PUMPKIN PROWL: The Clergy House are holding their annual Pumpkin hunt around the garden during the week of October 24 to November 1 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. National Trust admission prices apply.

MUCH ADO BOOKS: The first floor of Much Ado has been given over to Christmas books, cards, calendars and ‘a Christmas cornucopia of literary delights and vintage finds’ to quote from their latest newsletter. Cate and Nash spend time throughout the year designing and making Christmas Stockings, each stocking having an individual design and they are on sale in the shop now. The money raised from the sale of the stockings goes towards Prospero’s Project. Prospero’s Project was started by Cate Olson and Nash Robbins to benefit organisations connect with literacy; this year’s recipients will be announced shortly.

TRAIDCRAFT: The Old Chapel Centre will be the venue for Traidcraft on October 28 from 10 am to 12 noon with refreshments and stalls selling Christmas gifts. Traidcraft buys and sells fair trade and conducts research and monitors development in trade, investment and business practice around the world.

HALLOWEEN: There will be Halloween celebrations at The Star with a fancy dress Monster Mash Halloween Party on October 30 from 8pm and all are encouraged to dress to impress with a prize for the most ghoulish costume. The fires will be burning, there will be spooky snacks and drinks available and a warm welcome.

DIARY DATES: November: Bill Bryson will be visiting Much Ado Books on November 21 from 10am to sign copies of his latest, very favourably reviewed, book, The Road to Little Dibbling. December 18: Richard Durrrant will be giving a Candlelit Christmas Guitar Concert with singer Amy Kakoura at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, Wilmington. Tickets £16, concessions £14 (contact Clive Jones 01323 870149).

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