COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: EWHURST & STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL - JUMBLE SALE. - Several helpers at the Village Hall Jumble Sale, which took place at the Hall on Saturday last (22nd) had their breathe held and their fingers crossed in anxious anticipation as the time to open the doors drew near. The reason ? --- Heavy rain, rival events occurring on the same day and very few people appeared to be queueing to enter - and this gave rise for concern. But like many an old adage, all was not lost as when the doors did open, the people streamed through, - all anxious to grab themselves a bargain...and there were bargains galore! The refreshments counter were strong and steady throughout the afternoon, - the popular raffle stall did a continuous trade and the cake stall always had a customer or two, choosing which of the lovely cakes on offer to take home for their tea. Fund raising events like these are often hard work, time consuming and hard on your feet, but all of these aches & pains disappear when the results are announced and this event was no exception. The grand total of £520:00 was raised (+ £3:00 in old £1:00 coins which will go into the charity box for re-imbursement !) This amount will go into the Village Hall coffers for the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of this super village asset. Many grateful thanks to ALL those who came and helped setting up on Friday and helping out on Saturday, on whatever stall and in whatever capacity, as without your generosity and support, none of this would be possible.

WINE TASTERS @ EWHURST: If like many of us within the parish, you enjoy a delectable glass of wine now & again, then why not consider joining in the monthly Wine Tasting at Ewhurst. This is a super little social group of like-minded people who enjoy spending a couple of hours per month, - tasting and commenting on a selection of superb wines - plus tasty bread and a few nibbles - all wrapped up in good company, in a cosy venue - that being the Herdman Pavilion, in Ewhurst Green, (TN32 5TB) The date for the September Wine Evening is Friday September 28th. THAT’s TONIGHT - from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. No membership is required, - just a courtesy call to Jan (sec) to ensure there will be sufficient wine & nibbles for all to enjoy. -- It wouldn’t do to run short now would it ? A charge of £5:00 per person is required upon arrival. If you think that this is something that would be of interest to you, then do please contact Janis via her email: to learn more about this very friendly and welcoming group. We are a very friendly and social group and will certainly ensure you have a warm welcome upon arrival and a glass of superb wine in your hand, very shortly after.! Enjoy !

MACMILLAN NURSES COFFEE MORNING: It’s that time of the year again, when the whole community come together to enjoy and support this “Coffee Morning - with a Difference” event. Up and down the country - and even across the world - people are getting together to enjoy a cuppa, a slice of cake and enjoy congenial company whilst helping to raise such necessary funds for this amazing good cause. The date to remember is Saturday September 29th. - THAT’s TOMORROW at Staplecross Village Hall between 10.00am and 12,Noon. There will also be a raffle stall and a Tombola for the lucky ones to try and other stalls to peruse. This is such a super little event, and again for such a worthwhile cause that this is definitely NOT a date to miss ! Please contact Pauline on 01580~830570 for all further details.

STAPLECROSS SOCIAL CLUB: Just to remind you all that this super little social club, - right in the heart of the village will be hosting a “Disco/Karaoke” TOMORROW night on Saturday September 29th from 8.00pm - ‘til late. As usual there will be a delicious buffet, so come along, sing your heart out to your favourite tune and enjoy another fun night out amongst friends. More great dates here are planned for the coming months, this space.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Still strutting their stuff, regardless of whatever the weather throws at them, the members of that popular walking group - the Rother Ramblers - have organised two (2) more walks for our enjoyment. Walk No: 1 is arranged for Sunday September 30th and is an 8 mile circular ramble around Rushlake Green. The meeting point will be outside the ‘Horse & Groom Inn’ at Rushlake Green. OS.EXP124. TQ626184. (satnav TN21 9QE) at 10.00am. There is on road parking around the Green and as usual, a picnic lunch is suggested. John (P) is to be your ‘walk leader’ for this outing and you may contact him on: (mobile) 07867~918771 for more details. Walk No:2 is planned for Wednesday October 3rd. and will be a 7 - 8 mile circular meander of Rye and Peasmarsh. The meeting point here will be Winchelsea Railway Station, Station Road, Winchelsea. OS.EXP125. TQ900183. (satnav TN36 4JX) at the usual time of 10.00am. Again, a picnic lunch is the order of the day. Rita and Clive are to be your ‘walk leaders’ for this excursion and you may contact them on 01424~882674 or mobile; 07969~ 446867 for all further information.

STAPLECROSS & EWHURST GREEN WOMWN’S INSTITUTE: The merry maids of our local W.I. will have a fantastic and rare treat when they wend their way to the Staplecross Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross TN32 7QG for their monthly meeting which takes place on Tuesday October 2nd beginning at 2.30pm. As well as the usual delights during the afternoon, the guest speaker is Simon Mott and his talk entitled “What Makes a Superstar” is both fascinating, informative and enthralling. This promises to be another great afternoon amongst congenial company - plus the bonus of a super WI afternoon tea ! It doesn’t get any better than that !. For this, and further information on what to look forward to

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: JUMBLE SALE -This local and dedicated outdoor bowls club, although their match fixture list may be finished for this year, their fund raising and social calendar certainly is not. A fund-raising Jumble Sale has been organised and will take place in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross TN32 5QG on Saturday October 6th beginning at 2.00pm.Bargains will be here for the taking, so be sure & don’t miss out on this date !.

DIARY DATES: Advance Notice of the next E.S.& B. Garden Society meeting is given now in order for you all to get out your cookery books -or your secret favourite recipe stash. On Thursday October 18th commencing at 7.30pn - as well as another great speaker booked to entertain us in the form of Aaron Bertelsen - gardener, cook & writer, hailing from Great Dixter - It’ll also be the time when the Apple Dessert Competition takes place. This has become extremely popular over the last few years, as everyone gets to taste and enjoy the various delicious offerings made for this event. Look up your own favourite Apple dessert, make it & bring it along, on the night---tasting spoons will be provided !. For more information on what to also look forward to, in November & December as well as what’s planned for 2019 please contact Gill: 01580~830551. We look forward to seeing you soon.

CHURCH SERVICES: CHURCH SERVICES for the parish of Ewhurst, will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday September 30th. .Trinity 18 at 9.30am. This will be the annual HARVEST FESTIVAL service will include Holy Communion.(CW) There will be NO SERVICES at BOTH St. Giles church, Bodiam AND at St. Mark’s church, Northiam Road, Staplecross, today. If there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, especially Baptisms, Weddings and sadly, Funerals, then do please get in touch with the Priest - in - Charge, which is of course our good friend - Canon Christopher Irvine on 01580~830925. Help, love and support in some way, is always at hand and always so generously given, so do please contact him.

ANY NEWS FOR THIS COLUMN: PLEASE CONTACT ME: The weather at present is continuing to be contradictory, with the sunshine, winds and of course rain bringing the temperatures down, reminding us that Summer is over and Autumn in all it’s glorious colours, is now here. Life in and around our villages and community is far from being dull as lots of events are being planned for our enjoyment. So if you are arranging an event in the foreseeable future, --- whatever the nature of the event and however large or small, indoor or out, and you’d like some extra free coverage for it, -courtesy of the Observer Newspaper - 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 arranging. So please do contact me, as I’d love to hear from you and to help ‘spread the word’ on your behalf. ..........Thank You.