GREETINGS: Hello everyone. Hope you have enjoyed the past week and have good things planned for the Bank Holiday weekend. Sunshine would be nice, wouldn’t it ?

CHURCH NEWS: The service this coming Sunday at 9.30 am will be Parish Eucharist led by Rev. Malcolm Pickering. It is the second Sunday after Pentecost. It is also Oak Apple Day, commemorating the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Traditional ceremonies are held throughout the country. At St. Neot in Cornwall parishioners climb to the roof of the tower to take down last year’s oak branch and substitute a new one. On Monday 30th we remember Joan of Arc from 1431. This coming week we also commemorate the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. And in this celebratory year, we remember the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on 2nd June 1953.

CHURCH MARKET: The lunches were splendidly delicious. I would recommend going to the next one if you possibly can. There were also lots of plants and wonderful cakes and pies for sale. Congratulations to those who provided scrumptious food and very many thanks. Please could we have more Eccles cakes next time? I missed out this week.

WEATHER: What a spectacular thunderstorm last Saturday. No way was it an April shower in the wrong month. But the sun is nice and warm when it does shine, so the wet and warm together are producing phenomenal growth in the garden.

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH: The monthly lunch at Winchelsea Beach is TODAY at 12 for 12.30 pm. Several people from Icklesham attend now, and you will always be welcome. There is a splendid home cooked lunch, a “thought for the day “ or a speaker and good company. A donation of a minimum of £5 is requested for a charity.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The Mini Micro Beer Festival begins today. There will be beer, live music and food. Friday 27th the music is by Louis and Roger playing Earthy Blues; Saturday 28th it is Simon Shaw and Logan Wilson playing Acoustic Covers; on Sunday 29th Loz Netto will play Jazz Rock; and on Monday 30th it will be Alamo who will be performing Golden Oldies. All good fun.

SCHOOL NEWS: The children raised £86 for the Neurofibromatosis awareness fund.The year 5 children have begun planning their business enterprise using the Fiver Challenge scheme. Each child borrows £5 starter money which they can use to start a business. They then have to repay £5.50 at the end of the project. There are two companies, called The Sugarpuffs and Happy Days. Each company will make democratic decisions as to what they will produce and sell, or what service they will provide. They have to produce costings and a business plan. Finally they will make a democratic decision as to how to spend any profit they make. Lord Sugar, watch this space. They have already designed their company logo. Congratulations to the Tag Rugby Team who came a very creditable 3rd place in the tournament. The Head Teacher awards this week go to Caterpillars, Jack; Spiders, Cody; Dragonflies, Sophie; and Bees, Jacob. The Class awards are as follows : Caterpillars, Isolde and Oscar; Spiders, Freddie and all year 2 for SATs tests; Dragonflies, Billy and Iona, and Bees, William and Ned. Well done everybody. The children will be on the Mid Summer Term Holiday from 30th - 3rd June. I do hope that the children and all the staff have a relaxing break.

CONTACT: If you have news of any up-coming events which you would like me to mention, do use the e-mail or pop round. It is always nice to see you.

AND FINALLY: Whatever you are planning for the Bank Holiday, I hope you have fun doing it. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not brilliant. But perhaps we shall have our own weather in this fifth quarter of the country. Enjoy.

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