NOTICES/INFORMATION BULLETINS: I’m starting off this column, this week, with a couple of notices/information bulletins from East Sussex County Council. Everyone has an opinion regarding ‘potholes’ and the state of our roads, whether you use the roads as a motorist, a cyclist, a runner or in any other capacity. Throughout our parish, which is very rural, there are a great many areas which have no pavements at all, and this information may be of special interest to those residents who have either to perhaps push a pram, or wheelchair or have to just walk in the actual roadway when they journey out. Well you may be interested to know that East Sussex Highways have purchased and are now using 3 new ‘Jetpatcher’ machines to tackle the pothole problem. Up to 320 potholes a day can now be fixed with the use of these machines. East Sussex Highways will be using these cost effective machines to fill in these potholes before they form into larger, more dangerous faults in the roads. The process involves cleaning the hole and then filling it with tar and stone, sealing the repair with stones and a special glue. Isn’t science & technology wonderful ? Fingers crossed for a smoother, safer and less arduous journey !. Also reporting a problem to East Sussex Highways is now easier and more efficient, thanks to the launch of “Fix My Street” ! To report a problem with roads, paths, pavements, signs or lights, - customers can plot a fault on the Fix My Street map, add comments and attach a photo. It will also be possible to see which faults the highways crews’ are already working on and check for updates. This should help improve customer service and help residents track progress. Visit - Information notice no:2 ~ Rising energy costs are expected to increase the number of people living in fuel poverty, this winter. With almost 10% of all East Sussex residents living in fuel poor households, the “Winter Home Check Service” works to protect the most vulnerable. East Sussex County Council works with partners to help vulnerable people reduce their risk of falling into fuel poverty and addresses the health harms of living in a cold home. The East Sussex Fuel Poverty Reduction Programme provides practical advice and support about how to stay warm and well during winter and where to get further help. A key part of this is the Winter Home Check Service which has helped more than 2,500 households since the winter of 2011. This free service for eligible households includes a full home assessment and advice on how best to keep warm, preventative works needed such as improving insulation, repairing or replacing boilers, clearing gutters or chimneys, emergency temporary heating and advice on financial help with heating. To find out if you’re eligible for the Winter Home Check Service, - or you know someone who may benefit from this service - please visit: or call Social Care Direct on 03456~080191 or email

GARDEN SOCIETY QUIZ NIGHT: Just a quick and gentle reminder about the fun in store for you this Saturday. January 17th at Staplecross Village Hall. This annual event is hosted by the Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society and begins at 7pm. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this will only be a quiz all about gardening !. This is to be a light-hearted evening of general knowledge questions enjoyed in congenial company. The cost is £5:00 per person, which includes a supper of delicious hot soup, made by the Committee and yummy bread from the Lighthouse Bakery, please feel free to bring your own wine and glasses. Tables will generally be of 4 - 6 people, but if you cannot make up a team or table, please don’t worry, or let that put you off coming along, as a solution is usually found on the night.- So NO excuse then ! The aim of the quiz is fun,- not punishment, and hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy. As usual, this evening promises to be a repeat of the friendly and fun filled event of yesteryears. So, the hall is booked, the refreshments are all in hand, - all we need to make the evening complete is YOU. For all further information or more details, or you wish to pre-book a table, then please ‘phone either Pam on 01580~830320 or Ruth on 01580~831918. We look forward to seeing you there.

