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Keith Pollard, Brookfield, Broadway

This Sunday at St Andrew’s… the Benefice Service at 10.30 am will have Andrew Thomas as the guest speaker. Andrew is the son of the late Owen Thomas, who was a popular preacher and resident of the village.

What a load of rubbish… just a small reminder of what’s in store for your wheelie bins over the next couple of weeks. Next Tuesday, the last day of the year, you can recycle plastics, tins, aerosols and paper plus a special bonus collection of your everyday black wheelie, but no green waste in the green bin. On Tuesday, January 7, it’s the black bin again, and then the following week it will be back to normal – a Monday collection on January 13 for garden waste and cardboard, plus the black and green boxes as usual.

New Year’s Eve… see the New Year in with the Halls. That is the village hall – and Ken Hall, the evening’s DJ, who is actually more of an LJ (or Laptop Jockey.) The evening is being organised by the Wine and Social Club, and will cost you £3 to get in, if you are a member. If you’re not, the charge will be £4. Take your own food, drink, glasses and friends along, and join in the fun. This outfit can be relied on to give you an entertaining night out. What more could you ask for? Linda Savarese has the tickets, and she’s on 814009.

As 2014 is just around the corner, it’s a good time to consider joining the Wine and Social Club. I’m not sure of the situation with regard to vacancies, but Membership Secretary Christine Jones, who is on 813538, will be able to help you. And you could save £1 next New Year’s Eve!

Get in early… for your pantomime tickets. This time round it will be Sleeping Beauty, and four weeks today will be the middle day of the three day, four performance run. Tickets are only £6 each for adults and £3 for children, and they’re waiting for you at the Post Office. Or, at least, they were when this was written, but no doubt time has seen the bookings mounting up. The actual dates are Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 January, at 7.30 pm nightly, and with a 2.30 pm matinee on the Saturday. Director Jennifer Annetts says it is coming along nicely, and things are expected to become increasingly frenetic in the New Year. You’ll need a good laugh when the Christmas season is over, so stake your claim soon!

A little gentle exercise…? In the shape of a Treasure Hunt, being organised by Activate Youth Club on Sunday, December 29. If you’d like to take part, go along to the Activate Clubhouse on Wood Field between 1 and 2 pm, register and pay up your participation fee, which is £10 per car. The proceeds will be going to support a Youth Development project in Malawi, being run by Lattitude Global Volunteering. This organisation is successor to GAP Activity Projects, specialising in Gap year volunteering. Admirable stuuf, though the spelling of Lattitude bothers me a bit!

Held over from last week…! Now I can safely wish you all (or should that be both?) a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. After the inevitable temporary installation of the annual ice rink on Battery Hill, there’s much jollity and general fun coming up in 2014, not least of which will be the third biennial Fairfest in the blazing hot, wind-free summer. But don’t hold me to that, just wear your sou’wester.