COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: MACMILLAN NURSES CHARITY “COFFEE MORNING EVENT” A National ( & International ) fundraising event for this fantastic charity was held up and down the length & breathe of the country on Saturday September 29th with the view to not only raising as much money as possible to aid this worthy cause, but to also show our appreciation to the nursing staff - as well as all those ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak, for all the hard work bestowed in such a caring manner, not only on the patients themselves, but to the families and friends that are also touched by these heart-breaking circumstances. The residents of Ewhurst Parish Community (and beyond) came out to support this event once again and showed their love and appreciation for all aspects of the amazing work and dedication undertaken by all at MacMillan Nursing. Staplecross Village Hall was the venue for last Saturdays fundraising event, ably hosted - as always - by Pauline Scowen and Anka Buss. Due to their unstinting determination to raise as much money as possible - despite Pauline herself only returning from hospital a few days beforehand - this event was another huge success. The amazing amount of just over £800:00 - excluding ‘Gift Aid’- was raised and will be presented to them in due cause. Pauline has expressed a wish to extend a big “THANK YOU to all those who helped - contributed - went along or manned a stall. To Lesley George, Cheryl Moss, Marie Trimbrell, Ann Prodinger, Anne James, Brenda Dale, Sandra Smith - plus of course all those ‘invisible ones’ who also helped - and especially Anka herself. Special Thanks must also go to (Pauline’s) hubby - Brian Scowen - for setting out the hall and for being the ‘Top Notch Dogs Body throughout the whole organisation of this event. This event is a very important fund raising project for the Macmillan Nurses, as sadly at some stage in our lives, many of us our touched by this dreadful disease - or we know of people who have been affected, and all families need their support. “ Thanks to ALL of you - especially Pauline .x.”

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Last minute reminder that although for the members of this popular outdoor bowls group, 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 - that’s TOMORROW - beginning at 2.00pm.Any donations may be brought to the village hall on the morning of the jumble sale from 9.30am onwards. Bargains will be here for the taking, as well as a raffle stall and a cake stall, so be sure & don’t miss out on this date !. For more details of this fund-raising event, please contact Brian on: 01580~830570

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Two more walks to edge us slowly into Autumn both with glorious colours and stunning views. Walk No: 1 is planned to take place on Sunday October 7th and is an 8.5 circular walk along the Medway Valley. The meeting point is the Yalding Railway Station OS.EXP136/148. TQ685502. (satnav ME18 6HJ at the normal time of 10.00am. The walk notes state that this walk takes in the autum colours alongside the River Medway and as always, a picnic lunch is suggested. Rita and Lionel are your ‘walk leaders’ for this delightful meander and you may contact them on 01424~752452 for all further information. Walk No:2 has been arranged for Wednesday October 10th and will be another 8 mile circular stroll of Alfriston and the jaw-dropping views of ‘High & Over’. The meeting place will be at the ‘High & Over’ (FREE) car park. OS,EXP123. TQ509011. (satnav BN25 3AB) again at the usual time of 10.00am. The walk notes state “there will be a fairly long and steepish ascent at the end of the walk. and a picnic lunch is once more recommended. Your ‘walk leaders’ for this walk are to be Margaret & Stephen and you may contact them on 07798~795393 - WALK DAY ONLY - for more information.

EWHURST PARISH COUNCIL: Members of Ewhurst Parish Council, would like to invite you to come along to the regular monthly meeting of your local Parish Council. This meeting will take place on Thursday October 11th. at 7.30pm and will be held this month in the church rooms, adjacent to St. Mark’s Church, Northiam Road, Staplecross. This like all council meetings, is open to the public, so please come along and have you say. Tell us about your concerns and talk to us about what you want to happen - or not happen - within our community. Put your questions to all levels of local government as representatives from Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council will hopefully, also be in attendance. We are always working hard on your behalf so please come and tell us how we’re doing, how we can improve, and how we can make living within this parish a happier and better place for us all.

DIARY DATES: Advance Notices and gentle reminders of two popular little local events. Notice No: 1 is the STAPLECROSS LUNCHEON CLUB - ‘Time passes when you’re having fun’ is the old adage, and this is certainly true with the local Dining Group, as it seems barely last week that we all met and enjoyed great food amongst congenial company. The members of this small but very friendly dining group will be meeting up once again to begin their Autumn cycle of this charming little local Dining Group. The next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday October 17th at 12.30pm in the Village Hall in Staplecross TN32 5QG. On the menu this week to delight us all will be that firm family favourite of Cottage Pie with all the usual trimmings, followed by another very popular choice of dessert, that of Bakewell Tart. All this, for a meagre sum of £6:00 per person, whilst being waited upon -and- with NO washing up or clearing away, at the end of the meal. Rules are few and far between. -so please do contact either Sally on:01580~830000 or Pauline on 01580~830570 to find out all you need to know about joining us in our warm and welcoming monthly dining group. We look forward to seeing you at our table.

The next Advance notice is that of the E.S.& B. Garden Society meeting, which is repeated again in order for you all to get out your cookery books -or your secret favourite recipe stash - and start looking out your best recipe - using apples- in preparation for the popular autumn meeting which will exhibit, and taste the results of these efforts ! 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.

ST. MICHAEL’s HOSPICE: ‘CALLING ALL DOG LOVERS’ - An invitation is extended to one & all to come on the charity’s first Sponsored 5K Dog Walk with your 4 legged friends, Taking place at the fabulous Rye Nature Reserve on Sunday October 7th. As well as the lovely walk to enjoy amongst family and friends, there will be lots of stalls to peruse, activities to take part in and refreshments to partake of at the finishing line. Entrance is just £10:00 per person - and dogs are free!. Please visit to book your place and find out more of this and other events being planned. Fresh air, fun and fitness and the feel-good-factor ---what more could you ask for ? WAG THIS WAY !

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst, will commence at St. James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday October 7th.Trinity 19. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. (CW) A Harvest Family Service at St. Giles church, Bodiam will follow directly after at 11.15 am. and this service will also include Holy Communion.. There will be NO SERVICE TODAY 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 do please get in touch with the Priest - in - Charge - Canon Christopher Irvine on 01580~830925. Help 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: Life in and around our villages and community is far from being dull or boring as we have a welter of clubs, groups, societies, sports and other activities to take part in or just to spectate and support. 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, indoors 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 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.