Mary Reeve

Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner

Last year saw £13,400 raised in Battle and District for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Local organisers are sure this figure can be beaten in 2012 and poppies are now being sold door to door and in various locations throughout the country. Buying and wearing a poppy not only helps all those wounded in wars, including recent ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also those families devastated by their loss.

This year Remembrance Day falls on the eleventh of the eleventh and services will be held during the morning service at St James Ewhurst Green at 0930, and at St Mark’s Staplecross at 3.30pm. In addition at 11am there will an act of remembrance at the War Memorial in Staplecross.

The first Saturday of the month tomorrow when Brian and Barry welcome all those helpers and anyone else who wishes to join in during the morning to help keep the churchyard of St James looking well cared for.

On Monday (November 5) at Battle Memorial Hall at 1030, there is a meeting of the U3A. Alan Malpass of the Trustee Sussex Wildlife Trust will be entertaining members in poetry and photographs in “Sussex Meander”.

Staplecross and Ewhurst Green Women’s Institute meet on Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm in St Mark’s Church Room in Staplecross when members will elect officers at the annual general meeting.

The Parish Council meets at 7.30pm in the Church Room Staplecross. Members of the public are welcome to attend and voice any concerns at the open forum of the meeting.

Due to the elections for Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday November 15, the meeting of the Ewhurst, Staplecross and Bodiam Garden Society will take place two days earlier, Tuesday November 13. This meeting will be the annual general meeting followed by a talk “Lavender, its uses and running a lavender farm” by Dr S Charlesworth.

The Ewhurst and Sedlescombe branch of the Conservatives will be holding a lunch at the Brickwall Hotel on Friday November 9 (1230 for 1pm). A mouthwatering Italian lunch is promised at a cost of £18.50. The tickets are available from Patricia Walker, Pear Tree Cottage, The Beacon, Staplecross (01580-830764) or

The guest speaker will be Katy Bourne, the Conservative candidate for the Police and Crime Commission who will also be answering questions.

There is to be a Christmas Art Show at the Muddy Duck Northiam on November 24 and 25 between 11am-5pm. It is being organised by thirteen members of Artists of Rother Valley, with our own Glenys Griffiths featuring her work. There will be paintings, etchings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jewellery and cards – all original work – to view or to buy.

All those wanting to get in trim for the Christmas festivities may be interested in the various keep fit groups operating in Staplecross each week.

On Mondays in St Mark’s Church Room, Northiam Road between 6.00-7.30pm there is line dancing; this evening is for those absolute beginners with little or no dance experience. For those beginners/improvers and those with some dance experience then Fridays 6.00-7.30pm –again in St Mark’s Church Room.

Tuesdays sees the ever popular Pilates class in Staplecross village hall, 5.00-6.00pm, followed on Wednesday afternoons in St Mark’s Church Room there is chair Pilates, and on Thursdays it is Yoga, again in the village hall and, I think, between 5.30-7.00pm.