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.