Village Voices

Village Voices
Village Voices


Geoffrey Goodsell

13 Levetts Lane

Pam Marsh: I’m sorry to hear that Pam Marsh from Levetts Lane has broken her arm after a fall in a garden. Pam is a very independent lady but if anyone can offer help Pam should take it up. We all need help sometimes.

Cricket: the village cricket club takes on Wittersham at Wittersham on August 21 at 2 PM.

Church services: the next service at St Giles is on August 21 and will be holy Communion at 11:15 AM. David Page will take the service. My thanks to the churchwarden for the rota of services up to December. A date for the diary is October 2 when there is a family harvest at 11:15 AM. Graham Atfield will take the service.

Boulding: Some people in Bodiam may remember the Boulding family who had a home at 5 Levetts Lane in Guinness times. Sadly David Boulding has passed away. The funeral took place at Woodchurch.

War Memorial: I did some work around the village war memorial the other day and Jennifer Liverton could see I was exhausted and brought me a cup of tea and the best flapjack I’ve had. I do not know what Jenny puts in them but I ran up Bodiam Hill and did all my house work (that will make my dear sister happy). I will go to Jenny’s next week for some more flapjack. I know she’s a great help to many and I know Jenny is a great help to me now.

Parish Council: the next meeting of the parish council is on August 30 at 7 PM in the parish room. Gilles Perrin the headmaster of Claremont Senior School will be in attendance. Members of the public are most welcome to attend the meeting.


Rhiannon Oliver

How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Friday 19 August: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am Brede Farmers Market in Brede Village Hall from 10am – 12noon with their assortment of goods for you to browse around and purchase.

Brede Short Mat Bowlers will be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm

Saturday 20 August: Brede/Broad Oak 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 and the Red Lion’s Boot Sale. As I have mentioned before, it would be good if we could show others that our Parish is beautiful and that we are very proud to live here. Volunteers willing to help please meet in the Village Hall Foyer at 10am for coffee and a quick briefing and if you have them bring a pick up stick and Hi-fiz jacket, gloves and bags otherwise they will be available 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 any where else in Sussex. It is such an unnecessary eyesore. It is also a good time to look around your own property and make sure hedges do not hang over footpaths and roads and that no rubbish is at the end of your drive, this will be helpful to us all.

Emma’s Baby Ballet is in Brede Village Hall at 10am

Sunday 21 August: The Church Services are as follows: Father Anthony White conducts the Mass service at 9.00 am 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

Mrs Christine Thacker 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 22 August: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am.

Whist players will be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm

Tuesday 23 August: Pilates in Udimore community Hall at 9.15am

The Knitters & Natters meet in the Methodist Church in Broad Oak at 10am where they will be knitting for various Charities. Do go and join them, they will be pleased to see you.l.

Wednesday 24 August: Pilates with Laura in Udimore community Hall at 9.15am. Brede Crafters are in Brede Village Hall at 10am next month back to 2pm

Thursday 25 August: Pilates with Laura is at 9.15. in Udimore Community Hall.

Friday 26 August: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am Florists for St George’s Flower Festival can arrive after Holy Communion which is from 9am – 9.30am Brede Farmers Market in Brede Village Hall from 10am – 12noon and Brede Short Mat Bowlers will be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm

Saturday 27 August St George’s Brede 37th Flower Festival: Favourite Films. Over 50 beautiful floral displays will be in the Church, designed and created by the very talented ladies and gentlemen of our Parish and also some from of our neighbouring Parishes. Inside St George’s there will be Trips up the Tower if the weather is good to admire the view. In the grounds you will find the Grand Raffle, in the Church room you will find refreshments and cakes and outside is where the Grannies Attic, Book Stall, Plant & Preserves and children’s activities are located. If you have anything you can donate or make for the above stalls, the people running them would be most grateful.

The Church needs the support of the whole and wider community as this is their biggest fundraiser of the year and is used to help them maintain our beautiful 11th Century Church, which as you can imagine is costly.

It is open every day of the Bank Holiday. Today Sat 27th from 10am - 5.30pm Sun 28th 11am - 4.30pm and Mon 29th 10am - 4.30pm when the Grand Raffle will be drawn. It is suitable for all ages and has disabled access. Car Parking is in nearby Stubbs Lane and is sign posted.

The Brede Painting for Pleasure Group’s Art Exhibition is also open for the three days and is open from 10am – 4.30pm in Brede Village Hall. With plenty of free parking.

The Rainbow Trout in Broad Oak has live music this evening when the Blackman Band will be playing at 8.30pm

Jazz at St George’s Join them in St George’s Church, Brede amongst the flower displays for an Evening of Jazz with the very talented Java Jam.

7.30pm for Prosecco reception, 8pm first set from the band, followed by an intermission for Paella Supper, and a fund raising raffle.

At approximately 9.15pm the band will perform their second set until 10pm.

Tickets £10 from the Rectory 01424 883408 or the Red Lion 01424 882188 includes a glass of Prosecco and a supper prepared by Gary of the Red Lion.

Monday 29 August: The Brede Steam Giants are operating from 10am – 4.30pm. In Waterworks Lane Brede, further along the lane from the Church Room.

Red Lion Car Boot Sale 9am until noon. Take your unwanted items to sell from 9am until 12 noon. Free Pitches, free entrance Reserve a pitch by calling 01424 882188 or email Site open at 8am for traders to set up.

What ever you are doing, I hope you enjoy the holiday period and keep safe.

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


Mary Taylor

Fair: The annual Burwash fair will take place in just over a weeks time. Clubs and societies are making their final arrangements for the stall and sideshows, making and baking, collecting and sorting item that they hope you will find interesting and wish to buy. There will be plants, books, bric a brac, toys and fabulous home made cakes and preserves for sale. Games like tombolas, The edge, crockery smash, coconut shy and more. A big Raffle, Barbecue, beer, ice creams tea/coffee and home made cakes to consume. Something for everyone to enjoy. The fun begins at 1pm and goes on all afternoon with live music. If you want to get involved and can give a hand with setting up the marquees and gazebos, table and chairs etc, give Terry Parker a call on 01435 882813. If you want a stall call Steve Mintrum for a pitch and costs on 882444.

Foundation Sunday: To celebrate the laying of the foundation stone at St Philip’s Church Burwash Common, there will be a special service at 10.30am in the church. This will be followed by a Victorian Luncheon of Beef Sandwich and Ale. All are welcome to go along, in fancy dress or not, To help with the catering please let them know you will be joining the for luch via the link on the St Philip’s facebook page or email or phone 01435 882172 or a note in the vicarage post box. Donations will go towards the 150th anniversary projects, a sound system with T Loop and resurfacing the driveway. All details on Facebook.

As August marches on: many groups and clubs are preparing to resume their normal meetings, if you are looking for new members, just want to let the world know what you are planning over the next few months, then give me a call and let me know. I am happy to add items to this column. Are you organising a fund raising event, a weekly monthly activity, anything that the rest of us may be interested in. email me at marybarrytaylor’ and head it newspaper. alternatively call me on 01435 882107. I do get most of my information from the local parish magazines but they don’t always come out in time for me to get things into the papers so don’t leave it to chance contact me yourself.


Jill Jarrett

Bluegrass Concert: On Saturday 10th September at 8pm, The Whitetop Mountain Girls from Virginia, USA will be performing at Catsfield Village Hall. For tickets to this event costing £12 each please contact Sheila on 01424 893390 or email

The Catsfield Boat Race: Don’t forget the Catsfield BoatRace taking place on Sunday 18th September. This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and to remember this occasion a small group of villagers thought Catsfield would benefit from a street event to raise money for village causes. It’s a charity event to raise funds for our village and one chosen organisation (this year, St Michael’s Hospice) Teams of four will race round the village carrying homemade boats on a course around the triangle created by Church Lane, Church Road, The Green (The Triangle) which is also 1066 meters!! You may have seen one of these participating vessels being paraded around at the Fete the other Saturday to inspire you to get building your own. It’s hoped that this event will become an annual feature. There will also be events for families, clubs and societies, and a mini triangle race for children in the playing field. A day full of enjoyment is planned, with the races commencing late morning when the three roads will be closed for two hours. All are welcome to come and shout and support the teams around the triangle. After the races, there will be food and refreshments in the playing fields, along with children’s races, music, entertainment, falconry, axe throwing, archery and more!

