Only two weeks ago I mentioned the C word and now there’s more Christmas lights, nodding Santas and twinkling stars than you can wave a tinselled wand at. The festive fun and frolics officially kick off in Field Towers on December 1 when the decorations go up or Meads Magic is held, whichever comes first and then it’s a whirl of parties, drinkies and shopping. This year there looks like there will be several independent sparkles of magic and not only do we have the Meads festivities but also Motcombe Magic and Alfriston’s Deck the Halls. I know we have a nice shopping centre but it’s good to see people supporting independent traders who offer that something different. There may be no Little Chelsea Little Christmas or Neon Noel this year but Grove Road and South Street are both still very much open for business. Independent traders need your business as if we don’t use them we will end up with even more multi-national chain cafes and charity shops.