DYW: Stone Cross - January 12, 2011

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IF YOU have not yet been to the Friendship Lunch Club, every Tuesday in Westham Village Hall, why not?

There is no subscription or membership fee; people just want to be with other like-minded individuals to enjoy a few hours of companionship, helped by the provision of a delicious two-course lunch.

The group starts at 10.30am with coffee available. Lunch is served at noon - ring 01323 763344 by 9.30am the day before as orders have to be placed Lunch is a hot meal costing £4.50.

If you do not have transport make use of the Westham and Pevensey Rover 6 Bus by calling 0845 6066951 the day before. If you are over 60 (and have a bus pass) travel on the bus is free.

This is an opportunityto meet others and have a hot meal.You can just eat and chat or if you wish, offer to help with the raffle, keep the accounts or help serve and clear away.

THE SCHOOLS have returned from their Christmas breaks and all staff and children are into to the new term.

One school is carrying out road safety training for Year 1, while other children will be taking part in a swimming gala. More details will be forthcoming as the term progresses and hopefully I shall be able to publish details of what is happening.

Most schools collect stamps to sell on to help provide funds for school activities, whilst others collect tin foil - again for sale value.

FEELING a bit energetic and maybe want to try something new? The Petanque Club meets at Saxon Nurseries, Hankham Lane, on a Tuesday from 11am. The game is French in origin and has a similarity to bowls, but played using steel balls. It’s good fun and helps to keep you in shape. More details from Alan Ranger on 01323 469340.

THE EASTBOURNE and District Branch of the REME Association holds its annual general meeting on January 19 in the Function Room at the Red Lion public house in Stone Cross.

The branch holds monthly meetings in the same venue on the third Wednesday, starting 7.30pm.

Many members are accompanied by their wives who run a raffle as a source of income. There are regular meals out.

Any ex-REME or serving REME within the area will be very welcome. For more details call secretary Dave on 01323 760547.

HAVE YOU paid a visit to the Friday Community Market in St Luke’s Parish Hall, open 10am to noon - parking and admission free.

There are a variety of stalls: Oven Fresh Bakery has a good selection of rolls, breads and cakes; Way Past Farms fruit and vegetables are always popular; Say Cheese carries not only local cheeses but also some continental ones and they have a try before you buy; Stone Cross Mill has a stall with ample supplies of the stone ground flour from the Mill as well as souvenirs.

There are also books, old fashioned sweets, jams, pickles and marmalades and Fairtrade goods and accessories, while the café does a good business.

IT’S PANTO time again. Oh yes it is: just go along to the Stone Cross Memorial Hall on one of the following dates and you will be able to enjoy the Haven Players production of Mother Goose.

The Haven Players have a deserved reputation for putting on excellent plays and this should carry on the tradition.

Mother Goose will be performed at 7.30 pm on Saturday January 22, Thursday/Friday/Saturday January 27 – 29.

There will also be a matinee performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday/Sunday January 22 and 23 and also on Saturday January 29.

Cost of tickets is £7 adult and £4 child.

There will be discounts on January 22 and 27 (evening performances. For tickets, please ring the Box Office on 01323 460174.

Further information on the Haven Players can be found on their website – log on to www.havenplayers.com.

THE NEXT meeting of the Westham, Pevensey sand Stone Cross Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be held in Westham Village Hall on Tuesday January 18, starting at 2.30 pm.

All members are invited to attend.

ST LUKE’S Players will be presenting a double bill of one-act plays in the Parish Centre, Stone Cross on Saturday February 5 at both 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

The Bishop’s Candlesticks by Norman McKinnel is a dramatic (non-musical) episode taken from Les Miserables the novel by the great French poet and novelist Victor Hugo.

The action takes place in the year 1800, shortly after the French Revolution.

It is set in the Bishop’s cottage, where his life is threatened by a knife-wielding escaped convict.

In complete contrast, the second play on the bill is called Playgoers by Arthur Wing Pinero who was a Londoner who wrote more than 20 plays and became famous for his farces at the Royal Count Theatre in London.

Playgoers is one such farce and is set in London just before the First World War: it is an upstairs-downstairs farce, taking its humour from the misunderstanding between the two parts of the household.

A good laugh from start to finish. Tickets may be obtained from 01323 461889 and St Luke’s Parish Office 01323 767020.

Adults £6 and under 16s £3.

Normally the Players only perform in the evening but this time have included a matinée in the hope that people who prefer not to go out on the cold, dark nights can still go along and have an afternoon’s entertainment.