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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The Year 5 classes put on a spectacular puppet show for family and friends last week. They wrote plays based on several Roald Dahl books in their English lessons, used their design technology learning to make a variety of puppets, composed music, sang and played instruments in their music lessons and then put it all together for a stunning performance. A big thank you to all their teachers who worked so hard in planning and executing such a complex and exciting project this term. To mark the end of this term’s Learning Journey based on the theme of enterprise, the school held an Enterprise Fair on Thursday in which each class sold the products they had created, to their parents and carers. The race is now on to see which class made the most profit and why. Head Teacher, Jo O’Donohughe, says, ‘Next week is our half term week. We wish all our families a safe, relaxing and enjoyable break and look forward to seeing everybody again on Monday February 20 for Term Four.’

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: (One of the Trinity Churches). Last Sunday was ECO Sunday, dedicated to caring for our world, its ecology and resources. Following on from the previous week’s RSPB Great Bird Watch, a number of the congregation watched for an hour in the churchyard after the service, or at another time that weekend. They spotted a blackbird, blue tit, chaffinch, coal tit, sparrow, magpie, crow, white dove, jackdaw and robin. A buzzard, heron and woodpecker flew overhead but did not land (so cannot be counted for strictly RSPB Count purposes). This result was sent off to contribute to national statistics. The congregation also prayed for Ian Graham, who is off to Rwanda with other members of Trinity Church elsewhere in Lewes. They will be taking their own particular range of expertise to work for the community they will join for two weeks. This coming Sunday is an all-age Family Service, led by Neil Chisnall, the Children, Schools and Families Minister. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

MALLING RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: At their recent meeting, Matt Moulding, Manager of the Malling Food Bank was asked whether any Food Bank users are sleeping rough. They were told that the Food Bank had obtained a sleeping bag and other items for one user. Matt also said that people who would not normally have ended up sleeping on the streets are now doing so. His own project is trying to help such people.

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