STARLIGHT STROLL: You may remember that a group of Waldron residents and friends took part in the Starlight Stroll sponsored walk for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne back in September and I promised to let you all know how much was raised. This week I had a letter from Beth Hillier, the events community fundraiser for the Hospice to announce that the sum so far raised by the strollers was a magnificent £40,519.68. This will help support the Hospice in providing care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families. It’s a gratifying result because the 601 walkers all had sponsors who multiplied their efforts, producing an amazing community result. Well done to everyone who took part.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Our Village Christmas Fair will happen on Saturday December 10 this year, from 10am till 3.30pm, and promises to be as seasonally jolly as ever. Outdoors there’ll be the Christmas market with stalls selling Christmas gifts, mulled wine, the bottle tombola, a pocket-money stall, festive goodies and a super pre-loved toy stall which promises to be hugely popular. If you have any items for the toy stall that you’d like to donate, contact Lizzie Chambers on 01435 812470. Donations of bottles for the bottle tombola will be welcomed by Alison and Robin Bather. Contact them on 01435 810076 or deliver to The Old Farmhouse, Foxhunt Green, or they will collect from you if you’d prefer that. There will also be a Chocolate Tombola, run by Ian Dixon, who is keen to gather together all things chocolate for his stall. Ring him on 01435 813363 to donate chocolate. The pub will as usual offer a full range of food and an outdoor barbecue in the square. Watch out also for tickets to the village pantomime which will be on sale throughout the Fair.
FAMILY SUPPORT: The charity FSW (Family Support Work) will have a stall at the Village Christmas Fair and are wondering if you can help. If you are making jams, preserves, chutneys, mincemeat, biscuits, Christmas puds, pizzas, quiches, truffles and sweets for your own families, could you make an extra one for FSW? If so, please contact Sarah Mackenzie on 01435 866419 or e-mail her on email@example.com. She’d be delighted to hear from you.
CHRISTMAS GROTTO: Santa arrives in the village at 10.30am and then it’s all go from there on. Indoor entertainment for families will include our famous Christmas Grotto in All Saints’ Bell Tower where Santa will welcome children with a present. Book in advance for your child’s time with Santa (cost is £5 in advance or £6 on the day) by sending your cheque payable to Friends of Waldron Churches with an SAE and details of your child/children’s ages and whether they are boys or girls, to The Christmas Elf, Brambles, Dern Lane, Waldron TN21 0PN. You’ll get a letter back with your special ticket and session time. Don’t forget children are also welcome for a fun-filled visit to Santa’s Workshop in the church where they can enjoy creating with glitter, glue, colouring and clay modelling. Parents can chill out with tea, coffee, cake and biscuits while children are making stuff. Mr Pineapple Head will entertain the children from 12.15pm to 1pm. As one grateful parent said last year, it’s the best value for money anywhere, so don’t bother to struggle with trains to London, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells give yourself a break, enjoy a proper village Christmas and come to Waldron.
AT THE STAR: As of today, the pub is offering its Christmas menu until December 23. Ask a member of staff for a copy of the menu or visit the website www.thestarinnwaldron.co.uk The pub will also be involved in the village fair on December 10 providing food and drink and blazing fires to toast your toes. The group String Theory will perform in the bar on Sunday December 18 and the bar will be open on Christmas Day for drinks from noon to 2.30pm before you head home for the turkey and pud. On Boxing Day the pub will be closed all day. On New Year’s Eve there will be an evening Bonanza with food, drink and entertainment, bookings in advance. The following morning, on New Year’s Day, Nick will be serving his ever-popular Brunch menu from 11am until 3pm. It’s a good idea to book your table in advance on 01435 812495. Finally, once we’re in the throes of darkest January, cheer yourselves up by coming to Wassailing on Saturday January 7 for an 8pm start.
SERVICES: Morning services this Sunday will be at All Saints’ at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am for Parish Eucharist at which the Preacher will be Andrew Allan, Chaplain of Exeter College, Oxford.
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