BAND CAROLS: Warbleton Brass band are very busy in the next couple of weeks, starting with playing carols at Waitrose, Heathfield from 10am to noon, tomorrow, Saturday. The Osborne House 7pm on Wednesday, the Merrie Harriers 7.30pm on Thursday, Three Cups Inn 7.30pm next Saturday December 19, and The Black Duck at 9pm the same evening. Next Sunday they will be at Crowborough Rugby Club at 2pm. At 6pm they will be at Warbleton Parish Church for the Carols By Candlelight service. On Christmas Eve they will be in the Rushlake Green.
CHURCH SERVICES: Warbleton Parish Church: Morning Worship with Holy Communion and children’s Sunday Club. We welcome as the preacher the Bishop of Lewes, The Right Reverend Richard Jackson. St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Family Christingle service, with the bishop. St Giles, Dallington: 6.30pm Evensong. Heathfield Chapel: No morning service, but at 3pm there will be Carols By Candlelight led by Ray Dadswell. Tea, coffee and mince pies afterwards.
CAROLS ON THE GREEN: Coffee and Company will hold its annual carol service outside the Osborne House Community Room on Wednesday at 7pm. Music will be provided by members of Warbleton Brass Band
BAND CONCERT: As I mentioned above the band are busy at the moment. Last Sunday afternoon they had their Christmas concert at the Dunn Village Hall. The hall was full, as the band took up their positions on the stage. Sian Buss raised her baton and we were treated to the opening section of 2001, A Space Odyssey, which was breath-taking in volume and quality. It then morphed into the Crazy Frog, which sounds crazy, but it worked. The next piece was rather poignant, with the flooding in the north of England, Northern Spirit by Alan Ferny which evokes thoughts of the Pennine landscape. The first solo was by junior member Amy Buss, who beautifully played On My Own from Les Mis. After the Game of thrones theme we had the Lennon and MacCartney tune A Ticket To Ryde, complete with railway sound effects provided by members of the band, a fun piece enjoyed by player and audience alike. The versatility of this band was displayed next with the change of tempo and style with All Through the Night arranged by Gordon Langford and then straight back to the lively Crackered. Martin Buss and Emily then gave us a duet with the old Frank and Nancy Sinatra number Something Stupid. The first half ended with a medley of tunes from The Pirates of the Caribbean. I then had leave for a family event, so I missed the second half which features seasonal tunes and carols. The retiring collection and raffle were in aid of McMillan Nursing, as will their carolling mentioned above.
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