Ringmer

CAROLS AT THE LIBRARY: The village library looks forward to welcoming back two talented young cellists who played at the library opening event in the summer. The Awesome Trouble Sisters will be playing carols at the library tomorrow, Saturday, from 10.15am onwards. The money they raise will go to Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Please come along, check out our community library and support this excellent cause.

COFFEE MORNING: Ringmer Bowls Club Christmas Coffee Morning will be held tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 11.30am in the Club House on the Village Green. Entry 50p includes coffee and mince pie. All the usual attractions, cake stall, bric-a- brac, raffle and tombola.

LIGHTS OF LOVE: Our annual service of remembrance supporting St Peter and St James Hospice will take place in Ringmer Parish Church tomorrow, Saturday, at 4pm. Neil Thornicroft from Ringmer Baptist Church has kindly agreed to switch on the lights on the Christmas tree in the churchyard immediately prior to the service. The names of those sponsored will be displayed on the tree and will be read out during the service in church.

ST MARY’S: Sunday Services 8am Holy Communion, 10am Eucharist for Advent with Sunday Club for children, 6.30pm Meditative Service for Advent. On Monday at 3pm and repeated at 7.30pm, the second of the Advent Talks takes place in the Church Room. Do come along to join the debate about the celebration of Christmas in the modern day. On Tuesday, we welcome students from Kings Academy to perform Carols by Candlelight at 6pm. Family and friends are all very welcome to support the young people. On Thursday the children from Yrs 5/6 of Ringmer Primary School will be performing traditional carols at 2pm and at 6.30pm. Members of the Evergreen Club are invited to the afternoon but this is also open to the wider community so do come along if you can.

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, November 28 the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Liz and Tim Owen; 2, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith; 3, Lesley Durrant and David Warner. The club next meets in the St Mary’s room of the village hall next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 07821 379313 or timat@hotmail.co.uk.

COUNTRY MARKET: If you would like help with your Christmas catering there is still time to visit the Country Market and place an order. We will be open in the village hall from 10am to 11am on December 11 and 18 selling a variety of home cooked food, plants, preserves, craft items and handmade cards for Christmas and other occasions. We can also make up a hamper to any value that you specify and include contents suitable for the recipient.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: Announcing the arrival of Father Christmas on his sleigh in Ringmer on Thursday December 13, commencing at the Clock Tower and covering the south end of the village including Springett, Harvard, Sadlers, Mill and Shepherds Way Estates, commencing at 6pm. The following evening, Friday December 14th, starting at 6pm and covering Broyle Lane and the whole of Broyle Estate continuing on from the forge covering Green Close through Bishops Lane into Christie Estate and Vicarage Close continuing along the main road to finish at the Forge.

HISTORY STUDY GROUP: The next meeting will be today (Friday) at 7.45pm in the village hall. As usual, the Christmas meeting will be in two parts. First, Martin Pett will be telling us about feasting in Elizabethan times. There will be mulled wine, mince pies and a taste of Tudor Christmas in the interval. Then John Cole, who was born in Broyle Lane, will be recounting his memories of village life from his childhood and early manhood. All this will be financed be a giant raffle, prizes for which will be gratefully received at the meeting.