Anne Reed,

If you happened to have been passing the Herdman Playing Field in Ewhurst Green last Saturday morning, you may be forgiven in thinking that the Football Cup Final had arrived in this quiet and quaint sleepy English village. The field resonated to the sound of shouts, cheers,encouragements but most of all laughter. If you leaned on the gate and looked over, you would have seen what the noise was about.~ Ewhurst United Junior Football Club is back!. An enthusiastic group of young boys aged between 6-10 and followed by 10-12 year olds,in the following session, together with their supportive parents, family members and friends, were in their element, being coached in their favourite sport, some would say passion, of kicking a football about!. This is how learning a sport should be ~first and foremost~ ‘FUN’! and as we all know, if you enjoy what you’re doing,, ~ you’ll do it so much better and this has come about because that wonderful Ewhurst Green resident, Mr Dave Perkins was back where he belongs, doing what he loves most, ~ coaching football to our parish youngsters. Now that the superb Sports Pavillion is up and running, and what a fabulous building it is, Dave is very keen to make as much use of it as possible, and to this end, he is currently negotiating local football tournaments between several schools and other suchlike groups in the area. Hopefully these matches will be taking place soon to the delight of all those involved. These matches will encourage all the young “Soccer Star” hopefuls of the future, and will help instill in these lads a sense of, hopefully, ‘fair play’ and team work. Dave, most ably assisted by Tom Saunters, who by the way, first played for Dave at the tender age of 6, have arranged these football training sessions EVERY SATURDAY MORNING at the Herdman Field in Ewhurst Green from 10am until 12 Noon. These “Grass Root Football” sessions will be split into two age groups 6 to 10 years old. followed by 10 to 12 years old. These coaching sessions will not only inspire the lads to play the game they love better, but will give them confidence to be part of a team as well as bring their own talents to the fore. Sadly, after over 40 years of free coaching, Dave has now had to introduce a charge of £2:00 per person in order to bring some funds back into the Pavillion accounts and to offset any future costs the Ewhurst United Junior Football Club may encounter. Coaching is also carried out at the Staplecross Methodist Primary School, in Staplecross, after school hours on THURSDAYS AFTERNOONS for 10-12 year olds and FRIDAY AFTERNOONS for 6-10 years. There are several new residents abiding within the parish of Ewhurst and if you have youngsters between these ages, who have a love of football and would enjoy being a part of this fantastic little football club, please get in touch with Dave Perkins, Coach and General Dogsbody, ( his words, not mine ! ) on 01580~830469. He would love to hear from you and all will be made welcome.

Two very quick and gentle reminders: The first, TODAY, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH. all across the country, caring people are arranging coffee mornings and other fund-raisers in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. The residents of Ewhurst Parish are no different and a fantastic coffee morning is organised for your enjoyment. Taking place in the Village Hall in Staplecross, between 10am and 12 Noon, the hall will be filled with lots of side stalls offering tempting goodies. There will also be a super raffle, a fun tombola, lots and lots of mouth watering cakes to entice you. All money raised will go towards helping provide additional support for those in need, and in the many different aspects of their work, from when first diagnosed, through the treatment and beyond. This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage everyone you know to join you in a cup of coffee. It promises to be a friendly, chatty and sociable event which while it gives you and your friends a chance to play ‘catch up’, it also allows the work of Macmillan Cancer Support to benefit from your generosity. If you can’t make the coffee morning in Staplecross, please do try and pop into one somewhere else. There’s bound to be one close by, perhaps near to the school or the shops or to your work. By enjoying a cup of coffee or a delicious cake and social time with friends, wherever you are, you’ll be doing something for someone, and will help make sure people effected by cancer, don’t have to face it alone.

The second reminder is that the PTFA, ably assisted by staff, friends and families, from Staplecross Primary School are holding their Jumble Sale on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH ~ that’s tomorrow ! ~ Taking place in the Village Hall in Staplecross. the doors will be open for business at 2pm. Any jumble and or donations will be most gratefully received and all can be brought to the village hall for sorting and selling from 9am onwards. Bring big bags and little money as bargains are always to be bagged.

A more genteel form of social gathering can be found on TUESDAY 1st. OCTOBER. when the Staplecross & Ewhurst Green W.I. ladies arrive for their monthly meeting. Starting at 2.30pm and following the ‘Business’ side of things, their President, Mrs Ann Prodinger will welcome their guest speaker for September, Mr. Derrick Hughes. A well known and popular speaker, Mr. Hughes will entertain us all with his tales of life at school when he was a headmaster. The competition that follows the speaker promises to be quite amusing as it is a ‘School Photo’ ~ so you can imagine the comments that will occur.The judging will take place as we all enjoy the fruits of our labours, namely, a yummy W.I. tea. Many more treats are in store for members of this happy and friendly bevy of beauties and if you’d like to join in with us, please call Ann on 01580~831944. Monthly meetings are held in St. Marks Church Room, Northiam Road, Staplecross on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm. Pop in and be part of it.

