NEW YEAR: Welcome to 2017, a year I have been secretly looking forward to for some time, on the principle that it must be better than 2016. So a happy New Year to all friends and anyone who takes the trouble to read this column.
WASSAIL: Wassail, a tradition dating back to pagan times, will be celebrated at the pub on Saturday January 14 with an 8pm start. It involves Morris Men, music, song, a large bowl filled with the Wassail cup (don’t ask about its contents, but it goes down scrumptiously) and red ribbons on the apple trees in the pub’s garden to encourage them to produce vast numbers of apples. Don’t miss the fun, it successfully cheers up the usual gloom of January.
WALDRONELLA: Following swiftly on, the next weekend will showcase our village pantomime Waldronella. The performances will be on Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, at 7.30pm in the evening and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 per head and £7 for members of Friends of Waldron Churches. Box Office 01435 812036 or buy in person at The Star, or Gemini Greetings in Heathfield High Street. Please make cheques to Friends of Waldron Churches and if you’re booking from a distance, enclose a stamped addressed envelope for your tickets to be sent to you. Please note tickets are now sold out for the Saturday evening performance but there are still tickets available for Friday evening (January 20 at 7.30pm) and the Saturday matinee (January 21 at 2.30pm). Don’t delay, they’re selling fast.
SERVICES: Morning services this week are at St Bartholomew’s at 8am (Communion) and 10am Parish Eucharist.
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