COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: Last minute dash--- Just to gently remind everyone that there are a few tables available at the Staplecross Village Hall “FUN QUIZ NIGHT planned for Saturday April 9th, - THAT’S TOMORROW, which just needs you to make it a great success. Our lovely and well known village hall, situated in the heart of Staplecross, (on Northiam Road - satnav TN325QG) is the venue for this great night in. As many of you may know, this event is one of the Village Hall Committee’s “Fund Raising projects” planned for this year, in order to help maintain our popular village hall. This particular night, - 7.00pm for 7.30pm - promises to be an evening of fun-filled, light-hearted entertainment made up of all round general knowledge questions. ~~ Include in this, a delicious hot supper, - including a vegetarian option, - a superb raffle with worthy prizes and set this amongst congenial company with friendly rivalry and soft banter thrown in, then you have the makings of a fantastic evening of fun. Teams of 4 are the order of the day ( or night, as the case may be) and with tickets of £7:00 per person, the costs are not prohibitive. You are very welcome to bring along your own alcoholic drinks. If you feel that you are unable to make up a full team, but would still like to take part, then do please still come along and we’ll certainly do our best to make sure you still have a very enjoyable evening. Along with the Quiz Master for tonight, Mr. Peter Hook, we all look forward to welcoming you to this Fun Night Quiz. --- Another reminder is that of the Fabulous Fundraising Raffle being held on behalf of St. Michael’s Hospice and the Royal British Legion. Ably run by our own well known local electrical chapppie, Mr. John Lederer ( he also of the local Bonfire Society fame ) I am very happy to report that ALL 500 of the raffle tickets have been sold and the draw will take place on Saturday April 16th. at 9.30pm in the cheery confines of one of our local village pubs, The Cross Inn. The main prize will be the chance to enjoy a 20 minute memory making flight in a historical “Spitfire” plane. The runner up will receive a Tour for Four, of the Historic Aircraft Collection at Duxford, in Cambridgeshire. Therefore, if you are one of those caring people who purchased one of these tickets, then please endeavour to be at the pub before 9.30pm to witness the draw. - You could be holding the winning ticket ! Good Luck to all who took part and regardless of the outcome, - Thank you for your contribution to these worthy causes.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Remaining hale and hearty despite our ever changing weather, the members of the Rother Ramblers walking group have lined up two (2) more walks for our enjoyment. Walk No: 1 is an 8 mile circular tour of Peasmarsh. Taking place on Sunday April 10th. the meeting point will be at the car park at Jempson’s Supermarket, in Peasmarsh. OS EXP.124. TQ883229. (SatNav TN31 6UY) at 10.00am. A refreshment stop together with a lunch break are the unusual orders of the day here, giving you plenty of time to admire the beautiful scenery along the route. Rita and Clive will be your ‘walk leaders’ for this outing, and you may contact them on 01424~882674 or mobile number 07969~446867 for all further information. Walk No: 2 is just a mere 7 mile circular stroll from Sandhurst to Hawkhurst. The meeting place for this excursion will be at Sandhurst Cross, near Sandhurst Church. OS EXP136. TQ790274. (SatNav TN18 5NS) at 10.00am. Those lucky strollers will have the chance to check out some more of the Sussex Border Path and enjoy more of our glorious countryside at the same time. A picnic lunch is again suggested. Your ‘walk leaders’ for this outing will be Rita & Lionel and you may contact them on 01424~752452 for more details.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL. - ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: This is a gentle nudge to reminder you of the

