COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: Information has been received from the Sussex Police, as in their latest Crime Summary, they state they are starting to hear further reports of those hated ‘scam crimes’ and want to alert as many people as possible. This telephone scam is in connection with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and our Sussex Police are issuing urgent warnings to residents - especially the elderly, the vulnerable and those living alone, to hopefully prevent them being taken in by this current crime wave in which phone callers, posing as HMRC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes. The fraudsters claim that substantial amounts of money were owed to HMRC through incorrect taxes. Recent calls of this nature, made to some residents in Eastbourne, have described how the caller has threatened to freeze their bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest and/or remove goods from the property to cover the debt. Sussex Police understand that these types of scam telephone calls can be distressing for residents, and more so for the elderly and the more vulnerable amongst us. It can be very tempting to give in to the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any alleged debt or come to some arrangements to settle their supposed tax debt. The advice from the Sussex Police is to end the telephone call straightaway and report the incident directly to the Action Fraud Dept. on: 0300 123 2040. Or you can telephone 101 - or in the case of extreme distress please ring 999 and get straight through to a staff member who will then deal with this incident immediately. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Please make as many people as possible aware of this latest crime wave to enable them to deal with this as quickly and as simply as possible.

STAPLECROSS LUNCHEON CLUB: Many of the residents within the parish who attend these lovely little social lunches may not be aware of just how kind and generous some of our patrons are. During the summer and autumn harvest ‘glut’, many types of produce, like potatoes, apples and rhubarb are offered and donated to the Luncheon Club and are used in their menu’s wherever possible. The majority of meat used in the making of these meals comes from one source; that of “Appleyard Butchers”, of Bexhill Road, St. Leonards. Wendy ( one of our ‘super chefs’) has managed to obtain such a generous deal with this butcher that by doing so, has enabled our dining club to continue onwards with a fresh heart. The chefs from the Luncheon Club are happy to recommend this little butcher shop, as apart from the quality of their wares, the staff at this shop are always happy to help you choose the right meat for your own menu, without any pressure or sale tactics. The Luncheon Club would like to say a big “Thank You” to this company for their kindness, quality of produce and generosity. It is so appreciated by all who attend the dining group.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Just where do the players and all their supporters get their energy from?. This week, the outdoor bowls club have no less than four (4) matches to play in the space of six (6) days!. Three of them are to be ‘Home’ fixtures, which is very good news for all the local supporters. Match no: 1 is to be played on Saturday May 28th and the opposing team is Brenchley & Matfield. The following day Sunday May 29th is another home match (No: 2) and this time the rival team is the Gullivers. On the following day, Monday May 30th (Bank Holiday) the last of the home games (match No: 3) will be played at the pristine grounds of the club in Northiam Road, Staplecross,TN32 5QH. This time the opposition team hails from Hellingly. The club have a day or two rest before the last fixture which is an away game and will be played against Hollington on Thursday 2nd June and this match is part of the Rother League. If you are in the vicinity and would like to show your support for our local teams, then please pop along and watch them play these games with skill and decision. If you’d like to get more involved, either as a player, or in a ‘behind the scenes’ role, then please telephone Brian on 01580~830570 for more details and information.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Proving that the best things in life are free, - which in this case is “fresh air”, - those jovial and friendly members of this popular walking group have arranged two (2) more walks around our lovely countryside and all for our enjoyment. Walk No: 1 is an 8.5 circular stroll of Ticehurst, - Bewl Water, - and Wallcrouch. Planned for Sunday May 29th the meeting point is the Pickforde Lane car park, Ticehurst. OS EXP136. TQ689303. (SatNav TN5 7DJ) at 10.00am. Walking notes specify that there are ‘quite a few climbs’ on this walk, but the views will be well worth it I’m sure !. A picnic lunch is suggested again and this should be a delightful encouragement to all. Rita and Lionel will be your ‘walk leaders’ for this wonderful walk and you may contact them on: 01424~752452 for all further information. Walk No: 2 in the opposite direction, is a slightly longer route of 9 miles and is a circular tour around Westfield, via Telham and Sedlescombe. Arranged for Wednesday June 1st. the meeting place is at Westfield Church, near the Parish Hall. OS EXP124. TQ809151. (SatNav TN35 4SN) again at 10.00am. Please note; parking is by the Parish Hall in Vicarage Lane - please use ‘chevron’ parking, as more vehicles can be accommodated in this space, in this way. As usual, a picnic lunch is suggested. Frances is to be your ‘walk leader’ on this occasion and you may contact her on: 01424~754548 for more details.

LOCAL DIABETES PRESENTATION: Just a last gentle reminder to any parish resident, that a presentation all about Diabetes, has been arranged by the doctors at the Northiam and Broad Oak surgeries to discuss and debate this illness, with a view to helping us all to better and more fully understand all that this illness and living with it implies. As many of you may know, Diabetes is rapidly become a increasing cause for concern in this day and age, as more of us are being diagnosed with this illness. It can effect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, colour or creed. To help allay any fears you may have, either for yourself or a family member or maybe a friend, the Doctors at these surgeries have arranged a presentation to the public to hear the facts - and the fiction - surrounding it and to have your questions answered simply, honestly and fully. There are many myths surrounding Diabetes, some rather disturbing,- but completely untrue and some just nonsense. To make sure you fully understand what is real and what isn’t and to find out more about this debilitating illness, please make sure you come along to this event. This presentation is entitled “ Diabetes - an Epidemic “, and is to be held at the Northiam Village Hall - 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start and the date is Wednesday June 1st. 2016. Many of our residents within Ewhurst Parish are patients at these surgeries and hopefully, may find this little presentation of help & benefit to them, but this meeting is also open to anyone who would like more information about Diabetes in any form. All will be very welcome.

