WALDRON MARKET: Graeme Mackenzie tells me that he has found a new treasurer for our Country Market and that there is now a facility to use credit and debit cards. The next market will be held on Thursday from 11am till 1pm and is as usual at the Holy Cross Priory. Graeme is sending out a warm invitation for new customers to come along and try out the produce and says that there are some new stall holders about to start.
SINGING FOR FUN: The March meeting of the Singing for Fun group will be on Monday, at 2pm at the Cross in Hand Methodist Hall at the top of Firgrove Road. It’s a friendly bunch of singers and as we all know singing is good for us all, both mentally and physically. If you have suggestions for your favourites, please bring them along and if you’ve got music, even better. There’s time for refreshments after the session and the small charge covers expenses.
AIRSHIPS: For those of you interested in this area’s local history in the First World War, there’s an exhibition which sounds fascinating coming up this month. Apparently airships were built in the Willingdon area and it is this aspect for our history which will be on display at Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, over the next three weekends. Entrance is free and the exhibition will be open on Saturday March 16, from 11am till 4pm and Sunday March 17, from noon till 3pm; then on Saturday March 23, from 11am till 4pm; Saturday March 30 from 11pm till 4pm and Sunday March 31, from noon till 3pm.
ROADWORKS: Is it my imagination or is there always a scramble in March to spend the Highways budget before the end of the financial year? Anyway, whatever the reason, road closures seem to popping up all over the place. Back Lane Waldron is closed from the top of Whitehouse Lane towards Heathfield for three weeks. The A22 is closed at Halland for the next four weeks at night (lights during the day). However, the promised closure of Firgrove Road for repairs has, I hear, been postponed until April and will be for patching only (groan). More lumps and bumps for the long-suffering residents of Firgrove Road and then it will all be breaking down for the next round of repairs in about six months time, we can guess.
PUB QUIZ: Advance warning that there will be a Mad March Quiz in aid of the Hospices, at the pub on April 1. Cost will be £15 per head, including a two-course supper, raffle and cash prizes. Teams will be of six people as usual.
SERVICES: This Sunday will be Lent and services will be held at St Bartholomew’s, at 8am for Holy Communion and at 10am for Parish Eucharist. Family Support Work (FSW) is asking us to bring items for breakfast for families in need. The following week’s collection will target items for lunch.