Village Voices

Village Voices
Village Voices


Geoffrey Goodsell

13 Levetts Lane

TRAIN AND CASTLE TICKETS: It costs to enter the castle, but if you go by train you can present your valid ticket at the castle ticket office. Normal admission is £9.50 with gift aid for an adult, £4.60 for children, family tickets are £22.90 but with a train discount it’s £7.70 for an adult, £3.85 for children and for a family it’s £19.50.

CRICKET CLUB: The club has a fixture on August 14 starting at 2pm. Call Karen on 07983814191 for more information. The team plays friendlies, not league cricket this season, but they do have two teams in the indoor league.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The library is at Levetts Lane on August 18 from 11.30am to 11.55am.

COUNCIL NEWS: It has great to read Councillor Angharad Davies (ESCC member for Bodiam) report that a total of 72,044 potholes were fixed across the county in 2015.

GP SURGERY: The two surgeries in Hawkhurst have both set up patient participation groups, part of an initiative for patient participation in health care. More news soon.

HELICOPTER: If you see a helicopter in the street at The Castle Inn it will be part of the 24 miles helicopter push in aid of two worthwhile charities - Stroke Association and Air Ambulance on August 27 and 28. The sponsor push starts at the Woolpack, Tenterden at around 9am on August 27 via Newenden. Nothiam, Staplecross and Ewhurst Green, White Dog for the night. There will be barbecue, bands, dancing and fun. All are welcome on August 28 at Bodiam to Hawkhurst Moor, Hawkhurst and the finish line awaits at the New Swan, Sandhurst roundabout at about 3pm, where everyone is most welcome. Support Kerry, Adam and family and friends to donate, please visits Virgin Money at I would like to take part, but if I did I would need the air ambulance.


Rhiannon Oliver

CONTACT ME: By telephone 01424 882037 or email At the end of the column you will find bookable events, please do not leave it until the last minute or you could be disappointed.

There is also a need for Volunteers from the village over this coming week, please help your community where you can.

A plea from Sue, please does anyone have a grey/black top hat she can borrow for her design at the flower festival, it will be given lots of care. Please contact me if you can help.

FRIDAY AUGUST 12: Yoga is at 9.30am in Udimore Community Hall. Brede Farmers Market is from 10am to 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. I think the plant van will be there this week and maybe other stall holders, who come every two weeks, plus all the regulars of course. Short Mat Bowls takes place in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm.

SATURDAY AUGUST 13: If you have any spare time this morning or afternoon please help with tidying up the St George’s Church Yard. On a regular basis there are people who mow the grass but the paths need to be cleared and bushes cut back so go armed with the necessary tools.

SUNDAY AUGUST 14: Church services are as follows: Father Anthony White conducts the Mass service at 9am in St Theresa’s Catholic Church on the old Northiam Road, if you need to contact the Father his number is 01424 773125.

At St George’s Church the Sung Eucharist starts at 9.30am and Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The church’s website is Barry Turnwell will be leading this mornings service at the Methodist Church in Broad Oak at 10.30am. Peggy Heim is the Pastoral Minister and can be contacted on 01424 422350.

MONDAY AUGUST 15: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am. Whist players will be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm.

TUESDAY AUGUST 16: Pilates in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15am. Brede Painting for pleasure group meet at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17: Pilates with Laura in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15am.

THURSDAY AUGUST 18: Pilates with Laura is at 9.15am in Udimore Community Hall. Stretch and Tone with Sally in Brede Village Hall at 9.30am.

FRIDAY AUGUST 19: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am. Brede Farmers Market in Brede Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon and Brede Short Mat Bowlers will be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm.

SATURDAY AUGUST 20: Brede/Broad Village Tidy Up. Next week our villages of Broad Oak and Brede especially the latter will be invaded by hopefully lots of visitors coming to the flower festival, Art Exhibition and Steam Giants. It would be good if we could show others how beautiful our parish is. Volunteers please meet in the village hall at 10am for coffee and briefing and if you have them bring a pick up stick and Hi-viz jacket the gloves and bags will be provided at the hall for those without. If possible teams of two will be sent out. The more who join the effort the more ground can be covered. If you are visiting our beautiful village do not dump your litter here or anywhere else in Sussex. It is such an unnecessary eyesore. It is also a good time to look around your own property’s and make sure hedges do not hang over footpaths and roads and that no rubbish is at the end of your drive. The parish council have been out looking to see who has the best garden. The results will be in this column and in the November Brede Newsletter.

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY: St George’s Church Brede are once again holding its annual Flower Festival this year Favourite Films. Marvel at the wonderful flower displays in St George’s Church for their annual Flower Festival and then go along the road to Brede Village Hall and enjoy the variety and competence of the Brede Painting for Pleasure group at their annual exhibition of work created in the past year. Free parking and refreshments available at both events. Saturday August 27 it is open from 10am to 5.30pm Sunday August 28, 11am to 4.30pm and Monday August 29, 10am to 4.30pm when the Grand Raffle will be drawn. It is suitable for all ages, if the weather is good take a trip up the Tower and admire the view, visit grannies attic, the book tent, plants and preserves, children’s tent and cake stall and enjoy the sumptuous morning coffees, lunches and cream teas on offer every day. The Brede Painting for Pleasure Group’s Art Exhibition (which is open over the three days) in Brede Village Hall is from10am to 4.30pm

Also on Saturday 27 St George’s hosts an evening of Jazz featuring Java Jam, at 7.30pm tickets are £10 tickets from the Rectory 01424 883408 includes a glass of Prosrcco and a light supper prepared by Gary of the Red Lion please take your own drinks too.

The Rainbow Trout has live music from 8.30pm.

Monday August 29, as well as everything else the Red Lion has a Car Boot Sale. Take your unwanted items to sell from 9am until 12 noon. Free pitches, free entrance. There are some trestle tables, it is first come, first served. Reserve a pitch by calling 01424 882188 or email Site open at 8am for traders to set up.

Brede Steam Giants will also swing into operation 10am to 4.30pm.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: Now something very interesting has come to my notice, on Saturday October 1, Sue Lee from Brede who is an archaeologist will be Digging up the Past a talk on behalf of the Friends of St Mary’s Church at the Udimore Community Centre from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets are £ 7.50 and include tea and cake, hurry to buy your ticket as they are sure to sell out fast as Sue knows her stuff and is very good. Contact Sue Rowan 01424882681 or Richard Holmes 01797223055 or Gillian Rothery 01424882774 or Liz Turgoose 01424 882657.

Please let me know in good time if there is anything you would like put in the column.


Mary Taylor

APOLOGIES: Many apologies for missing this last week. Unfortunately my source of information didn’t arrive in time for me to include items. Please ring me or send me an email if you have items you want included to make sure I am aware in plenty of time. My deadline for the papers is lunch time on Monday to appear in print on Friday. Thank you.

BRAVE SHAVER: Well she did it. The lovely Davina Swaine had her head shaved to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Surrounded by friends and family she had the whole of her head shaved. First off, her hair was braided in a dozen plaits. Her ten year old son Callum made the first cut followed by those who paid £5 for the privilege. The next step was for her best friend Sam Morrison-Williams to shave her head with a cordless shaver before she covered her in shaving foam and wet shave it until she was completely bald. Well done to Davina on this brave step. Thank you to Kevin and the Bear Motel for lending the venue, to Mary Taylor BEM for selling raffle tickets and the donation pot altogether Davina has raised over £650. Thank you to everyone who sponsored her and came along to support her.

THEATRE: Once again the village was entertained by The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company at the Swan Meadow playing fields. As always we given a real treat as the few actors portrayed MacByrd, a brand new comedy play with sixteen of the characters are birds. Inspector Seed- a pigeon, is the detective. Set in 1940 it is set in a small Sussex village and the changes the threat of invasion and the impact on local WI, cricket club, the village paly and on relationships, and how with the war people must take on new roles. The costume change and the acting were as always superb. We are never disappointed with the professional way this company performs.

WHIST: Last week there was another great, friendly evening of whist held in the village hall. Despite holidays and people moving there was a nice group who enjoyed playing cards and the light refreshments. There was also quite a bit of chat and laughter which helped to make the evening a good inexpensive evening out. The next one will be on Thursday September 1 at the village hall.

WINDOWS: Those of us who went along to the Burwash Village Hall to play whist got our first glimpse of the new windows and fire doors on the west elevation of the hall. I have to say they look really impressive and will be great for keeping the hall warmer during the winter months. All the windows are fitted with locks and the fire doors look really efficient. Thank you everyone who has helped to make this happen whether it was by donating to the window fund or joining us at one of our fund raising events. Without your support these would not have been fitted.

MUSIC: The Burwash Common Pavilion is opening its doors again tonight, Friday, for the very popular music night. You are all invited to go along and listen to the talent of the local singers and musicians as they entertain you. The fun begins at 8pm and the licenced bar will be open.

NOT SO YOUNG: The members of the Burwash Not So Young club will be hoping for a warm sunny day for the next meeting. They are invited to go along to the lovely home and garden of Shirley Viney on Thursday afternoon, for their summer garden party. They will enjoy a delicious cream to in the lovely colourful and intriguing garden.

