Down Your Way: Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham - March 14

ST LUKE’S Church, Stone Cross, hosts a Spring fair and coffee morning in their parish centre on Saturday, March 24, 10am to noon.

Stalls include books, jewellery, toys, tombola, bric-a-brac, cards and a grand draw. Light refreshments will be available and there is free admission and parking. In addition,

ON Saturday, March 31, St. Luke’s Players present their 2012 Music Night in the Parish Centre at Stone Cross. Doors open 7.15pm for the 7.30pm performance and there should be something to suit all tastes. Tickets available from St. Luke’s Parish Office (767020) and cost £6 for adults and £3 under-16s. Coffee and biscuits during the interval is included in the price.

I HAVE received THE following request from Frank Woods of Eastbourne Scouts.

“Through your regular column in the, I wonder if you would be kind enough to enquire of your more senior Westham residents whether any were ever in the Scouts locally.

“If so, I have three questions, all relating to neckerchiefs. Basically, five Scout groups came and went in the area before WWII and it is two of them I seek information about.

“My first question is regarding the Pevensey & Westham troop, which started July 1915 at the Drill Hall, Westham, and closed in 1922. What colour scarf did they wear?

“My second question concerns the 1st Westham troop, which started at Rookery Farm, Friday Street, in May 1927, and which then became 1st Anderida in January 1928, before closing in 1930. What colour scarf did they wear?”

“My third question relates to the post-war period and the 1st Anderida troop, which started in the Drill Hall, Westham, in June 1948 and lasted 25 years before merging with the 18th Eastbourne in 1973. This group’s scarf was initially green with a castle emblem, and I would be delighted to track down one of those scarves – does anyone have one hidden away in the loft?

“If anyone can help with any of these enquiries, I will be extremely grateful. I can be contacted at Woodsf@sky.com or on 01323 504870. Many thanks and best wishes,”

THE NEXT production by the Haven Players will be Happy Families by John Godber.

On his graduation day, John looks back over his teenage years recalling all the embarrassments, tensions, joys and sorrows of family life. As he grows older and becomes better educated, he feels less comfortable with his working-class family who cannot understand his growing intellect and theatrical aspirations.

Full of warmth, understanding and humour, Happy Families paints an affectionate and appealing portrait of one ordinary family struggling with change, bereavement and the generation gap.

The play will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20 and 21 at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be ordered from the box office on 460174 - adults £7, student/children £4.

DAVID PICTON, Tel: 01323 760547, hpicton398@btinternet.com