Laurie Bowman

Magpies, Oast House Field

Sunday May 26 10.30am Morning Prayer in The Parish Church.

The Church Market last Saturday was a great success raising £501.50. Plant sales went particularly well.

As some of you will have noticed, the seat in memory of Joan Baker and in recognition of all that she did for the Village is now in place behind the Memorial Hall, overlooking the new playground. The Baker family thanks everyone who donated to this fitting memorial. Special thanks go to the Memorial Hall Trust who generously donated the installation costs. This means a further donation of £170 has been made to St Michael’s Hospice in Joan’s memory.

Icklesham Casuals Football Club had an enjoyable season ending in an exciting climax when the 1st team secured runners-up spot in Division 2 of the East Sussex League. A victory in the final match against fellow promotion hopefuls Sedlescombe Rangers was essential. The Casuals triumphed 4-1 with Olie Beaumont scoring twice and one each from Sam Richardson and Rob Levett. 1st team played 28 won 16. drew 3. lost 9. goals for 107. against 64. The 2nd team finished 6th in Division 5 but in a tight league were only 2 points off 3rd place They were awarded the points for 2 matches when the opposition could not raise a side 2nd team played 23.won 7. drew 4. lost12. goals for53. against 69.

The Veterans reached the semi-final of the Hastings Veterans Cup losing to Hollington United. They completed the season with a 3-1 win in early May against Bullsmoor Allsorts, a touring team from London. The scorers were Gavin Moor, Vernon Deller and Mark Stace. Veterans played6. won 3.drew 1. lost2. goals for 21. against 15.

The Club is still looking for a manager to run the 2nd team next season. If anyone is interested or would like to discuss this further please ring Bob Baker 07974 4119738.

Saturday May 25 Zara’s Fun, Funky Fitness sessions start in the Memorial Hall 9.30 -12 .30. Three amazing instructors guide you through the session. Karina does Zumba. Beginners’ Belly Dancing is with Chloe and Zara does legs,bums,tums and fitness. It’s suitable for all ages and sizes. The cost is £4.50. to book chloedent@hotmail.com or 07939803333.

There are two further classes. Sunday June 2 9.30am - 12.30pm Winchelsea Beach and Saturday 15 June12 -4 Tilling Green.

Sunday 26May 26 across the Brede Valley on the road up to Udimore Matty and Richard Holmes are opening their beautiful garden of Beauchamps from Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Since Beauchamps was first opened as part of the National Gardens Scheme three years ago many plants have come on well and there have been fresh plantings.. Home propagated plants will be on sale.Entry is £4 and children are free. Teas will be provide by the Friends of St Mary’s.

Sunday 26 May 4-6 Queen’s Head live music 4-6 Pass the Cat Trio will entertain with world music.

The 1066 footpath is not the only one to go through fields with sheep and lambs grazing,Unfortunately some dog walkers do not have their animals on leads and on one occasion some were seen ‘’playing’’ with lambs. Any dog loose in a field with grazing livestock can be shot. Another risk is not having your dog on a lead whilst walking along a lane.If the dog is hit by a motor vehicle the law says the accident must be reported and the dog owner is liable.It frightens me that the most dangerous roads in Britain when miles driven are taken into consideration are country lanes in the daylight during the summer.

*Spring Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Bank Holiday opening times for Windmill Orchard Shop & Tea Room: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4, Monday 10-4. Icklesham Village Store: Saturday 9-3,

Sunday 9-12.30, Monday closed.

Saturday June 8 the Strawberry Tea has been cancelled and the Weekend of Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23 is the next major event. Then it will be the Flower Festival and Art Exhibition in the Parish Church.The Church Market mentioned above continued to do well and more than £40 worth of plants was sold later. This will be contributed to the Flower Festival. On that weekend there will also be a Songs of Praise service.