Catsfield news
Catsfield news

Apology: As I’m sure all regular readers of this column noticed last Friday, we were left out! Apologies from the Editor. I’m repeating a couple of items from that entry (the rest were mainly about forthcoming events that are mentioned again this week.)

Sport (from last week): To get wet twice in a day watching two football matches, may seem a bit excessive, but that is what happened last Saturday when in the morning Mike and Ann Davey went to Ewhurst to watch great nephew Wills Richardson, play for Westfield against a team from Sedlescombe. It was great fun and the six-a-side players on both sides thoroughly enjoyed themselves displaying a great deal of skill and after the match, they all shook hands which was a nice touch. Westfield lost 2 - 4 but we were intrigued to discover the history of the ground and to admire the new pavilion called the Herdman Pavilion especially poignant the weekend of the Armistice. Apparently Lt Arthur Widdrington Herdman lived at Ewhurst Place, was a member of Lloyds and fought in the 14-18 war. He was killed in Northern France on 25th October 1914. In his Will he left three acres of ground to be used by the villagers of Ewhurst and a small sum to be spent on the schoolchildren. Sadly, the school recently closed, but the Parish Council formed a charity and after a huge effort, during which volunteer Dave Perkins was given an MBE, the field was turned into a small playing pitch with a new pavilion. A lovely story of the power of volunteering, shown weekly in every village voice throughout our area.

In the afternoon Catsfield played Pebsham Sibex where the score finished 3 - 3. We played well, despite neither of our regular goalkeepers being available. A good game and encouraging for our match tomorrow against Punnetts Town away.

Remembrance (from last week): Armistice Day, Friday 11th November was a wonderful autumn day with clear blue skies, warm sunshine and no breeze at all. We went to the Cenotaph on Bexhill seafront for the 11am two minutes silence and were pleasantly surprised to see how many like-minded people were gathered there, quite a crowd all around the memorial. Two British Legion standard bearers with another in charge and a civilian bugle player for the Last Post awaited the sound of a maroon signalling the start of the silence. Sadly the traffic didn’t stop, although one felt from the way many slowed down and looked, that they would like to have stopped if it had been possible. As it was, several passers-by on foot paused to stand with us until the moment was past. The bugler switched to playing a recorder and played us through singing the National Anthem. Three or four pupils from St Peter & St Paul School were there with their teachers and a poppy wreath was solemnly and respectfully laid in the traditional manner by one of the boys. One felt that it would have been good to have seen representatives of the senior schools present too and to know that the tradition will be continued by future generations long after us oldies with memories of the war have gone.

The weather was again perfect when St Laurence Church held its own moving act of Remembrance during the morning communion service on Sunday 13th November and the Roll of Honour was read out before the silence was kept. We were reminded how many young men from a small village like Catsfield made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom – so many familiar local names and several whose descendants are still living in the village today.

Christmas Market (back to this week): The St Laurence Church Christmas Market will take place in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday 26th November from 10am – 2pm. This is the biggest fund-raising event of the year for the church and it is always a great pre-Christmas event with the hall brightly decorated with ‘market stalls’, festively adorned with greenery and selling a huge variety of Christmas gifts. There will be seasonal goods, cakes, a bathroom stall, plants, tombola, books, games etc and a raffle. Donations for any of the stalls will be gratefully received. Teas, coffees and snacks will be served throughout and Father Christmas with his Elf will be in the grotto for the children. Do come along and shop for gifts, plants, cakes etc whilst enjoying the challenging games, Tombola and refreshments available in this great traditional pre-Christmas village event.

CADS: This year’s annual performance by the Catsfield Amateur Dramatic Society is nearly upon us and will be a performance of Anthony and Cleopatra. Last minute rehearsals are taking place and performances start on Thursday, December 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7.30pm and there will be a matinee on Saturday 3rd. Tickets are on sale at Catsfield Village Store priced £7 and £4, so get yours soon as this event is always extremely popular. Vanessa says that she does have some at home, if people can’t get to the village shop. Call her on 01424844363 if anyone needs tickets.

WI: Catsfield WI will hold their Christmas Party next Thursday 1st December at 2pm in the Village Hall. The entertainment this year will be by Marco Seymour with ‘Christmas Magic and Song’ and the teas will be provided by the Committee. Don’t forget to bring a gift not costing more than £2 for the Lucky Dip.

Sussex Harmony: Do you fancy singing/listening to or even playing some different Christmas Carols? Then come to Catsfield Village Hall on 10th December. The Sussex Harmony workshop will start at 3 pm followed by a light supper before a Carol Concert at 7.30pm. The music comes from 18th & 19th centuries that used to be sung in country churches and chapels to the accompaniment of a village band comprising fiddles, clarinets, oboes, flutes, the odd brass instrument and even a serpent! Therefore most of the tunes are joyful folk melodies some of which have come from Catsfield’s own manuscripts now housed in the Archaeological Society’s vaults in Lewes.

This music is meant to be sung with as much enthusiasm as accuracy, therefore don’t worry about the odd wrong note. To register for your music copy (& supper, small collection) or more information contact Mike Cooper on 01424 892681 or or just turn up for the concert (retiring collection).

Sport: A few stalwarts went to Punnetts Town to watch our footballers play on Saturday, if only to relive old memories of when the pitch was so steep it was like running up a mountain, or so they used to say! Anyway, now a great deal of time and no doubt money, has been spent and the pitch cannot be blamed for our 0 - 3 defeat. Much more likely an excuse is that several regulars couldn’t play due to illness. We hope they will all be fit and available to play tomorrow when we are away to Bexhill Rovers.

Playing Field: We notice that the verti-draining of our Playing Field has been done and hope it will help solve some of the problems experienced with excessive rain. The Field has increased usage with our own football and cricket teams, plus the stoolballers and also hiring out to another football and Saturday cricket team. More managed usage means more income towards the costs of mowing, general maintenance and keeping the pavilion insured.

Mobile Library: The East Sussex Mobile Library will be in its usual place today, Friday 25th November outside the Village Hall from 11.55am until 12.30pm.

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