EWHURST.STAPLECROSS.BONFIRE.SOCIETY: ‘COME A’ WAISSAILING’ EVENT: Just a quick and gentle reminder that this new and exciting event in the Bonfire Society’s Programme of Events for 2015, takes place TONIGHT, - that’s today, -Friday February 27th at Quarry Farm, Bodiam, from 6.30pm onwards. Please Note: DO NOT use the business park entrance nearest Bodiam village ~ the event entrance is via the JUNCTION ROAD entrance ONLY, to Quarry Farm. - that’s on the B2244 - Sedlescombe to Hawkhurst road, Sat.Nav.TN32 5XE. Parking is available at the orchard entrance from whence you’ll make your way up a torch-lit track through the orchards to the clearing where the celebrations will begin in earnest. A licensed bar is provided and a good selection of hot food & drinks will be available, including mulled cider & chilli, soup, burgers and hot dogs. All to help keep out the cold !- Remember to wrap up well and wear warm clothing and wellies. The track is suitable for push chairs, so also remember to bring an extra blanket for those occupants to keep them warm and cosy as well. Don’t forget to bring old pots or pans, or anything you can bang, bash, crash or just use to make a dreadful noise and a terrible racket ! - also cash for food, drink and donations. Every one will be encouraged to join in with the ceremony which will include music & drumming and generally making a lot of noise ! This promises to be a great, fun evening for ALL the family, based on this age old tradition. Although the entrance is free, any monies raised from this and other events allows the society to run the hugely popular Staplecross village bonfire event and to donate to a variety of local charities and good causes. So please, come along and join in this family orientated, fun-filled event which hopefully will become a new annual date in the calendar, for this popular charitable organisation.

CONSERVATIVE OPEN SESSION: Another reminder but in an entirely different setting. This is a cordial open invitation to all local residents to come along on Saturday February 28th to the Village Hall in Sedlescombe to meet Mr. Huw Merriman who has recently been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate. Huw, alongside his fellow party members, - East Sussex County Councillor,-Angharad Davies and Rother District Councillor -Tony Ganly, will be holding an open meeting between 11.0am and 12.30pm to enable one and all to come along to meet them and put their questions, queries, concerns and complaints to them, on subjects that matter to you. Light refreshments will be served and every-one will be warmly welcomed.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Two more delightful strolls have been arranged for our enjoyment this week and the first is planned for Sunday March 1st. and this is an 8.5 mile circular walk from Ham Street. Those interested will be meeting at 10.0am at Ham Street Railway Station. OS EXP.125. TR000337. (SatNav TN262DU) Sadly parking charges will probably apply (?). As usual, a picnic lunch is suggested. The ‘Walk Leaders’ for today are Lionel & Rita, and you may contact them on 01424~752452 for all further details. Another delightful walk is arranged for Friday March 6th and is a mere 10 mile Burwash circular meander via the Dudwell Valley. The meeting point for this stroll is at 10.0am. in the Burwash village car park. OS EXP 136.TQ674246. (SatNav TN197ET) Again, a picnic lunch is suggested and the lady ‘Walk Leader’ on this occasion is Carol and you may contact her on 01580~852432 for more information.

STAPLECROSS & EWHURST GREEN W.I.: Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun, as the saying goes, and being a member of this friendly and happy group of ladies makes sure you have that and more. Once more it’s time for their monthly meeting which will take place on Tuesday March 3rd. at St. Mark’s church room, Northiam Road, Staplecross. The meeting will commence at 2.30pm. and after the formal business has been dealt with, they will then welcome their guest speaker Mr. Gary Skipsey. He will be talking about “Meals on a Budget” which will always please not only the palate but the pocket also. New members are always warmly welcomed and if you feel you’d like to know more of what being a member of this highly acclaimed world wide ladies group entails, then please ring Ann on 01580~831944 for more details and an insight of our 2015 Programme

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: Every community aught to have a village hall, as it’s well known that they are the heart of the village. We, in Ewhurst Parish are very lucky to have one of the best village halls in the area, right in our midst, in Staplecross. On Tuesday March 3rd. at 7.30pm.- the Staplecross Village Hall Committee will be holding it’s A.G.M. This will give the residents of our community, from all three (3) villages, the chance to come along and talk to them about the village hall and to voice any concerns they may have. It may be that you’d like to see another activity started up here, or perhaps a sport or pastime re-introduced. This super hall has many benefits including a superb, fully equipped kitchen, neat & clean toilet facilities including those for the disabled and lends itself to a great variety of uses for all age groups. Now may be a good time to come along and discuss it, as they are very keen to see the hall used to it’s full benefit and capacity. One very good use will be demonstrated this Saturday, March 7th as the Village Hall Committee will be holding the first of their two (2) Mammoth Jumble Sales. Doors will be opened at 2.0pm so make sure you come early to bag yourself a real bargain as these sales are very popular. Donations may be left at the hall on the morning of the sale from 9.30am onwards but if you are unable to deliver them yourself, please ring Hilary on 01580~830704 or Pauline on 01580~830570 who will arrange collection. All monies taken will go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Village Hall, helping to ensure it remains a viable and pleasant place for the enjoyment of everyone.

EWHURST,STAPLECROSS & BODIAM GARDEN SOCIETY: Definitely a date for those who love anything “green-fingered” This lovely, local horticultural society will be welcoming a very well known and delightful chap, Mr. Jim Buttress to their monthly meeting at the Staplecross Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross on Thursday March 5th at 7.30pm. Jim, an Ex Sup. of Royal Parks, and a RHS Judge, has appeared on many versatile television gardening programmes but perhaps he’ll be better known to some, as one of the judges on the BIG Allotment Challenge, - recently shown on BBC2. The E.S &B Garden Society are thrilled and excited to have Jim as a guest speaker and with his wealth of knowledge and vast experience to inform and amuse us, the members (-and their guests-) can look forward to yet another informative and thoroughly enjoyable evening once more. For all information regarding this society and the 2015 Programme, - including the Spring Flower Show (April 9th) and their Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Show (September 6th),- please contact either Peter on 01580~830524 or Ruth on 01580~831918. Prospective members and their guests are always very warmly welcomed and anyone with an interest in anything horticultural, however big or small, will thoroughly enjoy all that they have to offer.

HERDMAN ASSOCIATION: Another delightful event is planned to take place at the Arthur Herdman Pavilion, Ewhurst Green on Friday March 6th. Beginning at 7pm. This is in the form of a Quiz Night and these events are becoming increasingly popular with the sounds of as much laughter, as groans, are heard, when the answers are revealed. This is an evening intended to be a fun and light-hearted fund raising event,- with just a wee bit of team rivalry thrown in for good measure !. Tables are for teams of 4 and tickets are £4:00 per person, but don’t worry if you can’t make up a full table as a place can always be found for you with other friendly and like-minded players. For further details contact Glenys on: 01580~830491 or via her email at or via the Herdman Association website which is - Go along & have a great evening.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday March 1st. Lent 2. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. A Family Service at St. Giles church, Bodiam will follow directly after at 11.15am. There will be NO SERVICE at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross on this day. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can be of service to you, on any church matter, please don’t hesitate to contact him. You can do so either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, or by telephone 01580~830268. or via his email at He’ll be glad to help in any way he can.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: to let me know about any event that you are planning, however large or small and for whatever reason. If you’d like more publicity, more promotion or just more coverage, then just get in touch and I’ll spread the word on your behalf Thank You.

Anne Reed