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Anna-May Bridger

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ST MARY’S: We celebrate Palm Sunday with a special visit from the donkey on the Green at 10am. Pop along for 10 minutes to wave palms and sing songs as we celebrate Jesus’ arrival at Jerusalem. The formal service with a reading of The Passion, the story of Jesus’ last days on earth, will start in church at 10.30am. There is also an 8am Holy Communion service and at 6.30pm, a Meditative Service with readings, quiet music and periods of silent prayer. Easter Flowers – If you would like to make a donation towards Easter flowers in memory of a loved one, please pop into the church. There is a notebook for you to sign on the prayer table. Or pop an envelope in for Rachel Parker. The Maundy Thursday service at 6.30pm on Thursday with symbolic washing of hands. This is a solemn week in the church where everything is stripped bare in preparation for the three hour vigil from noon on Good Friday. We shall be making the Easter Garden on Good Friday from 10.30am. Come and join us and enjoy some hot chocolate and hot cross buns! Easter Sunday at St Mary’s starts with an early welcome (8am) to the Easter morn and a simple breakfast before the 10am Service. Do come along to celebrate this special day in the Christian calendar.

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HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Spring Show is tomorrow, Saturday. From 2pm (with free admission) it will be open for everyone to come and view the displays and enjoy refreshments that will include an array of delicious home-made cakes. There will also be plants for sale. If you haven’t already done so, you can book your tickets for the coach outings that are being planned for this spring and summer.

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EXHIBITION: History of Ringmer. This will be an opportunity to find out about how Ringmer came to be as it is today; to see what Ringmer looked like a century ago; to find out how to study the history of your house, or its site; and to learn about the lives of the people who lived here in the past. Research carried out by History Group members over almost 40 years has shown just how much information is available and has provided the tools to facilitate individual studies by anyone interested in learning more about a particular facet of village life, such as the history of a road, or a house, or an activity, or a particular family. In particular we have accumulated a quite remarkable archive of images of Ringmer as it used to be, and many of those pictures will be on display. If you have children or grandchildren with you on the day, please bring them with you, we hope this will be a child-friendly event. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Come along to the Scout Hut (on the Village Green) tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon.

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DRAMATIC SOCIETY: There’s still time to see the Ringmer Dramatic Society Spring Production House Guest, today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.45pm in the village hall. It’s a thriller by Francis Durbridge, directed by Johnnie Walker. The action is set in the lounge of the opulent Surrey home of married actors Robert and Stella Drury. Their cosy world is turned on its head when they are blackmailed into allowing a man, identifying himself as Major Crozier, to stay with them for a period of two days. The story has several twists which keep the audience in suspense until its final scene. Tickets £8 available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk /ringmerdramaticsociety or from The Pet Store in Ringmer, or contact RDSboxoffice@gmail.com.

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ST MARY’S: Services on the Second Sunday of Lent. 8am Holy Communion, 10am Eucharist, 6.30pm Lay-led Evensong. Our Lent course follows a programme alongside many other Sussex churches and meets at 3.30pm and 7.30pm every Thursday. You do not have to attend all sessions, but they do promise to be interesting and challenging. Further study of the Stations of the Cross continues every Tuesday at 5pm, a short time of mediation and prayer around images of Christ. On Wednesday at noon, a small group will meet in the church for Lenten Prayers. You would be most welcome to join them. On Monday at 9am, our prayer group also meets to set aside a quiet time in God’s presence. On Tuesday March 19 from 7.30pm, you are invited to Join Us for a drink at The Anchor. It’s an open invitation for anyone who find themselves alone with a dark evening stretching ahead. Come and find some friendly faces and company.

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ST MARY’S: Friday Club meets tonight from 6.30pm to 8pm in the church room for fun and exploration. Children in Yrs 5 and 6 are welcome to join in. It’s the First Sunday of Lent with Holy Communion at 8am, a Eucharist for Lent at 10am and Evensong at 6.30pm. And talking of Lent, we shall be following the Diocese of Chichester course, exploring how Christians live out their faith in everyday life. With inspiration from Sussex people as well as our own team, it promises to be quite an event. It starts on Thursday with two sessions, 3.30pm and 7.30pm, in the church room. On Tuesday 5pm to 5.30pm, The Way of the Cross a meditative style service from Common Worship. Wednesday at noon, Lenten Prayers for the world. If you would like to find out more, then please pick up a leaflet from church or see www.ringmerchurch.org. MU meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm, with a special presentation from Sue Clyde and Margaret Sweatman, telling us about their trip to Africa and the MU Sewing machines project which we are supporting. Visitors will be very welcome. Please collect your Electoral Roll forms from the church porch to ensure you are on the new roll from April. We are also keen to collect your contact details for further email or written communications so please complete a Data Consent form too.

