Let me begin this weeks missive with a huge “CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE” to all those deserving, dedicated ~and some may say daft~ people who took part in that Great British event of last Sunday,~ the London Marathon. Running 26 miles, 385 yards (or 42.195 kilometres) especially in the rather warm weather on that day, is an ardous task for any one to take on. Our own ‘Red-haired Runner’, Susie Hewer from Ewhurst and Christian Stevens from Staplecross, are just two names given from within this parish,who took part in this gruelling and strenuous marathon, but this sincere compliment is for every one who took part in any of the classes, whether they ran, walked, strolled or performed in a monkey suit! and whether they entered this event for their own personal achievement,

as a dedication to a loved one or as a pledge to a favourite charity. However long their time was, and for whatever their reason for enrolling in this tough international event, we are all very proud of you and you all deserve a big pat on the back. Again, congratulations to you all.

Enjoying this delightful warm weather and making the most of being outdoors are the members of the Rother Ramblers. Two more walks have been arranged for our enjoyment and the first begins on Wednesday April 23rd with an 8 mile circular tour of the delightful area around Rolvenden.Those wishing to join in on this walk, should meet at 10.0am in Rolvenden High Street, near the church.(SatNav TN17 4LS). A picnic lunch is sugested and naturally, your doggy pal may accompany you. For all further details, please contact the ‘walk leaders’ Sue and Dave on 01424~441018 who would be delighted to hear from you. The second of our enticing strolls is on Sunday April 27th and is an intriguing “Buds of May” walk. Just the title of this walk brings back warm, nostalgic memories of a slower pace of life as portrayed on the television. For any one who’d like to be part of this 8.5 mile walk, please meet at Pluckley railway station at 10.0am (SatNav TN27 0RT) Once more, a picnic lunch is suggested and of course, a walk wouldn’t be complete without our four footed friend to enjoy it also. More information may be obtained from Lionel the ‘walk leader’ on 01424~752452 who again would love to hear from you. As with all of these walks, please make yourself known to the ‘walk leaders’ to enable them to make your stroll that little bit more enjoyable by welcoming you into their group and hopefully, changing what may be just an ordinary countryside meander into something memorable.

Staplecross Bowls Club are hosting a “New Members” night at their clubhouse on Friday April 25th. from 6pm. This is for prospective members, to pop in and find out all about the game of bowls,and see for themselves just ‘what’s what’. Anyone and everyone over the age of 12 are welcome and all that is required are flat soled shoes for playing on the immaculate and beautifully maintained green. All equipment including the bowls, will be available for you to lend to enable you to ‘have a go’ and find out for yourself just why this game/sport/pastime is so very popular with people of ALL ages. There will be members around to welcome you and to give you all the information and guidance you may need on how to learn to play this interesting sport. So if you’ve always fancied having a go, or perhaps, have recently moved into the area and would like to continue playing bowls, please come along to this special evening and have a trial session. Consider joining this club and becoming part of this friendly and positive club. Who knows, you could go on to become their Star Player.

That very talented and ever so friendly Staplecross Art Group, together with their sister group from Hollington are holding another exciting Art Exhibition in the Staplecross Village Hall. ~ opening on the evening of Friday April 25th from 7.30pm and during the days of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 10.0am. Please, do come along and give your support to these very talented and artistic painters. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much brilliant workmanship is created by a few clever people with a few clever strokes of the brush. Our very own, very talented Tutor, Hilary Ganly, firmly and genuinely believes that everyone can draw and paint, though looking at some of my efforts, I wouldn’t always agree!. So if you would like to try your hand in this wonderful and absorbing craft perhaps you might consider joining in on one of the art sessions.The group meet every Thursday morning, in the Village Hall in Staplecross, between 10.0am. and 12.30pm and whatever medium you’d like to dabble in, Hilary will be there to help and guide you. Give her a call on 01580~830704.and give it a go.

Another exciting event is planned for Saturday April 25th. This is the annual “Race Night” which is a combined fundraiser for the Staplecross Bowls Club and the Staplecross & Ewhurst Bonfire Society.

Taking place at the Staplecross Social Club, Northiam Road, Staplecross. ( next to the Village Hall) There is free entry to the club and delicious hot food will be served later in the evening in the form of Moroccan Chicken; Chilli Con Carne or Lasagne for the measly price of £3:50. To book in advance, and this is recommended, please telephone Brian on:01580~830570. This is always a great night out and has proved to be a very enjoyable and fun filled evening for all who attend. Come along and try your luck.....Will you pick a Winner or a Loser, ~ a Racehorse or a Donkey ?

Church services for the parish of Ewhurst begin at 9.30am on Sunday April 20th. Easter Day.- with a service, to include Holy Communion, at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green. Shortly afterwards, at 11.15am. Reverend Gordon Winchester will also conduct a service, again to include Holy Communion, at St. Giles, Bodiam. There will be NO SERVICE at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. If there are any church matters that you feel you wish to discuss with Gordon, please contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, telephone no:01580~830268 or via his email address, which is: He is always ready to help in any way he can. Just give him a call.

As always, if you have any items of interest, or notices of any events you’ve planned or would like additional coverage or advertising and which you’d like to see in print, please contact me and I’ll certainly help spread the word and promote it. It’s never too early to send in your notices, so please keep them coming..........Thank you and enjoy this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Anne Reed