COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: ROTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL ~ are asking us to join together for ‘CHEAPER ENERGY BILLS’ - Residents in Rother are being urged to join a collective energy switching scheme - and save money on their household fuel bills. Rother District Council is backing the Big Community Switch, which allows people to register as part of a group of residents, in order to get a better deal from gas & electricity suppliers. People register their interest on-line and energy firms are then invited to bid against each other to offer the cheapest deal to all those who have expressed an interest. If they accept, residents will have the switching process taken care of for them, offering a simple, hassle-free transition to their new supplier. Anyone interested in switching will need to provide their name & address and details of their current electricity supplier, tariff and energy consumption, - information which is available on their latest bill. Residents have until Monday February 1st 2016 to apply, - with an auction held on the following day to find the company offering the best price to supply energy to the registered households. The company behind the scheme ‘iChoosr’, will calculate how much could be saved and contact everyone registered with an offer, If they decide to switch, they have until Monday March 14th to do so. There is no obligation to accept the offer from the winning energy company, & people’s details will not be shared with the new supplier until they choose to switch. Residents can find out more and register online via the Rother District Council website at

FREE FLU’ JABS: Are you eligible for a free flu jab ?. The flu season is now upon us but people can still help to protect themselves by having a flu jab. Many residents are eligible for a free jab, such as those over 65, - anyone in clinical risk groups and pregnant women. Sadly, but cleverly, the flu viruses are constantly changing, so the health advise is to get vaccinated every year. For more information please visit

EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL: East Sussex County Council are once again offering their Winter Home Check Service to help you get advice and support to keep your home warm. If you are an older or disabled person, - or if anyone in your household is disabled, or if you are a family with children and on a low income, you may qualify for this service. It includes: - A full assessment of your home and how to keep it warm. - Small preventative works, such as improving insulation, repairing boilers, cleaning gutters or chimneys. - Providing emergency temporary heating. - Advice on getting help with the cost of heating your home. For more information of this service please either telephone Social Care Direct on: 03456~080191 or email or contact Keep Well Keep Warm at You may also contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 03001~231234 or email them at or contact Met Office Get Ready for Winter via their email Gone are the days when we sat shivering in our homes swaddled in blankets clutching a mug of cocoa, there are solutions to all problems, so please get in touch with these departments and find out how to keep warm & well

STAPLECROSS M.C.P.SCHOOL: Just a little update for those who may have missed these exciting bits of news; That amazing group of people - the PTFA raised the fantastic amount of £866 for their funds following the superb Christmas Fayre. Some of this was used via a contribution to the pantomime tickets for the Cinderella production which every pupil of this wonderful little village school attended and thoroughly enjoyed and every class have also received a donation to enable them to choose more up-to-date free choice reading books. Two more events over the recent Christmas period undertaken by the staff, PTFA and the pupils realised great results. That fabulous School performance of the Nativity raised a very generous amount of £212:73 which went to ‘ Cancer Research’ charity and the ‘Sponsored Spell’ money of last year, has now all been totted up and a grand total of £208:69 was achieved by this event. This was a fun and helpful way of assisting the children with not only the learning of their spelling but in the correct use of these common words in everyday use through their writing. This time, the glad recipient was ‘Shelter’, another very worthwhile charity. It is always a wonderful thing to be able to help those less fortunate than ourselves and to see this being taught to our younger generation bodes well for a brighter future for us all. The school are also pleased to announce the appointments of three (3) new members of staff, - Mrs Beccy Gurney has now joined as a Teaching Assistant in the Reception /Year 1 class and Mrs Tracey Ash alongside Mrs Sam Gardner will task-share and take on the role of School Secretary/Bursar between them. Very grateful thanks must go to Mrs Hemsley who valiantly stepped in and ran this role on a temporary basis until these new staff were found. We welcome them all and hope that their time spent among us will be long, happy and fruitful for one and all.

EWHURST, STAPLECROSS & BODIAM GARDEN SOCIETY: A really delightful and fun-filled evening occurred on Saturday last (16th) when members of the society and members of the public came together to battle it out in the Garden Society’s Annual Quiz Night. Finding the answers to some hard, some easy & some just downright - “ !@+