Staplecross news
Staplecross news

COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: Good news folks; The hamlet of Cripps Corner has finally got it’s village sign back !!! Many residents may be forgiven in thinking that - a) we never had one! - b) when did we have one ? and - c) where did it go ? This beautiful sign which along with it’s sister village signs of Ewhurst Green and Staplecross, replaced the old, worn away, inferior wooden ones and was installed many, many months ago and for a few short weeks we were all pleased and proud to look at it as it provided another link to the parish community. Sadly, we were not able to enjoy it for long, as just a few short weeks later, during some awkward road works being undertaken at the junction, a rather large lorry, negotiating said road works, decided to ‘re-model’ the angle of the sign whilst on it’s journey through the hamlet. The sign was duly removed for repair, by the blacksmith and due to circumstances beyond the control of E.P.C. spent several months ‘re-habilitating’ in his workshop/forge. However, it is now back home where it belongs, for all to view and admire. - Perhaps we should put up another sign in front to say “ please keep off the path - go the right way round!...on the road !

As many of you may be aware, last Friday (30th) all around the country, people gathered together to attend & support the MacMillan Nursing charity via their fundraising “Coffee Morning” event held in our Village Hall, in Staplecross. This charity is close to the hearts of a great many people, as this hateful disease causes such pain & heartache to not only those who suffer from the various forms of this illness but to the family and friends who are also touched by it. The residents of our community, along with families and friends, in and around our parish, turned out to support our own event, - ably run by Pauline Scowen & Anka Buss, - along with their many helpers - and as a result of everyone’s generosity and kindness the magnificent sum of just over £800 (without GiftAid) was raised and will soon be added to the charity’s coffers. Many thanks must be given to ALL who baked, produced, fetched, carried, manned a stall, served the teas or donated & especially those who bought - in whatever capacity - as without you, this event would’nt have been so successful. If anyone still wishes to donate, they can still do so and all donations will still gratefully be received, by dropping your ‘monetary gift’ into either Pauline Scowen - telephone no: 01580 ~830570 or to Anka Buss on: 01580~830260. Once again, very many grateful thanks to you all.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Last gentle reminder is that Saturday October 8th (tomorrow) is when the members of this popular village bowls club will be holding their own fundraising event, in the form of a Jumble Sale. This will be held in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Doors will open at 2.00pm and jumble donations can be brought to the hall from 9.30am onwards. Please contact Brian Scowen on 01580~830570 for all further information.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Two more walks around our amazing region and as always, both quite different. Walk No: 1 is a short 5.5mile circular stroll from Three Cups to Burwash Common. Planned to take place on Saturday October 8th the meeting point will be at the Three Cups pub OS EXP124.TQ636200. (SatNav TN21 9LR) at the slightly earlier time of 9.30am. A short refreshment stop is recommended midway and those intending to have lunch in the pub upon return, may park in the pub car park, others will have to use roadside parking. Rita & Lionel will be your ‘walk leaders’ on this occasion and you may contact them on 01424~752452 for all further information. Walk No: 2 is rather longer -x2- but just as enjoyable. Arranged for Friday October 14th this is an 11 mile Hawkhurst to Sandhurst circular meander. The meeting place is the Hawkhurst car park, next to Tesco, near to the primary school. OS EXP136.TQ765305. (SatNavTN18 4PQ) at 10.00am. A picnic lunch is again suggested and Carol will be your ‘walk leader’ for today. You may contact her on: 01580~852432 for all further details.