BATEMAN’S: Are the kids bored already? Don’t know how to entertain them and keep them occupied? Then why not take them down to Batemans to join the Jungle Book Trail. This is happening daily until September 6 and is a fun time in the garden of Jungle book author Rudyard Kipling. The trail follows characters from the book hiding in the garden and if all are found you win a prize. Normal admission costs apply plus £2.50. For more information please call Batemans’ on 01435 882302.


Jill Jarrett

FETE AND FLOWER SHOW: The Catsfield Horticultural Society’s annual Fete and Flower Show, held at the Playing Field last Saturday was another huge success, helped along by a perfect summer’s day of clear blue skies and hot sunshine. The Battle Town Band did their usual grand job, without which the traditional village scene would be sadly lacking. The WI teas and cakes provided a welcome and delicious refreshment, as did the barbecue, whose tempting aroma wafted across the field. Ice creams and Pimms were also very popular as people strolled around on a perfect afternoon enjoying the stalls and games on offer. The takings seem to be up by at least £200 before expenses and there were fifty more adults through the gate than previously, which is excellent. Organiser, society chairman Vanessa Francis has said in the past that this will be her last year before she hands over to someone else but let’s hope that she changes her mind because she’s a hard act to follow.

The flower show this year was organised by new show secretary, Victoria Crawshaw and what a great success she made of it. The marquee looked lovely as soon as you walked in with all the tables of entries covered in smart black cloths, thus setting off the items displayed to great advantage. There were 94 entrants this year displaying exactly 400 entries, which although not quite a record, showed a very pleasing turn out. Last year the entrants numbered 63 with 246 entries. Some exhibitors came from as far afield as Chatham, Eastbourne and Pevensey to compete, saying that they love coming to Catsfield.

The tent was filled all afternoon by people looking at the wonderful array of exhibits and marvelling at the skills of so many talented people - be they gardeners, cooks, photographers, artists, flower-arrangers, craftsmen/women or school children. There were delightful entries from the children displayed around the walls and in the classes for under 15’s and the overall immediate impression was of a vibrant, active community all enjoying a huge village event.

The winners in the various classes were as follows. Chris Campbell Shield (most points in flowers section), Ivan Luck; Ernie Taylor Cup (most points in the vegetable section), Ivan Luck; Burgess Cup (most points in the Horticultural Classes), Ivan Luck; RHS Banksian Medal (most prize money won in the Hortic classes), Ivan Luck; Sweet Pea Salver (best in Class 2 in memory of Mrs E Parsons), Brian Croft; FJ Parsons Trophy (most points in the Handicraft Classes), Janet Woolf; Stobbs Cup (most points in Cookery classes), Keith Bishop; Hodgkin Cup (outstanding arrangement), Pauline Putland; Floral Cup (most points in flower arranging), Pauline Putland; Arning Cup (most points in Children’s classes), Belle O’Farrell aged 10; Castleton-Elliot Cup (most points in resident classes), Gill Ellin; Presidents Tankard (highest points in whole show), Ivan Luck; Rosette for Best in Show (Catsfield C of E School paintings), Lula Isaac; £50 Community Class (vase of crafted flowers), Catsfield Social Club.

CATSFIELD WI: Members of the WI are reminded that on Thursday August 18 there will be the annual Garden Party at the home of Beryl and David Bodey at Hawkswood, Kitchenham Road at 2.30pm. The committee will be providing the teas and we hope for a repeat of Saturday’s weather.

SPORT: A splendid win at Brightling Park for the cricket club this week, when we scored 213 for 8. Julian Buss 96, Derek Fuller 45 and Andy Williams 30 getting the bulk of the runs. Brightling Park were 81 all out with Tom Bristow-Diamond 3 for 28, Adam Sully 3 for 12, Andy Williams 2 for 2 and Derek Longley 2 for 5. It is a small pitch, so high scores are usual, but is one of our favourite grounds, down a long track in the woods so quiet and peaceful with just the sight of the many holiday flights circling round waiting to get into Gatwick. Catsfield will be playing at home to Newenden on Sunday.

HARVEST: The wheat harvest is in full flow, so that means the buzzards will be around looking for prey exposed by the combine. Also watch out for tractors in the lanes, still no sign of the verges being cut.

BREDE FLOWER FESTIVAL: Rhiannon who writes the Village Voice for Brede has asked if I will mention that St George’s Church, Brede are holding their annual Flower Festival at the August bank holiday weekend (August 27, 28 and 29) and the theme will be Favourite Films. I will write some more details next week as some of you may be interested in going.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex Mobile Library will be in its usual place outside the Village Hall from 11.55am until 12.30pm today, Friday August 12. This will be its only visit to the village this month.


Keith Pollard

CHURCH MATTERS: This Sunday, there will be an 8 am service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s, and this will be followed by Fairlight’s own Songs of Praise at 10.30am at St Andrew’s, when the top songs selected by members of the congregation in recent weeks will be sung. In addition, Alan Marchant will be sharing his story of what God did for him in rescuing him from alcoholism.

TODAY AT MOPPS, AND NEXT WEEK TOO: Today it is Produce Day, and is also MOPPs day for some toe-nail help. Lunch today consists of roast pork with apple sauce and stuffing, with Angel Delight and summer fruits for afters. Next Friday, August 19, in an announcement saved at the last moment by Robert arriving with the Cavalry to fill in the blanks, the entertainment will be by the ever-popular Village Voices (can’t miss with a name like that), and lunch that day will be sausage and apple pie followed by banana custard.

FAIRFEST: As things settle and the immediate memory starts to fade following the fourth Fairfest day, the organising committee would like to thank all those who helped, attended or contributed in any way to making this year’s Festival so enormously successful. As suggested here last week, the wonderful weather helped to make the day as well as boost the funds, which has enabled the committee to pay the bands and others for their part in the event, and will also enable them to make donations to local groups and have a nest egg to carry forward to Fairfest 2018.

With two years to go, the Committee is already looking forward and planning for Fairfest Five. So now is the time to make a diary entry for the fund raising of a Tabletop Sale on Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 1pm in the village hall. The fee to hire a table is £5. If you are interested, please direct your enquiries either to or 814196.

Also in demand are new committee members and volunteers, and if you fall into either category, that email address or phone number above are just right for you, too.

PETT LEVEL RESCUE BOAT OPEN DAY: This popular annual event is coming up a week on Sunday, which is August 21, running from midday until 4pm. There will be lots of events and stalls, a barbeque, a Sea Display, and live music such as Hall and Blokes from 12.30 pm, for instance and much more. Pett Level Rescue Boat is totally unsupported financially, and so has to undertake all its own fund-raising. As this is their principal drive for cash in the year, it would be appreciated if you give it your full support. And you’ll have fun while you’re doing it.

ACTIVE YOUTH CLUB: What’s the future hold for the Activate Youth Club? On Monday week, August 22, there is to be an Open Meeting at the Activate Clubhouse at 7.30pm to which you are invited to be part of a discussion considering the future of Activate Youth Club, without Wendy. There will be cheese and wine at the meeting, which may help to fine tune your decision-making. As this is a consultation event, the evening will not be setting out its stall seeking volunteers. But the organisers state that they would not actually ever say ‘no’.

BOWLS CLUB: Last Saturday, on a fabulously sunny afternoon, the bowls club held their annual Lads v Lasses game, with much banter coming from the lads as they tried to reverse last year’s lasses’ title victory, which is exactly what they did in winning by 100 points to the lasses’ 72.

The afternoon also saw the presentation of the cheque for £1,350 to Marcia from St Michaels Hospice, being the sum raised at the club’s open tournament on July 3. To complete a pleasant day, there was a barbeque when the players were joined by a group of social members.

The club’s next social event, sponsored by Just Properties, is on Monday, August 15, when they will welcome any spectators who’d like to come along and watch a fun afternoon.

TUESDAY LADIES CLUB: It’s that time of the year again, and next Tuesday sees the TLC have their Members’ Summer Lunch, in the village hall at 12.30pm for 1pm. Also on the menu is Juggling by or with Andy Dinsdale. I’m not sure whether this is the subject of one of his well-known talks, or if it is a demonstration, or both. The Club nearly always welcomes visitors on payment of a small fee, with the only exceptions being events that are subsidised. From the title of next week’s event you’ll realise that it is not one for visitors. Time to think about joining up, then? Only £18 a year, and with two lunches and a number of outings on top of an excellent regular monthly programme make this an offer you can’t refuse.

PARTY TIME: A few years ago now, the equivalent of a Fairlight rave took noisy place to the north of the bottom of Battery Hill, lasting longer and through more hours of darkness than local residents felt was appropriate. Another happened some months ago, but on this occasion the frolic ceased just as people were becoming really incensed. Apologies from the participants and a tidy up followed the next day, though it is true that a measure of mistrust had been sown in the minds of those living within shouting distance, evidenced by a warm Open Forum at a recent Parish Council meeting.

