Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak

CHURCH SERVICES: Tomorrow, Saturday, 9am Saturday Prayers at St Richard’s Church; 1.30pm wedding at All Saints’ Church. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (said service) at All Saints’ Church led by Rev Roger Kenward; 9am Morning Praise at St George’s Church led by Dr Due Greener; 10.30am Holy Communion (sung service) at St Richard’s Church led by Rev Mitch; 6.30pm Benefice Advent Carol Service at St Richard’s Church led by Rev Mitch.

HEATHFIELD CHAPEL: Heathfield Chapel’s congregation invite you to their services during December. On Sunday 11am we will have as visiting speaker Dave Sweetman from Eastbourne. Included in this service will be Communion. Martin Povey from Polegate will join us as speaker on December 9 at 11am. Carols by Candlelight will be the theme of the service on Sunday December 16 at 3pm. This service to be led by Ray Dadswell from Eastbourne.

CONCERT: Heathfield Choral Society under the baton of their conductor Brian Newman in partnership with Friends of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield will be presenting a Christmas Choral evening on Saturday December 8, in Heathfield’s oldest 13th century medieval church at 7pm. The programme entitled Wassail! includes Christmas Music plus extracts from Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and concludes with drinks and mince pies. All Saints’, Old Heathfield, now boasts a new and efficient heating system so a great evening of music is promised. The seasonally decorated church will no doubt set the scene and atmosphere for many people’s Christmas festivities. Tickets cost £8 each, half price for young people, available from Gemini Cards, High Street, Heathfield; or on line from www.wegotticket.com or from Jean Barnes 01435 863784 or at the door. The Heathfield Park Cricket Club car park will be available.

FOOD BANK: Items are urgently needed. They have plenty of beans and soups but other supplies are very low. If you are able to donate an extra item, it will be gratefully received. There are boxes for donations every Sunday in all three churches.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St Richard’s Christmas Fair, Saturday December 8, 10am to noon at St Richard’s Church Hall, Park Road. All the usual traditional Christmas attractions and bargain stalls. Free entry.

FASCOH: The trustees of FASCOH (Friends of All Saints’ Church Old Heathfield) were very grateful for the generous support that the Co-op Local Community Fund and its members gave to them over the past year regarding All Saints’ Old Heathfield Graveyard. Colin Saunders, Chairman of FASCOH wrote: Knowing that the Local Community Fund had accepted our application for financial support, we were able to move ahead and commence with the ideas and plans we had to restore the Graveyard to something that was honouring and acceptable to families and friends who had relatives buried there. One of the main re-installations is of the footpath which goes from top to bottom on the south side of the graveyard and with plans and approval all in position this is due for completion in the spring of 2019. During the year, the graves right across the 4 acre site had been tidied up and in October the autumn clear up brought the whole graveyard into a good semblance of order. Particular help came from some members of the Duke of Edinburgh would were working each week to earn their various badges, overseen by Ann Kenward and some of the parents.