Laurie Bowman, Magpies, Oast House Field

Tomorrow Saturday 5 October there are 2 major events.

A Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Nurses is hosted by the Windmill Orchard Farm Shop. from 10.30am to 1.30pm with Raffle, Tombola, Lucky Dip plants and lots more. Everybody is welcome and there is plenty of parking.. Details from 01797 227219.

In the afternoon starting at 2pm Icklesham Horticultural Society has its Autumn Flower Show.(staging 8 -10am). The Show is in Icklesham Primary School and this in an opportunity to feel the atmosphere of our thriving school. the Show has a section for children and each pupil has been working to produce artwork for display. The Robin Hood has kindly sponsored medals for the children’s classes. Kate and Syd Mylrea of Manor Farm Oast have kindly sponsored a prize for the best seasonal dessert and a new trophy - a Shield for the best entry in cooking.

David French who has attended more Harvest Festivals than anybody else said last Sunday’s was “ the best he had ever been to”. The flowers were beautiful, predominantly red and yellow and the balance of the service involved lots of the congregation. The familiar harvest hymns were sung enthusiastically and the less familiar readings were a real stimulation,

Sunday 6 October the 10.30 Service in the Parish Church is Family Communion and Baptism. Charlie Arthur Burman , the son of Ruth and Neil, will be baptised by his Grandfather the Reverend Canon Hugh Moseley.

The Icklesham Players next production will be the Pantomime “Puss in Boots” in the Memorial Hall 20 -22 February 2014. Del Smith has adapted the story and will direct the show. Auditions will be held in the Hall on this Sunday 6 October starting at 2pm..There are lots of parts, big and small, and lots of children and young people are needed.. So come along and join the fun.

Sunday 6 October 4-6 Live Music at the Queen’s Head Sands Quintet Play Sinatra.

Wednesday 9 October Short Mat Bowling starts in the Memorial Hall. Everybody welcome - you don’t have to have played before. All you need are flat shoes. Two sessions -3-5pm & 7-9pm.Cost £2.50 a week. Need to know more? contact Eric 01424 814869.

Saturday 12 October a busy day Craft Fair and Quiz Night.

Tuesday 15 October World War 1 Centenary Anniversary. A Meeting in the Memorial Hall at 2.30 to discuss plans for next year’s Anniversary events to mark 100 years since the beginning of World War 1. There will be tea and cakes as well as a fund raising raffle.

Wednesday 16 The Five Villages Home Association invites everyone to the “U.K. Older People’s Day celebrations. Afternoon Tea is between 2 and 4 and costs £3.50. The Guest Speaker is Ann MacFarlane O.B.E. an Impendent Living Consultant. Next Monday 7 October is the last date to RSVP. Do so to The Five Villages Home Association, The Office, Flat 32, Oats House Field, Icklesham,TN36 4BQ

The football season is underway and both Icklesham Casual teams have started their league fixtures. The Club always welcome any local payers who would like to join. Interested? Contact David Maine 01424 424 986.

Icklesham Stoolball Club has had a successful season. The Ladies team took part in 3 tournaments and in September won at Robert bridge in a 5 team round Robin beating Hooe and Brightling and drawing with Pett and Robertsbridge, The mixed team also competed in 3 tournaments and in August won the Icklesham tournament for the first time since 2006 in an 8 team event.

The Rye Branch of the WEA will be starting two monthly course later in October. Tutor David Alfred leads “Burning Issues” a lively discussion group. There are 7 sessions on Thursdays (every second Thursday of each month) 1.30 -4.30 starting 10 October at Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye. FEE £82.95.

At the same venue and with the same fee on the third Thursday of each month starting 17 October Catherine Smith is the tutoring a course on Creative Writing. Further information on these courses and other WEA courses in 201 4from Andrew Stuart 01797 223831 or Gill Bartholomew 01580 764465.

Monday 30 September The new Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner attended Evening Prayer in All Saints with St Nicolas and spoke to the congregation from Icklesham and from St Thomas’s Winchelsea and talked about the strength 0f our church community.

The meeting on 15 October about the World War 1 anniversary will now be held at 16 Oast House Field.

Dates to note,

Sunday 27 October. Sponsored walk to raise funds for the New Pavilion East borne Pier to Hasting pier a distance of 19 miles. looking for sponsors are David Mayne,Nick Warren and Stuart Baker.

23 November Ricochet Concert Memorial Hall 7.30 in aid of New Pavilion. Tickets £5’

25 November Icklesham Trust Committee AGM a chance to get involved in the running of the Hall and the Pavilion.