STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Still busily keeping abreast of their busy fixture list the Staplecross Bowls Club have several matches arranged for this week. The first is on Saturday August 30th at their home ground in Northiam Road, Staplecross and their opponents are.....The Observer. The following day, Sunday August 31st, finds the team playing away to Iden. The next two matches are back on home soil and brings us nicely into the beginning of the Autumn season with a game on Wednesday September 3rd against Herstmonceux. The following day Thursday September 4th. the team is up against Hastings and the week concludes with an away match on Saturday September 6th against Clive Vale. Spectators are always welcome so why not come along and support them or perhaps even consider becoming a member of this friendly and dedicated club. For all further information on how to go about this, please contact Evelyn

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Still happily strutting their stuff !, despite the unreliability of our English summer weather, those stalwart members of the Rother Ramblers have arranged 3 more wonderful walks for our enjoyment. First up is for Sunday August 31st. and will be an 11 mile Rye circular walk, via Cock Marling and Peasmarsh. All those interested will be meeting at Rye Railway Station at 10.0am. A pub or a picnic lunch is suggested and of course, dogs are permitted to accompany you. ‘Walk Leaders’ are Julia & Con, so for all additional details please contact them on: 01424~437928. ~ Walk No: 2 is a delightful stroll from Chailey to the River Ouse (nearly!) and back, of course. All interested walkers should and will be meeting at Chailey Village Hall, - just south of Chailey village on the A275. (please use the parking bays furthest from the village hall) on Wednesday September 3rd at 10.0am - this will be a lovely 9 mile walk, eastwards across well managed estate land to the River Ouse, - returning through Newick Park. Once more, a picnic lunch is suggested and dogs are welcome to walk with you. Adrian is the ‘Walk Leader’ on this occasion, so please contact him on 01273~514336 for more information. Last, but certainly not least is walk no: 3 which is sure to delight and refresh you with it’s invigorating sea air as it’s a 10 mile circular ramble from Birling Gap. For those who would like to join in on this walk please meet at Birling Gap public car park at 10.0am on Sunday September 7th at 10.0am. As with nearly all of their walks, a picnic lunch is suggested and naturally, man’s best friend is permitted to stroll along with you. The ‘Walk Leader’ will be Val, - as she is the lady arranging this walk, so please do contact her on 01424~843039 for all further information.

STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY: September appears to be rather a busy month for all the members of this charitable group as something is planned for every week. The next Society meeting will take place at on Monday September 1st within the welcoming portals of the Cross Inn, in Staplecross.when the members of this friendly and dedicated group will once more start the meticulous planning of all the details for that hugely popular event, the “Staplecross Firework and Bonfire Extravaganza”, which will be held later in October (25th) The society is always keen to encourage new members as the old adage, “Many hands make light work”, certainly applies here. So if you feel that you may be interested in the work that this organisation does and that you may be able to help them out somewhere along the way, I’m sure they’d welcome you with open arms. John is the chappie to contact to find out more of what’s entailed so please contact him on: Here are a few advance dates for you to jot down, of the treats that the Staplecross Bonfire Society have in store for you this month:~ Saturday September 13th Fundraising Jumble Sale 2pm Staplecross Village Hall. ~ Saturday September 20th.9.30am at the Cross Inn car park. Staplecross.- Torch Making.-Approximately 1000 torches are needed to help ‘escort’ the Torchlit Procession on our own bonfire night. This is great fun and such a worthy achievement, so do please come if you can. To round off the month. Friday September 26th. Major Fundraiser- Auction of Promises to be held at the White Dog Inn, Ewhurst Green at 7.30pm. If you are able to donate any gifts or offers of promises, please do get in touch as these would be so very gratefully received.

STAPLECROSS W.I.: That merry bunch of ladies who are members of Staplecross & Ewhurst Green W.I. will be meeting once more,following their summer sojourn.This meeting will take place on Tuesday September 2nd. 2.30pm in St. Mark’s Church Hall, Staplecross. The well known and much enjoyed guest speaker for this meeting will be Mr. Ray Hale who will be regaling us all with his talk entitled “Saving the Oran Gutan”. This social group, despite it’s ‘old age’ reputation, is anything but ! - Gone is the grey haired “Jam & Jerusalem” image (although on occasion, we do still do both) and here in it’s place are strong, forward thinking ideas, wider variety of activities & interests and greater scope for women of all ages and abilities to share and enjoy. Ladies who may be interested in becoming a part of this happy and very friendly social group can find out more of what’s entailed by contacting the President Ann Prodinger on 01580~831944 or just pop along on the day.

EAST SUSSEX MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE: It’s that time of the month again to welcome the Mobile Library service as it wends its way once more around our community, Ariving on Thursday September 4th. it’s first port of call will be in the car park of the White Hart Inn, at Cripps Corner between 10.15am and 10.40am. It will then, via Sedlescombe, arrive at Cricketers Field, Staplecross between 11.50am and 12.20pm. The little van will then meander through Brede, Northiam and Bodiam before making it’s last call of the day at Ewhurst Green between 3.40pm and 4.10pm. Although it’s days are numbered for the full schedule that has served our parish for many a year, please do continue to make as much use of this service as possible. This is such an important amenity for all rural areas as it enables us to have access to many vital facilities such as the internet, or newspapers, audio books and DVD’s both for adults and children alike.(- homework & study solutions can also be found here !) Many of us may find it difficult to get to our Main Branch Libraries in the towns, due to inconvenient bus timetables, or our own busy lifestyles etc. and the Mobile Library service allows us all to enjoy the same facilities that’s available to everyone. Please continue to make the most of it and enjoy all that it has to offer.

