LOCAL EVENT UPDATES and THANK YOU’s: A couple of local events have taken place recently and the teams organising these fun & fund-raising events have asked me to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who came along and supported them on their day.

STAPLECROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY: Following on from their successful Family Fun Day, held recently at the Cross Inn, Staplecross on Saturday July 4th. The weather was on the side of the great and good as this was one of the hottest days of the year, just right for a ‘barbie’!. and the set up for this fund-raiser was amazing. Sadly, for whatever reason, the attendance was not as good as was hoped for, but nevertheless, a great time was had by all who did attend, and a ‘profit’ of approximately £200:00 was able to be added to the purse of this wonderful, traditional Sussex charitable group. The results of the competitions that took place on the day are as follows: The Bonfire ‘Bake Off’ was won by Mary Turner, for her gorgeous Chocolate, Fig & Amaretto cake.The “Guess the Number of Sweets” Cake was won by Dave at the Pub. The raffle for who was selected for the honour of ‘Lighting the Bonfire 2015’ was won by Carol Maughan. In the ‘Bowling for the Leg of Pork’ stakes, - Allan Monk took the prize and Ellis Matthews was the

very worthy winner in the ‘Bowling for Tigger’ competition. Many grateful thanks are extended to everyone who helped set up, and clear up, who manned the stalls and of course, all those who so generously spent their hard earned pennies to support such a worthy cause. The biggest Vote of Thanks must surely go to Katie Matthews, for all her efforts in organising this event, - especially with a new born baby to care for!. The Society would like to wish you all a great summer break and to remind you that their next meeting is on Monday September 7th. and many hands make light work in the making of the many hundreds of torches on Saturday September 19th, for our own Torchlight Procession, - a month or so later. Have no fear though, - reminders will be forthcoming in due course, as help will be desperately needed on that day, so please put these dates in your diaries and come along and help if you can.

STAPLECROSS MCP SCHOOL - FETE & SPORTS DAY: The sun certainly shone on the righteous for this fantastic day of fun and fund-raising last Friday (10th) when the staff, the PTFA, the supporters and of course, the stars themselves, - the pupils of this superb little school,- all came together to take part in what must be one of the best events of the school year, - the annual Sports Day and Summer Fete. The weather was just right, - hot, dry and sunny, and many people turned out to come along and support this very popular village school event. Lots of field and track events were run, hopped, skipped and jumped (on & off the track!) and this included race events for any future pupils and of course, the grown-ups. Lots of noisy cheering from the side-lines encouraged all those who took part in these races, and whether you won or not, all entrants were winners in the eyes of the school staff and the pupil’s families alike. Who knows, maybe, we may have a future ‘Olympic Champion’ amongst them. Sadly, as in all team games, there has to be a winner, and at the finale, the RED Team, came out on top, being a little ahead with 274 points to the BLUE team’s very worthy achievement of 258 points. Well done to you all !. All the pupils had a lovely time during the sporting event and this was made even better, by making the most of all the entertaining and fun stalls on offer during the fabulous school fete which took place later in the day. The school bursar, Chris Perry, may have wondered just what he had let himself in for, as to the huge delight of all onlookers, of all ages, he was thoroughly dunked, sloshed and slimed !.- How’s that for dedication to duty ?. The children all thought he was ‘brilliant’, ‘amazing’ and ‘really cool’,- so his popularity and ‘street cred’ live on !. Grateful thanks must go to ALL those special people who helped to arrange, prepare, promote and participate in this fabulous fun day & fund raising event. The outcome of all this hard work, by so many willing workers resulted in the fantastic amount of £791:33 being added to the school coffers.This is a tremendous achievement by all concerned and so appreciated by all at the school and so very well deserved.

