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HORTICULTURAL AND HOME PRODUCE CLUB: The Spring Show will be open to visitors tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm in the village hall. Presentations will be made at 4.15pm, followed by an auction of surplus produce. Admission is free, so come and see some of the best of Ringmer’s gardeners.

ST MARY’S: We celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend with the 10am service starting out on the village green as we recall Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. The service continues inside the church with a traditional Eucharist service and the liturgical reading of the Passion. A quieter Communion service runs at 8am and at 6.30pm a service of Music and Readings for Palm Sunday as we prepare for Holy Week. Holy Week is a time of sombre reflection and an opportunity to come together to contemplate Jesus’ last few days on earth. On Monday there are prayers at midday; on Tuesday the final Stations of the Cross at 5.30pm, on Wednesday a Eucharist at 11.30pm and on Maundy Thursday a Eucharist at 7.30pm with the washing of hands and symbolism of cleansing our hearts. On Good Friday, the three hour devotion and meditative service starts at noon. The remaining Easter services will be in next week’s Village News, or see www.ringmerchurch.org.uk for details of the special services.

COUNTRY MARKET: At the country market on April 11 from 10am to 11am in the village hall there will be various Easter treats, simnel cakes, Easter biscuits etc. as well as a selection of eggs. The usual ready meals, preserves, fresh vegetables and gluten free items will also be on sale as well as handmade greetings cards and other crafts. Please note that there will not be a market on April 18.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday March 29, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Deirdre Booth and Tong Wing; 3, Carol Holloway and Hazel North. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall next Wednesday at 7pm. Contact 814220.

ART EXHIBITION: Come and enjoy the work of St Mary’s artists with an exhibition of their works over the Easter weekend. The church will be open daily 10am to 4.30pm except Sunday (2pm to 4.30pm). Admissions is free, donations welcome and refreshments available.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: The society is preparing their Autumn production, The Waltz of the Toreadors, by Jean Anouilh and adapted by Luciene Hill, to be performed from November 22 to 25. First produced in 1956, with Hugh Griffith in the lead role, this is a comedy set in France in 1910. The cast will comprise eleven actors of varying ages, portraying a General (recently retired), his Doctor, a Priest, a youthful male secretary, the General’s wife, his paramour, two daughters, their dressmaker and two maids. We will be holding a play reading on April 12 and the audition on April 19 in the village hall at 7.30pm. Members and non members are invited. Contact Graham Stapley 01273 812976.

COACH TRIP TO KEW: Ringmer U3A have organised a coach trip to Kew on Wednesday May 17. The coach will depart from the Anchor Inn, Ringmer at 8am and return about 6pm. Tickets for a seat on the coach are only £11 each. Entry to The National Archives at Kew is free, but those wishing to visit Kew Gardens will need to pay a further £12 (£13 if not a concession). You do not have to be a member of U3A to join this trip. For further details and a Booking Form see Ringmer U3A Web pages (http://ringmer.info/down loads/bookingkew17.pdf) or contact Deirdre (01273 812516) or Ian (01273 813010). This is a popular trip so book soon if you wish to go.

SPEED WATCH (RADAR): The Community Speed Watch group of volunteers is still looking for new members. It is approved and regulated by Sussex Police and supported by the Parish and District Councils. Our volunteers monitor vehicle speeds at various locations in the village. Speeding drivers will get a warning letter from the police. Our efforts do slow traffic down and make Ringmer roads safer. We need additional local people who can spare a couple of hours per month. Can you help? Please contact Ray Eggleton on r.eggleton@sky.com or phone 01273812962.

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