Mary Reeve, Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner

Despite the awful weather, spring must be on its way and in preparation Staplecross village hall committee is offering the chance for us all to sort out all those items for which we have no need and donate them to the first jumble sale of the year. Saturday March 2 is the date in the village hall at 2pm. There promises to be great bargains and anyone either with items to donate or offers to help will be most welcome. Donations may be dropped off on the morning of the sale, or collected by ringing 01580-830704 or 830570.

Drivers who have bumped their way through the pot holes through to Horns Cross in recent weeks will be relieved to know that repairs are to be carried out on the B2165 between Adams Lane and Goatley Farm due to start on February 18 and expected to last 5 days.

Travellers through Swailes Green recently finding the works to update water mains still continuing will be interested to know that the works are now expected to be finalised by April 13.

The next meeting of the Ewhurst, Staplecross and Bodiam Garden Society will be held on Thursday February 21 at 7.30pm in Staplecross village hall. There is a welcome to all members and guests to listen to speaker Mrs S Buckingham whose subject is “Flowers of the Countryside”. As always there will be refreshments and a raffle.

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 and for February the date is next Wednesday February 20.

Members of Staplecross and Ewhurst Green Women’s Institute spent an interesting afternoon at their February meeting with a demonstration of Tai Chi exercises especially those useful for performing from a chair.

Next month’s meeting on Tuesday March 5 at 2.30pm in the Church Room, Staplecross, when the guest speaker will be Mr Chris O’Donoghue talking about Great Dixter and its gardens.

New members are always welcome and enquiries may be made to the President Mrs A Prodinger on 01580-831944.

Jive comes to Staplecross on Sunday afternoon March 17 when the Charleston Jive Squad present an afternoon Tea Dance at 5pm for an afternoon of top tunes from the 1940’s and 1950’s. The in-house DJs are Swing Out Si, Miss Peaches and Darcie. The admission charge is £6 to include tea, coffee and cake.

There is more information by contacting the jive squad on or visit www.charlestonjivesquad, Another jive session is planned for August 10 for those who want to note the date in their diaries.

There is an old time music hall evening planned for Saturday March 23 at Staplecross village hall. Café style tables of 8 or 10 at £12 a head which includes supper and there will be a licensed bar. Make up a table or buy individual tickets to join a table and make new friends. Tickets (there are only 140) are on sale from Glenys Griffiths 01580-830491 so book today. The doors open at 6.45pm. Song sheets will be provided so everyone can join in.