SUMMER SLOW-DOWN: With the school’s gates closed - pupils and staff alike, will all now be enjoying the beginning of their long summer furlough along with many of our other local social groups who may also be taking a summer recess. Life to many, may seem to slow down and the area become the ‘quiet little backwater’ that, especially through the long, hopefully hot summer days, many people seem to associate with country life, throughout England. If this is so, then make the most of the peace and quiet and enjoy life for a while in the ‘Slow Lane’. There will still be lots of events and exciting places to visit and ‘do’ so just enjoy this lovely summer of ours, however you choose.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Still keeping apace with their very busy fixture list and showing no signs of slowing down, this very busy bowls club have no less than five (5) matches arranged for just this week alone !. The first match is planned for Saturday July 25th with a home match against White Rock. No Sunday lie-in’s allowed for the teams on the following day,- Sunday July 26th -as this will be the first of two away matches to be played out this week beginning with today and the opponents on this occasion are Pett. The next away match will be against Fairlight, and will be played on Tuesday July 28th. The teams will return to play two home matches at their home ground on Northiam Road, Staplecross with the first being played on Wednesday July 29th and the opposition is Clive Vale. The week comes to a close on Thursday July 30th when the club meet Alexandra. All matches will commence play at 2.30pm. and spectators and supporters are always welcomed. If you’d like more details or information on how to become more involved of this friendly and dedicated club, please either contact any member of the club or contact Evelyn on 01580~830107 or via her email on You’d be made very welcome.-- As a Post-Script to the Bowls Club news, - I have been made aware of incorrect information inadvertently being given in connection to the ‘Sellings Cup’ bowls event that was played yesterday Thursday July 23rd. The correct information is that the “Sellings Cup” is a trophy played for annually between the Mermaid Bowls League’ and the Rother Bowls League’ and not individual teams. This year the match took place at Tenterden Bowls Club, -not Staplecross Bowls Club as stated. The two league representative sides are selected by the management of the two leagues and the winners of the match receive the “Sellings Cup” to be held for one year. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused to all concerned.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Definitely no holiday time out for this group as the members of this popular walking group have arranged two more walks for us to enjoy. Both very different, but both very enjoyable. Walk No: 1 is planned to take place on Sunday July 26th and will be a 10 mile circular walk from Rolvenden via Tenterden. Those joining this walk should meet at 10.0am on Rolvenden High Street, near the church. OS EXP.125 TQ844312. (SatNav TN17 4LS) As usual, a picnic lunch is suggested and David will be your ‘Walk Leader’ for this occasion, so please ring him on:01580~852432 for all further details. Walk No: 2 is of slightly shorter mileage, being only 8.5 miles, and will take place Wednesday July 29th when all those who fancy a game of the eternal “Pooh Stix” may get their wish as this stroll is entitled “Ashdown Forest and A.A.Milne” - a walk from Hartfield. All those who would like to be part of this lovely walk, - and who wouldn’t, - should meet at 10.0 am in the Car Park,- 100 yards south of Junction of B2110 and B2026 in Hartfield. OS EXP 135. TQ479358.(SatNavTN7 4AA) A picnic lunch is again suggested and as Ashdown Forest is a beautiful part of the country to visit at any time of the year, perhaps now is just the right time for you to do so. The man leading this meander will be Martin, and you can contact the ‘walk leader’ on 01424~752793 for all further information.

STAPLECROSS STOOLBALL CLUB: Only one match will be played this week and that will be a home game at the Playing field, Northiam Road, Staplecross on Tuesday July 28th when our own local team play against Catsfield with the match commencing at 7.00pm. All spectators and supporters will be very warmly welcomed and so very much appreciated. Members are always ready to welcome prospective newcomers to the club and whether you wish to become players or be more in a supporting role, then please just come along to any of the matches and make yourself known to any of the existing club members. Alternatively you can telephone Pauline on: 01580~830570 for any additional information you may need.

EWHURST GREEN BAR-B-Q. Just in case you may have left the booking of your ticket for this superb event ‘til the last moment,- time is running out and you need to contact Glenys on 01580~830491 or to secure your entry to this great social event. The venue, for this year, is to be at the superb Arthur Herdman Pavilion and field, in Ewhurst Green (SatNav TN325TB) This promises to be a superb evening, for all the family with a delectable Hog Roast and other enticing food,- Live music from “Mocking Jay”, - a licensed bar, a raffle and lots more. This will be a fund-raising event in aid of Ewhurst PCC and other local charities and the costs of the tickets are: Adults ~ £12:00; Under 14 years are £6:00 and all Pre-school children are free. Sadly, this will be a PRE-BOOKED TICKET ONLY affair, - so don’t miss the chance to come along and enjoy a wonderful evening amongst family and friends - and the weather forecast looks to be very good as well, - so come and have some fun in the fresh air.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday July 26th. Trinity 8. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE at St. Giles church, Bodiam on this day, but a service will follow directly after at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross at 11.15am. This service will also include Holy Communion. Both services will be conducted by Reverend Gordon Winchester and if there is any church matter in which he can be of assistance, then please don’t hesitate to contact him. He’d love to help in any way he can, so please contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green, - or by telephone 01580~830268 or via his email- - If he is out, and he quite often is, please leave a message and someone will contact you in a very short while, upon his return.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If your Group, Club, Society or Charity is planning to hold an event, regardless of size or importance, and you’d like more promotion for it, then please get in touch for help with more ‘news coverage’. It’s never too early to contact me regarding your event, ‘cos if it’s of interest to you, - it’s of interest to us. I look forward to hearing from you..........Thank you.

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