HAPPY NEW YEAR: and sending all good wishes for a wonderful 2p015 to one an all. It doesn’t seem possible, does it, that just a week or so ago, we were all in the midst of the madness and mayhem that surrounds the Yuletide season ? Now that Christmas, sadly, has come and gone, - and all the manic and panic that inevitably accompanies it, is also gone, we can now start to get back to life in the ‘normal lane’ within our community. The schoolchildren, from Pre-school, Primary and Senior levels, have all returned to their various classes, no doubt full of “Vim, Vigor and Enthusiasm” for all the many delights in store for them in the weeks ahead !

STAPLECROSS PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP: Happily returning to Playschool are the little members of this lovely little village playschool which always has a warm and very friendly attitude to ‘Learning through Play’. To see the wee ones, happy smiley faces is surely proof enough of how this is achieved. Following an Ofsted Report - rated “Good” undertaken in December 2014 the report underlines the quality and standard of this Pre-school which although it may not have the top of the range, the latest, or must have gadgets in their equipment, it does have the things that are much more important, namely time, patience, interest and of course, care and attention.These things are priceless. If you are considering where to send your own precious little one, and you like the idea of a smaller pre-school unit with more 1 to 1 interaction, why not consider this one? Find them on Facebook or just give Jo a call on 07979481383.

STAPLECROSS W.I.: The many clubs and social groups of a wide and varied interest that take place within our parish community, will also soon be opening their doors to begin their own New Year programme -(If they haven’t done so already-). Groups such as the W.I. This fun and friendly group have a very interesting and full calendar this year. Full of things to inspire you, it’s a rich source of experiences, skills, and knowledge and the ideals of the W.I. are just as strong today as they were at the birth of the W.I. in 1915. For some women it’s the making of new friends whilst for others it’s a route to learning new skills and broadening their horizons. The W.I. is naturally diverse and it offers all kinds of opportunities to all kinds of women. Whatever reason you may have, why not just pop along to one of the monthly meetings, normally the 1st Tuesday of each month at St Marks Church room, Northiam Road, Staplecross. TN32 5QG. at 2.30pm. and find out for yourself.The guest speakers are usually very interesting and cover a wide range of subjects, ensuring that this years’ programme is sure to appeal to the many different interests of the ladies. The members are a group of warm and friendly females who would be delighted to welcome you into their company. For all further information please call Ann on: 01580~831944.

SCOUT GROUP: I have been requested to inform the youth of our parish, and any other interested parties within the appropiate area, that the Brede 1st Scouts group will begin again this month. Any young person of ten and a half and over and who would be interested in joining this local scout movement is asked to contact Andy Bishop on: 07833~065028 as soon as possible. The new leaders of this group have an exciting programme lined up for this New Year and would love to invite all the youngsters of the relevant age from all the areas surrounding Brede, to come along and join them.So forget about lounging indoors watching the telly, come along and join in this friendly and worthwhile group instead. The Leaders look forward to hearing from you, so make this a fun and positive New Years’ Resolution.

WINTER FLU JABS: Winter is the time for flu and whilst we may accept it as part of the down-side of this time of year, we don’t have to give in quite so easily. High risk groups are able to get the Flu Vaccinations for FREE on the NHS. This group include anyone aged 65 and over, people with certain health conditions, Carers, and pregnant women. Children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old are also being offered the nasal flu vaccine. The general public is also being advised to have the vaccination to help prevent the spread of the infection and that has to be good news for us all. For more information please visit or contact your local doctor or surgery. Keep Well !

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Continuing with their New Year Programme The Rother Rambler group have arranged 3 new walks for our delight and the first has an intriguing title “ A Beacon, Two Windmills and a Memorial”. Sounds very interesting, doesn’t it ? Taking place on Sunday 11th January 2015 the group will meet at 10.0am at Ditchling Beacon car park.OS Exp.122.TQ333129. (SatNavBN68RJ) This will be a walk of approximately 8.5 miles. Sadly car parking charges will apply, but with a lovely picnic lunch suggested, and your doggy pal to enjoy the stroll with you, it won’t seem so bad will it ? The ‘Walk Leader’ today is Lionel and you may contact him on 01424~752452 for further details. Walk No: 2 is much closer to home as on Wednesday 14th January a mere 8 mile circular meander of Ewhurst Green is planned. Those interested in joining this walk should meet at 10.0am and roadside parking, east of the pub (The White Dog) in Ewhurst Green, is recommended. OS Exp.136.TQ796247 (SatNavTN325TE) Again, a picnic lunch is suggested and your dog may accompany you on this delightful stroll through this beautiful part of East Sussex. Martin is the ‘Walk Leader’ so please contact him on: 01424~752793 for more information. Last but certainly not least is Walk No: 3. which is slightly longer in that it’s a 10 mile circular roam from Battle via Crowhurst. Arranged for Sunday January 18th all those interested in taking part in this walk should meet at 10.0am at Great Wood car park, in Marley Lane, Battle. Map ref.OS.Exp 124.TQ765164 (SatNavTN330RB) As usual, a picnic lunch is recommended and mans’ best friend can also meander along with you. The ‘Walk Leader’ is David on this ocassion so please ring him on 01580~852432 for more information or details

