Hellingly & Horsebridge

WEDDING SHOWCASE: On Sunday come along to Blackstock Estate, Grove Hill from 10am to 3pm. Free entry. Meet the wedding team, explore the venue and grounds, sample wedding food.

WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS: These are being held on Tuesday and Thursday at The Granary Barn, Blackstock Estate with afternoon and evening sessions. Details https://www.sussexcuttinggarden. co.uk/chrstmasworkshop.

SCALEXTRIC RACING: Dads, bring your 7 years or older children slot-car racing on Saturday December 8 between 7pm and 9pm at Emmanuel Hall, Hawkswood Road. Cost £1 which includes refreshments. Call Tony on 01323 849023 or just turn up.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE: This candlelit service will be tomorrow, Saturday, evening at 6.30pm to mark the start of Advent. All welcome to attend.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE: Hellingly Church Christingle service this year takes place on Sunday December 9 at 10.45am. Children’s Society candle collecting tubes are on the table by the door in church, please take one if you wish, or pass onto families likely to be in church. They can be returned on 9 December or passed to a sides-person at a later date. They look forward to seeing you at this special service, especially as 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Christingle Services. Please note that this will not be a communion service.

TUDOR CHRISTMAS: At Michelham Priory tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm. There will be plenty going on this weekend. Get into the Tudor festive spirit with many Tudor re-enactors in the house displaying what Christmas in Tudor times was really like. Over the weekend there will be dancing, singing with the Sussex Folk Carol service (Sunday only), Tudor games for families to play, food demonstrations including marzipan sculpting, crossbow specialists talking about hunting game at Christmas, weapons demos and displays, Tudor cosmetics and makeup, Tudor medicine. Join in making Tudor decorations and garlands. A Scribe will be in the house showing Christmas calligraphy and illuminations. There will also be Tudor Christmas crafts. This is the first part of Christmas through the ages, a Christmas Carol Christmas and an Evacuees Christmas to follow. For more information visit Visit www.sussexpast.co.uk.

ARLINGTON CHRISTMAS FAIR: Go along to the tiny Arlington village hall tomorrow, Saturday, which is always bursting at the seams with Christmas stalls and cheer, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Gifts, cakes and goodies including gifts for pets, Christmas songs and carols with the Seaford Silver Band (from 3pm), home-made refreshments, teas and coffees, Tony’s special mulled wine, real ale bar, plus win a luxury Christmas hamper, a locally-reared goose, or a case of wines and spirits. Proceeds will be going to Arlington Village Hall and St Pancras Church to help with various much-needed maintenance projects. Please support our village. Entrance fee £1 (children free), your ticket could win you a bottle of Lanson champagne in the prize draw.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, Dicker Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7.50 includes supper with tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks. Contact Jenny 01323 844687 or Glynis 01323 846924 for details and to book. Fun Christmas event in aid of Upper Dicker Village Hall.

MICHELHAM PRIORY: Events coming up are as follows: Friday December 7, Christmas in the Courtyard; Saturday December 8, Victorian Christmas (A Christmas Carol Christmas), Saturday December 15, WWII Christmas (An Evacuees Christmas). For full details visit http://sussexpast.co.uk/events.

NEW COUNCILLORS: Two Hellingly Councillors retired this year, Barby Dashwood-Morris and Elizabeth West. The two new councillors are Bill Short and Jasmine Gayton. If you need their contact details please contact the parish clerk, Jenny Hoodless, on 01323 449415.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Thank you to all who helped with this event, and especially to Barbara for organising it. The fair raised £803, which is an amazing amount of money. Well done.