GREETINGS: There is some good news and some potentially disastrous news this week. Read on. Hope everyone is well. We need the promised cold spell to clear up some of the infections don’t we? Both those human and in the gardens.

CHURCH NEWS: The new time of the morning service seems to have begun very well. The 9.30 am service this coming Sunday will be Parish Eucharist led by James Wesson. Monday 18th January sees the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is organised by the World Council of Churches. During the week ahead there are lots of martyrs to commemorate and a few Bishops too, most not readily known. Peter was martyred in Rome in 265.

WEATHER: As I write, it is raining again. But we are “promised” much colder weather during the week. So by the time you read this, we may well have had frost, snow and /or hail. I wonder! The garden is still very soggy but I have celandines, a dandelion and lots of lovely hellebores in flower. My small flowered clematis with creamy little bell flowers all over it, continues to brave the wind and rain. And have you seen the beautiful camellia in Oast House Road? It is red striped with white and truly lovely.

STORE ALERT: It seems that ever since Aldi opened just down the road, our wonderful Icklesham Stores has seen a drop in takings. To such an extent that if things do not improve, the shop will have to close at Easter. Now that would be a shame and a great loss to the village. We must all resolve to use it even more. It is a real case of “use it or lose it.” Come on, let’s rally round and go more often. Remember that the fruit and vegetables are local produce and very fresh and tasty. And there is fresh bread, and don’t even MENTION the cakes.!

PANTOMIME: There isn’t going to be one this year, is there? O YES THERE IS !! Icklesham Players, in conjunction with Acting Up in Rye, will present Dick Wittington on 12th and 13th February. The evening performances will be at 7.30 pm and there will be a matinee on Saturday at 2.30 pm. The tickets are £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, and these will be available from the Village Stores or by phoning Brian Pitt on 814 118. It will take place in the Memorial Hall. This association of the two societies works very well - remember the Smile Boys presentation last year.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday will be played by Loose Change whose music is described as Country Rock. Go to listen between 4 and 6 pm. There will be a Quiz on Wednesday 20th January from 8.30pm in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. The question this time is : Which ten letter word means Mother City?

QUIZ NIGHT: Stuart writes, Thanks to all of you who supported the Quiz last week, raising £346.50 for The New Pavilion. 15 teams entered. The pace setters were High Ford Hooligans, then Flower Power and Allsorts moved into the lead. Empty Heads, Nobby’s Nuts, 30 Somethings and Casualties began their challenge. Stalybridge Celtic, with One Out, All Out were always there or thereabouts. The result came down to 30 Somethings playing their last round Joker to win by 5 points from Casualties who .......were second. Thanks to Alan, John, Mags, the Horticultural Society and all those who donated raffle prizes. The next Quiz will be on 20th February. The lottery draw was made at the Quiz by Alison Baines with the following winners: 1st, £50, Karen Wilks; 2nd, £25, Will Brand; 3rd, £15, Ian Patrick and Sarah Upton; 4th, £10, Kevin Wall; 5th, £5 Steven Goodsell; 6th, £5 Wendy Wall. It is planned to give everyone a detailed update on the progress of the new pavilion after the Parish Council Meeting on 8th February. Thank you all again for your continued support. New lottery members are always welcome for £1 per month.

THE NEXT QUIZ: Stuart has a list of teams for the next quiz on 20th February. Please let him know if you are unable to take part. There are 16 teams listed but you will know who you are.

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING: SOLD OUT. This will be on Saturday 23rd January at 7.30 pm prompt please. Catering this time is “in house”. If you are able to help it will be prepared from 1 pm in the Memorial Hall. The Robin Hood has generously sponsored the evening. Any donations of raffle prizes would be appreciated.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Icklesham Horticultural Society holds three Flower Shows a year. This year - 2016 - they have pledged the profit of all shows to the New Pavilion Fund.

ADVANCED NOTICE: DJ Kirk is putting on a Garage Disco on Saturday 19th March. £5 entry, bring your own food and drink. There will be a raffle, therefore any prizes would be appreciated. Book the date now. I will remind you nearer the date.

SCHOOL NEWS: The children have returned for a very busy week. There is to be an emphasis on keeping healthy for the whole school. To this end, the tuck shop will now be offering fresh fruit; orange, apple, grapes or melon. Each of these costs under 50p. But remember that all Reception, years 1 and 2 children are provided with free fruit or vegetables for a snack every day.. School lunches are offering a salad bar which is very popular. Remember that sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed in school. There are the occasional treats such as the cake sales!!!! If you have a child or know of anyone whose child is due to start school this September, the closing date for primary school places is 15th January. Apply on line at https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk or contact the school for advice.

The awards this week go to Head Teacher Award; Caterpillars, Fynn; Spiders, Paige; Dragonflies, Joe and Bees, Ollie. The class awards are as follows; Caterpillars, Daisie and Michael; Spiders Lily-Rose, Lauren and Millie; Dragonflies, Jasmine and Amy; Bees, Josh R and Jensen. Well done everyone. Caterpillars won the attendance award.

CONTACT: Please do let me know if there is anything you would like publicised - events, shows, competitions etc. by phoning 815 247, popping round or using the email address.

AND FINALLY: Hope that the coming week will have some fun things in it for you. Keep warm and healthy and do go along the shop.

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