QUIZ NIGHT: Friday January 22 at Telescombe Civic Centre. Come along and enjoy this light-hearted quiz night. Teams of up to six at £2 per person. Bring your own food and drink.

BRING IN THE HAGGIS: Haggis with neeps and tatties will be on the menu at Burns Night at the Meridian Centre on Saturday, January 23, from 7pm. Piper Dirk Campbell and Town Crier Jon Borthwick will be on hand for the Addressing the Haggis ceremony and there will be traditional Scottish dancing. Tickets for the evening, in aid of Brighton’s First Base Day Centre, cost £12.50 from the Information Office.

WI: Peacehaven and Telscombe Women’s Institute meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm at the Civic Centre.

COUNCILLORS SURGERY: on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. No appointment necessary. Come along and see your local Councillors.

PILATES: Living Light Pilates every Wednesday from 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. £6 per class or £5 with eight class pass, plus one free session. Contact Nicola Murray-Smith

FITNESS PILATES: Every Monday and Thursday. Monday 9.30am to 10.30am, Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the Civic Centre. 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 eight weeks. Contact Jennie Palmer or phone 07825 702775.

FOOTNOTES: By the time you read this, the New Year will be firmly on its course. But may Jack and I wish you all a very peaceful, happy, prosperous 2016.

We had a quiet time but lots of good food, visits from friends old and new, and then finally watching the glorious fireworks on TV at midnight. The old year was quite a successful one for me professionally, winning an award for my short story writing, playing a leading role in a comedy on stage and directing a pilot episode for a Channel 4 sitcom. Plus of course starting this column. Let us hope that the New Year is equally successful, that Jack’s arthritis, and mine doesn’t get any worse and that despite all the dramas going on in the world, I can still see the humour in it all. Go safely and enjoy your week.

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