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Catsfield news


Murder Mystery Evening: Tomorrow night a sold-out Murder Mystery evening is being presented by the Catsfield Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) in the Village Hall. Everyone who was quick enough to secure their tickets in time is set to have a great evening. This is part of a fund-raising initiative for Belle, a beautiful twelve-year old local girl who was diagnosed with a life-threatening inoperable cancerous brain tumour,

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Netherfield news


Netherfield Village Hall Coffee Morning: On 9th February, at the Netherfield Village Hall, between 10 and 12, the coffee morning will be here. I am sure that the wait will have been worth it. Stalls on the day will include one related to jewelry stall and one on sewing and embroidery. These are both local artisans who make what they have on offer and will willingly chat to you about their art and explain what it is all about. You can also make a purchase or two. Coffee and tea too with a piece of cake. What could be better?

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Bodiam news


Do please check your workshops: and sheds and make sure both are safe as can be from the burglars. A workshop in Levetts Lane was broken into. Keep an eye out for strangers in Bodiam and tell the police. You pay for our police so tell them.

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Beckley news


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Peasmarsh news


When sending me e-mails: regarding entries for the Village Voice, would you kindly put Village Voice in the heading of your e-mail. If I don’t recognise your name I may discard the e-mail!

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Etchingham news


CRICKET FIELD: There was a public meeting to discuss proposals for the Cricket Field last Saturday (February 2), in the Ahrens Hall. You will be aware that it is proposed to bring the ‘Cricket Field’, behind the houses at the north-west end of the High Street, back into use as a sports field. The development will involve considerable earthworks and extensive drainage works. The Parish Council holds some funds which were part of the proceeds from the sale of the old village hall site, but there is a shortfall of £100,000. The Parish Council is allowed to apply to the Public Works Loan Board for the required amount, spread over a repayment period of up to 50 years. At the current interest rate that is set by the Treasury the amount required equates to a repayment sum of £4,820 per annum or £11.70 per annum for a Band D householder. This is a decision for the village, not the Parish Council, survey forms were available at the meeting and have been distributed to every house in the village, 51% of the responses must be in favour for the loan application to go ahead. There is one vote for every Etchingham resident who is listed on the Electoral Register for Etchingham, each person needs to submit a separate form, one response form has been delivered to each house, further copies for other members of the household can be obtained from the Parish Office at Parsonage Croft, or can be downloaded from the village website If you require more information before making your decision there is information and some Q & A’s from the Public Meeting on the website, or you can contact the Parish Clerk Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm at the Parish Office 01580 819048 . All response forms must be returned to the parish office by Friday February 15.

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Burwash news


Pantomime: Time has run out for final rehearsals, scenery painting and making props and costumes as the first performances of The Burwash Amateur Pantomime society’s rendition of Peter Pan take place tomorrow. The afternoon session has sold out but there are still tickets available for the evening which starts at 7.30pm. There are a few still available for Sunday afternoon too. This one starts at 2.30pm. Tickets are available at the Internet cafe this morning or via www.ticketsource/baps. There are three further performances next weekend on Friday evening 8pm , Saturday afternoon 2.30 & 7.30pm. We wish everyone involved the best of luck for three great performances.

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Iden news


My mother: was as neat as a pin. Unfortunately, I didn’t take after her. She never got messy, and if she met me from school, I was always proud, because she wore clothes well. She made several pairs of plastic cuffs, edged neatly with bias binding, which she wore to do the washing up, lest her cuffs got wet. “ Don’t put down, put away, ” she would say, and she always promised that when I had a home of my own, she would come and mess it up the way I messed hers up. She taught me to love words [rather unfortunate, because I never shut up] but next to flowers, I love words. She made me look up a word in the dictionary every day, and if anyone said, “different to”, instead of “different from,” she would go on for ages about poor grammar. Sometimes it was as though she was lifted from her school chair and set down in the kitchen. She wasn’t overly clever, but very pedantic. “You look like a Piccadilly totty”, she would say if I wore a lot of make-up. It’s funny the way we differ from our parents in some ways yet are the spitting image in others. I don’t do family- trees, but I love to compare the family I know, one with another, little traits coming out of the woodwork. If I eat a bowl of soup in front of the TV, I’ll be spattered in soup in no time. I invariably have to change my jumper. I need a bib like my mum needed her cuffs, but then my mother would never have eaten soup in front of the TV, she would lay the table for just bread and cheese.” “I don’t know where you were dragged up”, she would say!

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Brede news


How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or

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Ninfield & Hooe news


Make Haste!: Yes, and, by doing so, sometimes we can overlook something, or not be completely accurate- So, it’s best to back up what you’re doing with a good proof-read through, or just a nice, relaxed, sit back and think it through type of moment! I’m afraid I did take a shortcut last week and took information from our just-delivered Parish Magazine, which unfortunately had a typo within that I unwittingly passed into the column! SO!! Big apologies to Rose and the Horti Society - and here is the amendment...Saturday 23rd March is the Ninfield Horticultural Society’s Annual Spring Show - NOT the Plant Sale (that is in April!!) More details in the sections below - but I will definitely make sure I check, and double check, the information given to me and/or sourced from now on!! Sorry again!

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Fairlight news


Pews News: This Sunday, February 10, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 9 am. At 10.30 am, there will be Morning Praise at St Andrew’s, encompassing the fourth session on the Origins of Mankind: Genesis, Chapter 3. The Junior church and crèche will both be available at this service. At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service will be one of Holy Communion, led by the Rev Helen Patten.

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Robertsbridge news


St Mary’s Salehurst: start this week with Prayer Book Communion at the Mission Room at 9am. There is also to be Breakfast Church at Holy Trinity in Hurst Green at 9am. If you need a lift please contact Rev. Annette on 880282.

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Icklesham news


GREETINGS: Hope you weren’t too discombobulated by the snow. By all accounts, we escaped very lightly. There are still patches of snow lying under hedges where the sun does not shine, and there is an old saying that it will need some more to fetch it away.

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Northiam news


Dance Club: The Sequence Dance Club meets in Northiam Village Hall every Friday at 7pm. Contact Tony (01797 253287) for details, but for a sociable evening with proper dancing, this is the place to be!

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Sedlescombe news


SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: Sedlescombe and District Flower Club meets in Sedlescombe village hall on Wednesday February 13 when new demonstrator Maggie Hayes comes to interpret “Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere“. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Visitors are always welcome. During the evening there will be time for refreshments and the opportunity to stock up on floral supplies, plus you may be the lucky winner of one of the flower arrangements when the raffle is drawn at the end of the evening. For further details please contact Janet on 01424773708 or Sheila on 01797223927

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Sandhurst news


For baptisms and wedding enquiries: contact the Rector Reverend David Commander on 01580 240658 or mobile 07710 416978.

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Udimore news


CHURCH SERVICES: In St Mary’s this Sunday are 8am, Holy Communion, and 11.15am there will be a Sung Family Eucharist, followed by coffee or tea and biscuits.

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Whaltington news


PARISH CHURCH NEWS: The service at Whatlington this Sunday will be our monthly Family one starting at 10.30 and followed with refreshments.

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