More fun developments at The Royal Oak! Maria writes: We have started offering a Kids’ Entertainer on selected Sundays between 12-2pm. Our young entertainer will be entertaining kids with arts and crafts, balloon modelling and face painting. She will be with us most Sundays, but parents are advised to call and confirm the Sundays she is here.

We are also starting Souvla and Kleftiko Sundays. We will be offering traditional Cyprus BBQ Souvla (large skewers of chicken, pork and lamb) as well as Kleftiko (slow cooked lamb) on Sundays. We are hoping to start next Sunday, but we will only be serving it for a limited time, to ensure the meat is tender and fresh, so customers are adviced to call and book.

Our meze Saturday nights are continuing and going really well. It’s fantastic to see new faces as well as happy customers returning for the second and third time.

Jeffrey Bridges writes: Sunday 25th May will see a Sung Evensong service, based on the Book of Common Prayer held at 6pm in the newly restored Whatlington church. We will be joined by choir members from Sedlescombe and the service will be taken by Reader Jacqueline Kemp. After the service light refreshments will be served and we hope to have a lovely summer’s evening. The Village Hall car park will be open and as usual parking will be available at the church for those less able to walk.

Please note that there will NOT be the usual 09.30am service on this Sunday, just the Evensong.

The Whatlington Village Hall Committee met again last week, with another full agenda, including the Village Fête on August 30th. Mr Ken Jones kindly agreed to join the latter part of the meeting to give the benefit of his experience in running the annual Fête. Several new ideas were put forward, details of which will be announced in due course. It was agreed that some advance publicity to attract the owners of vintage cars, which have been a very popular feature at past Fêtes, would be useful. Plans for the event on August 9th, to commemorate World War I, are also progressing well and will be announced shortly. The new website was also discussed and a vote of thanks recorded to Simon Scarboro, who researched and designed this useful new asset. This too should be launched very soon.

Patricia Begg

Riccards Spring