Laurie Bowman, Magpies, Oast House Field

Eric Collins of Maverick, Oast House Field, sadly passed away on 1 April in the Royal British Legion’s Mais House, Bexhill. Mavis and all her family would like to thank everybody for their lovely cards, flowers and kind words.

“God saw you getting weary and did what He thought best. He put His arms around you and took you home to rest.”

Tomorrow Saturday 20 11am - 2pm in the Church this month’s Church Market. Everybody welcome. Tea,coffee,cakes,produce,books,bric-a-brac.

Sunday 21 April 10.30 Parish Eucharist followed at 11.45 the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Two Churchwardens will be elected. Audited accounts presented. Church inventory available for inspection. Report on the Deanery Synod given and elections take place for the Parochial Church Council.

Sunday 4-6 Queen’s Head Sands Quintet play Sinatra.

The April lottery draw(The new Sports Pavilion) made by Reverend Hugh Moseley winners;

£25 Nick Soan,£15 Eric Hollingsworth, £10 Stuart Baker, £5 Julian Buss and £5 John Cranage

Youth Club started last Friday 12 April at Winchelsea Beach Community Hall. It is open to young people aged 11-16 who live in Icklesham, Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach and Rye Harbour. Every Friday 6;30 - 8;30 and £1.50 per head. There is a free bus for 3 months picking up from Icklesham and Winchelsea. The bus times are

Icklesham Goldhurst Green 6.00pm

Icklesham Recreation Ground 6.10pm

Winchelsea Monks Walk 6.20pm

to arrive at The Youth Club by 6.30

The bus will return to the same stops leaving at 8;30. For more information please call 07717311633

The Five Villages Social Club had a very successful Coffee Morning. Well supported by the residents and the village with good sales especially the cakes and a total raised of more than £350.

Wednesday 24 April 6 for 6.30 in the Rye Primary School there is a meeting about Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Bowel Screening programme. The evening is presented by the joint Patient Participation Groups of the Ferry Road and Rye Medical Centre surgeries. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided and there is parking off Love Lane.

Saturday 27 April. The Robin Hood Bonfire Society and Boot Sales invite over 60s to the Annual Party which they host. Free food, drink and entertainment by local band Ricochet, To book call Sue 01424 814277.

The Coalition Government has approved plans the expand Lydd Airport(to be known as London Ashford). Possible effects on Icklesham may be an increase in flights of low flying large aircraft over the village and with half a million passengers a year forecast in the short term rising to two million road traffic will increase. There may be more jobs but the profits will be for the owner Saudi businessman Sheikh Fahad-Al- Athel.

If you see a large bird with a russet plumage, a barred crown and a long bill probing your lawn for food you have spotted a woodcock. Usually in marshland or woodland clearings it’s been seen in Icklesham gardens. The bird has an erratic flight so is popular with the shooting fraternity. These sportsmen bred the Woodcock Spaniel to flush this game out of brambles and bracken. Now they are just called Cockers.

The Icklesham Players production of ‘The Canterville Ghost’ adapted and directed by Janet Kates from a short story by Oscar Wilde is excellent live theatre. Some seats available tonight at 7.30 and tomorrow at 2.30 and 7.30.

£6.50 Adults £4.50 children

Apologies to the Horticultural Society for not including the Spring Show report last week Blame a dodgy computer,illness and a holiday in Wales

Despite most daffodils being late in flowering her were enough to make the Show colourful.

Well done to Judy Foster for winning three trophies -the Janette and John Ireland Cup for most points in narcissi and tulips, the cup for most points in mixed flowers and of course the cup for most points in show. Eric Butler won the cup for best compost This trophy is kindly sponsored by Kate and Sid Myrea of Manor Farm Oast. This year there was a new arts and crafts section which was won by Eve Ovenden who also had a certificate and cup for her best in show for embroidery. PAM lee won the certificate for her best in cookery for her bread rolls.

Thanks to Michael and Stuart for getting the Hall ready, to Mags and Sandra for the teas,Barbara and Helen for the raffle and Judy and Tia for the tombola and of course thanks to everybody who attended or supported in any way.

Class Winners

3 Trumpet Narcissi - Judy Foster

3 large cupped Narcissi - Ann Osborne

3 double Narcissi -Judy Foster

3 small cupped Narcissi -Judy Foster

3 stems multi headed Narcissi any double form -Judy Foster

3 stems multi headed Narcissi any single form - Joan Butler

3stems each of different classification of Narcissi - Stuart Baker

1 Narcissus any variety -Judy Foster

3 vases Narcissi - different classification in each vase - Joan Butler

1 tulip- Judy Foster

Hyacinth - 1 cut stem in a vase- Ann Osborne

vase of mixed spring flowers - Joan Butler

vase of 3 different kinds of spring flowers - Ann Osborne

vase of pansies - Pam Lee

pot plant in bloom 4’’ diameter -Tina Cranage

3 stems shrub in bloom - Judy Foster

pot plant in bloom 9’’ diameter - Tina Cranage

dahlias under 6.7’’ - Pete Stunt

dahlias over 6.7’’ -Stuart Baker

foliage pot plant-Ann Osborne

floral arrangement in a tankard - Judt Foster

vase of left over flowers - Pam Lee

vase of polyanthus - Judy Foster

4 cheeses scones -Wendy Hosted

2 Bread rolls - Pam Lee

3 sausage rolls - Pam Lee

Victoria sandwich - Christine Knight

3 biscuits Helen Horseman

1 jar pickle -Pam Lee

home made compost - Eric Butler

any stitched item - Eve Ovenden

any picture etc. - Eve Ovenden

any item of wood, metal or pottery -Pete Stunt