GREETINGS: Has your year begun well? Do hope so. And I hope all goes “swimmingly” for you throughout the year.

CHURCH NEWS: The service at the new time of 9.30 am went very well last week I hear. The service this coming Sunday will be Parish Eucharist celebrating the Baptism of our Lord. The service will be led by Canon Rev Robin Whitehead. This Sunday can also be kept as Plough Sunday, when a plough may be brought into church and prayers said for farmers. Wednesday is St. Hilary’s Day, Bishop of Poitiers 367. This has the reputation of being the coldest day of the year. I venture to suggest that that will not be the case this year. Tomorrow, 9th January is the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday. Many happy returns to our probable future Queen.

WEATHER: We all know what www means in another context, but here it means wet, warm and windy. Soggy bottoms included. I have heard of a pear orchard already in flower, with honey bees on the blossom, and small pears setting. Are we to plan for snow in August? There are so many flowers brightening our gardens at present, there won’t be much left for Spring.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music will be played on Sunday between 4 and 6 pm by Stone Junction, their music described as Celtic Americana.

ICKLESHAM FETE: Does Icklesham want a Fete? In the past this has been a Trust annual fundraiser. It has come to light that several people have suggested that we do away with the Fete. One of the reasons being that the organising, setting up and clearing up are all done by the same minority every year. The Trust now has a new Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and will have a new Hall Booking Clerk by the time of the first Trust meeting at the end of February. It would be good if information on this subject could be gathered, both for and against, .to take to this meeting. The Trust Village Representatives are Karen Clarke (shop), Eric Butler (Bowls and Art Group), and Stuart Baker. Any of the above named will take your views and comments to the meeting. If it is decided that there is to be no Fete, this would give us the opportunity to take a day for New Pavilion Funds. But again many hands would be needed for help, ideas and commitment. It is my opinion that a village without a summer gathering, Fete or Fund Raiser, call it what you will, is a bit like crisps without the blue salt paper.!! Just check local dates and avoid other villages’ events.

NEW PAVILION FUND RAISER: On Saturday 23rd January there will be a Murder Mystery evening. Volunteers are needed to help. It has been proposed that we do our own catering to increase the profit margin. Follow the Icklesham New Pavilion Project on FACEBOOK. The Lottery is an on-going Fundraiser and is open to all, costing £1 per month.

CONTACT: Please let me know your views. And for the moment keep information about events and so on coming in.

AND FINALLY: May love increase,, may cares all cease, And all the world rejoice in peace.

Happy New Year.

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