Sport: Sadly your sports correspondent wasn’t sent to Rio to cover the Olympics, but have you noticed how good the British are in sports when you sit down? Rowing, cycling, gymnastics, sailing, tennis, golf and dressage to name just a few.

The nine members of our cricket team put up a great effort away at Newenden on Sunday when they just lost. Newenden batted first and reached 222 for 4, with A Jay, Tom Bristow-Diamond, Andy Williams and Derek Longley getting a wicket each. Fielding must have been difficult with two players short, but Newenden is not a very big ground and restricting them to 222 was admirable. Tim Pitman is enjoying his cricket this year and had a great innings of 76 which contributed to our final score of 189 all out. As mentioned before, it is difficult to get a team sometimes in the summer holidays, but we hope Captain Keith Cook can conjure up 11 players for Sunday at home against Parkhurst.

Farming: Modern farming sometimes makes for strange sights. Watching the combine at Ninfield over the weekend throwing up enormous clouds of dust, the corn crop looked really good apart from the dreaded black grass, which makes cutting difficult. There were a few wild flowers around the field boundary, but turning to the solar farm and the bird cover plantings, the effect is completely different. Lots of yellow, pink, mauve and white flowers, insects, butterflies and birds abound, all the result of the diversity in which farmers are encouraged to participate. Suddenly there were the thrilling Red Arrows going home after their display at Eastbourne, what an afternoon!

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 (27th, 28th & 29th) and the theme will be ‘Favourite Films’. As promised last week, here are a few more details of that event as it looks like being a very enjoyable day out. On Saturday 27th it is open from 10am - 5.30pm: Sunday 11am - 4.30pm and Monday 10am - 4.30pm, when the Grand Raffle will be drawn. It is suitable for all ages and if the weather is good, take a trip up the tower and admire the view, visit Grannie’s Attic, the Book tent, Children’s tent and Cake stall, Plants and Preserves and enjoy the sumptuous morning coffees, lunches and cream teas on offer every day.

On Saturday St George’s hosts an evening of jazz featuring Java Jam at 7.30pm tickets are £10 from the Rectory 01424 883408 and include a glass of Prosecco and a light supper prepared by Gary of the Red Lion, please bring your own drinks too.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Brede Steam Giants will be in operation 10am - 4.30pm and they are well worth a visit. There is also an Art Exhibition (which is open over the three days) in Brede Village Hall from 10am - 4.30pm every day and the Red Lion has a Table Sale.

Mountfield Ride or Walk: This time a request for a mention from Peter who writes the V.V for Mountfield.

This year’s Mountfield Church Ride/Walk will take place on Sunday September 18th. The full route is approximately 10 miles but with opportunities to shorten according to fitness levels of mounts or walkers. The full ride will be almost entirely off road around fields and woodland that are not on any public rights of way and therefore not normally accessible to the public on a ride/walk. Entry fees are riders £15.00 in advance (£20.00 on the day), under 16s £10.00 (£15.00), walkers £5.00 in advance or on the day. Dogs welcome on leads — they can be extending leads. Free parking. Refreshments at start and finish. Setting off times are between 9.30am and 12.30pm.


Keith Pollard

Church Matters: There’s one Sunday service in the Parish this week, and that’s Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am.

Today at MOPPs, and next week, too: Today, Friday, August 19, the Village Voices choir will be along to provide the entertainment, with today’s lunch being sausage and apple pie followed by banana custard. Next week, Friday, August 26, will have entertainment by Pete Prescott, the singer and guitarist who was a founder and has been a vital part of Hastings’ charitable Beatles Day since its inception, and is still the Chairman of the organising committee. There’s also free hearing-aid maintenance, though this is only a coincidence. Lunch next week will consist of roast beef and then fruit jelly and cream

The bermy days of summer: How wonderful to learn that the building of the new berm, infilling the 270 metre gap between the two existing stretches, has actually begun. This is Stage III of the Cliff Preservation Project, about which so much has been written and said, and now a mere 12 weeks should see the work completed. Plenty are those who should be thanked, with the names of John Sinclair, Paul Capps, Laurie Beetham and Dr Ruth Kosmin and Leslie Kosmin, QC, coming first to mind among many other dedicated workers and supporters. The East Kent Engineering Partnership has demonstrated the expertise and the drive necessary to complete the task, and it is interesting that the community reaction to appeals for massive funds has been first rate throughout, as the Government, like the Lord, helps those who are prepared to help themselves. Villagers’ input has covered not only direct cash donations, but much willing attendance at countless fund-raising events. The wise Parish Council has borrowed £65K, as well as injecting a £10K nest egg to the scheme, while the Trust’s fund-raising enables them, also, to be putting in £75K, leaving it with a further £10K for contingencies.

Of course, many folk can now sleep a little more soundly than they could previously, but there will never be a time when we can rest on our laurels. Nature certainly doesn’t, and the Preservation Trust and other experts will be watching to ensure that they are ready if some small degree of further erosion means the Rockmead Road pumping station home has to be relocated, or that the section newly protected is resistant to attack from the sea, but at the mercy of being undermined by groundwater behind the cliff face (as was discovered to be the case in Rockmead Road).

It has been apparent that the idea of the total loss to erosion of the odd property or two, now and then, presents a less evocative image in the mind’s eye than an aerial panoramic shot of vast numbers of dwellings stricken by flash floods, with their concomitant mass misery for the recipients. As miserable as flooding is, a hard and long recovery is possible. After properties have gone over the edge, there is no going back.

The Floral Club: Next Thursday, August 25, the club will be enjoying a demonstration entitled ‘Whiskets’, given by Christine Payne. It appears that every demonstration the club organises is fully appreciated. No doubt Christine’s will be similar!

Pett Level Rescue Boat Open Day: If you are looking for something pleasant and useful to do this weekend, look no further than Pett Level, where the Rescue Boat Open Day will be held on Sunday from 12 noon until 4 pm. There’ll be lots to do and see and listen to, with the live music of Hall and Blokes from 12.30 pm, as well as many events and stalls, a barbeque and a Sea Display. The independent Rescue Boat is seldom away from local news for long, always ready to assist in some difficulty whether it is major or minor. The boat has to raise all the cash it needs from fund-raising events such as this, and it so deserves your help. Go on, give ‘em a look!

Planning for the future of the Activate Youth Club: Don’t forget that, on Monday next, there’s an Open Meeting at the Activate Clubhouse at 7.30 pm, the purpose of which is to discuss the future of Activate Youth Club without Wendy Hatch. There will be cheese and wine at this consultation meeting. The exceptional success of the Club since its inception, and the esteem in which it is held locally, means that this meeting deserves to be carefully and seriously considered. Please do your best to attend!

The Post Office and General Stores: Graeme and Leonie are enjoying their new calling, learning as they go. Now customers can pick up a double A4 Post Office sheet, informing them of what will be happening when the business becomes a Post Office Local Plus, which should occur after a refit in early October. In advance of the changes, you are invited to comment. It is difficult to imagine what we can possibly add to the vast experience the Post Office organisation has behind it, coupled with its own discussions with the new Postmaster. Nevertheless, after that the Post Office section will be fully open during all the hours that the shop is open, i.e. from 6.30 am on weekdays, all day Saturday, and 7.30 am to 1 pm on Sunday. What’s not to like? It all seems a bit like W. H. Smith’s, though a little smaller, but with a wider range of comestibles.

Parish Council: The August meeting is on Tuesday next, August 23, in the village hall and I’m pretty sure it was said at the end of the July meeting that it this one would start at 7 pm, not the 7.15 pm to which we have all become accustomed. However, there are about four or five mentions of the meeting on the Fairlight website, and they all have it, still, as being 7.15 pm. No, I don’t know why it should be earlier– you’ll have to ask! Unfortunately, due to it being the summer, the deadline for this column precedes the release of the agenda for the meeting. All I can do is suggest you remember that supposed early start time and get there so you don’t miss anything!

