Staplecross news
Staplecross news

COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: STAPLECROSS M.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL: Last Thursday (14th) Hubby & I had the privilege of attending the School production of “the Wizard of Oz”. along with dozens of other Mums, Dads, Brothers & Sisters, Aunts, Uncles, Grandma’s & Grandpa’s, Friends & Neighbours. Naturally, we were there to support our own wee one, but as is always the case, the whole cast deserved an ‘Oscar’!. Their costumes were wonderful, their singing enjoyable, the dancing delightful and their performances perfect. What made the whole production magical, was the cast’s sheer enjoyment of it all, which only added to that of the audience. Even the booing of the Wicked Witch of the West was done amidst laughter & good cheer. Once again, our village school has done another grand job of putting on a show that the whole school took part in, from those in the Reception Class to those about to leave Primary for Senior school and once more we were transported, -if only for a short while - from our ordinary lives into another make believe world. Of course it wasn’t slick Hollywood, or even Bollywood, but the work that went into this show and the enjoyment that came out was worth it’s weight in gold. So “Well Done” everyone, Staff & Kiddies alike, for another fantastic performance, and many thanks for the invitation, - we’re looking forward to your next production.

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: A week or so ago, I “appealed” for help in a ‘Tidy-Up Session’ for the grounds of the Village Hall. Thankfully several residents responded and the result was that the Village Hall frontage, - the only green space in the village, apart from the Playing Field, now is looking better by far. The boundaries to the front have been cut back and cleared of nasty brambles etc. as well as those hiding beneath the specimen trees, the grass verges that surround the hall have been cut and some of the overgrown and untidy hedgerows have also had a tidy trim. Inroads have also been made into the little garden at the front of the Hall, by disposing of unwanted shrubs, weeds and more brambles, which can only make the outside aspect more pleasant to look upon and possibly encourage more people to use it. This goes to show, what just a handful of residents can achieve in a very short space of time, by giving a hour or so of their time and sharing in a short but so productive working group. Many grateful thanks are sent to the following people; Joan Gilson; Amy Hammond; Pauline & Tony Munier; Alastair Neill; Ann Prodinger; Pauline & Brian Scowen; and Mike Wood. Very special thanks are also extended to James Kemp, who just happened to ‘pop along’ & then went on to collect and clear all the rubbish away for us. - What star’s you all are. - Thank you all once more, for your time, effort, cheerfulness and great company in helping to alleviate what could have become a miserable task..

EWHURST PARISH ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION: The Ewhurst Parish Allotments Association have asked that I mention that there are one or two plots that have unexpectedly become vacant once more, and are now re-available for rent. These superb plots are at the well established allotment site, situated in Lordine Lane, Ewhurst. Last year, an amazing number and variety of fruit and vegetables were grown, to the delight of the growers, and those that shared in their bountiful harvest. Each of these vacant plots, complete with their own private, lockable shed and with water laid on, are part of a well cared for allotment area, which is well fenced and offers some parking. The old adage - “Nothing tastes as good as when picked from your own garden and grown by your own hand” - is certainly true in this case. If the working of a full plot appears a bit daunting to you, then perhaps you could consider sharing a plot with a family member, friend or neighbour !. Just contact Jacqui to discuss this further. If you are interested in becoming a member of this little group and enjoy ‘growing-your-own’ fruit & vegetables and would like to obtain your own plot at a very reasonable rent, then please contact Jacqui on 01580~830576 or email for more details.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Stepping up the pace a notch or two seems to be the order of the day, as with four (4) more matches to play this week, the season is fast becoming a very busy time for the members of this popular, local outdoor bowls club. The first three (3) matches are to be played at the club’s home grounds on Northiam Road, Staplecross and could be just the thing to stop & watch whilst out enjoying our long warm summer evenings. The club always appreciate any support shown by members of the public. Match No: 1 is on Saturday July 23rd and is a home match against Guestling. Match No: 2 is to be played the following day-Sunday July 24th- and again is a home match with the opponents this time being Northiam. This match forms part of the ‘Rother League’ tournament. A couple of days respite is to be enjoyed before the matches re-commence on Wednesday July 27th with another match on home ground and this time the opposing team are Battle and again this match is part of the ‘Rother League’. Thursday July 28th finds our team on an away fixture where they will be playing in the ‘Sellings Cup’. If you’d like to become more involved in the Club, either by actually playing or in a more ‘back room’ role, then please contact Brian Scowen on 01580~830570. You will be warmly welcomed and most appreciated.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Just two (2) walks are arranged this week for us all to enjoy, both delightful and both different. Walk No:1 is planned for Sunday July 24th and is an 8.5 circular walk of East Hoathly to Laughton. The meeting point is the car park near the church in East Hoathly. OS EXP123. TQ520161. (SatNav BN8 6EG) at 10.00am. Intriguing walk notes state, walkers will be ‘passing a Landmark Trust property near Laughton.(!) The walk is mostly flat and a picnic lunch is again, suggested. Rita and Lionel are to be your ‘walk leaders’ for this stroll and you may contact them on 01424~752452 for more information. Walk No:2 is another popular EVENING WALK and will be a 5 mile meander south of Bodiam. The meeting point will be at the Castle gates. OS EXP136. TQ783254. (SatNav TN32 5UD) at 6.30pm. Walk notes suggest that as it is an evening walk, a visit at the end of the walk may be in order. Park in the pub or Castle car parks. Heather is to be your ‘walk leader’ for this outing and you may contact her on 01580~752652 or mobile: 07968~294038. for all further information.

