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GREETINGS: The first edition of this week's Voice was written early on Monday morning. The rain was lashing on the window and the trees were thrashing in the wind. And Monday was the longest day of the year when the sun was overhead at the tropic, as near to overhead as we get it .So much for the Summer Solstice. Then something upset my computer and it ate everything I had written, just when I had finished too. Life is not very fair sometimes !! But it is downhill all the way to Christmas now, with shortening days.!! Thought you'd like that.!!!!

CHURCH NEWS: The 9.30am service on Sunday will be Parish Eucharist led by Rev. Canon Robin Whitehead. This is for the fifth Sunday after Trinity. On Wednesday 29th we remember Peter and Paul, Apostles. On 1st July we commemorate the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the most catastrophic day’s fighting in the history of the British Army. Almost no ground was gained. There will be a memorial service in Alexandra Park at the Memorial at 7.15 am on that day.

CHURCH MARKET: A very successful event and lovely to find friends to chat to. Lovely lunches and goodies to buy. Many thanks to those who worked so hard to make it so friendly.

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WEATHER: As already mentioned, Monday morning was horrible. But by about 4 pm the sun came out and dried up all the rain. Do hope the improvement continues for the weekend, when all sorts of things are planned.

SCHOOL FAYRE: The school is holding its Summer Fayre on Saturday 25th, - TOMORROW - from 11 am to 2.30 pm. There will be something for everyone. The two Year 5 Businesses will be hoping to make their first profit by running a stall during the fayre.

ADVANCE BOOKING: The fete and Flower Show will be on Saturday 6th August, 1 - 4 pm. Lots of details later.

LOST: A set of keys has been lost between the village and the windmill. If you should happen to find them, please phone 812 234. The owner will be very pleased to have their safe return.

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FIVE VILLAGES: There will be a bric-a-brac sale at Five Villages House on Saturday 25th June - TOMORROW, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be coffee, tea and biscuits and lots of lovely things to buy.This is run by the Friends of the Minibus Fund. If you get there early, there will also be scrumptious food cooked by Derrick Baker, and you know how delicious that is.

QUEEN’S HEAD: The live music this Sunday will be played by the Dave Jackson Duo, playing Blues from 4 - 6 pm. There will be a Quiz night on Wednesday 29th from 8.30 pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: Here are some salient points from the council. New play equipment is to be installed at Rye Harbour and Winchelsea Beach including a new Zipwire. Allotment holders are to receive notice that from October the renewal date for tenancy will switch to March 2018. There will also be new “Starter plots” which will be about half the size of a standard plot for people who feel that they may not be able to cope with a full plot. If you are interested please apply to the Parish Clerk. There is a website where you can report any perceived planning infringements. The clerk is able to help with completing the document. The Council has given permission for Icklesham Trust to put hard plastic mesh into the grass between the car park and the Memorial Hall patio. Your councillors are here to represent you and welcome your views. Contact the Clerk at [email protected] or write to Wildgoose Cottage, Gorsethorn Way, Fairlight, East Sussex, TN 35 4 BQ.

REFERENDUM: By the time you read this, we will all know the result. It will not affect my generation too much, but I feel very strongly that my children and grandchildren will have to live with our decision. Because of that I really feel that the 16 - 17 year olds SHOULD have been given a vote, as they were in Scotland.

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CONTACT: Please keep information coming my way, or I have nothing to write about.!

AND FINALLY: I do hope the weather improves for the Fayre and any other outdoor activities.

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