The Bowls Club: Last Monday the club held their annual Ted’s Challenge game, when some thirty bowlers had a very enjoyable afternoon trying their skills at bowling round obstacles on the green.

The winning bowler on the day was our club captain Colin Yellop, who received the £50 prize, with runner up Derek Lawrence receiving £25. Well done to both winners, all who participated – and all who helped prepare an excellent buffet. The club thanks Just Property for their kind sponsorshipof the afternoon’s activities.

Hearing aid servicing: The mobile unit of the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre will be visiting us here in the village on Thursday, September 1, and will be in the village hall car park from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. These invaluable visits are of inestimable value to particularly the older hard-of-hearing, and the Centre is presently some five months into its one year escape from the last round of cuts. Do make full use of them if you need to – but don’t forget to take your little brown book if you’re a repeat customer!

Carpenters Tribute Show: The Wine and Social Club remind all of us – non-members as well as members – that they are presenting a Carpenters Tribute Show on Monday, September 12 at 7.30 pm in the village hall. Prices are £8 for members and £10 for non-members, and it would be appreciated if you could contact Peter Jones, on 813538, as soon as possible.

Messy Church: is being held at Pett Methodist Church tomorrow, Saturday, August 20 from 11 am to 1 pm. If Messy Church is new to you, it’s a time for families to enjoy all sorts of activities, informal worship, games, a meal and fun, fun, fun!! And perhaps a bit of mess, too? It’s all free.

More details may be had from Philippa on 422874 or Wendy on 812297.


Marion Lovell

GREETINGS: If you were able to go to the Rye Country Fair just along the road here, I do hope you had a lovely time. I was “out of town “ at a party in West Sussex, and not able to go. Wasn’t the weather perfect for a Country fair?

CHURCH NEWS: The 9.30 am service for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity will be Parish Eucharist led by Rev. Bill Dolman. On Wednesday 23rd we commemorate Bartholomew the Apostle. St. Bartholomew’s Day which is 40 days after St. Swithin - 18 July - is believed to bring a change in the weather.

CHURCH MARKET: Are you planning your coffee and lunch tomorrow at the Church Market in the Memorial Hall? The reputation of an excellent lunch and cakes for sale means that you have to get there quite early before all is sold out. It will be open from 11am until 2 pm. If it is another warm and sunny day, coffee and lunches may be served on the patio. The book stall is well stocked with paperbacks for your summer reading and there may be toys and bric-a-brac --depends on what arrives on the day.

WEATHER: Has summer really arrived? Even the grass has slowed its growth. I have found two absolutely beautiful, large, furry moths in the garden. Research reveals that they are female Oak Eggers. They are exquisite, honey amber in colour with eyes on their upper wings.

HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY: During February the Council surveyed the households in Icklesham, Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach and Rye Harbour to find out about residents’ housing needs. The results are now available on to find out what is the most pressing need. Suggested potential sites will be considered for their appropriateness by the Council.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: Dorit Wolffe is willing to come to Icklesham to talk about her amazing life if there is enough support. Please contact and let him know that you would like to go. I certainly would. It will be most interesting.

CRICKET MATCH: On Sunday 21st August the New Pavilion X1 v Icklesham Casuals FC are playing a cricket match which will start at 1.30 pm. It is 30 overs a side. There will be teas available. All proceeds are going to the New Pavilion Fund and there will be an opportunity to join the Pavilion Lottery for £1 per month, new members always welcome.

AUCTION OF PROMISES: The Robin Hood Bonfire Society Auction of Promises is at the Pub on Monday 29th August, 1pm start. If you have any lots to auction, please contact Kim Holland, Sarah Upton or Kevin Wall. All money goes towards the fireworks and donated later in the year to local good causes. The Bonfire Society would like to hear from potential new members.

YOUTH CLUB: Calling the youngsters of the village. New members are invited to come along and join in. The village needs this Club to survive, they are the future. Contact Stuart - email above - to find out more details.

BREDE FLOWER FESTIVAL: The Festival is open 27th - 29th August. Saturday 10am - 5.30 pm; Sunday 11 am - 4.30 pm; Monday 10 am - 4.30 pm.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 Granny’s Attic,the book tent, plants and preserves, children’s tent and cake stall. There will be sumptuous morning coffees, lunches and cream teas on sale every day. The Art exhibition is open all three days in Brede Village Hall from 10am to 4.30 pm. On the Saturday St. George’s hosts an evening of Jazz featuring Java Jam. Beginning at 7.30 pm tickets are £10 available from the Rectory 01424 883 408, including a glass of prosecco and a light supper prepared by Gary of the Red Lion. Please bring your own drinks. On Bank Holiday Monday the Steam Giants will be operating from 10am to 4.30 pm. The Red Lion will have a Table Sale on Monday.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music from 4 till 6 on Sunday will be played by Bagge and Armer playing Blues. There will be a Quiz night on Wednesday 17th from 8.30 pm. All proceeds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Fund.

CONTACT: Please keep the information coming. Use the email or pop round.

AND FINALLY: See you on Saturday at the Market and Sunday at the cricket match. Enjoy.


Gill Griffin

VERY, VERY WELL DONE GIRLS!: On Thursday 11th August, three members of Iden Bowls Club, Pauline Harmer, Vickie Britton, and Lynne Young played in the ‘Ladies Open Bowls Tournament’ held in Biddenden, and out of the 24 teams entering [coming from as far afield as Maidstone Folkstone and Lenham,] they won. .Now isn’t that something? Iden Bowls Club will be very proud of that achievement. They won a huge shield, and a gold medal each [as it is Olympic year], and £90 prize money. What a pity I can’t write a fanfare girls, because by golly I would. Well done all three!

GATHER AT THE CHURCH ON AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY: On August Bank Holiday 27th, 28th and 29th August, there will be a flower Festival in Iden Parish Church, which can be visited each day from 10.30am, until 4.30pm, and on Bank Holiday Monday [29th], there will be an Autumn fair to accompany the Flower festival, held in the churchyard. Refreshments will be available each day in the Old Hall, by the church. The theme of the flower festival is ‘Doors’, which open into the various aspects of our lives, and connect us with our Christian beliefs.

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: We hardly had enough chairs at the last Iden Pop-In, it was so well represented. The next Pop-In will be on Monday 22nd August, at 11am, in Iden village hall. Do come along for coffee and a get together. It’s a nice way to start the week.

BINGO: The next session of Iden Bingo will be on Thursday, 25th August. Doors open at 2pm. Eyes down at 2.30pm. It’s surprising how many people enjoy a game of Bingo, and it’s nice to support Iden village hall. There is a Jackpot, a flier, a raffle, and a light tea served at half time. Everyone from the Rye area can come and join us for a fun afternoon.

IDEN PARISH MAGAZINE: The second edition of the Iden Parish Magazine will be dropping through our doors this month. Edited, and published by John Hazelden, this edition will be in colour. It’s so nice to have an Iden publication, so we can catch up on happenings every quarter, and read articles written by own residents. It is a free magazine, but if anyone would like to donate a little towards it’s cost, there will be a donation box on the counter in Iden Stores. Any useful comments regarding the magazine can be dropped into the same box.

A WORD ABOUT IDEN STORES: There is something special about a trip around Iden Stores. There is a good selection of local produce, which is nice to see. Potatoes for instance that look freshly dug from neighbourhood soil, and besides our newspapers and necessities, there are some gourmet foodstuffs, which are a bit of a clue to Chris’s ‘foodie’ prowess. Chris and Sally have arrived ! What more can I say.