WHITE HORSE STABLES - OPEN DAY: This popular equine rescue centre will be holding their annual “Open Day & Dog Show” on Sunday October 9th at their premises,- Ellenwhorne Equestrian Centre, Ellenwhorne Lane, Staplecross, TN32 5RT. The event will be between 10am and 4.00pm with the Dog Show starting from 12.Noon. The event will include Pony Club exhibition; Pony rides; Clear Round jumping; Tack & Rug sale; various other stalls; Face Painting and a BBQ. In the Dog Show section, the classes will include Best condition; Best rescue; Irish brace; (2 dogs most unlike) Best sporting; Best puppy (6-12 month) Veteran; (over 10 years of age) Best Dog; Best Bitch; The dog the judge would most like to take home; and the Champion Dog. Please note that all dogs must be kept on a lead at all times & children must be supervised at all times. Please contact 01580:831266 for all further details regarding this event.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL: This EPC meeting will take place on Thursday October 13th. 7.30pm at The Arthur Herdman Pavilion, in Ewhurst Green. This meeting is open to the public and press alike and allows all residents of Ewhurst Parish community, whatever village they may reside in, the perfect opportunity to come along and have your say. Along with your own Parish Councillors, there are usually representatives from both Rother District Council (Mr. Tony Ganly) and East Sussex County Council (Mrs Angharad Davies). During ‘Public Question Time’, you’ll be able to question, query, comment or complain on any or all of the things going on within our parish. We are here to listen to what you have to say and what you want ( or NOT want) to happen within this community. We are all working hard on your behalf, to make our parish and our community a better, safer and happier place to live, work and enjoy being in and it goes without saying that we would welcome any suggestions you may have to help us all to achieve this result. Look for the big banner outside, - car parking will be on the main thoroughfare into Ewhurst , so please park carefully & prettily to avoid any difficulties. All will be made very welcome.

OUT & ABOUT: ‘Fungi Forays’ - Britain’s remaining natural woodlands are disappearing at an alarming rate and if lost, cannot be replaced.Highwoods, in Bexhill is just one of these magical areas which with the help of volunteers and others have safeguarded this local beauty spot and wildlife habitat for the benefit of YOU, the public- alongside that of the birds, animals and plants. Under the agreed management programme, footpaths have been cleared, wdened, drained & waymarked. A horse ride has also been cleared & signposted so this long established public use of the woods can continue without risk to walkers or damage to the wildlife areas. More recently a disabled path has been added . Overgrown ponds have been cleared and returned to their natural uses. Regular surveys are taken of wildlife seen in the woods which are now happily on the rise. These woods are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.) and the “Sessile Oak Coppice” is said to be the finest in Southern England. Special “Fungi Forays “ Days are held as many people are interested in these fascinating and often weird looking fungi and want to know more about them. Three (3) dates have been arranged for just this interest, with the first one taking place on Saturday October 8th (tomorrow) ( the other dates will be Saturday October 22nd & Saturday November 5th.) and the meeting place will be at the car park, for a 10.00am start. Please wear sensible clothing and shoes - welly boots, if wet ! For all further information regarding this “Fungi Foray” and what to expect, please contact the Highwoods Preservation Society via their email:

ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPICE - Open Gardens’ Scheme comes to a close on Saturday October 15th with the last of the gardens to be opened to the public. This fundraising programme reaches right across Hastings & Rother districts and raises much needed funds to run and support the Hospice but it also helps raise awareness of the Hospice and the many services they offer. This open garden is at ‘Peasmarsh Place’, Church Lane, Peasmarsh TN32 6XE and is a 5 acre arboretum which will be bursting with colour at this time of the year and features many rare trees that the owner has collected on his travels. There is a walled orchard which has old fashioned varieties of Sussex apples which may be purchased on the day.Opening times are between 11.0am and 3.00pm Admission is £4:00 per person Wheelchair access is limited due to gravel pathways and guide dogs are welcome her. There will also be refreshments available and car par parking. How to Get There: Heading North from Rye on the A268, turn Left into Church Lane- signposted ‘Norman Church’. The property is just past the church on the Right hand side.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES: ROTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL: Businesses in Rother are invited to attend the third meeting in a series of free events aimed at helping them improve and grow. RDC is working with business coaching and support company ‘Pro-actions’ to put on four business seminars this year in Battle, Bexhill and Rye. This third seminar, entitled “ Marketing for Growth” (-including an introduction to social media for business) will be held at Bexhill Town Hall, London Road, Bexhill on Wednesday October 19th. between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Businesses attending will receive information, tips and advice on techniques to help them improve their sales success rates and win more customers. Cllr Martin Kenward, RDC Deputy Leader and Business & Voluntary Sector Liaison, said “It’s vital that we do whatever we can to work with partners to help boost the district’s economy. These seminars will offer companies a fantastic opportunity to benefit from expert advice and guidance which can help them to grow and develop. The events are completely free, but places are limited and booking is essential, - so I’d urge businesses to reserve their place as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out. Further seminars will follow towards the end of the year with further topics. Anyone who would like to attend any of these seminars can book their place by calling Pro-actions on 03333~440517 or by visiting the events page of the website at

