COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: For a rather small community and parish, the residents have recently enjoyed no less than two (2) social events within two (2) days of each other !. Event No: 1 ~ STAPLECROSS MCP SCHOOL - Every parent - and Grand-parent - who attended the ‘HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE’ was surely filled with love and pride (and no doubt, a few stray tears !) as they listened to the words and songs performed especially for them, by these precious children, at this special service which was held on Friday last (12th) at St. Mark’s church, in Staplecross. Two services were held this day - Swallows and Robins performed in the morning and were followed by Kingfishers and Kestrels in the afternoon. The little stories, poems and the uplifting harvest hymns from both services, were performed with much fun and enjoyment and were such a pleasure to hear whilst seeing all the items of food brought to the church for distribution later on, together with the monetary donations freely given, were not only humbling but were made more so by the willingness and the sincerity of the pupils to help those in need and much less fortunate than themselves. All sums of money collected during these services will be donated to the ‘Methodist Homeless Charity’ - and all the harvest produce - so generously given - will be donated to the Battle Food Bank in the very near future. Our own Canon Christopher Irvine was invited to come along and took great delight in both services and led us all in the closing prayers and thanks to the school. This is a ‘life lesson’ - not on the actual school curriculum - but one that should encourage them to be a kinder, helpful and better aware of the world around them in their later adult life - leading hopefully to a better world for us all. Following the afternoon service, the always much appreciated and welcome ‘tea & cake’ refreshments were served with the pupils taking on the roles of ‘waiting staff’ This was clearly a job they all enjoyed, as their attentiveness to our welfare was superb. This charming event was brought to a close with the announcement by Executive Head of School - Mrs Liz Avard - that Mr David Young - special Guest of Honour - will be leaving the School Governing Board to devote more time to other pursuits - including that of a new Grandad - and was presented with a small assortment of fun but sincere ‘Thank You’ gifts in appreciation of all that he has done for the school in his very long running and dedicated time that he served as a School Governor. For a variety of reasons, - everyone went home happy and cheerful and with a smile on their face proving this was yet another great and successful event in the school’s calendar.