STAPLECROSS CHILDREN’S PLAY PARK: In case it may have slipped your attention, or you may not be aware, but work has been carried out at this play park recently, to upgrade the children’s playing equipment which led to the closure of the play park for safety reasons. The contractors have now finished and the play park is now OPEN FOR PLAY once more. Upon collecting my Grandson from Pre-School a few days ago, and with a few minutes to spare, - we decided to give this new equipment a ‘test run’, - all in the name of science, you understand !!!. Arthur (aged 3.5) and I (a good number of years older !) spent a long while on each new piece of equipment to give it a fair test and now declare it all brilliant !. The Aerial Runway (or Zip-Wire) down by the goal mouth, - is a bit slow to begin with,- perhaps because it’s new ( or I’m old !) but you can still have great fun here, especially if you get a good run at it !. Presently, there is sand on the area where you climb on board, presumably for added grip for your feet as it had been raining recently, but this didn’t affect our enjoyment of this very popular piece of equipment in the slightest. Returning back up to the main playground and within the fenced area, ~ his first choice for this important trial was the Climbing Frame. Sadly, he only has very little legs, and couldn’t quite make it to the top, - for which I was very relieved, - but we still enjoyed climbing in & out of the huge framework of this substantial item. Next item to try out was the Team Swing and this was also great fun, - there was easily space for 2 -or more little ones-here and I can see this becoming a popular and territorial stake-out item, as I had to prize him out of it in order to collect his older sister from big school. These new play pieces will be a welcome addition to the children’s playground. The items are solidly placed and substantially built and should withstand all the knocks and abuse that youngsters, by their very nature, are bound to give it. Sadly, time and the weather prevented us from returning to the play park that afternoon, but I’ve been told that I have this treat to look forward too--- personally, I can’t wait !. -But one grouchy little mention, If you do use any of the amenities in the playing field, regardless of your age or abilities, could you please make use of the existing litter bins. Don’t just drop your cast offs anywhere. Not only is this litter a danger to our wildlife, - it can be a hazard to the wee ones who also use this playing field area. If the bins are full, then please “TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME”. Arrangements are being considered to provide an additional litter bin in the near future, but these things take time, so please be patient and help keep this lovely and exciting new play park a happy, healthy - and safe - place to play and enjoy. Thank you.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Continuing with their hectic schedule, the members of this popular bowls club have four (4) more matches to play this week, all played at their home ground at Northiam Road, Staplecross and all (bar one) commencing at 2.30pm. Beginning on Saturday July 18th their first match is against Guestling. Match no: 2 will be played on Sunday July 19th against a team from Northiam. Next come the teams from Battle and are the club’s 3rd opponents of the week, when they play them on Wednesday July 22nd. and the week is rounded off nicely with a evening match commencing at 6.15pm on Thursday July 23rd when the Sellings Cup is the prize, for all teams taking part. Supporters are always welcome and as these matches will be played within Staplecross village, it may provide a golden opportunity to come along and show your support for your local club. It may also give you the opportunity to consider if you’d like to become a member of this friendly and dedicated group of players. For all further details of what’s involved either contact Evelyn on:01580~830107, - or her email: or see any club member at any of these fixtures. They’d love to hear from you, so please give it a go.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Just two (2) walks to entice our little feet this week, - and both very different. Walk No: 1 is planned for Sunday July 19th and is a 10.5 circular stroll from Hurst Green to Hawkhurst, taking in some beautiful scenery. Meeting place is the Hurst Green car park, - just down the A265, - behind the Village Hall. OS EXP 136.

TQ732271. (SatNav TH19 7QN) at 10.0am. As is usually the case, a picnic lunch is suggested and for this outing Joyce and Malcolm will be your ‘Walk Leaders’ and you may contact them on: 01424~224472 for further details. Walk No: two (2) is described as “The Breakfast Walk”, so if you like the early morning, - up with the larks, - seeing and hearing the songs of our precious bird life, then maybe this walk is just right for you. Planned to take place on Wednesday July 22nd. the meeting point for this excursion is ‘The Sussex Exchange’ Queensway, St. Leonards. OS EXP.124. TQ782121. (SatNav 38 7AG) at 6.30 A.M. This is an early call and breakfast after the walk is suggested, - al-fresco if the weather holds and is fine. Menu will be available via their website, prior to the commencement of this walk. Rita & Lionel will be the ‘Walk Leaders’ for this stroll with a difference and if you’d like to be a part of it and/or you’d like more information about what is involved, then please contact the leaders on 01424~752452. They’d love to welcome you to their walking party.

