Catsfield

Village Hall Bookings: Catsfield Village Hall Committee would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Kumanan and Priya at the Village Store for looking after the Village Hall bookings for this past year. Carol Hodgson has now taken over this role with immediate effect and is the point of contact for all enquiries and bookings. Carol can be contacted at villagehallcatsfield@gmail.com or by telephone on 01424 892831 / 07967116972 or in person at April Cottage, Church Road, Catsfield. You can also now check the availability of the Hall online via Catsfield Parish Council’s website - www.catsfieldpc.co.uk under Clubs and Societies.

Blue Grass Evening: Tomorrow, September 22nd Blue Grass Plus will be presenting the ‘Whitetop Mountain Girls’ at the Catsfield Village Hall tickets are £12pp. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show is from 8pm – 11pm. Supported by ‘Alive and Kicking’, contact Ray or Sheila on 01424 893390 or 07956266534

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: On Friday 28th September from 10am – 12pm Caroline and Janet will be hosting Catsfield’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at 2 Twisley Cottages, Potman’s Lane. There will be free parking and all are welcome. Ring 892990 if you have a query.

Harvest Festival: On Sunday 30th September the Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service will be held at St Laurence Church at 11am. This will also be a Family Communion Service and Harvest Lunch will be available afterwards. The previous day (Saturday 29th) the church will be dressed for the harvest celebrations and gifts of foliage and flowers will be most welcome - but before 9.30am please.

Car Boot Sale: A beautiful early morning made a great start to the Car Boot Sale held at the Playing Field to raise funds for the parish church of St Laurence. There were more than a dozen sellers and a good number of browsers walking around enjoying the sunshine, snapping up the bargains and enjoying the usual tasty snacks provided from the pavilion. There the team of workers in the kitchen cooked up a large amount of delicious bacon and sausage butties and raised about £100. The Stained Glass Window colouring project raised £48. The overall total was fantastic £416.80 which is £12 up on last year. Well done and thanks to everyone who worked so hard

Ceramic Poppies: Last Saturday afternoon at Catsfield Village Hall, thirty-one enthusiastic ladies and four gentlemen took their places at two very large tables armed with rolling pins, newspaper and aprons to be taught by Burwash potter Mary Clarke how to make ceramic poppies. Mary brought an example of how the poppies could look when completed and thus with great enthusiasm we started making our poppies, a messy process but a lot of fun. The time flew by, with some taking to handling the clay very quickly and others not finding it quite so easy. Tea, coffee and home-made biscuits were available to keep us going and in less than an hour and a half we had made over a hundred poppies. There was a lot of laughter and chatter and everyone seemed to have a great afternoon, now we’re all looking forward to coming back on 20th October when Mary will show us how to glaze our creations. She will take them away once more for a final firing and they will be returned to us in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI on 11th November.

There are still a few poppies available to sponsor in memory of the fallen servicemen on the Catsfield War Memorial and a few remaining to buy at £5 each for you to keep. Contact Jill on 01424316309 or email jillincupboard@aol.com if you would like to purchase one. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the setting up and clearing away of the tables and chairs. The groundsman for coming to help before going to football, the three lady leaders of the scouting fraternity, Jane for coming in specially to serve the refreshments and do the washing up after a morning spent cooking bacon butties at the church boot sale and Ann, who always can be relied on for help, support and advice.

Sport: Following the boot sale on the Playing Field on Saturday, our football team were playing a well fought match against Battle Baptists Seconds. The new idea of rolling subs proved useful as a couple of our players were injured, but fortunately there were no blue cards issued. We lost 0 - 1 and will be playing at home again tomorrow. Pass and Move continue to use our Field and it is good to know our excellent facilities are being fully used, unlike many villages where there seems to be no sport at all. Driving through the countryside, the groundsman often laments the lack of goal posts on fields where once he played. A touch of A.E. Houseman’s “A Shropshire Lad”, although it is hard to link any poetic leanings in the groundsman, certainly none of a romantic nature.

Tim’s Progress: News of Tim Pitman’s epic cycle ride to Sicily is filtering through, by last Saturday he had reached Dijon. A little behind his schedule of 100 km a day, but hopefully he is still enjoying himself.