Robertsbridge

Sandie Madge & Sue Paine, The Floral Boutique, 20 The High Street

Tonight Friday 6th December is ` Christmas Capers` in Robertsbridge where the whole of the High Street will be closed off from 6pm – 9pm for all the fun and frolics of the up and coming Christmas Season. The shops will be open until 9pm with a drop of Christmas cheer in some. There will be carols, and street theatre, stalls and many types of nibbles for all to partake in. If you are still looking for gifts this is the evening that you may be able to pick them up.

If you would like to buy Robertsbridge Bonfire Society Christmas Draw tickets they will be available from the Floral Boutique. Come and see me and I will try and sell you the winning tickets !!

If you would like to Remember a loved one by dedicating a Star to hang on the Tree of Love these will also be available at the Floral Boutique with donations given going to St. Michaels Hospice.

If you place an order for local delivery this evening at the Floral Boutique for the dates between 20th – 24th you will get a 5% discount. This does not apply to eflorist.

Lynette’s Calendars of Robertsbridge Village are still available from Belle Flowers at just £6.00. These make the perfect gift.

Don’t forget the George will be having Soul Xpress playing from 9pm to celebrate 8 years since John and Jane opened the doors.

Not a night to be missed if you live in the area, even if you don’t live in Robertsbridge you are very welcome but please remember if you are driving please stick to the soft drinks and don’t drink and drive.

Tomorrow Saturday 7th December is the Christmas Saturday Market at Robertsbridge Hall, this is the last one of 2013 and will be open between 10am – 12.30pm. You can buy lots of fresh produce, fresh bread, eggs, cakes, and fresh vegetables; also there is a pet food stall. Plenty of handy crafts and jewellery and of course the obligatory cup of coffee and a chat with friends.

Next Friday 13th December at Robertsbridge Club you can hear `The Hut People` starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9.00 and are available from The Club, or by ringing 880359 or by emailing pamg88@hotmail.com

If you are a member of Robertsbridge Club then your children, if you have any are invited to the Christmas Party on Saturday 21st between 3pm – 6pm. But you need to go into the Club and put their names on the list on the notice board to help with numbers for catering and also so that Santa knows who will be there and how many gifts to bring.

Sunday 22nd will be the Christmas Sunday Roast at Robertsbridge Club between 1pm – 3pm. Please ring 880673 to book your place and for any further information.

In the evening of 22nd the Club will be holding its Christmas Draw from 8pm onwards and then the Bonfire Society will be drawing the winners of the Christmas Hampers.

Christmas eve. will be fast approaching then and if you would like to see in Christmas by dancing the night away there will be a band at the Club called `Devils Queen` from 8pm onwards.

For the New Year we are going to resurrect the Village Diary, where any one that is putting on an event can go into the Floral Boutique or email thefloralboutique@onebillinternet.co.uk and check the diary or put in their event to try and make sure that there are not too many over laps in the dates during the year. This enables everyone to get a better chance of having a more successful event rather than competing with each other for the same customers. If you are on face book you will find a Robertsbridge Village Diary page that you are welcome to join or the hard copy is available at the shop.

Finally I said last week I would give the information for Alan Balls funeral when I received it. It is to be held at Hastings Crematorium on Thursday 12th December at 11am.

Ladies darts: We were staring defeat in the face at The Seven Stars last Monday[25th] before we staged a dramatic recovery. Losing 4-1 after the singles with Eileen Morgan our only victor we recovered in the first doubles game with victory for Frankie Taylor/Steph Goldsmith, lost the second but Jackie Danaher/Eileen won the third to leave us just one game from defeat however we won all the trebles games through Frankie/Carol Apps/Alice Hodges, Jackie/Eileen/Steph and Frankie/Eileen/Jackie to snatch a 6-5 win. There were high scores for Jackie[129,87,84],

Carol[108,95,83,80], Alice[100] and Steph[83,80]. On Monday[9th December] we are at home to The White Hart(Netherfield) 8p.m.

Friday darts An excellent win in both darts and pushpenny at Mountfield Club ‘B’ last Friday keeps us in the title race with one game to go. Stuart Miller, Michael Stone, Keith Stone, Guy Ballard and Dan Smith gave us a 5-2 win in the singles while Dan/Stuart won the mens pairs 1-0 and Alice Hodges/Guy won the mixed pairs 2-1. There were high scores from Keith[140], Dan[100x3], Stuart[100] and Dave Goodsell[100]. We won pushpenny 3-2 with victories for Ted Goldfinch, Michael Stone and Dave Goodsell with Ted scoring a ‘goldwatch’. Tonight we are without a game.

Football: Both teams lost last Saturday because of their failure to take their chances with the 1st team losing 2-1 at Ore Athletic in the ADA East Sussex Football League Premier Division. We had three chances in the first 8 minutes through Clint Smith, Guy Ballard and a dissallowed Adam Hardy goal for handball while the hosts responded and only a goalline clearance from Adam Hardy and a save from Bridge keeper Grant Lewis kept us in the game. Ballard missed another chance on 16 minutes and then a goal from man of the match Phil Green was dissallowed for offside and just before the break the hosts missed again. The second period saw Lewis produce a save after 50 minutes before a goal finally came on 61 minutes when Ballard scored but the same player missed two good scoring chances on 67 and 68 minutes. Chris Phillips missed two minutes later and then Ballard had a shot saved before Dominic Whittaker hit the post which inspired the hosts as they hit the equaliser on 81 minutes and with just a minute left Ben Hardy gave away a penalty and all three points. The 2nd team played at Wittersham II in the 2nd Round of the Robertsbridge Charity Junior Cup, sponsored by Speedtarce Builders Ltd. The hosts took the lead on 5 minutes after poor defending but an excellent move was finished off by Mark Lucas with a header on 18 minutes to level the score. The Bridge pushed hard for the rest of the half and man of the match Glen Bladon was unlucky with a shot just before the break. The second half saw the Bridge take the lead on 47 minutes when Tim Hardy latched onto a poor back pass to beat the advancing keeper but the lead lasted just five minutes when a lapse in the Bridge defence allowed the hosts an equaliser. We should have sewn the game up but misses from Ian Austin and Wayne Mewett gave the hosts momentum and they took the lead ten minutes from the end and with the final whistle approaching we pushed all eleven players up for a corner which was cleared and allowed their striker an easy goal to progress. Tomorrow the 1st team are at home to Ninfield United in the 1st Round of the Hastings F.A. Intermediate Cup(K.O. 1.30p.m.) while the 2nd team travel to Eastbourne Sports Park to play Hampden Park United in the ADA East Sussex Football League Division 6(K.O. 2p.m.)