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Robertsbridge Bonfire Society: Last Saturday saw the best event for a while. The procession, bonfire and firework display were all brilliant. Even though the weather had been unkind earlier in the week and the society had to run to the contingency plan to protect the field it all ran smoothly. Many thanks to everyone that worked so hard during the year to raise the money for this to take place and for the people that worked tirelessly during the day on Saturday and Sunday to stage it. The street collection raised £2097.00, which will be donated to the local groups. This was down on last year as were the amount of volunteers that collected, many thanks to those that did and those that donated. If you have pennies or even notes left, if you did not get chance to see a collecting bucket and you would like to donate still, please take it to Sandie at the Floral Boutique. The Guy Competition was won by Rhianna Isaacs, well done to you. So now the fundraising starts again for next years event. The Christmas Draw tickets are now available at just 50p a ticket or £2.50 a book for the chance to win one of the fantastic three hampers that are the prizes. These can be bought from Bonfire Society members or again at the Floral Boutique.

Football Club: - Tomorrow evening Saturday 22nd November Robertsbridge United will be holding a fundraising Poker Night at Robertsbridge Club. This starts at 7pm and costs £5 per player. All are welcome.

Christmas Events: St. Mary’s Christmas Market is on Saturday 29th November at the Church Room in Fair Lane. This is open from 10.30am – 1.30pm. There will be the traditional stalls with home made cakes and preserves, house and home, vegetables, candles, bottle stall, jewellery, bulbs, a raffle (plus a Christmas cake and turkey raffle). There will be a tombola and some additional stalls run by the cubs and brownies. And of course Father Christmas will be making an appearance. There will also be games to play with prizes to win, and one big item for a silent auction. If you would like to donate any items for the above stalls please ring 01580 830751 or if you have a bottle to donate please leave it with Sandie at the Floral Boutique. This is a great fun day for the whole family, so pop along have a nice cup of tea or a lovely warming soup and support the annual fundraiser that helps with the upkeep of our beautiful church.

Poppinghole Christmas Fair: is also on Saturday 29th between 10am – 4pm. This event raises funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is a Christmas Craft Fair with gifts from the hand and the heart. Why not go along to do a bit of Christmas shopping with quality hand made gifts made by local artists, makers and sellers. This event is at Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane TN32 5BN.

Robertsbridge Christmas Capers: is on Friday 5th December between 6pm – 9pm. This is the late night shopping event for our village. Plenty of fun and festivities to be had. Do some pressie shopping, eat festive foods, drink festive drinks and just enjoy getting together with friends and neighbours in a lovely community.

Film Nights: Saturday 22nd November at the Church Hall in Fair Lane you can see ` Shining Night` which is a portrait of the composer Morten Lauridsen. This starts at 5pm with admission of £5 per person. Thursday 4th December is the next film show at Robertsbridge Hall. This starts at 7.30pm and this month’s film is `Belle`. A true story about Dido Elizabeth Belle. She was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and raised by her Great Uncle Lord Mansfield.

1st Robertsbridge Scout Group: Due to a recent retirement, the Scout Group are now looking for a volunteer to take over the rewarding role of Group Secretary. The role involves sending out subscription accounts and receipts, as well as taking the minutes at the Group Executive meetings. All of the subscription requests and other items are sent out electronically. If you have a few spare hours and think you may be able to support the Scouts by taking on this role please contact the Group Scout Leader Sheila Rogers on 01580880312. On Friday 28th November the Scouts will be holding a Bingo Night at Robertsbridge Hall with eyes down at 7.30pm. There will be some great Christmas Prizes, also a raffle and refreshments. Its fun for the whole family so please go along and support.

Public Exhibition: On Thursday 27th November at Robertsbridge Youth Centre between 3pm – 7pm, Croudace Homes is holding an exhibition to display the proposals for its development to Grove Farm on George Hill. This is your chance to go along and see what is being proposed and to ask questions and give your views. For further information please contact the Area Land Manager Mark Bentley on 01833346464. This will have a huge impact on our village so make sure you have your say.

Robertsbridge Arts Partnership: At the Ostrich on Thursday 27th November, the popular horticulturist and Head Gardener at Tidebrook Manor, Edward Flint will be in the village discussing the intriguing question of whether gardens can be seen as works of art. Edward is a regular lecturer on horticulture at the prestigious English Garden School, so this promises to be a lively evening.

He earned his degree at Wye College and served an unofficial apprenticeship at Great Dixter under Christopher Lloyd. The tickets for this event are available from Judges Bakery at £5, for further information please contact Jane on Jane.Tritton@btinternet.com

LADIES DARTS: Having beaten The Bear I two weeks ago in the League Knockout Cup last week we took on their 2nd team and led 3-2 after single victories for Carol Apps, Jackie Danaher and Steph Goldsmith while doubles wins for Dawn Mitchell/Jackie and Alice Hodges/Carol took us to within one game of winning the match. Eileen Morgan/Dawn/Jackie won the first trebles and Carol/Steph/Jackie won the final game for a 7-4 victory. There were high scores for Dawn[89,82,77], Steph[2 x 86,85,74,70], Carol[86,78,72,70], Alice[83,79] and Jackie[81]. Monday[24th] we are away to The White Hart 8p.m.

MIXED DARTS: We played at Mountfield Club’A’ last week and lost darts 5-2 with Michael Stone and Keith Stone our only victors but Keith/Michael won the Mens Pairs 1-0. There were high scores for Alice Hodges[135], Keith[108,2 x 100], Dave Goodsell[2 x 100] and Michael[100]. The pushpenny team won 5-0 with wins for Alan Apps, David Fortsch, Dave Goodsell, Michael Stone and Ted Goldfinch with Alan scoring a ‘goldwatch. Tonight we are away to The Old King John 8p.m.

FOOTBALL: The 1st team’s match at Hollington United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Tomorrow the 1st team are away to Iden in the 1st Round of the Speedtrace Builders Ltd. sponsored Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup K.O. 1.30p.m. while the 2nd team are away to Icklesham Casuals II in the Macron East Sussex Football League Division 6 match K.O. 2p.m. Don’t forget that tomorrow we are holding our next fund-raising event which is a ‘Poker Night’ at Robertsbridge Club from 7.30p.m. Entry is £5 per person.

Sandie Madge & Sue Paine

The Floral Boutique

20 High Street