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Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club: Monthly meetings on the third Weds of each month. Floral demonstrations on the Third Wednesday each month at Wed 2pm for 2.30pm start. Telscombe Civic Centre, call 01273 586191 for more information

Carols by Candlelight: St Laurence Church in Telscombe Village will be holding its Christmas Carol Service and impromptu Nativity Play on Sunday 18th December at 3pm. We look forward to welcoming you there.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Come along on Christmas morning and join us for free tea/coffee and bacon rolls on Sunday 25th December from 10am to midday at Telscombe Civic Centre, phone: 01273 589777.

Fitness Pilates: Get fit, tone up, prevent back pain, improve flexibility and posture. Equipment provided, just bring some water. Only £5.50 per class or £36 for 8 weeks every Monday and Thursday from Mon 9.30-10.30 am. Thurs 7.30-8.30 pm at Telscombe Civic Centre. Contact Jennie Palmer, jen@jenniepalmer.co.uk or 07825 702775.

Children’s Dance Class: Pre-school age 2-4, £3.50 per session every Tuesday from 9.15 - 9.45am at Telscombe Civic Centre. Contact Anneli Smith, Contact via Civic Centre, 01273 589777.

Footnotes: To Dr. Johnsons’ Great Wen, this week to see a performance by a friend in a London production. I am not a lover of these situations, being a poor front of house audience member. Most actors are.

We sit there mentally criticising every move, stage direction and character interpretation, putting ourselves in the place of the people on the stage.

However, the worst is yet to come. That is when you go back stage to the dressing room afterwards to congratulate or commiserate with the poor stiff you have come to see.

If the show is an outstanding success and the friend wonderful in the part then there is no difficulty. You gushingly tell them how much you enjoyed the whole thing etc., If, on the other hand, however, the play is a complete turkey, a flop and your friend is obviously mis-cast and consequently terrible in the role, what then? You frantically try and think of something positive to say. When I was a young actor appearing in repertory all over the country, my mother, my most loyal fan, used to try to attend a performance wherever I was. She would turn up with her lifelong friend, Dolly, and however bad the play, or me, she would always find some aspect of the performance to praise.

Once, however, she met her Waterloo in the face of a play that I was hopeless in, and that was badly written and poorly directed. Desperately trying to cast around for something good to say about the production she turned to me and said.”Dolly thought the brass bannisters in the foyer, were beautifully polished. Didn’t you Dolly”?

Enjoy your week.

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