GREETINGS: Well, summer seems to with us, giving lots of opportunities for outside activities. But don’t forget the sun cream Lots to report this week.

CHURCH SERVICE: The service on Sunday will be at 10.30 am, Parish Eucharist for the 10th Sunday of Trinity.

ICKLESHAM FETE: Sandra Stunt has sent in this lovely resume of the Fete last Saturday.

Well, the sun shone on Icklesham last Saturday for the Fete and Flower Show. The field was buzzing with activity from 7.30 am, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The Wealden Brass Band played to their audience outside the hall (I DO love a Brass Band. It is so reminiscent of village Fetes when every village had its own band. ML) In the Arena we were entertained by The Honk Project, provided by Applause Outdoors. Albie and Doris intermingled with the public whilst riding on their 1950s motorcycle and sidecar. They were dressed in candyfloss pink costumes and seemed popular with the children who were twisting with them. The very talented Rye Dance Group gave us a great display, their Great British Bakeoff routine was charming. ( The little girl who got in a muddle and was brave enough to start again and completed her dance flawlessly, earned well deserved applause. She was Baby Face. Well everybody, and especially this little one. ) There seemed to be plenty of dogs in the fun dog show.

We had a great turnout of Classic Cars , thanks to Tina and John Cranage, who had delivered flyers back in June for us, and did a grand job of getting the cars parked up.

We had several craft stalls, many side-shows, a BBQ thanks to Lee, Ron and Kayleigh for running this. There are so many people to thank, but especially Nick Warren for his fetching and carrying before, during and after the event. Thanks also to my husband Pete who did so much, and Eric and Joan Butler who kept going all day along with their family. Thanks to Linda and John from the art group for all their help, to all the stall holders and special thanks to Jake for his brilliant compering. Everyone who supported us deserves a huge thank you. We should also thank plumber Kirk for coming so quickly to unblock the disabled toilet. It was a great day when the community came together.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The weather was kind to us for the Flower Show - nice and bright with a slight breeze , Almost a perfect summer’s afternoon. Entries in the vegetable section were disappointingly low this year, but the flowers were nice and colourful. Congratulations to all the Trophy winners.

The Ron Miles Trophy for vegetables and fruit was won by Marie Hayter : The Cyril Miles Trophy for best vegetables and fruit - Pete Stunt : The Dahlia cup - Pete Stunt: The Hayman cup for most points in the Roses - Ann Osborne: The Roy and Gladys Masters Cup for the best in roses - Christine Knight : The John Comport Cup for most points in Sweet Peas - Jean Ellner :The Jimmy Young Cup for best in Sweet Peas - Jean Ellner : Certificate for the Best in Cookery - Wendy Mitchell :The Crisford Trophy for most points in Flowers - Judy Foster: The Fred Stunt Memorial trophy for Best Fuchsia - Ann Osborne: The Floral Art Trophy - Mags Baker : a piece of Crystal glass kindly sponsored by Kate and Syd Mylrea of manor Oast, for the best loaf of brad - Judy Foster : The Simpson Cup for the most points in Cookery - Judy Foster : The Coronation Cup for the most points in the show - Judy Foster :The Robin Hood Cup for the best in Show - Wendy Mitchell. Thank you to Michael for setting out the hall on Friday afternoon; Helen, Maureen and Simon for running the Tombola. Thanks also to everyone who donated prizes and money donations to buy prizes; to Barbara for going round with the judges, Judy for help during the afternoon and EVERYONE who helped with the tidying up at the end of the afternoon. The next show will be on Saturday 26th September, including the children’s section.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday 9th August will be played by Lost Weekend, described as hic. What’s that, someone please/Is it the sound made after a couple of pints?

WEATHER: It was “proper” summer weather for the Fete, thank you Mr. Weatherman ! Have you noticed that many people are beginning to look healthily brown even if they have not been to the Costa del sol? It is the sort of weather which I enjoy. I must admit that I do not like the dull, grey days of autumn and winter. I like to be out-of-doors.

SCARECROWS: The annual competition is in its early planning stages. The category has yet to be chosen. So pop into the Icklesham Stores to make your choice, and then plan your scarecrow. Come on, let’s do it.

ORGAN CONCERT: The next in the series at All Saints Church, Hastings will be on Monday 10th August, played on the Father Willis Organ by Johnathan Allsopp from Durham Cathedral where he is studying for a Music degree whilst being the organ Scholar. The concert begins at 7.30 pm, refreshments are available and tickets are £8 at the door. I organise this series, so, see you there.

CONTACT: Thank you to those who sent me lovely reports from the Fete. Please keep this sort of information coming in, also reports, advance publicity, news, and events. Phone me on 01424 815 247, pop round or use the e-mail.

AND FINALLY: Have a lovely week. If you are in Fete mood, Winchelsea has their Summer Fete on the Cricket Field from 1.45 pm. There will be teas in the New Hall, a Dog Show - did I hear that there would be a class for the best Dog Collar? The rector has been advised !!! and lots of stalls., Tombola for adults and children, a Bottle stall and music during the afternoon.

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