Village Hall: The Village Hall committee met again on June 17th. All those present were very pleased with the recent redecorations and the improvements to the electrical installations. Further plans for refurbishment were high on the agenda, including new curtains, improved storage for the tables, and a complete overhaul of the toilets. However, the Treasurer pointed out that these continued improvements would have to await further funds being available. In this context, Chairman Annette McBride told the meeting that an application had now been made to Rother District Council for a grant to match the sum that had been allocated to the recent work on the roof and on the electrical installations. Although such grants were not normally allowed for retrospective claims, our own situation had been unusual, in that the application had been quite ready to forward to the Council back in January, but had unfortunately been delayed by the Chairman’s sudden illness and admission to hospital at that very time. The application would otherwise have been in well before the works had started. In these circumstances she had been advised by Councillor Eleanor Kirby-Green, who has been most helpful in her support of our claim, that there was a good chance that the application could still be considered. We therefore await the result of Rother’s next grants committee meeting in early July.

The forthcoming Tennis Tournament Fundraiser was also discussed and plans finalised. A flyer will be distributed shortly to as many households as possible, giving further details. Meanwhile, please note the date, as advised, which is Saturday, August 8th, starting at 2.00 pm. If you would like to play please ring Sally Henderson by August 1st on 01424 775130 and you will be told when and where you will start playing. Please also let us know if you would just like to come along and watch and enjoy the evening barbecue. Tickets will be £15.00 for adults and £5.00 for children.

The Village Fête was also discussed and some exciting new attractions proposed, in addition to many old favourites. This is to be held on Sunday, September 6th so please keep the date free in your diary!

Church News: The church service at Whatlington this coming Sunday will be at 09.30 as usual. Visitors to the churchyard will have seen that work is now underway to bring the grass under control and it starts to look better already.

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