Anne Reed,

This column is starting off this week with a very quick reminder from that very worthwhile social group ‘ S.C.A.T.S.’ This much loved theatrical group, based in Staplecross, is sending out a very large and very loud “PANTO PLEA” for more members to join them.~ “Oh yes they are” ! ~ Why is it that children and youngsters are eager to ‘tread the boards’ whilst the more mature adult shies away from it? Not all positions within this happy and friendly group are in the limelight, as help is also required backstage, and in the wardrobe & costume section. The members are holding their meeting TODAY. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall in Staplecross to discuss their programme for next year if enough people are interested and ( here’s the sad bit ) possibly the future of the Society if they are not. Sadly the Annual Pantomime may become a thing of the past and relegated to the archives if new members cannot be enticed to join them. Please, either ring Pauline on 01580~830570 or Alastair on 01580~830245 to find out more or just pop along and see what goes on within this dedicated society, no commitment is expected from you, but without new faces and helping hands,this could be another curtain coming down on another English tradition, and what a great loss that would be.

Another gentle reminder is that of the Staplecross Village Hall ‘Mammoth Jumble Sale’. Being held tomorrow SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14th. Doors will open at 2pm in the Village Hall. Come and grab yourself a bargain or two, or several. Refreshments, a cake stall and a raffle are there to entice you to spend a little for your enjoyment & for our benefit.

Members of the Staplecross & Ewhurst Green W.I. enjoyed their first meeting back, last Tuesday, following their summer recess. This was held on a very hot afternoon, which soon had the ladies chatting about their holidays and, of course, the wonderful weather. The guest speaker Mr Robin Harris, gave an illuminating talk entitled “ A Year with Nature at a Sussex Reservoir” accompanied by some superb pictures. He also explained how a ‘wild bird count’ is carried out. This, of course, was followed by their renowned W.I. afternoon tea. Prospective members are most welcome and ladies are asked to ring Ann Prodinger on 01580~831944 for further details.

Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society had a good show last Saturday with their annual Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show with 136 Entries throughout the many wide and varied classes on offer. Sadly,beloved of Englands ‘ gardeners and noticeable by their near absence from the show were roses and cut garden flowers, An explanation for this could be the plants having suffered in the long drought. A more comprehensive list of all the results of this popular show will be given in next weeks edition. The Garden Society’s next competition will be the ‘Apple Dessert’ competition: hopefully the ‘Great British Bake Off’ cookery series will inspire some yummy and mouth watering entries. These delectable offerings are part of next months programme together with an enjoyable and fascinating talk by the UK’s last producer of fabric flowers for the theatre, film and fashion world.and further details of this will be given nearer the time. Gardeners,Green Fingered people or those who just love gardening are always warmly encouraged to attend these programmes and share with other like-minded people everything horticulural. Please contact the secretary Mrs Ruth Close on 01580~831918 for all further information.

Staying in Staplecross village, The Luncheon Club will be having their monthly “meet, greet and eat” gathering which they do on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. This month that’s WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18th. Meeting in the popular Village Hall ~12.30pm is the time and the menu’s are cooked to perfection, always offering a wide and varied choice each month. These simply delicious dishes are only available to a certain select group of people.~ they have to be 50 years of age and over and the cost of these 2 course meals, to include coffee is £5:50. This very friendly and popular social group will always be happy to set another place at the table and to include you in their ‘chat’. Please ring either Anka on 01580~ 830260 or Dennis on 01580~830816 for more information.

The weather at present may be rather unreliable and the recent heavy outbursts of rain would perhaps, prevent a lot of people from venturing outdoors. Not so those stalwart members of the Rother Ramblers. This week they have arranged an eight mile walk from Punnett’s Town to Brightling Needle. Taking place on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18th they are meeting in the layby, in Punnett’s Town, opposite the Barley Mow Pub (closed) at 10.0am.Again dogs are permitted and a picnic lunch is recommended. Please telephone Adrian on 01273~514336 for details of this walk. If the contradictory weather doesn’t put them off, another ramble is planned for SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd, (Autumn begins) at 10.0am and meeting this time in the Mill Road car park. adjacent to the Fire Station, in Heathfield. The destination on this day is a nine mile circular walk of Heathfield. It is suggested that a picnic lunch is brought along, and together with your dog and his packed lunch should provide a most enjoyable day. For details of this outing please contact Richard on 01424~892865 who would be happy to provide further information.

Still outside, and hoping for dry weather, the Staplecross Bowls Club are having a ‘Candlelight Bowls’ at their home ground in Northiam Road, Staplecross on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20th.. Commencing at 7pm this promises to be a unusual and delightful evening. The following day, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st and beginning at 2.30pm, this lovely friendly social club are host to Wadhurst for a 4T’Friendly’ afternoons’ play. Then, with no let up, the next day SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd (Autumn begins!) will find this club playing in the “Rother Final Fling” As soon as the results of these matches are known, I shall broadcast them to all & sundry.

Down at the Brede High Woods, in Cripps Corner, a enchanting and rather unusual walk is planned for SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd. (Autumn begins) Those clever people of the Woodland Trust have arranged a Bat Walk Not for the feint hearted or the squeamish perhaps, as you’ll be trudging through the woods in the twilight, but you will be in the very capable and knowledgeable hands of that clever man Martin Felstead. This will be an expertly led evening walk between 6pm and 9pm to discover bats. You will learn something of the local Bat population, their lives and habitat and will go home after this event full of wonder and amazement regarding these little creatures. This is another of the Woodland Trusts’ free events so numbers are limited. To book and reserve your place and for more information on what promises to be a fascinating evening please contact Martin Felstead at or telephone him on 0845~2935734.

Church Service for SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15th. Trinity 16. Battle of Britain Day. is at 9.30am Holy Communion at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green. There will be NO SERVICE at St. Mark, Staplecross. This service will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester, as normal. If you feel the need to speak with Gordon on any matter, happy or sad, please feel free to telephone him on 01580~830268. Avoid Wednesdays as that’s generally his day off, and if he misses your call, leave a message and he’ll get back to you.

As always, for the promotion of any event you are planning, please contact me and I’ll spread the news far & wide, ( well, within our coverage area, at least ) Send me the details ASAP to allow for as much coverage as possible.