Herstmonceux

CHARITY POP-UP: Last day tomorrow, Saturday. Pop in and pick up some last minute Christmas gifts. It is at the end of the shopping parade on Gardner Street (opposite the Sundial). St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Children with Cancer fund will both benefit from this event. There will be handcrafted decorations and gifts by local crafters.

CLOTHING SALE: This is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 12pm in Herstmonceux Village Hall. Herstmonceux WI have a clothing sale of brand-new manufacturers’ samples, at less than half the shop price. Offering a wide range of tops, skirts, trousers, coats, dresses and accessories, from sizes 10 to 16, all items may be tried on first in the changing-room. Admission 50p, to include refreshments. (For more information contact Sue Stewart on 01323 833450).

CHRISTMAS SONGS BY STARLIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, this event is at the Observatory Science Centre from 5.30pm to 9pm. Booking essential on 01323 832731. Tickets £12, children £8. Come and enjoy a host of Christmas songs with the Phoenix choir from Eastbourne. There will be mulled wine and a mince pie to help bring in the festive cheer (alternatives will be offered to the children). Weather permitting there will also be an opportunity to look through the telescopes at some fascinating night sky objects.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints Church, 10am Advent Service; Thursday, 11am Rectory Holy Communion. St Mary Magdalene Wartling, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 5pm Christingle Service.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: On Sunday Warbleton Brass Band are playing at Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green at 2pm. Free entry with retiring collection. Raffle and refreshments.

CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING: Select your perfect Pinot’s and Chardonnays for Christmas on Thursday at Lime Cross Nursery, from 7pm to 9pm, £20pp. Book in person or online at www.limecross.co.uk.

GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET: Come along to Herstmonceux Village Hall on Saturday December 8 from 5pm to 9pm. There will be a raffle, tombola, hot food, Christmas music, stalls, games and at 6pm there is a Punch and Judy show.

WINDMILL CHRISTMAS OPENING: Next Saturday, December 8, the Windmill at Windmill Hill will be open from 11am to 1pm. Father Christmas will be there along with music, holly wreaths, gifts, mill tours, mulled wine and mince pies.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Herstmonceux Primary School has its Christmas Fair on Saturday December 8 from 11am to 2pm.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE MOON: To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 the Observatory Science Centre is making the Open Evening next Saturday 8 December a little more special. Nearly fifty years ago on December 21, 1968 Apollo 8 launched for the Moon taking about 3 days to get there. This was the first journey by homo sapiens away from the region of our home planet. Borman, Lovell and Anders orbited the Moon for 20 hours surveying the surface and testing the systems that would later enable Apollo 11 to land before safe return to Earth. This talk explains how NASA did it. The technologies they invented. How they launched and crossed the gap between the Earth and Moon. How they knew where they were as they travelled in space. The problems that they had to solve on their journey. This was all done with 38 kilobytes of memory in their computer - hardly enough for a modern machine to store the famous Earth rise picture that they took as they came around from the dark side. The talk will be presented by Robin Mobbs who is a Lead Educator for the National Space Academy. Gates open at 6.30pm and close at 11pm. The talk will take place at 7.30pm. Normal admission price and no advance booking necessary. Visit www.The-observatory.org for details.