EAST SUSSEX 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 July 28th. It is due to arrive at 10.40am and departing at 11.10am. This is the last visit 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, Mobile Library Service vehicle, so please come along and find out for yourself.

OUT & ABOUT: ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPICE: ‘Open Garden Scheme’ This will be the last open garden for several weeks so please do try to come along and explore this superb garden if you can. This time Iden will be the village location and “Burnt Oak Manor”, in Grove Lane, TN31 7QA, will be the garden next on your list. If roses are your preference, then this is the garden to visit as the owners are passionate about them and have over the years, planted 350 rose bushes along with many herbaceous shrubs. There is a small wooded area with little paths together with a wonderful wildlife pond. If you manage to visit on a good day, you’ll be treated to fabulous far reaching views to Rye. This lovely garden will be open between 10.30am and 4.00pm. Admission is £4:00 per person. There is both parking and refreshments available at this garden, all to make your visit easier and more enjoyable. Guide dogs are accepted, but sadly once again, there is no wheelchair access. How to get there: From Peasmarsh (A268) take the B2028 to Iden. Turn Right into Grove Lane, - which is opposite the Bell Inn - and follow the ‘Open Gardens’ signage.

EWHURST FESTIVAL of FLOWERS: This is a last, gentle reminder of this fabulous new 3 day event which will take place over this week-end - Friday 29th July to Sunday 31st July 2016 between 10.30am and 4.30pm. This exciting project will also include an enchanting evening concert featuring well known Glyndebourne soprano, Charlotte Beament and the very popular, a cappella singing group,- ‘Green Street Blues’ . The festival will also be holding on Sunday July 31st - a Thanksgiving Service for the ministry of our Reverend Gordon Winchester. who sadly, recently passed away. Much needed funds are hoping to be raised through this marvellous festival via kind donations; and by purchasing some of the lovely plants and/or delicious cakes that will be available to catch both your eye and purse strings ! together with enjoying the variety of refreshments on offer throughout the day. The aim is to give good publicity to local businesses and to extend the popularity of our very beautiful church. Sadly, like so many other good causes, additional funds need to be generated to help maintain this wonderful heritage, so any donations, however large or small, will always be gratefully received and so appreciated. You alas, may have missed out on all the superb entertainment that has been planned throughout the week-end, as I understand that the tickets to the Lunch and the Concert have already sold out, but do please still come along and enjoy the glorious flowers that decorate the church, then also enjoy the variety of refreshments that will be available throughout the day along with the delicious cakes on offer at the Cake stall, and maybe you could still find room in your garden for a plant or two from the ‘garden greenery’ plant stall. Whatever you do, you are sure to thoroughly enjoy,- hopefully, the first of what is sure to become a popular annual event, - this ‘Festival of Flowers’ amid the setting of our beautiful church, so do please come along and help make it the success it so richly deserves.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday July 24th.Trinity 9. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Giles, Bodiam, but a service which will also include Holy Communion (BCP) will follow directly afterwards at 11.15am at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, especially Baptisms, Weddings and sadly Funerals, then for the time being, do please get in touch with the appropriate Churchwardens: ~ For all Bodiam matters, please contact Graham Peters- email at or telephone number 01580~830203. For all Ewhurst Parish matters please contact Jo Goodwin -email or telephone number 01580~830601. Help in some way is always at hand, and always so generously given, so do please contact them.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are arranging an event in the foreseeable future, --- whatever the nature of the event and however large or small, if 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. In view of the long summer holiday breaks now just around the corner, it’s never too early to send in any of the 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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