EVER THE LONDON BOY!: There are some things that we don’t want to see that we are always coming across aren’t there?, like grey hairs, a flat tyre, or the electricity bill which drops through the door as easily as pie. I can remember as a child though, looking for things that people told me about that I never seemed to find, and yet never lost hope of finding. Hope springs eternal during childhood doesn’t it? Tales of good luck, and the forces of nature are intriguing when you are knee high to a grasshopper. For instance, my Granny would tell me to look amongst the grass for a four- clover leaf [probably because I was under her feet]. I spent hours looking at clover leaves in the grass under her kitchen window, because she told me they were lucky. Another thing an aunt told me was that she’d seen glow-worms near where she lived in Sevenoaks. She took me out with a torch one night, but I never saw one [not in Sevenoaks!] I remember being so disappointed, but lo and behold, I saw some in France some forty years later [I was thrilled to bits] Then my mum used to go on about hair bell flowers, she loved hair bells, and so do I [well they are one of the daintiest, most delicate flowers you could ever come across]. She told me they could always be found on Box Hill. We’ll find some she promised, but we never did. I just asked my husband whether he ever longed for something when he was young “ yes!, he said, “a dolly bird”. I shouldn’t have asked really, should I, he was born in Rotherhithe! [I might have known it wouldn’t be hair bells!]

ILKLEY FROM ILKLEY: My idea of a holiday is to shop like mad for something to bring home. We went to Yorkshire once in a camper van .Do you remember those big china elephants in various colours, which were all the rage? Well, we came home with one, which was an unusual turquoise/tan colour, just the right colour for our lounge. It meant visiting every china/home shop in Yorkshire, until we found one in Ilkley. I was going for an oriental look, and he was just right. He became more than just a china elephant, he became a memory of a good holiday, and part of the family. We all called him Ilkley. It was a case of “anyone seen my socks”? “Yes, you left them on Ilkley”. My oriental lounge is long gone, and now Ilkley sits in our bedroom. I could never part with him. Why is it that particular ornaments become so personal? I suppose giving them a name doesn’t help. The thing about old Ilkley is that he did me a favour once by just being there in the shop, the very colour and look I wanted, and the fact that he joined us in this camper van like a mascot, in glorious Yorkshire endeared him to us. The things that make up a home are hugely important aren’t they? People entering our homes just see a collection of inanimate objects, but to us those objects are something with which we share a history.

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please contact Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311]


Peter & Valerie Miles

A VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We gave the prize results at this year’s Flower Show in last week’s Village Voice but, unfortunately the final result was left out. We are pleased to report that the Children’s Club Cup for Most Outstanding Exhibit in the 5 years and under category went to Master Toby Crawford. Congratulations to Toby along with all the other winners.

VILLAGE AUTUMN GATHERING: As we have reported previously, the Village Hall will be closed now until September for the refurbishment of the floor. So the hard-working Village Hall Committee would like to invite everyone to a Mountfield Village Hall Autumn Gathering on Sunday September 25th from 12.00 noon till 4.00 pm. This will be along the lines of the Christmas Gathering last December and the Bit of a Do in the summer of 2013. Both of those events were a huge success and everyone enjoyed themselves so put the date in your diary now and alert family members too. More details to follow in the Village Voice.

BARBARA VALENTINE: “I had a great time at the village fair at Crowhurst on Saturday. I painted some of the children that I do a portrait of every year and met some new models as well. I did a portrait of a short-haired daschhund, even though, officially, dogs weren’t allowed in! I raised £98 for St Michael’s Hospice, despite having to paint one 8-year old for only a pound, as that was all the money he had. I’m such a pushover!”

A2100 CROSSING: Last week, following news that the road surface would not be repaired until October 17th, we wrote: “The Parish Council has urgently requested some signage to warn road users of the danger which, fingers crossed, will be in place by the time you read this”. Well the signage wasn’t in place so the Parish Council wrote to ESCC to say that if they cannot provide the required signage, then Mountfield Parish Council would consider doing so — it could be produced and erected within 24 hours — with the bill going to ESCC. As a result, we have been assured that it will go up today — Tuesday.

ROAD CLOSURES: Peter writes: We think we’ve got a really good, safe solution to the school bus — details to follow. The rubbish/recycling collections still aren’t working properly but the latest idea, hatched in consultation with Rother, is to get Kier (who collect the rubbish) and MGjv (who close the roads), with me to observe fair play, to get together on site over some maps and hammer out solutions for each of the scheduled road closures. I will report back. I also contacted ESCC Library Service about the effect on the Mobile Library Van. I needn’t have worried. Celia, who is also the Library Van’s bus stop, and Jane from ESCC have long since sat down and worked everything out for themselves. Thank you Celia. (Do you fancy sorting the rubbish too?)

REMINDERS: The Mountfield Club’s Charity Darts and Shove night in memory of Wayne Hardy is on Friday September 9th, starting at about 7.30 pmt. There will be a £3.00 entry fee charged and all proceeds raised on the night will be going towards The British Heart Foundation.

The Mountfield Church Ride/Walk is on Sunday September 18th. The full route is approximately 10 miles but there with opportunities to shorten it according to fitness levels. Almost the entire route is off road round fields and woodland that are also off any public rights of way. Entry fees are riders £15.00 in advance (£20.00 on the day), under 16s £10.00 (£15.00), walkers £5.00 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 9.30 and 12.30.

The Brede Flower Festival is on August 27th-29th with activities for all ages across the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend. See the Brede Village Voice for details.

FINALLY: Last week, we commented on how the hanging baskets at the Village Hall transformed the old place. This week we would like to single out Hayley’s wonderful upkeep of the broad area of verge opposite the Old Bakery. Wild flowers, grasses, well-kept mown areas — absolutely lovely.

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: As mentioned last week St George’s Church, Brede is once again holding it’s annual Flower Festival. They have chosen “Favourite Films” as the theme. The date of this extravaganza is Saturday 27 August through to Monday 29th. Doors and gates open on Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm, Sunday 11am - 4.30pm and Monday 10am – 4.30pm, when the Grand Raffle will be drawn. Some great prizes to be had if you are lucky enough to win.

It is suitable for all ages Take a trip up the “Tower” where you can admire the view, visit granny’s attic, browse and buy in the book tent, as well as treating yourself to some wonderful plants and preserves. There is a children’s tent and for those with a sweet tooth, a fantastic cake stall. You can also enjoy the “sumptuous” morning coffees, lunches and cream teas, which will be on offer throughout the three days.

On Saturday, St George’s also hosts an evening of “Jazz” featuring Java Jam. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets to get you in are only £10. They are available from the Rectory on 01424 883408. The price of the ticket includes a glass of Prosecco, to add an extra fizz, and a light supper, prepared by Chef Gary of the Red Lion. Please bring your own drinks too.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Brede is also hosting the “Steam Giants” rally in the village. They will be operating from 10am through to 4.30pm. Amongst the myriad of delights there is also a fabulous Art Exhibition (which is open over the three days) in Brede Village Hall from 10am to 4.30pm every day, and if that is not enough the Red Lion has a “Table Sale”.

Netherfield Mobile Library: Apologies for to all those people who congregated outside the Netherfield Stores last week in an effort to change their books. Unfortunately, the powers that be at East Sussex did bot ring me until 12.30 on the Tuesday to tell me it had broken down. However, I did manage to get around to going into the shop and explain the situation to the staff, who were very helpful.

They indicated that they would keep an eye out for all those regulars who like a good read. It is unusual and nobody can predict that something may go wrong. So I hope it did not inconvenience everyone too much.

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

Hello from..!?: Somewhere in England.. actually Bedford! And at the moment I’m suffering from Car-lag! What a lot of traffic...on a Sunday evening.. just proving now that there is no such thing as the ‘quietest time to travel’..! And, after a long journey, what did I want to do..? just sit down and switch off for an hour, with a glass of wine, and immerse myself in the prospective Super Sunday Olympic finals...But!..No television and No internet access at the digs..Aaagh! Nothing! The 1 Glass of wine became two, while calling home to the Other Half in a panic, and having commentary and updates given from all BBC channels! Then, next horror, The V.Voice! How to do it and send by Monday evening as planned.. with no ethermail!! Must I handwrite, and find a suitable, Olympic champion carrier pigeon..? Was there a nearby tributary or stream, that floats through to the Channel, Alice in Wonderland style, and could then bear a message in a bottle to the Observer...? It was with these weird and fearful thoughts that I went to sleep....and consequently dreamt the most obscure and tiring dreams imaginable! Well, Day 1 of rehearsals, slightly baggy under the eyes.. and strong coffee was the first order of the day! Glad to say that the early start I set myself proved positive and these first bits of the column were done before rehearsals! I just hope it hasn’t all disappeared by the time I get home!...So, Hello Ninfield, here we go..