STAPLECROSS STOOLBALL CLUB: Just one (1) match this week, and that will be an away match on Tuesday July 21st beginning at 7.00pm. The opponents of this fixture will be Brightling which is not too far away if you’d like to go along and support our team. For all further details of how to get involved in this very ‘Sussex’ game or how to become a member of this friendly and fast paced sporting activity, or even to find out what’s on the rest of the club’s calendar, then please contact Pauline on: 01580~830570, in the first instance. Go on, -- give it a go !

EAST SUSSEX MOBILE LIBRARY: It’s time again to welcome the little Mobile Library van to two (2) of our villages when it arrives in our community on Thursday July 23rd. They will make their appearance and park in Cricketers Field, Staplecross from 1.40pm before departing at 2.10pm for the next port of call. This will be at Cripps Corner, where they will arrive and continue to use the car park of the White Hart Inn, (with kind permission of the landlady) from 2.20pm. before departing at 2.45pm. for their last call of the day. Please do continue to make full use of this vital and still free, service as this allows those in the more rural areas of our district, a better access for all residents within our community, to all that’s available throughout the whole of the Library Service. It’s not just books, - it’s a whole new world for you to explore !. Try it & see.

EWHURST GREEN B-B-Q. : Everyone’s invited to be a part of this great fund-raising event which is in aid of Ewhurst PCC and local charities. Arranged to take place this year, at the Arthur Herdman Pavilion and playing field, at Ewhurst Green (SatNav TN32 5TB) on Saturday July 25th. from 6.00pm. Such a lot will be going on with a magnificent hog roast, a licensed bar, - live music from “Mocking Jay” and lots, lots more. Entry is by PRE-BOOKED TICKET ONLY ~ Adults ~ £12:00; Under 14’s are £6:00 and all Pre-school age children are FREE. This is to ensure food waste is kept to a minimum as well as time, money & effort. Please contact Glenys via her email at: or on 01580~830491 to book your place at the Bar-B-Q and to be part of the fun line up amongst family and friends.

OUT AND ABOUT: There are lot’s of exciting places to visit over the next few weeks, now that the school summer holidays are upon us in earnest, - one such event, very close to home, and for a very worthwhile cause springs to mind for your consideration~~ ‘FAIRY TALE DAY’ in aid of the “Make-A-Wish” UK. Arranged to take place on Sunday July 19th between 11.00am.and 5.00pm. and set in the beautiful grounds of ‘Mad Hatters Fancy Dress’ premises in Ockham Oast House, Staplecross Road, Bodiam. TN32 5RA. Visitors will be encouraged to explore these delightful gardens and the enchanted woods. There will be many free activities throughout the day, to make sure that everyone is making the most of this event and having a wonderful time; including interactive play areas, professional storytelling, magic and music, acrobats and circus performers. Everyone is encouraged to make full use of the fancy dress costumes available for their enjoyment. There will be a professional fantasy photographer, a fantastic hog roast as well as many stalls to peruse. This amazing event won’t break the family bank either as tickets are a mere £5:00 for adults, and £3:00 for children, - a family ticket is only £15:00, with a donation to Make-A-Wish. - such super value. This promises to be a superb days outing for all the family, whilst doing a wee bit for those less fortunate. Further information and tickets are available from or Go along to this inspiring event and have yourself a “Fairy-Tale Day” of your own.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the Parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday July 19th. Trinity 7. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. A service at St. Giles church, Bodiam will follow directly after at 11.15am. This service will also include Holy Communion. There will be NO SERVICE held today at St.Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if there is any church matter on which he can be of help, please don’t hesitate to contact him. You can always contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, via his email or by telephone on: 01580~830268. If he’s out, ~ and he frequently is, just leave a short message and he’ll return your call as soon as he can. He’ll be delighted to help you in any way he can.

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