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ST MARY’S GARDENING CLUB: AGM and Christmas Festivities on Monday at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Social Center. The AGM will be short and will be followed by feasting and quizzes and a bumper Christmas raffle. Members are reminded to bring along a plate of finger food to share and their best brains to tackle the fiendish quizzes.

NEVILL BONFIRE SOCIETY: The society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday December 12. Doors open at 2pm. We will be collecting jumble on the Nevill Estate after 6pm on Friday December 11. Our next jumble will be Saturday January 30. Thank you for your support during 2015. I hope you have a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2016.

CHRIST CHURCH: At the meeting of the thinktank on November 25, Neville Harrison, Chair of the Planning Committee of the South Downs National Park Authority, spoke about its responsibilities, objectives and working practices. He explained the richness and variety of the landscapes and habitats in the park and the complexities of liaising with local authorities. In his well organised presentation and answers to comments and questions. He left those present in no doubt that they were privileged to live in the park and showed his determination to help to preserve it for future generations. Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by David Coleman with Sunday Club for children and at 6.30pm Rev John Gordon will be leading worship.

ST ANNE’S CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Carols on Nevill Green Sunday December 13, 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Christingle Service at St Michaels Sunday December 20 at 3pm. December 24 at 5.30pm is the Crib Service and 11pm Midnight Mass. Christmas Day is Holy Communion at 8am and again at 10am with carols.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: The girls had their first friendly football game against Southover last Friday after school. They were hugely enthusiastic and did really well to keep the score 0-0. Mrs Taylor is looking forward to watching their development over the year. A chilly but sunny Monday afternoon found our cross country team ready to run 1 kilometer round Priory Fields in Ham Lane. We had 9 girls and 10 boys representing the school and were competing against 9 other schools in the Lewes District for any individual to gain a place in the top 15, who would then go forward to represent the Lewes Area at the next stage in January. Four of our girls and five of our boys all finished in the top 15, their combined finishing places gave us an overall total of 35 each. That meant that Wallands finished first overall in both races. Well done to our top girl and boy: Zara Morris for finishing seventh out of 57 and Seb Cooper fifth out of 69. Congratulations everyone for running and still being able to smile at the end. Our chess team traveled to Windlesham School in Brighton on Tuesday where they played the first round of the East Sussex Schools’ Chess tournament. They played two other schools and had a great afternoon successfully beating both schools in nearly all their games. Hailsham College was the setting for the Sports hall Athletics South Downs area competition on Wednesday. Fifteen schools took part this year over a period of two days. Every child gained points for each track or field event they did, contributing towards a winning score of 536. More than 40 points clear of the next school, we are now invited to represent the South Downs Area at the Open Area stage in February. Congratulations to all the children. Mrs Taylor took 30 children to Lewes Leisure Centre to trial for a place on the school swimming team for their swimming gala in January. She was delighted to see so many strong swimmers and wants to encourage those that didn’t make it on to the team to keep swimming and training, especially the year 5’s to be ready for next year. Well done everyone.

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