Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

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THERE will be seasonal music with Wealden Brass at 8pm on Tuesday December 18 at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue, programme priced at £3.

CAROL singing at Sunrise Senior Living will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 18, followed by more carol singing at the Red Lion Willingdon at 8pm. All are welcome.

TRINITY Diners meet at noon on Friday, December 21, at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue for Christmas lunch. To reserve a place, call Jennie on 484189.

THE CHURCH Street Nativity has now become an annual event. Starting from St Mary’s Church, Willingdon, at 6pm on Friday, December 21, the journey of Mary and Joseph to the stable at Bethlehem is re-enacted.

The holy couple have been chosen but if you would like to take part as an angel, shepherd or wise man, ring the parish office on 501763.

Alternatively just go along as one of the crowd, preferably in appropriate costume, ready to sing the carols and hear Fr Martin re-count the story of the nativity. It would be a good idea to bring a lantern or a torch with you.

As Mary and Joseph and the Angel Gabriel make their way along Church Street, picking up followers, they are met by the three kings (waiting in Anji’s hairdressing salon). And then the shepherds join them from the gardens at Flint House.

Finally they all arrive at the inn (the Wheatsheaf) where the landlord Martin Hughes tells them there is ‘no room at the inn’ and directs them to the barn opposite - the setting for the virgin birth.

There may even be a baby to take the part of Jesus - but perhaps not new-born.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be served from the barn. Finally everyone makes their way into The Wheatsheaf where The Long Man Morris Men will lead the carol singing at 8pm.

SKYDIVE: Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ledner has been planning a sponsored skydive for over a year now. Rachel is in her final year at Park College studying English language, French and photography, after which she hopes to take a year out - teaching English in Thailand.

She also helps out at Willingdon Village Stores whenever she can and is well known to residents for her sunny disposition and general helpfulness. Rachel’s skydive is to raise money for Help for Heroes, as her brother Scott Aylett is a lance bombardier in the army, and has recently returned from Afghanistan for rest and re-cooperation. He was delighted to be here when his young son Zach was born.

Rachel’s skydive was postponed on two occasions due to bad weather, but finally on Saturday, December 8, conditions were ideal and Rachel, accompanied by her mother, step-father and close friend made their way to Headcorn.

Rachel was strapped to an instructor and taken up by plane. As they jumped there was a 45 second free-fall which seemed like an eternity before the parachute opened and the pair glided effortlessly towards the ground.

The whole trip took about five minutes and Rachel was allowed to steer for part of the time and was aware of the beautiful sunset and the scenery below her. It was an amazing experience and to date Rachel has raised approximately £300.

There is still time to give a donation at the village shop or log on to the website www.bmycharity.com/sixteenandskydiving.

WILLINGDON and Jevington Parish Council office in Gorringe Road is closed from Thursday, December 20, to Wednesday, December 2. In an emergency ring the Wealden District Council helpline on 644422.

DR PAUL Frisby will lead the carol singing from 8pm on Sunday, December 23 at The Eight Bells in Jevington.

A CAROL SERVICE will be held at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue at 10.30am on Sunday December 23 and there will also be a Christmas Day service at 10.30am.

ST MARY’S Church, Willingdon, services are as follows: Sunday December 23 at 6.30pm nine lessons and carols followed by mince pies and sherry in the church hall. Bottles of sherry and mince pies would be appreciated. On Christmas Eve at 3pm and at 4pm the children’s crib services will take place and at 11.15pm it is Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 8am and the Parish Eucharist of Christmas is at 9.45am.

JEVINGTON Church: There is no church service on the morning of Sunday, December 23 but there is a carol service at 4pm that day. On Christmas Eve the Christingle and crib service is at 3pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion is at 10am.

GRAND BENALI: This popular trio will perform a mix of contemporary and classic hits at the Wheatsheaf from 8.30pm on Saturday December 22.

WILLINGDON Probus Club meets at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday, December 20, for a coffee morning at The Red Lion.

TRINITY Church hall, community rooms and meeting room with excellent facilities are for hire. Ring 07901971527 or email trinityhire@gmail.com . You can also advertise in the church’s monthly magazine by ringing 484189 or emailing secretary@trinitylep.plus.com .

WILLINGDON Community Market is every Wednesday, 10am-1pm at Trinity Church Hall. There are a variety of stalls and snacks available and a car park and disabled access are available. For details 723772 or email willingdonmarket@hotmail.co.uk .