Well it’s official, --- Saturday June 21st 2014, is when the Summer season for this year actually begins, which is also rather strange as a few days later ( Sunday June 24th to be precise) is Midsummer Day !. So if it seems rather short to you, make the most of it however you choose. You may want to watch England’s third World Cup Football match against Costa Rica. Kick Off is on Tuesday June 24th at 5pm our time, on ITV1.

If this World Cup football fever all gets a bit too much for you, you could try a kick start with a difference, ~ and this could be a life saving difference. Rother Responders are holding a Pad site training session on Wednesday June 25th at Brede Village Hall. There will be two evening sessions, 7pm and again at 8pm. These events are becomimg popular, so please book your preferred time.

Both of these sessions are free and the lovely folk who will be there to show us all how to use these simple pieces of equipment assure me, that they are simplicity itself, with voice activated instructions to help and guide you all along the way. These defibulator units are springing up all around our areas,and all over the country, which only goes to show just how important this life saving unit is. For all further details and information please contact Tracy on 07930~589508 or via email at tracy@rothercfr You can visit the Rother Responders website at to find out even more information. Please try to make time to go along and have a go with one of these units. You never know when you could end up ‘kick-starting’ a life and nothing can ever be better than that.

Keeping up the pressure as well as their stamina, those busy teams of the Staplecross Bowls Club will be playing four more matches this week as the end of June draws nearer. The first match is at their home ground, on Northiam Road, Staplecross and will take place at 6.15pm on Wednesday June 25th when they play Iden. The following day, Thursday June 26th also finds the team again at their club grounds when their oponents are from Ham Street but this time the matches will commence at 6pm. The first of the club’s away matches for this week is on Saturday June 28th when they are up against Westfield and the following day Sunday June 29th sees the club travelling to Cranbrook for the final fixture of the week. Another busy week for this dedicated but friendly bowls club. If you would like to find out more why not contact Evelyn at for more details of how you can become a member or just more involved.

Also making the most of this beautiful weather are those stalwart rovers, - the members of the Rother Ramblers. Two more walks are planned for this week to entice us to join them and the first has such a lovely title I might just do that. Taking place on Wednesday June 25th this walk is not overly far, but might just strengthen those muscles you didn’t know you had, as the clue is in the walk heading. This is a 7 mile stroll (!) entitled “Downland Tops & Bottoms”, The group will be meeting at 10.15am at Holywell,(SatNavBN207XN) which is at the extreme western end of Eastbourne seafront promenade. There is usually, plenty of on-street parking and a pub or a picnic lunch is suggested. As usual your doggy pal can happily yomp with you and who doesn’t love walking over the South Downs and Beachy Head? The ‘walk leaders’ on this occasion are Sue and Dave and you can contact them on 01424~474018 for all further details. Last but certainly not least is a 10 mile circular walk from an area closer to home at Peasmarsh,and this has been planned for Sunday June 29th and all those who would like to join in this gathering are meeting in The Maltings in Peasmarsh (SatNavTN316SR) at There is on-street parking and dogs are once more permitted to accompany you. A picnic lunch is suggested for this stroll around this beautiful location. Please contact the ‘walk leader’ Dave, who has planned this outing for all our enjoyment on 01580~852432 for any further information. As with all of these planned meanders, whichever ones you may choose, please make yourself known to the ‘walk leaders’, as not only is it polite,~ but it’s also nice to have a name as well as a body to talk to and to share this beautiful countryside of ours, as you stroll along it’s footpaths.

Our little Mobile Library service will once again be chuntering along our country lanes on Thursday June 26th as it once more brings us lots of literary pleasure and much more besides, you’ll be so surprised at just what is available within those portals.Try it and see. It will be at the car park of the White Hart Pub, at Cripps Corner, between 10.15am and 10.40am. then after serving Sedlescombe, it will arrive at Cricketers Field at 11.50am and depart (for pastures not so new after all these months,) at 12.20pm. After wending it’s way through Brede, Northiam and Bodiam, it will reach it’s final destination for the day at Ewhurst Green at 3.40pm for a session until 4.10pm. Please do make as much use of this service as you can, as time may be running out for this so important and so useful countryside service which enables our rural residents to continue to enjoy all of the library benefits on offer.

The church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St.James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday June 29th.Trinity 2. with a 9.30am service which will include Holy Communion. Please note: there will be NO SERVICES at either St. Giles, at Bodiam OR St. Mark’s, Staplecross on this day. The Reverend Graham Atfield will be conducting this service, in lieu of Reverend Gordon Winchester and if there are any church matters that he can deal with in Gordons’ absence, he’ll be only too pleased to offer any assistance he can.

Don’t forget to contact me if there are any events etc. that you’d like me to help promote. This column encourages all local clubs, societies, associations, sports groups and any projects you may have, to make announcements, and to inform the rest of the community all about your events. Hopefully this may help to encourage new members, or more spectators, or maybe just more support, financial or otherwise. Therefore whatever you’re planning, please tell me and I’ll be pleased to tell everyone else, and we’ll see what happens......Thank you.

Anne Reed