Catsfield news
Catsfield news

Quiz Night: Have you got your team together and chosen a name to call yourselves for the Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday 22nd October in the Village Hall at 7.30pm? This is to be the next fund-raising event for the church, teams should be of four to six people and entrance will be £5 per person. These Quiz Nights are always great fun and the competition is hot! There will be liquid refreshments available, bring your own nibbles and tickets are available from Catsfield Village Store or at the door.

The Battle of Hastings 950 years Anniversary: The lovely market town of Battle played host to the 950th Battle of Hastings celebrations last weekend and what a show it was. Friday afternoon, the High Street was thronged with people to see the procession and the sight of the scarlet uniforms of the Band of the Royal Engineers emerging from the Abbey Gateway, followed by hundreds of local schoolchildren brought a lump to the throat. The children, their teachers and supporters were dressed in costume, with swords and brightly painted shields, chanting ancient war cries echoing off the old buildings. Catsfield School was well represented with years five and six, as were Crowhurst and of course, Father Michael thoroughly enjoying the occasion. Obviously, English Heritage did a huge amount organising the re-enactment, but Friday afternoon was planned and executed by local Battle volunteers, well done to all of them.

Football: Saturday’s cup match against old rivals Hollington ended with a loss for us 1 - 3. Plans for an elaborate trophy room for the pavilion, have therefore been put on hold. Tomorrow we play Bexhill Rovers at home, who are top of the table, so a mighty effort is needed by our boys.

Autumn: How lucky we’ve been to have such mild dry weather for so long into this month since the hotter days of summer were left behind. The farmers and gardeners have been much in need of rain and at last we’ve had some showers, but little compared to other places in the country – even other parts of Sussex not so far from here. Later this week (writing this on Monday) it’s set to get cooler, which will hasten the changing colours of the leaves, although there are already some splendid colours to be seen. There seems to be a dearth of acorns this year and we’ve all heard about the threat to the Horse Chestnut trees, which seems to be unavoidable, I know of at least a couple in Catsfield which have already succumbed.

The celebrations of Guy Fawkes Night bonfire season is already underway since the beginning of the month (September in some parts of Sussex) and tomorrow Ninfield will be hosting theirs, so be prepared for road closures and loud bangs during the evening. The following week is Ewhurst/Staplecross and the famous huge Battle event takes place on Saturday November 5th as does Lewes. The children break up for half-term today and are excitedly preparing for Halloween next weekend and on Sunday night the clocks go back an hour. Another sign of the approaching winter is that the CADS are busy rehearsing for their next Catsfield pantomime, which will be performed at the end of the first week of December. Rumour has it that it’s about Anthony and Cleopatra but there’s no information on the casting as yet- it’s bound to be good!

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