The Church May Fair, last Saturday, was a huge success with a vibrant atmosphere and the splendid sum of £840 raised. This is a great result for a lot of hard working supporters of our Church.

Sunday 25 10.30 in the Parish Church Morning Prayer and service for Rogation. Nowadays this is not the walk around the whole of the ecclesiastical parish boundary. It is a pleasant stroll around the Church yard.

Thurday29 May 7.30pm. Ascension Day Service for the United Benefice of Icklesham and Winchelsea at St. Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea.

Ordnance Survey maps of the early 19th Century call Winchelsea the parish of S. Thomas the Apostle. When and why did the dedication change from “Doubting Thomas” to the assassinated Archbishop?

Icklesham Village Stores will be closing on the Sunday (25th) and Monday(26th). But it continues to grow. It now has a license to sell alcohol.

Soon the results of the election to the European Parliament will be announced. We are in the South East but the constituency isn’t just West and East Sussex and Kent. It includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight,Oxfordshire and Surrey. There were 15 different parties to choose from but in the last European election only 5 parties had enough votes to have an M.E.P.

Sunday 25 May Queen’s Head live music 4-6pm Greg McDonald does Soft Rock.

Last week Manston Airport closed and the final appeal against the expansion of Lydd Airport was unsuccessful. The effects on Icklesham are difficult to predict. Half a million people a year will increase road traffic. More aircraft noise. The Boeing, which may be most frequently used aircraft, is medium plane carrying about 200 passengers. The planes will be landing close to Dungeness Nuclear power station - in fact only about 60 seconds flying time away. Safety is always a concern.

The New Pavilion Lottery monthly draw now has 180 shares so the prize money is rising and looking good. April’s winners were

1st £40 Ann Rachlin

2nd £20 Doreen Baker

3rd £15 Trevor Hoath

4th £10 Alan Watson

5th £5 Gareth Oliver.

Ann Rachlin has been a winner more than once and always donate her prizes to the charity Music and the Deaf,7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL. This charity aims to open up the enjoyment of music and the performing arts to those who have hearing difficulties. The charity was founded by Dr Paul Whittaker O.B.E. who has been profoundly deaf since the age of eight. Check http://matd.org.uk/wo-we-are to find out more this inspirational man and his colleagues.

Tuesday 27 May 7.30 The Robin Hood. The Gary Grainger Quiz Night. £5 a head and that includes a fish and chip supper. To book a table phone Sue 01424 814277.

Saturday 31 May 70pm Manor Farm Oast. A dual quiz - one part general knowledge with written answers and the second part a picture quiz. The entrance fee is £7 and that includes a buffet supper and a glass. There is also a bar and both individual and team prizes .Phone 01424 813787 to book.

Laurie Bowman

Magpies, Oast House Field