SPECIAL OLYMPICS: I have received the following report from Sandra Farley - The Farley family are pleased to report that both Thomas Farley and Harry Farley have returned from the Special Olympic World Games 2015 held in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. sporting World Games Silver Medals for Judo.The whole sporting event was amazing. They first spent a few days in the host town, Calabasos, where they stayed on a ranch. They moved to the University of California, Los Angeles for the sporting week, known as its abbreviated ‘’UCLA’’. The Judo event was on site at UCLA in the Students Activity Centre. In the grounds of both UCLA and the University of Southern California were Olympic Villages, nicely named as Festivals, where there were lots of free and fun activities. The medal award ceremonies were held in these arena’s outside. The Judo competition itself was held over 4 days. Harry had 5 fights, the first being disqualified as his opponent did a disallowed ‘hold’. This had to be re-fought, which made Harry apprehensive. He lost this fight, but went on to win his next 3 fights, securing his Silver medal. Thomas, on the last day of the Judo event, fought 4 fights. He lost his first, but also went onto win the further 3 fights, securing his Silver Medal in his category. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held in the Los Angeles Coliseum, an amazing stadium. Michelle Obama, wife of the U.S. President, was at the Opening Ceremony. Both ceremonies were full of different acts, which included Stevie Wonder, and a variety of well-known performers and speakers, too many to mention in this short report. There was also a Family picnic, which sounded like there would be a blanket on the ground! Far from it, with tables laid out, a band performing while food served. Then a larger stage set-up in the next part of the park, where the chairs were set out as a theatre. The founders of the Special Olympic movement, the Schriver family, were present. The event became another outdoors concert, with entertainment throughout the evening, and food tents all around to continue tasting the fine foods of Southern California. The boys even managed 3 days with their family. One day, relaxing at the hotel where their parents, Sandra and Mark, were staying close-by. Swimming in the pool and exercising in the Gymnasium. The other two days, spent at Disneyland, Anaheim which was celebrating its 60th Anniversary, and to Universal Studios, Hollywood, which had a special ‘’Fast and Furious’’ movie event, in addition to its usual rides and attractions.The boys were both interviewed several times for TV, and felt quite famous. The Farley family had a great experience, and wish to thank all the local people in our village, and surrounding area, who financed the boys required monetary payments to be able to go as part of the selected GB Team, and for the training weekends prior to the World sporting event. Peasmarsh now has two current World Judo Silver medalists. Thomas also being a current European champion, winning Gold medal in Antwerp in 2014, and both boys being National champs. They have followed in their older brother, James’s, footsteps, who had been a World Judo champion in Dublin 2003 and went onto win medals representing Great Britain in China in 2006. James and their dad, Mark, are both Judo Coaches. It is just left to thank their Special Olympic Coaches, Jo Imrie and Paul Everest. Paul also being their Senior Coach at Westerleigh Judokwai, whose members and Coaches must also be thanked very much, without the training at the Club, the boys would not have had this wonderful sporting opportunity.

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING: On Wednesday September 16 at 7pm Rother Responders will be giving a demonstration on how to use the defibrillator that is now in the Memorial hall and will be answering any questions that people may wish to raise; residents are urged to attend this meeting to see how it might save their life or the life of a family member one day.

RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE: The next meeting of the Recreation Ground Sub-Committee will be held at the pavilion at 6pm on Thursday September 17. There are several important matters related to the Recreation Ground and the Play Space which urgently need resolving but the committee badly need more support from local residents before they can make more progress. Please come if you can, or if you have any views or suggestions you would like to put forward please email or drop a note into Millwood, Mackerel Hill.

FILM NIGHT: The first Film Night is on Saturday September 19 at 7.30pm and will be a showing of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Tickets can be booked through Hilary on the phone number shown above.

FLEA MARKET: There will be a Flea Market and Collectors Fair at the hall on Sunday September 20, 9am until 2pm, contact Trevor on 230568 to book a table or for more information.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: The next Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 September at the hall, 10.30am until 4pm.

DOCTOR’S SURGERIES: There will be 2 more surgeries held at the Memorial hall in September - Tuesdays 15 and 29. Please book your appointment through the Rye Medical Centre.

CHURCH SERVICES : This Sunday both the 8am and 10am services will be held at Beckley church.

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