Thank you: Some of you more observant types (unlike me) might have noticed that the Peasmarsh Village Voice has been very quiet indeed for the past few weeks. This is because Mary has hung up the reins after a grand total of fourteen years of keeping us all up to date with news and events relating to the village. I think she deserves a massive thank you for providing this information on time for, shall we say, 728 weeks, give or take a few. That’s no small achievement, meeting the Tuesday morning deadline every week for all that time. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MARY. Well, I am going to take up the reins, but I’m not promising the same slick service or endurance. In the meantime, if you have any news or events you want to publicise you can email them through to me on and I will endeavour to get them into print for you on time. I’m giving you a Monday afternoon deadline (for Friday publication) to try to avoid any disappointment. I’m sure you join me in thanking Mary and sending a “virtual” bouquet of flowers (or would she prefer a bottle of vino?) for service to our village and loads of humorous stories too. Give that keyboard a rest now Mary.

Peasmarsh Burglary: Main Street, 29th January 2016. What can I say about recent events apart from please be careful with your own property, don’t leave any expensive items on show, and be observant about who is lurking in the village on foot or slowly driving around. Why not have a look at the Sussex Police website for the efit released on 3rd February. Just put “Peasmarsh efit” into the search box and it will show up, plus a description and a description of a vehicle possibly connected. Also on there is how to report any information, summarised here - Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on or call 101, quoting serial 324 of 29/01.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

Doctors Surgery: Will be held at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 16th between 11.30am and 12.30pm. Ring Rye Medical Centre on 01797 223333 for an appointment.

Quiz Night: The popular quiz night will be held at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 13th start time 7.30pm. Cost is £5.50 to include ploughmans. BYO drink. Teams of 6-8 people welcome.

Balboa Dancing: Sunday 14th starting at 3pm in the Memorial Hall. For more information contact or 07976 650556.

Bell Ringing: Anyone interested in finding out more about ringing the bells in the churches at Peasmarsh and Beckley is warmly invited to an open evening at 6.30pm on Wednesday 17th February at All Saints Church, Beckley. There are regular practices on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 – 8.30pm in preparation for bell rining at Sunday morning services in Peasmarsh and Beckley. Contact 01797 260596 for more information.

Peasmarsh School: Our lovely Peasmarsh CE Primary School has been consulting with its stakeholders - that’s parents, children, staff, the diocese and other professionals and interested parties. The consultation is about federation with Beckley CE Primary School and what that mainly means is a single governing body making decisions about both schools instead of two separate governing bodies. If you would like to know the reasons why, how it would work in practice, and the other implications please visit both schools’ websites and read about the consultation and all the questions and answers put by parents and staff of both schools so far. You still have a chance to make comments on the consultation by using the comments box in Peasmarsh school, or by emailing the governing body at The consultation closes on 24th February – the deadline for your comments is this date at 3.30pm. Governors of each school will meet separately after this deadline to vote on the final decision.

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