Now, last Saturday, it’s happened again. Never mind the fact that Fairfest disseminates live music across the village on an open-windowed summer evening – it only does this until the publicised 10 pm closing time, once every two years, and it is, so to speak, ‘ours’. Now we have a load of incomers gracing our peaceful plot with more noise than they would be willing to entertain wherever it is that they live, and ensuring it goes on until past midnight, well beyond the Fairlight lights out time (which is 9.24pm each and every day of the year). Why can’t they do it elsewhere? Meanwhile, should such events become a habit, I am assured that a machine pumping out farmyard slurry is an incredibly effective sound suppressor…


Marion Lovell

GREETINGS: There are full reports later on, but I would like to say what a brilliant Fete and Flower Show we had last Saturday. Very grateful thanks to the weather man for being so co-operative and providing the perfect day for us. Blue sky, fluffy white clouds and a sea breeze to keep us cool created the perfect setting for the fun and games. I did enjoy the brass band too. And well done to all the organisers.

CHURCH NEWS: The 9.30am service on the twelfth Sunday after Trinity will be Parish Eucharist led by Rev Canon Robin Whitehead. On Monday we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when it is believed that her body rose to heaven in AD 45.

WEATHER: The jet stream is to blame for the lower than expected temperatures. The sun is trying its best most days, but the NW winds are chilly still. There is not too much incentive to sit outside in the evenings with a cool glass of something in hand.

FETE: Stuart writes: Last weekend we held our Annual Fete and Flower Show. The entries in the flower show were down a little bit but the standard was very high. Anne Osborne and her helpers including the judges, worked very hard prior to the show and on the day so many thanks to them. Thanks to our sponsors Kate and Syd of Manor Oast and also the Robin Hood for their much appreciated continued support. The Autumn Show will be on Saturday September 24. Schedules are available priced at £1 each which does include membership. We should give special thanks to The Wealden Brass Band which entertained us throughout the afternoon.

TRUST MEETING: There will be a meeting on Monday August 15 to discuss the Fete. The feedback has been excellent both positive and negative. So please give your views on what was good and how anything could be improved. It is impossible to thank everybody who worked to make the Fete a success, as a village it was a very good effort. Well done Icklesham.

FLOWER SHOW: After the rain and wind midweek, the sun came out and we had a lovely day for the flower show and fete. Despite the weather there were some lovely flowers on show also some mouth-watering cookery entries. Congratulations to all trophy winners. Daphne Cane and Ann Osborne won equal points for the vegetables, and Anne also won the Fred Stunt Cup for fuchsia and best in show for violas. Jean Ellner won best in vegetables and the John Comport and Jimmy Young cups for her sweet peas. Pam Lee won the cup for most points in the roses class, the cookery cup, a certificate for best in cookery and the cup for most points in the show. Well done Pam. Christine Knight won the cup for the best rose and Judy Foster won the cup for most points in classes 28 to 37. She also won the piece of crystal for the best loaf of bread. This class is kindly sponsored by Kate and Syd Mylrea. Simon Osborne won the dahlia cup. Special thanks to Stuart, Mags, Judy, Pam, Michael and Christine for working in the kitchen and Simon, Sarah and Helen for running the tombola. Thanks to Stuart and Michael for setting out the hall and to all who helped to tidy away afterwards. During the afternoon we were entertained by the Wealden Brass band, the Dog Show and Rye Dance girls and plenty of stalls to walk around. Thank you Christine for this report.

CRICKET ON SUNDAY AUGUST 21: Cricketers are still needed for the New Pavilion XI for the match against Icklesham Casuals Football Club. It is 30 overs a side and £10 per player which includes tea. Ability is not really important. I expect you would have to know the basic rules of the game and which way up to hold the bat. If you fancy a game of cricket, contact Stuart on and all profit from the day will go towards the New Pavilion Funds.

NEW PAVILION LOTTERY: We continue to encourage new members which is excellent. We must emphasise that this is open to all, not just the people of Icklesham. It costs £12 per year and this puts you in 12 monthly draws. Please spread the word. Prizes per month are £50, £25, £20, £15, £5 and £5. Our next target is to make one of the £5s into £10 then after that we will increase the 1st prize. We continue to get more views and support on Facebook.

ICKLESHAM NEW PAVILION: Keep sharing information with your mates. Dorit Oliver Wolff, the holocaust survivor is offering to come to Icklesham to tell her story from Yellow Star to Pop Star, to raise funds for the New Pavilion project. If you are interested contact Stuart on the email above.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music on Sunday afternoon from 4pm till 6pm will be played by Lois and Roger playing Blues. Haven’t heard about the response to Ian’s 100 mile bike ride yet.

ROTHER RESPONDERS: Some months ago I was asked if there was a First Responder in Icklesham. This is your local Community First Responder Scheme. It is a team of volunteers who have been trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the Ambulance Service. There is a defibrillator at the Robin Hood which has already been used successfully. It is hoped to have another one at the Memorial Hall soon. All the volunteers carry defibrillators as part of their kit. To find out other facts and more about the scheme, please see the website and consider volunteering for this wonderful way of saving lives before the ambulance arrives.

BREDE CHURCH: More details next week, but book the date now for St George’s Church Brede Flower Festival with a theme of Favourite Films. The dates are Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 27, 28 and 29.

CONTACT: Thank you for all the information received. Keep it coming please.

AND FINALLY: Beware traffic in the A259 on August 13. It is bound to be busy with the Country Fair, with dogs and horses as well. The horse show begins at 8.30am. There will also be classic cars, dog show, craft fair, refreshments and stalls in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Parking is going to be very interesting. If you are planning to go, enjoy it. I shall be out of town at a 95th birthday in West Sussex.


Gill Griffin

THE RAIN ON THE ROOF: So many songs have been written about the rain, that it’s obvious that some see the rain as something so much more than that stuff that soaks us to the skin at the most inopportune moments. They see its moods, and it’s personality, and their songs conjure up visions of Paul Newman and Katharine Ross riding around on that bike to the tune of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, or Gene Kelly dancing around a lamp post in Singing the Rain. One night last week I went to bed with a book, listening to the rain on the roof, and I felt very reassured by it. It’s a very comforting sound. However, It isn’t always so. How about when there is a deluge on a baking hot day. The rain almost dances on the pavement it’s so intense, that when it ceases, those pavements steam, as though that powerful heat is letting us know, that it’s not finished with us yet, and the rain was merely an interlude, a do-gooder trying to calm it a little ‘but listen up folks’, it seems to be saying, ‘our kind, of heat, is not about to be extinguished by a few raindrops’ (you have to be joking). There is always a palpable silence after a deluge on a hot day, probably because it’s shocked us all. Even the dripping trees seem dumb-struck. Sometimes though, rain is nothing more than a delicate drizzle. In fact it seems infantile, as though its drops are not fully developed. It falls with baby-like uncertainty, yet like a baby, still manages to get our undivided attention. It soaks through our clothes gently, yet eventually succeeds in wetting us through, as surely as a downpour. Sometimes rain invites its play mates, thunder and lightening, and the three have a fine old time putting on a thunder storm, as though its matinee time at The Barbican. Oh yes, rain is an enigma. It’s never like just plain old rain. Raindrops on the roof can make the humblest shack seem cosy and snug .Hearing it dance on a tin roof, is pure poetry.

LIFE IS AN EVER OPEN DOOR: On August Bank Holiday there will be a Flower Festival and Fair at Iden Parish Church. The Flower Festival will be on all three days, August 27, 28 and 29 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) from 10.30am until 4.30pm each day, and on Monday, there will be a fair, to accompany the Flower Festival, surrounding the churchyard. On all three days, there will be refreshments in the Old Hall by the Church, so it promises to be a festival of enjoyment for the whole family. The theme of the Flower Festival, is Opening the Doors of Life, to its many aspects, so that our ordinary everyday life is seen to tie up with our Christian beliefs. Everyone is most welcome to join us for an enjoyable Bank Holiday display.

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion in Iden Parish Church, this Sunday, at 9.30am.

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In, is in Iden village hall, at 11am, on Monday August 22. Everyone is welcome, for tea/coffee and biscuits, plus bric-a-brac and a book sale, and plenty of lively conversation.

BINGO: Afternoon Bingo, in Iden village hall is on Thursday August 25, and consists of a jackpot, a flier, a raffle, and a light tea at half time. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. It’s a fun afternoon, and a jolly good game of Bingo. Everyone from the Rye area is most welcome to join us.

JULIE’S PARTY: Oh wow! A host of Iden folk, and friends and family were invited to Julie Mill’s splendid 50th birthday bash on Saturday August 6. There was music, brought to us by an amazing singer called Charley Gray (who I understand is also a vet, and provided the meat for the party, from the animals she and her partner Nick Breed). Charley is multi-talented, and my goodness she could sing. She belted out song after song with such energy and gusto that in no time the whole party was buzzing. It was great to see so many Iden people relaxed and having fun in Julie and David’s lovely garden, which was flooded with fairy lights. We feasted (no other word for it) on a selection of meats and burgers, and vegetarian alternatives, watching bunting fluttering on gazebos dotted all over the garden. To crown it all, there were stacks of fruit, fashioned into the equivalent of what reminded me of American popsicles, to dip into a chocolate fountain. And who do you think was the belle of the ball? Well Julie of course in her long flowing gown. She welcomed us all so warmly, and everyone had a super time.

THE THERAPEUTIC JIGSAW: Every now and again we get out a jigsaw. I’m not thrilled about having one sprawled over the dining room table, but they are good for the soul. My husband gets 30 pieces in to my one, because he looks at the shape, and perseveres with the boring things like sky and grass. If I do get a piece in I feel very bucked, and make a big old fuss about it, but he just calmly slots in piece after piece without a sound. ‘Don’t try whamming them in Gill’, he says ‘if a piece doesn’t fit it doesn’t fit’. ‘You really are good at jigsaws I have to admit’, I say (men like a lot of praise) and besides which, if I praise him enough he puts the kettle on. It works every time.

