GREETINGS: March brings breezes loud and shrill, stirs the dancing daffodil. There are certainly plenty of daffodils to enjoy as you walk around the village. And the ‘breezes’ were loud and shrill enough for anyone last week!

CHURCH SERVICE: The 10.30 am service next Sunday will be Parish Eucharist for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. The service will be led by Rev. Canon Robin Whitehead. Fr. Hugh will be preaching at Winchelsea. The Lent Lunch today, Friday 27th, will take place in the Memorial Hall from 12.30 to 2 pm. The meal consists of lovely home made soup, bread and a variety of cheeses. The charity being supported this week is the Royal British Legion. Next week it will be Family Support Work. The lunch is open to everyone, so do come along and have a pleasant social time meeting friends and neighbours. It is a good time to chat !

WEATHER: Mixed is the only possible way to describe it. A gleam of sunshine is often quite rapidly followed by dark clouds and rain, often accompanied by gales.

FLOWERS: In one of the sunny episodes last week, I spotted a whole bank of tiny, shiny celandines smiling in the sunshine.

PANTOMIME: You might be able to get a ticket for The Sleeping Beauty of Icklesham being performed in the Memorial Hall tonight and tomorrow at 7. 30 pm, and again on Saturday afternoon at 2.30 pm. Pop into the Icklesham Stores or phone 01424 812 996.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music this Sunday will be played by Loose Change, their music is described as country rock. Ian is in training for his marathon, and the collecting box is out, you know.

ROAD CLOSURE: If you managed to get to the information meeting last Monday, you will know all about it. I have spoken to people at Balfour Beaty and it does seem very important to keep the letter about it which came to all residents, available in your car if you are going to be out after 8 pm. This will sort of prove that you need to get home, so that you can be escorted. It is all good fun as we are having the gas main replaced in our road right now. Mud, mud, glorious mud.!

PARISH COUNCIL: I have the following from Cllr. Nick Warren. The Parish Council is holding its Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 30th March at Icklesham Memorial Hall, starting at 7 pm. By law, the meeting has to be held every year between 1st March and 1st June. It is NOT a parish council meeting but is an opportunity to discuss local activities and current issues in the parish and for local electors to raise matters of concern relating to their local community. The council may invite speakers to give brief talks on matters of particular relevance to current council activities and projects. At the end of the meeting refreshments are served and there is the opportunity to meet and talk to guests and councillors. More details of the meeting on the 30th March will be available in next month’s issue of the magazine, but please put the date in your diary. This is a meeting held for YOU , the electors, so please come along and join in. Your councillors are here to represent you and welcome your views on any matter. Please do talk to them or send your reviews/requests to the Parish Clerk at ickleshamc@hotmail.co.uk or write c/o Wildgoose Cottage, Gorsethorn Way, Fairlight, East Sussex, TN 35 4 BQ.

THE ROBIN HOOD INN: The next Posh Tea will be held at the Robin Hood on Sunday 8th March at 5 pm. It is bookings only and please come dressed to impress..That means no jeans or trainers. This time there will be entertainment by Alain de Sel, cabaret artist. The price is £14.95 per person, with a £5 deposit required on booking.

ARCHERY: The Robin Hood Inn is booked for Tuesday 3rd March at 19.30 for the inaugural AGM of the Bowmen of Robin Hood. At the AGM the club Constitution has to be approved, members selected and elected on to the committee. So if anyone would like to volunteer, they can then be elected. Only fully paid up members will be eligible to vote and will become Founder Members of the Club. All Founder members will have their £50 joining fee reimbursed by either cash or two years’ free membership once all debts to Tom have been repaid and the club is making a suitable profit. Please read the amended Constitution. Club fees will be : £30 + £50; Juniors £15 +£50 + non shooting Parent/guardian =£70;. There will be concessions for families and 2 or more adults i.e.wives and partners. To discuss any points, please phone Tom on 0746 019 0298.

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. Spring is on its way, daylight hours are significantly longer and we shall have all the road works to look forward to !

Marion Lovell

7 Oast House Field