STAPLECROSS VILLAGE SCHOOL: It’s always good to get an update on recent events that have been happening within our parish and this one is an excellent piece of good news. Our own village school, - Staplecross Methodist Controlled Primary School- recently held an after school ‘Disco’ at the Village Hall, for our precious wee ones. Apparently, a “really, really good time, with lots of fun and music and dancing” (- according to insider knowledge via Grand-daughter Daisy ) and was enjoyed by all those who attended. Just what an after school event is all about. The handsome sum of £160:00 was raised, and this has been added to the school funds which will go towards the M.U.G.A. project and other exciting schemes. School days certainly have changed since I went to my own Primary School !!! - and ‘they’ say that the old days are the best !

STAPLECROSS JUMBLE SALE: Just a quick reminder that the Staplecross Village Hall Committee, will be holding a Mammoth Jumble Sale tomorrow Saturday March 7th here, in the Village Hall. Doors will be opened at 2pm, so make sure you get there early to ensure you have a good place in the queue. These events are always very popular, as there are always super bargains to be had in all departments. Along with the usual stalls, there will be a cake stall, a raffle and a Tombola stall, - all great fun for everyone. Of course there’ll be teas, coffees and soft drink available to refresh you and replenish any flagging energies to enable you to renew the search for bargains. ‘Donations’ to the Jumble Sale may be dropped off at the hall from 9.30am onwards but if you have difficulty in doing this, please contact Hilary on 01580~830704 or Pauline on 01580~830570 who will try to arrange for their collection.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: More meanderings within this beautiful part of the Sussex countryside as two (2) more walks are planned for our enjoyment. Walk No: 1 - arranged for Sunday March 8th, - is a mere 7 mile circular stomp of the Brede High Woods.- very close by and situated between Cripps Corner and Broad Oak, Brede.- Now walking in any direction within these fabulous woods is a treat in itself, but to go with a group of like-minded friends makes the stroll and the time spent here, even nicer. For all those who wish to join in this walk, please meet up at the Brede High Woods EASTERN car park. OS Exp 124.TQ803205.(SatNavTN31 6EX) at 10.0am. A coffee break and a picnic lunch is suggested and Rita & Clive are the ‘Walk Leaders’ for this trip, so please contact them on 01424~882674 for all further details. Walk No: 2, - still close within our area, is a slightly longer 8.5 mile circular stroll of Westfield and Sedlescombe, with lots of beautiful scenery to admire along the way. Those interested in joining in with this walk, please meet in Cottage Lane (Westfield) on Wednesday March 11th. at 10.0am.OS Exp 124. TQ813157 (SatNavTN35 4QJ) As it’s a fairly short stroll, this could be just what you may be looking for to try out your ‘New Year Resolution’ of taking more exercise and becoming more fit and healthier. The lady ‘Walk Leader’ for today is Frances and you may contact her on 01424~754548 for all further information. A picnic lunch is again suggested.

MOBILE LIBRARY: Trundling along our country lanes the Mobile Library bus will once more makes it’s appearance in Ewhurst Green It will be arriving in the village on Thursday March 12th at approximately 11.10am. and depart at 11.40am. Please do continue to make full use of this essential and vital service to our parish community. It’s surprising just what you can find within these doors, there’s a good deal more than just books, - so go on, treat yourself and discover a whole new world just from stepping inside this amazing FREE service -on-wheels.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL: This months meeting will take place on Thursday March 12th at 7pm in the church room of St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. This meeting is open to the public and press alike and allows all residents of our Ewhurst parish community the perfect opportunity to come along and have your say. Together with your own Parish Councillors, there are usually representatives from the Police, in the form of our PCSO and both Rother District Councillor (Mr. Tony Ganly) and East Sussex County Council (Mrs. Angharad Davies). You’ll be able to question, query, comment or complain on any or all of the things going on within our parish. We are all here to listen to what you have to say, and perhaps more importantly to what you want to happen ( or NOT happen !) within this community. We are all working on your behalf, to make our community a better, safer and happier place to live, work and enjoy being in. Look for the big banner outside, - there’s usually sufficient car parking and all will be welcome.

THE HERDMAN ASSOCIATION: As a result of the previous events of this ilk being such a success, a repeat of the ‘Fun Games Night’ is being arranged to take place on Friday March 13th between 6 - 9pm at the superb Arthur Herdman Pavilion in Ewhurst Green. Tickets are very reasonable at £2:00 for adults;- For 16-18 year olds, entrance is £1:00 and under 16’s are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult and these evening activity events lend themselves perfectly to a fun filled family time. There will be an assortment of games to enjoy, including Darts; Dominoes; Table Tennis and Shuffleboard. Further activities are hoping to be introduced later in the year as the evenings get lighter and longer, and suggestions so far are for Badminton; 5-A-Side Football; Cricket; Boules/Petanque; Stoolball; Archery and Rounders, - to name but a few ! - Snooker/Pool; Draughts; Chess and other board games are also being considered. So you can see there is a huge assortment for you to choose from. If there are other games -either inside or out, that you’d like to play, or see included here, or for all further information on these evenings please contact Glenys on 01580~820491. The long awaited Cricket coaching will begin when the football season ends in May. The coaching will be at the Herdman Pavilion every Saturday morning between 10.0am and 12.Noon with refreshments provided in the Pavilion afterwards. To speak directly to the Cricket Coach to discuss your child joining the Cricket Club, please telephone Dave Perkins on 01580~830469. If you are considering hiring the Pavilion, -to perhaps book a private event or to enquire about setting up a workshop, check out their website at please check the calendar and then download the Hire Form. or Contact Glenys on 01580~830491.- but, -- please be aware that Saturday mornings between 10.0 & 12.Noon are reserved for sports team events and coaching as previously mentioned.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, Sunday March 8th. Lent 3 at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP). A Morning Praise service will follow directly after at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross at 11.15am. There will be NO SERVICE held today at St. Giles church, in Bodiam. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if he can help you in any church matter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You may contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, or by telephoning 01580~830268 or via his email - If He’s unavailable at the time, please do leave a message and number and he’ll return your call as soon as possible. He’ll always be pleased to help in any way he can.

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Anne Reed