ROADWORKS: The bridge-building roadworks on Tanyard Hill are complete, so we can now drive to Horam without taking avoiding action round the lanes. However, we have still to negotiate Whitehouse Lane which will be closed for waterworks repairs from November 26, note the new date. This is the third date we have been given so don’t hold your breath. Meanwhile the major roadworks through Heathfield are gradually unrolling and are still promised for completion by the end of November. Keep on making the effort to get to our little shops as it’s so important to keep them going in the run-up to Christmas.

AT THE PUB: String Theory (string-driven swing) will be performing on Sunday (lunchtime) and the following day there will be the last Pub Quiz of the year. In a change to the usual pattern, the charge will be £10, but it will include not only a main course, but a pudding as well. Otherwise the evening will be as usual, a trawl through the kind of obscure detritus you may have retained from your schooldays, pop knowledge from past decades, and bizarre sporting and TV programme facts to be dragged out from forgotten recesses of your brains by no more than six people per team. It starts at 7.30 and is always a competitively cheerful evening. The Star Christmas menu is now out so ask a member of staff if you’d like a look at it. Early indications are that the pub will be open on Christmas Day from midday until 2pm. Boxing Day will be closed all day and there will be dinner served on New Year’s eve. On New Year’s Day there will be the traditional brunch from 10am (my favourite way to start the New Year) including bubbly.

KNITTING GROUP: The village’s Knitting Group will meet on Monday at Lark Rise at 2pm as usual.

CRACKING CRAFTS: The Friends of Waldron Churches have decided not to organise a festive fair this year and are replacing it with a Cracking Christmas Craftshop on Sunday December 2 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm following the Advent Carol Service at 10am at All Saints’ Church in the village. Father Christmas will be in attendance and there’ll be entertainment by Wriggles and Tiggles, face-painting, clay modelling and opportunities for both children and parents to make their own Christmas decorations. Refreshments will be on offer and will include mulled wine and mince pies. Entry is £1 for adults and children under 16 years will be charged 50p.

SERVICES: This Sunday services will be held at St Bartholomew’s. Holy Communion will be at 8am with George Pitcher presiding and preaching. Parish Eucharist will be at 10am when the leader will be Lucy Murdoch and the preacher will be George Pitcher.