DYW: Hellingly - December 15, 2010

HAWKES Farm Christmas Fair is on Thursday, December 16, 3pm to 5.30pm at Hawkes Farm School, Hawks Road, Hailsham. In addition to all the usual exciting stalls there is a Secret Santa room for children to choose and have wrapped their presents for friends and family.

Friends of Hawkes Farm thank all contributors and sponsors of prizes - M & S Accessories, Hailsham Jewellers, Eastbourne Theatres, The Pavilion, Michelham Priory, Eastbourne Miniature Railway, Paradise Park, Jazz Hair Studio Hampden Park, Herstmonceux Castle, Posh Nails & Beauty, Focus DIY, Crafty Claire’s, Nodding Cobbler, MFC Supplies, Sussex Toy Centre.

CHRISTMAS services: St Peter & St Paul’s Church Hellingly have Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, December 19, 6.30pm, Crib Service on Friday, December 24, 5.45pm, followed later by Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Christmas Communion on Saturday, December 25 ,is at 10.45am and Boxing Day Communion Service also at 10.45am. This will be the only service of the day.

At Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker the Crib Service is at 4.15pm on Friday, December 24 and Communion is at 9.15am on Christmas Day.

Over Christmas at the various services, there will be an opportunity to donate to the Iasis Charity. Dr Colin Tourle is the medical director and has recently been to Haiti as part of an American relief team. The report on his time there, appeared in last month’s parish magazine and this column.

LOVE in a Box was a great success this year. Betty King reports that 60 boxes were sent to Eastern Europe and thanks are offered to everyone who took the trouble to fill a box(es).

THE GIRLGUIDING centenary year now ends and they were all challenged to have a “mountain top moment.” Hellingly Guides leader, Maggie Phillips, had hers as a crew member of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s ship the Lord Nelson and what an amazing experience it proved to be.

The Lord Nelson had been crewed by girlguiding members for 100 days, starting back in Glasgow in June, sailing round the coastline of the UK in ten-day trips. Maggie was one of 36 members from all over the UK who made up the crew (together with seven trained crew under the leadership of Captain Barbara) on the last ten-day voyage from Whitehaven, Cumbria to Glasgow, Scotland.

Maggie said: “It was a wonderful experience, I did things I never dreamt I would do, felt so many different emotions, made some lovely new friends and would not have missed it for the world!”

MOTHER’S Union members at their November meeting, learned how to make crackers at their ‘have a bit of fun before Christmas’ evening.

Sue Wilson brought along several samples of her work and the evening took on a conveyor belt process with Sue starting with a demonstration of how to make a cracker properly. It all looked so easy. She had prepared several choices of ready-cut Christmas paper and provided a selection of colourful materials of varying textures to decorate them with.

Then there was the fancy hat, a joke, a sweet and the must-have banger to pull, all of which had to go inside the cracker.

This proved more difficult than it had at first appeared. Once the cracker was formed with its content safely inside, it was onto the individually chosen decorations.

The evening included the added bonus of an unexpected visitor from Nova Scotia, who happened to be a MU member in Canada and who went along proudly wearing her badge and joined in. This is one of the joys of this worldwide organisation and the evening was finished by taking a group photo with their Canadian visitor centre stage.

The Hellingly branch is reinstating its January meeting into the programme and on January 11, the speaker will be Chris Emson, Diocesan president.

NATIVITY plays are happening all over Hailsham in the various schools. I was very pleased to go along and watch Years 1 and 2 at Hawkes Farm School last week in a new play called Not Such a Silent Night. The writers, Ruth Kenwood and Nick Perrin, came along to watch it being performed and were thrilled with the result.

The children of course, felt it was very special too that they perform in front of its creators and acted beautifully. I particularly liked the inclusion of some traditional carols. Well done.

A VERY Merry Christmas to readers and contributors and I wish you all a wonderful new year.