Down Your Way: Herstmonceux and Wartling

SQUEEZE: The sudden arrival of winter, with overnight snow several inches deep, meant the last-minute cancellation of the February Squeeze Breakfast Club.

As a result, quite a few Valentine cards were not made by loving hands, and a similar number of heart-shaped biscuits were not decorated with icing. Free Church Pastor Jim Beveridge had prepared his Topical Talk, based on the Beatles song ‘All you need is love’ with the refrain ‘it’s easy.’ Is it easy to love, he would have asked, quoting from ‘Proverbs: ‘Hatred stirs up dissention but love covers all wrong.’ Leading to Loves’ supreme example - Jesus laid down his life for us.

The next Squeeze is on March 4 in the Village Hall, 10am-noon. A simple breakfast is provided of fresh fruit, choice of cereals, pastries, make-your-own-toast and pour-your-own tea, coffee or fruit drink. Everyone of all ages is welcome, and there is no charge. The theme will be “Spoil your Mum.”

IT IS with great sadness the family of George Harris have to report his death. George was aged 83 and had lived all his life in Herstmonceux, farming at Brickyard Farm. His pride and joy was his Ayrshire herd which he packed up in September 2000 and has since had just a few suckler cows. George was a true Sussex gent and will be sorely missed by all. He helped many people in his life, joining in with the community wherever he could help. George was also a local fireman as was his father and his son and he was one of those characters who will never be forgotten. I am sure you would all like to join in sending condolences to his wife Cassie and family.

HANNAH HUGGETT: We have to congratulate Hannah who has been accepted at a very prestigious dance college. Hannah went to audition a few weeks ago along with 800 other hopefuls. There were just 65 places and she has been offered one of them.

LIME Cross Nursery is holding a special children’s fun Easter colouring/drawing competition which they have divided into three age groups, under 4s and 5s to 8s, any of whom can collect a free colouring sheet up from the nursery and get to work with their crayons. And 9-12 year olds are being asked to design their own picture with an Easter theme in mind using any medium, paint, felt tip pens, collage etc. on a page no larger than an A3 size. The closing date is March 31 and all entries will be displayed at the Nursery with judging taking place over the Easter weekend by local art teacher, Caroline Green. More details on on 833229.

WATSON Brothers: This ever popular duo perform live at the Woolpack Inn on Saturday, March 24.

WALKING CLUB: The next scheduled walk is on Sunday March 11 when Sue and Irene would like to meet with you at the car park on the Cuckoo Trail at 10.30am. The walk covers approximately five and half miles - all -welcome. If you need more details call them on 848790.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer: This year they are holding an informal meeting at the Free Church in Chapel row at 2pm. As they did last year the Chapel will be open from 11.30am for private prayer with soup and sandwiches being served at 1pm. During the 2pm meeting they will be finding out about the problems the women of Malaysia encounter and there will be readings and prayers organised by the Malaysian women. All are welcome to attend and they don’t just mean you ladies, Gentlemen will be most welcome as well and if you need more information please call them on 832266.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday March 4 and Holy Communion (BCP) along with evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service being held at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.