“Cry God for Harry, England and Saint George...!”: Henry V, Act 3, 1598, written by William Shakespeare, born April 23rd 1564- died April 23rd 1616 - 400 years ago this Saturday, April 23rd - St. George’s Day! Marvellous! What a start eh?! The next few lines will contain some odd facts and trivia about the two commemorations...things that might interest you, like... an anagram of ‘William Shakespeare’ is ‘I am a weakish speller...’! or, Saint George died in the year 303 AD.. and is not only England’s patron saint, but also that of Egypt, Lithuania, Romania and Portugal...William Shakespeare’s line...”Once more unto the breach dear friend, once more” comes from the speech titled at the top and means ..’let’s have another go, love...!’ and last, but not least, one tenth of all the everyday quotes and phrases used in the English Language are derived from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets - So! “ I wait with bated breath, after the winter of our discontent and having given a pound of flesh, to see that all that glitters is a tower of, wearing my heart on my sleeve...”.. and a Red Rose in my button hole, all I desire is.. Toad in the Hole with Sherry Trifle for pudding! I thank you!.. Now I give in; my brain still hurts from the fantastic quiz on Saturday at the Hall.. we had a marvellous time, and although we didn’t top the leader board, we did win the Picture round! That speaks volumes..! Jan and Martin we salute you!

Ninfield Bonfire Society: Are inviting everyone to join them for a Bluebell Walk on Sunday 24th April. The venue is Little Park Farm, Hooe Road and the walk will be from 12 midday to 4pm. There will be a nominal charge of £1 for Adults, but all children go free, and there will be refreshments on the way! Carol Holland has said that dogs are very welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times, and please be aware that it will be uneven ground...especially after all the recent rain! While the Adults admire the beautiful display of bluebells this year, the youngsters will have lots to do within the woods, with den-building and hunting on the agenda! There is ample parking at the venue, and any more information can be obtained from Carol on 893326. This is a new event from the Bonfire Society, and they are hoping it will be popular, and as usual, all funds raised through the day will be put towards the fantastic annual Bonfire and Firework Night in October.

Catsfield!: I’ve had a lovely message from Mike Cooper, the Chairman of Catsfield Village Hall, who, knowing that we all like to support our neighbours cross border, has given me the details of a brilliant show that will be performed for one night only on Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm at the Village Hall. It’s ‘Bowjangles’, and is presented in association with Applause Rural Touring. ‘Bowjangles’ are a String Quartet who can really play! They dance while they play, they sing while they play, and they also leap, tumble and tell jokes while they play! If you don’t believe me... the put their name into your search engine and have a look!! Tickets for this fantastic evening are on sale in the Village Stores, Catsfield; £10 each, concessions £7 or you can phone 01424 893498, email The Village Hall has free parking, is wheelchair accessible and has a licensed bar. It also has a good lighting and sound system, and a lovely atmosphere, so do go and have a fun evening!

Ninfield Methodist Church: Invites families and young people to their next Messy Church on Wednesday 27th April 3.30 - 5.30pm. The theme this month will be ‘Lost and Found’ and the programme for children aged 4-11years will include all sorts of creative activities. There will also be a celebration and a meal for the children and their parents together. Each family must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Two days later, on Friday 29th April, at 2.15 - 3.45pm, The Methodist Church will launch a new group called ‘Friendship Friday’, for meeting friends and enjoying a game of Scrabble, draughts, jigsaws etc. (or you can bring along your favourite game!) Everyone is very welcome!

Pram and Kart Races: The Annual Pram Races, held by the Carnival Association, will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd. The fun starts at 11am, with the first race at approx. 11.45. There will be a BBQ, a Tote for all your betting requirements, Tuck shop, Raffle, and the Blacksmiths Inn will be open all day, before it undergoes a complete redecoration. Races will be for Juniors 10yrs and under, Seniors 11-17’s - and don’t forget the prize money for this race is now £50 for the winners, £25 second and £10 third!! - a Walking race, the Fun/Mixed race for adults and children together, and then the S.I.D Speed challenge- where competitors can race against the Speed Identification Device; last year the top speed was 14mph! There will be Cash prizes for the best Homemade Kart, and the best Fancy Dress, and all winners will also receive Trophies and certificates. During the proceedings, the Carnival Court for 2016 will be crowned, and the event is Sponsored by Ninfield Parish Council. All funds raised will go towards the re-launch of the Carnival and to local Village projects. Time to get those Karts made and Costumes organised.. it’s ten days to go and there’s money to be won!!

Church Services: Methodist Church - Sunday 24th April-10.30am Service of Worship and Praise with Revd. Neville Barnett.

Parish Church: St. Mary’s Ninfield - 9.30am Parish Eucharist Service, followed by the Parochial Church Meeting. St Oswald’s Hooe- 11.15am Parish Eucharist Service.

Defibrillators: Can be accessed at the two public houses in Ninfield and Hooe; front wall at Kings Arms and Red Lion.- respectively!

Keep in touch: There are always more events and meetings in the early part of each month, so make sure you get any information to me in good time! Next week will have any Bank Holiday event details, plus Pram Race updates...! Call me on 893699, 07970650321 or email - by 6pm on Monday evening please! Thank you!

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