PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICE- From EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL: Many residents may be aware that plans have been put into place to re-vitalise and up-grade the existing play equipment at the playing fields, along Northiam Road, in Staplecross. Ewhurst Parish Council are very happy to announce that these additional pieces of equipment will begin to be installed the week commencing MONDAY JUNE 29th. 2015 and the workings for this will take approximately five (5) days. They would also like everyone to be aware that access is likely to be restricted during that week and that any users of this playing field take extra care, especially if accompanied by wee ones, as machinery and equipment, as well as the work force that will be using them, will be sited in this field, and of course, the actual play area. The installation of these new items of play, comes at just the right time, to be all up and running, in time for the school summer vacation and the lovely, long summer evenings ahead of us. So please, bear with us, if the field area - and in particular the existing play park - is rather restricted for a short time, the end result is sure to make the wait worthwhile.

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: Hilary Ganly - Chairman of the Staplecross Village Hall and her committee, would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Will and his staff from Ed’s Nursery, Staplecross, for generously donating the gorgeous hanging baskets of petunias that now adorn the porch entrance walls of our local village hall. This was a very kind gesture to the parish community, and will be much appreciated by all of the parish residents.

EWHURST, STAPLECROSS & BODIAM GARDEN SOCIETY: Just a reminder that our own superb little horticultural society will be hosting their annual Rose Show tomorrow, - that’s Saturday June 13th at The Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross. between 2.30pm and 4.15pm. Even if you are not entering a class, it is still a wonderful show to come and visit. There will be a good number of classes, covering a wide range of ages and abilities for you to see and enjoy, and with a superb cake stall offering you a range of many delicious and delightful items to enjoy either at the show, with a refreshing ‘cuppa’ or to take home and consume at your leisure it promises to be another great success for our ‘green-fingered’ friends. Please come along and support your local garden society and enjoy another of their fantastic shows, - all part of their 2015 Programme of Events. For more information of their calendar and what is planned for the remainder of the year, please contact the Society Secretary (Ruth) on 01580~831918.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Almost halfway through their busy list of matches to be played during the season, the teams of this dedicated but very friendly bowls club have three (3) more matches lined up this week. The first is an away match on Saturday June 13th. 2.30pm at Beckley. The following day,Sunday June the Derek Goodsell Trophy and the club will then complete the week with another away fixture on Thursday June 18th when they appear at Alexandra Park, Hastings. If you can, do go along and support them, as it is always much appreciated. Further details of these matches and just how you can be part of this club, can be obtained from Evelyn on 01580~830107 or, at

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Continuing their enjoyment of this beautiful countryside of ours, the members of the Rother Ramblers have two (2) more walks arranged for our enjoyment. Walk No: 1 is an 8.5 mile circular tour of the Medway Valley and Tudeley. Although, perhaps a tad further afield than normal, this stroll promises to be really worthwhile as it will give you the chance to see the magnificent ‘Marc Chagal’ windows at Tudeley church. Really worth the walk. This trip will be taking place on Sunday June 14th at 10.00am and the meeting point is just off the A26. in Tonbridge, adjacent to Travis Perkins. From the A21, follow the directions A26-Maidstone. OS EXP 147. TQ596466.(SatNav TN9 1PN) Parking is across the road from B & Q, and photo’s of the location will be posted on the website shortly prior to the walk. As usual, a picnic lunch is suggested. The ‘Walk Leaders’ in charge of this excursion today will be Rita and Lionel and for more information on this walk, please contact them on 01424~752452. Walk no: 2 is a mere meander of only 5 miles, and will be an evening stroll around Catsfield, - just the thing, perhaps, if you’re considering joining this walking group. This delightful evening stroll is planned for Thursday June 18th and those interested in taking part should join the group at the car park behind the Village Hall, in Catsfield, at OS EXP 124. TQ724137. (SatNav TN33 9DS) A short refreshment stop during the walk, is suggested as well as the option of a pub visit at the end of the journey. Sue and Dave will be your ‘Walk Leaders’ for this meander and you may get in touch with them on 071424~441018 or Mobile: 07729~056526 for any further details.

STAPLECROSS LUNCHEON CLUB: Once more the members of this small but very friendly dining group will be meeting at the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross on Wednesday June 17th at 12.30pm where for the small cost of £6:00 per person, you can sit down for a delicious two course lunch followed by tea/coffee. The delectable offerings for this month will be Mediterranean Chicken with Savoury Rice followed by Chocolate Gateaux with Strawberries. It makes your mouth water just thinking about it, doesn’t it, and if that’s the case, just book your place by telephoning Dennis on:01580~830816 or Sallie on:01580~830000. The ‘club rules’ are few, --- you have to be of a certain age ~ over 50 years young to attend, and promise (wherever possible) to attend each month. This helps to avoid any unnecessary food wastage as well as reduce the cost in time, money and effort. You don’t even have to live within our parish to become a member, as we have several diners who travel from outside of our community, to dine with us each month. There is no entrance fee and every meal is different from the previous and so delicious, you’d wish the group met weekly and not monthly ! If you’d like to be included in this happy, lively and lovely group of people, please telephone the people named above, who would love to welcome you to our midst and set a place for you at our table.

STAPLECROSS STOOLBALL CLUB: Just one (1) stoolball fixture this week, for our popular local team and that is an away match when our team travel to Battle to play The Scorpions. This will take place on Thursday June 18th and the match will commence at 7.00pm.For more details on how you can become part of this great little sporting club, please contact Pauline on 01580~830570 in the first instance.

EWHURST & STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY: Another fund-raising event, hosted by this popular and very busy local club will be the annual Jumble Sale. Booked to take place on Saturday June 20th, at the Village Hall, Northiam Road, in Staplecross, the doors will open at 2.00pm. to allow you to enter and grab yourself a bargain. All jumble for donation to this event can be brought to the hall from 9.30am. Along with the usual bargains to be had - and there will be many, in all departments, there will also be a raffle and a wonderful cake stall. Refreshments will also be available throughout the event. If you have any items for this sale, and you can’t deliver them yourself, please contact either Brian on: 01580~830570 or John on: 01580~830744 who may be able to arrange a solution. Monies from this event will be added to the grand total and which,at the end of the year, will be donated to the Society’s chosen charities and local good causes. This is such a very worthy cause, and not just for our own community, so please come along, bag yourself a bargain and help this amazing charity whilst doing so.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St James the Great, Ewhurst

Green on Sunday June 14th. Trinity 2. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE held today at St. Giles church, Bodiam. A Morning Praise service at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross will follow directly after at 11.15am. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Graham Attfield and we are pleased to welcome him back, once more to our little parish. If you have any church matters that you would like further advice or consultation upon, please contact Gordon either by email at:

or by telephoning him on 01580~830268. He’d love to help you in any way he can.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you have an event planned in the near future and you’d like more people to be aware of it, please send me the details and I’ll help spread the word. It’s never to early to let me know what your Club, Society, Group or Charity are planning because - if it’s of interest to you, - it’ll be of interest to us. I look forward to hearing from you soon Thank You.

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