SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: We were delighted to find out this week that the Friends of South Malling have been awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Southover Manor Trust. This money will be used for our exciting outdoor project, Space to Learn, Space to Grow. We can now begin to design and build fire pits, vegetable plots and den areas on the school field. We were also very pleased that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme was successful and we were selected as one of three projects which will be voted for in-store, during January and February. If we win the most votes we will raise £4,000 towards our project. A huge thank you to the Friends of South Malling for all the amazing and highly successful grant applications. The funds will make an enormous difference to what we can provide for the children of South Malling.

TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday is Advent Sunday, the first Sunday of the Church Year, and of the count down to Christmas. The first Advent Candle will be lit and, over the coming four weeks, a further candle will be lit until the final, white candle, representing Jesus, is lit on Christmas Day when Jesus was born and symbolically began His work of salvation, to be fulfilled on Good Friday and Easter Day. It is a Communion service, led by the Revd Jeremy Bamber, the Associate Vicar. All are welcome and children have their own teaching after the opening Hymn and prayers, ( returning to their parents for communion ). All are welcome. Please note that the Malling Carol Service will be a little later this year, on Sunday, December 16, at 6.30pm. This Sunday’s service begins at 9.30am. All are welcome to all the services.

REED COURT: Reed Court residents invite friends and neighbours to enjoy another social and fund-raising activity in their sheltered accommodation in Russell Row, Malling. There is a coffee morning with home made cakes etc., to enjoy on the spot or buy with other home made produce and raffles, games and other ways of testing your luck or good judgement, with an invitation to meet and chat with neighbours and old friends. It is in aid of Chestnut House Hospice for Children and is on Friday, December 7, from 10am to 1pm. All are welcome.