STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Three more matches are being played this week by the intrepid members of the Staplecross Bowls Club as they wend their way through their 2015 season. Match No: 1 is planned for Saturday August 15th with an away match against Rotherfield (W) The second match will be played on the club’s home ground at Northiam Road, Staplecross on Sunday August 16th when their opponents will be Cranbrook. This match will commence at 2.30pm, so if any one is able to go along and support our local team then please do so. Match No: 3 finds our team playing against Cross-in-Hand and is another away game fixed for Wednesday 19th August. If you would like to find out more about our local bowls club and all that it entails, then please contact Eve on 01580~830107 -or via her email which is: for all further information.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: This fit and friendly, outdoor group have planned two more walks for our enjoyment this week and the first is planned to take place on Sunday August 16th and is a short-ish 7.5 mile circular stroll ‘North from Heathfield’. The meeting point is the Mill Road car park, in Heathfield. OS EXP 135. TQ577213. (SatNav TN21 0XB) at 10.00am. This will be a clockwise circular walk which may be a bit hilly in places. A picnic lunch is suggested. Adrian will be your ‘walk leader’ for today, so please contact him on 01273~514336 - mobile 07729~861854 for all further details. The second walk planned for this week is another short one, being a 7 mile circular tour of around Ashburnham and will take place on Wednesday August 19th.Those interested in joining this stroll should meet at the lay-by near the Ash Tree Inn, Ashburnham OS EXP 124.TQ676149. (SatNav BN33 9NX) at 10.00am. A picnic lunch is suggested, as usual, and for all further information regarding this walk, please contact Sue and Dave who will be your ‘walk leaders’ for this little meander. You may do this by calling 01424~441018 or mobile no:07729~056526

STAPLECROSS LUNCHEON CLUB: Making their way to the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross, on Wednesday August 19th will be the very friendly members of this ever popular, but small dining group. Meeting up at 12.30pm where for the small cost of £6:50 you can sit down and enjoy a delicious 2 course meal followed by tea/coffee. On the menu for this month will be cold meat and salad followed by a fruit crumble. These meals are beautifully cooked using locally sourced produce as much as possible. They are always delicious and very enjoyable, regardless of what’s on the menu, whether hot or cold, and whatever the season. ‘Rules’ - as such, are few, --- you have to be of a certain age (-over 50 years young) and promise, wherever possible, to attend each month. This helps avoid any unnecessary food wastage as well as reduce the cost in time, money and effort. You don’t have to live within our parish as several members travel from outside our community, just to enjoy this wonderful fare amongst friends. If you fancy sitting down with us then please contact either Sallie on 01580~830000 or Dennis on 01580~830816 to book your place.

HERDMAN PAVILION ASSOCIATION: A FREE ‘Junior Cricket Fun Day’ is being arranged for Thursday August 27th at the Arthur Herdman Pavilion and Playing Field, in Ewhurst Green.(Sat Nav TN32 5TB). All and any, Boys & GIRLS under the age of 12 years are being invited to take part in this exciting Junior Cricket Fun Day event, which is being sponsored by the Sussex Cricket Board. The S.C.B. ‘van’ will be on the Recreation Field providing a taste of English cricket for all those who’d like to ‘have a go’, between the hours of 10.30am and 12.30pm. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. All equipment will be provided, and the expert coach is hoping to encourage more children into this exciting and sometimes nail-biting game and is a great opportunity for the children to be introduced to this sport in lovely surroundings and all you have to do is bring trainers; shorts and a T shirt. Sensibly, ALL children MUST be accompanied by an adult. In order for them to know approximately how many to expect and to provide refreshments for, please telephone Glenys on 01580~830491 or via her email: -- We’ve just won ‘The Ashes’ again, - so who knows what heroes may be in the making for the future years in English cricket. Let’s give it a go and see.

HERDMAN PAVILION: Staying with this amazing social group, another Friday Fun Games Evening is booked to take place in this superb pavilion. Taking place on Friday August 28th between 6pm and 9pm. there will be a wealth of games both old and new, for everyone to enjoy, including - Table tennis; Dominoes; Pool; Darts and Chess. A licensed bar and ‘nibbles’ will be available and the costs are:- Adults £2:00. -16~18 years £1:00. - under 16’s go free. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. This promises to be a wonderful way for families and friends to enjoy being together, so come along and have some fun-together.

MACMILLAN NURSES COFFEE MORNING: Everyone knows the wonderful and awe-inspiring work that the nurses from MacMillan carry out daily, and how they care not just for those who are actually suffering from this diabolical disease, but to the families and friends who are also caught up in the pain and anguish that accompanies it. Their care and comfort knows no bounds and they have brought solace and ease to all that they work with, regardless of age, race, colour or creed. Hundreds of coffee mornings, across the nation are coming together to make a united effort to show their support for these amazing people and Staplecross is no exception. On Friday September 25th a Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross to raise funds for this very worthwhile charity. Donations of prizes are being requested for use in the Tombola and Raffle stalls. If you have any quality items that can be used on the Bring & Buy stall, then this could also be a brilliant way to ‘recycle’ them. Perhaps there is a Business, or a Pub or Restaurant, or a generous benefactor, out there, that would be willing to donate something that could be used to help raise much needed funds and which would help make this coffee morning a really, really great success, then that would be so much appreciated and make it all worthwhile, - also it will give you a warm,fuzzy feeling knowing you have helped support such a worthwhile cause. For further information on this forthcoming event, to donate items or find out how you can help, please contact Pauline on 01580~830570. We all know someone who has been affected, in some way, by this hateful disease, and the more we can all help combat it, in any way, the better. So, please, donate an item for a stall, - better still - come along and have a cake and a tea/coffee amongst friends on the day. Show your support, - show you care.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday August 16th. Trinity 11 at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. A service will follow directly after at St. Giles church, Bodiam 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. If there is any church matter that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to contact him either at The Rectory, Ewhurst Green or by telephoning 01580~830260 - if he’s busy, please just leave a message and he’ll get back to you within a short space of time. You may also contact him via his email address which is: He’d be truly delighted to help in any way he can.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If your Group, Club, Society or Charity is planning to hold an event soon, whether it’s large or small, and you’d like some more promotion regarding it, then do please contact me. It’s never too early to tell me what you are planning, -- if it’s of interest to you, --- it’s of interest to us. - I’d love to hear from you and help spread the word, ~ so please get in touch..........Thank You.

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