Telscombe

CHURCH SERVICE: St Laurence Church, Telscombe Village will be holding a Carols by Candlelight service at 3pm on Sunday December 16. This will include an impromptu Nativity Play for all the children to take part in. The service will be followed by the Village Christmas Party, which will be held in Telscombe Village Club. In addition to the normal service of Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday December 23, there will a service of Holy Communion at 11am on Christmas Day. We look forward to welcoming you this Christmas.

WI: Telscombe Cliffs Women’s Institute meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 4pm in the Civic Centre. There are over 50 members who enjoy speakers, demonstrations, Christmas get-together, August garden party plus outings to theatres, local events etc. Contact P Winton email: wintoncp@tiscali.co.uk phone: 01273 585208.

YOGA: With Natalie Heath every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm in the Civic Centre. This class is back after the summer break on Tuesday September 4. Contact Natalie Heath email: mrsnatalieheath@yahoo.co.uk phone: 07738538094.

LIVING LIGHT PILATES: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning in the Civic Centre. £6.50 per class or class pass for £44 (eight classes plus one free session). Contact Nicola Murray-Smith email: nicolalivinglight@yahoo.com phone: 07776 457752.

FITNESS PILATES: Every Monday morning and Thursday evening in the Civic Centre. Get fit, tone up, prevent back pain, improve flexibility and posture. Equipment provided, just bring some water. Only £6 per class or £40 for eight weeks. Contact Jennie Palmer email: jen@jenniepalmer.co.uk phone: 07825 702775.

YOGA: Every Monday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm in the Civic Centre. Contact Jane email: janechantyoga@hotmail.co.uk phone: 07703 167895.

DANCE CLASS: Little Stars Pre-School Dance Class for pre-school children aged 2 to 4 years, every Tuesday 9am to 9.30am at the Civic Centre. £3.50 per session. Contact Anneli Smith 07930 490058.

COFFEE MORNING: Bereavement Support Group Coffee Morning on the second Wednesday of each month from 10am to noon in the Civic Centre. Bereavement can be a lonely journey so come and meet other people who are in the same situation as you in a friendly and informal setting. Contact Janet Quintavalle email: info@thebereavementcentre.co.uk phone: 01273 585818.

YOUTH THEATRE: Peacehaven and Newhaven Youth Theatre meet every Monday, 4pm to 5pm for ages 5 to 7 year, 5pm to 6pm for ages 8 years and over, at the Civic Centre. Your local, friendly drama club with a professional touch. Contact Zoe Giles email: pnytyouththeatre@outlook.com phone: 07729 583 264.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Planning and Highways Committee meet on Monday at 7.30pm. Council Committee Meeting. If there is insufficient business, meetings may be cancelled. Please therefore telephone the Civic Centre on 01273 589777 to ensure that a meeting is being held (an Agenda will be placed on the website). Meetings are open to members of the public who are able to ask questions for a 15 minute period at the start of each meeting. Meetings are held in Telscombe Civic Centre unless otherwise stated.

FOOTNOTES: The time of the month has come for me to traipse around the garden, then the outside perimeter of the cottage, black sack trailing behind me and my trusty picker-upper in my other hand. I am always astonished at the amount of detritus that I collect on these monthly trips. Apart from the usual collection of biscuit wrappers, sweet papers and discarded wrapping and plastic trays from the local chippy, there are those coves who regularly take a plastic bag with them whilst walking their dogs, dutifully pick up from the dog, and then promptly dispose of the full bag over my low wall in front of the trees that surround my front garden. Why?, I ask myself, are they ashamed to be seen walking a dog with a plastic bag in one hand? I thought at first perhaps the bags had been left so they could be collected later, but no, nobody ever came to collect them. It remains an ongoing mystery. I also collect a goodly collection of spirit bottles, empty of course, together with some national and local newspapers. Fruit peelings abound and once I found a child’s packed lunch, still in its cling film, obviously lovingly put together by an adoring mother and then unceremoniously dumped in my garden by her uncaring off spring, presumable in favour of a burger or fish and chips, than the untouched salad and fruit juice in the little parcel. Empty fag packets show that smokers are still very much with us, but so far I have not found anything more deadly. Unlike my friends in London, who describe clearing used needles from their own frontages. It is for all that a good study of the social life and people who live in my area and as I lug another sack full of rubbish into my dustbin and wonder, as it hits the bottom of my bin, why anyone should deposit a beard and moustache set, unopened and the sort of thing purchased in joke shops. A fancy dress party that didn’t come off perhaps? We shall never know. A part of my life that will always be a mystery, but had its uses as it gave me an idea for one of my short stories. Have a good week and enjoy your life where ever it takes you.