GREETINGS: Have you had a reasonable week - blown about or wet through?

CHURCH SERVICE: The 10.30 service on Sunday 1st February will be Parish Eucharist with special prayers for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Some of us still refer to this as Candlemas. This time in the church calendar is commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem to bring the new baby to present him in the temple. The old priest Simeon had been told that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. His words have come into liturgy as the Nunc Dimmitis - Lord, lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.

QUEEN’S HEAD: Live Music from 4 - 6pm this coming Sunday will be played by Jeremiah Longshanks and the style is described as Vintage Americana. The next Wednesday Quiz Night will be on 4th February at 8.30 pm, in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. Usual rules apply, entry £2 per head, maximum team size 6. On the same night, a similar event will be running at the Royal Oak in Pett.

WEATHER: The sun has some warmth in it, WHEN it deigns to show its face! On Saturday it was surprisingly nice, so I pottered out and pruned the roses. The ground is still far too wet to stand on for any work, and the forecast is not hopeful of anything much for this weekend. The wind has been described as a Viking Wind - straight from the north lands.

CINEMA: Very positive reports are coming in about the new Kino cinema. The ambience is good, the seats are comfortable and the choice of films is excellent. Food and drinks are served too. But no parking unfortunately.

MURDER MYSTERY: The evening was very well supported and the hall was packed. The Playden Murder Mystery Players put on an excellent mystery for everyone to solve. 14 teams entered and it was the Fab Five who won the over-all Quiz. The local Sellens Team won the Table Quiz. I would like to thank the Robin Hood for donating the buffet, Loadstar Cleaning Contractors for sponsoring the prizes, all those who donated raffle prizes, those who sold tickets, Sandra, Pete and Mags for helping to set the hall up. And last but not least, all of you that helped to clear up at the end. The profit of the evening was £752 for the New Pavilion Project, which is a fantastic achievement on behalf of everyone involved. The Playden Murder Mystery Players have offered to come back next year if we would like to invite them. Thank you Stuart for this report. The next Quiz is on 7th February.

ICKLESHAM FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th February at 2.15 pm in the Memorial Hall. The title is Sweet and Simple. If you need more details, please phone Christine on 01424 814 027.

ICKLESHAM PLAYERS: The presentation of the Pantomime is to be on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February at 7.30 pm., with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. Tickets are available from the Village Store, or you could reserve seats by phoning Nicky on 01424 812 996. This is a real local production , written by Nicky Harris and Josie Body. All the traditional elements will be there, promise. Oh yes they will !!!

CRAFT CLUB: There will be a Craft Fair on Saturday 7th February in Icklesham Memorial Hall, 10am until 2 pm. There will be lots of locally made arts and crafts on sale, all great quality and reasonably priced. Or why not just pop along for coffee and a chat? Refreshments will be on sale, including delicious home made cakes. Everyone is welcome. The hall is situated next to the children’s play area in the recreation ground. There is ample free parking. Hope to see you there. Thank you to Sandra Stunt for this information.

SCHOOL NEWS: The focus this term has been on spelling, using a variety of approaches, and staff have been on training courses with the Language Literacy Support Service. The Friends will be holding a Valentine’s Disco on Friday 6th February from 3.15 pm. Donations of cakes, crisps and tasty savoury snacks will be welcomed. On Friday 6th February the Film Club and Netball Club are cancelled because of the Disco. Don’t forget the Bring and Buy Sale at at 3pm this afternoon - Friday 30th. The awards this week go to Lily Tuting, Theo and Aaron for the Head Teacher Award, and Paige, Fynn, Ruby-Jude, Siena, Jenson, Lilli, Isobel and Joshua. for good work during the week. Well done everyone.

CONTACT: If you have any news items, reports or announcements which you would like included in Village Voice, please phone 01424 815 247 or pop round. I have an e-mail address which I will tell you if you ask, but it is not for publication. Copy by Sunday please.

AND FINALLY: I wish you a pleasant week with some sunshine, (hopefully) some excitement and maybe a surprise, nice of course.

Marion Lovell

7 Oast House Field