On Monday: the Women’s Institute will be meeting in the Parish Hall from 2.30 pm. This month’s speaker is John Davey. Are you aware that this Institute is 97 years old this year, having been formed in 1918, three years after the first Women’s Institute spread to Great Britain from Canada in 1915. The current members, of which there are currently only 21, would very much like to be able to celebrate their 100th birthday in 2018 but fear, without more people joining them, this will not be possible. If you are free from 2.30 pm on the 2nd Monday of each month, they would very much like to see you at a meeting; there is no upper or lower age limit on becoming a member, nor is there a requirement to be a proficient cook or needlewoman! Each month there is usually a speaker, a choice of two competitions to enter, if you want to, and of course homemade refreshments! If this sounds appealing, do go along to their meeting next week, you will be made to feel very welcome!

Another local club: the Rosemary Club, also meets next week in the Parish Hall from 2 pm on Wednesday; the meeting ‘proper’ starts at 2.30 pm. This month the members (and guests) will be entertained by Kathleen Colletti, a local soprano. There is a small charge to attend this meeting, all of £1 which will give you tea and a choice of homemade sandwiches and cakes. Were you aware that the Community Bus picks up members from various locations in the village and the Club is in discussion to extend the pickup points to include Slaugham and Staplefield? If you are interested in taking advantage of this free to users service, which can accommodate wheelchairs, please get in touch with the Club (Joan on 01293 525890). However, as the current number of users of the service is falling, if there is no increase the Committee may have to look at stopping as the cost of providing it remains the same, regardless of the number of people using it. It is the same old problem of ‘use it or lose it’!

The forthcoming events at the Hardware Shop are as follows: Tuesday, 14 July, Crafts with Linda from 2 pm, making a Flower Broach. The cost is £2 and there will be refreshments available (cakes in some form or other I’m sure!). Next Friday, 17 July there is a Folk Night from 8 pm; the cost is £4 and if the weather is good (fingers crossed!) it will be in the garden with Pimms; sounds like a good way to spend a Friday evening to me! If you would like more information about either of these events, or forthcoming events, speak to Les or Christina in the Shop.

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