It would seem that everything shuts down for August as there isn’t much going on in the village this month! The Women’s Institute that meets in the afternoon isn’t having a meeting this month as they have an outing instead and I haven’t been able to find out what the WI@Handcross are up to this month so you may have to wait until September to go to their next meeting.

The Rosemary Club are holding their annual Cream Tea on Wednesday, 19 August at a different venue this year. It is being held at The Laurels on Brighton Road from 2.30 pm thanks to the generosity of Mr E Arnold; if wet, it will be in the Parish Hall! Entry is by donation and the Cream Tea will cost £2.50; it is open to everyone, not just members. There will be a selection of stalls ranging from Bric a Brac, plants, books, cakes and produce, tombola to the ever popular raffle, I don’t think there is a meeting in the village that doesn’t have a raffle! So if you are wondering what to do with the children, or would like some company whilst enjoying a scrumptious tea, why not go along next Wednesday, I’m sure you will be made to feel very welcome.

Next month’s Community Bus trip is to Brooklands Motor & Aircraft Museum on Tuesday, 8 September – at the time of writing, 10 places were booked but they need a further 5 spaces to be filled or the trip will be cancelled; there has to be 15 or more people in a group to qualify for the free introductory talk plus refreshments! If you would like to take one or more of these places, get in touch with Christina either in the Hardware Shop or call her on 400212; the fare and entrance is £24 and the bus will be leaving Nymans at 9 am.

The Help at Hand Cream Tea last month raised over £200 and thanks go to all who went along and supported the committee and volunteers and to Linda who supplied the 100 scones!

The 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day was well documented recently but how many of us are aware that it is the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ Day) on Saturday, 15 August? There is a Service and Act of Remembrance in Crawley’s Memorial Gardens on Saturday starting at 1.45pm with a march on of the Standards of The Royal British Legion and other service organisations; the service is due to finish about 2.30pm. On Sunday there is another Service of Remembrance at Easthill Park War Memorial on Manor Road, Portslade BN41 2FA. The Service is due to start at 2.45pm but people are asked to assemble from 2.30pm; there will be refreshments available afterwards at the nearby Parish Centre. Both services I am sure are open to anyone who would like to take part in these acts of remembrance for those who fell, not only during the fight in the Far East but have fallen in any of the hostilities before or since.

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