OFF TO TENTERDEN: Last week I ventured into Tenterden twice. It’s a lovely place, I love the wide main road. Trekking across it is a country walk in itself. It’s a perky place isn’t it? Airy and full of old-world charm, with lots of interesting shops and nice places to sit and have coffee. I took my granddaughter to buy birthday clothes. Oh how lovely to be young, when all you think about is the next pretty top to buy. She suddenly stopped and took pictures of hanging baskets on her phone. They were a lovely show. (You see, young folk don’t just gawp at their phones, they can be as entranced as you or I). Mind you yes, they do have a tendency to ogle their phones, but I’m so envious of the fact that they use them for such a wide variety of things, when all I use mine for is to say, ‘meet me at Tesco’. It was such a beautiful day. Tenterden was a perfect interlude, and going shopping with someone young with their whole lives ahead of them is always so nice. She made me feel young again. Never mind a new top. I felt like buying her the moon.

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin (telephone 01797 280311).


Peter & Valerie Miles

A2100 CROSSING: We have reported on the extremely dangerous state of the London Road immediately after the railway crossing heading south. We are very relieved to report that this has been prioritised and work is now scheduled for October 17. This may seem an age away but it is a significant improvement on our fear that it would drift into both next year and the depths of winter. The parish council have urgently requested some signage to warn road users of the danger which, fingers crossed, will be in place by the time you read this. We should say that this result is testament to Irene’s persistence, as our clerk.

FLOWER SHOW REPORT: (From Sue Kennedy). We had an amazing number of entries considering the weird weather that has prevailed this year. Our judges commented that they were very impressed with the standard of the entries which were more than a match for any other show that they attended. Thank you to all our judges and helpers that made the day such a success, although this year the weather was unkind in the afternoon and caused a lack of visitors to see just how well our village can do.

The Society Cup for points in Flower and Plant Classes, the Jack Garland Cup for Best Entry in the Rose Classes, the Society Cup for points in Horticultural Classes, and the W. James Cup for points in Vegetable and Soft Fruit Classes and Society Cup for most outstanding entry in Vegetable and Soft Fruit Classes all went to Mr Sam Hills. The Rose Bowl for points in Floral Decorative Classes: Miss Sue Kennedy. The Breach Shield for most outstanding entry in the Floral Decorative Classes: Mrs Wendy Mayers. The Society Cup for most outstanding entry in the Flower and Plant Classes & Society Cup for points gained in Cookery Classes: Mrs Jackie Whines. The Society Cup for most outstanding entry in the Cookery Classes: Mr Michael Mayers. The Olive Warren Cup for points gained in the Handicraft Classes: Mrs Brenda Ray. The Harman Cup for points in the Children’s Classes and Children‘s Club Cup for most outstanding entry in the Children’s Classes age 6 to 10; Mr Henry Crawford.

WHEREFORE ART?: Barbara Valentine will be at Crowhurst Village Fayre on Saturday August 13 from 2pm till they ask her to leave. At previous fairs, she has refused to go, until she has done quick portraits of everyone who would like one. So, come and have a watercolour portrait done, in exchange for a donation to St Michaels Hospice.

Also, there is a display in the foyer of Battle Library, by and about Mountfield Community Arts, and the classes in the Mountfield Village Hall.The portrait and mixed media classes start on Tuesday September 13 and Barbara and Juliette are looking forward to seeing all their friends there, and perhaps meeting new ones. Phone Barbara on 01424 838 264 for details.

MOUNTFIELD CLUB: A reminder that the Club’s Charity Darts and Shove night in memory of Wayne Hardy is on Friday September 9. The evening will start at about 7.30pm and should see a good turnout. There will be a £3 entry fee charged and all proceeds raised on the night will be going towards The British Heart Foundation. Also the Club’s snooker singles and pairs competitions start shortly, open to all members. Contact Steve Smith on 07720 298971 for details.

MOUNTFIELD RIDE/WALK: As already announced, this year’s Mountfield Church Ride/Walk will take place on Sunday September 18. The full route is approximately 10 miles but there with opportunities to shorten according to fitness levels. The full ride will be almost entirely off road round fields and woodland that are not on any public rights of way and therefore not normally accessible to the public.

Entry fees are riders £15 in advance (£20 on the day), under 16s £10 (£15), walkers £5 in advance or on the day. Dogs (on leads, they can be extending leads) welcome. Free parking. Refreshments at start and finish. Setting off times are between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

BREDE FLOWER FESTIVAL: St George’s Church Brede is once again holding its annual Flower Festival on August 27 to 29. There will be something for all ages over the weekend. For full details please see the Brede village column. VILLAGE HALL: A quick reminder that the hall will be closed for refurbishment from August 13 to September 1 with a daytime Autumn Gathering on Sunday September 25 along the lines of last December’s knees up.

VILLAGE SIGN: A reminder too that the village sign on New Cut will shortly be removed for safe-keeping and refurbishment during the sewerage construction works.

JUST GETTING BY: The contractors very kindly agreed to leave a narrow footpath open after work hours and at weekends so that pedestrians can get through outside Jackie and Neil at Springfield. Very nice of them. But then Michael Mayers wrote to us as follows: ‘On Friday about 5pm, a Mercedes convertible drove down to the road closure barriers from the A2100. Realising it could not get through, it then reversed into our drive. The passenger is looking at his phone – sat nav I imagine. After a few seconds, he turns right towards the bakery, squeezes between the row of cones with the offside wheels right up against Jackie and Neil’s hedge, and proceeds to drive all the way down the steep bank to the other end at a crazy angle and in doing so hits their stop cock causing it to start leaking out onto the road. Unbelievable.’ But then, as we said to Michael: these Merc drivers are all the same.

A FINAL THOUGHT: We have to comment on the hanging baskets round the front of the village hall. They are on full glory with trailing ivies and full top growth. They transform the place.

CONTACT: If you have anything for the Village Voice, we can be contacted on 880614 or via We always welcome contributions and feedback.


Maurice Holmes

ST GEORGE’S CHURCH BREDE: St George’s Church, Brede is once again holding its annual Flower Festival from Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29. This year they have chosen Favourite Films as the theme. For full details of events taking place over the weekend please see the Brede village column.

REFLECTIONS ON A GARDEN: The male hops this year have produced such a profusion of delicate flowers. This annual event has never been so prolific before. I can only assume that the changeable weather we have been experiencing all summer is at the root cause of our success this year. One plant alone of the two we have in the garden could, in my view, pollinate the whole of Kent’s hop fields. Perhaps, at this rate, I should knock down the garage and build an oast house, so I can start brewing. I could call the resultant beer Netherfield Nectar. I jest of course but this year has been spectacular.

I love acers and the six varieties we have managed to acquire over the years, of varying colours and hues, sit in a bed, which we euphemistically term our Japanese garden. Apart from one, they are all generally slow growing. Nonetheless spectacular for that, they spread their delicate leaves of yellows, reds and greens, shrouding primroses at the end of spring when the foliage first appears, to dense leafy canopies at this time of year, like multi-coloured umbrellas. They seem to have a calming effect on the garden and all who frequent our plot. The trouble is it seems appropriate to have a tranquil stream running through that section of the garden and there just isn’t enough room. Oh well, I can dream.

At the moment, our white Japanese Anemones are mixed with Phlox, Crocosmia Monbretia and a host of other varieties to form a wall of colour in the bed attached to our leisure area, known, in honour of the “King”, as Gracelands. My wife worries every year, that our culling of every species of perennial will decimate the resultant flowering for the following season. But, they keep returning.

More next week....

CONTACT: If you have any stories or articles of interest that will give our readership a reason to buy the paper please contact me on 07957588172 or via email at

Ninfield & Hooe

Sami Guard

IS IT ME?: Or is there a general sense of humour failure pervading at the moment? By the way I have to say that, after some pressure from my Agent, I have now joined the cheeping branches of the world of Twitter...yes, apparently now, castings for TV, Theatre and Film are defined not by a person’s Talent and/or CV bursting with years of experience, but as to how many followers they have on Twitter, and if they’d therefore be a good financial draw..? Extraordinary I know. Please, don’t get me started... But that’s a story for another main gripe at present is the use, or lack of it, of punctuation marks in emails, texts and general communication. Now, I have a love of good grammar etc., and feel that the use of punctuation; commas, semi-colons et al, is imperative, while exclamation marks, like question marks, define and pinpoint the underlying feeling of the text written before them.... maybe I slightly overuse them...2 or 3 possibly emphasising a point.. And also maybe my use of ... as a ‘pause for thought’... is a little obscure..? But, in deference to the fabulous book, ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’, I would rather over-egg the pudding in the punctuation stakes and retain the sense of humour implied in the writing, than do no ‘marks’ at all and have all pieces of prose read like a very dry telephone directory. So there. If you know me, you’ll know what I mean. Eyebrows Up. Anyway onwards: here we are at the middle weekend in August; there are loads of events now happening each weekend, all around the area.. so, here are a varied few that are taking place over this one.

