GREETINGS: Have you had an interesting week? There are lots of concerts and talks during Rye Festival which I am enjoying. Maybe you are as well. Last Wednesday was the Autumnal Equinox, when the sun was overhead at the equator, but travelling south. And so our nights now become longer than the days. Oh dear. But last week end was good and sunny, enabling the grass to have another hair cut.

CHURCH NEWS: The service at 10.30 am this coming Sunday will be Parish Eucharist and also the Harvest Thanksgiving. The church is sure to be beautifully decorated, so do go in to have a look at the decorations. On Tuesday it will the be the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. Two of the very important angels are Gabriel and Raphael, who now do not have their own days, but are incorporated with all the angels. It is also the season of Michaelmas, which is one of the Quarter Days. Country lore has it that it is unwise to go brambling (picking blackberries) after Michaelmas because the fruit turns sour.

HARVEST SUPPER: The Harvest Supper will be held on Friday 2nd October at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5 each person, for a two course meal and a glass of wine. Please will you book early so that catering can be organised. Contact Christine Wheeler or Janet Pegg to book your tickets.

SEPTEMBER SCARECROWS: Sorry I put pressure on last week by telling you that you had only a day left to vote for your favourite scarecrow. That was wrong, BUT it is true today !! Do go and look at all the photos and make your choice. The voting paper costs £1 and all proceeds go to help towards the New Pavilion Fund.

WEATHER: The Jet Stream is wandering about again. Last weekend was fine and sunny because it had pottered off north of Scotland allowing high pressure to dominate the weather. Now it is drifting south again, bringing the low pressure systems in from the Atlantic.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music this coming Sunday will be played by Titus, giving you Friendly Folk. There will be a Quiz on Wednesday evening from 8.30 pm in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. Genuphobia is the fear of what part of the body? Look it up !! It was a lovely fine day for the team setting out to cycle 106.6 km last Sunday. In fact, it might have been a tad warm and no doubt there was the occasional pub on the way the slake the thirst.

LOTTERY DRAW: The New Pavilion Lottery Draw for September was made by Janet Pegg at the Quiz in the Memorial Hall last Saturday. The winners were ; 1st, £50 Daniel Chapman : 2nd, £25 Wendy Wall; 3rd, £15 Yvonne Bellhouse: 4th, £10 Mike Beaufort; 5th, £5 Rosi Hunter; 6th, £5 John Cranage. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.

QUIZES: The Quiz last Saturday raised £220 for the Trust Funds. Thanks to all those who gave their support.. Eleven teams took part. One Out All Out, The 30 Somethings and Team Name contested the early part of the evening, But Mixtures played a very shrewd Joker in round 6 and went on to win quite comfortably. But Casualties, Empty Heads and Mabel’s Table gave them a good run for their money. Many thanks to Alan, Marc, Mags and Sean for their help during the evening, and those who donated raffle prizes. The next Quiz will be on 10th October and there are 15 teams booked.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Autumn Show is TOMORROW , Saturday, in the Memorial Hall from 2 pm. It is sure to be a very colourful affair and there are teas served as well, and a raffle and tombola.

PAVILION: Renovation work on the Pavilion should soon begin to make it useable again, and less of a Village eyesore. Stuart wishes to reassure everyone that New Pavilion Supporters’ money used for the renovation work will be covered by insurance.

ROBIN HOOD INN: The bonfire will be on 5th November as usual. Details later.

ICKLESHAM SCHOOL: The children are settling well into their new classes. The Heads of House are Church House, Gracie and Marnie ;Orchard House, Isobel and Josh: Windmill House, Amber and Samuel: Oast House, Isabella and Joshua. The Sports Captains are Church House, Harry ; Orchard House, Sophie and Raven ; Windmill House, Amelie and Cohen ; Oast House, Ella and William. Prefect badges have been awarded to Amelie, Marnie, Gracie, Josh and Amber. The School Council will be Ned, Marnie, Amy, Dylan, Mia, Cody, Woody and Daisie. Congratulations to everyone. Icklesham School has joined a number of schools who have signed up for Project Paddington. This has been set up to enable children to help other children who are less fortunate than themselves. As part of the project children are asked to donate a clean teddy and write a letter to a child who has had to leave their home behind and travel to another country. Each family can sponsor their child’s teddy in order to raise funds to support the refugees. The Head Teacher Award this year has as its aims Hope, Faith, Love. The awards this week go to Rosie W, Mabel E, Hollie S, and Hannah C. Caterpillar Class has won the Caretaker’s Cup and the Attendance award. Class awards go to Harry, Lola, Fredy, Connor, Dylan Amelie and Lily T. The school Harvest Service will be in Church on Friday 2nd October at 9.30 am.

CONCERT: There will be a Piano Recital next Friday evening,2nd October at 7.30 pm, in St. Thomas’ Church, Winchelsea, when an extremely talented young man will return. Tom Harris is coming again to play for us. He is building a true “fan base” here. He is still studying at the Guildhall School of Music concentrating on piano music. By the age of 15 he had achieved his Fellowship of Trinity College London (FTCL) a qualification usually reserved for postgraduate students. Some years ago, he won all sorts of things at Hastings Festivals - singing, recorder, oboe etc. The concert will include music by Beethoven, Ravel, and Chopin. So a multi-talented young man, destined for great things.

CONTACT: Please keep news, reviews, plans or general information coming my way. All publicity could be useful for your organisations. I will do my best to help. Ring 01424 815 247, pop round or used the e-mail.

AND FINALLY: Hope you have plans for something good this week. Enjoy it whatever you will be doing.

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