COFFEE AND MINCE PIES: Please come and join us at our annual Coffee and Mince Pies gathering tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to noon at Ringmer Village Hall. All are welcome. Entry £2 which includes coffee/tea and mince pie or cake. There will be a Christmas raffle as well as a cake stall; donations of cakes would be much appreciated, drop off at the Hall from 9.30am.

FOOTBALL AND SOCIAL CLUB: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first team have a SCFL fixture away to Oakwood with a 3pm kick-off time. Meanwhile, the seconds are at home to Langney Wanderers in a league fixture with a 3pm kick-off at the Caburn. On Sunday the veterans are at home in the Fred Pretty cup to Montpelier Villa and their start time is 11am at the Caburn ground. On Monday December 28 the first team are at home for their Christmas fixture versus Langney Wanderers first team with an 11am kick-off time. On Friday evening there is live music in the bar provided by popular local band Cheap Sunglasses and everyone is welcome. On Saturday at 8pm it is the Grand Christmas draw and tickets are still available in the clubhouse. New Years Eve Party, Fat Belly Jones provide the live music for the party in the main hall of the Caburn Pavilion. This is a family event and everyone is welcome with tickets priced at £5 for club members, £10 for non-members and accompanied children under 16 are free of charge. Please get your tickets early from the club as numbers are limited.

ST MARY’S: Sunday is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent with Holy Communion at 8am and a Eucharist for Advent Service at 9.45am. At 6pm the Baptist Church will host the Carols by Candlelight Service in the village hall, please note the earlier start time. The Crib Service at 5pm on Christmas Eve is not to be missed. You are invited to dress up (whatever age) as a traditional Nativity character and come and be part of the worship in the anticipation of the arrival of Jesus. A bit of tinsel for an angel, a crown for a king or a tea-towel for a shepherd, everyone is welcome to St Mary’s for this light and fun-filled service. The traditional Midnight Mass will be celebrated at an 11.30pm service on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Morning Revd Beth will be taking Holy Communion at 8am and a family-friendly Eucharist at 9.45am. We do hope to welcome old friends and new to some of these services.

CAROLS AND COFFEE: Our annual get-together to sing carols in the village hall takes place on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The singing will be ‘chiefly yourselves’ as usual, but we will be supported by the Church Choir, the Wednesday Singalong group and musicians from the Church Youth Group. Admission is £1 (accompanied children free). The evening is in aid of Cancer Research UK and there will be a retiring collection. All welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday December 9, the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Barrie Smith and Roy Skan; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; joint 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams, Hazel North and Jenny Lodge. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 814220.

CAROL SINGING: The Ringmer Support Group will be singing carols outside the Ringmer shops on Christmas Eve in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, from 10am for about an hour, do come and join us, either to sing or listen.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Are you going to be on your own on Christmas Day? You are very welcome to have Christmas lunch in Ringmer Village Hall. As well as a three course meal, there will be entertainment and the chance to enjoy Christmas Day with others. For more information, and to reserve your place, please contact Annali-Joy Thornicroft on 01825 750283.

AND FINALLY: Thank you to all the contributors to this column throughout the year. You make the community function by letting us all know what you doing. I have had several appreciative comments about your interesting items. Thank you also to those who read this, especially those from outside the village. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

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