THIS WEEKEND: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 12, 13 and 14. 1) Crowhurst Fayre; This Friday evening, 1066 Rockit Men will play in the marquee on the recreation ground, tickets are £10 on the door. On Saturday the ground hosts the Fayre, with Flower and Vegetable show, games, stalls, tea tent, bar and raffle and a host more fun besides. Parking is available at £1.50 a car. In the evening, there will be horse-races and skittles, again in the marquee.

2): Rural Past Times At Pestalozzi Fields, on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm, a huge country fayre with old vehicles, waggons, and displays from tractors and engines; plus stalls, beer tents, tea tents, food, crafts, dog show, falconry and you’ll find the Other Half and I pressing apples for fresh apple juice. A Fantastic day out.

3): Moto-Fest; De la Warr Pavilion and grounds: Friday evening, the film Road will be shown on the sea facing wall, at sunset, approx. 8.30pm. In support of the Joey Dunlop Foundation. Sunday; Free to attend - a fantastic array of motorbikes and cycles, with stalls and stands for kit and accessories, plus food stands, and bike displays in the car park. This is such a wonderful event, a great addition to Bexhill’s motoring history.

4): Airborne- Eastbourne’s biggest summer attraction, and the South East’s largest Air Show. From Thursday to Sunday; visit Eastbourne Airborne website for all brochure/display details.. And, now to some local news...

NINFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Saturday August 20, the Horti Society are holding their Annual Summer Show at the Memorial Hall. Details of all classes are available from the Village Stores and all entry details must be submitted by Wednesday August 17 latest. Rose is very hopeful that there will be even more new people joining in the fun this year, some of the classes are for small collections of produce, or even a single flower, and there are many prizes and cups to win. If you would like to enter, but feel a bit overwhelmed, please call Rose on 892422, she will be happy to help and give some useful advice. If you just want to view the exhibits, then doors open at 2.30pm and there will be light refreshments and homemade Cakes on offer while you browse.

NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: The results are here. Thanks, Carole, for the following; August 2, Ninfield 55 - Clive Vale 60; August 3, Ninfield 68 Hawkhurst 5, A Rother League Match; August 4, Ninfield 84 - Hailsham 79; August 6, Ninfield 67 - Ringmer 53; August 7, Ninfield 63 - Herstmonceux 60. A huge five game week, well done all. As far as Carole knows; this is the first time over the last 10 years that the team have beaten Hawkhurst and Ringmer overall at away matches. Hopefully it’s a little quieter for the week ahead.

CHRCH SERVICES: Methodist Church Sunday 14 August, 10.30am Service of Worship and Communion with Revd Tricia Williams

Parish Church, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Combined Parish Eucharist (no service at St Mary’s).

DEFIBRILLATORS: As usual- the little note reminding that there are two defib. machines - one in each village at these locations. Ninfield - Kings Arms PH - front entrance wall and Hooe Red Lion PH- front wall.

EARLY HEADS UP: Bank Holiday Weekend. There will be loads of different events, activities, shows and Festivals happening over this, the most popular of all Summer Weekends so...I can give you a brief outline of one that has already come in to me.. from Brede. St George’s Church have a three day Flower festival with Famous Films as the theme; A Grand Raffle, Crafts, Games, Stalls, Cream Teas and Food stands. Then a Jazz evening with Prosecco and Supper (£10inc.) There’s a Steam Giants event, Art Exhibition, Table Sales much going on and that’s just an outline from one village. I know there’s a big Charity Garden Party in Crowhurst for St Michaels’ Hospice on BH Sunday; There’s the fantastic Festival of Transport at Broad Farm, Hellingly, over the three days...Please let me know if there’s an event happening that you’d like a mention for.

Keep in Touch: As I said last week, I’m off this Sunday to...Somewhere in England. Performing in the fantastic new play, written and directed by Mark Burgess, called ‘Somewhere in England’, and playing the part of Daphne Southover; a Radio Announcer for the BBC in the 1940’ I’m getting the appropriate voice out of the’s a couple of steps up from the ‘Telephone Voice’!.. While rehearsing, and then performing, I’ll still be putting this Column together; it might not be as long, depending on time available and brain cell strength - but hopefully all the up coming meetings and stuff will be there.. so keep in touch, and, speak to you next from...? Call 07970650321, email or... tweet @guard jane. Thank you.


Karen Ayling

VILLAGE WALK: The Footpath Group invites everyone to join in a circular walk getting to know Northiam. It’s not challenging, so please do take this opportunity to find out where the footpaths go, and meet some like-minded people. The walk will leave the surgery car park at 2pm on Sunday but Sue would be happy to chat to you if you would like to find out more first (253428).

COFFEE STOP: Call into the Church Centre on Wednesday mornings for coffee and a chat at Coffee Stop, between 10am and 12 noon.

FOOTPATH WALK: The Footpath Group will be heading to Dover for a Walk around Hell Fire Corner! Leave the surgery car park at 8.45am, aiming to start from the National Trust car park at Langdon Cliffs, Dover at 10am (NT members bring your card for the parking!). It’s a 7½ mile walk, with a stop for lunch at a cafe.

BANKING: NatWest bring their mobile bank to the Village Hall car park every Thursday from 1.15pm to 2.15pm.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Favourite Films is this year’s theme for Brede’s Flower Festival over August Bank Holiday in St George’s Church. For full details of events over the weekend please see the Brede village column.

FOR YOUR DIARY: Everything is a little quiet in August, then it’s all go. In September, we have Pink Piglet Day on September 3, and the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show on September 10, you might see the ideal shot for the photography section whilst on a summer walk. The Bonfire Society are holding a Craft Fayre on September 17, and there will be a Harvest Festival Flower Festival in St Mary’s at the end of the month, to include an art exhibition.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise.

St Teresa’s, 9am Mass.


Jan Weston

BOOT FAIR: Saturday August 13, Boot Fair in the Recreation Ground to raise funds for improvements to the Peasmarsh Playspace. Entry for Booters from 10am £5 per car £7 per van. Public entry from 8am, closes at 12 noon. Visitors are expected to make a donation towards funds. Tombola, bouncy castle and refreshments. Also on Saturdays August 27 August and September 10.

PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THIS PROJECT: Saturday August 27, St George’s Church, Brede Annual Flower Festival, this year’s theme is Favourite Films. Events take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 27 to 29. For full details please see the Brede village column.

DOCTORS’ SURGERY: Due to low demand these have now been reduced to one per month which will be the first Tuesday of the month between the hours of 11.30am and 12.30pm. To book an appointment contact Rye Medical Centre on 01797 223333.

ART PRINTS FOR SALE: Following on from the successful art show in April there is an opportunity to buy quality prints of some of the work from that show, on the following dates: Saturday August 20 from 11am to 4pm and Sunday August 21 from 11am to 3pm.

If you are a local artist who wold like to be part of this contact Hilary on 01797 230205.

SUMMER CLUB: Brighton and Hove Albion FC’s award-winning Albion in the Community Summer Club for boys and girls. There are still places available for Wednesdays August 17, 24 and 31 from 10am to 3pm at Peasmarsh Recreation Ground, cost per session £5 per child. Visit the Peasmarsh Memorial website or contact Hilary on 01797 230205 for more information.

REGULAR EVENTS IN THE MEMORIAL HALL: (some of these events are on their summer break now). Yoga classes every Wednesday at 7.30pm and every Friday at 9.30am. Zumba every Thursday at 7.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday 14 August 8am Holy Communion at Beckley, 10am Holy Communion at Beckley.

Pett & Pett Level

Mary Saint

ROBERT LOVEJOY: It is sad to report that yet again this year, Pett has said goodbye to a popular and valued resident. Robert Lovejoy moved to Carters Farm in Pett when he was still an infant. He grew up there with his parents and brothers and sisters, later taking on the farm with his brother David. Robert and his wife Pearl ran the caravan and camping site on the farm for many years, which was so popular with holidaymakers.

A very highly regarded cricketer, Robert played for both Pett and Winchelsea, winning numerous cups and prizes. He was also fond of the ‘arrows’ playing darts for Rye and several of the pubs in Pett and the surrounding villages.

Robert was a very familiar sight at village events, be it a church jumble sale, the annual Flower Show or an event for the Pett Level Preservation Trust. He would take away the unsold jumble or transport furniture and assorted items to whichever village event needed them.

Always ready to lend a hand with a big smile hello, Robert will be very much missed by the village.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church Services on Sunday August 14, Morning Worship, St Mary and St Peter, Pett at 9.30am. There will be a Sunday Service at the Methodist Chapel at 10.45am. There will also be Evensong at 5pm at St Nicholas, Pett Level.

VILLAGE VOICES: On Monday August 15 the Village Choir will meet at Pett Methodist Chapel at 7.30pm.

PETT OLDER PEOPLE’S PROJECT: POPP on Tuesday August 16 will feature Annie Cryer with Tai Chi. There will also be Eye Concern tests. The session runs from 10.30am to 2pm and will include a two-course lunch for just £5.

PETT PARISH COUNCIL: Also on Tuesday August 16, Pett Parish Council meets at 7.30pm at Pett Village Hall.

