STAPLECROSS M.C.P.SCHOOL: Tuesday November 18th is a “Phil the Bag” Collection day at this super little village school of ours. This is another ingenious idea in which to help supplement the P.T.F.A. funds and the notion works like this:- Bags will be available for the donation of all and any textiles, shoes and clothing. Fill them up, return them to the school where they will be weighed and then cash given in return. This cash then goes towards PTFA funds.-Brilliant idea, You get to de-clutter in time for Christmas and the School benefits with a little cash injection!. So please do what you can to support this clever little fund-raising event. Please contact the school on 01580~830256 or email for all further information on how you can help with this project. A quick “Date for your Diary”: The annual School Christmas Tea and Fayre, will be held on Friday December 5th at the Village Hall in Staplecross. Lots of lovely Christmassy things will be available here, so put this in your diary and/or calender and make sure you come along. It promises to be great.!

STAPLECROSS LUNCHEON CLUB: How quickly the time flies as it’s that time of the month when friends and families of this lovely little social dining group will meet once more to enjoy another delectable meal in congenial company. Meeting, greeting and eating on Wednesday November 19th 12.30pm at the Village Hall in Staplecross, the members of this small, lively and very friendly social group will be sitting down to enjoy another delicious meal. Sadly our much loved chef June, has decided to hang up her apron strings and spoons and spatula’s as she’s recently been a bit poorly and has decided to treat herself to some well deserved rest and relaxation. Taking over this role in the kitchen, will be our new chef Wendy, who will be ably assisted by Maureen. On the menu for this month will be Liver & Bacon and all the trimmings, followed by Apple & Pear Tarte Tatin. Yummy !. This social club has very few rules- but sadly, it’s only open to people of a ‘certain age’ ( 50 years plus !) and who agree to come every month and pay £5:50 for this delicious 2 course, (plus coffee/tea) lunch,- how simple and reasonable is that? Another bonus is you don’t have to do any work here at all to enjoy this feast, - no peeling of the veggies and no washing up afterwards. To book your place, please contact Anka on 01580~830260 or Dennis on 01580~830816 who would both be very pleased to lay a place setting for you.

GARDEN SOCIETY: The Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society will be gathering at the Village Hall in Staplecross on Thursday November 20th at 7.30pm onwards when their A.G.M. takes place. This is quite a busy little society which although currently has rather a small membership, manages to pack a goodly amount into their ‘gardening yearly programme’. New members are always warmly welcomed as it is your local society, run by local people for local people (mainly). This year the society are also looking for an aditional member to join their committee, which over a course of a year help organise a great variety of speakers talking on a great variety of subjects for the enjoyment of all who attend. they arrange three horticulural shows in April, June and September, as well as several outings and the Christmas party. You don’t have to be an expert on everything horticulural with know-it-all answers at the end of your ‘green fingertips’,- just an interest in gardening and a wish to help more people enjoy this pastime also. The speaker for this months meeting is Maggie Whitaker, a very ‘hands on’ society member, who will be talking to us about “Britain in Bloom”. All the talks are free for members and a mere £2:00 for visitors and with special discounts and other benefits given to our members upon production of their membership card, now could be the perfect time to consider becoming a member of this friendly and very helpful gardening group. Please contact the secretary (Ruth) on 01580~831918 for more details.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Certainly not allowing this unpredictable and very wet weather of ours to hinder those intrepid travellers, the members of the Rother Ramblers have lined up three (3) more varied and interesting walks for us to enjoy, all very different and all very enjoyable. Walk no: 1 is on Thursday November 20th and will be an 8 mile circular walk of Benenden. Those interested in joining this walk will meet at 10.0am at Benenden church (SatNavTN174DN) Please park neatly around the green. As usual a picnic lunch is suggested and naturally your dogs may accompany you. Carol is the ‘Walk Leader’ so please contact her on 01580~852432 for all further details. Walk No: 2 is a 7 mile ‘Country walk from Stonegate’ This will take place on Saturday November 22nd when all who wish to join in, on this walk, will be meeting up at the Stonegate Railway Station (SatNavTN57EU) Sadly, parking charges will apply here and as with other walks, a picnic lunch is suggested and your doggy pals can walk with you. Janet is the ‘Walk Leader for this stroll, so please contact her on 01424~420570 for information. Last but certainly not least, Walk No: 3 is a mere 8 mile Rolvenden circular via Hole Park and Great Maytham. Taking place on Sunday November 23rd. the group will be meeting in the side road near Rolvenden church at 10.0am. There is on street parking but please respect the residents and park prettily. Again a picnic lunch is suggested and of course your canine companion may walk with you. The ‘Walk Leader’ for this trip is David so please contact him on 01580~852432 for all further details.

ADVENT FAIR: The Ewhurst P.C.C. will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday November 22nd. between 12 Noon and 4pm in the Village Hall in Staplecross. There will be a tremendous amount of Christmas items, including Christmas presents and beautiful Christmas cards to choose from. There will also be a Grand Raffle stall, a super Tombola table, Mulled wine and good variety of other stalls to peruse, including a book stall and a bottle stall and home produce. There will also be many childrens activities, - all supervised- allowing you to browse and enjoy all on offer in a more leisurely fashion. If that’s not enough, - there will also be light lunches served and together with various other refreshments available will surely make this event a Christmas Fair NOT to be missed, - so come along early and make light of those Christmas Wish Lists.

HASTINGS - BEXHILL ‘LINK ROAD’ - ADVANCE NOTICE: A notification has been received from Rother District Council advising us all of the next round of construction exhibitions, in relation to this building project, which are to be held later this month. There are three (3) exhibitions planned for the public to visit and to ask questions, or query any aspect of this project and how it is developing. The first of which is scheduled for Tuesday November 25th and will be held at West St. Leonards Community Centre, 130, Filsham Road. from 3.30pm until 6.30pm. The following day Wednesday November 26th the exhibition will be held at The Plough pub, in Crowhurst, again from 3.30pm until 6.30pm. The final exhibition for this month will take place on Thursday November 27th at the Sidley Children’s Centre, 121, Ninfield Road, Bexhill and once more it will run from 3.30pm until 6.30pm. Do try to go along and see for yourself just what is taking place and what is taking shape.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday November 16th.- 2nd before Advent. at 9.30am.and this service will include Holy Communion. There will be NO SERVICES either at St. Giles church, Bodiam or St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Do please telephone Gordon Winchester with any questions about baptisms, weddings or any other church matters. He’ll be only too pleased to help in any way he can. You may contact him either at the Rectory, Ewhurst Green. Telephone number 01580~830268 or via his email address which is; If there is no-one to take your call, leave a message and he’ll return your call as soon as he can.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW: about your own Club, Society, Group or Charity and whatever events they have planned. I’d love to help publicise and promote all that you are organising, so please get in touch and let me spread the word about your ‘Big Event’..........Thank You.

Anne Reed