Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ROUNDABOUT -

Correspondent: Ed­die Or­chard, Spring­field Mill Road, Bethers­den. 01233 820431 Play­ers re­quired: The new sea­son will soon be start­ing and the Cricket Club is in need of new play­ers. The club was formed in 1751 and owns the ground on which home matches are played. It also has all the fa­cil­i­ties re­quired by a vil­lage cricket team and their fam­i­lies. Friendly matches are played on Satur­days and league cricket on Sun­days. Which­ever day is cho­sen, Bethers­den Cricket Club is a wel­com­ing and friendly club that or­gan­ises so­cial events and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which help to sub­sidise subscriptions. For more de­tails phone Andrew Craw­ford on 07752 216000, David Jahnz on 01233 820828 or Don Feather­stone on 01233 820395. Spring show: The Gar­den­ers So­ci­ety has ar­ranged a wine and cheese evening in con­junc­tion with the 113th an­nual spring show in the vil­lage hall on Satur­day, April 14. En­tries will be ac­cepted from mem­bers and non-mem­bers and prizes awarded. Doors open at 6.30pm, en­tries by 7pm. Sched­ule: 1, col­lec­tion of daf­fodils or nar­cissi, five stems in vase; 2, col­lec­tion of tulips, one vase dwarf mixed five stems or one vase tall mixed five stems; 3, hy­acinths in vase, any colour, three stems; 4, grape hy­acinths, one vase, 10 stems; 5, polyan­thus, one vase, mixed colours, five stems; 6, pan­sies, five blooms on plate or saucer, any colour; 7, pot-grown bulbs, three or more, any variety; 8 camel­lias, three in bowl or saucer any colour; 9, spring flower ar­range­ment, any size; 10, for chil­dren, bas­ket of spring flow­ers; 11, jar home-made mar­malade, any variety; 12, Easter Cake; 13, sausage plait; 14, cold soup (as­para­gus, wa­ter­cress etc.). Church ser­vices: Holy com­mu­nion will be cel­e­brated at St Mar­garet’s church on Sun­day, March 11 at 8am; Sung Eucharist at 9.30am; Fam­ily ser­vice at 11am; Even­song at 5pm. Mid­week com­mu­nion is cel­e­brated on Thurs­day at 10am. Why does God al­low Suf­fer­ing is the ques­tion to be con­sid­ered dur­ing the evening ser­vice at Union chapel, on Sun­day, March 11 at 6.30pm. A Fam­ily ser­vice will be held at 10.30am and re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided af­ter each. Pas­tor Steve Ridge­way will lead both ser­vices. Parish coun­cil: The next meet­ing will be in the vil­lage hall on Wed­nes­day, March 14 at 8pm. Items on the agenda will in­clude The Parish Plan, Ten­nis Club and Odiam Wood. Li­brary call: Au­dio­tapes, books and videos may be bor­rowed from the mo­bile li­brary which vis­its the vil­lage on Thurs­days. It will be at Forge­field from 1.50-2.20pm then in the vil­lage hall car park from 2.25-2.40pm. Re­cy­cling: Cans, glass jars and bot­tles, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines, cloth­ing and shoes may be taken to the vil­lage hall car park and placed in la­belled con­tain­ers for dis­posal. The vil­lage hall funds ben­e­fit di­rectly from the pro­ceeds. Please note there is no fa­cil­ity for the dis­posal of plas­tic milk bot­tles and other plas­tic con­tain­ers. Fe­bru­ary weather: Rain­fall to­tal was the same as Fe­bru­ary, 2006 at 68 mil­lime­tres. Tem­per­a­tures were mild for the time of year but with some night-time frost early in the month.

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