Herstmonceux & Wartling

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, All Saints, 8am Holy Communion (BCP). St Mary Magdalene Wartling, 10am Holy Communion (Said Service), 6pm Carol Service.

GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, Herstmonceux Village Hall from 5pm to 9pm. There will be a raffle, tombola, hot food, Christmas music, stalls, games and at 6pm there is a Punch and Judy show.

WINDMILL CHRISTMAS OPENING: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Windmill at Windmill Hill, open 11am to 1pm. Father Christmas, music, holly wreaths, gifts, mill tours, mulled wine and mince pies.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, Herstmonceux Primary School has its Christmas Fair from 11am to 2pm.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE MOON: To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 the Observatory Science Centre is making the Open Evening tomorrow, Saturday, a little more special. A talk will be presented by Robin Mobbs who is a Lead Educator for the National Space Academy. Gates open at 6.30pm and close at 11pm. The talk will take place at 7.30pm. Normal admission price and no advance booking necessary. Visit www.The-observatory.org for details.

WINDMILL: The Windmill Hill Windmill Trust is very grateful to Paul Wigfield of QED Productions Ltd for making it possible for the windmill to mark the centenary of the World War One armistice. A display of poppies lit up the windmill from dusk until 11pm on November 10 and 11 an amazing sight and a fitting tribute. Many thanks to Paul and to everyone who took photographs and spread the word. Thanks also for a fabulous season. The Windmill opened every Sunday in May, July and August, plus Bank Holiday Mondays and on the first and second Sundays in other months. In all, the windmill was open to the public on 26 occasions and there were also five group visits. The total number of visitors to date is 934 so let’s hope for another 70 at the Christmas opening to bring the total to 1,000. More thanks to the organisers of the Fun Bingo Session at Herstmonceux Village Hall on November 17, raising £280 for the windmill. To everyone who voted for the windmill’s project in the Aviva Community Fund. We ended with 548 votes but sadly were not successful this year. We are looking for other sources of funding though and still hope to be able to provide hot drinks and cakes to visitors in 2019.