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COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Bowls Club Christmas Coffee Morning will be held in the club house on the Village Green tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am. Entry 50p includes coffee and mince pie. All the usual stalls. Everyone welcome.

FOOTBALL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team are at home to Siddlesham in a SCFL Div 1 fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Caburn Ground. The second team are away to Lingfield Reserves, also with a 3pm kick-off and the thirds are away to Hartfield seconds in a league match and their kick-off time is 2pm. The Children’s Christmas Party is on Sunday December 13 between 4pm and 6pm. There is a small charge of £2 per child and Santa will be there with a present for all of the children. On Friday December 15, back by popular demand, there is live music in the bar when the local band Cheap Sunglasses make a welcome return. There is no charge for entry and all are welcome. The Grand Christmas Draw will take place on Saturday December 19 at 8pm and tickets are available in the clubhouse now.

ST MARY’S: Tomorrow (Saturday) it’s Saturday Club – Christingle-making ahead of the service on Sunday. The club runs from 10am to noon and is open to all primary school children. This particular event will be tinged with sadness as Juliet Lyon retires after 20 years leading the club, thank you Juliet. Watch out for details of a new club with our children’s worker Julius early in the new year. Also tomorrow, at 4pm, it’s the Lights of Love service. It starts with the lighting of the tree in the churchyard and continues inside. This uplifting occasion allows time to remember those who have died and the collection goes to St Peter & St James’ Hospice. On Sunday after Holy Communion (8am), the Family Christingle Service (9.45am) will be led by members of the youth group and promises to be a joyous time for all ages. At 6.30pm the Sung Eucharist will be followed by a gathering to wish Revd Keith Innes well as he moves away from Ringmer. St Mary’s Men’s Club meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm for a quiz night with plenty of fun and laughter. New members are always welcome.

COUNTRY MARKET: The Country Market will be open as usual on Tuesday from 10am to 11am in the village hall, selling a variety of home-made, home grown and hand crafted goods. It is not too late to place an order for Christmas as we are also open on December 15 and 22.

BRIDGE CLUB: No results this week. So many hands would need to be averaged that any result would be meaningless. I will look at alternative movements to see what we can do with less hands; however members will need to play much more quickly.

CHRISTMAS VINTAGE TEA DANCE: Live music, dancing and afternoon tea. Tombola and treats. Friday December 18, 3pm to 5.30pm in the village hall. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door, available from: Freeman Forman, The Green, Ringmer (cash only); www.candystripevintageevents.co.uk Tel: 07807 171175 or 07938 563654. In aid of Medical Detection Dogs and Raystede Animal Centre.

JUMBLE SALE: Doors of the village hall will open at 2pm on Saturday December 12 for the Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society Jumble Sale. Come and pick up a bargain.

RAMBLERS: The walk that was originally planned for the November 29 was to do part of the Southdowns Way and Wealden Way east of Alriston. But having checked the route earlier in the week we decided against because part of the Wealden Way was just so muddy. So we went down to Cuckmere Haven and walked the path from the Exceat Information Centre down to the pebble beach and back, a modest three miles. It was bracing say the least. The sea was wild and flocks of oyster catchers could be seen and heard as they swooped across the wetlands. Unfortunately we also saw a remarkable amount of debris washed up on the beach, most of which seemed to be plastic containers of various sorts. Not a pretty sight. Our next walk will be on Sunday December 13, meeting as usual in the car park behind the Ringmer Village shops at 10am. It will be five miles around Rottingdean. If you would like to join in please phone 01273 812009 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.

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