GREETINGS: All seems very quiet in the village and around. That must indicate that people are away on holiday.

CHURCH SERVICE: The service at 10.30 am on this coming Sunday, 30th August, the 13th after Trinity, will be Parish Eucharist. There was a successful Church Market last Saturday. This is the last one for this year. The Markets will resume in the spring.

ICKLESHAM SCARECROW COMPETITION: The popular choice of category is Angels and Devils, famous or invented. The entry forms are available in the Village Stores. Entry is free but you will need an entry number. Judging is open to all, and Voting Forms can be obtained from the Village Stores. In order to keep this fair, and to help towards the New Pavilion Fund, judging forms will be charged at £1 each with proceeds being donated to this very worthy cause. Votes must be in by Sunday 27th September, 12.30 pm. The competition runs from 30th August to 30th September. Therefore children could have fun during the final days of the holiday, creating something fantastic. But do remember to make your character weather-proof, keeping in mind wind and wet.

WEATHER: Although today is a wet Monday, I am glad that the very high humidity of last week seems to have gone. I found those conditions very trying. It would seem that the weather forecasts are to be different from now on, not necessarily involving the Met Office in the same way as previously. I suppose we could say that the rain is warm !

QUEEN’S HEAD: The Queen’s Head has been in the Good Beer Guide for 30 consecutive years. The live music this coming Sunday will be played by the Dave Jackson Duo, giving us Blues. There will be a Quiz Night on Wednesday 2nd September at 8.30 pm. This is in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. Last month’s raised £100.

LOTTERY DRAW: The New Pavilion Lottery Draw was made last Wednesday night at Icklesham Casuals Veterans Match v Little common, which Icklesham managed to win 3 - 2. The draw was made by John Fiiton. We were in a position to add a 6th prize of £5. Thanks to everyone for their continued support. New members are always welcome. Here are the results : 1st, £50 Dawn and Dave Tibbins; 2nd, £25 Peter Spencer; 3rd, £15 Terry Harvey; 4th, £10 Dave Coombes; 5th, £5 Bruce Rigglesford; 6th, £5 Mick Osborne. Congratulation to everyone. There will be a New Pavilion Fund Raiser on Saturday 5th September when The BLAKEYS return to Icklesham 7.30 - 11.45pm. Entry is £5 and it is a “bring your own drink” event. There will be a raffle and donations of prizes would be appreciated. Thanks to Stuart for this information.

ORGAN CONCERT: The final concert in the summer series at All Saints Church, Hastings will be on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August at 7.30 pm. The performer will be a person with special associations with Hastings, Dr. Gordon Stewart. The programme will include music by Handel, Bach, Mozart, Hollins, Grison and a specially commissioned work by Cockcroft having its first performance. This is a tribute to the organiser of the series for the past 25 years, who is retiring from organising the series after this concert. The series will continue under the direction of the organist of the Old Town Parishes, Mr. Malcolm Lock. Tickets at £8 are available at the door and there are refreshments in the interval.

CONTACT: Please remember to send any news, reviews, reports or publicity for events which you may be planning. I will gladly include them.

AND FINALLY: I hope you have a good week, the last complete week of this summer’s holiday for the school children. All very best wishes to those who are moving on to their new schools, and the little-ist ones starting school for the first time. Hope it is good for everyone.

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