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REFERENDUM: The parish council was delighted with the 92 percent Yes vote in Referendum on the Village Plan. It showed the Village to be united in its desire to have influence over its feel and future shape. Thank you all for your overwhelming support, which has made the four years of hard work and commitment by so many, so worthwhile. The turn out was 42 percent, which we found very pleasing. The parish council, though, remains well aware that there will still be battles to be fought, as we will never have total control over the amount of development imposed on us by Lewes District Council. But, now the Village Plan has passed its Referendum we have great influence on where and how such development can take place over the next fifteen years. And, with such a demonstration of village solidarity, we are hopeful that Lewes District Council will understand and heed our views on those issues that remain in their control. We must also mention that many of us found the wording of the Referendum Question misleading, it was provided by Lewes District Council. There is the possibility that some voted No by mistake. If so, we would wish to reassure them that it did not significantly affect the splendid result.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Last chance to get your tickets for J M Barrie’s play Dear Brutus. The play brings together a disparate group of strangers who have been invited to a house party in the country. All have past secrets or regrets. The host seems a little strange and the butler warns them not to go in the garden, advice which they ignore. After all, it is a perfectly beautiful evening. But it is Midsummer’s Eve and anything could happen. The play is written by the author of Peter Pan, so expect an element of magic. It will be performed at 7.45pm in the village hall tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Tickets are £8, available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ringmerdramaticsociety or from Creatures Comforts in Ringmer shops.

ST MARY’S: St Mary’s Services this Sunday, Christ the King: 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Sung Eucharist, 6.30pm Evensong. Monday 7.30pm Circle of Quiet, Wednesday 9am Holy Communion. Come and purchase your Grand Draw tickets at the stall in the shops tomorrow (Saturday) morning or buy them on the day at the Fair. Superb prizes £100, wine, meat voucher, meal for two, and Christmas hampers. Young people needed for the Christingle Service - Sunday 6 December. The youth group is looking to recruit new members, particularly anyone wanting to get involved in Christmas services; musicians, singers, everyone is welcome aged 8 to 20 years. Contact Julius Ndhala for details on 07745 534853. The travelling cribs are ready to come to your home this Advent. Delightful knitted figures form the traditional nativity scene in their own stable. The cribs start their journey around the village on Advent Sunday November 29, returning to church on Christmas Eve. Contact Marisa Hayes to book the crib for a few nights, 07796 145464.

COUNTRY MARKET: Please remember the Country Market each Tuesday in the village hall from 10am to 11am where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season and a selection of home-made cakes, savoury dishes and preserves. There are also plants, both garden and indoor, hand made greetings cards and other crafts. Oven ready game can be ordered as can other items if you have a particular requirement.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday November 11, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Frank Hibbert and George Montgomery; 2, Alan Disney and Roy Skan; 3, Barrie Smith and Alan Grindley. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

RINGMER RAMBLERS: Our walk on November 15 took a five-and-a half-mile route around the three Barcombe villages starting at Barcombe Cross (known to most of us as just Barcombe), and winding through lanes, fields and water-meadows to Barcombe Mills, and then to the church which was once the heart of the original Barcombe village, before returning to our starting point and the Royal Oak pub. We were lucky that Saturday’s rain had lifted and the day was mild enough for us to enjoy the walking and the views, and to have a leisurely coffee break by the weirs at our halfway point. Our next walk will be on Sunday November 29, and will be around Wilmington. We will meet as usual in the car park behind Ringmer village shops at 10am, and travel together. If you would like to join in please phone the walk leaders on 01273 812456 in advance. Ringmer Ramblers welcomes new members. We are associated with the Ramblers Association and we carry full public liability insurance. For any further information please contact 01273 812335, or email our chair, Jim Elsam at jim@hteqa.com.

LIGHTS OF LOVE SERVICE: Our annual service for St Peter and St James Hospice will be held at St Mary’s Church, Ringmer, on Saturday December 5 at 4pm. If you would like to sponsor one of the lights on the Christmas Tree in the churchyard in memory of a loved one, and have not already done so, sponsorship forms are available at the back of the Church, or from Wednesday Coffee Break at the village hall, or from Thelma Saunders (tel: 01273 812822). These should be returned to Thelma at 2 Shepherds Way, Ringmer BN8 5LS before December 1. All are welcome at the service.

SASBAH: The coffee morning held in aid of the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus on Monday November 16 raised £340. Very many thanks from Jim and Carry Elsam to all who supported us with this event.

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