MOBILE LIBRARY: CHANGES TO SCHEDULE. Many of you who have made use of this vital service will need to be aware of the changes to this service.The routes of the little Library bus have now been altered and split. Ewhurst is now included within the Robertsbridge to Burwash journey.which is Route 12. Week 1. and takes in Robertsbridge,Ewhurst, Bodiam, Hurst Green and Burwash in that order. The Library Van will still service Ewhurst on Thursdays but will now arrive in the MORNINGS, at 11.10am and depart at 11.40am. - NOT the AFTERNOONS as previously arranged. The NEXT VISIT for the Mobile Library in Ewhurst will be THURSDAY JANUARY 29th at the times stated. The Mobile Library van will also continue to serve Staplecross AND Cripps Corner, (Hurrah!) but again the times have also been changed for this. The van will still arrive on Thursdays but these villages have also been included in the different routes, namely Peasmarsh, Beckley, Northiam, Staplecross, Cripps Corner in that sequence and concluding at Windmill Hill. This service will be Route 5. Week 2.and will arrive at Cricketers Field, Staplecross on THURSDAY JANUARY 15th at 1.50pm and depart for Cripps Corner at 2.20pm. The van will still park on the car park of The White Hart Inn, Cripps Corner upon it’s arrival at 2.30pm and will depart at 2.55pm. This service will commence on THURSDAY JANUARY 15th, so please remember the time changes. The service and all that it entails is still so important to the rural community and we must continue to make the best use of all that it offers.

GARDEN SOCIETY QUIZ: Having tidied up, after the wonderful Christmas party and put their feet up over the Christmas holiday, it’s now time for the Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden to begin it’s New Year Programme. and what better way of welcoming the New Year in than with a friendly and fun Quiz evening. I hasten to say that this is NOT a Quiz about Gardening, - nor is it an ‘Odd Picture Quiz ‘ as depicted at the recently held Christmas Party, (and apparently much enjoyed by all who attended, I’m told.) This is an open invitation to all and sundry who would like to enjoy an evening of friendly,sociable rivalry between teams,usually under weird or obscure Team Titles, whilst being amongst congenial company. Taking place on Saturday January 17th at 7.0pm in the Village Hall in Staplecross.Teams of 4~6 will be warmly welcomed and great fun usually ensures on these popular evening events. Tickets are a mere £5:00 per person, and this does include a yummy supper of hot soup and crusty bread. Please bring your own wine and glasses. To pre-register your team, please telephone Pam Dance on 01580~830320 or Ruth Close on 01580~831918. The Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Gardening Society are always happy to welcome new members so please consider joining us. You don’t have to be an expert on gardening or even have green fingers - just a genuine interest in horticultural things, and enjoy sharing them with other like-minded people. The group usually meet once a month, normally on a Thursday at 7.30pm. in Staplecross Village Hall. They have a variety of speakers for our enjoyment and have several outings/trips/visits planned to keep us all busy and entertained. Help is always at hand for anything to do with gardening problems and answers are usually found to various queries in and around the garden. Please contact our secretary (Ruth) on the number previously given above for all further information of the Society and it’s programme. We look forward to saying “Welcome”

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday January 11th. Epiphany 1. at 9.30am This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) An Epiphany Praise service will be held directly after in St.Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross at 11.15am. There will be NO SERVICE held today at St. Giles’ church, Bodiam. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can be of any service on any church matter, please do not hesitate to contact him. He’ll always be glad to help. Contact him at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green or Telephone 01580~830268 or email

PLEASE CONTACT ME; If your Group, Club, Society or Charity is arranging an event and would like some free publicity. We are always happy to help promote any celebrations that may be taking place in an around our little area. Please just get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help make it a success for your big day..........Thank You.

Anne Reed