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Last Friday saw the Bonfire Society hold its AGM and this year there is a new Chairman namely Pete Claridge and Vice – Chairman Mat Claridge. All other officers stay the same. Thanks to Sam Moon for all her hard work over the last couple of years as Chair.

This year the Annual Auction of Promises will be on Friday May 30th at Robertsbridge Club. If you have any items you would like to donate or to pledge please leave them with Sandie at the Floral Boutique for pick up. This is one of the main fundraisers for the year so please support, as the more money raised the better. The insurance this year has gone up over £1000 so a lot more money needs to be raised to ensure a bonfire night that we are used to.

This week is the first ever Robertsbridge Literary Festival. Tickets are available from Judges Bakery or from Jane Tritton on 880248.

Tonight at Robertsbridge Hall is Charlotte Moore on `Love and War` at 7.30pm, at 9.30pm is the RX Shantymen at Robertsbridge Club. Tomorrow Saturday 5th is Kevin Graal, the children’s storyteller at the United Reformed Church, with under 5`s at 11am and 5 – 11`s at 12.30pm. At 5pm at Robertsbridge Hall is Steve Peak on Robert Tressell, and at 8pm at Robertsbridge Hall is Alan Judd saluting First World War Poets.

Tomorrow 5th April is Saturday Market at Robertsbridge Hall from 10am – 12 noon. Excellent fresh vegetables, bread, home made cakes, take away curry meals, the pet food man and many more bargains. Also you can catch up with friends over a lovely coffee.

A couple for the diary, on Friday May 2nd you can go to a wine tasting evening at Robertsbridge Hall between 7.30pm and 10pm. Carr Taylor will be bringing along many of their fine wines to sample. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought on Saturday at the Market or from Judges Bakery.

On Thursday May 8th there is a new club starting up at Robertsbridge Hall. This is for all music fans as it is a Jazz Club. This starts at 8pm and will cost £8 entry on the door. Drinks and food will be available to buy during the evening. The Ted Beaumont Trio will be playing on this evening with Mike Hext on the trombone.

Friday Darts: Dave Goodsell/Keith Stone and Ted Goldfinch/Michael Stone both got through into the semi-final of the Pushpenny Pairs Knockout. Tonight is Mens Singles Darts Knockout at The Millers Arms 8p.m. A note for your diary. The very popular Open Pairs Darts Knockout will be on Sunday 20th April at Robertsbridge Club with registration from 7.30p.m. Entry is £1 per person and there will be a raffle.

Football: The 1st team travelled to Ninfield United in the Premier Division of the ADA East Sussex Football League and came away with a draw. Guy Ballard opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 11 minutes but the hosts equalised 6 minutes later. Ballard was the provider for the Bridge second goal after 37 minutes as Adam Hardy netted but again the hosts hit back when Bridge goalkeeper Grant Lewis misjudged a cross on 39 minutes. The second period saw the hosts take the lead on 65 minutes but then The Bridge went for the equaliser with man of the match Toby Blackman causing havoc in the hosts defence we had to wait until a minute from time when Dominic Whittaker hit the goal to give The Bridge a well deserved point. The 2nd team entertained local rivals F.C.Westridge at the Clappers where the visitors netted on the quarter hour mark but a 20 yard strike from Justin Hardy found it’s way into the net a minute later. The Bridge should have scored three goals in the next ten minutes but poor finishing let us down and this allowed the visitors to take the lead on 25 minutes however we were the better team but just could not find the net. The second half saw chances go begging at both ends and only keeper Nick Townsend stopped the visitors from increasing their lead but Townsend was at fault for the third goal on 70 minutes misjudging a cross. Further missed chances from the Bridge front line eventually come to fruition on 87 minutes when Howard Atkinson, who had been the main culprit for missed chances, finally scored but the visitors had the last word with a goal on the final whistle. Tomorrow the 1st team are away to Iden in the 2nd Round of the Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup, sponsored by Speedtrace Builders Ltd., K.O. 2.30p.m. while the 2nd team are at home to Sedlescombe Rangers III in Division 6 K.O. 3p.m.

Stoolball: Training starts on Thursday 3rd April at the Cricket Ground from 6.30p.m. All are welcome to take part or just watch the oldest game in Sussex.

Sandie Madge & Sue Paine

The Floral Boutique, 20 The High Street