Today is the last Lent Lunch of 2014 and is in the Memorial Hall from 12.30 to 2pm. The meal is homemade soup,bread, a choice of cheese and a drink. It is a very sociable occasion with no charge but you can if you wish make a donation to the day’s chosen charity. -

Palm Sunday 13 April is the beginning of Holy Week. The Service, starting at 10.30, involves distributing palm crosses and the reading of the whole Passion of our Lord by voices from the congregation. In the evening, a combined Winchelsea and Icklesham choir will present a devotional Service “The Cross of Christ” at St. Thomas at 6pm. At 6pm on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday there will be Compline (a short evening service) with an address. 17 April Maundy Thursday 6pm Eucharist and feet washing.

18 Good Friday A Devotional Service

2 -3PM explaining the meaning of the Cross.

19 Holy Saturday 6pm The Service of Light when Easter is anticipated with readings and candles.

20 April Easter Sunday. The Parish Church is decorated with flowers especially Lilies. All are invited to remember a Loved One who has passed away by donating a Lily in memory of that person. If you wish to do so please contact Christine Overy on 01424 814927 or Janet Pegg on 01424 814735. The Lilies are £2 each and the list of dedications will be near the Lilies at the Altar.

Local businesses are affected by the Easter Weekend as follows;

Icklesham Stores

Good Friday open 930-12.30pm

Saturday 19 open 9am-3pm

Easter Sunday and Easter Monday Closed.

Windmill Orchard Farm Shop

Good Friday open 10-4

Saturday 19 open 9-5

Easter Monday open 10-4

Jade’s Hairdressing Salon is open on Good Friday and then closed till Tuesday 22 April.

Easter Sunday is like all weekends a busy eating time in both Icklesham’s pubs but now they are joined by “Oh Crumbs” which is next to Jade’s.

Saturday 12 April Mollie Thompson of the 14 Hastings Scouts (Guestling) will be selling locally taken photographs and handmade bracelets at the lcklesham Village Stores between lOam and 12 noon. She is raising funds for Demelza House, the Hospice for children.

Sunday 13 April Queen’s Head Live Music is Mike Mepham - the guitar man.

Easter Craft Fair Saturday 12 April tomorrow in the Memorial Hall from 10.3Oam until 2.3Opm. As well as a variety of Arts and Crafts there is a chance to taste delicious curries,meet the cook and get the cook book. Plus an Easter Egg tombola which will be raising money for the New Pavilion Fund. Refreshments, plenty of free parking on the neighbouring Recreation Ground and an excellent Play area for children.

Saturday 26 April The Robin Hood Bonfire Society invite over 60s to their annual party. The hosts will provide good food,drink and entertainment. To book a place phone Sue on 01424 814277.

Saturday 19 April 11-Spm. Easter Psychic Readings. Join Odette Heasman at “Oh Crumbs” café. For your personal 25 minute reading £20 please book by phoning Ruth 07522529746.

Icklesham Stoolball Club’s A.G.M. elected the following. Chair; Alison Baines. Secretary; Barabara Harman. Treasurer; Eileen Luck. Captain; Tracey Young. Vice Captain; Heidi Carter. Mixed Captain; Tristan Carter. The season starts on Tuesday 6 May with a home Ladies game against Pett 6.4Spm start. If anyone local is interested in playing please contact Alison 01424 814424.

Laurie Bowman, Magpies, Oast House Field