DYW: Herstmonceux - December 15, 2010

OUR LOCAL evening Extend group is now, most definitely, meeting on Monday evenings in the village hall between 7pm-8pm.

And just to make things that little bit more complicated their next meeting, on Monday, December 20, will be the Party Night, when members take along some nibbles etc and they’ll be exercising in a party atmosphere.

They won’t meet on December 27 but are keen to get going again on January 3 and so, for those who don’t know about Extend, it is aimed at the over 60s or those a little less able and could benefit from some gentle exercise and a very friendly atmosphere.

New members are always welcome and don’t worry about whether you will be able to fit in or keep up, trust me; you’ll be able to keep up.

Cost is £3.50 per session - more information from Sue on 832300, 07801849306 or email sue.wicks123@sky.com Not forgetting of course Cassie Harris also runs an Extend afternoon session - to find out more call 832358.

JOB VACANCY: The Reid Hall at Boreham Street is urgently in need of a booking clerk. This is a part-time appointment and if you would like further details contact Pam Gainer on 833399.

NEW YEAR’S Eve Charity Dance - This is your last chance to join the New Year’s Eve celebrations in the village hall at Herstmonceux. Dance music, aimed to suit all, will be provided by Rodney with a special appearance by Reflections of Eastbourne with Graham and Louisa singing popular songs.

An Elvis impersonator will make an appearance and the licensed bar will run throughout.

Tickets, at £15 per head, will include and excellent mid-evening buffet and all profits go to the Sussex Air Ambulance. If interested call either Dawn and Cecil on 832304 or Rhys on 833022.

CAROLS at the Castle - This Sunday, December 19 the Counterpoint Choir will perform in the ballroom at Herstmonceux Castle. A selection of carols sung in superb fashion and tickets at £10 adults and £5 children, which include mulled wine, mince pies and a present for the children from Father Christmas, are available in advance by sending a cheque payable to HCE Ltd, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex BN27 1En or go to www.herstmonceux-castle.com

CHILDREN’S Nativity and Christmas craft afternoon. If you would like to see the children’s nativity or take part in making some crafts for Christmas, please feel free to pop along to Herstmonceux Church at 2.30pm on Sunday, December 19. Cups of tea, cakes and some real family fun on offer. If you would like more information or want your child to take part in the Nativity then please call Pam on 833079.

CHRISTMAS Eve, childrens’ service - Christmas, as they say, will really start right now with the children’s Christmas Eve Service in the village hall a Herstmonceux on Friday, December 24, at 4pm. A short time of story, singing and prayer with refreshments to finish - all invited. If you would like more details please call Pam on 833079.

CHRISTMAS church services - Sunday December 19th and Holy Communion (BCP) at Wartling Church at 8am with Said Holy Communion along with the Carol Service at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am and 6pm respectively.

Christmas Eve, Midnight Holy Communion at 11.30pm at Herstmonceux church.

The Christmas Family Service is at Wartling church at 9.45am. Sunday, December 26, Holy Communion (BCP) at Herstmonceux church at 8am and on Sunday January 2 Holy Communion (BCP) along with Evensong will be held at Wartling church at 8am and 6pm respectively with the Family Service at Herstmonceux church at 9.45am.

WALKING Club - Sunday January 2, the first walk of 2011 will see Pete and Sue meet you at the Cuckoo Trail car park at 10.30am for a five to six-mile walk - ending with soup and mince pies. All welcome - more 848790.

VILLAGE Information Centre - Don’t forget you can get a good cuppa as well as pick up Christmas cards, stocking fillers and hand-knitted gloves at the information centre any Monday afternoon up until Christmas. Feel free to pop in, they will be more than pleased to see you.

A BIT of a do! - Yep, Angie and Bill along with myself and Terry and Sandy and Terry invite you all to the Brewers Arms inn Herstmonceux on Wednesday December 29 for a bit of a do. Our very own Tom Fitzpatrick, the Teenage Crooner, will mak his last performance as a teenager, so will have to think about a renaming. Tom as you know performs a variety of very popular songs from both now and then and mostly in the style of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Buble.

Regular readers of the Herstmonceux column will know by now that Tom has recently returned from performing in New York but his heart is with the Brewers so he’s back and we welcome him with open arms. A light buffet will be served during the evening and let’s make this, Tom’s last performance as a teenager a great one.

I DON’T think there will be much more this year so it just remains for me to wish you all a very happy Christmas, a healthy and prosperous new year and I look forward to hearing from you all in 2011 with all your news.