Ewhurst Parish Council’s, ‘Annual Parish Assembly’. Once more, this will take place in the Village Hall, Northiam road, Staplecross (SatNav TN32 5QG) on Tuesday April 12th. from 6.45pm -to allow for ‘mingling’. This is when all of the residents from all three parish’s are cordially invited to come along and ‘meet your Councillors’ - on ALL three levels - and hear the summary of the Council’s forecast incomings and outgoings for the past year. As in previous years, there will be guest speakers from other organisations, talking on matters, which we feel may be of interest to our residents. There will be opportunities for you to raise any concerns you may have which are relevant to the parish and to make suggestions. A delicious buffet style refreshment table, kindly provided by our own local W.I. ladies, for your convenience, will be available together with tea/coffee and soft drinks, for you to partake before the meeting is ‘officially’ opened at 7.15pm.. This meeting also gives you the chance to visit the many charming table displays, ably promoting many of our local groups interests and activities which abound throughout our parish. The Annual Report, on behalf of Ewhurst Parish Council, should have been received by all the parish residents, but if you have inadvertently been missed out, there will be spares available at this meeting. It’s always a friendly, interesting and worthwhile evening, so do please come along and join us.

MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE: That brilliant little Mobile Library van will be back trundling along our country lanes once more, as it continues with it’s busy schedule. This time the white van will be visiting Ewhurst Green on Thursday April 14th. t is due to arrive at 10.40am and departing at 11.10am. Please note; ~ this is to be the ONLY visit of the Mobile Library service for this month, so please ensure that you don’t miss it. There are many things of interest within the portals of this wonderful, free, Library Service vehicle, so please come along and find out for yourself.

STAPLECROSS M.C.P.SCHOOL: Not many can fail to notice that the schoolchildren are now once more back in residence at our lovely little village school. At the end of their Spring Term, Hubby & I were privileged to be included in the Swallows’ class Assembly for Parents, in lieu of actual parents being unable to attend due to work commitments. This was definitely NOT how I remembered a school assembly!. ~ This began with all the pupils ‘performing’ through song, movements and shiney pom-poms. Their enjoyment of this was so obvious, as shown by their constantly beaming faces. Transport was the theme, as this was a subject they had all been learning about during their previous months. Following this was a story of a car and where it travelled to, - told in words, pictures, props and actions. We also ‘learnt’ about the Wright Brothers, - those pioneers of aviation - then also told and acted by each child, - complete with an amazing ‘death bed scene’!. Surely a future ‘Oscar’ winner or two is hidden within this group ? The stories, poetry, and performances was a joy to watch and every single pupil from those in Reception Class and still only four, to those soon to move onwards and upwards took part and without a doubt, had great fun doing so. We, and all the other grown-ups who were privileged to attend send our grateful thanks to the Teachers and their Assistants for all the hard work this must have entailed in putting on this ‘production’. But the stars of the show can only be the pupils, and we thank them for the joy of that morning and for the simple ‘feel good factor’ that this assembly gave us. This simple little Assembly brought back to me just how much life has changed, - and in this school, just how wonderful it still is. Following a longer Easter holiday, lessons will now start in earnest as their busy Summer Term unfolds - beginning with ‘Science Week’ and a ‘visit from an important scientific person” ! - followed by a ‘Blast Science’ show on the following day. A Spring ‘Ground Force Day’ is planned for Saturday April 16th beginning at 10.00am. The last event was so successful that the school have decided to hold a further morning in order to finish off the ideas, at the bottom of the field and to generally carry out some ng time improvements. Grateful help from parents, families and friends, would be so much appreciated. You may contact the school on 01580~830256 to find out what is involved & needed.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday April 10th. Easter 3. at 9.30am. This service will also include Holy Communion. (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE today at St.Giles church, Bodiam, but a Morning Prayer service will follow directly afterwards at 11.15am. at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Once more we welcome the return of Canon Richard Orchard, who will officiate at the service and we thank him for kindly continuing to do so. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, then do please get in touch. You may contact either of the churchwardens ~ Graham Peters -on and telephone no: 01580~830203 for Bodiam church matters and for Ewhurst Parish church matters, please contact Jo Goodwin-on and telephone no: 01580~830601. Help in some form or another, is always at hand, and so generously given, so do please contact them

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are arranging an event in the near future, --- however large or small and you’d like some extra coverage for it, then please get in touch. If it’s of interest to you, - it’s of interest to us. It’s never too early to send in your details and to tell us what you are planning, so please do contact me, as I’d love to hear from you and to help ‘spread the word’ on your behalf.........Thank You

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