Ninfield Horticultural Society: The Annual Horti Show is this Saturday, 20th August, at the Memorial Hall, and hopefully Rose will be pleased with the amount of entrants! Doors open to the public at 2.30pm and there will be refreshments and home made cakes on offer while you have a look at all the marvellous exhibits! Good luck to all the entrants...and there will be a list of all the winners in the main part of the Observer in the near future!

Neighbourhood Watch: The next meeting is on Tuesday, 23rd August, in the Reading Room, Church Lane, at 7.30pm.There is no charge for entry and light refreshments will be available. There will be further information at the meeting as to how to avoid the dreadful scams that seem to be constantly invading our lives. It’s not stupidity to get caught out..., the scammers are professionals, with plausible, persuasive arguments on the phone, at the door or on the Internet, in the various and nasty scams they try to pull. They can sound extremely official, very confident and knowledgeable, and its only too easy to be taken in. Do go along and find out more as to how to beat this crime; call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 for more information.

Ninfield Local History Group: The group had an outing to the Seaford Museum on the 5th August, thanks to Kevin and Mandy Gordon, who opened the venue especially for the tour. Kevin has given very entertaining talks to the group in the past, and the Museum is extremely interesting, being situated within a Martello Tower. The next meeting of the History Group is on Thursday 15th September, at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall, when Ian Everest will make a welcome return visit to speak this time on ‘Shepherds of the South Downs’. Entry will be £3 for non-members and £1 for members, with tea, coffee and biscuits included! AND! On September 24th, there will be another chance for people to hear the fantastic talk by Liz Darbyshire and David Swales, on the ‘History of Ninfield School’. This will be at the Memorial Hall, a bigger venue as this was so popular at the last outing; and will also be accompanied by a display of memorabilia, photographs etc. Entry will be £2 for non-members and £1 for members. Please call Rod again.. on 893635!

Ninfield Bowls Club: Here are the results from Carole!. Wednesday 10th August- Ninfield 78 - St Johns (Meads) 97. Saturday 13th August - Ninfield 64 - Westfield 69 - This was a Rother League Match and both teams earned 4 points each for the table Thre is one more league game to go against Martletts on Wednesday...good luck team!

Church Services: Ninfield Methodist Church - Sunday 21st August 10.30am Service of Worship and Praise with Revd. John Hope.

Ninfield Parish Church: Sunday 21st August 9.30am - St Mary’s Church - Family Service. 11.15am - St Oswald’s Hooe - Parish Eucharist.

Defibrillators: Can be found in Ninfield and Hooe, for 24/7/365 access in an emergency situation. Kings Arms PH Ninfield, Red Lion PH Hooe, both on the front walls.

Keep in touch: Well! I know this is shorter than usual, but I’m afraid I’ve no more diary entries sent to me, and I think I’ve now lost the will to live! Please let me know what you would like in next weeks’ column.. remember ,it’s Bank Holiday weekend coming up! And please...could you send through a little earlier than usual!! By Sunday evening if possible, as I’d like to do this on my evening off at home in Ninfield ... with the Tinter-web at full strength and me, stress free!!! At time of finishing off this one... I have had NO connection for 3 hours, and for the last 4 it’s been intermittent put it politely! I know we moan in Ninfield, but I promise you.. Bedford is worse!! I can’t even Chirp!.. I mean, Tweet!!! Call 07970650321, email, Tweet @guard_jane.. or find a nice friendly Pigeon, mine’s very tired! Thanks, Love Sami x


Karen Ayling

Chitiwiri: Great news from Sally, that the stall for Chitiwiri at the Summer Fayre raised over £450 – and this from the items left over from the garage sale!! This money will go towards the Gateway project which the women’s cooperative are now running.

Sally writes: – A very big thank you for all your support. Your help really does make such a difference to the lives of the community of Chitiwiri.

As well as the Gateway project, we are also hoping to improve the water situation there by providing boreholes. At the moment there are 200 households sharing one borehole!! Imagine the queue!!! We also have another local community which we have started to help which has no borehole at all. Sadly, two children from this community drowned last year whilst trying to collect their water from a river.

I would also like to thank the Northiam Plotters Association for their very generous gift of an irrigation system for the community of Chitiwiri. This will enable them to have additional harvests during the year, outside the rainy season, which will greatly help the extremely poor food situation there.

The next fundraiser will be the collection of clothes, shoes, belts, bedding, handbags, perfume, toiletries and soft toys. These need to be put in green bags which can be collected from Forge House (the old post office) or tied in a black bin liner. The collection will be in October and the last day for delivering the bags is Monday 17th October. I would be grateful if you would call before dropping off the bags so that they don’t get wet if they are left outside!!

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

Banking: NatWest bring their mobile bank to the Village Hall car park every Thursday from 1.15 – 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. If the weather is good take a trip up the Tower and admire the view, visit granny’s 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. Open from 10-5.30 on Saturday, followed by an evening of Jazz with Java Jam on costing £10 with tickets available from the Rectory 01424 883408. This includes a glass of Prosecco and a light supper prepared by Gary of The Red Lion – please take further drinks if you would like to. On Sunday, it will be open from 11-4.30, and 10-4.30p-m on Monday, when the Grand Raffle will be drawn. On Bank Holiday Monday Brede has the Steam Giants in operation 10am - 4.30pm.

The Art Exhibition (which is open over the three days) will be in Brede Village Hall 10am - 4.30pm every day and the Red Lion has a table Sale.

September: Coming soon, we have Pink Piglet Day on 3rd September, and the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show on 10th - you might see the ideal shot for the photography section whilst on a summer walk. The Bonfire Society are holding a Craft Fayre on 17th, 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 (21st): St Mary’s: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise

St Teresa’s: 9am Mass


Jan Weston

Recreation Ground: Playspace Project – Thanks to all those who came out in the sunshine on the 13th and helped to make our first Boot Fair a success. (Sorry about the glitch with the time information.) The next “bigger and better” one will be on Saturday 27th August Entry for “Booters”from 7.00 am £5 per car £7 per van. Public entry from 8.00 am – Closes at 12.00 noon, Visitors are expected to make a donation towards funds Tombola, Bouncy Castle and Refreshments. Please come and support this project

Saturday 27th August: 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: Peasmarsh 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 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. 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 (framed and unframed) and cards of some of the work from that show, on the following dates:

Saturday 20th from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm and Sunday 21st from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

There is a preview evening on Friday 19th from 6.30 pm.

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

Football: Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s award-winning Albion in the Community Summer Club for boys and girls

There are still places available for Wednesdays 24th and 31st from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm – at Peasmarsh Recreation Ground – cost per session £5 per child – visit the Peasmarsh Memorial web site 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 7.30 pm and every Friday at 9.30 am.

Zumba – every Thursday at 7.30 pm

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday 21st August 8.00 am Holy Communion at Beckley, 10.00 am Holy Communion at Peamarsh, 3.00 pm pet service at Beckley. The Scouts from Purley who camp here every year will be attending the 10.00 am service at Peasmarsh, and at 3.00 we look forward to the churchyard at Beckley being filled with a wonderful assortment of animals for the Pet Service, taken by Fr.BillDolman. Come and join in the fun and bring your pet for a blessing.

Pett & Pett Level

Mary Saint

Guestling Church Flower Festival: Don’t forget this event at St. Laurence Church in Guestling on August 19, 20 and 21, 10am until 5pm each day.

Messy Church: This is being held at Pett Methodist Church on Saturday August 20, 11am -1pm. If Messy Church is new to you, it is a time for families to enjoy all sorts of activities, informal worship, games, a meal and fun, fun, fun!!!! Free! For more Information, contact Philippa: 422874 or Wendy 812297.

Church Services: Church Services on Sunday August 21 – Book of Common Prayer, St Nicholas, Pett Level at 8am. Sunday Service at Pett Methodist Chapel at 10:45am.

Pett Level Rescue Boat: Don’t forget that the annual Open Day is being held on Sunday August 21, starting at noon.

St Nicholas, Pett Level: Also on Sunday August 21 there will be a photo exhibition of old Pett Level, as well as a book sale from 12noon to 4pm.

