Staplecross news
Staplecross news

COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: During the E.P.C. ‘Open meeting’ of last week (13th)- our local ESCC Councillor, Mrs Angharad Davies, gave us all an update about the ESCC plan in regard to Health & Social Care called “East Sussex- Better Together” - ESBT started in August 2014 with a 150 week plan to transform health and social care services in the county. It is an initiative led by Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, and Hastings and Rother CCG (Clinical Commissioning Groups) , with East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust , and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The shared ambition is to create a fully integrated health and social care system in East Sussex by 2018, ensuring all patients and service users enjoy proactive, joined up care that supports independent and healthy living. Funds from central government, the Better Care Fund, will ensure the success of this initiative. ESBT has already set up Locality Teams, and established strong links with Primary Care. There is a special helpline : Health and Social Care Connect 0300 678 0010 and all calls relating to Community Care should be directed to this number.

SPOONANGEL ARTS & CRAFTS: For those who are unaware, - this little gem of a crafters paradise is having another clearance sale ! Due to the amazing success of their last event, the proprietors have decide to arrange another one which will be taking place on Saturday October 22nd.- that’s tomorrow - until 1.00pm. at their ‘full to the brim’ premises at Unit 41, Vinehall Business Centre, Whatlington, TN32 5JW.There will be bargains galore for all those interested in patch-working, sewing in ALL formats, including fabrics & thread, as well as craftwork and bunting. Christmas goodies will all be going cheap, so now’s the time to buy, as there’s sure to be something of interest for everyone. Please contact them on: 01424~870660 or Enjoy this super ‘Bargain Hunting’ of your own.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Only two (2)walks this week but if the weather holds out for you, they should both be rather enjoyable. Walk No: 1 is arranged for Sunday October 23rd. and is an 8.5 circular mile walk, taking in Winchelsea, Icklesham and Hogg Hill. The meeting place is adjacent to the public conveniences on Monk’s Way, Winchelsea OS EXP125. TQ904172. (SatNav TN36 4EU) at 10.00am. The walking notes state that this is a walk of two (2) halves, - half flat & half hilly ! and as usual, a picnic lunch is suggested. Adrian will be your ‘walk leader’ for this outing and you may contact him on: 01273~514336 or mobile 07729~861854 for more information. Walk No: 2 is of a slightly longer meander being a 9.5 circular mile encompassing the Isle of Oxney, Stone-in-Oxney and the Royal Military Canal. The meeting point is to be at Wittersham Church. OS EXP125. TQ896269. (SatNav TN30 7EG) again at 10.0am. Parking is to be on the roadside and as always, a picnic lunch is suggested. Your ‘walk leader’ for today is to be Carol and you may contact her on 01580:852432 for further details.

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: “MAKING & MAYHEM” EVENT: A gentle reminder that half Term will soon be upon us and this event may be of interest to you and your ‘wee ones’. 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 any of our 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 many child size model kits for them to have fun making, together with other craft projects; a choice of hand puppets; a selection of ‘Halloween’ crafts and of course, a wildlife project ! more or less if time permits - of course the best bit is that they’ll be able to take them home with them. The ‘mayhem’ - no doubt, will arrive on it’s own accord but will also 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! !

EAST SUSSEX MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE: Once more, we look forward to welcoming the little Mobile Library Service as the van, carrying all the exciting goodies on board, wends it’s way through our little countryside lanes on it’s way to our little outlying rural communities. The last of it’s visits to this area, for this month, will be on Thursday October 27th. and will be to Staplecross, where it will park in Cricketers Field, between 1.40pm and 2.10pm. Following on from that session, it will then meander down to Cripps Corner, - where it will now use the car park of the ‘Direct Recovery Yard between 2.20pm and 2.45pm. for the foreseeable future. This venue is on the Battle Road, over the bridge, toward Swailes Green. The residents of this little hamlet can then avail themselves of this vital and much needed service. This is a relatively new ‘stopping place’ - due to the closure of the local pub and uncertainty of it’s proposed future, please do still make as much use of the facilities on board when the van visits your areas. The Library is about more than just books, so please come along and see for yourself and help keep this service going for the benefit of all who live in our outlying rural areas and perhaps, cannot always easily access the Main Branch facilities.