STAPLECROSS LUNCHEON CLUB: Visions of Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding now seem long gone as this small but warm and friendly little dining group meet again for the first of the New Years’ get-together. This social group will be meeting, greeting and eating on Wednesday January 21st at the Staplecross Village Hall at 12.30pm. Although this is held in Staplecross, it is by no means restricted to the residents of the parish. Many of the diners come from the various villages and towns close by and with the varied and delicious menus always produced for our delight, it’s not difficult to see why this is becoming such a lovely and friendly monthly meeting place. The menu for this month is ‘Beef Bourguignon, and all that goes with it, and for dessert, your taste buds can enjoy a yummy ‘Apple Pie’ with all the trimmings. What a delectable way of starting the New Year. As always, we would love to encourage more people to come along and share our bounty. ‘Rules’ are few and far between, -- being that diners have to be over a certain age (50+ years of age) and pay a miserly sum of £5:50 per person for a 2 course lunch which also includes tea/coffee afterward. Sadly Anka (Buss) has decided, after many years of co-ordinating and running this group to ‘retire’ and to spoil herself & Hubby a bit more and whilst we are all sad to see her go, we send her and Mike all our very best wishes for their future enjoyments, where-ever it may take them. Taking over the reins from Anka, and working in close partnership with Dennis will be Wendy, who is also one half of the new super chef team, and who together with Maureen, produce the delicious meals that we all enjoy every month. If you’d like to come along and be part of this friendly dining group, do please telephone Dennis on 01580~ 830816 or Wendy on 01580~830567 who would love to set a place for you at our table.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Two more delightful walks for your enjoyment, are offered this week. The first is arranged for Wednesday January 21st and is an Icklesham two valleys circular of 7.5 miles. Just the right size, ---not too long and not too short. There will be some beautiful views to ‘stand and stare’ at along the way and so, if you think that this may be just the walk to get you interested in the great outdoors or perhaps, just taking up that bit of exercise you’ve been promising yourself then the group will be meeting on the Main Road in Icklesham,- please park in the laybys along the road. OS Exp 125.TQ871163. (SatNavTN364BB) at 10.0am.A picnic lunch is suggested, but be aware that this is an undulating walk. I believe that you may bring your dog to enjoy the walk with you and for further details please contact Frances on 01424~754548 who is going to be your ‘walk leader’ for this occasion. Walk No: 2 for this week is a slightly longer meander of 8.5 miles and will be another beautiful circular route to enjoy with great scenery all round as this will take in Arlington Reservoir, Ripe and Upper Dicker. Planned to take place on Sunday January 25th. those interested will be meeting at 10.0am at the Layby opposite the Main entrance to Reservoir car park. OS Exp 123.TQ527074. (SatNavBN266TF) There is more parking in the Reservoir car par, but charges do apply here. Once again, a picnic lunch is suggested and dogs are allowed to walk with you. Please contact the ‘walk leader’ who will be Adrian, on 01273~514336 for all further information.

ACCLAIMED ONE MAN SHOW: This amazing one-man-show, is performed by the Great, Great, Grandson of the legendary author Charles Dickens and is booked to take place at The Sinden Theatre, Tenterden on Saturday January 24th at 7.30pm. Aptly entitled “Great Expectations” this show has received rave reviews across the world. Enter the world of the much loved Charles Dickens in the company of his Great, Great Grandson, Gerald Dickens as this remarkable actor performs one of Dickens’ best known masterpieces “Great Expectations” in which he plays every character himself. This virtuoso one-man performance is a not to be missed, theatrical experience, full of drama and excitement that has had audiences cheering right across the world. Ticket prices £13:00.Concessions £11:00. Box Office telephone 01580~763826. Contact Juliet Mander and the website is: - Go and enjoy every moment, as I’m told that this is theatre at it’s best.

ROAST AND ROAM: This is another event with a difference as you are invited to join one of Bodiam Castles Medieval characters for a guided tour of the grounds and castle followed by a hearty 2 course Sunday roast lunch in the convivial and social tea room. The tickets for this special event cost £25:00 per person & includes parking charges, castle admission, tour and lunch. The ‘roam’ part covers a distance of approximately 12 miles. There are limited places here, so booking is essential, so please call 01580~831324 to book your place.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday January 18th. Epiphany 2. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. A service at St. Giles church, Bodiam will follow directly after at 11.15am which will also include Holy Communion. There will be NO SERVICE held today at St. Marks church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can be of any assistance on any church matter, please don’t hesitate to contact him at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green or by telephone 01580~830268 or via his email: He’ll be glad to help.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If your Group, Club, Society or Charity is arranging an event or a celebration and would like more people to know about it, please contact me as I’d be delighted to spread the word and help to make it the success it deserves. Thank You.

Anne Reed