Village Voices: On Monday August 22 the Village Choir will meet at Pett Methodist Chapel at 7:30pm.

Mobile Library: The next visit will be on Tuesday August 23 when it will stop outside Pett Church from 10am until 10:30am.

Pett Older People’s Project: POPP on Tuesday August 23 will enjoy Just George Entertains. The session runs from 10:30am to 2:00pm and will include a two-course lunch for just £5.


Sandie Madge & Sue Paine

St Mary’s Salehurst: will be holding services this week Sunday 21st August starting with Holy Communion at 9am at the Mission Room. At Salehurst at 11am is Mattins. These will be the first services for our new Reverend Annette Hawkins as she is welcomed with her husband John to St Mary’s and to the village. Annette will be travelling from St Leonard’s for the time being but hopes to be living in Robertsbridge very soon. Hopefully if you do not meet them in church you are likely to see them at events in the village.

The Cooper Cup: is happening in the village right now. Most evenings this week there will be a cricket match happening at 6pm at the Cricket Field. On Sunday next 28th August there will be finals day. This is a major village event with a day for everyone to enjoy. There will be a BBQ and refreshments available all day finishing off with 40`s themed music in the evening with money being raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Flower and Pet Show: have schedules and entry forms available from Sandie at the Floral Boutique now. This great village event is on Sunday 4th September at Robertsbridge Hall between 12 – 4pm. Entry fee is just 30p per class with many to choose from. There will be a class for Cut Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Home Produce, Handicrafts, Flower arranging, there is a section for under 16`s, and then there is the pet show. Something for everyone, so get you flowers trimmed, marrows measured and photos taken. The hall will be open for staging at 9.30am and all entries must be staged by 12 when the judging will take place. A fun afternoon to keep that summer feeling going. This is raising funds for fireworks etc. for the November Extravaganza.

Salehurst and Parish Council: is looking for a new member as a councillor has recently left. If you have an interest in the social, economic and environmental well being of the community. If you have some spare time and a willingness to get involved in community matters and decisions then this is what is needed. No experience necessary but enthusiasm is helpful. Preferably the new councillor will be interested in local Planning Applications, which are discussed and considered every month, and also be prepared to take an active interest in the provision for the Youth of the village.

If you are interested in this please write down a brief profile of yourself and say a little about why you would like to join the council. The deadline for this is September 4th and needs to be sent to Karen Ripley at the Parish Office at Robertsbridge Youth Centre George Hill TN32 5AP. Or it can be emailed to

If you would like to volunteer for helping to hand deliver the Parish Newsletters 3 or 4 times a year then you are needed. The areas that need volunteers are Oakland Drive, Brightling Road between Cold Harbour Cottage and China Hill, Poppinghole Lane, and the area of the Stage (formerly Bodiam Road) near the Curlew. If you have any time please contact Karen again on the above address and email.

DARTS : There is a meeting tonight at 8p.m. for any person interested in playing darts and pushpenny for Robertsbridge Club this season. The very popular ‘Open Pairs Darts Knockout’ returns for the last time this year on Sunday 28th August with registration at 7.30p.m. Entry is just £1 to have an evening of fun and entertainment in the newly refurbished bottom bar with prizes for the finalists. There will be a raffle so why not come along and enjoy an evening at The Club whether you play darts or not it is a very pleasant and friendly evening with lots of fun.

STOOLBALL : The Mixed played two matches this week with an away game at Hooe last Tuesday where we batted first with JJ Boast[61] and Sarah Clark[33n.o.] sharing an opening partnership of 78 before JJ was caught which saw Josh Lewis[2] last just 7 balls before he was caught. Skipper Richard Apps[39n.o.] joined Sarah to see out the 10 overs with a 77 run partnership as we finished on 167-2. The hosts never got going against some accurate bowling and faultless fielding with opener Judy[3] being bowled by Ian Kitson[1-3] and when Mark[10] was clean bowled by JJ[1-9] the hosts were tottering on 20-2 but Ginette[26n.o.] and Scott[25] put on 46 before Scott was caught by Graham Clark off the bowling of Penny Clark[1-11]. Jon[2] fell to a caught and bowled by Graham[1-6] while David[19n.o.] shared an unbroken 33 with Ginette to end their innings 63 runs short. On Thursday we hosted Brightling and skipper Richard sent in young Callum Apps[9] and Alisha Clark[13] to open and they shared a 39 run partnership before Callum was bowled and Alisha being run out with the score on 46-2. Young Lucy Kuhler[4] was clean bowled, Ian[14] was caught and Graham[11] was run out as we slumped to 86-5 but when JJ came in we knew the runs would flow but he was caught for 3. Richard[10] and Lou Taylor[13] stopped the rot before Lou was caught which left Sarah[6n.o.], Alan Apps[0] and Di Kitson[1n.o.] to finish our 10 overs on 114-9. The visitors started badly losing opener Damian[1] on the third ball to a catch by Alan from Alisha’[1-9] bowling and when Rob[14] was caught by JJ from Callum’[1-17] bowling they were on 26-2 however Jo[19] and Mark[48] put on 29 before Jo was caught by JJ off Sarah’[1-11] bowling. Ginette[18] put on 30 with Mark before she was caught by Ian off of Lou’[1-15] bowling. Mandy[3] was run out with the score on 106 but the visitors got past the post as Sarah[5n.o.] and Mark ended their innings on 120-5 in an exciting and friendly match. The Mixed played at Brightling Tournament last Sunday and played defending champions Catsfield first and restricted them to 64 from the 4 overs with wickets for Melinda Mackay and Diane Kitson while in reply we won by 5 runs with Josh Lewis[12], Ian Kitson[15] and skipper Richard Apps[18n.o.] getting double figures to win. Josh[32] and Melinda[15] scored 49 against Crowhurst which was not going to be enough and despite Richard and Mel taking wickets we were thrashed by 35 runs. Josh[31] and Ian[16] took our score to 66 against Staplecross and in reply a wicket for Richard and a run out restricted them to 44 for a 22 run victory which meant a win against the hosts in our last match would see us finish in the top two. The hosts batted first and reached 88 with a wicket for Richard however Josh[31] was the only player to reach double figures as we slumped to 54 all out. Richard did win the most wickets title.


Geoffrey Goodsell

13 Levetts Lane, Bodiam

Refuse lorry: the civic amenity refuse lorry will be in Sandhurst on August 20. The vehicle will be parked at Lomas Lane at 8 AM to 8.25. Ringle Green from 8:30 AM to 9 AM, Back Road from 9:05 AM 9:35 AM, Tanyard from 9:40 AM to 10:20 AM, Sandhurst Close from 10:25 AM to 11 AM. Items that cannot be accepted our business commercial and trade waste.

PCSO Surgery: the next PCSO surgery is on August 30 in the old school from 11 AM to noon.

Friendship club: the Friendship Club did not meet in August so the next one is on Friday, September 9, a coach outing to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Fern followed by fish and chip lunch at the pilot at Dungeness. The cost is £17 per person. The coach leaves Lower Green at 9:30 AM. To book contact Rosie on (01580) 850433 or Elizabeth on (01580) 850607.

Flower arranger’s: the Mission Church and St Nicholas are very short of flower arranger’s. If anyone enjoys arranging flowers and would like to have a go call Ann Tilden-Wright on (01580) 850281 and she would love to have a phone call.

helicopter push: Adam, Kerry and family and friends are to do a sponsored helicopter push in aid of two worthwhile charities. The Stroke Association and the Air Ambulance on August 27 and 28th. They will push the helicopter for about 24 miles starting at Tenterden Woolpack at 9 AM will go via Newenden, Northiam, Staplecross and will stop at the White Dog in Ewhurst Green for the night with a barbecue. There will be bands, dancing and fun - all are welcome. The next day they travel to Bodiam the Castle Inn and then onto Hawkhurst Moor the Queens Head, where the finishing line awaits at the new Swan Sandhurst roundabout at 3 PM. Please join the push for more on the night of fun at Ewhurst Green. To donate please visit virgin money at HTTP:// money

Church services: the next service at the Baptist Church is on August 21 and is a family service at 10:30 AM.