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ST MARY’S: This Sunday’s Services: Family Service at 10am will involve pancakes, hopefully edible, as we prepare for Lent. With families or not, everyone is welcome to join this simple service which typically lasts 30 mins. Bring a favourite topping and find out what Shrove Tuesday is all about. At 6.30pm we celebrate Celtic Eucharist, a new style of service for St Mary’s focusing on the wonder of God’s creation. Do come along to be inspired. Our 8am Holy Communion will be led by Revd Jane Sherwin this week, another opportunity to come near to God in a peaceful, thoughtful service. On Monday at 10.30am, the Bible for us today group meets in the church room. On Wednesday at 6.30pm a Eucharist for Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. This includes marking the sign of the cross on the forehead in ash and is a moving and significant service in the church year. Would you like to host a simple lunch of soup and bread and cheese during Lent? Talk to Shirley if you can spare a Friday lunchtime to arrange. Donations go to St Mary’s Disaster Fund which enables the church to respond quickly to worldwide emergencies such as earthquakes and floods.

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HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm in the Jack Hart Hall, Ringmer Village Hall will hear Sue Berry, an authority on local farming history, talk about the development of farming in the Lower Ouse Valley between the 18th and 20th Centuries. The changes became necessary to increase food and manufacturing output and in trading the results. How this was accomplished, why it was necessary and the changes it made to our landscape is described in detail. It should be a fascinating evening.

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ST MARY’S: Sunday services continue in their usual pattern, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Eucharist and 6.30pm Evensong, led by one of our gifted Lay Leaders. Every service is different, so if you haven’t been for a while perhaps you are nudged to come along and see what suits you. The scaffolding will remain in place for the coming weeks as work continues on the roof and woodwork. We hope to be able to reveal all very soon. Suffice to say this is very weather-dependent. If you’re on your own of an evening, please pop along and join us at The Anchor on Tuesday evening from 7.30pm. If you’re not sure about coming to the pub on your own, let Shirley know in advance. On Friday February 22, both Friday Clubs meet at their respective venues from 6.30pm. New members are always welcome, just pop along with a registration form, see www.ringmerchurch.org for more details .

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TABLE TOP SALE: Ringmer Village Library is holding a table top sale and coffee morning between 10am and 1pm tomorrow (Saturday). Ringmer Village Library will be offering a great selection of bargain books and DVDs for all ages, as well as delicious home-made cakes and refreshments.

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ST MARY’S: Tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am, do pop into the church room for coffee and refreshments, with proceeds going to The Leprosy Mission. On Sunday, we reach the end of the Christmas season and celebrate Candlemas and the Presentation of Christ at the Temple. This symbolic moment, 40 days after Jesus’ humble beginnings, recognises The Light of the World and is a recurring theme. Join us to celebrate at 8am Holy Communion and 10am Family Service. At 6.30pm, a Celtic Communion Service will be offered, drawing from the wonder of creation and following God’s Way. On Monday at 10.30am, our Bible Study group meets again the church room, details from John Howes or just pop along.

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HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The meeting this evening (Friday) in the village hall at 7.45pm will be Making Modern Ringmer (Part 2). At our October 2018 meeting we covered the story of the development of modern Ringmer from 1918 up to 1948. This month we will continue the story, looking at the events that led up to the dramatic expansion of village housing in the 1960s and 1970s and their consequences for the physical and social fabric of the village. We shall end by looking at the changes that have already occurred in the 21st century, and then take a peek into the future. Our guides will be John Bleach, Stephen van Dulken and John Kay.