STAPLECROSS BONFIRE & TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION: In case any Ewhurst Parish residents may not be aware, the evening of Saturday October 29th is dedicated to the spectacular event hosted by our own local Bonfire Society. This amazing charity has arranged, as usual, a fun filled night for all members of the family to enjoy. Beginning with the Fancy Dress competition, held in the Village Hall, in Staplecross and starting at 5.30pm this popular event sets the stage for the rest of the evenings’ entertainment. The judging will take place at 6.00pm. As always, there will be many other Bonfire Societies from all around the district and these together with any other supporting groups, will soon assemble outside The Cross Inn pub, in readiness for the exciting time ahead. Final checks will be made, - the torches will be lit, - the orders given, - the accompanying musicians will strike up the band, - and the whole magical evening will begin, as the procession will set off sharp at 7.15pm. The fantastic Torchlit Procession accompanied by all the hundreds of flaming torches recently made in the village,will make it’s way from The Cross Inn, down and around the triangle at Cripps Corner and back up towards Staplecross again and into the field which has been set aside for the remainder of the nights festivities. This road will BE CLOSED BETWEEN 7.00pm and 10.00pm to ensure the safety and security of all those involved, - the public, the societies, the marshalls and the organisers as well as the Police and residents. This means that parking could be a problem, so do arrive early. There will be a lot of LOUD NOISE - EVERYWHERE, - due to the very nature of the event, with fireworks, music and the general hubbub of people, so PLEASE TAKE EXTRA CARE, especially of the wee ones ! Entrance charge to the ‘Bonfire Field’ will be £1:00 per person and the superb bonfire will be lit at 8.30pm together with a fantastic Firework Display following at approximately 9.00pm, - all so magical, mysterious and so very worthwhile, so stay and enjoy this yearly treat. There will also be people rattling tins at you to encourage you to donate to the Society’s local charitys’. This is such a worthy cause, so please be as generous as you can. Have a fabulous evening, enjoy all that is on offer, respect the guidelines and the area and each other, look out for the ‘little-’un’s, - and just BE SAFE. Check out the society’s website at;

OUT & ABOUT: Three (3) interesting events have been brought to my attention, which I must share with you. Item no: 1 - In view of all the historical, spectacular and just amazing events that have been occurring recently in celebrating the 950th anniversary of the 1066 - Battle of Hastings, many of you might like to be aware of our own local “Bayeux Tapestry Exhibition”. This has been erected wthin the premises of the White Chapel Fireplaces premises and is a unique version of the battle and storylines than occurred in this area during that time. This is a permanent exhibition and should be of great interest to all.

Interesting item no:2 - It will be the 6th ‘Wild Boar Week’ in Rye -from October 22nd to October 30th 2016 and offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in culinary delights from the countryside...and more than just using boar ! The restaurants will be showcasing an array of ‘gamey’ treats including Mallard; Partridge; Pheasant; Rabbit; and of course Venison. Our own fabulous village pub “The White Dog” in Ewhurst Green, will be taking part when Joanna Majesty will be appearing here on Sunday October 23rd between 4pm and 6pm. There will also be a variety of Wild Boar events including walks; tours; live music; quiz nights and much, much, more. Check out for all further information on the events, where & when and what’s on the menu at which restaurant...enjoy. Interesting Item no:3 This is entitled “1066 Sky View” and ‘TeamUp Bexhill are working alongside the East Sussex Astronomical Society to host a celebration of all things astrological. This event is part of this years 950th anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings and will focus on events leading up to the battle and the omen brought on by the sighting of ‘Haley’s Comet’ This exciting ‘Sky View’ programme is planned to take place on Sunday October 23rd - between 12.30pm and 3.30pm and the venue will be the Altha Bar, Little Common Road, Bexhill. This promises to be an interesting and amazing event, so please pop along and join in.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday October 23rd. Trinity 22. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion (BCP) There will be NO SERVICE today at St. Giles, Bodiam, but a service which will also include Holy Communion (BCP) will follow directly afterwards at 11.15am at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, especially Baptisms, Weddings and sadly Funerals, then for the time being, do please get in touch with the appropriate Churchwardens: ~ For all Bodiam matters, please contact Graham Peters - email at or telephone number 01580~830203. For all Ewhurst Parish matters please contact Jo Goodwin - email or telephone number 01580~830601. Help in some way is always at hand and always 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. it’s never too early to send in any of the details and to tell us what you are planning, - Christmas is creeping ever closer, - 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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