EWHURST,STAPLECROSS & BODIAM GARDEN SOCIETY: The ever popular annual Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Show, organised and run by the aforementioned horticultural society, will be held on Saturday September 6th at in Staplecross Village Hall. There will be over 50 Classes of entries to choose from, including Flower Arranging; Home Produce, and Handicraft so there’s bound to be something for everyone~ male, female, young & not-so-young alike~ Staging will be from 9am - 11am and late entries by 10.30am please.! Non members are welcome to exhibit and there will also be a raffle, home made cakes, teas, coffees and soft drinks available to help prolong your enjoyment of this delightful village Horticulural Show. Along with this will be the chance to sell any produce that you have grown, baked, preserved or crafted with 10% of the selling price going to the Society. Entry form, schedule and details of all the classes are available from The Stores, Staplecross and the completed forms are to be returned back to The Stores, Staplecross by 5.30pm on Wednesday September 3rd. Even if you don’t wish to enter any of the classes, please do try to come along and visit this super little village show and show your appreciation for all their efforts. It will be well worth it. For further details or more information about this show and what is entailed, please contact either of the Show Secretaries ~ Pam 01580~881839 or or Maggie 01580 ~ 830041 or via her email contact; They’d love to hear from you.

FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES: As this glorious summer season that we have all been thoroughly enjoying gently edges ( or perhaps, roughly slams ) into autumn with the temperatures lowering and the nights slowly drawing in, we may be forgiven for thinking that that’s it for this year. Well, instead of closing the curtains and turning on the T.V. why not consider taking up a new hobby, or learning a new skill?.There are many local venues that offer a wide variety of adult education courses, which include many academic, crafts and hobbies to choose from. The colleges at Battle and Robertsbridge offer a wide selection of subjects to indulge yourself during the often dreary long winter months. The Rye Partnership, together with Sussex Coast College, leads on the provision of 10 hour adult education and family learning sessions in Rye and surrounding rural areas. Their courses are designed to meet the needs of the rural and urban communities that they serve, with an emphasis on helping members of the community reach their potential and to follow a life-long pathway of learning. The courses for October 2014 are First Aid and Practical Gardening. The First Aid course will be run over 2 days 7th & 14th October 9.30 - 3pm with a certificate at the end of the course. Practical Gardening will run 20th, 27th October and 3rd, 10th & 17th November 1 - 3pm.and will cover a full range of topics which will be educational, relevant and fun. Other courses that The Rye Partnership will be running throughout the next academic year will include Basic IT; Intermediate IT; Employability Skills; Conflict Management; Admin; Family Tree Research; Face Painting & Photography. These courses will take place at Tilling Green Community Centre, Rye and your first 10 hour course will be free of charge. After that, if you wish to take part in any of the other courses on offer, a small charge will be made. Perhaps now is the time to consider taking up a new challenge, so for more information on these short courses or to enrol on any of those mentioned, please contact Tina Hall- Learning Administrator:01797~229600 or

RIDE & STRIDE FOR THE SUSSEX HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST: It’s that time of the year again !. The annual cycle ride around the churches of the County will take place on Saturday September 13th. and as usual, our “Man of the Moment”, our very own happy chappie, Alastair Neill will be trundling around the county on his trusty steed (his cycle in this case !) in pursuit of much needed funds for this very worthy cause. You can choose the area that you would like to ride or stride around and Alastair will give you a list of the churches that’ll be open and, more importantly, those where you can get sustance from !. He’ll also provide you with a sponsor form, as 50% of the money you collect goes to our own church with the remaining 50% going to the S.H.C.T. ~ Winners all round !. To find out more about this project or if you feel like joining in with Alastair, and he’d welcome your company,- or you would just like to sponsor him, please call him on: 01580~830245 or via:

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday September 7th. Trinity 12. with a service at 9.30am to include Holy Communion. A service will follow at 11.15am with a Family Service at St. Giles church, Bodiam. There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Marks church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can help you with any church matter, please contact him at the Rectory, 01580~830268 or via email He’ll gladly help in any way he can. One way in which we can help him is via the Harvest Festival which will be taking place at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday September 28th. For this years Harvest Thanksgiving, Gordon and his trusty team of helpers are setting up a collection for the local food bank run by The Trussel Trust.They would truly welcome any food items; tinned or packaged, such as sugar, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee and cereal, soups, cartons of fruit juice, pasta sauces and milk (UHT or powdered.) tinned vegetables. Any food item will be most gratefully received. I’m sure that we could all find something in our larder cupboards to help swell these boxes, small for us, but huge to them --- after all, ‘there but for the grace of God,--- go I”. For further information on the Trussel Trust please visit their website:

Help me: Please let me know about your Club, Group, Charity or Society and I’ll do my best to spread the word to make sure that your events, celebrations, functions and “do’s” are more widely publicised and promoted, therefore helping you make a greater success of your own ‘big event’ ..........Thank You.

Anne Reed