This will be the seventh year that “Older Peoples Day”, held on TUESDAY OCTOBER 1st. has been marked to celebrate the positive contributions that people aged over 50 bring to their communities, society, and the economy: and to support the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes. Like last year, East Sussex County Council are continuing to work in partnership with East Sussex Seniors’ Association, the senior’s forums, community groups and voluntary organisations to put together a programme of events under the national ‘Older People’s Day’ banner. Previous events have included art & crafts, laughter therapy, belly dancing, guided walks, tai chi, a community choir, creative writing, poetry workshops, outings to historic places, healthy living advice, information fairs and much, much more. Once again, many events will be free, or include lunch or refreshments in the ticket price, and most organisers can offer advice on transport options. Everyone is welcome, so don’t miss this great opportunity to have a go at something new and meet like minded people at the same time. Look out for a full programme of events in your local library and information centre or visit for more information. So come out and join others like you and don’t miss out on the fun. For more information about the programme of events or to find out about local Seniors’ Forums, please contact June Pratley, Older People’s Engagement Officer on 01273~335467 or email her at

The inclement weather we have all been experiencing lately, will be like water off the proverbial duck’s back to those stalwart members of the Rother Ramblers. They have two (2) more lovely walks lined up for the enjoyment of all who wish to participate in the forthcoming offerings. On WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2nd the group are meeting at Rye Railway Station at 10.0am for a invigorating 11 mile ( yes 11 miles!) Rye circular walk via Peasmarsh. All through lovely countryside, a picnic lunch is suggested, ~ or a Pub lunch if you prefer and your little four legged friend is allowed to walk with you. Please telephone Julia on 01424~437928 for further details on this outing. A perhaps slightly less strenuous, but only by 3 miles, is the next walk which is arranged for SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH. This is another beautiful circular walk from Appledore to Fairfield and is of 8 miles in total. All those interested in accompanying the walkers for this group outing should meet up with them at 10.15am in the car park behind the Village Hall in Appledore. A picnic lunch is again suggested and what appears to be the norm.~ your dog is also allowed to accompany you. For all further information of this walk, please telephone Stephen on 01424~223482.

Following on from their recent successful ‘Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show, the next item on the agenda of the ever popular Ewhurst, Staplecross and Bodiam Garden Society is their usual monthly members’ meeting. This will take place on THURSDAY OCTOBER 3rd. at the Staplecross Village Hall. Commencing at 7.30pm.~ this time it’s going to be different, because as well as the interesting and informative speaker for this month, Mrs. Brenda Wilson, who will tell us all about “Artificial Flowers and Petals” and how they were used in the theatre and films, as an additional ‘treat’ the ‘Apple Dessert Competition’ will take place. This increasingly popular competition is of “Any Dessert with Apple as the main ingredient.” and as October is the month of apples, a wide and varied array of delicious and delectable offerings is hoped for. Those participating in this competition are requested to bring along their recipes to this meeting to share with other members and to perhaps encourage them to try them out for themselves at home. If you are lucky enough to have fingers of any shade of green, or you want to know how to get even a tint or so for yourself, or you just love gardens in any format, from a humble flower pot to immense acres, or want to improve, re-design or re-work what you do have, why don’t you come along and join in this welcoming sociable and friendly group of like minded people. There’s always some-one to help solve your problems or at least point you in the right direction.Give the Society Secretary Mrs. Ruth Close a call on 01580~831918 or contact her on her email address which is: to find out anything else you need.

The Bishop of Chichester, The Very Reverend Dr. Martin Warner is visiting Ewhurst Parish on FRIDAY OCTOBER 4th. The day will begin with a short, simple, spoken service of Morning Prayer. at 8.30am and this will be held in St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, to which, as with all services within the parish, ALL are welcome, whether residents or not. Bishop Martin will then make his way to the little but lovely church of St. Mark’s, Northiam Road, Staplecross for a short visit at 9.30am. It is hoped that parishioners will come along and take this opportunity to meet Bishop Martin.

During the recent Ewhurst Parish Council meeting a statement was handed out by our Rother District Councillor, Mr. Tony Ganly in which he gave notice of the following changes due to be implemented in the foreseeable future. The first change concerns the Green Garden Waste. This at the moment is included as part of the fortnightly re-cycling collection along with the paper and plastics/aerosols/tins. Residents will shortly receive a leaflet advising them of a new Green Garden Waste Collection Service which the RDC anticipate will begin in April 2014. Those residents who wish to subscribe to this new collection service, are asked to complete the short, simple form with your name, address contact ‘phone number and the number of BROWN bins required, and to return it to R.D.C.. A charge of £25:00 per bin, per year ( approximately 50p per week) will be levied. to ensure that your green garden waste will continue to be collected fortnightly. This will enable the contractor to order the necessary BROWN bins, in good time and to begin planning the new collection routes. The current GREEN bins will be used for the extended range of other re-cycling materials, including cardboard. You may have heard that Wealden Council experienced considerable difficulties when the new service was introduced this year. Wealden Council was in a very different position to that of Rother and the other partner Councils, in that their service was previously “in-house”. You will probably not have heard of the very successful launch at Eastbourne, simply because “good news doesn’t make exciting headlines”. At last Friday’s meeting of the Joint Waste Committee, ~ Eastbourne Borough Council’s representative was full of praise particularly for the much improved cleanliness of their streets and beaches. Another statement brought to our attention is the change in the Licensing Act 2003. This read:~ It is proposed to increase the Live Music Act provisions for live and recorded music from 200 to 500 audience. No time scale has been set for this relaxation of the regulations, but the bottom line is that the District Council’s powers to control such an event will be further reduced. For further details on these or any other Rother District Council matter, please ring Councillor Tony Ganly on: 01580~830704 or via his email contact cllr.tony.ganly’ .

Church Services for the Parish of Ewhurst take place on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH. Trinity 18,beginning at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, at 9.30am. Holy Communion. This service will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester as will the service at St. Mark’s Church, in Staplecross. Commencing at 6.00pm for Evening Praise. As stated many times, please contact Gordon for any questions or information regarding baptisms, weddings and ‘farewells’. He’ll be only too happy to give any assistance he can.

As usual, if you’d like me to ‘air ‘ whatever event you are planning, be it a celebration, a charity event, a fund raiser, in fact anything at all, please contact me ASAP ~ It’s never too early ~ to allow for as much coverage as possible.