Herstmonceux

CHURCH SERVICES: All Saints Church Service this Sunday is at 9.45am Holy Communion (CW) and at St Mary Magdalene, Wartling at 8am Holy Communion (BCP). Messy Church is at 3.30pm in Reid Hall, Boreham Street. Messy Church happens at the Reid Hall usually on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm. This meeting is for all ages and includes games, crafts, teaching and an act of worship. It concludes with a light tea at 5pm.

COWBEECH BONFIRE & FIREWORKS: The Big Day has come around again. This year it is on Friday 30 October and a really good show is expected. Fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions will be held in the car park of the Merrie Harriers with judging starting at 6.30pm. At the same time the gates of the bonfire field will be opened and the BBQ, Hog Roast and Merrie Harriers licensed bar will be ready to serve. This is a family event and BBQ prices will, as usual, be kept at a reasonable level with mostly locally sourced, good quality produce. The bonfire will be lit between 6.45 and 7pm to give the flames time to die down before the fireworks display at 8pm. The fireworks display will be choreographed to a selection of music that has been chosen both for its entertainment value and its ability to enhance the effects of the fireworks. As per usual staging costs have risen but it is hoped that continued good support will ensure a profit for local good causes. Entry Charges on the gate are Adults and Year 7 upwards £5, Reception to Year 6 £1, pre schoolers free. Fancy Dress and Pumpkins free.

RAY & SHELDON: The over 60s group next meet at 2.15pm in the village hall on Friday 23 October when there will be a talk and demonstration by the local florist on flowers. Enquiries to Anne on 01323 441244.

CHARITY BOOT SALE: These well established Rabbit Rescue charity boot sales start again monthly this Sunday at Reid Hall, Boreham Street BN27 4SD. Easy parking and refreshments available. Enquiries 01323 410727.

BARNUM: For the past 6 months, the cast members of HATS have been working very hard rehearsing for their next musical production, Barnum. As most of you know auditions were held in May and since then rehearsals have been three or sometimes four days a week. This is probably the biggest musical production they have put on. The Direction and Choreography is huge due to the wide range of circus skills included in a very busy, buzzy show. The stage at the hall is not the biggest and working out how you fit such a big show onto a small space is a challenge. The scenery has arrived at the hall and the props are now ready. The costume ladies are running around frantically trying to put together costumes that fit and look lovely. The sound and lighting technicians have had meetings to arrange what is called the get in. The cast has learnt the words and the dances, the problem now is putting the whole lot together and smiling at the same time! You try it! For those unfamiliar with the story, it is about the life of P T Barnum and his success and failure in business. The show was originally on the West End with Michael Crawford and has more recently toured with Brian Connelly playing the lead.
The show is full of colour, vibrance, music and humour and is well worth coming to see at the village hall from 4 to 7 November starting at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 7 at 2.30pm. Come and see all the cast performing their circus skills, see the people on stilts, the juggling and the splendour of what is a truly spectacular show. Please go along and support them, they would really, love to see you all. Tickets are available from Caprice Hair Fashions and Stevens and Carter in the village.

WALKING GROUP: On Sunday at 10, meet Trudy 845597 at Hailsham Leisure Centre for a 4 – 5 mile walk in the Rottingdean to Woodingdean areas. Please ring the walk leader for further details if you would like to go along.

VITALITY COFFEE MORNING: On Monday from 10am to 12 noon Ian McDonald of the East Sussex Association for Blind and Partially Sighted people will be on site with the new resource van and to give a talk. The morning will be topped off with a healthy snack and cup of cha.

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