Judy Torrance

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 her subject “The Angel of Charleston”. The competition is as always the flower of the month and/or an item of Bloomsbury memorablia. Visitors and new members are always welcome to attend. For more details prior to the evening please call 870533.

SEDLESCOMBE THEATRE CLUB: The club have a trip planned for “Beautiful” the musical of the Carole King story playing at the Aldwych theatre in the Strand, London. Due to an unexpected cancellation there is one ticket available or two if necessary.

There are also still a few spaces available for the coach trip to Windsor Castle on September 21. The Queens wardrobe will be on display featuring clothes, jewellery and accessories she has worn during her reign. If you are interested in either of these trips please contact Shirley on 01424 870475 or Jenny on 01424 871445.

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 870412 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 it’s annual Flower Festival, the theme is “Favourite Films”. Sat 27 it is open from 10am - 5.30pm Sun 11am - 4.30pm and Mon 10am - 4.30pm. The tower will be open for tours and there will be many stalls to look around. Refreshments and lunches will be available every day.

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: With most Clubs, Social Groups and Societies enjoying a summer recess, this column may seem a little short of news. This is not to say there isn’t anything going on within the parish community because it’s not reported here, so please check out the many notice boards that abound throughout the three villages, as there are still various activities taking place.

EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL: A treat for all those who like to be out of doors, should enjoy a new scheme that E.S.C.C. have recently launched. Walkers, cyclists, and horse riders will be able to try out the newly constructed Greenways, built as part of the Combe Valley Way, between Bexhill & Hastings - previously known as the ‘Link Road’. Starting at Glovers Lane and Glovers Farm with separate equestrian, pedestrian and cycle routes,they each lead to open countryside and the 1066 Country Walk, before ending near Upper Wilting Farm & the Queensway/Crowhurst

Road junction. Further information and a map are available from

UK POWER NETWORKS: On September 6th.2016 - a new national telephone number -”105” - will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring (2017) and will include PR, media advertising, social media and co-ordinated messaging through partner channels. Key points to note about this service are: This will be a FREE SERVICE; Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from; Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator; - 105 is just one of the ways to contact your electricity network operators. You can also contact them by ‘phone or via their website and most network operators are on social media too. Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger.-If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should also call the emergency services. Vulnerable customers who would like to sign up to our ‘Priority Services Register’ can still either call 0800~169~9970 or email or apply online at

THE HERDMAN PAVILION: FREE CRICKET COACHING: - This is a gentle reminder for all the youngsters who love or have an interest in “Cricket”. With the glorious sunny days & lovely long evenings now upon us - for a while at least, - why not make the most of this fun and free tuition event during the school holidays and use them to practise all that you’ll be taught ? An exciting opportunity is coming along for ALL young cricketers, - both Boys and Girls - between the ages of 6 and 12 who would like to either learn the art of cricket or improve their skills in this very popular sport. FREE cricket coaching will be held at the Herdman Pavilion and Field at Ewhurst Green (SatNav TN32 5TB) on Saturday mornings until Saturday September 3rd inclusive and between 10.00am and 12.Noon. Please bring the appropriate sport gear, - tee shirt, joggers and trainers. Please note grown-ups, there is limited parking on the road only, NOT on any pathways, please, -- so please park prettily and be considerate to the residents. For all further information of this superb free sporting chance, please contact Dave Perkins on 01580 ~ 830469 who would be delighted to tell you all that’s involved and what to expect from this event.

STAPLECROSS VILLAGE HALL: The Staplecross Village Hall Committee is keen to see and encourage more activities to take place here within it’s portals. The hall has all the facilities that’s required for a huge number of events that can easily be held here and with a large car park directly outside- it lends itself to all sorts of possibilities. It doesn’t have to be a large format or restricted to just adults. With the proposed future housing development project, more families with children will become part of our village, so perhaps a Brownie/Guide or Cub/Scout group could begin here, - or a sports group or perhaps a keep fit class all suitable for a variety of ages. A film club, a History or photography group. A Ti Chi or a variety of dance groups. ‘Tea’ Dances or other types of activities for the ‘more mature’ adults, a variety of workshops for hobbies/crafts/pastime. A children’s club or Youth Club could be started here. The possibilities are endless and the results could be amazing - both for the people who take part in the activities and the venue that provides the fun. So come along Mums and Dads, - AND Aunts, Uncles, and not forgetting Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, please see if you can do something to make the most of our superb village hall and help make the most of the lovely people that live within our parish. For further information or to ‘test the waters’ with your ideas and/or suggestions, please contact Hilary (Chairman) on 01580~830704.

STAPLECROSS BOWLS CLUB: Three (3) more matches to play this week, but sadly only one of them is a home game. Match no:1 is an away game and will be played on Saturday August 20th at Rotherfield. The only home game will be played on Sunday August 21st at their home ground on Northiam Road, Staplecross and this time their opponents will hail from Cranbrook. The last of this week’s matches will be played on Wednesday August 24th and will be the second away game of the week and this time the team will travel to Cross-in-Hand to play the team there.

ROTHER RAMBLERS: Only two (2) walks have been arranged for this week and both are as delightful as they are different. Walk no:1 is planned for Sunday August 21st and is an 8.5 mile “Buds of May circular in August” stroll. The meeting point is Pluckley railway station OS EXP137. TQ922432. (SatNav TN27 0RT) at 10.00am. The walking notes state that this walk will pass within sight of where the ‘Darling Buds of May’ television series was filmed many years ago, and which is still a firm favourite of viewers. The walk contains nothing too strenuous and a picnic lunch is always recommended. Rita and Lionel will be your ‘walk leaders’ for this excursion and for further information you may contact them on 01424~752452. The second walk in the opposite direction, is arranged for Thursday August 25th and is described as an undulating 9 mile circular walk with views !. The meeting point will be Stonegate Village Hall. OS EXP136. TQ667285. (SatNav TN5 7ED) at 10.00am. It is suggested that car parking is at Stonegate Village Hall car park or on road parking. Once more a picnic lunch appears to be the order of the day. Carol is to be your ‘walk leader’ for this meander and you may contact her on 01580~852432 for all further details.

MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE: Once more, we look forward to welcoming the little Mobile Library Service as the van, carrying all the exciting goodies on board, wends it’s way through our little countryside lanes on it’s way to our outlying rural communities. We are privileged to have had two visits to this area for this month, - and the last of these visits will be on Thursday August 25th. It will first call to Staplecross, where it will park in Cricketers Field, between 1.40pm and 2.10pm. Following on from that session, it will then meander down to Cripps Corner, - where it will now use the car park of the ‘Direct Recovery Yard’ between 2.20pm and 2.45pm. for the foreseeable future. This venue is on the Battle Road, over the bridge, toward Swailes Green. The residents of this little hamlet can then avail themselves of this vital and much needed service. This is a relatively new ‘stopping place’ - due to the closure of the local pub and uncertainty of it’s proposed future, so please do still make as much use of the facilities on board when the van visits your areas. The Library is about more than just books, so please come along and see for yourself and help keep this service going for the benefit of all who live in our outlying rural areas and perhaps, cannot always easily access the Main Branch facilities.

