LADIES GROUP: Falmer Ladies’ Group had their Christmas meal in the village hall last week; it is always prepared by the members themselves, greeted by mulled wine and a full three course meal with homemade mince pies and Indian sweet meats to finish all for the price of £6. The food was good, company great and lots of laughter and fun were had by all.

CAROL SERVICE: Brighton University Carol Service held in St Laurence Church last Wednesday was just a delight, with the Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble accompanying the congregation singing carols and the University of Brighton Community Choir, moving readings read by students and staff from the University and the organ played by Andrew Wilson as I have never heard the St Laurence organ played before. A collection was taken for refugees.

SUSSEX FOLK CAROLS: I am looking forward to the Sussex Folk Carols performed by singers and musicians from Lewes Saturday Folk Club on Sunday at 2 pm in St Laurence.

SHEEP: Walking through the village I watched a young couple bending over the fence looking at the Falmer Sheep who had come right up to greet them. They were quite surprised that the sheep had come so readily, I explained that these sheep were very special to the village and must be at least ten years old, and until the beginning of the year, Hilary, who passed away in April, would come to Falmer twice a day to tend to her donkeys and would stop to feed the sheep ginger nut biscuits, hence the sheep’s hopeful advances at the gate.

ON THE BUS: A second story that made me smile, I wrote two weeks ago about the knitting lady I sometimes see on the bus, I saw her again, and asked what her present project was, and out of her bag, like magic, she pulled a long rope of paper chains all knitted in brightly coloured wool.

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