DYW: Stone Cross - December 15, 2010

DUE TO the heavy snow recently, the plans for the removal of the cap at Stone Cross Windmill were postponed. It is intended the cap be removed early in the New Year.

I WAS very pleased to be invited by the Friendship Lunch Group to attend their Christmas lunch in Westham Village Hall on Tuesday December 7. When I arrived, the last of the raffle was being drawn and the prizes given out for the bagatelle and quoits competitions which had taken place earlier.

The hall has been very nicely decorated and put everybody in a festive mood. As usual, tables were arranged to seat six with a mother at the head of the table to serve the food as it was brought to the table.

As is normal at the Friendship lunches, food is supplied by Maynards of Polegate and once again they excelled themselves.

Both turkey and accompaniments were delicious as was the Christmas pudding to follow. With a glass of wine to wash it all down, what more could a person want. My sincere thanks to the organisers and their many efficient helpers.

NEWS from Hankham School. A big thanks to all the children from the school involved in this year’s East Sussex Music Service’s Great Big Christmas Sing, which involved more than 150 local primary school children at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne recently.

Years 4, 5 and 6 sang beautifully, looked great and really enjoyed themselves on the stage, singing for family and friends. Well done to all of them and also to Mrs Reynard for ensuring Hankham was well-represented on stage.

The school would also like to thank the generous donations to this year’s Love in a Box appeal, organised by the Mustard Seed Relief Mission charity. The school is pleased to tell you that Hankham School delivered 38 boxes to the appeal this year.

Also thanks to those girls and boys in the Drumming Club who played so well at the recent performance to their parents and families. Over the last two terms this group had worked very hard learning their pieces with their teacher Alison Surridge.

THE CHRISTMAS post box is now in the school hall at Hankham School. The children will be able to post their cards and have them delivered each day to their friends/staff. Please ensure your child addresses each card with the full name of the child/adult to whom they are sending it as well as the class (otherwise there can be much confusion for the sorters and deliverers). If your child is unsure of those details they should consult their teacher.

NOW THAT Christmas is just around the corner, here are the details of the services being held at St Luke’s Church, Stone Cross and St Mary’s Church, Westham.

St Luke’s Church starts its their Christmas programme on Saturday, December 18, when the Sovereign Polyphony Christmas Concert will be held in aid of the Eastbourne Blind Society and the Church, starting at 3pm.

The following day is the 4th Sunday in Advent and there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols (by candlelight) starting at 6.30 pm.

On Friday December 24, there is a children’s crib service at 5pm, while the traditional Midnight mass of the Nativity starts at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day starts with a Said Mass at 8 am, followed by a Sung Mass (with carols) at 10.30am.

Sunday, December 26, is St Stephen’s Day and at 10.30am there will be a Sung Mass (with carols).

St Mary’s Church, Westham is busy getting ready for its Christmas to which everyone will receive a warm welcome.

One of their Christmas trees, donated by Drill Hall Motors, will be placed, as usual, outside the church and decorated with lights.

Inside the church there will be the children’s Christmas display, another Christmas tree, nearly 1000 candles will light the church for the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and there will be flowers arranged by Flower Guild.

On Sunday, December 19, the church holds its family carol service and children will present the traditional Christmas story during the service.

At 6.30pm on the same day there will be the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

On Christmas Eve the popular Carols round the Crib Service is at 3pm. This has become a special event for those of all ages with the children taking a very active part in the service as they place the Nativity figures in the crib.

At 11pm on Christmas Eve we have our traditional Communion Service and on Christmas Day the Christmas Family Communion service starts at 10am and there will also be short service at 10am on Boxing Day.

The Vicar, the Rev Gary Barrett, says that amidst all the enjoyment of the season he hopes many will join the congregation for one or more of the Christmas services as we remember the coming into the world of God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ who gave up everything for our salvation.

WHAT’S on in Westham Village Hall. On Wednesday, December 15, there will be Christmas Carols with the Pop In Club, 9.30am- 11.30am: the following day, the charity quiz will be held from 7.30pm with the money raised going towards the Village Hall Fund.