OUT & ABOUT: ST.MICHAEL’S HOSPICE- ‘Open Garden Scheme’. This will be the pen-ultimate garden visit of this year’s scheme, so do try to visit this one as not only is it very well known, it also offers such delight and inspiration to all. I am referring to “Perch Hill” Willingford Lane,in Brightling,TN32 5HP which is the home and work place of Sarah Raven, the popular horticulturist. This garden is both beautiful and productive and is an inspiration for gardens, florists and not forgetting, cooks!. An abundance of bold flowers and vegetable combinations provide spectacular displays of vivid colours. These are grown side by side and are used in Sarah’s various courses, run throughout the year. This garden will be open to visitors on Wednesday August 24th between 9.30am and 4.00pm. Admission is £5:00 per person. Wheelchair access is limited due to grass slopes and gravel and sorry, but dogs - including guide dogs are not permitted here today. Refreshments are available and can be purchased from the Perch Hill Restaurant and parking is available. How to get there: From Battle take the B2096 to Heathfield, through Netherfield and onto Woods Corner. At the Swan Inn (on your Left) - turn Right, signposted to Brightling and follow the road for about three quarters of a mile. Take the first Left and go up the hill, then take the next Left into Willingford Lane. This wonderful ‘Open Garden’ Scheme will finish on a high note when it culminates in late October with a visit to Peasmarsh Place.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church services for the parish of Ewhurst will commence at St, James the Great, Ewhurst Green on Sunday August 21st Trinity 13. at 9.30am. This service will include Holy Communion. A Service will follow directly after at St. Giles church, Bodiam at 11.15 am. This service will also include Holy Communion (BCP). There will be NO SERVICE at St. Mark’s church, Staplecross today and if there is any church matter on which you feel you may need further assistance, or guidance,- baptisms, weddings or sadly funerals; - then do please get in touch. You may contact either of the churchwardens ~ Graham Peters on telephone no: 01580~830203 for Bodiam church matters and for Ewhurst Parish church matters, please contact Jo Goodwin on 01580~830601 or email Help in some form or another, is always at hand, so do please contact them.

PLEASE CONTACT ME: If you are arranging an event in the foreseeable future, --- whatever the nature of the event and however large or small, if you’d like some extra coverage for it, then please get in touch. If it’s of interest to you, - it’s of interest to us. In view of the long summer holiday breaks, 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.


Richard Holmes

CHURCH SERVICE: This Sunday the morning service in St Mary’s is the Sung Family Eucharist, due to start at 9.30am. Everyone welcome. After the service there will be refreshments, either in the church or in the hall.

FAMILY EVENTS AT RYE HARBOUR NATURE RESERVE: This week there will be two events at the Reserve, for children accompanied by adults. For the first, from 10am till 11am on Tuesday (August 23) you’ll need to book, on or 01273 497561. The event is “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” and will involve exploring the saltmarsh, looking for crabs and minibeasts hiding in the mud: wellies and old clothes advisable.

The second, from 10am till noon on Wednesday (August 24), is a Nature Treasure Trail, for accompanied children aged up to 12. It will start from the Reserve Information Centre TN31 7TX, where you’ll be able to collect maps and trail sheets for £2. Hunting for clues and solving puzzles can lead to the treasure, and a chance to win a prize.

BREDE FLOWER FESTIVAL: Do try to fit in a visit to this popular event in and around Brede Church next weekend. For full details of what’s going on, I’ve been asked to refer you to the Brede Village Voice column, which you’ll find on page 27 The details are also on page 12 of the August/September edition of the Brede and Udimore Parish Magazine.


Janice Bolton

The Family Funday: run by Westfield Youth Club last Saturday was by all accounts a huge success. Thank you to all the helpers and organisations who gave their time, money and services, and of course congratulations to Min Stratford for masterminding the whole event.

Westfield Parish Church: Services this Sunday, August 21 are Holy Communion at 8am and at 10am. St. Laurence Church, Guestling (benefice of Westfield and Guestling) holds its annual Flower Festival this week-end from today until Sunday, August 21, from 10am- 5pm each day. The theme for this year’s exhibits is Films. This is always a wonderful event, so do visit. 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 Westfield Vicarage Garden Tea Party takes place on Sunday, August 28 from 2-6pm. 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 (BBQ, and live music 7-11pm) and on Sunday, August 28 from 12 noon with hog roast, and live music from 2pm. Contact the New Inn for details.

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. Westfield Playgroup will be open from 9am-3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9am-12 noon on Wednesdays. Enquiries to Julie Guest on 0779 074 4404 or email Although Playgroup will no longer be running a monthly toddler group there is a new Parent and Baby/Toddler group in the church every Wednesday from 2pm-3pm in term time. This is a great chance to have a cuppa, cake and a chat with other parents

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

PARISH CHURCH NEWS: This weeks church service at Whatlington will be an 930 am Parish Communion, led by our own Revd. Kevin Mepham.

Looking ahead to the following week we will have an evening service at 6pm, which will be hymns and readings followed with light refreshments.

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 - 7.50pm. Road naming will be discussed and agreed.

Please see meeting agenda on council notice board and website.

VILLAGE FETE: The traditional village fete will take place on Saturday 27 August at 1.30 pm 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 10 am.

If anyone can spare an hour to volunteer to help or could donate some home baking please contact Annette McBride on 01424 871629


Cindi Cogswell

Medieval Warbow: If you have never fired an arrow from a longbow and hit a target you might get your chance tomorrow.

This Saturday August 20th there will be a talk and demonstration by Mark Stretton on the Medieval Warbow in the New Hall. The times for the talk are 11am to noon followed by a break and then resuming at 1 till 3.30pm. Entrance cost is £4 adults and free to members and under 16s.

Those who came last year asked for another but longer session and this promises to be well worth attending. Mark Stretton is the Chairman of the English Bow Society.

He is also Archer and Master Blacksmith in the Guinness Book of Records where he holds the title for drawing a 200lb longbow.

The English used longbows against the French during the Hundred Years’ War. These weapons of mass destruction were usually activated at the start of the war as in the battles of Sluys (1340), Crecy (1346), Poitiers (1356) and Agincourt (1415). Interestingly the earliest longbow in England was found in Somerset and is dated to 2665 BC which is the period between the aftermath of Noah’s Flood and the Tower of Babel and would have been used for hunting and probably transported during the dispersion of nations at Babel.

Rye Festival in Winchelsea: Guided tours of the 13th century cellars will take place in September on the 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th and 29th as well as on October 1st, starting at 11am. Please arrive ten minutes before the start and meet at the Town Well in Castle Street. Visitors should also bring a torch and wear sensible shoes as some of the cellars have steep steps.

Booking for these tours is essential and the Rye Festival Box Office number is 01797 224442.

On a different note there will be, on Monday September 19th, an illustrated talk in St Thomas’ Church entitled ‘Wills, walls and windows’ which explores how the Church was built, why and for whom?

Doors open at 1pm ready for the event to begin at 2pm and admission is free but donations would be welcome.

Wihan String Quartet: Also taking place in Winchelsea for the Rye Festival is the Wihan String Quartet which is described as one of the best quartets in the world. They are a Czech string quartet who enjoy playing classical, romantic and modern masterpieces and are currently based at the Trinity College of Music in London.

Their programme will include Janacek, Dvorak and Schubert and they will be performing on Thursday September 29th at 7 for 7.30pm in St Thomas’ Church. If you would like tickets, please contact the Rye Festival Box Office.

IPC playground: Icklesham Parish Council has recommended, via the Open Spaces Working Group (July 26th) to undertake the archaeological works needed to allow the installation of play equipment in the Jubilee Field, opposite the primary school.

However, the price as quoted by Historic England is around £2000. So in order to try and reduce costs volunteers from WAS (Winchelsea Archaeological Society) have been invited to help in this sensitive archaeological work which will be carefully monitored and photographed as the work progresses.

The next IPC meeting will take place on Monday September 5th at 7pm in the Court Hall and residents are welcome to attend.

Winchelsea Beach

Table Sale: Next Saturday August 27th during the Bank Holiday weekend, there will be the annual Table Sale at 11am in the Community Hall.

If you would like to book a table to sell your items, please contact 01797 224820. Entrance cost for buyers is 50p which includes tea and biscuits and there will be a great tombola with plenty of prizes.

Evening of Bingo: The fortnightly Cash Bingo evening is on Wednesday August 24th at 7 for 7.15pm.

As usual everybody is invited to the Community Hall.

Since it may be your turn to win the jackpot do come along and there will be a raffle and refreshments available.

IPC report: The Freerider in the recreation-ground play park was found to be damaged on installation and HAGS (the global company in outdoor equipment for playgrounds and parks) is investigating this and has temporarily removed it for repair.

During the recent Icklesham Parish Council meeting it was agreed that the manufacturers should provide a sign on the equipment advising age restrictions.

The Freerider activity takes its inspiration from surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding and is a swing for older children which requires balance, skill and spatial awareness.

However, in accordance with current times it is designed to be inclusive, meaning that everybody can enjoy the ride in their own way, for example sitting, reclining or standing up.