Mary Reeve, Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner

The Bonfire Society will be holding its monthly meeting in the Cross Inn at 7.30pm this evening (Friday). The meeting will be preceded by the AGM. A big welcome awaits all those from present members who always look forward to more support as the annual bonfire night doesn’t happen by magic. There are many fund raising events during the year including a dinner dance later this month, a jumble sale in March, race night in April and in May there is a beetle drive , a bike ride and barbecue, with the annual barbecue in June at the Cross Inn. Maybe one of these events appeals to your talents and you can help by lending your support.

The annual Quiz Night organised by the Ewhurst, Staplecross and Bodiam Garden Society will be held tomorrow (Saturday evening) at 7pm. This event has been rescheduled due to the recent snow, so this is a chance to pit your wits as the quiz is mostly general knowledge questions.

There will be delicious homemade soups and crusty bread served during the evening and should you wish wine to accompany your supper, you should bring your own bottle and glasses. This event is open to all, so arrange your teams of four or six and book with Pam on 830320, or just arrive and make up teams at 7 o’clock on Saturday February 2.

Moving forward to next week the members of Staplecross and Ewhurst Green will be holding their February meeting in the Church Room, Staplecross, at 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon. Mr George Rose is the guest speaker and his talk is entitled “Benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Kung.

Anyone living in the parish (Ewhurst Green, Staplecross, Cripps Corner) who is 50+ and would enjoy a hot meal with good company once a month in Staplecross village hall, should contact Anka 830260 or Dennis 830816 to indicate their interest and make a booking. The lunches take place on the third Wednesday of each month.

There were two successes to report since last week.

The panto “Aladdin” last weekend proved popular as always, though the weather may have made some difference to the audience numbers. Several local children participated on stage to join the four adults in the lead roles.

On Monday the local schools football tournament took place at Brede with Staplecross School fielding a very good team who finished the day off when they beat Bodiam 2:1 and returning home with the tournament shield. Tom Saunders is the coach at the school and with Dave Perkins was pleased with the team’s performance. The lads hope to practise on Saturday morning at the school playing field, assuming the pitch is fit.