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ST MARY’S: On Sunday we continue to celebrate the Christmas Season with 8am Holy Communion, 10am Eucharist and at 6.30pm a service at St Mary’s with members of the Baptist Church as we jointly mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity. On Monday, the prayer group meets at 9am in the Lady Chapel. In the evening a short meeting for any stall holders involved in the Christmas Fair has been arranged at 7.30pm in the church room. On Friday January 25, the MU have arranged a bring and share lunch for members in the church room. It should be a lovely time of fun and fellowship as we start a new Triennial in the MU calendar.

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SOUPER SATURDAY: This will be the final Souper Saturday of the winter. We will serve three to five home-made soups with bread between noon and 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. The cost will be £2.50 for a full portion and one refill. Do come along and enjoy the soups and companionship.

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ST PETER AND ST JAMES HOSPICE: The annual meeting of the Ringmer Support Group takes place in Ringmer Village Hall on Monday, at 7.30pm. Carol Hughes from the hospice fundraising team will be there to give a report and answer any questions we may have. If you are interested in supporting the work of the hospice locally, do come and join us.

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ST. MARY’S: The Fourth Sunday of Advent is celebrated at 8am Holy Communion and at the 10am Eucharist as the quiet anticipation of Jesus’ birth continues. At 6pm, the two Ringmer Churches come together in the Village Hall for Carols and Readings by Candlelight – do come along to celebrate the Christmas story. On Christmas Eve the Crib Service at 4pm will be exploring the “Mystery of the Noisy Neighbours”. Children and families of all ages are welcome to this lively re-telling of the Greatest Story! The Midnight Eucharist starts at 11.30pm – it really is a magical service, the busyness of the day coming to a stillness and hush ready to welcome Jesus into the world. And after a few hours’ sleep, we will be welcoming you to a Christmas Day Family Service at 10am, followed by a simple Holy Communion Service at 11am. Services on Sunday 30th December – 8am Holy Communion and 10am Eucharist – the Christmas season continues as we await the arrival of the Wise Men on 6th January!

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ST MARY’S: The third advent candle will be lit on Sunday as the time of quiet anticipation continues at St Mary’s. A simple Holy Communion service starts at 8am, followed by the 10am Eucharist for Advent which also includes a Sunday Club for children. At 6.30pm, you are welcome to the traditional Carol service and to join us for coffee and a mince pies afterwards. There are several chances to join in with Carol singing next week. On Monday at The Anchor, on Thursday at The Green Man, both at 8pm and on Tuesday enjoy Carols and coffee at the village hall at 7.30pm. If you love to sing, do come along and join in, there will be a warm welcome. On Monday, the prayer group meets at 9am in the Lady Chapel of the church to pray for the world, for the church and for anyone who has requested prayers. Coffee Break on Wednesday 10am to noon in the Roger’s Room of the village hall will have a festive feel. Do come along and enjoy some pleasant company. This is the last coffee break until the new year.

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CAROLS AT THE LIBRARY: The village library looks forward to welcoming back two talented young cellists who played at the library opening event in the summer. The Awesome Trouble Sisters will be playing carols at the library tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.15am onwards. The money they raise will go to Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Please come along, check out our community library and support this excellent cause.

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ST MARY’S: Everyone is welcome at the Christmas Fair, open from 10am tomorrow, Saturday, in the village hall, with a rainbow of stalls, cakes and gourmet gifts, tombola, raffle, games, books and toys, refreshments and the Grand Draw. Advent starts this Sunday, the anticipation of Jesus’ birth, join us in church at 10am to light the first candle in the Advent Crown and also to celebrate Christingle and raise money for The Children’s Society. It will be a lively, informal celebration which will include the baptism of baby Oscar. Services on Sunday, 8am Holy Communion and 6.30pm Eucharist for Advent. On Monday morning our Bible Study group meets at 10.30am in the church room. The Advent Talks take place on Mondays, December 3 and 10, at 3pm and 7.30pm in the Church Room. Session one on December 3 explores what actually happened when Jesus was born and session two on December 10 will take a close look at modern day celebrations.

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DRAMATIC SOCIETY: There’s still time to get your play tickets for today, Friday, or tomorrow, Saturday. Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Angela Howard will be performed in the village hall. Doors open at 7pm and curtain up at 7.45pm. There will be a licensed bar and other refreshments. Tickets priced at £8 are available from Ticketsource.co.uk/ ringmerdramaticsociety, Ticket Hotline: 07753 317373 or from Creature Comforts, The Pet Shop, Ringmer.

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