CHRISTMAS FAIR: It’s tomorrow, Saturday, when our annual village Christmas Fair is happening from 10am until 3.30pm. The outdoor Christmas market will have stalls selling gifts, a bottle tombola, mulled wine, pocket-money stall for the children and festive goodies. Santa will arrive at 10.30am and you can book in your children and grandchildren to see him in his atmospheric Grotto in the Church Bell Tower. Santa’s Workshop is working from 11am also in the Church with face-painting, glitter, glue, colouring-in and clay-modelling so children can make a gift for someone they love, or just for fun. To book tickets to see Santa and receive a gift, send a cheque for £5 per child, (made out to the Friends of Waldron Churches) telling us if a boy or girl, the name and age of each one and send it to The Christmas Elf, Brambles, Dern Lane, Waldron TN21 0PN. Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and the Elf will send tickets and a time for your child to see Santa. Contact number 01435 813363. Mr Pineapple Head, the children’s entertainer will be amusing the children from 12.15pm to 1pm. And we have special guests. The donkeys were such a hit with children last year that we’ve invited them back again, and you can track them down at the back of the church.

WHAT’S ON: At the pub through December, there’s a Christmas Menu until December 23. The very popular barbecue will be firing up on the day of the Christmas Fair on December 12 and of course the usual pub menu will be on for everyone to enjoy. On December 20, String Theory will be playing from 12.30pm 3pm, and on Christmas Day the bar will be open for drinks from noon to 2.30pm before we all go home to enjoy the family turkey. The pub will be closed on Boxing Day, but open thereafter as usual. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a super ticket-only meal with entertainment from Con Brio. That’s £35 per head and tickets are already selling, so book early. On New Year’s Day, Nick’s ever-popular Brunch Menu will be served from 11am until 3pm (don’t miss it, it’s a fabulous way to start 2016) then in the evening the pub will be closed. But don’t forget to put in your new diary that Wassailing will happen on Saturday January 9 starting at 8pm it’s such a great evening, and it’s the 25th anniversary of its first appearance at the Star, so make sure you don’t miss it.

FOOD, FITNESS AND FEELING FINE: Start the New Year off with a special resolution. We all know that feeling of needing to do something about getting fit and dropping a pound or two and it’s so hard when it feels as if the sky never lightens up and winter will go on forever. Well, 2016 is different, because we have two classes to help you after the festivities are over. On Wednesday January 6 we have a new class at the Lucas Hall. It’s focussing on healthy eating and fun fitness to support personal well being. The class will be led by Jackie Wood who is a fully qualified nutritional therapist and exercise professional. Come along to the open morning on January 6 to find out what it’s all about and what can be achieved with support, knowledge and experience. To book for the open morning, or the course, or just to find out more, contact Jackie on 01435 812950, mobile 07779 316595 or e-mail wood555@aol.com. Then, on Monday January 11 at 10am, our regular Yoga class restarts. This will help you to keep your body in good nick and encourage flexibility and proper breathing techniques. Come to both and you’ll start 2016 in good shape.

SERVICES: This Sunday is the third in Advent and both morning services will be at St Bartholomew’s, at 8am for Holy Communion (Reverend Paul Cox will preside and preach) and 10am for Parish Eucharist when the Reverend George Pitcher will preside and Lay Reader Christo Corfield will preach. Evening Prayer will be at All Saints’ beginning at 4.30pm when the preacher will be George Pitcher. On Thursday there will be a Lights of Love Remembrance Service with carols at 7pm at All Saints for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Everyone is welcome and if you have a loved one whom you would like to be remembered, please give their name to Benjamin Tyler at the Parish Office on 07505 650754.

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