Laurie Bowman, Magpies, Oast House Field

Icklesham Horticultural Society hold its Autumn Flower Show on Saturday 5 October. The venue is the hall of Icklesham Primary School. Staging is between 8 and 10am.The show itself is open at 2pm.This show has a section for children. Every child will be working in school to produce artwork to display. The Robin Hood has kindly sponsored medals for the children’s classes. Kate and Syd Mylrea of Manor Farm Oast are generously sponsoring a prize for the best seasonal dessert and a shield for the best entry in the cookery section.

Friday 25 October 7.00pm A.G.M. in the Memorial Hall.

Last week’s Church Market made an excellent £329.65.

This weekend is a busy Harvest Festival.

Tomorrow Saturday 28 there is a Barn Dance featuring the famous Catsfield Steamers in Pett Village Hall. Come along about 7.15 with our own food and drink before the action starts at 7.30.No problem if you have never barn danced before as the Caller will tell you just what to do. Tickets are £8 if you phone 01424 813740 or 01424 814735 . Tickets will be available on the door @ £10.

Sunday 29 September 10.30 Harvest Thanksgiving in the Parish Church. A Service to thank God for Creation,Preservation and all the Blessings of this Life. This will be a Songs of Praise service.

Later at 6pm in St Mary’s ,Rye there will be a Confirmation Service taken by the new Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner. Among those from the Rye Deanery being confirmed will be Howard and Judy Marks of All Saints Icklesham.

Monday 30 September the Bishop will be visiting our Church and meeting Canon Hugh Moseley and the Churchwardens. At 5pm he will be with the congregation for a short service of Evening Prayer.

Tonight and tomorrow night at 7,30 in the Hall Icklesham Players are performing two one-act comedies. Don’t miss them. They really are very good. Live theatre for only £6. Next year’s panto is “ Puss in Boots” .

Auditions will be in the Hall on Sunday 6 October at 2.30 You can get more information at the plays.

She “who would valiant be” is certainly Icklesham pilgrim Betty Moore who has just returned from her third Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela and the Shrine of St James in north western Spain. Her journey started at the bus stop at the Folkestone Service station on the M20. The regular daily service took her to a Paris bus station where she took another bus all the way to Spain where

a local service took her to her starting point at Ponferrada. The walk was over 130 miles of hilly stony tracks rising to over 1300 metres. It was 17 days 0f hard walking staying at pilgrims hostels on the way. Every time her passport was checked the date was questioned in amazement. 1924? yes 89 years of age. On the Camino -the path - Betty was encouraged by the camaraderie of other pilgrims all wearing the badge a scallop shell. They said her achievement was an inspiration. Betty’s was no brooch. It was the real thing picked up on Winchelsea Beach. Betty’s first pilgrimage was in 1999, This was a special Holy Year as St James’s Day, 25 July, was on a Sunday. On that Day she worshipped in the Shrine’s Cathedral with a huge congregation including the King of Spain. Her trek then started in France at St Jean Pied Port and took 6 weeks to cross the Pyrenees and then the whole of western Spain. A distance of about 500 miles was walked.

Betty was not the first pilgrim to go from Icklesham to Santiago. In the 15th century many sailed from Icklesham and Winchelsea and carved crosses in the hard stone pillars of both churches. There may have been earlier ones as the first record of English pilgrims travelling to Santiago is 1092.

St James was the first of Christ’s Apostles to be Martyred being beheaded in Jerusalem in 44 A.D, He had spread the gospel in Spain and it is believed his bones were taken to the town which now bears his name. Iago is the Spanish for James. The Shrine and its Cathedral developed about 800 A.D So pilgrimages have been going on for at least 1000 years. Last year over 150000 people walked the various Caminos.

The scallop is the symbol possibly because in the early days it was a useful scoop for getting water or even a simple plate. Others consider the way the ridges on the shell converge at one point represents all the paths leading to the sacred Shrine.

David Holloway is known in Icklesham as the one time Church organist and choir master. In Ashford he’s known as the musical director of the East Kent Chorus. This all male group enjoy the thrill of singing unaccompanied four part harmony in the barbershop style - and they dress in golden waistcoats as well. The chorus are now running a free course this October on their type of singing.Full details at www.eastkentchorus.com or from chorus secretary Harry Andrews 01233 632317.

Saturday 28 September 8pm Battersea the Shine Walk starts, This is a sponsored walk throughout the night on a marathon length course of 26 miles. Jayne Burns of Icklesham and Emma Daniel f Guestling are taking part to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. They would appreciate any donations. The address is 2 Brede Valley View Icklesham.

A reminder of the events in the first half of October -

Wednesday 2 8.30 Queen’s Head Quiz in aid of Help the Heroes.

Thursday 3 6.30-8.30 Youth Club Icklesham Memorial Hall for young people 11 to 16. Cost £1.50. Transport leaves Winchelsea Beach at 6.20 and Monk’s Walk Winchelsea at 6.25. there is also return transport. Need to know anything more? Contact Natalie Hollands 07717311633.

Friday 4 7.30 Icklesham Harvest Supper in the Memorial Hall. This popular annual event is a full meal with drinks and a great atmosphere. Everybody is welcome. Tickets are £6 again from Janet Pegg 01424 814735.

Saturday 5 10.30 - 1.30. A Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Nurses at the Windmill Orchard Farm Shop. Raffle,Tombola, Lucky Dip,cakes,plants and lots more, There’s plenty of parking and everybody is welcome.For more details 01797 227219.

Wednesday 9 Short Mat Bowls starts in the Memorial Hall. Two sessions afternoon 3-5 evening 7-9 Cost £2.50 a week.Open to all. No experience needed. All you need is flat shoes. If you do have any woods please bring them along. For more information ring Eric 01424 814869.

Wednesday 16 The Five Villages Home Association invites everyone to the “UK Older People’s Day “celebrations. There is afternoon tea between2 and 4 and costs £3.50.The Guest Speaker is Ann MacFarlane O.B.E. an Independent Living Consultant. If you would like to come RSVP to Five Villages Home Association,The Office,Flat 32,Oast House Field, Icklesham, East Sussex TN36 4BQ by Monday 7 October.

Last Saturday’s Quiz Nigh made a profit of £310 for the Icklesham Trust which is responsible for the Memorial Hall. Stuart Baker thanks all those who donated raffle prizes ,Sandra who sold them and Charlotte for all her help. Icklesham Casualties was the best of 14 teams closely followed by Nobby’s Nuts, Stalybridge Celtic,Fab 4,Empty Heads, 30 Something’s, Allsorts and Guys and Gals. The next Quiz is 12 October and 13 teams have already booked. All profits will go to Church funds.

.Winners in the September New Pavilion Draw were £30 Eddie Croft,£15 Paul Earl,£10 Eric Holingsworth, £5 Will Brand and £5 Ken Tytherleigh.

Sunday 29 September 4-6 Queen’s Head Live Music Lumpy & The Lumpettes promise soft rock.