Down Your Way: Herstmonceux & Wartling

BINGO: Wednesday, November 28, and it’s the Christmas special. Aimed at getting the festivities off to a good start they intend to party. All members past and present will be welcome and I believe there may even be some entertainment on the cards! Village hall, Herstmonceux from 2.15pm ready for ‘eyes down’.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Saturday, December 1 and Herstmonceux village hall will be turned into a Christmas market with stalls laden with gifts and produce as well as the more unusual in craft ideas, raffle and tombola. A children’s Nativity play will be held at approximately 11am and there will be face painting and a visit from Father Christmas. Entry is 50p for adults, 20p children which, includes your tea or coffee and a mince pie.

WEBSITES: Are you aware there is a combined website for our two churches - go to www.hmcw.org.uk/herstmonceux

NEW Year’s Eve dance at Herstmonceux village hall with ballroom and sequence music provided by Rodney. Also party games and a great buffet, what more could you want to celebrate. Tickets still available but not for much longer - £15 each to include supper. Call Dawn & Cecil on 832304.

THE recent Music Quiz in aid of the village hall raised over £500 and the organisers thank all who went along in support.

JONATHON Tate, from Lime Cross Nurseries, has kindly offered to re-plant the Memorial flower tub by the village hall. He is going to select low maintenance plants and is on the lookout for anybody who could help out by keeping an eye on it and just tidying it up occasionally. If you you can help call Mary Colatog on 832212.

TICKETS for the Grand Christmas Draw are now on sale with a chance of winning £100 cash, a Christmas Hamper, Family Day Tickets for Michelham Priory or a ticket to the grounds of Herstmonceux castle. Tickets are available at Caprice Hairfashions and the Post Office - the draw is on Friday, December 7t, in the village hall at the pre-school Nativity which will be held at 10.30am.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, December 2, and Holy Communion (BCP) along with the Advent Evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service at Herstmonceux Church at 9.45am.

CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA: Coopers Croft Garden Centre are holding a special day to raise funds for the Kit Wilson Trust based near Uckfield. Kit Wilson do some very sterling work rehabilitating and rehoming domestic pets as well as helping quite considerably with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. On Saturday, December 15, a Christmas High Tea will be held at the Catkins Tea Rooms, Coopers Croft with the Kit Wilson Trust Sales Table on site. The tea will be accompanied by some Carol singing - to book call them direct on 831618.

WANT to do some more Christmas shopping. Well each Thursday from now until December 20, Lime Cross Nursery will hold Late Night Shopping to which we are all invited. Gifts galore and, of course, when begin to feel the strain you can relax in the café.

THE Windmill at Windmill Hill has the selection of Christmas cards on sale to raise money for the windmill trust. They retail at £3.95 for 10 and can be collected from the Old Bakery next to the windmill - or nyour can order from Bee on 833033. She will post them to you if you wish at a cost of £1 for 1-3 packs, four or more packs will be posted free of charge.

AN ART BARN Christmas Show is being held from December 1-9 at Coopers Farm on the Wartling Road, Wartling, 11am-4pm daily. Rugs, jewellery, cashmere, chocolate, handbags, sculptures and paintings are just a few of the delights on offer - more details on 833999.

SQUEEZE: I’m afraid I can’t give you a lot of information about this month’s Squeeze, we seem to have a bit of technical problem between the computers. But I can tell you they will be meeting in the village hall at Herstmonceux on Sunday, December 2, where you will receive a very warm welcome. A light help-yourself-breakfast will be available as will the Sunday papers.

FOR those who wish to email me. Please note that my correct email is maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk and pawhistory@btinternet.com