WI: Peacehaven and Telscombe Women’s Institute meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm in the Civic Centre.

COFFEE MORNING: Christmas Coffee Morning 10am to noon on December 25 at Telscombe Civic Centre. Come along and join us for tea/coffee and a bacon sandwich on Christmas morning. Contact Nancy Astley or phone 01272 589777.

COUNCILLORS SURGERY: First Saturday of each month from 10am to 11am at the civic Centre. No appointment necessary. Come along and see your local Councillors.

ZUMBA CLASS: Every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm at the civic Centre. This is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party. Just drop in and join the fun. £5 per class or 5 classes for £20. Contact Alex Murphy 07988 610269.

FITNESS PILATES: Every Monday 9.30am to 10.30am and Thursday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the civic Centre. Get fit, tone up, prevent back pain, improve flexibility and posture. Equipment provided, just bring some water. Only £5.50 per class or £36 for eight weeks. Contact Jennie Palmer or phone: 07825 702775.

YOGA: Every Monday 7pm to 8pm and Thursday 6pm to 7pm in the Civic Centre. Contact Jane or phone: 07703 167895.

FOOTNOTES: Currently, I have no notices of any carol or Christmas services in the area, so if you wish me to advertise them here for you, please e-mail as soon as possible.

With Christmas approaching and the prospect of some visitors descending upon us, both Jack and I have been making lists of things to do before December 25. Decorations are kept to the minimal these years, due to my ever present arthritis and aversion to balancing on chairs etc., I always have to make a list of food needed, presents to buy and when people are arriving, as my memory plays tricks with me these days. However, the cottage will look suitable festive, albeit modestly, and we will eat well, be warm and dry and happy. How very fortunate we are. Some years ago, we always had at least one homeless or destitute person staying with us over the festive season. It served two purposes at the time. One, to give them a taste of normality and two to give them the opportunity of a fresh start. There was always a third reason, perhaps as far as I was concerned, the most important. They were a reminder of how I myself was homeless, hungry, and near to death, when someone reached out to me one Christmas, shared their table and their hospitality and set me on the road to recovery. That was nearly forty years ago. I have never forgotten what they did for me. I am now too old and lack the room in my small cottage to accommodate others, but I shall remember those who are not so fortunate as myself, indeed, as I am sure that you and your families will do. Enjoy your week, and go safely.

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