PETT WI: On Wednesday August 17, Pett WI members will be enjoying a summer barbecue at Pett Village Hall, starting at 7pm.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Laurence Church Guestling is holding its annual Flower Festival on August 19, 20 and 21, from10am to 5pm each day. The theme for this year’s exhibits is Films. Refreshments, including ploughman’s lunches, tea, coffee and homemade cake, will be available and there will be bric-a-brac and bookstalls, and a tombola. The festival ends with a Songs of Praise service at 6pm on Sunday August 21. Admission is free, and there is ample free parking. All proceeds will go to the Church Restoration Fund.

PETT LEVEL RESCUE BOAT: The annual Open Day is being held on Sunday August 21. It will start at noon. And in addition to the usual variety of stalls and games, there will also be a barbecue and a Grand Raffle.


Sandie Madge & Sue Paine

ST MARY’S SALEHURST: Start services with Holy Communion at 9am in the Mission Room. Sung Eucharist is at Salehurst at 11am with the children’s club being held during the service. This is for all children of primary school age and takes place in the vestry at the front of the church. This service will be the last for Rev Christopher Channer who has been helping and guiding our parish for the last two years. Everyone at St Marys wishes him well on the next stage of his retirement.

Reverend Annette Hawkins will be taking on the license for Salehurst and Holy Trinity in Hurst Green on Thursday August 18. Everyone is very welcome to attend but if you intend to go along can you please ring 880238.

ROBERTSBRIDGE AVIATION SOCIETY: Is having its Annual Open Day on Sunday August 14 between 11am and 5pm. Exhibits and artefacts from WWI up to the present day, the main museum, stalls, refreshments and all free. Donations are gratefully received though. This is taking place at Bush Barn Farm Robertsbridge. TN325AP.

ROBERTSBRIDGE CRICKET CLUB: Are in the middle of running the Cooper Cup competition throughout August. Matches are running most week day evenings at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 10am. Finals Day will be on Sunday August 28.

ROBERTSBRIDGE HALL: Is holding the next Progressive Whist evening on Thursday August 18 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

FLOWER AND PET SHOW: Robertsbridge Bonfire Society and Robertsbridge Community Association are holding the Flower and Pet Show this year on Sunday September 4 at Robertsbridge Hall. Schedule and entry forms are available from The Floral Boutique. The show secretary is John Goldsmith on 880412 or Pet Show Secretary is Jo Rainsbury on 881525.

DARTS: The season is just a month away so anybody interested in playing for Robertsbridge Club is invited to come along to the meeting on Friday August 18 at 8pm. The next Open Pairs Darts Knockout is on Sunday August 28 starting at 7.30pm. This very friendly and exciting event is your chance to play darts and have some fun taking part. Entry is just £1. There will be raffle in the newly re-furbished bottom bar so come and have some fun in the last bank holiday before Christmas.

STOOLBALL: The weather caused the cancellation of our mixed away match at Icklesham last Tuesday but we did play at Catsfield on Thursday with the hosts batting first. Scott L (9) was run out with the score on 9 and then Katey (6) was caught by Alan Apps from Keith Apps’ (1-10) bowling 12 runs later. Scott H (32) and Jessasmy (30 retired) put on 35 before Scott was caught by JJ Boast off the bowling of Ian Kitson (1-13) and then James (5) was bowled by Lou Taylor (2-12) while Adam (1) was JJ’s second victim from Lou’ bowling with the score on 67-5. Tom (13) was run out on 97 and then Richard Apps (2-8) had Jonty (7) and Leeky (2) caught by Graham Clark as they finished their 10 overs on 118-9. Sarah Clark (8) was run out with the score on 17 but a 30 run partnership between Keith Apps (24) and Melinda Mackay (17) steadied the innings before Keith was caught. Melinda was caught with the score on 61 and then the collapse came with JJ (5), Graham (1), Richard (0) and Ian (0) all losing their wickets for just 4 runs as we tottered on 65-6. Alan (3), Charlie Apps (0), Di Kitson (0) and Lou Taylor (7no) saw us lose by 40 runs. The Mixed played at Icklesham Tournament last Sunday and failed to win a game however JJ Boast did win the most catches award. This Sunday the Mixed are at Brightling Tournament which is played at Netherfield at 10am then we meet again at The Clappers on Tuesday, 6.45pm start while on Wednesday we are playing in the Cooper Cup against Green Bottles 6.45pm.


Geoffrey Goodsell

13 Levetts Lane, Bodiam

CRICKET CLUB: The game of the season takes place on September 4 when Sandhurst Cricket Club take on neighbours Newenden at home with a 1.30pm start.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The mobile library comes to the village every Tuesday and is at Tanyard from 1.55pm to 2.10pm; Old School, Back Road, 2.15pm to 2.40pm and Linkhill, Lomas Lane from 2.50pm to 3.05pm.

HOP PICKERS NIGHT: A Hop Picker’s Night takes place at The Old School, Sandhurst, at 7pm on September 24. There will be a sausage and mash supper (with veggie sausages available) and apple crumble. There will be a folk band and hop picking tales. Tickets are £10, in advance, to be collected on the door. Please send cheques to Barbara Simmons at The Old Priests House, Bodiam Road, Sandhurst, Kent, TN185LT.

COUNCIL WEBSITE: Sandhurst Parish Council now has a web site which can be found at

SPORTS EVENT: A four day Sportsreach Weald netball and soccer school has been organised by the village Baptist Church and runs from August 17 to 20 at Sandhurst Playing Fields. There is boys and girls football, from ages seven to 17 years and boys and girls netball for ages nine to 13 years. The subsidised cost is £25. Call 01580 850446 to book or for more information.

CHURCH SERVICES: The Baptist Church services on Sunday 14 is morning worship at 10.30am, with Pastor Ken taking the service, and an evening meeting at 7pm.


Judy Torrance

SEDLESCOMBE – FIRST IN ROTHER: Many of you visited the village hall to view the proposed sites relating to the Neighbourhood Plan. Sedlescombe is the first Parish in Rother to do a Neighbourhood Plan and its now out for the formal consultation. Jonathan Vinehall, chair of the Parish council writes ‘We need to show we have the support of the community for the Plan to be approved. Without an approved Plan, Sedlescombe is at risk of housing development in large numbers where the community does not want it. Sedlescombe is being asked to find space for 35 houses in and around the village that both satisfy the District Council’s policies but also satisfy the majority of the community’s aspirations for new housing. The Parish Council has spent the last 3 years working on the plan and now it’s time for the formal consultation. To find out more about the plan you can look at it on line, at or look at a hard copy in the village shop. Consultation forms are also available on line or in the shop and must be returned by September 12.’

RURAL PAST TIMES: Rural Past Times takes place this weekend in the grounds of Pestalozzi on the August 13 and 14. It costs £6 for adults and £1 for children aged between 5 and 14 years. Open to the public from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be over 100 vintage tractors on display and working as well as traction engines, commercials and other interesting machinery. There will also be heavy horses, birds of prey and ferret racing. With a large craft marquee and trade stands there is something for everyone. There will be a hog roast, bar and live music. Since the event started over £20,000 has been donated to local charities. Contact Gill on 01424 223572 or Brian on 07702 849746 for more information.

IN AID OF ST MICHAEL’S HOSPICE: This Saturday, August 13, 10am to 4pm at Elm Tree Farm, Icklesham TN36 4BH on the A259, the Rye and District country show takes place. The day will include horse show, dog show, country fair with stalls and attractions and a classic car show. A great day out for all the family in support of this local charity.

SEDLESCOMBE GREEN WI: The next meeting of Sedlescombe Green WI will be on Wednesday August 24 at 7.30pm in the village hall. They will be welcoming Tessa Boase to speak on the subject, The Angel of Charleston. The competition is as always the flower of the month and/or an item of Bloomsbury memorabilia. Visitors and new members are always welcome to attend. For more details prior to the evening please call 870533.

THANK YOU: Margaret writes; ‘Thank you to everyone for supporting the coffee morning last Thursday, it was good to see so many people helping to raise £130 for parish church funds’.

MUSIC FOR A SUMMER EVENING: The Friends of Sedlescombe Church are pleased to present Thomasin Trezise, a professional operatic singer who has worked successfully in opera, music-theatre and on the concert platform most recently at Glydebourne. Thomasin will be performing an evening of opera favourites, including O mio babbino Caro by Puccini, The Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, The Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata at the Sedlescombe Parish church on Sunday August 28. The performance will commence at 6.30pm with a welcome reception from 6pm. Tickets at £10 are selling fast and if you would like to secure yours then please call 870344 or email We do hope you will be able to join us for this special evening in Sedlescombe.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: St George’s Church Brede are once again holding its annual Flower Festival this year, the theme is Favourite Films from Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29. Events for all ages over the weekend. For full details please see the Brede village column.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Sedlescombe Societies Association, the group that organised the fayre this year will be holding their AGM on Monday October 3 in the meeting room at the centrally located Queen’s Head. If you are interested in being involved with this major village event in 2017 then please keep the date free and come along. More details to follow nearer the date.

HAVE YOU NEWS?: I look forward to receiving your news to be published. If you are looking for new members for your club or organisation why not send me a small piece, outlining your club or organisation aims, activities, membership etc. or if you have an event coming up in the village or local area then why not let me have the details to advertise for you? This is a free service to the village offered by the Battle Observer and hope you will take full advantage of it. Please contact me by email at or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage.


