£5 Julian Buss.

Thanks to everyone who supports the lottery. It has raised £365 so far.