GREETINGS: Do hope all parents are enjoying half term week with their families.

CHURCH SERVICE: The season of Lent began last Wednesday when Ash Wednesday was celebrated. The service at 10.30am on Sunday will be Morning Prayer for the first Sunday of Lent. During this church season there will be lunches in the Memorial Hall from 12.30 pm to 2 pm each Friday. The meal is home -made soup, bread and a variety of cheeses. Donations for the meal are given to a different Charity each week, and the first Lunch is on Friday 27th February with funds going to The Royal British Legion. Everyone is welcome, so come along and have a pleasant lunch with friends and neighbours.`

WEATHER: It begins to look as if we shall miss out on any real winter weather. There have not been many frosts again, which probably means that all the creepy crawlies will be creeping and crawling around the garden again . Yes, Cindy, we also noticed that fantastic ‘ring around the moon ‘at the beginning of the month. It was beautiful I was inspired to go out and DO something in my garden at the weekend, and it was remarkably mild. And I was still out there at 6 pm - needed light to see anything, but it just goes to show how much the days are extending.

FLOWERS: I forgot all the hazel catkins in the hedges. And do you have lots of bulbs poking their noses up?

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The schedule for this year’s shows are now ready. Thank you to Simon for setting it out and to the school for the use of the photocopier. The schedules cost £1 which includes membership to the society. There are three shows a year, the first being on Saturday 11th April.Any offers of help or donations of raffle or tombola prizes at any of the shows will be very much appreciated.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music this coming Sunday will be played by Loose Change, playing Country Rock Covers.

MARATHON: Please remember that there is a collection box for you to pop change into to support Ian in the Hastings Half Marathon, although he says he is going to be ‘ambling around Hastings’ on March 22nd. Ian is raising funds for St. Michael’s Hospice.

ROAD CLOSURE: It will be important for us to go to the information meeting on 23rd February in the New Hall in Winchelsea between 3pm and 8 pm. We could have an interesting three weeks !!

NEW PAVILION UPDATE: The New Pavilion “Footprint” was discussed at the recent Parish Council meeting held at Icklesham on Monday 7th February. There was a very good public tournout to give support for the project. There were probably 40 - 50 people, which far exceeds the normal tournout for these monthly meetings. I am pleased to report that the three outside parishes voted 100% in principle to the proposal moving forward. I am very surprised at the after offer of Ground on Saturday 14th February. There is a proposal from the PCs that they take ownership of the existing pavilion and make a PC office and Public WCs. If this goes ahead we will have to re-site the New Pavilion west of the original building.Thanks to Dexter Martin for your time setting out the footprint for the PCs to see. The PCs have indicated that they would like to attend one of our Trust meetings to discuss further issues as this will save us time. They would also like a village meeting at a later date to get the views of the village people. Very many thanks for your continued support. Please make every effort to attend any future village meetings concerning this project. HUGE thanks to Stuart Baker for this report.

ICKLESHAM STORES: The wonderful people in our lovely local shop are now catering for people who need Gluten free food. Cakes and biscuits are already available, and soon there will be frozen pastry made with gluten free ingredients.

FIVE VILLAGES; The Mini Bus Club and residents of Five Villages House would like to extend their grateful thanks to Kit McLean and his Elm Tree Boot Fair team for their recent generous donation and continuing support year on year. This message comes from the Chairman John Phelan. Thankyou.

SCHOOL NEWS: The staff and children are enjoying a spring break, returning on Monday 23rd. There will be another Arts Day with Ed Boxall on Friday 27th. The awards last week went to Time 2 Dance Team, Hannah, Cole,Cohen, Edie,Oliver, Heidi, Summer, Lily-Rose, Taylor, Zac, Joel, Raven, Cohen, Hatty, and Ruben. Well done everyone.

ROBIN HOOD INN: There will be a Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday 8th March at 5 pm. I can state from personal experience of the previous one, that this will be a wonderful tea. A PROPER tea with sandwiches, cake and tea in real china cups. It is a smart dress code, no jeans or trainers, so dress to impress. It is bookings only please on 01424 814 277.

PANTOMIME: Sorry that I put the price of tickets up last week. They cost £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.The performances are on Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th February at 7.30 pm. There is also a matinee on Saturday 28th at 2.30 pm. Tickets are available form Icklesham Stores or by phoning 01424 812 996. Do come along and join in the fun.`

PHOTO: Does that really look like me? Most of the Village Voice correspondents now have “mug-shots” at the head of their columns. Wish they didn’t !!!`

CONTACT: Please let me know if you have any news items, reports or announcements which you would like included in the Village Voice column by phoning 01424 815 247 or pop round. Copy by Sunday please.

AND FINALLY: May I wish you a happy week. Enjoy the increase daylight hours and possibly some sunshine.

Marion Lovell

7 Oast House Field