IS IT ME: Or is there a general sense of humour failure pervading at the moment? By the way I have to say that, after some pressure from my agent, I have now joined the cheeping branches of the world of Twitter. Apparently now, castings for TV, theatre and film are defined not by a person’s talent and/or CV bursting with years of experience, but as to how many followers they have on Twitter, and if they’d therefore be a good financial draw. Extraordinary I know. Please, don’t get me started. My main gripe at present is the use, or lack of it, of punctuation marks in emails, texts and general communication. Now, I have a love of good grammar etc., and feel that the use of punctuation; commas, semi-colons et al, is imperative, while exclamation marks, like question marks, define and pinpoint the underlying feeling of the text written before them, maybe I slightly overuse them. But, in deference to the fabulous book, Eats, shoots and leaves, I would rather over-egg the pudding in the punctuation stakes and retain the sense of humour implied in the writing, than do no ‘marks’ at all and have all pieces of prose read like a very dry telephone directory. So there. If you know me, you’ll know what I mean. Eyebrows Up. Anyway onwards.
CROWHURST FAYRE: Today, Friday, 1066 Rockit Men will play in the marquee on the recreation ground, tickets are £10 on the door. Tomorrow, Saturday, the ground hosts the Fayre, with flower and vegetable show, games, stalls, tea tent, bar and raffle and a host more fun besides. Parking is available at £1.50 a car. In the evening, there will be horse-races and skittles, again in the marquee.
RURAL PAST TIMES: At Pestalozzi Fields tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 10am to 5pm, a huge country fayre with old vehicles, waggons, and displays from tractors and engines; plus stalls, beer tents, tea tents, food, crafts, dog show, falconry and you’ll find the Other Half and I pressing apples for fresh apple juice. A Fantastic day out.
MOTO-FEST: De la Warr Pavilion and grounds: Today, Friday evening, the film Road will be shown on the sea facing wall, at sunset, approx. 8.30pm. In support of the Joey Dunlop Foundation. On Sunday; free to attend, a fantastic array of motorbikes and cycles, with stalls and stands for kit and accessories, plus food stands, and bike displays in the car park. This is such a wonderful event, a great addition to Bexhill’s motoring history.
AIRBORNE: Eastbourne’s biggest summer attraction, and the South East’s largest Air Show. From Thursday to Sunday; visit Eastbourne Airborne website for all brochure/display details.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Saturday August 20, the Horti Society are holding their Annual Summer Show at the Memorial Hall. Details of all classes are available from the Village Stores and all entry details must be submitted by Wednesday August 17 latest. Rose is very hopeful that there will be even more new people joining in the fun this year, some of the classes are for small collections of produce, or even a single flower, and there are many prizes and cups to win. If you would like to enter, but feel a bit overwhelmed, please call Rose on 892422, she will be happy to help and give some useful advice. If you just want to view the exhibits, then doors open at 2.30pm and there will be light refreshments and homemade Cakes on offer while you browse.
NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: The results are here. Thanks, Carole, for the following; August 2, Ninfield 55 - Clive Vale 60; August 3, Ninfield 68 Hawkhurst 5, A Rother League Match; August 4, Ninfield 84 - Hailsham 79; August 6, Ninfield 67 - Ringmer 53; August 7, Ninfield 63 - Herstmonceux 60. A huge five game week, well done all. As far as Carole knows; this is the first time over the last 10 years that the team have beaten Hawkhurst and Ringmer overall at away matches. Hopefully it’s a little quieter for the week ahead.
CHRCH SERVICES: Methodist Church Sunday, 10.30am Service of Worship and Communion with Revd Tricia Williams
Parish Church, St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Combined Parish Eucharist (no service at St Mary’s).
EARLY HEADS UP: Bank Holiday Weekend. There will be loads of different events, activities, shows and festivals happening over this, the most popular of all summer weekends so I can give you a brief outline of one that has already come in to me from Brede. St George’s Church have a three day flower festival with Famous Films as the theme; a Grand Raffle, crafts, games, stalls, cream teas and food stands. Then a Jazz evening with Prosecco and Supper (£10inc.) There’s a Steam Giants event, Art Exhibition, Table Sales ...so much going on and that’s just an outline from one village. There’s a big Charity Garden Party in Crowhurst for St Michaels’ Hospice on Bank Holiday Sunday there’s the fantastic Festival of Transport at Broad Farm, Hellingly, over the three days. Please let me know if there’s an event happening that you’d like a mention for.
KEEP IN TOUCH: As I said last week, I’m off this Sunday performing in the fantastic new play, written and directed by Mark Burgess, called Somewhere in England and playing the part of Daphne Southover; a Radio Announcer for the BBC in the 1940’s, so I’m getting the appropriate voice out of the bag, it’s a couple of steps up from the ‘Telephone Voice’. While rehearsing, and then performing, I’ll still be putting this column together; it might not be as long, depending on time available and brain cell strength but hopefully all the up-coming meetings and stuff will be there so keep in touch. Call 07970650321, email email@example.com or tweet @guard jane.
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