The Village Hall Committee met again on March 26th. Much progress has already been made. The Committee is keen to have the Hall used as much as possible, quite apart from the primary objective of raising funds for its upkeep, and as part of that wider policy it was decided that there should be no charge when hiring the Hall for parties held for children under the age of 16, provided they were resident in Whatlington. A flyer has been produced describing the Hall and its facilities, beautifully designed by Pauline Lyon, who explained the steps she had already taken for its distribution. Another new enquiry had been received from Sedlescombe Flower Club, whose secretary had booked a series of 6 classes, to be followed by two further series later in the year. The idea of a website for the Hall and/or a Facebook page was also considered and Simon Scarboro offered to look into this. Plans for spring cleaning and, where necessary, redecorating the Hall have been put in place. The Committee was delighted to hear that the Parish Council had offered a grant of £500 towards the upkeep of the Hall at their recent meeting and asked the two Councillors present to pass on their thanks for this generous support. Plans for the Village Fête in late August were also discussed and it was decided that the next meeting, to be held on Wednesday, May 14th, would be largely dedicated to arrangements for this event.

Mothering Sunday saw a lovely service at Whatlington which was enjoyed by all. We were able to give all the ladies present a bunch of daffodils, kindly given by Carpenters Barn Farm. Next Saturday, April 5th, the church will be open between 10am and 12 noon.

Patricia Begg

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