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                                               It’s Not All Down to the “Fairies”!

Many things are done at the Club that we tend to take for granted without thinking about who made it happen, or wondering if they could do with any help.

All Year Round

Ground and maintenance. Under the guidance of Trevor, assisted by Neville, Mick, Charlie and George, the green and surrounds are checked on almost every day during the season and work reduces but doesn’t stop during the Winter.

This year, Paul and Peter D have helped, mainly on property maintenance work. Paul has set out a schedule of work required for this Winter. A new position of Maintenance Officer will be proposed at the AGM to arrange such work.


An important aspect of Club life is socialising and when this is mixed with fund-raising, it can’t be bettered. Fran arranges a Quiz Night (which this year is being held on 3rd November). Once a month over the Winter, Joy organises Bingo Nights.

Both of these events, need helpers on the night and others to make cakes, sandwiches etc.


On a typical day, on entering the grounds, you will be struck by the numerous flowers around, thanks to Fran and Kate. You will also see that the green is always in a lovely condition and on match days, all the equipment is laid out ready for you - thanks to the Ground Team.

Arriving at the covered area on a match day, you will see tables and rails with items for sale, which makes several hundreds of pounds for the Club - thanks to Mary and Tony getting there early to set up and then pack away. Also you will see all the chairs set out ready for members and guests.

On a match day, you will see raffle prizes set up ready for your tea break (and biscuits) - thanks to Sandra. The ability to be able to buy your opposite number a drink after a match, is a great bonus to members - thanks to the efforts of Jean and Gerry.

Of course, at the end of the day, there is always help needed to put back the chairs inside and out and to deal with any tidying up. Also locking out-buildings and final washing of glasses etc.

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Any offers of help to the “fairies” will always be appreciated. I am not forgetful of many other operations carried out by Officers of the Club in their official capacity. I am just trying to point out the many other tasks carried out voluntarily.


                                              Adventures with Fran and company

Beachy Head Lighthouse walk.

June 24th 2017.

My friend Jane and myself set off with quite a few hundred other walkers on this trek from Bedes School Eastbourne down onto the beach . Our aim was to walk to the light house, around the it and then back to the start.

This yearly event is to raise money for the painting of this iconic building .

Years ago this building be came automated consequently no light house keepers any more. Therefore Trinity House said they were unwilling to pay for the upkeep.

Not to be downhearted a fund was generated to raise funds to paint it. And now when the tide is at its lowest people can walk around it.

This walk was well marshalled with Rotary Club members, St.John ambulance volunteers and the life boat with there inflatable dingy at the ready in case of emergencies.

Jane and I managed to take about three and hours there and back. Which included a stop to take in the view of this enormous building. A quick drink and an energy bar and on our way back. A bit of scrabbling and climbing over borders.

But it was truly worth it.

The weather stayed cloudy but that was good . As it stayed cool and no factor 50 was required.

Post Script - who should we meet on our way back but George and Kate Ibbotson wending there way to the light house.

The evening was spent with a lovely Fish and Chip supper and a cuppa.

Well earned I think.

Will do it again next year I'm sure.

Fran Doe


Ladies go to Buckingham Palace

Wed, Aug 9, 2017

A beautiful and wondrous day care of Lynn's Travel who were amazing  took my dear friends off on to this iconic Palace.

Then it was off to the State Rooms. A must see collection of rooms. They were tremendous.

Even saw the throne room and where those iconic photos we know and love were taken.

Beautiful and interesting gifts  from around the world given to HRH on her visits. Sorry no pictures.

Even Princess Diana's writing desk, music tapes, photo's and memorabilia   given to the collection the William and Harry. So emotional for everyone who looked at these with sadness and pride.

Then it was off for a cuppa, shopping and a walk in the back gardens of the palace. What a palatial place but looking closely it does need some tender loving care in places.

Must go back next year and take another tour around this house.
A box ticked off my bucket list.

Regards Fran


Shakespeare, the Chilley Festival and foraging and foraging

A great few busy days this week.

After a fantastic trip to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday it was off to a

wonderful outdoor performance at Herstmonceux Castle of A Comedy of Errors performed by the

Illyria theatre group on Wednesday evening with Caroline and myself who thoroughly enjoyed the show .


Then it was off to the Chilley Festival at West Dean . All things hot . Spicy and a lot more besides.


Foraging up the cuckoo trail for black berries and Sloe's for the winter. Then pack car with goodies and cake for our open day triples comp

Let the games begin!!!!

Hope the weather is good for us.