Mary Reeve, Wodens Wood, Cripps Corner

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm in Staplecross village hall the 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. 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 in the morning, or collected by ringing 01580-830704 or 830570. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes by the committee to ensure that the hall is in good order for the many activities that take place during the year and this jumble sale is an excellent way of raising funds to enable the good work to continue.

The Ambulance Service has an important tip for those who carry mobiles and are unfortunate to be involved in an accident or taken ill. There is a scheme for contact to be made to family/friend by inserting ICE (for In Case of Emergency) into your phone memory list. By inserting in your contacts list ICE in front of the number (if more than one contact, simply enter ICE1, ICE2, etc ) for those person(s) needed to be contacted urgently this will enable the ambulance, hospital, police to notify the relevant contact without delay.

Next Monday (March 4) the Battle and Area U3A will be holding its monthly meeting in Battle Memorial Hall, doors open at 10am for 10.30am start. The guest speaker’s talk title is “Heads and Tails”; Derrick Hughes will be telling tales from his career as a school head teacher.

The completion of the new affordable houses being built in Northiam Road Staplecross is being delayed due to the final fix team going into administration. It is expected the situation will be resolved in due course.

The MP for Tunbridge Wells, Greg Clark, is the guest of honour at the Winter Lunch being held by the Ewhurst, Sedlescombe and Staplecross Branch of the Conservative party at the Brickwall Hotel next Friday (March 8) 12.30pm for 1pm. The delicious lunch is priced at £19.50 and bookings may be made by contacting Patricia Walker (01580-831764) Pear Tree Cottage, The Beacon, Staplecross TN32 5QR or by email

Jive comes to Staplecross village hall on Sunday afternoon March 17 when the Charleston Jive Squad holds a Tea Dance 2-5pm 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 music of Glen Miller and many others will be played. The admission charge is £6 to include tea, coffee and cake.

This event is attracting plenty of interest and more information is available by contacting the jive squad on or visit 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.