LOVE BRUNCH: I just love the whole idea of starting the weekend with brunch on Saturday morning. It seems to kick off the weekend with a party atmosphere, and now that The Star is laying on brunch as a regular event, we can all enjoy it. So that’s where I’ll be tomorrow morning, selecting my menu (the full English? Avocado and chilli flakes with a poached egg on top? the possibilities are endless) before I start the weekend shopping. If you haven’t tried it yet, I can heartily recommend it.

MUSIC AND FOOD: Thank goodness for a little sunshine this week, even though the wind is still biting. Add some music to the mix and we can convince ourselves it really is spring. So welcome to String Theory this Sunday at 12.30pm lunch time at the Star for a little cheerful swing. Next weekend, on Saturday evening April 30, there’s a French Evening with a special menu of French cuisine and music from Django Jazz. Book in advance if you want to be sure of a table.

FESTIVAL: The Mayfield Festival begins this Sunday with a fabulous opening concert. The programme includes Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Handel’s Organ Concerto in F Major and the Brahms Requiem. Jeremy Summerly directs, with the London Primavera led by Paul Manley, Andrew Benians (organ), Eloise Irving (soprano) Tristan Hambleton (baritone) and The Mayfield Festival Choir (in which several Waldron singers take part). The festival continues until Sunday May 8 and this year includes The Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists’ Competition. The competition will run over three days and culminates in the Final on the middle Sunday of the festival.

PAROCHIAL MEETING: The Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held at All Saints’ yesterday, Thursday. The APCM is the annual opportunity to hear the progress of our parish and its financial situation (rather healthier this year than has been the case in the past) as well as all the plans for the re-ordering of the two churches.

SERVICES: This Sunday’s morning services are both at St Bartholomew’s, at 8am for Holy Communion and at 10am for Parish Eucharist. Coffee and cake to follow.

CONFIRMATION: Last Sunday our four adult candidates for confirmation, Judith Clarke, Christine Thomas, Ian and Kaz Scott from our parish were confirmed by Bishop Richard Jackson at Hailsham.

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