Laurie Bowman, 
Magpies, Oast House Field

Things get lost in the Christmas post and emails can get lost too!! Sorry Village Voice 27 December 2013 went missing. It was only the second time since 1996 when it started that there was no Icklesham Village Voice in the Rye Observer.

Sunday 12 January 10.30 am Parish Eucharist in All Saints. This Sunday the Baptism of Christ is commemorated.

Sunday 12 4-6 Live Music in the Queen’s Head Smokestack do jazz n’ blues.

Icklesham is now 100% normal. The shops.,pubs,hairdressing salon and the school are all busy.Local entertainment is back. Short mat bowls and the art group are back in Memorial Hall and next Saturday 18 January is the first Quiz night of 2014.

Tuesday 14 Recycling collection stars again with the usual pattern. Green Wheelie bins for garden waste. This could include a Christmas tree if small enough and possibly twigs and branches blown down in the gales. they’re certainly too wet to burn. Christmas cards can be put in the green boxes but must not have glitter,plastic.metal etc. Cards of that type are for general household waste and black wheelie bins.

Among the buildings affected by the storms was the pavilion whose roof was ripped off. So the fund raising for a new pavilion really matters.

December winners in the New Pavilion Lottery Draw were

£35 Alan Watson

£20 Mrs Ann Rachlin

£10 Ladies Darts Team

£5 Andy Vickers

£5 Jo Stunt

There is of course part of Christmas still to come. The pantomime is “Puss in Boots”. The Icklesham Players are directed by Mel Smith and that’s the same team that entertained us so superbly last year with “A Tale of Tales”.The show will be at the Memorial Hall on Thursday,20 February,Friday 21 both at 7.30pn with 2 performances on Saturday 22 at 2.30pm and 7,30pm.

The paper delivery round from Ore Post Office has now been sold to Westfield News and Village Shop.The current drivers will continue to bring the papers. Icklesham Village Store has a full range of newspapers on sale daily.