STAPLECROSS VILLAGE BONFIRE: Just a quick reminder that the road between Staplecross and Cripps Corner (B2165) will be closed between approximately 6pm and 10pm.on Saturday October 25th. This, in case you are unaware, is because the Annual Torchlight Procession and Bonfire Extravaganza, put on by the Ewhurst & Staplecross Bonfire Society, will once more be wending it’s merry way down this road, (from Staplecross village to Cripps Corner hamlet) and back to the bonfire site to the delight and enjoyment of all the hundreds and hundreds of people who turn out every year to watch and support this fantastic event. Come along and see for yourself what a wonderful evenings entertainment, provided by this dedicated and hardworking little charitable society, is all about. Entrance to the actual Bonfire Field site is £1:00 which will go towards the Club’s charitable donation awards at the end of the year, so please come along and show your support.

HALF TERM ACTIVITY: If you should be looking for some half-term activity, with a difference, in which to entertain the kiddies,~ then why not consider this.? You’ll be able to - ( and I quote ) - “Tiptoe over squeaky floorboards and follow the trail to discover hidden graves at the 1066 Battle of Hastings attraction. You will also get your hands dirty creating ghastly ( and ghouly, no doubt ) decorations in the craft area, and even be scared silly by the gruesome tales from a ghost hunter.” - ( unquote.) There are even prizes for the spookiest Halloween costume.- How good is that ? - This unusual Autumnal event is running from Saturday October 25th until Sunday November 2nd at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield. Between 10.0am and 4.0pm. and tickets are £5:80. I wonder what tales you’ll be telling when you return to school. Just call 0870~111~1183 for all further information and to book your tickets - if you dare !!!.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: More of those also not frightened of the dark are the intrepid travellors belonging to the Rother Ramblers. There are two more walks arranged for our enjoyment this week and the first is on Wednesday October 29th and will be a 9 mile circular stroll around Peasmarsh. Those interested in joining this walk are to meet with the others, at 10.0am at Jempson’s car park (SatNavTN316YJ) in Peasmarsh. As usual a picnic lunch is suggested and of course, your doggy pals can accompany you on this walk. I’m also informed, it’s also pub do-able if required before the 2nd half of walk. Sue is the lady ‘Walk Leader’ in charge of todays expedition and you can contact her on 01424~441018 for all further information. The second walk up for consideration is a slightly shorter walk of 6 miles and consists of a very pleasant circular meander around Hooe. This walk is planned to take place on Sunday November 2nd and if you’d like to try this one, please meet at the Red Lion Inn, (SatNavTN339EU) at Hooe at 10.0am. Please be considerate when parking on the roadside, close to the pub. Dogs of course, will be permitted to stroll with you and a short refreshment stop is also planned. Jane will be the lady ‘Walk Leader’ on this occasion so for more details please contact her on 01424~733300.

MOBILE LIBRARY: This super little service will once more be wending it’s way through our parish providing our community with a lot more than just books to read. Arriving first at the car park of the White Hart Inn, at Cripps Corner, at approximately 10.15am before leaving for Sedlescome at around 10.40am. It will next arrive at Cricketers Field, Staplecross between 11.50am and 12.20pm. After continuing it’s journey through Brede, Northiam and Bodiam, it will finish up at Ewhurst Green for it’s final destination of the day. Expect to see the van arrive between 3.40pm and 4.10pm. This is an amazing little service, which we are privileged to have the unrestricted use of for FREE so please avail yourselves of all the amenities and facilities on offer. The staff are a great bunch of people and are always willing to help and advise, so instead of trekking to the nearest main library - let the little library come to you.!

JUMBLE SALE: Staplecross Village Hall Committee will be holding their Autumn Jumble Sale on Saturday November 1st at Staplecross Village Hall. Entrance is 20p per person and all monies taken will be put into the Village Hall Upkeep funds, so winners all round. The doors will be opened at 2pm, so make sure you bring lots of bags to bag yourself a bargain. There are always great things to be found during events like this, some you didn’t even know you wanted or needed, but as the items are ‘ as cheap as chips’ it just means that better bargains are there to be had, by all and sundry. There will, of course, be the obligatory teas and bikky’s available, as well as a quality clothing rail, a raffle and a cake stall. Parking is available directly outside, if you come early enough, so there’s another incentive. Donations for the Jumble Sale can be brought along to the Village Hall from 9.30am onwards but if you need help with collection, please telephone Hilary on 01580~830704. to arrange assistance. Come along to this Mammoth Jumble Sale and Bag yourself a Bargain !.

MINI FIREWORK DISPLAY: This is an early notification of an invitation that has been issued to the villagers/residents of the parish that Harriet and Dale, mine hosts of the White Dog Inn, in Ewhurst Green to join them in a “Mini Firework Display” on Tuesday November 4th. This event is going to be just what it says on the tin. - a child friendly mini firework display, - so no big rockets or very overly loud bangs ! This will be a mid-week jollification so please feel free to bring children and grand-children along to enjoy the evenings entertainment. They will be doing small nibbles available on the bar and jacket potatoes.- and other light refreshments to purchase,- along with the obligatory “winter warmer “. Please telephone Harriet or Dale on 01580~830264 for more infomation and further details.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at the church of St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday October 26th Trinity 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE at St. Giles church, Bodiam but a church service at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross will follow at 11.15am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP). Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and as always, if he can assist you in any church matter, please contact him either via his email: or at the Rectory, Ewhurst Green, Telephone 01580~830268. However you do so, he’ll always be pleased to help you however he can.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW: what your own Club, Group, Charity or Society are planning in order that we can help publicise and promote these events. Free publicity is always a good thing and can help bring much needed funds into your coffers which is another good thing. We are interested in all and everything that you do, so please get in touch, Thank you.

Anne Reed