Anne Reed

COMMUNITY NEWS & REVIEWS: All the visitors who visited this amazing Festival of Flowers which was held last weekend (July 29 to 31) within the confines of St James the Great church, Ewhurst Green expressed great delight and sheer enjoyment and voted it a roaring success. The festival was first mooted about a year ago when Jo Goodwin, Church Warden at St James’, and her neighbour and flower arranger extraordinaire, Ana West, were chatting over their garden fence. Jo happened to mention that St Mark’s church, in Staplecross, needed to top up its funds for general repairs, and St James’s church badly needs a tailor-made kitchen or tea station to serve teas and lunches rather than the antiquated facilities currently on offer; namely an outside tap, an urn and having to rely on kind and long-suffering ladies who cart crockery from the church to their dishwashers in their homes and back again. The tea station will be cleverly concealed behind bespoke cabinets in the northwest corner of the church, so that lunches, refreshments after services, teas and other events can be catered for. It is ten years since Ewhurst Parish hosted the last flower festival at St. James’ church and following Jo’s and Ana’s talk, an army of volunteers was quickly banded together. They sowed flower seeds in their gardens, to cut down our carbon footprint and to save florists’ charges, and worked tirelessly for many months. The floral displays were truly spectacular starting with a floral arch by Jenny Johns, assisted by Liz Moore which welcomed people to the church and which a visitor described as the ‘sort of arch you’d expect Titania from Midsummer Night’s Dream to be sitting under’; the children of Staplecross Primary School had grown marigolds in tins and displayed them up a step ladder on the lawn before the door of the church. Once inside the church the perfume from the thousands of flowers and blooms was almost overwhelming.

The theme of the flower festival was Life of the Church so there were displays for Harvest Festival, sponsored by J Perigoe and Son and arranged by Fiona Flint, together with Wedding complete with bridal gown by Jane Willing, Evensong by Ann Kingdon, Baptism by Ruth Close and Lisa Kerridge, Church Music around the organ by Rosina Mercier and sponsored by Chicks That Chop, and the most spectacular was St James the Great, after who the church is dedicated. The flowers for this display were all the many shades of red – a truly amazing display, arranged by Ana West. Other wonderful displays were: Ascension by Astilbe and Sorrell at The Walled Garden Nursery Hawkhurst and sponsored by The Walled Nursery; Trinity and Holy Communion by Sarah Corbett, sponsored by Cripps Corner Garage, Pentecost, the tongues of fire by Jo Goodwin, Ministering the sick by Pam Dance, Charity by Fiona Flint, Remembrance in which Anne Moore-Bick illustrated Remembrance in general and especially the First World War with wooden cross and barbed wire, Creation by Jane Willing with Fire, Earth and Water, which was on behalf of the yoga group, Funerals by Ana West, Easter by Jenny Havill, Advent by Sarah Corbett, Christmas by Ruth Close, Elizabeth Fawkner and Sue Stephenson and Bell-ringing by Judith Conlon.

Local firms and organisations were very generous and other corporate sponsors of the flowers were Badman Engineering, Ewhurst Residents Association, Flimwell Garage, Great Park Farm Catsfield, John Lederer Electrical Services, Staplecross Art Class, White Dog Inn, and C Waterhouse and Son. A great many individuals gave donations too for the church, the flowers and the concert prior to the event.

The Reverend Gordon Winchester, who died in June this year, had been very supportive of the idea for a festival of flowers. Knowing of his love of music, it was Pat Smith and Jane Willing who said they would like to arrange a concert which was held on Saturday 30 July, starring the Glyndebourne Soprano, Charlotte Beament and the a cappella singers, Green Street Blues. When the concert was planned the community had all envisaged and, as events unfolded, hoped, that Gordon would be there to enjoy the concert too. Alas that was not to be and so the concert was dedicated in his memory.

Charlotte, whose parents live in Robertsbridge, has the most beautiful voice, was accompanied by Arran Keith, who hails from Salehurst and is a marvelous soloist in her own right. The two are a perfect match, and entertained us with well-known pieces. Then, as a complete contrast, Green Street Blues entertained us with arrangements including Billy Joel meets Amy Winehouse.

On Sunday July 31 there was a service of thanksgiving for the life of The Reverend Gordon Winchester in the church at which John Moore-Bick and Graham Peters, Churchwarden of St Giles, Bodiam, both gave moving tributes to Gordon,after which, Charlotte Beament, Arran Keith and Charlotte’s mother, Pat Beament gave a wonderful performance of Richard Strauss’s Morgen.

After the service, Fiona Flint, Jenny Havill and Sarah Corbett had prepared a delicious lunch for 100 people, which was served in the church-yard.

There had been a steady flow of visitors to the festival throughout the weekend, enjoying light bite refreshments, teas and cakes, trips to the top of the tower with Hugh Willing and Andrew Close, and many visitors carted home plants kindly donated by Ed’s Nursery, Bodiam Nursery and The Shrub Centre at Staplecross.

A net profit of approximately £6000 was raised for the churches of St Mark’s Staplecross and St James The Great Ewhurst Green. Church Warden, Jo Goodwin said, ‘The festival was a huge success, the community really pulled together and we are so very grateful to everyone who helped in so many ways. Thanks to the support and generosity of so many visitors and all those ‘behind the scenes’ it was a wonderful event’.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: This wonderful fund raising event will be taking place all over the country and we in Staplecross village and surrounding areas will also be doing our bit. A super coffee morning will be held in the Village Hall, Northiam Road, Staplecross on Friday September 30 from 10am onwards. There will be a tombola stall; and bring and buy stall, a cake stall along with other delightful stalls to enjoy. Naturally there will be the mandatory refreshments, serving teas and coffees to help us all when we start to flag. If you have any donations that may be of benefit to any of these stalls, then please contact Pauline on 01580 830570 who would be very grateful for them. All monies made will go into the much needed funds to help this precious and very worthy charity. Please do come along on the day, support this cause and help make this a very successful event.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Only two fixtures loom this week for the dedicated team of our local outdoor bowls club. Match no: 1 played on Saturday August 13 will be an away game with the opposition hailing from Rye. This fixture will form part of the ‘Mermaid League’ tournament. The Derek Goodsell Trophy will be played out on our own home grounds situated in Northiam Road, Staplecross on Wednesday August 17 with a 6pm start. If you are in the vicinity, do pop along and show your support for your local club. It will be most appreciated.

STAPLECROSS STOOLBALL CLUB: With only one match to be played this week the players may be able, at long last, enjoy our lovely summer weather. The game will be played on Sunday August 14 at Netherfield with the opposition being a team from Brightling. With the game starting at 10am, and it being held quite close, you may wish to go along and cheer on our home team. Support is always very welcome and can lift a team on - so please go if you can.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Striding around our lovely countryside and enjoying the scenery, whatever the weather, are the members of the popular walking group, the Rother Ramblers and this week they have arranged two more walks for our benefit. Walk No: 1 is planned for Sunday August 14 and is an 8 mile circular meander of Hellingly, Gun Hill and the Cuchoo Trail. The meeting point is the lay-by, near the cemetery on the B2104 OS EXP123. TQ577118. (SatNav BN27 4DR) at 10am. The walking notes suggest that it is an easy walking stroll with a few stiles. As usual, a picnic lunch is suggested. Adrian is to be your walk leader for this outing and you may contact him on 01273 514336 or Mobile 07729 861854 for more details. Walk No: 2 is much closer to home as it is a 7.5 circular meander of Brede High Woods and will take place on Wednesday August 17. The meeting point will be at Brede High Woods - Western car park OS EXP124. TQ794208. (SatNav TN32 5RT) at 10am. A coffee stop and a picnic lunch is suggested. Rita and Clive are to be your walk leaders on this expedition and you may contact them on 01424 882674 or Mobe 07969 446867 for all further information.

EAST SUSSEX MOBILE LIBRARY: That brilliant little Mobile Library van will be back trundling along our country lanes once more, as it continues with its busy schedule. This time the white van will be visiting Ewhurst Green on Thursday August 18. It is due to arrive at 10.40am and departing at 11.10am. Please note this is to be the only visit of this service this month so please ensure that you don’t miss it. There are many things of interest within the portals of this wonderful, free, Library Service vehicle, so please come along and find out for yourself.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St James the Great, Ewhurst Green, on Sunday August 14 Trinity 12, at 9.30am. This service will also include Holy Communion. (BCP). There will be no service today at St Giles church, Bodiam, but a Morning Praise service 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, 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 near future, however large or small and 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 your 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.


Richard Holmes

CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday in St Mary’s there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am, and the monthly Family Service for All at 11.15am, followed by refreshments either in the church or in the hall.

BREDE FLOWER FESTIVAL: This great annual weekend event, starting in two weeks’ time, is always worth a visit. For full details of the weekend’s events, please see the Brede village column.


Janice Bolton

SERVICES AT THE PARISH CHURCH: This Sunday, are Holy Communion at 8am and Morning Praise at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

WESTFIELD YOUTH CLUB: Is running another amazing Family Fun Day from 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday, August 14 on the Parish Field. There will be fun for everyone, including a climbing wall, bouncy castle and crazy golf and lots of other activities. This year there will also be a dog show with lots of family friendly categories, and the amazing Jaws ‘n’ Claws with their selection of creatures. The activities are free, but bring some money for the barbecue, tuck shop and refreshments, or bring a picnic. The event will be postponed if the weather is bad.

