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Jempsons: A little note of cheer. Our Jempsons Local has been nominated as Finalists in 3 categories at this year’s Convenience Retail Awards. These are: Best Small Store, Best Communication to Shoppers and Best New Store. Congratulations to Claire and the staff – and good luck in the finals!

Horticultural Society: This month’s lecture will be held in the Village Hall today (Friday) at 2.30pm. David Jewel will speak on The Harold Hillier Gardens Throughout the Year, which promises to be most enjoyable. Non-members are very welcome to the talk, at a cost of £2 (although you may well be tempted to join this lively Society!)

Badminton: The badminton clubs meet on Fridays in the Pretious Sports Hall – Juniors from 5.30pm (please call Pete Thomson 07815 842517 to check whether there are any spaces). Adults meet at 8.30pm on Fridays and 5.45pm on Mondays, and both adult clubs will be pleased to see new faces – just turn up.

Dance Club: Dance Club meets on Friday evenings in the Village Hall for sequence dancing. This is a very accessible way to keep fit to music, and meet people. Call Tony Pomfret - 253287 – if you are interested.

Craft Fair: There will be a full Village Hall on Saturday for the Bonfire Society’s latest Craft Fair. 40 craftspeople and makers will be exhibiting a range of exciting crafts, and you will be very welcome to browse, buy, chat to the makers or sit and have a cup of tea and a cake. Entry is free, and the Fair will be open from 10am until 2pm.

Boot Sale: You may like to return to the Village Hall on Sunday morning, for the last of this season’s Village Hall Trust’s monthly Boot Sales, which is open between 9-11.30am.

Messy Church: This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday at 4pm, with the emphasis on the Easter story. Messy Church is for all ages, providing a fun environment in which children and adults can worship together, hear stories, make creative crafts and share a meal. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time for a Cuppa: There will be a Coffee Morning in the Church centre on Monday 9th March in aid of Dementia UK. There will be home-made cakes, tea, coffee , wonderful raffle prizes and all the money raised will go towards helping people affected by dementia in East Sussex. Pop in between 10am and 12 noon.

Womens Fellowship: Possibly getting into training for the Bowls Club Quiz (Saturday 14th March) the ladies of Women’s Fellowship will be exercising the little grey cells at their meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the Church Centre. If you would like to join in, then just turn up (2pm) or call Frances Dennison (253152) to find out more.

Streetstyle Dance: The youngsters are catered for on Tuesdays in the Pretious Sports hall, with Streetstyle Dance at 6pm and 7pm. If you have any budding dancers interested, please call Beth on 07890 764995.

Hist & Lit: Our Historical and Literary Society closes the season with a presentation from Martin Heard which should appeal to all lovers of Georgian architecture and lifestyle. The Country Seat – The Georgian Stately Home should whisk us back to an age of elegance (well, I think we all dream of being Upstairs people!), and will be followed by wine and nibbles. The Society meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

Coffee Stop: Meet up with familiar faces at Coffee Stop each Wednesday in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon.

Footpath Walk: The Footpath Group will leave the surgery car park at 9.15am on Wednesday for a 7 mile walk Via Wood and Water from Lamberhurst car park, to include a pub lunch.

Lace Group: The Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room on Wednesday at 2pm.

Choral Concert: We are fortunate to have a visiting choir coming to the village on Palm Sunday. Tongswood Chamber Choir will perform Allegri’s Miserere and other choral treasures for Passiontide on Sunday 29th march in St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £10, or £20 to include a supper after the concert from www.ticketsource.co.uk.

Golf Day: A 9 hole Golf Morning will be held at London Beach Golf Club on Saturday 25th April. The day will start with a bacon roll and coffee before the tee-off at 10am. Lunch will follow the golf. The cost is £25, with all proceeds going to St Mary’s Church. OIf you are interested in joining in, please contact Jonathan King – 07702 777892.

St Mary’s Services: (8th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise, 4pm Messy Church

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road