ST MARY’S: The third advent candle will be lit on Sunday as the time of quiet anticipation continues at St Mary’s. A simple Holy Communion service starts at 8am, followed by the 10am Eucharist for Advent which also includes a Sunday Club for children. At 6.30pm, you are welcome to the traditional Carol service and to join us for coffee and a mince pies afterwards. There are several chances to join in with Carol singing next week. On Monday at The Anchor, on Thursday at The Green Man, both at 8pm and on Tuesday enjoy Carols and coffee at the village hall at 7.30pm. If you love to sing, do come along and join in, there will be a warm welcome. On Monday, the prayer group meets at 9am in the Lady Chapel of the church to pray for the world, for the church and for anyone who has requested prayers. Coffee Break on Wednesday 10am to noon in the Roger’s Room of the village hall will have a festive feel. Do come along and enjoy some pleasant company. This is the last coffee break until the new year.

CAROLS AND COFFEE: Our annual opportunity to enjoy singing, hearing, and choosing carols, takes place in Ringmer Village Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. We will be joined as usual by St Mary’s Church Choir and musicians, and the Wednesday Singalong Group, and this year we also welcome St Mary’s Handbell Ringers; coffee and mince pies will be served in the interval. Admission £1 (accompanied children free) and there will be a retiring collection, all in aid of Cancer Research UK. All welcome. If you require transport, please phone John Payne (01273 812501).

BRIDGE CLUB: At its meeting on Wednesday, December 5 the result of the duplicate pairs played was: 1, Hazel North and Hugh Bailey; 2, Liz and Tim Owen; 3, Joan Evett and Sandra Dudley-Williams. 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.

FATHER CHRISTMAS: Today, Friday, Father Christmas and his sleigh, 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.

VILLAGE LIBRARY: Ringmer Village Library was delighted to host The Awesome Trouble Sisters and their cellos on Saturday December 8. They played Christmas songs and carols to raise money for Crisis, the national homelessness charity. They raised £281, enough for 10 homeless people to attend a Crisis centre on Christmas Day, have three hot meals, a bed for the night and access to specialist help. The father of the Awesome Trouble Sisters proudly explained that the girls had hoped to make one person’s Christmas, and it was beyond amazing that ten people would now have the chance to start the journey out of homelessness.