PARISH LUNCH CLUB: The Westfield Parish Lunch Club have their summer lunch at The New Inn on Friday, August 19. Contact Doreen Smith on 01424 751417 to book.

ST LAURENCE CHURCH, GUESTLING: (benefice of Westfield and Guestling) holds its annual Flower Festival next week-end from August 19 to 21, from 10am to 5pm each day. This is always a wonderful event, so do visit. The theme for this year’s exhibits is Films. Refreshments, including ploughman’s lunches, tea, coffee and homemade cake, will be available, and there will be bric-a-brac and book stalls, and a tombola. The festival ends with a Songs of Praise service at 6pm on Sunday, August 21. All proceeds will go to the Church Restoration Fund.

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE SUCCESS: Of last year’s event, the second great Vicarage Garden Tea Party takes place on Sunday, August 28 from 2pm to 6pm. It will be an amazing afternoon, with live music from Geoff Bellhouse Band, locally and nationally acclaimed folk musicians Garry and Edd Blakeley, and Dropping Clangers. With an illusionist, games, cake, refreshments and a plant swap too there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Please bring your garden chairs. This is a free event.

THE NEW INN: Is holding a Beer Festival from 2pm on Saturday, August 27 (barbecue and live music 7pm to 11pm) and on Sunday, August 28 from 12 noon with hog roast, and live music from 2pm. Contact the New Inn for details.

NOTE THAT SOME VILLAGE ORGANISATIONS: Will be changing their meeting days in the Parish Hall from September. This is to accommodate the playgroup’s request to use the hall for more sessions. The Friendship Club will now meet on the first and third Fridays from September 2, Westfield WI will change to the second Friday, and Westfield Parish Lunch Club will meet on the fourth Friday.

VILLAGE WEBSITE: Visit the Westfield Village website: for all sorts of information about village organisations, events, news and views, Westfield Community Association and the Parish Council. You can use the website Contact page to leave contributions for this column.


Jean Scott

HELLO: Not sure what is going on at Rother District Council and with their contractors but another week when the bins weren’t collected. Perhaps they were all out enjoying the sunshine?

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS: Don’t forget the next Parish Council meeting on Thursday 18th August in the village hall at 7.30pm, Open Session 7.30pm to 7.50pm. Please see meeting agenda on council notice board and website.

VILLAGE FETE: The traditional village fete will take place on Saturday 27 August at 1.30pm in the field next to the village hall. Afternoon teas and a range of stalls and games will be on offer. Come along and enjoy the afternoon and help to raise funds for the village hall. If anyone has any bric-a-brac can they please drop it into the fete before 10am. If you can spare an hour to help or could donate some home baking please contact Annette McBride on 01424 871629.


Cindi Cogswell

FUN OF THE FAIR: Step back in time tomorrow, Saturday August 13, to the Medieval Fair in Rookery Lane, from 2pm till 4.30pm. In keeping with tradition there will be plenty of jesting, commerce and entertainment to delight families, friends and visitors. The stalls and activities include a Medieval Fruit Machine, Unlucky Dip, tombola with great prizes, have-a-go archery with Rye Longbowmen, mysterious activities, ancient music, chutney, jams and other preserves plus the usual mayhem. Period costume is very welcome but dress comfortably. The weather is forecast to be a pleasant 24 degrees C, partly cloudy with a light wind speed of 9mph. During the afternoon tea and cake will be served in the garden of Strand Plat.

FOAM CELLARS: The guided Cellar Tours under Winchelsea for August will take place on Saturday 13 at 2pm and 3pm, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 at 11am, meeting ten minutes before the tour begins in Castle Street. During the 90-minute tour you will discover more about the cellars, their history, purpose and construction at a cost of only £5pp. The number to contact for bookings is 07596 182874 and all proceeds will go towards the charity FOAM for maintaining the ancient monuments of the town. The most recent funding by FOAM and other donations has been towards the repairs of the Pipewell Gate which is alongside the A259. This work which is scheduled to run from August to October involves sections of the walls being repointed, replacing cement with lime mortar to allow the structure to breathe and hinder its deterioration. The weeds on the top of the gate will be sprayed to prevent further damage by roots causing cracks to expand in the roof. Some corner quoin stones have been damaged and will need replacing and the lantern bracket will be repaired. The roads will not need to be closed during this operation except for under the arch itself.

SUMMER PARTY: This year’s Literary Society Summer party will be on Friday August 19 at 6.30pm for 7pm. Everyone is invited to bring refreshments to share in the form of a plate of something savoury or sweet. There will be wine available if you don’t bring your own, for which you might like to make a donation. If you plan to come, please confirm by contacting 01797 222045 or in order to get an idea of numbers. Also if you have Literary Society friends or neighbours who aren’t on email do share this information with them.

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION: Each year Winchelsea holds an Art Exhibition over the Summer Bank Holiday weekend in The Lower Court Hall, below the Museum, by kind permission of The Mayor. This year it will be open on Saturday and Sunday August 27 and 28 from 10am until 6pm and on Monday August 29 from 10am until 3.45pm. Admission is free and you will find paintings, photographs and pottery for sale. It is organised by The Winchelsea Millennium Artefacts Society to raise funds to support the upkeep of the Town’s various artefacts put up to celebrate the 2000 Millennium; namely the splendid Town Sign opposite the New Inn, the Millennium Tapestry in St Thomas’ Church and the Town Beacon at the site of the old Windmill. Visitors are most welcome and are encouraged to take part in a Grand Raffle. This year prizes include a year’s subscription for two for The National Art Pass which is a Small Card offering Big Experiences and includes free entry to over 225 museums, galleries and historic houses as well as half price entry to major exhibitions, plus a quarterly illustrated magazine, a painting of the Medieval Pipewell Gate, a well-filled hamper and a pottery bowl. The Raffle Draw will be declared at 3.45pm on Monday August 29 as the Exhibition closes.

WINCHELSEA ARTS: The next Arts Concert in St Thomas’ Church will be on Saturday September 3 at 7.30pm. Prize-winning young musicians, Itamar Rashkovsky, violin and Luis Parés, piano, will be performing works by Beethoven, Greig and Fauré and a fantasy on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The tickets are £13 or £6.50 under 18s, from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen or online at and any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. This event is the second of six concerts in the second season of Winchelsea Arts.

BREDE INVITE: St George’s Church Brede is once again holding its annual Flower Festival this year on Favourite Films from Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29. For full details of events over the weekend, please see the Brede village column.

CAMBER TO CAMBER: In the last few months hardly a weekend has gone by without the wail of sirens as emergency vehicles race along the A259 to get to a fire or accident in the area. Usually this results in the one main road being closed off and traffic turned back to find an alternative route from the limited options, or abandon the journey. Last Sunday around midday there was a collision between two cars in Winchelsea. This happened on the road leading into the town which has a speed limit of 40mph dropping almost immediately to 30mph and where cars are often parked on both sides of the road. A few hours later at around 5pm there was a second accident about a mile away involving a couple on a motorcycle and a car. On both occasions the road had to be closed. Often these accidents involve bikers going too fast along the winding stretch of the A259 in this area with its hidden bends and frequent changes in speed limits. Once they have left the speed restrictions of London for the open country roads of Camber, Rye and Hastings many bikers are not prepared for the condition of the road. Along with the usual pot holes eating into the sides of the road in places, there are also adverse cambers. For the uninitiated this means the road surface is higher on the left-hand side riding towards a left-hand bend and to a right-hand bend the road is higher on its right-hand side. The adverse camber increases the angle of lean the motorcycle needs to negotiate a bend and if the biker is unprepared the bike may well become unstable and drift. Traffic warning signs may be of help but the biker should consider the type of tyres, road surface, adhesion and weather conditions before setting out. Clearly a day out in the countryside should never be taken lightly.

Winchelsea Beach

FLOOD DEFENCE: Southern Water’s (SW) latest report on the problems of flooding at Winchelsea Beach summarises the work that they are currently undertaking. The main points to date are that SW continues to work with others and the caravan park to address the issues. Most of the flooding is caused by the amount of surface and ground water getting into the sewer network. Since March 2016 sealing work on the public sewer has been carried out but a small section needs further repair work. Much of the network is privately owned and owners may need to take action but SW continues to locate the areas where water is seeping in. The flow monitors placed in different locations have completed their task and the data produced is being analysed. A survey of properties draining into Morlais Ridge Wastewater Pumping Station has also been completed and a review is being done on the report. Work is underway at the caravan park to improve the land drainage and renew 15 manholes. Regarding any recent flooding there were no reported incidents in June 2016 despite the heavy rainfall, however SW will maintain their close monitoring of performance as winter rainfall will be a more significant test. SW will also continue using the tanker lorries to pump away excess water in the area when necessary but there will be no activity between 8pm and 8am and quieter tankers will be used where possible. More regular contact is planned with customers who may be affected by the tankering. Also SW’s 24-hour contact centre numbers are: 0330 303 0368 and 0845 278 0845 (ref no. 3600897) should residents need to report any sewer flooding incidents.