MAKING & MAYHEM EVENT: It would appear that there are always several activities going on within the community aimed at the ‘grown-ups’ and why should they have all the fun ! ~ Well this next event is purely for the younger citizens - at primary school children in particular, - but all will be welcome. The Village Hall Fundraising Dept. have arranged a fun “Making & Mayhem” event which will take place during the school half term on Wednesday October 26th at Staplecross Village Hall, between 10.00 and 2.00pm.- and perhaps beyond ( the wind factor plays a part here ! ) The ‘making’ part will consist of making a wide and varied selection of craft activities suitable for child size fingers, skills, interest & attention spans. These activities will include child size kites; model glider aeroplanes; hand puppets; a selection of ‘Halloween’ crafts and of course, a wildlife project ! more or less if time permits, - which they will all then be able to take home with them. No doubt, the ‘mayhem’ will arrive on it’s own accord but will be part of the fun ! Booking for this event is essential to allow for people & projects to be given sufficient time for tuition, enjoyment and completion of projects and ALL children must be accompanied by an adult who will also provide their own packed lunches. The costs of this amazing activity event is just £5:00 per child. This event is hoping to provide a fun and friendly few hours, learning through playing, whilst allowing them to reap the rewards of all their own hard work ! For all further information and to book a place, please contact Hilary on 01580~830704 or Anne on 01580~831881. Please make a note of the date and they’ll all be able to say “ I built that “ and will ensure that Half Term need never be boring again !.

STAPLECROSS BONFIRE NIGHT: Just to advise you all that this years annual Torchlight Procession and Firework Display will be held on Saturday October 29th. Hosted by our very own Bonfire Society, - which meet in the Cross Inn at Staplecross - the first Monday of each month at New members are always very warmly welcomed to this small but mighty friendly social group who work tirelessly throughout the year arranging various functions and events which all raise money to benefit local good causes and chosen charities. Further details can be found on their web-site - or just pop in and say hello.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday October 9th at 9.30am. This will be a special service for two (2) reasons; - No:1 -- it will be the Harvest Festival which will also include Holy Communion. (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Giles church, Bodiam, but a Harvest Praise service, will follow directly afterwards at 11.15am. at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. Reason No:2 -- We are so pleased to announce that these services will be conducted by the newly appointed The Archdeacon of Hastings, The Venerable Dr. Edward Dowler. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, then do please get in touch. You may contact either of the churchwardens ~ Graham Peters -on and telephone no: 01580~830203 for Bodiam church matters and for Ewhurst Parish church matters, please contact Jo Goodwin-on and telephone no: 01580~830601. Help in some form or another, is always at hand, and so generously given, so do please contact them.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are arranging an event in the foreseeable future, whatever the nature of the event and however large or small, if you’d like some extra coverage for it, then please get in touch. If it’s of interest to you, - it’s of interest to us. Now that summer is officially over, you may be already planning events for Halloween or even afar ahead as Christmas and it’s never too early to send in any of the details and to tell us what you are planning, so please do contact me, as I’d love to hear from you and to help ‘spread the word’ on your behalf...............Thank You.

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