Lunch: Last Sunday 44 people sat down to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal of three courses of their choice. Most popular starter of the five choices was the prawn cocktail and the stuffed mushrooms. The roast pork and fish pie proved popular main courses from those five choices and for dessert it was hot apple crumble or Banoffee pie from six choices. Cheese and biscuits, coffee & mints finished the meal. There was a superb raffle, thanks to the generosity of many and we managed to make over £780 with some kind donations too.

Thank you: Despite the lunch being such a huge success this will be the last one that I will be organising. I have had great fun organising, cooking and entertaining over the years, but have decided that after 42 years of fund raising for different local and national charities it is time to take a time out. I will still be around and will still help with other things going on in our lovely village, but I will no longer be the king pin, just a helping hand. My very grateful thanks to everyone who has supported all the various event we have organised, without it the charities would not have benefitted. Thank you also to all those who have helped over the years, especial my lovely family, my friends Davina & Sam, they always made the events fun and less work. I will however still be doing the Christmas day lunch as this isn’t so much hard work, it is fun.

Auction: Tomorrow afternoon there is to be an auction of items made by local craftsman the late Jim Smith. It is being held in The pavilion at Burwash Common. Previews of the items for sale will be tonight at 7.30pm until 10.00pm and again tomorrow from 11am to 1,45pm. The auction will start at 2pm. The proceeds from the event will be shared equally between The Burwash Weald and Common playing fields association and St Philip’s Church Burwash Common. For a catalogue or more information please call Keith Lloyd 01435 883264 or Leslie Elmslie 883510.

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Goodbye: For your chance to say goodbye and thank you to Dr Jane Woodgate, why not pop along to the village hall tomorrow afternoon between 4.pm and 6.30pm. So many of us have had the luck of being seen and treated by this lovely doctor that I am sure we will all miss her. She has been a great friend and mentor to so many of us. Go along and wish her well as she begins the next chapter of her medical career, she will be pleased to se you. On behalf of all those unable to make it I thank Jane for her kindness and compassion in the way she has dealt with her many patients of our local community. Thank you Jane, we all hope you have as much pleasure in your next venture.

Goodbye: We must also say goodbye and thank you to Tesky & Barbara O’Neil, who will be closing the door of the Burwash Newsagents for the last time tomorrow afternoon. They have been running this shop since 1987 and have become really well known and liked. They have employed many of the locals as paper rounds people and in the shop. We wish them both a long and happy retirement. Thank you both for the service you supplied and the fun you gave us when we visited your shop. Good luck for the future.

Strool: The next monthly walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning leaving the Bear Car Park at 9am. These walks are enjoyed by those who enjoy walking in good company but find the Parish footpath walk too much. Ijon Jenner will lead the walk and would love to have your company.

Whist: The next monthly whish drive will take place on Thursday evening in the Burwash village hall. These fun evenings are just that fun. Entry is £3 and includes twenty hands of cards and light refreshments. A raffle is also held. prizes are given to the highest and second highest scoring man and lady and the lowest scoring man & lady. The fun begins at 7pm and you will be given a warm welcome. Any ability of play welcomed and partners are not necessary. Call Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 for more details.

Mary Taylor

Holton Cottages

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