OUT & ABOUT: - ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPICE - OPEN GARDENS: Sadly only one (1) garden will be open this week, to tempt our green-fingered friends, but this is a stunning garden which will be enjoyed by all who visit here. Situated in Fairlight, “Mays Platt” is a new addition to the brochure and garden scheme and is located in Clinton Way, Fairlight TN35 4DL. Maverick planting from passionate owners questions how this family garden works, - but work it does ! The secret is the hard clay soil which arid sub-tropical need to grow happily beside stalwart bog plants. This constantly evolving garden brings inspiration to us all and allows enjoyment of any age whilst providing many levels of interest. This garden will be open on Tuesday May 31st between 10.30am and 4.00pm. Guide dogs are welcome but sadly, there isn’t any wheelchair access. Admission price is £4:00 per person and you will also be able to enjoy some refreshments here. Parking will be on Public Roads; Broadway and Waites Road, leading to Shepherds Way. How To Get There: From Hastings, take to A259 East, turn right into Fairlight Road and right into Waites Road. Park either in Broadway, walk down the hill to Lower Waites Lane and turn left to Clinton Way or Park in Waites Rod, after “the Cove Inn” there is a small ‘cut’ through to Lower Waites Lane. Please DO NOT PARK in Lower Waites Lane OR Clinton Way, Thank You. Enjoy your meanderings and thank you for supporting such a worthy cause. Look out for more ‘Open Gardens’ to come.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: As the days get warmer and the evenings get longer, there will be many activities in and around our parish, hopefully enticing - or at least encouraging you to join in take part. Here are the first four to enter in your diary & calender, and some of them you really do not want to miss. Event No: 1 ~ Re-scheduled from last year, due to circumstances beyond our control, this is an amazing sports roadshow which is coming to Ewhurst Green on Thursday June 2nd. The Sussex Cricket Board’s Roadshow is inviting all budding young cricketers,- and those that just love to play the game, - to come along and see what they have to offer. They will be at the Herdman Pavilion, Ewhurst Green (SatNav TN32 5TB) on the above date between 10.00am and 12.00 pm. to provide cricket tuition and information for children of ALL AGES and abilities. As this will be in School Half Term, this may well prove a popular event, but everyone is advised to dress appropriately, in trainers & T-shirts. For all further information, please contact Dave Perkins on 01580~830469. Event No: 2 ~ is an early summer Jumble Sale, Arranged by our own local Bonfire Society, the ‘Staplecross Bonfire Boys’ This should be just the excuse you need to re-vamp your house, home, garden & wardrobe, ready to embrace those lovely, hot, summer months that are being promised to us. Taking place on Saturday June 11th at the Village Hall, Staplecross and with doors opening at 2.00pm everyone is invited to come along and grab a bargain. Donations for this Jumble Sale can be brought to the village hall from 9.30am on the day of the sale. Please ring Brian on 01580~83-570 for all further information. Event No: 3 ~ This is an event that is a very special one, as it will incorporate a historical moment in time, that will never come again. Members of the congregation of St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, will be celebrating the Queen’s birthday at their Sunday service on June 12th commencing at 9.30am. Following this special service, everyone will be invited to participate in a drink to toast the health & well-being of Her Majesty. For all our moans and groans and despite whatever life throws at us, we truly do have a lot to be thankful for, so please do come along and join in this celebratory service. Event No: 4 ~ This is a beautiful event that is enjoyed by so many that it hardly needs mentioning at all, - but just to hopefully give it a little boost and to encourage more people to take part in it, I’m going to give it a little mention. This is the local garden lovers yearly horticultural show. Organised by the Ewhurst, Staplecross & Bodiam Garden Society, the annual “Rose Show” will take place on Saturday June 18th and will again be held in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross. There are over twenty classes to consider entering, with a wide variety to choose from, as not all of them are ‘Rose’ related classes - there are even ‘Young People’s classes’ dealing with art and craft; - therefore surely offering something for everyone. Schedules are available and to find out further information about classes, schedules and rules, please contact either of the Show Secretaries ~ Maggie Whitaker on 01580~830041 or email at - or Pam Underhill on 01580~881839 or For all other information regarding our Gardening Society, please contact Ruth on 01580~831918 email

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St, James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday May 29th. Trinity 1. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. We are pleased to inform you all that the Reverend Dick Dengate - has once again, kindly agreed to conduct this service in lieu of Gordon Winchester, who continues his treatment with a brave heart, a smiling face and faith in his heart, as always and is doing so well - Our good wishes and prayers continue to be sent to him, Judy and their family, with our love and support to them all. It is now general knowledge that sadly, Gordon has now decided to retire from our parish and our heart-felt love and thanks for all their kindness, generosity and care shown to us all over the years go out to him and Judy as they plan their new and exciting adventure, travelling down another path. They will both be greatly missed. As many of you are aware, Reverend Dengate is no stranger to our district as he has taken many of our services over time and we look forward to welcoming back an old friend to our parish and our beautiful churches. There will be NO SERVICES - AT BOTH - at St. Giles church, Bodiam and St. Mark’s church, Staplecross today and if there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, or guidance,- baptisms, weddings or sadly funerals; - 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 - telephone no: 01580~830601. Help in some form or another, is always at hand, 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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