GREETINGS: Welcome May. The March winds, and April showers are supposed to bring forth May flowers. Probably we actually need more of the showers, but there are certainly plenty of flowers abounding in the gardens and fields.

CHURCH SERVICE: The service at 10.30 am this coming Sunday will be Parish Eucharist. St. George’s Day passed by very quietly last week.

CRAFT FAIR: The May Craft Fair will take place in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 2nd May from 10am. There will be an assortment of craft stalls to interest everyone. Come along for coffee and some delicious home-made cake. There will be plenty to see and there is lots of free parking.For any enquiries regarding this and the June Craft Fair, please contact Maureen Thompson on 01424 813 928.

CUCKOO: People have heard a cuckoo at Winchelsea Beach and in Westfield. Where is our ‘spring’ bird? And I haven’t seen a swallow or martin yet, have you?

WEATHER: A little rain last Saturday settled the dust, but didn’t really irrigate the gardens. A good steady rainfall overnight followed by sunshine during the day would be a perfect scenario.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday 3rd May will be pled by Borrowed Time playing Rock Covers.

THE ROBIN HOOD INN: These enterprising people have another delight planned for you. This is an advance notice of a High Summer Vintage Garden Afternoon Tea Party. On Sunday 26th JULY from 5.30 pm there will be a lovely tea and music by Ricochet and Mr. Steve Sinatra. It will cost £ 14. 95 per person and there is a booking fee of £5 as a deposit. It will be a dress coded event. Gentlemen are required to wear a shirt and tie --and presumably trousers!!-- and no jeans, T-shirts or trainers please. Ladies are asked to dress to impress - think Ascot Ladies’ day. There will be a competition for the best dressed gentleman, the best hat, and the best dressed couple. It is a booking event only, the pub will be closed. So get booking.

NEW PAVILION SUPPORTERS: Stuart Baker has sent this information. The fund raising continues with another £420 raised at the recent Veterans Football match at the Pilot Field, ICFC v Sedlescombe Rangers. Icklesham won the match3 - 0. The introduction in the programme notes reads : The game tonight is giving some players their first opportunity to play at this venue and is being used to raise funds towards the building of new changing facilities at the Recreation Ground in Icklesham, as well as promoting awareness of the project.

The idea to play this match came from Sedlescombe Rangers , and Icklesham Casuals would like to express their thanks to Sedlescombe for supporting the fund raising for the new changing facilities. Both clubs would like to thank tonight’s referee, Trevor Hoath,. Trevor is a former Icklesham Casuals player, having made 122 appearances either at Centre Forward, where he scored 42 goals, or in Goal. He also played 18 games for the Veterans before taking up officiating.

THE ICKLESHAM NEW PAVILION PROJECT: The present pavilion at Icklesham Recreation Ground was built in 1959 and donated to the village by the Merricks family in memory of Walter Merricks. At the time it was one of the finest buildings of its kind in the area. However, the changing facilities are now in need of modernisation, as any footballers who have played there recently, would agree. Initial plans have been drawn up and discussions are taking place With Icklesham Parish Council to agree the size and location for any new building and move the project forward when funding can be applied for. The current facilities are used not only by Icklesham Casuals but also the local Stoolball and Cricket Clubs. A main, major aim for the new Pavilion is to increase participation in sport locally, especially among the young people. The project has a great deal of support in the village with much Fundraising already having taken place. A monthly lottery casting £1 per month is in operation, and for anyone interested in joining , go to the website www.icfc.co.uk or www.facebook.com/pages/Icklesham-New-Pavilion-Project for details and an application form. The 20th June is another fundraiser for your diaries - The Blakey’s return to Icklesham. details as soon as they are available. All of your support is much appreciated. Let’s continue to support each other and get those facilities that we can be proud of and put Icklesham back on the map. Thank you Stuart.

VOTING: Do not forget to use your valuable vote on Thursday 7th May at the Memorial Hall, open from 7am until 10 pm. Ladies, remember that people lost their lives fighting for the right of women to vote Don’t let the opportunity slip. If you don’t “bother.” then you do not have the right to complain if you do not agree with what the new government does.

SCHOOL NEWS: The checklists are out for the Going for Gold Award scheme.The standard will be very high! The date of the Summer Fayre will now be Saturday 27th June from 11 am. To make this really successful a lot of help will be needed. To offer help, contact Jane Gillard on janeandkirk@icloud.com or get your name on the Friends mailing list. The theme will be Midsummer Enchanted Garden, linking in with the work the children will be doing during term 6.The Head Teacher Award this week goes to Fynn. The class awards go to Jazmin, Oscar, Mabel, Theo, Billy C., Samuel, Raven, and Alice. School will be closed on 4th May for the Bank Holiday, back to normal on Tuesday. Friends will meet on Tuesday 5th at 2 pm.

CONTACT: if you have any news, reports, announcement and so on, which you would like included in the Village Voice, ring me on 01424 815 247 or pop round. I have an email which I will tell you if you ask.

AND FINALLY: Enjoy the week, remember to VOTE I don’t know whether to advise suncream or umbrellas!