AUTUMN: It’s very noticeably Autumn and I’m in Making Life Easier Mode, tidying up and having a good throw-out. I’m sure I’m a reincarnation of a bear or a squirrel.

CRUISE: Remember I mentioned that we went on the Cruise from Hell? I complained and got nowhere. They denied everything and issued veiled threats about what I’d said. Cruise Critic has a list of complaints against them and says they have only 46 percent happy customers. Then I found a wonderful organisation called Holiday Travel Watch. Do make a note of them, because they also help people who are abroad with problems. They’re free and fight for justice. Since I complained, Costa blocked my comments on my Facebook, which is scary. Apparently a lot of holiday companies do this, even British ones. So they must employ people to look for bad publicity. And I’ve found out that staff rapings are quite common, so is missing people while at sea. There are lists from families appealing for information. A bar steward was arrested on our ship a couple of weeks before we were there for attacking an 18-year-old girl. Please get in touch with me if you have a story to tell. And take care when you book your next holiday. You won’t read any of this in the news.

FOURWAYS WI: The WI held their meeting on October 5. Minutes and business were dealt with speedily as we were having our Harvest Supper. Twenty one members and one visitor sat down to a decorated table in autumnal colours and foliage and to eat, jacket potatos with several different accomplishments followed by crumble and custard. Everyone enjoyed the food and thanks were given to Angela and Carole for their hard work. The competition was a Harvest Buttonhole: 1, Maureen Risbridger; 2, Angela Manning; 3, Carole Marchant. Our next meeting at the Luxford Centre is our annual meeting on November 2 at 7.30pm.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: St Michael and All Angels Church, Little Horsted is holding its annual and popular Pumpkin Festival on Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1, from 6pm to 8pm. The church will be filled with the light from many candlelit pumpkins, many of them cut into intricate shapes and pictures, and this year the Festival coincides with Halloween but offering a less violent alternative. Anyone can donate a pumpkin, they don’t need to be complicated and a few holes and cuts is quite enough as the aim is to fill the church with light from as many pumpkins as possible. If you wish to donate a pumpkin the church will be open on the mornings of Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, to receive donations. There is no charge for pumpkins. Entry on the evening is £3 for each adult and 50 pence for each child which includes a glass of mulled wine or orange. All receipts will go toward the Restoration Fund at St Michael’s, a fine 13th century church now in need of serious TLC.

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